Remember The Rampage: July 1st Edition

Rampage Rumble and Young Bucks highlight the first Rampage of July.

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, Taz, and Ricky Starks, and am not afraid to use this series to campaign Tony Khan to make the trio the official table for all of AEW. With that being said, it’s time to review the main event (and everything else that happens, of course)!

Rampage Rumble

Twenty men, two rings, and two simultaneous battle royals? Interesting choice. I guess Tony Khan really likes to have somewhat convoluted rumbles for the chance to face Interim AEW Champion, Jon Moxley. 

Some random thoughts as these rumbles rambled on: Darby Allin hitting his insane tope after eliminating Tony Nese was awesome. Hangman and John Silver vs. Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs should be a match on Dynamite. Billy Gunn is still aligned with The Acclaimed, and no Ass Boys to be seen. Rush made his in-ring debut, and looked great. Penta and Rush brawled on the outside of the rings, and I’m very excited for a LIF vs. Lucha Bros rivalry. Swerve and Keith Lee were in separate rings, smart way to keep them involved but separated. I wonder if they will do a spot where one person helps eliminate or save someone else from the other ring. Konosuke Takeshita comes out at #9 in the blue ring and he’s my hopeful pick to win. Take vs. Mox sounds amazing. Orange Cassidy versus Konosuke also sounds amazing. I’m just a huge Takeshita fan. 

Lee eliminates Hobbs and Starks eliminates Lee, so it seems like that feud is ongoing. Brody King eliminates Hangman to win his ring! Didn’t see that coming but I like it. Darby wins his side, and the two are fighting across both rings. Darby gets caught in a sleeper and dropped to the ground by Brody, and King will face Moxley for the interim title. 

I like this pick. King looked great and should have a hard-hitting match against the champ.  The camera and production crew did a nice job showing the action in both rings and the entrances.

Young Bucks vs. Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi 

The Forbidden Door is still cracked open, and the relationship between AEW and NJPW is just getting started. If Goto and Yoshi-Hashi win, they will receive a chance at the AEW Tag Team Championship. These two teams put on a great match. Nick’s leap off the top ropes to take out Bishamon was pitch-perfect. 

I even watched the dreaded Picture in Picture during this match, which was full of some solid action. The Bucks’ tandem offense was on point, but the New Japan veterans had some effective tag team tricks of their own. 

Goto and Yoshi-Hashi nailed Nick with a ushigoroshi/superkick combo, getting a very near pinfall and chance at the belts. Then a crazy double Superkick-BTE Trigger-double ring Meltzer Driver combination scored the victory for the Jackson brothers. 

Nyla Rose vs. Toni Storm

I love a Nyla Rose promo. She’s very funny and conveys emotion in a way that many wrestlers struggle with. Storm has been a good addition to AEW, especially after her excellent match against Thunder Rosa at Forbidden Door. Both competitors in this one are extremely competent in the ring. Rose’s new friend Marina Shafir was a problem for Storm in this one, interfering early and often. It seems like Tony Khan is setting up pairs in the women’s divisions in anticipation of a new tag team championship. There was a lot of back and forth between the two, including a nice German suplex by Toni for a two count. 

Shafir continued to get involved, but Storm’s perseverance gave her a solid victory. Thunder Rosa came out to even the odds in the post-match brawl, and a tag match between the two sides was set, as Toni and Rosa were dubbed ‘Thunderstorm’. 

What did you think of this week’s Rampage? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Joel Kananen

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