13th Dec2021

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Dec 10th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Rampage, which features not the usual three matches but FOUR, including the in-ring debut of Team Taz’s Hook, who takes on Feugo Del Sol in his very first match in AEW. With that let’s get right into the action!

Match #1: AEW World Tag Team Championship Match – The Lucha Bros def. FTR

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Rey Fenix went for a drop toe hold but Dax smothered him and rolled him up for a one-count. Rey Fenix used an arm drag on Harwood and then a thrust kick on Cash Wheeler. He spring boarded off the ropes and wiped out both members of FTR! Penta El Zero Miedo tagged in and Rey Fenix jumped off his brother’s back and splashed Dax for a near fall.Penta El Zero Miedo stripped a glove off but Cash interrupted and Penta El Zero Miedo rolled him up for a near fall. He followed up with a thrust kick on Cash Wheeler. On the outside of the ring, Harwood smashed Rey Fenix spine-first onto the edge of the ring! As the ref was distracted, Tully and Dax choked Rey Fenix. Dax leveled Rey Fenix before Rey Fenix could tag out to his brother. Dax climbed to the top turnbuckle but Rey Fenix met him up, jumping up like a cat, and sent Dax to the mat with a hurracanrana. FTR double teamed Rey Fenix but Fenix fought through for the tag to Penta El Zero Miedo! Penta El Zero Miedo countered a powerslam by Cash for a near fall. He flattened Cash Wheeler with the Made in Japan for a near fall! Tully jumped up on the apron but Rey Fenix stopped him and clocked him with a right hand. Dax Harwood caught Rey Fenix with a slingshot Liger Bomb for a near fall. Rey Fenix quickly got an O’Connor Roll on Dax but Dax shoved Rey Fenix off and into the ropes. Cash Wheeler was on the apron and was about to smash the incoming Rey Fenix with the Triple A championship title belt but Rey Fenix had it scouted. Rey Fenix had a hand on the belt and tried to pry it away from Cash Wheeler, and Dax Harwood got inadvertently rocked with the title belt! Rey Fenix ran across the top rope from one corner to another and kicked Cash Wheeler in the face!. Rey Fenix launched himself for a frog splash on Dax but Dax lifted up the Triple A title belt while ref Rick Knox had his back turned to deal with Cash Wheeler’s interference! Dax covered Rey Fenix but Rey Fenix kicked out just before the three-count! Rey Fenix jumped off the top rope but FTR countered with the Big Rig! Cash Wheeler covered Rey Fenix for the pin but Penta El Zero Miedo jumped from the top rope to the middle of the ring to break up the pin attempt. All four wrestlers slugged it out in the middle of the ring! Rey Fenix rolled through with a cutter to Dax Harwood. He tried for a cutter on Cash Wheeler but Wheeler was waiting for him and dropped Rey Fenix down hard on the mat! Penta El Zero Miedo lifted up Cash Wheeler and the Lucha Bros spiked Cash with the Fear Factor! Rey Fenix launched himself through the ropes with a tope con hiro to Dax Harwood! Penta El Zero Miedo was finally able to pin Cash Wheeler after that Fear Factor, capping off an epic encounter between the two world renown teams! And still the AEW World Tag Team Champions…The Lucha Brothers!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #2: Nyla Rose, The Bunny, and Penelope Ford def. Ruby Soho, Anna Jay, and Tay Conti

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Nyla shoved Tay and then connected with a knee strike. The Bunny tagged in but Tay dropped her with some throws. Tay Conti connected with a big pump kick to The Bunny! Vickie Guerrero tried to swipe at Tay’s ankle, but Tay moved out of the way, only to eat a boot from Penelope Ford. Ruby Soho tagged in and wiped-out Penelope Ford by sweeping her legs out from underneath her. Nyla Rose tagged in, shoulder tackled Ruby, and dropped a leg across Ruby’s throat! The Bunny cracked Ruby across the jaw with a sliding elbow strike. Nyla smashed Ruby with a spinebuster. Anna Jay tagged in and went to work on Nyla Rose with a series of kicks! Tay Conti nailed The Bunny with the Tay-KO but Nyla met Tay and cut her off in the ring. Vickie passed brass knux to The Bunny and decked Anna Jay with them! Nyla Rose walloped Anna Jay with the Beast Bomb and pinned her!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Hook def. Fuego Del Sol

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Hook turned his back to Fuego Del Sol (who is on a three-match winning streak), showing no respect to his opponent. They began with a collar and elbow tie up. Hook dropped Fuego with a seamless trip. Hook transitioned into a North South choke. Fuego desperately made it to the bottom rope to force the ref break. Hook walked down ref Bryce Remsburg and Fuego rolled up Hook for a near fall. Hook captured Fuego’s ankle and locked him in a freestyle bow and arrow. Fuego elbowed his way out of the bow and arrow. Hook fired back with a ridge hand chop to the side of Fuego’s head. Hook tossed Fuego with the El Camino and began posturing to the crowd. Fuego seized the moment and speared Hook’s midsection. Fuego Del Sol attempted the tornado DDT but Hook stopped him in his tracks and flattened Fuego! Hook followed up with a brutal lariat. Hook locked on the grapevine, stretched Fuego, and tapped him out with the Kata-Ha-Jime!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #4: Adam Cole def. Wheeler Yuta

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Cole and Yuta traded forearms but Cole got the better of it, sending Yuta to the mat. Cole anticipated a dropkick from Yuta but Yuta rolled up Cole for a near fall. Cole connected with a superkick on Wheeler Yuta, who ran full force into it! Adam Cole hit a snap suplex on Wheeler Yuta. He kicked at Yuta’s back lightly, mocking Orange Cassidy who was on the outside. Cole caught Yuta with a well-placed pump kick. Cole wrenched at Yuta’s neck. He followed up with a fireman’s carry neck breaker. Cole dumped Yuta to the arena floor. Cole and Orange had a stare down. Adam Cole attempted the Panama Sunrise but Yuta sat down for a near fall on Cole! Yuta followed up with a crossbody press and a Manhattan Drop. Wheeler Yuta nailed Cole with a diving elbow. Yuta stuck Cole with a German Suplex for a near fall. Yuta climbed to the top turnbuckle but Cole met him up there with a strike. Yuta peppered Cole with elbow strikes and then used a modified Olympic Slam on Cole for another near fall on Cole! Yuta jumped off the top rope but Cole raised his knees to counter! Adam Cole kicked Wheeler Yuta in the side of the head. Cole lowered the boom with the running knee and pinned Yuta!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Another solid episode of Rampage, with a fantastic opening tag match that was fast and furious action, thankfully AEW slowed things down after that and we got a good womens’ Trios match and then THAT debut of Taz’s son Hook. What a debut! Honestly. Hook looked nothing like the kind of fresh, green, talent you’d expect. But when you’ve got Taz’s reputation to live up to is has to be hard, good on Hook for pulling if off – looking like the proiverbial million bucks! Kudos must also got to Fuego Del Sol, who was given the task of Hook first opponent – the trust it takes is well worth noting. In fact so good was the Hook/Fuego Del Sol match that it could have easily replaced the Cole/Yuta match in the main event.

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