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    Monday, March 14, 2022

    The Rampage Report (3/11/22): La Casa Del Swerve

    Missed last week's Rampage Report again due to, well, reasons. But we're back, and we have a new debut on the show!

    Darby Allin beats Marc Quen

    The show opens with a match between Darby Allin and Andrade Family Office member Marc Quen, both of whom don't get entrances for whatever reason.

    It's a nice, sound match, but I'm personally kind of over seeing Darby Allin and Sting insert themselves in a lot of places—while yes, clearly they've got beef with Andrade, and Andrade now has beef with both Hardy Boyz, and Darby is still one of the most popular young wrestlers in AEW, I think it's time for him to take a little break from TV. 

    One of the things AEW does so well is cycling through its roster to prevent overexposure, and while I understand the need to put a popular guy on TV to make the most of ratings, I feel like Darby is overstaying his welcome. Just give him the month off while they make something out of Jeff's arrival.

    Britt's squad runs roughshod

    Another thing I'm over right now: the whole Britt Baker and squad vs. Thunder Rosa. Mercedes Martinez isn't really enough to make this extended feud any more exciting than it could be, as I really wanted Rosa to win the title at Revolution. I would have much rather seen the Jamie Hayter turn happen already, which I hope we're getting after next week's episode.

    It wasn't a bad match between Hayter and Martinez, but unlike Roman Reigns and the Bloodline, the squad just isn't as compelling and entertaining to make me bear through heel tactics. The AEW Women's Championship division needs a hard reset right now.

    Whose house?

    Shane Strickland finally debuts in AEW, and they gave him a match that's instantly familiar to both himself and a lot of wrestling fans in Tony Nese.

    Haters will call it an NXT/205 Live matchup, but there's nothing wrong with that. 205 Live had the hardest workers in the entire WWE putting on bangers in front of tired and unappreciative post-SmackDown crowds, and as devoted cruiserweight division follower, I'm really happy that they get to tear it up in front of an audience that cares a lot more. This match is no different, as they show the experience and chemistry from being trained in the WWE Performance Center.

    Rampage has lucked out on hyped crowds who still aren't tired after what I assume are three hours of Dark and Dynamite, and I guess if you treat the last hour as a big deal, they'll treat it as a big deal too. I'll also admit that I kinda fell into the trap of thinking Swerve wasn't a big enough star, but the AEW crowd is into him, and that co-sign goes a long, long way toward building his perception.

    Rampage 3/11/22 Report: A lot of solid and decent action, but the lack of huge storyline development makes this episode skippable entirely—unless you're a big Swerve fan. B+

    Little rampages

    • Keith Lee and QT Marshall had a solid sub-10-minute match before the main event. QT is a solid hand as usual, and Keith Lee seems to be settling into a sustainable slower, big-man pace that I assume is what Vince McMahon really wanted from his run on RAW. Again, I don't think he's going out there and getting gassed, but this does help against armchair critics who think he's out of shape.

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    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor-in-Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three hosts of the Wrestling-Wrestling Podcast. He gets by in this hard-knock life through working in advertising. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, and he likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.

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    Item Reviewed: The Rampage Report (3/11/22): La Casa Del Swerve Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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