Here are live notes and spoilers for this Tuesday's AEW Dark, taped before Friday's AEW Rampage debut in Pittsburgh, PA.
AEW Dark spoilers:
- Dasha Gonzalez did all the ring announcing.
- 2.0 defeated two enhancement talents: I didn’t see this match because there was a little bit of chaos getting into the arena along with a rainstorm.
- Matt Hardy (w/ Private Party) defeated Wheeler Yuta (w/ Chuck Taylor): Hardy faked an ankle injury and took off his boot. Private Party distracted the ref and Hardy hit Yuta with his boot (like a foreign object) for the pin in around 6:30. Private Party beat on Yuta and Taylor post-match, and Orange Cassidy ran in for the save. Cassidy hit the Orange Punch on Hardy and knocked him out. Private Party had to carry Hardy up the ramp and resuscitate him on the entrance stage in a funny bit.
- Dark Order's John Silver/Alex Reynolds/10 defeated Andrew Palace, Bill Collier and a third guy whose name I couldn't hear: Collier is a local talent who was very over with the crowd and got to look good. Reynolds took an insanely stupid bump off a spear onto the apron of the ring. 10 got the win with a tapout to the full nelson in around 4:30. All the Dark Order guys were over.
- Tony Khan ("the man who saved wrestling" according to Gonzalez) came out to a big pop. He introduced Thunder Rosa who did commentary for the next few matches.
- Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson (w/ Arn Anderson) defeated Joey Keys and Spencer Slade: Anderson got the pin in 3:14 with the DDT on Slade.
- Penelope Ford defeated Masha Slamovich: Ford was in Flyers colors (I think to get under the crowd’s skin). Ford won via tapout in 4:25 with the Muta lock. After the match, Ford beat on Slamovich until Thunder Rosa ran in for the save.
- Ricky Starks came out for commentary. Brian Cage’s name is still in the video for Team Taz.
- Tay Conti defeated Rebecca Scott: Conti won in 2:26 with the DDTay. Tay was crazy over and does so many little things to get the crowd into her matches.
- Death Triangle (w/ Alex Abrahantes) defeated Chaos Project and Cole Karter: Andrade El Idolo and his crew wandered out when PAC got the tag and PAC almost fell victim to a distraction roll-up. El Idolo and his crew then wandered back. Weird. Anyway, Penta got the package piledriver on Karter for the win. Death Triangle was also crazy over while Chaos Project was even worse in person.
- Nyla Rose (w/ Vickie Guerrero) squashed Tina San Antonio. San Antonio is from New York City. This lasted 40 seconds when Rose won with the Beast Bomb. Guerrero cut a promo after the match, but I couldn’t hear it over all the crowd booing.
- Kris Statlander (w/ Yuta, OC and Taylor) defeated Kiera Hogan: This was a good match that went four minutes.
- Frankie Kazarian defeated Brandon Cutler: This went six minutes and was all comedy. Cutler sprayed himself with the cold spray and Karazrian got him in the crossface for the submission.
- Varsity Blondes (w/ Julia Hart) and Jurassic Express defeated The Wingmen: This was a great all-action match that went just eight minutes. Jungle Boy got Ryan Nemeth in the snare trap and Nemeth tapped out. After the match, Luchasaurus put Hart on his shoulders and the Varsity Blonds put Jungle Boy on their shoulders.
- Dante Martin beat Lee Moriarty: Moriarty is another local name and the crowd was really behind both guys. Martin won with a sunset flip in just under five minutes. After the match, Khan brought out Eddie Kingston who fired up the crowd.