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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/10/19)

Having some Champaign in the Dark!

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One more toast to Champaign!

Before moving on from Illinois, AEW serves up the Best Bout Machine! Will Kenny Omega put Superbad in his place?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Triple Threat: Scorpio Sky VS Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS Jimmy Havoc; Scorpio wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Kenny Omega VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Omega wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

“The time for games is over!”

After losing in an epic Six Man Tag to The Elite, Proud ‘n’ Powerful wants another go at the Young Bucks! And with AEW headed to Garland, they want a Texas Street Fight! Cody put up a lot of ante to get MJF to play, and he’s “in a bit of a pickle.” MJF wants to hold his Full Gear screw job over Cody’s head, but are the Butcher, the Blade and the Bunny about to behead “the snake”? Nyla Rose crossed a line and got suspended, but another monster is back on the rise. The Nightmare Collective is growing stronger, but who will be their targets? And while the maniac, Jon Moxley, defeated the Bad Boy, Joey Janela, Chris Jericho makes sure Moxley knows he’s watching. What happens this Wednesday when Texas is Dynamite?

 

Tony Schiavone and Dasha Gonzales are back to host another episode of Dark!

There’s a lot of buzz after that second stare down. Who will strike first? Maybe Moxley, as he has no fear when it comes to the odds. Tony and Dasha then run down tonight’s Dark card, namely another main event from the Best Bout Machine! That, and two-thirds of the Best Friends, Chuckie T and Orange Cassidy, join commentary!

 

Triple Threat: Scorpio Sky VS Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS Jimmy Havoc!

SCU has the tag titles, the hardcore veteran has a disregard for consequences, and the Librarians have… their books. Peter Avalon also hushes Champaign but they just keep booing. “Champaign, I said, SH. Not only are you illiterate, you can’t listen.” The Librarians get into the ring as Avalon says, “For a place that calls itself Champaign, it sure looks like you all drink a lot of cheap malt liquor.” Leva says Avalon is being rude, and she apologizes to the fans. But perhaps Havoc and Scorpio will teach Avalon a lesson in respect!

The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Avalon and Havoc. Havoc says deuces before he bails out and starts getting things out from under the ring. But Scorpio goes out to BOOT him down! Scorpio hotshots Avalon but Leva anchors Scorpio’s feet. Scorpio slides out just before Avalon’s elbow drop, so he misses! Chuckie T feels the Librarians aren’t on the same page. Avalon blames Leva but Scorpio rolls Avalon up, TWO! Scorpio whips Avalon corner to corner but Avalon reverses, only for Scorpio to go up and leap! Crossbody and cover, TWO! Scorpio bumps Avalon off buckles, whips him corner to corner again, but Avalon reverses, and Havoc arm-drags Scorpio into the buckles! Avalon runs in but into Havoc’s sit-out facebuster! Havoc is on Scorpio again with a snap suplex, back into buckles! Cover, TWO!

Havoc stomps Scorpio’s leg, then bites the calf! Havoc brings Avalon up to bite his face! Leva hurries to tend to Avalon but Havoc throws hands on Scorpio. Wristlock ripcord but Scorpio ducks to throw haymakers! Scorpio hits Avalon with haymakers, too, fighting off both men! Scorpio whips, Havoc reverses and kicks, Avalon hits a knee lift, Havoc hits a running neckbreaker on Scorpio! Avalon and Havoc start working together as they stop Scorpio! Fans boo but Avalon tells them to hush. Avalon brings Scorpio up, and both he and Havoc punch Scorpio to a corner. They double whip corner to corner, Havoc whips Avalon in for a big forearm smash. Avalon holds Scorpio in place for Havoc’s running back elbow! But then Avalon hits Havoc low, runs and hits “Martinis,” the knees from behind! And Avalon hushes the crowd hard. Fans boo instead, but cheer as Scorpio lariats Avalon!

Scorpio hits Havoc with a back elbow, then kicks away on Avalon. Scorpio whips and dropkicks Avalon down! Scorpio runs in at Havoc but gets an elbow, and Havoc hops up to bring Scorpio in. Tornado DDT denied and Havoc ends up on the apron. Havoc grabs Scorpio’s hand and BITES! Avalon runs in but Scorpio gets free so the forearms go into Havoc. Avalon goes after Scorpio and whips, but Scorpio reverses to belly2belly suplex Avalon OUT onto Havoc! Fans fire up for “S C U!” as Scorpio FLIES onto both opponents! Scorpio fires up with Champaign as Leva is in shock! Scorpio puts Havoc in as Leva checks on Avalon. Havoc runs, but Scorpio elbows him away. Scorpio hops out to the apron and slingshots back in, but Havoc swats him out of the sky!

Havoc runs in at Scorpio, but into a boot! Scorpio hops up top but Havoc SHORYUKENS! Havoc fireman’s carries, Samoan Driver! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and Havoc grows frustrated. Havoc goes out to start searching again. He’s found the staple gun! The referee warns Havoc, this won’t be a DQ but a monetary fine! Havoc stalks Scorpio but Avalon clobbers him from behind. Fans boo but now Avalon has a weapon of his own: Plan of Attack by Dale Brown, and a hard cover copy at that! But Scorpio takes the book away, tosses Avalon out, and swats the staple gun away with the book! Then he SMACKS Havoc in the head! Then, the slingshot cutter! Cover, but Avalon throws Scorpio out! Avalon covers, TWO!! Avalon was so close to his first victory!

Avalon CHOPS Scorpio, Scorpio kicks back, then catches Avalon’s leap in a fireman’s carry! TKO NECKBREAKER! Cover, Scorpio wins!

Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

The Closer get a big win for SCU! Will this keep the AEW World Tag Team Champions strong as we head for the New Year?

 

Dark shares The Dark Order’s newest message.

Someone visits the Dark Order website. This young man types angrily. “I hate all these people.” “I am a human being and they treat me like I am NOTHING!!” He submits his application and…

Evil Uno asks the man, “Are you sure you’re ready?” He says yes. “To lose it all?” Yes. “To sacrifice it all?” Yes! What is his motive for joining? “Revenge.” Then you are ready. Don the mask and be one of them. And then, the man from the subway, who was bullied and had his glasses stepped on. He is asked to look Evil Uno in the eyes. Is he one with the Dark Order? Yes… Will he disown his family for the Dark Order? Yes… Then what is his motive for joining? He just wanted friends…. The young man cries, but that seems to be the wrong response. Stu Grayson is given his orders. He ATTACKS the young man, and the Creepers claw at him! They are everywhere, but they show no mercy. What will they do next as they look to control AEW?

 

Dark replays The Lexicon of Le Champion!

Chris Jericho informed the world that AEW demands he defend his AEW World Championship one more time in 2019! But his newest list, well, listed the wrestlers Y2J refuses to face again before the end of the year. Jericho refuses to face Moxley, Cody, the Young Bucks, Papa Buck, Uncle Buck, Buck Owens, Moxley again, Hangman Page, Diamond Dallas Page, Moxley again, Scorpio Sky, 2 Cool Scorpio, all the members of The Scorpions rock band, Moxley, Michael Nakazawa, Kenny Omega, Kenny Ortega, Kenny Shields, Kenny Chesney, Kenny from South Park, Moxley yet again, and many more, but there was a name NOT mentioned!

However, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt were accounted for, as any and all dinosaurs and children were part of the list. That figures, dinosaurs have been “been marginalized for 65 millions years!” As far as Marko goes, yeah he’s small for his age. But he’s more man than Jericho will ever be! Jericho said Marko is small for any age. But that only left Jungle Boy. Y2J said Jungle Boy wouldn’t even last 10 minutes with him! But Jungle Boy said not only will he last more than 10 minutes, he’ll kick Jericho’s ass! A brawl broke out, but Jurassic Express would stand its ground against Le Champion and Big Hurt! The match is made for 12/18/19, but what happens on the way there?

 

Jurassic Express VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds!

With Jungle Boy Jack Perry preparing for the biggest match of his career, the rare combination of Luchasaurus and #Babysaurus battle side-by-side! Will they keep the trio strong as we wait for Jericho VS Jungle Boy?

The teams sort out and Luchasaurus starts against Reynolds. Reynolds is wary as he approachs, but a single step from Luchasaurus sends Reynolds scrambling away! Silver tags in and steps right up to Luchasaurus…’s chest. Silver talks trash and flexes, then chops. But it doesn’t do anything to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus wants Silver to try again, and Silver takes a big step back, but his chop is easily blocked! Luchasaurus spins and CHOPS Silver off his feet! Reynolds runs in to get a big knee, then a half-straitjacket. Luchasaurus kicks Reynolds, spins him out and then BOOTS him down! Reynolds gets away and Luchasaurus tags in Marko. Luchasaurus sends Marko into Silver for a shoulder battering ram! Marko runs corner to corner but misses, but he elbows Silver away. Marko hops up, kicks Silver away and then drops an elbow to the back of Silver’s head!

Marko dropkicks Reynolds down then hits Silver with a calf kick! Cover, TWO! Silver bails out, Marko builds speed but Reynolds gets him from behind! Luchasaurus protests but Silver Penalty Kicks Marko down! Cover, TWO! Silver drags Marko over and bumps him off buckles, tag to Reynolds. Reynolds mugs Marko in the corner and grinds his boot in! The ref backs Reynolds off but Silver gets his cheap shots in. Marko fights but Reynolds scoop slams Marko down. Marko kicks from the mat but Reynolds stands on Marko’s hair as he pulls on the arms! The ref counts, Reynolds lets up at 4 to tag in Silver. Silver stomps Marko down but swaggers around. Marko fights with body shots! And CHOPS! Silver boots Marko down, then brings him up to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Marko survives but Silver puts him on the ropes to choke.

The ref counts and Silver lets up at 4 but Reynolds gets a cheap shot in! Luchasaurus protests again but Silver covers, TWO! Silver drags Marko up and puts him in the corner. Silver flexes, runs in, but Marko elbows back! Marko hits Reynolds then Silver again! Marko walks into the trophy lift! Reynolds tags in, gorilla press cutter! Cover, TWO! Marko shows how tough he is, but Reynolds drags Marko back up. Reynolds dead lifts but Marko cradle counters, TWO! Marko kicks Reynolds but Reynolds holds onto the foot. Marko keeps kicking but Reynolds won’t let go. Marko gets up but misses his enziguri! Reynolds dead lift wheelbarrows but Marko victory rolls, and uses that to boost himself to the tag! Luchasaurus rallies with boots, a back kick, front kick and fake-out! Luchasaurus dead lifts Silver for a wheelbarrow GERMAN! And a kip up!

Fans fire up as Luchasaurus takes aim, TAIL WHIP! ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grips, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS! Luchasaurus tags Marko back in and Marko climbs up. Luchasaurus has Reynolds up in a Canadian rack, Marko leaps, BANANA PEEL CUTTER! Cover, Jurassic Express win!

Winners: Jurassic Express, Marko Stunt by pinfall

Marko is the most pumped for this victory, and now Jurassic Express is on a winning track! Will they all be golden one day in AEW?

 

Lexi Nair joins AEW Dark, and is in the AEW Control Center.

The newest member of the team recaps the upset victory Kris Statlander landed over #1 Contender Hikaru Shida, but also the shocking actions of the Native Beast, Nyla Rose. Nyla wanted respect by force, which is why she beat down Leva Bates more, until Shanna came looking for payback! Shanna did her best to take the fight to Nyla for what happened a couple weeks ago at a meet ‘n’ greet, but it would not work in her favor. Nyla would brutalize Shanna, and bring out a table! Nyla put the table in the ring, set it up, and looked to recreate the Chicago incident! Nyla dragged Shanna over, but referee Tim Knox warned Nyla not to. Nyla reconsidered, but went after the REF!! The referee got BEAST BOMBED through the table!! And Nyla still gave Shanna a Beast Bomb, onto the ref! For all these actions, Nyla Beast is now suspended until the New Year! Will this put out the flames of anger or fan them while Nyla is away?

Meanwhile, some light was finally shed on the dark transformation of Brandi Rhodes and her alliance with Awesome Kong. As Brandi explained, they were members of the Nightmare Collective, and they do what they want when they want. When confronted by the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien, Brandi didn’t see an enemy, but someone the Collective could recruit. Kris Statlander refused the opportunity, but someone in the crowd was willing to join up. This mystery woman from the Champaign crowd gave up her hair to be part of the Nightmare Collective. Is this only the beginning of a sinister expansion?

 

Who is Big Swole?

Aerial Monroe is Swole, “the biggest of the swole and the swolest of the big.” But the bottom line is that she has a big personality and a swole mentality. “It’s all that and a bag of chips.” Big Swole just does her.

But April 3, 2008 was her “second birthday” because she was quite literally dead and was revived. It was obviously very scary, and it was brought on by Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel condition. Two feet of her intestines had to be removed, and the doctors felt that not only would she no longer live an active life style, it was unlikely she could ever have children. Swole felt like giving up, there would be no one to pass anything on to. She went to a dark place and spiraled. But despite the odds, she did have a child! And it completely revived her love of life! She took control, and when she wasn’t motivated, she was disciplined. She kept going, striving and inspiring. People with their own conditions can see Swole and know they CAN do something, despite the odds! And then, after a great showing, Kenny Omega personally extended the offer to Swole to stick around in AEW!

As Swole says, Crohn’s is more mental than anything. Swole won’t let fear get in her way to hold her back. You can and you will do what you want. What people think shouldn’t be of any concern. Will Swole rise up in the rankings to make it big? And speaking of rankings…

 

The AEW Weekly Rankings are in!

Breaking into the Women’s Top 5 after that huge win is Kris Statlander! At 4 is Britt Baker, who drops from taking some time off. Emi Sakura is 3rd, and Nyla Rose is 2nd despite the suspension! However, still #1, even after a loss, is Hikaru Shida! The Stardom samurai is still heading strong towards a title match with Riho, but will that change if she can’t rebound this week?

 

Dark shares footage of Christopher Daniels in the trainer’s room.

After his loss to Pentagon Jr, in which he took a bad spill on the ramp, Daniels has his arm checked out. There’s no numbness, but perhaps this was too early for his return to the ring. Daniels is frustrated, and is asked by AEW Media about the loss. Is he alright? Daniels can’t believe that’s the extent of the journalistic experience. He is NOT alright, he is “f***ing furious!” Daniels’s experience, strategy and knowledge, and he f’s up! Daniels knew he was pressing his luck, but he wasn’t in the right mind-set for someone as good as Pentagon. The Fallen Angel will figure out a new plan, and vows to do it fast.

 

Tony and Dasha return to the Control Center.

They hope we’re all ready for Dynamite in Garland, as well as the rest of the Texas tour. But first, a closer look at the closer look at The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny.

“What you witnessed last week was our first order of chaos.” They were growing sick of seeing Cody’s face everywhere. They’re in Cody’s house to cause him pain. The Butcher, Braxton Sutter. The Blade, Andy Williams. And the Bunny, Allie. “We’re here to cut the head off the snake.”

Cody’s response that night was that he was willing to take them on in a match, with anyone they chose to be his partner! The sinister trio didn’t waste much time, and chose QT Marshal! Will the American Nightmare be able to win with God’s Gift to Wrestling by his side? Or are Sutter and Williams going to get an easy win in their AEW in-ring debut?

But also relating to Cody was Cody’s challenge put to Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Cody doesn’t care that MJF doesn’t want to wrestle him, MJF needs to pay for what he did! MJF owes Cody as his “handpicked” talent. Cody has loads of messages as to why no one but Cody wanted MJF. From being too short to being too “hood rich” and that his favorite scarf was actually a fake, to his awful Cross Rhodes copy to the fact that “under these bright lights,” MJF is just a “bush league nWo Chris Jericho.” Cody knew MJF was a bad guy, but he was Cody’s bad guy. If MJF needed a reason to wrestle Cody, Cody would sweeten the pot. The keys to his Ford Black Ops, the Omega Seamaster watch on his wrist, his Red Bottom Louis Vuitton shoes, and even 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS in cold hard cash! Well, $49,900 since Cody gave a Benjamin Franklin to a dapper young boy in the front row. We’re all just waiting on MJF now!

MJF responded on social media with a video. “Let’s live in a world of make believe!” One where MJF doesn’t come from a family with more money than the US Mint. But of course he has money. And that is what helped MJF buy The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny to be another layer of his muscle! Surprise, he was the mastermind behind them all along! So when they chose QT Marshall, really he chose QT Marshall. But guess what, “Roller Codester,” being the holder of the $45,000 ring, what’s a couple grand supposed to do? So Cody’s in that “pickle.” No friends left for Cody, which is why he wanted someone else to choose his partner. But MJF was merciful to his “mentor,” and QT is so good. Good luck, champ. Oh wait, Cody can’t be champ, thanks to MJF. Will MJF’s master plan destroy the American Nightmare once and for all?

 

Dark recaps the Six Man Tag of Elite VS Inner Circle!

The Natural and the Young Bucks took the fight to the Proud ‘n’ Powerful and their Spanish God third man! It was intense, it was incredible, and it ended in the favor of The Elite, the the Elite! But that only angered Sammy, Santana and Ortiz.

“Not another one! Not another one!”Santana threw trash cans over while Ortiz repeated that phrase over and over. But the games were over, and PNP promised to take Matt and Nick Jackson down the block! Texas Street Fight, “let’s get it! Get with it or get run down!” AEW’s Excalibur says PNP has no idea what they’ve just done. Excalibur has known the Bucks and called Bucks matches for 14 years, seeing them do “some of the craziest sh*t both inside and outside of a professional wrestling ring.” Having no rules only makes them go crazier. Guerrilla warfare tag team matches are practically their specialty. And this Texas Street Fight is going to be something special. Who walks out of Garland and who is stretchered out?

 

Kenny Omega VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford!

The Cleaner is also the Best Bout Machine, but Kip is Superbad. And he’s even badder now that he’s got the Bad Girl by his side and away from Joey Janela. The Superbad super team looks to take over AEW, but will that start tonight?

The bell rings and fans are already fired up for “Kenny! Kenny!” Omega and Sabian circle, but fans chant harder for “Kenny! Kenny!” Sabian brushes it off as he ties up with Omega. The two tie up, Omega waistlocks but Sabian wrenches out to a wristlock then hammerlock. Omega reaches back, rolls and gets a drop toehold, then puts on a facelock. Sabian slips out, hammerlocks, but Omega pops out to get a headlock. Sabian powers out but Omega runs him over with a shoulder, only for Kip to well, kip up. Omega just shoves him down! Sabian gets up again, but Omega puts him back down. Sabian kips up a third time and says, “I can do this all gaddamn day!” Omega responds with a CHOP! And another! And then he fakes Sabian out to then throw forearms against the ropes.

Omega hooks Sabian’s arms on the ropes but Sabian ducks the chop! Sabian whips, Omega reverses, Sabian hurdles and shoves, Omega redirects and slides to sweep the legs! Fans fire up as Omega runs, KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool, sends Sabian into buckles, and then CHOPS again! Sabian is gasping for air as fans want “One More Time!” So Omega goes for it, but Sabian is ready. Omega stops short, and Sabian takes a peek. Sabian asks for mercy, but Omega just CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Omega whips Sabian corner to corner, and hits a BIG flying back elbow! Fans cheer as Omega brings Sabian out for a back suplex, but Sabian lands on his feet. Sabian boots Omega away then enziguris!

Sabian hops up but Omega CHOPS him first! And then CHOPS him off! Sabian hits the floor and fans fire up again! Omega kneels and the Terminator Drum begins. Omega builds speed, but Penelope blocks his path. Sabian slips in as Omega tries to reason with Penelope, and Sabian kicks and whips. Omega reverses but Sabian huricanranas him out! Sabian distracts the referee as Penelope hits an apron huricanrana! The Superbad Girl gets away with that one, and then Sabian mocks the Terminator Drums before he FLIES! Sabian takes out Omega then puts him back in. Penelope gives Sabian a kiss before he springboards and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Omega grits his teeth as he goes to the ropes. Sabian stalks Omega and drops ax handles. Sabian chokes Omega on the ropes but lets up at 4 to “apologize” to the ref.

Sabian stomps Omega into a corner and whips corner to corner hard! Fans rally for Omega and Sabian laughs. Chuckie T thinks that while Sabian is good looking, he’s a “turd of a person” for his attitude. Sabian brings Omega up, Omega throws body shots! Sabian back kicks and facelocks, to drape Omega on the top rope, ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives and Sabian is furious! Sabian toys with Omega now but fans rally up. Sabian brings Omega up to club him on the back. Omega powers up and CHOPS back! Sabian mule kicks and throws hands, but Omega gives the haymakers back. Sabian and Omega brawl, the hits getting bigger! Sabian hits, Omega hits, repeat! Omega gets an edge, but the boot is blocked. But so is Sabian’s counter knee, and Omega V-TRIGGERS! Sabian staggers, Omega takes aim, LARIAT! Omega doesn’t cover, he just powers up more.

Omega takes aim again, and hits a Polish Hammer! And another! Sabian gets up, ducks the third and whips. Omega reverses, fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool but Penelope is getting worried. Omega drags Sabian up, wraps on a full nelson, but Sabian breaks out and elbows hard. Sabian goes to run but Omega reels him back into the full nelson, only for Sabian to break free and PELE! Sabian runs in but is put on the apron. Sabian buckle bumps Omega, triangle jump tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Omega lives and Sabian grows frustrated. Sabian has Omega in the corner again, runs corner to corner and back again, into a BOOT! Omega goes up and over, rolls and runs back in, but Sabian puts him on the apron. Sabian goes after Omega’s eyes! Penelope goes after Omega’s feet, triangle jump dropkick from Sabian!

Omega is down but Sabian heads to the apron. Sabian takes aim as Omega stands, springboard, POWERBOMB! Then flip over, V-TRIGGER! Omega has a wild look in his eye as he locks ‘n’ loads, BANG! Omega runs, V- NO! Sabian uses the referee as a shield, so Omega stops short! Penelope slides in and Omega says she should shoo. She SPITS on him instead! The referee finally notices Penelope and Sabian runs up on Omega, but Omega dodges! Sabian stops himself from running into Penelope, and Omega runs in. Sabian dodges, Penelope goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline! Sabian BOOTS, the referee is busy with him as Penelope hits a STUNNER! Sabian POISON-RANAS and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives the Superbad screw job and Sabian can’t believe it!

Champaign fires up for Omega as Sabian pulls down the knee pads. “This is Awesome!” as Sabian takes aim. Sabian goes to steal the V-Trigger, but Omega blocks! Omega spins Sabian around but still no full nelson as Sabian standing switches. Omega drop toeholds, V-TRIGGER to the back! Full nelson, SNAP DRAGON!! Sabian flounders in a daze but Omega isn’t done with him. Another full nelson, another SNAP DRAGON! But fans want one more, and so does Omega. Penelope runs in, Omega has her in the full nelson! But he throws Penelope into Sabian, V-TRIGGER! TIGER DRIVER ’98!! Cover, TWO!?! Sabian survives but Omega isn’t going to let up. Sabian drags himself up, Omega reloads, BANG for another V-TRIGGER to the back! Electric Chair, and yes, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall

Sabian was Superbad, but that doesn’t make him badder than the Best Bout Machine! The Triple A Mega Champion keeps climbing back up in the AEW ranks, but will he be able to challenge for the AEW World Championship soon enough?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode of Dark, but that was expected when Omega was advertised for it. We get a lot of recap from Dynamite, perhaps too much, but apparently Dark insists on getting over an hour of content on YouTube. The one thing that was good to see was the MJF promo in response to Cody’s from Dynamite, and while I had a hunch, it is great to have it confirmed: MJF was behind Braxton Sutter, Andy Williams and Allie being introduced as The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny all along! MJF and his forces makes for another faction, and I wonder if we’ll one day get a huge faction warfare of them, the Elite and the Inner Circle in some kind of 12-man match. And it was great to get that vignette giving us more of Aerial “Big Swole” Monroe’s life story, I wonder if she’ll make a rise up in the ranks come the New Year.

And as always with AEW, we got great matches! The Triple Threat was pretty good, but it was pretty clear Scorpio Sky was going to win. What is more surprising is that Jimmy Havoc didn’t get to staple something to someone, like a page from a book to Avalon’s body. Maybe next time. The tag team match was pretty great. Silver and Reynolds come off as jobber tag team, but because Marko Stunt is in there, they look strong and he looks tough. But Jurassic Express of course wins, they’re fan favorites. I’m a little worried Marko hit heads with Reynolds and that did some damage, but I’m sure Marko can shake it off. Getting that promo from Daniels was good, and obviously it isn’t over with him and Pentagon. Omega VS Sabian was great, though I feel they tried too many Penelope distraction spots. Omega wins to stay strong, of course, and I’d love to see his return to Dynamite. Heck, I would’ve loved to see/hear what he had to say to Champaign to close the show!

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (4/20/21)

The Bastard’s in the Dark!

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AEW Dark has the Powerhouse, Mr. Platinum and PAC!

Before putting Christian Cage to the test, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs will tune up against the #EmpBRUH! Will Hobbs show what a real workhorse looks like?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Will Allday; Janela wins.
  • Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Ryzin & John Skyler; SCU wins and stays a tag team.
  • Big Swole & KiLynn King w/ Red Velvet VS The MK Twins, Ashley & Steff; Swole & King win.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Brick Aldridge & Cole Karter; Butcher & Blade win.
  • Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS Jake Manning; Kiss wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jay Lyon, Midas Black, & Ken Broadway; The Dark Order wins.
  • Billy Gunn w/ Austin & Colton Gunn VS Andrew Palace; Billy wins.
  • Fuego Del Sol VS Dante Martin; Martin wins.
  • Diamante VS Queen Aminata; Diamante wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowers VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; Caster wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Baron Black; Hobbs wins.
  • PAC w/ The Lucha Bros VS Dean Alexander; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin speaks on Dark!

“A lot of people say, ‘Jungle Boy and Darby Allin are a lot alike.’ I do not see that. I do see that one bit. Look at you, Jungle Boy. You show up with a smile on your face from ear to ear, shaking everyone’s hand, just being everyone’s friend. I am not here for friendships, I am here for championships. You wanna know why? Because I see through everyone’s shit!” Everyone will tell you what you want to hear, but you need to realize a lot of those people are just fake a-holes waiting for when the time comes to stab you in the back.

Darby will tell JB the exact opposite. Darby wants JB to show up on Dynamite the man Darby knows he can be. You have to be able to turn that switch to be TNT Champion and fight Darby! Don’t show up if you’re going to be all smiles and fake. “Jungle Boy, you wanna win this championship? Turn that switch.” Will Jungle Boy accept what Darby is saying? Or will he choose to do things his way, no matter what happens?

 

Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Will Allday!

The Bad Boy has the Concrete Rose by his side as the road trip to the top continues in the Dark! Will Janela bring an end to Allday to make this his night?

The bell rings and Allday circles with Janela as fans rally. They tie up, Janela wrenches, wristlocks, but Allday rolls and rolls and handsprings to wrench back! Janela WRINGS Allday out, then swaggers about. Janela offers a handshake but Allday knows it’s bait and he ducks the slap! Allday fires off palm strikes and a forearm, then ducks and dodges, but runs into a pop-up! But he turns it into a RANA! Allday runs corner to corner but Janela BOOTS him away! Janela goes up and gets Allday for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally as Allday flounders to a corner. Janela gets Allday up to CHOP him, then stalks him to a corner for another CHOP!

Allday staggers along ropes, Janela whips him corner to corner, then runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Allday HOTSHOT STUNNERS! Allday runs and DIVES, direct hit sends Janela into railing! Fans are divided as Allday puts Janela in the ring and climbs up top. Allday SWANTONS but FLOPS as Janela moves! Janela covers, TWO! Janela gets Allday up, whips him and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Allday sits up in a daze, Janela snapmares him and KICKS him in the back! Allday sputters and Janela grins as he sits Allday up, for another KICK! Is Janela flipping the bird to the ceiling, the sky or to God?

Janela drags Allday up and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Allday lands on his feet! Janela turns around into Allday’s dropkick! Janela staggers into a fireman’s carry and Allday spins for a SWINGING GTS! Janela stays up to LARIAT! Janela gets Allday up but Allday blocks the suplex to hit a BRAINBUSTER! Both men are down and fans build to a rally! The standing count climbs, Janela sits up in a daze now and Kiss coaches him up. Allday aims but Janela SUPERKICKS first! Allday SUPERKICKS anyway! Janela SUPERKIKCS again! Janela gets around Allday to GERMAN him into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Allday survives and Janela is beside himself!

Janela goes to a corner, climbs up top, and he gets the fans fired up, but Allday GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER STEINERS! Janela staggers up into Allday’s LEAPING FOREARMS! Allday fires up and he goes to a corner. Allday climbs, Janela runs over but Allday leaps over. Janela keeps after him but Allday sends him into buckles! Janela staggers back as Allday goes up, SUPER QUEBRADA! But wait, did Janela make it a last second cutter?! Janela is up and he pulls down the straps as he fires back up! Janela drags Allday up, reels him in and fireman’s to the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Janela wins!

Winner: Joey Janela, by pinfall

Too bad for Allday, but Janela is a bad, bad boy every day! Will this help Janela & Kiss climb up the ranks? Or will the road trip to the top never end?

 

Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Ryzin & John Skyler!

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian have cracked the AEW Tag Division top five, but it could all far apart with one loss! Will they keep The Addiction alive against the Priest of Sin and the Southern Savior?

The teams sort out, the Heavy Metal Rebel starts against Skyler, and fans rally up as the two circle. Kaz and Skyler tie up, are in a deadlock then break. Skyler shoves, Kaz shoves and they tie up again. They go around, Kaz gets Skyler down to a knee and then gets the top wristlock. Skyler fights up, wrenches through to a hammerlock, but Kaz reaches back. Kaz spins to back drop but Skyler sunset flips, but Kaz slips through to get the headlock! Fans rally as Kaz grinds the hold, but Skyler fights up and pops out the back to have a cording hold. Kaz gets up, Skyler wrenches but Kaz rolls to get free. Skyler ROCKS Kaz with a right then eggs him on, so Kaz ROCKS him, then CHOPS and CHOPS again!

Kaz whips, Skyler blocks the hip toss but Kaz gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kaz glares at Ryzin to keep him back, and then gets Skyler over to the SCU corner. Kaz bumps Skyler off Daniels’ boot, then tags him in. Daniels snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Daniels keeps his cool and brings Skyler up. Daniels whips, Skyler kicks back, headbutts low and EuroUppers! Tag to Ryzin, and he runs in to run the Fallen Angel over! Ryzin shouts, “Hail Ryzin!” Ryzin runs but Daniels gets him for an EXPLODER! Daniels drags Ryzin up, snapmares him and tags in Kaz. Daniels slingshots for an elbow drop, Kaz slingshots for the leg drop. Skyler runs in but Kaz intercepts with a CHOP, and a back suplex!

Kaz and Ryzin brawl, Kaz knees low and CLUBS Ryzin on the back. Kaz CHOPS Ryzin again and again, then throws haymakers. Kaz runs but Skyler gets a cheap shot in! Kaz DECKS Skyler, ducks Ryzin but Ryzin comes back with a calf kick! Ryzin DECKS Daniels, eggs him on, and then uses the distraction so that he and Skyler can stomp Kaz down! Tag to Skyler, he snapmares Kaz and wraps on a chinlock. Kaz fights up as fans rally, and he throws body shots to get free. Skyler CLUBS Kaz, whips him and RAMS him in the ropes, then shoves him hard into buckles! Skyler fireman’s carries for a ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Skyler shouts at Daniels that SCU sucks! He tags in Ryzin, they get Kaz up and they whip him to a corner. Skyler whips Ryzin in and Ryzin clotheslines, then bumps Kaz off buckles! Ryzin lines it up and KICKS Kaz out of the corner! Ryzin gives Kaz his last rites but misses the splash! Kaz CLOBBERS Ryzin, and tags in Daniels! Skyler gets in but Daniels clobbers him! Daniels rallies on Ryzin and hit a BIG back drop! Skyler returns but Daniels kicks him to the STO! Fans fire up with Daniels and he runs to forearm smash Skyler! Daniels whips Skyler towards Ryzin but Skyler reverses, only for Daniels to forearm smash Ryzin!

Skyler runs in, Daniels BOOTS him, then Daniels has Ryzin, BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! Fans fire up again as Daniels tags in Kaz. SCU double whips Ryzin, double hip toss for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Skyler breaks it! Daniels and Skyler brawl, Skyler gets the edge and whips but Daniels sends Skyler into Kaz’s BOOT! SCU hits a HIGH LOW! Ryzin staggers into the gut wrench, Daniels goes up, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

One more win, and one more week Daniels & Kaz are a team! Will they keep going all the way to winning those AEW World Tag Team Championships? Or will they stumble and fall when they least expect it?

 

Big Swole & KiLynn King w/ Red Velvet VS The MK Twins, Ashley & Steff!

The winning combination is back at it again, though Velvet lost to Jade Cargill on Dynamite. Will Swole & King get up and give the newest recruits to AEW a “warm” welcome?

The teams sort out, and Swole starts against Steff. They circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. Steff powers Swole back but Swole gets around to waistlock. Steff tries to pry free but Swole spins her to a headlock. Steff powers up to get the headlock for herself, but Swole throws body shots. Swole powers out, Steff runs her over! Swole kips up, things speed up, Swole drops and hurdles but Steff blocks hip toss to give a hip toss, only for Swole to handspring through! Swole arm-drags Steff, hits low and ROCKS her with an elbow! Swole puts Steff in the corner, tags King, and they double whip Steff to ropes. Swole trips Steff for King to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Steff gets up and gets in King’s face, but she cools off to tag in Ashley. Ashley runs but King waistlocks, to ripcord and whip. King runs in to uppercut Ashley, then fires off back elbows! King trips Ashley, runs corner to corner and BASEMENT UPPERCUTS! King drags Ashley to a cover, TWO! King keeps her cool, drags Ashley up but Ashley throws body shots and haymakers! King knees low, CLUBS Ashley, and then brings Ashley around to whpi., Ashely reverses, King goes up and out to shoulder back in! King sunset filps, Ashley rolls through but staggers. Ashley ducks a king and rolls King into ropes! Swole protests as Steff grabs King but the ref is busy keeping Swole back!

The MK Twins mug King at the ropes! Swole finally backs down and Ashley puts King in the corner. Tag to Steff and the MK Twins double whip to double body blow! The MK Twins double suplex King, then double somersault to double MULE KICKS! Cover, TWO!! King survives but Steff wraps her right up in a chinlock. Fans rally as King endures and fights up. King fights back but Steff CLUBS her down! Steff tags Ashley in, the MK Twins whip King into the corner, but King brokes their double clothesline! King tries to get to Swole but the MK Twins whip her backwards into the corner! Ashley stomps King down, tags Steff in, and Steff lines up and hits a mule kick!

Steff taunts Swole, shouts out to the Uce, but misses the hip attack! King hurries, reaches for Swole, but Steff drags her away! King gets up to ENZIGURI free! Both women are down and fans rally up, hot tags to Ashley and Swole! Swole sees Ashley coming and hits the step-in CUTTER! Steff returns but gets a BOOT! Ashley kicks low, whips but Swole reverses to run and uppercut in the corner! Swole headlocks Ashley, BULLDOG DROPKICK combo on the MK Twins! Cover but Steff breaks it! King goes after Steff, throws her out hard, and Swole fires off on Ashley! Swole misses the roundhouse but hits the HEADBUTT!

Swole staggers, but she dodges Ashley, King ROUNDHOUSES for Swole’s DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole & King win!

Winners: Big Swole & KiLynn King, by pinfall

The #SwoleKings and Velvet celebrate with a #Swolecarena as the winning ways continue! Will these three all be climbing up the rankings together as the Spring warms up into the Summer?

 

Ricky Starks speaks.

“With ten straight single wins compared to Hangman’s seven, I should be the #1 ranked wrestler in AEW. But the overall rankings say different. And if there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about Adam Page, is that every time he is on the top, he falls to pressure. When I’m under pressure, I make diamonds.” It’s about time that Ricky Starks makes his way to the top, and for Hangman to move over for someone who is Absolute. How many chances should someone get? Hangman walks around with a bull’s eye on his back, waiting for someone to knock him down. “Well, Page. I’ll be your huckleberry.” This is going to be an absolute shoot-out, but who will be left standing when the dust settles?

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Brick Aldridge & Cole Karter!

Big Money Matt was there as Private Party cashed in big on the Dark Order, but the wolves are hungry! Will Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter sink their teeth into Brick & Cole and turn them into dirt and dust?

The teams sort out and Butcher starts with Karter. They circle, tie up, and Butcher knees low and CLUBS Karter down! Butcher whips, then CLOBBERS Karter with a back elbow! Butcher drags Karter back up, CLUBS him into a BACKBREAKER! Tag to Blade, he kicks Karter to a corner and stomps away! The ref counts, Blade digs his boots in but lets off as the ref counts 4. Blade then digs his fingers into Karter’s face, and scrapes Karter’s face with his boot! Fans boo but the HFO cheer Blade on. Tag to Butcher, the mercs whip Karter to DOUBLE SHOULDER him down! Butcher drags Karter up, CHOPS him to the corner, then stomps him to a corner.

Butcher ROCKS Karter with a right, then chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher bumps Karter off buckles and tags in Blade. Blade throws Karter out and then distracts the ref so the HFO can stomp away! Bunny Allie laughs at Karter before Isiah Kassidy puts Karter in. Blade brings Karter up, Karter fires off body shots and haymakers but Blade blocks the suplex for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Blade drags Karter back, tags Butcher in, and they mug Karter with heavy hands. Butcher drags Karter up, ROCKS him with a right, then CHOPS him in the corner! Karter flounders around, Butcher runs around the way and clotheslines through the back elbow!

Butcher goes again but Karter’s elbow hits this time! Karter dodges, and hot tags Brick! Brick dodges Butcher to fire off heavy haymakers! Brick backs Butcher down but Blade tags in. Butcher reverses the whip and Blade CLOBBERS him! Butcher DECKS Karter, and they give Brick DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, the HFO wins!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

Big Money Matt is so proud of his heavy hitters. Another win for the Hardy Family Office, another 30% for Hardy’s pockets. Will Butcher & Blade dominate the top five to take 100% of the AEW World Tag Team Championships from the Young Bucks?

 

Ryan Nemeth meets with Cezar Bononi & JD Drake backstage.

The Hollywood Hunk says that, “We all know you’re a little reluctant to become a sexy wingman,” to which the Beautiful Bononi says only Nemeth thinks that. And the Blue Collar Badass says he already IS sexy as hell. Yes, and Nemeth respects that. But just keep an open mind. They got him- No, Nemeth got him… some new stuff that Nemeth wants JD to try. JD is willing to do that much. Nemeth first shows him a very shiny, silky shirt for the club, and JD says it looks like it came out of a tackle box. Did Nemeth get this from Bass Pro Shop? This sheer makes it look like a shiny casting net! You throw it in the lake, pull it back, it’s full of fish. Nemeth doesn’t understand a lot of that but is sure JD will like it better when he’s wearing it.

Okay, moving on to option number two. This is a combo top and bottom, floral print suit that they’re sure JD will love. JD doesn’t mind this, but Bononi again defends this is all Nemeth’s idea. JD says he can pull this off! It doesn’t matter what Bononi thinks! Alright, so let’s put that in the “maybe” pile. JD says he’d even wear that bowling and beat Bononi at bowling. Option three is a mesh hoodie. Is this from Marky Mark? JD is not a New Kid on the Block! Bononi wouldn’t even wear it! Nemeth says they think JD would be sexy in this. Bononi again says it’s Nemeth who thinks that, and JD realizes Bononi doesn’t think JD is sexy. What isn’t sexy about a hard working man?

No, that’s not what Bononi was getting at. JD is taking this all wrong. JD says according to his sexy Apple Watch, he’s gonna prove Bononi wrong like he’s proving people wrong his whole life! So he’s going with option three? Yep! And even the other two, just to make a point to Bononi! JD Drake vows he can be sexy, and Nemeth says mission accomplished with their “good cop, bad cop” style. Just think about it: Wingman! Bononi isn’t going to say that at all. But will Bononi be made to eat his words when JD returns?

 

Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS Jake Manning!

The Bad Boy got a win, now let’s see if the Concrete Rose can follow in kind! Will Kiss be something The Man Scout isn’t prepared for?

Manning gets some last minute tips from his scout manual before he gets in the ring with Kiss. They circle at the bell, and Manning kicks low! Manning CLUBS Kiss down, then brings Kiss up to back suplex. Kiss lands on his feet and RANAS Manning away! Kiss runs corner to corner to handspring, but into Manning’s knees! Manning goes up but Kiss gets him with the SUPER STEINER! And then the SCREW HIGH KICK, to a fireman’s carry and SPLIT-STUNNER! Manning salutes as he falls, and Kiss covers, and WINS!

Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall

It seems Manning might’ve needed to read up more on Kiss because he didn’t see any of that coming! Kiss gets a mic to say, “When I came to AEW, I vowed to do two things: shake some ass, and kick some ass!” Kiss remembers like it was yesterday: 2/7/2019 and the Double or Nothing ticket party! Kiss said AEW is for everyone, and every time he gets in this ring, he earns the right to call himself ALL ELITE! Throw out all your notions about Kiss, because the games are over! Kiss IS the Concrete Rose, and it’s a wrap! Put that in an envelope, and seal it with a Kiss! Is the Concrete Rose about to show his thorns as things heat up in AEW?

 

Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jay Lyon, Midas Black, & Ken Broadway!

Evil Uno, Stu Grayson & Preston Vance combine for a one-two-ten combo! Will it be a winner winner, Chili’s dinner for the faction?

The trios sort out, Uno starts against Lyon. They circle, fans rally up and that steak is back. Uno wants to hold on a second, and he reaches for the steak, but Lyon gets defensive. They circle, tie up, and Lyon wrenches to a wristlock. Uno spins through to headlock, but Lyon powers out. Uno runs back in but Lyon dodges to shoulder Uno! Uno comes back to run Lyon over! Things speed up, Lyon jumps but into an atomic drop! Uno snatches the steak, throws it down, and Lyon pounces on it, for Uno to stomp Lyon’s hands! Lyon scrambles away and tags in Broadway. Broadway and Uno circle, they feel out the grapple, but Broadway takes a second to get the fans fired up for “SQUAD~!”

Broadway and Uno knuckle lock but Uno kicks low and wrenches. Tag to Stu, the Dark Order OG hand-off the wrench and Stu whips Broadway into Uno’s boot! Stu uppercuts, Uno BOOTS, and Stu PENALTY KICKS! Stu keeps on Broadway in a corner, brings him around but Broadway throws body shots and a CHOP! Stu doesn’t flinch! Instead, Stu clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Stu kips up, Broadway tags Midas and Midas climbs up to leap! But Stu catches him for an URENAGE! Stu looms over Midas and drags him up to bring him over. Tag to Uno, and Uno tags Vance, and Midas shoves Stu but Uno blocks the kick to give to Vance.

Uno JABS Midas, Vance runs him over, and then Stu runs for Vance to FLAPJACK him onto Midas! Negative One loves the combo work, and Vance suplexes Midas up to hold him up for… TEN! Midas flounders, Vance drags him away but Midas throws body shots. Midas dropkicks, hot tags Broadway, and he runs but into Vance’s back drop! Broadway lands on his feet, throws hands and whips and nae naes or whatever that is. Broadway whips, Vance reverses but Broadway kicks him away! Broadway brings out a fat stack to throw it at Vance, and then he does the Milli Rock into Vance’s clotheslines!

Negative One and the ref both gather up the cash as Vance whips Broadway to a corner. Vance DECKS Midas then KNEES Broadway! Lyon runs in but into the ripcord CUTTER! Broadway elbows Vance away, runs but into the SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Uno and then tag to Stu. Midas runs in but into the pop-up Electric Chair to POWERBOMB! They roll Midas back, wheelbarrow BOOSTED GERMAN! Tag back to Uno, he gets Broadway up as Stu climbs, FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Who knows how much cash Negative One scooped up, but this win was big money for the Dark Order! Will the Dark Order get even with Big Money Matt and his HFO in the near future?

 

Billy Gunn w/ Austin & Colton Gunn VS Andrew Palace!

After Elevation, Papa Gunn is fuming over QT Marshall being a punk! Will Billy make an example out of The Flex before going after The Factory?

The bell rings and Billy ties up with Palace to put him in a corner. Billy stomps away, throws hands on Palace, then stomps more. The ref counts, Billy lets off, and Palace flounders up for Billy to scoop and hit a BACKBREAKER! Palace writhes to an apron and Billy is right after him. Billy gets Palace up but Palace hotshots him! Palace runs, ducks and dodges but Billy throws him out hard! Palace tries to figure out where he is as Billy goes out after him. Billy bumps Palace off railing, then throws him into more railing! Billy stalks Palace as the ref counts, and he puts Palace in, making sure we see the shiner from QT.

Billy stalks Palace, drags him up, but Palace throws hands, a back hand and an enziguri! Palace runs, but into a SNAP SCOOP SLAM! Billy gets Palace up, writes “QT” in the air and hits a FAMOUSER! Cover, Billy wins!

Winner: Billy Gunn, by pinfall

QT better have been watching, because these two are going to have it out on Dynamite! Billy gets a mic to say, “QT Marshall, you called down the thunder, now you got it!” Wednesday Night Dynamite, there will be no place to hide! Will the Factory regret getting Billy all fired up?

 

Fuego Del Sol VS Dante Martin!

The Fire of the Sun takes on Angel Dorado, and things could be getting fast and furious! Will Fuego finally hit his beloved tornado DDT? Or will one-half of the Coldest Tag Team in the Game put Fuego on ice?

The bell rings and Martin shakes hands with Fuego to show there is respect here. They tie up, Martin headlocks, and Fuego endures the grind to power up, but he can’t power out as Martin holds tight. Martin hits a headlock takeover, Fuego makes it a cover, ONE! Fuego rolls to slip out and facelock, but Martin wrenches out to hammerlock. Fuego rolls, headscissors but Martin shoves him away to flip him over. Fuego kips up but Martin kicks and wrenches to yank the arm! Martin uses his leg to hook Fuego’s head and spin him, to then shift and cravat and throw some knees! Martin snapmares but Fuego handsprings through, only for Martin to trip him.

Martin runs, Fuego dodges the kick, both men deflect and block the other’s kicks, Martin spins Fuego but Fuego headbutts low and HEEL KICKS Martin down! Cover, TWO!! Martin survives that sharp shot but Fuego has him in the corner. Fuego throws body shots and haymakers, CHOPS him hard, but Martin kicks back. Fuego fires off more body shots, then a EuroUpper! Martin kicks Fuego in the leg again then gets away. Fuego storms over to hit Martin with forearms but Martin fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Fuego jawbreakers, runs corner to corner, and RAMS his shoulder in! Fuego whips corner to corner but Martin reverses.

Fuego goes up and over, things speed up as Martin ducks to then CLOBBER Fuego! And dropkick! And SPIKE-RANA! Fuego staggers, Martin catches his kick to trip him up and get the foot. Fuego kicks him away but Martin comes back to spin and trap the leg, HALF CRAB! Fuego gets a ropebreak and Martin lets go, and fans cheer this high-speed technical exchange. Martin runs but into Fuego’s elbow. Fuego goes up but Martin uppercuts first! Martin climbs up top, Fuego shoves him away but Martin flips to land on his feet, and jumps right back! Fuego trips Martin up, ROCKS him into a Tree of Woe, then stands up to WOE STOMP!

Martin is still stuck, Fuego goes to the other corner, for a COAST2COAST!! Fuego drags Martin to a cover, TWO!! Martin survives and shocks Fuego! Fans fire up as Fuego drags Martin back up. Fuego reels Martin in, climbs the corner, TORNADO- NO! Martin powers out, Fuego ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! Martin goes back to the corner, goes back up top, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Martin wins!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall

Fuego couldn’t stay hot and Dante gets a big win on behalf of Top Flight! Will Angel Dorado stay frosty while his brother Darrius continues his recovery?

 

Diamante VS Queen Aminata!

The Cuban Diamond is going solo but maybe that’s all she needs to truly shine! Will she become a contender all on her own in the Dark?

The bell rings and Diamante rushes Aminata with a SHOTGUN DROPKCIK! Diamante fires off on Aminata with haymakers and stomps, the ref counts and Diamante lets off. Diamante comes back but Aminata shoves her, only for Diamante to DECK her! Diamante stomps Aminata more, lets off again and brings Aminata up. Diamante forearms and whips but Aminata reverses to snapmare and KICK! Diamante grits her teeth, blocks the boot and waistlocks, but Aminata elbows free, only for Diamante to ROCK her with an uppercut! Diamante snap suplexes for una amiga! And then another for dos amigas! And the third for Three Amigas! Cover, TWO!

Diamante rains down rights, lets off as the ref reprimands about closed fists, and then Diamante brings Aminata back up. Aminata fires off haymakers, and Diamante likes that! Diamante and Aminata trade forearms, Aminata gets the edge but Diamante blocks. Aminata dodges to SUPERKICK! Aminata BUZZSAWS Diamante, then fires up with the blood in her mouth, only to miss the boot! Diamante wheelbarrows to a STUNNER! Aminata staggers into a corner, and Diamante HESITATION DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and Diamante seethes, but fans rally up as she drags Ainata. Aminata cradle counters, TWO!

Diamante gets around, Aminata swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Diamante reels Aminata in for a short arm clothesline, then another! Diamante isn’t done, she straitjackets to the ARMBAR!! Aminata taps, Diamante wins!

Winner: Diamante, by submission

Diamante has another facet in her game, and has another win under her belt! Will she be climbing up behind the top five and be ready to strike whoever is champion after Dynamite’s Shida VS Conti?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. have been heating up at the right time, and could be just outside the AEW Tag Division’s top five! Will the Ivy League & Bulletproof BPJ prove they’re worthy of a top stop in the Dark?

The teams sort out, BPJ starts with Backlund and they circle. They tie up, BPJ headlocks but Backlund powers back, but Griff tags in. The Blondes mug Backlund, CLUB him, then Griff headlocks to a takeover. Backlund rolls to a cover, TWO! Backlund is free but not for long as Griff headlocks and hits another takeover. Backlund fights up, powers out, but Griff runs Backlund over! Cover, ONE, but Griff gets another headlock and takeover. Backlund endures a new grind, fights his way up, and pulls hair while clawing eyes! The ref reprimands but Backlund tags to Sackett. Sackett runs in but into a headlock takeover! Griff grinds, Sackett fights up but BPJ tags in.

Griff scoops and SLAMS Sackett, then helps in the slingshot senton! BPJ helps in the slingshot leg drop! Sackett bails out, Backlund runs in but into a kick, and BPJ hits the swinging neckbreaker! Griff drops a leg, brother! Backlund and Sackett regroup as The Blondes chest bump. BPJ aims, slingshots out but Sackett shoves Backlund to get him clear. BPJ lands on the apron, mule kicks Sackett away, then dares Backlund to do something. BPJ goes back to Sackett and CHOPS him! BPJ puts Sackett in the ring, stalks behind him but Backlund grabs BPJ’s hair! Backlund hotshots BPJ and Sackett FLAPJACKS him! Sackett shakes his arms out and stomps BPJ to then drop elbows.

Sackett drags BPJ up and clubs him, then wrenches to tag in Backlund. Backlund climbs up and drops ax handles on BPJ’s arm! Backlund stalks BPJ and gets the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Just like his great-grandfather’s cousin! BPJ scrambles to the ropes and Backlund lets off as the ref counts. BPJ throws forearms, Backlund shoves him but BPJ hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Hot tags to Griff and Sackett! Griff rallies on Sackett, dodges and back drops him! Fans fire up and Griff goes corner to corner for a BIG SPLASH! Then a fireman’s carry to a SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, but Backlund drags Griff off with the chicken wing!

Griff arm-drags free then BOOTS Backlund down! Griff is after Sackett but Sackett jawbreakers! Fireman’s carry but Griff slips out, shoves and ROLLING ELBOWS Sackett down! Tag to BPJ, the Blondes coordinate, whip and pop-up to a FLYING ASSISTED POWERBOMB! Cover, the Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

Griff & BPJ are rolling, but there’s still a long way to go before they’re a top contender! Will they be just outside the top five as AEW heats up?

 

Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowers VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order!

The Acclaimed got a great Showcase on Elevation, but now Platinum is back to work! And that means another killer diss track on his way in! “Platinum Max, and I’m feelin’ like a pimp. And between his legs, Five’s got a little shrimp! Ey yo, I got some intel. You can’t get a date, you’re an incel. Oh wait, it just dawned, Five is the sub and Ten is the dom! And now it all makes sense: you actually like getting abused by your friends! Hey, we all have fetishes, man. I do, too. Mine are cooler, but hey, yours are cool, too.” Will Caster dominate Angels in the ring in the Dark tonight?

The bell rings and Caster circles with Angels. They tie up as fans rally, and they go around for Caster to put Angels in a corner. Caster climbs up just to get in Angels’ face, then lets off to blow Angels a kiss. Angels and Caster circle, tie up, and Caster shoves Angels away. Caster blows more kisses then thrusts the pelvis! Angels gets up and keeps his cool as he circles with Caster. They tie up and Caster knees low and hard! Caster swivels the hips just to show off, and then brings Angels up and around to back suplex. Angels lands on his feet to KICK away on Caster’s leg! Angels stalks but Caster headlocks. Angels powers out, Caster runs him over then scuffs Angels.

Things speed up, Angels hurdles and runs then ducks and dodges, to come back and tilt-o-whirl into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, ONE! Angels KICKS Caster to a corner, throws haymakers, but Caster throat chops! Caster stalks Angels but Angels stays away then SHOTGUN dropkicks him to a corner! Angels climbs up, rains down left hands, but stops at 5 to smile. Angels flips and dropkicks Caster down! Cover, TWO! Caster gets up, Angels has him on the ropes, but Bowens bails Caster out! The ref reprimands, Bowens hops down and checks on Caster, but Angels goes to the apron to leap over Bowens and CANNONBALL Caster! Angels grins in Bowens’ face then puts Caster in.

Vance walks over to keep Bowens away, Angels goes up and MOONSAULTS, but onto knees! Caster kitchen sink knees Angels down! Caster gets Angels up for a BIG back drop! Cover, TWO! Caster keeps on Angels with another cover, ONE! Caster stomps Angels, digs his boot in, but lets off at 4. Caster “apologizes” to the ref and stalks Angels to ropes. Caster drags Angels up, Angels throws body shots and forearms! Angels ROCKS Caster, and ROCKS him again! Caster trips Angels, rolls him and BOOTS him! Caster seethes as he looms over Angels. Caster drags Angels up, fans rally up, and Caster scoops Angels for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Angels is still in this but Caster rallies the fans. The fans boo instead so he tells them to shut up. Caster whips Angels, kitchen sink but Angels makes it a roll up! TWO, and Caster runs but into a BOOT! Angels elbows Caster, throws him out, and Vance is there. Caster scrambles back in, Angels dodges to ENZIGURI! Angels handsprings, blocks forearms to give forearms and then KICKS Caster down! Fans fire up as Angels hits the “THIS IS GONNA SUCK” CROSSBODY! Angels reels Caster in, STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives but Angels doesn’t lose focus. Angels goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps, but Caster moves to avoid the splash!

Angels rolls through, comes back to go up the corner and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Caster lets out a pained scream, Angels reels him i and gets the arms. Caster mule kicks hard and low! Bowens gets the Acclaimed Boombox, but Vance is there! Vance plays defense but Bowens tosses the boombox, and Angels catches it! Vance keeps Bowens back as the ref takes the boombox, but Caster gets his chain! PLATINUM- NO! Angels HEEL KICKS first! Cover, TWO, and Caster caught Angels with the Platinum Fist!! Cover, Caster wins!!

Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall

Bowens gets the chain away so no one notices, too! Will the Acclaimed continue to sneak away with wins until they are in the top five in all of AEW?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Baron Black!

Team Taz’s #AbsoluteMachines won on Elevation, but lets see if they’re running on all three cylinders! Will the #EmpBRUH be just a tune-up before Hobbs handles the “workhorse,” Christian Cage, on Dynamite?

The second Hobbs is in the ring, Baron fires off! The bell rings, Baron uppercuts, but runs into Hobbs’ BODY BLOCK! Hobbs stalks Baron to a corner, throws body shots and haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Hobbs TOSSES Baron corner to corner, then watches Baron drag himself up. Hobbs runs in but Baron boots him! Baron uppercuts and CHOPS and BACK HANDS, but Hobbs doesn’t flinch! Hobbs swings, but into an ARM CODE BREAKER! Baron runs, but Hobbs gives him a SPINEBUSTER! The straps come down and Hobbs drags Baron back up. Hobbs grins as he dragon sleepers for the INVERTED DDT! Cover, Hobbs brings Baron up at TWO!

Hobbs mocks Christian Cage looking for the Peeps. Gut wrench and TOWN BUSINESS! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

When you’re a powerhouse, you don’t need to be a workhorse! But will he work Christian over on Dynamite and make him regret rejecting Team Taz’s offer?

 

PAC w/ The Lucha Bros VS Dean Alexander!

Death Triangle may not have been able to take the AEW World Tag Team Championships off the Young Bucks, but the chase never stops. Will the Bastard use The Sensation as a way to vent his frustrations?

The second Pac gets in the ring, he kicks Alexander in the leg! The bell rings and Pac stomps away in the corner! The ref counts, but he has to pull Pac off the boots! Pac BOOT WASHES Alexander, digs his boots in more, but lets off as the ref counts again, just to come back with more rabid stomps! Alexander might not even be able to continue, but Pac will make it certain! BRUTALIZER!! Alexander is OUT, Pac wins!!

Winner: PAC, by submission

Rey Fenix & Penta get in to convince Pac to let Alexander go. The Bastard isn’t satisfied, but he does get a win in the Dark main event! Will Pac only do worse to the Young Bucks and their allies?


My Thoughts:

A good Dark, but I always wonder they like squash match main events. I get why Hobbs and Pac each squashed their opponents, but then we should’ve made the main event a solid match like Caster VS Angels. Finishing up with those three matches with those three names as the attraction was great, but Caster VS Angels was more competitive and therefore more fun. Pac squashing a jobber doesn’t make for a surprise, it’s just par for the course. Kiss getting to squash someone was great, it shows AEW is putting some stock into him after two years of him circling the lower midcard. Darby had a good promo to open the night and call out Jungle Boy while setting up their TNT Championship, and I wouldn’t mind seeing if Kiss getting even a little push leads to Kiss getting his shot after JB.

My Score: 8/10


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Kenny Omega elevates AEW Dark: Elevation!

The AEW World Champion wants to shut the Sydal Brothers down, and he is enlisting “MT” Nakazawa and DDT’s Future, Konosuke Takeshita, to do it!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Spencer Slade; Hangman wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Tesha Price; Baker wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon; Jurassic Express wins.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Vary Morales & Andre Montoya; The Hybrid2 win.
  • Ricky Starks & Brian Cage VS Mike Magnum & Stone Rockwell; Starks & Cage win.
  • Abadon VS Skye Blue; Abadon wins.
  • Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Prince Kai; Cassidy wins.
  • Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Colt Cabana & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Private Party wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Shawna Reed; Rosa wins.
  • Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Kit Sackett & Hayden Backlund; Best Friends win.
  • Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami VS Madi Wrenkowski & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Hirsch & Mizunami win.
  • Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory; Gunn wins.
  • Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo; Scorpio & Ethan win.
  • Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa VS Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers; Omega, Takeshita & Nakazawa win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page VS Spencer Slade!

The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is back to open Elevation, and looking to maintain his #1 contender’s spot! Will he keep riding high to keep nipping at Kenny Omega’s heels?

Hangman fakes Slade out at the ropes, then gets in to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! The bell rings, Hangman bumps Slade off buckles, CHOPS then whips, but Slade ducks and dodges to leap into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are fired up for Hangman, he drags Slade up but Slade blocks the suplex. Slade wrenches out to ROCK Hangman, JAB and JAB, then run, only for Hangman to follow and CLOBBER him! Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman shoves Slade to an adjacent corner, and runs side to side to clothesline! And then they go to the next corner for another clothesline! Hangman throws Slade down, runs to SLIDING LARIAT!

Hangman waits for Slade to get up, and pops him up for a POWERBOMB! High stack, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

And he didn’t even need his best shot! Is Hangman saving that one for Ricky Starks on Dynamite?

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Tesha Price!

The Doctor is in, and planning to continue her climb up the AEW Women’s Division rankings. Will Tesha pay the price for Britt’s success?

The bell rings and Britt circles with Tesha. The fans rally for Tesha and she gets into it, but Britt doesn’t take her seriously. They tie up, Britt wrenches to a hammerlock, then shifts to a headlock. Tesha powers to a headlock of her own and she hits a takeover. Britt headscissors, double underhooks and grinds Tesha to the cover. TWO, and Britt gets Tesha in another hammerlock. Tesha rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock of her own. Britt fights up, reaches back to shift through and ROCK Tesha with a right! Britt reels Tesha in for more with Rebel being the only one cheering. Britt whips, Tesha kicks, Britt ducks but Tesha ROUNDHOUSES!

Tesha forearms and whips, Britt reverses and stays clear as Tesha goes up. Tesha dodges, but Britt blocks the kick to give a kick! Britt whips but Tesha blocks! Britt ROCKS Tesha, whips but Tesha reverses, but the cravat is a bit messy. Britt turns things around to give Tesha a BUCKLE SHOT! Tesha is in a daze as Britt goes out, and Britt pulls Tesha into the post by her arms! The ref counts, Britt lets off with a scuff of her boot, and then goes into the ring. Rebel laughs at Tesha’s pain while the ref is arguing with Britt, and then Rebel uses her towel to SLAP Tesha! Britt storms back over, drags Tesha up and reels her in for a cravat.

Britt throws knees, Tesha staggers about, and Britt soaks up the heat before she snapmares Tesha down. Britt wraps Tesha up in a chinlock and chicken wing, but fans rally for Tesha as she scrambles around. Britt turns Tesha away from ropes, grinds her down, but Tesha gets a ropebreak with a foot. Britt lets off but stands on Tesha’s head! Britt lets off at 4 then scuffs Tesha’s face again. Tesha comes back to roll Britt up! TWO, and Britt gets mad! Tesha dodges, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Fans boo but Britt brags again. Britt drags Tesha up, Tesha throws forearms! Tesha breaks free, dodges and ENZIGURIS, then mule kicks to DECK Britt with a forearm! Cover, TWO!

Britt survives and Tesha starts to grow frustrated. Tesha storms after Britt at ropes, drags her up and fires off more forearms! Britt reverses the whip to reel Tesha in for a DDT! Britt gets the glove from Rebel, puts it on, and takes her time getting Tesha back up. Britt Alabama lifts, tucks Tesha in and hits the AIR RAID CRASH! Rings of Saturn, LOCKJAW!! Tesha taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

Britt holds on until she’s satisfied, and smiles as she finally lets Tesha go. With Tay Conti getting her title shot this Wednesday, will Britt be poised for her shot right after?

 

Jurassic Express VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon!

After conquering Bear Country, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are poised in the AEW Tag Division’s top five! Will they be elevated and prove they’re #1?

The teams sort out, JB and Lyon start, and they approach. JB is curious about the steak in Lyon’s “teeth.” JB tugs on it, Lyon uses the steak to arm-drag JB away! Lyon uppercuts in the corner, tags to Midas and they double whip. Things speed up, drop toehold and a somersault senton! Cover, ONE! Midas wrenches JB, tags in Lyon, and they hand-off to wrench to a headlock. JB powers out, Luchasaurus tags in but so does Midas. Luchasaurus BOOTS Lyon down but Midas gets in Luchasaurus’ face. Luchasaurus throws Midas to the corner! Luchasaurus fires off and ROCKS Midas with that uppercut! Tag to JB, feed to feed to WHEELBARROW GERMAN!

Lyon tags back in, but he is wary of Luchasaurus. Lyon offers Luchasaurus the steak, but Luchasaurus is an herbivore! TAIL WHIP!! JB and Luchasaurus get each man up in a fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT to a JUNGLE HAMMER! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

JB offers the ref Lyon’s stake and the ref takes it. Will JB and Luchasaurus be poised to add some gold to their diet?

 

The Hybrid2 VS Vary Morales & Andre Montoya!

Jack Evans & Angelico are just outside the top five but want in on the action! Will they bump off Morales & Montoya on their way to bumping off one of the other top ranking teams?

The teams sort out, Angelico and Vary start. They circle, but then Evans wants in. Angelico tags Evans, and he circles with Vary. Evans tries to get a beat going, then he pie faces Vary before he pommels to a headstand. Vary BOOTS him down! Vary headlocks Evans, grinds him down, but Evans fights out and powers out. Evans ducks, hurdles but Vary shoves to overhead suplex! Fans rally as Vary runs in but Evans boots him while going to the apron. Springboard screw high kick! Evans bumps Vary off buckles, tags Angelico in, and Angelico brings Vary around for a lifting COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Vary crawls but Angelico stomps him down! Angelico ties Vary up with a double chicken wing and uses Vary like a boogey board! Angelico then rolls Vary over to a cover, TWO! Angelico stomps Vary back down then taunts Montoya. Angelico gets Vary up, knees low and wrenches him to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Angelico keeps cool, drags Vary back and stomps him down again. Angelico drags Vary to hook the arm, roll him with it and then get the other arm for a recliner! Vary gets the ropebreak, Angelico stays on until 4 before he lets off. Angelico JABS Vary in a corner, then JABS him, then whips him corner to corner. Angelico runs in but Vary BOOTS him!

Vary hops up, leaps and missile dropkicks! Fans rally as both men are down, and the two crawl. Hot tag to Montoya! Wheel kick for Angelico, and clotheslines for Evans! Montoya DECKS Evans, then dropkicks Angelico! Fans fire up as Montoya kips up, to a somersault COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Evans breaks it! Vary SUPERKICKS Evans down! Vary gets Evans up to whip but Evans reverses. Vary holds ropes, dumps Evans up and out, then slingshots, but Evans trips him up! Evans uses the apron for a SKY TWISTER! Montoya fires off forearms on Angelico, then handsprings, into a KICK!

Angelico gets the legs, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Navarro Dos Mil! Montoya taps, TH2 wins!

Winner: The Hybrid2, by submission

Evans adds insult to injury as he stomps Montoya down, and TH2 is moving up the ranks! But will they get into the top five in time for the next AEW Tag Team Championship match?

 

AEW presents Showcase: The Acclaimed!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens sit with Paul Wight, and he asks about their journey to AEW. Well it’s been great, fantastic. They’ve become the best tag company in just six months. They got signed together, during the worst year ever, 2020. No jobs, no money, but they’re so good that they got the best jobs possible! They took that to the top, but it had its struggles. Bowens has been doing this 8 years, carrots dangled in front of him. Bowens represents the LGBT community but had years living in fear if he could do this or not. So being here is a great opportunity. Wight says that is great that Bowens can take that brave first step.

And they’re both very confident, they’re not taking a back seat to anyone. What’s next for them? There’s a reason Caster & Bowens are “The Acclaimed.” What is it that Bowens can’t do? He has magazine covers, red carpets and commercials, a fashion model with a YouTube channel that has more subscribers than some people who’ve been on TV for years! And Caster is the most intelligent, talented rapper on the planet! Wight thinks there’s so much sugar, he might get diabetes. But he asks The Acclaimed about Bowens’ injury update. Well he was wrestling with a torn meniscus since November, yet they’re still #4. Imagine if he were 100%!

But he is getting all the emails and posts with well-wishes. He’ll be back in no time, and The Acclaimed will be back up top. Then how big is it to make an impact every time you walk down to the ring? Caster says there’s something different about them when they walk out on stage. They look great, most handsome in AEW, and then Caster has his best rap ever again and again. World class athletes, world class on the mic. Making an impression was important as two singles guys who became a team. Tony Khan saw how acclaimed each man was, put them together, and they were main-eventing for the tag titles! It is just so easy for them!

Wight is impressed, wishes Bowens his speedy recovery, and hopes they keep pushing for the gold. Then on behalf of them, Wight will thank the fans. They can always have them back to talk more, but this is Paul Wight for Platinum Max & Critically Acclaimed Bowens!

 

Ricky Starks & Brian Cage VS Mike Magnum & Stone Rockwell!

The #AbsoluteMachines are teaming again, but will they be working well together again? Or is now the moment Team Taz starts to crumble from the inside out?

The teams sort out and Cage starts against Magnum. They tie up, Cage knees low and headlocks tight. Magnum powers out, Cage ducks and dodges to then catch Magnum out of the air! Magnum slips off but Cage elbows and whips. Cage hurdles, drops and dropkicks! Fans fire up for The Machine and he drags Magnum back up. Starks tags in, climbs up, and strikes a pose before dropping a fist into Magnum’s ribs. Starks toys with Magnum, throws forearms, CLUBS Magnum down, then sucker punches Rockwell! Magnum scoops Starks for a slam! Magnum brings Starks around, tags in Rockwell, and they mug Starks in the corner.

Rockwell ROCKS Starks with an uppercut, throws body shots and more uppercuts, then clubs him on the back! Rockwell brings Starks around for another uppercut but Starks kicks and CHOPS! Rockwell rocks Starks right back! Rockwell whips, Starks holds ropes and BOOTS Rockwell down! Starks strikes another pose but Rockwell hits him! Rockwell whips, Cage tags in, and Rockwell gets Starks for a suplex, but Cage bails Starks out! Cage turns Rockwell for a flurry of kicks and a SUPERKICK! Tag to Starks, Team Taz double suplexes but Rockwell slips out! Roll up but Starks breaks it!

Starks and Cage argue about who was in the wrong, but Magnum runs in and Starks SPEARS him down! Starks lets Cage handle the rest, and he gives Rockwell a POWERBOMB! Then a roll into a facelock, tag to Starks. Canadian rack hand-off to the ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall

There was a slight hiccup but they still finished strong! Will the #AbsoluteMachines be able to stick together and prove themselves worthy of the AEW Tag Division top five?

 

Abadon VS Skye Blue!

The nightmare is back again as the Living Dead Girl returns to action! Will Abadon be seeing red as she locks eyes on Skye Blue?

The bell rings and Abadon drops to all fours to start crawling around. Blue is very wary as Abadon creeps over. Blue rushes in but into a waistlock and SLAM! Abadon fires off hammering fists, then tells the ref to shut up about the count! Abadon whips Blue, Blue leaps but into Abadon’s arms! Abadon swings Blue around for a BACKBREAKER! Abadon chokes Blue! The ref counts, Abadon lets off and shouts at the ref, but then misses in the corner. Blue comes back to BOOT Abadon, then handsprings in to forearm smash! Abadon pulls herself up by her hair, and then CLOBBERS Blue! Abadon waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEXES, and stalks Blue to the other corner for a METEORA!

Abadon drags Blue up, digs her into the buckles, then snapmares her down to run and SPLASH! Abadon doesn’t cover, she is having too much fun hurting Blue! The fans rally, Abadon dribbles Blue off the mat! Abadon drags Blue up but Blue fires forearms! Blue runs, dropkicks the leg out then runs to a corner. Abadon kicks Blue’s legs out! Abadon ROCKS Blue in the back, runs corner to corner to SPLASH, then drags Blue out with a Gory Especial, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

And with that, the nightmare creeps along back up the ranks! Will she be casting a shadow over the top five soon enough?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Prince Kai!

Freshly Squeezed has put Death Triangle on notice, but he will have to get serious to take those three on. Can Cassidy get warmed up against the Prince Charming of Wrestling?

Kai makes sure Justin Roberts gives him the proper introduction, “Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye.” Standing before you weighing in at 200 “glorious golden pounds,” he is Prince Charming to the ladies and the most handsome man in all the world to everyone else. Kai soaks in the heat and his own ego, the bell rings, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Cassidy was serious but Kai wasn’t, and that’s what happens! Will Cassidy be even more serious against Penta, Fenix & PAC?

 

Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Colt Cabana & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy look to forward Big Money Matt’s vendetta against The Dark Order, and that brings them to taking on BOOM BOOM and “The Handsome Devil!” Will the Hardy Family Office be rolling up to the winner’s pay window? Or will Hardy be leeching off 30% of a loss tonight?

The teams sort out but both members of Private Party get in Reynolds’ face. Cabana protests, he goes back, and Private Party mugs Reynolds! Kassidy rains down rights, drags Reynolds up to forearm and CHOP on repeat! Kassidy lets off to flex on Cabana, but he runs back into buckles! Reynolds runs to clobber Kassidy then dropkick him! Kassidy bails out, Reynolds kips up, and Dark Order is at the corner. Kassidy shoves Uno, Stu shoves Kassidy! The referee sees that and EJECTS the rest of the Dark Order! Cabana protests but the ref’s orders are absolute! Hardy says it should’ve been a DQ but the ref says this match will continue.

Reynolds goes at Kassidy on the apron but Kassidy hotshots him away! Kassidy gets in but Reynolds CLOBBERS him! Tag to Cabana, Reynolds feeds Kassidy to a LARIAT! Cabana drops a big elbow, then another one! Kassidy flounders, Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana brings Kassidy up but Kassidy claws Cabana’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Quen tags in. Cabana drop toeholds Quen, floats to get the facelock and an elbow! Cabana bumps Quen off buckles, tags Reynolds in and Reynolds fires off on Quen! Quen tries to bail out but Reynolds whips him away. Quen stops himself, elbows Reynolds, but Reynolds clotheslines Quen out!

Reynolds builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Quen into railing! Reynolds backs Hardy off, gets Quen in, but Quen distracts the ref and Hardy RAMS Reynolds into railing! Hardy gets away with it as Cabana protests, and Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy goes up a corner to SUPER MOONSAULT Reynolds down! Kassidy dusts himself off, and drags Reynolds up to throw into more railing! Kassidy goes into the ring to Tranquilo, but Cabana coaches Reynolds up. Reynolds gets in, Kassidy stomps him down then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Kassidy lets off and digs knees into Reynolds at the ropes! Hardy tells Kassidy to hurt Reynolds but Reynolds hits back! Kassidy suplexes Reynolds, covers, TWO!

Tag to Quen, Private Party mugs Reynolds, and Quen stomps away! The ref counts, Quen lets off but Kassidy gets his boots in! Cabana protests again but Kassidy lets off before the ref sees. Quen taunts Cabana, keeps Reynolds down with a facelock, and then drags him up. Tag to Kassidy, Private Party mugs Reynolds more, and Kassidy drags Reynolds away. Reynolds rolls Kassidy up! TWO, but Kassidy gets Reynolds with a facelock. Kassidy suplexes, Reynolds fights it, and then Reynolds pops Kassidy up for a KNEE! Quen tags in, he keeps Reynolds from Cabana but not for long! Hot tag to Cabana!

Cabana shoulders Quen, throws him into Kassidy, then runs to duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Fans fire up as Cabana fires off JABS on Quen! Flip, flop and fly, but Kassidy gets the BIONIC ELBOW! Quen gets a BIONIC ELBOW, and a SUPERMAN SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally with Cabana as he gets Quen up to CHOP! Cabana ROCKS Quen with a right, wrenches and whips but Quen handsprings to ENZIGURI! Quen runs in at a corner but Cabana dodges! Cabana fireman’s carries but Quen fights out! Cabana throws Quen, Silly String brings him back! Reynolds CLOBBERS Kassidy, Cabana bucks Quen, but Quen PELES!

Quen slingshots to SENTON Reynolds, then Quen heads up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cabana survives and fans rally up! Cabana ROCKS Quen, then runs in, but Kassidy bails Quen out and takes the hit for himself! Cabana ROCKS Quen, ripcords him to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ASSISTED DARK DESTROYER! SUPERMAN CLUTCH, but Kassidy is legal after all! Kassidy rolls Cabana up, Private Party wins!!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

The switcheroo took everyone by surprise! Private Party gets a win and Hardy gets his cut, will they continue to climb up the ranks while checking off the Numbers?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Shawna Reed!

La Mera Mera has issued her warning to the AEW Women’s World Champion AND NWA Women’s World Champion, but still has a ways to go before getting after either. Will she at least be teaching schoolgirl Shawna a thing or two tonight?

The bell rings and the two circle as fans sing for Thunder. They tie up, Rosa waistlocks but Reed switches but so does Rosa. Rosa trips Reed, facelocks but Reed slips through. Rosa hammerlocks, Reed rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Rosa drop toeholds and twists the leg. Rosa floats to a facelock but Reed gets up to hammerlock back. They stand, Rosa reaches back to get a cording hold, then arm-drags Reed away. Reed comes back, Rosa rolls her and runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Rosa keeps her cool, she kicks Reed around, and then has Reed in a corner. Rosa digs her boots in, the ref counts and Rosa lets off.

Rosa bumps Reed off buckles, CHOPS her in the corner, then gives Reed another CHOP! Rosa bumps Reed off buckles, CHOPS her again, then throws elbow after elbow. Reed shoves Rosa, then dodges to send Rosa into the corner. Reed stomps away then runs side to side to HIP ATTACK! Cover, ONE! Reed clubs Rosa down, then some more, but Rosa throws body shots. Rosa snapmares, KICKS Reed on the back, then stomps Reed. Rosa lets off to drag Reed out and cover, TWO! Rosa clamps onto Reed, bumps her off buckles again then runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Reed flops around, Rosa gives her a SWINGING METEORA!

Rosa goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rosa then BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool as fans rally up. Rosa drags Reed up, throws EuroUppers, then reels back, but Reed spins her for a CRAVAT FACEBUSTER! Reed hooks Rosa with a leg and bends the arm! Rosa powers through that to cover, TWO! Reed throws body shots, Rosa CHOPS and CHOPS and BACK HANDS! Rosa reels Reed in, says this is it, and scoops for the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

Britt Baker is ahead of Rosa in the rankings but that could change soon enough! Will Rosa overtake Britt in the top five on the other side of Dynamite?

 

Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Kit Sackett & Hayden Backlund!

Freshly Squeezed made quick work of his match, but surely Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent will have to put in more effort. Will they be running hot as they go after Death Triangle for the past?

The teams sort out, Trent starts with Sackett, and they circle. They tie up, Trent waistlocks to the slam, then floats all over and slaps Sackett around. Sackett gets up, circles with Trent again, and they tie up with knuckle locks. Sackett headlocks, Trent powers out and things speed up. Sackett kicks Trent, but Trent LARIATS Sackett! Fans fire up as Trent drags Sackett up for forearms! Trent ROCKS Sackett, and hits a SNAP SAIDO! Backlund tags in and ROCKS Trent! Backlund whips, Chuck tags in, and Trent feeds Backlund to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Chuck follows Backlund out of the ring to whip him into railing! Sackett comes over but Chuck kicks him down!

Chuck puts Backlund in, tags in Trent, and they look to end this already! AWFUL WAFFLE to the BIG PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Best Friends win!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall

Double the piledrivers, double the hurt! But will #JustTrent be enough to take on Cero Miedo on Dynamite?

 

Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami VS Madi Wrenkowski & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!

For the first time anywhere, #LEGIT teams with Aneki to take on Ms. Reality and The Native Beast! Vicious Vixen Vickie makes her entrance first and gets right in Justin Roberts’ face! “EXCUSE ME~! Who are you!? What’re you even doing here?! A five year old has better announcing skills than you do! Get out of MY ring!” Justin leaves like a scolded dog and Vickie introduces the team of Madi Wrenkowski and the fiercest woman in ALL of pro-wrestling, the Native Beast, NYLA ROSE! Will Vickie also be looking to give the victorious announcement at the end of this?

The teams sort out, Madi insists she start so Nyla lets her, against Leyla. They circle, tie up, and Leyla waistlocks to slam Madi down. Madi scrambles, throws elbows to get up, but Leyla wrenches through. Tag to Mizunami but Madi gets away to tag in Nyla. Nyla and Ryo circle, Nyla shoves but Ryo shoves back. They shove more and more, Nyla pie faces but Ryo fires up to fire haymakers with Nyla! Nyla claws Ryo’s face, whips her to ropes but Ryo reverses, only for Nyla to run her over! Nyla stomps Ryo, drives in elbows, then scoops Ryo up for a SLAM! Nyla drops a leg, covers, TWO! Nyla runs, Madi tags in and Nyla SPLASHES! Nyla didn’t even notice the tag and she is upset!

Madi goes to cover, ONE!! Madi clamps onto Ryo’s arms, Ryo endures the motorcycle stretch and fans rally up. Ryo fights up, fires up and fans fire up with her. Ryo breaks free but Madi kicks low! Madi throws forearms and eggs Ryo on. Ryo likes that and eggs Madi on. Madi throws another forearm, Ryo stays up so Madi throws more. Madi kicks and forearms but Ryo CHOPS! Madi kicks, Ryo CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ryo CHOPS Madi to a corner, CHOPS her more and fires off the machine gun chops! Fans cheer but the ref counts, and Ryo lets off with an apology. Ryo gets funky before she CHOPS Madi again! Ryo pantomimes and it pisses Nyla off!

Ryo runs in to clothesline Madi down! Cover, TWO! Ryo tags Leyla in, and Leyla gets a whip from Rhyo to clothesline Madi! Leyla feeds Madi to Ryo’s POWERSLAM! Ryo gives Leyla another boost, up and up and ARM-DRAG SENTON! Ryo goes to intercept Nyla but Nyla blasts past her to break the cover! Nyla DECKS Ryo, gets after Leyla, and Madi helps with the double suplex! Cover, TWO! Madi tries another cover, TWO! Madi drags Leyla to the ropes and chokes her with a knee! The ref counts, Madi lets off but Vickie SLAPS Leyla! Madi gets Leyla up for a REALITY FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Leyla survives but Madi runs, only for Leyla to dodge the scissor kick! ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Ryo intercepts Nyla better this time, and Madi taps!! Leyla & Ryo win!

Winners: Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami, by submission

Vickie shrieks in anger because that armbar was legit! Will Leyla & Ryo be leaving the Vicious Vixens behind in the rankings?

 

Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory!

Normally the Gunn Club rolls in three wide, but the boys want to see if they can do it on their own! Will Solow shoot first and show that one Gunn isn’t enough to take him down?

Comoroto drags the steel steps up to the ramp, positions them, and QT uses the steps as seating. Solow and Austin fire off but Austin gets the edge! Austin fires off in the corner, then glares at QT. Nightmare Family gives Factory a warning, but Solow reverses the whip. Austin comes back to CLOBBER Solow! Austin glares at QT, clotheslines Solow and himself out of the ring, but Austin is right up to stalk after Solow. Comoroto is nearby but Colten keeps his eyes on him. Austin puts Solow in, glances at Comoroto, but he’s ready for Solow’s cheap shot! “We’re supposed to be family!” Solow BOOTS Austin down, no family here!

Solow throws Austin down, kicks him and throws forearms, then stomps him at the ropes. Solow takes his shirt off to throw it at Austin, then BOOTS him down! Solow gets Austin up but Austin fires body shots. Solow stomps Austin again, drags him up and chokes him on ropes in front of QT! QT smirks in Austin’s face as Solow lets off. Solow brings Austin up, reels him in and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Solow and QT are annoyed, Austin throws body shots and whips. Solow reverses and CLOBBERS Austin with an elbow! Solow drags Austin to throw down fists because he wants to hurt Austin! Austin gets away to a corner while Solow talks trash to Colten.

Solow runs corner to corner and Austin BOOTS him! And elbows him! Austin CLOBBERS Solow down! Fans fire up with Austin and Colten cheers his brother on. Austin rallies on Solow, then runs to uppercut in the corner! Austin keeps going, dodges and trips Solow to then THROWBACK! Comoroto distracts from the apron, Solow throat chops then SCREW HIGH KICKS! High stack cover, TWO!! Austin survives and QT is upset. Colten gets in Comoroto’s face but Comoroto knees low, then runs in, but is sent into railing! Colten calls QT out now, but Solow gets Austin up. QT says to finish this! Solow tucks Austin in, but Austin spins out to QUICK DRAW!! Cover, Austin wins!!

Winner: Austin Gunn, by pinfall

QT is disappointed in Solow, but he has Comoroto stand down. The Factory will wait for a better opportunity to finish off the Nightmare Family. Who will be the first to fall in this growing blood feud?

 

Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo!

The Face of the Revolution & All Ego want their opportunities and they want them now! Will they use the last remnants of the Nightmare Factory to make their case in the AEW Tag Division?

The teams sort out, Scorpio starts against Bravo and the two circle. They tie up, Scorpio waistlocks and throws Bravo down. Bravo crawls to the ropebreak and Scorpio lets off to pat Bravo on the head. Bravo shrugs that off and fires himself back up as he circles with Scorpio. They tie up, Scorpio headlocks, Bravo powers up but can’t power out right away. Bravo gets it on the second try but Scorpio runs him over. Things speed up, Bravo hurdles but Scorpio denies the hip toss. Things speed up again, Scorpio catches Bravo with a kick! Bravo wobbles and Scorpio tips him over! Scorpio lets Bravo flounder to his corner and tags in Alexander.

Ethan puffs himself up and tags in, and he circles with Alexander. They tie up, Ethan pushes Alexander to a corner but the ref counts. Ethan lets off, Alexander fires off haymakers and stomps! Alexander facelocks but Ethan suplexes first! Ethan glares at Alexander and runs to drop a BIG elbow! Ethan drags Alexander up, elbows him on the back, and then brings Alexander up to shove and ROCK him with a right! Ethan throws more elbows, tags Scorpio, and they mug Alexander. Scorpio knuckle locks and wrenches Alexander but Alexander clotheslines free! Tag to Bravo, he runs and DECKS Ethan!

Alexander snapmares Scorpio, and then coordinates with Bravo to double basement dropkick Scorpio down! Tag back to Alexander, he gets Scorpio up, but Ethan drags Bravo out of the ring to CLOBBER him with the shoulder tackle! Scorpio slips out of the fireman’s carry to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Scorpio gets Alexander’s leg for the KNEEBAR! Alexander taps, Scorpio & Ethan win!

Winners: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, by submission

This egotistical duo take down the #GoonPlatoon and The Sensation, because they’re becoming the sensation of the tag division! But they’re not done here! Ethan sees Bravo is back in the ring, and drags him up to hit EGO’S EDGE!! Will Scorpio & Ethan become the Faces of AEW by any means necessary?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Gunn.

Dasha congratulates Austin for the win tonight, but this is only the beginning. Austin says, “Where I come from, family means everything. A family means everything! I was raised to believe that, QT made me believe that, but QT has torn this whole family apart. So is this feud far from over?” Billy comes by to comfort his son, and has him move on to finish where he left off. This isn’t over because… QT walks in. QT wants to talk to Billy alone. Dasha moves aside, QT says this has nothing to do with Gunn Club. Billy’s boys are like QT’s boys.

Billy tells QT to stop right there. He has lost the right to say that! He lost the right to say that the second one of QT’s goons hit Billy in the back with a chair and Comoroto bulldoze Austin & Colten. This has gone too far! QT DECKS Billy!! “Was that too far, Billy?” QT walks away, but will he be made to pay for it soon enough?

 

Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa VS Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers!

The Cleaner wanted this to be the Future of DDT Pro repaying all his hard work, but it seems Tony Khan again had different plans. But will having the AEW World Champion by their side help Takeshita and Nakazawa shut down the Radioactive Papi and his real target, the Sydals, once and for all?

Omega complains about something to commentary, and it’s that he was forced to be part of this on Elevation. Omega will have to take that up with Khan, but the trios sort out and Nakazawa gives Omega a headset so they can talk during the match. Limelight starts with Nakazawa, but Nakazawa takes a second to talk to Omega. Omega pretends like he isn’t, but Nakazawa dodges Limelight. That’s probably thanks to Omega’s play calling. Omega says more things, and Nakazawa walks over to tag him in. Omega and Limelight circle, Omega tells the ref to shut up about the headset, but then Omega dodges Limelight to again talk to Nakazawa. They decide to take Takeshita in, and he’s just as confused as anyone.

Takeshita and Limelight tie up, Takeshita headlocks but Limelight powers out, only for Takeshita to run him over. Things speed up, Takeshita waistlocks but Limelight elbows free, only to run into a FLAPJACK! Cover, ONE, but Takeshita clamps onto an arm. Fans rally, Limelight gets up and Takeshita tags Omega. Omega hops up to drop ax handles on the arm! Omega wrenches Limelight, wristlocks, tags in Nakazawa, and Nakazawa CLUBS the arm! Nakazawa scoops Limelight to SLAM him, then tags Omega back in. Omega and Nakazawa split the wishbone! Omega and Nakazawa double armlock for the double JAM the shoulders!

Tag to Nakazawa again and he drags Limelight up to club him down. Nakazawa bumps Limelight off buckles but Limelight hits back! Nakazawa CHOPS, Omega talks trash, and Nakazawa CHOPS again! Limelight shoves Nakazawa but Nakazawa CLUBS him again! Nakazawa wrenches, whips and Limelight slides off to SHOVE Omega and Takeshita down! Limelight shoves Nakazawa out, tags in Mike Sydal then FLIES to take out Omega and Nakazawa! Limelight puts Nakazawa in for Mike Sydal, but Nakazawa gives him DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLES!! Mike goes Matrix to avoid the lariat and he ENZIGURIS! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Nakazawa survives but Matt tags in. Matt BOOTS Nakazawa down, Mike goes up and Matt joins him for a SYDAL BROTHER METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Nakazawa survives again but Sydal runs to SLIDING KICK! Matt points to his third eye but Nakazawa blocks the whip. Nakazawa whips, Omega gets a cheap shot in then grabs Matt., Nakazawa runs in but Matt dodges and Nakazawa hits Omega down! Nakazawa whips to fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Nakazawa gets up, hot tag to Omega! Omega gets Matt Sydal up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega seethes, drags Matt over and bumps him off buckles. Omega wants Takeshita to be ready for the boot feed next time.

Omega tags him in, Takeshita throws haymakers, whips and calf kicks! Cover, but Limelight breaks it! Takeshita tags Omega back in, they double whip and double elbow Matt down! Omega goes nuts as he digs his boot into Matt’s head! The ref counts, Omega lets off and drags Matt to drop elbows! Cover, TWO! Omega mockingly holds Matt’s hand out to Mike and Limelight, then brings Matt up by his hair. Matt blocks the suplex, and again, but Omega CLUBS him down! And CLUBS him again! Omega drags Matt up, throws more elbows and a CHOP! Omega suplexes, but Matt knees free! Omega staggers, kicks back and BLASTS Mike off the apron!

Limelight gets clear, Matt Sydal WHEEL KICKS Omega down! Hot tags to Takeshita and Limelight! Limelight ducks under Takeshita’s leap, then redirects to RANA! Limelight runs corner to corner, but he’s put on the apron. Limelight ENZIGURIS Takeshita, then leaps to FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takeshita survives, staggers about, but the Sydals return. Matt whips Mike in to uppercut Takeshita, then adds his back elbow. Limelight runs in but misses! Omega and Nakazawa drag the Sydals out, back elbow over and over on Limelight, then feed to Takeshita’s BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!??! Takeshita is shocked, but Omega calls the shots.

Manhattan drop to atomic drop to KOTARO KRUSHER! Takeshita adds on a lot of speed for his SUPER LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!?!? How is Limelight doing this?! Omega is furious, and he demands to tag in. Takeshita gives him the tag, Omega storms about and says this is done! Omega gets Limelight up, reels him in for a full nelson, but Limelight resists! Fans rally, Limelight hooks legs and breaks the nelson to elbow Omega! Limelight runs, into a ROLLING ELBOW! Omega reels Limelight in, SNAP DRAG- Limelight lands on his feet?! Omega ducks the enziguri, Electric Chairs but Limelight fights free! Limelight ROCKS Omega in a corner! Matt climbs up for a METEORA!

Limelight SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives and Limelight can’t believe it! Limelight drags Omega over, tags in Mike and Mike climbs, but Nakazawa is there. Mike kicks him away, cartwheels to avoid the boot, but leaps into the SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega tags Takeshita in and he runs corner to corner to BOOT Mike! Then the SNAP BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mike survives and Takeshita can’t believe it! Takeshita throws off his armband, builds speed again, but Mike does the splits to school boy and bridge! TWO, ROUNDHOUSE! Mike goes to a corner and climbs up again, but Nakazawa RAMS Matt to railing and trips Mike up!

Matt goes after Nakazawa as Nakazawa traps Mike’s leg! Matt hammers Nakazawa, Omega holds Mike, and Takeshita springboards to COAST2COAST!! Takeshita fireman’s carries Mike for the GUTBUSTER DROP! Omega intercepts Limelight with a V-TRIGGER! Takeshita finishes Mike with the GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Takeshita and team win!

Winners: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa, by pinfall

The Cleaner is proud of Takeshita, mostly because he didn’t lose this for them. Will Omega make Takeshita part of his trusted support team? Or will the Future of DDT Pro see through Omega’s façade soon enough?


My Thoughts:

A very fun episode for under an hour and 45. The main event definitely felt a lot stronger than most Dark/Elevation main events, and it is slowly building this story on the side for Omega with Takeshita being brought into the fold. Takeshita choosing his side could be made into a big moment, and could move Takeshita from Elevation to Dynamite sometime in the summer. We also got good story progress out of QT and the Gunn Club boys. The Gunn Club could have a really good Six Man match with The Factory before QT goes after Cody directly again. Team Taz get another win but clearly there’s more passive aggressiveness in there, so I can’t wait to see how that turns into active aggression.

Private Party getting a win over Dark Order works with the overall story Hardy has with them and Hangman, and Hangman keeps winning to keep at the top. Hangman VS Starks is going to be a great match on Dynamite, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hardy found a way to sabotage Hangman to delay his shot at the world title. Double or Nothing is coming up and I feel like with the pacing they’ve done with Hangman would call for him skipping this PPV to then get his shot at perhaps All Out. It’d be so fitting for Hangman, who missed out his chance at the very first All Out, to then get that title at All Out 2021, off of Omega, as the ultimate culmination of everything Hangman’s been through in AEW.

My Score: 8/10


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