Preview: AEW DARK (9/8/20)

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All Out is in the books and with it came some showcase moments for two of the AEW DARK favorites as Will Hobbs got a shot in the Casino Battle Royale and Serpentico got singles match with Joey Janela. On Tuesday, that singles match will get some follow-up as Serpentico will face Janela’s tag team partner Sonny Kiss, in singles action. Hobbs is back on the card with a great chance to pick up a victory as well, when he faces the debuting Sean Legacy. Also slated for action are the debuting Ben Carter, Team Taz, Anna Jay, Angelico, Griff Garrison, Skyler Moore, and Eddie Kingston in his AEW DARK debut.

It’s just a seven-match card of all singles bouts tonight but it looks like it could be one of DARK’s best shows in some time. Make sure to tune in tonight at 7PM on YouTube to see all of the action unfold!

Brian Cage vs Tony Donati

The FPW Champion is back in action on AEW DARK for the first time since early July, in a match that will also mark his first singles match since that same month. After starting his AEW career, 6-0, Cage has gone on a three-match losing streak starting with his title opportunity against Jon Moxley. But his other two losses were in tag team or battle royale action. Cage is still one of the most dominant wrestlers in AEW and he’ll no doubt show that against the young and inexperienced Tony Donati.

Just a week after taking on fellow Team Taz member Ricky Starks, Tony Donati will try his hand against Cage. A WWN trainee, Donati began his wrestling career less than a year ago. A former champion amateur wrestler in high school and NCAA Division I wrestler in college, Donati has picked up pro wrestling like a sponge. Donati first made his AEW debut in March against Kip Sabian and has wrestled three additional matches since then. This Tuesday will mark just the third singles match in AEW for Donati.

Anna Jay vs Skyler Moore

The Dark Order’s highest ranking female and self-titled “Queenslayer,” Anna Jay, will be in action for just the seventh time in her young AEW career. She is coming off a win in her last outing, defeating Red Velvet. With all eyes on what her tag team partner Tay Conti will do regarding her Dark Order invitation, as well as the lurking prescence of Brandi Rhodes, who challenged Jay to a match last week on DARK, the young star could face some challenges on Tuesday night. But, with the Dark Order’s numbers advantage in her corner, Jay can focus on the ring and taking out her opponent, Skyler Moore.

Trained by the 3D Academy, Moore is returning to DARK for the sixth time. Known for her time in IGNITE and Go Wrestle, Moore also took part in a WWE tryout in April 2019. She’s only been wrestling a few years with just a handful of matches on record, but Moore is a name to watch, especially if she keeps receiving opportunities to wrestle some of the top women’s wrestlers in AEW.

Will Hobbs vs Sean Legacy

We’ve talked about this before, but on AEW DARK, the role of the indie wrestlers isn’t so much to pick up wins as it is to help the rostered talent get their reps in. It’s a chance for these indie wrestlers however, to possibly earn larger roles with AEW or other companies, due to the exposure the DARK platform provides. Such has been the case for long-time indie veteran Will Hobbs, who is in position to become the first of the indie stars to pick up a singles win on DARK. Hobbs, who is coming off his biggest AEW opportunity, a star turn in the Casino Battle Royale, will be considered the favorite on Tuesday night as he takes on the debuting Sean Legacy.

Just 24, Sean Legacy has been wrestling for a handful of years, known for his time in the Southern indie scene. Wrestling out of Georgia, Legacy has spent parts of his five year career with Viral Pro Wrestling, Southern Legacy Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Bushido, Southern Honor Wrestling, and WrestleMerica among others. He’s won two titles in his career. This Tuesday will be his AEW debut and a great opportunity for the young rising name in the Southern indie scene.

Sonny Kiss vs Serpentico

Another AEW DARK star who has done nothing but make the most of his opportunities is Serpentico, who is coming off his own PPV appearance, as he wrestled Joey Janela on the All Out Buy-In show. A 13-year veteran who has appeared for all the majors (WWE, NWA, TNA, MLW, ROH), Serpentico has wrestled more matches on DARK than just about everyone. Serpentico’s star is certainly on the rise and more than that, his match on Tuesday follows a thread that developed Saturday night. The match between the Snakeman and the Bad Boy ended with some extracurricular activities thanks to the tag team partners of both, LUTHER in Serpentico’s corner and Kiss in Janela’s. Following Janela’s win over Serpentico, on Tuesday, Kiss will get the chance to add to one in the W column for the Kiss/Janela record.

Taking part in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out, Kiss wrestled for the first time since mid-July when facing Cody for the TNT Championship. Largely on DARK alongside Janela, this will be Kiss’ first singles match on the show since May. No doubt a huge star within AEW, this will be a great opportunity back in singles action, for Kiss to show off impressive moves and a superb skillset. While not actively seeking singles glory, wins like these could help Kiss return to the title picture one day as well as help keep the momentum train rolling for the wildly successful Kiss/Janela pairing.

Ricky Starks vs Ben Carter

Ever since joining with Taz, the “Absolute” Ricky Starks has been on an absolute roll. Losing the first match of his AEW career, a challenge to Cody for the TNT Championship, Starks is undefeated in singles action since. The recent Casino Battle Royale participant has a 6-0 overall record on DARK with wins over DARK favorites including Shawn Dean, Will Hobbs, and Lee Johnson. He’ll get the first shot at Ben Carter, who is making his AEW DARK debut on Tuesday night.

Wrestling out of the UK, the young Benjamin Carter got his first big break when he left his small island and Channel Islands World Wrestling, to come across the pond, following in footsteps of guys like Nigel McGuinness and William Regal. In the U.S., Carter made his way to Iowa, where he was trained by WWE’s Seth Rollins at the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy. Since then, Carter has worked largely in the Southern and Midwest indie scenes, becoming a regular with ACTION Wrestling, Southern Underground Pro, Absolute Intense Wrestling, AAW Pro, Black Label Pro, and recently on the East coast, with Game Changer Wrestling.

Eddie Kingston vs Lee Johnson

Coming off a strong showing in the Casino Battle Royale where he, alongside with his associate the Butcher, were among the final four, the Mad King Eddie Kingston is set for just his second singles match in AEW and his first on DARK. Bringing in a lengthy and extensive career resume, Kingston will look to start what many of his colleagues have, a winning streak on AEW’s second show. The savvy veteran will certainly impose his will upon the young and still growing Lee Johnson.

Just a two-year pro, Johnson has trained with both AR Fox and QT Marshall. He made his AEW debut against Marshall in April, and has been a staple with DARK ever since. Known for his time in the Southern indies, Johnson has wrestled 14 matches with AEW this year, including 10 of which have been on DARK. He’s had some top showcases as well, putting on lengthy contests with Scorpio Sky and Fenix in consecutive weeks. Johnson is a star in the making and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him parlay his DARK success into an AEW contract.

Angelico vs Griff Garrison

Prior to last week, Angelico had never wrestled a singles match in AEW, but now, he’s about to have his second in a row. With AEW since 2019, Tuesday night will be just the second time Angelico will be in singles action, as all of his other matches have been alongside his TH2 tag team partner, Jack Evans. An 11-time champion in his career, Angelico is best known for his time in International Wrestling Revolution Group, Lucha Libre AAA, and Lucha Underground, where his risk-taking and insane aerobatics, quickly gained him the support of the believers. Last week was his chance to show AEW fans, why they should become believers too. He’ll look to continue to recent winning ways as he takes on Griff Garrison.

Poor Griff Garrison. No one knows who he is, he got kicked out of the Dark Order for not being Jungle Boy, and his name has become a recurring joke on Being the Elite. Well, none of that is all bad actually given it’s made Garrison one of the more known AEW DARK performers this year. Coming off just his second ever match on Dynamite alongside seemingly new partner, Brian Pillman Jr., Garrison is returning to singles action for the first time since July. The just three-year pro out of North Carolina, Garrison is known for his time in Anarchy Wrestling, Southern Fried Championship Wrestling, and Ring of Honor. But who the “f**k is Griff Garrison?” Perhaps we’ll never know.

Programming note: The September 16th episode of AEW Dynamite will air on September 17th instead due to TNT airing the NBA playoffs. Make sure to set your DVR in order not to miss any of the action!

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