McGuire’s live review of Bryan Danielson v Eddie Kingston in an AEW Eliminator tournament semi-final match, Dante Martin v Matt Sydal, AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker v Abadon in a untitled match Trick or Treat – .

live review of the first edition by McGuire with Kenny Omega against Christian Cage for the Impact World Championship, Britt Baker against Red Velvet for the AEW Women’s Championship, Miro against Fuego Del Ground for the TNT championship – .

By Colin McGuire, staff member (@McGMondays)

AEW Rampage (Episode 12)
Recorded October 27 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Agganis Arena
Aired on October 29, 2021 on TNT

Excalibur checked in to say hello and then we went straight to Bryan Danielson’s musical theme. The commentary team was Excalibur, Chris Jericho, Ricky Starks and Taz.

1. Bryan Danielson vs. Eddie Kingston in a semi-final match of the AEW Eliminator Tournament. Kingston walked to the ring and the crowd was terribly hot when the bell rang. The two felt each other, but it ended when Kingston hit a big chop as Danielson was against the ropes. Danielson kicked Kingston’s shin a few times, then those kicks moved to Kingston’s chest.

The two exchanged echoing chops in the corner before Danielson put down a clothesline and a running kick on Kingston, who rolled out. Back inside the ring, Kingston went for a few kicks, but Danielson kind of made fun of him. As a result, Kingston returned to a few chops. Danielson, whose breast was already beet red, regained control with an uppercut and a series of punches to Kingston’s arm.

Shortly after, Kingston hit a knee and returned to landing the chops. Danielson hit back with a head butt and the two heads were traded. Danielson returned to Kingston’s arm, but it didn’t last long as the two traded strikes again. Kingston hit a daredevil and it earned Kingston a two count. Kingston was relentless with more chops before biting Danielson, who was on the ground in a corner. Excalibur threw at a pip [c].

Returning from the break, the two were on their feet and Danielson’s chest looked insanely disgusting. Eventually Danielson hit Kingston, who was on the outside. Kingston returned with a Saito Suplex outside the ring. Danielson returned to the ring just before the count of 10 ended, allowing the game to continue. From there, Kingston hit another suplex in the ring and it resulted in a count of two.

Kingston stretched Danielson, but Danielson hit the ropes for a break. Kingston hit more chops and perched Danielson on the third string. Eventually, Kingston went for a super-plex, but Danielson hit back and hit a header. Kingston responded by slapping Danielson in the face. Kingston attempted the super-plex again, but Danielson replied and hit a stomach-to-back suplex on Kingston from the third string.

Back on his feet, Danielson hit some chops and an uppercut. Kingston hit back with more chops. Danielson came back with a few kicks. Danielson hit a streak of what was known as Yes! Kicking. Danielson went for a knee, but Kingston fell to the ground, so Danielson hit a bunch of elbows and went for the arm bar. Kingston got up, however, and landed a DDT. The two men were in the center of the ring.

On their knees, the two exchanged blows. They then both stood up and Kingston punched a back fist, knocking the two guys down. The crowd gave them a standing ovation. Kingston crawled up to Danielson and Danielson sank into a Triangle Choke. Kingston gave Danielson a middle finger just before he passed out.

Bryan Danielson defeated Eddie Kingston by referee save in 16:24.

McGuire’s reflections: I loved. Absolutely excellent stuff. I would have loved to see what happened after the two got back to their feet, but Excalibur immediately jumped into the publicity. I can’t imagine there being a better tournament game in this tournament, but we’ll see what the finals bring. So far, however, this has won the prize by far. Kingston showed great fire and lost nothing in the loss. In fact, he won a bunch. And Danielson shows more and more advantage every time he steps into an AEW ring. Fantastic.

Returning from the break, Excalibur showed off the highlights of the match and Danielson reached out, but Kingston rejected him and left the ring. So that answers that. Either way, Tony Schiavone interviewed CM Punk behind the scenes. Kingston interrupted the interview and was very angry with the outcome of his match. There were a handful of beeps. Punk called Kingston unprofessional and the interview ran out of time.

McGuire’s reflections: Well, we know Punk’s dance partner for Full Gear. It should be fun.

2. Dante Martin vs. Matt Sydal. The match started with Sydal lecturing Martin. The two shook hands before getting down to business. Sydal went for an instant mare, but Martin got away with it. Sydal worked Martin’s left arm, but Martin eventually countered and the two traded a series of counters. In a cool place, Martin threw Sydal through a turnbuckle and hit a hill-high springboard dropkick. Martin landed a moonsault on Sydal, who was outside the ring. A PIP presented itself [c].

Returning from the break, Martin kicked and climbed to the third rope, which came to nothing. Sydal hit a back heel kick and a vicious knee kick. Sydal hit a “twisted dipsy-doo,” as Jericho called it. Sydal then hit a bunch of kicks and a roll-up for a tight two count. Martin pulled and hit a few elbows, which led to his own sunset flip wrap and a two count.

Martin took down Sydal, then hit a leaping double foot for a count of two. Martin climbed to the top, but Sydal hit a chop and the two fought on the third rope. Martin pushed Sydal off, so Sydal hit a jumping huracanrana and the two bowling attempts were traded. Martin shot again and hit a few elbows, but Sydal hit a series of kicks. Sydal went for the Lightning Spiral, but Martin countered it, pulled off the double moon jump on the springboard and took the win.

Dante Martin defeated Matt Sydal by a pinfall in 11:00.

McGuire’s reflections: Not sure if the world needed a third Dante Martin / Matt Sydal game, if only because Sydal won the first two games, but it was a nice remedy for Martin as his star continues to disassemble. My God, how this guy isn’t on a basketball team somewhere with those jumps is beyond me. I liked the respect the two guys showed for each other and there were some good times in between all the actions. It was everything you could think it would be and there is nothing wrong with that.

Mark Henry hosted the split screen interview for the main event. Henry reminded Abadon that she can be in contention for a title if she wins. Abadon bled from his mouth and groaned. Baker said she would send Abby “straight to hell, where she belongs”. When they got back to Abadon, no one was in the frame, which was funny.

3. AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker vs. Abadon in Untitled Match. Abadon yelled at Baker, who retreated to the corner. Abadon kicked Baker and landed a stun, which forced Baker to the outside. Hayter and Rebel pulled out a table and chair while Abadon stood inside the ring. Excalibur then threw at the commercial break [c].

Back from his break, Abadon put a Senton with a chair on Baker. With a table set up outside the ring, Baker hit a swinging daredevil, but the table didn’t break and it looked like a nasty bump for Abadon in particular. Baker then tried to suplex Abadon across the table, but it no longer broke. Abadon stood up, Undertaker style, and attacked Baker.

Abadon went under the ring and grabbed a bag of bedbugs. It looked like someone was bleeding already, but I couldn’t tell if it was just Abadon’s thing. Abadon slammed Baker on the tacks and got a very close near drop. Baker grabbed a chair and threw it at Abadon. Baker put Abadon’s head on the chair and landed one foot. Abadon straightened up, however, as Baker pulled on the glove.

Baker hit a super kick, stuffed Abadon’s mouth with bedbugs, and hit another super kick. Baker went for the Lock Jaw, but Abadon bit Baker’s fingers. Hayter hit Abadon, but Abadon bit Rebel. With distraction, Baker rolled up Abadon and put the pin on the tacks.

Britt Baker beat Abadon by pinfall in 11:18.

McGuire’s reflections: I liked this a lot more than I thought and a few of the near falls actually got me. It was a bit of a stretch to think Baker would accept defeat, but since it wasn’t a title game, I ended up convincing myself that it could happen. A few of those bumps were nasty and Abadon walks away from that looking like a major actor, so hopefully it wasn’t a ‘we need something for Halloween’ moment for her. , without any future plans. Baker, on the other hand, deserves so much more credit than she gets – and I know she gets a lot already. But, man. She’s ready for anything in this ring, and having the hardcore element in her repertoire goes a long way. You don’t see Roman Reigns slamming on bedbugs during an old SmackDown, do you?

Overall, it was an entertaining episode of Rampage. The Danielson / Kingston match is obviously well worth your time (and, it should be noted, maybe was the NJPW style match I saw on AEW TV from this side of everything Kenny Omega did). The main event was a lot of fun, and Sydal vs. Martin kept their promises. It’s a busy weekend for everyone with Halloween, but if you have 20 minutes, at least watch the Kingston vs. Danielson fight. You will not regret it. I’ll drop by with my audio review for Dot Net members shortly.

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