AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 13

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 14, 2023

AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 13

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    Friday's Rampage lineup.
    Friday's Rampage lineup.AEW

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of AEW Rampage on January 13.

    It may not be the Battle of the Belts this week, but we still had some title action when Darby Allin put his TNT Championship on the line against one of AEW's newest signings, Juice Robinson.

    We also had two big tag team matches on the card. Eddie Kingston and Ortiz took on Malakai Black and Brody King, and the duo of Tay Melo and Anna Jay battled Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale in a Street Fight.

    Let's take a look at everything that happened during Friday's show.

Darby Allin vs. Juice Robinson (TNT Championship)

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    Darby Allin and Juice Robinson.
    Darby Allin and Juice Robinson.AEW

    Allin and Robinson were already in the ring when the show began so they could get right to the action with this TNT title match.

    Robinson used his size to bully Allin at first, grounding him and taunting him with the kind of stuff an older brother might use to embarrass a younger brother.

    The former NJPW mainstay dominated the early minutes of the match, especially when they took the fight out of the ring. He used the barricade and the steel steps to inflict as much legal damage as possible.

    This bout was designed to do two things. It was meant to make Robinson look like a tough competitor, and it was meant to make Allin look like a resilient champion. It accomplished both goals while delivering some decent action along the way.

    The finish saw Allin counter a superplex into a Scorpion Death Drop before hitting the Coffin Drop for the win. The final sequence was easily the best part of the match.

    Winner: Darby Allin

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The way Robinson dumped Allin over the top rope looked dangerous, but Allin did his best to save it and still sell the impact. 
    • It's wild to think that Robinson is the same guy who was CJ Parker in NXT all those years ago. He is a completely different man in every way. 
    • Robinson hit a chest chop that sounded extremely painful. 
    • Allin's suicide dive always looks dangerous and that's what makes it fun. Let's just hope he doesn't miss the mark one of these days because that could end in disaster. 
    • The counter from a superplex into a Scorpion Death Drop was awesome. 

Eddie Kingston and Ortiz vs. Kings of the Black Throne

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    Eddie Kingston, Ortiz, Malakai Black and Brody King.
    Eddie Kingston, Ortiz, Malakai Black and Brody King.AEW

    When Buddy Matthews isn't around, Black and King are known as Kings of the Black Throne, and they were in action this week against Kingston and Ortiz.

    Ortiz went right after King to get the match started. The big man no-sold most of his offense and took him down to his knees with one big shot.

    Kingston and Ortiz were showing a lot of animosity throughout the match, so Black and King had a clear advantage. That doesn't mean Kingston and Ortiz didn't put up a good fight though.

    These four men are all known for being great fighters, so this was a match filled with stiff shots and hard bumps. They worked their butts off to make this fun and the crowd gave them great reactions in return.

    Hart and Matthews ran down to the ring with a chair, but Kingston cut them off. Hart pretended like Kingston was going to hit her with the chair and that caused Oritz to get in his face. The distraction allowed Black to score the win for his team.

    Winners: Kings of the Black Throne

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Julia Hart should have been there for Black and King's entrance. She adds a cool presence to the group. 
    • King's chops are as loud as GUNTHER's sometimes. 
    • The sequence with Black and Kingston trading strikes and taunting each other was fantastic. 

Anna Jay and Tay Melo vs. Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale

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    Anna Jay, Tay Melo, Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale.
    Anna Jay, Tay Melo, Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale.AEW

    Tay and Jay weren't even able to get past the stage before Soho and Nightingale attacked them from behind to get the action going.

    Ruby and Willow were channeling the Dudleys with their camo pants, and Soho even told her partner to "Get the tables" just like D-Von used to do with Bubba Ray.

    This never even came close to being a wrestling match. This was a fight from start to finish. They used weapons, drew blood and fought all over the ringside area. With Jay and Melo having a lot to live up to from their previous Street Fight, it seemed like all four women were dedicated to making this a memorable performance.

    They packed a lot into this match, so it's definitely the kind of thing you need to see for yourself. All four women put forth the maximum effort to make this a bloody brawl any ECW legend would be proud of.

    After hitting Destination Unknown onto a pile of tacks, Soho covered Melo to score the win. If you don't like blood, you may want to avoid this one.

    Winners: Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Soho was busted open early in the match and was immediately a bloody mess, which was made all the more obvious by her white shirt. 
    • Some of the action that happened during the break was good, but having to watch it in that little picture-in-picture box during commercials is less than ideal. 
    • You could hear the crowd chanting, but the fans closest to the ring seemed to be sitting on their hands and staying quiet. It was kind of weird because this is the kind of match people usually get excited to see. 
    • The table spots in this match were great.