08th Jul2024

‘AEW: Rampage’ Review (Jul 5th 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 Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois; and featured Tony Schiavone, Excalibur and Don Callis on commentary. Now let’s get to the review…

Match #1: Rush def. Komander

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Rush grabbed Komander off the apron, forcing Komander to wipe out onto the arena floor. Rush whipped Komander into the steel barricade! Rush whipped Komander with the camera cable. Rush rocked Komander with a powerslam and then followed up with a double stomp, exploiting his size advantage. Komander stuffed Rush with a DDT out of nowhere! Komander tried for a diving hurracanrana, but Rush countered by catching Rush and whipped Rush into the barricade. Rush tied up Komander in the tree of woe and then kicked Komander in the face. Rush charged in for the Bull’s Horns, but Komander dodged it and took down Rush with a tornillo! Komander rocketed outside with a tope suicida and then a moonsault to Rush. Komander connected with a shooting star press for a near fall! Komander blasted Rush with a crucifix bomb. Rush headbutted Komander! Rush pounded Komander with chops on the apron. Rush hurled Komander off the apron with a suplex down to the arena floor! Rush knocked Komander into next week with the Bull’s Horns and then pinned Komander!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Konosuke Takeshita & Kyle Fletcher def. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)

The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

Takeshita and Fletcher ambushed Private Party before the match began. Quen connected with a springboard dropkick to Fletcher. Takeshita tagged in and double suplexed Private Party! Fletcher stacked Private Party on top of each other and Takeshita splashed them with a sit out senton. Marq Quen suplexed Takeshita and made the tag out to Kassidy. Zay took down Fletcher with a big cross body press. Zay went over the top with a tornillo to Fletcher and Takeshita! Quen went for a 450 splash, but Fletcher raised his knees to counter! Takeshita rag dolled Quen with a German Suplex. Takeshita and Fletcher used stereo brain busters on Private Party for a near fall! Private Party rocked Takeshita with the Gin & Juice out of nowhere, and the served up Gin & Juice to Fletcher! Zay splashed Takeshita with a 450 for a near fall! Takeshita rallied back with lariats to Zay and Quen. Fletcher cracked Quen with a rolling elbow. Fletcher planted Quen with a half and half suplex. Takeshita blasted Zay with the Blue Thunder Bomb while Fletcher finished off Quen with a tombstone piledriver to score the pin!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Kyle O’Reilly def. GPA

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Kyle charged at GPA with a boot to the corner! Kye hammered down with elbows and then a sliding knee. GPA hit Kyle with a jawbreaker. Kyle took down GPA with a leg sweep. Kyle went after GPA with an arm bar and forced GPA to tap out!

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #4: The Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Semifinal – Mariah May def. Hikaru Shida

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Shida and Mariah traded strikes in the center of the ring. Mariah chopped Shida and then cracked Shida with a charging knee strike. Mariah suplexed Shida. Mariah tried for a sunset powerbomb on the floor, but Shida countered with a rana. Shida smashed Mariah with a knee. Toni Storm got into Shida’s face and told her to leave Mariah alone. Mariah mounted a comeback in the ring. Mariah unloaded with a shotgun dropkick for a near fall on Shida. Toni Storm urged Mariah on. Shida rallied back with a snap suplex. Shida blasted Mariah with elbow strikes, battering down Mariah. Mariah took down Shida with a spinning side slam. Mariah went for a hip attack, but Shida countered with a German Suplex. Shida rocked Mariah with a Falcon Arrow, but Mariah kicked out at the one-count! Mariah used a back suplex and then a hip attack on Shida. Toni Storm taunted Shida long enough for Mariah to headbutt Shida. Mariah countered the katana with a rollup and pinned Shida!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

A bit of a disappointment this week for Rampage, with only the tag match really delivering anything like a great match – unfortunately the main event, which looked great on paper, suffered due to incompatibility between the experienced Shida and the still-growing May who, in the end, couldn’t really keep up with her opponent and thus the felt a little flat. But we all get it, the Owen is May’s tournament and it’s all part of the Toni Storm/Mariah May “All About Eve” storyline – where that takes us is the truly interesting part of this whole thing!

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