AEW gets Dark before Fyter Fest!
Before beginning the epic two week event, AEW has a huge Dark in store! Will Lance Archer slaughter another opponent? Plus, the Young Bucks in action!
- Shawn Spears VS Max Caster; Spears wins.
- Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS “Pineapple Pete” Suge D; Archer wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Griff Garrison; Starks wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Brady Pierce; Sky wins.
- Brandi Rhodes & Allie VS Skyler Moore & KiLynn King; Brandi & Allie win.
- The Butcher & The Blade VS Low Rida & Fuego Del Sol; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- The Young Bucks VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates; The Young Bucks win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler meets with Peter Avalon and Leva Bates backstage.
The Dungeon Master asks if The Librarian is happy with his singles loss to Orange Cassidy. Avalon sarcastically praises Cutler as the returning hero. Leva tries to settle them down as the interviewer lets them know about their match tonight. A singles match against each other? No, a tag match with each other. Leva’s excited for that but Avalon and Cutler are upset. You can’t fight fate. Avalon and Cutler each say the other loses it for them, but then The Young Bucks come by. They’re the opponents for Cutler and Avalon!? And the brothers promise to show them a thing or two about tag team psychology and continuity. After all, they’ve been doing this for 15 years! Not one argument or even considering turning on each other.
Cutler knows them better, though. There was a time when they fought. It had quite the impact on wrestling. Oh, that feels like a whole generation ago. Avalon remembers exactly what Cutler is talking about, because he read it in The Bucks’ book, “Killing the Business: From the Backyards to the Big Leagues.” Wait, Cutler is best friends with the Jacksons, how has he not read the book but Avalon has? Well they are library influencers. But that book doesn’t come out until November, on Youngbucksbook.com, pre-order now. Wait, Avalon got an advance copy? Leva, too. What a bunch of bull. Cutler and Avalon head in different directions but Leva is excited to have this team back. Will AEW’s biggest losers shock quite possibly the best tag team ever this close to Fyter Fest?
Shawn Spears VS Max Caster!
The Chair Man’s black glove certainly came in handy last week, as Tully Blanchard helped give it a boost with some sort of metal. Will that trick return and drop Mr. Platinum like a lead balloon?
The referee checks the glove but there’s nothing suspicious in it right now. The bell rings, Spears circles with Caster, and the two tie up. Spears waistlocks and slams Caster down and then struts about. Caster gets up and circles with Spears. They tie up, Spears brings Caster down by the arm, wrenches the wrist but Caster rolls. Caster handsprings and arm-drags Spears away! Then he shows off by kipping up, and mocks the strut! Tully gives Spears some pointers before Spears circles with Caster again. They tie up, Caster waistlocks, then headlocks, but Spears powers out. Spears trips Caster up then grabs him for clubbing crossface forearms! The ref counts, Spears backs off, but then brings Caster up for a high and hard back suplex!
Spears slams Caster’s arm on the mat, then stands on a leg to stomp it. Spears grabs the other leg to yank it, then takes the other arm to drop a knee on it. Spears grabs Caster’s hair but the ref counts. Spears lets go, to stomp Caster’s head! Spears brings Caster up, hooks the nose but lets up at 4. The ref checks the glove again but it’s still empty. Caster rolls Spears, TWO! Caster throws haymakers, whips but Spears reverses to hit the SPINE BUSTER! Spears stalks Caster, brings him to the fireman’s carry, C4! Cover, Spears wins!
Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall
The glove didn’t even need to be loaded up, #PERFECT10N won fair and square. Will anything stop Spears from rising up the ranks and fighting for gold?
Wait, Tully slips something to Spears and works to obstruct the camera’s view. But we still see Spears slide the metal block into the glove! Spears goes after Caster while he’s down, brings him up, and DECKS him with the loaded left! Spears leaves, having left his mark on Caster. Will Spears continue to walk the line as he heads for the top?
Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS “Pineapple Pete” Suge D!
Interestingly, Sugar Dunkerton was the first victim of Spears’ loaded glove. But the Murderhawk Monster hasn’t needed a single trick or cheat to maul his opponents. Will that stay the same this close to AEW’s big two week event?
Archer attacks as Suge makes his entrance! He clobbers him from behind, throws him inside, but Suge dropkicks back! Archer knocks into The Snake and that pisses Archer off more. Archer pushes Suge down and demands the ref ring the bell. The bell rings, but Suge hits Archer with a flying forearm! Archer boots but Suge gets under and uppercuts! then enziguris! Suge whips but Archer blocks! Archer whips but Suge goes up, only to get caught! Suge slips out and throws body shots! He throws haymakers but Archer throws him! Archer runs but Suge puts him on the apron, and then hotshots him! Suge runs and dropkicks Archer! Archer lands on his feet, and spots Joey Janela in the crowd. These two are set for a grudge match after Archer attacked the Bad Boy and Sonny Kiss last Wednesday.
Archer turns back to the ring and Snake tells him to think. Archer glares at Janela, but catches Suge’s dive! For an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Archer throws his shirt at Janela then grins as he brings Suge up. Archer throws Suge into barriers, right in front of Janela. Janela keeps out of it as Archer goes back to the ring. Suge flounders up into a boot! Archer walks up the ropes to hit a springboard senton! Cover, TWO! Archer is furious with the ref but two is two. Archer turns back to Suge, Suge throws body shots, but Archer clubs Suge down. Archer drags Suge up, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS him down! Archer stomps Suge at the ropes then kicks him out of the ring. Archer glares at Janela, wanting him to pay attention to his future.
Archer throws Suge’s shirt at Suge, then drags him in for a suplex TOSS! Suge clasps that bad back but Archer stomps him down! Archer drags Suge up and CHOPS him in the corner. Suge dodges the second to fire off fast hands and a CHOP of his own! Archer just eggs Suge on. Suge CHOPS but Archer DECKS him! Archer looms over Suge, drags him around, then goes to a corner. Archer goes up, Murderhawk Splash! Cover, TWO! Suge shakes his head, refusing to give up. Suge swings, but he flops to the mat after he misses. Archer brings him up to ROCK him with another right, then grins into the corner camera. Archer ROCKS Suge again, saying that’s what Janela’s gonna get.
Archer puts Suge up top, brings him out in the inverted crucifix, but Suge fights free! Suge can’t stand, but Archer clamps on a choke grip. Suge breaks free to haymaker and CHOP and repeat! Archer shoves, Suge HEADBUTTS! Suge fires up as Archer wobbles, and Suge says #EverybodyDies! But SUge runs into a titl-o-whirl, BLACKOUT BOMB!! Archer dribbles Suge’s head off th emat, then clamps on the claw for the cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
#EverbodyDies is Archer’s line! And he makes a point of it as he drags Suge back up. But here comes Janela! Janela is armed with a leaf blower, but Archer gets away before Janela can land a single blow. “The Bad Boy never dies!” Will that still be true after Fyter Fest?
Ricky Starks VS Griff Garrison!
The Absolute had a great AEW debut in fighting for the TNT Championship, but he didn’t end the American Nightmare’s reign. Can he start his way back against the Ivy League MVP?
The bell rings and Starks circles with Griff. They feel out the grapple, tie up, and are in a deadlock until Griff scoops. Starks slips out and does some stretches while taunting Griff. They circle again, feel out another grapple, and Starks wrenches to a wristlock. Starks cranks Griff’s arm, Griff spins through and rocks Starks with a right! Griff brings Starks in, suplexes, but Stark slips out. Starks gets around Griff, waistlocks, shoves and trips Griff up! Griff makes it to ropes while Starks grins and swaggers. The two tie up again, Starks waistlocks and shoves, things speed up as Starks hurdles and swaggers. Griff shoves, pops up, but Starks lands on his feet to blow a kiss and arm-drag Griff away. Griff gets up and gets a dropkick!
Stark strikes another pose and stalks Griff to a corner. Starks grinds his forearm into Griff, then bumps him off buckles. Stars bumps Griff again, and then clubs him on the back! Starks swaggers but Griff shoves him, so Starks stomps Griff down. Starks brings Griff up to whip, but Griff holds ropes to boot back! Griff runs into a BIG back elbow! Starks pushes Griff around, then brings him up to bump him off buckles. Starks stomps a mudhole into Griff but lets up at the ref’s count. Starks brings Griff up, whips him corner to corner, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, BIG corner splash! Griff goes again, but gets a BOOT for it! Starks goes up and missile dropkicks Griff down! Starks stalks Griff, brings him up, but Griff CHOPS back! Starks grins and shrugs it off, but Griff CHOPS again!
Starks ducks the third try and CHOPS back! Starks blows a kiss, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! Starks fights out and shoves, then follows Griff to SPEAR! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely incredible spear, and Starks has his first win in AEW! But Starks goes to the commentary table to fist bump Taz. Could we be seeing the start of a strong, swaggering stable?
Scorpio Sky VS Brady Pierce!
The Closer is working on building a singles streak and it’s looking good so far. But will The Inspiration change that to finally start on his own winning road?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Pierce. They tie up, Pierce shoves Scorpio away, and the crowd cheers that show of strength. Scorpio grins and shrugs it off, circles with Pierce again, and they tie up. Scorpio waistlocks, Pierce drops down, but Scorpio body scissors and rolls him for a clutch cover! TWO, but Scorpio drop toeholds Pierce to a facelock. Pierce powers up and lifts Scorpio to a corner. The ref counts, Pierce slaps Scorpio! Scorpio SLAPS back! Pierce is upset, you do NOT hit him in the face! Pierce runs in, Scorpio leaps over and then fires off with fists! Pierce powers him off but Scorpio dodges and dropkicks! Arm-drag to the armlock! Scorpio grinds on the arm, Pierce endures and fights his way up. Scorpio steps through to La Magistrol, TWO!
Scorpio back elbows Pierce down! Pierce gets up, Scorpio fireman’s carries, but Pierce fights back. Scorpio throws forearms, Pierce haymakers back. Pierce tosses Scorpio to a corner, then runs side to side, to BOOT! Cover, TWO! Scorpio survives but Pierce keeps his cool. Pierce rains fists down on Scorpio over and over but lets up at the ref’s warning. Pierce brings Scorpio up, whips him but Scorpio reverses. Pierce goes up and over, then scoops Scorpio, only for Scorpio to fight free. Scorpio baits Pierce in and puts him on the apron. Scorpio shoulders out then slides to trip Pierce up. Scorpio puts Pierce in, SLINGSHOT CUTTER! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
And Scorpio’s streak continues! Are the skies the limit for Scorpio Sky in AEW?
Brandi Rhodes & Allie VS Skyler Moore & KiLynn King!
Brandi doesn’t trust Allie’s intentions towards QT Marshall and by extension the Natural Nightmares, but they did manage to win their first time out. Will they find a way to win again when against #WeWantMoore and the Queen of Crazy?
As they make their entrance, it is revealed Brandi and Allie are now the “Nightmare Sisters.” Well, apparently no one told Brandi that. She grabs the mic from Justin Roberts to say there is no relation, there is no team, thank you for understanding. With that addressed, the teams sort out. Brandi insists she start and she’s against KiLynn as the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and King powers Brandi back, but Brandi turns it around. King still powers out but Brandi arm-drags King down. King sweeps Brandi’s legs, covers, but Brandi gets up before a count. Brandi waistlocks, rolls King, TWO! Brandi kicks then springboards for another arm-drag! King flounders to a corner, Brandi runs corner to corner and hits a back elbow! Then she goes side to side, but Allie tags in!
Allie hits King with an elbow, then goes corner to corner for the Sliding D! Allie drags King around to cover, TWO! Allie grows annoyed and she throws knees into King. Allie runs and knee lifts King down, then takes a bow. Allie steps on King to go to the corner and climbs up. Brandi tags in and tells Allie to wait for Brandi to give the go ahead next time. But Brandi turns around into King’s LARIAT! King puts Brandi in a corner, then brings her up to RAM her into buckles! King throws forearms then brings Brandi over to bump off buckles. Tag to Moore and she stomps away on Brandi! Tag to King, and King gets to stomp away. Tag to Moore again and they both bring Brandi up for double whips. But Brandi crisscrosses them into each other!
Brandi throws haymakers and CHOPS on King, but King boots and boots! Moore throws Brandi down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Moore grows frustrated but she rains down forearms on Brandi. Allie doesn’t try to help as Moore mockingly has Brandi reach for a tag. Moore dribbles Brandi off the mat then has her mockingly reach for Allie again. Moore drags Brandi up as the crowd rallies. Moore scoops Brandi for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Brandi lives and Moore is furious! Moore drags Brandi up again, reels her in, but Brandi slips out of the gut wrench to kick and STUNNER! Brandi flounders to the corner, hot tag to Allie!
Allie storms up to Moore and throws forearm after forearm! Allie whips, Moore reverses, but Allie stops herself and copies Dustin’s uppercut! Allie also copies a certain blast from the past, before hitting a bulldog! Allie hits King for good measure, then pats herself on the back. “I have to do everything!” But Moore scoops her! Allie slips out, dragon sleepers, and says this is for QT. Curtain Call! Another Dustin reference, but Allie tags Brandi in to take the cover. Brandi is a little confused, but she covers, and she and Allie win!
Winners: Brandi Rhodes & Allie, by pinfall
They may not be a true tag team, but they are still winning. Will Allie ever find a way to win the Nightmare Family over? Or will they just win?
The Butcher & The Blade VS Low Rida & Fuego Del Sol!
Andy Williams and Braxton Sutter have found fearless allies in the Lucha Brothers, and those four plan on taking down FTR and the Young Bucks. Will Osito and the Fire of the Sun simply be fodder before Fyter Fest?
The teams sort out and Blade starts against Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Blade headlocks then shifts to a hammerlock. He shifts back to a headlock, then another hammerlock, and then throws Fuego down. Blade shakes his head at Fuego as the two circle again. They tie up, Blade wrenches to a wristlock then rams shoulders with Fuego. Tag to Butcher and the two double wrench and double ram Fuego. And again! And again! Then they double TOSS Fuego to the corner! Rida tags in, runs in but Butcher boots him away. Rida dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Butcher waistlocks. Rida throws elbows, but Butcher URENAGES him down!
Rida flounders, Butcher puts him in the corner and Blade tags in. They double headbutt Rida once, then twice. Blade drags Rida up, whips him back to ropes, and clotheslines him down. Rida flounders but Blade keeps him from Fuego. Blade drags Rida up, puts him in a corner and CHOPS! Blade stomps Rida to the corner, the ref backs him off, but Butcher smothers Rida behind the ref’s back! Blade stands on Rida’s head but lets off to bring Rida up. Blade back suplex DRIVERS Rida into the mat! The ref checks on Rida but he’s somehow okay. Blade brings him up to tag in Butcher. Butcher CHOPS Rida, then gives him a back suplex. Rida escapes this time, boots Butcher and tags in Fuego!
Fuego fires off with furious forearms! Fuego kicks but Butcher blocks. Butcher flips Fuego but Fuego lands on his feet to enziguri! Fuego fires up, runs, but into Butcher’s kitchen sink knee! Butcher fireman’s carry takedowns Fuego, hip tosses Rida for good measure, then blocks Fuego’s kick again. Butcher elbows Fuego down and has the Cloverleaf! Rida kicks Butcher but Butcher won’t let Fuego go. Blade snap suplexes Rida into buckles, Butcher POWERBOMBS Fuego and puts on an even deeper stretch! Fuego taps, Butcher & Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by submission
The two young guns were destroyed by these two merciless mercenaries! Will they, Pentagon and Fenix destroy Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood and the Jackson brothers?
The Young Bucks VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates!
Speaking of Matt & Nick, they go up against their friend in the Dungeon Master, and not so much in the Librarian. Can the Bucks keep focused with the epic 8 Man Tag on the horizon? Or will a split focus help Cutler and Avalon finally get a win?
The teams sort out and Cutler starts against Matt. They circle, tie up, are in a deadlock, but Matt slips around to a waistlock. Cutler standing switches, but Matt drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Cutler slips out to a facelock, but so does Matt. They go back and forth, Matt gets the arm and wrenches as he brings Cutler up. Cutler steps through to wrench and get a wristlock. Matt rolls, handsprings and breaks free to dropkick Cutler down. Cutler gets up but runs into an arm-drag! Matt has the armlock, he brings Cutler up, and wrenches again. Tag to Nick and Nick climbs to drop ax handles. Nick wrenches and yanks the arm, then wrenches to a wristlock. Cutler rolls, handsprings and wrenches through to a wristlock. Avalon doesn’t want to tag? He’s leaving it on Cutler to do it.
Nick cartwheels through, blocks the punch to CHOP, then springboards to leap and arm-drag Avalon into the stage steps! Avalon’s tail bone is hurting as Nick goes back after Cutler. Nick slingshots up and over, tags Matt, and things speed up. Cutler gets caught, wheelbarrow cutter! Avalon manages to tag in and complains he always has to show Cutler how to do it. But then Avalon walks into an arm-drag! Avalon pulls hair but Nick tags in. Matt ducks Avalon, both Bucks kick, wrench and CHOP! They whip Avalon to elbow him down, then splash and fist drop! Cutler tags in, but he runs into a drop toehold. Matt tags in to slingshot leg drop! The crowd cheers as Matt brings Cutler up. Matt throws haymakers and chops, then fires off more before he runs. Avalon kicks Matt and Cutler protests the cheating.
Avalon tags in, brings Matt up, but Cutler tells him to stop. Cutler says he is legal but Avalon shoves him. They’re too busy arguing, Matt tags Nick! Matt gets the attention of Cutler and Avalon, but Nick saves him from the double suplex. The Bucks double dropkick Cutler and Avalon! Then double PESCADO! Leva panics as Avalon is put back in the ring. Nick throws haymakers on Avalon then whips him to ropes. Avalon reverses and Leva is in Nick’s way. Avalon runs in but Nick dodges, and Avalon stops himself from running into Leva! Nick runs in but Avalon elbows him away. Avalon lifts Nick but Matt tags in before the atomic drop hits. Nick staggers to a corner and Avalon goes after him with body shots. Matt slowly creeps in as Avalon whips Nick. Avalon runs, into Matt’s SPEAR!
Matt circles Avalon like a shark before stomping him down. Matt brings Avalon into a facelock and grinds him back down. Matt drops his weight on Avalon but Avalon endures. The crowd rallies up as Avalon fights to his feet. Avalon throws body shots, then haymakers, but refuses to tag Cutler. Matt catches Avalon for a catapult into Nick’s boot! Nick tags in and double stomps Avalon across Matt’s knees! Nick hits Cutler for good measure before he gives Avalon the SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Avalon survives but Nick keeps his cool. Nick drags Avalon up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Matt, Matt calls for the Superkick Party, but Avalon blocks a kick! Avalon runs, double clotheslines take them both out! Both men crawl, hot tag to Cutler!
Cutler baits Matt in, then sends Nick into him! Roundhouse for Matt, enziguri for Nick! Cutler ducks Matt to back suplex him down! Cutler slingshots Nick onto Matt, then slingshots himself at Nick for a forearm! Nick flounders out of the ring, Cutler builds speed, but Matt kicks him down. Matt runs, but Avalon dumps him out! Cutler runs and DIVES onto both Bucks! Cutler puts Matt in, goes up top, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives but Cutler keeps his focus. Avalon wants in? Cutler tags him and they work together on Matt. But the move of choice is a point of contention. Matt runs in but Avalon saves Cutler! Cutler returns the favor, and they both BOOT the Bucks! Cutler rolls off Avalon’s back to kick Matt! Leva is so excited as Avalon has a shot!
Avalon runs, ducks, springboards and TORNADO DDTS!! Tag to Cutler, springboard FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Nick breaks it! Cutler throws Nick out and tags in Avalon. They finally figure out what to do, and double suplex Matt, only for Matt to fight out! DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Hot tag to Nick, he dumps Cutler out and shoulders Avalon! “SUCK IT!” Slingshot facebuster! Cartwheel asai onto Cutler! Tag to Matt, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK for Cutler! Mule kick for Avalon, then BTE TRIGGER! Cover, The Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
Avalon and Cutler showed the most promise yet, but they were still against the team of the past 15 years. The Bucks want Avalon and Cutler to shake hands, and they do! Have the biggest losers in AEW figured out they might just have something? Will the Bucks and FTR combined be an incredible force in their own right?
A great Dark to lead us into Fyter Fest! Now, obviously the formula of “established wrestler beats jobber” stayed firm for all the matches, but the matches were so good. Spears wins clean but still has to Heel it up, and then Suge D has just a small bit of offense before being destroyed. Archer and Janela are going to have a great match that I almost wish was given a stipulation even after just the handful of encounters. Maybe something happens and the match is thrown out, so that we get a No Disqualifications match at All Out 2020 or something. Starks gets his first win but I’m more intrigued that he fist bumps Taz. I really do wonder if Starks joins Taz as a midcard level client so that both world and TNT championships are within their reach as a stable.
Scorpio gets a good win off Pierce while giving Pierce a chance to show some power game and Heel attitudes. The story of Allie, QT and the Nightmare Family takes new twists and I’m liking it. Maybe Allie wants to get everyone on her side before betraying them all for maximum rage. Then we got great tag team matches to close out the night and hype up the 8 Man Tag for Fyter Fest. Butcher & Blade got dangerously close to ending Low Rida in that match but thankfully he was okay. Cutler and Avalon have their best showing as a team yet, and now I’m torn. Do I want them to face each other to see who is true worst wrestler? Or should they become a tag team that surprises us and certainly upsets the team they face? Either way, Cutler and Avalon are low key the best story right now because I still honestly thought Cutler was going to #JoinDarkOrder.
My Score: 8.5/10