By Colin McGuire, ProWrestling.internet Staffer (@McGMondays)
AEW Rampage (Episode 57)
Taped September 7, 2022 in Buffalo, New York at KeyBank Area
Aired September 9, 2022 on TNT
The opening video aired and it included MJF. Jim Ross mentioned howdy to everybody and launched the commentary staff of him, Chris Jericho, Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. We then went to the ring with out having introductions for our first match.
1. Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara in a match match for the vacant AEW World Championship. After some slaps, Allin labored a head-lock. Allin in the end stretched Guevara after which labored his arm. Allin went for a splash in a nook, however Guevara moved and took management. Guevara landed a chop. The 2 went to the highest rope and Guevara hit a super-plex earlier than hanging on and getting in one other suplex. When he tried for a 3rd, the 2 spilled to the skin. Allin went for a suicida, however Guevara caught him with a pseudo RKO. We then went to our first industrial break [c].
Again from break, Guevara hit a super-kick. Guevara went tot he high and went for a shooting-star, however Allin moved and hit a Code Purple for a two-count. On the skin, Tay Melo distracted Allin and and Guevara kicked Allin. The married couple made out, however Allin broke it up with a tope suicida. Again within the ring, Allin took off Guevara’s marriage ceremony ring and stomped on his hand. Allin gave Melo the ring and Guevara hit Allin with a knee. Guevara put his ring again on his finger and flipped everybody off.
On the apron, Guevara hit a double springboard cutter for a two-count. Guevara went to the highest and went for a Coffin Drop, however Allin moved. Anna Jay ran down and distracted the ref whereas Guevara hit a low blow and power-bombed Allin onto Allin’s skateboard. Guevara landed the GTH and gained the match.
Sammy Guevara defeated Darby Allin by way of pinfall in 11:06.
After the match, Sammy and Tay kissed within the ring whereas Jay raised their arms. We then received a recap video of MJF’s Wednesday comeback.
McGuire’s Musings: A very good opening match. I don’t know if I’m a fan of Guevara going over, however we now have BCC and JAS in conditions the place both they face certainly one of their very own or one of many different within the finals of the match. Allin kind of missed the skateboard, and thank God for that, as a result of everyone knows how a lot he likes to take these brutal bumps; if he would have landed squarely on it, who is aware of if he’d be capable to stroll immediately. I maintain forgetting Anna Jay is an actual, stay, human being expertise on the AEW roster, so every time I see her run down to assist the faction out, it takes a pair seconds of confusion earlier than I’m like, “Oh, yeah. Isn’t that one thing.” Anyway, this was tame by Darby requirements and since these two work so nicely collectively, I definitely wouldn’t be against seeing one other spherical someplace down the road.
Again from break, Samoa Joe made his solution to the ring. Joe had a mic and mentioned it feels so good to be again in AEW. He apologized for being away and mentioned he owes the gang extra violence sooner or later. Joe mentioned he’s open for enterprise, however Sensible Mark Sterling got here out with Tony Nese and Josh Woods. Sterling mentioned his athletes have been coaching and Nese has extra abs than Joe has had matches in AEW, which was humorous. Sterling mentioned Woods saved his life on Dynamite and due to as a lot, Woods deserves a shot at Joe’s title. Joe mentioned Woods deserves a shot at his title and it’ll occur tonight. Sterling mentioned they aren’t going to do it in Buffalo and as a substitute, they’re going to do it in Albany at Rampage subsequent week.
We then received a video from Miro. He referred to as out God and was offended. He mentioned one other match is on the market, however he’s not concerned and he’s basically actually pissed. He made it clear he needs a belt. Again to the ring, we went.
2. Serena Deeb vs. Madison Rayne. Deeb took Rayne down to start, however the two had been again on their ft quickly. The 2 traded transfer and pin makes an attempt earlier than Deeb advised Rayne she was within the firm earlier than Rayne was after which labored a ground-and-pound. Rayne rolled up Deeb for a two-count after which landed some chops, taking Deeb down. Rayne tried a Entrance Chancery, however Deeb countered with a slam and pounded the hell out of Rayne’s knee, successful with a single-leg crab.
Serena Deeb defeated Madison Rayne by way of submission in 3:56.
Backstage, we received an interview with Jade Cargill. Cargill mentioned “minimize this shit,” however they bleeped “shit” this time. Cargill mentioned Athena thought she’d are available and do one thing, however she did nothing. She mentioned she’s giving out work for anybody who needs to return and get it.
McGuire’s Musings: That ladies’s match was rather a lot shorter than I assumed it might be. Contemplating how Rayne is the Shiny New Factor within the girls’s division as each a coach and wrestler, it’d be good to see her get some momentum. I half-expected Deeb to go over, however not like that. Nonetheless, I assumed the match, whereas too brief, was actually fairly good and if these are two of the primary coaches within the division, that division is in good arms. I’m wondering if this implies we’ll see Deeb constructed up for one more title shot now that the ladies’s division has been considerably re-shuffled with Thunder Rosa out. Elsewhere, the Joe promo was enjoyable, and a match between him and Josh Woods is giving fabulously nostalgic Ring Of Honor vibes, so hopefully they get the time they deserve on Friday. On the opposite aspect, Miro’s promo was awfully fiery and since he seemingly retains mentioning his spouse, I’d be shocked if we don’t see CJ make an look ahead of later.
Again from break, we received a fast promo from Powerhouse Hobbs, who mentioned he’s the Mon-Star. From there, it was the Mark Henry section. Regal mentioned he employed Dax out of obscurity 13 years in the past. Claudio added Dax is strictly the kind of competitor he needs to be within the ring with. Dax mentioned Claudio is a hell of a wrestler. Dax mentioned that is how he feeds his household and tonight, he would be the ROH Heavyweight Champion. Henry advised everybody it’s time for the primary occasion.
3. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Dax Harwood for the ROH Championship. The 2 noticed the Code Of Honor and locked up. After a collection of strikes, the 2 traded chops (Dax) and uppercuts (Claudio). They went for suplexes and Dax suplexed Claudio excessive rope for a tricky touchdown on each components, most notable Dax’s again on the apron. From there, we went to industrial [c].
Again from break, Claudio threw Dax right into a nook and Dax slid on the mat into the ring pole to the skin. Claudio hit a operating dropkick and rolled Dax again into the ring. Claudio labored an stomach stretch. Claudio landed a clothesline for a two-count. Claudio put Dax on the highest rope and the 2 traded blows. Finally, Claudio dropped to the mat and Dax landed a diving head-butt for a two-count. Claudio went for the Neutralizer, however Dax rolled via and hit a pile-driver for a two-count. Dax went to the highest once more, however Claudio minimize him off wit a collection of uppercuts. Claudio then landed a super-plex for an excellent close to fall. Our ultimate PIP started [c].
Again from break, Claudio went for his lifting uppercut, however Dax countered right into a backslide for a two-count. Dax got here out of that by hitting a slingshot Liger Bomb for a two-count. Dax hit two German Suplexes earlier than placing Claudio on the highest rope. Claudio turned and landed on Dax for a two rely after Dax tried a belly-to-back suplex. The 2 received to their ft and exchanged blows once more. Claudio took a bunch of European Uppercuts and fell. Claudio received in his swing. Claudio sank in a sharp-shooter.
Dax reached for the rope, however Claudio stopped him. From there, Dax sank in a sharp-shooter of his personal. Claudio countered and hit a collection of elbows to the aspect of Dax’s head. Claudio went again to the sharp-shooter. Dax tapped out after just a few seconds and offered stomach ache.
Claudio Castagnoli defeated Dax Harwood by way of submission in 20:13.
McGuire’s Musings: A well-worked, hard-fought match. I anticipated a bit of extra of the chop vs. European Uppercuts stuff, however this labored simply as nicely. Dax regarded nice in defeat, regardless of taking a ton of nasty-looking bumps. It’s a must to suppose somebody, someplace goes to place a singles title on him in some unspecified time in the future. My solely hope is that it comes ahead of later as a result of they might actually capitalize on the momentum he’s constructed as one of the revered and beloved wrestlers on the market. I don’t say that in a grasping method, in fact; I say that in a feel-good method. AEW is clearly an organization in determined want of some good, heat tales, and Dax lastly getting some singles shine would assist everybody neglect the stains that the corporate endured this previous week. However that’s the long run. As for this match, it was the whole lot anybody would hope it could possibly be – powerful, technical, sincere and a wrestle. Excellent stuff right here.
And an excellent Rampage. TK mentioned he’s going to start out loading up these playing cards ahead of later and this one definitely performed into that. Gone is the Trustbusters hour and in is the star energy of Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and Claudio Castagnoli, amongst others. This didn’t really feel like a B-show for the primary time in a short while, so hat’s off to everybody who made it that method. I’ll have extra to say, because it appears to go, in my audio assessment.