From Houston, Texas and on TNT at a more reasonable hour
this week, its time for AEW Rampage.
Excalibur, Taz, and The Wizard Chris Jericho were on the
The House of Black defeated Evil Uno, 10 and Fuego Del Sol
Brody King and Uno were in the ring to start the show. I
watched Uno and 10 on Dark this week and thought they had
some potential as a power team, which they showed here again
with a solid double team on Malakai Black. Fuego Del Sol
tagged himself in to face off with Black and got predictably
destroyed. He should officially join the Dark Order as
Buddy Murphy got the tag and gave Del Sol a Penta Oscuro
style arm breaker. Uno tagged in and was double teamed by
Murphy and Black. King went for the Gonzo Bomb on Uno, but
Uno escaped. King sent Deo Sol to the floor with a body
block. The House of Black dominated as the show went to a
Del Sol hit Murphy with a Spanish Fly. 10 got the hot tag
and was a house of fire, suplexing Black and clotheslining
King to the floor. 10 got Black up in a wheel barrol
position, and Uno snapped Blacks neck against the ropes
into a German suplex for a near fall. 10 went for a full
nelson, but Black escaped. Black targeted 10s knee with a
knee bar. Uno made the save. Black dispatched Uno, but 10
hit a discus lariat on Black.Uno and King got the tags from their respective partners.
Uno hit a series of running boots on King and set up a
powerbomb, but King escaped with a backdrop. Del Sol tried
to run in, but Murphy hit him with a double arm DDT on the
ramp. Black hit a top rope moonsault to the floor on 10, and
King hit the Gonzo Bomb on Uno to get the pinfall. Fun
After the match, Death Triangle taunted the House of Black
on the stage, revealing a tombstone for House of Black with
a Double or Nothing logo. Excalibur confirmed House of Black
v. Death Triangle for Double or Nothing.
Lexi Nair interviewed Billy Gunn, Max Caster and the Gunn
Club. Anthony Bowens was injured after their Elevation match
on Monday. What will we do father? Well, son, Billy said
to Max Casater, all factions have to go through this kind of
adversity. But when Anthony Bowens is ready, there will be a
big old scissors party to celebrate his return!
Billy Gunn ignoring his own kids in favor of the Acclaimed
is awesome. And also the correct choice.
Tony Schiavone is with FTR. FTR accepted the challenge
from Roppongi Vice for Wednesday. Cash Wheeler made it clear
that FTR also wants the AEW and IWGP World Tag team
championships to go along with the titles they already have.
That is exactly what should happen! Ill be shocked if they
dont have all four sets of titles by Forbidden Door. Shawn Spears defeated Big Damo (1:34)
Big Damo (the former Killian Dane) made his AEW debut.
Excalibur on commentary said that MJF picked Damo as Spears'
opponent as a showcase for Spears. It looked pretty bad at
first. Damo hit a body press on the floor, a slam out of a
fireman's carry in the ring and a cannonball. But, Damo
missed a Vader Bomb and Spears capitalized. Spears hit a
running knee and the C-4 to get the victory.
After the match, Spears cut a promo on Wardlow. The
Spears/Warldow cage match is the main event on Dynamite
Undisputed Elite cut a backstage promo. Cole and OReilly
are convinced theyll be meeting in the finals of the Owen
Hart tournament. The Young Bucks challenged The Hardys to a
match at Double or Nothing. So I guess thats happening.
Kris Statlander defeated Red Velvet (6:42 aired) to advance
to the semi-finals of the Owen Hart Tournament.
Ruby Soho joined the commentary team.
Statlander press-slammed Velvet out of the corner, holding
her up at one point with one arm. Velvet went for a head
scissors, but Statlander overpowered her again and sent her
to the floor. Statlander went for a sliding dropkick, but
Velvet tied her up in the ring skirt. Statlander got out of
that, overpowered Velvet and slammed her on the ring apron.
Statlander taunted the Baddies as the show went to another
split-screen break. During this segment, Jericho named Red
Velvet his "Sports Entertainer of the Week."Statlander got a near fall after a German suplex. Velvet
escaped a suplex attempt and clipped Statlanders knee. She
hit the Final Slice on Statlander but it only got two.
Statlander hit the blue thunder bomb for a near fall. Velvet
went for a cazadora and planted Statlander face-first into
the mat for another near fall. Velvet went for a hook kick,
but Statlander caught the boot. Statlander went for the Big
Bang Theory (which is now the Saturday Night Fever), but
Velvet countered that into a rollup, but Statlander reversed
that rollup and got the pinfall. Statlander advances!
After the match, the Baddies attacked Statlander. Ruby Soho
ran in but was overwhelmed by Jade Cargill. Anna Jay ran in,
took Sterling's crutch, and chased off the Baddies.
A training video aired for HookHausen v. Tony Nese and
Mark Sterling and it was fantastic. Hook still may be
waiting for DanHausen to finish that pull-up. Nese did push-
ups with his feet elevated on a chair while Sterling had his
knees on the floor. Theyre really leaving money on the
table by putting this on the free pre-show.
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert cut a promo in the
ring. Sky wanted his TNT title belt back. Sammy Guevara and
Tay Conti interrupt from the parking lot. They smashed the
TNT title belt with a sledgehammer, with help from Frankie
Kazarian. (I believe this was the "extra" TNT title belt
that Sammy "unified" back in January). Guevara wants the
match with Scorpio. This might be the mixed tag match
Scorpio cancelled a few weeks ago (he did say "give us the
match") but it wasn't made clear. It also sounded like the
crowd was muted (likely because they were booing Sammy and
Tay making out behind Kazarian). Tony Schiavone (the second hardest working commentator in
AEW behind Excalibur) interviewed Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D and
Toni Storm about their upcoming Owen Hart Cup Semi-final
match. Baker asked Toni if she could handle the pressure of
a big match, or would she have to run away? Storm asked if
Baker could handle the pressure of a big match, and promised
to rearrange Baker's teeth if there was any funny business.
Strom stole Baker's "D M D" catchphrase, and Baker left.
Mark Henry interviewed the principals of tonights main
event. Dante Martin wants a big win, and Matt Sydal wants to
show the Blackpool Combat Club how to properly mentor
someone (i.e. by not beating them). Sydal wants peace, love
and pro wrestling. Did he really say that? asked Moxley.
Abandon all hope.
Kyle OReilly v. Samoa Joe in an Owen Hart Tournament Semi-
Dr. Britt Baker v. Toni Storm in an Owen Hart Tournament
FTR v. Roppongi Vice for the ROH World Tag Team
Jungle Boy v. Ricky Starks v. Swerve Strickland
MJF v. Wardlow in Steel Cage w/ MJF as referee.
Adam Page and CM Punk face off.
Rampage Next Friday (5:30pm EST start time according to the
graphic on screen):
Kris Statlander v. Ruby Soho in an Owen Hart Tournament
Double or Nothing:
Adam Page v. CM Punk for the AEW World Championship
Thunder Rosa v. Serena Deeb for the AEW Women's World
Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus v. Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland v.
Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks for the AEW World Tag Team
MJF v. Wardlow* (*pending Wednesday's result... but c'mon).
Quick interruption of the run-down from Jade Cargill, who
told Schiavone to cut the stuff and threw out a challenge to
Anna Jay. Which is made official. Now back to the run down!
Jade Cargill v. Anna Jay for the TBS Title
Hardy Boys v. Young Bucks
Death Triangle v. House of Black
Owen Hart Women's Tournament Final: Storm or Baker v.
Statlander or Soho
Owen Hart Men's Tournament Final: Adam Cole v. O'Reilly or
Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, EddieKingston, Santana & Ortiz
v. Jericho Appreciation Society
Excalibur got through all this in one minute and thirty
seconds (minus the time for Jade's promo) and I think only
two breaths. Impressive!
William Regal has joined the commentary team, and Jake Hager
also came out to watch Jericho's back.
Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley defeated Matt Sydal & Dante
When Taz is the voice of reason, trying to calm down
Jericho, you know there is going to be trouble.
Danielson and Moxley have their way with Dante Martin in the
early goings, while Regal taunts Jericho and Hager on
commentary. Moxley missed a charge and Sydal got the tag. He
got a quick nearfall on Moxley with a cradle, and got
another nearfall with a standing moonsault. Sydal got drawn
into a slugfest with Moxley, and paid for it. Moxley caught
Sydal with a hot shot and sent Sydal to the outside.
Danielson came off the apron with a running knee strike, and
the show went to its last split-screen break.
Back from break, Martin got the hot tag from Sydal. He hit a
crazy over the ropes tope to the floor on Moxley and
Danielson, then got Danielson with a crossbody off the top
for another near fall. On the floor, Moxley looked Sydal in
a choke. Back in the ring, Danielson hit a double underhook
superplex from the top rope and floated right into the
Lebelle Lock. Martin almost got to the ropes, but Danielson
turned the hold into a variation on the Rings of Saturn.
Martin then got to the ropes with his foot. Danielson kicked
Martin about the chest and head.
Moxley and Danielson set up a double-team, but Sydal broke
it up. Sydal and Martin hit a double team dropkick. Sydal
hit a meteora on Danielson on the ring apron, and Martin hit
the double jump Nosedive moonsault on Moxley for a near
fall. Moxley went for the Paradigm Shift, but Martin
escaped. Martin went for a poison rana off the ropes, but
Moxley locked in a choke. Martin escaped with a push off
rolling cradle for a near fall. Martin came off the top with
a dropkick, but Moxley caught him and stuffed Martin with a
piledriver. That only got two.Moxley rained down on Martin with hammer and anvil elbows.
Danielson locked Sydal in a choke and did the same. Moxley
hit Martin with the Death Rider to get the pinfall.
Dante Martin got to look great here. They need to find a way
to get him some wins though.
After the match, the Jericho Appreciation Society attacked
Danielson and Moxley 5 on 2 on the ramp. And the show cut to
black as Excalibur said the tape machines are rolling! so
footage of what followed may be shown next week.
So the big news out of the taping was Danielson got his leg
caught between the ring and the entrance ramp, but maybe two
seconds of that was shown and you had to look really hard to
find it. It's possible footage of that could make it to the
YouTube shows or Dynamite next week, or it could be a
Update: After the show Tony Khan tweeted out a video of the
post-match and Danielson getting his leg "stuck." You can
watch it here.
The show followed it's now-familiar pattern of two hot
matches book-ending the show, a woman's match and squash in
the middle, and a cluster of non-wrestling segments.
Perfectly fine show.