AEW Rampage finally sees if El Idolo is ready for The Bastard!
No more running, no more hiding, and no more excuses! PAC VS Andrade IS happening! And after all the games El Idolo’s been playing, The Bastard is playing for keeps!
- PAC VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Chavo Guerrero; Andrade wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Britt Baker, Rebel & Jamie Hayter VS Ruby Soho, Riho & Kris Statlander; Soho, Riho & Statlander win.
- Brian Pillman Jr. VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; BPJ wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
PAC VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Chavo Guerrero!
The Bastard has been wanting after the self-appointed Face of Latinos for weeks now, and he’s not waiting any longer! Will Pac humble The Idol to start off Rampage? Or will he be made to tranquilo by El Ingobernable Original?
The bell rings and Pac eggs Andrade on. Andrade takes it easy as he approaches Pac and then smirks at Pac’s trash talk. Fans rally up as the two stare down still, but then Andrade shoves Pac away. Pac shoves back and the forearms start flying! They go back and fort, Andrade gets the edge with boxing elbows and a knee down low! Andrade fires up but Cincinnati boos. Andrade headlocks, Pac pulls hair to power out but Andrade runs him over with a shoulder. Only for Pac to kip up! Andrade and Pac snarl, Andrade kicks low and headlocks again but Pac powers out. Pac drops down but Andrade basement dropkicks! Andrade then poses before he stomps Pac to a corner.
Andrade CHOPS Pac, KNEES him in the corner, then BOOTS him down! Andrade wrenches, hits an elbow breaker, then has Pac in a corner for more elbows and elbow breakers! The ref counts, Andrade lets off and fans rally. Andrade whips Pac to ropes, Pac kicks back then runs. Andrade is ready but Pac wheelbarrows to an arm-drag! Pac dodges, runs and RANAS Andrade out of the ring! Fans fire up as Pac builds speed to FLY! Direct hit off that Fosbury Flop and Cincy is fired up again! Pac scares Chavo off, goes back to Andrade and pulls hair. Pac whips but Andrade blocks so Pac knees low. Pac then RAMS Andrade into railing!
Andrade hobbles, Pac refreshes the count and then goes after Andrade. Andrade kicks low then whips him hard into railing! Andrade apologizes to the kids up front but Pac brings Andrade to the ring. Pac whips Andrade to a corner, CHOPS him, but Andrade eggs him on! So Pac CHOPS harder! Snapmare, cover, ONE! Chavo is upset as Pac has Andrade down with a chinlock. Andrade fights up, fans rally up but Pac puts Andrade on ropes. The ref counts, Pac lets off but gets a cheap shot in! Pac runs but into a BOOT! Andrade catches his breath, grins and slingshots to APRON DDT Pac down! Pac flops to the mat and Andrade smiles and shrugs.
Andrade leaves Pac to the mercy of the ring count but sees him getting up. Andrade goes side to side to TRIANGLE TORNILLO! Andrade puts Pac in and covers, TWO!! Pac survives but Andrade is all smiles. “This is Awesome!” and is just getting going as Andrade slowly stands. Pac goes to a corner, gets out to the apron but Andrade drags him back up. Andrade throws forearms, climbs up the corner and brings Pac up to join him. Fans rally as Pac fights back and the two brawl up top. Andrade pushes Pac back into a Tree of Woe on the outside! Andrade sits Pac up to CLUB him back down, then he climbs up, for WOE STOMPS!!
Both men are down on the floor, but fans are thunderous as AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Andrade has Pac in a corner. Andrade fires himself up and runs in, but he blocks boots to put Pac in the ropes. Andrade has a dragon sleeper for a draping backbreaker to draping ELBOW DROP DDT! Pac is in the drop zone, Andrade goes up for a falling ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Andrade can’t believe how close he was there with that one, but fans hope they “Fight Forever!” This only has 30 minutes, though, so it has to end somehow. Andrade puts Pac up top, climbs up after him again, then throws more forearms. Andrade turns around to hoist Pac up for an Electric Chair, But Pac turns that to a SUPER STEINER!!
Fans are thunderous and Pac grits his teeth as he stands up! Andrade writhes, slowly gets to his feet in the other corner, and Pac runs in to BOOT! Pac runs but Andrade follows to clothesline! Andrade runs, Pac takes aim but Andrade blocks the superkick! Andrade throws the foot down but Pac comes back with another SUPERKICK! Andrade flops against ropes and fans are fired up again! Chavo coaches Andrade as a standing count begins. Pac slowly gets up first at 4 of 10 and he sees Andrade going to the apron. Pac stands, hobbles over, brings Andrade up, but Andrade ROCKS him with a forearm! Pac fires back and they brawl at the ropes!
Pac gets the edge, ROCKS Andrade then lines up a shot. Pac slingshots to SUNSET- NO! Andrade flips through the bomb! But Pac SUPERKICKS again! Andrade is dazed, Pac goes up the corner! But Andrade trips him up! Pac is back in the Tree of Woe and Andrade hurries to repeat from earlier! But Pac leans back to avoid the stomps! Pac sits up and adjusts, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Both men are down and Cincy is thunderous! The ref checks, Pac is somehow alright after that leap and bumping into railings. Pac gets up, Andrade follows and fans rally up. Pac puts Andrade in, climbs up the corner again, 450 SPLASH! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Chavo is relieved, as is executive assistant Jose, but Pac sets Andrade back into a drop zone. Pac goes to the corner again, climbs a third time, but Andrade gets up! Pac leaps over him, Andrade handsprings to PELE! Andrade gets Pac for a hammerlock but no DDT as Pac RAMS him into buckles! Andrade comes back but into a rebound SNAP GERMAN! Andrade is right up again but runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles! Cincy is electric as Pac runs in, but Andrade puts him out. Pac slingshots into a fireman’s carry, but turns that into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! TWO, into the BRUTALIZER!! Jose gets on the apron with a literal stun gun!?
But the Lucha Brothers run out and trip Jose up! They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Jose, but Chavo gets in to CLOBBER Pac with a tablet!! Andrade covers, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall
He may not be Latino Heat, but Andrade knew how to lie, cheat and steal this one! Perhaps that is thanks to having a Guerrero on his side. Will Andrade continue to climb the ranks with this kind of back-up? Wait, Andrade then DECKS Chavo?! Andrade doesn’t want that kind of help, and he leaves Chavo to the wolves! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from the Lucha Brothers! Fenix makes sure Andrade leaves, and Penta feeds Chavo to Pac! BRUTALIZER!! The referee tries to make Pac stop but he refuses! The rest of the refs rush out but Death Triangle won’t let them stop Pac! Chavo shouts in pain and Pac is finally satisfied! But will there not be true satisfaction until Andrade suffers the same fate?
Darby Allin and Sting are here!
The Relentless One may not have defeated CM Punk at All Out, but he and The Icon didn’t have to wait long before their next opponents showed themselves. Tully Blanchard called this dynamic duo out on behalf of the Pinnacle, and so Tony Schiavone is going to interview them in the ring so they could respond. Darby tells Tully, “You wanna say Sting’s riding my coattails? Shawn Spears, listen to me, you generic piece of s*it. Without Tully, you are absolutely nothing!” And as for the Stinger, he lets out a howl and fans join in. “That was just for you, Cincinnati. It’s good to be back!”
Sting also tells Tully, “Riding on the coattails of other people’s success? Didn’t you ride on the coattails of Slick Ric for many many years?” And even Arn Anderson’s coattails! If Tully wants to go mano y mano, then let’s do it here in Cincy! C’mon, Tully! Tully walks out and smirks at Sting. “Look at you two. Two on one, that’s what you want.” Sting’s always liked the numbers game. And if we’re talking coattails and the past, well Spears sneaks up to drag Darby out and hit a C4!! Sting sees what happened and goes after Spears while Tully’s still talking trash! “Just like we planned it!” Now look at him, Sting! Will Sting & Darby be able to game plan and counter plan against one of the Four Horsemen?
AEW hears from their two newest stars: Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson.
“The Elite as a group, as a faction, or as I like to call it, as a brotherhood, is incredibly special. The Elite was designed as a bunch of very individual talented wrestlers coming together to show how powerful we really are.” Cole trusts Kenny Omega with his life and so does Omega. Cole trusts the Young Bucks with his life, and so do the Bucks. Christian Cage, Bryan Danielson, those guys are special and there’s a reason people look at them so highly and with so much respect. “It’s because their body of work is undeniable.” But the difference is, they can’t keep up with guys like Cole. Cole isn’t even in his prime yet, and he will wipe the floor with them.
Bryan Danielson says, “The way The Elite acts and dresses, sound to me like people who are insecure.” Bryan isn’t exactly going after all of them, just one member. Bryan’s heard how great Omega is, and seen how great Omega is. Bryan is mostly just excited to get in the ring and wrestler Kenny Omega. But the reality is, if Omega doesn’t want to step up, then someone else will be Bryan’s first opponent. What Bryan loves about AEW is that everyone is hungry here. Everyone wants to go in and prove themselves. Bryan is here, he’s game, who’s ready to go?
Six Woman Tag: Britt Baker, Rebel & Jamie Hayter VS Ruby Soho, Riho & Kris Statlander!
The Doctor defeated the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien and considers that part of her reign done, but now she’s head for #DestinationUnknown with the Runaway! And to even the odds, Statlander is sticking around and the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion is willing to help out! Will Britt and her little buddies be in for a bad time?
The trios sort out and Riho starts with Britt. Britt doesn’t take the tiny former champ seriously as they tie up, and Britt wrenches to hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Britt flips Riho to a lateral press but Riho bridges out! Riho runs and basement dropkicks! Fans cheer but Britt plays like she’s hurt given her formerly broken nose. Riho hesitates to hit Britt so Britt hits her back! Riho ends up in her corner and Statlander tags in! Fans cheer for the unofficial All Out rematch as Statlander waistlocks. Britt wrenches out and drags Statlander down but she rolls through to whip and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Statlander drags Britt up, fireman’s carries but Britt pulls hair! Britt shoves Statlander away, tags out to Rebel, but Riho tags in. Statlander dropkicks Rebel down, then gives Riho a boost through a Gory Especial of sorts. Statlander turns around for Riho to fire off kick after kick on Rebel! Rebel scurries away to tag Hayter, but Hayter runs into a drop toehold! Hayter ends up on ropes, Riho runs and dials it up, 619! Cover, TWO! Hayter checks her chin, maybe Britt will have to do dental work. Riho ROCKS Hayter with forearm after forearm, then runs, but into Rebel’s cheap shot! The ref was busy arguing with Britt about something to see it!
Riho crawls, Hayter CLUBS and then snap suplexes! Hayter digs her boot into Riho’s chest, then lets off to get her up. The ref reprimands about hair pulling so Hayter bumps Riho off buckles. Hayter bumps Riho again then digs her boots in as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Riho fights to her feet as Hayter has on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Riho throws body shots. Riho arm-drags free, Hayter ends up in the other corner and says she doesn’t want trouble. Then she DECKS Statlander and swipes at Ruby! Hayter runs at Riho, Riho slides under but Hayter gets a foot! Riho BOOTS Hayter and tags in Ruby! Ruby fires off on Hayter and fans fire up! Ruby runs, Hayter reels her in but gets an elbow! Ruby runs to YAKUZA KICK! Ruby then baits Hayter in for a HARD STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby drags Hayter up, tags in Statlander, and they double whip Hayter. Hayter blocks the double hip toss to throw knees and forearms!
Hayter shoves Statlander, spins her around and hits an URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hayter seethes but she tags in Rebel. Britt’s buddies double suplex but Statlander fights that! They mug Statlander with hammering hands then try again, but Statlander DOUBLE SUPLXES them! Britt is furious but Statlander fires up to BUZZSAW Hayter! Statlander dodges Rebel to wheelbarrow and victory roll! Britt gets in to METEORA! Britt and Statlander brawl, Britt ducks a roundhouse to SUPERKICK! Britt reels Statlander in but Statlander counters to a FISHERMAN FALCON ARROW! Riho goes up top to get a boost from Statlander again, but Rebel shields Britt!
That doesn’t bother Riho and Statlander, they still give her GALAXY DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up as Riho goes up again to CROSSBODY Hayter! Ruby tags in, RIOTT KICK for Rebel! Cover, Ruby’s team wins!
Winners: Ruby Soho, Riho & Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The makeshift trio shows Britt and her team they’re not so hot in AEW after all! But will Britt make sure Ruby’s next destination isn’t the championship but the dentist’s chair?
Mark Henry interviews Max Caster and Brian Pillman Jr.
Before these two settle unfinished business, Henry asks Platinum Max about the months of antagonizing BPJ. What’s his problem with BPJ? Caster’s problem is that BPJ has people around him telling him he’s so great, when he’s not. But the thing about tonight is, BPJ won’t have his “fake friends” with him. Caster has his real friend, Anthony Bowens, with him. That’s right, Pillman! Tonight, the best wrestler alive beats BPJ’s garbagy Saved by the Bell reboot looking ass all over Cincinnati! That’s a mic drop!
Henry says BPJ is at home, so what’s his strategy? BPJ will give it short and simple: go out there and outwrestle Max Caster. BPJ wants to see if Caster can walk the walk like he talks the talk. And well, we saw how far talking gets Caster in this sport. And again, they’re in BPJ’s hometown of Cincy, Ohio, and he’ll come in at 100 miles per hour! Well then enough talk, it’s time for the main event! This score between the Acclaimed and the Varsity Blonds might finally be settled, but will it go the home team’s way?
Brian Pillman Jr. VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!
The Acclaimed enter first to rap again! “Platinum Max, I make your girl call me ‘daddy.’ But I don’t like the fat women here in Cincinnati. Pillman is from this place, and it shows. A town full of losers, like Pete Rose. I keep it so thorough, I’mma take his knees out like Joe Burrow. Get over it, Skyline Chili looks like a bowl of sh-” WHOA~, Max! Bowens stops him there, and says Max has to watch himself, he’s on thin ice. But Cincinnati~! The Acclaimed have arrived! BPJ makes his entrance now and is in Bengal stripes! He gets right in the ring and TACKLES Caster! The ref wants BPJ to let off as he grounds ‘n’ pounds, but the bell rings as Caster scurries away!
BPJ keeps Caster from getting out of the ring and drags him back to CHOP him! Fans fire up and chant “FLYIN’ BRIAN!” given BPJ has embraced his dad’s nickname and symbol on his gear. BPJ CHOPS Caster again, wrenches and whips Caster to ropes. Caster holds ropes, bails out and regroups with Bowens, but BPJ builds speed to WRECK Caster with a dropkick! Fans fire up again and BPJ scares Bowens off. BPJ puts Caster in the ring but Caster claims bad leg. BPJ wants Caster to stand up, but Bowens trips BPJ off the apron! Bowens plays dumb and Caster goes out to APRON BACK SUPLEX! BPJ writhes and Caster kicks him around in the ring.
Caster gives back the ground ‘n’ pound then taunts fans with a shoulder shimmy. Caster knees and CLUBS BPJ down, then covers, TWO! BPJ shakes his head but Caster stomps him down. Caster stalks BPJ to a corner and fish hooks his face! The ref counts, Caster lets off, and Bowens gets another cheap shot in! Caster runs in to boot BPJ, then brings him out. BPJ throws body shots but Caster cravats to knee him in the back. Caster drops a knee, covers and gives a thumbs up, TWO! BPJ’s family fires up in the front row and so do the fans but Caster clamps on with a chinlock. BPJ throws body shots, forearms, and runs, but he fakes Caster out to KICK him!
Bowens swipes at BPJ, BPJ swipes back. Caster BACK HANDS BPJ then hits a BIG back suplex! Caster high fives Bowens then stomps and kicks BPJ around. BPJ goes to ropes, Caster throws BPJ out. Caster argues with the ref so Bowens can stomp away on BPJ! Bowens feeds BPJ into the ring so Caster can stomp him more. Fans rally up for BPJ but Caster brings him around to whip and elbow him down! Caster adds a basement dropkick before the cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Caster clamps on with a chinlock and grinds BPJ but Cincy rallies up. BPJ fights to his feet, Caster knees low, and Caster bumps BPJ off buckles. Caster runs corner to corner but BPJ BOOTS him!
Caster tries again, BPJ dodges! BPJ ducks as Caster is punch drunk, and BPJ fires off hands! BPJ runs to forearm smash! And then clothesline! BPJ gets Caster up, brings him around and CHOPS! BPJ CLUBS Caster in a corner, hauls him back up to wrench and whip corner to corner then clothesline right away! BPJ CHOPS, climbs up, and rains down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, then Caster falls. BPJ adjusts, Bowens anchors him but BPJ kicks him away! Caster ROCKS BPJ, climbs up top, but BPJ blocks the superplex! Caster and BPJ brawl, BPJ HEADBUTTS Caster down! BPJ adjusts to CROSSBODY Bowens!
BPJ is fired up and fans are right there with him! But Caster SHOTGUNS BPJ to the floor! Caster goes out to put BPJ back in, and now Caster climbs up. MIC DROP FLOPS! No elbow for Caster but BPJ gets to the apron! BPJ powers up, springboards, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, BPJ wins!
Winner: Brian Pillman Jr, by pinfall
And the family gets to celebrate! Bowens isn’t happy, though, and he attacks BPJ! Bowens stomps BPJ at the ropes, Caster gets in the ring and ROCKS BPJ with a right! DDT from Bowens and Caster suggests hitting BPJ with the boombox! Bowens gets the boombox, fans call BS but here comes JON MOXLEY! The Maniac kicks Bowens then CLOBBERS him with the boombox! Caster is shocked, BPJ SUPERKICKS him into a PARADIGM SHIFT! Cincinnati’s own supports each other and celebrates with their town! Will this momentum help BPJ take the fight to MJF in the near future?
Another great episode for Rampage, and I should’ve realized that the hometown hero would main event. PAC VS Andrade was a great way to open and a really wild match with those moves Andrade was busting out. Andrade having Chavo and Jose ringside, of course they cheat to help Andrade win, but I am really surprised Andrade broke his partnership with Chavo so soon. The Death Triangle gets their pound of flesh going after Chavo themselves, but I’m curious to see how Andrade is supposed to take on a trio without back-up. Similarly, Ruby and her team took on Britt’s team in a very fun trios match, and it makes a lot of sense in story that the Faces win here. I don’t see Ruby winning the title off of Britt, so building up wins like this at least keep her strong in the AEW kayfabe of the win-loss record.
We got a pretty good segment from Darby, Sting, Tully and Spears. It was a good Heel tactic to distract from the ramp to attack from the crowd, and this adds some heat to Darby VS Spears. As for Sting VS Tully, Sting’s a lot younger and in a lot better shape than Tully, I feel like Sting is going to take on a Pinnacle related proxy or two instead. The Mark Henry prematch interview segments continue to be really good, and I like that AEW is using continuity within a build for Brian Pillman Jr. before he takes on MJF.
It makes sense that this couldn’t be a tag match after Griff got beat up on Dynamite, and BPJ got to shine in the usual situation of where the Face is outnumbered by the Heels. BPJ still finds a way to win, Moxley gets to make that Cincinnati connection in the save, fans go home happy again while still checking off the objective of building someone up. MJF VS BPJ is going to have a lot of fire, certainly in the ring with both guys being young and being confident and certain in their wrestling movesets. The flash and speed will come from Pillman, the Heel savvy and heat will come from Friedman.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion fights on!
Orange Cassidy defends his AEW All-Atlantic Championship once again, against QT Marshall, and in a LUMBERJACK MATCH!
- Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto; Darby wins.
- Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Lethal & Jarrett win.
- Athena VS Dani Mo; Athena wins.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto!
The Relentless One wants payback on the punk who impersonated The Icon, Sting, just for a quick buck! And though the real Sting heads to the back, Darby still has back-up in the baseball bat! Darby tells Comoroto to back off, but Comoroto throws his toothpick at him like a bootleg Bad Guy. So Darby CLOBBERS Comoroto with it! And again, and again! Karter stays back to let Comoroto take that beating. Fans fire up for Darby and Darby puts the bat down. Darby dares Karter to try it, and Karter makes a move, but Darby DIVES onto him! Darby RAMS Karter into railing, then SLAMS Karter’s hand off steel steps!
Darby puts Karter in the ring, the bell rings, and Darby aims at Karter again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Karter flounders to a corner, Darby fires off forearms on him, but the ref counts. Darby lets off, runs and SHOTGUNS Karter down, and Karter falls out of the ring! Fans fire up and Darby goes up the corner! But Karter shoves Darby! Darby crotches off ropes and falls to the floor! Karter drags Darby up, reel shim in and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Karter then puts Darby in the ring, but fans rally up. Karter looms over Darby, drags him up and whips him to the corner hard! Darby slumps down but Karter drags him up again.
Karter whips corner to corner again and even harder! Fans boo but Karter grins as he stalks Darby to the corner. Karter YANKS Darby right up, to a BUCKLE BOMB! Darby flops down, Karter drags him back up, and Karter DROPKICKS Darby down! Darby slumps out of the ring while Karter blows a kiss to the camera. Karter goes out to drag Darby back up. Karter RAMS Darby into steel steps! Fans boo as Karter swaggers around. Karter drags Darby up and into the ring, fans rally up harder for Darby as Karter stalks him. Karter CLUBS Darby, throws knee after knee, then covers, TWO!
Fans chant “You Look Weak!” at Karter but he drags Darby up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, and AEW goes picture in picture. Karter sits Darby up to KNEE him in the back. Karter stomps Darby around, drags him up again, and whips him corner to corner hard! Darby bounces off buckles to hit the mat just as hard, and Karter smiles. Karter soaks up the heat, storms over to Darby, and stands him up to CLUB him again. Karter CHOPS Darby, stalks him to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. Karter bumps Darby off more buckles, then throws knees in. Karter CHOPS again, Darby pushes him back, so Karter CLUBS Darby again.
Karter puts Darby in another corner to back elbow. Karter soaks up the heat and Rampage returns to single picture. Karter runs but Darby dodges the splash! COFFIN SPLASH, but Karter waistlocks! Karter wrenches and JUMP KNEES Darby, to then suplex! Darby slips out to CHOP BLOCK! And PENALTY KICK to an arm! Darby snarls, he runs, but Karter ROLLING ELBOWS Darby down! Karter reels Darby in, but Darby fights the lift to wrench out and bend the fingers! Karter ROCKS Darby but Darby holds onto the hand. Karter ROCKS and CLUBS Darby again and again, but Darby twists the wrist!
Karter CLUBS the arms but Darby fires up a la Sting! Darby fires off fast hands, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but fans still rally for Darby. Darby’s hand is bleeding from somewhere in the fingers, and he crawls to a corner. Darby hops up, but Karter trips Darby up! Karter climbs up, brings Darby up, and he SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and Karter is seething. Karter puts Darby in a drop zone and climbs up. Fans rally, Karter climbs, and Karter 450 FLOPS as Darby dodges! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Karter endures, rolls, but Darby wrenches, hammerlocks, and SCORPION DEATH DROPS!!
Fans fire up as Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Karter proved he’s worth something, but Darby proved it’s not enough! Will The Relentless One keep rolling until he’s looking at some gold?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Renee Paquette notes she tried to get a word with the Limitless One last week, but can he give her anything about him and Swerve Strickland? Keith says it is an ongoing conversation, all he can say is… SHANE TAYLOR walks in?! A former ROH World Television Champion and former tag partner of Keith’s is now in AEW! And he’s here to ask Keith, “What is it with you and leaving family, dog?” Keith left Swerve behind two weeks ago, JD in Dallas, and Shane in ROH six years ago. Shane became the greatest ROH TV Champion of all time, but the business here is far from over.
So Shane says they settle this at ROH Final Battle! Shane Taylor & JD Griffey VS Keith Lee and… Well, he may wanna find some help. Swerve walks in now with a big smile on his face. Keith sighs. He asks Swerve, “Can I even count on you, dude?” Swerve takes off his sunglasses but doesn’t say anything. Is Swerve In Our Glory going to have one final battle together?
AEW hears from La Faccion Ingobernable and The Dark Order.
Jose the Assistant says, “After months of planning, La Faccion Ingobernable pulled off what nobody expected.” As for John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Silver says they were shocked. The Dark Order has been through a lot together, and for Preston Vance to do something like that blows his mind. The wounds for Silver & Reynolds will heal. But what Vance did to Negative One, Brodie Lee Jr., no one was there for him more than Vance. One day, they will all meet face to face one day, and that is when Vance realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life. But Rush says the Ingobernable Era is about to begin! Will nothing stop LFI now that they have Number 10?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She wants Indianapolis to help her welcome the AEW World Tag Team Champions, the Acclaimed! And as such, Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed calling out any team that wants drama! We make ’em say sorry like they were Balenciaga! We got the tag division getting worked up cuz we stay winning like Americans in World Cup. And Jeff Jarrett’s talking out his anus. You can’t throw your weight around like you’re Glenn Jacobs! Homie, this ain’t TNA. In All Elite, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to say, “INDIANAPOLIIIIIS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And so Billy Gun scissor fingers~!
Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Renee says that the tag titles look really nice on them, but it begs the question: what’s next for The Acclaimed? Bowens can’t answer that without first addressing last week’s Dynamite. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett went and interrupted the scissoring! Fans boo that. Bowens says them doing that can only mean one of two things. One: they’re jealous that EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Or two: They wanna shot at the tag titles. Well guess what? You can’t cut the line, and Jeff Jarrett’s Colonel Sanders lookin’ ass just has to wait! Especially because there is a tag team that has been waiting a very, very long time to get their shot first.
Fans chant for FTR, and Bowens says The Acclaimed ARE fighting champions! Caster says, “That’s right!” Bowens says, “We are the Forever Champs!” “That’s right!” “We are the People’s Choice!” “That’s right!” “The People’s Voice!” “That’s right!” “And the people’s voices have been screaming that they want The Acclaimed to fight the best!” Fans fire up for that, but then here come the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. The fans boo because that’s not FTR, those are the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says look, their old friends, The Acclaimed and “Billy.” But The Acclaimed want the best tag team in the world? “WELL YOU’RE LOOKING AT ‘EM!”
Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh make their way out here. Sonjay asks what the Gunns are talking about. When he looks at them, all he sees are… ASS BOYS! Fans fire up for that! Sonjay tells the Gunns that what they’re looking at is a two-time Hall of Famer, the best pro-wrestler in the world, and they will show everyone why THEY are the greatest tag team today after they beat Private Party’s asses! Billy has everyone hold on. Fans cheer for Daddy Ass and he says, “Maybe you guys misunderstood what we said, but what we said was, ‘We want the best.'” And here comes F T R!!
Indy fires up as the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with their AAA, IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, head to the ring. FTR offer handshakes, and The Acclaimed take it! Fans fire up, it looks like we have a title match made for THIS WEDNESDAY! Will The Acclaimed stay the Forever Champs of AEW? Or will FTR go from three to FOUR pairs of titles draped on them at once?
AEW looks closer at the grudge between Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford & The Bunny.
The Full Metal Warrior herself says “Holy Shida was on a Rampage, and somebody tried to ruin it.” Allie the Bunny says she spent the last six MONTHS rehabbing her neck, “watching other people get opportunities that I deserved.” Shida says if Bunny has something to say, then let’s go. But it will be for the Regina de Wave Championship! The Bunny says she’ll take that title, and make Shida feel how she felt, watching someone else take what was hers. Will The Bunny bring some gold to La Faccion? Or will nothing stop the wave of momentum Shida is riding?
Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!
Team Double Jay is already waiting, and already promising a big win here tonight. But Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been known to defy expectations before, so will they do that here tonight? Or will the Last Outlaw and his lethal tag team partner prove they are the best team today?
The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Lethal. They circle, tie up, and Kassidy gets around to headlock. Lethal back suplexes but Kassidy lands on his feet. Lethal blocks Kassidy’s hip toss but then Kassidy slips up and around him to arm-drag! Lethal stagger sup, Kassidy whips but Lethal reverses. Kassidy ducks the lariat to waistlock but Lethal elbows free! Lethal stomps Kassidy to the corner, tags in Jarrett, and fans boo as Jarrett and Lethal mug Kassidy. Jarrett stomps the mudhole, whips but Kassidy reverses to hip toss! Jarrett gets up, Kassidy pops ‘n’ locks, but Jarrett dodges the haymaker to DECK Kassidy!
Fans boo but Jarrett is feeling himself. Jarrett drags Kassidy up but Kassidy wrenches free! Tag to Quen, he leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Kassidy BOOTS Lethal, Quen kicks Jarrett, and Private Party whips Jarrett to the corner. Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, squealing PARTY IN MOTION! Then feed to the DROPKICK! Quen covers, TWO! Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy and Kassidy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Kassidy struts a la the Nature Boy, and he mocks Jarrett. Jarrett swings, Kassidy blocks, but Jarrett pokes Kassidy in the eye! Then Jarrett DECKS Kassidy! Fans boo, especially as Sonjay struts.
But Hardy pulls Sonjay off the apron! Sonjay gets heated, but it’s Satnam who steps to Hardy! Hardy backs off from the giant, but Lethal drags Kassidy out to RAM him into steel steps! The numbers game is paying off as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hardy helps Kassidy up but Lethal goes out to kick Kassidy down! Lethal RAMS Kassidy into the steel steps! The is busy reprimanding people and that allows Sonjay to get some stomps in! Lethal and Jarrett add theirs, then drag Kassidy up to put him in the ring. Jarrett stomps Kassidy more and more, then tags Lethal. Double Jay double whip but Kassidy reverses to send Lethal at ropes.
Lethal holds ropes to stop himself, and Jarrett hooks Kassidy up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Lethal adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy reaches out but Lethal keeps him from Quen. Lethal bumps Kassidy off buckles, tags Jarrett in, and Jarrett drags Kassidy up to bump off more buckles. Jarrett whips Kassidy corner to corner hard, and Kassidy bounces off buckles. Jarrett puts Kassidy on the ropes to CHOKE him, then he runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, as does Lethal and even Satnam. Jarrett then runs to LARIAT Kassidy down! Lethal applauds, tags in, and he covers, TWO!
Lethal CLUBS Kassidy down, covers again, TWO! Lethal rains down furious fists but the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Lethal looms over Kassidy, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Lethal lets out a big “WOO~!” and then grins as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Lethal has Kassidy in a facelock. But Kassidy NORTHERN LIGHTS Lethal away! And then Kassidy springboard STUNNERS Jarrett down! Kassidy dodges Lethal and hot tags Quen! Quen ROCKS Lethal, bumps him off buckles, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Quen ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up more as Quen DIVES onto Jarrett! Quen is all fire dup and he high-fives fans. Quen gets in, Lethal sends him out but Kassidy is there! SILLY STRING! Quen hurries up top but Jarrett storms over. Quen DECKS Jarrett, 450s, but has to bail out as Lethal moves!
Quen clutches his rib but Lethal goes after Kassidy. Kassidy kangaroo kicks Lethal into a schoolboy! But the ref is busy with Kassidy! Jarrett gets in to wrench and KNEE Quen! Lethal runs, handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION STROKE COMBINATION! Cover, Team Double Jay wins!
Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall
Jarrett insists the ref raise his and Lethal’s hands in victory, and Aubrey Edwards obliges. Will Jay & Double J prove they’re the best by climbing those AEW Tag Division rankings?
Renee Paquette interviews Saraya.
They’re having their promised sit-down interview two weeks after Saraya won her big return match at Full Gear. How is she feeling after her first match in over five years? Saraya legit has chills even now thinking about it. It was an emotional moment because she never thought she was getting in the ring again. Especially after five long years, yet also oddly short. Five years is long in pro-wrestling, though, and going out there again, it was incredible. What was it like to just talk to her family about this? The Knights are born and bred for wrestling, her brother was there that night. What was that like?
It was incredible having her brother, who has been there for her since day one. He even dressed as the Pink Power Ranger for her first match to be there. He had full on supported her, canceled all other plans, and was just as fired up as she was. She couldn’t help but run up to him to hug it out. Full Gear overall was a huge show, but especially Saraya’s moment for her and the Women’s Division. What is the big takeaway? Full Gear was a special night for the AEW Women’s Division with three matches on one night. Saraya was proud to have had that match with Britt Baker. Britt helped Saraya in many ways as someone who just came back from neck surgery.
Saraya is also proud of Jamie Hayter winning the title, that was a big deal. And even Toni Storm. Saraya saw the interview Renee had with Toni about wanting the title back. Saraya wants all the women here to know that she wants the title, too. It will be her and everyone going head-to-head. Renee looks forward to that, but when and where will The Revolution prove AEW is her house?
Athena VS ???
The Fallen Goddess has never been more dangerous. Dark and Elevation have brought out that dark side, and she’s gunning for the OG Badass and the ROH Women’s World Championship at Final Battle! But will she have a bit more than just a tune-up in Dani Mo?
The bell rings, Athena and Dani approach, and Athena DECKS Dani! Athena smirks, brings Dani up and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex! Dos Amigas! Then the ANARCHY for the third! Cover, but Athena lets off! Athena plays like she’s surprised, but then she argues with the ref. Athena corners the ref and dares him to do something, but Dani rolls Athena up! TWO!! Dani hurries up to ROUNDHOUSE Athena! Athena shrugs it off?! Athena DECKS Dani again! And then rains down clubbing forearms! Athena roars and Indy fires up as she drags Dani back up. Athena RAMS Dani into the corner then STOMPS her down!
Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers then goes back for Dani. A fan shouts, “I love you, Athena!” and she says back, “I know.” Athena drags Dani up, reels her in, and gut wrenches to a CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall
But winning isn’t enough for Athena as she drags Dani back up. Fans boo as Athena suplexes to GOURD BUSTER Dani out of the ring!! Dani tumbles but Athena goes out after her again. Athena RAMS Dani into railing, drags her up again, and then RAMS her into steel steps! Dani goes down in a heap and Athena calls out Mercedes! “Mercedes~! Come out and play~!” But when Mercedes doesn’t appear, Athena turns her attention back to Dani. More refs rush out to stop this, and Athena says alright. But then she blasts past them to METEORA Dani into the steel steps! The refs reprimand again, but Athena threatens Aubrey!
Fans boo but Athena grins as she takes her leave. Will this new darkness be what brings Athena into the golden spotlight?
Juice Robinson speaks.
“For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Juice Robinson. And I’m a former three-time IWGP United States Champion. I’m here to issue a challenge for December 10th, in Arlington, Texas, at ROH Final Battle, against the King of TV, Samoa Joe, the ROH Television Champion. Y’know, I’ve done a lot in Japan, but I need to prove myself in America. And if I’m gonna be a superstar on television, then I need that ROH World Television title around my waist. Joe, you may be the King of TV now, but kings get dethroned.” Will the Booster boost his own profile by taking one of #TwoBeltJoe’s belts?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says QT Marshall is facing Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic title, but is there any reason he chose to make this a Lumberjack Match? Yes, it’s real simple: After what happened last week with The House of Black, QT wants his first championship opportunity to have no shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans, QT points out how the Best Friends and Danhausen are dressed! By that, he’s pointing out how they’re in flannel and beanies, just like real lumberjacks. QT says their best friend is about to lose his title and they’re treating this like a joke! Danhausen asks, “Is this a joke!?” And they all bring out (plastic) axes!
Cassidy asks Mark, “Are we allowed to bring axes to the ring?” Mark says, “Absolutely not.” Oh. Well, okay. Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, but then Cassidy says no, they weren’t done talking yet. Can they get two more seconds? IT’S TIME! For the main event! Well, alright. But axes or no axes, will Cassidy cut down another contender? Or will QT Marshall finally prove he is God’s Gift to Wrestling?
Darby Allin speaks.
“The past few weeks, Full Gear, Rampage, I have been settling some personal scores that have been important to me. And now that those scores have been settled, nothing’s more important to me than winning back that TNT Championship. Samoa Joe. I’m putting out a challenge to you, and you said that you would accept if Wardlow was banned from ringside. This Wednesday in Austin, I’ll do you one more. I’m gonna have Sting banned from ringside, as well, because I want it to be just you and me, Joe.
“These fans chant something. It goes along the lines of, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you. Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Dynamite without it.” Darby is ready to fight to the death, will he become a TWO-TIME TNT Champion? Or will the King of TV still be #TwoBeltJoe going into ROH Final Battle?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall!
Not only are The Factor and Best Friends among the Lumberjacks, but so are The Varsity Athletes, The Trustbusters, Chaos Project, Ortiz, Brandon Cutler, Zack Clayton, Ethan Page, Private Party, and even some Indy indie wrestlers. The more the merrier if it keeps QT safe for the House of Black. But will he be able to focus on Freshly Squeezed? Or will Cassidy continue to be a fighting champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with nowhere to run and hide, we see who is truly championship material!
The bell rings and as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, QT rushes in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and leaps over! Then he SHOTGUNS QT down and kips up! QT bails out but on the Best Friends’ side! They put him in for Cassidy but QT knees low. QT whips Cassidy out to the Factory side of things, but Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks on then, Clayton, Serpentico, and back again. QT runs out but Cassidy whips him around and around into railing! Then back into the ring! Cassidy hurries up top to CROSBODY, but into QT’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, QT whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!
Fans rally for Cassidy but QT drags him up to toss him out. The Firm is there and Ethan tells Hardy to do his job! Hardy says okay, and he helps Cassidy up and into the ring! Fans cheer but Ethan is mad! That’s not what he meant, but that is what Lumberjacks are here for. QT still stomps Cassidy, ROCKS him with a right, then soaks up the heat. Ethan tells Hardy to leave since he’s not willing to play along. But Private Party is also told to stay. Fans boo and Hardy argues with Ethan but Hardy still leaves. QT whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.
QT drags Cassidy up, throws him out the side, and Ari Daivari stomps away on Cassidy! His old buddy, Tony Nese, joins in, as do Josh Woods, Chaos Project and Zack Clayton! They all stomp away, but then Best Friends storm over! They back everyone off and help Cassidy up. Trent puts Cassidy in, but QT is after him already. QT DECKS Cassidy with a right, then covers, TWO! Fans rally and so do the Lumberjacks. QT ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy staggers away, but QT scoops him to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he stomps Cassidy around. QT has the legs to stomp Cassidy in the gut!
QT paces around, QT mocks Cassidy by putting his hands in his tights. QT then stomps Cassidy more, drags him up again, but Cassidy hits a JAWBREAKER! Cassidy throws body shots, but QT CLUBS Cassidy down! QT rains down fists, the ref reprimands about the closed fists, but QT lets off to get in the ref’s face. QT drags Cassidy up, and tosses Cassidy out! The Varsity Athletes and others stomp away, the Best Friends hurry over again and push them all away. Cassidy gets in the ring but QT is after him again. QT whips Cassidy to a corner but Cassidy tumbles up and out! QT storms over but Cassidy dribbles him off buckles!
Cassidy stops, QT staggers away, and Cassidy climbs up again. QT runs back in but Cassidy moves aside and QT smacks off the corner! QT falls down, Cassidy finishes climbing, and he gives a lazy thumbs up as he FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Rampage returns to single picture as Indy rallies up! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and fires up! But Johnson & Solo rush in! The ref reprimands but Cassidy dodges, and Best Friends get in to clothesline The Factory back out! Fans fire up as Cassidy, Trent & Chuck flex. Then Best Friends DOUBLE PLANCHA the Factory down!
QT handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! QT drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but QT blocks and spins Cassidy around! Inverted crucifix and toss, but Cassidy blocks the cutter! Cassidy shoves QT into buckles, then Alabama lifts, but the back gives up! QT pop-up FOREARMS Cassidy, then reels him in! LAST- RANA!! Cassidy then runs to tilt-o-whirl and whirl and whirl and DDT!! Fans fire up and the Lumberjacks all rally! QT flounders but Cassidy kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he runs in at QT, ORANGE- NO, The Factory gets their leader to safety!
Cassidy frowns while Best Friends storm over again. The Factory backs off, Cassidy climbs up but QT GAMANGIRIS! QT drags Cassidy down, shouts, “I’m gonna break his neck!” but DANHAUSEN steps up! Danhausen CURSES QT!! QT mocks it, flips Danhausen off, then the Factory trips Danhausen off the apron! Best Friends go after them, more Lumberjacks join in, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! QT flounders, Cassidy aims from the ropes, springboard SWANTON wipes out the Lumberjacks!! Fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” as Best Friends and Factory brawl up the ramp!
QT flounders into the ring, Cassidy climbs the corner, but Penelope Ford creeps her way out. The Superbad Girl looks extra bad tonight, but she distracts Cassidy from the apron. The ref reprimands, telling her she has to hop down. But KIP SABIAN appears from outta nowhere! He SHOVES Cassidy off the top, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!!! QT covers, TWO!??! Cassidy survives, and Kip is amused, but QT is furious! QT throws off his elbow pads, runs in, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! And BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
Kip Sabian isn’t bothered at all. He applauds Cassidy’s resilience, but then Cassidy DIVES onto Kip! Cassidy and Kip brawl, they go up the ramp, Kip bowls Cassidy to the stage! Kip drags Cassidy up as fans boo and he bowls Cassidy more. The Lumberjacks brawl with their own rivals, the Varsity Athletes are going after Ortiz and Isiah Kassidy! Cutler vlogs this all, but then the lights go out!! And when they come back up, THE HOUSE OF BLACK is here!! Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews are staring Nese & Woods down, while Brody King & Julia Hart stand on the stage. Nese rushes in but gets an STO! Buddy JUMP KNEES Woods!
Buddy POP-UP KNEES Kassidy! Malakai & Buddy stomp away on Kassidy, Brody attacks the Lumberjacks on the ramp! Brody joins the others, fans are thunderous for the House as they mug Ortiz! But then Malakai tells them NO, not Ortiz. What? Why? Is there something Malakai sees in Ortiz? But with the bloodlust needing satisfaction, Buddy drags Serpentico up! DANTE’S INFERNO!! Julia applauds and Indy is fired up! And then the House goes after everyone again! The bodies are sent flying around into railing! Will the House of Black rise to tear down all others in their way?
A very good Rampage here to set up a lot more as AEW and ROH head for the New Year. Samoa Joe having two titles means a lot more people are after him. Juice Robinson has a good promo to call out Joe for the ROH TV title, and Juice did have a stint in ROH so this isn’t completely out of nowhere. Darby had a great match with Cole Karter, though it was really more Karter had his best match in AEW, or perhaps his entire career. But I like that Darby wants after the TNT title, he is going to have one hell of a match with Joe on Dynamite. That Dynamite is both a Winter is Coming go-home and ROH Final Battle go-home, so it’ll have to be huge.
Speaking of which, Acclaimed VS FTR for the AEW Tag Team Championships, that is huge. It’s happening this Wednesday as opposed to Winter is Coming, so I have a feeling shenanigans help The Acclaimed retain. The Gunn Sons probably cost FTR so that they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Final Battle, which they will then lose because FTR is probably going to help sell networks on ROH under Tony Khan. We got a good tag match out of Jarrett & Lethal VS Private Party, and of course Sonjay & Satnam are the advantage that helps Jay & Jarrett win. They’ll surely climb the ranks and come around to challenge for the tag titles in time for Revolution in March.
Good backstage segment with Shane Taylor showing up in AEW, and get use of continuity in Keith Lee’s career. I remember watching those days when Keith and Shane made a huge splash in ROH as a team, and then suddenly Keith is in NXT. This is going to be good stuff, but I wonder if Swerve ditches Keith to join up with Shane and take over at least the ROH Tag Division. Good interview promo from Saraya, though it did start to blur the lines of kayfabe and reality just a little when Saraya talked about Britt helping her in that match. But naturally, Saraya wants the AEW Women’s Division to get stronger, but also wants to get in on a title scene. I don’t see Saraya being relegated to Dark and Elevation, so maybe they work out something for a Winter is Coming match.
Speaking of women’s championships, good promo from Shida and Bunny to truly bring the Regina de Wave title onto AEW programming. I’m pretty sure Shida retains that title, but it at least counts as something big for Bunny. Great stuff out of Athena really upping her Heel credentials. Fans still wanted to cheer her dominating Dani but Athena made sure they had something to boo with her extracurriculars after the match. Athena VS Mercedes is going to be great for Final Battle, no idea who wins that one. And good promo from LFI and Dark Order. I bet we see some great tag matches of Rush & Vance VS Silver & Reynolds to not only build both factions back up, but help one get going in the tag title rankings so that one of them (probably LFI) can go after The Acclaimed.
And of course, hilarious and great stuff out of Cassidy and the Lumberjacks. Cassidy was of course winning but I was surprised to see Kip Sabian go after him. That should be a good feud since Kip’s trying this new Joker meets Riddler character. And it was great to see the House of Black appear to beat up every Lumberjack around. Though, I wonder what that detail of Malakai sparing Ortiz the finisher was about. Is the House going to recruit Ortiz to their side? Ortiz and Eddie Kingston feuding with the House would be some awesome stuff. But I wouldn’t want Ortiz betraying Eddie, that’s too much like Vance ditching the Dark Order. House of Black should be raising up some names from Dark or Elevation to give them some TV time.
My Score: 8.7/10
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