Episode 93 of AEW Dark featured Wardlow fulfilling his obligation for a choke-out, the Acclaimed outsmarting the Dark Order, and Sonny Kiss dumping Joey Janela.
The show was all matches except for one promo. That promo happened to be newsworthy.
Alex Marvez interviewed Joey Janela backstage. Marvez inquired about a medical update for Janela’s injuries. The Bad Boy replied with, “Who cares?!? It’s Bad Boy Summer.” As they were discussing last week’s visit to the Nip Factory, Sonny Kiss interrupted. Kiss shed off Janela’s hug attempt and wondered if Janela was acting this way on purpose. Janela admitted he has been a bad friend lately, but then he blamed it on Marvez as a bad influence forcing him to go to the Nip Factory instead of supporting Kiss ringside. Kiss wasn’t buying that line of BS and called an end to the tag team. After Kiss left, Janela shed a tear. He left with Marvez to drown his sorrows at the Nip Factory.
Here’s the Dark lineup with ratings (Dynamite, competitive, showcase, squash) on which matches are worth your time toward Dynamite:
- Danny Limelight vs. Ethan Page (showcase)
- Dante Martin vs. Sonny Kiss (competitive)
- Charlette Renegade vs. Nyla Rose (squash)
- Shane Mercer & KTB vs. Evil Uno & Stu Grayson (competitive)
- Chandler Hopkins vs. Wardlow (squash)
- Dillon McQueen vs. Cezar Bononi (squash)
- Jake Tucker vs. Frankie Kazarian (showcase)
- Valentina Rossi vs. KiLynn King (showcase)
- Chaos Project vs. Gunn Club (competitive)
- Willow Nightingale vs. Tay Conti (showcase)
- Colt Cabana & 5 vs. The Acclaimed (competitive)
I’d give the nod to Mercer & KTB versus Uno & Grayson as the top match. Despite the result being predictable, Mercer & KTB shined in their offensive attack. Martin versus Kiss was a cool matchup for a unique bout. Take your pick on the rest depending on who you like.
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Excalibur teamed with Taz to call the action. Justin Roberts was the ring announcer.
Ethan Page defeated Danny Limelight. Scorpio Sky was on commentary. Limelight caught fire with a springboard neckbreaker. Limelight springboarded again, but Page ducked under this time. All Ego trucked Limelight with a shoulder tackle to set up the Ego’s Edge for victory.
Dante Martin defeated Sonny Kiss. This bout had plenty of cool spots. My favorites were Kiss doing a back arch to duck under a running crossbody from Martin and Martin executing a double springboard moonsault. In the end, Martin used a sliding trip to take Kiss down. Martin then flipped into hitting a stunner for the win.
Nyla Rose defeated Charlette Renegade. Beast mode for the Native Beast. A couple of suplexes led to a rope-hung flying knee drop. Nyla finished with the Beast Bomb.
Evil Uno & Stu Grayson defeated Shane Mercer & KTB. John Silver was on commentary. Tough win for the Dark Order. Uno took a lot of punishment from hefty moves. Excalibur and Taz wondered if Uno was less than 100% after the beating from Miro during the TNT title match last Friday on Dynamite. Hot tag to Grayson for a flying frog crossbody, belly-to-belly suplex, and a tornado DDT. The underdogs rallied, then the Dark Order finally put them away on a fireman’s carry backbreaker over the knee from Grayson.
Wardlow defeated Chandler Hopkins. Wardlow tossed Hopkins around the ring. He backed up his promo from Elevation to choke out Hopkins with a standing guillotine. Wardlow is ready for the MMA rules fight against Jake Hager on Friday night Dynamite.
Cezar Bononi defeated Dillon McQueen. The Wingmen were ringside with a makeover outfit for Orange Cassidy. The ensemble consisted of Ryan Nemeth’s hunk jacket, slacks, and stylish loafers. Inside the ring, Bononi tore McQueen apart to win with an overhead pumphandle suplex.
Frankie Kazarian defeated Jake Tucker. Kaz wore new gear as the Elite hunter. He finished Tucker with a crossface chickenwing submission.
KiLynn King defeated Valentina Rossi. The newcomer was an Italian from New Jersey who did Italian hand gestures during the match. King was too strong and closed with the Kingdom Falls swinging side facebuster.
Gunn Club defeated Chaos Project. Billy and Colten represented the Gunn Club. Chaos Project was rocking with double-team maneuvers until Billy cleaned house on the hot tag. Colten assisted in clearing the ring of Serpentico, so Billy could hit the Fameasser on Luther for the pin.
Tay Conti defeated Willow Nightingale. Conti rallied with a pump kick, judo throw, bicycle kick, and a hammerlock DDT to win.
The Acclaimed defeated Colt Cabana & 5. Max Caster rapped with sexual innuendo about the Acclaimed being the top tag team on 5.
The Acclaimed attacked before the bell, but the Dark Order used tandem offense to stand tall. The tide turned when Anthony Bowens clipped Colt Cabana in the knee with their boombox. Hot tag to 5 running wild. Caster pulled 5 off the turnbuckles, but 5 still had fight left in him. Bowens gained control for a brainbuster. That led to the Acclaimed slam to flying elbow drop combo for the 1, 2, 3.
Too bad about the break-up of Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela, even though, it was the right thing to do based on the story. Janela didn’t leave Kiss much of a choice by bailing last week. I like seeing Kiss stand up to the Bad Boy, because Kiss was starting to look like a chump by continuing to pal around with Joey. I feel like they underachieved as a tag team, and I hope they can both find new life on separate paths. I also hope we keep receiving weekly updates about Bad Boy Summer.
Kiss dueling with Dante Martin was an interesting matchup to determine the pecking order. They are both on the lower tier of regulars with high potential. Shane Mercer & KTB brought the heat in dominating Evil Uno. I was surprised they got in so much offense, but it certainly looked powerful and painful. Wardlow was impressive in squeezing the breath out of Chandler Hopkins. The Acclaimed are too smart for the Dark Order. Max Caster and Anthony Bowens always have an extra trick up their sleeve.
Share your thoughts on Dark. Who stood out most for episode 93? Which was your favorite match?