AEW isn’t superstitious, they’re giving us a Dark thirteen!
Dark rises back up and gives us a baker’s dozen! THIRTEEN matches in one night, but that’s not bad luck! Who shines brightest in the Dark?
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS BSHP King, Joey O’Riley & Sean Maluta; The Gunn Club wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Travis Titan; Starks wins.
- Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Marko Stunt w/ Jurassic Express; Janela wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Griff Garrison; Kazarian wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Rahne Victoria; Ford wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS Ryzin; Cutler wins.
- Tesha Price VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Team TNT; Jurassic Express wins.
- The Acclaimed VS D3 & Angel Fashion; The Acclaimed win.
- Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Alex Gracia; Ivelisse wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Lindsay Snow; Rosa wins.
- Big Swole VS KiLynn King; Swole wins.
- Jack Evans w/ Angelico VS Christopher Daniels w/ Frankie Kazarian; Evans wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS BSHP King, Joey O’Riley & Sean Maluta!
The Gunn Club keeps growing! Colten, the other Son of a Gunn, joins brother Austin and father Billy in the ring for the first time in AEW! Will it be a family celebration to kick off Dark?
The trios sort out and after rock paper scissors, Colten starts against Maluta. Fans cheer as Maluta and Colten tie up. They go around and Colten uses his height to put Maluta in a corner. Colten lets off and Maluta comes out to circle with him. They tie up, Maluta headlocks and wrenches to a wristlock. Maluta cranks on the wrist but Colten wrenches back. Colten has a wristlock but Maluta pulls hair to put Colten in a corner. The ref counts, Maluta lets off but Colten dodges and arm-drags him down! Austin is fired up for his brother but Maluta powers up and puts Colten on ropes. Maluta throws body shots and forearms then whips, but Colten runs him over! Austin fires up again as things speed up, and Colten blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Colten dropkicks Maluta down then covers, TWO!
Billy warns Maluta’s team to stay put and Colten wrenches Maluta. Tag to Austin and Austin clubs the arm. Tag to Billy, they wrench and club the arm again. Billy wrenches, tags Austin back in and Austin clubs Maluta’s arm. Austin wrenches, Maluta knees low, tag to O’Riley. O’Riley runs into a drop toehold! Austin headlocks, O’Riley wrenches out and whips but Austin reverses. Things speed up, Austin trips O’Riley then hits the throwback! But O’Riley gets away before Austin can cover! Austin goes back to his corner but O’Riley slides in to tag in King. Austin dares King to bring it on, but Billy tags in.
Billy circles with King and they tie up. Billy powers King to a corner but King turns things around. The ref counts, King lets off but kicks low! King throws forearms then talks trash but Billy ROCKS King with right hands! Billy runs but Maluta gets a cheap shot in! Billy DECKS Maluta, then dodges King, double clotheslines take both men down! Fans rally up as both men sit up. Billy and King find their corners, hot tags to Austin and O’Riley! Austin rallies and then BLASTS O’Riley with an uppercut! Cover, Maluta breaks it! Colten throws Maluta out and brings Maluta up to throw him into railing! Austin hits the QUICK DRAW! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
The Gunn Club win their first ever trios match in AEW! Will this be just the first of many now that Billy and his sons are all elite?
But while O’Riley still flounders in the ring, LANCE ARCHER shows up! Jake the Snake has the mic as the Murderhawk Monster gets in the ring. O’Riley gets up, and Archer CHOKE SLAMS him out onto King and Maluta!! Jake says “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord, my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take.” That’s a great sentiment if you believe it. But believe this: The Lord has your soul, but your ass belongs to Archer! So what do you do? Only a fool jumps into a volcano or off a tall building. And only a fool gets in the ring with Archer. Archer says life and death is a very touchy subject in 2020.
But Archer has a fun story. Life once asked Death, “Why do people hate you, but love me?” Death responded that Life is the beautiful lie and death is the painful truth. The painful truth in AEW is that this will keep happening week after week until they get the message and understand that what Archer does is more dangerous than anything anyone else can do. Freud once said the goal of life IS death. He said #EverybodyDies long before Archer did. Archer just has to be the last to die. And he’ll lay every single person in AEW down to sleep.
Ricky Starks VS Travis Titan!
Absolute wants his shot at a title, but he has to keep on winning to get one! Will Starks be a nightmare for the #BigDreamer standing in his way?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Starks waistlocks and slams but Titan slips out to get an arm. Starks slips out to return the armlock and even push down on Titan’s head. Titan fights his way up, wrenches to an elbow breaker then a wristlock. Starks throws a forearm and a CHOP! Starks has Titan in a corner, puts him on ropes to uppercut! Starks whips, Titan slides under but Starks deflects the dropkick. Starks runs but Titan side steps to waistlock. Starks blocks the German, elbows Titan away then rushes in. Titan dodges, springboards but flops! Starks basement BOOTS Titan down, then swaggers around as Titan goes to a corner. Fans cheer for Starks as he drags Titan up and snapmares to KICK in the back! Starks drags Titan back up but Titan hits back!
Titan runs at Starks in a corner but Starks BOOTS him down! Starks brings Titan around to hit a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Starks argues the count but he brings Titan up to ram him into a corner! Starks rams his shoulder in then goes to buckle bump but Titan blocks! Titan elbows, Starks CHOPS! Titan blocks the bump again, throws elbows and forearms, then spins Starks around to ROCK him with a right! Titan swings but into a BIG back suplex! Starks says it is time and he walks all over Titan before he air guitars. Starks strikes a pose, brings Titan up and runs, runs and SPEARS! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
He didn’t even need Roshambeaux! Starks tackles Titan down and is surely headed up the ranks. Will Starks absolutely be in line for a title shot?
Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Marko Stunt w/ Jurassic Express!
The Bad Boy is raring to get back in action so that he and the Concrete Rose can get back on the road to the top of the tag division! But in his way is a Fun Size speed bump! Will Janela get back in the groove of things?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Stunt gets around to roll Janela up, TWO! Janela says to hold on a second but Stunt wants to keep going. Janela offers a handshake, Stunt takes it, and Janela wrings Stunt out! But Stunt rolls through and stomps Janela’s foot! It doesn’t hurt right away, and Stunt runs to tilt-o-whirl. Janela throws him off and runs Stunt over! Janela swaggers about but Stunt gets up to dropkick and dropkick! Janela gets to a corner, Stunt adds another dropkick! Stunt runs to CANNONBALL! Cover, ONE! Janela bails out, Stunt rallies the fans and builds speed, but then stops as Janela ducks. Stunt then springboards, but Janela blocks the DDT to swing Stunt around before hitting the suplex! Janela puts Stunt in the ring, covers, ONE!
Janela argues the count but it was fair. Fans rally up as Janela drags Stunt up. Janela hits a BRAIN BUSTER! Janela soaks up all the cheers and jeers as he goes back to Stunt. Janela brings Stunt up for another BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, ONE!! Stunt is steaming but so is Janela. Fans rally up, Janela DECKS Stunt with a forearm! Janela drags Stunt back up, but Stunt flips through to SPIKE RANA! Janela flops out of the ring and fans fire up for Stunt. Stunt goes to the apron, leaps and DRAGON RANAS! But Stunt’s ankle gets hit in the landing! Stunt hobbles and gets Janela in, covers, TWO!
Fans continue to rally and Stunt fires himself up. Stunt goes to the apron, climbs up the corner, but Janela GAMANGIRIS hard! Janela climbs up, fireman’s carries Stunt but Stunt fights with elbows! Janela still gets Stunt up for a SUPER CRADLE SHOCK!! Cover, Janela wins!
Winner: Joey Janela, by pinfall
The Bad Boy did Stunt dirty there, but it’s what he had to do to win! Janela goes to Stunt and shows him respect by helping him up. No hard feelings here, and everyone moves on. Will Jersey’s Finest be heading towards the tag titles? Will Stunt be able to continue alongside Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus?
AEW presents The Waiting Room!
Rebel/Reba says, “Everyone smile!” AEW’s first ever talk show debuts here on Dark! “The doctor will see you now.” THE Role Model and the face of the AEW Women’s Division, it is BRITT BAKER! Britt walks in and the “studio audience,” which is mostly the talent scheduled for tonight’s Dark, applauds. Britt thanks them and says she’s blushing. Thank you so much. This is a big night for her. First of all, did everyone catch the huge AEW Games announcement? There is so much to look forward to with those, and hopefully everyone loved the picture from the AEW Games kickoff, where it was “a group of extraordinary, talented individuals with endless potential, worth millions,” and Aubrey Edwards.
Rebel has quite the obvious laugh, but Britt says let’s get serious. Britt will not avoid the hot topics here. “At AEW Full Gear, Eddie Kingston’s fairy tale came to an end.” The carriage turned into a pumpkin, and he lost the match. What could have happened if Kingston prepared as much for the match as he prepared his eyebrows, and then tried to become the Green Power Ranger. Britt then turns to congratulating the Young Bucks! Those guys worked so hard, namely on talking to TK and then getting Tully Blanchard banned from ringside for absolutely no reason so that they could STEAL the tag titles from FTR. The Bucks went from backyard to big leagues, and now as the AEW World Tag Team Champions, they can continue “killing the business.” Get your copy of their book who knows where.
Britt moves on with current events. “It’s been a very frustrating couple of weeks in the United States of America as we’ve seen refusal to accept defeat, and downright denial.” Of course she means Cody Rhodes and the AEW TNT Championship. Cody lost to Darby Allin and is now living his own American nightmare. Don’t worry, Tony Khan and the top AEW execs are working on a brand new title to hand to Cody as we speak. The only problem is, we’re going to run out of network names pretty quickly. Maybe this one will be the Cartoon Network Championship? Rebel likes that one, too.
But back to the wonderful premiere of this talk show. It is great that we treat this as a special occasion because it is. Everyone, check under your seats for a special gift! Wait, there’s nothing there. Exactly! Britt couldn’t help it, though. Life isn’t fair. And speaking of fair, Britt’s guests have been treated very unfairly, as they’re not even ranked in the AEW Top Five when they should be. Welcome Jack Evans and Angelico, TH2! Rebel gets the door and The Hybrid2 walk in. Evans tells the fans, “You’re welcome.” More applause, please. They don’t know how to act around greatness.
Britt thanks them for coming and is a big fan of theirs. But what is going on right now? What is it going to take to get TH2 to the tag team titles? “That’s easy: we’re going to make a statement.” Physical and verbal. Evans is the man, the myth, the legend. But even he has had to sit and watch Bucks make this tag division into their vanity project! But think about this: TH2 has been on Dynamite for less time than Cody’s pyro. No, wait! They’ve been on Dynamite less time than Brandi’s action figure. No, they’ve been on Dynamite less time than Brian “Pissin” Pillman Jr, and that guy who rocks the mullet! Britt has them slow down but Angelico has one more. They’ve been on Dynamite for less time than REBEL! Britt wants them to focus on the statement.
Well Evans will take that question: the punkass political posturing will not be tolerated! The teams that think they’ve brushed TH2 aside into the Dark and guided them into oblivion are sleeping on the job. Time to yank them out of bed by the hair and remind them of who they are! They will remember the sound TH2’s boots make hitting against their throats! And the first team to face this karmic retribution is none other than the Bucks’ besties, S C U!! “Those overrated pair of pricks are about to get exactly what they freakin’ deserve!” Angelico asks Britt touch him, and she taps him with a finger. Angelico starts up the Bernie lean as he exits. Britt thanks us for tuning in, see you again for your check-up in The Waiting Room.
Frankie Kazarian VS Griff Garrison!
The Heavy Metal Rebel is about to take on “that guy who rocks the mullet,” the Ivy League MVP. While we all just heard what TH2 wants to do to SCU, will Kaz be able to focus on Griff here tonight?
The bell rings and Kaz circles with Griff. They tie up, go around the ring, and Kaz headlocks. Kaz grinds Griff down then wrenches to a wristlock. Griff rolls, wrenches back to a wristlock, but Kaz rolls and drop toeholds. Kaz floats to the facelock, fans cheer the exchange as Griff gets up. Kaz wrenches again, puts Griff on ropes, then whips. Griff reverses, Kaz whips the back drop away then arm-drags! Griff comes back to arm-drag Kaz! Kaz ducks the discus to kick, knee and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kaz paces. Kaz follows Griff to a corner and CHOPS him! Griff staggers to another corner but Kaz CHOPS him again!
Kaz puts Griff in the corner, whips him corner to corner then runs to Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, dares Griff to get up, and Griff throws a forearm! Griff dares Kaz to come back, and Kaz CHOPS him! Kaz and Griff talk some trash, Griff CHOPS again! Kaz CHOPS, but Griff grits his teeth to CHOP again! Kaz ROCKS Griff with a haymaker but Griff DECKS Kaz with an elbow! Griff runs in, Kaz dodges but swings into a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up with Griff as Kaz gets to a corner. Griff runs corner to corner but Kaz goes up and sunset flips! TWO, Griff wobbles but Kaz swings. Griff whips Kaz away, Kaz ducks and dodges but Griff BOOTS Kaz down! Kaz staggers up into an atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Griff keeps his cool while Kaz gets to ropes. Kaz goes to another corner, Griff runs in, but Kaz dodges the splash! Griff ends up on the apron, he ducks Kaz’s punch but Kaz ducks Griff’s counter. Kaz slingshots Griff into the CUTTER! Kaz keeps moving while Griff staggers around. Dragon sleeper, REVERSE DDT! Cover, Kaz wins!
Winner: Frankie Kazarian, by pinfall
Griff showed promise but this is still Frankie Kazarian he’s in there with. Will Kaz make TH2 eat their words as soon as later tonight?
Penelope Ford VS Rahne Victoria!
The Superbad Wedding is still coming, but for now, the Superbad Bride is looking to climb up the ranks. Will she get another win as a wedding gift to herself?
Ford doesn’t even know who Rahne is. The bell rings and Ford BOOTS Rahne right down! Ford rains down right hands but lets up as the ref reprimands. Ford drags Rahne up, bumps her off buckles, then runs in, but Rahne dodges to roll Ford up! TWO!! Rahne runs into another kick, and then Ford snap suplexes her down! Ford insults the fans and then CLUBS Rahne on the back. Ford drags Rahne up, clubs her more, then fireman’s carries. GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Rahne survives but Ford smirks. Ford kneels on Rahne’s neck to choke her while “apologizing” to the ref! The ref sees that, Ford lets off, and then brings Rahne back up. Rahne blocks, cradles, TWO! Ford CLOBBERS Rahne for it!
Ford smirks as she brings Rahne back up, pushes her down, then kicks her. Ford drags Rahne onto the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Ford stops at 3, then brings Rahne around to YANK her into the top rope! The ref reprimands Ford but the damage is done. Ford runs and handsprings corner to corner, but Rahne dodges! Ford hits buckles but she goes after Rahne again. Rahne kicks but Ford ducks the enziguri! Rahne slides under and spins Ford around, kicks but Ford blocks! Rahne kicks free and ROUNDHOUSES Ford down! Cover, TWO!! Rahne grows frustrated, but she hammerlocks and spins Ford around. Ford slips out to ROCK Rahne with a right! Ford runs, handsprings, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Rahne survives and Ford is frustrated! Rahne hits back but Ford reels her in for a clothesline! And another! Ford shouts, “WHo is Rahne Victoria anyway?!” PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
The Superbad Girl needed to do more with Rahne than she expected, but she still got the win. Will Ford soon be number one in the rankings?
Brandon Cutler VS Ryzin!
Standing at 2-25-2, the Dungeon Master still has a long way to go before he’s a contender. Will he move up to a threepeat at the expense of the Priest of Sin?
The bell rings and Ryzin says if Cutler wants to fight, he’ll give him a fight. Ryzin then says he’s just kidding, but then he swings on Cutler! Cutler dodges to fire off haymakers! Cutler whips, Ryzin ducks and then holds ropes. Cutler runs in, slides and trips Ryzin, then slingshots for the senton! Cutler runs to LEAP for a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Ryzin grabs the rope and holds tight. Cutler asks the ref what’s up, and Ryzin gets up. Ryzin flapjack hotshots Cutler on ropes! Ryzin kicks Cutler, throws haymakers, “Hail Ryzin!” Ryzin snapmares Cutler to a chinlock but Cutler fights up. Cutler fights out, throws body shots and then runs but into a calf kick! Cover, TWO!
Ryzin is upset but he didn’t put enough pressure on Cutler. Ryzin drags Cutler up but Cutler kicks back! Ryzin haymakers, Cutler KICKS, repeat! Cutler gets the edge, Ryzin ducks one kick but not the enziguri! Cutler runs, Ryzin spins him around and reels him in for a HEADSHOT neckbreaker! Ryzin brings Cutler right back up to suplex, to a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cutler survives and Ryzin argues with the ref. The ref says it was fair but Ryzin decides to climb up top. Ryzin aims, leaps, but the swanton gets knees! Cutler gets to the corner, Ryzin runs in but into an elbow! Cutler slips out as Ryzin comes back in and he ROUNDHOUSES Ryzin away! SLINGSHOT KICK!
Cutler drags Ryzin up for a dragon sleeper suplex but Ryzin snapmares out! Cutler kicks and runs but into boots! Ryzin hops up, Cutler jumps up to KNEE Ryzin first! Then BODY SCISSOR STEINER! Cutler scoops for the T P K! Cover, Cutler wins!!
Winner: Brandon Cutler, by pinfall
Three in a row for Cutler! And “Pretty” Peter Avalon is furious at ringside in his mobile bed. Cutler rubs it in as he holds up three fingers, will he make it four next time we see him?
Tesha Price VS Leyla Hirsch!
The newest addition to AEW couldn’t outdo Big Swole in her debut, and now she’s against some #LEGIT competition! Will Tesha be the one that pays the price tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as Leyla and Tesha tie up. Leyla goes after an arm but Tesha gets away. They tie up again, go around, and Leyla throws Tesha down hard! Tesha gets up and resets with Leyla to tie up again. They go around, Tesha manages a waistlock but Leyla gets out to switch to a headlock. Leyla throws Tesha over with a takedown but Tesha gets up. Tesha powers out, Leyla stops herself with the ropes, and takes a second to steady herself. Leyla and Tesha circle, Tesha drop steps to waistlock and mat slam. Tesha shifts to the facelock, Leyla slips out to get the arms but Tesha arm-drags her away! Tesha hits a corner elbow then she tosses Leyla to the other corner! Leyla gets up to get an ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Tesha keeps on Leyla with a whip but Leyla reverses. Tesha stops herself from hitting buckles, tries to backslide but Leyla powers her into buckles now! Leyla CLUBS Tesha again and again then stomps her down! Leyla drags Tesha out to get a FUJIWARA! Tesha endures so Leyla CLUBS the shoulder! And again! Leyla drags Tesha up, kicks away at the arm, then wrings Tesha out into buckles! Fans are divided as Leyla goes ocrner to corner, but Tesha dodges the double knees! Leyla staggers from hitting buckles and Tesha jawbreakers back! Tesha fires off forearms but Leyla CLUBS away! They brawl, Tesha scoops but Leyla fights out!
Leyla shoves Tesha into buckles, Tesha dodges again then cartwheels, but her kick is blocked! Leyla GERMAN SUPLEXES Tesha away! Leyla goes up the corner and MOONSAULTS! To the ARMBAR!! Tesha taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
That was LEGIT! Will Leyla prove herself worthy of another title match sooner rather than later?
Jurassic Express VS Team TNT!
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus have been on a roll, but that could change at the drop of a hat! Will Terrence and Terrell Hughes find a way to derail a boy and his dinosaur?
The teams sort out and JB starts with Terrell. They tie up, JB gets around to waistlock then headlock but Terrell powers out. JB runs him over, then things speed up. Terrell hurdles, JB leaps over the flip to then arm-drag! And arm-drag! And dropkick! Terrence tags in but JB dodges to dropkick him! JB CHOPS, tags Luchasaurus but Terrence whips JB away. JB slides under and Luchasaurus ROUNDHOUSES Terrence down! Luchasaurus puts Terrence in a corner and CHOPS him! And ROCKS him with a right, throws body shots, then throws big knees! Luchasaurus suplexes and slams Terrence down, then looms over him. Terrence gets up and throws hands! TAIL WHIP!
Terrence wobbles, JB tags in and sees Terrence bail out. But TNT pull some #TwinMagic and JB slides at Terrell, only to be shoved into railings! Terrell puts JB in, rains down rights, but the ref reprimands. Cover, ONE, and Terrence tags back in. TNT whip JB to the corner, then Terrell whips Terrence in to ram JB! Terrell adds an elbow then feeds JB to Terrence’s OVERHEAD suplex! Terrence rams JB back into the corner, tags Terrell, and TNT stomp a mudhole in! Tag back to Terrence, and TNT whips JB to ropes. JB holds the ropes, BOOTS back then runs at Terrence. Terrence dodges but JB comes back with a LARIAT! Terrell whips JB but JB does the same LARIAT to him! JB and TNT are all down but fans fire up! JB crawls, hot tag to Luchasaurus!
Luchasaurus rallies with big shoulders and big CHOPS! Luchasaurus boots Terrell, sobats Terrence, but misses in the corner. TNT regroup but Luchasaurus LARIATS them both down! Luchasaurus fires up, choke grips each Hughes brother, but they both escape to double dropkick! JB tags in, runs, but into a double hip toss POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Terrell tags in. TNT coordinate, Terrence goes up top while Terrell scoops JB. But Luchasaurus intercepts Terrence’s leap and JB escapes! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM for Terrence, Jungle STF for Terrell! Terrell taps, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by submission
Jungle Jack Perry adds a hold to his arsenal and he keeps the team on the tracks! Will Jurassic Express’ next stop be the tag team championships?
The Acclaimed VS D3 & Angel Fashion!
Anthony Bowens and Max Caster make their entrance and it’s time to hear the newest diss track! “Yo, The Acclaimed bringin’ pain, get smacked to yo’ neck. Yo we whippin’ y’alls asses then cashin’ the check! Now you’re in Jeopardy! Every model chick wanna get with me. Every male model agency wanna book Anthony. You couldn’t get booked for a portrait of your family! Sorry, guys, this the way it had to be! D3, you’re lookin’ just goofy. Why you named after a Mighty Ducks movie? And Angel, we already caught you slippin’. Beat yo ass so bad, left your eye liner drippin’! We are who you plan to be, we are The Acclaimed. If you really think you beatin’ us, y’all’re insane!” Platinum just fired the 5 Tool Player up with that, will they make it another hit in the ring?
The teams sort out and Bowens starts with Fashion. Fashion blocks a kick, spins Bowens but Bowens counter punches! Bowens puts Fashion in a corner, stomps away, then lets off at the ref’s count. Bowens brings Fashion up, whips him to ropes and then drops to hurdle. fashion shoves Bowens, things sped up again and Fashion trips Bowens! Fashion runs to calf kick! Bowens gets to a corner, puts Fashion on the apron but Fashion enziguris back! Fashion boots Caster but Bowens kicks the legs out! Caster CLUBS Fashion while Bowens distracts the ref. Caster apron back suplexes Fashion hard! Caster gets away with it and Bowens drags Fashion in to stomp. Fans rally for Fashion but Bowens tags Caster.
The Acclaimed mug Fashion but Fashion throws body shots. Caster throws forearms and DECKS Fashion! Caster takes a bow, blows kisses, but has to hurry to keep Fashion from the corner! Caster whips, Fashion reverses but Bowens tags in. Caster sunset flips, Fashion stays up, but Bowens runs in to neckbreaker Fashion onto Caster’s knees! Bowens takes his time going to Fashion and he makes Fashion wave to the fans. Fashion swings on Boens but into a back suplex! Fashion lands on his feet, dodges and tags in D3! The Prince of Rome runs and SLING BLADES Bowens down! Bowens gets up but D3 fires off an uppercut and a neckbreaker of his own! Caster runs in but D3 dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT!
Fans fire up with D3 as he goes to the corner, handstands but Bowens drags him down to a fireman’s carry and USHIGOROSHI! Fashion tags in but he gets a mule kick! Caster goes up as Bowens BRAIN BUSTERS, MACHO ELBOW! #AcclaimToFame! Then torture rack and dropkick, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
Another smash hit for Platinum and #5SP! They kiss D3’s hand to mockingly thank him for losing, but will things continue to be as smooth as Caster’s rap game for The Acclaimed?
Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Alex Gracia!
La Sicaria is going solo this week to prove she is still a contender for the AEW Women’s World Championship. Will Ivelisse prove she should be number one to Hikaru Shida’s title?
The bell rings and Gracia gets in Ivelisse’s face. So Ivelisse elbows and CHOPS her for it! Gracia CHOPS back then knuckle locks to go up the ropes. Gracia rebounds and arm-drags Ivelisse away and fans fire up! Gracia runs ot forearm in the conrer, then goes corner to corner, but Ivelisse puts her on the apron. Gracia shoulders in, slides under, but Ivelisse holds ropes to then STOMP Gracia down! ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ivelisse grins and distracts the ref, Diamante BOOTS Gracia in! Diamante brushes her shoe off and Ivelisse LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Gracia is still in this but Ivelisse rains down furious fists!
Ivelisse soaks up the heat, drags Gracia back into a headscissor hold and squeezes tight. Fans rally as Gracia endures, but Ivelisse RAMS Gracia into the mat! Gracia endures but Ivelisse brings her around. Gracia pops out, bridges to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse has the head ‘n’ arm triangle! Gracia endures the katagatami and fights up to throw body shots! Gracia rolls Ivelisse up with a bridge, TWO! Ivelisse spins Gracia around to a slepeer, and SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Gracia survives and Ivelisse can’t believe it! Ivelisse stomps Gracia to a corner, lines up a shot, but runs into a forearm! Gracia dodges then hits a BACKSTABBER!
Ivelisse writhes, Gracia can’t make the cover but fans rally up. Gracia runs at Ivelisse and rallies with clotheslines! Gracia runs and wheelbarrows, to victory roll Ivelisse onto ropes! Fans fire up and Gracia runs, 619!! Then she sentons down! Ivelisse grabs ropes, Gracia drags her away to cover, TWO!! Ivelisse survives but Gracia keeps moving! Gracia runs but Ivelisse ducks the shining wizard to throat chop! Neckbreaker to COMPLETE SHOT! Ivelisse glares as she drags Gracia up again. Ivelisse cravats, snapmare roll and KICK! Cover, Ivelisse wins!
Winner: Ivelisse, by pinfall
Even the bit of blood from the bridge of her nose doesn’t bother her! Ivelisse and that killer kick get another win, will she and the Cuban Diamond by her side be contenders soon enough?
Thunder Rosa VS Lindsay Snow!
The former NWA Women’s World Champion is back in AEW, and wants her title back! But to get to Serena Deeb, she’ll have to climb up the ranks! Will the thunder blow away the snow tonight?
The bell rings, Rosa and Snow circle then tie up. Rosa waistlocks, throws Snow down, then squeezes tight. Snow fights up, pries free and snapmares Rosa down to an armlock. Rosa fights up, throws body shots and wrenches to a hammerlock. Rosa headlocks, hits the takeover, but Snow fights up. Snow pries free, whips Rosa to a corner but Rosa goes up and over to arm-drag Snow away! Rosa dodges Snow, rolls her up but Snow slips out. Rosa whips again, rolls Snow to a cover, ONE! Snow kicks low then whips Rosa to a corner. Snow stomps a mudhole in then shoves Rosa down for more stomps. Snow dead lift gut wrenches Rosa! Rosa dodges the enziguri and comes back with a dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Rosa keeps on Snow but Snow hits back. Snow clubs away on Rosa then gets a heel hook. Rosa stomps with her free foot and even CHOPS Snow! Snow cranks harder but Rosa moves around to get a sleeper! And body scissors! Snow endures, fans rally, Snow moves around but Rosa keeps holding on. Snow fights up, powers Rosa into buckles but Rosa still holds on! Snow powers up and carries Rosa to RAM her into the other corner! Rosa lets go, Snow fires up and runs in, but into a drop toehold! Snow hits buckles, Rosa runs corner to corner to A-List Lariat! Rosa climbs up, and swings knees in! Rosa goes corner to corner, HESITATION DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Snow is still in this but Rosa fires up and climbs the corner. Snow ENZIGURIS Rosa first! Snow gets the arms but Rosa knees her back! Rosa jumps to arm-drag Snow away, then gets around her to fire off fast hands to the body! BIG ELBOW! Not quite Judas Effect but still good! Rosa suplexes Snow up for THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
A strong fight from Snow, but not enough to quell the storm! Rosa is coming for HER title, will Serena Deeb be ready to face the thunder?
“Pretty” Peter Avalon is on another date.
He picks up his date with the help of his Uber driver. “Take us to the river front. Take the scenic route. And please, shh!” His date looks fantastic. May he offer her some cabernet? No? How about some crackers? She takes a saltine, and he offers her corn nuts and a hot dog. He can feed her. No, thanks. Avalon, stop trying to put nuts in her mouth! The car then stops suddenly and Avalon spills his nuts and wiener! The driver is upset with Avalon, he is the worst passenger ever! He keeps harassing the other customers, so get out! What?! Get out! This isn’t Avalon’s car anyway! Fine! One star on your account!
Big Swole VS KiLynn King!
Aerial Monroe had her shot at the title and lost, but the chase never ends! Will Swole go Dirty Dancing on the Queen of Crazy?
The bell rings and Swole circles with King. They tie up, go around, and Swole pushes King through the ropes. They tumble to the floor but stay tied up! The ref counts as the two go around on the apron and around the way! The ring count reaches 5 and Swole pushes King away. King and Swole get in at 9, and fans cheer. Swole says King thinks she’s tough? Ha! King will correct Swole. She doesn’t think it, she knows it! King double guns and then blocks a kick! King throws Swole down but Swole does the splits and pops right back up! Swole rushes King, King dodges and King rams a shoulder! Swole stays up, runs and runs King over!
Things speed up and King trips Swole up! King drags Swole up to a waistlock, Swole switches and clubs King on the back! King pries at the waistlock, but Swole ripcords her and spins! King bails out before Dirty Dancing hits! Swole hurries out after King, but King dodges, only to get an elbow! Swole whips but King reverses to POST Swole! “That’s right baby!” King fires up and she goes after Swole, but Swole RAMS her into the railing! Swole puts King in, aims from the apron and steps in, GET OVER- NO! No cutter and King rains down furious fists! Swole pushes her away, but King comes back to uppercut in the corner! King snapmares Swole then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated but fans rally up.
King drags Swole into a chinlock, fans duel, “Swole Time!” “King Time!” Swole fights up, body shots and jawbreakers free! Swole knees low, CLUBS King down then covers, TWO! King is still in this but Swole knees her in the back over and over! Swole drags King up but King throws forearms! Swole dodges the haymaker, King ducks the roundhouse, jumps the sweep but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole runs, wheelbarrows to the COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Swole and she gets King’s legs! Swole ties King up for the CLOVERLEAF! King taps, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by submission
The number one rank belongs to Big Swole! Will she cash her title shot in on Shida before the year ends?
Darby Allin is here?
Taz can’t believe this! The AEW TNT Champion is here to dare Ricky Starks to start something! Taz tells Starks to think about this, they have to still have a match for Dynamite! Starks goes to the stage, but Brian Cage is there to back him up! Darby doesn’t mind if they both want some, but Cody shows up from gorilla! And he SMACKS Cage with a chair! Starks sees he’s surrounded and Darby goes after him! Cody helps out but Starks bails out! Team Taz gets away and Taz himself is furious but this will be settled on Dynamite! Will the current and former TNT Champions show Team Taz that they’re not ready, regardless of where they rank?
Jack Evans w/ Angelico VS Christopher Daniels w/ Frankie Kazarian!
The Hybrid2 have been getting on SoCal Uncensored’s nerves, but they’re also dividing and conquering. Will the Fallen Angel turn things around from Jack Evans from the Heavens?
Kaz keeps Angelico in check before the bell rings. Evans and Daniels circle, but Evans tells fans to shut up with the SCU chants. Evans and Daniels tie up, Evans waistlocks but Daniels sits down to roll. Daniels drags Evans up and over to a cover but Evans bridges up and out. Daniels stays on Evans with a waistlock and mat slam, then floats to a facelock. Evans rolls out, wrings the arm and then clamps on. Daniels rolls, facelocks again, but Evans fights up. Daniels snapmares, Evans handsprings through and hammerlocks. Daniels headlocks to a takeover but Evans keeps his shoulder up. Daniels grinds on Evans’ head but Evans headscissors back.
Evans wants the ref to ask Daniels but Daniels doesn’t quit. Daniels reaches up, gets an arm and drags Evans back into a facelock. Evans gets up, drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Daniels fights up but Evans headlocks. Evans hits a takedown but Daniels keeps his shoulder up. Fans rally, Daniels fights his way up, and Daniels powers out. Evans ducks the Thesz Press but Daniels rolls over the trip to EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Daniels as he drags Evans up and drives his knee into the back! Daniels drags Evans back up to suplex, hold Evans for 4 then drops him! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he drags Evans back up. Daniels whip and back drops Evans! Evans almost lands on his head! Cover, TWO!
Daniels keeps on Evans, whips him to a corner hard, then whpis him corner to corner. Evans reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Evans counter punches and ROUNDHOUSES, but Daniels uppercuts! Daniels has Evans up top but Angelico grabs at Daniels. The ref reprimands Angelico but Evans boots Daniels away! FLYING CORKSCREW ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO! Evans grows annoyed but he keeps on Daniels with haymakers. Fans rally but Evans whips Daniels to gamangiri him down! Cover, TWO! Evans and Angelico are both annoyed and Evans shouts at the fans again. Evans stomps Daniels, drags him up and throws knees! Evans throws Daniels down by his head, covers, TWO! Daniels stays in this but Evans grows annoyed.
Fans rally but Evans drags Daniels up to scoop and slam. Evans drags Daniels around to get the arm for a double wristlock! Daniels endures as Evans stands over him with the partial Kimura. Daniels moves around, fights up and out of the hold, but Evans CLUBS him down! Evans whips Daniels out hard, then distracts the ref. Kaz keeps Angelico from doing anything, though, and Daniels gets back to the ring safely. Daniels shoulders into Evans, slingshots and sunset flips but Evans rolls through. Evans runs but into BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Daniels can’t cover but fans fire up as he stands. Evans runs in but Daniels rallies with lariats, forearms and cross chops! Evans flounders like Flair and Daniels drags him back up.
Daniels whips, tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Evans survives and Daniels grows frustrated. Daniels calls for the end, drags Evans back up, underhooks but no Angel’s Wings as Evans back drops out! Evans Penalty Kicks Daniels down, then says “BOOM!” STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Evans is shocked but he drags Daniels back up. Evans wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Evans holds ropes, boots back and goes to the apron to springboard. Daniels gets clear, Evans keep smoving, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Fans rally as both men stir. Daniels is up first but Evans follows to KICK! Daniels forearms, Evans KICKS, repeat!
Evans gets the edge but Daniels dodges to SHOTEI! Evans ROUNDHOUSES, spins but misses, into the COMPLETE SHOT! And KOJI KLUTCH! Evans endures but Angelico gets up to shout stuff. Kaz drags Angelico down and DECKS him! But Evans rolls Daniels, TWO! Daniels has Evans, TWO! Daniels JABS, JABS and whips! Evans reverses, Angelico sweeps the legs! Evans backslides with the bridge, Evans wins!!
Winner: Jack Evans, by pinfall
TH2 gets away with one! SCU got screwed, but will they be the ones giving Evans and Angelico “karmic retribution” soon enough?
Another big Dark but a pretty good Dark. Firstly, pretty big that Britt Baker gets AEW’s first talk show, and she did a great job with it. I like that her talk show was more like a late night talk show with the opening jokes before the guests were brought out. WWE’s talk shows are always quick to get to the guests, so AEW doing something unique is of course a good move. TH2 putting forth their mission was also good, and naturally they would think The Elite are abusing their power, just like a lot of other enemies of The Elite. TH2 gets the better of Daniels tonight, but I’m thinking we get a big tag match blow-off with one team moving up the ranks.
Speaking of, we got a lot of great tag matches tonight, too, with Team TNT looking impressive again. I like that they used twin magic, though it didn’t win them the match. Jurassic Express is going strong, I expect they should get a match with the Bucks at some point. Max Caster does great on the mic with his brand of diss rapping, The Acclaimed does great again as a team with now two combo moves they can bust out, and one day they could be up in the top ranks of the tag division, but for now they’re a strong upper midcard team. I also like that we got the Gunn Club as a trio with Colten officially wrestling for AEW. Whether AEW does trios titles or not, the Gunn Club could be strong with Billy as TNT title contender and the sons as tag contenders. Maybe.
We also got a lot of strong women’s matches tonight from top to bottom. Penelope Ford is keeping herself going though still just outside the title match. Her story with Kip, Miro and the rest will have to finish up first before she really gets going at the title again. Ivelisse and Gracia had a really good match that built Gracia but also helped keep Ivelisse going. Swole VS King was really good, too, but of course Swole wins as she is the #1 contender right now. It seems so strange and rather disappointing that there’s a lot more fire in the NWA Women’s Championship story than AEW’s right now, but that’s what Rosa VS Snow did for that story. Rosa VS Deeb is going to be a lot of fun whenever it happens. But of course, with Swole, Ivelisse and even Ford still going strong, I’m sure AEW will make up for the lull with something big to end the year.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (10/3/22)
Philly gets Elevated!
The Peacock and his Boys defends their gold!
AEW Dark: Elevation features the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions! But will Dalton Castle & The Tate Twins still reign in Philadelphia?
- Skye Blue VS Trish Adora; Skye wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tracy Williams; Cage wins.
- Lance Archer VS Cheeseburger; Archer wins.
- Abadon VS Abby Jane; Abadon wins.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear; Castle & The Boys win and retain the titles.
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Gia Scott & Leon St. Giovanni; Kip & Penelope win.
- The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Tony Deppen & Dante Martin; The Lucha Brothers win.
- 8 Man Tag: Best Friends VS The Factory; Best Friends win.
A really good line-up here, with the big attraction being Dalton & The Boys taking on Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder, aka Primal Fear. That’ll be a solid match that I will cover, but I don’t see the champions losing the titles. Good to see Cheeseburger but he’s gonna get eaten alive by Archer. And I like that we’re getting a full faction showdown of Best Friends VS The Factory. That’ll be a big win for Best Friends and they’ll have momentum going after Death Triangle for that feud.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear!
The Peacock and the Tate Twins continue their reign as ROH’s trios champions, and now they defend these titles in the City of Brotherly Love! Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder are all hungry for the gold, but will they be the ones to fear Castle & The Boys?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised while The Boys help Castle with his robe and pants, and it is time to shine with gold in the Dark!
The trios sort out and Castle is all fired up as he starts against Soriano. They get in each other’s face, Castle gives a chest bump, so Soriano CHOPS him! Castle gets fanned off by the twins, then he comes back to circle with Soriano. Castle trips Soriano, rolls him with a leg, high stacks, TWO! Castle shoots in to waistlock and SLAMS Soriano down! Fans fire up, Castle waistlocks to roll Soriano around and throw down elbows. Castle gut wrenches, tag to Brendan, and he tags Brent. The Boys double whip Castle in to SPLASH Soriano at the corner, and then he feeds Soriano to a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!
The Boys roll Soriano back for Castle to shove forward into DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Brent covers, TWO! Brent drags Soriano up but he shoves Brent away to tag Hodder. Hodder runs in but Brent dodges to arm-drag him! Brent rushes in but Hodder kicks him low. Tag to Omen, they go after Brent but he fights back. That’s still 2v1 and they overwhelm him. They double whip, Brent ducks under but runs into a double TOSS right into the ropes! Soriano tags in and traps Brent, then Omen & Hodder run to the corners. They go up, out and Soriano runs, Primal Fear TRIPLE BOOTS Brent! Soriano covers, TWO!
Soriano drags Brent up, bumps him off buckles, but Brent elbows back. Brent hurries but Soriano reels him in. Brent lands out of the back suplex to hot tag Castle! Fans fire up with The Peacock as he rallies on Primal Fear! Castle gets around Soriano to Gotch lift OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Hodder runs in, into an EXPLODER! Omen returns, Castle dodges, blocks the boot and SAIDOS! Primal Fear regroups outside as fans fire up. “Bring me a Boy!” Brent runs in, Castle aims him and THROWS him at Omen! Then Castle has Brendan and THROWS him at Soriano! Brent returns, and Castle THROWS him at Hodder! And then he THROWS Brendan at Omen!
Brent’s back again, so Castle THROWS him at Soriano! Brendan is back, Castle THROWS him at Hodder! Fans fire up as Castle and the Boys regroup, DOUBLE BOY TOSS at Soriano! The Boys then send Soriano in for the Alabama Lift, and BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!
Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
There was no fear in The Peacock and his trusted twins, they took down Primal Fear with ease! Will they find bigger, stronger competition as they stick around AEW?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
- Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.
Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.
Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.
Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.
And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.
My Score: 8.7/10
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