3/11/22 AEW Rampage Recap
The opening credits roll. Excalibur, Ricky Starks, Taz are on commentary from Estero, Florida.
Match #1 – Singles Match: Darby Allin (w/Sting) vs. Marq Quen (w/Isiah Kassidy)
Quen gains control of Allin in the ring and beats him down in the corner. Quen stomps on Allin and delivers a back elbow. Quen applies an abdominal stretch and uses the ropes for leverage, but the referee catches him and Allin counters with a hip toss. Quen goes to the apron and goes for a suplex, but Allin counters out and sends Quen to the floor. Allin goes after Quen, but Quen trips him on the apron as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Allin is in control and delivers a superplex from the top. Allin goes for the cover, but Quen kicks out. Allin applies an arm-bar and transitions into a front face-lock. Queen shoves him off and takes Allin down. Quen connects with a back flip knee drop and goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out. Quen delivers another knee strike and drops Allin with a flat-liner. Quen goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out again. Quen picks Allin up, but Allin counters with a Scorpion Deathdrop. Allin goes up top, but Kasisdy gets on the apron. Sting pulls Kassidy down and slams him into the timekeeper’s table. Quen knocks Allin to the floor after the distraction and goes up top himself. Quen hits a 450 splash from the top onto Allin on the floor. Quen gets Allin back into the ring and goes for the cover, but Allin kicks out. Quen goes up top for a Shooting Star Press, but Allin dodges it and locks in an arm-bar, and Quen taps out.
Winner: Darby Allin
-After the match, Andrade El Idolo, Jose the Assistant, The Butcher, The Blade, and The Bunny come to ringside as Sting and Allin are in the ring. The Hardy Boyz’ music hits, and they come to the stage and come to the aid of Sting and Allin, as the AFO leave through the crowd.
Dan Lambert cuts a promo, with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky. Lambert says we’ve seen the Wardlow story play out before, but Sky will right the wrong next week and Wardlow will go down as a footnote in the longest win streak in AEW history. Page says Sky is defending both the title and his winning streak next week, and Sky says he is the face of TNT and to get used to it.
The House of Black cut a promo. Malakai Black says the Last Rites have been given, and the Next Rites are coming. He says they will turn eyes black again, and Brody King says violence is like an addiction. Buddy Matthews says they know dark, dark secrets.
Match #2 – Singles Match: Jamie Hayter (w/Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Rebel) vs. Mercedes Martinez
Neither woman gains an early advantage and they lock up into the ropes. Hayter backs Martinez into the ropes, but Martinez turns it around and delivers chops and forearm shots. Hayter comes back with a boot to the face and goes for a shoulder tackle, but Martinez doesn’t fall. Martinez delivers a shot and drops Hayter with a clothesline. Martinez delivers elbow strikes. Hayter comes back and drops Martinez in the corner, and then chokes her with her boot as the show heads to a commercial.
Back from the break, Martinez takes control and slams Hayter to the mat. Martinez goes for the cover, but Hayter kicks out. Hayter comes back with a back-breaker and goes for the cover, but Martinez kicks out. Martinez comes back and they exchange shots. Hayter delivers a rolling elbow and sends Martinez into the corner. Hayter comes over, but Martinez shoves her away and then delivers an overhead throw into the corner. Martinez puts Hayter up top and clubs her in the back. Martinez delivers a spider German suplex, but Baker delivers three right hands to Martinez and sends her to the mat behind the referee’s back. Hayter delivers the running lariat and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Jamie Hayter
-After the match, Baker and Rebel get in the ring and surround Martinez with Hayter, but Thunder Rosa runs out with a steel chair and they leave the ring.
Hikaru Shida cuts a promo. She says she has missed Serena Deeb so much and hasn’t forgotten about her for a moment. Shida says she has been thinking about revenge, and what she did to Deeb last week wasn’t enough.
Match #3 – Singles Match: Keith Lee vs. QT Marshall (w/Aaron Solo and Nick Comoroto)
Marshall gets in Lee’s face, but Lee drops him with a headbutt. Lee picks Marshall up and drops him back to the mat, while applying a wrist-lock. Marshall comes back with a poke to the eues, and then delivers body shots. Lee slaps Marshall’s chest and tosses him across the ring. Marshall goes to the apron, and drapes Lee over the top rope. Marshall delivers a missille dropkick and goes for the cover, but Lee kicks out. Marshall delivers right hands, but Lee fires up and drops Marshall with a big lariat. Comoroto grabs Lee’s ankle as Solo distracts the referee. Marshall delivers a thrust kick and an enzuigiri, and sets up for the Diamond Cutter. Lee blocks it and drops Marshall with a shoulder tackle. Lee delivers the Spirit Bomb and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Keith Lee
-After the match, Solo jumps on Lee’s back, but Lee throws him to the mat. Comoroto gets into the ring, but Lee delivers forearm shots and a power bomb. Lee grabs Solo and tosses him out of the ring onto Marshall and Comoroto. Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs rush the ring and attack Lee. Lee gets the better of Starks, but Hobbs drops Lee with a spine-buster. Team Taz stand over Lee and high-five before leaving the ring.
Announced for next Wednesday’s Dynamite: St. Patrick’s Day Slam
-AEW Women’s World Championship – Steel Cage Match: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Thunder Rosa
-AEW TNT Championship Match: Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Wardlow
-Trios Tag Team Match: Adam Cole and reDRagon vs. Adam Page, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus
-Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley vs. Chuck Taylor and Wheeler Yuta
It is announced that next Friday’s Rampage will air an hour later, at 11/10 Central, or later, after the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games end on TNT for the night.
Match #4 – Singles Match: Swerve Strickland vs. Tony Nese
Strickland takes Nese down and applies a wrist-lock, but Nese goes to the floor. Nese comes back in, but Strickland trips him up and wrenches his neck. Nese gets free and applies a wrist-lock, but Strickland gets free and drops Nese with an arm-drag. Strickland delivers an arm-drag and goes for a single-leg Boston Crab, but Nese gets to the ropes. Nese comes back in and kicks Strickland in the midsection. Nese delivers a chop, but Strickland comes back with a hurricanrana. Strickland sends Nese into the ropes, and then trips him up. Strickland delivers a low dropkick to Nese’s face, but Nese comes back and sends Strickland to the floor. Nese gets Strickland caught in the ring skirt and dropkicks him to the floor as the show heads to a commercial.
Back in the ring, Nese has Strickland in a body-scissors. They exchange chops on the mat and Strickland gets free. They exchange right hands now, and then Strickland sends Nese to the corner. Nese sends Strickland to the apron, but Strickland comes back in with another shot. Nese comes back with an uppercut and goes for the springboard moonsault, but Strickland dodges it. Strickland drops Nese with a few chops and throws him into the corner. Strickland delivers a back elbow and an uppercut, and then drops him with a Brain Buster. Strickland goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out. Strickland goes up top, but Nese cuts him off with an uppercut. Nese kicks Strickland in the midsection and drops him with a gut-buster. Nese goes for the cover, but Strickland kicks out. Nese grabs Strickland, but Strickland escapes and goes for a roll-up. Nese counters and kicks Strickland in the head. Nese connects with a 450 splash and goes for the cover, but Strickland kicks out. Nese shoves Strickland away, but Strickland comes back and they exchange shots. Nese goes for a pump-handle slam, but Strickland counters and lifts Nese up.
Nese escapes to the apron, but Strickland delivers a thrust kick. Strickland delivers a double stomp on the apron and slams Nese to the mat. Strickland goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out. Strickland kicks Nese in the head and hits a double stomp from the top and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Swerve Strickland