The NXT UK Tag Team Division is on display!
The NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang, are ready and waiting for a challenge! Who wins this massive 4 Way Tag Elimination match?
- Ben Carter VS Sam Gradwell; Carter wins.
- Sha Samuels VS Josh Morrell; Samuels wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way Elimination match: The Hunt VS South Wales Subculture VS Pretty Deadly VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter; Pretty Deadly wins and will challenge Gallus for the titles.
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Jordan Devlin heads to the ring!
The Irish Ace is still NXT Cruiserweight Champion on this brand, and he gets a mic to speak. “A few months ago, I started this Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge for one reason: to cement my legacy with this title. When you are The Ace of an entire division, you live your life to a certain standard. So it’s not enough for me that I’m the longest reigning Cruiserweight Champion of all time. I want the most successful defenses. I want to go down in history as the greatest wrestler under 205 this company’s ever seen.” But here comes Trent Seven?! It was a mystery on when we would see him again after the Heritage Cup Tournament finals, but here he is!
Seven says there is no denying that Devlin was speaking the truth. Devlin has cemented a legacy, beaten everyone put in his path, and has had the title for almost a year. All impressive. But if Devlin wants to talk challenges and dominating the Cruiserweight Division, maybe not only does Devlin need a new challenger, but the Division needs someone new. Maybe Trent Seven needs to challenge himself. So here’s a crazy idea. Seven can trim down to 205, and then Devlin puts the title on the line.
Devlin wants to get this straight: Seven is somehow going to get under 205? So then if Seven can ditch those, oh maybe 30 pounds at least, then yeah, he can have his shot. Good luck, big boy. Seven doesn’t appreciate the pat on the bell, and he DECKS Devlin! Seven stands on the belt and tells Devlin, “I’m coming to your league.” Seven vows not just to challenge Devlin but to be the champion! Will the Man from Moustache Mountain be able to climb a new mountain of his own to knock Devlin off the top of his?
The NXT UK Women’s Champion keeps making history.
Kay Lee Ray is the longest reigning champion on this brand, and is currently the longest reigning woman’s champion in all of the WWE! Toni Storm, Piper Niven, Jinny and a few others have tried, but all have failed. KLR called out to the world that she wants the best possible challenger, and she has an answer. The Japanese Joshi scene, European promotions like wXw, the Mae Young Classic, and now, NXT UK! MEIKO SATOMURA is here! The living legend has many calling her the best in the world, and she has had many championships in Japan. Striking, technique, high flying, Satomura can hit you from any angle. And now she is here in NXT UK! Be prepared for the Final Boss!
Ben Carter VS Sam Gradwell!
The British prodigy impressed everyone in his Cruiserweight Championship debut against Jordan Devlin, except for the Thunderstorm! Will Gradwell rain on Carter’s parade in only his second match in NXT UK?
Gradwell has a mic as he makes his entrance, “Decrease the volume, I’m making a speech. First off, well done, Betty Bobs, you finally made it to NXT UK. But despite them flags you’ve got all over those god awful PE shorts, you’re actually from Jersey. This is not NXT Channel Islands, mate! And Jersey’s a place with more cows than people, and does not even feature on an atlas.” But unlike Benjamin, Gradwell isn’t here to be a pretty little fireworks display. He’s here to be the storm that sends Carter back home in a catamaran. “Get on that, you yogurt!” Gradwell gets in the ring and the match begins!
Gradwell and Carter circle, tie up, and Gradwell shoves Carter away. Carter comes back to shove Gradwell, then they tie up. Gradwell wrenches the arm, clamps onto the shoulder, twists the wrist, and stands on Carter’s other hand. The ref notices that, Gradwell steps off to hook Carter with that leg and drag him down. Gradwell looms over Carter as he wrenches, but Carter kips up. Gradwell wrenches and yanks, wrenches again and yanks again. Carter rolls, handsprings and breaks free to dropkick Gradwell down! Gradwell gets up and gets Carter with a headlock but Carter powers out, hurdles up and over, and then dropkicks Gradwell again!
BT Sports Studios fires up but Gradwell reverses the whip. Carter goes up and over and handsprings across the way! Gradwell runs in after Carter but Carter boots him away! Carter hops up, leaps and missile dropkicks Gradwell down! Gradwell gets to the apron to breathe but Carter smirks and keeps his cool. Carter goes over, Gradwell grabs him by his hair, and then SLAPS Carter down! Gradwell CLUBS Carter, stomps him, then gets in his face with trash talk. Gradwell stomps Carter, drags him up and DECKS him with a forearm! Gradwell stands on Carter’s head, the ref reprimands, so Gradwell stomps Carter down! Cover, TWO!
Gradwell is annoyed, but that could just be his general mood. Gradwell drags Carter up, scoops and SLAMS him! Gradwell stomps Carter, slaps him then CLUBS him! Gradwell eggs Carter on, Carter gets to ropes and Gradwell pulls him up! Carter lands on his feet, slips under and rolls Gradwell up, TWO! Carter gets to a corner, boots Gradwell again then hops up. Gradwell gets under the leap and CLOBBERS Carter on the return! Cover, TWO! Carter survives but Gradwell RAMS a knee into Carter’s back! And CLUBS him, too! Gradwell looms over Carter, drags him back up, and butterfly suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Gradwell mounts for the cover, TWO!
Gradwell clamps onto Carter with a chinlock and squeezes tight. Carter endures as Gradwell leans on him, fights his way up, but Gradwell wrangles him back down! Gradwell keeps on the hold, Carter fights his way back up and throws body shots! Gradwell knees low, brings Carter around but Carter hits a jawbreaker! Gradwell grabs Carter by his ear but Carter CHOPS back! Carter dodges, CHOPS, whips, but Gradwell reverses, only for Carter to rally with forearms! Gradwell goes to uppercut, Carter catches it to a backslide but Gradwell swings out. Gradwell blocks the superkick and spins Carter, but Carter DRAGON WHIPS!
Gradwell is sent out of the ring, Carter fires up and DIVES! Direct hit sends Gradwell into the barriers! Carter gets Gradwell back in, catches his breath, but Gradwell rolls right back out. Carter grits his teeth, builds speed again and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Carter drags Gradwell back up, puts him back in, but still has to catch his breath a moment. The ring count is 6, Carter aims and springboards, but into Gradwell’s arms! Gradwell swings Carter but Carter counters to a GUILLOTINE! But Gradwell TOSSES Carter and hits an STO! Cover, TWO!! Carter survives but Gradwell rains down furious forearms!
Gradwell drags Carter back up, fireman’s carries, but Carter fights around to a sunset flip! Gradwell drags Carter back up, Carter dodges and QUEBRADAS, into the ELBOW DROP DDT! Carter goes right up top, leaps, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Carter wins!!
Winner: Ben Carter, by pinfall
The prodigy wasn’t just impressive, he was victorious! Is this first win just the first of many?
Sha Samuels is spotted backstage talking with Noam Dar.
It isn’t clear what is being said, but perhaps it’s to arrange the next Supernova Sessions. For now, Samuels heads to the ring because he has a match up next!
Sha Samuels VS Josh Morrell!
The East End Butcher is true to himself, so he refused to be Ed Harvey in his NXT UK debut! Will he get a fresh start after that loss to Joe Coffey against #TurboTerry?
The bell rings and Samuels ties up with Morrell. Samuels puts Morrell in a corner, lets off with a mocking pat of the face, and then gets a headlock. Morrell endures, Samuels snapmares him but Morrell slips out to get a wristlock. Samuels ROCKS Morrell, snapmares again but Morrell again slips free to get the arm. Morrell cranks on the wrist, Samuels gets up to knee low and talk trash. Samuels wrenches to ram the shoulder, then he twists the wrist. Morrell rolls, handsprings and cartwheels to wristlock again! Samuels is frustrated so he ROCKS Morrell, then scoops and SLAMS him! Samuels CLUBS Morrell, whips him to a corner, but Morrell goes up and over to arm-drag!
Samuels is up fast to CLOBBER Morrell! Samuels kicks Morrell around, rains down rights, then shouts “EAST!” to represent his hometown. Samuels drags Morrell up, knees him low and hard, then elbows him harder! The ref reprimands Samuels pulling Morrell’s hair, Morrell hits back then runs, but into a BIG back drop! Samuels talks trash to the “mug,” then drives in elbows into the neck and shoulder! Samuels stands on Morrell to then PENALTY KICK him in the back! Morrell crawls to ropes, Samuels drops down on him, but the ref has him back off. Samuels talks more trash, drags Morrell up to CLUB him again, but Morrell hits back!
Samuels CLUBS Morrell, whips him, and then catches Morrell’s crossbody to a SLAM! Samuels drops an elbow but misses as Morrell gets to a corner. Samuels runs in but only gets buckles, and Morrell hits a running calf kick! Samuels flounders up into forearms and CHOPS from Morrell! Morrell uppercuts but Samuels pushes him. Morrell cartwheels, dropkicks and then dropsaults! STANDING CORKSCREW! Cover, TWO! BT Sports Studio rallies as both men slowly stand. Morrell whips but Samuels reverses. Morrell goes up an dover with a twist, and hits a hip toss to cover! TWO!! Samuels escapes, Morrell runs but the crossbody misses as Samuels ducks!
Samuels CLOBBERS Morrell with a clothesline! Samuels tells “ya mug” it’s over, and he whips Morrell for a SPINEBUSTER, into the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Morrell taps, Samuels wins!
Winner: Sha Samuels, by submission
Samuels has his first win in NXT UK, showing us why the brand recruited him in the first place! Will he continue to show everyone else why they need to remember his name?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov at the UK Performance Center.
He alternates on one-arm push-ups, then takes a break. They ask what happened in that match with Jack Starz. Dragunov isn’t sure. Starz chops him hard on the back, and something snapped in him. He didn’t want to hurt Starz but he just couldn’t help himself. It was not the plan but… Gradwell cracks a joke to stay away from the mad man. “We’ve got a loose cannon in the house~!” Dragunov ignores that to say he has to get “back to the point.” Will Dragunov figure what is going on in his mind?
NXT UK Media interviews Rampage Brown.
How is he feeling being here in NXT UK? It’s going great, he’s seeing a lot of new faces and old, all great competition. Gallus comes by and they say hey to Rampage. Been awhile for Rampage and Joe Coffey. Rampage says Wolfgang and Mark know what they’re doing, but how about him and Joe? Joe will take Rampage up on that offer. Will we see the Iron King take on the Rampage in the near future?
NXT UK Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way Elimination match: The Hunt VS South Wales Subculture VS Pretty Deadly VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter!
Primate and Wild Boar are without the Welsh Dragon, but surely they can still figure out how to go on the attack on their own. Will they be able to get through Flash Morgan Webster, Mark Andrews, Lewis Howley, Sam Stoker and the #ReadyAndForwardAlwaysForward duo? Or will another team move up to go after Markus & Wolfie?
In this variety of Fatal 4 Tag, only two teams are legal at a time, so The Hunt plays it smart and lets other teams start. Andrews and Stoker step up and circle. Then Stoker tags right out to Smith! Smith and Andrews circle now, wary of the other teams. They tie up, Smith wrenches to a wristlock but Andrews rolls. Smith wrenches back, Andrews rolls and handsprings but Smith blocks the arm-drag! Andrews shifts to roll Smith up, TWO! Smith and Andrews stand off, but are wary of the other teams. Andrews and Smith circle again, tie up, and Smith waistlocks to slam Andrews! Andrews fights up, resists the lift and elbows out!
Tag to FMW, Andrews dodges Smith and FMW sunset flips! Smith stays up but Andrews dropkicks him down to the cover! TWO, and Pretty Deadly distract by simply switching positions on the corner. Smith knees low, CLUBS FMW hard, then tags in Carter. Carter rushes FMW but into an arm-drag! FMW clamps onto the arm, brings Carter up and Andrews tags in. Carter reverses FMW’s whip but FMW becomes a step for Andrews to go up and RANA Carter! Carter is up, Andrews dodges and dropkicks Carter down! Lewis Howley tags in to cover Carter! TWO, and Howley tags right back out to Andrews. Gallus watches from the VIP box as Carter sweeps Andrews’ legs!
Smith lines up with Carter, Silly String SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Gallus have a laugh as Smith tags in. Carter feeds Andrews to Smith’s suplex! Cover, TWO! Smith keeps on Andrews, drags him up and whips, but Andrews holds ropes to boot back! Andrews forces the tag on Howley! Howley and Stoker protest but they have no choice. And SWSC leave him high and dry! Smith CLOBBERS Howley, Howley flounders but he can’t tag Carter in, he’s Smith’s teammate! Smith CLOBBERS Howley again! Howley flounders up, Smith KICKS the leg out! SWSC stay away again and Smith CLOBBERS Howley again!
Howley looks over, The Hunt ROARS at him so he scrambles away, into a scoop! Howley slips out, shoves, and now Primate tags in! Primate ROCKS Smith, goes after Howley with hammering fists, then roars at SWSC! Stoker grabs at Howley but not in a way to tag! Primate drags both Pretty Deadly in! Wild Boar gets in to grab Stoker, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! The ref tries to restore order but Primate throws Howley to SWSC! The Hunt dares their rivals to fight them, so Andrews tags, but both he and FMW get in! The ref tries to keep things orderly but the brawl is on! Primate fires off on Andrews, and Boar rams FMW into Howley in the corner!
Smith tags in off Andrews, Stoker returns but Boar DECKS him! FMW ROCKS Boar, Howley clubs FMW, Carter and Smith go after Primate, but Andrews gets involved, too! Andrews throws Carter out, Howley throws FMW out, Smith whips but Primate reverses and Smith clotheslines Howley out! Smith turns around and Primate CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Primate drags Smith up for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Boar, The Hunt double HEADBUTT, then Boar covers, TWO! Boar drags Smith up, throws forearms, Smith hits back but Boar rams low. Boar pushes Smith in, Primate tags in and they mug Smith in the corner.
Primate CLUBS Smith, hammers him down, then drags him up to scoop and SLAM! Gallus are goofing around with popcorn as Boar tags in and is Primate’s weapon in the back suplex senton! Boar stares SWSC down, covers Smith, TWO! Boar headbutts Smith low, then again! Boar RAMS Carter off the apron, then goes back to Smith, but Smith back drops Boar! Boar lands bad on a leg and Gallus notes that. Howley tags in, but he runs into another of Smith’s back drops! Smith tags in FMW and he hits a running arm-drag! Triangle dropkick for Stoker! RUDE BOY BLOCK for Howley! Cover, TWO! Stoker distracts the ref, FMW takes a swing, Howley knees low!
Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double suplex FMW but Andrews makes the save! SWSC hits double dropkicks on Pretty Deadly! Primate runs in but he gets dropkicks! SWSC take aim and DOUBLE FLY! They take Primate and Pretty Deadly down, then put Stoker in. SWSC coordinates but Howley trips FMW up! Stoker shoulders and uppercuts Andrews back, then whips him corner to corner. Andrews elbows Stoker away, hops up the corner but Stoker ROCKS him with a right! Stoker climbs up but Andrews resists the superplex! Smith sneaks up as the two brawl, tags in off Stoker, and then joins in for a TOWER OF DOOM!
All three men are down and BT Sports Studio fires up, as does Gallus! Howley tells Smith to finish Andrews but Andrews tags Howley in! Howley has no choice but to stomp Smith down! Howley drags Smith up, CLUBS him, then runs to BLAST FMW! Smith reverses the whip and then throws hands. The Hunt have FMW, Howley and Smith struggle at the ropes but Stoker saves Howley. Carter SUPERKICKS Stoker down to join the others! Howley holds ropes as Smith tries to suplex him, so Carter climbs up, and uses Howley as the springboard for the SUPER MOONSAULT onto everyone else!!
Gallus is in shock, mostly because Carter clips off the apron! Smith finally hits the FALCON ARROW on Howley! Cover, but Stoker drags Smith away! Stoker saves his team in this and Smith is in shock! Smith drags Howley back up, throws a forearm, then tags out to Carter. Stoker is there and he BOOTS Smith! Carter SUPERKICKS Stoker, Howley ROCKS Carter, but Carter comes back to SUPER FOREARM! Primate tags in and springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Howley HELL STAB UPPERCUTS Carter! Howley runs at Andrews but Andrews enziguris from the apron! Andrews gets in but Boar CLOBBERS him! FMW HEADBUTTS Boar, Primate LARIATS FMW!
All eight men are down and Gallus is fired up! The ref checks on everyone but Smith tags in. Smith throws forearms on Primate but Primate hits an EXPLODER! Tag to Boar, The Hunt runs at Smith to clothesline and CANNONBALL! Boar tags Primate back in, fireman’s carry, but SWSC drags Boar out to RAM him! Smith Electric Chair lifts Primate, Carter tags in, Carter springboards for a DOOMSDAY CUTTER!! Cover, Carter & Smith ELIMINATE The Hunt!! Gallus is eating this up while they’re eating up the popcorn! Extra referees are needed to take The Hunt away because Boar is furious! Howley attacks Carter from behind and stomps him down!
Howley DECKS Smith, DECKS Andrews and swings on FMW before he CLUBS Carter down! Howley drags Carter up, CLUBS him again, then scoops him for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Howley drags Carter up, whips him to the Pretty Deadly corner, but Carter hits Stoker first! Carter goes up and over Howley but Howley sits on the cover, only for Carter to go Matrix! Hot tags to Smith and Stoker! Smith rallies on Pretty Deadly with big arms and shoulders! Smith gut wrenches Stoker to a BIG suplex! Stoker staggers into Smith’s grip, for a pop-up to the fireman’s carry! Stoker slips out, waistlocks, Smith switches and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Howley UPPER-
NO! Smith blocks the strike and drags Howley up to CLOBBER him! But Stoker rolls Smith up! ONE, Smith high stacks, TWO!! Carter tags in, baits Stoker into Smith’s BOOT! Another combo, BACK DROP 450!! Cover, TWO!! Stoker survives and Howley hurries in. Carter sees Howley, Stoker shoves Carter to then tag out to Andrews! Andrews runs into Carter’s scoop but he wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Tag to Smith, Andrews fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Smith reverses the whip, Andrews elbows back and FMW tags in! Smith gets Andrews in an Electric Chair but FMW runs in to KNEE TRIGGER Carter! SWSC hit Smith with TOAST AT 2 AM!! Cover off the Poison Rana Knee Trigger, SWSC ELIMINATE Smith & Carter!
And that means South Wales Subculture and Pretty Deadly are our final two! FMW and Stoker stare down, but Howley tags in and Pretty Deadly rush FMW! Stoker gets a leg and Howley BOOTS FMW down! Howley throws big knees into FMW and puts him in the corner for EuroUppers! Tag to Stoker, Howley RAMS into FMW and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Stoker keeps FMW from Andrews with a whip back into the corner, and Stoker stomps and punches away! Tag to Howley but FMW fires off on Stoker with CHOPS! Howley throws FMW into the corner, but FMW dodges and ducks to hot tag Andrews!
Andrews CHOPS away on Pretty Deadly, but Howley kicks low. Pretty Deadly double whip, Andrews slides under to DOUBLE PELE! Andrews CHOPS and CLUBS Howley, whips but Howley reverses, only for Andrews to 619 Stoker in the arse! Howley runs into a shoulder, and Andrews slingshots up and over to victory roll, STOMP 182! Andrews springboards, gets on Howley’s shoulders, HURICANRANA! Cover, TWO!! Howley survives, Stoker DECKS FMW, but Andrews drags Howley up. Andrews forearms and CHOPS, Howley shoves but Andrews wheelbarrows. Howley throws Andrews off but Andrews ROCKS Stoker!
Andrews kicks but Howley blocks it and puts the leg on the ropes! Stoker holds the leg and Howley KNEES it! Andrews falls over, the ref reprimands but Stoker tags in. Stoker drags Andrews up, torture racks, and spins into a SWING! Then he has the bad leg for the HALF CRAB! Andrews endures, crawls, but Stoker drags him away! Andrews turns over, kicks but Stoker steps through! FIGURE FOUR! Andrews endures all over again, keeps his shoulders up, flails, but Howley runs in to intercept FMW! But FMW uses that to rana Howley onto Stoker!! Andrews is free but all four men are down! FMW checks on Andrews then goes back to his corner.
Andrews clutches the bad leg, drags himself over but Stoker gets the leg to bring Andrews up! Howley suplexes but Andrews hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Hot tag to FMW! The Modfather goes up, for the SWANTON BOMB onto Stoker’s back!! Cover, but Howley breaks it! Andrews goes after Howley and throws him out! Andrews shakes out the bad leg to slingshot RANA Howley to the ramp! Stoker rolls FMW up, TWO!! FMW sends Stoker out onto Howley! Tag to Andrews, FMW climbs up and SWANTONS onto Pretty Deadly!! Andrews builds speed as the ref shouts at all of them, Eddie Dennis appears and JAMS Andrews with a chair!! Dennis defies the ringside ban!
FMW only sees the aftermath, and Howley trips him off the apron! The ref reprimands but the damage is done! Pretty Deadly regroups and tags, then brings Andrews up. HART ATTACK NECKBREAKER! AKA Spilt Milk! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships)
The Headmaster uses Pretty Deadly as pawns again in his pursuit of revenge on Mark Andrews! But at least it benefitted Stoker & Howley this time! The pawns are promoted to challengers, but the champions go to the stage! Joe Coffey is raising a glass, or rather paper cup, to toast HIS boys as Mark and Wolfgang tell Pretty Deadly to be ready! Will Gallus boys still be on top against the “dandy highwaymen” that just stole the show?
A really good episode for NXT UK, top to bottom! I’m very surprised Trent Seven has a direction already, I almost thought he was going to wait until closer to WrestleMania season. Though, I suppose NXT UK doesn’t have to go by that calendar. Seven wanting to drop down to join the Cruiserweight Division is even more surprising, but that alone could be a reason Seven isn’t in matches for some time because he’s still working off those pounds. I could see this being somewhere between Buddy Murphy having to keep his weight down on 205 Live and Matt Hardy way back in the day doing crazy things to work off the weight.
I knew Carter VS Gradwell was going to be the match-up this week and it was very good. Carter of course wins but Gradwell does a great job making him look good. Also commentary did great to plug some other hilarious things Gradwell says, it just makes me feel Gradwell needs to be something within the next year. I would love to see a Heritage Cup match between Gradwell and A-Kid, I feel like Gradwell could come up with some great stuff in his promos. Then, though the news was known for a few weeks, Meiko Satomura joining NXT UK not just as a veteran backstage but in the ring is incredible. Satomura VS KLR is a given, and it is going to be great.
Dragunov had a good promo, and Gradwell’s cameo probably means he’s next to feel that beserker wrath, which sounds awesome. Then we got just an amazing main event with the Fatal 4 Way Tag Elimination match. I am really surprised The Hunt went out first, but it worked in story, and it was perhaps also an audible out of concern for Boar’s leg. He really did land awkwardly on it out of the back drop, but it didn’t take him right out of things. But at the same time, I should’ve seen Eddie Dennis being able to interfere with the match in a very sneaky way. SWSC VS The Hunt rematch should happen down the line, but I also like that we’re getting Gallus VS Pretty Deadly after all. It was foreshadowed heavily for weeks, so we might as well do it and see what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!
NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!
- Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
- Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
- Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
- Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.
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[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?
Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino
Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
- Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.
Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.
Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.
Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.
And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (9/30/22)
A closer look at Link VS Kage 2
Chairshot Radio: Musical Chairs S2:E6- OK Go & The Offspring 
This week on Musical Chairs, the guys take a look at two more innovative and influential bands. Patrick talks about...
Bandwagon Nerds #150: 150 Episodes of Nerdom
The Bandwagon celebrates 150 episodes of Nerdom this week with the OG Nerds celebrating with you! Join Patrick O’Dowd, David...
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
DWI Podcast #343: The Suicide
Steve Cook joins the podcast as we discuss #71-80 of the Top 100 Male Wrestlers!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/30/22)
Role Model VS Wild Child!
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional...
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: War Games and Blood and Vacation, oh my! #2
Paige is now Saraya & is All Elite! Are you excited? This Mindless bunch breaks down her jump to AEW,...
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022
Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with...
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/28/22)
There's gold in Philly!
The #Miranda Show: IZW Cooltown Clash 2
Miranda and Greg look back at IZW Cooltown Clash 2, including a fantastic main event, and a return to ring...
Greg DeMarco Show: No One Gets Out Alive (Dave Meltzer, Tony Khan, Bryan Alvarez, and more) + The List of Wrestling Farewells
It's time for another installment of "No One Gets Out Alive" on the Greg DeMarco Show! Plus Greg & Patrick...