06th Sep2021

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Sept 3rd 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of AEW: Rampage – the go-home show before this weekends All Out pay per view; and another AEW programme that rolled out CM Punk to increase excitement for the PPV and please the voracious Chicago crowd!

Match #1: Malakai Black def. Lee Johnson

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Black stalked Lee into the corner, but “Big Shotty” put on a side headlock. Black escaped and went back on the hunt. Lee clocked Black with an elbow to the head, and this greatly angered Black. Malakai Black stopped Lee Johnson in his tracks with a European uppercut, and then a back elbow. Johnson rallied back, showing heart with a beautiful dropkick and a tope suicida! Johnson connected with a frog splash but didn’t go for the cover. He paid the price, as Black got up and punted Johnson in the face! Black used a striking combination to the body of Johnson in the corner. Black went outside and pulled a chair from underneath the ring. Ref Rick Knox warned Black not to use the chair or he’d be disqualified. Black handed the chair to Lee and dared him to use it. He turned his back to Johnson, who tried to stand up. As Johnson staggered to his feet, Black blasted him with a roundhouse kick and pinned him for the victory!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: Kris Statlander def. Jaime Hayter & Rebel

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Kris and Jamie locked up, jockeying for position in the ring. Hayter finally got a side headlock, and then she rammed Kris into the turnbuckle. Rebel and Hayter used quick tags, double-teaming Kris. Rebel picked up Kris in a vertical suplex position and then hurled her to the mat. Statlander had enough of this and delivered running forearms to Rebel and Jamie. Statlander used a senton splash for a near fall on Rebel! Rebel splashed Kris in the corner. She tried for a second splash but Kris dodged it. Kris kicked Rebel in the face. She applied a spider-crab submission and made Rebel tap out! Baker and Hayter watched on from outside the ring. Statlander was cornered by Baker, Hayter, and Rebel, until Red Velvet ran down to offer her support to Statlander!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Darby Allin def. Daniel Garcia

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CM Punk was on commentary for this match. Darby made his entrance and stared down Punk. Garcia and Darby traded strikes at the start of the match. They brawled outside the ring. Darby charged after Garcia, launching himself, but he crashed and burned against the guardrail! “Red Death” capitalized and rammed Darby into the metal ring steps! Sting dispatched of 2point0 outside the ring! Back in the ring, Darby managed to secure an armbar on Garcia. Darby climbed to the top turnbuckle but had his legs swept out by Garcia. Wasting no time, Garcia superplexed Darby for a near fall. Darby ran into Garcia in the corner, but Garcia hoisted him up with a rear choke! Darby was fading. Darby climbed up the turnbuckles with Garcia still on his back. Darby broke the submission hold by dropping back off the turnbuckles onto the mat! Darby used the Pepsi Twist on Garcia and Punk applauded him from the commentary booth. Darby got a near fall after a Code Red on Garcia. Darby twisted up Garcia’s legs and pinned him! 2point0 took the boots to Darby after the match! Punk walked down to the ring. As Punk cornered both members of 2point0, Darby rocketed out of the ring with a tope suicida right into 2point0! Darby got to his feet and he and Punk got nose to nose and had a stare down!

My Score: 4 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Looks like Malakai Black is gunning for any and all of the Nightmare Family.
  2. Eddie Kingston cut a brilliant promo against Miro that turned into an instant meme.
  3. CM Punk came out for the save post-Allin/Garcia match and stared down Allin in a nice build for their PPV match.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Now this is how you do a go-home show for a pay per view. Matches that built to the PPV, promos that built to ther PPV, but NOTHING felt like it was just builkding to the PPV. Sounds strange but that exactly how this one felt. Nice to see the Malakai Black/Nightmare Family feud continue here – perhaps a sign we won’t see anything regarding it in All Out? Yes, you don’t have to have EVERY storyline play out on a PPV. Maybe “other” promotions need to learn that?!

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