Saturday, February 19, 2022

AEW: Rampage Review - February 18th, 2022

AEW Rampage : SLAM DUNK 
February 18th, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee 

AEW World Champion: Hangman Adam Page (since 11/13/21)
AEW World Tag Team Champions: Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (since 1/5/22)
AEW Women’s World Champion: Britt Baker (since 5/30/21)
AEW TBS Champion: Jade Cargill (since 1/5/22)
AEW TNT Champion: Sammy Guevara (since 1/26/22)

- Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho & Ricky Starks 


1) Adam Cole vs. 10

Adam Cole has become almost a guarantee for opening Rampage every week. I enjoyed this match more than a lot of his recent Rampage singles matches. Maybe because the dynamic is different for once. Not that Evil Uno or Silver are bad, but they all fall in the same vein as Cole as far as wrestling style go. I still don’t know all that much about 10, but he’s a big guy.. powerhouse if you will. So, in my head and eyes, it creates a more interesting match because of the dynamic. Although, 10 didn’t really do himself any favors with the awkward tossing of the security on Dynamite on Wednesday. None the less, this was solid and I enjoyed it. 10 gets some power spots in and Cole does what he usually does. A completely suffice outing that had some story behind it bridging from Dynamite which made you wanna see it unfold. Cole wins a good opener.

Match rating - **3/4 

Punk/MJF video package airs. 

2) Dante Martin vs. Powerhouse Hobbs 

Another good match from these two here, I don’t think they’re capable of a bad one. This felt a lot more focused than their first meeting which was good fun, but felt as much about the spots as it did the story. This was an extremely focused TV wrestling big man vs high flyer style match and I loved it. These two are maturing so much in front of our eyes and it’s a blast to see. Hobbs is ready for the rocket to be strapped to him and Dante continues to be a sensation. Hobbs wins and although I wanted a Dante victory so we could see some crazy ladder match spots.. I’m just fine with Hobbs getting this PPV opportunity.

Match rating - ***

Backstage, Jade Cargill is ready for a new opponent so Matt Hardy walks up to set up The Bunny vs. Jade Cargill on Dynamite next week. LETS GO. Jade’s outfit during this interview was so sick. 

3) Serena Deeb vs. Angelica Risk 

Another five minute challenge thing from Deeb. It’s whatever. I like that they have something for Deeb to do weekly, but this match wasn’t good. 

Match rating - 1/2* 

Around this point in the show, they announce a bunch of matches for Revolution including Page/Cole and Britt/Rosa.. HELL YEAH.

Backstage, Mark Henry interviews Jay White and Trent Beretta in route to the main event. It’s good stuff with Jay looking and sounding like a king and Trent being as sympathetic as ever vowing to welcome Jay to AEW by teaching him a lesson. 

4) Jay White vs. Trent Beretta

Jay White’s first singles match in AEW and the first meeting ever between these two despite their NJPW association. It’s about what you’d expect from the two. Trent always delivers in singles matches even if they sometimes go too long for his own good. This, however, was all about displaying White to an audience who may have never seen him before and I think they did a fantastic job of doing just that. White wins with the blade runner after a great closing stretch. 

Match rating - ***

After the match, Orange Cassidy attempts to check on Trent and Jay knees him off Beretta and they have a little taunt / staredown. GIMME THAT SINGLES MATCH BABY. 

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