Preview: With so much great wrestling this weekend and even tonight this is a show that could easily be overshadowed. Despite that AEW is still bringing some fun matches to the friday before Wrestlemania. The Young Bucks take on Top Flight, which is a rematch 16 months in the making. There is another Owen Hart Foundation Tournament qualifying match between Jamie Hayter and Skye Blue. A 6 man tag featuring the House of Black, and in the main event it is a battle of giants as Powerhouse Hobbs takes on Keith Lee.
GREAT Top Flight vs The Young Bucks: Both teams are already in the ring, and Nick Jackson starts the action against Dante Martin. The athleticism in the initial exchange is off the charts and hard to describe. Nick and Dante Martin flew all over the place. Matt Jackson eventually lands a cheap shot on Martin and is tagged in. He briefly grounds Dante but the tag is made to Darius and this is when things ramp up. There are quick tags by both teams and high spots all around. The first commercial arrives and the action is too high paced to recap fully. Nick and Matt would be ahead on the imaginary scoreboard, but Top Flight have shown their incredible speed and agility plenty of times. After all the back and forth The Bucks land the BTE trigger and that is the end of this one. What a complete barn burner to start off Rampage.
Result: Young Bucks by pinfall via BTE Trigger
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
AVERAGE Dan Lambert, Paige Van Zant, Men of the Year promo: Lambert starts things off on the microphone while wearing the second of the two TNT Championships around his waist. He immediately goes in on Tay Conti and Sammy Guevara and the crowd is booing like crazy. Ethan, Scorpio and Van Zant chime in and joke about the couple as well and the fans aren’t liking them either. Lambert declares the interview over, but Guevara appears on screen. He asks Lambert if he “likes his car?” to which Lambert responds with an expression of confusion. The camera pans to Conti who is holding a sledge hammer, Sammy picks up one of his own and they go to town on Dan Lambert’s BMW X5. Conti and Sammy end the segment by spray painting the hood and throwing one of the hammers through the windshield. Lambert screams in anguish as the segment ends.
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 2.75 Stars
AMAZING Hook backstage interview: Before Hook can say a word the interview is interrupted by Danhausen. He gives his whole spiel and then explains that until now his curses have always worked. Danhausen attempts to curse Hook again but to no avail. Hook walks off screen with the same expression he carried through the entire segment. Hook vs. Danhausen is so much fun and the live crowd was loving this segment.
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 4.00 Stars
GOOD The House of Black vs. Fuego Del Sol, Stu Grayson and Evil Uno: The House of Black entrance is gnarly as usual, and then Fuego enters with the members of the Dark Order. The match starts quickly and this appears to be another high paced AEW multi man tag match. Stu Grayson lands a nice tope con hiro on Buddy Matthews and as he tries to tag in Evil Uno, Fuego tags himself in instead. This immediately backfires as Buddy Matthews swiftly disposes of Uno and Grayson off the apron and Fuego is stuck on the top turnbuckle alone, staring at the House of Black. The House begins to dominate, decimating each member of the Fuego-Dark Order tandem one by one on the outside during picture and picture. Out of the break The House of Black is still in control but a hot tag to Stu Grayson leads to Uno and Grayson briefly scoring on some tandem offense for a near fall. Brody King puts an end to that and lands a cannonball senton on both Dark Order members outside the ring. Fuego puts up a decent effort against Malakai Black and even hits a standing poison rana! He goes for a springboard but is caught with the spinning heel kick formerly known as Black Mass. That is the end of this one. Chris Jericho declares The House of Black his “Sports Entertainers of the Week,” and they stand over a battered Fuego as we head to the next segment. All around this was a solid 6 man match, it was pretty predictable but the guys did a good job of making it an entertaining affair.
Result: House of Black by Pinfall via Spinning Heel Kick
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
Young Bucks backstage interview: The Young Bucks are not talking about FTR they’re talking about themselves and Nick Jackson has listed all of their accomplishments. Matt takes over and makes it known that they accept FTR’s challenge for next week in Boston. It will be Young Bucks-FTR 2 next Wednesday on Dynamite! This was too short too rate but how can you not be excited for the Young Bucks and FTR.
GOOG Jamie Hayter vs Skye Blue Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Qualifying: Both women are already in the ring to start the match and they chain wrestle out of the gates. Skye Blue gains some momentum but that is halted quickly by a nasty exploder suplex in the corner from Jamie Hayter. Skye Blue manages to recover and she looks inspired in this one, it’s nice to see her get this much offense in. Rebel is at ringside and has tried to cause a few distractions for Hayter but to no avail. Hayter gets Skye Blue up on the top rope and lands a superplex, then rolls through and hits a brainbuster. She picks Blue up and scores on a ripcord lariat for the pinfall victory. Hayter is in the Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament. This was a pretty good showing for Skye Blue but Hayter predictably got the win. It was a fun match despite that and worthy of a qualifying match for sure.
Result: Jamie Hayter by pinfall via ripcord lariat
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
Penta Oscuro with Alex Abrahantes backstage promo: Penta begins in spanish before Mr. Abrahantes translates for those of us non spanish speakers. They are reminding The House of Black that the Death Triangle is still coming for them. This is a 6 man tag collision that is surely coming soon. Too short to rate.
Mark Henry, Keith Lee, Powerhouse Hobbs main event preview segment: Mark Henry starts by asking Keith Lee a question but Hobbs interrupts and chasitizes Henry for favoring Lee since he’s been around. Lee takes over and talks to Hobbs in his signature cadence. He sends a warning shot at Will Hobbs and Henry gives us his signature, “It’s Time for the Main Event!” Too short to rate.
GREAT Keith Lee vs Powerhouse Hobbs: Both men are in the ring and the fans chant, “Oh Bask in His Glory” before the match gets started. Hobbs yells at the crowd and receives a lot of boos in return. Seeing how average sized Keith Lee makes Hobbs look is insane, Lee is a mountain of a human. They lock up and then trade shoulder blocks but nobody moves. A few more shoulder blocks follow before Lee finally gets the better of Hobbs who is knocked to the outside. We head to commercial as the two giants trade blows near the guardrail. During the break Hobbs is able to land a cheap shot and gain the advantage on Lee. Hobbs drills a kneeling Lee with a massive clothesline following the break, and he is firmly in control. Lee manages a huge pair of overhand chops as the two men go back and forth again, before the Limitless One smashes Hobbs with the biggest clothesline I’ve seen in a while. Keith Lee goes for a Spirit Bomb but Hobbs backbody drops Lee over the top. He follows it up by powerslaming Lee, and that was one of the biggest powerslams ever. Lee gets up and throws Hobbs across the ring like he was a cruiserweight. Starks and Tazz leave the desk and Ricky runs down to the ring carrying a steel chair. Lee punches the chair out of Stark’s hand, as Swerve makes his way down the ramp to help out Keith. When Lee turns around, Hobbs is there waiting with a Last Will and Testament Spinebuster. Lee is down for a 3 count but the referee is still tending to the mess on the outside. Lee has time to recover and scores with a Big Bang Catastrophe for the win. Post match, Starks slams the chair across Swerve’s back and lands a Roshambo through the table on the outside. He hits the ring and goes after Keith Lee but Lee fights him off. Hobbs is behind Keith Lee though with a chair of his own and he lays him out. Starks gets a table and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Hobbs drills Lee with a Spear through the table and he and Starks stand tall over his body to end the night. This was an awesome main event. Two absolute powerhouses(no pun intended) slugging it out from start to finish. It was a really fun match to close the show.
Result: Keith Lee by pinfall via Big Bang Catastrophe
Clark Taylor’s WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
Overall: In a weekend filled with wrestling, this would have been an easy show to miss, but there was plenty of entertaining action on tonight’s edition of Rampage. The Bucks responded to FTR’s call out and the rematch is on. The Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament bracket is starting to fill out as Jamie Hayter joins Toni Storm as a qualifier. Dan Lambert still has it out for Tay Conti and Sammy Guevara, but he’s also without his car after tonight. Keith Lee and Powerhouse Hobbs delivered a super entertaining main event, with a fun ending to extend the feud. Lee and Swerve vs Starks and Hobbs is assuredly in our future. Oh yeah, Danhausen still can’t figure out how to curse Hook, it just won’t work!
Matches: 0.5/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.75/1 Stars
Atmosphere: 0.5/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.75/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 0.75/1 Stars
Overall Rating. 3.25/5 Stars
Photo Credit: AEW
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