“A Fantastic Star-Studded Episode” AEW Dark Review 01/11/2022

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This episode of AEW Dark looks to be star-studded this week, with appearances of Jade Cargill, Thunder Rosa, Eddie Kingston, and Hangman Adam Page! This episode tonight has the potential of becoming better than last week’s episode of AEW Dark.

AVERAGE: Shawn Dean wins the opening match with a diving splash from the top rope. This was a good way to kick off the start of AEW Dark.

RESULT: Capt. Shawn Dean def. Liam Cross

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2.5 Stars.

AVERAGE: Anthony Ogogo triumphs over Baron Black in a thrilling match.  Throughout the match, Baron and Anthony appeared to be evenly matched. Anthony Ogogo has improved noticeably in the ring, and you can tell he has also become more adaptable as well.

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RESULT: Anthony Ogogo def. Baron Black

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2.5 Stars.

AVERAGE: Matt Hardy is interviewed ahead of his match with Hangman Adam Page, Alan Angels, and 10 later on tonight. Matt goes on to say that Tony offered him a championship match with Adam if Matt’s team can defeat Adams’ team tonight. Matt then goes on to say that his team will win and that he will win the championship from Adam Page on AEW Dynamite tomorrow.

SATISFACTORY: Shaloence attacks Velvet as she enters the ring before the match begins. Velvet is able to recover and win the match. This match had the potential of being better than their previous match on Dark, but it ended too quickly.

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RESULT: Red Velvet def. Shaloence Royal

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2.25 Stars.

SATISFACTORY: Austin and Colten Gunn leave Billy alone before the match begins after the crowd taunts them, turning the match into a handicap match. Fortunately, Billy was able to win in this very short match. This match had the potential to work, but it felt like it was just a filler match to keep the show going.

RESULT: The Gunn Club def. Patrick Scott, Marcus Kross, and T.I.M

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2 Stars.

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AVERAGE: Daniel Garcia is interviewed prior to his match against Fuego Del Sol tonight. Daniel begins speaking directly to Sammy about what he intends to do to Sammy’s friend, Fuego. He then declares that he will force Fuego to tap out, just as he will force Sammy to do so for the TNT championship.

AVERAGE: Tay Conti and Anna Jay win after making both Renegade sisters tap out. Both tag teams performed magnificently in this match. Anna and Tay have come a long way as a tag team, and their chemistry is fantastic.

RESULT: Tay Conti and Anna Jay def. Charlotte and Robin Renegade

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2.5 Stars.

AVERAGE: Orange Cassidy wins the match by hitting JD with the Orange Punch. The crowd was very interested in this match, and the match between these two lived up to its expectations.

RESULT: Orange Cassidy def. JD Drake

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 3 Stars.

GOOD: Dante and Aaron put on an exciting match, with Dante coming out on top. Dante and Aaron are both extremely talented, which they were able to showcase in their match tonight.

RESULT: Dante Martin def. Aaron Solo

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 3.25 Stars.

AVERAGE: The TBS Champion Jade Cargill with her manager Mark Sterling, gets interviewed for her upcoming match with Skye Blue. Mark lets Skye know that if she fails to beat Jade tonight, Skye will never be able to compete for the TBS Championship as long as Jade is champion. 

GOOD: Eddie beats Joey in an entertaining, hard-hitting matchup. This was a great matchup between both competitors. The crowd was behind Kingston the whole time, making him the fan-favourite for this match. 

RESULT: Eddie Kingston def. Joey Janela (with Kayla Rossi)

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 3.25 Stars.

SATISFACTORY: Thunder Rosa was able to put away Kase Fox for the win. It’s always exciting to see Thunder Rosa in action inside of the ring. This match could have been better if there was more time available.

RESULT: Thunder Rosa def. Kasey Fox

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2.25 Stars.

AVERAGE: QT Marshall and Nick Comoroto appear to be hyping their upcoming match against Jurassic Express. QT congratulates Jurassic Express on winning the tag team championships but tells them that he and Nick will beat them tonight and earn a spot to compete for the tag team championships.

SATISFACTORY: Powerhouse Hobbs destroys Alexander Moss to earn the win. This was a quick squash match that helped put Hobbs over for his match with Dante Martin tomorrow night on AEW Dynamite.

RESULT: Powerhouse Hobbs def. Alexander Moss

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2 Stars.

GOOD: In this match against Fuego Del Sol, Daniel Garcia was able to gain some momentum and win. Daniel and Fuego put on an entertaining match. Both wrestlers appear to be extremely talented, and they delivered an exciting match for the fans to enjoy.

RESULT: Daniel Garcia def. Fuego Del Sol 

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 3.25 Stars.

AVERAGE: Skye Blue is defeated by Jade after she hits her with her finisher. Jade looked phenomenal in this match as Skye looked good in this match with Jade and has significantly improved, but she fell short against Jade.

RESULT: Jade Cargil def. Skye Blue

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 2.5 Stars.

GOOD: Jurassic Express wins the match by Luchasaurus pining Nick Comoroto for the win. Both tag teams performed excellently in this match.

RESULT: Jurassic Express def. QT Marshall and Nick Commoroto

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 3.5 Stars.

GOOD: Hangman Adam Page’s team won their match against Matt Hardy’s team. This was a fantastic main event to cap off the show. Everyone in this match put up a good fight, making the match more exciting to watch.

RESULT: Hangman Adam Page, Alan Angels, and 10 def. Matt Hardy, Serpentico, Isaiah Kassidy

Aaliyah Alexander WR Star Rating: 3.5 Stars.

This episode of AEW Dark delivered on its promise of being a great episode. With all of the great matches that took place tonight, it was exciting from start to finish.  The crowd was engrossed in all of the matches, and they all delivered on their potential of being great matches.

Show theme and presentation: 8/10

Watchability: 9/10

Production: 8/10

Storyline Progression: 7/10

Crowd Reaction: 8/10

Overall show rating: 6.5/10

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SUMMARY

This episode of AEW Dark delivered on its promise of being a great episode. With all of the great matches that took place tonight, it was exciting from start to finish. The crowd was engrossed in all of the matches, and they all delivered on their potential of being great matches.

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