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AEW Rampage Returns To Normal Time Slot Tonight For First Time In 7 Weeks

“AEW Rampage,” AEW’s secondary TV show on TNT, last aired in its usual Fridays at 10 p.m. time slot on April 7 thanks to the network’s NBA playoff coverage. This was nothing new, either to “Rampage” or TNT’s wrestling shows in general — NBA playoffs would move “WCW Nitro” to an earlier time slot during the late ’90s, too — but it hit the Nielsen ratings for “Rampage” very hard, with the show posting record low numbers. However, that ends tonight, as “Rampage” finally returns to its usual 10 p.m. spot.

Originally scheduled as a live broadcast before the date was penciled in as being needed for playoffs, which turned out not to be the case, the show that was taped on Wednesday night includes the following matches:

  • The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn vs. La Faccion Ingobernable (Rush, Dralistico, and Preston Vance)
  • The Gunns and Ethan Page vs. a trio of local talent
  • Hikaru Shida and Britt Baker vs. Nyla Rose and Marina Shafir
  • Best Friends vs. Big Bill and Lee Moriarty

In addition, immediately following “Rampage,” TNT will be airing the “Countdown to Double or Nothing” preview show for this Sunday’s pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Rampage” launched in August 2021, and was initially positioned as being on the same level as “Dynamite,” with the early episodes including Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage and CM Punk’s debut. That degree of focus would lessen in time, with the two shows feeling increasingly separated from each other, and “Rampage” becoming presented as a clear level below “Dynamite.”

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