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WWE: What's a Dark Match?
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Old 16 Mar 2013, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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People keep talking about a "dark match" and I have no idea what it is..? Help.
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Old 16 Mar 2013, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A dark match is a match that occurs on a show, but doesn't air on live TV. It occurs either before or after the live show.
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Old 16 Mar 2013, 10:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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a match before or after a show
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It's a match at a tv taping or a ppv that is not taped and is only shown to the live crowd.
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It's a match that happens either before or after Raw goes on/off the air. The dark matches that happen before Raw are between low-carders or people that haven't yet debuted. For example, Fandango has already wrestled several dark matches. They do this to see how a live crowd reacts to a new wrestler. Alberto Del Rio wrestled at least 15 dark matches before he made his debut, and Ryback did a lot of them also. When they do this with a not-yet-debuted superstar, it's always against someone that doesn't appear much, like Alex Riley or Yoshi Tatsu, and sometimes even against a local wrestler that doesn't even work for WWE, like the guys Ryback faced when he first debuted.































The dark matches that happen after the show are between main eventers, and are basically to send the crowd home happy. Heels never, ever win a post-show dark match, it's always the good guys that win. For instance, after Old School Raw went off the air last week, The Shield faced John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus and Shield lost.
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It's a match that doesn't televised on PPV's or TV Shows like RAW and Smackdown. It happens either before or after the shows.
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A match that takes place before and after a show that isn't televised. Usually new guys will be placed in dark matches to see how an audience will react to him/her and to see how they handle performing in front of a large audience.
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I'll explain to you easily-Before Raw starts or after Raw goes off the air or ends on live TV.WWE gives away a bonus match for the live audience.This match is called a dark match and it's not televised on TV.These can also be title matches but since it's not televised the chance of the titles/title changing hands is slim to none though Primo and Epico won the WWE Tag Team Champions at a dark house show event.































It's also used to see if wrestlers are fit to compete.One recent example is that of The Undertaker,he returned at a house show event and competed in a tag match with Sheamus against Damien Sandow and Wade Barrett,now that dark match was to see if The Undertaker is fit to wrestle at Wrestlemania 29 or not.































Triple H competed in a dark match at MSG before Wrestlemania 27 to remove ring rust.































Many Superstars who make their debut in WWE,first compete in dark matches.The best examples are Ryback,Alberto Del Rio and Fandango.Ryback wrestled ton of dark matches before finally making his debut.It was the same case with Alberto Del Rio,he wrestled in dark matches for about 2 months before actually debuting in the WWE.
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