NJPW must be having deja vu on New Japan Road!
Both the NEVER Openweight Six Man and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships are on the line, in HUGE REMATCHES! Will the winners win again? Or will things be different the second time around?
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.
- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Sho; Hashi, Goto & Ishii win and retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado; Kanemaru & Desperado win and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Sho!
Chaos won in the Six Man Tag tournament, and Chaos will win again! But will the Head Hunter be able to hold onto his first title ever with the help of the Fierce Warrior and Stone Pitbull? Or will the Rainmaker, the tentative Mr. KOPW 2020 and Mr. High Voltage change things in an instant?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and deja vu begins! The trios sort out, and Sho insists he start against Ishii. Ishii accepts the challenge, but Sho dropkicks and knees him right away! The bell rings and this is on record!
Sho lariats Ishii down! Sho rains down palm strikes but the ref reprimands the closed fists. The ref has to pull Sho off, but Sho keeps wanting after Ishii. Goto tags in and Yano wants in. Sho tags Yano, fans cheer and Yano circles with Goto. But then Yano goes for the buckle pads! Goto clubs Yano first, so Yano throws forearms! Goto and Yano brawl back and forth and fans rally up. Goto hits Yano again, but Yano goes after the buckle pad! Goto grabs Yano and whips corner to corner but Yano reverses. And Yano goes after the buckle pads! Yano strips the corner, dodges Goto and tosses the buckle pad at him. The ref takes the buckle pad from Goto, Yano kicks low and runs, into Goto’s BOOT! Yano gets up and tags Okada before bailing out.
Fans cheer as Goto and Okada circle now. Hashi wants in so Goto tags him. Hashi and Okada circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada powers Hashi back towards ropes, lets up at the ref’s count, and fakes Hashi with the chop to pat his shoulders. Fans cheer as Hashi swings but Okada ducks and kicks back. Okada headlocks and grinds Hashi down. Hashi endures, fans rally up, and Hashi pries at the hold. Okada powers Hashi back into the headlock and grinds him down more. Hashi throws body shots, powers out and CHOPS Okada on the run! Fans cheer as Hashi runs at Okada in the corner to CHOP again! Hashi whips Okada, CHOPS and mule kicks, then runs to duck, dodge and BLOCKBUSTER!
Fans fire up with Hashi as he stomps Okada to the corner. Hashi suplexes Okada and hangs him out to dry. Goto holds him and Hashi runs but Yano gets a cheap shot in! Okada pushes Goto away but Hashi clubs Yano. Hashi runs, Okada dodges, Sho gets in and drop toeholds Hashi into Okada’s boots! Sho keeps moving, he runs Hashi over with a shoulder then sucker punches Ishii. Ishii hits back, they brawl at the ropes and then out of the ring! The ref tries to get them to stop but they refuse! Ishii whips, Sho reverses and Ishii hits railing! Okada throws Hashi out, Yano gets a shot in and Okada whips Hashi into railing! Okada goes back to the ring and the count begins. Hashi writhes and stirs as the count passes 5 of 20, sits up at 10 of 20, and hurries back. Hashi gets in at 14 of 20, but Okada is on him quickly.
Okada bumps Hashi off buckles, tags Sho in, and Sho stomps and throws forearms. Hashi eggs him on then hits back. Sho rocks Hashi, stomps him, but the ref counts as Sho digs boots in. Sho lets off at 3, glares at Ishii, then drags Hashi up. Yano tags in and stomps Hashi, then brings him around. The ref has to keep Goto and Ishii back, and Yano whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes but Yano brings him around to cover, TWO! Yano stomops while fans cheer. Yano taunts Ishii and the ref has to keep him back again. Ishii goes through to hit Sho, Sho DECKS Ishii back! Sho pushes past the ref to kick Ishii out of the ring. The ref reprimands, Sho goes back to his corner, and Yano whips Hashi at the bare corner, only for Hashi to reverse! Yano runs into the bare buckles!
Fans rally as Hashi crawls, but Yano stomps him and brings him up. Hashi spinning mule kicks Yano down! Hashi crawls again, tag to Goto! Sho gets in but Goto runs him over! Goto hits Okada off the apron, Yano hits Goto then runs, but Goto follows! Goto swings, Yano ducks and rakes eyes! Yano whips, Goto reverses, and Yano gets bare buckles again! Yano staggers into Goto’s SAIDO! Fans fire up with Goto as he runs at Yano for the corner clothesline, to the bulldog! Cover, TWO! Yano survives, Goto drags him up but Yano resists the fireman’s carry. Yano whips Goto, Goto reverses, Yano stops himself before hitting buckles! But Yano turns around into Goto’s kick! Goto goes to run but Yano grabs his hair! Goto hits Yano with forearms, whips but Yano reverses to use hair in the takedown!
Fans rally up as Yano tags in Okada! Okada clubs and forearms Goto to whip him corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps focus as he drags Goto back up. Goto resists the gut wrench, Okada clubs him back and Okada runs. Goto swings, Okada ducks, but Goto blocks the kick, only for Goto to dodge the kick and spin. Okada ducks the discus to get Goto DEEP IN DEBT! Goto kicks free, fireman’s carries, but Okada slips off to uppercut! Okada runs, Goto follows, Okada dodges and runs but again Goto follows. Okada dodges again, Goto keeps moving forward, and comes back to LARIAT Okada down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto tags in Ishii and Ishii stalks up behind Okada to CHOP him and forearm in the corner!
Ishii keeps throwing forearms and chops, whips Okada corner to corner but Okada boots him away. Ishii comes back but Okada boots him down! Sho is on the apron and calls for the tag, but Ishii DECKS him! Ishii waistlocks Okada, Okada elbows but Ishii ducks to rock Okada with a right. Ishii runs but into the flapjack! Both men are down again and fans fire up. Hot tag to Sho! Sho runs corner to corner at Ishii but Ishii boots. Sho still comes back to clothesline! Sho whips, Ishii reverses but Sho stops himself to kick away on Ishii, then SUPERKICK! Ishii stays up so Sho Penalty Kicks him down! Sho stands on Ishii’s head to grind his feet in. Fans rally as Sho slaps and kicks Ishii around.
Ishii gets mad and grabs Sho, but Sho fires off forearms. Ishii eggs him on then hits back. Sho eggs Ishii on and they brawl! The fans love the back and forth! Sho gets the edge and fires elbows from all sides! Sho facelocks but Ishii suplexes! Sho fights that off, and spins Ishii down to a Fujiwara armbar! Ishii rolls through, Sho blocks him to the double wristlock! Ishii scrambles, Sho gator rolls him away, but Ishii suplexes! Sho lands on his feet, waistlocks, but Ishii standing switches. sho gets the arm again and goes for the wristlock! Ishii stays standing, Sho wrenches through and hops on, but Ishii blockas the takedown! Ishii spins Sho but Sho suplexes to a BRAIN BUSTER!
Fans fire up as Sho watches Ishii rise. Sho kicks him again and again, but Ishii stays up. Ishii eggs Sho on, Sho kicks but Ishii CHOPS! Sho goes to a corner, Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS, high and hard! The ref tries to pull Ishii off but Ishii pushes him away. Ishii CHOPS Sho over and over, very close to the throat! Ishii won’t let up, even as Sho flounders around! Ishii whips Sho, Sho reverses, but Ishii comes back to POUNCE Sho across the way! Goto and Hashi hit Okada and Yano! Fans rally up as Ishii stalks Sho to a corner. Ishii runs in, corner clothesline against the bare buckles! Ishii lifts Sho for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans cheer!
Ishii keeps his focus as he runs at Sho, but Yano trips him up! Yano catches Ishii but Ishii gets away, Sho’s forearm hits Yano! Ishii waistlocks Sho, Hashi runs in, but Sho gets away and Hashi DECKS Ishii! Okada BOOTS Hashi, Goto LARIATS Okada! Sho swings on Goto but ends up in a sleeper hold! Goto spins Sho around, he and Ishii work together but Sho escapes! Sho shoves Goto into Ishii, but runs into a fireman’s carry! Hashi SUPERKICKS into Goto’s USHIGOROSHI! Hashi adds METEORA! Ishii runs but Yano trips him! Yano dumps Hashi out then shoudlers into Goto! Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles! Atomic drop for Ishii, Okada whips and dropkicks Ishii down! Fans fire up as Sho rises! Sho drags Ishii into the DEAD LIFT GERMAN!! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Ishii survives but Sho still has the waistlock! German feint to the armbar! Okada keeps Goto out but Hashi gets in to break the hold! Yano throws Hashi out, fans rally up and Sho aims at Ishii. Ishii dodges the Penalty Kick to his arm, but he swings into Sho’s chicken wings. Sho spins him around, crosses the arms, and lifts for the Straitjacket Piledriver! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives but Sho refuses to let that scare him off! Sho just drags Ishii back up, crosses the arms for the package, but Hashi gets in to SUPERKICK Sho down! Hashi elbows Yano down, Okada uppercuts Hashi, but Hashi LARIATS back! Hashi spins Sho around, BACKSTABBER! Feed to Goto’s suplex, and they work together, G Y R!!
Sho is in a daze as fans rally behind Ishii! Ishii watches Sho flounder up, but Sho KNEES first! Sho ducks the lariat to SNAP GERMAN! Sho powers up, runs, but Ishii LARIATS first! Sho gets up!? Sho spears, but into Ishii’s suplex! Sho gets free, and gets the arm! Ishii stays up to avoid the armbar, but Sho wrangles him down for the DISARMER! Ishii scrambles around, turns Sho over, but Sho goes for the triangle hold! Ishii powers up to stomp Sho off! Sho and Ishii throw forearms, Sho ROCKS Ishii! Sho drags Ishii back up, tucks the arms, SHOCK- NO! Ishii powers out, tanks the lariat, HEADBUTT and ENZIGURI! SLIDING D!! Cover, TWO!?! Sho survives and the fans are thunderous!
Ishii drags Sho back up while everyone else brawls outside. Ishii suplexes Sho for the BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Ishii’s team wins!!
Winners: Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)
Chaos brought Chaos to a new level, but in the end, the champions keep their belts! And Ishii offers Sho a handshake in respect. Sho takes it, showing Chaos is still united! How will each of the heavyweights of the faction fair inside the G1?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado!
The top two teams to come out of the four team round robin must battle again! Will the Timebomb and Black Mask get back at the Heel Master and Namajague while also bringing the titles to LIJ? Or will Kanemaru and Desperado have new tricks up their sleeves?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and one way or another, new champions will be crowned!
The teams sort out, and while Desperado calls out Hiromu, Hiromu has him wait. After the LIJ fist bump, it’s Bushi starting against Kanemaru! The fans rally already as the two stare down and circle. They tie up, Kanemaru kicks low and then boots Hiromu off the apron! Kanemaru clubs Bushi and runs, but Hiromu gets in! They both hurdle Kanemaru, Bushi kicks and Hiromu dropkicks Kanemaru out! Desperado gets in, Bushi kicks him first. LIJ whips Despy, mule kick, dropkick and basement dropkick! Bushi stomps Kanemaru, takes off his shirt and uses it to choke Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands, Bushi turns Kanemaru into a neckbreaker! Cover, but Red Shoes insists on getting the shirt out first.
Bushi tags Hiromu, Hiromu stomps Kanemaru and drags him up to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS Kanemaru more, Kanemaru falls against ropes, and Hiromu whips him to ropes. Kanemaru holds ropes, boots bakc, but Hiromu throws forearms. Hiromu runs but into a dropkick! Desperado goes after Bushi and whips him into railing! Kanemaru brings Hiromu up to throw him out, and POST him! Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, puts him on the apron and runs to BOOT Hiromu down! Hiromu is stuck upside-down and Kanemaru digs his boots in. Desperado rakes Hiromu’s eyes at the same time! Red Shoes reprimands, Suzuki-Gun lets up and Hiromu falls to the floor. Desperado hits Hiromu for good measure before the ring count begins.
Hiromu stands at 10 of 20, gets in at 14, but Kanemaru is on him with a whip. Kanemaru grabs Hiromu for a sleeper, Desperado tags in and they mug Hiromu. They both dig their boots into Hiromu at the corner, but stop at Red Shoes’ count of 4. Fans rally, Hiromu hits Desperado back but Desperado elbows him down. Desperado talks trash before he brings Hiromu up. Desperado BITES Hiromu’s forehead! Red Shoes counts, Desperado stops at 4 before putting Hiromu in the corner. Suzuki-Gun mugs Hiromu in that corner but stop at Red Shoes’ count. Desperado CHOPS Hiromu back to the corner, tags Kanemaru in, but Hiromu throws chops! They aren’t enough and Suzuki-Gun mugs him again!
Desperado hits Bushi while Kanemaru scoops Hiromu into the dragon sleeper, British Fold inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps on Hiromu with a camel clutch! Hiromu endures, Desperado keeps Bushi out, but Hiromu powers an arm out! Hiromu uses that one arm to crawl, Bushi and Desperado keep fighting, but Hiromu gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go, stomps Hiromu down and tags Desperado in. Desperado suplexes Hiromu high and hard, then covers, TWO! Fans rally behind Hiromu as Desperado talks more trash. Desperado drags Hiromu up but Hiromu throws forearms. Desperado rakes Hiromu’s eyes! Tag to Kanemaru and he stomps away on Hiromu in the corner.
Kanemaru toys with Hiromu, Hiromu chops back but Kanemaru knees and elbows him down. Kanemaru runs, but Hiromu follows, only for the shotgun dropkick to miss. Kanemaru aims from a corner, runs at Hiromu, but Hiromu blocks the kick and punch, for a modified DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, fans rally up and Hiromu crawls for the LIJ corner. Hot tag to Bushi! Bushi stomps Kanemaru, drags him up and whips but Kanemaru reverses. Bushi huricanranas Kanemaru! Desperado attacks Bushi, and Suzuki-Gun double hip him corner to corner. Bushi boots Desperado, elbows Kanemaru, and double missile dropkicks them both! Bushirooni and the fans fire up! Bushi drags Kanemaru up, counters the clothesline into a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans keep rallying as Bushi kicks Kanemaru around. Bushi drags Kanemaru up, no Fisherman Screw and Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs into a dropkick! Bushi builds speed but Desperado trips him up! Desperado plays innocent as Bushi gets to a corner. Kanemaru runs in and boots Bushi! Kanemaru scoops and goes for another British Fall but Bushi counters to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he drags Kanemaru up to a fireman’s carry. Kanemaru fights out, Bushi elbows him away, but Bushi runs into a dropkick to the legs! Both men are down, Kanemaru crawls and tags Desperado. Desperado stomps Bushi’s legs, drags him up and lifts. Bushi fights out of the shin breaker but Desperado corner clotheslines him.
Desperado runs but Bushi boots back! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Both men are down again, fans rally up and Bushi crawls to tag in Hiromu! Hiromu whips Desperado, forearms and kicks the ropes, then runs from the corner to shotgun dropkick! Fans fire up as Hiromu goes corner to corner again, for a clothesline, roll and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Hiromu drags Desperado back up. Hiromu reels Desperado in, suplexes but Desperado lands on his feet and kicks back. Desperado runs, Hiromu follows but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Desperado SPEARS Hiromu down! Desperado drags Hiromu up, Kanemaru adds the dropkick to the back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Desperado grows frustrated but Kanemaru attacks Bushi. Fans rally up, Desperado drags Hiromu up, and he hooks Hiromu up. Hiromu fights out, Desperado just spins him around, but Hiromu escapes again! Hiromu waistlocks, Desperado breaks free, and Desperado dodges the superkick to spin Hiromu to a backslide. Hiromu slips off, Desperado underhooks but no Pinche! Bushi enziguris Desperado down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi but Hiromu SUPERKICKS Kanemaru! Hiromu dodges Desperado’s punch to waistlock, they both duck and Bushi sunset flips, SUNSET GERMAN! Fans fire up as LIJ drags Desperado back up. Double wheelbarrow but Kanemaru attacks!
Kanemaru runs, into ENZIGURI SUPERKICK! Hiromu shotguns Kanemaru out, Bushi DIVES! Direct hit sends Kanemaru into railing! Hiromu fires up and drags Desperado up. Desperado pokes eyes and reels Hiromu into EL ES CULERO! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Desperado kicks and uppercuts. Desperado runs into Hiromu’s LARIAT! Fans fire up again as Hiromu grits his teeth. Hiromu fires up, drags Desperado up to a fireman’s carry, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Desperado survives but LIJ isn’t deterred. They drag Desperado up, suplex to NECKBREAKER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Desperado writhes but LIJ double wheelbarrow. L A T!! Cover, Kanemaru drags Red Shoes out!
Kanemaru attacks Bushi then Hiromu, but runs into double hip toss! Kanemaru lands on his feet, pushes Bushi into Hiromu and enziguris Bushi down! Hiromu kicks and runs, into pop up atomic drop! Kanemaru grabs his bottle of whiskey! BOTTLE SMASH!! Kanemaru tells Desperado to get going, and Kanemaru gets Red Shoes up. Desperado drags Hiromu up and Kanemaru keeps Bushi out. Desperado underhooks Hiromu’s arms, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, but Bushi pushes past Kanemaru to break it! That was so close! Kanemaru gives Bushi TOUCH OUT!! The twisting brain buster takes Bushi down!
Fans rally up but Kanemaru drags Hiromu up. Kanemaru shouts for Desperado and Desperado fires up, to DECK Hiromu!! Desperado isn’t done, he drags Hiromu back up. PINCHE LOCO AGAIN!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)
NJPW has Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions again! Suzuki-Gun revels in the moment, but Kanemaru’s favorite drink might have something to do with it! Desperado gets the mic to speak. “Did you two punks think you could beat us?” “Nobu” was basically beating them both up 2v1. He probably didn’t even need Desperado. Oi, Hiromu. Desperado wants it to be more fun. He wants “motto. Motto! That’s enough of that.” Desperado vows to never say anything fans want to hear. Desperado tells Hiromu and Bushi that they’re done with LIJ, and that LIJ will never get another shot at these belts again. But Kanemaru isn’t done, he throws Bushi out of the ring! And then boots the Young Lions away so he can drag Hiromu back up.
Desperado takes his belt, to CLOBBER Hiromu!! Guess this is how Suzuki-Gun shows gratitude. Suzuki-Gun has the NEVER Openweight Championship, the IWGP Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! Will they all reign over NJPW with iron fists?
What great tag title matches here. Chaos VS Chaos II was a lot of fun, but I had a feeling Hashi’s half would win. You don’t give the titles to the guy who waited for 12 years and then just take it away in a few months. I hope Hashi and his team carry those belts all the way to WrestleKingdom 15. And all but Sho is in the G1, but I really only see Okada making it all that far. The Junior Heavyweight Tag title match was great, definitely better than from 9/9/20, but I’m actually surprised Suzuki-Gun wins. They used all the tricks to do it, and now Suzuki-Gun has so much gold. Desperado and Kanemaru could face any number of opponents here, which is what they’re implying with that promo. But I feel like LIJ might come back for more on the way to WrestleKingdom, forcing Desperado and Kanemaru to accept a challenge.
My Score: 8.3/10
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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