AEW Rampage (November 19, 2021) Published from the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA. The show featured Billy Gunn ragdolling Darby Allin, Jade Cargill and Red Velvet in a firefight, as well as Jungle Boy being a thorn to the superclick again.
Let’s jump right in with a recap of the show followed by reactions.
Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho and Ricky Starks were on comment. Justin Roberts handled ring announcer duties.
Darby Aline vs. Billy Gun
It’s Sting! The icon was ringside against Gunn’s sons Austin and Colten. Papa Billy had the advantages of the size difference to toss Aline around as a kid, especially on a super high back body drop.
When Allin fired up, Billy did not fall for the usual routine. For example, Billy sidestepped a suicide dive to push Alin crashing into the guardrail.
Down the stretch, Allin picked up momentum and then a Coffin Drop to the outside on the Gunn Sons. They were completely innocent as viewers, unlike Sting trying to intimidate Billy as a distraction to buy Allin recovery time. Billy regained control to rub it with a stinger splash. Alin dared to hit an over-the-top stunner. He followed with a code red and coffin Drop. Billy pressed Aline off him on the lid in the count of one, so Aline came back with another Coffin Drop to seal the deal.
Darby Aline defeated Billy Gun.
Afterwards, the gunmen pulled out the sting from the apron and put the shoes on to Aline. Sting set out with fire to oust his younger opponents. The winning vet Billy turned the tables by clearing Sting’s knee. Billy laid in measured punches leaving Sting and Aline down on the mat.
QT Marshall issued a challenge to CM Punk for a match on Dynamite In Chicago. QT joked about putting punk to sleep in his hometown.
People of the Year sarcastically congratulated the Inner Circle for their street action win Full gear. This beef is not over, and it is not the last we have seen of American top team.
TBS Championship Tournament: Jade Cargill vs. Red Velvet
The neighborhood finals matchup kicked off with outrageous fistifs. Velvet used speed to pick her spots, but Cargill was too strong. Jade controlled this trend for much of the bout. Velvet would storm back only to be put down again from a power stroke. Velvet ran for a suicide dive, so Cargill clapped her in the face. Cargill is followed by a flatliner on an apron.
The intensity increased even hotter for a riveting finish. Velvet charged forward, but Jade jumped up over her opponent. A pump bridge connected to velvet. As Cargill picked up Velvet for her yawned finisher, Velvet pushed off the ropes with her feet for a pinning maneuver. When Jade escaped, Velvet connected on a spear. Cargill stood out on the lid. Cargill ducked the final slice to oppose for Jaded to win.
Jade Cargill defeated Red Velvet.
Thunder Rosa will beat Brit Baker’s Stooge in the TBS Championship Tournament on Dynamite. Thunder Rosa plans to give Jamie Hayter an ass-kicking to remember.
CM Punk has accepted QT’s call for arms. He believes that QT bit off more than he can chew and will be shown as a turkey the night before Thanksgiving on Dynamite.
Mark Henry interviewed the participants of the main event. Adam Cole will make an end to the charity of Jurassic Express. Christian Cage warned the young Bucks not to interfere or else he will even the odds with a steel chair. The time of talk was over. Henry closed with, “It’s time for the main event!”
Adam Cole & Bobby Fish vs Jurassic Express
Cole, Fish, and Jungle Boy worked most of the action that led to Luchasaurus running wild on a hot tag.
As the match progressed, Jurassic Express had the upper hand when Cole’s attempt at a Panama Sunrise on JB was countered in a powerbomb by the dino. Jungle Boy followed with a running elbow hit to the back of the head. Fish made the rescue on the pinfall. After JB nailed Fish with an overhead belly-to-belly complex in the corner, the Bucks sauntered out on stage. Kristil kept his word and chased after them with a chair. Cole scheduled along the Jackson brothers to leave fish ripe for the picking. Jungle Boy locked in the Snare Trap submission for victory.
Jurassic Express defeated Adam Cole & Bobby Fish.
It’s official. Billy Gunn is still a badass. Oh, you did not know? You better call someone. If you are not down with this, then I have two words for you. Icon Sting. Wait. Darby Aline. This is also not correct. Anyway, Billy was tons of fun with his performance by throwing Allin around in creative ways. Credit to Allin for taking the bumps. He is capable of crashing to create delightful visuals. AEW is great to use legends. Billy was sparingly on TV and he always let me want more. They also served a small dose of stinger getting physical.
It was surprising to see the Gunn club stand tall at the end, so perhaps this feud will continue. Since there are three guns, I wonder if Paul Wight will join up with Sting and Aline as revenge for Gunn’s heel turn a few weeks ago. Or maybe the Gunn Club works the handicap advantage. It’s not like Austin and Colten are on the same level as Sting and Aline.
The women brought the thunder with red velvet as a spunky spire and Jade Cargill as an Amazon powerhouse. The wrestling was not the smoothest, but it certainly was entertaining. The intensity and aggressiveness fit the feud. It was nice to see Cargill in a longer match. She widened her arsenal for a variety of slams and added seizures by doing pushups in the ring. Velvet was cool with her speed to make openings for offense. The two work well enough together to be career rivals.
The main event offered a lot of rocking moments. Luchasaurus was over as rover with the crowd. I guess Virginia is for dinosaur lovers. The competition was a peak to excellence, and it took a terrible nousive when the young Bucks showed up. The finish was cheap with Cole retiring to leave fish alone. It was an unsatisfactory wimpy cliché. After the match, everyone stood around with low energy for the closing minutes.
Rampage Lived to his reputation for tough bouts. Come in, camp, come out.
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