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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (4/8/22)

Blackpool Combat Club is on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Is Wheeler Yuta going to impress Jon Moxley?

Wheeler Yuta brings the ROH Pure Championship to AEW, but the prize he’s after is impressing Jon Moxley and joining Blackpool Combat Club! Will the Maniac approve of The Decoder?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Trent Beretta; Bryan wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Swerve wins.
  • Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Red Velvet VS Willow Nightingale; Velvet wins and advances to the tournament.
  • Wheeler Yuta VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bryan Danielson VS Trent Beretta!

The American Dragon represents the Blackpool Combat Club against #JustTrent of the Best Friends. William Regal is on commentary, he doesn’t get why Trent hangs around with “goofs” like Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy. Will Trent show just how serious he can get?

The bell rings and fans rally up already. They feel out the grapple, knuckle lock, and Bryan rolls to wrench and wrangle Trent down. Trent endures but Bryan twists the arm to a keylock. Trent rolls, trips Bryan and has a toehold. Bryan rolls it to a waistlock, then he pulls on the nose to KICK Trent in the back! Fans fire up but Trent scowls as the two reset. They circle, tie up in collar ‘n’ elbow, but Bryan wrenches and headlocks. Trent powers out and things speed up, Trent CLOBBERS Bryan with an elbow! Bryan shakes his head as he sits up. Fans rally as the two stare down and approach.

Fans chant, “You’re gonna get your head kicked in!” and Bryan smirks. Bryan and Trent knuckle lock, Bryan KICKS a leg, then KICKS it again. Bryan CHOPS Trent in a corner, but Trent turns it around to CHOP back! Trent whips corner to corner, but Bryan BOOTS from the corner! Bryan leaps to GUILLOTINE! Trent stays up, and powers out with a back drop! Cover, ONE!! Trent is annoyed but he clamps on with a chinlock as fans rally. Bryan fights up, powers Trent to ropes, and he puts the arms on the ropes to CHOP! Trent goes to a corner, but Bryan fires off YES KICKS! Bryan then brings Trent out to suplex, but Trent slips off!

Trent hops up, but Bryan goes to ropes, so Trent headscissors Bryan out! Trent skins the cat, fans fire up, Trent PLANCHAS into a kick! Bryan takes Trent outta the air and just soaks up all the cheers and jeers. Bryan goes back into the ring, builds up speed, and he DIVES, into Trent’s SAIDO! Payback from Trent, and he lines up a shot. Trent runs in but Bryan sends him into steel steps! The ref checks on Trent but he’s okay somehow, and Rampage goes picture in picture!

Bryan grins as he slowly gets up. Trent staggers up but drops to his knees. Bryan gets in the ring and soaks up more cheers and jeers, but Trent isn’t far behind. Trent shakes out his arms but Bryan is right on him with a chinbar, and then he drives an elbow into Trent’s shoulder! Bryan clamps on for a neck wrench, then drops another elbow! Bryan clamps the chinbar back on to grind Trent down, but Trent endures and fans rally up. Trent fights up as Rampage returns to single picture. Bryan EuroUppers Trent hard! Bryan stands Trent up to HEADBUTT him, too! Bryan taunts Trent as he slumps against ropes.

Trent scowls but Bryan scrapes him with his boot. Trent fires a forearm but Bryan EuroUppers! Bryan reels Trent in, SNAP HALF HATCH! Bryan sits up to revel in the cheers, then he does jumping jacks just to show off. Bryan goes up to the top rope, but Trent trips him up! Trent climbs, he brings Bryan up, SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up with the standing count! Bryan and Trent sit up at 5 of 10, Trent pulls away his shoulder tape but Bryan CHOPS him! Trent CHOPS back! Bryan CHOPS, Trent CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Bryan shifts to EuroUppers, but Trent ducks the enziguri to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fans fire up and Bryan ends up in a corner! Trent runs in, to back elbow! Then TORNADO- NO! Bryan powers out to ROLLING ELBOW! And then SHOULDER CAPTURE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Bryan clamps on with a DRAGON SLEEPER! Trent endures, fans rally up, and Trent drags himself forward to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Bryan lets off, and Bryan taunts Trent to get back up. Bryan drags Trent up, cravats and throws KNEES! Bryan then lets Trent drop, and he brings him back up into a Gotch hold. Trent fights it off, has the Alabama, but Bryan sunset flips! High stack, TWO! Trent has it now, TWO!

Trent hurries to a corner, Bryan runs in, but Trent dodges! The dropkick hits buckles, Trent gets Bryan up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Trent is beside himself, but fans fire up. Trent drags Bryan up from a corner, puts him back up top, and he CHOPS! Fans duel as Trent climbs up, but Bryan slips out underneath to trip Trent up! Bryan then goes up to drag Trent up, SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY! Trent turned it, he covers, TWO!! Bryan survives but both men are slow to standing. Fans rally up, Trent drags Bryan up and ROCKS him with a forearm! Bryan KICKS back, but Trent ROCKS Bryan again!

Bryan KICKS, Trent eggs him on! Bryan KICKS, Trent forearms, but Bryan fires off more kicks! Bryan hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Trent ROLLING ELBOWS back! Then Trent ducks Bryan’s elbow to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bryan goes flying, Trent gets up, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bryan survives again and the fans are thunderous! Bryan gets to ropes but Trent storms over there. Trent stand Bryan up, ROCKS him with forearm after forearm, and he starts raining down on Bryan! The ref counts, Trent lets off to shout at Bryan. Trent runs, but Bryan follows and BUSAIKU KNEES! Bryan drags Trent in, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!!

But Bryan wags his fingers, he isn’t done with that! Fans fire up as Bryan snarls and shouts, “You wanna see me kick his head in?!?” “YES!!” Bryan gets the arms, and he gives Trent those DANIELSON STOMPS! Then Bryan locks on the omoplata for a REVERSE GROVIT! Trent taps, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

Regal on commentary says he loves the little details. The American Dragon did his part for the BCC, but will the Maniac do the same in tonight’s main event?

 

Rampage is LIVE next week!

And at an earlier time, too! 7 Eastern, and it’ll have the AEW World Championship TEXAS DEATHMATCH, Adam Page VS Adam Cole! Who proves to be the deadlier Adam?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Lexi Nair says the world has been quietly anticipating what the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil has to say. But he chooses to not say anything. Is there anything on his mind? Nope, he’s just eating chips and listening to music. He heads out, but Danhausen says, “Gotcha this time!” Nope, Hook just throws his chips away. Danhausen decides to try what’s left in the bag. Do these give Hook his power? Well, probably not. How many times will Danhausen try to curse Hook?

 

Rampage returns with Dam Lambert & The Men of the Year in the ring.

The TNT Champion says, “I made the brave decision to get rid of the open door challenge, because I was looking for someone to step up. I was looking for someone to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and prove that they think they’ve got what it takes to do what nobody has been able to do in 394 days!” But Sammy Guevara says, “Will you please shut the hell up?!” Honestly, Scorpio, that title isn’t supposed to make the man, the man is supposed to make the title. And right now, Scorpio makes the title mean NOTHING. As for Dan Lambert, what is HE going to do? Say something offensive or sexist? They’re all used to it by now, they won’t be bothered by it.

Sammy wants Tay to do a favor. Translate “Sexist Piece of Sh*t” into Portuguese, please. Oh, that’s easy! “Dan Lambert.” Lambert says he’s actually here to save them from themselves! He may not be fluent in Tay’s broken English, but he thinks Tay said Dan is sexist. Maybe he is, but he’s also a father. And the father in him thinks their parents have suffered enough humiliation for one lifetime. The father in Dan is gonna give them advice! “When you run your mouths, talk a little bit more about what you do in this damn ring than what you do in the bedroom!” Sammy tells Lambert that they’re not here for a lecture! This isn’t a talk show, this is a wrestling show, they want a match!

Ethan Page says we all get it! Sammy & Tay want a match. They may not have put this together, but All Ego doesn’t lace up his boots unless we’re talking big money marquee. And he gets it, Spanish God VS Scorpio or Spanish God VS All Ego is big money, because Sammy is a PILLAR~! But as a pillar, Sammy is the first crack in the foundation! Sammy & Tay are just a PR disaster waiting to happen! Not only that, but Ethan is a dad, too. He tells Gabriella Page at home, even though she’s asleep because he’s a good parent, that Ethan prays she never end up like Tay. Sammy says he doesn’t give a sh*t about Ethan’s kid. Sammy just wants a match!

So until American Top Team gives them something, Sammy & Tay are gonna come out here again and again, making their lives a living hell. If you were mad about the car, just wait until next week. See ya later, bitch! Sammy & Tay head out, but just what will they do to force American Top Team’s hand?

 

Chris Jericho presents his Sports Entertainer of the Week.

“Due to his homegrown leadership and commitment to the Nightmare Factory and his choices of colognes and BMW’s,” Jericho says QT Marshall is the Sports Entertainer of the Week. But while QT won this, is he about to lose in whose house? SWERVE’S HOUSE!

Swerve Strickland VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Fans rally for Swerve as QT headlocks. Swerve powers out but QT runs him over! QT mocks Swerve’s pose, but Swerve hooks QT’s leg with legs! Swerve then gets up to grind QT’s shoulder, but QT scoops. Swerve slips off, O’Conner Roll then handsprings to headscissor! QT staggers up into a hip toss! Swerve floats to a jackknife, TWO! QT flounder sup, kicks back and whips, but Swerve handsprings up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while Swerve sees Solo and Comoroto creeping. He stares them down as Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Factory stands down and Swerve goes up to the apron, and he shoulders QT away. Swerve slingshots up and over to sunset flip but QT stays up. Swerve slips out the back, shoves QT out, then goes to the apron to BOOT QT down! Solo checks on QT and the ring count starts. Swerve waits on QT to get up, and then he leaps for ax handles! Swerve bumps QT off the apron, puts him in the ring, and then goes up the corner. Swerve aims but QT gets up while Solo distracts. Swerve jumps over QT, ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The ref knows what was going on, though, so he EJECTS The Factory!

QT is freaking out as his proteges go up the ramp! QT hurries after Swerve with haymakers in the corner, as well as stomps. The ref counts, QT lets off, and QT drags Swerve up to CLUB him. Swerve shoves back but QT kicks low. QT pushes Swerve around, drag shim up but Swerve throws hands! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, QT reverses but Swerve ducks and dodges, only for QT to CLOBBER him! QT grins as he looms over Swerve and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Swerve hits a running forearm! QT staggers but Swerve runs to forearm again! QT stays up so Swerve runs again, ducks and dodges to CLOBBER QT down this time! Fans fire up and Swerve back elbows in the corner! Swerve snapmares QT, goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and chant, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” QT arm-drags out of the half nelson then pop-up HAYMAKER! QT calls for it, he reels Swerve in, but no Diamond Cutter! Swerve BOOTS from the corner, goes out then steps in, basement dropkick! SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up and Swerve gives QT a HOUSE CALL! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

But Ricky Starks hops off commentary to have the “garbage” music turn off. Starks tells Swerve that this is the deal. They have unfinished business, Keith and Hobbs have unfinished business. So Dynamite in New Orleans, it will be a tag match! “So bring that big ol’ bozo, Keith Lee, with you, I’ma bring my homie, Powerhouse Hobbs, and we gonna do the damn thing and get it poppin’ like I’ve been trying to since day one!” Absolute has issued the challenge, and Swerve is all for it! Will Team Taz find out that in Swerve’s House, everything is limitless?

 

AEW hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem tells Jade Cargill, “I’m begging you to solve me.” The TBS Championship showdown is coming, will Shafir simply be number 30? Or will she be the one in 29-1 that takes both streak and title away from #ThatBitch?

 

Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Red Velvet VS Willow Nightingale!

So far, Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida have earned their spots in this inaugural tournament. But now, The Chef and #EyeCandy are looking to cook up something real sweet in Boston! Who moves on to join in as the fourth seed of the bracket?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Velvet waistlocks but Willow pries free to switch. Fans rally, Willow SLAMS  Velvet down then rolls her to a bridge, TWO! Willow smiles and Velvet nods as the two circle. They tie up, Velvet wrenches, hammerlocks, but Willow switches that onto Velvet. Velvet endures, elbows back and reaches back, to go up for a flying-mare! Willow staggers up, things speed up, and Velvet CALF KICKS! Willow stays up, Velvet arm-drags her down and has the armlock. Willow fights up, fans rally and Willow whips Velvet away to run her over! Willow flexes and fans fire up!

Willow runs, rolls, and bypasses, but Velvet ducks and leaps, Willow runs her over again! Cover, TWO! Willow drags Velvet up, scoops her, and SLAMS her! Then Willow runs, but Velvet avoids the senton! Fans fire up, Velvet puts Willow in a corner and fires off with hands! That boxing background shows itself, then Velvet stomps Willow. Velvet digs her boots into Willow and she stirs it up. The ref counts, Velvet lets off at 4, and she brings Willow up to fire forearms. Velvet whips but Willow handsprings, then spins Velvet around, snap suplex! Then the SENTON! Cover, TWO! Willow grows frustrated but fans fire up!

Willow climbs the corner, all the way to the top! MOONSAULT FLOPS! Velvet managed to avoid most of that, and she rallies with big forearms! Velvet drop toeholds Willow to ropes, then runs to DOUBLE KNEE her, and YANK the ropes to put her down! JUST DESSERTS! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Velvet brings Willow up to throw haymakers, then runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Willow grows frustrated again but fans are still behind her! Willow ROCKS velvet, Velvet ROCKS Willow! Willow CHOPS, so Velvet CHOPS! Willow and Velvet trade more shots, Velvet gets the edge! Velvet runs, but Willow POUNCES!

Fans are thunderous as Willow stands up and roars! The straps come down, CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives and Willow is beside herself! Willow drags Velvet up, reels her in, suplexes, but Velvet slips out to BACKSTABBER! She flips Willow over, runs, SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Tournament)

Velvet soaks up the cheers and jeers from Boston, she’s ready to make history! Who else will join this fab four in the women’s bracket?

 

Just announced for Dynamite in New Orleans!

The ROH World Television Championship makes its AEW debut as MINORU SUZUKI defends the belt against SAMOA JOE! Hell, just Suzuki VS Joe is big, but who will be leaving Louisiana with the gold?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese.

Lexi Nair upsets The Premier Athlete by apparently not having the same enthusiasm for him as she did everyone else. Does she know who he is? He is the hottest free agent signing in AEW history! But she’s yuckin’ it up with goofs like Hook and Danhausen! Nese wants to get what he deserves! But in walks Mark Sterling. He agrees with Nese, actually. Nese might have seen some of his work with MJF and Jade. Maybe what Nese needs is proper legal representation. Let’s walk ‘n’ talk. Has Smart Mark just added another heavy hitter to his stable?

 

Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers.

He knows Wheeler Yuta has had a big week already as the NEW ROH Pure Champion, and he took Bryan Danielson to the limit. What does he have in store for Jon Moxley? Wheeler’s no stranger to Moxley. Moxley embarrassed Yuta in minutes their first time, but the second time they fought, Yuta came that close. Moxley may not want to listen to what Bryan has to say about him, but Wheeler Yuta is NOT the same guy he was before. Mox beat him, bruised him, battered him, so there is nothing left Mox can do to Yuta! Yuta is not afraid! He is the ROH Pure Champion, and tonight he earns respect!

Moxley finally looks at the camera as he says, “Let’s be very, very clear. It’s not my job to show you respect! I’m not your friend, I’m not your buddy, I don’t care what William Regal thinks about you, this ain’t Pure Rules! Tonight, I have one job: spill your guts all over the mat to find out exactly, finally, once and for all, what you are really made of!” Well there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Decoder show Moxley that what he’s made of is worthy of joining the Blackpool Combat Club?

Wheeler Yuta VS Jon Moxley!

Rampage returns as Yuta makes his entrance from the stage, and then Moxley makes his from the crowd. But Yuta DIVES out onto Moxley!! Yuta fires off, whips Moxley into steel steps, and then brings him up to keep on him! Moxley gets his jacket off as they go staggering into the crowd! Yuta CHOPS Moxley, CLUBS him, then fires off while Moxley sits in an open chair! Moxley pushes Yuta away and goes back towards ringside. Moxley kicks low, but Yuta blocks the bump to smack Moxley off railing! Yuta stalks Moxley more, CLUBS him again, and they get in the ring. Moxley shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

The ref calls for the bell and this match is officially on! Moxley drags Yuta up, suplexes high and hard, then paces. Yuta gets himself to a corner, Moxley run sin, and he clotheslines! Then CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Yuta CHOPS back, and CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Moxley BOOTS Yuta down! Cover, ONE! Moxley drags Yuta back up, straitjacket and palm strikes to the face! Then he claws Yuta’s face! Fans rally and duel, the ref reprimands and Moxley lets off. Moxley eggs Yuta on so Yuta CHOPS again! And again! And again! Moxley HEADBUTTS then runs, but Yuta atomic drops!

Moxley goes to a corner, Yuta runs in but is TOSSED! Moxley goes out after Yuta, and STOMPS his head into steps! The ref reprimands, Moxley leaves Yuta behind and Yuta is busted open! Boston fires up as Rampage goes picture in picture!

Moxley eggs Yuta on and Yuta drags himself into the ring. Moxley watches Yuta bleed, then BOOTS him in the head! Moxley digs his fingers into the forehead! Yuta fights back but Moxley CLUBS him! Moxley has Yuta in the corner, digs his fingers into the forehead again, then CHOPS Yuta! Yuta swings but misses, Moxley CHOPS him again! Yuta CHOPS back! But then he falls over. Moxley shrugs as if to ask what’s going on, but he gets Yuta up for an X-PLEX! Yuta flounders out of the ring and Moxley wipes Yuta’s blood off on his pants. Yuta sputters, Moxley goes out after him, and he drags the bloody Decoder up to ROCK with a haymaker!

Yuta staggers to steps, Moxley throws more hands, and Moxley revels in having more blood on his hands. Moxley runs back in but is sent into steel steps! Yuta wipes his blood from his face, Moxley gets to his feet, and both men get in the ring. Yuta goes to a corner and looks around in a daze through that crimson mask. Yuta sees Moxley, he goes up the corner, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs up after Yuta, CLAWS Yuta’s back, and then brings Yuta up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Yuta is still in this, but Moxley wraps him right up in the straitjacket! Moxley digs his knee into the back but Yuta endures.

The ref checks the wound, it is still bleeding, and Yuta fights up as fans rally. Yuta powers out to throw body shots! Yuta runs, but Moxley scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Moxley then ties up the legs in a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Yuta endures but Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns quickly, Yuta hurries to go for the ropes! ROPEBREAK as Yuta’s face is dripping red! Moxley lets off at 4, and Yuta manages to sit up. Moxley pie faces Yuta around, and eggs Yuta on. Yuta CHOPS, CHOPS and fires off forearms! Moxley knee slow, whips, but Yuta rewinds and tosses Moxley out! Yuta hurries to go up the corner, for a SUPER CROSSBODY through the timekeeper’s table!! Fans lose their minds as the ref helps both men out of the wreckage. Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Moxley gets in the ring while Yuta sputters through his deep crimson mask.

The ring count starts, the medic checks on Yuta but Yuta wants to keep going. Yuta drags himself over at 4 of 10, gets in at 5, and fans fire up as Yuta isn’t done yet! Yuta runs in, gets around Moxley, backslide, TWO! But then Yuta deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yuta holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Moxley fights with elbows, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Yuta stays up to spin Moxley again, OLYMPIC SLAM! Yuta wipes off blood on his own chest, and then he gets Moxley’s arms! Yuta copies THE DANIELSON STOMPS!! Fans are thunderous with “YES! YES! YES!” and Yuta goes up top! FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

But into a CROSSFACE!! Moxley endures, reaches out, fans are thunderous again! Yuta smothers Moxley with that grip, but Moxley rolls it back to a cover, TWO! Yuta is right up, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives and Moxley is beside himself! Boston says, “This is Awesome!” as Moxley eggs Yuta on. Yuta gets up, Moxley throws haymakers, but Yuta just eggs him on! Then Yuta gives the shots back! Moxley BITES Yuta’s forehead! Moxley puts Yuta up top, hurries up after him, but Yuta BITES Mox back! And CLAWS Moxley’s back! Moxley gets away, Yuta LEAPS, into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!?!?!

Moxley is shocked! Hardly anyone survives that! But somehow, someway, Yuta did! And Boston is here for it! But then Moxley gets the BULLY CHOKE! Yuta endures, wags his finger, but Moxley just cranks it harder! Yuta fights and slips out, but Moxley drives in KNEES! Moxley still eggs Yuta on, so Yuta eggs Moxley on! Moxley runs, but Yuta dodges the boot! Roll up, TWO!! BULLY CHOKE!! Yuta copies Moxley now! But Moxley kicks and flails, fights to his feet, and lifts. Yuta CLUBS Moxley, for a SLEEPER! Moxley fades, Yuta drops back, but Moxley rolls back! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Moxley is not letting off, Yuta can’t defend himself!

Moxley lets off before the ref calls it, and runs, to REGAL KNEE! Then DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Is Yuta even human?! Moxley just wraps on the REAR NAKED CHOKE and squeezes the life outta Yuta! Yuta is OUT, Moxley WINS!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

Moxley said he didn’t care what Bryan and Regal said about this kid, but he just saw for himself that Yuta can survive a hell of a lot! Regal and Bryan appear, the BCC are all shocked, especially when Yuta sits back up! Yuta dares any of them to bring it on, and Boston is behind him! Regal scowls, but the fans are saying, “Shake his hand!” Yuta gets to his feet, he stares Regal down, and then Regal extends his hand! Yuta unclenches his fists, to take that handshake! Yuta writes “BCC” on his own chest in his own blood, does this all mean he’s in the Blackpool Combat Club?


My Thoughts:

What an AWESOME Rampage here this week! A great opener from Bryan and Trent, with Regal adding on commentary a bit of his own feelings on Trent. Bryan wins to further himself up the ranks while also perhaps adding to Trent’s edge that could separate him from Best Friends more. Good segment with Hook again not speaking and Danhausen again failing to curse him. At some point, Hook’s gotta speak to tell Danhausen to either leave him alone or have a match with him. Nese getting upset with Lexi was a good touch to his Heel arrogance, and I like that Sterling is reaching out to other clients. Maybe Sterling can help MJF replenish The Pinnacle with Wardlow out and potentially FTR leaving.

Shafir’s one line promo was pretty good, and she had a good highlight reel. As I said with Dynamite, this could go either way. Jade winning over an MMA pro-wrestler will be big for her, or she loses to someone who is legit and that isn’t really that bad for her first loss. Leaning towards Jade retaining, they’re going to have a great match. The Lambert, Men of the Year and #SamTay segment was… Well it was on par with all the other segments they’ve been having and that is to say it was just good. Ethan’s part was probably the highlight, with Sammy basically copying Brock Lesnar once telling Heath Slater that he doesn’t give a damn about his kids.

Jericho saying QT was Sports Entertainer of the Week for reasons not related to being a pro-wrestler was pretty funny. Swerve VS QT was a really good match, and of course Swerve wins. Starks calling Swerve out was good, and the tag match we’re getting is going to be great stuff. Velvet VS Willow was a really good match, and Boston was really behind Willow, but Velvet has the star power in AEW so she gets the win. Maybe Willow will at least be a big part of the ROH Women’s Division after her great match at Supercard of Honor. Then holy crap, Suzuki VS Joe, that’s going to be awesome on Dynamite.

And speaking of awesome, this was a true star making performance for Yuta. A PPV level match, probably best match of his life, and this is after he got the Pure Championship. Yuta surviving Moxley’s best finishers was nuts, and while Moxley still wins, it is pretty clear that Yuta is now the BCC’s first recruit from the new generation. Yuta is gonna represent them strongly in ROH, and this makes it so we could get a Six Man Tag, BCC VS Best Friends, and we get to see Yuta take the fight to Trent.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Detroit gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

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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