The ultimate cease earlier than Saturday’s AEW gear up is Friday’s AEW Rampage from Newark, NJ.
Within the night time’s featured matchup, Eddie Kingston and Ortiz will tackle Jun Akiyama and Konosuke Takeshita. Japanese wrestling legend Akiyama, who has been Kingston’s coveted opponent, will make his AEW debut.
Ricky Starks will face Lance Archer within the remaining first spherical of the knockout spherical for the World Championship. The bout was speculated to happen every week earlier, however Starks was injured and unable to wrestle without any consideration. The winner will face Brian Cage in Saturday’s Full Gear Zero Hour preview.
FTW Champion Hook will stay unbeaten as he defends Lee Moriarty’s first gold medal shot.
Athena will face Madison Lane, trying to lengthen her ten-game successful streak. Since her controversial victory over Jody Risk in Darkish: Elevation, she’s taken a extra aggressive method.
Dwell from Newark, NJ, Dynam… Rampage, JR. That is rampage.
Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Chris Jericho, and Excalibur contributed feedback.
The present instantly cuts to the again, the place the Starks and Lance Archer are already arguing. Archer gave Starks an outdated “garden dart” spot to get into the loading bay door. They burst into the group from the backstage space and made a scene. Starks hit Archer with an outdated aluminum trash can that was solely used within the enviornment for 2 wrestlers to punch one another. Starks wore a New Jersey Devils jersey to win over the group. Archer and Starks quarreled among the many crowd on the steps. Starks comes down the steps with an axe and strikes at Archer. After 5 minutes of brawling, they lastly entered the ring.
Ricky Starks beats Lance Archer to advance to the primary spherical of the World Championship knockout spherical (5:20, excluding all pre-match brawling)
And never lengthy after they lastly entered the ring, Starks clothesline Archer got here exterior. Starks adopted Archer out, bought choked up within the apron, and the present went right into a split-screen break.
After halftime, Starks shrugged off a blackout try and got here off the center rope with a shoulder sort out. Archer confronts Tolando DDT and kills the Starks with a lasso. Starks used the Twister DDT towards Archer’s short-armed clothesline, inflicting him to almost fall over. The Starks selected a roshambeaux, however Archer did the background for the Starks. Archer lunges at it, however the Starks dodge it, slamming the spear right into a coil and pinning Archer on the rely of three.
After the match, Brian Cage and Prince Nana got here out to distract the Starks. Archer attacked Starks and strangled him on the ring steps.
– Performed a brief clip from the Full Gear Countdown present hosted by Jon Moxley and MJF.
– Earlier as we speak, Tony Schiavone interviewed Chris Jericho and Sami Guevara. Jericho predicts Castagnoli and Danielson will battle one another in Saturday’s match, whereas the ROH world title will stick with JAS, particularly him. Jericho walked away, and as soon as he was out of Guevara’s listening to, Guevara stated, “We’ll see.”
Hook defeats Lee Moriarty (with Stokely Hathaway) to defend FTW title (8:37 by way of advert)
Hooker’s theme is a blast.
Hook brings Moriarty down with the northern lights suplex and stretches him with the STF. Moriarty escapes and Hook captures him. After Hathaway jumped onto the tarmac to distract the FTW Champion, Moriarty caught Hooker with a kick.
After a prolonged industrial, Hooker caught Moriarty on a clothesline and drilled him with physique pictures. Hook pressed his knee to Moriarty’s bowels and threw him with a judo throw, hitting the fisherman within the intestine. Moriarty grabbed Hooker, put him headfirst into the turnbuckle, and fell off the highest, practically falling along with his knee on the again of Hooker’s neck. Moriarty picked Kimura, however Hooker’s ft have been below the ropes, forcing him to interrupt. Moriarty locked Border Metropolis Stretch, however Hook reversed it into Redrum and Moriarty was smothered. With the win, Hooker improved to 16-0.
– A quick recap of final Friday’s Rush/Bandido match that resulted in a confrontation between Rush and Jose The Assistant versus Black Order members 10 and John Silver. Ten left when Silver recommended they group up towards Rush and Jose, and Rush promised he would beat John Silver subsequent week.
Athena beats Madison Lane (2:47)
Athena has been roughing up native expertise on YouTube exhibits, and Rayne is there to face up for them. Athena kicked Rain from behind. Wren got here again with a spear from the center rope. On the finish of the battle, Athena threw Wren into the roundabout. Again within the ring, Athena needed a suplex, however Rayne countered it with some type of cutter, which confused even 4 commentators. Wren recovers from a cricket within the crowd at half velocity (because it does). Athena hit a flip stunt and a sliding forearm, then completed off Rayne by dropping her knees from the overhead backbreaker.
After the bout, Athena threw referee Aubrey Edwards down together with her forearm, which brought on an enormous warmth on Athena’s heels within the crowd. She then locks Rayne in a cross. ROH World Champion Mercedes Martinez chases after Athena. I do not know if we have to construct the following ROH pay-per-view for the following AEW pay-per-view homecoming present.
– Renee Paquette interviews The Manufacturing unit and the Finest Buddies (with Rocky Romero) for a 5-on-5 matchup for tomorrow night time. The fifth particular person on the Finest Buddies group is meant to be a “thriller” (Danhausen for certain). The sport will likely be a part of Full Gear’s “Zero Hour” preview.
– One other Black Home vignette. They beat up their sparring companions. It is not notably creepy.
– When Excalibur ran out of playing cards for Full Gear, the graphics of Elite’s return to the sport brought on an enormous stir among the many reside crowd.
Jun Akiyama & Konosuke Takeshita beat Eddie Kingston & Ortiz (12:15)
Akiyama and Takete signify the promotion of DDT in Japan. Akiyama is Eddie Kingston’s dream counterpart, and Tony Khan likes desires come true, so right here we’re. Excalibur beat out all of Akiyama’s credentials, as soon as once more proving his price.
Takeshita began with Kingston. They exchanged aspect headlocks and Kingston hit Takeshita with a tough chop and belly-to-belly suplex. Kingston hit Akiyama whereas Ortiz teamed up with Takeshita. Akiyama bought the tag and caught Kingston with an inexpensive shot whereas he was on the tarmac. Akiyama drove Ortiz to the mat with a piledriver. Takeshita and Akiyama double-teamed Ortiz and practically fell.
Throughout a split-screen break, Akiyama and Takeshita lashed out at Ortiz. Ortiz saved Takeshita from the nook and tagged Kingston. He works for Takeshita. Kingston and Ortiz beat Takeshita 4 instances in close to falls.
After coming back from the break, Ortiz bought a Northern Lights suplex and a bridge over Takeshita in case he wanted it. Kingston took DDT when he was near a fall. Kingston and Akiyama saved wanting one another up and down. Kingston and Takeshita exchanged chops and strikes, and Takeshita hit a flying lasso on Kingston. Ortiz and Akiyama sustain and Akiyama grabs Ortiz with a pair of trainers and a operating knee. Akiyama carried out an explored suplex on Ortiz (in response to Excalibur, Akiyama pioneered the transfer), however Kingston chopped it arduous. Kingston cuts to Akiyama, who returns with a clothesline. Oritz carried out a spinning powerslam on Takeshita, who returned with a blue thunderbomb. Kingston caught Takeshita with a background drive, to everybody’s dismay.
Akiyama paired with Kingston and so they swapped blaster suplexes. Kingston hit an enziguri, however Akiyama despatched Kingston to the ground with a knee. Akiyama hits ORtiz along with his knee within the nook, then hits him with an explosive gadget (Ortiz seems like his head is on the bottom) and will get a pinfall. Akiyama and Kingston by no means legally fought collectively within the ring, and perhaps they’d a minute collectively.
After the present, the Kingston v. Akiyama case formally aired at zero hours.
There have been six reside (or reside) rages since early October, 4 of which Madison Lane has participated in.
It wasn’t a really robust homecoming present for Full Gear, but when folks keep it up, the countdown to comply with is nice.