03rd Jun2021

‘AEW: Dark’ Review (Jun 1st 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dark which was, like Elevation this week, filmed during the huge event AEW had this past weekend. And like Elevation this weeks episode of Dark is MUCH shorter than normal… a sign of things to come or just shorter because they didn’t want wrestling fatigue (for wrestlers AND the live audience) over the 3-day weekend they had in Jacksonville? Let’s see!

Match #1: The Gunn Club def. The Wingmen

My Thoughts: A decidedly average match to open Dark this week. Featuring 3 wrestlers I couldn’t care less about and one who, I think, could really be something with plenty more training and experience. Not exactly a great start to the show for me. Nevertheless a decent match.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Kris Statlander def. Robin Renegade

My Thoughts: Robin Renegade is becoming quite the enhancement talent – she never looks weak against any of her opponents and always manages to get in a flurry of offence at some point during her matches. But her she was facing Kris Statlander so you knew she was never going to stand a chance really. But this was a decent women’s match that showcased just how good, and how powerful, Statlander is.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: The Dark Order’s Alan “5” Angels, Stu Grayson, and Alex Reynolds def. TH2 & Serpentico

My Thoughts: The Dark Order trio of Alan Angels, Stu Grayson and Alex Reynolds looked on fire here. Seriously. In fact Angels was the standout here – no doubt buoyed on by the fact this was his first AEW match infront of a large crowd of fans. TH2 did their usual shtick but it wasn’t enough to get past the Dark Order, who beat them definitively with a badass looking Nightfall from Grayson for the win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Red Velvet def. Diamante

My Thoughts: This was something of a surprise as Red Velvet held her own against Diamante, both women delivering hard hitting moves to each other making this part wrestling match, part brawl. How hard hitting was this match? Red Velvet kicked Diamante directly in the face. The face. No punches looked to be pulled here!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: Jungle Boy def. Bear Bronson

My Thoughts: Bear Bronson had no hope here. Not because of Jungle Boy’s skills, which are extensive, but because the crowd were SO behind Jungle Boy. For him to lose would’ve been unthinkable here… JB was definitely the MVP of this AEW weekend and it’s great to see such a “new” young talent getting such a great push from the company. Let’s keep his momentum going into his championship match eh Tony?!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.75/5

Only a five match show this week, with the addition of some much-welcome promos to pad out the hour long running time. For some reason, maybe its the aforementioned fatigue, I wasn’t feeling this episode of Dark – the excitement wasn’t there for any of the matches, in the total opposite of this weeks Elevation episode. Maybe its just me or maybe the HUGE hype of a massive crowd for Dynamite, Double or Nothing and Elevation had dampened the atmosphere of this episode of Dark, which featured a much smaller and quieter crowd (it was taped on Saturday during Fan Fest so less people were in the live audience).

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