Tonight’s episode of AEW RAMPAGE emanated from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC!
It’s Friday and you know what that means!
Excalibur, Taz, FTW World Champion “Absolute” Ricky Starks, and Chris Jericho were the broadcast team for tonight’s event.
Trent Baretta (with Best Friends) vs. Adam Cole (with AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., The Young Bucks, ReDRagon, and Brandon Cutler)!
“Trent and his friends may be outnumbered but they are more than capable of taking care of themselves,” said Excalibur.
Cole went for the pump kick but Trent dodged it. Trent fired back with chops to Cole’s chest. Cole used a knee strike on Trent, but Trent rallied back with an overhead throw!
Trent hit a low dropkick on Cole, and Cole was sent out of the ring. Cole swept out Trent’s legs and Trent crashed hard on the arena floor. Cole pulled Trent back into the ring and nailed him with a neck breaker!
“Attacking the neck, another neck breaker coming,” said Taz of Cole’s strategy on Trent.
Cole’s pump kick landed this time, and Trent was sent back outside. Cole attempted the Panama Sunrise off the apron, but Trent countered with a back drop! Trent charged at Cole but Cole moved out of the way of the spear! Trent’s momentum sent him headfirst into the steel barricade!
Adam Cole mounted Trent with a ground and pound attack. Trent got to his feet and used a deadlift German Suplex on Cole. Trent followed up with the swinging DDT, good for a near fall on Cole. Trent met Cole on the top turnbuckle and spiked Cole with an avalanche brainbuster!
Trent hoisted Cole up but Cole escaped and countered with a backstabber! Trent managed to catch Cole off guard with a half and half. Cole came back with a brainbuster on his knee! The momentum shifted when Trent hit the piledriver on Cole on the apron! Trent was trying for the Strong Zero but Cole countered with a Destroyer! Somehow Trent kicked out of the pin attempt!
Trent blocked the Panama Sunrise with a suplex and then a lariat! Trent charged at Cole but Cole superkicked Trent to the face and then to the back of the neck! Cole tried for the Panama Sunrise but Trent crunched Cole with the Strong Zero!
Cole got his foot on the ropes and outside the ring, mayhem broke loose as both factions began to brawl! The ref turned his attention to everything going on at ringside, and Cole took advantage and low blowed Trent, and then scored the pin!
“The Chairman” Shawn Spears (with Wardlow) vs. Andrew Everett!
“Wardlow does not look pleased being dragged out here by Shawn Spears,” said Excalibur.
Andrew shouldered Spears in the midsection. Spears caught Andrew with the C4 and pinned him!
Spears grabbed a mic:
“Is he really the best in the world? What about me? I traveled the same roads. I shed blood. I was the guy that was not supposed to make it. Who I am is easy to explain. What I am is much more complex. I’m the guy that Max says to ensure a message is delivered.
“So Punk, I don’t play within the lines. There will be no warning and I’ll never apologize. I’m the guy you don’t see coming. There is a reason why the call me ‘the chairman,’ people. One swing and I’ll make sure you remember me forever.
“Next week Punk you’re in here with a 20-year veteran. You can’t hang anymore and I’ve realized that. In this business, seven years off is seven years too long. I’m going to expose you. In five days, Punky, the chairman cometh!”
Kris Statlander, Red Velvet & “Legit” Layla Hirsch
Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford & The Bunny!
Leyla tagged herself in before her partner Kris Statlander could even make a move. Nyla Rose rammed Leyla into the opposite corner of the ring. Nyla hit a belly-to-belly suplex on Leyla but Statlander grabbed a tag.
The Bunny and Kris Statlander exchanged elbow strikes. Red Velvet tagged in and Kris slammed Red Velvet onto Bunny for a near fall. Leyla tagged in and worked over The Bunny. Leyla and Kris Statlander argued over a tag and in the meantime, Red Velvet tagged in. Penelope Ford tagged in for her team and she and The Bunny double teamed Red Velvet!
Nyla Rose tagged in and choke slammed Red Velvet for a near fall! Nyla sat out with a senton but Red Velvet moved out of the way! Statlander tagged in and cleaned house! Statlander used a gord buster on Ford for a near fall!
“Landed her right flat on her stomach,” said Jericho.
Statlander avoided a cutter from Ford. Statlander applied the Scorpion Crab on Penelope Ford. Vickie distracted the ref and The Bunny was able to interfere. Statlander blasted The Bunny with the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall! Leyla used a blind tag but Statlander didn’t want to tag out. They argued and it allowed The Bunny to roll up Leyla for the pin!
“Leyla and Statlander weren’t able to get on the same page and it cost them,” said Excalibur.
Jay Lethal came out to confront “Absolute” Ricky Starks!
Lethal: “Starks, you’ve been talking about me this entire episode. Ever since you became the FTW Champion, I noticed there isn’t a long line of challengers.
“Maybe it’s because you’re more worried about picking out your wardrobe for the day instead of wrestling. So I’m going to issue a challenge to you: Jay Lethal against Ricky Starks for the FTW World Championship!”
Ricky Starks stood up and walked over to face off with Lethal. Neither man backed down and the AEW referees had to separate Lethal and Starks!
AEW World Tag Team Championship Match!
Champions Jurassic Express—Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy (with Christian Cage) vs. Dark Order’s John Silver & Alex Reynolds (accompanied by Dark Order)!
Jungle Boy and Alex Reynolds tied up, both looking for the early advantage. Jungle Boy took down Reynolds with a dropkick!
“Super impressive right there by Jungle Boy,” said Taz.
Luchasaurus tagged in and chopped Reynolds right to the throat. Jungle Boy tagged in and used a stepping senton, onto Luchasaurus and down onto Reynolds for a near fall!
John Silver tagged in and blasted Jungle Boy with a big high boot! Silver backdropped Jungle Boy! Silver hit a cannon ball on Luchasaurus. Jungle Boy was going for the tope suicida but Silver caught him, hoisted him up, and Reynolds hit a tope suicida of his own onto Jungle Boy!
Jungle Boy made the tag to Luchasaurus and Luchasaurus used his size advantage to hit Silver and Reynolds with running splashes! Luchasaurus choke slammed Silver onto Reynolds for a two-count!
Silver hoisted Jungle Boy onto his shoulders but Jungle Boy escaped and German Suplexed Silver! Jungle Boy met Reynolds on the top turnbuckle! Silver jumped up on the turnbuckles too! Luchasaurus grabbed them from behind and powerbombed Silver while Jungle Boy crashed down onto Reynolds!
Silver and Reynolds used thrust kicks on Luchasaurus. They isolated Jungle Boy and swarmed him with this awesome offensive sequence. Jungle Boy barely escaped the jack knife pin attempt!
Jungle Boy sent Silver into Evil Uno on the outside with a hurracanrana. Jungle Boy nailed Reynolds with a Destroyer for a (very) near fall!
“Both teams kicking ass tonight on RAMPAGE!” said Taz.
Luchasaurus booted John Silver! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus employed impressive tandem offense to allow Luchasaurus to pin Reynolds!
“What a first defense of the AEW Tag Championships for Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy,” said Excalibur.
Catch AEW DYNAMITE on TBS next Wednesday live at 8/7ct from the Entertainment And Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.!
Don’t miss AEW RAMPAGE next Friday at 10/9ct on TNT!
And remember…the home of professional wrestling is All Elite Wrestling!
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