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ALL ELITE WRESTLING RAMPAGE PREVIEW
APRIL 8, 2022
BOSTON, MA. AT THE AGGANIS ARENA
AIRS ON TNT NETWORK, 10:00 p.m. EDT, 9:00 p.m. CDT
BY FRANK PETEANI (@FrankPeteani), PWTORCH.COM CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Excalibur, Chris Jericho, Taz, Ricky Starks (various combinations)
Match Results and Key Segments from Last Week
- The Young Bucks defeated Top Flight.
- House of Black defeated Fuego Del Sol and Evil Uno & Stu Grayson of the Dark Order.
- Jamie Hayter defeated Skye Blue to qualify for the Owen Hart Tournament.
- Keith Lee defeated Powerhouse Hobbs.
Tonight’s episode of Rampage was recorded this past Wednesday following Dynamite in the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. Four matches were announced.
Bryan Danielson vs. Trent Berretta
Jon Moxley vs. ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta
The Blackpool Combat Club and The Best Friends will have a lot of business between them on Friday night. Bryan Danielson goes one-on-one with Trent Beretta, while Jon Moxley goes up against new ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta. Yuta defeated Josh Woods of ROH at the Supercard of Honor last week to win the title.
Yuta has had issues with the Combat Club as well as his own group the Best Friends. It’s been made clear that he and Beretta don’t get along. Beretta made it clear in a backstage segment on when he called him a traitor and a scumbag. For all intents and purposes, he’s been trying to get on with the Combat Club. Yuta will have to contend with Moxley, who said the forecast for Friday is “bones cracking like thunder and raining blood.”
Yuta, who wasn’t “officially” under contract to AEW, was officially signed when he won the Pure Championship.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) April 2, 2022
Frank’s Analysis: These I would suspect turned out to be fun matches. It’s interesting that Yuta would win the Pure title enroute to possibly joining the Combat Club. Could it all be a smokescreen and Beretta is joining? I wouldn’t mind if the Best Friends broke up. The Combat Club is fun to watch and I’m looking forward to what happens next.
Swerve Strickland vs. QT Marshall
Swerve Strickland goes one-on-one with QT Marshall. Both men have had separate issues as of late, with Strickland dealing with Team Taz and Marshall dealing former protegee Hook. After finishing an interview with Tony Schiavone on Wednesday, he was attacked by Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs. Fortunately, Keith Lee was nearby and bailed out Strickland. As I mentioned in the recap, Strickland defeated Hobbs on last week’s show. Two weeks ago, Starks defeated Strickland to retain the FTW Championship. There were post-match angles on both occasions.
TOMORROW on #AEWRampage, catch @swerveconfident in action against #TheFactory's @QTMarshall, at 10pm ET/9pm CT on @tntdrama! Will #TeamTaz be able to mind their own business, or will they continue to interrupt the celebrations? Tune in to find out! pic.twitter.com/hdA8DYJq9n
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 7, 2022
Two weeks ago on Rampage, Marshall gave Hook a Certificate of Accomplishment, and then he hit Aaron Solo with it.
Frank’s Analysis: There’s not much to write here as there’s no chance Marshall wins this match. I’m certain they did shenanigans afterwards with Team Taz and Strickland and Keith Lee. There must be a tag match on the horizon.
Owen Hart Cup Tournament Qualifier: Willow Nightingale vs. Red Velvet
In another Owen Hart qualifying match, Willow Nightingale goes one-on-one with Red Velvet.
Velvet has worked most recently with “Legit” Leyla Hirsch while Nightingale lost the Interim ROH Championship to Mercedes Martinez at the Supercard of Honor. In addition to Jamie Hayter, Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida have qualified for the tournament. Hayter beat Sky Blue last week while Shida beat Julia Hart on Dynamite.
Frank’s Analysis: I don’t have a strong feeling wither way here. Without looking at spoilers my guess is Velvet won this, considering she’s the more known talent on AEW television.
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