AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 1

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVJuly 2, 2022

AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 1

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    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of All Elite Wrestling Rampage on July 1.

    AEW is still dealing with the fallout from Forbidden Door and Blood and Guts this week, but Rampage did some work to set up at least one feud for the future.

    A Battle Royal was held to determine the first challenger for Jon Moxley's interim world title, so several names were given a chance to earn a title shot who might not normally get one because of their place in the rankings.

    We also saw Toni Storm take on Nyla Rose, and The Young Bucks were in action against the team of Yoshi-Hashi and Hirooki Goto.

    Let's take a look at what went down on Friday's show.

Royal Rampage

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    The show opened with the competitors coming to the ring for the Royal Rampage battle royal to determine a new No. 1 contender for the interim world title.

    Darby Allin, Adam Page, Powerhouse Hobbs and Tony Nese were the first four men in the match. They started in separate rings competing in one-on-one matches at first.

    New entrants came to the ring at regular intervals, but they alternated which ring they would enter with each person. Rick Starks joined Hobbs and Page in the blue ring, while The Butcher went after Allin and Nese in the red ring.

    More and more competitors filled the rings before we saw any major eliminations, so it was getting crowded quickly.

    We saw plenty of multi-man spots, logical eliminations and short-term alliances. Brody King ended up being the winner after he held Allin up in a choke until he passed out and fell to the ground. This was a fun, energetic way to open the show. The name of the match could use a little work, but everything else went well.

    Winner: Brody King

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Multi-ring setups are fun, but they need to be used sparingly. A lot of arenas might not accommodate a setup like this well. 
    • The Butcher is in better shape every time we see him. 
    • This was Rush's first official match in AEW. It was kind of an odd place to debut, but he made sure to have a big impact as soon as he hit the ring. 

The Young Bucks vs. Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi

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    The next matchup saw The Young Bucks take on two stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Goto and Yoshi-Hashi.

    The Bucks seemed to control the majority of the action, but Goto and Yoshi-Hashi were able to get in plenty of their own offense along the way.

    This match was never really designed to make the NJPW stars into the next top contenders. This was done to put the Bucks over, and Goto and Yoshi-Hashi did their job well.

    The Bucks won with the Meltzer Driver, but the final minutes were definitely the most competitive of the match.

    Winners: The Young Bucks

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The only complaint one could levy against the AEW tag team division is that the matches get out of control too easily and too often. FTR tries to keep it less chaotic, but a lot of teams just stop worrying about tags after a certain point. 
    • Have you ever noticed how the babyface team is almost always on the opposite side of the ring from the hard camera? It makes it easier to film the hot tag spot. 
    • Goto is very good. AEW should get him for some singles matches. 

Toni Storm vs. Nyla Rose

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    The main event of the evening was a singles match between Rose and Storm. Both women are in need of a boost after coming up short in different ways recently.

    Not only was this physical and competitive from the moment the bell rang, but they used the ring and surrounding area to their full advantage.

    Marina Shafir was heavily involved throughout the match behind the ref's back, but that just ended up making Storm's performance gutsier.

    This match was not perfect and had a couple of missteps, but overall, it was a good, entertaining main event. Storm scored a win with a nice jumping DDT.

    Winner: Toni Storm

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The pairing of Rose and Marina Shafir is interesting. If AEW ever develops a women's tag team division, they would be a good duo. 
    • We can officially stop making fun of WWE referees for not paying attention. Apparently, it's an industry-wide epidemic. 
    • This might be one of the first times when the turnbuckle pad being ripped off actually looked like an accident.  

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