By Colin McGuireProWrestling.net Staffer (@McGMondays)
AEW Rampage (Episode 53)
Live from Grand Rapids, Michigan at Van Andel Arena
Aired August 5, 2022 on TNT
im Ross checked in and introduced the commentary team of himself, Excalibur, William Regal and Tony Schiavone. Jon Moxley’s music hit and Moxley made his way through the crowd. We got a short video from Mance, which was also played in the arena to the crowd. He said he wanted a fight and he was going to become The Man. Mance then made his way to the ring.
1. Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley vs. Mance Warner in an eliminator match. Moxley ran out of the ring and met Mance in the aisle. The two brawled around the ring. Moxley suplexed Mance onto a chair and the two traded chops before Mance crotched Moxley. The two got into the ring and Mance hit a bunch of loud chops. Moxley came back with chops of his own and then dropkicked his knee.
Moxley worked over Mance’s leg with a figure-four. Mance got out of it with an eye-poke and hit a series of punches to Moxley’s face. Moxley turned around and returned all of the punches. Mance took back control when he whipped Moxley into a corner. The two rolled outside and Mance threw Moxley into the ring steps. Mance then hit a tough suplex onto a chair. Mance landed a DDT on the ring steps and we went to break [c].
Back from break, Mance was stomping on Moxley’s leg. Moxley flipped off Mance and Mance went to the outside to grab chairs. Moxley ran at Mance and elbowed the chair into Mance’s face. Mance came up bleeding and Moxley hit a suicide onto the outside. They went to the second rope and Moxley landed a superplex. Moxley bit Mance, but Mance came back with a lariat. Moxley went for a cover and then transitioned into a double wrist-lock. Moxley stomped on Mance and then hit a piledriver. Moxley choked Mance and Mance passed out for the win.
Jon Moxley defeated Mance Warner via ref stoppage in 11:36.
From the match, we went to the Ricky Starks segment from Dynamite and then commercials.
McGuire’s Musings: You knew they were going to work a Mance Warner-style match and, for cable television, at least, they did just that. Which was good, because that style fits the best of Moxley. I’m really beginning to like these ref stoppage/tap-outs that everyone in the Blackpool Combat Club uses to win. It gives everything a more realistic feel. There were some wild bumps here, though, and I’m starting to worry about Moxley more and more each week that he has these matches. He already has a lot of wear and tear on him and wrestling this style every week or every other week can easily catch up. Either way, a hot and good opening match.