NXT UK is Gallus’ Kingdom!
Joe and Mark Coffey ran roughshod the moment they arrived, and only got more dangerous when Wolfgang joined the firm. Relive their rise to the top of the brand in this NXT UK retrospective.
- 1/9/19, Episode 22 – Six Man Tag: Gallus VS British Strong Style; Gallus wins.
- NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff – Last Man Standing: Joe Coffey VS Dave Mastiff; Coffey wins.
- NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II – NXT UK Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match: Gallus VS Imperium VS Grizzled Young Veterans VS South Wales Subculture; Gallus wins and retains the NXT UK Tag Team Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Shepherd welcomes us back to the show.
This week, it’s all about the Scottish trio that have been dominating the brand. #GallusBoysOnTop! It was only a matter of when, not if, the Coffey Brothers would sign with NXT UK, and it happened at the UK Championship Tournament in 2018 as they went after Mark Andrews and Travis Banks in their Cruiserweight Triple Threat! Their first targets were Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster, and Wolfgang would join in. Joe Coffey went after the Bruiserweight, aimed for his then WWE United Kingdom Championship, and signed on the dotted line for NXT UK’s inaugural TakeOver. But before then, they agreed upon a showdown that was firm versus firm.
1/9/19, Episode 22 -Six Man Tag: Gallus VS British Strong Style!
The war has come to a head, and now Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers finally get their match with Pete Dunne & Mustache Mountain! This is just the prelude to NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool 2019!
The teams stare down and things get a bit tense. Liverpool is strongly on British Strong Style’s side, and teams sort out as the fans chant. Bate starts against Coffey and fans chant “Big Strong Boys!” The two tie up and fans sing for Bate as they break. Bate and Coffey go around and tie up again. Coffey pushes Bate back, but Bate puts his dukes up. They tie up again and have a test of strength. They push shoulders against shoulders, and Bate bridges as Coffey shoves him back. Joe sweeps the legs but Bate bridges again. Joe does it again, but Bate bridges again. Bate continues to avoid pinfalls, and even manages to support Joe’s weight! Bate powers up from the mat and shows he’s a Big Strong Boy by pushing Joe back. But Joe knees low and wrenches the arm.
Joe grinds the shoulder but Bate endures. Joe wrenches again, but Bate rolls back and handsprings to dropkick Joe away! Bate kips up and now the corners empty for a full six man stare down. The ref keeps the peace, and both teams back off. Joe tags to Wolfgang, so Bate tags Seven. Seven and Wolfgang tie up and Wolfgang gets a headlock. Fans sing for Seven as he powers out, but Wolfgang runs him over. Things speed up and Wolfgang throws Seven to ropes, but Seven comes back with a crossbody! The corners again empty and shoving starts between both sides. The ref shouts for them to back down again, and the teams listen to the official. There’s trash talk as Wolfgang tags in Mark Coffey, and Seven tags in Dunne!
Dunne and Mark circle and tie up. They go around and Mark gets a headlock. Dunne squeezes back and powers out. Things speed up and Dunne runs Mark over with a lariat! Wolfgang runs in, and the brawl is on! Gallus and British Strong Style fight all over the ring and the ref can’t get them to listen this time. Bate clotheslines Wolfgang out and Dunne throws Mark. Joe runs at Seven but Seven tosses him out! British Strong Style controls the ring and fans fire up. Gallus regroups and talks strategy. Mark runs in but into a drop toehold! Dunne hammerlocks and grabs Mark’s other arm. Dunne goes after the fingers one at a time, then the elbow. He shifts to the legs for a surfboard! Mark resists, so Dunne decides to stomp the knees! Dunne kicks Mark while he’s down, then tags to Seven.
Seven takes the hand-off and wrenches the arm to scoop slam Mark. Cover, TWO, but Seven keeps on Mark with a fireman’s carry. Tag to Bate, and Seven throws Mark down with a Wasteland slam. Bate hops up, and knee-boards for the senton! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps on Mark with a headlock and punches. HE wrenches and whips Mark but Mark reverses. Wolfgang is there but Bate knocks him away. Mark spins Bate with a full nelson to a suplex! Mark tags brother Joe and the Coffey boys mug Bate. Joe whips Bate into the corner, then tags in Wolfgang. Wolfgang clubs away with ax handles. Wolfgang drags Bate around to stomp him. He clutches his arm, but Wolfgang whips Bate to the corner. Tag to Joe, and Joe headbutts and haymakers Bate.
Joe whips Bate back in, then again. Joe double underhooks for a standing butterfly hold. Fans rally and Bate powers up, but Joe lifts Bate. Bate resists the suplex, so Joe keeps on the butterfly hold. Joe pushes Bate to the mat, then shifts to an armlock. Joe mounts and knocks Bate down, to then drag him up with nerve holds. Fans rally for Bate as he powers up and out. Bate elbows Joe but Joe body shots Bate. Joe whips Bate to Gallus’ corner and tags in Wolfgang. Wolfgang knees low then brings Bate around for another whip. Bate goes up and under, but gets caught in a waistlock. Bate standing switches and leap frogs, hot tag to Seven! Seven redirects and CHOPS away on Wolfgang! Seven whips Wolfgang for a back drop! He makes sure to hit Joe Coffey before DIVING onto Wolfgang!
Seven fires up and runs at Wolfgang in the corner for another chop! Seven dodges Mark to send him into Wolfgang, then throws Mark with a snap dragon suplex! Wolfgang denies Seven a second one, then moonsaults up, only to get Mark! Seven brings Wolfgang up for a scoop side slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Seven drags Wolfgang around. Seven spins it around but Wolfgang shoves Seven right out to the barriers! Mark barrels into the rnig, but it’s a distraction so that Joe can throw Seven into steel steps! Joe puts Seven into the ring for Wolfgang, who SPEARS Seven down! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and frustrates Gallus. Mark tags in to stomp away on Seven. Fans rally as Mark clubs away on Seven. Mark puts Seven in the corner and tags to brother Joe.
Joe wrenches and reels Seven in for a facelock. Seven endures as fans sing for him. Joe wrenches and punches away on Seven, then tags brother Mark. Mark puts on the facelock, and Seven starts to fade. Mark puts Seven in the corner and Joe tags in. The Coffey boys mug Seven but Seven fights back! Wolfgang holds Seven’s tights to keep him trapped as Joe throws body shots! Joe puts the facelock back on and grinds Seven back down. Seven endures, and Joe throws haymakers. Joe coordinates with Wolfgang, and tags in as Wolfgang climbs. Wolfgang drops ax handles on Seven’s back, then tags Joe back in. Joe climbs now but Seven fights out! Seven CHOPS Joe but Joe grabs hair! Joe drags Seven in but Seven throws more hands. Seven climbs up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men crash down!
Seven crawls for his corner but so does Joe. Hot tags to Wolfgang and Dunne! The Bruiserweight Rallies, even as Mark runs in. Dunne’s enziguri hits Wolfgang and Dunne whips Mark for a rebound German Suplex! Dunne kicks Mark’s arms out, then gives him an X-Plex! Wolfgang blocks a kick but Dunne rolls him into a kneebar! Wolfgang crawls and claws around. He drags himself to Gallus’ corner and tags in Mark! Mark drops an elbow, but into a triangle hold! Mark rolls around back towards Gallus’ corner and tags back to Wolfgang. Wolfgang climbs up, for the Howling! But even he gets caught into an armbar! Wolfgang shifts through but into the Kimura! Dunne is savvy, but Wolfgang is strong enough to suplex out! Fans are thunderous as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Joe and Bate!
Bate rallies with EuroUppers on the Iron King! Joe reverses the whip but runs into the knee. Bate hops up for a flying EuroUpper! Bate runs corner to corner, for another EuroUpper! He whips Joe but Joe reverses again. Joe runs, misses, but elbows Bate away. Joe double jumps but misses the crossbody! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, and fans reach a fever pitch. Joe whips Bate but Bate wheelbarrows. Joe swings Bate around like that, Bate still victory rolls! TWO!! Bate scoops Joe for the airplane spin! They go around and around, and around and around! Fans give a standing ovation for this ultimate spin cycle! Bate finally stops to drop Joe, then falls on his butt. The Big Strong Boy has Liverpool on their feet as he goes for the Tyler Driver. Joe slips out, and sees Bang coming! Joe headbutts, but BOP comes around the other side!
Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Mark and Seven! Mark enziguris the punch away, but Seven swings Mark out for the Seven Star Lariat! But it was Seven’s bad arm, so that alone hurts. Tag to Bate, tag to Dunne. Mustache Mountain lifts Mark, and Dunne adds a backstabber to their back suplex bomb! Cover, but Wolfgang breaks it! Seven goes after him but Wolfgang throws Seven out. BANG hits Wolfgang, and Bate DIVES onto Wolfgang! Dunne kicks Mark down, then glares at Joe. Joe has Dunne’s title belt, and Mark rolls Dunne up! TWO, enziguri from Mark rocks Dunne! Tag to Joe, and Joe drags Dunne up. Joe hits the powerbomb! Cover, but Seven breaks it just in time!
Wolfgang returns but Seven throws him out by his ponytail. Seven’s backhand finishes it, but Mark rocks Seven. Bate’s rebound lariat takes out Mark, but Joe’s pop-up EuroUpper takes out Bate! Joe and Dunne are left alone in the ring, and the two fire off with fast hands! Neither man backs down but they do slow down. Dunne rocks Joe with the forearm, then brings his hands down, to stomp them! Buzzsaw kick on top, but Dunne runs into the headbutt! Joe runs corner to corner, but into a kick! Both men are down and fans again reach that fever pitch. Dunne and Joe slowly stir as their allies regroup. Joe goes to tag Wolfgang but Dunne intercepts! Dunne has the fingers, Wolfgang tags from the back side.
SNAP go the fingers, and Bitter End! But Wolfgang sentons onto Dunne! Tag to Bate, and Bate dodges Wolfgang to huricanrana Wolfgang back out. Bate aims at the cluster as he climbs up top. Bate LEAPS for a corkscrew senton onto everyone!! Fans fire up as Bate quickly gets Wolfgang back in the ring. Bate staggers over on noodle legs as Wolfgang slowly stands. Bate lifts Wolfgang but Wolfgang slips out. Joe tags in as Bate hits the rolling kick on Wolfgang! Bate sees Joe and has the underhook, but Joe back drops out. Bate lands on his feet, blocks All the Best, but his rebound gets the second shot! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus by pinfall
The Scotsmen are victorious in this six man showdown! The Iron King stares down the Bruiserweight, but we know in the present that he falls short of dethroning him. Will Joe Coffey still find a way to reign over NXT UK?
NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff – Last Man Standing: Joe Coffey VS Dave Mastiff!
This pair of heavyweights kept colliding during the Summer, and would not stop when the matches were won. That forced Johnny Saint to put them in a match where it had to end one way or another! Relive what might literally be the biggest match in NXT UK history!
The moment Mastiff sees Coffey, he runs right up the ramp at him! Coffey swings his chain but Mastiff dodges to then throw big forearms! The bell rings and the brawl is on! Mastiff throws Coffey into barriers, then throws him into the ring. Coffey gets up fast to throw forearms, but Mastiff gives haymakers back. Mastiff rocks Coffey from both sides, but Coffey comes back all the same! Coffey throws big body shots on the big body of Mastiff. But Mastiff fireman’s carries! Coffey escapes but Mastiff denies the whip. Mastiff whips Coffey hard, and the top buckle unbuckles?! Fans lose their minds and even Mastiff is shocked. But Coffey is down so the count begins. Coffey stirs as Mastiff isn’t sure what to do. Mastiff just figures he’ll use the buckle as a weapon now! No Disqualifications, so that includes the ring’s own pieces! Fans chant “E C Dub!” as Mastiff puts the bar in Coffey’s mouth, and slams him on the mat!
Coffey stands, but into a waistlock. Coffey fights Mastiff off, then runs corner to corner, but stops himself from hitting the other buckle, just in case. Coffey hops up on the second rope, but falls over as it doesn’t support him properly! Mastiff reminds Coffey of that other rope, as he grinds the bar in Coffey’s face! Mastiff grins as he brings Coffey up. Coffey throws big hands again, but Mastiff shoves him. Coffey manages to rebound on the ropes to fight back. Coffey clotheslines but can’t bring Mastiff down. But that saido suplex does! But not for long! Mastiff is up and waistlocks Coffey for a HUGE German Suplex! Coffey falls out of the ring and the ref starts counting. Coffey stirs at 3 but Mastiff is after him. Coffey tackles Mastiff into the apron! Then throws Mastiff into barriers! Coffey grabs a pool cue?! And jams it in Mastiff’s ribs! Coffey goes under the ring to bring out a bag labeled “Gallus”! And he dumps out a bunch of sports equipment?
Mastiff stands but Coffey tackles him down. A count begins but Coffey brings out a table! Fans really like that! Coffey brings the table over to the timekeeper’s area and props it up. Mastiff runs over and Coffey kicks him back. Coffey runs at Mastiff but is back dropped onto the sports equipment! Mastiff picks up the cricket bat, but Coffey ducks it! Coffey throws hands then brings up the cue again. He jabs and SMACKS it on Mastiff to break it! Then Coffey aims with the jagged piece. Mastiff stops that attack and clubs Coffey down. Mastiff has the cricket bat to SMACK Coffey on the back! Coffey is down but fans want “One More Time!” Coffey stands at 5 to get another SMACK! Mastiff sees the table Coffey provided, so he brings Coffey up and throws him over to it. Coffey flounders and Mastiff aims, but Coffey dodges! Coffey rolls and SPEARS Mastiff through the table!! The Glasgow Send-Off has fans cheering again!
A count starts on both men. Coffey stands at 6 and has his chain back. Mastiff is up at 8, and narrowly dodges that iron-clad All the Best! He waistlocks and Germans Coffey again! Another count, but Mastiff is up at 3. Mastiff stalks Coffey, who stands at 5. Mastiff takes that Gallus chain to LASH Coffey’s back! And LASH! And then Coffey’s ribs! Fans cheer “F him up, Mastiff, F him up!” And that Mastiff does as he again lashes Coffey’s back. Coffey hears the count again, but Mastiff brings out a new table! Coffey stands at 7 but Mastiff sets his table up on the other end. Mastiff takes a moment to fetch that chain, but Coffey has the other end. They tug-o-war, but Mastiff just says, “okay.” He lets go and Coffey falls! INTO THE VOID through the table!! Cardiff loses their minds again! A new count begins as both men stir. Mastiff sits up at 4 and stands at 6. Coffey crawls and drags himself up at 9! Then Coffey flops over to the front row.
Mastiff is in pursuit, and has a chair with him. He jabs Coffey then SMACKS him on the back! Fans want more, so Mastiff gives Coffey another SMACK! Mastiff lines it up again, but Coffey punches the chair shot away! Then an IRON All the Best for the Bells! Both men are down but Mastiff crawls away. The ring count climbs to 5, but Coffey stands at 8. Mastiff is up at 9, and dares Coffey to do something. Coffey drops the chain and Mastiff comes back with chairs. Mastiff gives Coffey one! Mastiff wants to do this like men! Coffey leads Mastiff deeper into the crowd and fires himself up. The two run like rams with those chairs, and COLLIDE! Both men tumble away from the impact and Cardiff is loving this! Another count climbs to 5, but both are up at 9.5!
Coffey falls over and retreats but Mastiff is still stalking him. Mastiff runs in but is sent into barriers! They’re right in front of commentary as Mastiff fights Coffey off. Coffey runs back in but is hip tossed into commentary! Fans chant “DAVE! DAVE!” as Mastiff hops the rails. Mastiff clears off the announce desk, then puts Coffey on it. Coffey sits up as Mastiff climbs up to join him. They brawl on the desk, and then Mastiff fireman’s carries Coffey, for a ROLLING SENTON on the desk! The desk stands firm but both men are wrecked! A count begins again and fans are loving this. The count passes 5 but Mastiff sits up at 7. Coffey is up at 8, both these men are superhuman! But Coffey wants to get away, so he climbs over commentary. But Mastiff follows with the steps, and says he’s not getting away so easy.
Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” as the two brawl on that extra stage! Coffey fires off but Mastiff hits back! Mastiff goes to suplex but Coffey resists for dear life. Coffey hits back, and says “This is MY Kingdom!” But Mastiff headbutts, and they BOTH fall!! Fans lose their minds all over again as the two men crash through extra tables! The referee counts and both men struggle to rise. They drag themselves over whatever is around in a desperate attempt. Coffey kicks out Mastiff’s support! Coffey wins!!
Winner: Joe Coffey
The Iron King more or less survives this demolition derby with Dave Mastiff, but Gallus’ leader wins the day! Will Coffey rise up again to go for the gold?
NXT UK has a Zoom Round Table with WWE’s Scottish champions!
Mark Coffey and Wolfgang of Gallus, Kay Lee Ray, Nikki Cross and Drew McIntyre are a history making quintet as they all hold titles on their respective brands. Shepherd talks with them all at once, because all five of them reigning at the same time, living only 40 miles apart from each other, in a country of just 5 million, that makes this literally a one in a million chance! How did it feel to sign with the WWE?
Mark says for him and Joe, the Coffey family was buzzing. You pat yourself on the back just a little bit, because you’ve been working so hard at a dream Mark himself has had since he was about 4 years old. It was something you never really think will happen, but when it does, you feel validated for all these weeks and years put into it. The sacrifice of social life and the like has all been validated because you’re here, and then you have to work harder. Wolfgang says that if he’s someone back home watching folks from Scotland being champions, that makes it obtainable and can aspire to. “Inspirational” is definitely the word. Whether you want to be a pro-wrestler in the WWE, or be an actor or whatever it is you’re passionate about, don’t let someone tell you it can’t happen just because where you’re from. You can achieve it. If the five of them can represent that, that’s even more important than holding the titles in the first place.
What has the reception been like from all the fans and supporters? Wolfgang says at first, everyone from Scotland was very, very proud. But then they come out of the woodwork. This outpouring of pride in what Gallus has achieved has not only inspired others, but it’s given them something to celebrate. Especially during this time. All the kids and fans that even can support the Scottish scene and Scottish champions is incredible. There was nothing like this growing up for Wolfgang’s generation, it just wasn’t there. Wolfgang can’t wait to see where it goes. For the full round table discussion, find this video on WWE’s official YouTube!
Next week, NXT UK returns to Superstar Picks!
Who from the roster will share their favorite matches from pro-wrestling history! Will their favorites match up with yours?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match: Gallus VS Imperium VS Grizzled Young Veterans VS South Wales Subculture!
Isn’t that a mouthful? But this match comes one year after Zack Gibson & James Drake were crowned the inaugural tag team champions. They would lose in Cardiff to the hometown heroes of Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster. However, that didn’t last long as Mark Coffey and Wolfgang would pull off the firm’s biggest score in October! Relive the historic moment that opened the New Decade!
The four teams stare down as they all dare the others to make a move. “Gallus Boys on top!” And the brawl breaks out! GYV goes after SWSC while Gallus throws Imperium out. SWSC get the edge but only for a moment. They brawl with GYV, double dropkicks for Drake! SWSC keeps Gallus and Imperium out and Gibson brawls with Flash Morgan Webster. Gibson whips FMW and Drake follows him, basement dropkick after dropkick rocks the Modfather! Drake then launches off of Gibson, Mayhem in Motion takes down Mark Andrews! Liverpool’s Number One and his friend are fired up but Blackpool boos. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang return, wiping out Drake and then rallying on Gibson, senton! Wolfgang runs at Drake for a corner crossbody!
Barthel trips Wolfgang while Mark back drops Drake. Mark brawls with Barthel but runs into the SPINE BUSTER and Penalty KICK! Imperium clears the ring but FMW returns! FMW enziguris Aichner and flying huricanranas Barthel! Andrews goes around the world on Aichner, then helps FMW with the back suplex moonsault! Andrews moonsaults Aichner, FMW triangle dropkicks Barthel! SWSC get caught with hotshots by GYV, and Drake drags ladders out from under the ring. Gibson says go with chairs instead. GYV are armed as they enter the ring, double chair shots and SMACKS for SWSC! Then for Imperium! Wolfgang slingshot SPEARS Gibson! Mark full nelson SLAMS Drake! Mark sticks Drake in a Tree of Woe, and Wolfgang wedges chairs in place.
Gallus runs side to side but Imperium trips them up! Double dropkicks are their thing! They meet in the corner to crush Drake! Fans lose their minds but Imperium keeps focus as they go get the ladder. But SWSC double FLY to wipe them out first! SWSC puts the ladder in and stand it up. FMW climbs as Andrews keeps guard, but Imperium gets past! Andrews gets tossed out, followed by FMW! Aichner and Barthel both climb but Gallus returns with a ladder of their own! Gallus uses the ladder to knock Barthel and Aichner off their ladder! Mark moves the first ladder aside before setting the taller ladder in a corner. Wolfgang presses Barthel into a corner with a ladder, then runs corner to corner. Barthel pushes the ladder open, Wolfgang catches the one end, and Barthel CLACKS the ladder closed on Wolfgang!
Aichner grabs Mark for a BIG back suplex! FMW returns but Barthel ROCKS him! THen whips him at a ladder. FMW stops himself and elbows Barthel away, then QUEBRADA off the ladder! Barthel is down but Aichner back elbows FMW in the corner! Aichner whips FMW corner to corner, but FMW goes up and over and headscissors. Aichner puts FMW in the gap, and Barthel dropkicks the ladder into him! Imperium drags FMW out, to guillotine catapult into the ladder! FMW spasms and writhes out of the ring and Imperium “sanctifies” the mat. Imperium grabs the tall ladder, Andrews slides under to DOUBLE PELE! Fans fire up as Andrews drags this big ladder up. GYV grab it and overpower Andrews to put him in the corner.
Drake runs corner to corner to dropkick Andrews rather than the ladder. That is double-edged, and Gallus attacks! Gibson saves Drake but gets mugged for his troubles. Mark CHOKE SLAMS Gibson onto the other ladder! Wolfgang catapults Drake to Mark’s Samoan Drop ONTO the ladder!! The GYV are wrecked but Blackpool is fired up! Gallus sets the ladder up and heads up, but Imperium returns to drag them down! Imeprium throws Gallus out but Gallus drags them out to follow. Gallus whips Imperium into the steel steps! But SWSC take advantage! Gallus hurries and brings them down, but FMW tornado DDT’s Wolfgang! Mark HAMMERS FMW but Andrews kicks Mark away! FALL TO PIECES! The Shooting Star hits hard and fans fire up again!
Imperium sneaks in with Barthel! SWSC shoves the ladder over, Barthel uppercuts and throat chops them back! FMW goes after Barthel with forearms, but Barthel scoops him. FMW slips out, only for a SAIDO to send him onto the ladder! Barthel sticks FMW on the ladder again, Aichner triangle moonsaults!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” after that risky move! Imperium drags the ladder back up, set it up, and both men climb. But Drake puts a new ladder in as he and Gibson return. Gibson yanks at Aichner and Drake RAMS Barthel! Barthel clings to the rungs as GYV sets up their taller ladder. Drake and Gibson each climb, but Gallus returns. Gallus goes up after Gibson while also setting up a third ladder. SWSC has a fourth ladder?!
Three teams climb while Andrews sets up a ladder bridge. The other six men brawl and someone CHOPS, but Andrews climbs up and over them all! FMW comes in with a FIFTH ladder! FMW traps Gisbon with his ladder as he climbs! Mark Coffey and Aichner fall from their ladder! Andrews drags Barthel off to THROW him down! Drake punches Wolfgang down, but SWSC reach for the belts! Gibson powers out to send FMW falling!! Andrews fights Drake but Gibson clears some space. Drake hops down and Andrews hurries, but Gibson anchors his foot! Andrews hops on, but ends up in Helter Skelter! Drake climbs up with Gibson’s help! Drake aims and 450 splashes onto Andrews!! Fans have to cheer for that one.
Gibson checks on Drake because he wants Drake to climb. Drake forces himself up and does the work for Gibson while Gibson clears more space. Gibson helps Drake up higher with an Electric Chair of sorts. Drake reaches but Aichner stops that! Aichner throws Gibson out then hurries after Drake. Barthel is in, too, EUROBOMB!! Aichner and Barthel coordinate while clearing space. One ladder remains as Imperium climbs. But Gallus returns and shoves them over! Gallus arms themselves with ladders, to SANDWICH Aichner! And again! And again! Then they do it to Barthel! Mark dumps one ladder out as the ring is clear. They feed Drake to the enziguri POWERSLAM! Mark gets a boost from Wolfgang to FLY onto Imperium!
Mark drags Gibson up and feeds him to Wolfgang’s scoop, another enziguri and SLAM, to the ramp! Gallus heads back to the ring, fans chant “UK! WOOP WOOP!” but SWSC snatch the ladder away. Gallus grabs at SWSC and drags them up, for double suplexes, double STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! SWSC is all alone and fans fire up! SWSC gets the biggest ladder yet, but Gallus swipes at it. The two teams fight over the ladder, and it ends up opening. SWSC drags Gallus out but Gallus beats them down. Mark RAMS Andrews into barriers! Wolfgang throws FMW down then looks under the ring. He and Mark each bring out a TABLE! Blackpool loves seeing those! Wolfgang sets one table up as a bridge, and then Mark does the same on the other end. Gallus drags SWSC up to the apron and over to the tables.
Gallus scoops SWSC, but SWSC slip out! Double headbutts rock the Gallus boys! SWSC put Gallus on the tables, and one just breaks under Mark’s weight! SWSC focuses on Wolfgang and FMW climbs the ladder. Andrews joins him, and fans chant, “Please Don’t Die!” SWSC go together, DOUBLE SENTON through Wolfgang and the table!! Fans lose their minds over that one! SWSC rise from the wreckage and fans are all fired up! SWSC bring another ladder into the ring and go as fast as they can to set it up. Andrews and FMW climb but GYV rise back up! Drake stops SWSC with big hands, and Gibson returns the favor from earlier as he RAMS Andrews with a ladder! Drake throws hands on FMW, then Gibson brings FMW around. GYV double lift and throw FMW out.
Drake heads up and Gibson stands guard against Andrews. Fans troll “Arse Face!” as he climbs, but FMW gives Andrews a kendo stick! Gibson begs for mercy, but gets SMACKS and SMACKS! An then Drake gets SMACKS! The kendo stick breaks but fans fire up with Andrews! Andrews hurries up top, but here comes Imperium! Barthel yanks Andrews off to feed to Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Barthel hurries up the ladder, touches the belts, but Mark Coffey returns! He drags Barthel down with a waistlock, but Barthel clubs back. Aichner saves Barthel from a suplex by holding the ladder! Barthel climbs again but Mark keeps trying. Aichner goes after Mark, brings him around, Barthel turns around, but Mark fights free! Wolfgang SPEARS Aichner THROUGH A LADDER!!
Barthel is in shock, but he hurries to climb. Mark shoves him off and onto everyone else!! Gallus is all alone, climbing up, and Blackpool is thunderous as they take the belts down! Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus; still NXT UK Tag Team Champions
It’s true! Gallus Boys on top! They survive the chaos and come out still golden! But there is still the Iron King what needs a crown. Will NXT UK finally become Gallus’ kingdom?
NXT UK hears from Gallus.
The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang meet up, but they’re going to skip the Celtic Cross handshake because of the pandemic. But Wolfgang is all pent up and has lost track of the days. He just can’t wait to fight. He feels like he’s in a cage. Mark has Wolfgang cool off. This isn’t the first time either of them have been locked up. Remember that one time? Well let’s not start down that road. But they can’t let what’s happening take away from their heat. They do that, they stay grounded. They have been unrivaled, unbeaten and on top. Champions through and through. Joe has had time to reflect on his stumbles. That is not acceptable. He wipes the sweat and blood away and dusted himself up. Confidence is a stain that you can’t wipe away. There’s still the big score. They will take everything because #GallusBoysOnTop! That’s all there is to it. When and where will NXT UK be able to start down the road again?
Another good retrospective episode with obvious choices for Gallus. It’s actually easier to appreciate the Six Man Tag of Gallus VS British Strong Style and even Joe Coffey’s Last Man Standing with Mastiff this time. When both matches were first aired, the Six Man Tag was at the end of a double header of episodes as WWE worked to get through their backlog. The Last Man Standing was part of that great Cardiff card, but it was right after the incredible Triple Threat Tag with Cardiff so hot for their hometown heroes. Now, with full energy, those matches are even better than I remembered. Gallus still has the NXT UK Tag Team Championships since the UK locked everything down. Imperium has since moved on to the prime NXT Tag Team Championships, but there will come a day when Imperium gets the UK belts. It was probably going to happen in Dublin if UK TakeOver had happened. As for Joe Coffey, NXT UK still needs a proper midcard belt, and the Iron King would be a top choice for that title.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!
NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!
- Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
- Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
- Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
- Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.
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[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin sometime tomorrow]
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?
Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino
Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
- Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.
Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.
Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.
Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.
And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.
My Score: 8.7/10
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