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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report – 11/8/17 – Roderick Strong vs Adam Cole

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  • Heavy Machinery VS Chris Payne & Sean Maluta; Heavy Machinery wins.
  • Kairi Sane VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Kairi wins.
  • Velveteen Dream VS Cezar Bononi; Velveteen Dream wins.
  • Roderick Strong VS Adam Cole; Strong wins, by disqualification.

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Houston going to be hectic!

SAnitY and the Authors of Pain battled it out for the NXT Tag Team Championships, and just as Akam & Rezar looked to be new champoins, The Undisputed Era created even more chaos as they attacked. Roderick Strong appeared and appeared to on their side, only to escalate the madness! William Regal therefore felt the only way to settle this is to put these three teams inside two rings and one cage! Houston is now WarGames!

Heavy Machinery VS Chris Payne & Sean Maluta!

Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic are back to use their “real men bodies” to bulldoze their opponents, Otis starts against Chris Payne. Otis lunges in, Payne dodges and shoves Otis from behind. Otis is upset, he runs Payne over. Maluta comes in, gets caught and spanked? Maluta gets mad, but just gets run over. Otis scoops, carries and slams Payne down. “Dozer” fires himself up, does the worm, and then a big elbow drop! Tag to Tucker, three point stance, double tackle on Maluta. These two human monster trucks mark and then build speed, Payne is caught in the middle of a Heavy Machinery sandwich! Heavy Machinery is fired up, Tucker pumps the horn to give a big corner splash. Payne is dazed, and down. Otis helps Tucker warm up that arm again, Tucker runs, springboard elbow drop!

Tucker tags Otis, Otis picks up Payne, and uses him to plow through Maluta! With everything in position, Tucker gets running, and they hit the Compacter!

Heavy Machinery wins! This two man demolition crew is still going strong, who else will be flattened on the path to the tag team titles?

Backstage interview with Ember Moon.

At TakeOver: WarGames, the Prophecy of Flame faces three other worthy contenders for the vacated NXT Women’s Championship. However, what is her response to Mercedes Martinez saying Ember can’t win the big one? If that’s how Mercedes feels, meet Ember in the ring next week, and we’ll all see why Ember is the biggest threat in the Women’s Division. Can Ember gain momentum to keep up with Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce?

Kairi Sane VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

Speaking of the NXT Women’s Championship, The Pirate Princess and the Iconic Duo’s Venus Flytrap are also looking to gain momentum, but it’s the Iconic Duo’s Femme Fatale who is stepping up to the winner of the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament. Who will be the one sunk this close to WarGames? The fans cheer for Kairi, which annoys the Iconic Duo. The bell rings, Billie wants to see if Kairi understands English. Kairi boys, then mocks Billie’s big eyelashes. Billie swings, Kairi ducks and runs, slips off of Billie’s back and gets a waistlock. Billie bucks her off, then shoulders her down. Billie runs, Kairi dodges, times it so that she can springboard up to headscissor and dropkick Billie, TWO. Peyton reaches for Billie, Kairi kicks Peyton’s arms away. Kairi swipes at Peyton but misses, Billie’s stiff forearm decks Kairi, TWO. Peyton is annoyed, Billie rains forearms, covers, TWO. Billie is annoyed now, but she keeps on Kairi with a cobra clutch and torture rack. Kairi endures the bend, pries her way out, fans rally but Kairi ends up dumped into buckles. Billie drags her out for a high stack, TWO. Billie is frustrated now, and eggs Kairi on by shoving her down. Billie says Kairi will never #BeIconic! Billie whips Kairi, Kairi dodges, SPEAR!

Kairi is fired up, she grabs Billie and gives her stiff chops and ax handles. Kairi stands Billie up for chop after chop after chop! Kairi marches corner to corner, runs back in, sliding forearm! Cover, TWO, Peyton distracts Kairi but Kairi kicks her off the apron. Small package trap from Billie, TWO. Back hand from Kairi, Billie goes down. Kairi points to her elbow, fans fire up again. She climbs up, takes aim and drops anchor for the InSane Elbow!

Kairi wins! She sets sail for Houston, can she win the NXT Women’s Championship with that same impact?

GM William Regal is visited by Kassius Ohno.

Ohno has been thinking about his ups and downs since return. But now that he’s finally on a roll, he wants back towards the NXT Championship. So what does he have in mind? At TakeOver, give him Lars Sullivan. If Ohno can be the first person to even dent that battleship, it’s big points towards the title. Regal makes the match, Ohno thanks him, but will Ohno come to regret it?

NXT takes a look at the infamous WarGames.

“The Ultimate Battleground.” Legends and veterans all admit “WarGames are the toughest match you could ever go through.” It takes a piece of you with it. It just keeps going until all nine men fight. “You fans out there wanna see somebody get their ass kicked!” Dusty Rhodes’ creation coming back is like bringing the American Dream back. He’d be so proud to see this. The nine men going in must prepare physically and mentally, and those that survive will have a story to tell. Something memorable happens inside that cage. “Seek and destroy, lock and load, war has been declared!” WarGames is a history making match, with unlimited surprise, danger and risk. You don’t win, you survive. “Blood, guts and glory!” “Let the WarGames Begin!”

Exclusive interview with Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega.

At TakeOver: WarGames, El Idolo is set to take on Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship, what is the strategy going in? Zelina has already said this: she wouldn’t be successful if she gave it all away. The only man that knows it all is Almas. McIntyre wants to say Almas isn’t a man because he has Zelina? THey did what he asked: they met him face to face, McIntyre just wasn’t ready. Then, fans wonder, what exactly is their relationship? They do not have to answer that. They have a past, 7 long years, Zelina knows the real El Idolo. Fans saw the “old” Almas, but this is the “new” Almas. Almas is head and shoulders above the others, and that’ll include McIntyre. Almas has the momentum, and will be the next NXT Champion. Ten days from now, the match will happen, but will it go the way Almas & Vega think?

Velveteen Dream VS Cezar Bononi!

The Patrick Clark Experience has been obsessed with getting the Embodiment of the End to #SayMyName but it only got Aleister Black obsessed with putting Velveteen in his place. Can Velveteen use the Brazilian V8 to gain momentum towards TakeOver? The bell rings, they tie up, Velveteen gets a big takedown and then slaps Bononi’s back. Stiff European Uppercuts and a corfner to corner whip, but Bononi replies with a stiff back elbow. Bononi clubs and clobbers Velveteen, but the scoop slam is denied by Velveteen holding ropes. Bononi lets Velveteen go, only to get clobbered but a clothesline! Velveteen shows his aggression as he rains down rights. Bononi gets away and to a corner but Velveteen stomps a mudhole. The referee backs him off, Velveteen shouts in her face.

Bononi fights out of the corner but gets a spinebuster slam! Fireman’s carry, rolling Death Valley, Velveteen wins. Velveteen shows little respect to Bononi, he just wants his hand raised.

Velveteen wishes to speak. “Aleister Black. Gotcha. Aleister, I gave you what you needed. And now the Velveteen Dream is on your mind. In Houston, at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, when all that is dark comes to light, the Velveteen Dream gets what he wants when your lips say my name.” Velveteen takes his leave, will he get what he want? Or will he #FadetoBlack?

Ruby Riot competed for a chance at the NXT Women’s Championship, but lost.

Not only that, but the damage to her ankle at the hands of Sonya Deville is keeping her from doing much of anything right now. Performance Center Paparazzi caught up with Ruby in the trainer’s room to learn that her injury needs a couple weeks of rest. Sonya came in to rub that in her face. Maybe if Ruby just tapped out. Her point? That Ruby took the coward’s way out of trying to run away. Now neither of them is any closer to the title. Well, while Ruby hears it’s everyone else’s fault but Sonya’s that she lost, maybe they can have a match 1v1. Once Ruby is healthy, they can prove who is the more deserving. Fine by Sonya. This time, she might just break that ankle. Time will tell if Ruby’s leg is ready for that match, but her mind already is.

The Street Profits are having fun in Full Sail.

They’re here to bring #Swagification in the form of black Solo cups and bling. They find someone, compliment his wardrobe, but realize he’s missing something. So they give him a cup! There you go! Another guy walks in, he’s delivering a suit for Tino Sabbatelli.

Lucky him, Montez Ford is Tino Sabbetelli. What? He’s Italian? Of course! Well alright. What do we have here? Oooo~! The REAL Tino comes in, along with Riddick Moss, and get that suit away from the Street Profits. That is a $5000 suit, special delivery. Angelo Dawkins and Ford can’t afford their stuff. Stop touching their stuff. Stop trying to be them. Please, nobody wants to be those two. But since you’ve got some bass in your voices, let’s see how things measure up in the ring. If you’re really about that life, that is. Tino and Moss smirk, but challenge accepted. Moss says they’re gonna come to regret it, but can they put their money where their mouths are?

Roderick Strong VS Adam Cole!

“Adam Cole, BAYBAY!”

Despite the constant attempts at recruiting him, Roddy chose not to join up with his fellow former ROH compatriots, and instead chose to stand in their way. Strong has his pride, but will he have a win against the ringleader of the Undisputed Era? The bell rings, fans already rally as the two stare down. They near each other, tie up, and go all around before breaking. The fans duel, Strong says Cole doesn’t have it. They circle, Strong with a takedown and floatover into a modified armlock, then chinlock, Cole slips out to a hammerlock but is snapmare’d into a chinlock. Cole slips out to get another hammerlock, Strong slips around to a headlock takeover, Cole keeps off the mat. Cole pries his way out with a headscissors, Strong slips out, Cole shoves but Strnog chops! Now they brawl, Cole giving forearms, whip reversed, but Cole pushes Strong back with boots. Cole catches Strong with a back elbow, more forearms, whip reversed again, dropkick from Strong! Cole ends up outside, Strong pursues with an apron knee strike. Strong gets Cole up for another chop before putting him in the ring. Cole uses the referee as a shield, then gets Strong with a SUPERKICK!

Strong tumbles out and to the floor, Cole catches his breath in the ring as we go to break.

We return, Cole stomps away on Strong in the ring. Strong fights back, but Cole kicks him to a corner. Cole whips corner to corner, Strong bounces off buckles. Cole takes his time with Strong, dropping a double ax handle, cover, TWO. Cole puts Strong in a chinlock, Strong works to get out as fans rally for him. Strong is up, fights back and out, haymaker but he runs into Cole’s back elbow. Cover, TWO, Cole is getting annoyed. He puts Strong in a headscissor vice, but fans rally again. Strong pushes back, TWO, they’re up but Cole puts Strong in a sleeper hold. Cole wants Strong to go to sleep, but fans keep rallying for Strong in this even as Cole puts all his weight on him. Strong fades, fans rally, Strong gets a second wind and powers Cole into buckles. Cole lets go but comes back for more, Strong swings him into a backbreaker!

Cole is writhing while Strong is gasping, fans are rallying and both men work to their feet. Cole and Strong brawl, forearm for forearm, Strong gives chops and buckle bumps. Strong whips corner to corner but is reversed, goes up and over, clobbers with a leaping lariat. Strong gives forearms to Cole in a corner, runs adjacent for the forearm smash! Strong goes for the Olympic Slam but Cole slips out of it, so Strong tries and hits a pump-handle backbreaker!

Not the cleanest hit, Strong covers, TWO! Strong is getting annoyed, frustrated even. He drags Cole up, fireman’s carry, but Cole slips down. Waistlock, standing switch, enziguri from Cole! Cover, TWO, now Cole is the one frustrated. Cole gets up, brings Strong up, wants a suplex but Strong slips out. Strong boots then enziguri, blocks Cole’s bicycle boot, Cole uses a knee to get out of the cradling backbreaker, SUPERKICK!

Strong is dazed, Cole lifts him up, Last Shot!

Cover, TWO! Cole is shocked by Strong’s resiliency. Strong is stirring as Cole gets to his feet and fans duel. Cole drags Strong up, Strong revives to give forearms, then the jumping knee! Strong hoists Cole onto the top rope backwards, Cole resists and adjusts but now Strong fights back. Strong has Cole up, SUPER BACKBREAKER!

Both men down, the fans are loving this! Strong crawls to a cover, but that’s when Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish appear to drag Strong out. The match is disqualified, reDRagon checks on Cole, but Strong has reinforcements in the form of the Authors of Pain!

Akam & Rezar are Strong’s teammates for WarGames, and they all target The Undisputed Era in the ring. Not just them, here comes SAnitY!

The nine men that will wage war in Houston are in the ring right now, stare downs abound. It explodes into a chaotic brawl!

Cole stomps Strong, Damo and Rezar move outside the ring, reDragon throws Akam out but have Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe to deal with. Eric dumps out reDRagon only to be dragged out by them, Wolfe revs up to FLY!

Cole and Strong are still in the ring, Cole hits Strnog with a knee strike. SAnitY, the Authors and reDRagon all brawl in a mass, Cole climbs up but Strong follows. Strong goes after Cole, and with the cluster in range, Strong SUPERPLEXES Cole!!

Nine men go down in a heap! This is just a sampler, wait until the match in Houston!

My Thoughts:

Excellent work to hype up TakeOver right here. Great return for Heavy Machinery, they’re keeping afloat while the tag titles are put on hold, their time will likely come on the road to the Royal Rumble and TakeOver: Philadelphia. Same goes for The Street Profits and Blue Chip Boys. They’re having their tag team match next week to see if monetary fortune favors Heels or Faces. I guessed right that “Mean Ms. Martinez” is going to be Ember Moon’s go-home opponent, and I’m sure Ember will win because she really does need to stay even with her three opponents. Nikki Cross has been on a roll since basically going Face alongside the rest of SAnitY, and has the fact she came so close to defeating Asuka a couple times to go in her favor. Kairi is red hot from winning the MYC, even without adding in defeating Billie Kay. Peyton Royce is so strong as a Heel, and always has Billie to be her back-up in that Fatal 4 Way. Ember is the underdog in all this, as Mercedes pointed out before, she would definitely surprise by finally pulling off that big win. And good of NXT to keep a secondary women’s feud going with Sonya Deville and Ruby Riot aimed at each other.

Almas and Vega are making a solid Heel duo, like Miz & Maryse but not actually together in real life (Vega is with Austin Aries). The go-home will have one last, true face-to-face between Almas and McIntyre, I smell a brawl coming. Cezar Bononi is already Jobber to the Stars as he loses to Velveteen Dream, Patrick Clark delivers a solid promo aimed at Aleister Black, the go-home gives Aleister a chance to respond, but I feel Aleister is still winning their match. And then Cole VS Strong was incredible, worthy of a TakeOver on its own. And it was perfectly fine that reDRagon “ruins” the match, neither Strong or Cole look weak in the grand scheme of things, and it naturally sparks the chaos that closed things out in amazing fashion. The WarGames package they gave tonight was great to give perspective to those — like myself — who never got to watch this match type before. I’m sure all nine of these guys will give a performance worthy of this match, those who competed in it before, and Dusty Rhodes who invented it, and either of these three teams could win and it’d do massive things for them in their NXT standings.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW Royal Quest II

NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin sometime tomorrow]

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Yo! Listen!

Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?

Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!

Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.

Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.

Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!

Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!

Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!

Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.

“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.

“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!

The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.

Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?

But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!

These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?

The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!

Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!

Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.

Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.

Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.

Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!

Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?

 

AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.

As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”

Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!

Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!

“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!

 

Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!

LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.

Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!

Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.

Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!

Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!

The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!

Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!

Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.

Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.

Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.

Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.

And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.

My Score: 8.7/10


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