14th Oct2021

‘AEW: Dark’ Review (Oct 12th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW: Dark which comes from the All Elite Zone, or AEW Universal, or whatever Excalibur calls it this week. In a shocking change of pace, it turns out this weeks episode of Dark is only 22 minutes.. yes, 22 minutes, long. Four matches. They better be good!

Match #1: Capt. Shawn Dean def. Andrew Lockhart

My Thoughts: Nice to see Shawn Dean in another match, the guy has always been a solid performer for AEW and that was also the case here. Dean looked strong in what was one of AEW’s usual quasi-squash matches. More from Dean please AEW!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: KiLynn King def. Ashley D’Amboise

My Thoughts: AEW have done my girl KiLynn King dirty in recent weeks. She was a regular during the pandemic era and was trulty a highlight of the AEW women’s roster. And what does AEW do? Seemingly abandon her now they’re back on the road. For shame Tony Khan. For shame. Having King back on Dark shows EXACTLY why I think she’s been done wrong. King looked badass in this match, really giving it to Ashley D’Amboise in some hard-hitting action; real strong-style looking stuff! Speaking of Ashley D’Amboisem she also put in a great performance, cracking out some hard-hitting moves of her own. However it wasn’t enough to get one over on the mightu King!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #3: Wardlow def. Darian Bengston

My Thoughts: It looked like the small(er) stature and nibble nature of Darian Bengston, who dresses like part-Raven, part-Headbanger, could get the better of Wardlow, seemingly wriggling his way out of a LOT of the big man holds. But it was not to be. Power overcame speed and Wardlow slammed Bengston around before hitting the F10 for the win.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: Evil Uno def. Anthony Greene

My Thoughts: Anthony Greene makes his second appearance for AEW and, just like last time, knocks it out of the park. He went toe-to-toe with Evil Uno with a great agressive back and forth that eventually saw Evil Uno living up to the first part of his name!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This oen gets a high score for featuring two fantastic matches and only running 22 minutes. Who knew that shows running even less than 45 minutes could still be so satisfying? Oh and while I’m here… AEW sign KiLynn King or, at least, get her in that TBS Title Tournament picture.

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