Friday, November 5, 2021

AEW: Rampage Review - November 5th, 2021

AEW: Rampage 
November 5th, 2021
St Louis, Missouri 

Commentators - Excalibur, Ricky Starks, & Taz

1) Bryan Danielson vs. Anthony Bowens

What an awesome fucking surprise to open the show. This stems from Top Flight fucking with Tony Khan so he is essentially feeding them to our king, the American Dragon. Great showing for Bowens here though as he is on top for a good portion of the match. The Danielson comeback rules and he forces Bowens to tap. So fun.

Match rating - **3/4

Andrade and FTR backstage from Wednesday apparently. FTR asks where PAC was last week and refer to him as a British bitch. They say they will see him on Wednesday. 

CM Punk comes out to confront Eddie Kingston. This is one of those segments that is just so sick that words can’t do it justice. Kingston comes out and basically refuses to apologize and brings up old IWA Mid South beef. King says people don’t know the real Punk, but he does. He says Punk is a lowlife scumbag and did nothing but judge him back in the day. Punk said he didn’t judge him, he held him to a standard. Shit gets heated. Punk calls Eddie a bum who fell short of that standard. Eddie says no one really wants Punk here anymore and that he should quit and leave again for 7 years. This leads to a headbutt from Punk to Kingston leading to an AWESOME brawl. Punk faces Kingston on November 13th at Full Gear and they just put asses is in the seats with this segment, holy moly. Best thing Punk has been involved in since returning and one of the best in ring segments in the history of AEW. 

2) The Bunny vs. Red Velvet - TBS Title Eliminator Tournament Match

Well, this wasn’t nearly as offensive as I anticipated. In fact, they held it together very well and delivered a match that went on without any real hiccups. For that reason, I can’t complain. It’s not anything special or great, but it damn sure is suffice. Velvet gets the win with THE LAST SLICE. 

Match rating - **

In between these matches, they proceed to announce the most awesome Dynamite line up in a while with so many fresh, sleeper matches. PAC faces Dax Harwood, Rosa/Tay/Anna Jay vs. Britt/Rebel/Hayter in trios action pLUS DANIELSON VS ROCKY ROMERO. What da fuck. That women’s trios match!!! Rocky/Danielson?!? PAC and Dax is gonna rock too. I’m so excited! And how could I forget? Sydal/Moriarty vs. Dante/Lio Rush!!!

3) Adam Cole vs. John Silver 

Nice little side bar feud here that has developed out of the Jurassic Express/Elite story. Naturally, this is a blast. They’re restricted on time so this stays right in the groove that it needs to be for it to be super enjoyable. You get The Dark Order coming down late in the match to confront the Young Bucks when they put Cole’s foot on the ropes to save him from a three count. This leads to an awesome near fall for Silver off a spinning sit out powerbomb. I bit on the possibility of Silver upsetting Cole and so did everyone in the crowd, who chanted “holy shit” and “this is awesome” immediately after. Cole comes back, though, and a bunch of superkicks and the last shot finishes off Silver.

Match rating - ***

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