It’s the AEW Dark Before St. Patrick’s Day!
Dark: Elevation was strong, but the original AEW Dark won’t be outdone! FIFTEEN matches will pave the way into Dynamite’s St. Patrick’s Day Slam!
- Luchasaurus VS Cesar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Luchasaurus wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Savannah Evans; Hirsch wins.
- John Silver w/ the Dark Order VS John Skyler; Silver wins.
- Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Tesha Price; Ford wins.
- Chaos Project VS Fuego del Sol & Jake St. Patrick; Chaos Project win(s).
- Jazmin Allure VS KiLynn King; King wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Angel Fashion, Baron Black, Ryzin & Vary Morales; The Dark Order win(s).
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS David Ali, Seth Gargis & Adam Priest; The Gunn Club wins.
- Bear Country VS Dean Alexander & Brick Aldridge; Bear Country wins.
- Nick Comoroto w/ QT Marshall VS D3; Comoroto wins
- The Varsity Blondes VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs; The Varsity Blondes win.
- VertVixen VS Madi Wrenkowski; Madi wins.
- Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Aaron Solow & Carlie Bravo; SCU wins and stays a tag team.
- Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz; Cage & Starks win.
- Jack Evans VS Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order; Vance wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Luchasaurus w/ Marko Stunt VS Cesar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon!
On Dark: Elevation’s premiere, Marko Stunt was jumped by the Brazilian V8 Engine, “Pretty” Peter and their Hollywood Hunk, Ryan Nemeth! So now, to avenge Fun Size, Luchasaurus will battle Bononi 1v1! Who wins this huge opener to this huge Dark after Elevation?
The bell rings and Luchasaurus grapples with Bononi. Luchasaurus has Bononi in a corner, lets off, but they tie up again. They break, start shoving, and Bononi rams Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus doesn’t fall, but he runs to ram Bononi. Bononi stays up, runs, things speed up as Luchasaurus hurdles! Luchasaurus BOOTS Bononi, Bononi rebounds but now it’s a stand-off. Fans rally up as Bononi goes again, Luchasaurus hurdles, and kicks Bononi to a corner now! Avalon coaches Bononi but Luchasaurus runs in to clothesline! Luchasaurus throws haymakers and CHOPS! Avalon is upset, the ref reprimands Luchasaurus but Bononi rakes eyes!
Bononi throws hands and elbows in a corner, lets off and whips Luchasaurus corner to corner. Luchasaurus comes back to CLOBBER Bononi! Luchasaurus aims at Bononi but Avalon takes a swipe! Bononi runs in, Luchasaurus dodges then comes back but Bononi puts him on the apron. Luchasaurus ROCKS Bononi, but Bononi plays it up to distract the ref so Avalon can grab Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus kicks Avalon away but Bononi dropkicks Luchasaurus down! Bononi goes out, gets Luchasaurus up and RAMS him into railing! The ref starts a ring count, Bononi RAMS Luchasaurus into the apron! Avalon talks trash while Bononi goes into the ring.
The ring count is 8 but Luchasaurus slides in at 9! Bononi stomps Luchasaurus out, distracts the ref, and Avalon fires off on Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus grabs Avalon and Avalon begs for mercy but Bononi flies in to club Luchasaurus! Bononi brings Luchasaurus up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Bononi goes in, fires up and brags about his muscles, and he runs in to LARIAT Luchasaurus! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus lives but Bononi throws in knees to Luchasaurus’ back! Bononi stomps Luchasaurus down, talks trash and drags him up, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally for Luchasaurus but Bononi pushes him.
Bononi gives toying kicks but Luchasaurus gets up in a huff. Luchasaurus blocks the haymaker to KNEE, boot and HEADBUTT! Bononi staggers to a corner, Luchasaurus fires off fast hands! GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up and spins to BUZZSAW! Avalon gets on the apron to shout at Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus drags him in! Avalon gets away, Bononi runs and BOOTS Luchasaurus down! Cover, TWO!! Avalon and Bononi are shocked and furious! Bononi scoops Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus slips off to shove Bononi into Avalon! Fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! Cover, TWO!?! Bononi survives Extinction and Luchasaurus can’t believe it!
Luchasaurus drags Bononi up in a choke grip but Bononi breaks free to throw forearms! Luchasaurus hits back and it is a brawl of behemoths! Bononi forearms, knees and elbows, then pumps up again, only for Luchasaurus to handspring under and TAIL WHIP! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
Bononi put up a fight but Luchasaurus was still too much for him! Will this help Jurassic Express barrel through Matt Hardy’s growing stable on St. Patrick’s Day?
Leyla Hirsch VS Savannah Evans!
The #LEGIT is also #AllElite, and ready to prove she is worthy of that contract! Will Hirsch put the hurt on #TheCannibal and climb up the rankings?
The bell rings and Evans gets in Leyla’s face, then pie faces her! Leyla gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Evans staggers up and is angrily surprised Leyla pulled that off! Leyla runs in to throw forearms over and over but Evans shoves her away. Leyla comes back with more, but Evans shoves again. Evans stays up in the drop toehold, drags Leyla up to whip but Leyla elbows back. Leyla runs but into Evans’ scoop and SLAM! Evans stomps Leyla, rains down angry rights then lets up to choke Leyla! The ref reprimands, Evans lets off and puts Leyla in the corner. Evans throws haymakers, rams her shoulder in, and then again.
The ref counts, Evans lets off and argues with him, then brings Leyla around to CLUB her! Leyla crawls to ropes, Evans chokes her! The ref counts, Evans lets off, but she CHOPS Leyla on the back! Leyla gets up in a huff but she runs into another scoop and SLAM! Evans toys with Leyla, taunts her, and brings her up to throw forearms against ropes. Evans whips, runs in, but Leyla dodges to then clothesline! Leyla runs and METEORA! SWINGING DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Leyla as she talks trash to Evans, then yanks her right up for a SAIDO! Leyla storms around Evans, lets her get up so she can fireman’s carry.
Evans elbows free, shoves, but Leyla springboards, into a fireman’s carry! Evans hits a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Evans grows frustrated and she drags Leyla up, but Leyla KICKS a leg out, then KNEES Evans in the head! Evans staggers, Leyla runs in, flying-mare into an ARMBAR! Evans taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
That armbar is #LEGIT! Will it be what helps Leyla take over the top 5? But as Leyla leaves the ring, Vickie Guerrero gets at her about something. Does she think Leyla is not legit? Will Leyla get to shut the Vicious Vixen up with actions?
John Silver w/ the Dark Order VS John Skyler!
Number 4, the Meat Man, Johnny Hungy, he goes by many names. But will he be called the winner tonight against the Southern Savior?
The bell rings and Silver circles with Skyler. They tie up, are in a deadlock but Silver headlocks. Skyler powers out but Silver runs him over! Things speed up, Skyler hurdles but Silver handsprings to RANA! Skyler gets up into a dropkick! Silver flexes, he’s freakin’ jacked, baby! Silver KICKS Skyler in the chest, then KICKS him again! Fans fire up and Silver powers up to KICK Skyler down! Skyler staggers from the stinging in his chest, but Silver is on him in the corner. Silver whips, Skyler reverses but Silver goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING SENTON, back senton, and a rain of right hands! Skyler fires up but Negative One does not approve.
Skyler throws forearms, Silver throws body shots and elbows, then Silver runs. Skyler RAMS Silver into ropes, reels him in and shoves him hard into buckles! Silver sputters and falls over, Skyler covers, TWO! Skyler grows annoyed but he reels Silver into a rear bearhug. Negative One is a bit worried but the fans rally up. Silver fights up, throws elbows to get free, but Skyler CLUBS back! Skyler ROCKS Silver, Silver forearms back! Skyler uppercuts, Silver forearms again. Skyler throws a haymaker, Silver fires off! Silver runs but Skyler headbutts, uppercuts and KNEES! Silver dropkicks outta nowhere!
Silver has Skyler on ropes, runs in and BOOTS him! Torture rack and spin, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, Silver wins!
Winner: John Silver, by pinfall
Negative One likes that! Will the Dark Order like it even more when Number 4 breaks into the top 5?
Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Tesha Price!
Mrs. Superbad was there to support her husband and their best man, The Best Man, for Elevation, but got brushed aside a bit. Are there any hard feelings? Will Tesha pay the price for Miro being so cold?
The bell rings, Price dodges Ford’s boot then rushes back in but Ford uses ropes for defense. Ford then kicks Price low, throws haymakers, and whips Price to ropes. Price holds ropes to stop, kick Ford back, but then Ford ducks the roundhouse and heel kick to kick back! Ford CHOPS Price, whips her corner to corner, but Price reverses to try and snapmare. Ford pushes her away, Price goes up and over and flying elbows Ford out of the ring! Price taunts Ford but Kip tells her to quiet down. Price runs in but Ford trips her up to spin her and ROCK her on the apron! Ford gets in, stands on Price, then stomps away!
The ref counts, Ford lets off, but then goes up and KNEE DROPS to the apron! Kip cheers Ford on as she covers Price, TWO! Ford drags Price up, brings her around and hangs her out to dry on ropes. Ford runs side to side to BOOT Price down! Fans fire up for Ford as she puts Price on ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Ford lets off, but then she YANKS Price into ropes! Ford drags Price up, fireman’s carry, and GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!? Price survives and Ford is furious! Ford drags Price up, whips her to a corner and runs in to handspring, but Price rolls to dodge! Price comes back to handspring and ROUNDHOUSE! Price runs but the bulldog is denied!
Ford seethes, and HEEL KICKS Price right down! Ford drags Price back up so she can handspring CUTTER! Cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
The Superbads celebrate another win with kisses, as usual. But will Ford be driving back up to the top 5 soon enough?
Chaos Project VS Fuego del Sol & Jake St. Patrick!
The Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN have been on the losing end of things lately, but that doesn’t stop them from creeping back up. Will they make the Fire of the Sun and JSP feel pain and torment befitting of Dark?
The teams sort out, but Luther and Serpentico attack Fuego and JSP! They kick Fuego out, the bell rings and Luther whips JSP corner to corner to clothesline! And then back the other way for another clothesline! Luther reels JSP into a BIG LARIAT! Tag to Serpentico, he is the human weapon, inverted suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Serpentico stomps JSP, bumps him off buckles over and over, then Luther tags in. Luther grabs Serpentico and JSP for a meeting of the minds! Serpentico flops out of the ring, Luther reels JSP in, and Luther calls his shot! LUTHER BOMB!! High stack cover, but Fuego breaks it up! Fuego gets away fast, but Luther stays between him and JSP.
Luther drags JSP up, back suplexes but JSP lands on his feet! JSP dodges, hot tag to Fuego! (no pun intended) Fuego hits a missile dropkick for Luther! Fuego rallies on Chaos Project with fast hands, then uses Luther to get just manage the SLICED BREAD on Serpentico! Fuego still rallies on Luther, then springboards to QUEBRADA! Fuego kips up to mule kick! Fuego goes to a corner as fans fire up! Fuego leaps to hit the TORNADO DDT! Cover, but Serpentico breaks it! Chaos Project regroups, Serpentico whips Luther in to DECK JSP! Fuego KNEES Luther, runs but Luther BOOTS Fuego down!
Luther drags Fuego up, Serpentico tags in, and Chaos Project hits CREEPING DEATH! Cover off the meteora spinebuster, Chaos Project wins!
Winners: Chaos Project, by pinfall
Luther and Serpentico just put out Fuego, and have perhaps ruined St. Patrick’s day. Will these two continue to creep up the rankings and be contenders soon enough?
Jazmin Allure VS KiLynn King!
Top Tier is back but so is the King! Who stands tall as the AEW Women’s Division heads for Double or Nothing?
The bell rings and King circles with Allure. They tie up, Allure waistlocks but King switches to slam her down! King holds on with the waistlock but Allure fights up and wrenches out. King wrenches back, whips Allure to a corner but Allure goes up, only for King to kick her down! King swings but into a roll-up, ONE! Allure runs into a scoop but slips out to kick away on a leg! Allure runs again and dropkicks the leg out! Allure MULE KICKS King down, covers, TWO! Allure keeps on King with a rain of rights! The ref counts, Allure lets off and throws King by her hair! Handspring splash, cover, TWO! Allure grows frustrated as King goes to a corner.
Allure is after her with forearms, but King shoves her away and throws forearms. Allure kicks, snapmares and KICKS King to cover, ONE! Allure clamps onto an arm, King wrenches out and ROCKS Allure! Allure SLAPS King, King seethes and blocks a slap to SLAP back! King CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips! Allure reverses but King CLOBBERS her! King rallies with more clotheslines, then boots a clothesline away to ROUNDHOUSE! Allure is down but King fires up! King says she’s going to take Allure for a ride, and gives her a GIANT SWING! The fans count it out, and King gets about 10 in! A certain Swiss Cyborg would be impressed!
Allure staggers up, King runs in but Allure boots her! Allure hops up, leaps, wheelbarrow and victory roll FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! King isn’t done and Allure is frustrated. Allure drags King up by her hair, throws forearms then runs, but the wheelbarrow becomes KINGDOM FALLS!! Cover, King wins!
Winner: KiLynn King, by pinfall
King didn’t fold and stands tall! But when will The King get to sit on the throne of AEW?
8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Angel Fashion, Baron Black, Ryzin & Vary Morales!
Negative One rallies his troops as Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels and Colt Cabana form up and hit the ring! Will Number 5, BOOM BOOM and the OG show the Fashionable Hombre, the EmpBRUH, the Priest of Sin and La Estrella de Rock?
The teams sort out while Negative One lounges on the steps of the ramp, and Fashion starts with Stu. Stu picks Fashion right up, puts him in the corner for forearms, then Uno tags in. Stu whips Uno in to corner splash, then Stu RAMS in! Stu feeds Fashion to Uno’s BACKBREAKER! Vary tags in but Uno kicks low. Tag to Stu and Uno whips Vary to kitchen sink knee! Stu PENALTY KICKS Vary down! Stu drags Vary up, RAMS him into the corner and CHOPS him! Tag back to Uno and Uno CHOPS Vary! Tag to Cabana, he ROCKS Vary, then tags Angels in to EuroUpper! Stu tags in, CHOPS Vary again, then tags Uno. Uno back elbows, Cabana tags in to throw a haymaker!
Tag to Angels, he spinning back kicks, then all four members get in! Angels scoop slams Vary! All four men run, and then stop to hit the Dark Order pose. Negative One cheers as Angels brings Vary up for a back suplex. Vary lands on his feet, shoves Angels then follows. Things speed up, Angels hits a Belly2Belly with a twist! Cover, TWO! Tag to Cabana, they whip Vary for DOUBLE DOUBLE CHOPS! Negative One high-fives Cabana then does the Running Man, and Cabana runs at Vary in the corner. Vary dodges and Cabana hits buckles! Hot tag to Ryzin! Ryzin runs at Cabana but gets a DOUBLE CHOP! Cabana throws a big elbow, then another!
Cabana hits a Bionic Elbow, then goes to tag, but Ryzin keeps Caban from the corner! Ryzin dodges Cabana’s clothesline to ENZIGURI! Ryzin throws hands, then runs, into a BIG back drop! Tag to Baron but Uno tags in and BLASTS the corner! Uno dodges Baron, keeps going and CLOBBERS Baron! Uno DECKS Vary for good measure but Fashion gets in, only to get a NECKBREAKER! Uno blocks Baron’s kick and hands it to Stu so he can DECK Vary again! The ref reprimands, Stu hands Baron’s foot to Colt, and Uno still hits Baron with a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Cabana, Uno and Angels hit Fashion and Vary down!
Uno ROCKS Baron, Angels HEEL KICKS, and Stu torture racks for NIGHTFALL! Cabana finishes it off with the BILLY GOAT’S CURSE! Baron taps, Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by submission
Another big win for the Dark Order, and Negative One adds insult to injury as he kicks Baron out of the ring. The OG pick up Negative One to keep him contained, but will there be no stopping the faction from taking over AEW?
Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS David Ali, Seth Gargis & Adam Priest!
Billy joins his boys, Colten & Austin, and they roll three Gunns deep tonight! Will they stay undefeated as a trio and head for big things in AEW?
The Gunns do rock-paper-scissors, but Gargis leads the charge against them! Ali goes after Austin, Gargis keeps on Colten, but Billy backs Priest down. Billy fireman’s carries Priest to ram into a corner, Austin and Colten turn things around to stomp away! Billy has his boys coordinate, Billy feeds Priest to Colten’s COLT 45! Colten feeds Gargis to Billy’s FAMOUSER! Austin loads up, the Gunns whip Ali to the QUICK DRAW! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
BANG BANG BANG, the Gunn Club shoots and scores! But will there ever come a time when they miss the mark?
Bear Country VS Dean Alexander & Brick Aldridge!
Bear Boulder & Bear Bronson will join Jurassic Express against Matt Hardy’s horde for Dynamite, but they need to keep rolling as a duo. Will The Sensation and… Brick… end up lost in Bear Country?
The teams sort out, and the Bears BULLDOZE Brick and Alexander! Boulder scoop SLAMS Brick, scoops Alexander but Alexander slips out, only for Boulder to put him up top! Boulder ROCKS Alexander, scoops Brick and RAMS Brick into Alexander! Boulder carries both men for a DOUBLE OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Tag to Bronson, then Boulder sets their opponents like a stack of pancakes, for The BEAR COUNTRY SPLASH!! Cover, Bear Country wins!
Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall
Well who knew bears could move so quick! Boulder & Bronson are building momentum, are we going to see Bear Country reach the top 5?
Nick Comoroto w/ QT Marshall VS D3!
The Freak Beast Wrecking Ball is apparently the one member of the Nightmare Family not questioning QT’s behavior. But those issues aside, will Comoroto crush the Prince of Rome to at least make QT proud?
The bell rings and D3 is wary of Comoroto. They circle, Comoroto goes for a leg but D3 slips away. D3 is in a corner, he evades Comoroto and then does it again. Comoroto gets a bit annoyed with the dodgy D3, and he finally gets a hand on him! D3 wrenches to a wristlock but Comoroto scoops and SLAMS him! D3 kicks from below, and then again! D3 goes to a corner, goes up and over Comoroto then runs in but is put on the apron. D3 shoulders in, gamangiris then leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! Comoroto wants the Ushigoroshi but D3 handsprings out to fire off kicks! Comoroto shoves D3, D3 dodges but runs into a BACKBREAKER!
QT cheers Comoroto on as he military presses D3 to the POWERSLAM!! Cover, Comoroto wins!
Winner: Nick Comoroto, by pinfall
The Wrecking Ball DEMOLISHES D3, but will he do even more damage as he and QT climb up the rankings?
The Varsity Blondes VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs!
Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr have gotten on a bit of a roll, but they’ve gotta keep it going if they want to be contenders! Will the get through the West Coast Wrecking Crew to prove they’re already ready for more?
The teams sort out and BPJ starts with Isaacs. They circle, tie up, and BPJ waistlocks. Isaacs switches, headlocks, but BPJ powers out. Isaacs rams BPJ but he stays up. They start shoving, Isaacs SLAPS first, then runs, but BPJ dodges to run him over! BPJ wrenches Isaacs, whips him to the corner to CHOP! Tag to Griff and Griff hits a splash! The Blondes double suplex Isaacs high and hard, Griff covers, TWO! Griff keeps on Isaacs with a wrench, tags to BPJ, and BPJ CLUBS Isaac’s arm. BPJ wrenches, wristlocks, and yanks on the arm. BPJ wrenches again, but Isaacs ROCKS him with a right! BPJ CHOPS back, but Isaacs CHOPS and ROCKS him!
Isaacs whips BPJ but BPJ reverses. BPJ runs in but is put on the apron, only for BPJ to ROCK Isaacs! Isaacs distracts the ref by playing it up, and Nelson trips up BPJ’s springboard! BPJ hits apron on the way down, the Nelson throws BPJ back in. Isaacs drags BPJ up, throws forearms, and stomps BPJ into the corner. Tag to Nelson and Nelson stomps BPJ down. The ref counts, Nelson lets off to taunt Griff, but the ref keeps Griff back. BPJ CHOPS Nelson but Nelson stomps him back down. Tag to Isaacs, WCWC mugs BPJ, but fans rally up. Tag to Nelson, NECKBREAKER to BASEMENT SHOULDER! Leg drop and elbow drop, Nelson covers, TWO!
BPJ checks his jaw but Nelson taunts Griff. Nelson drags BPJ up to put him in the cover, and he runs in to shoulder BPJ! Nelson uses the three point stance but BPJ elbows him away! BPJ DECKS Isaacs but Nelson BOOTS BPJ! BPJ powers up and POUNCES Nelson! Both men are down, hot tag to Isaacs and he keeps BPJ away from Griff! BPJ flips through to hot tag Griff! The Ivy League MVP rallies on the WCWC, hip toss for Isaacs, BIG back drop for Nelson! Griff runs to SPLASH Nelson, then runs to SPLASH Isaacs! Griff suplexes Isaacs for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, but Nelson breaks it! Griff throws body shots on Nelson but Nelson kicks a leg out!
WCWC coordinate, Canadian rack, DOMINATOR CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Isaacs drags Griff back up, tags Nelson, and they mug Griff to then double back suplex. Griff lands on his feet, BPJ tags in, Griff sends Isaacs out hard! Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Nelson, BPJ FLYING CLOTHESLINES! Cover, the Blondes win!
Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall
The WCWC get an A for effort, but BPJ and the MVP stand tall! Will they be graduating into the top 5 rankings soon enough?
VertVixen VS Madi Wrenkowski!
Two young hopefuls return to fight their way up the rankings. Both are students of Thunder Rosa, but will Madi make Vert face reality and prove she’s Rosa’s star pupil?
The bell rings, Vert rushes Madi and throws big forearms! Madi powers Vert to a corner to throw forearms in return! Vert turns things around to throw forearms, but the ref counts. Vert whips, Madi reverses and runs in to crossbody! Madi snapmares Vert, hits a NECK SNAPPER, then covers, TWO! Madi rains down forearms, drags Vert up and runs, but Vert hits an uppercut! Vert elbows Madi against ropes, then snapmares her to run and CALF KICK! Madi flounders around, Vert fires up and runs in to dropkick Madi to the corner! Madi drags herself up, Vert runs back in, but only gets buckles! Madi fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! Madi keeps going, BIG leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO!
Madi keeps her cool, drags Vert up, but Vert trips Madi to rain down hands! Madi pushes Vert away, throws haymakers and forearms of her own, then whips corner to corner. Vert slides to a stop to EDDY GORDO Madi away! SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK, then an GAMANGIRI! Madi is dazed and Vert throws body shots. Madi forearms back, they brawl from the mat and up to their feet. Madi throws forearms, whips, Vert reverses but Madi LARIATS! Vert gets up but Madi LARIATS again! Madi hits a back drop! Madi drags Vert up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to go up and MONKEY FLIP! Fans fire up with Madi as Vert rises again, Madi runs but her dropkick is deflected!
Vert runs to KNEE Madi down! Cover, TWO!! Madi survives and shocks Vert! Vert drags Madi up and around, but Madi gets her in a small package! Cover, TWO! Vert escapes, staggers to a corner, and she runs back at Madi, but into a drop toehold! Madi runs to SCISSOR KICK!! Cover, Madi wins!!
Winner: Madi Wrenkowski, by pinfall
Now can you dig that, sucka? Madi gets a big win against her classmate and rival, but will Madi’s reality be a bright future in AEW?
Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Aaron Solow & Carlie Bravo!
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian are still on their journey of tag titles or bust, and clearly they haven’t reached the end yet! Will the Extra Talented and #GoonPlatoon bring about the shocking conclusion of SCU?
The teams sort out and the Fallen Angel starts with Bravo. Daniels talks to Bravo, Bravo offers a handshake, but Daniels just pats Bravo on the shoulder. Bravo and Daniels circle, tie up, and Bravo gets an arm to wrench to a wristlock. Daniels rolls, wrenches back and headlocks, and holds on as Bravo tries to power out. Bravo tries again and gets free but Daniels runs him over! Daniels headlocks again and Bravo’s back to square one. Bravo throws body shots, powers out, but Daniels runs him over again! Things speed up, Bravo hurdles and hip tosses Daniels to then dropkick him down! Daniels blocks the next dropkick but misses the elbow drop! Fans cheer this opening exchange!
Bravo and Daniels circle but Daniels tags out to the Heavy Metal Rebel. Solow calls to Bravo and Bravo tags him in. Solow and Kaz circle, feel out the grapple, and tie up. Kaz waistlocks to slam Solow down, then holds on to shift and body scissor to a cover, TWO! Solow runs into a drop toehold, Kaz facelocks and keeps Solow grounded. Solow fights up, rolls but Kaz rolls with him. Kaz cranks on the grovit, Solow endures and fights up to back drop. Kaz makes that a sunset flip, TWO! Solow dodges to arm-drag Kaz around, then clamps on with an armlock! Kaz fights up, puts Solow on ropes, and Solow lets off. Kaz CHOPS Solow, whips him but Solow reverses to arm-drag again!
Solow dropkicks Kaz down and covers, ONE! Solow drags Kaz over, tag to Bravo, and Bravo clubs Kaz’s arm. Bravo whips, Kaz kicks him away then tags Daniels. Kaz shoves Bravo to Daniels’ STO! Daniels drags Bravo up to DECK him, then whips him to back drop! Daniels hesitates but he covers, ONE! Daniels snapmares Bravo, tags Kaz, then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops, and fans fire up as Kaz brings Bravo up. Kaz wrenches, reels Bravo in and hits a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz facelocks Bravo, tags Daniels in, and SCU whips Bravo to GAMANGIRI and Manhattan drop! Daniels goes up, CROSSBODY HIGH LOW! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO!
Daniels argues the count but the ref says it’s fair. Daniels clamps on tight with chinlock and fans rally up for Bravo. Bravo fights up, throws elbows, but Daniels shoves Bravo. Bravo dodges, sunset flips but Daniels slips free only to miss the leg drop! Hot tag to Solow! Solow rallies on SCU! Uppercut and a whip to Daniels for another uppercut! Solow keeps going, another whip but Daniels puts him on the apron! Solow enziguris Daniels, dodges Kaz and SUPERKICKS him! Solow goes up top, leaps at Daniels, and hits a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Bravo brings Daniels up but Daniels hits a COMPLETE SHOT!
Solow staggers, Daniels brings him around, underhooks but Solow RANAS free of Angel’s Wings, to SCREW HIGH KICK! Kaz tags in, dodges a kick, and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO, Kaz CHOPS Solow! Kaz suplexes but Solow slips out to throw Kaz down and DOUBLE STOMP! Tag to Bravo, Bravo goes up as Kaz staggers, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kaz flounders to a corner, Bravo runs in but Kaz elbows him! Kaz dodges, Bravo hits buckles, Kaz CLOBBERS Bravo! Tag to Daniels, Daniels DECKS Solow, and Kaz gut wrenches Bravo. BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
Undefeated since issuing the challenge to themselves, and they are climbing the mountain! But will they make it to the top? And with Young Bucks soon to face Death Triangle, who will even be at the top when (or if) SCU gets there?
Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz!
Jersey’s Finest has hit a rough road as of late, but sometimes if you’re going through hell, you keep on going to get past it! Will they end up running right into that hell against Team Taz’s #AbsoluteMachines?
The teams sort out, Kiss and Cage start and circle. Fans rally up as Cage doesn’t seem to take Kiss serious. Cage choke grips, pops Kiss up but Kiss slips free and runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Cage to a corner! Kiss handsprings in for the KISS MISSILE SLAP! Cage swings but Kiss goes Matrix to bridge and kick, but Cage blocks the enziguri to KNEE Kiss down! Cage drags Kiss up, RAMS him into the corner, then RAMS into Kiss with a shoulder! And again! Starks tags in without warning, but Cage moves aside. Starks CHOPS Kiss, ROCKS him then stomps him! Starks drags Kiss up to whip, Kiss rolls off the back then leap frogs. Starks shoves Kiss down but Kiss kicks.
Starks still back suplexes but Kiss lands on his feet to ROUNDHOUSE Starks! Hot tag to Janela and the Bad Boy CROSSBODIES! Janela fires off haymakers over and over and DECKS Starks! Cage runs in but Janela dumps him out! Janela builds speed to DIVE, but Cage catches him! For a BRAINBUSTER! Cage drags Janela up and in for Starks, and Starks KNEES Kiss down. Starks drags Janela up, scoop SLAMS him, then runs to drop a knee! Cover, but Kiss breaks it! Starks swipes at Kiss, drags Janela back up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Cage, Cage stomps away on Janela, then digs his boot in.
The ref counts, Cage lets off, and Starks gets a cheap shot in before Cage BOOT WASHES! Tag to Starks, Starks whips Janela to an open corner then runs in, into Janela’s BOOT! Janela hops up, leaps to sunset flip, TWO! Starks storms over to Janela but Janela throws him into buckles! Janela reaches for Kiss but Starks CLOBBERS him first! Starks swipes at Kiss again, brings Janela up to throw him out, then stomps him on the apron. Starks distracts the ref, Hook sweeps Janela’s legs! Kiss protests but the ref keeps him back as Starks puts Janela back in. Cover, TWO! Janela flips Starks off but Starks SLAPS him! Janela SLAPS back, Starks DECKS Janela!
Starks hits a BIG back suplex, drags Janela over and tags in Cage. Starks holds a leg but Cage stomps Janela’s chest. Cage whips Janela hard into a corner, then drags him up for forearms. Cage runs but Janela forearms back! And again! Janela fires up as he throws more forearms, but he runs into Cage’s arms and Cage RAMS Janela into buckles! Cage runs but Janela dodges and Cage hits buckles! Janela crawls for his corner, Cage grabs at Janela but Janela kicks. Cage dead lifts Janela for a BUCKLE BOMB! Tag to Starks, he drags Janela to a cover, TWO! Starks drags Janela up, suplexes but Janela slips out to shove Starks into Cage! O’Conner roll, TWO!
Janela DECKS Cage, elbows Starks, and then kicks Cage to hit SLICED BREAD on Starks! Taz gets worried, Janela hot tags Kiss! Cage tags in, Kiss dodges and fires off! Kiss bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off more, but Cage shoves Kiss away. Kiss rebounds, slides under then dropkicks and kicks to ROUNDHOUSE! Kiss whips, Cage reverses but Kiss slides out to the apron! Cage runs into another ROUNDHOUSE! Kiss climbs, leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Taz is frustrated but so is Kiss. Fans rally up, Cage blocks a whip to send Kiss to a corner. Kiss BOOTS Cage, hops up and leaps, FLYING RANA! Kiss keeps going, BOOT to splits and then a roll up, TWO!
Kiss SPINNING BUZZSAWS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks drags Kiss up, Kiss throws forearms back! Kiss whips, Starks reverses, Team Taz combine to DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Kiss! Cage covers but Janela breaks it! Starks runs at Janela but the Spear is sent into ropes! Janela uppercuts Cage, Kiss ROCKS him with a forearm, and Jersey’s Finest combine for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Janela hurries up top, and DIVING SPLASHES! Kiss is up top now, and drops the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Jersey’s Finest can’t believe it! Kiss tags Janela, then Janela tags Kiss. They both run to DECK Starks!
Cage runs in, misses, Janela ROCKS Cage, Kiss back elbows, Janela ROLLING ELBOWS, Kiss ROUNDHOUSES, Janela SUPERKICKS! Janela positions Cage in the dragon sleeper but Cage powers up to scoop Janela! Cage RAMS Janela into Kiss, shifts Janela, Kiss jumps on but the seated senton isn’t enough! Starks tags in, Cage hits the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Starks SPEARS Kiss, covers, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
The #AbsoluteMachines win, but Cage is a touch surprised Starks sniped that cover. But a win is a win, Starks strikes his pose, Taz says this is just because they’re upset about Revolution. Team Taz rolls on, will they be the ones to face whoever holds the AEW World Tag Team Championships after Bucks VS Death Triangle happens?
But speaking of frustrations, Janela is upset with Kiss! Janela says at this rate, he’s going back to delivering pizzas, wrestling in bingo halls for 8×10’s, hotdogs and handshakes, all because of Kiss. Fans boo and Kiss tries to apologize, but then Janela apologizes. Janela hugs Kiss, helps him up and says this is just frustration. Think about it from their perspective. Is the rough road ahead even rougher than either Janela or Kiss imagined?
Jack Evans VS Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order!
The Hybrid2 are down to one for right now, but the mouthier half is holding it down for them both. But will this Hybrid1 feel like a zero against Number 10?
Negative One tops of his night, and perhaps complicates Excalibur’s, by joining commentary. The bell rings and Vance circles with Evans. They tie up, Vance shoves Evans down hard! Evans goes to the apron, complaining about hair pulling, but then he hotshots Vance! Evans talks trash but Vance drags Evans back up! Vance suplexes Evans, holds him up for TEN then SLAMS Evans down! Negative One points out that he was very upset when Evans helped cheat Vance out of the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match, so this is payback. Vance CHOPS Evans in a corner, whips Evans corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Vance TOSSES Evans across the way!
Evans bails out, Vance follows but Evans trips him up! Vance hits apron and Negative One is upset, but then Evans crossbodies into Vance’s arms! Evans slips out of the scoop to POST Vance! Negative One doesn’t want commentary, he saw what happened! Vance is down, Evans goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Vance stands at 5, gets in at 7, but baits Evans into a BOOT! Vance covers, TWO! Vance drags Evans up to whip, back drop but Evans lands on his feet to CORKSCREW KICK! Evans talks trash and throws hammering ax handles! “This is what happens when you push an honorable man too far!”
Evans throws hands, wrenches Vance and whips him to ropes to hit a LEG LARIAT! Evans says BOOM for the STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Negative One stresses out as Evans CLUBS Vance down. Vance throws body shots, Evans elbows him down! Evans bumps Vance off buckles, wrenches and whips corner to corner, then shows off with the handspring back elbow! Evans hits so hard, he falls out of the ring! Vance staggers, Evans SPRINGBOARD RYDER KICKS him down! Negative One grows more annoyed as Evans goes to the corner and climbs up. Evans PHOENIX SPLASHES but Vance avoids it! Evans FLOPS and both men are down!
Fans rally up as a standing count climbs. Vance is up at 5 to CLOBBER Evans! Vance rallies with more clotheslines, then he whips Evans, but Evans fights the spinebuster, so Vance back drops him! Vance whips Evans, tries again but Evans knees and haymakers! Evans stands on Vance to then STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Evans grows frustrated and Negative One threatens to smack Excalibur as Evans stomps Vance down. Evans drags Vance up, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Evans gets an ARMBAR! Vance endures, makes it a high stack cover, TWO! Evans runs and DECKS Vance again! Cover, TWO!
Evans gets up, throws haymakers, but Vance puts Evans in the corner to fire off hands and CHOPS! Evans kicks, throws haymakers, then bumps Vance off buckles. Evans digs his boot in, the ref counts and Evans lets off at 4. Vance goes to a corner, Evans throws haymakers, then snapmares Vance to a seated cobra twist! Evans makes it a cobra cradle, TWO! Vance fights but Evans gets him to another armbar! The ref says they’re in the ropes, Evans holds on and gets Vance away from ropes, only for Vance to get back to ropes for the ropebreak. Evans lets go at 4, whips but Vance dodges and waistlocks, ripcord CUTTER! Both men are down but fans rally up!
A standing count begins, and it reaches 4 as Vance slowly sits up. Evans follows, both men get up but Vance CLOBBERS Evans again! And again! Vance whips, and back drops again! Evans staggers to a corner, Vance runs in but Evans BOOTS him! Evans runs, into the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One fires up with Vance as Evans goes to the apron. Vance runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Evans springboards into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! Negative One is shocked! Vance drags Evans up, full nelsons, but is that Angelico!? Angelico was here all along and he distracts the ref for Evans to LOW BLOW Vance!! Negative One is freaking out!
Evans drags Vance to a drop zone, commentary is arguing, Evans PHOENIX SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!!? Evans is shocked that Vance survives! Evans reels Vance in, Vance wrenches out and hits the FULL NELSON! Evans is a rag doll!! Vance doesn’t let up until Evans is OUT, Vance wins!!
Winner: Preston Vance, by submission
Vance has blood from the nose or mouth area, but he doesn’t seem to let that bother him. Will anything faze Vance on his way up the ranks in AEW?
A good Dark here, and they managed to get 15 matches in an hour and 45 minutes rather than 2 hours, which is a godsend. We already got 2 hours with Elevation, are going to get 2 hours with Dynamite, we need a little less somewhere in this new AEW triple threat. I will say, we got a solid block of squashes with the Gunn Club, Bear Country and Nick Comoroto getting their obvious wins out of the way quick. Dynamite clearly likes giving everyone a fair showing so that they earn their pay and get exposure, but sometimes a squash goes a long way to building up someone, so Bear Country and Comoroto are definitely building up as the beasts they are with those quick wins.
On the flipside, matches like Luchasaurus VS Bononi, Varsity Blondes VS WCWC, Vert VS Madi, and the last three matches were all properly lengthy. There is story building with Jurassic Express and “The Pretty Boys” since Avalon’s whole gimmick now is amassing a faction of attractive people, and it is pretty clear Jungle Boy fits the description. Varsity Blondes are still a young team, Isaacs & Nelson are a promising team as well, so getting some competitive showing works for both. Vert and Madi have a backstory that AEW can definitely play on, but with Madi getting the nod with the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, it makes sense for her to get the win.
SCU’s mission of titles or bust does benefit from having more competitive matches, it really plays on their doubts and how they’re one of the older teams. Team Taz has tension from losing the Street Fight, but it’s good story that there are cracks forming between Jersey’s Finest. Seems a bit of a shame that a team that had some promise is breaking up, but Janela does deserve to have some singles shine again. And Evans VS Vance has good story from the build to Revolution, Negative One was hilarious on commentary, and Angelico making that surprise return was a good twist. Vance still wins, he is a beast in his own right, and that bloody nose adds something to his win, like when Britt Baker kept going when she had that really nasty bloody nose.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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.
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