photographer Joe Hrycych was at the debut of AEW Rampage on Friday, August 13, 2021, at the Petersen Events Center on the grounds of the University of Pittsburgh.

“Surreal night,” he called it. “How do you kick off the debut of a brand new show? Start with a packed Petersen Events Center that was absolutely hot the whole night. Seeing the crowd erupt for Christian Cage’s win, seeing Fuego Del Sol officially become a member of AEW, and let’s top off the night watching the hometown girl, Dr. Britt Baker, defend the championship. You couldn’t have picked a better city/crowd combination to start off Rampage. Chicago, challenge accepted?”

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