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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/8/21)

BOSJ, Round 10!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

The Rogue Luchador and Ticking Timebomb are neck and neck!

While Sho leads at 6-3, Desperado AND Hiromu are on his heels! Just two more rounds in Best of the Super Juniors, who breaks away to be a finalist?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS BUSHI; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS El Phantasmo; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Hiromu wins.

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-3, 12 points
El Desperado: 5-3-1, 11 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-3-1, 11 points
El Phantasmo: 5-4, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-4, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-4, 10 points
YOH: 5-4, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-5, 8 points
Bushi: 4-5, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-5, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS BUSHI!

The Way of the Grandmaster has no way to the finals, but the Black Mask is holding on by a thread! Will Bushi survive for one more round?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two slowly circle. They tie up, Wato trips Bushi then runs but Bushi drops, hurdles, Wato leaps and Bushi dodges to RANA! Wato handsprings through but Bushi ducks the Penalty Kick to taunt Wato while lounging. Bushi bails out as Wato storms over, but Wato slides out the side. Bushi kicks and whips him to railing, but Wato stops himself to back elbow, uppercut and SOBAT Bushi down. Fans cheer, Wato stomps Bushi and then puts him in the ring. Fans rally as Wato aims from the apron. Bushi stands, Wato springboards, Bushi gets under. Wato comes back but into Bushi’s swing kick!

Bushi goes up, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Wato bails out, Bushi DIVES! Direct hit into railing! Fans fire up while the ref checks on Wato. He’s okay to continue so Bushi stomps him. Bushi drags Wato up, then whips him into railing! Wato writhes but fans rally up. Bushi drags Wato up and whips him into more railing! Wato writhes on the floor again but Bushi stomps him down. The ring count starts, Bushi brings Wato up but whips him into even more railing! Bushi leaves Wato behind as we pass 10 of 20. The count continues to 15, then 17! Wato gets in at 18! But Bushi has his shirt and uses it to choke Wato! The ref reprimands, counts, Bushi lets go with one hand.

The ref reprimands more, Bushi lets go completely. The shirt is put aside, Bushi brings Wato up to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi hooks Wato’s leg, for an STF! Wato endures, crawls towards ropes, but Bushi pulls back! Wato still reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go, drags Wato up and bumps him off buckles. Bushi CHOPS Wato, then DOUBLE CHOPS! Bushi sits Wato up again to DOUBLE CHOP! Bushi digs his boot in, the ref reprimands, Bushi lets off. Bushi stands Wato up to DOUBLE CHOP, then snapmare and cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Wato stays in this. Bushi drags Wato up and Wato fires body shots and forearms back!

Bushi rakes Wato’s eyes! Bushi runs, but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Bushi bails out and fans rally as Wato builds speed. TORNILLO! Direct hit and they hit railing! Wato gets up, fans rally, and Wato brings Bushi up to put in the ring. Wato aims from the apron again, springboard and FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato and he waits on Bushi to rise. Wato kicks, kicks, sobats, front kicks and SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Bushi up, wrenches and hook shim up, but Bushi fights the Mouse Trap Driver! So Wato makes it an IRON OCTOPUS! Bushi endures, fights his way towards ropes, so Wato waistlocks!

Bushi elbows free, blocks the roundhouse and CLUBS the leg! Wato swings at clothesline but Bushi catches him into a spin for a DDT! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Bushi crawls over to Wato. Bushi brings Wato up, Wato fires a forearm but Bushi fires back! They go back and forth, Bushi gets the edge then runs, into a BOOT! Wato runs, into a dropkick! Bushi goes to the apron and brings Wato through the ropes. APRON DDT! Wato is stuck in the ropes but flops to the apron as Bushi gets back in. Bushi drags Wato up, FISHERMAN- NO! Wato slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up as both men fall! Fans rally, Bushi stirs and Wato rises.

Wato drags himself to ropes. Bushi gets up and Wato kicks, but Bushi blocks and puts the leg in ropes. Bushi dropkicks Wato, then hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Bushi brings Wato up, wrenches and hooks Wato up, but no Terrible! Wato sobats, Bushi ENZIGURIS, then ducks Wato’s roundhouse! Wato blocks a kick and ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Wato staggers, Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Wato shoves Bushi away to SCREW HIGH KICK! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Wato drags Bushi up, wrenches, hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi escapes and fans fire up again!

Wato drags Bushi back up, scoops, T T D! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

Wato burst Bushi’s bubble, now they’re both out of the running! Will Wato look to be the spoiler to another run in the final round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Sniper of the Skies shot down Sho, while the Heel Master lost to Yoh and is barely in the running! Will Eagles soar up towards the top? Or will Kanemaru drag him down and ruin his run?

As Eagles makes his entrance, Kanemaru points at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, making it clear that at some point, Suzuki-Gun will want that back. But then Eagles gets up on the corner and Kanemaru attacks! The bell rings to put this on record as Kanemaru stomps Eagles to ropes. Kanemaru drags Eagles up, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings Eagles around to wrench. Eagles blocks the whip, Kanemaru back elbows and whips again but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Eagles then runs, ducks, dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up and Eagles finally gets to take his vest off.

Eagles goes to Kanemaru, CHOPS him in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Kanemaru reverses, Eagles pops Kanemaru up and WHEEL KICKS him down! Fans fire up as Eagles kips up and Kanemaru bails out. Eagles builds speed to fake Kanemaru out with the backflip. But then Eagles bails out as Kanemaru slides in, then Eagles comes back, only for Kanemaru to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru stomps Eagles to a corner but Eagles kicks back. Kanemaru stomps Eagles down, drags him by his leg, and SMASHES the knee into the mat! Eagles clutches the knee, Kanemaru drags him around again and drops an elbow on the leg.

Kanemaru has the leg in a toehold but Eagles endures. Eagles fights back with a chinlock as fans rally up, but Kanemaru cranks back harder. Eagles gets the ropebreak, the ref counts and Kanemaru lets go at 4. Eagles drags himself to a corner but Kanemaru stands on his feet. Eagles punches Kanemaru’s leg but Kanemaru stomps Eagles’ knee! Kanemaru drags Eagles around again, and SMASHES the knee on the mat again! Eagles goes to the apron, Kanemaru goes out to bring Eagles around and put the leg in the railing. Kanemaru BOOTS the railing to jam the leg! Eagles falls over, Kanemaru drags him around again, to SMASH his knee on the floor!

Kanemaru leaves Eagles behind as he clutches the leg, and a ring count starts. Eagles grits his teeth and forces himself to stand at 10 of 20. Eagles gets in at 12 and fans cheer, but Kanemaru whips Eagles to ropes. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out again! Kanemaru gets the leg for a HALF CRAB! Kanemaru sits deep as Eagles endures and the fans rally up! Eagles powers up, crawls over, reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go at 4, Eagles gets to a corner. Kanemaru mockingly asks what’s wrong, then he stomps the leg! Kanemaru gives toying kicks but Eagles gives back forearms! Kanemaru kicks the leg out, drags Eagles yet again, but Eagles headscissors and SPIKES Kanemaru!

Eagles gets up, dodges Kanemaru’s kicks and ROLLING KICKS Kanemaru’s legs out to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Kanemaru down! Fans fire up as both men are down and Eagles stands back up. Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Kanemaru, then runs, to LEG LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru crawls to a corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Kanemaru sits down, Eagles METEORAS! Eagles drags Kanemaru to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Eagles as he hobbles over. Eagles brings Kanemaru up, cravat, but Kanemaru shoves him away. Eagles dodges in the corner but Kanemaru puts him on the apron.

Eagles ENZIGURIS, springboards, but Kanemaru gets under to dropkick the legs out again! Kanemaru gets the leg, steps through and FIGURE FOURS! Eagles endures as Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can on the leg lock! Fans rally up, Eagles drags himself and Kanemaru over, but Kanemaru drags Eagles away! Eagles still fights, turns the hold over, but Kanemaru rolls it back, so Eagles gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets Eagles free. Kanemaru drags Eagles up to scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru goes up top, MOONSAULT but he has to land on his feet as Eagles moves! Kanemaru avoids Eagles’ low dropkick to BOOT him back!

Kanemaru suplexes, Eagles slips out to waistlock. Kanemaru switches, CLUBS and rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs but into a back elbow! 619 leg sweep! Kanemaru staggers, Eagles springboards and dropkicks the leg out! Fans fire up with Eagles and he brings Kanemaru up, SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO! Eagles has Kanemaru in a drop zone and slowly climbs up the corner. Fans rally up as Eagles aims, 450 but he has to roll through as Kanemaru dodges! Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out again! But Eagles turns step-through to a cradle! TWO, and Eagles dropkicks Kanemaru’s leg! But Kanemaru turns Eagles’ step-through into a roll-up! TWO, and Eagles blocks the boot!

Kanemaru fights the backpack by raking eyes! Eagles elbows Kanemaru away, Kanemaru dodges Eagles to come back and tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Kanemaru drags Eagles up, scoops and SLAMS him to a drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Eagles is still in this, Kanemaru goes back up, and Eagles stands. Kanemaru leaps but Eagles dodges! Kanemaru blocks Eagles’ roundhouse to ENZIGURI, then he reels Eagles in, only for Eagles to suplex! Eagles fireman’s carries then shifts Kanemaru around, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru survives but Eagles takes aim! SUPERKICK!

Eagles goes back up top and 450 SPLASHES Kanemaru’s legs! Step-through, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Kanemaru endures, crawls around, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Kanemaru taps, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Sniper of the Skies is still airborne! Does Eagles still have a chance to get in on the finals?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS El Phantasmo!

Direct Drive got hot at just the right time, but he’s still riding the edge! Will the Headbanga end Yoh’s red hot comeback? Or will it be ELP that faces Sudden Death?

ELP swears nothing is in his boot. But then he gives a coy look to the camera. The bell rings and ELP gest fans to rally up while he struts around. ELP says he’ll tap Yoh out, but Yoh just ignores that as they circle. ELP gets fans to rally again as they tie up. Yoh waistlocks, ELP switches and throws Yoh down, then rear mounts so he can float to a facelock. Yoh slips out and hammerlocks ELP, then JAMS the lock. ELP rolls, reaches for ropes but Yoh keeps him away. ELP stands up, snapmares Yoh and has a chinlock. Yoh gets the ropebreak and ELP lets go at 4. Fans cheer as ELP backs off and shows off with jumping jacks. Yoh gets up, he and ELP reset.

ELP and Yoh knuckle lock, but ELP reels Yoh in for a headlock. Yoh fights up, ELP grinds the hold and even pulls hair! Yoh throws body shots, powers out, things speed up as Yoh sidesteps then drop toeholds. ELP avoids the basement dropkick to handspring and do drop steps going backwards. ELP then bails out to do more drop steps, and fans rally as he strikes a pose. But Yoh goes out to CLOBBER him! Yoh CLUBS ELP to railing, then has media move aside so he can whip ELP. ELP reverses to POST Yoh instead! ELP praises himself, then rains down fists on Yoh. ELP shakes out his hand from Yoh’s hard head, then puts Yoh in. ELP CLAWS Yoh’s back!

The ref reprimands and Yoh writhes to the ropes. ELP somersaults and CLAWS Yoh again! Yoh staggers around, ELP apologizes, but then he CLAWS Yoh again! ELP apologizes, then flexes. ELP gets Yoh’s hand to drop a knee on it over and over. ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, goes up and up and jumps around, to jump down and CLAW him again! ELP checks his shoe, so it’s definitely loaded. ELP stands on Yoh’s head, the ref counts and ELP lets off. ELP drags Yoh around to ROPE GUILLOTINE! And then he rolls back to handstand walk. ELP cheers himself on while the ref checks on Yoh. Yoh sputters, ELP drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. And again!

ELP hushes the fans, then fakes the chop to PURPLE NURPLE! And DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLE! The ref reprimands and counts and ELP stops at 4. Yoh staggers away, clutching his nipples, and the ref tells ELP, “Stop it!” ELP says, “You stop it!” ELP stands on Yoh at the ropes, the ref counts, ELP lets off at 4. Fans rally up, ELP drags Yoh up by his ear, and ELP whips Yoh to ropes. Yoh comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Both men are down and fans rally up again. ELP goes to a corner, Yoh gets up and he runs in at ELP to CLAW him! Payback for all that earlier! Then Yoh back elbows, turns ELP and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, ELP claims he’s bleeding and Yoh doesn’t cut his nails. Yoh gets ELP up but ELP knees free of the suplex. ELP runs but into a dropkick! ELP falls out of the ring, Yoh PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes ELP! Yoh drags ELP up, puts him in the ring and ELP wants a timeout! Yoh shakes his head, and CLAWS ELP’s back! Yoh suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Yoh drags ELP up. Yoh reels ELP in, full nelsons, but ELP resists and elbows free. ELP drops, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh has it now, TWO! ELP rolls Yoh up, TWO! Yoh hooks ELP to backslide, TWO! Fans fire up and ELP CHOPS Yoh, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! ELP ENZIGURIS and both men are down again!

Fans rally up as ELP and Yoh stir. ELP crawls over to Yoh, but Yoh ROCKS ELP with a forearm! ELP forearms back, and then double guns. Yoh comes back to forearm ELP! They stand up, they throw more forearms back and forth, and fans rally up as they pick up speed. ELP pokes Yoh in the eyes! ELP runs, into Yoh’s forearm! ELP rebounds, Yoh handsprings to dodge and he ROCKS ELP with another forearm! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Yoh and he brings ELP up. Yoh underhooks the arms but ELP fights free and straitjacket torture racks! SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this and fans fire back up!

ELP gets up, takes aim, BANG! He drags Yoh back up, reels him in and tucks the arms, but Yoh resists the lift! Yoh back drops, ELP sunset flips but Yoh rolls through to get the right leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then Yoh rolls through to trap the leg in the CALF KILLER! ELP endures, scrambles around, reaches out, throws elbows on Yoh, then gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go, drags ELP back up and reels him in. GHOSTBUSTER! Fans fire up with Yoh as he drags ELP up into the double underhooks! DIRECT- NO! ELP STOMPS Yoh’s foot! ELP aims, runs in, but Yoh dodges to O’Conner Roll! ELP blocks the Five Star Clutch to turn Yoh over for CATTLE MUTILATION!

Yoh endures, moves around, flails his arms, but ELP drops the bridge to readjust and CATTLE MUTILATION! Yoh scrambles around and gets the ROPEBREAK! ELP lets go in frustration, but he makes sure “that” is in place in his boot. ELP tunes up the band, fans rally up, but Yoh blocks the kick! ELP ducks the clothesline to mule kick! Yoh doubles over, ELP puts him in the drop zone! ELP goes up and up but has to land on his feet out of the moonsault! And with “that” in his boot, it’s double-edged! Yoh waistlocks, O’Conner Roll, FIVE STAR CLUTCH! Cover, YOH WINS!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

And the comeback continues! Is Direct Drive just a win away from the finals? Is the door shut on The Headbanga?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO!

One more Bullet Club VS Bullet Club as the Bone Soldier takes aim at the Murder Machine! Will the Cutest Tag Team both have a win over the House of Torture’s third man, brother? Or will Sho all but cement his spot in the BOSJ finals?

The bell rings and fans rally, but Sho waits Taiji to wait. Just like with ELP, Sho tries to appeal to the fact they’re both Bullet Club. And Taiji actually lies down for Sho? Cover, TWO! Sho is surprised but Taiji claims it was an accident, just the natural instinct. Taiji lies back down and they both tell the ref to be faster. Sho goes to cover, Taiji gets him for a cradle! The count is faster, TWO!! Sho gets out, but Taiji pokes him in the eye! Sho staggers to a corner, Taiji throws hands and then drags Sho up. Taiji whips, Sho reverses, Taiji slips out, slides under then slips around to shoulder in! Taiji springboards to SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up but Sho bails out.

Sho staggers around, Taiji goes out after him and kicks him against railing. Taiji brings Sho around to whip, but Sho reverses, only for Taiji to reverses back and fireman’s carry! Taiji spins then SNAKE EYES Sho off the railing! The ref reprimands but Taiji leaves Sho behind. Taiji unties the red corner this time, modifying the Bullet Club special here. Sho grumbles and sputters as he gets in the ring. Taiji CLUBS Sho on the neck, brings him up to wrench and hammerlock, to RAM into the bare buckles! Sho writhes and clutches his arm while fans cheer. Taiji isolates the arm, Sho gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Taiji STOMPS at 4.

Taiji drags Sho up, whips Sho but Sho slides out. Taiji pursues but Sho shoves a Young Lion at him! Then Sho whips Taiji into railing! Taiji writhes, Sho stomps him down. Sho wrenches a wrist, then wrenches the arm, and brings Taiji around to put the arm through railing! The ref reprimands, Sho lets off. Sho then fakes going into the ring to KICK the railing again and again. Sho kicks to the beat of Abe-san’s ring count! He kicks all the way to 10 of 20 to leave Taiji behind. Taiji gets up, gets in at 15, Sho drags him up and wrenches the arm. Sho whips Taiji into the bare buckles! The Bullet Club special comes back to bite Taiji! Cover, TWO!

Sho rakes eyes, the ref counts and Sho lets off, complaining that that count is too fast. Sho stomps Taiji, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Sho digs his boots in, the ref counts but Sho lets off at 4. The ref reprimands, Sho knuckle locks and wrenches Taiji’s wrist. Sho wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Then another ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji rakes Sho’s eyes! Sho elbows him back, whips, but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sho goes to a corner, Taiji gets up and runs in. Sho boots but he’s put in the ropes! ENZIGURI and SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up with Taiji as he gets back in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Taiji drags Sho back up, and he POSTS him! The ref reprimands but Taiji drags Sho back in to hammerlock, half nelson and scoop, Sho slips out to pull hair! The ref reprimands, Taiji breaks free and kicks low to run, but the ref is used as a shield! Sho SPEARS Taiji down! Fans rally up as both men stir. Sho drags himself to a corner, takes aim, and PENALTY KICKS the arm! Sho then has the arm for a double wristlock and takedown, KIMURA!! Taiji endures, fans rally up, Taiji reaches out, and ROPEBREAK! Sho lets go at 4, but he drags Taiji up and knuckle locks the bad arm. Sho wrenches, brings Taiji down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Taiji is still in this. Sho aims his bow, drags Taiji up, and reels him in. Sho double pump handles, but Taiji slips out to double pump handle back! Taiji manages to get Sho in the gut wrench, for CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Taiji goes to ropes, drags himself up, then goes back for Sho. Sho blocks Bloody Cross, scoops but Taiji slips off. Sho reels Taiji in with crossed arms, but Taiji fights out to half hatch, BLOODY- NO! Sho slips out, shoves Taiji into the ref and into the bare corner! Sho LARIATS Taiji down! Sho then hurries to get to his corner, and get the wrench! Sho aims at Taiji, but Taiji dodges to JUMP KNEE!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Taiji gets the wrench and hides it in his kick pad! Then Taiji grabs Sho’s NEVER Openweight Six Man belt! Taiji throws that at Sho and then plays like he got hit! Sho throws the belt away, Taiji rolls Sho up! TWO, Sho runs in but Taiji goes up and over to roll up! Taiji has his feet on the ropes but the ref kicks his feet down! Wait, the ref stubs his toe on the wrench hidden inside the boot! Was that Taiji’s plan all along? Taiji shoves the ref at Sho, Sho shoves the ref back, Taiji shoves the ref down. Taiji spins Sho around to hook for a backslide, Sho resists, so Taiji LOW BLOW MULE KICKS! The wrench makes that a loaded kick!!

Taiji completes the backslide, Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

The Bone Soldier just beat Sho at his own game! Is this going to cost the Murder Machine his top spot in the tournament? Does Taiji still have a way in?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado!

The Funky Weapon is barely holding on after ELP humiliated him last round, but he could shock everyone right here! Will Taguchi take down the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will the Rogue Luchador put the King of Oh My Garfunkel down right here?

The bell rings and Taguchi bails out? Taguchi goes looking under the ring, but he doesn’t seem to find anything interesting. Oh, wait, he found a chair. Taguchi sets the chair up to take a seat. He wants Desperado to sit out there with him? Desperado refuses and a ring count starts. The count reaches 10 of 20 but Taguchi doesn’t move. But then Taguchi stands up at 14, trying to use this against Desperado. Surely the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion doesn’t want to win by count-out. Desperado doesn’t seem to care if Taguchi’s just gonna hand him a win. The count is 17, Taguchi gets flustered, and he gest in at 19! Desperado covers, TWO! Again, TWO! Again, TWO! Deep leg hook, TWO!!

Desperado headlocks to keep Taguchi in the ring. Taguchi fights up to power out, things speed up and Taguchi keeps Desperado moving. But then Desperado hops over Taguchi and just stops. Taguchi’s surprised, and Desperado whips him to ropes. Taguchi reverses, tries to start this up again, but Desperado holds ropes to stop himself. Desperado is clearly not having any part of Taguchi’s antics. Taguchi apparently thinks Desperado is just a killjoy. Taguchi rushes Desperado but Desperado rakes Taguchi’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Desperado runs, but Taguchi arm-drags him down! Taguchi headlocks while fans cheer, and Taguchi fires off palm strikes!

Desperado tries to power out but Taguchi holds on tight. Taguchi grinds Desperado down, but Desperado fights up. Desperado tries again but Taguchi still holds on tight. Taguchi grinds Desperado, Desperado gets up, powers out and then reels Taguchi in for a headlock. Taguchi powers out right away, and reels Desperado back into a headlock! Fans cheer the exchange as Taguchi grinds Desperado down. Desperado refuses to give up even as Taguchi thrashes the hold. Desperado powers up, powers out, reels Taguchi back in for a headlock, but Taguchi slips right back out to headlock again! Fans cheer as Taguchi grinds Desperado again.

Desperado fights up, throws body shots, powers out to drop toehold and floats to the headlock, but Taguchi slips out to headlock again! Desperado powers out, Taguchi runs him over, then drops down to get the headlock! Fans rally, Taguchi is showing he’s the King of Headlocks! Desperado fights up, throws body shots, then powers out. Taguchi ends up in a corner, Desperado runs in but into an elbow! Taguchi hops up to get Desperado for BOOTY BUMP after BOOTY BUMP! Fans fire up, Taguchi lets Desperado go and he gets the headlock back! Desperado fights up, powers out, reels Taguchi in but Taguchi again slips out.

Desperado slips out, Taguchi slips out, and Taguchi again has the headlock! Fans rally and Desperado endures. Desperado powers out, but delays reeling Taguchi in so he can throw him into the ropes! Taguchi is stuck with his butt hanging out, and Desperado goes outside to get that chair! Desperado sets the chair up against Taguchi’s butt, gets another chair, but Taguchi wiggles around and the one chair falls off. Desperado doesn’t care, he just SMACKS Taguchi in the butt! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and Desperado stops, and Taguchi flops out of the ropes. Desperado gets in, drags Taguchi around, and then SPLASHES a leg! And YANKS the leg, and gives it a KNEE JAMMER!

Desperado drags Taguchi around to step through and have the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Taguchi endures, Desperado puts as much pressure as he can, but Taguchi choke grips! The ref reprimands, Taguchi lets go but he CHOPS and Desperado “falls” back, making Taguchi feel the pain! Taguchi scrambles around, pries at the deathlock, but Desperado pushes his leg to clamp it on tighter! Taguchi reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Desperado lets go, and Desperado drags Taguchi up. Desperado ROCKS Taguchi, stomps Taguchi’s bad leg, then he drags Taguchi up to CHOP him in the corner. Desperado goes corner to corner but Taguchi BOOTS back!

Taguchi runs in but the hip attack gets an atomic drop! Desperado runs back in but into another BOOT! Taguchi fakes Desperado out, and fans cheer as Taguchi wags his finger at Desperado. Desperado gets mad and runs in, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Desperado goes to a corner. Taguchi runs in to corner hip attack! Taguchi whips corner to corner, runs in for another hip attack! Then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps cool, brings Desperado up and snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another, Dos Amigos! Desperado fights the third, but Taguchi also fights Desperado’s suplex! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi gets the leg, OH MY GARFUNKEL!

Desperado endures, kicks Taguchi away, but Taguchi turns hip toss into arm-drag, to then get a leg for the OH MY GARFUNKEL! Desperado endures, crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taguchi lets go. Desperado clutches his leg, Taguchi drops a knee on it! Taguchi drags Desperado up, chicken wings, but Desperado fights the Dodon to RAM Taguchi into buckles! Taguchi kicks back, runs, but Desperado gets around to back suplex! Desperado gets up, brings Taguchi in, but Taguchi fights the shin breaker! Taguchi runs but Desperado reels him in! SHIN BREAKER! Then takedown to the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And STRETCH MUFFLER!

Taguchi endures, Desperado drags him from ropes and keeps after the leg! Taguchi keeps reaching out, crawling, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go, drags Taguchi back and then goes up top. FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives and fans fire up. Desperado drags Taguchi up, underhooks the arms, but Taguchi fights! Taguchi wrenches out, Desperado spins him, GUITARRA- NO! Taguchi slips out, Desperado switches but Taguchi bumps out! Taguchi gets the arms but Desperado fights the inverted Gory to turn it around! Taguchi slips out of the inverted Gory but Desperado ducks the enziguri! Desperado gets the legs, STRETCH MUFFLER!

Taguchi rolls it to a cradle, TWO!! Desperado kicks low, runs, but Taguchi mule kicks! Taguchi runs but into a back elbow. Desperado fakes the run, but Taguchi fights the spinebuster! Taguchi runs but he fakes Desperado out, HIP ATTACK! Desperado falls out of the ring, fans fire up and Taguchi triangle jumps to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Desperado! A ring count starts, both men are down at 5 of 20 but Taguchi sits up at 7. Taguchi drags himself up at 11, fans rally up, and he gets Desperado up and in at 17! Taguchi aims, springboards, MISSILE HIP! Fans fire up as Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “OHYA~!” Taguchi runs in, BUMAYE!! Cover, TWO!!

Desperado survives and fans fire up! Taguchi drags Desperado up, reels him in, chicken wings the arms, but Desperado fights free and rolls Taguchi, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Taguchi powers his way to OH MY GARFUNKEL!! Taguchi drags Desperdo back, Desperado rolls but Taguchi holds on! Taguchi puts as much as he can on the ankle lock, Desperado fights up but Taguchi reels him in! DODON’S THRONE!! Cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with Taguchi, he drags Desperado back up to chicken wing and DODON- No! Victory roll, to STRETCH MUFFLER!! Desperado gets the arm, NUMERO DOS!!

Taguchi reaches out, Desperado rolls him away and has NUMERO DOS PLUS!! Taguchi verbally quotes, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by submission (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

The Funky Weapon’s run is done, and now the Rogue Luchador leads the block! Will he seal the deal in the 11th and final round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI!

The Ticking Timebomb has an opening now that Sho has fallen down. Will Hiromu join Despy at the top of the block? Or can Japones Del Mal do his Suzuki-Gun ally a favor and keep Hiromu down?

The second Hiromu’s in the ring, Douki dropkicks him down! Douki then DIVES and sends Hiromu into railing! Douki puts Hiromu in the ring, wheelbarrows and full nelsons, but Hiromu arm-drags out as the bell rings! Douki runs back in, and turns Hiromu’s pop-up into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Hiromu moves around to get the ropebreak! Douki lets off quickly to build speed and slide. Hiromu ducks it but Douki RAMS him into railing! Douki wrenches and whips Hiromu into more railing! Douki drags Hiromu up to DDT him to the floor! Fans cheer and rally up while Red Shoes checks on Hiromu. Douki gets in the ring, and a ring count begins.

Hiromu stirs at 5 of 20, sits up at 10 and stands at 12. Hiromu hobbles over and around, and gets in at 16. Douki stomps Hiromu down, digs his boots in, but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Douki drags Hiromu up, whips him to ropes and elbows Hiromu down. Cover, TWO! Douki sits Hiromu up to clamp on a chinlock. Hiromu endures, crawls his and reaches out to get a ropebreak with a foot. Douki lets off at 4, slaps Hiromu around, but Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Douki rakes eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Hiromu bails out. Douki talks trash, Hiromu gets in but Douki stomps him down.

Douki scoops and SLAMS Hiromu, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki taunts Hiromu. Hiromu CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Douki CHOPS back! Hiromu falls over and fans cheer. Douki drags Hiromu up, throws forearms and whips Hiromu corner to corner. Douki runs in but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs but into a low kick! Douki runs, Hiromu follows and RANAS Douki down! Hiromu drags himself to ropes, Douki gets up on the opposite side. Douki runs in but into a BOOT! Hiromu hops up for a DRAPING HEADSCISSORS! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets off and gets in to whip Douki to a corner.

Hiromu snapmares and rns to basement dropkick! Douki bails out, fans fire up and Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up more and Hiromu drags Douki up. Hiromu puts Douki in, brings him around and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hiromu drags Douki up and fireman’s carries. Douki slips out and Hiromu runs into the corner. Douki blocks boots to pop Hiromu up into the Gory Especial! Hiromu fights free, runs, but into a backslide! Hiromu rolls through, fights the Gory again and RANAS Douki, to D! Douki is in the triangle hold and Hiromu squeezes tight!

Douki reaches out, fans rally up and Hiromu drags Douki from ropes! Douki endures, moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go. Hiromu drags Douki up, fireman’s carries, but Douki fights free! Douki ducks the clothesline and elbow, Hiromu wheelbarrows but Douki blocks the Complete Shot! Hiromu elbows Douki away but runs into BOOTS! Douki is on the apron, Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs and jumps, but Douki holds off the sunset flip and scrapes soles off Hiromu’s face! Douki ASAI MOONSAULTS and takes Hiromu down! Fans fire up and the ring count begins. Fans rally and Douki sits up.

Douki stands at 10 of 20, gets on the apron at 12, and he climbs the corner! The count stops, Hiromu hurries up after Douki! Hiromu trips Douki up, CHOPS him, climbs up to join him, and the two brawl up top! Hiromu gets the edge and knocks Douki down to the mat! Hiromu adjusts, but Douki goes up to SUPER ARM-DRAG Hiromu down! Hiromu bails out and Douki fires up as he goes up another corner. Douki SUPER SENTONS Hiromu down!! Both men are down on the outside and fans fire up again! The ring count starts again, and it reaches 10 of 20 before either sits up. Douki gets up to drag Hiromu up at 15. Douki puts Hiromu in at 16, then drags himself up onto the apron.

Hiromu rises, Douki slingshots for DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives and Douki is shocked! Douki fires up and calls his shot as fans rally up! Douki wheelbarrows Hiromu but Hiromu victory rolls! TWO, Hiromu elbows Douki, but Douki pulls hair! Hiromu breaks free, Douki ducks his haymaker to waistlock but Hiromu switches. Douki elbows free, goes to run but Hiromu reels him in. Douki breaks free again but Hiromu ducks the enziguri! Hiromu superkicks but Douki blocks to HELL STAB! And ENZIGURI! Hiromu staggers about, Douki fires up and runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! But Hiromu can’t hold the cover! Fans fire up again as both men are down!

Hiromu and Douki roll to opposite corners as fans rally. Douki and Hiromu drag themselves up. Douki and Hiromu both fire up and run in, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Hiromu stays up to corner clothesline Douki! Then Hiromu runs corner to corner to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as Hiromu gets Douki back up. Hiromu runs, but Douki SHOTGUNS back! Douki gets moving, but Hiromu OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes him into the corner! Fans rally again while both men are down! Hiromu grins and nods as he sits back up. Hiromu drags Douki up, fireman’s carries, for a CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu roars, fans fire up, and Hiromu drags Douki up to another fireman’s carry. But Douki slips out of Dynamite Plunger to get the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans rally, Hiromu endures, Douki pulls on the hold! Hiromu gets up, moves around, drags Douki along, only for Douki to roll him away! Hiromu uses that to dead lift Douki for a suplex! Douki escapes, wrenches but Hiromu ROCKS him with a forearm! Hiromu fireman’s carries, throws Douki to the dragon sleeper and inverted suplexes! Douki slips out again, but Hiromu gets him for a standard suplex! Douki fights out of that to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Hiromu endures again and fans fire up!

Hiromu falls over, Douki pulls harder still on the hold! Hiromu is fading, but he gets a second wind! Hiromu fights his way back up, gets to his feet, but starts to fade again as Douki pulls even harder! Hiromu gets a third wind! Hiromu moves around so Douki rolls him from ropes again! Douki slips around to wheelbarrow, but Hiromu hits a COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Hiromu and Douki stir as the fans rally hard as ever. Hiromu pushes himself up and roars! Hiromu gets Douki up, runs, but Douki ducks and runs. Hiromu ducks Douki’s clothesline to SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs again, but into Douki’s LARIAT! Douki-san Bomber?!

Douki fires up and he runs, into Hiromu’s spin and suplex! Douki knees free but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs but Douki takes him down in a FUJIWARA! DRAGON’S LAIR CRADLE! TWO!! Hiromu narrowly escapes, Douki runs in, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Hiromu drags Douki up, suplexes, VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans are thunderous! Hiromu gets back up, roars, and then drags Douki up. Hiromu runs to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! And then fireman’s carry, TIMEBOMB! Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

And the Timebomb is now at the top of the block! After catching his breath, Hiromu gets the mic to say, “OI! Oi, Douki. You’re still just fighting here as a freelancer, right? Nevertheless, you’re definitely a true New Japan Junior! Let’s do this again.” Fans cheer the respect Hiromu shows Douki. Hiromu lets the fans rally and clap before he continues. “I WON~! Is this the first time we do this in Yawatahama? Has anyone here experienced this before? It’s time for Hiromu-chan’s survey!” Fans cheer that, as well. Hiromu reminds us that the Best of the Super Junior finals will be December 15. And if you believe that Hiromu-chan is winning this, clap for him right now!

The fans clap and he says he hears them. But those who aren’t clapping, were you rooting for Douki today? Not looking forward to Hiromu winning? He’ll ask again. Those who think Hiromu-chan will repeat as BOSJ winner, clap! If you want him to win, CLAP! It’s beautiful! He’ll take this glorious energy with him to the Sumo Hall! He just needs two more wins to seal victory! “Let’s have more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE… Let’s have more fun, everyone~!” Will it only be a matter of time before the Timebomb goes back to back as the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

El Desperado: 6-3-1, 13 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 6-3-1, 13 points
SHO: 6-4, 12 points
YOH: 6-4, 12 points
Robbie Eagles: 6-4, 12 points
Taiji Ishimori: 6-4, 12 points
El Phantasmo: 5-5, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-6, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Bushi: 4-6, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-6, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 4-6, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 2-8, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great round for Best of the Super Juniors, and they arranged this rather perfectly. Sho losing in a great match with Ishimori opened the way for Desperado and Hiromu to climb up into the top of the block with their wins. We’ve got an awesome set up for the 11th round, where the first one between Desperado and Hiromu to lose gives way to the winner of Sho VS Yoh. But at the same time, if Eagles wins over Hiromu, he’ll be the one getting into the finals over Sho because Eagles won against him. But then Yoh goes in over Eagles because Yoh won. But all that is moot if Desperado and Hiromu both win because they’ll both be at 15 points.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Yo! Listen!

Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

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

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

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

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

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

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

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

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

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

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

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

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

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

 

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

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

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

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

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

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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