25th Oct2021

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Oct 22nd 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Rampage which eminates from James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida. We get a stacked commentary team featuring Taz, Ricky Starks, Excalibur AND Chris Jericho! This episode sees the first match in the Men’s World Title Eliminator Tournament, and a rematch between Andrade El Idolo and Pac!

Match #1: World Title Eliminator Tournament – First Round: Orange Cassidy def. Powerhouse Hobbs

My Thoughts: This one looked like a squash match for the most part, with Hobbs demolishing Orange Cassidy at every turn. Till a terrible roll-up win by Cassidy. Yeah… hey, at least it means we can look forward to Jon Moxley versus Orange Cassidy in the next round! Plus Hobbs’ performance at least meant he looked strong in defeat.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Britt Baker def. Anna Jay

My Thoughts: Undoubtedly the best match Anna Jay has had in AEW. She looked good but Britt Baker looked better. Plus Baker had back-up which meant Jay was never going to get the win here. Conti’s post-match run-in set up a fued between here and Baker. Which I’m here for.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Pac def. Andrade El Idolo

My Thoughts: This one went over fifteen minutes and provided a stupidly solid “big fight” feel (to steal a catchphrase); mainly because it felt like this was a real grudge match – both men truly hating each other and wanted to literally hurt each other. The post-match action, involving Malakai Black, opened up some huge possibilites going forward too. A tremendous closing match that should’ve sent every home happy!

My Score: 4.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4/5

Another solid episode of Rampage that reveolved around the anticipation for the huge main event but one that managed to showcase ALL aspects of the company – from new stars like Powerhouse Hobbs to the women, Anna Jay and Britt Baker, to the veterans in the last match. You couldn’t get a better cross-section of who AEW are in one hour-long show. And yes, I still LOVE that hour-long format. Just long enough to feature good matches and just short enough to not get AEW fatigue at the end of the wrestling week.

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