AEW Dark has the Powerhouse, Mr. Platinum and PAC!
Before putting Christian Cage to the test, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs will tune up against the #EmpBRUH! Will Hobbs show what a real workhorse looks like?
- Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Will Allday; Janela wins.
- Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Ryzin & John Skyler; SCU wins and stays a tag team.
- Big Swole & KiLynn King w/ Red Velvet VS The MK Twins, Ashley & Steff; Swole & King win.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Brick Aldridge & Cole Karter; Butcher & Blade win.
- Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS Jake Manning; Kiss wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jay Lyon, Midas Black, & Ken Broadway; The Dark Order wins.
- Billy Gunn w/ Austin & Colton Gunn VS Andrew Palace; Billy wins.
- Fuego Del Sol VS Dante Martin; Martin wins.
- Diamante VS Queen Aminata; Diamante wins.
- The Varsity Blondes VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett; The Varsity Blondes win.
- Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowers VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; Caster wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Baron Black; Hobbs wins.
- PAC w/ The Lucha Bros VS Dean Alexander; Pac wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin speaks on Dark!
“A lot of people say, ‘Jungle Boy and Darby Allin are a lot alike.’ I do not see that. I do see that one bit. Look at you, Jungle Boy. You show up with a smile on your face from ear to ear, shaking everyone’s hand, just being everyone’s friend. I am not here for friendships, I am here for championships. You wanna know why? Because I see through everyone’s shit!” Everyone will tell you what you want to hear, but you need to realize a lot of those people are just fake a-holes waiting for when the time comes to stab you in the back.
Darby will tell JB the exact opposite. Darby wants JB to show up on Dynamite the man Darby knows he can be. You have to be able to turn that switch to be TNT Champion and fight Darby! Don’t show up if you’re going to be all smiles and fake. “Jungle Boy, you wanna win this championship? Turn that switch.” Will Jungle Boy accept what Darby is saying? Or will he choose to do things his way, no matter what happens?
Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Will Allday!
The Bad Boy has the Concrete Rose by his side as the road trip to the top continues in the Dark! Will Janela bring an end to Allday to make this his night?
The bell rings and Allday circles with Janela as fans rally. They tie up, Janela wrenches, wristlocks, but Allday rolls and rolls and handsprings to wrench back! Janela WRINGS Allday out, then swaggers about. Janela offers a handshake but Allday knows it’s bait and he ducks the slap! Allday fires off palm strikes and a forearm, then ducks and dodges, but runs into a pop-up! But he turns it into a RANA! Allday runs corner to corner but Janela BOOTS him away! Janela goes up and gets Allday for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally as Allday flounders to a corner. Janela gets Allday up to CHOP him, then stalks him to a corner for another CHOP!
Allday staggers along ropes, Janela whips him corner to corner, then runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Allday HOTSHOT STUNNERS! Allday runs and DIVES, direct hit sends Janela into railing! Fans are divided as Allday puts Janela in the ring and climbs up top. Allday SWANTONS but FLOPS as Janela moves! Janela covers, TWO! Janela gets Allday up, whips him and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Allday sits up in a daze, Janela snapmares him and KICKS him in the back! Allday sputters and Janela grins as he sits Allday up, for another KICK! Is Janela flipping the bird to the ceiling, the sky or to God?
Janela drags Allday up and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Allday lands on his feet! Janela turns around into Allday’s dropkick! Janela staggers into a fireman’s carry and Allday spins for a SWINGING GTS! Janela stays up to LARIAT! Janela gets Allday up but Allday blocks the suplex to hit a BRAINBUSTER! Both men are down and fans build to a rally! The standing count climbs, Janela sits up in a daze now and Kiss coaches him up. Allday aims but Janela SUPERKICKS first! Allday SUPERKICKS anyway! Janela SUPERKIKCS again! Janela gets around Allday to GERMAN him into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Allday survives and Janela is beside himself!
Janela goes to a corner, climbs up top, and he gets the fans fired up, but Allday GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER STEINERS! Janela staggers up into Allday’s LEAPING FOREARMS! Allday fires up and he goes to a corner. Allday climbs, Janela runs over but Allday leaps over. Janela keeps after him but Allday sends him into buckles! Janela staggers back as Allday goes up, SUPER QUEBRADA! But wait, did Janela make it a last second cutter?! Janela is up and he pulls down the straps as he fires back up! Janela drags Allday up, reels him in and fireman’s to the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Janela wins!
Winner: Joey Janela, by pinfall
Too bad for Allday, but Janela is a bad, bad boy every day! Will this help Janela & Kiss climb up the ranks? Or will the road trip to the top never end?
Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Ryzin & John Skyler!
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian have cracked the AEW Tag Division top five, but it could all far apart with one loss! Will they keep The Addiction alive against the Priest of Sin and the Southern Savior?
The teams sort out, the Heavy Metal Rebel starts against Skyler, and fans rally up as the two circle. Kaz and Skyler tie up, are in a deadlock then break. Skyler shoves, Kaz shoves and they tie up again. They go around, Kaz gets Skyler down to a knee and then gets the top wristlock. Skyler fights up, wrenches through to a hammerlock, but Kaz reaches back. Kaz spins to back drop but Skyler sunset flips, but Kaz slips through to get the headlock! Fans rally as Kaz grinds the hold, but Skyler fights up and pops out the back to have a cording hold. Kaz gets up, Skyler wrenches but Kaz rolls to get free. Skyler ROCKS Kaz with a right then eggs him on, so Kaz ROCKS him, then CHOPS and CHOPS again!
Kaz whips, Skyler blocks the hip toss but Kaz gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kaz glares at Ryzin to keep him back, and then gets Skyler over to the SCU corner. Kaz bumps Skyler off Daniels’ boot, then tags him in. Daniels snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Daniels keeps his cool and brings Skyler up. Daniels whips, Skyler kicks back, headbutts low and EuroUppers! Tag to Ryzin, and he runs in to run the Fallen Angel over! Ryzin shouts, “Hail Ryzin!” Ryzin runs but Daniels gets him for an EXPLODER! Daniels drags Ryzin up, snapmares him and tags in Kaz. Daniels slingshots for an elbow drop, Kaz slingshots for the leg drop. Skyler runs in but Kaz intercepts with a CHOP, and a back suplex!
Kaz and Ryzin brawl, Kaz knees low and CLUBS Ryzin on the back. Kaz CHOPS Ryzin again and again, then throws haymakers. Kaz runs but Skyler gets a cheap shot in! Kaz DECKS Skyler, ducks Ryzin but Ryzin comes back with a calf kick! Ryzin DECKS Daniels, eggs him on, and then uses the distraction so that he and Skyler can stomp Kaz down! Tag to Skyler, he snapmares Kaz and wraps on a chinlock. Kaz fights up as fans rally, and he throws body shots to get free. Skyler CLUBS Kaz, whips him and RAMS him in the ropes, then shoves him hard into buckles! Skyler fireman’s carries for a ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Skyler shouts at Daniels that SCU sucks! He tags in Ryzin, they get Kaz up and they whip him to a corner. Skyler whips Ryzin in and Ryzin clotheslines, then bumps Kaz off buckles! Ryzin lines it up and KICKS Kaz out of the corner! Ryzin gives Kaz his last rites but misses the splash! Kaz CLOBBERS Ryzin, and tags in Daniels! Skyler gets in but Daniels clobbers him! Daniels rallies on Ryzin and hit a BIG back drop! Skyler returns but Daniels kicks him to the STO! Fans fire up with Daniels and he runs to forearm smash Skyler! Daniels whips Skyler towards Ryzin but Skyler reverses, only for Daniels to forearm smash Ryzin!
Skyler runs in, Daniels BOOTS him, then Daniels has Ryzin, BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! Fans fire up again as Daniels tags in Kaz. SCU double whips Ryzin, double hip toss for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Skyler breaks it! Daniels and Skyler brawl, Skyler gets the edge and whips but Daniels sends Skyler into Kaz’s BOOT! SCU hits a HIGH LOW! Ryzin staggers into the gut wrench, Daniels goes up, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
One more win, and one more week Daniels & Kaz are a team! Will they keep going all the way to winning those AEW World Tag Team Championships? Or will they stumble and fall when they least expect it?
Big Swole & KiLynn King w/ Red Velvet VS The MK Twins, Ashley & Steff!
The winning combination is back at it again, though Velvet lost to Jade Cargill on Dynamite. Will Swole & King get up and give the newest recruits to AEW a “warm” welcome?
The teams sort out, and Swole starts against Steff. They circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. Steff powers Swole back but Swole gets around to waistlock. Steff tries to pry free but Swole spins her to a headlock. Steff powers up to get the headlock for herself, but Swole throws body shots. Swole powers out, Steff runs her over! Swole kips up, things speed up, Swole drops and hurdles but Steff blocks hip toss to give a hip toss, only for Swole to handspring through! Swole arm-drags Steff, hits low and ROCKS her with an elbow! Swole puts Steff in the corner, tags King, and they double whip Steff to ropes. Swole trips Steff for King to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!
Steff gets up and gets in King’s face, but she cools off to tag in Ashley. Ashley runs but King waistlocks, to ripcord and whip. King runs in to uppercut Ashley, then fires off back elbows! King trips Ashley, runs corner to corner and BASEMENT UPPERCUTS! King drags Ashley to a cover, TWO! King keeps her cool, drags Ashley up but Ashley throws body shots and haymakers! King knees low, CLUBS Ashley, and then brings Ashley around to whpi., Ashely reverses, King goes up and out to shoulder back in! King sunset filps, Ashley rolls through but staggers. Ashley ducks a king and rolls King into ropes! Swole protests as Steff grabs King but the ref is busy keeping Swole back!
The MK Twins mug King at the ropes! Swole finally backs down and Ashley puts King in the corner. Tag to Steff and the MK Twins double whip to double body blow! The MK Twins double suplex King, then double somersault to double MULE KICKS! Cover, TWO!! King survives but Steff wraps her right up in a chinlock. Fans rally as King endures and fights up. King fights back but Steff CLUBS her down! Steff tags Ashley in, the MK Twins whip King into the corner, but King brokes their double clothesline! King tries to get to Swole but the MK Twins whip her backwards into the corner! Ashley stomps King down, tags Steff in, and Steff lines up and hits a mule kick!
Steff taunts Swole, shouts out to the Uce, but misses the hip attack! King hurries, reaches for Swole, but Steff drags her away! King gets up to ENZIGURI free! Both women are down and fans rally up, hot tags to Ashley and Swole! Swole sees Ashley coming and hits the step-in CUTTER! Steff returns but gets a BOOT! Ashley kicks low, whips but Swole reverses to run and uppercut in the corner! Swole headlocks Ashley, BULLDOG DROPKICK combo on the MK Twins! Cover but Steff breaks it! King goes after Steff, throws her out hard, and Swole fires off on Ashley! Swole misses the roundhouse but hits the HEADBUTT!
Swole staggers, but she dodges Ashley, King ROUNDHOUSES for Swole’s DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole & King win!
Winners: Big Swole & KiLynn King, by pinfall
The #SwoleKings and Velvet celebrate with a #Swolecarena as the winning ways continue! Will these three all be climbing up the rankings together as the Spring warms up into the Summer?
Ricky Starks speaks.
“With ten straight single wins compared to Hangman’s seven, I should be the #1 ranked wrestler in AEW. But the overall rankings say different. And if there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about Adam Page, is that every time he is on the top, he falls to pressure. When I’m under pressure, I make diamonds.” It’s about time that Ricky Starks makes his way to the top, and for Hangman to move over for someone who is Absolute. How many chances should someone get? Hangman walks around with a bull’s eye on his back, waiting for someone to knock him down. “Well, Page. I’ll be your huckleberry.” This is going to be an absolute shoot-out, but who will be left standing when the dust settles?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Brick Aldridge & Cole Karter!
Big Money Matt was there as Private Party cashed in big on the Dark Order, but the wolves are hungry! Will Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter sink their teeth into Brick & Cole and turn them into dirt and dust?
The teams sort out and Butcher starts with Karter. They circle, tie up, and Butcher knees low and CLUBS Karter down! Butcher whips, then CLOBBERS Karter with a back elbow! Butcher drags Karter back up, CLUBS him into a BACKBREAKER! Tag to Blade, he kicks Karter to a corner and stomps away! The ref counts, Blade digs his boots in but lets off as the ref counts 4. Blade then digs his fingers into Karter’s face, and scrapes Karter’s face with his boot! Fans boo but the HFO cheer Blade on. Tag to Butcher, the mercs whip Karter to DOUBLE SHOULDER him down! Butcher drags Karter up, CHOPS him to the corner, then stomps him to a corner.
Butcher ROCKS Karter with a right, then chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher bumps Karter off buckles and tags in Blade. Blade throws Karter out and then distracts the ref so the HFO can stomp away! Bunny Allie laughs at Karter before Isiah Kassidy puts Karter in. Blade brings Karter up, Karter fires off body shots and haymakers but Blade blocks the suplex for a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Blade drags Karter back, tags Butcher in, and they mug Karter with heavy hands. Butcher drags Karter up, ROCKS him with a right, then CHOPS him in the corner! Karter flounders around, Butcher runs around the way and clotheslines through the back elbow!
Butcher goes again but Karter’s elbow hits this time! Karter dodges, and hot tags Brick! Brick dodges Butcher to fire off heavy haymakers! Brick backs Butcher down but Blade tags in. Butcher reverses the whip and Blade CLOBBERS him! Butcher DECKS Karter, and they give Brick DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, the HFO wins!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Big Money Matt is so proud of his heavy hitters. Another win for the Hardy Family Office, another 30% for Hardy’s pockets. Will Butcher & Blade dominate the top five to take 100% of the AEW World Tag Team Championships from the Young Bucks?
Ryan Nemeth meets with Cezar Bononi & JD Drake backstage.
The Hollywood Hunk says that, “We all know you’re a little reluctant to become a sexy wingman,” to which the Beautiful Bononi says only Nemeth thinks that. And the Blue Collar Badass says he already IS sexy as hell. Yes, and Nemeth respects that. But just keep an open mind. They got him- No, Nemeth got him… some new stuff that Nemeth wants JD to try. JD is willing to do that much. Nemeth first shows him a very shiny, silky shirt for the club, and JD says it looks like it came out of a tackle box. Did Nemeth get this from Bass Pro Shop? This sheer makes it look like a shiny casting net! You throw it in the lake, pull it back, it’s full of fish. Nemeth doesn’t understand a lot of that but is sure JD will like it better when he’s wearing it.
Okay, moving on to option number two. This is a combo top and bottom, floral print suit that they’re sure JD will love. JD doesn’t mind this, but Bononi again defends this is all Nemeth’s idea. JD says he can pull this off! It doesn’t matter what Bononi thinks! Alright, so let’s put that in the “maybe” pile. JD says he’d even wear that bowling and beat Bononi at bowling. Option three is a mesh hoodie. Is this from Marky Mark? JD is not a New Kid on the Block! Bononi wouldn’t even wear it! Nemeth says they think JD would be sexy in this. Bononi again says it’s Nemeth who thinks that, and JD realizes Bononi doesn’t think JD is sexy. What isn’t sexy about a hard working man?
No, that’s not what Bononi was getting at. JD is taking this all wrong. JD says according to his sexy Apple Watch, he’s gonna prove Bononi wrong like he’s proving people wrong his whole life! So he’s going with option three? Yep! And even the other two, just to make a point to Bononi! JD Drake vows he can be sexy, and Nemeth says mission accomplished with their “good cop, bad cop” style. Just think about it: Wingman! Bononi isn’t going to say that at all. But will Bononi be made to eat his words when JD returns?
Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS Jake Manning!
The Bad Boy got a win, now let’s see if the Concrete Rose can follow in kind! Will Kiss be something The Man Scout isn’t prepared for?
Manning gets some last minute tips from his scout manual before he gets in the ring with Kiss. They circle at the bell, and Manning kicks low! Manning CLUBS Kiss down, then brings Kiss up to back suplex. Kiss lands on his feet and RANAS Manning away! Kiss runs corner to corner to handspring, but into Manning’s knees! Manning goes up but Kiss gets him with the SUPER STEINER! And then the SCREW HIGH KICK, to a fireman’s carry and SPLIT-STUNNER! Manning salutes as he falls, and Kiss covers, and WINS!
Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
It seems Manning might’ve needed to read up more on Kiss because he didn’t see any of that coming! Kiss gets a mic to say, “When I came to AEW, I vowed to do two things: shake some ass, and kick some ass!” Kiss remembers like it was yesterday: 2/7/2019 and the Double or Nothing ticket party! Kiss said AEW is for everyone, and every time he gets in this ring, he earns the right to call himself ALL ELITE! Throw out all your notions about Kiss, because the games are over! Kiss IS the Concrete Rose, and it’s a wrap! Put that in an envelope, and seal it with a Kiss! Is the Concrete Rose about to show his thorns as things heat up in AEW?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jay Lyon, Midas Black, & Ken Broadway!
Evil Uno, Stu Grayson & Preston Vance combine for a one-two-ten combo! Will it be a winner winner, Chili’s dinner for the faction?
The trios sort out, Uno starts against Lyon. They circle, fans rally up and that steak is back. Uno wants to hold on a second, and he reaches for the steak, but Lyon gets defensive. They circle, tie up, and Lyon wrenches to a wristlock. Uno spins through to headlock, but Lyon powers out. Uno runs back in but Lyon dodges to shoulder Uno! Uno comes back to run Lyon over! Things speed up, Lyon jumps but into an atomic drop! Uno snatches the steak, throws it down, and Lyon pounces on it, for Uno to stomp Lyon’s hands! Lyon scrambles away and tags in Broadway. Broadway and Uno circle, they feel out the grapple, but Broadway takes a second to get the fans fired up for “SQUAD~!”
Broadway and Uno knuckle lock but Uno kicks low and wrenches. Tag to Stu, the Dark Order OG hand-off the wrench and Stu whips Broadway into Uno’s boot! Stu uppercuts, Uno BOOTS, and Stu PENALTY KICKS! Stu keeps on Broadway in a corner, brings him around but Broadway throws body shots and a CHOP! Stu doesn’t flinch! Instead, Stu clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Stu kips up, Broadway tags Midas and Midas climbs up to leap! But Stu catches him for an URENAGE! Stu looms over Midas and drags him up to bring him over. Tag to Uno, and Uno tags Vance, and Midas shoves Stu but Uno blocks the kick to give to Vance.
Uno JABS Midas, Vance runs him over, and then Stu runs for Vance to FLAPJACK him onto Midas! Negative One loves the combo work, and Vance suplexes Midas up to hold him up for… TEN! Midas flounders, Vance drags him away but Midas throws body shots. Midas dropkicks, hot tags Broadway, and he runs but into Vance’s back drop! Broadway lands on his feet, throws hands and whips and nae naes or whatever that is. Broadway whips, Vance reverses but Broadway kicks him away! Broadway brings out a fat stack to throw it at Vance, and then he does the Milli Rock into Vance’s clotheslines!
Negative One and the ref both gather up the cash as Vance whips Broadway to a corner. Vance DECKS Midas then KNEES Broadway! Lyon runs in but into the ripcord CUTTER! Broadway elbows Vance away, runs but into the SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Uno and then tag to Stu. Midas runs in but into the pop-up Electric Chair to POWERBOMB! They roll Midas back, wheelbarrow BOOSTED GERMAN! Tag back to Uno, he gets Broadway up as Stu climbs, FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
Who knows how much cash Negative One scooped up, but this win was big money for the Dark Order! Will the Dark Order get even with Big Money Matt and his HFO in the near future?
Billy Gunn w/ Austin & Colton Gunn VS Andrew Palace!
After Elevation, Papa Gunn is fuming over QT Marshall being a punk! Will Billy make an example out of The Flex before going after The Factory?
The bell rings and Billy ties up with Palace to put him in a corner. Billy stomps away, throws hands on Palace, then stomps more. The ref counts, Billy lets off, and Palace flounders up for Billy to scoop and hit a BACKBREAKER! Palace writhes to an apron and Billy is right after him. Billy gets Palace up but Palace hotshots him! Palace runs, ducks and dodges but Billy throws him out hard! Palace tries to figure out where he is as Billy goes out after him. Billy bumps Palace off railing, then throws him into more railing! Billy stalks Palace as the ref counts, and he puts Palace in, making sure we see the shiner from QT.
Billy stalks Palace, drags him up, but Palace throws hands, a back hand and an enziguri! Palace runs, but into a SNAP SCOOP SLAM! Billy gets Palace up, writes “QT” in the air and hits a FAMOUSER! Cover, Billy wins!
Winner: Billy Gunn, by pinfall
QT better have been watching, because these two are going to have it out on Dynamite! Billy gets a mic to say, “QT Marshall, you called down the thunder, now you got it!” Wednesday Night Dynamite, there will be no place to hide! Will the Factory regret getting Billy all fired up?
Fuego Del Sol VS Dante Martin!
The Fire of the Sun takes on Angel Dorado, and things could be getting fast and furious! Will Fuego finally hit his beloved tornado DDT? Or will one-half of the Coldest Tag Team in the Game put Fuego on ice?
The bell rings and Martin shakes hands with Fuego to show there is respect here. They tie up, Martin headlocks, and Fuego endures the grind to power up, but he can’t power out as Martin holds tight. Martin hits a headlock takeover, Fuego makes it a cover, ONE! Fuego rolls to slip out and facelock, but Martin wrenches out to hammerlock. Fuego rolls, headscissors but Martin shoves him away to flip him over. Fuego kips up but Martin kicks and wrenches to yank the arm! Martin uses his leg to hook Fuego’s head and spin him, to then shift and cravat and throw some knees! Martin snapmares but Fuego handsprings through, only for Martin to trip him.
Martin runs, Fuego dodges the kick, both men deflect and block the other’s kicks, Martin spins Fuego but Fuego headbutts low and HEEL KICKS Martin down! Cover, TWO!! Martin survives that sharp shot but Fuego has him in the corner. Fuego throws body shots and haymakers, CHOPS him hard, but Martin kicks back. Fuego fires off more body shots, then a EuroUpper! Martin kicks Fuego in the leg again then gets away. Fuego storms over to hit Martin with forearms but Martin fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Fuego jawbreakers, runs corner to corner, and RAMS his shoulder in! Fuego whips corner to corner but Martin reverses.
Fuego goes up and over, things speed up as Martin ducks to then CLOBBER Fuego! And dropkick! And SPIKE-RANA! Fuego staggers, Martin catches his kick to trip him up and get the foot. Fuego kicks him away but Martin comes back to spin and trap the leg, HALF CRAB! Fuego gets a ropebreak and Martin lets go, and fans cheer this high-speed technical exchange. Martin runs but into Fuego’s elbow. Fuego goes up but Martin uppercuts first! Martin climbs up top, Fuego shoves him away but Martin flips to land on his feet, and jumps right back! Fuego trips Martin up, ROCKS him into a Tree of Woe, then stands up to WOE STOMP!
Martin is still stuck, Fuego goes to the other corner, for a COAST2COAST!! Fuego drags Martin to a cover, TWO!! Martin survives and shocks Fuego! Fans fire up as Fuego drags Martin back up. Fuego reels Martin in, climbs the corner, TORNADO- NO! Martin powers out, Fuego ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! Martin goes back to the corner, goes back up top, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Martin wins!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Fuego couldn’t stay hot and Dante gets a big win on behalf of Top Flight! Will Angel Dorado stay frosty while his brother Darrius continues his recovery?
Diamante VS Queen Aminata!
The Cuban Diamond is going solo but maybe that’s all she needs to truly shine! Will she become a contender all on her own in the Dark?
The bell rings and Diamante rushes Aminata with a SHOTGUN DROPKCIK! Diamante fires off on Aminata with haymakers and stomps, the ref counts and Diamante lets off. Diamante comes back but Aminata shoves her, only for Diamante to DECK her! Diamante stomps Aminata more, lets off again and brings Aminata up. Diamante forearms and whips but Aminata reverses to snapmare and KICK! Diamante grits her teeth, blocks the boot and waistlocks, but Aminata elbows free, only for Diamante to ROCK her with an uppercut! Diamante snap suplexes for una amiga! And then another for dos amigas! And the third for Three Amigas! Cover, TWO!
Diamante rains down rights, lets off as the ref reprimands about closed fists, and then Diamante brings Aminata back up. Aminata fires off haymakers, and Diamante likes that! Diamante and Aminata trade forearms, Aminata gets the edge but Diamante blocks. Aminata dodges to SUPERKICK! Aminata BUZZSAWS Diamante, then fires up with the blood in her mouth, only to miss the boot! Diamante wheelbarrows to a STUNNER! Aminata staggers into a corner, and Diamante HESITATION DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and Diamante seethes, but fans rally up as she drags Ainata. Aminata cradle counters, TWO!
Diamante gets around, Aminata swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Diamante reels Aminata in for a short arm clothesline, then another! Diamante isn’t done, she straitjackets to the ARMBAR!! Aminata taps, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by submission
Diamante has another facet in her game, and has another win under her belt! Will she be climbing up behind the top five and be ready to strike whoever is champion after Dynamite’s Shida VS Conti?
The Varsity Blondes VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett!
Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. have been heating up at the right time, and could be just outside the AEW Tag Division’s top five! Will the Ivy League & Bulletproof BPJ prove they’re worthy of a top stop in the Dark?
The teams sort out, BPJ starts with Backlund and they circle. They tie up, BPJ headlocks but Backlund powers back, but Griff tags in. The Blondes mug Backlund, CLUB him, then Griff headlocks to a takeover. Backlund rolls to a cover, TWO! Backlund is free but not for long as Griff headlocks and hits another takeover. Backlund fights up, powers out, but Griff runs Backlund over! Cover, ONE, but Griff gets another headlock and takeover. Backlund endures a new grind, fights his way up, and pulls hair while clawing eyes! The ref reprimands but Backlund tags to Sackett. Sackett runs in but into a headlock takeover! Griff grinds, Sackett fights up but BPJ tags in.
Griff scoops and SLAMS Sackett, then helps in the slingshot senton! BPJ helps in the slingshot leg drop! Sackett bails out, Backlund runs in but into a kick, and BPJ hits the swinging neckbreaker! Griff drops a leg, brother! Backlund and Sackett regroup as The Blondes chest bump. BPJ aims, slingshots out but Sackett shoves Backlund to get him clear. BPJ lands on the apron, mule kicks Sackett away, then dares Backlund to do something. BPJ goes back to Sackett and CHOPS him! BPJ puts Sackett in the ring, stalks behind him but Backlund grabs BPJ’s hair! Backlund hotshots BPJ and Sackett FLAPJACKS him! Sackett shakes his arms out and stomps BPJ to then drop elbows.
Sackett drags BPJ up and clubs him, then wrenches to tag in Backlund. Backlund climbs up and drops ax handles on BPJ’s arm! Backlund stalks BPJ and gets the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Just like his great-grandfather’s cousin! BPJ scrambles to the ropes and Backlund lets off as the ref counts. BPJ throws forearms, Backlund shoves him but BPJ hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Hot tags to Griff and Sackett! Griff rallies on Sackett, dodges and back drops him! Fans fire up and Griff goes corner to corner for a BIG SPLASH! Then a fireman’s carry to a SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, but Backlund drags Griff off with the chicken wing!
Griff arm-drags free then BOOTS Backlund down! Griff is after Sackett but Sackett jawbreakers! Fireman’s carry but Griff slips out, shoves and ROLLING ELBOWS Sackett down! Tag to BPJ, the Blondes coordinate, whip and pop-up to a FLYING ASSISTED POWERBOMB! Cover, the Blondes win!
Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall
Griff & BPJ are rolling, but there’s still a long way to go before they’re a top contender! Will they be just outside the top five as AEW heats up?
Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowers VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order!
The Acclaimed got a great Showcase on Elevation, but now Platinum is back to work! And that means another killer diss track on his way in! “Platinum Max, and I’m feelin’ like a pimp. And between his legs, Five’s got a little shrimp! Ey yo, I got some intel. You can’t get a date, you’re an incel. Oh wait, it just dawned, Five is the sub and Ten is the dom! And now it all makes sense: you actually like getting abused by your friends! Hey, we all have fetishes, man. I do, too. Mine are cooler, but hey, yours are cool, too.” Will Caster dominate Angels in the ring in the Dark tonight?
The bell rings and Caster circles with Angels. They tie up as fans rally, and they go around for Caster to put Angels in a corner. Caster climbs up just to get in Angels’ face, then lets off to blow Angels a kiss. Angels and Caster circle, tie up, and Caster shoves Angels away. Caster blows more kisses then thrusts the pelvis! Angels gets up and keeps his cool as he circles with Caster. They tie up and Caster knees low and hard! Caster swivels the hips just to show off, and then brings Angels up and around to back suplex. Angels lands on his feet to KICK away on Caster’s leg! Angels stalks but Caster headlocks. Angels powers out, Caster runs him over then scuffs Angels.
Things speed up, Angels hurdles and runs then ducks and dodges, to come back and tilt-o-whirl into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, ONE! Angels KICKS Caster to a corner, throws haymakers, but Caster throat chops! Caster stalks Angels but Angels stays away then SHOTGUN dropkicks him to a corner! Angels climbs up, rains down left hands, but stops at 5 to smile. Angels flips and dropkicks Caster down! Cover, TWO! Caster gets up, Angels has him on the ropes, but Bowens bails Caster out! The ref reprimands, Bowens hops down and checks on Caster, but Angels goes to the apron to leap over Bowens and CANNONBALL Caster! Angels grins in Bowens’ face then puts Caster in.
Vance walks over to keep Bowens away, Angels goes up and MOONSAULTS, but onto knees! Caster kitchen sink knees Angels down! Caster gets Angels up for a BIG back drop! Cover, TWO! Caster keeps on Angels with another cover, ONE! Caster stomps Angels, digs his boot in, but lets off at 4. Caster “apologizes” to the ref and stalks Angels to ropes. Caster drags Angels up, Angels throws body shots and forearms! Angels ROCKS Caster, and ROCKS him again! Caster trips Angels, rolls him and BOOTS him! Caster seethes as he looms over Angels. Caster drags Angels up, fans rally up, and Caster scoops Angels for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Angels is still in this but Caster rallies the fans. The fans boo instead so he tells them to shut up. Caster whips Angels, kitchen sink but Angels makes it a roll up! TWO, and Caster runs but into a BOOT! Angels elbows Caster, throws him out, and Vance is there. Caster scrambles back in, Angels dodges to ENZIGURI! Angels handsprings, blocks forearms to give forearms and then KICKS Caster down! Fans fire up as Angels hits the “THIS IS GONNA SUCK” CROSSBODY! Angels reels Caster in, STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives but Angels doesn’t lose focus. Angels goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps, but Caster moves to avoid the splash!
Angels rolls through, comes back to go up the corner and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Caster lets out a pained scream, Angels reels him i and gets the arms. Caster mule kicks hard and low! Bowens gets the Acclaimed Boombox, but Vance is there! Vance plays defense but Bowens tosses the boombox, and Angels catches it! Vance keeps Bowens back as the ref takes the boombox, but Caster gets his chain! PLATINUM- NO! Angels HEEL KICKS first! Cover, TWO, and Caster caught Angels with the Platinum Fist!! Cover, Caster wins!!
Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall
Bowens gets the chain away so no one notices, too! Will the Acclaimed continue to sneak away with wins until they are in the top five in all of AEW?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Baron Black!
Team Taz’s #AbsoluteMachines won on Elevation, but lets see if they’re running on all three cylinders! Will the #EmpBRUH be just a tune-up before Hobbs handles the “workhorse,” Christian Cage, on Dynamite?
The second Hobbs is in the ring, Baron fires off! The bell rings, Baron uppercuts, but runs into Hobbs’ BODY BLOCK! Hobbs stalks Baron to a corner, throws body shots and haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Hobbs TOSSES Baron corner to corner, then watches Baron drag himself up. Hobbs runs in but Baron boots him! Baron uppercuts and CHOPS and BACK HANDS, but Hobbs doesn’t flinch! Hobbs swings, but into an ARM CODE BREAKER! Baron runs, but Hobbs gives him a SPINEBUSTER! The straps come down and Hobbs drags Baron back up. Hobbs grins as he dragon sleepers for the INVERTED DDT! Cover, Hobbs brings Baron up at TWO!
Hobbs mocks Christian Cage looking for the Peeps. Gut wrench and TOWN BUSINESS! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall
When you’re a powerhouse, you don’t need to be a workhorse! But will he work Christian over on Dynamite and make him regret rejecting Team Taz’s offer?
PAC w/ The Lucha Bros VS Dean Alexander!
Death Triangle may not have been able to take the AEW World Tag Team Championships off the Young Bucks, but the chase never stops. Will the Bastard use The Sensation as a way to vent his frustrations?
The second Pac gets in the ring, he kicks Alexander in the leg! The bell rings and Pac stomps away in the corner! The ref counts, but he has to pull Pac off the boots! Pac BOOT WASHES Alexander, digs his boots in more, but lets off as the ref counts again, just to come back with more rabid stomps! Alexander might not even be able to continue, but Pac will make it certain! BRUTALIZER!! Alexander is OUT, Pac wins!!
Winner: PAC, by submission
Rey Fenix & Penta get in to convince Pac to let Alexander go. The Bastard isn’t satisfied, but he does get a win in the Dark main event! Will Pac only do worse to the Young Bucks and their allies?
A good Dark, but I always wonder they like squash match main events. I get why Hobbs and Pac each squashed their opponents, but then we should’ve made the main event a solid match like Caster VS Angels. Finishing up with those three matches with those three names as the attraction was great, but Caster VS Angels was more competitive and therefore more fun. Pac squashing a jobber doesn’t make for a surprise, it’s just par for the course. Kiss getting to squash someone was great, it shows AEW is putting some stock into him after two years of him circling the lower midcard. Darby had a good promo to open the night and call out Jungle Boy while setting up their TNT Championship, and I wouldn’t mind seeing if Kiss getting even a little push leads to Kiss getting his shot after JB.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)
Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!
The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!
Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?
- Slim J VS Mascara Dorada; wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; wins.
- The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; wins.
- Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; wins.
- Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
- Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; wins.
Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (2/6/23)
Dayton gets Elevated!
Tag teams tune-up in Dayton!
While The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team titles against Austin & Colten on Dynamite, many teams fight tonight to see who’s got next!
- Matt Menard & Angelo Parker VS The Boys w/ Dalton Castle; Menard & Parker win.
- Juice Robinson VS Jake Crist; Juice wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Renny D, Matt Brannigan, & Crash Jaxon; The Dark Order wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Billie Starkz; Yuka wins.
- Six Man Tag: Best Friends VS Zack Clayton & Chaos Project; Best Friends win.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Corey Calhoun; Hobbs wins.
- Top Flight VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Top Flight win(s).
- 8 Woman Tag: Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir, Diamante & Emi Sakura VS Madison Rayne, Queen Aminata, Skye Blue & Hyena Hera; Nyla, Shafir, Diamante & Sakura win.
- Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Ari Daivari & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Yuta & Claudio win.
A good line-up, and plenty of great tags and trios going on. Menard & Parker are tuning up for the big gauntlet Ricky Starks is taking on this Wednesday, so the team formerly known as 2Point0 and Ever-Rise will surely beat The Tate Twins. Dark Order can get a good win here tonight to stay afloat as we wait on Hangman Page’s story of mending fences with old friends. Best Friends will definitely win against Clayton & Chaos Project. Not sure why it isn’t Spanish Announce Project, but maybe Angelico needs to be on Spanish commentary. Top Flight will have a hard match against Butcher & Blade but they’ll surely win going into their AEW World Trios title match.
I really like the 8 Woman Tag we’re seeing. That really is the Vicious Vixens faction I was hoping AEW was going to give us, as we’ve seen Diamante and Emi Sakura each team with Nyla Rose over the years. They’ll surely get the win here, and maybe they can convince Tony Khan to get them involved in the larger AEW Originals VS Outsiders story that we’ve got with Britt Baker, Ruby Soho, Saraya and Toni Storm. And I would think Yuta & Claudio, the top ROH champions, will win as they’re just up against Daivari Dinero & The Premier Athlete. Why it isn’t the Varsity Athletes, no idea.
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