Things could change in the NXT UK Women’s Division!
The longest reigning NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray, tests her legacy against legendary wrestler, Meiko Satomura!
- Ilja Dragunov VS Sam Gradwell; Dragunov wins.
- Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith VS Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams; Jordan & Williams win.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Meiko Satomura; KLR wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ilja Dragunov VS Sam Gradwell!
#UNBESIEGBAR has been having episodes of berserker rage, and the Thunderstorm is poking fun at him for it. Will Gradwell not be laughing after facing Dragunov for himself?
The bell rings and they circle. Gradwell taunts Dragunov but is in the corner. Gradwell SLAPS Dragunov and slips away! Dragunov keeps his cool even as Gradwell still talks trash. They circle again, Gradwell stays out of reach but swings and misses! Dragunov picks Gradwell up for a SPINEBUSTER, then goes for a headlock. Gradwell gets up, blocks the Russian Leg Sweep, but Dragunov uses a head-and-arm clinch to complete it! Dragunov grinds on the hold but Gradwell fights up and elbows free. Gradwell wants Dragunov to look at him, but Dragunov trips him up! Dragunov dares Gradwell to talk trash now as he is ready to hit him, but Gradwell BOPS Dragunov right in the nose with a palm strike!
Gradwell gets up and stomps Dragunov to ropes! The ref reprimands and counts, Gradwell lets off to bring Dragunov up for a double underhook. Dragunov resists, powers up and back drops Gradwell! Dragunov has an arm, uses that to roll and wrench Gradwell to then BACK HAND CHOP! Gradwell goes to a corner, Dragunov runs in to KNEE him hard! Dragunov waistlocks, Gradwell throws him off, but Dragunov blocks the scoop to step over and KNEE Gradwell again! Gradwell grins as he has blood in his mouth, and says, “That all you got?!” Dragunov LEAPING BOOTS Gradwell down! Dragunov goes to a corner, hops up, for a FLYING KNEE DROP!
Gradwell checks his teeth as Dragunov goes up top again. Gradwell staggers up but he trips Dragunov up first! Dragunov is stuck, Gradwell throws hands! Gradwell climbs and talks more trash, but Dragunov elbows him away. Dragunov adjusts but Gradwell ROCKS him with an uppercut! Dragunov tumbles to the floor! Gradwell taunts the “Baby” but Dragunov gets up on the apron. Gradwell DECKS him, Dragunov comes back and ROCKS Gradwell! Dragunov steps in but into a BIG STO from Gradwell! Cover, TWO! Gradwell drags Dragunov up to CLUB him on the back! Dragunov rolls, Gradwell gives him toying kicks and more clubbing forearms.
Dragunov fires up, gets a leg, but Gradwell blocks a takedown. They end up on ropes, the ref calls for the ropebreak, but Gradwell sucker punches Dragunov! Cover, TWO! Gradwell drags Dragunov up for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Gradwell grows frustrated, he CLUBS Dragunov on the back and wraps on a chinlock. Dragunov endures, fights up, but Gradwell CLUBS him again! Dragunov pushes forearms into Gradwell’s face but Gradwell still grins. They fight for control, Gradwell says Dragunov is letting his family down! Dragunov HEADBUTTS Gradwell!! Gradwell runs and dodges one lariat but not the LEFT!
Dragunov works to calm down and avoid that berserker mode, but Gradwell still taunts Dragunov! “How’s Constantine? He’d be ashamed of you!” Dragunov STOMPS Gradwell’s arm! Dragunov rains down forearms, drags Gradwell back up and throws KNEES into him! Dragunov unleashes CHOPS to the back of Gradwell’s neck but Gradwell unleashes them back! Dragunov hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, Gradwell throws elbows but he can’t get free. Dragunov GERMAN SUPLEXES even harder! Dragunov isn’t done there, he drags Gradwell back up in the waistlock, but Gradwell backs him to ropes.
Gradwell ELBOWS free, SLAPS Dragunov, but Dragunov PELES out of nowhere! Dragunov roars and staggers to a corner! Dragunov climbs, leaps, SUPER SENTON! BT Sports Studio fires up with Dragunov as he aims from a corner. But Gradwell ducks, the Torpedo Moscow hits buckles so hard, a pad pops off! Dragunov sits up, Gradwell CHOPS him on the back!! That is the same mistake Tyson T-Bone and Jack Starz made! Dragunov’s rage is boiling, Gradwell hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Gradwell fireman’s carries but Dragunov fights free with furious elbows! Dragunov keeps throwing elbows, then he gets Gradwell down! Dragunov unleashes the ENDLESS ELBOWS! Gradwell is DONE, the ref calls it!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by referee stoppage
Dragunov doesn’t care!! He keeps ramming his elbow into Gradwell’s head! The ref counts, Dragunov doesn’t stop, the ref has the bell ring again! More referees rush out as Dragunov finally lets Gradwell go! Dragunov goes after referees!! The refs tell him to stop, the match is over! Dragunov comes to, and he realizes he lost control again! Dragunov apologizes in Russian, clearly overcome with remorse. Gradwell comes to, too, and he’s smiling again! Gradwell says, “Well done, Ilja. Well done.” Dragunov slowly gets out of the ring and is at a loss for what is happening with him. Will Dragunov deem himself too dangerous to ever compete again?
NXT UK continues the story “of the lucky kid.”
That kid is the same man standing here now. “How could somebody who had to fight much harder than anybody else for every little thing he ever owned be able to provide anything his family needs?” His family is the most important thing in his life! He would die for them! It isn’t about rich or poor, but how hard you fight to make people honor you, how hard you are going to strike to make people respect you, and how far you are willing to go to make people fear you! “I am Teoman.” And he is coming to NXT UK next week!
Xia Brookside and Aleah James have lunch together.
This is nice but a bit dry. Xia calls on her assistant, Nina Samuels. Two cups of tea, please. Sure thing. Wait, Xia really can get Nina to do whatever? Yeah, Nina is Xia’s personal assistant for a whole month. Nina makes tea, and does her best to serve it with a smile. Aleah apologizes, she has to go. So the second tea was for nothing. Will Nina end up the one steaming by the end of the four weeks?
NXT UK presents an all new Supernova Sessions!
Noam Dar welcomes us “live from the moon.” And after all the praise and love they’ve received here at SNS, Dar wants to share that with us, the WWE Universe. Dar reads a fan letter that says he is “absolutely fantastic. A 24/7 young legend.” “Supernova Sessions equals standing ovations!” “Noam Dar is absolutely… rotten? Get a haircut loser, haha you suck.” Who let that one through? But no more reviews, we’re moving on. Dar’s guest is Tyler Bate. The Big Strong Boy strolls out on set and takes a seat. Dar asks Bate if he thinks Dar needs a haircut. Bate says Dar looks good.
Dar then asks Bate, “What is this new approach that you have? This new outlook you have on life?” Everyone’s saying Bate is so Zen, he is the Zennest. Who is Zen? NO, Dar, it’s not who is Zen, but the state in which Bate has a deeper understanding of himself. The mastery of one’s self brings true power. Wait, Dar needs to wrap his “massive brain” around this. Zen means that no matter how hard someone should hypothetically try to push your buttons, you never react? Well, close, but- What age is Bate now? 14? No, he’s 23. Oh, yes, 23 and already so accomplished. Match of the Year awards, NXT Tag Team Champion, inaugural and youngest ever NXT UK Champion. Wow! What an amazing career Bate’s had.
Dar asks Bate about his Vegan lifestyle. “If two Vegans fight, is it still considered a beef?” Good one, Dar. He wasn’t joking. Oh but then he can’t have the cupcakes or this panda cake. But he does have this wonderful meal of one big broccoli stalk. Dar drops it and then steps on it! Oops, butterfingers. Sorry, no offense. Dar then brings out a heaping load of garnish, that he just drops on Bate’s lap. Feeling Zen now? Bate thanks Dar for the gift and does eat some bay leaf. Oh, fun, huh? Because last time Bate was here, he bit off more than he could chew by stupidly challenging A-Kid to a Heritage Cup match. And what happened? He lost! So much for Zen!
Bate says he doesn’t feel bad about that loss. You only lose what you cling to. Dar doesn’t understand what that means. But Dar knows next week, Bate is taking on Dave Mastiff! Dar would be pretty scared. Bate knows what Dar is up to and Bate isn’t playing along. Since Bate’s return, he’s been set after the Heritage Cup. He faced A-Kid but lost. But if you think one bump in the road is going to scare Bate, you’re mistaken. Bate is facing Mastiff next week, and has spoken to Johnny Saint about the Heritage Cup. Next week’s match with Mastiff will be under British Rounds rules! And if Dar thinks Bate is supposed to be scared, Bate says, “Where fear ends, life begins.”
Bate and Dar stand up, stare down, but Dar freaks just from Bate putting up Bop! Bate is Zen, but he’s not a doormat. And that is an exclusive! Play that funky music! The SNS theme plays and Bate strikes a pose! Dar throws a fit as Bate leaves, will his poking and prodding only motivate Bate to get back to the top?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ben Carter.
The British prodigy is getting some sparring in, has a great wristlock, but takes a break to talk. How is he enjoying his time in NXT UK? It’s been amazing! This is so weird that starting in the States kept him from learning the British style, despite him being from the UK. But now he’s back, learning that style, has a British legend helping him train. Carter is hyped to use it all and is loving life. You can’t ask for much more. On that note, Carter gets back to it! Will Carter become the ultimate hybrid now that he’s adding British technique to his high-flying arsenal?
NXT UK takes a closer look at Aleah James.
The 23-year-old from Essex is one of the newest additions to the roster, and has been a fan since childhood. Mickie James and Melina were among her favorites. She started training at 18, found it very difficult because everyone else was bigger or more experienced. She took the challenge head on and continues until she gets things right. Having determination and a dream are motivating her to carry on. Her natural athletic ability and agility brings a unique element to the Women’s Division. The WWE is her dream and she’s amazed to have this chance so early to give it all she’s got. Will she be living a dream and rise up the ranks?
Isla Dawn holds a séance…!
The White Witch is dabbling in something darker. “Chaos. Sceleratos. We’re here~!” The priestess cometh! What does it mean!?
Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith VS Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams!
There are NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions in Pretty Deadly, but the chase is as strong as it ever was! Will the Predator Killer & The Prestige move forward through the re-reunited Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin?
The teams sort out and Carter starts with Williams. They tie up, Carter wants the arm but Williams gets a headlock. Carter slips out, wrenches the arm, but Williams rolls and rolls and gets free. They circle, approach, Williams headbutts low then whips. Carter slides to a stop, comes back, leaps over and sunset flips! TWO, Carter ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Williams. TWO, Williams whips but Carter reverses to dropkick-flip off him! Carter strikes a pose, Williams runs in but Carter arm-drags him! Williams jumps the leg sweep, but Carter slides under the boot! The two grin as they stand off, and BT Sports Studio cheers. Williams and Carter low five, but Williams gets a leg!
Williams rolls and spins Carter but Carter slips out of the back suplex! Tag to Smith, Williams throws Carter but Carter trips Williams up and Smith runs him over! Williams staggers up, Smith CLUBS him on the back. Smith throws Williams with a judo hip toss, then brings him up for a whip. Williams dodges, holds ropes, and Jordan tags in! Jordan and Smith circle, tie up, and Jordan gets around to headlock. Smith tries to roll Jordan off but Jordan holds on. Smith powers up, pushes at the hold and back suplexes but Jordan lands on his feet! Jordan headlocks, Smith powers him to a corner, but Jordan goes up and over! Jordan dropkicks, dodges and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!
Jordan clamps on with a chinlock and puts more leverage into the hold. Smith fights up, throws body shots, and tosses Jordan to the corner! Smith KNEES Jordan, tags in Carter, and Carter throws a HARD body shot! Carter brings Jordan up but Jordan forearms back! They brawl, Jordan CHOPS but Carter EuroUppers! Jordan hits again, Carter SUPER FOREARMS! Tag to Smith, sunset flip toss to a scoop, and SNAKE EYES off boots! Smith runs to CLOBBER Jordan! Cover, TWO! Williams coaches Jordan as Smith shoves him, and ROCKS him with a body shot! Carter tags in, stays between Jordan and Williams and CLUBS him!
Jordan hits back from the ropes, Carter EuroUppers and CHOPS, then keeps Jordan up to whip. Carter CLOBBERS Jordan, covers, TWO! Williams was there just in case, but Carter runs to drop the knee! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps Jordan down, but Jordan blocks the whip. Carter breaks the reverse and hits a LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Carter brings Jordan up, ROCKS him again, then tags Smith. Jordan ROCKS and CHOPS Smith but Smith ROCKS him back! Smith EuroUppers, Jordan staggers and Smith brings Jordan around to CLUB him down! Smith whips Jordan but Jordan turns the body shot into a backslide! TWO, and both men get up, Jordan ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Williams!
Williams rallies with big elbows and body shots and uppercuts! Williams whips, springboards and back elbows Smith down! Williams dropkicks Carter for good measure, then goes right after Smith! Smith blocks the whip, whips Williams, Williams springboards into into Smith’s arm! Smith pops Williams up, blocks the rana, but ends up in a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! Williams has wild eyes as he hurries after Smith. Williams drags Smith up, Smith shoves him but Williams sends Smith out! Carter runs in, Williams throws him out, but Smith is there, only for Williams to BOOT the Silly String apart!
Carter and Smith crash down, Williams and Jordan build speed together, and DOUBLE DIVE! Williams and Jordan are fired up, they put Smith back in, and Jordan tags in! Williams wheelbarrows Smith for a FACEBUSTER! BHANGRA SWANTON! Cover, but Carter slingshots in to break it! Carter CLOBBERS Williams with that windmill kick! Smith tags Carter in, they combine to BACK DROP 450 onto Jordan! Cover, but Williams breaks it just in time!! Williams dropkicks Smith then PLANCHAS! Carter staggers up, Williams stares him down and Jordan rolls Carter up! TWO, Carter jackknifes Jordan, but Williams tips it over! Jordan has the cover, he and Williams win!!
Winners: Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams, by pinfall
The Lucky Yin took a chance, and it worked out! But will Williams’ luck run out? Or can he and Jordan get to the titles before that happens?
NXT UK takes a closer look at the coming Mixed Tag grudge match!
Piper Niven says Jinny seems to have bought or persuaded Joseph Conners, but Jinny says the win-loss record speaks for itself. Jinny screwed Piper out of the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Conners has gotten in Piper’s face about going after Jinny, but all Piper sees in the mirror is a commoner. But there can’t be a co-ed handicap match, so Piper literally just dragged Jack Starz into this. Starz hates bullies, so he was more than happy to help out. Jinny and Joseph pity people like Starz, but Starz says that is their biggest mistake. Jinny and Joseph are a unit and are worthy. Starz has the fire, Piper has the fight, they are #Starz&Pipes! That match is coming next week!
Jordan & Williams are fired up backstage!
Jordan is ready! They keep getting wins, they’ll be tag title contenders! NXT UK Media comes by to ask them about that win, but how do you think they’re feeling? They won! They missed out a chance back in December, and that’s why “Louie and Sammy” are the champs. But up next, Jordan & Williams take on former champions in Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster! Then what happens? Another win! Then on the way to the titles! Time to celebrate! But will that celebration be a bit premature with South Wales Subculture being in their way?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Meiko Satomura!
The Scary Queen of Scots isn’t just the longest reigning Women’s Champion on this brand, but she has the longest reign in all of the WWE in recent history! Other champions, current and former, have acknowledged her, but they’ve also acknowledged Satomura as perhaps the most accomplished and intimidating woman wrestler ever! Will KLR continue her historic reign and conquer the best in the world? Or will even KLR learn why Satomura is the Final Boss?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and history is on the line along with the championship!
KLR and Meiko circle, tie up, and go around. KLR powers Meiko to ropes, the ref calls for the break and KLR lets off clean. Meiko and KLR circle again, and Meiko calls for a test of strength. KLR accepts and knuckle locks, but Meiko wrenches and trips KLR up to have a keylock! KLR moves around, reaches for ropes but gets up as Meiko cranks the arm. KLR reverses the arm to a hammerlock, then RAMS Meiko into buckles! KLR wrenches again, has a double wristlock, but Meiko endures. Meiko drops to a knee and is after a leg, but KLR cranks the arm. Meiko shovels KLR for a back drop! KLR bails out, walks it off, and takes her time with the ring count.
Other female superstars are tuning in via ThunderDome screens as KLR gets back in. KLR and Meiko tie up again, KLR wrenches the arm, but Meiko wrenches it back. Meiko KICKS and KICKS and wrenches to sweep the legs! Meiko handstands to drop knees! Cover, ONE!! KLR sputters but Meiko keeps on her. KLR CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS again! KLR whips Meiko to ropes and dropkicks her down! Cover, ONE!! KLR keeps on Meiko but Meiko blocks the suplex. KLR spins Meiko around to snapmare roll and KICK Meiko down! Cover, ONE!! Amale and Aoife Valkyrie are tuning in, too, as KLR stands Meiko up to CHOP!
Meiko back kicks, EuroUppers but KLR ducks a buzzsaw only to get the RETURN! Meiko gets KLR in an STF! KLR endures, claws her way over, drags Meiko along, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Meiko knows and lets go at 4. Meiko KICKS KLR’s leg, then KICKS the other! KLR crawls, Meiko KICKS her legs again, and then drags KLR away. KLR kicks Meiko, dodges her and GOURD BUSTERS! To a KOJI KLUTCH! Meiko endures now, kicks and moves around and BT Sports Studio rallies up! Meiko makes the hold a cover, TWO!! KLR BOOTS Meiko down and growls in frustration. KLR drags Meiko up, snapmares her and drags her into a seated cobra twist.
Meiko endures, KLR pulls hair then wrenches the neck. KLR lets go of hair and CHOPS Meiko down! KLR lets off because her legs are bugging her, but she kicks Meiko again! And again! Meiko fires up and she catches the next kick! KLR SLAPS Meiko, whips her to ropes, but Meiko WINDMILL KICKS! KLR flounders to a corner, Meiko storms over and KICKS away on her! The ref counts, Meiko kicks more, but lets off at 3. KLR staggers up, Meiko kicks but KLR ducks! KLR elbows Meiko, brings her around and whips her to trip her! KLR drags Meiko to the apron, spins her and ROCKS her with a forearm! KLR drags Meiko out from the apron for a DRAPING DDT!
The ref checks on Meiko as KLR gets up slowly. KLR looms over Meiko, goes to the apron, and watches Meiko slowly stand. The ring count is 5 of 10 as Meiko climbs up. KLR stomps and clubs Meiko down then refreshes the count. KLR drags Meiko up and wants the Gory Especial! Meiko fights free and now the two brawl on the apron! KLR CHOPS Meiko and throws haymakers, but Meiko fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!! The ref now checks on KLR as Meiko grimaces. Both women are on the outside as the ring count climbs, but Meiko is up and in at 5 of 10. KLR slowly stirs and drags herself up at 7, but gets in at 9.5!
Meiko KICKS KLR, drags her up and reels her in, to DDT her down! Meiko runs, for a HANDSPRING KICK! KLR is down but Meiko wants her to get back up. Meiko paces around KLR, sits her up, and throws knees! Meiko reels KLR in, but KLR fights off the saido! KLR elbows away over and over, but Meiko still DANGEROUS SAIDOS! Cover, TWO!?! KLR survives but Meiko doesn’t panic. Meiko drags KLR back up, wants a fireman’s carry but KLR resists! Meiko KICKS KLR to a corner! Meiko runs in but KLR wrenches and TORNADO DDT’s!! Cover, TWO!! But to the KOJI KLUTCH!! Meiko endures, kicks and reaches, pushes against KLR, and makes it a cover! TWO, but KLR holds onto the hold!
Meiko keeps moving around, reaches out again, and gets the ropebreak by a foot! The ref counts, KLR lets go at 4, and grows frustrated! KLR drags Meiko to a drop zone and goes to the corner. KLR climbs up top, but Meiko kicks the legs out, then PELES KLR as she’s stuck up top! Meiko drags KLR to the fireman’s carry but KLR grabs at ropes! The ref counts, Meiko gets KLR away from ropes for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? KLR survives and Meiko can’t believe it! Meiko drags KLR to a drop zone, climbs up top, but KLR SLAPS her again! And SLAPS her again! KLR climbs up but Meiko slips down to KICK KLR off the corner!
Meiko climbs back up, takes aim, FROG SPLASH but onto knees!! KLR writhes because that was double-edged for her! KLR and Meiko slowly rise, KLR whips but Meiko reverses, only for KLR to SUPERKICK! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB!! But the bad legs slow her cover! Cover, TWO?!?!? Meiko survives and shocks KLR! Both women are down and KLR hits her bad legs to get them moving. KLR drags Meiko up but between bad legs and Meiko being dead weight, that’s a bit harder for KLR. KLR CLUBS Meiko, CLUBS her again, then drags Meiko to a drop zone. KLR climbs up slowly, takes aim, and SWANTONS, but FLOPS!! Meiko runs in, SCORPION- NO!! KLR blocked the kick!?
KLR drags Meiko in, hooks her up, but Meiko SUNSET BOMBS!! Cover, TWO!??! Meiko isn’t done, she fireman’s carries! KLR slips off to SUPERKICK! Meiko PELES!! Meiko drags KLR back up, fireman’s carries one more time, but KLR sunset flips again! TWO, KLR drags Meiko into a Gory Especial, GORY BOMB!!! Cover, KLR WINS!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)
The Scary Queen beats the Final Boss, and her record setting reign is going to continue! But to show KLR still respects the living legend, she helps Meiko up, shakes her hand and even bows! But does this mean KLR is the new best in the world? Or is Meiko far from through with the NXT UK Women’s Division?
A really good episode, jam-packed with content as this went to 68 minutes. Dragunov VS Gradwell was a great opener and a great next chapter of Dragunov’s story. Gradwell had to have purposefully chopped Dragunov on the back, knowing that was the trigger. And it is an interesting twist that Gradwell was more than okay to lose and get elbowed to hell if it meant he was right about Dragunov losing control again. Dragunov’s remorse was masterfully portrayed, as well, and is adding real depth to this. I’m surprised we’re getting “Teoman” so soon, or even his name this soon, but maybe he’ll be making a huge impact and head for something in time for a TakeOver.
In Nina’s segment with Xia, I can’t be sure, but was she trying to basically poison Xia’s tea? And then because Aleah James leaves and Xia takes the perfectly fine tea, Nina’s plan was foiled? They needed to make that more clear, but I do think Nina trying to get revenge on Xia while being her assistant is a good way of handling this story. Isla Dawn doing a séance is spooky, and makes me think she’s going to go Heel to freshen things up for her. We got a decent promo from Ben Carter, a nice little video for Aleah, and a good video for Piper & Starz VS Joseph & Jinny. But I swear something was left out from last week so I had no idea Piper, Joseph, Jinny and Starz were doing anything. Still a good match just looking at it.
Supernova Sessions was good, mostly because Bate was counter-trolling Dar by not getting upset from Dar trolling him. Dar’s attempts were still funny, with the one stalk of broccoli and a bushel of garnish. Bate VS Mastiff under British Rounds rules is going to be great, and I agree that that is how Heritage Cup contender matches should go. I’m sure under British Rounds, Bate will win, but now I’m just waiting for Bate VS Dar now because of that interaction on SNS. Jordan & Williams VS Carter & Smith was a really good tag match, and I like that Williams is continuing a subtle tease of his Heel turn. He’s still working with Jordan, but I bet he gets caught cheating and Jordan doesn’t like that, they lose and then they feud.
The NXT UK Women’s Championship was a great match, but I think commentary was pushing it a little too hard. Also I didn’t like that they again made a point of female superstars watching via the ThunderDome screens. Yes, KLR’s reign is historic and that alone makes this important, but it just seems odd to do the screen spot again throughout the match. Why not all at once as the match first gets going?
Now, the match itself had a great building of momentum, and it started to feel like it could’ve gone either way, but it does make sense for Meiko to put KLR over. I’m sure Meiko would’ve put whoever was champion over, because all of the UK Women’s Champions have been great. Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, KLR, they’re all great talent that will lead this generation forward, but I am really wondering now who could possibly take that title off of KLR with only so many other women built up as upper-midcarders. Aoife Valkyrie felt that she had the momentum before COVID’s pandemic lockdowns, so hopefully they can build that again. Piper and Jinny could circle back after their feud, but it just feels like KLR beating Meiko means it is going to take a lot more than what we’ve seen for either of them to win.
My Score: 8.3/10
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.
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?
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!
The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?
Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?
In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!
Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.
Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.
Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!
Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!
Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!
Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.
“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.
“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?
Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!
Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!
The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission
The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.
Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.
Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?
But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?
Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!
These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?
The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!
Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!
Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.
Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.
Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.
Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?
Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.
The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?
Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.
The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!
Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?
AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.
As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?
AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.
The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!
Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?
BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!
After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!
“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!
LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.
Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!
Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.
Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!
Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!
The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!
Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!
Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?
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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