3 Ups & 4 Downs From AEW Dark (Jan 7)

Awesome Kong hits the ring as AEW cut their weekly web series in half.

Brandi Rhodes Awesome Kong

AEW Dark returned to YouTube for the first time in 2020 last night, promising a three-match line-up of Awesome Kong vs. newcomer Sykler Moore, Austin and Billy Gunn vs. Proud and Powerful, and a Kip Sabian and Hybrid 2 vs. SoCal Uncensored main event.

It was a curious broadcast in many ways. First was the shorter runtime, with Dark coming in at just 32 minutes rather than the usual 50-70, though the reason for this soon became clear: AEW cut one of the aforementioned matches without warning. Perhaps the reason will come to light later in the week.

This also felt like the most thrown together edition of Dark yet, as the Dynamite recaps were brief and there was no sign of the signature From Undesirable to Undeniable segment either. "Skippable" is another appropriate descriptor. Yes, Dark has always been presented as B-level show and it's likely that only the hardest of hardcore are tuning in most weeks, but last night's effort felt even more inconsequential than usual, even with the micro storyline running through the main event.

Here's what we took from this streamlined episode of Dark...

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.