AEW Rampage Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 6

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of AEW Rampage on May 6.

    This week’s show aired with a special start time of 5:30 PM EST, so fans had to tune in extra early to see the action from Friday’s episode as it aired on TNT. 

    AEW has been bringing in talents from NJPW to hype up the Forbidden Door event coming up on June 26, and this week continued that trend with Konosuke Takeshita making the trip to the U.S. to battle Jay Lethal.

    Tony Storm teamed up with fellow former WWE Superstar Ruby Soho to take on the duo of Dr. Britt Baker DMD and her heavy, Jamie Hayter. 

    JD Drake fought an uphill battle against Hook, and Yuka Sakazaki returned to AEW TV to face Riho in a qualifying match for the Owen Hart Cup.

    Let’s look at everything that happened on this week’s episode of Rampage. 

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    The first match of the night was a tag team match between four of the women who have qualified for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Storm and Hayter locked up with some aggression to get things going. 

    Ruby and Baker wanted to get their hands on each other and had ample opportunities throughout this match, but you could also see how much Storm and Hayter wanted to punch each other in the face during their interactions. Both feuds felt like they were addressed well during this bout. 

    The pace was steady throughout the match and picked up nicely as they worked toward the finish. After Baker and Hayter came close to winning with a string of hard-hitting moves, Storm scored the win for her team by pinning DMD. 

    Grade: B+

                                              

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • AEW starting Ruby’s music at the beginning of the hook instead of the beginning of the song has always been a weird choice. 
  • There’s an extra layer of confidence to everything Ruby does. Even if she and her opponent find themselves about to make a mistake, Ruby can adjust on the fly. 
  • The spot where Soho laid herself across the top turnbuckle to prevent Storm from hitting it is such an old-school spot. You don’t see it much these days. 
  • The sequence Baker and Hayter used on Storm near the end of the match looked great. 

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Hook found himself giving up quite a bit of size and power to Drake, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the match and winning in less than two minutes.

    Danhausen came out after the match and asked Hook if he would be in his corner when he takes on Tony Nese. The crowd went nuts for this idea and began chanting “Hookhausen.”

    The floppy-haired fighter shoved Danhausen to the ground, but instead of trying to curse him. Danhausen left him a bag of chips as a birthday gift before leaving. Hook left them in the ring and made his way to the back.

    This is ridiculous and dumb, but it’s also brilliant and hilarious. Sometimes, that is exactly what pro wrestling needs to be. 

    Grade: B

                                      

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Hook using a headbutt to block a chop was pretty creative. 
  • AEW has a guaranteed hit with Hookhausen as long as it doesn’t wait too long to get to the payoff. 

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Sakazaki returned to AEW television for the first time in several months to take on Riho in an Owen Cup qualifying match. 

    These two have some history between them but since both are babyfaces, this whole match was fought respectfully with more emphasis on takedowns and holds than punches and kicks. However, that changed a bit after the commercial break. 

    Sakazaki was the aggressor until the former AEW women’s champion hit a bulldog out of the corner to bring her down hard. From that point forward, they were both doing everything they could to inflict damage.

    As it looked like Sakazaki was about to win, Riho rolled her up with a nice pinning combination for the victory. This was a lot of fun and showed how far Sakazaki has come since AEW started. 

    Grade: B

                                  

    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Sakazaki has put on a little bit of muscle since we last saw her. It makes her look more capable of dishing out a little punishment. 
  • The announcers noted that Riho wearing black gear was slightly out of character for her and might indicate a shift in personality, but she acted the same as she always does. 
  • Sakazaki hit a flatliner from the top rope that looked like it would have hurt her more than Riho. 

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