25th Nov2021

‘AEW: Dark’ Review (Nov 23rd 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dark, which is back in AEW Universal and is so packed with action that intros are ket short and we get right into the action… So let’s get right into this review!

Match #1: Jon Silver & Alex Reynolds def. Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo

My Thoughts: Absolutely fantastic to see Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo back together as a tag team, even if they were booked to lose this one! This match was quite evenly matched for most of the time until Dark Order’s Silver & Reynolds eventually got the upper hand and the pin.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Riho def. Karma Dean

My Thoughts: This one felt a little clumsy, as if communication between the two was off. Dean telegraphed a number of moves and Riho looked like she was almost covering some faux pas. Not sure what went wrong with this one but anyways this was a typical AEW quasi-squash. The first for tonight.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: 2point0 & Daniel Garcia def. Gabriel Hodder, Adrien Soriano, & Matthew Omen

My Thoughts: Now this WAS a squash match, 2point0 & Daniel Garcia made mince-meat of their opponents – and looking very strong while doing it.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Kiera Hogan def. Notorious Mimi

My Thoughts: Kiera Hogan, who recently complained she’d got lost in the shuffle after the recent AEW signings, finally gets a match on TV (well, Youtube) and it’s a squash match… Well a quasi-squash match, with Mimi at least getting the chance to show that she wasn’t a walkover for Hogan. She still lost though.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Bear Country def. Chad Lennex & Caine Carter

My Thoughts: A freaking DOUBLE body slam? wow. Bear Country are badasses aren’t they? Two big men who make the most of their size and their skills… This was another quick squash match with their opponents not getting a look in. But at least Bear Country looked awesome!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: Anthony Greene def. Jameson Ryan

My Thoughts: Wow. This was a rough match. As others have pointed out, it looked liked there could’ve been a serious injury here; and Greene didn’t really sell himself after the match in the short interview/promo either.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #7: Joey Janela def. Zack Clayton

My Thoughts: This one got some time compared to what came before it on this card but neither man really made the most of that time. Joey Janela did exacty what Janela does… Which is feel somewhat out of place in each and every AEW match he’s in. Dude has skill but also feels like hje’s holding back and sanitising himself for TV.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #8: Emi Sakura def. Valentina Rossi

My Thoughts: This one was yet another quasi-squash, with Valentina Rossi given a few spots, hitting a move or two and countering what Emi Sakura delivered but in the end this was a squash and Emi Sakura got control (though she never really was out of control) and got the win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #9: Matt Hardy def. Brick Aldrige

My Thoughts: Brick Aldrige lookd great in this match, so much so that – honestly – if Jora Johl didn’t get involved it looked like Alridge could have got the win. Alridge was honestly booked strong in this matchm really giving Matt Hardy a run for his money – which I’m sure (kayfabe) he didn’t expect.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #10: The Acclaimed def. Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson

My Thoughts: This was a fantastic tag match and naother great out for Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson, who both looked strong yet inexeperienced (in a good way – this was great storytelling). The Acclaimed did their usual thing and looked like the great heels they are. A solid match on an otherwise weak(er) show.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #11: Wardlow def. Rolando Perez

My Thoughts: What the hell? Is Rolando Perez basically Marko Stunt 2.0? As you’d expect, Wardlow throew poor Perez around like a rag doll; with some epic F10’s after his quick win, which sent Perez flying through the air… literally!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #12: Lee Moriarty def. Nick Comoroto

My Thoughts: Now THIS was a wrestling match! Comoroto’s power matched by Moriarty’s technical skills, with the latter working the formers arm to take out some of the big mans strength. This match was given time to breathe and told a really great story – it also showed off both guys skills, I think, more than any of their other matches in AEW. I knew Moriarty was good but this match also showed everyone that Comoroto is much more than a “big man”… More like this from him please AEW!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This episode of Dark looked like is was headed into average territory with, as per yesterday’s Elevation, far too many squash matches on one show. Luckily we got some great matches towards the end of this episode – with, dare I admit it, a great Matt Hardy match (a shocker for me to say I know); a great tag team match; and a superb main event.

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