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Danielson, Omega go to 30-minute draw at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam

In one of the best matches in the short history of AEW Dynamite and the latest in what is likely several meetings between them in the future, Bryan Danielson and AEW World Champion Kenny Omega went to a 30-minute draw Wednesday in Queens, New York.

The non-title match opened the Grand Slam edition of Dynamite in front of 20,177 fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium -- AEW's largest crowd in history.

The only time cue came with one minute to go, escalating the pace between Danielson and Omega as they tried to win in their first meeting in more than a decade. In the final few seconds, the two traded headbutts, punches and kicks as the match ended, drawing boos from the sellout crowd.

Adam Cole and the Young Bucks then ran out as both men were separated and eventually superkicked Danielson. That brought out Christian Cage and Jurassic Express for a quick brawl to help preview their match on Rampage.

As expected, both men unloaded their respective arsenals during the course of the match, working a methodical pace in the first half and turning it up in the second. Both hit high-risk moves including Omega's terminator dive that connected and a phoenix splash attempt that didn't. Both men also hit big top rope moves with Danielson landing an avalanche back suplex and Omega hitting an avalanche dragon suplex.

Omega took control in the second half after connecting with a dragon suplex on the entrance ramp which was a videoboard covered by plexiglass. He then went to the top of the ramp and hit a running V-trigger that led into the one commercial break during the match.

Danielson ensnared Omega in Cattle Mutilation at one point, but the champion was able to escape. He was unable to lock in the LeBell lock during the match while Omega was unable to hit Danielson with the One Winged Angel as Danielson escaped via a reverse hurricanrana -- both likely nods to a future meeting with a title involved down the line.

This was Danielson's first match in AEW and his first of any kind since losing to Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a title vs. career match on the April 30th SmackDown. It was Omega's first match since defending the title against Christian Cage at All Out -- the event at which Danielson made his promotional debut.