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AEW Dark results: Eddie Kingston vs. Bear Bronson

AEW Dark 21-Sep-2021

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means: week two of the Dark tapings from Universal Studios in Orlando. 

Wardlow opened the show with comments and your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. 

Wardlow defeated JDX (2:46)

JDX got some offense in until Wardlow hit a boot to end that. Five straight power bombs set up JDX for the Casualty of War and Wardlow won by ref stoppage. This went way too long for what it was. 

Big Swole defeated Allie Katch (2:08) 

Excalibur actually called the arena the All Elite Zone -- a nod to Impact Wrestling who used to run in the same soundstage. Swole won with the headbutt and the rolling elbow. Not much to this match in the former Allie Kat's AEW debut.

Santana and Ortiz defeated Chaos Project (7:11)

Santana and Ortiz were in the Dead Presidents makeup. Serpentico and Santana opened with a great series of exchanges which ended when Santana hit a superkick. Luther came into interfere and would up clotheslining his own partner. Luther countered a tope from Ortiz by throwing Serpentico at Ortiz mid-flight. Ortiz got worked over by Chaos Project for a bit until Ortiz caught Serpentico with a leg lariat and got the tag to Santana. 

Santana hit the Three Amigos, but Serpentico avoided the frog splash. Luther threw Serpentico on Santana for a near fall. Santana came back and hit a cutter on Serpentico and then he and Ortiz finished him off with a flipping flapjack to end an okay match. 

Joey Janela (w/ Kayla Rossi) defeated Dillon McQueen (2:41) 

They finally named the nameless woman. McQueen is the lowest member of the Nightmare Family food chain. He likely moved up a few spots by attrition with the Gunn Club now gone, but he’s still very, very low. 

Janela sent McQueen out to the floor where Rossi dropped him chest first on the barricade. Back in the ring, Janela hit the death valley driver for the pin.

Tay Conti (w/ -1 and Anna Jay) defeated Marina Tucker (3:48) 

Tucker made her AEW debut. After a trio of judo throws, Conti maintained wrist control and buried kicks in her opponent’s chest. Tucker dropped to the floor, so Conti went outside and kicked her there too. Back in the ring, Tucker hit a sliding lariat for a near fall. Conti came back with forearms and clotheslines, planting Tucker face-first into the mat. Conti followed up with a trio of pump kicks in the corner, finishing off Tucker with the TayKO and the DDTay. 

Lee Johnson and Brock Anderson (w/ Dustin Rhodes) defeated Luke Curtis and Cameron Stewart (4:02) 

This match was background noise for Excalibur and Taz to talk about the Malakai Black & Cody Rhodes feud. Johnson threw a great dropkick while Anderson threw some terrible clotheslines, redeeming himself with an awesome spinebuster, This set up Johnson coming off the top with a frog splash for the pin. 

FTR defeated Stallion Rogers and Anthony Greene (10:25) 

Rogers and Greene are recently released NXT wrestlers. This was the first match featuring anyone involved in a match at Dynamite Grand Slam as FTR takes on Sting and Darby Allin tomorrow night. 

FTR didn't wear those sweet Midnight Express tribute tights they were rocking on Dynamite the last few weeks. 

What looked to be a simple squash early on wound up being a really good match. Rogers ended up on the wrong end of an FTR double clothesline and Cash Wheeler got a near fall after a knee drop. Dax Harwood got a near fall after a suplex and worked a chinlock. Harwood and Rogers bumped heads and Greene got the hot tag.

Greene caught both members of FTR with a springboard crossbody and got a near fall on Harwood with a victory roll. Rogers almost got a pinfall on Harwood with a La Magistral cradle. Harwood hit a power bomb into a jackknife cover, but Rogers rolled through into a cradle of his own for another near fall. Rogers then almost caught Wheeler with a cradle for another near fall. 

On the floor, Harwood dropped Greene with a brainbuster and Rogers flew out onto Harwood with a tope. Rogers went back into the ring and Wheeler caught him with a backbreaker followed by a falcon arrow to get the pinfall.

This was a good match, but I'm not sure Greene and Rogers should have be taking FTR to the limit the night before their big match with Allin and Sting.

The Bunny defeated Xtina Kay (3:16) 

If you think “Xtina” is a ridiculous name, Taz has a story for you about his sophomore year history teacher. Bunny dominated, winning with Down the Rabbit Hole.

Lance Archer defeated Marcus Kross (1:53) 

Kross refused to get in the ring, so Archer booted him from the apron to the floor and then pulled him into the ring. It didn’t get much better for Kross after that as a chokeslam and Blackout finished him off.

This is the part of the show that is officially eating into NXT 2.0 ratings. 

John Silver and Alex Reynolds (w/ 5 & 10 & -1) defeated Ryan Nemeth and Peter Avalon (w/ the Wingmen) (5:38) 

Reynolds went for a double suplex on both Nemeth and Avalon early, but they easily countered and took control. Later, when Nemeth and Avalon went for a double suplex on Silver, he overpowered them and suplexed both at once. Silver and Reynolds won with the rolling elbow into the enziguri into the stunner into the german suplex into the jackknife cover on Avalon for the victory. 

Daniel Garcia (w/ 2point0) defeated Alan "5" Angels (10:17) 

The fight went to the floor where Angels reversed a suplex attempt from Garcia. Angels jumped off the entrance stage with a flip dive onto Garcia and 2point0. 2point0 kept Angels from getting back in the ring which gave Garcia time to recover and hit Angels with a boot. Garcia worked over Angels with a chinlock, followed by a  dropkick to the back of Angels' head for the near fall. 

Garcia maintained control until both he and Angels went for crossbody blocks and they collided mid-ring. Angels came back with a series of clotheslines and an enziguri, countering a Garcia charge with a spanish fly for a near fall. Angels went for a frog splash, but Garcia avoided it and hit a shotgun dropkick in the corner for a near fall.

Angels came back with a flatliner and rolled into a koji clutch, but Garcia rolled out and countered with hammer fists. Garcia let up, so Angels locked it in again. Jeff Parker of 2point0 raked Angels' eyes to break it up and Garcia locked in a scorpion deathlock to get the submission.

QT Marshall, Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto defeated Darian Bengston, Cole Karter and Sean Maluta (3:44) 

Maluta went for a charging boot in the corner, but Comoroto caught him with a one-armed power bomb in an impressive spot. Marshall got the tag and hit the diamond cutter on Maluta for the win. Comoroto should be squashing dudes as a crazy loner like Lance Archer, not the third man in this unimpressive group. He looks like a wild man! 

Colt Cabana (w/ Evil Uno & -1) defeated JD Drake (w/ the Wingmen) (7:14) 

I want to start making math jokes with the numbered guys accompanying the Dark Order to the ring like "I should put “0” for -1 and Evil Uno being out there together."

I digress. 

Drake got a near fall after an impressive belly-to-belly suplex. Drake and Cabana exchanged chops and forearms. Drake missed a charge in the corner and Cabana took him down with a shoulderblock. Cabana got a near fall after a bionic elbow and followed up with the Flying Apple. Cabana also got a near fall off a bodyslam. Drake hit a flying leg lariat for a near fall, but missed a moonsault off the top. Cabana hit his own moonsault and got the pinfall. 

Eddie Kingston defeated Bear Bronson (w/ Bear Boulder)  (7:50) 

The crowd is really behind Kingston. This didn’t deter Bronson who hit Kingston with a tope on the outside. Back in the ring, Bronson got a sitdown splash for a near fall. He missed an avalanche in the corner and Kingston took him down with a clothesline. They exchanged chops and forearms. Bronson caught a charging Kingston with a boss man slam. Bronson followed up with a clothesline for a near fall.

Bronson and Kingston exchanged Saito suplexes with Kingston coming out on top. Kingston went for a DDT, but Bronson held onto the ropes to counter. Bronson went for a slam, but Kingston slid out and hit him with a pair of spinning back fists for the pinfall win. 

After the match, Kingston cut a promo putting over both Bronson and the Orlando crowd. He turned his attention to Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer. This brought Archer out to brawl with Kingston to close the show. 

Final Thoughts: 

Last week was the *perfect* formula for a Dark show but, for some reason, AEW went back to airing way too many matches. 90 minutes of all squashes is not the flex Tony Khan thinks it is. Once this gets past an hour, I’m looking for other things to do.

There was nothing on here I would go out of my way to see. Unfortunately, another drawback of running so many matches at once is nothing particularly stands out.