21st Apr2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 6’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, AEW’s third “programme” of wrestling (but not the extra TV programme we’re still due on TNT apparently) that so far hasn’t done much to elevate it (pun intended) apart from its namesake on Tuesday nights… Though given the recent set of releases elsewhere, AEW made need this extra show to fit in all the new wrestlers they’ll likely pick up!

Match #1: Hangman Page def. Spencer Slade

My Thoughts: A squash if ever I saw one, this at lest gave us more of Spencer Slade, who last week was the butt of a joke about the headgear from the AEW commentary team but who, this week, I learned wears the headgear because he’s deaf. Remarkable that Slade has found a way to do what he loves; honestly inspiring IMHO.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #2: Britt Baker def. Tesha Price

My Thoughts: This could have been an out-and-out squash from Baker on Price but instead Price was given a decent chance at some hard-hitting offence, managing to *almost* go toe to toe with Baker. But no, it was not meant to be and this one was over swiftly.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Jurassic Express def. Midas Black and Jay Lyon

My Thoughts: Some nice team work from Midas Black and Jay Lyon, who are making yet another appearance on Dark programming before they were thoroughly squashed by a domineering Luchasaurus.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #4: TH2 def. Vary Morales and Andre Montoya

My Thoughts: Vary Morales was thrown into a another tag team and another match, this time asked to job out to TH2. Dude needs a break in my opinion. If you’ve read any of my other AEW reviews you know my thoughts on TH2, which aren’t favourable. Montoya was showboating too much to give any effective offence. Hey at least Morales didn’t eat the submission…

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Brian Cage and Ricky Starks def. Mike Magnum and Stone Rockwell

My Thoughts: Like Britt Baker’s match this was a quasi-squash which saw Stone Rockwell actually getting a chance to show what he can do (unlike his last outing in a tag match). The match was also yes another excuse to further the growing division in Team Taz, with Starks and Cage arguing mid-match.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #6: Abadon def. Skye Blue

My Thoughts: SQUASH!! And honestly any match featuring Abadon should be a squash. She’s a wrestler who needs to be booked like that – as badass as she looks! Abadon looked vicious throughout… But hey, Skye Blue managed to get in a few moves in at least!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #7: Orange Cassidy def. Prince Kai

My Thoughts: Prince Kai’s second appearance on Dark programming probably didn’t go as well as he hoped. Showboating pre-match costs him dearly as Cassidy hits a beach break as soon as the bell rang for the win!

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #8: Private Party def. Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds and Colt Cabana

My Thoughts: Private Party looked like they’d recaptured what made them stand out in the early days of AEW in this match, dominating Reynolds and Cabana. Speaking of whom, Cabana was on form here too – looking impressive even in a loss. Though I really think its about time the Dark Order’s face turn was completed with a winning streak!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #9: Thunder Rosa def. Shawna Reed

My Thoughts: Reed got in like what, a couple of offensive moves in? Yeah this was ANOTHER squash. Thunder Rosa is better than this. She also deserves more than this.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #10: Best Friends def. Kit Sackett and Hayden Backlund

My Thoughts: The Best Friends were on fine form here, squashing Sackett and backlund with a vicious determination. Hey, at least they looked good doing it!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #11: Ryo Mizunami and Leyla Hirsch def. Nyla Rose and Madi Wrenkowski

My Thoughts: Hirsch and Mizunami made for a pretty good tag team, with Mizunami’s brand of fun rubbing off on Hirsch somewhat, giving Hirsch a bit more humanity than the usual “all business” she typically is. They also paired up with Rose and Wrenkowski well too – I’d certainly like to see more of Mizunami and Rose going head-to-head!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #12: Austin Gunn def. Aaron Solow

My Thoughts: A match that solely existed to further the QT Marshall breakaway faction story. Though Austin Gunn looked at lot better in this solo match than he typically does in Gunn Club matches… Maybe it’s time for Gunn to get a solo run?

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #13: Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page def. Dean Alexander and Carlie Bravo

My Thoughts: Dean Alexander and Carlie Bravo spend another episode of Dark getting fed to another tag team, this time the always worth watching Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page – how these two have gelled so fast, and have such created such great chemistry in a short space of time is a testament to just how good the two are – and it showed in this match too!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #14: MT Nakazawa, Konosuke Takeshita and Kenny Omega def. Danny Limelight, Mike and Matt Sydal

My Thoughts: A whole show of squashes or quasi-squashes leads to this… an extravagant over-indulgent match for AEW champ Kenny Omega. Despite the commentary team saying omega didn’t want to be on Elevation, he sure did milk his appearance for all it’s worth! And that schtick with Nakazawa and Omega on their headsets? Stoopid with TWO o’s! The real star of this match was Danny Limelight who gave everything here and looked REALLY good doing it… The man needs a permanent place on the AEW roster after this. Seriously.

My Score: 3 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Big Show’s spotlight this week was on The Acclaimed, who took that spotlight to sell themselves well. Bowens spoke up on his pressure as an openly gay wrestler. But in the end the duo played up their arrogance to the max and put themselves even MORE over!

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

So we got a shorter show but had to pay for brevity with a ridiculous amount of squash matches. Yeah… not sure I’m happy with that pay off. But like I said in the opener, AEW needs all the shows and time it can get given the size of the [growing] roster these days! That said, I can live with a sub-two hour show…

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