AEW Rampage Results (8/26/22): Claudio Castagnoli vs. Dustin Rhodes

AEW Rampage
August 26, 2022
The Wolstein Center
Cleveland, Ohio

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Commentary Team: (Excalibur, Chris Jericho, Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone)

Ring Announcers: Justin Roberts & Bobby Cruise 

Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: (6-0) The House Of Black w/Julia Hart vs. (10-1) The Dark Order (John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Preston Vance) In A First Round Match In The Inaugural AEW World Trios Championship Tournament 

Brody King and Preston Vance will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. King backs Vance into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Vance ducks under a chop from King. Vance applies a side headlock. King whips Vance across the ring. Vance runs into King. Shoulder Block Exchange. Vance ducks a clothesline from King. Vance with a chop/forearm combination. Vance dishes out a Pump Kick. King goes for a Bodyslam, but Vance lands back on his feet. Vance starts favoring his left knee. Matthews and Silver are tagged in. Hand fighting display. Standing Switch Exchange. Matthews with a side headlock takeover. Silver answers with the headscsissors escape. Matthews ducks a clothesline from Silver. Matthews applies a waist lock. Silver backs Matthews into the turnbuckles. Matthews shoves Silver. Matthews dives over Silver. Silver decks Matthews with a back elbow smash. Silver goes for a Flying Hurricanrana, but Matthews blocks. Silver goes for The O’Connor Roll, but Matthews holds onto the ropes.

That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Matthews with a Spinning Back Kick. Matthews applies a wrist lock. Black tags himself in. Double Irish Whip. Silver dumps Matthews out of the ring. Silver kicks Black in the face. Silver tags in Reynolds. Reynolds applies a side headlock. Black whips Reynolds across the ring. Reynolds ducks a clothesline from Black. Reynolds goes for a Hurricanrana, but Black lands back on his feet. Reynolds ducks a clothesline from Black. Reynolds with the backslide cover for a one count. Reynolds goes for a Butterfly Suplex, but Black lands back on his feet. Reynolds avoids Black Mass. Black taunts Reynolds. A quick shoving contest leads us to a pier six brawl in the ring. Forearm Exchange. Black with clubbing mid-kicks in the corner. Second Forearm Exchange. Black sends Reynolds to the corner. Reynolds with a running elbow smash. Reynolds with a corkscrew uppercut for a one count. Black kicks Reynolds in the face. Black side steps King into the turnbuckles. Black with a Pump Kick. King with a Western Lariat. Black hooks the outside leg for a two count. Back slams Reynolds head on the top turnbuckle pad. Black tags in King.

King kicks Reynolds in the gut. King unloads two knife edge chops. King bodyslams Reynolds. King with a Running Senton Splash. King tags in Matthews. Matthews stomps on Reynolds chest. Following a snap mare takeover, Matthews kicks Reynolds in the back. Matthews tags in Black. Black whips Reynolds across the ring. Black scores the elbow knockdown. Black applies an arm-bar. Matthews tags himself in. Matthews with a Flying Double Foot Stomp. Matthews kicks Silver off the apron. Matthews kicks the left knee of Vance. Big Boot Exchange. Reynolds ducks a clothesline from Matthews. Reynolds drops Matthews with The Rolling Elbow. Black and Vance are tagged in. Vance with two clotheslines. Vance Pump Kicks King off the apron. Vance clotheslines Black. Vance with a Spinning Side Slam to Matthews. Vance hits The SpineBuster. Vance applies The Full Nelson Lock. Matthews with an Apron Enzuigiri. Matthews with The Flying Meteora.

Reynolds ducks a clothesline from Matthews. Reynolds blocks The Pop Up Knee Lift. Reynolds rocks Matthews with a forearm smash. Silver SuperKicks Matthews. Pop Up Uppercut. Silver side steps King into the turnbuckles. Dark Order delivers their combination offense. King kicks Reynolds in the face. King rocks Silver with a forearm smash. Vance ducks a clothesline from King. Vance clotheslines King back into the ring. Black unloads a flurry of strikes. Vance reapplies The Full Nelson Lock. Black is trying to remove Vance’s knee brace. Black avoids The Discus Lariat. Black applies The Knee Bar. House Of Black gets distracted by Miro. Vance tagged out to Reynolds. Miro starts brawling with King and Matthews right in front of the referee, but it’s not a disqualification for whatever reason. Reynolds rolls Black over to pickup the victory. After the match, King attacks Miro from behind. King throws Miro into the steel ring steps. Black plants Miro with The Black Mass. Darby Allin and Sting storms into the ring to make the save.

Winner: (11-1) The Dark Order via Pinfall

Second Match: (56-8) Wardlow (c) vs. (12-40) Ryan Nemeth For The AEW TNT Championship 

Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh and Chris Sabin are scouting this match from the stage. Nemeth talks smack to Wardlow before the bell rings. Wardlow HeadButts Nemeth. Wardlow drops Nemeth with a Massive Lariat. Wardlow connects with The PowerBomb Symphony to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still AEW TNT Champion, (57-8) Wardlow via Pinfall 

Third Match: (51-22) Powerhouse Hobbs vs. (0-0) Ashton Day 

Hobbs starts things off with an Inside Out Lariat. Hobbs is mauling Day in the corner. Hobbs toys around with Day. Hobbs whips Day across the ring. Hobbs clotheslines Day. Hobbs mocks Ricky Starks. Hobbs connects with The SpineBuster to pickup the victory.

Winner: (52-22) Powerhouse Hobs via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: (47-29) Sammy Guevara & (56-11) Taynara Conti w/The Jericho Appreciation Society vs. (46-26) Ortiz & (38-6) Ruby Soho 

Taynara Conti and Ruby Soho will start things off. Conti kicks the right shoulder of Soho. Conti applies the cravate. Conti with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Conti brings Soho down to the mat. Conti stomps on the right hand of Soho. Conti works on her joint manipulation game. Conti stomps on the right elbow of Soho. Soho drives her knee into the midsection of Conti. Soho runs Conti into the turnbuckles. Soho with clubbing shoulder blocks. The referee admonishes Soho. Conti dodges The Running SuperKick. Conti nails Soho with The Pump Kick. Wrist Lock Exchange. Soho rocks Conti with a forearm smash. Ortiz and Guevara are tagged in. Ortiz scores the elbow knockdown. Following a snap mare takeover, Ortiz with a shoulder tackle for a one count. Guevara kicks Ortiz in the gut. Guevara poses for the crowd. Short-Arm Reversal by Ortiz. Ortiz with two short-arm lariats. Ortiz applies a wrist lock. Ortiz Powerslams Guevara.

Assisted Splash for a two count. Ortiz rakes the back of Guevara. Guevara ducks a clothesline from Ortiz. Conti runs interference. Guevara with The Pump Kick for a two count. Guevara uses the bottom rope to choke Ortiz. Double Vertical Suplex. JAS are using the referee’s lack of vision to their advantage. Guevara hooks the outside leg for a two count. Ortiz with a knife edge chop. Guevara kicks Ortiz in the gut. Guevara goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Ortiz counters with an inside cradle for a two count. Guevara clotheslines Orti for a two count. Angelo Parker punches Ortiz behind the referee’s back. Ortiz unloads two knife edge chops. Guevara with the greco roman eye poke. Guevara with a Sliding Lariat for a two count. Guevara applies a half straight jacket hold. Guevara fish hooks Ortiz. JAS has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Ortiz kicks Guevara in the face. Ortiz drops Guevara with an Inside Out Lariat. Soho and Conti are tagged in.

Soho with a double leg takedown. Soho transitions into a ground and pound attack. Soho with a Spinning Back Kick. Soho kicks Conti in the chest. Soho hits The Back Drop Driver. Soho with a Running SuperKick for a two count. Soho slams Conti’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Soho puts Conti on the top turnbuckle. Guevara knocks Ortiz off the apron. Soho HeadButts Conti. Soho drills Guevara with The Reverse Hurricanrana. Conti with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Soho decks Conti with a JawBreaker. Soho thrust kicks the left knee of Conti. Guevara stops Soho in her tracks. Guevara ducks a clothesline from Soho. Ortiz drops Guevara with The DDT. The referee is losing control of the match. Conti punches Soho. Conti nails Ortiz with The Pump Kick. Ortiz blocks The Spinning DDT. Soho with a knee lift. Soho connects with No Future for a two count. Guevara toys around with Soho. Ortiz tees off on Guevara. Anna Jay throws Soho into the steel ring steps. Guevara plants Ortiz with The Double SpringBoard Cutter to pickup the victory.

Winner: (48-29) Sammy Guevara & (57-11) Taynara Conti via Pinfall 

Updated Line Up For AEW All Out 2022 

– Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho

– Keith Lee & Shane Strickland (c) vs. The Acclaimed For The AEW World Tag Team Championship

– Christian Cage vs. Jungle Boy

– Jade Cargill (c) vs. Athena For The AEW TBS Championship

– The Casino Ladder Match

– Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs

– FTR & Wardlow vs. Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns In A 6-Man Tag Team Match

– The Finals Of The Inaugural AEW World Trios Championship Tournament

– Toni Storm vs. Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida vs. Jamie Hayter In A Fatal Four Way Match For The Interim AEW Women’s World Championship

Line Up For Next Weeks AEW Dynamite 

– Bryan Danielson vs. Jake Hager w/Chris Jericho

– Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida vs. Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/Rebel

– Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs. The United Empire (Will Ospreay & Aussie Open) In A Semi-Final Match In The Inaugural AEW World Trios Championship Tournament

Fifth Match: (4-0) Claudio Castagnoli (c) w/William Regal & Wheeler Yuta vs. (33-15) Dustin Rhodes w/Arn Anderson & Brock Anderson For The ROH World Championship 

William Regal and Caprice Coleman joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rhodes applies a side headlock. Castagnoli whips Rhodes across the ring. Rhodes drops Castagnoli with a shoulder tackle. Castagnoli drops down on the canvas. Rhodes rolls Castagnoli over for a one count. Rhodes with a deep arm-drag for a one count. Rhodes taunts Castagnoli. Castagnoli applies a waist lock. Castagnoli transitions into a rear chin lock. Castagnoli with a side headlock takeover. Rhodes sends Castagnoli into the ropes. Rhodes drops down on the canvas. Castagnoli with a running shoulder tackle into the ropes. Rhodes regroups on the outside. Rhodes with a shoulder block. Castagnoli denies The Sunset Flip. Castagnoli rolls Rhodes over for a two count. Castagnoli is playing mind games with Rhodes. Castagnoli uppercuts Rhodes. Castagnoli drives Rhodes shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Short-Arm Reversal by Rhodes. Rhodes with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Rhodes with a Running Boot for a one count.

Rhodes applies an arm-bar. Castagnoli reverses out of the irish whip from Rhodes. Rhodes ducks a clothesline from Castagnoli. Castagnoli avoids The Diving Crossbody Block. Castagnoli with clubbing uppercuts. Castagnoli wraps the left shoulder of Rhodes around the top rope. Castagnoli with a Shoulder Breaker for a two count. Castagnoli applies a top wrist lock. Castagnoli goes for a Bodyslam, but Rhodes lands back on his feet. Rhodes kicks Castagnoli in the gut. Castagnoli avoids The Drop Down Uppercut. Castagnoli with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Castagnoli is choking Rhodes with his knee. Castagnoli with a Running Uppercut for a two count. Castagnoli applies a chin bar. Rhodes with heavy bodyshots. Castagnoli headbutts the midsection of Rhodes. Castagnoli with a GutWrench Suplex for a two count. Castagnoli applies The CrossFace. Rhodes with a Side Walk Slam. Forearm Exchange.

Castagnoli kicks Rhodes in the gut. Castagnoli blocks the backslide cover. Rhodes with two clotheslines. Castagnoli reverses out of the irish whip from Rhodes. Rhodes ducks a clothesline from Castagnoli. Rhodes clotheslines Castagnoli over the top rope. Rhodes with a Flying Cannonball Senton off the apron. Rhodes rolls Castagnoli back into the ring. Rhodes with a Diving Lariat for a two count. Rhodes kicks Castagnoli in the face. Rhodes with a Flying Hurricanrana. Rhodes kicks Castagnoli in the gut. Rhodes with a drop down uppercut. Rhodes hits The CodeRed for a two count. Castagnoli dumps Rhodes face first on the top rope. Castagnoli with a Running Lariat for a two count. Castagnoli delivers The Giant Swing for a two count. Castagnoli applies The CrossFace. Rhodes rolls Castagnoli over for a two count. Rhodes Powerslams Castagnoli. Rhodes connects with The PileDriver for a two count. Castagnoli denies The Final Reckoning. Castagnoli goes for a leapfrog, but Rhodes counters with an inadverted low blow. Castagnoli plants Rhodes with The Pop Up Uppercut to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still ROH World Champion, (5-0) Claudio Castagnoli via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez