While the Cruiserweight Champion prepares for his next match, The Premier Athlete and Scottish Supernova settle a score! Who wins in No Disqualifications?
- Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak; Gallagher wins.
- No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar; Nese wins.
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The Cruiserweight Division’s newest grudge will be settled.
The Scottish Supernova got even with Tony Nese about a month ago and with a surprise roll-up. Noam Dar says the problem with the Premier Athlete is that he thinks he’s so much better than the rest. Dar proved Nese wrong, but Nese says Dar only proved he’s lucky. Nese wanted to settle things then and there, but Dar says he only wants to compete against someone who will push him to his limits. Dar refused the rematch, so Nese went after him in the parking lot! As 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick had no choice but to suspend Nese until further notice.
But then Dar told Maverick that if Nese wants the match that bad, they should have it. Or else, Dar would just return the favor. Marverick, wanting to avoid another brawl, gave in. Now Dar and Nese will face off in No Disqualifications! Who wins this grudge match with no limits on what they can do?
Lucha House Party heads to the ring!
Winter’s still here and bringing the snow, but the trio of Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the heat! The Golden Lynx grabs a mic and asks where they are. Doesn’t he know? They’re in Toledo! Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the show! But boy is it cold~! Especially at night. You know one wants to go home, because the party’s still going! And that means… “Lucha! Lucha!” A Lucha House Party! But on Raw, that was not a good night. Elias didn’t let them finish their performance. So before Lince cuts the Gentleman’s mustache off and gives it to Penelope, The King of the Ropes wants to serenade us with his heavenly voice. Who wants to hear Metalik sing? Toledo doesn’t mind. Metalik takes the mic and warms up his throat, but Gallagher’s entrance interrupts him!
Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak!
The Submission Commission isn’t really into “fun”, so it makes sense they’d deny Metalik his singing debut. But that aside, the Ungentle Gentleman wants to reestablish that the ground game is the only way to play. Will this rivalry revisited go the other way? Or will the fiesta continue all through the night?
Gulak joins commentary but leaves Vic Joseph hanging on the handshakes. The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Lince. They tie up and Gallagher gets a waistlock. He sits down and brings Lince to the mat for a high keylock. Lince kips up but Gallagher dodges to wring his arm out. Gallagher stands on the arm but Lince rolls and kips up. Lince breaks free but not for long, and Gallagher wrings Lince out again. Gulak applauds as Gallagher mounts and twists the arm. Gallagher bends the fingers and twists the wrist but fans rally up. Lince kips up and kicks low then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Lince headscissors Gallagher, then shows off his dance moves. Gallagher runs but into the drop toehold! Lince dropkicks Gallagher then covers, TWO!
Lince keeps on Gallagher with a snap suplex and float over. TWO, but Lince stays on the arm. Gallagher gets up and grabs at the mask but Lince shakes him off. Gallagher reverses and gets a headlock but Lince goes to power out. He can’t get out of Gallagher’s grip and Gulak likes what he sees. Gallagher grinds Lince but fans rally up. Lince powers out and then hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! He adds the planking splash and covers, TWO! Lince whips Gallagher but Gallagher dodges and catches Lince in a fireman’s carry. Gallagher hotshots Lince on the ropes, and Gulak gives a thumbs up as Gallagher headbutts Lince. Lince boots Gallagher back then hops up and over for headscissors! Gallagher bails out but Lince wrecks him with a dropkick!
Lince builds speed but Gallagher gets clear. Gallagher and Gulak regroup to taunt “Lindsey Dorito” with waves of the hand. Lince comes out to get at Gallagher and puts him back in the ring. Lince climbs but Galalgher trips him up! Gallagher clubs away on Lince’s back! Lince falls to the mat but Gallagher is on him with forearms. The ref backs Gallagher off but Galalgher comes back for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps on Lince with a knee in the back. Gallagher pulls the arms for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Lince endures and fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” Lince fights up but Galalgher headbutts him down! Gallagher kicks Lince in the ribs, then drops springboard knees! Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Lince. Gallagher whips and catches Lince into an abdominal stretch!
Lince endures as fans rally again. Gallagher shoves and gets Lince again but Lince hip tosses Gallagher out of the ring! Lince springboards for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up with the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants while the ref checks on both men. Gulak is concerned but Gallagher is okay to continue. Lince gets up first and puts Gallagher in the ring. Lince shoulders and slingshots for a crucifix! TWO, so Lince tries La Mahistrol! TWO, so Lince dropkicks Galalgher down. Lince runs, hurdles and heel kicks Gallagher down! Lince brings Gallagher up but Gallagher suplexes him tot he apron. But Lince forearms Gallagher back, climbs up, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Gulak speaks on how ineffective high-flying is, but dodges questions about Humberto Carrillo, who Gulak has campaigned to help for weeks now. Gallagher surprises Lince with a roll up, ONE and Lince rolls Gallagher. ONE, and Lince kicks Gallagher down! Lince second rope moonsaults, then again, then climbs up top! Fans fire up, Lince goes for Tres! But gets knees! Gallagher gut wrenches Lince up, and powerbombs him! High stack, TWO, but into a Half Crab! Gulak hopes Carrillo is watching as Lince endures the hold. Lince manages to roll back and kick Gallagher. Gallagher deadlifts but Lince monkey flips! Lince elbows from a corner then SUPERKICKS Gallagher! Gallagher rebounds for the Extraordinary Headbutt! Cover, TWO! Lince lives and Gulak grows frustrated for Gallagher.
Gallagher gets up and swipes at LHP. Gallagher runs corner to corner but misses! GOLDEN REWIND! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives and Gulak coaches him from commentary. Lince and Gallagher both get up and start throwing hands. They brawl back and forth but Gallagher European Uppercuts. Lince CHOPS Gallagher and puts him on the top rope! Lince climbs, SUPER STEINER, but sunset flip! Galalgher wins!!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall
Gulak celebrates with Gallagher, saying “In your face!” Ground games do work! Carrillo, the offer still stands because the point has been proven! Will Ultimo Ninja choose to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground?
Backstage interview with Humberto Carrillo.
What is his reaction to Gulak & Gallagher trying to recruit him? He feels fortunate that they see him as a great talent. But what about their noted distaste for lucha libre and general high-flying? Carrillo’s athleticism is what brought him here to the WWE. He enjoys what he does, and does it for his family. But if great wrestlers like Gulak & Gallagher want to give him some training, who is he to refuse? Will Carrillo be turned to the grounded side? Or is he simply going to become a more well-rounded wrestler?
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“This is ridiculous. How many failures on this show do I need to prop up?” First he’s a sidekick to some wannabe wrestler Certified G, and then he is the mouthpiece to someone who couldn’t even articulate a single thought! Daivari didn’t come back to be someone’s Young Boy. He is back to serve himself! For the last 13 years, he’s been fighting all alone. They say in this business, the only thing anyone collects is the money and the miles. Daivari has the miles, and he definitely has the money. But he wants to collect the Cruiserweight Championship. And then people will put respect on his name. When and where will the Persian Lion get his shot at the title?
Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis speak.
“It took me 16 years to become an overnight sensation.” 16 years it took him to get here! He didn’t work that long just to lose to someone like Kalisto or THE Brian Kendrick. He did not work that long to be seen as a joke! But Maria says it’s not about losses, but the process. Every time Mike loses, they actually win. Every loss is a step closer to success. They’ve never been afraid to lose, because everywhere they’ve ever worked, they’ve been successful. It’s not about a match, it’s about THE match. On that “Day of Reckoning”, everyone will remember Mike Kanellis. If Mike’s waited 16 years, how much longer will he have to wait for that moment?
No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar!
The Premier Athlete wanted after the Scottish Supernova so badly, he got himself suspended for the parking lot attack! But now he gets what he wants as even Dar wants to settle the score. Who comes out with the tiebreaker when there are no rules to be broken?
But before Nese even gets in the ring, Dar dropkicks him off the apron! Dar goes right after Nese to put him in the ring. The ref keeps Dar back to check on Nese. Nese refuses to quit so the ref rings the bell. Dar comes running in corner to corner for a big forearm smash! And an overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Nese bails out but Dar pursues. Dar puts Nese into barriers, then into more barriers! Dar high fives the fans before whipping Nese into steel steps! Nese writhes and Dar talks trash. Dar pulls the steel steps apart and puts the top half down. He goes after Nese and ducks the punch to crotch Nese on the barriers. Dar then runs up the steps for a flying forearm! Nese tumbles down and Dar fires up! Fans fire up with Dar as he drags Nese back up.
Dar brings Nese around the corner to bump him off the apron. Nese staggers away but Dar works on the low rope’s crossbar. Dar puts Nese’s fingers through the bar and bends them! Nese screams as Dar tortures his fingers! Dar lets go so that he can slam the hand on the apron. But Nese throws Dar into the post! Nese drags Dar up with one good hand to throw Dar into the post again! Dar clutches his shoulder but Nese won’t let up. Nese runs Dar all the way into barriers on the far side! Toledo fires up with Nese now as he drags Dar up and into the ring. Nese searches under the ring to bring out a chair! Nese goes at Dar but Dar forearms back. Dar throws hands but Nese jabs him with the chair!
Nese sits the chair up and then knees Dar between ropes. Nese makes Dar a bridge between ropes and chair, for the triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Dar lives but Nese fetches the chair. Nese grinds the chair into Dar’s ribs as a cover, TWO! Nese grinds the chair into Dar again but Dar keeps his shoulders up. Dar gets away but Nese kicks him to a corner. Nese drags Dar up and scoop slams him with the chair on his back! Dar writhes but Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated and takes it out on Dar by kicking his ribs. Nese flexes his good arm, then keeps Dar from getting the chair. He pushes Dar down but Dar comes back with forearms! Nese back kicks Dar low and hard, then flexes as he brings Dar back up.
Dar spins out and kicks but Nese hops over the sweep. Nese whips but Dar reverses, and then Dar ducks Nese’s crossbody! Dar and Nese both slowly get up, and Dar throat chops. Nese knees the headbutt away but then Dar dragon screws Nese’s leg! Nese ends up in a corner but elbows Dar away. He hops up but Dar sweeps the legs! Dar and Nese again slowly stand up as fans build to a rally. Dar hops up but Nese rolls forward. Nese’s Shoryuken is countered by Dar’s exploder! Nese hits buckles and Dar covers, TWO! Dar grows a little frustrated but refocuses while Nese rolls out of the ring. Nese crawls but Dar pursues. Dar searches under the ring, and fans hope he finds their favorite.
Dar brings out more chairs, and then yes, a table! Toledo is happy to see that, even if Dar puts it aside for now. Dar gathers those chairs again, but Nese back kicks Dar down! Nese runs back in, but Dar back drops him onto the chairs! Both men are down but fans build back up. Dar stands first and puts Nese back in the ring. Dar covers, TWO! Nese lives but Dar grabs himself a chair. Dar traps one of Nese’s arms then smashes Nese’s knee on the chair over and over and over! Dar then pulls back for a modified Half Crab! Nese endures and powers out of the hammerlock, then gets Dar’s fingers! Nese pulls way back on the pinkie! Dar swings but Nese ducks and scoops Dar for a Michinoku Driver on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but both he and Nese are exhausted.
Fans again want tables, but Nese keeps to the chair. Dar stands and puts pinkies out to take aim at Nese. Nese leans against the ropes but Dar comes over to throw forearms. Nese hits back and now they brawl. Dar hits but Nese hits back. Dar gets an edge with forearms and kicks from all sides. Nese shoves and rocks Dar with a forearm of his own! Nese runs back in but Dar uses the chair as a shield! Dar traps the arm in the chair, and uses it in a Fujiwara armbar! Nese endurse the modified hold, but he manages to roll and make it a cover! TWO, and Dar lets Nese free of the chair armbar. Dar gets to a corner and aims at Nese again. Pinkies out as Dar runs, but Nese drops out of the ring.
Fans want that table, so Dar gives the fans what they want. Dar props the table up against the barrier and brings Nese over. He whips but Nese reverses to send Dar into the steel steps! Nese pulls these steps apart now, and brings the base steps around. He positions the steps and then points to the table. Fans like where Nese is going, but then Nese refuses to use the table. Nese brings Dar up, but Dar spins and sweeps the legs! Nese’s face hits steel steps! Dar stands up and gets onto the apron. SHORYUKEN outta nowhere! Dar is dazed and Nese grits his teeth. But Dar gets Nese in an armbar! Nese drags Dar over to powerbomb him on the steel steps! But Dar still goes after the arm!
Nese climbs the steps and deadlifts Dar from here, to powerbomb him on the announce desk! The fans got a table after all! Toledo loves this as Nese drags Dar up and to the ring. Nese covers, TWO!! Dar still lives and Nese cannot believe it! Dar drags himself to a corner but Nese is right on him. Nese goes to lift but Dar gets a victory roll! TWO as Nese avoids a repeat from their previous match. Dar’s in the corner and Nese runs side to side, but the Premier Knee misses! Dar clotheslines Nese down then climbs up top. Double stomps on the bad knee! Then takedown to an Ankle Lock! Nese endures and reaches for ropes, but Dar grapevines! Nese drags them both a little further, and he gets a chair! He SMACKS Dar with it!
Nese is free and uses the chair as a crutch to get around. Dar pursues again, but Nese jabs the chair into the knees! Nese puts a chair around one leg like a vice, and STOMPS it! Dar writhes from the pain in his leg but Nese isn’t done with him. Nese aims from the other side and runs back in, Premier Knee THROUGH the timekeeper’s area!! Toledo loses its mind as Nese and Dar blast through the barriers! Nese forces himself up as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Dar’s dead weight out of the wreckage and into the ring. Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete goes to extreme measures to defeat Dar! With this victory, Nese proves he’s better, but does he also prove himself worthy of a Cruiserweight Championship in the near future?
Drake Maverick presides over the Cruiserweight Championship contract signing.
The champion, Buddy Murphy, and challenger, Akira Tozawa, are with Maverick in his office. Murphy’s been on a four-month tear since winning the title at Super Show-Down, but Tozawa has revitalized himself after becoming allies with THE Brian Kendrick. This first-ever 1v1 match between them is very exciting, so they get down to business. Tozawa signs his part but Murphy speaks. Murphy offers Tozawa a selfie opportunity with him, because that’s as close as Tozawa will get to the title. Maverick wants Murphy to back off the taunting but Murphy says he’s not going to do anything foolish.
Murphy reminds Tozawa that the Fatal 4 Way didn’t do a thing. Murphy took on one of the best luchadors in the world, one of the best strikers in the world, and Tozawa. Tozawa couldn’t get the job done when the odds were against Murphy, so why does he think he has a shot 1v1? The competition isn’t with Tozawa or with 205 Live, but with the history of the Cruiserweight Division. Murphy will prove that no one can stop the unstoppable. He finally signs his part, and the deal is done. Tozawa speaks up. Murphy thinks he’s unstoppable? So did the King of the Cruiserweights. And Tozawa beat him to take the title. Tozawa smiles as he says, “See you Sunday.” Will Tozawa again do the impossible and again become Cruiserweight Champion?
This was a really fun go-home for 205 Live. I appreciate the Lucha House Party bring some of their story from Raw to here, I’m thinking that means we will get more of them and Elias after Elimination Chamber. What would make it better is if Elias makes a comment on not wanting to go to 205 Live just on the towns they go to. And as for 205 Live tonight, LHP was used to effectively push the story developing between Carrillo and the Submission Commission. Carrillo is rather reasonable that Gulak & Gallagher want to train him. I’m betting Carrillo takes those training lessons seriously, but then refuses to abandon his family’s traditional lucha libre style, and that adds to the conflict.
The No DQ main event was great, even if Toledo wasn’t that into it in the middle. There was some good innovation in this match, like other 205 Live No DQ based matches have had. I especially liked that while Toledo insisted on a table, Nese and Dar tricked them into thinking it would be the wood table to instead use the announce table. I’m surprised Nese won but that’s also a good thing, as another Heel moving up means a Face could take that title soon.
I’m curious as to how Daivari’s story is going to develop since Hideo Itami is not part of WWE. I appreciated the references to Enzo Amore and Itami without actually using their names, but that in itself is a sign Itami is truly gone. It seems WWE wants to wait until after this thing with Dean Ambrose boils over before officially saying Itami is gone. They get consistent in the weirdest ways, because I honestly don’t see how Itami’s release affects Ambrose’s story of leaving/not leaving. As for Daivari, the only way he’s getting a title shot before Wrestlemania is if Tozawa wins at Elimination Chamber. And speaking of, Tozawa does his own great reference to Neville/PAC, because Tozawa did win when no one thought he would. The way things are going, I’d be surprised if Tozawa loses, because he’s been building up so much momentum.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!
NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!
- Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
- Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
- Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
- Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.
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[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin sometime tomorrow]
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?
Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino
Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
- Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.
Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.
Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.
Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.
And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.
My Score: 8.7/10
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