AEW Dark: Elevation, it’s STIIIIIING!
AEW got back on the road, and now Elevation gets to be on location! But it gets even bigger: Darby Allin and Sting make their Dark debuts!
- Thunder Rosa VS “Dreamgirl” Ellie; Rosa wins.
- Matt Hardy w/ the Hardy Family Office VS Fuego Del Sol; Hardy wins.
- Riho VS Amber Nova; Riho wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/Hook VS Baron Black; Hobbs wins.
- KiLynn King VS Yuka Sakazaki; Sakazaki wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Chaos Project VS Gunn Club & Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart; Gunn Club & Varsity Blonds win.
- Brian Cage VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; Cage wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Kelsey Heather; Hirsch wins.
- Scorpio Sky w/ Ethan Page VS Capt. Shawn Dean; Scorpio wins.
- Tay Conti VS Labrava; Conti wins.
- Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus; Jungle Boy wins.
- Red Velvet VS Leila Grey; Velvet wins.
- Six Man Tag: Jora Johl & Private Party VS Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta; Chuck, Cassidy & Yuta win.
- Hikaru Shida VS Julia Hart w/ Varsity Blonds; Shida wins.
- Angelico w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Darby Allin w/ Sting; Darby wins.
So I guess I look dumb for thinking they’d downsize Elevation now that AEW is on the road. But I suppose that one, going to Miami for Road Rager while they’re headquartered in Jacksonville, that’s not that bad of a drive for their wrestlers to make it for the show. And two, the live fans in Miami will want to see a lot of these other stars that weren’t part of the Road Rager special so yeah, bring a lot of wrestlers and make Elevation as big as Road Rager. But to counter all that, holy crap this is almost two hours without commercials, making it longer than Dynamite again. And again, only a handful of the matches were hard to predict.
But anyway, Thunder Rosa makes for a great opener, the fans love her. Ellie gets a strong showing but of course Rosa wins as number 3 contender who needs to stay strong while waiting for a shot at Britt Baker and the women’s title. Nice little commercial for AEW Elite General Manager the mobile game with Kenny Omega and Orange Cassidy. Hardy talking trash on Fuego before their match was good stuff, and his “Man Who Reeks of Awfulness” was a good line on Christian. Fans love Fuego, him taking the fight to Hardy was great, but of course he loses so Hardy can start building momentum towards his match with Christian.
Riho is back again, and so is Amber Nova, but it was clear Riho was going to win. Amber got a really good showing, but I’m not sure she’ll be All Elite with what was probably a Northern Lights kick-out botch. The ref looked like he had to cover for her on that and the fans could tell. Baron Black taking the fight to Hobbs only to get clobbered was a good start to Hobbs just tearing into the guy. I know that, like most wrestling promotions, AEW has Face VS Heel matches, but I would love if Hobbs took Miro on for the TNT Championship. Two behemoths battling out is always great to see, especially with two guys with such personality.
KiLynn King got a really good showing against Yuka Sakazaki, things looked a little rough at times, but the Magical Girl wins to get the momentum to take on Penelope Ford at Fyter Fest. That was a BIG 8 Man Tag with some real fan favorites and crowd pleasers on both sides. Max Caster got another great rap in, and he got some real good heat with that Miami Heat burn. It was a very fun match, everyone got a good showing. The Faces winning makes sense, it keeps the Gunns undefeated as a team, Colten undefeated period, and Blonds stay strong in the rankings. Same goes for Luther taking the pin, the Acclaimed don’t really lose anything that way. Teasing Blonds VS Acclaimed for later is great stuff, that’ll be a great 2v2 program.
Alan Angels got a good showing with Brian Cage, getting back to the Alan Angels that had a great showing with Kenny Omega, but that in itself makes Cage look like a monster as he goes into is FTW Championship match with Ricky Starks. Leyla Hirsch too legit, you just have to quit, but Kelsey got to show some good character before getting whooped. Ethan Page continues to do good on commentary while Scorpio wins in the ring. Capt. Dean had a good showing, his new tights look good, I hope AEW can find some good story for him to try in the near future. Mark Sterling having a press conference to give kayfabe reasons Jade isn’t in the ring right now was really good, as was her part in it, I wonder if TNT can actually get her something acting related for a second just to make it more real.
Conti gets going fast on Labrava, and it was good character work that Labrava just wanted to run away for the ring count. Conti gets the win as both a top contender and as another fan favorite. Dustin and Big Shotty had a solid promo, but I think Johnson could’ve benefited from getting more hyped up for taking on Jungle Boy. JB and Luchasaurus had a great promo, too, and I like that JB was humble about not being the best promo guy. Again I say about a match with Big Shotty, this is what Elevation is about and he is going to be among those future stars we’re still watching in a few years. Same goes for JB, of course. These guys could easily reach the level of a Moxley, Omega, Ospreay, Ibushi, Rollins, Kofi, etc.
In this instance, JB wins because he is a hot hand after his 50th win, making this his 51st. At a certain point, Jurassic Express has to get titles of some kind. Could JB be the one to slay Miro? We got a very good vignette from Miro to plug how he might be changing the TNT title so that it is ready for when AEW moves off TNT to TBS or whatever is happening. Velvet and Grey have a good match, Grey has nice new gear, but Velvet wins to stay in that top five. Jora Johl, aka ROBO, surprised me with both having a promo and also accepting the offer to join The Hardy Family Office! I would’ve thought he’d give that answer in person, but either way, this is quite the move.
The Six Man with Johl, Private Party, Wheeler Yuta and #GoodFriends was good stuff. Nice character detail of the HFO making Johl wear the Milwaukee Bucks jersey just to troll the Miami crowd. It was also a great story detail of Private Party leaving him out of things until they absolutely needed him. Johl and Cassidy doing almost endless standing switches was great, as was Johl not wanting to do Heel cheating tactics. That ultimately costs him but I’m sure Hardy will try and break him into being a Heel with the rest of the faction.
Shida and Julia being in the penultimate match is great stuff for Julia, as is Julia facing the former champion. That said, of course Shida wins, she’s former champ and is staying strong on the edge of the top five, almost like a gatekeeper. Actually, that could be a good story for Shida. The woman to win against Shida could get into the top five and then start to rise up towards the title. It was a good catch from commentary that Shida’s added black gloves to her attire, it could be a hint towards almost a Heel turn. Her using Numero Dos, the modified Stretch Muffler, which she calls “Full Metal Muffler,” could also be a sign of that.
Darby’s first Dark: Elevation, as well as Sting’s first anything on AEW YouTube, of course they get the main event spot and a big main event win. Angelico is another guy, who even though it’d be Heel VS Heel, I wouldn’t mind seeing against Miro for a TNT title match just to see those wrestling styles match up. Meanwhile, Darby’s Coffin Match with Ethan is going to be insane, that could steal the show for this whole week in wrestling.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Detroit gets Elevated!
Spend the Fourth of July with Best Friends!
AEW brings some fireworks to Motor City with half a dozen matches for Dark: Elevation! Will you be celebrating with Best Friends for the Fourth?
- Anna Jay w/ Negative One VS Megan Myers; Jay wins.
- Best Friends VS Isaiah Broner & GPA; Best Friends wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Ryan Jones & Cage Alexander; Lethal & Singh win.
- Anthony Ogogo VS Project MONIX; Ogogo wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Hikaru Shida VS Laynie Luck & Heather Reckless; Sakazaki & Shida win.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & 10) VS The Factory; The Dark Order wins.
A fun line-up but with the usual obvious outcomes. Obviously with Chuck Taylor sticking around, he and Trent Beretta are back at it as Best Friends. They’ll get a good win here, but who knows if they’ll get back up towards tag titles or not. Good to see Shida is back, she and Sakazaki will also get a good win. While both the AEW Women’s World Championship and TBS Championship both have stories, this match could still help Shida get going again towards a title story of her own. And the Dark Order’s Uno, Reynolds & Vance will surely beat QT, Solo & Comoroto.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)
It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!
Who gets the first shot at Jon Moxley’s interim title?
To determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger as Interim AEW World Champion, it’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE with 20 of the best fighting for that shot!
- The Royal Rampage: Brody King wins and will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship on Dynamite.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; The Young Bucks win and deny Goto & Hashi a title match.
- Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir; Storm wins.
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The Royal Rampage!
Twenty men are about to battle for the golden ticket to face Jon Moxley for his Interim AEW World Championship! The entrants will alternate between the two rings, “Red” and “Blue,” for two separate 10 Man Battle Royals! Once there is only one man in each ring, it will be Red VS Blue, with the winner getting their shot! Who goes on a rampage and takes on The Maniac?
Already waiting in the “red” ring on the left is “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and in the “blue” ring on the right is The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. Hangman Page makes his entrance to join Hobbs, and Darby Allin, with Sting by his side, heads for the blue ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Nese while Hobbs and Hangman start throwing hands! Darby rushes Nese at the corner with haymaker and fans fire up! Hobbs RAMS Hangman into a corner, RAMS into him again, and again. Darby throws his shirt at “Smart” Mark Sterling, then CLUBS Nese down. Darby drags Nese up while Hobbs stomps Hangman.
Nese stops Darby from throwing him over and then elbows Darby away. Darby staggers, Nese SOBATS Darby in the head! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. The countdown is almost over as Hobbs rushes Hangman. Hangman holds the rope and dumps Hobbs out! Hobbs lands safe on the apron and dodges the Triangle Jump Lariat as Ricky Starks is next! Hobbs HEADBUTTS Hangman and Absolute reinforces him in the red ring! Hangman ROCKS Hobbs and gets in Starks’ face. The fists start flying and fans fire up! Hangman whips Starks to a corner to clothesline! But Hobbs BOOBS and Starks SPEARS Hangman back!
Nese keeps on Darby as we get a moment of split screen. Nese whips Darby but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby runs but Sterling swipes at him! Fans boo but Darby sees Nese rushing in. Darby TOSSES Nese up and out and onto Sterling, Darby ELIMINATES Nese! Then Darby DIVES through the ropes to smash Nese into railing for good measure! The countdown is ending, though, and joining the blue ring is THE BUTCHER! Bunny accompanies him to the ring and he hauls Darby up to SWING into the railing again and again! Butcher then drags Darby’s dead weight back to the ring.
Team Taz tries to throw Hangman out together but he fights them both off. Butcher stalks Darby, and we already have another man entering the red ring. It’s JOHN SILVER! The Dark Order’s Meat Man is here to help his old buddy, Hangman, and he RAMS Hobbs! Hobbs wobbles, Silver dodges Starks to ENZIGURI! Sliver gets around Hobbs, but Hobbs is too much to back suplex alone! So Hangman helps out Silver for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Silver and Hangman stare down, and they HUG! Fans love it, but then Hangman grabs Silver! Oh, it’s just a fake out to keep him on his toes. But then Silver- No, wait, another fake out!
Hangman stomps away on Starks in a corner. The countdown is done again, and entering the blue ring is Max Caster! “Platinum on the mic, with my legendary status. I’m about to do the new man that’s in the palace. Now tell me who can stop me? I’m about to beat you bitches down like you Rudy Giuliani! And none of y’all above me. I’ma win the title, then Tony Khan will hug me! Remember the name in Detroit. Everybody loves The Acclaimed.” Silver dances to the beat as Bowens says, “DETROIT, MICHIGAN~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And it seems Billy Gunn is still part of their team.
Caster gets in finally, and Butcher is right on him! Caster and Butcher stop and come to an agreement to go after Darby, but he BOOTS each of them away! And after all that rapping, the time is already up! Entering the red ring, representing “La Faccion Ingobernable,” aka the OG Los Ingobernables, it’s RUSH! Caster tackles Darby while Rush gets in and DECKS Starks! And DECKS Hobbs! Butcher already ends his alliance with Caster to go after him in a corner! Rush DECKS Hangman, but Silver CHOPS Rush. Rush doesn’t even flinch! Caster CLUBS Butcher while Silver pulls up Rush’s shirt to CHOP skin. Still nothing!
Rush CHOPS Silver off his feet! Then Rush hits Silver with a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Hangman whips Rush but Rush reverses, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly the Cowboy! The countdown is done and entering the blue ring is The Blade! He reinforces Butcher against Caster and Darby while Rush suplexes Starks! Butcher sets Darby up for Blade’s KICK! Butcher then digs his knees into Caster while Blade does the same to Darby. Bunny mocks their pain, and the countdown is already done to add to the red ring. Hobbs saves Starks from Rush, and here comes Penta Oscuro! Rush goes out the bottom to go after Penta at the ramp!
Penta dodges Rush to SUPERKICK! Then SLINGBLADE to the ramp! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS Rush back to ringside, then puts him back in. “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out and that upsets Andrade. Penta goes up the corner and jumps, only for Rush to DROPKICK him out of the sky! Hobbs hauls Silver up, puts him on the apron, but Silver drags Hobbs onto the ropes! Starks hurries over to SPEAR Silver off and ELIMINATE him! Butcher and Blade mug Darby, and the countdown is done again. SWERVE heads to the blue ring! Darby isn’t his favorite person but Swerve saves him by going up and over Caster to COMPLETE SHOT Butcher!
Swerve BOOTS Caster, blocks Blade’s kick to slip around and hit a BACKBREAKER! Then a LARIAT! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve sweeps the legs and Caster sits down, for the SUPERKICK! Caster falls to the floor, Swerve ELIMINATES Platinum Max! The countdown is done again, and entering the red ring is KEITH LEE! The Limitless One and Swerve won’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way, but what if they end up the last two left? For now, Keith gets in as Rush snapmares Hangman, Swerve smiles and conducts “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLO~RY!” for his teammate.
Swerve wants a fist bump to show they’re cool, but Team Taz attacks Keith before he can respond! Swerve feels bad he can’t help his friend, but then Butcher goes after him while Blade is after Darby! Swerve fights back while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Blade digs his boots into Darby, Team Taz mugs Keith and even rakes the eyes, and Rush CHOKES Hangman until Penta BOOTS him down. Penta then CLUBS Rush to the corner, only for Rush to turn things around. Rush stomps away on Penta’s face! But the countdown is done, and Matt Hardy is heading to the blue ring! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy gets in to go after his former mercenaries with big forearms and elbows! Matt bumps Blade off buckles again and again, allowing Swerve to help Darby with Butcher. But Butcher DECKS Swerve, and rushes Hardy! Hardy dodges and Butcher gets buckles now!
Hardy bumps Butcher off buckles again and again and again, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Blade staggers up, Penta KICKS Rush down, and another countdown ends as Rampage returns to single picture. Entering the red ring is the Natural, Dustin Rhodes! We get some split screen as Hardy and Darby work together to go after Blade while Swerve keeps Butcher down. Dustin gets in to POWERSLAM Stars! Hobbs CLOBBERS Dustin so the rally ends already, but then Dustin gets up and kicks back. Penta tells everyone to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Rush just CHOPS Penta! Penta CHOPS back! Rush throws off his shirt to CHOP back!
Penta throws a forearm but Rush gives it back and fans fire up as the brawl heats up! Penta CLUBS Rush but Rush JUMP KNEES! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs to RANA Rush up and out and both men are on the apron! Penta stands Rush up, they CHOP each other more and more! Rush shoves but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta waistlocks Rush but Rush holds onto ropes to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Seems that’s an Ingobernables signature! But Penta holds onto Rush and brings him along! They both hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dustin DECKS Starks, Hobbs fights off Keith, and Andrade aims at Penta with a chair!
Penta gets up while Jose mugs Alex Abrahantes, and Penta turns around for Andrade to CHUCK the chair into his face! The countdown is over, and joining the blue ring is the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! Rush snatches Penta’s mask!! Insult to injury! Kaz sees Swerve storm up, and he avoids the punch and the shoulder to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz gets in to go after Darby while Butcher and Blade mug Hardy. But Hardy fights free to SIDE EFFECT Blade! Hardy says “DELETE!” and he kicks Blade, to TWIST OF- NO, Blade pushes him away! Butcher tosses Hardy up and out! Hardy holds onto the ropes!
The Butcher & Blade go after Hardy with stomps! Hardy can’t hold on forever, and he falls! The mercenaries ELIMINATE Hardy! Bunny is there to laugh at her former boss while the countdown is zero again. Dante Martin heads for the red ring! Angel Dorado slips under Starks to KANGAROO KICK! Starks flounders, Dante kicks him out and Starks does his best to keep his feet up! Hobbs goes after Dante with a full nelson! Starks gets in, Team Taz mugs Dante, things still not settled between all of them. Darby and Swerve try to kick out the mercenaries! Kaz helps out, Hangman ROCKS Keith, and another countdown is ending.
Joining the blue ring is Konosuke Takeshita! The Future of DDT Pro slides in, dodges Swerve, shoves him into Darby, then whips him to ropes. Swerve reverses Konosuke duck sand dodges and his a LEAPING LARIAT! Konosuke whips Darby for a BIG BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke waistlocks Swerve, Swerve gets Darby! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Motor City is all fired up for Konosuke! Kaz fires off haymakers on Blade, Dante and Dustin go after Starks, and Hangman takes a moment to rest while Keith is after Hobbs. Kaz whips Blade at Butcher but Blade reverses! Butcher holds ropes down but Kaz manages to stay in!
Kaz DECKS Butcher, but Blade clotheslines Kaz out to ELIMINATE him! Another countdown is ending, and the final entrant for the red ring is the House of Black’s Brody King!! He is becoming more tattoo than man at this point. But Brody storms right in, and Dustin fires off on him! They brawl, Brody gets the edge and he ROCKS Dustin! Brody CLOBBERS Dustin, fires off body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Brody throws more heavy hands and Dustin wobbles. Brody DECKS Dustin, then he CLOBBERS Dante and Starks at the same time. And now, the last man for the blue ring, the last entrant overall, is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy!
Brody DECKS Dante while Cassidy takes his time to get to the ring. Blade & Butcher double whip and double clothesline Swerve! Starks AX HANDLES Keith, he and Hobbs mug Keith, and Brody puts Dante on the ropes. Dante clings for dear life but Brody CHOPS him to the floor! Brody ELIMINATES Dante! Dustin CLOBBERS Brody in the corner and fires off hands! Hangman helps out, both knowing Brody is literally a big threat. Cassidy dodges the mercs to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as Cassidy and Konosuke stare down now. Cassidy “shoves’ Konosuke, so Konosuke CHOPS Cassidy off his feet!
Konosuke whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT, for a BRAINBUSTER! Starks dangles out of the ring and Dustin is after him! But Hobbs dumps Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Butcher & Blade DOUBLE HEADBUTT Konosuke, then DRAG THE- NO, Konosuke fights and RANAS Butcher! Konosuke runs at the corner but Blade saves Butcher! Konosuke’s knee hits buckles, the mercs dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hobbs mocks Keith’s conducting of the fans while Hangman CHOKES Starks! Brody storms up on Hangman while Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Hobbs!
Swerve gets Cassidy and Darby to side with him against Butcher & Blade. Butcher & Blade dare them to bring it, and Darby rushes in, but Swerve swerves Cassidy! Swerve throws Cassidy out and ELIMINATES him! Swerve can’t be trusted! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! But then Starks dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Blade kicks Swerve, brings him in, he and Butcher DRAG THE LAKE!! They haul Swerve back up to dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hangman runs at Brody, Brody pops him up, but Hangman RANAS Brody! Starks runs in, Hangman jumps over the spear!
Hangman takes aim but Starks dodges and the DISCUS LARIAT hits Brody! Starks tosses Hangman but Hangman lands on the apron! Hangman BOOTS Starks, then baits him in! Hangman dumps Starks out to ELIMINATE him! Then Hangman slingshots, but Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody King is Mr. Red! and he watches as the blue ring still sorts out. Darby tosses and DROPKICKS Blade out to ELIMINATE him! Butcher rushes in and Darby dumps him out, to ELIMINATE him!! Darby is Mr. Blue! And now that just leaves these two to fight it out! Brody storms right into the blue ring, hauls Darby up in a gut wrench, GUT WRENCH BOMB!!
Brody then TOSSES Darby through ropes to get him into the red ring! Brody storms back over while Darby crawls to a corner. Fans fire up for Darby but Brody says he’s going to destroy him! Brody runs in, CANNONBALL! Brody snarls while Darby flops over. Brody hauls Darby up to RAM him into a corner, hoists him top, and then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Brody climbs up. Darby fires off haymakers and CLUBBING forearms! Brody ends up on the apron, Darby gets in the ring and he fires off! Darby BITES Brody’s fingers! Brody CLUBS Darby! And has a SLEEPER in the ropes! Brody uses that to drag Darby up and over! Darby is literally HANGING! Brody DROPS Darby, and WINS!
Winner: Brody King as Mr. Red (will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship)
The tattooed titan is victorious! Will Jon Moxley be able to hold onto the interim title against such a villainous foe? Or will CM Punk return to see the House of Black?
Backstage interview with Hook.
Alex Marvez sits with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil on the couch and thanks him for taking this time. Last week, Hook got a big win over NJPW’s The DKC as part of Forbidden Door weekend. But the world wants to know, what is next for Hook? Hook just eats his chips. Well, Marvez did see some of Hook’s previous interviews, to call them that. Marvez is starting to think Hook is more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Hook stands up, pushes Marvez down, and tells him, “That’s the problem, Alex. Most people don’t think. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Hook is a deep thinker, it seems. Has he already seen four steps ahead of the AEW roster?
AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Matt & Nick Jackson feel alone right now without the rest of the Undisputed Elite, but they have the gold to keep them warm. Will they be able to shine bright in this high stakes match? Or will it be lights out, courtesy of #BISHAMON?
The teams sort out and Nick starts with the Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto. They circle, tie up, and Goto powers Nick to a corner. The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and fans applaud the clean break. Nick and Goto go again, they tie up and Nick puts Goto on ropes. Nick lets off, but then kicks low! Nick fires off punches and stomps to the corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto bounces off buckles to run Nick over! Tag to Hashi, they double whip Nick to run him over! Matt wants in but the ref says he missed the tag, Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up as Goto & Hashi intercept Matt with a kick! And they drum away on his back!
Nick gets up, but he gets a kick and the drumming! Fans fire up while Nick is punch drunk. Hashi CLUBS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick holds ropes to BOOT back. Tag to Matt, Nick aims for a corner but Hashi blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Matt runs in but into an elbow! Hashi runs in, into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express begins! Another, and another, and then Goto gets in, for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up and Matt flexes! Matt gives Nick a boost to ESCALARA! Direct hit on Bishamon and fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Nick puts Hashi in for Matt, and Matt paces around the Head Hunter. Matt stomps Hashi, waves hi to fans, then throws down fists. Matt drags Hashi up, Nick says “SUCK IT!” and Matt whips Hashi into the corner. The Bucks coordinate, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt hits a fist drop, then he keeps on Hashi with haymakers. Matt throws more hands, pie faces Hashi, and eggs him on. Hashi throws body shots back! Hashi CHOPS Matt, CHOPS him again, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Hashi reverses but Matt slips out and trips Goto! Matt then shoulders into Hashi, slingshots up and over, and runs to LEAPING LARIAT!
Matt kips up, then mockingly goes to the Bishamon corner to reach out for a tag. But then Goto yanks Matt down! Nick PENALTY KICKS Goto from the apron, ROCKS Hashi, then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS Hashi down! Nick soaks up the cheers and jeers while Matt gets back in the ring. Matt KNEES Hashi in the back, kicks him around, and Matt paces around while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Nick reels Hashi in, but Hashi suplexes Nick first! Fans fire up while both men are down, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Matt and Goto! Goto rallies with shoulders and elbows, then a hip toss! Matt goes to a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Matt slips off and ROCKS Goto with a haymaker! And another! Matt runs, Nick tags in, Matt trips Goto up to whip. Goto reverses but Matt goes up and over, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Matt cravats, Nick gives him the boost, SLICED BREAD! SHINING WIZARD again and Nick covers, Hashi breaks it!
Matt drags Hashi up, he and Nick mug him and toss him out. The Bucks drag Goto up to whip him into the corner. Nick runs in, Goto dodges and CLOBBERS Matt! Goto then fireman’s carries Nick! Nick slips off, Goto backs him down, and Hashi runs in to CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Feed to Goto’s kick, Goto hooks Nick up and Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi WRECKS Matt off the apron. Fans fire up, Bishamon gets Nick up but Nick BOOTS Hashi away and Matt drags Hashi out! Matt sends Hashi into railing, Nick slips out of the dragon sleeper but Goto ROCKS him!
Goto whips, Nick flips up and around but Goto dodges. Nick dodges again, Goto follows and LARIATS! Matt returns to ROCK Goto, but Goto follows, only for Matt to SUPERKICK Goto down! Hashi returns, Matt SUPERKICKS! Hashi rebounds to LARIAT! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! A standing count starts, Hashi and Matt bail out but Nick runs in from the corner. Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto is down again! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs, but Nick blocks the lariat! Hashi spins around to CHOP! Nick aims but Hashi blocks the superkick! Hashi spins Nick to SUPERKICK back!
Nick wobbles, Hashi calls to Goto! Hashi feeds Nick to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI, the Fierce Flash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives again! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they reset with the dragon sleeper and leg hold! But Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi! Matt then saves Nick from Goto’s suplex, and they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Goto down! The Bucks have Hashi’s arms and fans fire up for the B T E TRIGGER!! But they want to finish Goto! Goto is in the blue ring, Nick goes up and up to CROSSBODY Goto down! Matt gets Hashi back up in a gut wrench, and Nick springboards from ring to ring! SUPER MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Bishamon a title shot)
Goto & Hashi could not shut down the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they will return home to Japan without a title shot. Will others from NJPW look to creep through the Forbidden Door to try their hand? Or are the Bucks on to some big prey of their own?
AEW hears from Jonathan Gresham and Tully Blanchard.
“Last week, I made a handshake agreement with Tully Blanchard. And I’m a man of my word. I said that Lee Moriarty and myself would take on two of his best clients in a tag team match. Now I’m happy, I’m really excited to announce that that match will happen right here on Rampage next week.” The mastermind Tully himself tells us that we are “going to see what it’s like to come up against the best in the business!” Gresham knows fans aren’t quite used to hearing his name on television, but we will all get used to it. We’re used to a couple of guys in particular, Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, claiming they are the best technical wrestler, when we all know GRESHAM is the best?
Gresham is tired of being left out of important conversations! They know that HE is the best technical wrestler, and he has spent 17 YEARS chasing that dream. He has accomplished that by being THE ROH World Champion! And next week on Rampage, Gresham shows us all why. Will the Octopus deny Tully Blanchard Enterprises their shot at his title while also sending a message to the Swiss Cyborg and American Dragon?
Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man starts with asking the Native Beast and The Problem why they brutally attacked Toni Storm last week. Why? Uh, great question. Let’s go to the weather map for answers. The “Toni Storm” is really just a high pressure system of hot air and BULL- Wait, hold on. It might be late but the kids are watching, so Nyla won’t go there. But Nyla will say that “Toni Storm is encroaching on my territory here in All Elite Wrestling.” Nyla is the #1 contender! All roads to the championships lead through HER! Last week, Storm had a problem in Shafir. And if Shafir is The Problem, then Nyla is a GADDAMN CATASTROPHE!
Storm tells Nyla that while Forbidden Door didn’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean her momentum stops here. Storm will finish Nyla and go back after Thunder Rosa, and she won’t stop until she becomes THE AEW Women’s World Champion. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Lightning From Down Under strike the Native Beast down? Or will this Vicious Vixen be the gatekeeper to the gold?
Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!
The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock. Nyla knees and CLUBS Storm down, then pie faces her. Nyla runs but Storm avoids the punt to fire off forearms! Nyla throws body shots back but Storm hits her more and more! Storm runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Nyla blocks that to CLOBBER Storm! Marina likes what she sees while Nyla toys with Storm. Nyla kicks Storm around, sits her up and rains down fists. Nyla runs, but into a drop toehold! Storm runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Storm runs corner to corner, and she uppercuts in the corner! Storm fires off stomps and forearms, then an uppercut!
Storm runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla snarls and she clamps onto Storm’s arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow! Storm endures, fights up, but Nyla double wristlocks to then suplex! Nyla brings Storm up again, but Storm fires off forearms! Storm ROCKS Nyla, runs the ropes, but Nyla claims something is in her eye. The ref checks, and misses Marina holding the ropes open! Storm takes a tumble, and The Problem is definitely a problem at ringside! Marina BOOTS Storm back down, and fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref questions what happened but Marina plays dumb. Nyla goes out to stomp Storm, drag her up and whips her into steel steps! Nyla smirks and Shafir applauds while Nyla refreshes the count. Nyla hauls Storm up to scoop and SLAM Storm, then she gets back in the ring. The count climbs, Shafir mockingly coaches Storm up, but Nyla distracts the ref again so Marina can step on Storm! Marina gets away before Storm can kick her back. Nyla goes out to fetch Storm, and she brings Storm around to CLUB her against the post. Nyla winds up but Storm dodges and Nyla hits post herself! Then Storm shoves and POSTS Nyla!
Storm RAMS Nyla into barriers, then CLUBS her against the apron. Storm tries to get Nyla up and in but Nyla CLUBS Storm back. Nyla talks trash while standing on Storm’s hand! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and drags Storm up, only for Storm to RAM her into more barriers! Storm puts Nyla in the ring, but Nyla drops an elbow on Storm as she enters! Nyla whips Storm to ropes, fireman’s carries, but Storm fights free! Storm CLUBS away, but Nyla TACKLES Storm! Cover, TWO! Nyla clamps on a QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH and bends Storm back! Storm endures, even as Nyla thrashes her around!
Storm refuses to give up, so Nyla fishhooks her face! The ref counts, Nyla shifts to make Storm smile. The ref reprimands again, Nyla lets off, and Storm fights with hammer fists. Nyla holds on, pulling harder on the chinlock. But Storm fights, crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets off at 4 and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans fire up for Storm while Nyla runs in at the corner, for a SPLASH! Storm sits down, Nyla runs in again, but the CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Fans fire up and Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Shafir tries to save Nyla but Storm BOOTS her away! Nyla HOTSHOTS Storm!
Nyla runs side to side, but Storm dumps her out! Shafir helps Nyla up, but Storm is on the apron! FLYING DOUBLE DDT to the floor!! Fans fire up with Storm and she puts Nyla in the ring. Storm climbs up and Nyla rises, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Storm hurries to get Nyla up, reel her in, and use the corner. No tornado, though, and Nyla CLOBBERS Storm! Cover, TWO!! Nyla and Shafir grow frustrated, Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, but Storm pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! Nyla DROPS on the cover! TWO!! Storm survives and fans fire up again! Nyla ROCKS Storm but Storm fires back!
The forearms go back and forth, fans rally behind Storm, but Nyla kicks low. Nyla scoops but Storm slips out to shove her into the corner. Nyla grabs the buckles, Storm pulls her back, and a buckle pad goes flying! The ref hurries to fetch that, Nyla SUPERKICKS Storm down! Cover, TWO!! Storm is still in this and Nyla can’t believe it! Shafir is frustrated on Nyla’s behalf, and Nyla hangs Storm out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLYING KNEE MISSES as Storm dodges! Nyla storms over but Storm HOTSHOTS her away! Storm gets in, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both women are down. Shafir is on the corner, Storm has Nyla, and Storm BOOTS Shafir as part of the TORNADO DDT! Storm hurries to get Nyla back up, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Storm wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
But Shafir gets in to sucker punch Storm! And SAYANAGI! And then some ground ‘n’ pound! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! The AEW Women’s World Champion blows past Shafir to SHOTGUN Nyla! Shafir returns but she gets an ENZIGURI! Thunder & Storm go after them and it’s a wild brawl! SHOTGUN for Shafir, and a LARIAT for Nyla! Fans are thunderous as La Mera Mera and her previous challenger stand tall! Storm shakes hands with the champ, will we see these two rumble again down the line? Or will they have to wash away those Vicious Vixens first?
A great Rampage, and I really like how the “Royal Rampage” works. NXT should’ve thought to do a match like that whenever they did WarGames. But I will say, I was really hoping they were going to give us Keith VS Swerve at the end of this. It’d be a great way to add to their story while also giving one of them a great match against Moxley. But Keith and Swerve are sticking together a little longer since they need to still settle things with Team Taz. And in the end, we did get a fresh match-up for Moxley in Brody King. That is happening already, and it’s going to be badass even without build, I can’t wait to see it.
Good segment from Hook. He is exactly how a strong silent type Face should be written in my opinion. Since he rarely talks, when Hook chooses to talk, it is more impactful. Also this could just be that they aren’t quite sure where to put Hook right now, but he just needs to start having longer, more competitive matches with some of the other established names. Maybe against Caster real quick before the Ass Boys come back around to fight The Acclaimed for their father’s love. Plus, imagine the rap Caster could come up with about Hook.
Good promo from Gresham, and one line from Tully, to set up the coming ROH on Rampage match. Gresham also calling out Bryan and Claudio is great, I think everyone would love to see that happen as part of Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd. One thing I do want to say, and it isn’t a knock on Gresham but more a choice of the companies, it feels like they downgraded the world title’s design. I know it’s based on the original design, but the design they had looked amazing. This legacy design looks too much like the ROH Tag Titles which FTR have. But again, not really anything that affects Gresham or his booking, it’s just something visual that I wish they didn’t do.
The Bucks VS Bishamon not being main event was a bit of a surprise, but then I realized they probably didn’t want any language barrier affecting the promo with Mark Henry. It was a great tag match, definitely worthy of the tag titles, but that is why Bucks win. I would think FTR makes it through DBD with the ROH tag titles, and then they and the Bucks can start towards All Out for FOUR TITLES AT ONCE for the most amazing tag match ever! And then we got a good promo segment with Nyla and Storm before a very good main event. Storm winning is great, they could easily give us Rosa VS Storm 2, and at the very least, we’re getting Rosa & Storm VS Nyla & Shafir to help build the next title story.
My Score: 8.6/10
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