26th May2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 11’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks sub-2 hour long AEW Dark: Elevation… I say that because AEW literally put “almost 2 hours of wrestling” in the title of the show on YouTube! Hey, at least if they do that we know what to expect upfront. Let’s get to it…

Match #1: QT Marshall def. Robo

My Thoughts: Despite Paul Wight saying on commentary that this match featured a “valiant effort by Robo,” this was a squash. And a bad squash at that. This is the kind of wasted TV time that could easily be cut and make Elevation a trimmer, faster, SHORTER show.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #2: Abadon def. Leila Grey

My Thoughts: Yet another squash match. Abadon made short work of Leila Grey who only got in a couple of punches and a kick in the corner in the entire match! Otherwise Abadon threw Grey around like a ragdoll. Still a better squash match than its predecessor on tonights card.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Thunder Rosa def. Ashley D’Amboise

My Thoughts: Ashley D’Amboise makes her third appearance on a Dark show and apparently has only been wrestling pro since April! Thunder Rosa, once again, let her opponent put in some work and gave her a chance to show off. Making this, yes you guessed it, your typical Aew quasi-squash!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Lee Johnson def. Daniel Garcia

My Thoughts: Daniel Garcia, who took on AEW’s bad boy Joey Janela a couple of weeks back now takes on AEW’s golden boy Lee Johnson and this was a brillaint pairing. These two guys actually wrestled, with wresting moves, power moves and some true athletic action from both men.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Nyla Rose def. Robyn Renegade

My Thoughts: Less of a match and more of an ambush, from both Nyla Rose AND Vickie Guerrero! Renegade stood no chance.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #6: Ethan Page def. Alex Reynolds

My Thoughts: These two had a good wrestling match, and had plenty of time to do so too. So why was this so dull? The pacing seemed off, even Page and Reynolds skills – top-notch as they are – couldn’t save this one from mundanity.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #7: Tay Conti def. Queen Aminata

My Thoughts: Queen Aminata looked good in the brief bit of offence she got. And when I say brief it was a few kicks in the corner before Conti took charge and demolished Aminata; and Conti looked REALLY mad doing so!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #8: Penta El Zero Miedo def. Mike Sydal

My Thoughts: Sidebar, I totally dug Mike Sydal’s ring gear in this match. Killer neon colours! As for the match itself, well, what do you expect from ANY Penta match? Speed, power, innovation, style… All of that and more. Penta seemingly toyed with Sydal who – may I add – actually went toe-to-toe with Penta at points in this match, before hitting the Fear Factor on Sydal for the win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #9: Scorpio Sky def. Alan “5” Angels

My Thoughts: This was a much better match than Page & Reynolds’ – mainly due to the fact the pace was faster and so the match was more exciting. Simple as that. Sky and Angels made for a great pairing and I’d love to see them go again in another match.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #10: Matt Hardy def. Fuego del Sol

My Thoughts: Screw Matt Hardy! Fuego del Sol was robbed! 2 points go to Fuego for putting up with Matt Hardy’s sh*t.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #11: Ren Narita def. Royce Isaacs

My Thoughts: Yuji Nagata protege Ren Narita makes his AEW debut against Isaacs, who I still think of as an NWA star. A great match that mixed AMerican and Japanese styles well, though it did lead to some confusion and poor timing in a few spots but both men overcame it and put on a hard-hitting match in the end.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #12: Rocky Romero def. JD Drake

My Thoughts: One of my AEW favourites, JD Drake, finally gets another singles match instead of merely being part of the “Wingmen” faction/tag team and in the main event of Elevation no less. BUt what an opponent for this one… none other than Rocky Romero from NJPW. JD looked the bigger man physically but it was Romero who was the bigger man in the end, using his strength and speed to overcome Drake. Great Roppongi Vice throwback post-match too!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

A solid episode of AEW Dark: Elevation with some great matches, some good matches and some BAD matches… Matches we could have done without (all those squasjes for a start). I did appreciate the Gunn Club promo and – honestly – I’d actually be up for seeing more promos like that, giving the roster some extra depth and back story.

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