Overall, Rampage was intriguing. Jonathan Gresham aligning himself with Tully Blanchard after the Gates of Agony picked up the victory against him and Lee Moriarty was noteworthy. Orange Cassidy and Tony Nese had a heck of a match in the main event, and Serena Deeb finally had enough of being one upped by Mercedes Martinez. Eddie Kingston beat Takeshita and then turned his attention right back to Chris Jericho. They’ll have a Barbed Wire Deathmatch next week on Dynamite. Oh yeah, Danhausen is 1-0 as Orange Cassidy’s lawyer.
It’s another exciting edition of AEW Rampage and it’s coming up next. Ring Of Honor is heavily featured on this card as Johnathan Gresham tags with Lee Moriarty against Tully Blanchards guys. Eddie Kingston is in action against Konosuke Takeshita and in the main event Tony Nese takes on Orange Cassidy.
GREAT Eddie Kingston vs. Konosuke Takeshita: Kingston and Takeshita are in the ring to start the match and Eddie is all business. The initial exchange highlights Takeshita’s talent but then Eddie asks for a test of strength and that is where Konosuke is caught. The younger Takeshita valiantly fights out and the crowd is much more split than one might anticipate. This is a very physical encounter and neither guy controls the momentum during the middle stages of the match. Eddie Kingston hits Takeshita with a huge lariat but he kicks out at 1. He follows with a Liger Bomb and Konosuke kicks out again, this time at 2. Kingston looks for a spinning back fist but misses and Takeshita hits a sheer drop brainbuster. They trade forearms in the center of the ring where Kingston challenges him and Konosuke actually gets the better of the exchange. Only for a brief moment however, as Eddie lands a half and half suplex, but Takeshita comes back with a knee strike of his own. Kingston responds with two consecutive spinning back fists and it’s over. What an outstanding opening match that was.
Result: Eddie Kingston by Pinfall via Spinning Back Fist
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.50 Stars
ABOVE AVERAGE Gates of Agony (Toa Liona and Kaun) vs. Jonathan Gresham and Lee Moriarty: Gates of Agony enter first and commentary does a nice job of giving us their backstory. Gresham and Moriarty enter next and Gresham especially, gets a good pop from the crowd. The match starts and unfortunately quite a bit of the opening action happens inside of picture in picture during the break. Kaun and Liona are in control of Moriarty for most of the way though, and when we come back from the break Gresham has yet to make an appearance. He’s finally about to be tagged in when he pulls his hand away from Lee Moriarty. He steps down off the apron and Moriarty is now alone. Tully and Gresham hug on the entrance ramp and Lee Moriarty is caught with a Discus Lariat and a Gut Check that gives the victory to Gates of Agony.
Result: Gates of Agony by Pinfall via Gut Check
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 2.75 Stars
Eddie Kingston Promo: Eddie loved the match with Takeshita but he still wants to fight Jericho. In a barbed wire deathmatch. On Dynamite at Fyter Fest. Too short to rate.
SQUASH Serena Deeb and Mercedes Martinez vs. Kayla Sparks and Christina Marie: Deeb and Martinez completely squash their opponents. They are competitive in the way that they attack their opponents, eventually leading to a submission victory by Serenity Lock. It’s actually Mercedes that breaks the hold and Deeb is not happy with that so she clotheslines Martinez before synching in the Serenity Lock, this time on her former partner. Serena stands tall while holding Martinez’ ROH Women’s Championship.
Result: Serena Deeb by Submission via Serenity Lock
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – SQUASH
GREAT Tony Nese vs. Orange Cassidy: Tony Nese enters first accompanied by Smart Mark Sterling. Danhausen accompanies Orange Cassidy and they get a huge pop as he makes his entrance. Orange works to get his hands in his pockets but Nese can match his speed and he’s not able to until he is knocked to the ground. Once he is and the hands are in the pocket Cassidy is able to knock Tony Nese off his feet with his hands in his pockets. Nese hits him with a shoulder block that knocks his hands out of the pockets but Orange is able to respond with a roll up. While the match has been back and forth thus far, Cassidy is seemingly in the head of the Premier Athlete Tony Nese. When Orange is sent to the outside, Smart Mark Sterling stomps him but Danhausen is there to stop the assault before things get out of hand. As we head to commercial break, Nese is clearly in control of the match. Out of the break Nese is still on Cassidy, this time in the corner where he has him up on the top rope. Orange is able to reverse the superplex attempt with some right hands and he hits a crossbody followed by a stundog millionaire and then a michinoku driver. Cassidy tries for an Orange Punch but misses and is hit with a back heel kick. Nese looks for a pumphandle driver but Cassidy responds with two DDT’s and then a diving DDT and that is not enough! Mark Sterling climbs up to the top rope and Sterling is hit with Orange Casidy’s signature sweet shin music. Nese takes advantage and hits his pumphandle driver this time but now Cassidy kicks out. Tony looks for his signature running knee but misses it in the corner. Sterling tries to hit Cassidy with a clipboard while the referee checks on Nese but Danhausen stops him. Orange Cassidy connects with the Orange Punch and he is the winner of the match!
Result: Orange Cassidy by Pinfall via Orange Punch
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.50 Stars
Overall: Overall, Rampage was intriguing. Jonathan Gresham aligning himself with Tully Blanchard after the Gates of Agony picked up the victory against him and Lee Moriarty was noteworthy. Orange Cassidy and Tony Nese had a heck of a match in the main event, and Serena Deeb finally had enough of being one upped by Mercedes Martinez. Eddie Kingston beat Takeshita and then turned his attention right back to Chris Jericho. They’ll have a Barbed Wire Deathmatch next week on Dynamite. Oh yeah, Danhausen is 1-0 as Orange Cassidy’s lawyer.
Matches: 0.50/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.50/1 Stars
Atmosphere: 0.50/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.50/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 0.75/1 Stars
Overall Rating. 2.75/5 Stars
Photo Credit: AEW
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