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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/11/22)

Rampage is Limitless!

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AEW Rampage coverage

It’s a star-studded Rampage After Revolution!

AEW Rampage has the Relentless Darby Allin, Shane “Swerve” Strickland, mean Ms. Mercedes Martinez and Limitless Keith Lee, all on one night!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Marq Quen w/ Isiah Kassidy; Darby wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Mercedes Martinez; Hayter wins.
  • Keith Lee VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Keith wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Tony Nese; Swerve wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Marq Quen w/ Isiah Kassidy!

On Dynamite, The Relentless One and the Icon went after the Andrade Family Office after they kicked out Matt Hardy and beat him down, and now they look to settle things more directly. Will Darby ruin the party? Or will the party only turn up now that they got rid of Big Money Matt?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Quen kicks but Darby avoids it. Quen and Darby circle again, tie up and Darby wrenches to a wristlock. Darby trips Quen to then roll and wrench again. Quen rolls, kips up, but Darby tackles him down for a headlock! Quen kicks around and gets up to power out, but Darby hits a flying takedown! Fans rally for Darby as he grinds Quen. Quen fights up, powers out and arm-drags, but Darby hits a headlock takedown right out of it! Fans cheer this exchange, but Quen fights up again. Quen slips out of the headlock to get a hammerlock, but Darby reaches back to fight up.

Darby reaches around, moves around, and around, and he throws Quen right out! Then he builds speed, but Kassidy stands in the way! Fans boo and Sting steps over to warn Kassidy. Darby goes out and Kassidy finds himself cornered. But Quen swings, only to miss! Darby runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Quen and Kassidy egg Sting on but Sting says they’ll get theirs soon enough. Quen puts Darby in, stomps Darby around, and he drags Darby up to hang him out to dry! Darby flops down, Quen stomps him, then hip drops on him. Quen digs his boots in at the corner but lets off as the ref counts.

Quen drags Darby up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Darby bounces off the buckles. Quen drags Darby up again and bumps him off buckles. Quen fires off shots in the corner but fans boo. Quen soaks up the heat, he talks some trash, and he double knuckle bumps with Kassidy. Darby kicks back but Quen stomps him down! Quen drags Darby up, puts him in a corner and RAMS his shoulder in. The ref counts, Quen lets off and he drags Darby up again. Quen wraps Darby up in a cobra twist! Darby endures, but Quen holds the ropes! The ref looks and Quen stops, but then Quen tries again.

The ref keeps his eyes on Quen, but Quen still gets away with holding ropes! The ref kicks the arm, and Darby hip tosses Quen down! Fans rally up as both men slowly stand. Quen facelocks and drags Darby through the ropes. Quen CLUBS Darby, but Darby wrenches the arm to HOTSHOT it! Darby then goes out, only for Quen to trip him on the apron!

Rampage goes picture in picture as Quen gets back in the ring. Quen stomps Darby, drags him up and RAMS his shoulder in again. Quen throws hands, but lets off as the ref counts. Darby drags himself up but Quen whips him corner to corner hard! Quen runs in corner to corner, but Darby dodges! And rolls Quen up! TWO, Darby bounces off buckles into a kangaroo kick! Quen crawls to the cover, TWO! Quen goes to the corner and climbs up while gloating. But Darby trips him up! Darby hurries up top as Rampage returns to single picture, and the two brawl! Darby gets Quen up, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!

But Darby holds on to get a FUJIWARA! Quen rolls but Darby facelocks! They end up in a corner, Quen RAMS Darby! And then RAMS him again! Quen TOSSES Darb, but Darby comes back to sunset flip! Only for Quen to backflip KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Quen grows annoyed but Kassidy coaches him up. Fans rally as Darby gets to a corner. Quen storms over, stomps Darby then whips, but Darby holds ropes! Quen stomps Darby, whips corner to corner, but Darby reverses. Darby runs, but into double knees! Quen gets Darby up, BACKFLIP DDT! Cover, TWO!! Quen is frustrated but fans fire up for Darby!

Quen looms over Darby as fans rally up for him. Quen suplexes, but Darby pries free and gets a SCORPION DEATH DROP! Sting approves but both men are down. A standing count starts, Darby sits up at 4 of 10. Darby gets to a corner and climbs up fast, but Kassidy is there to distract! Darby talks trash, and Sting yanks Kassidy down! Sting whips Kassidy into the timekeeper’s area! But Quen trips Darby up! Darby hits ropes and then tumbles to the floor! Quen then goes up, to 450 SPLASH to the floor!! Quen proves he’s just as crazy as Darby and fans lose their minds over that one!

Quen writhes but he gets up as the ring count climbs. Quen goes to the ring and lets the count continue! The count is 6 of 10, but Darby gets up at 8, to get in at 9.9! Fans rally up but Quen covers, TWO!! Darby is still in this somehow, but Quen goes right back up. Quen vows to end it here, and he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES into a FUJIWARA!! Darby pulls way back, Quen taps! Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by submission

Quen went to the extreme but it wasn’t enough to stop Darby! But wait, here comes the rest of the AFO! Jose, The Butcher, The Blade & The Bunny walk with El Idolo, but here come the HARDY BOYZ! Fans go nuts as Matt & Jeff are in their classic outfits! The AFO stand down, and Darby is in awe of these extreme icons! Will it eventually come to blows between El Idolo’s forces and these relentless legends?

 

BIG news for next week!

Rampage will have a special start time, 11:30 PM Eastern, or as soon as the NCAA Tournament coverage ends. Will AEW get in on the March Madness?

 

Dan Lambert and the Men of the Year speak.

Lambert goes first, saying, “We are here to make history, and as one of the premier pro-wrestling historians on this planet, I’ve already seen this Wardlow story play out before. In 1968, a 19-year-old Larry Zbyszko crawled out of the bushes into Bruno Sammartino’s backyard and begged for his guidance. He repaid that kindness with his betrayal, much like Wardlow did to MJF. But fear not, your TNT Champion will right that wrong next Wednesday on Dynamite, and Wardlow will go down in history as nothing more than another footnote in the greatest unbeaten streak AEW has ever seen.”

Ethan Page speaks up, saying, “Don’t let the one belt fool you, guys. On Wednesday night, Sky’s defending two titles: The TNT title, and his streak.” Scorpio tells “War Dog, nothing changes in San Antonio. You’re just a different opponent who’s gonna see the same result. This is the Face of TNT. Get used to it.” Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away. But will he really keep that win streak going? Or will Wardlow end Scorpio’s title reign in a snap?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai starts by saying, “With the last rites concluded, the next rites will be written, and the guilt of a man who thought that he’d removed all poison from his heart. But we will make your eyes turn black again.” Brody King says, “Like a shark smelling blood, because that feeling of violence is like an addiction. And even now, you can reach out, and you can touch it and you can feel it, because we know your deepest…” “Secrets,” Buddy Matthews continues. “Dark, dark secrets. Which means the House knows your truth. Shh…” Who is the House speaking to? And what secrets do they know?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Mercedes Martinez!

AEW returns to ringside and everyone’s already here! Will the Doctor’s number one muscle do her job and take out their mercenary? Or will mean Ms. Mercedes mangle the Hayter for free?

The bell rings, Hayter and Mercedes circle and tie up. They go around, Mercedes turns Hayter around but Hayter fights the waistlock. Hayter drops in an attempt to break the hold but Mercedes holds on. Mercedes drags Hayter down, but Hayter slips out to facelock. Mercedes fights up, pries the hold and waistlocks again. Hayter switches, Mercedes switches, but Hayter reaches back for a headlock. Hayter hits a headlock takeover but Mercedes headscissors. Hayter kips free and the two stand off as fans cheer. Mercedes waits on Hayter and the two circle. Fans rally up, they tie up, and are in a deadlock.

Mercedes powers Hayter back a few steps, but Hayter puts her on the ropes. Mercedes turns that around, the ref counts but Hayter turns it back around. They end up in a corner, Hayter turns things around on Mercedes, but she lets off slowly. Mercedes dodges the sucker punch to fire off haymakers, CHOPS and forearms! Mercedes whips Hayter corner to corner, runs in but into a boot! Hayter runs, RAMS Mercedes, but Mercedes stays up! Hayter kicks and whips, but Mercedes boots back! Mercedes runs and LARIATS Hayter down! Mercedes drags Hayter up, fires forearms and CHOPS!

Mercedes fires off more, then brings Hayter out. Hayter rakes Mercedes’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Britt likes what she sees as Hayter digs her boots in at the corner. The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Hayter CLUBS Mercedes, chokes her on the ropes, and Britt talks trash. Hayter lets off as the ref counts, but Britt keeps talking crap. Hayter kicks Mercedes around, has her in the corner, but Mercedes throws shots back! Hayter ROCKS and stomps Mercedes in the corner! The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and she takes a bow. Britt praises Hayter and Hayter drags Mercedes up. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Hayter clamps onto Mercedes’ neck then drags her up to dig an elbow into the shoulders. Hayter pulls hair, the ref reprimands, so Hayter lets off to chinlock. Hayter JAMS her knee into Mercedes’ back and pulls harder on the hold.

Hayter digs her forearm in Mercedes’ face but Mercedes fights up. Hayter fireman’s carries but Mercedes fights free and shoves Hayter, for a ROLLING ELBOW! Mercedes throws back elbows over and over at the ropes, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! Hayter stomps Mercedes around, then stands on Mercedes’ head! Mercedes gets to a corner, Hayter takes her time walking over. Hayter drags Mercedes up, CHOPS her, then smirks. Hayter CHOPS again and Mercedes staggers to another corner. Hayter CLUBS Mercedes then CHOKES her! The ref reprimands as Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and Mercedes BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! She holds on for a new take on Una Amiga! And then DOS AMIGA BUTTERFLY! And then the elevated BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives but Mercedes drags Hayter back up. Mercedes CLUBS Hayter, fisherman’s but Hayter fights free. Hayter reels Mercedes in but Mercedes elbows free! Mercedes runs, but into the clinch! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Mercedes survives and Britt is not happy. Hayter drags Mercedes up, Mercedes throws body shots and palm strikes! Hayter haymakers and scoops, but Mercedes slips out!

Mercedes scoops, Hayter slips off, and Hayter shoves Mercedes to ropes, to DECK her with a forearm! Fans fire up and Britt is happy again. Hayter has wild eyes and she runs in at the corner, but Mercedes boots her! Mercedes EXPLODERS Hayter into buckles! Hayter flounders and fans rally up as Mercedes hoists Hayter to the top. Mercedes climbs up behind Hayter, CLUBS away on her, then stands her up, SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX! Hayter gets folded for a moment, but Rebel gets in to distract the ref! Mercedes sits up on the corner, into Britt’s cheap shots! Mercedes falls to the mat as fans boo!

Mercedes gets up slowly, Hayter runs in, LARIAT! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Like doctor, like assistant! Hayter helped Britt screw over Thunder Rosa, Britt helped Hayter screw over Mercedes. But now they’re setting Mercedes up with the belt, but here comes Rosa with a chair! Rosa runs off Britt and her sidekicks! Will Rosa rip Britt apart inside that steel cage for St. Patrick’s Day Slam? Or will Britt still have a way to get away with the title?

 

Hikaru Shida speaks.

“Serena Deeb. Did you miss me? Oh, I missed you so much! I haven’t forgotten about you, even for a moment. Not in the hospital, not during rehab, not during my training. I’ve always been thinking about you. Thinking about revenge! What I did last Rampage is not enough! I need more! You can try to break my knee again, but this time, I will cut your head off!!” Will the Full Metal Warrior hunt the Wolf down and make her pay for treating her like prey?

 

Keith Lee VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!

The Limitless One may have problems with Team Taz, but it’s really more with Will Hobbs and Ricky Starks. The Factory didn’t take kindly to that rejection, but will they feel even worse after QT gets crushed? Or will QT somehow, someway make Keith Lee look mortal?

The bell rings and fans sing for Keith, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” Keith conducts the audience but QT gets annoyed. QT talks trash, so Keith HEADBUTTS him down! Keith gets QT up, knuckle locks him, and Keith twists the wrist. Fans chant, “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” and Keith straight arm levers QT up into the air! Keith holds him, drops him, then stands over QT as fans cheer. QT gets up and pokes Keith in the eye! Fans boo, QT fires off hands, then he taunts the song. Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS QT down for that! QT goes to a corner, Keith gets in to fire body shots! Keith then TOSSES QT across the ring!

Fans fire up and QT goes to the apron. Fans want that “One More Time!” and Keith brings QT up. QT HOTSHOTS Keith away! QT goes up the corner, and missile dropkicks! Keith is down! Cover, ONE!! QT goes flying just from the kick-out! QT brings Keith up and throws haymakers, but Keith gets mad! Keith snarls as he stands up, QT throws more haymakers, then a kick. QT whips but Keith blocks! Keith whips QT but QT goes up and over! QT keeps moving, but runs into a LARIAT! Fans fire up with Keith while The Factory panics! Keith fireman’s carries QT and carries him around, but QT grabs ropes!

Aaron Solo distracts the ref on the apron, and Nick Comoroto grabs Keith’s foot! QT slips off as Keith gets free, and QT SUPERKICKS! Keith staggers, QT ENZIGURIS! Keith drops to a knee and QT calls for it! QT waits for Keith to get up, DIAMOND- NO! Keith just stays up! Keith pushes QT, runs and POUNCES QT across the way! Keith then fireman’s carries QT for the BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

Solo jumps in to jump onto Keith! But Keith pops him off to TOSS him overhead! Comoroto gets in and fans fire up as the Freak Beast stares down with the Limitless One! Keith ROCKS Comoroto, then again! Comoroto throws haymakers, but Keith SWATS and ELBOWS Comoroto, pop-up for the SPIRIT BOMB! And Keith drags Solo up, to TOSS him out onto The Factory! Team Taz hops off commentary, they go to the ring, and Hobbs RAMS into Keith! Starks and Hobbs mug Keith but Keith swats them all away! But Hobbs hits a SPINEBUSTER! Team Taz stands tall, but it was still 2v1 after The Factory went after Keith. Will the Limitless One make them pay and #BaskInHisGlory?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

Tony Nese is Swerve Strickland’s first opponent here in AEW, and he wanted to be the guy. Why? “Because I’m the Premier Athlete, okay? I’m on a winning streak! I haven’t been beat this year! But who gets all the praise? Who gets the big debut on Pay-Per-View where Tony Schiavone is going all crazy? Whoa, look, it’s Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland! The crowd goes wild! I didn’t get that! And he doesn’t deserve it.” What is Swerve? Is Swerve a rapper? Well this isn’t a hip-hop show, this is a wrestling show. And Nese will give Swerve the welcome he’s always deserved.

Swerve tells Tony he sounds like “a real hatin’ ass dude right now,” but that’s exactly what Swerve expected. They have history, so how about some revisionist history tonight and Swerve whoops that ass on Fridays again? Oh, and, put some respect when you say “rapper,” cuz Swerve ain’t just a rapper. Swerve’s a mogul. And he’s about to turn this place into whose house? The fans reply, “Swerve’s House!” Swerve smiles and Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Swerve keep things how they were when he and Nese were 205 live? Or will Nese finally turn the tables on Swerve?

Swerve Strickland VS Tony Nese!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Nese tells them to shut up, this is HIS house! But no one chants for Tony’s House. Nese and Swerve circle, tie up, and Swerve hooks an arm to wrench and wrangle Nese down. Nese scrambles and gets to the ROPEBREAK, but Swerve lets off fast. Nese bails out and fans rally up for Swerve. Nese tells fans to shut up then he gets back in the ring. They tie up, Swerve gets a leg and trips Nese up. Nese grabs at Swerve’s leg but Swerve steps over to chinbar Nese. Nese wrenches back, has the wristlock, but Swerve uses ropes to flip through.

Swerve arm-drags Nese away and then hip tosses him down! Swerve gets the leg and wants the Half Crab but Nese hurries to get the ROPEBREAK. Swerve lets off at 3 this time and Nese kicks at Swerve as he goes to the apron. Nese tells fans to shut up again while Swerve waits on Nese. Nese returns, he and Swerve circle, and Nese kicks low. Nese CHOPS, whips Swerve corner to corner, then runs in, only for Swerve to go up, over, roll Nese and handspring headscissor! Fans fire up and Swerve whips. Nese holds ropes, Swerve gets annoyed, but Nese dodges, only for Swerve to drop down and trip Nese up!

Swerve keeps moving, basement dropkick! Nese flounders while fans fire up, but Nese pie faces Swerve away. Swerve storms up on Nese but Nese dumps him out, only for Swerve to handspring and land on his feet! Nese is frustrated but he slingshots. Swerve gets clear, Nese lands on the apron, and then Nese cartwheels to avoid Swerve! Nese runs in, but Swerve ducks and Nese crashes! Swerve goes to the apron and he BOOTS Nese down from above! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Swerve swaggers, he gets Nese up and into the ring, but Nese pulls the apron skirt. Nese puts the skirt over Swerve’s head to then dropkick Swerve down!

Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Nese goes out as Rampage goes picture in picture. Nese stomps Swerve, paces around, then drags him up. Nese whips Swerve into steel steps hard! The steps go sliding away while Swerve writhes. Nese gets Swerve up and into the ring, chases after, and CLOBBERS Swerve with an elbow! Nese rains down fists then lets off to cover, ONE!! Nese is annoyed again and he drags Swerve up. Swerve throws body shots, but Nese grabs an ear! Swerve hits Nese again and CHOPS him! Swerve throws haymakers but Nese dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Nese is annoyed again but he literally flexes on Swerve.

Nese talks trash, drags Swerve up and throws him out of the ring. Swerve goes to railing as Nese flexes again. The ring count climbs but Swerve gets to the apron. Nese drags Swerve into the ring, but Swerve puts him on ropes. The ref counts, Swerve throws some body shots. Swerve reels Nese into a waistlock, then GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese DOUBLE STOMPS Swerve down, then covers, TWO! Swerve survives but now Nese has the body scissors! Nese puts the squeeze on Swerve but Swerve endures. Swerve moves around, Nese pulls hair but the ref reprimands.

Swerve clubs the legs, reaches out for ropes, but Nese squeezes tighter. Swerve pushes back to a cover, TWO! Nese still holds Swerve down, but fans rally up. Swerve pries at the legs as Rampage returns to single picture, and Nese clubs Swerve on the back. Swerve CHOPS Nese, turns around inside the scissors, but Nese pushes Swerve down with a chinbar. Swerve fights, Nese CHOPS him! Swerve CHOPS back! Nese CHOPS again, so Swerve throws forearms! Swerve gets free of the scissors to fire off more shots! Nese gets away, gets Swerve up but Swerve fire seven more shots! Swerve ducks Nese’s counter punch to ROCK him with a right!

Nese goes to a corner, Swerve storms over but is put on the apron. Swerve throws body shots through the ropes, then he slingshots and somersaults, but into a SHORYUKEN from Nese! Nese gets Swerve up, brings him over and BULLDOG HOTSHOTS! Nese then PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULTS, but he FLOPS as Swerve moves! Fans fire up, Swerve gets to a corner but Nese goes for a waistlock. Swerve breaks free with a leg to then ROCK Nese again! Swerve CHOPS Nese off his feet! And again! Swerve whips Nese to a corner and uppercuts, then snapmares for the FLYING UPPERCUT to Nese’s shoulders!

Fans fire up and Swerve grits his teeth. Nese gets up, Swerve shoves him and scoops, tilt-o-whirl SLAM, deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Swerve snarls. Fans rally up again as Swerve goes back to a corner. Swerve goes right up, but Nese SHORYUKENS again! Swerve is stuck up top, Nese runs in to KICK him into a fireman’s carry! And then GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives and fans fire up even more! Nese snarls and he stalks Swerve to a corner. Nese scrapes his boot off Swerve’s face then digs it in, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese runs side to side, but Swerve somersaults to clinch!

Nese shoves Swerve away, then puts Swerve on the apron. Swerve slingshots up an dover to sunset flip, but Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Swerve is down, Nese goes up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Swerve shocks Nese and fans rally up! Nese kicks Swerve around but Swerve gets up. Nese pushes him, so Swerve kicks back! Swerve gives another scuffing kick but Nese CHOPS! Swerve fires off fast hands! Swerve whips,  Nese slides under to pump handle! Scoop, but Swerve turns that around on Nese! Nese gets to ropes and then the apron, but Swerve trips him to SUPERKICK! Nese is wobbling on the apron, Swerve goes out to DOUBLE STOMP him down!

Swerve drags Nese back into the ring and aims from a corner. Swerve slingshots and somersaults, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Swerve aims, HOUSE CALL!! But Swerve isn’t done there! Swerve goes right up, KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Whose House? Swerve’s House! Swerve was on a Rampage and he won, just like he promised! Is this just the first of many wins for Strickland now that he’s All Elite?


My Thoughts:

Another great Rampage! Though of course NCAA March Madness gets in the way of Rampage next week. Darby VS Quen was a great opener, and Darby of course wins, but I also like that the Hardy Boyz showed up to make sure the Andrade Family Office didn’t go after Darby & Sting. This furthers the idea that we’ll get an 8 Man Tag of Darby, Sting & Hardy Boyz VS Private Party, Butcher & Blade. Then we can have Andrade take on Matt or Jeff Hardy 1v1 as the blow-off. Lambert and The Men of the Year had a good promo, and as I said with Dynamite, I’m thinking MJF ruins things for Wardlow and Scorpio retains.

The House of Black has another very good promo, and I’m thinking it’s supposed to be Pac they were referring to  since they brought up the person’s eyes. But I am intrigued to know what this secret could be, that might make for a really cool twist. Hikaru Shida had a good promo to hype up the feud with Serena Deeb, and we got a good match out of Hayter VS Mercedes. But of course, Mercedes gets cheated just like Rosa did. I therefore can see Mercedes coming out to go after Hayter and Rebel the moment they try to interfere during the steel cage match. Then that will allow Rosa to win against Britt and become AEW Women’s World Champion in her hometown.

Of course Keith Lee beats QT, and of course he gets past Comoroto and Solo, but it should’ve been obvious Starks and Hobbs were going to get after Keith. I would love to see Keith VS Hobbs 1v1, and then Keith VS Starks after. Maybe the FTW Championship is on the line? And then we got a great main event out of Swerve VS Nese, definitely worthy of the hype Swerve comes in with and the streak Nese was on. AEW knows how to use great wrestlers as great wrestlers, and Swerve is a great wrestler so you can bet he’ll be going for that TNT Championship sooner rather than later. Swerve feuding with the Men of the Year would make for a good Spring or Summer story.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)

Detroit gets Elevated!

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Spend the Fourth of July with Best Friends!

AEW brings some fireworks to Motor City with half a dozen matches for Dark: Elevation! Will you be celebrating with Best Friends for the Fourth?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Anna Jay w/ Negative One VS Megan Myers; Jay wins.
  • Best Friends VS Isaiah Broner & GPA; Best Friends wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Ryan Jones & Cage Alexander; Lethal & Singh win.
  • Anthony Ogogo VS Project MONIX; Ogogo wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki & Hikaru Shida VS Laynie Luck & Heather Reckless; Sakazaki & Shida win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & 10) VS The Factory; The Dark Order wins.

QUICK NOTES

A fun line-up but with the usual obvious outcomes. Obviously with Chuck Taylor sticking around, he and Trent Beretta are back at it as Best Friends. They’ll get a good win here, but who knows if they’ll get back up towards tag titles or not. Good to see Shida is back, she and Sakazaki will also get a good win. While both the AEW Women’s World Championship and TBS Championship both have stories, this match could still help Shida get going again towards a title story of her own. And the Dark Order’s Uno, Reynolds & Vance will surely beat QT, Solo & Comoroto.


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

It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!

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Who gets the first shot at Jon Moxley’s interim title?

To determine Jon Moxley’s first challenger as Interim AEW World Champion, it’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE with 20 of the best fighting for that shot!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Royal Rampage: Brody King wins and will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship on Dynamite.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; The Young Bucks win and deny Goto & Hashi a title match.
  • Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir; Storm wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Royal Rampage!

Twenty men are about to battle for the golden ticket to face Jon Moxley for his Interim AEW World Championship! The entrants will alternate between the two rings, “Red” and “Blue,” for two separate 10 Man Battle Royals! Once there is only one man in each ring, it will be Red VS Blue, with the winner getting their shot! Who goes on a rampage and takes on The Maniac?

Already waiting in the “red” ring on the left is “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and in the “blue” ring on the right is The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese. Hangman Page makes his entrance to join Hobbs, and Darby Allin, with Sting by his side, heads for the blue ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Nese while Hobbs and Hangman start throwing hands! Darby rushes Nese at the corner with haymaker and fans fire up! Hobbs RAMS Hangman into a corner, RAMS into him again, and again. Darby throws his shirt at “Smart” Mark Sterling, then CLUBS Nese down. Darby drags Nese up while Hobbs stomps Hangman.

Nese stops Darby from throwing him over and then elbows Darby away. Darby staggers, Nese SOBATS Darby in the head! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. The countdown is almost over as Hobbs rushes Hangman. Hangman holds the rope and dumps Hobbs out! Hobbs lands safe on the apron and dodges the Triangle Jump Lariat as Ricky Starks is next! Hobbs HEADBUTTS Hangman and Absolute reinforces him in the red ring! Hangman ROCKS Hobbs and gets in Starks’ face. The fists start flying and fans fire up! Hangman whips Starks to a corner to clothesline! But Hobbs BOOBS and Starks SPEARS Hangman back!

Nese keeps on Darby as we get a moment of split screen. Nese whips Darby but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby runs but Sterling swipes at him! Fans boo but Darby sees Nese rushing in. Darby TOSSES Nese up and out and onto Sterling, Darby ELIMINATES Nese! Then Darby DIVES through the ropes to smash Nese into railing for good measure! The countdown is ending, though, and joining the blue ring is  THE BUTCHER! Bunny accompanies him to the ring and he hauls Darby up to SWING into the railing again and again! Butcher then drags Darby’s dead weight back to the ring.

Team Taz tries to throw Hangman out together but he fights them both off. Butcher stalks Darby, and we already have another man entering the red ring. It’s JOHN SILVER! The Dark Order’s Meat Man is here to help his old buddy, Hangman, and he RAMS Hobbs! Hobbs wobbles, Silver dodges Starks to ENZIGURI! Sliver gets around Hobbs, but Hobbs is too much to back suplex alone! So Hangman helps out Silver for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Silver and Hangman stare down, and they HUG! Fans love it, but then Hangman grabs Silver! Oh, it’s just a fake out to keep him on his toes. But then Silver- No, wait, another fake out!

Hangman stomps away on Starks in a corner. The countdown is done again, and entering the blue ring is Max Caster! “Platinum on the mic, with my legendary status. I’m about to do the new man that’s in the palace. Now tell me who can stop me? I’m about to beat you bitches down like you Rudy Giuliani! And none of y’all above me. I’ma win the title, then Tony Khan will hug me! Remember the name in Detroit. Everybody loves The Acclaimed.” Silver dances to the beat as Bowens says, “DETROIT, MICHIGAN~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And it seems Billy Gunn is still part of their team.

Caster gets in finally, and Butcher is right on him! Caster and Butcher stop and come to an agreement to go after Darby, but he BOOTS each of them away! And after all that rapping, the time is already up! Entering the red ring, representing “La Faccion Ingobernable,” aka the OG Los Ingobernables, it’s RUSH! Caster tackles Darby while Rush gets in and DECKS Starks! And DECKS Hobbs! Butcher already ends his alliance with Caster to go after him in a corner! Rush DECKS Hangman, but Silver CHOPS Rush. Rush doesn’t even flinch! Caster CLUBS Butcher while Silver pulls up Rush’s shirt to CHOP skin. Still nothing!

Rush CHOPS Silver off his feet! Then Rush hits Silver with a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Hangman whips Rush but Rush reverses, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly the Cowboy! The countdown is done and entering the blue ring is The Blade! He reinforces Butcher against Caster and Darby while Rush suplexes Starks! Butcher sets Darby up for Blade’s KICK! Butcher then digs his knees into Caster while Blade does the same to Darby. Bunny mocks their pain, and the countdown is already done to add to the red ring. Hobbs saves Starks from Rush, and here comes Penta Oscuro! Rush goes out the bottom to go after Penta at the ramp!

Penta dodges Rush to SUPERKICK! Then SLINGBLADE to the ramp! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS Rush back to ringside, then puts him back in. “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out and that upsets Andrade. Penta goes up the corner and jumps, only for Rush to DROPKICK him out of the sky! Hobbs hauls Silver up, puts him on the apron, but Silver drags Hobbs onto the ropes! Starks hurries over to SPEAR Silver off and ELIMINATE him! Butcher and Blade mug Darby, and the countdown is done again. SWERVE heads to the blue ring! Darby isn’t his favorite person but Swerve saves him by going up and over Caster to COMPLETE SHOT Butcher!

Swerve BOOTS Caster, blocks Blade’s kick to slip around and hit a BACKBREAKER! Then a LARIAT! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve sweeps the legs and Caster sits down, for the SUPERKICK! Caster falls to the floor, Swerve ELIMINATES Platinum Max! The countdown is done again, and entering the red ring is KEITH LEE! The Limitless One and Swerve won’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way, but what if they end up the last two left? For now, Keith gets in as Rush snapmares Hangman, Swerve smiles and conducts “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLO~RY!” for his teammate.

Swerve wants a fist bump to show they’re cool, but Team Taz attacks Keith before he can respond! Swerve feels bad he can’t help his friend, but then Butcher goes after him while Blade is after Darby! Swerve fights back while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boots into Darby, Team Taz mugs Keith and even rakes the eyes, and Rush CHOKES Hangman until Penta BOOTS him down. Penta then CLUBS Rush to the corner, only for Rush to turn things around. Rush stomps away on Penta’s face! But the countdown is done, and Matt Hardy is heading to the blue ring! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy gets in to go after his former mercenaries with big forearms and elbows! Matt bumps Blade off buckles again and again, allowing Swerve to help Darby with Butcher. But Butcher DECKS Swerve, and rushes Hardy! Hardy dodges and Butcher gets buckles now!

Hardy bumps Butcher off buckles again and again and again, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Blade staggers up, Penta KICKS Rush down, and another countdown ends as Rampage returns to single picture. Entering the red ring is the Natural, Dustin Rhodes! We get some split screen as Hardy and Darby work together to go after Blade while Swerve keeps Butcher down. Dustin gets in to POWERSLAM Stars! Hobbs CLOBBERS Dustin so the rally ends already, but then Dustin gets up and kicks back. Penta tells everyone to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Rush just CHOPS Penta! Penta CHOPS back! Rush throws off his shirt to CHOP back!

Penta throws a forearm but Rush gives it back and fans fire up as the brawl heats up! Penta CLUBS Rush but Rush JUMP KNEES! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs to RANA Rush up and out and both men are on the apron! Penta stands Rush up, they CHOP each other more and more! Rush shoves but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta waistlocks Rush but Rush holds onto ropes to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Seems that’s an Ingobernables signature! But Penta holds onto Rush and brings him along! They both hit the floor, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Dustin DECKS Starks, Hobbs fights off Keith, and Andrade aims at Penta with a chair!

Penta gets up while Jose mugs Alex Abrahantes, and Penta turns around for Andrade to CHUCK the chair into his face! The countdown is over, and joining the blue ring is the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! Rush snatches Penta’s mask!! Insult to injury! Kaz sees Swerve storm up, and he avoids the punch and the shoulder to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Kaz gets in to go after Darby while Butcher and Blade mug Hardy. But Hardy fights free to SIDE EFFECT Blade! Hardy says “DELETE!” and he kicks Blade, to TWIST OF- NO, Blade pushes him away! Butcher tosses Hardy up and out! Hardy holds onto the ropes!

The Butcher & Blade go after Hardy with stomps! Hardy can’t hold on forever, and he falls! The mercenaries ELIMINATE Hardy! Bunny is there to laugh at her former boss while the countdown is zero again. Dante Martin heads for the red ring! Angel Dorado slips under Starks to KANGAROO KICK! Starks flounders, Dante kicks him out and Starks does his best to keep his feet up! Hobbs goes after Dante with a full nelson! Starks gets in, Team Taz mugs Dante, things still not settled between all of them. Darby and Swerve try to kick out the mercenaries! Kaz helps out, Hangman ROCKS Keith, and another countdown is ending.

Joining the blue ring is Konosuke Takeshita! The Future of DDT Pro slides in, dodges Swerve, shoves him into Darby, then whips him to ropes. Swerve reverses Konosuke duck sand dodges and his a LEAPING LARIAT! Konosuke whips Darby for a BIG BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Konosuke waistlocks Swerve, Swerve gets Darby! DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Motor City is all fired up for Konosuke! Kaz fires off haymakers on Blade, Dante and Dustin go after Starks, and Hangman takes a moment to rest while Keith is after Hobbs. Kaz whips Blade at Butcher but Blade reverses! Butcher holds ropes down but Kaz manages to stay in!

Kaz DECKS Butcher, but Blade clotheslines Kaz out to ELIMINATE him! Another countdown is ending, and the final entrant for the red ring is the House of Black’s Brody King!! He is becoming more tattoo than man at this point. But Brody storms right in, and Dustin fires off on him! They brawl, Brody gets the edge and he ROCKS Dustin! Brody CLOBBERS Dustin, fires off body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Brody throws more heavy hands and Dustin wobbles. Brody DECKS Dustin, then he CLOBBERS Dante and Starks at the same time. And now, the last man for the blue ring, the last entrant overall, is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy!

Brody DECKS Dante while Cassidy takes his time to get to the ring. Blade & Butcher double whip and double clothesline Swerve! Starks AX HANDLES Keith, he and Hobbs mug Keith, and Brody puts Dante on the ropes. Dante clings for dear life but Brody CHOPS him to the floor! Brody ELIMINATES Dante! Dustin CLOBBERS Brody in the corner and fires off hands! Hangman helps out, both knowing Brody is literally a big threat. Cassidy dodges the mercs to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as Cassidy and Konosuke stare down now. Cassidy “shoves’ Konosuke, so Konosuke CHOPS Cassidy off his feet!

Konosuke whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT, for a BRAINBUSTER! Starks dangles out of the ring and Dustin is after him! But Hobbs dumps Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Butcher & Blade DOUBLE HEADBUTT Konosuke, then DRAG THE- NO, Konosuke fights and RANAS Butcher! Konosuke runs at the corner but Blade saves Butcher! Konosuke’s knee hits buckles, the mercs dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hobbs mocks Keith’s conducting of the fans while Hangman CHOKES Starks! Brody storms up on Hangman while Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Hobbs!

Swerve gets Cassidy and Darby to side with him against Butcher & Blade. Butcher & Blade dare them to bring it, and Darby rushes in, but Swerve swerves Cassidy! Swerve throws Cassidy out and ELIMINATES him! Swerve can’t be trusted! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! But then Starks dumps and ELIMINATES Keith! Blade kicks Swerve, brings him in, he and Butcher DRAG THE LAKE!! They haul Swerve back up to dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Hangman runs at Brody, Brody pops him up, but Hangman RANAS Brody! Starks runs in, Hangman jumps over the spear!

Hangman takes aim but Starks dodges and the DISCUS LARIAT hits Brody! Starks tosses Hangman but Hangman lands on the apron! Hangman BOOTS Starks, then baits him in! Hangman dumps Starks out to ELIMINATE him! Then Hangman slingshots, but Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody King is Mr. Red! and he watches as the blue ring still sorts out. Darby tosses and DROPKICKS Blade out to ELIMINATE him! Butcher rushes in and Darby dumps him out, to ELIMINATE him!! Darby is Mr. Blue! And now that just leaves these two to fight it out! Brody storms right into the blue ring, hauls Darby up in a gut wrench, GUT WRENCH BOMB!!

Brody then TOSSES Darby through ropes to get him into the red ring! Brody storms back over while Darby crawls to a corner. Fans fire up for Darby but Brody says he’s going to destroy him! Brody runs in, CANNONBALL! Brody snarls while Darby flops over. Brody hauls Darby up to RAM him into a corner, hoists him top, and then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Brody climbs up. Darby fires off haymakers and CLUBBING forearms! Brody ends up on the apron, Darby gets in the ring and he fires off! Darby BITES Brody’s fingers! Brody CLUBS Darby! And has a SLEEPER in the ropes! Brody uses that to drag Darby up and over! Darby is literally HANGING! Brody DROPS Darby, and WINS!

Winner: Brody King as Mr. Red (will challenge Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW World Championship)

The tattooed titan is victorious! Will Jon Moxley be able to hold onto the interim title against such a villainous foe? Or will CM Punk return to see the House of Black?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Alex Marvez sits with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil on the couch and thanks him for taking this time. Last week, Hook got a big win over NJPW’s The DKC as part of Forbidden Door weekend. But the world wants to know, what is next for Hook? Hook just eats his chips. Well, Marvez did see some of Hook’s previous interviews, to call them that. Marvez is starting to think Hook is more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. Hook stands up, pushes Marvez down, and tells him, “That’s the problem, Alex. Most people don’t think. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Hook is a deep thinker, it seems. Has he already seen four steps ahead of the AEW roster?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

Matt & Nick Jackson feel alone right now without the rest of the Undisputed Elite, but they have the gold to keep them warm. Will they be able to shine bright in this high stakes match? Or will it be lights out, courtesy of #BISHAMON?

The teams sort out and Nick starts with the Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto. They circle, tie up, and Goto powers Nick to a corner. The ref counts, Goto lets off at 4, and fans applaud the clean break. Nick and Goto go again, they tie up and Nick puts Goto on ropes. Nick lets off, but then kicks low! Nick fires off punches and stomps to the corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto bounces off buckles to run Nick over! Tag to Hashi, they double whip Nick to run him over! Matt wants in but the ref says he missed the tag, Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up as Goto & Hashi intercept Matt with a kick! And they drum away on his back!

Nick gets up, but he gets a kick and the drumming! Fans fire up while Nick is punch drunk. Hashi CLUBS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick holds ropes to BOOT back. Tag to Matt, Nick aims for a corner but Hashi blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Matt runs in but into an elbow! Hashi runs in, into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express begins! Another, and another, and then Goto gets in, for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up and Matt flexes! Matt gives Nick a boost to ESCALARA! Direct hit on Bishamon and fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Nick puts Hashi in for Matt, and Matt paces around the Head Hunter. Matt stomps Hashi, waves hi to fans, then throws down fists. Matt drags Hashi up, Nick says “SUCK IT!” and Matt whips Hashi into the corner. The Bucks coordinate, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt hits a fist drop, then he keeps on Hashi with haymakers. Matt throws more hands, pie faces Hashi, and eggs him on. Hashi throws body shots back! Hashi CHOPS Matt, CHOPS him again, but Matt rakes eyes! Matt whips, Hashi reverses but Matt slips out and trips Goto! Matt then shoulders into Hashi, slingshots up and over, and runs to LEAPING LARIAT!

Matt kips up, then mockingly goes to the Bishamon corner to reach out for a tag. But then Goto yanks Matt down! Nick PENALTY KICKS Goto from the apron, ROCKS Hashi, then springboard DOUBLE STOMPS Hashi down! Nick soaks up the cheers and jeers while Matt gets back in the ring. Matt KNEES Hashi in the back, kicks him around, and Matt paces around while Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Nick reels Hashi in, but Hashi suplexes Nick first! Fans fire up while both men are down, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Matt and Goto! Goto rallies with shoulders and elbows, then a hip toss! Matt goes to a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Matt slips off and ROCKS Goto with a haymaker! And another! Matt runs, Nick tags in, Matt trips Goto up to whip. Goto reverses but Matt goes up and over, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Matt cravats, Nick gives him the boost, SLICED BREAD! SHINING WIZARD again and Nick covers, Hashi breaks it!

Matt drags Hashi up, he and Nick mug him and toss him out. The Bucks drag Goto up to whip him into the corner.  Nick runs in, Goto dodges and CLOBBERS Matt! Goto then fireman’s carries Nick! Nick slips off, Goto backs him down, and Hashi runs in to CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Feed to Goto’s kick, Goto hooks Nick up and Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi WRECKS Matt off the apron. Fans fire up, Bishamon gets Nick up but Nick BOOTS Hashi away and Matt drags Hashi out! Matt sends Hashi into railing, Nick slips out of the dragon sleeper but Goto ROCKS him!

Goto whips, Nick flips up and around but Goto dodges. Nick dodges again, Goto follows and LARIATS! Matt returns to ROCK Goto, but Goto follows, only for Matt to SUPERKICK Goto down! Hashi returns, Matt SUPERKICKS! Hashi rebounds to LARIAT! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! A standing count starts, Hashi and Matt bail out but Nick runs in from the corner. Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! But Goto is down again! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs, but Nick blocks the lariat! Hashi spins around to CHOP! Nick aims but Hashi blocks the superkick! Hashi spins Nick to SUPERKICK back!

Nick wobbles, Hashi calls to Goto! Hashi feeds Nick to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI, the Fierce Flash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives again! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they reset with the dragon sleeper and leg hold! But Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi! Matt then saves Nick from Goto’s suplex, and they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Goto down! The Bucks have Hashi’s arms and fans fire up for the B T E TRIGGER!! But they want to finish Goto! Goto is in the blue ring, Nick goes up and up to CROSSBODY Goto down! Matt gets Hashi back up in a gut wrench, and Nick springboards from ring to ring! SUPER MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (deny Bishamon a title shot)

Goto & Hashi could not shut down the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they will return home to Japan without a title shot. Will others from NJPW look to creep through the Forbidden Door to try their hand? Or are the Bucks on to some big prey of their own?

 

AEW hears from Jonathan Gresham and Tully Blanchard.

“Last week, I made a handshake agreement with Tully Blanchard. And I’m a man of my word. I said that Lee Moriarty and myself would take on two of his best clients in a tag team match. Now I’m happy, I’m really excited to announce that that match will happen right here on Rampage next week.” The mastermind Tully himself tells us that we are “going to see what it’s like to come up against the best in the business!” Gresham knows fans aren’t quite used to hearing his name on television, but we will all get used to it. We’re used to a couple of guys in particular, Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson, claiming they are the best technical wrestler, when we all know GRESHAM is the best?

Gresham is tired of being left out of important conversations! They know that HE is the best technical wrestler, and he has spent 17 YEARS chasing that dream. He has accomplished that by being THE ROH World Champion! And next week on Rampage, Gresham shows us all why. Will the Octopus deny Tully Blanchard Enterprises their shot at his title while also sending a message to the Swiss Cyborg and American Dragon?

 

Mark Henry talks to tonight’s main eventers!

The World’s Strongest Man starts with asking the Native Beast and The Problem why they brutally attacked Toni Storm last week. Why? Uh, great question. Let’s go to the weather map for answers. The “Toni Storm” is really just a high pressure system of hot air and BULL- Wait, hold on. It might be late but the kids are watching, so Nyla won’t go there. But Nyla will say that “Toni Storm is encroaching on my territory here in All Elite Wrestling.” Nyla is the #1 contender! All roads to the championships lead through HER! Last week, Storm had a problem in Shafir. And if Shafir is The Problem, then Nyla is a GADDAMN CATASTROPHE!

Storm tells Nyla that while Forbidden Door didn’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean her momentum stops here. Storm will finish Nyla and go back after Thunder Rosa, and she won’t stop until she becomes THE AEW Women’s World Champion. Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Lightning From Down Under strike the Native Beast down? Or will this Vicious Vixen be the gatekeeper to the gold?

Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir!

The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they’re in a deadlock. Nyla knees and CLUBS Storm down, then pie faces her. Nyla runs but Storm avoids the punt to fire off forearms! Nyla throws body shots back but Storm hits her more and more! Storm runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Nyla blocks that to CLOBBER Storm! Marina likes what she sees while Nyla toys with Storm. Nyla kicks Storm around, sits her up and rains down fists. Nyla runs, but into a drop toehold! Storm runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Storm runs corner to corner, and she uppercuts in the corner! Storm fires off stomps and forearms, then an uppercut!

Storm runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla snarls and she clamps onto Storm’s arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow! Storm endures, fights up, but Nyla double wristlocks to then suplex! Nyla brings Storm up again, but Storm fires off forearms! Storm ROCKS Nyla, runs the ropes, but Nyla claims something is in her eye. The ref checks, and misses Marina holding the ropes open! Storm takes a tumble, and The Problem is definitely a problem at ringside! Marina BOOTS Storm back down, and fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.

The ref questions what happened but Marina plays dumb. Nyla goes out to stomp Storm, drag her up and whips her into steel steps! Nyla smirks and Shafir applauds while Nyla refreshes the count. Nyla hauls Storm up to scoop and SLAM Storm, then she gets back in the ring. The count climbs, Shafir mockingly coaches Storm up, but Nyla distracts the ref again so Marina can step on Storm! Marina gets away before Storm can kick her back. Nyla goes out to fetch Storm, and she brings Storm around to CLUB her against the post. Nyla winds up but Storm dodges and Nyla hits post herself! Then Storm shoves and POSTS Nyla!

Storm RAMS Nyla into barriers, then CLUBS her against the apron. Storm tries to get Nyla up and in but Nyla CLUBS Storm back. Nyla talks trash while standing on Storm’s hand! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and drags Storm up, only for Storm to RAM her into more barriers! Storm puts Nyla in the ring, but Nyla drops an elbow on Storm as she enters! Nyla whips Storm to ropes, fireman’s carries, but Storm fights free! Storm CLUBS away, but Nyla TACKLES Storm! Cover, TWO! Nyla clamps on a QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH and bends Storm back! Storm endures, even as Nyla thrashes her around!

Storm refuses to give up, so Nyla fishhooks her face! The ref counts, Nyla shifts to make Storm smile. The ref reprimands again, Nyla lets off, and Storm fights with hammer fists. Nyla holds on, pulling harder on the chinlock. But Storm fights, crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets off at 4 and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans fire up for Storm while Nyla runs in at the corner, for a SPLASH! Storm sits down, Nyla runs in again, but the CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Fans fire up and Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! Shafir tries to save Nyla but Storm BOOTS her away! Nyla HOTSHOTS Storm!

Nyla runs side to side, but Storm dumps her out! Shafir helps Nyla up, but Storm is on the apron! FLYING DOUBLE DDT to the floor!! Fans fire up with Storm and she puts Nyla in the ring. Storm climbs up and Nyla rises, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Storm hurries to get Nyla up, reel her in, and use the corner. No tornado, though, and Nyla CLOBBERS Storm! Cover, TWO!! Nyla and Shafir grow frustrated, Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, but Storm pops out of the bomb to sunset flip! Nyla DROPS on the cover! TWO!! Storm survives and fans fire up again! Nyla ROCKS Storm but Storm fires back!

The forearms go back and forth, fans rally behind Storm, but Nyla kicks low. Nyla scoops but Storm slips out to shove her into the corner. Nyla grabs the buckles, Storm pulls her back, and a buckle pad goes flying! The ref hurries to fetch that, Nyla SUPERKICKS Storm down! Cover, TWO!! Storm is still in this and Nyla can’t believe it! Shafir is frustrated on Nyla’s behalf, and Nyla hangs Storm out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLYING KNEE MISSES as Storm dodges! Nyla storms over but Storm HOTSHOTS her away! Storm gets in, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up while both women are down. Shafir is on the corner, Storm has Nyla, and Storm BOOTS Shafir as part of the TORNADO DDT! Storm hurries to get Nyla back up, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

But Shafir gets in to sucker punch Storm! And SAYANAGI! And then some ground ‘n’ pound! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! The AEW Women’s World Champion blows past Shafir to SHOTGUN Nyla! Shafir returns but she gets an ENZIGURI! Thunder & Storm go after them and it’s a wild brawl! SHOTGUN for Shafir, and a LARIAT for Nyla! Fans are thunderous as La Mera Mera and her previous challenger stand tall! Storm shakes hands with the champ, will we see these two rumble again down the line? Or will they have to wash away those Vicious Vixens first?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, and I really like how the “Royal Rampage” works. NXT should’ve thought to do a match like that whenever they did WarGames. But I will say, I was really hoping they were going to give us Keith VS Swerve at the end of this. It’d be a great way to add to their story while also giving one of them a great match against Moxley. But Keith and Swerve are sticking together a little longer since they need to still settle things with Team Taz. And in the end, we did get a fresh match-up for Moxley in Brody King. That is happening already, and it’s going to be badass even without build, I can’t wait to see it.

Good segment from Hook. He is exactly how a strong silent type Face should be written in my opinion. Since he rarely talks, when Hook chooses to talk, it is more impactful. Also this could just be that they aren’t quite sure where to put Hook right now, but he just needs to start having longer, more competitive matches with some of the other established names. Maybe against Caster real quick before the Ass Boys come back around to fight The Acclaimed for their father’s love. Plus, imagine the rap Caster could come up with about Hook.

Good promo from Gresham, and one line from Tully, to set up the coming ROH on Rampage match. Gresham also calling out Bryan and Claudio is great, I think everyone would love to see that happen as part of Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd. One thing I do want to say, and it isn’t a knock on Gresham but more a choice of the companies, it feels like they downgraded the world title’s design. I know it’s based on the original design, but the design they had looked amazing. This legacy design looks too much like the ROH Tag Titles which FTR have. But again, not really anything that affects Gresham or his booking, it’s just something visual that I wish they didn’t do.

The Bucks VS Bishamon not being main event was a bit of a surprise, but then I realized they probably didn’t want any language barrier affecting the promo with Mark Henry. It was a great tag match, definitely worthy of the tag titles, but that is why Bucks win. I would think FTR makes it through DBD with the ROH tag titles, and then they and the Bucks can start towards All Out for FOUR TITLES AT ONCE for the most amazing tag match ever! And then we got a good promo segment with Nyla and Storm before a very good main event. Storm winning is great, they could easily give us Rosa VS Storm 2, and at the very least, we’re getting Rosa & Storm VS Nyla & Shafir to help build the next title story.

My Score: 8.6/10


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