Photo Credit: All Elite Wrestling
Ladies and gentlemen, it is once again Friday. You know what that means…. Rampage. Lined up for Rampage this week we got Sammy Guevara defending his TNT Championship against a hungry challenger in Tony Nese, Jade Cargill in action, and more!
GREAT – Sammy Guevara starts off getting the upperhand, taking control of Tony Nese easily. This doesn’t last long though as Nese takes control of Guevara’s injured ribs and gaining control of the match going into commerical break. Throughout picture-in-picture, Tony Nese was still in control, even dropping Guevara with a dropkick. Leading back into the show, Guevara slowing began a comeback comencing with a apron springboard stunner. Nese kicked out, reversed a GTH, and locked The Spanish God in a single legged boston crab. We get some more impressive back and forth action, before eventually Sammy Guevara hits the GTH, ending the match.
Result: Sammy Guevara wins via pinfall
Tyler Miller’s WR Star Rating: 3.75
GOOD – Backstage we see Christian and Jurassic Express. Christian talks about how Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are the current #1 ranked tag team in AEW, and that nothing will stop them from winning the AEW Tag Team Championships. Christian says they’ll scout out tonight’s main event as there be more teams to face.
AVERAGE SQUASH – Up next we get Jade Cargill vs Janai Kai. Cargill makes very quick work of Kai, ending the match in less than a minute.
Result: Jade Cargill via pinfall
Tyler Miller’s WR Star Rating: N/A
AVERAGE – After the match, Jade Cargill continued to beat down Janai Kai causing Thunder Rosa, who was on commentary, to run down to the ring and help Kai. Despite the officials’ best attempts, they could not keep the two women apart. They continued to brawl until finally, the officials were able to move Thunder Rosa up the ramp. I really wish AEW would rely on more than brawls and squash matches to build this match up, as I like both of these women.
GREAT – In the main event, we got a tag team match between Penta El Ziro Miro & Pac and FTR. Penta starts off the match against Cash Wheeler, with Penta taking control early on. Penta tags in Pac, which causes Wheeler to roll out of the ring. When he gets back in, he tags in Dax Harwood, who Pac takes the upperhand against. After some back and forth between the two, Pac tags Penta El Ziro Miro back in, but Penta is quickly handled by FTR. Cash Wheeler gets back in the ring and begins to work Penta before tagging Harwood back in. The two would tag again hitting a double team move before Dax accidentally hits Cash. Due to Pac having to wear an eyepatch, he slips on the top tope causing FTR to once again, regain control of the match. During the final picture-in-picture of the night, FTR would continue to control the match, with Cash having a headlock in on Pac coming back to the show. Wheeler tags in Harwood and he continues the assault. However, Pac powers back and is able to hit a a dropkick on Dax Harwood and tag in Penta to gain control for his team. Cash Wheeler gets back into the match, and is able to tag in Dax. After some more back and forth action from Pac and Dax Harwood in the closing moments, Malakai Black came out and spat mist in the face of Pac. Due to this, Dax Harwood was able to roll up Pac, and win the match for FTR. Poor ending to an otherwise great match.
Result: FTR wins via pinfall
Tyler Miller WR Star Rating: 4
GOOD – To end the show, FTR only added insult to injury by unmasking Penta El Ziro Miro and trying on his mask. As they cleared the ring, Malakai Black entered and because to gouge at the eyes of Pac. We end Rampage with Malakai holding up his hand to the hard cam, revealing it to be covered in blood.
Rampage was really, really good this week. With a great beginning match, a decent middle, and a really great main event, my eyes were glued to the screen every second. While I wish Jade Cargill got at least 2 or 3 minutes, I understand why the match went the way it was. Overall I went into this week with high expectations and AEW exceeded those expectations.
Show Theme/Presentation: 7/10
Storyline Progression: 8/10
Crowd Reaction: 7/10