09th Jun2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 13’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW Dark: Elevation, from Daily’s Place and in front of a live audience yet again. Without further adieu… lets’ get into it!

Match #1: Jade Cargill def. Rache Chanel

My Thoughts: A fast and decisive squash match for Jade Cargill, which techinically was little more than a reason “Smart” Mark Sterling to cut a promo about and on behalf of Cargill.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #2: Santana & Ortiz def. Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis

My Thoughts: Former Evolve tag team partners Liam Gray and Adiran Alanis we’re back together tagging against Proud & Powerful who look to be repeating the Britt Baker formula of racking up wins on Dark and Elevation – and I’m here for it. It really is great to see Santana and Ortiz actually in a tag match rather than being part of more Inner Circle shenanigans! Can’t wait to see them back in the main event tag scene [hopefully] in a few months time.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Scorpio Sky def. Trevor Read

My Thoughts: Poor Trevore Read, literally fed to Scorpio Sky in a squash match – though Sky looked like he was messing with Read for most of this match, not giving it his all IMHO. The best thing about this one was actually Ethan Page’s heel commentary.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: Brian Cage & Powerhouse Hobbs def. Trevor Aeon & Kendall Blake

My Thoughts: Good god Hobbs destroyed his opponents with NINE body slams in a row and a wonderful denial of a tenth that really sold his heel nature. This dominant match saw Cage get the pin with the drillclaw. Starks and Hook sold the dissention in the ranks of Team Taz well at the end of the match too.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Evil Uno def. Danny Limelight

My Thoughts: Evil Uno appearing in his FIRST singles match for AEW is hard to believe but hey, that’s whats gone down (mainly because unlike that OTHER promotion, AEW believes tag team are TEAMS, not just any two wrestlers thrown together!). Anyway, what a great opponent for Uno to have for his first singles match! Danny Limelight is a great wrestler in his own right but working with other great wrestlers he seems to elevate his opponent too. And good on -1 and Uno for showing Limelight some respect post-match.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #6: Ethan Page def. Mike Sydal

My Thoughts: Much like his tag team partner Scorpio Sky, this match was another squash to show how “dominant” the duo are after their Double or Nothing loss. To be honest, they should have won that match rather than rebuild their streak again. Even less more doing it as singles wrestlers… At least Page got to face a high profile wrestler for his Elevation match.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #7: “The Acclaimed” Max Caster & Anthony Bowens def. Alex Reynolds & Alan “5” Angels.

My Thoughts: A well-balanced match between two great tag teams, though I’m missing John Silver’s manic “hungy” energy (he usually tags with Reynolds). Caster and Bowens maintained their winning streak using the usual underhand methods… I wish Dark Order could get a win one of these days. Not like they need it they’re so over!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #8: Kris Statlander def. Queen Aminata

My Thoughts: Another decent match, with Queen Aminata actually looking good here (unlike her previous AEW appearances). Sadly the match was slightly spoilt by the botched Big bang Theory at the end.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #9: “The Varsity Blonds” Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison def. J.D. Drake & Ryan Nemeth

My Thoughts: Another great tag team match with the on-fire Varsity Blonds winning against two of the Wingmen. As sual J.D. Drake looked good even in defeat, whilst Garrison and Pillman Jr. where their usual fantastic selves. I’m liking how Julia Hart is becoming more and more intertwined with the Blonds each and every week, with Hart providing a decent distraction to the Blonds opponents at times

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #10: Hikaru Shida def. Diamante

My Thoughts: Hikaru debuts a new hairdo and the commentary team make more of that than what looked to be a more nasty attitude from the former AEW women’s champ! This version of Shida was a great foil for the always hard-hitting Diamante, giving the latter some decent and credible competition for once on AEW’s “Dark” programming.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

A mixed bag for this weeks AEW Dark: Elevation. Though one thing I can appreciate is that AEW aren’t afraid to put their bigger stars on what many consider their “smaller” shows – Britt Baker’s run of Dark and Elevation matches to put her into the main event championship picture obviously working for the company. The crowd this week weren’t as hot as last week though that’s to be expected give the huge hype of the Fan Fest weekend during which last weeks show took place.

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