AEW Rampage, Battle of the Belts V Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2023

AEW Rampage, Battle of the Belts V Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    The lineups for Rampage and Battle of the Belts.
    The lineups for Rampage and Battle of the Belts.AEW

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of All Elite Wrestling Rampage and Battle of the Belts on January 6.

    We got a double-dose of AEW this week with two hours of programming on Friday, but even though the attention was on belts, there was some great non-title action, too.

    BOTB featured the TBS, All-Atlantic and Tag Team Championships up for grabs, while Rampage had Darby Allin defending his newly won TNT title against Mike Bennett.

    We also saw Preston Vance in action, Bryan Danielson teamed with Jon Moxley to take on Top Flight. and Jamie Hayter tagged with Britt Baker to face The Renegade Twins.

    Let's take a look at what happened during Friday's double-wide episode of AEW programming.

Top Flight vs. Blackpool Combat Club

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    Top Flight, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson.
    Top Flight, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson.AEW

    As Moxley made his way to the ring as the show began, Dante Martin nailed him with a suicide dive before he even got there. Danielson tried to take out Top Flight with his own dive, but they caught him and dropped him on the barricade.

    It didn't take long for the veterans to gain control, but Dante and Darius used their speed and agility to find new ways of countering their offense.

    The pace never seemed to slow down, as all four men seemed determined to steal the show before anyone else had a chance to perform. The crowd was eating out of the palms of their hands and chanted throughout most of the match.

    Predictably, Danielson and Moxley scored the win, but the Martin brothers did an excellent job keeping up with two of the most experienced performers on the roster. This was a fun, frenetic opening bout that got the show off to a hot start.

    Winners: Moxley and Danielson

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Opening with Dante and Darius getting the upper hand really helped get the crowd energized. 
    • Dante is a beast. The way he landed on his feet after the hurricanrana from the top rope was awesome. 

Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter vs. The Renegades

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    Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter and the Renegade Twins.
    Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter and the Renegade Twins.AEW

    The next match of the night was another tag team bout with Jamie Hayter and Britt Baker taking on The Renegades.

    As Robyn and Charlette were posing for the crowd, Hayter and Baker attacked them from behind to get the action going.

    The women's champion was on defense for a little while, but she turned things around by reversing a double suplex to take both opponents down.

    Despite playing the heels, Hayter and Baker were over with the crowd. There was a big pop when the champ's music hit, and DMD chants echoed throughout the match.

    Baker scored the win for her team after a decent back-and-forth fight. It's a shame much of it had to take place during a commercial break.

    Winners: Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • It's nice to see a set of twins make an effort to make it easy for us to tell them apart. 
    • The double suplex from Hayter to both twins at the same time was super impressive. 
    • Baker is so good at playing the crowd like a fiddle. 

Preston Vance vs. Sonico

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    Preston Vance.
    Preston Vance. AEW

    Preston Vance had his first match on Rampage sans mask against another man with a mask named Sonico.

    This was barely a match. Vance no-sold some offense before taking Sonico down for the win. He proceeded to tear the man's mask off as the crowd booed.

    Winner: Preston Vance

    Grade: Incomplete

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Squash matches that are under a minute get an incomplete score because there's really no way to grade something like that. It can never be good, but they're usually not outwardly bad either. 

Darby Allin vs. Mike Bennett (TNT Championship)

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    Darby Allin and Mike Bennett.
    Darby Allin and Mike Bennett.AEW

    Allin wasted no time allowing people to challenge him for the TNT title after winning the belt on Wednesday from Samoa Joe. That same night, Mike Bennett challenged him to a title match backstage, and Allin gladly accepted.

    Not only did Bennett have the size and power advantage, but he had Matt Taven and Maria Kanellis at ringside to help whenever they could interfere behind the ref's back.

    They started with a solid exchange of textbook holds and counters. Allin doesn't always show off that he has technical skills, but when he does, he looks pretty good.

    Both men became more aggressive as the match progressed, so the strikes started to outweigh the wrestling maneuvers after a little while. Both men hit some big moves, but Allin definitely played the underdog like he always does. This gave Bennett a chance to really show the crowd what he can do when he is in control.

    Despite the odds being against him, Allin was able to earn the victory with an avalanche code red followed by a Coffin Drop.

    Winner: Darby Allin

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Matt Taven making fun of Allin for being so broody was hilarious. 
    • The pre-match interview was a rare chance for Bennett to shine on the mic. He should get more promo time. He's good. 
    • Bennett is so smooth in the ring. He makes even the most basic maneuvers look good. 
    • The missile dropkick spot was nuts. 

The Acclaimed vs. Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal (AEW Tag Titles)

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    The Acclaimed, Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
    The Acclaimed, Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.AEW

    Following the controversial finish to their first match on Wednesday, Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal got another shot at the AEW tag titles against The Acclaimed. But this time, it was No Holds Barred.

    Billy Gunn, Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh were at ringside to support their respective teams. As soon as the bell rang, all hell broke loose.

    Anthony Bowens fought Lethal up to the stage while Jarrett went after Max Caster, the man who has been insulting him in raps for weeks.

    Surprisingly, they actually started making tags at one point, but the action in this match was all over the place for the most part.

    Singh ended up getting involved and took out the referee so he could throw the striped shirt to Dutt. Lethal hit his finisher, but as Dutt was about to make the count, Aubrey Edwards appeared. She shoved him out of the ring and took over as the official right before The Acclaimed hit the Mic Drop for the win to retain the titles.

    It's hard to grade mayhem like this, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it, so it was at least fun. That has to count for something.

    Winners: The Acclaimed

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The rolling Figure Four down the ramp was a fun spot, even though it was kind of illogical. 
    • Caster hit a nice Olympic slam at one point. Jarrett selling the Ankle Lock right after that was hilarious. 
    • Edwards is almost too over with the crowd. Refs are supposed to be the invisible person in the ring. 

Jade Cargill vs. Skye Blue (TBS Championship)

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    Jade Cargill and Skye Blue,
    Jade Cargill and Skye Blue,AEW

    The second women's match of the night featured Cargill defending the TBS title against one of the youngest competitors in AEW. Blue has had some run-ins with the champ and the Baddies recently, so there was more story behind this match than most of Cargill's title defenses.

    Early in the match, there was a strange moment when Jade seemed to fall and roll out of the ring. She acted like she just needed to collect herself, but the whole thing was awkward.

    Red Velvet showed up and ended up having some words with Cargill before getting into a physical altercation with Leila Grey. This distraction allowed Blue to get in a few nice moves before the inevitable end.

    As everyone expected, Cargill got the win to retain her title and extend her winning streak to 48-0.

    Winner: Jade Cargill

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Leila Grey being the last-standing Baddie was probably the least predictable way for this to end. 
    • It may have been tricky to pull off, but the way Cargill hit her finisher was awesome. 
    • Blue has such a bright future in this business if she can stay healthy. She is already really good and can only get better from here. 

Orange Cassidy vs. Kip Sabian (All-Atlantic Championship)

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    Orange Cassidy and Kip Sabian.
    Orange Cassidy and Kip Sabian.AEW

    The main event of the fifth Battle of the Belts special saw Cassidy defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Sabian. And you know whenever Sabian is involved, Penelope Ford is never far away. However, Danhausen was there to even the odds.

    Early in the match, Ford and The Bunny got between the competitors to give Sabian an advantage. They all did the Best Friends hug at ringside before Danhausen cursed them.

    This was a highly competitive bout with several big spots from both men. They knew they were in the main event spot and made sure to perform as such.

    Cassidy showed more aggression than usual when Sabian began mocking his usual laid-back attitude. It gave both men a chance to play some mind games while giving the crowd a fun moment.

    OC ended up losing his cool and shoving the ref at one point, but it wasn't enough to get himself disqualified, so he was still able to win and retain his title with a pair of Orange Punches.

    Winner: Orange Cassidy

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • It would be great if we got to see Danhausen wrestle a bit more. His comedy stuff is fantastic, but he is a decent wrestler who could do some interesting stuff if he played into the darker side of his character. 
    • The zoom-out when Sabian, Ford and Bunny did the group hug was a nice touch. 
    • The DDT Sabian hit on the floor was great. Cassidy sold it perfectly.