Preview: AEW Rampage Card (07/01/22) – Royal Rampage

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AEW Rampage this week continues AEW’s presentation from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, in front of a strong 13,000-person crowd. We will see the fallout from both Forbidden Door and Blood and Guts play out this week on Rampage. The Royal Rampage match will take place with the winner getting a shot at Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. The AEW Tag Team Championships will be defended, and Toni Storm will take on Nyla Rose. Let’s see what Rampage has in store for us this Friday night.

Note: AEW Rampage spoilers are available for this week’s show as it was taped.

AEW Rampage Full Card (07/01/22) – Royal Rampage

  • Royal Rampage
  • AEW Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Hirooki Goto and Yoshi Hashi
  • Toni Storm vs. Nyla Rose

Royal Rampage

With the two-ring setup returning and now a second show in the mix for AEW, it seems Tony Khan decided to experiment and came up with a battle royal idea that sounds, somehow at the same time, very played out, but also pretty interesting. “Oh, come on, we just had one” is a pretty reasonable response. We had one that Kyle O’Reilly won in order to face Jon Moxley to see who would go to Forbidden Door representing AEW in the match for the Interim AEW World Championship.

The difference here though is that it’s two rings. Meaning eliminations, in theory, are harder. As well as giving the number of participants double the space to work with. Needless to say, given how creative the AEW roster can get, on paper, the simple addition of another ring suddenly adds a lot of intrigue to what would otherwise be a played-out concept.

20 participants are announced with the likes of Hangman Page, Darby Allin, Ricky Starks, Dustin Rhodes, Konosuke Takeshita, and others are slated. Perplexing enough, among them is none other than the debuting RUSH. This will be his first actual AEW in-person appearance after appearing in a pre-recorded vignette with Andrade El Idolo to announce the arrival of their stable, ‘La Facción Ingobernable’. Just as odd, it seems there is no Andrade present in the match.

The winner of this battle royal gets the first opportunity at Jon Moxley’s Interim World Championship.

The Forbidden Door Is Still Open

The AEW and NJPW crossover event may already be behind us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other chances to keep going with the inter-promotional matches. As such, we get Hirooki Goto and Yoshi Hashi returning. I can’t say I blame them given the incredible reaction the duo got at the pay-per-views Buy-In portion.

The CHAOS duo will face the Young Bucks, who, for the first time in ages it seems, find themselves completely by themselves. No Brandon Cutler, Bullet Club, or Elite. Just Matt and Nick Jackson. Which is more incredible to believe the more you think about it and remember just how far back this duo’s history stretches back to NJPW and the indie wrestling scene well before All Elite Wrestling’s founding.

Toni Storm vs. Nyla Rose

The third match announced for Rampage will see two of the more noted members of AEW’s Women’s division clashing. In the form of the second-ever AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose facing the latest challenger for said championship Toni Storm. Nyla Rose has been quite understated this year, seeing her challenge Thunder Rosa months ago as well as seeing her shine quite a bit whenever she gets to speak. As well as notable improvements in the ring.

Meanwhile, we’ve seen Toni Storm close to the top of the division since her debut at the start of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. We’ve seen her come close twice now, just coming short of the tournament finals and of defeating Thunder Rosa for the Women’s title. We’ll likely see what are the plans for her fresh off said the loss at Forbidden Door.

All that and more tonight on AEW Rampage.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on AEW Rampage spoilers and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world. As well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.  You can catch AEW Dynamite Wednesday nights at 8 PM ET on TBS and AEW Dark: Elevation (Monday nights) and AEW: Dark (Tuesday nights) at 7 PM ET on YouTube. AEW Rampage airs on TNT at 10 PM EST every Friday night.