Featured below are complete AEW Rampage results from Friday, November 17, 2023. The following report was written by Rajah.com reporter Matt Boone and our live coverage partner (@MattBoone0709) as the show aired live from 10-11pm EST. on TNT.
The usual "This is Rampage, baby!" theme hits to start off this week's special live episode of AEW Rampage. We then shoot inside the arena where Chris Jericho is wrapping up his entrance to the commentary desk.
The Best Friends theme hits next and out comes Trent Beretta to the ring. Tony Schiavone and Nigel McGuinness inform anyone just tuning in that Trent won a fatal-four-way title eliminator to earn this title opportunity on Collision earlier tonight.
He settles in the ring and his theme dies down. Christian Cage's theme hits and out comes the reigning and defending TNT Champion accompanied by Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne for this high stakes opening contest.
The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. Jericho and McGuinness bicker on commentary in the early goings as Christian Cage dominates the offense. We head into an early mid-match commercial break shortly after.
When we return, we see Trent is now fired up and controlling the action. After Luchasaurus and Nick Wayne cause issues from ringside, Cage manages to hit his Killswitch finisher for the pin fall victory to retain his TNT Championship in a solid opening contest. We head to another break.
Winner and STILL TNT Champion: Christian Cage
When we return, Chris Jericho cuts a quick promo just off his commentary headset, talking directly into the camera to "the kids" The Young Bucks. He vows to beat them and prove he and Kenny Omega as "The Golden Jets" are a better tag-team.
Emi Sakura's theme hits after that and out she comes for our next match of the evening, which was the "tune-up" bout that "Timeless" Toni Storm requested earlier this week on Dynamite.
The camera goes black-and-white and out comes "Timeless" Toni Storm accompanied by her butler. She does her over-acting gimmick as the fans react and she makes her way to the squared circle.
When Storm settles into the ring, she pulls out some papers, which the commentators inform us is the "script" for this match. She's an old-time actress, remember? Sakura tears it up after a bunch of bad jokes from the commentators about rumors of wrestling always being scripted.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. Sakura takes it to Storm early on and then we head into a mid-match commercial break. When we return, the two are in the middle of a chop competition, blasting each other with back-and-forth shots as the crowd reacts.
Storm fights back into the lead, gets her dramatic close-up, hits her hip-attack in the corner and then connects with her finisher on Sakura for the win in this "tune-up" match ahead of her "Hollywood Homecoming" against Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women's title at Full Gear.
Winner: "Timeless" Toni Storm
It's official, the AEW Full Gear "Zero Hour" pre-show will feature Eddie Kingston vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship. The match was confirmed in a backstage interview segment with "The Mad King" and Lethal on this week's AEW Rampage.
Lethal talks with bravado and Kingston finally loses his cool and asks why he's talking like that. He says look at me and don't look away.
He says he knows him for years now and they each know what they can do. He tells him to be the real him. Lethal bickers back and leaves with his crew. Kingston turns and sees Mike Santana looking at him. We head to a break on that note.
When we return from the break, Roderick Strong wheels out in his wheelchair accompanied by The Kingdom for our next match of the evening. He makes a miraculous statement by standing up from his wheelchair and tearing off his neck brace. He's a neck-health survivor, folks.
In the ring, he awaits the arrival of his opponent for tonight. Action Andretti's theme hits and out comes the man who scored a big upset victory over Chris Jericho -- and basically nothing since -- many moons ago. He settles in the ring and Strong immediately jumps on him to start the match.
After some back-and-forth action, we settle into a mid-match commercial break. When we return, we see a scary spot as the two hit a Spanish Fly and the match is briefly stopped. A bunch of doctors check on Strong and Andretti. The bout continues and Strong quickly wins. Afterwards, a bunch of people check on Andretti again.
Winner: Roderick Strong
Now we send things backstage to Renee Paquette, who is sitting down with "Switchblade" Jay White. He talks confidently about being ready to dethrone MJF for the AEW World Championship at AEW Full Gear 2023.
In fact, White claims he doesn't feel MJF will even make it to their scheduled title match. He feels The Gunns are going to take him out in their ROH Tag-Team title match on the Full Gear "Zero Hour" pre-show.
As he continues talking, out of nowhere he is attacked by MJF. MJF tries taking back his AEW Championship that White stole, but he gets jumped by Juice Robinson and The Gunns. They beat him down and lock him in a room.
We shoot back into the arena. When we check back in seconds later backstage, we see Juice Robinson is busted open and laid out. MJF has his title but is attacked again by The Gunns and Jay White.
The brawl spills out to the ring where MJF does his best to fight off all four guys, but they end up beating him down. Samoa Joe's theme hits and out he comes to make the save for MJF.
After clearing the ring, he extends his hand to MJF. MJF hesitates but shakes it. He's got a partner for his ROH tag team title defense tomorrow night. This is how this week's live episode of Rampage goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
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