AEW Dark Results (1/3/23): Top Flight vs. The Workhorsemen

AEW Dark Results 1/3/23
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

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Commentary Team: (Excalibur & TAZ) 

Ring Announcer: Dasha Gonzalez

Transcription by Josh Lopez

First Match: (30-23) Christopher Daniels vs. (43-32) Brian Pillman Jr. 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Pillman backs Daniels into the turnbuckles. Pillman pats Daniels on the chest. Strong lockup. Daniels applies a wrist lock. Daniels grabs a side headlock. Pillman whips Daniels across the ring. Daniels drops Pillman with a shoulder tackle. Pillman drops down on the canvas. Pillman leapfrogs over Daniels. Daniels with a three quarter roll. Pillman with a Hip Toss. Pillman bodyslams Daniels for a one count. Pillman hyperextends the left shoulder of Daniels. Daniels scores the ankle pick. Daniels cartwheels around Pillman. Daniels thrust kicks the midsection of Pillman. Daniels sends Pillman into the ropes. Daniels dropkicks Pillman. Daniels with a forearm smash. Daniels sends Pillman to the corner. Pillman dives over Daniels. Pillman blocks a boot from Daniels. Pillman with a knife edge chop. Following a snap mare takeover, Pillman kicks Daniels in the back for a two count. Pillman repeatedly slams Daniels head on the top turnbuckle pad. Pillman kicks Daniels in the gut. Daniels answers with a bodyshot. Pillman slams Daniels head on another turnbuckle pad. Daniels reverses out of the irish whip from Pillman. Pillman with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block for a one count.

Pillman rolls Daniels over for a one count. Daniels reverses out of the irish whip from Pillman. Daniels avoids The SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Pillman starts favoring his right knee. Daniels drops Pillman with The STO for a one count. Daniels whips Pillman into the turnbuckles. Daniels with a GutBuster for a two count. Daniels with hammer elbows. Daniels applies a waist lock. Pillman with three sharp elbow strikes. Daniels buries his shoulder into the midsection of Pillman. Following a snap mare takeover, Daniels with a Slingshot Elbow Drop for a two count. Daniels sends Pillman chest first into the turnbuckles for a two count. Daniels reapplies the waist lock. Pillman breaks the grip. Daniels kicks Pillman in the gut. Daniels punches Pillman in the back. Daniels goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Pillman lands back on his feet. Pillman decks Daniels with a back elbow smash.

Pillman dropkicks Daniels. Pillman side steps Daniels into the turnbuckles. Daniels reverses out of the irish whip from Pillman. Pillman with a running forearm smash. Pillman clotheslines Daniels. Pillman with a Belly to Back Suplex. Pillman with a corner clothesline. Pillman chops Daniels. Pillman follows that with The Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Daniels avoids The SuperKick. Chop Exchange. Pillman dropkicks Daniels. Pillman with a corner clothesline. Pillman is lighting up Daniels chest. Daniels kicks the right shoulder of Pillman. Daniels punches Pillman in the back. Daniels hammers down on the back of Pillman’s neck. Pillman kicks the right shoulder of Daniels. Daniels with a blistering chop. Daniels goes for The Angels Wings, but Pillman counters with a Back Body Drop. Pillman rolls Daniels over for a two count. Pillman with a SuperKick/Lariat Combination for a two count. Pillman goes for The Swanton Bomb, but Daniels ducks out of the way. Daniels with The Uranage Slam. Daniels connects with The BME to pickup the victory.

Winner: (31-23) Christopher Daniels via Pinfall 

Second Match: (42-41) Emi Sakura w/Baliyan Akki vs. (0-0) Jada Stone

Sakura side steps the collar and elbow tie up. Stone with forearm shivers. Sakura tugs on Stone’s hair. Sakura with a knife edge chop. Sakura spanks Stone. Sakura applies The Tea Time. Sakura repeatedly stomps on Stone’s chest. Sakura with a back chop. Sakura applies The Romero Special. Sakura sends Stone back first into the canvas.

Sakura and Stone are trading back and forth shots. Stone matrix under a clothesline from Sakura. Stone with a Headscissors Takeover. Stone with a Running Meteora. Sakura rakes the back of Stone. We Will Chop You. Sakura with a Running Crossbody Block into the turnbuckles. Sakura with a Double Underhook BackBreaker. Sakura connects with The MoonSault to pickup the victory.

Winner: (43-41) Emi Sakura via Pinfall 

Third Match: (16-48) Ryan Nemeth vs. (0-0) Dak Draper 

Nemeth delivers a chop block after the bell rings. Nemeth punches Draper in the back. Nemeth hammers down on the back of Draper’s neck. Nemeth with a straight right hand. Nemeth talks smack to Draper. Draper with heavy bodyshots. Draper with a forearm smash. Nemeth reverses out of the irish whip from Draper. Nemeth with a toe kick/haymaker combination. Nemeth with the greco roman eye poke.

Draper denies The Hunk Of Love. Draper with a Flapjack. Draper kicks Nemeth in the chest. Draper with a shoulder block. Draper rolls Nemeth over for a two count. Draper ducks a clothesline from Nemeth. Standing Switch Exchange. Draper with a SpringBoard Back Elbow Smash. Draper goes for The Doctor Bomb, but Nemeth lands back on his feet. Nemeth connects with The Hunk Of Love to pickup the victory.

Winner: (17-48) Ryan Nemeth via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: (2-6) Blake Christian vs. (0-14) Sean Maluta 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Maluta applies a side headlock. Wrist Lock Exchange. Christian with a side headlock takeover. Maluta applies a hammerlock. Christian with a waist lock go-behind. Maluta decks Christian with a back elbow smash. Maluta lunges over Christian. Christian leapfrogs over Maluta. Christian drops down on the canvas. Christian dropkicks Maluta. Christian slaps Maluta in the chest. Christian with a Lucha Libre Arm-Drag. Maluta side steps Christian into the turnbuckles. Christian with a shoulder block. Christian with a Slingshot Senton. Christian follows that with The Fosbury Flop. Christian rolls Maluta back into the ring. Maluta slams Christian’s head on the top rope. Maluta with a Running Knee Strike for a two count.

Maluta unloads two knife edge chops. Christian kicks Maluta in the gut. Christian slams Maluta’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Maluta delivers his combination offense. Maluta with The Helluva Kick for a two count. Christian uppercuts Maluta. Maluta with a forearm smash. Christian rolls under a clothesline from Maluta. Christian with a Handspring Kick. Christian with a Reverse SlingBlade. Christian follows that with a Sunset Bomb into the turnbuckles. Christian with a Diving Meteora. Christian with The Snap Dragon Suplex for a two count. Christian drags Maluta to the corner. Maluta wisely exits the ring. Maluta kicks Christian in the gut. Christian nails Maluta with a Flying Cutter on the floor. Christian rolls Maluta back into the ring. Christian connects with The SpringBoard 450 Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: (3-6) Blake Christian via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: (11-17) Ariya Daivari w/The Trustbusters vs. (1-9) Leon Ruff

Daivari offers Ruff a spot in The Trustbusters. All Ruff has to do is laydown and let Daivari pin him. Ruff says that he doesn’t lay down for anybody, let alone a jackass like Daivari. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Daivari backs Ruff into the turnbuckles. Daivari talks smack to Ruff. Ruff shoves Daivari. Strong lockup. Daivari with a side headlock takeover. Daivari bodyslams Ruff. Ruff avoids the running elbow drop from Daivari. Ruff ducks a clothesline from Daivari. Ruff leapfrogs over Daivari. Ruff dropkicks Daivai to the floor. Ruff with a SpringBoard Cannonball Senton to the outside. Ruff rolls Daivari back into the ring. VSK runs interference. Daivari blasts Ruff off the ring apron. Daivari whips Ruff into the side of the stage. Daivari tosses Ruff back inside the ring.

Daivari whips Ruff into the turnbuckles. Daivari stomps on the midsection of Ruff. Daivari applies a rear chin lock. Ruff decks Daivari with a JawBreaker. Daivari launches Ruff over the top rope. Ruff with a leaping forearm smash. Ruff showcases his speed and agility. Ruff ducks a clothesline from Daivari. Ruff with a flying elbow strike. Ruff is throwing haymakers at Daivari. Daivari reverses out of the irish whip from Ruff. Ruff kicks Daivari in the chest. Ruff with a Rebound Lariat. Ruff hits The SpringBoard Cutter for a two count. The Trustbusters continues to run interference. Daivari SuperKicks Ruff. Daivari connects with The Hammerlock Lariat to pickup the victory. After the match, The Trustbusters gangs up on Ruff. AR Fox and Blake Christian storms into the ring with two steel chairs to make the save.

Winner: (12-17) Ariya Daivari via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: (3-5) Rohit Raju vs. (0-4) Richard Adonis 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wrist Lock Exchange. Raju applies a side headlock. Side Headlock Takeover/Headscissors Neck Lock Exchange. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Raju kicks Adonis in the gut. Raju grabs a side headlock. Adonis whips Raju across the ring. Raju runs into Adonis. Raju ducks under two clotheslines from Adonis. Adonis dodges The Roundhouse Kick. Adonis with a Spinning Back Kick. Adonis kicks Raju in the chest. Adonis with a Roundhouse Kick. Adonis chops Raju. Adonis whips Raju across the ring. Raju pulls Adonis down to the mat. Raju repeatedly stomps on Adonis chest.

Raju sends Adonis to the corner. Adonis decks Raju with a back elbow smash. Raju kicks the right shoulder of Adonis. Raju sweeps out the legs of Adonis for a two count. Raju applies the sitting abdominal stretch. Adonis with heavy bodyshots. Raju punches Adonis in the back. Adonis leapfrogs over Raju. Adonis with a diving back elbow smash. Raju ducks another clothesline from Adonis. Adonis with The Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Adonis SuperKicks Raju. Raju responds with a Ripcord Knee. Raju with a Running Forearm. Raju with The Helluva Kick. Raju follows that with a Running Cannonball Strike. Raju connects with The Flying Double Foot Stomp to pickup the victory.

Winner: (4-5) Rohit Raju via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: (9-13) Jora Johl vs. (0-2) Jarrett Diaz

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Johl backs Diaz into the turnbuckles. Johl with Two Biel Throws. Diaz side steps Johl into the turnbuckles. Diaz thrust kicks the midsection of Johl. Johl with a Counter Delayed Vertical Suplex. Johl flexes his muscles. Diaz with an inside cradle for a one count. Johl with a forearm smash. Johl tugs on Diaz’s hair.

Johl talks smack to Diaz. Johl goes for a fireman’s carry takeover, but Diaz lands back on his feet. Diaz thrust kicks the left knee of Johl. Johl blocks The SuperKick. Johl goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Diaz lands back on his feet. Diaz SuperKicks Johl. Johl launches Diaz over the top rope. Johl connects with The Pump Kick to pickup the victory.

Winner: (10-13) Jora Johl via Pinfall 

Eight Match: (19-12) The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) w/Evil Uno vs. (0-2) Axton Ray & (0-1) Blanco Loco

John Silver and Blanco Loco will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Standing Switch Exchange. Silver applies a hammerlock. Loco with a back elbow smash. Silver kicks Loco in the gut. Silver applies a side headlock. Loco whips Silver across the ring. Silver drops Loco with a shoulder tackle. Loco drops down on the canvas. Loco leapfrogs over Silver. Silver cartwheels over Loco. Silver dropkicks Loco. Silver slams Loco’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Silver tags in Reynolds. Uppercut/Mid-Kick Combination. Reynolds with the irish whip. Loco dives over Reynolds. Reynolds kicks Loco in the face.

Ray with a Running Enzuigiri behind the referee’s back. Loco tags in Ray. Ray with clubbing blows to Reynolds back. Ray sends Reynolds to the corner. Reynolds side steps Ray into the turnbuckles. Reynolds with a running back elbow smash. Reynolds with a corkscrew elbow strike. Reynolds follows that with a Double Foot Stomp. Loco punches Reynolds in the back. Silver with a running forearm smash. Silver dumps Loco out of the ring. Ray with a cross chop. Reynolds clotheslines Ray. Dark Order connects with their combination offense to pickup the victory.

Winner: (20-12) The Dark Order via Pinfall 

Ninth Match: (33-9) Tony Nese & (16-7) Josh Woods w/Mark Sterling vs. (0-16) Adrian Alanis & (0-15) Liam Gray

Josh Woods and Liam Gray will start things off. Standing Switch Exchange. Gray with a deep arm-drag. Gray applies an arm-bar. Woods whips Gray across the ring. Woods goes for a Bodyslam, but Gray lands back on his feet. Woods with a Release Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex. Woods tags in Nese. Nese buries his shoulder into the midsection of Gray. Nese kicks Gray in the gut. Nese with a forearm smash. Nese slams Gray’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Nese tags in Woods. Double Irish Whip. Nese with a Spinning Back Kick. Woods with a knee lift. Woods kicks the right knee of Gray. Woods sends Gray face first into the middle turnbuckle pad. Woods tags in Nese. Nese kicks Gray in the chest. Nese is raining down haymakers in the corner.

Nese whips Gray into the turnbuckles. Nese flexes his muscles. Gray with an inside cradle for a two count. Nese blasts Alanis off the ring apron. Nese goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Gray lands back on his feet. Gray tags in Alanis. Alanis with a forearm smash. Alanis clotheslines Nese. Alanis with The Big Boot. Woods tags himself in. Nese whips Alanis across the ring. Alanis goes for a Sunset Flip, but Woods counters with a Running Knee Strike. Standing Switch Exchange. Woods rocks Gray with a forearm smash. Nese with a Running Bulldog across the top strand. Woods with a Release German Suplex. Woods tags in Nese. Varsity Athletes connects with The 1RM to pickup the victory.

Winner: (34-9) Tony Nese & (17-7) Josh Woods via Pinfall 

Tenth Match: (16-10) Kiera Hogan vs. (0-3) Kaci Lennox 

Hogan with a waist lock go-behind. Lennox decks Hogan with a back elbow smash. Hogan kicks Lennox in the face. Hogan side steps Lennox into the turnbuckles. Hogan with a Shotgun Dropkick. Hogan with a Running Hip Attack. Hogan follows that with a Sliding Corner Dropkick. Lennox avoids The Roundhouse Kick. Hogan ducks a clothesline from Lennox. Hogan connects with The Back Drop Driver to pickup the victory.

Winner: (17-10) Kiera Hogan via Pinfall 

Eleventh Match: (0-0) The Trustbusters w/VSK vs. (0-38) Ryzin & (0-9) Cameron Stewart

Sonny Kiss and Cameron Stewart will start things off. Stewart is playing mind games with Kiss. Kiss matrix under a clothesline from Stewart. Stewart rolls Kiss over for a one count. Kiss drives his knee into the midsection of Stewart. Kiss slams Stewart’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Kiss with a forearm smash. Kiss sends Stewart to the corner. Stewart dives over Kiss. Stewart taunts Kiss. Stewart ducks a clothesline from Kiss. Stewart dropkicks Kiss. Stewart applies an arm-bar. Stewart tags in Ryzin. Ryzin with a Flying Double Foot Stomp. Ryzin applies a wrist lok. Ryzin with The Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a one count. Kiss pulls Ryzin down to the mat. Kiss slams Ryzin’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Kiss tags in Slim.

Slim with a straight right hand. Slim slams Ryzin’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Slim buries his shoulder into the midsection of Ryzin. Ryzin reverses out of the irish whip from Slim. Slim kicks Ryzin in the face. Slim with a Flying Corkscrew Kick. Slim tags in Kiss. Kiss kicks Ryzin in the ribs. Kiss repeatedly stomps on Ryzin’s chest. Kiss is choking Ryzin with his boot. Kiss sends Ryzin to the corner. Kiss delivers The Rapid Kiss Missile. Kiss sits on the back of Ryzin’s neck. Kiss continues to use the turnbuckle pads as a weapon. Ryzin kicks Kiss in the face. Kiss with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Kiss goes for a Press Slam, but Ryzin lands back on his feet. Ryzin crawls under Kiss’s legs. Ryzin tags in Stewart. Kiss rocks Stewart with a forearm smash. Assisted NeckBreaker to Ryzin. Slim hits The Diving Reverse DDT. Kiss connects with The 450 Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: (1-0) The Trustbusters via Pinfall 

Twelfth Match: (13-46) Shawn Dean vs. (0-2) Ariel Dominguez

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Dean backs Dominguez into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Dominguez asks Dean to shake his hand. Dominguez kicks the left knee of Dean. Dean with a Hip Toss. Dean with a deep arm-drag. Dean dropkicks Dominguez. Dominguez side steps Dean into the turnbuckles.

Dean launches Dominguez over the top rope. Dominguez with a shoulder block. Dominguez SuperKicks Dean for a two count. Dean fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Dean with a Release German Suplex. Dean with a Shotgun Dropkick into the turnbuckles. Dean connects with The Flying Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: (14-46) Shawn Dean via Pinfall 

Thirteenth Match: (17-13) Top Flight vs. (4-8) Anthony Henry & JD Drake 

Darius Martin and Anthony Henry will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Darius gets distracted by Drake. Henry with a running shot to Darius. Henry uppercuts Darius. Henry with a forearm smash. Darius reverses out of the irish whip from Henry. Darius with a running forearm smash. Following a snap mare takeover, Darius dropkicks the back of Henry’s neck for a two count. Darus with a forearm smash. Darius slams Henry’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Darius tags in Dante. Dante with a diving corner clothesline. Darius with a Vertical Suplex. Dante follows that with a Slingshot Senton. Dante leapfrogs over Drake. Darius dumps Drake out of the ring. Dante dropkicks Drake off the ring apron. The Workhorsemen regroups on the outside. Dropkick Party. Darius applies a wrist lock. Darius with a shoulder block. Darius tags in Dante. Dante with a SpringBoard Double Foot Stomp. Following a snap mare takeover, Dante kicks Henry in the back for a one count. Dante slams Henry’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Dante tags in Darius.

Darius thrust kicks the midsection of Henry. Darius decks Drake with a back elbow smash. Drake tugs on Darius hair. Henry with two neck cranks. Following a snap mare takeover, Henry kicks Darius in the back. Henry slams Darius head on the top turnbuckle pad. Henry tags in Drake. Drake with a knife edge chop. Darius with heavy bodyshots. Darius uppercuts Drake. Drake with a blistering chop. Drake kicks Darius in the back. Drake with a Falling HeadButt. Darius is displaying his fighting spirit. Darius lunges over Drake. Darius tags in Dante. Dante dives over Drake. Dante knocks Henry off the ring apron. Drake repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Drake. Dante ducks a clothesline from Drake. Dante dives off Drake’s back. Drake with a Belly to Belly Suplex. Drake tags in Henry. Henry with a Diving Knee Drop for a two count. Henry with a Half Hatch Suplex for a two count. Henry tags in Drake. Drake is putting the boots to Dnte. Dante attacks the midsection of Drake. Drake rocks Dante with a forearm smash. Drake slams Dante’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Drake is lighting up Dante’s chest. Drake tags in Henry. Henry kicks Dante in the ribs. Henry with clubbing mid-kicks. Henry kicks the left hamstring of Dante. Henry goes for a Double Underhook BackBreaker, but Dante counters with a Hurricanrana. Henry dropkicks Darius off the ring apron. Henry goes for a Sunset Flip, but Dante counters with The PK. Dante tags in Darius. Darius with a Flying Crossbody Block. Darius with a Running Uppercut.

Assisted Shoulder Block. Darius with a Running Enzuigiri. Standing Switch Exchange. Darius with a back elbow smash. Darius with The Standing Spanish Fly for a two count. Chop Exchange. Drake goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Darius lands back on his feet. Darius sends Drake tumbling to the floor. Darius tags in Dante. Darius with The Suicide Dive. Dante lands The SomerSault Plancha. Dante rolls Henry back into the ring. Dante with a Shotgun Dropkick for a two count. Dante tags in Darius. Dante back flips over Henry. Darius with an Apron Enzuigiri. Dante SuperKicks Henry. Darius hits The Slingshot Flatliner for a two count. Henry fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Meeting Of The Minds. Darius with two running forearm smashes. Darius puts Henry on his shoulders. Henry continues to shove Darius into Dante. Henry with a SitOut FaceBuster. Henry tags in Drake. Drake with a Running Boot. Drake with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Drake tags in Henry. Drake goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Darius lands back on his feet. Darius shoves Drake into Henry. Henry with a Roundhouse Kick. Henry with a back elbow smash. Darius punches Henry in the back. Assisted Corner Dropkick. Top Flight connects with The Assisted Nose Dive to pickup the victory.

Winner: (18-13) Top Flight via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez