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Remember the Rampage: July 22nd, 2022 Edition

ROH storylines get one last look before Death Before Dishonor on Rampage. Plus RAP BATTLE!

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: July 22nd, aka Fyter Fest Night Four!

John Silver & Adam Page vs. The Butcher & The Blade 

Retirement? Nah, this is Rampage! (For coverage of Vince McMahon’s exit from WWE check out Andrew Grevas’ piece here. Now back to our regularly scheduled coverage. 

The Hangman has been a bit aimless since losing the AEW Championship, and the Dark Order has been aimless since even before then. Putting the two together officially could be a major boost for everyone involved. Page and DO are beloved, and having them in a key position should be a priority for Tony Khan. 

As for this match, it was a rip-roaring good time. Page went for high-flying attacks early, but the stout Butcher and Blade withstood on Rampage: July 22nd.

True to the name, The Blade was busted open early in the match, adding a little color to this violent affair. The Meat Man Silver and his cowboy buddy made mincemeat of The Butcher for a no-doubter win. Butcher and Blade are good hands, and the act is boosted by the inclusion of Bunny who was noticeably absent here on Rampage: July 22nd.

Nice video package for the upcoming ROH Pure Championship match between Wheeler Yuta and Daniel Garcia. Can’t wait for the one and the rest of Death Before Dishonor (check out our predictions here).

Claudio Castagnoli cut a promo for his match against Johnathan Gresham for the ROH Championship. Claudio said that he was ready to win his first major title, and no one could hold a candle to what he can do in the ring. The crowd loved this, Claudio is big-time over. 

Wardlow said he will beat the shit out of any locker room in the world to defend his TNT Championship. 

Dante Martin vs. Lee Moriarty 

This is the type of matchup I want on Rampage. Martin and Moriarty have tremendous skill and potential. The two started with a handshake of respect, and some excellent chain wrestling to start this match. Poetry in motion. 

After commercial Stokely Hathaway came down to ringside, presumably to continue to court Moriarty for a second straight week. Lee was almost able to submit Martin with a Border City Stretch, but Dante got a rope break. After reversing Martin’s Okada roll, Lee grabbed the rope and picked up a tainted win. 

This bad sportsmanship caused Matt Sydal to challenge Moriarty to a match next week, student versus teacher. Stokely offered Lee a business card, but it was not taken.

Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter vs. Skye Blue & Ashley D’Amboise 

I’m not sure why the only involvement that the AEW Women’s roster has had on Rampage has been squash tag matches, but I don’t like it. This should have been a spot to showcase the upcoming match between Mercedes Martinez and Serena Deeb. 

Britt and Jamie seemed to have fun beating up their opponents. One day Skye Blue is going to have a big upset win and it’s going to be awesome. Baker and Hayter took turns punishing D’Amboise, and finished the match with Britt’s Lockjaw. 

Max Caster and Austin Gunn Rap Battle 

Too bad this was taped on Wednesday, as I think Mr. Caster may have had something to say about Friday’s other wrestling news. I want an Acclaimed football jersey. Atlanta hip-hop legend Lil Scrappy was the official for this battle. Austin came out swinging with a Bobby Lashley sister line, how Max fumbled his relationship with Kris Statlander, and some innuendo about Max and Anthony’s relationship ending with an emphatic suck it. Max’s first response was a bit lackluster. Gunn came back strong accusing Max of stealing John Cena’s gimmick. Caster’s verbal attack became focused on Daddy Billy, which rattled Austin to the point of a choke job. A personal highlight of this for me was Max using rap to wax poetic about the dangers of gun ownership and Bowens sparking up. The Gunns lost the rap battle but did stand strong after the physical altercation. This was a pretty solid battle, and as much as I hate to admit it, Austin may have had the more devastating raps. Caster held the edge in crowd control and flow. All of this is ridiculous in the best way. Acclaimed vs. Ass Boys rules, to me. 

Holy cow Excalibur reading the Death Before Dishonor card was something. 

Jay Lethal vs. Christopher Daniels

Nice to see Christopher Daniels wrestling on television. The two ROH legends had a solid main event here. The Fallen Angel was a crafty vet in this one and found success. 

All Jay needed to win was a Lethal Injection to put CD away. Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh at ringside loomed large in this match but did not get involved until the post-match beat down. No Samoa Joe appearance, which was disappointing. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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