It's Friday, and you know what that means ...
All Elite Wrestling returns from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado for the final Rampage of 2022.
On tap for tonight's AEW Rampage: New Years Smash 2022 themed show is Orange Cassidy vs. Trent Beretta for the AEW All-Atlantic Championship, as well as Jade Cargill defending the TBS Women's title against Kiera Hogan.
Also scheduled for tonight's one-hour AEW on TNT program is Kip Sabian in action, Tony Schiavone talks to Jon Moxley and Shane "Swerve" Strickland goes one-on-one against Wheeler Yuta.
Featured below are complete AEW Rampage: New Years Smash results from Friday, December 30, 2022. The following report was written by Matt Boone (@MattBoone0709) as the show aired live on TNT.
AEW RAMPAGE: NEW YEARS SMASH RESULTS (12/30/2022)
The usual "This is Rampage, baby!" theme and accompanying video plays as the commentators welcome us to the show and we shoot inside the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO.
AEW All-Atlantic Championship
Orange Cassidy (C) vs. Trent Beretta
We head right down to the ring for our opening contest, which will feature the All-Atlantic Championship on-the-line. Already in the ring are the two competitors in the first match of the evening.
The champion, Orange Cassidy, and the challenger, his friend and frequent teammate, Trent Beretta of The Best Friends, are both ready for action. The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one.
Cassidy and Beretta exchange back-and-forth action early on with Paul Wight and the rest of the gang on commentary calling the action. The fans chant "This is Awesome!" after several minutes of action.
Trent whips Orange off the ropes and directly into a piledriver for a close near fall. As Kip Sabian plays dumb, he calls the action as his wife Penelope Ford heads to the ring. She hops on the ring apron and distracts Trent.
With the distraction, Cassidy ends up hitting the Beach Break on Trent for a close near fall. Sabian sarcastically suggests that Penelope helped Orange. He hits the Orange Punch and gets the 1-2-3 to retain his title.
Once the match wraps up, we see Trent walk off angrily at how things ended. Kip enjoys this on commentary. Cassidy, dejected, heads to the back.
Winner and STILL AEW All-Atlantic Champion: Orange Cassidy
Sting Gives Some Real Talk To Darby Allin
We see Tony Schiavone backstage with Darby Allin and Sting backstage after their involvement on Dynamite. They talk about how Darby has a title shot set against Samoa Joe for the TNT title. He talks about being a former TNT Champion.
He says he's not sure his hometown fans believe in him. He says he's not sure if Sting believes in him. He questions Sting. Sting says what if he says no. He says then he'll doubt him like everyone else. He says if he believes in him he might lose the chip on his shoulder.
And if that happens, Samoa Joe beats him. Sting tells Darby he needs to stop the madness. He needs to stop worrying about what everyone thinks. He says it doesn't matter what his dad, Sting, or the fans think, it only matters what Darby thinks. He says, "Now go out there and win your title back. Shut your mouth and just do it!"
Kip Sabian vs. Enhancement Talent
We return inside the arena to a match in progress, as Kip Sabian beats down some unknown wrestler in the ring with relative ease as the crowd reacts. He eventually connects with an Orange Punch and scores the quick squash match victory.
Winner: Kip Sabian
Preston Vance Done Playing Along
We shoot backstage where Preston Vance talks about how he is done playing along. He questions where he'd be at in his AEW career right now if he wasn't stuck behind a mask and forced to do a stupid hand gesture as part of The Dark Order for so long.
He says now everyone knows what he has always known -- he can fight and talk. We head to another commercial break after this.
Jon Moxley Tells "Hangman" Adam Page To Keep His Hands Up
"Keep you hands up, b*tch!" is the final statement from Jon Moxley, who takes part in an in-ring segment hosted by Tony Schiavone where he addresses "Hangman" Adam Page.
He talks about the two being head-and-shoulders above the rest for the first few years of AEW. He says if Page can make it to the show, he's gonna beat him down.
TBS Women's Championship
Jade Cargill (C) vs. Kiera Hogan
After a quick backstage segment where Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal react to The Acclaimed's music video mocking them and promoting their tag-team title shot against the AEW Tag-Team Champions on next week's Dynamite, we head back to the ring.
Already in the ring is former member of The Baddies, Kiera Hogan. She waits now as the theme for Jade Cargill hits and the TBS Women's Champion heads to the squared circle for our next match of the evening.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. We see Cargill get in the early offensive lead. As she continues to dominate the action, we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action resumes inside the ring.
When we return from the break, we see Red Velvet get involved at ringside and not in a way that's helpful to "That B*tch." Back in the ring, Kiera fares well, putting Cargill on the defensive and nearly finishing her off a few times.
In the end, however, Cargill hits her Jaded finisher for the pin fall victory. With the win, Cargill remains undefeated and the TBS Women's Champion.
Winner and STILL TBS Women's Champion: Jade Cargill
Tony Nese Calls Out Bryan Danielson
We return from another commercial after the Jade Cargill match where Tony Nese challenges Bryan Danielson to a match next Wednesday night in Seattle, WA.
Shane "Swerve" Strickland vs. Wheeler Yuta
Now we head to the split-screen pre-main event interview. On one side of the screen we've got The Mogul Affiliates led by Shane "Swerve" Strickland. On the other, we've got the Blackpool Combat Club with Wheeler Yuta.
The two sides speak their piece and then Mark Henry wraps things up with his usual catchphrase. From there, Excalibur runs down some advertised action for upcoming AEW programming.
Now we head back inside the arena where it's time for our main event of the evening.
Out comes the first of the two competitors scheduled for the final match on the final AEW show of 2022, as Shane "Swerve" Strickland makes his way out accompanied by The Mogul Affiliates.
Strickland settles in the ring and his music dies down. Now the ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yutra makes his way out by himself for this non-title affair.
Yuta and Strickland both look ready. The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. We see some good back-and-forth action in the early going as the fans break out in a dueling chant, with half the crowd cheering for Yuta and the other half for Swerve.
As we see Strickland start to shift the offensive momentum into his favor, we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action in our non-title main event here on the New Years Smash special edition of AEW Rampage on TNT continues.
When we return from our final commercial break of the evening, we see some more good back-and-forth action. When all is said-and-done, we see Swerve steal the victory with an assist from The Mogul Affiliates for the pin fall victory over Yuta. Great main event. That's how this week's show goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
Winner: Shane "Swerve" Strickland
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 31, 2022