AEW Rampage notes: Samoa Joe vs. Trent Beretta, Danhausen-Hook face-to-face

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AEW Rampage notes: Samoa Joe vs. Trent Beretta, Danhausen and Hook face-to-face

By: Dave LeClair 

Rampage was a taped show from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It featured a fairly stacked card including Darby Allin versus Swerve Strickland, Keith Lee versus Colten Gunn, Samoa Joe versus Trent Beretta for the ROH Television Championship, the Baddies Trio in a match, and a confrontation between Hook and Danhausen.

Match Results:

  • Darby Allin over Swerve Strickland
  • The Baddies over Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale, and Trish Adora
  • Keith Lee over Colten Gunn
  • Samoa Joe over Trent Beretta 

As is usually the case, Rampage started off with action, as Darby Allin took on Swerve Strickland in a match to qualify for the Owen Hart tournament. The paid had a crazy match with lots of back-and-forth and high-flying, including Darby’s special brand of self-destruction offense. Eventually, Starks left the commentary table to interfere in the match, but Sting stopped him. This led to Darby winning with an interesting pin off the distraction.

Spears cut a promo on Wardlow, reminding us that his upcoming opponent is seven feet tall. 

Santana and Ortiz attacked Jericho on the commentary table after Jericho named himself Sports Entertainer of the Week. Security broke up the brawl quickly, but not before the pair got a few good shots in on Jericho.

The Baddies (Jade Cargill, Red Velvet, and Kiera Hogan) took on Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale, and Trish Adora. As you’d expect, Cargill’s team won, with Cargill pinning Adora for the finish in a quick match.

Darby and Swerve were backstage with Tony Schiavone, where Darby apologized for Starks interfering. Swerve said it wasn’t a problem, and he promised to get back at Starks and Hobbs with his friend Keith Lee.

This led to Lee’s entrance for his match against Colten Gunn. In a surprise to no one, Keith Lee won, though Gunn did get some offense in before succumbing to Lee.

Jeff Hardy will take on Bobby Fish to qualify for the Owen Hart tournament on Dynamite next week. This led to a backstage promo with the Hardys and then a promo with the Undisputed Elite, hyping up the match. 

Danhausen came out, saying that he was going to destroy Hook. Hook followed and got right into Danhausen’s face, leaving Danhausen looking terrified. Hook spoke quickly, but Mark Sterling interrupted. While distracted, Tony Nese attacked both Hook and Danhausen. However, Hook fought back and took both out. Danhausen tried to curse them and thought he scared them away with his curse, but it was actually Hook standing behind him. 

Excalibur announced that Mercedes Martinez would take on Deonna Purrazzo to unify the ROH Women’s title and the interim title on Wednesday. He also announced Jericho and Santana in a singles match.

Samoa Joe versus Trent Beretta for the ROH Television Championship was the main event, which started with Mark Henry’s promo segment. Ian Riccaboni joined the commentary team for the main event. They had a solid match (though a large part of it took place during the commercial), and Joe ultimately picked up the win.

After the match, Tony Schiavone tried to interview Joe, but Jay  Lethal, Satnam Singh, and Sonjay Dutt came out as soon as he could start talking. Joe and Lethal brawled as the show went off the air.

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A long time POST Wrestling fan and technology writer, Dave LeClair joins the POSTmarks to cover AEW Collision.