Dark has ELEVEN matches from Thursday!
All Out is fast approaching, and AEW Dark has another stacked night! Will Proud ‘n’ Powerful send a message to Best Friends before Dynamite?
- Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Eddie Taurus; Spears wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Ryzin & Faboo Andre; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
- Allie w/ QT Marshall VS Cassandra Golden; Allie wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Angelico; Kaz wins.
- Gunn Club VS Ryan Rembrandt & Donnie Primetime; Gunn Club wins.
- Abadon VS Dani Jordyn; Abadon wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Tony Donati; Starks wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Jon Cruz & David Ali; Jurassic Express wins.
- Anna Jay VS Red Velvet; Jay wins.
- Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Shawn Dean; Sabian wins.
- The Initiative w/ Leva Bates VS Private Party; Private Party wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Eddie Taurus!
#PERFECT10N keeps on winning, and he keeps adding insult to injury with that loaded left hand glove! Will he do the same as he grabs the Jersey bull by the horns?
The bell rings and Spears grins as he circles with Taurus. The crowd fires up as Spears and Taurus tie up. They go around, Spears gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Taurus spins through, spins around and waistlocks. Spears standing switches, shoves but avoids Taurus going up and over to spin, hammerlock and snapmare Taurus down. Taurus gets to a corner as Spears swaggers about. The fans rally up as Spears and Taurus tie up. They go with knuckle locks but Spears wrangles Taurus down. Spears has the arm again, Taurus gets up and rolls to wrench and arm-drag Spears away. Now Taurus swaggers and fans cheer. Spears has to applaud that exchange, too, and shakes Taurus’ hand. Spears and Taurus circle, tie up and go around.
Taurus has Spears on the ropes, the ref counts and Taurus lets up. Spears sucker punches and bumps Taurus off the buckles! Spears stomps a mudhole into Taurus then lets off to bring him up. Spears throws Taurus out hard! Taurus tumbles to the floor, Spears goes out to go after Taurus and ram him into the apron! Spears rams Taurus into railing, too, then soaks up the cheers and jeers of the fans. Spears brings Taurus up, puts him in and then stalks him to the corner. Spears CHOPS Taurus and then climbs up to rain down left hands. Fans count, but Spears doesn’t like that. Taurus trips Spears up in the distraction!
Taurus runs to dropkick Spears in the corner, then climbs up on him now. Taurus rains down punches but only gets one before Spears carries him out for a Manhattan Drop! Spears trips Taurus and stomps him down! Spears drags Taurus up, fireman’s carries, and runs for the C4!! Cover, Spears wins!
Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall
Tully Blanchard raises Spears’ hand in celebration, and slips him the metal slug. Spears loads up and SMASHES Taurus in the head! Spears took the bull by the horns and broke him! Will Spears keep on loading up and knocking them down until he gets a title opportunity?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Ryzin & Faboo Andre!
Santana and Ortiz are getting ready to tear into Chuck Taylor and Trent, and they’re going to have a tune-up first. Will the Priest of Sin and the Monarch of Manliness merely be appetizers for the Inner Circle’s pitbulls?
The teams sort out and Ryzin starts with Santana. They circle, tie up, and Santana headlocks and grinds Ryzin down. Ryzin fights up, pries free, then headlocks back. Santana throws body shots then forearms to headlock and takeover back. Ryzin headscissors, Santana pops out and the two reset. Ortiz wants Santana to tear into Ryzin, Santana gets the headlock again. Ryzin powers out but Santana runs him over. Things speed up, Santana slides under the hurdle but Ryzin elbows out of the waistlock. Ryzin runs but into a body shot, a kick and shotgun dropkick! Ortiz taunts Faboo, Santana keeps Ryzin from the tag for a big suplex! Uno amigo as Santana rolls and suplexes again, dos amigos! Santana gets back up for the three amigos!
Santana looms over Ryzin and kicks him while he’s down. Santana drags Ryzin up, tags in Ortiz, and the hand-off is given. Ortiz throws forearms and knees then butterfly suplexes Ryzin. Ryzin gets in a corner, Ortiz splashes and CHOPS him. Ryzin BOOTS back, then dodges Ortiz! Tag to Faboo who slingshots up and over Ortiz to dropkick him to a corner! Faboo runs in but is put up. Faboo handstands then elbows back, crossbody! Cover, TWO! Faboo kicks but Ortiz spins and CLUBS him! Ortiz clobbers Faboo then he runs to LARIAT Faboo inside out! Ortiz knocks Ryzin off the apron, Santana DIVES to take Ryzin out! Ortiz throws Faboo to ropes, pops him up, and POWERBOMBS! He sits Faboo up for Santana’s KICK! Cover, PNP wins!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
Just that easy! Ortiz is not even hyped up, he is deadly serious! Will Best Friends be facing a very different Proud ‘n’ Powerful Santana and Ortiz in that grudge match?
Santana gets a mic to say, “Papi, I gotta laugh.” You know why? Because Best Friends finally grew balls big enough to catch them slipping. But Santana and Ortiz like that fight! It’ll only feel that much better when they send them crying home to mom like little b*tches! Ortiz says Trent needs to tell Sue to stop blowin’ up his phone, because he’s not coming for dinner. But those drawers he left? That’s a little gift from him to her. Some serious fighting words, and Ortiz again shouts, “THE BEST!” Will Best Friends get back at Santana and Ortiz for all they’ve done and said?
Allie w/ QT Marshall VS Cassandra Golden!
The Nightmare Sisters may not have won the Women’s Tag Cup, and both Cody and Brandi Rhodes may have been sidelined by the Dark Order, but the Nightmare Family soldiers on. Will Allie carry on and also start her own climb up the ranks?
The bell rings and Allie circles with Golden. They tie up, go around, and Golden puts Allie in a corner. Allie gets Golden on the ropes but the two separate. They go around again, Allie blocks the kick to roll Golden up, ONE! Golden gets up and cools off as she and Allie circle again. They tie up, Golden pulls hair and puts Allie in the corner. Golden lets up as the ref counts, Allie dodges Golden’s sucker punch and fires off forearms and CHOPS! The ref backs Allie off, Allie whips Golden but Golden reverses. Allie reverses back to elbow hard and hit a neckbreaker! Allie fires up, and runs to sliding forearm Golden on the ropes!
Allie takes a bow and QT applauds, but Allie wants him to give her a kiss. He moves in to kiss her on the cheek but she whips her hair at him because he’s too slow. Allie also wants him to help her into the ring, and he holds the ropes. No, she wants him to pick her up! QT does, Allie looks at the camera as if QT should’ve known this, and Allie is back on the apron. Allie blows a kiss to him, Golden swings on her but Allie blocks the punch! Allie hotshots Golden away, then waits for her to turn around for a clothesline! Allie pats herself on the back then drags Golden up. Allie cravats and knees away o Golden, then runs, only for Golden to scoop her for a sidewalk slam! Cover, ONE, and Allie gets to a corner. Golden runs at Allie for a HIP ATTACK! QT is in shock as Golden covers, ONE!
Golden drags Allie into a chinlock and grinds her down. Allie endures, QT rallies and the crowd joins in. Allie fights up, fights back but Golden knees low. Golden fireman’s carries, Allie fights out of it, and then Allie ducks to throw Golden down by her hair! Golden gets up, Allie rallies on her with clotheslines and chops! Allie knees away on Golden again, runs and BULLDOGS! Allie wants Golden to get back up, Golden staggers up into Allie’s dragon sleeper. DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE! Cover, Allie wins!
Winner: Allie, by pinfall
QT celebrates with Allie and she takes a bow. Will Allie get ahead all by herself?
Backstage interview with Santana and Ortiz.
Dasha tries to get some words from them about their comments about Trent’s mother, Sue. Well that’s what Sue said about Trent. What? But then Best Friends jump Santana and Ortiz at the trailers! They brawl, bounce off railing and the trailers themselves, but where is security?! What will it take for these two teams to settle this?
Frankie Kazarian VS Angelico!
The Heavy Metal Rebel has been giving singles matches a go and has been doing pretty well. Now he goes against one half of The Hybrid2, with the mouthier half in Jack Evans oddly absent. Will Angelico prove he can do things on his own? Or will Kaz pull off another win of his own?
The bell rings and Angelico circles with Kaz. They tie up, go around, and Kaz slips through to wrench to a wristlock. Kaz brings Angelico to a knee, Angelico rolls and reverses the wrench onto Kaz, but Kaz rolls and drop toeholds back. Kaz floats to get the arm back for a wristlock but Angelico stands. Angelico drop toeholds back, floats to a facelock, and holds on as Kaz rolls. Angelico floats to a waistlock, back to the facelock, then rolls Kaz over for the lateral press, TWO! The two reset and the crowd cheers. Kaz and Angelico circle, tie up, and Angelico gets the arm to wrench for a wristlock. Kaz uses ropes to flip through, then he slips around to arm-drag. Angelico sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Kaz sweeps, covers, ONE!
Kaz jumps over Angelico’s next sweep and grins as he backs off to the corner. Angelico keeps his cool as he and Kaz circle again. They tie up, Angelico waistlocks, Kaz pries free to switch. Angelico switches back, crawls under and uses a unique drop toehold to get Kaz down. Angelico spins around and has a modified calf slicer, the Novarro Once! Kaz crawls and gets the ropebreak, Angelico lets go of the Novarro 11 at the count of 4. Angelico lounges on the mat to taunt Kaz, but he also has a leg guard ready as Kaz approaches. Kaz still gets Angelico in a La Magistrol, TWO! O’Conner roll, TWO! Kaz comes back, slips around to backslide, TWO!
Angelico gets to a corner for a time-out, but he also pie faces Kaz. Angelico is in the ropes, the ref backs Kaz off, and Angelico ROCKS Kaz with that sucker punch! Angelico rams Kaz shoulder first into buckles! Angelico drags Kaz up, snapmares and stomps him down. Angelico goes after the legs again for the Indian Deathlock! Kaz endures, Angelico uses a leg to half nelson Kaz! It’s an octopus deathlock combo, but Kaz refuses to give up, so Angelico rolls to a trailerhitch! Kaz gets another ropebreak and Angelico lets go. Kaz CHOPS Angelico, throws haymakers, but Angelico knees low. Angelico whips but Kaz rolls Angelico up, TWO! Angelico elbows Kaz back hard! Angelico drags Kaz by the leg, covers again, TWO!
Angelico keeps his cool as he drags Kaz up, the crowd rallies and Kaz reverses the whip. Angelico reverses back to wrench and trip Kaz up for a modified Half Crab! Angelico has the leg deep like a calf slicer, but Kaz grabs at Angelico’s legs. Angelico elbows Kaz but Kaz gets another ropebreak! Angelico lets go, stalks Kaz to a corner and stomps a mudhole into him. Angelico digs his boot in, the ref counts and Angelico stops at 4. Angelico grabs Kaz’s legs and yanks him up, but Kaz lands on his feet! Kaz throws hands on Angelico, whips but Angelico reverses. Kaz comes back with leaping forearms and big elbows! Kaz dropkicks Angelico down and fires up with a scoop and slam! Springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Angelico survives but Kaz isn’t slowing down. Kaz drags Angelico up, dragon sleeper but Angelico snapmares free. Angelico ducks Kaz’s punch, Kaz jumps Angelico’s leg sweep but Angelico hits the Eddy Gordo kick! Small package, TWO!! Angelico gets to a corner, dodges Kaz and KICKS him hard in the back! Angelico hoists Kaz up, brings him out with a crucifix, but Kaz slips off to dragon sleeper, inverted DDT! Cover, Kaz wins!
Winner: Frankie Kazarian, by pinfall
Kaz snatches victory from the jaws of defeat and keeps on rolling! Will Kaz keep going strong even as he does it alone?
Tony Schiavone interviews Brandi Rhodes!
Brandi returns after that attack by the Dark Order, and slips a “Lil’ Brand-Brand” into Tony’s shirt pocket. It was 8/22/20, the very special Saturday Night Dynamite, that the Women’s Tag Cup Finals were held, and the Nightmare Sisters lost to Ivelisse and Diamante to only be runner-up in the tournament. That tournament felt like it was designed for Allie and Brandi to win, but they didn’t. And then of course, the attack on Cody and Brandi by the Dark Order so it’s been a bit since we’ve heard from her. Brandi tells “Anthony” that most people would be very upset that they lost a tournament they had a hand in creating. But she’s not most people.
However, she is “quite perturbed” that a trainee from the Nightmare Factory listened to “Daddy Brodie” and attacked Brandi in an ambush. Brandi has a problem with Anna Jay. Maybe “Daddy Brodie” told Anna that being young and pretty and talented meant the world owed her something. Guess what: Brandi’s been pretty a long time, and it don’t mean s*it anymore. What matters is being smart. And Brandi doesn’t have much faith in Anna’s IQ when she joined “a goon squad” that needs Brodie Lee to tell them what to do and to think all the time.
But Anna is bold. She went right for the top of the food chain. But when you take aim at the queen, you better not miss. Here’s Brandi, walking, talking and confident as ever. Brandi invites Anna to play, but face to face this time. Anna better be prepared, because if she misses this time, Brandi will send Anna’s “pretty little ass” right back to the factory.
Gunn Club VS Ryan Rembrandt & Donnie Primetime!
Billy and son, Austin, have been doing pretty well for themselves. But now they’re up against a #Remarkable and action ready duo. Will Gunn Club keep hitting the mark and climbing the ranks of the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out and Rembrandt starts with Billy. They circle, the crowd rallies and Billy ties up with Rembrandt. Billy wrenches to a hammerlock, then headlocks to a takeover. Billy gets Rembrandt’s shoulders down for a cover, ONE! He does it again, ONE! Rembrandt sits up and fights up. Austin tags in, he and Billy mug Rembrandt, then Austin wrenches. Rembrandt rocks Austin, Austin puts Rembrandt in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Rembrandt reverses but Austin goes up and over to roll Rembrandt. Rembrandt gets up but Austin dropkicks his legs out! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps his eyes on Donnie and tags in Billy. Gunn Club works together, catapult to flying elbow drop! Cover, TWO!!
Rembrandt survives that brutal double team move, but Billy is still on him. Billy decks Rembrandt and admits his hand hurts. Billy drags Rembrandt up, tags Austin in and the Gunn Club mugs Rembrandt. Austin wrenches but Rembrandt knees low. Rembrandt snapmares, drops an elbow and then another! And another! Cover, ONE, but Rembrandt shows off the muscles. Rembrandt rams Austin into the corner, Donnie tags in and Donnie clubs Austin. Austin throws haymakers and runs but Donnie CHOPS him! Cover, ONE! Donnie punches Austin to a corner and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Donnie taunts Billy but Austin hits Rembrandt away! Austin runs and elbows Donnie down, hot tag to Billy!
Big Papa Gunn rallies on Donnie then tilt-o-whirl slams Rembrandt! Tag to Austin, QUICK DRAW! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Austin and Billy get another win, are they going to climb up together to be AEW’s most impressive father-son combination?
Abadon VS Dani Jordyn!
Whether or not the Living Dead Girl is in the Real Mean Girl’s Burn Book, but she might find herself in Dani’s nightmares! Will Abadon keep rolling with another win as the AEW Women’s Division continues to grow?
The bell rings, Dani is very wary of Abadon, but she still circles with her. They approach and Abadon shrieks, scaring Dani back. Dani comes back to tie up with Abadon, Abadon pulls hair to put Dani in the corner. Dani gets out to throw haymakers and forearms and uppercuts! Dani whips corner to corner, Abadon stops herself and Dani SLAPS her! But Abadon just stands up straight again to LARIAT Dani down! Abadon slithers around as she stalks Dani and grabs a leg. Abadon clubs the bad leg with the brace on it over and over! Dani crawls, clutching that leg, but Abadon stomps her! Abadon hammers the bad leg more and more but Dani kicks her away. The crowd rallies for Dani but Abadon SMASHES the knee into the mat!
Abadon drags Dani around by the bad leg, and SMASHES the knee again! Dani writhes while Abadon laughs. Abadon stalks Dani to the corner, waits for her to stand, and then throws big forearms. Abadon puts the bad leg on the ropes and pulls on it! The ref counts, Abadon stops at 4 and stomps the bad leg again. Abadon stands Dani up to whip corner to corner, and Dani falls over as the bad leg gives out. Abadon mocks Dani then grabs the leg again. Dani uses the good leg to kick her away, and she manages to LARIAT Abadon down! But Abadon sits up! Abadon stares at Dani, they both get up, and Abadon trips Dani up to DDT the leg!
Abadon applauds her own work as she goes after the leg again. ANOTHER leg DDT! Dani crawls to the ropes but Abadon clearly has a method to her madness. Abadon slips out and goes around the corner. Dani is on the apron, Abadon trips her up! Dani hits hard on the apron while Abadon argues with the ref. Well, she really more just shouts at the ref. Abadon puts Dani in the ropes with a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch but lets go at the ref’s count of 4. Abadon drags Dani in by the bad leg, then drops down for a HEEL HOOK! Dani endures, Abadon clubs away on the leg, Dani taps! Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by submission
Abadon makes Dani suffer a bit more before she lets go. Abadon just keeps winning and winning, will she soon head for the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Ricky Starks VS Tony Donati!
The Absolute vows to get his revenge on Darby Allin during the All Out Casino Battle Royal, but that street goes both ways. Will Starks first build momentum off The Groovy One?
The bell rings and Starks offers Donati a handshake, to then take it away. Starks and Donati tie up, Starks puts Donati in a corner but lets up at 4. Donati shoves Starks, then rolls him up! TWO, and Starks kicks Donati low! Starks pushes Donati then ROCKS him with that right. Starks scoops, Donati slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Donati crucifix rolls Starks, TWO! Starks throws Donati out and pursues to scoop and gives him snake eyes off the apron! “It’s Starks Season for a reason. You get my drift?” Taz loves that as Starks puts Donati in. Starks stomps Donati over and over then drags Donati up for a high and hard back suplex! Starks strikes a pose then kicks Donati to ropes.
Starks slaps Donati around, Donati shoves back but Starks throws forearms. Starks whips corner to corner and RAMS into Donati! Starks pushes Donati down, hops up top and hits a missile dropkick! Starks kips up and then mocks Darby Allin. Starks swaggers around as he kicks Donati to a corner. Starks throws haymakers on Donati then blows a kiss to the crowd. Starks runs but misses in the corner, Donati comes back with clotheslines! Starks stays up, Donati sunset flips but Starks drags him up, only for Donati to cradle! TWO, Starks swings but spins Donati around, and knees low hard. Canadian rack, ROSHAMBO! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Starks gets another one, and looks absolutely ready for All Out. Will Starks and Brian Cage lead Team Taz to victory in the Casino Battle Royale?
Jurassic Express VS Jon Cruz & David Ali!
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are in bad moods after Jake Hager tried to put the Big Hurt on little Marko Stunt. But they also have a big opportunity at getting on All Out coming up. Can they focus and win big against HUMAN and The Street Fighter?
The teams sort out and Luchasaurus starts against Cruz. They circle, Cruz mocks Marko’s bad leg, and then hops on Luchasaurus with a sleeper! Luchasaurus easily powers out and carries Cruz with one arm. Luchasaurus blocks the haedlock takeover and tosses Cruz to ropes. Things speed up, Luchasaurus blocks the hip toss and then the arm-drag. Luchasaurus puts Cruz in a corner and Cruz boots back! Cruz is all pumped up, but he runs into Luchasaurus’ arms for an OVERHEAD suplex! Luchasaurus kips up as Ali tags in. Ali and Luchasaurus tie up, Luchasaurus puts Ali in a corner to CHOP! Luchasaurus shows chop but Ali gets his guard up. Luchasaurus mule KICKS, then CHOPS! Luchasaurus puts Ali in the Express corner, tags in JB, and JB CHOPS Ali!
JB whips Ali to the open corner, Ali reverses but JB goes up and over and runs to huricanrana! Ali staggers into an arm-drag, then into a fireman’s carry takedown! JB has the arm, cartwheels to knuckle lock and CHOP! JB goes to the corner, goes all over the place then arm-drags Ali away! Ali flounders up into a dropkick! JB kips up and the crowd is fired up as JB covers. TWO, and JB keeps his cool as he brings Ali over. Tag to Luchasaurus, JB feeds Ali to Luchasaurus’ scoop. Ali slips off and shoves Luchasaurus into JB. Ali swings on them, JB gets him to a full nelson and lift, TAIL WHIP to the FACEBUSTER! Cover, Cruz breaks it! Cruz gets away before Luchasaurus grabs at him, so Luchasaurus puts Ali in for fast hands.
Luchasaurus KNEES Ali, then ROUNDHOUSES him down! Cruz tells Ali to stop getting hit, but easier said than done. Luchasaurus suplexes and drops Ali down hard! Luchasaurus drags Ali up, choke grips, but Ali slips out! Ali DECKS JB, dodges Luchasaurus, and hot tags Cruz! Cruz climbs up top and leaps, double ax handles barely make Luchasaurus flinch. Cruz enziguris then fires up. Ali helps out in the double whip, but Luchasaurus breaks free to CHOP and CHOP! KNEE for Cruz, boot and ROUNDHOUSE for Ali! Luchasaurus drags Ali up and tags JB in. Jurassic Express coordinates, CHOKE SLAM then a roll to spinning BUZZSAW! BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cruz is next, scoop and JURASSIC CUTTER! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Cruz could not be spared with the bait and switch, he and Ali are now extinct! Will Jurassic Express be able to win alongside the Young Bucks and head to All Out?
Anna Jay VS Red Velvet!
The Star of the Show is now The Dark Order’s Number 99 and the #Queenslayer! But while Brandi dares her to try again, Anna has to first worry about her opponent tonight. Will Red Velvet stir up some trouble for Anna so soon after she decided to officially #JoinDarkOrder?
The bell rings and Anna circles with Velvet. The crowd rallies up but Anna kicks Velvet low and puts her in a corner. Anna fires off forearms, whips Velvet corner to corner then runs in for the leg lariat! Anna keeps moving but Velvet follows to calf kick! Anna bails out and Velvet fires up! Anna shouts at the crowd, “You think she’s gonna win?!” But she’s distracted and Velvet knees her between the ropes! Velvet drags Anna in, bumps her off buckles then fires off fast hands and stomps. Velvet does the splits as she digs her boot into Anna, but Anna pushes her away. Velvet whips Anna corner to corner, Anna reverses but Velvet dodges to sweep the legs and drop an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Anna scrambles up to her feet, Velvet whips Anna but Anna reverses for a kitchen sink knee! Anna scowls as she drags Velvet around and rains down rights. The ref reprimands the closed fists but Anna chokes Velvet! Anna stops at 4, looms over Velvet then stalks her to a corner. Anna stands Velvet up to stomp her down with a mudhole. Anna drags Velvet back up, snap suplex! That’s una amiga, and Anna drags Velvet up to club away on her back. Anna runs but into a mule kick! Velvet does the splits for a table top, but Anna turns that into a neckbreaker! Anna pushes Velvet around, talks a lot of trash, then pie faces Velvet. Velvet throws big forearms and eggs Anna on.
Anna ROCKS Velvet with that right, but Velvet gives more forearms back. Velvet dodges Anna to clothesline! Velvet rallies on Anna with more, then stirs it up. Anna is on the ropes, Velvet KNEES her in the back! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps on Anna but Anna ROCKS her again! Anna wrenches and HOOK KICKS Velvet down! Anna goes out and says, “This is the new me.” She has Velvet in her sides for a LARIAT! Anna drags Velvet back up and whips her hard into railing! Anna drags Velvet back up, puts her back in the ring at 6, then stalks her. Anna toys with Velvet before bring her up for a surfboard STOMP! And ANOTHER! And then a vicious rear naked choke! Velvet taps furiously, Anna wins!
Winner: Anna Jay, by submission
That was the same hold Anna used to take Brandi out a couple weeks ago! Will the #Queenslayer finish Brodie Lee’s work by eliminating Brandi once and for all?
Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Shawn Dean!
The Superbad Couple may not have been able to help Britt Baker beat Big Swole, but they still got the free make-up sessions from Rebel for their troubles. But now, they focus on themselves. Will Kip get a win against The Captain to keep climbing the ranks?
The bell rings and Kip doesn’t even take of his sunglasses or manly crop top as he ties up with Dean. Kip gets the hammerlock, shifts to a headlock, back to hammerlock, then half nelson then snapmare. Kip celebrates his technical prowess but circles with Dean again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Kip spins and wrangles Dean down, then he stands on the keylock. Dean gets up and Kip plays scared. Kip headlocks Dean and sits down to bring Dean down with him. Dean gets up, Kip shifts to knee and put Dean in a corner. Kip whips but Dean reverses. Kip goes up and over and speeds up, but Dean arm-drags him all around! The sunglasses fly off before Dean dropkicks Kip!
Dean wrenches Kip to a wristlock and Penelope worries for Kip. Kip fights up, then pokes Dean’s eyes! Kip kicks Dean to a corner, and then runs him corner to corner to bump him off the buckles! Kip fans himself with his shirt then stomps Dean to ropes. Kip drags Dean up and throws forearms and stomps. Kip cools off as he explains to the camera that he may not have taken Frankie Kazarian serious last week, but does he really have to face scrubs again? Dean shows Kip who’s a scrub with big forearms! Dean rocks Kip with a EuroUpper, but Kip blocks the kick to KNEE Dean down! Kip lines up his shot, and Penalty Kicks! The kick is… wide right!
Kip is upset and Dean gets up to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Kip flounders after being folded up, and Dean clobbers Kip with clotheslines! Dean fires up, whips Kip to ropes, but Kip reverses. Dean gets around, salutes, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and Penelope is relieved. Dean keeps his focus as he drags Kip up and underhooks. Kip slips out, blocks a clothesline and pops Dean up for a knee! DISCUS! Kip drags Dean into the suplex, the ropes, DEATHLY HOLLOWS! Cover, Kip wins!
Winner: Kip Sabian, by pinfall
The Superbad Boy gets back up with this win, and he continues to demand better! Will Kip get what he deserves on way or another as Autumn approaches?
The Initiative w/ Leva Bates VS Private Party!
Despite losing again and again, The Dungeon Master and the Librarian keep on rolling forward! Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy are getting ready for an All Out opportunity, but will they lose focus and give Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon their first wins in AEW ever?
The teams sort out and Cutler starts against Quen. They tie up, Cutler headlocks but Quen powers out. Avalon tags in, Quen hurdles Cutler but turns around into a kick! Avalon CHOPS, Cutler snapmares and they work together, CHOP sandwich! Then the elbow drop splash combo! Cover, ONE! Avalon keeps on Quen with a suplex, covers, TWO! Avalon wrenches Quen, yanks on the arm and elbows the shoulder then snapmares and basement dropkicks! Avalon DECKS Ksasidy then drags Quen to Cutler. Tag and Cutler wrenches Quen to a corner. Cutler clubs and whips corner to corner, Kassidy saves Quen from hitting buckles, and Quen comes back to huricanrana Cutler!
Avalon gets in but gets a hip toss! Quen dodges the Initiative’s double clothesline, Kassidy springboard crossbodies them both down! The Initiative regroups with Leva on the outside, Cutler gets back in and Kassidy tags. Kassidy drop toeholds Cutler, tags in Quen, and Private Party coordinate to drop ax handles on Cutler’s back. Cutler kicks, Quen ducks but Cutler comes back with an enziguri! Cutler goes to run but Quen reels him in for a back suplex! Quen keeps on Cutler, tags in Kassidy, and Cassidy is stuck for the DUMDUM STOMP and boost to back suplex! Kassidy wipes the sweat from his brow, covers, TWO! Kassidy keeps on Cutler with the facelock, but Cutler powers towards the corner. Cutler back drops Kassidy up and over, hot tag to Quen!
Quen drags Cutler around, drags him up and facelocks. Cutler back drops Quen! Hot tag to Avalon! Avalon waits for Kassidy to tag and run in, for the springboard crossbody! The Librarian got major air and then dropkicks Kassidy! Avalon whips Kassidy, Kassidy reverses but Avalon comes back to LARIAT! Avalon DIVES out to take Quen down! Avalon keeps going, gets Kassidy for a fireman’s carry and Wasteland slam into the drop zone! ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Avalon tags Cutler in, the Initiative double back suplex but Kassidy lands his feet! Hot tag to Quen and Quen goes up top, to MOONSAULT onto both Cutler and Avalon!
Quen fires up and FLIES to take Avalon out with that Fosbury Flop! Leva is on the apron, FLYING RANA! But Quen handsprings through!! Quen hurries back in but Cutler boots him at the corner! Cutler goes up and hits a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but the ref tells us Kassidy actually got a tag in! Kassidy Oklahoma rolls Cutler, Private Party wins!!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
That was fast and furious, and it was a split second difference that turned things around on The Initiative! Will Private Party be the ones rolling through Dynamite to All Out? Will the Initiative ever roll a victory at this rate? Avalon ATTACKS Cutler! The Initiative is breaking up as Avalon grabs the giant 20-sided die. Avalon CLOBBERS Cutler with it!! Leva can’t believe this! Will Avalon go on to find that first win all on his own?
A pretty good Dark, but again par for the course. The obvious wins were obvious but there were still some really fun stuff. I like that Donnie went by “Donnie Primetime” instead of Donnie Janela, but obviously he couldn’t just change his gimmick last minute to not be Bootleg Janela. Gunn Club’s match was probably the match where commentary had the most fun because Excalibur, who is back by the way, tricked Taz into thinking there was such a group as the Gum Club. I liked the promo from Santana and Ortiz, and the brawl with Best Friends. I was kinda hoping the grudge match for Dynamite would be No Disqualifications, but it’ll still be great stuff from these two teams.
Brandi has a good promo on Anna, and Anna has a good match with Red Velvet to show that while Anna is still learning, she’s also got aggression enough to win. Anna and Brandi will have a pretty good match, it definitely will up the story between Dark Order and the Nightmare Family. Nightmare Sisters didn’t face Jay & Tay during the Women’s Tag Cup, so I bet Taynara Conti will #JoinDarkOrder and we get a women’s tag match as part of this story. Abadon got to show a little cocky personality as she beat Dani Jordyn but still kept her scary persona going. I’m pretty sure Hikaru Shida wins at All Out despite how great Thunder Rosa is, so maybe Abadon moves up to challenge Shida after.
I like that Sabian is salty about going back to beating jobbers after his loss to Kaz. I’m sure he’ll continue for a couple more weeks beating jobbers, get another match with another “name,” then maybe he wins that match and feels he should face a champion. I liked that Private Party and The Initiative were in the main event, and it was a great match, but it seems AEW has pulled the trigger on the break-up. Now give us Avalon VS Cutler in the All Out Buy-In so we finally get AEW’s Worst Wrestler, unofficial title belt and all.
My Score: 8.2/10