Bryan Danielson defeated Miro in the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator in a good match that saw an awkward finish. Danielson hit a modified DDT from the top rope on Miro’s vulnerable neck, and while he wasn’t able to get all of it, he submitted Miro, who passed out in a guillotine choke submission.
Following two excellent opening matches (MJF vs. Darby Allin and FTR vs. the Lucha Bros), Miro and Bryan Danielson had to battle an overstimulated crowd that begun to come down a bit. Still, once this technical, hard-hitting brawl got going, the Target Center rewarded it with chants of “this is awesome!” and dueling chants of “let’s go Miro/Miro sucks!”
Miro dominated early, and even as Danielson staged his comeback, Miro got stronger as the match went on by no-selling Bryan’s offense.
The seemingly predictable AEW World Title Eliminator tournament turned out to be anything but when finals favorite Jon Moxley was forced to step away. The former AEW world champion is currently attending an inpatient alcohol treatment program.
As AEW continues to build a deep roster full of compelling characters, Miro was a ready-made top contender. With Hangman Adam Page heavily favored to become the next AEW world heavyweight champion at Full Gear, Miro becoming the new No. 1 contender would make for a more natural fit as a heel opponent.
Miro has been arguably the best character on AEW television of late, cutting one biblically entertaining promo after another. Miro’s vignettes are stylized differently than anything else on the show as they mimic a confessional to God himself. It can be argued that the former TNT champion has been even better than he was his resurgent reign as God’s favorite champion. Even against an undefeated Bryan Danielson, Miro had more than an outside chance at winning.