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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/11/20)

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AEW Dark Coverage

AEW is Dark in the shadow of Super Wednesday!

Before Scorpio Sky goes for gold, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian battle the hardened Butcher and Blade! Will SCU rise back up in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey Fenix VS Lee Johnson; Fenix wins.
  • Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Alex Chamberlain; Spears wins.
  • The Gunn Club VS Shawn Dean & M’Badu; The Gunn Club wins.
  • Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Michael Stevens; Sabian wins.
  • Private Party VS Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr; Private Party wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Corey Hollis, Aaron Solow & “Pineapple Pete” Suge D; Jurassic Express wins.
  • The Natural Nightmares VS The Hybrid2; The Natural Nightmares win.
  • Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Rachel Ellering; Ford wins.
  • SoCal Uncensored VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Butcher & The Blade win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Rey Fenix VS Lee Johnson!

The Firebird takes flight again, hoping to still rise up towards a title opportunity! Will he use #BigShotty as a big step up the ladder?

The bell rings and Fenix circles with Johnson. The crowd rally up but Fenix wants them to calm down. Johnson steps to Fenix but Fenix is ready. They tie up, Fenix wrenches and goes around to bring Johnson to the mat. Fenix floats around and gets an arm, then gets a chinlock. Johnson slips out to get a hammerlock but Fenix gets away. The crowd cheers the exchange as they circle. Fenix gets a headlock and takedown, Johnson headscissors back. Fenix hops and spins and pops out! Johnson avoids the lunge, kips up, avoids the sweep, the kick and the other kick. Fenix blocks a punch, waistlocks and ripcords but Johnson avoids the clothesline! Fenix is frustrated and Johnson smirks.

Fenix offers a handshake, Johnson is wary of it, but Johnson still takes it. Fenix stomps his foot! Should’ve known! Fenix also ROCKS Johnson with an uppercut! Fenix chokes Johnson at the ropes and even bites the forehead! The ref backs Fenix off and Fenix “apologizes,” before hammering away with haymakers! Fenix stops at the ref’s count, and he follows Johnson out of the ring. Fenix puts Johnson up against the apron to CHOP! Johnson staggers to railing but Fenix whips him into other railing! Fenix lets off to refresh the count, and he KICKS Johnson right back down! Fenix “apologizes” to the ref again, but he KICKS Johnson down again.

Fenix goes back to the ring but then fetches Johnson. Johnson CHOPS but it doesn’t back Fenix down. Fenix CHOPS Johnson and then puts him in the ring. Fenix clubs Johnson, waistlocks, but Johnson elbows until he’s free. Things speed up, Fenix hurdles and drops and dropkicks Johnson down! The crowd cheers as Fenix stalks Johnson. Fenix drags Johnson up, fireman’s carries, but Johnson gets to the apron! Johnson fights back but Fenix sweeps the legs, runs and jumps to SOBAT! Johnson ends up back in the ring and Fenix ripcords. Johnson blocks the clothesline to fire off forearms, uppercuts and a LARIAT! The crowd rallies behind Johnson while Fenix gets to a corner. Johnson runs corner to corner but Fenix puts him on the apron.

Johnson hits back, springboards and missile dropkicks! Cover, ONE!? Fenix refuses to be beat by Big Shotty but Big Shotty fires up! Johnson runs corner to corner to clothesline! Then again, but runs into a boot! Fenix whips Johnson in but Johnson elbows back! Johnson hops up, springboards but lands as Fenix moves. Johnson gets Fenix with a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives again but Johnson keeps his cool. Johnson fires up again as the crowd rallies. Johnson says BANG and he SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS! Fenix kips up but Johnson blocks the superkick! Johnson spins Fenix but Fenix enziguris! Fenix runs in to SOBAT Johnson again! Fenix hoists Johnson up top, CHOPS, and then brings him out with the KINNIKU BUSTER!! Cover, Fenix wins!!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

The Firebird burns Johnson and gets the win! Will he and Pentagon soon find themselves grabbing AEW gold?

 

Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Alex Chamberlain!

#PERFECT10N is winning with an iron fist, almost literally. Whatever loads up the black glove on that left hand, it is definitely the ace up his sleeve. Will he need to resort to that in order to break #TheHammer?

The bell rings and Spears circles with Chamberlain. They tie up, go around, and Chamberlain puts Spears in a corner. The ref counts, Chamberlain lets up but Spears headlocks. Spears hits the takeover, Chamberlain keeps his shoulders up to avoid the cover, and the two go around. Chamberlain fights up, wrenches out and gets his own headlock. Spears powers out, Chamberlain goes up and over and keeps moving. Chamberlain dodges, Spears drops and hurdles but Chamberlain does it back, only for Spears to forearm him on the run! Spears CHOPS Chamberlain to the corner, then CHOPS him again! Chamberlain grits his teeth but Spears whips corner to corner. Chamberlain reverses then runs Spears over on the rebound!

Spears bails out but Tully calms him down. Spears paces but Chamberlain goes out after him. Spears wants him to take it easy, but Tully distracts Chamberlain for Spears to YANK him into the post! Spears digs his knee into Chamberlain’s head, then throws haymakers and a KNEE! Chamberlain flounders around while Spears refreshes the count. Spears hammerlocks the arm and then DROPS Chamberlain on the apron! Chamberlain clutches the arm as he drops to his knees but Spears puts him in. Spears stalks Chamberlain, drags him up and targets the bad arm. Spears punches the shoulder! The ref questions the glove but it isn’t loaded, yet. Spears goes back to Chamberlain, wrenches the bad arm but Chamberlain LARIATS with the good arm!

Spears bails out but Chamberlain grabs Spears by his hair! Chamberlain drags Spears up but Spears trips him first! Spears slingshots and STOMPS the bad arm! Chamberlain screams in pain as Spears digs his heel in. Spears then drags Chamberlain up, fireman’s carries, and he hits the C4! Cover, Spears wins!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

But that’s not enough, Spears tosses Chamberlain out of the ring! The ref is busy checking on Chamberlain that it allows Tully to give Spears the metal. Spears loads up, goes back to Chamberlain and DECKS him!! Spears breaks The Hammer and Tully applauds. Will Spears continue to use his metal friend until he finally has some precious metal?

 

The Gunn Club VS Shawn Dean & M’Badu!

Billy and his Son of a Gunn, Austin, won their return match, and are hoping to add to that! But will The Captain and the debuting wrestler from Nigeria have something to say about that?

The teams sort out and Dean starts against Austin. Austin salutes Dean and they shake hands to show there is respect. They circle, tie up, and Austin wrenches to a wristlock. Dean rolls, rolls back and handsprings to break free. Dean then dropkicks Austin to the corner, and gives another salute. Billy wants to help his son but Dean tells him to stay at the corner. Dean whips Austin, Austin goes up and over and rolls Dean up. Dean avoids the boot, rolls Austin, TWO! Austin fakes Dean out to dropkick a leg out! Austin facelocks to keep Dean down and the crowd cheers. Dean fights up, wrenches free, but Austin wrenches back. Austin tags Billy, and they double whip to throw a haymaker, a boot and a lariat! Cover, ONE!

Billy drags Dean up, wrenches him and brings him over. Dean breaks free, gets to his corner and tags in M’Badu! Billy sees M’Badu is a big man, but he’s just as big. They get face to face, then tie up. M’Badu powers Billy to the corner but lets up fast. M’Badu dares Billy to come back, so Billy takes off the shirt. Things get serious as Billy and M’Badu tie up again. Billy headlocks, M’Badu powers out, but they ram shoulders. M’badu doesn’t back down and Billy can’t believe it! Billy tries again, but he bounces off M’Badu! M’Badu is fired up while Austin and Billy talk it over. Billy circles with M’Badu, and kicks low to then ROCK him with that right! Billy headlocks again, M’Badu powers out but things speed up. Billy hurdles but runs into an elbow! M’Badu runs but into a boot!

Billy runs but gets only buckles! M’Badu hits a BIG splash! And a LARIAT! Cover, ONE! M’Badu stays on Billy and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Dean, they mug Billy and Dean clubs Billy in the corner. Dean stomps and clubs more, then rams his shoulder in. Dean enziguris Billy, and Billy flops down! Cover, TWO! The crowd fires up as Dean tags M’Badu back in. M’Badu stomps Billy, wraps on a chinlock, but Billy fights up. Billy fights with elbows then runs, to DDT! Both men are down, Billy reaches and stirs. Austin and the crowd rally as both Billy and M’Badu crawl. Hot tags to Dean and Austin! The Son of a Gunn rallies with clotheslines, but M’Badu returns. Austin dodges to then dump M’Badu out. Austin dodges Dean to kick and pump handle, for a SLAM! Cover, M’Badu breaks it!

Billy throws M’Badu back out hard, but Dean DECKS Billy! Dean salutes, but Austin hip tosses into the neckbreaker! Cover, The Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

The father and son win again to start a great streak! Will the Gunn Club get themselves some gold as AEW heads for Autumn?

 

Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Michael Stevens!

The Superbad boy steps back into the ring, hoping to climb up the ranks in his own right. Will “Marvelous” Michael Stevens be just another rung on the ladder?

The bell rings and Sabian circles with Stevens. They tie up, are in a deadlock, so they break. Stevens does a Peewee Herman Tequila dance as he struts around. Sabian and Stevens tie up again, Sabian wrenches to a hammerlock then a full nelson. Stevens resists so Sabian spins him to a cravat. Stevens resists the snapmare but Sabian cranks on the neck to get it anyway. Sabian fakes the Penalty Kick to pat Stevens on the head. Sabian gets a quick kiss from Penelope but he turns around into Stevens’ kick! Stevens headlocks, Sabian powers out, but Stevens runs him over! Stevens flexes, showing off the guns and “the buns.”

Stevens then plays the ol’ lasso trick and reels himself over to Penelope. The Superbad couple ain’t married yet, so Stevens shoots his shot. Sabian dropkicks Stevens off the apron for it! Sabian goes out, gets some water from Penelope, and reminds us that hydration is important. Sabian puts Stevens back in and stomps him down. Sabian struts now and then stomps a mudhole into Stevens! The ref counts, Sabian lets up and the crowd fires up. Sabian tells them to watch this as he goes back to Stevens. Sabian brings Stevens up but Stevens throws body shots. Sabian pops Stevens up and KNEES then spins to DECK him!

Sabian shakes out his fist while he toys with Stevens now. Stevens hits back but Sabian clubs him down. Sabian facelocks Stevens and grinds him down. Stevens fights up as the crowd rallies. Stevens throws body shots, gets free, but Sabian blocks the kick to KNEE him down! Sabian takes aim and Penalty Kicks! Sabian says the kick is good but the ref says wide left. Sabian sighs while Stevens pumps and thrusts in a corner. Sabian gets angry and runs in, but Stevens dodges and Sabian runs into buckles! Stevens swivels and thrusts again, and Sabian runs into an enziguri! Sabian is getting pissed as Stevens keeps thrusting. Stevens goes up and over, hits a facebuster! He KICKS Sabian into a basement Complete Shot! Cover, TWO!

Stevens fires up and drags Sabian into a fireman’s carry. Gut Buster Drop is caught, Sabian catapults Stevens into buckles! SPRINGBOARD DDT! And then, DEATHLY HOLLOWS! Cover, Sabian wins!

Winner: Kip Sabian, by pinfall

Sabian mocks the swiveling hips as he celebrates with Penelope. Will Kip be kissing a title belt in the near future?

 

Private Party VS Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr!

Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy are hoping to make Matt Hardy proud, but that means winning! Will they keep the party rolling against the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ?

The teams sort out and Pillman starts with Kassidy. They circle, tie up and Kassidy waistlocks to a headlock. Pillman powers out, follows and runs Kassidy over. Pillman rolls film, but things speed up as Kassidy hurdles. Pillman leaps over, keeps things moving but Kassidy arm-drags. Kassidy arm-drags again then calf kicks Pillman down! Pillman gets up and Kassidy shrugs as he facelocks. Tag to Quen, Quen slingshots to drop ax handles on the back! Quen brings Pillman up to throw a forearm into the back, but Pillman hits back. Quen fires off with clubbing forearms and big stomps. Tag to Kassidy and Kassidy climbs up to double stomp the back! Kassidy shadowboxes at Griff before he clinches Pillman. Kassidy CHOPS Pillman, snapmares and tags Quen.

Quen slingshot sentons onto Pillman! Quen knocks Pillman down, drags him back up and tags Kassidy back in. Quen atomic drops, Kassidy enziguris, then they sweep the legs and “Say cheese!” Double stomp out of the camel clutch! Private Party feels good as Kassidy builds speed. Pillman moves but Quen whips him into barriers! Kassidy goes again, only for Pillman to intercept with an uppercut! Pillman KNEES Kassidy down, covers, TWO! Pillman drags Kassidy up and feeds him to Griff’s boot. Pillman CHOPS Kassidy but Kassidy CHOPS back! Pillman stomps, tags Griff, and Griff throws body shots on Kassidy. The ref counts, Griff lets off, but then Griff throws forearms. Kassidy shoves, Griff clubs him back, then Griff whips Kassidy to ropes and BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO!

Griff keeps his cool as he drags Kassidy up. Griff throws European Uppercuts then tags Pillman. Griff whips Kassidy corner to corner and then LEAPS for a big corner splash! Pillman runs but fakes Kassidy out to SLAP him! The new Hollywood Blondes roll film on Kassidy while the ref keeps Quen back. Griff gets a cheap shot in! Pillman and Griff shrug, and Pillman drags Kassidy back up. Pillman CHOPS Kassidy, then snapmares him to KICK him in the back! Pillman spins Kassidy around for a cravat but Kassidy fights back. Pillman clubs Kassidy, pushes him to the corner and stomps away. Tag to Griff, Griff throws more of those heavy shots, then taunts Quen. Griff runs in, Kassidy goes up and over to hot tag Quen! Quen dodges Griff to PELE and elbow Pillman!

Quen dropkicks Griff then waits for him to get up so he can back drop him! Quen FLIES out onto Pillman! And he springboard crossbodies Griff! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party bring Griff up to double back suplex! Quen kips up, Private Party gets to the corners and climb, HARDY PARTY COMBO! Cover, Private Party wins!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Pillman was a second too late and he’s upset about that. But Quen and Kassidy get to celebrate another great victory! Will Quen and Kassidy party all the way to a tag title opportunity?

 

Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Corey Hollis, Aaron Solow & “Pineapple Pete” Suge D!

Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt are quite a unique combination, but so is this trio of The Original, the man from San Fran and Pineapple Pete! But will the boys and their dinosaur keep this train on the track with another win?

The teams sort out and we start with Stunt and Solow. Solow wants Suge to stop touching his hair. Solow and Stunt tie up, Solow pushes Stunt down, but then says he’ll fight on Stunt’s level. Solow drops to his knees and eggs Stunt on, so Stunt SUPERKICKS him! Solow pops up and swings on Stunt but Stunt dodges to bring him around, springboard headscissors and a dropkick! Tag to Luchasaurus and he drags Solow up to put in the corner. Jurassic Express mugs Solow, then Luchasaurus tilt-o-whirl scoops Solow for a SLAM! Suge runs in but Luchasaurus swats the clothesline to CHOP Suge down! Hollis runs in but is pushed away to then get a BOOT! Luchasaurus clamps onto Hollis, drags him up to a fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT!

Solow staggers up, Luchasaurus brings him up but Solow spinning roundhouses! Luchasaurus stays up to QUESTION MARK KICK! Tag to Jungle Boy and he clubs Solow. Stunt climbs up Luchasaurus, they coordinate for a crossbody brain buster! Cover, TWO! JB stays on Solow with a whip but Solow reverses. JB counters the hip toss to an arm-drag and armlock. Solow gets up, JB CHOPS him, then knuckle locks and goes up. Hollis trips JB up and JB hits buckles! The ref reprimands but Solow stomps a mudhole into JB! Solow taunts Stunt but JB fires off forearms. Solow shoves, wheelbarrows and STOMPS him down! Tag to Hollis, Suge tags in, Hollis springboard enziguris JB down! Suge gets in to headbutt low and Northern Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!

Suge keeps on JB with fast hands, then winds up only to get hit with an enziguri! Suge is already punch drunk but he manages to whip JB. JB LARIATS on the return! Both men are down, the crowd rallies up, but Suge drags JB away with a heel hook! Solow and Hollis attack Luchasaurus while Suge jams JB. Suge runs but into a back drop! JB double clotheslines Solow and Hollis then hot tags Stunt! Fun Size starts rallying with a SUPERKICK and a sobat! Hollis grabs Stunt but gets a PELE! Stunt sends Solow into Hollis, and dropkicks Hollis down, causing him to DDT Solow! Suge rushes Stunt but gets sent into buckles. Suge goes up but Stunt trips him up! Suge is stuck, Stunt fires up and crucifix lifts! Stunt manages a RAZOR’S EDGE!

The crowd cheers but Solow clobbers Stunt. Luchasaurus returns to give Solow the TAIL WHIP! JB uses Luchasaurus as a step stool to leap and shotgun dropkick Hollis out! Jurassic Express has Suge with the leg sweep and spinning BUZZSAW! Basement blindside lariat! Stunt goes up top while JB and Luchasaurus bring Suge up like a hammock. 450 SPLASH! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

And the train keeps rolling! Will Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus find their way to titles as we roll into the Fall?

 

The Natural Nightmares w/ The Nightmare Sisters VS The Hybrid2!

Last week, Allie cost QT Marshall by giving Jack Evans and Angelico an opening. But this week, Dustin Rhodes is by QT’s side and they’re ready for payback! Will they succeed?

The teams sort out and Angelico starts with QT. They tie up, Angelico wrenches the arm to a wristlock, but QT spins through to wrench back. QT cranks the wristlock, Angelico spins through to slip around and wrench again. QT rolls, wrenches, headlocks and hits the takedown. Cover, ONE, but QT holds on. Angelico powers up, powers out, and things speed up. QT fakes Angelico out to dropkick him down! Angelico gets to the corner and tags Evans in. QT tags Dustin and Evans shows off by springboarding and handspringing in. Evans and Dustin circle, Evans shows off more by using spin kick after spin kick to keep Dustin back. Dustin just waits him out to ROCK him with an uppercut! Dustin wrenches Evans, tags QT and whips Evans.

QT body shots, Dustin uppercuts again! QT hits a standing moonsault and covers, TWO! QT keeps Evans from Angelico as he tags Dustin back in. The Natural Nightmares mug Evans, Dustin wrenches Evans’ arm to drop a leg on it. Cover, TWO! Dustin stays on Evans with a mounted armlock, then drags Evans up by his hair. Dustin headlocks, Evans fights out and throws forearms! QT tags in as Evans whips Dustin. Dustin dodges Evans and helps QT with the slingshot tackle! Cover, TWO! QT drags Evans up and throws a BIG forearm! Evans wobbles, QT whips him corner to corner, but Evans goes up. QT catches Evans but Angelico distracts the ref so Evans can rake QT’s eyes! The Nightmare Sisters protest and Dustin gets in but the ref keeps Dustin back.

Evans drags QT down into a Chancery and Angelico KICKS QT in the face! Evans covers, TWO! QT still lives but Evans stomps him down. Evans drags QT up, bumps him off buckles and tags Angelico in. Angelico wrenches QT’s arm, wrangles him down with a high wristlock then traps that arm as he rolls QT around. Angelico uses his legs to get QT into a modified Koji Klutch! Dustin stomps Angelico down but the ref gets him to go back. Evans stomps QT to get even! Angelico has QT in a corner and he throws jab after jab. Allie shouts at QT to fight back but Angelico whips QT corner to corner. Angelico runs and leaps but misses the BIG Stinger splash! QT hurries for the corner but Evans clubs him down! Evans talks trash but QT crawls under to tag in Dustin! Dustin CLOBBERS Evans!

Dustin rallies with Evans and whips, but Evans reverses. “Not today!” Uppercut! And an uppercut for Angelico! Atomic drop and bulldog for Evans! Evans gets to a corner, Dustin whips him corner to corner and then spinning powerslams! Angelico runs into a spinning slam, too! Dustin climbs up top, to SENTON onto both TH2! Dustin drags Evans up and reels him in but Angelico roundhouses first! Angelico runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Evans swings but QT is in, pop-up FOREARM! Dustin suplexes Evans, FINAL RECKONING! Cover, The Natural Nightmares win!

Winners: The Natural Nightmares, by pinfall

Brandi and Allie celebrate with them as one big Nightmare Family! Will Dustin and QT rise up in the AEW World Tag Team Championship scene at the same time Allie and Brandi help build the AEW Women’s Tag Division?

 

Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Rachel Ellering!

The Superbad girl has her turn in the ring after watching Kip score that marvelous victory! She goes up against the newest recruit to AEW, the “Queen of Strong Smile!” Rachel’s on-air debut was the Women’s Tag Team Cup, but she didn’t quite get it done. Does Rachel fair better in her Dark debut?

The bell rings and Ford approaches with Ellering. They tie up, Ford gets the headlock and takeover fast, but Ellering headscissors back. Ford moves up, hops around and pops out! Ford grins as Ellering gets back up. The two go again, Ellering gets around and waistlocks to then reel Ford out to bring her back in for a back drop! Ellering digs a knee in for the armlock then brings Ford around for another. Ford fights up, wrenches out to a hammerlock then a headlock. Ellering endures the grind, powers out but Ford whips. Ellering runs Ford over then speeds things up. Ellering rolls, side steps and follows for the flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Ellering stays near Ford and brings her up.

Ellering cross-fisherman but Ford fights the suplex off. Ford throws forearms, and then Kip uses the leaf blower?! Ellering staggers into Ford’s BOOT! The ref reprimands Sabian while Ford drags Ellering to the ropes. Ford wraps Ellering’s hair on the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts and Ford lets up at 4. Ford comes back to choke Ellering on the ropes, but lets up at 4 again to YANK Ellering into ropes! Sabian praises his fiance, she’s “hot as hell and clever.” Ford whips, Ellering reverses but Ford boots back! Ford bumps Ellering off the buckle then CLOBBERS her from behind! Ford drags Ellering up and toys with her as she scrapes her foot on Ellering’s face.

Ford reels Ellering in but Ellering blocks the suplex. Ford fires off body shots but Ellering suplexes Ford! The crowd rallies up as both women are down. Ellering and Ford slowly rise, Ellering boots the clothesline away to SLING BLADE! Ford gets up but Ellering CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Ellering wrenches and wrings Ford out, to then basement dropkick her down! Ellering drops a back senton, covers, TWO! Ellering drags Ford up and whips to pop up, but Ford hits back! Ford runs, but into a SPINE BUSTER! Matchbook cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Ellering grows frustrated. Ellering drags Ford to a drop zone, but her springboard leg drop misses!

Ford goes corner to corner with the handspring and back elbows! Ford handsprings again, to STUNNER! Ford isn’t done, she drags Ellering up for the PERFECT PLEX! Cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall

That was another Superbad win for Penelope, and the Superbad super couple sweeps the night! Will they both be having a Superbad time on the way to titles?

 

SoCal Uncensored VS The Butcher & The Blade!

While Scorpio is going to #ReachForTheSky tomorrow on Dynamite, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian look to continue their rise in the AEW Tag Team Division! But they’re up against an incredibly tough and ruthless duo, will Andy Williams and Braxton Sutter break The Addiction?

The teams sort out and we begin with the Heavy Metal Rebel and Blade. They circle, tie up, go around, and Kaz puts Blade in a corner. The ref counts but Blade turns it around. The ref gets in to break this but Blade and Kaz start shoving. Kaz puts Blade on the ropes, Blade turns it around and they end up in another corner. They keep going around in the elbow and collar, Blade powers Kaz back but Kaz powers Blade back. They end up in a deadlock, Kaz gets a leg to bring Blade around for a headlock! Blade endures the grind, fights up but can’t power out of the hold. Kaz grinds harder, Blade fights up and fights out to get his own headlock. Kaz endures the grind, lifts but Blade cranks on the hold. Blade keeps on that headlock but Kaz powers out, only for Blade to run him over!

Blade talks smack while Kaz gets to a corner. Kaz goes up as Blade runs in, and Kaz rolls Blade up to a cover! TWO, Kaz back kicks and knee lifts to clothesline Blade down! Kaz talks smack back and drags Blade up. Kaz whips, Blade reverses, Kaz whips Blade again to duck and windmill kick! Kaz drags Blade back up, tags Daniels, and The Addiction double whip. They body shot and running neckbreaker to a cover, ONE! Daniels keeps on Blade with big forearms then whips to dropkick Blade down! Cover, TWO! Daniels keeps his cool, drags Blade up but Blade knees low! Tag to Butcher but Daniels kicks and CHOPS him first. Daniels runs only to get run over! Butcher talks smack to the “old man” before he scoops and SLAMS him!

Butcher drops a knee then drags Daniels back up. Butcher clubs Daniels then runs, but Daniels drops down to leap! Butcher catches Daniels, tags in Blade, and then the bearhug becomes an atomic drop for Blade’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Blade keeps his cool as he kicks Daniels to ropes. Blade CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips. Daniels kicks back, tags Kaz, but Blade back suplexes. Daniels lands on his feet, Kaz shoulders in, they high-low with the clothesline and sweep! Butcher runs in but gets double kicks, double wrenches, then a kick, clothesline and stomp! Blade gets the back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool as he drags Blade up to snap suplex him. Tag to Daniels, SCU double whips, leap frog to a lariat, then the back suplex splash! Daniels ass the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Blade lives but Daniels keeps his focus. Daniels drags Blade up, waistlocks, but Blade breaks free. Tag to Butcher, but Daniels dodges to send Butcher’s clothesline into Blade! Daniels enziguris Butcher then clubs away! Daniels runs but Blade cheap shots! Butcher back suplexes for a back breaker! Blade STO’s Daniels onto a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Butcher drags Daniels up to put in the open corner and CHOPS him down! Butcher stands on Daniels’ head while he tags in Blade. Blade rains down rights on Daniels but the ref counts. Blade lets up to taunt Kaz. The crowd rallies, Blade stomps Daniels and circles him like a shark. Blade drops down to headlock and grind Daniels down. Butcher wants Daniels’ head to pop off but Daniels fights up.

Blade clubs Daniels, scoops him and tags in Butcher. They combine for the leg drop sidewalk slam! Butcher drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Butcher drags Daniels back up, and puts on a bearhug! Daniels endures the squeeze, the crowd rallies up for him, and he BITES Butcher’s face! Daniels is free, he ROCKS Blade, but Butcher catches him to tackle him into buckles! Butcher whips corner to corner then runs in but Daniels dodges! COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down, the crowd rallies up, hot tags to Blade and Kaz! Kaz rallies on Blade and Butcher with big haymakers! Kaz whips Blade, Blade reverses but Kaz hits flying forearms and a dropkick! Kaz suckers Butcher into a guillotine leg drop!

Kaz whips Blade but Blade reverses, only for Kaz to come back and LARIAT! The crowd fires up as Kaz scoops Blade for a slam! Kaz springboards for the leg drop! Cover, but Kaz sees Butcher running in, and lets the elbow drop onto Blade! Kaz fires off on Butcher, and ROCKS him with a haymaker! Kaz ROCKS Blade, but Blade reverses the whip. Butcher brings Kaz up and Blade gives him a spin start for the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaz still lives and Blade grows frustrated. Blade argues with the ref but he focuses back on Kaz. Kaz dodges in the corner, Daniels hits Blade then tags in. The Addiction brings Blade up for Daniels’ knuckle lock STOMP!

Daniels hits Butcher for good measure before he and Kaz focus on Blade. The Addiction double whips, hip toss to the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Blade still lives and Daniels can’t believe it! Kaz goes after Butcher but gets a LARIAT! Blade escapes Angels Wings but Daniels clotheslines Blade down! Daniels calls his shot as he goes to the corner. Blade anchors a foot and Butcher CROSSBODIES Daniels down! Butcher drags Daniels up, he gets FULL DEATH!! Cover, The Butcher & The Blade win!!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

These two just defeated former ROH World Tag Team Champions, because they’re “the realest of the real!” Will Butcher and Blade soon be AEW World Tag Team Champions?


My Thoughts:

AEW Dark is getting better at making things feel like you need to stick around and watch it. We still got matches that were going to have obvious results, though. It was obvious Fenix, Spears, Sabian, Private Party and the Jurassic Express were going to win, but they all had really good matches. The Gunn Club was probably also another obvious winner, but M’Badu was really impressive here. The Natural Nightmares and TH2 is a match that could’ve gone either way, but it makes a lot of sense for the Nightmares to win. That’s their payback on TH2 and it helps them get back on track in the tag team division. I also like the touch of Brandi showing off her action figures so that this can still tie into her story with Allie.

I feel like Ford VS Ellering technically could’ve gone either way, but it makes a lot of sense for Ford to win. Ellering is new, will get her footing in AEW soon enough, but Ford is the one on a hot streak in singles competition. It also shows AEW has faith in her by calling this match a “co-main-event” in the YouTube description. Then the main event was definitely a match that could have gone either way, but I think it’s a great move for Butcher and Blade to get the win. They’ve been a solid team in AEW, SCU sees that and respects that and wants the younger team to get that shine. I’m sure Butcher and Blade will get to the tag titles, and might even win them as AEW moves into Dynamite’s second year.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Can Darby Allin stop the Path of Cage?

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AEW New Year's Smash 2021

New Year’s Smash wraps up with a blast!

The Relentless Darby Allin takes on Team Taz’s Machine, Brian Cage, for the AEW TNT Championship! Will Cage crush Darby and have TWO belts?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Eddie Kingston w/ The Fam; PAC wins.
  • Miro w/ Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy; Miro wins and Chuck Taylor must be his Young Boy until after AEW Beach Break.
  • Six Man Tag: The Elite w/ Don Callis VS ???; changed to…
  • Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Danny Limelight & The Varsity Blondes; Omega & The Good Brothers win.
  • Jurassic Express VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard; FTR wins.
  • NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay; Deeb wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Brian Cage w/ Taz; Allin wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Eddie Kingston w/ The Fam!

The Bastard is back to stop the Mad King from using the only two people he respects on the face “of this scummy world” as pawns. Will Pac make Kingston learn to respect him and the Lucha Brothers? Or will Kingston, the Butcher and the Blade only add on to what they did to Death Triangle last week?

The bell rings just seconds before Pac dropkicks Kingston down! Pac builds speeds and FLIES! Direct hit with the Fosbury Flop! Kingston flounders and Pac whips him into railing! Pac scares off The Fam, then stalks Kingston back into the ring. Kingston staggers but Pac is after him with a BOOT in the corner! Pac has the fans fired up behind him as he grinds then BOOTS Kingston down! Pac digs his boot into Kingston at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Kingston gets to another corner, Pac BOOTS him down again! Pac stalks Kingston along the ropes as The Fam rallies up but Pac just BOOTS Kingston again!

Pac snapmares Kingston, climbs up the corner and watches like a hawk, for a shotgun missile dropkick! And what a fluid kip-up right after! Kingston stirs as The Fam coaches him up but fans are on Pac’s side. Kingston throws a body shot, Pac KNEES him back! Kingston flounders into another KNEE! Pac glares as Kingston goes to a corner, and he throws forearms! Kingston shoves Pac, boots him, then hops up for a FLYING KNEE! Fans boo as Kingston stomps Pac, but then Kingston distracts the ref by pointing out the Lucha Brothers. Bunny Allie claws at Pac’s eyes! Allie laughs at Pac’s pain but Rey Fenix rushes over! The ref tries to keep Fenix back but Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Pac!

Fans boo as The Fam keeps the Lucha Brothers at bay. Kingston puts Pac in, looms over him and brings him up to turn for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Kingston is annoyed but he keeps on Pac with a smothering neck wrench. Fans rally up as Pac endures, Kingston claws at Pac’s face but the ref reprimands. Kingston lets off to then CHOP Pac to a corner! And CHOP again! Pac snarls as Kingston CHOPS him again! Kingston elbows Pac down, pulls on his ear at the ropes, but the ref counts. Kingston stops at 3, The Fam laughs at Pac’s pain, and Kingston drags Pac up. Pac ROCKS Kingston, Kingston CHOPS back! Pac forearms, Kingston CHOPS!

Pac gets the edge, kicks and kicks and KICKS! He dodges Kingston to SNAP GERMAN! Fans are thunderous as Pac sits up with another scowl. A standing count starts, Allie taunts Pac but Pac sneers back. Pac gets up with the ropes at 5, and he goes over to Kingston. Kingston sits up but Pac KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Kingston manages to stay up, but Pac just KICKS him again! Kingston falls over and Pac looms over him. Kingston pushes Pac, Pac runs but into a CHOP! ENZIGURI! SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives and fans are fired up! The Fam is furious but the Lucha Brothers rally for Pac as a new standing count begins.

Kingston sits up first at 3, but Pac follows at 4. Kingston and Pac slowly stand, hobble a bit, and Kingston is on Pac in a corner with a CHOP! Pac snarls again and dodges Kingston’s clothesline! Kingston elbows back, then boots, but Pac ENZIGURIS Kingston on the top rope! Kingston is dazed and Pac climbs up to join him. Pac brings Kingston up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kingston survives, The Fam and the Lucha Brothers are all anxious, but Kingston flounders to a corner. Pac stands, takes aim, and runs in to BOOT Kingston down! Pac throws more boots, Kingston manages to stand, but Pac runs corner to corner to EuroUpper!

Pac brings Kingston out and pushes him over. Kingston flounders about, tries to find Pac, Pac runs but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Pac barely survives and that frustrates Kingston. Kingston hobbles, clutches a shoulder, but he gets Pac up in a facelock. Pac holds ropes to deny the DDT, then he basement dropkicks Kingston down! Pac drags Kingston to a drop zone, climbs up top, BLACK ARROW!! Cover, Pac wins!!

Winner: PAC, by pinfall

But he isn’t done! Pac puts Kingston in the BRUTALIZER! The Fam and the Lucha Brothers jump in but the ref keeps the peace as best he can! But here comes LANCE ARCHER! The Murderhawk Monster chases off The Fam because they know he wants his pound of flesh from Kingston! Jake the Snake is now keeping the peace between the many enemies of Kingston, and Archer is telling Pac to get on the same page as him. They both want the same thing, but will they all be patient enough to take the Mad King down together?

 

Miro w/ Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Best Man and the Superbad couple undoubtedly injured Trent’s arm, which is why the Best Friends are down a man. But in an attempt to get even, the Kentucky Gentleman made a bet! If Chuck wins, Miro and friends leave him and Trent alone. But if Miro wins, Chuck becomes Miro’s “Young Boy,” aka lackey, from tonight until the Superbad Wedding at AEW Beach Break in February! Will Chuckie T be able to carry on without Trent? Or will he have to carry Miro’s bags instead?

AEW returns as Miro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Chuck attacks Miro with fast hands and feet! Chuck has Miro in the corner, stomps away but backs off as the ref counts, to then clothesline Miro out! Miro staggers back up and hurries back to the apron, but Chuck knocks him down! Chuck goes out and whips Miro into the stage! Miro comes back, Chuck gets around him and uses a waistlock to send Miro back into the stage! Miro staggers into the ring, Chuck builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Miro! Fans are fired up as Chuck stares down Kip! Chuck fires haymakers, whips Miro into railing, then throws more haymakers!

The ring count is 5, Miro shoves Chuck then runs at him, but Chuck dodges and Miro hits POST! Chuck refreshes the ring count, then leaps out to DOUBLE STOMP onto Miro! Miro manages to get in the ring, fans rally with Chuck and Chuck climbs up top. Kip dropkicks Cassidy! So Chuck mule kicks Kip! Chuck hits a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE on Miro! Chuck builds up speed but Miro hits a SAMOAN DROP! Miro fires up and RAMS into Chuck, then fires off furious fists! The ref counts, Miro uses an OVERHEAD suplex to send Chuck across the ring! Miro then runs corner to corner to SPLASH Chuck, then keeps moving to WINDMILL KICK Chuck down!

Fans boo but Miro glares at Chuck. Chuck flounders up, Miro stomps around, Miro hits the BEST KICK! But he’s not done there, because it’s “GAME! OVER!!” Stomp and camel clutch, GAME OVER STRETCH! Chuck taps, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by submission

Miro makes Chuck suffer, but now he has himself a new butler! Miro and the Superbad couple usher their Young Boy away, leaving Freshly Squeezed all alone. What will Chuck have to endure for the next month?

 

Backstage interview with #HardyParty.

Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and their new manager, Matt Hardy, are here, what does this mean for the relationship? Hardy speaks over Private Party to say that now that they’ve joined his Hardy Brand, things have been so much better. He lets them tell us what that means. Kassidy says a wise man once told them “It’s called show business, not friend business, for a reason.” Quen says ever since signing with AEW, their lives have been great. But now it’s so much better after signing with Matt! He is a tag team legend, an icon! It’d be pretty stupid if they stopped being a tag team now.

Actually, there is something Quen needs to get off his chest. Matt is taking 30%?! Yes, even from third party platforms, that was in the fine print. If they didn’t read that, that’s on them. It was a lesson they had to learn. But they’re so focused on money. Money will be nothing when they’re multi-millionaires! Hardy should know. Says the guy who is taking money from them! He’s like some, some… money-grubbing CARNY!

They’re calling him a carny!? How disrespectful! You guys were nobodies before him! He is the only one here that cares for them! The fans don’t care about them! Hardy had to learn that the hard way, on 9/15/2020, AEW All Out! No one here cares!! The sooner you get that, the better you’ll be. So just shut up, listen to him, and do what he tells you! Now go, this interview is over! Well, this escalated rather quickly. Will the party be over now that Hardy is in control?

 

Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle are here!

Le Champion, MJF, and the rest of the team head to the ring, united as one after all they’ve been through. Jericho takes a moment to revel in the fans singing Judas for him, we learn the Inner Circle’s 2021 New Year’s Resolutions after the break!

AEW returns and Jericho has the mic to say, “It’s the first time the entire Inner Circle has been in the ring together in 2021, and it’s gonna be a huge year for us!” 2020 was big, but this will be bigger. So they’re here to share their plans for the next 365 days! Who starts? Jake Hager starts by shouting, “CHAMPIONSHIPS! YEAH!” That is a good one. MJF says that was a great answer, and if he were to say off the top of his head, “just continuing to strengthen these bonds I have with all the men in this ring. And also fat people, they gotta go.” Sammy Guevara agrees, and Ortiz says he wants to perfect his grandmother’s sofrito recipe, and also “learning how to throw down some arroz con nueces.” MJF pretends to know what that is but Jericho knows the sofrito’s amazing.

Jericho wants to go out on a limb here and give his own resolutions. 2021 is the year Jericho and MJF will become AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! Whoa, wait. Santana and Ortiz say they were handpicked to be in the Inner Circle because they were THE tag team. So what’s…? Sammy has Santana and Ortiz stand down because Sammy knows what’s going on here. Sammy says Jericho is a tag team SLUT!! WHOA~! Sammy!?! What?! The writing’s on the wall! Jericho wants to team with MJF! He teamed with Hager! He teamed with Sammy! MJF says this is messed up. But Jericho was dappin’ it up with Snoop Dogg, are they going to be a tag team? Maybe…

MJF has this calm down. Sammy, you’re getting the trains off the tracks, let’s get them back on track. So much hostility. SHUT UP, MAX! This is the thing! Hager wants Sammy to let Jericho and MJF explain. Jericho says they’re all top level professionals, huge stars, tremendous athletes and even “sexy hooligans!” Any combination here could win the AEW World Tag Team Championships! But much like Big Jake and War Dog blew off some steam, Jericho and the others should do the same. For bragging rights, next week, live on Dynamite, for the first time-ever, a Triple Threat to decide who will be the OFFICIAL tag team of the Inner Circle! Whoa!

So Jericho says it’s him and MJF against Santana & Ortiz, and then Sammy says it’ll be him and Hager. CHAMPIONSHIPS, YEAH!! Sammy Hager? Good one, Sammy. Wait, what do you mean? Nevermind. MJF says we’re off rails and running short on time, so let’s all relax. At the end of the day, after their “teeny tiny exhibition match,” they’re all still family, they’re still the Inner Circle, and nothing will break them up. They are better than you, and you know it. Hands in! Santana asks why MJF’s hands are darker than his face. Don’t ruin the moment. But will it be Sammy Hager, the Proud ‘n’ Powerful, of #Y2MJF that will represent in the AEW Tag Team Division?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

After honoring the life of the late, great Mr. Brodie Lee, many are wondering what is next for the faction. Evil Uno says that night was very important for them and all of AEW. In the future, everything will be in his name. They must be better people, and that starts next week when Hangman Adam Page teams with them. And wouldn’t you know, Hangman was just off camera! Stu Grayson pulls Hangman in to join the group, and they serve up drinks. Now the Dark Order will interview Hangman! John Silver starts by saying they all just love him so much! Alex Reynolds takes over to apologize and explain that Silver still gets nervous around Hangman.

But the Dark Order wants to know: When will Hangman #JoinDarkOrder? C’mon, Adam! Is it next week, after their match? Well, after next week, he’ll let them know. Sweet! But Hangman’s totally in, right? Up top! Hangman didn’t go that far so he hears them say all this. Will that affect his decision?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

AEW is going to have the first-ever Dynamite Awards! Hosted by Tony Schiavone! Go to aewawards.com to vote!

 

AEW looks back at how Darby Allin VS Brian Cage came to be.

Before forming Team Taz, Taz himself came to the Relentless underdog in hopes of mentoring the young wrestler in AEW. Taz has a lot of knowledge as one of the best from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. But Taz didn’t know how to talk to Darby, and took Darby’s rejection personally, and so Taz found himself someone who would listen. That someone was The Machine, Brian Cage! Cage wrecked everyone, but especially Darby Allin, in the Casino Ladder Match. Taz would then bestow upon Cage his most valued possession in THE FTW World Championship! Cage has the FTW mindset, and that is why he is holding the FTW title.

Then Team Taz would expand, adding Absolute Ricky Starks. This duo would beat down Darby at every turn, yet it was Darby who was getting what he wants. Cage tried to destroy Darby with body bags and thumbtacks, but Darby never says die. Darby kept fighting, even after being betrayed by “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs. But then, “IT’S STIIIIING!” Sting pointed to Darby and said, “Something feels really, really familiar about this place.” Team Taz tried to warn Stinger he’d get hurt, but Darby would return the favor by backing up the icon.

Team Taz have been holding back, but this feud isn’t 9 months in the making but 27 YEARS. Darby has been dealing with this kind of bullying his whole life, and now it comes to a head! Will the Relentless Face of TNT cause the Machine to break down?

 

Backstage interview with The Elite!

After the wild moment to end last week, “the band is back together!” Kenny Omega stands with the Young Bucks as Don Callis says of course they’re back together! Kenny’s two best friends, all these belts, it’s unbelievable! The Elite is ready to stir it up as a trio! But Callis says the Bucks should still have their own entrance, they have such a great song. That said, the Best Bout Machine heads out first!

Six Man Tag: The Elite w/ Don Callis VS ???

“And now, he has held the AEW World Title for 42 days. His victory over Rey Fenix on last week’s Dynamite was his 14th straight singles win. He now has an AEW high 36 victories. He has not teamed with The Elite in 144 days. He will become the first contracted talent to appear on Impact Wrestling Pay-Per-View at Hard to Kill. He is considered a hero by many in… NOOORTH CAROLINA! However, he is proud to be called a legend in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manatoba, Canada. He weighs 224 pounds. He is the All Elite Wrestling Wooooorld Champion…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The Sweepettes return to lead the way!

Omega walks out on stage with Callis, the pyro goes off, and we see that the opponents are Danny Limelight and The Varsity Blondes, Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr. When these three tried to stop the Good Brothers from invading, they were swiftly dealt with, and Griff even took a superkick from Matt Jackson! Will the young and hungry trio be able to catch The Elite by surprise tonight?

Callis grabs the mic from Justin Roberts to take over from here. Tonight is too special to leave this in the hands of an amateur. As we all know, this is history tonight because the band is back together! “Courtesy of Kenny Omega and Don Callis, the dream match, the dream six man” is happening! So let him introduce these two very special people in Kenny’s life, and the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS… and Omega’s best friends in the world… the GOOD BROTHERS~!! What?!? Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are here again?! To be fair, they are world tag team champions, but for IMPACT, not AEW!

Dasha is there to get Tony Khan’s reaction, and the Bucks are there to also be very disappointed in Kenny. Callis says business is business, but best friends are forever. Well, Elite or not, will this powerful trio be just too sweet for the young hopefuls across the ring?

Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Danny Limelight & The Varsity Blondes!

The trios sort out, but the former Bullet Club boys rush Limelight and the Blondes! The Good Brothers go after Griff and BPJ while Omega has Limelight in the ring! Fans boo but Omega stomps away while the Varsity Blondes are sent into railing! Omega drags Limelight up, whips him to a corner then runs in, only for Limelight to go up and over! Limelight runs back in, Omega puts him on the apron but Limelight enziguris back! Limelight slingshots and arm-drags then dropkicks! Limelight kips up, but Gallows gets in to CLOBBER him! But the Varsity Blondes get in to double dropkick Gallows! Gallows stays up, the Blondes run and they clothesline him out together!

Fans fire up while Gallows is furious! Griff and BPJ reach out, Limelight tags in BPJ. BPJ kicks and CHOPS Omega, wrenches and tags in Griff. The Blondes go after the arm with ax handles! Griff wrenches, tags BPJ back in and again they go after the arm! BPJ facelocks. Limelight tags in and KICKS Omega! Omega blocks the suplex, body shots back then ROCKS Limelight with forearms! Limelight mule kicks and whips, but Omega reverses and Gallows gets a cheap shot in! The ref reprimands but Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER! Tag to Anderson, and Anderson rains down rights on Limelight! Fans boo, Anderson blasts Griff off the apron then whips Limelight to a corner hard!

Anderson claws at Limelight’s face, fans rally and Omega talks trash. Anderson drags Limelight up and over as AEW goes picture in picture.

Anderson CHOPS Limelight, Gallows tags in, Omega gets a cheap shot in, and Gallows drags Limelight up to shove him back into the corner hard! Gallows throws heavy hands and ROCKS Limelight with an uppercut! Gallows soaks up the heat from the fans, stands on Limelight’s head, then lets off as the ref counts. Gallows drags Limelight back up, bumps him off buckles then waits for Limelight to get up, for a ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Omega and Omega drags Limelight up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Limelight lives but Omega drags him back up. Omega feeds Limelight to the Good Brothers’ boots! Tag to Anderson and Anderson snapmares Limelight into a chinlock.

Limelight endures and fans rally up as Anderson cranks harder on the hold. Limelight fights up, throws elbows but Anderson throws him down! Anderson claws at Limelight’s face, lets off as the ref reprimands, then tags in Omega. Anderson scoop slams Limelight, Gallows becomes a backpack and Omega walks over to Limelight, for Anderson to run and add on, THREE MAN SPLASH! Cover, the Good Brothers intercept but the Varsity Blondes still get in to break it! Gallows knocks BPJ and Griff out of the ring and Omega drags Limelight up as AEW returns to single picture.

Omega RAMS Limelight into a corner, RAMS him in again, then sits him up top. Omega CHOPS Limelight, then runs, but into a boot! Limelight walks the tightrope to avoid Omega, then springboard RANAS him down! Fans fire up and Limelight crawls, but Omega drags him away! Limelight enziguris but misses as Omega ducks! Omega says he’s too smart for that! Omega reels Limelight in, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Limelight lands on his feet! To hit the enziguri this time! Fans fire up as Limelight and Omega crawl, hot tags to BPJ and Anderson! BPJ springboard tackles Anderson! He hits Omega and Gallows for good measure!

Tag to Griff, the Blondes whip Anderson into a lift, BPJ hurries up top, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Griff fires up with the fans. Griff runs at Anderson in a corner, but the splash misses! Omega runs and hits BPJ! Anderson whips Omega in to back body block Griff! ROCKET KICK! Gallows splashes, then they hit a back suplex DOUBLE neckbreaker! Cover, but BPJ and Limelight break it! Gallows and Omega throw them out and Anderson aims at Griff. Griff staggers up, Anderson runs in, MACHINE GUN BOOT! Cover, TWO!?! Griff survives and Gallows gets in to help Anderson drag Griff up! Anderson spins, Griff slips out, Limelight tags in!

Limelight fires off strikes on Anderson but Anderson knees low. Anderson whips, runs in but Limelight BOOTS! Limelight goes up, up and leaps INTO A SPINEBUSTER! Gallows drags Limelight up, Omega intercepts the Blondes, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, “The Elite” wins!

Winners: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

But before they can celebrate, here comes MOXLEY! Omega sees Moxley coming down the bleachers and dares him to do something while he has his back-up. The Maniac gets in and rushes Omega! Anderson and Gallows are after him but he fights them off! Omega hits back and this is still 3v1! They dig their boots into Moxley in a corner, but here comes the LUCHA BROTHERS! Rey Fenix springboards in to crossbody Gallows down! Pentagon goes after Anderson, the Lucha Brothers are getting payback for what they did at the end of last week! Omega is still after Moxley, they brawl with forearms while things spill out of the ring!

Moxley tackles Omega, but here come other AEW wrestlers and security! But while Omega gets away, Moxley hits Mike Verna with a PARADIGM SHIFT! Moxley then runs and DIVES! Direct hit onto Omega and many others! Moxley puts Omega in, but the Bucks show up to end this here! Matt and Nick ask Moxley cool off but he says “Screw you!” The Bucks dare him to do something more then, but the Lucha Brothers get in! The Bucks turn around, and get SUPERKICKS! Then Fenix and Penta brawl with the Good Brothers, Moxley on their side! Omega and Callis bail out, not caring about anyone but themselves! When will Moxley get his shot at revenge on Omega?

 

AEW presents the Dynamite premiere of The Waiting Room!

Rebel welcomes us back and introduces The Dentist, the Role Model and the face of the AEW Women’s Division, Britt Baker! Britt dances her way in and thanks Reba for that intro. Britt is so excited to have this Dynamite debut! Everyone, check under your seats for a huge surprise from her! GOT YOU! Never gets old. But let’s get serious. Tonight’s guest is huge! It’s Cody Rhodes! He’s so special, right? They want to give him a huge congratulations on his opportunity with TBS with The Go Big Show, airing Thursdays, and you’ll see some crazy stuff on that show. Probably the craziest thing is that there are some big name celebrity judges, and then Cody. No idea how he got that gig, but we’re all happy for him.

Before bringing Cody out, Britt wants to say one more thing. She can’t get this straight: Who is Cody’s guy? Sting? Shaq? Snoop? Make one good choice! Unlike that thing on his neck. Rebel’s talk show laugh is rough as always. But give it up for the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Wow, Rebel even has sparklers for him. Cody walks in under the sparklers and the Snoop remix of his theme plays, per the contractual obligations of having Cody on the show. Okay let’s put these out… Cody gives Britt and Rebel a hug, Rebel gets a bit frisky, but Britt congratulates Cody on the announcement of his first child with Brandi. That kid is gonna have an action figure way before anyone else here but who’s counting? Britt says she’s just kidding. There are no fake friends here, just fake teeth.

Britt does want to ask Cody about himself, though. A huge year. Go Big Show, baby Rhodes, let’s talk about it. But wait! Another huge surprise that Britt just thought up right now. A surprise guest! Give it up for… JADE CARGILL! Jade walks in in her shiny new ring gear, and Britt asks if she always wears this just walking around. Jade says she’s “a badass bitch,” she does what she wants. Fair enough. And then she snatches the mic from Cody! Jade says Britt actually doesn’t, and Jade sure doesn’t, and certainly no one else in AEW gives a DAMN if he and Brandi are having a baby. Britt says it’s just nine months of no Brandi. And not to sound corny, Cody did Brandi a huge favor.

But Jade and Shaq are TIRED of waiting. “Where is my damn opponent?!” Brandi should be watching Jade dominate as a REAL bad ass mother. And if Brandi ever returns, Jade will beat dat ass. And then she pie faces Cody!! Uh oh~! Here’s RED VELVET! Who invited this little girl? Jade will get on Velvet’s level and squat down to look her in the eye, as she pushes her, too! Velvet SLAPS back! So Jade SLAPS Velvet! They start scrapping! Britt loves this but the women’s locker room rushes in to stop this! Cody as EVP tells Britt to stop recording this, but Velvet comes back for more! Cody shouts, “Pull the plug!” but cameras keep rolling!

Cody gets Velvet out of here, but then someone replays footage of Britt going after Thunder Rosa! Britt doesn’t mind, she likes rewatching it. But it’s THUNDER ROSA! We all know why Britt likes to have a talk show: Britt and her big nose like to get into other people’s business. But at some point, Britt has to get in the ring and do the work! Rosa talked with Tony Khan, and Khan said a match between them is a huge deal. There needs to be time and a big stage. Rosa says this will be settled the right way. That is why Britt gets to face Rosa on Dynamite, 2/3/21, BEACH BREAK! God has answered Rosa’s prayers and now she gets to beat Britt’s ass!

Britt freaks out and thought she wouldn’t have to face Rosa. But it’s happening! There’s no going back now, so that’s the end of the Waiting Room! Will Britt pray that Beach Break never happens? Or is there no more running from what she’s done to Rosa?

 

Jurassic Express VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!

Normally Luchasaurus would be by Jungle Boy’s side, but after Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood got in his face, Marko Stunt couldn’t stand idly by! Will JB and Stunt make FTR #FeelTheRegret for making fun of Fun-Sized?

The teams sort out and Stunt starts against Cash. They circle, tie up, and Cash pops Stunt right up to put him in a corner. Dax tags in, Stunt gets loose and slides under, hops around and JB jumps in to back him up! FTR stays back but Stunt flips them off here, there and underneath. Dax and Stunt tie up, Dax puts Stunt in the corner, the ref calls for the break and Dax lets off. Stunt stares Dax off to SLAP him! Dax throws forearms on Stunt, rains down fists, but the ref backs him off. Dax lets off, brings Stunt up, and snap suplexes him hard! Tag to Cash, FTR both yank Stunt up by his hair to SLAM him back down!

Cash stalks Stunt, puts him in a corner and CHOPS him down! Fans boo FTR while rallying for Stunt. Cash gets in JB’s face but Stunt CHOPS Cash! Stunt kicks low but Cash kicks back. Cash ROCKS Stunt with the EuroUpper! Tully taunts Stunt, Cash whips Stunt but Stunt QUEBRADAS, but into Cash’s arms! Cash tilt-o-whirls Stunt but Stunt headscissors! Cash rebounds off ropes into Stunt’s dropkick! Tag to JB and the Express double whips to atomic drop and enziguri! Dax runs in but he gets an atomic drop and enziguri, too! JB has Dax, Stunt has Cash, they double whip FTR but FTR reverses! Stunt and JB stop themselves just in time, to somersault back for KANGAROO KICKS!

FTR staggers, Stun gets a monkey flip boost to RANA Dax out of the ring! And then FUN-SIZED IN MOTION on Cash! JB aims to open the ropes, Stunt DIVES and takes FTR down! JB adds on an ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as Jurassic Express strikes a pose and AEW goes picture in picture.

JB goes out to put Cash in, bumping him off apron. Dax throws hands but JB hits back! Cash CHOPS JB, JB CHOPS back! JB pushes Dax away, pursues Cash and puts him in the ring. Cash hurries but he misses his elbow drop! JB CHOPS, knuckle locks, kicks and goes up, up, tag to Stunt before the springboard arm-drag! Stunt and JB double dropkick Cash down! Stunt stalks Cash to a corner, fires off hands, but Cash pushes him away. Tag to Dax. Cash reverses the whip and FTR give Stunt a HUGE double hotshot flapjack! Dax scowls down at Stunt as he looms over him. Dax drags Stunt up, back suplexes high and HARD!

Dax looms over Stunt again, drags him up by an ear, then bumps him off buckles. The ref counts as Dax is after Stunt in the corner with a CHOP! Stunt falls, Dax lets off and brings Stunt up, but Stunt CHOPS back! Stunt CHOPS again, then kicks, but Dax brings Stunt around to whip and CLOBBER him! Dax stomps Stunt around, fish hooks his face to keep him from JB, and drives an elbow in as the ref counts. Dax pulls Stunt’s hair, snapmares him and wraps him up in a seated cobra twist. Stunt endures as Dax pushes on his head, wrenches the neck, and pulls hair. AEW returns to single picture as fans rally for Stunt. Dax grinds his forearm in but stops as the ref reprimands.

Dax lets Stunt out of the stretch to tag in Cash. Whip and SPINEBUSTER, cover, TWO! Cash keeps his focus and he drags Stunt back up. Cash bumps Stunt off buckles hard, then tags in Dax. They whip, drop toehold and drop elbows on Stunt! Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Another, ONE!! Dax is furious and he stomps Stunt to the apron! The ref backs Dax off and Dax tags in Cash. Cash drags Stun back in, back up, and reels him in. Cash puts Stunt right into a Gory Especial and pulls on the ankles! Stunt endures, fans rally, and Stunt gets his arms free to sunset flip! TWO! Tag to Dax and Dax keeps Stunt from JB! Dax powerbomb lifts but Stunt slips out to tag JB!

Jungle Boy fires off with forearms, dropkicks Cash then elbows Dax! Another elbow, then a EuroUpper! Dax denies the bulldog but not the LARIAT! Cash runs in and shoves but JB LARIATS back! BACKSTABBER for Dax! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up for JB and he stalks Dax to a corner. JB CHOPS, hoists Dax up top, then CHOPS again! JB climbs up but Dax hits back! JB and Dax brawl, JB staggers away but comes back to hop right up, SUPER STEINER! Cover, but Cash breaks it! Cash drags JB up and suplexes but JB slips out to suplex back, BRAIN BUSTER! Dax rolls JB up! With trunks!  TWO!! SUPERKICK! Tag to Stunt, and they combine, wheelbarrow senton! Cover, TWO!!

Stunt drags Dax up, goes up the corner but no Sliced Bread as Dax TOSSES Stunt away! Stunt gets up, Dax throws his elbow pad away to LARIAT! Dax snarls as he stalks Stunt to a corner. Fans rally up, Dax fires off fists! The ref reprimands, Dax lets off at 4 and drags Stunt up by hair! The ref is busy telling Dax to stop, and Stunt MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!! Stunt gets Dax again, for the TORNADO CUTTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Stunt flops out of the ring while Dax is down! Tully backs off as the ref checks and Dax crawls over. Dax brings Stunt up but Stunt ROCKS Dax with rights! Dax flounders, the ref watches him, and misses Tully POSTING Stunt!

JB storms over to tell Tully to back off, but Cash is there to CLOBBER JB! And whip him into railing! Cash puts Stunt in, tags in, and FTR hits the now BIG RIG FLAPJACK CODE BREAKER!! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

Tully has another assist in the success of Cash and Dax! Will Jurassic Express get back on track when Luchasaurus is behind the wheel?

 

NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay!

Two women already incredibly accomplished in the world of martial arts, these two battle for the first time in the squared circle! Deeb was the woman to dethrone Thunder Rosa, but will she be ready for the Brazilian blackbelt?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this newest chapter in the AEW-NWA crossover begins!

Deeb and Conti circle as fans fire up already. They tie up, go around, and Deeb gets the arm for a wrench and wristlock. Deeb wrenches back, steps over and hooks Deeb right up in a standing cobra twist! Deeb pries at the hold but Conti grinds a forearm into the ribs! Deeb reaches back to hip toss free, then arm-drags Conti down to an armlock! Deeb floats around to shift Conti into a double chicken wing cover, TWO! Conti gets right up and pushes Deeb, but Deeb keeps her cool. Conti spins but Deeb blocks the back kick, only for Conti to kick the other leg and knock her over! Conti goes after a leg and has a HEEL HOOK!

Deeb endures, Conti pulls on the foot, and turns things over to a CALF KILLER! Deeb grabs Conti’s head to drag her out of the hold and into a chinlock! Conti fights and moves around but Deeb throws her with a takeover! Conti headscissors, Deeb pops out but runs into a sayanagi throw! Deeb gets back up and fans cheer as the two stare down. Deeb and Conti circle again, show test of strength, and tie up with knuckle locks. Deeb rolls, wrenches, keylocks and wrangles Conti to the mat! Deeb twists the wrist, Conti kips up and wrenches back to reel Deeb in for a triangle! Deeb stays up, throws hands, but Conti throws forearms back!

Deeb powers out and snapmares Conti to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Deeb brings Conti up and reels her in. Double underhooks but Conti back drops and sits down! TWO, Deeb sunsets, TWO! Conti bicycle BOOTS Deeb so hard, Conti is staggering! Deeb flounders out of the ring and Conti steadies herself as AEW goes picture in picture.

Conti hurries after Deeb and brings her up. Conti puts Deeb in, gets a hug from Jay and then gets in, only for Deeb to get a leg! DRAGON SCREW in the ropes! Conti hobbles, Deeb gets the leg again, but Conti throws forearms back! Conti gets free, then kicks, but Deeb ducks the buzzsaw only to get the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Conti grows frustrated but Jay coaches her up. Conti brings Deeb up, Deeb waistlocks but Conti switches to ripcord and sayanagi! And again! And again! Conti sits Deeb up to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Deeb still lives but Conti goes for another cover, TWO! Conti grows frustrated as she can’t put Deeb away!

Conti gets back up, paces around Deeb and whips her to a corner. Conti runs in, and BOOTS Deeb again! Then double wrist to monkey flip! Conti rolls back to cover, TWO!! Deeb is still in this as AEW goes to break!

AEW returns as Deeb puts Conti back in the ring. Deeb fireman’s carries, Conti slips off and full nelsons, swinging STUNNER! Cover, TWO!?! Deeb survives and Conti can’t believe it! Conti drags Deeb into body scissors, hooks the arms, but Deeb resists the leg hook nelson to STRETCH MUFFLER! Conti reaches out for ropes, crawls over, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Deeb lets go fast to drag Conti away and omoplata, but Conti cradle counters! TWO and Deeb fireman’s carries Conti for a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Conti crawls as Deeb grits her teeth. Deeb puts Conti up top backwards, climbs up behind her, but Conti throws elbows.

Deeb clubs Conti, climbs up and hooks Conti into a HANGING GORY ESPECIAL! The ref counts, Deeb lets go at 4, and Conti adjusts position. Deeb comes back but Conti boots her away! Conti leaps up and over, comes back with another BOOT! Then a double chicken wing, but Conti can’t get Deeb up into the Especial from her beat up legs! Deeb reverses to a backslide, Conti slips through but into the underhooks! DEEBTOX!! Cover, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by pinfall (still NWA Women’s World Champion)

The trapped-arm facebuster secures the win for Deeb! Jay is still there for Tay, but when will she have another chance at a title in 2021?

 

Next week, AEW celebrates Negative One’s birthday!

That’s why Hangman Page is teaming up with The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Colt Cabana in a great 8 Man Tag! Will the Good, the Bad, the Hungy and the BOOM BOOM give the gift of winning when they go against Chaos Project and The Hybrid2?

Plus, #HardyParty is going to make the money worth it in a Six Man Tag against Matt Sydal & Top Flight, and Miro gives us the debut of his Kentucky Butler, Chuck Taylor! Then, the Vicious Vixen’s Nyla Rose returns to Dynamite against LEGIT Leyla Hirsch, and after we saw him rough up Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley will be back in action!

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Brian Cage w/ Team Taz!

Who can stop the Path of Cage? So far, no one has. But with Taz, Ricky Starks and even Son of Taz, Hook, in his corner, is it a shoe-in that Cage becomes the Two Belt Machine? Or will the Relentless underdog take Cage to his limits in this New Year’s Smash finale?

AEW returns as Darby makes his entrance and Taz joins commentary to enjoy this. The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and this grudge match a long time coming finally begins!

Darby rushes in and dropkicks the leg out then basement dropkicks Cage out! Darby keeps moving and he DIVES to send Cage into railing! He dribbles Cage off the railing, goes back into the ring and builds speed again, to DIVE! But into a SUPLEX! Cage shouts, “WHO BETTA?!” Starks fist-bumps Cage and Cage puts Darby back in the ring. Cage stalks Darby, circles around him then drags Darby up, but Darby SLAPS Cage! Cage CLOBBERS Darby! Cage drags Darby up, trophy lifts him, and then TOSSES him onto the timekeeper’s table! The table is splinters from that crash landing! The ref goes out to check on Darby, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Cage goes out to fetch him.

The ref tells Team Taz to stay back as Cage drags Darby up. Darby is bleeding, and Cage suplexes Darby up to make the blood rush there faster. Cage holds Darby up like that as he goes up the steel steps to the ramp, and then TOSSES Darby into the ring! Cage then dead lifts and SLAMS Darby with one hand! Darby is bleeding, making for a crimson mask on the unpainted half of his face! Cage watches Darby crawl to a corner, then he runs in, to EuroUpper and ROUNDHOUSE, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby flops and flounders but Cage stalks over to TOSS Darby into the corner! Darby hits hard, then flops to the mat, and his blood stains the mat!

Fans rally up for Darby as hard as they can but Cage looms over Darby. Cage hauls Darby up, and TOSSES him to the other corner! The ref wants Cage to let off but Cage rains down furious fists! The ref counts, Cage lets off at 4, and he drags Darby up. Darby flops down, fans rally even harder, and Cage sits Darby up for crossface forearms as AEW goes picture in picture!

Cage keeps clobbering Darby with forearms, then lets off as the ref wants to check on Darby. Darby is somehow still in this but Cage scuffs him with his boot. Cage toys with Darby, then shows off the muscles. Darby leaps right up and onto Cage to throw forearms all over the place! Cage RAMS Darby into buckles and Darby crumbles! Cage BOOTS Darby down, then dead lifts him into bicep curls! Cage is just showing off before he TOSSES Darby again! Cover, ONE?! Cage laughs, he didn’t think Darby was conscious. Darby manages to sit up but Cage is right on him for a wrench, clinch, and OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Darby writhes while Cage paces.

Starks sneers and smirks as Cage bumps Darby off buckles and CHOPS him! Cage digs his boot into Darby’s good side, but the ref counts. Cage lets off at 4, rains down rights, trying to bust open the good side so Darby will have a full crimson mask. Cage stomps Darby, drags him back up, and then goes corner to corner as AEW returns to single picture. Cage runs in, but into a boot! Darby goes up and leaps, into a fireman’s carry and F5!! Cover, ONE?!?! Darby surprises Cage again and Team Taz is growing frustrated. Fans are thunderous for Darby as Cage yanks Darby right up to a POWERBOMB! And then ANOTHER BOMB! And ANOTHER! That last one was like a Kevin Nash Jackknife!

Darby sits up to flip Cage off?! Cage hauls Darby back up for a bomb to the ramp!! The ref asks Darby if he wants to stop this mask but Darby just flips Cage off again! Taz is furious on commentary and shouts for Cage to whoop Darby’s ass! Cage drags Darby over to a corner, and dead lift SUPERPLEXES him! Cover, ONE!?!?! How is Darby doing this?! Cage is losing his cool, and he goes out to bring the steel steps around! The ref tells Cage to stop, but Cage positions the steps near the apron. Cage drags Darby to the apron and aims at the steps! Cage fireman’s carries but Darby fights out!

Darby dropkicks Cage but Cage holds ropes! Darby BITES the hands, Cage lets go and falls onto the steps! Cage is on the steel, Darby climbs up the corner, SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down on the floor and fans are thunderous again! A ring count starts, Taz is furious on commentary all over again, and somehow Darby stirs at 3. Darby pushes himself up at 5, gets to the apron at 6, and drags himself in at 7! Cage uses the steps to stand at 8 and gets in at 9! Darby throws wrist tape away to SLAP Cage! And SLAP! SLAP! Darby runs, springboards, but into a waistlock! Cage flips Darby around but Darby BITES Cage’s face!

Darby takes off his studded belt, runs at Cage, gets around and flips over, THROWBACK STUNNER! The belt adds on, and then Darby uses it to tie up Cage’s legs! Darby shoves Cage over and rains down fists on the back of Cage’s head! The ref backs Darby off but Darby comes back, only for Cage to BASEMENT FLAPJACK him! Darby flounders, Cage breaks free of the belt, but Darby runs in for CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Cage staggers up, Darby goes to a corner, Darby runs and shotgun dropkicks Cage into buckles! Cover, TWO, but Darby is right to the top rope for DOUBLE STOMPS!

Darby isn’t done, but Hook distracts the ref! Starks YANKS Darby down, but the lights go out! IT’S STIIIIING! Baseball bat shot and a SMACK for Starks! Cage KNEES Darby up top, climbs up and hauls Darby up for a fireman’s carry. Darby fights that off, for a SUPER CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Icon helped even the odds, and the underdog is still the champion! Will Hobbs hurries out to back up Taz, Hook and Cage, but the snow still falls! Will Team Taz continue to be left out in the cold so long as Sting is watching over Darby?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for AEW, and a very good second part to New Year’s Smash! We had a really good opening of PAC VS Kingston with everyone else ringside, and I like that Pac since he’s been gone and needs these wins since AEW is about the records. Archer showing up makes a lot of sense, too, as he still has business with Kingston. But with both of them wanting after Kingston, there is surely going to be PAC VS Archer to see who gets first crack at Kingston going into a PPV like AEW Revolution, or maybe even just Beach Break on 2/3/21. Miro VS Chuck was a good match, but I figured Miro wins because the story of Chuck being his “butler” is more interesting and will surely be more entertaining.

I should’ve known from the moment Callis insisted on separate entrances that the Bucks wouldn’t be joining Omega. Of course, Nick Jackson also suffered a minor leg injury last week, so he wasn’t going to be in shape for any matches tonight. This was a good way of covering that up in kayfabe, even if it pushes the pace up on the story. If not for the injury, I would’ve thought they’d give us more time of Bucks and Omega being friends. Of course, the Bucks did get in at the very end of all the brawling between Moxley, Lucha Brothers, Omega and Good Brothers, so perhaps they aren’t that upset with Omega pulling this little swerve.

And while I don’t want “the band” breaking up after only just reuniting, I would love if AEW could be the gateway to a Triple Threat TRIPLE TAG TITLE match. Bucks are AEW World Tag champs, Lucha Brothers are still AAA World Tag champs, and the Good Brothers are currently Impact Wrestling World Tag champs, it would be insane if one of these legitimately great teams became TRIPLE tag champions. At the very least, it’d make sense if Lucha Brothers returned to Impact as they were only just there in 2018 to 2019 and were Impact tag champs just the once.

FTR VS Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt was very good, and it was an interesting twist for Stunt to low blow Dax before Tully cheated him out of a win. I wonder if FTR brings that up before giving us the rematch, but with Luchasaurus in with JB per the usual combination. Though I could see Stunt wanting to be back in, just in JB’s spot. This feud is definitely only extending to build tag contenders on the side while The Bucks are busy with the Omega story. The same goes for the Inner Circle having a Triple Threat Tag within their own ranks. That is going to be a great match, but now that Jericho and MJF have declared for the Tag Division, they’re definitely going to win and go on a run up the rankings.

Deeb VS Conti was a great match, but AEW and TNT still need to figure out how they can go picture in picture and NOT have to go to full commercial. Conti got that monkey flip to cover and then it goes away, I almost thought Deeb was going to win while we were on break. Deeb retains because for one, it’s the NWA title, it won’t change hands until it’s on an NWA program. Plus, Conti is still very young and so is her career, she will have plenty of time to build into a great champion. The Dark Order had a good segment with Hangman Page, but if they’re posing the proposition here, I have a feeling Hangman doesn’t #JoinDarkOrder.

The Waiting Room was alright as far as the talk show portion, as Britt literally reused material from Dark to mock Cody. But Jade Cargill getting in Cody’s face, then brawling with Velvet was a much better segment. As was Rosa calling out Britt and finally giving us the match between them for Beach Break. That match should be treated as an unofficial contender’s match, the winner moving on to challenge Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championships. That probably means it’ll be Britt, but perhaps with help from Rebel.

And then the TNT Championship was a great match, especially once Cage tossed Darby through the table and Darby was bleeding. Darby proved his superhuman durability, and it was great for Sting to reinforce him against Team Taz. That tag match has to happen for AEW Revolution. Otherwise, what is Sting really doing here?

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/12/21)

A Dark dozen on 1/12!

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In the shadow of New Year’s Smash is AEW Dark!

Before the New Year’s Smash continues on Dynamite, AEW Dark brings a dozen match-ups, with a BIG 10 Man Tag featuring the Dark Order!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks w/ Hook VS Mike Verna; Starks wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS RYZIN & Fuego Del Sol; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Marti Daniels; Conti wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Dark Order VS Shawn Dean, Zack Clayton, Adam Priest, Danny Limelight & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Louie Valle; Hobbs wins.
  • Red Velvet VS Leva Bates; Velvet wins.
  • The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS KC Navarro & El Australiano; The Dark Order wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia; Jay wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Tesha Price; Deeb wins.
  • Bear Country VS Baron Black & Nick Comoroto; Bear Country wins.
  • Chaos Project VS Top Flight; Top Flight wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks w/ Hook VS Mike Verna!

Absolute has the Son of Taz in his corner as he takes on the Real Man of Steel! Hook has played a small part in Team Taz’s recent wins, will he do the same this week?

The bell rings and the two circle. Starks has fans chanting for him and he thanks them, then ties up with Verna. Starks knees low, throws forearms, and strikes a pose, only for Verna to ROCK him! Verna whips, Starks reverses and blocks a kick but not the enziguri! Starks staggers to a corner, Verna runs in but only gets buckles! Starks jawbreakers, runs and dropkicks Verna down! Now Starks strikes his pose! Starks stomps Verna in the corner but the ref counts. Starks lets off and says, “Too easy!” Starks brings Verna up to CHOP, then CHOP him off his feet! Fans cheer as Starks elbows Verna, but Verna hits back. Starks knees low, throws haymakers and another CHOP!

Verna goes along ropes, and CHOPS back! Starks kicks low, bumps Verna off buckles and fires off fast hands and feet! Verna bails out but Starks stalks him. Starks RAMS Verna into the apron, puts him back in the ring, and fans cheer as Starks stalks Verna more. Verna throws body shots, but Starks blocks the suplex to give the suplex! Starks shakes his head and drags Verna up. Starks whips Verna corner to corner, strikes a pose then runs in but Verna dodges! Verna ROCKS Starks then rallies with lariats! And a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!

Verna fires up and he drags Starks up to a fireman’s carry. Fans rally, Starks slips off and runs to run Verna over! Starks keeps moving, Verna drops down but stands up into the SPEAR! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

Starks grins and strikes his pose again. Will Absolute go from #5 contender to THE #1 contender soon enough?

 

Jurassic Express VS RYZIN & Fuego Del Sol!

Though it’s the usual combo of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy now, it’ll be JB and Marko Stunt against FTR for Dynamite tomorrow night! Will Jurassic Express at least stay on track against the Priest of Sin and Fire of the Sun?

The teams sort out and JB starts against Fuego. Fans are fired up for JB as he and Fuego circle. They tie up, JB waistlocks, headlocks but Fuego powers out. JB whips Fuego, things speed up and JB hurdles but Fuego leaps. JB sweeps the legs, cover, ONE! Fuego reverses the roles and sweeps to cover, ONE! Double dropkicks cancel out, JB and Fuego double kip-up! Ryzin tags himself in and says he can do better, but he runs into an arm-drag! Luchasaurus tags, Ryzin whips JB but JB ducks the boot and Luchasaurus ROUNDHOUSES Ryzin down! Luchasaurus brings Ryzin up, Ryzin throws a haymaker but Luchasaurus CHOPS him down!

Tag to JB, Luchasaurus scoops Ryzin to SLAM him! JB hits a KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! JB keeps cool and he brings Ryzin up to CHOP him! JB whips Ryzin, Ryzin reverses and gets around to pull hair for a neckbreaker! Fans boo, Ryzin taunts Stunt, then Ryzin says NO to tagging Fuego! Ryzin stomps JB down, drags him back up and scoops him for a slam. Ryzin runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE! Ryzin keeps on JB with a chinlock but JB fights up. JB throws elbows and fights free, then dodges and leaps, into Ryzin’s arms! POWERSLAM! Ryzin still won’t tag Fuego and he runs to the corner to go up and moonsault, but JB moves! Ryzin belly flops and now he tags Fuego!

Fuego drags JB up and whips him, but JB LARIATS on the rebound! Hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on Fuego and Ryzin, CHOPS, back kicks, BOOTS! Luchasaurus tosses Fuego to a corner for fast hands! Luchasaurus whips Fuego, and FLAPJACKS him! Ryzin dodges but Luchasaurus bounces off buckles to DOUBLE LARIAT Ryzin and Fuego! Tag to JB, they drag Fuego up, but Ryzin throws JB away! Fuego lands out of the back suplex, he and Ryzin double dropkick! Luchasaurus stays up, so Fuego dropkicks a leg out and Ryzin throws Luchasaurus out! Ryzin wrecks Luchasaurus with another dropkick, then Fuego goes after JB with forearms.

JB reverses the whip to ROCK Fuego, whip, but Fuego springboards to POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Fuego can’t believe it! Ryzin grabs JB and coordinates with Fuego, but Luchasaurus intercepts! JB breaks free, Luchasaurus CHOKE SLAMS Fuego onto Ryzin! Jurassic Express get Fuego with the BACK SUPLEX BOMB! Ryzin runs in, but into a TAIL WHIP! JB puts Fuego in the Snare Trap STF, Fuego taps! Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by submission

The team is still on track, but they’re going in with their “Fun-Sized” formation against one of the best tag teams in wrestling today! Will Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt be able to catch FTR off guard at New Year’s Smash?

 

Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Marti Daniels!

Whether the Brazilian blackbelt has decided to #JoinDarkOrder or not has yet to be seen, but she still has her tag team partner by her side. Will Conti be rolling into her NWA Women’s World Championship match for New Year’s Smash?

The bell rings and Marti rushes Conti but Conti gets around to roll Marti up, TWO! Conti throws Marti with the drop sayanagi hat trick, then the judo hip toss. Conti sits Marti up, blows a kiss and KICKS Marti in the chest! Marti gets up and Conti storms over, but Marti ROCKS, whips and YANKS Conti down by her head! Conti staggers up, Marti rushes in but the boot gets stuck on the ropes! Conti KICKS the leg, goes out to the apron and has a HANGING KNEEBAR! The ref counts, Conti lets go at 4 and Marti hobbles away while protesting. Conti gets in, drags Marti back up but Marti SLAPS her! Marti tells Conti she will not be disrespected, so Conti fires off forearms!

Marti shoves, gets under one clothesline but not the BLINDSIDE! Conti rallies with clotheslines, dodges Marti and OVERHEAD THROWS her! Fans fire up with Conti and Conti goes up a corner. Marti runs in but Conti jumps over and rolls, to then come back with a BOOT! Conti reels Marti in, Gory Especial to the SPINNING KNEE! Cover off the #TayKO, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

A strong showing ahead of her big title opportunity, will Conti be a champion for the first time in her wrestling career?

 

10 Man Tag: Dark Order VS Shawn Dean, Zack Clayton, Adam Priest, Danny Limelight & Vary Morales!

Speaking of the Dark Order, this is literally a BIG match for them to start their 2021! Will Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels, Preston Vance and BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana, start the new year on the right foot together?

The teams sort out, Stu starts and CLOBBERS Priest! And again! Stu hauls Priest up, Priest sunset flips but Stu rolls through to kick. Priest gets under, rolls Stu up, TWO! Priest arm-drags and CHOPS Stu, then whips. Stu reverses, Priest reverses back to lock up a leg and Russian Leg Sweep! Priest whips Stu, Stu reverses and hurdles to drop then CLOBBER Priest again! Priest tags out to Clayton, Stu tags in Angels! Clayton pie faces Five, but Angels throws forearms back! Clayton shoves Angels down but Angels gets up to kick and forearm! Another shove but now Angels dropkicks the legs out! Angels runs but Clayton CLOBBERS Angels!

Clayton wrenches and suplexes but Angels slips out to get around and dropkick Clayton down! Morales tags in, leaps over Angels but turns around into a dropkick! Tag to Ten, he whips Five in to forearm! Angels feeds Morales to Vance’s scoop, dropkick to FALL AWAY SLAM! Vance stalks Morales to a corner, whips him corner to corner and clotheslines! Vance whips back the other way, Morales goes up and over then dodges to mule kick! Morales goes up, and missile dropkicks Vance down! Morales mocks the Dark Order pose, runs but the clothesline doesn’t bother Vance! Morales avoids the boot, but not the wheelbarrow stungun GERMAN!

Vance looms over Morales, drags him over and tags in Uno. Uno runs in to CHOP Morales, then keeps him close with a butterfly suplex! Tag to Cabana and Cabana stays between Morales and his team. Cabana whips, body shots and runs to swinging neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Cabana as he runs around with a victory lap. Cabana cools down and brings Morales up to whip him to a corner. Morales BOOTS back, then hops up over Cabana to sunset flip! Cabana rolls through but into an enziguri! Hot tag to Stu and Limelight! Limelight springboard clotheslines Stu down! Then he dodges Vance to springboard neckbreaker! Limelight whips Stu but Uno tags in!

Uno catches Limelight for a GERMAN! Fans cheer as Uno stands on Limelight’s head then brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Cabana and Uno whips him in to back body block Limelight! Tag to Angels and Cabana feeds Limelight to Angels’ elbow! Cover, TWO! Angels keeps on Limelight, whips him to a corner and throws haymakers! Limelight hits back but Angels stomps him then turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dean was ready to spring on him but the ref keeps him back. Angels powers Limelight to the corner, Vance tags in, and Angels feeds Limelight to Vance’s SPINEBUSTER! Angels somersaults to go up the corner and MOONSAULT onto Limelight!

Vance drags Limelight back up to bump him off buckles, tag to Uno. Limelight fights out of the Dark Order corner, but Uno blocks him, hands the foot to the ref and hits a neckbreaker! Tag to Stu and Stu drags Limelight up. Stu tags Angels, they mug Limelight, and Angels grinds Limelight with a facelock. Dean and team rally up and Limelight fights out with a forearm, back hand, and then he blocks Angels’ kick for an EXPLODER! Limelight and Angels are down, hot tags to Dean and Stu! The Captain rallies on The Dark Order with big clotheslines and elbows! Dean runs to corner dropkick Stu, then goes the other way to dropkick Uno! CANNONBALL onto Stu!

Angels gets in, Dean spins him around and around for a DDT! Fans fire up with Dean and he drags Stu up for a suplex. Stu fights free, goes Matrix with the handspring and PELES! Priest tags in but Stu tags Uno! The Dark Order all get in, QUADRUPLE BOOTS! Uno BOOTS Clayton down for good measure! Vance ripcords Priest, he and Angels LARIAT SANDWICH him! Then BIONIC ELBOW from Cabana, Uno and Stu hit FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

A big win for the united front! Will they carry on in the name of Mr. Brodie Lee and make AEW theirs from top to bottom?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Louie Valle!

Another member of Team Taz, and Hook, head to the ring, ready to show no one can stop FTW! Will the Hellion be little more than a speedbump as Hobbs heads for the top?

The bell rings and Hobbs CLOBBERS Valle into the corner! The ref reprimands as Hobbs grinds Valle into the buckles, so Hobbs lets off to then CLOBBER Valle again! Hobbs drags Valle up, puts him in another corner, then TOSSES him across the ring! Valle flounders and flops like a ragdoll, and he has a cut on his eyebrow! Hobbs doesn’t care that Valle is bleeding, he bearhugs and thrashes Valle around! Valle can only flail so Hobbs drops him. Hobbs makes everyone look at the blood, and then throws Valle out hard! Hobbs distracts the ref, Hook is lurking, Valle gets up and Hook judo throws Valle down! Hook puts Valle in for Hobbs, Hobbs hauls him up, scoop and POWERHOUSE SLAM!! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall

To be honest, Hook didn’t even need to get a shot in, because this was done the moment it started. “This is what I do! BLOOD!” Hobbs hauls Valle up again for ANOTHER POWERHOUSE SLAM! Will 2021 be the Year of FTW?

 

Red Velvet VS Leva Bates!

These two have quite a bit in common. They’re both able to be very sweet but also very spicy, and are both working hard towards the top of the AEW Women’s Division! Will Red Velvet be the one to stop the Librarian’s winning streak before it really gets going?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s respect. Leva does the stirrin’ it up and Velvet likes that. They tie up, Velvet steps through to fireman’s carry takeover then get the arm. Leva gets up, wrenches out and has a wristlock. Velvet rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to hammerlock. Velvet rolls with Leva to get a cover, ONE! Leva sweeps to cover, ONE as Velvet bridges out! Velvet Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Velvet whips, Leva gets around and turns Velvet for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Leva is a bit surprised by that but she Northern Lights! Bridging cover, ONE! Leva is again surprised, but she headlocks to grind Velvet. Velvet powers out but Leva runs her over!

Things speed up, Velvet does the splits then side steps and calf kicks! Cover, TWO! Velvet drags Leva up, whips her to a corner and hits a corner splash! Velvet does the splits as she digs her boot into Leva, then lets up at 4. Velvet runs in but Leva slips out and Velvet gets buckles! Leva roundhouses, then sweeps the legs, to slingshot and somersault, run corner to corner, and hits a swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Leva grows annoyed but she waits for Velvet to stand. Velvet blocks the superkick, spins Leva and kicks. Leva blocks to sweep Velvet to a splits, BASEMENT SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Leva is getting closer and she brings Velvet up, but Velvet mule kicks! AX KICK LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps her cool and she runs at Leva but Leva fireman’s carries! Velvet slips off whatever Leva was going for, to sweep the legs to a facebuster! JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Sweet, sweet victory for Velvet but a bitter defeat for Leva! The streak is over already, will Leva be able to recover? Is Velvet just a few more wins away from the taste of a title opportunity?

 

The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS KC Navarro & El Australiano!

Numbers 3 and 4 are back in action, and are looking to keep the momentum going for the faction! Will the top recruiters convince “The Truly Blessed” and the Luchador from Down Under to #JoinDarkOrder?

The teams sort out, Reynolds starts with Australiano and they tie up. Australiano wrenches to a wristlock, Reynolds rolls to wrench back and spin him around for a headlock to wristlock. Australiano flips through, dodges the clothesline and runs Reynolds over! Australiano does a dance then a standing mariposa! Then he dodges a kick, hits a headscissor, but Reynolds handsprings to drag Australiano down. Reynolds moves Australiano around into a dragon’s lair, TWO! Reynolds dropkicks Australiano then kips up to show off! Tag to Silver and Navarro tags in, too. Silver says he’s friggin’ jacked, Navarro says he’s friggin’ BLESSED!

Well jacked fireman’s carries blessed and TOSSES him! Navarro flounders around to ropes and wants a time-out. Silver flexes on Navarro, and Navarro apologizes for talking trash. Navarro offers a handshake but goes for a kick, which Silver blocks! Silver flips Navarro, things speed up, Navarro slides under and trips Silver up! Navarro flips up and over Silver and says he’s blessed AND jacked! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Navarro down! Silver drags Navarro up, TOSSES him across the way, and flexes again. Navarro goes to a corner, Silver brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Reynolds, Silver trophy lifts and tosses into Reynolds’ CUTTER! Cover but Australiano breaks it!

Reynolds brings Navarro up to DECK him with the EuroUpper! Tag to Silver, he brings Navarro up and ROCKS him! Silver whips Navarro to ropes and back drops him HIGH! Even Silver is shocked! Tag to Reynolds, they drag Navarro up and double whip to double hip toss and toss, but Navarro dodges! Tag to Australiano and he dropkicks Silver! Enziguri for Reynolds, but Silver kicks back! The Dark Order double whips but Australiano goes up and over in the corner. Silver catches him, but Australiano gets away and Reynolds almost hits Silver! Australiano goes up top and hits WHISPER IN THE WIND on them both!

Australiano does a dance, Navarro gives him a hand to go old school, and Australiano SUPER MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on Reynolds, Navarro DIVES onto Silver! Australiano puts Reynolds in, climbs up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS, only to FLOP! Reynolds BOOTS Australiano, but Navarro missile dropkicks him down! Navarro throws forearms on Silver, fires up then runs, but Silver trips him into ropes! Dark Order STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO Navarro! Silver torture racks for the INVERTED F 10!! Australiano runs in but into a half nelson, ENZIGURI, then fisherman BUSTER! Cover, Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Reynolds almost went Back to the Future with that one, but the Beaver Boys win another one for the faction! Will they find their way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships in the new year?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr. tried to protect AEW from the Good Brothers invading, but got superkicks from the Young Bucks for it! Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ blow off steam against Big Shotty and The Extra Talented?

“Pretty” Peter Avalon joins commentary because he wants to keep his eyes on the young man he’s hoping to have a Pageant Provocation with. But at the same time, he might have found another candidate in Lee Johnson. Big Shotty might make Avalon forget about Griff. The teams sort out and BPJ starts with Johnson. They circle, fans rally up and the two shake hands to show there is respect. They tie up, BPJ headlocks then holds on as Johnson tries to power out. BPJ hits the takeover, Johnson headscissors but BPJ pops out. Johnson headlocks and hits the takeover, but BPJ headscissors back. Johnson moves around, bridges up but BPJ bridges to turn for a backslide.

Johnson resists, BPJ headlocks again but Johnson powers out, only for BPJ to run him over. Things speed up, BPJ leaps but Johnson sweeps to cover. ONE, BPJ sweeps to cover, ONE! Johnson ducks a kick but BPJ avoids the dropkick, only for Johnson to kip up. Avalon is cheering, too, but Johnson and BPJ tag out to Solow and Griff. The Varsity Blondes run in, Johnson and Solow dodge. But then Solow and Johnson rush in and the Varsity Blondes dodge. All four men stand off and fans cheer. Solow SUPERKICKS BPJ, Griff BOOTS Johnson, and Griff blocks the kick! Solow dodges the punch, huricanranas Griff then dropkicks him down!

Griff flounders to a corner, Solow runs in but Griff dodges. Griff runs in to leap and lariat! Griff fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, ONE!! Solow survives but Griff drags Solow up to wrench and wristlock. Tag to BPJ, the Varsity Blondes whip, body shot and swinging neckbreaker, then Griff drops a leg, brother! BPJ covers, TWO! BPJ stomps Solow, drags him up, kicks him down, then covers, TWO! BPJ has Solow’s arm and then shifts to a seated cobra twist. Fans rally as Solow endures, BPJ digs knuckles in, but Solow fights up. BPJ blocks the hip toss, body shots then wrenches.

BPJ CHOPS Solow to keep him away from the tag, then puts him in the Varsity Blondes corner to clothesline and CHOP! Tag to Griff, BPJ whips Griff in for a BIG splash, that misses! Solow throws BPJ out, crawls to his corner, hot tag to Johnson! Avalon is fired up for Big Shotty as he clotheslines Griff out, then DIVES into both Varsity Blondes! Johnson puts Griff in, springboards, and missile dropkicks! Fans fire up with Johnson as he runs in and CHOPS Griff! Solow tags in, Johnson feeds Griff to the scoop, neckbreaker back suplex combo! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Griff up, fans rally, Griff breaks free but the rolling elbow misses! Solow SCREW HIGH KICKS, but BPJ tags in!

BPJ springboard lariats Solow down but Johnson runs in, into Griff’s BOOT! Griff runs into an enziguri! BPJ SUPERKICKS Johnson! Solow victory rolls BPJ but Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Solow down! The Varsity Blondes coordinate, pop-up missile dropkick POWERBOMB! Cover, Varsity Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

The only relief to Pretty Peter is that Johnson was spared. But with this win, will Griff and BPJ be climbing up the tag team ranks? And speaking of Johnson, Avalon walks over to him and offers him his 8 x 10. Is Johnson going to partake in Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation in the near future?

 

Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia!

The Star of the Show cheered on Conti, now Conti will cheer her on! The rest of the Dark Order has dominated, will Number 99 keep it 100?

The bell rings and Jay circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Gracia arm-drags Jay away. Gracia waves at Jay but Jay gets up and ties up with her again. Jay arm-drags Gracia now but Gracia kips up. Jay wrenches, Gracia wrenches to sweep the legs and cover, ONE! Jay sweeps, covers, ONE! Gracia runs and arm-drags Jay but Jay dodges the dropkick. Jay fires off forearms, whips but Gracia reverses. Jay slips out to the apron, HEEL KICK gets Gracia in the mouth! Jay gets in and rallies on Gracia, then mule kicks a leg out to run and BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Jay fires up, drags Gracia up and wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY HOOK KICK!

Gracia gets in a corner, Jay runs in to LEG LARIAT! Then Jay runs side to side, somersault KICK! Gracia boots Jay away, runs but into a waistlock then the QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER!! The body scissors are on, Gracia taps, Jay wins!

Winner: Anna Jay, by pinfall

The Queenslayer makes the Pink Dream’s night a nightmare! Will Jay find her way to a title opportunity in the near future?

 

Serena Deeb VS Tesha Price!

The NWA Women’s World Champion knows she has quite the challenge coming for New Year’s Smash, so she’s going to stay sharp and build some momentum! Will Tesha pay the price of being Serena’s tune-up opponent?

The bell rings and Tesha tells her new friend to hop off the apron. Tesha and Deeb circle, tie up, and go around. Tesha powers Deeb back but Deeb gets around to a waistlock and takedown. Deeb floats to a facelock, moves around with Tesha, then shifts to flip her over to a cover, ONE! Deeb keeps on Tesha with a headlock and takeover and grinds her down to the mat! Tesha makes it a cover, ONE, and Deeb holds on. Another try, TWO but Deeb still holds on. Tesha fights up, powers out, but Deeb throws a EuroUpper! Deebo throws more EuroUppers, then drop toeholds Tesha to get the legs! Deeb ties the legs up, grabs the arms, inverted surfboard to the cover, TWO!

Deeb keeps on Tesha, has the arm, omoplata, but Tesha gets the ropebreak with a leg! Deeb lets go at 3, and Tesha ROCKS Deeb to then run and elbow her down! Tesha rains down heavy hands, covers, TWO! Tesha grows frustrated and Deeb gets to the ropes. Tesha whips, Deeb ducks and dodges to leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Deeb and she drags Tesha up to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then ANOTHER! Deeb keeps going, to snap suplex! Tesha flounders up, Deeb hoists her to the top rope and backwards. Deeb climbs up behind Tesha, grabs at the arms, and has a HANGING GORY ESPECIAL!

Deeb lets go at 4, Tesha is in a Tree of Woe but she frees herself and flops down. Deeb drags Tesha up, underhooks the arms, FACEBUSTER! Cover, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by pinfall

Tesha just got a #Deebtox and the champion is rolling into her title defense! Will it be serenity now on Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash finale?

 

Bear Country VS Baron Black & Nick Comoroto!

The big and burly Boulder and Bronson have been impressive since showing up in AEW, but they’re still hunting that first win! Will the EmpBRUH and Freak Beast be the first ones lost in Bear Country?

The teams sort out and Baron starts against Bronson. They circle, tie up, and Bronson powers Baron to a corner. The ref counts, Bronson lets off but throws a big body shot! Bronson whips corner to corner, Baron goes up and over and arm-drags Bronson! Bronson runs back in but into a waistlock. Bronson elbows out hard, clinches and whips but Baron dodges to reel Bronson in for a knee! Baron gets Bronson in a standing cobra twist but Bronson powers out, only for Baron to ripcord, wrench and arm code breaker! The two stand up but Bronson backs off to tag to Boulder. Baron tags Comoroto in and he circles with Boulder.

Fans fire up as the behemoths tie up, are in a deadlock, and then break. They try again, another deadlock, and Comoroto shoves Boulder back. Boulder gets mad, ties up with Comoroto and powers Comoroto to ropes. Boulder gives a shove, Comoroto shoves back, and the forearms start flying! Boulder then knees low, runs, but Comoroto catches his crossbody!? For a scoop, but Boulder fights out! Boulder ROCKS Comoroto, and Comoroto staggers but elbows back! Tag to Baron, Baron gets around and he throws EuroUppers, CHOPS, and a spinning CHOP! Boulder stays up, Baron dodges his big haymakers, but not the BOOT!

Boulder drags Baron up, puts him on ropes and CLOBBERS him over and over! Boulder reels Baron into a knee, then runs for a knee lift! Boulder drags Baron over, tags in Bronson, and Bear Country mugs Baron. Bronson clamps on with a thrashing chinlock and he throws Baron down. Fans rally as Bronson stalks Baron to a corner. Bronson throws haymakers then stomps him down. The ref counts as Bronson digs his boot in, and Bronson lets off at 4. Bronson drags Baron up but Baron throws forearms back! Bronson keeps Baron from Comoroto but Baron throws more hands. Bronson dodges, Baron dodges back, tag to Comoroto!

Comroto rallies on Bear Country, throws forearms and CHOPS, then dodges Boulder to send him into Bronson! Comoroto clotheslines Boulder out, then scoops Bronson for a RUNNING SLAM! Comoroto fires up, fireman’s carries Bronson, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Comoroto drags Bronson up. Tag to Baron, they double whip Bronson to a corner and Baron whips Comoroto in. Boulder saves Bronson, Bronson CLOBBERS Baron, and Boulder tags in. They whip Baron into Comoroto, Boulder hits a corner splash sandwich! Bronson is a backpack for the BEAR COUNTRY CANNONBALL!!

Boulder drags Baron out and tags in Bronson, they combine their forces again, for an Electric Chair SPLASH! Cover, Bear Country wins!

Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall

Bronson and Boulder get a big win but are hungry for more! Will they make 2021 the Year of the Bear?

 

Chaos Project VS Top Flight!

Luther and Serpentico are still fuming after what happened to them as part of the Go Big Show sponsored segment on New Year’s Smash! Will the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN take it out on Darius and Dante Martin to end Dark? Or will the Coldest Tag Team in the Game show they’re not afraid?

Chaos Project rushes Top Flight as they get in the ring! Serpentico puts Dante in one corner and Luther puts Darius in the other. Luther whips Serpentico to back elbow Dante, then the other way to elbow Darius! Luther scoops Darius to slam him, then he scoops Serpentico to slam him onto Darius! The match isn’t even official but Darius BOOTS Luther back! Top Flight regroups, they dodge Chaos Project then double dropkick them down! Top Flight has the ring as the bell rings, they build speed but Serpentico SUPERKICKS Dante! Luther catches Darius, blocks the flips and puts him on the apron. Serpentico throws Dante out hard, then knees Darius into Luther’s KNEE!

Luther puts Darius in for Serpentico and Serpentico drops elbows. Serpentico drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles then tags Luther. Chaos Project mugs Darius in the corner, Luther kicks Darius then runs to BOOT him! Luther grabs Darius’ head for a NECK CRACKER! Tag to Serpentico, Serpentico whips but Luther reverse to back suplex, ATOMIC LEG DROP! Serpentico crawls to a cover, ONE as Darius bridges out! Serpentico drags Darius up, wrenches and throws forearms, then tags in Luther. Chaos Project chokes Darius on ropes and Luther kicks Darius down. Luther tells the ref to shut up and leave him alone as he snap suplexes Darius. Cover, TWO with another bridge!

Luther drops a knee and then shouts at the ref to count faster. Tag to Serpentico, Luther scoop slams Darius then scoops Luther for a back suplex senton! Serpentico flounders to the cover, TWO! Serpentico keeps Darius from Dante and fans rally up. Darius fights up, fights out but Serpentico knees him! Tag to Luther, Chaos Project mugs Darius and Luther chokes Darius on the ropes! The ref counts, Luther lets off at 4 while talking trash. Tag to Serpentico, Serpentico DECKS Dante, but Darius fights back! Darius forearms and CHOPS but Serpentico ROCKS him! Chaos Project double whip Darius hard, then Luther makes Serpentico a weapon again, FALL AWAY BODY BLOCK!

Darius flounders out of the ring, Luther drags him up and he tells Serpentico to run. Serpentico is reluctant, but he builds speed and DIVES, only to get Luther! Darius got away, and hurries back in the ring! Serpentico hurries after Darius, then goes past, but Dante ROCKS him! Darius tags in Dante! Dante shoulders in, slingshots up and over, then rallies with big forearms! Dante runs in to ROCK Serpentico in the corner! Dante whips, Serpentico reverses but Dante goes up and headscissors Serpentico into buckles! Serpentico flounders, Dante rocks him again, spins him around, hotshots and springboards, BIG flying uppercut! Cover but Luther breaks it!

Luther drags Dante up, whips him to a corner, then whips Serpentico in, only for Dante to put Serpentico out. Dante boots Luther, somersaults and jawbreakers! Mule kick for Serpentico! Dante throws Serpentico into Luther, then uses him as a step to hit a somersault BLOCKBUSTER onto Luther! Serpentico ends up taking a DDT at the same time! Dante covers, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Dante tags in Darius! Dante ROCKS Luther, Darius whips Dante for Dante to whip Darius, Serpentico SUPERKICKS Darius down! Dante runs in, but Serpentico puts him way out! Serpentico dodges Darius, Luther whips him and Serpentico SPEARS! Cover, Dante breaks it!

Luther throws Dante back out, then goes to the apron to CANNONBALL! Fans rally as Luther whips but Dante reverses to send Luther up and over the barriers! Darius has Serpentico, blocks the punch and enziguris! Darius brings Serpentico over, tags Dante, and Top Flight coordinates with an Electric Chair and tuck. Dante gets a boost from Darius for a DROPKICK CHEEKY NANDOS! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall

Air Wolf and Angel Dorado are rolling, and there’s still all of 2021 ahead of them! Will the ice cold Martin brothers get some tag gold while they’re still young?


My Thoughts:

A very good Dark, only 12 matches and just over 90 minutes is much more manageable than those extra stuffed episodes with 15+ and another hour. There were also some slightly less unpredictable matches, such as Red Velvet VS Leva Bates. Both of them have been doing good work, but Velvet having a small part in the story of Jade Cargill, the Vicious Vixens and Brandi Rhodes means she needs the momentum as a proxy for Brandi. The main event of Top Flight and Chaos Project could’ve gone either way, but the younger team needed the momentum so it was great for them to win over the more experienced Luther and Serpentico. Top Flight using that boosted dropkick Cheeky Nandos is an interesting move, but I think if they coordinate it better, it should be the legal man whipping the other so that he can also be the one to cover as the opponent falls back.

On the other end of things, it was great to see Bear Country get a win through Dark, they’re a great team that can build up the already stacked tag division. The Dark Order had a very good night again, and that 10 Man was pretty congested. Cabana is meshing with the Dark Order more, and so I hope some part of the story originally intended with him is given television time. Not to move on too quickly from Mr. Brodie Lee, but if Uno and Stu can move up as leaders and then make Cabana a new right hand man, I think that’d be good for the group as things go forward.

Conti gets a good win over the incoming Marti Daniels, and Deeb gets the same off Tesha Price, but even without these matches, I’m pretty sure their title match is going to be very good with a lot of technical skill on display. Speaking of Price, who was her sidekick and why did she not get an entrance? That’s a bit weird when it wouldn’t have taken that much to add that to Dark’s runtime. Maybe something happened to the footage at the time and they couldn’t shoot it again? Maybe we’ll learn who the guy is next time. And I like that Avalon is building the story of his Pageant Provocation by snubbing Griff and acknowledging Johnson. No idea where this will lead Avalon but it seems like the journey will be fun.

My Score: 8.2/10


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