AEW Rampage advertised advertised Adam Cole vs. Trent Beretta, Shawn Spears vs. Andrew Everett, Penelope Ford, The Bunny and Nyla Rose vs. Red Velvet, Kris Statlander and Leyla Hirsch, a rare in-ring promo from Jay Lethal and AEW World Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express vs. John Silver and Alex Reynolds.
Last week’s broadcast of AEW Rampage garnered 588,000 viewers.
- January 7, 2022—588,000
- December 31, 2021—453,000
- December 25, 2021—589,000
- December 17, 2021—571,000
- December 10, 2021–503,000
- AEW Dynamite Venue: PNC Arena (Raleigh, North Carolina)
- AEW Tickets Distributed: 4,739
- AEW Tickets Available: 2,405
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AEW Rampage YouTube Viewership Last Friday: 1,513,429 (Down from 1,801,109)
- Most-Viewed: Hook vs. Aaron Solo (577,188 views)
- Least-Viewed: Darby Allin vs. Anthony Bowens (173,134 views)
- Median Viewership: 381,554 views
AEW Rampage Results | Friday, January 14, 2022
Adam Cole def. Trent Beretta
Though AEW took Trent’s Beretta’s last name away temporarily, but he got his last name back, possibly because AEW didn’t want to be too much like WWE.
Britt Baker appeared in Adam Cole’s corner as part of a super group that included The Young Bucks and reDRagon.
AEW continues to use the apron in new and almost dangerous ways, and this time featured a piledriver on an apron.
This was a very good, pay-per-view-styled opener on Rampage.
Shawn Spears def. Andrew Everett
Shawn Spears performed a cartwheel followed by a “10” taunt a la Tye Dillinger. Unfortunately, Chris Jericho gave it a 4/10.
Spears missed a golden opportunity to taunt Wardlow by hitting a symphony of C4 finishers.
Fans chanted “Wardlow” throughout Spears’ post-match promo, which was actually a pretty damn good promo.
The Acclaimed’s diss track against Sting and Darby Allin lived past its hype. Max Caster simply can’t miss, period. Speaking of “can’t miss,” between Carmelo Hayes and Caster, this was the second time in one week the word “opp” has been used in national wrestling. Pro wrestling is getting Blacker, there’s nothing anybody can do about it and I love to see it.
Penelope Ford, The Bunny and Nyla Rose def. Red Velvet, Kris Statlander and Leyla Hirsch
In the interest of time, none of these women got an entrance.
Of course, this match’s sole purpose was to advance the continued tension between Leyla Hirsch and Kris Statlander. Their issues led to Leyla Hirsch being rolled up by The Bunny.
Jay Lethal Appears Challenges Ricky Starks for FTW Title
Jay Lethal was great in his promo, and even has dope theme music which channeled Randy Savage’s vintage theme music.
Lethal and Ricky Starks will be fighting for an unsanctioned FTW Championship. It’s a start for AEW’s advancement of Black talent.
AEW World Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express def. John Silver and Alex Reynolds
John Silver and Alex Reynolds used kazoos to taunt Christian during the talking segment with Mark Henry.
The irony of this match was Anna Jay accompanied The Dark Order to the ring despite the fact that her boyfriend Jungle Boy was competing for the other team. AEW did not take advantage of these combustible elements.
Luchasaurus performed an impressive one-man double team maneuver where he chokeslammed Silver with one hand while slamming Reynolds with the other hand.
Though the finish was somewhat sloppy, this main event made Rampage arguably better than Dynamite.
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