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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (4/22/22)

Jade is on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Will #ThatBitch stay undefeated?

Still undefeated and still AEW TBS Champion, Jade Cargill is looking to go 30-0! But will Marina Shafir prove to be a problem for the champion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Adam Cole VS Tomohiro Ishii; Cole wins and advances to the tournament.
  • Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake Roberts VS Serpentico; Archer wins.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia; Kingston wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Marina Shafir; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Adam Cole VS Tomohiro Ishii w/ Rocky Romero & Orange Cassidy!

The Panama City Playboy already promised a member of the Undisputed Elite will win this entire tournament, but it’ll help the odds if more members get in. Will the next entry into this inaugural tournament be Adam Cole BAYBAY? Or will the Stone Pitbull sink his teeth in on behalf of Chaos and NJPW?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Cole headlocks. Ishii powers out, Cole rams shoulders but Ishii stays up. Cole runs and rams him again but Ishii still stays up. Ishii swings on Cole but he dodges to kick low, runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and Cole bails out, and Ishii dares Cole to get back in. Cole gets in, circles with Ishii and then he kicks Ishii low. Cole throws forearms, kicks more, then throws more forearms. Cole stomps Ishii in a corner, the ref counts and Cole lets off so Pittsburgh can join in on an “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” But then Cole turns around and Ishii CHOPS him down!

Ishii follows Cole to ropes. Ishii whips Cole, Cole holds ropes and then bails out again. But Ishii pursues this time! Ishii ROCKS Cole, follows him around the way, and CHOPS him again. Cole goes around the way again, Ishii CHOPS him against the post! Ishii runs in again but Cole dodges, Ishii lariats the post! Cole refreshes the ring count to bring Ishii around and RAM him into railing. Cole puts Ishii in the ring, rains down rights on Ishii, then lets off to soak up cheers and jeers. Cole sits Ishii up to JAM a knee in his back and warp on a chinlock! Ishii endures and fans rally up. Ishii fights up but Cole cranks the hold!

Fans rally and duel, Ishii fights up and he throws body shots. Cole knees low, turns Ishii and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cole shakes out his arm, kicks at Ishii, but Ishii throws body shots and headbutts! Cole ROCKS Ishii with a forearm, then taunts him. “My world!” He SLAPS Ishii and Ishii gets to a corner. Cole talks more trash, pie faces Ishii, slaps him again, but Ishii just gets mad. Cole SLAPS him again, then fires forearms! Ishii doesn’t budge! Ishii leans into the forearms and he backs Cole down! Ishii then DECKS Cole with one shot! Fans fire up and Ishii brings Cole up to whip corner to corner. Cole reverses and ROCKS Ishii!

Cole runs, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Cassidy slowly rallies the fans. Ishii brings Cole up, reels him in, but Cole headlocks to block the suplex. Cole rains down elbows, but Ishii SAIDOS! Cover, TWO! Ishii gets up, he brings Cole up, reels him in, but Cole fights the powerbomb! Cole fireman’s carries but Ishii elbows free. Ishii waistlocks, Cole elbows but Ishii ducks and runs, then dodges a superkick! But Cole fireman’s carries and USHIGOROSHI! Cole gets back up, Rampage goes picture in picture as he runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and Cole grows frustrated.

Cole gets to ropes and stands up. Cole shakes out the bad arm, then he drags Ishii up, only for Ishii to break free! But Cole ROCKS him first! Then BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Cole is furious! Cole gets to a corner, he hops up and takes aim, but Ishii ROCKS Cole first! Ishii climbs up after Cole but Cole hits back with forearms! Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! Cole is stuck up top but Ishii falls to the floor! Rampage returns to single picture as Ishii rises up again. Ishii goes after Cole, for a STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cole survives now but Ishii stays cool. He sits Cole up, runs, but Cole ducks the sliding lariat!

Cole mule kicks then SUPERKICKS! Cole brings down the kneepad, sits Ishii up, and takes aim. Cole runs, but Ishii ducks the Boom! Ishii runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii says he’ll finish this and he brings Cole up. Suplex, but Cole knees free! Cole wrenches and BOOTS! But Ishii stays up to spin Cole, only for Cole to suplex! GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans say “This is Awesome!” Cole goes back to a corner, climbs up again, and he jumps, but Ishii gets under! Cole SUPERKICKS but Ishii roars! Ishii ROCKS Cole, Cole ROCKS Ishii, but Ishii HEADBUTTS Cole!

Cole ENZIGURIS! But then Ishii ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans are fired up again! The standing count climbs, Ishii rolls away to a corner at 5 of 10. Cole manages to get himself up at 7, and Ishii also stands. Ishii roars, runs, but Cole boots the lariat away! Ishii blocks the superkick and HEADBUTTS! Cole SUPERKICKS after all! But Ishii LARIATS Cole down! Ishii fires up and the fans are with him! But then Jay White appears! And he RAMS Rocky into steel steps! Cassidy runs the Switchblade off but the ref and Ishii noticed what happened. The ref is busy checking on Rocky, Cole LOW BLOWS Ishii!

Cole runs, for the BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament)

White applauds as Cole is now the third seed in the Owen Hart Cup! Will the Undisputed Elite and Bullet Club make sure that this is still THEIR era?

 

Security stops the Jericho Appreciation Society at the door.

Eddie Kingston said it himself on Dynamite, his match with Daniel Garcia is only going to involve himself and Garcia. That means Jake Hager, Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker and Chris Jericho himself aren’t even allowed inside the arena! Jericho says that isn’t real. Management knows who really runs this company. Management knows Jericho IS Rampage. Jericho is so over in Pittsburgh, the people can’t wait. Jericho makes more money in one night than this security guard does in a year. So just shut up and let them pass, ya dig? NOPE. Because more guards storm up!

The JAS gets riled up but Garcia says it’s fine, he’s already beat Kingston twice, he’ll just do it again. He’s a sports entertainer, he knows what to do. Jericho says he believes in Garcia. Garcia can go and kick that trash Kingston’s ass! Garcia tells the guards to move, and the rest of JAS says they’ll leave. But only because they want to. Hager could tear all these guys apart with a finger! And Jericho will file an HR complaint on their asses! The JAS play by the rules for now, but will they stick by this the whole night?

 

Lexi Nair interviews Hook again.

A big win on Dynamite for the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, but Danhausen… Wait, Danhausen’s just made a mess of the hallway with potato chips! “Oh, is this how you like your powerful chips, huh?” Danhausen wants his match! Hook grabs Danhausen and shoves him up against a wall! “You wanted my attention? You got it now.” Hook speaks!! But will Danhausen regret pushing Hook this far?

 

Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake Roberts VS Serpentico!

The Murderhawk Monster is the newest mercenary enlisted by MJF to fight Wardlow in his stead, but it isn’t even about money. Archer wants to tear up the War Pig, will he just use this serpent as an appetizer?

Archer storms down the ramp, and Serpentico DIVES! But Archer easily swats him away. Serpentico still thinks he staggered Archer, only to turn around into a HAYMAKER! And an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Archer gets in the ring, Shawn Spears is on commentary to say he’s worth every penny The Pinnacle spent. The bell rings and Archer hauls Serpentico up to suplex and TOSS Serpentico! Fans fire up, Archer runs in to CLOBBER Serpentico in the corner! Then Archer hoists Serpentico up, inverted crucifix, BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall

Spears says that was the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen! But Archer isn’t even done! He drags Serpentico back up for a CHOKE SLAM! And then he mocks the conducting of the orchestra, to CHOKE SLAM Serpentico again. If Wardlow has the Powerbomb Symphony, Archer is composing a Choke Slam Sonata! Oh, wait, he stops because he knows the fans wanted more. Archer is leaving the rest of this for Dynamite, who will have the better score between these two behemoths?

 

Tony Nese and Mark Sterling speak.

Smart Mark calls his newest client, “The hottest free agent signing in the history of AEW. You are looking at a premier athlete. You are looking at THE Premier Athlete!” Their goal is simple: take Nese to the top! Nese is undefeated, and still will be. Sterling just lines them up for Nese to knock OUT. Will Nese continue that streak and follow in the footsteps of Sterling’s other clients?

 

Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia!

The Mad King promised on Dynamite that everything he does to the Garcia here on Rampage is an example of what he’ll do to Jericho. But will Kingston send a direct enough message to The Influencer? Or will Red Death take Kingston out once and for all?

The bell rings and the two circle. Kingston starts throwing palm strikes but Garcia guards. Garcia ends up cornered, he gets along the ropes but Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia hurries away again, fans fire up and Kingston fires off more shots! Kingston sweeps a leg to then CHOP Garcia while he’s sitting down! Kingston goes corner to corner to BOOT WASH! Kingston gives shoutout to Otani, then he goes out to get Garcia with another CHOP! Kingston stands Garcia up to CHOP again, then he fist bumps some fans. Fans fire up, Kingston gets Garcia up to whip into steel steps!

Garcia writhes and crawls but Kingston just slams Garcia back against the steps! The fans fire up but Garcia YANKS Kingston into the steps! Kingston clutches his ribs and gets in the ring, but Garcia gets in to stomp away! Garcia circles like a shark then he KNEES Kingston in the side. Fans boo, Garcia drags Kingston around to KNEE him in the side again! And then he KNEES the other side! Cover, ONE! Garcia KICKS Kingston in the back, but Kingston gets up to CHOP! Kingston snapmares and KICKS Garcia right back! Garcia rams a shoulder into Kingston’s gut and then he wrenches an arm. Fans rally for Kingston as he endures the hammerlock.

Garcia KNEES Kingston in the side again, then wags his finger at fans cheering Kingston. But Kingston gives back palm strikes! Garcia BOOTS Kingston, but Kingston eggs him on! So Garcia fires off more boots and forearms! Kingston still eggs Garcia on, then he gets up to CHOP! Garcia kicks back, EuroUppers, but Kingston staggers to a corner. Garcia fires off forearms, climbs up, and he rains down rights! Garcia stops at five to BITE Kingston! The ref counts, Garcia stops at 4, but Kingston BITES him back, and on the ear! Garcia CLUBS away on Kingston and the ref is counting again. Kingston stops but Garcia kicks low!

The ref reprimands, Garcia brings up the ear, but the ref points out Garcia bit first. Kingston CHOPS from below, but Garcia BOOTS him down. Garcia DECKS Kingston and Kingston goes out of the ring. Garcia pursues to POST Kingston! Kingston slumps down the post, Garcia KICKS him in the back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Garcia whips Kingston into railing, and Kingston slumps down again. Garcia drags him up, bumps him off the apron, but Kingston CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Garcia kicks low, puts Kingston on the apron and stomps away on him! The ref counts, Garcia kicks Kingston into the ring, then roars at the fans. Garcia gets back in the ring, pushes Kingston to center, and drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Garcia mockingly applauds, then he gets Kingston’s wrists. Kingston grabs Garcia’s face! The ref reprimands the claw, but Kingston stands up. Garcia hits a GUTBUSTER! Garcia runs and KNEES Kingston to ropes!

Garcia catches his breath while Kingston drags himself up the ropes. Kingston CHOPS and HEADBUTTS Garcia! Garcia stomps Kingston back down! Garcia whips but Kingston blocks, to then whip Garcia and knee him against ropes! Kingston whips, Garcia reverses to knee Kingston in return! Cover, TWO! Garcia grows frustrated but he sits Kingston up to chinlock. Kingston endures as Garcia twists him around, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Garcia CHOPS Kingston! Even Garcia has to shake his hand out from that. Kingston CHOPS back, and Garcia sputters. Garcia CHOPS back and Kingston has to back away to a corner! Fans fire up and Kingston comes back to CHOP again! Garcia kicks low, fires off uppercuts, then runs, into a knee! Kingston reels Garcia in, but Garcia fights the clinch with elbow after elbow! Then he gets a COBRA TWIST! Kingston endures, even as Garcia CLUBS his ribs! Kingston slips out and wants to put Garcia in the twist, but Garcia slips around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kingston flounders, Garcia covers, TWO!

Fans rally up but Garcia grows frustrated. “This is Awesome!” as Kingston drags himself to ropes. Garcia stomps a mudhole into Kingston, stands on him and stomps away! The ref counts, fans boo, and Garcia stops at 4. Garcia goes to the far corner as Kingston drags himself up. Garcia runs in but into a BOOT! And then an elbow! Kingston goes up to FLYING KNEE! Fans fire up as the straps are down and Kingston brings Garcia up! But Garcia trips Kingston and has both legs! BOSTON CRAB! Kingston endures, crawls forward, reaches, but Garcia turns him over to get a SHARPSHOOTER! Kingston lurches forward to the ROPEBREAK!

Garcia keeps the hold, the ref counts, but Garcia forces the ref to pull the hold apart! Garcia stands Kingston up, wrenches, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia! And SLAPS again! Garcia reels Kingston into another GUTBUSTER! Garcia wants the legs again but Kingston pokes him in the eye! Kingston gets up, ENZIGURI! Then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives but Kingston keeps his focus! Fans fire up and Kingston gets back up. Kingston drags Garcia up, but Garcia gets a leg! Kingston steps over, slips around, SAIDO!! And URAKEN!! Cover, Kingston wins!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

The Mad King overcomes Red Death, but he makes sure to get a mic. He also takes off his belt and threatens to lash Garcia, only to drop the belt. “Look at the camera. Chris, I’m saving this whipping for you. This was just a message. Send it to your boss!” How will Jericho respond to this promise from Kingston?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.

Their match in New Orleans with Team Taz was incredible, and the Limitless One says, “I heard we were ‘so entertaining,’ Tony. But the reality is, Taz, a person that I’ve looked up to, I studied, he tarnished this battle when he got involved. And now him, his team, I want to annihilate them all. And I swear to…” Swerve has Keith calm down, and lets everyone know his man, Keith, is a little perturbed. There’s one of those big words Keith taught him. But anyway, “Calvin & Hobbs” went into battle in New Orleans. Real cute. But they’ll pay it back in blood. Team Taz won a battle, but the war is far from over.

Ricky Starks responds on commentary.

“The war? Are you kidding me? The war? Brother man, you broke ass Kenan & Kel. Let me tell you something about war. You don’t want smoke with Team Taz, because we finish the job each and every single time. Me and Hobbs, we got a check with your name written on it, and we plan to cash out, baby.” The Absolute has put Keith & Swerve on notice, but when and where will this war come to an end?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter & Britt Baker.

All three have qualified for the Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament, and one of them could go all the way to win the cup. Britt says no, one of them will definitely go all the way, and that one is on Tony’s right side. AKA not Storm. Storm tells Britt to shut it. Other than being AEW Women’s World Champion, what has Britt even done? Has she even left Pittsburgh? Does Britt not know who Toni Storm is? What she’s done? Anything?! Apparently not. Hayter, see you in the first round. And Britt, maybe Storm sees you later. If she makes it that far. Britt and Hayter mutter about Storm, but will the Lightning From Down Under strike them both down?

 

FTR speaks.

In a shocker, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood will face each other in an Owen Hart Men’s Tournament qualifier! Dax promises that this will be physical. Cash says FTR wanted to do this, because that is how much this means to them. They both know this will get heated, but they both want to pay respects to a man who gave everything to this business. It is something Cash never thought he’d be able to do. Dax and Cash are brothers in arms, but they both want to win this for their families and themselves. Who will fight that much harder to go on into the tournament?

 

Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers.

He says that after tonight, Jade could be an undefeated 30-0. In the past weeks, she’s given very little consideration to her opponents, but doesn’t she feel that Marina deserves that tonight? Jade laughs and asks, “Who?” Sterling, handle this. Sterling is glad to. Originally, he was concerned about Marina’s blackbelt and MMA background, and then he thought, “I have a black belt, too. I bought it for $30 on Amazon.” Sterling says Jade is the hardest working professional wrestler on Earth. She takes every single match seriously. But what they really want to talk about is the celebration they’re going to have for number 30! Balloons will rain from the ceiling, and the plan is in place!

Marina speaks up now. “Plans, Mark? Problems don’t care about plans, Mark.” Jade says, “Problem? Problem? I’M the Problem in this division! You’re gonna have to solve me out, Merana or whatever your name is.” Well then, there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will #ThatBitch solve this problem? Or will the streak and the reign all come to an end tonight?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Marina Shafir!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see the difference between 30-0 and 29-1 right before our eyes!

Shafir gets right in Jade’s face, and Jade says okay, free shot! Shafir squares up, but then Jade dodges that shot! Jade flexes, but Shafir KICKS her leg! Jade felt that and the two circle. Shaifr KICKS, gets around, and jumps on for a SLEEPER! Jade stays up, throws Shafir off, but Shafir is right up! Jade blocks the kick to trip Shafir! Jade eggs Shafir on, and Shafir runs at her, but  into a scoop! Jade carries Shafir around with ease to FALL AWAY SLAM! And kip up! Shafir staggers up and Jade runs in, to clothesline Shafir up and out! Jade taunts Shafir and then she goes out to RAM Shafir into railings, right in front of the Baddies Section!

Speaking of which, Red Velvet, Kiera Hogan and the other baddies start throwing popcorn at Shafir! Jade stands Shafir up, and she lets Velvet get her shots in! Ref Aubrey misses this as Sterling is distracting her! The baddies get away with it all and Jade CHOPS Shafir down. Kiera and Velvet copy the Young Bucks, kissing Jade on either side. But then Shafir puts Jade in the ring! Shafir gets in, Jade stomps her down! Jade kicks Shafir around, talks some trash, and starts to dribble. Jade DUNKS on Shafir! Then wrenches to a BIG back suplex! High stack, TWO! Jade gives Shafir some ground ‘n’ pound, and then flexes.

But Shafir throws Jade down! Shafir gets a leg, kicks it, but Jade kicks back. Shafir cartwheels through that to then KICK a leg out! Shafir clamps on with a GROVIT! Jade endures, throws body shots, then picks Shafir up! But Shafir body scissors! Jade powers through that and swings for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Jade is frustrated and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Jade drags Shafir up by her hair, then bumps her off buckles. Jade then clinches to TOSS Shafir across the way! Jade grins, does push-ups, then runs in, into a KNEE! Jade kicks back, CLUBS Shafir then snapmares, to hook her up in a grounded cobra twist! Jade flexes then digs her knuckles into ribs. Jade CLUBS Shafir, digs knuckles in again, then drags Shafir up to whip to ropes. Jade CLOBBERS Shafir with an elbow, then stomps her down. Jade sits Shafir back up and clamps onto an arm. Jade gets the other arm and it’s back to the cobra twist. Shafir endures, even as Jade digs her knuckles right into ribs.

Shafir fights up but Jade clinches and whips again. Jade KNEES Shafir down now, but Shafir still gets up. Jade throws her down, covers, TWO! Jade is frustrated again that Shafir is still in this. Jade drags Shafir up, reels her in, and snap suplexes! Una Amiga as Jade gets up to snap suplex again! Jade then kips up, only needing Dos. Jade is mocking Shafir, talking trash, and pacing around. Shafir crawls, gets up, but Jade just stomps her again. Rampage returns to single picture as Jade hooks an arm. Shafir endures another stretch, and more knuckles in her side, to throw Jade down! And KICK her, too!

Shafir gets a leg, CLUBS away on the knee, and then trips Jade for a standing HEEL HOOK! Jade endures, kicks with the free leg  but Shafir traps that leg for the KNEEBAR! Jade endures, crawls, drags herself and Shafir around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shafir lets go at 4. Jade drags herself to a corner, but Shafir goes out and gets that leg to SLAM it into the post! Sterling is upset but Shafir stalks Jade to KICK the leg out! Shafir stares Sterling down as he creeps closer. Sterling wants mercy but gets a SAYANAGI instead! The baddies fan Jade off but Shafir KICKS the leg again! Shafir refreshes the count before going back for more.

The baddies yell at Shafir but she tells them to shove it! But then Jade BOOTS Shafir down! Jade gets cocky now and she talks trash while she drags Shafir back up. Jade RAMS Shafir into apron, then again as she puts her in the ring. Jade then yanks Shafir back out, refreshing the count. Jade brings Shafir over, CHOKE SLAM through the table! Jade then drags Shafir from the wreckage, fireman’s carries and tosses her inside. Jade gets some more praise from her baddies before going into the ring. Jade looms over Shafir, cocky cover, TWO, and into the HEEL HOOK! Jade endures, scrambles, tries to fight free, but Shafir has her!

Jade kicks with her free leg, but Shafir shouts, “SOLVE ME, BITCH! SOLVE ME!!” Then Shafir YANKS the leg!! Jade kicks and kicks, and kicks and kicks and kicks! Shafir finally lets go but Sterling is still worried. Jade chicken wings, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

The Problem was tough, but Jade found a way to solve her! She’s still champion, still undefeated, and still #ThatBitch. Will anyone ever stop her?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage, but I’m a little surprised they advertised these interview segments. They were all expertly delivered, but they didn’t really do much to hype things up. We know Hayter VS Storm is coming and that Britt is cocky enough to think Toni is below them. Nese and Sterling just gave us a generic “Hype up the wrestler”  one but it was decent. And it was basically a given we were getting more out of Team Taz VS Swerve & Keith, so I don’t know if this needed to be done interview style. Why not in one of those cool vignette style interviews? They did that for FTR to hype up Cash VS Dax. That’s definitely going to be a show stealer, by the way. I feel like Dax takes it, though, he’s had more singles matches in AEW.

We got a much better set-up promo out of Danhausen and Hook. Danhausen pisses Hook off by destroying perfectly good classic flavor potato chips, and Hook finally speaks! Okay, maybe this was a bit of a waste given how much they built it up, but it does work that Hook only speaks when he’s angry. Hook VS Danhausen can’t really wait for Double or Nothing, I would love to have that as soon as next week’s Rampage. Great opening match out of Cole VS Ishii, but I should’ve known that Ishii was only going to lose because Cole cheats. It also establishes the bond between Undisputed Elite and Bullet Club is strong, so I can’t wait to see what breaks it.

Kingston VS Garcia was brutal and badass and awesome. Good promo from JAS to remind us of the ban put on anyone being anywhere near that match. Kingston winning makes all the sense, and him wanting to use his belt in the beating, I wonder if that means Leather Strap Match for Kingston and Jericho. Great squash match from Archer to Serpentico, though I’m curious as to where Luther was in all this. And Jade’s 30th match definitely felt how I expected this all to go. Having the baddies be an element was fine, they didn’t really cost Shafir.

But the flow of this match made it seem like Shafir should’ve won, and then AEW said, “No, Jade still needs to win.” Not the most satisfying finish there, but whatever. Jade’s definitely improved on this long win streak, she’ll be able to make that first loss a powerful moment.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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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