The Summer Struggle is in the home stretch!
NJPW is still on the road to Jingu Stadium! And before all of the epic action, we have multiple tag team tune-ups to keep everyone sharp! Who gets last minute momentum before the summer blowout?
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.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Mater Wato & The Golden Aces; Wato & The Golden Aces win.
- Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi VS EVIL & Taiji Ishimori; EVIL & Ishimori win.
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Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun!
Shingo Takagi, Bushi and Sanada go up against Douki, El Desperado and Minoru Suzuki himself! The Dragon will defend his NEVER Openweight Championship against the Man with the Worst Personality, while Cold Skull and the lethal luchador are part of KOPW 2020! Which side gets a leg up on the competition before arriving in Jingu Stadium?
Shingo gets in Suzuki’s face with the NEVER Openweight Championship, and Suzuki throws forearms! It explodes into a brawl! Desperado attacks Sanada for KOPW, and Douki goes after Bushi to keep him in the ring! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell so this is on record. Suzuki keeps after Shingo and they brawl. Suzuki whips, Shingo reverses and sends Suzuki into railing! Shingo elbows and stomps away while Bushi huricanranas Douki! LIJ has turned things around and Bushi stomps Douki in a corner. Bushi brings Douki up, Douki enziguris but misses! Bushi whips, Douki reverses and Desperado gets a cheap shot in!
Douki hits his enziguri this time and Desperado makes sure Sanada stays down. Douki knocks Shingo off the apron then goes back to Bushi. Douki throws Bushi out and that brawl of Shingo and Suzuki keeps going. Suzuki has Shingo on the rails and clubs, but Shingo CHOPS back! They go back and forth, chop for chop and forearm for forearm! Suzuki ROCKS Shingo then clubs him down. Douki returns to the ring while Suzuki stomps Shingo into railing! Desperado tags in and he double whips Bushi with Douki for double shoulders! Desperado drags Bushi up, scoops and slams him, then covers, TWO! Fans rally for Bushi but Desperado drags Bushi up to bump off Douki’s boot.
Tag to Suzuki and he stomps and forearms Bushi down. Suzuki has the arm and pulls on it for a mounted hammerlock! Bushi endures as Suzuki has the other arm. Shingo gets in to attack Suzuki! Shingo brings Suzuki up but Suzuki DECKS him! Suzuki tags Douki, Douki drags Bushi up and CHOPS! Douki has Bushi in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Bushi boots back. Bushi hops up for a FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as Bushi and Douki crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Shingo and Suzuki! Suzuki kicks and fires off forearms, but runs into Shingo’s back elbow! JAB and LARIAT! Shingo drags Suzuki up for a BIG suplex! Shingo eggs Suzuki on while kicking at him.
Suzuki gets up as Shingo eggs him on, and Suzuki laughs as he fires off knees and elbows. Suzuki whips corner to corner to BOOT Shingo, then snapmare and run for the Penalty Kick! Cover, ONE! Now Suzuki toys with Shingo and eggs him on. Shingo gets up to throw forearms but Suzuki gives them back. Shingo rocks Suzuki, Suzuki throws forearms back. They brawl back and forth, faster and faster, and Shingo just eggs Suzuki on. Suzuki fires off several, but Shingo gives them back from all sides! Suzuki comes back with a HARD shot, then runs, but into another elbow! Shingo runs bu tinto Suzuki’s boot. Suzuki runs but Shingo follows to clothesline him at the ropes. Shingo runs, Suzuki follows, and Suzuki gets around to get the sleeper!
Suzuki doesn’t wait long before he spins Shingo around for the piledriver, but Shingo back drops out! Shingo runs and sliding laritas, only for Suzuki to duck! Suzuki boots, spins Shingo back for the sleeper! Shingo flails, fades but gets his second wind! Fans rally up, Suzuki spins Shingo around but Shingo fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Shingo and Suzuki crawl, hot tags to Desperado and Sanada! One half of KOPW fights as Sanada kicks and whips Desperado. Desperado boots back, runs out but into the fireman’s carry! Desperado slips off, Sanada catches the boot but Desperado pokes him in the eye! Desperado runs but Sanada trips him up! Sanada has the legs, then the arms, Desperado kicks out of Paradise.
Sanada elbows Desperado back, Quebradas but Desperado gets under. Desperado uses the ref as a shield, then DECKS Sanada with that right! Tag to Douki and they drag Sanada up. Desperado throws a stiff uppercut, then they double wihp Sanada. Douki back elbows, feeds Sanada to Desperado’s SPINE BUSTER, and then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Suzuki-Gun keeps on him. Desperado brings Sanada up for Douki’s SLINGSHOT DDT! Cover, but Bushi and Shingo break it! Suzuki joins in and he brawls with Shingo while Desperado throws Bushi out. Suzuki and Shingo throws forearms, Shingo gets the edge but swings into a FUJIWARA! Douki keeps on Sanada, Gory Especial for backslide! Cover, TWO!!
Douki vows to end this, Bushi is sent into railing, and Douki wheelbarrows Sanada. but Sanada arm-drags free! Sanada baits Douki into a corner and a back elbow. Quebrada to dragon sleeper! Douki tries to spin out but Sanada holds on and SWINGS Douki around! SKULL END!! Douki taps, LIJ wins!!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by submission
The edge goes to LIJ! But that’s not going to stop Suzuki! Suzuki looks under the ring and brings out a chair! Shingo dares Suzuki to try something, and after some consideration, Suzuki gets on the apron to SWING on Shingo! Shingo manages to shield his head and Young Lions hurry to stop this from getting any wilder! Shingo still gets forearms and headbutts in before Suzuki gets away. Suzuki BOOTS the one Young Lion for holding him back, and uses them as an excuse as to why he and Shingo didn’t settle this now. But this will be settled at Jingu one way or another! Will Shingo survive the biggest fight of his career? As for Sanada, will he be standing tall at the end of the KOPW Fatal 4 Way?
Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Mater Wato & The Golden Aces!
The Dangerous Tekkers, Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi, want to crush the spirits of Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi even before having it out over the IWGP Heavyweight Championships! The same goes for Yoshinobu Kanemaru wanting to end the Way of the Grand Master! Will all of that go the other way this close to the Summer Struggle in Jingu Stadium?
Wait, Kanemaru attacks Wato during his entrance! Where did he come from!? The Aces hurry out but get jumped by Taichi and ZSJ! The Tekkers stomp and grind Ibushi and Tanahashi down, so Red Shoes rings the bell. Taichi bumps Tanahashi off the tag belts! And then the same for Ibushi! Kanemaru has Wato down in the corner and stomps away! Kanemaru digs his knee in, Red Shoes reprimands and Kanemaru lets up. Kanemaru drags Wato to the apron, lines up the shot and dropkicks Wato in the head! Taichi drags Wato back up to whip into railing! ZSJ digs his boot into Wato and pulls on a leg while Taichi whips Tenzan into railing!
Tanahashi protests but Red Shoes can only do so much. The Aces help Tenzan but Taichi stands on Wat’s head. Ibushi rushes over but Taichi gets him first! ZSJ stands on Wato’s head but Tanahashi goes after him. But Kanemaru comes out to club Tanahashi and rake his eyes! ZSJ EuroUppers Tanahashi down, Taichi whips Ibushi to railing, and Kanemaru finally puts Wato back in the ring. Kanemaru toys with Wato but Wato chops back. Kanemaru doesn’t flinch and he rakes Wato’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kanemaru tags Taichi. Taichi headlocks Wato and chokes him! Red Shoes sees and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi scoops Wato to lawn dart hotshot him on the ropes!
Tag to ZSJ and ZSJ stands on Wato’s head! ZSJ lets up as the Aces protest. Red Shoes keep them from getting in and ZSJ cravats Wato hard. ZSJ snapmares to CRANK the neck! Tag to Kanemaru and Kanemaru stands on Wato’s head. Taichi and ZSJ also stand on Wato but the Golden Aces get back in. Red Shoes tells everyone that isn’t Wato or Kanemaru to get out. Taichi gets in some more stomps before he leaves. Kanemaru brings Wato up, Wato CHOPS and Kanemaru feels that one! Kanemaru rakes eyes, whips but Wato holds ropes! Wato hits back, kicks, but Kanemaru blocks! Kanemaru elbows the knee, kicks the leg, but runs into a HUGE dropkick! Both men are down, the fans rally up, and hot tags to Taichi and Ibushi!
Ibushi dodges Taichi to elbow ZSJ down, then he goes up and over to ROUNDHOUSE Taichi down! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool as the fans fire up again. Ibushi drags Taichi up, waistlocks but Taichi elbows free. Ibushi forearms, Taichi mule KICKS! Taichi cools off, runs and boots Ibushi, but Ibushi boots back. Taichi boots again, Ibushi boots again! Taichi tries a third time but is caught! Ibushi spin kicks, but misses in the corner. Ibushi dodges the enziguri to SNAP-RANA! Tanahashi wants in and Ibushi tags him in! Tanahashi fires up with the fans, runs and forearms Taichi down! Elbow drop, somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his focus as he drags Taichi in.
Tanahashi scoops and slams Taichi down, hops up and leaps, but the second rope senton misses! Taichi tags ZSJ in, ZSJ grabs Tanahashi by his ears for EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Tanahashi fires off forearms, but uppercuts into a backslide! They fight for control, ZSJ gets Tanahashi up but Tanahashi pulls back. Tanahashi spins around, gets ZSJ in the facelock, but ZSJ slips out. ZSJ goes to Pele the arm but Tanahashi blocks it! ZSJ uses his other leg to reel Tanahashi in for a headlock. Tanahashi powers out, catches ZSJ, they go around and it’s Tanahashi who puts on the cobra twist! But ZSJ grabs the arm, slips around and has the Iron Octopus! Taichi and Kanemaru boot Wato and Ibushi off the apron!
ZSJ holds on tight, he might be going for Hurrah! Another Year etc etc. Wato gets in to club ZSJ but Taichi throws Wato back out. Taichi intimidates and pushes Red Shoes down, and the Tekkers both go after Tanahashi. They want that brutal double chicken wing dragon screw, but Ibushi attacks the Tekkers first! Ibushi DECKS Kanemaru, too, and calls to Tanahashi. They go to give ZSJ the same treatment! Full nelson DRAGON SCREW!! The fans fire up as things are even now! Red Shoes returns, both ZSJ and Tanahashi are down. ZSJ and Tanahashi crawl, Kanemaru tags in and Taichi trips up Ibushi! Kanemaru boots Wato, he and Taichi go after Tanahashi together. Corner elbow, feed to the KICK to the bad leg! BUZZSAW DROPKICK SANDWICH! Cover, TWO!!
Kanemaru goes up top, Taichi drags Tanahashi up. Kanemaru leaps for the FLYING DDT! Cover, Wato breaks it! Taichi chokes Wato and throws him out. Ibushi springboards to missile dropkick Taichi! Kanemaru shotgun dropkicks Ibushi out! Kanemaru grabs his whiskey and shoves Red Shoes away. But Wato grabs the bottle! Tanahashi SHOTEIS, Wato springboard uppercuts! Wato drags Kanemaru up, hooks the arms for a MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Ibushi fires up with Tanahashi and they sit Kanemaru up. KAMI-GOYE!! Tanahashi heads up top, Wato is in the drop zone, but the Tekkers attack! Ibushi and Wato drag them away, Tanahashi leaps for HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Golden Aces and Wato win!!
Winners: Master Wato & The Golden Aces, by pinfall
ZSJ and Taichi are furious! Their challengers just keep building momentum! Will they stand a chance of holding onto the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at this rate? Taichi brings those belts up to hang them in front of Tanahashi and Ibushi. Taichi says that they need to be ready for what happens after they lose on Saturday. He dares the “two guppies” to do their best. The Tekkers vow they’re going to wear The Golden Aces out, but Tanahashi says he and Ibushi are never tired. Taichi tells them they’re not wrestling gods, and are going to “face the grim reaper soon enough.” Tanahashi counters by saying Taichi better enjoy his last two days as champion. Who outlasts who to leave Jingu with those belts? As for Kanemaru, can he rebound before he has to face the young Grand Master 1v1?
Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi VS EVIL & Taiji Ishimori w/ Dick Togo!
There’s so much gold in this grudge, it’s 24 karat! The Uncontrollable Charisma wants revenge on the traitor and both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships back, while the Ticking Timebomb wants to blow up the Bone Soldier! Will LIJ take the lead on Bullet Club going into the two major matches in Jingu?
The teams sort out and after a Low Sweet and the LIJ fist bump, it’s Evil and Naito starting! The fans rally already as we get this preview of the Double Championship rematch. Naito and Evil stare down, circle, and Naito sucker punches Taiji! Hiromu gets in and LIJ mugs Evil! They double whip the traitor, Hiromu dropkicks the legs out and Naito basement dropkicks Evil in the head! Naito drags Evil around by his hair, bends him back against his knee, and Hiromu attacks Taiji on the outside. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverses and Hiromu is sent into railing! Naito clubs and cravats Evil in the corner, Taiji gets up and protests but Naito stomps Evil down. Taiji keeps messing with Red Shoes as Naito whips Evil corner to corner.
Evil boots back, dumps Naito out, but Naito hits back. Dick makes a move and anchors Naito’s feet so Evil can DECK Naito! Evil baseball slide dropkicks Hiromu while Dick stomps Naito at railing. Red Shoes gets out to reprimand Dick but Taiji CHOPS and kicks Hiromu! Taiji rakes Hiromu’s eyes while Evil uses camera cables to choke Naito! Red Shoes still has to keep Dick away, Evil whips Naito into railing! Evil stands on Naito’s head but the ring count starts. Taiji chokes Hiromu while Evil soaks up the heat. Evil toys with Naito as the ring count passes 10 of 20. Evil drags Naito and into the ring at 17, then tags Taiji. Taiji stomps Naito, drags him up, and Bullet Club has exposed a corner, as is their favorite trick. Taiji whips Naito into the bare buckles!
Tag to Evil, Evil stalks Naito as he writhes, and toys with him now. Fans rally up for Naito, Evil eggs Naito on, and drags Naito up. Naito throws body shots and forearms but Evil whips him back into bare buckles! Tag to Taiji, Dick and Evil choke Naito while Taiji BLASTS Hiromu off the apron! Taiji goes over to Naito, drags him up and clubs him down. Fans still rally for Naito but Taiji drags him up to wrench and whip to a neutral corner. Taiji hits double knees, but runs into a back elbow! Naito atomic drops and enziguris Taiji down! Fans rally up, Taiji and Naito crawl, hot tag to Hiromu! Hiromu dodges Taiji to DECK Evil! Hiromu boots and whips Taiji, Taiji reverses but Hiromu huricanranas!
Taiji bails out, fans fire up and Hiromu is on the apron. Hiromu leaps and shotgun dropkicks Taiji into Evil, sending Evil into railing! Hiromu runs Dick off before putting Taiji back in the ring. Hiromu suplexes, Taiji slips out and baits Hiromu into a corner. Hiromu boots but Taiji blocks to spin Hiromu around. Taiji runs side to side, and hits Hiromu with a SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up but Taiji drags Hiromu around for a gut wrench. Hiromu fights out, gut wrenches Taiji, but Taiji resists to get a facelock. Hiromu pushes out of the DDT, Taiji KNEES him, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Taiji staggers, both men clothesline but neither falls! Taiji runs into a POP-UP BOMB!
Hiromu and Taiji are down, the fans rally up, hot tags to Evil and Naito! Naito spins Evil around to whip and arm-drag! Naito elbows Evil down then basement dropkicks! Naito drags Evil up, backbreaker to Pluma Blanca, his version of the Koji Klutch! Evil endures, Dick distracts Red Shoes but Naito goes after Dick. Dick gets away, Naito goes back to Evil. Evil goes to poke Naito’s eyes but Naito blocks and rakes Evil’s eyes! Naito elbows Evil over and over, Evil stumbles into a corner, Naito basement dropkicks! Naito hoists Evil up top, climbs up top, Evil slips out to get in Red Shoes’ face as Dick trips Naito! Evil runs back in to clothesline Naito, then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans cheer!
Evil keeps his cool as he drags Naito back up. Evil fireman’s carry, but Naito fights free! Naito waistlocks, Evil elbows and whips but Naito reverses to use ropes in the TORNADO DDT! Naito tags Hiromu and Hiromu whips Evil. Hiromu forearms Evil, puts him on ropes, kicks the ropes then runs to shotgun dropkick Evil down! Fans fire up with Hiromu as he drags Evil back up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Evil slips out. Hiromu SUPERKICKS, then LARIATS! Hiromu DECKS Taiji off the apron and goes back to Evil. He drags Evil up again for a whip to the corner. Hiromu corner clotheslines, he and Naito basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, Taiji breaks it!
Naito throws Taiji out, then stomps him at railing. Hiromu fires up again and fans rally. Hiromu brings Evil up in a dragon sleeper, lifts but Evil slips out to waistlock. Hiromu standing switches, shoves Evil into Naito’s back elbow, then Naito holds Evil up. Hiromu runs, but Evil pulls Naito into the path of the shotgun dropkick!! Naito goes down hard and Taiji gets back in. Taiji dodges Hiromu, tilt-o-whirls over and over for the LA MYSTICA! DARK ARMBAR!! Hiromu writhes, Red Shoes is busy with Taiji as Evil gets a chair! Evil aims at Hiromu, for a CHAIR SHOT!! Hiromu writhes even more as Evil slashes the throat. Evil drags Hiromu up, Taiji leaves Red Shoes alone for EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: EVIL & Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall
The King of Darkness and his Bone Soldier have just devastated the Ticking Timebomb all over again! Hiromu’s arm may be in horrible shape all over again, will he be able to fight in Jingu? Can Naito make Evil pay for everything he’s done to LIJ? Naito doesn’t back down from Evil, but he forgets about Dick! Dick uses the #SpoilerChoker to take Naito down!! Now Evil gets the mic to speak.
“I knew it! Los Ingos are just a bunch of losers!” Evil asks Naito, “Who represents ‘justice’ now?” Who is “real” now? Who is stronger now? Does he get it now?! Evil tells Naito that in Jingu, “You’ll taste this same pain.” Make sure you remember! “Everything is Evil! It’s rrrrreeeal!” A shout out to the great Prince who founded Bullet Club! Will Evil be what helps bring Bullet Club back to such prominence?
Another great event to act as a go-home to the huge Jingu Stadium event this Saturday. As far as the factions go, everyone breaks even. I skipped Chaos VS Bullet Club, it was obvious Okada’s side was going to win when both he and Toru Yano are in KOPW Fatal 4 Way. Those two go in strong, while Desperado is the only one going in a little weaker when Suzuki-Gun loses. Of course, classic NJPW Six Man formula, involve someone who isn’t doing anything in the finish. Sanada beats Douki, so Desperado isn’t really hurt. Neither is Suzuki himself going into what will definitely be a slug fest with Shingo. But then Suzuki-Gun loses to Wato and Golden Aces, but I wonder if that means ZSJ and Taichi retain. I feel like NJPW will want some finishes fans will like, so maybe Ibushi and Tanahashi getting the belts back is one of those.
But even LIJ and Bullet Club break even after a really great main event for the Double Champion and Junior Heavyweight title stories. It’s a good story beat for Hiromu’s arm to be targeted at the end, it’s what (kayfabe?) kept him out of much of Summer Struggle at the start of August. Now it’s in question again, but could be something Hiromu overcomes to retain his title. And while Evil stands tall tonight with Taiji and Dick, I don’t know if the math is affected. Evil could still retain so that Bullet Club stays strong while we still wait on bringing all parts back together, such as Jay White’s return to Japan. Also, I definitely like Evil saying “real” like Finn Balor back in the day.
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.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.
Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.
Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.
Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.
And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.
My Score: 8.7/10
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