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‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Jun 14th 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 emanated from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa; and featured Excalibur, Matt Menard and Tony Schiavone on commentary. Now let’s get to the review…

Match #1: Toni Storm def. Alex Windsor

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Windsor blindsided the champion as Toni was handing her title belt to Mariah May. Toni used a Thesz Press on Windsor. Storm send Windsor crashing to the arena floor with a hip attack! Windsor got up and drove Storm face first into the ring apron. Windsor shoved Luther who collided with Mariah and Mariah inadvertently knocked Toni down. Toni turned the tables with a hip attack in the corner. Toni followed up with a fisherman’s suplex. Toni Storm headbutted Windsor. Windsor walloped Storm with a shining wizard. Toni drilled Windsor with the Storm Zero and won via pinfall!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Cage of Agony (Brian Cage, Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun) def. Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Bishop Kaun blasted Tupu with a shotgun dropkick. Toa trucked Gutierrez and then drilled him with a lariat! Cage tagged in and hit a power bomb on Jay Marston! Cage of Agony hoisted up Marston and then slammed him to the mat with Drawn and Quartered, with Bishop scoring the pin.

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #3: Shota Umino def. Rocky Romero

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Rocky chopped Shota. Shota answered with a chop of his own! Shota picked up Rocky and dropped him flat on the mat. Shota followed up with a dropkick. Rocky pulled out some of his sneaky style and connected with a tope suicida on Shota Umino. Rocky went for the forever clotheslines, but Shota countered with a picture perfect dropkick. Umino spiked Rocky with a DDT on the apron. Umino followed up with an exploder suplex for a near fall. Romero hit a corkscrew kick and then an uppercut. Rocky planted Shota with a DDT. Rocky nailed Shota with the running Sliced Bread for a near fall! Umino stunned Rocky with a stutter step neck breaker. Umino rocked Romero with a snapping Paradigm Shift and pinned Rocky!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Satnam Singh def. Rosario Grillo

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Satnam grabbed Grillo’s hand and wouldn’t let go. Satnam popped Grillo into a bear hug and rag dolled him until the ref stopped the match!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #5: PAC def. Jay Lethal

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Pac took down Lethal with a flying mare. Lethal stomped on Pac in the corner. Pac regained momentum and flipped over the top rope, landing on Lethal on the arena floor! Dutt distracted the ref while Satnam Singh pulled Pac to the floor. The ref ejected Satnam from ringside. Jay Lethal grounded and pounded Pac on the arena floor. Lethal whipped Pac into the ringside barricade. Lethal went for the Lethal Injection in the ring, but Pac countered with a dropkick. Lethal was looking for the figure four but Pac kicked Lethal away. Lethal managed to lock on the figure four after a dragon screw. Sonjay Dutt taunted Pac. Pac managed to reach the ropes and force the ref to break the hold. Pac back body dropped Lethal off the turnbuckles, countering an Awesome Bomb attempt. Dutt distracted Pac, allowing time for Lethal to roll out of the way before Pac could do a Black Arrow. Lethal went for the Lethal Injection but Pac stunned Jay with a misdirection lariat. Pac applied the Brutalizer and Jay Lethal was forced to submit!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

Another week, another solid episode of Rampage. This one was more of a two-match show, with the Umino/Romero and PAC/Lethal matches really delivering the type of WRESTLING I like to see. Like recent episodes, this episode included a couple of squash matches to pad out the show – which is a double-edged sword. I appreciate having more wrestling rather than promos etc. in the short time Rampage runs but maybe we could just have one actual extra match instead? Otherwise, this was a great build to Forbidden Door – if you’re excited for that PPV of course (because if the IWC is to be believed, some are certainly NOT a fan of the crossover show!)

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