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AEW Dark recap (June 29, 2021): Sad Boy Summer with Joey Janela

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Episode 95 of AEW Dark featured Joey Janela in frustration, Sonny Kiss possibly having new friends, Frankie Kazarian hunting hunks, and the Dark Order getting one over on Matt Hardy.

The show was pretty much all wrestling, but there was one moment of intrigue involving the dissolved relationship between Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss. Janela was interviewed by Alex Marvez about an injury update. Janela provided no answer. When asked out Kiss putting an end to their tag team, Janela lowered his sunglasses and glared. Marvez tried to cheer up Janela by mentioning a new go-go bar called Melon Farm. Janela replied, “I’m just frustrated.”

Later in the show, Kiss competed against Blade. Unfortunately for the Concrete Rose, defeat was on the menu. Afterward, Blade, Bunny, and TH2 put the boots to Kiss. Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy ran out for the save. Janela was late to the party. He showed extra bravado to imply he had Kiss’ back. When Janela requested a gesture of solidarity, Kiss pushed him away.

Janela is learning the hard way about friendship. He took Sonny Kiss for granted, and now he is paying the emotional price. If Janela can’t even enjoy the Melon Farm, then you know it is a serious issue. Bad Boy Summer has turned into Sad Boy Summer. To make matters worse, Kiss may have new best friends in Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy. With Trent’s recent injury, Kiss would be a good choice to fill that spot in the feud with HFO.

In a different storyline, Matt Hardy approached Jora Johl about making a decision on his offer to join HFO. The clock is ticking. Hardy wants an answer soon.

Here’s the Dark lineup with ratings (watch, competitive, showcase, squash) on which matches are worth your time toward Dynamite:

  • Baron Black vs. Wardlow (squash)
  • Vary Morales vs. Lee Johnson (showcase)
  • Hyan vs. Abadon (squash)
  • Will Hobbs vs. Marko Stunt (squash)
  • Kenny Bengal vs. Lance Archer (squash)
  • Charlette Renegade vs. Tay Conti (squash)
  • Chad Lennex & Zachariah vs. QT Marshall & Aaron Solow (showcase)
  • JD Drake vs. Frankie Kazarian (competitive)
  • Arjun Singh vs. Angelico (showcase)
  • Holidead vs. Nyla Rose (squash)
  • Blade vs. Sonny Kiss (competitive)
  • Ashley D’Amboise vs. Julia Hart (showcase)
  • Private Party & Jack Evans vs. Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, & Colt Cabana (competitive)
  • JDX vs. Shawn Dean (showcase)
  • Sage Scott & Jake St. Patrick vs. Wingmen (showcase)

The trios bout with HFO and Dark Order was the flashiest of the bunch. Drake and Kaz had a rugged contest. Kiss showed star potential against Blade. Those three matches are the cream of the crop.

Watch the show here.

Excalibur teamed with Taz to call the action. Ricky Starks joined commentary for a few matches. Justin Roberts was the ring announcer.

Wardlow defeated Baron Black. Black was shifty, but he was short-circuited by a hefty clothesline. Wardlow proceeded to end the match with a KO knee strike in the corner.

Lee Johnson defeated Vary Morales. Dustin Rhodes was ringside. Morales was on a roll with a flying crossbody down to the floor. Back in the ring, Johnson dodged a flying attack to slam Morales then finish with a Ushigoroshi neckbreaker over the knee.

Abadon defeated Hyan. The newcomer went for a running crossbody and was met with a big boot. The living dead girl used a leg hook DDT to win.

Will Hobbs defeated Marko Stunt. Taz explained that Hobbs was in a bad mood and chose to rumble solo without Team Taz ringside. The crowd chanted, “Hobbs is gonna kill you!” They were right. After a short chase around the ring, Hobbs countered sliced bread into a powerhouse slam for the three count.

Lance Archer defeated Kenny Bengal. Jake Roberts was on commentary. Bengal had second thoughts and decided to exit. The Murderhawk Monster brought Bengal back to toss him into the ring and dish out pain. A chokeslam followed by a helicopter slam sealed the deal.

Tay Conti defeated Charlette Renegade. Judo tosses, pump kick, running boot in the corner, hammerlock DDT was the finishing routine for Conti. Afterward, she danced up a storm with referee Aubrey Edwards.

QT Marshall & Aaron Solow defeated Chad Lennex & Zachariah. The newcomers were from Dustin Rhodes’ wrestling academy. Nick Comoroto was ringside. QT wore spiffy white boots to look like Zapp Brannigan. QT crushed Zachariah’s momentum with a Liger Bomb. A neckbreaker back drop combo from the Factory disposed of Lennex. QT hit a cutter on Zachariah followed by a flying stomp from Solow to win.

Frankie Kazarian defeated JD Drake. Wingmen were ringside, but they were ejected when caught interfering. Drake had Kaz down after a single-leg dropkick and a cannonball in the corner. Kaz was not out though. He evaded a flying attack to pounce for the crossface chickenwing to submit Drake.

Angelico defeated Arjun Singh. Matt Hardy was ringside. Singh fired up to hit a scoop slam, but Angelico responded by pulling Singh down to smash his face into the turnbuckle. That set up Angelico for the Navarro Death Roll to win.

Nyla Rose defeated Holidead. Vickie Guerrero was ringside. The Native Beast made quick work of her opponent to win via Beast Bomb.

Blade defeated Sonny Kiss. Bunny and TH2 were ringside. Kiss was rocking and rolling with feistiness to give Blade a tough time. Blade rallied with a powerslam and a gutwrench Doctor Bomb for the pin.

Julia Hart defeated Ashley D’Amboise. Varsity Blonds were ringside. Hart turned up the cheer with a splits bulldog and a standing moonsault. D’Amboise kicked out on the cover then ran the ropes right into a thrust kick from Hart. A splitting leg drop finished the job.

Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, & Colt Cabana defeated Private Party & Jack Evans. Matt Hardy was ringside. Dark Order had HFO reeling, so HFO took a powder to regroup with strategic advice from Hardy. HFO returned to the ring using referee distraction tactics to double-team Stu Grayson. A hot tag to Evil Uno led to a frog splash from Grayson, but Marq Quen pulled Grayson’s foot to free Evans from the pinfall. Evans tried to score a roll-up with Isiah Kassidy holding Evans’ feet on the ropes, but Grayson kicked out. Kassidy and Evans tried for Gin & Juice, however, the Dark Order cleared Kassidy from the ring. Cabana snatched Evans for a Chicago Skyline onto the turnbuckles. Boom Boom scurried to pick up the three count.

Shawn Dean defeated JDX. The Captain chained his moves together leading to a shoulder lock submission victory.

Wingmen defeated Sage Scott & Jake St. Patrick. Ryan Nemeth and Cezar Bononi did the work, while Peter Avalon was ringside. Nemeth climaxed with a gyrating neckbreaker.


Quick thoughts. Once Frankie Kazarian completes his mission as the Elite hunter, I’d like to see him become the hunk hunter. It would be amusing to hear Kaz quote bible verses about the Wingmen’s fashion style. Wardlow, Will Hobbs, and Lance Archer hossed it up to satisfaction. Zachariah was the standout in my eye for the enhancement side. He had nice sizzle in his debut. Taz singing the hits continues to delight. He displayed his versatility this week by performing Nyla Rose’s gravelly lyrics (at 52:20).

Share your thoughts on Dark. Who stood out most for episode 95? Which was your favorite match?