NJPW paves the way towards Sengoku Lord!
NJPW is still reeling from EVIL becoming Double- No, TRIPLE Champion!! Los Ingobernables de Japon is coming for revenge, will this be a semblance of it?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS El Desperado & DOUKI; Sanada & Shingo win.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto VS Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo; Okada & Goto win.
- 8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Master Wato, Yuji Nagata & The Golden Aces; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
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SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS El Desperado & DOUKI!
The Last Dragon held onto the NEVER Openweight Championship against Sho, until Desperado attacked and literally stole the belt! The Cold Skull joins Shingo while “The Japanese of Evil” joins Desperado! Will Shingo get his belt back before having to defend it again?
As the LIJ members make their entrance, Desperado taunts Shingo with the belt he took from him. Desperado even mocks Shingo’s cross legged pose! Shingo gets in and attacks! Sanada keeps Douki back and throws him out. The bell rings as Shingo stomps Desperado down. Shingo rains down forearms then goes after the mask! The ref reprimands, Shingo brings Desperado up but Desperado hits back with forearms. They don’t budge Shingo but Desperado keeps trying. Shingo gives forearms back and they brawl. Desperado rakes Shingo’s eyes! Desperado whips Shingo but Shingo reverses, then runs in to CHOP and JAB on repeat! The fans rally as Shingo punches away, but Douki gets in to attack.
Douki whips, Shingo reverses and then corner clotheslines him. Shingo runs corner to corner to clothesline Desperado, then comes back to run Douki over. Shingo scoop slams Desperado then kicks him while he’s down. The fans cheer and Shingo throws Desperado into the corner. Tag to Sanada and LIJ dig their boots in. The ref counts, LIJ lets up and Sanada drags Desperado up to club him. Sanada wrenches and whips Desperado corner to corner, but Desperado boots. Sanada blocks it, trips Desperado and wraps him up in Paradise, but Desperado kicks him away before it can lock in. Desperado puts Sanada on the apron, Sanada hits back, but Douki trips up the springboard! Desperado hits Shingo!
Desperado goes after Shingo and wihp shim into barriers. Douki stomps Sanada and whips him to barriers while Desperado takes some chairs. Desperado stands on Shingo’s leg to SMACK it with a chair! Desperado mocks Shingo’s pain but the fans rally up for LIJ. Douki and Desperado regroup in the ring while the ring count starts on LIJ. The count reaches 10 of 20 but Sanada gets in at 14. Douki stomps Sanada down then chokes him at a corner! The ref counts, Douki stops at 3 to argue with the ref. Douki tags Desperado back in, and Suzuki-Gun drags Sanada up to double whip. They double spine buster then wheelbarrow senton! Cover, TWO! Sanada grits his teeth but Desperado stands on his ribs.
Desperado stomps Sanada and taunts Shingo. Shingo stirs, still far away, and Desperado tags Douki. Douki chokes Sanada while the ref has to keep Desperado from Shingo! Shingo brings one of the chairs with him to ringside but the ref reprimands him. Shingo drops the chair while Douki drags Sanada up. The fans rally for LIJ as Sanada blocks the suplex. Douki rakes Sanada’s eyes! But Sanada suplexes Douki up and over! Fans cheer as both men crawl for their corners. Desperado tags in, drags Sanada away and stomps him down while still taunting Shingo. Desperado SLAPS Sanada, but runs into the basement dropkick! Sanada crawls to Shingo and tags in! The true NEVER Openweight Champion rallies as he runs Desperado over!
Shingo whips and knees Desperado at the ropes, then suplexes him high and hard! The fans cheer as Shingo covers, TWO! Shingo grits his teeth and clutches the bad knee but he fires himself up. Shingo sits Desperado up, but Desperado ducks the sliding lariat! Desperado blocks the kick to kick the bad leg! Desperado throws elbows then goes after the bad leg. Shingo fights him off but not for long, SHIN BREAKER! STRETCH MUFFLER! Shingo gets the ropebreak but Desperado thrashes and holds on until the ref counts 4! Desperado stands on the bad leg then drops knees on it! Shingo clutches the knee but Desperado is right on him with a spinning toehold. Shingo kicks Desperado away and hobbles to his feet, only to run into a knee! SPINE BUSTER to STRETCH MUFFLER!
Desperado gets the arms to add onto the stretch! Shingo endures and the fans rally up! Shingo gets his arms free and powers his way to the ropebreak! Desperado lets go but he drags Shingo back up. Desperado underhooks but Shingo blocks the lift. Shingo powers out, wrenches but Desperado rocks him with a forearm! Desperado taunts Shingo but Shingo gives forearms. Desperado gives them back and we have a brawl. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and the fans fire up with them! Desperado gets the edge but Shingo LARIATS! Shingo elbows from all sides, throws many more but seems to hurt his own elbow. Desperado ROUNDHOUSES, then runs but into Shingo’s elbow! JABS! But Desperado ROCKS him again, but Shingo still comes back with a LARIAT!
Both men are down and the fans are fired up again! Hot tag to Sanada and he drags Desperado up. Sanada throws forearms, whips Desperado corner to corner but Desperado dodges. Sanada tumbles up and out and springboards in. Desperado dodges but Sanada kicks him low. Sanada runs but Douki trips him up! Douki tags in and runs at Sanada, corner clothesline! Douki suplexes but Sanada slips out to waistlock. Douki elbows free, Sanada reels him back in but Douki breaks free again. Douki kicks, knees and enziguris! Sanada staggers and Douki brings him into an underhook, Gory Especial and Gory Bomb! Backslide cover, TWO! Sanada survives but Douki slashes the throat. Douki aims from the apron, slingshots and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!
Douki powers up and calls for a suplex! Douki wheelbarrows Sanada but Sanada breaks free. Douki UPPERCUTS! Sanada staggers back but dodges in the corner. Shingo corner clotheslines and rolls Douki for Sanada’s basement dropkick! Cover, but Desperado breaks it! Shingo drags Desperado out and Sanada has Douki in the dragon sleeper! Shingo whips Desperado into barriers! Douki slips and gets Sanada in the inside cradle! TWO, Douki dodges and runs, into a fireman’s carry! Douki flails but Sanada throws him into the dragon sleeper! SKULL END! Douki taps, LIJ wins!
Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by submission
Shingo and Desperado back off from each other, but their fight is still to be settled. Shingo gets the belt back, but Desperado runs in and DECKS him! Desperado steals the belt again! But will he officially own that belt after facing Shingo for it?
Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto VS Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo!
The Rainmaker can’t get away from his former manager, and now Tokyo Pimp wants a piece of the action! With the Fierce Warrior by his side, can Okada put Yujiro and Gedo #DeepInDebt?
The teams sort out, and fans cheer as Okada starts with Yujiro. They circle, but then Yujiro tags out to Gedo. Okada circles with Gedo but swings on Yujiro! Yujiro gets away and Gedo sucker punches Okada, but it’s not enough! Gedo apologizes and offers a handshake, but Okada throws forearms instead! Okada snapmares Gedo then runs to basement dropkick him out! Fans cheer as Goto goes after Gedo and puts him back in the ring! Gedo asks for mercy but Okada tags in Goto. Goto stomps Gedo down then drags him around to wrench the arm. Goto wrenches the other way, too. Goto yanks on the arm, whips Gedo to ropes then elbows him down. Cover, TWO! Goto stomps Gedo more as fans cheer.
Goto drags Gedo back up, wrenches him again but Gedo pokes Goto’s eyes! Gedo throws haymakers and rakes Goto’s eyes more! Gedo runs but Goto follows, only for Yujiro to kick him! Goto swings on Yujiro but gets a hotshot for it! Gedo rakes Okada’s eyes, Yujiro clotheslines Okada down! Yujiro keeps after Okada on the outside, and POSTS him! Yujiro rains down right hands while Gedo whips Goto around ringside. The ref checks on Goto while Yujiro stomps Okada. Yujiro leaves Okada behind while the ring count starts. Gedo undoes the buckle pad in the blue corner! Okada and Goto rise at 14 of 20 and Goto gets in at 16. Gedo is on Goto with a whip, into the bare buckles! The ref finally notices that while Goto writhes on the mat. Gedo drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles!
Tag to Yujiro and he drags Goto up to snapmare and drop an elbow, leg and falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Goto toughs it out. Yujiro drags Goto up, snapmares him down then runs, to boot Okada! Gedo applauds while Yujiro laughs at Okada. Yujiro stomps Goto, drags him up and whips him back into bare buckles! Tag to Gedo and Gedo stands on Goto’s head. The ref counts, Gedo stops at 3, but comes back to stomp Goto more. Gedo drags Goto up, throws elbows, then puts Goto through ropes to throw haymakers! The ref reprimands and Gedo lets up, but then the ref has to keep Okada back. Gedo gets away with choking Goto on the ropes this way! Gedo kicks Goto mockingly but the fans rally up.
Gedo drags Goto up to bump him off buckles again, then tags in Yujiro. Yujiro drags Goto around but Goto CHOPS back! And CHOPS! Yujiro mule kicks Goto then puts him against the ropes. Yujiro runs in to BOOT Goto down! Yujiro drags Goto back up, fisherman but Goto blocks the suplex! Goto goes to suplex but Yujiro blocks back. The fans rally as both men fight for suplex control. Goto throws body shots then gets Yujiro up, but Yujiro slips out. Yujiro kicks low, runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down but the fans rally up, hot tag to Okada! Okada throws forearms hten whpis but Yujiro reverses. Okada dodges to elbow Yujiro down! Fans fire up as Okada hits Gedo off the apron! Okada whips Yujiro to a corner then runs in to back elbow. Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO!
Okada keeps his focus as he watches Yujiro crawl. Yujiro stands, Okada Alabama lifts but Yujiro slips out to throw more forearms. Okada goes to throw back but Yujiro rocks him. Yujiro blocks the boot, throws Okada down and basement dropkicks! Yujiro fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Okada is tougher than that, Tokyo Pimp! Yujiro drags Okada up to a fireman’s carry, but Okada slips out to gut wrench! Yujiro fights out to rake Okada’s eyes! Yujiro runs corner to corner but Okada pops him up! Alabama lift, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down but Goto and Gedo return to the corners. Hot tags to Gedo and Goto! Goto swings but Gedo ducks to rake Goto’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Gedo jawbreakers! And superkick- No! Goto blocks!
Gedo throws haymakers but Goto clotheslines back! Goto drags Gedo up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to windmill kick! And back suplex! Cover, TWO! Gedo survives but Goto won’t let up. Goto drags Gedo to the fireman’s carry but Goto slips out. Gedo pokes eyes and whips but Goto reverses to send Gedo into the bare buckles! Yujiro boots Goto down! Okada runs back in and dropkicks Yujiro down! Okada leaves it to Goto as he pushes Yujiro out. Goto drags Gedo back up and sees the brass knuckles! Goto stomps that hand then drags Gedo into the USHIGOROSHI! Goto isn’t done there, he drags Gedo into the G T R!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The Fierce Warrior gets his own revenge on Gedo, but Tokyo Pimp gets in the Rainmaker’s face. These two still have something to settle, who takes the win at Sengoku Lord?
8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Master Wato, Yuji Nagata & The Golden Aces!
The Man with the Worst Personality leads his faction into battle once more, but this is more about the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships more than anything! Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi, the Dangerous Tekkers, took those titles from Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi and are definitely going to lord it over them. Will the Grand Master and Blue Justice help the Golden Aces get some payback?
Kanemaru already gets after Wato but the ref keeps the peace. Taichi and ZSJ taunt Ibushi and Tanahashi with the belts while Taichi continues to “sing.” And then it’s just a brawl! Suzuki is after Nagata and Kanemaru is after Wato while the tag champs throw out the Aces. Taichi POSTS Tanahashi while Nagata and Suzuki brawl in the ring. Suzuki fires off so many forearms and knees but Nagata stays up. Nagata gives forearms back and the brawling just continues. Neither man backs down or even slows down! Nagata runs but Suzuki follows to get a headlock. Nagata back suplexes but Suzuki makes it a crossbody! Suzuki keeps moving, but Nagata ducks the Pnealty Kick to hit back. Nagata snapmares and runs but Suzuki also ducks the kick! The two old rivals back off and the fans cheer.
Nagata eggs Suzuki on but Suzuki tags out to ZSJ. Nagata tags out to Tanahashi and fans rally for this rematch sampler. Tanahashi and ZSJ circle, tie up, and ZSJ waistlocks. Tanahashi switches but so does ZSJ and ZSJ gets a full nelson! Tanahashi endures, powers up and breaks the nelson! Tanahashi switches but ZSJ blocks the nelson, and the two fight for cobra twist control! Tanahashi gets the twist! Fans cheer as ZSJ endures, and then Tanahashi rolls ZSJ into a grounded cobra twist cover! TWO, and Tanahashi has ZSJ with a heel hook! ZSJ fights the hold and grabs Tanahashi’s leg for a heel hook! It’s a heel hook battle! ZSJ cranks harder but Tanahashi gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go, stays between Tanahashi and his corner, but Tanahashi throws forearms and uppercuts!
Tanahashi runs, Taichi kicks him! ZSJ boots but Tanahashi blocks, only for Taichi to grab Tanahashi’s leg! ZSJ dropkicks the knee! And the rest of Suzuki-Gun attacks Tanahashi’s corner! ZSJ tortures Tanahashi’s leg with a toehold while Taichi claws at Ibushi’s face! Suzuki whips Nagata into barriers while Kanemaru keeps Wato down. Suzuki uses a chair on Nagata! Taichi whips Ibushi into barriers while ZSJ shifts position on the toehold. Tanahashi gets another ropebreak but ZSJ tags Kanemaru. Kanemaru drags Tanahashi around by the bad leg then YANKS it! Kanemaru drags Tanahashi up as the fans rally. Kanemaru whips and dropkicks the leg out! Tanahashi clutches the leg but Kanemaru stomps it down.
Tag to Suzuki and they split the wishbone! Suzuki drags Tanahashi around and wrenches the foot. Tanahashi endures as Suzuki tortures his ankle with a standing heel hook! Then the grapevine! Wato tries to save Tanahashi but Kanemaru throws him out! Kanemaru DECKS Wato while Suzuki drags Tanahashi away. Tanahashi throws forearms on Suzuki, thse two no strangers to each other. Suzuki KICKS the bad leg out and tags in Taichi. Taichi toys with Tanahashi as he kicks but the fans rally up. Tanahashi throws forearms back! Taichi kicks the bad leg and Tanahashi staggers away. Taichi runs into a back elbow, but he avoids Tanahashi’s crossbody! Taichi waits for Tanahashi to sit up, but Tanahashi blocks the buzzsaw! DRAGON SCREW!
Both men are down but the fans rally up. Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Ibushi! Ibushi hits Kanemaru and Suzuki down, dodges Taichi and ROUNDHOUSES him down! ZSJ runs in to get a SNAP RANA! Fans fire up with Ibushi as he STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto Taichi! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool as he runs in at Taichi. Taichi boots him from the corner, then dodges him to gamangiri! Ibushi flops down and Taichi catches his breath. Fans rally up and Ibushi ducks the buzzsaw to throw forearms. Taichi kicks back, so Ibushi KICKS! Fans cheer as the two circle. Taichi kicks, Ibushi walks it off and KICKS! Taichi eggs Ibushi on and kicks again. Ibushi kicks, Taichi kicks, repeat, faster and faster! Ibushi kicks again and Taichi wobbles. But Taichi sobats!
Ibushi doubles over, Taichi brings him up, Ibushi gives the sobat back! Ibushi runs into a boot, but stays up! Taichi ducks the clothesline to SAIDO Ibushi down! Suzuki-Gun attacks the corner again! Taichi soaks up the heat as he watches Ibushi stand. Taichi runs, Ibushi ducks the clothesline to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and the fans cheer! Hot tags to Kanemaru and Wato! Wato fires off his kung-fu fighting, but Kanemaru uses Red Shoes as a shield! Kanemaru rakes Wato’s eyes then runs, but Wato dropkicks him down! Fans cheer as Wato whips Kanemaru corner to corner. Wato runs in, but Kanemaru puts him on the apron. Wato forearms back and springboards for a FLYING uppercut! Cover, TWO!
Nagata gets in and intercepts Suzuki. Nagata whips Kanemaru corner to corner and runs in to BOOT! Wato whips Tanahashi in to corner splash! Suzuki drags Nagata out while Tanahashi whips Kanemaru at Wato’s leg lariat! Wato standing flips, covers, but ZSJ breaks it! Tanahashi ROCKS ZSJ and throws him out while Wato brings Kanemaru up. Wato scoop slams Kanemaru into a drop zone then heads to the top! Fans rally up but Suzuki climbs up to go after Wato! Guillotine hold and then sleeper! Wato fades, Kanemaru and Suzuki double KICK him down! Kanemaru scoops, dragon sleepers, reverse DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Wato survives and fans fire up! Kanemaru goes up top while Nagata and Suzuki brawl. Wato stands, Kanemaru leaps, FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO?! Kaneamru lets up just to keep going, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Suzuki-Gun, by pinfall
Kanemaru keeps adding on with stomps while Nagata and Suzuki don’t stop! Ibushi shields Tanahashi from the Dangerous Tekkers while Young Lions try to stop Suzuki and Nagata. It doesn’t work as Nagata and Suzuki just get in the ring to brawl! Suzuki hits the Young Lions in his way but he and Nagata keep throwing slapping palm strikes! Neither man backs down, and the Tekkers don’t even bother, they just taunt the Golden Aces with the belts. Suzuki and Nagata even keep brawling after the rest of their teammates leave! The Young Lions keep, Suzuki keeps swatting them away, but eventually the two are pulled apart. Suzuki knocks one more Young Lion down and then throws a chair on his way out. Will any of this be settled come Sengoku Lord?
Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club!
The King of Darkness and NEW TRIPLE CHAMPION, EVIL, betrayed his faction for the sake of glory! Tetsuya Naito wants revenge for losing those titles. Hiromu Takahashi wants revenge for losing his dream match. Bushi wants revenge for Dick Togo trying to frame him! Will LIJ get revenge for Dominion? Or will the #EvilDickEra of Bullet Club only grow stronger with every event?
Hiromu is uncharacteristically calm and moving slowly. Perhaps what happened with the New Japan Cup and Dominion has burned him out. Evil looks all three of his former friends in the eye before holding up both IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental belts. The trios sort out slowly, and Bullet Club gives a Low Sweet before Hiromu steps to Evil. Hiromu takes off his studded jacket slowly, and has a BULLET CLUB shirt?! Hiromu takes aim at Evil, but then at Naito! Psyche! Hiromu attacks Evil and a brawl is on! The bell rings so this is at least on record. Hiromu throws Evil into barriers, Naito stomps Dick down and Bushi is after Taiji in the ring.
Hiromu takes off the Bullet Club shirt to choke Evil with it! Hiromu laughs at Evil before he brings him up to whip into more railing! Bushi turns Taiji for a neckbreaker then covers. TWO, and Bushi kicks Taiji to the LIJ corner. Tag to Naito while Hiromu stomps the Bone Soldier. LIJ all come in and stomp away on Taiji! Red Shoes reprimands but LIJ fist bumps quickly before Naito brings Taiji around. Naito clubs Taiji over and over then wrenches him into the corner. Hiromu tags in to club Taiji then CHOP him! Hiromu kicks and CHOPS Taiji against the ropes! Tag to Naito and Naito adds elbows. Naito whips and elbows Taiji down but Evil gets a cheap shot in. Naito lets him have that one as he brings Taiji up to snapmare, turn over and trap an arm for the Half Crab!
Taiji endures but Evil comes in to mockingly kick Naito over. Naito keeps his cool as he drags Taiji up. Naito goes after Evil but Evil hotshots him! Taiji throws Naito out while Dick goes after Hiromu and Bushi! Evil goes after Hiromu with a wrench and whip into railing! And then CHOPS! Bushi comes over to attack Evil but Evil rakes Bushi’s eyes! Hiromu throws chops but Evil doesn’t flinch. Evil CHOPS Hiromu then stomps Bushi. Taiji throws hands on Naito and Dick stomps him. Evil digs his boot into Hiromu into the railing with his boot. Evil stomps Hiromu’s legs while Taiji puts Naito back in the ring. Cover, but Red Shoes won’t after all that outside business. Dick tags in and he clubs Naito on the back. Dick headlocks and punches Naito, then fist drops! Cover, TWO!
Evil keeps hitting someone on the outside while Dick covers again. TWO, and Dick wraps Naito up in a chinlock. Naito endures as Dick grinds him down. Dick headstands in the hold and fans are impressed by that at least. The fans still rally up for Naito and he fights his way up. Naito fights back and frees himself, but Dick ROCKS him with a right! Dick stomps Naito at ropes then brings him over. Evil tags in and he brings Naito around to wrench and whip back into BARE BUCKLES! Naito writhes and Evil stomps him down! Hiromu and the fans rally up as Evil stands on Naito’s head. Evil stomps Naito down then drags him up to wrench. Dick tags in and Bullet Club mugs Naito.
Naito hits and CHOPS Dick but Dick knees low. Dick throws punches and has Naito in a corner. Dick digs a boot into Naito’s bad knee, then brings him back up. Dick whips Naito corner to corner but Naito boots back! Naito boots Dick again, then runs to spin him around. Dick slips out, Naito trips him up, and turns him with a BOSTON CRAB! Again Evil gives mocking kicks. Naito isn’t so easy to knock over this time so Evil rakes Naito’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands Evil while the fans rally for Naito. Dick and Naito crawl for their corners, Evil tags in and keeps Naito from Hiromu. Naito blocks Evil’s kick to enziguri back! Hot tag to Hiromu! The Timebomb fires off forearms on Evil! The fans fire up as Hiromu whips Evil corner to corner, hits a corner clothesline, then rolls Evil for the basement dropkick!
Dick and Taiji go after Hiromu but Hiromu ducks the clothesline. Hiromu shoves Taiji into Dick then makes Taiji huricanrana Dick out! Hiromu whips, Taiji reverses but Hiromu shotgun dropkicks Taiji out! Bullet club regroups, Hiromu leaps to shotgun dropkick all three of them! The fans are fired up as Hiromu puts Evil back in. Hiromu drags Evil up, suplexes, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps his cool as the fans rally up. Hiromu stomps Evil then toys with him. Hiromu drags Evil up to a fireman’s carry but Evil slips off and throws Hiromu down by his hair! Evil intimidates Red Shoes and this allows Taiji and Dick to stomp Hiromu down!
Evil leaves Red Shoes alone and goes back to Hiromu. Evil drags Hiromu up and whips him HARD into the bare buckles! The fans rally as Hiromu writhes but Evil looms over him. Evil stands on Hiromu before bringing him up, and whipping him back in! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done. Evil looms over Hiromu, brings him up again, and fireman’s carries. Hiromu fights out, Evil elbows him away, but Evil runs into a SUPERKICK! Hiromu dodges and LARIATS Evil down! The fans fire up again as Hiromu and Evil stir. Hot tag to Bushi! Bushi brings Evil up and enziguris then basement dropkicks then DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Evil down, drags him up and whips him corner to corner. Bushi runs in but Evil dodges. Evil runs in, Bushi slips out and swing kicks him away!
Bushi goes up, and missile dropkicks Evil down! Bushi uses the Bushirooni to get up but he gets attacked by Taiji and Dick! They double whip Bushi but Bushi dodges dick and boots Taiji! Bulldog dropkick combo! Bushi builds speed to DIVE into Evil! Evil hits barriers and fans fire up with Bushi! Bushi puts Evil in and whips him to the LIJ corner. Bushi runs in and corner knees! Naito returns, and both he and Bushi Electric Chair Evil. Hiromu is up, missile dropkick for an LIJ Doomsday! Cover, but Bullet Club saves Evil! Naito and Hiromu kick Dick and Taiji out but Taiji throws Hiromu into railing. Bushi goes up and aims at Evil, MX misses!
Taiji knees Bushi and backstabbers Naito! Taiji spins Hiromu around into Evil’s LARIAT! Evil mule kicks Bushi, Taiji scares Red Shoes and Dick has the CORD! Dick uses it to choke Bushi like he did Naito! Bushi fades and Evil brings him up, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!
Winners: Bullet Club, by pinfall
The King of Darkness and his new allies have denied LIJ their revenge this day! But Sengoku Lord is coming, and Hiromu is after Evil’s Double Championship. Hiromu goes after Evil but Dick chokes him with the cord! Evil kicks Young Lions away while Hiromu fades out. EVERYTHING- No, Evil spares Hiromu this evening. Evil grabs a mic to speak. “Oi, Hiromu! I can see through absolutely everything you’re going to do, punk!” Evil swears he is going to send Hiromu to hell in Nagoya! That’s why he’s saving to use his finisher on Hiromu. “Remember that!” Will the Era of Darkness last forever? Or for only a few days more?
Really good stuff for the filler event before Sengoku Lord. I couldn’t decide if the Shingo tag or the Okada tag could be cut so I ended up doing them both, but both were pretty good so it’s alright. Both had similar formulas for the finish, however, with the Sengoku Lord matches not being affected by the math. Sanada submits Douki, Goto pins Gedo, but it still comes down to Sengoku Lord to settle the stories. It was an interesting touch for Desperado to still find a way to keep that Openweight belt. Makes Shingo look a bit goofy for not expecting it, though, but I guess that’ll just make the win at Sengoku Lord all the better. And I’m pretty sure Okada wins against Yujiro, unless there’s just a ton of cheating from Bullet Club.
The 8 Man Tag was pretty wild, but the ending was also pretty clear. Wato was going to be involved to preserve the math on Dangerous Tekkers VS Golden Aces and apparently another match of Suzuki and Nagata. Wato being new, he can take losses like this because he has his whole career to build himself up. I loved that Suzuki and Nagata were still brawling even after the match ended and while everyone else was talking trash. Whenever we get Suzuki VS Nagata and the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship rematches, those will be incredible.
The Six Man of LIJ and Bullet Club was pretty good, too, and Evil being part of the decision is a great way to give him momentum into Sengoku Lord. Hiromu is great, and his swerve-not-swerve was pretty clever, but I don’t see him becoming a TRIPLE Champion of his own. Evil wins, likely has a rematch with Naito, or might even give another LIJ member like Sanada a shot. Sanada and Evil had a great match in the New Japan Cup, there’s a lot of history with them being tag champions together, I want to see that play out even for just a month or two!
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!
NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!
- Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
- Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
- Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
- Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.
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[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?
Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino
Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
- Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.
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?
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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