AEW continues its romp on the Blue Cross Arena of Rochester, New York. Behind Chicago, Las Vegas & Jacksonville, it’s probably one of AEW’s most memorable cities now given its tributes to Brodie Lee and now established pattern of a beloved babyface defeating a heel in dramatic fashion to win the TNT Championship. Stepping out of AEW to continue the standard arena recap, the one and only Pay-Per-View hosted in this venue was 1997’s In Your House: Revenge Of The Taker, when it was still called the War Memorial Auditorium. Oddly enough, the main event wasn’t Undertaker, that was Stone Cold vs Bret Hart fresh off their WrestleMania 13 classic. In the semi-main event, The Undertaker defeated Mankind to retain the WWF Champion. With that said, let’s take a look at the AEW Rampage card.
As this was a taped show there are AEW Rampage spoilers available.
AEW Rampage Card (7/8/22)
#AEWRampage is TONIGHT at 10pm ET/9pm CT/10pm PT on TNT!
–#ROH World Champ @TheJonGresham/@theleemoriarty v #GatesOfAgony @ToaLiona/@TheKaun w/ @TullyBFTR
–@Madking1981 v @takesoup
–@orangecassidy v TonyNese
–#ROH Women’s World Champ @RealMMartinez & @SerenaDeeb in action! pic.twitter.com/mzl7APOTjJ
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 8, 2022
A Growing Female Tag Team
Mercedes Martinez & Serena Deeb see action once again. Female tag teams aren’t new in AEW, a whole tournament was made during the pandemic after all. However, these two seem to be one of the first times AEW actively pushes a female tag team. While opponents aren’t named, signifying it’s probably a designated pair of jobbers for the match, it’s pretty interesting to see this peculiar new direction with the current ROH Women’s Champion and the former PPV AEW Women’s World Championship challenger.
Ring Of Honor Front And Center
With Ring Of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor event now on the horizon, we finally get some storylines from Supercard Of Honor continued. Tully Blanchard has returned with his new team, The Gates Of Agony. They confronted Jonathan Gresham and Lee Moriarty last week, setting the table for this tag team match. However, we already know what’s going to happen with the other 3 male titles under the ROH banner. But, what’s going to happen with its main title? With Jonathan Gresham not being a regular presence in AEW, we’re really not left with much of a direction for him or a potential challenger. Maybe one will appear following this tag team match.
A Signature Is on The Line
It was an odd setup on Dynamite when Mark Sterling and Tony Nese went around asking for signatures to have Swerve Strickland’s contract terminated. Apparently, somehow, they were one signature short of their goal. Upon asking Orange Cassidy, his lawyer, Danhausen opposed. But somehow, a match was made between Tony Nese & Orange Cassidy. If Nese wins….. Cassidy signs? Does that mean Swerve gets fired from another company? Odd.
Sounds Like A Good Match
Konosuke Takeshita has been a solid hit whenever he wrestles. Now he faces a man who is certainly not afraid of hiding his love for Japanese wrestling. 90’s King’s Road is Eddie Kingston’s favorite flavor. As he takes on one of DDT Pro Wrestling’s most prolific modern wrestlers.
Without a doubt, this sounds like it can be a spectacular match. One that can very much elevate Konosuke Takeshita even more taking on the very beloved Eddie Kingston. At the same time, after Dynamite, it’s very clear we’re en route to another Eddie Kingston vs Chris Jericho match. But it’s nice that we can see Kingston in an environment with no drama or blood. Just a chance at genuine competition.
Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this 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.