By Briar Starr, ProWrestling.internet Contributor (@briarstarrtv)
AEW Darkish (Episode 82)
Taped in Jacksonville, Florida at Every day’s Place
Streamed March 30, 2021 on the AEW YouTube Web page
Excalibur, Taz, and Anthony Ogogo had been the commentary workforce.
1. “Milk Chocolate” Brandon Watts and Randy Summers vs. The Butcher and The Blade (w/Matt Hardy, The Bunny). Because the bell rang, The Butcher and The Blade attacked and beat down Watts and Summers within the ring. Summers tried going for a dropkick, however Butcher picked up Summers and slammed him down. The Blade then threw strikes to Watts, however Matt Hardy obtained concerned whereas Watts was on the ropes and planted Watts down on a desk. Watts discovered a breakthrough with a jawbreaker to The Butcher and tagged in Summers. Summers hit a fisherman’s neckbreaker on The Blade. Each Watts and Summers tried suplexing Blade, however as an alternative threw kicks at him. Allie distracted the referee, and The Butcher and The Blade hit the total dying on Watts to win the match.
The Butcher and The Blade defeated Milk Chocolate by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: A easy showcase for The Butcher and The Blade.
2. Jazmin Attract vs. Madi Wrenkowski. Leva Bates was on commentary. Attract hit a small operating dropkick to Wrenkowski, however Wrenkowski countered with a again elbow. Wrenkowski planted Attract on the mat with a backdrop. Attract tried turning the tables on Wrenkowski with strikes and an elbow drop. Wrenkowski dropkicked Attract and carried out a facet slam as nicely. Wrenkowski ultimately completed Attract with the axe kick.
Madi Wrenkowski defeated Jazmin Attract by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: An okay match for essentially the most half. Wrenkowski appeared good. Bates didn’t actually add something on commentary aside from speaking about Wrenkowski, so who is aware of the place that’s going?
3. Dean Alexander and Justin Regulation vs. “Chaos Venture” Serpentinco and Luther. Luther threw Serpentinco on prime of Alexander and Regulation to get the match underway. Serpentinco fired away on Regulation, who got here again with an arm drag and hip toss on Serpentinco. Luther hit the Luther Bomb on Regulation to cease his momentum and planted him down with a scoop slam. Luther then threw Serpentinco into the midsection of Regulation, who lastly tagged in Alexander for the primary time. Alexander dropkicked Luther and hit the half nelson slam on Serpentinco. With help from Luther, Serpentinco completed off Alexander with Creeping Dying.
Chaos Venture defeated Dean Alexander and Justin Regulation by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: A very good match for what it was. Excalibur famous throughout the broadcast that each Serpentinco and Luther didn’t do as many double workforce strikes all through the match.
4. Angelico vs. Sonny Kiss. Angelico put Kiss right into a facet headlock and threw a toe kick to Kiss’s midsection. Kiss executed a deep arm drag n Angelico and planted him down. Angelico, nevertheless, put Kiss right into a cut up submission maintain. Angelico had Kiss in a single leg crab for a quick interval earlier than Angleico broke the maintain. Kiss hit a step-up huracanrana on Angelico and adopted with a bulldog, which created a two pin within the course of for Kiss. Angelico made Kiss faucet out to the Navarro Dying Roll.
Angelico defeated Sonny Kiss by way of submission.
Briar’s Take: Angelico and Kiss did their greatest to placed on a stable match. The match began out sluggish, however picked up close to the tip. It was unpredictable for essentially the most half, as each wrestlers are AEW regulars.
A Max Caster video was proven with Caster chopping a promo on Alex Reynolds.
5. Differ Morales, Invoice Collier, and D3 vs. Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, and Colt Cabana. Uno planted D3 down with a shoulder sort out and a Manhattan Drop. D3 threw a dropkick and tagged out. Collier knocked Uno into the ropes, which led to Uno tagging in Grayson. Grayson and Collier then threw chops backwards and forwards. Collier hammer tossed Grayson into the nook after which planted him with a vertical suplex. Later, Cabana dropped Morales on the highest turnbuckle after which Uno hit the suplex on Morales as nicely. Cabana physique slammed Morales. Grayson tried lifting up Collier for the Dusk, however Grayson and Uno hit the assisted Flatliner. Cabana put D3 away with the Chicago Skyline for the victory.
Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, and Colt Cabana defeated Differ Morales, Invoice Collier, and D3 by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: An excellent match from the Darkish Order and Morales, Collier, D3 particularly Collier. AEW gave extra ring time to Collier then anybody else
6. Adam Priest and KC Navarro vs. Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt. Stunt hit an enziguiri to Priest and a diving elbow to the again. After firing away early, Stunt tagged in Luchasaurus, who carried out a double chokeslam on Navarro and Priest to finish the match shortly.
Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus defeated Adam Priest and KC Navarro by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: A quick match. Quick and candy.
An AEW Double or Nothing On line casino Royale Cell Recreation advert aired.
7. Vipress vs. Diamante. Vipress shortly hit a Northern lights suplex on Diamante and adopted up with a boot to the face. Nonetheless, Diamante got here again with a mule kick and a leaping dropkick to show the tables. Diamante put Vipress in a physique scissors submission maintain and Vipress tapped out.
Diamante beat Vipress by submission.
Briar’s Take: One other notch for the win column for Diamante.
8. Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott, and Chandler Hopkins vs. Will Hobbs, Ricky Starks, and Brian Cage. Late within the match, Starks hit the Roshambo, however Cage tagged in as Starks was hitting his finisher. Cage put Hopkins down with the Drill Claw.
Will Hobbs, Ricky Starks, and Brian Cage defeated Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott, and Chandler Hopkins by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: Most likely essentially the most intriguing match of the night time. AEW continues to tease a possible breakup of Staff Taz with Starks and Cage making inconsistent tags.
9. Large Swole, Pink Velvet, and KiLynn King vs. Ashley Vox, Delmi Exo, and Vertvixen. Velvet carried out a leg lariat on Exo, who countered again with a intestine wrench on the mat. King made the tag as did Vox. King threw a strike to Exo, however Vertvixen was tagged in and each had a sequence of exchanges of strikes. Swole planted Exo, which despatched her out of the ring after which hit a cutter on Vox. A short while later, Vox and Exo hit a leaping sucidia on Velvet and King on the surface. In the meantime, Vertvixen adopted via with a dive on all girls. Vox went for a senton, however Velvet obtained her knees up in time. Finally, Velvet hit the chef kick to Vertvixen to realize the pinfall.
Large Swole, Pink Velvet, and KiLynn King defeated Ashley Vox, Delmi Exo, and Vertvixen by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: A aggressive match up from each groups, however essentially the most compelling story was Jade Cargill who got here out afterward to focus on Velvet.
10. Mike Magnum vs. Michael Nakazawa. Nakazawa hit a operating elbow strike to Magnum and broke his headset. Nakazawa tried utilizing the headset for a submission, however Magnum spiked Nakazawa with a DDT. Magnum adopted via with the neckbreaker to Nakazawa. With a ref distraction, Nakazawa hit Magnum with a laptop computer. Nakazawa put Magnum down with a tombstone to win the match.
Michael Nakazawa defeated Mike Magnum by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: An okay match that was principally comedy. Magnum appeared essentially the most spectacular and was nice along with his transfer set and talent.
11. Baron Black and John Skyler vs. Miro and Kip Sabian (w/Penelope Ford). On the surface, Miro beat down Black earlier than the bell rang. Miro and Skyler ultimately obtained within the ring and the bell rang. Miro continued to beat down Skyler with stomps and strikes. Skyler tried a comeback by kicking Miro, who countered with a backdrop to Skyler. Miro then delivered a leaping thrust kick to Skyler and made Skyler faucet out to Recreation Over.
Miro and Kip Sabian defeated Baron Black and John Skyler by way of submission.
Briar’s Take: Miro merely dominated this matchup. Sabian stood out on the apron speaking to Ford whereas Black was taken down by Miro even earlier than the match began.
12. Alex Reynolds vs. Max Caster (w/Anthony Bowens). Reynolds threw a dropkick from the ground on the surface to Caster and adopted with a diving crossbody block. Reynolds continued with a clothesline to Caster, however caught his left arm, which allowed Caster to capitalize. Caster focused the arm of Reynolds and hit a backbreaker. Reynolds fired again with a boot to the jaw and a operating again elbow to Caster.
Reynolds tried to tie up Caster with an in depth pinfall, however Caster kicked out at two. Reynolds then threw a knee at Caster, who was near being put away till Anthony Bowens put Caster’s leg on the rope to interrupt the rely. Caster hit Reynolds with a sequence round his fist and hit the Mic Drop to attain the victory.
Max Caster defeated Alex Reynolds by way of pinfall.
Briar’s Take: A enjoyable match to shut the present. Caster and Reynolds actually executed the match nicely and it was enjoyable to observe.
General, Episode 82 of Darkish was gratifying for essentially the most half. The matches had been good with few exceptions and the present didn’t drag on. The one storyline takeaway was Staff Taz as AEW continues to tease a possible breakup. Ricky Starks and Brian Cage gave the impression to be on totally different pages whereas Will Hobbs did his greatest to get them to remain centered on the match. Will probably be intriguing to see the place this storyline goes. Alex Reynolds vs. Max Caster was additionally good and the match felt prefer it meant one thing. Episode 82 clocked in at 1 hour, 32 minutes, and 52 seconds. Last Rating: 7.9 out of 10.