Remember The Rampage: May 27th 2022 Edition

Bryan Danielson and Kris Statlander Shine in the Ring, While Young Bucks Cosplay

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)!

It’s the go-home show for Double Or Nothing, live from Las Vegas. Let’s do it! 

Bryan Danielson vs. Matt Sydal

The return of singles wrestler Bryan Danielson. Not that his work with Mox and Sir William Regal hasn’t been amongst the best thing in all of televised wrestling, but it’s nice to see him work one-on-one matches. Regal refused to say anything negative about the most perfect wrestler in the world, bum leg or otherwise. This was the definition of a veteran matchup, and the pair delivered. Sydal and Danielson throw some of the best damn kicks and knee strike anywhere, and they were awesome in this one. 

Definitely the underdog, Sydal looked very strong throughout the contest and had some believable near-falls. 

Sydal hitting the top-rope Meteora, which Danielson countered into a single leg crab, was masterful by both competitors. Taz calling the match a “damn clinic” was absolutely spot-on. In the end, Danielson’s submission game earned the Dragon a hard-fought victory. One of the best Rampage matches in a while. 

A video package for the epic of Hook and Danhausen was up next. What a beautiful story it’s been. 

Young Bucks vs. Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust 

Fun stuff on Rampage here. The brothers Jackson came out to The Hardys theme song wearing their gear. They were joined by Gangrel and the highlight of the night: Brandon Cutler in a fishnet crop top. The Bucks even played The Hardys greatest hits in the ring, ending with Matt hitting the Swanton Bomb to win. 

Taylor Rust was a former NXT player, once paired with the now free agent Stokely Hathaway/Malcolm Bivens. After the match, the Young Bucks attacked Gangrel, which brought out the real Matt and Jeff. Cutler saved the Bucks from a double Twist of Fate but ate the move and a Jeff Swanton to end a great segment. 

Elite vs. Delete, sign me up. The Hardys might not be at their physical peaks, but I think the Jacksons will do everything in their considerable power to make this a memorable match. Can’t wait for the next BTE. 

Darby Allin challenged Kyle O’Reilly to a match at Double Or Nothing. Darby said that he would interfere in The Elite’s matches unless Kyle accepted. 

Max Caster vs. Dante Martin 

These are two of my absolute faves in the world, so if you didn’t like this match or my commentary, suck eggs. Max was accompanied here on Rampage by the Gunn Club plus a wheelchair-bound Anthony Bowens, who led an ass-boys chant. Dante interrupted the scissoring and jabbering with a gorgeous springboard crossbody. Referee Aubrey Edwards ejected Max’s group, leaving the two young athletes to do their thing. Caster missed an early Mic Drop elbow, leading to a nice flurry from Martin. The always high-flying and impressive Dante used his double springboard dive to pick up a quick victory. A quick segment that was completely harmless and a good bit of fun. I definitely see Martin vs. Caster as a matchup with many collisions in future AEW years, as well as The Acclaimed versus Top Flight. I also foresee Dante being a big part of AEW’s next pay-per-view event. 

A nice video package for the Samoa Joe and Adam Cole Owen Cup Final played. Cole said he wanted to remind people that he is a world-class wrestler, and would prove it by winning the Owen Hart tournament. 

Dan Lambert cut a promo with his usual Facebook mom energy. He then presented Scorpio Sky with a new purple-and-gold TNT Championship. The new belt looked amazing. We then cut to Sammy Guevara, Tay Conti, and Frankie Kazarian breaking into the American Top Team gym and stealing their championship belts. For some reason, Sammy didn’t want Kazarian to take the TNT belt that Lambert used to wear. The three still want a match at Double Or Nothing, and Tay said to make sure to bring Paige Van Sant. Scorpio accepted the match and said that if Kazarian and Guevara lose, they will never be able to challenge for the TNT title. It’ll be Guevara-Conti-Kazarian vs. Scorpio Sky-Page-Van Sant on Sunday. 

Kris Statlander vs. Ruby Soho Owen Hart Tournament Semifinal Match

Ruby cut a passionate promo backstage about why she needs to win, and Statlander responded with a good one as well. Mark Henry’s “it’s time for the main event” really hit tonight. It seems like the winner of this one will be the eventual tournament victor, as Britt is already made and a holder of a major accomplishment. Kris Statlander is truly one of the best workers in all of wrestling. Her strength is so impressive, as is Soho’s relentless motor and toughness. Kris sold a shoulder injury throughout the match, which Ruby targeted. Soho hit her No Future finisher but Statlander rolled out. Ruby had a great sequence, hitting a huricanrana on the outside and nasty-looking arm drag. Kris once again turned the momentum by flipping Soho into the turnbuckle and following it up with a great German Suplex for a two count. Ruby was able to withstand this assault and quickly trapped Statlander with a crucifix pin to secure her spot in the final. 

Ruby vs. Britt, here we go. The crowd seemed to be against Ruby winning, as she received more boos than likely expected. I thought both women performed well, and hope for a big and deserved win for Statlander. Soho should beat Britt unless they are going for a Cole-Baker couple thing. We will see Sunday! 

Overall this was an excellent Rampage and a highlight of recent weeks. Danielson in singles action, the Young Bucks actually cosplaying as Hardys and the main event were great segments. The episode was also extremely effective as a go-home, raising the excitement level for DON even higher. 

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

Written by Joel Kananen

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