Fuego Del Sol may not have defeated Miro on the debut episode of AEW Rampage, but he still managed to earn a contract.
A victory would have given Fuego a contract and the TNT Championship, but Miro was able to overcome Fuego's hot start to put him away. When the show came back from commercial, Fuego's best friend Sammy Guevara came to the ring and presented Fuego with a contract.
Speaking on his Twitch stream, Fuego detailed the moment and what he was told.
"They told me to lay there and after commercial comes back, get your standing ovation. 'Hey, these people love you,' Bryce (Remsburg) was getting it in his ear, 'Hey, lay here, after commercial break, stand up, get your standing ovation, these people love you. I stood up, I thought, 'Hell of a match, fun night.' Sammy Guevara's music hit, my heart dropped into my stomach because I knew what was happening in that moment. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I get goosebumps," he said. "I enjoyed the match so much. I was so amped all day about the match. I had this vision in my mind. Three DDTs. I was on cloud nine all day. We filmed the package they aired before the match, the night before, and it felt big, but I had no idea that they were going to do that after the match. Sammy was dressed nice and I didn't even think about it. I was so focused on the match that everything else was white noise. I was laser-focused on Miro. It was perfect because I didn't see it coming."
When asked about the backstage reaction, Fuego said, "Everybody came up to me, shook my hand, said kind words. Even the champ, Kenny Omega, pulled me aside and said kind things. I know he doesn't do that for everybody and I don't take that for granted. It really made me feel good about myself. (Chris) Jericho took time to say good things. Mark Henry. I had so many people show me love and support. When you have the respect of your peers, it doesn't get any better than that. The Young Bucks said kind words and Nick even sent me a DM."
Fuego also noted that guys like Mike Bennett, John Morrison, and Drake Maverick reached out to him as well.
Throughout the stream, Fuego expressed his gratitude and appreciation for those who stuck with him and believed in him on his journey to earning an AEW contract.
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