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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/7/21)

New year, new challenger?

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Coverage NXT UK 2021

Who will challenge Kay Lee Ray for the NXT UK Women’s Championship?

The Spoiled Princess spoiled Piper’s Falls Count Anywhere for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but will Piper get her revenge to start 2021?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Piper Niven VS Jinny; Jinny wins and will challenge Kay Lee Ray for the title.
  • Dave Mastiff VS Saxon Huxley; Mastiff wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Ben Carter; Devlin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Piper Niven VS Jinny!

Why wait to settle this? The Scottish Viper and would-be queen of NXT have their grudge match to start NXT UK’s 2021 and there can only be ONE #1 contender! Who knocks down their hated rival to go after the Scary Queen of Scots’ throne?

The bell rings and the two rush each other! Piper throws hands, clubs away on Jinny but Jinny hits back with forearms! Jinny knees low, Piper throws more forearms and ROCKS her! Piper CLUBS Jinny, stomps her, but the ref backs her off. Jinny flounders up but dodges Piper’s corner splash to fire off forearms! The ref counts, Piper shoves Jinny away but Jinny comes back with more! Piper shoves Jinny, sweeps the legs, and back sentons! Jinny tumbles out of the ring but Piper pursues! Piper clubs Jinny down, Jinny kicks back but Piper stomps her legs! Piper clubs Jinny, throws her into railing, and then refreshes the ring count at 8.

The ref tells Piper to keep this in the ring but Piper brings Jinny up. Jinny SLAPS Piper, fires off forearms, then gets in the ring at 5. Piper grabs at Jinny’s leg, but Jinny yanks Piper into the post! Jinny kicks Piper down, goes out after her, and POSTS her! The ring count is 5 again as Jinny goes back in. Piper stirs at 7 and drags herself up at 8 to get in at 9! Jinny rains down furious forearms and chokes Piper! “You NEVER disrespect me! Do you understand?!” Jinny stomps Piper, drags her up to wrench the arm and throw more knees. Jinny ROCKS Piper with a right, covers, TWO! Piper is still in this but Jinny is furious. Jinny wrenches, hooks Piper up and puts on the IRON OCTOPUS!

The BT Sports Studio fans rally as Jinny CLAWS Piper’s arm! Piper powers out, Jinny fires off forearms and knees, then wrenches to hook Piper up again. Jinny CLUBS away with elbows, then finishes the Iron Octopus! Piper endures, fights her way up, and hits an AIR RAID CRASH! Both women are down but out comes… Joseph Conners? What business does he have in an NXT UK Women’s Championship related match? Jinny throws knees and clotheslines but Piper stays up! Jinny clotheslines again, runs, but Piper gets around for a SAIDO SUPLEX! Jinny flounders up into double ax handles over and over! Piper hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Jinny survives, rolls out of the ring and ends up near Conners. Conners is a statue as Piper storms over to pursue. Piper CANNONBALLS, but Conners takes the hit?! Jinny goes after Piper with clubbing forearms as the ring count climbs! Jinny drags Piper up to RAM her into the apron! The count is 5 but Jinny shoves Piper in at 7! Jinny climbs up the corner, springboards, but into Piper’s arms! Piper shifts Jinny around but Conners trips Piper up! Jinny victory rolls, Jinny wins!!

Winner: Jinny, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship)

The Spoiled Princess gets what she wants, but what is Conners doing helping her get it? Is he trying to play white knight for the would-be queen? Will he help her take the throne from KLR?

 

Pretty Deadly speaks.

“Gallus! You don’t like us, but we get it. You don’t want Pretty Deadly in the tag division.” They know why. Mark and Wolfie are scared, intimidated even, because they didn’t think they’d be here. But now Gallus puts a target on the challengers’ backs, almost like Pretty Deadly planned this! Will this plan go beautifully for Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley?

 

Aoife Valkyrie speaks.

“When a bird leaves the nest, they have to be ready, or it can be fatal.” Aoife never trusts the branch she stands on, but she does trust her wings. When you are chasing perfection, there is no room for frayed feathers. When you watch the birds soar, they don’t try to be perfect, they just are. Will Aoife’s flight be an effortless perfection that takes her to the title?

 

Tyler Bate reflects on his first match back in NXT UK.

A match for the Heritage Cup against A-Kid, a young man who he mentored, and Bate lost. “It was a very thought provoking loss. The loss provoked quite painful feelings and this really uncomfortable energy inside of me.” In those moments of pain are opportunities to learn lessons. The lesson Bate learned was “so long as I give my all, so long as I remain open to learn, and willing to expand my understanding of professional wrestling and myself, and so long as I do that from a place of absolute authenticity, I am liberated from any pain any match could put in front of me.”

Bate quotes Bruce Lee’s, “Be like water.” There is a reason Bruce Lee changed the paradigms of his art, and that is what Bate wants to do with pro-wrestling. This life chose him, and he wants to be a conduit for a greater good he doesn’t even know yet. But to be authentic, he needs to go deep within himself. Not just a deep knowing, but a deep faith. And if Bate acts out of that authentic self-expression, everything will fall into place. That is why Bate is here. What does Bate want to say with his wrestling? Never let fear turn you against your playful heart.

 

Sam Gradwell responds to Bate’s message.

“Is this supposed to be inspirational?” The only yogi Gradwell respects is the one who goes after picnic baskets. Be like water? That’s horrible advice! What a yogurt. This response makes its way to management, and they’ve decided we will get Tyler Bate VS Sam Gradwell next week! Will the Big Strong Boy teach the Thunderstorm what he was talking about firsthand?

 

NXT UK presents an all new Supernova Sessions!

Noam Dar says hello and welcomes us to the first episode of 2021. New Year’s is the time for resolutions, but for Dar it’s a new year and the same him. But he has resolutions he will achieve this year, that he wishes to speak into existence so that the universe may provide. “NXT Cruiserweight Champion. NXT World Champion. NXT UK Champion. Superstar of the Year Award. Most Handsome Award. Most Funny Award. The Most Humble Award. The lead role in The Marine 475. Be an absolute legend. Actually I could just take that one off now. And last but not least, Trish Stratus’ phone number. Just joking about that last one, I’ve already got it.”

But Dar’s guest makes his NXT UK in-ring debut next week, but here is “Ben Carpenter!” No, it’s Ben Carter, and they elbow bump. Carter takes the guest seat and he’s okay with breadsticks. Dar cuts to the chase to ask the question everyone wants to know. “Woodwork. Has it always been a passion of yours? Or does carpentry run in the family?” Carter clears this up for Dar. It’s CARTER, not Carpenter. Ben has nothing to do with carpentry. But thanks for having Dar on the show. Carter gets Dar does stuff like this, so it’s fine. Dar acts like it’s the mistake of his staff and he grumbles at someone about the questions set up about shelves.

But Dar knows about Ben CARTER, he is a huge hit. So moving on from tables and such… Ben Carter, why did you join NXT UK? Firstly, Carter is very happy to be here, but not just that. Carter wants to face the very best the business has to offer, and everyone knows that starts here in NXT UK. Dar says Carter has the very best right here so- But wait! Here comes Jordan Devlin! Dar welcomes Jordan to the show and Devlin “apologizes” to Noam for interrupting. But Devlin has a burning question for Dar that he couldn’t wait to ask. “How on Earth are you gonna have Ben Carter on this show ahead of the Irish Ace?”

Not to disrespect Carter, he’s great and all, but Devlin knows what it’s like to be a prodigy. A huge upside and limitless potential. But c’mon, Dar, you are on the same roster with Devlin, the Cruiserweight Champion with an open challenge for every time he’s in the ring! And yet, Dar brings on Carter first? Dar gets Devlin’s point, but perhaps when you’re the REAL NXT Cruiserweight Champion and not a substitute, then maybe Dar’s people will talk with Devlin’s people for a Supernova Sessions. But right now, the guest is Ben Carter, so…

Carter wishes to speak up and says Dar has been surprisingly nice, but he actually sides with Devlin. Just speaking human to human here, Devlin IS the true, legitimate, undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, the Ace of this division and a gatekeeper of this brand! Because Devlin is all of these things, he should have no problem defending that title against Carter. Great idea, Ben! Dar likes it! Devlin has an idea. Carter clearly fits the weight class requirements, and wants after the best, but he’s looking at him. If Carter wants the title, then take him on tonight! Dar says Carter was going to wait for next week so it’s fine if he’s not ready.

Carter says it’s fine. If Devlin wants it, then let’s go! Dar is going to love seeing them beat the life out of each other. Sid Scala appears and will talk with Johnny Saint about making the main event for tonight be for the Cruiserweight Championship! Another exclusive for Supernova Sessions! Must-See TV and the place to be! Devlin snatches Dar’s apple, and Dar has the music play. Will the prodigy of British wrestling go from debuting to dethroning Devlin?

 

Kay Lee Ray speaks.

“Earlier tonight, Jinny became the #1 contender for my title. Now Jinny, you’re someone that gets what you want all the time. Mommy and Daddy can just reach into the cocket and get you anything you want!” But the title is something that money can’t buy. The title takes talent, and the title belongs to K L R. Will the battle of Scary Queen and Spoiled Princess for the gold be absolutely priceless?

 

Dave Mastiff VS Saxon Huxley!

The Bomber hates bullies, and that is what the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane was being to Jack Starz and Levi Muir. The Proper British Heavyweight is daring the deranged Huxley to pick on someone his own size, but will Mastiff be too much for him to handle?

The bell rings and the two circle. Huxley tests the waters then throws knees and clubbing forearms! Huxley ROCKS Mastiff to a corner, CLUBS him more, but Mastiff RAMS into Huxley and throws forearms back! Mastiff throws body shots, Huxley elbows, they brawl at ropes and the ref counts. Mastiff knees low, whips Huxley to ropes and then kitchen sink knees Huxley down! BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Huxley survives but Mastiff keeps on him for another cover, TWO! Mastiff looms over Huxley, brings him up and CLUBS him down! Huxley gets to ropes, grabs Mastiff’s beard but Mastiff shoves him away. Mastiff runs into the Thesz Press!

Huxley rains down fists, fires up and goes to a corner to come back with a running elbow drop! Mastiff rolls to a corner, Huxley runs in, and BOOTS Mastiff down! Huxley keeps moving side to side to BOOT WASH! Mastiff is stunned and Huxley goes outside. Huxley runs in from the outside to BOOT Mastiff again! The ref has the ring count climbing but Huxley gets up and to the top rope at 5! Huxley leaps to FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Huxley stomps Mastiff, clamps on for clubbing forearms to Mastiff’s chest, then twists Mastiff’s head! Mastiff endures as Huxley has the arm, and Huxley elbows away! Huxley grabs an ear but the ref counts.

Huxley RAMS shoulders with Mastiff, and again! He clubs the arm more but Mastiff fights back. Mastiff fights up, Huxley wrenches the arm to an elbow breaker, then reels Mastiff in, only for Mastiff to back drop him! Mastiff forearms and CHOPS over and over at the ropes, the ref counts and Mastiff whips Huxley at 4 to CLOBBER him! Mastiff pump handles and EXPLODERS! Cover, TWO! Huxley survives but Mastiff looms over him. Mastiff stalks Huxley, waistlocks, but Huxley elbows free! Huxley runs but Mastiff LARIATS! Huxley flounders to a corner, Mastiff runs corner to corner, INTO THE VOID!! Cover, Mastiff wins!

Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall

A big victory of one big man over another! Will Mastiff make 2021 his year?

 

NXT UK looks at the upcoming United Kingdom Championship match.

Walter says “When I came in here, from day one, without a question, I am the top guy.” A-Kid says in response, “The biggest difference between me and Walter is passion.” Walter respects the business, but AK has worked with everything he has since day one. Walter knows AK has worked hard, worked his way up, and AK promises to keep that passion going. AK studied while the UK went through lockdown. It is how he got through the Heritage Cup to win it all. The inaugural Heritage Cup Champion even beat the inaugural United Kingdom Champion in his first defense. The last thing Bate told him was that AK can handle the best. That is why AK wants to BE the best.

Walter will not let AK arrogantly think he represents heritage. Walter congratulates AK on winning the cup, but vows that he will forever be the NXT UK Champion. Will forever end a lot sooner than the Ring General predicted?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Ben Carter!

The Irish Ace didn’t need to issue an open challenge because the newest star on the brand accepted! Will Devlin stay the one true Cruiserweight Champion? Or will Carter take that claim from him to start the new year?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this incredible debut for wrestling’s newest prodigy begins!

Devlin and Carter circle, tie up, and Devlin puts Carter on the ropes. The ref counts, Devlin lets off at 2 and lets Carter come back. They circle and tie up, Devlin waistlocks to slam Carter and then talks some trash. Carter gets up, circles with Devlin and ties up again. Devlin wrenches, wristlocks, but Carter spins. Devlin spins to keep the wristlock, Carter rolls but so does Devlin. Devlin wrangles Carter to the mat, twists the wrist, but Carter gets up to spin and arm-drag. Devlin holds on, Carter rolls and rolls and handsprings around to wrench, elbow breaker then hammerlock! Carter headlocks, and holds on as Devlin tries to power out!

BT Sports Studio rallies as Devlin fights up. Devlin back suplexes but Carter snapmare counters! Carter grinds on the headlock but Devlin pulls hair. The ref reprimands but Devlin fights his way up. Devlin powers out, Carter goes up and over and handsprings to then dodge and waistlock. Devlin switches, Carter slips out to shove, and things speed up as Carter hurdles and drops to dropkick Devlin out! Carter builds speed, but Devlin gets in to URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Devlin argues the count but the count is fair, and he looms over Carter. Devlin drags Carter up, snapmares and runs to drop a leg, brother!

Carter checks his chin while Devlin sneers. Devlin looms over Carter, stalks him to ropes, and avoids body shots to CLUB Carter down! Devlin drags Carter up, scoops and slams hard and fast! “You think you belong in here with me?” Devlin stands on Carter’s hair and pulls the arms! The ref counts and Devlin lets go at 4, to drag Carter up, shove him to ropes and CLUB him on the back! Carter falls over in a heap but Devlin stays close. Devlin stands on Carter’s head at the ropes, the ref counts but Devlin lets off at 4. Devlin drags Carter up, shoves him, but Carter gets around to roll up and bridge! TWO, Carter blocks a kick to give a CHOP!

Carter whips, Devlin reverses but Carter leaps over for a sunset flip! TWO! Carter runs, Devlin pops him up for a FLAPJACK! Devlin drops knees, covers, TWO!! Carter narrowly survives but Devlin keeps his focus. Devlin drags Carter up, throws a stiff body shot, and dusts off his hands. Devlin walks over but into an elbow from Carter! Carter is in a corner, Devlin storms over and blocks boots to spin Carter. Carter uses that to slide out and he fires off fast hands! Carter bumps Devlin off buckles, then springboards, just to fake Devlin’s dropkick out! Then Carter springboards to missile dropkick Devlin after all!

Devlin and Carter end up in opposite corners, Carter runs in but Devlin puts Carter up top to then DECK him! Carter tumbles down to the floor and a ring count begins, only for Devlin to go out and fetch Carter. Devlin whips Carter into steel steps! And then Devlin puts Carter in, suplexes, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Carter survives and Devlin is furious! Carter crawls and Devlin watches him. Devlin drags Carter up by his hair, and DECKS Carter with a EuroUpper! Devlin says Carter isn’t ready to be in the ring with him! Devlin drags Carter up, whips but Carter dodges, but so does Devlin! DOUBLE CROSSBODIES COLLIDE!

Both men are down and writhing as the studio audience fires up! A standing count starts, Carter is up at 3 but Devlin is up right after. They’re on opposite ends, they head for each other, and Carter counter punches, but Devlin ducks kick after kick to JAB! Devlin whips, Carter slides to stop, then jumps over Devlin’s slide to QUEBRADA, to an ELBOW DROP DDT! Both men are down at the ramp but Carter hurries to get up! Carter drags Devlin up and in, catches his breath before getting in at 5 to drag Devlin right up! ANARCHY SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans fire up! Carter and Devlin slowly rise, and Carter gets to a corner.

Carter goes up, PHOENIX SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Devlin moves! Devlin and Carter run at each other, SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Carter survives and Devlin is beside himself! Devlin vows to end this as he looms over Carter. Devlin KICKS Carter in the side, gets the arm, and reels him in, for a DESTROYER?! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin survives and shocks Carter after Carter shocked Devlin! Carter focuses, thinks on what to do, and he goes back to the apron. Carter springboards again, but into a trip! Devlin has the legs, CLOVERLEAF!! Carter endures, Devlin sits deep, Carter moves around, ROPEBREAK!

Devlin doesn’t care, he just drags Carter away! Carter endures more, powers up and reaches out again, and gets another ropebreak! Devlin lets go out of exhaustion and the studio fans are loving this! Carter drags himself up with the ropes but his back gives up! Devlin unleashes Kowata Kicks! DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

What a debut for Carter, but what a victory for Devlin! Will the Irish Ace continue to prove why he is the true, legitimate, undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of NXT?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT UK to start the New Year! Opening with the Women’s Championship Contender’s Match was a nice surprise, but it also seemed to give away that something fishy was going to happen. I’m very intrigued by this alliance of Jinny and Conners, though I’m thinking this will benefit her more than it will him. With Conners by Jinny’s side, she will take the title from KLR, but I was hoping she was going to win on her own. As for Conners, is she going to somehow help him take the Heritage Cup? I can’t be so sure. And speaking of, we got a good video package for Walter VS A-Kid, which is happening next week, but Walter is surely retaining and AK will focus on the cup.

Pretty Deadly had a good promo to call out Gallus, Aoife Valkyrie had a good vignette to keep her on our minds. Tyler Bate had a good video to set his new direction, and Gradwell’s response was perfectly Gradwell. Bate VS Gradwell is going to be a real fun match and hopefully a longer story, because both have their own great way of talking in their promos that it’ll be entertaining to have them go back and forth. Mastiff VS Huxley was a pretty good match but rather quick because of how big these guys are. I don’t think this will be the end of it, as Huxley is basically a manic sore loser. And I still think Rampage Brown gets involved somehow, given that one promo that Huxley was part of.

Supernova Sessions is still very new but it’s doing pretty well because Dar is entertaining. His list of resolutions was funny, especially calling out The Marine franchise. I really hope one day we get Miz and Miz TV VS Dar and Supernova Sessions. Supernova Sessions being set up to give us the great surprise main event was cool, too. Devlin VS Carter was a great match, and clearly Carter is a star in the making. Naturally Devlin retains, and I am still expecting his roll to continue until we can have the Undisputed/Winner Takes All Cruiserweight Championship match between NXT and NXT UK.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW Royal Quest II

NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

 


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

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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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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