Tonight’s episode of AEW RAMPAGE: Beach Break Championship Friday was held live from the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH. Recap and results courtesy of www.allelitewrestling.com.
Excalibur, “The Human Suplex Machine” Taz, FTW World Champion “Absolute” Ricky Starks, and “Demo God” Chris Jericho were the broadcast team for tonight’s event.
Jon Moxley vs. The Acclaimed’s Anthony Bowens (with Max Caster)!
Moxley wiped out Caster as The Acclaimed were making their entrance into the ring. Mox wasted no time and German Suplexed Bowens! Mox stomped a mudhole in Bowens and then clubbed him with right hands!
“Mox’s mental state is one way and one way only, and that’s to beat the crap out of guys, and you can see that here right now with Anthony Bowens,” said Jericho.
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Mox rammed Bowens into the ring barricade. Mox and Bowens brawled through the crowd. Mox tried to grab Bowens but Bowens pulled back and Mox’s head hit the steel ring post. Bowens grounded and pounded Mox in the ring.
Bowens concentrated on Mox’s shoulder, hitting a Russian Leg Sweep. Bowens was looking for a vertical suplex but Mox countered by hoisting up Bowens and dropping him. Caster grabbed Mox’s boot, and the momentary distraction allowed Bowens to connect with a ripcord neck breaker!
Outside the ring, Caster sent Mox headfirst into the ring post again! Bowens climbed to the top rope but Mox jumped up on the apron and raked Bowens’ back with his fingers. Bowens superplexed Moxley off the top rope for a near fall!
Bowens jumped off the top turnbuckle but Mox met him with a boot. Mox was looking to follow up with a Paradigm Shift but Bowens back elbowed him. Bowens charged at Mox but Mox backdropped Bowens out of the ring and straight down onto Caster on the arena floor! Mox rocketed to the outside of the ring with a tope suicida on Caster!
Moxley tried to get back in the ring but Bowens punted him. Bowens had Mox caught on the ropes and he transitioned Mox into a DDT for a near fall!
“What a physical contest thus far in our opening match on RAMPAGE,” said Taz.
Mox and Bowens exchanged fire with right hands. Mox was looking for the King Kong Lariat but Bowens hit Mox with a knee and then a thrust kick! Mox walloped Bowens with a palm strike to the face and then a jumping pile driver for a near fall!
“How tough is Bowens, kicking out of that piledriver!” said Taz.
Mox tried to roll up Bowens but Bowens hit a knee and then the Claim to Fame for a near fall on Mox!
“Bowens is throwing everything he’s got on Moxley,” said Jericho.
Bowens grabbed his boombox from the corner but Ref Aubrey Edwards yanked it away from him. As Aubrey went to rid the ring of the boombox, Caster tossed a chain to Bowens, who wrapped it around his fist! Mox had Bowens’ number and cut him off with a cutter! Caster jumped into the ring and charged at Mox but Mox knocked Caster over the top rope with a lariat!
Mox knocked off Bowens’ block with the King Kong Lariat! Mox finished off Bowens with the Paradigm Shift and scored the pin!
Backstage, “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson was keeping an eye on a monitor, closely watching Mox’s match!
Andrade El Idolo was backstage with Jose the Assistant, standing outside Sting’s dressing room!
Andrade stormed into the room. Darby Allin was sitting there and Andrade asked Darby, “Where is your boss?” Darby laughed at the question. Jose the Assistant introduced Darby to Andrade.
“He is the kid! Finally. Nice to meet you. I know you work for Sting. But I’m very busy.” Andrade handed Darby a iPad with a business contract on the screen.
Darby: “You really think I work for Sting? Why are we wasting our time having this conversation? I respect you as a wrestler but man have you lost your mind. I’ve lived in cars, under the bridge, in parking garages. Money doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. You can buy a lot of things but my dignity isn’t one of them. I think this business meeting is finished. So you guys can get the hell out.”
Jose the Assistant placed his hands on Darby, so Darby pulled out a baseball bat.
Andrade El Idolo: “Take it easy. I need to talk with your boss.”
FTR—Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood (with Tully Blanchard) vs. Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson (with “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson)!
Cash and Lee locked up. Lee reversed a wrist lock but then Cash applied a headlock. Lee Johnson tagged out to Brock Anderson but not before hitting a step-up hurracanrana on Cash Wheeler!
Dax Harwood tagged in and he and Brock chain wrestled to a stalemate.
“Both men with the same thing in mind,” said Excalibur.
“It’s like looking into a mirror,” added Jericho.
Brock and Lee hit a double backdrop on Dax. Lee flattened Cash with a tope con hiro! Lee followed up with an assisted dive onto Dax on the outside! Lee Johnson hit a diving crossbody on Dax for a near fall!
Cash ate a clothesline from Brock Anderson. And then Brock served up one to Dax! Brock Anderson surprised Cash with a gut wrench suplex! Brock catapulted Cash into a kick from Lee Johnson! Brock nailed Cash with a DDT! Lee Johnson landed a big frog splash on Cash but Cash was able to get his boot on the bottom rope to stop the ref’s count!
“Did you see that spinning frog splash? It was amazing!” said Jericho.
Outside the ring, Brock confronted Tully Blanchard. Tully backed up and bumped into Arn Anderson! “The Enforcer” chopped Tully in the neck!
FTR were able to hit a stuffed pile driver on Lee Johnson and Dax pinned Johnson!
“In 1995 that move broke my neck for nine months. It’s a lethal double-team maneuver, and we saw FTR use it to perfection on Lee Johnson,” said Taz.
TBS Championship Match!
Julia Hart (with Griff Garrison) vs. TBS Champion Jade Cargill (with “Smart” Mark Sterling)!
Jade put Julia in a stiff headlock. She followed up with a shoulder block to Julia and then a powerful, spinning back breaker!
Jade Cargill did push-ups in the ring, completely dismissing her opponent. Julia charged at Jade but it was like running into a wall!
Julia caught Jade off guard with a hurracanrana! Jade booted Julia with a pump kick and then finished her off with her Jaded finisher! Jade Cargill is still the TBS Champion!
“This is her 26th victory in All Elite Wrestling,” said Excalibur.
“26-0! Who in the hell on our women’s roster is going to be able to defeat this women?” asked Taz.
Main Event Time!
AEW World Tag Team Championship Match!
AEW World Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express—Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy (with Christian Cage) vs. Private Party—Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy (with “Big Money” Matt Hardy and Blade)!
The #2 ranked Gunn Club—Austin and Colten Gunn—were watching from ringside.
The Gunn Club distracted Jungle Boy before the match, allowing Isiah Kassidy to dive outside the ring with a tornillo onto Luchasaurus! Private Party served up their Gin & Juice finisher on Jungle Boy at the start of the match! Kassidy covered Jungle Boy but Jungle Boy kicked out in the nick of time!
“Jungle Boy somehow able to kick out after that blind side shot by Private Party!” said Excalibur.
Private Party hit a neck breaker-foot stomp combo on Jungle Boy! Marq Quen covered Jungle Boy for another near fall! Private Party tried a leg drop-frog splash combo but Jungle Boy rolled out of the way!
Luchasaurus tagged in but Private Party immediately rolled to the outside of the ring. Luchasaurus followed them but Blade jumped in his way. Luchasaurus chucked Blade against the steel guardrail! Luchasaurus grabbed Kassidy, picked him up and then flattened him on the ring apron!
Luchasaurus jumped up to the ring apron and was going to choke slam Marq Quen but Matt Hardy hit Luchasaurus behind the knee with a steel chair.
“That’s the veteran experience of Matt Hardy right there,” said Jericho.
Andrade El Idolo was sitting in a skybox with Jose the Assistant. Andrade nodded approvingly at his investment in the AHFO.
Luchasaurus was able to paste Private Party with double clotheslines and made the hot tag to Jungle Boy! Jungle Boy was a house of fire on Private Party! Jungle Boy hit tope suicidas on Private Party!
“He’s a treehouse of fire!” said Chris Jericho.
Luchasaurus hoisted Jungle Boy on his shoulders. Isiah Kassidy went for the crossbody press off the top rope but Jungle Boy was able to reverse it, landing on Kassidy for a near fall!
“I have never seen that move before,” said Jericho.
Private Party fired up and blasted Luchasaurus with their Silly String tandem offense!
“Luchasaurus is out! This could be their chance!” said Jericho.
Jungle Boy yanked Kassidy into the Snare Trap! Meanwhile, Marq Quen broke up the Snare Trap with a shooting star press! Private Party attempted the Gin & Juice on Jungle Boy but Jungle Boy was able to counter with a Destroyer on Kassidy! Jurassic Express shut down Private Party with their finisher, allowing Jungle Boy to pin Marq Quen!
The Gunn Club jumped into the ring and ambushed Jurassic Express after the match! Billy Gunn neutralized Christian Cage with a cheap shot!
“Jurassic Express didn’t even have a moment of relief!” said Excalibur.
The Gunn Club rammed Jungle Boy in the head with his tag team title! Billy Gunn shoved Luchasaurus into a double belt shot from the Gunn Club!
“The Gunn Club sending a message directly to the AEW World Tag Team Champions,” said Taz.
“The statement has been made,” replied Excalibur.
Catch AEW DYNAMITE on TBS next Wednesday live at 8/7ct from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL featuring:
-For the first time ever: CM Punk vs. MJF!
-Ruby Soho vs. “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose (with Vickie Guerrero)!
-PAC & Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Malakai Black & Brody King of The House of Black!
And remember…the home of professional wrestling is All Elite Wrestling!
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