The Raw Commissioner and The Beast return as The Goddess reveals her 5-Woman Team for Survivor Series! What will Stephanie McMahon have to say on this week’s edition of WWE Raw!
- Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal; No Contest.
- Ember Moon VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax; Tamina wins.
- Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Finn wins.
- Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; No Contest.
- Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal, second attempt; Ready, Willing & GLORIOUS wins and will lead the Raw Tag Team Division Elimination Match team.
- Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Lashley wins by count-out, and is the fifth man of Raw’s 5-Man Elimination Match team.
- Sasha Banks VS Bayley; No Contest.
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Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal!
Almost the entire tag team division is in the ring and ready to fight! Who will be the last team left to lead the Red Brand into Survivor Series’ 10v10 Elimination match?
The brawling is chaotic and all over the ring! Lince Dorado slips out of Chad Gable’s German Suplex to then combine with the Lucha House Party for a Kalisto elevated splash, a Lince planking splash, and Gran Metalik’s springboard missile dropkick! Kalisto bates Dash Wilder of the Revival into the corner, but here comes BRAUN!? He’s not part of a tag team, but he doesn’t care! The Ascension slide out to meet him but get run over! Lince leaps but gets swatted! Kalisto leaps but is caught and thrown at Metalik! Strowman clubs Bobby Roode, then enters the ring to rock the Revival! The B-Team, Gable, Slater and Rhyno attack all at once, but Strowman explodes out of it! He steamrolls the Revival, then roars!
Fans are on the Monster Among Men’s side as he starts making laps around the ring. Strowman blasts Curt Axel, then Chad Gable, then Scott Dawson! Strowman picks up a chair! And he brings it into the ring, but Roode and Slater retreat. Strowman has cleared the ring, and grabs a microphone.
“Tonight’s Monday Night Raw episode is brought to you by The Monster Among Men.” He uses the chair to take a seat and says, “I’m done chasing Acting General Manager, Baron Corbin, around. I’m not leaving this ring until Corbin Gets. These. Hands!” The Monster waits for the man who screwed him over, but he instead gets Stephanie McMahon. The Commissioner makes her appearance earlier than she planned, but the current situation calls for her presence.
Stephanie knows Braun is upset, and he has every right to be. But he cannot hold Raw hostage. Fans boo and chant “Get These Hands!” Stephanie appreciates Braun’s rage, but she wants him to channel it for what matters: Survivor Series. Shane McMahon insulted the entire Raw locker room when he stole the WWE World Cup win. Is Strowman going to let Shane disrespect the locker room? Braun doesn’t give a damn about Shane, or about representing Raw! Well Stephanie does, so he better give a damn, too! Well all due respect, he knows the corporate types just see him as “a mindless meat castle,” but he’s smart enough to know when people are manipulating him. So just bring Corbin out so they can settle this.
Stephanie doesn’t underestimate him, she’s a business woman. They’ll compromise so everyone gets what they want. Raw has beat Survivor Series two years in a row. If they get a 3-0 sweep, Strowamn gets whatever he wants. He word is her bond. Fans don’t believe that. He doesn’t care about planes, trains or any of that, he just wants another shot at Brock Lesnar! “Done.” But before that, Strowman wants Corbin. Also done. And under his stipulations. Also done. Good. Stephanie just needs to get Corbint to sign a waiver so Strowman isn’t responsible for the damage. She can get that done, provided he does nothing to Corbin until after Survivor Series. Fans boo but Stephanie wants Strowman to prove he’s a proud member of the roster. Then he can have what he wants. He better, or else he’ll destroy WWE headquarters! Also understood.
Stephanie says she’s being very transparent about motivating the roster, from monster to man to– Ronda Rousey! Ronda heads right to the ring and Stephanie is not happy about it. But Stephanie still gives Ronda an introduction, up until Ronda snatches the mic away. “You can save the pep talk, Steph.” There’s nothing Stephanie has that could motivate Ronda more. Ronda’s been waiting for a challenge like Becky Lynch since showing up to WWE. She’s sick and tired of hearing talk from “The Man”, she just wants to fight. However, fans do chant for Becky, too. Ronda realizes she doesn’t have to wait for a fight. Stephanie is in fear for her arms, but here comes Baron Corbin!
The Constable wants everyone to relax. They need to focus on Shane and SmackDown this Sunday. And Corbin is here to motivate the talent. Corbin carefully approaches with Strowman’s eyes on him. Corbin agrees with Stephanie, Shane stole the WWE World Cup. Raw is in a must win situation now. And that includes Ronda. He puts his hand on her shoulder, she throws him down! Ronda picks up her belt and heads out, but Corbin turns around to see Strowman. Stephanie reminds Strowman of their deal. Strowman says Corbin should enjoy being Stephanie’s lap dog while he can, because after Survivor Series, Strowman vows to neuter the Lone Wolf! It’s only a matter of time, what will be left of Corbin once Strowman can #GetTheseHands on him?
Ember Moon VS Tamina w/ Nia Jax!
An alliance has been struck between the Samoan Dynasty cousins, and now the Irresistible Force has an equally powerful ally. The Prophecy of Flame was Nia’s friend, but now she’s just prey, will she be able to survive the Daughter of Super Fly?
The bell rings and Ember glares at both of them. But she looks at Nia too long, Tamina clobbers her! Tamina kicks and headbutts Ember, but Ember hits back. Tamina puts Ember in a corner hard, but then misses as Ember gose up and over. Ember gets moving, lands on her feet out of the hip toss and spins around to a sunset flip. Tamina stays up and brings Ember up, but Ember fires off strikes! Ember kicks and kicks and kicks, but Tamina shvoes her back. Ember comes back with an enziguri! Tamina is down so Ember hits her with a running forearm. Cover, TWO!
Alexa Bliss watches back stage as Tamina rocks Ember back. Surely Alexa wants to be 100% sure her team of five is the best possible. Tamina brings Ember up and scoops, but Ember slips out. Ember kicks Tamina’s leg, then runs for the sliding shot! Tamina rolls out but Ember gets to the apron. Ember has the fans on her side as she slides for a dropkick! Tamina staggers and crashes into barriers. Ember goes out to fetch Tamina, but Nia approaches. Ember is distracted and Tamina pounces again! Tamina has control with thanks from family as we go to break.
Raw returns as Tamina has Ember in a chinlock. Fans rally as Ember endures, and Ember fights back. Tamina wrangles her back down, but Ember continues to endure. Ember fights her way back up as fans rally, but Tamina drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Ember fights back but Tamina pushes her to a corner. Tamina runs into a boot, and Ember throws forearms. Tamina hits back and reels Ember into a back suplex. Ember slips out to fire off more forearms! Tamina shoves Ember but Ember comes back with a dropkick! Ember kicks, kicks and forearms, then enziguris again! Tamina is dazed, but still hits back with an uppercut. Tamina whips but Ember dodges, to DIVE onto Nia! But Nia just deflects her. Ember shakes off the shock to kick Tamina away!
Ember runs in, springboards, crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nia is relieved, but Ember keeps moving. She runs in at Tamina for the handspring forearm! Tamina staggers out and Ember climbs up. Nia distracts again, SUPERKICK from Tamina! Ember goes down as fans boo and jeer, but Tamina climbs up now. Tamina leaps for the Superfly! Cover, Tamina wins!
Winner: Tamina, by pinfall
The Moon was taken down by these duo of lady titans. Nia adds insult to injury as she drops a leg on Ember! Will this killer instinct and ruthless aggression get the Samoan Dynasty added to Alexa’s Team Raw?
Exclusive in-ring interview with Seth Rollins!
The Architect is back to being only Intercontinental Champion because The Lunatic Fringe wouldn’t help him in a Raw Tag Team Championship defense. However, Rollins must shrug that off and prepare for the United States Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura, at Survivor Series!
Rollins joins Corey Graves in the ring and Corey asks Rollins how he feels going up against The King of Strong Style, mentally. Well, a first-time-ever match up of Rollins VS Nakamura, it’ll be a hell of a fight. But Rollins doesn’t actually care about any of that. Dean Ambrose is still on his mind, but Corey wants Rollins to know that if he’s not focused, Nakamura knees Rollins’ head off. Rollins will be ready for Nakamura on Sunday, but this is Monday. Tonight, Monday in Kansas City, Rollins wants answers! Why did Ambrose do what he did? Corey has known Ambrose as long as Rollins has, and while Ambrose doesn’t always speak his mind, he’s still a bright guy. Ambrose has a reason, he’s just not man enough to tell any of us.
But Ambrose is on the titantron! Not man enough? Ambrose won’t let Rollins say he’s not man enough. Ambrose is more than man enough to go into the arena and beat the hell out of Rollins! But he won’t, because no one here deserves that. No one deserves an explanation from Ambrose! These fans who come up with no manners, calling Ambrose names and crying, “Why, Dean, why?” Ambrose says The Architect doesn’t have all the answers, huh? Maybe Rollins shouldn’t have treated Ambrose like an idiot or a charity case. Maybe something went wrong with Ambrose. Or maybe Ambrose has always been this way, but Rollins was just too selfish to see reality. Maybe Ambrose regrets what he did and when he did. Maybe his brothers will forgive him.
No, Ambrose thought the Shield was stronger together. Ambrose thought the fist and the gear made him strong. But the truth is, “The Shield made me weak.” Rollins and Roman made Ambrose weak. The burden of watching their backs made him weak! But it’s a new day, “a chance to be reborn. A chance to take the past… And burn it down.” Ambrose soaks his old Shield vest in gasoline, then tosses it into the fire. Ambrose has almost literally burned the bridge between him and Rollins. Is there any going back? Rollins storms off towards the back, will he find Ambrose when he gets there?
Kurt Angle heads to the ring! NOT!
Last week, The Olympic Gold Medalist fought to become captain of Team Raw, but the Scottish Terminator was on a mission to destroy the legend put in front of him. McIntyre could’ve won even sooner than he did, but he chose to humiliate Angle using his own submission hold to win. But instead of seeing the Hall of Famer, we see Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre walk out. The Show-Off and the Scotsman are part of Team Raw alongside Braun Strowamn, but there are still two spaces left to be filled.
McIntyre picks up a mic and speaks over the booing fans. “When I first showed up on Raw, I told you I was going to take over. Do you believe me now?!” First McIntyre had a part in breaking The Shield, and then he alone broke Kurt Angle. Angle went into the match a national treasure, but left as “nothing more than an embarrassment.” Angle gave it his all, McIntyre has to admit. But McIntyre saw Angle’s will to win fade in his eyes. McIntyre saw Angle realize that he was in the ring with a superior man. And finally, McIntyre saw Angle crawl on his hands and knees. Then “he started crying.” Ziggler mockingly says that’s too heart wrenching.
McIntyre was never more disgusted in his entire life! But McIntyre was more than happy to put Angle down with his own Ankle Lock! McIntyre says he’s had the highest highs, the lowest lows, and has sacrificed more than anyone here ever has. “Look at me! Raw is my show now!” And McIntyre shall mold this show into his image. There is no room for weakness! No more nostalgia acts! But here comes Finn Balor! The Extraordinary Man leads Balor Club into Kansas City and the ring, because he wants payback for the swerve McIntyre gave him with that Claymore kick.
Finn grabs a mic as fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” McIntyre admits Finn has guts for coming out here. Finn admits that, too, but he also says that listening to McIntyre talk about all this, that’s just too much. Finn says McIntyre crossed a line. McIntyre could’ve won. Oh sorry, did McIntyre offend everyone? Here’s a life lesson: “Dignity is not a right reserved for all.” McIntyre could’ve done even worse but chose not to. But Finn isn’t here for Angle, he’s here because McIntyre tricked Finn after what “Big Bad Bobby” did to him. But Finn is exactly what’s wrong with Raw. So many superstars here are more concerned with their feelings, it makes him sick. Go cry to Balor Club and too sweet some–
SHUT UP! Does McIntyre want to act like a bully? Finn’s had bullies his whole life. So Finn will stick to what he knows: Finn VS McIntyre, right here and now! Fans want to see that! McIntyre wonders what’s more fragile: Finn’s feelings or his body. But if it’s a match he wants, it’s a match he gets! Not with McIntyre, though. Fans boo as McIntyre says it’ll be a match with the TRUE Best in the World, Dolph Ziggler! If Finn somehow defeats Ziggler, then maybe McIntyre will lower himself to Finn’s level. McIntyre of course makes a height joke with this. Ziggler doesn’t take Finn seriously, but then McIntyre headbutts Finn! Will Finn be able to get past Ziggler after that?
Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre!
Raw returns as Finn says he’s okay to do this match. The bell rings and Ziggler goes right at Finn with haymakers! The ref backs Ziggler of, but Ziggler comes back to grind his boot into Finn. Finn crawls but Ziggler grinds his face into ropes. The ref counts and Ziggler backs off at 4, but then goes back after Finn. Ziggler puts Finn in an armlock and chinlock. Fans rally for Finn as Finn endures. Finn fights his way up but Ziggler wrangles him back down. Ziggler drops an elbow, then covers, TWO! Ziggler wraps Finn into a sleeper hold and body scissors. Finn endures again as McIntyre stares him down.
Ziggler shifts to a camel clutch with his hands over Finn’s face. Even so, Finn reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Ziggler lets go at 3, and Finn gets to his feet, only to get a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ziggler stalks Finn to throw hands. Finn tries to shake it off but Ziggler is on him with another chinlock. Ziggler shifts to a modified armlock, then rolls Finn back into the body scissors and sleeper. Fans rally and Finn gets up again. Finn elbows his way out but Ziggler knees low. Ziggler runs but into Finn’s boot! Then Finn throws haymakers to back Ziggler down. Ziggler kicks low, then whips. Finn reverses but Ziggler sunset flips, Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn runs in but Ziggler rolls him up, with tights! TWO, and Ziggler hits the splash in a corner.
Finn spins the neckbreaker off, then dodges Ziggler to swing kick! Ziggler’s down, Finn goes up! Ziggler trips him up! The Show-Off is back in control as we go to break.
Raw returns and Ziggler still has Finn down on the mat. Fans rally up but Ziggler eggs Finn on. Ziggler brings Finn up for the neckbreaker! Finn rolls to a corner, but boots Ziggler away. Ziggler kicks back then throws haymakers. Ziggler runs, but into a chop! Finn blocks the kick but runs into an elbow, to PELE Ziggler down! Both men are down but fans rally up. McIntyre coaches Ziggler as he paces on the outside. Ziggler and Finn slowly stand, and Finn fires off on Ziggler. Fans fire up with Finn as he runs in for the chop! Finn whips Ziggler but Ziggler reverses and redirects. Finn goes up and over but walks into a boot. Ziggler hops up but gets a kick! Then the takedown to double stomps! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre glares as Finn takes aim. Ziggler stands, and gets a slingblade! Finn aims again, but runs into a knee! Ziggler leaps, satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Ziggler grows frustrated. Ziggler waits for Finn to stand, but Finn blocks the kick. Ziggler kick slow, Famouser! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre grows frustrated along with Ziggler as Finn survives again. Ziggler watches Finn stand, but Finn bucks off the Zigzag to dropkick Ziggler down! Finn hurries up top, but Ziggler gets under the jump. Finn sends Ziggler, out, and dropkicks McIntyre down! But Ziggler returns, only to be launched! Ziggler and McIntyre regroup as Finn builds speed, Finn FLIES! He hits both men then puts Ziggler in. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Finn leaps. Ziggler dodges, rolls Finn but Finn reverses, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Extraordinary Man beats the “Best in the World”, and to McIntyre’s chagrin! Will McIntyre man up and take Finn on 1v1?
Baron Corbin talks with Stephanie McMahon.
The Constable isn’t so sure bribery is the best way to control The Monster. It’s not bribery. But before Stephanie can argue her reasoning, they encounter Finn Balor. Stephanie congratulates Finn on his win, but also for standing up for himself. Not everyone has that kind of courage. Finn is going to be on Team Raw! Finn thanks Stephanie for the opportunity. Corbin wants to discuss the decision of making Finn the fourth man, but then McIntyre comes storming in! McIntyre asks if Finn thinks he’s funny. Stephanie tells McIntyre that she heard what he said, and corrects him: Raw is her show. And while McIntyre is upset, he can’t hurt his new teammate. Ziggler wants to get his hands on Shane for the World Cup, and McIntyre showed pure evil, which is what she wants him to do to Shane and all of SmackDown’s team.
Now, these three don’t have to like each other, but they have to work together. Understood? Yes. After they win, they can tear each other apart. Finn grins but so does McIntyre. Can Team Raw coexist long enough to win at Survivor Series?
Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.
We’ve all heard what Becky Lynch said on Tuesday, what is Ronda’s response? Becky can dish it out, but Ronda wasn’t trying to offend or mock anything about Becky’s past. Ronda was just pointing out how ridiculous it is for Becky to think she’s taking Ronda’s arm. While Becky was learning the alphabet, Ronda was learning armbars. While Becky was learning to juggle, Ronda was learning armbars. And while Becky was pointing to where the exits were, Ronda was learning armbars. Ronda can’t believe she has to point this out. Becky can dish it out, but she can’t take it. Ronda speaks specifically to Becky about how “hypersensitive” she’s being. Becky isn’t “The Man”, she’s The Millennial. The skinny jean wearing, avocado toast munching Man with a bubble-wrapped ego and a porcelain self-perception.
Maybe someone should tell The Man that Ronda isn’t Charlotte, Raw isn’t SmackDown, and that being upset doesn’t make you right. Put the tiny violin away, “champ”, this isn’t Oliver Twist VS a trust-fund golden child. Ronda earned every fan with her blood, sweat and tears! And Ronda sure as hell didn’t pour her heart and soul into redefining “Fight like a girl” so that a leader of the Women’s Revolution could call herself “The Man”! Ronda calms down when Nia Jax walks by, with Tamina. They just want to wish their champ luck. And remind her that Nia is up next. The Baddest Woman is all riled up, but will her rowdy fighting spirit get burned by Becky’s Straight Fire?
Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
Before the match, Ruby has a mic to speak to The Queen of Harts. Ruby addresses her actions last week, while showing us footage. The Six Woman Tag rematch between The Riott Squad and Natty’s team ended not with a pinfall or a submission, but with Ruby breaking Jim the Anvil’s sunglasses. Natty was in tears but The Squad didn’t seem to care at the time. Now a week later, Ruby says that breaking The Anvil’s sunglasses struck a nerve with Natty and the WWE Universe. She thought it over since then, and she completely understands why there’s such backlash. “Let’s face it, Jim was a future WWE Hall of Famer.” He was a badass powerhouse with infectious charisma. And in that moment, Ruby took all of those happy memories and made them into nightmares.
Not only that, but Ruby humiliated Natalya in front of the world. “And I enjoyed every second of it!” The Squad laughs at how they tricked all the fans. That wasn’t taking it too far! That wasn’t far enough! These three have scratched and clawed for so much, and Ruby wanted everyone to feel emotion, REAL emotion. And “to bawl like a baby.” In that moment, it just made sense as to why Jim wore the sunglasses: “It was because he was ashamed to look at his own daughter.” Jim had to cover his eyes– But here comes the Daughter of the Anvil! Not from the ramp, but from behind! And she trips Ruby up to hammer away!
Liv and Sarah come back but Natty takes care of them. Ruby gets Natty, and now it’s a numbers game! Sarah lifts Natty up, and Ruby runs, for a Hart Attack! They steal the move of Bret & Jim to further humiliate Natty! Natty isn’t crying, but she isn’t standing either. Will Natalya ever get payback for what The Squad did in disrespect?
Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Battle Royal!
The Monster Among Men blasted this match apart to open the show, but now we’ll try again. Who will be the last team standing to lead the Red Brand into the epic 10v10 Elimination Match?
The bell rings and that brawl begins again. The Revival pick on Slater while The Ascension go after Bobby Roode. The Lucha House party go after Rhyno while Corey complains that they shouldn’t have the entire trio in a tag team battle royal. Slater fights off The Revival but ends up caught on the top rope. Dawson throw him out, The Revival ELIMINATES Slater & Rhyno! Rhyno has to leave by default, and The Revival go after Lucha House Party.
The B-Team go after Chad Gable while The Revival and LHP continue to fight. The Revival put Kalisto on the apron but Kalisto fights them off. Lince runs in to help but is tossed over! Kalisto helps keep Lince in and they skin the cat. Lince headscissors but Dawson reverses to shove Lince out. Lince bodyscissors to bring Dawson with him! Dash goes to save Dawson, but Metalik suckers him into the B-Team. Axel knees Dash and feeds him to Metalik’s tornado DDT, that he also uses to kick Dawson down! Lucha House Party ELIMINATES The Revival! B-Team help throw Dash out for good measure, and the #TopGuys collide!
Bo Dallas & Curt Axel chant “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” but Lucha House Party respond with “Lucha! Lucha!” The Ascension blow up the chant battle, and go after everyone left. Konnor has all three luchadores on him but throws them all off! And then he throws Kalisto out, The Ascension ELIMINATES Lucha House Party! Lince and Metalik roll out, leaving The Ascension, The B-Team and Roode-Gable. Viktor throws Axel at Bo and gets rid of them both, The Ascension ELIMINATES The B-Team! Viktor and Gable brawl and Roode hits Konnor! Roode gets Viktor in place for a neckbreaker, and Gable adds a moonsault! The teamwork works out, and they hurry to get Viktor up. Konnor hits Roode down, then boots Gable. Konnor brings Gable up, but gets caught into a handing armbar! Roode dumps Konnor out, they ELIMINATE the Ascension!
We have our Raw team captains! The captains are victorious and GLORIOUS, but which other four teams will they bring with them to Survivor Series?
Raw returns, and we have our Tag Team Division team!
With names like the Authors of Pain already champions, Dolph & Drew in the normal Men’s Team and Rollins & Ambrose at odds, it wasn’t hard for them to choose. Roode & Gable will bring The Revival, The B-Team, the Ascension and Lucha House Party with them to face Team SmackDown! Who will SmackDown captains, Jimmy & Jey Uso, bring besides themselves and The New Day?
Brock Lesnar is here!
The Beast and his Advocate head to the ring, the WWE Universal Championship belt back around his waist. Of course, it was thanks to Baron Corbin’s Crown Jewel Screw-Job, but that doesn’t matter to Lesnar or Heyman. Now for the second year in a row, Survivor Series will feature The Beast VS The Phenomenal One in the Universal VS World, Champion VS Champion match. Heyman gives his standard introduction for himself and the “only two-time reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion”, BROCK! LESNAR!! And Heyman knows everyone will agree with him that no one deserves congratulations more tahn The Beast. But Strowman will get some congratulations that he’s almost unbeatable, “except when you get hit with not one F5, not two F5’s,” but FIVE F5’s from Brock, Lesnar. And congrats to Strowman that he’s able to worm his way back to a title shot with “some hardball negotiations.”
Heyman congrats the SmackDown roster for avoiding the beating their world champion gets at Survivor Series. Heyman congrats AJ Styles for being the world champion who will get that beating. Fans chant “AJ Styles!” but Heyman says they only chant that because they think Styles has a fighting chance based on last year’s match. Heyman says that Styles will fly into LA, check in to Hotel California, go to the “Suplex City” suite, and “take the beating that is coming the way of the WWE Champion.” For those who don’t know what that Hotel California reference was about, “google it, b*tches, I’m not here to educate you!”
But he’s here to educate AJ Styles. So based on last year, there is no one in the WWE from Raw or SmackDown or NXT, or even the UFC, that Lesnar wants to beat up more, wants to take to Suplex City more, wants to F5 more, and no one Lesnar wants to beat more, than AJ Styles. “Which means, ladies and gentlemen, this Sunday at Survivor Series, Suplex City, F5, one, two, three.” Your winner, the champion of champions, Brock Lesnar. That’s not a prediction, that’s– Jinder Mahal? Mahal addresses Heyman and respects the goal of making Lesnar a two sport champion. But do not underestimate AJ Styles. Last year, Mahal was focused on a dream match: Universal Champion, “The Beast” Lesnar VS World Champion “Beast Master” Mahal! That opening allowed Styles to steal the title and steal the match!
So Mahal is here as a friend to offer his services and help Lesnar focus. Mahal can show Lesnar the power of his mantra! Mantra? Seriously? Is Lesnar even going to entertain this notion? Surprisingly, yes. Lesnar says Heyman should hear this, since he’s Jewish and all. Heyman tries to explain that’s not how it works, but Mahal enters the ring. Mahal thanks Lesnar for this chance. Now, center your energy. Breathe in, then breathe out as you say “Shanti!” Lesnar tries the breathing, but he decides instead of “Shanti”, he says Suplex City! He runs one Singh Brother over and throws the other! Lesnar clotheslines Mahal out, then a suplex for the other Singh Brother! Then back to Sunil for another suplex! Heyman uses “Shanti”, and it seems to keep him calm as Lesnar throws Samir again!
Fans want “One More Time!”, so Lesnar hauls Sunil up to toss at Mahal! The Beast looms over the Modern Day Maharaja, then hauls him up for an F5 to the floor! Heyman hands Lesnar back his belt, and The Beast leaves Mahal and the Singh Brothers down and out. Will this rematch one year later go the same way? Or will Styles surprise everyone, but especially Heyman and Lesnar?
Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
The Monster Among Men, the Scottish Terminator, the Show-Off and the Extraordinary Man are four of the five members of Team Raw. Will the Drifter or the Rocky Mountain Machine join them as the fifth and final man?
Before the match, the Hype Man of the Hour hypes up “the most magnificent body in the world.” Bobby Lashley is a work of art! His genetic make-up is art. But show them all those poses. “Yes, yes!” The side pose, the lats, the double biceps and quads. And yes, Kansas City will get Lashley’s favorite, the gluteus maximus! Lio gets a laugh out of it, that’s fore sure. But then Elias appears! Elias sits on stage with his guitar, and takes out his phone. Why? Because he needs to tell Kansas City Child Protective Services that Lashley has a child he kidnapped weeks ago. How old? Lio how old are you? Can’t be more than 10. And the poor kid is pointing at Lashley’s muscles, and Lashley was bent over just now. Why? No idea. Yes, it’s very disturbing, hence the call.
How long can they hold him? Make it quick, the longer Lashley is out here, the more prone we are to falling asleep. Lashley tells Elias the clown to shut up. Elias is up there running his mouth and trying to be funny, why doesn’t he get down here to say it in Lashley’s face? Calm down, Lashley. Elias will tell the whole world that Lashley sucks. Elias was just trying to help Lashley and “the toddler”, but before that, he plays his guitar. And then he asks, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Kansas City does! This match happens after the break!
Raw returns as Lashley has Elias in a headlock. Lashley wrangles Elias down but Elias keeps fighting back. Fans rally up and Elias gets up, only to be thrown down by Lashley! Lashley stomps Elias, then drops an elbow. Elias moves and Lashley hits mat. Elias throws hands, but Lashley kicks low. Lashley backs Elias down then whips him corner to corner. Elias goes up, and dropkicks Lashley away. Elias runs in corner to corner and runs Lashley over! Lashley staggers to a corner, Elias stomps and throws hands! Fans fire up with Elias, but Lio gets up on the apron. Elias hits him down, but Lashley rolls him up! TWO, and Elias baits Lashley. Elias dumps Lashley out, then leaps from the apron for a big knee!
Lashley’s down but Elias whips him into the post. But Lashley throws Elias into steel steps! Lashley gets in the ring at 6, Elias heads over, but Lio appears from under the apron! Lio keeps Elias from getting in before 10!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by count-out; joins the Raw 5-Man Survivor Series team
The now 24 year old piece of gold pays dividends! His big man gets in, keeping Elias out of Survivor Series. So Elias goes after little Lio! But then Big Bobby runs in, so Elias dodges to send him into the post! Elias throws Lashley into barriers, then grabs Lio. Elias puts Lio in the ring, hauls him up by his pants, then tosses him back out onto Lashley! The Drifter gets the last laugh on Lashley & Lio tonight, but will he be able to bounce back from this loss? Is the Men’s Team Raw truly powerful enough to destroy SmackDown once and for all?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!
The Goddess was put in charge of putting together the Raw Women’s Team, and she has Mickie James, Tamina and Nia Jax in tow as she makes her entrance. SmackDown already gave their team, though it’s unclear if Charlotte Flair will accept the appointment. That said, knowing Naomi, Carmella, Sonya Deville and Asuka will definitely be on the other side, Alexa surely wants to have the best possible on her side.
Alexa says “This Sunday is personal.” This is about proving Raw is always the A-Show and SmackDown is always second best. The Goddess not only expects a win, but demands it! She has the most dominant team ever, “you’re welcome.” A key member of the team, Natalya, has had an emotional night. She was sent home early to channel that range and focus it at SmackDown. For now, she introduces the present members of her team: First, her loyal friend and six-time women’s champion, Mickie James. Second, the former Raw Women’s Champion, Evolution Battle Royal winner, and perhaps someone who can help Alexa bury the hatchet, Nia Jax! Third, another fierce competitor and someone has shown she was born with the killer instinct, Tamina!
2Now this plus Natty is still one superstar short. Alexa thought long and hard on who the fifth woman to be. It should be someone willing to do anything, even end friendships, to win. The winner of tonight’s main event will be that fifth woman.
Sasha Banks VS Bayley!
No matter how many times the Legit Boss and the Huggable One make up as friends, they’re always pitted against each other over something. Will Sasha and Bayley stay friends after this match? Or will history repeat itself here tonight?
Raw returns, and the bell rings. The two friends circle and tie up as the others watch closely at ringside. Sasha chops then goes acrobatic to arm-drag Bayley. Sasha runs in but Bayley rolls her up, ONE. Bayley rolls Sasha again, ONE! Sasha waistlocks but Bayley bucks her off. Bayley hits a sliding lariat, cover, TWO! Sasha whips Bayley but Bayley slips out and brings Sasha over. Sasha denies the hotshot to knee Bayley down! Bayley goes down but catches the slide to knee Sasha back! Both women are down but Bayley gets up to put Sasha in the ring. Sasha spins around and hits a huricanrana! Now Sasha puts Bayley in, then climbs up. Flying meteora! Cover, TWO! Both women are down again but Sasha sits up first.
Sasha runs in but Bayley pops her up and tosses her out. Bayley elbows Sasha down, then goes out. Bayley runs, and dropkicks through the corner, but Sasha swings her into the post! Sasha catches her breath while Bayley clutches her ribs. Sasha gets in the ring, and goes to the apron to double knee Bayley into the post! She goes back in, but Bayley dodges and Sasha’s knees hit post! Bayley rolls Sasha up, TWO! Alexa seems mildly amused while fans fire up for both women. Bayley gets up but Sasha throws her out. Sasha hobbles over but into a hotshot! They’re both on the apron now as they slowly stand up. Fans rally up, Sasha blocks the kick to give a knee! But she runs into a Bayley2Belly on the apron!! They both crash down while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, as Bayley’s Macho Elbow hits knees! Sasha puts on the crossface! Bayley reaches, but Tamina and Mickie attack?!
And now so does Nia! Tamina SUPERKICKS Sasha, and Nia gives Bayley a leg drop! Alexa is mockingly shocked. Bayley and Sasha didn’t win, so she’ll introduce her real fifth woman: Ruby Riott!! The Squad Leader appears, as do Sarah and Liv. Seems it was all just a game to The Goddess, and now the team is complete. However, with the tension between Ruby and Natalya, can the women of Team Red coexist long enough to defeat Team Blue?
An attack happens backstage!!
Becky Lynch has somehow gotten in the building, in the locker room, and after Ronda’s arm!! “The Man” bends back the Baddest Woman’s arm, threatening to break it now before Survivor Series! Security runs Becky off and she shouts “Everyone’s tough ’til The Man comes ’round!” The Relent-Lass Straight Fire has fired the first shot, but she’s not done! She heads to the ring with all the Raw women in the ring. Is she crazy?! No, she has back-up! Team SmackDown appears!
Naomi, Asuka, Carmella, Sonya and even Charlotte are here to fight! The IIconics, too! They throw the Raw Women around, so Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox come out to reinforce their team. Nia takes Charlotte and puts her in a corner, but oddly enough her enemy, Becky, saves her. Becky has a bloody nose but she helps Naomi with Tamina while Sonya takes care of Nia. Fans see the chaos and declare “This is Awesome!”
But here comes RONDA!! Becky gets out, she’s already had her go. Ronda decimates the IIconics and Mandy Rose, and with one arm she decks Peyton Royce. But Becky has a chair to jam into Ronda’s ribs! SmackDown continue to wreck Raw as Naomi throws Tamina into steps, and the rest throw Nia into a post! Charlotte SPEARS Nia while Becky SMACKS Ronda! Fans want “One More Time!” so Becky does SMACK Ronda one more time! Becky leads her team out, but Ronda glares daggers at them all. Alexa is beside herself on the ramp. Raw may have the Baddest Woman and the strongest team, but will any of that matter when SmackDown is united in their defiance?
Stephanie is FURIOUS!
Where was Baron Corbin? How could he let this happen under his nose?! Becky and SmackDown decimated Raw! Corbin has no idea, but Stephanie wants to know how that’s possible! Is he not the acting GM? He is, but– But nothing! This cannot happen on Sunday! What will Corbin do to fix this?! Corbin promises to find a way, but can he? Or is he going to be out of power the moment Team Raw suffers even one loss?
For about 80% of tonight, Raw was in the sad standard of sub-par go-home. It opened with a lot of fun as Strowman wrecks that battle royal, and while I’m disappointed he didn’t threaten to just dismantle everything on the Raw side of Survivor Series, I suppose it’s fine Strowman will hold onto his anger until after. If Strowman is going after Corbin in a match of his choosing, I’m thinking TLC ends up being when and where. This will of course bring into question what Strowman does in the Mixed Match Challenge now that we know there’s actually something at stake in it. But Corbin at TLC and Lesnar at Royal Rumble makes sense for Strowman’s path of destruction towards the title he should already have.
Then we go into that sub-par mode as we get very few matches in two hours. We didn’t need recaps, just the building on those events. Ziggler VS Finn was a great match, though, and I suppose we’re just accepting that Finn isn’t feuding with Lashley anymore. Finn VS McIntyre will be a great match when we get it, and putting Finn on Team Raw is an interesting twist. I’m thinking all this dysfunction on Team Raw and the emphasis of getting back at Shane is going to be exactly why SmackDown wins the Men’s match. And in the Rollins-Ambrose story, Ambrose says we don’t deserve an explanation, but he still technically gave us one. As I figured, it’s one part what The Pack brought up, and one part how Ambrose took Rollins using his nickname of “Lunatic”. Ambrose likely attacks Rollins, title match at TLC.
Heyman has another great promo to plug Lesnar VS Styles 2018, and it was actually a pretty good moment of continuity for Mahal to act like he’s the expert on Styles. Mahal and the Singh Brothers end up a good workout for Lesnar as he slaughters them with Suplex City. Now obviously there’s a lot that says Lesnar wins, such as this talk of his UFC match and perhaps the spectacle a WWE Universal Champion becoming a UFC Heavyweight Champion brings. But I’m still banking on some sort of shocking upset, or maybe, if The Club aren’t brought onto Team SmackDown’s Tag Team team, Gallows & Anderson help Styles just beat down Lesnar because they can. I doubt they’d be booed if they did.
Ember put up a good fight against Tamina, but with Nia helping out, naturally Tamina wins her singles return. And naturally, Tamina and Nia make a lot of sense to be put on the Women’s team. Alexa had a good character moment to say that maybe she and Nia can be friends again. For one, wrestling logic dictates that Heels can always find common ground regardless of their pasts. Second, Alexa is literally the kind of character to work with someone, betray them, then work with them again. Just look at Mickie. Now, I expected the entire Riott Squad to be on the team instead of Mickie and Natty, but it seems the Women’s Team needs dysfunction to jeopardize their chances, too. And that entire ending brawl was amazing! Becky got a bloody nose, but that somehow adds to how badass she is. She has to win now, right?
My Score: 8.1/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Victory Road Results & Match Ratings: 9.23.2022
Victory Road is the last speed bump before Bound for Glory! Main Event promises to be a bloody mess with Barbed Wire Massacre!
Victory Road is here and we’ve got an interesting card on the docket. Delirious challenges Mike Bailey for the X Division Championship, Triple Threat Revolver number one contender match for the X Division, Barbed Wire Massacre and a few higher profile bouts without a huge gimmick.
Mickie James takes on her first real opponent, Gisele Shaw, during this “Last Rodeo” tour she’s doing. Killer Kelly also gets a somewhat legit opponent in Tasha Steelz. We also get Masha’s choice in the Pick Your Poison angle. Max the Impaler will take on Jordynne Grace, as a way to soften up the champion for Masha before Bound for Glory.
So let’s see how this show shakes out!
- Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Killer Kelly: No Contest? – **
- X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Delirious: Bailey retains via Flamingo Driver – ***
- Honor No More (PCO & Vincent) vs Motor City Machine Guns: MCMG wins via Dirt Bomb – *** 1/4
- Mickie James vs Gisele Shaw: Mickie wins via Mick-DT – ***
- X Division Triple Threat Revolver Match: Mia Yim vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Alex Zayne vs Kenny King vs Yuya Uemura vs Frankie Kazarian vs Black Taurus : Kaz wins via Slingshot Cutter – *** 1/4
- Honor No More (Eddie Edwards & OGK w/Maria Kanellis) vs Heath, Josh Alexander & Rich Swann: Eddie wins via Die Hard Flowsion – *** 1/4
- Max the Impaler w/James Mitchell vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – *** 1/2
- Barbed Wire Massacre Match: Moose vs Sami Callihan vs Steve Maclin: Maclin wins via KIA – **** 1/4
Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Killer Kelly
Tasha has had this gimmick of coming down with Disney influenced attire. Mad Hatter, Scar from the Lion King…and today, Ursula.
Kelly tries to bait in Tasha to come in and choke her, Tasha takes the bait and then they start swinging. Kelly gets the best of the slugfest when she starts incorporating her legs, which she swings them in an interesting way. She even throws a Pump Kick that looks more like a Split that just connected with Tasha’s chin.
Tasha does manage to trip up Kelly on the apron, so she gets a small burst of offense; all while Kelly smiles. Kelly crawling around on the ground and maintaining eye contact even when she’s technically underneath in the match. This definitely screams of a style that probably unlocked a few people’s kinks while watching.
Tasha lands a Shiranui, forward roll Dropkick, into a Rings of Saturn. Kelly powers through (with a little bit of a stumble), sets Tasha in the corner, Fisherman’s Buster into Knees to Face and a German Suplex that Tasha tries to fend off. Kelly trips up Tasha as she tries to charge the corner, Hesitation Dropkick from Kelly and Savannah interrupts the match a little. Tasha with a desperate Stratusfaction, but only 2, Savannah attacks again this time with a chain, Kelly Stun Guns Savannah and locks in her Killer Klutch with the chain. The referee is going to disqualify her, so she puts the Referee to sleep and Impact officials come out to pull her off.
X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Delirious
Delirious pushes the pace early in his…unique way, but Speedball eventually takes over with more controlled striking and precision attacks. However, Delirious catches him with his awkward offense and strings together quit a bit, even tying up his wrists and then just throwing him down into the mat. Indelicate offense…but effective.
A Triangle Head and Arm choke has Bailey fading a little, but he manages to get to the ropes and fire back, punctuating his short comeback with the Twisting Shooting Star Press that he does. Delirious counters Bailey, they powder out, Delirious focuses on some big strikes to the back and body. Bailey tries the Flamingo Driver, but the back gives out, Delirious with a Cobra Stretch Backbreaker. Tornado Kicks get countered, Delirious hits a Running Knee of his own, Shadows Over Hell for 2! Strike exchange, Backfists from Delirious, Kicks from Bailey. Standing Moonsault Knees from Bailey, Buzzsaw, no! Cobra Stretch attempt into a Suplex from Delirious. Superkick from Bailey, Flamingo Driver is good and Bailey retains!
That is now 9 defenses for Bailey. You have to think his reign is coming to an end soon, either from his Bound for Glory opponent or Option C.
Honor No More (PCO & Vincent) vs Motor City Machine Guns
Vinnie and PCO are told to go soften up the number 1 contenders for OGK’s tag gold. You all should know that unless the Steiner Brothers reunite, I won’t ever cheer against The Guns. So…I’m biased here.
Early on nothing crazy, PCO and Sabin start, they tussle a little, Vinnie and Shelley go back and forth but then MCMG tandem attacks begin. Vinnie starts fighting back once PCO hits the apron to distract Shelley. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep and some tandem work for the Honor No More duo. Vinnie and PCO have a lot of dysfunction, Vinnie clocks PCO a few times accidentally and it looks like we’re heading towards PCO exiting Honor No More.
Sabin starts working over Vinnie, Cradle Shock attempt but Vinnie slips it, fluid Guns action. Stormbreaker style maneuver from Sabin for 2. Double Yakuza on Vinnie, looking for Skull and Bones but Vinnie breaks up the teamwork. Backdrop and both men are down. Vinnie slowly gets to PCO, PCO comes in and murders Sabin in the corner with a hung Codebreaker and a Draping DDT into a nasty Guillotine Leg Drop. Reverse DDT from PCO, tag to Vinnie, Redrum – and Shelley makes the save!
PCO works over Shelley, but Shelley hits the side step and PCO flies to the outside. High Speed Dirt on Vinnie, Double Sole Butts…Dirt Bomb? I think they called their Double Driver Dirt Bomb, its been a little bit since I’ve seen them do it.
Mickie James vs Gisele Shaw
Top wristlock, chain wrestling start. So it’s slow, but showing that Mickie is trying to prove a point and be very methodical. Gisele Shaw eventually breaks out of the Wristlock with an Escalera, into a Rope Walk, Corkscrew, Arm Drag. It’s a little sloppy looking, but never dangerous, just took a beat or two longer than it should have. Mickie however responds by wrestling Gisele down, licking her hand and spanking her.
As I’ve noticed (and many of us as well), Mickie really steers into more of the sexual pop spots. Gisele hits a few strikes and then a Final Cut for 2. Cravat keeps Mickie mostly grounded until she rallies out. Mickie fights out, tries to catch Gisele with a Frakensteiner, Gisele fights her off and dumps her outside. Gisele acts like she’s okay with the count out…charges for a Baseball Slide but Mickie captures her in the ring skirt.
Mickie hits her own sliding attack and starts laying it to Gisele. As soon as they start heading back in, Gisele grabs Mickie during the entrances and flings her into the post. Mickie is still on the outside and Gisele hits a Tornillo. Raining Elbows, into the Cravat again. Gisele really shines when she focuses on her striking ability with a small flair of Lucha. Gisele goes for the Knee, Mickie blocks and forces her into a Split, kicks her while she’s still mid split and hits Knees of her own for 2. A quick few strikes and a neckbreaker give Mickie another near fall.
Full Nelson Backbreaker from Gisele, into a high intensity Flatliner from being bent over her knee. Only 2, Shaw misses with the Spin kick, single like Flapjack from Mickie, Avalanche Thesz Press, kick out by Gisele. Mick-D – NOPE! Enzuigiri from Gisele for 2, so she Exposes her knee to add impact on that V-Trigger style of attack she does. Mickie dodges, counters, Mick-DT and she wins!
The finish definitely looked goofy, but the match in general was solid.
X Division Triple Threat Revolver Match: Mia Yim vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Alex Zayne vs Kenny King vs Yuya Uemura vs Frankie Kazarian vs Black Taurus
Things start quick, Laredo Kid hits a lot of early high flying offense to take early momentum. Stacks both Mia and Trey together, hits a 450 Splash, tries to pin both of them individually and only gets 2. Trey eventually counters some of Laredo’s offense, Cheeky Nandos, into the Tiger Feint in the corner. Mia counters him and hits a few big spots, Eat DeFeat on Laredo Kid, and Kid is the first out. Big oof for Laredo Kid.
Alex Zayne is next up. Mia tries to attack him before he comes down to the ramp, he catches her and slams her on the ramp. Trey tries to do something, Zayne stops him, flips back in, and pulls of a combo move of Uranage’ing Mia into Trey only for near falls though. Again Mia takes advantage of being on the top rope, hits both men, tries to follow it up after they powder, but they hit her with the Double Gamengiri. Trey hits the reverse Rana on Zayne, Mia kicks Trey in the back of the head, Crucifix Bomb from Mia to Zayne, and Zayne is eliminated!
Kenny King is next up. This works towards a few weeks ago when Yuya debuted, Mia interrupted the match which cost Kenny the match. So Mia and Kenny have heat, and Kenny tries to leverage the triple threat aspect to his favor. Mia and Trey do start arguing like idiots on who’s gonna fight Kenny. Reverse Powerbomb across the top rope from Kenny, then he hits the Spinebuster on Mia; and Kenny is rolling. Trey and Mia do finally start working together, Mia hits Pay Dirt on Kenny, but he kicks at two and then powders. Mia is too focused on Kenny, Trey and her start to go back and forth, so Kenny Rolls her Up with tights for the elimination.
Yuya Uemura is who we have now. Missile Dropkick entry on Trey, a few quick Crossbodies help him roll pretty fast. Dragon Suplex from Kenny takes the barely upgraded Young Lion down, but only a near fall. Double Overhook Belly to Belly from Yuya gives the young wrestler a chance to fire off one on one with Trey. Trey lights him up with a few kicks, misses the Stomp, Jacky Bryant Snap Kick, Tilt-a-Whirl Argentine Driver gives Trey the pinfall.
KAZ is next! Kenny looks like he’s gonna have Trey and Kaz fight themselves, but tries to shanghai some offense. Kaz doesn’t fall for it, and controls both men for a couple minutes hitting classic Kaz offense, Springboard Guillotine, Running Russian Leg Sweep, just good Kaz stuff. Pile up in the corner, Trey hits a desperation Meteora, but overshoots the landing so all 3 men are down for a breather. Trey tries to get some fluid action against Kenny, but Kaz plucks him out of the air and chokes him out.
Black Taurus is the final entrant. So next pinfall or submission wins. Taurus dominates early since he’s the fresh man, but then we see Kenny and Kaz pick a few spots to try and keep their chances alive. Taurus has a couple close calls with a few of his bigger spots, Kaz gets a Victory Roll on Taurus, then a Bridging Suplex on Kenny for a double pin, but they kick out. Taurus powders, slingshot Cutter to King and Kaz wins!
Little vignette with Rosemary, Taya, JesSICKa and VXT. Then Bobby Fish shows up. Fish is poking fun at how much heat he’s had lately. So I’d take this, and the rumours about CM Punk not coming back to AEW, as having some weight. Fish’s promo does drag a little, but it stops exactly when it starts to feel too long. He says he’s here to pick a fight and then Raj Singh and Shera show up.
The crowd trips up Raj during his promo and Bobby pulls the “who are you” angle, and that saves the promo. Shera being turned into a Gatekeeping midcarder is sad, but not unexpected. Raj however is worthless. Rohit Raju was the only talented on from the Desi Hit Squad.
Honor No More (Eddie Edwards & OGK w/Maria Kanellis) vs Heath, Josh Alexander & Rich Swann
Team IMPACT is flowing early. The only tag that HNM makes early with when Eddie decides to duck Josh in the beginning. Aside from that, Mike Bennet is getting worn out like barn shoes for a good five minutes.
Of course, eventually Honor No More grab a foot, cause some trips, take shortcuts and get back to a level of parity. Nothing about this match as really stuck out beyond usual 6 man stuff. OGK manages to rip Heath and Josh off the apron to keep Rich isolated, but again, nothing really mind shattering. As things start to break down and Josh gets in with Eddie, there’s heavy moves that connect. Blue Thunder Bomb, Back Breakers, its just more of the Kings Road style of match. In which the slow build through the match is part of the story telling and we’re getting to wrinkles. Eddie hits a Tiger Driver after OGK hit a few running spots, only 2. Another Tiger Driver + Just the Tip, and Rich breaks up the pin.
Rich was on the apron, had the chance to tag Josh, but decides to Senton into the pile of Honor No More. Maria and Taven get involved while Rich and Heath are down on the outside, Die Hard Flowsion, and Honor No More wins!
The take away of course is the fact that Rich chose to attack the pile instead of backing up Josh. So the whole conspiracy theory concept will probably continue for Josh. He’s gonna go full DTA at this point, unless Ethan Page returns.
Max the Impaler w/James Mitchell vs Jordynne Grace
One of the few times I can type the sentence, Jordynne is losing the power game here. Max just ragdolls Jordynne, forcing Jordynne to try and be the agile one. Jordynne chops, and Max doesn’t move. Jordynne tries to lift, and there’s no give. Forearms and rope assisted offense finally starts to rock Max a little, but they get up quickly. Jordynne dives, and Max just whips her down into the apron.
Max literally has Jordynne pinned against the ringpost as they lift her up off her feet by the neck. Max slides in occasionally to break the counts, but just continues to impose their will on Jordynne. Jordynne barely maanges to counter a Powerbomb into a Back Body Dorp, and Jordynne finally isn’t getting beat on. She tries to do something to Max, but Max drives her into the post and then misses a Spear.
Jordynne goes for a bunch of slaps and the Aja Kong style backfist, before a Hip Attack into a Vader Bomb, for 2. A quick burst of offense has really been the first time in a while that Jordynne had any forward momentum here. Max tries to lift Jordynne for a Death Valley, Jodynne fights off, hits the ropes and then eats a Spear from Max for a 2 count.
Sunset Bomb from Jordynne gives her some determination, snap Grace Driver and Jordynne wins!
Jordynne names her Pick Your Poison choice. Allie Katch in a Monster’s Ball Match. I mean…I like Allie Katch, but she’s not nearly the obstacle that Max was. So it really fell flat.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 24, 2022
Barbed Wire Massacre Match: Moose vs Sami Callihan vs Steve Maclin
Maclin coming out in the Punisher paint is pretty cool, while Sami comes out with some flannel looking like Cactus Jack.
After a small stall, Sami incites both men. Sami ducks Moose and Moose ends up Pouncing Maclin through a door. Then Sami hits the Piledriver on Moose, but just starts looking around since he doesn’t want this to end early. Moose goes for a rope run, but stops since he forgot about the barbed wire, Sami tries to take advantage but Moose shoves him into it, and Sami just laughs and screams “I like it!”. Sami tosses Moose and Moose turns it into a Tope con Hilo onto Maclin. Now they brawl on the outside.
Sami slams Moose into the guardrail and clocks Maclin for good measure. Maclin has literally not been able to get out of the gates. Sami goes after Maclin a little and that just ends up pissing him off. So when Sami gets distracted with his theater of pain, Maclin starts to lay into Sami, using the barbed wire, stairs, Sami counters and we start getting to some big haymakers. Lariats, Suplexes, just going for a few different home run shots until they all slowly rise for the Fighting Spirit spot.
Maclin and Moose team up a little on Sami, Moose throws Sami into one side of the ring, then he drapes Maclin over the top of another barbed wire covered rope, Sami pops up and Suplexes Moose into the barbed wire. Sami grabs a barbed wire chair, Maclin and Sami jockey for positioning, but Sami Suplexes Maclin onto the chair. Sami also pulls out a Barbed Wire N64 Controller. See unlike the pen from yesterday, this one is actually a little clever.
Sami puts Maclin in a Crossface with the N64 wire, Maclin fights out, Skuds Moose, Busaiku Knee to Sami, Moose pulls out Maclin and Powerbombs him onto the apron. Chokeslam directly onto the barebed wire, but Sami kicks out. Lights Out attempt, but Maclin hits him with the chair and hits KIA. Sami breaks it up with the barbed wire ball. Sami looks to be setting up a barbed wire table with designs on sending Moose through it. Sami plays to the crowd, Maclin comes up from behind him and locks in a Sleeper. Sami slumps down, then climbs up to the top rope with the barbed wire chair and jumps at Moose. The table doesn’t break, but that’s almost worse since Maclin just buries Moose against the guardrail.
Barbed Wire Bat versus Barbed Wire Trash Can Lid when Maclin gets back in. Sami and the bat win, as he even does the sit out bat drop with the “Bang Bang” flourish for the obvious Foley reference. Slap fight, and then Sami Powerbombs Steve through another door. Cactus Driver ’97 and…Maclin kicks out! Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Maclin Uppercuts the balls and hits KIA on the piece of Door left in the middle of the ring! MACLIN WINS!
Overall Score: 7.25/10
So fun takeaways here is that Maclin got the big win, so he should be in line for a well deserved push. Josh Alexander should start a becoming an island, which plays into Honor No More’s hands. Bobby Fish showing up could lead to some fun matches and you can’t be mad at Frankie Kazarian being in an X Division Championship match for the first time in like 8 years.
Also I do appreciate that Raven is the Hall of Fame nominee this year. He’s a blast from the past, who wasn’t really active on the roster when they got inducted. So it’s just a little refreshing.
I’m not gonna sit here like the event was super important since none of the matches were really worth going out to find, except for the main event. Nothing was bad, we moved along a lot of storylines and even got a debut I wasn’t expecting. So it’s a decent show. Must see? Nope. But if you’ve got the time and like the product; you won’t be mad.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/23/22)
It’s a TWO HOUR RAMPAGE!
Truly the biggest episode of Rampage ever!
As AEW Grand Slam continues, Rampage holds a Golden Ticket Battle Royal, the winner earning an AEW World Championship match for Dynamite: Cincinnati!
- No Disqualifications Tag: The House of Black VS Darby Allin & Sting; Darby & Sting win.
- Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker VS Hook & Action Bronson; Hook & Bronson win.
- Wardlow & Samoa Joe VS Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling; Wardlow & Joe win.
- Rey Fenix VS “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry; Jungle Boy wins.
- Eddie Kingston VS Sammy Guevara; Guevara wins, by disqualification.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Diamante w/ Trina; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal: Hangman Page wins and will challenge for the AEW World Championship on Tuesday Night Dynamite 10/18.
- Lights Out: Ricky Starks VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Starks wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
No Disqualifications Tag: The House of Black VS Darby Allin & Sting!
The Dark Father may be gone, but the House still stands. Brody King & Buddy Matthews still want to settle things with the #RelentlessIcons, will they make Darby & Sting #FadeToBlack? Or will this be the end of their dark crusade?
Wait! Sneaking up behind them from the shadows, it’s Darby and STIIIING! Darby jumps onto Brody for a SLEEPER, and only now do Buddy and Julia notice! Buddy turns around and Sting JAMS him with his baseball bat! The bell rings, Brody THROWS Darby off him and onto the LED ramp! Julia jumps on Sting to have a SLEEPER, but Sting doesn’t care, he just DECKS Buddy! Brody scoops Darby to TOSS him into the ring! Darby flops out of the ring, Sting is in pursuit of Buddy, carrying Julia around like a backpack! Buddy kicks Sting, Brody CLUBS Darby, and Julia lets off Sting so Buddy can drag him to the ramp.
Buddy ROCKS Sting and Sting staggers down the ramp to the ring. Buddy stalks Sting into the ring, and he drags Sting up to whip. Sting reverses to send Buddy out! Sting pursues but Buddy knees low and RAMS Sting into steel steps! Meanwhile, Brody’s set up two tables together at ringside, having confiscated the timekeeper’s table. Buddy goes to bump Sting but Sting bumps Buddy off the apron. Darby fires off on Brody but Brody ROCKS Darby! And CHOPS him! Buddy keeps after Sting while Brody sits Darby up top. Brody CHOPS Darby to the floor! Then he AX HANDLES Sting down! Brody drags Sting up and puts him in the ring.
Buddy sets up another table at ringside while Brody stomps Sting. Brody scoops Sting, SLAMS him, and Buddy joins him in the ring. Fans boo but Sting stands up! Sting sees Brody & Buddy circling him, and he fires off hands on them first! Sting UPPERCUTS Brody but Buddy SOBATS! And KICKS! But Sting just roars! Sting fires off hands, ROCKS Buddy, then he back elbows Brody. Sting SPLASHES Buddy! Brody runs in but Sting moves, Brody SPLASHES Buddy, too! Sting then ducks Brody’s haymaker, and even the comeback, so that the LARIAT hits Buddy!! Brody can’t believe he got duped again!
Sting kicks Brody’s bad leg, reels him in, but Brody powers out of the deathdrop to RAM Sting into the corner! Brody hoists Sting up top, CHOPS him, and then climbs up to join him. But Darby CHOP BLOCKS Brody’s leg! Darby hops up for a SUPER CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but Darby growls and builds speed to DIVE into a KNEE from Buddy!! Buddy wipes Darby out, then he goes after Sting on the apron. Sting kicks Buddy first, CHOPS him, but Buddy throws a haymaker! Sting goes up but Buddy is after him. Sting throws hands on Buddy, Buddy flounders and holds onto the ropes, but Sting CLUBS him down!
Buddy ends up on those tables Brody set up, and Sting goes to the very top! Fans are thunderous, but then Brody SHOVES Sting down!! Sting crashes through tables alone!! Fans lose their minds while Sting is down in the wreckage! The House hauls Sting into the ring, and even Julia joins in! They handcuff Sting! Buddy WRECKS Darby with a dropkick while AEW goes picture in picture.
Sting’s arms are locked in, but Darby CLOBBERS Buddy! Darby hops on for a SLEEPER! Buddy throws Darby off and Brody LARIATS Darby down! Buddy pop-up KNEES Darby into a corner, then digs his boots in. The House of Black barks as Brody aims from the other corner, and he runs in to CANNONBALL! The House soaks up the heat while Darby crawls away up the ramp. Buddy, Brody and even Julia stalk up behind Darby. They drag him from ramp to stage as Rampage Grand Slam returns to single picture. Buddy KICKS Darby in the back, then KICKS him again! Brody DOUBLE CHOPS Darby, then Buddy hauls Darby up!
Julia licks her lips as Buddy suplexes Darby, and hands him off to Brody! But Darby slips off and shoves Brody into Buddy! They both crash into the side of the entrance tunnel! Darby then climbs the tunnel! Fans fire up and Buddy pursues! Darby just dribbles Buddy off the steel and shoves him down! Darby then stands up, takes aim, and SUPER COFFIN DROPS Buddy down!! Fans are thunderous as Darby then crawls away from Buddy, only for Brody to DECK him! Brody drags Darby over, trophy lifts him, but Darby slips off again! Darby uses the tunnel to COFFIN- NO, Brody catches Darby for a HANGMAN’S SLEEPER!!
But Darby throws hands from below! They back off, and FALL OFF THE STAGE through spare tables!!! Fans are losing their minds and Julia is furious! But Buddy gets up, and he has Sting’s baseball bat! Buddy and Julia storm their way to the ring, where Sting is leaning against ropes. The medics check Darby, who is busted open on the side of his head. Sting manages to stand and he sees Buddy has the bat! But he just grins?! Julia puts a chair in the ring, Buddy makes Sting take a seat! Sting laughs!? Is he Joker Sting again? Buddy gets the bat, takes aim, but then the lights go out!! And it’s THE GREAT MUTA?!?!
Buddy cannot believe this! New York can’t believe this! But as Muta walks out, even Jericho knows that is him! Muta has a Sting style black ‘n’ white mask even! Muta swaggers up to the ring, stares Buddy down, and Buddy backs away from Muta. Muta stares Sting down, is the rivalry still going after all this time? No, Muta looks at Buddy again! Buddy kicks but Muta blocks, DRAGON SCREW! GREEN MIST!! Buddy flails and bumps Julia off the apron and she falls- OH, she only clips the table and hits the floor!! Sting gets up, breaks the cuffs using the chair, and he has Buddy for a SCORPION DEATH DROP!!! Cover, Sting & Darby win!!
Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall
A truly destructive and brutal match, and in the end, a living legend helped another living legend win! The rivals nod and shake hands to show respect, and they even hug it out! Will this truly be the end of things between the #RelentlessIcons and the House of Black?
Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker VS Hook & Action Bronson!
The Jericho Appreciation Society decided to poke at the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, but they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange might’ve been able to stop Hook, but will they be able to survive New York’s dynamic duo?
And because Hook is bringing Bronson, Bronson’s bringing the bars! The teams sort out and Hook starts against Parker. They circle, Menard distracts Hook and Parker BOOTS him! Hook stays up, he hits a SAYANAGI, then whips Parker. Parker reverses, Hook ducks ‘n’ dodges, then flips through the hip toss! Hook waistlocks, shifts to a gut wrench for the EL CAMINO! Fans fire up as Hook glares at JAS. Parker scrambles to his corner, he tags in Menard, and Menard wants some Action! Hook obliges and tags in Bronson! Fans fire up for their hometown hero, and Menard says Bronson’s gonna get a taste!
Menard shoves Bronson, but Bron shoves him back. Menard runs, he RAMS Bronson but Bronson’s too sturdy for that! Bronson runs now, and he runs Menard over! Parker gets in, he gets run over! The JAS regroup in a corner, but Bronson runs in to SPLASH them! Bronson then brings Menard over, bumps him off buckles and he tags in Hook. Hook reels Menard in for a double wristlock NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE, but Hook has the arms to drag Menard into a DEEP BOW ‘N’ ARROW! But Parker STOMPS it apart! Bronson glares, Parker kicks away on Hook and Menard stomps him to the JAS corner.
Menard throws his knees in, tags Parker in, and Parker runs, BACKBREAKER RUNNING KNEE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Hook is still in this but Parker brings Hook up. Parker whips to CALF KICK! Fans rally for Hook and chant for “ACTION BRONSON!” but Parker tags Menard. The JAS mugs Hook, Menard facelocks and CLUBS Hook, and he tags Parker. Parker CLUBS Hook, snap suplexes, and covers, TWO! Parker drags Hook up, wrenches, and he tags Menard. The JAS mugs Hook again, they double whip him to a corner, and Menard whips Parker in for a forearm smash. Parker then feeds Hook to Menard’s drop toehold, and Parker hits the BOOYAH ELBOW! Cover, TWO!
Bronson and the fans rally for Hook but Menard sucker punches Bronson! Menard whips Hook, but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them both down! Parker tags in and intercepts Hook. Parker suplexes but Hook fights that to OVERHEAD suplex back! Both men crawl, hot tags to Menard and Bronson! Bronson rallies on Daddy Magic, then CLOBBERS Cool Hand Ange! Bronson scoops Parker, brings him around, and hits a POWERSLAM! But Menard stomps Bronson down! Menard CLUBS Bronson, the JAS double whip, but Bronson breaks through the double clotheslines! Then he CLOBBERS Parker!
Bronson tags Hook, Hook CLOBBERS Menard, then he FISHERMAN BUSTERS Parker! The JAS flounder, Hook gets around for the REDRUM!! Parker reaches out, Bronson intercepts Menard, REDRUM REMIX!! Fans are thunderous as both men sink it in with body scissors! DOUBLE TAPS, #HookAction wins!
Winners: Hook & Action Bronson, by submission
Taz is pumped up on commentary while Jericho is furious! Will the JAS never ever want them to #SendHook again?
Wardlow & Samoa Joe VS Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling!
The AEW TNT Champion and the ROH World Television Champion have a common enemy in Smart Mark’s stable, and are going to settle this all at once. Are the Premier Athlete & Technical Beast ready for #WARDJOE?
Sterling and his team are already in the ring as AEW returns from commercial. Sterling has a mic to say, “Folks, the last few weeks, a crazed maniac has been trying to powerbomb me! Well I’m gonna tell you this right now: it’s not happening tonight, thanks to my athletes. And we’re gonna make quick work of WaRdJoE~!” But speaking of, here come the championship duo! They storm right to the ring, and the brawl is on! Joe is after Nese, Wardlow is after Woods, the ref rings the bell as Joe dribbles Nese off buckles. Wardlow fires off knees, ROCKS Woods, but Woods ROCKS Wardlow. Wardlow ROCKS Woods back, but Woods ROCKS Wardlow!
Joe keeps on Nese all along the outside as the haymakers continue to fly in the ring. Wardlow gets the edge, but Woods ducks one to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Woods roars and mocks the conducting of the orchestra. Only to turn around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Sterling is freaking out as Joe keeps Nese down. Woods kicks Wardlow’s leg out, but Wardlow blocks the knee! Wardlow shoves Woods down, he comes back but into the SPINEBUSTER! Wardlow rolls Woods onto his feet to clothesline him and himself up and out of the ring! Joe puts Nese in the ring and JABS away in the corner!
Fans fire up as Joe whips Nese corner to corner, but Nese elbows him away. Nese goes up to CROSSBODY, but Joe just walks out of the way. Fans love Joe just not caring. Joe drags Nese up, CHOPS him, but Nese throat chops! The ref reprimands but Nese has Joe by an ear, for the HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nese hurries to slingshot, but Joe dodges the splash! Joe gets to a corner, Nese runs in at him, but into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe drags Nese up and to the top rope! Joe CHOPS Nese, tucks him in, and hits a MUSCLEBUSTER!! Cover, WardJoe wins!
Winners: Wardlow & Samoa Joe, by pinfall
But Woods goes after Joe! He doesn’t care if this match is over or not, he wants to beat up Joe! Nese joins in, they mug Joe, but Wardlow gets in, even with his bad leg. Wardlow DOUBLE LARIATS Nese & Woods down! Fans fire up as the straps come down, and Wardlow has Woods in position! But Sterling gets in, and he SMACKS Wardlow with his own TNT title! But Wardlow doesn’t even budge! He just gets pissed! Sterling is pissed that Wardlow didn’t even stagger! Wardlow steps and Sterling runs away, but into Joe! Sterling knows he’s dead now. Joe feeds Sterling to Wardlow, for the POWERBOMB!!
Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” and Wardlow conducts his orchestra. Joe helps get Sterling up and back in position. for Wardlow to POWERBOMB him again! The bad leg doesn’t feel so bad with the adrenaline pumping, and fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” Wardlow smirks, Joe drags Sterling up and feeds him in again, for the THIRD POWERBOMB! #WardJoe stands tall, who will dare take on either of these titans next?
Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry!
These two have met plenty of times before in tag team matches, and so they both know the other is an extremely talented individual. Will the Immortal Firebird show Jungle Boy that he’s not ready for that next level? Or can Jack Perry prove to everyone that his Jungle Life is only just beginning?
The bell rings and Fenix somersaults at JB! But JB catches the spring-up into a fireman’s carry! Fenix slips off but JB BOOTS him! JB goes up but Fenix SHORYUKENS! Fenix tucks JB but JB CLUBS away! JB BOOTS Fenix, then hits a LEAP FROG HEADSCISSORS! Fenix staggers up into JB’s DROPKICK! JB kips up and fans fire up! JB drags Fenix up, but Fenix CHOPS him! Fenix double knuckle locks, HEADBUTTS, then goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag JB away! Fans fire up with Fenix but JB ROCKS him! Fenix ROCKS JB, JB bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS Fenix. JB CHOPS, whips, but Fenix Tiger Feint Rewinds to HEEL KICK!
JB flops to the ropes, and Fenix baseball slide dropkicks JB out of the ring! Fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture. Fenix takes a moment while JB checks his head. Fenix goes out after JB, drags him up, and puts him against the corner. Fenix CHOPS JB and JB sputters as he falls over. Fenix then bumps JB off the apron, and again, and then RAMS him into it! Fenix is obviously after JB’s bad back, but JB CHOPS Fenix in return. And again! Fenix KICKS JB down! Fenix refreshes the ring count to then drag JB up and put him in the ring. Fenix clamps onto JB for a seated abdominal stretch. JB endures, even as Fenix hammerlocks an arm and digs his elbow in.
Fenix throws down elbows and then shifts to have an inverted motorcycle stretch! JB endures, even as Fenix sits all his weight on him. Fenix drags JB up with the arm hooks, has the Gory Especial, but JB flips through to arm-drag! Fenix flops out of the ring now, JB builds speed, but Fenix trips him up! Fenix drags JB out to DECK him! Fenix high-fives fans and drags JB up. Fenix puts JB against the corner again to CHOP! JB sputters again as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage Grand Slam returns and Fenix has JB down in the ring. JB sits up to CHOP! Fenix staggers and stings from that, but he CHOPS back! JB staggers, but he CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, switching hands each time! But Fenix blocks one, only for JB to spin around and CHOP Fenix off his feet! JB whips Fenix, Fenix reverses but JB CLOBBERS him! And again! JB drags Fenix up and reels him in to suplex, but Fenix slips out and shoves JB. JB hits the COMEBACKER! Fans fire up with JB and he drags Fenix back up. Suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix rolls away to the apron but JB builds speed! JB DIVES and sends Fenix into railing!
JB puts Fenix in fast, reels him in, but Fenix whips JB away. Fenix dodges the Comebacker this time, Tiger Feint Rewinds, but JB ducks! SUPERKICK from JB, into a PISON-RANA!! JB runs, but into a SOMERSAULT CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Fenix and JB stir, “This is Awesome!” and far from over. Alex coaches Fenix up and both men get to corners. Fenix and JB stand up, approach each other, and the CHOPS fly again! Then the forearms! Fenix has the edge with forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Double underhooks, TIGER- RANA!! JB covers, TWO!!! Fenix gets up, into another SUPERKICK!
JB sits Fenix up, runs, but Fenix ducks the blindside! Fenix Tiger Feints again, into a SHOTGUN! JB goes out to the apron and he drags Fenix up. But Fenix WRINGS his arm into the apron! Fenix hurries to bring JB back up, vows to end this, but JB shoves Fenix away to DECK him with an elbow! Fenix is dazed and JB grits his teeth. Fans rally up, JB drags Fenix up to CLUB him on the back. JB then lines up a shot, for a SUNSET FLIP- NO, Fenix holds off the bomb! Fenix jumps but JB avoids the stomps! But the PENALTY KICK hits! Fenix aims, somersaults and leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down on the outside and the ref checks Fenix.
Fenix gets up and he staggers away while JB slowly sits up, and AEW goes picture in picture again. Fenix drags himself into the ring, JB drags himself towards the ring. JB reaches the bottom rope at 7 of 10 and drags himself in at 8. Fenix crawls his way over as the fans rally up. Fenix and JB stare down from the mat and egg each other on. JB hushes the crowd, to CHOP Fenix! Fenix falls over, but he sits back up. Fenix CHOPS JB back! JB falls backwards, and Fenix sits him up! Fenix eggs JB on, so JB grits his teeth and CHOPS back! Even Alex is stinging from these! Fenix sputters, but he manages to CHOP JB back! JB CHOPS, Fenix CHOPS, repeat!
It’s just CHOP after CHOP and the fans are loving this! Then JB and Fenix start throwing haymakers! They run out of steam and flop over! JB drags himself to ropes, Fenix crawls back to a corner. JB’s got a real nasty bruise on his chest but he doesn’t care. JB and Fenix shake hands to show there is respect, and then the forearms start flying again! Fenix ROCKS JB, JB ROCKS Fenix, and Rampage Grand Slam returns to single picture as Fenix sits down! JB drags Fenix up, but Fenix CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! SOBAT! JB CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fenix drops back down, but then he shoves JB!
The forearms start flying again, and Fenix SOBATS, KICKS, and ELBOWS! Fenix reels JB in, Canadian Racks, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER, into the Gory Especial! GORY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Fenix is shocked! Fans fire up, Fenix SPINNING BUZZSAWS! JB manages to stay up but Fenix goes to the ramp. Fenix uses it to build speed, he goes up and up and ESCALARA CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! JB survives again and Arthur Ashe is thunderous! Fenix puts JB in a corner, hoists him up top, and climbs up after JB. But JB slips out to CLUB Fenix down! And CLUBS him again! JB springs up to SUNSET POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!
JB hurries to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and JB can’t believe it! JB drags Fenix around by a leg, but Fenix kicks him away. Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK! Fenix reels JB in, gives us some Latino Heat, and snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Fenix drags JB up again, but JB slips through! Inverted suplex into a fireman’s carry, LANDSLIDE!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and JB can’t believe it! JB goes to a corner, he hops up top, but Fenix trips him! JB falls to the mat and Fenix goes up! FROG SPLASH!! But Fenix hits so hard, he bounces off! Fenix crawls to the cover, TWO!?!
Both men are running on fumes but the fans are thunderous. Fenix lines up a shot, runs in and JUMP SOBATS! And then Fenix puts JB up top, tucks him in, but JB turns the buster into a cradle! JB WINS!!!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by pinfall
A HUGE win for Jack Perry here as he pins a highly decorated luchador! But JB shows Fenix his respect with a bow. Fenix sits with JB to shake hands and shows that respect back. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, will we see JB continue to grow his legacy? Wait, is that CHRISTIAN CAGE!? Is Captain Charisma back from his injury already? HE IS! His arm is in a sling, but he also has a mic, going into the SECOND HOUR of Rampage!
Rampage Grand Slam Hour Two opens with Christian Cage!
JB is furious that Captain Charisma is even here! But he’s not alone! Here comes LUCHASAURUS! FROM THE CROWD SIDE! JB turns around and attacks, but Luchasaurus shoves him away and HEADBUTTS him down! Christian takes his time walking down the ramp as Luchasaurus picks on what’s left of JB. Luchasaurus torture racks for the EXTINCTION! Christian tells New York, “You always make me smile. You’re loud, you’re obnoxious, but let’s face it, that’s all that you are. So do me a favor, sit down and do nothing like the b*tches that you are, while I conduct my business.”
Christian steps into the ring and looms over JB. “Speaking of b*tches… You jump me like a coward and injure my arm before our match at All Out, and I still beat you and made it look easy. I squashed your ass! Get it through your head: You’re never gonna one-up me, you’re never gonna outsmart me, and you sure as hell will never beat me! This is your final warning, Jungle Boy. You take away my right arm, I introduce you to my Right Hand of Destruction, Luchasaurus!” Fans boo but Christian tells JB to not come back to AEW. Christian only wishes JB’s mom and sister were ringside again, witnessing this for the last time. “END HIS ASS RIGHT NOW, FOR GOOD!”
Luchasaurus drags JB up and hits the CHOKE SLAM!! Christian “kicks dirt” on Jack Perry, is the legend of Jungle Boy over already?
AEW shares footage from after last Wednesday’s Dynamite.
The Jericho Appreciation Society was celebrating Chris Jericho winning the ROH World Championship, and Alex Marvez says this is Jericho’s eighth world title. Jericho says it’s not the eighth, it’s the OCHO! “There is no bigger, more honorable man than Chris Jericho here in AEW, and now I am officially the ROH World Champion. And next week in Philadelphia, we’re gonna have the Jericho Appreciation Championship Celebration!” The JAS is fired up for that! Except for Daniel Garcia. Jericho says this will be the biggest part in Philly ever, and Marvez is NOT invited.
Garcia speaks up, wanting to tell Jericho something first. No, don’t worry, Garcia’s a champion, too, it’ll be his celebration, too! That’s not what Garcia wants to talk about. He has something serious to talk with Jericho about. Well, if he wants to get serious, save it for next week. Because for now, the JAS is going out on the town! OCHO! OCHO! OCHO! But just what is it Garcia wants to bring up to The Wizard of Sports Entertainment?
Eddie Kingston VS Sammy Guevara w/ Tay Melo!
This one has been sizzling on the back burner and now it’s going to catch fire! The Mad King, in his city, is going to get his grudge match with the Spanish God, will he make good on how long he’s had to wait? Or will having his Brazilian Goddess by his side help Sammy put this one to bed?
Sammy gets the mic first, though, and he says, “Look, Eddie, man to man, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I wasn’t man enough to tell you this before. I’m sorry I didn’t say this sooner, you’re a FAT PIECE OF SH*T!” Eddie grabs Sammy by the face! The bell rings as Eddie digs at Sammy’s eyes! Eddie then puts Sammy in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CLUB Sammy! Sammy runs away, Eddie RAMS him into steel steps! Then he moves the steps aside! The ref reprimands, but Sammy claws at Eddie now. Sammy goes to bump Eddie off the apron but Eddie blocks that to bump Sammy instead!
Eddie then makes Sammy smile with fishhooks! Eddie dares Tay to kiss Sammy now! Sammy breaks free to ROCK Eddie, but Eddie CHOPS back! Eddie HEADBUTTS away on Sammy, Tay doesn’t want Eddie to ruin Sammy’s face! Eddie claws at Sammy, fans cheer him on, but the ref reprimands. Sammy CHOPS and ROCKS Eddie but Eddie eggs him on. Sammy throws more forearms, but Eddie pokes Sammy in the eye! Tay is upset, but Eddie CHOPS Sammy again! Eddie brings Sammy to the apron, reels him in, but Sammy back drops Eddie to the floor! Tay’s happy now. Sammy aims and PENALTY KICKS Eddie down!
Fans boo but Sammy and Tay smile, and then SamTay kiss as Rampage goes picture in picture. Sammy gets in the ring as the ring count climbs, and he distracts the ref. Tay KICKS Eddie as she goes back to Sammy’s corner. The ring count continues, Eddie is down at 5 while Sammy does “mat angels.” Sammy kips up, takes a bow, and wants the count to speed up. Eddie stands at 7, drags himself up at 8 and in at 9. Sammy fires off on Eddie, the ref reprimands about closed fists but Sammy stomps away on Eddie at the ropes. The ref counts, Sammy lets off, and then he storms back up. Eddie CHOPS Sammy but Sammy CLAWS Eddie’s face!
Sammy RAMS Eddie into a corner, and again, and then fires off CHOPS and forearms! Sammy rams Eddie again and again, but Eddie pushes him away. Sammy BOOTS, but Eddie stays up! Sammy fires more forearms and another BOOT! Eddie SLAPS Sammy, Sammy SLAPS back, it’s a SLAP fight! Until Sammy grabs Eddie’s head to BITE his forehead! Rampage returns to single picture, Sammy stops biting to snap suplex! Eddie is down, Sammy goes up the corner, and Sammy SHOOTING STARS! Sammy has to bail out as Eddie moves, and Eddie rallies with back elbows! Fans fire up as Eddie powers up the arm!
Eddie runs, Sammy distracts the ref and Tay trips Eddie up! Eddie warns Tay, but Sammy JUMP KNEES Eddie down! Tay blows kisses to Sammy and he runs in at Eddie to RAM him with a shoulder. And ENZIGURI! Eddie staggers, Sammy triangle jumps, for the FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and SamTay are both frustrated. Sammy slashes his throat and drags Eddie up to the torture rack. Eddie fights it with elbows, and a POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as Eddie fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Sammy! Eddie tops it off with one more CHOP!
Eddie whips corner to corner, runs in but blocks a boot. Sammy ENZIGURIS, springboards again, but Eddie avoids cutter to hit a SAIDO! Fans are thunderous again as Eddie glares at Sammy. Tay is panicking, Eddie powers up the hand, and Sammy stands, but he ducks the Uraken to JUMP KNEE! Eddie stays up, Sammy JUMP KNEES again! Eddie staggers so Sammy SUPERKICKS! Sammy torture racks, but Eddie fights free! Sammy avoids the lariat but runs into the HALF ‘N’ HALF! Eddie hauls Sammy up, URAKEN!! That’s not enough!? Eddie stands Sammy up again, for another URAKEN!! Wait, that’s still not enough!?
Eddie drags Sammy up again, for a THIRD URAKEN!! Sammy falls, Eddie SLAPS him! And sits him up, for the STRETCH PLUM!!! Sammy is OUT, Eddie wins!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission
But Eddie holds on! He wants Sammy to suffer! Tay is furious, the ref reprimands, and officials rush out! Jerry Lynn tells Eddie to stop, he’s already won! Eddie doesn’t care, and now security rushes out! They shout at Eddie but the ref talks with Justin Roberts. The ref decides to reverse the decision! Sammy wins by disqualification!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by disqualification
Eddie is stunned! He lets Sammy go but it’s too late! Eddie’s pissed and he fires off on security! URAKEN!! Sammy wakes up and Tay tells him he won! It’s hard to say if Sammy even understands, but he got lucky Eddie hates him that much. How will Eddie handle this loss that wasn’t a loss?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Diamante w/ Trina!
#ThatBitch is still undefeated at 37-0, with big assists to her sidekicks. But with The Baddest Bitch backing her up, will the Cuban Diamond be the one to finally break through the storm?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who’s truly the baddest of them all!
Diamante rushes in, dodges Jade and KICKS away on her leg! Jade clinches, shakes out her bad leg and KNEES Diamante down! Jade drags Diamante up, bumps her off buckles, then tells the ref to back off. Jade EuroUppers HARD, but Diamante CHOPS back! And forearms! And CHOPS! Jade shoves Diamante, but Diamante SHOTGUNS! Diamante fires off hands, climbs up and rains them down! The ref counts but Jade carries Diamante off the corner, only for Diamante to sunset flip! TWO!! Jade gets up but Diamante avoids the boot to roll her up! TWO, and Jade BOOTS Diamante down this time!
Fans fire up as Jade whips Diamante to ropes. Diamante gets around, CHOP BLOCKS and SHOTGUNS Jade to the apron! Diamante runs side to side to WRECK Jade with the dropkick! Fans fire up with Diamante and she goes to the apron. Diamante goes up top for a SUPOER CROSSBODY! Jade manages to catch her! And carry her around on one leg, fireman’s carries and APRON F5s!! Jade is fired up and she gets in the ring. Jade stomps Diamante, reels her into the chicken wings, JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
And that’s Number 38! #ThatBitch is showing she’s a beast, winning with no help and a beat up leg. But then Trina gets in the ring? Trina helps Diamante up, to SLAP her down! Diamante disappointed The Baddest Bitch, and now she sides with The Baddies! Will anyone ever be able to stop Jade’s juggernaut level momentum?
Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal!
Jon Moxley won the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions and is now a THREE-TIME AEW World Champion. However, MJF is biding his time, waiting for the right time to cash in his Casino Ladder Match poker chip. So for October 18th, a special Tuesday Night Dynamite in Cincinnati, the winner of this match will challenge The Maniac for the title! Who out of Hangman Page, Lance Archer, Jay Lethal, Rush, the Andrade Family Office, and the entire Dark Order will overcome the odds?
But wait! As the Cowboy makes his entrance, he’s jumped by the AFO! The Butcher, the Blade, Rush and Private Party all gang up on Hangman before the bell! They drag Hangman out of the ring, but here comes The Dark Order! Evil Uno, Preston Vance, John Silver & Alex Reynolds fight off the AFO while Rampage goes picture in picture!
The brawling goes on around ringside, and the rest of the entrants hurry out! Lance Archer, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Ari Daivari and his Trustbusters, QT Marshall and The Factory, even Brian Cage get involved in the brawling! Bringing up the rear is Dante Martin, Penta El Zero M, and even the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, Dalton Castle & The Boys! Well, the Tate Twins, so as not to be confused with the superhero series. Oh, even Matt Hardy, Danhausen and Best Friends, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta, are involved! Castle goes after old ROH rival, Jay Lethal, inside the ring, and almost throws him over the ropes! Best Friends watch where they’re going while the others brawl.
Hardy and Hager trade shots, but Daniel Garcia helps Hager out. The Firm’s Lee Moriarty and W. Morrissey show up, but they and Stokely Hathaway are smart enough to know to hang back a bit. Brian Cage smacks Chuckie T off steel steps, Hangman gets back into the mix of things, going after Daivari, and then Cage smacks Danhausen off steel steps. Moriarty brawls with Vance, Penta’s got Rush in the ring and they’re trading CHOPS, and Hardy is bumping Lethal off buckles with “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Morrissey shields Moriarty from Vance, Uno brawls with Blade, and referees are still desperate to get this to become a real battle royal as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage Grand Slam returns, the brawling has stopped, and the bell rings! Everyone floods the ring to finally get this battle royal going properly! Which is of course just a brawl inside the ropes. Hager chokes Marq Quen, he and Garcia go to dump him out! Lethal and Hardy again slip out under the ropes to brawl on their own. Daivari whips Penta but Penta reverses and tosses Daivari to the apron! SUPERKICK and Penta ELIMINATES Daivari! Best Friends double suplex QT but QT is a bit hefty. They try again, but Cole Karter helps him out. Karter talks some trash, but Danhausen turns him around for a CURSE!
Karter says shut up with that, but then Best Friends get Karter to TOSS and ELIMINATE him! Best Friends hug it out! But QT CLOBBERS them both! So Danhausen CURSES QT! QT says shut up, so Danhausen tackles QT and fires off hands! QT kicks Danhausen, mocks the Curse, but Hangman TOSSES QT! QT skins the cat, but then Hangman and Danhausen DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE QT up and out to ELIMINATE him! But then Blade and Butcher go after #CowboyHausen! Blade tosses and ELIMINATES Danhausen! Dante elbows Cage, but Cage disrupts his backflip to POUNCE him out to the ramp! Cage ELIMINATES Dante!
Hager tosses Trent but Trent holds on! Hager rushes over but Trent and Chuck get Hager together! They drag him out and ELIMINATE him! But then Cage runs in and BLASTS Chuck down, and ELIMINATES him! Castle runs over but into Cage’s fireman’s carry! Castle fights that but Cage puts him on the apron! Cage ROUNDHOUSES Castle, but The Tate Twins use their fans to blow Castle back up! Cage ROCKS Castle again, but now the twins catch Castle! Fans cheer as they save Castle! Castle high fives fans before he returns into the ring. Lethal and Hardy fight, The Tate Twins taunt Cage, but Cage grabs one of them!
The other brother saves this brother, and then Castle DUMPS Cage to ELIMINATE him!! And Prince Nana ain’t happy about it! Garcia ROCKS Castle, Archer bumps Castle and Trent off buckles! Archer scoops Trent, but Trent slips off! Archer choke grips to throw Trent over! Trent holds on, ROCKS Archer, but Archer CLOBBERS and ELIMINATES Trent! Jericho says this intensity makes Archer the Sports Entertainer of the Week! Meanwhile, Garcia drags Castle up and out and throws him down to ELIMINATE him! But Moriarty BOOTS Garcia and ELIMINATES him! He talks trash, only for Hardy to DUMP and ELIMINATE Moriarty!
Moriarty and Garcia are now side by side, they’re going to feud over that ROH Pure Championship soon enough. Hardy gloats with “DELETE! DELETE!” but Lethal attacks him from behind as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush helps Lethal with Hardy, then Rush helps Blade with Penta. Butcher and Marq Quen mug John Silver, but Archer helps Hardy fire off on Lethal! Uno CHOPS Blade, Rush goes after Penta’s mask! Penta fights against Rush’s disrespect while Uno & Vance go after Isiah Kassidy and Blade. Archer turns on Hardy and chokes him against ropes! Hangman fights off Butcher, Rush makes one more business offer to Vance. Quen goes after Hangman while Blade goes after Hardy. Archer CLUBS Vance, Penta GAMANGIRIS Blade! Silver sputters, Vance CHOPS Archer but Archer doesn’t flinch. Archer ROCKS Vance, Vance ROCKS Archer!
The big men keep trading shots while Lethal goes to throw Kassidy out! Silver tries to lift Archer?! Archer holds on, powers back and CLUBS Silver down. Archer now helps Lethal against Kassidy while AEW goes to break.
Rampage Grand Slam returns and Uno whips Kassidy. Quen is there, he helps Kassidy return for the SILLY STRING! The AFO gloat together, and it turns out during the break, they all ELIMINATED Vance! Wait, now Rush and the mercenaries turn on Private Party! This battle royal is meant to be every man for himself, but to think the AFO would implode so soon! Hardy sees his former proteges in trouble, and he goes to help Quen! And he helps Kassidy! Fans cheer Hardy on as he fires off on Butcher! Quen atomic drops Blade and Kassidy ENZIGURIS! Hardy hits a TWIST OF FATE on Blade! Then he throws and ELIMINATES the Blade!
Hardy looks to Quen & Kassidy, the fans fire up, and #HardyParty is reunited! But they get mugged by Rush, Butcher and Lethal! Lethal, Rush and Butcher throw them out and ELIMINATE #HardyParty! Uno ROCKS Lethal, he ROCKS Butcher, and he ROCKS Rush to avenge Vance! Uno BOOTS Butcher but Rush ROCKS Uno! Butcher ROCKS Uno and short arm LARIATS him! Butcher tosses and ELIMINATES Uno! But Hangman DUMPS Butcher out! Butcher lands on the apron, Hangman triangle jump LARIA- NO, Butcher ducks! Hangman reloads quick to triangle jump LARIAT! This one hits, and Hangman ELIMINATES Butcher!
We have just six men left, and they’re Hangman Page, Johnny Hungy, Pentagon, the Murderhawk Monster, and then Rush is fighting off Jay Lethal! Silver flexes but Rush steps up to him. Rush ROCKS Silver, Silver ROCKS Rush and fans fire up! Silver gets the edge, he KICKS away on Rush, but Rush blocks to HEADBUTT and SUPLEX! Silver tumbles up and out, Rush ELIMINATES him! Archer mocks Penta but Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” and pie faces him. Archer whips Penta, Penta holds ropes and dumps Archer out! Archer lands on the apron, he choke grips Penta, but Penta GAMANGIRIS Archer down and ELIMINATES him!
Now it’s a final four! Lethal superkicks but Penta blocks it to spin and CHOP Lethal! Penta reels Lethal in, “CERO!” NO! Lethal slips out, handsprings, but Penta catches Lethal and TOSSES him! But Satnam Singh is there to catch Lethal! Satnam easily puts Lethal back in the ring! Lethal fireman’s carries Penta, for a SLAM and LETHAL INJECTION! Penta flounders up, Lethal clotheslines Penta up and out to ELIMINATE him! New York boos the Jersey boy, but Hangman hits Lethal with a BUCK SHOT!! Hangman fakes Satnam out to TOSS Lethal the other way, and ELIMINATE him!! Now it’s just the Cowboy and El Toro Blanco!
Fans are thunderous as Hangman and Rush circle. Rush and Hangman get in each other’s face, and the forearms start flying! Rush CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, repeat! Rush SUPERKICKS but Hangman stays up to follow. Rush gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX but Hangman lands on his feet! ROLLING ELBOW! Alabama Lift, but Rush fights that to lift Hangman up! Hangman RANAS out of the bomb, but both men dangle on the ropes!! Rush flops down onto the apron and Hangman drags himself up! They both stand, and the CHOPS fly again! They CHOP on the edge, then Rush HEADBUTTS!
Rush reels Hangman in, tucks the arms, but Hangman Alabama Lifts! APRON DEADEYE!! Rush flops down, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page (advances to Tuesday Night Dynamite)
The Cowboy survives being mugged and comes out the winner of the golden ticket! But will it be Moxley defending the title in his hometown? Or will Maxwell Jacob Friedman screw up that plan with that poker chip?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
First, we will hear from Saraya Knight after her shocking AEW debut last Wednesday! Plus, tracing back to the IWGP US Championship Fatal 4 Way where Juice Robinson beat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Will Ospreay and Jon Moxley, AEW is giving “The Booster” a shot! It will be Moxley VS Juice in an AEW World Title Eliminator! If Juice wins here, he’ll get himself a future world title shot! Will Robinson look to bring AEW gold into the Bullet Club? Or will Moxley deny Juice so that he only has to worry about MJF and Hangman Page?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man notes they’re having an unsanctioned Lights Out Match tonight, but then “Powerhouse” Hobbs says it’s about time Ricky showed up! That’s the Starks that fought Darby Allin & Sting. And yet, that’s the Starks that Hobbs beat in four minutes and 35 seconds. Tonight, there won’t be any change. Starks says that’s funny. Starks has been here, he never left. Hobbs beat Starks in just over four minutes, Starks admits to that. But he can also admit that he is better than a four minute match! That was a one time thing, it won’t ever happen again.
Hobbs needs to understand, that was a career highlight for you! The highlight tonight is Starks doing what he has set out to do from the get-go. Starks will close to Book of Hobbs, and he will make sure to put Hobbs down once and for all. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event!
Lights Out: Ricky Starks VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!
As Justin Roberts explains, the lights will turn off and then turn back on, signifying that AEW will NOT be responsible for what happens next. No time limit, no count outs, no disqualifications, no official record of this match on the win-loss records, and NOTHING holding these two back! When they can do absolutely anything they want to each other, just who will be left standing at the end of Grand Slam?
Starks gets a very cinematic entrance. “There is no fire like passion, and no crime like hatred. There’s uncertainty in your lust. You seek revenge, but your passion fuels you to burn brightly, like an inferno.” Starks, bathed in red light, throws things around the room in that anger. “You’ve done that,” the narrator continues, “just to be able to call yourself, ‘Absolute.’ You are absolute, Ricky Starks.” The bell rings and the haymakers start flying! Fans fire up but Hobbs knees low. Hobbs whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Hobbs! Starks rains down hands, Hobbs pushes him away and bails out, only for Starks to pursue!
Hobbs kicks Starks, whips him at a corner, but Starks slides under the bottom rope! Starks swings around the post to CLOBBER Hobbs! Fans fire up with Starks and Hobbs staggers up. Starks RAMS Hobbs into steel steps! Starks kisses the hand of the nice old lady up front, and then he drags Hobbs up. Starks puts Hobbs in, fans rally up, and Starks grins. Starks brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs Alabama Lifts for a REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Hobbs knows Starks’ neck is his weak spot! Hobbs then gets a table and puts it in the ring! Starks staggers to ropes while Hobbs picks the table up, to SLAM it on Ricky’s back! That’s different!
Jericho says Hobbs is also his Sports Entertainer of the Week, and Hobbs fetches chairs from under the ring. Fans rally for Starks while he stirs and Rampage goes picture in picture. Hobbs gets a chair and he JAMS Starks in the head with it! Hobbs grins as he goes looking for more things under the ring, and he brings out… Is that a silver chain? Hobbs storms up to Starks, kicks him down, and he punches Starks with the chain around his hand! Starks sputters and crawls away but Hobbs says he’s gonna hurt Starks! Hobbs sets up the table in a corner now, then fetches Starks. Hobbs brings the straps down before he stands on Starks’ head.
The ref can only check on Starks but Starks refuses to give up. Hobbs goes out to take Justin Roberts’s belt?! Hobbs brings that belt over to LASH Starks! Hobbs says he’s literally gonna whip Starks’ ass, and he LASHES Starks again! Starks hits Hobbs back and takes the belt to LASH Hobbs! And again! And again! Starks keeps after Hobbs as they get back in the ring, but Hobbs pops Starks up for a SPINEBUSTER! But Hobbs doesn’t cover? Well, Hobbs did say he wants to hurt Starks, so he doesn’t want this to end here. Hobbs wedges a chair into a corner, then he goes back for Starks. Hobbs JAMS Starks with another chair! And then SMACKS him with it!
Rampage Grand Slam returns to picture in picture one last time, and Hobbs wedges that other chair into another corner. Starks crawls but Hobbs drags him up. Hobbs scoops Starks, aims for a corner, and he RAMS Starks into the chair!! Hobbs grins as he goes corner to corner, but Starks slips off and RAMS Hobbs into the chair! Starks reels Hobbs in, uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT!! Starks hurries to cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and Starks is frustrated. Hobbs flounders, Starks gets a chair, but Hobbs LOW BLOWS Starks first! Fans boo as Starks falls over, but Hobbs takes that chair for his own.
Hobbs sits the chair up, and then sits another chair up so that they face each other. Hobbs drags Starks up and brings him over, SKY- NO! Starks slips off and LOW BLOWS Hobbs in return! Starks pushes Hobbs down, and he flips the chairs around to be back to back! Starks drags Hobbs up, poses, but Hobbs resists the lift! Hobbs back drops Starks onto the chairs!! Fans lose their minds as Starks writhes! Hobbs grabs one of the chairs, sets it down, then does the same with all the other chairs. Hobbs scoops Starks for an OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE onto the chairs!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Starks survives and shocks Hobbs!
Starks crawls to the ramp but Hobbs pursues. Starks kicks him low, throws body shots, but Hobbs DECKS Starks! Hobbs stalks Starks some more, but Starks ROCKS Hobbs with a haymaker! Hobbs shrugs it off to DECK Starks again. Hobbs tells the ref to shut up about the ring. Hobbs drags Starks up, but Starks dodges to ROCK Hobbs! And again! Starks staggers but he runs in, only for Hobbs to send the Spear into the tunnel’s frame! Wait, speaking of that frame, Hobbs RIPS an LED light bar off it! Hobbs has it like a steel pipe as he stalks Starks as Starks crawls back down the ramp. Hobbs tells Starks to get his ass up!
They both return to the ring, Hobbs takes aim, but Starks avoids the swing! Starks SPEARS Hobbs through the table!! Fans are thunderous and Starks has a wild look in his eyes! Starks stands up, he keeps Hobbs from picking up the light bar and snatches it away. He CRACKS Hobbs with it! Starks reels Hobbs in, underhooks the arms, lifts Hobbs up, ROSHAMBEAU!!! Cover, Starks wins!!!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an ABSOLUTE battle! An absolute clinic in violence, too! Will Starks be able to finally leave his past behind him and head for a brighter future?
What an awesome Rampage! It does help that this was Grand Slam week and they had to make everything on here matter. Well, they almost made everything matter. Jade VS Diamante, for actually building it up in a consistent manner, was really short. And as if Jade wasn’t already Brock Lesnar-ing the women’s division, she uses an F5 to throw Diamante onto the apron. Trina turning on Diamante in the end was also messed up, but whatever. Hook & Bronson VS Menard & Parker was really fun stuff, and Bronson definitely has that pro-wrestler potential. He’s great on the mic, obviously, and he’s one sturdy, stocky guy. Naturally Hook & Bronson win here, who knows what’s next.
Great opener of the entire night from the House of Black VS Darby & Sting. Loved the surprise attack from Darby & Sting, loved the use of the whole ringside area, and what a great surprise that Muta showed up. Didn’t like Julia Hart not going through a table, she overdid the jump. Maybe they should’ve had two tables there, too, like when Sting took his insane bump. But in the end, the Faces winning made sense if it means this feud is ending. As for Buddy & Brody, while they’re both bigger names than Dark and Elevation, I feel like they need to spend time there to buff up their tag team record and get into contention so we can see them feud with the likes of FTR and The Acclaimed.
Very fun but obviously one-sided match from #WardJoe VS Sterling’s stable. Of course Wardlow & Joe won, but I was a little worried that Wardlow taking that tumble and tweaking his knee was part of why this was less a tag match and more just two singles matches happening at the same time. I also think that with Joe having beat Woods and Wardlow having beat Nese, they’ll trade and we’ll get Wardlow beating Woods in a title match while Joe beats Nese in another. We got amazing stuff out of Fenix VS JB, and what a great win for JB. But of course Christian Cage & Luchasaurus ruin the moment and beat JB up. JB is going to continue showing his toughness, and he’ll definitely get his match with Luchasaurus now.
Good promo from the JAS celebrating Jericho’s win and setting up an even bigger celebration for Wednesday. I have a feeling Garcia does want to bring up Jericho cheating again, as it relates to Garcia’s own identity crisis of pro-wrestler VS sports entertainer. And I also think the celebration segment will give Bryan Danielson an opening to challenge Jericho to their tiebreaker, with the ROH World Championship on the line. Hell, Kingston might even show up after how things went against Sammy. Great match, and Kingston wins, only to cost himself because he didn’t show mercy, and it’d be natural to set a rematch for like the Dynamite Anniversary or something.
AEW does a great job with Battle Royals, and they really upped things here. The massive brawl, the seemingly endless number of entries, and all the stories that can now stem from what we saw. #HardyParty reuniting was a great one, and they can now take on LFI/AFO and get into the trios division. For a moment, I thought Rush or some other Heel was going to win, but in the end, Hangman wins to keep him in the world title scene. I suppose that’s fine, but I don’t see Moxley losing the title in Cincinnati only a month after getting the belt back. So then why waste Hangman on that? Unless that’s exactly when MJF will strike, to best stick it to Moxley!
My Score: 8.8/10
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