For the second consecutive year, the special AEW Grand Slam Rampage will be a two-hour show, with the card set to feature eight matches. This week’s Rampage comes fresh off the heels of an explosive episode of Dynamite where three new champions were crowned and Saraya (FKA WWE’s Paige) made a surprising debut. The action continued from Arthur Ashe Stadium for Rampage (you can read the Rampage spoilers here). The Rampage Grand Slam card included a title match, a #1 contenders battle royal, a celebrity sighting, lights out match, and more. Not to mention the “surprise” Tony Khan is teasing for the show. Here are some of the non-spoiler highlights for what to expect on tonight’s show.
AEW Rampage Grand Slam Card for September 23, 2022
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 23, 2022
Less Talk, More Action
Following his FTW Championship match on the All Out pre-show, Hook found himself the victim of an ambush by Jericho Appreciation Society’s Matt Menard and Angelo Parker. Evening the odds for Hook was a surprising name as rapper, songwriter, television personality, cookbook author, and chef, Action Bronson. As many know, Bronson recorded Hook’s theme song, “Chairman’s Intent.” Last week on Dynamite, a match was made for Bronson to hit the ring with Hook to take on the sport entertainers. As is normally the case when celebrities hit the ring, one should expect Hook to do much of the heavy lifting here. Although, as Bronson told Ariel Helwani, that while the original idea for his and Hook’s pairing was just an entrance performance, his athleticism and prowess made AEW think otherwise. Bronson has been training at Create-A-Pro for about 10 weeks in preparation for this match so no doubt he’ll want to show off his skills. The JAS should be quaking in their boots right about now.
TBS Championship on the Line
One of two AEW titles not defended on Dynamite, AEW’s resident undefeated badass Jade Cargill is set to take the ring against Diamante as she looks for her 38th consecutive win. Not much else to say here as I don’t think anyone needs to read a spoiler report to know how this match is going to go…AEW is building Cargill and her winning streak up to something special. The question is, who will be the one to end it?
Art Imitates Life
Eddie Kingston and Sammy Guevara, in no uncertain terms, hate each other. That tension boiled over prior to All Out as Kingston and Guevara got into a heated verbal exchange backstage that led to Kingston’s brief suspension. The two were set to wrestle on All Out to continue Kingston’s on-screen feud with the Jericho Appreciation Society, but due to the suspension the match got moved. Now, Kingston will get to be the star of his own show as his grudge match with Guevara takes place not far from Kingston’s hometown. The New York crowd will no doubt be hot to see him in action, especially against Guevara, who has played such a great heel during his AEW career. Expect these two to not hold their punches when they hit the ring. They may not even wait for the bell to get their hands on each other.
Who Wants to Face Jon Moxley?
All eyes are on that Golden Ticket when #AEWRampage: Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royale comes to Arthur Ashe Stadium! The final man standing will earn a shot at the #AEW World Title! Tune in TOMORROW for the 2-hour special at 10pm ET/9pm CT on @tntdrama! pic.twitter.com/jo1bUW5eUH
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 23, 2022
Slight spoiler to start here. After Dynamite went off the air, Tony Khan revealed that the winner of the golden ticket battle royal would be facing the newly crowned Jon Moxley for the title on the October 18th episode of Dynamite, in Moxley’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. So really, the battle royal is to determine who will lose to Cincy’s favorite son. While all of the names were not announced in advance, AEW’s graphic for the event does show several notable faces including Hangman Page, Evil Uno, Rush, Jay Lethal, Ten, Lance Archer, Penta, John Silver, and Alex Reynolds. That’s a lot of Dark Order so it will be interesting to see how the group works together following their lost opportunity to win the trios titles at All Out. Of the announced names, it’s certainly easy to see a few of them that would fit the opportunity. Several are former champions in other promotions and then you have Page, a former AEW champion. As battle royals are, expect a chaotic match that is sure to have some memorable spots. In the end though, only one can earn the #1 contendership and it will no doubt be a great fight to see who is the last one standing.
All this and more, on tonight’s AEW Grand Slam Rampage card.
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