AEW Rampage Recap and Reactions (May 13, 2022): SCU Betrayal


AEW Carnage (May 13, 2022) emanated from UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The show featured Scorpio Sky betraying SCU brother Frankie Kazarian after a TNT title fight, Ruby Soho defeating Riho in an Owen Hart tournament fight, and a new faction stealing the show with comedy.

Let’s start straight with a recap of the show followed by reactions.

Excalibur, Taz and Chris Jericho were commentators. Justin Roberts handled ring announcer duties.

Jericho presented the Sports Artist of the Week award to Butcher and Blade for their hard work to improve. Kyle O’Reilly watched from the front row to take notes on Fenix ​​for the Owen Hart Tournament game next week.

Triangle of Death against Butcher, Blade and Marq Quen

Bunny had a ringside seat. Quen threw Fenix ​​from the apron crashing into the railing. The AFO isolated Fenix ​​with team tactics. Fenix ​​used a hook to create space for the Pentagon hot tag. Penta Oscuro cleaned the house then handed over the action to PAC. The Bastard hit an instant German suplex on Quen, but the Private Party member was too close to the ropes with feet touching for an immediate break on the pinfall. PAC hit a second German suplex. The Lucha Bros followed with the Fear Factor Stomp Package piledriver, then they went outside to take out Butcher and Blade. PAC finished Quen with a black arrow.

Death Triangle defeated Butcher, Blade, and Marq Quen.

Then the lights go out. Lights on and the House of Black was on the apron to bully the Triangle of Death. Curfew. The lights came on and the House of Black disappeared.

Shawn Spears vs. Bear Boulder

Bear was powerful, but Spears was cunning. When Bear was high in the corner ready to throw punches, Spears poked him in the eye and lifted the beast onto his shoulders for a C4 finisher.

Shawn Spears defeated Bear Boulder.

Spears snapped Bear multiple times with a chair after the game as a message that the Giant Killer is coming for Wardlow.

Mark Sterling didn’t want to be part of the tag match with Tony Nese against Hook and Danhausen on the pre-show for double or nothing May 29. Nese assured him that everything would be fine. He’s a top athlete who can beat both on his own. Nese advised Sterling to deposit 10K to win once they arrived in Las Vegas for the PPV.

Owen Hart Tournament Quarter-Final: Riho vs. Ruby Soho

Riho’s sneakiness earned the advantage early on. Soho twisted his knee on landing on a missed flying kick. Riho blocked the No Future kick to counter a bow and arrow submission targeting Soho’s tender leg. Soho hit the ropes for the break.

As the match progressed, Riho hit a Crucifix Bomb to counter a Blade Runner. Soho kicked the cover.

Soho rallied hard for a back drop runner and kept the pressure on for a Blade Runner to win.

Ruby Soho defeated Riho.

Billy Gunn led a team meeting for the new faction between his sons and the Acclaimed. When Austin and Colten made suggestions to copy DX stuff, Billy said it would never work. Billy loved the Acclaimed proposals, especially the scissor hand gesture. Billy used his influence to land them a spot on Elevation. The whole group sawed off in celebration.

Hikaru Shida is not medically cleared to face Red Velvet in the Owen Hart Tournament. Mark Sterling felt that Velvet should forfeit. Tony Schiavone has announced that Kris Statlander will be the replacement.

Mark Henry interviewed key event attendees. Ethan Page and Dan Lambert wanted to know why Frankie Kazarian was getting a title shot. Scorpio Sky has given his word and will honor it. Kaz talked about the one-on-one match. Sky took the hint and waved her friends off. Page and Lambert were not happy. Enough talk. Henry concluded with “It’s main event time!”

Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti sat front row to show off their mixed AAA titles.

TNT Championship: Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Frankie Kazarian

Sky and Kazarian went back and forth with mat work. After escaping finishing attempts, they ran the ropes and collided. Kaz connected on a bridge fisherman suplex, but Sky was kicked out. Sky took off for a tope con giro outside.

The match continued with Sky ripping Kaz off the ropes for a TKO, but Kaz replied for a roll-up. Kaz slammed Sky to the mat then landed a springboard leg. Kaz worked for a chicken wing submission, so Sky fell low for a jawbreaker. Kaz turned the tide in a major way by tossing Sky through the air for a cutter.

Kaz jumped for a chicken wing. Sky tried her best to keep the hold from locking, however, Kaz got her in big trouble.

Dan Lambert ran to distract the referee. Sky was about to pass out from pain, and he may have. Ethan Page slid into the ring to time Kaz with the TNT title belt. The contact allowed Sky to fall on top unaware of Page’s dirty trick. 1, 2, Kaz raised his shoulder in no time. As both men got to their feet, Sky’s consciousness kicked in quicker to strike for the TKO and the win. Sky retained the TNT Championship.

Scorpio Sky defeated Frankie Kazarian.

In the aftermath, Sky was unaware of Page and Lambert’s help. Kaz pointed out the chicanery. Page grabbed a microphone and admitted his interference. He did it for the team and for Sky. Page demanded to know which team Sky was on. The champion came forward to Page then turned for a cheap shot on Kaz with the belt.

Sky and Page punched Kaz in the ring. Lambert taunted Sammy, so the Spanish god jumped into the ring with a chair. American Top Team retreated with gold.

Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian had a fantastic match. The story of the familiarity of their SCU days was told through tight anticipation by setting up a variety of counters. There were so many little technical combat details added to the drama, which were helpfully highlighted by commentary. I went in assuming Sky would win, however, the action sucked me in enough not to even think about it while watching. And then there was the finish. It was a little disappointing, because I really wanted to know who was the best wrestler that night. It might serve a greater good as long as we get a rematch. Before, I didn’t care who won. I was just excited for the big game. Now I’m invested in seeing Kaz win.

I’m done trying to figure out what’s going on in TNT’s story in terms of who’s good and who’s bad. One week, Sky seems to be taking a turn as a fan favorite. The following week, he betrays his SCU brother as a bad heel. The story zigzags and zags everywhere. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as a spectator. This keeps things intriguing as long as they don’t go overboard with the flip flops.

If the intent was still for Sky to be booed, then AEW executed it really well to get him back on track. That wasn’t happening against Sammy Guevara, so AEW pivoted to bring in a respected veteran with a strong connection to the champion. Kaz’s involvement allowed more impact for Sky to regain his heel heat.

Ruby Soho and Riho have organized an entertaining contest. The flow of the match seemed to lead to a victory for Riho, then Soho grabbed the wheel to swerve in a different direction to win. In this sense, I was surprised by the result. This is what can make wrestling tournaments so fun.

The little touches of comedy enhanced the show as a whole. The Gunn Club teaming up with the Acclaimed has quickly become one of my favorite things about AEW. I watched last week’s scissors a few times and laughed at every sight. The clip for Carnage was also a hoot. Beyond the ridiculous scissors, which I still love, Gunn’s son “aw shucks” reactions are so funny. The excitement over Elevation killed me.

In addition to these idiots, Jade Cargill made me laugh when she had no idea why Mark Sterling was injured with a crutch and neck brace. She had no interest in finding out either. Anytime Riho shows personality, it’s fun. For example, I laughed when she put her fingers in her ears to cover the rock music from Soho. Sky snapping her fingers in the dark for the split-screen main event interview was a fun visual alongside Kaz’s stone-cold expression and Mark Henry gleefully shouting his main event catchphrase .

The opening offered plenty of high-flying feats to enjoy. PAC’s Black Arrow is always a thing of beauty. Shawn Spears warmed up for Wardlow by showing his cerebral sense for shortcuts, which should come in handy in the cage match. Last on the list is a Rampage drinking game idea. Consume whenever Chris Jericho says fireball. If you want to walk on the wild side, add the wizard to the list as well. Good luck and stay healthy.

Category B

The quality was there as always. Carnage with good wrestling, comedy bits and history stuff. In terms of importance, I feel like you could skip the first two games and not miss anything relevant. The women’s tournament contest and the TNT fight carried the show.

Share your thoughts on Carnage. How would you rate it? Who stole the show?


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