On the October 21 episode of AEW Dynamite, Dark Order (Alex Reynolds & John Silver) competed in a fatal four-way bout to crown AEW Tag Team Title number one contenders.
During the bout, Reynolds was seemingly knocked out after taking a top rope leg drop-splash combination move from Private Party. Reynolds' body went stiff after the spot and he laid there as the pinfall was broken up. He was then dragged to the corner by The Blade, who tagged himself in. Reynolds continued to lay motionless in the corner as the action continued around him before he was finally able to make it to his feet to continue the match.
In an interview on AEW Unrestricted in December, Reynolds stated he wasn't knocked out and the corner drag spot was planned.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, John Silver gave his perspective on the spot.
“I didn’t know until Billy Gunn realized. I didn’t see it happen, I think I was on the floor. Alex was in the corner, so I go up to Alex and he was fine talking to me. We had to do something coming up in the match. Billy Gunn was like 'go check on him now.' I go up to Alex and say 'Are you good,' and he’s like 'Yeah I’m good.' But he’s just laying there. I’m like OK this is our spot. Then he starts to get up and I realize oh no he isn’t good. But the way he was talking to me was fine. He wasn’t slurring or anything weird. So once he got moving, I could have grabbed him and done everything myself, but at that point he’s up and he’s there. It was so quick. I was going to try and tell Nick [Jackson] hey he’s messed up, but at that point he’s already doing everything. I think I said it as it’s going on, but I don’t know if he heard me. Nick realized pretty quick as it’s going on that Alex is a little messed up there," he recalled.
Reynolds would miss a month of action following the incident.
Silver & Reynolds are set to compete in the Casino Tag Team Royale at AEW Revolution. You can view the full lineup for AEW Revolution by clicking here.