AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy def. Lance Archer by Count-Out
Archer just returned to the ring on AEW TV last night on Rampage, so no one had any reason to believe he'd be the one to end Cassidy's undefeated streak and title reign. They had a well-worked match, but the count-out finish really ruined it. I assume the idea is to keep the feud going, if only for one more match, but it was a weak way of opening the show. Plus, this was a Battle of the Belts special, not an ordinary episode of Dynamite or Rampage. The crowd wasn't happy and I don't blame them.
AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy def. Dralistico
Cassidy has been delivering as International/All-Atlantic Champion since late last year, there's no doubt about it. I'd go so far as to say that his title defenses have become a weekly highlight on AEW programming. This was another enjoyable outing from him, even though Dralistico hasn't been established enough on AEW TV to feel like a legitimate threat to the championship here. I'm looking forward to Cassidy vs. Buddy Matthews next Wednesday on Dynamite.
AEW World Tag Team Champions The Acclaimed def. Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett in a No Holds Barred Match
While I still don't think this rematch was necessary, I'll give credit where it's due: it was as entertaining as their first encounter this past Wednesday on Dynamite. The stipulation ensured it was beyond overbooked, but considering the crowd ate it up, who cares? It exceeded my expectations. Props to Lethal and Jarrett for putting over Acclaimed twice in one week, but now it's time for Acclaimed to move on to facing more established teams.
AEW All-Atlantic Champion and AEW World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Pac def. Trent Beretta
From a storyline standpoint, why the hell would Pac wrestle in the main event of Rampage and then kick off Battle of the Belts minutes later where he has to defend another one of his championship? I understand it was done to make Beretta feel more like a threat to the title, but I still didn't think he had a chance in hell of winning. Don't get me wrong, it was a very good match, but the storytelling here was questionable. Pac cheating to win led to Orange Cassidy running him off last week, setting up yet another match between them on Dynamite next week.