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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/14/21)

Are we in for another instant classic?

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Who will reign supreme over NXT UK?

The Ring General will NOT let A-Kid think he represents wrestling’s great heritage! Will Walter still be atop the mountain as NXT UK Champion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Joe Coffey VS Ed Harvey; Coffey wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Sam Gradwell; Bate wins.
  • NXT UK Championship: WALTER VS A-Kid; Walter wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Joe Coffey VS Ed Harvey!

The Iron King still wants to make NXT UK his kingdom, but he has to work his way back up to go after the title! Will he use the newest recruit to the brand as a stepping stone on this new road back?

The bell rings and Harvey is talking trash on Coffey but Coffey gives it back. They tie up, Coffey headlocks, Harvey powers him to ropes and powers out, and they collide with shoulders! Harvey eggs Coffey on and Coffey gives it back. Harvey rams Coffey, Coffey rebounds to crossbody but into a scoop slam! Coffey avoids the elbow slam, whips Harvey then goes the other way to RAM him down! Coffey has Harvey in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Harvey reverses. Coffey goes up, headscissors and throws Harvey! Harvey staggers to ropes, Coffey clotheslines him out, then keeps him out as he tries to get back in! Harvey is furious and he grabs a mic!

“I’m not having this! I’m NOT Ed Harvey! I didn’t come here to be called ‘Ed Harvey!’ I’m Sha Samuels!” Everyone knows who Sha Samuels is, but Coffey doesn’t care! Coffey throws hands on Harvey/Samuels the second he gets in, then whips him and runs. Samuels swings, Coffey ducks but comes back to a SPINEBUSTER! Coffey hobbles to a corner, Samuels whips him corner to corner and then back drops him on the rebound! Samuels drops an elbow, covers, TWO! The BT Sports Studio audience is fired up as Harvey/Samuels drops elbows over and over on Coffey! Samuels clamps onto the arm, grinds the shoulder, but Coffey fights up to throw body shots.

Samuels keeps on the arm, Coffey throws forearms, body shots, but Samuels wrenches and whips. Coffey goes up and then hits a body scissor takedown! Cover, TWO! Coffey hits buckles, Samuels CLOBBERS him! Samuels steps on Coffey to then KICK him in the back! Samuels rains down rights then clamps on with a chinlock. Samuels grinds Coffey, Coffey fights up but Samuels wrangles him down! Coffey endures as Samuels thrashes around. Coffey fights up again but Samuels hops on as a backpack! Coffey fights free, throws hands but Samuels whips, only for Coffey to whip him and back drop back! Both men are down, Coffey says, “Remember whose kingdom this is!”

Both men get up, Coffey rallies with big shoulders, then breaks through the clothesline to FLYING TACKLE! Coffey whips, catches and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Coffey seethes as Samuels gets up. Coffey blocks punches to give punches! The ref has Coffey back off but Samuels dodges, only for Coffey to elbow back! Coffey leaps, into Samuels’ arms! POWERSLAM! cover, TWO!! Samuels can’t believe it and the BT Sports Studio is fired up again! Samuels stalks Coffey and gets a cobra clutch! Coffey throws Samuels but Samuels holds on! Samuels brings Coffey up but Coffey throws him off! Samuels runs into a boot, Coffey goes up, up and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!!

Samuels survives but Coffey keeps his focus. Both men slowly rise, Coffey cording holds for body shots, then turns Samuels around, and uses those suspender straps for the HEADBUTT! GLASGOW SENDOFF!! ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Coffey wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

It doesn’t matter if the man’s name was Ed Harvey, Sha Samuels or Big Ben, he and Coffey had quite the fight here! But Gallus Boys are still on top! Will the Iron King be on his way back to another title opportunity in the new year?

 

NXT UK Media shares a development from earlier this week.

Assistant GM Sid Scala has exciting news for the UK Tag Division. He gets a call from Johnny Saint, but then Pretty Deadly barges in. Gallus boys are scared, Sid. Surely it’s time for their tag title opportunity. Sid says there are many great tag teams in the division, they all deserve an opportunity. But it’s good that Pretty Deadly is here. In two weeks, hey will be facing Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, but also The Hunt, and also South Wales Subculture, in a FATAL 4 WAY ELIMINATION TAG TEAM MATCH, to name a #1 contender to the titles. Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley say that’s good managing. Sid finishes his call with Saint to let him know the announcement has been made. Which dynamic duo will take on Mark Coffey & Wolfgang for those golden prizes?

 

Dave Mastiff sees Rampage Brown working out.

Brown finishes with squats and Mastiff takes a turn. What Brown can do, Mastiff does easier. But Brown has impressed a lot of people, including Mastiff. But Brown needs a real challenge. And what does he mean by that? Him and Mastiff here on NXT UK, of course. Brown couldn’t think of anything better. Then this rep’s for you. Will the Proper British Heavyweight actually break a sweat taking on the Rampage?

 

Tyler Bate VS Sam Gradwell!

The Big Strong Boy’s words of wisdom didn’t quite land with the Thunderstorm, and he shot back some words of his own, calling Bate a “plant based yogurt” that communes with nature and thinks he’s an acorn. But now it’s time to put money where mouths are as these two face off for the first time ever! Will Bate make Gradwell eat his words tonight?

The bell rings and the two approach. They circle, tie up, Gradwell goes after the arm and he has the wrist to push on the shoulder. Gradwell steps over, uses his leg to bring Bate to the mat, but Bate keeps his shoulders up. Bate kips up, rolls and uses his leg to pry free. Bate knuckle locks, reels Gradwell in and wrings him out! Gradwell gets up fast and the two go again. They tie up, Bate cravats and cranks but Gradwell powers out. Bate goes up, under, all the way to the other corner, and fakes Gradwell out to kick him and roll him up! TWO, Bate keeps moving, and crossbodies! TWO, and Bate arm-drags Gradwell to an armlock!

BT Sports Studio loves the technical display as Gradwell gets up and Bate wrenches. Gradwell whips, Bate goes up and over and arm-drags again! Bate keeps on the arm with a double wristlock, but Gradwell endures as Bate shifts to a cording hold. Gradwell gets up, chinbars, but Bate fights that off, only for Gradwell to scoop slam him hard! Gradwell brings Bate back up by an ear and CHOPS him down! The ref reprimands but Gradwell rams in knees and elbows! Gradwell drags Bate up to CLUB him and stomp him down! Gradwell kicks Bate, stands on Bate’s head, but the ref counts. Gradwell backs off but talks trash as he scuffs Bate.

Bate kicks back from below, and again, but Gradwell stomps him. Gradwell brings Bate up for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Gradwell keeps on Bate with more knees to the back, then he drags Bate up by his hair. The ref reprimands but Gradwell DECKS Bate with a haymaker! Cover, TWO! Gradwell talks trash on Bate about being Zen, then digs claws into Bate’s shoulders! Bate endures, Gradwell leans on the clamping hands, but Bate fights up, only for Gradwell to CLUB him on the back! Gradwell bumps Bate off buckles but Bate headbutts and uppercuts! Gradwell ROCKS Bate, stomps him, then digs his boot in at the rope.

The ref counts, Gradwell stops at 4 and drags Bate up by his nose. The ref counts again, Gradwell stops at 3 and “apologizes” to the ref. Gradwell toys with Bate as he scuffs him again. Gradwell stomps, Bate kicks from below! And KICKS a leg! Gradwell hobbles, Bate KICKS the leg again! Gradwell stomps Bate down, drags Bate up, and whips him to ropes, only for Bate to sunset flip! Gradwell stays up, grabs an ear and drags Bate up, but Bate puts up Bop for BANG to hit! Bate fires off body shots and boxing blows! Bate bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS Gradwell! Gradwell puts Bate in a corner, blocks a boot but not the knee! Bate leaps for a FLYING UPPERCUT!

BT Sports Studio fires up as Bate runs corner to corner to uppercut again! Bate keeps moving but Gradwell follows, only to get caught for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps his cool, showing that new Zen teaching is working. Bate drags Gradwell up, underhooks, but Gradwell back drops out! Bate lands on his feet, fires off heavy hands, but Gradwell STO’s through the lariat!! Cover, TWO!! Gradwell rains down furious fists on Bate and then lets off to dare Bate to stand. Bate rises, Gradwell waistlocks but Bate elbows, uppercuts and ROLLING KICKS! Bate drags Gradwell in, underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’97!! Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

The Big Strong Boy is still strong! Is he far from done, and simply on a longer journey back to former glory?

 

NXT UK Media watches some tag teams training at the Performance Center.

Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter are on standby, but Smith mocks Carter’s “loud” trousers. Sid Scala comes in and gives them the formal news that they’re in the Fatal 4 Way Elimination contender’s match. Well it’s about time! History is watching, it’s time to go make it! That’s so cheesy, man, you can’t say stuff like that. Just say the line, man. Ready and Forward! Always Forward! But can Smith & Carter find their way to the tag titles through this incredible challenge?

 

Ilja Dragunov talks with Jack Starz.

It’s been some time since they’ve talked, and Ilja is pretty sure everyone has had something to say about Walter VS Dragunov for the title. Ilja just wants to focus on what he needs to do now, and that’s start from scratch. So he wants Starz to be his first opponent back. Starz was his first opponent in NXT UK, he’s practically a gatekeeper here. Starz is a tough guy, so is he up to it? Starz is, but he says this time won’t be the same. Ilja and Starz shake hands, will Ilja still be #UNBESIEGBAR in the new year?

 

Jinny heads to the ring!

The Spoiled Princess, with Joseph Conners beside her, is here to have a face-to-face with NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray, before they face off for the title! And it’s of course thanks to Conners that Jinny has the title match as he appeared ringside to take a devastating cannonball from Piper Niven. Conners fetches Jinny a mic and she says that she beat Piper Niven. “And that lovely little victory resulted in me becoming the new #1 contender.” Jinny will give some recognition to “Joseph.” But why is it he’s associating with her? Because she is a woman of wealth. With wealth comes power, and with power comes connections.

Now back to Jinny, THE #1 contender to the NXT UK Women’s Champion. Next week, she becomes the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she guarantees it. But here comes the champion herself! The longest reigning NXT UK Women’s Champion ever gets a mic of her own and tells Jinny, “you are funny.” KLR is the champion because she has beaten everyone that has been put in front of her. “And you, sunshine, are not going to be any different.” Jinny says KLR beat everyone put in front of her, but she hasn’t been in the ring with Jinny. And what’s actually funny is that KLR is representing this brand! KLR thinks she’s championship material? No, she’s not. Queen Jinny is.

Maybe Jinny should come closer to say that to her face. Because there is not enough money in the world to fix Jinny’s face after what KLR does to it. Conners keeps the peace, and Jinny tells KLR that she owes her this. The only reason KLR is the champion is because Jinny helped her keep it. “You’re very welcome.” But next week, the Queen will reign, and KLR can’t do a thing about it. So enjoy this last week of being champion. KLR holds up her title to show it is still hers, but will it stay hers after she and Jinny battle for the throne?

 

Eddie Dennis speaks.

“Chaos. Some people survive in chaos. Flash, Mark, I really thought our issues were resolved, but you just wouldn’t stay out of my business. And now, I find out that if The Hunt are going to get back to where they belong, they need to beat you and two other teams in some Four Way Elimination Tag. Talk about chaos.” But as he was saying, some survive in chaos, while others thrive “because it’s all that they know.” They are The Hunt, you are the hunted! Will Primate and Wild Boar make Dennis proud by mauling three other contenders?

 

NXT UK Championship: WALTER VS A-Kid!

Even though the Austrian Anomaly commended the Spanish Ace on winning the NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament, he will NOT allow A-Kid to think he represents all of European wrestling. For Walter, that only happens when you are THE NXT UK Champion! Will A-Kid be the one to triumph where so many others have failed? Or will he be just another notch on Walter’s belt?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this already historic match begins!

AK and Walter circle, AK testing the waters with kicks. Walter stays up, AK keeps him at a distance before they tie up. Walter puts AK on the ropes, the ref calls for a break, and AK avoids the chop! AK and Walter circle, feel things out, and AK gets kicks in where he can. Walter gets the leg but AK leaps to drag Walter down! AK wants an arm but Walter gets a leg! Walter wants a Half Crab but AK holds that off. AK still wants the arm, Walter pushes the legs away and then drops onto AK. AK wriggles around to get a leg, then a lateral press but Walter is right up. AK facelocks, Walter puts him in the corner, but AK avoids the chop again to KICK!

Walter is fired up and he corners AK, but AK gets around, only to be put back in. AK slips out to CHOP Walter! That’s a daring move in itself! AK and Walter circle, feel out the grapple, knuckle lock and Walter wrenches but AK cording holds. AK gets around to a waistlock, Walter pries free and throws AK down with a headlock. AK tries to headscissor but Walter shakes that off. Walter cranks on the headlock, AK bridges to keep his shoulders up then gets the headscissor hold! AK holds tight and Walter reaches out with a leg for the ropebreak! AK lets go and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, AK kicks away on the leg and Walter hobbles!

AK tries to kick more but now Walter keeps his distance. They tie up with knuckle locks and AK bridges as Walter pushes him down. Walter still gets the cover, TWO as AK gets an arm up. Walter pushes that arm down, TWO as AK bridges. Walter tries to break the bridge with his body weight, TWO as AK manages to get up again! AK avoids the big stomp and he’s at the ropes. Walter and AK reset, circle, and AK gives palm strikes to the chest! Walter stays up so AK palm strikes then kicks the leg! Walter hobbles but he kicks back, puts AK in a corner and puts him up top, to CLUB him to the apron! But AK also gets the arm!! Hanging armbar!

The ref counts, AK lets off at 4, and Walter is getting frustrated. AK smirks as he gets back into the ring and circles with Walter again. They circle, feel things out, and AK KICKS away on the leg! AK gets Walter to fall over! AK goes after that leg and wants the Half Crab! Walter resists, AK CLUBS the leg then steps over! Walter endures, stays on his side, and kicks AK away. AK is in a corner, but he BOOTS back! Walter eggs him on so AK BOOTS again! And a shotgun dropkick! Walter CHOPS AK off his feet!! AK is gasping, staggers up but manages to throw palm strikes. Walter blocks the kick, CHOPS AK off his feet again, but AK ends up kicking Walter on the way down!

Both men are down but Walter is right on AK with a FULL BOSTON CRAB! Walter sits deep, then shifts right to an STF! AK endures, Walter pulls back, but AK claws and crawls for ropes. AK slips out of the leg lock to wrench the arm but Walter CHOPS him and BOOTS him down! The ref checks on AK as AK sits up but AK is still in this. Walter looms over AK, kicks at him, then stands on AK’s head. The ref counts, Walter drags AK up and scoops him for a slam! AK sits up and Walter eggs him on. AK gives kicks from below! And then headbutts low! And KICKS again! AK throws big forearms but Walter BOOTS him back down! Cover, TWO!

Walter keeps on AK with a smothering chinlock, and he leans on AK’s body! Walter traps an arm as he grinds harder on the chinlock, then clamps on for a neck wrench. AK SLAPS from below so Walter goes back to the smothering chinlock! AK fights up, moves around and wrenches through to CHOP Walter! Walter scoops AK to ram him into the corner! Walter puts AK on the top rope to CHOP him down! AK tumbles to the apron, Walter drags AK up and CLUBS him! Sheamus’ Bodhrain would be jealous as Walter CLUBS again! But AK gets the arm! Walter tries a sleeper but AK DRAGON SCREWS in the ropes, then dropkicks the leg out!

Walter is down again as AK springboards, missile dropkick to the leg! Walter writhes but AK goes after an arm! AK wants a Fujiwara but Walter reaches out. AK wants the other arm now, but Walter still reaches with legs for a ropebreak! AK lets off, but he PENALTY KICKS Walter in the back! And then KICKS him again, and again! Walter gets up, AK SLAPS him, Walter CHOPS AK down! Walter walks off the pain in his leg to KICK AK in the back! Walter drags AK up with a sleeper but AK arm-drags free! AK dropkicks Walter to a corner, then runs corner to corner, into Walter’s SHOTGUN DROPKICK!! Walter hauls AK up, WALTER BOMB!! High stack, TWO?!?

AK survives two powerful impacts and BT Sports Studio is thunderous! Walter stirs and crawls over to AK. Walter facelocks AK, drags him up and eggs him on. Walter CHOPS AK back down and AK flops to ropes! AK sits up and Walter kicks at him again. Walter CLUBS AK but AK gets up with a clenched jaw. AK SLAPS Walter, then catches the chop to a takedown! AK locks up one arm, wants the other, but Walter resists! AK shifts to an ARMBAR! Walter clasps hands, moves around, but AK keeps his shoulders up in the triangle hold! Walter moves around, rolls them both to the ropes then out of the ring! Walter APRON BOMBS AK down!!

AK crumples to the floor but Walter drags him back up to put him in. Walter stalks AK but AK fires off palm strikes! Walter grabs AK for a sleeper but AK pries it off to PELE! Walter staggers, AK runs, into a LARIAT!! Walter CHOPS AK on the back! And POINT-BLANK LARIATS!! Cover, Walter wins!!

Winner: Walter, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)

El Nino Anonimo gave the Austrian Anomaly the toughest match since, well, the previous title match with Ilja Dragunov! At the very least, Walter nods some respect to A-Kid before taking his leave. Will AK take this as motivation to defend the Heritage Cup as tough as Walter does this title?


My Thoughts:

What a great NXT UK! For one, it was a great move for “Ed Harvey” to shake off the jobber name to be himself, Sha Samuels. I am surprised no “jobber” has done this before, but it’s a great way for Sha Samuels to join NXT UK. He can be the jobber trying not to be a jobber and it could actually work given some time. Joe Coffey still wins because that was going to happen even if Samuels stayed Harvey, because Coffey needs to stay strong if he’s to ever hold anything remotely close to a title.

Then that Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION tag match is going to be great stuff. We got good promos from Pretty Deadly, Smith & Carter, and Eddie Dennis with The Hunt. I’m thinking rivals take each other out, meaning SWSC and The Hunt cancel out, and then Pretty Deadly cancels out with Smith-Carter. Pretty Deadly has been the one being built up so I think Pretty Deadly finds a way to win to finally have their shot at Gallus. Bate VS Gradwell was a very good match, and it still makes sense for Bate to win, but Gradwell is such a good talker. He effortlessly made the insult of Bate being vegan with the whole yogurt and acorn stuff. Bate wins to stay strong, similar to Joe Coffey, but I’m sure Gradwell is a champion in the making since he already has everything he needs other than time on screen.

KLR and Jinny had a decent face-off, and Jinny made good points about KLR only being champion thanks to her interfering in the Falls Count Anywhere match. Conners did his part as Jinny’s bodyguard well, and I’m sure he’ll try to get involved. Maybe Piper Niven counters him and oddly enough helps her bitter enemy retain. Mastiff and Rampage setting up a match is cool, and I expected it to happen at some point. This could finally give Rampage his direction in NXT UK. Ilja and Starz setting up their rematch is cool, too, and I can’t wait to see what a less theatrical Ilja is like in the ring.

Then of course, the main event, what an incredible match! All the UK Championship matches have been great but this was a lot like Walter VS Dragunov, just taken a notch down because there was a lot more animosity in that story, and we’d been waiting much longer for it to happen because of the 8 months delay from COVID. But AK is clearly a young star who will only get better, he is going to help put that Heritage Cup and its British Rounds rules on the map in the mainstream here.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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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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