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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.


AEW Full Gear 2023: MJF Retains World Title, Page & Strickland Deliver Classic, Will Ospreay Becomes ‘All Elite’ & ‘Timeless’ Toni Storm New Women’s Champ

On Saturday night, AEW mounted what was primed to be one of their best cards of the year at AEW Full Gear 2023 on pay-per-view emanating from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California.

Within the show, there were multiple title changes, title defenses, a wonky main event storyline, and an instant classic Texas Death Match; that will be remembered for some time to come. Let’s recap what went down in the biggest matches of the night and who was victorious.

MJF, one half of the ROH tag team champions, teamed with Samoa Joe to go up against Colten and Austin Gunn. This match aired on Zero Hour before the main pay-per-view even started. After successfully defending the ROH tag team championship belts (Joe was ‘subbing’ for Adam Cole who was out with injury), the Gunns beat down MJF to soften him up for his AEW title defense against “Switchblade” Jay White. The result was an injury to Max’s knee, where he had to be carted off by stretcher and into an ambulance. Now afraid he will lose the belt if he can’t defend his title, MJF pleads with his bff Adam Cole to not let White win the belt.

Fast-forward to the main event, Cole on crutches and in no shape to go up against White, is saved at the last minute by MJF (in a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin-like moment) when he drives himself back to the arena in an ambulance. When Max gets out, he limps to the ring. Cole, is now at ringside and the match is on between White and MJF.  The match felt overbooked with too much interference, too many wrestling tropes, yet somehow with a bum knee and all, and with his Dynamite Diamond Ring, the champ prevailed over White. MJF will now become the longest reigning AEW champion in history surpassing 365 days come Monday.


No where to be found was the devil mask reveal. Many fans were hoping that this would be a part of the big ending to the show, but it was not meant to be.  Instead, best buds, MJF and Cole celebrated Max’s victory up the ramp.  This bout had a lot to live up to, because the match of the night and probably the year, belonged to Hangman Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland in their Texas Death Match.

The feud between Page and Strickland, and the storyline leading into the match, and through the match, paid off beautifully. While this kind of in-ring battle was not for the faint of heart, as it featured lots of blood, and more blood, if you are a fan of a ‘death match’ or even if you’re not, this one had it all: barbed wire, cinder blocks, staplers, tables, chairs, and more.


The lasting image will be the moment that Page is welcoming Strickland’s blood to drip down all over his face and down his mouth! As gruesome as it seems, it all made sense, because this was the the culmination of a story that had become very personal. Swerve was jealous of the opportunities Page has had in AEW, to the point of breaking into Page’s home and going near his child in  cradle and then showing a video of the heinous act. As retribution, Page has wanted revenge. This match was a nail-biter, and in the end, Page put over Strickland. It was “Swerve’s House” in LA, as Strickland won the match, which will elevate him to a world title shot.

Another star with momentum going into Full Gear was ‘Timeless” Toni Storm. This new alter-ego gimmick of Storm’s is absolutely brilliant and hysterical, all at the same time. Now, AEW Women’s Champ Hikuru Shida put her title on the line against Toni Storm. During the match, there was constant interference from Storm’s butler, Luther, and much cheating from the challenger. However, the end came when ‘Timeless’ stuffed some sort of metal tray in the back of her tights and delivered a running hip into the corner of the ring against Shida. As predicted, it was “Timeless” Toni Storm’s time. She pinned Shida for the championship. This marks Storm’s third title reign, but the first as her ‘Hollywood’ starlet persona. In the post-show media scrum, Storm left Tony Khan a letter to read about winning the belt and heading off on to an airplane. Very funny, and even Khan couldn’t stop laughing while trying to read it to the press in attendance.


Storm wasn’t the only new Women’s champ at Full Gear. ‘House of Black’s” Julia Hart took the TBS Women’s championship besting Skye Blue and Kris Statlander in a three-way match for the belt. Hart becomes the youngest women’s champion in company history.

During Full Gear, it was going to be revealed just who was Tony Khan’s latest major signing to the roster. Well, cue the music. It was none other than ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay, and the crowd went nuts. Ospreay explained he still has to finish his contract with NJPW, but it will be completed come February and then in the spring of 2024, Ospreay will be ‘All Elite’ and with it, get ready to see what many consider the best wrestler in the world weekly on television.


Other major AEW Full Gear moments: 

Orange Cassidy defeated Jon Moxley to retain the AEW International Championship. Yes, Moxley bled, of course. However, this win for Cassidy is a huge one as Moxley put him over, even though “Freshly Squeezed” is one of the best wrestlers in the entire company.

Sting getting his moment in the sun in front of his hometown crowd in Los Angeles and California.  This is said to be the last appearance in Southern California for the ‘Stinger’ before he officially retires next year at AEW Revolution. This occurred following Adam Copeland, Sting and Darby Allin’s opening card victory against Luchasaurus, Christian Cage and Nick Wayne.


The Young Bucks throwing a massive temper tantrum – destroying the ring and everything at ringside  – after losing to Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho (The Golden Jets). This sets up the ‘Bucks’ continued heel turn.

Ricky Starks and Big Bill retaining the AEW Tag Team Titles in a four-way team ladder match. However, it was the touching admission from Bill in the post-show media scrum where he recalled his battle with the bottle and how wrestling and AEW changed his life, for the good.

So, how would you grade AEW Full Gear 2023? What was your favorite match on the card? Your least favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.  

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AEW: MJF Revealed as One of the Executive Producers of Upcoming Motion Picture on The Von Erich Family, ‘The Iron Claw’

Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) is not only appearing in the upcoming December release of the motion picture, The Iron Claw starring Zac Efron, but when the new key art and poster dropped for the film, it was revealed that MJF is also one of the executive producers on the film.

After the poster was unveiled, MJF took to social media on X and shared: “27 years old. Executive producer for an A24 movie and a masterpiece by Sean Durkin. Proud is an understatement. However, I don’t have time to celebrate. I’m a man on an island surrounded by the enemy, and Nov 18th will be my hardest obstacle yet. Let’s go. #Betterthanyou.”

MJF is referring to this weekend’s big AEW pay-per-view Full Gear from Los Angeles, where he will defend the AEW World Heavyweight Championship against Jay White, while he is also set to defend the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles with an injured Adam Cole sidelined, and a mystery partner to fill-in.

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Previously, it had been announced that Friedman had a role in The Iron Claw, about the heartbreaking and tragic real-life story of the Von Erichs, one of the most famous and prolific wrestling families in ring history.

The AEW champ plays Ricky Vaughn, a wrestler who promoter Fritz Von Erich gave the moniker of “Lance Von Erich” when he wasn’t actually related to the Von Erich family at all.

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The Iron Claw is in theatres on December 22nd also stars: Jeremy Allen White, Maura Tierney, and Harris Dickinson.  You can check out the latest trailer for the film below.

So, what do you think about MJF not only being the current face of AEW, but also being an executive producer and making an appearance in the highly-anticipated film, The Iron Claw? Comment below.


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‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair Signs Multi-Year Deal with AEW at 74

AEW CEO Tony Khan has announced a multi-year deal with none other than Pro Wrestling legend and Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  Fans first saw Flair on AEW programming when he appeared during the Wednesday, October 25th episode of AEW: Dynamite on TBS.

Flair showed up as Khan’s ‘special gift” for Sting.  You see, Ric’s AEW debut comes at a time when his longtime friend, Sting had announced that he will retire after his final match in March of 2024 at AEW Revolution.  The stage is now set for Flair to be along for the ride as Sting finishes out his career. Longtime pro wrestling fans know that Flair and Sting have shared incredible rivalries, momentous matches, and a respected friendship.

In a statement on Ric Flair’s emergence in AEW, Tony Khan shared: “Ric cemented his legacy as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time long ago, and now his world-renowned persona and his amazing wrestling mind will be major assets to AEW’s programming and our position globally. Most importantly, it’s fitting that the final chapter of Sting’s iconic career will unfold on TBS with Ric Flair by his side.”

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Khan also announced that Flair’s Wooooo! Energy will become the exclusive energy drink of AEW. During AEW show dates, select host venues will carry the clean energy drink at concession stands for fans to enjoy. In addition, the beverage will be stocked in the wrestlers’ locker rooms, and will also be seen on the announcers’ desk during live broadcasts. Fans watching at home can experience Wooooo! Energy by ordering via

Flair said on his new partnership at 74-years-old, “I’ve been in the wrestling business for over 50 years. Together with AEW and Wooooo! Energy, I’ve never been more excited, and I’ve never had more energy! When the Nature Boy promises a show, you know how it’s gonna go! Wooooo!”

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Following AEW’s announcement of Flair joining the organization, Ric addressed whether he will be in-action at all inside the ring with PW Insider: “No, I don’t think I will. If you’re asking me if I want to? (Laughs) I have to be careful what I say because it never comes out (correctly). I just made it very clear to everybody that I can take bumps. I have a doctor’s release to do anything I want like that. Do I think I’ll wrestle again? No. Would I Would I like to? Obviously. (Laughs) I’m never going to say no.  There you go. (Laughs)”

If the Nature Boy can take bumps, will that mean that he will swerve Sting setting up a match between the two? Could Flair become involved with his son-in-law’s bouts if Andrade El Idolo needs some back-up? (El Idolo is married to Flair’s pro wrestling daughter, Charlotte Flair).

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In a new interview with, Flair said, he would actually love to manage his son-in-law: “I would love to manage him. There’s not too many guys in the ring that are better than him technically. Man, he can do anything. You watch him and Bryan Danielson. He did some stuff I’ve never seen him do before and I’ve seen him do everything. He’s unreal. He just needs a mouthpiece. He’s been taking English for a couple of years, but it is just hard to certainly understand and can speak it.”

So, what do you think of Ric Flair signing a multi-year with AEW? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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