4 Ups & 2 Downs From AEW Rampage: St. Patrick's Day Slam (Mar 17)
Taya Valkyrie's AEW in-ring debut; Paul Wight = Rampage MVP; Tony Khan sports entertains.
Strap in, because the long gap between AEW pay-per-views could be painful.
Tony Khan announced a "Dream Match" between Kenny Omega and AAA's El Hijo del Vikingo this week, but the All Elite boss received some less-than-positive feedback from a few fans. That caused TK to fire back at those folks online, but it's possible to both realise the match will be excellent in-ring and question just how it's going to grow Dynamite's audience.
Dwindling numbers have been a bit of a worry on Rampage too, and it's not hard to see why - the 'B' show is assuredly that. However, AEW did a solid job overall of blending some watchable matches (this week's opener) with a few entertaining skits that progressed minor stories elsewhere. They don't always get that blend right on Fridays.
Unfortunately, as good as the opener was, the main event was rather dull. It definitely doesn't bode well for a coming Trios Title feud between reigning champs House Of Black and Chris Jericho's JAS. Fingers crossed that six-man is a doozy compared to this humdrum solo effort.
Here's all the good and bad from Rampage.