November 12th, 2021
Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Commentators: Excalibur, Tazz, & Ricky Starks
I KNOW this is hella out of order, but the completionist in me can't not go back and cover it. This is the Rampage the night before Full Gear in the same arena. Let's get into it!
1) Bobby Fish vs. Jungle Boy
"He's an ego HOG." -Ricky Starks
"Ego Hog.. that's a t-shirt." -Chris Jericho
It's unfortunate that we got to enjoy a week of no Bobby Fish on TV only for him to re-emerge in a more prominent form than before. Jungle Boy is good at working from underneath, though so that saves this. Fish works him over for a while before JB floors him with a lariat that sends Fish onto the crown of his 60-year old head. Exploder suplex into the ropes stops the momentum of JB and gets Fish a two count. It doesn't do much, though, and JB has Fish in position for the snare trap. JB pounds on Fish's neck until he can lock it in. Good finish to a fine match.
Match rating - **1/2
Adam Cole runs down post-match and he & Fish try to give Jungle Boy a conchairto. Christian & Luchasaurus make the save. Christian hits an unprettier on Fish and taunt Cole and the Young Bucks who also emerged on the ramp.
Miro/Danielson video pack hyping their match tomorrow night.
Backstage, Hangman Page walks up during a Super Kliq promo. Cole gets in his face when Page asks to speak to The Bucks alone. The Bucks tell Cole to calm down and Page & The Bucks get their moment. Page says he's sorry for screwing them out of their tag title shot forever ago, but the way he sees it -- they're even. Because they cost him a shot at the World Title in July. Page, however, says, if the Bucks interfere tomorrow on the PPV, he will ruin them. Good shit.
2) Jade Cargill vs. Santana Garrett
Red Velvet is at ringside to hype the match with Jade coming up in the TBS Title Tournament. Simple squash, but a very solid one. Santana is always suffice in these type of matches. Jade wins and she gets into it with Red Velvet after Velvet smashes a cake into Mark Sterling's face. Nice little brawl honestly, hell yea.
Match rating - **
"Look at Eddie... on screen.." -$Big Money Mike$
Punk/Eddie video package airs ahead of their classic.
3) Dante Martin vs. Ariya Daivari
The AEW debut of Daivari here! Hometown boys getting a chance to shine here. I had no idea Dante was from Minnesota. This was your vintage 2021 Dante Martin sprint so yes, it fucking rocked. God, this dude is so awesome. Dante wins, but nice showing for Daivari in his debut, even if this is a one time appearance.
Match rating - **3/4
Post-match, Ricky Starks sends Powerhouse Hobbs & Hook to the ring to offer Dante Martin a contract to join Team Taz. That’s interesting. Dante truly is the hottest young talent in AEW right now so it makes sense that so many people want to associate with him, but lord knows this could get messy quick.
4) Orange Cassidy (w/ Chuck Taylor, Kris Statlander, & Wheeler Yuta) vs. Matt Hardy (w/ The HFO) - Lumberjack Match
The pre-match interviews hosted by Mark Henry were awesome. Orange really showed a bit more than he normally does, saying that he’s tired of dealing with Hardy and after tonight it’s over. This energy comes across in the match itself as Orange CHARGES Matt with some forearm strikes early that rule. A highlight of this was the fire from Orange, the negative was almost everything else. The lumberjack stip I’m fine with because it’s something different, but this whole thing was just… a cluster. I’ve seen worse however and Orange is always a blast so that was the saving grace, plus Chuckie T and Yuta getting dives was awesome. Yeah, actually writing back, idk why I complained, this was fun, the outcome sucks though because it looks like this feud is gonna continue… just have Orange shave Matt’s head already and end this motherfucker!
Match rating - **1/4