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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/4/21)

Who answers Jordan Devlin’ Open Challenge?

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Will the Irish Ace still be NXT UK’s Cruiserweight Champion?

Though Trent Seven has posed a challenge to Jordan Devlin and himself, the Open Challenge series continues! Will someone take the title from Devlin first?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nina Samuels VS Xia Brookside; Samuels wins.
  • Joseph Conners w/ Jinny VS Josh Morrell; Conners wins.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS Tyson T-Bone; Dragunov wins.
  • Joe Coffey VS Danny Jones; Coffey wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: Jordan Devlin VS ???; canceled.
  • Jordan Devlin VS Dave Mastiff; Devlin wins.

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Nina Samuels VS Xia Brookside!

The Leading Lady just can’t seem to leave this second generation superstar alone! But in this newest sequel of their rivalry series, will Nina still have the spotlight? Or will she learn to #FlyWithBrookside?

The bell rings and Nina has her attendant take her coat. Nina says Xia should be doing all of that, and that just upsets Xia! Xia throws Nina down and fires off hands! Nina pushes her away, Xia comes back to headlock but Nina blocks the takeover. Nina powers Xia to a corner, runs back in but the boot misses! Xia trips the other leg, then waistlocks Nina. Nina resists the lift, pries the hold, but Xia trips her up! Xia steps on Nina, sunset flips, TWO! Nina gets up but Xia wrenches her arm, tweaks the elbow and YANKS on the arm! And YANKS again! Xia whips but Nina blocks to reverse. Xia tilt-o-whirls but Nina turns it into a dragon sleeper, and a HARD inverted suplex!

Nina stomps Xia in the corner, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Nina stomps again, but the ref backs her off. Xia kicks low but Nina brings Xia back up with a scoop. Xia slips out, rolls Nina up, TWO! Nina stomps Xia, drags her around and steps through to drop down on the toehold! Cover, TWO! Nina clamps onto Xia with a chinlock but Xia endures. Nina traps the arms and pushes on the chinbar for the seated stretch. Xia endures again, even as Nina smears her face and talks trash. Xia SLAPS Nina, Nina clubs her, repeat! Nina whips Xia into a corner, RAMS into her, and then RAMS again! The ref counts, Nina lets off at 4, then hoists Xia up top.

Nina steps up to ROUNDHOUSE Xia, then fireman’s carry! Xia slips out, shoves Nina hard, then blocks the punch to fire off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, dodges her then tilt-o-whirls to headscissors! BT Sports Studio fires up with Xia as she hits BROKEN WINGS! And a running facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Xia is shocked but goes after Nina again. Nina drop toeholds Xia into ropes! Xia staggers up, whips Nina away, Nina cartwheels but Xia dropkicks her out! Nina avoids the baseball slide but Xia avoids the boot! Xia uses the apron to help in the RANA! Nina is dizzy, Xia runs in, but Nina dodges! Xia stops herself but Nina BOOTS her into the steel steps!

Nina puts Xia in, then grabs one of her pieces of luggage! The ref reprimands, and Xia RAMS into Nina! The trunk goes tumbling, the ref clears that out, but misses Nina using the HANDBAG to SMACK Xia! Cover, Nina wins!!

Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall

And scene! The Leading Lady is still on top, though with some help from her own luggage. Will Samuels be looking to add the NXT UK Women’s Championship to her collection in the near future?

 

NXT UK Media checks in with Sid Scala.

We know Pretty Deadly are the new #1 contenders to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, but when will we see that match? Sid says it is in the works, they’ll talk with Gallus on it. Jordan Devlin arrives and asks if Sid is planning to do his job this week. Devlin keeps texting Sid but Sid doesn’t answer him. Devlin still has no idea who he is dealing with, other than it’s NOT Trent Seven because Seven’s probably sweating in a sauna right now. So who is his opponent? Sid and Johnny Saint are still searching-

Oh good, very professional. But make sure it’s better than the last few because they’ve barely left a scratch. Devlin leaves, Sid excuses himself, and heads off. Will the Irish Ace’s opponent be worthy of his time tonight?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Jack Starz.

How is he feeling after what he’s been through lately? He actually feels great, on a roll even. Sid comes in and wishes to talk with Starz. Sid mentions the Cruiserweight Championship, and the Open Challenge. The door closes so it’s hard to hear what’s being said. Is Starz going to be Devlin’s challenger? Or is the search still going?

 

Joseph Conners w/ Jinny VS Josh Morrell!

The Righteous Killer has the Spoiled Princess by his side, and looks to prove he is worthy! Will #TurboTerry be a stepping stone for Conners towards a title?

The bell rings and Conners circles with Morrell. They tie up, Conners shoves Morrell away, and the two reset. They tie up again, Conners gets around, spins Morrell to a cravat then snapmares him. Morrell whips Conners away, goes for a leg, but Conners steps over to roll Morrell up! TWO, and the two reset. Conners and Morrell circle, tie up, and Conners waistlocks to a nelson then spin. Conners has the hammerlock, then the headlock, then a wrench. Conners reels Morrell in for a facelock and cranks on the hold, but Morrell wrenches out! Morrell wrings the arm, Conners gets to his feet but Morrell dropkicks him out!

Conners grows frustrated but Jinny helps him stay calm. “That little boy is nothing, so make sure he realizes he’s nothing.” Conners goes back to the ring, circles with Morrell, and they tie up. Conners waistlocks, arm-drags and clamps onto the wrist. Morrell endures, moves around, rolls and handsprings but Conners throws him by his hair! Conners runs Morrell to a corner for a BASEMENT BUCKLE BULLDOG! Conners brings Morrell up to bump off more buckles then CLUB him on the back! Conners throws hands, reels Morrell in and CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Morrell lives but Conners keeps cool.

Jinny coaches Conners as he snapmares Morrell to a ghost pin, TWO! A lateral press, TWO! Conners drags Morrell up, CLUBS him, then brings him around, but Morrell throws body shots! Morrell headlocks, Conners powers out and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Conners keeps his focus as he looms over Morrell. Conners clamps onto Morrell with a chinbar and a trapped arm. Morrell endures, fights up, and throws body shots! Conners shoves, drops then RAMS into Morrell with a low headbutt! Morrell gasps and sputters, Conners drags him up to throw haymakers. Conners is on Morrell at the ropes, CLUBS him then whips him, but Morrell sunset flips!

Conners slips out, Morrell kips up and goes Matrix to rally with forearms and a calf kick! ROLLING SENTON! Morrell whips, Conners reverses, but Morrell goes up and over with a tornillo! Morrell gets Conners with a hip toss! Cover, TWO! Morrell hurries to a corner and climbs up! Conners runs over, gets under the 450, and pops Morrell up, but Morrell RANA! Cover, TWO! Conners dodges, runs, rolls and reels Morrell in for a DDT! Jinny wants Conners to finish this, and Conners reels Morrell in with the STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! Cover, Conners wins!

Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall

Jinny is proud of Joseph after that win. Will Conners be seen as worthy of a championship opportunity?

 

Sha Samuels speaks.

“OH YEAH~!” The East End Butcher is in NXT UK, from a family of butchers! And being a butcher is cold-blooded work! It is hard work! And that is exactly what he’s been about for 18 long years in the ring! Nightclubs, working men’s clubs, and he’s beaten people up in ’em all! He’s finally on the big stage, and there are a lot of world class wrestlers. Samuels doesn’t want it to be easy, he took the Iron King to his limit. Samuels lost, but Coffey knows who he was in a fight with! Samuels is a FIGHTER! The hard work starts now!

 

Xia Brookside finds Sid Scala backstage.

Sid is busy but she tells him to listen now! Did he see that match? She wants a rematch with Nina! And it doesn’t matter when, just get it sorted! Will yet another sequel come to our screens sooner than expected?

 

Ilja Dragunov VS Tyson T-Bone!

The Moscow Madman decided to start over, but it seems something dark is lurking within. Starz learned that when he chopped a little too much like Walter. Will the King of Travelers be sure not to do something that might set Dragunov off?

The bell rings and Dragunov rushes in! T-Bone dodges the boot to DECK Dragunov then stomp away on him! T-Bone drags Dragunov up, headbutts and whips to hit a body shot! T-Bone keeps hitting Dragunov but Dragunov blocks the knee! Dragunov is after the leg but T-Bone clubs away on his back! T-Bone scoops but Dragunov blocks! Dragunov hooks a leg, goes after an arm, then wrenches through to BACK HAND! T-Bone wobbles and Dragunov is on him with a facelock! Dragunov grinds and rolls T-Bone, then rolls him again as he is after the double wristlock! But wait, Sam Gradwell walks out to talk trash on Dragunov’s “temper temper.”

T-Bone lifts Dragunov up but Dragunov sunset flips to shift to a head-and-arm clutch! T-Bone endures, Gradwell heckles Dragunov more, but T-Bone gets up to elbow Dragunov. Dragunov hooks the leg again but T-Bone scoops him to SLAM him! T-Bone runs to drop a knee! T-Bone rams knees into Dragunov’s back, Gradwell has a laugh, but Dragunov is after the arm! T-Bone blocks the judo throw so Dragunov shifts to get under a leg and dump T-Bone on his head! Dragunov wants the legs but T-Bone boots him away! Dragunov comes back to waistlock but T-Bone blocks and whips. Dragunov holds ropes, waistlocks again, but T-Bone fights the suplex!

T-Bone bucks Dragunov away and runs him over! Things speed up, Dragunov ROCKS T-Bone with a flying forearm! Gradwell says Dragunov has to be careful not to do what he did to Starz. Dragunov goes to lift but T-Bone throws elbows to get free. T-Bone hits an EXPLODER! Dragunov staggers up, T-Bone scoops again and brings Dragunov around for a FALL AWAY SLAM! T-Bone gets up and drags Dragunov up by his hears to throw a knee. Cover, TWO! Gradwell still taunts Dragunov while T-Bone goes for a full nelson. Dragunov pries the hands, T-Bone CLUBS him in the back! Dragunov counters the half nelson to an arm-drag!

T-Bone BOOTS back, but Dragunov comes back for a leg. T-Bone whips him away. Dragunov dodges and ENZIGURIS! Dragunov fires up and aims at T-Bone! Dragunov runs in, leaps, but T-Bone catches him for a BIG back suplex! Gradwell says Dragunov can do better than that! Dragunov and T-Bone get up, Dragunov goes Matrix! ANOTHER ENZIGURI! T-Bone wobbles, Dragunov fires up and waistlocks, but T-Bone elbows back! Dragunov shifts to a Gotch hold but T-Bone elbows free! HALF ‘N’ HALF! Dragunov flops all the way out of the ring! Gradwell says that’s unfortunate.

The ref tells Gradwell to stay back, T-Bone comes up and CHOPS Dragunov on the back! That was a mistake!! Dragunov goes into that state and he fires off forearms with T-Bone! Dragunov DECKS T-Bone, puts him in the ring and follows. Gradwell eggs Dragunov on as he elbows and stomps away on T-Bone! T-Bone shoves Dragunov away, but Dragunov TACKLES him! Rings of Saturn and endless elbows!! T-Bone is OUT, the ref calls it!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by referee stoppage

Dragunov lets T-Bone go and Gradwell says he was throwing a tantrum. Gradwell says Dragunov is letting his family down as a grown man. Does Dragunov need a cuddle? Dragunov BOOTS Gradwell! Dragunov dares Gradwell to shut up or man up! Gradwell says the big baby needs to be put in a time-out! Referees and officials rush over but Dragunov is ready to turn his rage on them! Dragunov storms off, will he be going after the Thunderstorm soon enough?

 

The NXT UK roster reacts to Meiko Satomura’s arrival.

Ashton Smith says “Every now and again, you come across a legend in professional wrestling. And for us in NXT UK, to sign Meiko Satomura, it brings the whole brand up to another level.” Dave Mastiff says she is a standard bearer in all of pro-wrestling. Gallus is excited to see someone they’ve followed for years. Jinny says Satomura is one of the best in the world, and has felt what she can do firsthand. This takes the Women’s Division and the brand to another level. The Final Boss arrives next week!

 

Sid Scala talks with Amir Jordan backstage.

Naturally, this is about the Cruiserweight Championship. The Bhangra Badboy had his shot but it doesn’t seem like he’s ready for another so soon. Sid thanks Amir Jordan for his time, and hurries to make a call.

 

Joe Coffey VS Danny Jones!

The Iron King has been going strong since his return to action, and looks to only get stronger. Will the newest prospect in NXT UK learn why this is Gallus’ Kingdom?

The bell rings and Coffey circles with Jones. They tie up, Coffey puts Jones on the ropes then lets off. They tie up with knuckle locks, go around, and Coffey has Jones on the ropes again. The ref calls for the break but Jones CHOPS Coffey! So Coffey fires off heavy hands! Coffey whips Jones to then go the other way, and POUNCES him! Coffey shoves Jones again, reels him in and hits a sidewalk slam! Coffey drags Jones up to throw body shots and heavy hands again at the ropes. The ref counts, Coffey DECKS Jones then tells the ref to ask if the kid wants to quit. “This is why it’s always Gallus Boys on top!” Coffey talks some smack then he SLAPS Jones down!

Jones gets mad and Coffey eggs him on! Jones ducks the punch to fire off forearms and EuroUppers! Coffey shoves, boots but Jones blocks to KNEE TRIGGER! Jones runs but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Coffey drags Jones up, shows him the scar Walter gave him, and reels him in. But Jones switches to a backslide! Coffey fights that off, Jones gets around to hammerlock, sleeper hold and ripcord ENZIGURI! Coffey wobbles and Jones hops on as a sleeper hold backpack! Coffey powers to buckles but Jones holds on! Coffey throws Jones off hard, takes aim from the corner, and gives Jones the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Coffey keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Coffey wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

The Iron King actually liked the fire from the new kid, but Coffey still wins out! Coffey gets a mic to say, “Yeah, so, last week, I crossed paths with Rampage Brown.” Coffey’s brain got moving, the cogs turning, and now he tells Rampage, “If you want to make a name for yourself on this brand, in NXT UK, then you have to hit someone so hard, SO HARD, that they don’t want to get back up again.” And here, in NXT UK, Coffey is the last man standing, because this is his- Wait, here comes Rampage Brown! Rampage has a mic of his own, and he says, “All you had to do was ask.” Rampage goes to the ring and says they can go any time, any where. Coffey is all for that! Will two of the heaviest hitters in the UK soon throw down in NXT UK?

 

NXT UK looks at the coming Tag Team Championship showdown.

“Yes, boy~!” Pretty Deadly won the Fatal 4 Way Elimination match, but they’re happy to admit that Gallus carried the NXT UK Tag Division and elevated it. But now, they’re stuck. Only they can bring the brand to the next level.
Gallus says they’ve been on top for a long time and it ain’t changing any time soon. This is the best they’ve been in a long time. This has been Gallus’ Kingdom since day one! If they saw Pretty Deadly on the street, giving it all they’ve got, it only ends one way: Pretty Deadly with broken jaws and nothing pretty about them left.

But Pretty Deadly says they’re in Wolfie’s head. Mark Coffey says they’ll lose pretty, and win ugly. That’s why Gallus Boys are on top! Pretty Deadly says when Gallus runs on anger, they make mistakes. Pretty Deadly capitalizes on mistakes. Then they will be P D O T, Pretty Deadly On Top.

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s NXT UK!

To finally settle the animosity between The Hunt and South Wales Subculture, it will be a Tag Team STREET FIGHT! Will Eddie Dennis help Primate and Wild Boar maul Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster? Or will SWSC finally shut Dennis up and shut his animals down?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: Jordan Devlin VS ???

The Irish Ace wants competition to prove that not only is he the REAL Cruiserweight Champion, but that he is the best wrestler under 205, with the most wins under his belt possible! Devlin gets a mic to say that “Skid Salad” has been running around trying to find a challenger for the “One Real NXT Cruiserweight Champion!” But if he’s learning anything working around here, it’s that if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself! So any man under 205 that wants to test himself, get to the ring right now!

Well this isn’t a Cruiserweight! This is the Proper British Heavyweight, Dave Mastiff! Devlin says Mastiff might’ve missed a memo. There are weight restrictions here! Mastiff isn’t even 305 Live, so what’s he doing here? Mastiff gets a mic to tell “Captain Obvious” he did well. But Mastiff knows, just like everyone else, Devlin is just keeping the belt warm for Trent Seven. And the only thing Mastiff is after is kicking Devlin’s head in! Mastiff shoves Devlin over, but what is Devlin’s response? Devlin gets up, and this isn’t for the title anymore! Will the Irish Ace keep from being crushed by the Bomber?

Jordan Devlin VS Dave Mastiff!

The bell rings, Devlin circles around Mastiff, and they tie up. Devlin can’t push Mastiff so he wrenches to get a wristlock. Mastiff spins Devlin around to wrench back and flip him over! Mastiff has the fingers and bends them, then twists the wrist. Devlin fights up, slips around and wrenches to a headlock. Mastiff powers out, Devlin rams him but Mastiff runs Devlin over! Things speed up, Devlin hurdles then drops, but Mastiff cartwheels away from the monkey flip! To then BACK SENTON! Cover, ONE!! Mastiff keeps on Devlin with a chinlock, leans on Devlin and then shifts to throw elbows! Mastiff chinlocks again, but Devlin shifts and hits a jawbreaker!

Devlin CHOPS Mastiff, kicks low, but Mastiff rocks him with forearms! Mastiff whips corner to corner and Devlin bounces off buckles! Mastiff talks trash on Devlin, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Mastiff tries again, TWO! Devlin sputters and gasps, Mastiff brings him back up, but Devlin throws body shots. Mastiff CLUBS Devlin, waistlocks again and brings Devlin up, but Devlin elbows free! Mastiff CLUBS Devlin again! And then GERMANS, but Devlin lands on his feet! Devlin tries to urenage but Mastiff elbows him away. Mastiff suplexes but Devlin slips out and CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Mastiff goes down but both men are on the mat.

Devlin is up first, he watches Mastiff rise, and Devlin stomps away on the leg! Devlin hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Mastiff goes to ropes, Devlin stalks up and CHOP BLOCKS again! Devlin throws down fists, drags Mastiff’s leg to ropes, and stands on the leg to then drop down on it! The ref reprimands but Devlin stands on Mastiff’s head. Mastiff has the ropes, the ref counts and Devlin lets off at 4. Devlin brings Mastiff around to CHOP him! Mastiff ROCKS Devlin with a right, but Devlin comes back with forearms and chops! Mastiff ROCKS Devlin again, shakes out the bad leg, but Devlin kicks low and throws more forearms.

Mastiff hits Devlin again, Devlin boots but Mastiff blocks. Devlin forearms then turns things around to hoist Mastiff up top. Devlin ROCKS Mastiff with a right, but Mastiff blocks the pull on his arm! Mastiff breaks free to hit a FLYING SHOULDER! Devlin is sent tumbling to the opposite corner! Mastiff works on his bad leg while Devlin clutches ribs. Devlin uses ropes to get up but Mastiff is there. Devlin throws a forearm, Mastiff gives it back. Devlin CHOPS, forearms, but Mastiff fires off in return! Mastiff whips and BACK DROPS Devlin! Devlin begs for mercy but Mastiff TOSSES him across the ring! Mastiff watches Devlin get up, and runs in to SPLASH!

Mastiff throws forearms, whips corner to corner and sends Devlin OVER AND OUT! Devlin tumbles into barriers, a ring count begins, but Mastiff decides to fetch Devlin. Devlin scurries away but Mastiff gives chase. They go around the way, back into the ring, and Devlin stomps, only for Mastiff to block! Devlin SLAPS Mastiff, Mastiff FLIPS Devlin! And SLAPS him for good measure! Mastiff drags Devlin up, whips him into another corner, but Devlin goes up! Mastiff has Devlin in an Electric Chair but Devlin throws hands! Devlin uses ropes to headscissor Mastiff out! Devlin can’t skin the cat so he flops back into the ring.

Mastiff slowly rises, Devlin PLANCHAS, but Mastiff catches him! Mastiff pops Devlin up , for a ROLLING SENTON! A double-edged move on the outside and the ref checks on both men. They’re both somehow okay to continue so a ring count begins. Devlin manages to sit up at 4 but both men flounder towards the ring. Devlin flops back down at 6, Mastiff stands at 7. Mastiff is in at 8, but he doesn’t stay in! Mastiff sees Devlin against barriers, and runs over, INTO THE VOID! Devlin moves and the BARRIER is busted! The ref checks on both men again and they’re both okay to continue. Devlin drags himself up as the new ring count is 4, but Mastiff rises at 6!

Mastiff HEADBUTTS Devlin all the way to the ring! Mastiff hurries and is in at 9.5! But then Mastiff climbs the corner?! Mastiff aims at Devlin, for a FALLING HEADBUTT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin survives and BT Sports Studio can’t believe it! Devlin and Mastiff slowly rise, and Mastiff growls as he glares at Devlin. Mastiff stalks over, reels Devlin into a fireman’s carry, but Devlin holds ropes. Devlin uses the ropes to escape, and then he dropkicks Mastiff’s leg out! Mastiff hits ropes and buckle, Devlin SLINGSHOT CUTTERS! Devlin isn’t done there, he heads to the corner and climbs up! Devlin leaps to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall

This wasn’t for a title, but it was still a huge main event! And it was quite literally a massive victory for the Irish Ace! Will the challenges only get bigger as Devlin’s reign continues?


My Thoughts:

A really good NXT UK, but what a twist on the main event! I was expecting the surprise to maybe be Tyler Bate since he’s under 205 and is a friend of Trent Seven’s, but Mastiff was a huge surprise, literally! No title match but a great main event and that’s not just kayfabe. Devlin wins to stay even stronger in his reign than before. I was hoping we’d get some Seven workout montages but maybe next week. Maybe there will be another of these Open Challenges before Seven returns. I’m still hoping we get Devlin VS Dar in some way, that hasn’t been explored enough to me. Sha Samuels had a good promo today and he will be on the next Supernova Sessions, so that should be really good, too.

We got a good video package for Gallus VS Pretty Deadly, and one for the Street Fight grudge match of The Hunt VS South Wales Subculture. Both of those matches will be very good, and both could go either way. Coffey getting a win in the squash match was good, and him mentioning the words “last man standing” and about hitting the opponent so hard, they won’t want to stand up, we’re totally getting Coffey VS Rampage in a Last Man Standing match, and that is going to be great stuff. Conners naturally wins his first match back, and Jinny is doing well as his manager. Conners should get to be A-Kid’s next Heritage Cup feud, as Conners got KO’d in the tournament and would want redemption.

Nina VS Xia happening because of luggage weaponry was a unique way to do the usual Heel cheating tactics. I almost want their blow-off to be the first-ever Luggage Match, where the only weapons allowed are the trunks and suitcases. Xia’s aggression in dealing with Sid definitely pushes that their next rematch should be some kind of No Disqualifications match, at least. And then, I think the best story right now is Dragunov’s rage, triggered by the Walter style chop to the back. I knew T-Bone would do that at some point, and of course Dragunov beats the snot out of him for it. Gradwell talking trash was a great addition to the match, and I can’t wait to see his match with Dragunov.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW Royal Quest II

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

 

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

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

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

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

 


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

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Yo! Listen!

Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

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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?


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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