A new force enters the NXT UK Women’s Division!
She’s wrestled around the world and back again, and was even a semifinalist in the Mae Young Classic! Meiko Satomura joins NXT UK!
- Meiko Satomura VS Isla Dawn; Satomura wins.
- Amale VS Piper Niven; Niven wins.
- Tag Team Street Fight:
The HuntPrimate & Eddie Dennis VS South Wales Subculture; SWSC wins.
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NXT UK has footage from earlier today!
Sid Scala hears a disturbance and hurries over! South Wales Subculture comes out of a room, and Mark Andrews tells Sid that they’re sick of the numbers game! So they just evened the odds, by taking down Wild Boar!! Will the Street Fight even be able to happen? Or will Eddie Dennis have no choice but to settle this grudge like a man?
Meiko Satomura VS Isla Dawn!
The Final Boss is here in NXT UK! And her first opponent is the White Witch of Scotland! Will Dawn’s magic have no effect on the Joshi legend?
The bell rings and Dawn circles with Satomura. They approach, trade kicks, then Satomura blocks a kick to give a kick! Dawn hobbles but comes back and ties up with Satomura. Dawn uses leverage to push Satomura to the ropes, but Satomura turns things around. Satomura lets off, to spinning back kick hard! Satomura headlocks, Dawn powers up and powers out, only for Satomura to reel her back in! Satomura hits a headlock takeover, grinds the hold, then shifts to a facelock. Satomura gator rolls Dawn around, drags her up and throws a EuroUpper! Dawn ducks the buzzsaw but the headlock returns! Kay Lee Ray watches from the VIP section as Dawn elbows free.
Dawn throws forearms and EuroUppers on Satomura, then snapmares to KICK her! Satomura gets right up to KICK and EuroUpper in return! Satomura whips, Dawn reverses but Satomura WINDMILL KICKS! Dawn flounders into more KICKS! Satomura wrenches, trips Dawn up, then wristlocks. Dawn endures, but Satomura KICKS the arm! Satomura drags Dawn up to club the elbow, then KICKS her down! Dawn shakes her head and refuses to stay down. Satomura goes to suplex but Dawn blocks and suplexes back! Satomura fights that off, throws knees, but gets caught to a PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Dawn almost beat the Final Boss but she fires off more kicks!
Dawn runs to KNEE Satomura against ropes! Then she runs to METEORA! Cover, TWO! KLR likes what she sees as Dawn drags Satomura to a drop zone. Dawn climbs up, but Satomura gets up to throw forearms! Satomura climbs up, brings Dawn up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both women are down but the BT Sports Studio audience is fired up! Satomura rises first, and she kicks, Dawn ducks but the BUZZSAW comes back around! Cover, TWO!! Dawn survives and fights back to hit a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Dawn is seething as she drags Satomura up. Dawn throws forearms but Satomura gives them back! They brawl to their feet, keep going, and Dawn gets the edge.
Satomura back kicks, EuroUppers, then DDT’s Dawn right down! Satomura runs, HANDSPRING KICK! Satomura drags Dawn up, Dawn breaks free but Satomura KICKS her again! SCORPIO RISING!! Cover, Satomura wins!
Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall
KLR applauds “The Best in the World” and her successful debut! But will she have to worry about the Final Boss being her next challenger?
Rampage Brown and Joe Coffey were asked to meet at the UK Performance Center.
Johnny Saint addressed them via video call. Saint’s been watching both men lately, and he has to say, the only people that want to see them fight more than him and the fans, is these two! So it’s happening! Brown VS Coffey in a “proper heavyweight scrap!” Joe says it was good to see Rampage, and is glad he’s here, but lets him know this is still his kingdom. What happens when the Rampage goes after the Iron King’s throne?
NXT UK hears from Dani Luna.
“There’s a special feeling about walking into a room, knowing that you’re the strongest person there.” The Welsh strong woman’s power got her this far. And if powerlifting ever taught her something, it’s that you don’t stop pushing until you get what you want. Luna is looking to be a better version of herself every day, until she reaches “the very top of the tower.”
NXT UK hears from Aoife Valkyrie.
“Despite everything, despite my success, flying has become a struggle. To hear the birds, you have to become part of the silence.” But there’s a shadow of doubt nesting in Aoife’s mind. They make her feel so heavy. The time has come for her to take her chance. But what if she falls?
NXT UK shares Meiko Satomura’s thoughts from after her match.
First in Japanese, and then in English, Satomura promises to make NXT UK her home, and tells KLR that she’s ready for her! Is the battle of the Final Boss and the Scary Queen of Scots going to happen sooner rather than later?
NXT UK presents an all new Supernova Sessions!
Noam Dar welcomes us back and says, “live from the moon,” it’s another Supernova Sessions. Dar’s therapist tells Dar that it is important for Dar to share his emotions and tell us all how “Baby Supernova” feels. Pffft, the therapist also says that feelings aren’t facts, yet whenever he feels like the best, it’s a fact! Dar shouts to Alan to get his therapist on the phone and FIRE her! Dar’s perfect the way he is! But for now, Dar is honored to welcome tonight’s guest, one of the best on the planet and a lifelong pal, the East End Butcher, Sha Samuels! Sha makes his way out and hugs with Dar. They have snacks, the 5K Ultra Hi-Def, but Sha doesn’t like the “guest chair.”
You’re right, that chair is for idiots! Sha is a superstar, just like Dar, so they get to sit together on the Supernova Sofa! Dar and Sha feel like New York! Who would’ve thought? They would’ve thought! Dar and Sha are where they are supposed to be! But what riles Sha up, what gets on his nerves, is that half the roster wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Sha’s hard work! And then when Sha finally gets signed, they wanna name him “Ed Harvey?” He’s SHA SAMUELS! Dar calms Sha but Sha says it isn’t okay. Sha didn’t grind for 18 years just to be treated like a joke! Dar knows it hasn’t been all champagne and scales, but a long hard road.
Dar was on that journey with Sha, but let’s talk about the good times. There has been some champagne, and here’s a story! Picture Sexy M, Blackpool City Center- Sha says Dar can NEVER tell that story in public. Right, sorry. But enough about the past, let’s go to the future. Dar is a big deal in NXT UK. He has a lot of sway. Whatever Sha wants, Dar can make it happen. But Sid Scala interrupts to say Dar can’t just go making matches. This is meant to just be an interview show. Sha asks where Saint is! Sid is the help who sweeps up and makes the tea! Dar explains Sha that this is Sid! Sha claims he was just having a laugh.
But Dar admits he does get ideas above his station, but they can’t deny that Sid and Saint owe Sha for that name change stuff. Dar says Sha exemplifies the heritage of British wrestling, but he has to keep Sha calm as he negotiates an idea. Picture this: Sha Samuels VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup Championship! Even tonight! Sha’s ready! But where’s A-Kid? In Madrid with his trousers up? Where is A-Kid?! Sid says there was a mistake made and they do owe Sha, but he and Saint will discuss the idea. Dar says that’s good, so Sid should go make that call. Time is money! Bye-bye now!
Sha and Dar are excited, and Sha has a story to tell now! Dar’s first European weekend in Amsterdam- NO! NO! Mama Dar watches the show! That’s all for now! Will Sid give Sha the match with A-Kid?
NXT UK hears from Nina Samuels.
The Leading Lady heard what Xia Brookside had to say, “and you will be delighted to know that I accept your request for a rematch.” But it has to be on Nina’s terms! Nina has arranged an “oh so special” stipulation. The loser… Or rather, when Brookside loses… she becomes Nina’s personal assistant for an entire month! And then all will be right with the world when Brookside has to carry Nina’s bags. Will Xia make sure to write a happy ending to this sequel?
NXT UK hears from Trent Seven.
“I know I’m probably the oldest fighter on the roster, but I still know there’s a part of me that can change, that can adapt, that can become better.” Those are the words Seven said on December 17th. Seven now says that it is an important thing to find that motivation, that spark to get going. Things are tough at the moment, there are a limited amount of outlets right now, and Seven is lucky to have the UK Performance Center. Seven feels the pounds coming off while he also gets stronger. Plus, it is just something to do right now. Even the process of lifting weights and using energy, the adrenaline pumping, he feels good.
Devlin’s challenge of dropping 30 pounds, and mocking his stomach, is what pushes Seven to go after the Cruiserweight Division goal of 205 or less. Seven wants the title, that’s the whole reason this all works. It is tough, but Seven will push himself, and the reward comes when he beats Devlin to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Amale VS Piper Niven!
The French Hope returns, ready to represent her country in her pursuit of the NXT UK Women’s Championship! But Piper the Viper just wants another shot at her archenemy in Kay Lee Ray! Will Piper’s road back block Amale’s own path to the top?
The bell rings and Piper circles with Amale. Amale talks trash in French, then SLAPS Piper! Piper SLAPS Amale back! And clobbers her with Polish hammers! Piper hip tosses Amale, then runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Piper kicks Amale to a corner, stomps away, but the ref backs her off. Joseph Conners creeps out to remind her who cost her against Jinny. Piper tells Conners to leave or she’ll remind him of it, too! But Amale goes after Piper and bumps her off buckles! Amale runs in to hit a splash, then she fires off forearms! Amale sweeps the legs and runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and Amale is shocked!
Amale is after Piper, clubs her then pushes her around, but Piper throws body shots back! Piper swings but into Amale’s hooks! Piper fights off the exploder and she HEADBUTTS Amale down! Amale ends up in a corner, Piper runs in to CANNONBALL! Piper hoists Amale up, PIPER DRIVER! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
Piper keeps her eyes on Conners, and he mockingly applauds her victory. Will Piper get her revenge on him and on the Spoiled Princess soon enough?
Sid Scala shares highlights from the NXT UK Tag Team Championship contract signing.
Gallus’ Mark Coffey & Wolfgang sit down with Pretty Deadly, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker, and they all signed on the dotted lines. Their match will take place in two weeks, on 2/15/21! Pretty Deadly says they’re in Gallus’ head, but Gallus says Pretty Deadly are just overstaying their welcome. Pretty Deadly feels unbeatable and those gold belts will be on the waists of the golden boys! But will Gallus Boys still be on top?
NXT UK looks closer at Ben Carter.
The British Prodigy of Pro-Wrestling has already made a huge impact on the WWE, but he’ll be back next week to do it all over again!
It seems Sid and Saint only needed to talk it over a little bit, and now the match is happening! Sha Samuels WILL challenge A-Kid for the Heritage Cup Championship, and it is happening NEXT WEEK! Will the East End Butcher prove he represents the UK best, even under British Rounds Rules?
Tag Team Street Fight: Primate & Eddie Dennis VS South Wales Subculture!
Even without the Wild Boar, the war will rage on! But the Welsh Dragon doesn’t even wait to be in the ring! He and Primate are attacking Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews backstage! Primate pummels FMW and Dennis has already slammed Andrews through a table! Dennis shouts, “You thought there wouldn’t be consequences, huh?!” Dennis throws Andrews into the wall, then he and Primate RAM a road case into him! And again! Primate BOOTS FMW down then drags him over to gorilla! Then CLUBS him to ringside! Dennis follows and says it’s a bad day to be prey! Primate tosses FMW around, kicks him down, then roars at the ref! The ref says this isn’t even a match yet!
Primate puts FMW in the ring, Primate and Dennis follow, and the bell rings! FMW dodges and Primate POSTS himself! FMW fires off on Dennis but Dennis shoves him away. FMW boots Dennis then comes back to tilt-o-whirl, ETON RIFLE! Cover, TWO!! FMW staggers over to a corner but Primate returns! FMW kicks Primate down, leaps over Dennis then dropkicks him out of the ring! FMW throws off his jacket and glares at Dennis as he gives chase. But FMW sees Primate’s sucker punch coming, dodges and KNEES him down! But Dennis LASHES FMW with his belt! Dennis LASHES FMW again! And again! Dennis tells Primate to get FMW up, and he does, with a scoop slam!
Dennis LASHES FMW again! FMW fights up, tears at Dennis’ shirt but Primate CLUBS him down again! Primate bumps FMW off the apron, then TOSSES him over the barriers! Primate hops over the barriers to claw at FMW’s face! Dennis follows and tells Primate to pick FMW up again. Primate stands FMW for Dennis to slap around. The Supernova Sessions set is still there and they start brawling that way! FMW body shots Dennis but Primate CLUBS FMW down! Dennis and Primate bring FMW around the way, beat him down, but wait! Andrews is up on the scaffolding, and he SUPER MOONSAULTS onto them all!!
BT Sports Studio is in shock as all four men are down on the floor! Primate and FMW kick at each other, FMW hits Dennis, Andrews gets up and goes after Primate. Dennis and FMW brawl by the ThunderDome style screen wall, and Andrews stomps Primate. FMW CHOPS Dennis, Andrews CHOPS Primate, and then SWSC throw haymakers! Dennis and Primate body shot and knee in return, and Dennis throws FMW into barriers! Primate clubs away on Andrews’ chest over and over and over! Dennis drags FMW up but FMW body shots back! The brawling continues, Andrews gets Primate down to rain down rights! Dennis scoops FMW, aims for a post but FMW slips off to POST Dennis!
FMW hurries to the apron, Andrews CHOPS Primate, FMW CANNONBALLS onto Dennis! Primate whips Andrews HARD over the barriers! Primate then springboards off the barrier to CLOBBER Andrews! We’re finally ringside as Primate drags himself up and Andrews crawls. The ref checks on Andrews, he has some blood in his mouth, but Dennis is bringing out chairs! Primate storms around and grabs a chair for his own! Andrews and FMW hurry and get their own chairs! Everyone has a chair, they all get in the ring, and they chairs clash like swords! Andrews JAMS Dennis, Primate SMACKS Andrews, FMW SMACKS Primate, Dennis JAMS FMW!
Dennis swings low on Andrews, he jumps over and SMACKS Dennis down! Primate thrusts at Andrews but Andrews dodges and SMACKS him down, too! Dennis JAMS Andrews’ bad leg! FMW uses his HELMET to guard a chair shot then SMACK Dennis!! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives but FMW checks on Andrews. Primate clobbers FMW and hammers away! Primate drags FMW up to back suplex, but Andrews lands on his feet! FMW SLAPS, CHOPS, but Primate avoids the back hand! FMW puts his hands up to fake Primate out, and HEADBUTTS him down! But Dennis has a kendo stick and SMACKS the Modfather down!! Andrews hobbles up and Dennis says, “It’s always you!”
Andrews slides under the kendo strike to PELE Dennis! Andrews fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Dennis kicks the bad leg again! Andrews clutches the knee, Dennis drags him up, suplexes but Andrews STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Andrews crawls his way to a corner, climbs up top, but Primate KENDO STRIKES Andrews down! Andrews again clutches his leg as Primate and Dennis regroup. Primate drags Andrews up for Dennis, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Dennis gets a chair, sets it down, drags the bad leg over, and SMASHES the knee on it!! Primate stomps away on the leg! Primate stands on the leg for a CALF CRUSHER!!
Dennis gets in Andrews’ face to taunt him, but Andrews just SLAPS Dennis over and over! Primate lets Andrews go but how is Andrews’ leg even still there? Dennis grabs Andrews’ leg, and puts it in the chair! Primate hits FMW down, hands Dennis another chair, and Dennis says, “This is for a DECADE of you using me!” But FMW grabs the chair from Dennis! Enziguri for Dennis, then the RUDE BOY BLOCK for both Primate and Dennis! FMW rallies with lariats, then baits Dennis into a BOOT! FMW goes up to missile dropkick Dennis down! Primate clubs and whips but FMW reverses to send Primate out! FMW triangle dropkicks Dennis down!
FMW runs to the other side, triangle jumps again, but Primate CLOBBERS him! Andrews hobbles and runs, to SUNSET FLIP!? Primate holds ropes, but FMW KNEES him down into the BOMB!! But this has to end inside the ring, and Primate and Dennis are both down on the outside! SWSC drags Primate up, Dennis slithers into the ring to grab a kendo stick, but SWSC takes those away from him! And now he’s right where they want him! Dennis begs for mercy! There is no mercy here!! They kendo stick SMACK away on Dennis over and over and over! The sticks start to break! Dennis writhes in stinging pain, and now SWSC look to add on!
SWSC goes out, looks under the ring, and bring out a TABLE! They put the table in as Dennis apologizes. It’s too late for that, Dennis! FMW stomps Dennis, then helps Andrews put the table up and in a corner. Andrews kicks Dennis down, he and FMW mug Dennis with forearms and haymakers. They bounce Dennis off the wood then set him n the table. FMW climbs the corner with Andrews, but Primate is returning! Andrews hurries over to DECK Primate, then he slingshots! Primate avoids whatever Andrews was after and Andrews hesitates from his bad leg. Primate gets Andrews for a HUGE German Suplex!
Dennis saves himself from the table, but FMW still SWANTON BOMBS over it! Cover, Primate breaks it! Primate clubs FMW down, FMW CHOPS back and fires off over and over! Dennis goes after FMW but he CHOPS away! Primate OVERHEAD SUPLEXES FMW into buckles!! Dennis shouts for Primate to set the table up and Primate stands it up in a corner. Dennis drags FMW up to the crucifix, but Andrews returns to save FMW! Andrews DECKS Dennis, slingshots but leaps into Primate’s SPEAR!! Dennis grits his teeth as he gets up and sees FMW is still stuck up top. Dennis CHOPS FMW on the back, brings him to the crucifix, SPLASH- STEINER!!
FMW counters the bomb to a rana, Primate runs but Andrews sends him CRASHING THROUGH THE TABLE!! The referee hurries to clear the wreckage and check on Primate. SWSC climb up corners and take aim at Dennis and Primate! SHOOTING STAR and 630 SENTON at the same time!! Cover, SWSC wins!!
Winners: South Wales Subculture, by pinfall
“Brutal” doesn’t even cover this! This was wild, this was vicious, this was a war! Is this the last Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews have heard of Dennis and The Hunt? Are they finally getting away from their past to head for the future?
Such a good episode! Great, even! Satomura VS Dawn was a great match, but of course it was only so long. Satomura VS KLR is going to be a great match, too, but it’s really interesting how this works. Is KLR’s reign going to include defeating such a powerful opponent? Samuels VS Brookside the rematch has a stipulation, but sadly not the one I was hoping. It is a conditional for story so I am pretty sure Samuels wins to make Brookside follow her around for promo segments. I don’t want that, that doesn’t give us anything fun on the other side. It should go both ways, and it should still be a No Disqualification match with the luggage as the main weapon.
Amale VS Piper was good but naturally Piper won. The interesting detail was Conners being ringside, indicating we will get another go around of Piper and Jinny. I wonder if Piper gets a tag team partner so that it can be a mixed tag match for someone to get revenge on Conners on Piper’s behalf. Aoife had a good promo, and the visuals make me wonder if she’s going to get more of the supernatural elements in her character. The Supernova Sessions segment was good, Dar and Sha must be shoot best pals because their chemistry was automatic. And Sha VS A-Kid will be pretty good for A-Kid’s newest defense, but I feel like it’d be slightly hilarious if for a minute, Sha didn’t realize the British Rounds rules were in effect. There’s also a good chance Dar will try to help Sha, which could help or hurt.
We got a good vignette from Trent Seven, but I’m a bit disappointed we only got a slideshow of the tag team contract signing press conference scene. Though what the heck are those outfits from Pretty Deadly? That tag match is going to be pretty good though, but I can’t see Gallus losing just yet. Though maybe they are, and Pretty Deadly are going to be Heel champions to freshen things up. The Street Fight was amazing stuff! The storytelling of Boar being taken out before the show, then the battling backstage and to the ring, it was all good stuff.
I almost thought the Heels were winning this and that would’ve been a bit disappointing, but SWSC finds a way to pull it off, and it was awesome! I’m expecting Pretty Deadly VS SWSC for the tag titles in the Spring, maybe as a way to make WWE Network being absorbed into NBC Peacock be a big deal. That first NXT UK episode aired here in America having a big card would be the perfect way to do that.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!
NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!
- Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
- Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
- Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
- Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.
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[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?
Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino
Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
- Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.
Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.
Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.
Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.
And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.
My Score: 8.7/10
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