Posted on 7/30/122 by Bob Magee
Taped in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony
Schiavone and Chris Jericho were on commentary.
Orange Cassidy & Best Friends defeated Jay Lethal, Satnam
Singh & Sonjay Dutt (7:29)
Dutt wore a suit to the ring, so I wasn’t expecting much
from him in the ring. The Best Friends and Cassidy are
wearing sweet tie-dyed gear. Lethal and Trent Beretta
wrestled to a stalemate, and Lethal asked for Cassidy.
Cassidy got the tag and asked for Singh. Lethal tagged in
the suit-wearing Dutt instead. Lots of silliness with Dutt,
Cassidy and referee Rick Knox ensued before Dutt tagged in
Singh. Singh tossed Cassidy around and hit a running
crossbody on both the Best Friends. Lethal tagged in and put
the boots to Cassidy as the show went to a break.
After the break, Chuck Taylor and Beretta hit the Soul
Food/Half-and-Half combination on Lethal and took out Singh
with a double dropkick. They hugged, but Lethal hit them
both with a Lethal Injection. Cassidy hit a tornado DDT on
Lethal, but Lethal got the tag on Cassidy. Dutt tried the
Cassidy high impact kicks, but Cassidy broke his pencil and
hit Dutt with the Orange Punch to get the win.
After the match, Singh took out the Best Friends and Lethal
laid out Cassidy with a Lethal Injection. Wardlow came out
to stop the beatdown and chased the heels away. This was a
– Recap of FTR/Briscoes from Death Before Dishonor, and it
was almost painful how they went out of their way to barely
show the Briscoes. You'd think FTR wrestled themselves.
Ethan Page defeated Leon Ruffin (1:31)
This is a rematch from Dark Elevation last week. So in case
you think nothing important happens on the D-shows, they
build up matches on the B-shows. Occasionally.
This was a total Dark show squash. Ruffin got in no offense
and Page won with the Ego’s Edge crucifix powerbomb.
– Lexi Nair interviewed Cole Karter, but was interrupted by
QT Marshall and the Factory. Marshall offered Karter a spot
in The Factory, then made a joke about sleeping with the
fishes. I guess it's funny if you watch NXT. Or maybe
they're building a feud with Karter and Bobby Fish?
Lee Moriarty defeated Matt Sydal (6:57 aired)
Moriarty started off with a headbutt and a suplex on Sydal,
who came back with a high knee. Sydal went for a standing
moonsault, then hit a spinning kick as the show went to a
During the split-screen break, Moriarty had the advantage,
brawling around ringside with Sydal. After the break,
Moriarty got a near fall with a sunset flip. Moriarty
leveled Sydal on a short-arm clothesline, but Sydal came
back with kicks and the Lightning Spiral for two.
Stokely Hathaway came out to ringside to observe while Sydal
climbed the ropes. Moriarty sold an injured ankle to
distract the referee so Hathaway could try and interfere.
Hathaway's interference lead to Moriarty knocking Sydal off
the turnbuckle. Moriarty hit a DDT/flatliner for a near
fall, then locked in the Border City Stretch to get the
After the match, Hathaway gave Moriarty his business card,
and Moriarty accepted.
– Britt Baker cut a promo about her match with ThunderStorm
– Tony Schiavone interviewed new ROH World Champion Claudio
Castagnoli. I like Ring of Honor but that world title belt
doesn’t look as good as the one Bandido was running around
with last year. Castagnoli thanked the fans (who chanted
“You deserve it!”) and brought out ROH Pure Champion Wheeler
Yuta. Before Yuta could speak, Chris Jericho interrupted.
Jericho started to rant about “sports entertainment,” and
Yuta shut Jericho up. Yuta exuded confidence that he could
beat Jericho, so much so that when Jericho offered him a
match, Yuta turned him down. Jericho then agreed to put up
his title match against Jon Moxley, and Yuta accepted. So
it’s Yuta v. Jericho on Wednesday, with the winner facing
Jon Moxely at Quake in the Lake for the AEW Interim World
This was a long, but good, promo segment.
– The Acclaimed’s new rap video, “Trassh Day.” A recap won't
do it justice, so here is a link. It's brilliant. The upshot
is the Gunn Club and the Acclaimed are going to face off
next Wednesday in a Dumpster Match. Oh, you didn’t know?
– Newly announced for Dynamite Wednesday: Orange Cassidy v.
Jay Lethal, and Powerhouse Hobbs will be in action.
– And announced for Battle of the Belts 3 (next Saturday):
ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli v. Konosuke Takeshita.
Anna Jay defeated Ruby Soho (9:48)
Jericho named Anna Jay his "Sports Entertainer of the Week"
before the match got underway.
There was a pretty contrived spot where Jay set up Soho
doing a handstand on the top rope, then kicked Soho's bad
wrist to take control. Jay rolled through a sommersault in a
kick in the corner and taunted the fans.
After the break, Jay tore the brace off of Soho's injured
hand. Soho couldn't execute a suplex with her normal grip,
but was able to complete the move by reversing her left
grip. Soho kept selling the bad wrist and Jay continued to
work over the injury.
Soho went for Destination Unknown, but Jay smoolthy
countered out of the hold and into a Gory Special for a near
fall. Jay went for the choke, but Soho countered with a roll
up for a near fall. Soho hit the No Future for a near fall,
then went for a senton, but Jay dodged it. Jay took off her
wrist bands and threw them down, which distracted referee
Aubrey Edwards. Jay then grabbed Soho's discarded wrist
brace. Jay locked in the Queen Slayer choke with the wrist
brace against Soho's throat for additional pressure. Soho's
bugged-eyed look when she realized what was happening was
great. Soho passed out to give Jay the victory.
Jericho applauded from the entrace way as the show closed.
Other than a couple of big matches set up for Dynamite,
there wasn't much happening on this episode of Rampage. And
the wrestling was okay, but there was nothing to go out of
your way to see.