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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/18/22)

Rampage is Limitless!

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Time for a little bit of March Madness!

AEW Rampage starts a little later tonight but it’s just as hot! Team Taz warned Keith Lee, but he’s still coming! Will Max Caster #BaskInHisGlory?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS The Butcher w/ The Blade; Darby wins.
  • Red Velvet VS Leyla Hirsch; Velvet wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Fuego Del Sol & Bear Country; The House of Black wins.
  • Keith Lee VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Keith wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS The Butcher w/ The Blade & The Bunny!

Things have been heating up between the Relentless One, the Icon, and the Andrade Family Office. Butcher owes Darby for a busted hand, will he bust up Darby’s face?

The bell rings and fans rally as these two circle. Fans rally behind Darby, he throws his jacket at Butcher but Butcher throws it away. They approach, Darby dodges Butcher, and the two circle again. Butcher tries to corner Darby but Darby slips around to fire off! Fans fire up but Butcher eggs Darby on! Darby SLAPS, Butcher shoves, but Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks! Coffin Splash, then another! Butcher RAMS Darby to the other corner and fires off hands! Butcher DECKS Darby, then shoves him into the cameraman! The ring count starts while Darby is down. Butcher paces, but Darby gets up at 4 of 10.

Darby gets near but Butcher swipes at him. Darby goes around the way, baits Butcher, but the count is climbing! Butcher wants after Darby but Darby SLAPS him! Darby dares Butcher to do something, then he gets in to build speed and DIVE! Darby hits railing with Butcher! But Darby gets back up, stomps Butcher as he gets in, and fires off palm strikes! Darby fires up, runs, COFFIN- Caught! But Darby bends fingers! Butcher CLUBS Darby, then hits a BACKBREAKER! And then a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sting stays stoic while Butcher looms over Darby. Butcher drags Darby up but Darby BITES those fingers!

The ref counts, but Butcher fires off forearms! Darby stops biting, and then Butcher DECKS Darby again! Butcher drags Darby up but Darby BITES the bad hand! Butcher drags Darby around, stomps Darby, and his hand is free. Butcher shakes out his bad hand, is more careful as he brings Darby up, and he bumps Darby off buckles, before a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Butcher is frustrated but fans rally up for Darby. Butcher drags Darby around and stomps him more. Sting fires the fans up and Butcher drags Darby up. Butcher SWINGS Darby around by his neck before THOSSING him away!

Darby writhes after hitting ropes on the landing. Sting backs Blade off, but Blade talks trash. Butcher kicks Darby to the floor, then stands on Darby’s head. Butcher kicks Darby, the ref reprimands. Butcher stalks Darby, then CLOBBERS him again! Darby sputters while Butcher goes into the ring. Butcher goes back out to fetch Darby, and he stares Sting down. Darby crawls while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Butcher CLUBS Darby against the apron, then POSTS him! Darby wobbles, Butcher puts him in the ring, and Darby gets to a corner. Butcher runs corner to corner, and clotheslines Darby down! Darby flounders to another corner, Butcher takes aim and he runs in again, for another clothesline! Butcher soaks up the heat as he paces around. Darby crawls to yet another corner, and Butcher runs in again, for another clothesline! Darby somehow makes it to the fourth corner, Butcher wants to complete the set! Darby drags himself up, Butcher runs in, but Darby BOOTS him! Darby hops up as Rampage returns to single picture.

Darby leaps, but Butcher catches his legs! TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, reaches out, claws and crawls, but Butcher drags him away! Butcher flips Darby through to POWERBOMB him! And then back to the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, reaches out for Sting, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Butcher lets go, Darby flops to the floor. Butcher goes out after Darby, gets the legs and deadlifts Darby, but Darby grabs ropes! Darby kicks Butcher then hops on for a sleeper! Darby fires off crossface forearms, but Butcher POSTS Darby again! Butcher gets back in the ring, just to refresh the count.

Butcher drags Darby around again, and he SWINGS him into the railing! And again! And then into steel steps! Butcher drops Darby and gets back in the ring, but comes back and runs in, only to hit steel steps! Darby stomps away on the bad arm, then hops on, CODE RED to the floor! Fans fire up and Darby gets up to the apron. And then up top!? SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down but the fans are all fired up! Darby drags himself into the ring and somehow Butcher drags himself up. But then he falls! The count is 10, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by count-out

The Relentless One gets a big win, but here comes El Idolo and company! But Private Party attacks from behind! Sting DECKS Kassidy and fights Quen, Darby goes after Blade! But that’s 3v2, the AFO is getting the advantage! Andrade joins his employees, but here come the HARDY BOYZ! Matt & Jeff hurry down and run off everyone else! The Hardys help Darby to his feet, this is clearly only escalating between them all! Matt gets the mic to say that with numbers even, AFO should get their asses in the ring. Fans want to see that! Andrade and his faction step up, but then they back off. There’s no money in brawling.

Matt tells them this then. If they’re all too chicken sh*t to get in the ring here tonight, how about Dynamite in Austin? It’ll be an 8 Man TEXAS TORNADO TAG! Butcher, Blade, Private Party VS The Hardy Boyz, Darby & STIIIIING! Andrade talks it over with his team, will this battle be big money?

 

AEW hears from Scorpio Sky, Dan Lambert & Paige VanZant.

The Closer says he successfully defended his TNT Championship on Dynamite, and since then, all he’s heard are excuses. Losers make excuses for not getting this or that! Guess what? You keep making excuses, Scorpio will keep making history! Lambert says Scorpio makes history every day with that unbeaten streak of his! Lambert makes history by being co-champion (uh, just wearing the belt doesn’t count…) and Paige made history by signing her contract on Tay Conti’s beaten body. Tell ’em what you bring, Paige!

Paige says she looks better than any woman has a right to, fights better than any man could ever hope to, and prints more money than the Federal Reserve. Jump on the bandwagon now, or get run over! Will American Top Team look to take over AEW one move at a time?

 

Red Velvet VS Leyla Hirsch!

Kris Statlander wasn’t the only friend LEGIT Leyla betrayed. The Chef defended Leyla and yet was proven wrong time and again. Will Velvet make up for mistaking Leyla for a good friend by ending it here? Or will Leyla use Velvet as nothing more than a stepping stone towards the title?

They don’t even wait for the bell, they brawl on the ramp! Leyla gets around, waistlocks, but Velvet blocks to switch! Velvet snap suplexes Leyla to the ramp! Double-edged given how hard that stuff is, but Velvet gets herself up. Velvet drags Leyla up, brings her to the ring and puts her in. The bell sounds and now it’s official! Leyla crawls to ropes, Velvet runs in to KNEE her down! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Leyla shoves Velvet away and goes to a corner. Velvet storms over but is put in the corner for big forearms! Leyla CHOPS, and CHOPS, then mocks stirrin’ it up. Leyla whips, runs in, but Velvet elbows back!

Velvet puts Leyla in the corner, fires off hands, then stomps away! The ref counts, Velvet lets off and fans fire up as she goes up the corner. Velvet rains down fists, and she gets 5 before Leyla trips her up! Leyla then stomps Velvet, rolls her around, then KICKS her down! Leyla gloats then covers, ONE! Leyla pushes Velvet around but Velvet hit backs and Leyla CLUBS Velvet as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Leyla chokes Velvet on the ropes, but the ref counts. Leyla lets off, argues with the ref, then slaps Velvet around. Velvet kicks back, Leyla stomps her down. Leyla drags Velvet to a corner, then stomps. Leyla digs her boot in, the ref counts, but Leyla lets off and talks some trash. Leyla flexes, but Velvet kicks her again. Leyla stomps, then goes up the corner to soak up heat. Leyla hops down but Velvet fires off more hands! Leyla CLUBS her down, then drags Velvet around to CHOKE her! Leyla lets off again, and KICKS Velvet in the back! Leyla taunts Velvet, but Velvet still hits back. Leyla fires off on Velvet, then suplexes her high and hard!

Leyla kicks Velvet around, stands on her for a cocky cover, TWO! Velvet flounders but Leyla drags her up. Velvet throws more body shots, then runs, but Leyla ROCKS her with a forearm! Leyla wrenches, WRINGS Velvet out, then paces to soak up heat. Leyla taunts Velvet, drags her back up and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and both women get up, for Velvet to start rallying with big forearms! Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves to ROLLING ELBOW! Body shots, kidney shouts, and a kick to the legs, for a SHORT BULLDOG! Velvet runs, wheelbarrows, BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Velvet tunes up the band! Velvet spins, but no Slice! Leyla gets under for a SHOULDER CAPTURE SUPLEX! Velvet has a rough landing but Leyla DEADLIFT GERMANS! Leyla holds on, flips Velvet over, LEGIT ARMBAR!! Velvet endures, flails, clasps hands, reaches out with a leg, ROPEBREAK with a toe!

The ref counts, Leyla holds until 4! Velvet gets to the corner, Leyla runs in but misses the knee! Velvet BOOTS Leyla out! Velvet drags Leyla up but Leyla HOTSHOTS the arm! Leyla gets that spare crossbar again! Leyla gets in with it, but Kris Statlander runs out to snatch it from her! No more alien face paint, but she has a streak in her hair. Velvet yanks Leyla back, SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, Velvet wins!!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

The Chef gets the assist and Leyla is on the losing end! Kris glares at Leyla, perhaps things aren’t over between them, either.

 

AEW hears from QT Marshall.

“The whole world is still buzzing about what Hook did to me at Revolution.” Even Mama Marshall had to ask if he was okay. QT said he wasn’t upset, he was proud. He graduates from High School, the same school as “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen. But anyway, next week will be the best day of all. He will invited his student to the ring on Rampage and present him with the inaugural QT Marshall Certificate of Accomplishment. Aaron Solo applauds that, but will Hook even want whatever certificate QT has?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Fuego Del Sol & Bear Country!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews have so far made it through the Death Triangle and Erick Redbeard, among others, but what is next for them? Will they extinguish the Fire of the Sun and break Bronson & Boulder? Or will Los Osos y Fuego burn down the House?

The trios sort out and Bronson starts against Malakai himself. Fans rally up as these two stare down, and Bronson rushes in, but into a leg sweep! Malakai wrenches an arm, has the standing armbar, but Bronson moves around. Malakai stays clamped on, Bron knees low! Bronson throws big forearms and he CLUBS Malakai! Tag to Fuego, Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Bronson down, then blocks Fuego’s kick to throw him down! Boulder gets in, Malakai blocks a kick to JUMP KNEE! Boulder bails out, and Malakai brings Fuego up. Fuego gets away, tags back to Bronson, but Malakai arm-drags Bronson down!

Malakai wrenches, tags in Buddy, and Buddy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Buddy stares Fuego down, then eggs Bronson on. Fans rally up, Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, wrench and WRINGER! Buddy taunts Fuego, pushes Bronson that way and tags in Brody. PENALTY KICK to Bronson’s arm, Brody SENTONS! Brody whips Bronson, Fuego tags in! Brody clotheslines Bronson out, Fuego GAMANGIRIS! Fuego springboards and leaps but is DECKED outta the air! Brody tags Malakai then DECKS Bronson! Malakai tags Buddy, Boulder gets back in and he’s staring down the whole House!

Fans fire up as Boulder is surrounded. He eggs them on, Brody BOOTS him! Buddy KICKS a leg out, Malakai KICKS Boulder’s chest! Feed to Buddy’s KNEE! Feed to Brody’s LARIAT! Fans fire up as Boulder falls out of the ring. Fuego goes up top and missile dropkicks Brody! He fires off forearms and elbows on Buddy and Malakai! He kicks, but Buddy blocks. Malakai takes the ENZIGURI! Buddy waistlocks, Fuego elbows out, dodges Brody, springboard into a KNEE! DIVE onto Boulder! MOONSAULT onto Bronson! SWINGING DEATH VALLEY from Buddy to Fuego! Cover, the House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

Bears and fire could not tear down the House! Will anyone ever be able to stop these three?

 

Penta Oscuro & Alex Abrahantes speak.

“House of Black, thank you for changing us. We see that you like to hide in the darkness. But in the darkness is where Penta Oscuro feels most alive and strongest. In this life, there are only two things that are guaranteed, and one of which is that The Death Triangle is inevitable! And, CERO MIEDO!” Will Death Triangle regroup and take out the House of Black themselves?

 

Mark Henry speaks with our main eventers!

Max Caster talks a big game about big man Keith Lee, but does he have anything else he has to say before putting his money where his mouth is? Caster says he isn’t worried, cuz he’s got a lotta money and a lotta mouth. And he’s pretty big, so he can back it up. Keith will be kissing it after the match, and tell ’em why, Bowens! The Acclaimed ain’t afraid of Keith’s King Henry VIII soundin’ ass! Go back to the Renaissance Fair, b*tch! This is their night, their show, EVERYONE loves the Acclaimed!

Keith tells them to listen. To make something clear, Keith doesn’t dislike them. He’s a fan of what The Acclaimed brings. He even likes them saying he’s a king, as they should. Because the reality is this: when you step into the ring with an entity like Keith Lee, you will learn a very painful lesson, so prepare yourself. At the end of the day, The Acclaimed are but a steppingstone for him. You will #BaskInHisGlory. Looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Rampage be Limitless in San Antonio?

Keith Lee VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!

Platinum Max did a lot of talking already, but here comes a diss rap! “The Acclaimed fightin’ Keith Lee, there’s no hope for ’em. Have him runnin’ like Ted Cruz in a snowstorm! Yo, you must be new here. Those are our colors, man, you need to get some new gear. I’m not Ramon but my words be razorin’. Have you sending pics from bed like Pete Davidson. And this the last time you be at the show. They gonna have to remember you like The Alamo!” SAN ANTONIOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But will Caster’s loss be bigger than Texas?

The bell rings and fans sing for Keith. Keith conducts them, then he circles with Caster. Fans chant, “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Caster mocks them, approaches, but then dodges Keith to do jumping jacks. Caster pelvic thrusts, but Keith just shakes his head. Keith and Caster approach, tie up, but Caster gets around to push Keith to the ropes. Caster taunts Keith, Bowens applauds, and Caster holds out his hand to say, “Everyone loves the Acclaimed!” But then Keith grabs that hand and knuckle locks it! Keith twists the wrist, then straight arm levers! Caster flails, Keith puts him down and twists the wrist more.

Caster breaks free, uppercuts and dropkicks! Keith wobbles but he blocks the whip! Keith reels Caster in to RAM shoulder to shoulder! And then again! Keith whips but Caster holds ropes to block. Keith keeps on the bad arm, the ref counts the ropebreak, and then the ref has Keith let off. Caster gets a cheap shot in! And he fires boots! Caster runs but Keith HURDLES! Things keep moving, Caster holds ropes to stop himself! Caster is shocked and fans are thunderous for Keith defying physics! Keith blocks a kick, reels Caster in and TOSSES him over head! Fans fire up more as Caster flounders.

Bowens coaches Caster, but here comes Will Hobbs! Team Taz’s Powerhouse taunts Keith but he joins commentary as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Keith is watching Team Taz, but Caster KNEES him out of the ring! Keith lands on his feet but Caster goes out to fire off on him! Caster goes to bump Keith off steps, but Keith blocks! Keith elbows Caster away, then bumps Caster off the apron! Caster staggers away, Keith keeps his eyes on Bowens as he follows Caster. Caster hits back, but Keith just gets mad! Keith ROCKS Caster and Caster falls against railing! Keith refreshes the count, but he keeps Caster from running away into the ring. Keith HEADBUTTS Caster, then has him against railing for a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Caster crawls away and Keith smirks.

Keith stares Bowens down while he stalks Caster. The ref checks on Caster but he’s up and around the corner again. Keith catches up to Caster, puts him in the ring, but Bowens talks trash. Keith laughs it off, he gets on the apron, but Caster springboards to missile dropkick Keith down! Cover, ONE!! And Caster gets put on the apron from that! Caster hurries back in to BOOT Keith, but Keith sits up. Caster BOOTS again, and then he rains down fists! Caster soaks up the heat then looms over Keith. Keith sits up but Caster clinches. Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Caster dropkicks Keith down! Cover, TWO!

Keith gets to ropes and Caster stands on Keith’s back to choke him! The ref counts, Caster hops off, but Bowens chokes Keith and gets his shots in! Rampage returns to single picture and fans rally as Keith sputters. Caster throws crossface forearms, but fans rally up for “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Caster fires off more crossface forearms and then catches his breath. Caster drags Keith up but Keith stands with Caster as a backpack! Keith fights free, Caster CHOPS him! Keith snarls, things speed up, Keith POUNCES Caster out of the ring! Fans fire up and Keith seethes as Caster gets back in.

Keith SPLASHES in the corner, then TOSSES Caster across the way! Keith steadies himself while Caster flounders. Fans rally and Keith stalks Caster. Fans want another but Bowens begs them no. Keith brings Caster up, but Caster kicks the leg, then KICKS Keith in the chest! Then SUPERKICKS! Caster tries to fireman’s carry but Keith is too big for him! Caster bails out on that, but Keith ROCKS, ELBOWS and HEADBUTTS, for a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Fireman’s carry, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

Platinum Max could not stop the Limitless One, and then Keith stares up at commentary. Keith smirks, Hobbs smirks, and Hobbs heads out already! Hobbs figures what the hell, and they start throwing hands! Starks hurries to help Hobbs with Keith! Then The Acclaimed rush over, and they use the boombox on Keith! Fans boo as the four put Keith in the ring! But here comes SWERVE! And he has a chair! Swerve is all fired up and he rushes the ring! Swerve runs off The Acclaimed and Team Taz, and has a big smile on his face. Swerve and Keith shake hands, uniting against their common enemies! Will Swerve’s House be Limitless in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode again for Rampage! Great opener with Darby and Butcher, and Darby goes so hard with those tope suicidas. Darby wins, and of course we get the set up for the 8 Man Tag I was hoping for. But stepping it up to a Texas Tornado Tag was a great move, that is going to be a lot of fun. And it also gives Andrade an opening to help his team cheat, same as what technically happened for the Revolution Six Man Tornado Tag. Pretty good promo from American Top Team, the best part being Lambert claiming he’s a co-champion. Also good promo from QT to set up a segment with Hook. I totally expect Hook to tear up that certificate then throw QT around by his arm again.

Great match out of Velvet and Leyla, and great appearance by Statlander to stop Leyla from cheating. Velvet gets the win for that reason, but I almost thought Statlander was going to turn on her, too. Statlander isn’t going Heel but she is bringing out a more serious side of her with the alien face paint now more of a lightning bold, and she has the darker colored gear and hair. It’s definitely an avenue she can explore to keep herself going, and maybe we get a more extreme rematch between her and Leyla, like No Disqualification or even Lights Out if it goes that far.

Great Six Man Tag, though it was just a few steps above a squash with how easily Malakai himself was dealing with Fuego & Bear Country. Good promo from Penta and Alex to call out The House of Black and keep that going. They’re definitely doing their best to keep this active while waiting on Fenix’s recovery. Maybe they can even stretch this out with a series of singles matches, like a round robin between the factions. And of course, great promos before the main event, and then just a great main event. Naturally, Keith wins, and that naturally brings Team Taz to ringside. And as I was sensing on Dynamite, Swerve and Keith are joining forces! That’s going to make for great tag matches, like Swerve & Keith VS The Acclaimed, then Swerve & Keith VS Team Taz.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (11/28/22)

Chicago gets Elevated!

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Elevation has Thanksgiving leftovers!

AEW continues in Chicago with ten extra helpings of action! Will Matt Hardy & Private Party continue to get that money for The Firm?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Bunny VS Blair Onyx; The Bunny wins.
  • Brandon Cutler VS “Man Scout” Jake Manning; Cutler wins.
  • Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Emi Sakura & Maki Itoh; Nyla & Shafir win.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Ari Daivari; Takeshita wins.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Robert Anthony; Moriarty wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS GPA & Joe Alonzo; Lethal & Singh win.
  • Six Man Tag: Best Friends & Rocky Romero VS Davey Bang, Freedom Ramsey & Yabo; Best Friends & Rocky win.
  • Athena VS Laynie Luck; Athena wins.
  • Six Man Tag: #HardyParty VS Chaos Project & Isaiah Moore; Hardy Party wins.
  • Eddie Kingston & Ortiz VS Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto w/ The Factory; Eddie & Ortiz win.

QUICK NOTES

Nice to see some of these names back. It’s been a minute since Robert Anthony’s been on an AEW YouTube show, he’ll give Moriarty a real good match. Maki Itoh is always great to have on the show. Satnam Singh having another match is good, it probably means he’s gearing up to get in on a feud soon. And Chaos Project being in a match means Luther is back. Pretty sure Isaiah Moore takes the lose in that match, though, so that Luther’s return is ruined with him or Serpentico looking bad. Though, it’s not like they were looking all that strong, either.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)

It’s a special Black Friday Rampage!

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FTR is on a Rampage!

AEW Rampage is on at a special time for Black Friday, and talk about a deal! Will FTR still be ROH World Tag Team Champions after facing Top Flight? Or will be Dante & Darius Martin be the new #TopGuys?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight; FTR wins and retains the titles.
  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Darby wins.
  • Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata; Shida wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade; Rush, Butcher & Blade win.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight!

Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are still THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, and have been itching for a challenge. Darius & Dante Martin have stepped up based on the mutual respect these two teams have for each other. But who will be the real top guys around here after today?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s a golden deal on this Black Friday!

Dax starts with Darius and they circle. They tie up, break, and go again. Darius arm-drags Dax and stares him down. Fans rally up, Dax keeps cool and he circles with Darius again. They tie up, Dax headlocks but Darius powers out. Dax runs Darius over, scoops and SLAMS him, but Darius kangaroo kicks back. Darius arm-drags Dax, but Dax headscissors! Darius kips free and wags his finger as fans fire up. Dax still stays cool and circles with Darius again. They tie up, Darius headlocks but Dax powers out. Darius runs Dax over, covers, ONE! Darius runs Dax over again, covers, ONE! Dax CLOBBERS Darius and fans fire up.

Dax drops a leg, pushes Darius to a cover, TWO! Tag to Cash, FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darius! Cash EuroUppers Darius, CHOPS him against the ropes, and brings Darius around to whip and scoop. Darius slips off to arm-drag! Tag to Dante, Top Flight go after the arm with a wrench and a kick. Cash swings, Dante ducks but Cash comes back with the elbow! Cash ROCKS Dante then CHOPS and HEADBUTTS him! Cash headlocks but Dante powers out. Cash runs Dante over, things speed up, and Cash whips the back drop away. Dante ducks, Darius tags, Dante blocks a hip toss but Cash blocks one back.

Dante throws a body shot, goes up and over Cash and then shoves him into a GAMANGIRI! Top Flight double whip, duck and hurdle, then body shot, front kick and LEG SWEEP DDT COMBO! Darius covers, ONE!! Cash is tough but Dax was there, too. Darius tells Dax to back off and then he goes back for Cash. But Cash whips Darius to RAM him at the corner! Cash pushes Darius to the corner, tags Dax, and Dax CHOPS Darius down! Fans rally and duel, Dax drags Darius up to EuroUpper! Dax snarls, he drags Darius up, but Darius CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Darius CHOPS, Dax DECKS Darius! And then DECKS Dante!

Dax tags Cash, FTR double whip but Darius sunset flips! Dax keeps Cash up but Dante springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Dax! Darius finishes the sunset while Dante covers Dax, TWO! FTR pop up both brothers but Top Flight both RANA free, to covers! TWO!! Dante BOOTS Dax down, Darius mule kicks Cash! TORNADO DDT and a tag! Dante goes up but Dax gets Cash outta there! Fans fire up and Dante hops down to go out and ROCK Cash! AEW goes picture in picture as Dante puts Cash in.

Dax goes after Dante! They brawl on the outside, Dante ROCKS Dax, but slides into stomps from Cash! Cash snapmares Dante to KICK him in the back! Cash EuroUppers Dante down, then drags him over. Tag to Dax, Dax stomps Dante then drags him up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps Dante from Darius and bumps him off buckles. Dax CHOPS Dante, but Dante turns things around to CHOP Dax! Dax turns it back around to CHOP Dante! Dante flops over and Dax drags him back up. Dax hits a back suplex but Dante lands on his feet! Dante CLOBBERS Dax, and again! Cash runs in but Dante CLOBBERS him!

Dante whips but Dax reverses, only for Dante to go up and out and GAMANGIRI! Rampage returns to single picture as Dante springboards and DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS FTR! Fans fire up and Darius rushes in. The Martins have FTR in opposite corners and then whip them, but FTR reverse to send the Martins in. The brothers do-si-do, duck ‘n’ dodge, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! FTR regroups but the Martins clothesline them both up and out! Fans fire up as Dante holds the ropes for Darius to DIVE! Then Dante comes back to go up and FLY! Dante doesn’t have the best takeoff but he still take FTR down!

Darius puts Cash in, Dante goes back up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives that aerial assault but Dante tags Darius. Dax fights them back with forearms and CHOPS! Darius kicks but Dax DECKS him! Dante PELES Dax, but all three men are down! Dax hurries over to his corner, Dante runs in. Dax puts Dante on the apron and Cash tags in. Dante fights off FTR with haymaker and elbows, then HEADBUTTS Cash while jumping in! Dante drags Cash up, but Dax hops up behind Dante! Dante elbows Dax away, drags Cash back up, but Cash throws Dante to Dax’s Electric Chair! SLINGSHOT BOMB, and then a DIVING SPLASH from Cash! Cover, Darius breaks it!!

Fans fire up as all four men are down! Dax snarls and brings Darius up. He ducks a kick, jumps a sweep and ROCKS Darius! Darius ROUNDHOUSES, whips, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Dax hurries to his corner, tags in, and FTR drags Dante up. FTR double whip Dante, but Darius breaks up Big Rig! Dante sunset flips but Dax rolls through! Dax swings on Darius but misses, and Darius shoves Dax into another sunset flip! With bridge! TWO!! Top Flight is frustrated as Dax escapes, and they throw forearms on Dax! Dante gives Darius the boost, TORNADO DDT! Dante goes up, SPLASH! Cover, Cash barrels in to break it!!

Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Chicago is dueling as the teams regroup. Darius SOBATS Cash but Cash JABS, JABS, JABS! Darius bobs ‘n’ weaves but Cash dodges to UPPERCUT! Darius rebounds to whip and SPANISH FLY! But Dante deadlifts to a BRAINBUSTER! And then he deadlifts Dante, but Dante slips out to hop up, victory roll! TWO!! Dax scoops, Dante makes it a cradle! TWO! Wheelbarrow cradle, TWO!! Dante hops up, but Dax throws him away! Dax waistlocks, Dante switches, Cash tags! O’Conner Roll, but Dax sends Dante into an alley-oop! Dante lands safe on the ropes to BOOT Cash!

Dante adjusts, springboards, but FTR get under the Nosedive! BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Cash & Dax are still the best tag team in the world! But wait, Austin & Colten Gunn come out to mockingly praise the champs. Will the Ass Boys get their turn at the titles come ROH Final Battle?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.

He’s back home in Oakland, California as he says, “When you open up the Book of Hobbs, you look death in the face. And you read word-for-word, and look in my eyes, you believe the good word. This is life. A life you know nothing about. A life you want nothing a part of. So whatever higher being you believe in, I want you to look up in the sky, I want you to look down low. Just like everyone has taken everything that’s meant something to me, I’m taking everything that means something to you.” Who will Hobbs take from first to be back where he wants to be?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Wizard is still Le Champion! After a brutal and bloody battle with Tomohiro Ishii, Jericho is still #THEOCHO! The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society walks out with him while Chicago sings Judas for them. Jericho and Garcia chest bump just to show that the bloody spot on Jericho’s chest doesn’t bother him. Angelo Parker starts by telling Chicago to pipe down because Cool Hand Ange has something to say: “ALL HONOR THE OCHO~!” Fans are  bit torn on that but it’s the truth. Jericho says, “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest ROH champion of all time? Any doubt?” Fans are again torn.

Jericho says he’s beaten everyone thrown in his way, including in one of the greatest matches in Dynamite history against Tomohiro Ishii! Fans do agree with that a bit. “I’ve bled for this title, I have sweat for this title, I have earned this title. I am The Ocho. And not even Claudio Castagnoli can come out on the stage and give me a cheap shot, not even that’s gonna slow me down!” So the question to everyone is: who will uncrown the king of ROH? The fans? That four-eyes in the fifth row? But wait, here comes Claudio! Jericho’s jaw starts feeling sore again as Claudio says, “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest ROH champion. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that you are not.

“I know that I can beat you. I beat you twice! The problem is, I started doubting myself when I couldn’t beat you when it counts. And to me, the most important thing is believing in yourself. When I came here, I wanted to be the best professional wrestler I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. So to me, I don’t just need to beat you for this ROH World Champion, I have to beat you!” Jericho says, “Okay, you have to beat me. Maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams, Claudio.”

Claudio says that is a problem. He cannot focus on anything else. He hasn’t slept since Saturday and losing to Jericho. Claudio can’t sleep, focus, can barely talk. It all bothers him. He NEEDS a shot at the ROH World Championship. So he wants another shot at Jericho’s title? Should Jericho give Claudio a shot? Chicago seems to think so! Jericho tells Claudio, “You want it? Forget it.” Fans boo and the JAS laughs. Claudio sighs as Jericho says there is nothing Claudio has to offer Jericho. But then Matt Menard says maybe there is something he can offer.

“Daddy Magic has an idea! Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler. But let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho likes how Daddy Magic thinks! He’s making Jericho’s nipples hard. Jericho tells Claudio that despite the fact Claudio sucker punched him, Jericho will give Claudio that one more chance. BUT if Claudio loses, and he will lose, he will join the JAS! Claudio considers that challenge.

“You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. And I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, and I have a feeling you know as well, I’m an even better professional wrestler! Look in my eyes, Chris. Come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid, and I will beat you for that ROH World Championship! I’ll bring honor back to this title, and I will be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that! But will December 10th be Claudio’s final battle as a pro-wrestler?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Renee Paquette sits with the former champion, and knows she and Hayter had an amazing match at Full Gear. Unfortunately, Toni did lose the title. But Renee wants to talk about how Hayter won. Toni says deep down, she’s actually proud. She always knew Hayter could do it, and at Full Gear, they tore the house down. And they got to see just how tough Hayter is. But we didn’t see Jamie Hayter beat Toni Storm, she needed Britt & Rebel again. And if Hayter can look in the mirror and be cool with that, fine. But Toni could never do that. And that’s the difference between them.

Renee steers things to the news from Dynamite that there is no more “interim” and even Toni’s reign counts as a true world title reign, what is her reaction? Well just look at Toni’s face. She never saw the title as “interim.” She went out there, week after week, holding onto the title as if it was always official, because that is what this division deserves. Then with all of these things, what’s next? Toni broke her face losing the belt, she’ll break it again to get it back. When will the Lightning From Down Under strike back against the Hayter?

 

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!

The Relentless Icons won another big PPV tag match, but they’re not slowing down here! Will Darby get back on the singles track against one half of the Workhorsemen?

The bell rings and Darby stares Henry down. Fans rally for Darby, he and Henry slowly circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Henry arm-drags. Darby holds on, fight sup, and arm-drags back. They’re still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henry fights back up. Darby gets around to a waistlock, Henry switches but Darby switches back. Henry snapmares and KICKS but Darby just smiles. Henry snapmares again and KICKS again, but Darby just stands up. Henry snapmares but Darby cradles, TWO!! Henry knees low and snarls. Henry whips but Darby sunset flips! Henry stays up, drags Darby up in a deadlift suplex, but Darby gest to the apron!

Henry ROCKS Darby, runs, but Darby goes up and over! Darby comes back to DIVE into JD! Scrap Metal takes the hit for the Saint, and Darby gets in. Things speed up, Henry fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Darby! Henry goes out, SPITS at Darby, then APRON STO’s Darby down! Henry taunts the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.

Henry drags Darby around and CLUBS him on the back. Henry whips Darby hard into railing! Darby drops to his knees and Henry kicks him down. Henry drags Darby back up, puts him in the ring, and watches Sting as he gets back in. Henry paces around while soaking up heat, and then he gives Darby a NECK TWIST! He even holds on after as he falls! Henry KICKS Darby around, wraps him up in a straitjacket stretch, but Darby endures. Darby fights up, knees low and throws body shots. Henry shoves, Darby ducks the kick to fire off palm strikes and a HEADBUTT! Darby hops on but Henry shrugs the Yoshi-tonic off!

Henry waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Henry is seething but he stalks Darby to a corner. Sting coaches Darby up but Henry whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby falls in a heap, Henry pats himself on the back. Henry mocks the fans booing him, and he drags Darby up to whip the other way. Darby hits buckles hard again and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Henry has Darby in a Tree of Woe! Henry KICKS away on Darby’s chest, the ref counts, but Henry lets off at 4. Henry soaks up more heat, then runs in to HESITATION DROPKICK! Henry sits Darby up, and then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Henry is losing his cool. Henry goes to the corner and climbs up. Darby moves and the King Kong Knee hits mat! Darby runs in to CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Henry survives and slides out of the ring. JD helps Henry around the way but Darby rushes over. Darby puts Henry in, but then Henry distracts the ref so JD can pop-up and CLOBBER Darby!

JD drags Darby back up and puts him in for Henry, but here comes Sting! Henry covers, TWO!! JD turns around, Sting CLOBBERS him! Sting whips JD into railing! Henry is furious at Sting, but he hoists Darby up top. Henry climbs up after Darby and says this is for Sting! SUPERPLEX! And then a roll through to a suplex, but Darby turns it into a SCORPION DEATHDROP! Fans fire up and Darby roars! Darby goes to the corner, he climbs up top, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Relentless as always, it’s another big win for Darby! Sting joins Darby in the ring to check on him, will they both be rolling to the top of the ranks?

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi Nair notes that The Fallen Goddess is back from suspension, and Athena asks why was she suspended! “We have this big ass TV, a billionaire boss, modern technology, but yet no footage. What am I supposed to do? I got docked a week’s pay, I’ve been suspended, what else do you need from me?” Maybe an apology to referee, Aubrey Edwards? Oh! A public apology! Well, sorry. Oh, then she’ll be reinstated for Monday. Good, dismissed. Athena scares Lexi off, and then talks to the camera. “I was wondering how long it was going to take you to show up, Mercedes. I beat trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler, and finally you show up!

“So when are you gonna put the ROH Women’s Championship on the line? Cuz I’m waiting, and I’m game.” The Fallen Goddess is aiming for the OG Badass, but will she be the one shot down?

 

Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata!

Speaking of returns, The Full Metal Warrior is back in action, and she is surely wanting after more gold! She is still International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and Regina de Wave Champion, but will she find her way back to THE AEW Women’s World Championship?

Wait, before the match begins, The Bunny and Penelope Ford frolic their way out here. What do they have with Shida? Aminata just CLOBBERS her from behind in the distraction! The bell rings, Aminata bumps Shida off buckles, then puts her through the ropes. Aminata goes to the apron to BOOT WASH Shida into the post! Shida flounders, Aminata drags her up and around to Alabama Lift into the- NO, Shida sunset flips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! Aminata escapes, kicks low, and she runs, but Shida follows! Aminata redirects herself but Shida DECKS her! And then FALCONW ARROW!

Shida roars and fans fire up! Shida aims, for the KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

The warrior deals with the queen, but what about the Superbad Girls? They back down for now, but will they pounce on their prey soon enough?

 

Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!

Well, more like this afternoon’s. But the World’s Strongest Man says it was a tag match originally, but was promoted to a Trios Match given the history between LFI and Dark Order. But uh, where’s Preston Vance? John Silver says they really have no idea. Evil Uno is searching, but Alex Reynolds promises Number Ten will be here. The LFI have been annoying the crap out of them for months, so this ends here! But Braxton “The Blade” Sutter says, “Nah nah nah nah! Listen, newsflash, slick! It doesn’t matter if Ten shows up, Fourteen, 26, 37! All we know is the three of us are here to kick ass!”

And Andy “The Butcher” Williams says Blade ain’t lying, there WILL be an ass-kicking party tonight! The only ones invited are The Dark Order! Rush says he is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! He is ready to fight! He NEEDS to fight! “Let’s go, perros!” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will El Toro, Butcher & Blade be satisfied with just Three & Four? Or will Vance come through and back up his friends?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Lexi Nair congratulates them on their title defense, adding to their amazing year. Dax says yes, it has been a great year. But please, let him and Cash handle it from here. Dax says, “What a great ’22 it’s been. I’m told I’ve got 30 seconds. What a great ’22 it’s been, and this is my best friend in the world and I love him more than anybody else, aside from maybe my family. And we have a great legacy as a tag team, but 2022 has done something for me that no other year has done. It has allowed me to etch my name with the greatest wrestlers in the world, so right now, I gotta shoot my shot before the year is done, okay?

“I am challenging for Wednesday night, I challenge the best wrestler in the world. What do you say, Bryan Danielson, huh? Me and you, Wednesday night. Top Guys, out.” This match is NOW official! Will Dax the Ax slay the American Dragon?

 

Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade w/ LFI!

Preston Vance may be Number Ten, but he’s been the number one prospect for La Faccion Ingobernable. But he’s also been resisting their offers because of loyalties to the Dark Order. Will he come through for Alex Reynolds & John Silver? Or will El Toro Blanco and his mercenaries make him pay for being so stubborn?

As the Dark Order make their entrance, there is no Number Ten, so this looks to be 3v2. The bell rings, and the brawl is on 3v2! Silver gets mugged and thrown out but Reynolds takes it to Blade! Rush ROCKS Silver, he and Butcher whip Silver into railing! Blade whips Reynolds but Reynolds dodges in the corner to elbow smash! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING ELBOW and a BOOT! Fans fire up but Butcher anchors Reynolds. Blade CLOBBERS Reynolds, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Blade CHOPS, Rush pulls Reynolds’ hair, and Butcher tags in. They mug Reynolds with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT!

Butcher drags Reynolds up to COHP him back down! Tag back to Blade, Reynolds throws body shots but Blade suplexes him. Reynolds knees free, shoves Blade into Butcher, and he scrambles to tag Silver! Johnny Hungy dodges the mercs to DECK Rush! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Butcher, FLAPJACKS Blade, then runs! Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Butcher! And then he OLYMPIC SLAMS Blade! Fans fire up with the Meat Man, and he runs to DIVE onto Butcher! But Butcher catches him and feeds him to Rush’s HAYMAKER! LFI drags Silver up to put in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade rains down fists, then he tags in Butcher. Butcher stomps Silver, drags him up, and then throws him out! Rush has the spare cables to LASH Silver! And then CHOKE him! The ref is busy keeping Reynolds back and Rush gets away with choking Silver! Rush drags Silver up and CHOPS him, the ref reprimands that, so Rush puts Silver in. Butcher bumps Silver off buckles, CHOPS him more, then stalks him as he crawls on the mat. Butcher brings Silver over, tags in Blade, and the mercs mug Silver. Blade stands Silver up to ROCK him with a right but Silver throws body shots! Silver THROWS Blade out!

Silver crawls but Rush storms in to kick him down. Rush kicks Silver but Silver BOOTS Rush! But Blade trips Reynolds off the apron! Blade hurries away and Butcher CLOBBERS Reynolds! Blade puts Silver in the corner, Rush runs to jump and BOOT! Rush tranquilos while the ref reprimands them all. Blade drags Silver up to KICK him in the back. Blade clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, fights up, and throws body shots over and over! Silver then KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Blade! Silver runs, but Blade CLOBBERS him! Tag to Butcher and Butcher drags Silver up to CHOP back down!

Butcher stalks Silver to ropes, drags him back up, and CLUBS him back down. Butcher CHOKES Silver on ropes, and Rush tranquilos while digging his boot in! The ref reprimands them both, Butcher lets off and Rush shrugs. Rampage returns to single picture and Blade tags in. The mercs drag Silver up, fireman’s carry and TOSS, but Silver blocks the kick! Silver spins Blade, SUPERKICKS Butcher, then gets around Blade to STANDING SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up for Silver as he crawls over, but Rush CLOBBERS Reynolds! Fans boo but Rush looms over Silver. Rush kicks Silver around, stomps him, but lets off to argue with the ref.

Bunny talks trash on Silver but here come Uno, Negative One and… YES, NUMBER TEN!! Vance runs to the ring, he gets right up in Rush’s face, and… He CLOBBERS Silver!! Fans boo as Vance is no longer loyal to Dark Order! The mercs hold Uno back, Rush hits BULL’S HORNS on Silver!! Cover, LFI win!! Then Uno is sent hard into the steps! Reynolds rushes in at Vance but Rush CLOBBERS him first! Feed to the DISCUS!! Negative One can’t believe it! His best friend uses his father’s move in this betrayal! Vance flips off Chicago, and Rush drags Uno into the ring. Uno pleads with Vance, but Vance stands him up, for a DISCUS!!

Fans are booing harder as Rush & Vance RIP UP Uno’s mask! They then bring a table to ringside! Reynolds is brought over, Vance and Rush drag him up on the apron, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Chicago is thunderous with boos and jeers as Vance puts up the Ingobernable fist! Vance walks up the ramp, Negative One asks why, but Vance just throws the mask down at his feet! Number Ten is no more, Preston Vance has shown his true colors! Will this be a new era for LFI in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, especially for being on at a different time (blame NHL if you wanted this to be on later). FTR VS Top Flight was a great opener, but I figured FTR would win. Ass Boys/Gunn Sons showing up at the end was also a natural move, they’ve been slowly (perhaps too slowly) building to FTR VS Gunns for the ROH World Tag titles and Final Battle is definitely the place to do that. Hell, it’ll be even more obvious should Austin & Colten do something during Dax VS Bryan on Dynamite next week. And speaking of Final Battle, no offense to Claudio, it might’ve just been Chicago being rowdy, but that promo with Jericho wasn’t as crisp as it should’ve been. Jericho VS Claudio II with the stipulation of Claudio joining JAS if he loses is a nice move, and definitely makes it feel like either guy could win.

Great match from Darby VS Henry, but I’m surprised nothing really came of it. I suppose there’s a way to give us Relentless Icons VS Workhorsemen, even though I don’t know what that really does for Darby & Sting. Good promo from Toni Storm, and it was clear that she broke her nose with the puffy black eyes she had. Storm isn’t done with Hayter, clearly, but she’ll have to fight her way up to the front of the line. Ford & Bunny showing up during Shida’s match was an interesting tease, I’m just not sure at what. Perhaps Shida bringing her tag team partner, Ibuki Hoshi, to bring Ice Ribbon Wrestling into AEW’s family of partnerships?

And we got great stuff out of the main event. The Dark Order VS LFI in the main event seemed a bit odd, but it foreshadowed something big happening, so of course Vance turns and joins LFI. It is a shame that The Dark Order has fallen so far since the passing of Mr. Brodie Lee, but I suppose it was inevitable. Vance giving up his mask was obviously more symbolic than anything, as The Dark Order had moved away from everyone wearing masks, and it was really just Vance and Uno. Brodie Lee said to wear a mask, Vance was holding onto that for the memory, but now he doesn’t care because he’s been losing. Vance is going to be a strong addition to LFI, he can be their midcard guy while Rush is a top title guy, and this might be what Vance needs to get up to that level.

My Score: 8.6/10


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