AEW Rampage (Sept. 22, 2023) emanated from Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York Metropolis, NY. The Grand Slam particular featured the Hung Bucks profitable ROH titles, an unlikely alliance from Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho, Sting in motion, and extra.
Let’s run down the present from begin to end.
Sting & Darby Allin defeated Christian Cage & Luchasaurus. The Icon was again to his regular legend persona as a substitute of his Joker character. Nick Wayne was ringside for assist. The match was chaos with fixed movement. The dangerous dudes remoted Allin, then Sting ran wild on a sizzling tag. He planted Christian on a Scorpion Demise Drop and did the identical to Luchasaurus with assist from Allin for a Coffin Drop combo.
Sting tagged again to Allin, so the rascal may put fingers on Christian. Sting exited the ring to smash the dino on the surface. Christian poked Allin within the eye. When the turtleneck mack daddy went for the Kill Swap, Wayne triggered a distraction on the apron. Allin scored a jackknife roll-up to win. Christian glared at Wayne like an offended step-pappy. Little question he can be sliding into Mama Wayne’s DMs this night.
This was a enjoyable outing becoming for the Sting type. He clobbered fools with gusto. The Scorpion Coffin Drop combo was a slick means so as to add additional oomph in placing down the ability dino. Allin pinned Christian in a means that offers hope he can do it once more within the TNT title three-way on Collision. Sting can be banned from ringside, however there was no phrase on the identical for Wayne. That can be an intriguing match to look at with no predictable outcome.
Orange Cassidy, Hook, & Kris Statlander defeated Daddy Magic, Cool Hand Ang, & Anna Jay. This match was arrange final week in a social media video. Candy chili warmth.
Blended tag guidelines in impact. Jake Hager was ringside including bodily interference. Hook took the beating to arrange a sizzling tag to Cassidy. The nice pals hit a triple suplex on the dangerous pals. Mayhem erupted. Cassidy popped Hager with a superman punch. Anna choked Cassidy with the Queen Slayer. Statlander lifted Anna off her pal into an electrical chair slam. Hook slapped on the Redrum submission to Daddy Magic. Cassidy completed with a superman punch on Cool Hand.
This bout was an excellent time beating up the Cool Daddy crew. It was a easy formulation delivering the crowd-friendly ending. Cassidy, Hook, and Statlander all acquired their spots in. I like how Cassidy’s crew eradicated all of the threats to make sure victory on the profitable pin. It exhibits technique at play.
QTV. Footage aired of QT Marshall defending the AAA Latin American Championship in Montreal, Canada. Johnny TV can be QT’s tag associate subsequent week for the champ’s return to AEW. Remember to watch the clip for all of the goofy reactions from Aaron Solo and Harley Cameron.
Sammy Guevara joined the Callis Household. Don Callis launched Sammy as the most recent member. Sammy defined that he was bored with being held again within the shadow of Chris Jericho. He’s additionally performed attempting to earn the love of fickle mush-head followers. Sammy has a sizzling spouse, a child lady, and a fats paycheck. He by no means needs to see Jericho once more.
Enter Jericho to battle the Callis Household. The numbers had been an excessive amount of to deal with. Sammy wailed away with a metal chair. Callis took some free punches, then he held his screwdriver excessive to do some stabbing. Enter Kenny Omega for the save.
Backstage, Omega defined that he wasn’t there to assist Jericho. It was extra about taking out Callis. Jericho approached Omega about an alliance to get rid of Callis. He proposed a trios match for WrestleDream. Jericho, Omega, & Kota Ibushi in opposition to the Callis Household.
Sammy’s clarification for turning on Jericho made sense. He must be an excellent match within the Callis Household. Dandy Don’s style and angle is already rubbing off on Sammy. One factor about Callis, the overwhelming boos he receives all the time makes me chuckle. I hope that continues for so long as doable. Omega making the save was a pleasing shock. I by no means thought of Omega and Jericho becoming a member of forces, however I’m on board for the all-star crew. Hanging with Omega also needs to assist with a babyface rub for Jericho on this scenario. As for WrestleDream, I’d have most popular to see Ibushi versus Takeshita one-on-one, if Ibushi is in a position. That’s extra fascinating as a dream match.
The Righteous earned a ROH tag title shot. Vincent & Dutch received the #1 contender spot over the Hardys, Greatest Mates, and the Kingdom in a four-way tag crew bout. The competition began as a free-for-all then settled down into precise tags. The motion erupted once more in the long run with strikes throughout. Matt Taven distracted the referee, and Mike Bennett balled up his fist to punch Chuck Taylor within the groin. The Kingdom executed a teamwork spike piledriver on Chuck in honor of Neck Well being Consciousness. Trent Beretta made the save on the quilt.
The end noticed Jeff Hardy land a swanton on Chuck, however Vincent made the blind tag on Jeff’s means up the turnbuckles. Dutch pulled Jeff off the pin and out of the ring. Vincent hit his model of the swanton on Chuck to win.
The Righteous will problem MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Staff Championship at WrestleDream. After the match, the Kingdom attacked the Greatest Mates with give attention to dispensing neck ache.
This bout was an entertaining hodgepodge of motion. The start was bizarre from a construction standpoint with the foundations. I had no clue who had been the authorized males or how the referee determined. Though there have been loads of tags, it was simple to lose monitor of who was authorized in the long run. I simply assume the tag from Vincent on Jeff was legit. The Kingdom bit taking part in into final week’s Neck Well being Consciousness speech was amusing. Bennett backed up his phrases. The Righteous are subsequent in line for MJF & Cole. It’s fascinating as distinctive matchmaking, however I’ve little religion that the Righteous can win. AEW might want to warmth up some pressure. I’d prefer to see a promo alternate with the champs reacting to Vincent talking poetic and Dutch flicking his tongue.
AEW World Trios Championship: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn retained in opposition to the Darkish Order. Max Caster was the sufferer of isolation. Sizzling tag to Daddy Ass, however Alex Reynolds ducked out of a Fame-asser. Reynolds wasn’t so fortunate on the Mic Drop combo. John Silver made the save. Referee Aubrey Edwards was distracted, and Evil Uno clocked Caster with the title belt. Caster kicked out on the quilt. Reynolds and Silver went for his or her ping pong finisher combo, nevertheless, Caster countered for a Fame-asser to Reynolds. Gunn clobbered Uno on the surface. I believe Bowens pulled Silver into the ring put up. Tag to Bowens for a teamwork elevated powerbomb on Reynolds to win.
The Darkish Order created sufficient drama to make me think about a title change might be within the works in some way. That added an additional layer of engagement to watching the match. Ultimately, the champs dealt with enterprise like champions. The Acclaimed’s powerbomb end was fairly candy.
Julia Hart defeated Skye Blue. Aggressive bout. Hart superplexed Blue whereas hanging from the turnbuckles.
After some tussling for place, Hart escaped the Sky Fall to clobber Blue at the back of the top. Hart cranked a submission for victory. Afterward, Hart slapped on the submission once more. Willow Nightingale ran in for the save, and Hart hid behind Brody King.
This battle had feisty aggression and amusing mannerisms between the 2. This looks like an effort to construct up Hart after she was noticed eyeing the TBS Championship final week. Beating Blue is an efficient step, however beating Willow on Collision can be much more spectacular. We’ll see if that finally ends up being the plan.
Bullet Membership Gold speaks. The Bang Bang Gang practiced their Spanish and rolled their Rs in anticipation of Jay White versus Andrade on Collision. I didn’t even discover Switchblade hiding behind Cardblade in the identical pose till he popped out. White warned that Andrade’s second within the focus will finish in defeat to the highest shelf gunslingers.
Mike Santana defeated Soiled Bulk Bronson. AEW aired a vignette for Santana earlier within the present. His restoration from damage was the simple half. The psychological state was the arduous half. Santana survived an excessive amount of in his life to piss it away like that. He’s hungrier than ever. No person will stand between Santana and his cash, as in profitable matches to hit the pay window.
Santana acquired the job performed in opposition to Bronson. He took management for a cutter, discus lariat, suicide dive, operating cannonball within the nook, and a double underhook facebreaker to complete.
After the match, Ortiz got here out on stage. Commentary talked up Santana’s line alluding to Ortiz as a crutch. They acquired nose to nose. It wasn’t totally clear what was stated. Ortiz appeared to problem Santana to say that shit to his face. Santana walked out alone.
That was an excellent displaying by Santana to rebuild his character. Icing on the cake was leaping instantly right into a story with Ortiz. It’s a bummer that their tag crew broke up, nevertheless it’s good to see the bridge isn’t burnt working collectively for a bit of enterprise.
Mark Henry hyped the characteristic attraction. Sufficient speak. It’s time for the primary occasion!
ROH World Six-Man Championship: Hangman Web page & the Younger Bucks defeated Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun, & Toa Liona to win the titles. The Hung Bucks had been on hearth early with high-octane offense. When the Jacksons arrange a BTE Set off, Swerve Strickland sauntered on stage as a distraction. Hangman took the bait and exited the ring to confront the mogul. That allowed Cage and the Gates of Agony to isolate Matt for a pounding. Sizzling tag to Hangman for a bodily battle with Cage. The match progressed with nifty wrestling. Hangman hit a buckshot double lariat to the Gates of Agony, then the cowboy spiked Cage on a Deadeye piledriver. Kick out at 2. As Hangman loaded up for a buckshot lariat, Swerve moseyed all the way down to the apron. Cage ducked the finisher, then Hangman was distracted by Swerve once more. Cage exploded for a discus lariat. When the Machine lifted Hangman for a Drill Claw, Web page countered right into a roll-up to win. New champions!
When it comes to an motion, this match was blazing. Everybody had an opportunity to shine. A number of exchanges popped the gang. That teamwork hanging splash for Liona was a nifty transfer that stood out as recent to my eye. The outcome went all the way down to the wire with a cheerful ending for the Hung Bucks.
When it comes to story, this match was whack. Hangman’s obsession with Swerve utterly overshadowed the ROH titles. It’s like he didn’t even care that they received the gold. His response to focus so arduous on Swerve made the six-man belts appear to be irrelevant chump change. It’s a disgrace, as a result of Cage, Kaun, and Liona labored their ass off in ROH to make these titles imply one thing. They had been a steamrolling energy crew. Whoever beat them would have earned a heck of a rub. I’m not in opposition to the Hung Bucks profitable these belts, as a result of they’re superstars that placed on thrilling matches. Nevertheless, this outcome wasn’t performed in a satisfying method for optimum effectiveness. The title change got here as an afterthought in Hangman’s singles program with Swerve.
Additionally, will Cage be fired by Swerve now? Swerve fired AR Fox for dropping. Cage has misplaced a number of occasions and twice to Hangman in current matches. That exhibits how silly that Fox story flip was and the way it negatively impacts basic logic transferring ahead.
Stud of the Present: Sting
Match of the Night time: Hangman Web page & Younger Bucks vs. Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun, & Toa Liona
Rocking foremost occasion with spiffy strikes galore.
The Grand Slam version of Rampage delivered enjoyable matches throughout the board.
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