Shot In The Dark 1/20/21: Dusty Classic cont’d, WALTER vs. A-Kid

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John Siino reviews this week’s editions of AEW Dark, 205 Live, NXT UK, NJPW Strong, Ring of Honor and Main Event in under 15 minutes on Shot In The Dark.

This week on NXT UK, the NXT UK Championship is on the line as WALTER defends against the winner of the first ever Heritage Cup, A-Kid. We also see the debut of Sha Samuels, who quickly denounces his new name.

205 Live continues the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with Legado Del Fantasma vs. Bollywood Boyz and Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. August Grey & Curt Stallion.

On AEW Dark, we see The Dinosaur vs. The Dragon, Matt Hardy & Private Party pull a ‘Rick Rude’ by appearing on multiple shows on Tuesday, and the debut of A.J. Kirsch.

Plus: El Phantasmo debuts on NJPW Strong, Dragon Lee vs. Rey Horus on ROH, WWE Main Event and much more!

On the upNXT Patreon, Braden and Davie review AEW Dynamite each Thursday as well as retro NXT reviews, Best Match Ever, and tons of other podcasts. This week’s schedule:

  • Wednesday January 20th: upNXT – NXT January 20th Review (Free Feed/Twitch)
  • Thursday January 21st: BDElite – AEW Dynamite January 20th Review (Patreon/Twitch)
  • Friday January 22nd: Top 5 – Royal Rumble Moments (Patreon)
  • Sunday January 24th: upYOURS w/ Jason Hagholm – Royal Rumble 1995 (Patreon)

Last week’s shows included Killer Klowns from Outer Space, another wasNXT, and more!

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Dark thoughts:

Brandon Cutler nearly died on that choke slam from Luchasaurus. Not sure whose fault that was but it was nice to see Cutler on Twitter joking about it after it aired because I was concerned.

No idea who this Australiano guy is but he is BAD. Not sure if it’s just his look or what but it pains me to see Sammy in there taking dangerous bumps from this guy and even selling for him.

I totally disagree, El Australiano is awesome. Unique look and a pretty good high flyer. He definitely stands out

Agreed, he comes off very very green. There is obviously talent there as there is no denying his athleticism, but he reminds me of someone who just came out of wrestling school who has zero experience. His look is also a bit cringe worthy, maybe as I watch him more I will change my perspective or it will grow on me, but my first impression was that he comes off like a frat boy who put on a an outfit to make his friends laugh.

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Well we can at least agree that a grass miniskirt qualifies as a “unique look.” If standing out from the rest of the jobbers was his intention then mission accomplished but personally I think pro wrestlers should look more like grown men fighting and less like little Hawaiian girls holding a limbo bar at a luau.

He does have some cool high flying moves, no doubt, but I’m pretty sure at least one of those ended with Sammy getting kicked right in the head on a dive to the outside. He doesn’t even have the level of polish of other green acts like Top Flight at this point. If you wanna take this guy and put him in developmental and let him kick other jobbers in the head for a year or two, I say go for it. He definitely has potential to be good. But I hate seeing Sammy-- who I see as a future main event guy-- in there with him getting booted in the face or worse.

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Honestly I think that is the goal of anyone in Dark.

It’s not like the guy is green, he’s been in AAA for years and had a lot of success there.