20th May2024

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (May 18th 2024)

by Phil Wheat

It’s Monday so you know what that means, it’s time for our weekly review of AEW: Rampage! This week’s show aired straight after Collision on Saturday night and, like that show, emanated from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. This show featured Tony Schiavone, Nigel McGuinness and Matt Menard on commentary. Now let’s get to the review…

Match #1: Kyle O’Reilly def. Lee Moriarty

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Moriarty and O’Reilly chain wrestled on the mat to start the match. Lee jabbed at Kyle and Kyle fired back with a flurry of offense. Kyle yanked on Lee’s arm. Moriarty regained momentum with a dropkick. Kyle swept out Lee’s legs. Kyle put Lee in a leg lock in the center of the ring. Lee managed to reach the ropes to force the ref to break the hold. Lee charged at Kyle with a running straight kick in the corner for a near fall. Lee applied the Border City Stretch. Kyle picked up Lee and suplexed Lee! Both men had the same idea, going for a head kick, and both men knocked the other down. Kyle put Lee in body scissors but Lee headbutted out of it. Kyle planted Lee onto the mat and applied an arm bar forcing Lee to submit!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Rush def. Cody Chhun

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Cody charged at Rush, but Rush dodged him. Rush smashed Cody with the Bull’s Horns and pinned Cody. After the match, Rush pulled Cody out of the ring and continued to assault Cody Chhun. Rush whipped Cody into the guardrail and then kicked him. Rush pulled out AV cables and whipped Cody with them!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #3: Deonna Purrazzo def. Robyn Renegade

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Deonna Purrazzo used a wrist lock takedown. Deonna rolled up Robyn for a two-count. Deonna locked an arm bar on Robyn, but Robyn reached the ropes with her legs, forcing the ref to break the hold. Robyn smashed Deonna with forearms. Robyn rocked Deonna with a shotgun dropkick for a near fall. Deonna pump kicked Robyn in the head! Deonna locked on an arm bar and forced Robyn to tap. After the match, Deonna continued to punish Robyn with the Venus Di Milo until Thunder Rosa sprinted to the ring. Deonna left the ring.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Brian Cage def. Anthony Bowens

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Cage caught Bowens off the apron and power bombed Bowens against the steel ring post! Cage whipped Bowens into the ring steps! Cage planted Bowens hard onto the apron. Bowens jumped off the turnbuckles, but Cage caught him. Bowens managed to cradle Cage for a near fall. Bowens chopped Cage down. Bowens wiped out Cage with the Fame-Asser. Cage suplexed Bowens from out of the ring and back into it! Cage clubbed Bowens with a discus lariat. Bowens escaped the Drill Claw and pump kicked Cage for a two-count! While the ref was distracted, Cage connected with a low blow on Bowens and then decimated Bowens with a Drill Claw, scoring the pin!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

A bit of a throwaway episode of Rampage this week, with only the opening match really giving us anything above average. Unlike last week, where the show overcame the timeslot, this week’s episode of Rampage felt like it suffered from being the third hour in a three-hour combo-show.

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