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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/26/22)

So many questions on Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

How will All Out take shape in the wake of Dynamite?

After the shocking way the Undisputed AEW World Championship match went down, we will see exclusive footage from backstage on Dynamite!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: The House of Black VS The Dark Order; The Dark Order wins and advances.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Ryan Nemeth; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Ashton Day; Hobbs wins.
  • Mixed Tag: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Ruby Soho & Ortiz; Sammy & Tay win.
  • ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Dustin Rhodes; Claudio wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: The House of Black VS The Dark Order!

Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews & Brody King have had their run-ins with the Dark Order before when Alex Reynolds & John Silver did their best to help Fuego Del Sol, but things are going to be very different this time! Big Ten, Preston Vance, steps up to the monstrous Brody, who will move on to face Best Friends in the semifinals?

The bell rings, the fans fire up as the big men stare down. They circle, tie up, and Brody powers Vance to a corner. The ref counts, Brody lets off but Vance avoids his chop! Vance headlocks, Brody powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls and fans fire up! Best Friends and Danhausen are in the front row watching this as Vance and Brody RAM shoulders again! The behemoths stare down, then Vance runs again. Brody swings, Vance dodges to ROCK, CHOP and BOOT Brody! Vance runs, but Brody scoops him! Vance slips off, but his bad leg jams! Brody storms over but Vance elbows him away!

Tag to Silver, and fans fire up for the Meat Man! Silver pumps up, but then Buddy tags in. Fans rally for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” as he and Buddy circle. They tie up, Buddy shoots around to a waistlock but silver switches. Buddy headlocks for the takeover but Silver headscissors back. Buddy kips free but Silver sweeps the leg and covers. ONE, Buddy dodges to waistlock but Silver backs him to an open corner. Silver lets off but Buddy shoves him away. Silver rushes back in, Buddy goes up and over, but Silver elbows Buddy away! Silver goes up for a FLYING RA- NO! Buddy blocks that to bring Silver up! But Silver slips off!

Silver waistlocks, Buddy bucks that but Silver handsprings back and stares Buddy down! Fans fire up as Silver flexes on Buddy! Buddy SOBATS and then wrenches. Tag to Malakai and they double whip Silver. Silver rolls, stops himself and throws Buddy out! Silver BOOTS Malakai then tags Reynolds! Reynolds headlocks, Malakai powers out but Reynolds comes back to RANA him! Malakai handsprings through, but swings into a backslide! TWO, Reynolds underhooks to Canadian Rack! Malakai slips off, and Reynolds narrowly avoids the Black Mass! Fans fire up as Malakai sits cross-legged and stares Reynolds down.

Reynolds tells Malakai, #JoinDarkOrder! They both stand up, Malakai shoves Reynolds but Reynolds shoves back. Their teams come in and stare down, and fans fire up! The brawl is own 3v3! Fans fire up while Brody throws Vance out. Buddy tosses Silver, they all brawl out there. Malakai ROCKS Reynolds while Brody CHOPS Vance! Brody whips Vance hard into railing! Malakai KICKS away on Reynolds in the corner but Reynolds turns it around! They brawl while the ref counts the ropebreak, and AEW goes picture in picture!

Brody ROCKS Vance, Malakai whips Reynolds, Malakai run sin but misses, and Reynolds comes back with a back elbow! Then again with a FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, ONE!! Reynolds grabs Malakai’s leg but Malakai BOOTS him away with the other! Reynolds staggers but runs back in, only for Malakai to dodge. Brody returns but Reynolds dodges, only for Malakai to BOOT him into Brody’s LARIAT! Malakai covers, TWO! Malakai drags Reynolds up, bumps him off buckles, tags Brody, and they mug Reynolds in the corner. Brody CHOPS Reynolds down! Brody drags Reynolds up to CHOP him down again!

Brody drags Reynolds up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then runs to drop a SENTON! Tag to Buddy, Brody and Buddy stomp away on Reynolds, then Buddy drags Reynolds up. Buddy snapmares Reynolds and KICKS him in the back! Rampage returns to single picture as Buddy tags Malakai in. Buddy wrenches an arm but Reynolds ROCKS him, only for Malakai to KICK Reynolds. Malakai whips Reynolds to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Best Friends are watching intensely as Malakai wrenches Reynolds. Tag to Buddy, he goes up top, DOUBLE STOMP to the arm! Buddy stares down Silver, before BOOTING him down!

Buddy taunts Vance, avoids his punch and kicks the bad leg! The ref reprimands but Reynolds BOOTS Buddy! Reynolds runs but into a BOOT from Buddy! Buddy runs in, Reynolds spins him around, ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up, hot tags to Vance and Malakai! Vance rallies with a clothesline to Malakai, clothesline to Buddy, and a BOOT for Brody! Vance CLOBBERS Malakai, dodges Buddy and gives him a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Malakai runs in, for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up with Big Ten, he drags Malakai up, TOP TEN FULL NELSON! Malakai claws at the hold, but Brody distracts the ref so Buddy can GAMANGIRI Vance!

Buddy goes up top, he leaps at Vance, METEORA! Reynolds runs in but Buddy gives him a pop-up, only for Reynolds to block the knee! Reynolds ROCKS Buddy, feeds him to Silver’s SUPERKICK, then whips for a FLAPJACK UPPERCUT! Buddy flops out but Brody runs in! Silver dodges, KICKS and feeds him, ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN- NO, Brody stops the Beaver Boy Blitz to BOOT Reynolds! And DECK Silver! Vance dodges Brody to clothesline him out! Vance sees Malakai and brings him up. Malakai fires back a strike fest! But Vance turns step-up elbow into FULL NELSON!

Malakai endures as Vance thrashes him around! Malakai gets a hold of the bad leg! Malakai uses that to pry free while also prying off the brace! Vance CLUBS Malakai for that, but then his leg gives out during the discus! Malakai body scissors and rolls Vance into a KNEEBAR!!! Malakai tortures Vance while the House keeps the others away! But wait! The war horns of The Redeemer blow! IT’S MIRO!! He has come to punish the Pagans! Buddy and Brody rush out after Miro, but he TOSSES Buddy and brawls with Brody! Reynolds tags in, rolls Malakai, THE DARK ORDER WINS!!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

What an upset! Miro tipped the scales and now the Dark Order is moving on! Will Silver, Reynolds & Vance be able to do this all over again against Best Friends?

As for Malakai and Miro, they stare down! But then Brody CLOBBERS Miro from behind, and RAMS him into steel steps! Brody puts Miro in the ring and the House of Black converges in the ring! They’ve surrounded Miro as he wobbles up to his feet. BLACK MASS!! Then they stomp away on Miro! But wait! Here comes DARBY ALLIN and STIIIING! They storm down to the ring, but the House of Black back away. Common enemies make for interesting allies, will The Redeemer accept the help of the Relentless Icons?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Lexi Nair asks the FTW Champion about being called out by Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker. Has he had a chance to see that video? Yeah, he saw it. And he’s been thinking about it. Hook doesn’t care. Hook leaves, and now Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange barge in! Where’d he go? Lexi says Hook is literally over there. Well, that’s typical Hook! But Menard has a little secret to tell the world! Cool Hand Ange & Daddy Magic WANNA TASTE O’ THE TITLE! Parker says Hook walks around AEW with that “I don’t care” attitude, but they see right through that! They see Hook and he’s nothing but a scared little boy. And who is to blame for that? The AEW GALAXY!

The fans have done nothing but put pressure on the kid! They see him as some young phenomenon, but what if they took the FTW title from Hook, “and all the weight that comes with it?” What if Hook didn’t have to be scared anymore? WHAT IF?! The Jericho Appreciation Society keeps throwing out the challenge, will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil care now?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Ryan Nemeth!

Though he and FTR are about to face Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns, the Maestro of Mayhem must still defend his title. The Hollywood Hunk has a mic as he makes his entrance to say something first. “The best part about growing up in Cleveland~…! Is LEAVING Cleveland! I did what all of you wish you could do! The first chance I got, I packed my bags and I moved to a real city. And Ryan Nemeth became THE Hollywood Hunk!” Fans can cheer, it’s fine. “Let’s Go, Hunk! Let’s Go, Hunk!” Fans boo instead, but Nemeth says they shouldn’t do that. He knows what they cheer for! It’s for the worst team in the history of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns!

But here comes Wardlow! The War Dog is proud to be from The Land, and The Land is proud to have him! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the hometown hero makes the Hunk pack his bags all over again!

Wait, speaking of Lethal and MCMG, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh & Jay Lethal walk out here with Chris Sabin! Nemeth gets back on the mic to shout that this isn’t about them! Wardlow needs to pay attention to Nemeth because this is about Nemeth and his title shot! To be honest, Nemeth doesn’t know what AEW or the fans see in Wardlow. Nemeth should be champion! Nemeth should have the gold! Nemeth should be the face of TNT! He’s the star! He’s the local boy! He did good! He’s the Hunk, but Wardlow is like everyone else here: a loser nobody two-pump chump! Wardlow is pathetic and disgusting- HEADBUTT!!

The bell finally rings, and Wardlow points a finger gun at Nemeth. BANG and the wind-up, BIG LARIAT!! Fans fire up but Lethal’s group doesn’t take this seriously. Wardlow brings the straps down and brings Nemeth in! Fans fire up for the POWERBOMB!! Wardlow is just getting warmed up, but again Lethal’s group doesn’t take it seriously. Fans chant “One More Time!” and Wardlow says that’s exactly what he was thinking! ANOTHER POWERBOMB!! And then the roll into the reset, A THIRD POWERBOMB!! And then another, for the FOURTH!! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Wardlow smiles at Lethal’s group. Are they taking him seriously now? Or will it take him powerbombing Lethal, Sabin and Shelley in Chicago to get through to them?

 

Backstage interview with the Andrade Family Office.

Apparently that name is still in effect, as Lexi Nair is with Andrade El Idolo, Rush, Jose the assistant, and Private Party. Last week, we saw both teams, Private Party and La Faccion Ingobernable, come up short in big title matches. How are they handling this? Andrade says Quen & Kassidy lost. Well, yes. But what about you? We all saw LFI lose in 4K HD. No, Dragon Lee lost. They saw what happened: Rush beat down his own brother! Jose speaks up but Kassidy says no one asked his opinion! Andrade has everyone relax. He wants them to listen to him: “Everything in this world has consequences.” Then what will the consequences be of Private Party failing El Idolo again?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Ashton Day!

Ricky Starks called out the “snake” that is his former friend and tag team partner, and now they are having it out at All Out! But will Hobbs prove to Starks and everyone that the only absolute in AEW is that Hobbs breaks bones?

The bell rings and Hobbs stares Day down, to then CLOBBER him! Day flounders, Hobbs drags him up and CHOKES him against ropes! Hobbs wants Day to tell Ricky what’s coming! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off, and Hobbs drags Day up. Hobbs SLAPS Day around, whips him and CLOBBERS him! Hobbs looms over Day and he mocks Starks’ pose! Fans boo but Hobbs smiles. Hobbs drags Day up again, reels him in, SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall

Day’s night is over but wait! The Factory commandeers a camera! Nick Comoroto shows us that Cole Karter and Aaron Solo are CHOKING Starks! QT Marshall says, “Hey, Powerhouse. I told you my word is my bond. And you will not have to worry about Ricky Starks making it to All Out.” But QT has Ogogo hold on. This one’s on the house. QT uses his gold watch as brass knuckles as he JABS Starks in the face!! Starks flops over, blood in the mouth! Hobbs nods and heads out, will he end up not having to go All Out?

 

Backstage interview with The Baddies.

Lexi Nair is with Kiera Hogan, Leila Grey and the AEW TBS Champion, Jade Cargill, and “safe to say, things have been heating up between you and Athena.” Jade gets upset by that. Heating up? Is she serious? Leila speaks up but then Jade stops her. Leila, what have you done for Jade lately? As a matter of fact, Kiera should take out the trash. They’re done with her, bye. Jade then calls out Athena, but then tells Lexi that she’s not needed, either. Lexi storms off, and Jade tells Athena that September 4th, All Out in Chicago, “come and get these hands.” ATHENA AMBUSHES JADE! She made the mistake of being all alone!

They brawl, security rushes in to stop it, and now that the match is made, there’s nothing left to do but wait! Will the Fallen Goddess be the one to finally stop the streak? Or will #ThatBitch still be undefeated?

 

Mixed Tag: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Ruby Soho & Ortiz!

As part of the Jericho Appreciation Society, the Spanish God and his Brazilian Bride have been bullying and blindsiding anyone who Eddie Kingston considers a friend. But the Runaway and “Monkey” are ready to fight back like there’s no tomorrow! Will the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions be shown up? Or will #SamTay kiss them good-bye?

The teams sort out and it’s ladies first. Soho rushes Tay but Tay BOOTS her bad arm away! Tay cravats then throws knees! Tay wrenches, clinches, kicks Ruby down then isolates the bad arm! Tay stomps the hand! Tay isolates the arm again and twists the wrist. Ruby endures, Ortiz coaches her up and fans rally, but Tay stomps the elbow! Ruby clutches her arm but Tay grabs it again. Ruby throws a knee, then she RAMS Tay into the corner! Ruby fires off shoulders, then RAMS Tay more! The ref counts, Ruby lets off at 4, but she runs back in, only for Tay to dodge the boot! Tay KNEES Ruby right in the bad arm!

Tay wrenches Ruby’s arm, but Ruby CLAWS Tay’s face! Ruby ROCKS Tay with a right! Tay staggers into a tag, and Ortiz rushes in to CLOBBER Sammy! Ortiz rallies on Sammy, covers, ONE! Sammy kicks low and soaks up the heat. Sammy wags his finger at those who boo, then he whips Ortiz. Ortiz reverses to short arm LARIAT! And then again! Ortiz scoops Sammy to SLAM him, then Ruby runs in to combine, wheelbarrow SPLASH! Ortiz covers while Tay complains, TWO! Ortiz SLAPS Sammy, CLAWS his back, and rawr, tiger claws. Ortiz drags Sammy up, but Sammy gets under the lariat to shove him away.

Tay grabs at Ortiz at the ropes, Ortiz shakes free, but Sammy DROPKICKS Ortiz down! Fans boo, especially as SamTay kiss again. Sammy swaggers back to Ortiz as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sammy soaks up the heat, covers Ortiz, TWO! Sammy stalks Ortiz to ropes and CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Sammy argues with the ref, and both Tay and Parker get their shots in on Ortiz! Parker anchors Ortiz, Ruby protests but that only distracts the ref, allowing Tay to get in! SamTay double suplex Ortiz down! Sammy flexes, covers, TWO! Sammy clamps onto Ortiz with a facelock but Ortiz breaks free and CHOPS back! Sammy kicks Ortiz low! Sammy brings Ortiz up, suplexes, but Ortiz blocks! Sammy throws body shots, then lifts Ortiz for a stalling suplex! The count reaches about 5 before Ortiz turns that around into a cradle! TWO!!

Sammy CLOBBERS Ortiz! Cover, TWO! Sammy kicks Ortiz to ropes, hooks him up, but the ref counts. Sammy lets off but Parker gets another cheap shot in! Sammy storms back over, but Ortiz CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Sammy pokes Ortiz in the eyes! The ref reprimands and Sammy “apologizes” before he pushes Ortiz over. Cover, TWO, and Sammy clamps onto Ortiz with a half straitjacket stretch. Ortiz endures, Sammy fishhooks Ortiz’s face, and the ref reprimands. Sammy lets go as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Sammy runs in at the corner, only for Ortiz to BOOT him away! Ortiz swings, misses, but comes back to LARIAT Sammy inside-out! Fans fire up with Ruby as she’s chomping at the bit! Ortiz rolls, hot tags to Ruby and Tay! Ruby TACKLES Tay and rains down forearms! Ruby lets off to SOBAT, KICK and SAIDO! Tay flounders to a corner and fans fire up! Ruby runs Around the World to YAKUZA KICK! Tay flops down, Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby stares Parker down and then drags Tay up. Ruby bumps Tay off buckles, hoists her up top, then climbs up after her. Ruby throws hands but Sammy sucker punches Ortiz!

The ref reprimands Sammy but he goes after Ruby! Ruby HEADBUTTS Tay but Sammy brings her off the corner into an Electric Chair Lift! Ruby uses that to POISON-RANA him!! Sammy bails out, but Tay CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives and fans fire up. Ruby and Tay stand, Tay clinches but Ruby JAWBREAKERS! Ruby mule kicks, runs, but Sammy stands in her way! The ref reprimands but Sammy wags his fingers at Ruby. Ruby swings, Sammy dodges, but Ortiz DDT’s Sammy, at the same time Tay DECKS Ruby! Ortiz turns around into a BOOT from Tay! Tay then tilt-o-whirls, but Ortiz blocks the DDT!

Ortiz tosses Tay away, she comes back but he blocks her boot! Ortiz hands that off to Ruby for her to KNEE Tay! Then wrench and NO FUTURE KICK!! Cover, Sammy brings Ruby off! The ref reprimands again but Sammy pokes Ruby in the shoulder. Ruby is pissed, but she says she’ll play by the rules. Tag to Ortiz! Ortiz chases Sammy to the other corner! Ortiz fires off hands, Parker gets on the apron, and the ref is busy with all that, allowing ANNA JAY (A S) to rush out and RAM Ruby into steel steps! A bloodied Ortiz turns around to see what happened, and Sammy springboards, FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, SamTay wins!!

Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall

From commentary, Jericho says this is another example of why the JAS is the most dominant faction in AEW! And so together, Sammy, Tay, Anna & Parker all get Jericho’s Sports Entertainer(s) of the Week Award! But then how will the pro-wrestlers of Ruby, Ortiz and Eddie Kingston going to respond?

 

AEW shares exclusive backstage footage from Dynamite.

While moving the Undisputed AEW World Championship match to last Wednesday night was already a shocking move, no one could’ve predicted what would happen once the bell rang. Punk gave Moxley a powerful roundhouse, only for his repaired left foot to give out on him. Moxley still gave Punk a beating, and then Moxley won the match! While Moxley celebrated and voiced his thoughts, Punk was helped to the back. Punk knew he couldn’t put any weight on the bad foot. It didn’t pop or snap, it just gave out. But that unfortunately was the same thing that happened when he first broke it. Punk isn’t sure what that means. Will he miss more than just All Out at this point?

 

Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!

The World’s Strongest Man welcomes us back to Rampage, and he says Dustin Rhodes accepted Claudio Castagnoli’s open challenge by saying he would give him the best Natural that he’s ever had. Dustin says there’s a lot of history between him and Claudio. But to have world heavyweight championship stakes, this is what dreams are made of! This is Dustin’s opportunity, this is his shot, and he promises Claudio that he IS giving him the best version of The Natural, Dustin Rhodes, he’s ever seen. Because believe him, he can beat Claudio.

Mark says Claudio is facing one of the greats, who is coming in with a lot of confidence. What are his thoughts? Claudio says that’s exactly what he wants. He wants to face a living legend like Dustin, who is supremely confident right now. That is what the Blackpool Combat Club is all about. They’re about competition! That is what the ROH World title is all about. It’s about that level of competition! But Claudio will say this. Everyone is supremely confident, until they step into the ring with Claudio! So tonight, Dustin, Claudio must apologize but he’ll have to shatter your dreams, because he is still gonna be Claudio Castagnoli, ROH World Heavyweight Champion!

Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! With both men giving their best, who proves they are THE best and leaves The Land with gold?

ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Dustin Rhodes w/ Arn & Brock Anderson!

The introductions are of course made by Bobby Cruise, and the belt is raised as tonight, we see what it takes to become a world champion VS what it takes to stay a world champion!

Caprice Coleman joins commentary, but so does William Regal, which means Jericho is leaving! The Code of Honor is upheld and fans cheer as the two circle fast. They feel things out, tie up, and Claudio puts Dustin on the ropes. Dustin turns things around, Claudio pushes back and the two reset. They feel things out again, but Dustin backs away to a corner. Claudio backs off, Dustin comes back and Dustin gets a headlock. Claudio powers up and out but Dustin runs him over! They keep moving, Dustin avoids the back drop to roll Claudio up, ONE! Dustin hurries to whip Claudio and arm-drags! Cover, TWO!

The two stand off again, but Dustin lets Claudio know, he got a two-count on him. Fans fire up as Claudio and Dustin reset again. Claudio and Dustin tie up, Claudio waistlocks, and he drags Dustin down to then clamp onto a neck wrench. Dustin endures so Claudio shifts to a chinlock. Dustin fights up, Claudio hits a takeover and he resists the headscissors. Dustin’s shoulders are down, ONE and Dustin drags Claudio into a cover! TWO, Claudio holds onto the headlock but Dustin fights up. Dustin puts Claudio on ropes, then powers out of the headlock. Things speed up, Claudio runs Dustin over! Dustin hits ropes on the way down!

Dustin bails out of the ring and Arn checks on him. Dustin shakes out the cobwebs, Arn coaches him to get things back on his pace. Dustin goes to the apron and Claudio storms up, but into a shoulder! Dustin slingshots and sunset flips but Claudio stays up! Claudio has the legs to prawn hold, TWO!! Dustin survives and now Claudio rubs it in that that was a two-count. Fans fire up and Claudio EuroUppers! Claudio wrenches, hammerlocks, then RAMS Dustin into buckles! Claudio YANKS Dustin, whips him to ropes, but Dustin reverses to hit an atomic drop! Then Dustin runs to BOOT Claudio down! Cover, ONE!!

Dustin clamps onto the arm and he brings Claudio up. Dustin whips, Claudio reverses, but Dustin ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Claudio to duck the crossbody! Dustin crashes ‘n’ burns and flops back out of the ring! Claudio stays back while Arn checks on Dustin, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Arn and Brock make sure Dustin’s okay. Dustin nods and sits back up, but the air sure got knocked out of him. Dustin drags himself into the ring, Claudio is right on him with EuroUppers! Claudio has Dustin in a corner, pulls his arm around ropes then YANKS on it! The ref reprimands, Claudio brings Dustin out to scoop. SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps cool, and he keeps on Dustin’s arm with a double wristlock. Dustin endures as Claudio twists the arm and wrist around. The Andersons rally the fans, Dustin fights up, but Claudio knees low! Claudio scoops, Dustin slips out and shoves to kick low. But Claudio avoids the uppercut!

Claudio hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dustin flounders away but Claudio stalks him to a corner. Claudio digs his knee into Dustin’s head but lets off as the ref counts. Claudio runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps onto Dustin with a chinbar and armlock, and he grinds forearms into Dustin’s face. Fans rally as Dustin endures, and Arn coaches Dustin up again. Dustin turns and stands up, throws body shots, then runs, but into a headbutt! Claudio gut wrench suplexes Dustin! Cover, TWO!! Dustin survives, but Claudio clamps onto him for a CROSSFACE! Dustin endures again, even as Claudio pulls back!

Fans rally, Dustin reaches out, but Claudio’s wrists are right in his mouth and nose! Dustin can’t see with the knuckles in his eyes but he still reaches out forward! Rampage returns to single picture as fans continue to rally. Claudio shifts the clinch to include the arm, but Dustin is still fighting to his feet! Dustin pries the hold away to scoop Claudio for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up as both men slowly stand! Claudio snarls, he aims at Dustin, and ROCKS him with a forearm! Dustin ROCKS Claudio back! The hands and forearms start flying faster and faster! Claudio kicks low, then EuroUppers, into a hook!

Claudio fights the backslide, spins Dustin, but Dustin LARIATS! And again! Dustin whips, Claudio reverses but Dustin holds ropes! Dustin dodges Claudio to clothesline Claudio out! Fans fire up as Dustin goes to the apron! CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes the Swiss Cyborg! Dustin puts Claudio in, runs the ropes, and he LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Claudio and Dustin hurry to opposite ends, and Dustin is in a corner. Claudio storms over but into a BOOT! Dustin goes up for a FLYING RANA!! Fans are thunderous as Dustin kicks low and hits the RHODES UPPERCUT! Claudio then staggers into another kick, and a CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!

Dustin is too tired to be frustrated, and the fans are chanting, “You Still Got It!” Claudio gets to ropes and Dustin pushes himself up. Dustin runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Claudio then CLOBBERS Dustin! Cover, TWO!! Dustin is still in this but Claudio keeps cool. Fans call for it, and Claudio figures why not! Claudio gets the legs and starts up the SWISS SWING! They go around and around for a count of 10! Cover, TWO!! But back to the CROSSFACE!! Dustin endures, knuckles in his face again! Dustin reaches but Claudio thrashes him around! The Andersons rally, the fans rally, and Dustin pushes the hold to a cover! TWO!!

Dustin gets up, and gives Claudio a POWERSLAM! He doesn’t stop there, he drags Claudio up, PILEDRIVER! Well, almost a bomb, really, with how Dustin sat back, but still a hard fall! Cover, TWO!! Claudio is still in this, and Arn says Dustin has him! Dustin fires up, the fans rally behind him, and Dustin stands Claudio up again. Arn says finish this! But Claudio wrenches free and whips Dustin to ropes. Things keep moving, Claudio hurdles but not high enough! Inadvertent contact down low! Claudio didn’t factor in Dustin’s height and it might cost him! Arn tells Dustin to pounce on that, and Dustin hurries to bring Claudio up.

But Claudio POP-UP UPPERCUTS! Cover, Claudio wins!!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

Arn is in shock! Dustin either didn’t or couldn’t bring out that killer instinct, and that cost him! How long will The Natural have to wait until he gets another golden opportunity like this? As for Claudio, who will be next to challenge him for this hard knocks world title?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, though could’ve been a bit better. For hyping up the exclusive footage, that wasn’t much of anything. It’s almost like they didn’t need to show us that here, they could’ve used it next week in the go-home. Though this probably means there will be something even more crucial on the go-home so there won’t be any time to spare. And we did get an interesting segment from The Baddies. It seems with Stokely Hathaway more focused on his new men’s division stable, Jade doesn’t have to keep Leila around. And of course we get Jade VS Athena for All Out, and of course we got Athena attacking Jade as payback. That match is going to be great stuff, but no idea if Athena has a chance of taking that title.

We got a great Trios tournament match to open the night, and while they made a tease of who would join Silver & Reynolds, I kinda figured it’d be Vance after all the Trios matches they’ve been having on Dark and Elevation. And I had a feeling Miro would be involved to cost The House of Black, and then also that Darby & Sting would make the save. That is definitely a Trios match happening for All Out, even if it’s just the Buy-In. Good promo from Hook, as well as from Menard & Parker. I don’t think the FTW Championship match of Hook VS whoever is first makes it to All Out, but that could work for the go-home next week, or even the episodes after All Out.

Nemeth blabbed for longer than his match lasted, but of course Wardlow was winning tonight. It was fine that Sabin showed up to see Wardlow for himself before All Out, but I’m not sure how much this added to the go-home math. And apparently Hobbs was another “standby” match like with Buddy Matthews last week when Hook squashed Clayton. Hobbs’ segment added more to his All Out match than Wardlow’s did, with Starks now on the ropes while Hobbs has momentum. We also got a more meaningful segment out of the LFI/AFO, with Andrade passing the blame onto Dragon Lee while still putting pressure on Private Party. Private Party will definitely deck Andrade and turn Face.

We got great stuff out of the Mixed Tag, but of course there was the “overbooking” where Anna Jay shows up to screw Ruby over and allow SamTay to get the win. With things going a bit sideways on the Eddie VS Sammy angle, who knows how the blow-off goes from here. And we got great stuff in the main event, though I’m sure Dustin was a gassed before the end. He still had the wherewithal to change from a driver to a slam, because it was clear that wasn’t going to go well if he committed. But as great as Dustin still is, Claudio was of course going to win. There are still a lot of possibilities for Claudio in defending that title, even though we’re still on standby as far as ROH getting their own show.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The best tag teams collide!

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AEW Year 4

Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?

In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!

Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?

Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page,  Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.

The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.

Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!

Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!

Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!

But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage  stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!

JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!

JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!

Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!

Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.

Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!

Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!

Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)

But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”

Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.

MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”

Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!

Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!

“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.

“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.

“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.

Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?

 

Darby Allin speaks.

“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”

Samoa Joe responds.

“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.

“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!

#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!

The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!

Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!

Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.

Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.

Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.

Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!

Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!

Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?

 

Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.

Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?

 

Chris Jericho speaks.

“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”

 

Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!

Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!

Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”

Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.

Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!

Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.

Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.

Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.

Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!

Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!

Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall

Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.

The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.

MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”

So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?

Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”

The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?

 

The House of Black speak.

Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”

Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?

 

AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.

Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?

Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”

Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?

 

Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!

The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?

The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!

Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!

Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.

Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.

Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!

Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!

Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!

Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall

Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Saraya.

Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”

So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.

Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?

Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!

The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.

Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!

Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!

Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!

Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!

Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!

Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!

Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!

Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.

Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!

Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!

Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”

Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?


My Thoughts:

A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.

Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.

Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.

Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.

Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.

Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.

Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!

Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)

Atlantic City gets Dark!

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Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?

With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; Castle & The Boys win.
  • Leva Bates VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; Lethal & Singh win.
  • Athena VS B3CCA; Athena wins.
  • Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Trent wins.

QUICK NOTES

A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.


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