Former IWGP Champion Will Ospreay and the Aussie Open will make their AEW in-ring debuts at Friday’s Rampage against FTR and Trent Beretta.
Ospreay, Aussie Open and Aaron Henare made their screen debuts on Wednesday, attacking FTR and Beretta as they did an in-ring promo.
Jericho Appreciation Society’s Jake Hager takes on Eddie Kingston in a grudge match. Kingston accused Hager of costing him his shot 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 takes on The Baddies’ Red Velvet. Statlander has supported Anna Jay and Athena as they go head-to-head with TBS Champion Jade Cargill, Velvet and Kiera Hogan.
Friday will see Satnam Singh make his professional in-ring debut as he teams up with Jay Lethal against yet to be named opponents.
Eventually, Hook and Danhausen will appear on the show.
Excalibur and Taz commented.
Eddie Kingston defeats Jake Hager (11:24)
Hager overwhelmed Hager early on with his size. On the floor, Kingston tried to come back with chops, but Hager buried his knees in Kingtston’s midsection. Back in the ring, Hager slowed the pace with a surfboard. Hager knocked Kingston down and hit him with a suplex while Excalibur pocketed a plug for the New Japan Dominion Show, specifically the Goto vs. Tanahashi match for the AEW Interim World Title Shot.
Back in the ring, Hager continued his dominance with forearms on Kingston’s back. Kingston tried to come back with chops, but Hager interrupted him with a belly to belly suplex. Hager did a little work on an armbar. Kingston escaped with more punches, but Hager sank another knee into Kingston’s midsection to regain control.
A hard punch from Hager fired Kingston, who responded with punches of his own and a pair of boots. Hager punctuated Kingston’s comeback with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and the show went into a split-screen hiatus.
Kingston catches Hager with an eye poke and a DDT. Kingston followed with a clothesline in the corner and 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, threw Kingston with a double leg takedown, and ankle locked Kingston. Kingston got the broken rope.
Hager hit Kingston with corner punches, but Kingston countered with a powerbomb from the corner. Kingston hit a pair of spinning backfists and earned the pinfall victory. It wasn’t your usual fast-paced Rampage opener, but it was okay.
– Tony Schiavone interviewed Dr. Britt Baker, DMD Baker took offense when Toni Storm got her hands on the AEW World Women’s Championship last Wednesday. Baker doesn’t appreciate Storm trying to trim the border off a cover photo. The way to the women’s title is via Baker. At least according to Baker. I feel a threesome for the women’s title.
– Ortiz promo boosting Wednesday’s Hair vs. Hair match.
Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh (with Sonjay Dutt) def. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett (1:37)
Singh did standard big man stuff and then hit both of his opponents with a running cross body. He held up both of his opponents for Jay Lethal to hit a Lethal Injection on both guys for the pinfall. After the match, Singh gave Fitchett a helicopter crucifix bomb. Singh looked pretty good for a rook in his first match, even though it only lasted 90 seconds. But he moved well enough in the ring.
– Lexi Nair interviewed HookHausen. Danhausen did most of the talking; They bought new cars with their profits from the pay-per-view.
Kris Statlander def. Red Velvet (w/ the Baddies) (7:49 aired)
Velvet tried to jump Statlander to the ground, but she was thrown to the ground with the force. Statlander Press slammed Velvet back into the ring and then hit a running knee that sent Velvet back to the floor. Statlander brought the fight to the ground in front of the baddies. Velvet tried a sleeper on the floor, but Statlander climbed to the middle rope with Velvet on his back and then threw her into the ring. Statlander went for a delayed suplex, but Velvet slipped behind Statlander and clipped her knee. Velvet worked over Statlander’s knees and the show went into another hiatus.
Back from the break, Statlander hit a backbreaker and shouldered Velvet in the corner. Statlander’s Blue Thunder Bomb almost fell. Velvet countered an electric chair with a near fall win roll. Statlander hit a German suplex of an O’Connor roll and a fisherman’s driver for a near fall. Velvet caught Statlander with a knee to the back of his head and a cutter off the middle rope. Velvet hit a hook kick for a near fall. Statlander hit the Saturday Night Fever (formerly Big Bang Theory) and took the win.
After the match, Kiera Hogan jumped in the ring with Statlander and Cargill hit Statlander with a pump kick. Anna Jay ran in and got Hogan the Sleeper, but Cargill knocked her out of the ring. Athena tried to run in, but officials stopped her from stepping into the ring.
– Promo for Miro and Ethan Page for Dynamite Wednesday. Lexi Nair interviewed Ethan Page, who came up with a pretty good promo in response.
– Main Event Promotion: Mark Henry asked Will Ospreay why he was with 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 guys and they are the 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, Haar v. Hair.
- Wardlow vs. 20 Security Guards in an Elimination Match.
- Miro v. Ethan Page in an All Atlantic Title Four Way qualifier.
- Bucks v. Hardy’s v. Jurassic Express in a Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Titles.
Trent Beretta & FTR def. Will Ospreay & Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) (13:59)
Dax Harwood and Will Opsreay started and it was predictably great. Wheeler got the tag and brought Ospreay down with a shoulder block, but Ospreay pitched straight up. Ospreay opened the day with Kyle Fletcher of Aussie. Wheeler was caught in the corner and overpowered by Mark Davis. Beretta got the tag and was chopped to the mat by Davis.
Ospreay got the tag and Beretta caught him with a Tornado DDT. The Aussie Open ran in and was knocked down by FTR with a clothesline. Beretta hit Ospreay with an Asai Moonsault but pinched his ankle on landing. Beretta got caught on the top rope. As the show went into a split-screen break, Ospreay dragged Beretta to the mat and banged his head on the turnbuckles.
Beretta backdropped Ospreay and then Enziguri hit Fletcher. Davis ducked under an enziguri and landed with a senton on the Beretta for a near fall. Beretta dodged a running dropkick in the corner and Fletcher landed on the back of his head. Beretta brought Hardwood the day and he defeated both members of the Aussie Open with suplexes. Harwood hit Ospreay with a short-arm clothesline. Harwood hit Fletcher with three rolling German suplexes. Wheeler hit Fletcher with a powerbomb, Harwood into a German suplex, and Fletcher in a jackknife cover from Wheeler for a near fall. Fantastic series.
Wheeler caught Ospreay with an atomic drop. Aussie Open hit Wheeler with an assisted cutter and Ospreay followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Ospreay hit the OsCutter for another near miss. Wheeler hit Fletcher with a hurricanrana and brought the day to Beretta. Beretta hits Fletcher with a backdrop suplex and a lasso. Beretta wanted a Tornado DDT on Ospreay, but he shrugged and then took out both members of FTR with a slingshot plancha. Back in the ring, Beretta hit Fletcher with Strong Zero and got the surprise pinfall. A bit shocked by this finish but it was a great match. And a great way to end the show.
Certainly not as remarkable as last week’s show. The trios match is worth checking out. Will Ospreay lived up to his reputation as one of the best wrestlers in the world and the exchange between Ospreay and Harwood was phenomenal. But other than that, this was just a show.