AEW Rampage continues its string of live episodes this week from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. A regular venue for the WWE with many episodes of TV taped there. On December 30, 2005, Smackdown here saw MNM defeat Batista and Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Championships in the main event thanks to interference by Mark Henry. One week later on Smackdown a Steel Cage rematch would take place and would be Batista’s last televised match before an injury would make him relinquish the World Heavyweight Championship and be out of action for 6 months. But with that, let’s get on to the AEW Rampage card.
AEW Rampage Card for October 28, 2022
TNT Champion @RealWardlow puts the title on the line against #TheKingdom’s @MattTaven on #AEWRampage TONIGHT LIVE at 10pm ET/9pm CT on @tntdrama! pic.twitter.com/APDyDY7Aiv
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 28, 2022
The Kingdom Come
The Kingdom, officially ditching the OGK moniker to go back to their original name, made their debut on AEW two weeks ago. Now their first match on AEW takes place just one day after they were fired on Impact! Wrestling TV. The former Ring Of Honor TV, Tag Team, Trios and World Champion, Matt Taven, gets a chance to go after another singles Championship, the TNT Championship. He goes one on one with Wardlow.
However, this all seems to be a tag team affair as the current ROH TV Champion Samoa Joe still stands by Wardlow while Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis stand by Matt Taven. People may have their reservations about The Kingdom and specifically Matt Taven, as his ROH World title run was seen as less than stellar to put it mildly. But you have to respect their hustle as they’ve now traveled to IMPACT, ROH, NWA and won titles there. Bennett even had a short run in WWE. That’s some mad hustle for such a not really liked team.
Two Generations Of Women
Madison Rayne returns to Rampage this week she faces Tay Melo. A generational clash as Tay has been one of AEW’s more prominent female wrestlers and had a short NXT stint beforehand. Meanwhile Madison Rayne has been a long-running, mostly active wrestler between Impact and the WWE Mae Young Classic since 2007.
The duo clash tonight on Rampage as yet another tag team feud seems to brew. Madison has been mentoring the young Skye Blue while Tay Melo has had her long-standing BFF and Jericho Appreciation Society member Anna Jay AS.
How AEW Manages Double Booking
In a massive contrast to how WWE and Karl Anderson have treated New Japan Pro Wrestling, AEW this Wednesday accidentally jumped the gun and announced a rare two matches in one week for a set of performers as Wheeler Yuta and Claudio Castagnoli defeated the ROH World and Pure Champions Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia to open Dynamite. Then it was announced that they would also be facing ‘Cool Hand’ Angelo Parker and ‘Daddy Magic’ Matt Menard of the Jericho Appreciation Society.
HOWEVER, on Monday, New Japan had announced that Wheeler Yuta would be teaming with Shota Umino and Homicide to face Team Filthy at their Rumble On 44th Street show the same day. AEW’s decision? Honor the first booking. So on social media, Wheeler apologized for the double-booking and clarified he would be in New Japan, who were the first to book him. Replacing him? AEW World Champion Jon Moxley facing Matt Menard. Not bad. And a heck of a way to show good faith to New Japan and the fans for the double booking.
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