10th Jan2022

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Jan 7th 2022)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of AEW: Rampage which somes from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. We’ve got Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho and Ricky Starks on commentary so… Let’s get right into the action!

Match #1: Adam Cole def. Jake Atlas

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Cole had the wrist control but Atlas rolled through and ducked under to reverse it. Atlas brought Cole down with a headlock takeover. Atlas did a cartwheel to avoid the pump kick from Cole. Atlas intercepted a superkick from Cole. Both men had the same idea for superkicks, but they had a standoff instead. Atlas chopped away at Adam Cole. He followed up with forearms in the corner. Cole shoved Atlas off the top turnbuckle and sent him crashing down hard on the arena floor. Cole met Atlas outside and rammed him into the steel ring post! Cole pulled Atlas into the ring and landed right hands onto the side of Atlas’ head. Atlas returned fire when he blasted Cole with a stiff rolling elbow! Atlas hit a springboard but Cole countered with a backstabber and then hit the double biceps pose! Jake Atlas battled back to his base and connected with a stellar hurracanrana on Cole! Jake kept the momentum with a beautiful baseball slide on Adam Cole #BayBay! Jake capped off the sequence with a tope suicida, which catapulted Cole into the barricade. Atlas spring boarded with a shotgun dropkick at Cole for a near fall. Cole rallied back with a pump kick and then a wicked neck breaker! Atlas intercepted another kick from Cole and answered with a thrust kick of his own. Atlas rip corded Cole around. Cole came back with a brainbuster on the knee for a near fall. Cole charged at Atlas but Atlas countered with a high running boot to Cole’s face! Atlas powerbombed Cole and almost scored the upset! Atlas attempted the springboard again but Cole superkicked Atlas in the knee! Cole was trying to go for the Panama Sunrise but Atlas collapsed to the mat. Cole improvised and grabbed a kneebar, forcing Atlas to tap out!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Hook def. Aaron Solo

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Hook entered the ring and turned his back to Aaron Solo. The bell rang and Hook walked to the center of the ring to face Aaron Solo. They began with a knuckle lock but Hook brought Solo up and over the top! Hook performed a standing switch and then an outside trip on Solo. Hook walloped Solo with massive body shots, followed up with headbutts! From outside the ring QT Marshall grabbed ahold of Hook’s ankle but Hook turned around. Solo hit a cheap shot on the distracted Hook. Solo got a flurry of offense in but Hook countered with a Russian Leg Sweep and transitioned into a ground octopus hold! Solo pushed off the right heel and got a near fall on Hook. Hook whacked Solo with a ridge hand chop to the side of Solo’s head! Hook followed up with the El Camino suplex. Solo came back with a jawbreaker to Hook. Hook avoided a high roundhouse kick from Solo. Hook sent Solo flying with a shoulder capture suplex. Hook locked on the RedRum submission and earned the victory over Solo via tap out! Hook kept the RedRum locked on even after Solo submitted, sending a message.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Riho & Ruby Soho def. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. & Jamie Hayter

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Hayter and Baker began the match with a blindside beatdown on Riho! Ruby jumped into the ring to help her partner Riho. Soho delivered a right elbow shot to Hayter as the match was finally officially underway. Ruby tagged in Riho who clubbed Hayter with palm strikes. Ruby tagged in again and began to stomp Hayter in the corner. They continued to utilized quick tags to maximize their offense on Hayter. Jamie Hayter shoved Ruby into Hayter’s corner and tagged in Britt Baker! Ruby was able to get the better of the exchange and then tagged in Riho. Ruby picked up Riho and dropped her on Baker with a combo senton for a near fall! Britt Baker thumbed Ruby in the eyes and then smashed her with forearms. From the outside of the ring, Rebel grabbed Ruby’s leg, allowing for Britt to get the advantage with a double hook suplex. Riho and Hayter tagged in for their respective teams. Riho launched herself at Hayter with an explosive dropkick! Britt jumped into the ring so she and Hayter could double team Riho but Riho took them both down! Riho climbed to the top turnbuckle, looking for the diving foot stomp on Hayter, but Britt shoved Riho! Baker blasted Riho with the ripcord elbow strike. Hayter was in position and nailed Riho with a back breaker. Baker followed through with a thrust kick for a near fall! Hayter attempted a delayed vertical suplex on Riho but Riho was able to land on her feet. Hayter inadvertently hit Baker with a forearm! Riho rolled up Hayter and pinned her!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: No DQ, No Rules, No Holds Barred Match – Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz def. Daniel Garcia & 2point0

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The fight began with the two teams brawling backstage! Kingston grabbed a garbage can and brought it into the ring. He nailed Garcia with it and then started choking Garcia with Kingston’s t-shirt. He continued to batter Garcia with the trash can. Jeff Parker connected with a high boot on Ortiz outside the ring. Parker dropped Ortiz throat-first on the ringside barricade! Matt Lee sent Ortiz over the barricade! Santana came over to help his partner and took down Jeff Parker. Santana and Ortiz suplexed Jeff Parker onto the trash can! Garcia tore at the ligaments of Kingston’s knee! Garcia manipulated the ankle of Kingston outside the ring! Ortiz and Santana pancaked Lee in the ring! Jeff Parker speared Santana! Garcia rolled up Ortiz with a handful of trunks for a near fall! Ortiz rolled through with a clothesline and back elbows to Daniel Garcia. He dropped Garcia with a leg lariat. Kingston hobbled into the ring and sent Garcia soaring with an exploder suplex! Santana smashed Garcia with a frog splash for a near fall! Matt Lee threw powder in the face of Santana and then DDT’ed him. Matt Lee DDT’ed Ortiz this time. Daniel Garcia brought the time keeper’s ring bell into the ring! 2point0 hoisted up Kingston so Garcia could ram him with the ring bell! Garcia went for the cover on Kingston but Kingston showed his fighting spirit and somehow managed to kick out! 2point0 and Daniel Garcia triple suplexed Kingston through the time keeper’s table, Garcia ran and jumped off the ring steps at Santana, but Santana countered by swinging the steel chair at him! Santana smacked Jeff Parker with the chair! Santana walloped Parker with the chair right across the spine! In the ring, Garcia and Ortiz traded forearms. Santana entered the ring and he and Ortiz used tandem offense on Garcia. Jeff Parker jumped in to aid Garcia. Santana swung at Parker with a discus lariat and pinned him!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Cody Rhodes has not been medically cleared to compete for Saturday night’s title defense against Sammy Guevara at Battle of the Belts – his brother Dustin Rhodes will take his place.
  2. Ricky Starks will defend the FTW title against Matt Sydal at Battle of the Belts.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an incredibly satisfying episode of AEW: Rampage where each and EVERY match delivered. This show continued a number of feuds that are brewing in AEW: Riho & Britt Baker, Eddie Kingston & 2point0 / Daniel Garcia AND the Best Friends / Adam Cole feud, possibly even throwing newcomer Jake Atlas into the mix. There was also hints of dissension in the ranks for Baker – with her blaming of Hayter HOPEFULLY leading to a feud between those two women! All in all this weeks episode of AEW: Rampage was a perfect go-home show for the Battle of the Belts special this weekend!

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