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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (10/15/20)

Is Joseph Conners worthy?

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NEW NXT UK

NXT UK’s champion and challenger are in action!

Before their epic battle for the title, Walter and Ilja Dragunov do battle in a tag team match, with Wolfe and Pete Dunne by their sides! Plus, the Proper British Heavyweight and the Righteous Killer battle it out in the British Rounds Heritage Cup!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Opening Round: Dave Mastiff VS Joseph Conners; Mastiff wins and advances to the next round.
  • Isla Dawn VS Piper Niven; Niven wins.
  • Imperium VS Ilja Dragunov & Pete Dunne; Dragunov & Dunne win.

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NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Opening Round: Dave Mastiff VS Joseph Conners!

That’s right, the Bomber and the Righteous open things with this British Rounds battle! Who proves they are worthy of the semifinals?

The bell rings and the first of six three-minute rounds begins! Conners and Mastiff circle and Mastiff wants a handshake. Conners is not a good sport so he refuses. They tie up, Mastiff puts Conners in a corner but gives a break at the count of 3. They go again, go around and Conners puts Mastiff on the ropes. The ref calls for another break, Conners pushes Mastiff as he backs off. Mastiff and Conners go again, tie up and Conners waistlocks. Mastiff pries free, wrenches the arm to a wristlock, but Conners rolls and rolls and rolls, only for Mastiff to wrench him again. Conners grabs at hair but Mastiff twists the wrist. Conners wrenches, elbow breakers and wristlocks. Conners shifts to get a different angle but Mastiff arm-drags free hard! Conners backs away to a corner as the studio audience cheers.

Conners and Mastiff tie up again, go around, and Conners gets the wrench to a hammerlock. Mastiff slaps at Conners but Conners twists harder. Mastiff turns around, back drops Conners up and over but Conners holds onto the arm! Conners wants a sunset flip, Mastiff stays up to drop down! Conners avoids being squashed and manages to ghost pin Mastiff, TWO! Less than a minute and Conners wrenches to a lariat! Mastiff stays up so Conners lariats again! Conners wrenches, Mastiff reels him in for a proper back drop! And then a toss, to a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Thirty seconds left and Mastiff has Conners in a corner. Mastiff whips Conners corner to corner hard and Conners drops!

Mastiff brings him up but Conners throws body shots. Mastiff ROCKS Conners with a European Uppercut but 10 seconds left! Conners stays away and is saved by the bell!

Mastiff: 0; Conners: 0

The ref keeps the peace during the 20 second break. Conners is seething but the second round begins! The two circle with the new three minutes, then tie up. Mastiff headlocks, Conners throws body shots and powers out but Mastiff runs him over! Conners backs away to a corner as Mastiff eggs him on. Conners gets up, circles with Mastiff and gets the arm. Mastiff waistlocks against it but Conners pries free. Mastiff shifts to a headlock but Conners tries to power out. Mastiff holds on to snapmare Conners down, then speeds things up. Conners drops, comes up and RAMS into Mastiff! Conners runs but Mastiff runs him over! Cover, TWO! Mastiff keeps on Conners with a cording hold and some body shots. Conners tries to facelock in return but Mastiff cranks on the arm.

They fight for control, Mastiff arm-drags Conners down and still has the cording. Conners endures, kicks at Mastiff, but Mastiff cranks the arm and slaps Conners down. Conners is up with a minute left and he gets around to spin and whip Mastiff. Mastiff reverses, Conners goes up and over and then slides under, shove and Thesz Press, that Mastiff makes a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Conners survives but Mastiff keeps on him! Mastiff CLUBS Conners on the back, brings him around for EuroUppers, but we’re under 20 seconds now! They’re on the ropes, the ref calls for the break but Conners SLAPS Mastiff! And SLAPS him again! Mastiff SLAPS Conners out of the ring! Less than 10 seconds, and Conners stays out until the end. Again, he is saved by the bell.

Mastiff: 0; Conners: 0

Another 20 second rest, and we begin again! Conners rushes Mastiff with haymakers so Mastiff gives back forearms! Mastiff ROCKS Conners, Conners is in the ropes but the ref wants Mastiff to stay back. Mastiff grabs at Conners but he finally lets off. The ref calls for a KNOCKOUT!?

Winner: Dave Mastiff, by Knockout; advances to the semifinals

Mastiff still wants to show respect but the ref has the medic check on Conners first. Conners tried to throw hands with the Bomber and he couldn’t keep up. Will the Proper British Heavyweight steamroll his way to the Heritage Cup?

 

NXT UK hears from Jordan Devlin.

“So I’ve been a pro-wrestler now for 18 years. That’s two-thirds of my life I dedicated to this sport. That’s 18 years of grafting, struggling and sacrificing to prove that I’m the best in the world at what I do. That’s exactly what I did this year at Worlds Collide in Houston.” The Irish Ace won the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and still holds his copy of the belt. Every sacrifice he had made was all worth it. Just put it down to bad luck for things to turn out how they have, with the world freezing.

But it was on WWE’s The Bump that Devlin saw William Regal’s announcement to “have a glorified #1 contender’s tournament for MY championship. But it gets worse. Because I started to notice there was a change in the branding.” It became “Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion,” then just, “THE NXT Cruiserweight Champion.” Devlin started to wonder if they thought he wouldn’t notice. Devlin makes it clear he is “not one of these little stooges you see running in ‘Property of Performance Center’ T-shirts. Jordan Devlin is the property of absolutely no one!” He is the self-made, pound-for-pound, absolutely best pro-wrestler on this PLANET!

“This goes out to every man under 205 on the roster! See this here? This belongs to me! Until you tap me out, until you pin my shoulders to the mat, that little replica title over there doesn’t mean a thing!” He has the REAL Cruiserweight Championship of the world, and if you want it back, send someone to come take it from him! The Irish Ace is ready to fight and prove who is the real champion of Cruiserweight wrestling! Will Santos Escobar have something to say about that?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

How is he doing being back? But Ashton Smith is there, too! Why is he wearing the NXT UK shirt? Looking a little too tasty. Says the guy who’s dressed more like Pretty Deadly. Hey, now! Don’t insult him. You know how he feels about them. Speaking of, they were talking to Eddie Dennis. The best part, Carter is facing Dennis next week! And he’s always wanted to hit a headmaster in the head. #ReadyAndForward! #AlwaysForward! But will Carter really be ready for the Welsh Dragon’s own return to the ring?

 

Isla Dawn VS Piper Niven!

It was pretty clear last week, that while Kay Lee Ray is NXT UK Women’s Division Enemy #1, there’s not a lot of love in the locker room. The Witch Witch of Scotland and Piper the Viper brawled within the giant brawl that closed the show, who finishes the fight here tonight?

The bell rings and Isla circles with Piper. They tie up, go around, and Piper gets the arm to pull on the wrist and elbow. Isla stays up, Piper wrenches to the wristlock but Isla rolls and spins to get the wrench. Piper powers through to get the knuckle lock and she twists the wrist. Piper and Isla lock up, Isla rolls back to wrench the wrists. Isla brings Piper to her knees and stomps the hands! Isla goes for a top wristlock but Piper powers it around and whips Isla to a corner. Isla goes up, under, and comes back to headlock. Isla throws EuroUppers over and over then headlocks again. Piper powers up and pries free to get the top wristlock. Piper wrangles Isla to the mat and then shifts to an armlock. Isla moves around, sits up but Piper shifts to a cobra clutch!

Isla kicks and flails, fights up and pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Piper thrashes Isla around, spins her out and reels her in for a shoulder ram! Then the cobra clutch is back on! Isla endures, tries to push back but Piper cranks on the hold. Isla grabs at hair, Piper ripcords her out but Isla rolls to roll Piper up! TWO, Isla runs but Piper runs her over! Piper TOSSES Isla across the way and Isla scrambles to ropes! Piper is after her again with another TOSS! And a back senton, but she misses as Isla moves! Isla walks into Piper’s headbutt, then Piper whips Isla to run her over again! Piper whips Isla again, and this time headbutts her down! Piper whips again, Isla hurdles and EuroUppers to the back! Isla clubs away on Piper, brings her to her knees and then clubs her to the mat!

Isla drags Piper up for more, but Piper throws body shots back. Piper backs Isla down, whips and throws Isla, but Isla dropkicks! Piper comes back with the SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Isla survives but Piper clubs her and throws forearms. Isla hits back but Piper clubs her again! And again and again! Piper brings Isla around, scoop, but Isla slips out to kick legs out! Isla mule kicks, KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Piper stays up but Isla BUZZSAWS, only for Piper to block! Isla powers through to RAM Piper into the mat! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives but Isla clubs away on her more! Isla stomps Piper then drags her back up. Piper blocks the whip, Isla throws forearms, but Piper whips Isla to a corner! Piper runs in, Isla dodges and Piper hits buckles!

Isla goes to the far side, Piper hurries over but Isla leaps for a METEORA! But she tumbles away! She has to hurry back to the cover, TWO!! Piper survives but Isla is on her again! Isla drags Piper up, dragon sleepers with the behind the back hold! Isla definitely learned that from mentor, Aleister Black! Piper flails, slaps at Isla, fights up to her feet, and throws elbows to get Isla off her! Piper reels Isla in, DANGEROUS SAIDO! Isla ends up in the corner, Piper CANNONBALLS! Piper drags Isla back up, scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Piper wins!

Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall

The Viper Piper Driver finishes Isla off, yet Isla seems to smile. Is this just the beginning of a rivalry between these two Scottish lass kickers?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Kenny Williams.

The Lucky Yin is the wild card in the Heritage Cup, but how is he preparing for Trent Seven? “This is the best facility in the UK.” Kenny is training as hard as he can and has Amir Jordan helping him. He has never been more prepared in his life! Amir has Kenny push the weight sled and motivates him as the future Heritage Cup champion! He’s got this! Woo!

 

NXT UK gives an update on Flash Morgan Webster.

After being attacked backstage, The Modfather is under medical care and is not cleared to compete. Will we find out who attacked him? Is it the same culprit that attacked Mark Andrews earlier this year?

 

NXT UK hears from Trent Seven.

“Of course I’m confident in my abilities. However, there’s no denying the fact that I have never in my entire life, done a Rounds match.” Is that going to be a negative? A positive? Is he going to be so enthusiastic and tear the house down? Hopefully. But he will give it his all. “The crows feet might be getting a little bit bigger. The wrinkles might be getting a little bit deeper. And maybe there’s a few more miles on the ol’ clunker. Maybe the depth of those lines and those extra miles, maybe that’s the little thing that I’ve got that will make the difference.” This old dog can learn new tricks. Seven has a chance to be the first ever person to raise the cup. This isn’t the one he will chase. He has to write his own name on that trophy. He needs that trophy. Seven and Williams are the final opening round match, who makes it to the semifinals?

 

Imperium VS Ilja Dragunov & Pete Dunne!

The Ring General still has his Dresden Hatchet Man with him, and they are trying to cut down the Moscow Madman before he can challenge for the championship! But will the Bruiserweight make all the difference in this battle?

There’s a lot of tension but the ref gets the teams to sort out. Wolfe and Dunne start and circle. They tie up, Wolfe gets inside to fireman’s carry but Dunne drags Wolfe down to an armlock! Dunne bends the arm around to a hammerlock and keeps it down with a leg as he gets the other arm! Dunne tortures the fingers, Wolfe gets up and around to headlock. Dunne powers out, drops down and hurdles, then drops down again to CLOBBER Wolfe! Wolfe scrambles away and tags in Walter! Walter and Dunne meet again after a long time from their UK Championship match. They tie up, Walter powers Dunne to a corner but Dunne pushes back! The ref has them break clean and the two circle again.

Walter and Dunne tie up, Walter headlocks and throws Dunne! Dunne pops right up and circles with Walter again. They tie up, Walter hip tosses Dunne down to an armlock. Dunne throws body shots but Walter shifts to a cording hold. Dunne kicks and scrapes at Walter but Walter wrenches and brings Dunne around for a standing armbar. Dunne endures, rolls, kips up and handsprings to break free and headscissor! Walter runs back at Dunne, into a takedown! Dunne wants the armbar, but goes for a short arm scissor instead! Walter endures, fights, moves around but Dunne cranks harder! Walter is frustrated but he clubs the legs. Dunne stomps Walter from that position, holds on as Walter moves around, but Walter dead lifts Dunne up! Dunne sunset flips through, TWO!

Dunne ducks a chop but Walter avoids the enziguri! Dunne handsprings back up and the two stare down. Ilja says he doesn’t want to wait any longer! Dunne shrugs and tags Ilja in! Champion and challenger circle, tie up and Walter headlock takeovers! Ilja fights back, cranks Walter back with the chinbar, but Walter sits up to trap an arm. Ilja fights, kicks around, gets up, and he powers out of the headlock, only for Walter to run him over! Ilja is back up, Walter headlocks again for another takeover! Ilja keeps his shoulders up, pushes Walter’s face, but Walter powers Ilja down. Walter smothers Ilja but Ilja fights his way back up. Ilja powers Walter to a corner, Walter turns it around and the ref calls for a break. Walter CHOPS Ilja as he lets off! Ilja SLAPS, Walter SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight!

Walter headlocks to another takeover but Ilja keeps his shoulders up again. Ilja and Walter struggle against the other, Ilja throws forearms as he can. Ilja fights up, Walter grinds the headlock but Ilja powers out and ROCKS Walter at the ropes! Ilja runs, but leaps into Walter’s arms for a SLAM! Walter KICKS Ilja, CHOPS Dunne off the apron for good measure, then LEAPS for the seated senton! Ilja gasps from being squashed but Walter tags in Wolfe. Wolfe covers, TWO! Wolfe stomps Ilja, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Wolfe throws EuroUpper after EuroUpper, then reels Ilja into a cobra clutch, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Wolfe drags Ilja back up for a chinbar and half nelson but Ilja endures. Ilja fights up, elbows out but Wolfe throws body shots.

Wolfe bumps Ilja off buckles, whips corner to corner just to YANK on the arm! Ilja clutches the shoulder while Wolfe talks trash. Wolfe brings Ilja up, whips and YANKS the arm again! Ilja flips inside-out from that one and Wolfe covers, TWO! Tag to Walter, Imperium drags Ilja up for a CHOP! Walter drags Ilja back up, scoop and slams him again, then tags Wolfe back in. Wolfe scrapes soles on Ilja’s face, brings Ilja up and yanks the arm. Ilja kicks back, spins through and spinning CHOPS! Back senton, but onto knees! ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Ilja lives and Wolfe is shocked! Wolfe waistlocks, drags Ilja up but Ilja fights off the German Suplex! Ilja arm-drags Wolfe off, Wolfe BOOTS but Ilja CHOPS! Ilja steps through, misses the kick and clotheslines collide!

Wolfe forearms, Ilja ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and the audience fires up! Hot tags to Walter and Dunne! The Bruiserweight ROCKS Walter, hits a big corner enziguri, then goes up to missile dropkick the leg! Walter stays up but hobbles, and he elbows Dunne’s waistlock away. Dunne side steps, REBOUND GERMANS! And he STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Dunne stays on Walter with a BOOT! And DANIELSON STOMPS! To an ARMBAR! Walter clasps hands but Dunne is after the fingers! Walter turns over, Dunne resists the cover so Walter just STOMPS him down! Walter drags Dunne up, runs, but Dunne swats his clothesline away! Dunne CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Walter is in the corner, Dunne whips but Walter reverses.

Dunne goes up and over but Walter gets under, to come back with a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Dunne gets blasted to the other corner! Both Dunne and Walter are down but crawling. Hot tags to Wolfe and Ilja! Ilja swings, misses but comes back with a LARIAT! Wolfe ends up in a corner, Ilja runs in to KNEE him down! Ilja goes up top fast to FLYING KNEE DROP! Wolfe flounders, Ilja fires up, but Wolfe fights off the suplex. Wolfe uppercuts, runs but Ilja goes Matrix to avoid the boot! Ilja steps through, KNEES and then Gotch lifts for the SLAM! Cover with a bridge, TWO!! Wolfe survives but Ilja keeps that fire burning! Ilja goes back up top, leaps, but has to roll through sa Wolfe moves. Wolfe comes back, CALF KICK! Wolfe suplexes but Ilja slips out and shoves.

Wolfe EuroUppers, Ilja 6-1-LINES!! The Constantine Special hits! Cover, TWO!! The audience fires up as both men are down again. Walter and Dunne return, Ilja rises and stalks Wolfe. Ilja reels Wolfe in, Wolfe fights off the Gotch suplex but Dunne tags in. Ilja dodges Wolfe, Ilja and Dunne combine KNEE and ENZIGURI! Dunne drags Wolfe out, X-PLEX! Dunne DECKS Walter while Ilja hits the SUPER SENTON! Cover, TWO!?! Wolfe survives but Dunne keeps his focus. Dunne STOMPS the hands, Wolfe ducks the buzzsaw to shove and BOOT Dunne back! Wolfe drags Dunne up, Dunne grabs ropes, but Walter uses his lengthy limbs to get a tag! Walter CHOPS Dunne, Wolfe GERMAN SUPLEXES! Walter is up top, and LEAPS, into a TRIANGLE HOLD!!

Ilja intercepts Wolfe and clubs him over and over! Dunne elbows Walter, Walter dead lifts Dunne as Wolfe drags Ilja down! Wolfe has a rear naked choke, Walter POWERBOMBS Dunne onto Ilja and Wolfe!! The Ring General’s soldier becomes a part of the casualties! Everyone is down, Wolfe flops out of the ring. Dunne and Walter rise, the old rivals still wanting to fight! Walter eggs Dunne on as he kicks at him. Dunne gets up, Walter swings but into an enziguri! Dunne goes out, Ilja tags in, Dunne MOONSAULTS Wolfe down! Ilja rises up, aims at Walter, COAST2COAST into a CHOP!!! Walter gives Ilja the WALTER BOMB!! High stack, but Dunne drags Walter off! Wolfe returns but Dunne dumps him out! Dunne goes out with Wolfe, Walter drags Ilja back up. GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!?! Ilja survives and Walter is furious!

Walter rises back up and eggs Ilja on. Walter KICKS Ilja down and talks more trash. Walter sits Ilja up just to SLAP him! Ilja gets up, Walter CHOPS him again! The only reason Ilja stays up as long as he does is because Walter has his arm! Walter stands Ilja back up to CHOP! Ilja SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS back! Walter SLAPS Ilja, Ilja rebounds to LARIAT!! Cover, Wolfe breaks it!! Dunne has Wolfe’s hands! Dunne has the fingers but WOlfe kicks free! WOlfe lifts, Dunne slips out to pump handle, BITTER END! Walter BOOTS Dunne down! Ilja BOOTS Walter! Ilja has the Gotch hold, Walter pries free and CHOPS again! Ilja wobbles, Walter goes for the sleeper hold but Ilja blocks it off! Ilja turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP Walter!

Ilja spins through, hammerlocks and KNEES, KNEES, KNEES! DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Ilja fires up, drags Walter in, GOTCH LIFT SUPLEX!! Ilja is ready, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But Wolfe anchors his foot! Dunne grabs Wolfe’s fingers to SNAP them!! And then he whips Wolfe HARD into barriers! Ilja fights Walter off, leaps, but Walter grabs him for the sleeper! Ilja fights the hold off, Walter CHOPS him on the back, and hits a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Ilja rises?! Ilja runs, TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Cover, Ilja and Dunne WIN!!

Winners: Ilja Dragunov & Pete Dunne, by pinfall

For the first time in the WWE, Walter has been pinned!! Does this signify the end of the Ring General’s reign?! Will NXT UK be UNBESIEGBAR?!


My Thoughts:

What a great episode, for the go-home to the title match! Opening with the British Rounds Heritage Cup match was definitely a sign this was going to be great. I all but called Mastiff VS Conners being a knockout decision, and Mastiff winning is big for him. Conners seems to always be on the receiving end of things, I wonder what he does in retaliation. Seven and Williams have great promos, though Seven’s is done better. As good as Williams is, I like the story being that Seven needs this. Tyler Bate was the inaugural champion, Pete Dunne was the second and longest reigning, the most Seven has had is a tag title reign with Bate that only lasted so long. Now, Seven VS Conners would’ve been great for desperation VS desperation, but maybe Seven having to find a way to overcome a mountain in Mastiff is an even more compelling match, given this has a time limit.

Niven VS Dawn was a great match, especially with the new aggression from both women, namely Isla. Piper gets a good win to rebound from losing to KLR, but we all know KLR VS Jinny is next. Maybe with Toni Storm sticking around in NXT America, Piper gets winner after KLR VS Jinny, and that still makes for good story and matches. I was surprised to see Jordan Devlin have a vignette. He had great fire as he finally pointed out he never lost his Cruiserweight title, that he wants after whoever is called champion in NXT America, and that he’s on his way back. For those keeping track, Devlin was named in the big #SpeakingOut chunk of UK wrestlers, but this story finally happening is a good sign that he was not found guilty. Devlin VS Escobar, Devlin VS Swerve, Devlin VS anyone right now is going to be great stuff.

And the main event was incredible! It was a tag match but it felt like it was for the UK Championship already! Everyone looked great given all the history between all four, and I was really surprised Dunne and Dragunov. I’m even more surprised it was Dragunov pinning Walter, not Wolfe. Or even Dunne pinning Wolfe just to keep things neutral between champion and challenger. But in the end, challenger pins champion ahead of the match, I have a bad feeling the math says Walter retains. I would love if NXT UK would do the opposite, because if not now with Ilja, then who could it be that dethrones Walter?

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW Royal Quest II

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin 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?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Yo! Listen!

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?

Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!

Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.

Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.

Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!

Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!

Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!

Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.

“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.

“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!

The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.

Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?

But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!

These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?

The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!

Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!

Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.

Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.

Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.

Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!

Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?

 

AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.

As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”

Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!

Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!

“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!

 

Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!

LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.

Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!

Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.

Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!

Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!

The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!

Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!

Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

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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