18th Nov2021

‘AEW: Dark’ Review (Nov 16th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this weeks episode of AEW: Dark, Iā€™m editor Phil and this weeks episode of Dark is another arena show rather than AEW Universal.

Match #1: Powerhouse Hobbs def. Jaysin Strife

My Thoughts: This was a total squash match (all be it an extended one) but one that saw Hobbs plaiyng with his opponent – throwing him around and generally beating him up! Hobbs needs a better finished than the torture rack though IMHO.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Andrade El Idolo def. Jah-C

My Thoughts: Jah-C was a local talent that the crowd were definitely behind, even if he didn’t stand a chance against Andrade – who worked over Jah-C’s arm, and his face, in stiff fashion. Jah-C did get a few decent moves in before Andrade hit an armbar out of nowhere to get the submission win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: The Pinnacle’s Shawn Spears & Wardlow def. Renny D & Arik Cannon

My Thoughts: Spears & Wardlow played with their opponents here; literally throwing them around the ring. Local wrestler Arik Cannon got a huge pop when he was tagged in but that didn’t stop him getting his ass kicked by Wardlow. Poor Renny D ate FOUR huge powerbombs before Wardlow eventually pinned him.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Ruby Soho def. Hyan

My Thoughts: This one was a short squash match with Hyan only hitting a couple of moves on Soho who, honestly, looked a little rusty for some reason – especially compared to the previous nights match on AEW Dark: Elevation.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Too Fast Too Fuego def. Brandon Gore & Kit Sackett

My Thoughts: The Too Fast Too Fuego gimmick continues and unlike when Cody is Cody, it seems the fans are behind him as part of this tag team. Speaking of Cody, aka Fuego Dos, he let his opponents both get in plenty of offence to show what they’re made of (which is what Dark’s all about IMHO) before Fuego Uno hit his massive Tornado DDT on Brandon Gore for the win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: The Acclaimed def. Dark Order’s Alan “6-inch” Angels & Colt Cabana

My Thoughts: This was a great tag team match with both teams shining. Alan Angels did most of the work for his team, looking strong throughout, with Max Cater and Anthony Bowens worked so smoothly you’d think they were the veteran’s here, not Cabana. Eventually Angels tagged Cabana in, who worked over The Acclaimed, hitting them with elbow strikes… The rest of this was was back and forth between both teams, with The Acclaimed eventually hitting Cabana with boombox, and rolling him up for a three count, getting the win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #7: Riho, Kris Statlander & Ryo Mizunami def. Emi Sakura, The Bunny & Nyla Rose

My Thoughts: What is going on here? For a company that prides itself in not rehashing matches, we seem to be getting a LOT of Emi Sakura/Nyla Rose trios matches. In fact last night we got the EXACT same match, only with Skye Blue instead of Kris Stalander. This one was more of a mess than a match, with the entire thing breaking down early. So early that the bell, to start the match, wasn’t rung for what felt ages! Though as if to nullify my comments, this match ended the opposite of Elevation’s with Riho and co. picking up the win this time.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #8: Brock Anderson & Lee Johnson and The Varsity Blondes def. The Wingmen’s JD Drake & Ryan Nemeth and The Factory (Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto)

My Thoughts: Nice to see JD Drake back in action in a match; and in a remarkably long match compared to the previous matches on this show. Everyone got a chance to shine but as usual the aforementioend JD Drake was the star of the show, closely followed by Lee Johnson, who’s really starting to be the standout guy in all his matches.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #9: John Silver def. Peter Avalon

My Thoughts: This wa a pretty decent match apart from all the showboating. I know that’s part of Avalon’s gimmick and Silver is the “clown” of the Dark Order but Silver’s recent singles streak would be better served by a more serious tone than what was present here. Especially if the Dark Order are to be anything more than they are now.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #10: Sonny Kiss def. Adam Grace

My Thoughts: And we’re back to the squash matches. OK, so this was more of the typical AEW quais-squash matches but it was still a squash, It’s nice to see Sonny Kiss back in the ring for AEW as, much like the Wingmen, Kiss has been absent for a few weeks now.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #11: Ten def. Mikey Wild

My Thoughts: Again we’re in squash territory here but when it’s Pres10 Vance doing the squashing it’s always a good time. Loved the spot where Mikey Wild hit 10 with chop after chop and 10 just took them without even flinching. All these wins and the build of 10 into some sort of inhuman wrestling machine really has to lead somewhere doesn’t it? Doesn’t it?

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #12: Scorpio Sky def. Craven Knyte

My Thoughts: Well this was an odd main event… a squash match? Really? Should’ve really finished this episode of Dark with one of the tag or trios matches. Much more exciting matches and much more wrthy of main event status that a squash match. But whatever, at least we got Scorpio Sky in action and Ethan Page on commentary. That’s a plus at least.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5

Another average episode of AEW YouTube… it seems that there’s going to be a post-Full Gear lull if the past two shows are anything to go by. Probably due to the reformatting that is supossed to be happening when Dynamite moves to TBS. Perhaps Dark and Elevation might get reworked to? Who knows. All I know is that almost two hours of wrestling is too much when we get this many squash matches.


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