BRM Reviews the 7/29/2022 Rampage (meh to bad)

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BRM Reviews the 7/29/2022 Rampage (meh to bad)

Post by Big Red Machine » Aug 2nd, '22, 22:01

JAY LETHAL, SONJAY DUTT, & SATNAM SINGH vs. BEST FRIENDS & ORANGE CASSIDY- DUD!
Sonjay isn’t dressed to wrestle. He was also allowed to start the match with a pencil behind his ear. How is that okay? It’s a foreign object with a long history of use by people like The Sheik.
This was an idiotic clown-fest that made me hate everyone in it, including Lethal and Singh, who weren’t involved in any of the idiocy.

POST-MATCH SEGMENT- meh
Best Friends won, but the heels attacked them after the match, so I guess this feud will continue. Uch.
Wardlow eventually came out to make the save. He gestured angrily at them. Lethal had to be held back from going after him. I’m not looking forward to that match.

ETHAN PAGE vs. LEON RUFFIN- squash
Ruffin is 0-5. Good job, Leon. Just forty more and Tony Khan will give you a contract. Both Dan Lambert and Scorpio Sky were absent from ringside with no explanation or even a comment.
Stokely Hathaway and Leila Gray were shown watching backstage.

LEXI NAIR INTERVIEWS COLE CARTER- He’s apparently the “new and improved Cole Carter.” Q.T. Marshall showed up to recruit him. At this point it feels like Tony is adding new characters for no other reason than to thumb his nose at the people who are pointing out that he doesn’t have enough TV time to feature all of the characters he already has.

LEE MORIARTY vs. MATT SYDAL- 6.75/10
Moriarty turned heel at the beginning of the match with a sneak attack. Stokely came out to interfere on his behalf, which turned the tide and let him win. Then he kept Sydal locked in a submission unnecessarily after the bell. Then Stokely offered him his card, and he thought about it before taking it.
This just felt off to me. Like it was too complicated or something was out of place. I think my issue is that Moriarty feels weaker than he should here if you want to push him. This story that was makes sense, but I think they chose the wrong story to tell.

DR. BRITT BAKER & REBEL PROMO- meh
She tried to sow dissension between Thunder Rosa and Toni Storm.

TONY SCHIAVONE INTERVIEWS CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI- bad
Claudio cut a good babyface “thank you for your support, fans” promo, then brought out Wheeler YUTA. Before YUTA could talk, Chris Jericho interrupted. He went into full cartoon mode. YUTA responded as such, and, to make a way-too-long story short, Jericho was an idiot and offered to put his world title shot up against YUTA just to get a match with him on Dynamite. So we’ve now got a match on Dynamite where they made the outcome obvious and where a champion will wind up doing a job that won’t result in a title shot, or they’ll surprise us all and YUTA will win, resulting in their “big” show getting what feels like a much lesser match. Add in the fact that this went on for way too long and the fact that they took a segment that was supposed to focus on Claudio and put the focus on YUTA and Jericho instead, and you have a bad segment.

THE ACCLAIMED’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO- boring
They challenged Gunn Club to a Dumpster match.

MARK HENRY INTERVIEWS THE PEOPLE IN THE MAIN EVENT- mostly good
Anna Jay’s first bit was good and Ruby was good, but Anna Jay’s second part got too corny. It was nice to see that they finally remembered that the Brodie Lee character we saw on TV was a terrible person.
They both agreed to leave their friends in the back.

Apparently there is another Battle of the Belts next weekend. Konosuke Takeshita is getting an ROH World Title match, because if we were to give a title shot to someone who got some actual wins on TV, that would make the ROH World Title feel important, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?

ANNA JAY vs. RUBY RIOTT- 6.75/10
Anna Jay worked over Ruby’s arm, then choked her out using her own “cast”/brace/whatever.


This was a bad episode of Dynamite, combining some frustrating segments, one terrible match, and some stuff that felt like it should have been better than it was.
Hold #712: ARM BAR!

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