AEW Dark 1/19/2021


Luchasaurus def. Brandon Cutler (w/ Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt) (5:53)

**1/4

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Sammy Guevara def. El Australiano (5:54)

**1/2

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Scorpio Sky def. Nick Comoroto (7:04)

**3/4

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Comoroto is really growing on me in these episodes. They need to give him a caveman gimmick to have him feud and eventually team with Luchasaurus. Caveman vs. dinosaur writes itself. Comoroto dominated early on by working over Sky’s back. After several minutes of dominance from Comoroto, Sky came back with a cactus clothesline and a top rope dropkick. Comoroto countered a TKO attempt with his own fireman’s carry into a neckbreaker for a near fall, but Sky powered Comoroto up into the TKO on the second try for the pinfall. This was both a big win for Sky and a nice showcase for Comoroto.


Shanna def. Marti Daniels (3:38)

**

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The Butcher & The Blade (w/ The Bunny) def. Mike Verna and Baron Black (6:40)

**1/2

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Gunn Club def. RYZIN, Adam Priest and Vary Morales (4:49)

***

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Santana & Ortiz def. Danny Limelight & Jon Cruz (1:34)

**

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Santana & Ortiz dropped the Proud & Powerful name, but still have that awful theme. Santana dared Limelight to come in off the top, and when he did, Santana nailed him with a superkick. A minute later, a powerbomb finished off Cruz to finish off a squash win.


-- “Pretty” Peter Avalon cut a promo about challenging Lee Johnson to a “walk off" which is basically a modeling contest for next week’s AEW Dark.


Private Party (w/ Matt Hardy) def. Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow (6:58)

***1/4

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I feel like PP has been outclassed by a lot of the recent new teams coming up through Dark. The story of this match was the miscommunication between PP and Hardy. Everytime Hardy tells either guy to do something, they try it and it backfires. When PP follows their own instincts, they control the match. Hardy tripped up Solow to help out Marq Quen. Hardy also got in the way of Isiah Kassidy when he was trying a dive onto the floor, and Kassidy wound up eating a dropkick from Solow back in the ring.

Despite the storyline, this was a fine back and forth match. Solow got a near fall with an O'Connor Roll, but when Quen kicked out, Solow ran into a Hardy right hand. PP missed the interference and hit a double enziguri on Solow for the pin.


Big Swole def Alex Gracia (3:27)

**

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Swole is the no. 1 contender for the AEW Women’s title. There was some solid back and forth here until Swole hit the ripcord forearm for the pin. Her music and dancing will get her over when there are crowds back in the arenas.


Sonny Kiss def. Zack Clayton (2:52)

*3/4

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Top Flight def KC Navarro and AJ Kirsch (4:51)

90 minutes feels like the sweet spot for these shows, and that’s where we are timewise at this point.

This was the AEW debut for Kirsch who was on the 2011 season of WWE Tough Enough. Taz intimated on commentary that Top Flight would be a good fit for Team Taz.

***1/4

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Ivelisse & Diamanté defeated Tesha Price & Katalina Perez (4:30)

**

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The Acclaimed def. Fuego del Sol and Shawn Dean (4:04)

***

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Lucha Bros (w/ PAC) def. Chaos Project (6:40)

**3/4

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Final Thoughts:

I was surprised there was no Dark Order tonight but I guess they didn't need to be as Dark clocked in at just under two hours or about 30 minutes too long. I still don’t understand Chaos Project getting the “main event” spot three weeks in a row.

The Acclaimed and Top Flight looked really good here this week and continue to impress. It’s crazy how many good tag teams are in AEW right now, ideal for some kind of tournament.



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