07th Apr2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 4’ Review

by Phil Wheat

After last week’s successful outing for AEW Dark: Elevation, and the fact it looks like AEW have cut down on the sheer number of matches on this week’s episode meaning this weeks episode is a lot shorter than the 2+ hours of episode three, I thought we’d revisit AEW Dark: Elevation and see how the latest episode fares… With that said, let’s get to it!

Match #1: Adam Page def. Bill Collier

My Thoughts: Bill Collier puts in another great showing, though he did still look a bit green – waiting for the odd move from Hangman Page and he looked mis-positioned for Page’s Buckshot… Still its only his second match in AEW. And you have to love Page handing Collier a beer after the match!

My score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Varsity Blondes def. Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo

My Thoughts: A fairly even pairing between these two teams, with each managing to match the other in terms of offense and defense. However you knew the Varsity Blonds were going to pick up the win – they’ve never lost on a Dark or Elevation have they? Correct me if I’m wrong in the comments!

My score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Britt Baker def. Alex Gracia

My Thoughts: Poor Alex Gracia, has a decent match with Thunder Rosa lat week and then gets squashed this week AND insulted by Baker too! Nice heel work by the deadly dentist though!

My score: 1 out of 5

Match #4: 10 def. Danny Limelight

My Thoughts: These two guys both seem to have grabbed the spotlight in their recent respective matches. 10 is building up to be as big a star in the Dark Order as Silver & Reynolds, whilst Limelight has used his time as “enhancement” talent to really show of his skills on TV. And show off here he does; working 10’s arm well with some great technical wrestling offense (and a really nice attempt at a submission on 10 by Limelight) – none of which made 10 look weak either.

My score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Big Swole def. Jazmin Allure

My Thoughts: Yet another loss for Jazmin Allure, who it looked like, was being fed to Big Swole who’s on the comeback trail after being away from AEW for a while with health issues. But Allure wasn’t going down without a fight, managing to get in some brief offense before Swole ended it with a Texas Cloverleaf to get the win.

My score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: Michael Nakazawa def. Vary Morales

My Thoughts: Last week’s appearance on Dark of Nakazawa’s piss-take of QT Marshall wasn’t funny and it was even less funny here. I’d rather see Nakazawa back with the turkish baby oil in the shorts than this crap gimmicj which DOES NOT work at all – it just makes Nakazawa look even worse than usual. The wrong man won this match. Seriously.

My score: 1 out of 5

Match #7: Lance Archer def. Baron Black

My Thoughts: Another squash match for Archer, who once again through his opponent around the ring like a ragdoll. Poor Baron Black… Much like Britt Baker’s match earlier this was more promo than wrestling match.

My score: 1 out of 5

Match #8: Ryu Mizunami def. Tesha Price

My Thoughts: Tesha Price put up a decent showing against Mizunami, who once again looked like not only a powerhouse but like she was having a lot of fun. As usual to be fair. A great match for these two women out some of the rest of this card to shame.

My score: 3 out of 5

Match #9: Max Caster def. Colt Cabana

My Thoughts: Good on Cabana for gicing Max Caster the rub. Really sold the bumps in this match, making Caster look good. There was the ood clumsy move – a leap into the corner looked waaay too telegraphed for example – and a disappointing distraction finish. Though it helped sell the heel status of The Acclaimed’s Caster and Bowens.

My score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #10: The Butcher, The Blade, & Private Party def. Adam Priest, Ryzin, D3, and Fuego Del Sol

My Thoughts: This was a squash match by any other name… Though no one can squash my man Fuego Del Sol, who took it Private Party before eating the “Full Death” from The Butcher and The Blade. On of these days Fuego’s going to get the win he so deserves. But not today – instead he put in a superb, fast-paced showing that he should be proud of. That score below is all on Fuego..!

My score: 2 out of 5

Match #11: Matt Hardy def. 5

My Thoughts: Matt Hardy did his Matt Hardy thing while 5 (Alan Angels) looked to be doing everything he could to make this match look good. Nice jiu-jitsu move by Hardy to get the win however! I’m hoping 5 gets out of that “abused underdog” role he has in the Dark Order sometime soon.

My score: 2 out of 5

Match #12: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page def. Matt & Mike Sydal

My Thoughts: Two singles wrestlers seemingly thrown together in a storyline where they come together as they’ve been screwed over and passed over by AEW management, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page actually looked like they had been tagging for years. If Page and Sky are thius good after one match they could be contenders for the tag titles in no time! Poor Matt and Mike had nothing to do but take the punishment…

My score: 3 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. This episode saw the debut of Paul Wight’s “Showcase” interview segment which was too brief to make a real impact but, if extended and put on YouTube, could be as insightful as the AEW Unrestricted podcast is.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

A solid week of wrestling here. A few good matches and a few mediocre. But hey, at least this episode flew by, feeling even shorter than its 90 minute runtime – a sign of a good show in my book.


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