5 Ups & 2 Downs From AEW Rampage (Sep 10)

AEW gets personal with Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson; Andrade El Idolo moves on.

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Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson just took their respective bows on Rampage.

Neither man wrestled or appeared in front of the live crowd, admittedly, but it's early days yet. Put it like this: AEW's newcomers cut duelling pre-taped promos they can be proud of, and both helped further what's been going on with The Elite on pay-per-view and Dynamite. That's a win as far as this writer is concerned.

This week's Rampage was a much better show than last Friday's effort. It's not that last week was bad, but it definitely got lost in the mix two days before the thrills of All Out. This episode was all about building some fresh faces, keeping tabs on some "old" ones and making sure some pay-per-view quality came to that third hour of weekly TV.

Mission accomplished then.

The only negatives came from AEW waiting arguably a little too long to pull the trigger on a mini-push, and the fact that they're following up something mega with something...meh. That's a problem for Darby Allin, sadly. Also, why did they have to go and make Sting look like a total idiot?

Here's all the good and the bad!

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