AEW Rampage Results (11/18) – We’re off-and-running, as the final show before Saturday’s AEW Full Gear 2022 pay-per-view is now on-the-air on TNT.
AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament
Ricky Starks vs. Lance Archer
We shoot live inside the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the site of tomorrow night’s PPV. Chris Jericho, Excalibur, and Jim Ross greet audiences at home as Lance Archer and Ricky Starks brawl backstage. Archer sends Starks’ head repeatedly into a garage, then tosses him into it. He throws him on to a stage case, then into a pile of chairs. Starks hits Archer with a garbage can as the two men head to ringside through the audience. Starks hits Archer with a steel garbage can, then throws him over the barricade and delivers a forearm. The two men climb up the stairs through the crowd. Starks delivers a crossbody to Archer off the stairs, then delivers a right hand. Starks returns the favor, but Archer tackles him and the pair enter the ring.
The bell rings to officially start the match and Starks delivers a chop in the corner. He delivers a boot to Archer’s face, then clotheslines him out of the ring. Archer chokeslams Starks into the ring apron.
Back from the break, Archer delivers a right hand to Starks in the corner. He looks for Blackout, but Starks fights his way out by firing off right hands. He delivers a diving shoulder tackle, then hits a lariat. Archer returns the favor, but Starks manages to hit a Tornado DDT. He goes for a pin, but Archer kicks out. Starks wraps Archer’s braid around his hand and looks for Roshambo, but Archer escapes. Starks hits a Spear for the win.
Winner: Ricky Starks
After the match, Brian Cage and Prince Nana head to the ring. The pair stare one another down before Archer clocks Starks from behind and turns the ring steps on its side. He chokeslams Starks on top of them. Starks grips his arm.
We then head to a video hyping up the match between Jon Moxley and MJF for the AEW World Championship at Full Gear tomorrow night.
Back from the break, we had backstage to Tony Schiavone, Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara. Schiavone asks them about their upcoming Fatal Four-Way Match for the Ring of Honor Championship at Full Gear. Jericho says that Claudio Castagnoli and Bryan Danielson will take one another out sooner or later, and the title will stay within the Jericho Appreciation Society and more specifically with him. Guevara says they’ll see about that.
HOOK (c) vs. Lee Moriarty for the FTW Championship
The bell rings and the pair lock up. HOOK plants Moriarty on the mat before the two exchange submissions. HOOK delivers a Northern Lights Suplex, then delivers a suplex. Moriarty delivers a big boot, then delivers several stomps and right hands. HOOK delivers a right hand to Moriarty’s midsection.
Back from the break, Moriarty delivers several right hands to HOOK’s head. HOOK fires back with a lariat, then delivers several lefts and rights to Moriarty’s midsection. He delivers a hip toss to Moriarty, followed by a back heel trip and a Fisherman’s Throw. Moriarty delivers a flatliner into the middle turnbuckle, followed by a diving knee off the top. Moriarty locks in the Border City Stretch, but HOOK reverses it into the Redrum for the win.
Winner (and still): HOOK
We then head to a video of highlights from the match between Bandido and Rush. We head backstage to Tony Schiavone, Dark Order, Rush and Jose The Assistant. Jose tells Silver everything is funny to him, but tells Preston “10” Vance that he’s serious. 10 says he doesn’t speak for him and walks off. Rush and Silver then stare down one another and Rush says he will beat him one-on-one again.
Athena vs. Madison Rayne
The bell rings and Athena delivers a drop kick to Rayne’s back as she poses on the middle rope. Rayne fires back with a big boot, then sends her into the middle turnbuckle and delivers an elbow strike. The two women spill to the outside before Athena whips Rayne into the barricade. She tosses Rayne into the ring, then delivers a chop and mocks Rayne. She looks for a delayed vertical suplex, but Rayne counters it into a DDT. Rayne hits a pair of back elbows, followed by an elbow to her face. Athena delivers a Stunner to Rayne, followed by an elbow to her jaw and the Wrath of the Goddess for the win.
After the match, Athena continues to beat down Rayne. The referee tries to pull Athena off her, but Athena clocks her and locks in a crossface. Mercedes Martinez’s music hits and she heads to the ring to make her surprise return!
Martinez stares down Athena and Athena retreats.
We head backstage to Best Friends, Orange Cassidy and The Factory. Cassidy says that they want to fight The Factory five on five at Full Gear tomorrow night. Marshall says there’s only three of them and Rocky Romero walks in. Marshall says there’s still only four of them and Trent Beretta throws it over to a video from Danhausen. Marshall accepts.
We then head to a video hyping up The House of Black.
Eddie Kingston & Ortiz vs. Jun Akiyama & Konosuke Takeshita
It’s almost main event time here on the AEW Full Gear 2022 “go-home” episode of AEW Rampage, but first, it’s time for the weekly pre-main event split-screen interview hosted by Mark Henry.
“The World’s Strongest Man” talks briefly with the two teams involved in our headline bout of the show here at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the site of Saturday night’s highly-anticipated PPV event.
We hear briefly from “The Mad King” and Ortiz as well as Japanese legend Jun Akiyama and his tag-team partner, AEW veteran Konosuke Takeshita. After that, Mark Henry has decided that it has, in fact, been enough talking and that it is, indeed, time for our main event of the evening.
Now we shoot back inside the Prudential Center where the theme hits to bring out the first of the two teams involved in our final match of the evening here on AEW Rampage. Eddie Kingston and Ortiz are in the ring, as are their opponents, Jun Akiyama and Konosuke Takeshita.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with our headline tag-team contest here on this week’s installment of AEW Rampage on TNT. We see some back-and-forth action early on and with Akiyama and Takeshita in the offensive lead, we head to a mid-match commercial break.
As we return from the break, we see Kingston and Ortiz now dominating the offense. The commentators inform us that Ortiz made a much-needed tag during the break, and ever since then, he and “The Mad King” have been in the offensive driver’s seat.
We see Kingston and Ortiz tagging in-and-out a couple of times, with both guys taking turns delivering punishment to Takeshita. The commentators point out how despite Kingston calling out the Japanese legend Jun Akiyama, the two have yet to share the ring at any point in this match thus far.
“The Mad King” continues to dominate Takeshita, all-the-while staring over at Akiyama in the opposing team’s corner of the ring. Finally, Akiyama tags in and the two stare each other down as the roof nearly blows off the Prudential Center.
A big exploder suplex on Akiyama nearly gets Kingston the three-count, however the Japanese legend avoids being finished off. Moments later, Akiyama hits an exploder suplex of his own and he makes the cover. 1-2-3. The Japanese duo pick up the victory in our main event of the evening.
The commentators wrap things up and plug “Countdown to AEW Full Gear 2022,” coming up next on TNT. That’s how this week’s show goes off-the-air. Thanks for joining us here for our live results coverage of the AEW Full Gear 2022 “go-home” edition of AEW Rampage on TNT.
Winners: Jun Akiyama & Konosuke Takeshita