AEW Dark: Tag Team Paradise by the Dashboard Light

by Ian Goodwillie

Tag team wrestling has been at the forefront of AEW since day one. This week’s episode of Dark took things to another level with seven incredible tag team matches and one trios match. That included a great main event that featured The Lucha Bros beating Chaos Project.

But it wasn’t just tag team wrestling on display. There were several solid singles matches that didn’t all serve a storyline but they were fun to watch. In particular, it was awesome to see Big Swole in the ring again as well as Sonny Kiss and Scorpio Sky.

Sonny Kiss

The show opened with Ricky Starks on commentary with Taz and Excalibur. Just like his talent in the ring, the man is a natural on the mic. If he makes it out of 2021 without picking up AEW gold of some kind, then the powers that be in the company are asleep at the wheel.

It’s worth noting that Luchasaurus handed Brandon Cutler a rough loss. It was a tough one as Cutler had been on a winning streak since defeating Peter Avalon last year. How he handles his first loss in a while could actually be an interesting angle for him in the coming weeks.

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Noticeable by their absence was Dark Order. They didn’t appear in any capacity, which was kind of odd. They usually have at least one match on Dark, even if they’re already scheduled to compete on Dynamite. One of them had to have time to throw down with one of the 50 jobbers in the back.

Big match feel across the board

This was a great episode of Dark for seeing more than a few wrestlers step through the ropes that don’t generally get weekly airtime. Sonny Kiss picked up a great win over Zack Clayton. While he’s still looking for a storyline, it’s nice to see him get a well deserved victory.

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The same can be said for Big Swole. She looked amazing against the always game Alex Gracia. Swole is on the periphery of whatever is going on with Jade Cargill at this point. But she hasn’t had a good storyline since her beef with Britt Baker wrapped up all too quickly.

After somewhat of a brief hiatus, Scorpio Sky’s absolute banger of a theme song hit and he took on Nick Comoroto. Sky wrestled like the main eventer fans know he is. Comoroto continued to impress, though. AEW needs to take him to the next level. Oddly enough, he would fit in nicely with Chaos Project.

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It’s been a minute since Scorpio Sky, Big Swole and Sonny Kiss wrestled on either Dark or Dynamite. AEW needs a plan for these three wrestlers, and soon. They are simply too talented to only be popping up on occasional episodes of Dark.

Pushes continue…

In addition to faces that don’t always see the ring, there were a few faces who have been getting pushed on Dark. It’s nice to see them continue. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a few more big pushes on AEW’s main YouTube presence.

Sammy Guevara continued to show how great he is in the ring against La Australiano. The man can go, there’s no doubt about that. That being said, Sammy keeps giving these strange, out of breath promos after each Dark match that just don’t seem to land. He’s a great promo guy but these specific ones just aren’t working.

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Shanna also continued her win streak that started after returning from her pandemic induced exile in Europe. It seems like she’s found another gear since she got back as she’s been putting on consistently great matches. Shanna is slowly moving into contention for a AEW Women’s World Championship.

Tag team wrestling takes center stage

If you count the Gunn Club’s almost weekly trios victory on Dark, then fans got a grand total of eight tag team matches. Private Party picked up a great win over Aaron Solow and Lee Johnson, who are actually starting to gel as a team. If they can find a gimmick, they have huge potential.

This win was huge for Private Party as it was one of two for the evening. They also appeared on Impact, picking up a victory there. Two wins against two different teams on two shows in two separate companies is not a bad evening’s work.

The Butcher and The Blade, Top Flight and The Acclaimed all found big victories on Dark. These are three of AEW’s top tag teams, without question. But with so many great teams, it’s hard to push them all into the main event at the same time.

AEW Tag Team

Santana and Ortiz are finally starting to get some more exposure. That’s been a long time coming for one of the best, and most underutilized, tag teams in the business. They took on Jon Cruz and Danny Limelight, who continues to impress in every match he’s in. He also kind of got stomped.

Diamante and Ivelisse scored yet another victory, this time over Katalina Perez and Tesha Price. It’s becoming more an more apparent that Price has a huge upside if AEW invests in her. But it’s even more apparent that AEW needs more women’s tag teams for Diamante and Ivelisse to beat up.

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The main event featured the always epic The Lucha Bros, who need AEW gold around their waists, taking on Chaos Project. This was the second tag team match of the evening for Jon Cruz. After teaming with Limelight, he put on his Serpentico mask and came out for another loss.

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