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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/9/21)

A Dark dozen before Valentine’s!

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AEW Dark 2

You’re gonna love AEW Dark this week!

Before challenging for the AEW TNT Championship, Joey Janela is going to show us, and maybe Jack Evans, why he is a bad, bad boy!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Natural Nightmares & Nick Comoroto VS Vary Morales & Jersey Muscle Society; The Natural Nightmares & Comoroto win.
  • Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; SCU wins and remains a team.
  • Brian Cage w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; Cage wins.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Miranda Alize; Rose wins.
  • PAC VS VSK; Pac wins.
  • Sonny Kiss VS KC Navarro; Kiss wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia; Conti wins.
  • Marko Stunt VS Ryan Nemeth; Nemeth wins.
  • “Pretty” Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi VS Shawn Dean & Charlie Bravo; Avalon & Bononi win.
  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Baron Black; Vance wins.
  • Red Velvet w/ Big Swole VS Diamante w/ Ivelisse; Velvet wins.
  • Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Jack Evans w/ Angelico; Janela wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Natural Nightmares & Nick Comoroto VS Vary Morales & Jersey Muscle Society!

Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall got a big win thanks to the Freak Beast, and they’re teaming together again to see if they can repeat that magic! Will Comoroto prove he can do big things for the Nightmare Family?

The teams sort out and The Natural starts against Tony Vincita. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Dustin headlocks, Vincita powers out but Dustin runs him over. Things speed up, Dustin fakes out Vincita’s hurdle to ROCK him with an uppercut! Dustin then arm-drags Vincita and brings him around to wrench. Tag to QT, the Nightmares whip, body shot and knee smash! Standing moonsault from QT, cover, TWO! QT drags Vincita up and around, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Comoroto. Comoroto wrenches Vincita, yanks the arm, and then yanks again. Comoroto rams shoulders into Vincita, and fans rally as Comoroto knuckle locks.

Comoroto lifts Vincita with one arm, then lets him down to run him over! Comoroto brings Vincita up again, whpis him in and throws an elbow! Tag to Dustin, Comoroto whips Dustin for Dustin to whip Comoroto, and Comoroto corner splashes! Comoroto feeds Vincita to Dustin’s spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dustin keeps his cool, drags Vincita up but Vincita knees low! Tag to Steve Gibki but he runs into an arm-drag! Dustin wrenches, elbow breakers, then tags QT. The Nightmares double wrench and double Russian leg sweep! QT brings Gibki up but Gibki rams QT into the other corner! Morales tags in, throws forearms on QT, then brings QT around to throw haymakers.

Morales whips, QT reverses but Morales goes up and over and rolls to dropkick QT! Morales brings QT back, tags Gibki and Gibki fires off. Gibki tags Vincita, and Jersey Muscle whips QT. QT dodges their double clotheslines to then give double clotheslines! QT tags in Comoroto and Comoroto rallies on Jersey Muscle with Polish Hammers! Comoroto scoops and slams Gibki, then scoop slams Vincita, then another scoop slam for Gibki! Vincita staggers into a scoop and a SPINNING SLAM! Fans fire up for Comoroto but Morales tags in. Morales runs at Comoroto and dropkicks him, but Comoroto barely budges! Comoroto TOSSES Morales at Jersey Muscle!

Comoroto drags Morales back up, tags in Dustin and Dustin goes up. Comoroto military presses Morales for Dustin’s SUPER BULLDOG! Cover, Comoroto and the Nightmares win!

Winners: The Natural Nightmares & Nick Comoroto, by pinfall

Now that was big! Will this powerful trio continue to roll on as AEW heads for Revolution?

 

Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

Another week, another test to see if Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian still have it as a tag team! Will Big Shotty & The Extra Talented make The Addiction quit before ever reaching the AEW World Tag Team titles?

The teams sort out and Daniels starts with Johnson. Fans rally up as Daniels pats Johnson on the shoulder and the two circle. They tie up, Johnson arm-drags and then waits on Daniels. Daniels gets up, circles with Johnson again and they tie up again. Johnson scoops and slams Daniels, but Daniels is right up. Fans rally more as the two circle again. Daniels and Johnson tie up a third time, Johnson headlocks, but Daniels powers out. Things speed up, Daniels arm-drags and hip tosses, then scoops and slams Johnson! Daniels brings Johnson up, wrenches, tags in Kaz, and SCU double wrench to trip Johnson up for a kick, a clubbing clothesline and double stomps!

Kaz keeps on Johnson with a scoop but Johnson slips out and tags Solow. Solow takes his time getting in to slow things down, and he circle with the Heavy Metal Rebel. They fist bump to show respect, tie up, and Kaz gets around to waistlock and mat slam Solow. Kaz shifts to a facelock, Solow moves around but Kaz holds on. Solow fights up to his feet, wrenches out to hammerlock, but Kaz drops to arm-drag Solow over. Kaz keeps on the arm, fans rally up, and Solow fights up to his feet again. Solow pushes the hold back onto Kaz, but Kaz reaches for ropes. Kaz uses the ropes to flip through then arm-drag Solow again! Kaz hooks Solow but Solow spins through to arm-drag Kaz away!

Kaz goes to a corner, Solow runs in, but Kaz dodges. Solow goes up and leaps to arm-drag and dropkick Kaz down! Fans fire up as Solow grins and goes after Kaz. Solow forearms, whips but Kaz dodges. Kaz holds ropes, elbows Solow then tags in Daniels. Kaz whips Solow, Daniels calf kicks Solow down, cover, TWO! Daniels drags Solow up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Daniels whips Solow corner to corner, Solow boots him away, then Solow runs to RANA Daniels to the corner! Solow clotheslines, Johnson tags in and they coordinate, back suplex NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool and he brings Daniels up.

Fans rally, Johnson suplexes high and hard then covers, TWO! Johnson brings Daniels back up, tags Solow, and Solow drags Daniels up to suplex. Daniels fights that off, throws hands then suplexes but Solow slips out and shoves Daniels to ropes. Solow leaps but into Daniels’ fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Tag to Kaz, Daniels slingshots for an elbow drop! Kaz slingshots for a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool and he drags Solow up to CHOP him back down! Kaz scoop slams Solow, springboards and drops another leg! Cover, TWO! Kaz stays between Solow and Johnson, then brings Solow up. Tag to Daniels, SCU whip and leap frog to LARIAT Solow! Back suplex splash! Daniels covers, TWO!

Daniels drags Solow up while fans rally. Solow throws body shots, but Daniels CHOPS him down! Tag to Kaz and Kaz stays between Solow and Johnson again. Kaz CHOPS Solow but Solow throws hands! Kaz CHOPS again, Solow throws another haymaker, then Solow dodges. Kaz dodges, both men run, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Both men are down, fans fire up, hot tags to Daniels and Johnson! Big Shotty rallies on the Fallen Angel, then DECKS Kaz! Mule kick and whip, but Daniels reverses! Johnson pops Daniels up to a fireman’s carry, spins and spins, and spins and spins, then lets Daniels down just to dropkick him! Johnson kips up and fires up! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Johnson almost had Daniels with one of his favorites, but he keeps his focus as he brings Daniels up. Johnson brings Daniels up and buckle bombs him into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Solow DOUBLE STOMPS! Johnson covers, TWO!! The combo came close but Johnson keeps cool. Tag to Solow, he and Johnson double suplex but Daniels fights it. Solow and Johnson mug Daniels, double suplex again, but Daniels slips out and tags in Kaz! Kaz shoulders Solow, slingshots over and LARIATS Johnson! Kaz clobbers Solow with elbows and a windmill kick! Johnson falls for it and gets the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!

Kaz whips Solow to ropes, Solow reverses but Kaz rolls off Solow’s back to BACKSTABBER! Feed to Daniels’ GAMANGIRI, Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Solow survives but Kaz keeps on him. Kaz reels Solow in, chicken wings and turns, but Solow shoves free. Solow runs in, is put on the apron, slingshot CUTTER! Cover, Johnson breaks it! Johnson baits Daniels in and dumps him out! Johnson builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Daniels hits railing! Johnson is fired up, Solow and Kaz get back up. Kaz brings Solow up but Solow rolls Kaz, TWO!!! Kaz narrowly escapes, but runs into Solow’s SCREW HIGH KICK!

Daniels gets back in, Johnson follows, but Solow throws hands on Daniels and Johnson hits Kaz. Johnson and Solow whip SCU at each other, but Daniels ducks and Kaz leaps to CLOBBER Solow! Daniels ROCKS Johnson, feeds him to Kaz for a BOOT, then the HIGH LOW combo! Solow elbows Daniels away, goes up and leaps, but into Kaz’s arms! Kaz adjusts and Daniels goes up, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

SCU wins and stays together as a team! But can Daniels & Kaz make it to the AEW World Tag Team Championships before losing it all?

 

Brian Cage w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!

The Machine is preparing for his Street Fight alongside Absolute Ricky Starks against Darby Allin and Sting! Will JSP only be a speed bump for the Path of Cage?

The bell rings and JSP runs but into a FLAPJACK! Cage SUPERKICKS JSP right back down, and he fist bumps Hook. Cage drags JSP up, tosses him to a corner and runs in to uppercut, enziguri, and GERMAN SUPLEX JSP halfway across the ring! “Who betta?!” Cage slashes the throat, drags JSP up and reels him in to put on out. POWERBOMB, then a double clutch to POWERBOMB again! And a POWER BREAKER!! Then, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

Any one of those high impact moves could’ve done it, but The Machine kept going because he wanted to! Will Cage put Sting and Darby through the same level of pain at Revolution?

 

The Acclaimed are in therapy.

Anthony Bowens is singing Chris Jericho’s theme song in his sleep! The therapist asks, “What seems to be the problem?” Bowens continues to quote Judas, “What have we become? Now that we’ve betrayed everyone we’ve ever loved! We pushed them all away.” And yet, Max Caster can’t remember the lyrics. Well, the only way to get past this is to get through together. OH! Of course! Picture it: Us, together. Oh wait, this is becoming a parody of Me & My Shadow as performed by MJF and Chris Jericho. “Welcome to the Dinner Day-Bo-Nair.”

“Judas in my mind, and I think I’m gonna yawn. Hey, it’s the Acclaimed with another hit song! So we cuttin’ the sing along short last week, right before I left lil’ Max in the trash heap, beat ‘im badly, with the KO, beat ‘im so quick like he Jose Conseco! The Acclaimed, yo, it ain’t no thang, when we beat Inner Circle, the bell gon’ ring.” Ding ding! (a ding ding)

“Jericho, leadership skills, you are lacking. Got the foundation of your little group cracking. Sammy cares more about his vlog than the crew, Chris. I’m the plug and you should go acoustic. Turn it down to the subtitles. Your confidence is misplaced like your world title. I beat MJF on the big stage, let me give your hand a little kiss, babe. I leave a bitter taste. You two are so narcissistic, you took a camera crew on a dinner date. It’s okay, make jokes, keep singin’. We are the Acclaimed and we keep ya heads ringin’!” Ding ding (a ding ding) That’s a wrap on the rap, but will the Inner Circle make Caster regret talking crap?

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Miranda Alize!

The Native Beast is back, and she’s ready for the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament! Will she simply make an appetizer out of “Princess Alize” before feasting on the world?

The bell rings and Alize kicks Nyla then runs, wheelbarrows, but the arm-drag is denied! Nyla yanks Alize right up then INVERTED CHOKE SLAMS her! Vickie laughs but Alize dodges Nyla in the corner, only for Nyla to come back and CLOBBER her! Nyla stomps Alize, rains down rights, then runs to SPLASH! Cover, but Nyla lets off because she’s not done with Alize yet. Vickie encourages the violence and Nyla chokes Alize on the ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 4, and Vickie SLAPS Alize! Nyla drags Alize up, whips her to ropes, but Alize ducks the boot to throw forearms! Alize runs, rolls and ranas but Nyla blocks!

Alize fights out of the bomb to dodge and duck and dropkick a leg out! Alize blows a kiss to run, into a scoop and TOSS! Nyla throws the gloves away to run in and back elbow Alize, then CLOBBER her again! Nyla finally decides to finish this as she brings Alize up for a BEAST BOMB!! Cover, Nyla wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

Forget an appetizer, that was more like a snack! Will Nyla tear through the tournament bracket even easier?

 

PAC VS VSK!

The Bastard and his team could not overcome the #BizCliz, but that doesn’t intimidate him, it motivates him! Will he use The Visionary to show him his path back to Kenny Omega and perhaps even the AEW World Championship?

The bell rings and Pac doesn’t seem to take VSK seriously. VSK and Pac tie up, Pac puts VSK in a corner and grinds his forearms into him. The ref counts, Pac lets off and VSK comes out. They circle, tie up, and Pac wrenches to yank on VSK’s arm. Pac drags VSK down, keylocks and cranks on the arm. VSK endures, fights up but Pac wrenches the arm again to a wristlock. VSK rolls, handsprings, wrenches through and has the wristlock now. Pac rolls, shifts, wrenches, and drags VSK down to the mat. Pac stomps VSK on the head, then brings VSK up to bump him off buckles! VSK staggers, Pac bumps him off more buckles, then digs his boot into VSK!

The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, then he stalks VSK along the ropes. Pac kicks VSK down then stomps away at the ropes! Pac digs his boots into VSK again, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. Pac “apologizes” and he gives toying kicks. VSK staggers to a corner, fans rally, and Pac runs in to whip VSK corner to corner hard! Pac paces while VSK sits up. Pac kicks VSK around, taunts him, then kicks him again. VSK scowls but Pac kicks him again. VSK throws a forearm, so Pac gets around to waistlock! VSK elbows out, slips under and dropkicks Pac to ropes! Pac is pissed now, but he runs into a fireman’s carry and USHIGOROSHI! VSK runs to basement EuroUpper! Cover, ONE!!

VSK fires up, runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Pac drags VSK into the BRUTALIZER!! VSK taps, Pac wins!

Winner: Pac, by submission

VSK was maybe better off not being taken seriously! The Bastard got serious and seriously put the hurt on VSK! Will Pac do the same to the Biz Cliz in the near future?

 

Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS KC Navarro!

The Concrete Rose is rolling from how he, Joey Janela and Bear Country dominated last week. Will the road trip to the top continue? Or will the Truly Blessed by an unfortunate speed bump?

As Kiss goes to the ring, Janela goes over to commentary to say, “That’s one of the most succulent asses in the business!” Janela may have spit into Ricky Starks’ mouth from getting that close on his mic… The Bad Boy clearly puts getting the word out over basic hygiene. The bell rings and Kiss circles with Navarro. They tie up but break, then go again. Navarro waistlocks, Kiss switches but Navarro switches back. Kiss reaches down but Navarro leap frogs over. Navarro springboards, Kiss gets under, Navarro rolls but Kiss hurdles. Navarro rolls off Kiss’ back, Kiss blocks the kick to flip then trip Navarro! Leg drop but Navarro avoids it!

Kiss ducks the Penalty Kick, rolls Navarro up again, TWO! Kiss basement dropkicks Navarro down and now hits the leg drop splits! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Navarro gets to a corner. Kiss storms over, whips Navarro corner to corner but Navarro reverses. Kiss goes up and out and ROUNDHOUSES Navarro. Kiss then shoulders in, slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! SUPERKICK! Fans fire up after Kiss blasts Navarro. Kiss twerks, only to miss the standing moonsasult! Navarro hurries to hammer away then wrap on the sleeper. Kiss fights up, as Navarro as a backpack and rams him into buckles! Kiss ROCKS Navarro with a back elbow, then ROCKS him with a rolling elbow!

Kiss runs but Navarro dodges, goes Spider-Man and baits Kiss into ropes! Navarro runs and hits a swinging dropkick! Navarro runs back in, tilt-o-whirls to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kiss survives and Navarro grows annoyed. Fans rally up, Navarro aims, and runs at Kiss again, into a SUPERKICK! Kiss reels Navarro in for a sidewalk slam into the corner! Kiss hits AXES & OH’S! Fans fire up as Kiss goes up top, but rethinks his plan. Kiss fireman’s carries instead, to hit a SPLITTING TKO! Cover, Kiss wins!

Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall

The Concrete Rose leaves Navarro with a splitting headache, and is moving on up! Will Kiss be in line for a title just like Janela?

 

Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia!

Both the Brazilian blackbelt and Number 99 are in the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator, so they might face each other soon enough. Will Tay use the Pink Dream as a way to send a message to both enemies and friends?

The bell rings and Conti offers a handshake. Gracia takes the hand, but then Conti brings her in to wrench and wristlock. Gracia knuckle locks with Conti, but Conti uses that to monkey flip and roll back to a cover! TWO, but Conti has Gracia into a facelock. Gracia gets up, Conti holds tight but Gracia wrenches out. Conti counters to a hip toss, then wrenches to KICK Gracia in the chest! Conti blows a kiss for another KICK! Gracia ducks the third kick, rolls Conti, TWO! Conti gets around, waistlocks, rolls Gracia down and has a HEEL HOOK! Gracia endures, Conti pulls on the leg, but they roll and roll into ropes! They roll more and fall off the apron!

Both women stagger up after that rough landing, but Conti pushes Gracia into the ring. Gracia hobbles, Conti hurries after but Gracia ROCKS her with that right! Conti is on ropes, Gracia builds speed, PINK-1-9! Cover, TWO! Gracia keeps on Conti with a full nelson and leans on the hold. Fans rally, Conti fights up, and breaks free to slips around and hammerlock then DDT!! Gracia shakes out the cobwebs, Conti brings her up, Gracia kicks but Conti blocks to KNEE her back! Conti throws forearms over and over, Gracia shoves her away but Conti CLOBBERS her! Conti rallies with clotheslines then HEEL KICKS Gracia down!

Conti whips Gracia to a corner, runs in and KNEES her again! Kenny Omega would be proud of that one! Conti whips, Gracia reverses but Conti breaks free to BOOT Gracia! Conti wrenches, wraps Gracia up, leg half nelson chinlock! Gracia taps, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by submission

The Blackbelt leaves the Pink Dream feeling blue, but will Conti be able to do the same to the US side of the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator?

 

Marko Stunt VS Ryan Nemeth!

It seems FTR let Fun-Sized go. Surely Stunt will want payback, but will he send a message to Tully, Cash and Dax through the Hollywood Hunk?

Nemeth gets the mic to “address the elephant in the room right now.” He gets the feeling a lot of people in AEW don’t like him. They don’t like that he’s smart, that he’s handsome, or that he’s famous. They don’t like that he’s known around the world, in TV and film, and is a true Hollywood Hunk. Just get the booing out of your systems now. Fans do, but Nemeth says if the people searched within their hearts and minds, they can see they actually like and adore him. Everyone at ringside, in the back and watching online should all say, “I Love Ryan! We All Love Ryan!” Nemeth thanks us, but then Stunt makes his entrance.

The bell rings, Stunt circles with Nemeth, but Nemeth wants Stunt to say he loves Ryan. Stunt just TAIL WHIPS him! Stunt’s learned some stuff from Luchasaurus! Nemeth wants a time out on the apron but Stunt shoves him off! Stunt then runs and DIVES! Direct hit and then Stunt goes after Nemeth with hammering hands! Stunt shoves Nemeth in the ring, fans fire up, and Stunt gets in. Stunt avoids Nemeth’s elbow drop, to then slingshot elbow drop in return! Cover, TWO! Nemeth staggers up and Stunt runs in at the corner. Nemeth dodges, but then so does Stunt! Stunt ducks to ROCK Nemeth, slingshot roll up and a calf kick! Cover, TWO!

Stunt fires himself up, then goes to a corner and climbs up. Nemeth hurries and trips Stunt up! Stunt flops to the mat, Nemeth brings him up, stalling back suplex with a HARD landing! Nemeth drops a fist, then grins as he looms over Stunt. Nemeth brings Stunt around to hammerlock an arm. Fans chant, “We Hate Ryan!” but Nemeth handstands on the hammerlock, then drops knees on it! Nemeth claws Stunt’s face, the ref counts and Nemeth lets off. Nemeth digs Stunt’s face into the mat, but Stunt throws body shots and uppercuts! Stunt runs into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nemeth is annoyed and rains down fists, then brings Stunt up.

Nemeth whips corner to corner hard, then swivels the hips before he runs in and RAMS into Stunt! Nemeth brings Stunt around, swivels a little more, and then a little more, and then again, but Stunt turns the Rude Awakening into a mule kick! But here comes FTR! Or, no, it’s just their music? Nemeth RAMS Stunt into the buckles, RUDE AWAKENING! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Ryan Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth takes advantage of the fact Stunt #FearsTheRevelation and gets his first win in AEW! Will the Hollywood Hunk continue to win until we all love him? As for Stunt, will he and Jurassic Express look to get some revenge on FTR?

 

“Pretty” Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi VS Shawn Dean & Charlie Bravo!

PPA has a new friend in the Brazilian V8 after Bononi physically blasted Big Shotty for winning the Walk-Off. Will Avalon and Bononi prove to be a combination that is both strong and stylish?

The teams sort out and Avalon flexes on Bravo, but Bononi starts. Bononi and Bravo circle, tie up, and Bononi shoves Bravo right to a corner! Bravo brushes that off and circles with Bononi again. They tie up, Bravo gets around to a waistlock but Bononi throws him off! Bravo staggers up, runs in but Bononi scoops and pops Bravo up! Bravo slips off to JAB Bononi! Bravo talks some trash, Bononi choke grips him, and Avalon tags in as Bononi shoves Bravo down! Avalon has Bononi cool off and runs, into an arm-drag! And then another! Bravo hip tosses Avalon then dropkicks him down! Bravo covers, TWO! Bononi was ready but Bravo drags Avalon up to wrench.

Tag to Dean, Bravo whips Avalon in and Dean kicks him! Bravo slides and trips Avalon, then goes up to slingshot leg drop! Dean slingshot elbow drops! Cover, TWO! Dean drags Avalon up, tags in Bravo, and they throw JABS back and forth on Avalon! Bop up, BANG hits! Dean DECKS Bononi for good measure, then Dean and Bravo high-fives and salute. Bravo runs at Avalon, but Bononi moves Avalon out of the way! Bravo tumbles out and hits the floor, then Bononi brings him up to CLOBBER him! Avalon fetches Bravo into the ring, covers, TWO! Avalon drags Bravo up, brings him over and Bononi tags in.

Avalon and Bononi mug Bravo, Bononi stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts. Bononi bumps Bravo off buckles, whips him corner to corner then runs in but blocks Bravo’s boot. Bononi CHOPS Bravo, then scoops him for a DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Dean was ready but Bononi drags Bravo up. Avalon tags in, he and Bononi mug Bravo, then Avalon snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Dean is again there but he backs off. Bravo throws body shots, Avalon CLUBS Bravo, tag to Bononi. They mug Bravo more, Bononi brings Bravo around to CLUB him down. Bononi looms over Bravo, taunts him and Dean, but then clamps on to CLUB him again!

Bravo crawls, Bononi stomps him, then drags him up into the corner. Bravo throws hands to fight out of the corner, but Bononi scoops Bravo up! Bravo reaches for Dean but Bononi RAMS Bravo into the corner! Bononi tags Avalon, and scoops Bravo for an INVERTED SLAM! Bononi chinlocks and pulls Bravo back, Avalon runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Bravo is still in this but Avalon drags him up to bump him off buckles. Avalon throws body shots, Bravo hits Bononi then hits Avalon! Bravo baits Avalon into a boot, then dodges him! Hot tag to the Captain! Dean rallies on Avalon, whips him to reel him in, OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!

Bononi runs in but is put in the corner and Dean fires off with kicks! Dean tags Bravo, holds Bononi in, and they both take aim, DOUBLE CANNONBALLS! Dean sets Avalon up, Bravo covers, TWO!! Dean runs at Bononi but is sent out. Dean rocks Bononi but the ref won’t let him in! Bononi FLAPJACKS Bravo, Bononi BLASTS Dean, Avalon hits Marti-KNEES! Cover, Avalon and Bononi win!

Winners: Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi, by pinfall

Their first time together is triumphant! But they’re going to really be tested on Dynamite! Will Avalon and Bononi be able to take down Big Shotty and his tag partner, Cody Rhodes?

 

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Baron Black!

Number 10 keeps winning and keeps rising up the ranks! But will he be in the AEW Top Five after taking on the EmpBruh?

The bell rings and Vance stares down with Baron. They approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock. They break, go again, and Vance pushes Baron to a corner. The ref counts, Vance lets off fast, and lets Baron come out. Fans rally up as Baron and Vance go again. Baron gets around to get a headlock, but Vance powers out. They collide, neither falls, and they stare down again. Things speed up, Vance hurdles but Baron rolls him up! Vance kicks him away to hit a headlock takeover, but Baron headscissors. Vance pops out, roles reverse as Baron headlock takeovers, Vance headscissors and Baron pops out. Fans rally as the two stare down again.

Baron offers a handshake, Vance hesitates, so Baron makes it a fist bump. Vance goes to return it but Baron CHOPS him! Vance sighs and then scoops Baron to SLAM him! Baron gets up and Vance BOOTS him! Baron goes to a corner, Vance brings him around to whip. Baron holds ropes then kicks back. Baron runs, but leaps into Vance’s arms! Vance FALL AWAY SLAMS! Baron staggers to a corner, Vance runs in and corner clotheslines! Vance CHOPS Baron, ROCKS him with a forearm, then lets off. Baron ROCKS Vance with a sucker punch! Baron runs corner to corner, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Vance fights the exploder off and CHOPS! Baron CHOPS back! Vance CHOPS!

Vance forearms, CHOPS, then whips, but Baron reverses. Baron runs in but into a boot! Baron blocks the boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Baron holds onto the leg, Vance kicks at Baron to get free. Vance swings, Baron spins him around, uppercuts and CHOPS, then spinning CHOPS! Vance drops to his knee, Baron throws clubbing forearms, and Vance goes to a corner. Baron CHOPS him, Vance goes to another corner, but Vance kicks back. Baron throws haymakers, Vance staggers, and fans rally up. Baron wrenches, whips Vance corner to corner hard, then waits on Vance to get up. Vance clutches his back, Baron ROCKS Vance with a EuroUpper!

Vance throws body shots, Baron CLUBS him then drops a knee on him! Baron stalks Vance to a corner, but Vance turns things around to fire off heavy hands! Vance CHOPS, Baron rakes eyes through the mask! The ref reprimands and counts, Baron stops. Vance ROCKS Baron with a right, whips him to ropes, but Baron reverses to knee low and pulls him into a cobra twist. Vance powers up to hip toss out! Vance swings into Baron’s atomic drop and BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Vance survives and Baron is seething while fans fire up! Baron pulls the straps down, Vance slowly gets up, and Baron scowls as he drags Vance up.

Baron throws EuroUppers but Vance staggers about. Vance isn’t going down as Baron throws more EuroUppers, but Baron says he will bow down! Vance blocks the uppercut to DECK Baron! Vance runs in, Baron gets around and scoops but Vance slips out. Vance shoves and CLOBBERS Baron! Vance whips Baron to ropes, and back drops him! Baron goes to a corner, Vance runs in, but Baron boots him! Baron runs at Vance but into the SPINEBUSTER! Vance fires up and he drags Baron around. Dead lift into the POWEBOMB! Cover, Vance wins!

Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall

Number 10 gets another 1-2-3 after a physical fight! Will he continue to fight this hard and head for a title after the Revolution?

 

Red Velvet w/ Big Swole VS Diamante w/ Ivelisse!

The battle with Shaquille O’Neil and Jade Cargill is coming, and things are only heating up! Will Velvet rise above or be crushed by the Cuban Diamond?

The bell rings, Diamante mocks lil’ Velvet but Velvet says they’re the same height. Diamante shoves Velvet, but Velvet gets around to waistlock. Diamante switches, Velvet pries the hold and switches back. Velvet hooks a leg, Diamante stays up and switches to SLAM Velvet down! Fans boo Diamante, but Velvet dodges to dropkick Diamante down! Fans fire up as Velvet stalks Diamante to a corner for body shots. Velvet lets off as the ref counts, but then throws more hands! Velvet stomps Diamante down, digs her boot in and taunts Ivelisse, but Diamante shoves her away! Velvet rolls back to come back with another dropkick! Velvet runs, ranas, and Diamante ends up on ropes!

Velvet runs but misses the knee attack! Ivelisse is there to taunt Velvet, the ref reprimands her and Swole literally scoots over to back Ivelisse off. But in this distraction, Diamante GERMAN SUPLEXES Velvet across the ring! Diamante scowls as she stomps Velvet, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Diamante CHOPS Velvet, throws haymakers, then whips Velvet corner to corner hard! Velvet flops down, Diamante runs in, basement dropkick! Diamante drags Velvet to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Diamante drags Velvet up and RAMS her into the corner! Diamante rams in again and again, then throws elbows.

Diamante stomps Velvet, the ref reprimands and counts but Diamante stops at 4. Diamante runs around the world to basement dropkick but MISS! Velvet and Diamante are down as fans rally up. Velvet gets up, hobbles, but she sees Diamante coming and hits a clothesline! Velvet rallies and CLOBBERS Diamante with an elbow! Velvet stirs it up, takes a taste, and hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Velvet brings Diamante up, Diamante shoves her away then ducks the roundhouse to elbow Velvet! Diamante cravats, knees and SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives and fans fire up but Diamante scowls.

Diamante drags Velvet up, whips but Velvet reverses. Velvet runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Velvet runs and wheelbarrows, to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Velvet is losing her cool but fans rally behind her. Velvet drags Diamante up, whips but Diamante reverses to uppercut! Cover, TWO!! Diamante grows frustrated now, but Ivelisse coaches her up. Swole and the fans rally for Velvet but Diamante mocks the stirring. Diamante mule kicks, hops on but no sunset bomb! Velvet swings but into a back suplex. Velvet lands on her feet, kicks low, HEEL KICK! JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Velvet not only beats one half of the AEW Tag Team Tournament winners, but an entrant in the Women’s World Title Eliminator! But will she be able to topple the towering Jade Cargill on Dynamite?

 

Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Jack Evans w/ Angelico!

The Bad Boy is getting a shot at the AEW TNT Championship for Dynamite, but he needs to be ready for the mouthier half of The Hybrid2 tonight! Will Janela shut Evans up? Or will Evans shut Janela down this close to his golden opportunity?

But the moment Janela is on the ramp, Evans springboards to FLYING KICK him down! The ref reprimands but this isn’t a match yet! Evans sees Janela go off the ramp, to then handspring and Sasuke Special! Janela dodges, Evans comes back but Janela pops him up to the ramp! Evans handstands to then MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Janela! Evans drags Janela up, puts him in the ring, and then the bell finally rings. Evans talks trash as he climbs the corner, but Janela shoves him down! Janela climbs, fans fire up and Janela SUPER CROSSBODIES! Janela hits Evans enough, and the Bad Boy fires up!

Janela puts Evans in, paces around and runs at the corner to back elbow! And a running back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Janela as he brings Evans back up. Janela whips Evans corner to corner, Evans goes up and up and over to then show off with handsprings. Janela BOOTS Evans, but Angelico anchors Janela’s foot! Evans handspring ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO! Evans is annoyed but he throws hands down on Janela. Evans whips Janela corner to corner and JUMP KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Evans stomps Janela around. Janela throws hands, they brawl, and Evans CLUBS Janela down.

Evans puts Janela under the bottom rope, then talks trash to Kiss. Kiss gets mad, Angelico comes over, Evans has Janela for a ROPE CHANCERY! The ref is busy with Kiss, and Angelico gets a cheap shot in! Evans tells the ref he doesn’t feel safe with Kiss ringside. Evans covers, TWO! Janela is fired up and he throws haymakers on Evans! Janela whips, Evans reverses and flying elbows Janela down! Evans drags Janela to another cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Janela but Evans grinds Janela down with a chinlock. Fans rally, Evans squeezes tight but Janela fights up. Janela throws body shots, gets free, but Evans gets around to swing and IRON OCTOPUS!

Janela endures, Evans pulls harder, but fans rally. Janela gets a second wind, slips out of the hold to CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Evans rises, Janela runs in and BLASTS Evans out of the ring! Janela then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and fans are thunderous for Janela! Janela puts Evans in, ducks a roundhouse and fireman’s carries again, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives but Janela keeps his cool. Janela aims from a corner and goes up as fans fire up. Evans gets up to ROCK Janela first! Evans climbs up, SUPER STEINER! Evans drags Janela to a drop zone, goes up, PHOENIX SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Evans got more knee than splash but it still wasn’t enough! Evans drags Janela up, KICKS him, but Janela throws a forearm! They go back and forth, Janela throws forearms but Evans KICKS again! Janela throws more forearms, then spins for a ROLLING ELBOW! Janela runs, Evans handsprings to back elbow hard! Evans runs but Janela SPEARS him into the ropes! Janela whips Evans, Evans holds ropes and boots back! Evans is on the apron, springboards up and over but Janela comes back to SUPERKICK! Janela fires up, runs, but Evans dodges to POISON-RANA! Janela still SUPERKICKS?! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!

A standing count begins and it reaches 5 before either sits up. Evans is up first, he goes to a corner, but Janela follows. Janela ROCKS Evans and Evans stumbles to the apron. Janela hurries over but Evans ROUNDHOUSES back! Evans climbs while Janela is down, 450 ONTO KNEES! Cradle cover, TWO!! Evans survives but Janela drags him up. Evans escapes the package driver to ROUNDHOUSE again! Evans runs, but Janela follows, and he LARIATS Evans down! Fans fire up with Janela again and he drags Evans up. Janela hooks Evans up, brings him up, PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Evans survives and no one can believe it!

Janela goes to a corner, climbs back up, and leaps for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Janela wins!!

Winner: Joey Janela, by pinfall

The Bad Boy waged a war with Evans and came out on top! Will Janela and the Relentless Darby Allin find a way to make this look tame by comparison?


My Thoughts:

A very good AEW Dark, and I personally was relieved that it was only 12 matches and just over 90 minutes. We got a great music video from The Acclaimed to plug their match with #Y2MJF, they are truly rising stars not just in AEW but in wrestling today. I think another rising star is Comoroto. He is a great part of the trios matches he has with the Natural Nightmares, and he even has a combo move with Dustin now with that military press to bulldog. If AEW is still working on Trios Championships, I bet Comoroto becomes an honorary Natural Nightmare to help Dustin and QT go for those.

SCU continues their string of wins in their “tag titles or bust” story, but they got a really good match out of Johnson and Solow. Cezar Bononi and Avalon had a good match of their own, and they are going to have a really good match with Johnson and Cody Rhodes. That match could go either way, because Johnson could take the pin, but so could Avalon. Maybe Shaq and Jade get in on that match to mess Cody up and that’s why he and Johnson lose. Wait, that sounds familiar… Well anyway, it’ll mostly be a way to plug the mixed tag match. Velvet VS Diamante was a good match, and I’m a little surprised Velvet won, but she’ll definitely be building momentum on her end as the underdog element of that mixed tag match.

Vance VS Baron was a very good match and I like that commentary mentioned their past from the indies. Vance has mostly been along for the ride in the Dark Order but it’d be great if he got some story and development of his own. And I liked that Stunt’s loss wasn’t just from being the smaller wrestler, but from how there is story with FTR and Jurassic Express. Though honestly, better story would’ve been if Stunt was scheduled for this match, it didn’t happen because FTR kidnapped him, and Nemeth had a match with someone else, but Dark exists in a space where it is both the same night and not the same night as Dynamite on Wednesday.

Janela VS Evans was an incredible Dark main event, that was fast and furious right from the start. Janela wins big to go into his TNT Championship match but I don’t see him winning against Darby. It is really more Darby needs to win to go strong into the AEW Revolution Street Fight. I’m sure if not for the story with Team Taz and Sting, Darby VS Janela could’ve gone either way because they’re both so wild and reckless. Maybe down the line, Janela comes back around, he and Darby relive some of that Cracker Barrel No Holds Barred match from the early days of Dynamite.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (10/3/22)

Philly gets Elevated!

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The Peacock and his Boys defends their gold!

AEW Dark: Elevation features the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions! But will Dalton Castle & The Tate Twins still reign in Philadelphia?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Skye Blue VS Trish Adora; Skye wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tracy Williams; Cage wins.
  • Lance Archer VS Cheeseburger; Archer wins.
  • Abadon VS Abby Jane; Abadon wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear; Castle & The Boys win and retain the titles.
  • Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Gia Scott & Leon St. Giovanni; Kip & Penelope win.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Tony Deppen & Dante Martin; The Lucha Brothers win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Best Friends VS The Factory; Best Friends win.

QUICK NOTES

A really good line-up here, with the big attraction being Dalton & The Boys taking on Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder, aka Primal Fear. That’ll be a solid match that I will cover, but I don’t see the champions losing the titles. Good to see Cheeseburger but he’s gonna get eaten alive by Archer. And I like that we’re getting a full faction showdown of Best Friends VS The Factory. That’ll be a big win for Best Friends and they’ll have momentum going after Death Triangle for that feud.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear!

The Peacock and the Tate Twins continue their reign as ROH’s trios champions, and now they defend these titles in the City of Brotherly Love! Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder are all hungry for the gold, but will they be the ones to fear Castle & The Boys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised while The Boys help Castle with his robe and pants, and it is time to shine with gold in the Dark!

The trios sort out and Castle is all fired up as he starts against Soriano. They get in each other’s face, Castle gives a chest bump, so Soriano CHOPS him! Castle gets fanned off by the twins, then he comes back to circle with Soriano. Castle trips Soriano, rolls him with a leg, high stacks, TWO! Castle shoots in to waistlock and SLAMS Soriano down! Fans fire up, Castle waistlocks to roll Soriano around and throw down elbows. Castle gut wrenches, tag to Brendan, and he tags Brent. The Boys double whip Castle in to SPLASH Soriano at the corner, and then he feeds Soriano to a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The Boys roll Soriano back for Castle to shove forward into DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Brent covers, TWO! Brent drags Soriano up but he shoves Brent away to tag Hodder. Hodder runs in but Brent dodges to arm-drag him! Brent rushes in but Hodder kicks him low. Tag to Omen, they go after Brent but he fights back. That’s still 2v1 and they overwhelm him. They double whip, Brent ducks under but runs into a double TOSS right into the ropes! Soriano tags in and traps Brent, then Omen & Hodder run to the corners. They go up, out and Soriano runs, Primal Fear TRIPLE BOOTS Brent! Soriano covers, TWO!

Soriano drags Brent up, bumps him off buckles, but Brent elbows back. Brent hurries but Soriano reels him in. Brent lands out of the back suplex to hot tag Castle! Fans fire up with The Peacock as he rallies on Primal Fear! Castle gets around Soriano to Gotch lift OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Hodder runs in, into an EXPLODER! Omen returns, Castle dodges, blocks the boot and SAIDOS! Primal Fear regroups outside as fans fire up. “Bring me a Boy!” Brent runs in, Castle aims him and THROWS him at Omen! Then Castle has Brendan and THROWS him at Soriano! Brent returns, and Castle THROWS him at Hodder! And then he THROWS Brendan at Omen!

Brent’s back again, so Castle THROWS him at Soriano! Brendan is back, Castle THROWS him at Hodder! Fans fire up as Castle and the Boys regroup, DOUBLE BOY TOSS at Soriano! The Boys then send Soriano in for the Alabama Lift, and BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!

Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

There was no fear in The Peacock and his trusted twins, they took down Primal Fear with ease! Will they find bigger, stronger competition as they stick around AEW?


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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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