A final 14 for AEW Dark to end the year!
2020 has been disheartening to say the least, but AEW wants us to be hopeful! Dark has another packed card to say good-bye to a dark year!
- Rey Fenix w/ Penta El Zero M VS Vary Morales; Fenix wins.
- Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Lindsay Snow; Ford wins.
- The Dark Order’s Numbers 3 & 4 VS Shawn Dean & Tyson Maddux; The Dark Order wins.
- Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Jazmin Allure; Jay wins.
- Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS RYZIN, James Tapia & Nick Comoroto; Team Taz wins.
- Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr. VS Fuego del Sol; Garrison wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Team TNT; PNP wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS Aaron Solow; Guevara wins.
- Chaos Project VS El Cuervo de Puerto Rico & Ariel Levy; Chaos Project wins.
- Leva Bates VS Madi Wrenkowski; Bates wins.
- Matt Sydal VS Danny Limelight; Sydal wins.
- Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Vertvixen; Conti wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Baron Black, Mike Verna & Royal Money; Gunn Club wins.
- Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Hybrid2; SoCal Uncensored wins and are still a tag team.
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AEW mourns the loss of Jon Huber, aka Mr. Brodie Lee.
Rey Fenix w/ Penta El Zero Miedo VS Vary Morales!
The Firebird is preparing for his AEW World Championship match with Kenny Omega as part of New Year’s Smash! But first, will he give a “warm welcome” to the new kid in AEW?
Fenix offers a handshake but Morales refuses. The bell rings and Morales rushes in but Fenix dodges to roll him up! TWO, Fenix gets Morales for an Oklahoma roll, TWO! Fenix gets around, waistlocks but Morales victory rolls, TWO, and Fenix has it back, ONE! The fans cheer as the two stand off. Morales back kicks, throws a haymaker, then whips Fenix to ropes. Fenix tiger feints but Morales ducks the kick to throw a haymaker! Morales turns to run but Fenix pulls him back and runs to ropes, but Morales dodges and runs to shotgun boot Fenix down! Morales takes a moment to boast before he covers, ONE!
Morales drags Fenix to the ropes and stands on his head! The ref counts, Morales stops at 4 and then stares Pentagon down. Morales mule kicks Fenix, then bumps him off buckles. Morales throws a forearm, runs corner to corner and hits a high bronco buster! Fenix sits down, Morales comes back with a CANNONBALL! Cover, ONE! Morales keeps his cool as he snapmares Fenix and wraps on a chinlock. Fenix endures as fans rally up, and Fenix gets up to throw body shots. Fenix is free, and he CHOPS Morales, but runs into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Morales drags Fenix up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to hit a clothesline!
Morales keeps moving but runs into a BOOT! Fenix dodges the third time, then dodges again, tiger feint HOOK KICK! Fans fire up for Fenix as he runs in at Morales in the corner, but Morales puts him outside. Fenix counter punches, goes up, up and Quebradas! Morales gets under, comes back, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fenix hits a basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Fenix is annoyed but fans rally up behind him. Fenix clubs Morales, throws kidney shots, then CHOPS him to a corner! Fenix runs in but Morales boots back! Morales hops up and leaps for a FLYING RANA! Morales keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fenix survives being spiked and Morales grows frustrated! Fenix gets up, Morales runs at him, and JOHN WOO dropkicks him into a corner! Morales runs in, but Fenix shotgun BOOTS back! Fenix runs corner to corner now to springboard SOBAT! Fenix puts Morales up top, ROCKS him with more haymakers, then brings Morales in, KINIKUMAN BUSTER! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Morales ended up more than a tune-up, but Fenix still comes out on top! Will it be #ANIMO that dethrones Omega in the new year?
Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Lindsay Snow!
We’re on the road to AEW Beach Break and the Superbad Wedding in February! But will the Superbad Bride stay hot against the Snow?
The bell rings, Snow and Ford tie up and Ford wrenches to a wristlock. Snow rolls, trips Ford and smirks as she grabs the legs and rolls Ford for a combination deathlock and ankle lock! Ford scrambles and gets the ropebreak, and Snow lets go quickly. Snow goes after Ford but Ford kicks the legs out! Ford throws Snow into the ropes, then clubs her on the back! Ford bumps Snow off buckles, then whips her out to whip her in hard! Ford fireman’s carries, Snow slips off and shoves but Ford dodges to BOOT Snow down! Fans boo Ford as she toys with Snow. Snow goes to the apron but Ford digs a boot into Snow’s head! Ford then goes up and slingshots out for a double knee drop!
Ford shoves Snow back in, taunts Snow, but Snow throws body shots! Snow uppercuts, boots and LARIATS Ford down! Cover, TWO! Snow grits her teeth but Ford is on her first. Ford puts her on ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Ford lets off and Kip protests. Ford turns Snow around to YANK her into ropes! Snow goes to a corner, Ford handsprings in to back elbow! Ford keeps moving, and she handsprings for the CUTTER! Cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
That was a Superbad win for the bride to be! Will Penelope get the #1 contender’s spot as a great wedding gift to herself?
The Dark Order’s Numbers 3 & 4 VS Shawn Dean & Tyson Maddux!
Alex Reynolds & John Silver still hope Hangman Page chooses to #JoinDarkOrder so that it can be Cowboy Day every day! But will they perhaps convince The Captain and the debuting “Mad Maddux” to join up instead?
The teams sort out, Reynolds starts with Dean and the two circle. They tie up, Reynolds headlocks, but Dean powers out only for Reynolds to run him over. Things speed up, Dean hurdles but Reynolds leaps, only for Dean to run Reynolds over in return! Tag to Maddux, they mug Reynolds, and Maddux clubs Reynolds. Reynolds kicks low, whips but Maddux blocks to reverse. Maddux hurdles, hurdles and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Maddux runs at Reynolds in an open corner for a BIG corner clothesline! Maddux suplexes and holds Reynolds up to walk around! Maddux waits until a count of 10 to SLAM Reynolds down! Cover, ONE!!
Maddux keeps his cool as he whips Reynolds to ropes. Reynolds stops himself, kicks back and tags Silver. The Numbers grab Maddux but he explodes out of the facelocks! Reynolds dodges the clothesline and flapjacks Maddux for Silver’s BIG EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Silver keeps his eyes on Dean but he KICKS Maddux in the chest! Silver flexes, “I’m freakin’ jacked, baby!” Maddux sits up and Silver KICKS him down again! Even Silver was impressed by his kick! Silver sits Maddux up to KICK him down even harder! Cover, TWO! Maddux survives but Silver drags him over to tag in Reynolds. The Beaver Boys mug Maddux, Reynolds stomps and digs a knee in, then lets off to strike the Dark Order pose.
Reynolds stomps Maddux more, then bumps Maddux off buckles. Reynolds throws EuroUppers of his own, then bumps Maddux off buckles again. Tag to Silver as fans rally up, and Silver throws big forearms on Maddux. Silver throws EuroUppers, tags Reynolds back in, and they mug Maddux more. Reynolds snapmares Maddux for a neck snapper, covers, TWO! Reynolds drags Maddux up but Maddux fights back. Reynolds knees low and hard, puts him back in the corner, then he taunts Dean. Reyn9lds runs in but into a boot! Maddux elbows Silver down, goes up and over Reynolds and hot tags Dean!
The Captain rallies on Reynolds, whips but reels him in for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Silver runs in, to get an enziguri! Dean fires up and fans are with him as he runs into the corner, for a dropkick! Dropkick for Reynolds, CANNONBALL for Silver! Dean slips around Reynolds, gets a salute for the DDT! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds survives and Dean grits his teeth. Dean drags Reynolds up, tags in Maddux, and they double back suplex. Reynolds lands on his feet, shoves Dean into Maddux, then stomps Dean down! Reynolds BOOTS Maddux, feeds to Silver’s enziguri, then the rolling elbow, enziguri, stunner and GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife cover, The Dark Order wins!
Winners: Alex Reynolds & John Silver, by pinfall
The Beaver Boy Blitz does it again! Will this prove to all of AEW that the Dark Order is taking over?
Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Jazmin Allure!
Speaking of the Dark Order’s recruitment efforts, Number 99 has been trying to convince Conti to be a member. Will a win tonight be a strong selling point?
The bell rings and Jay circles with Allure. They tie up, Jay shoves Allure down hard then fixes her hair. Jay dares Allure to bring it, and Allure gets around for a waistlock. Jay elbows out hard, wrenches and throws Allure down with an arm-drag. Jay shifts to get a chinbar as part of the armlock. Allure fights up, throws knees and forearms but Jay ROCKS her with a right! Jay whips Allure into a corner then runs in to HEEL KICK her down! Jay runs side to side and rolls to KICK Allure in the face! Fans boo but Jay bumps Allure off buckles, then throws forearms and stomps. The ref counts, Jay lets off and fans boo, but Allure puts Jay in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and stomp away!
Allure fires up and fans fire up with her as she runs back after Jay. Allure whips corner to corner, runs in but Jay slips out and Allure gets buckles! Jay spins to HEEL KICK again! Jay drags Allure up, wrenches and HOOK KICKS yet again! Jay drags Allure back up, has the arms, and falls back for a DEEP Motorcycle Stretch, then the QUEENSLAYER CLUTCH! Allure taps, Jay wins!
Winner: Anna Jay, by submission
Jay holds on until she is satisfied, and then lets go to have her hand raised. Allure may not want to #JoinDarkOrder, but will the rest of the roster consider their options?
AEW Dark presents The Waiting Room!
Rebel wants us all to smile, and she introduces The Doctor, Britt Baker! Britt thanks the audience that they’re so kind week after week. She gets right to talking up AEW Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash. First off, Brian Cage VS Darby Allin for the TNT Championship. Taz says Darby is a paper champion, and Britt is ready to see Cage fold Darby up like emo origami. But let’s get serious. There’s the AEW World Championship, Omega VS Fenix. The only unfortunate comment she has is that every other company’s world title match will look like dogs*it compared to this one. There is no competing, sorry about your luck.
Britt is happy to welcome back Jon Moxley! And she will apologize on behalf of AEW that he couldn’t even share a baby announcement without Cody Rhodes trying to steal his spotlight. This is AEW, that’s just what happens. Britt welcomes this week’s guest, and they could not be more excited. Don’t slip now, Rebel! It’s Matt Sydal! Rebel gets the door for Sydal and then hands him a mic. Britt thanks Sydal for coming to the show, and no one will ever forget his “slick” debut. No one will ever joke about it. Sydal admits he does still feel like a Shockmaster. “When you slip like that, your whole life flashes right before your eyes. It is an experience that brings you one step closer to transcendence.”
Well moving past the slip, talk about his record now. He’s slipping upwards because now he’s on The Waiting Room! But his record isn’t flawless, he has some losses, but he’s got a string of wins. He beat Christopher Daniels. Well so does everyone. He beat Aaron Solow. Who? And Danny Limelight! That’s not a real person. But Britt admits, Sydal’s record is “super duper impressive.” Yet, he can’t win the big one. What will Sydal do to make sure that New Year’s Smash doesn’t end up like that debut splash? Well at New Year’s Smash, Sydal turns the ring into his realm. It won’t be EVP Cody Rhodes’ ring, it will be Sydal’s Realm. That will be a chance to open hearts, minds and third eyes.
Whoa, incoming mail! Rebel opens it for Britt and holds it open for her to read. “Dear Dr. Baker, could you hang this poster of The Go Big Show on the wall of your Waiting Room set? Please and thank you, TBS…?!” Well, at least they said please and thank you. Ugh, whatever, get the poster. Rebel is handed said poster, and it has Snoop Dog, Rosario Dawson and of course, Cody Rhodes. This whole company is about him, so it seems Sydal’s match is just a vehicle to self-promote. Maybe Cody should team with Burt and Sydal can get Snoop, and Sydal ‘n’ Snoop can smoke ’em!
The poster is put up, Sydal points out how he and Cody once shared a magazine cover and that must’ve eaten Cody alive. Sydal says Cody surely wouldn’t mind him opening the third eye. Sydal grabs a marker and Rebel finishes pinning the poster to the wall. Sydal doodles a third eye on Cody’s forehead. Goes to show, the ring will be Sydal’s. Britt believes Sydal, Rebel believes Sydal, the fans believe Sydal. New Year’s Smash will be Sydal’s comeback splash! And that’s all for this week, wave good-bye and good-night for Britt Baker, DMD.
Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS RYZIN, James Tapia & Nick Comoroto!
Absolute Ricky Starks, The Machine Brian Cage and Powerhouse Will Hobbs are all chomping at the bit to tear into Cody Rhodes, Darby Allin and maybe even Sting. But will the Priest of Sin, the Versatile and the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball be good enough as appetizers?
Team Taz again makes sure Justin Roberts says Cage is FTW Champion before they sort out. Hobbs starts against Comoroto for a match-up of massive men. They tie up, Hobbs powers Comoroto back but Comoroto shoves him into a corner. Hobbs comes back, ties up with Comoroto again, but Comoroto throws a forearm! Hobbs shoves Comoroto and then CLOBBERS him on the rebound! Hobbs looms over Comoroto with a snarl, then drags Comoroto up to bring him over. Cage tags in, he and Hobbs double whip to double back drop! Comoroto lands hard, scrambles away and tags out to Ryzin. Ryzin runs, dodges and calf kicks Cage to the ropes!
Ryzin fires off forearms but Cage whips and tilt-o-whirl TOSSES him! Then hits a basement dropkick! Cage drags Ryzin up, whips him to the Team Taz corner and hits a back elbow, enziguri, and tags Starks in! Starks stomps Ryzin, distracts the ref and Hobbs cranks Ryzin’s neck! Starks drags Ryzin up, Ryzin hits back but Starks ROCKS him with an uppercut. Starks throws Ryzin out then distracts the ref more, for Hook to CLOBBER Ryzin! Taz is proud of his son and Cage puts Ryzin in for Starks. Starks hits a swinging neckbreaker! Starks slaps Ryzin around then stomps him down! Starks drags Ryzin up and ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Ryzin reaches for his corner but Starks back suplexes. Ryzin lands on his feet, slips past Starks and hot tags Tapia! Tapia kicks Starks, and hits a swinging neckbreaker of his own! Tapia fires up while Starks flounders, then he whips. Cage tags in, Starks kicks Tapia into Cage’s DISCUS! But Comoroto CLOBBERS Starks, elbows Cage then slingshot shoulder tackles Cage! Hobbs gets in to SPINEBUSTER Comoroto! Ryzin missile dropkicks Hobbs and staggers him! But Starks SPEARS Ryzin! Hobbs has Comoroto for a POWERSLAM! Cage SUPERKICKS Tapia, reels him in, and hits DRILL CLAW! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
#WhoBetta? Not the trio Team Taz just faced! Will Cage become #TheTwoBeltMachine after facing Darby Allin?
Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr. VS Fuego del Sol!
The Varsity Blondes were part of the big battle with The Inner Circle and ended up taking the loss. But will the Ivy League MVP be able to fire back up against the Fire of the Sun?
Oddly enough, “Pretty” Peter Avalon joins commentary to watch this match. Is he perhaps considering someone in this match for the Pageant Provocation?
The bell rings, Griff and Fuego circle and fist bump to show there is respect. Griff rushes in, Fuego dodges and kicks the leg! Griff shakes the leg out, circles with Fuego again but Fuego kicks again! Griff blocks the kick, waistlocks but Fuego standing switches. Fuego wants the backslide but Griff blocks, spins around and whips Fuego to a corner. Griff runs in, Fuego dodges the splash to give a forearm smash! Fuego runs corner to corner, back elbows then runs, ducks and springboards, into a BOOT! Avalon applauds Griff’s power, “What a specimen!” Griff drags Fuego up, whips Fuego to a corner, but Fuego goes up to headscissor!
Fuego dropkicks Griff, whips but Griff reverses. Fuego dodges again, tilt-o-whirls, but into a backbreaker! Griff gut wrenches to backbreaker again, then gut wrenches to backbreaker again! Cover, TWO! Griff drags Fuego up, Fuego goes to snapmare counter but Griff wraps on a chinlock to grind Fuego down! Fans rally both ways and Fuego fights up to flying mare! Fuego dropkicks legs out and drags Griff around to drop an arm on the leg! Fuego rolls to wring the arm, then he rolls to Penalty Kick the arm! Fuego throws the arm down, moonsaults onto it, then covers, TWO! Fuego keeps on Griff with an armlock and chinbar.
Griff fights up as fans rally, and Griff powers Fuego off to ROCK him with a right! Griff runs for the splash, and then for the LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fuego survives and Griff is surprised! Griff fireman’s carries Fuego, shifts around, but Fuego slips out to hit a backbreaker of his own! Griff and Fuego go to opposite corners, Fuego runs in but Griff puts him on the corner. Fuego ducks the back hand to hotshot the arm! Fuego springboards and FLYING RANAS, to an ARMBAR!! Griff fights up, Fuego tries a triangle hold, but Griff powers up to dead lift! Fuego sunset flips, Griff stays up and drags Fuego back up, but Fuego tornados! Griff tosses Fuego off the DDT to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Griff wins!
Winner: Griff Garrison, by pinfall
Avalon raises his glass in a toast to Griff. Avalon congratulates Griff by giving him an autographed 8 x 10 of himself. But Griff tosses it away! Will Avalon still have Griff up next for the Pageant Provocation?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Team TNT!
Santana bonded with MJF, Ortiz not so much. But can they keep a bond between each other being against the Hughes twins?
The teams sort out and Santana starts with Terrell. They circle, tie up and go around, and Terrell wrenches to a wristlock. Santana endures, rolls, wrenches back to wristlock Terrell, and then trips to roll and bring Terrell up for an arm-drag! Fans cheer the exchange and Terrell nods some respect. Santana and Terrell circle again, tie up, and Santana headlocks. Terrell powers out, rams Santana but Santana stays up. Terrell eggs Santana on, things speed up and Santana hurdles, blocks a punch and ENZIGURIS hard! Santana reels Terrell in, snap suplex for uno amigo! Another for dos amigos! Ortiz tags in and together PNP hits Three Amigos! Cover, TWO!
Ortiz keeps on Terrell with a whip, but Terrell sunset flips. Ortiz slips out, Terrell runs and hits a leaping tackle! Cover, ONE, but Terrell drags Ortiz up. Terrell wrenches, tags in Terrence, and TNT double whip Ortiz for a double shoulder tackle! Cover, ONE! Terrence whips Ortiz, follows and hits a leaping tackle! Sidewalk slam, cover, TWO! Terrence throws forearms and body shots on Ortiz in the corner, then whips. Ortiz reverses to throw forearms of his own, and then he hits a DDT! Ortiz takes a moment to catch his breath, and he runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Terrence up but Terrence scoops! Ortiz slips out, waistlocks and pushes Terrence to ropes.
Santana tags in before Ortiz rolls Terrence back, and Santana runs to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Santana keeps his cool, taunts Terrence and gives toying kicks. Santana CHOPS Terrence, then CHOPS him in the corner. Santana brings Terrence around to backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Santana looms over Terrence, drags him over and tags in Ortiz. Fans rally as PNP double whip Terrence but Terrence reverses to send Ortiz. Terrence ROCKS Santana, but he has to jump over Ortiz’s roll. Santana fireman’s carries Terrence and Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Terrell breaks it! Ortiz protests but Terrell gets to his corner.
Ortiz DECKS Terrell but Terrence kicks back! Ortiz kicks Terrence low, pokes him in the eye, then brings Terrence up to whip. Terrence reverses, Ortiz reverses back to clothesline! Ortiz drags Terrence up to reel him in for another clothesline! Ortiz wrenches, tags in Santana, and Santana hops up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Santana stares Terrell down then goes back to toy with Terrence. Terrence SLAPS back! Santana grabs the legs but Terrence kicks him away! Terrence rolls, dodges Santana and gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as both men are down and heading for their corners, hot tags to Terrell and Ortiz!
Terrell dodges, ROCKS Santana then collides with Ortiz! Neither man falls from the double clotheslines so they try again! And again! Terrell takes Ortiz down but brings him back up to whip and back drop! Ortiz hurries to his corner, boots Terrell back, but runs into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Ortiz survives and Terrell calls to his brother. Tag to Terrence, but Ortiz throws big hands on Team TNT! Ortiz whips, Terrell reverses and Terrence is there, 3D!! Cover, but Santana breaks it!! Santana was barely there in time, but now Team TNT runs in. Santana throws Terrell out but Terrence hits a clothesline!
Terrence whips Santana corner to corner at Ortiz, but Ortiz moves aside and Santana stops himself. Ortiz O’Conner rolls Santana for a boost into the CUTTER! Santana feeds Terrence to Ortiz’s pop-up POWERBOMB! Ortiz swings Terrence up for Santana’s KNEE! Cover, PNP wins!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
Santana and Ortiz are back on track in 2v2 action! Will they finally get back on their way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
Sammy Guevara VS Aaron Solow!
The Spanish God still says he’s The Best Ever and dares anyone to prove otherwise. Will the Extra Talented be the one to prove Sammy wrong?
The bell rings and Sammy approaches with Solow. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Solow to then float and float and pose. Sammy facelocks, waistlocks, drags Solow up, but Solow pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sammy spins, flips and wrenches back. Sammy slips through to headlock, then shifts to a waistlock to shove. Sammy hurdles over Solow but Solow sees the monkey flip coming, so he hops over, gets the legs and turns Sammy for a seated surfboard! Solow pulls back, Sammy gets an arm free then his legs to ARMBAR! Solow clasps hands, moves around, cover, ONE! Solow facelocks, Sammy powers him towards a corner but Solow turns it around.
The ref calls for a break and Solow whips his hair into Sammy’s face. Sammy keeps cool, and flips Solow off to his face! Sammy bobs ‘n’ weaves to dodge the fast hands, then shoves Solow to hurdle over and flip back over to dropkick Solow down! Sammy kips up just to show off. Solow gets to a corner as fans boo Sammy but Sammy talks trash back. Sammy CHOPS Solow, whips Solow corner to corner, then runs in to tackle and go to the apron. Sammy enziguris, springboards but Solow dropkicks him out of the air! Sammy bails out as he gasps, but Solow slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit and Solow gets Sammy back in fast. Cover, TWO!
Solow keeps his cool, drags Sammy up and throws haymakers. Sammy CHOPS back, CHOPS again, but Solow double CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips Solow to a corner. Solow reverses, runs in and elbows Sammy down! Fans fire up as Solow brings Sammy up to suplex! Cover, TWO! Solow heads to a corner and climbs up top as fans rally. Sammy stands, Solow leaps but into a KNEE! Solow flops out of the ring, checks his face, but Sammy does push-ups just to show off again. Sammy slingshots but Solow moves so Sammy adjusts from Plancha to TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit!
Sammy says he doesn’t care where he is on the card, he doesn’t phone it in! Sammy puts Solow in the ring, taunts his peers stuck as the crowd, and then stomps Solow to a drop zone. Sammy climbs up again, soaks up the cheers and jeers as he 450 splashes, but Solow dodges! Solow runs in but Sammy catches the dropkick to catapult him at the corner! Solow lands on the ropes to jump back for DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and Solow grows frustrated. Solow has fans rallying behind him as Sammy slowly rises.
Solow spins to SCREW HIGH KICK! Sammy roundhouses, Solow ducks but the HEEL KICK gets Solow! Solow reels Sammy in to DOUBLE STOMP again! Solow runs but Sammy KNEES him back! Sammy torture racks for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
The Inner Circle is on a roll! Sammy gets a mic to say, “There we go!” Sammy says it’s another win “for the good guys,” and not just that. This is another win to get Sammy closer to the rankings and to the title that he already holds in his mind.
And not only that, but today marks Sammy’s 10 YEAR anniversary as a pro-wrestler! Sammy has been doing this for 10 years, and it wasn’t overnight success or 15 minutes of fame. This is work! Nothing but work for 10 years, all working on the independents, unlike a few people in the crowd right now. Sammy was limping at shows, barely able to walk out, to make it to the next show and do it again. He did that for 10 years and is here in AEW. No one can stop him! He’ll make sure whoever is next, and whoever “they” want to be next, understands that Sammy Guevara is THE man here in AEW!
Chaos Project VS El Cuervo de Puerto Rico & Ariel Levy!
Luther and Serpentico have been up and down, but are hoping to close 2020 on a positive! Will the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN ruin the Dark debuts of The King Crow and the Chilean Star?
The teams sort out and Cuervo starts against Serpentico. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico keeps low, throws haymakers and headlocks. Cuervo powers out, Serpentico goes up and over in the corner then speeds up. Serpentico dodges and ranas Cuervo to ropes, then fires off haymakers! Serpentico whips, Cuervo holds ropes and kicks Serpentico’s legs! Serpentico ends up stuck in ropes, Cuervo kicks him then springboard PELES! Cover, ONE! Cuervo drags Serpentico up to wrench, tags Levy in, but Serpentico gets away.
Luther tags in and Luther circles with Levy. Luther kicks low, clubs away on Levy’s back, then tells everyone to shut up as he whips Levy to a corner. Luther runs in, Levy dodges and Luther hits buckles. Levy whips, Luther reverses and hip tosses but Levy reverses to a takedown, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Levy keeps moving, sunset flip, TWO! Levy throws forearms on Luther, whips but Luther kicks back to CLOBBER him with a clothesline! Luther puts Levy in the corner, tags Serpentico, and then has a new way of using Serpentico as a weapon: he scoops Serpentico and jams Serpentico’s boots into Levy over and over!
Cuervo rushes in but Luther TOSSES Serpentico at him! Direct hit and both Cuervo and Serprentico flounder about. Luther finally goes out, Serpentinco throws haymakers, then snapmares Levy down to KICK him! Tag to Luther, Serpentico again is a weapon as Luther whips. Serpentico breaks the whip and refuses to be a weapon again! Luther demands Serpentico let him whip him, but still Serpentico resists. Serpentico whips Luther, but Luther reverses and he sends Serpentico in harder! Luther scoops Serpentico again to swing and CLOBBER Levy! Then scoop slam senton! Luther covers while Serpentico writhes, TWO! Levy survives and Luther is furious!
Luther drags Levy up, puts him onto the ropes and chokes him! Luther insults Levy in Spanish then snap suplexes him! Tag to Serpentico, Luther scoops Levy for a sidewalk slam! Serpentico hobbles over, but is again a weapon! Assisted atomic leg drop! Serpentico covers, TWO! Serpentico stomps Levy, drags him back and tags in Luther. Luther stomps Levy, drags him up again, and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Levy, they double suplex, but Levy counters to a DOUBLE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally as Levy crawls, hot tag to Cuervo! Cuervo rallies on Chaos Project with big clotheslines! Luther staggers into a SUPERKICK!
Cuervo whips Serpentico, wrenches and kicks a leg out to ENZIGURI him down! Cuervo keeps going as he whips, but Serpentico reverses. Serpentico runs in but Cuervo dodges to enziguri again! Cuervo goes out, enziguris again, then climbs up to leap for the crossbody! Cover, but Luther breaks it up! Luther DECKS Levy, then goes out to CANNONBALL off the apron! Serpentico drags Cuervo up but Cuervo hits back. They brawl, Serpentico whips but Cuervo reverses, Serpentico SUPERKICKS back! Luther tags in and ROCKS Cuervo, then BOOTS Cuervo down! Luther drags Cuervo up, Serpentico goes up, and they combine for CREEPING DEATH! Cover, Chaos Project wins!
Winners: Chaos Project, by pinfall
Luther and the SNAKEMAN take down the crow and the star! Will they creep their way up the AEW tag team rankings in the new year?
Leva Bates VS Madi Wrenkowski!
The Librarian is loving her new win streak, and hopes it continues into the new year! But will Madi make Leva face reality on the last Dark of 2020?
The bell rings and Leva offers Madi a free copy of the Young Bucks’ book. Madi takes the book, flips through it quickly, but says, “This is literally the worst gift.” And she rips up pages, throws them at Leva, and LARIATS her down! Madi rains down rights while fans boo her ungrateful attitude! Madi brings Leva up, Leva throws body shots and CHOPS! Leva runs but Madi fireman’s carries for a rolling senton! Madi keeps moving to DROP down on Leva! Cover, TWO! Madi clamps onto Leva with a straitjacket stretch and thrashes Leva around. Leva endures, fans rally up, and Leva fights her way up. Leva powers out of the hold to arm-drag Madi away!
Leva is furious but Madi kicks low! Madi fireman’s carries, Leva slips out to sunset flip, but Madi stays up! Madi slaps Leva’s hands away, then jumps, but Leva avoids the seated senton! Leva and Madi both crawl, go to opposite corners, and Leva runs in to shotgun dropkick Madi! Leva is upset at the ungrateful Madi and she hits a corner clothesline! And a ROUNDHOUSE! And another! Madi staggers into a mule kick, Leva runs to BOOT her! Madi still staggers, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Leva keeps her focus as Madi flounders back to a corner. Fans fire up and Leva runs back in, but Madi dodges!
Madi throws Leva down, stomps her, then puts her in a corner to stomp a mudhole! The ref backs Madi off but Madi is heated. Madi goes after Leva fast, grabs the rest of the book and tears it up more while mocking Madi. Leva SUPERKICKS the book into Madi’s face! Small package, Leva wins!
Winner: Leva Bates, by pinfall
The Librarian shows Madi what happens when you disrespect good literature! Will Leva educate the rest of the AEW Women’s Division as she rises up the ranks?
Matt Sydal VS Danny Limelight!
According to Britt Baker, Danny Limelight isn’t a real person. But will Sydal’s match with him prove Limelight isn’t just real but a legit part of AEW’s roster?
The bell rings and the two talk some smack to each other given their previous match-up. The two tie up, go around, Limelight waistlocks but Sydal switches. Limelight wrenches out to hammerlock but Sydal reverses that to fireman’s carry takeover. Sydal has the arm and brings it back for a keylock camel clutch. Limelight throws Sydal down, Sydal kips up to get free and the fans cheer as the two stand off. Sydal and Limelight go again, tie up and Sydal wrenches an arm. Sydal reels Limelight in for a double arm-drag, then flips through to arm-drag again! Limelight is in a corner, he goes up and over, Sydal puts Limelight on the apron.
Limelight jumps up and walks the ropes to springboard flying arm-drag! Limelight kips up and dropkicks Sydal! Fans fire up with Limelight but Sydal dropkicks him down! Now fans fire up with Sydal! Sydal KICKS Limelight in the back, brings Limelight up to snapmare, then he KICKS Limelight again! Sydal looms over Limelight but Limelight snapmares and KICKS back! Sydal CHOPS Limelight down then KICKS again! Sydal gets Limelight’s arm but Limelight scrambles to ropes to avoid the cobra clutch. Sydal puts Limelight in a corner to CHOP then whip corner to corner. Sydal runs in to elbow, then he whips again for another elbow. But Limelight comes back to CLOBBER Sydal down!
Limelight drags Sydal onto ropes and chokes him, then kicks the rope to jam Sydal’s throat! The ref reprimands, Limelight covers, TWO! Limelight KICKS Sydal again then tells fans to shut up. Limelight KICKS Sydal in the chest, KICKS him again and eggs him on. Sydal jumps up to WINDMILL KICK! Fans fire up with Sydal, and he KICKS Limelight in the leg, chest and repeat! Sydal drags Limelight up, scoops and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Limelight survives but Sydal keeps his cool. Sydal drags Limelight up, hooks the arm, but Limelight blocks the Magistrol to scoop Sydal as a backpack! Sydal fights out to hit THE SLICE! Cover, TWO!
Limelight survives the leg drop DDT, but Sydal hits the STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Sydal brings Limelight up again. Sydal wrenches, Limelight kicks the leg then throws a forearm and back kick. Limelight swings to body scissor roll, to a HALF CRAB! Sydal endures, fights up and reaches, but Limelight shifts. Sydal gets up to kick the leg! Sydal is free, Limelight gets a QUESTION MARK KICK! Fans fire up with Sydal again as he drags Limelight up. Limelight fights off the half nelson but Sydal reels him in! COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX!!
Limelight flounders, Sydal brings him up, for the PAGE- NO! Limelight turns the Turner into a roll-up, TWO! Sydal rolls Limelight to Dragon’s Lair to then roll him to a ghost pin, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall
Sydal’s ground game is getting sharper and sharper, and he gets another big win in 2020! But will he get the biggest win of his AEW career yet when he takes on the American Nightmare?
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Vertvixen!
The Brazilian blackbelt saw her best friend win big earlier tonight, can she keep pace with her? Or will the wrestling gamer level up at Conti’s expense?
The bell rings and Conti offers Vert a handshake. Vert takes it, but tries to swing on Conti! Conti bobs ‘n’ weaves, then storms up on Vert. Vert apologizes while going to ropes for defense! The ref has Conti stay back, Vert comes back from the ropes, but Conti gets under the swing to ripcord. Vert gets around to waistlock but Conti spins around to break the grip. Conti sweeps the legs, rolls to get a double wristlock jackknife, TWO, and Conti is right after a Fujiwara Armbar! Vert endures, rolls to a cover, TWO and Conti gets a ghost pin! TWO and Conti KICKS Vert in the head!
Vert flounders, Conti blows a kiss and runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Double wrist monkey flip and then Conti rolls back for a double wristlock cover. TWO, and Conti gets Vert’s head for a guillotine facelock! Vert endures, fans rally, and Vert gets up to get a rope. Conti lets go, but runs back in, only for Vert to BOOT her! Vert waistlocks, Conti resists the lift and elbows out! Conti runs, Vert dodges but into an OVERHEAD TOSS! Conti aims, Vert ducks the buzzsaw but not the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Conti grows frustrated but she cools herself off. Conti drags Vert up but Vert knees low! Vert throws forearms and puts Conti in a corner.
Vert whips corner to corner, Conti reverses but Vert stops herself to KICK and SUPERKICK! Conti staggers, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take both women down! A standing count starts, Vert stirs but Conti follows. Fans rally as the count passes 5, but Vert is up and drags Conti up at 7. Conti suddenly fires off forearms and rallies with clotheslines! Conti eggs Vert on, spins her around, drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi, then a third with a roll for a wristlock and BOOT! Conti isn’t done, she drags Vert back up, Gory Especial, and then a spin to a KNEE! AKA the TCO! Cover, Conti wins!
Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall
And Tay keeps pace wit Jay! But as great as she is doing on her own, will Tay #JoinDarkOrder to stick with Jay?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Baron Black, Mike Verna & Royal Money!
Billy joins his boys, Austin and Colten, again to have one more big trios match together in 2020! Will they be able to get past the EmpBRUH, the Man of Steel and the #HighAndMighty to end the year strong?
The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts against Verna. They circle, feel out the grapple, then tie up. Billy headlocks, Verna powers out but Billy runs him over. Billy looms over Verna and thinks about it, but he reconsiders telling Verna to suck it. Things speed up and Verna ROCKS Billy with a right! Verna runs, Billy uppercuts back! Billy brings Verna around and runs but Verna ROCKS Billy again! Verna runs into a mule kick, then a SUPERKICK! Austin tags in and hits a throwback on Verna! Verna gets away and tags out to Baron.
Baron and Austin tie up, Austin wrenches to a wristlock but Baron spins through to wrench and hammerlock. Baron throws uppercuts and CHOPS, then he puts Austin in the corner. Baron throws haymakers and tags in Money. Austin throws hands with Money but Money whips Austin. Austin goes up and over in the corner, keeps moving and he trips Money up! Money flounders to the Gunn corner, Austin runs in to uppercut! Tag to Colten, the brothers work together, Colten whips Austin in to uppercut again! Then Colten dribbles to DUNK ON Money! Colten full nelsons for a SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Baron and Verna mug Colten but Austin and Billy throw them out hard! Verna gets barriers then the apron, then the barriers again! Billy stomps away on Verna but the ref backs him off. Billy shouts to Austin, the Gunns cheer Colten on and Colten hits the COLT 45! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
But Austin gets a mic to say, “Right here! I know we like to have fun, the Gunn Club, but if you jump one of our family members, we beat your ass!” A harsh warning from Austin on behalf of the Gunn Club, will the rest of AEW take that to heart?
Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS The Hybrid2!
Speaking of ending, will a decorated tandem have to call it quits to end an already rough year? Or will Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian remind us all who they are?
The teams sort out, Kaz starts with Angelico, and fans rally for “S C U!” as they circle. Kaz and Angelico tie up, break, tie up again but break again. Angelico and Kaz tie up again, go around, and Kaz wrenches to hammerlock then headlock. Angelico pries out to get the wristlock, Kaz rolls and drop toeholds. Kaz headlocks back and fans cheer! Angelico fights up, pushes Kaz down and gets a hammerlock. Kaz crawls but Angelico grabs a leg and twists the ankle. Kaz endures, turns over and uses his own leg to pry free to get a headlock! Angelico is frustrated as Kaz headlock takeovers, but Angelico headscissors back. Kaz pops out, gets the leg and then arms, a crisscross clutch!
Angelico uses his free leg to kick free, then kicks, but Kaz blocks and spins him for a headlock! Angelico throws body shots, powers out, but Kaz ducks the clothesline to get another headlock! Angelico throws more body shots, powers out, but things speed up. Kaz fakes out the hurdle to fire off a kick, knee and clothesline! Kaz drags Angelico up, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip Angelico to ropes. Body shot and flipping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Angelico up to bump off buckles and CHOP! Daniels whips corner to corner and runs in but Angelico dodges! Evans tags in and clobbers Daniels! Fans boo as Evans stomps, wrenches and whips Daniels, to then jump kick him down! Cover, TWO!
Evans taunts Kaz and spins at Daniels but Daniels ducks to EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Daniels tags Kaz in. SCU double whip Evans, atomic drop and cravat to the knee, then an STO! Kaz covers, TWO! Kaz keeps on Evans with a scoop and slam, then he springboards to drop a leg! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Evans up, DECKS him with a haymaker, then whips him to ropes. Evans reverses and Angelico gets a cheap shot in! Kaz DECKS Angelico but Evans screw high kicks Kaz down! Evans clubs Kaz, drags him for stomps, then tags Angelico in. TH2 mug Kaz, whip him to ropes, and drop toehold for the Last Chancery and PENALTY KICK! Kaz writhes, Angelico covers, TWO!
Angelico drags Kaz up, tags Evans in, and TH2 mugs Kaz more. Evans drags Kaz up to bump off buckles, then wrenches and whips him corner to corner hard! Evans runs and handsprings corner to corner to back elbow! Then a snap suplex, cover, TWO! Evans clubs Kaz down then drags him away from Daniels. Evans hooks a leg and bridges back for a MUDA LOCK! Angelico tags in and Angelico STOMPS Kaz down! Kaz CHOPS Angelico back, then ROCKS him with a right! Angelico swings but Kaz ducks to roll Angelico up, TWO! Small package, TWO! Angelico swings into a backslide, TWO! Angelico knee lifts Kaz down then tags in Evans.
Evans talks trash and he stomps Kaz in a corner, “This is the last night of SCU!” Kaz reverses the whip, Evans tilt-o-whirls into a modified OCTOPUS! Kaz endures, fights back up and swings Evans off to CLOBBER him! Both men are down but fans rally up as they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Daniels and Angelico! Daniels rallies on TH2, kicks and whips Angelico but Angelico reverses. Daniel kicks back and STO’s! Evans runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Daniels JABS away on Evans, whips him but Evans reverses to Angelico’s scoop. Daniels slips out, dragon sleeper, and he baits Evans in, URENAGE DDT COMBO! Daniels gets Evans up for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!?!
Evans survives but Daniels keeps on him with a whip to ropes. Evans dodges, boots Daniels and Angelico tags in. Angelico gets around Daniels to bring him up, Evans springboards, DUMDUM STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives to keep SCU alive! TH2 whips Daniels but Daniels ducks the clotheslines and Kaz tags in. Daniels shoves ANgelico into Evans, then feeds to Kaz, and SCU double hip toss for the POWERBOMB NECBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Kaz hurries to bring Angelico back up, but Evans anchors Daniels’ foot! Kaz swings on Angelico but Angelico dodges and the LARIAT hits Daniels!
Angelico tags Evans in as Daniels flops out. TH2 combine, neckbreaker backbreaker combo to a COMPLETE SHOT! Evans says, “BOOM,” STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives and fans rally for SCU more, but Evans stomps Kaz down. Tag to Angelico, Kaz fires off on TH2 with haymakers and CHOPS! Kaz runs, but into a leg sweep and low kick! Angelico scoop slams then helps Evans with the STANDING 450! Cover, but Daniels is in, only for Evans to intercept, TWO!! Kaz still lives and so does SCU! TH2 mug Daniels in a corner, whips him at Kaz, but Daniels monkey flips Kaz to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans are fired up as Kaz tags Daniels back in! SCU drags Evans up, and give him CELEBRITY REHAB! Cover, SCU wins!!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall
The Addiction doesn’t quit! They’re still going strong as ever! But then the Acclaimed attack! And TH2 jumps in! These two teams mug SCU, but here come the Young Bucks! The AEW World Tag Team Champions use the belts to chase off Max Caster, Anthony Bowens, Jack Evans and Angelico! Will the Bucks and the Addiction teach these hungry, young teams about respect?
A pretty good Dark, just over two hours. All the matches were good, of course, but it was good to see Team Taz have a Six Man together as a warm-up for the eventual Six Man with Cody, Darby and definitely Sting. Hobbs, Cage and Starks are definitely a great team in both their look and on their abilities, but because it’s Cody, Darby and Sting, pretty sure the Faces win. I also liked how The Waiting Room was a way of building up Cody VS Sydal, right down to plugging The Go Big Show. Sydal should’ve used a different color to doodle on Cody’s head, though. The red didn’t show up well in the lighting, he should’ve gone with purple or blue.
And of course SCU VS TH2, with SCU’s tag team career on the line, was the main event tonight. But it being the first time and only on AEW Dark of course meant SCU was going to win. But the Acclaimed showing up was quite the surprise. Then the Bucks coming out to run them off instead of Scorpio Sky, it makes me think that first, we’re getting an 8 Man Tag. Then SCU will have a rematch with The Acclaimed to strengthen their story, and I would think SCU continues until they’re on the verge of that big win. SCU losing in a title match to then create a break up just seems like the right course of action.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
It’s a Superbad return!
Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
- Julia Hart VS Free-Range Kara; Julia wins.
- Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.
Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Rampage by the Lake!
It’s a packed Friday night for Minneapolis!
From the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to a preview of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Rampage is jampacked!
- AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue; Sammy & Tay win and retain the titles.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss; Boudreaux wins.
- Beardhausen VS Gunn Club; Gunn Club wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters; Cassidy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon is back and Minneapolis is fired up to see him! Bryan goes to the ring and Tony Schiavone is there waiting for him to say we can all tell Bryan is here with purpose. So first, there is speculation that after the loss to Daniel Garcia, Bryan is not 100%. Second, Garcia has said he is the “Dragonslayer,” and he will not only defeat Bryan but end his career. Bryan takes the mic to say, “To be honest, I’ve been wrestling almost 23 years, I don’t know if I will ever be 100%. But I don’t need to be 100%, I need to live 100%! And there is nothing that makes me feel more alive than being in this ring!”
Fans cheer that and Bryan continues to say, “I will never willfully stop wrestling. Daniel Garcia said if I get in the ring with him, he’ll slay the dragon, end my career. Do you know what? Someone is gonna have to damn end my career because I am not going to end this ring on my own. But my career will not end this Wednesday!” But then Garcia is on stage and telling Bryan to “hold up, hold up, hold up. Bryan, it’s no secret that Bryan Danielson is my hero! You’re my hero, Bryan! But it sounds like to me that my hero is prepared to lose. It sounds like to me that my hero is coming up with excuses.” Fans boo that as Garcia gets in the ring.
Garcia says that he isn’t sure how many times he can put up with this! Bryan retires, then comes back, then retires again, then comes back again. Bryan can’t keep putting Garcia through this, it hurts Garcia. Garcia says when Bryan hurts Garcia, Garcia wants to hurt Bryan back. And when you step in the ring with Garcia again, Garcia will hurt him so bad, that he ends Bryan’s career for good! And then he won’t just be the Dragonslayer, he’ll be the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet.
Fans boo and Bryan responds with, “I’m okay with people saying they’re gonna end my career. Ever since I came to AEW, I’ve been talking about violence. I love violence, and violence begets violence. But do you know what really pisses me off? It’s that sports entertainment BS!” Fans cheer for that! Bryan knows what Chris Jericho’s been shoving down Garcia’s throat, and it IS that sports entertainment crap! Do you all know that this kid, Daniel Garcia, was one of the first names Bryan mentioned when talking about starting the Blackpool Combat Club? And why? Because Bryan saw Garcia at 21 years old go 60 MINUTES in front of 250 people, showing them the best wrestling Bryan’s seen in a young talent in YEARS!
So let Bryan ask Garcia, and he wants Garcia to think about it all the way to Wednesday, when Bryan’s stomping Garcia’s face in! “Do you wanna be the Best Technical Sports Entertainer on the Planet? Or, or… Look at me when I talk to you!” Bryan even grabs Garcia’s face to keep him looking forward! “If I was your hero, do you want to be the Best Technical Wrestler in the world? And I’ll leave that up to you.” Bryan drops the mic and leaves Garcia to mull that over. What path will Garcia choose while his career is still young?
AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Dante Martin & Skye Blue!
Another young protégé of Chris Jericho, and his blushing new bride, are back in action! And for the first time in AEW, they defend the belts that signify their bond! But will the Spanish God and his Brazilian Goddess celebrate a title win on top of their marriage? Or will Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul prove that for once, love doesn’t conquer all?
The introductions are made, the matching red ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and we see if the hometown hero of Minneapolis and the girl next door can win the big one!
The teams sort out, and Skye insists that it’s ladies first. Tay and Sammy kiss for luck, but Dante tells Sammy to leave that stuff backstage. Sammy shoves Dante down! So Skye fires off on Tay! And Dante TACKLES Sammy! The fans fire up as the scraps continue, and the ladies spill out of the ring! Dante TACKLES Sammy again, so it seems the gentlemen are starting instead! Tay RAMS Skye into the railing, Sammy shoves Dante again but Dante trips Sammy up! Dante rains down more forearms while fans fire up for the 612! Sammy gets up and KNEES Dante, then soaks up the heat. Sammy CHOPS Dante against ropes, then whips him to ropes.
Dante reverses, knees and CHOPS Sammy in return, then ROCKS and CHOPS him again. Dante whips Sammy to ropes, Tay catches Sammy to stop him then tags in. Skye is to come in automatically, but she tags to climb up and CROSSBODY! Skye then gets around but Tay throws her off with the judo hip toss. Skye shoves Tay so Tay SLAPS Skye! Skye smirks and SLAPS back! And then fires off fast hands! Fans fire up but Tay trips Skye! Tay steps through, rolls and uses the leg lock to THROW Skye! Tay steps over into a modified STF, and she chinbars Skye into an almost Bow ‘n’ Arrow style stretch! Skye endures, scoots but Tay makes it a cover, ONE!
Skye has a cover, ONE! Skye ROCKS Tay, whips her to ropes, and fans rally. Tay holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! And SHINING WIZARDS again! Tay shoves Skye, Skye dodges and mule kicks a leg! Tay blocks the superkick but now the DRAGON WHIP! Fans fire up and Skye runs, but Sammy swipes at her! The ref reprimands, but Tay BOOTS Skye down! Fans boo SamTay while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Tay stomps Skye, covers her, TWO! Tay is frustrated and she talks trash on Dante. Tay stalks Skye to ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Tay lets off at 4, and then she drags Skye up to whip her into a DROP SAYANAGI! And then another! And another, but Skye blocks to a cradle! TWO, and Tay ROCKS Skye! Tay kicks Skye around, drags her up, and she kisses Sammy. That’s not a tag so Tay CLUBS away on Skye. Tay cravats to throw knee after knee into Skye, and then whips her into a neutral corner. Tay runs in and BOOTS Skye! Tay runs in again but Skye dodges the boot to roll Tay up, with a bridge, TWO!!
Rampage returns to single picture and Tay grabs a leg, but Skye ENZIGURIS Tay down! Fans fire up as Skye crawls, hot tag to Dante! That brings Sammy in, but Dante fakes him out into a TACKLE! Dante rains down fists, Sammy shoves him away but Dante rallies with forearm smashes! Dante then ducks a haymaker to DROPKICK Sammy out! Minneapolis fires up and Dante takes aim. Tay runs in but Dante goes up and over her! Dante DIVES and takes out Sammy! Fans fire up as Dante puts Sammy in fast. Dante slides in but Tay anchors a foot! The ref reprimands, Dante drags Tay into the ring with that foot, and Sammy grabs Dante!
Sammy clinches but Dante breaks free. Dante kicks, Sammy blocks and flips Dante, over Tay! Dante then uses Tay as a step to hit a DESTROYER on Sammy!! Sammy flops down, Dante covers, TWO!! Sammy survives and Dante can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and Dante drags Sammy up. Sammy KNEES Dante back, torture racks, but Dante slips off! Skye tags in, Dante gets Sammy in a half nelson! Sammy elbows free, Tay tilt-o-whirl DDTs Dante! But Skye FLYING RANAS Sammy! The ladies cleared the ring, Tay SUPERKICKS and hooks Skye, TAY K O!! Cover, SamTay win!
Winners: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo, by pinfall (still AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions)
There was a lot of fire in the hearts of Dante & Skye, but not enough to burn down Sammy & Tay. Will Mr. & Mrs. Champion continue to reign on everyone’s parade?
The Lucha Brothers speak.
Rey Fenix says, “After a long road, the Lucha Brothers are coming back for gold.” Penta, with Alex Abrahantes translating, tells Andrade and the world, “This hasn’t finished. But next week, the All-Atlantic Champion returns, and Death Triangle will be reunited and will fight for the Trios Championships.” The Bastard, Pac, is returning from his European tour, will he, Penta & Fenix be ready for The United Empire’s Aussie Open and Will Ospreay in the opening round?
Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss!
Ari Daivari recruited this brutal blue chipper to the group, knowing this would be a very wise investment. Will Parker pay off right away? Or will the Concrete Rose prove not to judge a book by its cover?
The bell rings and Parker CLOBBERS Kiss! Kiss flounders, Parker drags him up with a facelock and CLUBS away on the corner! Parker lets off as the ref counts and runs in, but Kiss dodges the splash! Kiss ROCKS Parker, then runs to handspring and SLAP! And uppercut! But Parker grabs Kiss by the neck, for a CHOKE SLAM! Parker snarls and drags Kiss up to a back suplex SLAM!! Cover, Parker wins!
Winner: Parker Boudreaux, by pinfall
Slim J is pumped for Parker but Parker just looks hungry for more. Will the Trustbusters eat well when the Trios Championship begins?
La Faccion Ingobernable meets with the former Andrade Family Office.
Andrade formally introduces Rush to Butcher, Blade and Private Party. Rush doesn’t like Private Party. But Andrade says it’s fine! The LFI will win those Trios Championships, unlike Private Party against Keith Lee. Jose even adds that was embarrassing. Isiah Kassidy tells Jose to shut up, and he tells El Idolo that people like him have been sleeping on Private Party for a very long time. But that’s fine, because it all changes. Private Party will wake Andrade up. Well good, maybe Private Party can get this group those world tag titles. Upper management leaves, will Kassidy & Quen redeem themselves in the eyes of the ungovernables?
Beardhausen VS Gunn Club!
Erick Redbeard returns to AEW alongside the Very Nice, Very Evil Danhausen to teach these Ass Boys something! Not quite sure what, but will Danhausen & Erick put a curse on the Gunn Club? Or can Austin & Colten redeem themselves after losing in the Dumpster Match?
The teams sort out and Erick starts against Colten. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS! ASS~ BOYS!” Colten shrugs that off to tie up with Erick, and Erick shoves Colten down! Fans fire up but Austin tags in. Austin steps to Erick now, but then decides not. Psych! Austin rushes in, but Erick runs him over! The boys bail out and regroup and Billy asks what the hecc! Billy tells Austin to get in there, but then Danhausen tags in! Fans fire up as Danhausen flexes on Austin. He powers up and… CURSES Austin! But Austin DECKS Danhausen! So no hex? Austin bumps Danhausen off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Austin tags Colten, Colten bumps Danhausen off more buckles then stomps away. Colten whips corner to corner, runs in, but Danhausen boots him away! Danhausen goes up, reels Colten in, and puts him in the ROPE BUTTERFLY! Austin protests but that only means Colten suffers longer! The ref counts, Danhausen lets go at 4, and then he slingshots up to the top! But while the ref is checking on Colten, Austin sucker punches Danhausen! Colten then DROPKICKS Danhausen down! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Danhausen up and brings him around to bump off buckles. Colten stomps Danhausen, the ref counts, and he lets off at 4.
Colten taunts Erick but then backs off as Erick steps in. Colten bumps Danhausen off buckles, tags Austin in, but Danhausen fights back! He fires off haymakers on Austin, but Austin kicks low! Austin ROCKS Danhausen, taunts the fans, and Billy taunts Danhausen with an Orange Cassidy thumbs up. Austin drags Danhausen up to stomp away in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands Austin but misses Colten CHOKING Danhausen! Colten CLUBS Danhausen then tells fans they saw nothing! Austin stomps Danhausen, drags him up, and brings him around as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Austin has Danhausen in a headlock. Fans rally up and Danhausen slips away! Austin rushes after him but Danhausen slips under! And then under again, hot tag to Erick! Redbeard rallies on the Gunn Clubs, BOOT for Austin, DROPKICK for Colten! Then a SPLASH and TOSS for Colten, then he runs at Austin, Austin BOOTS Erick, but Erick TOSSES Austin out onto Colten! Erick goes out now and runs in to CROSSBODY both Ass Boys! Fans fire up as Erick puts Austin in and fans rally up for the slingshot senton! Shoutout to Brodie Lee! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, Colten breaks it!
Fans boo as Colten hammers away on Erick! Colten rags Erick up, Austin joins in, but Erick fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX Gunn Club! Fans are thunderous, and Danhausen wants back in! Tag and Danhausen is in! Erick drags Austin up for him, Danhausen hooks Austin up, and Erick runs! But Colten distracts the ref and Billy dumps Erick out! Fans boo and Austin turns things around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Big assist from Daddy Ass, and yet Billy gets the mic to say, “Oh my God, are you kidding me? Really, that’s what you’re giving us? No wonder they call you Ass Boys, and no wonder I miss The Acclaimed.” Ouch… Billy means that the guys need to toughen up a bit. A lot of bit! They sure ain’t doing what he’s taught them, that’s a fact! But that’s okay, on Dynamite, they’ve got another match to prove themselves with. But who is it? Billy doesn’t say, will Austin & Colten just have to tough it out? Wait, Stokely Hathaway is in the crowd, offering his business card again. Austin & Colten don’t accept, and they follow after Billy.
Backstage interview with Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland.
Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Swerve in Our Glory. Earlier, Andrade made it clear that he wants Private Party to go after the titles. Now, Keith Lee has history with them, but what makes the tag title match different? Keith chuckles and says, “Listen. I got here, Mr. Kassidy was a challenger, and I dismantled him. His friend, Quen, jumps in, I dismantle him. I don’t know if this makes sense, but if you didn’t have a chance against me, what makes you think you have a chance against us? Please, do the math.”
Swerve admits math wasn’t his best subject, when it came to counting money! But um, he added up Private Party’s losses, subtracted their wins, and carried the one, and the still don’t add up to a top five ranking team! So they will allow Private Party to be grace the champs with their presence, since no ranked team wants to, and they can #SwerveInOurGlory. Whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Will Quen & Kassidy take advantage of this gracious opportunity? Or will they be of further disappointment to El Idolo.
HOOK is here!
Minneapolis fires up for the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil of a NEW FTW Champion! Hook goes to the ring, Schiavone is there, and Schiavone says there is no question that one of the most incredible debuts in AEW culminated with Hook becoming FTW Champion. As we understand it, this title is always in open challenge. Is that right, Hook? “Yup.” Okay. We’ve followed Hook’s career, short as it is still, and it has been tremendous. But wait! Out walks Zack Clayton! He introduces himself as “The Reality,” and he knows some recognize him from his reality TV superstardom in the great state of New Jersey!
Clayton tells Hook that he will take that FTW Championship from him, “you little wannabe tough guy New Yorker!” And Clayton will bring it to God’s Country, New Jersey, where it belongs! Hook nods and wave Clayton to bring it, but Clayton says no, he just got new boots made, they’re not ready it. And plus, being a Jersey guy, he does things on his terms. So how about we do this on next week’s Rampage? Hook holds up the belt to say sure thing! The match is made, will The Reality be the one getting a reality check against the Son of Taz?
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says Ari Daivari offered Orange Cassidy a spot in the Trustbusters, but what is it that Daivari sees in him? “Mark, Orange Cassidy is easily, hands down, one of the most talented professional wresters on the AEW roster. And now that my trust has officially kicked in, I am investing my hard earned money into the best talent around.” Look what he’s already down for Slim J and Parker Boudreaux! And Orange doesn’t wanna join that? He still wants to hang out with “those stupid goofs?” Hey, you don’t wanna join in, fine! They’ll do the next best thing, and Daivari will beat Orange’s ass in this old dump of a hometown, Minneapolis!
Wow. Well, uh, looks like there’s been enough talk. Orange, no, that’s Mark’s line. Oh. Well, it is true, though. It’s time for the main event! Will Cassidy give Quake by the Lake a Freshly Squeezed main event? Or will Daivari Dinero make that money?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters!
The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he gives Best Friends his jacket and tie-dye shirt. Cassidy lifts up his hands but Daivari has him wait before putting them in his pockets. Daivari gets a mic and says, “I’m gonna give you one last chance to join the Trustbusters. All you have to do is lay down and let me pin you, then the four of us can get out of this sh*tty town.” Fans boo and Cassidy… nods?! Cassidy lies down and Daivari says he knew Cassidy was smarter than that. Cassidy is ready, Daivari takes a moment to decide what angle he’s coming in from, but then Cassidy rolls away!
Fans laugh and Cassidy tells Daivari to hurry up. Daivari goes to cover again but Cassidy rolls away again! Daivari is annoyed, he storms up but Cassidy rolls out of the ring. And then puts his hands up, to… Nope, Cassidy has to get in the ring as Daivari rushes out! Cassidy then rolls all the way to the far side and gets a GROUP HUG from Best Friends! Got to give the people what they want! But then Boudreaux and Slim J flank them! Chuck & Trent step to them, Daivari rushes out after Cassidy! Daivari puts Cassidy in but things speed up! Cassidy ducks, waistlocks, Daivari switches but Cassidy switches back.
Daivari switches again and he SLAMS Cassidy down! Cassidy fights up, pries at the hold, goes for a leg, but then just puts his hands up. And he slips his hands inside the waistlock to put them in his pockets! Cassidy uses that to break free! And kangaroo kicks! Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles and SHOTGUNS Daivari down! Fans fire up as Cassidy kips up, and then he blocks Daivari’s kick! It was headed a little low and Daivari apologizes, but Cassidy shoves Daivari to a corner. Daivari goes up and out, Cassidy rushes in but into a shoulder! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Daivari grins and hugs it out with his team, NOT what the people want.
Daivari takes his time returning and Rampage goes picture in picture. Daivari drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Daivari soaks up the heat from the fans and he stands Cassidy up. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy in the corner, follows him along the way to another corner, and then drags him up to whip corner to corner hard! Cassidy bounces off buckles again, and Daivari drags him back up. Daivari puts Cassidy in the ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Slim J chokes Cassidy behind the ref’s back! Best Friends protest but the ref misses it all. Trent storms over but Slim J has Parker backing him up.
Daivari stomps Cassidy, then drags him up to turn him for a Neckbreaker Rack! Cassidy endures the stretch, pries at the hold, and fans rally up as Cassidy turns things back around! Daivari fights the backslide, but Cassidy fights it back. They struggle for control, Daivari swings Cassidy out for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daivari is annoyed, he slaps Cassidy around, and then drags him up to TOSS out of the ring! The ref watches Slim J and Parker, and Best Friends storm over to back them off. Daivari goes out to fetch Cassidy, and RAMS him into the apron! Daivari RAMS Cassidy into railing and soaks up the heat from the front row.
Daivari puts Cassidy in the ring, talks trash on Trent, then clamps onto Cassidy with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally as he works on the grip! Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy has the hold open. Cassidy turns things around but Daivari turns them right back and shoves Cassidy to ropes! Daivari catches Cassidy to a SLEEPER, but Cassidy flails and reaches out! Cassidy is fading, and is turning red, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Daivari SLAPS the arms off the ropes and puts the SLEEPER on again! Fans rally as Cassidy endures again, but the ref checks. The arm drops once! And then it drops twice!
But Cassidy gets his second wind, puts both hands up, and then puts them in his pockets! Cassidy RAMS Daivari into buckles, gets free and dodges a lariat, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide on the return! Fans rally up again as both men stir. A standing count starts and climbs, the Trustbusters and Best Friends coach their guys up. Cassidy gets to a corner and drags himself up while Daivari stands. Daivari runs in but only gets buckles! Cassidy runs in but gets put on the apron! Cassidy blocks a punch to bump Daivari and then climbs. Daivari CHOPS Cassidy, then CHPOS again! Daivari hurries to set Cassidy up, but Cassidy boots Daivari away!
Cassidy adjusts now, but Daivari CHOPS him again! Daivari climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy resists. Daivari CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy SHOVES Daivari down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! Daivari whips, Cassidy goes up but Daivari KICKS him out of the air! But Cassidy dodges again, only for Daivari to dodge and RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers up, Daivari reels him in, but Cassidy suplexes first! Fans fire up as Cassidy gets to a corner. The standing count returns but fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!”
Cassidy is up first, he gives those “devastating” kicks to Daivari, but dodges a superkick to SUPERKICK back! Cassidy prepares the arm, runs in, but Daivari turns Orange Punch into URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he drags Cassidy up. Daivari says Cassidy should’ve accepted the offer. Daivari hammerlocks the arm, but Cassidy arm-drags him away! Cassidy tilt-o-whirls and DDTs! Fans fire up and Cassidy goes up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover TWO!! Daivari survives two DDTs in a row but the armband comes off! Cassidy is fired up, Slim J gets on the apron! Chuck trips him up! Parker grabs Chuck and Trent!
Cassidy DIVES to take Parker out! Cassidy hurries back up but Daivari trips him up! Daivari crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Daivari is furious but he slashes his throat! He vows to end this with the hammerlock and LION- NO, Cassidy ducks then rolls Daivari up. ONE as Daivari rolls through, Cassidy ducks the superkick to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy refused to sell out Slim J CLOBBERS Cassidy! But Best Friends TOSS Slim J out Only to turn around and get CLOBBERED by Parker! Parker SPLASHES Chuck in one corner, then SPLASHES Trent in the other, and roars! Fans boo but Orange is back up! And Sonny Kiss rushes out there! Kiss did just lose to Parker, so- Kiss LOW BLOWS Cassidy!?!? And then Parker gives Orange the SLAM!! Did Kiss just sell out to the Trustbusters!? Did that happen between now and that match earlier? Or was it all part of the plan?
A great episode to close out the first Quake by the Lake event, with some surprising developments here. While Parker Boudreaux didn’t really change his moveset up from when he was Harland in NXT, he of course wins here tonight in a squash. Then we got an awesome main event out of Cassidy VS Daivari, even with Best Friends and the Trustbusters ringside. I was a touch surprised Cassidy won, but then that brawl at the end with Kiss swerving and turning Heel was a great way for Trustbusters to stand tall here. The go-home math is now a wash, but I would think Best Friends win to advance in the trios tournament.
Speaking of that tournament, great promo from the LFI and extended faction, as well as from Keith & Swerve. A title match between Keith & Swerve VS Private Party is going to be awesome, but I would think the champions retain the titles. Private Party going after LFI would be great to turn Private Party Face. Good promo from Lucha Bros to hype up their Trios Championship tournament match, and I would think Death Triangle beats The United Empire, pinning one of Aussie Open. And their promo implies that no matter who the third man is for the Young Bucks, LFI advances. AKA it’ll be Brandon Cutler because the Bucks have no one else, and he takes the pin.
Really fun match from Gunn Club and Beardhausen, but rather surprising that Gunn Club won. Billy is really ripping into his own sons, I have a feeling he just pushes them into joining Stokely’s stable. Stokely’s got Ethan Page, he’s got Lee Moriarty, he needs a tag team before can start taking over AEW properly, and it could be Gunn Club. Great promo segment from Hook and Zack Clayton, and this is a great opportunity for Clayton to move up in the world. The Mixed Tag Championship match was a great opening match, and while Dante & Skye looked great, I figured SamTay would win to retain.
And we got a great promo from Bryan and Garcia to open the whole show, and I am so happy Bryan is taking this story the way I was hoping. Daniel Garcia is definitely more a BCC guy than a JAS guy, so I hope the best two outta three falls match starts getting Garcia to consider his position in the feud. There’s a lot that Garcia can bring into the BCC, from both a moment of dysfunction since he battled Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship and was insufferable to the other BCC members, to more fire in the faction because they can get even more titles now. I can’t wait to see where this goes next.
My Score: 8.7/10
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