Will Will Hobbs #BaskInHisGlory?
Two of the biggest, strongest, baddest behemoths in AEW collide one-on-one! Powerhouse Will Hobbs, Limitless Keith Lee, both are on a Rampage!
- The Young Bucks w/ Brandon Cutler VS Top Flight; The Young Bucks win.
- Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Fuego del Sol & The Dark Order; The House of Black wins.
- Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Jamie Hayter VS Skye Blue; Hayter wins and advances to the tournament.
- Keith Lee VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Keith wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Young Bucks w/ Brandon Cutler VS Top Flight!
It’s a rematch of brothers VS brothers as Matt & Nick Jackson take on Dante & Darius Martin! This has been a long time coming, but will the Bucks be throwing a Superkick Party in Columbia, South Carolina? Or will Angel Dorado & Air Wolf be soaring up the AEW Tag Division rankings?
The teams sort out and younger brothers Nick and Dante start. Fans fire up as the two circle, and they tie up. Nick headlocks, Dante powers out, but Nick runs him over. Dante kips up and ducks a roundhouse, but Nick blocks the clothesline to knuckle lock and CHOP! Nick goes up and up, “Lucha libre~!” FLYING ARM-DRAG! But Dante’s right up and things speed up. Dante whips Nick, Nick goes up and out, but Dante jumps right to the top rope! Nick shoves him away, Dante flips to land on his feet, and he comes back, only for Nick to backflip off the apron to avoid the baseball slide! Dante dodges a clothesline, double dropkicks cancel out!
Both men handspring up and get face to face. Fans fire up as Nick tells Dante they’re going back in the ring. They both get in, but then Matt CLOBBERS Dante and Nick DECKS Darius! Nick tags Matt, Matt drags Dante up and throws big haymakers. Matt whips, Dante reverses and hurdles. Darius shoulder sin, bumps Matt off buckles, then Dante runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Tag to Darius, he snap suplexes Matt and kips up to tag Dante back in! Slingshot senton! Nick runs in, but into double CHOPS! Darius mule kicks, Dante front kicks and they double dropkick Nick out of the ring!
Fans fire up as Top Flight double kip up! Dante wrenches Matt’s arm, wristlocks, YANKS the arm, then slips around to hammerlock and half nelson. Tag to Darius, the Martins mug Matt, then Darius wrings Matt, rolls and hooks the arm to have the far arm! Matt endures Darius’ double armbar, but Darius shifts to a facelock. Tag to Dante, Dante wrenches and snapmares to KICK the bad arm! Cover, TWO! Dante drags Matt up, brings him over, tag to Darius. Top Flight mugs Matt again, but then Matt throat chops Darius! Matt swivels the hips, scoops, but Darius slips out! Matt denies the O’Conner Roll, he baits Darius in, Nick ROCKS Darius with a forearm!
Nick tags in, he slingshots in, but Darius hits an atomic drop! Darius clotheslines Nick out, Cutler catches him, but Darius sets up for Dante to run in, SHOTGUN IN MOTION! Nick falls on Cutler now! Fans fire up as Top Flight coordinates, Matt gets in only to get a Tiger Feint to the rear! Then Dante DIVES to take out both Bucks with that tope! Fans fire up with Top Flight as they control the ring! Darius dares someone to get in but Nick is frustrated. The ring count starts, Nick paces around the outside but finally steps in, to SUPERKICK Dante! Then he runs away from Darius! Darius gives chase, and he jumps over Cutler!
Darius dodges Nick, but then Matt SUPERKICKS him down! The ref reprimands and keeps the ring count going, but Matt returns to the corner while Nick puts Darius in. Nick tags Matt, Matt brings Darius up and reels him in. Matt gets Darius up to BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Matt then shoves Dante down and WRECKS him with the running dropkick! Matt skins the cat, Bucks coordinate to CANNONBALL ENZIGURI COMBO Darius in the corner! The Bucks soak up all the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Matt finally decides to cover Darius, TWO! Matt pushes Darius down for another cover, ONE! Matt keeps on Darius, drags him up to snapmare, and then JAMS him in the back with his knee! Matt chinlocks and grinds Darius down but Dante and the fans rally up. Darius fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Matt throws him down! Matt PENALTY KICKS Darius, then KICKS him again! Darius writhes, Matt mocks the fans chanting, and then kicks but misses! Darius slips under to JAWBREAKER! Matt keeps Darius from Dante, whips him to the corner, but Darius goes up and over to escape the Bucks!
Rampage returns to single picture as Darius sends Matt into Dante’s GAMANGIRI! Roll-up, tag to Dante, Dante slingshots up to jump off Darius’ back, flying-mare to Matt! Matt gets up but Dante rallies with forearms! Dante kicks and whips, but Matt reverses. Matt runs but Dante slips out! Matt hits only buckles, Dante slingshots across the corner to SUPERKICK Nick! Then Dante goes up and leaps, BIG missile dropkick for Matt! Fans fire up with Dante and he drags Matt back up. Matt rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands but Matt then sucker punches Darius! Matt throws Dante out, tags Nick, and Nick goes to the apron.
But Dante slips in to avoid the kick from the apron! Then he gets under Nick’s springboard, to go up and over, Darius GAMANGIRIS! SUPERKICK to a COMPLETE SHOT! BIG SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nick survives that onslaught, but Dante tags Darius in. Darius waistlocks and drags Nick up, but Nick fights with elbows. Nick boots Dante, switches with Darius, but Darius gives Dante a boost up and over! Dante waistlocks Nick, shoves him at Darius to set him up on ropes, LEAP FROG ATTACK! To Darius’ DEADLIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, Matt breaks it! Matt kicks Dante, throws him out, but Dante is on the apron!
Dante ROCKS Matt, goes up and up, but Matt SHOVES him off! Dante crashes into railing, Matt runs into a SPANISH FLY from Darius! Fans are thunderous and Darius has Nick now. Darius throws a forearm but Nick comes back to give a forearm. Darius forearms, Nick forearms, repeat! Darius gets the edge, but Nick SUPER FOREARMS! Then sobats! Nick swings, but Darius blocks to fire body shots back! Nick ducks the kick, Darius dodges the knee, and Darius SUPERKICKS Nick! Darius runs, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Nick runs, but Darius follows, only for Matt to tag in! Darius backslides Nick but it won’t count!
Nick and Matt get arms, B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
This was a fast and furious match that ended in the blink of an eye! The Bucks stay at the top of the AEW Tag Division, but they’ve got a challenge from FTR to consider. Will Matt & Nick make sure Cash & Dax learn who is really the top tag team around here?
Kris Statlander speaks.
“Welcome to the other side of Kris Statlander.” Will the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien show us her dark side soon enough?
Rampage returns with Dan Lambert, Paige VanZant & the Men of the Year.
Lambert has a mic already and says, “I’m gonna admit, I felt a little like a bride at the alter when a certain couple disappeared last month, and left me behind with all these great stripper jokes and no one to use them on. But I’m gonna take the high road when it comes to Tay & Sammy from this point forward. Because A, the legacy of the TNT and co-TNT titles has been disrespected enough already. And B, they don’t need my help embarrassing themselves with this high school king ‘n’ queen of the prom gimmick they got going on right now!”
Ethan Page says that in case you don’t get what “Dan the Man” is going on about, Tay & Sammy took NAKED PHOTOS with the prestigious TNT Championship! That’s not even the worst part! Who was behind the camera? Fuego del Sol doing some heavy lifting that Sammy’s not built up for? VanZant speaks up to say it was probably Orange Cassidy making that “Freshly Squeezed” nickname too literal. Lambert wants his team to stop, but Ethan says that was probably how Cassidy hurt his shoulder. Lambert says enough, they aren’t sinking to that level, Sammy & Tay aren’t getting their match, and this “interview” is over!
But then Sammy gets Lambert’s attention from the titantron. Not gonna give them the match, huh? Well, does Lambert like his car? Then consider this step one of changing Lambert’s mind. Tay & Sammy both have sledgehammers! And they take ’em to Lambert’s SURV! They SMASH windows, SMASH tail lights, and even the sun roof! Tay, get the spray paint! She gives Sammy the can, and he sprays “BE MAD” on the hood. Then BLAM, hammer through the windshield! The Spanish God & Brazilian Blackbelt just sent a message, will American Top Team have the response they want?
Backstage interview… with Hook?
Tony Schiavone is with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, who has taken AEW by storm. But before Schiavone even asks Hook anything, Danhausen says, “Silence!” He introduces himself, “Very nice, very evil. I’ve come to take over the airwaves via the television screens at home, take over humans, and make all the moneys. But of course, and curse your favorite wrestlers to appear up until last week, with you.” So then. BOOM! Curse! Hook is still not affected. The hell!? Hook just leaves, Danhausen asks the hell from Schiavone! He points, and bam, bad things. But not for Hook. Will Hook be unstoppable as he climbs up the AEW rankings?
Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Fuego del Sol & The Dark Order!
Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews all had a hand in manhandling Fuego these last couple of weeks, but it was Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and the rest of the Numbers that stopped the bullying and beating from going any further! Now, Fuego, Uno & Stu are teaming up, but will they be able to burn down the House of Black?
The trios sort out and Juggernaut Buddy starts against “Born for Combat” Stu Grayson. They circle and tie up as fans fire up. Buddy headlocks, Stu powers out but Buddy runs him over. Things keep moving, Stu hurdles but Buddy runs him over again! Buddy keeps moving, but Stu get sup to run Buddy over! Stu bumps Buddy off buckles, climbs up but Buddy shoves him away. Buddy BOOTS Stu, but Stu comes back, only to be put on the apron. Stu shoulders in but Buddy catches him! Stu wriggles free of the facelock and dumps Buddy out to then ROCK him with a right! Buddy hops down, Stu FLIES out onto him!
Fans fire up and Stu roars at the ramp! Stu puts Buddy in, covers, ONE! Stu drags Buddy back up, clamps onto the arm, and Fuego snipes the tag! Fuego climbs, but Buddy shoves Stu away, DECKS Uno, then throws Stu out onto Uno! Fuego sees he’s alone, but he jumps over Buddy! Things speed up, Fuego ducks and dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy LAWN DARTS him into buckles! Tag to Brody and he hauls Fuego up to a fireman’s carry! Gorilla press TOSS onto Uno and Stu! Fans fire up as Brody roars and the House of Black stands together, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Brody goes out to fetch Fuego and bump him off the apron. Brody CHOPS Fuego against barriers while Malakai goes after Uno with KICKS! Malakai whips Uno into railing, Brody CHOPS Fuego again! Malakai KICKS Uno against barriers then KICKS him down! Buddy slams Stu into railing, Brody CHOPS Fuego again! Buddy sits Stu up to KICK! Brody stands Fuego up to ROCK with a forearm! Uno hits Malakai back but Buddy whips Stu hard into railing. Malakai mule kicks Uno then BOOTS him down! Brody ROCKS Fuego, Buddy CLUBS Stu. Buddy glares at fans, but Stu whips him into railing now!
Fuego is finally put back into the ring, Malakai stalks in after him. Fuego throws body shots, then forearms! Malakai knees low, puts Fuego in the corner, but Fuego fights back! Fuego hits Buddy away but runs into a kitchen sink knee from Malakai! Cover, TWO! Malakai clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Fuego down. Fuego endures, fans rally up and Fuego gets to his feet as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as Buddy knees Fuego low. Fuego avoids the running knee, slips under, but Buddy grabs a foot! Buddy reaches but he ducks the enziguri! Fuego keeps reaching for his corner, and he kangaroo kicks Buddy away! Hot tags to Malakai and Stu! Uno tags in as Stu jumps in, Stu dodges Malakai and Buddy to hit Brody! Uno BOOTS Malakai, Stu BOOTS Buddy! Uno waistlocks Malakai but Malakai elbows free. Stu uses Buddy to get up and RANA Malakai! Uno ROLLING ELBOWS Buddy then DECKS Brody! Stu PELES Buddy, then Uno clotheslines Buddy out! Malakai runs in, into the pop-up, Electric Chair, toss to the POWERBOMB! Cover, Brody shoves Stu onto it!
Brody runs in but Uno BOOTS him! Fuego tags in before Brody CLOBBERS Uno! Brody snarls and roars, then builds speed to go up and out to the apron! CANNONBALL onto Uno and Stu! But Fuego aims at Malakai and fans fire up! Fuego wants Malakai to get up! Malakai stands up, but then Buddy and Brody return! Deja vu from last week, but Fuego ain’t backing down! The House circles around him like a pack of wolves, but Stu drags out Buddy and throws him into railing! Brody grabs at Stu but Uno SHOTGUNS Brody! Fuego rolls Malakai up, TWO!! Malakai blocks a kick, reels Fuego in and throws him, but Fuego lands on his feet!
Fuego runs into a strike fest! But he ducks the roundhouse to get up, POISON-RANA! Fans are thunderous as Fuego builds speed, springboard into BLACK MASS!! Brody and Buddy keep Uno and Stu out while Malakai covers, House of Black win!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall
The Fire of the Sun was once again snuffed out! Chris Jericho gives The House of Black his Sports Entertainer(s) of the Week award, but will Malakai, Brody & Buddy be looking for bigger prizes in the near future?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Nick starts off. “AAA Tag Team Champions. Match of the Year Awards. Tag Team of the Year Awards. AEW World Tag Team Champions. Fans, you might be thinking we’re talking about FTR. But we aren’t. We’re talking about the Young Bucks.” Cutler speaks up to say they should add the IWGP titles. Well, Junior or Heavyweights? They did both. So shut up, Brandon! But speaking of FTR, Matt knows all that stuff Nick listed are also on FTR’s list of accomplishments. Except for one thing, and that’s beat the Young Bucks! Couldn’t quite do that, huh? And by now, FTR and the rest of the world have learned that the Bucks accept the challenge!
So next week in Boston, AEW Dynamite, Young Bucks VS FTR Part 2. Cutler, cut the camera, dumbass. Wait, what about PWG and ROH tag titles? Okay, good point, but still, shut the hell up, Brandon! See you in Boston, FTR! But when these two top teams meet, will FTR be coming off a Supercard of Honor win and be bringing two pairs of titles?
Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue!
We already know Toni Storm has entered into this historic tournament with her victorious debut on Dynamite, but there’s still more bracket to fill out! Will Dr. Britt Baker’s best henchwoman take the next spot? Or will Skye from Chi-Town get the biggest win of her career yet?
The bell rings, the two circle and tie up, and Hayter puts Skye right on the ropes. The ref counts and Hayter lets off, to pat Skye on the head. Skye and Hayter circle, tie up, and Skye wrenches to a hammerlock. Hayter slips through but Skye puts the hanmerlock back on her. Hayter tries again, and again, but Skye keeps the hammerlock. But Hayter powers Skye back into the corner and elbows her, too. The ref reprimands, Hayter soaks up the heat, and she chokes Skye against the ropes! The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and she whips Skye to ropes. Skye gets around, waistlocks, but Hayter switches.
Hayter pushes Skye to ropes but Skye turns O’Conner Roll into her own lateral press, TWO! Skye arm-drags and has the armlock! Skye grinds Hayter down, but Hayter pulls hair. The ref counts, Hayter lets off and the two stand. Hater powers Skye back and whips free, but Skye RANAS Hayter to a corner! Fans fire up with Skye and she runs in, but Hayter catches her for a BUCKLE EXPLODER! Hayter grins and Rebel is fired up but fans boo. Hayter stomps Skye, drags her up and runs her corner to corner to bump off buckles. Hayter brings Skye around to bump off buckles again, then talks trash to the fans.
Hayter digs her boots into Skye while mocking the fans, but the ref counts. Hayter lets off, drags Skye up, and brings Skye to center to CLUB her down! Hayter suplexes and holds Skye up, but Skye turns that to a cradle! TWO, Skye hurries to get around Hayter, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter is up, Skye sunset flips, TWO! Skye hurries up, but Hayter gets her for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Rebel cheers but fans boo as Hayter drags Skye up. Skye fires forearms and backs Hayter down, but Hayter boots her back. Hayter whips, scoops, but Skye headscissors her away! Then SHINING WIZARDS up against the ropes!
Skye gets a leg, uses that to throw Hayter down, and she fires up, only for Hayter to block her superkick! Hayter spins Skye but she hits a low ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Skye is pulling at her hair in frustration. Fans rally, Skye drags Hayter up and whips, but Hayter blocks! Hayter scoops again, BIG back suplex! Skye ends up in a corner, Hayter kisses the bicep and runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Skye hurries up while Hayter is in the drop zone, but Hayter stands to trip her up! Skye is stuck up top, Hayter goes after her with forearms! Hayter climbs up but Skye hits her back!
Hayter CLUBS Skye but Skye throws body shots! Hayter holds on, CLUBS Skye more, then hits a SNAP SUPERPLEX! Roll through to a BRAINBUSTER!! But Hayter won’t end it here, she wants to hurt Skye! Ripcord, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament)
Rebel celebrates with Hayter as Hayter throws her name into the hat! Will this historic tournament end up won by a Hayter?
AEW makes BIG Dynamite matches!
Before going after the AEW World Championship again, Adam Cole takes on Christian Cage! Will Captain Charisma prove Adam Cole isn’t ready for a rematch with Hangman Page? Then, AEW raises the stakes in Bucks VS FTR 2, by making it a AAA Tag Team Championship match! Will FTR lose the right to say they’re the best luchadors in the world?
Penta Oscuro and Alex Abrahantes speak.
House of Black, Penta says, “Don’t forget about Death Triangle. If you continue to play with Fuego, you’re going to get burnt.” That’s because this is Penta Oscuro and he has #CEROMIEDO!
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man starts off with introductions for Keith Lee and “Powerhouse” Hobbs, but Hobbs speaks up! He wants to know why Mark can’t ask him the questions first. Is it cuz he’s not a Texas boy? Now that Keith’s here, he’s getting all the attention. But Hobbs tells Keith to listen up. Hobbs will do Keith a favor and open up The Book of Hobbs. Hobbs will hit Keith with that Last Will & Testament Spinebuster, then prove to Keith that he will not bask in glory until thou basks in defeat courtesy of Powerhouse Hobbs.
Keith says Hobbs is indeed powerful and a powerhouse. But “Mr. Hobbs” has been reading this autobiography when in reality he should check himself and get into the science fiction. The Keith Lee he faces tonight is unreal. And when you come to the ring, be prepared to bask in Keith’s glory as he teaches Hobbs a lesson, such as to respect those who came before you, such as Mark Henry. Keith wants Hobbs to prepare himself, because the end is near. Mark says there’s been enough talk. Time for the main event! Will the ring even be left standing after these two titans clash?
Keith Lee VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!
Rampage returns as Hobbs makes his entrance. Then Keith makes his entrance, and fans are fired up. The bell rings and fans chant, “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” and sing “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Keith conducts the fans, but Hobbs is just annoyed. Hobbs talks trash on Keith and mocks the conducting, then he and Keith finally approach. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then break to get face to face. They tie up again, Hobbs puts Keith on ropes but Keith puts Hobbs in a corner. They go around and around, then break again! Fans fire up as these two look to be even in strength. They tie up again, Hobbs gets around to waistlock then headlock.
Keith endures as Hobbs grinds the hold. Fans rally and Keith powers out, then he rams shoulders with Hobbs! Neither man falls, they go again, and still neither falls. And again, and again! Hobbs keeps trying, he ducks and body blocks but Keith stays up, to rebound and POUNCE Hobbs out of the ring! Fans are thunderous while Hobbs is furious! Hobbs paces around on the outside while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Keith conducts the crowd again but Hobbs eggs Keith on. Keith goes out, he counter punches and fires off hands! Keith and Hobbs tie up out there, but Keith throws another body shot! Keith then scoops Hobbs and carries him! Hobbs slips off to POST Keith! And then waistlocks to POST Keith again! The ref reprimands and wants this inside, but Hobbs runs to TRUCK Keith into the railing! Keith falls over and Hobbs goes into the ring, a scowl on his face. Hobbs mocks the conducting again while Keith stirs. Hobbs then goes out to fetch Keith and fire off forearms! Hobbs smacks Keith off apron, then digs his head into the post!
Keith tries to push Hobbs away but Hobbs ROCKS Keith again! Hobbs shoves Keith into railing and leaves him behind. Keith sputters, Hobbs goes out and fires off hands again! Hobbs pushes Keith around the way, Keith gets in the ring but Hobbs follows. Hobbs talks more trash on Keith, kicks him around, then drags Keith up. Hobbs KNEES Keith right back down! Hobbs drops a knee onto Keith’s chest! Cover, TWO! Hobbs is annoyed but he paces around Keith while talking more trash. Hobbs mocks the fans rallying up for Keith, then drops another knee onto Keith’s chest! Hobbs pulls Keith into the knee as Rampage returns to single picture.
Keith endures, so Hobbs SLAMS his head down! Hobbs looms over Keith, kicks at him, talks more trash, then pie faces him! Keith throws body shots! Hobbs snarls, Keith keeps throwing hands but Hobbs gives knee after knee after KNEE! Keith manages to stay seated up, but Hobbs SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Keith gets to a corner but Hobbs chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off, and he makes everyone look at Keith’s face. Hobbs brings Keith up but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! And then Keith fires off big hands! He bobs ‘n’ weaves to ROCK Hobbs with a left!
Keith whips but Hobbs reverses to shove him away! Hobbs throws a hand but Keith catches the arm! Hobbs can’t get free, Keith CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Keith raises his hands up. Fans raise their hands to give him their energy, and Keith reels Hobbs in. Hobbs fights off and he manages to back drop free! Fans are thunderous from seeing that feat of strength! Hobbs and Keith both rise slowly, and Hobbs runs in! Keith dodges, runs, but into a POWERSLAM!?! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Keith gets to a corner and Hobbs goes to the other. Hobbs runs in, but into buckles!
Keith rolls, runs and SPLASHES! Keith then TOSSES Hobbs across the ring!! That was a LIMITLESS BIEL! Hobbs gets up, swings on Keith but Keith blocks to HEADBUTT! Keith shoves Hobbs and fans are still thunderous. But wait! Ricky Starks leaves commentary and he brings a chair to ringside! Keith fireman’s carries Hobbs, but Hobbs slips off and shoves Keith at Starks! Starks swings but Keith punches the chair away! Starks is speechless! Keith dares Starks to do something else, but Swerve Strickland rushes out! Swerve trips Starks off the apron and fires off hands! Keith turns around, LAST WILL & TESTAMENT!! Cover off the spinebuster, but the ref is busy with Starks and Swerve!!
Refs and Taz rush over to sort this out, Hobbs shouts to the main ref! The ref gets back in, Hobbs gets Keith up, Keith fireman’s carries! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
And the Limitless One is victorious! But Starks SMACKS Swerve with the chair! And he brings Swerve around to the timekeeper’s area! ROSHAMBEAUX through the table!! Fans lose their minds, Starks gets in to go after Keith, but Keith POUNCES him back out! But Hobbs gets the chair now! CHAIRSHOT to Keith’s back! Hobbs has Starks get him a table! Team Taz sets this up in the ring and in a corner! Starks takes off a shoe to SMACK Keith with it! Hobbs holds Keith up for Starks to drop down with the shoe right onto Keith’s face! Team Taz continue to mug Keith, but Keith hits back! Keith ROCKS Starks, ROCKS Hobbs, then choke grips Starks!
But Hobbs SPEARS Keith through the table!! The Powerhouse looms over Keith and fans boo! Hobbs tells Keith that this is Team Taz territory! What will they do in order to keep it that way?
Another awesome episode of Rampage here. We got a great opener out of Bucks VS Top Flight, great innovation happening in that match. Bucks win, though, because as they say in their promo, they’re going against FTR so this is the momentum builder. The AAA tag titles on the line is awesome stuff, and who knows which way the match goes with that. Statlander “speaking” was a letdown, it was just a highlight reel and that one line. But I really liked Sammy & Tay bashing in Lambert’s car as their response to American Top Team talking crap. Of course we’re getting a match, but I bet they find a way to push it until Double or Nothing.
I really liked the cleverness of Danhausen speaking and being confused by Hook’s powers of indifference. Danhausen has finally spoken in AEW, and I wonder if he’ll actually wrestle in AEW against Hook. Great Six Man Tag, and I figured House of Black would win, but Fuego got to look great once again. Penta and Alex have a good promo to keep Death Triangle in the mix, but it certainly feels like they’re trying to wait until Fenix is 100%. We got a really good match from Hayter and Skye, but I figured Hayter would win. We’re going to get a lot of great names in both these Owen Hart Memorial Tournaments, and Hayter is pretty great.
And of course, we got an awesome main event. Keith is incredibly over, Hobbs and Team Taz are doing great Heel work, Swerve showing up is great (even though he was also on Supercard of Honor tonight so this proves Rampage is taped), I am thinking Keith & Swerve VS Team Taz in a tag match before perhaps another badass match of Keith VS Hobbs. Keith really should challenge Starks for the FTW Championship, win it, and who knows what else happens with that. Whether Sammy or Scorpio has the TNT Championship, Keith should definitely go after that next and then win that.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Detroit gets Elevated!
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?
- 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.
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.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)
It’s a ROYAL RAMPAGE!
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!
- 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?
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
Chairshot Radio: Rocky Mountain High 7.5.2022
Its the season finale of Hockey Talk as Patrick & Dave return to talk about the crowning of a new...
Chairshot Bets: NBA Free Agency Special
Tommy Wortz and Rey Cash join the show as we give you an impromptu NBA Free Agency edition of Chairshot...
Chairshot Bets: NBA Free Agency & UFC 276
PC and Platt are back to invade your earballs with NBA opt ins and outs, UFC 276 and some strawberries...
Down The Wire: The Immaculate Sentence w/Joe Pohoryles
Tom and Dave are joined by their good friend and buddy Joe Pohoryles.
Chairshot Bets: NBA Draft & NFL Division Odds
PC and Platt are back in your earballs this week to get you ready for the 2022 NBA Draft!
Bandwagon Nerds #138: Cookouts & Premiere Dates
David Ungar returns from vacation and PC Tunney is heading to a cookout this week on the Bandwagon. Patrick does...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Fireworks in Termina!
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Petrol Girls – Baby (2022)
Who wants a little bit of European Hardcore Punk? Not a normal genre the JAR partakes in, but this one...
Talk The Keki: Ya Boy Kongming Review & Konosuba Season 3 Announcement
It's the big Konosuba season 3 announcement, Ya Boy Kongming review, I'm Quitting Heroing, Komi Can't Communicate and more on...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (6/30/22)
A crash course in TCW history!
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We're in the homestretch!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Detroit gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/3/22)
Kushida is back!
Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (7/2/22)
VIVA LAS VEGAS!
Andrew’s IMPACT Against All Odds Results & Match Review: 7.1.2022
Impact presents Against All Odds! AMW back together! Raven's Clockwork Orange House of Fun! Joe Doering gets a title shot!...
DWI Podcast #330: The Pen
Who will walk out of this weekend with the Money in the Bank briefcases?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/1/22)
It's a ROYAL RAMPAGE!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/1/22)
One more before MITB!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: WWE’s Creative Future, AEW Forbidden Door Review, and more!
Getting Mindless on WWE’s creative future, Jason Reviews AEW’s Forbidden Door and much more!