The legends return for the first Monday Night Raw of the New Year!
As Drew McIntyre defends the WWE World Championship against Keith Lee, Raw welcomes back legend after legend, such as Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan!
- The New Day VS The Miz & John Morrison; The New Day wins.
- AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker; Styles wins.
- Asuka & Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair VS Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce; Evans & Royce win.
- Matt Riddle VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Riddle wins.
Mandy RoseDana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler; Brooke wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
- Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business; Lucha House Party wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Blame It On The Bogey(Man): Angel Garza VS R-Truth w/ Torrie Wilson & Nikki Cross; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Keith Lee; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
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Hulkamania is running wild!
This isn’t an iPhone you’re looking at, brother! It’s an hPhone! You can go online, go to social media, or even just make a phone call! So what you gonna do when Legend’s Night runs wild on you, brother?!
Miz TV opens Raw!
John Morrison and the once again Mr. Money in the Bank host the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and this is a Legend’s Night edition! Raw is jam-packed as Drew McIntyre defends his WWE Championship, Jeff Hardy faces an old foe in Randy Orton, and a whole lot of legends to celebrate the New Year! Hey, John, who do we have here tonight? Let’s see… There’s the Nature Boy, Ric Flair! Correct! Torrie Wilson, Booker T SUCKA~! And let me tell you something brother, Hulk Hogan! Correct! But Morrison is forgetting someone. The most legendary legend, The Miz, and he is AEWSOME! COOOOORRECT!
But tonight isn’t just Legend’s Night, no! It’s the first Raw of the new year, and Miz is optimistic about 2021, what with WWE Management restoring this MITB briefcase to the rightful owner: MIZ. 2021 will be the Year of Miz ‘n’ Morrison, Hey Hey, Ho Ho! And here is the first guest of the new year, the NEW~ DAY~! Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods head to the ring to join Miz and Morrison and they all take seats. Miz welcomes them to the show, thanks them, but the New Day thank them for being guests on their new show. It is “New! Day Talks!” No way to flip the thing on the mics for that, though.
Kofi is the host, and Xavier is the band leader. Miz TV doesn’t have a band leader. Right, but NDT does! So Kofi gets to business. This is more like a cookout, and these two weren’t invited. But if they want to crash the cookout, Kofi will tell them what they’ve got. Kofi and Woods are gonna have it all~! They know fans are thirsty, so they’ve brought the good tea. Correct! What else? Kofi is vegan but Woods brought the beef! Correct! And? Well this is the first show ever in the history of ever with smell-o-vision, and it is working! COOOOOOOORRECT~! Are they done? Yeah Kofi is lightheaded. Then Miz would like to conduct his-
COOOOOOOOOOOOOORRECT! Oh okay, this is “hosting practice before Xavier bombs on G4.” IN-COOOORRECT. And respect Woods’ authority, he is also a bailiff. Where is Miz’s bailiff? This isn’t Judge Judy. Morrison loves that show. Not helping. Kofi gets to his cards for questions, very official. Like them graphics? Okay, first question. “Do you have any New Year’s Resolucions?” That’s a hard hitting question? Morrison has three. One: graduate from hibachi chef school. Two: Invest in Etheriom. Nice. And three: Take a picture every day so he can make a picture montage at the end. Cool! NOT, HELPING!
Second question! Let’s switch it up. Out of all the legends here tonight, who would they go out to dinner with? Who? Who who who? Miz sighs but Morrison says Tatanka! Miz tells Morrison to stop giving in. This “interview” has gone on long enough. Woods plays the trombone and Kofi says this is the cooking portion of the show! Cooking like Bootiesworthy! Xavier Woods hosts this section. Miz shouts “ENOUGH!!” Miz is sick of them making a joke out of him and his show! Miz thought the new year would mean a new- Wait, is that… TEDDY LONG?! “Hold on a minute there, playas!” It’s been a long time, but Teddy’s back, and he says that Miz ‘n’ Morrison… will face THE UNDERTAKER! WHOA~!!
Adam Pearce hurries out to let Teddy know that Taker retired. Oh, sorry. New solution. Miz ‘n’ Morrison will take on the New Day! And that is next! Another classic from Teddy Long! Will Kofi & Woods show the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century who really knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk?
The New Day VS The Miz & John Morrison!
Raw returns and Morrison starts with Woods at the bell. The two tie up, Morrison headlocks but Woods powers out fast. They circle, Woods gets around to roll up, ONE! Woods mule kicks, puts Morrison in the corner and CHOPS him! Kofi tags in, they double wrench to double CHOP and kick and run to double BULLDOG Morrison down! Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi grins as he brings Morrison up to snapmare, then runs and tags Woods. Penalty Kick, sliding lariat, and rebound SPLASH! Woods drops the fist! Cover, TWO! Woods brings Morrison up but Morrison ROCKS Woods with a forearm! And then KNEES Woods to the corner! Tag to Miz and Miz stomps away on Woods!
Miz paces as he seethes, then brings Woods up for a knee. Miz scuffs Woods, runs, but Woods dodges the boot to roll him up! TWO, and Miz scoops but Woods slips out. Woods shoves Miz to the corner, elbows then tags Kofi. Kofi runs in to forearm, Woods hits the HONOR ROLL! Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi keeps on Miz with a headlock but Miz powers up. Kofi hits the headlock takeover, Miz claws at his face but the ref reprimands. The two stand up, Miz gets ropes and elbows Kofi back! Miz headlocks, Kofi powers out but Miz runs him over! Miz and Morrison start up “Hey hey! Ho ho!”
Things speed up, Miz catches Kofi but Kofi arm-drags out of the full nelson. Kofi spins but Miz blocks Trouble in Paradise to catapult but Kofi goes up, up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps moving and he Penalty Kicks Miz back down! Woods tags in, and he gives Kofi a boost, for a spinning stomp! Cover, TWO! Miz reaches but Woods brings Miz away with a headlock. Miz powers up, pulls Woods’ hair, and gets a headlock of his own. Woods powers out, Morrison tags in and Woods dropkicks Miz only for Morrison to club him, spin and trip, STANDING SHOOTING FLOP! Woods tags in and he holds Morrison in a crossface for Kofi to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Kofi brings Morrison up, whips him corner to corner but Morrison reverses. Morrison runs in but Kofi lands out of the monkey flip! Kofi twerks at Morrison, but still dropkicks him down! Kofi goes in, and he hits a monkey flip with extra heat! Miz runs in but Woods clobbers him! Kofi runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes Miz ‘n’ Morrison at the ramp! Woods get the trombone to play their song as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Morrison whips Kofi only for Kofi to hit a leaping lariat! Kofi fires off strikes on Morrison, and a headbutt! Kofi hits Miz, too, but Morrison wrenches and kicks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE Kofi down! Tag to Miz, and Miz runs to basement BOOT Kofi down! Miz rains down furious fists then drags Kofi up. Miz puts Kofi against ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Miz lets off, but Morrison gets a cheap shot in! Miz drags Kofi back up, puts him in the corner and tags Morrison. They double GUT BUSTER, then Morrison covers, TWO! Morrison keeps on Kofi with a chinlock and grinds him down.
Fans clap on their screens, Kofi fights up and reaches, but he throws body shots to get free! Kofi runs but Morrison picks him up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Miz, Miz mocks Woods with “NEW~ DAY~ SUCKS!” A-List Lariat to Kofi! Cover, TWO! Miz pulls Kofi back against the knee and pulls on the arms. Kofi endures, fights up, turns things around on Miz, then clubs him! Miz keeps Kofi from Woods with a knee to the ribs! Miz gets the leg and steps through but no figure four! Kofi gets Miz for SOS! Both men are down but their partners reach out! Hot tags to Woods and Morrison!
Woods rallies on Morrison with clotheslines and a leg lariat! Miz runs in but Woods throws him out! Morrison kicks Woods, whips but Woods reverses, only for Morrison to DECK him with a right! Morrison brings Woods up, whips again but Woods slides, to ROLLING ELBOW! Morrison is on the ropes, Woods runs, sliding wrecking ball dropkick! Kofi gets Miz with a leaping ax handle! Woods steps in, Morrison blocks the DDT and rolls him up, to use ropes! But Kofi pushes the legs off! Woods trips up Morrison for a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, the New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
The first win in the new year for the New Day, will they be back on their way to a new tag team championship opportunity? Is 2021 already going to be rough for Miz and Morrison?
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
After watching a recap video of last week, Charly Caruso asks him what was going through his mind as he held that burning match. Alexa Bliss had dared him to set her on fire the same as he did The Fiend/Bray Wyatt, and drenched herself in gasoline to make it easy, and even though cameras cut away, it is clear he didn’t go through with it. Orton says that as he was holding that match, the voices were telling him to do it. “Drop the match! Set her on fire! Watch her burn!” But Orton couldn’t do it. Orton realized why: because just like everyone who has faced The Fiend, something changed. So because he faced The Fiend, he changed, and actually showed restraint, compassion and mercy. For that, Orton hates himself!
But then Orton realized his new hatred could be molded and sculpted. There are no more boundaries, and he is truly capable of anything and everything! “Can you imagine if I directed that newfound hatred for myself towards someone else?” Charly asks if he thinks The Fiend is coming back. He doesn’t want to think about that. He’s going to go for a walk, find some old friends, some legends, and have a talk to remind them why he is The Legend Killer. Will all of the WWE legends here tonight be very careful not to “catch up” with The Viper?
Raw shares part of the WWE New Year’s TikTok stream.
R-Truth joined The New Day in ringing in the new year, and he was very hopeful for 2020~! They explain that 2020 already happened, and we’re heading into 2021 now. Look at the glasses and decorations. Oh right, duh. That was a test! Truth just got back from Australia- Truth, no, there’s no international travel… Truth says he swam and ran it. But then referee Jon Cone comes in, ready to party! A New Year party popper spooks Truth, and Garza rolls him up!! Garza wins!! And Francesca is a casualty!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
No! Not like this! Not while it’s still 2020!! Xavier mourns Francesca but Garza shouts “Happy New Year!” before he runs off, ready to truly celebrate 2021! Truth still thinks it’s 2020 and thinks this is a bad start to the year. Can it only get better from here?
Angel Garza meets Alicia Fox!
She’s beautiful, but so is his NEW 24/7 Championship. Alicia asks if he’s seen that guy on the skateboard drinking cranberry juice listening to Fleetwood Mac on TikTok. He hasn’t. Then what does he know about beautiful? She heads off, and Garza meets legends like Tatanka, Sgt. Slaughter and Mickie James! He respectfully says going into the New Year that there couldn’t be any more than he could want! He has his happiness, his health, and the 24/7 title, but now he’s gotten to meet Mickie James! What an honor! He hands her his rose, but Slaughter takes it and calls Garza a maggot. Garza heads off before a legend decides to take his title, will he make it through the night with the belt?
AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker!
The Phenomenal One didn’t have a phenomenal ending to 2020 since The Miz got in the way at TLC, but he did get to beat up on The Drifter. Now we get an encore to start 2021! Will Elias rewrite how this song ends? Or will Styles refuse to #WalkWithElias no matter what year it is?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Elias. Styles headlocks, Elias tries to power out but Styles holds on. Elias goes to a corner, Styles turns that to a rolling headlock! Elias powers up, back suplexes Styles down, but Styles holds on to the headlock! Styles grinds Elias but Elias powers up to power out and elbow Styles down! Styles staggers, Elias runs in and kicks Styles down! Elias fires off with stomps in the corner but the ref counts. Elias lets off at 4, brings Styles up and CHOPS him! Elias whips, Styles hits buckles hard then Elias CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE!! Elias wraps on a chinlock to grind Styles down, but Styles fights up to back Elias into buckles. Styles elbows free, then throws haymakers.
Styles CHOPS Elias, more haymakers, then whips. Elias reverses, Styles kicks Elias away, but Styles runs into a flapjack hotshot! Elias trophy lifts Styles to TOSS him onto the corner! Styles gasps and staggers to the apron, Elias BLASTS him down! Omos glares at Elias while Styles recovers and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Elias has Styles up top. Omos glares as Elias throws hands on Styles, keeps Styles on the top rope, but Styles hits back! Elias ROCKS Styles over and over, the ref reprimands but Elias climbs up. Styles slips under and trips Elias up! Then Styles runs in, but Elias BOOTS back! Styles throws a forearm but Elias gives it back! Styles CHOPS, Elias BOOTS! Styles throws a forearm, Elias knees low and hard then CHOPS! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Elias dodges to hit a SIT-OUT CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Elias is beside himself as Styles survives! Elias drops a knee, then drags Styles around to stomp him.
Elias goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Styles rolls away. Elias hops down and storms over, blocks a boot but not the kick! Styles slips out to the apron, springboards back in, but into a JUMPING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again and Elias is shocked! Elias throws down furious fists, drags Styles up to Electric Chair lift, but Styles slips around to RANA Elias into buckles! Elias staggers into Styles’ suplex, BRAIN BUSTER! Styles isn’t done there, he drags Elias up and reels him in, for the STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
That’s two times in a row now! Styles gets up, but Ryker gets in with Elias’ guitar! Only for Omos to intercept the smash hit with a BOOT! Omos’ glare scares Ryker out of the ring! Ryker and Elias regroup, will they decide to Drift Away from anywhere Omos is?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
As a former Royal Rumble winner, what advice does she give to those already declaring this year? The advice is, “Don’t listen to the critics.” Charlotte wasn’t a favorite to win, and yet she defied the odds and did it. That is why she is already declaring for the 2021 Rumble and will defy the odds again. Will the Queen go back to back and be headed back to WrestleMania?
Matt Riddle encounters The Big Show backstage!
Riddle loves “Weeell~…!” But has he ever considered being #TheBigBRO? Show tries it out, and he has some great pipes on him. But Riddle has his huge match with Bobby Lashley, so they’ll talk later. Sure, sure. Show will see you later. But then Randy Orton comes by. “Must be an interesting feeling, huh?” What’s that? Knowing that Show can never compete in the ring again. Who says that? Well, last time Show was in the ring, it was with Orton and he got hit with the most dangerous letters in sports entertainment, and punted in the head. So Show’s career is over thanks to Orton! How does it feel? Show says he can compete any time he wants! Oh, yeah?
Orton clamps onto Show but Show keeps his cool. Show knows Orton wants him to do something reckless. Orton isn’t in his head. Show isn’t embarrassed being out there with the legends. Isn’t he? Then if it meant something to Show, he’d do something about it! But Big Show doesn’t have the guts anymore, so Orton will be on his way. Will the Viper prey on another legend?
Asuka & Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair VS Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce!
The Nature Boy proudly walks his daughter to the ring, as she and the Empress of Tomorrow are going to take on another hopeful women’s tag team! Will the #QueensOfTomorrow make the Sassy Southern Belle and Venus Flytrap bow down before them?
Raw returns as Asuka makes her entrance. Then Peyton makes her entrance, followed by Lacey. The teams sort out and though Lacey says hi to Ric, Peyton starts against Charlotte. They circle, tie up, and Charlotte gets around to a waistlock and she slams Peyton down! Peyton tags to Lacey, she waves to Ric but then Charlotte waistlocks and slams her! Charlotte holds on, Lacey powers up and elbows out! Lacey keeps waving to Ric but Charlotte trips her up! Lacey scrambles to the ropes, Charlotte lets go at 4. Lacey bails out, Charlotte gives chase but tags to Peyton! Peyton swipes at Charlotte but Charlotte DECKS her, only for Lacey to throw her down!
Peyton rains down rights on Charlotte then shouts at Asuka to stop cheering. Peyton throws forearms but Charlotte gives them back! Charlotte whips, Peyton reverses but Charlotte tumbles over and out to shoulder back in! Slingshot and roll up but Peyton rolls through to KICK Charlotte! Peyton sucker punches Asuka and hurries away to tag Lacey! Peyton and Lacey mug Charlotte while the ref is busy with Asuka! Lacy and Peyton double whip, but Charlotte kicks Lacey and forearms Peyton! Lacey runs in but into a backbreaker! Tag to Asuka, and she climbs up to missile dropkick Lacey down! Peyton tags in but Asuka dodges her to hip attack Lacey! Then side-step and shoulder for Peyton!
Peyton gets to a corner, Asuka runs in to hip attack! Asuka kicks Lacey, then hits a BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Cover on Peyton, TWO! Asuka keeps her focus as she drags Peyton up in a waistlock. Peyton fights the suplex off but Asuka kicks and whips. Peyton reverses, Asuka goes up but Peyton DECKS her! Lacey is flirting with Ric but Charlotte glares at her. And then SLAPS her! Charlotte also scolds her dad for encouraging this behavior, but Lacey TACKLES Charlotte down! They scrap on the outside and Ric isn’t sure what to do as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Peyton and Lacey both stomp away on Asuka. The ref counts, they let off and Lacey drags Asuka to step in for a deep cover! ONE, but Lacey gets the arm. Lacey wrenches on the arm, tags in Peyton, and Peyton drags Asuka up to stomp her down. Fans clap on their screens but Peyton tells them and Charlotte to shut up. Peyton stomps Asuka, whips her to a corner hard, then smirks as she slithers over. Peyton drags Asuka up, throws her around, then stalks over to a cover. Peyton bumps Asuka off buckles, digs her boots in, and tags in Lacey. Lacey snapmares, wraps Asuka up in a chinlock, but Charlotte rallies for Asuka.
Asuka fights up, but Lacey dribbles her off the mat! Tag to Peyton, they stomp Asuka around, then Peyton drags Asuka up. Asuka reaches but has to throw hands first. Peyton whips Asuka away but Asuka DECKS Lacey! Asuka ROCKS and ROUNDHOUSES Peyton, to then LARIAT! Both women are down, crawling for their corners, hot tags to Charlotte and Lacey! The Queen rallies with big clotheslines, a BOOT for Peyton, then she dodges as Lacey runs back in. Charlotte blocks Lacey’s boots to ROCK her with a right! Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes to drop a knee on it! Lacey hobbles but Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Charlotte scoops Lacey but Lacey slips out and shoves. Peyton tags in, Charlotte kicks Lacey and hits the EXPLODER! Peyton runs in but into a kick and EXPLODER! Charlotte has the two of them side by side in the drop zone, she climbs as she tags Asuka, MOONSAULT onto both opponents! Asuka uses Lacey as a step to SLIDING KICK Peyton! Cover, TWO!! Peyton survives, but Asuka is right on her! Peyton elbows her away, Charlotte tags back in and Asuka hits a CODEBREAKER! To NATURAL SELECTION!! Cover, Lacey breaks it! Asuka goes after Lacey, throws her out but the hip attack gets a kick and NECKBREAKER!
Lacey flirts with Ric again, pulls him in by his tie, but Charlotte WRECKS Lacey with a dropkick! Charlotte asks what Lacey doesn’t get about leaving Ric alone. But Peyton takes a swing, only Charlotte to duck! The ref is distracted by Lacey, Charlotte runs but Ric trips her!? Peyton rolls Charlotte up, Peyton and Lacey win!!
Winners: Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans, by pinfall
Lacey gives Ric a kiss for that one, but he clearly made a mistake! Charlotte seethes, and Ric apologizes for mistiming the oldest trick in the book, but she tells him to stay out of her business. This isn’t the first time daughter and father have had tension before, but will she be able to forgive Ric this time?
Sheamus finds Drew McIntyre backstage.
“Alright, fella!” Is he ready for tonight? Of course! McIntyre is always ready. And he can show the legends that the world title is in good hands. Good man. But do Sheamus a favor. After Keith Lee put a spanner (that’s wrench for American fans) in the plans, give him an extra kick from Sheamus. McIntyre will, because he will do whatever it takes to defend the title. Sheamus wishes McIntyre luck, but Hogan and Jimmy Hart appear! Hogan wants to tell them something, brothers! He’s the number one fan of both The Fella and the champ! Hogan is so excited for the title match so he will wish him all the luck in the world. Though, just from looking at him, McIntyre’s clearly been training, saying his prayers and taking his vitamins! That’s right!
But even so, Hogan wants to say how proud he is as McIntyre has carried the WWE banner during these crazy times. McIntyre reminds Hogan of Hogan, dude! Well that means the world to McIntyre. Hogan has always had good things to say about McIntyre, and always believed in him, so thanks. And if McIntyre does remind him of himself, is there any chance Sheamus’ big mouth reminds Hogan of Jimmy Hart? Hart can see the resemblance. Sheamus is the Mouth of the South of Ireland. Y’all having a laugh? Well let Sheamus tell you something, brothers! That’s not funny. Just good luck and see you both for drinks later. Not Jimmy, though. Oh lighten up, Sheamus. Stop it, Jimmy!
Hogan has one last thing for McIntyre. Oh he’s way ahead of you, Hogan. WHATCHA GONNA DO, KEITH LEE, when Hulk Hogan and the Hulkamaniacs, AND Drew McIntyre and ClaymoreMania run wild on you, brother?! FLEX! Will McIntyre have even more motivation to win tonight?
Matt Riddle VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
The Bro has a lot of ideas, but it’s up for debate if going after the All Mighty United States Champion is a good or bad one. Will Riddle be too much for even the Rocky Mountain Machine to figure out?
Lashley hands the belt off to MVP, but Riddle is right on him! Riddle fires off forearms and knees, the ref pulls him off, but Riddle finally cools off. The bell hasn’t rung, this isn’t a match yet, but Lashley wants it all the same! They throw hands, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES but Lashley stays up! Riddle gets a waistlock, slips around and goes after the arm, but Lashley pops him up to SLAM him down! Lashley whips Riddle to a corner and stomps then throws hands! Lashley throws big elbows, lets off as the ref counts, but Riddle catches him to a HANGING ARMBAR, and they tumble out of the ring!
Riddle gets up quick to kick, but Lashley yanks him off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS Riddle! Riddle is in a daze as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Lashley is all over Riddle, and hits a straddle attack! And then he drags Riddle back into a stretch, and he twists Riddle’s head and neck with a chinbar! Riddle fights up, Lashley chinlocks, but Riddle fights with body shots and forearms! Riddle runs but Lashley follows, into a kick! Lashley blocks the next kick to spin and elbow, then CLOBBER Riddle! Riddle is a bit dazed again but MVP tells Lashley to finish this. Lashley drags Riddle up by his hair for another chinbar and stretch. Riddle endures, punches at Lashley’s hands, then pries free! Riddle throws body shots, Lsahley whips him into buckles!
Lashley throws more hands, body shots, but Riddle hits back! Lashley elbows Riddle, knees him down, then digs him into the buckle! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and whips Riddle corner to corner. Lashley runs in but Riddle dodges. Lashley stops himself, whips Riddle into more buckles, then bumps him again. Lashley rolls Riddle and runs, but into a spin and PELE! Riddle handsprings and fires up to forearm smash! Then he goes side to side to forearm! Then a BRO- No! Lashley blocks the exploder to gut wrench, and DOMINATOR! But Riddle lands on his feet to PENALTY KICK and BROTON! Cover, ONE?!! FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!?!
MVP talks trash to Riddle but Riddle puts Lashley in a drop zone. Riddle goes up top, MVP distracts and Lashley clubs Riddle! Lashley drags Riddle off the corner to the Canadian rack, DOMINATOR!! Lashley seethes, talks trash on Riddle, and drags him into the HURT LOCK! Riddle endures, pushes off ropes and gets around, he taps but the ref doesn’t see it! Lashley lets go but he and MVP protest! But Riddle rolls Lashley up, and WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Now MVP and Lashley are REALLY angry! Riddle gets lucky, but Lashley did have his insurance policy in MVP. Will things be very different in a rematch?
Ricochet talks with Mark Henry backstage.
The One and Only gets encouragement from the World’s Strongest Man about keeping on as he’s been. Henry sees Ricochet’s heart and knows he can get the job done. Ricochet appreciates the kind words, and says he’s been trying to stay strong, but sometimes it’s hard. This means a lot to Ricochet. But then Orton appears… “Well I’ll be damned, Mark Henry in the flesh.” Orton’s been meaning to catch up to Henry, and he wants to tell Henry that he is entering the 2021 Men’s Rumble. Orton asks if Henry has done the same. Oh, but after all the wear and tear, Henry using a scooter bike to get around, Henry might never compete ever again.
There’s something else Orton thought about. Tonight being Legend’s Night, a lot of legends are of course here tonight, and here is the World’s Strongest Man, on a scooter. How fast does that thing go, anyway? Fast enough to get away from Orton. Orton keeps Henry from scooting off, and wants to reminisce about “the good ol’ days” when Henry put Orton in the Hall of Pain with that World’s Strongest Slam over and over. Orton owes Henry a lot of receipts. Maybe Orton will give Henry a pass on this special occasion, only if he pedals his ass on out of here. Or does Henry want Orton to hit him here and now? GO! GET OUT OF HERE! Pedal and scoot out of ORTON’S arena. Henry has no choice but to take the verbal abuse, but will there be a legend still able to shut Orton up?
MVP has Lashley calm down backstage.
But Charly Caruso asks about the controversy we just saw. MVP says Lashley was ROBBED! Riddle tapped, and what happened after was a travesty! Lashley says Riddle tapped out, but it’ll be okay. Next time Lashley gets his hands on Riddle, he won’t just beat him or hurt him, he will PUNISH his punk ass! MVP says now they’re angry.
Mandy Rose VS Shayna Baszler!
After how she and Dana Brooke were both treated by the Queen of Spades, Mandy wants payback! But- Wait, before she even makes it to the ring, Shayna strikes! Shayna gets Mandy right into the KIRAFUDA, then THROWS her into barriers! And more barriers! And then back the other way! The ref reprimands, Shayna goes into the ring and dares Mandy to get in. Dana hurries out and is pissed at Shayna, but the ref tries to keep this from turning into a fight. Dana says she’ll take Mandy’s place in the match, then! Shayna is fine with that, the ref approves, and so it happens!
Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler!
The bell rings, Dana swings but Shayna dodges to kick and fire off fast hands! Shayna KICKS Dana in the leg, then shouts at her, “How many times do we have to do this?” Shayna throws Dana but Dana throws Shayna out! Dana dares Shayna to get in, and she does, into a fireman’s carry! But Shayna slips out to put on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Dana snapmares out to a cover! Dana wins!!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall
But Shayna STILL has the Kirafuda on! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! The Sexy Muscle Friends regroup, Shayna runs into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Dana and Mandy tell Shayna to back off, but will Shayna simply regroup with her own tag partner?
Ric Flair talks with fellow legends backstage.
But then Orton comes by and ruins the fun. Orton asks how Ric is doing. Here Orton was thinking that for old time’s sake, Ric walk him down to the ring for the match with Jeff Hardy? Of course, Orton won’t let Ric screw his match up like he did Charlotte’s. Ric makes one thing clear. He will NEVER walk down the ramp with Orton again. Ric believed in Orton so much, and all Ric wanted was to be by Orton’s side for that 14th title reign. Remember Evolution? Remember Ric wanting Orton to win RIC’S world title?
Orton remembers plenty! Orton remembers Ric taught him damn near everything! Ric is the Dirtiest Player in the Game, or was! The only thing that makes Ric relevant anymore is that Charlotte is 10 times the competitor he ever was! What’s wrong, Ric? How does your head feel? After that punt just last year, and yet here Ric is again. The thing is, when Orton looks at him, he sees a man that talks and looks like Ric Flair, but is NOT the man that taught Orton everything he knows. Ric is not that man to Orton or anyone else here. He’s just “a pathetic old man.” Orton leaves Ric behind, but is he done running down the legends on Legend’s Night?
Riddle finds Keith Lee backstage.
Bro, huge match tonight! Riddle won his with Lashley, didn’t need too much luck, so he’ll give the rest to Keith. Not that Keith really needs it, he’s a stallion and a beautiful man. But just imagine this! New Year, new champs, bro! Keith has Riddle stop and thanks him for the pep talk. Riddle cheers Keith on, but will the Limitless One truly usher in something new in 2021?
Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton!
It wasn’t too long ago that the Charismatic Enigma and The Viper were trying to end each other’s legacies, and somehow Hardy survived the Apex Predator. But with how Orton is turning his self-loathing into venom towards others, will Hardy have a chance of surviving this time?
The bell rings and Orton stares Hardy down as they circle. They tie up, go around and Hardy gets Orton in a corner, only for Orton to turn it around. Hardy turns it back, Orton facelocks then pokes Hardy in the eye! The ref reprimands, Hardy staggers but Orton brings him around by his hair to a snapmare. Orton stomps Hardy’s face, then paces about. Orton drags Hardy up, scrapes his laces off Hardy’s face, then stalks him to ropes. Orton drags Hardy up, throws him out, and then pursues. Orton brings Hardy up to bounce off the announce desk hood again and again! Then the BACK SUPLEX to the desk! Hardy flops down while Orton leaves him behind to refresh the count.
Orton drags Hardy along the desk by his hair, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Hardy grits his teeth but Orton looms over him. Orton isolates an arm, twists the wrist and tortures the fingers. Hardy gets the ropebreak but Orton hammerlocks the arm to STOMP it! Orton stalks Hardy to a corner but Hardy kicks back and throws haymakers! Orton knees low, whips Hardy to the corner, but Hardy comes back to LARIAT! Hardy drops ax handles, drags Orton up and bumps him off buckles. Hardy rams in, digs his shoulder in, but the ref counts. Hardy lets off but Orton kicks low then kicks the bad arm!
Orton paces around Hardy again, STOMPS the hand, then grins as he STOMPS the other hand. Hardy holds his fingers but Orton sits him up for a chinlock. Hardy endures as Orton grinds him down, but Hardy fights up to fight out. Fans clap on their screens, Hardy kicks and hits the TWIST OF FURY! Hardy hurries up top, throws his shirt off and takes aim! But Orton bails out so Hardy has to hop down. Hardy LEAPS from the apron to CROSSBODY! The Viper is on the defensive now as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Orton grinds Hardy down with a chinlock. Fans clap on their screens as Hardy endures, fights up and throws elbows, only for Orton to throw Hardy down by his hair! Cover, TWO! Orton drags Hardy back up, wraps him up and claws at his face! The ref counts, Orton lets go of Hardy’s nose to hook the EARLOBE! Orton goes after the gauge hole like he did in his SmackDown feud with Hardy! Hardy endures and the ref counts as Orton pulls on BOTH earlobes!! Hardy claws at Orton but Orton STOMPS him down! And then he STOMPS the legs! And then hits a running knee drop! Cover, TWO! Orton is right back on Hardy with the chinlock!
Orton grinds Hardy back down but Hardy endures again. Hardy fights his way up, reaches and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Orton lets go at 4, and Hardy gasps for air. Orton grins as he stalks up behind Hardy and drags him around. Orton brings Hardy up but Hardy throws body shots and hits a jawbreaker! Hardy pushes Orton back but Orton puts him through ropes! Hardy knows that too well and escapes the DDT to atomic drop! Leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick, and a splash! Cover, TWO! Hardy checks his earlobes before getting up and throwing hands. Orton hits back, knees low, then whips, only for Hardy to clobber him!
Hardy hits a splash in the corner, whips Orton corner to corner but Orton reverses. Hardy elbows Orton away, to hit WHISPER IN THE WINDS! Cover, TWO! Hardy is too tired to be frustrated, he and Orton catch their breath. Hardy is up first, he dares Orton to get up, and then he kicks low. Orton blocks but the spinning back kick sends Orton out! And then Hardy WRECKS Orton with another dropkick! Hardy puts Orton in, hurries up top again, but again Orton rolls away. Hardy hops down but Orton kicks low! Orton puts Hady in ropes, for the DRAPING DDT!
The ref checks on Hardy but Orton hears the voices! Hardy rises and Orton aims, but Hardy rolls him up! TWO!! Kick and Twist- RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Legend Killer tortured Hardy all over again and has another win! Will the Viper strike everyone down in the 2021 Royal Rumble?
Lucha House Party talks backstage.
But Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik are stopped in their tracks as they spot MELINA! Is she here for Lucha Legend’s Night? Check your breath, carnal. Melina says, “Lucha! Lucha!” Vaminos! The Lucha Locomotive is taking off, but will Lince and Metalik be up for a fiesta after their tag match tonight?
Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business!
Lashely may be livid after losing to Riddle the way he did, but “Prime” Alexander and the Gold Standard look to stay strong. Will the Raw Tag Team Champions pop the balloons and blow out the candles on the Lucha House Party before it gets going?
Raw returns as MVP joins commentary. He is calm and focused on the business at hand, and LHP make their entrance. The teams sort out, and Metalik starts against Shelton Benjamin. They circle, tie up and Benjamin knees low to CLUB Metalik down. Benjamin whips Metalik to run Metalik over! Alexander mocks the lucha chant, Benjamin whips Metalik to a corner, but Benjamin runs into Metalik’s boot! Metalik runs, ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Metalik kicks low, runs and walks the ropes to springboard, but Benjamin blocks the missile dropkick into a POWERBOMB!
Benjamin drags Metalik over, tags in Alexander, and Alexander whips Metalik to CLOBBER him! Cover, ONE! Alexander brings Metalik up but Metalik fights off the lift. Alexander CLUBS Metalik on the back, brings him up but Metalik lands out of the back suplex! Tag to Lince, Metalik boots and Lince gets a boost for the FLYING RANA! Lince keeps moving, but Alexander tilt-o-whirl SLAMS Lince down! Alexander hammers away on Lince, digs his face into the mat, then MVP tells Alexander not to play around but to go to work. Alexander DECKS Lince, whips him, but Lince handsprings to GOLDEN REWIND!
Tag to Benjamin and he KNEES Metalik down to deny the tag! Benjamin shoves Lince, throws hands, but Alexander tags himself in! Benjamin is annoyed but Alexander fires off hands. Benjamin tags himself in and annoys Alexander, and the two argue. Lince SUPERKICKS Benjamin, throws Alexander out, then wheelbarrows to STUNNER, then ghost pin! LUCHA HOUSE PARTY WINS!!
Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall
MVP is FURIOUS! Another loss for The Hurt Business is not acceptable! MVP asks Benjamin and Alexander if they’re embarrassed, because he sure is! Whatever is going on with them needs to stop! They’re not on the same page, and even argue about who isn’t working with the other. Alexander says he’s going to win, and he storms off, but MVP is the one keeping Benjamin from giving Alexander a whooping. Will the Hurt Business be able to keep things from falling apart in the new year?
Nikki Cross talks with Torrie Wilson backstage.
But then Garza comes over and offers her a rose. Torrie says she was in a conversation with Nikki. But she has a better idea. Torrie invited Cardi B, Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande to come by, so maybe Garza can go offer them a rose. Go down that hall and through that door. Good luck. Garza follows her directions, asks if Cardi is in here, but wait… That’s not Cardi B! That’s THE BOGEYMAN!! And he’s comin’ to get Garza!! Garza runs for his life, but into R-Truth’s roll-up! TRUTH WINS!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Truth has his baby back, and Garza got boogied! Will Garza learn to keep his eyes on the prize instead of his love life? And Ron Simmons comes by to say, “… DAMN!”
WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Keith Lee!
Finally, the first main event of the new year! And both Scottish Warrior and Limitless One have been wanting this from the moment it was made official! McIntyre has the legendary Hulkster rooting for him, but will the legend of the Leegion begin right here tonight?
Raw returns as Keith makes his entrance, with the legends on stage to cheer him on, too! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, this match will be historic!
The two tie up and go around the ring! They go on the ropes, in a corner, but neither wants to back down! They keep going, McIntyre has Keith on the ropes but lets off. Keith keeps his cool and resets with McIntyre. They tie up again, Keith powers McIntyre to a corner, McIntyre goes up the corner but Keith lets off. McIntyre pushes Keith but Keith again keeps cool. McIntyre gets around Keith to waistlock then half nelsons to get the cravat! Keith stays up with the neck wrench, even as McIntyre cranks harder. Keith THROWS McIntyre off, and the two collide! Neither budges, and things speed up! Keith manages to hurdle, then he drops to run McIntyre over!
McIntyre gets to the ropes and shoves Keith again. Keith shoves back this time and says this is a championship match. McIntyre SLAPS Keith! And CHOPS! And throws haymakers! McIntyre puts Keith in a corner for more hands, then CHOPS him again! McIntyre brings Keith up but Keith blocks the whip to reverse it. McIntyre kicks back but Keith DECKS McIntyre! McIntyre flops out of the ring and checks his jaw, but Keith dares him to come back. The ring count starts, McIntyre takes his time getting in, then he stares Keith down. They approach, tie up with knuckle locks but McIntyre kicks the arms to wrench and CLUB and stomp!
McIntyre gets Keith down but Keith goes to ropes. McIntyre is after Keith, CHOPS him again, then brings him out to whip. Keith reverses again, McIntyre holds ropes but Keith CLOTHESLINES McIntyre out! Keith goes out after McIntyre, but McIntyre BOOTS him! Keith seethes and POUNCES McIntyre OVER barriers! The legends in attendance are amazed as McIntyre crash lands! Keith storms back to the ring as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and McIntyre is throwing hands with Keith! McIntyre hits a JAWBREAKER, and he goes after Keith with a whip. Keith reverses and whips McIntyre hard into buckles! McIntyre hits the mat and gasps for air. Keith is up, scowls as he covers, ONE!! McIntyre is still in a bad way as he goes to the corner but Keith is on him with body shots! Keith gets in McIntyre’s face but McIntyre shoves him away. Keith just RAMS in with his shoulder! Keith throws McIntyre down, McIntyre gets to ropes but Keith is on him again. McIntyre kicks back, throws haymakers, but Keith returns them! Keith ROCKS McIntyre with another body shot!
Keith lets off long enough for McIntyre to breathe, but then he drags McIntyre around to a cover, TWO! Keith keeps cool, brings McIntyre back up, but McIntyre throws body shots of his own! Keith gets angry and he scoops and TOSSES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre gasps and sputters for air, clutching his ribs, but Keith just scowls again. Keith brings McIntyre up to CLUB him on the back! Keith scoops and SLAMS him again! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre refuses to lose and the legends are loving it! Keith stalks McIntyre, drags McIntyre up, and whips him corner to corner, to then run in, but McIntyre dodges!
McIntyre throws body shots and haymakers to deny Keith his double chop. McIntyre runs, gets around and shoves, to bearhug, but Keith blocks the belly2belly with a headbutt! McIntyre throws more body shots, and uses momentum to try again. Keith denies another belly2belly with KNEES to the gut! Keith scoops McIntyre but McIntyre slips out to shove Keith into buckles! And then he tries again, for the OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Somehow he did it! Both men slowly rise, and McIntyre gets around for a neckbreaker! And he kips up! McIntyre fires up and tunes out the pain as best he can to take aim from the corner. Keith is up, but dodges the Claymore!
McIntyre gets around to sunset flip, TWO! Keith pops McIntyre up for the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and the legends are loving this! McIntyre rolls out of the ring for his own safety, and Keith goes out to pursue him. The ref wants this to stay inside, but McIntyre gets Keith for a POWERBOMB THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Keith is down in the wreckage and McIntyre clutches his ribs as Raw goes to another break!
Raw returns once more, and McIntyre is climbing up top! He leaps for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is beside himself as Keith survives. McIntyre drags Keith up, underhooks the arms, but no Future Shock as Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Keith powers up to CLOBBER McIntyre point-blank! Cover, TWO! Keith seethes again but admits he knew it would take more than this. Keith aims again, runs but McIntyre gets around the lariat! McIntyre wants the backslide but Keith powers it up to his favor! Keith flips McIntyre up and over, but McIntyre hits FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Keith survives and that even shocks the legends!
McIntyre and Keith rise as the legends even chant, “This is Awesome!” McIntyre goes to the corner, climbs up, but Keith HEADBUTTS from below! Keith climbs up, McIntyre throws body shots but Keith clubs away! Keith climbs even higher, brings McIntyre up with him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!?!? Cover, TWO?!?!? How did Keith pull that off?! How did McIntyre survive!? Both men wobble up, Keith reels McIntyre in, but McIntyre resists the bomb, spins out and kicks, to then shove and SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre aims from the corner, Keith rises, CLAY-
NO!! Keith blocks the kick, pulls McIntyre up, and- No, McIntyre slips off, runs and dodges to CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)
A standing ovation from the legends says it all! A split second could’ve changed it all, but McIntyre comes out the winner! He and Keith fist bump out of respect, and McIntyre gets a mic to tell Keith-
Wait, what is this? One last legend makes their presence known! It’s GOLD~BERG~!! Goldberg heads to the ring?! McIntyre wants to shake hands but Goldberg wants to say something first. “Drew McIntyre. I was in the back and I was thinking, ‘There couldn’t be a better representative to be the WWE Champion.'” McIntyre has the size, speed and athleticism it takes, but what he doesn’t have… is respect. Goldberg heard what McIntyre said but not what he was thinking.
When he addresses the legends, McIntyre must think they’re all a bunch of washed-up old has-beens, and that he is better in his prime than they ever were in theirs. That none of them would ever be a threat. That’s where McIntyre is wrong, and where Goldberg steps in. “It’s about respect.” Don’t think that Goldberg is here demanding anything. Don’t think Goldberg is posing a threat. No, he IS challenging McIntyre for the world title at the Royal Rumble.
McIntyre says Goldberg is just trying to get in his head. McIntyre is all about respect, but to put it bluntly, think back to 20 years ago, when he was “that big, indestructible monster full of piss and vinegar, taking everybody out.” That’s not Goldberg now. Fighting THIS Goldberg “would be like fighting my own dad, mate!” Goldberg laughs but so does McIntyre. Then Goldberg SHOVES McIntyre down!! And thanks to WWE’s Twitter, we can see that McIntyre gets right up to get in Goldberg’s face! Is McIntyre going to earn Goldberg’s respect when #He’sNext?!
For being given the shtick of “Legend’s Night,” this first Raw of 2021 was actually really good. Orton takes an interesting approach to how The Fiend changed him, but he did have some strong segments with the legends. I expected Alexa Bliss or even a returning Fiend to affect his match with Jeff Hardy, but that perhaps would’ve been too early. We need to see how deep Orton’s new darkness goes first before he and Fiend have it out again. Maybe it happens during the Men’s Rumble. That could be quite the return, since surprises like that are always effective.
Ric Flair being part of story with Charlotte and the tag match was an interesting move, though I really thought Charlotte was going to be a bit more forgiving, to say she was more furious at Lacey and Peyton instead. But I suppose the Women’s Tag Team Champions do need Raw contenders at some point. Now if only there’d be NXT contenders established. Lucha House Party is still part of Raw despite Metalik facing Santos Escobar for the Cruiserweight Championship on Wednesday, which is more of a reason to think Metalik loses that match. But LHP VS Hurt Business was a pretty good match and a great story as Hurt Business is starting to have that dysfunction affect their matches. I still don’t think LHP wins the titles, but that’d be quite the twist.
Riddle VS Lashley was a very good match, and the finish was a very creative way of getting Riddle a win without really hurting Lashley’s power level. The US Championship match should definitely be on the go-home to Royal Rumble since Lashley is in the Men’s Rumble match. Riddle can find a more definitive way to win the title, and then Lashley can be free to go for the world title. Garza’s reign with the 24/7 title wasn’t long, and using legends to spook him into losing was a bit goofy even for this title. Maybe he pursues Truth in the coming weeks and he can hot potato with Truth to get Truth to 50 reigns. I believe Truth is at 44 so that won’t take long.
Miz TV, New Day Talks, that is what should be on the line in an extended New Day VS Miz ‘n’ Morrison feud. They had a great segment together, had a great match together with Teddy Long making his appearance, and this could slowly help Miz and Morrison turn the corner from their being booked as hapless in the ring. Styles had a good rematch with Elias but the big thing was big bad Omos intimidating Ryker. Omos VS Ryker would make a pretty good first match for Omos, and given Omos is already gigantic and a good talker, he could make a very good champion down the line.
And of course, McIntyre VS Lee was a powerful main event for the world title. That was basically a PPV level match put on TV, but it seems Keith just isn’t there yet. It was quite the surprise for Goldberg to appear and call McIntyre out for a match at the Rumble. I would really hope McIntyre wins that match, we don’t need Goldberg burying another younger guy *cough* Fiend */cough* just because. But as far as power levels, McIntyre beating Goldberg would put him on a high level, but he’s already beaten Brock Lesnar, so why not add Goldberg on top? Though, this still brings into question how Miz is supposed to successfully cash-in, if that’s going to happen at all.
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 sometime tomorrow]
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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