AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 3
Winter is Coming, but before the snow falls on All Elite Wrestling in two weeks, we had Friday's episode of AEW Rampage.
As both women prepare to fight in the TBS Championship tournament, the feud between Thunder Rosa and Jade Cargill continues to gain momentum. On Friday's show, Rosa sat in on commentary for Cargill's match against Janai Kai.
PAC teamed up with his Death Triangle teammate, Penta El Zero Miedo, to take on Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood in tag team action.
We also saw Tony Nese get his first big opportunity in AEW when he took on Sammy Guevara for the TNT Championship. Let's look at everything that happened on this week's episode of Rampage.
Sammy Guevara vs. Tony Nese (TNT Championship)
AEW Rampage got started with Nese's first title match in AEW against Guevara for the TNT Championship. As soon as Aubrey Edwards called for the bell, Guevara was all over Nese.
The Premier Athlete quickly turned things around and hit a brutal back elbow to take the champ off his feet. The Spanish God took him down by the legs and hit a corkscrew dropkick to send the challenger out of the ring.
Nese was able to recover and hit a springboard moonsault for a two-count. Guevara started to favor his knee after Nese landed on it. The Premier Athlete whipped Guevara hard to the corner twice before nailing him with a kick to the face for a two-count.
After a break, Guevara hit a beautiful springboard cutter for a near-fall. Nese countered the GTH and applied a single-leg crab. The TNT champion took him down with a Spanish Fly and hit a huge springboard moonsault from the top rope to the floor.
Nese came back at him with a 450 splash for a two-count. After a few more exchanges, Guevara hit the GTH for the win to retain his title.
Nese has had a couple of other matches in AEW, but this was his chance to show the majority of the AEW audience what he can do between the ropes. Not only was he up for the challenge, but he made a big impression.
These are two guys who can work on the mat if they want to, but their biggest strength is their agility. Some of the moves they hit looked incredible and showed how both guys are capable of doing things most humans would deem impossible at first glance.
A few moves could have been sold more to make them look more effective, but that is a minor quibble when the action is as good as it was in this contest.
Jade Cargill vs. Janai Kai
The second match of the night saw Cargill take on one of Thunder Rosa's students and AEW newcomer Kai.
After easily overpowering Kai, Cargill hit a boot to the face followed by her finisher for what might be the quickest win of her career.
Rosa ran to the ring and fought with Cargill until several officials came down to break up the fight.
Cargill getting easy, definitive wins in her first handful of matches was the right way to book her, but now she has to start showing us more. She can't get by much longer without proving she can do more than a couple of moves.
Her upcoming match with Rosa is going to be a big test. She won't run over the former NWA women's champion like a steamroller, so she is going to have to prove she is more than just a physique and some decent catchphrases.
If Cargill can show us that she can have a good match, her chances of becoming the face of the division one day will go way up.
PAC and Penta El Zero Miedo vs. FTR
The main event saw PAC and Penta team up to take on the AAA tag team champions, FTR, in a non-title contest. Unfortunately, Rey Fenix was MIA this week.
Wheeler and Penta started for their teams with a relatively clean exchange. After Penta was able to take control, PAC tagged in and made him retreat to his corner.
The one-eyed high-flyer was able to take on both Wheeler and Harwood by himself for quite some time before one stiff elbow from Harwood took him down.
Penta tagged back in, but FTR was able to get the upper hand. They kept the luchador grounded near their corner with quick tags and double-team combos, but they couldn't keep him down for the pin.
We returned from a break to see Wheeler keeping PAC down in a submission. The Bastard tried to make a tag, but Harwood yanked Penta off the apron.
When he finally got the hot tag, Penta hit a flurry of moves to Harwood and Wheeler that shifted the momentum back in his favor. Malakai Black came out and spit mist into the eye of PAC to give FTR the advantage and the chance to score the win.
FTR ripped Penta's mask off, and he covered his face as Alex Abrahantes ran over to help. Black dug at the good eye of PAC and drew blood as the show came to a close.
We've seen FTR face The Lucha Bros in a few different situations, but subbing in PAC for Fenix helped change up the dynamic a bit to make this feel fresh.
As expected, the in-ring action was great. FTR is one of the best tag teams working today, and both PAC and Penta are among the most talented high-flyers in the world. These four guys represent some of the best pure wrestlers in all of AEW.
Even without a title on the line or any real stakes, this managed to be a solid main event to close out the show. It was a little overbooked in spots but not enough to keep it from being enjoyable.