This week’s AEW Dark once again clocked in at around 30 minutes, which seems to confirm that I was right in my last review when I said this might be format going forward onto TNT. The company wants to add in more backstage segments, meaning that instead of getting around an hour’s worth of action, it’s going to be reduced to half of that. But still, three matches are three matches and it’s my job as your friendly neighborhood wrestling writer to run the rule over them and decide if they were any good or not. So let’s lace up our boots and head to the ring, shall we for my AEW Dark: Jan 28th review.
Tables Match: Nyla Rose vs. Shanna
This is bowling shoe ugly”
Well, yes, Old J.R might have had a point there but it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.
If you’re a regular reader of my wafflings here on Sports Obsessive, you’ll know that I haven’t been very kind to the AEW Women’s Division, but I call it as I see it and this bout was pretty okay.
There weren’t any real botches during this match, it’s just that Shanna had trouble setting up the table, which kind of slowed the whole thing down.
Overall, the action in the ring was good, with Shanna getting off a lot more offense than you’d have expected considering how dominant Nyla Rose usually is and she hit some pretty sweet spots, including two running dropkicks in a row when Nyla was against the ropes.
It all ended with a brutal chokeslam from the apron to a table on the outside, after Shanna had tried to spear Rose and got caught, but this wasn’t enough for Nyla who set up another table and went to put Shanna through it.
And she would’ve gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for that pesky Sadie Gibbs running out from the back to make the save.
Which went horribly wrong and not just because Gibbs ended up through a table herself.
She had the upper hand with Rose but when she went to hit the Space Flying Tiger Drop over the top rope, she messed it up.
The commentary team made out that Rose had moved but the truth here is that Gibbs missed by a country mile and was lucky to get away without hurting herself.
It seems that Rose vs. Gibbs is the feud going forward, but unless she gets a little more practice in with that move, I hope she leaves it in her arsenal instead of risking life and limb doing something she doesn’t seem to have perfected.
Winner: Nyla Rose
QT Marshall vs. Kip Sabian
QT Marshall couldn’t buy a win if his life depended on it.
He currently stands 0-6 overall in his AEW career with this loss against Kip Sabian just heaping on the disappointment.
I hate to say it, as I have a lot of time for the New York native, but he’s nothing more than a Jobber, even if he is a very talented one.
Kip Sabian, on the other hand, is already 2-1 up this year and his match with Cody Rhodes on tonight’s AEW Dynamite is one I’m really looking forward to.
The thing with Sabian is that he plays the bastard role very, very well and the addition of Penelope Ford to his side has only helped him garner even more heat from the fans, as everyone loves Joey Janela.
This is a partnership I hope the company keeps together for a long time, as Ford is the perfect running partner for Kip Sabian and will always be that X factor when it comes to him picking up a win.
As she was here.
She was a constant thorn in Marshall’s side and her shenanigans, mixed in with some superior ring craftsmanship from the two in the middle, made this my Fight of the Night and when Sabian used her as leverage to help him pin Marshall, 1-2-3, I couldn’t help but smile to myself at how well Ford and Sabian gel together.
Winner: Kip Sabian
Tag-Team Match: Dark Order vs. Sonny Kiss And Brandon Cutler
Brandon Cutler didn’t get in the ring through-out the entirety of this match, meaning that Sonny Kiss took a hell of a beating.
I think that this is setting up Cutler joining the Dark Order and that’s all well and good, but why sacrifice Sonny Kiss, a wrestler with huge potential, just to advance the storyline?
Nope, didn’t like this bout, not one bit.
Winners: Dark Order
This wasn’t a bad episode of AEW Dark, but neither was it a good one either, it was just there.
The problem is that when you watch as much wrestling as I do/have to then you can find yourself a little bit jaded and you need a show to grab you by the cojones and squeeze until your face turns purple.
For example, you might wonder why I no longer cover Impact for the site?
The simple answer is that its shite and I don’t have enough time in my day to waste on an inferior product.
The same can be said for ROH, but only because that’s nothing more than a clip-show these days, so I’m currently only focusing on the WWE and AEW.
Currently, that’s 10 and a half hours viewing across both companies, not including PPVs or specials, so I need something that’s going to pop me each time I fire up my TV.
Sadly, AEW Dark isn’t quite doing that at the moment.
It really was a ‘Meh’ type of show, with only Marshall vs. Sabian saving it from getting the thumbs down, and I can only hope that they get it onto TNT sooner rather than later, as that could be the only thing that saves this from becoming just another wrestling program that I can take or leave.
And more than likely, I’ll just choose to leave it on the sidelines.