06th May2021

‘AEW: Dark’ Review (May 5th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dark, which can’t be any worse than this weeks Elevation can it? Let’s find out!

Match #1: Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks def. Aaron Frye & Brick Aldridge

My Thoughts: Well this was SUPOSSED to be a tag match… Instead we got Powerhouse Hobbs squashing his opponents in around 30 seconds as Ricky Starks looked on in repose. Isn’t it about time Hobbs got some legitimate competition?

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #2: Leyla Hirsch def. Diamante

My Thoughts: Well damn! This was a well-matched pair. Diamante and the Legit one went toe-to-toe in a match that looked brutal – literally like neither woman pulled any punches… or kicks! Leyla Hirsch looked like she was having as much fun here as she did in her tag matches with Ryo Mizunami.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Varsity Blonds def. Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis

My Thoughts: The Varsity Blonds continue their streak of not only winning but improving – improving their skills, their flow, their overall team dynamic. The duo are seriously bound for big things.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: SCU def. Jake St. Patrick & Spencer Slade

My Thoughts: A squash by any other name, the outcome of this one was NEVER in doubt. At least Jake St. Patrick & Spencer Slade were given a little room to mount some offense and show what they’ve got. Otherwise this was all SCU’s.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: Big Swole def. Megan Bayne

My Thoughts: Megan Bayne made her AEW debut wearing a greek goddess outfit and head gear. Unfortunately Bayne was no goddess, getting thoroughly pummeled by Swole in another typical AEW quasi-squash match.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #6: Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela def. Justin Law & Kit Sackett

My Thoughts: Has Kit Sackett kicked tag partner Hayden Backlund to the kerb? Whether he has or not it still didn’t improve his chances in this match as Law & Sackett didn’t even get a word in edgeways – this was all Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela. LOVED Janela’s impromtu mic grab in the opening though!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #7: KiLynn King def. Julia Hart

My Thoughts: Another debuting wrestler, Julia Hart, is thrown to the wolves. Or in this case thrown to the on-a-roll KiLynn King, who between her matches on both Dark shows AND her appearances on Sammy Guevara’s vlog is really starting to become one of the standouts of AEW programming; and one of my personal favourites in the womens division.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #8: PAC def. Serpentico

My Thoughts: Speaking of being thrown to the wolves… Jesus, did anyone think Serpentico stood a chance here? Though it’s nice to see Serpentico in another singles match and get to go up against one of AEW’s headliners.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #9: The Bunny def. Leila Gray

My Thoughts: Nice to see The Bunny gtting a singles match rather than being just on the ring apron in a tag match. She made swift work of Gray and looked good doing it.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #10: The Acclaimed def. David Ali & Vary Morales

My Thoughts: I don’t know what it is but… I’m starting to get bored of The Acclaimed. Mainly becasue the bravado of Max Caster is starting to grate. A lot. But hey, at least they’re eliciting a response from me. Otherwise this was another squash to build The Acclaimed’s win record.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #11: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page def. the Hughes Brothers

My Thoughts: Some SUPERB heel work from Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page in this match, with poor Hughes Brothers not given any chance to show what they can do. Hey, at least they’re on two AEW shows in one week!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #12: Alex Reynolds, Evil Uno and Stu Grayson def. Cezar Bononi, Ryan Nemeth and JD Drake

My Thoughts: Apparently the team of Cezar Bononi, Ryan Nemeth and JD Drake (and Peter Avalon) are being called “Pretty Picture” these days. Well at least that’s something. I jest of course. Once again JD Darake pulled it out of the bag, being the shiny light on his team – though props to Bononi, his HUGE, high toss of Alex Reynolds looked super-impressive! Once Evil Uno and Stu Grayson got into the match this was all Dark Order’s match, really showing just how good the duo are.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #13: Dante Martin def. Danny Limelight

My Thoughts: Man… this was a GREAT match! These guys gave each other as good as they got; their styles matching brilliantly and both guys looked like superstars. Plus the pair were given a decent amount of time in which to tell their story and show just how good they are. This match put a lot of the other matches on this episode to shame.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #14: Lance Archer def. Luther

My Thoughts: Why the hell would you have this match follow such a superb one? I get having these Lance Archer squashes week after week, even if I’d rather see Archer in actual matches, but to end the show with one? That’s booking insanity! FYI: The extra 0.5 on the score is purely for the Fuego Del Sol cameo!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

I’m being generous with that final score… This was an average show overall, with three – Just THREE – great matches on the card and a bunch of filler. Which we don’t need. I get you want to have the talent all get a chance at screen time but it’s becoming at the expense of a good show. Especially this week. On the plus side the shows are sub-two hours now!

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