AEW Rampage 7/15/2022


This is the 50th episode of AEW Rampage! 

Taped in Savannah, GA with Jim Ross, Excalibur, Chris Jericho and Tony Schiavone on commentary.



The Kings of the Black Throne (w/ Julia Hart) vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds (8:18)

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Malakai Black and Reynolds started out, and Reynolds kept up with Black on the mat. Brdoy King and Silver got the tags and Silver was able to knock King down after three flying shoulder tackles, but it only took one tackle from King to send Silver down. Silver and Reynolds used double team moves to send both King and Black to the floor. When Reynolds tried a dive onto King on the floor, King caught him and drove him into the ring apron. The House of Black had control as the show took a split-screen break.

Reynolds ducked a kick from Black and got the tag to Silver, who took Black down with a flying uppercut. Silver got a near fall after an Angle Slam. Silver tagged Reynolds back in too soon and he ate a boot from King and a lariat from Black for a near fall. Silver and Black double-teamed King, and got a near fall after a german suplex from Silver. Black and King hit Dante’s Inferno on Reynolds to get the pinfall.

After the match, as the House of Black were walking to the back, Darby Allin flew off the top of the tunnel to attack Brody King. Sting came out and had a staredown on the entrance stage while Allin and King brawled through the crowd.


– In a pre-taped promo, Miro wanted to know if his god sent the House of Black to destroy him… or recruit him?


Jonathan Gresham (w/ Tully Blanchard and Tully Blanchard Enterprises) defeated Lee Moriarty (w/ Matt Sydal) to retain the ROH World Title (9:01 aired)

***1/4

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This match had the ROH presentation again, with Bobby Cruiser as the ring announcer and Caprice Coleman on commentary. Moriarty sent Gresham to the floor twice, and followed him out the second time to brawl around ringside. Back in the ring, Gresham tried to take control by working over the arm, but when the ref turned his back, Gresham hit Moriarty low to take control. Gresham took Moriarty down with a side headlock several times and the show took another split-screen break.

Back from break, Excalibur refers to the match as a “chess match” and having been in several hundred chess matches myself I disagree. Moriarty got a nice throw/suplex out of an armbar. Moriarty hit a great dropkick and got a single under hook suplex with a bridge for a near fall. Gresham kept going back to attacking Moriarty’s arm. Moriarty got another near fall off a cradle, but Gresham trapped him in an octopus and stretched him for the submission.

After the match, Tony Shiavone interviewed Gresham, who promised to be on AEW Rampage every week. Gresham called himself the best technical wrestler. Claudio Castagnoli (who has never held a world championship) came out and taunted Gresham from the stage.


– Christopher Daniels called out Jay Lethal in defense of Samoa Joe. That’s probably a Rampage match next week. 



Kris Statlander & Athena defeated Charlette & Robyn Renegade (0:25)

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The Renegades are twin sisters who have wrestled on Dark and Elevation. Athena and Statlander hit them both with dropkicks before the bell. Athena and Statlander took Robyn out with a Codebreaker out of an electric chair drop, and then Athena hit Charlette with the “O-Face” (her top rope cutter) for the pinfall.

After the match, Leyla Grey (who had been watching from ringside with other “Baddies”) got in Athena’s face. Athena and Statlander started to get the best of Grey, but Jade Cargill and Keira Hogan ran in and attacked. It seemed like this might have been “the plan” Stokley had in mind for Grey; she basically sacrified herself so Cargill and Hogan could get the jump on the babyfaces. Cargill seemed more pleased with Grey than she was on Wednesday, at any rate.


– Lexi Nair interviewed Lee Moriarty after his loss. Brandon Stokley interrupted to offer Moriarty his services as a manager, but Matt Sydal chased him off. Sydal made a match for Moriarty against Dante Martin for next week.


– Tony Schiavone interviewed Billy Gunn and The Gunn Club. Gunn admitted to treating the Acclaimed better than his own sons, but sometimes “Daddy A** has to drop the hammer.” This brought out the Acclaimed, who weren’t there to wrap, they were they to fight! Billy tried to get them to “scissor,” but Bowens hit Billy with a superkick. The Acclaimed took out the Gunns, and Max Caster rapped about Billy Gunn “being hung like a tadpole.” Bowens challenged the Gunns to a match “right now,” but the Gunns declined. The Acclaimed were hugely over as faces.


Lucha Bros (w/ Alex Abrahantes) defeated Private Party (w/ Andrade El Idolo & Jose) (11:16)

***1/4

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In the pre-match promo, Private Party made it known that they were having a hard time getting ahold of Andrade, but they did see pictures of the wedding. El Idolo and Jose displayed all the masks they'd taken off of the Lucha Bros over the last few weeks.

Private Party got Penta with the silly string spinning DDT, then hit Fenix with a springboard cutter to knock him off the ring apron.

After the break, Penta hit a slingblade and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to take control. He got the tag to Fenix, who threw Isiah Kassidy in a reverse powerbomb while leg dropping Marq Quen at the same time. Kassidy hit a crossbody on Fenix while he was on Quen’s shoulders for a near fall. Private Party hit an atomic drop into enziguri. Penta tried to come off the top ropes with a crossbody but slipped and fell off instead. Penta hit Kassidy with a gamengiri in the corner, then Death Valley Drove Quen into Kassidy in the corner. Penta got a near fall on Quen after the Made in Japan for a near fall.

Jose jumped up on the ring apron to distract Penta, but Abrahantes pulled him off the apron and they started to brawl. Penta superkicked Andrade off the ring apron.

Rush ran in and tried to attack Penta behind the referee’s back, but the interference backfired and sent Penta into a Canadian Destroyer on Marq Quen. Fenix then hit the Black Fire Driver on Quen and got the pinfall.

After the match, there was clear dissension between Andrade, Rush and Private Party.


Overall: Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Down


By: #GeraldRoberts


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