It’s a SummerSlam Rematch!
After Drew Gulak used cheap tactics to cheat Oney Lorcan, he must give the Boston Brawler a fair rematch! Will Gulak keep his grip on the title this time?
- Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Jack Gallagher; Tozawa wins.
- Six Man Tag: Humberto Carrillo & Lucha House Party VS Ariya Daivari & The Singh Brothers; Carrillo & Lucha House Party win.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Oney Lorcan; Gulak wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
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The Cruiserweight Champion is STILL Drew Gulak!
After going toe to toe with the double tough Oney Lorcan, even the newer, darker Philly Stretcher was unsure how to deal with the Fury of 205 Live. The only thing he could do was distract the ref and jab Lorcan in the throat! But 205 Live GM Drake Maverick will not let that stand! So to end the WWE’s time in Toronto, we will get a championship rematch! Will Lorcan make good on this golden second chance?
Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Jack Gallagher!
While the Boston Brawler gets his second chance later tonight, both the Stamina Monster and Extraordinary Gentleman are fighting for their own next chance! Will either of these men be in pole position on the race to Clash of Champions?
The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Tozawa as fans chant “AH! AH!” Gallagher offers a handshake, Tozawa takes it, and fans cheer that this is a respectful match. Gallagher headlocks and gets Tozawa down, but Tozawa gets the headscissor. Tozawa keeps Gallagher from popping out, but Gallagher works on an alternate escape. Gallagher bounces and shimmies and slips out, to get Tozawa’s legs! Gallagher ties the legs up for a Queen Angelito, but then shifts to the arm and headlock. He spins around and slips under to trip Tozawa to a toehold. Tozawa endures but Gallagher goes after his arm now. Gallagher twists the wrist and bends the arm, but Tozawa moves up to his feet. Tozawa pushes Gallagher but Gallagher runs him over. Things speed up and Tozawa hurdles to dodge and tilt-o-whirl into the Iron Octopus! Gallagher pops out, spins Tozawa of, but gets a CHOP!
Tozawa CHOPS again, but fakes Gallagher out to the JAB! Gallagher ends up in the corner as fans fire up. Tozawa wrenches Gallagher but Gallagher resists the whip. So Tozawa rocks him with a right! Tozawa backs off, and Gallagher monkey flips him into the post! Kendrick hurries to check on his pal, and a ring count begins. Tozawa sits up at 4, but he is dizzy. There’s a mark on his head as Tozawa staggers. Tozawa flops down! The count keeps climbing, Kendrick shouts for Tozawa to move, and Tozawa is in at 9.5! Cover, TWO! Tozawa might be bleeding now, but Gallagher gives him the space he needs. The referee checks and Gallagher encourages Tozawa to come back. Fans also rally up, but the ref needs to patch Tozawa up first. Gallagher waits in a corner, and fans encourage Tozawa with cheering. Tozawa returns, and the brawl is on!
Gallagher headbutts low and then goes back after arms. Gallagher digs his knee into Tozawa’s back and pulls the arms, but fans rally with “AH! AH!” Tozawa fights up and out but Gallagher knees low, only to run into a huricanrana! Shining Wizard puts Gallagher in a drop zone! Fans fire up again as Tozawa climbs! Tozawa aims, but has to roll through as Gallagher gets clear. Gallagher headbutts again, butterfly lift into a Gory Especial! Tozawa pops out and arm-drags, sending Gallagher out. Tozawa BOOTS Gallagher down, then builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits, and Tozawa fires up again! Tozawa puts Gallagher in and climbs back up. He leaps, missile dropkick hits! Cover, TWO! Gallagher toughs it out, but Tozawa also fires up. Blood trickles out, but Tozawa ignores it as he drags Gallagher up.
Gallagher resists the waistlock and backs Tozawa to a corner. Gallagher elbows then whips but Tozawa reverses. Tozawa fireman’s carries but Gallagher fights with elbows. Tozawa fades, but stands back up! Cyclone toss! Tozawa runs, shotgun basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Tozawa grows frustrated, but Gallagher gets to the apron. Tozawa is after him, but Gallagher escapes the suplex. Tozawa kicks, swings, but gets shoved at ropes! Gallagher dropkicks on the rebound! Gallagher drags Tozawa up, spins him around with underhooks, and rams him into buckles! Gallagher throws forearms and climbs up to join Tozawa. Kendrick coaches Tozawa as Tozawa resists the superplex, to SUPER gourd buster Gallagher down! “AH! AH!” TOKYO TOWER SENTON! Cover, Gallagher gets a leg on the rope! But Kendrick’s enthusiastic slapping causes it to come off! Tozawa wins!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
There might be some controversy in this victory! Gallagher knows full well Kendrick isn’t above doing what he has to in order to win. Did Kendrick mean to muddy the result on his friend’s behalf? Or is this an honest mistake from the Man with a Plan?
Oney Lorcan speaks.
“Two nights ago, I brought the fight to Drew Gulak. I should’ve walked out with the Cruiserweight Title.” Gulak took the easy way out with that throat punch. This fight is not over! And it won’t be over until Lorcan puts Gulak down for good, and finally leaves Toronto the champion.
Six Man Tag: Humberto Carrillo & Lucha House Party VS Ariya Daivari & The Singh Brothers!
There may have been differences of opinion on what lucha really means, but after finding Gran Metalik down and out earlier today, it looked like this rematch with Samir, Sunil and the Persian Lion would have to wait. However, Ultimo Ninja was willing to help Lince Dorado and Kalisto out, despite the tension. Additionally, Daivari has been working to plant seeds of dissent between the three amigos, but can he and the Bollywood Boys trample all over the luchadores?
The makeshift trios sort out, and Daivari starts against Carrillo. They circle and tie up, and Daivari kicks to punch away. Daivari has Carrillo in the corner then whips him corner to corner. Carrillo goes up and over and rolls back to show off his agility! Daivari swings but misses, ducks one kick but gets the enziguri! Carrillo runs, springboards and arm-drags Daivari around! And another arm-drag, to the armlock. Daivari endures while fans cheer. Daivari gets up and knees low, to then club away on Carrillo’s back. Tag to Sunil but he gets an arm-drag, too! Carrillo has Sunil in a wristlock, wrenches and brings him over, tag to Kalisto. Kalisto climbs and drops down to kick the arm. Kalisto tags Lince and Lince climbs to actually drop ax handles.
Lince chops away, then whips. Sunil reverses but Lince springboard crossbodies! Cover, ONE, but Lince CHOPS Sunil. Tag to Kalisto, and Lince holds Sunil in place for Kalisto to ram his shoulder in. Kalisto wrenches Sunil and Lince tags in quick. Lince hops in but Carrillo tags in, too. Lince helps Kalisto get up high and “LUCHA! LUCHA!” for a splash on Sunil. Lince plank splashes, and Carrillo corkscrew splashes down on Sunil! But the ref missed that quick tag, Carrillo isn’t considered legal. Kalisto is back in, and Sunil CHOPS back! Sunil CHOPS more, but Kalisto spins him around to CHOP! Kalisto goes up and jumps,but has to kick Samir down. Sunil trips Kalisto up! Kalisto crashes and burns to the mat, then Sunil hits Lince.
Tag to Daivari, and Daivari covers, but the ref didn’t see that, either! Daivari goes back and Sunil brings Kalisto over for a tag the ref does see. Daivari mugs Kalisto then gives him a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Daivari wraps on a chinlock, and Kalisto endures the squeeze. Fans rally up and Kalisto fights to his feet. Kalisto throws body shots but Daivari clubs, whips and SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Daivari drags Kalisto ver and tags in Samir. Samir drops elbows on Kalisto over and over, then swivels the hips. Cover, TWO! Samir wraps on a rear bearhug and Kalisto endures a new squeeze. Kalisto fights up as fans “Lucha! Lucha!” but Samir clubs him down. Tag to Sunil, and the brothers whip Kalisto. Kalisto slides to a stop and he kicks Samir from the mat! Sunil runs over but Kalisto kangaroo kicks him! Kalisto crawls for the lucha corner, but Lince gets yanked down!
Lince runs at Samir but Carrillo tags in. Carrillo rallies and whips Sunil. He hits a big clothesline then snapmares for a basement dropkick! Carrillo fires up, somersaults back tot he moonsautl! Cover, but Daivari breaks it! Daivari stomps away but Kalisto is on him with SALIDA DEL SOL! The BOllywood Boys SUPERKICK Kalisto! Lince leaps in, he and Carrillo SUPERKICK the Singhs! Then they decide to run together, DOUBLE FLY! They wipe out the Bollywood Boys! The fans are fired up for the aerial assault! But Daivari distracts Lince, and says he’s done with the match! Fans boo as Daivari quits, but Carrillo climbs to missile dropkick Sunil! Carrillo brings Sunil over to a drop zone, climbs up again, and Lince tags in?! Twisting splash from Carrillo, SHOOTING STAR from Lince! Lince barely waited for Carrillo to move, but they still win!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Lucha House Party, Lince pinning
Carrillo has to smirk and shrug, since it all worked out in the end. Kalisto is still trying to keep them united in lucha, but easier said than done. Will we find out who attacked Gran Metalik? Will Lince learn to respect Carrillo’s lucha lifestyle?
Drew Gulak speaks.
“Change is inevitable. When I ascended, I asked for a worthy challenge to step up, or step aside. Instead, I’m haunted by my past.” The ghosts of Tony Nese, Isaiah Scott and Oney Lorcan stepped up as if nothing has changed. But Gualk is THE Cruiserweight Champion, and his 205 Live is a battlefield. All is fair in war, so if you aren’t willing to make the same sacrifices as him, he will rip you apart piece by piece. The only constant is change, but Gulak is the law. Will Gulak prevent one change by keeping the title?
205 Live hears from Tony Nese.
“Last week, I lost my opportunity to go to SummerSlam.” After reflecting, the Premier Athlete comes to the conclusion that he must start from scratch. But he will retain the lessons learned, because the greatest teachings are from our past. Nese will do whatever he can and whatever he must to once again be Cruiserweight Champion. But who will he be heading for after this major rematch main event?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak VS Oney Lorcan!
While the Philly Stretcher justifies his underhanded tactics, he’ll have to try harder than a punch to the throat to keep the Fury of 205 Live down for good. Will the Boston Brawler punch his way to the gold? Or will Gulak go 2-0 in Toronto?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this SummerSlam sequel!
The moment the bell rings, both men go at each other with fists! Lorcan staggers Gulak and has him in the corner, but Gulak comes out fast. Lorcan keeps throwing big hands then bumps Gulak off buckles. He stomps and CHOPS Gulak, then grinds him against buckles. Gulak gets out of the ring and Lorcan dares him to bring the fight! Fans fire up with Lorcan, but Gulak takes a moment to focus. Gulak approaches but gets back as Lorcan rushes at him. Gulak paces as he plans how to handle this. He gets up and Lorcan lets him in. The two circle and fans rally up. Gulak rushes in but into a Half ‘n’ Half! Gulak lands on his head and hurries out! But Lorcan won’t let up, he clibms and LEAPS! The cannonball takes Gulak down! Toronto loves the intensity as Lorcan puts Gulak in. Cover, TWO!
Lorcan drags Gulak up from the corner to put him on the top rope backwards. Lorcan climbs up, wants another half nelson, but Gulak resists for dear life. Gulak elbows back and sends Lorcan tumbling down to the ground! Now Lorcan crawls on the outside, and the ref goes to check on him. Gulak stands and sees where Lorcan went. Gulak goes out to fetch Lorcan, brings him up by his beard, and RAMS him into the commentary desk! That throat is part of the impact! Gulak lifts Lorcan to snake eyes him off the apron edge! Gulak leaves Lorcan back to mock the number one finger Lorcan usually gives. Lorcan refuses to let this end the match, but he’s not in good shape. Gulak wants Lorcan to either be counted out or get back in. The count starts and Lorcan sits up at 3. Lorcan is gasping for air but trying to make it back up. The count passes 5, but Lorcan stansd at 8 to get in at 9.5!
Gulak stomps away on Lorcan! And CHOPS him hard in the corner! Gulak whips Lorcan corner to corner to then clothesline and snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Lorcan refuses to lose yet, but Gulak is on him with a neck wrench. Gulak chinbars but also rakes Lorcan’s face. Fans rally up for Lorcan and Lorcan fights his way back up. Lorcan knees low but gets caught. Gulak puts Lorcan’s leg on the rope to club and CHOP him. Gulak grabs Lorcan for a draping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lorcan gasps and gets in the corner, but Gulak grins sadistically as he goes to the apron. Gulak stands on Lorcan’s head! The ref counts and Gulak lets up. Gulak cravats Lorcan into the apron, then slams him on the edge! Cover, TWO!
Gulak keeps his focus as he puts the chinlock on. Lorcan endures and fans rally back up. Lorcan works his way back up, and fights back with big body shots! Gulak backs off but he gets haymakers. Gulak boots Lorcan away, then leaps for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gulak gets up and drags Lorcan around into a mounted sleeper hold. Fans rally for Lorcan as he endures this new squeeze. Gulak rolls Lorcan around in the hold, but Lorcan still holds out. Lorcan powers up off the energy, and elbows free of Gulak’s grip. Lorcan throws European Uppercuts, but Gulak headbutts low. Gulak whips but Lorcan dodges and ducks to blast Gulak! Cover, TWO! Running Blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Lorcan just keeps moving, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But Lorcan just builds the energy up as Gulak goes to a corner.
Lorcan runs corner to corner, for a back elbow! Then again, for a second back elbow! Lorcan goes for the hat trick, but Gulak gets clear! Gulak scoops and slams Lorcan into ropes! Cover, TWO! Lorcan escapes, and Gulak looks to be thinking on what he has to do to end this. Gulak drags Lorcan up, torture racks, but Lorcan fights out to half nelson! Gulak elbows out, but Lorcan runs, only to get Gulak’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan survives and Gulak is stunned. Fans cheer Lorcan on but Gulak is already on him. Gulak lifts Lorcan to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Gulak is on the very top as he rains down rights. Lorcan pops out and trips Gulak up! Gulak is crotch’d on the top bar, and Lorcan climbs up behind him. Fans fire up as Lorcan wants to end this!
Lorcan has the half nelson, and brings Gulak up, SUPER HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Gulak ends up so far away! Lorcan has to crawl to the cover, ROPEBREAK! Gulak survives and Lorcan is at a loss for words. Gulak slumps out of the ring but Lorcan grits his teeth. Fans give him the fire he needs, and Lorcan pursues Gulak. Lorcan whips Gulak into barriers! And into the announce desk! Gulak staggers but Lorcan throws him into steel steps! Lorcan puts Gulak in the ring, but Gulak cradles! TWO, and Lorcan CHOPS Gulak! Lorcan grabs Gulak’s jaw, slap, slap, SLAP! Then spinning backhand CHOP! Cover, TWO!! Gulak pushes Lorcan away but Lorcan just SLAPS him again! Lorcan tees off with slapping palm strikes to the back! Half ‘n’ Half but standing switch, roll up, GULOCK!! Lorcan flails, reaches, but the body scissors are on, too! Lorcan is fading, he is OUT! Gulak wins!!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Lorcan’s spirit outlasted his body, and the referee had no choice but to call this for the champion. Gulak is laughing despite barely being able to sit up, because he still has the title. Will Lorcan fight his way to a third chance at Clash of Champions? Or is he already out of the running?
What an episode! 205 Live still has some of the best wrestling content in the WWE week, and that continues here. I like this hint of a story between Gallagher, Kendrick and Tozawa, and with a solid opener for the night. Kendrick undoing the ropebreak was done in a very clever way so that it can still come off as an accident. I don’t know how this story goes, as Gallagher being Heel didn’t quite work since fans do love his Face hijinks. But while Kendrick is really good as a Heel, I’m not sure how a Heel Tozawa would work when fans also love him for the “AH! AH!” and his fast paced style. The way the story feels, either Gallagher or Kendrick could come out of this Heel again, so it’s definitely an intriguing route.
Metalik being attacked for the Six Man to include Carrillo, clearly it wasn’t Carrillo who attacked Metalik. I wonder if Daivari did it to prove to Lince he doesn’t need Metalik, and by extension Kalisto. Or it’s Lince who did it because something Daivari said got through to him. I would prefer it to be Daivari first, and then maybe as things progress, Lince starts to “see” what Daivari means and goes Heel when he attacks Kalisto on air. And then the SummerSlam rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship as great, as all 205 Live main events have been. Lorcan did great and this was what we were really hoping for out of both men, but it seems it’s still too soon for Lorcan to take over 205. Nese wants to get back to the title, so he might get that next chance while everyone else has a story, and he might be the only one who can get that belt off Gulak, unless someone new is brought in.
My Score: 8.6/10
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 when video is available]
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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