AEW Rampage (Nov. 19, 2021) departed from Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA. The show featured Billy Gunn ragdolling Darby Allin, Jade Cargill and Red Velvet in a firefight, just as Jungle Boy was a thorn in the side of SuperKliq again.
Let’s jump right in with a summary of the show followed by reactions.
Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho and Ricky Starks were for comment. Justin Roberts handled caller ID tasks.
Darby Allin Vs. Billy Gunn
It’s Sting! The icon was in first place opposite Gunn’s sons Austin and Colten. Papa Billy took advantage of the size difference to throw Allin around like a kid, especially on a super high back drop.
When Allin lit up, Billy did not fall for the usual routine. For example, Billy avoided a suicide dive to push Allin down into the crash barrier.
Down the stretch, Allin took momentum and then made a Coffin Drop to the outside of the Gunn Sons. They were completely innocent as spectators, unlike Sting, who tried to intimidate Billy as a distraction to buy Allin’s recovery time. Billy regained control to rub it in with a Stinger syringe. Allin avoided to hit an excessive anesthetic. He followed with a Code Red and Coffin Drop. Billy pushed Allin off on the front when he counts one, so Allin came back with another coffin fall to seal the deal.
Darby Allin defeated Billy Gunn.
Afterwards, the Gunns sons pulled Sting off the apron and put the boots on Allin. Sting gathered with fire to throw out his younger opponents. The seasoned vet Billy turned the table by cutting Sting’s knees. Billy made measured blows, leaving Sting and Allin down on the mat.
QT Marshall sent out a challenge to CM Punk for a match on Dynamite in Chicago. QT joked about putting Punk to sleep in his hometown.
This year’s Men sarcastically congratulated the Inner Circle for their street fight victory at Fills gear. This beef is not over, and it’s not the last we’ve seen of the American Top Team.
TBS Championship Tournament: Jade Cargill vs. Red Velvet
The quarterfinal match started with hassle. Velvet used speed to pick his spots, but Cargill was too strong. Jade controlled the pace for most of the match. Velvet would storm back only to be knocked down again from a power outage. Velvet ran after a suicide dive, so Cargill hugged her in the face. Cargill followed with a flatliner on the apron.
The intensity rose even warmer for a captivating finish. Velvet stormed forward, but Jade jumped up over his opponent. A pump kick associated with Velvet. When Cargill picked up Velvet for her Jaded finisher, Velvet pushed the ropes off with his feet to needle maneuver. When Jade escaped, Velvet ended up on a spear. Cargill kicked out the front. Cargill popped the final slice to counter that Jaded could win.
Jade Cargill defeated Red Velvet.
Thunder Rosa will beat Britt Baker’s stooge in the TBS Championship tournament on Dynamite. Thunder Rosa plans to give Jamie Hayter an ass kick to remember.
CM Punk accepted QT’s call for weapons. He thinks QT is biting more than he can chew and will appear as a turkey the night before Thanksgiving d. Dynamite.
Mark Henry interviewed the participants in the main event. Adam Cole will put an end to the performance of Jurassic Express. Christian Cage warned Young Bucks not to interfere, otherwise he will even get the chance with a steel chair. The time for talk was over. Henry concluded 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, leading to Luchasaurus running wild on a hot tag.
As the fight progressed, Jurassic Express had the upper hand when Cole’s attempt at a Panama Sunrise on JB was thwarted in a power bomb by the dino. Jungle Boy followed with an ongoing elbow blow to the back of the head. Fish saved on the pin trap. After JB hit Fish in the corner with a stomach-to-stomach suplex over his head, the Bucks strolled out onto the stage. Christian kept his word and chased them with a chair. Cole went along with the Jackson brothers to leave Fish ripe to pick. Jungle Boy locked the Snare Trap submission for victory.
Jurassic Express defeated Adam Cole & Bobby Fish.
It’s official. Billy Gunn is still a badass. Oh, did not you know? You better call someone. If you are not down with it, then I have two words for you. Icon Sting. Wait. Darby Allin. That’s not true either. Billy was at least a lot of fun with his performance by throwing around with Allin in creative ways. Thanks to Allin for taking the bumps. He has an ability to crash to create lovely images. AEW is great for using legends. Billy has been sparse on TV and he always makes me want more. They also served a small dose of Stinger that became physical.
It was surprising to see Gunn Club stand tall in the end, so maybe this feud will continue. Since there are three Gunns, I wonder if Paul Wight will join Sting and Allin in revenge for Gunns’ turnaround a few weeks ago. Or maybe Gunn Club is working on the disability benefit. It’s not like Austin and Colten are on the same level as Sting and Allin.
The women brought the thunder with Red Velvet as a spunky spitfire and Jade Cargill as an amazon powerhouse. The wrestling was not the smoothest, but it was certainly entertaining. The intensity and aggression match the feud. It was great to see Cargill in a longer fight. She expanded her arsenal to a variety of slams and added sizzle by doing pushups in the ring. Velvet was tough with his speed to create openings for attack. These two work well enough together to be career rivals.
The main event featured plenty of rocking moments. Luchasaurus was over like a rover with the crowd. I’m guessing Virginia is for dinosaur lovers. The competition peaked against excellence, so it took a terrible dive when the Young Bucks showed up. The finish was cheap as Cole retired to leave Fish alone. It was an unsatisfactory lumpy cliché. After the match, everyone stood around with low energy in the final minute.
Rampage lived up to its reputation for solid fighting. Come in, fight, come out.
Share your thoughts Rampage. How do you rate it? Who stole the show?