This week’s AEW Rampage featured Andrade El Idolo in action against Rey Fenix, plus Cash Wheeler facing Jeff Cobb in the main event.
This is AEW Rampage from the UW-Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was taped after Dynamite on Wednesday. Check out the brand new AEW PPV listing archive only on TJRWrestling as well. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Let’s get to it.
It’s Friday night and you know what that means. Excalibur was on commentary with Taz and “The Wizard” yeller Chris Jericho.
This is going to be a condensed review. Frankly, I’m exhausted from writing this week and I need a break with another 4-hour PPV coming on Sunday, but I wanted to at least post something about this show. I watched Rampage while laying down on the couch on Saturday afternoon and I’m writing out some thoughts now. Please check out our AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door preview for the predictions from me and the TJRWrestling team.
Andrade El Idolo defeated Rey Fenix
This was an awesome, PPV-quality match between two talented wrestlers. They were given a lot of time at nearly 18 minutes, which is about as long as I can remember a match on Rampage this year. They rarely go that long. Since neither guy is on the PPV card, I think it’s a case of AEW wanting to give them a lot of time in a match and see what they can do. Andrade got the cheap win when his buddy Rush showed up with a low blow kick to Fenix. That led to Andrade getting the finish. The heels Andrade and Rush even unmasked Fenix, but Penta was there to save his brother. This should lead to Andrade & Rush vs. Fenix & Penta in a match soon. I’d go **** out of five for this match.
There was an Eddie Kingston promo hyping up his rivalry with Chris Jericho and the Blood & Guts match next week on Dynamite.
Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee got added to the Forbidden Door pre-show against Desperado and Kanemaru. However, Lee isn’t sure he can trust Swerve now.
Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez defeated Laynie Luck & Sierra
A short match that didn’t mean much. Serena and Mercedes won with double submission moves, so it shows they are a talented veteran team that is working together. They only got about three minutes. I’d rate it *1/4 for this short match.
Tully Blanchard did a promo talking about his new group. This also led to Jonathan Gresham and Lee Moriarty getting interrupted by Tully, which led to the two sides agreeing to a tag team match.
Hook defeated The DKC
A squash submission win for Hook using the Redrum. It was under two minutes. Call it 1/2* or so.
Jeff Cobb defeated Cash Wheeler
This was the main event. Cobb won clean after about 12 minutes. They are both in the tag team title match, so it didn’t really matter who won. I think Cobb winning makes it more likely that Wheeler and Harwood (aka FTR) are winning the match with two tag team titles on the line and they are my pick to win. Anyway, Cobb won with the Tour of the Islands slam that is like a spinning powerslam. I’d call this match around *** out of five.
After the match, there was a big brawl to end the show for the last four minutes. It was kind of like how Dynamite ended. There were several guys brawling as a way to cover a bunch of different feuds. That included Eddie Kingston fighting Chris Jericho as well. We know AEW loves booking wild brawls to end their shows, so that’s what we got here.
Three Stars of the Show
1. Andrade El Idolo
2. Rey Fenix
3. Jeff Cobb/Cash Wheeler
This Week: 6.5 out of 10
Last Week: 7
Check out the Andrade/Fenix match because it was great. Lots of filler and short segments/matches the rest of the way. The main event was okay. The ending brawl was typical of how AEW likes booking these shows.
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