NXT UK is about to get RRRREEEEAL!
Make way for Prince Balor! For he has come to NXT UK to settle scores and put Imperium on notice! Will he get eyes on the prize that is WALTER’s United Kingdom Championship?
- Pretty Deadly VS Dan Moloney & Dereiss Gordon; Pretty Deadly wins.
- El Ligero VS Noam Dar; Dar wins.
- Amale VS Dani Luna; Luna wins, by disqualification.
- Alexander Wolfe VS Finn Balor; Balor wins.
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Andy Shepherd joins NXT UK commentary!
The premier ring announcer for this fast growing brand is honored to join Nigel McGuinness at the desk to call the action! But before he can say more…
Finn Balor appears!!
The Prince told the world that he was on his way, and he’s arrived in Coventry! Fans go wild as Balor walks out on stage and down the ramp to the ring. Chants of “Finn! Finn!” echo out as Balor grabs a mic. “I am Finn Balor! And I didn’t come here to boost the ratings. I came here for Walter!” That is, if he has the BALLS to face The Prince! Fans now chant for “WAL~TER!” and he appears! The NXT United Kingdom Champion goes down the ramp, but of course the Ring General brings his solders.
Alexander Wolfe says hello to Balor and welcomes him to NXT UK. “This is the domain of Imperium. And Prince, please let us give you a proper welcome.” Imperium surrounds the ring but fans rally behind him. Marcel Barthel gets in but Balor stomps him down! Fabian Aichner tries next but he gets a big back elbow! Wolfe is third and he gets the waistlock but Balor fights out to SLINGBLADE! Balor dodges Walter’s chop and leaves Imperium in the ring. Balor aims those guns at the Austrian Anomaly, but will he be able to hit his mark?
NXT UK Media interviews Piper Niven.
Why did she get involved with the I Quit match of Kay Lee Ray VS Toni Storm? “Me and Toni, we’re like sisters.” And being sisters, sometimes they fight, but in the end, what was Piper going to do? Just let KLR cripple Toni? No! Piper couldn’t stop the match, because then Toni would never talk to her again. But she had to talk sense into Toni. As for KLR, she’s a different matter. When Piper was comforting Toni, KLR was laughing. KLR is evil, but Piper vows to do something about her. Will the Scottish Viper become the hero the NXT UK Women’s Division needs?
Tyler Bate speaks.
The Big Strong Boy became the first-ever United Kingdom Champion through the inaugural tournament. “If that’s not earning your position, then I don’t know what is.” From Pete Dunne to Walter to Jordan Devlin and beyond, “When it comes to Tyler Bate, there are only steps forward.” Is this Bate’s message to Joseph Conners and the argument of being TakeOver Worthy?
Pretty Deadly VS Dan Moloney & Dereiss Gordon!
Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley are always looking good, just not in their win-loss record. Can they change that here tonight? Or will things only get ugly in Coventry?
Fans taunt Pretty Deadly as they take off their lacy shirts. This upsets Stoker and Howley, so they throw the shirts at Dan and Dereiss before attacking! Stoker knees Dereiss and throws him out while Howley stomps Dan. Stoker goes over to stomp Dan then drag him up to the Pretty corner. He throws big European Uppercuts and clotheslines Dan against the ropes. Tag to Howley and Pretty Deadly double whips Dan to double elbow him down! Cover, ONE, but Howley keeps on Dan with clubbing forearms. Howley throws EuroUppers but Dan blocks the whip. Howley knees and punches Dan, but Dan reverses the whip. Dan prepares a back drop but Howley kicks that away. Dan gets mad but Howley dodges the punch to headlock.
Fans rally and Dan powers out to run Howley over! Dan suplexes and drops Howley hard, cover, TWO! Dan wrenches Howley and tags Dereiss in. Dereiss climbs to drop ax handles! Dereiss wrenches Howley’s arm to a wristlock but Howley body shots. Howley wrings Deriess’ arm but he handsprings through on one hand! Dereiss ducks and throws big forearms! He ROCKS Howley then whips, but Howley reverses. Dereiss redirects to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick! Cover, TWO! Dereiss drags Howley up but Howley puts Dereiss in a corner. The ref calls for the break but Dereiss goes up the ropes to push Howley away. Stoker distracts Dereiss and Howley clubs him from behind! Tag and Pretty Deadly stomp a mudhole! Fans troll with “Pretty Awful!” and “You’re Not Ziggler!” but Stoker clobbers Dereiss with a EuroUpper to the back! Cover, TWO!
Stoker drags Dereiss over with a cravat and crank. Stoker knees Dereiss into the corner then tags Howley. Howley stomps Dereiss hard, then gives him a EuroUpper. Howley suplexes then covers, TWO! Dereiss reaches but Howley brings him away from Dan. Tag to Stoker and Pretty Deadly double whip. Pop-Up EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Pretty Deadly grows frustrated as Stoker throws more EuroUppers on Dereiss. Fans rally as Howley tags in and hits Dereiss with another EuroUpper. Tag back to Stoker, Howley feeds Dereiss to the hip toss! The ref tells Howley to go to the corner while Stoker taunts Dereiss. Dereiss kicks back but gets clubbed and clobbered for it. Tag to Howley and he stomps Dereiss down. Cover, ONE, but Howley is on him with a thrashing chinlock.
Fans rally up as Dereiss pries free! Dereiss is up but Howley knees low. Howley shoves but Dereiss sunset flips! Howley flails to stay up and Stoker reaches out! The tag is made, Howley punches but Dereiss dodges! Howley punches the mat and Dereiss tags in Dan! Dan rocks Howley then throws haymakers on stoker! Dan clotheslines Howley out and CLOBBERS Stoker! Stoker is in a corner, Dan clotheslines, CHOPS and CHOPS! Stoker shoves but Dan boots back to ripcord swinging side slam! Dan drags Stoker up, whips him to a corner, and Stoker bounces off buckles into a back drop! Stoker bails out but Dan pursues. They go around and back in, Howley tags in. Dan clobbers Stoker but Howley BOOTS Dan! Howley fireman’s carry and tosses Dan up, Deadly Pretty gutbuster! Cover, Stoker boots Dereiss out, Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
Stoker and Howley are finally feeling pretty good after a match because they got a win! Will these fashion-forward superstars be heading for a golden opportunity in Dublin?
Alexander Wolfe goes to NXT UK General Manager and Assistant GM backstage.
He demands Johnny Saint and Sid Scala give him a match with Finn Balor tonight! Well, sure! But then NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin walks over. He congratulates Saint on having his Irish Ace back, and tells Sid to stop blowing up the phone. The Devlin Championship Tour finally returns home. That’s good, because in two weeks, Devlin will have his first defense of that title on NXT UK. Against who? A familiar foe in Travis Banks. Devlin laughs it off and says he’ll be ready. Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw be able to cash in on this golden opportunity?
NXT UK Media spots an encounter at the WWE UK PC.
South Wales Subculture talks with Dave Mastiff about his match with Walter, but Gallus comes over. “Oh there he is!” Joe Coffey asks the Bomber if he remembers that time the Iron King won the Last Man Standing match. Mastiff asks Coffey if he remembers getting his ribs hit for six. For Americans, that’s a cricket score reference. And SWSC points out that was the same night in Cardiff that Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster won the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Mark Coffey counters with how they took those titles from them right after. But if these six want to throw down, they can do it right now. No, better yet, next week. The NXT UK fans deserve to see Gallus topple these three again. Tensions run high but they leave it at this. Mastiff is ready for him and SWSC to put Gallus Boys on bottom this time.
El Ligero VS Noam Dar!
The Luchador of Leeds is fed up with people running their mouths about him when he’s nowhere to be found. He confronts the Scottish Supernova in the ring, but will he show Mr. 11 the light? Or just get another ear full of Dar’s ego?
The bell rings and Ligero rushes at Dar but Dar stays away. They circle and Dar grins as he toys with Ligero. They tie up and Ligero spins Dar but Dar gets clear of the punch. “Settle down, boy.” Ligero and Dar circle and tie up again. Dar wrenches to a wristlock but Ligero rolls. Dar grabs at the horns on Ligero’s mask! Ligero goes after Dar but Dar backs up to a corner. The ref warns Ligero but he still goes after Dar! Dar gets mad now but Ligero dodges his angry kick. Ligero runs, Dar side steps, but Ligero knows the table top is coming and holds onto ropes! Ligero stomps Dar on the back then throws big forearms! Dar flounders up and Ligero runs in, but Dar dodges. Dar comes back but Ligero slips out and ducks the punch, only for the leg sweep to hit!
Ligero is down on the apron but Dar dropkicks him off! Dar double guns as fans rally and duel. Ligero stirs as the ring count begins, but Dar goes out to fetch him. Dar drags Ligero up for EuroUppers, then sends him into the ring. Cover, ONE, but Dar stomps Ligero down. Dar rains down punches, then mocks Ligero with a pretend matador cape. Dar stomps Ligero’s limbs, from legs to arms, then drags LIgeor up. Back suplex TOSS and a cover, TWO! Ligero grits his teeth but Dar is after the mask. Dar cranks Ligero’s head and grinds forearms into the eye holes of the mask. The ref reprimands but Ligero throws body shots. Dar keeps on the mask and kicks. Ligero kicks back but Dar sweeps the legs again.
Dar waistlocks but Ligero throws him at the ropes! Dar hops back up but Ligero kicks him back down. Ligero slingshots for the PESCADO! Ligero puts Dar in and shoulders into Dar. Dar staggers away, Ligero throws forearms and chops. A mule kick and a boot then a lariat! Fans fire up with Ligero as he brings Dar up. Dragon sleeper, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ligero keeps his cool as fans rally and duel. A chant of “SI! SI!” begins as Ligero looms over Dar. Ligero rains down rights on Dar, then stomps him, too. Dar sits up, ducks the Penalty Kick and again sweeps the legs! But Ligero cradle counters, TWO! Things speed up, Ligero handsprings, into a takedown! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!
Ligero endures, powers up and rolls to a cover, TWO! Dar’s uppercut is caught into a backslide, but Dar rolls off to grab the horns again! Ligero breaks free and whips Dar to pop up and ROCK with the forearm! Ligero runs but gets caught up on ropes! Dar sweeps the legs yet again, then goes side to side to KNEE! Another leg sweep! Dar puts pinkies out as fans boo and jeer. Ligero rises and Dar runs at him, NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
Mr. Supernova 11 gets the 1-2-3 without very little trash talk needed this time. Will Dar find himself on course for an NXT Cruiserweight title match?
Backstage interview with Travis Banks.
Josiah Williams is in NXT UK and is excited to talk with the Kiwi Buzzsaw ahead of his NXT Cruiserweight Championship match. How does he feel? How good would it be to beat Devlin for that title? Banks and Devlin have history, and Banks even threw himself off a balcony to take Devlin down. There is one thing that Devlin needs to remember: Devlin didn’t pin Banks’ shoulders at Worlds Collide to win that title. So Banks makes a promise that when that match happens, he will be the first New Zealander champion in NXT history.
Amale VS Dani Luna!
With Toni Storm no longer able to challenge for the title until Kay Lee Ray loses it, there is a power vacuum that must be filled! Which of these rising stars makes a big impression on NXT UK management as we head for Dublin?
The bell rings and Coventry is strongly behind Luna. Luna and Amale circle and tie up, and Amale gets the wristlock. She slips through to a headlock but Luna tosses her off! Luna smirks as Amale gets up and they circle again. They tie up, Luna waistlocks and slams Amale down. Luna shifts to a facelock but Amale slips out to wristlock back. Amale reels Luna into a facelock of her own, but Luna slips out to a waistlock and dead lifts! Amale elbows out then hammerlocks. Luna reaches back to wrench and wristlock. Amale spins and brings Luna to a knee to then lace a leg over. Amale shows off by striking a pose, but Luna lifts and throws her off again! Luna dodges Amale’s forearm to throw one of her own! Luna scoops Amale for a Fall Away Slam, and a kip up! But KLR attacks!?
Winner: Dani Luna, by disqualification
The Scary Queen of Scots throws Luna out, then stomps Amale down before throwing her out! The NXT UK Women’s Champion grabs a mic to say, “Now that I have successfully gotten rid of Toni Storm, I am here to let every girl in NXT UK know that it doesn’t matter if you were here from the beginning, or you just got your foot in the door. This division belongs to me!” But then Luna hits back!! Luna clubs away but KLR mule kicks then SUPERKICKS! Gory Especial, KILLER BOMB! Fans boo but KLR makes sure Luna understands this. NXT UK belongs to Kay Lee Ray!!
Aoife Valkyrie speaks.
“Every feather I wear represents a battle to become who I am.” She is the chooser of the slain. NXT UK will witness the rise of the Valkyrie.
Alexander Wolfe VS Finn Balor!
Imperium was the welcome wagon to start the night, but the German Hatchet Man wants to give The Prince a fight as his welcoming gift. Will Wolfe show Balor a sample of the absolute power that rules over NXT UK? Or will Balor show everyone the rrrreeeality of his arrival?
The bell rings and Balor circles with Wolfe. They tie up, Balor gets around to forearm Wolfe in the back then drag him down. Balor wrenches the arm to a hammerlock then tweaks it. Wolfe endures as Balor cranks the arm again. Wolfe sits up and stands up to elbow free. He throws more forearms then whips but Balor reverses. Wolfe sunset flips but Balor slips out to dropkick! Fans are strongly behind Balor as he snapmares Wolfe to a seated cobra clutch. Wolfe endures as Balor leans on him, but works his way up. Wolfe puts Balor in a corner but Balor turns it around. The ref calls for the break but Wolfe slips between the ropes, then gives Balor a cheap shot kick! Balor kicks back! And stomps away!
The ref counts and Balor lets off at 4, but comes back to CHOP Wolfe! Wolfe goes to an open corner but Balor is after his arm, then CHOPS again! Balor whips Wolfe corner to corner and runs to CHOP! And then the other way! And back this way! Balor rolls Wolfe to a cover, TWO! Wolfe is stinging but fans are cheering as Balor glares at Wolfe. Balor walks into a drop toehold but keeps himself from hitting ropes. Wolfe kicks Balor low but Balor headlocks. Wolfe scoops for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Balor goes to a corner but Wolfe is on him with body shots. Wolfe rams knees into Balor then cranks him around for a EuroUpper into Balor’s back! Wolfe brings Balor down to his knees to throw more forearms. He wraps Balor up in a rear bearhug but Balor endures the squeeze.
Fans rally up and Balor fights, but the rest of Imperium finally returns to ringside. Balor stands, but Wolfe grabs him in a cobra clutch for another backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Balor sputters but Wolfe looms over him. Wolfe brings Balor up to bump him off buckles. Fans rally even as Wolfe rams into Balor, then hauls him up for a standing bearhug. Balor endures as Wolfe thrashes him about. Balor throws forearms and elbows and is free of the hold, but Wolfe shoves him to a corner. Wolfe walks into a forearm, but he gives one back. Wolfe stomps Balor in another corner then whips him corner to corner. Balor boots back then runs out to rally with forearms!
Fans fire up as Wolfe gets to ropes. Balor runs and basement dropkicks Wolfe into the ropes! Balor glares at Walter as he stomps Wolfe down. “You want some, Walter?!” Balor springboard stomps over and over, and says they’re all for Walter! The ref backs Balor off and Wolfe slowly rises. Fans are thunderous as Balor hits Wolfe with a SLINGBLADE! Fans troll Imperium with “Walter is a baby~!” Balor aims from a corner but Aichner and Barthel go after Balor! He fights them off but Wolfe LARIATS Balor down! The referee EJECTS Imperium! Imperium protests but fans sing, “Hey hey hey~! Good bye!” Balor and Wolfe rise, and Balor glares as he throws forearms. Wolfe gives them back and we have a brawl!
Balor runs into a EuroUpper and enziguri! Wolfe reels Balor in, but Balor slips out of the bomb to trip up and DOUBLE STOMP Wolfe! Fans fire up as Balor is in the corner. Wolfe denies the Slingblade to roll Balor up, TWO!! BOOT and GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Wolfe drags Balor up to a fireman’s carry but Balor slips around to a sleeper! Dragon sleeper, elbow drop DDT! Balor aims from a corner again, SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Wolfe bounces off buckles and Balor heads up top! COUP DE GRACE!! But Balor won’t end it there, he gives Wolfe 1916! Cover, Balor wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Wolfe went at Balor, but he missed and got taken down instead! Will Balor take his shot at Walter when NXT UK takes over Dublin?
A really good episode for NXT UK, and it works to build some momentum for TakeOver: Dublin. I like that we got a match for Balor immediately, and he had a pretty good match with Wolfe. Walter VS Balor is definitely being set up for Dublin, but I’m expecting Imperium to actually beat him down next week or the week after that. Unless Balor gets allies in this fight, it just makes sense that the 4v1 eventually catches up to him. I’m surprised there wasn’t even a moment of Devlin being annoyed by Balor showing up, but he’s too busy being high on himself.
Devlin VS Banks in a couple weeks will be a great match, but I’m thinking Devlin wins to keep his reign strong. Dublin should be the big thing for Devlin, win or lose. Dar VS Ligero was good but I was a bit surprised Dar won. Maybe this feud continues for a few more weeks to work on a Dublin challenger for Devlin. But I knew a Heel was busting up Luna VS Amale. Both women are still solidly lower midcard, so it just seemed perfect for KLR to attack. Kudos to Luna for standing up, and Piper is also poised for a match, so I’m thinking KLR beats Luna to try and make a point that being stronger doesn’t beat her, but then Piper is the one too strong for even her.
Pretty Deadly gets a good match and good win out of Dereiss and Dan, but I don’t see them getting the NXT UK Tag titles or a match. The Six Man of Gallus VS Mastiff & SWSC will be really good, and could be indicative of where the tag titles are going for Dublin. Still hoping for something huge like in Cardiff or Blackpool.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!
NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!
- Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
- Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
- Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
- Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.
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[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin 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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