Fyter Fest is going to have blood in the water!
To settle their blood feud, Eddie Kingston and Chris Jericho go 1v1 with BARBED WIRE EVERYWHERE, and the Jericho Appreciation Society in a cage!
- Brody King VS Darby Allin; Brody wins.
- Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta w/ William Regal; Moxley & Yuta win.
- Christian Cage & Luchasaurus VS The Varsity Blonds; Christian & Luchasaurus win.
- FTW Championship Open Challenge: Ricky Starks VS Cole Karter; Starks wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Athena, Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale VS The Baddies; changed to…
- Athena & Willow Nightingale VS The Baddies; The Baddies win.
- Barbed Wire Everywhere Deathmatch: Eddie Kingston VS “The Painmaker” Chris Jericho; Jericho wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brody King VS Darby Allin!
The House of Black’s monster of a man doesn’t want respect or acknowledgement from the Relentless One, he just wants to destroy him! Will Darby end up like he did at the end of the Royal Rampage? Or will he be the one dropping Brody to the floor this time?
The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Brody out of the ring! Then DIVES, but into Brody’s arms! Brody SWINGS Darby into railing, and then hauls him up to press against the post! Fans fire up for Darby as he rakes Brody’s eyes then POSTS Brody! Brody gets in the ring, Darby slides in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Brody CLOBBERS him! Brody drags Darby up and CHOPS him off his feet! Darby gets back up to jump on for a sleeper! But Brody throws Darby off to SENTON onto him! And then another SENTON! Darby writhes, Brody paces but fans rally up. Brody ROCKS Darby to a corner, CHOPS him, then looms over him.
Brody drags Darby up to the top rope, CHOPS him again, but Darby boots back! Darby leaps, but Brody CLOBBERS him out of the air! Brody watches Darby to go to the apron, storms over but Darby throws a forearm! Brody ROCKS Darby, drags him in, and SWINGS him by his pants to TOSS him into ropes! Fans fire up while Darby flops out of the ring! A ring counts starts but Brody goes out to drag Darby up. Brody THROWS Darby into railing! Fans are stunned while Brody shouts at Darby. Brody drags Darby up to TOSS him into more railing! Brody snarls and he drags Darby back up to CHOP off his feet again!
The ring count starts again, Brody looms over Darby and hauls him into the ring. Brody stalks Darby, drags him up, but Darby fires off forearms! Fans fire up but Brody DECKS Darby! Fans rally and duel, Brody drags Darby up, and Brody CHOPS Darby off his feet again! Brody stomps Darby, drags him up again and tosses him out of the ring! Fans cheer and jeer while Brody goes back out to fetch Darby, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Brody drags Darby up, puts him in the ring, and then stalks him again. Darby makes it to the far side, but Brody drags him up to DECK him, right out of the ring! Brody is almost laughing from Darby flopping back out to the floor. The ring count climbs, Darby drags himself to the ring, and the ref has Brody stay back. But Brody drags Darby up, Darby throws body shots, but Brody CLUBS him back down! Brody drags Darby up, scoops him, and SLAMS him down! Then a SENTON! Darby gasps and sputters while crawling away, but Brody stalks him. Brody drags Darby up to CHOKE him on the ropes!
The ref counts, Brody lets off at 4, and Brody eggs Darby on. Darby sputters again, Brody stands him back up, to CHOP out of the ring! Fans cheer and jeer again while Brody paces. The ring count climbs again, but Brody goes out to fetch Darby. Brody CHOPS Darby off his feet again as Fyter Fest returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby in the ring once again, takes his time returning, almost toying with Darby at this point. Darby drags himself away and flops out of the ring. Darby takes off his own belt while fans rally up. Brody wants Darby to stand, then he drags Darby up. Darby snares Brody with the belt! And drags Brody out!
Darby fires off fists and the fans are thunderous! Darby gets in the ring and builds speed to DIVE! It was almost a cannonball! Both men are down at the ramp as Darby flounders and grabs at Brody. Fans fire up but Brody throws body shots. Darby throws a knee, gets back in the ring, and Brody follows. Darby runs in to COFFIN SPLASH! And then another COFFIN- SLEEPER!! Brody has Darby just like on Rampage! Darby gets up a corner but Brody sits him up to GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Then Tree of Woe, GRIZZLY MAGNUM! And another GRIZZLY MAGNUM to the back, then another regular CHOP while Darby’s in the Tree!
Brody barks and the fans bark with him. Brody goes corner to corner, but Darby sits up and Brody’s CANNONBALL hits buckles! Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Darby has the body scissors, and an INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Brody is being folded up but he powers through, only for Darby to clamp on a SLEEPER! Darby is trying to return the favor but Brody fights up to his feet. Brody BACKPACK CANNONBALLS into a corner! Brody and Darby are both down and fans rally up again. A standing count starts, Brody rises and he joins Darby on the apron, but Darby crawls through the corner to get on the other side.
Brody reaches through the corner to get at Darby, but Darby YANKS Brody into the post! Darby undoes a crossbar cover, then HOTSHOTS Brody off the steel! Darby goes up, SUPER THROWBACK- NO, Brody has the SLEEPER!! HANGING SLEEPER!! Darby is out, Brody drops him again! The ring count is climbing, will Darby lose outside the ring again? The count is 7 of 10, Darby sits up at 8, and springs to life at 9!! Fans are fired up that Darby is still in this, but Brody deadlift gut wrenches to a GONZO BOMB!! Cover, Brody wins!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall
Darby may be relentless, but he isn’t invincible! Brody stands over Darby, but he isn’t done! SLEEPER!! Brody wants to make Darby suffer, but here comes STIIIING! The Icon storms down the ramp but Brody wants him to get in the ring! Sting is in, Brody whips him into a corner! Brody run sin but Sting dodges to KICK and SCORPION DEATH DROP! But then the lights go out! Because MALAKAI BLACK is here! And he stares Sting down! Brody is back up, SLEEPER ON STING! AND the BLACK MIST!! Sting is blinded, barely able to breathe, and the fans are booing, but the House of Black shows no mercy! Sting fades in Brody’s arms!
But wait! The war horns of the Redeemer blow! It’s MIRO! And he’s wearing sunglasses so that he cannot be blinded by the mist! Malakai and Brody stand their ground, but Miro then stops at the end of the ramp. Malakai seems to know something. Is Miro showing mercy? Or is he still trying to understand that feeling clawing at his mind?
Backstage interview with Cole Karter.
Tony Schiavone says the FTW Championship is on the line, and what a journey it has been for Karter to reach AEW. Yes, it has been a great journey, but Karter is interrupted by “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and the FTW Champion himself, Ricky Starks. Yes, quite the journey. Rumor is, Karter was sleeping with the fishes, but now look at him. Karter’s here, swimming with sharks! Last week is behind Team Taz, Starks is looking to the future, and that future is Karter and Starks for the title. Starks has been FTW Champion for well over a year, and for a very good reason. That doesn’t change tonight.
Karter tells Ricky that his future is going to look a lot like his past, when Karter beats him for that title! Starks laughs that off, will he be dropping a dime tonight?
Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta w/ William Regal!
Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta are back in action together, ready to get back in the AEW World Tag Team Championship scene. However, they’re running into the Blackpool Combat Club! Will the Interim AEW World Champion and ROH Pure Champion prove you don’t have to be Best Friends to be a great team? Or will Chuckie T & #JustTrent get themselves some golden tickets tonight?
The teams sort out and Trent starts against Moxley. Moxley and Trent circle, tie up, and Moxley waistlocks to SLAM Trent down. Moxley half nelsons, facelocks, but Trent slips out to facelock back. Moxley fights up, wrenches out, spins Trent and wrangles him down with a wristlock. Trent keeps his shoulders up, moves around, but Moxley hammerlocks. Trent throws elbows, CHOPS, but Moxley CHOPS back! Trent CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Fans fire up with each shot, but Moxley blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Tag to Yuta but Trent kicks free! Trent and the protégé he never wanted stare down, and Trent tags in Chuck!
Chuck and Yuta circle, tie up, and Chuck puts Yuta in a corner. The ref counts, Chuck lets off, and he backs off cleanly. Fans applaud and Yuta circles with Chuck. They tie up, Chuck puts Yuta back in a corner, and Chuck lets off with pats on the shoulder. Yuta shoves Chuck, and they tie up again. Chuck headlocks, Yuta powers out, but Chuck runs him over! Cover, ONE! Yuta is a bit annoyed but Chuck eggs him on. Moxley coaches Yuta up and he ties up with Chuck. Chuck waistlocks to SLAM Yuta and clamp on a facelock, but Yuta slips out. Chuck catches him again, Yuta slips out again and has a facelock on Chuck.
Chuck wrenches out, clinches, and brings Yuta over to the Best Friends corner. The ref calls the ropebreak, Yuta backs off, and he SLAPS Trent! Trent is pissed and he tags in to go right after Yuta! Trent rains down fists, Yuta pushes him away and trips Trent to return the ground ‘n’ pound! Yuta ROCKS Trent, Trent ROCKS Yuta, they throw forearms back and forth over and over, faster and faster! Yuta gets the edge, ROCKS Trent, and atomic drops to an ENZIGURI! Trent fights the waistlock to SAIDO! Trent stalks Yuta, drags him up and ROCKS him against ropes. And again! Fans rally for Yuta but Trent fires off more!
Trent sits Yuta down with his forearms and Chuck has to bring him away. But Yuta DECKS Chuck! Trent CLOBBERS Yuta! Yuta bails out, the ref keeps Trent back, and Chuck RAMS Yuta into railing! And then whips him into more! Moxley protests but the ref tells everyone to cool it off! Moxley chases Chuck off, and CHUCKS a chair at him! It hits steel steps instead, fortunately, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Trent brings Yuta up and into the ring, Chuck and Moxley go back to their corners, and Trent CHOPS Yuta off his feet! Trent gets a leg, drags Yuta over, and tags in Chuck. Chuck looms over Yuta, brings him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Yuta goes to a corner but CHOPS back! Chuck DECKS Yuta, then digs his boot in. The ref counts, Chuck drags Yuta up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Chuck drags Yuta by his hair, knees him low, and tags in Trent. But Yuta fires off CHOPS and forearms on both Best Friends! Only to swing into SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives and Trent is frustrated.
Trent CLUBS Yuta, throws down more elbows, then clamps on with a chinlock stretch. Yuta endures, Moxley reaches out, and Yuta fights up to throw body shots. Yuta RAMS Trent but into the wrong corner! Chuck tags in, he CLUBS Yuta, and he snapmares Yuta for a KICK to the back! Chuck paces around Yuta while Moxley is getting antsy. Yuta throws forearms but Chuck ROCKS him back! Yuta CHOPS, Chuck forearms, they go back and forth again, and Chuck CHOPS! Fyter Fest returns to single picture as Yuta fires forearms. Yuta whips, Chuck reverses but Yuta denies him another helping of Sole Food!
Yuta gets around Chuck for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Daniel Garcia is spotted watching backstage, ready for Death Before Dishonor’s Pure Championship match. Hot tags to Trent and Moxley! Moxley CLOBBERS Trent! Then snapmares to rain down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Chuck gets in to get at Mox but Mox tosses Chuck out! Then goes out to TOSS Chuck into the timekeeper’s area, and dump the table over onto Chuck! Mox gets in the ring but Trent elbows him away. Trent goes up and leaps, into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Moxley has the arms, DRAGON STOMPS!
Fans fire up as Moxley shouts out Bryan Danielson, then tags in Yuta. Moxley gets Trent up, Yuta climbs, but Chuck saves Trent! SO Moxley lifts Chuck! Trent trips Yuta and Chuck rakes eyes! Chuck puts Moxley on the top rope, crucifix into an AWFUL WAFFLE!! Chuck hurries to get Yuta up, AWFUL WAFFLE to Trent’s SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives and fans are thunderous! Yuta flounders, Trent says this is down! Trent CHOPS Yuta, “This is Awesome!” as Chuck climbs and Trent Alabama Lifts. Yuta slips off to shove Trent into Chuck and send him down! Yuta GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent!
Fans fire up with Yuta as he fires off a forearm! Trent ROLLING ELBOWS! Yuta rewinds but into the Alabama! Tuck and CRUNCHY!! Cover, Moxley breaks it with a REGAL KNEE! chuck returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take him and Mox out! Fans are electric as all four men are down, and Cassidy actually looks worried! Moxley and Chuck crawl away, Yuta and Trent crawl for their corners. But Trent DECKS Moxley to deny a tag! Yuta ROCKS Trent! And brings him around to CHOP! Chuck tags in, but Yuta jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Chuck stays up, Moxley drags Trent out! Moxley has Trent’s leg for a FIGURE FOUR!!
Chuck pops Yuta off to NORTHERN LIGHTS into the corner! Chuck drags Yuta up, but Yuta flips through to turn Chuck around, SEATBELT CRADLE! BCC WINS!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
Cassidy complains that Chuck taught Yuta that move. But Freshly Squeezed frustrations aside, will Best Friends have to admit Yuta improved thanks to the Blackpool Combat Club? Will Yuta prove he’s better because of the BCC when he defeats Daniel Garcia at Death Before Dishonor?
AEW takes a closer look at the coming ROH World Championship match.
Ian Riccaboni says, “Claudio is perhaps more dangerous on the mat than anybody that Jonathan Gresham has faced to date as ROH World Champion. So Gresham not only has to worry about the raw, brute strength of Claudio, but also his submission expertise.” Gresham himself says, “On July 23rd, you (Claudio) will step in the ring with the Foundation. The Undisputed ROH World Champion. And that means you’re gonna have to outclass, outsmart and out wrestle ME, the best technical wrestler in the world. But you won’t.” Will the Octopus drag the Swiss Superman down to the depths and hold onto his title?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He says it is time for a celebration of the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! #SwerveInOurGlory, Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee! AEW’s Shaq & Kobe took these titles in last week’s #TripleOrNothing title match with the Young Bucks and Team Taz! They make their entrances to the ring and oh, there’s even cake and champagne. But first, they join Schiavone in the ring. A well-deserved ovation for the new champions. Fyter Fest night one, what a night. Congratulations to the new champions, and fans sing “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” Swerve says Keith can’t hog all the glory. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
Before we get into this, Swerve being the mogul… Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Kevin Gates is here to provide the festivities and show some love. Khaza album, go get that. Keith says before moving on, he has a question for Mr. Gates. That album’s good, but what about the deluxe? Keith means to express his eternal thanks, not just to Swerve, not just to the opportunity to gain these sweet titles, but to all of the fans. Hold on, Keith has to take his Sasuke Uchiha hoodie off, he gets hot. Take it off, Keith, take it off~! Thank you. Now listen, the team appreciates the fans because with the fans’ help, Keith & Swerve have ascended to the top!
And if it were up to Keith, he and Swerve don’t need to look down. If you want a chance at the titles, you better reach out. With that said, a toast is in order! May it be… limitless! But then someone tells them to hold on, and it’s “Smart” Mark Sterling! He says there will be NO toast! Keith, you idiot, they warned you! Hey, watch your tone. Sterling says Keith & Swerve got lucky with the titles, and Keith got lucky Swerve didn’t stab him in the back! And they’re not the only people that think this! The People Against Swerve Strickland petition, aka #PASS, is almost complete! They can remove Swerve from the roster!
Nese licks the frosting on the cake!! Sterling says the majority of AEW already signed, so it would be great to get the international rap superstar, Kevin Gates, to sign, too! Sterling saw Kevin in the back, got excited, he thought that was Young MA. It isn’t, but oh well. But Kevin, you are a fan, yes? So do the right thing for everyone and sign! Uh, that’s a no, Sterling. Oh, is it? Well he thought Kevin would say that. Because just like Swerve, he’s untrustworthy and his music sucks! Kevin Gates jumps the railing! Sterling says you do not touch him, or he will sue! Nese is also Sterling’s body guard, so there’s that.
But then Gates BOPS Nese! Sterling fans Nese off, but turns around into a CAKE SMASH! This is the second time this has happened to Sterling in history. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Swerve & Keith celebrate with just the champagne? And who will be the first to “reach out” to them for a title shot?
Backstage interview with The Butcher, The Blade, and the Dark Order.
Schiavone is with these two teams because John Silver & Alex Reynolds wanted to say something to the Butcher & Blade. Silver says he’s the Meat Man, so his favorite wrestler is The Butcher! Look at that mustache! And Silver has a gift for The Butcher. It’s a T-shirt that reads, “BUTCH!” Blade says this is stupid. Oh, don’t worry, they got him a shirt, too! But it also says “BUTCH.” Oops. Blade & Butcher attack! They choke the Dark Order with those shirts, then they POP-UP KICK Reynolds! Butcher tosses Reynolds into the wall, but Hangman Page makes the save before Silver gets any worse! Will the Cowboy take down Butcher & Blade for what they did to his friends?
Christian Cage & Luchasaurus VS The Varsity Blonds!
Captain Charisma hates Jungle Boy so much, he even hates those that merely resemble Jungle Boy! Luchasaurus already wrecked Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison on his own, will he and Christian make the Varsity Blonds extinct?
The teams sort out and Christian starts against BPJ. Fans rally, BPJ dares Christian to talk bad on his late father now. But then Christian tags out to Luchasaurus. BPJ rushes in, into a HEADBUTT! Luchasaurus looms over BPJ, drags him up, and shoves him at Griff! Griff tags in, circles with Luchasaurus, and Griff dodges Luchasaurus to ROLLING ELBOW! And ROLLING ELBOW again! Luchasaurus stays up, BPJ tags in, ROLLING ELBOW and SUPERKICK! But Luchasaurus is still standing?! The Blonds run, double shoulder tackle but Luchasaurus just rebounds to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans boo as Luchasaurus drags BPJ up in a choke grip. Luchasaurus gives BPJ a CHOKE SLAM! And then he drags Griff up to choke grip and CHOKE SLAM onto BPJ! Christian tags in to pick at the bones like a vulture, cover, Christian and Luchasaurus win!
Winners: Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, by pinfall
Captain Charisma smiles, but then he tells Luchasaurus to hoist him up. They mock how JB would ride on Luchasaurus’ shoulders, but wait! IS THAT JUNGLE BOY!? YES IT IS!! Christian tells Luchasaurus to go after him, but JB has a chair! The former friends stare down, who swings first? Luchasaurus MOVES ASIDE! He was only with Christian as long as JB wasn’t around! JB gets in, Christian runs away! JB pursues Christian into the crowd and up the stairs! Fans are thunderous, Jurassic Express rides again! When and where will Captain Charisma face the karma he’s collected?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Lexi Nair is with Billy, Austin and Colten and says last week, The Acclaimed challenged them to a match, only for the Gunn Club to reject it. Why? Billy says, “Yo, listen!” Colten asks, “Why would we accept a match when we carried them for months? And by the way, we have cut them out of our lives.” Austin says he is sick of Max Caster putting them in his raps every single week, so here’s what will happen. Friday on Rampage, Austin VS Caster 1v1, IN A RAP BATTLE! Winner gets to pick the stipulations on their tag match: the when, the where, the what, but Austin’s in a rut. Heh, he’s already warmed up, dawg! But will Austin even touch Platinum Max on the mic when there’s a grudge match on the line?
Good ol’ JR joins commentary!
Jim Ross is here, so you know it’s the second hour! And yes, it’s gonna be a slobber knocker!
FTW Championship Open Challenge: Ricky Starks VS Cole Karter!
Absolute Ricky Starks put out the word, and that word reached this diamond in the rough even in Orlando, Florida! But will Cole use this pressure to turn into gold? Or will Starks show he’s not even worth two dimes in AEW?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly embodies the FTW mindset!
Starks and Karter circle, fans rally up, and many chant for “RICKY! RICKY!” Ricky poses, Karter rushes in, but Starks kicks low and CLUBS Karter! Starks CHOPS Karter, bumps him off buckles and ROCKS him with a right! Fans fire up as Ricky air guitars then he whips corner to corner to back elbow hard! Starks whips Karter back the other way, Karter bounces off into a LARIAT! Starks poses extra hard, drags Karter up, but Karter fires off haymakers! Fans boo but Karter whips and DROPKICKS Starks down! Karter bumps Starks off buckles, whips him corner to corner but Starks reverses.
Karter BOOTS back, hops up, and CROSSBODIES! Starks staggers up, Karter clotheslines him out to the apron, then DECKS him to the floor! Starks staggers up and is shocked! He wants a break but Karter eggs him on as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Starks steadies himself, the ring count climbs, but Starks gets back in. Karter is raring to go, but the ref keeps him back. Karter still rushes in, but Starks FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS him down! Starks suckered Karter, and now stomps him down! Starks hops up to FALLING ELBOW! Starks stands over Karter, drags him up by his arm, and scoops to SLAM him down. Starks then runs the ropes, for the ABSOLUTE ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Starks slaps Karter around for kicking out, then he stalks Karter to a corner. Fans rally for Starks but Karter throws body shots. Starks ROCKS Karter, and again, and then brings him around to wrench.
Karter ROCKS Starks but Starks kicks low. Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS Karter, then goes up and up for a bit of Old School! Starks shows off a bit, then leaps to CLUB Karter down! Starks flexes and fans fire up! Starks then covers, TWO! Starks keeps on Karter with a chinlock and grinds him down. Karter endures, Starks thrashes him around, but Karter fights up to his feet. Karter throws body shots but Starks CHOPS him off his feet! Fyter Fest returns to single picture, Starks whips Karter to a corner but Karter reverses and now Starks bounces off buckles into a LARIAT! Karter rallies with more clotheslines, then BOOTS Starks down!
Fans boo but Karter grins as he brings Starks up to ripcord and ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Karter is frustrated but he cools off and waits on Starks to get up. Fans rally for Starks, Karter reels Starks in and suplexes. Starks slips out, spins Karter around, gets him up, but Karter slips off and shoves. Starks dodges, Karter hurdles the spear! Fireman’s carry, T K O!! But Karter isn’t done there, he goes up top! 450 FLOPS as Starks moves! SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (still FTW Champion)
Taz’s belt stays with Taz’s guy, and Starks wants a mic. Starks says, “Atlanta! Wow. While that was my very first challenge, I came out on top. But guess what? I got a little bit more in the tank, baby. And I’m feeling like this is the right time to keep it going. So, for the guy right here in the yellow Wu-Tang shirt, this is for you! Let’s get another challenge out here!” Taz doesn’t get what Starks is up to, but here comes DANHAUSEN! Fans fire up as the Very Nice, Very Evil Overlord is here with a mic!
“RICHARD! It is I, Danhausen! Danhausen heard you had some sort of open challenge for that wonderful FTW Championship or some sort. So Danhausen would like to accept that challenge RIGHT NOW!” Fans wanna see it, too! Starks says whoa, hold on. When he said it was the right time, he didn’t mean right now. C’mon, guys, give him a break. Starks needs time to get right. So how about this? Next week, Dynamite, go watch it at home, it will be ABSOLUTE STARKS VS “MEH~ DANHAUSEN!” for THE FTW Championship! Starks still accepts Danhausen as his challenger, but will waiting seven days fail to save Starks from a curse?
Backstage interview with Athena, Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale.
Schiavone knows this was meant to be a Six Woman Tag, but Stokely Hathaway told Kris to sit this one out. Yeah, it’s pretty obvious why, and Kris even bops herself on the head to remind us of when she bopped Stokely. But as Willow sees it, Leila Grey not being here tonight is a sign. Athena agrees. This is an opportunity to reevaluate what they all want here in AEW. For instance, that AEW Women’s Championship would look amazing on Kris. And then the AEW TBS Championship would go around Athena’s waist. Yeah, that’s a good idea. So don’t worry, Willow & Athena got this! They can crush some baddies! Hands in, c’mon!
Athena puts her hand in, then Kris puts hers in, one, two, three, CRUSH the Baddies! But will Athena & Willow be able to serve up Jade Cargill’s first loss in AEW period?
Dynamite returns with Schiavone back in the ring.
He introduces the simultaneous ROH, AAA and IWGP Tag Team Champions who will defend those ROH titles at Death Before Dishonor in Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, it’s F T R!! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, the #ThreeBeltTopGuys, make their way out and Atlanta fires up. FTR joins Schiavone in the ring, and Schiavone brings up the fact FTR VS Briscoes is a rematch from perhaps one of the greatest tag title matches in 2022. Cash says first off, he’s never going to get used to that kind of reaction from the fans, so he thanks them for that. Second, Cash isn’t sure if anyone here knows this, but 2022 has been a decent year for FTR.
FTR has had big moments, big matches, and perhaps no other match was bigger than Supercard of Honor, because for the first time ever, FTR stood across from Jay & Mark Briscoe and they went to war! No match was bigger than that, until this Saturday, Death Before Dishonor, FTR VS Briscoes II. Cash respects everything the Briscoes have done in tag team wrestling these past 20 YEARS. But… ROH DBD, 2 outta 3 falls, all that respect for the Briscoes won’t let the Briscoes take what FTR has worked to get the ROH titles, or any of the titles they have! FTR will still respect the Briscoes, but if #DemBoys think they’re leaving the champions, they’ll have to take the belts from FTR’s cold, dead hands!
Dax sets down all his belts so that he can say, “There’s this five year old girl back home, and her parents took her to this routine check-up at the doctor’s, and he was listening to her chest, and listening to her back, and he heard something weird. It was an arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. And the doctor said, ‘Hey, don’t worry, parents, just go over to the cardiologist, just get some x-rays, get a CT scan, an MRI, we’ll see what’s going on.'” So the family did that, and it turns out the little girl had a hole in her heart. The doctor told the parents that if this little girl fought hard, she could overcome this and that hole would close on its own.
But if not, they’d have to do open heart surgery, a big risk for a five year old. Fast forward three years, the girl is now eight and she goes back to the cardiologist to do the x-rays and the MRI again. The hole is completely closed! Fans cheer for that happy ending because that little girl worked and fought her ass off to make herself healthy. And yes, that little girl is Dax’s own daughter. Fans cheer even more knowing that, and Dax says that if his little girl will fight that heart for something that isn’t promised to her, well then Daddy’s gotta do the same! Saturday night, Daddy Dax is gonna fight that hard to bring home the ROH World Tag Team Championships and a legacy his daughter can be proud of!
Fans cheer for FTR again, and Dax continues to say that he loves them, too. Saturday night, ROH DBD on PPV, “Briscoes, I’m gonna fight like an eight year old girl. And I’ma beat your ass! Top Guys, out!” Cash & Dax are fired up and ready to fight like never before! Will they get that two fall victory to stay triple champions?
Backstage interview with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh.
Sonjay has the shark fin on his head for Shark Week as Lexi Nair says that also at ROH Death Before Dishonor, Lethal challenges Samoa Joe for the ROH World Television Championship. But… Christopher Daniels did also- Whoa, whoa, whoa. Is Lexi bringing up the Fallen Angel? Sonjay doesn’t care about Christopher Daniels! Saturday, live on PPV, Lethal becomes the NEW ROH TV Champion! And it’s a shame they have to wait for Saturday to do that, because Lethal would’ve done it tonight, would’ve done it last week, but Samoa Joe just doesn’t show up for work. What is going on here?
But wait! Christopher Daniels is here and he says he’s going to explain something to Lethal! Joe isn’t going to come here and waste his breath talking to Lethal, he’ll just get his job done at DBD! But if Lethal wants to get into the ring, Daniels will be waiting on Rampage! Talk tough then! What the hell is with that guy? How dare he interrupt them! Will Lethal and the Fallen Angel battle it out before Lethal and Joe finally have it out?
Athena & Willow Nightingale VS The Baddies!
Whether because Stokely is afraid of getting bopped or because Leila Grey still hasn’t been accepted into the group, this goes from 3v3 to 2v2. And while making their entrances, Stokely has the mic to cut the music and say he has good news and bad news! The bad news: Leila was unable to compete tonight. Jade pretends to shed a tear, but Stokely says the good news is that, with special thanks to the Cochran Law Firm of Atlanta, Kris is BANNED FROM RINGSIDE! Guess what? Ain’t gonna be no head slapping up in here!
Jade says boo hoo for them. Hotlanta has Jermaine Dupri in the house, they’ve got The Baddies in the house, and Jade’s family in the house! This is Jade’s territory, and she is gonna show us how she was #ThatBitch, is #ThatBitch, and will always be #ThatBitch. Atlanta cheers on their own, but will having homefield advantage fail to be an advantage?
The teams sort out, Athena starts against Jade, this could be a TBS title preview. They circle, approach, but Jade dodges and dusts herself off. Kiera tags in, she and Athena tie up. Kiera arm-drags but then Athena arm-drags back, and Athena dodges but so does Kiera. Athena ducks a kick, Kiera jumps a sweep, but Kiera throws Athena by her hair, only for Athena to kip right up! Athena ROCKS Kiera and puts her in a corner! Athena taunts Jade, storms up on Kiera, and she puts Kiera in the corner. Tag to Willow and fans fire up. Kiera shoots in, waistlocks, but Willow pries free to switch and shove. They ram shoulders, but Willow flexes!
Fans fire up, Kiera gets a leg and trips Willow! Things speed up, Willow swings but Keira ducks but Willow dodges the dropkick! Somersault senton then a BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Willow drags Kiera over, tags Athena, and Willow scoop SLAMS Kiera, to then scoop Athena, to SLAM her onto Kiera! Fans fire up as Athena covers, TWO!! Kiera survives and Stokely seethes, but Jade ignores Athena’s taunts. Kiera shoves Athena away and Jade gets a cheap shot in! So Athena DECKS her for it! Athena dodges Kiera, throws her out, then tags Willow. Willow hurries to the apron to DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER the Baddies!
Fans fire up with Willow as she sets the Baddies up for Athena. Athena goes up and out to CROSSBODY onto everyone! Fans fire up with Athena and Willow while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Willow puts Kiera in, hurries after her, and drags her up to wrench. Tag to Athena, she goes up the corner and CLUBS Kiera’s arm! Athena wrenches Kiera, tags Willow, YANKS the arm, and then Willow goes up to CLUB Kiera’s arm! Willow drags Kiera up, wrenches again, tags Athena back in, and Athena KICKS the arm! Kiera staggers away but Athena is after her and that bad arm. Another wrench, and then Athena knuckle locks. Athena goes up but Kiera YANKS her down and SUPERKICKS her! Tag to Jade and Jade EuroUppers Athena to a corner. Jade dribbles and runs, to DUNK on Athena! Jade whips Athena corner to corner, then DUNKS on her again!
Jade wrenches Athena and pump handles, FLIPPING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Athena survives and Stokely is upset, but Jade drags Athena over to tag Kiera. The Baddies mug Athena, Kiera fires off haymakers but Athena forearms! Kiera snapmares Athena to KICK her on the back. Cover, TWO! Kiera drags Athena up, whips but Athena reverses, only for Kiera to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Athena flounders to a corner, Kiera runs in, BOOT WASH! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Athena holds on quite literally while Fyter Fest returns to single picture. Willow rallies the fans but Kiera drags Athena up and over.
Athena throws body shots, fireman’s carries, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Hot tag to Willow! She DECKS Jade, CLOBBERS Kiera, then CLOBBERS Kiera again! Willow CHOPS and CHOPS and whips Kiera, then hit a SPINEBUSTER! High stack but Jade breaks it! Jade throws Willow out, then dares Athena to bring it. Athena gets in and fans fire up as the two stare down! The forearms start flying back and forth, Athena gets the edge but Jade shoves her. Athena dodges the boot but Jade dodges the dropkick! Jade BOOTS Athena down! Athena goes to a corner, Jade runs in, but Athena BOOTS her crossover away!
Athena goes up, then leaps, but Jade catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she flexes! But Athena kips up, too! Jade turns around, Athena dodges her, comes back, POP-UP METEORA! Jade gets out of the ring but Athena goes out after her! Kiera runs in, but into a pop-up! Athena double clutches to APRON POWERBOMB! Stokely creeps up on Athena and eggs her on, but Athena pie faces him away! Jade BOOTS Athena! Willow rolls Kiera up, TWO! Kiera JAWBREAKERS, tag to Jade! Jade gets Willow, but Willow cradles Jade! TWO!! Jade ducks the lariat to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! High stack, TWO!!
Jade hurries to chicken wing, for the JADED!! Cover, The Baddies win!
Winners: The Baddies, by pinfall
Jade is still spotless, even in tag team competition! But will the Fallen Goddess rise again like the moon to eclipse #ThatBitchShow?
Backstage interview with #ThunderStorm.
Schiavone is with Toni Storm & the AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa, but has an announcement, too. Fight for the Fallen 2022, in support of Oceana, the non-profit organization dedicated to defending marine life and the world’s oceans, will hold an AEW Women’s World Championship match, Rosa VS Miyu Yamashita. Rosa is excited to have this match because she knows Miyu is the best of the East, the best of Japan, and Miyu is exactly what everyone says she is. But Rosa wants her to know, in both Spanish, Japanese and English, the title is staying home with Rosa!
But of course, Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter have to invade. Britt says less Rosa promos! Take this mic away. But good luck next week. JK, hope you lose! But we should also give the people what they really want. On Rampage, it will be Hayter and Yours Truly, Britt Baker, DMD. See you Friday. Will the Doctor and her assistant get back on track with the finale of Fyter Fest?
Speaking of Rampage: Fyter Fest!
Not only will we see Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter back in action, but after the brawl earlier tonight, John Silver & Hangman Page take on The Butcher & The Blade! Will the Cowboy and the Meat Man avenge Reynolds? Plus, it’s a showdown of Matt Sydal’s students as we get Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin! Yes, there’s also Max Caster VS Austin Gunn in a Rap Battle, but ALSO, Jay Lethal VS Christopher Daniels in a Death Before Dishonor tune-up! Will Lethal make the Fallen Angel regret standing up for Samoa Joe?
The ring crew prepares the arena for the main event.
The ring ropes are being wrapped with barbed wire, and the shark cage is being lowered! The Jericho Appreciation Society will be stuck inside that cage so they can’t help Chris Jericho against Eddie Kingston, will they have no choice but to watch the Mad King bleed the Painmaker dry?
Barbed Wire Everywhere Deathmatch: Eddie Kingston VS “The Painmaker” Chris Jericho!
AEW returns and even Justin Roberts’ mic has barbed wire on it! Now THAT is “barbed wire everywhere.” The JAS is forced to make their entrance and be put inside the cage! Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matthew Menard and Angelo Parker don’t like it, but AEW management is making them, so they have no choice. Ruby Soho is watching from ringside, she is the keeper of the key and the lift on that cage! And she hoists the JAS up high for all to see. But now, the PAINMAKER makes his entrance! And now Eddie Kingston makes his entrance, arms wrapped for a brawl! And he snatches Justin Robert’s barbed wire covered mic, to BASH Jericho with it!
The ref rings the bell to get this on record and fans are fired up already as we literally hear every SMACK of the mic! Eddie checks, “Is this on?” Fans cheer, “YES~!” Eddie tells Jericho, “You’re gonna bleed! Shark Week!” With the shameless plug taken care of, Eddie goes back to SCRAPING Jericho with the barbed wire mic! Then he punches the wound, and digs his fingers into it! Fans are thunderous for Eddie as he throws his shirt off. Jericho bails out but Eddie pursues, to CHOKE him with his shirt! Eddie drags Jericho around and BITES his head! Eddie is like a shark as he goes after the blood!
Eddie punches away on Jericho, SMACKS him off the timekeeper’s table, but Jericho grabs the ring bell! Jericho SMACKS Eddie with it, and yes! The bell has barbed wire around it, too! Jericho SMACKS Eddie with the bell again, then puts it back to bring Eddie around. Jericho finds a table with barbed wire all over it, but Eddie blocks the bump! Eddie resists, but Jericho still pushes him down. Eddie throws body shots, and he SMACKS Jericho off the barbed wire table! Jericho is already bleeding but Eddie is going to make him bleed more! Eddie punches the wound, puts Jericho in the ring, and fans fire up as Eddie throws more haymakers!
Eddie drags Jericho up and fans fire up as he whips Jericho into the barbed wire ropes! Jericho writhes but fans want more! Eddie obliges, he wipes Jericho’s blood all over his chest, and he brings over another barbed wire covered table! Eddie sets that in place, and then he SCRAPES Jericho’s forehead off the barbed wire ropes! Eddie finds a chair wrapped in barbed wire, and he SMACKS Jericho on the back! And then SMACKS him again! Eddie throws more punches into the bloody forehead, then he reels Jericho in. Jericho resists the bomb, throws body shots and forearms, then hoists Eddie up top!
Jericho throws more hands, ROCKS Eddie, then climbs up! Jericho stands up to SUPER STEINER Eddie onto the barbed wire table! Eddie’s legs are caught up in the steel while Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks on Eddie, helps him get free, but Jericho storms over to rain down fists on Eddie! Jericho then drags Eddie up and back suplexes him onto the barbed wire! Now Eddie’s back gets scraped up! Ruby can barely watch! Jericho pushes Eddie around, has the legs, and he turns him, WALLS OF JERICHO on top of barbed wire! Eddie endures being bent and scraped, and he fights up out of the barbed wire to grab at Jericho’s leg! Jericho falls, Eddie turns things back over, and he kicks Jericho away into the barbed wire ropes! Jericho writhes and Eddie again has to be freed from the barbed wire.
Jericho hobbles, Eddie manages to stand, but he is wary of the barbed wire nearby. Eddie throws haymakers but Jericho throws them back and Fyter Fest returns to single picture. They throw hands, Eddie RAKES Jericho’s eyes! Eddie whips Jericho into more barbed wire ropes! Eddie drags Jericho up, fans fire up and Eddie CROTCHES Jericho on the top rope! Jericho’s fireballs are getting scraped up! Jericho gets himself free but that hurts his leg. Eddie makes room for the one barbed wire table, and he throws hands on Jericho. Eddie joins Jericho on the apron, they brawl up there, and Eddie gets the edge with a flurry of fists.
Eddie reels Jericho in, lines up the shot, and SUPERPLEXES Jericho through the barbed wire table!! It wasn’t without its double-edged nature as Eddie gets some wires to the back, but fans lose their minds as Jericho is stuck in the barbed wire thread! The ref helps get Jericho up, but here comes TAY CONTI! The Blackbelt Brazilian isn’t officially part of the Jericho Appreciation Society, so she was exempt from the shark cage punishment! She rushes down to ringside and brawls with Ruby! Tay tackles Ruby, rains down forearms, but here comes Anna Jay! Anna drags Tay off Ruby and the friends argue. But then Anna DECKS Ruby!!
Fans boo as Number 99 betrays one friend to reunite with another, and TayJay POSTS Ruby! Anna then grabs the cage controls and presses the lower button! Fans boo as Tay snatches the key and unlocks the cage! The JAS is freed, they get to the ring and attack Eddie! They stomp away on Eddie 4v1! But here comes the friends of Eddie Kingston! Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castagnoli, and Ortiz with a MADBALL SOCK! They fight the JAS at ringside, Claudio suplexes Parker and Moxley throws hands on Hager! Ortiz SMACKS Jericho with that madball, Eddie reels Jericho in for an EXPLODER through a barbed wire table!! Cover, TWO!?!?
No one can believe Jericho survives, but Eddie grabs a chair! Eddie aims, but Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER! double-edged as the chair still hits Jericho in the face! Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Jericho checks his nose, that is fine but he still has blood from his forehead. Jericho gets the chair to SMACK Eddie! Eddie guarded with his arm but the arm just takes damage now! Jericho SMACKS Eddie’s knee, SMACKS his arms, and then sets the chair on Eddie’s body. Jericho runs to the ropes and springboards, LIONSAULT but Eddie CHUCKS the chair! The chair takes Jericho outta the air! Jericho sputters and clutches his legs, he stands up into the URAKEN!! Cover, TWO!?!?!
Eddie is furious and he hurries out to get some loose barbed wire! He wraps Jericho up in it, for a BARBED WIRE STRETCH PLUM!!! Jericho endures, but SAMMY GUEVARA appears! And he SUPERKICKS Eddie down!! The Spanish God is back after Blood & Guts II, and he rains down fists on Eddie! Jericho wraps his arm in barbed wire while Sammy sets Eddie up! But Eddie whips Sammy, only for Sammy to reverse and send Eddie into a BARBED WIRE JUDAS EFFECT!!! Cover, Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
The Painmaker stays undefeated in AEW, but it took everything Jericho had in AEW, from the JAS to the extended family! Sammy sets Eddie up again, and Jericho aims the barbed wire. But Eddie LOW BLOWS Sammy, and he whips Jericho into Sammy! But then Sammy saves Jericho from the Uraken! Eddie tosses Sammy out and pursues Jericho to the apron. HIP TOSS onto the barbed wire mattress! Straight out of Omega VS Moxley from Full Gear 2019, Kingston throws Jericho into a spider web and Jericho is convulsing! Eddie made Jericho bleed, but he didn’t win the war. Is this blood feud going to continue? What more can they possibly do to each other?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite! Great opener from Brody VS Darby, but I figured Brody would win. And of course Sting and Malakai get involved. This is of course setting up House of Black VS Sting & Darby and that is going to be awesome stuff. And Miro showing up was also intriguing. His sunglasses looked like it had two different kinds of lenses, maybe to hide a shiner, or maybe to hide Miro’s one eye mutating like how Malakai Black and Julia Hart have. Best Friends VS Mox & Yuta was great stuff, especially with Cassidy and Regal on commentary. Cassidy finally got angry, I would love to see Cassidy VS Yuta at some point. Maybe even Cassidy VS Moxley for the Interim Championship at All Out if CM Punk isn’t ready to come back yet.
We got a great ROH World Championship vignette, but that feels like a sampler from a full Countdown type special. I said on the AEW Dark article, I won’t be able to get Death Before Dishonor covered, but that is one wild card. Speaking of which, great promo from FTR. Cash & Dax are all fired up, 2 outta 3 falls could make it go either way, but I’d be surprised if FTR lost the titles while ROH still isn’t quite put back together. The interview promo turning into a brawl between Butcher, Blade, Dark Order and Hangman was decent, but the resulting tag match will be great. I would think Hangman & Silver win, mostly because Hangman needs to get going again.
Great segment with Swerve In Our Glory, Sterling and Nese. Good plug of some celebrity friends, and Sterling is 0-2 against cakes. I don’t know if Sterling is going to be dragged into another tag match, but someone has to team with Nese if he thinks he can take on Swerve & Keith. Christian & Luchasaurus of course destroy the Varsity Blonds, but I’m surprised Jungle Boy returned now. And I’m also surprised Luchasaurus turned back to Face so quickly, but it was also really fun that they did it this way. JB will surely get a big win over Christian at All Out, and then maybe Jurassic Express gets back in the tag title scene. Swerve & Keith VS JB & Luchasaurus 2v2 would be pretty awesome.
Fun little promo from the Gunn Club to call out The Acclaimed, but we all know that rap battle is going Caster’s way. And then The Acclaimed will come up with a tag stipulation, probably for All Out, and then they’ll win that to also make a move up towards the tag titles. Great promo from Starks referencing that Cole Karter was Two Dimes Troy Donovan in NXT, and we got a very good match out of them. But of course Starks retains, and we’re getting a great match for the FTW title in Starks VS Danhausen. I would love if Danhausen found a way to win, because then Team Taz will make Hook choose between them and #Hookhausen.
Good promo from Willow, Athena and Kris to respond to the change from trios to duo tag, and same for Stokely and Jade. Really good match out of Athena & Willow VS Jade & Kiera, but I feel like Kiera and Athena had the trickier time meshing. Of course Jade wins, but of course Willow takes the loss, we’re still going to see Jade VS Athena for the TBS Championship. Meanwhile, I’m starting to feel like Rosa & Storm when it comes to Britt & Hayter always showing up around them. Britt could be feuding with someone else to build up other Faces, but of course Britt is going to go right for the top champion instead. Anyway, Rosa VS Miyu Yamashita happening next week is great stuff, but I would think Rosa wins, and Rosa will end up facing either Britt or Storm at All Out.
Good promo from Lethal, Sonjay and Christopher Daniels. And I totally expected Lethal VS Daniels to happen, so good to see that happening. That will be a really good match but of course Lethal is going to win so he has momentum going into Death Before Dishonor. But I would love for Samoa Joe to show up on Rampage to get at Lethal before their match and really muddy the math. And of course, that main event was wild! Well, it was a bit cheesy for “The Painmaker” to pop out of the Codyvator like that, and a bit silly but also really clever to have barbed wire on a mic and on the ring bell, but other than that, wild stuff.
I can’t believe Anna Jay joins Tay and the JAS so soon! And all the overbooking was fine, it was only natural with the JAS being nearby in that cage. But then Sammy reverses Eddie’s reversal, what kind of BS is that? Just let Sammy feed Eddie to Jericho’s Judas Effect at that point. Jericho of course wins with all the different assists, but then Eddie stands tall, so this has to continue. I am not just kayfabing, I have no idea where they’re going next. Maybe an I Quit match? It won’t physically outdo this, but it’s about the character work of neither man wanting to give the other the satisfaction. Plus, twice we’ve had Eddie get Jericho in this Stretch Plum and it not finish things, so maybe third time is the charm and Eddie makes Jericho say “I Quit” at All Out.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (2/6/23)
Dayton gets Elevated!
Tag teams tune-up in Dayton!
While The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team titles against Austin & Colten on Dynamite, many teams fight tonight to see who’s got next!
- Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS The Boys w/ Dalton Castle; Menard & Parker win.
- Juice Robinson VS Jake Crist; Juice wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Renny D, Matt Brannigan, & Crash Jaxon; The Dark Order wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Billie Starkz; Yuka wins.
- Six Man Tag: Best Friends VS Zack Clayton & Chaos Project; Best Friends win.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Corey Calhoun; Hobbs wins.
- Top Flight VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Top Flight win(s).
- 8 Woman Tag: Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir, Diamante & Emi Sakura VS Madison Rayne, Queen Aminata, Skye Blue & Hyena Hera; Nyla, Shafir, Diamante & Sakura win.
- Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Ari Daivari & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Yuta & Claudio win.
A good line-up, and plenty of great tags and trios going on. Menard & Parker are tuning up for the big gauntlet Ricky Starks is taking on this Wednesday, so the team formerly known as 2Point0 and Ever-Rise will surely beat The Tate Twins. Dark Order can get a good win here tonight to stay afloat as we wait on Hangman Page’s story of mending fences with old friends. Best Friends will definitely win against Clayton & Chaos Project. Not sure why it isn’t Spanish Announce Project, but maybe Angelico needs to be on Spanish commentary. Top Flight will have a hard match against Butcher & Blade but they’ll surely win going into their AEW World Trios title match.
I really like the 8 Woman Tag we’re seeing. That really is the Vicious Vixens faction I was hoping AEW was going to give us, as we’ve seen Diamante and Emi Sakura each team with Nyla Rose over the years. They’ll surely get the win here, and maybe they can convince Tony Khan to get them involved in the larger AEW Originals VS Outsiders story that we’ve got with Britt Baker, Ruby Soho, Saraya and Toni Storm. And I would think Yuta & Claudio, the top ROH champions, will win as they’re just up against Daivari Dinero & The Premier Athlete. Why it isn’t the Varsity Athletes, no idea.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
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