This is the inaugural edition of AEW Rampage review for 08/13/2021. The show kicked off with a 4 man commentary booth: Mark Henry, Taz, Chris Jericho, and Excalibur. They went over the card for the night and kicked it down to ringside for the first match.
Impact World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Christian Cage
Kenny’s entrance and his current belt collector gimmick reminds me of Ultimo Dragon’s WCW run in 1996 with the J-Crown. The match started with an intense stare down. Both men were drinking in the energy of the crowd. Then, the bell rings, and Excalibur announces that Brian Hebner is the official for this contest. Jericho goes on to mention that he had problems with his dad, Earl, in WWE. The match gets underway and the pace is slow and methodical. Omega got the upper hand when he tossed Cage from the top onto the floor. Then, Christian started to mount a comeback and the fuckery starts. Don Callis gets on the apron to distract Hebner, and out comes the Young Bucks with steel chair in tow. Finally, Cage hit The Killswitch to Omega on the steel chair to get the win.
Winner and New Impact World Champion: Christian Cage
Mark Henry is earning his keep by working commentary and doing backstage interviews. He’s backstage with Christian and the whole exchange felt awkward. Mark has never been great at promos, so I don’t know who thought he should be doing interviews. Christian puts over Omega as a tough opponent, but says that he’s now in his head.
TNT Championship: Miro (c) vs Fuego Del Sol
Fuego jumps Miro during his entrance with a couple of tornado DDT’s. Miro powders out to collect himself and when he gets back in, Fuego hits him with another one. He attempted a pin, and Miro kicked out with ease. Fuego went to the top attempted a dive. Miro caught him mid-air and fell into a Samoan Drop. That was the beginning of the end because he hit Fuego with his kick to the face and made him tap to his finish.
Winner and Still TNT Champion: Miro
The stipulation to the previos match was if Fuego Del Sol could defeat Miro, then he would get a contract. Tony Khan and Sammy Guevara come out and Sammy presents Fuego Del Sol with a contract and says it’s because they’re best friends. All Friends Wrestling at it’s best.
AEW Women’s Championship: Dr. Britt Baker, DMD (c) vs Red Velvet
The main event of the evening was for the women’s championship. They were in Britt Baker’s hometown, and she got the “Road Warrior Pop”. It’s safe to say that she is to Pittsburgh what CM Punk is to Chicago. Red Velvet is still green and it came through in this match. There were several moves that she went for, and Britt would have to adjust in order to execute them. I gave up watching after she got hit with a curb stomp and not only kicked out, but she started to get up. When I started paying attention again, she was tapping out to the Lockjaw.
Winner and Still AEW Women’s Champion: Dr. Britt Baker, DMD
Overall, this was a great effort to put on a great show. Do I think they should’ve given away these matches on free TV? Not at all; however, it was entertaining the whole hour. The 4 man booth was a little aggravating with them talking all over each other, which is the gripe a lot of people have with the 3 man. I would just pick 2 of the 12 commentators that they have, and call it a day. I’m not a Christian Cage fan, but I can’t deny that he looked great. His match with Omega should be a standard for other matches in the company to live up to. I guess that kick that Malakai Black gave Fuego Del Sol a few weeks ago, made him actually believe that he could beat Miro. His dreams like his spine should have been “Crushed” but it’s good to have friends in high places. Miro should be TNT Champion for as long as he wants to be. Britt Baker is great and needs better competition. Red Velvet will be a star eventually too, but this spot I don’t think she was ready for. I’m looking forward to next Friday.