AEW Rampage 6/17/2022


Jon Moxley defeated Dante Martin (11:58)

***1/4

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Jericho immediately trashed Blackpool and said anyone from Blackpool is "a stupid idiot." Regal is vexxed Jericho isn’t bald and called Jericho a name that shouldn't be googled.

Martin and Moxley exchanged strikes and kicks until Moxley hit a cutter out of nowhere. Martin got a near fall off a sunset flip but Moxley came back with a lariat. Moxley battered Martin with the hammer and anvil elbows, then locked in a stretch with a hammerlock on the mat and Martin had to tap out.

When Regal leaves commentary, he makes another joke at Jericho’s expense that he will eventually see Jericho bald.



– Tony Schiavone interviewed Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee. Strickland argued that the battle royal was singles competition (and Lee would have put Strickland out when given the chance anyway), but still wants to be a tag team. Lee goes to leave but they’re interrupted by Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks.


– Dueling promos from House of Black and Death Triangle. Penta and Malakai Black have a match on Wednesday for the All Atlantic four way.


Max Caster & The Gunn Club (w/ Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn) defeated Leon Ruff & Bear Country (1:15)

**

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Max Caster had something to say, but somebody made him sign an NDA. This was his best rap out in a while. Ruff is formerly of NXT and this was pretty much a squash. Quick draw from Austin Gunn and a top rope elbow from Caster took care of Ruff and Caster got the easy pin.


– Lexi Nair interviewed Hook. Hook will face a New Japan “top prospect” on Rampage next Friday. “Does anything excite Hook?” Danhausen interrupts, but Hook tells him “I’ve got this.” HOOK SPEAKS!



Jade Cargill (w/ Kiera Hogan & Stokley Hathaway) defeated Willow Nightingale for the TBS Championship (4:56 aired)

**

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Hathaway joined the commentary team just in time to hear Jericho crown Cargill his “Sports Entertainer of the Week.”

After a long split-screen segment and a commercial, Nightingale hit a Cargill with a cannon ball in the corner. Cargill came back, hit a pedigree and then the Jadad Slam for the pinfall. Most of this match took place in the split-screen window.

After the match, Hogan laid in some boots on Nightingale. Athena came in from behind and took Hogan out with an Eclipse. But then Athena ate a pump kick from Cargill, making her look like a geek. Kris Statlander ran, caught Hathaway with a punch to the back of the head, and ran off Cargill.

Athena v. Cargill is looking increasingly like a speed bump on the way to Statlander v. Cargill.


– Hype video for Satnam Singh and Jay Lethal. They took a shot a Samoa Joe not being a fighting ROH Television champion. ROH doesn't even have TV yet. Where is Joe supposed to defend it?



Darby Allin defeated Bobby Fish (11:45)

***1/4

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O’Reilly stayed in the back for this match. Allin promised to break Fish’s leg in the pre-match promo.

Fish hit Allin with a knee to the midsection and threw Allin into the ring stairs. They fought on the apron, and Fish German suplexed Allin, sending him bouncing off the apron and crashing to the floor. Finally back in the ring, Fish hit a top rope Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Fish grabbed an ankle lock, but Allin countered with the Last Supper cradle and got the three count.

Fish attacked Allin after the bell and called out Kyle O’Reilly, who brought a chair. But before O’Reilly could get to the ring, the lights went out. When they came back on, It’s STIIIIIIING (really needed Schiavone for that, Excalibur's call just wasn't the same). Sting took O’Reilly out with a groin shot with his trusty bat. Allin pillmanized Fish’s leg with a coffin drop, and Sting wrenched Fish’s knee.

The babyfaces stood tall (well, Sting stood, Allin was still kind of slumped in the corner) while the heels were laid out to end the show.


Overall: Thumbs Up


By: #GeraldRoberts