This week’s preview of AEW Rampage is for the week of 4/29/22. It features four matches, which is becoming more typical for the show. The program also includes a face-to-face confrontation segment as well. On the heels of this past week’s announcement on AEW Dynamite that CM Punk will face Hangman Page for the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing, Rampage begins to set the stage for their upcoming pay per view.
One of the matches taking place on this evening pits longtime rivals Swerve Strickland against Darby Allin. Their match is an Owen Hart Foundation Cup Men’s qualifier battle. The remaining three matches scheduled include a one-on-one matchup between Keith Lee against Colton Gunn, a six-woman tag team match involving the TBS Champion, Jade Cargill, and a match for the ROH World Television Championship.
The Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Qualifier
Swerve Strickland vs. Darby Allin
As mentioned this past week on Dynamite, Swerve and Allin have a history with each other. Their history dates back to the U.S West Coast and, in particular, their battles with one another as part of Defy Wrestling. In their short joined interview, there was a great deal of truth said in everything they shared. During their time in Defy, there was no question that Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland was the guy.
Much like Daryl Strawberry, Swerve was the straw that stirred the drink in Defy. However, this isn’t Defy Wrestling, it’s All Elite Wrestling, and Darby is considered a pillar in the company’s future. Darby Allin is a key figure in AEW, and that could be a key point in seeing who will advance in this match.
AEW Rampage for 4/29/22
Colton Gunn vs. Keith Lee
If Colton has any chance in this match, it’s likely he would need some form of artillery to defeat the Limitless One. Ironically, Colton won’t be able to shoot down the opposition standing before him with a last name like Gunn. For Keith Lee, while the match presents itself with an opportunity to be seen, it’s important to also have him compete in something meaningful.
That isn’t meant to be a knock-on Gunn but rather a hope for Lee and how he’ll be used in the future. With that said, this could be the start of something new for Lee regardless. While it appears as though he is moving beyond his feud with Team Taz, the question now is about what lies ahead for him.
AEW Rampage for 4/29/22
Face to Face Confrontation
HOOK and Danhausen
A curse! A CURSE! It seems as though that’s all Danhausen has been trying to do to HOOK. But with his attempts at cursing HOOK failing, what will this face-to-face confrontation hold for both of them? As evident over the past few weeks, Danhausen has attempted to curse HOOK. However, with each passing week, HOOK looks at Danhausen and proceeds to walk past him as though he’s impervious to the Team Taz member’s confidence.
If we could predict anything, it seems as though this may be an amusing exchange between the two. But, on the other hand, it could result in Danhausen either being cursed or walking out with a bag of chips. Either one is likely to take place.
Jade Cargill, Red Velvet & Kiera Hogan vs. Willow Nightingale, Trish Adora & Skye Blue
This has the potential to be a fun match for all involved. On paper, it reads somewhat of AEW vs. Ring of Honor (Skye Blue, notwithstanding). Fans of AEW and ROH are well aware of each of these women. However, if any one woman that fans who may not be keeping their eye on that should is Trish Adora. Adora is a champion on the independent scene and was rising in popularity in Ring of Honor.
For Cargill’s team, it appears as though an alliance is forming among them. The inclusion of Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan in recent weeks suggests that the trio are making up Jade’s ‘Baddies.’ The group itself does lend itself to something new as a women’s faction is something that will only help the Women’s division.
AEW Rampage for 4/29/22
ROH World TV Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Trent Beretta
In the build to this matchup between them, Joe has addressed his place in Ring of Honor’s history. With that said, Trent Beretta would share how he also competed in Ring of Honor regularly but had nothing to show for it. Beretta’s time in the promotion was primarily as one-half of the Roppongi Vice tag team with Rocky Romero. But as time passed, so did Beretta’s time in ROH and new opportunities presented themselves for him.
Facing Joe here says something about him and what fans can expect from this match. Beretta will likely walk into this match and do everything he can to take what Joe has in store for him. Will he walk out as the ROH World TV champion or become just another victim to the Samoan Submission Machine?
What To Expect
- The Owen Hart Men’s Tournament Qualifier Continues
- CM Punk and Hangman Page discuss their upcoming AEW World Championship Match
- Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Christian Cage discuss facing Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks for the AEW World Tag Team Championship
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