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AEW Dark recap (May 5, 2020): Sabian gets payback on Cabana

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Episode 32 of AEW Dark featured 10 (aka Preston Vance) making his debut for the Dark Order, Sammy Guevara showboating, and Kip Sabian stepping up to Colt Cabana for being slapped in the face.

Here’s the lineup with ratings (watch, solid, okay, pass) on which matches are worth your time toward Dynamite:

  • Ryan Piles vs 10 (aka Preston Vance) (okay)
  • Shawn Dean vs Sammy Guevara (okay)
  • Kip Sabian vs Colt Cabana (solid)

The opener wasn’t anything special for a squash, but it is worth watching to see 10 work as a Dark Order member with Mr. Brodie Lee ringside. Sammy did Sammy things in his showcase bout. Sabian versus Cabana paid off on a storyline when Cabana slapped Sabian. Your enjoyment miles for the match will vary depending on how much you like Cabana’s goofy style.

Watch the show here.

Tony Schiavone and Cody Rhodes welcomed us to the broadcast on commentary. Dasha Gonzalez was the ring announcer.

Ryan Piles vs 10 (aka Preston Vance)

This was Preston Vance’s first match as part of the Dark Order. He is the tenth member, thus the name 10. Mr. Brodie Lee accompanied 10 to the ring. 10 often looked to Mr. Brodie for approval during the match. Mr. Brodie would get upset whenever 10 took a hit.

10 steamrolled Piles for the most part. Big moves were a release German suplex and a spinebuster for the win. Mr. Brodie was pleased with 10’s success.

Shawn Dean vs Sammy Guevara

Dean took advantage whenever Sammy lost focus to showboat, but Sammy rebounded to control the action. For the finish, Dean had a flurry of momentum with a DDT. Dean went to the corner for a running attack. Sammy evaded then unloaded a big knee strike. Sammy used the Burning GTS to win.

Kip Sabian vs Colt Cabana

Penelope Ford joined Sabian ringside. This match was set up after Cabana slapped Sabian on Dynamite back in March.

Sabian slapped Cabana to kick off the action. Cabana used his size and experience to clown Sabian early. Cabana lost focus by putting eyes on Penelope, so Sabian got him with a foot to the face. Sabian requested a smooch from his beloved, but she denied access. That caused Sabian to fire up with intensity to unleash a barrage of rolling strikes.

For the finish, Cabana had momentum until Ford entered the ring as a distraction. Sabian low blowed Cabana into a roll-up victory. Kip got his kiss in the end.

It was nice seeing a match that mattered for the main event. I’m not into Colt Cabana’s style that much, but I was invested in the outcome due to their previous story. Kip Sabian provided speedy moves to up the excitement.

As a character, I’m not sold on Sabian’s success. He clearly has skills, but he always needs assistance from Penelope Ford to pick up wins. I don’t take Sabian seriously as a threat to win against mid-carders, let alone the big boys. Sabian’s streak of intensity was pretty cool after Ford dissed his kiss request, and I was hoping that would be character development for him raise his stock by winning cleanish. Instead, he needed saving and won with a low blow. It works as a weaselly heel, but it doesn’t help his image as a competitor.

It was interesting to see 10 compete with Mr. Brodie Lee by his side. 10 has a good look as a masked man with a chiseled physique. It appears that he’ll be a good addition to round out the group. 10 can be the gatekeeper for Mr. Brodie in singles action, while Alex Reynolds and John Silver can be the gatekeepers for Evil Uno and Stu Grayson in the tag division.

Share you thoughts on Dark. Who stood out most for episode 32?