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Rampage’s Card (Source: AEW)
Welcome to Bleacher Report’s August 26 coverage and review of AEW Rampage.
The Trio Tournament continues with a semi-final between the Black House and the Dark Order.
There are also three title fights from three different promotions this week, including one on Rampage for the first time Defend a specific champion.
Tay Melo and Sammy Guevara pit their AAA mixed tag team against Ruby Soho and Ortiz.
Claudio Castagnoli takes on Dustin Rhodes for the ROH World Championship, Wardlow takes on Ryan Nemeth for the TNT Championship.
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Notable moments and observations
- one It was hard to say at first if Vance actually hurt his knee, but he stayed in the game, so it certainly wasn’t that bad.
- C- The next game is another squash game, but this time it’s Powerhouse Hobbs against a guy named Ashton Day. The game ended as quickly as Wardlow’s bout, but at least it had more than two different moves.
- Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs
Dark Sect Mission (Source: AEW)
The Black House and the Black Order are ready to go in the ring and the show has started. Brody King and Preston Vance began exchanging counter-attacks and power moves for their teams.
It looked like Vance had a little sprained knee, so he tagged Jon Silver and Buddy Matthews for his team Label. Both showed their speed and athleticism before Maracay Black and Alex Reynolds took over.
It’s a threesome match with all six men working hard to make it look like they’re playing for what matters things to fight. The pace is well controlled and doesn’t get thrown into chaos too quickly, but AEW games with more than three are always wild, so this game definitely has moments like that.
Thanks to Milo’s interference, the Dark Order was able to win the game. It was fun to have all six come to the fore in different ways, but it was probably one of the less memorable matches of this tournament.
winner: Dark Order
Reynolds’ beard grows thicker. For some reason, it made him look a little tough. The announcer barely mentioned Julia Hart’s presence at the circus. Milo is over in the crowd. AEW needs to take advantage of this soon.
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Wardlow and Ryan Nemeth (Source: AEW)
Ryan Nemeth in the Cleveland crowd on their way to the ring to take on Wardlow for the TNT Championship.
Wardlow beat him with a big ball, followed by four powerbombs for the win and the most predictable run in Rampage history One of the results to retain the title. Not much to say here. It’s quick and a little unnecessary.
Nemeth sells well. His brother taught him well.
If nothing happens, why do we need Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt on stage? Hobbs is one of those who will grow in popularity as he keeps improving every part of his game.
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- Notable moments and observations
- Ortiz without Santana is weird, But also cool. He’s a great talent and it will be interesting to see him get a chance to play in singles.
Melo is underrated in selling offense to her opponents. After being hit hard, her facial expression was very blank.
- Notable moments and observations
- AEW keeps introducing Caprice Coleman is here to call a match involving the ROH title.
Ruby Soho and Ortiz (Credit: AEW)
Mello and Guevara take their AAA mixed tag title in Game 4 of the night Played against Soho and Ortiz. The women started for their teams, but it only took about a minute for the guys to be brought in. Neither team was in control for long, so this game was more competitive than the previous two squash.
They do a great job managing the actions between all four, especially when it comes to man versus woman. Soho and Melo usually end up winning these exchanges.
Ana Jay jammed behind the referee and threw Soho on the steps, paving the way for Guevara with his finish Who hit Ortiz to win.
winner: Sammy Guevara and Ty Mello
The reverse hurricane from Soho to Guevara is cool. They all make it look great. It felt like they were a little rushed in this game. Maybe cutting a squash and spending time on this game would be a better option.
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Claudio Castagnoli (Image credit: AEW)
The Ring of Honor when Castagnoli puts the belt with The World Championship was in the Main Event when the Rhodes played. They followed the code of honor by shaking hands before the lockdown.
This game has everything. They used technical exchanges, fast-paced sequences, strikes, holds and power moves.
Both guys had a chance to hit a lot of the best moves, so even though the results were predictable, the match felt competitive Power and energy.
The end came with an inexplicable big hook score when the champion hit one. It was a somewhat abrupt end, but everything else about this game was great.
As a reminder, Rhodes is 53 years old and he still moves better than some guys half his age. Can we keep replacing Chris Jericho with William Regal in the comments?