The Raw after the Horror Show at Extreme Rules!
Even with Extreme Rules over, things could get brutal and terrifying as Randy Orton and The Big Show have an UNSANCTIONED MATCH! Will Show survive an unrestricted Legend Killer?
- Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy; Rollins wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Backstage Blindside: R-Truth VS Shelton Benjamin w/ MVP & Bobby Lashley; Benjamin wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Six Man Tag: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS The Hurt Business; Ali, Ricochet & Alexander win.
- Peyton Royce VS Ruby Riott; Riott wins.
- The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; The Street Profits win.
- Kairi Sane w/ Asuka VS Bayley w/ Sasha Banks; Kairi wins.
- Unsanctioned Match: The Big Show VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with the Monday Night Messiah!
The crowd immediately boos, the sight of Rey Mysterio’s eye outside of his head still fresh in their minds. Buddy Murphy accompanies Seth Rollins to the ring. Murphy fetches a mic for Rollins but the crowd boos harder. They chant “Shame! Shame!” Rollins takes a moment before speaking. “Medically, it is referred to as ‘globe luxation.'” In the simplest of terms, Mysterio’s eye was hanging out of the socket. Rollins wants to be honest with us. He understood going into the match what the Eye for an Eye stipulation meant. IT was understood that to win, you had to remove your opponent’s eye from the socket. But what Rollins saw will stick with him forever. He wants the crowd to understand this is difficult for him, as well.
The image of Mysterio holding his own bloody eye in his hand will stay in Rollins’ memory forever. “It was disgusting, it was barbaric, it was violent, it was more than I expected.” Rollins was literally sick to his stomach, as we also saw last night. The question he has been asked most in the last day is, does Rollins regret any of it? Rollins doesn’t want to be obtuse, but he answers the question with a question: Do we the fans regret what we have done to Rollins? This was NOT Rollins’ decision! The fans made him the Monday Night Messiah! The fans demanded he become this person that they hate! “You made me!” Do we regret doing this to Rollins? And by proxy, doing this to Mysterio?
And speaking of, let’s remember who asked for this stipulation! Mysterio wanted Eye for an Eye! “Actions have consequences.” What happened to Mysterio was ugly and unfortunate but we cannot afford to dwell in the past. The beauty in all of this is that now, Mysterio is out of sight. Raw is free to fulfill its potential! “The greater good of this show can happen, will happen, and there is nobody left to stand in the way of the greater good.” Don’t speak so soon, Rollins! Here comes Aleister Black! The Embodiment of the End has a match with Rollins, but first he must respond to all Rollins said. “Don’t you dare deflect any of this blame but on yourself!” Rollins orchestrated all of this, the blood is on Rollins’ hand! But Aleister will rectify it all!
Aleister rushes the rung, ROUNDHOUSES Murphy down, and storms up to Rollins! Rollins is jumpy but Murphy drags Aleister out. Aleister RAMS and kicks and bumps Murphy off everything at ringside! Murphy clips a post, Aleister KICKS him into barriers then RAMS him into more! Aleister fires off hands and feet, then tosses Murphy over the announce desk! Rollins bails out as Aleister gets in, will this “greater good” #FadeToBlack?
Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy!
Raw returns and Rollins is stomping Aleister, having turned things around during the break. Rollins bumps Aleister off buckles, throws haymakers and body shots but the ref backs him off. The crowd boos as Rollins stomps a mudhole into Aleister and digs his boot in. Rollins lets up to ram his shoulder in over and over then throw more body shots. Rollins argues with the ref about whose authority is superior. Rollins runs but into the kitchen sink knee! Aleister throws hands on Rollins now, as well as kicks! Aleister lets up to whip and elbow Rollins down! Rollins bails out but Aleister goes out the side. Murphy coaches Rollins up but Aleister fires off on Rollins again!
Aleister bumps Rollins off the apron then brings him around to throw haymakers. Rollins waistlocks but Aleister rams him into a post! Aleister punches but Rollins dodges and Aleister hits post! Rollins bumps Aleister off the desk then back into the ring. Rollins runs to SLING BLADE Aleister down! Rollins finally caches his breath and then clobbers Aleister back down. Rollins rains down rights then drops knees on Aleister’s arm! The crowd rallies up but Rollins stalks Aleister to the opposite ropes. Rollins clubs Aleister then wraps the arm around the rope! Rollins lets up to stomp Aleister down! Rollins drags Aleister up by the bad arm to kick the arm!
Aleister gets to a corner and elbows Rollins away. Aleister punches but that’s the bad arm! Rollins snapmares and KICKS Aleister then covers, TWO! Rollins grabs the bad arm for a high keylock. Aleister endures and the crowd rallies. Aleister fights up but Rollins rams him into buckles! Rollins snap suplexes and covers, TWO! The crowd rallies but Rollins is after Aleister’s arm again. Rollins hammerlocks then wrenches to a half straitjacket and he RAMS Aleister into buckles again! Aleister grits his teeth while Murphy taunts him. Rollins chinbars and straitjackets Aleister to ripcord, but Aleister dodges to forearm back! Then he BOOTS and BOOTS!
Rollins dodges the third boot to mule kick and suplex, but Aleister slips out! Aleister dumps Rollins out of the ring, waits for him to return, but the bad arm comes into play. Rollins springboards, Aleister dodges and rallies with forearm sand elbows! Aleister fires off kicks, sweeps the legs, and thrusts the knee! Aleister kips up to DECK Murphy off the apron! QUEBRADA! But Rollins dumps him down! Aleister dodges the Curb stomp to BLACK MASS!! Aleister has to drag Rollins off the ropes but Murphy runs in! BLACK MASS!! Murphy goes down but Rollins gets away! Aleister is denied victory for now as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Aleister drags Rollins up. Aleister KICKS Rollins, then KICKS him again! Rollins flounders up to his feet for Aleister to KICK him again! The ref checks on Rollins but Aleister looms over him. Aleister kneels to tell Rollins, “I will undo all that you have done.” Aleister lifts Rollins with a foot, but Rollins rolls him up! TWO, Rollins ducks the Black Mass to SUPERKICK! Rollins SUPERKICKS again! Both men are down as the crowd boos Rollins. The crowd then turns to rally up for Aleister but Rollins sits up first. Rollins shouts for Murphy to get up, but Murphy barely stirs. Rollins climbs the corner, Aleister intercepts with haymakers! Aleister climbs up to join Rollins, but Rollins fights the superplex.
Rollins has the bad arm but Aleister uses the good one to hit first! Rollins falls and hotshots Aleister’s arm at the same time! Rollins springboards, but into Aleister’s arms! Rollins goes after those arms, but Aleister ROUNDHOUSES! Aleister waistlocks but Rollins wrings him out! CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover right away! He crawls to it, Rollins still wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Embodiment of the End gave it his all, but the Monday Night Messiah survives by the skin of his teeth. But something makes Rollins go after Aleister again! He has Murphy punch and stomp, and then Rollins joins in! The crowd boos as they dump Aleister to the outside and throw him into barriers. Murphy drags Aleister up to throw him into the barriers again! And again! They drag Aleister up again and Rollins grabs the bad arm. They bring him to the post and Rollins tells him, “When are you people going to learn?” Rollins SLAMS Aleister’s bad arm against the post! And then wrings it out even harder!
Rollins keeps asking, “When is enough enough?!” And he just SLAMS Aleister’s hand on the announce desk over and over and over and over!! Rollins dumps the desk hood onto Aleister and asks the angry crowd, “Do you think I want to do this?!” Murphy makes Aleister look at Rollins as he says, “It never had to be this way!” And where are Aleister’s friends? Who is here to save him? No one but Rollins the Messiah! And then he CURB STOMPS the hood into the arm!! Rollins has taken Mysterio’s eye, and may have just taken Aleister’s arm. Will he take Monday Night Raw’s soul once and for all?
Ron Simmons talks with MVP and Bobby Lashley backstage.
He knows they’ve got their way of doing things, but just think about what he told them. “There’s a better way.” They all fist bump and Simmons takes his leave, but MVP spots R-Truth. The 24/7 Champion has a frying pan, because he can’t trust MVP. But wow, that’s a great replica belt there. What? No this is legit! Well, maybe. Apollo Crews is the real champion, we all know that. No! MVP beat Apollo, so he’s the champ! Right, right. wink wink. Well MVP and Lashley are heading to the ring, maybe the 24/7 Champion will join them? Absolutely not! Truth doesn’t want to be put in a Full Simpson again. It’s call a Full Nelson. And they meant the NEW 24/7 Champion. A referee appears and SHELTON BENJAMIN boots Truth down! Benjamin covers Truth and WINS!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
The Gold Standard has a title once again! So maybe champ to champ, will the new 24/7 Champion care to join them? Absolutely. It seems the Hurt Business is growing!
Raw returns to MVP, Lashley and Benjamin heading to the ring.
The self-proclaimed new WWE United States Champion and officially new WWE 24/7 Champion stand together with the Rocky Mountain Machine and MVP gets a mic. “In case you were under a rock and you missed it,” Extreme Rules saw MVP emerge your new United States Champion without even breaking a sweat. The CEO of the Hurt Business, Bobby Lashley, ragdoll’d Apollo Crews so bad, Apollo stayed home instead of being the fighting champion he said he’d be. MVP doesn’t make excuses, he makes history! And his victory was a forgone conclusion anyway. It wouldn’t have mattered if Apollo showed up. But once they get done beating Dumb & Dumber, aka Ricochet and Cedric Alexander, aka two dumb kids who just don’t listen, these three will all celebrate their gold.
Ricochet and Alexander do appear, and can’t believe Dumb & Dumber is the best MVP can do. That would’ve been funny in 2006 when MVP was relevant. All we see now is a coward holding a title he doesn’t deserve, standing behind his meal ticket, acting like a champ but is really more like a chump. The advice MVP gave means nothing. These two have been champions before, on their own. Well that’s cute and all, but seeing these three grown ass men in the ring, you see the Hurt Business! Benjamin is the new “Executive of the Board!” Then looking at Alexander and Ricochet, those are two little kids who should stay in catering. But since they don’t have their buddy Apollo, MVP will make it fair. Choose any two of them and they can have 2v2.
Actually, there IS a third man for their team. Someone who thinks MVP is garbage, and someone who is making his return to Raw. Well it can’t be Apollo, he’s home eating some humble pie. No, you’re right. But this man will make sure MVP eats lots of humble pie. it’s MUSTAFA ALI! The Beacon joins forces with Ricochet and Alexander, and he SUPERKICKS Lashley! Then Ricochet and Alexander SUPERKICK Lashley together! Ricochet enziguris MVP, Alexander springboards and throws Benjamin out! Then they both fake them out, triple superhero landing! Will the Beacon shine bright alongside the King of Flight and the Age of Alexander?
Six Man Tag: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS The Hurt Business!
Raw returns and Ricochet starts against Lashley. Lashley dares Ricochet to do something so Ricochet throws forearms and body shots! Lashley throws Ricochet to his corner and dares someone to tag in. Alexander does, fires off kicks and CHOPS, but those hurt Alexander. Lashley LARIATS Alexander inside out then throws him into the open corner. Lashley fires off stomps and haymakers but the ref counts. Lashley lets up at 4 and Alexander gasps for air. Benjamin tags in and he mugs Alexander in the corner. Benjamin drags Alexander up to whip and run over! Cover, ONE! Benjamin keeps on Alexander and tags MVP in.
MVP throws body shots on Alexander but Alexander shoves him back. MVP throws big knees into Alexander then scoops him for a slam! MVP drops a knee then covers, TWO! MVP tries again, TWO! MVP tries a third time, TWO! MVP waistlocks and squeezes Alexander in a rear bearhug. Alexander fights up, fights back, but MVP clubs him down. MVP back suplexes Alexander up and down! Cover, TWO! MVP keeps Alexander down, drags him up and tags in Benjamin. The Hurt Business keeps hitting Alexander but Alexander CHOPS back! Benjamin runs Alexander over hard! Benjamin drags Alexander up to DECK him! Cover, TWO!
Benjamin drags Alexander up as the crowd rallies. Benjamin fires off knees and forearms to then scoop and power Alexander to a corner. Tag to Lashley, the mugging continues with stomps and haymakers. The ref counts, Lashley lets off but MVP tells Alexander he needs to learn a lesson. Lashley suplexes and holds Alexander up for a count of 10! Alexander writhes while Lashley aims from a corner. Lashley watches Alexander stand, runs corner to corner, and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to MVP, he runs corner to corner to BOOT Alexander down! MVP swaggers and runs, BALLIN~! Elbow drop! Cover, TWO! MVP rains down furious fists on Alexander for not staying down! MVP covers again, TWO!
MVP drags Alexander up and around into an open corner. Alexander chops back, then throws big forearms. Alexander runs into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Alexander still lives and MVP respects the toughness. But MVP still drags him to the corner and tags in Benjamin. Benjamin kicks Alexander while he’s down, then brings him up for knees. Benjamin whips but Alexander holds ropes to boot back! Ricochet tags in, and they fire off kicks and double enziguris! Tag to Ali, slingshot senton! Basement dropkick! Benjamin bails out and the Hurt Business regroups as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns from break and Benjamin stomps away on Ricochet! He whips Ricochet to ropes then back drops him high and hard! Cover, TWO! Benjamin keeps on Ricochet but Ricochet hits back. Benjamin knocks Ricochet down and grinds him down with a headlock. Ricochet endures as the crowd rallies up. Ricochet fights his way up and jawbreakers free! Benjamin wobbles but he anchors Ricochet’s feet! Benjamin drags Ricochet away and tags in MVP! MVP stomps Ricochet’s knee! MVP clubs Ricochet down and stomps him more. MVP drags Ricochet up and traps an arm. “Smile for the camera!” MVP then clubs Ricochet with crossface forearms!
Tag to Lashley and he throws Ricochet out hard! Lashley RAMS Ricochet into the barriers then drags him up into the ring. Lashley stalks Ricochet to the open corner and throws big elbows. Ricochet flounders but Lashley digs his palm into Ricochet’s chin! He almost pushes Ricochet out of the ring! Lashley lets off to put Ricochet back in the Hurt Business corner and digs his boot in. The ref counts, Lashley lets up to then dig his fingers back in! The ref backs Lashley off but MVP gets a cheap shot in! Tag to Benjamin and he brings Ricochet up to throw more forearms. Benjamin knees Ricochet low then throws forearms. Benjamin whips corner to corner, Ricochet BOOTS! And somersault shotgun dropkicks!
The crowd rallies as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to MVP and Ali! Ali rallies on MVP then whips. MVP reverses, Ali flapjack dropkicks him down! The crowd fires up with Ali as he CHOPS and whips MVP. MVP reverses again but Ali slips out and roundhouses back! Ali slingshots in for the somersault facebuster! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Lashley drags Ali up to gut wrench, but Ali escapes to bait Lashley in and out! Ricochet leaps but into Lashley’s grip! Alexander DIVES, but also into Lashley’s grip! But Ali DIVES and sends Lashley over the desk!! Benjamin creeps in to KNEE Alexander! Ricochet MOONSAULTS to take Benjamin out! Ali gets in the ring, MVP KNEES him!
MVP throws haymakers then whips Ali corner to corner. Ali dodges and the boot gets buckles! LEAPING NECKBREAKER! Ali climbs up top, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, Ali and team win!!
Winners: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Beacon has just pinned the unofficial United States Champion! If MVP thinks himself THE champion, will he have to put his belt up against Ali?
Randy Orton speaks.
“Do you ever think to yourself about those moments back in time, those moments that may have changed your life? I do.” For some, you might think those moments are when Orton joined Evolution or had that match with Mick Foley. Or even when he became the youngest world champion in WWE history. Those moments did solidify Orton as the Legend Killer, those are not the moments he thinks back to. The moment he thinks back to is the one he always sees when he shuts his eyes. “The moment I’m referring to is 175 days ago, when I swung a steel chair as hard as I could down on the surgically repaired neck of Edge.” Orton has made friends in this business, friendships he thought were etched in stone. But they’re not. The friendships are gone.
Edge, Christian, Big Show. All men that one time or another helped save Orton from himself. Which is amazing, and even baffles Orton. A moment in his history brought so much pain to so many different people, all at the same time. That moment makes Orton, brought Orton, satisfaction! Orton felt good seeing the convulsing body of a man who paved the way for countless WWE superstars. It made Orton feel FANTASTIC to stand over that man at Backlash, knowing Orton had ended that man’s career. Then that man’s best friend came to the ring to confront Orton, but Orton ruined his #OneLastMatch. Tonight, Orton will punt Show in the skull and immensely enjoy ending that career once and for all. Will the Viper’s sadistic ego grow infinitely stronger after slaying a giant?
Ron Simmons also talks with the Viking Raiders.
Erik and Ivar like what he’s saying about them and the Street Profits. What great advice is Farooq bestowing on this young team?
Raw speaks with Christian.
Just a month ago, he was involved in his own Unsanctioned Match with Orton. But it was clearly a trap set by Orton and Ric Flair. The question must be asked: How has Christian been since that night? Christian doesn’t have to tell us Orton is one of the best ever. Christian knew a little of what he was getting into, but he didn’t think Orton would “weaponize” Christian’s respect for a legend like Flair. Christian will never look at those two the same again. He may never be the same again.
To touch on that topic, could Christian expand on that topic? How is he feeling? And, Show is finding himself in a very similar situation. Is it another trap set by Orton? Christian is doing better but he doesn’t feel good. Christian can endure that pain if it means Orton gets what’s coming to him. Show has a lot of people in his corner, but he may not be ready for a trap. But Christian is ready to see Show knock Orton out cold.
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair!
The EST is back again and she surprised us by helping Ruby Riott last week. What can we expect from her moving forward? What does she mean? We all know she is the strongest, the fastest, the smartest, and she is going to rise the fastest, too. She showed up, showed out, helped a friend because she is the nicest, and felt like teaching the thirstiest duo what’s what. Peyton Royce walks in and groans. This is the longest interview. Peyton excuses Sarah to talk to Bianca directly. Bianca is the dumbest for sticking her nose in someone else’s business. Well Ruby walks in and says that these two won but, where is Billie? Billie is handling business in the land of Mind Your Own Beeswax.
But Peyton has beaten Ruby once already, so just save us the trouble and forfeit. And as a tip from Peyton to Bianca, talk less and think more, before ending up like that trash, Liv Morgan. Say her name again! Bianca keeps a fight from breaking out and says she likes this. Wherever Billie went, she better get ready to watch Peyton get whooped in a way that can only be called IIconic~! Bianca and Ruby head out, will the rematch with Peyton be the sweetest revenge?
Peyton Royce VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Ruby powers Peyton to a corner but Peyton turns it around to rub her forearm in. Peyton says Liv hates Ruby and will never trust her again, but Ruby tackles Peyton and rains down furious fists! The crowd fires up as Peyton runs away and Ruby RAMS into her at the corner! Ruby lets up at the ref’s count but Peyton leg lariats her down! Peyton drags Ruby around and rains down rights of her own. Peyton keeps harping on Liv hating Ruby, and then she whips Ruby to ropes. Peyton elbows Ruby down, covers, TWO! Peyton grows frustrated, looms over Ruby, then drags her up to put her throw ropes. Peyton throws knees then goes to the other side for the draping motorcycle stretch! Peyton lets up and kicks Ruby down.
The crowd rallies for Ruby as Peyton calls her a loser. Peyton kicks Ruby around but Ruby hits back. Peyton clubs Ruby, drags her up, then drives elbows into the shoulder. Peyton stretches Ruby’s neck then covers, TWO! Ruby gets up but Peyton stalks behind her. Peyton grabs Ruby by the hair and says Ruby will never have friends. Ruby hits back, Peyton CLUBS her again. Ruby standing switches with Peyton but Peyton bucks her off to throw her out. Ruby rams back into Petyon then sunset flips, but Peyton sits on it! Peyton also has ropes so the ref refuses to count. Ruby rolls Peyton, TWO and Peyton jump kicks Ruby! Ruby wobbles and Peyton goes to the apron. Peyton goes to the top rope, leaps, but Ruby gets clear! Ruby gets Peyton with the RIOTT KICK! Cover, Ruby wins!
Winner: Ruby Riott, by pinfall
Ruby has some redemption against the IIconics! Will she be able to move past all the things they said about her?
Backstage interview with Zelina Vega, Andrade Almas & Angel Garza.
Charyl Caruso asks them about the tension between Garza and Almas and the coming match with the Street Profits. Vega answers for them: “Playtime is over.” Both men are on the same page, are ready for this. But what about the Profits? They were in hiding! Who knows, maybe Almas and Garza win on a count out when those champions don’t show up. Almas says that either way, they will be one step closer to becoming Raw Tag Team Champions! Garza has been waiting for this a long, long time. Match after match, interview after interview, Garza is always ready when the opportunity arises. But then the Profits attack!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins go after Garza and Almas for all the trash they’re talking! Ford throws Almas into fence and Dawkins stomps Garza down! Vega, get your men! The Profits prepare to meet them in the ring, after the break!
The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Raw Tag Team Champions did stay away for a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready! Will they bring the smoke to El Latino y El Idolo?
The teams sort out and Dawkins starts, but gets mugged 2v1 by Almas and Garza! Almas stomps Ford out and Garza has Dawkins in the ropes to KNEE him down! Off come the pants and Garza SUPERKICKS Dawkins in the back! Garza tags Almas and they mug Dawkins. Almas CHOPS back then throws forearms. Almas stomps a mudhole and looms over Dawkins at the ropes. Almas grabs the legs to stomp the stomach, then tags in Garza. They split the wishbone on Dawkins then Garza keeps on Dawkins with an armlock. Garza throws fists while he has the modified crossface but Dawkins endures.
Garza drags Dawkins up and SUPERKICKS him down! Ford coaches Dawkins and Dawkins ROCKS Garza! Garza blocks a kick to KNEE Dawkins back! But Dawkins tags in Ford! Almas tags in but Ford dodges and speeds up! Ford hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks Almas down! Ford kips up and fires up with the crowd, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Almas! Ford gets back in the ring and shakes the ropes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ford has Almas in an armlock. Almas fights up but Ford wrenches and tags in Dawkins. Ford whips, Dawkins runs Almas over! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins keeps Almas down with the armlock. Almas endures and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Dawkins lets up at 4, brings Almas up to wrench and yank the arm. Tag to Ford and he jumps in as Dawkins whips. Dawkins ducks and Ford dropkicks Almas down! Ford keeps on Almas with a facelock but Almas powers Ford to the corner! Almas rams his shoulder in over and over then tags in Garza. Garza holds Ford open for the rib shot but Almas steps out. They’re not perfectly on the same page, but Garza makes up for that by stomping Ford down.
The ref counts, Garza lets off. Ford slowly gets up, Garza SUPERKICKS him down! Garza stomps away, Almas tags back in, and now they go after the ribs. Almas taunts Dawkins while bringing Ford up. Almas snap suplexes Ford then covers, TWO! Almas clubs Ford down, drags him around by the arm and has an armlock of his own. Ford endures, fights up, but Almas knees low. Tag to Garza, they continue to mug Ford with body shots. Ford hits back but Garza clubs him down. Garza underhooks the arms to make them into hammerlocks and Garza grinds Ford into the mat. Ford fights up as the crowd rallies but Garza clubs him down again. Almas tags back in and the mugging continues.
Almas drags Ford up, spins around, back suplex and Ford lands hard on his side! Ford flounders but Almas stomps him down. Almas drags him away from Dawkins and cranks on the arm again. Ford endures, the crowd builds to a rally, but Almas drives in elbows. Ford powers up to power out and hip toss Almas down hard! Both men are down but Ford forces himself to get up. Almas hurries after Ford but Ford enziguris him away! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Almas and Garza with big right hands! Dawkins dodges and flying back elbows Almas! Garza runs into a flapjack! Almas gets an EXPLODER! The crowd fires up with Dawkins as he hits the spinning splash! Then the bulldog! Cover, Garza makes it in time!
Dawkins drags Almas back up, tags Ford in, and Dawkins Electric Chair lifts. Almas slips out and uses Dawkins to trip Ford up! Garza tags in to SUPERKICK Dawkins! Garza goes after Ford but Ford fights the superplex off! Ford glares as he DECKS Garza! Ford adjusts, FROM THE HEAVENS with a twist! Dawkins intercepts Almas as Ford covers, The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Vega is in shock! The Raw Tag Team Champions keep their contenders down and keep the party going! Will Almas and Garza be able to stay on that same page after falling short?
Raw returns to Garza and Almas talking backstage.
Almas wants Garza to tranquilo. Yes, they lost but- Vega is angry and she says this was their opportunity to take control of the division! And they blew it! Now she has to fix the problem for these little boys. Garza says they are just fine. Then prove it! Almas and Garza take Vega up on that challenge. Will this trio stick together despite the tension?
Bayley and Sasha Banks head to the ring!
#BayleyDosStraps kept her title with lots of controversy, while there is even MORE controversy as to The Boss being #TwoBeltsBanks. Sasha holds the Raw Women’s Championship up but Bayley is the only reason anything happened last night. But the Golden Role Models still thank the crowd, despite all the booing. Shame on their envy and pettiness! Sasha knows people have been talking. People accuse her of stealing the belt! But either they have bad memory or bad screens. Sasha FOUGHT for the title, while Asuka was handed it! Becky Lynch gave Asuka the title, because Becky is on maternity leave. But everyone is forgetting that! Just like they’re forgetting that at Extreme Rules, Asuka spit her mist in that poor referee’s face, almost blinding him! That ref couldn’t continue!
And Bayley didn’t steal the shirt, she borrowed it. Someone had to be the official for the match. She’s not just #BayleyDosStraps but our role model! When Sasha covered Asuka, Bayley made a split decision and did the right thing to count it. But these idiots just don’t get it! Not that they need to. They just need to understand Sasha is the Boss, the Standard, the Blueprint and #TwoBeltsBanks, and these two have ALL THE GOLD! They cheer each other on, but here come the Kabuki Warriors! “OI OI OI!” What’re you talking about!? Sasha was NOT ready for Asuka! And Asuka was NOT ready for thieves! That is HER title! Then come get it! Well in that case… Asuka and Kairi storm the ring but Stephanie McMahon speaks on the titantron!
Stephanie congratulates Bayley and Sasha on being WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and Bayley on also being SmackDown Women’s Champion. But Sasha, as far as the Raw Women’s Championship goes, that match was certainly a horror show. Sasha may think she’s champion, but Steph has a different opinion. Sasha didn’t win last not, but she didn’t lose. So next week, there will be a rematch to determine the rightful Raw Women’s Champion. And to be very clear, since the Role Models aren’t losing, Sasha can lose via pin, submission, disqualification or count-out. To be more blunt, if a certain role model gets involved, Sasha will lose. Good luck. And then the Kabuki Warriors run the Role Models out of the ring! Will the Pirate Princess get payback by proxy on Bayley?
Kairi Sane w/ Asuka VS Bayley w/ Sasha Banks!
Raw returns and Kairi dropkicks Bayley with the bell! Kairi throws chop after chop! Then even more chops! Bayley ducks, Kairi cradles! TWO, and Bayley uses the ropes as defense. The ref has Kairi stay back, Bayley comes back slowly, and she stomps Kairi’s foot! Bayley throws Kairi down by her hair, then looms over her. Sasha taunts Kairi as Bayley whips, but Kairi goes up and headscissors Bayley out! Bayley keeps her distance from Asuka, but Kairi hip attacks her! And Bayley’s arm got trapped in the ropes! Bayley gets free but Kairi goes after Bayley and puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner, Kairi runs in but gets flapjack’d on the buckles! Bayley stomps away on Kairi but the ref backs her off. Sasha taunts Kairi and Bayley stomps her!
Bayley clubs Kairi while Asuka and Ssaha shout at each other. Bayley bumps Kairi off buckles then rams her shoulder in again and again. The ref counts, Bayley lets off, and drags Kairi out to snapmare to a cover. ONE, but Bayley wraps Kairi up in a chinlock. The crowd rallies, Kairi fights her way up, and fights out with body shots. Kairi runs to crossbody Bayley down! Cover, TWO! Bayley clobbers Kairi! Bayley rains down right hands on Kairi then covers. TWO, but Bayley pushes Kairi around. Bayley drags Kairi up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kairi toughs it out and Asuka coaches her up. Bayley glares at Asuka then looms over Kairi. Bayley brings Kairi up to suplex but Kairi resists to cradle again! TWO, but Bayley is after Kairi at the ropes!
Bayley lets up to then grab at Kairi again. Kairi holds the ropes but Bayley clubs her down. Bayley suplexes Kairi up and over, covers, TWO! Sasha and Bayley grow frustrated with Kairi but Kairi dumps Bayley out! Kairi runs into Bayley’s shoulder, then Bayley steps up to drag Kairi up. Bayley wants to suplex Kairi out but Kairi resists. Kairi throws body shots, clubs Bayley then ax kicks her! Bayley is stuck on the ropes, Kairi climbs up the corner to DOUBLE STOMP her down! Cover but Bayley flops out of the ring! Sasha checks on Bayley while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Kairi rams shoulders into Bayley’s back! Kairi runs corner to corner, SLIDING D into a boot! Bayley grabs Kairi’s arm for an arm wringer! Cover, TWO! Kairi gets to ropes but Bayley is after the arm again. Bayley clubs Kairi then wraps the arm on the ropes! The ref counts, Bayley stops at 4, but then Bayley mocks Asuka. Kairi hits back but Bayley hammerlocks the bad arm and twists the wrist. Kairi endures, the crowd rallies, so Bayley drags Kairi up. Shayna Baszler is watching backstage as Kairi double chops Bayley. Kairi rams Bayley but Bayley throws Kairi into buckles hard!
Charly asks if Shayna has a “vested interest” in this match. Shayna says she has beaten every other woman in the locker room, has been dominant, yet has no match tonight. Bayley covers Kairi, TWO! What is she supposed to do? Just sit in catering? Go and be a fan with the rest? As far as Shayna is concerned, no one else deserves the spotlight more than her. Does Shayna have an interest in this match? “Yeah, I guess I have a vested interest in this match. The same way a shark has a ‘vested interest’ anytime it sees prey in the water.” Bayley pushes Kairi around but Kairi gets mad. Kairi starts throwing big palm strikes! Bayley counter punches then drags Kairi into a big vertical suplex, for Kairi to turn into a DDT!
Both women in the ring are down and their respective partners cheer them on. Bayley gets to ropes while Kairi slowly sits up. Bayley swings on Kairi, Kairi blocks the kick to trip Bayley up, and hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Then basement dropkick! Kairi fires up with the crowd and Sasha is stressing out. Kairi stomps as she marches the plank, to SLIDING D! It hits this time! Bayley is in the drop zone and Kairi is climbing up. Bayley stops Kairi with a haymaker! Kairi hits back and the two brawl up top. Bayley hotshots the bad arm! Bayley drags Kairi back up, has the arm in a keylock as she climbs, and has a HANGING ARMLOCK! Kairi trips Bayley up and Bayley ends up in a Tree of Woe! Asuka coaches Kairi as Kairi climbs, WOE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!!
Bayley survives and Sasha still stresses out. Asuka coaches Kairi again and Kairi is back up. Kairi aims at Bayley, she runs in, but Bayley moves. Kairi stops herself from hitting buckles, to BACK HAND Bayley! INTERCEPTOR! Kairi has Bayley down again, climbs back up top, takes aim, InSANE Elbow!! But the impact is so strong, Kairi’s bad arm slows her down. Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Bayley survives and Kairi is beside herself. Sasha laughs in relief as Kairi drags Bayley up and whips. Bayley reverses, Kairi dodges but runs into a KNEE! Bayley gives Kairi a BIG back suplex! Bayley puts Kairi in the drop zone now and she climbs up top. MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and shocks the Role Models!
Bayley is seething but she says she’s got this. She watches Kairi stand, bearhug, but no Bayley2Belly as Kairi swings it to a cover! KAIRI WINS!!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Pirate Princess shocks #BayleyDosStraps! Kairi has pinned the SmackDown Women’s Champion!! Does this change everything Bayley and Sasha were hoping for as #DoubleDoubleChampChamps?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
What condition is he in after that special stipulation match with Dolph Ziggler? Well, he’d be a liar if he said he feels good. He doesn’t, actually. But he is still WWE World Champion, so that is good. He’s heading to the ring to discuss his future, what will he have to say about his own title run?
Raw returns as Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Despite the Show-Off making the title match Extreme Rules just for Ziggler, McIntyre overcame the odds and downed Dolph with one mighty Claymore. McIntyre grabs a mic to say, “Man, I gotta hand it to Dolph.” That stipulation was brilliant and completely swayed things in his favor. Ziggler did everything he could, from using chairs to jumping off the corner to elbow McIntyre through a table. Ziggler almost had McIntyre. But “almost” is the story of Ziggler’s career. McIntyre is going onward and upwards, and SummerSlam is coming! That’s the biggest show second to WrestleMania, so McIntyre wants a worthy opponent.
Ziggler returns! That’s not who he meant. But Ziggler says at Extreme Rules, he saw something in McIntyre he hasn’t seen in some time. It was fear. Oh, Ziggler, what’re you doing? We’re sick of you! Wasn’t getting beat at Extreme Rules enough? Yes, yes, the whole world saw them beat the hell out of each other for the title. Yes, things were in Ziggler’s favor, but he was THIS close to having his moment that he has deserved for years! McIntyre has had a 19 year journey but no one talks about what Ziggler does day in and day out. McIntyre says Ziggler lost 24 hours after picking his own stipulation! The answer is no, “bugger off.” But that look in McIntyre’s eyes was real! McIntyre knew Ziggler was due, it’s a long time coming-
OH C’MON! Now you’re just embarrassing yourself. McIntyre will save Ziggler the embarrassment, and be the first to leave. McIntyre turns to go but Ziggler grabs his shoulder, so McIntyre HEADBUTTS him down! “One day, you’re gonna learn.” McIntyre leaves, Ziggler throws off his jacket and keeps running his mouth. “Don’t you walk away from me, you son of a b*tch!” Ziggler is deserving! He had it in his hands but it was slipping away! This time, McIntyre names the time, place and stipulation! Everyone deserves what’s coming to Ziggler! Ziggler wants the match! Well, maybe all those years at law school weren’t wasted. Ziggler presents a compelling case, so McIntyre might change his mind. McIntyre’s choice? He accepts.
But before McIntyre leaves, Ziggler asks for the stipulation. Oh c’mon, he just said yes! He hasn’t had an idea. Even if he had two weeks, he couldn’t tell. But now he’ll just do what Ziggler did: Ziggler learns the stipulation right before the bell. Ziggler is a glutton for punishment, but one way or another, he is getting what he deserves. What match type will McIntyre decide on?
Big Show speaks.
“In just a few minutes, I’ll be standing across the ring from Randy Orton, with Ric Flair by his side.” The Apex Predator, the most dangerous man in the WWE today. Orton has had an incredible year. Look what he did to Edge, tearing the triceps off the bone. He took Christian’s dream of #OneMoreMatch and made it a nightmare. Orton has systematically lashed out at everyone that tried to show him there’s more to life than living up to your last name. The people that reached out and pulled Orton out of the darkness have now been sadistically taken out. Show is next, and he’d be foolish not to realize the jeopardy his health and career are in.
But it’s funny. Show hoped and prayed for a long time that the sadistic side would never show itself again. But maybe the voices in Orton’s head are too loud. Whether Flair is turning up the volume, or Orton embracing them himself, the voices are screaming for him to no longer have empathy, to have no compassion, and to take everything that’s in his way out, permanently. Show is reminded of a long time ago, when the two were rolling together as a tag team. They called themselves the Hammer & Chisel. Pretty clear Show was the hammer. But they bonded a lot together, talking about the complexities of their roles in this business. Like tigers that can’t change stripes, no matter what.
Whether Show is dealing with the literal weight of being the World’s Largest Athlete, or Orton dealing with being a third-generation wrestler. Those talks were what bonded the two of them. They became friends because they both knew deep down what the other was dealing with. But that’s changed now. Orton brought back the Legend Killer, and has a kick with Show’s name on it. Show stared himself in the eye and asked the very hard question, “Is this the end of the line?” Maybe. But there’s another saying about tigers. Tigers are most dangerous when sensing the end, because they will do anything and everything to survive. This tiger is going to do anything and everything to make sure Orton doesn’t write the end of his story! Will this be the greatest moment in Big Show’s storied career? Or just the final one?
Unsanctioned Match: The Big Show VS Randy Orton!
Raw returns, and conspicuous by his absence, the Nature Boy doesn’t accompany Orton. The bell rings and Show goes right at Orton and powers him to a corner! Orton avoids the giant chop and kicks back. Show still powers Orton to the corner to throw body shots! Show stalks Orton as the crowd rallies behind. Show wraps an arm around the ropes to then CLUB it! Orton clutches that arm but Show throws more body shots. Show CHOPS Orton and Orton sits down as he gasps for air and feels the sting in his chest. Show mockingly asks if that hurt. Then he brings Orton up to throw more body shots!
Show turns Orton around to wrap the arm on the rope and CLUB it again! Orton gets away but Show just follows after. Orton kicks but Show throws more body shots! Show punches the shoulder but Orton punches back. Show whips and SPEARS Orton! The giant spear sends Orton rolling out of the ring in pain! Show pursues, but also fetches things from under the ring. Show gets a TABLE! The crowd likes that as Show puts the table in the ring. Orton writhes and sputters at the ramp but Show hurries over to fetch him. Show puts Orton in, on the apron, and CHOPS him again! But wait! Vega, Almas and Garza appear, and Garza and Almas attack Show! Unsanctioned also means no disqualifications!
Garza and Almas keep throwing hands on Show then go after his legs. They whip Show into steel steps! Show topples over and Orton watches Garza and Almas sit Show up. Orton takes aim with his kick, but then the Viking Raiders appear! Erik and Ivar brawl with Almas and Garza and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and Orton has Show in the ring with a sleeper hold. The crowd rallies, Show pries the hold apart, then turns Orton around to headbutt! Orton goes down but Show leans on the ropes. The crowd rallies up, Show shakes out the cobwebs, and Show rallies on Orton with clotheslines! Show whips Orton to a corner, runs in and hip attacks! Then he runs, into a basement dropkick! Show goes down and Orton looms over him. Orton prepares the leg, takes aim, but Show choke grips Orton first! Show choke SLAMS! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives but Show keeps his cool. The crowd rallies up, Show stands, and Show prepares the punch! Orton stands, but he drops down to bail out!
Show grabs the table and finally sets it up. Orton catches his breath on the outside but Show has the table ready. Show goes to fetch Orton and drags him up to the apron! Then hip tosses him into the ring! Show looms over Orton, drags him to the table and sets him on the wood. Show climbs the corner, for a GIANT VADER BOMB! Orton moves, Show goes through the table alone! Orton laughs as he survives and has Show where he wants him. The crowd is thunderous for Show as he stirs, but Orton slithers up like the Viper he is. Orton watches Show rise, RKO!! Cover, TWO!?! Orton has no idea how that’s possible! The crowd won’t give up on Show and Show manages to sit up.
Orton goes looking under the ring and finds chairs. Orton brings one in, aims at Show and JAMS his ribs! And SMACKS his back! Orton drags Show up by his beard to SMACK him again! Show writhes and gasps but Orton still looms over him. The ref clears out the wreckage of the table while Show gets to the apron. Orton JAMS him with the chair again, and SMACKS him on the back a third time! Orton drags Show across the top rope, for a GIANT DRAPING DDT!! Orton throws the chair out of the ring, and hears the voices in his head! Orton wants Show to rise so he can put him down again. Show stands in a daze, ANOTHER RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Viper strikes the Giant down and has another vicious victory. But being the Legend Killer, this isn’t enough. He watches Show drag himself up on the ropes little by little. Orton takes aim while Show is still in a daze. Orton is foaming at the mouth, as he PUNTS Show in the head!! And then he whispers, “I told you. I told you! Just like all the others. One more legend DEAD.” Show barely moves as Orton strikes his pose on the corner. Is this the end of the Big Show? Will the Legend Killer’s new list of victims ever end?
This was a pretty good Raw, especially to follow up the “controversies” at Extreme Rules. Can you believe Vince changed things last minute on the PPV? Actually, it isn’t the first time so it shouldn’t be a surprise. But Stephanie McMahon making a titantron Zoom call was a nice surprise. Next week’s No Champion’s Advantage (which is the easy way of saying it) will be a great match. Kairi VS Bayley was a great match, too, especially because I didn’t expect Kairi to win! There’s still talk of when Kairi’s WWE contract is up and when she’s returning home to Japan, so unless she hot potatoes the title back to Bayley very quickly, I don’t think Kairi becomes SmackDown Women’s Champion. But even if it would be only for a few moments, she, Asuka and Io Shirai all being singles champions at the same time would be great for the history books.
Seth Rollins opening the show to harp on Mysterio was a natural move. Aleister taking lead on this feud was also a good move. Aleister and Rollins had a great match, and that hood stomp to the arm was a great touch. I’m sure Aleister will come back, and it’ll make for good story if Aleister has the bad arm to worry about. The Hurt Business is now an official faction with adding Shelton Benjamin AND him taking the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth. The Six Man was great, as was the return of Mustafa Ali! The SmackDown Hacker story may have died but it wasn’t confirmed or denied if it was going to be Ali since WWE probably didn’t know, hence why they dropped it. Ali, Ricochet and Alexander winning was great, and will surely escalate things in Apollo’s absence.
Ruby Riott’s story with the IIconics continues, and it’s great that she finally gets a win. Still wondering how they’ll bring Liv back into this, but at least they aren’t letting it be more of the same for Ruby. Shayna watching Bayley and Kairi was good. It makes me wonder if she’s going after the Role Models and their titles despite them all being Heels. Or do we get that shocker of Kairi taking the SmackDown title, only to drop it to Shayna to parallel their shared time in NXT? I’m also curious how Bianca gets going in her own return. She could still be in a team with Ruby, but for how long? The Street Profits had a really good tag match with Garza and Almas, and I’m a little surprised they won. There is still time to determine contenders to the tag titles, I’m just not sure how that goes yet.
Almas and Garza getting involved with Orton’s match was a good touch, though. Orton and Show hype up tonight’s Unsanctioned match with great promos, and the match itself was pretty good. A little surprised Ric Flair wasn’t here tonight but also relieved given COVID concerns. Guess Orton won’t get to punt him in the head after all. But Orton beating Show and punting him was pretty big stuff for this story. Ziggler coming back to want another match with McIntyre must be a way of just biding time as we’re just starting towards SummerSlam. I like how tables have turned and Ziggler has to wait and see what McIntyre chooses. Ziggler had a pretty good surprise planned with the one-sided Extreme Rules, but I feel like McIntyre won’t be that unfair to Ziggler, being the Face and wanting to shut Ziggler up. For all we know, it’ll be just a normal match so that when Ziggler loses, it’s plain and simple.
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
[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.
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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