Episode 63 of AEW Dark featured Leva Bates ready to write her own story, Lance Archer with more threats of violence, and Sammy Guevara cutting the best promo of his AEW career.
Let’s separate the show into promos and then the matches.
First up is Leva Bates. She knocked down photos of Peter Avalon inside the library. She now feels liberated and is ready to focus on herself. Bates will write her own story to show the world what she can do.
This was a good job of resetting Bates’ priorities as a wrestler. There is also potential left to explore as the librarian character.
Shawn Spears took exception to Alex Marvez calling his win over Scorpio Sky controversial. Spears just used Sky’s weakness against him. What’s next in the feud? Nothing. Sky had his chance and lost.
This is quality and logical heel work from Spears’ vantage point. He’s correct in that there is no need for him to give chase. Sky’s response will be interesting. The feud could be put on ice for awhile as Sky remains the good guy or Sky could give in to the dark side for revenge.
Jake Roberts and Lance Archer dare anyone to get in their way. Once again, the same message was relayed, but it had an amusing delivery from both men.
Sammy Guevara defeated Marko Stunt to no one’s surprise. Stunt put up a heck of an effort though. Guevara recognized that and congratulated his opponent for the fight. 2020 has thrown everything at Sammy, and he is still standing. He is the best every single night in the ring, and no one will outshine him. Guevara will be a champion in AEW.
Mighty fine speech from the Spanish God. This is probably his best promo in AEW to date. His conviction and confidence are easily felt in his words. If that was a test for a babyface promo, then he passed with flying colors.
Dr. Britt Baker DMD was back with her talk show, “The Waiting Room.” She took a comedic dig at Jon Moxley then argued with her guest, Tay Conti. The Acclaim closed it out as musical entertainment.
A new episode of 'The Waiting Room' with Dr. @RealBrittBaker D.M.D is back with special guest @TayConti_!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 25, 2020
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I thought this week’s talk show was a step backward, because there was no storyline focus. I wanted to know about Tay and the Dark Order. That topic was not discussed. Unless this was a setup for a match between Baker and Conti, then nothing was advanced.
Here’s the Dark lineup with ratings (watch, solid, okay, pass) on which matches are worth your time toward Dynamite:
- Vipress vs Big Swole (okay)
- Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow vs Alex Reynolds & John Silver (okay)
- Michael Nakazawa vs Trent (okay)
- Red Velvet vs Tesha Price (okay)
- VSK & Baron Black vs Private Party (okay)
- KiLynn King vs Rache Chanel (okay)
- Sammy Guevara vs Marko Stunt (okay)
- Dreamgirl Ellie vs Penelope Ford (okay)
- Ivelisse & Diamante vs Lady Frost & “Bionic Beast” Jenna (okay)
- Brandon Cutler vs Adam Priest (okay)
- Gunn Club vs. Cezar Bononi, KTB, & Seth Gargis (okay)
- Jurassic Express vs Panda X-press (okay)
- TH2 vs Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. (solid)
- The Acclaimed vs Alex Chamberlain & Damian Fenrir (okay)
- Matt Sydal vs 5 (solid)
- Fuego Del Sol vs Peter Avalon (okay)
- Chaos Project vs Evil Uno & Stu Grayson vs Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss (solid)
Three matches clearly stood above the rest. Sydal vs 5 and TH2 vs Garrison & Pillman had unique moves and believable close calls. The main event three-way had a frantic pace. For the rest, Stunt pulled out plenty of flashy moves, which were of course aided by Guevara’s cooperation. Ivelisse & Diamante continued their run of quality performances. Fighting pandas are always fun.
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Excalibur teamed with Taz to call the action. Anthony Ogogo and Ricky Starks stopped by to join commentary. Justin Roberts was the ring announcer.
Big Swole defeated Vipress. Swole exploded for a headbutt, tiger driver, then the Texas Cloverleaf to secure the submission.
Alex Reynolds & John Silver defeated Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow. Reynolds tried to recruit Solow for the Dark Order. Solow responded by punching Reynolds. The Dark Order used a rapid-fire sequence on Solow to close it out with a head kick, forearm shiver, stunner from Reynolds, German suplex from Silver, then a jackknife pin from Reynolds. There was still no support from the Nightmare Family for Johnson as a new member.
Trent defeated Michael Nakazawa. The referee frisked Nakazawa to find three bottle of Turkish baby oil, and Nak still managed to use a fourth hidden bottle to grease up. That led to a surge from Nak and an attempt at using his smelly underwear. Trent fought back with three consecutive knee strikes for victory.
Red Velvet defeated Tesha Price. Velvet won with a cazadora bulldog, standing moonsault, then a single-leg dropkick to the head.
Private Party defeated VSK & Baron Black. Private Party was given a run for their money but prevailed in the end with a fancy teamwork maneuver. Marq Quen used a drop toehold for Black to land on Isiah Kassidy’s knees. Kassidy held Black down against his knees for Quen to step on Black’s back for a standing shooting star press.
KiLynn King defeated Rache Chanel. King’s nickname is, “Queen of the Crazy.” That’s not too snappy nor very fitting considering she has never shown a crazy streak. Chanel scored a lot of offense. King fired back to put Chanel away with a front leaning face-plant slam.
Sammy Guevara defeated Mark Stunt. Sammy is quick, but Stunt is quicker. Stunt was in control early and even took flight off the entrance stage for a cannonball. Sammy recovered quickly to grab Stunt off the turnbuckles for a GTH knee strike to win.
Penelope Ford defeated Dreamgirl Ellie. Kip Sabian was ringside. Ellie had some solid slams, but Ford pounced for a handspring cutter and a bridging fisherman’s suplex for success.
Ivelisse & Diamante defeated Lady Frost & “Bionic Beast” Jenna. Jenna was the powerhouse of the match, however, she was no match for the creativity and intensity of the winners. Ivelisse thrust kick Jenna into a Code Red from Diamante for the win.
Brandon Cutler defeated Adam Priest. Cutler oozed confidence with a pec flex. He finished Priest on a springboard clothesline, springboard elbow drop, and TPK. That is 4 wins in a row for Cutler.
Gunn Club defeated Cezar Bononi, KTB, & Seth Gargis. Colten Gunn won with a Fameasser.
Jurassic Express defeated Panda X-press. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus represented Jurassic Express, while Super Panda and Ultimo Panda represented Panda X-press. The dino and his boy won with a teamwork cutter, a kick to the head by Luchasaurus, and a running elbow to the back of the head by Jungle Boy.
TH2 defeated Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. Jack Evans took out Garrison with an Asai moonsault to the floor, while Angelico submitted Pillman on a Navarro death roll leglock. After the match, TH2 beat up Pillman some more. Top Flight made the save to hype their match against TH2 on Dynamite.
The Hybrid2 sending an aggressive message to Top Flight who they face tomorrow night on Dynamite!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 25, 2020
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The Acclaimed defeated Alex Chamberlain & Damian Fenrir. Max Caster spit rhymes to insult the competition. Caster picked up the W on a flying elbow drop.
Matt Sydal defeated 5. 10 was ringside to put the boots to Sydal on the floor and also provide timely distractions. Sydal turned the tide with a jumping knee strike then a rocking cradle slam for victory.
Peter Avalon defeated Fuego Del Sol. Avalon won his first match in AEW by shedding a tornado DDT then attacking with a double knee strike.
Evil Uno & Stu Grayson defeated Chaos Project and Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss in a three-way. Dark Order hit Fatality on Janela to finish it.
Dark is getting out of control. I comprehend the many benefits, but a 2 hour 46 minute runtime is too much of a good thing. The length has a negative effect in wearing me down with insignificant matches so as to not fully appreciate the good ones.
On to the happy thoughts. I have to give props to Taz and Excalibur for the stamina to remain extremely entertaining throughout the entire episode. Red Velvet is showing good progress. She always showed charisma, but I felt that her offensive game was soft in her early Dark matches. Lil Cupcake has been pulling out more moves each week to look better. Panda X-press are the newcomers I most want to see again. They are a jolly pair of bears. It would be funny if the panda family expanded like The Machines, with Giant Machine (Andre the Giant), Hulk Machine (Hulk Hogan), etc.
Share your thoughts on Dark. Who stood out most for episode 63? Which was your favorite match?