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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/7/22)

It’s a Six Man Tag No Disqualification!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!

Proud ‘n’ Powerful and the Mad King are back at it again, as they’re going on a No Holds Barred Rampage against 2point0 and Daniel Garcia!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole VS Jake Atlas; Cole wins.
  • Hook VS Aaron Solo w/ QT Marshall; Hook wins.
  • Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Riho & Ruby Soho; Riho & Soho win.
  • No Holds Barred Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz VS Daniel Garcia & 2point0; Kingston, Santana & Ortiz win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Cole VS Jake Atlas!

The Panama City Playboy heard the news, and he wants to “welcome” the Muscle of El Camino to AEW personally. But will the current #1 contender have more than he bargained for going against the newest signee? Or will it still be all about Adam Cole BAYBAY?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Cole gets the arm and wrenches through to a wristlock. Atlas rolls, wrenches back to get the wristlock, but Cole rolls and rolls and wrenches back. Atlas slips through, has the arms and spins Cole to a headlock and takeover! Cole scrambles around but Atlas keeps him down. Cole headscissors, Atlas moves around, headstands and pops free! Atlas mocks the BAYBAY and then eggs Cole on. Fans rally, the two circle, and they tie up, only for Cole to kick low! Cole ROCKS Atlas, whips him to ropes, but Atlas reverses. Cole holds ropes to avoid the dropkick! But Atlas avoids the shining wizard!

Cole avoids the Penalty Kick, and the standing moonsault, but Atlas avoids the boot! Cole ducks a roundhouse, Atlas blocks a superkick, both men then show superkick but hold back. Fans fire up as Atlas tells Cole to talk to the hand. Cole kicks low! Cole whips, Atlas stops short of the dropkick to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Atlas brings Cole up to CHOP, then has Cole in a corner for another CHOP! Cole staggers, Atlas brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Atlas fires forearms and then GAMANGIRIS! Atlas whips corner to corner, Cole reverses but Atlas BOOTS him! Atlas goes up, Cole SHOVES him down! Atlas crashes down while Cole dusts himself off.

Cole goes out after Atlas, POSTS him, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Atlas staggers up, Cole puts him in the ring. Cole drags Atlas around, rains down fists, then drags Atlas up. Atlas throws body shots, Cole stomps him down! Fans rally, Cole brings Atlas up and DECKS him with a right! Atlas goes to the corner, Cole digs his foot in! The ref counts, Cole lets off at 4, but Cole drags Atlas up. Atlas throws forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Cole staggers, Atlas runs, springboards, but into a BACKSTABBER! Atlas writhes but Cole snapmares him for a KNEE to the back!

AEW is picture in picture as Cole clamps on a chinlock. Cole grinds Atlas down, but Atlas endures. Atlas fights up as Cole shifts his position, and Atlas throws body shots. Atlas runs, Cole CLOBBERS him! Cole paces, Atlas goes to a corner but Cole drags Atlas up. Cole turns Atlas for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cole flexes to keep his ego going, and he drags Atlas into another chinlock. Atlas endures again as Cole grinds him down. Atlas fights his way up, throws EuroUppers, but Cole kicks low. Cole whips, Atlas ducks and dodges to RANA! Cole bails out but Atlas keeps moving, only for Cole to go around the way. So Atlas just redirects to WRECK Cole with a dropkick!

Atlas keeps moving, Atlas DIVES and hits Cole into railing! Atlas puts Cole in, springboards, and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Atlas brings Cole up but Cole ducks a kick to shove and BOOT! Atlas rebounds into the fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Cole is growing frustrated. Cole smirks as he goes to the corner, and he tunes up the band! Atlas blocks the superkick to spin him around! Cole breaks the waistlock to PELE! Atlas SUPERKICKS, spins and DISCUS LARIATS! Atlas brings Cole back up, but Cole suplexes first for a GHOSTBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Atlas survives and Cole is beside himself!

Cole gets up while Atlas crawls to a corner. Cole aims, runs in, but Atlas SHOTGUN BOOTS first! Atlas gets Cole up, suplexes, X-PLEX POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Atlas slaps himself to fire back up! Atlas goes to the apron, aims and springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Atlas clutches a knee while Cole climbs up. PANAMA-NO! Atlas blocks, but Cole CLUBS him down! HEEL HOOK! Atlas taps, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by submission

Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish head out to celebrate with their guy, Cole, and Cole gets a mic. “Happy New Year, Jake Atlas! Because in about one minute, congratulations, you earned another ass whooping.” But as medics check on Atlas, here comes Orange Cassidy! And he wraps a fist with a chain! Best Friends hurry up to reinforce him, and they run off Cole and reDRagon! Will Freshly Squeezed have to wait a little longer for revenge?

 

AEW has breaking news!

Dustin Rhodes lets us know, “Due to medical protocol, my brother Cody Rhodes will not be in Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday night for Battle of the Belts to face Sammy Guevara for the TNT title. Opportunity has knocked for another member of the Rhodes Family: me, the Natural, Dustin Rhodes.” Sammy Guevara’s response is that he “doesn’t give a sh*t. It can be Dustin Rhodes, Cody Rhodes, it could be any Rhodes.” And he also doesn’t care if it’s interim or not, he vows to walk out with the gold at Battle of the Belts. Will this change of plans help the Spanish God reign again? Or will Dustin protect the honor of the Rhodes Family?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo.

Tony Schiavone is with Andrade and his assistant, Jose, and asks why last week, Andrade distracted Sting & Darby Allin for The Acclaimed to attack from behind. Andrade says, “First, Tony, this problem is not with Mr. Sting. My question is, why this little kid works for Sting?” Schiavone points out that Darby doesn’t work for Sting, they’re friends. Oh, okay, how does Schiavone know that? Well, he knows them very well. Okay, okay. Andrade is so busy, he and Jose need new assistants. So Andrade offers Sting payment to get Darby Allin. Schiavone is pretty sure that isn’t going to work out. Is Andrade going to regret thinking of Darby as just a worker for hire?

 

Hook VS Aaron Solo w/ QT Marshall!

The Factory wanted him, so Team Taz sent him! Will the Handsome Devil show QT and Solo that he really is all that and a bag of chips?

The bell rings and Hook already stares Solo down. Fans are singing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you” but Solo tells them to shut up. Solo and Hook feel out the grapple, Solo is more messing with the hair than taking this seriously. They tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, and then Hook lifts Solo to BACK DROP him! Solo scrambles to ropes, QT wants the ref to keep Hook back, and Hook gives Solo space. They circle, feel things out, and Solo shoots in to waistlock. Hook switches, leg trips and has a half nelson to a cravat. Solo endures as Hook as a deep neck wrench, but he gets the ropebreak. Hook lets go at 4 and fans rally up.

Solo goes to a corner, Hook goes after him with body shots! Fans fire up as Hook headbutts Solo down! But QT hooks Hook’s foot! Hook glares at him, but Solo CLOBBERS Hook! Solo stomps away, but Hook shoves Solo away. Solo comes back with a forearm, then he CLUBS Hook on the back. Solo whips, Hook reverses to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, to a GROUND OCTOPUS! Solo endures, fights back to a cover, TWO! Hook CHOPS Solo on the ear! Waistlock, but Solo switches. Hook switches, gut wrenches and TOSSES Solo with the El Camino Suplex! Fans fire up, Hook gets Solo up, but Solo JAWBREAKERS!

Hook comes back, Solo ducks but Hook ducks the roundhouse! Hook catches Solo for the SHOULDER CAPTURE SUPLEX! Hook throws down crossface forearms, then wraps on the body scissors! Hook CLUBS Solo, and puts on the REDRUM! Solo taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes Solo suffer before he lets Solo go, and QT gets in to get in Hook’s face. Fans tell Hook to take the fight to him, and QT won’t let Hook walk away, either! Hook glares at QT, but QT tries a cheap shot! TAZ PLEX!! Hook is undefeated and doesn’t even look to be sweating! Will that ice in Hook’s veins keep him cool all the way to the top rankings?

 

Ricky Starks speaks from commentary.

He’s got some big news for Battle of the Belts! He thought it was a damn shame that the FTW Championship was NOT defended on that night. But he is Absolute Ricky Starks, he talked with Tony Khan, he is defending his title against Matt Sydal! the reason Starks wanted Sydal was for Dante Martin! Starks is gonna prove a point. Dante took three matches to beat Sydal, it’ll take Starks just one. And then Dante will have “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs to worry about on Wednesday, because Dante isn’t gonna survive!

 

AEW hears from both TayJay and Penelope Ford & The Bunny.

“Last week on Rampage, we left a bloodstain mark on AEW. Tay, Anna, we had to snuff the good out of you. Blood had to be spilled, because that’s how villains are made.” But Anna Jay & Tay Conti say that the best part was piledriving Ford through a table. Bunny & Ford still did what they set out to do, and that was to make sure no one ever forgets their names.

 

Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Riho & Ruby Soho!

The Dentist and her sidekick- er, assistant look to make sure momentum is on their side going into Battle of the Belts. But the Runaway had a point that Britt has never defeated Riho without help. Will this tag match ironically just prove that point? Or will Britt look to win two nights in a row?

The teams sort out, and Rebel drags Ruby out of the ring! Britt and Hayter mug Riho, really only proving Ruby’s point from Wednesday. Ruby gets back in and she goes after Britt! Britt bails out, then Ruby helps Riho against Hayter! Fans rally up, Hayter kicks but Ruby blocks to KNEE Hayter back! Ruby keeps on Hayter and the bell rings to officially start this. Ruby bumps Hayter off buckles, stomps away in the corner, then tags in Riho. Ruby whips Riho in to KNEE Hayter! Riho fires off, then tags Ruby. Riho whips Ruby in and Ruby forearms! Ruby stomps Hayter more, tags back to Riho, and they combine for a wheelbarrow victory SPEAR!

Riho covers Hayter, TWO! Tag to Ruby, she brings Hayter up but Hayter RAMS Ruby into the corner! Britt tags in, she and Hayter stomp away on Ruby, and Britt fires off forearms. Britt brings Ruby around to FISHERM- NO! Ruby slips out to snap suplex! Ruby PENATLY KICKS Britt down, tags in Riho, and Riho runs to step on Britt, backpack onto Ruby, and together they SENTON onto Britt! Cover, TWO! Riho hurries to tag Ruby in, and Ruby hurries to keep Britt from her corner. Britt rakes eyes, fires forearms at the ropes, then brings Ruby around to whip her to ropes. Ruby reverses but Britt reverses back, and Rebel swipes at Ruby!

Ruby glares, the ref reprimands, but Britt knees Ruby low! Britt underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Hayter gets in to BOOT Ruby down! Britt covers, TWO! Britt rains down hands on Ruby and then covers, TWO!

AEW goes picture in picture as Britt drags Ruby by her hair. Britt wraps on a chinlock then drags Ruby up to bump her off buckles. Britt chokes Ruby, Hayter helps out there, but the ref counts and they both let off at 4. Tag to Hayter, she snap suplexes Ruby out of the corner! Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Ruby back up, bumps her off buckles, then brings her around to RAM her into the second buckle, and then the bottom buckle! Hayter swings on Riho but Riho gets away. Hayter drags Ruby up to bump her off more buckles and then stomp her in the corner. Britt talks trash, then gets her cheap shots in as Hayter argues with the ref!

Hayter CLUBS Ruby down, stomps her, then drags Ruby up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Hayter looms over Ruby, taunts her as she crawls, and then brings her away to CLUB her in the back! Ruby CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Hayter CLUBS Ruby again, then drags her up to whip her into the corner. Hayter tags Britt, Britt wraps Ruby’s arm around the ropes and pulls off KT tape at the same time. The ref reprimands, Hayter gets her boots in on the arm, the ref counts but they both let off at 4. Britt fires off forearms, throws Ruby down, then CLUBS the arm while clamping on an armlock. Ruby endures as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Britt waistlocks Ruby. Ruby fights with elbows, Britt ripcords and spins, but Ruby ducks to SAIDO! Fans are fired up for “Women’s Wrestling!” as these two crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Hayter and Riho! Fans fire up as Riho dropkicks Hayter, dodges her, then tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Riho dodges Hayter to put her on ropes, and then dials it up for a 619! Cover, Britt breaks it! Britt rains down rights on Riho, Hayter stomps Riho, and they double whip. Riho handsprings through the clotheslines to BOOT Britt and TORNADO DDT Hayter! Cover, TWO! Riho drags Hayter to the corner and heads up top!

But Britt is there to shove Riho down! Fans boo, Britt runs in and gets Riho, ripcord ROLLING ELBOW! Hayter hits the BACKBREAKER, sets Riho up for Britt’s SUPERKICK, then Hayter hits an STO! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Britt is after Ruby and throws her out while Hayter hammers Riho! Hayter drags Riho up, suplexes, but Riho fights free! Britt is there, but Riho dodges and Hayter DECKS Britt! Riho rolls Hayter up to a high stack, Riho & Soho win!!

Winners: Riho & Ruby Soho, by pinfall

And Britt’s still yet to defeat Riho! Britt is upset with Hayter, but will she take it all out on Riho in the AEW Women’s World Championship showdown?

 

Dan Lambert and The Men of the Year speak.

“Let me get this straight. Now it’s Dustin and Sammy for the interim TNT belt? Tony, are you booking championship matches or the next episode of Rhodes to the Top?” He doesn’t know who does more sucking up, Cody to Tony or Tony to the TNT reality show execs. Either way, there’s a lot of sucking going on right about now. No wonder Bambi Rhodes is the CBO. Not to break their hearts more, but Ethan Page says you can’t expect anyone to use logic in running this place. If so, then a top five wrestler like Scorpio Sky would be in the match! Scorpio says there doesn’t even need to be a match or interim title! Scorpio should just be crowned the champion immediately!

Scorpio hasn’t been pinned in 221 days, hasn’t lost a singles match in over 300 days, and he could beat both Dustin and Sammy on the same night! Ethan says Sammy knows there’s unsettled business here, but Dustin? Ethan could knock him on his ass any night of the week! So tomorrow, they’ll be watching very, very closely. Will the interim TNT Champion have to worry about these wolves hunting them down?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Henry wants to talk with Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz first, but “with all due respect,” Jeff Parker speaks up to take over. Kingston, just do them a favor and stand there with your mouth shut. How many times do they have to do this? Week after week, they embarrass Kingston, and yet- Oh, Kingston, Santana & Ortiz decide to just bounce. Matt Lee is done with the “pulled the tights” excuse. Where are they going? They want to go to the ring already? Daniel Garcia says that they got embarrassed last week, they’ll just get embarrassed again this week. Garcia has Kingston’s number, he is smarter in the ring than Kingston, he’ll prove it every time, especially with tonight being no rules.

Wait, Kingston, Santana & Ortiz found Garcia & 2point0 and attack! The fight is on already as Kingston fires off on Garcia, Santana has Parker, and Ortiz disappears down the hall with Lee! Henry says it’s time for the main event! Will these three keep brawling all through the commercial break?!

No Holds Barred Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz VS Daniel Garcia & 2point0!

Rampage returns and things spill out onto the stage! Parker sends Ortiz tumbling, but Kingston fish hooks Garcia’s mouth as he brings him to the ring. Ortiz and Lee were beating each other all during the break, who knows where Lee’s gone since. Kingston throws hands on Garcia, CLUBS him at ringside, and then RAMS him into railing! Kingston smacks Garcia off a chair in the corner, Santana punches back against Parker. Kingston grabs a trash can! Kingston and Garcia go to the ring, Garcia fires forearms but Kingston doesn’t even flinch! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye, then SMACKS him with the trash can!

Kingston headbutts the can to fire himself up! Ortiz sends Lee into railing, Santana uses a chair on Parker. Kingston chose Garcia with his shirt! Kingston puts the trash can between the legs and STOMPS! And speaking of balls, Ortiz uses the mad ball sock on Lee! Kingston SMACKS Garcia with the banged up trash can! And again! And then he puts the can around Garcia’s head to stomp it! Kingston throws Garcia out, Parker BOOTS Santana against railing! Kingston chokes Garcia, Ortiz SMASH a water bottle on Lee’s head and the camera gets splashed! Kingston BITES Garcia! Ortiz snap suplexes Lee to the floor and then uses a beer can!

Garcia hits Kingston back, Parker gives Santana SNAKE EYES on the railing! Garcia RAMS Kingston into the apron, Ortiz uses a chair on Lee. Garcia and Kingston scrap on the floor, Lee TOSSES Ortiz over railing! Garcia rakes Kingston’s eyes! Ortiz fights Lee back in the front row, and Santana brings Parker around to CHOP him by the corner. Garcia has the trash can, Kingston kicks him down first! Proud ‘n’ Powerful double suplex Parker while Kingston suplexes Garcia onto the trash can! Lee returns to CLUB Santana then fire off on Ortiz! Fans rally up for Kingston but Lee puts Ortiz in the ring.

Lee takes one of the fan’s blown up Bert Kreischer head and SMACKS Santana with it! 2point0 regroups in the ring while Kingston makes Garcia take a seat. AEW goes picture in picture as Lee whips and drop toeholds Ortiz, and Garcia drop toeholds Kingston into the chair! Lee sets up, Parker has a chair, FULL METAL BOOYAH! Direct hit on Ortiz and he writhes from the chair drop. Cover, TWO! 2point0 stomp Ortiz, hit him with what’s left of the Kreischer head, but Santana DECKS Parker! And BOOTS him from the apron! And SMACKS him off the steps! Ortiz  kicks Lee back, but Lee stomps Ortiz down. Kingston CLOBBERS Garcia with the trash can!

Lee whips Ortiz hard into the corner! Ortiz bounces off buckles, Lee goes out after Kingston and kicks him down. Lee waits for Kingston to stand, to then CLOBBER him! Garcia returns and now he chokes Kingston with a shirt! Parker throws hands with Santana, Ortiz SMACKS Parker with a chair! Lee CLUBS Ortiz but Ortiz JAMS him! Parker and Garcia knock Ortiz down but Santana JAMS Garcia with the chair! SMACK to Garcia’s back and he hobbles away. Santana sets up a chair, brings Parker over and reels him in, PILDERIVER to the chair! A bit double-edged given how Santana set that up, but Kingston uses the mad ball on 2point0!

Ortiz gets the mad ball to smack Lee over and over and over! Garcia puts Kingston’s leg inside the trash can and STOMPS it! Garcia stomps Kingston more to then STOMP the leg again! Lee clobbers Ortiz and fires off hands! Parker is in the ring and he digs boots into Santana at a corner, while Garcia YANKS Kingston’s leg! Kingston kicks back, eggs Garcia on, even as he crawls! Parker CHOPS Santana, Garcia gets Kingston’s leg and bends it in a toehold. Parker runs corner to corner to RAM into Santana!

Rampage returns to single picture as Kingston scrapes Garcia away. Parker and Santana throw hands, but Parker whips Santana corner to corner. Ortiz saves Santana, and uses the schoolboy to propel Santana into a CUTTER on Parker! Lee gets in, PNP dodge him to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Garcia gets in, Ortiz hits him first! PNP double back suplex but Garcia slips out, and Parker SPEARS Santana down! Garcia rolls Ortiz, holding the waistband! TWO!! Garcia whips Ortiz, Ortiz rolls and CLOBBERS Garcia! And again! CALF KICK! Kingston hobbles in to get an EXPLODER! Santana is up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, 2point0 break it!

Santana throws Parker out, Lee uses POCKET SAND!! DDT! Cover, Ortiz breaks it! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this, and Lee throws hands on Ortiz, DDT! Lee fires up, and Garcia gets the ring bell! Parker returns, Lee stomps Kingston, and they want to revisit their previous Six Man Tag! Ortiz grabs Garcia’s leg but Garcia stomps him away. Garcia runs in, BELL RINGER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!?! Fans are going nuts as Lee and Garcia keep Kingston down. Parker finds tape! They bring Kingston around to the timekeeper’s table, DOUBLE SUPLEX through the table!! But Ortiz uses the trash can to attack! LOW BLOW from Parker!

Garcia sees Santana, he jumps in but into a JAM from the chair! SMACK to the back! Santana storms over to SMACK Parker with the chair! Santana keeps Lee from running away, and he JAMS him to SMACK him with the chair! Fans are thunderous, Santana goes back to Parker but Garcia BOOTS him from the apron! Garcia gets in, Ortiz is there, Garcia KICKS Ortiz first! Garcia and Ortiz throw hands, Ortiz eggs Garcia on! Garcia forearms, Ortiz CHOPS and eggs Garcia on some more. Garcia ROCKS Ortiz, throws more hands, but Ortiz CHOPS back! Santana is in, he and Ortiz give Garcia the ASSISTED WHEELBARROW FACEBUSTER!

Parker attacks to stop the cover, but Ortiz whips and hurdles, Santana KICKS! Ortiz ENZIGURIS, Santana DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, Proud ‘n’ Powerful win it for the team!

Winners: Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall

But Lee still LOW BLOWS Kingston! Garcia dropkicks Santana! Lee LOW BLOWS Ortiz! And again! Garcia stomps away on Kingston, fans boo as they get the tape back! They tape Kingston to the ropes! They’re mugging Kingston, but Jericho jumps off commentary! Jericho gets in to run off 2point0 and Garcia! Le Champion dares them to do something, but they’ve done the damage. Kingston frees his arm, Jericho even has the mad ball. Will Jericho and Kingston put aside their differences to go after their common enemies?


My Thoughts:

What a wild episode of Rampage! Cole VS Atlas was a great match, but since this was all recorded on Wednesday, it was already reported out there that Atlas legit hurt his leg at the end there. There’s some irony to how it wasn’t as bad as Rey Fenix’s arm, yet Atlas is the one hurt. Cassidy and faction running Not Undisputed Era off was good stuff, there’s a lot more to do there as the story of Cole stuck between all his friends develops. Maybe there’s a clash of reDRagon and Young Bucks the very next time the Bucks try to help Cole win. Hook VS Solo was good stuff, and naturally Hook wins. I bet we’re getting Hook VS QT next after that.

I really like that Starks took the initiative and wants to defend his FTW Championship. He’ll have a great match against Sydal and naturally retain. I feel like Dante will find a way to win against Hobbs, and then I hope we get Starks VS Dante for the FTW title. Britt & Hayter VS Riho & Ruby was a pretty good tag match, and it was great that Riho got the win but over Hayter. I’m pretty sure the Battle of the Belts is where Britt finally defeats Riho to retain the title, and then Britt can move on to any number of other contenders. Cody not being cleared is a shame, Dustin being the replacement definitely plays into what Lambert’s been going on about, and I feel like this is how we circle back to Sammy feuding with Men of the Year.

Andrade had a good promo to explain what’s going on with him, Darby and Sting. I feel like it’s becoming Andrade’s running joke that he thinks factions/stables have a boss and everyone else works for that boss. And then we got an awesome main event, and I love that it started as a brawl backstage. I mean, what stops one side of that main event interview to go after the other if they’re all in the same building anyway? Great stuff all over, the Faces winning only for the Heels to go after them was a great way to bring Jericho into this again, and I would think we’re at least getting Jericho and Kingston as a team to go against 2point0 specifically, with Santana & Ortiz keeping Garcia away.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)

Indianapolis gets Elevated!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)

Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!

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Rampage Coverage 2022

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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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