AEW Dark Results – Episode 154 – 2022.07.26
Except for the main event, all the matches are from the most recent Dark taping in Orlando.
Keira Hogan defeated Allie Recks (1:33)
Recks made her AEW debut in this loss. Recks got a couple of near falls in the first minute, then ate a superkick, a shotgun dropkick, and a sliding dropkcik in a corner. Hogan with the legdrop! Hogan connected with a roundhouse kick to get the victory. “Once Hogan hit that legdrop, 1985 called.” 1 for 1 because of Taz on commentary.
Alex Reynolds (w/ -1 and #10) defeated Ryan Nemeth (w/ Peter Avalon) (5:53)
Nemeth sent Reynolds shoulder-first into the ring post and out to the floor. Nemeth on offense was pretty boring. Reynolds mounted a brief comeback, but Nemeth got a near fall after a pendulum DDT. Renyolds got the win after jumping stunner off the middle ropes. 1 for 2. Nemeth is a waste.
Marina Shafir defeated Tracy Nyxx (2:10)
This was Nyxx’s AEW debut, and she was quickly disposed of by Shafir, who got her to tap out with the Greedy submission. At least Shafir’s matches are kept short. But still 1 for 3.
Slim J defeated Blake Li (2:50)
Slim J is a veteran of the independent scene and looked impressive in his AEW debut. He turned a cazadora into a DDT and locked in a STF variation to get the tap out victory. 2 for 4.
Julia Hart defeated Renee Michelle (2:54)
During the match, Excalibur talked about an angle from the San Diego Comic Con this weekend where the House of Black attacked Darby Allin while he was trying to give away a skateboard. Julia looked very comfortable in her new character here. She got the win via tapout with a crucifix submission kind of like the Rings of Saturn. 2 for 5.
Cole Karter defeated Mike Orlando (3:05)
Orlando is the “Green Machine” and the crowd was solidly behind him. Karter hit a pretty good looking 450 splash to get the pinfall. This crowd did not seem to like Karter anymore than the one from Dynamite last week. Match was good enough. 3 for 6.
Angelo Parker (w/ Matt Menard) defeated Cameron Stewart (1:35)
Stewart was rubbing his chest and gyrating in a very creepy way. Parker disposed of Stewart quickly with an Implant DDT. 3 for 7.
Ari Daivari (w/ Slim J) defeated Blake Christain (4:55)
Both Christian and Daivari had matches on the Death Before Dishonor preshow. Christian looked really good early and it took a distraction from Slim J on the outside for Daivari to take control. The crowd got behind Christian while Daivari worked a chinlock. Christian hit an enziguri and a thrust kick, then a backdrop suplex to take control. Christian hit a half and half suplex for a near fall. Daivari caught Christian with a hip toss into the corner, but Christian came back with a hook kick. Christian hung Daivari on the top rope, then came off the top rope with a frog splash while Daivari hung on the ropes. Daivari sold that his knee was injured, and while the ref was attending to Daivari, Slim J crotched Christian on the top rope. Daivari hit Christian a short arm clothesline out of a hammerlock, then came off the top with a frog splash for the win. 4 for 8. Good stuff.
Tony Schiavone interviewed Daivari after the match. Daivari cut a promo about his trust fund becoming available to him on July 4th, and he’s now the richest man in all of wrestling. He’s bought the contract of Slim J and will be looking at AEW, ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling for other contracts to buy out as well.
Dante Martin defeated “Pretty” Peter Avalon (w/ Ryan Nemeth) (5:09)
Avalon’s hair is 11/10. Martin got a near fall with a dropkick. Avalon came back with a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Avalon tossed Martin out of the ring and distracted the referee so Nemeth could work over Martin on the floor. Back in the ring, Avalon missed a moonsault off the top rope and Martin mounted his comeback. Martin hit a gamengiri and a top rope crossbody for a near fall. Avalon came back with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Martin got the pinfall with his double jump Nosedive moonsault. This was good stuff as well. 5 for 9.
PAC defeated LJ Cleary to retain the AEW All Atlantic Championship (15:14)
Taz and Excalibur gassed up the jet to Dublin and took us to Over the Top Wrestling’s Poetry Slam event in Dublin, Ireland. This match took place on July 22nd.
The OTT fans were behind Cleary. PAC pushed Cleary into the corner after a lockup and taunted him, but Clearly was having none of that. PAC and Cleary exchanged arm ringers and Cleary snapped PAC down to the mat. Cleary caught PAC with a leg lariat and PAC rolled to the floor. Cleary teased a dive. When Cleary went to the floor, PAC caught him with a kick and took control.
Back in the ring, PAC came off the top with the shotgun dropkick with such force, it sent Cleary out of the ring. PAC kipped up and casually followed Cleary outside to kick him in the chest. Hard. Back in the ring, PAC locked Cleary in a side headlock. PAC hit a snap german suplex. PAC just casually murdered this poor kid. Cleary came back with a spin kick that knocked PAC to the mat and brought the crowd to their feet. Cleary came off the middle ropes with a stomp on PAC’s back for a near fall.
Cleary hit a springboard dropkick and an ushigoroshi for a near fall. Cleary went for a Canadian Destroyer, but PAC blocked it, then caught Cleary with a series of kicks. PAC charged right into a superkick from Clearly. Both men were down, struggling to make it back to their feet.
Cleary charged PAC and ran right into a superkick. PAC went to the top, but Cleary popped up, caught PAC with a gamengiri, and took PAC down with a top rope superplex. Clearly hit a tope suicida on the floor and then a pair of Canadian Destroyers for a near fall. Then, just like that, out of nowhere PAC wrenched Cleary down to the mat by his arm, then locked in the Brutalizer. Cleary struggled to get free but had to tap out. This was fantastic. 6 for 10.
See out the PAC/Cleary match. Keep sending PAC out to independent shows and putting the matches on Dark. It’s a great hook and something different for the show.
The rest of the show was short and inoffensive enough this week.