Remember the Rampage: July 8th 2022 Edition

Eddie Kingston and Konosuke Takeshita Create Magic, and ROH Storylines Move Forward

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!

Eddie Kingston vs. Konosuke Takeshita

This is the type of match that AEW is made for. Two competitors that would have only been known on the fringes of professional wrestling are now the showcase. Takeshita has taken AEW by storm, much like Kingston did but in a different way. The former DDT champion and Kenny Omega protégée boasts an awesome offensive technique and put it to work against Eddie in this smash-mouth contest. 

Eddie works at a truly singular pace, and when he gets into fast action it is a frenetic sprint of energy. The ending of this match made me gasp. These two super-strikers were trading massive shots and loving it. The crowd and viewing audience were also loving it, as two of the biggest babyfaces in AEW created some professional wrestling magic. 

Eddie just collapsing on Takeshita was believable and a great image. Schiavone saying the match might have been a double knockout if Eddie didn’t land on Konosuke was good stuff. This match was really good stuff. I can’t wait to see where Konosuke and Eddie go next. 

What’s up next for HOOK? Probably more wins fueled by some delicious crispy bags. 

Jonathan Gresham & Lee Moriarty vs. The Gates of Agony 

Tully Blanchard’s newest clients Toa Liona and Kaun made a nice impression in their Rampage debut. The aggressively named Gates of Agony may not be FTR, but they showed promise while beating up Moriarty.

The stipulation for this match was that if Moriarty and Gresham won, Lee would be able to challenge his partner for the ROH Championship. However, if The Gates of Agony won, a member of Tully Blanchard Enterprises would receive the opportunity (probably Brian Cage even though he wasn’t officially in the match).

Moriarty took much of the punishment from the GOA brutes and was in an even worse position when Gresham left the tag corner and hugged Tully. This is an interesting development for Ring of Honor, as a Gresham heel turn would be a diversion from his leader of The Foundation role in the previous iteration of ROH. 

Never make a liar out of Eddie Kingston if you value your blood, and don’t mess with Ruby Soho. To atone for his perceived failures, Kingston demands a world of barb-wire to enclose him and Chris Jericho for their final bloody battle. 

Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez vs. Kayla Sparks & Christina Marie 

Another squash match for the formidable duo of Deeb and Martinez, followed by a big breakup. The two one-upping each other by inflicting pain was a quite fun and effective story, and now the match is ready. I’m excited to see Mercedes defend her title against Serena, probably at ROH’s upcoming show Death Before Dishonor, and I think Deeb should win.

Gresham and Moriarty will have a match for the ROH Championship on next week’s Rampage. 

Orange Cassidy vs. Tony Nese 

I’ve enjoyed Tony Nese’s mid-card work in AEW, and his relationship with Smart Mark Sterling is a big reason why. Despite being Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy is full of wrestling zest and juice and on a major roll. The action in this contest was great, but the pre-match was the chef’s kiss. I need a rainbow Best Friends jumpsuit. 

I love this style of wrestling. Speed and ingenuity were the focus, and these two are some of the best at it. Nese looked impressive as always, even in what was an obvious loss from the start.

Lawyerhausen is incredible, as was his evil dick punch to Mark Sterling. Danhausen was able to successfully curse Nese, which was immediately followed up by a crushing Orange Punch from Cassidy for the win. 

Rampage has been on a hot streak of delivering at least one must-see match per episode, which is a solid rate for a one-hour show. Tonight’s show also had big implications for ROH, which gave every segment stakes. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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