Jon Moxley returns to AEW Dark!
It’s been awhile, but The Maniac isn’t one to take it easy. Will the AEW World Champion show everyone how it’s done? Or will his not-so-lucky opponent pull off the biggest upset ever?
- SoCal Uncensored VS Low Rida & Fuego del Sol; SCU wins.
- Number 5 w/ The Dark Order VS Lee Johnson; Number 5 wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Brady Pierce & Musa; PNP wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade VS Suge D & Anthony Catena; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- QT Marshall w/ Allie, Brandi & Dustin Rhodes VS Zack Clayton; Marshall wins.
- Christopher Daniels VS Sonny Kiss; Daniels wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates; Jurassic Express win(s).
- Jon Moxley VS Robert Anthony; Moxley wins.
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SoCal Uncensored VS Low Rida & Fuego del Sol!
SCU welcomes KBW KAGE to AEW! But Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky aren’t going to play nice when there’s still a path back to the AEW World Tag Team Championships! Will they show the new kids how tough it is in All Elite?
The teams sort out and Fuego starts against Kaz. They circle and tie up, Kaz headlocks to the takeover. Kaz grinds Fuego but Fuego fights up and gets Kaz to a corner. Fuego lets up at 4 but kicks low! Fuego whips, Kaz reverses, Kaz comes back with a Russian Leg Sweep! Kaz drags Fuego up to tag in Scorpio. SCU double whip, kick and backstabber! Rida runs in but gets a kick and whip to double shoulders! Scorpio snapmares Fuego to drop an elbow, cover, TWO! Scorpio drags Fuego up with an armlock, but Fuego whips. Scorpio kicks back but runs into a knee! Fuego hip tosses, cartwheels and standing shooting stars! Cover, ONE! Fuego drags Scorpio up, tags in Rida, and hands off the wristlock. Rida brings Scorpio down to a ghost pin, TWO and Scorpio ROCKS Rida!
Scorpio whips corner to corner. Rida goes up and out and hotshots back! Rida springboards to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rida argues the count and tags in Fuego. KBW double whip but Scorpio reverses and fights back. Rida waistlocks but Scorpio ducks the forearm and it hits Rida! Hot tag to Kaz! Kaz dodges Fuego to deck Rida! Kaz rallies with big clotheslines and a whip. Rida reverses but gets flying forearms! Kaz hip tosses Fuego to a neckbreaker! Kaz baits Rida into putting him on the apron, and hitting a guillotine leg drop! Scorpio tags in and SCU has Fuego for the Gory Especial. S C U LATER! Cover, SCU wins!
Winner: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall
The inaugural champions are getting back on the winning track, but will have to wait until after Fyter Fest for their turn. Will they be aiming for Best Friends or Kenny Omega and Hangman Page on the other side of the summer?
The Dark Order speaks.
“We’ve always said there’s strength in numbers.” And tonight, they honor that code by welcoming a new brother in. Number 5 is revealed to be… ALAN ANGELS! And Brodie Lee says he is one of them. He has joined The Dark Order!
Number 5 VS Lee Johnson!
Alan Angels is no longer #YaBoi, for he has decided to #JoinDarkOrder! Will Big Shotty stand a chance against this dark angel?
The bell rings and Five goes right at Johnson with fast hands! Five hammers Johnson down in the corner but lets up at 4. He whips Johnson and CHOPS him off his feet! Johnson gets to ropes but Five brings him up to whip to a corner. Johnson goes up and over and arm-drags Five around! Johnson dropkicks him down and Five bails out to the ramp. Ten and the Beaver Boys do not look pleased and Johnson fetches Five. Five kicks low and tells the cameras to move. Five throws Johnson off the ramp and to the POST! Johnson crashes down but Five fetches him. Five slams Johnson’s bad arm on the apron then puts him in the ring. Johnson stands up to get a step-in dropkick! Cover, TWO! Five is frustrated but he drags Johnson around to splash down on the arm!
Johnson rolls and writhes towards ropes but Five drags him up. Johnson fights back with hands and forearms. The bad arm keeps Johnson from whipping, and Five wrings the arm out into the mat! Five fireman’s carries for a WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO! Five drags Johnson’s arm around and stands on it. Five goes for another splash but he misses as Johnson evades! Johnson boots from the corner, and elbows from the ropes. Johnson spins Five to LARIAT! Five flounders and Johnson throws more clotheslines. Johnson blocks the arms to shoulder breaker and neckbreaker! Kip up! Johnson waits for Five to stand, and he hits a CALF KICK! Five flounders about and Johnson brings him up. Johnson POSTS Five in return for earlier, and then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Five!
Johnson fires himself up and puts Five back in the ring. Five flounders around again and swings into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Johnson almost had Five but the bad arm might’ve hindered him. Five is on the apron and he hotshots the bad arm! Five drags Johnson through the ropes for a draping DDT to the apron!! Johnson is stuck but here comes Mr. Brodie. Brodie tells Five to finish this, and Five brings Johnson in for a motorcycle stretch BACKSTABBER! Cover, Five wins!
Winner: Number 5, by pinfall
Brodie likes what he sees as Five brings Johnson up. Five feeds Johnson to Number Ten’s BOOT! But Brodie wants a message to be sent, so he has the Beaver Boys, aka Numbers Three and Four, to top it off. They bring Johnson up for a DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER DDT!! The Dark Order’s Numbers are growing, will they help The Exalted One take over AEW?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Brady Pierce & Musa!
The Inner Circle has been building back from their Stadium Stampede defeat, and Santana & Ortiz have been integral in that. Will they make sure The Inspiration and The Fearless understand that the Inner Circle is only getting stronger?
The teams sort out and Ortiz starts against Musa. Ortiz circles with Musa and they tie up. Ortiz waistlocks and turns Musa around to go after the wrists. He arm-drags Musa but Musa sweeps the legs. Ortiz comes up to headbutt low then whips. Musa reverses but Ortiz reverses back, Ortiz snapmares and wristlocks. Ortiz BITES the hand then twists. Musa moves back rolls up and gets around the back to waistlock. Ortiz standing switches but Musa switches back. Ortiz breaks free and claws Musa on the back! He whips Musa to clothesline him down! Ortiz talks trash to Pierce while putting his gloves on. Ortiz DECKS Musa but brings him back up to whip. Musa reverses and runs into the corner but Ortiz puts him on the apron. Musa ducks the punches and shoulders back in.
Musa slingshots up and over and comes back, but Ortiz dodges to pop him up! SIT OUT POWERBOMB! Ortiz sits Musa up into Santana’s Penalty Kick! The ref reprimands him but Santana just checks where the kick went. Pierce runs in but he gets tossed out! Santana ASAI MOONSAULTS Musa and Pierce down! Ortiz shouts, “WE’RE THE BEST!” Santana CHOPS Musa then puts him back in the ring. Ortiz drags Musa up and tags Santana in. Santana goes up top as Ortiz drapes Musa. Santana leaps, DOUBLE STOMP STUNNER! Santana dares Pierce to show his toughness, and he slaps Musa around. Musa throws hands but Santana DECKS him! Pierce dares Santana to let him tag in and Ortiz says Pierce wants their food! Santana tosses Musa over and Pierce tags in. Pierce throws hands but runs into a strike fest! Basement dropkick!
Santana throws hands then tags in Ortiz. PNP double whip but Pierce blocks! PNP double break, kick, slap and CHOP! They try to whip but Pierce reverses and kicks back! Pierce misses in a corner but elbows back! Pierce QUEBRADAS but FLOPS! Ortiz taunts Pierce and tags in Santana. PNP hoist Pierce up top together but Musa runs in. PNP dodges Musa and send him into Pierce! Pierce is in a Tree of Woe on top of Musa, for the STEP-UP CANNONBALL! Then Ortiz hoists Musa up and Santana is up top, STREET SWEEPER ONTO PIERCE! Cover, Proud ‘n’ Powerful win!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
The aggression just keeps increasing for the Inner Circle! They’re hungry for more, but will they get to sink their teeth into the tag titles any time soon?
QT Marshall is very excited.
He can’t wait to show everyone. They’re going to love it just like he loves it. He finds Dustin and Brandi and asks if they heard about what’s up. About the match? Oh, right, the match tonight. Yeah, it isn’t a tag team match, it’s a singles match for QT. Why? Allie explained that Dustin is a legend, he doesn’t need to wrestle every night. But Dustin got all painted up. Well, yeah, but it’s even better! Allie made some NEW Natural Nightmare shirts, so here they are! It has QT looking like a giant and the others looking like hobbits. Not to mention, the sizes are way off. Who da f this for?! But Allie worked really hard on those. Just be supportive of QT and Allie, okay? QT heads out to prepare for his match, but Dustin just doesn’t understand. Is Allie becoming a nightmare for the Natural Nightmares?
The Butcher & The Blade VS Suge D & Anthony Catena!
Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter want to tear into FTR, but will have to settle for Pineapple Pete and the Six Tool Product. Will the Butcher and Blade send a message to Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood ahead of Dynamite?
The teams sort out, and Suge calls out The Butcher. The Butcher is who he gets and the two circle. Suge fires up with shadowboxing, then runs into the tie up only for Butcher to power him to the corner. Butcher grinds his forearm into Suge then backs off to RAM his shoulder in! He grinds Suge’s face on the ropes then tags in Blade. Butcher CHOPS and Blade stomps Suge down in the corner! The ref counts and Blade lets up at 4, but Butcher gets a choke in! Catena protests but the ref keeps him back. Blade CHOPS Suge then tags Butcher back in. Butcher CHOPS and CHOPS then tags Blade back in. They double headbutt Suge again and again, and then Blade barks at Catena. Blade drags Suge up and bumps him off buckles to CHOP again!
Blade whips corner to corner then runs in. Suge goes up and over and hits a FAST BALL! Blade stays on his feet, and Suge tries wax on, wax off. Crane kick gets blocked! Blade kicks low, fisherman neckbreaker! Blade drags Suge up to hit another fisherman neckbreaker! Suge flounders, Catena tags in! Catena runs into Blade’s kick and clubbing forearms! Blade kicks Catena around then throws big forearms. Catena flounders but powers out of a headlock. Butcher tags in, Blade hits a STUNNER and Butcher LARIATS Catena inside out! Suge is in shock but Butcher drags Catena up for a scoop. RUNNING POWERSLAM! Cover but Suge breaks it!
Blade ROCKS Suge then BOOTS him! Butcher adds a corner splash and Suge flops out of the ring. Catena is all alone for FULL DEATH! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Williams and Sutter are ready to show Cash and Dax “we are reality!” Will FTR #FailToRespond on Dynamite?
QT Marshall w/ Allie, Brandi & Dustin Rhodes VS Zack Clayton!
The Bunny has the heart and the ear of God’s Gift to Wrestling, and it’s getting on his team’s nerves. Will QT’s star quality continue to rise? Or will “Zack Clayton™️” make his mark on AEW?
As QT and crew make their entrances, Brandi and Dustin wear their over-sized shirts and Brandi complains right to QT and Allie. QT escorts Allie to the commentary desk while Brandi and Dustin stay ringside. QT finally joins Clayton in the ring and this match begins.
Clayton and QT circle and tie up. They go around, QT puts Clayton in a corner but lets up clean. Clayton knees low and clubs QT on the back to then choke him on the ropes. “Is this your guy?!” Clayton lets up and QT ROCKS him with an uppercut! QT throws more uppercuts in the corner but Clayton knees him low. Clayton throws QT out but QT shoulders back in. QT slingshots up and over and clotheslines himself and Clayton out! But QT skins the cat and Allie’s heart flutters. Allie says QT shows off for her and that makes her hot. QT puts Clayton back in and whips him to ropes. Clayton holds ropes and puts QT out, but QT lands on his feet on the ramp! QT throws hands and springboards, into a dropkick! Allie hurries to help her man, and checks on him at the ramp.
Clayton drags QT up and taunts Allie as he rains down rights! Allie glares as Clayton tells her to get the hell out of his way. Allie joins Brandi ringside but Clayton throws more hands on QT. Clayton stomps QT then hammers away again. The ref counts and Clayton backs off. Allie comforts and coaches QT and QT fights back! QT rocks Clayton but Clayton knees low. Clayton whips, corner clotheslines then suplexes QT up. Clayton holds QT for 10 before slamming him down! BIG knee drop, cover, TWO! Allie is relieved but Clayton is frustrated. Clayton drags QT up and jams him with his knee. QT ROCKS Clayton again with uppercuts. QT whips, Clayton reverses, but QT handsprings to ENZIGURI!
QT waits for Clayton to stand, but Clayton denies the cutter. Clayton sends QT into a corner then runs in, but QT boots Clayton away! QT runs but into Clayton’s spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!! A very Rhodes like move but QT knows those well. Clayton grows frustrated, and strips a buckle! Brandi tells Clayton to stop but Clayton gets in her face. QT runs in but misses, and sends Brandi down onto Dustin! Clayton swings on QT but gets the lethal combination! Brandi clutches her wrist and QT asks if he’s okay. Allie claims she got hurt, too, but it’s just a broken nail. Brandi might have a broken HAND! Allie says she’s better thanks to QT, and QT returns to the ring. Clayton KNEES QT down, then hops up! Allie anchors Clayton’s feet, and QT ROCKS Clayton with a right! SUPER CUTTER! Cover, QT wins!
Winner: QT Marshall, by pinfall
Dustin gets in to celebrate with his tag partner, but QT hugs Allie first. Brandi says she’s fine, by the way, thanks for asking. But the question still remains: Is Allie up to something here?
Christopher Daniels VS Sonny Kiss!
Kaz and Scorpio won in their match, but can SCU complete the sweep? Or will the Concrete Rose prove to be too tough for even the Fallen Angel?
The bell rings and Daniels circles with Kiss. They tie up, Daniels headlocks, wrenches and backs Kiss down. Daniels wrenches and whips but Kiss reverses. Daniels ducks, waistlocks, shoves and scoops to SLAM Kiss down! Cover, ONE but Daniels stays on Kiss with an armlock. Kiss fights up but Daniels wrenches to a wristlock. Kiss rolls, handsprings and flips to wave hi and break free. Kiss SLAPS Daniels and wristlocks now, to go up and up and rebound to an arm-drag! Daniels flounders up to the wheelbarrow and another arm-drag! Kiss splits to keep the arm and wrenches to an armlock! Daniels endures, fights up and powers out. Kiss runs Daniels over and things keep moving. Kiss handsprings and arm-drags Daniels again!
Daniels endures, fights his way up, and powers Kiss to a whip. Kiss goes up and over and arm-drags Daniels again! Kiss keeps on Daniels and that frustrates the veteran. Daniels fights up and throws forearms but Kiss hits back! Kiss DECKS Daniels, covers, ONE! Daniels runs into another arm-drag and is losing his cool. Kiss cranks on the arm and even digs his knee into Daniels’ head. Daniels fights up but Kiss backs him to a corner. The ref counts, Kiss wrenches and whips corner to corner. Kiss handsprings and SLAPS Daniels! Then Kiss goes Matrix to dodge, only to turn around into an EXPLODER! Both men are down but Daniels gets up first. Daniels drags Kiss up and whips him back to the corner hard! Kiss hits buckles then mat, but Daniels is still seething. Daniels whips Kiss even harder to the other corner! Kiss clutches his back but Daniels drags Kiss up.
Daniels whips to back drop Kiss high and hard! Cover, TWO! Daniels knees Kiss in the back then circles him like a shark. Daniels drives his knee in again then brings Kiss up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kiss toughs it out and that continues to frustrate Daniels. Daniels drags Kiss up but Kiss throws hands! Kiss ROCKS Daniels with forearm after forearm, then whips him to ropes. Daniels kicks back and hits the STO! But instead of a cover, Daniels floats around to a CROSSFACE! Kiss endures and reaches out to get a ropebreak with his legs! Daniels lets go in a huff and looms over Kiss. Daniels drags Kiss into the corner to CLUB him down. Kiss throws forearms back, but Daniels DECKS Kiss again! Daniels stomps away on Kiss in the corner but the ref counts. Daniels stops at 4 and tells the ref to get out of his face! The ref cools him off and Daniels heads back for Kiss.
Kiss throws forearm after forearm again and DECKS Daniels! Daniels gets up but Kiss is rallying! Dropsault and huricanrana! Daniels flounders up, Kiss runs in, table top and slingshot split leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives that assault but Kiss scoops and slams! Kiss twerks to the moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Now Kiss grows frustrated, and he spins, but into Daniels URENAGE! Daniels calls for his shot but Kiss anchors his feet to a victory roll! TWO and Kiss baits Daniels into a corner. Kiss ax kicks and boots Daniels down! Daniels is in the drop zone, Kiss goes up top, but Daniels gets away before the split leg drop. Kiss leaps to huricanrana, Daniels rolls him up, TWO! Kiss has the cover, TWO! Daniels blocks kicks, throws forearms but Kiss hits back! Kiss HEEL KICKS Daniels down! Daniels slowly rises, but Kiss runs out to boot. Daniels blocks, flips Kiss into the ANGEL’S WINGS!! Cover, Daniels wins!
Winner: Christopher Daniels, by pinfall
SCU wins again but Kiss gave Daniels quite the fight! Is this a sign of the next generation rising up? Or does the old Ring General still have some fight left in him?
Jurassic Express VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates!
Jungle Boy fell short of becoming the second-ever TNT Champion against Cody Rhodes, but it was an inspiring fight. Will it help Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt get a win for the trio? Or is this finally the night the Dungeon Master and Librarian remove the goose eggs from their win columns?
The teams sort out and Fun Size equips Luchasaurus’ shin covers and he looks like a tiny, shiny Shawn Michaels. Stunt starts against Avalon and fires himself up but Avalon says “Look at this dork.” Luchasaurus tags in and Avalon freaks out. Avalon wants Luchasaurus to calm down, but things speed up as Avalon dodges everything he can. Avalon springboards but into Luchasaurus’ arms! Ripcord and CHOP! Avalon scrambles away to Cutler and tags out. Cutler circles with Luchasaurus and they tie up. Cutler waistlocks but Luchasaurus pries free and puts him in a corner. Cutler slips out, roundhouses, then slingshots in but misses. Cutler keeps dodging and dropkicks Luchasaurus to a corner. Luchasaurus puts Cutler out, but Cutler slides in, under and out!
Luchasaurus grabs at Cutler but there’s no hair! Cutler enziguris Luchasaurus away then springboards, into a CHOP! Luchasaurus puts Cutler in a corner for fast hands! Cutler flounders around but Luchasaurus whips him to ropes, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Cutler still lives but Luchasaurus drags him up. Cutler breaks free, Luchasaurus ducks the first kick but not the second! Cutler whips but Luchasaurus is too big and strong! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS then Atomic SLAMS Cutler down! Luchasaurus DEAD LIFT wheelbarrow suplexes Cutler up and down! Stunt tags in, is the human weapon WHEELBARROW SENTON! Cover, TWO! Cutler pushes Stunt away but Stunt anchors his foot. Cutler still makes his way to the tag. Avalon drags Stunt off Cutler’s leg but Stunt arm-drags Avalon at Cutler! Avalon turns around into an enziguri, then Stunt runs to springboard arm-drag and dropkick!
Stunt goes up top but Leva waves hi. He remembers their kiss, right? Avalon does and he throws Stunt down! Avalon rains down right hands over and over! He drags Stunt up and brings him over to buckle bump. Cutler tags in and he brings Stunt up, but Stunt SLAPS him! Cutler DECKS Stunt then brings him up to the torture rack! Stunt endures being thrashed about and Cutler throws Stunt down. Cover, TWO! Cutler and Avalon argue, but Cutler stomps Stunt down! Cutler trophy lifts Stunt but Stunt turns it into a huricanrana! Cutler hurries after Stunt and drags him back. Tag to Avalon and Avalon shoves Cutler aside so he can stomp away on Stunt! Avalon hits Luchasaurus just because, and then fires off on Stunt again. Avalon whips, Stunt dodges and tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Both men are down but Jungle Boy and Leva rally for their teams.
Hot tags to Luchasaurus but not Cutler! Avalon tries to go it alone but Luchasaurus clobbers him! Luchasaurus throws Cutler around then roundhouses Avalon! Luchasaurus CHOPS Cutler off his feet, then blocks Avalon’s punch for a knee and ROUNDHOUSE! Cutler flounders into the pop-up flapjack! Avalon flounders into a CHOP! Spinning BUZZSAW for Cutler! Fireman’s carry for Avalon, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! But Luchasaurus isn’t done and Avalon flounders into a choke grip. Cutler saves Avalon but now they argue with each other? They each get a choke grip! They’re even fighting as Luchasaurus brings them around. Luchasaurus lifts them both but they both break free, and double mule kick him away!
Stunt climbs up and leaps at them both! They catch him, and toss him, but Luchasaurus catches Stunt to throw him back! Double crossbody! Tag to Stunt and he climbs up Luchasaurus for a SUPER SPLASH! Cover, TWO!? Avalon survives but Stunt tags Luchasaurus back in. Stunt again becomes a weapon, but he gets a SUPERKICK! Avalon enziguris Luchasaurus, then dodges, to go up, up and away for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus lives but Avalon heads up top! Luchasaurus grabs Avalon and climbs up. Avalon rakes the eyes and SUNSET POWERBOMBS! Tag to Cutler, springboard MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Their teamwork didn’t do it, but Avalon tags in.
Avalon and Cutler both run at Luchasaurus, but he handsprings under, over, and TAIL WHIPS Avalon! ROUNDHOUSE for Cutler! Luchasaurus drags Cutler up from the apron but Cutler throws haymakers! Cutler fights Luchasaurus off then bumps him off buckles for knees! Cutler wristlocks and springboards, but Luchasuaurs catches him! Stunt goes up, SUPER BULLDOG! Avalon runs in, Electric Chair to victory roll, TWO! QUESTION MARK KICK! Stunt comes back and Luchasaurus puts Avalon up for the BABY TAIL WHIP! And then Stunt choke grips, but needs help in the CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault from Luchasaurus, double cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Stunt feels very proud of himself, as he should. The Fun Size Kid and his friends are victorious tonight, will they turn things all around as we enter the Summer? As for Cutler and Avalon, they were so close yet still so far. Are they close to that breakthrough into the win column? Or must they start from square one?
Jon Moxley VS Robert Anthony!
Fyter Fest is coming, and The Maniac will cross paths with The Machine, Brian Cage. But for tonight, Mox will see if he can humble Egotistico Fantastico tonight?
But before either competitor comes out, Brian Cage comes out to join Excalibur and his mentor, Taz, on commentary! He wants to see Moxley fight with his own eyes, but will he keep it at watching?
The bell rings and Moxley circles with Anthony. They tie up, go around, and Anthony goes for a cravat. Moxley resists, wrenches but Anthony wrenches back. Anthony hammerlocks but Moxley turns that around to his own, and then a headlock. Moxley hits a headlock takeover, Anthony headscissors back but Moxley pops out. The two stand off as the crowd cheers. Moxley and Anthony circle and tie up again. Anthony wrenches the knuckle lock but Moxley drops down to get a takedown. Moxley waistlocks but Anthony gets up to get the ropes. The ref counts, Moxley lets go but he pushes Anthony against the ropes. Anthony keeps his cool and circles with Moxley again. They tie up, Anthony gets the arm and wrenches through. Moxley rolls, wrenches back, sweeps the legs and covers, ONE!
Anthony backs off and circles with Moxley again. They tie up again, Moxley puts Anthony on the ropes then gets a leg. Moxley trips Anthony but backs off to let Anthony seethe. Anthony cools off and circles with Moxley again. The crowd rallies for Moxley as he ties up, headlocks and hits the takeover. Anthony keeps his shoulders up, pries against the hold, and fights his way up. Anthony breaks the grip, waistlocks to headlock, but Moxley powers out. The two collide, Mxoley bounces off but runs Anthony over on the second. Things speed up, Anthony arm-drags and dropkicks Moxley! Anthony fireman’s carries but Moxley escapes and scrambles away. Moxley wags his finger but Anthony says he just got points on the board. The two reset and circle again.
They tie up with knuckle locks, Moxley shoots in for another leg takedown, then gets around to a waistlock. Moxley shifts to a headlock then back to a wristlock, then brings Anthony down to a short arm scissor. Anthony resists, fights to get up but Moxley shifts to another wristlock. Anthony rolls, handsprings and wrenches to wring Moxley out! Moxley bails out but Anthony hurries over. Moxley gets clear of the Pescado to get in, build speed and DIVE! The tope hits and the crowd fires up for Mox! Marko wants a high five but Moxley leaves him hanging. Moxley puts Anthony in, blocks a kick to dragon screw the leg! Anthony hobbles up into another dragon screw! Moxley watches Anthony crawl to ropes but brings him back up. Moxley puts the leg on the ropes to dig his foot in.
The ref counts, Moxley lets up at 4, but Anthony elbows back. Anthony boots, but into a capture and SUPLEX! Cover, ONE! Moxley keeps on the leg with a toehold but Anthony endures. Anthony tries to fight with hammering hands but Moxley cranks on the toehold. Moxley knees the leg then cranks Anthony into a modified Half Crab! Anthony endures, reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Moxley lets up at 4 but grabs the legs again. Moxley brings Anthony around and hooks the leg for a snap deathlock! Anthony endures while Moxley shifts around to a knee squeeze. Anthony elbows Moxley away but Moxley eggs Anthony on. Moxley stomps Anthony down then brings him up for the X-PLEX! Anthony rolls away to a corner but Moxley goes outside.
Moxley pulls Anthony backwards against the post in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! The ref counts, Moxley lets up at 4, and refreshes the count. Moxley brings Anthony back to the post to SLAM the leg into it! And then ties the legs up for a HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! Anthony screams in pain but Moxley lets go at 4! Moxley refreshes the count again before he stomps the legs! Anthony crawls but Moxley puts him in the ring. Moxley grabs the legs again and brings Anthony to the ropes. Moxley springboard sits down on the leg! Moxley climbs up top and Anthony manages to stand. Moxley leaps up and over Anthony, but comes back to a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Anthony grabs Moxley’s legs to hook them up, and he grabs the arms, for the ROMERO SPECIAL! But Anthony can’t get Moxley all the way up because of his own damaged legs, so he STOMPS Moxley down! Cover, TWO!
Moxley gets up but Anthony is on him with CHOPS! Anthony throws forearms and whips Moxley corner to corner. Moxley goes up and over and keeps moving to LARIAT Anthony inside out! Moxley drags Anthony up, Gotch holds, but Anthony back drops out! Anthony fireman’s carries, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and the crowd rallies up. Moxley gets to a corner and Anthony gets to his feet. Anthony runs corner to corner but misses! Moxley rolls him, underhooks but Anthony rams him into buckles! Anthony runs in but is put on the apron. Anthony forearms Moxley away, climbs up top and leaps, into a POWERBOMB! Moxley drags Anthony up in underhooks, for a chicken wing facebuster! Cover, TWO!?! Anthony survives and Taz is laughing! Moxley puts on the Texas Cloverleaf but Anthony reaches for ropes. Moxley drags him away, sits down deep, and Anthony taps! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission
The Maniac wins, but the Machine and his mastermind are not impressed. If Egotistico Fantastico gave Moxley that much of a fight, will it be a cake walk for the Path of Cage to become the NEW AEW World Champion?
AEW continues to put a lot into Dark these days, and that’s actually a good thing. Granted, the matches still went as expected, there was a lot of good story being told tonight, too. It almost felt like this truly was the third hour for (last week’s) Dynamite. SCU wins out, but with Christopher Daniels and Sonny Kiss giving us the stronger match. Daniels’ story since his last days in ROH were about if he’s “still got it,” and it really helps give the newer, younger talent a chance to shine. I really hope at some point, Daniels challenges Cody for that TNT Championship for those stories to collide. Both men fighting to prove they’re still worthy of something will really get a crowd going, both live and watching at home.
I am shocked that Alan Angels joined The Dark Order, but it is a great twist for a guy that AEW clearly sees something in. Angels/Number Five and Lee Johnson had a really good match, and I almost thought Johnson was going to win so that Brodie Lee would wallop both him and Angels to teach the others a lesson. But instead, Five finds a way to win, and then Johnson just becomes the punching bag for the entire faction. We have the majority of the Dark Order henchmen sorted out, but I’m not sure if we’ve seen a Number Six or Seven. Colt Cabana’s story with The Dark Order has yet to sort out, so maybe he becomes one of the missing numbers? Though I feel like AEW should’ve kept an important number like Ten or Seven in mind just in case that happened.
Proud ‘n’ Powerful and Butcher & Blade get very good wins that help keep them strong in the Tag Division, and especially towards stories. I’m pretty sure FTR beats Butcher & Blade but it should be quite the match. Allie continues to ignore her relationship with Butcher & Blade, but her plan is clearly to break The Natural Nightmares up. I would hope it’s to then break QT’s heart as she returns to being The Bunny, because I would hope AEW isn’t the kind to drop stories like WWE has done.
The last two matches of the night were incredible! Jurassic Express, Cutler and Avalon had a great showing, and for just a moment it seemed like Cutler and Avalon could’ve pulled it off. This can still go the way of Cutler and Avalon facing each other at Fyter Fest so that one of them finally wins. But at the same time, it came very close to suggesting these two could try to be a genuine tag team. I’m still personally hoping for the former. And then Moxley VS Anthony was a really good main event, but I loved Taz on commentary and how he was rightfully unimpressed. As AEW World Champion, Moxley toying with Anthony almost cost him, but it sure raised Anthony’s stock. I hope Taz brings this up on Dynamite to really dig at Moxley, accompanied by Cage dominating Anthony in a match of their own, to have a direct comparison.
My Score: 8.4/10
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