Things are escalating in the Dark Order dysfunction!
New Jersey gets elevated as the Bad Boy and Concrete Rose return home, but it isn’t a happy homecoming! Will AEW’s former odd couple finally get even?
- Thunder Rosa VS Kaia McKenna; Rosa wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Anthony Bennett, Ray Jaz & Leon St. Giovanni; Gunn Club wins.
- Alan Angels & Preston Vance VS Evil Uno & Colt Cabana; Angels & Vance win.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor & Kris Statlander VS Mike Verna; Cassidy wins.
- Private Party VS Teddy Goodz & Jorge Santi; Private Party wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Masha Slamovich; Shida wins.
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Sonny Kiss; Kiss wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS JT Dunn & Avery Good; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Dustin Rhodes VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Dustin wins.
Orange Cassidy’s match might be one to watch, to see if the Hardy Family Office goes after him or not. The Dark Order VS Dark Order match is of course on the must-see, that story is growing into something really good. Janela VS Kiss is going to be one to watch, too, because of the heat in the story. I’m rather surprised we’re getting Dustin VS QT Marshall, but after QT lost to Paul Wight, he doesn’t really have a direction so maybe something comes of this.
Newly Heel Gunn Club has new everything, which is cool to see. I assume this means they’ve left the Nightmare Family to strike out on their own again, and given they’re still undefeated in tag and trios action, there needs to be a chance for them to build to a tag title match. Otherwise, the criticisms of “wins and losses matter,” both shoot and in kayfabe, will keep going. A bit surprising to see the Dark Order Civil War tag match happen so soon on the card but it had a lot of great character work on top of the great ring work we know they all bring. And I feel like Angels even upgraded his mask, that holofoil looks great.
HFO didn’t go after Cassidy but you could kayfabe that they were more worried about their own match right after. “Masha Slamovich” is a great name because it’s so cheesy. Masha got a good showing against Shida, maybe she’ll make a good impression on AEW or a partner like Impact or NWA, she might have potential if she can find a good character personality outside of “she’s Russian.” Little disappointed they didn’t make Janela VS Kiss the main event since both are New Jersey boys. Cincinnati got to have Brian Pillman Jr. as a Rampage main event, why can’t the Bad Boy VS Concrete Rose be on the same level?
Janela VS Kiss was still the match it should’ve been, with Janela getting bloodied but his new partner in crime getting involved, all while Kiss showing both strength and endurance. Kiss turning things around to get the win was great, but of course Rossi helps Janela get payback. I hope this feud continues so that Janela and Kiss can have something extreme, like an Unsanctioned Match. Dustin VS QT being the main event was a bit of a surprise, but Santana & Ortiz definitely did squash Dunn & Good. It was a very good match, Lee Johnson showing up was a good touch, but I still wish there was a build to a Bunkhouse Match for these guys.
Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report (8/6/22)
THREE title fights on a Saturday night!
Battle of the Belts 3 means three battles for the belts!
AEW returns to Saturday Fight Nights on TNT with the AEW TNT, AEW Women’s World and ROH World Championships on the line! Will there be a change to the golden landscape?
- AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa w/ Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel; Rosa wins and retains the title.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Konosuke Takeshita; Claudio wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!
The Maestro of Mayhem stepped up over Lethal and his cronies bullying Best Friends, and now he’s willing to put up the title if it means teaching the bullies a lesson! Will “WARD~LOW!” still be the Face of TNT? Or will Lethal turn Wardlow’s World upside-down?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we kick off BOTB 3 with a bang!
The bell rings and Lethal bails right out. Fans boo as Lethal regroups with Satnam and Sonjay. Lethal then gets back in the ring and hears the fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” Sonjay distracts Wardlow and Lethal CLOBBERS him from behind! Lethal CLUBS away on Wardlow, stomps him in the corner, then reels him in to snap suplex! Wardlow gets right back up! Wardlow just scowls and BOOTS Lethal down! Wardlow whips Lethal to a corner, Lethal comes back but into a back drop! Fans fire up as Lethal stands up and Wardlow cltoheilnes him out! Fans fire up more while Sonjay checks on Lethal.
Wardlow goes out, drags Lethal up and into the ring, then tells Sonjay to back off. But now Satnam stands in Wardlow’s way! Sonjay has Satnam step aside before Champion’s Advantage comes into play. But even then, Lethal WRECKS Wardlow with a dropkick! Wardlow is still standing, though, so lethal CHOPS him! Lethal puts Wardlow in the ring, CHOPS and stomps and haymakers! Lethal bumps Wardlow off buckles, then whips him to ropes. Wardlow reverses, Lethal ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under the boot and ENZIGURIS! Wardlow staggers, Lethal pie faces and runs, into a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Wardlow is annoyed, and he clamps onto Lethal’s neck! Wardlow drags Lethal up, fireman’s carries, but Lethal elbows free! Lethal dropkicks, but Wardlow doesn’t budge! Another dropkick staggers Wardlow, but Lethal clutches his foot. Did he hurt himself hitting Wardlow? Wait it was a trick! Lethal rolls Wardlow up, TWO!! Wardlow runs in but Lethal POSTS him! Wardlow tumbles out after hitting steel, and Lethal DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Lethal struts around, “WOO~!” and then Lethal goes after Wardlow to put him in the ring. Lethal drags Wardlow to the post, to CLUB the leg, then SLAM it into the post!
Fans rally for Wardlow while he writhes, but Lethal smiles at the camera. Lethal drags Wardlow by his leg to SLAM it into the post, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Lethal struts, then high-fives Sonjay and Satnam. Wardlow drags himself from the corner, Sonjay and Satnam high-five, and Lethal sits Wardlow up. Lethal stomps Wardlow, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Wardlow back to center. Lethal drops an elbow on the knee, then another! Lethal then stomps the leg, drops another elbow, and keeps on the leg with a toehold. Wardlow endures, CLUBS Lethal, but Lethal lets off to dig his knees into the knee. Lethal stalks Wardlow to a corner, stomps the leg more, then drags Wardlow back out for more stops. Lethal jams his knee into the knee, and again, to then “WOO~!” as AEW returns to single picture.
But Wardlow boots Lethal away! Lethal comes back, jackknifes, TWO! Lethal has the leg again, steps through, but Wardlow kicks him away again! Lethal jackknifes again, but Wardlow uses that momentum to stand back up! POWER- NO, Lethal fights off the bomb and KICKS the bad leg! Lethal KICKS the leg again, then calls his shot., Lethal handsprings, LETHAL- NO, Wardlow blocks, brings Lethal around, but Lethal slips away. Wardlow clamps onto Lethal and reels him back in, but again Lethal tries to get away! Lethal slides under, but Wardlow clamps on with both hands around the neck!
Wardlow pops Lethal up, but Lethal fires off hands! Lethal is free, Wardlow staggers, but he HEADBUTTS Lethal back! Lethal wobbles, Wardlow winds up, BIG LARIAT!! Fans fire up while Sonjay and Satnam panic! Wardlow pulls down the straps and says it’s coming! Wardlow drags Lethal up, reels him in, brings him up, and POWERBOMBS him down!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
But Sonjay attacks! Sonjay stomps Wardlow, and Satnam gets in the ring! Sonjay flexes on Wardlow but Wardlow shoves him away! Satnam stands on Wardlow and Wardlow can’t get up! Wait! He starts bench pressing that huge foot, but Lethal stomps Wardlow down! Satnam stands on Wardlow again, while Lethal puts on the FIGURE FOUR! Wardlow suffers both the foot in his chest and the leglock on tight, and even Sonjay talking trash right in his face. Satnam and Lethal let off, but that’s not the end! Lethal drags Wardlow up, but Wardlow ROCKS Lethal with a right! And DECKS Sonjay with one, too!
Wardlow DECKS Lethal this time, but Satnam clamps on a giant hand! Btu Wardlow breaks free to LOW BLOW those giant balls! Fans are thunderous, and Wardlow reels Satnam in! But Lethal CLOBBERS Wardlow, and Satnam back drops him! Fans boo as Satnam stands over Wardlow, and Lethal gets a TABLE! Lethal and Sonjay put the table in, set it up, and Satnam clamps onto Wardlow’s head! CHOKE SLAM through the table!! A slam dunk from the former basketball player, and Sonjay puts the title on Lethal’s shoulder. Will these three be back again to try and take that title for real?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa w/ Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!
#ThunderStorm lost to the Doctor and her assistant on Wednesday, with the #1 contender taking the pin. That makes Hayter the contender, so now Rosa must defend the gold! Will La Mera Mera keep her reign going? Or will Hayter go all out for this one?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Thunder can strike back!
But Hayter strikes first as Rosa is on the corner! The bell rings, Hayter stomps away on Rosa, then rains down fists from all sides! Rosa guards but Hayter drags her up to bump her off buckles. Hayter stomps a mudhole in her, then digs boots into Rosa’s face. the ref counts, Hayter lets off to argue with her, but that’s so that Britt can choke Rosa! Rosa swipes at her but Britt gets away. Hayter CLUBS Rosa, CHOKES her on ropes, but lets off as the ref counts again. Rosa kicks Hayter but Hayter hauls her up to snap suplex hard! Hayter stomps Rosa, Britt talks more trash on Rosa, and then Hayter stands on Rosa at the ropes!
The ref counts, Hayter steps off, and Rosa winces as she sits up. Hayter mocks the fans chanting for Rosa, and then she drags Rosa up to bring her around. Hayter CHOPS Rosa against ropes, but Rosa CHOPS back! Hayter SLAPS Rosa, then CHOKES her in the corner! Hayter lets off as the ref counts, and Rosa sputters to the ropes. Hayter whips her and runs her over, then paces around. Rosa shoves Hayter, Hayter CLUBS Rosa, but Rosa DROPKICKS back! Hayter gets up into a SHOTGUN dropkick! Hayter bails out, Toni rallies the fans, and Rosa fires up! Rosa builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Hayter brushes herself off as Rosa flops to the floor!
Hayter tells the ref to hold on with that count. Hayter then brings Rosa around to run and RAM her into railing! The ring count climbs, Hayter gets in the ring while Toni coaches Rosa up. Hayter fetches Rosa but Rosa kicks back! Rosa CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Hayter CLUBS Rosa, then suplexes, but Rosa blocks! Rosa wrenches out to DDT to the floor! Fans fire up with Rosa and she drags Hayter up. Rosa puts Hayter in the ring, covers, TWO! Hayter is daze but Rosa climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Rosa aims but Britt has the belt! Britt distracts Rosa with it, and then Hayter CLOBBERS Rosa off the top! Rosa’s leg gets caught up while she tumbles down!
Britt shrugs and walks away as Hayter fetches Rosa. Hayter hauls Rosa up to URENAGE onto the steel steps! Britt and Hayter high-five while AEW goes picture in picture.
The ref checks on Rosa but she sits up. Toni coaches Rosa as she goes to the railing. Hayter storms over to CLUB Rosa, then put her in the ring. Hayter stomps Rosa, CLUBS her down, then kisses the biceps. Hayter drags Rosa up by her hair, brings her onto the ropes and CHOKES her again. Hayter then runs to DOUBLE KNEE Rosa against ropes! Rosa flops down, Hayter covers, TWO! Hayter drags Rosa up but Rosa throws body shots and a CHOP! And another CHOP! Hayter turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Hayter paces around, says she’s gonna have that belt, then she snap suplexes Rosa to center!
Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she traps an arm. Rosa endures as Hayter leans on the hold. Rosa fights up to her feet, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! Hayter wags her finger then stands on Rosa’s head. The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and puts Rosa on rope again. Hayter talks trash while she CHOKES Rosa, but lets off at 4. Rebel chokes Rosa now! And Britt even puts Rosa’s cowgirl hat on her! Rosa swipes at them but Rebel and Britt smile. Storm storms over and chases them off! Hayter still puts Rosa in a sleeper and squeezes tight, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns again as Rosa ROCKS Hayter with a right! Hayter staggers but ROCKS Rosa right back! Rosa comes back to ROCK Hayter! Hayter staggers, so does Rosa, Hayter ROCKS Rosa again! Rosa fires off a flurry! Fans fire up as Rosa NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hayter is still in this but she flounders to the corner. Fans rally, Britt mocks the fans, but Rosa fires up! Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rosa sends herself through the ropes, and then Hayter flops out after! Rosa goes to the apron, to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up with Rosa again! Rosa grits her teeth, drags Hayter into the ring, and goes up the corner.
Fans rally, Hayter stands and Rosa CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Hayter is still in this and Rosa grows frustrated. Rosa drags Hayter up, reels her in, but Hayter fireman’s carries! But Rosa slips off, waistlocks, but Hayter bucks the roll! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives but Hayter drags Rosa up! BRAINBUSTER!! Both women are down, Hayter crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Rosa survives and even Britt is shocked! Hayter drags Rosa up, whips her into the corner, then stomps away! Hayter fires off forearms, the ref backs her off, Britt CHOKES Rosa! Storm finally goes after her! They brawl ringside!
SUPERKICK from Britt takes out Storm! Britt spells it out, “D! M! D! This is MY Division!” Hayter drags Rosa up, Storm gives Britt a TORNADO DDT to the floor! Hayter sees that and is distracted, Rosa sunset flips! TWO, so Rosa tries an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Wheelbarrow, victory roll, ROSA WINS!!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Hayter couldn’t block that roll, Rosa snatches this one away! La Mera Mera keeps going forward, will she go all the way to All Out and beyond?
ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Konosuke Takeshita!
At Death Before Dishonor, The Swiss Cyborg finally won a world title, so he isn’t going to give this belt up without a fight! Will this title still belong to Claudio Gaddam Castagnoli? Or will the Future of DDT be the Now of ROH?
Bobby Cruise makes the introductions, the belt is raised, and we see this memorable first-ever close out the Battle of the Belts!
The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Claudio rushes in at the bell! Konosuke avoids that EuroUpper, but then Claudio blocks a boot! Claudio headlocks, Konosuke powers out then drops down to spring up, but into Claudio’s arms! Konosuke slips out, waistlocks, but Claudio fights the German Suplex! Claudio runs to ropes to buck Konosuke away, and the two stand off. Fans fire up as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Konosuke gets in to clinch then waistlock. Claudio uses a leg to trip Konosuke up, and then knuckle locks for a cover. ONE as Konosuke gets an arm up, but Claudio shifts right to a headlock.
Konosuke fights up, pries free, but Claudio slips around to headlock back. Claudio wrenches, wristlocks, then wrangles Konosuke with a chinbar. Konosuke endures and Claudio knuckle locks for a cover. ONE as Konosuke gets the other arm up, so Claudio knuckle locks that for a cover. ONE as Konosuke bridges up! Claudio keeps trying to push him down but Konosuke stands right up! Claudio powers him right back down but Konosuke bridges again! Claudio sweeps the legs to get the cover back, TWO as Konosuke bridges! Another sweep, another cover, TWO as Konosuke pushes his arms up! Claudio pushes those back down, ONE as Konosuke just bridges again!
Claudio hops on but Konosuke uses that to monkey flip! Konosuke rolls back but Claudio blocks and monkey flips in return! Fans fire up as Konosuke goes flying! William Regal’s on commentary and he says this exchange makes him proud to be in pro-wrestling! The fans applaud, they’re also loving this! Claudio and Konosuke smile and reset. They shake hands again and go again. Claudio hooks a leg to trip Konosuke to a cover, ONE! Konosuke trips Claudio, drops an elbow on the leg, “This is Awesome!” Claudio headlocks and grinds but Konosuke stands up. Konosuke powers Claudio back, goes to hip toss, but Claudio counters with a clinch!
Konosuke powers Claudio back and then gets the HIP TOSS! Konosuke waits on Claudio, and the two knuckle lock. Claudio gets a facelock, Konosuke wrenches out to facelock back. Claudio powers up but Konosuke holds on. Claudio wrenches free, clamps onto a headlock and hits a takeover! Claudio also fights off the headscissors, Konosuke rolls him to a cover, ONE! Claudio holds on, Konosuke fights up and powers out. Claudio runs Konosuke over, covers, TWO! Claudio’s back on the headlock but Konosuke fights out again. Things speed up, Claudio blocks the hip toss to waistlock and SLAM Konosuke down!
Claudio reaches down for Konosuke but Konosuke kips up and arm-drags back! Then the bypass to a CALF KICK! Claudio bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke PLANCHAS, but Claudio moves! Konosuke lands on his feet but Claudio EuroUppers! Konosuke comes back to ROCK Claudio with a forearm! Konosuke puts Claudio in, hurries after him, but Claudio whips and ROCKS him in the back! Then an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! then the shove, tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while Claudio covers, TWO, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Claudio keeps his focus as he looms over Konosuke. Claudio drags Konosuke up, EuroUppers hard, then has Konosuke in a corner. Claudio RAOCKS Konosuke with a forearm in the back, then back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps on Konosuke with a knee in the back. Claudio ties up the legs, grabs at Konosuke’s arm and bends him back! Konosuke endures, fights up, but Claudio uses that to get a dragon sleeper! Konosuke endures a whole new hold, and Claudio then shifts again to a half straitjacket! Konosuke still endures, still reaches out for ropes, and he fights to get his legs free.
Claudio brings Konosuke away from ropes but Konosuke throws body shots! Claudio clamps onto a facelock but Konosuke blocks the suplex! They each throw body shots, Konosuke blocks the suplex, and Claudio throws more body shots. Konosuke suplexes, but Claudio blocks! They fight for control, and Konosuke gets Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Claudio gets up first, Konosuke follows, but Claudio dodges the clothesline to BOOT Konosuke down! Claudio drags Konosuke back up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Claudio bends Konosuke against his knee, but Konosuke fights!
Claudio smothers Konosuke, bends him back, but Konosuke throws forearms! Konosuke is free, he ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio EuroUppers HARD! Claudio then gets the chicken wings and drags Konosuke up, to HEDDBUTT him in the back! Claudio pulls on the arms as AEW returns to single picture, and Konosuke fights to turn things around. Claudio holds on so Konosuke elbows him,. Claudio CLUBS Konosuke, and again, then stalks him to a corner. Claudio BOOTS Konosuke, BOOTS him again, then EuroUppers! Claudio whips corner to corner, but Konosuke elbows back! Konosuke goes up, BOOTS Claudio away, then FLYING RANAS!
Fans fire up as Konosuke rallies with elbows. Claudio whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! Konosuke hauls Claudio up but Claudio CLUBS Konosuke. Claudio ROCKS Konosuke, runs in but Konosuke dumps him out! And FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up more, Konosuke puts Claudio in the ring, and Konosuke climbs up! But Claudio SHORYUKENS! Claudio climbs up to join Konosuke, for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke shows toughness but Claudio is not deterred. Fans fire up and Claudio calls for it! Claudio waits on Konosuke, trips him up, and SWISS SWINGS!
Fans count it out, Claudio swings Konosuke around for 10 revolutions before the TOSS! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke is still in this but Claudio is ready. Konosuke staggers around, Claudio runs in to EuroUpper! Claudio whips corner to corner, EuroUpper! Then back, but Konosuke reverses to BOOT! Konosuke whips, Claudio reverses but Konosuke comes back, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Close yet no cigar! Konosuke gets Claudio up, “This is Awesome!” and Konosuke whips. But Claudio BOOTS back! Konosuke falls to the apron and Claudio hurries after! Claudio drags Konosuke up but Konosuke bumps him off buckles!
Konosuke climbs up the corner but Claudio ROCKS him first! Claudio goes up top to fire off forearms! Konosuke throws a body shot! Konosuke reels Claudio in, SUPER DDT to the buckle!! Claudio flounders away, Konosuke goes up to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio survives and rolls away to the corner. Konosuke runs in again, but Claudio blocks the V-Trigger! Claudio EuroUppers but into the hooks! Claudio powers out but Konosuke ducks ‘n dodges, FLYING- EUROUPPER! Claudio stops the flying clothesline and covers, TWO!! Claudio gets the legs, to the SHARPSHOOTER!! Konosuke endures as Claudio sits on it, but he still reaches out!
Claudio shifts to get a CROSSFACE! Konosuke rolls, but Claudio holds on! Claudio pulls way, way back, but Konosuke rolls it to a cover! TWO, and Claudio kicks Konosuke! And again! Konosuke scowls as Claudio kicks again. Konosuke eggs Claudio on so Claudio EuroUppers! And again! But Konosuke gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Claudio’s right up to LRAIT! Konosuke’s right up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are up, LARIAT from Konosuke!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans give a standing ovation!! Konosuke drags Claudio up to fire off forearms, ROLLING- EUROUPPERCT! Claudio shoves, pops up, but Konosuke backslides! TWO!!
V-TRIGGER!! And then a BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Claudio survives and no one can believe it! Fans are electric as Konosuke throws off the elbow pads! ROLLING ELBOW!! Claudio wobbles, Konosuke reels him in! But the back won’t let him lift Claudio! Claudio back drops, Konosuke sunset flips! TWO, and Claudio BASEMENT UPPERCUTS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Claudio hauls Konosuke up, ties up the arms, RICOLA- RANA!! Konosuke has a cover, TWO?!?!?! How did Claudio escape that one?!? Konosuke shrugs that off to get Claudio up with a waistlock. Claudio elbows free, then elbows more.
Konosuke dodges the discus, both men run, Konosuke leaps, but into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Claudio almost gave Konosuke an F5 there! Both men are down, a standing count starts, and both men sit up at 5. Claudio and Konosuke get up, they fire off forearms and fans rally up! Konosuke gets the edge, but Claudio dodges to SPRINGBOARD UPPERCUT! And the DISCUS! And then, HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a Blackpool Combat Cub signature! Claudio tucks the arms, RICOLA BOMB!!! Cover, Claudio wins!!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
Regal says that was an amazing showing from Konosuke, and he admits how close that was to a win for Konosuke! But if this is as good as Konosuke is now, just how more amazing will he become in the coming years? And as for the winner, the Swiss Superman is still the champion, how much harder will he fight to keep this reign going?
An awesome hour of wrestling right here, with just the wrestling! Bonus points to me for calling the order of matches from the start. The TNT Championship was an awesome opener, with Wardlow getting a great win off a great star like Lethal. At the same time, I should’ve figured the Heels would beat Wardlow down after that match. They might even be able to swing this to where Lethal gets another shot at Wardlow at All Out for an even better match. The AEW Women’s World Championship match was great, and of course Britt and Rebel get involved here and there. Rosa gets the win with a quick pin so it’s not like Hayter looked weak there. But maybe they’ll swing this to give us another match of Rosa VS Britt for the title at All Out.
And what an awesome match from the ROH World Championship with Claudio VS Konosuke. That was perhaps one of the more competitive examples of a first title defense and a first title challenge in a long time. I feel like that place would’ve exploded if Konosuke actually pulled this one off, but it made a lot of sense for Claudio to retain. Claudio is going to carry the banner for ROH as a returning classic name, much like with Samoa Joe. And Konosuke can now believably be in just about any title scene with this performance, I’m pretty sure.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/5/22)
Jon Moxley’s on a Rampage!
Golden opportunities are on the line!
The AEW Tag Team Champions are in a Street Fight, while the Interim AEW World Champion is in for a fight with Mance Warner! Will any of the champions fall tonight?
- Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Mance Warner; Moxley wins and denies Warner a title match.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Ryan Nemeth w/ Peter Avalon; Takeshita wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway; Rayne wins.
- Tag Team Street Fight: Swerve in Our Glory VS Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Mance Warner!
What an unlikely match-up here tonight! The Maniac is preparing for “Lionheart” Chris Jericho this Wednesday, but he’ll gladly fight anyone who wants to fight him! Will Moxley deny Warner a golden ticket to this title? Or will the “Southern Psycho” go from bunkhouse to penthouse in one night?
Knowing Warner wants a fight, Moxley goes after him at the ramp! They brawl, Moxley ROCKS Warner, then RAMS him into railing! Moxley finally takes off his shirt but Warner goes right after him! Warner CHOPS Moxley, stalks him around the way, and RAMS him into railing! Fans fire up but the ref wants this in the ring! Warner BITES Moxley’s head, punches him, then puts him in the ring. The bell rings and Moxley bails out, but Warner follows! Warner CLUBS Moxley, Moxley kicks back and whips Warner into the corner of the railing! Moxley moves the chair aside, drags Warner up, and snap suplexes him onto the chair!
The ring count climbs, Moxley stands Warner up but Warner CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS, Warner CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Moxley rakes eyes, then headlocks, only for Warner to crotch Moxley on railing! Warner then LARIATS Moxley down! Fans fire up as Moxley hobbles up and into the ring. Warner pursues, rains down fists on Moxley, and he KNEES Moxley in the back! Warner throws down hands, has Moxley in a corner, and he CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~” and Warner CHOPS Moxley again! Moxley goes to the far side, Warner storms after him and CHOPS again! Moxley gets in Warner’s face and fans fire up!
Warner pushes Moxley to a corner but Moxley dodges the chop to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Moxley keeps Warner in the corner, puts the leg in ropes, and runs to SHOTGUN the leg! Warner grimaces, but Moxley hits a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley steps through to the FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Fans rally as Warner endures and reaches out. Warner pokes Moxley in the eye! He is the Eye Poke God, so there it is! Warner stalks Moxley to the corner, HEADBUTTS him, throws right hand after right hand, but Moxley eggs him on! Then Moxley gives those right hands right back! The ref reprimands, Moxley DECKS Warner!
Moxley whips corner to corner, Warner reverses and Moxley hits buckles hard! Warner hurries to basement BOOT! Fans rally, Moxley gets out of the ring, and Warner goes out after him. Warner whips Moxley hard into steel steps! Fans fire up as the steps go sliding! Warner drags Moxley up and whips him into railing! Then Warner HEADBUTTS Moxley, moves the chair aside, and snap suplexes Moxley onto the chair! Payback for earlier! The ring count is 5 of 10, Moxley gets in at 6! Warner pursues, punches Moxley’s legs, then steps through. Moxley kicks Warner away, throws knees on him, then KNEES him down!
Fans fire up as Moxley goes out and brings Warner around the way. Moxley digs into Warner’s face, then brings him to the steps! Moxley drags Warner up the steps, reels him in, but Warner throws body shots! Warner turns things around, DDT to the steel steps! Fans fire up while both men are down and AEW goes picture in picture!
Warner writhes, that was double-edged for him. But he gets his arms moving, drags himself off the steps, and gets himself in the ring. Warner waits on Moxley as he stands up and staggers around. Moxley goes the wrong way, flops to the floor, and the count is 7! Moxley springs up and in at 9! For Warner to BOOT him down! Warner drags Moxley around, ties his legs up and puts the FIGURE FOUR on Moxley! Moxley sit sup to glare at Warner, Warner JABS him down! Moxley sits back up, Warner JABS him again! But Moxley sits up again, and fires off hands on Warner! Both men are down, Moxley hurries to get loose!
Rampage returns to single picture, fans rally, but Warner CHOP BLOCKS Moxley! Moxley clutches his leg but Warner CLUBS him on the back. Warner stomps the leg, and again, and again! Moxley sits up but Warner drops a knee! Warner DECKS Moxley then covers, TWO! Warner drags Moxley up but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Moxley runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Warner hurries to cover again, TWO! And again, TWO! Warner rains down fists but Moxley just eggs him on! And flips him off! Fans fire up and Warner BOOTS Moxley down! Cover, TWO!
Warner paces but Moxley seems to be smiling! Moxley is loving this fight, but Warner starts looking under the ring. Warner brings out chairs! Fans fire up as Warner gets the chairs in the ring, but Moxley CLOBBERS him through the chair! That’s double-edged for Moxley’s forearm! Fans are thunderous, “We Want Tables!” but Warner is busted open! Moxley hurries to build speed and DIVES! Warner is sent into railing but Moxley puts Warner in the ring! Warner sputters, Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! Moxley puts Warner up top, climbs up after him, and drags Warner up to SUPERPLEX!
But Moxley doesn’t cover, he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Warner catches one! But then Moxley BITES Warner’s wound! Moxley runs, Warner follows, but right into a KNEE! Warner wobbles but he still LARIATS back! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Moxley sits up first at 4 to cover, TWO!! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Moxley twists the arm but Warner endures, so Moxley gives him DRAGON STOMPS! And then reels him in for the PIELDRIVER! And more DRAGON STOMPS! And then the SLEEPER!! Warner endures, until Moxley drags him up! Warner is OUT, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (DENIES Warner a title match)
The Ohio Maniac just showed the Southern Psycho why you don’t wanna fight him. Step up or get stepped on! Will Moxley make sure Jericho understands that explicitly at Quake by the Lake?
AEW shares Lexi Nair’s interview with Ricky Starks.
She knows his emotions are running high after the betrayal by Will Hobbs, but he has her hold on. Because the Factory’s there waiting for him. Aaron Solo, Anthony Ogogo, Nick Comoroto, new recruit Cole Karter, and of course QT Marshall. QT tells Ricky that this is two weeks in a row that Hobbs absolutely laid him out. And normally, this type of protection QT is offering would cost a lot of money, but hey, for Starks? It’ll be o the house. On the house, huh? Where’d they get this fool from? Starks of course means Comoroto in his blue velvet tracksuit. Solo says this is classic Ricky. He cracks jokes, makes things about himself, just like when he and Solo were a team.
Solo knows Starks better than anyone, so he doesn’t blame Hobbs for doing what he did. But as an old friend, take the help. Oh, take the hep? Starks doesn’t need anyone’s help! So QT can kiss his ass! QT has his boys stand down, they’ll get Starks soon enough. Will Starks not need help against the Powerhouse coming for him?
Konosuke Takeshita VS Ryan Nemeth w/ Peter Avalon!
The Future of DDT has an ROH World Championship match in his near future, but his immediate future is the Hollywood Hunk. Will Konosuke use Nemeth as a tune-up for the Swiss Cyborg? Or will Nemeth show that he should be considered the future of wrestling?
Nemeth eggs Konosuke on during his entrance, so Konosuke runs and slides into the ring, dodges Nemeth as the bell rings, and ROCKS him with forearms! Konosuke whips, Nemeth reverses but Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Konosuke and he runs in at Nemeth for a BOOT! Konosuke then drags Nemeth up, climbs up, and rains down fists! Fans count all the way to 10, and then Konosuke lets Nemeth drop. Konosuke prepares his elbow pad, builds speed, but Nemeth distracts the ref so that Avalon can trip Konosuke up! Konosuke glares but Nemeth CLOBBERS Konosuke!
Nemeth half nelsons to throw knee after knee! Konosuke drops and Nemeth swivels the hips, then thrusts them! Nemeth drags Konosuke up, turns him, swivels a bit more, but Konosuke powers out to scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Fans fire up as Konosuke aims from the corner! Nemeth staggers up, into the V-TRIGGER!! A shout out to his mentor, Kenny Omega! Cover, Konosuke wins!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
But then Avalon attacks! Avalon clubs away on Konosuke, but Konosuke gets up, dodges, JUMP KNEE!! Konosuke is standing tall and feeling good, but will he be able to take the ROH title from Claudio Gaddam Castagnoli?
AEW shares Lexi Nair’s interview with Best Friends.
A tough loss for Orange Cassidy against Jay Lethal, we now check in on him in the medical room. She says Lethal did a number on Cassidy’s leg, what is the status of the injury? Chuck says they tried to break the leg, so that’s an update. And Lethal’s guys have been trying to destroy Chuck’s boys, and they’re not doing great. Cassidy is out of the top five in singles, Best Friends are out of the top five in tag, so something needs to change. Trent says Best Friends need to stick together. They’re at their best when they’re together. Maybe even as a trio! The new titles are coming! Everyone, hands in! Trios on three! Wait! “Doctor” Danhausen joins in, too! Oh, wow. But one way or another, will Best Friends be golden in this coming Trios Tournament?
Madison Rayne VS Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway!
The new Supervising Coach of the AEW Women’s Division is also the newest member of the AEW Women’s Division! Not that The Baddies liked hear about that. Jade Cargill got in Madison’s face on Elevation, but will the Provisional Baddie do the dirty work? Or will Madison have an impact in AEW?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for Rayne, she and Grey tie up. They are in a deadlock, but Rayne finds a point of leverage and pushes Grey back. Grey turns that around to put Rayne in the corner, and the ref counts. Grey lets off at 4, but hits Rayne with a cheap shot! Rayne shakes her head and storms up on Grey, but Grey uses the ropes as a defense! Rayne backs off, Grey gets out of the ropes, and the two circle again. They tie up, Rayne waistlocks, but Grey switches. Rayne switches, Grey switches again, repeat! They keep switching, Rayne smirks, but Grey elbows out then ROCKS Rayne with a forearm!
Grey whips but Rayne uses that to arm-drag and cover, TWO! Rayne trips Grey, jackknifes, TWO! Grey hurries up but Rayne gets around to backslide, TWO! Rayne arm-drags and clamps on with a cording hold. Fans rally up but Grey fights up. Grey thrashes but Rayne holds on tight! Grey reaches out but Rayne arm-drags her from the ropes! Grey still fights up, pulls hair, and she puts Rayne in the corner. The ref counts, Grey lets off, but she kicks low now! Grey whips Rayne corner to corner, runs in but Rayne sips out to the apron! Rayne shoulder sin, but Stokely distracts her with stomps on the steps! Grey BLASTS Rayne off the apron!
Rayne clutches a leg while she’s on the ground, and Stokely cheers Grey as Rampage goes picture in picture. Grey goes out to stomp Rayne, drag her up, and smack her off the apron! Grey then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, then snap suplexes her to the floor! Rayne crawls but Grey CLUBS her down. Grey refreshes the ring count, then KICKS Rayne in the chest! Grey drags Rayne up, UPPERCUTS her, then brings her around, to RAM into railing! Grey and Stokely both taunt Rayne, but Rayne sits up to throw body shots! Grey CLUBS Rayne, Rayne throws more shots. Grey CLUBS Rayne, puts her in the ring, and pushes her to a cover, TWO!
Grey is frustrated with Rayne, but Rayne is a multiple time women’s champion. Grey drags Rayne up, UPPERCUTS her again, and Rayne staggers to a corner. Grey drags Rayne up to cravat and CHOKE her against the ropes! The ref counts, Grey lets off and Rayne sputters to the corner. The ref reprimands Grey but she doesn’t care. She storms up on Rayne, but into a kick! And another kick! Rayne ROCKS Grey, Grey ROCKS Rayne, and Grey snapmares Rayne as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns as Rayne endures a chinlock. Fans rally, Rayne fights up and throws body shots! Rayne JAWBREAKERS, then ENZIGURIS Grey down! Fans fire up as Rayne throws forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Rayne DECKS Grey, then eggs her on! Grey staggers up, Rayne spins her around for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Grey survives and Rayne sighs. Stokely coaches Grey up, Rayne drags Grey up into a ripcord, but Grey powers out of the stunner! SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives again and Grey is losing her cool! Grey drags Rayne up, cravats, but Rayne breaks free to ROCK Grey!
Grey ROCKS Rayne back, Rayne ROCKS Grey! Grey forearms, Rayne fires off a flurry, then shoves, but Grey gets around, FACE- NO, Rayne slips out and SLIDING LARIATS! Rayne drags Grey up, dragon sleeper, CROSS RAYNE! Cover, Rayne wins!
Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall
But she doesn’t get to celebrate long, because “A storm is coming.” Jade struts out to say, “Good help is so hard to find these days. I knew I should’ve handled your ass all on my own. Now Maddy, as you know, I’m #ThatBitch, and this? This is MY show! Now as you all know, I am big on charity. And I have an open challenge this Wednesday on Dynamite. So Maddy, I would love to invite you to show up, show out, and get that ass beat!” Madison wants the fight now! But Jade says Rayne should take some days off first. Kiera Hogan gets in from behind! She kicks Rayne, but Rayne turns things back, CROSS RAYNE!
Will Rayne add yet another title to her resume? Or will she just be another number on the undefeated streak?
AEW looks at the coming Tornado Tag match!
Rey Fenix tells Andrade and Rush, “FINALLY, it’s time! For you to put up or shut up.” But Rush says, “If they want a fight, then we’ll give them a fight!” Andrade wants Rush to tranquilo. Los Lucha Brothers need to wait until Wednesday. Alex Abrahantes says that if La Faccion Ingobernables really is the best luchadors, then the match needs to be lucha rules! LFI IS the best, second to none! But Penta says #CeroMiedo! Will nothing stop these two teams from tearing it down with their tornado tag?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Men is cut off by “Smart” Mark Sterling already! And Sterling says Swerve must be pretty pleased with himself. Swerve won last week’s Handicap Match, but he pinned the lawyer. Big whoop! Tonight, they have a STREET FIGHT! Anything goes! They still have the Premier Athlete, and now they have “the technical beast,” Josh Woods! A national wrestling champion, a former ROH Pure Champion, and Keith Lee met him last week. Woods helped Keith take a little nap, didn’t he?
Sterling’s guys laugh that up, but Swerve just tells Sterling to shut up. They had to go through all this trouble, all this red tape, petitions and interrupting celebrations, all disrespectful, hence the cake in Sterling’s face. All they had to do was ask, and step up like men. But if they wanna mess around, then the champs can do that, too. Keith says that Sterling claims to be smart, but there is nothing smart in him asking for this Street Fight. And to Woods, “Listen, little man. You stepped to the wrong people, and you’re gonna find out today, when we’re done with you, you’ll be nothing more than a footnote on our journey to a properly ranked tag team.”
Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Sterling’s #PremierGoods be nothing but trash compared to the Limitless House?
Tag Team Street Fight: Swerve in Our Glory VS Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling!
Both teams get out of the ring and split up, the brawl is on! The bell rings and Woods RAMS Swerve into railing! Swerve CLUBS back, but Woods RAMs him into the apron! Keith RAMS Nese into railing! And then CLUBS him down! Nese drew the short straw here but Woods RAMS Swerve into more railing! Keith glare at Woods but he has Nese to TOSS him aside. Now Woods and Keith get face to face, and Woods throws a forearm! Keith grins but Woods throws more shots! Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Swerve fires forearms on Nese, Nese runs in but Swerve drop toeholds him into a chair!
Keith ROCKS Woods and Woods flounders away. Keith looms over Woods, drags him up, and Swerve joins Keith in mugging Woods against railing! Fans rally up, Woods throws hands but Swerve BOOTS Woods down! Nese returns, to throw PROTEIN POWDER in Keith’s face! Keith sputters after being blinded, but Nese eats up that powder. Swerve KICKS Nese right in the powder! Swerve then brings Nese around and whips him into steel steps! Swerve dusts Keith off, then looks under the ring to bring out a toolbox! Swerve CHUCKS it but Nese narrowly dodges it! The box breaks apart against the steps!
Woods CLOBBERS Swerve from behind! Woods shouts, “Whose house now?!” Keith asks for water to wash out the powder, fans offer some and Keith takes a bottle. Swerve RAMS Woods into steel steps and now Keith can see. Nese is on the apron, he leaps to CLOBBER Keith with part of the toolbox! Swerve brings Woods around to fireman’s carry, but Woods slips off and ROCKS Swerve with a right! And then suplexes to run and SLAM Swerve on the steel steps! “This is Daddy’s house now!” Sterling cheers for his guys as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Woods drags Swerve up, brings him around, and stomps him down. Woods rains down fists and hammering arms on Keith while Nese puts Swerve in the ring. Nese tosses a trash can into the ring, tries with the lid, but that doesn’t make it. Woods catches the lid, though, and Nese puts another can in the ring. Sterling even gets a table! Nese puts a can in one corner, stomps Swerve, but Swerve fires off hands! Nese ROCKS Swerve, then puts him in a corner. Sterling sets up the table, Nese whips Swerve into the trash can! Cover, TWO! Nese argues but he count is the count. Woods drags Swerve up to whip and KNEE against ropes!
Woods then hits n EXPLODER onto the trash can lid! Swerve sputters and flounders, but Nese drags him back up. Nese whips but Swerve stops from being sent outside! Swerve throws hands, BOOTS Nese, then stomps a mudhole in! Woods SMACKS Swerve with the trash can lid! Keith climbs but Sterling anchors him! Woods SMACKS Keith with the lid! Woods drags Swerve to a cover, TWO! Woods is annoyed but Swerve kicks him. Nese and Woods mug Swerve, then Nese scrapes Keith out. Nese drags Swerve over and Woods helps put Swerve on the apron. They mug Swerve, then Nese reels Swerve in.
Nese lifts but Swerve blocks! Woods CLUBS Swerve, but Swerve throws an elbow! Nese kicks Swerve, stomps Keith, and Woods half nelsons Swerve. Nese soaks up the heat while Woods CLUBS Swerve. Nese stomps Kieth again, then goes back to Swerve. Nese points to the table, but Keith grabs at Nese! Nese stomps Keith, Woods and Swerve brawl, and AEW returns to single picture. Nese throat chops Swerve! Nese reels him in, Woods helps get Swerve up, but Swerve fights for dear life! Swerve throws body shots and ROCKS Nese with a right! Woods CLUBS Swerve but Keith grabs Woods! Woods CLUBS Keith away!
Swerve BOOTS Woods! Keith drags Woods down, Nese runs in but Swerve slingshots to sunset flip! Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Cover, Keith breaks it! Keith whips Nese to run him over! Woods returns, but Keith LARIATS! Fans fire up as Keith SPALSHE Woods in one corner, and SPALSHES Nese in the other! Then Keith TOSSES Nese into Woods! Fans fire up as Keith snarls! Keith storms up on Nese and Woods, stands them up so he can run, but Sterling SMACKS Keith with a chair! Sterling celebrates, but Keith didn’t even budge!! Keith is fuming, and he grabs the chair from Sterling! Sterling panics and apologizes!
Keith tells this is on Sterling! But Nese DROPKICKS the chair into Keith, then Woods BOOTS it into him! Keith is still standing, so they DOUBLE DDT Keith onto the chair! Double cover, but Swerve is up top! 450 SPLASH breaks the pin!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Sterling hurries to get another table! Sterling gets that in the ring while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Nese takes ownership of the table and sets it up. Nese drags Swerve up, but Swerve KICKS Nese down! Swerve aims, Nese sits back up, and fans fire up for the “Whose House?” “Swerve’s house!” But Sterling CLOBBERS swerve with a WRENCH!
Sterling shouts to Woods to get back in, and Woods drags Swerve up. Woods puts Swerve on the table, then goes up top! But Keith drags him down! Keith dumps Woods down, Nese hurries out to leap! Keith dodges, to then HEADBUTT Nese down! Sterling panics, but then takes off his jacket! Sterling goes up top!? Keith grabs Sterling’s foot! Swerve gets off the table, and Keith TOSSES Sterling through the table!! Down goes the foolish lawyer! But Woods waistlocks Keith on the apron! Keith holds on to stop the German Suplex but Woods CLUBS away! Woods tries again but Keith still holds on!
Woods fires off more forearms, tries again, but Nese runs in to SUPERKICK! GERMAN SUPLEX through both tables!!! Woods and Keith are down as fans lose their minds!! Nese hurries to get chairs and put them in the ring! Swerve flounders as Nese has about half a dozen chairs and a trash can lid! Nese drags Swerve up and around, but Swerve fires body shots! Nese KNEES low, but Swerve half nelsons! Swerve turns things but Nese elbows free. Nese runs in, back drop onto the chair pile!! Swerve hurries up top, KILL STOMPS onto the chairs!! Cover, Swerve in Our Glory wins!
Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall
The champs got one hell of a fight, but they still won the fight! Will Sterling give up on going after Keith & Swerve? Who will be up next for the AEW World Tag Team Champions?
A great Rampage as part of this big week AEW has going. Moxley VS Warner was a wild opener, and of course there was blood, and of course Moxley won. Warner did great, he’s definitely got a strong career ahead of him. Moxley has momentum going into his match with Jericho, that title match will be great. And with that promo from Lucha Bros and LFI, Quake by the Lake is going to be great with that tornado tag. Really good backstage interview segments but uh, is QT trying to turn The Factory into a mafia parody? I really do wonder what is up with Comoroto’s outfit. But I feel like Starks is going to have to fight The Factory AND Hobbs on his own at this point. And Best Friends going into the Trios Division makes sense. They’ll help fill out the tournament, but sadly, I don’t see them as a finalist.
Konosuke of course gets a win off Nemeth, a little surprised this wasn’t on that bonus episode of Elevation. Now, is it just me, or was that Madison Rayne VS Leila Grey match really clunky? Is Rayne not as good as her resume suggests? And I’m pretty sure Jade beats Rayne to keep her streak going. I would be really disappointed if AEW was able to sign Rayne by offering her that. But at least we finish strong with that awesome Tag Team Street Fight. I knew Sterling would get involved, but kudos to him for taking that table spot. And naturally, the champions win. Keith & Swerve still have time to find contenders for All Out, I can’t wait to see where they go with this.
My Score: 8.5/10
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