Remember the Rampage: August 5th, 2022 Edition

Champions Jon Moxley and Swerve In Our Glory bookend this episode of AEW 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 happens on AEW Rampage!

Jon Moxley vs. Mance Warner 

Awesome to see good ol’ Mancer on AEW television. If Warner was to win, he would receive a future shot at the Interim AEW Championship. His promo before the match was well shot and well performed. Warner’s size, strength, and toughness made this a believable contest, even if the result was never really in doubt. I want to have William Regal saying “yum yum yum” as my ringtone. Moxley took the fight to Warner immediately, and the two tough bulls brawled outside the ring for a good amount of the contest. Mox suplexed Warner onto a chair, and later Warner returned the favor plus a DDT smashing Mox’s face into the ring steps. 

The commentary table was having a blast in this one, especially JR. Southern Psychopatch (Warner) vs. Blue Eyed Battler (Moxley) is an excellent nickname matchup. Both fighters were bloodied during the match, as has become a norm for Mox matches. In between his devastating battering blows, the interim champ used his submission skills to wear Warner down. Then a series of stomps into a choke hold turned Mance’s lights out for a Mox win. Moxley is my wrestler of the year thus far, and this match was another solid addition to his resume. 

Konosuke Takeshita vs. Ryan Nemeth 

Takeshita on my television screen is never a bad thing. The crowd was hot for Konosuke, who has lived up to his phenomenon moniker. A Blue Thunder Bomb and massive leaping knee strike earned Takeshita a quick victory. Konosuke will face Claudio for the ROH Championship at Battle of the Belts III, which airs tomorrow evening on TNT. That match should be sublime. 

Madison Rayne vs. Leila Grey

AEW TV debut for Madison Rayne, who was also hired as the new head coach of the women’s division this week. Leila Grey has seen an expanded role lately as a member of The Baddies, even without the approval of leader Jade Cargill. Interesting to see two relatively unknown competitors on Rampage. Rayne has gained a sustained level of success in other promotions and is highly touted as a mentor. After the match, Cargill came out and issued a challenge to Rayne for a championship match on Dynamite. Rayne was able to fend off an attack by Kiera Hogan. Unfortunately, the crowd did not seem into this segment and I have to agree. Cargill should be focused on her ongoing story with Athena and Kris Statlander, but neither was focused in any way. This just felt random overall and is hopefully just a stopgap before a well-deserved major storyline for Cargill and Statlander heading into All Out. 

Swerve In Our Glory vs. Tony Nese & Josh Woods Friday Night Street Fight 

Love to get violent on Friday night. Nese and Woods have been spurs in the champs’ sides for several weeks, and it was satisfying to see them get their just licks. I’m a huge Swerve fan and adore him and Keith Lee as a team. In some creative spots, Nese used protein powder to blind Lee and Strickland threw a toolbox at Tony in retaliation. Former ROH Pure Champion Woods absolutely smashed Swerve into the floor and steps during one of the night’s best and most hardcore spots. 

Keith Lee yeeting Nese into Woods was a fun spot, as was Swerve’s 450 splash onto all three other men in the match. 

Smart Mark Sterling made the questionable legal decision to introduce a table to the ring, and also nailed Strickland in the back of the head with a wrench. With Swerve prone on the table, Sterling looked to fly from the top rope but was thrown through the table by Lee instead. This was not the final table spot of the match, as a superkick/German suplex combo to the outside by Woods and Nese took out Josh and Keith. 

This left Strickland and Nese to battle in the ring. A Swerve Stomp while Nese laying in a pile of chairs was the finishing move. This was a fun main event that helped elevate an otherwise forgettable show. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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