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Episode 60 of AEW Dark featured Big Swole unveiling a new finisher, TH2 meddling with Christopher Daniels, and Ricky Starks being absolute for the special edition on the night before Full Gear.
Here’s the Dark lineup with ratings (watch, solid, okay, pass) on which matches are worth your time toward Dynamite:
- Tesha Price vs Big Swole (okay)
- Matt Sydal vs Christopher Daniels (solid)
- Brandon Cutler vs Michael Nakazawa (okay)
- Griff Garrison vs Ariel Dominguez (okay)
- Sean Maluta & Ryzin vs Evil Uno & Stu Grayson (okay)
- Trevor Read vs Ricky Starks (okay)
- Lee Johnson vs Chuck Taylor (okay)
Sydal versus Daniels was the best match. Starks is always cool. Johnson versus Taylor had good action and amusing moments with Trent and Orange Cassidy ringside. Frankie Kazarian and Lance Archer cut interesting promos.
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Excalibur teamed with Taz to call the action. Anthony Ogogo joined on commentary. Justin Roberts was the ring announcer.
Big Swole defeated Tesha Price. Swole was having trouble with the newcomer until she exploded with a clothesline, headbutt, double underhook tiger driver, then a Texas Cloverleaf for a submission victory.
Matt Sydal defeated Christopher Daniels. CD had momentum after countering a flying Sydal into a uranage. That’s when TH2 came out to cause a distraction from the entrance stage. Sydal took advantage with a rising knee strike. CD ducked under a roundhouse to set up Angel’s Wings, but Sydal reversed for a hurricanrana pin. Jack Evans and Angelico laughed at CD. Afterward, Sydal explained that he had nothing to do with TH2. CD understood and shook Sydal’s hand.
Brandon Cutler defeated Michael Nakazawa. Cutler took Nak out with TPK to score his second win in a row. Earlier in the match, Nak squirted Turkish baby oil on the ropes to mess with Cutler. That backfired when Nak was on Cutler’s shoulders for the TPK. Nak reached out to the ropes, but his hand slipped off due to the oil. Cutler went forth with his finisher.
Frankie Kazarian had a backstage interview with Dasha Gonzalez. His goal is simple. Whether with SCU or by himself, he plans to prove that he is elite and belongs at the top of the food chain. He wrestles better than everyone else. If anyone has a problem with what Kaz said, then prove him wrong.
Griff Garrison defeated Ariel Dominguez. The height difference was over one foot. Garrison pretty much squashed Dominguez. He finished it with the combo move of a torture rack then spinning Dominguez into a powerbomb.
After the match, Jake Roberts and Lance Archer hit the ring. Garrison stood up to Archer and even threw the first punch. Archer forcefully sent him packing though. Roberts wants Archer to have one more shot at the AEW World Championship. If Eddie Kingston becomes champ at Full Gear, then Roberts will DDT Kingston’s mother to get it done. Archer will rip Kingston’s wrestling family limb for limb. That would leave only Archer and Kingston, and then it will be blood for blood by the gallons.
Evil Uno & Stu Grayson defeated Sean Maluta & Ryzin. The Dark Order took care of business. The closing sequence began with Grayson tossing Maluta into the air for Evil Uno to powerbomb. Grayson rammed Ryzin into the barricade. Uno pinned Maluta on a ripcord flatliner.
Ricky Starks defeated Trevor Read. Starks aggressively dominated his opponent. After an atomic drop, Starks ran the ropes forth, back, and forth again for a spear. Rochambeau ended it.
Chuck Taylor defeated Lee Johnson. Commentary mentioned Johnson joining the Nightmare Family and wondered why he was out there without support. Taylor was backed by Trent and Orange Cassidy. Johnson fought hard, but Taylor was never in serious trouble. A flipping tope from Johnson earned him a high-five from OC. Back in the ring, Johnson ran into a big knee. Taylor crushed Johnson with a low piledriver then Awful Waffle.
Archer’s promo was the best segment of the night. His imagery was very entertaining when talking about disposing of the Kingston Family. Taking out the Lucha Bros, Butcher, and Blade one at a time sure would be an interesting path for Archer. With the focus on Kingston, it makes me wonder if Eddie will actually pull the upset at Full Gear.
Kaz’s promo also makes me wonder. What will be the plan for him going forward? He’s more than a solid hand, but he’s not top of the card material at this point in his career.
Starks’ running spear was my favorite move of the night. That man is so smooth in everything he does. Evil Uno’s ripcord flatliner was sweet as well. I hope someone steals it from him, since he doesn’t have much upside as a singles wrestler. Big Swole pulling out the Texas Cloverleaf was a nice touch to advance her career after losing a title match to Hikaru Shida. Swole made it look great by leaning into it for the appearance of maximum pain.
Share your thoughts on Dark. Who stood out most for episode 60?