Former Champion Returns During AEW Rampage

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All Elite Wrestling usually saves its biggest and most important surprises for Dynamite. But that doesn’t mean that the company’s other shows don’t have any major surprises.

Such was the case on February 24th when one of the comany’s ‘biggest’ wrestlers returned to the company after a three-month absence.

On Friday night, AEW had its weekly Rampage show and it featured the return of both “Murderhawk” Lance Archer and his manager Jake “the Snake” Roberts.

Lance Archer has first AEW match since November

Archer came out boasting a slightly different color scheme than before, with his braids now white instead of red. That appears to be the only change as he still demolished his opponent just as he did prior to his departure.

Archer’s match on Rampage lasted 1:49 as he manhandled a wrestler named Bryce Saturn before winning emphatically and decisively.

Archer is a 22-year veteran who has wrestled all over the world. Although he hasn’t won any championship gold in AEW, he did win the company’s Casino Battle Royal in 2020.

Archer has had more championship success outside AEW, though. He is mostly known for his success as a tag team wrestler as he has won numerous tag championships and tournaments around the world.

In particular, Archer won tag team gold in NJPW, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and NJPW, all with the same partner, Davey Boy Smith, Jr. Together they were known as the Killer Elite Squad and teamed together from 2012 to 2019.

In terms of singles success, Archer’s most notable accomplishment was winning the New Japan’s IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship twice.