Former IWGP Champion Will Ospreay and Aussie Open will make their AEW in-ring debuts on Friday’s Rampage against FTR and Trent Beretta.
Ospreay, Aussie Open and Aaron Henare made their on-screen debuts Wednesday, attacking FTR and Beretta as they were doing an in-ring promo.
In a grudge match, Jake Hager of the Jericho Appreciation Society will take on Eddie Kingston. Kingston blamed Hager for costing him his opportunity at the interim World title in Wednesday’s battle royal and Hager attacked Kingston outside the ring after the match.
In another grudge match, Kris Statlander will take on Red Velvet of The Baddies. Statlander has been backing up Anna Jay and Athena as they feud with TBS Champion Jade Cargill, Velvet and Kiera Hogan.
Friday will see the professional in-ring debut of Satnam Singh as he opponents with Jay Lethal againsts to be named.
Finally, Hook and Danhausen will appear on the show.
Excalibur and Taz were on commentary.
Eddie Kingston defeated Jake Hager (11:24)
Hager overwhelmed Hager with his size early on. On the floor, Kingston tried to come back with chops, but Hager buried knees into Kingtston’s midsection. Back in the ring, Hager slowed the pace down with a surfboard. Hager tossed Kingston to the floor and suplexed him while Excalibur got in a plug for the New Japan Dominion show, specifically the Goto v. Tanahashi match for the AEW Interim World Title shot.
Back in the ring, Hager continued his dominance with forearms to Kingston’s back. Kingston tried to come back with chops, but Hager cut him off with a belly to belly suplex. Hager worked an arm bar for a bit. Kingston escaped with more strikes, but Hager buried another knee into Kingston’s midsection to regain control.
A hard chop from Hager fired up Kingston, who responded with chops of his own and a pair of boots. Hager cut off Kingston’s comeback with an overhead belly to belly suplex and the show went to a split-screen break.
Kingston caught Hager with an eye poke and a DDT. Kingston followed up with a clothesline in the corner and the machine gun chops. Hager came back with a mule kick and the Hager Bomb for a near fall. Hager went for a gutrench suplex but Kingston countered with an exploder and a backdrop suplex for a near fall. Kingston went for the spinning backfist, but Hager ducked, dumped Kingston with a double leg takedown and got the ankle lock on Kingston. Kingston got the rope break.
Hager worked over Kingston with punches in the corner, but Kingston countered with a powerbomb out of the corner. Kingston hit a pair of spinning backfists and got the pinfall victory. This wasn’t the usual fast paced Rampage opener, but it was okay.
– Tony Schiavone interviewed Dr. Britt Baker, DMD Baker took umbrage with Toni Storm putting her hands on the AEW World Women’s Championship last Wednesday. Baker doesn’t appreciate Storm trying to cut the line to a title shot. The road to the Women’s title goes through Baker. According to Baker, at least. I sense an upcoming three-way for the Women’s title.
– Ortiz promo hyping up the hair v. hair match on Wednesday.
Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh (w/ Sonjay Dutt) defeated Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett (1:37)
Singh did standard big man stuff, then hit both his opponents with a running cross body. He held both his opponents up for Jay Lethal to hit a Lethal Injection on both guys to get the pinfall. After the match, Singh gave Fitchett a helicopter crucifix bomb. Singh looked pretty good for a rooking in his first match, although it was only 90 seconds. He moved well enough in the ring though.
– Lexi Nair interviewed HookHausen. Danhausen did most of the talking; they bought new cars with their winnings from the pay-per-view.
Kris Statlander defeated Red Velvet (w/ the Baddies) (7:49 aired)
Velvet tried to jump Statlander on the floor, but she got power slammed on the floor. Statlander press slammed Velvet back into the ring, then hit a running knee that felt Velvet back out to the floor. Statlander took the fight to the floor in front of the Baddies. Velvet tried a sleeper on the floor, but Statlander climbed up to the middle rope with Velvet on her back, then tossed her into the ring. Statlander went for a delayed suplex, but Velvet slid behind Statlander and clipped her knee. Velvet worked over her Statlander’s knee and the show went to another break.
Back from break, Statlander hit a backbreaker and shouldered Velvet in the corner. Blue Thunder Bomb from Statlander got a near fall. Velvet countered an electric chair with a victory roll for a near fall. Statlander hit a German suplex out of an O’Connor roll and a fisherman’s driver for a near fall. Velvet caught Statlander with a knees to the back of the head and a cutter off the middle rope. Velvet hit a hook kick for a near fall. Statlander hit the Saturday Night Fever (formerly the Big Bang Theory) and got the win.
After the match, Kiera Hogan jumped Statlander in the ring, and Cargill caught Statlander with a pump kick. Anna Jay ran in and got the sleeper on Hogan, but Cargill dumped her from the ring. Athena tried to run in, but officials held her back from getting into the ring.
– Promo for Miro and Ethan Page for Dynamite Wednesday. Lexi Nair interviewed Ethan Page who gave a pretty good promo in response.
– Main Event Promo: Mark Henry asked Will Ospreay why he was in AEW. Ospreay is here to separate the sheep from the GOATS. Trent never liked Ospreay when he met him six years ago, and FTR are two angry dudes and the real best tag teams in the world. They’re not here to play wrestlers. Mark Henry: “It’s time for the main event!”
But first, Dynamite next Wednesday:
- Chris Jericho v. Ortiz, Hair v. hair.
- Wardlow v. 20 Security Guards in an Elimination Match.
- target v. Ethan Page in a Qualifying match for the All Atlantic Title Four Way.
- Bucks v. Hardys v. Jurassic Express in a Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Titles.
Trent Beretta & FTR defeated Will Ospreay & Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (13:59)
Dax Harwood and Will Opsreay started out and it was predictably great. Wheeler got the tag and took Ospreay down with a shoulder block, but Ospreay kipped right up. Ospreay made the tag to Kyle Fletcher of Aussie open. Wheeler got caught in the corner and overpowered by Mark Davis. Beretta got the tag and got chopped to the mat by Davis.
Ospreay got the tag and Beretta caught him with a tornado DDT. Aussie Open ran in and got clotheslined to the floor by FTR. Beretta hit Ospreay with an Asai moonsault, but tweaked his ankle on the landing. Beretta got caught on the top rope. As the show went to a split screen break, Ospreay yanked Beretta down to the mat, and he struck his head against the turnbuckles.
Beretta backdropped Ospreay, then hit Fletcher with an enziguri. Davis ducked an enziguri and landed on top of Beretta with a senton for a near fall. Beretta dodged a running dropkick in the corner and Fletcher landed on the back of his head. Beretta got the tag to Hardwood and he took out both members of Aussie Open with suplexes. Harwood hit Ospreay with a short-arm clothesline. Harwood hit three rolling German suplexes on Fletcher. Wheeler hit a powerbomb on Fletcher, into a German suplex on Harwood, into a jackknife cover from Wheeler on Fletcher for a near fall. Fantastic series.
Wheeler caught Ospreay with an atomic drop. Aussie Open hit an assisted cutter on Wheeler, and Ospreay followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Ospreay hit the OsCutter for another near fall. Wheeler hit a hurricanrana on Fletcher and got the tag to Beretta. Beretta hit a backdrop suplex and a lariat on Fletcher. Beretta went for a tornado DDT on Ospreay, but he shrugged it off, then took out both members of FTR with a slingshot plancha. Back in the ring, Beretta hit Strong Zero on Fletcher and got the surprise pinfall. Kinda shocked at that finish, but this was a great match. And a great way to end the show.
Certainly not as noteworthy last week’s show. The trios match is well worth checking out. Will Ospreay looked every bit of his reputation as one of the best wrestlers in the world, and the Ospreay / Harwood exchanges were phenomenal. But otherwise, this was just a show.