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Remember the Rampage: August 12th, 2022 Edition

Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia get ready for epic clash and Sonny Kiss goes bad.

THIS. IS. REMEMBER. THE. RAMPAGE. Sorry, I enjoy that theme song for some reason. Each week, I will be reviewing the hour-long explosion of professional wrestling known as AEW Rampage, focusing on the highlights of the show because I just plain ol’ love wrestling. I also love the announce team of Excalibur and Taz and am not afraid to use this series to campaign Tony Khan to make them the official table for all of AEW (feels like this might be happening). With that being said, it’s time to review the main event and everything else that happens on AEW Rampage!

The American Dragon Bryan Danielson opens the show to address his loss to Daniel Garcia and their upcoming rematch. Danielson said that he will never willfully stop wrestling, but Garcia will not be the one to end him. Garcia came to the ring, signature Kangol hat atop his head, and said he will end his hero Danielson’s career. Garcia was one of the young talents Danielson first mentioned during the formation of the Blackpool Combat Club. Will Garcia become the best technical wrestler in the world or the best technical sports entertainer in the world? The choice is his. This was a good build to the already well-hyped upcoming 2 out 3 falls match on Dynamite. 

Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo vs. Dante Martin & Skye Blue AAA Mixed Tag Team Championship Match 

I love watching Sammy and Dante in the ring together. The two young stars seemed destined to clash forever. As someone who has seen the progression of Skye Blue’s career from indie matches in Chicago to now, it was great to see her in a high-profile match. Martin’s hometown pop was also a wonderful moment. 

The newly married Guevara and Melo played their heel role well, using underhanded tricks and making out to celebrate. Dante used Tay’s back as a launch pad in a fun spot. Melo responded by DDTing Martin and hitting her TayKO kick on Skye Blue to retain her and her hubby’s title. This was a short match that packed in some fun highlights. 

Parker Boudreaux vs. Sonny Kiss

AEW debut for Parker Boudreaux. Also the anticipated television return of Sonny Kiss. Parker is a member of the newly formed group called the Trustbusters, along with Ari Daivari and Slim J. Bordeaux hit a few power moves on Kiss to win a squash match. Not much going on here. 

Gunn Club vs. Beardhausen 

Mega-pop for the originator of the Ass Boys moniker, Danhausen. Gunn Club had their way with Danhausen until a hot tag to Erick Redbeard, who paid tribute to Brodie Lee. After Billy helped clear Redbeard from the ring, Colten hit the Fame-Asser on Dan for the win. The Gunn Club have come into their own and are an effective heel tag team. They can elicit a real reaction from the crowd and play off it well. Before the match began, I predicted a Gunn Club win which would lead to a furthering of their feud with The Acclaimed, and it seems that is the direction. I could see the full Gunn Club trio take on The Acclaimed and Danhausen, which sounds like a delightful All Out pre-show match. 

Undefeated FTW Champion HOOK came out to the ring in the freshest white hoodie. Reality star Zach Clayton interrupted and challenged HOOK to a match for the FTW belt. Clayton hails from New Jersey and HOOK is a New Yorker. The feud writes itself. The two will face off on next week’s Rampage. 

Orange Cassidy vs. Ari Daivari

Nice preview for the upcoming Trustbusters vs. Best Friends match in the Trios Title Tournament. Cassidy has suffered three high-profile matches in a row, but the crowd is still extremely hot for him. Daivari’s gimmick is that he received a massive trust fund and is using it to buy the best talent possible. He wants to buy Orange, but first OC must stop hanging out with his good buddies. Anyone trying to break up the Best Friends is a mega-heel to me. Cassidy seemed to have a great time playing mind games with Daivari, giving the people exactly what they want from the BFs. 

After the usual Cassidy antics (not a diss, I love antics and Orange), the finishing sequence was some good fun and explosive action. Daivari hit an Iconoclast for a near pinfall, but it was not meant to be. An Orange Punch nailed Ari for a win. After the match Best Friends and Trustbusters brawled. The big surprise was Sonny Kiss reappearing and nailing Cassidy right in the tangerines.

Written by Joel Kananen

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