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AEW Rampage and WWE SmackDown Wrestling Rundown 1/2/22

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Reverse Hipster's What Mattered

3. (AEW, Rampage) Cody Rhodes Retains the Title

Cody defeated Ethan Page and retained his title in a pretty entertaining match. He was booed a bit when he won, but the match was good, and Cody was the right choice. If Cody had lots of it here, there would have been no point in getting it in the first place. Also, I like Cody's aggressiveness in finishing his opponent multiple times in this match.

2. (AEW, Rampage) Darby Allin vs. Anthony Bowens

The match was pretty good. Darby is a great underdog, and Bowens stepped up and played the dominator role well, keeping Darby down most of the match. Darby eventually overcame Bowens with the Coffin Drop. However, Andrade came out and distracted Sting and Darby while The Acclaimed jumped them. I wasn't very interested in this part. It was a pretty standard beatdown, and the feud doesn't seem that interesting.

1. (AEW, Rampage) Anna Jay & Tay Conti vs. Penelope Ford & The Bunny in a Street Fight Match

This Street Fight was extraordinary. It was a real queen-maker match. All four of these women walked out of this match, solidified as stars of the division. These women put themselves through so much from a superplex into thumbtacks, a pile driver off the side of the ring and through the table, and so much more. They bled like crazy, and the finish was just perfect. Anna wrapped her arm in barbed wire and choked out The Bunny. It was brutal, but it was also precisely what the story needed. Ford and The Bunny had questioned Anna's toughness, so it only makes sense that she proved herself by winning this gruesome match.

Rob’s What Mattered

3. Top Ten Moments, WWE SmackDown

I thought this was a creative way to do something different for New Year’s Eve SmackDown. I didn’t always agree with what was on the list or the order, but I think they mostly did include the big moments from this year that I will remember. It would be cool to see WWE do more shows like this to break up the weeks straight of only wrestling. Is it too much to ask to bring the Slammy’s back too?

2. Taz breaks down Hook, AEW Rampage

Hook has been an attraction in AEW, a unique aura and big fight feel every time he enters. This week, his dad Taz broke down Hook’s technique in a deep-dive sports science type segment. I would love to see longer sections of these, and I think it works for a wrestler like Taz to break down those technical moves. It only makes the wrestling feel more real and builds credibility for these stars movesets.

1. Anna Jay and Tay Conti vs. Penelope Ford and the Bunny, AEW Rampage

This was a showcase of the depth of AEW’s women’s division, and their willingness to do anything to get over. Nobody besides AEW is having matches like this on mainstream TV. This was a brutal encounter with hardcore highspots galore.

Rob and Reverse Hipster's What Didn’t Matter

1. Nothing

While nothing about Friday was white hot, there was nothing that explicitly didn’t matter. Wrestling is in for a good week 1 in 2022 with WWE Day 1, NXT New Year’s Evil, AEW New Year’s Smash, and NJPW Wrestle Kingdom.

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