Sunday, April 17, 2022

AEW: Rampage Review - April 15th, 2022

AEW Rampage 
April 15th, 2022
Garland, Texas

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: Thunder Rosa (since 3/16/22)
AEW TBS Champion: Jade Cargill (since 1/5/22)
AEW TNT Champion: Scorpio Sky (since 3/9/22)

Commentators - Excalibur, Taz, Ricky Starks & William Regal


1) Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, & Wheeler Yuta) (w/ William Regal) vs. The Gunn Club (Billy, Austin, & Colten Gunn) 

This is just fantastic. Seeing Mox & Dan work these matches that are just purely top notch TV wrestling is part of what makes them top candidates for being all time greats. They can run epics, but they also have a complete and perfect grasp on this style of match. Yuta starts off for his unit before Danielson gets in and works the bulk of the match. He & Billy Gunn have a great portion. Danielson is isolated for a minute before making the hot tag to Moxley. This leads us into our closing sequence between Yuta & Billy Gunn. Yuta pins him with an O’Connor Roll. Awesome TV wrestling. I love BCC.

Match rating - ***

2) The Butcher vs. Barrett Brown 

“Chopping that meat, BABY!” -Ricky Starks 

BUTCHER. This is a squash to hype his singles match with Wardlow coming up on Dynamite. Shawn Spears joins commentary. Powerbomb gets Butcher the win in like 45 seconds or something. 

Match rating - *1/2 

Backstage, Dustin Rhodes WANTS CM PUNK ON DYNAMITE NEXT WEEK. The Natural vs The Best in the World.

3) Ruby Soho vs. Robyn Renegade - Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Qualifier 

This match is ok. Renegade tries to do a switcharoo with her sister to score a cheap win, but Soho still overcomes. I enjoyed that spot just because it’s something different and an old school thing to attempt. Soho gets the win to officially advance to the Women’s Owen Hart tournament. 

Match rating - **

4) Hangman Adam Page (c) vs. Adam Cole - Texas Deathmatch for the AEW World Championship 

ITS TIME FOR THE MAIN EVENT. I enjoyed this more than their Revolution match. Probably solely based off the fire we got from Hangman in the build and in the match itself. Revolution just felt like an NXT match. Most Cole matches feel that way and that's not to say that this didn't have its fair share of NXT moments, but the good seemed to overshadow the bad. The stipulation obviously helps because spots are always fun and they do a decent job of spacing them all out to where it isn't just TOO MUCH. Of course, once again, this does have a ceiling because it's modern Adam Cole. Without changing his style, I'd say this is the best this match could be. Page was the true highlight from his entrance to getting right into Cole's face when he entered the ring to the spots he pulled off and the fire he showed when Cole was doing an NXT monologue where he mentioned "you'll never be Kenny Omega". This was just vintage all time baby face champion Hanger and it rocked. It took me two days to finally get around to watching this which probably shows the lack of enthusiasm I had for it heading in. After watching, though, I'm glad I did. I'd say I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. It's the best Adam Cole match this year, but that isn't saying too much. I'm going 4 on it, though because Hangman deserves nothing less and the effort both guys put in deserves it as well. Hangman retains off a crown of barbwire into dead eye through a table off the apron spot that looked GRUESOME.

Match rating - ****

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