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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/20/20)

It’s Dark at the Beach!

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AEW Dark Coverage

One last thing before the Cruise of Jericho!

Before setting sail on a Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, AEW wraps up in Miami with Jurassic Express VS Strong Hearts!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big Swole VS Diamante; Swole wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Strong Hearts; Jurassic Express wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Schiavone and Dasha Gonzalez are at the U!

That is to say, Miami University. They’re enjoying the sun and floral patterns as Bash at the Beach transforms into Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, Part Deux: The Second Wave! To wrap up things on the land, we have an AEW women’s debut and a huge tag main event!

 

Taz is back on commentary!

The extreme veteran of the industry is officially elite as he joins Excalibur at the announce desk again for this Bash at the Beach edition of Dark.

 

Big Swole VS Diamante!

Aerial Monroe greets the newest woman to walk into All Elite Wrestling! Will Swole feel the adrenaline from this fast ‘n’ furious woman of wrestling?

The bell rings and the rivalry of Swole and Diamante comes to AEW as they circle an dtie up. They go around, Swole wrenches to a wristlock, but Diamante spins and reverses the wristlock. Swole slips out to roll Diamante up, ONE! The two go again, Diamante waistlocks but Swole reaches down. Diamante counters the trip to a flip and a double arm clutch cover, ONE! Diamante crucifix pins, ONE, and the two tie up. Swole cradles, ONE, and the two reset. Fans cheer as Diamante and Swole circle. Swole waistlocks then headlocks, but Diamante slips out to her own headlock. Fans rally and duel as Diamante headlock takeovers. Swole rolls to make it a cover, ONE as Diamante rolls it back. Swole works to bounce out of the headlock then kips up! Fans cheer that creativity as Diamante is surprised.

Swole dares Diamante to bring it, then things speed up. Diamante bumps shoulders but Swole comes back to run her over! Swole runs, Diamante ducks but Swole ducks to boot. Diamante gets clear but her arm-drag is blocked. The other arm-drag is blocked, and Swole BOOTS Diamante down! Fans fire up as Diamante goes to the apron. Swole goes over and drags Diamante up, but Diamante hotshots her back! Swole swings a punch but Diamante blocks. Swole shoulders out but into Diamante’s knee! Diamante asks, “Swole who?” She cravat and chokes Swole on the ropes! The ref counts, Diamante lets up at 4, then grabs Swole for a suplex. Swole blocks so Diamante clubs away. Diamante snap suplexes, uno amiga. Another, dos amigas!

Swole blocks the third and spins out, but the boot is blocked. Diamante kicks then reels Swole in, but changes her mind, she throws Swole down by her hair! Diamante shimmies her shoulders and has Swole in a corner. Diamante stomps away but the ref backs her off. Diamante elbows into Swole then elbows her again. And again! Fans cheer and Diamante soaks it up, but she turns around into Swole’s kick! Swole throws palm strikes but Diamante ducks to waistlock and SNAP German! Diamante runs corner to corner, hesitation dropkick! Cover, ONE! Diamante can’t believe it was just one, but she goes out to get something from under the ring. Fans rally and duel again as Diamante hides some chonclas! That’s legit. But the ref won’t let her have it. She had the other in her trunks!

Diamante slaps away on Swole, but gets caught into a cobra twist! Swole takes the sandal for herself, but the ref sees that! Fans want to see it but Swole gives it up, to spank Diamante bare handed! Swole leaves Diamante stinging while fans fire up. Swole tells Diamante to bring the fight, and they swing hands. Fast hands from Swole rock Diamante but Diamante pulls Swole back before running. Diamante runs into Swole’s BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Then KNEE TRIGGER! Swole whips, then runs to LARIAT Swole down! Fans fire up with Swole as she drags Diamante back up. Diamante hits back with body shots but Swole dodges the kicks. Diamante dodges kicks, too, but not the HEADBUTT! Both women wobble, but head for each other. Swole wristlocks, ripcords and spins, Dirty Dancing forearm! Cover, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall

A big win at the beach for Swole, but still a strong showing from Diamante. Will Swole climb the ranks to find her way to the AEW Women’s World Championship?

 

Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Strong Hearts!

Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus are finally getting on the right track in 2020, but can they stay strong? CIMA, T-Hawk and Lindaman want to show oWe has the power to be elite, but can they slow down the Express?

The trios sort out and JB starts with T-Hawk. Fans rally for JB as he circles with Hawk. They tie up, JB headlocks but Hawk powers out. JB bumps Hawk but Hawk comes back to run JB over! Hawk dusts his hands off then runs, but JB drops down. Hawk stops himself to bring JB up for a CHOP! Fans “WOO~” as JB ends up in a corner. JB boots but Hawk blocks to CHOP again! Hawk whips JB corner to corner, JB goes up and over then keeps running. JB gets around, shoves and hip tosses Hawk, to then mule kick! JB cartwheels as he brings Hawk up to then run and basement dropkick Hawk down! JB handsprings to show off and fans cheer. JB drags Hawk up but Hawk CHOPS back. JB gives a CHOP, so Hawk CHOPS again! Marko tags in and fans fire up more!

Marko dares Hawk to bring it. Hawk just goes chest to chest with Marko and pushes him to the Strong Hearts corner! Tag to Lindaman, but Marko avoids the Hawk chop! Marko circles with Lindaman and then Marko leaps to get a headlock. Lindaman powers out and bumps shoulders with Marko. Lindaman wags his finger, but Marko pumps up. Marko rams Lindaman but still nothing. Lindaman eggs Marko on and fans rally up. Marko dares Lindaman to do something, so Lindaman runs but Marko follows. Marko bumps Lindaman and things speed up. Marko hurdles then rolls but Lindaman leaps over. They reverse roles but Marko stops himself to sit on Lindaman’s monkey flip! Cover, TWO!

Marko headscissors Lindaman to a corner but then misses in the corner. Marko slips to the apron, counter punches Lindaman, then slingshot sunset flips! TWO, and Lindaman ducks the basement calf kick! The two men stand off and fans are all fired up! Lindaman and Marko back off to tag in Cima and Luchasaurus! Cima dropkicks Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus swings kicks but Cima dodges. Cima waistlocks but Luchasaurus elbows out hard. Luchasaurus runs but Cima dropkicks legs out. Cima basement enziguris then runs, but into a BOOT! Hawk runs in but into a CHOP! Lindaman runs in, but also into a CHOP! Fans fire up as Luchasaurus tags in JB.

JB builds speed and gets the wheelbarrow boost for the Complete Shot on Cima! Cover but Hawk breaks it up. Cima and Hawk whips JB but JB reverses to CHOP back! JB springboards and uses Cima to get at Hawk! JB then handsprings to arm-drag Cima! The Strong Hearts regroup, JB tags to Marko before he DIVES out onto Hawk! JB keeps going, DIVE for Cima! Marko is a human weapon, Gorilla Press TOSS Crossbody! Cima and Hawk are down but fans give a standing ovation. Jurassic Express puts Cima back in and Marko falls on the cover, TWO! Marko fires off hands from all sides but it doesn’t seem to bother Cima. Marko runs, Cima flapjacks Marko down, then tags T-Hawk. T-Hawk and Cima double whip Marko and give him Tu Lo Sabes! Lindaman gets in, TRIPLE dropkick knocks Marko down!

Strong Hearts fires up as Hawk looms over Marko. Hawk brings Marko up to whip him to a corner. Hawk runs in to CHOP Marko down! Hawk then rolling leg whips Marko for Lindaman’s splash! Lindaman throws cheap shots and takes out JB, but only angers Luchasaurus. Lindaman hurries away while Hawk has Marko in a Queen Angelito crossface. Marko crawls for ropes as fans rally up. Marko claws his way over to the ropebreak! Hawk lets Marko go and stands over him. Marko throws body shots and chops, but Hawk doesn’t back down. Marko throws forearm after forearm, but runs into a pop-up KNEE! Hawk whips Marko but Marko reverses, only to leap into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO but Hawk has Marko in place for Cima’s bulldog!

Tag to Lindaman and Strong Hearts coordinate. They double wrench and crucifix, for Lindaman to run through and propel Marko into a pendulam SLAM! Cover but JB barrels in to break it! Cima throws JB out so Luchasaurus gets in. The ref keeps him back and Lindaman drags Marko up. Fans rally harder and Marko kicks at Lindaman. Marko enziguris but misses, and Lindaman wheelbarrows. Marko victory rolls to launch himself! Hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with headbutts and CHOPS, and a BOOT for Cima! Lindaman gets a boot and a roundhouse! Hawk runs but gets stepped on! Cima returns but into a mule kick and torture rack. Luchasaurus uses a Burning Hammer to slam Cima onto T-Hawk!

Lindaman is up and goes after Luchasaurus but that’s not enough. ROUNDHOUSE and choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Lindaman lives but Jurassic Express coordinates. Tag to JB and Luchasaurus rolls Lindaman into JB’s wheelbarrow. Half nelson lift, TAIL WHIP heel kick, to the spin-out facebuster! Cover, but T-Hawk breaks it! Marko uses JB as a step stool to leap and huricanrana Hawk out! Cima throws Marko out and then dump Luchasaurus out. Cima climbs up, Lindaman drop toeholds JB onto ropes, Cima flying meteoras off JB’s back! Cima DIVES onto Marko! Lindaman German Suplexes JB! Bridging cover, TWO!! JB survives but Lindaman fires up!

Lindaman drags JB up, fireman’s carries, but JB slips out to hop up, SPIKE-RANA! Cover, but Strong Hearts double KNEE JB down! Luchasaurus returns, Hawk ducks, the Tail Whip gets Cima! ROUNDHOUSE for Hawk! Roundhouse AND heel kick for Lindaman! Luchasaurus back suplexes Lindaman into JB’s JUNGLE BOMB! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, Jungle Boy pinning

Cima, T-Hawk and Lindaman have strong hearts, but Jurassic Express were stronger! They’re undefeated in 2020, will it continue all the way to gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another surprisingly short episode of Dark, but still a pretty fun one. Diamante’s AEW debut match was really good, even in losing. Big Swole Aerial Monroe is on a roll, and she had a part in saving Riho and Kris Statlander from the Nightmare Collective, so I hope we get to see more of her on AEW Dynamite in that women’s division story. The Six Man Tag was a lot of fun, the Strong Hearts are a really good team, and they helped make Jurassic Express look really good, too. AEW needs a midcard title (since it still seems like that Dynamite Diamond Ring is more like the King of the Ring in being a non-transferable achievement) but I feel like AEW also wants to try a trios division with how we’ve got quite a few trios available. Despite The Elite not wanting to stay in ROH, AEW might end up with the same title structure as ROH with having a world title, midcard title, tag titles and trios titles at some point. That’s not a bad thing, it’ll give more opportunities all around for the male wrestlers they sign.

My Score: 8.1/10


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