I’m sorry, what championship is on Dark!?
The AAA MEGA CHAMPIONSHIP is going to be on the line in AEW!! Will Kenny Omega still be El Campeon after facing the Dragonslayer, Jack Evans?
- Pentagon VS Trent Baretta; Trent wins.
- Aerial Monroe VS Shanna; Shanna wins.
- Awesome Kong w/ Brandi Rhodes VS Leva Bates w/ Peter Avalon; Kong wins.
- AAA Mega Championship: Kenny Omega VS Jack Evans; Omega wins and retains the AAA Mega Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Tony Schiavone goes solo to introduce Dark in Indy!
Dasha Fuentes will be back next week, but for now, Tony runs down the match card alone. Last week was about tag teams, this week is about singles competition! And not only is the AEW in-ring debut of Awesome Kong coming, Kenny Omega’s return to the ring happens tonight, and in a massive title match! But without further ado, the action begins with one Best Friend and one Lucha Bro!
Shawn Spears joins commentary!
The Chair Man said leading up to tonight, he would make this episode of AEW Dark unscripted, educational, but also very boring. Surely #PERFECT10N will still translate to play by play.
Pentagon VS Trent Baretta!
Just as his brother, Fenix, went solo against Nick Jackson, Cero Miedo looks to do the same against #JustTrent. Will big brother keep up with little brother with a win of his own?
The bell rings and fans are already fired up for “A E DUB!” Pentagon and Trent circle, but Pentagon makes sure Trent hears this. “CERO! MIEDO!” Trent doesn’t back down, so Pentagon takes his glove off. He tosses it to the ref, who catches it, and says it again. “CERO!” But Trent CHOPS Pentagon! Then forearms, but Pentagon mule kicks. Trent pushes Pentagon, leaps over, but somersaults into a kick! Indy fires up as Pentagon struts. Pentagon drags Trent up for Cero Miedo and another kick! Pentagon clubs then runs, but things speed up and Trent elbows Pentagon down! Pentagon goes to the apron, Trent punches but gets an enziguri! Pentagon slingshots but Trent catches him for a Northern Lights! Cover, TWO! Trent kicks Pentagon while he’s down and Shawn Spears “compliments” Trent’s looks as a handsome Peggy Cambell.
Trent goes out to join Pentagon on the apron but Pentagon kicks him back! Trent kicks Pentagon low then mule kicks, then slides for a knee! Trent looms over Pentagon then puts him back in. Pentagon bails out but Trent slingshots. Pentagon gets clear and SUPERKICKS! Indy fires up as Pentagon asks the ref to stay calm. Pentagon stands Trent up to CHOP him against the apron! And a kick! Pentagon refreshes the count, and whips Trent into a post! Trent bounces off and fans fire up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon drags Trent up to bounce him off the wood steps. The ring count climbs past 5 but Pentagon gets back in to reprimand the ref. Pentagon goes out to KICK Trent’s leg! Pentagon signals for going around, he puts Trent in and brings him up to make Trent smile via fish hooks. The ref counts and Pentagon lets up. Pentagon gets annoyed with the ref but the ref is the law.
Trent gets up and CHOPS! Pentagon CHOPS back, and now they brawl with forearms! They go back and forth, Trent gets the edge then runs. Pentagon follows, only for Trent to LARIAT him down! Pentagon gets out to the apron again as fans rally up. Trent fires up and sees Pentagon by the ramp now. Trent runs but into an enziguri! Trent is down in a drop zone and Pentagon climbs up. Pentagon leaps but rolls through his stomps as Trent evades. Pentagon returns but gets a Half ‘n’ Half! Pentagon bails out again and Trent builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo, and Trent gets Pentagon back in the ring. Trent aims at Pentagon, to PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Pentagon survives and even wags a finger, “No no no.” Trent keeps his cool, and he aims at Pentagon in the corner.
Trent runs in for a big back elbow, then hits a tornado, but not the DDT! Pentagon SUPERKICKS back! Trent wobbles, Pentagon runs, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Pentagon drags Trent to his feet. Pentagon brings Trent in, but Trent slips out and dodges, to then dodge in the corner. The tornado DDT hits! Cover, TWO!! Trent is growing frustrated and Pentagon is back in a corner. Fans rally for “CERO MIEDO!” but Trent puts Pentagon up top. Trent throws haymakers and climbs up, but Pentagon slips out to SUPERKICK a leg out! Pentagon has Trent in the Tree of Woe, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Trent still lives but Pentagon isn’t through with him.
Fans rally up and Pentagon brings Trent up to whip corner to corner. Trent tumbles up, is stuck, but tumbles back, into a BACKSTABBER! Pentagon runs, springboard DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!?! Trent survives and even Spears is shocked. Fans duel now as Pentagon stalks a floundering Trent. Pentagon drags Trent up, half nelson and pump handle, but Trent cradle counters! TWO!! SUPERKICK! Trent flounders to a corner, Pentagon whips him corner to corner, but Trent comes back with a Sexy Chuckie Knee! Both men are down but fans are rallying up again. Pentagon goes back to the apron, Trent follows, and Trent throws hands. Pentagon KICKS back!
Trent forearms again, but Pentagon gives them back. They brawl on the edge, Trent fireman’s carries, but Pentagon slips out and kicks low. Pentagon brings Trent in, underhooks, PACKAGE DRIVER ON THE APRON! Indy is thunderous and losing their minds while the ref checks on Trent. Trent is somehow alive so Pentagon puts him in. Pentagon vows to end this, as he hammerlocks one arm. He has the other arm! SNAP goes the Dark Armbar! Pentagon drags Trent up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Another tuck, but Trent fights out to Alabama and tuck, DUDE BUSTER!! Cover, Trent wins!!
Winner: Trent Baretta, by pinfall
And Spears knew it would be Trent all along! Even if he doubted in the middle. But the older brother falls and the Best Friends go up! Will Trent and Chuckie T be able to rise up the ranks as 2019 is wrapping up?
Undesirable to Undeniable: Shanna.
Born in Portugal but living in France, the Perfect Athlete has been wrestling for 13 years. Watching WWF with her father, pro-wrestling stuck in her mind. Years went by, nothing was happening in Portugal. France embraced it more, so Shanna went there to make a name for herself. She trained eight hours a day and fell in love. Her biggest moment was 2010 in a tour with American Wrestling Rampage, and got a taste of popularity. Then after some downs, she went to Japan and competed in Stardom to become their first Portuguese-born champion! But after that, she had another down turn, where she almost considered quitting. She was “undesirable” at this point.
All wrestlers have a dream of making the big time. She did try out for WWE, but was always told they’d sign her, yet not follow through. Then in the UK, with Wrestling Explosion, it came down to her figure, that TV adds 10 pounds and she already looked “too fat.” Shanna dealt with depression and almost ended her career that October. But then, she got a call from AEW. This was her dream! Kenny Omega was the one who reached out to her saying she was signed! She had to sleep, but promised to message Kenny in the morning to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. And when she did, she realized this was all real!
“Undeniable” means that everything you ever worked for cannot be taken away. Shanna is going to prove everyone who denied her, that they missed out on something. AEW makes dreams come true, and she is very thankful this company exists to give wrestlers a chance. Will Shanna not be denied her win tonight?
Backstage interview with Big Swole.
Aerial Monroe saw Shanna’s video. Everyone has a story, everyone fights to be somewhere. Monroe overcame Crohn’s Disease, and not even death itself could keep her away. “But it’s about what you do once you’re here.” Big Swole has a big personality and swole mentality. Everything is big, from her love to her fight to her faith! The swole is greatness. And Shanna “ain’t ready for all this.” Things just got heated real quick! Who gets burned and who rises up?
Aerial Monroe VS Shanna!
No more need for talk, time to prove that undeniability! Will Big Swole or Portugal’s Perfect Athlete get the big win?
The bell rings and Swole circles with Shanna. They tie up, Shanna manages to power Swole back but Swole turns it around. They go around the ropes and to the other corner, but Shanna has control now. Swole powers out of the corner and the two separate .Fans duel as Swole says Shanna’s “aight.” Swole wants a real “Test of Swole” and holds up a hand. Shanna answers, they knuckle lock up, and then get the other hand. They go shoulder to shoulder and around, but Swole hooks a leg to bend Shanna back. Shanna bridges but Swole trips an arm! Swole flexes, but Shanna gets up. Swole knuckle locks again, but Shanna rolls and handsprings. Shanna wrenches back, then goes the other way. She spins and snapmares Swole and fans cheer for the technical skill. Swole just scowls as they ram shoulders.
Shanna and Swole don’t budge, so they dare each other to go again. Shanna runs, Swole ducks down, Shanna handsprings over and goes again. Shanna handsprings through a hip toss to arm-drag Swole away! Swole runs back in but into a drop toehold! Shanna yanks Swole up but Swole arm-drags her back! They go again, Swole sweeps but Shanna kicks out. Shanna sweeps but Swole kicks out. The two stand tall and face to face. Fans fire up as the two trash talk. Swole kicks low to whips Shanna, but Shanna ducks to redirect and huricanrana! Swole gets up but gets a mule kick. Shanna runs, flipping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps her cool as she keeps on Swole. Shanna throws forearms then whips, but Swole goes up and over. Swole arm-drags but Shanna arm-drags right back! Shanna rolls Swole up, TWO, and Swole BOOTS Shanna down! High stack cover, TWO!
Swole pushes Shanna around, toying with her. Swole drags Shanna up as fans rally. Shanna fights out of the facelock, spins but Swole ROCKS her! Swole ROCKS her again! Shanna ends up in a corner, Swole grinds a boot into her back! The ref counts, Swole lets up but comes back to bring Shanna up. Shanna fights out but Swole uppercuts her! Swole snapmares then drags Shanna into a neck wrench! Fans rally and duel as Swole drives in elbows before cranking harder. Shanna fights out and trips Swole up to kick. Swole gets up to elbow! Shanna is on the ropes, Swole drags her up to whip her corner to corner. Shanna bounces off of buckles and Swole LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Swole was too cocky, but she stomps Shanna down.
Shanna drags herself up on the ropes and Swole runs in, but Shanna puts her on the apron. Swole sees the shoulder coming, and gets her for a draping guillotine! Swole lets go at 4, Shanna staggers back, but Shanna runs back in. Swole enziguris Shanna away, then takes aim. Swole steps in but Shanna SUPERKICKS her! Both women are down and fans fire up! A standing count begins and Swole is in a daze as she stirs. Shanna also stirs, and the count passes 5. It gets to 8 but Swole staggers up to feebly forearm. Shanna gives a haymaker back but Swole CHOPS. Shanna CHOPS and now it’s a chop fight! Swole gets up to fire off palm strikes but the boot is blocked! Shanna throws Swole down but Swole does the splits and springs back up! Swole does a shuffle dance but Shanna forearms her back!
Shanna runs in but Swole dodges. Swole runs in but Shanna dodges. Shanna also dodges a shoulder and kicks Swole back in! Shanna hops up, slingshots over, and runs to DECK Swole with an elbow! Fans rally up for Shanna as she tunes up the band. Shanna runs and comes back in, BIG basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Shanna slides smoothly out to land on her feet. Swole is dazed again while Shanna climbs up top. BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Swole survives but Shanna isn’t stopping. Shanna full nelsons but Swole breaks out to back Shanna into buckles. Shanna tries to keep Swole in but Swole elbows back! Swole runs and comes back, but is put on the top rope! Shanna has Swole stuck and CHOPS her on the back!
Swole is stuck in an Inverted Tree of Woe, and Shanna climbs up top again. Shanna aims at Swole, WOE STOMPS to the back!! Cover, TWO!! Swole survives again, and Shanna is beside herself. But Shanna keeps on Swole, putting the full nelson back on. Swole standing switches, ripcords and spins, but Shanna dodges the discus to SHOTEI! Shanna runs, but Swole hits a BLACK HOLE! Cover, TWO!! BIG KNEE! Cover, TWO!?! Shanna survives and Swole is losing her mind! Swole glares at Shanna and dares her to get up. Shanna rises, Swole spins, into the DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Undeniable indeed! Swole was strong but Shanna was tougher, and Portugal’s Perfect Athlete has her first win in AEW! Is this going to be the first of many?
Tony Schiavone is back in the AEW Control Center.
AEW Dynamite will be in Chicago once again, in the Sears Center where this all began with All In! And the night before Thanksgiving, Chris Jericho promises a “Thanksgiving Thank You Celebrashon for Le Champion!” Y2J expects AEW and TNT executives to finally say the two words they should’ve said from the start. But not only that, Jericho will defend that AEW World Championship against the man that pinned him weeks ago. Scorpio Sky and SCU used a bit of reverse psychology and manipulating of Jericho’s ego to bait him into this match. Will Jericho continue to fall for the trap and lose the title? Or will he leave Chicago still Le Champion?
On top of the golden title belt, there is a Dynamite Dozen Diamond Ring on the line! The battle royal came down to Hangman Page and Maxwell Jacob Freeman, and now they will fight for the $42,000 ring! Additionally, the man MJF betrayed makes his return! What will Cody Rhodes have to say and what will he do in the Windy City?
Alex Marvez goes By The Numbers!
Dynamite in Chicago has 88, the days it’s been since last being in Chicago with AEW All Out. That is also the number of days since Kenny Omega lost to PAC on that very show. The Best Bout Machine looks for payback on the Bastard in a rematch, but will it really go the other way? There’s also 0, the number of times Jericho has lost in AEW in 1v1 competition. However, it was the tag team match loss that set up Jericho VS Scorpio tomorrow night! Scorpio’s 17 years come to this amazing moment, but will it be historic with another victory over Jericho? And lastly, Chicago has 8, the stitches Cody has in his eyebrow after his Full Gear faceplant on the steel ramp. Those stitches opened up again after MJF and Wardlow went after him in Nashville. Will Cody make sure MJF and Wardlow leave Chicago with a bit more than just 8 stitches of their own?
Dynamite is headed to Ohio! Cleveland’s Wolstein Center will be All Elite on January 29th, tickets go on sale on Black Friday! What better day to set up the Buckeye debut of AEW?
And while Chicago gets Dynamite tomorrow night, the Midwest gets to be All Elite as the Winter heats up! On December 4th, AEW hits the State Farm Center at the University of Illinois. On December 11th, it’ll be the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. And then December 18th, Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center will close out the year! And to literally start 2020, Wednesday 1st is the homecoming in Jacksonville! January 8th, Southaven, Mississippi’s Landers Center, and January 15th in Miami, it’s the U! AEW goes to the Watso Center for AEW Bash at the Beach!
Awesome Kong w/ Brandi Rhodes VS Leva Bates w/ Peter Avalon!
The Librarians hush the crowd again. Avalon again gives us a history lesson. Indianapolis has a “rich ‘sports’ heritage.” It is home of the Indy Motor Speedway, the home of the Indy 500. “Whatever, dude, doesn’t matter. I don’t watch NASCAR.” Sitting in a car is not a sport! What Avalon heard is that- Forget what he’s heard, what we’re seeing is the candles going out. “There are 8 million ways to die, she’s one.” And that one is KONG! Brandi Rhodes follows the infamous, intimidating and incredible force of nature to the ring. They have collected locks of hair from many victims in the women’s division, is Leva going to be the next one?
The bell rings but Leva tries to persuade Kong to instead ready Justin Roberts’ autobiography. She gets the book up to Kong’s face and SMACKS it closed! Leva fires forearms and a chop, but Kong double CHOPS back! Then BACK HANDS! Kong drags Leva up, underhooks, SOUL COLLECTOR! Avalon hurries up to the apron, but one glare from Kong and he backs away. Kong covers, Kong wins!
Winner: Awesome Kong, by pinfall
There are 8 million ways to lose, and Kong’s one. Avalon tries to save Leva’s hair but Kong back hands him out! Brandi holds up Leva’s head and Kong cuts off a lock of hair. Is there any one woman that can stop Awesome Kong? Or will they all lose a piece of themselves to her and the new damsel of darkness?
AAA Mega Championship: Kenny Omega VS Jack Evans!
The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, an incredibly talented wrestler in any medium you put him in, and even the top champion in AAA. But that didn’t stop him from losing to PAC and MOX. Can Omega course correct while putting his title on the line? Or will he even lose that in this uncertain phase in his career?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised by referee Aubrey Edwards, and this newest form of the AAAEW crossover begins!
Evans wants fans to quiet down, but fans just boo him and cheer Omega. Omega and Evans circle but Evans tries to start a chant for himself. The fans refuse, they only chant for Omega. Omega and Evans approach and Evans drop toeholds to a facelock. Evans talks trash but Omega pries at the hold. Evans holds on to wrench to a wristlock. Omega wrenches back, and the other way, then wristlocks, too. Evans cartwheels and upside-down kicks Omega away to then show off his Matrix skills. Evans talks big again, saying Omega is a fraud. Evans shoves Omega but Omega shoves him down! Evans kips up, and he keeps talking trash. “I’m the real Cleaner!” BOOM! Omega CHOPS Evans and CHOPS again!
Omega whips Evans but Evans reverses. Omega boots back then hops up and over. Omega rolls, Evans leaps over him and kicks low. Evans whips, Omega ducks and redirects to dropkick the legs out! Omega then runs to hit the Kotaro Krusher! Or not, as Evans pommels through! Omega himself is shocked! Evans even hits a spinarooni just because. Evans offers a handshake, but then SLAPS Omega! Omega slaps back, Evans kicks low and headlocks but Omega powers out. Evans sobats Omega away, but Omega puts Evans on the apron. Evans counter kicks and slingshots, into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Evans up to club him back down. Then Omega drags Evans up to CHOP him back down! Omega whips Evans corner to corner hard, and fans fire up.
Omega drags Evans back up by his man bun, then scoops for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Evans powers out of that high stack but Omega puts Evans in the corner. Omega whips Evans so hard, Evans flips upside-down into buckles! Omega drags Evans up and reels him in, Canadian torture rack! Then shifts weight for a Canadian Backbreaker Stretch! Evans is bent way back, but then pops out to sunset flip! TWO, and Omega CLUBS Evans down! Omega drags Evans up to throw forearms but Evans body shots back. Evans whips but Omega reverses to back drop Evans down! Omega drags Evans back up, vows to end this, but Evans resists the powerbomb lift. Omega CLUBS Evans and lifts, but Evans turns it into a facebuster! Fans fire up as Evans stands on Omega, to hit a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Evans goes after Omega with haymakers then whips, and he hip tosses Omega “so hard” that it makes Evans “fall”! Cover, TWO! Evans himself asks, “He kicked out of the Best Hip Toss Ever?” Evans brings Omega up but Omega throws forearms! Then he shoves Evans to ropes to forearm Evans in the back. Omega does it again for another, heavier forearm! Evans collapses but Omega isn’t done. Omega gives another shove but Evans goes up, only to jump back into a backbreaker across the shoulder! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Omega is annoyed, but he keeps on Evans with a snapmare and KICK! Fans rally behind Omega but he asks the hush, so they can hear the KICK! And then another, but Evans blocks it! Evans kicks back, but Omega blocks to flip Evans over and CHOP him down! Omega runs, Evans handspring kicks him in the face!
Omega bails out, Evans slingshots, SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT! Direct hit wipes both men out at the ramp! The ref checks but they’re both okay. Evans is up first and praises himself. Omega stands next as fans boo Evans. Evans lines up a shot, runs at the steel steps, tornillo back kick! Evans throws Omega into a post, then snap suplexes Omega to the floor! The ref tells Evans to get this back in the ring so he puts Omega in. Evans slingshots, for a 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Evans is growing frustrated and he kicks Omega to a corner. Evans whips but Omega reverses. Evans goes up and up and over, to then kick away on Omega’s legs! Tornillo enziguri! Standing sky twister! Cover, TWO! Omega survives all of Evans’ fancy spins, but Evans has more to give.
Evans knees Omega but Omega forearms and CHOPS back! Omega keeps giving forearms and CHOPS, so Evans SPITS on him! Omega BOOTS Evans into buckles! Omega drags Evans back up, puts on the full nelson, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Indy fires up and Omega gathers the energy. Omega drags Evans back up, reels him back in, but Evans fights out with elbows. Evans kicks but misses, into a SNAP DRAGON! Omega isn’t done with Evans. Evans goes to the apron, Omega goes out after him, but this is insane! Evans holds onto ropes for dear life and the first row is worried for everyone’s lives. Omega clubs and kicks Evans, to then V-TRIGGER off the apron! And then, SNAP DRAGON to the floor! Omega has gotten dark on Dark as he drags Evans into the ring and back to his feet. Fisherman, AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!?! Evans survives but he might be only making it worse for himself.
Omega aims at the corner, puts one out on Evans, and then lifts. BUCKLE BOMB, and Evans tumbles through ropes before hitting the mat! Omega whips for a POP-UP SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO?!? Why is Evans doing this to himself?! Omega just takes aim and tells Evans it’s BANG, not Boom. Omega runs, but Evans boots back! Evans is on the apron, springboard BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Evans drags Omega to a drop zone and heads up top. Evans aims, for a 450, onto knees! Evans sputters, Omega is up, V-TRIGGER! Indy fires up but Omega still isn’t done. Underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! What?! Why!? How?! Omega doesn’t ask any of that, he just gives another V-TRIGGER! Then Electric Chair, ONE-WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still AAA Mega Champion
It took more than perhaps Omega expected, but it was decisively his to win! Omega is sharpening that edge, will he use it to cut down Pac and then cut a path towards the AEW World Championship?
A really good Dark to follow last week’s Dynamite and set up this week’s. All the matches were good, that’s just how AEW does it. Pentagon VS Trent was a good opener, but I was surprised Pentagon didn’t win. The Lucha Brothers are 50-50 for the week, not something I’d expect AEW to do. But I suppose it does help Trent out in his own momentum, he and Chuckie T were starting to stumble and fall behind. Maybe we do round-robin with this and let Matt Jackson come back with a singles match against Chuckie T. Young Bucks, Best Friends and Lucha Brothers in a contender’s match for the AEW World Tag Titles perhaps? Undesirable to Undeniable gave a good look at Shanna, but I really liked Swole’s counter promo. Their match was great, it’s great that Shanna wins to basically counter what Swole was saying, but both women are going to be contenders soon enough, I’m sure of it.
Obviously Awesome Kong beats Leva Bates, she’s Awesome Kong. Still not sure what’s up with the hair or Brandi’s need to be spooky, but I really hope AEW is able to circle back to Kong VS Kong. If they can get Aja Kong to show up for Bash at the Beach or something, we need to get that match. And then the main event, I honestly didn’t expect the AAA Mega Championship to show up on AEW Dark. But perhaps that’s the only way they could do it, contractually speaking. It isn’t on television but online, and it didn’t change hands outside of an AAA event. The match itself was definitely worthy of a title, of a main event, and was definitely great for Evans. Evans may have lost but he was booked really strong. Omega wins to get back on track, and this momentum must help him against Pac. As good as Scorpio VS Jericho will be, I don’t see Scorpio winning and I would love to see El Campion VS Le Champion, even as just Champion VS Champion, no titles on the line.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion fights on!
Orange Cassidy defends his AEW All-Atlantic Championship once again, against QT Marshall, and in a LUMBERJACK MATCH!
- Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto; Darby wins.
- Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Lethal & Jarrett win.
- Athena VS Dani Mo; Athena wins.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto!
The Relentless One wants payback on the punk who impersonated The Icon, Sting, just for a quick buck! And though the real Sting heads to the back, Darby still has back-up in the baseball bat! Darby tells Comoroto to back off, but Comoroto throws his toothpick at him like a bootleg Bad Guy. So Darby CLOBBERS Comoroto with it! And again, and again! Karter stays back to let Comoroto take that beating. Fans fire up for Darby and Darby puts the bat down. Darby dares Karter to try it, and Karter makes a move, but Darby DIVES onto him! Darby RAMS Karter into railing, then SLAMS Karter’s hand off steel steps!
Darby puts Karter in the ring, the bell rings, and Darby aims at Karter again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Karter flounders to a corner, Darby fires off forearms on him, but the ref counts. Darby lets off, runs and SHOTGUNS Karter down, and Karter falls out of the ring! Fans fire up and Darby goes up the corner! But Karter shoves Darby! Darby crotches off ropes and falls to the floor! Karter drags Darby up, reel shim in and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Karter then puts Darby in the ring, but fans rally up. Karter looms over Darby, drags him up and whips him to the corner hard! Darby slumps down but Karter drags him up again.
Karter whips corner to corner again and even harder! Fans boo but Karter grins as he stalks Darby to the corner. Karter YANKS Darby right up, to a BUCKLE BOMB! Darby flops down, Karter drags him back up, and Karter DROPKICKS Darby down! Darby slumps out of the ring while Karter blows a kiss to the camera. Karter goes out to drag Darby back up. Karter RAMS Darby into steel steps! Fans boo as Karter swaggers around. Karter drags Darby up and into the ring, fans rally up harder for Darby as Karter stalks him. Karter CLUBS Darby, throws knee after knee, then covers, TWO!
Fans chant “You Look Weak!” at Karter but he drags Darby up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, and AEW goes picture in picture. Karter sits Darby up to KNEE him in the back. Karter stomps Darby around, drags him up again, and whips him corner to corner hard! Darby bounces off buckles to hit the mat just as hard, and Karter smiles. Karter soaks up the heat, storms over to Darby, and stands him up to CLUB him again. Karter CHOPS Darby, stalks him to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. Karter bumps Darby off more buckles, then throws knees in. Karter CHOPS again, Darby pushes him back, so Karter CLUBS Darby again.
Karter puts Darby in another corner to back elbow. Karter soaks up the heat and Rampage returns to single picture. Karter runs but Darby dodges the splash! COFFIN SPLASH, but Karter waistlocks! Karter wrenches and JUMP KNEES Darby, to then suplex! Darby slips out to CHOP BLOCK! And PENALTY KICK to an arm! Darby snarls, he runs, but Karter ROLLING ELBOWS Darby down! Karter reels Darby in, but Darby fights the lift to wrench out and bend the fingers! Karter ROCKS Darby but Darby holds onto the hand. Karter ROCKS and CLUBS Darby again and again, but Darby twists the wrist!
Karter CLUBS the arms but Darby fires up a la Sting! Darby fires off fast hands, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but fans still rally for Darby. Darby’s hand is bleeding from somewhere in the fingers, and he crawls to a corner. Darby hops up, but Karter trips Darby up! Karter climbs up, brings Darby up, and he SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and Karter is seething. Karter puts Darby in a drop zone and climbs up. Fans rally, Karter climbs, and Karter 450 FLOPS as Darby dodges! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Karter endures, rolls, but Darby wrenches, hammerlocks, and SCORPION DEATH DROPS!!
Fans fire up as Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Karter proved he’s worth something, but Darby proved it’s not enough! Will The Relentless One keep rolling until he’s looking at some gold?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Renee Paquette notes she tried to get a word with the Limitless One last week, but can he give her anything about him and Swerve Strickland? Keith says it is an ongoing conversation, all he can say is… SHANE TAYLOR walks in?! A former ROH World Television Champion and former tag partner of Keith’s is now in AEW! And he’s here to ask Keith, “What is it with you and leaving family, dog?” Keith left Swerve behind two weeks ago, JD in Dallas, and Shane in ROH six years ago. Shane became the greatest ROH TV Champion of all time, but the business here is far from over.
So Shane says they settle this at ROH Final Battle! Shane Taylor & JD Griffey VS Keith Lee and… Well, he may wanna find some help. Swerve walks in now with a big smile on his face. Keith sighs. He asks Swerve, “Can I even count on you, dude?” Swerve takes off his sunglasses but doesn’t say anything. Is Swerve In Our Glory going to have one final battle together?
AEW hears from La Faccion Ingobernable and The Dark Order.
Jose the Assistant says, “After months of planning, La Faccion Ingobernable pulled off what nobody expected.” As for John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Silver says they were shocked. The Dark Order has been through a lot together, and for Preston Vance to do something like that blows his mind. The wounds for Silver & Reynolds will heal. But what Vance did to Negative One, Brodie Lee Jr., no one was there for him more than Vance. One day, they will all meet face to face one day, and that is when Vance realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life. But Rush says the Ingobernable Era is about to begin! Will nothing stop LFI now that they have Number 10?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She wants Indianapolis to help her welcome the AEW World Tag Team Champions, the Acclaimed! And as such, Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed calling out any team that wants drama! We make ’em say sorry like they were Balenciaga! We got the tag division getting worked up cuz we stay winning like Americans in World Cup. And Jeff Jarrett’s talking out his anus. You can’t throw your weight around like you’re Glenn Jacobs! Homie, this ain’t TNA. In All Elite, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to say, “INDIANAPOLIIIIIS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And so Billy Gun scissor fingers~!
Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Renee says that the tag titles look really nice on them, but it begs the question: what’s next for The Acclaimed? Bowens can’t answer that without first addressing last week’s Dynamite. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett went and interrupted the scissoring! Fans boo that. Bowens says them doing that can only mean one of two things. One: they’re jealous that EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Or two: They wanna shot at the tag titles. Well guess what? You can’t cut the line, and Jeff Jarrett’s Colonel Sanders lookin’ ass just has to wait! Especially because there is a tag team that has been waiting a very, very long time to get their shot first.
Fans chant for FTR, and Bowens says The Acclaimed ARE fighting champions! Caster says, “That’s right!” Bowens says, “We are the Forever Champs!” “That’s right!” “We are the People’s Choice!” “That’s right!” “The People’s Voice!” “That’s right!” “And the people’s voices have been screaming that they want The Acclaimed to fight the best!” Fans fire up for that, but then here come the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. The fans boo because that’s not FTR, those are the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says look, their old friends, The Acclaimed and “Billy.” But The Acclaimed want the best tag team in the world? “WELL YOU’RE LOOKING AT ‘EM!”
Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh make their way out here. Sonjay asks what the Gunns are talking about. When he looks at them, all he sees are… ASS BOYS! Fans fire up for that! Sonjay tells the Gunns that what they’re looking at is a two-time Hall of Famer, the best pro-wrestler in the world, and they will show everyone why THEY are the greatest tag team today after they beat Private Party’s asses! Billy has everyone hold on. Fans cheer for Daddy Ass and he says, “Maybe you guys misunderstood what we said, but what we said was, ‘We want the best.'” And here comes F T R!!
Indy fires up as the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with their AAA, IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, head to the ring. FTR offer handshakes, and The Acclaimed take it! Fans fire up, it looks like we have a title match made for THIS WEDNESDAY! Will The Acclaimed stay the Forever Champs of AEW? Or will FTR go from three to FOUR pairs of titles draped on them at once?
AEW looks closer at the grudge between Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford & The Bunny.
The Full Metal Warrior herself says “Holy Shida was on a Rampage, and somebody tried to ruin it.” Allie the Bunny says she spent the last six MONTHS rehabbing her neck, “watching other people get opportunities that I deserved.” Shida says if Bunny has something to say, then let’s go. But it will be for the Regina de Wave Championship! The Bunny says she’ll take that title, and make Shida feel how she felt, watching someone else take what was hers. Will The Bunny bring some gold to La Faccion? Or will nothing stop the wave of momentum Shida is riding?
Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!
Team Double Jay is already waiting, and already promising a big win here tonight. But Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been known to defy expectations before, so will they do that here tonight? Or will the Last Outlaw and his lethal tag team partner prove they are the best team today?
The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Lethal. They circle, tie up, and Kassidy gets around to headlock. Lethal back suplexes but Kassidy lands on his feet. Lethal blocks Kassidy’s hip toss but then Kassidy slips up and around him to arm-drag! Lethal stagger sup, Kassidy whips but Lethal reverses. Kassidy ducks the lariat to waistlock but Lethal elbows free! Lethal stomps Kassidy to the corner, tags in Jarrett, and fans boo as Jarrett and Lethal mug Kassidy. Jarrett stomps the mudhole, whips but Kassidy reverses to hip toss! Jarrett gets up, Kassidy pops ‘n’ locks, but Jarrett dodges the haymaker to DECK Kassidy!
Fans boo but Jarrett is feeling himself. Jarrett drags Kassidy up but Kassidy wrenches free! Tag to Quen, he leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Kassidy BOOTS Lethal, Quen kicks Jarrett, and Private Party whips Jarrett to the corner. Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, squealing PARTY IN MOTION! Then feed to the DROPKICK! Quen covers, TWO! Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy and Kassidy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Kassidy struts a la the Nature Boy, and he mocks Jarrett. Jarrett swings, Kassidy blocks, but Jarrett pokes Kassidy in the eye! Then Jarrett DECKS Kassidy! Fans boo, especially as Sonjay struts.
But Hardy pulls Sonjay off the apron! Sonjay gets heated, but it’s Satnam who steps to Hardy! Hardy backs off from the giant, but Lethal drags Kassidy out to RAM him into steel steps! The numbers game is paying off as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hardy helps Kassidy up but Lethal goes out to kick Kassidy down! Lethal RAMS Kassidy into the steel steps! The is busy reprimanding people and that allows Sonjay to get some stomps in! Lethal and Jarrett add theirs, then drag Kassidy up to put him in the ring. Jarrett stomps Kassidy more and more, then tags Lethal. Double Jay double whip but Kassidy reverses to send Lethal at ropes.
Lethal holds ropes to stop himself, and Jarrett hooks Kassidy up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Lethal adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy reaches out but Lethal keeps him from Quen. Lethal bumps Kassidy off buckles, tags Jarrett in, and Jarrett drags Kassidy up to bump off more buckles. Jarrett whips Kassidy corner to corner hard, and Kassidy bounces off buckles. Jarrett puts Kassidy on the ropes to CHOKE him, then he runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, as does Lethal and even Satnam. Jarrett then runs to LARIAT Kassidy down! Lethal applauds, tags in, and he covers, TWO!
Lethal CLUBS Kassidy down, covers again, TWO! Lethal rains down furious fists but the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Lethal looms over Kassidy, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Lethal lets out a big “WOO~!” and then grins as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Lethal has Kassidy in a facelock. But Kassidy NORTHERN LIGHTS Lethal away! And then Kassidy springboard STUNNERS Jarrett down! Kassidy dodges Lethal and hot tags Quen! Quen ROCKS Lethal, bumps him off buckles, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Quen ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up more as Quen DIVES onto Jarrett! Quen is all fire dup and he high-fives fans. Quen gets in, Lethal sends him out but Kassidy is there! SILLY STRING! Quen hurries up top but Jarrett storms over. Quen DECKS Jarrett, 450s, but has to bail out as Lethal moves!
Quen clutches his rib but Lethal goes after Kassidy. Kassidy kangaroo kicks Lethal into a schoolboy! But the ref is busy with Kassidy! Jarrett gets in to wrench and KNEE Quen! Lethal runs, handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION STROKE COMBINATION! Cover, Team Double Jay wins!
Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall
Jarrett insists the ref raise his and Lethal’s hands in victory, and Aubrey Edwards obliges. Will Jay & Double J prove they’re the best by climbing those AEW Tag Division rankings?
Renee Paquette interviews Saraya.
They’re having their promised sit-down interview two weeks after Saraya won her big return match at Full Gear. How is she feeling after her first match in over five years? Saraya legit has chills even now thinking about it. It was an emotional moment because she never thought she was getting in the ring again. Especially after five long years, yet also oddly short. Five years is long in pro-wrestling, though, and going out there again, it was incredible. What was it like to just talk to her family about this? The Knights are born and bred for wrestling, her brother was there that night. What was that like?
It was incredible having her brother, who has been there for her since day one. He even dressed as the Pink Power Ranger for her first match to be there. He had full on supported her, canceled all other plans, and was just as fired up as she was. She couldn’t help but run up to him to hug it out. Full Gear overall was a huge show, but especially Saraya’s moment for her and the Women’s Division. What is the big takeaway? Full Gear was a special night for the AEW Women’s Division with three matches on one night. Saraya was proud to have had that match with Britt Baker. Britt helped Saraya in many ways as someone who just came back from neck surgery.
Saraya is also proud of Jamie Hayter winning the title, that was a big deal. And even Toni Storm. Saraya saw the interview Renee had with Toni about wanting the title back. Saraya wants all the women here to know that she wants the title, too. It will be her and everyone going head-to-head. Renee looks forward to that, but when and where will The Revolution prove AEW is her house?
Athena VS ???
The Fallen Goddess has never been more dangerous. Dark and Elevation have brought out that dark side, and she’s gunning for the OG Badass and the ROH Women’s World Championship at Final Battle! But will she have a bit more than just a tune-up in Dani Mo?
The bell rings, Athena and Dani approach, and Athena DECKS Dani! Athena smirks, brings Dani up and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex! Dos Amigas! Then the ANARCHY for the third! Cover, but Athena lets off! Athena plays like she’s surprised, but then she argues with the ref. Athena corners the ref and dares him to do something, but Dani rolls Athena up! TWO!! Dani hurries up to ROUNDHOUSE Athena! Athena shrugs it off?! Athena DECKS Dani again! And then rains down clubbing forearms! Athena roars and Indy fires up as she drags Dani back up. Athena RAMS Dani into the corner then STOMPS her down!
Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers then goes back for Dani. A fan shouts, “I love you, Athena!” and she says back, “I know.” Athena drags Dani up, reels her in, and gut wrenches to a CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall
But winning isn’t enough for Athena as she drags Dani back up. Fans boo as Athena suplexes to GOURD BUSTER Dani out of the ring!! Dani tumbles but Athena goes out after her again. Athena RAMS Dani into railing, drags her up again, and then RAMS her into steel steps! Dani goes down in a heap and Athena calls out Mercedes! “Mercedes~! Come out and play~!” But when Mercedes doesn’t appear, Athena turns her attention back to Dani. More refs rush out to stop this, and Athena says alright. But then she blasts past them to METEORA Dani into the steel steps! The refs reprimand again, but Athena threatens Aubrey!
Fans boo but Athena grins as she takes her leave. Will this new darkness be what brings Athena into the golden spotlight?
Juice Robinson speaks.
“For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Juice Robinson. And I’m a former three-time IWGP United States Champion. I’m here to issue a challenge for December 10th, in Arlington, Texas, at ROH Final Battle, against the King of TV, Samoa Joe, the ROH Television Champion. Y’know, I’ve done a lot in Japan, but I need to prove myself in America. And if I’m gonna be a superstar on television, then I need that ROH World Television title around my waist. Joe, you may be the King of TV now, but kings get dethroned.” Will the Booster boost his own profile by taking one of #TwoBeltJoe’s belts?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says QT Marshall is facing Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic title, but is there any reason he chose to make this a Lumberjack Match? Yes, it’s real simple: After what happened last week with The House of Black, QT wants his first championship opportunity to have no shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans, QT points out how the Best Friends and Danhausen are dressed! By that, he’s pointing out how they’re in flannel and beanies, just like real lumberjacks. QT says their best friend is about to lose his title and they’re treating this like a joke! Danhausen asks, “Is this a joke!?” And they all bring out (plastic) axes!
Cassidy asks Mark, “Are we allowed to bring axes to the ring?” Mark says, “Absolutely not.” Oh. Well, okay. Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, but then Cassidy says no, they weren’t done talking yet. Can they get two more seconds? IT’S TIME! For the main event! Well, alright. But axes or no axes, will Cassidy cut down another contender? Or will QT Marshall finally prove he is God’s Gift to Wrestling?
Darby Allin speaks.
“The past few weeks, Full Gear, Rampage, I have been settling some personal scores that have been important to me. And now that those scores have been settled, nothing’s more important to me than winning back that TNT Championship. Samoa Joe. I’m putting out a challenge to you, and you said that you would accept if Wardlow was banned from ringside. This Wednesday in Austin, I’ll do you one more. I’m gonna have Sting banned from ringside, as well, because I want it to be just you and me, Joe.
“These fans chant something. It goes along the lines of, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you. Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Dynamite without it.” Darby is ready to fight to the death, will he become a TWO-TIME TNT Champion? Or will the King of TV still be #TwoBeltJoe going into ROH Final Battle?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall!
Not only are The Factor and Best Friends among the Lumberjacks, but so are The Varsity Athletes, The Trustbusters, Chaos Project, Ortiz, Brandon Cutler, Zack Clayton, Ethan Page, Private Party, and even some Indy indie wrestlers. The more the merrier if it keeps QT safe for the House of Black. But will he be able to focus on Freshly Squeezed? Or will Cassidy continue to be a fighting champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with nowhere to run and hide, we see who is truly championship material!
The bell rings and as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, QT rushes in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and leaps over! Then he SHOTGUNS QT down and kips up! QT bails out but on the Best Friends’ side! They put him in for Cassidy but QT knees low. QT whips Cassidy out to the Factory side of things, but Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks on then, Clayton, Serpentico, and back again. QT runs out but Cassidy whips him around and around into railing! Then back into the ring! Cassidy hurries up top to CROSBODY, but into QT’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, QT whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!
Fans rally for Cassidy but QT drags him up to toss him out. The Firm is there and Ethan tells Hardy to do his job! Hardy says okay, and he helps Cassidy up and into the ring! Fans cheer but Ethan is mad! That’s not what he meant, but that is what Lumberjacks are here for. QT still stomps Cassidy, ROCKS him with a right, then soaks up the heat. Ethan tells Hardy to leave since he’s not willing to play along. But Private Party is also told to stay. Fans boo and Hardy argues with Ethan but Hardy still leaves. QT whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.
QT drags Cassidy up, throws him out the side, and Ari Daivari stomps away on Cassidy! His old buddy, Tony Nese, joins in, as do Josh Woods, Chaos Project and Zack Clayton! They all stomp away, but then Best Friends storm over! They back everyone off and help Cassidy up. Trent puts Cassidy in, but QT is after him already. QT DECKS Cassidy with a right, then covers, TWO! Fans rally and so do the Lumberjacks. QT ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy staggers away, but QT scoops him to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he stomps Cassidy around. QT has the legs to stomp Cassidy in the gut!
QT paces around, QT mocks Cassidy by putting his hands in his tights. QT then stomps Cassidy more, drags him up again, but Cassidy hits a JAWBREAKER! Cassidy throws body shots, but QT CLUBS Cassidy down! QT rains down fists, the ref reprimands about the closed fists, but QT lets off to get in the ref’s face. QT drags Cassidy up, and tosses Cassidy out! The Varsity Athletes and others stomp away, the Best Friends hurry over again and push them all away. Cassidy gets in the ring but QT is after him again. QT whips Cassidy to a corner but Cassidy tumbles up and out! QT storms over but Cassidy dribbles him off buckles!
Cassidy stops, QT staggers away, and Cassidy climbs up again. QT runs back in but Cassidy moves aside and QT smacks off the corner! QT falls down, Cassidy finishes climbing, and he gives a lazy thumbs up as he FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Rampage returns to single picture as Indy rallies up! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and fires up! But Johnson & Solo rush in! The ref reprimands but Cassidy dodges, and Best Friends get in to clothesline The Factory back out! Fans fire up as Cassidy, Trent & Chuck flex. Then Best Friends DOUBLE PLANCHA the Factory down!
QT handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! QT drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but QT blocks and spins Cassidy around! Inverted crucifix and toss, but Cassidy blocks the cutter! Cassidy shoves QT into buckles, then Alabama lifts, but the back gives up! QT pop-up FOREARMS Cassidy, then reels him in! LAST- RANA!! Cassidy then runs to tilt-o-whirl and whirl and whirl and DDT!! Fans fire up and the Lumberjacks all rally! QT flounders but Cassidy kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he runs in at QT, ORANGE- NO, The Factory gets their leader to safety!
Cassidy frowns while Best Friends storm over again. The Factory backs off, Cassidy climbs up but QT GAMANGIRIS! QT drags Cassidy down, shouts, “I’m gonna break his neck!” but DANHAUSEN steps up! Danhausen CURSES QT!! QT mocks it, flips Danhausen off, then the Factory trips Danhausen off the apron! Best Friends go after them, more Lumberjacks join in, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! QT flounders, Cassidy aims from the ropes, springboard SWANTON wipes out the Lumberjacks!! Fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” as Best Friends and Factory brawl up the ramp!
QT flounders into the ring, Cassidy climbs the corner, but Penelope Ford creeps her way out. The Superbad Girl looks extra bad tonight, but she distracts Cassidy from the apron. The ref reprimands, telling her she has to hop down. But KIP SABIAN appears from outta nowhere! He SHOVES Cassidy off the top, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!!! QT covers, TWO!??! Cassidy survives, and Kip is amused, but QT is furious! QT throws off his elbow pads, runs in, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! And BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
Kip Sabian isn’t bothered at all. He applauds Cassidy’s resilience, but then Cassidy DIVES onto Kip! Cassidy and Kip brawl, they go up the ramp, Kip bowls Cassidy to the stage! Kip drags Cassidy up as fans boo and he bowls Cassidy more. The Lumberjacks brawl with their own rivals, the Varsity Athletes are going after Ortiz and Isiah Kassidy! Cutler vlogs this all, but then the lights go out!! And when they come back up, THE HOUSE OF BLACK is here!! Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews are staring Nese & Woods down, while Brody King & Julia Hart stand on the stage. Nese rushes in but gets an STO! Buddy JUMP KNEES Woods!
Buddy POP-UP KNEES Kassidy! Malakai & Buddy stomp away on Kassidy, Brody attacks the Lumberjacks on the ramp! Brody joins the others, fans are thunderous for the House as they mug Ortiz! But then Malakai tells them NO, not Ortiz. What? Why? Is there something Malakai sees in Ortiz? But with the bloodlust needing satisfaction, Buddy drags Serpentico up! DANTE’S INFERNO!! Julia applauds and Indy is fired up! And then the House goes after everyone again! The bodies are sent flying around into railing! Will the House of Black rise to tear down all others in their way?
A very good Rampage here to set up a lot more as AEW and ROH head for the New Year. Samoa Joe having two titles means a lot more people are after him. Juice Robinson has a good promo to call out Joe for the ROH TV title, and Juice did have a stint in ROH so this isn’t completely out of nowhere. Darby had a great match with Cole Karter, though it was really more Karter had his best match in AEW, or perhaps his entire career. But I like that Darby wants after the TNT title, he is going to have one hell of a match with Joe on Dynamite. That Dynamite is both a Winter is Coming go-home and ROH Final Battle go-home, so it’ll have to be huge.
Speaking of which, Acclaimed VS FTR for the AEW Tag Team Championships, that is huge. It’s happening this Wednesday as opposed to Winter is Coming, so I have a feeling shenanigans help The Acclaimed retain. The Gunn Sons probably cost FTR so that they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Final Battle, which they will then lose because FTR is probably going to help sell networks on ROH under Tony Khan. We got a good tag match out of Jarrett & Lethal VS Private Party, and of course Sonjay & Satnam are the advantage that helps Jay & Jarrett win. They’ll surely climb the ranks and come around to challenge for the tag titles in time for Revolution in March.
Good backstage segment with Shane Taylor showing up in AEW, and get use of continuity in Keith Lee’s career. I remember watching those days when Keith and Shane made a huge splash in ROH as a team, and then suddenly Keith is in NXT. This is going to be good stuff, but I wonder if Swerve ditches Keith to join up with Shane and take over at least the ROH Tag Division. Good interview promo from Saraya, though it did start to blur the lines of kayfabe and reality just a little when Saraya talked about Britt helping her in that match. But naturally, Saraya wants the AEW Women’s Division to get stronger, but also wants to get in on a title scene. I don’t see Saraya being relegated to Dark and Elevation, so maybe they work out something for a Winter is Coming match.
Speaking of women’s championships, good promo from Shida and Bunny to truly bring the Regina de Wave title onto AEW programming. I’m pretty sure Shida retains that title, but it at least counts as something big for Bunny. Great stuff out of Athena really upping her Heel credentials. Fans still wanted to cheer her dominating Dani but Athena made sure they had something to boo with her extracurriculars after the match. Athena VS Mercedes is going to be great for Final Battle, no idea who wins that one. And good promo from LFI and Dark Order. I bet we see some great tag matches of Rush & Vance VS Silver & Reynolds to not only build both factions back up, but help one get going in the tag title rankings so that one of them (probably LFI) can go after The Acclaimed.
And of course, hilarious and great stuff out of Cassidy and the Lumberjacks. Cassidy was of course winning but I was surprised to see Kip Sabian go after him. That should be a good feud since Kip’s trying this new Joker meets Riddler character. And it was great to see the House of Black appear to beat up every Lumberjack around. Though, I wonder what that detail of Malakai sparing Ortiz the finisher was about. Is the House going to recruit Ortiz to their side? Ortiz and Eddie Kingston feuding with the House would be some awesome stuff. But I wouldn’t want Ortiz betraying Eddie, that’s too much like Vance ditching the Dark Order. House of Black should be raising up some names from Dark or Elevation to give them some TV time.
My Score: 8.7/10
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WWE Survivor Series War Games is in the books--and did not disappoint! Hear what the Mindless crew really thinks about...