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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (7/7/20)

It’s Dark between Fyter Fest!

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AEW Dark Coverage

A special Fyter Fest Dark!

In between episodes of the two night event, AEW Dark shines with Fyter Fest samplers! Will The Butcher, Blade and Lucha Brothers blend together before going against FTR and The Young Bucks?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Brian Pillman Jr; Spears wins.
  • Big Swole VS Rache Chanel; Swole wins.
  • Frankie Kazarian w/ SCU VS Luther; Kazarian wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers VS Joe Alonzo, Brady Pierce, Tony Donati & Faboo Andre; Butcher, Blade & Lucha Brothers win.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Will Hobbs; Cassidy wins.
  • Michael Nakazawa VS Shawn Dean; Nakazawa wins.
  • Scorpio Sky w/ SCU VS Serpentico; Scorpio wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates; The Dark Order wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Brian Pillman Jr!

The Chair Man keeps winning, and the black glove has a lot to do with it. But will the son of the late “Flyin’ Brian” Pillman change that?

The bell rings and Spears circles with BPJ. The crowd is on Pillman’s side and he ties up with Spears. Spears powers Pillman back but Pillman slips free. Pillman and Spears tie up again, Spears wrenches to a wristlock, but Pillman spins through. Spears powers Pillman down and wrenches more but Pillman fights his way up. Pillman rolls, cartwheels and handsprings to bop Spears in the face with a foot! Spears is annoyed but he keeps his cool as he ties up with Pillman again. Spears puts Pillman in a corner and knees low. He CHOPS Pillman and stalks him to the other corner. Spears CHOPS again, but Pillman CHOPS back! Pillman fires up as he CHOPS more! Pillman whips, Spears reverses, but Pillman goes up and over and dropkicks, only to miss. Spears runs, but into the dropkick!

Pillman fires up with the crowd while Tully coaches Spears. Spears keeps calm and comes back to the ring. Spears gets around Pillman to forearm in the back, then again. Spears bumps Pillman off buckles, CHOPS him again, then again! Spears whips, Pillman reverses and runs in, but Spears puts him on the apron. Pillman ROCKS Spears, slingshots but into Spears’ dropkick! Pillman lands hard on the ramp and Spears goes out to stomp away! Spears refreshes the ring count to then dig Pillman’s head into the steps, and STOMPS! Pillman sputters and clutches his neck, but Spears throws him into the ring. Spears chokes Pillman into the mat! The ref counts, Spears stops at 4 and argues with the ref.

The crowd rallies as Spears drags Pillman up. Pillman throws body shots and forearms and CHOPS! He uppercuts Spears, runs, ducks and forearms! Pillman runs corner to corner for a BIG forearm! Spears staggers and Pillman redirects him, goes up the corner, but misses his corkscrew attack! Spears drags Pillman up, fireman’s carry, C4! Cover, Spears wins!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

Another clean win, Tully raises Spears’ hand in victory, but makes sure Spears’ other hand is loaded up. Spears drags Pillman up and DECKS him with that lethal left! BPJ may be #Bulletproof but no one is prepared for that metal slug. Will Spears make his way to some precious metals in the form of a championship?

 

Big Swole VS Rache Chanel!

Aerial Monroe wants after Britt Baker, and has been able to damage the Role Model’s ego a bit. Will she welcome the fashion forward newcomer with style and stay sharp for The Dentist’s return?

The bell rings and Chanel struts about while making sure her hair is right. They tie up, Swole pushes Chanel away and shows off her hair as well as muscles. They tie up again, Chanel pulls hair but lets up at the ref’s count. Chanel dares Swole to do something, so Swole headlocks. Chanel tries to power out but can’t, and Swole grinds Chanel down. They stand up, Chanel fights and tries again, but still can’t get free. Chanel pops out the back to headlock Swole, but Swole powers out to get it back. Swole gets the takeover, but Chanel fights her way up. Chanel throws body shots and powers out this time, but Swole holds ropes. Chanel talks smack, Swole gets around, reels her out, but Chanel bails out! No dirty dancing for the fancy one.

Chanel comes back, Swole side steps and follows to run Chanel over! Swole keeps moving, Chanel gets up but her hip toss is blocked! Swole brings Chanel up, whips her to a corner, but Chanel puts her on the corner. Swole ROUNDHOUSES back! Chanel staggers, Swole steps in but Chanel knees her back! Chanel runs to hit a draping swinging neckbreaker! Cover, ONE!! Chanel cannot believe it! Chanel clubs Swole down then rains down furious forearms! Swole pushes her away and gets to a corner but Chanel goes after her with those leopard boots. Chanel drags Swole up by her hair to snapmare her down! Chanel hooks up the arms for a seated stretch. The crowd rallies for Swole as Swole endures and fights up.

Swole kicks Chanel in the face until she’s free, but Chanel comes back for more! Chanel gets a half straitjacket and adds body scissors. The crowd rallies and Swole fights free of the body scissors. Swole moves around but Chanel shifts to a rear mount, a modified camel clutch. Swole still endures, powers up but we spot Britt has shown up ringside to watch. Swole fights back but Chanel knees and whips. Swole kicks back but Chanel throws a forearm! Swole LARIATS, but keeps on going! Swole rallies, throws fast hands, but Chanel ducks one kick, jumps the other, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole whips Chanel, Chanel reverses, but Swole comes back with the back elbow! Both women are down but Swole kips up!

Swole fires up and makes sure Britt sees this. Swole drags Chanel up in a dead lift waistlock but Chanel throws elbows. Swole ducks one, lifts, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Swole flips Chanel over, big KNEE! Fireman’s carry, TKO meets GTS, to DIRTY DANCING! And a BOOT! Swole covers, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall

Britt has Rebel back the “Role’s Royce” up so she can talk more smack, then they head off before Swole can get at them. Will Swole make sure Britt gets everything that’s coming to her soon enough?

 

Alex Marvez interviews Brandi Rhodes and Allie.

At last year’s Fight for the Fallen, Brandi surprised Allie with Awesome Kong and Brandi got to win. Yes, that’s important to talk about. They have a second chance at getting along. So far, it’s worked as their team has won. Mostly because of Allie. Really? Because that first match was all Brandi. Allie and Brandi argue and Dustin Rhodes comes in to stop it. He sees right through Allie. He knows what she’s going to do. It’s happened to him many, many times. Allie is going to kick QT in the balls and break his heart. How about not doing that? How about taking this opportunity right here to make the Nightmare Sisters a real team? They’re on a winning track, and Allie can prove she has a heart. “Don’t mess with my family, okay? That’s all I’m asking.” Then is this team still a team? Brandi would like that. Allie says it isn’t a terrible idea. Well that’ll have to be good enough for now.

 

Frankie Kazarian w/ SoCal Uncensored VS Luther!

SCU’s Heavy Metal Rebel takes on the Original Death Dealer, who is definitely odd. But given recent losses both in singles and trios action, can Luther break even all on his own?

The bell rings and Kaz circles with Luther. Kaz and Luther tie up, go around, and Kaz puts Luther in a corner. The ref counts, Kaz lets off and Luther protests. Luther stares at Kaz and complains to the ref before tying up with Kaz again. Kaz powers Luther to a corner, Luther turns it around, and Luther lets up at 4. Luther shouts, Kaz dodges his sucker punch and arm-drags Luther around! Kaz keeps Luther down with an armlock but Luther gets up. Kaz wrenches and yanks on the arm, then snapmares Luther to drop a leg on the arm! Kaz puts on a short arm scissor, then shifts to drop knees on the elbow. Kaz wrenches the arm more, Luther grabs at the ref but there’s nothing the ref can do when it’s a fair hold. Luther fights up and rakes Kaz’s eyes!

Luther knees Kaz against ropes, throws haymakers, then whips Kaz to ropes. Kaz blocks the hip toss, hits low, and manages a headscissor takedown to a cover. TWO, and Luther gets up, only for Kaz to arm-drag him again! Kaz drives the arm into the mat then drops more knees. Kaz cranks the wrist, Luther fights his way up but Kaz wrenches and yanks. Kaz whips, Luther reverses, Kaz again blocks a hip toss to duck the lariat, only to run inot a pop-up knee! Luther runs to windmill heel kick! Luther stomps Kaz to a corner then chokes him against the ropes. The ref counts, Luther uses wrist tape to choke Kaz more, but he still lets up at 4. Kaz hits back but Luther rakes his eyes again. Luther stalks Kaz but Kaz throws haymakers.

Luther rakes eyes again and Kaz staggers. Luther butterfly suplexes Kaz high and hard! Cover, ONE! Luther argues the count as three but it wasn’t anywhere close. Luther kicks Kaz to a corner, digs his boots in, but lets up at the count. Luther grows annoyed with the ref but he takes it out on Kaz with more raking fingers in the face! He lets up at 4, whips corner to corner and corner clotheslines! Kaz falls, Luther covers, TWO! Luther is furious again and threatens to kick the ref in his face! Luther walks into Kaz’s back elbow, and Kaz throws hands! Kaz rocks Luther again and again, but Luther stays on his feet. Kaz back kicks, knees and LARIATS! Finally Luther is down!

Kaz waits for Luther to stand before he clobbers him back down! Kaz whips but Luther reverses, only for Kaz to come back with a flying forearm! Luther crawls to a corner and Kaz throws haymakers. Kaz whips, Luther reverses, but Kaz slips out and enziguris! Luther is down again, Kaz slingshot Oklahoma Rolls! TWO, but Kaz keeps his focus. Kaz throws more haymakers but Luther stays up. Kaz runs, into a BOOT! Luther runs but Kaz boots back! Kaz hops up, reels Luther in, victory roll! Cover, Kaz wins!

Winner: Frankie Kazarian, by pinfall

Kaz gets the better of Luther and is now in AEW’s 20 Club! Will Kaz get back into the championship club soon enough?

 

8 Man Tag: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers VS Joe Alonzo, Brady Pierce, Tony Donati & Faboo Andre!

Andy Williams and Braxton Sutter share something in common with Pentagon and Fenix: they don’t like FTR or The Young Bucks. But before that epic 8 Man for Fyter Fest, the two vicious duos try a test run against The Chosen One, The Inspiration, the groovy and the Monarch of Manliness!

Tensions are running high already as this is the ring return for Pentagon and Fenix. Alonzo doesn’t help as he eggs Pentagon on. The teams sort out, and it’s Tony starting against Pentagon instead. Pentagon rushes Tony but then pulls back to take off the glove. Pentagon tosses the glove to his brother but it falls short. Tony wants a handshake but Pentagon gets in his face with Cero Miedo. Tony interrupts it?! Tony catches the back kick, forearms then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon taunts Tony’s team then goes back to him. Pentagon makes sure Tony listens this time. CERO, MIEDO! Tony blocks the whip so Pentagon CHOPS him! Tag to Fenix, the brothers CHOP Tony then double wrench and sweep the legs. They tie Tony up in a Paradise Lock!

Fenix runs to dropkick Tony out of Paradise, then Fenix gives Pentagon a boost in the wheelbarrow, for the rolling splash! Tag to Blade and he kicks at Tony. Blade lets Tony tag out to Alonzo, then he kicks Alonzo. Blade whips, Alonzo kicks back but Blade CLOBBERS him! Blade whips Alonzo to a corner, tags in Butcher before he BOOTS Alonzo. Butcher corner clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, and then feeds Alonzo to Butcher’s HUGE Urenage! Cover, both teams rush in and the pin is broken! Things get chaotic quickly, Blade sets Faboo up for Fenix’s tightrope Penalty Kick! Blade suplexes Faboo up, Fenix SUPERKICKS and Blade BRAIN BUSTERS! Butcher stalks Alonzo, drags him up and joins Pentagon in Cero Miedo!

Tag to Pentagon, he adds a POWERBOMB element to the Full Death! And then they hold Alonzo there for Fenix’s springboard DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, The Butcher, Blade and Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Devastation to say the least! These four have melded perfectly, will Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood, Matt & Nick Jackson be able to withstand it?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Will Hobbs!

Freshly Squeezed prepares for Le Champion taking on a fresh new face to AEW. Will Cassidy be able to stay strong against such a big, bad #EmbodimentOfWillpower?

Hobbs doesn’t take Cassidy serious with his hands in his pockets. Hobbs dares Cassidy to show him how tough he is. The bell rings, Cassidy dodges Hobbs and sends him into buckles! Cassidy throws off the armband and gives Hobbs a SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!?!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

The massive Embodiment of Willpower sees what can happen when he doesn’t take someone serious! Cassidy is ready for Fyter Fest, will he and Jericho put on one hell of a fight?

 

Michael Nakazawa VS Shawn Dean!

It’s the return of the Turkish oil master! But will Michael Naka… Naka… NAKAZAWA be ready for The Captain?

The bell rings and Dean salutes Nakazawa’s handshake. They tie up, Nakazawa wrenches to a wristlock, but Dean rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Dean hammerlocks, waistlocks, but Nakazawa resists the lift. Here comes the oil! Nakazawa slips free and then kicks Dean. Nakazawa headlocks but his oil is double-edged as the takeover fails. Dean headlocks Nakazawa but the oil helps again and Nakazawa avoids a takedown. The two stand off and Dean salutes again. Nakazawa rubs the oil all over, ties up with Dean and headlocks again. Dean fights out but Nakazawa runs him over. Things speed up, Dean hurdles and dropkicks Nakazawa down! Nakazawa gets to a corner,. Dean runs in, shoulder tackle and Dean is on the apron. Dean slips in, rolls Nakazawa and basement lariats! Cover, TWO!

Dean keeps on Nakazawa with clubbing forearms, then suplexes. Nakazawa blocks, hits back, and brings out the oil again! But this time, the referee takes it and chucks it! Dean brings Nakazawa around, suplexes but Nakazawa slips out. Nakazawa clubs Dean, but has nothing else in his pants! Nakazawa goes to suplex but it’s Dean who brings him up and over! Cover, TWO! Dean keeps his cool as he stomps Nakazawa to the ropes. Nakazawa hits back, Dean throws European Uppercuts! Dean whips corner to corner, Nakazawa boots back, then elbows Dean away. Nakazawa SPEARS Dean down! But both men are down as the crowd rallies up. Nakazawa goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps for a flying tackle! Cover, TWO! Dean survives and Nakazawa can’t believe it.

Nakazawa resorts to what he has left: his jock strap! The hot pink strap is primed, but Dean ducks, fireman’s carries and TKO! Then a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Nakazawa survives but Dean keeps his focus. Dean runs, but Nakazawa catches him to a cobra twist! And then the JOCK STRAP CLAW!! Dean endures, powers up and out, and hip tosses Nakazawa down! “That was Nasty!” but Dean gets Nakazawa up again. Nakazawa slips out, ripcord, JOCK STRAP CLAW, to an STO!! Cover, Nakazawa wins!

Winner: Michael Nakazawa, by pinfall

No one knows what to make of Nakazawa’s tactics, but no one can argue the decision. Nakazawa tosses the hot pink G-string to the crowd but that is the most unwanted souvenir in wrestling. Will Nakazawa have plenty where that came from?

 

Scorpio Sky w/ SoCal Uncensored VS Serpentico!

The Closer’s hot streak keeps getting hotter! But the cold blooded SNAKE MAN still wants to sink his teeth into a win! Will Scorpio’s streak be struck down in the middle of Fyter Fest?

The bell rings and Serpentico rushes Scorpio but Scorpio gets clear. The two circle, tie up, and Scorpio powers Serpentico back. Scorpio gets a leg, trips Serpentico and gets the facelock. Serpentico slips out, gets a hammerlock to headlock. Scorpio powers out, trips Serpentico and gets the facelock again. Serpentico fights up, powers Scorpio to the ropes, then CHOPS him! Scorpio CHOPS back! Scorpio brings Serpentico up to whip, body shot and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Scorpio keeps his cool and Serpentico gets to ropes. Scorpio stomps Serpentico to a corner, throws haymakers, then brings Serpentico up for a BIG backbreaker! And the rack! Serpentico endures but Scorpio drops him for a cover, TWO!

Scorpio wraps onto Serpentico with a chinlock, Serpentico fights up as the crowd rallies. Serpentico fights free but Scorpio wrenches and brings him around to back suplex. Serpentico lands on his feet, runs, rolls off Scorpio’s back, and baits him into boots in the corner. Scorpio comes back but into a huricanrana! Scorpio bails out, Serpentico builds speed, Serpentico slides but Scorpio dodges. Scorpio swings on Serpentico but he dodges, and whips Scorpio into the barriers! Serpentico leaves Scorpio behind to sit on the apron for a moment. Serpentico drags Scorpio up to bounce off the barriers then ram him into the apron. He puts Scorpio back in, then hits a guillotine leg drop! Roll to the cover, TWO! Serpentico tries again, TWO!

Serpentico keeps his cool as he drags Scorpio back up. Scorpio throws body shots but Serpentico snapmares for falling ax handles. Serpentico runs to drop more ax handles, then goes again, to STOMP! Cover, TWO! Serpentico sits Scorpio up for a neck wrench. The crowd rallies as Scorpio endures. Scorpio fights his way up, fights out and CHOPS back! Scorpio runs, into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Serpentico keeps his cool as he goes to a corner and climbs up. Serpentico leaps, only to land on his feet and drop a knee. Cover, TWO! Serpentico keeps on Scorpio with a high keylock. The crowd rallies as Scorpio endures. Scorpio gets up, Serpentico body shots and then gives a thumbs down. Serpentico goes to suplex but Scorpio blocks.

Serpentico clubs away on Scorpio, tries another suplex, but Scorpio blocks again. Serpentico throws forearms over and over, then says that’s it. He drags Scorpio up, but Scorpio hits a SNAP BRAIN BUSTER! Both men are down, the crowd rallies for Scorpio and a standing count begins. Both men stir at 3, Scorpio rises at 4 and stands. Serpentico follows, runs in but Scorpio rallies with forearms! Scorpio kicks, whips but Serpentico ducks, dodges and runs into a KNEE! Scorpio trips, flips and neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Serpentico lives and Scorpio can’t believe it. Scorpio keeps his focus as he drags Serpentico back up. Scorpio whips but Serpentico goes up and over and rolls, into a BOOT! Serpentico fixes his neck but is put on the apron.

Serpentico ducks the back hand to gamangiri! Slingshot stomps! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio still lives and Serpentico finally shows frustration behind that mask. The crowd rallies again as Serpentico brings Scorpio up. Scorpio shoves, blocks a kick to give a kick, but Serpentico dodges the stomps. Serpentico rolls and mule kicks, to a basement DDT! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives again and Serpentico is beside himself. The crowd rallies once more, Serpentico brings Scorpio up and CHOPS him. Seprentico wihps, Scorpio reverses, gets around and dropkicks Serpentico down! Both men are down again but the crowd keeps rallying. Another standing count starts but both men sit up at 3.

Scorpio and Serpentico stand, stagger, Scopriop fireman’s carries but Serpentico slips out! Serpentico KNEES Scorpio down! Serpentico hurries to a corner, leaps, but Scorpio dodges! Scorpio fireman’s carry, T K O!! Cover, Scorpio wins!

Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

Another big win for the rising star! Will Scorpio continue to #ReachForTheSky? And will he, Kazarian and Christopher Daniels be ready for The Dark Order and Colt Cabana tomorrow night? Speaking of…

 

The Dark Order VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates!

Evil Uno and Stu Grayson are back, ready to fight as The Exalted One needs. Meanwhile, the Dungeon Master and the Librarian are both still without wins, but they looked their most impressive yet against The Young Bucks last week. Will Uno and Grayson just add onto Cutler’s and Avalon’s winless woes? Or could tonight, in the shadow of Fyter Fest, be THE night?

Naturally, where even one Dark Order member goes, all members go. The Beaver Boys, aka Numbers 3 and 4, Alan Angels, aka Number 5, and Preston Vance, aka Number 10, are all watching their superiors from the stage. The teams sort out and Uno start with Avalon. Uno wants Avalon to #JoinDarkOrder, but Avalon isn’t so sure. Avalon lies down, but he tricks Uno to a cradle! TWO, and Uno DECKS Avalon! Uno bumps Avalon off Grayson’s boot, tags Grayson in, and both men stomp Avalon down. Uno whips Grayson so Grayson can whip Uno, but Avalon dodges! Uno runs into buckles, but Grayson CHOPS Avalon before he can get away! Grayson throws EuroUppers on Avalon, whips him but Avalon stops himself. Avalon boots Grayson, Cutler tags in and enziguris!

Avalon scoops and slams Grayson, and combines with Cutler for a splash and knee drop combo! Cover, but Uno brings Cutler off by his ear! Cutler ROUNDHOUSES Uno down! Grayson waistlocks, Cutler bucks him off and goes to the apron. The minions lurk and that distracts him just enough so that when he springboards, Grayson catches him for an URENAGE! Grayson tags Uno and they bring Cutler up. Uno CHOPS Cutler and then Grayson gets a cheap shot in. Uno CHOPS again, tags Grayson back in, and Grayson whips Uno in for a back elbow. Uno throws Grayson in for a shoulder tackle! Cover, TWO! Uno argues with the ref but that’s still a two. Cutler throws body shots but Uno haymakers.

Uno scoops for a backbreaker, then tags Grayson in. Grayson slingshots to apron senton Cutler! “WE ARE ONE!” Grayson puts Cutler in, covers, TWO! Grayson keeps on Cutler with a lift, but Cutler sunset flips. Grayson slips out to KNEE Cutler down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Uno, the Dark Order combines for a roundhouse BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, Avalon breaks it! Avalon gets away before Uno can get him, but Uno tags in Grayson. Grayson puts Cutler into the corner but Cutler fights back. That’s still 2v1, and the Dark Order whips Cutler into buckles! And again! And a third time! Cutler flops to the mat but the crowd rallies up. Grayson tags Uno, they yank Cutler up by his legs, but Cutler uses that momentum to up to the top! Cutler leaps, crossbodies Grayson, then hot tags Avalon!

Avalon springboards to crossbody Uno! Avalon rallies, enziguri for Uno and a dropkick for Grayson! Another dropkick, but then he runs into Uno’s elbow. Uno runs but into an enziguri! Uno is down, Avalon goes up, ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Avalon drags Uno up but Uno shoves him away. Grayson tags in, ducks the leg lariat to kick low and whip. Avalon reverses and Leva swipes Grayson! Grayson gets mad and goes out to intimidate her. But Avalon TRIANGLE PLANCHAS! Direct hit! Avalon drags Grayson up and in and makes sure Leva is okay. But the Numbers creep over to intimidate Leva. Leva uses a book to SLAP Alan Angels! And then Cutler springboards to DIVE and take the Numbers all out! A risky move but Leva helps Cutler up.

Avalon dodges Grayson and sends him into buckles. Avalon triangle hops for the tornado DDT! Cutler tags in, springboard FROGGY-BOW! Cover but Uno dropkicks it apart! Uno goes to throw Culter but Cutler sends Uno out! Tag to Avalon, they combine to double whip but Grayson crisscrosses, ducks and PELES! Grayson shouts for Uno to help but Uno is clutching an arm. Garyson clotheslines Cutler out then powerbomb lifts Avalon for the SIT-OUT! Cover, TWO!! Avalon lives and Grayson can’t believe it! Uno is being checked on, the Numbers are down, so Grayson runs and KNEES Avalon down! Grayson torture racks Avalon, for the NIGHTFALL BACKBREAKER! Cover, The Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Still undefeated as a unit, Grayson and Uno serve the winless wonders another defeat. Will Grayson be a pivotal part of Brodie Lee’s victory at Fyter Fest?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode for Dark, with only a little bit to do with Dynamite’s Fyter Fest Night 2. Spears has another clean win but dirty aftermath, but it is more interesting to see Brian Pillman Jr. debut for AEW. I wonder if he’ll show up more and become more of an established name. Swole continues to win while waiting on Britt, but Britt definitely does good Heel trash talk after the match. I actually feel bad for Will Hobbs. Yes, it makes Orange Cassidy look awesome to one shot him, but that doesn’t help Hobbs. I hope AEW fanboys see AEW doesn’t actually do that many things different from WWE, because I feel like WWE would’ve done something similar.

Nakazawa was hilarious as always, but I almost thought this was going to be Dean’s first AEW win. One of these days, a “jobber” has to win to surprise us and give some buzz to Dark. Allie, Brandi and Dustin have a good segment, and I’m a bit surprised they had Dustin calling Allie out like that. Of course, it is the natural and logical move, so maybe they’ll change course on the story? Maybe Allie can be conflicted between The Butcher & Blade and Natural Nightmares, causing there to be a match between those teams. Speaking of Butcher and Blade, the 8 Man Tag was amazing for being a squash match. The combination move to finish things was incredible, but I feel like we saw it here tonight because it’s not going to work for Fyter Fest.

Kazarian has a good match with Luther and Scorpio puts on a great match with Serpentico, so of course SCU’s members win ahead of their Six Man Tag with The Dark Order. Likewise, Dark Order puts on a great match with Cutler and Avalon, and win to stay strong for their story with Colt Cabana and SCU. Grayson does a lot of the action for the Dark Order by the end there, I wonder if he’s moving up to be the true top henchmen despite being “Player 2.” I’m definitely intrigued to see what Cabana does in that match, but I feel it’d be much more interesting if Cabana goes Heel. Especially if it’s scary, spooky Heel like the Dark Order is. Cabana was definitely obnoxious Heel in ROH against Dalton Castle but that was short lived.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)

Minneapolis gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

It’s a Superbad return!

Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
  • Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
  • Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
  • Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)

Rampage by the Lake!

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AEW Quake

It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!

From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
  • Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
  • Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
  • Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.

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Bryan Danielson is here!

The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”

Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.

Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.

Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!

So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?

 

AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!

Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?

The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!

The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.

Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!

Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!

Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!

Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!

Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)

There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?

 

The Lucha Brothers speak.

Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?

 

Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!

Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?

The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!

Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall

Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?

 

La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.

Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?

 

Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!

Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?

The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.

Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!

Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”

Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.

 

HOOK is here!

Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!

Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?

 

Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!

The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!

Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?

Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!

The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!

Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.

Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.

Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.

Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.

Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!

But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!

Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”

Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!

Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?


My Thoughts:

A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.

Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.

Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.

And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.

My Score: 8.7/10


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