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Remember The Rampage: June 17 2022 Edition

Jon Moxley and Darby Allin show why they are AEW main-stays, Jade Cargill stays undefeated.

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)!

Jon Moxley vs. Dante Martin 

Road Rager Rampage! Tonight started with likely future AEW Interim Champion Jon Moxley taking on a hopeful future AEW champ Dante Martin. This was an excellent match overall. Mox was in a bad mood from the start and took it out on young Dante. Regal talked Bryan Danielson/Zach Sabre Jr, so hopefully, we will get that at Forbidden Door. Dante, as is the norm, made the crowd ooohhhh and awwww with his other-worldly body control while aerial. 

Moxley countered Martin’s high-flying with his hard-handed arsenal of shots, as well as a great suplex off the top ropes. Dante was able to hit consecutive offensive moves off the ropes to get close to victory, and then topped himself with a tremendous Avalanche Sliced Bread. This got a great reaction from Regal. 

Despite Dante’s excellent performance, there was no chance he was going over here. A massive lariat and punishing series of elbows from Moxley set up his submission win. One day Martin should beat Moxley. 

Sidenote: if you’re looking for more Mox, he is set to defend his GCW title tomorrow night against one of the best and most underrated wrestlers in the world in Tony Deppen. 

Backstage, Keith Lee gave Swerve Strickland 30 seconds to explain himself before Lee beat Swerve’s ass. Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks interrupted and said that Lee and Strickland have never been able to beat them. It seems like Keith and Swerve will have at least one more match together. 

House of Black and Death Triangle video to promote the upcoming match All-Atlantic Championship qualifier match. Penta says Malakai is a clown.

Max Caster & Gunn Club vs. Leo Ruffin & Bear Country 

Max’s rap included a line about signing an NDA, a reference to the developing Vince McMahon investigation. Max and the Gunns took out their opponents quickly and had a scissor party in the middle of the ring. Max pinned Ruffin in a quick squash. 

It was announced that Hook will face a LA Dojo member next week on Rampage. Danhausen came in and said that they would handle New Japan stars together, but Hook responded with a quick “I’ve got it,” and exited. 

Jade Cargill (c) vs. Willow Nightingale TBS Championship Match 

Great to see Willow get a promo on Dynamite and a championship match on Rampage. Nightingale’s infectious smile and personality are a winning combo, matched by her impressive skillset in the ring. Stokely Hathaway joined commentary, which was a great choice. Taz doubled down on his stance that Stokely is shifty. In-ring, this was a solid contest. Jade dodging Willow’s signature pounce was good. It’s rare for someone to match Cargill’s strength, but Nightingale came close. Willow got a near-fall after a cannonball in the corner, but one Jaded from Cargill gave the champ her 33rd consecutive win. 

After the match, Kiera Hogan attacked Willow, which brought out Athena and Kris Statlander. I’m firmly on the side of having Statlander be the one to give Jade her first loss and become the new TBS champ.  

Darby Allin vs. Bobby Fish 

Before the match, Darby promised to break Bobby Fish’s leg and achieve retribution for Darby’s goth dad Sting. Allin came out serious in this one, leaving his skateboard backstage. Darby is known for his high-risk offense, but in this one, these two were very physical from the beginning.

After the first of a few ringside brawls in this match, Fish broke out an impressive moonsault, but no one was home. Darby countered with his insane tope suicida dive that sent both guys slamming into the barricade. Bobby also dragon-screwed Allin into the barricade a few times, which looked extremely painful. 

Darby’s Coffin Drop to a standing Fish on the outside was a highlight. Darby is one of the most intense wrestlers on television, and I seem to find myself enjoying almost all of his matches. Late in the contest, the veteran Fish took to dismantling Allin including a German Suplex on the apron by Bobby. 

Fish followed the German with an Avalanche Falcon Arrow with that looked amazing. Fish is a great hand for AEW to have, as his tag partner Kyle O’Reilly, whose match against Darby at Double Or Nothing was a show-stealer. Despite the big moves, Darby was able to outwrestle Fish with a nice counter to pick up the win. 

After the match, Kyle O’Reilly came out with a chair and the intent to put Darby away for good. Instead, the lights went out, and Sting reappeared. The icon gave KOR a whack to the family jewels, and Darby did a Coffin Drop to a chair wrapped around Fish’s leg to end Rampage with a great match and fun return. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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