AEW’s debut in Portland, Oregon kicked off with a live Rampage and will conclude with the fifth entry in the Battle of the Belts series.
The show will feature a rematch for the AEW Tag Team titles, as The Acclaimed will defend against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal in a no holds barred match.
Jarrett & Lethal thought they had won the titles at Wednesday’s Dynamite, but a reverse call from the referee led to the heels being defeated.
TBS Champion Jade Cargill will defend her title and undefeated streak against Skye Blue. This will be her third meeting and the first two will end with two Cargill wins in a combined three minutes.
In a match that has been weeks in the making, AEW All-Atlantic Champion Orange Cassidy will defend against Kip Sabian. Sabin has been looking for a title fight with injuries and failed plans getting in the way.
AEW Rampage results here.
Still lives! and still in Portland, Oregon, and still with Chris Jericho, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross on commentary, it’s Battle of the Belts V.
The Acclaimed (with Billy Gunn) defeated Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal (with Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh) to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championship in a “No Holds Barred” match (10:54)
Caster’s rap called Jarrett’s win “the new January 6th”, later saying that Jarrett was worse than Vince McMahon. And the fight was on. Eventually, the match turned into a standard tag match, with guys standing in the corner waiting for tags.
The Acclaimed combined for a double suplex on Lethal. Caster slid out of the ring to hit Singh with a forearm that he didn’t sell. The Acclaimed tried to set up “Scissor Me Timbers” on Lethal, but was interrupted by Jarrett. Both members of Acclaimed were thrown to the ground, and Lethal and Jarrett celebrated with a double Fargo Strutt in the ring.
After a split screen break, Caster hit Jarrett with a superkick, then hit Jarrett with an Angle Slam. Then, in case Caster was being too subtle, Caster “lowered his straps” (Caster was not wearing any straps) and locked Jarrett in an ankle lock. Lethal prevented Jarrett from submitting… by coming off the top with an elbow on the ref! Gunn knocked Lethal out of the ring and Singh eliminated Caster.
With the referee out, a second referee entered the ring. Jarrett tried to tag Lethal, but Gunn pulled Lethal off the apron and threw him into the barricade. Jarrett got the guitar from him, so Bowens got the boom box from him. Dutt tripped Bowens and went headfirst into his own boom box. Billy Gunn came to the ring and took the guitar, which he smashed over Singh’s head as he stepped into the ring. Singh slumped in the corner but didn’t go down. Jarrett hit Gunn with the Stroke, and Singh choked both Acclaimed members at once, then choked the referee as well.
Singh then removed one of the referee’s jerseys and gave it to Sonjay Dutt to wear. Lethal hit the lethal shot, but when Dutt tried to count out the pin, Aubrey Edwards knocked Dutt out of the ring. Aubrey broke Dutt’s pencil and threw him out of the ring. Bowens twisted his uranage into Lethal, and Caster came off the top with the Mic Drop for the pinfall. This was stupidly funny.
– Eddie Kingston and Ortiz were confused by Rampage’s House of Black promo, and Kingston wants to settle this at Rampage next week.
Jade Cargill (with Leila Gray but not Red Velvet) defeated Skye Blue to retain the TBS Championship (9:14)
Blue countered a spinning uranage attempt with a crucifix for a near fall. Cargill caught Blue with a forearm sending her to the ground. Cargill followed with a boot, then suffocated Blue on the entrance ramp. Cargill demanded a countout victory, and when Aubrey Edwards made the countout, Red Velvet came out to watch from the ramp. Cargill yelled at Velvet, and Sky barely made it back to the ring before the ten count.
After a break, Blue started to come back, but was cut off by Cargill with a pump kick that sent Blue to the ground. Red Velvet came down to the ring to cheer on Blue, and dropped Gray with a forearm. Back in the ring, Cargill went for Jaded, but Blue responded with a rollup for a near fall. Blue hit a Code Red for a near fall. Blue came off the ropes to attempt a springboard frog, but Cargill blocked it and in an unbelievable spot, flipped Blue over her shoulders, then onto Jaded for the pinfall. great finish.
– Stokely Hathaway, flanked by Big Bill and Lee Moriarty, performed a promo for “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry and Hook before their Dynamite Wednesday match.
– Announced for Rampage next Friday, Eddie Kingston and Ortiz will take on the Kings of the Black Throne (Malakai Black and Brody King), and Anna Jay and Tay Conti will take on Willow Nightingale and Ruby Soho in a street fight.
Orange Cassidy (c/Danhausen) defeated Kip Sabian (c/Penelope Ford) for the AEW All Atlantic Championship (16:04)
Orange Cassidy has the best entrance video.
Sabian began to play mind games with Cassidy, grabbing her aviators and dropping to the ground. The Bunny came out to join Ford and Sabian. But it was a bit too absurd at first. Sabian, Ford, and Bunny teased the Best Friends hug, and Sabian bit Danhausen’s finger when she tried to curse him out. Sabian countered a spinning DDT attempt on the floor with a neckbreaker (almost like a one-man Magic Killer) on the floor, and Cassidiy began to sell her neck.
The match really cooked up after the split screen break. Sabian hit Cassidy in the corner with a cannonball. Sabian tried a second time, but Cassidy jerked away from her. Cassidy and Sabian battled the turnbuckles, and Cassidy stunned him on the canvas. Bunny grabbed Cassidy’s leg to prevent him from hitting the Orange Punch, which Danhausen flagged to the referee, resulting in Bunny’s ejection. Unfortunately, this brought out the Butcher and the Blade. Danhausen tried to fight them off, but they easily destroyed him. Butcher and Blade came out to ringside and pulled some chairs out from under the ring to sit down and watch the match.
Back in the ring, Cassidy and Sabian traded blows. Sabian taunted Cassidy with some “high impact” punches and kicks (à la Cassidy), who responded with quick forearms. Sabian lured Cassidy in and caught him with a headbutt, then followed up with a knee strike for a near knockdown. Sabian hit a reversed hawk arrow into a cradle for a near fall.
Sabian tossed Cassidy to the ground at the feet of the Butcher and the Blade. Before they could attack Cassidy, the best friends came out and took them out, saving Cassidy. Back in the ring, Cassidy came off the top for a diving DDT, but Sabian countered with a spinning neckbreaker for a near fall. Sabian hit the Orange Punch, but Cassidy didn’t go down. Cassidy caught Sabian with a spinning DDT, hit a PK and delivered the Beach Break for a near knockdown. Cassidy stomped on Sabian in the corner. The referee tried to pull Cassidy off of Sabian, and Cassidy shoved him down. Cassidy’s attention diverted by the referee, Sabian went for a roll-up. Cassidy kicked out and then hit a pair of Orange Punches to get the pinfall.
Even though the results were predictable, this was a fun night of fighting with the help of a very hot Portland crowd.
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