AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 26

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVAugust 27, 2022

AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 26

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    The card for Rampage (Credit: AEW)

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of All Elite Wrestling Rampage on August 26.

    The Trios Championship tournament continued with a semifinal match between The House of Black and The Dark Order.

    This week also featured three title bouts with belts from three different promotions, with one being the first time that specific championship was defended on Rampage.

    Tay Melo and Sammy Guevara put their AAA Mixed Tag Team Championships on the line against Ruby Soho and Ortiz.

    Claudio Castagnoli defended the Ring of Honor world title against Dustin Rhodes, and Wardlow put the TNT Championship on the line against Ryan Nemeth.

The Dark Order vs. House of Black

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    The Dark Order (Credit: AEW)

    House of Black and The Dark Order were already in the ring and ready to go when the show started. Brody King and Preston Vance started for their teams with an exchange of counters and power moves.

    It looked like Vance twisted his knee a bit, so he tagged out to Jon Silver while Buddy Matthews tagged in for his team. Both men showed off their speed and athleticism before Malakai Black and Alex Reynolds took over.

    This was a trios tourney match, and all six men worked hard to make it look like they were fighting for something important. The pace was managed well so it didn't drift into chaos too quickly, but AEW matches with more than three people always end up being wild, so this bout definitely had some moments like that.

    Thanks to a distraction from Miro, The Dark Order was able to get the win to advance in the tournament. This was fun and allowed all six men to stand out in different ways, but it was probably one of the less memorable matches in this tournament.

    Winners: The Dark Order

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • It was hard to tell if Vance actually injured his knee at first, but he stayed in the match, so it must not have been that bad. 
    • Reynolds' beard is getting bushy. It makes him look a little tougher for some reason. 
    • Julia Hart's presence at ringside was barely addressed by the announcers. 
    • Miro is very over with the crowd. AEW needs to capitalize on that soon. 

Wardlow vs. Ryan Nemeth, Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Ashton Day

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    Wardlow and Ryan Nemeth (Credit: AEW)

    Ryan Nemeth cut a promo on the Cleveland crowd on his way to the ring to battle Wardlow for the TNT Championship.

    Wardlow beat him with one big shot followed by four powerbombs to get the win and retain the title in one of the most predictable outcomes in Rampage history. There's not much to say here. This was quick and somewhat unnecessary.

    Winner: Wardlow

    Grade: C-

    The next match was another squash, but this time it was Powerhouse Hobbs taking on a guy by the name of Ashton Day. The match was over just as quickly as Wardlow's bout, but at least it had more than two different moves.

    Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs

    Grade: C-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Nemeth sold the symphony of powerbombs expertly. His brother taught him well. 
    • Why did we need Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt on the stage if nothing was going to happen?
    • Hobbs is one of those guys who is going to keep getting more and more popular because he keeps improving every part of his game. 

Sammy Guevara and Tay Melo vs. Ortiz and Ruby Soho

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    Ruby Soho and Ortiz (Credit: AEW)

    Melo and Guevara put their AAA mixed tag titles on the line against Soho and Ortiz in the fourth match of the night.

    The women began for their teams, but it only took about a minute before the guys were brought in. Neither team had control for long, so the match had a more competitive feel than the two squashes that preceded it.

    They did a good job managing the action between all four people, especially during the spots when it was man against woman. Soho and Melo usually ended up winning those exchanges.

    Anna Jay interfered behind the ref's back and threw Soho into the steps, paving the way for Guevara to hit Ortiz with his finisher for the win.

    Winners: Sammy Guevara and Tay Melo

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Ortiz without Santana is weird but also kind of cool. He's a great talent, and it would be fun to see him get a chance at a singles run. 
    • Melo is underrated when it comes to selling offense for her opponent. She has a great dazed facial expression after she takes a big hit. 
    • The reverse hurricanrana from Soho to Guevara was cool. They both made it look great. 
    • It felt like they rushed through this match a bit. Maybe cutting one of the squashes and giving that time to this bout would have been a better call. 

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Dustin Rhodes

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    Claudio Castagnoli (Credit: AEW)

    The Ring of Honor World Championship was on the line in the main event when Castagnoli put the belt up against Rhodes. They observed the code of honor by shaking hands before locking up.

    This match had a little bit of everything. They used technical exchanges, fast-paced sequences, strikes, holds and power moves.

    Both guys had a chance to hit a lot of the best moves, so even though the outcome was predictable, the bout felt competitive and energetic.

    The ending came when the champ hit a big uppercut out of nowhere to score the pin. It was a somewhat abrupt finish, but everything else about this match was great.

    Winner: Claudio Castagnoli

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • It's great that AEW keeps bringing in Caprice Coleman to call matches involving the ROH titles. 
    • Just a reminder that Rhodes is 53 years old and still moves better than some guys who are half his age. 
    • Can we replace Chris Jericho with William Regal on commentary all the time?

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