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- "It's Friday, and you know what that means," as the AEW commentator welcomes the viewer to AEW Rampage. Excalibur welcomes us to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and introduces his broadcast colleagues Taz and Chris Jericho for tonight's show.
- Before the match, Mark Henry interviews Daniel Garcia. 2.0 interrupts and says he left the business seven years ago. CM Punk is asked his thoughts and says that "wrestling came back to me" and that he mentions that he is not 23-years-old but knows that CM Punk would not be hanging around The Nasty Boy's little cousins, but he won't judge Daniel Garcia for that.
CM Punk vs. Daniel Garcia (w/ 2.0)
CM Punk and Daniel Garcia lock up as the crowd quietly chants for CM Punk. CM Punk has Garcia in a bridge hold and then goes for a pin; Garcia kicks out. Punk takes down Garcia with an excellent shoulder tackle, and this causes Garcia to take a step back and think about his next course of action. Punk takes Garcia down and has a heel lock, and Garcia grabs the ropes right away.
Punk slaps Garcia and scoops up Garcia for multiple body slams. Garcia begins working on the knee of CM Punk. Garcia distracts the referee Bryce Remsburg which allows 2.0 to attack CM Punk. They head out for their first picture-in-picture commercial break.
We return from the break with Daniel Garcia working the leg of CM Punk; Garcia goes for a pin attempt; however, Punk kicks out. Garcia is working on the right knee of CM Punk; Punk makes it back up and delivers multiple shoulders into the gut of Garcia. Garcia goes for a big dropkick, and Daniel Garcia misses and lands on the back of his head.
Garcia and Punk are exchanging multiple strikes; Punk hits Garcia with a roundhouse kick. Next, Punk hits Garcia with a neckbreaker and then a rising knee strike. Next, CM Punk hits Garcia with a short-arm clothesline and follows it up with a Pepsi Twist. Next, CM Punk calls for the GTS, Garcia counters, and has CM Punk in the Sharpshooter. Punk grabs the ropes; however, Garcia pulls him back, and Garcia takes out both members of 2.0 by accident.
CM Punk hits a springboard, then hits locks in the Anaconda Vice to get the victory.
Winner: CM Punk
- Tony Schiavone is backstage to interview Dante Martin; however, Lio Rush is there, and Matt Sydal tells Lio Rush that he does not think he's there to help Dante Martin. Lio Rush says that Sydal needs to do more and asks him how he feels about wrestling CM Punk next week on Rampage. Sydal changes his tune, and we go to a commercial break with Excalibur, confirming the match for next week.
The Acclaimed vs. The Lucha Bros. (C) (w/ Alex Abrahantes)
We return from the commercial break with The Acclaimed cutting a rap, referencing Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, Arn Anderson, and 76ers Ben Simmons. The Lucha Bros. make their way to the ring, and they get attacked by The Acclaimed. The match begins with El Penta Zero M and Anthony Bowens; The Lucha Bros. controls the match right after hitting multiple moves on Bowens and Max Caster.
Penta hits Caster with an excellent stereo kick; however, he drops down with a quick DDT. Bowens hits Penta with a running knee strike. The Acclaimed are now working together and control the match, The Acclaimed make a mistake, and Penta makes them pay by transitioning the attack into a DDT. Rey Fenix is the legal man now, and he hits Caster with a nice stunner. Fenix hits Bowens and Caster with an excellent double cutter. Bowens hits Fenix with a rolling elbow strike; Caster attempts to end it with the Boom Mic, and Fenix knocks him off the top rope. The Lucha Bros. end it with assisted Fear Factor on Anthony Bowens to get the victory.
Winners: The Lucha Bros. (w/ Alex Abrahantes)
- After the match, we get a video featuring the return of "Hangman" Adam Page, and we get highlights from the Casino Ladder Match from the October 6th, 2021 Dynamite.
Jade Cargill (w/"Smart" Mark Sterling) vs.Skye Blue
The match begins with both competitors meeting in the middle of the ring. Skye Blue gets a punch in, but Jade Cargill hits her with a big bodyslam, and then Cargill hits Blue with a knee strike. Cargill ends it by hitting Skye Blue with her finisher, Jaded. Finally, Cargill pins Blue for the victory. After the match, Cargill begins to attack Blue some more; however, Thunder Rosa makes the save, and Cargill retreats.
Winner: Jade Cargill (w/"Smart" Mark Sterling)
- Excalibur goes over the matches for next week's AEW Dynamite.
- Ricky Starks and Brian Cage cut a promo about their upcoming match and how each man will win their match.
Philly Street Fight
FTW Championship Match
Brian Cage vs. Ricky Starks (C)
The match begins once Ricky Starks gets into the ring as Brian Cage attacks him. Cage hits Starks with a belly-to-belly suplex. Cage hits Starks in the back with a chair. Cage sends Starks out of the ring, and Cage is in complete control. Cage slams Starks on the apron; Starks is back up and hits Cage with a Pool Cue. Starks hits Cage with a DDT in the middle of the ring. Starks hits Cage with metal trash can lid multiple times.
AEW goes to their last picture-in-picture commercial break with Starks in control. Starks has Cage in the corner and begins going at Cage with a pipe. We return from the break, and Starks is still punishing Cage with the Pool Cue. Starks runs toward Cage, and Cage hits Starks with a thrust kick to the face of Ricky Starks. Cage then grabs the metal trash can lid and hits Starks with it and then the trash can. Hook and Powerhouse Hobbs come down and attack Cage, Cage stops them both, and they exit the ring temporarily.
Cage sends Starks into a metal chair face first, and Starks is busted open. Brian Cage goes to end it; however, Hobbs interferes and stops the count. Ricky Starks hits Brian Cage with the Roshambo and pins Cage to retain the FTW Championship.
Winner and still FTW Champion: Ricky Starks