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AEW Rampage: 2/18/2022

credit from: All Elite Wrestling

It’s Friday once more, which means that it’s time for a new episode of Rampage! It’s been quite the week for All Elite Wrestling, so what better way to close the week with yet another banger of a Rampage episode. You might also say that it was booming with entertainment! And speaking of boom…

Match 1: Adam Cole vs Dark Order’s 10. (Rating: 3.5/5)

Number one contender for the AEW World Heavyweight championship Adam Cole (Bay Bay!) kicks off Rampage tonight! And what a match against number 10 from the Dark Order. 10, or Preston (written as Pres10) is arguably the most impressive in ring worker that this illustrious group has to offer, however as impressive as the masked man is he did unfortunately fall short after Cole picked up the pinfall victory dropped the BOOM to the back of 10’s head. This was such a fun match, despite it feeling relatively short. It’s matches like these that will make Pres10 look amazing in the long run though, because he’d be pushing his own limits against the top guys that All Elite Wrestling has to offer. Really hope he breaks away from the Dark Order soon to engage in high caliber matches and feuds!

Match 2: Face of the Revolution Qualifier Match; Powerhouse Hobbs vs Dante Martin. (Rating: 3/5)

Keith Lee and Wardlow, two of the beefiest guys that AEW have to offer, are being joined now by Powerhouse Hobbs as he absolutely obliterated Martin in this match! Really glad that this was the way AEW went with this match and have Hobbs toss the smaller man around the ring to not only showcase Powerhouse’s strength and physique but to also make him feel like a big time deal again in comparison to when he competed in the tournament to crown the number one contender for the AEW world title late last year after he lost to Orange Cassidy. Even IF Hobbs doesn’t win the ladder match at Revolution, the idea of him being involved in a high profile match alongside two other beefy boys truly reminds me why I love the sport that is professional wrestling.

Main Event: Jay White vs Trent Beretta. (Rating:3.5/5)

Prior to this main event, I’ve only seen a very small amount of Jay White matches. After seeing White and Trent tear the house down to close off the show however, it really did peak my interest in checking out the Switchblade more! The man is such an amazing athlete, and I can see why AEW decided to make White be the one to kick down the Forbidden Door in comparison to other names in the wrestling world, such as a Windham Rotunda (Bray Wyatt) or Buddy Matthews (Buddy Murphy from WWE); the man oozes with charisma and has the in-ring work to leave fans such as myself wanting more. Beretta never ceases to amaze me either, he truly works better as a singles competitor compared to teaming with any of the Best Friends crew as a tag team wrestler as it allows Trent to better showcase his talent solo instead. The match was won by the Switchblade via pinfall after hitting the Blade Runner finisher for the three count. Really solid chemistry between these two as well!

Final rating: 4/5