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AEW Rampage live results: Tag Team titles on the line

Jurassic Express will defend their titles against Dark Order's John Silver & Alex Reynolds.
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The AEW Tag Team titles will be on the line on Friday's Rampage as Jurassic Express will defend against Dark Order's John Silver and Alex Reynolds.

This is the first defense for Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy since they defeated the Lucha Bros for the titles on the January 5th Dynamite and the first shot at the gold for Silver and Reynolds.

Adam Cole will look to remain undefeated in AEW as he takes on Trent Beretta of Best Friends in a continuation of the ongoing feud between The Superkliq and the AEW members of Chaos.

Shawn Spears will prepare for his challenge of CM Punk on Wednesday's Dynamite as he faces the debuting Andrew Everett, formerly of Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor and MLW.

In women's trios action, Kris Statlander, Red Velvet and Leyla Hirsch take on Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford & The Bunny. Hirsch has had issues with both Statlander and Velvet recently, indicating a heel turn may be imminent.

This week's show was taped in Raleigh, North Carolina, after Dynamite.

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Hosted by Excalibur, Taz, Ricky Starks and Chris Jericho 

Adam Cole (w/ Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., reDRagon, Young Bucks & Brandon Cutler) defeated Trent Beretta (w/ Best Friends) (11:31)

With this many people out there you might as well just call it a Lumberjack match. There were ten people at ringside!

Beretta injured his neck in fighting on the floor early on. In the ring, Cole got a near fall after a hangman’s neckbreaker and continued to work over Beretta’s neck. Beretta did a masterful job selling his neck. Cole sent Beretta to the floor with a pump kick. Cole went for a Panama Sunrise off the ring apron to the floor, but Beretta countered with a backdrop. Beretta went for a spear, but Cole moved and Beretta ran into the ring barricade. Cole kept selling his injured neck on the floor and the show went to a picture-in-picture break.

During the break, Cole worked over Beretta with a side headlock. Beretta came back with an diving elbow in the corner and a spinning DDT for a near fall. Cole set up another Panama Sunrise attempt, but Beretta met him on the middle turnbuckle and superpelxed Cole off the top rope for a near fall. After every move, Beretta beautifully sold his injured neck. Cole hit a back stabber, but Beretta responded with a half and half suplex. Cole came back with a brainbuster on his knee for another near fall.

The fight moved to the ring apron, and Beretta dropped Cole with a piledriver. In the ring, Beretta went for Strong Zero, but Cole countered with a Canadian Destroyer for another near fall. Cole went for another Panaman Sunrise, but Beretta caught him and delivered a fantastic Saito suplex, followed by a stiff lariat. Cole came back with a pair of superkicks. He went for the Panama Destroyer again, but this time Trent countered into the Strong Zero. Beretta went for a pin, but Cole broke up the pin attempt by getting his foot on the ropes.

A fight broke out on the floor between everyone at ringside. Britt and Statlander brawled back up the entrance. In the confusion, Cole lowblowed Beretta, then Lowered the Boom and got the pinfall. Great match, lousy finish. 

– Pre-taped package highlighted the burgeoning feud between Thunder Rosa and Mercedes Martinez.

Shawn Spears (w/ Wardlow) defeated Andrew Everett (0:55)

Everett made his debut here, and his cyron advertised that he’s won championships in eight different companies. Everett displayed some high-flying skills… and lept right into a C4 from Spears. This got Spears a quick pinfall.

After the match, Spears cut a fantastic promo. While Spears cut his promo, Warldow stood off to the distance behind his shoulder. Of course, Wardlow looked disinterred in Spears promo. Wardlow was very over with the crowd, who altered between chanting for Wardlow and booing Spears. Spears does drop a nice line at Wardlow’s expense that Punk won’t be facing a green wrestler with a year’s experience when Punk meets Spears Dynamite on Wednesday. 

Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford & The Bunny defeated Kris Statlander, Leyla Hirsh & Red Velvet (w/ Vicki Guerrero) (8:04)

The story of the match early on was Hirsh and Statlander not getting along. Statlander hit Bunny with a spinning powerslam. Nyla Rose took advantage of the babyface team bickering, flattening Red Velvet with a bodyblock and knocking Statlander and Hirsh to the floor.

After a long commercial, Rose hit a chokeslam for a nearfall. Statlander got the hot tag and took Bunny out with a boot, then hit a gourdbuster on Ford for a near fall. Ford went for a springboard cutter, but Statlander avoided and locked in the Spider Crab. Bunny broke that up, then took the blue thunder bomb for a near fall. Hirsh took it upon herself to tag herself in. This caused another argument between Statlander and Hirsh. Bunny shoved Hirsh into Statlander, then rolled her up for the pin.

This long break-up storyline made for a hard match to watch. Turn Hirsh heel and get her on Team Taz already. 

– At the commentary table, Starks cut a promo on Jay Lethal. Lethal came out and challenged Starks for the FTW title. Lethal knows he won’t get an answer tonight because Starks has to ask for Taz’s permission first. “But whatever Daddy – I mean, Taz – says, do the opposite!” The refs came out to break up Lethal and Starks. Probably pencil this in for Rampage next week.

Preview for Dynamite Wednesday:

  • Adam Cole & Britt Baker v. Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander
  • CM Punk v. Shawn Spears
  • Sting & Darby Allin vs The Acclaimed
  • Serena Deeb v. Skye Blue
  • Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson v. FTR
  • Cody Rhodes returns
  • New Match! House of Black v. Varsity Blondes

Main Event Promo. Mark Henry asked Silver and Reynolds if they are ready? Silver and Reynolds got out kazoos in response. Christian Cage does all the talking for the champions. “It’s Time for the Main Event!” Is that a Mark Henry t-shirt yet or what? 

Jurassic Express (w/ Christian Cage) defeated John Silver & Alex Reynolds (w/ Anna Jay & Evil Uno) for the AEW World Tag Team Championship (12:47)

Jericho revealed on commentary he doesn’t like it when the crowd sings along with a wrestler’s music.

Jungle Boy and Reynolds started out and both looked impressive. Jungle Boy hit a sommersault senton for a near fall. Reynolds countered a backdrop attempt into a backslide for two. Reynolds got the tag to Silver, who trucked Jungle Boy with a clothesline and a high back body drop. Silver hit a gamingiri on Luchasaurus and a tope on Jungle Boy, then got into Christian Cage’s face at ringside. Jungle Boy went for a dive on Silver, but Silver caught him, held him up in a suplex and Reynolds hit a tope through the ropes on Jungle Boy to the floor. This match slaps.

After a split screen break, Jungle Boy got the hot tag to Luchasaurus. He dominated both Silver and Reynolds. Lucahsaurus hit a double clothesline on the Dark Order, then chokeslammed Silver on top of Reynolds (who he was also choke-slamming) for two. Silver dropped Luchasaurus to the floor with a low bridge, and Jungle Boy hit a German suplex on Silver. Jungle Boy and Reynolds fought up to the top rope. Silver followed them, then Luchasarus got involved and the result was a crazy super stacker superplex powerbomb pile up, and all four guys were down. Did I mention this match slaps? Cause it does. 

As everyone recovered, Silver and Reynolds took out Luchasaurus with kicks. Silver and Reynolds hit a rolling elbow and a gamingiri into a stunner on Jungle Boy, followed by a German suplex from Silver into a jackknife cover from Reynolds, but it only got two. The tandem offense from Silver and Reynolds was insane. 

Jungle Boy came back with his rebound lariat on Reynolds. Jungle Boy hit a step up rana on Silver on the apron, sending Silver into Evil Uno on the floor. Jungle Boy sprung off Luchasaurus into a Canadian Destroyer on Reynolds for another near fall. Luchasarus and Jungle Boy combined for a double-team cutter on Reynolds, and while Jungle Boy hit a tope on Silver on the floor, Luchasaurus covered Reynolds to get the victory. Great match. 

Final Thoughts:

The opener and closer were bangers. Either the Shawn Spears squash or the women’s trios match should have been moved to Dark to give the World Tag Title match more time. 

Overall good show, but the middle of the show did drag. Stick with the opener and closer.