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3 Big Takeaways from AEW Rampage - Feb 24, 2023

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Another Friday of AEW action featured a terrific tag team tilt between The Young Bucks and Aussie Open, more developments in the Women's Division, and Sammy Guevara vs. Action Andretti in the main event

Another Friday of AEW action featured a terrific tag team tilt between The Young Bucks and Aussie Open, more developments in the Women's Division, and Sammy Guevara vs. Action Andretti in the main event.

Rampage continues to be the fastest hour in pron wrestling today, and the show has certainly featured higher-quality matches as of late. While it will never be the same type of presentation as Dynamite, it holds up well as a complement to the flagship show. Considering their timeslot and the length of the program, they've seemingly found the right mix now between in-ring action and backstage segments.

This week was no different and was not short on great wrestling. The show started and ended with two high-octane showdowns, and everything in between was solid, as well.

Having said all that? Let's dive in a little bit deeper and take a look at three things that really stood out about this week's edition of AEW Rampage.

#1 - The Young Bucks battled a Team from The Land Down Under

Stepping away from Trios action, The Brothers Jackson were accompanied to ringside by Kenny Omega. They would be taking on the team of Aussie Open. And while it was evident that the homegrown heroes would prevail over these international interlopers, this match was a banger.

Both teams went much longer than fans could have expected, with the action spilling all over the place - which has become par for the course for any match involving The Young Bucks. However, they were able to contain it enough to tell a good story and the match really held your attention.

All the guys involved started off the show with a bang here. Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher took one of the best teams in the world to the limit, and we will hopefully see more of them in the future.

It's become customary for Rampage to open up hot, and this was no exception. Despite the outcome being obvious, it was still enjoyable.

#2 - The Women Folk are angry, and they're about to do some scrappin'

With Saraya at ringside, Toni Storm defeated Willow Nightengale, but (as usual) it was what happened after the bout that really mattered. Ironically, AEW has some of the best female workers in the world, but roght now? It's all about storyline.

That specific story is the one currently unfolding between the AEW Originals and the Outside Invaders. The former WWE stars who have signed on with the promotion haven't been accepted too kindly by the old guard. Led by Britt Baker, the founding females are ready to defend their turf.

On the other side stand Saraya and Stomr, the main instigators of this whole feud. But the hook to it all is the allegiance of Ruby Soho. What side does the former WWE star, but now longtime AEW talent, believe she should fight for? And now... with her poised to be part of a three-way dance for the title at Revolution, will ambition guide her decision?

March 5 won't be a conclusion to this epic tale. It will be the beginning. The start of a new All Elite Wrestling women's division. Whichever lady emerges as the 'hero' of this war - whether it be Ruby, Dr. Britt, or possibly even Jade Cargill - that star will become the franchise player of the female roster.

#3 - Sammy Guevara and Action Andretti meet again in the main event of AEW Rampage

In what promises to be one of the promotion's long-term rivalries these two exciting athletes hooked up again. Seeing Daniel Garcia there at ringside is a further reminder of how much all of these guys have come along with the company - especially Guevara. It's hard to believe that just a handful of years ago, The Spanish God was considered one of the 'best-kept secrets' on the independent scene.

Now, he's an established name in All Elite Wrestling, and actually one of the guys who is now elevating talent up to his level. His growth has been sensational, so hopefully, we will see the same type of results from both Andretti and Garcia as the months become years.

Guevara got the win here thanks to some help from Garcia, but that's really irrelevant. The story for these guys isn't about Friday. It's about the future.


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