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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/25/22)

Rampage is Absolute!

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AEW Rampage coverage

The FTW Championship is on the line!

Ricky Starks says Rampage is Team Taz territory, and he’s putting the FTW Championship up to prove it! But will Fridays finally belong to Swerve Strickland?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dustin Rhodes VS Lance Archer w/ Dan Lambert; Rhodes wins.
  • reDRagon VS Alan Angels & Preston Vance; reDRagon wins.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Madi Wrenkowski; Nyla wins.
  • FTW Championship: Ricky Starks w/ “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Swerve Strickland; Starks wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dustin Rhodes VS Lance Archer w/ Dan Lambert!

The Natural and the Murderhawk Monster are both from the great state of Texas, but only one home state hero can win! Will Dustin avenge that bloody and brutal loss to Archer during the early days of Empty Arena Era? Or will Archer make even that bigger in Texas?

Oh no! Archer drags out a Dustin Rhodes trainee from the back out to the stage! Archer carries that guy down the ramp, but Dustin makes the save! Dustin ROCKS Archer with uppercuts to send him towards the ring! Archer CLUBS Dustin in return, Lambert cheers him on, but Dustin fires haymakers! Archer CLUBS Dustin again, then scoops him, only for Dustin to slip off and POST Archer! Dustin then gets his hands on loudmouth Lambert! Lambert begs for mercy, but Dustin kicks low and reels him in! But Archer CLUBS Dustin! Archer saves Lambert, DECKS Dustin, then finally puts him in the ring.

The bell rings, and Dustin gets up only for Archer to boot him to a corner! Archer then ROCKS Dustin with a forearm, throws knees and CLUBS Dustin down! Fans boo and Archer rips away a buckle pad! This is a direct reference back to that previous match! Archer drags Dustin up as fans rally, and Archer ROCKS Dustin with a right. Archer fires off hands at the ropes, the ref counts and Archer lets off while telling the ref to shut up. Dustin blocks the buckle bump! Dustin fires off hands in return, but Archer ROCKS him again! Archer whips, Dustin holds ropes, then dodges! Dustin clotheslines Archer over and out!

Fans fire up with Dustin and he goes to the apron. Dustin runs in, CANNONBALL! But Archer moves and Dustin crashes down on the ground! Archer throws off his shirt before he drags Dustin back up. Archer CHOPS Dustin against railing, the ring count is climbing, and Archer refreshes the count. Archer puts Dustin back in, taunts Dustin, and he drags Dustin up. Dustin throws body shots, then haymakers! And a CHOP! But Archer SLAPS Dustin down! The ref checks, Dustin is bleeding from his ear’s fleshy outside, and Archer stomps Dustin into a drop zone. Archer goes up, TWISTING VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!

Archer drags Dustin up to dig his fingers into the eyes! The ref counts, Archer stops at 4, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Archer soaks up the heat while the ref checks on Dustin again. Archer throws Dustin out, mocks the applause as fans rally up, and then Archer builds speed! But Dustin moves aside, so Archer just steps outside to BOOT Dustin down! Archer stalks Dustin to the timekeeper’s area but Dustin fires hands in return! Dustin CHOPS, Archer ROCKS and CLUBS him again! Dustin gets in the ring, Archer follows, and Archer stands on Dustin’s head! The ref counts, Archer steps off at 4, and he soaks up more heat. Archer looms over Dustin as Dustin fires himself up. Archer eggs Dustin on, brings him up, and CLUBS him again!

Archer reels Dustin in but Dustin dodges to fire off hands! Rampage returns to single picture, Dustin runs but into another BOOT! Archer digs his heel into Dustin’s chest, then steps off to get in the ref’s face. The ref tells him to respect his authority, and Archer grabs Dustin’s arm. Archer BITES a finger! The ref reprimands, Archer lets off and pie faces Dustin. Dustin sits up, Archer pie faces him more. Dustin slowly gets up, Archer stands him up, and Dustin fires off haymakers! Archer whips, Dustin LARIATS! Archer stays up, so Dustin runs to LARIAT again! Archer still only staggers, so Dustin flips him off, kick and RHODES UPPERCUT!

Dustin dodges Archer, but the powerslam is blocked for a Belly2Belly! Fans rally and Archer soaks it all up. Dustin gets up in a corner, Archer runs in, but Dustin dodges to fire off body shots and CHOPS! And haymakers, and CHOPS again! Dustin climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along and Dustin goes past 10! Dustin tells him SUCK IT before an ELBOW DROP! Dustin headlocks, but no bulldog! Archer runs in, into a boot! Dustin goes up now, and he leaps, FLYING BULLDOG! Dustin gets Archer back up, dragon sleeper, and fans fire up, CROSS RHODES! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives but Dustin keeps fired up!

Fans rally behind Dustin, he brings Archer up and reels him in. But Archer suplexes Dustin away! Dustin sits up and grits his teeth, he’s not going down easy! But then he swings into a FULL NELSON SLAM! Cover, ONE?!? Lambert is frustrated but Archer is liking this! Archer choke grips, and CHOKE SLAMS! Cover, TWO!?! Dustin is proving why he’s been around 30+ years! Archer gets Dustin up, puts him up top, and he has the inverted crucifix lift! Dustin slips away but he flops to the mat! Archer decides he wants to use that bare buckle! Archer drags Dustin up and brings him over, but Dustin drop toeholds Archer into that steel! Jackknife, Dustin wins!!

Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall

Lambert is beside himself, but Archer isn’t done! Archer CLUBS Dustin, and dribbles him off steel steps! Lambert wants Archer to destroy Dustin, and Archer agrees. Archer snarls, Dustin sits up with blood from his forehead, and Archer KNEES Dustin’s head against railing! Fans boo, more Rhodes Academy students rush out but Archer CLOBBERS each of them! Archer scoops the luchador and SLAMS him onto Dustin! Archer drags Dustin up again, brings him to the timekeeper’s area, and with Lambert cheering, CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Archer may have lost, but when #EverybodyDies, will he be unstoppable?

 

Backstage with Jay Lethal.

Lexi Nair interviews Lethal after losing to Adam Cole, resulting him falling in the rankings. What is next? Well, back to the drawing board, of course. Lethal isn’t one to complain, especially when he has a great winning record. There are two real blemishes on there, though, and Lethal can’t see past them. Those are Adam Cole and Ricky Starks. Lethal knows he should be happy that on national television, he took both those guys to their limits. The similarity between those two is that those two had to cheat. Lethal should be happy, but he isn’t!

When he looks at Cole and Starks, they’re both getting opportunities Lethal doesn’t. They’re both making money Lethal isn’t, so there has to be a better way! Lethal just needs to find it. Lethal has some thinking to do. Lethal knows there’s a better way, but what must he do to get there?

 

Rampage returns with Fuego Del Sol in the ring.

The young luchador is here and says, “From the second I stepped foot in this company, I knew nothing would be handed to me, I’d have to fight for every single thing that I got.” Fuego heard commentary last week calling him the undersized underdog. Jericho even poked fun at his pink gear. But this “kid in pink” took the fight to the Juggernaut, Buddy Matthews! This kid in pink stared down the Immovable Monster, Brody King! And this kid in pink brought one of the deadliest strikers in AEW, Malakai Black, to his knees! And for that moment, the fans were chanting his name! Fans chant for him now, even!

Fuego knows the people believe in the fire! The heart! The fight! So House of Black, here in Austin, Texas, Fuego is ready to FIGHT! But then the lights go out! And the House of Black has appeared! Fuego rushes in, but gets kicks and knees from Buddy, a BOOT from Malakai, and then a tilt-o-whirl LAWN DART into a KNEE! Brody finally steps forward, and with his brothers in arms watching on, Brody gets Fuego up for a crucifix FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! The House of Black just snuffed out the Fire of the Sun! Will these three continue until there is nothing but darkness in AEW?

Wait, here comes the Dark Order! Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds & John Silver, numbers one through four, stare down the House of Black. They want to fight? Malakai has Buddy and Brody stand down. If this is what the Dark Order wants, then this is what they’ll get. Will the battle of these ambivalent yet violent bands spark a fire of their own in the Spring?

 

Backstage interview with Dan Lambert & The Men of the Year.

Lexi is with the TNT Champion, Scorpio Sky, as well as All Ego Ethan Page, and Lambert, as they have asked for this time. What is on their minds? Lambert says they are here to announce that the co-championships are no longer subject to open challenges. “These are the most prestigious titles in all of professional wrestling. And anybody wanting a shot at them better damn well build a resume that shows they deserve it first.” Ethan says that is the exact stuff they’ve been complaining about. While Scorpio was in the top five for MONTHS, he was never granted a title match. And when he finally got it, he took it!

Scorpio says that for 380 days, they’ve been trying to “crack the Skyvinci Code, and why? Because I can’t be beat! But if you want a shot, you gotta get it the hard way. Consider the open door closed.” Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away. Who will fight up the long and winding road to the top and go after the Face of TNT?

 

reDRagon VS Alan Angels & Preston Vance!

Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish won alongside Adam Cole against the AEW World and World Tag Team Champions and are just itching to get another shot at Jurassic Express. But will they overlook Numbers 5 and 10 and end up on the wrong side of the 1-2-3?

The teams sort out and Kyle starts against Angels. They circle and Kyle already sits down to dare Angels to do something. Angels stays away from the leg guard, so they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Kyle powers Angels back to ropes, the ref counts, and Kyle forearms and KICKS Angels down! Tag to Fish, he brings Angels around for knee after knee! Fish ROCKS Angels with shots, KICKS the leg out, then tags back to Kyle. Kyle throws knees, reDRagon mugs Angels, and they double back suplex! Angels lands on his feet! He dumps out Fish, dodges Kyle, hot tag to Vance! Vance rallies on Kyle, then knuckle locks.

Kyle throws forearms but Vance holds the knuckle lock, to then RAM Kyle with a shoulder! Kyle forearms again, so Vance throws another shoulder! Vance then short arm levers and carries Kyle around! Fans fire up, Vance drops Kyle, but Fish gets in! Vance RAMS Fish down! Kyle BOOTS Vance away, he and Fish run in, but into a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Vance bowls reDRagon down and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Vance has Kyle up, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him. Kyle holds ropes, bails out, and dares Vance to follow. Vance pursues, and he falls for the trap! Fish ROCKS him, but Vance stays up to BOOT Kyle! And ROCKS Fish! Vance puts Kyle in, blocks a punch to ROCK Kyle, but then Fish sweeps the legs! Angels protests but reDRagon gets away with one. Kyle HEEL HOOKS through the ropes! The ref counts, Kyle lets off at 4, and Vance clutches his bad leg. Tag to Fish, and Fish drags Vance up to fire off forearms. Fish grabs the bad leg, KICKS away on the other leg, then DRAGON SCREWS Vance down!

Fish drags Vance up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Fish taunts Angels, but Vance throws hands. Fish CLUBS Vance down, tags Kyle, and Kyle rains down forearms! Vance guards but Kyle fires off from all sides! Kyle then ties up the legs in a figure four, talks trash and TWISTS the legs! Vance writhes, Kyle stomps him around, then brings him up for knees. Tag to Fish, he and Kyle mug Vance again, and then Fish throws more knees. Fish fires off shots, KICKS, and then snap suplexes Vance down! Cover, TWO! Vance is still in this but reDRagon is still in control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Kyle KNEES Vance in the corner to then feed to Fish’s- LARIAT FROM VANCE! Kyle hurries to hop on with a sleeper, but Vance still reaches for Angels! Fish uses Kyle to reel Vance back, but Vance powers up to drag them both! Tag to Angels! Angels goes up, DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Angels rallies with lariats of his own! Angels headlocks, Kyle powers out but Angels rolls and sidesteps to keep things moving. CALF KICK! Fish swings, into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Angels but Kyle knees low! AX misses, but Kyle avoids the roundhouse! Angels ROLLING ELBOWS to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridge, TWO into a GUILLOTINE!

Vance gets in, Fish rushes him, SPINEBUSTER onto Kyle and Angels! Vance saves his partner but at what cost? Vance scoops Kyle, but Kyle slips out and pulls the mask around! Vance can’t see, TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Tag to Fish, they get Angels up, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, reDRagon wins!

Winners: reDRagon, by pinfall

They may have faced 5 and 10, but they’re still not number one yet. But here come Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus won’t let Fish & O’Reilly pick on the Dark Order, but wait! Adam Cole steals the tag titles!! Cole & reDRagon have literally stolen the top belts!! But will Cole & reDRagon have to fight to actually own those belts?

 

AEW hears from Nyla Rose, and Thunder Rosa.

The Native Beast knows everyone saw what she did to Thunder Rosa on Dynamite. “Everyone whining and crying that we disrespected Thunder Rosa by robbing her of her moment. Disrespect was the entire, frickin’ POINT, ya boneheads!” Nyla beat Riho to win the AEW Women’s World Championship in this very building! So of course Nyla will take that moment away from Rosa. How many big moments does one woman need? “Actions speak louder than words, and I’m gonna do just that. I’m gonna show you how dominant of a force I can be!”

La Mera Mera responds with, “When you think you’ve reached the top, there is always one person that comes to rain on your parade. That was you, Nyla Rose, and yes, that was you, Vickie Guerrero! I’ve gotta lot planned for you, mija.” Because she is coming for Nyla’s blood!

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Madi Wrenkowski!

We just heard the Native Beast speak her mind, and she’s even given the inaugural “Chris Jericho’s Sports Entertainer of the Week Award.” But now we will see her back up those words. Just how loud will her actions speak against the returning Madi?

Nyla CLOBBERS Madi during introductions! That’s how loud! The bell rings, Nyla looms over Madi and drags her up with body hands, to then lift her and THROW her with both hands! Nyla runs to drop a SENTON! Fans boo but Nyla roars as she drags Madi back up. Fireman’s carry, but Madi slips off! Nyla blocks the punch to KNEE low, and bring Madi up for a BEAST BOMB!! Cover, Nyla wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

A loud and direct message sent to Thunder Rosa as Madi gets A-NYLA-LATED! Vickie gives Madi a shirt to make up for the beat down. Will they have such a consolation prize for Rosa when she and Nyla clash for the title?

 

Rampage returns with The Factory in the ring.

QT Marshall and Aaron Solo stand there, and QT has the mic. “Ladies and gentlemen, the recipient of the first ever QT Marshall Certificate of Accomplishment, HOOK!” Austin fires up for the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, and he actually does walk out to the ring! QT lets Hook into the ring, but naturally Hook is wary. QT says this is a big night. He lets the fans chant for Hook, and normally a mentor would get jealous when a protégé surpasses him. But not QT, he’s not that kind of a selfish guy. He isn’t! But he’ll just get right to it. “Hook, congratulations. This’ll be something you can tell your grandkids about.”

QT says Hook is the recipient of this first-ever certificate, and they show it off. It is admittedly nicely framed and well designed, with Hook’s name in big orange letters. Solo even fires off a big party popper with the confetti and everything. QT hands the certificate to Hook, fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Hook RAMS Solo into the frame! Hook broke the thing and QT is speechless! And then out comes Danhausen?! Did he just curse Hook?! Hook doesn’t even care! Danhausen’s just as speechless as QT! Will anything ever faze Hook? Will the Factory get back at Hook for this ungratefulness?

 

BIG stuff is coming next week!

Firstly, qualifying matches for The Owen Hart Memorial Tournament begin this Wednesday, and The Bunny will face a huge free agent signing in their AEW debut! Plus, keep an eye on AEW’s various social media accounts as Tony Khan will be announcing big matches for Dynamite and Rampage!

 

Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!

He first asks Ricky Starks about defending his FTW Championship against Swerve. What’s his plan? Starks says, “Well wouldn’t you like to know.” He’ll make this perfectly clear. Starks has no problem with the newcomers to AEW. But he has a problem with the sense of entitlement that guys like Swerve are coming in with. Swerve wants to ask, “Whose house?” Well, last house Swerve was in, he got evicted from. Swerve is now in STARKS’ house, on Starks’ show, in Starks’ hometown! Last time they faced off, don’t forget! Starks came out on top! Swerve may have all the confidence he wants, but guess what? Starks has the skills that kills confidence.

Swerve gets that. But it’s a different week, different city, same punk ass Ricky running his mouth. If there’s one thing that being in the last house Swerve learned, it’s that it’s not about earning or deserving, just taking! And that is what Swerve will do when he takes that FTW title. Swerve’s “entitled” as hell, and he said that from day one when he signed with AEW at Revolution. Friday here in Austin, Rampage will be whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Starks says to cut that. He’s heard that week in and week out. Mark Henry has them cool it off. There’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Starks absolutely lose his cool against the ice cold Shane Strickland?

FTW Championship: Ricky Starks w/ “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Swerve Strickland!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Swerve can bring out that FTW mindset and take away Starks’ swagger!

Starks and Swerve circle, fans rally up with “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Starks and Swerve tie up, Starks waistlocks and drags Swerve down to then float all around and have the rear mount. Swerve fights it, Starks facelocks, but Swerve fights up to wrench out. Starks shoves, Swerve runs and Stars hurdles to arm-drag! Starks strikes a pose and fans fire up! Swerve stays cool as he stares Starks down. They circle again, tie up, and Swerve cording holds. They end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Swerve whips. Swerve hurdles, Starks leaps but tumbles and Swerve kips up to headscissor and dropkick!

Swerve swaggers, copies Starks’ dance moves, but then he ducks the chop to SLAP Starks! Starks ends up in a corner, Swerve fires off, then snapmares and STOMPS! Cover, ONE! Starks ROCKS Swerve, Swerve shakes it off and fans duel. Swerve CHOPS, Starks CHOPS back. Swerve fires a forearm, Starks BOOTS from the corner! Starks dodges and Swerve returns and Swerve eats buckle! Then Starks stomps him down! Starks soaks up the cheers and jeers as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Starks digs his boots into Swerve, the ref counts, and Starks lets off. Starks drags Swerve up, brings him around, and scoops to SLAM! Starks runs and runs and runs, to then stop and set up, for a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Starks smirks, saying it was that close. Starks brings Swerve up but Swerve cording holds again. Swerve then hammerlocks and RAMS Starks into buckles! Fans still rally and duel, Swerve stalks Starks to a corner. Swerve goes after the arm but Starks blocks, so Swerve KICKS him. Swerve wraps the bad arm around ropes, but the ref counts. Swerve lets off at 4, to then BOOT the bad arm!

Starks bails out, Swerve grabs his hair! Swerve brings Starks back up to the apron, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Starks hits back! Swerve kicks, Starks kicks, they get scrappy on the edge! Swerve fireman’s carries but Starks fights free. Starks trips Swerve and Swerve hits apron hard! Swerve hobbles, Starks stands on Swerve’s hand! Starks then hits a FALLING KNEE DROP onto Swerve! Swerve sputters, Starks drags him up and puts him back in. Starks covers, TWO! Starks mocks the applause and drags Swerve back up. Starks clinches, Swerve haymakers free! Swerve throws more hands, body shots, and kicks!

Swerve runs, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Starks then drags Swerve into a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Starks then drags Swerve to a drop zone, goes up, and MOONSAULTS! Swerve moves and Starks lands on his feet as Rampage returns to single picture. Starks clutches his leg from that rough landing, and he hobbles into haymakers! Starks still spins around, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives and Starks grows frustrated. Starks clamps onto Swerve for a grounded cobra twist but Swerve endures. Fans rally, Starks leans on Swerve, but Swerve fights up and throws body shots! Then Swerve RAMS Starks to a corner!

Swerve hobbles away but Starks rushes in to back suplex! Swerve lands on his feet, JUMP KNEE and LARIAT! Swerve starts rallying, he whips Starks to a corner, then he runs in to back elbow! Snapmare and Swerve goes up, DIVING UPPERCUT! Starks flounders to a corner, Swerve runs in to clothesline! Whip corner to corner, Starks reverses but Swerve dodges and Starks hits buckles! Swerve shoves, somersaults, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Starks survives but Swerve goes to a corner. Swerve hops up as fans rally, but Starks gets under the leap! Now Swerve’s leg jams, and Starks fireman’s carries.

Swerve slips off, half nelsons, but Starks blocks to slip around and kick low! Starks reels Swerve in, underhooks, but Swerve fights the lift! Swerve throws more body shots, clubs the leg, then whips. Starks reverses, waitslocks on the rebound but Swerve uses that momentum to throw Starks out of the ring! Starks staggers up and Swerve BOOTS him from the apron! Swerve then runs and BOOTS Starks again! And then RUNNING SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Fans are thunderous as Swerve drags Starks back up and into the ring! Swerve goes up the corner, “This is Awesome!” Starks sits up, KILLSTOMPS!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Starks survives and Swerve can’t believe it! But those eyes are glazed over! Swerve drags Starks up, Starks holds ropes but Swerve brings him away. Half nelson, but Starks wheelbarrows and victory rolls! TWO!! Starks hurries but Swerve gets around to waistlock! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Swerve rolls out, Starks builds speed and DIVES into a forearm! Starks is stuck in ropes but then Hobbs TRUCKS Swerve! The ref only saw Starks, he missed the Powerhouse! Starks gets Swerve up, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (still FTW Champion)

Starks’ fan club walks out with a banner. “Austin, TX <3’s Ricky.” Starks loves it, but wait, someone throws the one guy through the banner! It’s KEITH LEE! The Limitless One shocks Starks! Keith CLOBBERS the rest of the fan club, throws them into the railing, and then he glares at Absolute. Keith gets up, Starks fires off hands but Keith HEADBUTTS him down! Swerve goes after Starks while Keith and Hobbs brawl! Keith ROCKS Hobbs, blocks a haymaker, and puts Hobbs in a corner! Hobbs fires back, Starks and Swerve are in a hockey scrum! Keith fires off hands on Hobbs, referees rush out to stop this!

Austin wants to “Let Them Fight!” as Starks goes after Swerve for more! Hobbs keeps on Keith but Keith keeps on Hobbs! Starks is snarling as he takes his belt back, and then he goes after Keith! Swerve goes after Starks again, this is bedlam! Will all four of these men be fighting forever and light up the Spring?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of Rampage here, and with a lot of great set-up for the coming weeks. For one, good promo from Jay Lethal in reaction to his loss, but unless he’s getting matches here on Rampage more regularly, I see him just doing his best to pad his record through Dark and Elevation. Or he returns to ROH now that it’ll be under AEW ownership. Good promos from Nyla and Rosa, and great to see Madi is back but of course Nyla dominates. Nyla and Rosa will have a great match but of course Rosa will retain. Good promo from Lambert, Scorpio & Ethan, but typical Heel move to stop the open challenge series. And I guess Lambert got that belt cleaned before putting it back on.

Fuego had a great promo and he took a great beating from House of Black. Can’t wait to see House of Black VS Dark Order in a Six Man, that’s going to be great stuff. Can’t wait to see who shows up in AEW to take on The Bunny and clearly qualify for the Women’s Division’s Owen Hart Memorial Tournament. And of course, Hook didn’t accept QT’s certificate, but I like that he used Solo to smash it. And how hilariously random that Danhausen appears and has no power over Hook.

We got a great match out of Dustin and Archer to open the night, and it was fun to see Archer bringing back his attacks on random people. Dustin wins to bring Archer off the top of the rankings, cuz y’know, AEW has to remember they still have that kayfabe in play. This allows Adam Cole to move up so he can logically be Hangman’s next challenger. Archer still stands tall by decimating Dustin, so maybe Archer is the one who earns that shot at Scorpio Sky. I would love that since it pits guys Lambert has thrown his support behind against each other.

We got a great match out of reDRagon VS Dark Order, but of course reDRagon wins. Jurassic Express rushing out was a good use of typical Face tropes, and gave Cole a great opening to steal those tag belts. Not Undisputed Era is technically draped in gold but they obviously have to challenge for those belts first. But it at least feeds into that story, and as I’ve said, reDRagon VS Jurassic Express is the one where we’re likely to see a title change. The FTW Championship main event was great stuff, but I should’ve known Hobbs would interfere to help Starks. Keith tossing those guys around of course gonna happen, the brawl of Team Taz VS #LimitlessSwerve was great stuff, we’re definitely getting that tag match before Keith faces Starks for the FTW title.

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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