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Barry Bluejeans
Feb 2, 2017

HERE COMES DEATH RIDER

eddie kingston and his sawdust knees probably not thrilled at having to follow that

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StarkRavingMad
Sep 27, 2001





Yams Fan

Lee Johnson hasn't had that much chance to shine before so I'm a little surprised he's THAT good

Sign Carter immediately

The Pic
Nov 23, 2019


Is AEW Dark secretly the second show? Most matches have been absolute bangers

Mr. Squishy
Mar 22, 2010

A country where you can always get richer.

Veda Scott isn't excited for the blade and Qt wrestling for the heart of Allie. Tough!

Akileese
Feb 6, 2005



The Pic posted:

Is AEW Dark secretly the second show? Most matches have been absolute bangers

This is an especially good week of matches but it's been a pretty solid B show since they moved to tapings in Jacksonville. Usually at least 2-3 very good matches.

StarkRavingMad
Sep 27, 2001





Yams Fan

The Pic posted:

Is AEW Dark secretly the second show? Most matches have been absolute bangers

They've said a few times that Dark is not what they envision the second show being (I imagine they want to get more time for primarily contracted talent), but that doesn't stop it from being a really good watch every week

smikey
May 22, 2004
It's not a hootenanny, it's an extravsganza!

So whenever Pillman's MLW deal is done, he's basically gonna be AEW + indies full time isn't he?

Mr. Squishy
Mar 22, 2010

A country where you can always get richer.

Taz genuinely chuckling at these stuff shots.

Wezlar
May 13, 2005




StarkRavingMad posted:

I appreciate that someone at AEW bothers to put together this Dark splash screen every week with everyone who will be on

Like, they could just have a generic Dark waiting screen but someone really be out there figuring out exactly where Puf and Fuego Del Sol and Billy Gunn's idiot son need to fit on the graphic for this week

This is from pages and pages ago but honestly I really appreciate that they put work into Dark and make it feel like more than a bunch of jobber and developmental matches even if that's what it is for the most part.

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible




King Clobbersaurus

Davros1 fucked around with this message at 00:36 on Sep 23, 2020

ARMBAR A COP
Nov 24, 2007

HURRAH! ANOTHER YEAR, SURELY THIS ONE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE LAST; THE INEXORABLE MARCH OF PROGRESS WILL LEAD US ALL TO HAPPINESS


Davros1 posted:

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Wiltsghost
Mar 27, 2011




"I came out the womb gettin it."

"I'm sorry?"

Reality Protester
Aug 10, 2016


she tried to warn us



Kingston was up before the 3 was counted

Mr. Squishy
Mar 22, 2010

A country where you can always get richer.

He left that cover early

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible




Eddie moves around the ring like The Iron Sheik

Mr. Squishy
Mar 22, 2010

A country where you can always get richer.

But he didn't lose that battle royal so who's counting

Reality Protester
Aug 10, 2016


she tried to warn us



rules do not apply to the Mad King

Malcolm Excellent
May 20, 2007




Buglord

Ben Carter (of Mars) is gonna be a star

Pylons
Mar 16, 2009


Catching up. Loved Starks and Taz putting over Hobbs' spinebuster. Starks is pretty good on commentary!

Lead Pipe Cinch
Mar 10, 2003

Heavy Metal Bakesale




Pylons posted:

Catching up. Loved Starks and Taz putting over Hobbs' spinebuster. Starks is pretty good on commentary!

Gonna be messed up when Hobbs spinebusters Darby straight through to the earth’s mantle.

JOHN CENA
Oct 20, 2006


puf has a very fun jumbotron video.i wouldnt be opposed to puf being a Dark mainstay. ricky starks continues to impress on commentary. will hobbs is still a little green but will get there, the roster and coaching is too good for him not to. also thought butcher and blade looked good tonight, they stood out more than usual for me. ben carter is really good for his general lack of experience. rollins trained him well.

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Mons Hubris
Aug 29, 2004

fanci flup




Carter and Lee Johnson had a great match, wow

JOHN CENA
Oct 20, 2006


Mons Hubris posted:

Carter and Lee Johnson had a great match, wow

yeah i hope they get picked up for good. always, always recommend signing promising younger talent to build your future.

Lead Pipe Cinch
Mar 10, 2003

Heavy Metal Bakesale




JOHN CENA posted:

yeah i hope they get picked up for good. always, always recommend signing promising younger talent to build your future.

Seems like a better deal to actually sign folks to AEW “yeah you can still do indies too” deals while you help train them rather than the WWE style “invest in yourself and we’ll call you when we think you’re ready to have all of that trained out of you.”

ICR
Dec 31, 2008

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. For I the LORD thy Sun God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of cosmic prestige upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Don’t worry, both have already been picked up. There’s no doubt about it.

arbybaconator
Dec 18, 2007


Sign hotdog man

CombineThresher
Apr 10, 2006

GIT R DONNE


My roommate, not a wrestling fan, watched Dark with me and loved Butcher (of course) and the Lucha Bros., and laughed his rear end off at Luther. He also told me that Kingston carries himself like every legitimately scary man he knew when he lived in NYC.

Johnson/Carter was an absolute banger and I had no idea Lee had that in him. If he can cut a promo at all, he's got an insanely bright future.

smarxist
Jul 26, 2018

correct politics haver
...weed...


as good as that match was, i feel the end should have been different, Lee piled on 3 devastating moves to 3 near falls, then he gets finished with a frog splash and loses, feel like lee kicking those out, then finishing Carter with those 3 moves and getting the pin would have been a better exchange, but it was still a loving insanely good match

Pylons
Mar 16, 2009


Lee wasn't gonna get a win over Carter with him going against Scorpio Sky on TNT.

smarxist
Jul 26, 2018

correct politics haver
...weed...


oh yeah I forgot

Carter is getting fast tracked as hell, drat

oh but seriously I
Sep 26, 2019

Do you ever wonder if there are other planets out there
(source)

i enjoy the dark order sub-factions having their own colour schemes

MorningMoon posted:

Hobbs loving owns

Kirios
Jan 25, 2010



Haven't seen Dark yet - how was Kingston? I haven't seen him until he joined AEW but he's a special talent and I wanna see if he can go enough in the ring to be the guy.

Lead Pipe Cinch
Mar 10, 2003

Heavy Metal Bakesale




smarxist posted:

as good as that match was, i feel the end should have been different, Lee piled on 3 devastating moves to 3 near falls, then he gets finished with a frog splash and loses, feel like lee kicking those out, then finishing Carter with those 3 moves and getting the pin would have been a better exchange, but it was still a loving insanely good match

Spanish Fly into the kick shoulda been the finish, but I enjoyed the hell out of that match.

Also, very into the new built for speed version of the Butcher.

CombineThresher
Apr 10, 2006

GIT R DONNE


Kirios posted:

Haven't seen Dark yet - how was Kingston? I haven't seen him until he joined AEW but he's a special talent and I wanna see if he can go enough in the ring to be the guy.

Eddie's knees are pretty cooked but I still enjoy watching him beat the poo poo out of people, so his match was fun. He lit Pillman up like a pinball machine out there.

StarkRavingMad
Sep 27, 2001





Yams Fan

Kirios posted:

Haven't seen Dark yet - how was Kingston? I haven't seen him until he joined AEW but he's a special talent and I wanna see if he can go enough in the ring to be the guy.

He had a good match with Pilman that was a little overshadowed by following Carter/Lee which was a real banger

Zombie Lemur
Jul 6, 2009

Empyrean empties


Thoughts:

I loved Uno casually strolling into the ring with his arms behind his back before he ended the match. He's really good at those little mannerisms that just convey how much of a prick he is.

I thought Hobbs legit hurt himself shoving Serpentico out of mid air. It's a cool spot, but I could see how it'd be a good way to jam a wrist. The spinebuster is a better finish than the Oklahoma stampede, IMO. Maybe not for everyone, it looks like death when Hobbs does it.

The second Dark Order match was solid, but I feel like it should have ended with the leapfrog DDT thing. Things got kind of discombobulated after that and I think they tried to shoehorn too much into the ending.

That Carter vs Johnson match was fantastic, pay per view quality. They were both very dialed in, I've been critical of Johnson's strikes in the past but those were on point as well. I can't see any way those two aren't signed with the way they were being put over on commentary.

Speaking of commentary, I dug how Starks managed to be kind of low key without being overshadowed by the other three. He's someone that doesn't need to raise their voice to get you to stop and listen to what they're saying.

I thought the King vs. Deeb match was a lot of fun too. Give me KiLynn King on Team Taz. Give me more women in stables as wrestlers in general, especially if things are going to be so stable centric. That'd help integrate the women's division a bit more instead of feeling like this thing that's off to the side.

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


smarxist posted:

as good as that match was, i feel the end should have been different, Lee piled on 3 devastating moves to 3 near falls, then he gets finished with a frog splash and loses, feel like lee kicking those out, then finishing Carter with those 3 moves and getting the pin would have been a better exchange, but it was still a loving insanely good match

I think you are misremembering the match because Carter hits a Spanish Fly, then a superkick and gets a nearfall before winning with the frog splash. The only problem I have with the match is a Spanish Fly into a superkick is way cooler than a Frog Splash so if you are going to do a nearfall on the former, make the latter move something even cooler.

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Lead Pipe Cinch
Mar 10, 2003

Heavy Metal Bakesale




I think that might’ve been the best Pillman Jr. match I’ve seen. He works well as a babyface who takes a beating but can pull a fired up comeback.

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