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Mathew’s Dragon Gate King of Gate 2020 Round One Results & Review

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After dealing with Corona-chan, personal issues, and other things, it’s time to come back and we’re going to start with Dragon Gate’s tournament, King of Gate. I and Andrew covered it two years ago, which was underwhelming and last year won us back, so time to bring it back for this year. They’re doing it differently this year as it’s not a round-robin but a single elimination with three blocks. The winner of the blocks will meet in the semi-finals and the fourth person will be decided in a Battle Royal with all the people that lose in the tournament.

Before we begin, gonna post some predictions with block winners and the actual winner of the tournament to see how far I get.

  • A Block: YAMATO
  • B Block: BxB Hulk
  • C Block: Eita
  • Battle Royal: Kzy
  • Winner: Eita (Eita and YAMATO in finals)

Now that we got some of the set-ups for the tournament, who will win their respective blocks? Will the Open the Dream Gate Champion win the whole thing? Will R.E.D win the war? Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette


A Block 5/15/2020

King of Gate A Block Match
Kzy vs. H.Y.O

Review: Our first match of the show and A Block is Kzy taking on H.Y.O. Kzy recently failed to defeat Naruki Doi for the Open the Dream Gate Championship and this could be his chance to get back in the picture if he wins the tournament and block. Will Kzy be able to get a second chance or does H.Y.O score the upset?

H.Y.O attacking Kzy right away before the bell rings as a typical R.E.D fashion thing to do and is on the attack. Kzy is an underrated performer and I wish he would win the top title one day but chances of that now feel slim and is just a gatekeeper of the company at this point. H.Y.O seems to have improved since the last time I saw him as he gained a bit of muscle and seems like an actual powerhouse. Kzy would eventually get some momentum back after hitting some beautiful uppercuts and a quick Overcastle with a nice sequence.

Kzy eventually lost momentum for a bit as H.Y.O hits a nice combination with an Atomic Drop, Stunner, and rolled him for Kzy to kick out at two. H.Y.O attempts a Diving Senton but Kzy rolled out of the way and hits a Running Elbow Smash. Kzy attempts to pick him up as H.Y.O kicked him below and belt and rolls him but the referee refuses to count since he saw the actions played out. Kzy would have him by the corner but H.Y.O hits him with the turnbuckle pad and continues to do so until the referee attempted to stop him. This would lead H.Y.O to hit the ref with the pad and gets himself disqualified, making Kzy advance to the next round. H.Y.O wasn’t done as he hits Kzy with a Diving Senton after the bell has rung.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

King of Gate A Block Match
Ryo Saito vs. YAMATO

Review: It’s now time for our next match as Ryo Saito takes on YAMATO. The winner of this bout will be facing Kzy in the next round. YAMATO looks to regain the gold after not being champion for nearly three years. Ryo Saito looks to beat the former ace and move on to hopefully win his first big title. Will YAMATO reach the top or does Ryo get the biggest win of his career?

Ryo is more than a comedy character since he has proven time and time again that he can actually go in big matches and since there’s no crowd to entertain with comedy, he focuses more on his in-ring ability and he still doesn’t disappoint me. YAMATO is no slouch either and he makes sure Ryo brings his A-game to give us a great match. They didn’t need to do anything crazy as the two were just telling a story in the ring while executing their moves rather flawlessly.

Ryo was gaining momentum while the two were exchanging forearms with each other as Ryo would be the one that would win the blow for blow with each other. Ryo would hit a Dragon Suplex on YAMATO and would kick out at two. Ryo was looking to end it as he had his arms in a straight jacket position while lifting him, but YAMATO would shift his body around to catch him for a Sleeper. Ryo would do his best to try and fight him off but it was too late as he fell onto his knees, giving YAMATO enough time to hit the Gallaria to secure the victory. YAMATO would now fight Kzy in the next round. Great performances from both of these men.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

King of Gate A Block Match
Dragon Kid vs. Diamante

Review: We’re halfway done with A Block as we have two matches left with Dragon Kid taking on Diamante. H.Y.O failed to represent R.E.D in the first round but Diamante could help support the team if he can defeat the protege of Ultimo Dragon. Will Dragon Kid get rid of R.E.D in A Block or does Diamante get rid of one of Dragon Gate’s top stars?

Diamante would try to go for the early assault onto Kid but he saw right through his attempt and was able to get the early advantage. This is my first time seeing Diamante in singles competition, so it would be good to see how he does on his own and a little rough around the edges, but he also has a lot of potentials to do better. The match was a little more mat-based than what you would see in a match involving Dragon Kid but he knows how to adapt and moves rather quick for someone that’s over forty, showing that age is just a number. Of course, these shows are expected to play out differently without a crowd but also makes them focus more on the in-ring aspect of the matches to make it their selling points and it does work given the environment they’re dealing with right now.

Diamante would hit a beautiful Springboard Dropkick onto Kid, which was impressive for a man that tall and would attempt to put the veteran away. Dragon would attempt to make a comeback after hitting a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT to put him down. Dragon Kid attempts to go for the Bible but he knew he wouldn’t hit that as he tries to hit the Dragonrana, but Diamante catches him to attempt a Powerbomb but Dragon turns it into a Sunset Flip for a two count. Kid charges in as Diamante caught him for a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker and flipped him to turn it into a Gutbuster right after. Diamante wasn’t down as he would hit the Vuelta Finale to score the upset victory over Kid!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

King of Gate A Block Match
Susumu Yokosuka vs. Yosuke Santa Maria

Review: It’s now time for the final match of A Block as we have AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion, Susumu Yokosuka taking on Yosuke Santa Maria. Susumu still holding the belt after he went over to AJPW for a tournament as he looks to win the tournament and has a chance to have gold on two different promotions. Santa Maria is also a popular wrestler who is looking to win in his Cinderella story to try and win the big title for the first time. Does Susumu fight Diamante or will Santa Maria score a big win?

Before the bell rang, the two would just slap each other back and forth to have their match underway. Susumu is someone who has had a great year so far, especially with his performances with Hikaru Sato in AJPW (which you should check out). Santa Maria has changed his look a little bit while still wearing the attires we all know and love, and still performing at a top-level, showing looks can be deceiving.

Susumu would toss Yosuke in the air but he would counter that with a beautiful Sky Love to take him down and he looks to have an opening as he attempted to kiss Susumu but had no luck in doing so. Susumu would attempt to go for the Yokosuka Cutter but Yosuke would fight it off as he attempts to hit a Lariat on him, which Susumu doesn’t fall and hits his Lariat. Yosuke would attempt several ways to try and roll him up but Susumu would keep kicking out of them. Susume would finally hit the Jumbo no Kachi!gatame as Yosuke kicked out at two! Soon as Yosuke kicked out, he would catch his arms for a Crucifix pin as Susumu kicked out again but wait, Yosuke does the Leg Clutch to catch him for another pin and he gets the upset victory! Yosuke finished the first round with a big win and will fight Diamante in the next round in a solid bout.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

B Block 5/16/2020

King of Gate B Block Match
Kaito Ishida vs. Jason Lee

Review: Time to get started on the B Block portion of the tournament as we have Jason Lee takes on the current Open the Brave Gate Champion, Kaito Ishida. Kaito has been improving himself ever since he aligned with R.E.D and is looking to win the tournament to challenge the Open the Dream Gate Champion, and he has a good chance of that happening if he can make it to the block final. Will Kaito win or does Jason knock Kaito down a peg?

In typical R.E.D fashion, Kaito would attack Jason before the bell would ring and begins the assault. Kaito would find his opening as he worked on Jason’s leg and starts to make that his target for the match. Kaito has been showing progress and it’s been a while since I’ve seen him work, so this is a good treat to see his work as a heel. Jason is someone I’ve been a fan of since he came to Dragon Gate and he screams future Open the Brave Gate Champion, so it could be a reality this year is he can outmaneuver Kaito. Jason got a small comeback and showing to get back into it but Kaito would hurt his leg and applies the Ankle Lock, which Jason fights off it the first time. Kaito would apply the Ankle Lock again and while Jason attempts to fight it off a second time, Kaito laid down to bend his leg while applying the lock as Jason tapped out and Kaito advances!

Rating: Eric Bischoff


King of Gate B Block Match
BxB Hulk vs. Keisuke Okuda

Review: Time for our next match as BxB Hulk is set to take on Keisuke Okuda. Hulk is my pick to win the block so he could fight YAMATO in the semi-finals to have that grudge match finally. Keisuke isn’t looking to go down so easily against the vet. Which one of these two will fight Kaito in the next round?

Oh no, who didn’t see this coming when Hulk attacking his opponent before the bell rang? It’s not like I just saw this in the previous match…oh no… Anyway, arrogant Hulk works and he can put on a good match with the right opponent or if he really wants to, but this match was to just show how arrogant he can be. This was more one-sided than anything else since it was Hulk assaulting him in and out of the ring, even choking him with a towel it looks like. Keisuke would only show a little bit of offense with MMA style punches but it doesn’t phase Hulk and just kicks him down.

Hulk looks like he’s had enough toying with Keisuke here and he looks to put him away but what’s this? Keisuke is starting to fight back and has him up on his shoulders, kneeing him a bit before hitting the Lights Out real quick for a two count. Keisuke didn’t waste any time as he picked Hulk up to hit the Lights Out one more time and pins him for the win and advances to fight Kaito! *Rips my notes up and throws them in the air* Hulk, you had one job…

Rating: Eric Bischoff

King of Gate B Block Match
Genki Horiguchi vs. KAI


Review: We’re halfway done with B Block as we now go to our next match as Genki Horiguchi takes on KAI. KAI is looking to be apart of the tournament and aim to win the whole thing. I’m sure he would’ve loved to get payback against Hulk but SOMEBODY had to lose due to their arrogance. Genki, however, is looking for a chance to possibly fight the Open the Dream Gate Champion. Who will advance to the next round?

Oh, thank god, not another pre-match assault in this match. KAI was someone I’ve been on and off with during his early years but now, I’ve been enjoying his improvements and is someone that is now tolerable to watch. Genki is also someone that can still work a good match and this is what we get between these two. Things started off fairly even with the chain wrestling but Genki was able to get the early advantage by working with KAI’s leg since it could be beneficial to Genki to cut KAI’s speed or make him tap if he wants to. Unlike the previous match, this one was more balanced with some solid wrestling action from both of these men. Genki near the end would try to put KAI away with the Backslide from Heaven but KAI was able to kick out, however, Genki attempted it a second time with KAI kicking out again. KAI tries to fight it off in the third attempt and he would by rolling Genki for the Gannosuke Clutch and KAI was able to get the win!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

King of Gate B Block Match
Naruki Doi vs. Big R Shimizu

Review: It’s now time for our final match of the block as Big R Shimizu takes on the current Open the Dream Gate Champion, Naruki Doi. Can’t remember the last time when the champion would take part in the King of Gate tournament but he’s looking to do that for this to help out Dragon Gate during their time in need. The winner of this one will face KAI in the next round. Will the champion be taken out in the first round or will the champion prevail?

God damnit, I thought I was done with the pre-match attacks but it looked like Naruki was prepared for him though as he was able to dodge him while the two do a battle of shoulder tackles, which Big R would win obviously. Big R had the early advantage with his powerhouse style with Naruki matching him off with his quickness. While the match was less than five minutes, they made sure it was full of action to make it interesting without feeling like it would drag at any point in the match. Naruki ran towards Big R but he catches him to look for a slam as Naruki landed a DDT on him instead. Naruki hits the Bakatare Sliding Kick to take him down and as he attempts the second one, Big R would stop him to attempt the Shot-put Slam until Naruki rolled him up for the V9 Clutch and secures the victory to advance!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

C Block  5/17/2020

King of Gate C Block Match
Ben-K vs. Kagetora

Review: It’s now time to get started with our final block of the first round as Kagetora takes on Ben-K. Ben won the tournament last year along with the title on top of it, so he would wanna win it back to back and defeat Naruki to avenge his loss. Will Ben be one step closer or will his dreams get cut short?

Aww, Ben got rid of his shogun gear again, very sad. Anyway, the match itself wasn’t terrible but nothing special at the same time. Kagetora didn’t get too much offense in and whenever he did, it’s usually with his Shining Wizard, which is always beautiful whenever he hits it. Ben had a good majority of the control in the match and should be able to since he is a top star with a story behind him. Kagetora would hit another Shining Wizard to get a little bit of a comeback and starts working Ben on the turnbuckle with an Enziguri to daze him. The two started to brawl a bit more and Ben attempts a Spear but Kagetora jumps over him as he attempted to roll him up afterward for a two count. The two would run the ropes back and forth until Ben eventually caught him with the Spear to secure the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters


King of Gate C Block Match
Eita vs. Strong Machine J

Review: We now have our next match as Strong Machine J takes on the leader of R.E.D, Eita. It looks like J is on his own after he and the other Strong Machines lost the Triangle Gate Championships last year and is looking to make a big impression here. Eita made it to the finals last year and he looks to win the whole thing this time as my pick. Will Eita be able to fight the man who beat him in the finals last year or does J score a big win?

After two days, Eita decides to be the first person from R.E.D in this tournament to not attack their opponent before the match started. This is my first time see Strong Machine J in singles action and I have to admit, he’s very impressive in the ring. I’m not sure who the person under the mask is but it’s easy to see why he won the Best Newcomer Award in the Tokyo Sports Awards last year. If he ever does decide to unmask himself and be his person, I think he could be a big star but I don’t see him dropping the gimmick since his father, Super Strong Machine was the one to start it and probably wants to honor that in his career. Eita is a great heel and he does have moments to show that when he doesn’t fully rely on his group all the time.

The two were fighting on the top rope as Eita is looking to hit the Superplex but J would be able to fight him off and flip over him to pick him up so he could hit the Powerbomb, pinning Eita as he kicked out at two. J doesn’t stop himself as he goes to the top rope to hit the Diving Headbutt for another two count. J picked Eita up as he hits the Devil Windmill Suplex but Eita’s legs were on the ropes, making J unable to pin him as he dragged him to the center of the ring, but it was too late since Eita kicked out at two. J goes back to the top rope to attempt another Diving Headbutt but Eita puts his foot up and would hit the Imperial Uno to knock J down as Eita wins in an impressive match. It looks like the finals of the tournament last year will take place on round two, which should be interesting.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

King of Gate C Block Match
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO

Review: Halfway through the block, as we now have our next match with Masaaki Mochizuki taking on KAZMA SAKAMOTO. Mochizuki currently lost the GHC Tag Team Championship and he looks to win this tournament to regain the Open the Dream Gate Championship. Will Mochizuki be able to make it to the next round or does KAZMA play the spoiler to him and score a big victory?

Safe to say that this was my second favorite match in the first round and never knew I wanted a singles match between these two until it happened during this one. Mochizuki never disappoints and proves age is just a number as he wrestles like he’s half his age. KAZMA is someone I’ve been starting to appreciate more during his return to Dragon Gate and his small run in NOAH. The two didn’t need to do anything crazy to keep the viewers interested as it was just a wrestling match with the two fighting in and out of the ring, executing moves flawlessly and share a unique chemistry.

Mochizuki delivers a couple of kicks to KAZMA until he caught his leg on the last kick and hits him with an Uppercut as the two fall down after. The two start to get back up and they slap each other but Mochizuki delivers a Roundhouse Kick and goes to jump the ropes as KAZMA hits him with another Uppercut with a Falcon Arrow after that. KAZMA would attempt to hit the Plus Driver but Mochizuki fights it off by flipping him over and delivers a kick to KAZMA. Mochizuki would attempt the Saikyou High Kick a couple of times but KAZMA would block his kicks and hits the Plus Driver this time to pin him and KAZMA moves on to the next round. Talk about shocking victory here since I did not expect him to win, but we needed one of them to happen in the first round and it was a great match on top.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

King of Gate C Block Match
Dragon Dia vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: I think it’s time to close up the first round with our final match of C Block with Takashi Yoshida taking on Dragon Kid’s apprentice, Dragon Dia. This is Dia’s first time in the tournament and he looks to do Dragon Kid proud by trying to win the tournament. Which one of these two will fight KAZMA in the next round? Does R.E.D win the block with a clean sweep?

Oh wow, Takashi didn’t even attempt to attack Dia before the bell, that must’ve been hard for him to resist unless he’s that confident. You can tell that Takashi wasn’t taking Dia seriously since it seemed Dia’s moves wouldn’t fully phase him right away, he would even do a test of strength with him with only one hand while Dia uses two. While there were times it could’ve felt one-sided but this one worked in a story sense since Dia is the underdog in the match while Takashi is the big monster heel that overpowers him. Dia was able to try and gain some momentum when he hits the Hurricanrana and a Springboard DDT on top of that but Takashi kicked out at two. Dia would attempt the Reptilian Rana but Takashi caught him to try and hit the Powerbomb as Dia flipped over for a Sunset Flip with Takashi kicking out. Dia would be able to catch Takashi off guard with the Reptilian Rana and lands it this time while getting the upset victory over Takashi!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

Overall: They were able to run the show without a crowd and they made it work with solid first-round matches. The second round is shaping up to be interesting with unique match-ups happening, making it difficult to see what the outcomes would be.

Favorite Match: YAMATO vs. Ryo Saito

Least Favorite Match: Ben-K vs. Kagetora

Score: 7.5/10

 


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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.

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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?

 


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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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