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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (3/26/20)

Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw trump the Ace?

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NEW NXT UK

The Jordan Devlin Cruiserweight Championship Tour comes to NXT UK!

The Irish Ace didn’t pin the Kiwi Buzzsaw at Worlds Collide, but he has beaten him in the past. Which way does the NXT Cruiserweight Championship go?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Imperium VS Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith; Imperium wins.
  • Aoife Valkyrie VS Nina Samuels; Valkyrie wins.
  • A-Kid VS Noam Dar; Dar wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Devlin wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Imperium VS Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith!

The Ring General may be the Prince’s target, but the soldiers look to keep the NXT UK Tag Division under their thumb. Will Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel continue to win against the Predator Killer and the Prestige?

The teams sort out as fans “WOOP!” for Smith and Carter. Carter starts with Barthel at the bell, but Barthel doesn’t seem to take Carter serious. They tie up, Carter grabs the arm but Barthel clamps onto a shoulder. Barthel chinbars Carter off his arm to then go after Carter’s arm. Barthel tortures the arm and then hooks a leg to bring Carter to the mat. They go around, Barthel hooks a leg again to tie Carter up. Carter endures the modified death lock and reaches back to pry Barthel off. But Barthel rolls to get the hold again. Fans rally up as Carter keeps fighting, but Barthel floats to a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch. Carter pops out and covers, TWO! Carter snapmares but Barthel kips up to snapmare and KICK!

Barthel talks trash in German but Carter swings a kick. Barthel gets under it, only to get the heel hook return! Carter runs in but Barthel whips him away and Aichner tags in. Barthel drops and Carter jumps over, into Aichner’s arm-drag! Aichner goes after Carter’s arm while fans boo and jeer Imperium. Aichner cranks on the shoulder and shifts to a hammerlock to keep Carter down. Carter powers up as fans rally and cheer. Carter reaches back and snapmares Aichner off! Hot tag to Smith! Smith and Aichner ram shoulders but neither falls. Aichner rushes Smith but Smith jumps over. Smith jumps up again but Aichner catches him in a fireman’s carry! Smith fights out and swings, but Aichner catches the arm. But Smith scoops Aichner for a sidewalk slam!

Tag to Carter and the two coordinate. Carter slingshots up and over for Smith to send back in, Silly String Splash! Cover, TWO! Carter drags Aichner up but Aichner knees low. Aichner whips but Carter uses that to hit Barthel! Carter dodges Aichner in the corner then dodges Barthel. Barthel eats buckles then eats a windmill kick! Carter tilt-o-whirl for a headscissors! Carter sends Barthel out and trips up Aichner, to then rewind wizard! Fans fire up as Carter jumps to the ropes, but Barthel trips him up! Fans boo but Barthel tags in. Barthel drags Carter up and throws him into buckles. Barthel talks trash and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and clubs and clubs and stomps Carter down! The ref backs Barthel off and the fans boo, but Barthel just shouts “NEIN!”

Barthel digs his boots into Carter at the ropes then drags him up. He uppercuts Carter hard to the Imperium corner then tags in Aichner. Aichner CHOPS Carter on his back! Aichner clubs and stomps away on Carter now, but the ref backs him off. Fans rally up for Carter as Barthel tags in. Imperium meets at the corner with dropkicks! Carter barely stays on the apron as Imperium poses on the ropes. Tag to Aichner and he drags Carter up. Aichner brings Carter around to club him on the back, and then combines a high wristlock with a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Carter fights his way up to throw body shots. Aichner and Carter start throwing forearms but Aichner then kicks low. Aichner tries to sucker punch Smith but Smith hits him first!

Carter forearms Aichner but Aichner kicks low. Aichner suplexes but Carter slips out! Hot tag to Smith! Smith rallies, dropkicks Barthel and throws hands on Aichner. Aichner shoves but Smith runs to LARIAT! Barthel gets in but Smith back drops him! Smith fireman’s carries Aichner for a Samoan Driver! Cover, TWO!! Smith keeps on Aichner with a scoop and pop, but Aichner slips out. Aichner shoves and elbows Smith, but Carter tags in. Smith BOOTS Aichner down! Carter gets a boost for a back drop 450! Cover, Barthel barely breaks it! Barthel throws Smith out but Carter ROCKS Barthel. Aichner LARIATS Carter and drags him up. Barthel hops up top but Smith shoves him down! Carter huricanranas and covers, TWO!! Aichner survives but fans are fired up!

Carter brings Aichner up but Aichner pushes him away to CHOP, kick and EuroUpper. Carter SUPERKICKS Aichner but Barthel tags in. Aichner SPINE BUSTERS Carter, then Barthel adds the PENALTY KICK! Smith returns but gets an uppercut! Barthel is up, Aichner lifts Carter, EUROPEAN BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winner: Imperium, by pinfall

Barthel and Aichner are victorious again and climbing up the ranks. Will they find themselves competing for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Gallus discusses contenders.

“The Hunt, Imperium, Grizzled Young Vets, Flash and Mark, we’ve beat them all.” Since day one, they’ve been saying NXT UK is their kingdom, and now they’re proving it. And in the 20-Man Battle Royal, Joe Coffey vows that 19 others are getting hucked and he goes after the big score again. They pay their belt boy for a job well done, and Joe shows three Kings. Will Gallus be the three kings of NXT UK this Spring?

 

Backstage interview with Carter & Smith.

A great match against Imperium but a hard loss. They’re working together well as a team, so how do they keep building on that? Smith says that the moment these two decided to be a team, they knew it wouldn’t be smooth sailing. But they’re serious about NXT UK having the best tag team division. But speaking of, Pretty Deadly walks over to mockingly applaud Carter & Smith. Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley get on Carter’s nerves, but Smith keeps him back. Pretty Deadly say they’re just joking around. Smith says not to worry about them, the 20-Man Battle Royal is coming. #AlwaysForward! But will Smith and Carter gain much ground in a stacked field?

 

Aoife Valkyrie VS Nina Samuels!

The force of nature has a lot of “buzz,” but the Rose Pink Devil doesn’t believe the hype. Will the spotlight still be on The Nina Samuels Show after her encounter with the decider of fate?

The bell rings and Nina circles with Aoife. They tie up, Aoife headlocks but Nina uses a handstand and handspring to slip out. Nina poses but she and Aoife tie up again. Aoife headlocks, Nina powers out but Aoife runs her over with a shoulder. Aoife headlocks and throws Nina with a takedown. Nina pushes back and headscissors free, but Aoife bridges back. Aoife handsprings and pops out, then poses in return. Nina headlocks and throws Aoife, but Aoife handsprings right out! Aoife wheelbarrows and victory rolls, cover, TWO! Nina trips Aoife and jackknifes, TWO as Aoife bridges up. The two spin around and Nina reaches out a foot. Nina gets the ropebreak and also blocks the backslide. But before Aoife can stand, Nina reaches back to claw her face!

Nina spins Aoife and drop toeholds her throat into ropes! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Aoife by her hair and slams her on the apron. Nina laces the legs and pulls on the death lock. Aoife endures as Nina also digs an elbow into her shoulders. Fans rally up but Nina goes for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow. She bends Aoife back, but Aoife pops out to cover, TWO! Aoife dodges a punch to fire off strikes then whip. Nina reverses, but Aoife goes up and onto Nina’s shoulders. Aoife spins to arm-drag and enziguri Nina! Fans fire up as Aoife runs, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nina survives but Aoife heads up top. Fans rally but then boo as Nina bails out. Aoife jumps down to run and WRECK Nina with a dropkick!

Aoife sits on the ropes as she strikes her valkyrie pose. She then goes out to fetch Nina and put her in the ring. Nina flounders her way to the apron and she roundhouses Aoife down! Nina slingshots for a corkscrew splash! Cover, TWO! Nina is shocked and upset, but she refocuses and drags Aoife up. Nina fireman’s carries but Aoife sunset flips! She can’t bring Nina down and Nina brings Aoife up to SLAP! Nina mocks the valkyrie stance and whips, but Aoife blocks and elbows back! Aoife wheelbarrows but Nina pushes her up and over. Aoife HEEL KICKS Nina down! Fans rally as Aoife ascends. Nina stands and Aoife leaps, FLYING AX KICK! Cover, Aoife wins!

Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall

The Valkyrie has slain the leading lady with Peripeteia, the reversal of fortune! Will Aoife change the fortunes of the entire NXT UK Women’s Division, especially the champion?

 

Backstage interview with Piper Niven.

Last week, the Scottish Viper came to the rescue of Dani Luna, mostly because of what Kay Lee Ray was doing. Piper has vouched for Dani as being “big enough and strong enough” to not need anyone looking out for her. But what Dani doesn’t realize is how dangerous KLR can be. Piper has watched KLR destroy one friend already, so she won’t let KLR do that to anyone else. Next week, Piper teams with Dani against KLR and Jenny. When Piper finally gets after KLR, KLR will pay.

 

NXT UK hears from Flash Morgan Webster.

The Modfather has an update on Mark Andrews after the attack backstage last week. No one really knows the extent of the damage yet and Andrews is undergoing further testing. We all hope it isn’t as bad as it looks. But FMW vows to find the person who did this and make them pay! Andrews wants FMW to focus on the 20-Man Battle Royal, and that is what he will do for both Andrews and the Southwest Subculture. Is the culprit among the other 19 entrants?

 

A-Kid VS Noam Dar!

The Spanish Ace was minding his own business, and didn’t appreciate the Scottish Supernova butting in. Will AK make Mr. 11 butt out and back off for once in his life?

The bell rings and AK circles with Dar. They tie up as fans duel, and AK grabs at the kick. Dar gets away and respects the speed. They go again, Dar gets a waistlock and takedown but AK gets free. Dar and AK tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Dar rolls back and wrenches AK to the mat. Fans sing for Darth Dar but AK kips up and bridges around to headscissor! Fans cheer that but Dar bridges back. AK keeps on and cranks Dar’s head in the hold. Dar moves up and around to pop free and then tackle AK for a headlock. Dar adds a noogie! The ref reprimands but AK fights his way up. AK powers Dar to ropes and the ref calls for a break. AK lets up but Dar shoves. Dar avoids the kick and brushes off his shoulder.

Dar and AK circle and tie up again. AK rolls and then gets a leg to then get a headlock. Dar fights to keep his shoulders off the mat and then works his way around. They stand, AK wrenches and hooks Dar up for an Octopus! AK pulls an arm but Dar pops free. AK sunset flips but Dar stays up. Dar stomps but misses and AK kicks him in the back! AK trips Dar up, runs but Dar trips him up. Dar tries a rear mount but AK slips out the back to trip Dar up and float to a ghost pin! TWO and Dar baits AK into a backslide. TWO and Dar shoves. AK leaps over for a sunset flip, TWO! Another ghost pin, ONE! Dar has the half nelson cover, ONE! AK has the ghost, ONE!

Dar again, ONE! AK again, ONE! ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, TWO!! AK almost had Dar but he cartwheels to avoid the Penalty Kick! Fans cheer this great exchange and even AK smiles. But Dar growls and scowls as he and AK circle. They tie up again, and Dar puts AK on the ropes. Dar lets off but cheap shot elbows AK to the apron! Dar drags AK up and has him on the ropes a la Orton, but just lets him go. AK catches himself with his hands! But Dar kicks him in the face! The ref reprimands Dar but Dar flexes. Dar walks over and AK kicks him in the leg! Dar is furious and he stomps AK over and over! The ref backs Dar off, and AK throws himself at Dar’s legs. Dar drops an elbow and then drags AK up for a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer but Dar circles AK like a shark. Dar drags AK around with an armlock and digs his knuckles into wherever he can. Fans rally up and AK fights up to throw body shots and forearms. Dar kicks a leg out but AK runs, goes up and over and arm-drags! AK kips up to dropkick Dar out! Fans fire up as AK builds speed to the corner, but Dar gets in. AK adjusts to leap! Into a FUJIWARA! AK endures being bent around, rolls through, and catches Dar’s punch into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dar powers up but AK holds on. Dar pops the legs apart to get a kneebar! AK stands up and spins out to get the armbar! Dar reaches and rolls to get a cover, TWO! AK ROUNDHOUSES Dar!

Dar wobbles, AK fires up and grabs Dar’s shoulders, but Dar mule kick LOW BLOWS!! The ref completely misses that! Dar runs for the NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall

The Scottish Supernova is controversial as ever! The referee’s angle may have been what screwed A-Kid over but Dar still wants to brag on the mic. “Well then. An over the top rope 20-Man Battle Royal. Ooooh~! More like 19 Dafties, 1 Supernova 11 and YOUR next NXT UK Champion! No pinkie, no party. Thank you, b-b-b-b-b!” Dar heads out, ready to turn it up to 11 and tear the knob off. But will he be able to win that match without cheating?

 

More superstars talk about the NXT UK Battle Royal.

Dave Mastiff IS “the most powerful superstar in the Battle Royal.” There is no one who can throw a proper British heavyweight like him over the top rope. The Wrestling Genius, Kassius Ohno, in a ring with 19 “mongrels and heathens,” and you will see technique, skill and acumen propel Ohno to victory. Ilja Dragunov doesn’t just train hard, he prepares for war. His plan for the battle royal? “Just go in.” 19 other superstars will just go out, because Ilja will hit the ring like a lightning strike! Those other 19 are great superstars, but he is the only one who is UNBESIEGBAR!!

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!

For the first time ever, this brand will have this title defended between two of its superstars! However, champion and challenger each other well. Will the Irish Ace Cruiserweight Championship Tour continue past Coventry? Or will it be cut short by the Kiwi Buzzsaw?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this rivalry is renewed with gold!

Banks and Devlin circle and tie up. They break then tie up again. Banks wrangles Devlin to the mat but Devlin gets up. Devlin arm-drags but Banks headscissors, only for Devlin to pop out. Fans rally and duel as the two go again. Banks gets the arm but Devlin chinbars. Banks wrenches and gets a headlock takeover. Devlin headscissors out but Banks pops out and the two stand off. Fans cheer again as the two go again. Devlin wrenches and brings Banks down to stand on his head. Banks sits up but Devlin shifts to a hammerlock. Banks gets up, spins and arm-drags Devlin away, and Devlin backs off as his bad elbow jams. Devlin comes back from the corner but Banks blocks his kick. Banks trips Devlin and traps one leg to crank the other.

Devlin endures, gets free and headlocks Banks back. Banks spins and arm-drags Devlin off to get the armlock. Devlin fights up but Banks snapmares him down for the crucifix cover, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Devlin headlocks but Banks powers out. Banks table tops Devlin to then rolling clutch, TWO! Devlin avoids a stomp and a roundhouse and bails out. Fans cheer as Banks waits patiently. Devlin catches his breath as he paces the ring, but Banks drags him up to the apron! Devlin hotshots Banks back then rolls in to URENA- Banks reverses with an arm-drag! Banks clotheslines Devlin out of the ring then builds speed to DIVE! But Devlin sends Banks’s tope into the barriers! The ref checks on Banks but somehow he’s okay to continue.

Devlin leaves Banks behind and dusts his hands off. Fans are divided as Devlin swaggers about the ring. Devlin even does push-ups while he waits. Banks stands and Devlin fetches him into the ring. Devlin wrenches to an elevator backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Devlin keeps his cool and blows a kiss to the lovely ladies before he drives elbows into Banks’ head. Devlin drags Banks up and whips to kitchen sink knee Banks down! Fans still rally for Banks but Devlin drags him into a seated cobra twist. Banks endures and fans rally up again. Devlin digs his knuckles in but Banks fights his way up. Banks throws body shots but Devlin uppercuts. Devlin whips but runs into Banks’ boot. Devlin runs back in but Banks goes up and over to trip Devlin up. Banks runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!

Devlin catches his breath and stands on Banks’ head. The ref reprimands and Devlin lets up to bring down the knee pads. Devlin brings Banks up for a double knee smash! Devlin brings his knee pads back up and he drives elbows into Banks’ shoulders. Banks gets to a corner but Devlin digs his boots into Banks’ head. Devlin lets off at 4 and shouts, “I know the rules!” Banks CHOPS Devlin, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Devlin turns it around but Banks dodges the chop to CHOP again! Banks brings Devlin out but Devlin jawbreakers back! Devlin grabs Banks’ arm and gives toying kicks. The ref reprimands Devlin but Banks eggs Devlin on! Devlin kicks and kicks but Banks just takes them all!

Banks gets up to throw forearm after forearm! But Devlin hits the URENAGE! And standing moonsault, onto knees! Devlin goes to a corner and fans rally up. Banks runs side to side for a big forearm smash! Then the other way for another! Then corner to corner, but he knows Devlin follows! Banks sweeps the legs and Devlin crashes into buckles! Banks goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! He drags Devlin up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Devlin still lives but Banks has more to give. Fans rally up and Banks gives Devlin kicks of his own. Devlin manages to sit up but Banks keeps kicking. Devlin blocks a kick and throws Banks down by the leg. But Banks trips Devlin to then run and SHINING WIZARD! Banks spins to ROLLING ELBOW!

Devlin fires up but Banks BOOTS him out of the ring! Banks runs and DIVES, direct hit with the tope! Fans fire up with Banks while Devlin is wiped out at the ramp. Coventry chants for “NXT! NXT!” as Banks drags Devlin back into the ring. Banks goes up top and leaps, DUMDUM STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and Banks can’t believe it! Both men stir and fans rally up again. Banks runs to the corner, but Devlin gets under. Devlin bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS Banks! He yanks Banks in but Banks sunset flips, TWO! Devlin sits on the cover, TWO! Banks has the sunset again but Devlin rolls through to jackknife! TWO as Banks bridges up! Banks spins but Devlin resists the backslide. Devlin HEEL KICKS Banks! Banks HEADBUTTS back! Devlin falling HEADBUTTS Banks!!

Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Devlin sits up first and grits his teeth. He drags Banks to a corner drop zone and heads up top. Banks gets up to trip Devlin up! Devlin is in the Tree of Woe and Banks heads up top! Banks digs his knuckles into the knees, then leaps for WOE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Devlin still lives and Coventry hopes they “Fight Forever!” Banks heads to a corner again and goes back up top. But Devlin enziguris Banks down! Devlin JABS Banks for good measure before climbing up. But Banks fights Devlin off. Devlin hops down to the apron and sweeps the legs! Banks is stuck as Devlin slingshots for a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Now Banks shocks Devlin by surviving!

Devlin heads back up top and MOONSAULTS, but has to roll through as Banks moves. Banks leaps and LARIATS! Then goes to the corner, SLICE OF HEAVEN! Banks reels Devlin in, but Devlin escapes the Kiwi Krusher to O’Conner Roll, EuroClutch, WITH ROPES!! Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

The Irish Ace had something up his sleeve and he cheats Banks! Devlin’s Cruiserweight Championship Tour continues, but is his luck going to run out?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really good episode for NXT UK, but sadly the word is that even TakeOver: Dublin has to be postponed. That news only came out today, but I’m sure there will be an adjustment in next week’s episode to account for that. But since the 20-Man Battle Royal was already recorded, I’m sure we’ll still get that match aired next week. That match is really more about who isn’t in it, as the NXT UK Roster still isn’t that big. And as far as who comes out of it to (eventually) challenge Walter, I can’t be sure. Finn Balor has made it seem like he didn’t stick around in the UK but he might be a surprise entrant and win it all. Surely the plan was for Dublin to have more than just Jordan Devlin to cheer for as a “hometown” hero.

Speaking of Irish superstars, Aoife VS Nina was a good match, and naturally Aoife wins. She still needs time to build up as a character, and perhaps there will be promo opportunities so we can understand more of that character and the personality. Piper had a good promo, and her match alongside Dani Luna against KLR and Jinny will be an interesting one. Jinny wants a new sidekick after Jazzy Gabert left, I wonder if Dani turns on Piper to fill that role. Dar VS A-Kid was really good, but Dar wins with controversy to keep AK strong. I don’t know if Dar lasts that long in the battle royal but I would love to see Devlin VS Dar for the Cruiserweight Championship just for great Obnoxious Heel VS Obnoxious Heel segments.

Imperium VS Carter & Smith was a good tag match but Imperium was definitely winning as the more experienced team. Pretty Deadly mocking Carter & Smith surely means that will be a tag feud going on, but I don’t see either team becoming contenders so soon. Gallus’ card looks pretty open unless Moustache Mountain reunites while neither is doing much else. FMW says he wants after the superstar who attacked Andrews, but I still think it might be The Hunt turning Heel. However, I would also hope it’s Eddie Dennis coming back around to his original promos about being bitter towards old friends, Andrews and Pete Dunne. Dennis might even become the leader of The Hunt, being he’s nicknamed the Welsh Dragon now.

Devlin VS Banks was great again but I’m a bit surprised they had Devlin win with controversy. I can see them wanting to keep Banks strong if they want him to eventually get some kind of title somewhere, but it doesn’t really help Devlin’s power rankings back. Devlin is apparently going to be in the 20-Man Battle Royal, but I don’t know if he’d win. If there was originally the plan for Balor VS Walter at TakeOver: Tampa, which is canceled to be used as material for NXT TV instead, I wonder… Was Balor going to beat Walter and take the NXT UK Championship to then have Irish Prince VS Irish Ace, title for title? Not likely, as that would be a lot even for a great wrestler like Balor. But maybe one day, we get proper crossover between the Cruiserweight Division and other titles.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW Royal Quest II

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

[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?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Yo! Listen!

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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?


My Thoughts:

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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