8/20/21 AEW Rampage: The First Dance Recap

Aug 20, 2021 - by Michael Riba

The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Jim Ross, Mark Henry, and Taz are on commentary from Chicago, Illinois.

“Cult of Personality” hits, and CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Punk says the crowd really knows how to make a kid feel like Britt Baker in Pittsburgh. He says he did not plan on what to say, because he didn’t know what he was going to feel. Punk says he feels and hears Chicago. He says he has heard his name chanted for seven years and there is a lot to cover. He says there isn’t enough time now, but there is time later on, because he is not going anywhere. Punk says if any of his personal choices made anybody at home, in the crowd, or backstage feel let down, he was never going to get better staying in the same place that got him sick in the first place. Punk asks to tell a story, and brings up Ring of Honor, leaving there, and eventually leaving wrestling all together. Punk says he’s back for the fans, and back for himself. He says there is a lot of young talent in the back, because he wants to work with the young talent, and because there are some scores to settle in the locker room. He calls out Darby Allin, who is watching from the rafters with Sting. Punk says Allin is good, and he has seen him do some dangerous things. Punk says Allin is first on the list, because there is nothing that Allin could do that is more dangerous than wrestling CM Punk, except wrestling CM Punk in Chicago. He tells Allin and Sting that he will see them at All Out on September 5th. Punk tells everyone to grab a free ice cream bar on him as they leave tonight.

Christian Cage is backstage with Jurassic Express. He talks about The Young Bucks and says their friends can’t help them when they are locked inside of a cage with Jurassic Express. Cage says he is inside Kenny Omega’s head, and he will beat him at All Out and take his soul.

The Young Bucks come to the stage, as the Lucha Brothers and the Varsity Blonds are shown at ringside.

Match #1 – AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Tournament – Semifinal Match: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) (w/Marko Stunt) vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) (w/Matt Hardy)
Jungle  Boy and Kassidy start the match. Neither man gets the advantage and kick up to a stalemate. Kassidy throws his bandana at Jungle Boy and delivers a few shots. Quen tags in, but Jungle Boy shoves him into Kassidy. Jungle Boy goes to the ropes and kicks Kassidy in the face. Jungle Boy arm-drags Quen across the ring and kicks him in the face. Jungle Boy goes for the tag, but Kassidy gets into the ring and Quen pulls Jungle Boy down by his hair. Private Party stomp Jungle Boy down on the mat as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Jungle Boy sends Quen to the corner and crops Kassidy with a clothesline. Luchasaurus tags in, and drops Private Party with big shots. Luchasaurus tosses them into the corners, and then drops Quen with a back-body drop. Luchasaurus sends Kassidy down to the mat, and then drops them with a double clothesline. Luchasaurus puts Kassidy up top and Jungle Boy tags in and goes for a suplex off of Luchasaurus’ back.
Kassidy fights back and drops Jungle Boy with a Canadian Destroyer off of Luchasaurus’ back. Kassidy goes for the cover, but Luchasuaurs breaks it up. Quen sends Luchasaurus to the apron with a missile dropkick, and then they guillotine him over the top rope. Quen drops Luchasaurus with a Shooting Star Press on the outside and Kassidy pulls Jungle Boy to his feet. Private Party go for the Silly String, but Luchasaurus cuts them off and lays them out with the hook kick. Jungle Boy goes for the cover on Kassidy, but Kassidy kicks out. Hardy gets on the apron, as does Stunt. Hardy slams Stunt into the barricade and Jungle Boy takes Hardy down. Kassidy rolls up Jungle Boy, but he kicks out at two. Private Party go for Gin and Juice, but Jungle Boy drops Kassidy with a DDT. Quen tags in, and Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy drop him with the Jurassic Express and get the pin fall.
Winners: Jurassic Express

Kenny Omega and Don Callis are backstage, with Michael Nakazawa. Omega says tonight’s entire show was set up for him, and Christian Cage ruined it. Omega says he will retire Cage for another seven years at All Out.

Match #2 – Singles Match: Jade Cargill (w/Smart Mark Sterling) vs. Kiera Hogan
They lock up and Cargill shoves Hogan into the corner. Hogan comes back with a right hand, followed by a few kicks that send Cargill to the corner. Hogan connects with a corner clothesline, but Cargill comes out with a pump kick. Cargill drops Hogan with Jaded and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Jade Cargill

Announced for this Wednesday’s Dynamite:

-CM Punk makes his first Dynamite appearance
-AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Tournament Semifinal Match: Lucha Brothers vs. Varsity Blonds
-Jamie Hayter vs. Red Velvet
-Malakai Black vs. Brock Anderson
-Matt Hardy vs. Orange Cassidy

Announced for next Friday’s Rampage:
The AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Tournament Final Match: Jurassic Express vs. Lucha Brothers or Varsity Blonds

Mark Henry interviews Daniel Garcia, with 2point0, and Jon Moxley. Garcia says he beat Fuego Del Sol, but now he has to beat the best of the best in AEW. Moxley says he is going to beat this kid and that Garcia has a better chance of getting him pregnant than beating him.

Match #3 – Singles Match: Jon Moxley (w/Eddie Kingston) vs. Daniel Garcia (w/Jeff Parker and Matt Lee)
Moxley stomps Garcia down in the corner and stands on his head. Moxley drops Garcia with a side suplex and kicks him in the chest. Moxley delivers a few more kicks to the chest and comes off the ropes, but Garcia comes back with a dropkick to the knee. Garcia works over Moxley’s knee, but Moxley comes back with a few shots. Moxley drops Garcia and goes for am arm-bar. Garcia gets free, but Moxley drops him with a few German suplexes. Garcia comes back and picks Moxley’s ankle and applies an ankle lock. Moxley gets to the ropes, and then drops Garcia with a clothesline out of the corner. Moxley delivers more shots and drops Garcia to the mat again. Moxley goes for the Paradigm Shift, but Garcia rolls through and locks in a Sharpshooter. Garcia rolls back to add more pressure, but Moxley turns it into the Bulldog Choke and Garcia taps out.
Winner: Jon Moxley
-After the match, Garcia and 2point0 attack Moxley and Kingston, but Darby Allin and Sting come to the ring for the save. Moxley drops Garcia with the Paradigm Shift, and then he and Kingston send 2point0 to the corner. Sting delivers a double Stinger Splash, and then drops Parker with the Scorpion Death Drop. Allin shoves Lee down, and hits a double Coffin Drop on 2point0. Moxley, Kingston, Allin, and Sting stand tall as the show comes to a close.


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