A pair of polarizing wrestlers made their return to in-ring action this week in AEW. Anthony Ogogo and Brandi Rhodes are back in the game.
An Olympic calibre technician with dynamite in my hands and a nasty streak that’ll make Abdullah The Butcher look like a pussycat. The wrestling world ain’t ready #AEWDarkElevation pic.twitter.com/xCAAM4OYUS— Anthony Ogogo (@AnthonyOgogo) December 7, 2021
After Ogogo worked off the rust, it was time for a singles bout on Dark. Ogogo took the best Baron Black had to offer and still prevailed, albeit with a little help from QT Marshall. Black had momentum on an exploder suplex then looked to lock in a leg submission. Marshall hopped onto the apron as a referee distraction, so Ogogo could poke Black in the eye. Ogogo pounced for an Olympic slam for victory.
I beat the H.T.I.C @TheEmpBruh at his own game, with a wrestling move slap bang in the middle of the ring.— Anthony Ogogo (@AnthonyOgogo) December 8, 2021
No right hand needed .
You dumb mf that thought I was a one trick pony, think again. I’m the whole package! Wrestling has never seen anyone like me. @AEW #AEWDark pic.twitter.com/vvggRjlOV0
Brandi Rhodes also saw action on Dark. She had been off wrestling duty since becoming pregnant. Her last official match was in October 2020.
Brandi competed against Angelica Risk. She sported a new theme song from Queen Kobra and Mikey Ruckus with the tagline, “Jealously is the best form of flattery.” Brandi’s primary offensive maneuvers early on were pump kicks. She was in trouble but persevered with a thrust kick, clotheslines, enzuigiri, pop-up forearm shiver, and a neck crack submission to earn the win.
Brandi’s bout started at the 11:12 mark of Dark.
Both Ogogo and Brandi draw reactions whenever they appear. Ogogo oozes charisma as a cocky Brit. I’m very curious to see who he rumbles with for his next feud. Ogogo has unfinished business with Billy Gunn, but Gunn’s recent turn to the dark side may not see that beef pay off. Brandi probably won’t be wrestling much on Dynamite and Rampage, however, there could be desire to pick up the spat with Jade Cargill that was never settled in the ring. That would definitely be worth a prime time spot.
Are you excited to see Ogogo and Brandi work their way back in AEW?