This was a taped show from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Pretty much the last major show before their huge Arthur Ashe Stadium event next week in New York. Since by Dynamite only three matches for their Arthur Ashe Stadium had been announced for next week’s Rampage, I figured that this show would set up the remaining ones since Rampage will be a special 2 hour edition. On top of Excalibur being back from his wedding, Mark Henry was absent from the commentary booth this week while Ricky Starks replaced him. Sadly, Starks seemed to do a much better job there than Mark Henry but we’ll get into that later.
Another taped edition that was part of the Cincinnati, Ohio showing at the Fifth Third Arena. Once again, Chris Jericho was absent from the booth along with Excalibur. Excalibur though had a legitimate excuse in being married whereas Jericho might be taking the week off after his match with MJF. Instead, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz and Mark Henry started off the program and they wasted no time with entrances.
Once again from the triple hitter at the Now Arena in Chicago, Illinois we have another edition of Rampage. After that horrible ending from Dynamite especially with the situation with Daffney, I lost a bit of enthusiasm for wrestling in general. So I really needed a better show, especially considering this was their go home show before the All Out PPV on Sunday.
This was the first taped episode of Rampage coming from the same arena that Dynamite this past Wednesday was broadcast from in UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That gave the episode a little less dynamic of a feeling but AEW is starting to ramp up their PPV for All Out on September 5th.
Set at the United Center in Chicago Illinois, this possibly was AEW’s biggest and most anticipated event. We’ve had some tremendous debuts but the one happening on this night will be talked about for years to come. Why? The return of CM Punk to pro-wrestling!
Once again AEW returned to the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania just after having their Dynamite show except this time AEW was debuting a new program called Rampage, which was a one hour live broadcast rather than their two hours. Done right after WWE Smackdown, Rampage had title matches as well as Mark Henry making his debut as an analyst. So many new things going on here.