07th Jul2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 17’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to Nerdly, I’m Phil and this is a review of this week’s AEW Dark: Elevation, the seventeenth episode of AEW’s third “TV” show… Can we call YouTube TV? If a show is produced by a TV production to stream online, is it still TV? Blaaaagh… I’m going off on a tangent. Whatever. Let’s just get on with this review!

Match #1: Thunder Rosa def. Leila Grey

My Thoughts: The second week in a row, if memory serves, that Thunder Rosa has legitimately squashed an opponent rather than the usual “let the opponent get in some offense and look good before being squashed” routine… Much like Britt Baker and Nyal Rose, it looks like Rosa is winning squash matches fast to rack up the wins for AEW’s rankings.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #2: Scorpio Sky def. Marcus Kross

My Thoughts: The say any publicity, even bad publicity, is better than none. In terms of publicty then, Marcus Kross has got it down pat because all I remember is his hair. Which, to be fair, is publicity… of some kind. Otherwiae this was all Sky, who took swift care of Kross, even using hair haior to throw him round the ring to the delight of Sky’s tag-team partner Ethan Page, who was on commentary for the match.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #3: Hikaru Shida def. Dani Jordyn

My Thoughts: Dani Jordyn managed to get a chance to actually wrestle in this match, which makes a change from a lot of her other Dark matches… Somehtng which is key going forward, as AEW can’t rely on freelance enhancement talent as much on the road and making Jordyn look semi=decent here might be a sign she’s definitely going to be an AEW regular when they’re on the road the next few months. Or… on the other hand… it was a send off for her??

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Orange Cassidy def. Angelico

My Thoughts: I’ve made my dislike for TH2 well known in my reviews but I can appreciate their skills – especially Angelico, who’s recent made more of his mat wrestling, technical skills rather than the spot-fest that TH2 matches can be. And it worked here to make for a great apiring with Orange Cassidy – both men adapting their styles to complement each other tremendously.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Serena Deeb def. Tesha Price

My Thoughts: The screamy Tesha Price was as animated as ever in this match against Serena Deeb – who looked like she was trying to play heel as she came out for the match, even beating down Price when a pin would’ve sufficed. But the fans cheered her on no matter what she did, even breaking out into a “lets go Deeb” chant!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: Dante Martin def. Serpentico

My Thoughts: If this had been a Serpentico versus Dante Martin match I could’ve got behind this one as Serpentico has a decent skillset. However… this was really Chaos Project NOT just Serpentico and as such it suffered from the insanity that Luther brings to their tag team and made this one a series of skits followed by tremendous spots. We could’ve done without the former. Nice tease at a possible Sydal/Martin team-up post-match – which makes sense given how much Martin’s skills almozt mirror Sydal’s in-ring gymnastics.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5

OK. So when I said I wanted shorter episodes of Elevation, what I didn’t mean was for matches to run ridiculously short and be mainly squash matches of one kind or another! But that’s what we got here.


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