The Darkish Order has been a maligned group in AEW. From their debut over the summer time to the ill-timed push the group has been receiving since AEW Dynamite debuted on TNT this previous fall, each step for the Darkish Order has been met with heavy criticism.
Not sufficient was achieved to construct the characters. Previously the Tremendous Smash Brothers, no rationalization was given to longtime wrestling followers on why the crew had new personas. On the similar time, to new AEW followers who possibly did not see the Tremendous Smash Brothers in ROH or the indie scene, little was achieved to introduce them or inform the viewers their backstory.
They had been this group of evil, who had followers in masks, and so they existed merely to exist. Considered one of AEW’s greatest missteps because the launch of Dynamite was the main-event angle on the Dec. 18 episode, when the Darkish Order took out all of The Elite, after which initiated two enhancement wrestlers who had misplaced each match on tv. This, by the way in which, was all whereas the corporate was charging in direction of a bye week on TNT.
This week the Darkish Order did not seem in entrance of the dwell crowd. As an alternative, there was a backstage promo video section that aired. Previous to the message, a graphic appeared and browse, “The next message was paid for by The Darkish Order.”
Wait … the place have I seen this earlier than? A bunch with “Order” within the identify, and a pre-taped promo with the disclaimer earlier than it.
The NWO! That is it! The NWO!
There was a thriller particular person off-camera through the video that mentioned, “fantastic” in a distorted voice, proper on the finish. Who may that be? Is that the Darkish Order’s model of a “greater energy” determine?
Lastly, there’s some intrigue to this group. And now the chances are countless. With so many NWO comparisons — the NWO initiated members with t-shirts, and we noticed the Darkish Order do it with masks — may or not it’s the recently-fired Eric Bischoff? What about Kevin Nash? Scott Corridor? X-Pac?
I do not assume it is Bischoff. When this storyline began Bischoff was with WWE as an govt producer and there was no strategy to know he would get fired just a few months later. My guess is it is somebody like Kevin Nash, who may come into the corporate in a managerial or “head coach” sort position, just like what Arn Anderson is now doing for Cody and his Nightmare Household.
Nothing about Nash’s historical past in wrestling would recommend he’s a cult chief, which is certainly the vibe the Darkish Order has going proper now, however he would make a variety of sense from a sensible standpoint. There’s additionally James Mitchell and even Kevin Sullivan, though that they had little connection to the NWO, and there are particular NWO undertones to this group the final two weeks.
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