AEW Dark Review
Danny Limelight has been showing up and showing out on AEW Dark for a few weeks. Primarily, he’s been used as a jobber. But tonight was a big benchmark for Danny Limelight as he picked up his first AEW victory against an always game Fuego Del Sol.
The late Brodie Lee continued to be a presence on the broadcast. This episode of Dark was taped immediately after last week’s tribute show to Lee. Many people were wearing an armband. Additionally, -1 got into it with Marko Stunt, delivering a solid promo before having to be separated by Cody, Tony Kahn and the Bucks.
One of the craziest moments of the night was Jungle Boy entering to the 80’s classic “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora. Apparently, Tony Kahn licensed it as a Christmas present to Jungle Boy. The crazy part is that it actually works really well. Hopefully, this is the new normal.
AEW does not get enough credit for having amazing entrance music in general. Both Shawn Spears and Scorpio Sky have absolute bangers, and they’re not the only ones by far. Even Louie Valle, who is primarily used as a jobber on Dark, has incredible music.
No clear plans for too many wrestlers
There are a more than a few wrestlers in AEW who need some kind of direction right now. Brandon Cutler is a big one. After he picked up his first victory against Peter Avalon, his winning streak has continued and just keeps getting bigger. But where that streak is leading him is unclear.
On the other hand, “Pretty” Peter Avalon has a very clear gimmick and direction. He has this insane “Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation” thing. No one know what it is but it’s awesome. And Peter has also been great on commentary. Cutler may have won their feud, but Avalon has proven to be much more interesting since.
The same can be said for Ivelisse and Diamante. They are amazing wrestlers and an incredible tag team. But winning The Deadly Draw last year has done little for them. AEW needs a Women’s Tag Team division for them to excel in as soon as possible.
Honestly, The Gunn Club is in a similar position to Ivelisse and Diamante. Unless AEW is going to introduce a Trios Championship, having them win trios matches on Dark week after week makes no sense. There are more than enough trios and female wrestlers to put those respective divisions together.
The Acclaimed need too look at what’s next, as well. After losing their first title match against The Young Bucks, they continue to be gold in the ring and on the mic. But where this goes from here requires clarification. The Acclaimed are looking for that next big moment at this point.
Danny Limelight steps up
When it comes to Danny Limelight, the hype is certainly real. The guy has the talent to do big things in AEW. And his first win on Dark is the start of that journey for him. Limelight carries himself like a superstar, and can hang in the ring with big guns like Rey Fenix.
His Dark match with Fuego Del Sol looked good on both competitors. Fuego has been building a following thanks to AEW’s YouTube content. Eventually, AEW is going to have to figure out what they want to do with that following. For now, helping elevate Danny Limelight is a good place to start.
Like Danny Limelight, Bear Country popped up again. They teamed with Mike Verna to lose a trios match to Gunn Club. But they looked damn good doing it. They have the skills, the talent and the gimmick to become huge assets to AEW’s Tag Team Division.
Sammy Guevara, Matt Sydal, Rey Fenix, Scorpio Sky and Jungle Boy all chalked up convincing victories tonight, as one would expect. Fenix has been picking up wins on Dark for a while. That gives him some good momentum going into his big title match with Kenny Omega.
There was also a rare Fatal Four Way match between Frankie Kazarian, Griff Garrison, Angélico and Darius Martin from Top Flight. Kazarian came out on top of what was interesting match to say the least. Still, it would be nice to see the Top Flight guys pick up some wins.
Nyla Rose dominated on Dark
Nyla Rose took on Alex Gracia, and absolutely beat the crap out of her. After the match, Vickie Guerrero got a table out from under the ring and Nyla put Gracia through it. This was the kind of dominant victory that Rose should be picking up week in and week out.
Rose got the win with her Beast Bomb, which might be one of the best powerbombs in the business. It is devastating to watch. AEW needs to keep pushing Rose as the monster of the Women’s Division. That push should preferably lead towards her being the first two time AEW Women’s World Champion.
Ivelisse and Diamante also had a great night. The picked up a big tag team win over KiLynn King and Tesha Price. Both King and Price are incredibly talented, and actually showed a lot of potential as a tag team. If AEW does decide to build a Women’s Tag Team Division, they would be smart to include King and Price.
Both Shanna and Thunder Rosa also recorded big wins. AEW is right to push both wrestlers as they have what it takes to be huge stars for the company. Honestly, it would be great to see Shanna and Rosa face off. No disrespect meant to Shanna, but Thunder Rosa would probably come out on top of that one.
Alan “V” Angels is the man
While the rest Dark Order was in the ring on the Brodie Lee tribute show, Alan Angels was sitting ringside with Brodie Jr. He stayed by the side of the late wrestler’s son for the entire show. Every time the camera panned to ringside, Angels was with -1, offering comfort and encouragement.
Angels deserves nothing short of a standing ovation from the wrestling world for this. What he did for -1 during that tribute show was nothing short of heroic. He delivered the kind of support a child needs on an incredibly tough night like that.
The main event of Dark featured “5” taking on the always offbeat Serpentico. It’s rare to see Angels wrestle a singles match but it was still a great bout. “5” picked up the win as Dark Order racked up one more victory in honor of their late leader, Mr. Brodie Lee.