AEW Grand Slam opened with Kenny Omega taking on Bryan Danielson inside New York City's Arthur Ashe Arena. The match was deemed an instant classic by those in attendance and watching along at home as "The American Dragon" and the AEW World Champion battered each other for 30 straight minutes before the time limit forced the referee to call for the bell. Danielson then nearly trapped Omega in the Lebell Lock, only for the SuperKliq to run down and make the save. And while the dream match didn't deliver a winner, it unquestionably sets up an eventual rematch between the two for AEW's top prize.
Fans were positively buzzing about the match after the fact, and you can see some of the best reactions below. AEW Grand Slam event will continue this Friday with a two-hour AEW Rampage special.
Dude that match was so damn good. Bryan Danielson is the best pro wrestler on the planet. Fuck— Kevin KU🎄⚒⚒⚒ (@kevinxku) September 23, 2021
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It’s pretty wild that Bryan Danielson’s last match in WWE was against the top champion and his first match in AEW is against the top champion.
Legendary stuff. pic.twitter.com/BekBlKY7q6— Fiending For Followers ‼️ (@Fiend4FolIows) September 22, 2021
In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest matches in #AEW and #AEWDynamite history, Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega fight to a time-limit draw. It was a spectacle, and a TV match we will be talking about for a long time. pic.twitter.com/ecAk4OOmlF— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) September 23, 2021