The very first edition of AEW Rampage has come and gone as a new era has begun. With three title matches set to help steal the show on night number one, it proved that Rampage is going to be a must-see show moving forward. Here’s a look at the AEW Rampage debut results with analysis for the first-ever match of the new Friday night series.
AEW Rampage Debut Results & Match Ratings (8/13/21)
— IMPACT World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Christian Cage
Winner: Christian Cage
Rating: 3.50 (***1/2)
— TNT Championship: Miro (c) vs. Feudo Del Sol
Rating: 1.50 (*1/2)
— AEW Women’s World Championship: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Red Velvet
Winner: Britt Baker
Rating: 2.25 (**1/4)
AEW Rampage Debut Results: In-Depth Match Analysis
IMPACT World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Christian Cage
The moment this was announced to be the opening match in the history of Rampage, everyone knew that it was going to be a special one. Christian Cage would attempt to be the world champion of IMPACT Wrestling for the first time since 2007. Kenny Omega, “The Belt Collector,” would be putting his IMPACT World Championship on the line ahead of his All Out match also against Cage. These two were doubted going into it but it didn’t take long for them to show they could put together something special. Omega and Cafe opened it up slowly and barely got going until the first commercial. However, once they returned from the commercial break, it was all action all the time.
The crowd was eating it up and every time Cage hit a big move, they were erupting at the thought of him becoming a champion once again. Omega hit a number of V-Triggers and would use a Don Callis distraction to try and take Cage down via cheating. First would be a low blow to Cage which felt as though it was the beginning of the end. The Young Bucks would toss a chair into the ring for Omega to hit a One-Winged Angel on but Cage managed to stop him. He would instead hit the Killswitch to Omega on the chair, knocking Omega out cold and allowing Cage to get the three count and win the IMPACT World Championship.
Omega and Cage showed that they could put together a main event-worthy match to kick off Rampage. It will be rare that running the same match back again for the AEW World Championship will have the same effect as this one did, but it could be the perfect storm for All Out. Either way, this was the perfect match to open up the new series of Rampage as it feels to be a show that no one can miss.
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