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AEW RAMPAGE GRAND SLAM: Hangman Adam Page Punches Ticket to World Title Shot; The Great Muta Saves Sting

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On the second half of a two-night pro wrestling television event, AEW Rampage aired an extended two-hour presentation on TNT.  Following Wednesday’s nights AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, where several titles changed hands, the pressure was on for AEW to air another great night of wrestling and continue to amp up their storylines.

Let’s get into some of the highlights of AEW Rampage Grand Slam.  The opening match featured high-flyer Darby Allin and the icon, Sting going up against ‘House of Black’ members, Buddy Matthews and Brody King with meddling Julia Hart at ringside. The match was a No DQ bout, so anything goes, and did.

While Allin and Matthews were beating up on each other with moves off the AEW set scaffoldings, Sting was handcuffed in the ring, with no one to help him. Ah, but cue the music! In a great cameo appearance, The Great Muta came down to the ring, and no one knew whether he would be there to help Sting or the ‘House of Black’. Longtime wrestling fans know that Sting and The Great Muta have had a storied career in bouts together dating as far back as 1989; whether it would be facing each other or teaming up together.

At ‘Grand Slam’ once Muta entered the ring, he turned and spit green mist into Buddy Matthews eyes and it was revealed he was there to make a save for Sting! The blinding mist backed-up Matthews right into Julia Hart, who went crashing through a table. Next, breaking free of his handcuffs Sting secured the victory over Matthews.

In an update on Saturday, it has been announced by Japan’s Pro Wrestling Noah that Sting will participate in The Great Muta’s retirement match.  The organization put out this statement on the event: “We are pleased to announce the participation of AEW superstar and international pro wrestling legend Sting at the GREAT MUTA FINAL ‘BYE-BYE’ event, which will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Yokohama. It was The Great Muta who came to the unexpected rescue of Sting on AEW Rampage: Grand Slam this week. This incident triggered him to partner with Sting at the Yokohama Arena event.”

Later in the night, in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal, where the winner would get a title shot at the AEW World Championship currently held by Jon Moxley, the melee featured many of the AEW stars trying to throw each other out of the ring and over the top ropes.  From the very beginning, Hangman Adam Page was a target, being attacked on his way to the ring, and now the main question was, would the former champ last through the entire Battle Royal?  In storyline, Matt Hardy was reunited with Private Party, as they worked together in the ring and were all eliminated outside of the ring.  When the smoke cleared, Hangman Page and Rush were the last men standing, and both trying to ‘hang’ on for dear life on the ring ropes and not hit the concrete floor and be eliminated.  In the end, Page scored the victory over Rush earning his title shot.

The main event featured Absolute Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs in a rematch of the former tag team partners feud.  Last time out, Hobbs beat Starks in less than five minutes. However, this time it was a ‘Lights Out’ match where anything goes. Coolest part of the night belonged to Starks with his entrance video.  You can check it out below.  After beating each other up with tables, chairs, chains and a light fixture rod (yup), in the end, Starks scored the victory over the much larger and towering Hobbs.

Honorable mention match goes to Jungle Boy Jack Perry (son of the late 90210’s Luke Perry) and his match with Rey Fenix.  The bout was filled with high-flying maneuvers as only these men can do, and the crowd was into it.  In the end, it was Jungle Boy who secured the win.  However, he ultimately faced a beatdown by his former partner, Luchasaurus, who attacked him in the ring at the command of Christian Cage, who entered the ring with his arm in a sling. Cage blames his injury on Perry from the All Out pay-per-view, and as always, Cage continued to trash Perry and his family.

The second honorable mention goes to Eddie Kingston and Sammy Guevara as they continued their feud. Guevara started the match by calling out how out of shape he believes Kingston is, which played on their previous backstage controversy.  In the end, Kingston went berserk after securing the victory over Guevara, by refusing to let go of his winning hold.  Security came out to extricate the two men.  That instance, made the referee change the decision and award the match to Guevara by disqualification.

AEW Owner/CEO and GM, Tony Khan took to Twitter on the decision and shared: “It’s unfortunate that Sammy Guevara of all people was the beneficiary of your screw-tightening, @RefTurnerAEW In hundreds of AEW shows, we’ve literally only had a few DQs ever, you hate to see it, but Eddie Kingston also put you and your officials in an impossible decision.”

So, what did you think of AEW Rampage Grand Slam two-hour event? What was your favorite match? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Tony Khan Confirms William Regal’s Exit from AEW to Return to WWE

On Wednesday, ahead of tonight’s AEW Dynamite on TBS, and to promote Saturday’s Ring of Honor Final Battle pay-per-view, AEW President Tony Khan spoke with the media and answered questions on several topics.

Chief among them is the status of William Regal who reportedly is heading back to the WWE.  In story, Regal was taken out by MJF on last week’s AEW Dynamite, after Regal helped MJF become the AEW World Champion during the main event at the Full Gear pay-per-view in November.   During last week’s episode, Regal was carried out of the ring by stretcher after being clobbered in the head from behind with brass knuckles by the new champ in another swerve.

Today on the media call, Khan reportedly explained the Regal situation sharing that Regal approached AEW executive Megha Parekh and requested to be released form his contract so he could go back and work his “golden years” coaching his son, Charlie Dempsey, and to the WWE.

This all went down around the time Khan was with his mother in Toronto, who was undergoing a major operation when doctors found that she had a spot on her heart and if the spot was removed, that it the best chance of stopping the strokes she was having.  She has already had two strokes, previously.

During this time, Khan arranged a call with Regal and shared that Regal had good intentions for wanting to go back. He was very empathic to the situation, given what he was going through with his mother and his own family at the time.

Khan added that Regal is still with AEW through the holidays, but he wishes William all the best and that it was “hard to see him go”, and they’re going to make some on-screen sacrifices to help him do the right thing for his family.  In addition, Regal’s release was on the condition that he could not be on TV next year, meaning Regal could then only work behind the scenes at WWE, anyway.

Tonight on ‘Dynamite’ look for Khan to address the William Regal situation.

Reports from Pro Wrestling.net, Fightful.com, David Bixenspan

So, what do you think of William Regal obtaining his release from AEW to go coach his son and return behind the scenes to work with the WWE in 2023? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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AEW DYNAMITE: The Elite Mock CM Punk In Chi-Town; Jon Moxley Confronts William Regal After ‘Full Gear’ Swerve

Anticipation was high for Wednesday night’s Thanksgiving Eve AEW Dynamite on TBS.  There were plenty of questions to be answered from the fallout from the Full Gear pay-per-view.

Airing live from Chicago, the show opened with William Regal, who came to the ring to address the crowd who were already hostile towards him for his heel turn during Full Gear.  Regal, who had been the manager of the Blackpool Combat Club, and supposedly in then champion Jon Moxley’s corner at Full Gear, passed brass knuckles to MJF, who used them on Moxley to become the new AEW World Champion.  On ‘Dynamite’, Regal had some explaining to do, only we never got the explanation!

When Jon Moxley came to the ring to confront Regal for his betrayal, out came Bryan Danielson.  Danielson pleaded with Mox to not attack Regal, followed by Danielson slapping the former champ in the face.  Moxley eventually told Regal: Lordship, I only want one thing from you.  I want you to run. Run far away, as far away as you can, and you never, ever come back. Right now. Walk. And keep on walking.”

Next, Regal left the ring and headed to the back, but is it for good? Previously, Regal told the crowd, MJF was off shooting a motion picture (The Iron Claw) and would return to ‘Dynamite’ next week and all would be explained.  AEW fans in attendance and the viewers at home were left with basically no answers … for now.

In another major development, during the second in the best of seven trios matches between The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson) and AEW Trios Champs, Death Triangle (Pac, Rey Fenix, and Penta El Zero Miedo), The Elite effectively mocked CM Punk in the ring during the match.

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This did not sit-well with the fans from Chicago.  After all, Punk is their hometown boy.  When Omega bit Pac during the match, it was a mocking of Punk’s friend Ace Steel allegedly biting Omega in the backstage brawl a few months back. Then, Omega hit Punk’s finisher, the GTS to try to pin Pac.

Later, Matt Jackson executed Hangman Adam Page’s signature move, the Buckshot Lariat, but as if he were Punk in his championship match with Page.  In that match, Punk botched the move several times.  It should also be noted, The Elite are friends with Page.

In the end, Death Triangle (using a hammer again) won the match going up 2-o in the best of seven series.

One thing is for sure, Wrestling Observer noted that people in Punk’s camp were not happy with the mockery The Elite made of the backstage brawl, and Punk in the ring, during their match on ‘Dynamite’.

So, why do you think William Regal aligned with MJF? Do you think CM Punk could be on his way back after he is healed from his torn tricep surgery, or is he on his way out of AEW with a contract buyout as has been previously rumored? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out the action of what went down on “Dynamite’ below.

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AEW’s Maxwell Jacob Friedman Joins Cast of Von Erich Family Wrestling Bio-Pic ‘The Iron Claw’

MJF’s rise to stardom is a-coming.  Now the 26-year-old who’s in-ring promo skills and wrestling skills are through the roof, has landed a part in the upcoming motion picture The Iron Claw.

According to Deadline, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has signed on to the Von Erich pro wrestling bio-pic.  The cast already includes major Hollywood names including: Zac Efron, Maura Tierney and Lily James.

Based on a true story, The Iron Claw will follow the tragic rise and fall of the Von Erich family, a dynasty of wrestlers who made a huge impact on the sport from the 1960s to the present day. Friedman’s role will be his first feature.

As to who MJF will play is being kept under wraps.  The film is being written and directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)..

Zac Efron has already been seen in a remarkable transformation on early social media posts as Kerry Von Erich, the only surviving son of the family.

Meanwhile, MJF will get his title shot at the AEW World Championship at the Full Gear PPV on November 19th when he wrestles, the champ, Jon Moxley.

So, what do you think about MJF landing a motion picture role in the story of the Von Erich family? Comment below.

 

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