AEW Dark continues. Jon Cruz and Joe Alonzo are here to face off with the Butcher and the Blade, funnily right after their manager Allie aka the Bunny just appeared with QT. Unsurprisingly she’s not here with them as they come out. I’m sure it’s all a part of a ruse of some sort though. I can’t help but think they won’t need her help against these guys anyway.
Joe Alonzo & Jon Cruz vs. The Butcher & The Blade
Before the bell they rush Cruz and Alonzo and batter them into the corner. Butcher with a big clubbering blow, Blade hits Cruz with a Stun Gun! Butcher sends Alonzo flying with a Pumphandle Fallaway Slam! The tandem bumps forearms. Blade chops Cruz into the corner, whips him to the ropes for a big Kitchen Sink knee! Grinds the sole of his boot into the face of Cruz. Pulls him up, throws him into the corner. Another meaty chop! Blade looks like he’s been bulking up during the quarantine he seems a lot buffer than the last time I saw him. Hoists Cruz up, tag to Butcher who caps off the tag move with a super high legdrop! Irish whip/Drop Toe Hold into the corner sending Cruz facefirst into the buckle! Hoists him onto his shoulders, Gutbuster! Takes him up on his shoulders again for another one!
Cruz struggling to the ropes, but Butcher pulls him to the middle and hits a third one! Alonzo is begging for a tag but Butcher pulls Cruz to his feet and takes him to the heel corner… only to send him right back with a mighty biel throw! Alonzo manages to make the tag and rushes in, sends a flurry of forearms Butcher’s way, hits the ropes – but Butcher gets him with a clothesline against the ropes, whips him and nails him with a Crosschop! Forces him to his feet and just smashes him against the mat with a hard snap suplex! And another one, he is taking it to the kid. Blade tags in, double teaming Alonzo in the heel corner, he’s eating pump kicks and chops left and right.
Assisted Black Hole Slam! Blade takes his time covering, then pulls him up before the three! Blade pulls Alonzo up and is LAYING IN chops! Whips him to the ropes, Alonzo with a kick off a back body drop attempt, Cruz tags back in! Tries to take the fight to him but is quickly cut off, Butcher blind tags in, knee to the gut from Blade, big backbreaker from Butcher – Full Death follows and that is that!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade
It’s likely a lot of people are sleeping on these guys. I like how different they feel from the rest of the tag division which is largely full of high fliers and fresh-faced youngsters. They still got plenty of skill and athleticism but at their core they’re rugged brutes that like beating the crap out of people and that was displayed beautifully here, it was a really good squash match.
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