AEW Rampage notes: Keith Lee vs. Max Caster, matches added to Dynamite

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By: Dave LeClair 

AEW Rampage was a taped show from San Antonio. It was scheduled to start at an extra-late 11:30 PM ET time slot, thanks to the basketball game. However, it ultimately began at a little past 11:45 PM ET. Advertised matches for the show included Keith Lee versus Max Caster, Red Velvet versus Leyla Hirsch, The House Of Black having a match, and The Butcher taking on Darby Allin.

Match Results: 

  • Darby Allin with Sting defeated The Butcher with The Blade and The Bunny via count-out
  • Red Velvet defeated Leyla Hirsch
  • House of Black defeated Bear Country and Fuego Del Sol

Rampage kicked off with Darby Allin and The Butcher already in the ring for their match. After a solid match where Darby absorbed all sorts of punishment (some of it self-inflicted), Allin managed to beat the ten count and win the match via count-out. Private Party and the A.F.O. attacked Darby and Sting after the match before Matt and Jeff Hardy made the save.

After the brawl, Matt Hardy issued a challenge for an eight-man Texas Tornado tag match to take place on the 3/23 episode of Dynamite. The A.F.O. didn’t answer the challenge right away, but presumably, the match will happen.

Scorpio Sky, Dan Lambert, and Paige VanZant cut a backstage promo. It wasn’t particularly eventful, but it was interesting seeing VanZant cut a more traditional wrestling promo where she gave us a clue about her character, which seems to be based on her ability to fight and generate money.

Hirsch and Velvet had a decent grudge match, which was ultimately won by Red Velvet after Kris Statlander prevented Hirsch from cheating.

In a backstage interview, QT Marshall said he’s going to present Hook with a certificate next week on the 3/25 episode of Rampage, which should be an interesting segment.

House of Black defeated Bear Country and Fuego Del Sol. The surprising part of the match was the finish, which saw Buddy Matthews get the pin. After the match, Penta cut a promo on House of Black.

During the Mark Henry segment, The Acclaimed told Keith Lee to go back to the Renaissance fair, which made me laugh aloud. 

Chris Jericho announced that he and Daniel Garcia would have a match with John Silver and Alex Reynolds on the 3/23 episode of Dynamite.

Max Caster got a quick Razor Ramon mention in during his pre-match rap. From there, we all basked in Keith Lee’s glory, as he pulled off some fantastic agility spots before ultimately defeating Caster in a hard-fought match. After the match, Starks and Hobbs attacked Lee, but eventually, Swerve Strickland saved Lee with a steel chair.