12 Ups & 4 Downs From AEW Dynamite: Bash At The Beach (Jan 15)


4. Recruitment Drive

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This week's Dark Order segment saw their motivational speaker/spin doctor stood on a darkened room, presenting an update on the group's ongoing recruitment drive to their apparent "Exalted One." Michael Nakazawa, Brandon Cutler, Kenny Omega, and Hangman Page were amongst their targets, with the Order taking additional steps to acquire them, but while the first two make sense (the group are all about taking advantage of down-on-their-luck losers), Omega and Page? Really? These guys just earned a Tag Team Title shot. They don't fit the group's remit.

A well-produced segment here, but the act is done. Stick a fork in it. "The Exalted One' speaking on a goofy B-movie EVIL VILLAIN PERSON voice didn't help matters either and while last year's indoctrination vignettes were decent, the damage done to The Dark Order in recent angles has now rendered their position untenable.


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