AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 2

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 3, 2022

AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 2

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    The lineup for Friday's Rampage (Credit: AEW)

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of AEW Rampage on September 2.

    This is the final show before Sunday's All Out pay-per-view, so this was Tony Khan's last chance to make any changes to the card and hype up the show.

    Following their defeat last week, Ortiz and Ruby Soho were given a non-title rematch against the AAA mixed tag champs, Tay Melo and Sammy Guevara.

    QT Marshall battled Ricky Starks, and The Best Friends took on The Dark Order and Hangman Page in a trios match to see who gets to fight The Elite this weekend in the finals of the AEW World Trios tournament.

    Let's look at what happened on Friday's show.

The Dark Order and Adam Page vs. Best Friends

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    Hangman Page, The Dark Order and Best Friends (Credit: AEW)

    Rampage began with Orange Cassidy and "Hangman" Adam Page in the ring to begin the match for their teams. Danhausen showed up to curse Page, so the ref ejected him. Hangman actually seemed to be upset that the ref sent him away.

    Once John Silver was tagged in, The Best Friends began to dominate. Throughout the break, Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor controlled the action, but Page began to mount some offense just as the show returned.

    Alex Reynolds also had some offense, but neither team had the upper hand for more than a few moves during the second half of the match.

    After Hangman failed to hit The Buckshot Lariat, Silver was able to score the win for his team by rolling up Taylor. The match started off with some comedy that may or may not hit depending on your own preference, but as it progressed, everything started to click. This was a solid outing from all six men.

    Winners: The Dark Order and Adam Page

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Page's reaction to everything with Danhausen was hilarious, but Danhausen's presence felt unnecessary. He got a nice little pop, but the match did not benefit from his inclusion. 
    • Hangman holding Silver like a baby was also an odd thing to include, but it was also kind of funny if you like that kind of comedy. 
    • Chris Jericho wasn't yelling as much on commentary as he usually does. It was nice. 
    • Page's top rope moonsault always looks good. He might not hit 450s and shooting star presses, but the moves he does do from the top rope are usually performed with great precision. 

Rey Fenix vs Blake Christian

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    Rey Fenix (Credit: AEW)

    Rey Fenix stepped out of the tag team division for the night to take on Blake Christian in a singles match.

    While the match was fast-paced, it was also just fast in general. After just a couple minutes of high-flying action, the former AEW tag team champions scored the win by pinfall.

    This was a fun little sprint, but it was too short to be anything special. At least Christian looked good on national TV, even in defeat.

    Winner: Rey Fenix

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Fenix may make the occasional misstep, but it's easily forgivable when everything else he does looks so smooth. 
    • The superkick Fenix hit looked awesome. Christian snapped his head to the side to sell at the perfect moment. 

Tay Melo and Sammy Guevara vs. Ruby Soho and Ortiz

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    Tay Melo, Sammy Guevara, Ruby Soho and Ortiz (Credit: AEW)

    Soho and Ortiz had a chance to get some revenge against Melo and Guevara in another mixed tag match this week after the AAA mixed tag champs cheated to retain their titles in their previous encounter.

    The match almost immediately went to a commercial, but the picture-in-picture showed us that Melo and Guevara were controlling the pace most of the time.

    Soho and Ortiz began to build some momentum once the show came back, and they ended up winning in the end when Melo was rolled up out of nowhere.

    Half of this match took place during the break, and it felt like they were rushing from one move to the next. Excalibur immediately announced that a third encounter would take place on Sunday with the mixed tag titles on the line.

    Winners: Ruby Soho and Ortiz

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Guevara and Melo went from having the kind of heat that makes you want to see them get beaten up to having the kind of heat that makes you want to see them go away. 
    • Melo got hit with several headbutts and barely sold it. You can sell moves quickly without making them look completely ineffective. Guevara looked like he was in more pain after Soho hit him with one headbutt. 
    • The enziguri Guevara hit to Ortiz barely looked like it made contact, if at all. 

QT Marshall vs. Ricky Starks

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    QT Marshall and Ricky Starks (Credit: AEW)

    We got non-wrestling segments to hype three All Out matches: Athena vs. Jade Cargill, The Acclaimed vs. Swerve in our Glory, and FTR and Warlow vs. Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns.

    The main event of the night saw Starks take on Marshall. They had the usual pre-match interview with Mark Henry, but it ended with Marshall and Starks getting into a fight before they even had a chance to make their entrances.

    The way they got everything going definitely helped get the crowd in the right mindset, especially since Marshall was originally just a hired gun in this storyline. Now, he feels like an integral part of the tale being told between Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs.

    This match had a steady pace that allowed them to sell big moves. After a solid 10 minutes of wrestling, Starks was able to get the pin. Hobbs marched down to the ring and began to fight with his former Team Taz ally while several officials tried unsuccessfully to break them up.

    This was a great example of Marshall's ability to make others look good, but Starks doesn't need much help in that department. This might not have seemed like a main event on paper, but they ended up delivering.

    Winner: Ricky Starks

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The crowd is already behind Starks as a babyface. He got some good reactions. 
    • Starks hit a textbook tornado DDT that Marshall helped pull off beautifully. 
    • The way Starks hit Aaron Solow on the apron with a spear looked nasty. Solow probably got the wind knocked out of him a little bit. 
    • Marshall's Diamond Cutter out of nowhere looked good. 

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