01st Jul2024

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Jun 28th 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 PPL Center in Allentown, PA; and featured Tony Schiavone, Nigel McGuinness and Ian Riccaboni on commentary. Now let’s get to the review…

Match #1: Orange Cassidy def. The Outrunners (Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum)

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Orange flipped Truth with a wrist lock. Turbo tagged in and attempted an elbow drop but Orange rolled out of the way. Orange dropkicked the Outrunners. Truth slugged Orange but Orange absorbed it. Orange hammered away at Truth. Orange shoved Turbo into Truth. Orange wiped out Truth with a tope suicida. Orange connected with a crossbody from the top onto Turbo. Orange spiked Truth with a spinning DDT! Orange pulped Turbo with the Orange Punch! Orange cracked Truth with an Orange Punch and picked up the pinfall victory over the Outrunners!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Roderick Strong & Gabe Kidd def. The Infantry (Carlie Bravo & Shawn Dean)

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Gabe charged at both members of the Infantry as the bell rang to start the match. Roddy tagged in and chopped Carlie Bravo. The Infantry hit stereo dropkicks on Roderick and Gabe! Shawn Dean dropped an elbow on Roderick but Gabe and Roderick quicky regained the momentum against the Infantry. Roderick cracked Shawn with a gut buster. Carlie dropkicked Roddy. Carlie followed up with a cutter to Gabe Kidd. The Infantry were looking for Bootcamp on Kidd, but Roddy interfered and then Gabe Kidd countered with a back drop driver. Gabe Kidd planted Bravo with the Say Less piledriver and pinned Bravo!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: El Phantasmo def. AR Fox

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El Phantasmo dropkicked AR Fox. El-P followed up with an open hand chop. Fox jumped over the top rope with a con hiro and landed onto Phantasmo. Fox climbed to the top turnbuckle and nailed Phantasmo with a swan dive. El Phantasmo rocked Fox with a Manhattan Drop and then a Russian Leg Sweep. AR Fox ducked a thrust kick. El Phantasmo splashed Fox with a moonsault from the middle rope. Fox nailed El Phantasmo with a twisting suplex. Fox crashed onto Phantasmo with a 450 Splash, but El Phantasmo kicked out. AR Fox was decimated by a destroyer. El Phantasmo planted Fox face first and picked up the pin over Fox!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Shingo Takagi def. Dalton Castle

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Shingo shoulder tackled Dalton and followed up with elbow drops. Shingo rammed Dalton into the ring apron. Back in the ring, Shingo jabbed at Dalton, knocking Dalton off his feet. Shingo manhandled Dalton with hammer and anvil elbows. Dalton Castle tried to find an opening and suplexed Shingo. Dalton drove Shingo to the mat with a clothesline. Dalton charged at Shingo with a running knee. Shingo countered the Bang A Rang with a pumping driver to Castle. Shingo spiked Castle with a DDT! Shingo drilled Dalton with the Takagi Driver and earned the pin on Dalton Castle.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: Queen Aminata def. Skye Blue

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Queen Aminata ducked a thrust kick and countered with a suplex. Queen Aminata stunned Skye with a snap suplex, and then another snap suplex. Skye Blue blocked a third suplex and kicked down the Queen. Skye Blue battered Queen Aminata with knee strikes. Skye Blue jumped off the top turnbuckle and connected with a cross body press onto Queen Aminata on the arena floor! They brawled outside the ring. Skye caught the side of Queen Aminata’s head with a running knee strike. Back in the ring, Queen took down Skye with a snap mare and then cracked her with a PK! Queen Aminata nailed Skye Blue with a German Suplex onto the apron. Skye Blue avoided a hip attack. Skye Blue suplexed Queen Aminata from the steel steps down onto the arena floor. Queen Aminata blocked the Code Blue, rocked Skye Blue with a head butt, and scored the pin!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

I said it last week and I’ll repeat it now. Another week, another solid episode of Rampage. And we didn’t even get a squash match this week! OK, so the OC opener was NEARLY a squash but there was just enough to make it more than that. This episode was a great teaser for Forbidden Door, with plenty of match-ups we wouldn’t normally get and in AEW’s case, we get wrestlers who’ve been hanging out on ROH rather than Dynamite et al. Plus this week we got an appearance from Shingo Takagi AND a main event match for Queen Aminata! Good stuff.

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