Tonight’s episode of AEW RAMPAGE was broadcast from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY!
It’s Friday and you know what that means!
Tonight’s announce team was Excalibur, Chris Jericho, Tony Schiavone, and Jim Ross.
Grand Slam Tournament Rampage Wild Card Match!
Sammy Guevara (with Tay Melo) vs. Darby Allin!
“These guys have a great collection of matches. Three classics in my opinion,” said Jericho.
“The winner of this match will get one step closer to the AEW World Championship, though they will have to face Jon Moxley next week,” added Excalibur.
Darby used a side headlock takedown on Sammy. Sammy bridged up and put Sammy in an arm bar. He followed up with a Coffin Splash in the corner on Sammy.
Sammy dodged the third Coffin Splash from Darby. Sammy propped Darby onto the top rope and they began to battle it out. Darby hammered at Sammy’s ribs but then Sammy superplexed Darby! Sammy went for the Three Amigos but on the third suplex, Darby pulled Sammy over the top rope and down onto the arena floor.
Darby was about to hit the tope suicida when Tay jumped in the way to stop him. With Tay out of the way, Darby rocketed through the ropes but Sammy countered with a cutter out of nowhere!
Sammy attempted a shooting star press but Darby dodged it. Tay distracted Darby long enough for Sammy to connect with a thrust kick to Darby Allin. Sammy and Tay kissed to celebrate but then Darby nailed Sammy with a tope suicida!
Darby pulled off Sammy’s wedding ring. Tay jumped on the ring apron, demanding Darby return the ring. Sammy hit a knee strike on Darby. Sammy hit a springboard cutter on Darby for a near fall!
“That was incredible,” said Jericho.
Sammy tried a Coffin Drop of his own but Darby moved. Anna Jay ran out to distract the referee. Sammy powerbombed Darby on Darby’s skateboard and then finished him off with the GTH for the pin!
“It may not be popular but a win is a win,” said Jim Ross.
ROH TV Champion Samoa Joe came out to the ring!
Samoa Joe: “Buffalo, my name is Samoa Joe and it feels oh so good to be back here in AEW. I realize I’ve been away for a bit and I apologize. I owe you much more violence in the near future. I’m here to say I’m open for business!”
“Smart” Mark Sterling, Josh Woods, and Tony Nese interrupted the interview!
Sterling: “We never closed. Josh Woods is a former ROH Pure Champion. This week on Dynamite he saved my life. I think he deserves a shot at that title!”
Samoa Joe: “You’re right about Josh Woods. He is an incredible athlete. So I say you sir should get everything that you ask for. And Josh Woods does deserve an opportunity at my championship and that’s going to happen right now, right here!”
Sterling: “No, we’re not doing it in Buffalo. We’re doing it next week in Albany!”
“Some mind games there by ‘Smart’ Mark Sterling,” said Excalibur.
Madison Rayne vs. Serena Deeb!
Deeb grabbed Rayne’s ankle but then Rayne kick upward. Rayne used an arm drag and then tried to pin Rayne after countering the Deebtox.
Deeb jumped on Madison and attacked her with a ground and pound game. Deeb rocked Madison with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall.
Serena Deeb began smashing Rayne’s knee onto the mat and then made Madison submit with an ankle lock!
“Serena Deeb very happy protecting her yard here tonight,” said Excalibur.
Lexy Nair was backstage with Powerhouse Hobbs!
Hobbs: “I went to All Out, took “Absolute” Ricky Starks and put his ass six feet deep. Now I get to open the Book of Hobbs and show the world why I’m Powerhouse Hobbs!”
Time for the main event!
ROH World Title Match!
The Blackpool Combat Club’s Claudio Castagnoli (c.) (with William Regal)
FTR’s Dax Harwood!
Caprice Coleman joined the commentary team for this match.
They adhered to the Code of Honor before the match.
Claudio hit a shoulder tackle on Dax.
“Early game of human chess between two of the very best in the pro wrestling world,” said Jim Ross.
Dax grabbed an inside cradle on Claudio. Claudio cracked Dax with a big elbow strike. Claudio followed up with a European Uppercut! Claudio suplexed Dax and they both toppled over the top rope and onto the arena floor!
Back in the ring, Claudio whipped Dax into the turnbuckles but Dax ended up hitting the steel ring post. Claudio followed up with a sliding dropkick, driving Dax into the steel guardrail!
Claudio decked Dax with a lariat for a near fall!
“Harwood will not stay down,” said Caprice.
Claudio muscled Dax onto the top rope. Dax chopped away at Claudio and then dropped him with an elbow strike. Dax smashed Claudio with a diving headbutt off the top for a near fall.
Dax countered the Neutralizer and spiked Claudio with a piledriver for a two-count! Dax went back to the top turnbuckle but Claudio charged at him with a European Uppercut. Claudio superplexed Dax Harwood for a near fall!
“What a match this is,” said Chris Jericho.
“This is by far Claudio’s toughest title defense,” replied Jim Ross.
Dax connected with a slingshot Liger Bomb on Claudio for a two-count! Dax followed up with German Suplexes. Claudio retaliated with a barrage of European Uppercuts.
Claudio grabbed Dax with the Giant Swing! Claudio stepped through with the sharpshooter! Dax rolled through and applied a sharpshooter of his own! Claudio escaped and pummeled Dax with elbows. Claudio put the sharpshooter back on Dax and forced Dax to tap out!
Catch AEW DYNAMITE on TBS next Wednesday live at 8/7ct from the MVP Arena in Albany, NY!
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