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Remember The Rampage: August 19, 2022 Edition

The Best Friends and Trustbusters look to advance in the Trios Tournament, Penelope Ford returns on Rampage.

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 happened on tonight’s AEW Rampage! Rampage was highlighted by the exciting return of the Bad Girl Penelope Ford, and the Best Friends Trios match versus the newly formed Trustbusters.

The show kicked off with ROH Champion Claudio Castagnoli, who shouted out to his mentor and good friend Ricky Steamboat. ROH Pure Rules Champion Wheeler Yuta was also in the ring. Claudio issued an open challenge for his belt, and good ol’ Dustin Rhodes accepted. Like Claudio before his big championship win at Death Before Dishonor, Dustin has been chasing his first-ever world title for his entire career. The two vets will give it their best for the belt next week. This was a solid way to build a face vs. face title bout and should result in a fun clash.

Backstage, Ruby Soho and Ortiz challenged AAA Mixed Tag Team Champions Sammy Guevara and Tay Melo to a match. Ortiz was especially pumped up for the fight. Sounds like a solid match idea. Soho has not been a feature in recent AEW programming, and getting her back in the ring is a terrific idea.

Swerve In Our Glory (c) vs. Private Party AEW Tag Team Championship Match

The champs looked excellent against Private Party. As is becoming the norm, Keith Lee’s power game was the deciding factor throughout the match. Lee almost pounced Marq Quen over the top rope. Private Party showed great resilience, kicking out several big moves. In the end, Swerve hit his JMLL Driver to easily retain his and his partner’s belts.

HOOK (c) vs. Zach Clayton FTW Championship Match

Reality star Zach Clayton came out talking trash about West Virginia. The FTW Champion HOOK, aka El Diablo Guapo, came out and murdered…I mean… Redrumed Clayton. Light work for the phenom. HOOK’s popularity continues to rise, and I am very interested to see what is in store for him at All Out.

After the match, Daddy Magic Matt Menard and Cool Hand Angelo Parker of the Jericho Appreciation Society claimed their shot for the FTW Championship. What would happen if the FTW belt was in the hands of a sports entertainer?

Buddy Matthews vs. Serpentico

In an unscheduled match, Buddy Matthews literally kicked the hell out of Serpentico. I was expecting his beautiful blue mask to come flying off. Matthews will be a key part of the House of Black’s upcoming trios match against Dark Order and the winner of Best Friends and Trustbusters. Matthews’ victory summoned a vengeful Miro, who tossed Malakai Black’s mask to the ground. This angered the honorer of the House, and Miro and Matthews brawled. In an interesting interaction, Julia Hart had a stare-down with the Redeemer. Miro got the best of the exchange with Buddy, possibly kicking a tooth out of Matthew’s mouth and out of the ring.

Penelope Ford vs. Athena

Extremely glad to see Penelope Ford back on Rampage! Ford was involved in one of the great Rampage matches of all time when she tagged with The Bunny and fought recently reunited best friends Anna Jay and Tay Melo in a brutal New Year’s Eve Street Fight. Athena came into the match undefeated and came out with another victory.

After a nice win, Athena was beaten down by the Baddies in a sneak attack. The physical damage was one thing, but TBS champ Jade Cargill went for emotional damage by sledgehammering Athena’s hand-crafted wings. Destroying someone’s art project is a slime-ball move, and will just turn up the heat for a likely TBS Championship match at All Out.

Trustbusters vs. Best Friends Trios Match In AEW World Trios Championship Tournament Quarterfinal 

Once again, a six-person tag match steals the show. The AEW World Trios Championship Tournament is two for two in match quality, and will probably get even better. The Best Friends are one of the most perpetually over parts of AEW, and the Trustbusters looked like a dangerous group in this hard-hitting trios match.

In trios matches, Best Friends have as much experience as any of the remaining teams. The team of Ari Daivari, Slim J, and Parker Boudreaux held their own against Best Friends throughout the match, but Trent, Chuck, and Orange proved to be the superior threesome. The BF trio used the power of spooky buddy Danhausen to curse Slim J who was then planted by all three Best Friends in a unique combination move to pick up the victory. The win moves Best Friends into the Semi Finals of the trio’s tournament, where a fellow bestie group of Dark Order or House of Black will be waiting.

Between the Best Friends, trios match win, Penelope Ford, and Swerve In Our Glory, tonight’s Rampage felt important. What was your favorite part of the show? Comment below!

Written by Joel Kananen

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