28th Apr2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 7’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW Dark: Elevation, the seventh episode of a show that has, honestly, varied wildy in quality… and length. Let’s see shat this weeks episode has to offer!

Match #1: Ray Fenix def. Chuck Taylor

My Thoughts: Ray Fenix is bloody good isn’t he? Somehow he seems to pull out new moves almost each and every week. Here it was a nasty leg/rope tie up on Chuck Taylor that looked really aggressive – as was a lot of this match.This was very much mat and submission wrestling rather than high-flying crazy stuff, yet with just enough flair to make this a “Ray Fenix” match. Gotta love the recent addition of Alex Abrahantes on the mic for Penta and Fenix too!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: Ryan Nemeth def. Ryzin

My Thoughts: Fresh of his engorged member escapades on Being the Elite, Ryzin got his ass handed to him by Nemeth – thanks to plenty of interference from Nemeth’s stable mates though… It got so chaotic I couldn’t tell where the planning ended and botches began!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Orange Cassidy def. Dean Alexander

My Thoughts: Dean Alexander can’t catch a break, getting squashed by Orange Cassidy in about a minute. And Alexander’s new “look” did nothing for him either. It felt like intro for Cassidy was LONGER than the actual match!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: The Acclaimed def. Liam Gray and Adrian Alanis

My Thoughts: I read online that Gray and Alanis have tagged before in Evolve but if they did it didn’t show here. Gray took most of the punishment for most of the match, with Alanis taggin in briefly before Gray ate the pin from Max Caster. A clear sign that The Acclaimed are back in the tag race after Bowens injury.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Nick Comoroto def. VSK

My Thoughts: Poor poor VSK, fed to the beast that is Nick Comoroto. Though props to VSK for taking the fight to Comoroto in the opening of the match. That didn’t last long though as Comoroto got the nod from QT Marshall and executed a perfect military press/powerslam combo to end the match as quickly as it began!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: Leyla Hirsch and Ryo Mizunami def. Diamante and Amber Nova

My Thoughts: I’m going to say it now. Leyla Hirsch and Ryo Mizunami need to be on TV every week and not just on Dark… These two make for a fantastic tag team, playing off each other superbly (especially in such a short time) and have the skill and charisma to literally build an AEW women’s tag team division around. Seriously. Diamante was her usual badass self while Amber Nova looked good too. An all-round fantastic match and Hirsch looked like she was having the time of her life!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #7: Kris Statlander def. Tesha Price

My Thoughts: Good god Kris Statlander looks at the top of her game right now. Hard to believe she’s been out for months with injury. Hopefully all these Dark appearances are a sign she – like Britt Baker – is building the win/loss record for another chance at the AEW women’s title. She deserves it.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #8: Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky def. Alex Reynolds and Alan “5” Angels

My Thoughts: A superb example of tag team wrestling. Sky and Page are a well-oiled machine even in such a short time, whilst Alan Angels made for a great “replacement” for John Silver, allowing Reynolds to play the heavy this time out. No omne walked out of this match looking bad.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #9: Big Swole and Red Velvet def. Madi Wrenkowski and Nyla Rose

My Thoughts: Less of a match and more of an angle… This seemed little more than a strange burial of Madi Wrenkowski by Nyla Rose – who literally fed Wrenkowski to Big Swole and Red Velvet, letting them get the easy win despite Wrenkowski’s best offensive efforts. So can we expect a squash match between Rose and Wrenkowski next week?

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #10: Matt Sydal def. Joey Janela

My Thoughts: Is Matt Sydal the hardest working man in AEW right now? The guy seems to be on EVERY show EVERY week…  This was a total surprise for me. Rather than a Janela stunt-fest or Sydal high-flying match we got a slugfest. A hard-hitting, brutal-looking match that was easily the match of the night and a perfect main event.

My Score: 4 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. The advertised FTR vs. Hughes Brothers match did not appear.
  2. This weeks Rising Star featured Leyla Hirsch, giving some great insight to the legit one.

Finale Verdict: 3.5/5

Well I’ll be damned. This was a near-perfect episode of AEW Dark: Elevation. Great matches and – more importantly – the right amount of matches, made this one the best episode, overall, of Elevation so far. Next weeks episode has a LOT to live up to!


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