LAS VEGAS – The final of the Owen Hart Foundation women’s tournament is now set for Sunday’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view show, but for many fans in attendance at Friday’s Rampage show the wrong person will be taking on Britt Baker.
All Elite Wrestling took over the Ultra Michelob Light Arena in Las Vegas for the second time in three days and the Rampage main event saw Ruby Soho pin a popular Kris Statlander to advance to Sunday’s final.
Fans were solidly behind Statlander and bit big time when she nailed Soho with her finisher, but Soho managed to kick out. Minutes later she rolled her up for the win.
Overall a good main event, but the crowd was disappointed with the finish.
Following the win, she was confronted by Baker but again the fans seemed to be turning against Soho.
Baker vs. Soho was one of three matches added to the Double or Nothing card on Friday’s show. Darby Allin and Kyle O’Reilly, with Allin stating he wants revenge for what O’Reilly did to Sting, and a six-person inter-gender match featuring Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page and Paige Van Zant against Sammy Guevara, Frankie Kazarian and Tay Conti have been booked for DON.
A vignette interrupting Sky’s new TNT title ceremony with Dan Lambert saw Guevara, Kazarian and Conti invade the American Top Team gym and steal Lambert’s BMF title.
Fans seemed to like Sky and Page, hate Lambert and hate anything Guevara and Conti did.
The show opened with a strong Bryan Danielson vs. Matt Sydal match.
Danielson teased having issues with his knee at times, but seemed like 100 per cent as the match went on. Sydal shined with some of his aerial skills, but Danielson’s excellent striking and grappling skills won out. He made Sydal tap in about 12 minutes.
The Young Bucks brought the entertainment, coming out to the Hardy Boys theme and with Nick Jackson dressed as Jeff and Matt Jackson dressed as Matt (Hardy). They brought along Gangrel and Brandon Cutler who took on the role of Lita.
They took on Taylor Rust and Jon Cruz, but this match was all about references and laughs. The Bucks did all of the Hardy’s trademark spots (Matt even fell over the ropes during his entrance like Matt Hardy did once on Smackdown).
Bucks won quickly, but the post-match saw them attack Gangrel. This brought out the real Hardy Boys who chased away the Bucks and then beat down Cutler.
This wasn’t much of a match, but the entire angle was a lot of fun and fans ate it up.
Max Caster took on Dante Martin in a match that had its moments, but just didn’t get enough time.
Martin won in about six minutes, which is a bit of a surprise because Caster is extremely over. Nice to see Martin get a win though because it feels like he’s been losing a lot on TV lately.
It didn’t feel like a must-see go-home show (that was Wednesday), but a solid show with some entertaining stuff.
- Bryan Danielson
- Young Bucks
- Kris Statlander
- Sammy Guevara
- Ruby Soho
- Dan Lambert
Match of the night:
- Bryan Danielson vs. Matt Sydal
Rampage was sandwiched between sets of AEW Dark tapings — no spoilers. The show opened with Evil Uno, Preston Vance and John Silver vs. Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth and Serpentico. Both Silver and Vance were very over with the live crowd.
Following the Soho vs. Statlander match, a number of matches were recorded.
- Darby Allin vs Brandon Cutler
- Anna Jay vs Sandra Moon
- House of Black vs a trio of local wrestlers
- Riho, Yuka Sakazaki and Skye Blue vs Emi Sakura, Nyla Rose and Diamante
- Death Triangle vs The Factory
- Mercedes Martinez vs Viva Van
- Butcher and the Blade vs a local tag team
- Anthony Ogogo vs Corey Bravo
- Jamie Hayter vs Danika Della Rogue
- Johnny Elite vs Marq Quen
The majority of fans stuck around for the entire tapings, which lasted for about an hour and a half after Rampage ended.
Allin was confronted by O’Reilly and Bobby Fish after his match with Cutler and Jade Cargill posed at the ramp after Anna Jay’s match.
Johnny Elite was a special open challenge appearance and did receive a nice pop. The match of the taping was Death Triangle vs. The Factory – they had a decent amount of time and everyone got a chance to shine.
TOP PHOTO: Ruby Soho and Kris Stadlander. Photo by Ben Lypka