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Remember the Rampage: July 15th 2022 Edition

ROH champion Jonathan Gresham retains, and tag team wrestling takes center stage 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 (who was sorely missed tonight), and I 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 Fyter Fest Night Two!

Malakai Black & Brody King vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds 

Dark Order versus House of Black is a feud I can get behind. I believe John Silver is a dark horse for future AEW Champion. After losing his chance to become Interim AEW Champion, Brody King was out for revenge. Black and Reynolds started in this one and set the tone for a solid night of action. The power battle between Silver and King was excellent. The Kings of the Black Throne were mostly dominant, but the Dark Order teammates put up a good fight and spotlighted their abilities. 

Teams that can perform double team moves like these two make wrestling better. In the end, Brody’s power was the difference maker. 

After the match, Darby attacked King while Black and Sting had a stare-down on the ramp. The crowd chanted holy shit for the two just looking at each other which I thought was a little funny. Miro cut a promo that ended with him asking if the House of Black is going to destroy him or recruit him. The House is a faction of priority moving forward.

Jonathan Gresham (c) vs. Lee Moriarty ROH Championship Match 

After his surprising heel turn and commitment to Tully Blanchard Enterprises, champion Gresham defended his title against the rising star Moriarty. Both competitors are super-skilled in the ring, and this match was proof. Taigastyle vs. Octopus was a battle. Gresham was still announced as “The Foundation,” but his former stable mates were replaced by Brian Cage, Toa Liona, Kaun, and Tully himself. Moriarty was accompanied by Matt Sydal. The code of honor was respected, and the match started at a solid pace. ROH commentator Caprice Coleman noted that the Gresham had a weak chin, and an aggressive Moriarty based his attack on strikes to the face. 

The now heel Gresham utilized a low blow to take control and started to focus his attack on Lee’s arm.  Moriarty was a house of fire in this one, as the young prodigy no doubt wanted to ascend to a higher level. The two wrestlers traded lightning-quick pin attempts until the champ quickly struck with an Octopus Lock for a submission win. This was an exciting match and just a taste of what both Moriarty and Gresham can do. 

After the match Claudio Castagnoli came out, seemingly to claim his spot as the next challenger for Gresham hopefully at Death Before Dishonor. 

Athena & Kris Statlander vs. The Renegade Twins 

I think The Renegade Twins have a bright future in AEW, and this was a good spot for them. Kris Statlander and Athena are two of the best in-ring talents in AEW’s division, and collectively have the best shot to hand the undefeated Jade Cargill her first loss. I am rooting for Statlander to become the TBS Champion. She has a tremendous connection to the crowd and should be rewarded for her time with the company. 

This match was pretty much all Athena and Kris, and The Fallen Goddess hit her finisher for an easy victory. Jade and Kiera Hogan came out and took out Athena and Statlander in about two seconds. It would have been nice if they had brawled a bit longer, especially since the match was so short. The women’s division seems to have a lot of stories going which is a positive, but they don’t get the time or focus they need to connect. 

Gunn Club and The Acclaimed 

How could Billy Gunn explain the betrayal of the century? Sometimes Daddy Ass has to drop the hammer. The Acclaimed came to the ring sans mic and looked ready to pound the Ass Boys. Billy looked for a scissor but ate a superkick from Anthony Bowens instead. Max then got on the microphone and dissed all the Gunns, who declined a challenge for a match. I love The Acclaimed and am very interested to see how their face turn goes. 

Private Party vs. Lucha Bros 

Tag team wrestling is the best. Private Party, and their theme (I’m upset they played Andrade’s instead), was one of my early favorites when first getting into AEW, and Lucha Bros soon followed. Penta and Rey were justifiably still pissed about Andrade and Rush stealing their masks, and looked to take it out on Private Party. These four athletes thrilled the audience with several difficult maneuvers. Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy hit the first pair of big dives, as well as Silly String for an early advantage. 

The former AEW champs are never down for long, as Fenix hit a reverse powerbomb/leg drop on both Private Partiers. Incredible move. 

The finish of the contest saw Penta his a Death Valley Driver in the corner and Made In Japan before kicking Andrade off the apron. More chaos as Jose and Alex brawled on the outside again. Rush tried to interfere, but the Lucha Brothers would not be denied. Penta and Rey were able to lay out Private Party with a destroyer and a driver to pick up the main event win. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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