27th Dec2021

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Dec 25th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Rampage, part two of this years “Holiday Bash” programming, which emanated from the legendary Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Let’s get right into the review!

Match #1: Jungle Boy def. Isiah Kassidy

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Isiah ran up to Jungle Boy with a knife edge chop in the corner. He stomped Jungle Boy right in the face. Jungle Boy planted Isiah after an explosive dropkick! Isiah Kassidy hit a cutter and then followed up with a tornillo onto Jungle Boy on the arena floor. Isiah hit a senton for a 1-count on Jungle Boy. Matt Hardy clocked Jungle Boy with a massive right-hand punch as ref Aubrey Edwards had her back turned! Isiah Kassidy ran into a back elbow from Jungle Boy, and he followed up with a comeback lariat. Jungle Boy turned up the heat on Isiah with a fisherman’s falcon arrow for a near fall on Isiah! Isiah Kassidy had an answer for Jungle Boy with a poison rana! Jungle Boy rallied back with a belly to belly and then a German Suplex for a two-count on Isiah. Jungle Boy dumped Isiah over the top rope and then flew through the air with a tope suicida! Marq Quen grabbed the boot of Jungle Boy. Christian Cage began to brawl with Marq Quen, strategically moving him away from the ring. Luchasaurus choke slammed Jora Johl onto the unforgiving arena floor! Matt Hardy attempted the Twist of Fate on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus shoved Hardy out of the way and directly into the path of a spear from Christian Cage! Jungle Boy locked in the Snare Trap and forced Isiah Kassidy to tap out!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Hook def. Bear Country’s Bear Bronson

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Hook tried for a single leg Boston Crab on Bear Bronson. Hook connected with body shots and then a head butt on Bear Bronson! Hook applied a hammerlock and then a modified sugar hold on Bear Bronson. Bronson grabbed the bottom rope to force the ref to break the hold. Bear Bronson caught Hook off guard with a cheap shot elbow and then gouged Hook’s eyes. Bronson spiked Hook and Hook popped right back up on his feet! Hook drilled Bronson with a clothesline! Hook followed up with a Northern Lights Suplex with a release! Hook planted Bronson with a high collar side head and arm suplex! Taz locked on the Red Rum and Bear Bronson quickly tapped out!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Kris Statlander def. “Legit” Leyla Hirsch

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Leyla used a side headlock takeover on Kris! Leyla charged into Kris and Kris dropped her without budging. Leyla took the base out of Statlander and began her ground and pound game! Ref Rick Knox pulled Leyla off Kris because Leyla was using closed fist strikes. Wasting no time, Leyla dropped double knees onto Kris Statlander in the corner! Statlander caught Leyla with a nice powerslam for a near fall! Statlander followed up with a delayed vertical suplex! Leyla speared Kris and rolled through with a cross arm breaker. Statlander powered out and picked up Leyla, ramming her into the turnbuckles. Leyla grabbed the arm of Kris again and then connected with a back moonsault on Kris! Leyla rocked Kris with a running knee strike for a near fall! Statlander fired back with a high round kick and then a blue thunder bomb for a two-count! Leyla grabbed Statlander with a German Suplex! Statlander answered back with a boot to Leyla’s jaw. Statlander dropped Leyla with a reverse body slam! Statlander applied the Spider Crab in the center of the ring and Leyla tapped out!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Cody Rhodes def. TNT Champion Sammy Guevara

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Legendary pro wrestling announcer and executive David Crockett was sitting ringside to present the winner of this match with the championship. Sammy wasted no time and nailed Cody with a shotgun dropkick at the start of the match! He hoisted up Cody, looking for the GTH, but Cody escaped. Sammy backflipped over Cody and followed up with a beautiful corkscrew dropkick onto the “American Nightmare”. The champ clotheslined Cody over the top rope, sending Cody crashing down to the arena floor! Cody jumped over the barricade and walked through the first few rows of fans, taking a moment to collect himself. Cody returned to the ring and grabbed Sammy with a strong side headlock takeover. Sammy transitioned and rolled up Cody but Cody quickly escaped. Sammy hip tossed Cody! And then Sammy powerslammed Cody! Cody rallied back with a cutter onto Sammy, but Sammy tossed Cody out of the ring. Sammy shoved Cody into the steel ring steps! Arn checked on Cody and Sammy soared at Cody with a shooting star press! Cody dodged it but Sammy landed on his feet! Cody seized the moment and rammed Sammy’s arm across the top of the ring barricade. Cody hip tossed Sammy and then sat down with short arm scissors, working over Sammy’s arm. Cody maintained control with a Russian Leg Sweep. Cody turned Sammy inside out with a lariat. Cody went back for the wrist control. Cody lifted up Sammy in a vertical suplex and then let go, pancaking Sammy onto the mat. Cody attempted a moonsault press but Sammy rolled out of the way! Sammy exploded into the corner with a shoulder into Cody and followed up with a Sammy Cutter! Sammy clutched his arm and got a two-count on Cody. Sammy smashed Cody with the Cross Rhodes! Cody rolled out of the ring, out of bounds, so Sammy could not pin him. Sammy followed Cody with a 450 springboard onto Cody on the outside of the ring! Sammy tried for a hurracanrana but Cody caught Sammy and threw Sammy into the crowd! Cody connected with a Disaster Kick onto Sammy! Cody nearly took off Sammy’s head with the Cross Rhodes! Somehow Sammy kicked out before the 3-count! Cody was looking for the finishing blow, hoisting Sammy up onto the top rope, perhaps looking for a reverse suplex! Sammy landed on his feet and muscled Cody up, putting him on Dream Street with the GTH! Somehow Cody kicked out before the 3-count! Sammy Guevara put Cody into place, looking for the 630 senton. Sammy climbed to the top rope and went ahead with the 630 but Cody raised his knees. Sammy came crashing down right onto Cody’s knees! Cody hit the Cross Rhodes on Sammy! And another Cross Rhodes onto Sammy! Cody impaled Sammy with the Tiger Driver 98 and pinned Sammy!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was an interesting episode of AEW: Rampage, with a main event that would have surprised many – though given both David Crockett’s appearance it was to be expected (even moreso given Sammy’s recent controversy online too). What was REALL surprising about this weeks episode was having Leyla Hirsch given a slot on AEW’ mian programming. She, despite a huge fanbase (yes, just check out Twitter for examples of that), has seemingly been relegated to Dark and Elevation – even though, as pointed out by this appearance. she has a huge winning track record. I would have likes to see her pick up the win but… hopefully her upset at the end of the match means something for her going forward.

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