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Mitchell’s NXT UK Prelude Results & Report! (4/8/21)

Will Walter survive The Rampage?

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NXT UK Prelude coverage

The NXT UK Championship is on the line once again!

WrestleMania Week would not be complete without a special edition of NXT UK! Will Walter still be champion after facing Rampage Brown?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT UK Heritage Cup #1 Contender’s match: Noam Dar w/ Sha Samuels VS Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven; Bate wins and will challenge A-Kid for the cup.
  • Kay Lee Ray & Isla Dawn VS Meiko Satomura & Emilia McKenzie; Satomura & McKenzie win.
  • NXT UK Championship: WALTER VS Rampage Brown; Walter wins and retains the title.

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NXT UK Heritage Cup #1 Contender’s match: Noam Dar w/ Sha Samuels VS Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven!

The Scottish Supernova knows how to run his mouth, but sometimes he sticks his foot in it, too! As much as he wants after the Spanish Ace, Dar will have to put up or shut up against the Big Strong Boy! Will having the East End Butcher backing him up get him his golden ticket? Or will Moustache Mountain’s semi-reunion be what Bate needs to get back up?

A-Kid is here via titantron! He tells Dar and Bate that they know how much the Heritage Cup means to him, so he will be watching this very closely. “May the best man win.”

The bell rings and the opening round begins. Bate and Dar approach, feel things out, and tie up. They go around, Bate puts Dar on the ropes, but the ref calls for the break. Dar pulls hair then pushes Bate, then dodges Bate’s retaliation. Bate fakes Dar out with Bop, dodges the leg sweep, but Dar gets Bate in a spin around and around before the backslide! Bate resists, reverses the hooks, and rams Dar into buckles! Dar turns things around to back up, but Bate blocks bumping into buckles and turns it around again to ram Dar! Backslide cover, TWO! Dar whips, Bate goes up and over and fakes Dar out to then get around, leap frog and slide under. Dar takes the bait again and Bate rolls Dar up! Bate gets the first fall!!

Dar: 0; Bate: 1

Sha is furious on Dar’s behalf but with a minute and 45 seconds to spare, Supernova 11 is behind the 8 ball! Seven helps Bate with his recovery, Dar cools off, and round two begins!

Dar and Bate circle, Bate rubs in that he has the advantage, and the two feel out the grapple again. Dar gives testing kicks, but Bate knuckle locks, rolls and wrangles Dar with a top wristlock! Dar keeps his shoulders up, reaches at Bate, and Sha coaches him. Dar gets up, gets a leg and takes Bate down! Bate keeps cool and clamps onto Dar’s shoulder. Dar shrugs that off, digs elbows into Bate’s knee as he keeps the leg trapped. Bate shifts and gets Dar in a body scissor, but Dar pushes back to a cover. TWO, and Bate still has Dar in the body scissors. Bate rolls it to a body scissor clutch, TWO! Dar gets a leg, has the ankle lock and sweeps the other leg!

Bate is down, Dar jumps on him, but Bate bridges up! Bate cravats and cranks, but Dar rolls to drag Bate down. Bate holds onto the cravat to crank Dar back, and this round goes longer than last as Dar fights up. Dar endures, trips Bate up, hurries after Bate with another inverted facelock. Bate fights up, gets around to a full nelson, but then spins Dar to a cravat again. Sha coaches Dar, Dar powers Bate to ropes, and the ref calls for the break. We’re under a minute as Dar arm-drags then drops elbows onto Bate’s head and shoulders! Cover, TWO! Dar stays close, wrenches the arm from wrist to shoulder, but Bate rolls and handsprings and dropkicks!

Dar scrambles to ropes to stay safe, we’re at 30 seconds and Sha gives Dar more tips. Dar and Bate feel out another grapple, knuckle locks for a test of strength! Dar tries to shovel under but we’re at 10 seconds! Bate stays up, trips Dar but Dar bridges, and the round ends!

Dar: 0; Bate: 1

Dar was perhaps saved by the bell, and now both men get another recovery period. Sha is fired up for Dar and the third round begins!

Bate and Dar circle, feel things out, tie up with knuckle locks again, and Dar kicks and KICKS Bate down! Sha likes that! Dar drives elbows into Bate, slams the arm, but Bate KICKS Dar in the leg! Both men are down now, Dar flounders to CLOBBER Bate on the mat! Dar gets the leg and stomps it! Then he stomps the other leg! Dar paces around, Bate hits low with headbutts! Bate kicks but Dar blocks to twist the foot. Dar stays out of Bate’s punch range to CLOBBER Bate again! Cover, TWO! Bate sits up but Dar stands on his hand! Dar kicks and kicks and kicks, then drags Bate up to cravat and snapmare into ropes!

Dar taunts Seven while Bate clutches his foot. Dar heads over, Bate boots him in the gut! Dar kicks Bate back down and even Seven is wincing from those hard shots. Dar drags Bate up, back suplex TOSSES him, then covers, TWO! Bate grits his teeth as we reach one minute in this round. Dar drags Bate up, whips Bate hard into a corner, then runs in, but Bate kicks back! Bate brings Dar in for a KNEE, then hops up top. Bate leaps for a FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate hobbles a bit and hurries after Dar to bring him up for a fireman’s carry. The bad leg is tender but the AIRPLANE SPIN starts up after all! Bate goes around and around and around, and around and around, and we’re at 15 seconds!

At 10 seconds, Bate stops, to go the other way! Bate is just running the clock as he spins!

Dar: 0; Bate: 1

Both men are dizzy, will 20 seconds not be enough recovery time? Seven helps Bate find his corner while Sha reaches in to guide Dar. Bate and Dar are steady and round four begins!

Bate watches Dar still struggle to stand upright. Dar gets up, turns around and kicks, but Bate blocks! Bate fireman’s carries, for MORE AIRPLANE SPINS! Bate goes around and around until there’s 2:30 on the clock, and he just dumps Dar! Bate runs, rebounds and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and Sha is relieved but the clock is still ticking! Bate makes sure his bad leg is alright, Dar is in a corner, and we’re at 2 minutes. Bate runs in to uppercut! Dar fights the suplex, Bate fights Dar’s clinch, but Dar throws knees! Dar brings Bate around and around and sweeps the legs! Dar comes back with a SLIDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!!

Dar grows frustrated but Sha coaches him. Dar gets up, eggs Bate on and then kicks away on Bate’s bad leg. Dar gets the foot, but Bate uses his strength to reel Dar in and BOOT him away! We’re under a minute as Dar sits up and checks his face. Bate is up, he hobbles over and brings Dar up but Dar wrenches and KICKS him! Bate avoids another kick but Dar quickly mule kicks! Dar storms over but into a BIG EuroUpper! Dar KICKS, Bate wobbles, Dar kicks but Bate blocks! Dar reels Bate in for elbows! Bate staggers to a corner, Dar runs in but only gets buckles! Dar hurries after Bate and KICKS the leg out, sending Bate flipping through the air! We’re at 20 seconds as Dar aims at Bate!

Bate grits his teeth, ducks the Penalty Kick, blocks the Buzzsaw and DECKS Dar with a right! We’re under 10 seconds! Bate has to crawl over to the cover but time is up first!

Dar: 0; Bate: 1

Dar was again saved by the bell, but time is of the essence! Seven helps Bate get his bad leg going while Sha says Dar can still do this. Can Dar figure this out now that we’re into round five?

Bate and Dar both hobble and Dar fires off fast hands first! Bate keeps his guard up, hits back and hits harder! Dar kicks the bad leg! Bate hobbles, Dar BOOTS Bate but Bate comes back with more fists! Bate kicks, Dar blocks, spins him for a waistlock, but Bate pries free and slides under to get up and over to rebound, but Dar catches the leg! SUPERNOVA KNEEBAR IN THE SKY!! Bate taps, Dar ties it up!!

Dar: 1; Bate: 1

Sha says that is what he was talking about! We’re going into round six and it’s all tied up! Can either man muster what it takes to finish this off?

Bate hobbles over, Dar goes after the leg but Bate gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bate keeps his focus as he hobbles and brings Dar up. Bate reels him in but Dar drops to victory roll! TWO!! Dar and Bate hurry to their feet, Bate runs and ROLLING HEEL KICKS!! Dar is down, Bate hobbles up but the bad leg slows him down! Bate hurries to a corner, goes up top and climbs, but Sha distracts! Seven YANKS Sha off the apron! The corner men brawl!! Dar runs in but is sent out onto Sha and Seven! We’re at 2 minutes as Bate builds speed and FLIES!! Direct hit onto Sha and Seven but Dar got away!

Dar comes around to bring Bate and RAMS him into steel steps! Dar puts Bate back in, takes aim, NOVA ROLLA- BANG!! Bate got him with Bang, and reels him in for underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall (NEW #1 contender to the Heritage Cup Champion)

And the Big Strong Boy pulls off a big win! He has another match with the Spanish Ace, but will he be able to trump him this time around?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with South Wales Subculture.

How are Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster feeling after their loss to Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams? SWSC went from one of their biggest wins to yet another loss. But they’re getting in the ring, putting in the work, heading for the top. Dani Luna gets SWSC going, and they go through handsprings and rolls. Will the SWSC and Punk Rock Powerhouse be back on track soon enough?

 

Piper Niven and Jack Starz continue their own training.

Starz slams the heavy bag again and again, and Piper tells him he has ten seconds left on the drill. He powers through until the end! Piper says he did a great job, and now he’s ready. Starz, are you ready?! Oh he’s ready!! Then next week, we’ll see exactly what Starz is capable of!

 

Jordan Devlin speaks.

“NXT UK, have you missed your Ace?” Devlin knows everyone will be up to their necks in the schedule Devlin has. But aces don’t sweat it, they just get result. So when Devlin wraps up his business in Orlando tonight, TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2, he’ll come back to NXT UK as the UNDISPUTED NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will Devlin dethrone Santos Escobar and be the greatest wrestler under 205 pounds?

 

Kay Lee Ray & Isla Dawn VS Meiko Satomura & Emilia McKenzie!

The NXT UK Women’s Champion wanted the best, got the best, and beat the best in the Final Boss! But now the White Witch is creeping up as she goes down a dark path. Will she and the Scary Queen of Scots come to an understanding after taking on the best in the world and the returning world-traveled Millie McKenzie?

The teams sort out and Millie starts with Dawn. The two circle and Dawn rushes in but Millie dodges the boot! They fire off, Dawn ROCKS Millie with a EuroUpper then clamps on with a headlock. Millie rolls to a cover, TWO! Dawn stays clamped on, but Millie powers out and arm-drags Dawn! Millie hurries to club Dawn, wrenches to trap the arm and then rolls Dawn to a Magistrol, TWO! Millie gets an arm but Dawn fights up. Millie drags Dawn over and tags in Meiko! Dawn gets free, to her corner, and tags in KLR. KLR and Meiko circle and approach, KLR kicks low and headlocks. Meiko powers out and rams KLR! They both stay up but Meiko’s KICK knocks KLR down! Cover, TWO!

Meiko wrenches KLR, wristlocks, but KLR kicks! KLR RAMS Meiko into buckles, stomps away, and tags in Dawn. Dawn stomps Meiko now, KICKS her over and over, then tags KLR. KLR stomps Meiko over and over, but lets off to tag Dawn again. Dawn stomps away, argues with the ref, and KLR pulls hair! Dawn stomps Meiko, ROCKS her, then whips her to ropes. Meiko hits back with a forearm! Meiko DECKS KLR, ROCKS Dawn, and wrenches to KICK away on her! WRINGING LEG SWEEP! Knee drop and cover, TWO! Tag to Millie, they keep Dawn from KLR with a double whip! Kick and SHOTGUN, cover, TWO!

Dawn survives and grits her teeth but Millie keeps after her. Dawn kicks Millie off the heel hook and tags in KLR! KLR gets Millie in the hooks, Gory Especial, but Millie sunset flips through! Millie runs, KLR side steps but Millie comes back to RANA! Millie runs into the corner misses, but she boots KLR away! Millie leaps for a FLYING RANA! KLR flounders to another corner, Dawn runs in but Millie dodges to SNAP GERMAN her away! Millie runs at KLR in the corner but is put on the apron. Millie ROCKS KLR, climbs up, and slingshots in to SPEAR! Cover, TWO! KLR survives but Millie drags her up and over. But Dawn trips up Meiko and fires off!

Millie is distracted by that, KLR CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! KLR drags Millie up, brings her to the corner, and tags in Dawn. Dawn and KLR mug Millie, then Dawn pulls Millie up to CLUB her down. Dawn drags Millie up to KICK her, then wrenches to a SNAP SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Dawn stays on Millie and CLUBS her again. Millie fights back, throws forearms, but Dawn forearms, too! They brawl back and forth, Dawn BOOTS Millie down, and then drags her up, only for Millie to CUTTER outta nowhere!! Both women are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to KLR and Meiko! The Final Boss fires off on KLR, ROCKS her with a EuroUpper, but KLR ducks a buzzsaw to get the RETURN SAW!

Meiko drags KLR up but KLR fights the back suplex. KLR whips, but Meiko stops herself to PELE! Meiko drags KLR right back up to SNAP SAIDO! Cover, but Dawn gets in and Meiko lets off! Dawn backs away quickly, KLR CHOPS Meiko! Meiko ROCKS her back! KLR and Meiko brawl now, Meiko gets the edge, but KLR blocks a kick to reel her in! GORY BOMB!! Cover, Millie breaks it!! Dawn runs in but Millie gets around her, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! KLR SUPERKICKS Millie down! KLR is the only one standing and she drags Meiko, but Meiko kicks from below! Meiko ROCKS KLR, gets the leg and turns her around for the STF!!

KLR is caught, reaching, Dawn is there to help her get the ROPEBREAK! The ref reprimands but Meiko lets KLR go. KLR reels Meiko in to suplex and GOURD BUSTER! Tag to Dawn for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!!? KLR intercepts Millie and kicks her down! KLR glares at Millie, but Millie dodges the kick to GERMAN SUPLEX! Meiko ROCKS Dawn, fireman’s carries, but Dawn slips out and shoves to KNEE Meiko at the ropes! Millie tags in, fires off on Dawn and whips her, but Dawn reverses to ROUNDHOUSE! Dawn reels Millie in, fisherman, but Millie cradle counters! Meiko keeps KLR out, Millie and Meiko win!!

Winners: Meiko Satomura & Emilia McKenzie

A huge win for #SuplexMillie on her return! Will this lead Millie & Meiko on a huge run towards the top? But wait, Aoife Valkyrie is watching from the stage. And she brings out a black feather out to set on the ramp. Is this an ill omen for Meiko’s attempt to get back at the title?

 

A-Kid speaks.

He’s excited to be facing Tyler Bate again and defend his Heritage Cup Champion. After this win, A-Kid looks forward to prove he epitomizes what this cup represents, and to build his legacy as THE BEST pure mat-wrestler in NXT UK! But will it be so easy for him against this refocused Big Strong Boy?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Amir Jordan.

He doesn’t want to talk, though, as he just wants to go right after Kenny Williams! Jordan storms around the front office of the Performance Center, pushes things aside in a rage, but Sid Scala intercepts him. Scala tells Jordan that Williams isn’t here. But they can settle this in the ring next week. That’s good enough for Jordan, but will he be able to get back at the Chancer for his cheating ways?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Kenny Williams, too.

He wants them to spit out their questions already, because they know it’s about Jordan. Do some investigations of your own and look back at the two and a half years Williams had to put up with Jordan. You’ll see that Williams has had to carry Jordan through everything, and get him to all his successes. Williams will show the world how good he is, and it’ll be all on “my sweet, sweet friend,” Amir Jordan, to keep up with him.

 

NXT UK Championship: WALTER VS Rampage Brown!

The Ring General had one hell of a match with Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, but the most dominant champion in WWE’s modern era isn’t satisfied sitting back. Walter knew this match was coming, even before even considering Ciampa. Will Walter reach a new level by winning back-to-back defenses? Or will he regret taking on the Rampage right after facing the Psycho Killer?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and like NXT UK’s own Godzilla VS Kong, #OneWillFall!

Walter and Rampage tie right up, Rampage gets an arm but they go around and around until Rampage can hammerlock. Rampage shifts to a headlock, Walter puts him in a corner, but the ref calls for the break. Walter swings but Rampage dodge to CHOP! Walter just gets angry and headlocks, but Rampage powers out. The two RAM shoulders but neither falls. Walter eggs Rampage on, Rampage dodges, runs through a chop and runs Walter over!! Walter flounders to a corner and is reeling as Rampage is after him with haymakers! Rampage whips corner to corner but Walter comes back to run Rampage over! But Rampage kips up!? And DROPKICKS Walter out of the ring!

Walter is as shocked as the BT Sports Studio audience! Rampage comes around the way to run Walter over! Rampage scowls as he looms over Walter, but he has to refresh the count first. Rampage drags Walter up, reels him in, but Walter blocks the suplex! Walter RAMPS Rampage into barriers, CHOPS him against them, then gives him an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Walter gets in, drags Rampage up and bends him against ropes! Walter CLUBS Rampage, and again! What’s “Beats of the Bodhrain” in German? Walter pushes Rampage to then BOOT him down! Fans fire up, Rampage checks his teeth, and Walter clamps onto an arm.

Walter pulls on the arm, wants a double wristlock, but Rampage fights up. Walter CLUBS Rampage, but Rampage throws body shots! Walter CHOPS, Rampage CHOPS, Walter kicks low and snapmares to then KICK Rampage in the back! Rampage grits his teeth but Walter gets the legs to turn him over. Walter wants to turn Rampage more, and does for the BOSTON CRAB! Rampage endures as Walter sits deep! Rampage grabs at Walter’s legs, uses that to get some leverage, but Walter shifts to KNEE Rampage in the ribs! Walter drags Rampage back up, suplexes, but Rampage blocks! Rampage suplexes Walter up and over instead!

BT Sports Studio rallies up, Walter and Rampage sit up as a standing count climbs. Rampage CHOPS Walter, headbutts him, but Walter CHOPS back! Rampage CHOPS, Walter CHOPS, and it’s a CHOP fight! Walter gets the edge, but Rampage throws forearms! Walter knee slow, turns Rampage and CHOPS him down! Cover, TWO! Walter is annoyed but he keeps on Rampage with a chinlock. Rampage endures as Walter leans on the hold, and then Walter drives in elbows! Walter changes to a half nelson top wristlock, but Rampage fights up. Walter CLUBS Rampage, ROCKS him with a EuroUpper, and Rampage drops to a knee! Walter toys with Rampage and eggs him on!

Rampage gets mad and he hits back with body shots and CHOPS! Walter CHOPS, BOOTS, but Rampage eggs him on now! Rampage then dodges and gets Walter for a POWERSLAM! Both behemoths are down but fans fire up! The ref counts, Rampage and Walter slowly rise again and we go to 5 of 10! Rampage is up first, and he rushes Walter. DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES collide but neither man falls! They go again, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES, but still neither falls! Walter ducks Rampage’s clothesline to get a SLEEPER HOLD! Rampage endures, stays up but he is starting to fade! Walter spins Rampage around, reels him in, but Rampage slips out to LARIAT!! Walter is down!!

Both men are on the mat again, but Walter and Rampage get up quicker this time. Rampage runs in to clothesline! He throws Walter down, hops up and leaps, for a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Cover, ONE?!? Rampage actually grins, he likes this challenge! Rampage wants to get Walter up but Walter holds off the bomb! Walter wrenches out to CHOP, then SLEEPER! Rampage throws Walter off but Walter SHOTGUN DROPKICKS!! Walter gets Rampage up, reels him in, WALTER BOMB!! High stack cover, TWO!!! Rampage survives and BT Sports Studio is loving this! Walter seethes while he and Rampage are on the mat.

Walter goes to the apron, goes up a corner, but Rampage is up to ROCK Walter first! Walter CHOPS from above and Rampage staggers. But Rampage returns to CHOP back! Rampage climbs up to join Walter, stands him up and scoops, for a SUPER POWERSLAM!?! But Rampage can’t cover from how much that took! Rampage crawls, covers now, TWO!! Walter survives and Rampage is beside himself! How can Walter have so much still in the tank?! Rampage drags Walter back up, builds speed, but Walter catches him for the SLEEPER! But Rampage slips around to SAIDO! Walter flounders back up but Rampage is on him, gut wrench to the DOCTOR BOMB!!

But Rampage can’t hold the cover! Walter rolls away to the safety of ropes! Walter is truly a ring general with that awareness! Rampage gets a leg, Walter holds onto ropes, so Rampage lets off. Rampage is frustrated but he drags Walter up by his head. Walter gets a leg, drags Rampage down, but Rampage clubs him with crossface forearms for it! Rampage gut wrenches again but Walter blocks by holding a leg! Walter Alabama lifts to back drop Rampage away! Rampage staggers up, into a BIG right hand! And a CHOP! That was rather high, Rampage is gasping for air! Walter runs in to KNEE Rampage down! Rampage flounders back up, into a LARIAT!!

But Rampage gets up again?! Walter wants to end this, and he SLAPS then LARIATS point blank!! Cover, TWO?!!? Rampage is still in this and BT Sports Studio is fired up! Walter and Rampage stir, slowly rising as the standing count climbs. We go past 5 of 10 before Walter and Rampage stand. Walter lurks, and CHOPS Rampage on the back! Then wraps on the SLEEPER! Rampage fights, reaches, but Walter thrashes him around! Rampage gets the ropebreak, but Walter slaps his hands away! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Walter drags Rampage up, reels him in, for the WALTER BOMB!!! High stack and it’s deep, TWO!?!?!? Just what is Rampage made of?!

Walter storms to a corner, climbs up top, and WALTER SPLASHES!! Cover, Walter wins!!

Winner: Walter, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)

King Kong ain’t got shit on Walter! In fact, Walter might be the real King of Kaiju after overcoming a monster like Rampage! Does this second win in two days make Walter truly unstoppable as NXT United Kingdom Champion?


My Thoughts:

A very great episode, though I can’t say it was anything so different that it constitutes a special event episode. It was really just the timing of it being during WrestleMania Week, and having the UK Championship defended on it, which happened months ago with Walter VS Dragunov. But the UK Championship we got with Walter VS Rampage was some great stuff, especially for two guys of their size. Walter winning with various moves so that no one move is his true finisher now is actually great because now he can end the match whatever way he wants. Now obviously this match was recorded before the TakeOver match with Ciampa, but airing it this way in kayfabe really makes Walter into a Terminator that can not be stopped by mere mortals.

The women’s tag was really good, and Millie had a great showing in her turn to NXT UK. The Faces win but off of Dawn to keep KLR strong while also building Millie up, but Aoife showing up was an interesting surprise. I suppose Aoife can be a detour for Meiko, or rather Meiko can be a springboard for Aoife to get up towards the title, but I do look forward to Meiko facing as many women as she can. We got good promos from the other stories, such as Jordan being furious and Williams not even worried before they have a grudge match. Devlin’s confidence in his promo could be foreshadowing that he’ll be dismayed in tonight’s Ladder match at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, which will be a shame, as I’ve said for the last few weeks.

The Heritage Cup contender’s match was really good, especially with Sha and Seven ringside for some real cornermen moments. A-Kid was himself very confident before and after the match, who knows how that factors into the math. Bate winning is great for Bate but I’m curious as to how a rematch with A-Kid is going to do anything for the Heritage Cup. Is Bate going to win and shatter A-Kid’s confidence? Is A-Kid going to win again and send Bate into a tailspin that may or may not make him a Heel? I kinda wish that the final spot with Sha and Seven brawling, Bate going out and Dar getting him in would’ve led to Dar winning in a fast, sneaky way.

There’s a lot that’s been odd with the Heritage Cup Division, though the matches have all been good, but I just feel like this all should’ve been Seven and Dar and then Bate gets in the mix to have friendly matches with Seven as Moustache Mountain mentor and student. A-Kid’s great but wouldn’t he have been just as good in the Cruiserweight Division taking on Devlin? Maybe that still happens one day, but for now it just seems disjointed.

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 + 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?

Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!

Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.

Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.

Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!

Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!

Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!

Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.

“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.

“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!

The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.

Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?

But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!

These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?

The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!

Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!

Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.

Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.

Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.

Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!

Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?

 

AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.

As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”

Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!

Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!

“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!

 

Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!

LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.

Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!

Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.

Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!

Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!

The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!

Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!

Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.

Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.

Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.

Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.

And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.

My Score: 8.7/10


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