Cody Rhodes, the former NXT Champion and now AEW’s current TNT World Heavyweight Champion, defeated Kingpin at The Final Rampage show to retain his championship. Cody has been a major presence in the WWE since he was first signed back in 2008 before becoming one of their most prominent stars during the time they were on SmackDown Live. This victory is no doubt sure to echo throughout sports entertainment circles as it shows that professional wrestling can be just as entertaining without relying solely on selling out arenas.
The “cody rhodes” is a professional wrestler who has been with the company since it’s inception. He won the TNT Championship on the final episode of Rampage, 2021.
The main event of tonight’s AEW Rampage was a major TNT Championship fight between Champion Cody Rhodes and Ethan Page, and Page began out with a body punch, but Rhodes was heated up and smashed him down to the mat, then took him down again into a side headlock. Early on, Page had some assistance from Dan Lambert, which enabled him to hit a Suplex and try for the pin, but he only earned a one count. Page continued to pound Rhodes with blows until Arn Anderson stepped in and interjected himself. Rhodes took advantage of the situation and delivered a dropkick to Page’s head, followed by a strong right hand to the top of his head. He then tried for the Cross Rhodes, but Page ducked it and struck Rhodes with a Flying Shoulder Tackle, sending him crashing to the ground.
Someone in the audience assisted Rhodes in getting up, but Page was shortly on him again. Before they both went back in the ring, Page drove Rhodes against the edge of the ring and struck him with a chop to the chest. Before Rhodes avoided a move and landed a Chop Block on the back of Page’s knee, Page taunted a little more.
Rhodes continued his assault on Page’s leg, flooring him and then engaging in an Indian Deathlock to severely injure the knee and leg. Rhodes would then continue to work on Page’s leg, twisting it and locking in another submission, effectively putting an end to any counter-attacks, but Page eventually got to the ropes and broke it. Rhodes performed several pushups to celebrate before returning his attention to Page.
Lambert attempted to intervene once again, but Rhodes was having none of it, and Rhodes then locked in another grip on Page’s leg and knee. Page was crawling on the mat at this time, his leg clearly sore, but he had the muscle to lift Rhodes and smash him down. He’d hold himself up with the ropes, and he even managed to avoid a Rhodes shoulder tackle.
Page was on a roll and landed massive blows on Rhodes, even reversing a move with a clothesline. He was still hobbling and had taken a kick to the face, but he hit Rhodes with a Back Body Drop before hitting a DDT and attempting a pin, but only getting a two count.
Page was on his knees in front of the referee, which allowed Scorpio Sky to assault Rhodes. Anderson stepped in to salvage the match, but Dustin Rhodes came in to knock down Sky, giving Cody the opportunity to hit the Cross Rhodes and try for the pin, but Page kicked him out. Rhodes proceeded to rip the knee brace off Page’s knee and began assaulting it. He then pulled Page to the top turnbuckle and proceeded to the ropes, but Page struck him in the face and landed on his shoulder. He then delivered a Power Slam on one leg, however it resulted in significant knee injury, and Rhodes was forced to kick out of the pin.
We then exchanged punches and kicks, and Page attempted a move, but Rhodes ducked it and nailed a move off the ropes, covering Page, but Page kicked out just before three. Rhodes engaged in a Figure-Four, but Page flipped it, forcing Rhodes to break it on the ropes. Rhodes attempted a move, but Page countered and almost pinned him. Rhodes then delivered a huge blow to Page’s face, but Page returned the favor by slamming Rhodes to the canvas from the top turnbuckle.
They reversed a couple more moves, and Rhodes won with a Cross Rhodes, which he followed up with a second, and then a Tiger Driver for the pin and the victory. The TNT Championship is still held by Rhodes.
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