AEW Dark goes big with ELEVEN matches!
Before AEW celebrates THIRTY YEARS of Jericho (party on, maaan~), watch the war of Dark Order and Nightmare Family rage on! Will “Number 4,” John Silver, make Mr. Brodie Lee proud?
- Brandi Rhodes w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Kenzie Paige; Brandi wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Ray Rosas & Eric Watts; Jurassic Express wins.
- Chaos Project VS Lee Johnson & Anthony Bowens; Chaos Project wins.
- Will Hobbs VS Ryzin; Hobbs wins.
- QT Marshall w/ Dustin Rhodes VS John Silver w/ The Dark Order; Silver wins.
- Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr VS Cezar Bononi & David Ali; Garrison & Pillman Jr win.
- Big Swole VS Skyler Moore; Swole wins.
- Matt Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa; Sydal wins.
- Eddie Kingston VS M’Badu; Kingston wins.
- Angelico w/ Jack Evans VS Shawn Dean; Angelico wins.
- The Lucha Brothers w/ Eddie Kingston VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; The Lucha Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ricky Starks joins commentary!
Absolute did so good last time, he’s back again! Taz knows they had a rough night for Dynamite, but this will be much better.
Brandi Rhodes w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Kenzie Paige!
The Queen of the Nightmare Family is back and wanting to stay sharp to show the Queenslayer didn’t slay anything! But will Brandi underestimate the youngest wrestler in AEW tonight?
The bell rings and Brandi circles with Kenzie. They tie up, go around, and Brandi puts Kenzie in a corner. Brandi lets off but Kenzie pie faces her. They tie up again, Brandi headlocks and grinds but Kenzie powers out. Brandi runs Kenzie over, runs and blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Brandi arm-drags Kenzie around and has her down in an armlock. Kenzie endures, fights up but Brandi whips her to a corner. Brandi runs in to back elbow, snapmare roll and mule kick! Cover, TWO! Brandi keeps on Kenzie but Kenzie kicks a leg out! Kenzie bounces Brandi off the mat, then runs to dropkick Brandi down! Cover, TWO!
Kenzie rains down forearms then drags Brandi up. Kenzie whips Brandi to a corner, hits a forearm smash, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Kenzie lets off to snapmare Brandi to a chinlock. Dustin rallies up for Brandi and the fans rally with. Brandi fights up, fights out and throws forearms! Brandi rocks Kenzie but Kenzie knees back! Kenzie whips, Brandi dodges and clotheslines! Kenzie’s up but Brandi clotheslines again. Brandi whips, Kenzie reverses but Brandi SLING BLADES! Brandi drags Kenzie up, whips Kenzie again but Kenzie reverses. Kenzie runs into a boot! BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Brandi keeps her cool as she drags Kenzie back up. Kenzie throws forearms, whips but Brandi stops to uppercut! Brandi kicks and STUNNERS! Kenzie flounders and Brandi fires up! Brandi stands Kenzie up to BOOT her down! Cover, Brandi wins!
Winner: Brandi Rhodes, by pinfall
But here comes Anna Jay! Number 99 gets in to CLOBBER Brandi and stomp her down! But here comes Red Velvet! Velvet throws forearms and whips Anna but Anna bails out! Velvet returns the favor to Brandi by helping her again the Dark Order! Will Brandi and Velvet soon mix it up with Anna in a match?
Jurassic Express VS Ray Rosas & Eric Watts!
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are barreling down the tracks towards the AEW World Tag Team Championships, and are ready to show FTR they aren’t just a comedy team! Will El Galan and Big Nasty see just how serious the Jurassic Express is?
The teams sort out and JB starts with Rosas. They circle, tie up and Rosas trips JB. JB avoids the elbow drop and headlocks but Rosas powers out. JB runs Rosas over and keeps moving. JB rolls off Rosas’ back and arm-drags him down! Rosas endures, gets up but JB wrenches and tags in Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus CHOPS Rosas off his feet and drags him up. Rosas CHOPS back but Luchasaurus barely flinches! Luchasaurus throws Rosas to the corner to throw fast hands! Tag to JB and he climbs up. Luchasaurus scoop slams Rosas, JB knee-boards off Luchasaurus for the senton! Cover, TWO! JB CHOPS Rosas, whips but Rosas reverses. JB dodges and tilt-o-whirls into Rosas’ BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Rosas drags JB and bumps him off buckles.
Fans rally but Watts tags in. Watts drags JB up with both hands to show his power and he throws JB to a corner! Watts hits a corner clothesline, then a FALL AWAY SLAM! Watts looms over JB, drags him up again and CLUBS him right down! JB hits back but Watts stomps JB. Watts scoops JB to FALL AWAY SLAM again! Rosas tags in and he grins as he brings JB up. Rosas headlocks and punches JB, then scoops JB. JB counters to a cradle, TWO! JB dodges Rosas, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on Rosas, BOOTS Watts and CHOPS Rosas! Watts is getting mad as Luchasaurus throws a forearm! Luchasaurus whips Rosas, pop-up knees him, and choke grips for a JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault and cover, Watts breaks it!
The big men stare down now and push each other. The ref tries to stop this but Watts DOUBLE CHOPS! Luchasaurus KICKS, Watts forearms! Luchasaurus BOOTS, Watts BOOTS! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS, Watts DECKS Luchasaurus! Rosas with the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, JB breaks it! Watts is back up and he choke grips JB! Watts lifts but JB huricanranas out of the choke slam! They both tumble out, Rosas runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Rosas lives but JB is back on the corner. Luchasaurus tags JB in, Luchasaurus rolls Rosas but Watts drags Luchasaurus out! Luchasaurus and Watts brawl more, Watts POSTS Luchasaurus! JB runs but into a drop toehold into ropes! Rosas rolls JB up, TWO!! Rosas almost had JB there but the fans rally up!
Watts tags in, he and Rosas double whip JB corner to corner. Rosas rams a shoulder in, enziguris JB into Watts’ grip, for the DOUBLE HAND CHOKE BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! JB survives and Watts can’t believe it! Watts tags Rosas back in, then he DECKS Luchasaurus! Watts drags JB up but JB tags out of the crucifix! Luchasaurus BOOTS Rosas while JB dropkicks Watts! Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Watts! Rosas is fed to JB’s KNEE, and then JB DIVES to take Watts down! JB returns as Luchasaurus gut wrenches, JURASSIC CUTTER! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Watts and Rosas put up a hell of a fight, but it wasn’t enough to beat this team! Will FTR recognize this team is a serious threat to their reign?
AEW profiles the history between Chris Jericho and Luther.
Jericho has known Len Olsen, aka Luther, for almost 30 years. Their first match was 4/12/1991. They hit it off right away, toured the world together, teaming against each other, “beating the crap out of each other,” from Canada to the US to South Africa to Japan. Luther was a much bigger star at first than Jericho, and that made Jericho a little jealous. Luther headlined against Hayabusa, faced Sabu, and even beat Atsushi Onita! Meanwhile, Jericho was just working the veteran halls in Canada. They went their separate ways, Jericho became Le Champion while Luther dominated the indie scene. Kenny Omega, AJ Styles, Brian Danielson, Christopher Daniels and more, and Luther beat them all! Everyone who knew the indies knew Luther, but he wasn’t on a national basis yet.
When Luther signed with AEW, it wasn’t a favor or good will gesture. It is because Luther was one of the biggest starts not given a chance. Jericho knew Luther would make waves, and here we are. The 30th anniversary celebration of Jericho, and it’s full circle. Jericho & Hager VS Chaos Project is the biggest match in Luther’s career, but it does mean something to Jericho. Because once again, after three decades, these two will prove who is the best! It is a huge night for Jericho, but this is Luther’s shot to show the world, millions of people, what it is Luther does. A match 30 years in the making, 30 years of friendship, 30 years of a vicious cycle of betrayal, it is finally Luther’s time to shine in the main event.
Jericho knows Luther will be at his best, and he’s seen Luther at his best before, this will also be the best Jericho yet. “Because even though I’m Le Champion, even though I’m the Demo God, even though I’m the Million Viewer Man, I have to beat Luther.”
Chaos Project VS Lee Johnson & Anthony Bowens!
Serpentico and Luther are about to take on Le Champion and Big Hurt to “celebrate” the 30 YEARS of Y2J. Will Big Shotty and The 5 Tool Player feel just some of the pain and suffering SNAKEMAN and the Original Death Dealer have in store for Dynamite?
The teams sort out, Johnson starts against Serpentico. Serpentico rushes in, Johnson leaps over and headlocks. Serpentico powers out, Johnson runs Serpentico over but Luther blindsides him! Luther kicks Bowens, he and Serpentico send Bowens out. Serpentico drags Johnson up, clubs and whips him but Johnson leaps over and dropkicks Serpentico down! Johnson drags Serpentico up to throw forearms and he whips Serpentico to the corner. Johnson runs in to hit an uppercut, tags in Bowens and whips Serpentico at him. Serpentico sunset flips over the back drop but Bowens rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Bowens CHOPS Serpentico in the corner, tags Johnson in, and they double suplex Serpentico! Cover, TWO!
Johnson stalks Serpentico, back suplexes but Serpentico lands on his feet! Serpentico boots Johnson away, Luther saves Serpentico from Johnson’s attack, and Serpentico rolls Johnson into a SUPERKICK! Serpentico drops ax handles as Luther shouts, “That’s how you do it!” Luther tags in and Chaos Project mugs Johnson. Luther stomps Johnson, drags him up and scoop slams him down! Tag to Serpentico, human weapon back suplex senton! Serpentico stomps Johnson, throws haymakers and tags Luther in. They stomp Johnson, Luther sidewalk slams Johnson down and Serpentico slingshot stomps! Serpentico DECKS Bowens, Luther claws Johnson’s eyes! The ref counts, Luther still claws at Johnson’s face but Johnson fights free.
Johnson runs, ducks the leg lariat and sunset flips, TWO! Luther LARIATS Johnson down! Luther stomps Johnson, drags him up and puts him against ropes to CHOP! Luther CHOPS Johnson more, then whips to elbow Johnson down! Luther drags Johnson up and snap suplexes! Tag to Serpentico, human weapon inverted suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Chaos Project is furious but fans rally up for Johnson. Serpentico kicks Johnson, Johnson hits back but Serpentico clubs him down. Serpentico whips Johnson to the corner but Johnson punches back! Johnson punches Luther, jumps over Serpentico and hot tags Bowens! Bowens clobbers Serpentico, whips but serpentico reverses. Bowens goes up and over and dodges to mule kick, front kick and run! TWISTING DDT!
Luther gets in, Bowens dropkicks Luther down! Bowens fires up and blocks Serpentico’s boot to get around and torture rack! SPINNING SLAM! Cover, Luther breaks it! Luther kicks Bowens around, drags him up and throws him to a corner. Luther run sin to corner splash, Serpentico stmops but Johnson gets in! Johnson throws hands on Chaos Project, runs but into a mule kick! Luther boots, Serpentico SHIRANUI! Luther whips Serpentico at Bowens but Bowens puts him on the apron. Bowens elbows Luther away but Serpentico enziguris! Luther CLOBBERS Bowens! Luther drags Bowens up, Serpentico is up top, METEORA DOOMSDAY! Cover, Chaos Project wins!
Winners: Chaos Project, by pinfall
The oddest, meanest and hungriest duo win again! Will they show Jericho and Hager exactly what nightmares are made of?
Will Hobbs VS Ryzin!
The Embodiment of Willpower gets his shot against the Machine, Brian Cage, for THE FTW Championship this Wednesday! Will Hobbs use the Priest of Sin as merely a warm-up?
The bell rings and Hobbs circles with Ryzin. Ryzin doesn’t think Hobbs is a big deal and he shoves him. HObbs CLOBBERS Ryzin! Hobbs bumps Ryzin off buckles, then more buckles! Hobbs brings Ryzin across the way but Ryzin bumps him off buckles now! Hobbs just glares at Ryzin and Ryzin apologizes. Ryzin holds out a hand but then kicks Hobbs low! Ryzin goes to suplex but Hobbs suplexes him first! And holds him for 10 before the slam! Fans fire up for Hobbs as he stalks Ryzin. Hobbs drags Ryzin up, suplexes him again to gourd buster! Hobbs pushes Ryzin around and Ryzin begs for mercy. Ryzin kicks Hobbs, then calf kicks but Hobbs stays up.
Ryzin runs and clotheslines but he hurts himself! Hobbs runs and LEAPS to tackle Ryzin! Ryzin flounders, fans fire up and Hobbs corner splashes hard! Hobbs whips Ryzin corner to corner, Ryzin boots back and hops up. Ryzin leaps, into Hobbs’ arms! For a swinging POWERSLAM! Hobbs fires himself up and says it’s done! Hobbs brings Ryzin up, Ryzin throws haymakers and runs, but into a SPINE BUSTER! The Last Will and Testament! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall
Taz and Starks know they’ll need to relate this information to Cage for Dynamite. Will Hobbs have the power to stop the Path of Cage?
AEW hears from Eddie Kingston.
“I am so sick and tired of Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss. You two are so talented but you go out there and you think this is a joke!” Do they wonder why they’re not in the main event? Because they’re clowns! They will NOT take Kinston’s family as a joke! The Lucha Brothers are not a joke! They are not jokes, they do not play games and they do not do “dumb clown ass bull SH*T!” Stay on the lower level, because you’re seeing the top level against the Lucha Brothers!
QT Marshall w/ Dustin Rhodes VS John Silver w/ The Dark Order!
While the American Nightmare will be chained to Mr. Brodie Lee in a Dog Collar Match for the AEW TNT Championship, God’s Gift to Wrestling wants to score another win for the Nightmare Family! But will Number 4 prove he should be Brodie’s Number 1 with a win?
The bell rings and Silver circles with QT. They tie up, QT waistlocks and slams Silver down! QT floats to a facelock but Silver slips out to a hammerlock. QT rolls, reaches up to headscissor and wrangle Silver down. Silver kips out but into a headlock takeover! Fans cheer the technical exchange but Silver fights up to power QT to a corner. Silver throws body shots, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Silver throws forearms, whips QT but QT reverses to elbow Silver down! QT drags Silver up to ROCK him with that right! Silver ends up in a corner, QT stomps him and whips him corner to corner. Silver elbows back, hops up and leaps, into QT’s arms! QT pops Silver up to a suplex! Cover, TWO! QT keeps his cool as he stalks Silver to ropes. QT ROCKS Silver again, whips him but Silver reverses.
QT holds ropes, elbows Silver away, but Evil Uno grabs a leg! QT shakes him off but Silver BODY CHECKS QT out of the ring! Silver goes out after QT and whips him hard into the side of the stage! Silver drags QT back up, whips him the other way into railing! Silver high fives with Uno and he CHOPS QT! Silver puts QT in the ring, Uno pats him on the shoulder and Silver goes in. Silver throws forearms but QT hits back with body shots. QT kicks, forearms and whips Silver but Silver reverses. Silver runs in to corner clothesline! Cover, TWO! Silver grows frustrated and fans rally up for QT. QT sits up and Silver KICKS him in the chest! QT eggs Silver on so Silver KICKS him again! QT catches the next kick but Silver rolls to drag QT down to a CROSSFACE!
Dustin coaches QT, QT crawls forward and QT gets the ropebreak! Silver lets go at 4, talks some trash to Dustin, then drags QT up to go after the arm. QT rolls and boots Silver away and Silver ends up on the apron. Silver gets up and throws forearms but QT throws haymakers! They brawl as they go to the corner and climb! QT has Silver but Silver fights him off. Silver throws body shots, clubs QT on the back, but QT ROCKS Silver! QT brings Silver up for the SUPERPLEX! Fans rally up as both men are down! A standing count climbs, QT gets to ropes and Silver sits up at 4. QT throws haymakers but Silver returns them! Fans rally up as QT gets the edge but Silver BOOTS back! Silver whips QT to a corner but QT comes back to LARIAT! Manhattan drop and a scoop slam!
QT goes up top while Silver rises, for a FLYING UPPERCUT! QT fires up, calls for it but Uno distracts! Silver runs in, QT still tilt-o-whirl SLAMS him! Cover, TWO! QT fires up as Silver rises. QT spins him around but Silver enziguris! Silver is in th ecorner, dodges QT to enziguri again! SNAP GERMAN! SUPERKICK! BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Silver is furious! Silver stalks QT, drags him up and torture racks but QT slides off. QT hits the lethal combination! Uno distracts the ref but Dustin is after him with uppercuts! Dustin punches Uno to the stage but Stu Grayson and the rest of the Dark Order runs in!
QT dodges Stu, gives Preston Vance DIAMOND CUTTER! Alan Angels is up top and LEAPS, into a DIAMOND CUTTER! The ref misses all of that but Silver ROCKS QT! Torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, Silver wins!!
Winner: John Silver, by pinfall
QT was outnumbered by the Numbers and Number 4 has the 1-2-3! Will things only escalate in this war between the Dark Order and the Nightmare Family?
Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr VS Cezar Bononi & David Ali!
The Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ are aiming to prove they can hang in the already deep AEW Tag Division! Will they run the Brazilian V8 and the Street Fighter off the road on the way to the top?
The teams sort out and Bononi starts with BPJ. But then Ali tags in? Ali wants after Pillman so they circle instead. They tie up, Ali headlocks but BPJ powers out. BPJ hurdles, drops down and dropkicks Ali! BPJ drags Ali up and wrenches his arm to tag in Griff. Griff goes up and drops ax handles on Ali’s arm. Griff wrenches, tags BPJ back in, and BPJ drops ax handles on Ali’s arm! BPJ wrenches Ali to whip him to a corner, for a clothesline and CHOP! BPJ snapmares Ali, tags in Griff, then slingshot sentons! Griff gets some help for the slingshot leg drop! Cover, TWO! Griff keeps Ali away from Bononi and suplexes, but Ali slips out to knee back! Ali tags Bononi but Griff throws forearms! Griff headlocks, Bononi powers out and runs Griff over! Bononi talks trash and dares him to tag BPJ.
Griff does tag BPJ in and these two circle now. BPJ dodges Bononi’s, kicks his legs but Bononi catches him to shove him down hard! Bononi runs in, BPJ dodges the corner attack and runs. BPJ sunset flips but Bononi stays up, and Bononi drags BPJ up to a Canadian rack. BPJ slips off to KICK a leg out, then KICK Bononi in the chest! Bononi just fires up as BPJ CHOPS him! BPJ runs into Bononi’s SPINE BUSTER! Bononi hobbles as he drags BPJ up and clubs him down. Bononi keeps on BPJ with clubbing forearms then whips him to ropes to elbow him down! Bononi drags BPJ up, tags in Ali, and they mug BPJ. Ali snapmares BPJ, KICKS him in the back then KICKS him in the front! Ali KICKS BPJ in the back but BPJ ducks the kick to the front and rolls Ali, TWO!
Ali whips BPJ to ropes and chokes him with a knee! The ref counts, Ali lets up at 4 and Bononi BOOTS BPJ in! Ali tags Bononi and Bononi shakes out the bad leg. Bononi knees BPJ, scoops him and RAMS him into the corner! Cover, TWO! BPJ still lives but Bononi looms over him. Bononi scowls as he taunts BPJ. BPJ fights up to throw body shots but Bononi scoops. BPJ slips off to shove Bononi to the corner, hot tags to Ali and Griff! Griff ROCKS Ali, LARIATS him then ROCKS Bononi! Griff BOOTS Ali, and rolling elbows Bononi! Big corner splash and a LAWN DART sends Ali into Bononi! Ali flounders up into Griff’s wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Tag to BPJ, Ali is on the apron and BPJ BOOTS Bononi down! Griff pops Ali up, BPJ springboards, FLYING CLOTHESLINE BOMB! Cover, BPJ & Griff win!!
Winners: Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr, by pinfall
Their first every victory as a tag team, and in AEW period! Will these new Hollywood Blonds begin the climb to the gold here tonight?
Big Swole VS Skyler Moore!
It’s a big return to action for Big Swole after that big win at AEW All Out! But will she leave Skyler wanting anything but more tonight?
The bell rings and Swole rallies the fans up. She ties up with Moore, Moore gets around and shoves Swole. Swole shakes that off and circles with Moore again. They tie up, Swole pushes Moore back but Moore puts her in a corner. Moore lets off to shove Swole but Swole shoves her down. Things get tense and they talk trash before shoving more. Moore swings but Swole fires off fast hands and a kick, then a CHOP! Moore staggers but kicks back and throws a forearm! Moore throws Swole by her hair and talks some smack! Moore kicks Swole around, stands on Swole at the ropes and stomps away! The ref counts, Moore lets off to cover, ONE!
Moore grows frustrated but fans rally up for Swole. Moore brings Swole up, scoops and mocks the chanting before hitting a POWERSLAM! Cover, ONE! Moore keeps on Swole with a suplex but Swole blocks. Moore clubs away on Swole, but Swole suplexes Moore! Swole fires up, rallies on Moore with clotheslines and elbows! Swole brings Moore up for forearm after forearm, but Moore ducks the roundhouse and jumps the sweep but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole runs in to uppercut Moore in the corner! Swole runs back in but Moore puts her on the apron. Swole ROUNDHOUSES, steps in, CUTTER! Fans fire up for Swole and Swole spins Moore around for DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
Swole won’t let herself fall behind! She wants that number one spot in the rankings, will she get her shot at the AEW Women’s Championship?
Matt Sydal introduces himself.
“I am visionary, high-flying wrestler, Matt Sydal. I made my AEW debut at All Out, and it didn’t go how I wanted it to.” He slipped on the top rope, almost broke his neck and maybe even died. All because of the intentional, reckless abandon of Nakazawa! Nakazawa sprayed his baby oil everywhere, and that’s why Sydal slipped! Sydal saw his life flash before his eyes, but luckily he didn’t die! That is because of his resiliency! Sydal will not just win, not just hurt Nakazawa, he’ll kick Nakazawa’s ass and make him wish he never bought baby oil in his life! Nakazawa’s lame career will end! No more BTE, no more Dark, Dynamite or PPV! AEW is where Sydal is now and you’ll see what he’s saying, NEXT!
Matt Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa!
Clearly things have gotten tense between these two. Sydal’s third eye is open and he’s aiming for Nakazawa’s neck! Will the Turkish Oil Master give Sydal the slip? Or will Sydal get his footing here in AEW?
Before the bell, Nakazawa oils up already! The referee takes his bottle away, but he has a second one! Nakazawa oils up a top turnbuckle! Nakazawa hides his second bottle before the ref notices, but did Sydal see that? Sydal makes his entrance, the bell rings and Nakazawa runs in but is sent into the slippery corner! Sydal KICKS away on Nakazawa’s leg then ROCKS him with the Question Mark Kick! Sydal goes to the corner but he sees the oil slick! Sydal decides to counter it with a towel! Sydal cleans up the rope and pad, throws it at Nakazawa and finishes his climb. The ref gets the towel out of the ring, and misses Nakazawa spraying Sydal with oil!! Sydal tumbles down, Nakazawa brings him back up and OLYMPIC SLAMS! Cover, TWO!!
Sydal survives and Nakazawa quickly resorts to the raspberry jockstrap! Nakazawa aims, Sydal counters to a cover, TWO! NASTY CLAW! Sydal breaks free, Nakazawa ducks the kick and clamps back on! But Sydal slips out to a Russian Leg Sweep! STF!! Nakazawa taps, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by submission
Sydal makes Nakazawa suffer for being so sneaky and nasty! Will Sydal fly high above the shenanigans to go after some gold?
Eddie Kingston VS M’Badu!
The Mad King couldn’t quite make Jon Moxley into the former AEW World Champion, both directly and through a proxy. But he’s still fighting, so will he get through the Nigerian mountain in one piece?
The bell rings and M’Badu finishes a pre-match ritual. M’Badu approaches but Kingston kicks and CHOPS! M’Badu stays up so Kingston CHOPS again! And again! Kingston runs to BOOT M’Badu in the corner, then brings him up to whip corner to corner. M’Badu reverses, runs in and hits a big corner splash! M’Badu fires up and the fans rally, but Kingston rakes eyes! Kingston runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! M’Badu fires up again and he runs, into Kingston’s kitchen sink knee! BACK HAND!! Cover, but Kingston lets up! He’s sending a message, with the KIMURA! M’Badu taps, Kingston wins!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission
There are levels to this, and M’Badu is not on the Mad King’s level! Kingston grabs a mic to say, “Leave the hard cam on please. Because I don’t care about these people. I don’t care about the people here or here, or the marks sitting over there. What you just saw a Kimura lock, double wristlock. Your friend Josh Barnett, Moxley should know about that. Tapped out to it a couple times.” And if Kingston gets his Kimura in, you’ll scream “I Quit.” No tap out, just screaming “I Quit!” in front of everyone, including his wife.
Moxley was supposed to take them with him to the Promised Land. But now he’ll pay for that. Why not now? Where is Moxley? Where’s the champ? No one is making noise for the champ? Where is he? That’s what he thought. Moxley ain’t coming. Kingston says he never quit or tapped out. Being world champion is all he wants to be, it’s all anyone wants to be! Got that, greenhorns? You’re here to be world champion. “Mox, I’m gonna mess you up. And I’m gonna have so much fun doing it, you little b*tch.” Will Kingston get that second chance against the champ?
Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss respond.
“Cero Miedo. That means no fear. Every time me and Sonny get in that ring, we show no fear.” They weren’t successful last time, but much like Sonny’s booty, they bounce back. Lucha Bros, Janela and Kiss want to win and get on the rankings ASAP! They’re back, and here to kick some ass! They’re in the main event and look very serious! Will Kingston be made to eat his words tonight?
Angelico w/ Jack Evans VS Shawn Dean!
The Hybrid2 has been doing things one match at a time, but are still trying to get ahead. Will the South African Swagger stand tall against The Captain?
The bell rings and Dean circles with Angelico. They tie up, Angelico gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Dean rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a wristlock. Angelico spins through, steps in and uses a unique leg hook to break free to a wristlock. Angelico spins and wrenches and arm-drags! Dean is in the corner and Angelico gives him a free shot. Dean runs out but into a kick! Angelico shoots in, Dean facelocks but Angelico rolls back to throw Dean off. Dean dodges to dropkick back! Now Angelico goes to a corner and Dean eggs him on. Angelico comes back, circles with Dean and the two go again. Dean waistlocks, Angelico standing switches and shoves Dean to a corner. Dean goes up but Angelico avoids the over to sweep the legs!
Angelico hooks up the leg, rolls him and Evans keeps the ropes away! The ref reprimands, Dean gets the ropebreak and Angelico lets go of the unique figure four at 4. Angelico toys with Dean but Dean glares at Angelico. Dean throws body shots but Angelico knees low to snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! Angelico keeps on Dean with a wristlock to a keylock and then traps the other arm. Dean endures as Angelico digs knuckles into his chest and neck area! The ref reprimands, Angelico lets go and Dean coughs and sputters to ropes. Angelico kicks at Dean, Dean gets up and throws body shots! Angelico swings, Dean dodges and DECKS Angelico with the left!
Angelico wobbles up and Dean whips. Angelico reverses, Dean dodges and comes back to clothesline! Dean starts to rally and fans fire up! Dean brings Angelico up, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dean fires up while Angelico flounders to a corner. Dean runs corner to corner and hits a dropkick! Angelico flounders into another kick and Dean reels him in. Salute and underhooks, but Angelico slips out to sweep the legs again! Angelico gets the legs, hooks them up, TWISTING into the inverted figure four and heel hook! Dean taps, Angelico wins!
Winner: Angelico, by submission
The South African submission specialist innovated something truly sadistic! Will TH2’s mean streak lead to a win streak and title opportunities?
The Lucha Brothers w/ Eddie Kingston VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela!
Pentagon and Rey Fenix are also in the thick of the tag team title hunt, but Jersey’s Finest is approaching fast behind them! Will the Concrete Rose and Bad Boy learn show they have Cero Miedo, too?
While Kingston gives Pentagon and Fenix some last pointers, Janela and Kiss DOUBLE DIVE out onto them!! Jersey’s Finest puts Fenix and Pentagon in but the Lucha Bros enziguri back! Janela and Kiss drag Pentagon out but Fenix FLIES! The brothers put Janela in, this match actually starts! Pentagon GAMANGIRIS, Fenix tags in to springboard dropkick! Fenix sets Janela up, WAZZAP~?! DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Janela survives having his bad boy crushed! Fenix drags Janela up to CHOP him, then fireman’s carries. Janela slips off, back suplexes but Fenix lands on his feet. Janela elbows Fenix, tags Kiss and dropkicks Fenix, then Kiss springboard dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Kiss drags Fenix up and tags Janela back in. They double whip Fenix, double hip toss, and then Janela gives Kiss the boost for the moonsault! Cover, TWO! Janela drags Fenix up and the two brawl. Janela ROCKS Fenix, fires up but Fenix dropkicks him down! Fenix tags Pentagon, Pentagon crossbodies Janela down! Fenix leaps to crossbody, too! The brothers combine, wheelbarrow splash! Cover, TWO! Pentagon tells fans rallying to hush, but Janela throws shots. Pentagon KICKS Janela’s leg out! Pentagon grabs an arm and pulls back, then he brings Janela up to whip to the ropes for a LARIAT! And a KICK! Pentagon rushes Kiss just to intimidate him, then he drags Janela back up. Pentagon underhooks, Janela spins out to cradle, TWO!
Pentagon keeps Janela away from Kiss, KICKS his legs out again, then stays between Janela and Kiss. Pentagon wags his finger at Kiss before bringing Janela up. Pentagon puts Janela on ropes to CHOP him down! Kingston mocks the stinging pain as Pentagon says ERO MIEDO! Janela slips out of the package driver to SUPERKICK Pentagon! And DECK Fenix! Hot tag to Kiss! Kiss runs and spins for a big elbow on Pentagon! And a dropkick! Kiss spins Pentagon for an EXPLODER! Kiss kips up and fans fire up as Kiss runs in. Pentagon boots but Kiss blocks them! Kiss clubs Pentagon into the corner for a basement dropkick! Kiss puts Penta in a drop zone and goes up top, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, but Fenix breaks it!
Janela throws Fenix at ropes but Fenix rewind HEEL KICKS! Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Fenix, Pentagon SPUERKICKS Kiss! Kiss LARIATS on the return! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Kiss rises and tags in Janela! Janela runs at Pentagon but Fenix somersault CUTTERS! Kiss uses Janela to leap frog, into Penta’s SUPERKICK! Penta SUPERKICKS Janela! The Lucha Bros combine, DUMDUM STOMP DRIVER! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
That was no joke, Lucha Brothers put away Jersey’s Finest! Will Pentagon and Fenix bring Cero Miedo to the AEW Tag Team Championships?
A really good AEW Dark, but I have to say ELEVEN matches feels like too much. Again, most of the matches had obvious winners, such as Brandi, Jurassic Express, Chaos Project, Will Hobbs, Big Swole, Eddie Kingston and Angelico. All those matches were great, especially the showing from Watts & Rosas against Jurassic Express, but still. What I did like was Kingston’s promo after his match, and I think him saying the words “I Quit” a few times might be teasing a rematch between him and Moxley in an I Quit match. Lance Archer is still scheduled for his match with Moxley for the Dynamite Anniversary, but it’d be crazy if Kingston came around in time for Full Gear to give us that I Quit match. Last year’s Full Gear had Moxley VS Omega in a brutal Unsanctioned Match, why not give us Moxley VS Kingston in equally brutal action?
My Score: 8/10