Hall’s AEW Rampage: The First Dance Review 8.20.21

Date: August 20, 2021
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Commentators: Jim Ross, Mark Henry, Excalibur, Taz

So it’s a weird show because there’s a big surprise, but everyone knows exactly what it’s going to be. AEW has all but said what’s going to happen here and that only leaves the question of how it plays out. There are many ways to do it and I’m pretty excited about what’s to come. Let’s go.

Opening sequence.

The audience is already changing to CM PUNK…..and here he is to open the show. Punk takes his time getting into the ring and is clearly shaken by it. The punk even dives over the barricade into the crowd and kisses a lot of people at ringside. After a break, Punk says you know how to make a guy feel like Britt Baker in Pittsburgh. Punk says he’s doing well and although he can’t do everything tonight, he has plenty of time on Wednesdays, Fridays and four Saturdays/Sundays a year.

One important thing: if any of his decisions ever disappointed or disappointed someone, he had to leave because he needed to get out of there to feel healthy. After removing his jacket to reveal the CM PUNK: I WAS THERE shirt, Punk sits down at the Pipebomb to talk about how he left Ring of Honor with tears in his eyes. He knew he was leaving a place where wrestlers could learn their craft and love pro wrestling. As he left Ring of Honor, he also left professional wrestling.

On August 20, 2021, he is back in professional wrestling because he wants to work with this same talent that he wishes he could face before. He’s here to settle scores and for some young guys, so he’s calling Darby Allin…..who’s in the rafters with Sting. Punk knows Allin is good and he’s seen him do crazy things in and out of the ring. Punk knows Allin is crazy and there’s nothing crazier than facing Punk in Chicago on pay per view on September 5 at All Out. Oh and one more thing: seven years is a long time, and on your way out enjoy a free ice cream bar on him. And the comment actually has ice cream!

Christian Cage is excited for Kenny Omega and tells Jurassic Express to go for the tag team titles.

#1 Contenders Tag Team Tournament Round 1: Private Party vs. Jurassic Express

Matt Hardy and Marko Stunt are both here too and the Young Bucks come out to watch. Kassidy takes Jungle to start and it’s quickly gone for Quen, who is pressed by the arms. Jungle also takes down Kassidy, but a distraction allows Private Party to take over as a quick double team.

Back with Jungle hitting a clothesline and bringing in Luchasaurus (But…..he wasn’t even fighting with a chin!), which puts Boy on his shoulders for some reason. This allows Quen to hit a Canadian Super Destroyer (with Jungle landing on his face because THAT’S A REALLY SCARY MOVE), followed by a Springboard Shooting Star… well that’s a push because only his hands graze Luchasaurus but at least he made contact. Back and the Silly String is countered in the Extinction Level event for two, followed by the Throwassic Express for the pin on Quen at 10:21.

Rating: C+. Private Party is like the Hardys if the Hardys weren’t very good. They can do the flips and dives and so on and once in a while one of them will actually work. It had the right ending and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Jurassic Express qualify for the title match at All Out. That seems to be the story they tell and it’s more than a pretty good idea.

Jade Cargill vs. Kiera Hogan

Hogan goes right at her but gets into Jaded (with some rides) for the pin at 1:07.

Daniel Garcia, with 2.0, and Jon Moxley get this week’s split-screen interview. 2.0 talks about how ready they are for this, with Moxley speaking very quickly about how he’s not going to go down tonight.

Daniel Garcia vs. Jon Moxley

The 2.0 arrived with Garcia. Moxley wastes no time getting started but Garcia grabs him by the leg. The leglock is countered with a cross armbreaker, followed by some rolling German suplexes. Garcia takes the ankle for an ankle lock but Moxley is pressed into the ropes. One hell of a clothesline blasts Garcia but the paradigm shift is countered into something like a mean sniper. Moxley is well enough to reverse into a bulldog choke for the tap at 4:06.

Rating: C+. They haven’t had much time here but I still like Garcia. Moxley wasn’t really in danger but it was nice to watch him have to figure Garcia out and then get him tapped out. That’s about all you could get out of this one, but Garcia could be good with a little more polish and a few wins.

Postgame 2.0 arrives but Eddie Kingston steps in for the failed save attempt. Sting and Darby Allin come in for the real save. The beatdown is launched and it’s a double Coffin Drop on 2.0. The pose ends the show.

Jurassic Express b. Private Party – Throwassic Express in Quen
Jade Cargill b. Kiera Hogan – jaded
Jon Moxley b. Daniel Garcia – Starter Bulldog

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