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AEW Dark recap: Space Jesus vs. Brett Baker

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Episode 180 of AEW Dark is in the books! If you missed the live broadcast, click here to stream via Cageside Seating. Excalibur and Taz called procedure as usual. Let’s go!

Dr. Brett Baker DMD (w/ Rebel) vs. Billie Starkz

Baker brought the 2023 record of 2-0 to the circuit. Excalibur noted that it was a rare appearance in the Dark, while Taz said it was good at helping with mental issues such as dental problems, and Excalibur just thought he was confused. He said that the teeth are connected to the jaw and the jaw with the brain.

Anyway… Starks were waiting for her in the ring with a 0-1 record. They are locked up, and Becker takes his wrist, seizes the lock, a cross and a school girl. Lateral press, count of two. At first Baker was 100%, but the crowd was cheering young Starkz a/k/a “Space Jesus”. Stark exchanged rolling pins and then raised her finger and thumb up to say she came so close. She offered Becker a handshake, but she wouldn’t give it up, and Becker finally forearmed her to break it. Slingblade from Baker for Two. Baker chokeslammed her in the corner with her hands and boot, forcing the referee to break her every time. Rebel attacked Starks from outside while Becker yelled at him to stop her. Baker knocked Starks down with a shoulder tackle for two. Starks got up from his waist and grabbed it again with a handful of hair. Becker leaned on her head and jaw and Starkz screamed in pain. She tried to get up and ate a body shot, fought free with elbows and landed some brutal punches. She hit Starkz breaking her neck, but Starkz hit her back elbow and boot when Baker gave chase. Enzuigiri and the German Superbridge earned Starks two counts. She pulled Baker towards the center, and climbed to the top rope, but Rebel entered and took the moonsault. Starkz took a push kick, was rolled for a two, reversed Starkz suplex for two and yelled. Baker is bleeding! Starks put Baker on her shoulders but Baker wiped the blood from her nose on Starks’ face and hit a butterfly for two. Tombstone piledriver got a 2.9! Starks looked confused because it wasn’t three and didn’t know what to do. She kicked Baker in the chest but elbowed to the head and ate a Canadian destroyer followed by a poking in the back of the head for a three. Becker laughed as the blood trickled from her nose into her mouth. This is visual hell!! I don’t know if I’ll lead this match – I can’t imagine anything else in Dark topping that.

Dark Order (Evil Uno, John Silver, Alex Reynolds) vs. Baliyan Akki, Marcus Kross, and Vary Morales

Dark Order brought in a record of 3-0. Their opponents had no previous record as a trio, but the three had appeared several times before on Dark Shows. Excalibur and Taz were concerned about the system shrinking in size, but it didn’t seem like they were wrestling like their typical match at Universal Studios. Akki was thrown into a powerbomb, Silver ran into Kross for the Pendulum Bomb, and Uno covered Kross for a count of three. This was 100% paint by numbers.

Tony Dippen vs. Serpentico (w/ Luther & Angelico from SAP)

A few Universal Studios fans held little sheets of paper that read the SERP oath. Serpentico and Deppen were having their first singles match in 2023 according to chyron.

Luther grabbed Debbin’s leg and yelled, “What are you doing?” Luther yelled back, “I don’t know!” The crowd cheered SAP as Serp hit a headbutt, Deppen sized up, lunge straight into the back elbow and kick to the head. Angelico Dippen ran from one turnbuckle to the next while Serb kept Bryce Remsberg distracted. Serp covered Deben twice and Luther spoke to him. Debbin kicked his leg and landed a diving knee on the head. Luther yelled “Hey ref! Locked knee!” Knees to the face and bridge suplex for a count. Deppen went to the top rope and Serp came out with a double stomp. Angelico tripped Deppen from behind and Reimsburg kicked him out of the building, infuriating the crowd. Serp clapped in Deepin’s ears. Luther thought he was pulling off Debbin on the outside but tripped Serp instead. This time Serpentico took over Reimsburg…and kicked out Luther! Taz: I wish someone would kick me out of this. Deppen tried a two-person roll-up. He kicked Serb in the head, pulled his arm, then grabbed his leg and managed to keep Serpentico’s shoulders dangling for the win. Serb tried to charge him next and was knocked out, landing headfirst outside the ring on his head. This whole match was comical.

Cesare Bononi (with Peter Avalon) vs. Matt Sydal

Bononi was the last man in this episode to make his solo debut of 2023 on Dark. Sydal was listed by his dark 32-4 overall record. Excalibur attempted to explain Avalon’s long hair in a match taped last year by saying he went into costume, makeup, and extensions to get his retro look. They put more thought into something only dark viewers would notice than many of the guests put into the entirety of the storyline. Next time a feud starts with a cage match and ends with a singles match, show them. Sydal got a lucky triple kick on the much larger Sydal, but the match was never the point. Nemeth ran in to help defeat him, and Top Flight ran out to save. The result will be a three-way match!

Brittany J vs. Harley Cameron

Cameron was making her 2023 debut here live from Australia’s Gold Coast, as Toni Storm (which has been noticed by the broadcasters). Brittany G was waiting for her in the ring with a 0-1 record. Cameron acted cocky and almost rolled over, throwing J up on her forehead like that was the Smash Mouth video. Fans got into it and chanted “she’s a loser” at Cameron. Cameron whipped J into the corner hard and she sold her back. I got a shoe up to the box when Cameron lunged. J landed a charge into the corner and caught a kick, then climbed painfully to the second rope. She missed everything she had planned, was taken down by the giveaway, and Cameron gave her the “kiss of death” and hit backstabbing for a count of three.

Madison Rayne vs. Cassie Lennox

Bringing Ryan a 1-0 record in the dark. Lennox was waiting in the ring with a record of 0-1. The two ladies are locked at the bell and pushed into a corner by Lennox. Stefon Smith called for a clean break. Lennox tried to throw an elbow but it was a swing and failed. Ryan hit a kick. But Lennox grabbed it with a fireman’s bearing and a two-person grueling heroism. A gut boot, and a kick to the head, Rayne dug her face into the mat and got the pin. Best match I’ve seen from Rayne in a long time – probably because it was the shortest and Lennox looked good until the upset victory.

Action Andretti vs Bronson (Iron Savages)

Bronson was making his 2023 singles debut here. No Boulder, no GT Davidson. Andretti’s record-breaking 2023 score is 2-0. Taz tried and failed to make a joke saying you could combine Action and Bronson and you would have Action Bronson driving Andretti. Excalibur said you probably meant he would drive Mario Andretti. Andretti hit a hurricane on Bronson for two years. Enzuigiri off the apron, but Bronson broke a tee and sent Andretti to the floor, then followed with a suicide dive to erase him. Bronson yells at the camera “Are you telling me this is the guy who beat Jericho?” While he was busy screaming, Andretti recovered, knocked him down, and hit a suicide dive of his own. Andretti and Bronson went all over the place until Bronson dropped him face first onto the barrier and threw him into the steel steps. Bossi started the ten count but Bronson brought Andretti back to the ring for the win. “Let’s go work,” he exclaimed. Bronson dragged Andretti around the corner and went to the top but Andretti recovered and charged. Bronson knocked him down again with a right hand. Andretti bounced, hit Enzuigiri, jumped to the top rope and gave him a super move! Bronson cried out in agony.

Andretti with a neck roll, backbreaker, kip up, and a back elbow for a two count. He grabbed his neck when Bronson grabbed his jaw. Rana and a push kick from Andretti for two. Kicks to Bronson’s chest. Bronson got up, hit a lariat, back suplex, 2.9. Bronson pulled Andretti to his feet, tried and failed to hit a move, Andretti with a reverse jab and drive kick, and pressed the shooting star for the win. Taz: “It’s not an easy win!” not at all. A very fun bout between these two.

Mascara Dorada vs. Anthony Henry (w/ J.D. Drake)

Henry was making his 2023 debut here (surprise surprise). Gran Metallic A/K/A Mascara Dorada has a 1-0 record to date in AEW. Henry with a neck cracker for two. Straight jacket applied. Lung pumps number two. Henry chased down Dorada twice, hit the ropes, missed with a clothesline, and ate a shoe as he turned, and Dorada forced his way through the middle rope before delivering a kick. Asai Moon on Earth! Springboard roll up for two. (Why do you do a springboard in that?) Russian leg sweep by Henry for two. Henry went to the top and missed the stomping on the foot. Boot to face in the corner. Henry stepped up and threw Dorada with a chop from the second rope, then jumped in with a facelift. Henry kicked in 2.9. Drake dragged Dorada to the outside, gave him a rebound shot off the ropes, Henry fed him for a mental thrill, and knocked out Dorada! Henry went to the top rope for a Sunset flip, but Dorada flipped from him, landed a powerful jab, went to the top, walked the ropes and did a flying macho man’s elbow drop for the pin. Solid main event!

What to watch / skip

And “What to Watch / Skip” is offered tonight Billy starks twitter. I am very hopeful and very nervous about her future in pro wrestling. Like Nick Wayne, she’s incredibly talented for such a young age, but this act has a way of chewing and spitting people out. I hope she can survive the grind and not lose her passion for professional wrestling which she currently shows in every match. As I expected, the opening was my favorite part of the show, but Henry and Dorada tried really hard to make it happen. Andretti vs Bronson finished third which tells you how good the competition was. Brittany G had the Universal Studios crowd behind her, but the focus was clearly on building Cameron so credit for both of them doing what needed to be done. My only “jump” this week is Sydal vs. Bononi because it wasn’t a match at all, just an excuse to do an angle.

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