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Remember The Rampage June 4 2022 Edition

CM Punk makes a huge announcement, championship matches, Young Bucks and Lucha Bros have a Rampage classic.

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)!

Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros 

I love both of these teams so damn much. I am fairly new to wrestling and attending live shows, but seeing Penta and Rey Fenix win the AEW Tag Team Championship at All Out in that cage match remains my favorite live match ever. These brother teams have such good chemistry with themselves and each other, and this was just another classic in their long-lasting rivalry. 

The Hardy Brothers and Jurassic Express watching the match was a nice touch, as was Adam Cole’s commentary. Cole, Jericho, and Taz putting both teams’ abilities over made the match feel special. 

The crowd was extremely hot for this opener, as the hometown Bucks paid tribute to Cali with their ring gear. The Lucha Bros also has a long history in the Sunshine State and had just much support as Matt and Nick. The younger brothers Rey and Nick showcased their highest-tier athleticism in a jaw-dropping display early in the contest. The high-flying succession of dives by Nick-Penta-Fenix earned a well-deserved “holy shit” chant, followed quickly by a chorus of “this is awesome.” 

I wish I was fast or knowledgeable enough to recap this match move for move, but the speed and variety of maneuvers were on another level. Penta and Fenix hit a stomp-DDT combo to the one Buck on the outside and one in the ring. There were topes of all kinds all around the ring. The Lucha Bros went for a crazy assisted splash off the ropes to Nick, but Matt was able to block it. 

That was not the end of the madness. Nick responded with a superkick and poisonrana to Fenix. Looking to end it with, the Bucks double superkick and Meltzer Driver to almost end it, but Penta interfered. Matt unmasked Penta (and put it on himself after the match), and the Bucks were able to finally land a BTE trigger on Fenix for the victory. What an absolute treat, and one of the best Rampage matches of all time. 

Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks vs. Jobber #1 and Jobber #2 

This match was so fast that I completely missed who Hobbs and Starks were facing. After the show, I went back to figure out their names, and they were never announced. Sorry guys, hope you got a decent paycheck at least. The promo by Team Taz lasted longer than the contest. As much as I love Hobbs and Starks squashing fools, this time would have been better spent during the main event. 

Athena vs. Kiera Hogan

Stokely Hathaway managing Jade Cargill and The Baddies is an awesome choice. Athena’s winged jacket and debut gear were cool. The Fallen Goddess is a tremendous athlete, and her diving cutter finisher is a great move. Athena is a great in-ring addition to the women’s division, it will be interesting if her character/personality will lead her to a higher spot on the card. Kiera Hogan also got a nice look in this match, which will hopefully lead to more opportunities in the future. Hogan is a former IMPACT tag team champion, and quite talented. This match did feature the worst of the worst trends in pro wrestling, a match featuring picture-in-picture that transitions to a full-screen commercial. After the break, the match picked up, even if it did have a few missteps, but the hard-hitting physicality made up for any mistakes in my opinion. 

 

A House of Black promo saw the official introduction of Julia Hart. It will be interesting to see what the plan for the House going forward will be. 

CM Punk Speaks 

New AEW champion CM Punk came out to the ring to address his future. From the very start, Punk had a pained look on his face and tears in his eyes. The crowd gave him an amazing reaction, chanting his name for minutes. Punk said that his body was in tremendous pain and told him to go home, especially the broken bones. First the bad news, Punk is injured and needs surgery on his arm. The good news is the wheels haven’t completely fallen off yet, and he will be back in the ring as soon as physically possible. Punk said he was willing to relinquish the belt because many worthy people in the back could be the champ, but Tony Khan told Punk he had faith that the Punk will be back. 

 

Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Dante Martin TNT Championship Match 

This felt like a special episode of Rampage, partially because of the stakes going in. Dante Martin has quickly risen up the ladder of AEW, receiving TNT and AEW championship matches in recent months. It is clear he is a future singles champ (a sentiment echoed by Chris Jericho), and hopefully tag champ once his brother Darius returns. It’s a shame Darius and Jeff Hardy seem to be on the shelf, as a Young Buck-Lucha Bros-Hardy’s-Top Flight eight brother tag match would be incredible (sorry Usos, maybe someday). 

Unfortunately this main event suffered from a lack of time, as most of the contest seemed to take place during picture-in-picture. I was looking forward to this one, but felt that it wasn’t a full showcase of the two premier competitors. Martin was able to thrill the audience with two Kobe-esque leaps. Scorpio was able to retain his championship, which made sense as Sky is a California native. 

At the end of the match, Excalibur attempted to explain the future plans for the AEW Championship, but I have to admit it was quite confusing. What follows is my best shot at what I believe is happening.

This Wednesday on Dynamite, there will be a Battle Royal match. The winner of that match will face current number one contender Jon Moxley. The winner of that match will be one of the contenders for the Interim AEW Championship, which will be decided at Forbidden Door. How that second competitor will be chosen will be revealed later. CM Punk will not relinquish his belt, and will face the interim champion that is named at Forbidden Door. This may be inaccurate as I have seen other scenarios by knowledgeable people on Twitter. The main points are that Punk has not relinquished the title and there will be an interim championship match at Forbidden Door. I think. 

This Rampage delivered a classic match, and was of course was noteworthy due to the Punk and interim champion announcement. Unfortunately the other matches did not quite connect, but Young Bucks and Lucha Bros gave us another must-watch chapter in their epic rivalry.

Written by Joel Kananen

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