Episode 162 of AEW Darkish is within the books! Should you missed the reside broadcast click here for the stream. Excalibur and Taz have been on commentary as regular this week. One in all tonight’s featured matches will arrange a confrontation with Samoa Joe and Wardlow on Grand Slam Rampage this week, so let’s get proper to the motion!
Darkish Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) vs. Zuka & Alexander Moss
28-9 and 14-12 have been Silver and Reynolds respectively. Zuka and Moss had no document as this was their first time teaming collectively. Taz pumped up “Grand Slam Dynamite Jones” tomorrow because the match received underway. Reynolds received a one rely on Zuka then knocked him down with a tough clothesline earlier than tagging in Silver. Double drop toe maintain, double dropkick, and Moss ran in to interrupt up the double teaming. He received pabcaked for his troubles. Silver gave Zuka a flapjack, adjusted his knee pads, and kicked Zuka within the chest repeatedly. Taz: “Shades of Bruce Lee, type of.” Moss swept the leg from the surface, and the distraction enabled Zuka to get a clothesline and tag Moss in legally. They minimize off the ring for a brief two-on-one beating till Reynolds received the recent tag and ran them over. Moss ate a double stomp to the backbone. Zuka broke up a suplex and ate a pump kick from silver. The stunner/German/jackknife double group combo received the pin moments later. Right here’s a replay courtesy of AEW!
Emi Sakura vs. Avery Breaux
Sakura introduced a 19-10 document and her second Baliyan Akki to the ring. Breaux introduced a document of 0-3 and was rebuffed when she provided a handshake, so she knocked Sakura down with a dropkick. Sakura responded by whipping Breaux round by the hair after which having a spot of tea within the ropes. Breaux tried to make a comeback with forearms and Sakura simply cackled and began biting her. Breaux tried to fireplace up once more, ate a chop, received a takeover and a cannonball senton, and Sakura kicked out at two. Breaux gave the impression to be going for a vertical suplex however Sakura countered it and began her “we are going to rock you” stomp. Crossbody within the nook, butterfly suplex, moonsault, three rely. That’s probably the most Breaux has been given in a Darkish match but. I hope meaning they see one thing in her.
The Trustbusters vs. Marcus Kross, Mike Magnum & GKM
The Trustbusters have been accompanies by Jeeves Kay and Sonny Kiss and sported a document of 3-1. Their opponents have been making their debut within the trios division although you must know them from different matches in several divisions by now should you comply with the Darkish exhibits. Slim J was feeling himself and tearing off his shirt to rejoice, inflicting Taz to quip he’d been taking his nutritional vitamins and saying his prayers. Excalibur saved saying GMK as a substitute of GKM. It jogged my memory of once I purchased a rap journal as a child with a poster on the within that stated “EMPD” as a substitute of EPMD. Shouldn’t somebody have checked that earlier than it went to print? Anyway Boudreaux received referred to as out by Magnum, that went about in addition to you’d count on, the jobbers tried to leap him and ate a double clothesline for his or her bother. Daivari and Slim J gave GKM a mix neckbreaker, Kross ran in, and he received a flatliner for +his+ bother. Boudreaux picked up Magnum, tried to drive him via the canvas, tagged in Daivari, and he hit a frog splash to choose up the scraps.
Anthony Ogogo vs. Luke Kurtis
Ogogo introduced a document of 20-1 to the ring. Kurtis had a 0-0 document. Ogogo gave him a launch German suplex earlier than Aubrey Edwards may even name for the opening bell. Ogogo wasted little time knocking him out with the pop up proper hook and Edwards referred to as off the match. Ogogo: “If you wish to go residence to your spouse, cease doing that. I swear I’ll put you within the floor boy. After I was born the umbilical twine was round my neck. I used to be blue. I wasn’t respiratory. I used to be preventing the primary day of my life and I’ve been preventing ever since.” He went on to checklist all of the British championships he had gained and Olympics he gained at. He railed at preventing “indie bum after indie bum” and “shit bag after shit bag” on Darkish and claimed it was as a result of “the highest boys” didn’t wish to face him. “Huge boys, come on, somebody battle the Guv’nor, or I’ll go search for a battle elsewhere.”
Zack Clayton vs. Fluctuate Morales
Following his win last night Clayton sported a document of 3-4. Morales sported a 0-2 document in singles competitors. The Orlando crowd razzed Clayton with a “you tapped out” chant referring to his match with Hook. Clayton pummeled Morales within the nook, turned a delayed vertical suplex right into a again breaker, after which pulled him up earlier than the three rely. He threw an uppercut, went exterior to argue with a fan in a Bulls jersey, and the fan screamed “Pull me over! Do it!” This gave the impression to be a deliberate spot so clearly that was an indie wrestler at ringside. Morales tried and did not take benefit, Clayton turned a fireman’s carry right into a cutter, and he received the pin with ease. Tony Schiavone went to interview him. Clayton: “I do know you guys love me however shut your mouth whereas I say this. That was a dose of actuality from Zack Clayton, and this enterprise has wanted a kick within the ass for a while. It takes greater than your favourite good wrestler to maneuver the needle. It takes a star, a celebrity, to do it and get worldwide consideration. Being a star is one thing none of you right here or at residence won’t ever know. None of you in your pathetic lives will ever measure as much as what I’m, and the truth is, I’m simply getting began.”
Marina Shafir vs. La Rosa Negra
Shafir was again tonight with a document of 18-6 following one of the worst promos on Darkish all yr. The one good line was “If you hear the violins, count on violence” and she or he even had bother delivering that. Negra was ready within the ring with a document of 0-2. Negra received a roll up for a close to fall, a pair good pictures, and a springboard off the ropes for an additional two rely. That was the tip of her momentum. Shafir knocked her down with an overhand chop and no offered a few physique pictures when Negra tried to get again up. She threw her with some judo strikes, kicked her within the again, Negra tried to grapevine a leg and received stomped within the face. Shafir locked in her Grasping submission for the faucet. Shafir wanted that win to take the stink off her from Elevation, however watching the equally match and athletic Negra had me questioning if the flawed lady received the W right here. I’m wondering how she is on promos.
Madison Rayne vs. Viva Van
Rayne introduced a document of 1-2 up to now in AEW. Similar to our final match the opponent Van was ready within the ring with a 0-2 document. We’re 40 minutes into an eleven match card and there are solely 4 matches after this, which ought to let you know how briskly issues moved alongside should you didn’t have an opportunity to look at it your self.
Rayne offered for Van for a short time. Van received her in a tarantula maintain within the ropes and hit a clothesline for a close to fall. Van clubbed her within the again, put her on her shoulders, however Rayne countered right into a victory roll for a close to fall. This was adopted by an enzuigiri and a few actually terrible wanting strikes. The northern lights suplex for a two rely was simply nice although. Rayne kicked Van within the again after which hit Cross Rayne for 3. That provides her a 5 hundred document however I used to be left extra impressed together with her opponent. Tony Schiavone hit the ring for an additional interview and reminded us she’s additionally a coach. Rayne: “My plate may be very full in the easiest way potential. I’ve labored my whole profession to be proper right here on this second with All Elite Wrestling. I’ve proved since day one I’m not afraid of a problem. Whether or not it’s as a wrestler or as a coach backstage the queen bee is right here to show this ladies’s division and flip it the other way up.” That verbiage was a bit awkward however a minimum of she didn’t botch it.
KiLynn King vs. Sahara Seven
King introduced a 2022 document of 1-3 to Orlando. Seven was ready for her with a 0-1 document and attacked King virtually earlier than the bell rang. King gave her a knee, a head kick, a pump deal with slam, and the fast pin was hers. Taz: “KiLynn King not taking part in video games right here!” She mouthed “who’s subsequent” to the digital camera as we moved on.
Tony Nese & Josh Woods vs. Baliyan Akki & Ryan Matthews
Lastly we get a group document for Nese and Woods on the chyron. They got here to this match 6-1 and have been accompanied by “Good” Mark Sterling. Akki was again after seconding Sakura earlier and teaming with Matthews for the primary time. Excalibur made positive to remind us to look at Rampage on Friday to see Nese & Woods in opposition to Samoa Joe and Wardlow. Matthews hit Nese with a shotgun dropkick, Nese escaped a vertical suplex try, and from there it was all Nese and Woods. They hit the double group neckbreaker and Woods made the pin. Anyone inform me the place Sterling buys his fits. If any squash wanted a Tony Schiavone interview after it was over tonight, this was the one.
Sonny Kiss vs. Joe Ocasio
Kiss was accompanied by Jeeves Kay and The Trustbusters, bringing a 2022 document of 6-5 to the match. Ocasio was ready to make his AEW debut right here. For some motive Taz was speaking about Boudreaux consuming gallons of tea and milk. Kiss hit the cut up legged drop for 2, slapped Ocasio, received picked up for an airplane spin, however Slim J distracted Aubrey Edwards to facilitate an unlawful eye gouge. Whereas Ocasio was blinded by the science a corkscrew kick completed him off. The Trustbusters all celebrated the win collectively.
Matt Sydal vs. JD Drake
Drake got here out first for the principle occasion sporting a 2022 document of 3-18. Sydal introduced an total document of 43-33. Drake dared Sydal to tie up with him whereas Taz requested Excalibur if he had an issue with him wishing his son a cheerful birthday on TV 15 years in the past. Sydal hit a mariposa, a forearm, a kick, and received clubbed with a lariat. Drake saved pouring it on with elbows and chops whereas Taz stated that Drake had a plate in catering that would feed a horse. “Two plates” even. The match spilled exterior the place Sydal ate the rebound clothesline. Drake tried to win by countout however Sydal received again in at 8. Kokeshi headbutt by Drake for a close to fall. It was a superb one however not as good as Maki F’n Itoh. Drake stepped on his head and again grinding Sydal into the mat. Sydal moved to keep away from the counter to a sundown flip after which received a roll up for 2. Sydal fired up with kicks for the comeback. Spinning heel kick for a two rely. Sydal tried once more to pin Drake however couldn’t preserve him down. Drake went up the ropes however Sydal did a again bridge to dodge him, stated “I don’t assume so” and got here off the ropes himself. Drake caught him for an influence slam and close to fall. Drake missed a cannonball into the nook. Roundhouse kick by Sydal. Lightning Spiral! 1-2-3. Nice match from each males. Anthony Henry hit the ring to assist Drake give Sydal a beating. Nobody made the save.
What to look at/skip
Tonight’s “what to look at/skip” for Darkish is delivered to you by “Light Weight.” Though I highlighted Nese & Woods within the headline, I can’t argue that Drake and Sydal wasn’t a extra aggressive match and worthy of the principle occasion slot. Watch each of these matches together with Sakura vs. Breaux, Clayton vs. Morales, and Ogogo vs. Kurtis (principally for the promo). You can skip the remaining however if you’re feeling beneficiant watch every part +besides+ Rayne versus Van. I by no means wish to see Madison Rayne throw strikes at anybody ever once more.
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