All Elite Wrestling’s Friday night show, Rampage, was all about MMA fighters last night. Five of the participants on last night’s show have competed in MMA, and all did their best to shine under a different spotlight.
The first to make an appearance on the YouTube opener for the show was the co-founder of Pancrase, 49-fight veteran Minoru Suzuki. He is long since retired from MMA, fighting just once since 2002, but he is still a major star for New Japan Pro Wrestling and has recently been showing up in AEW for some dream matches. This particular one was against someone who has trained at Xtreme Couture for years, and is one of the best wrestlers in the world - The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.
Suzuki didn’t hold anything back, as usual.
In the end, Danielson outlasted a game Suzuki and got the win.
Things moved to the main show with UFC veteran CM Punk, who recently made his return to pro wrestling, taking on the high-flying Matt Sydal. As expected, Punk picked up the victory.
Finally, it was onto the main event. The show was capped by a six-man tag team match between the Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, and Bellator veteran Jake Hager) and Dan Lambert’s American Top Team (Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, and Junior dos Santos making his pro wrestling debut). Accompanying them to the ring were UFC superstar Jorge “Gambred” Masvidal, and current BKFC fighter Paige VanZant.
Dos Santos didn’t look too out of place in a pro wrestling ring, but they did their best to protect him and not have him do too much. He did land some hard body shots on the Demo God though.
And he got slammed through a table by Hager.
Masvidal got a little trash talk in on Jericho too.
The finish came with VanZant jumped onto the apron to distract the referee, allowing Masvidal to slide in and catch Jericho with a running knee.
JDS’s team got the win, and some of MMA’s finest stood tall to celebrate.