28th Jul2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 20’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW Dark: Elevation, I’m editor Phil and we’ve got a packed 13-match card this week. Let’s get to it!

Match #1: Jungle Boy def. Marq Quen

My Thoughts: This was a fantastically well-balanced match. Quen looked better than he has since joining the HFO – a singles match really showed his athletic skills. Skills that were matched by Jungle Boy and then some. And for once the interference from both HFO and Jurassic Express actually made sense in terms of the match!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Yuka Sakazaki def. Amber Nova

My Thoughts: Amber Nova looked good here, again probably the best she has since debuting on AEW. I guess it helps when you’re facing a great opponent. Unfortunately Nova wasted time again with her “mechanic” gimmick instead of getting a pin. The crowd was definitely behind Yuka, with a decent pop as she came out to the ring. Eventually this turned into a brawl, with Yuka hitting Nova with an airplane spin for the win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Thunder Rosa def. Myka Madrid

My Thoughts: Myka Madrid made her AEW debut against Thunder Rosa in another of Rosa’s typical AEW matches – she allowed Madrid to get in some offence and show what she can do, all the while Rosa was totally in control of the match, finally putting her patented chokehold on Madrid for the win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Luchasaurus def. Jora Johl

My Thoughts: New HFO member Jora Johl was fed to Jurassic Express’ Luchasaurus in little more than a squash match. Hey, at least the matches this week are continuing the feud between the two.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #5: Scorpio Sky def. Fuego Del Sol

My Thoughts: If you’re in Texas why wouldn’t you have Fuego Del Sol on your card? Makes sense and it pleases this Del Sol mark too! The crowd was hot for Fuego and Scorpio Sky let him run with it too… for a while at least. corpio played the heel superbly here, even threatening to take off Fuego’s mask. It all payed into the hands of the crowd who REALLY elveated this match to the next level. As usual, and extra half a point for having Fuego in the match!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #6: Angelico def. Marko Stunt

My Thoughts: This was a decent match with Marko at least given a chance to actually have a chance to wrestle. Angelico sold well for Marko before taking charge and putting Stunt a torture rack-style submission move for the win. Again, this matched furthered the HFO/Jurassic Express feud, especially with Angekico still punishing Stunt after the bell.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #7: Kris Statlander & Tay Conti def. The Bunny & Madi Wrenkowski

My Thoughts: This was a superb womens tag match. Conti and Statlander looked to be totally in sync, like they’d been tagging for ages; even the green(ish) Madi Wrenkowski looked good here, again another case of looking better than she has in previous matches – you have to wonder if the energy from the crowd has really made the AEW roster step up their game. Whatever the case the result here was a tremendous tag match. More of this please!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #8: Wardlow def. Bear Bronson

My Thoughts: For once Wardlow looked like he had REAL competition in Bear Bronson – he still threw Bronson, literally, around the ring! This was a traditional big hoss fight and both men looked hard as nails in a brilliantly paired fight.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #9: Lee Johnson def. Luther

My Thoughts: This match was chosen by the winner of the AEW Games Elite General Manager competition and what another great pairing – and if Johnson wins he gets a TNT Title shot! Of course Luther couldn’t help but involve Serpentico in the match, using hims as his usual battering ram/personal WMD. Johnson was having none of it though, bringing the fight to Luther and making this another fantastic match. Which is not something I always say about Luther’s solo matches.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #10: Eddie Kingston def. Serpentico

My Thoughts: This was a patented AEW quasi-squash, with Kingston giving Seprentico just enought leeway to fight back against his hard-hitting offence. Some nice comedy here too (yes, comedy, in a wrestling match) that I think only Kingston and Serpentico could have got away with.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #11: Lucha Brothers def. Dark Order’s Alan “5” Angels & 10

My Thoughts: Damn. Now THIS should’ve been the main event. The Lucha Brothers were on fire here but 5 and 10 did not lie down and take a beating from the duo. Instead this was a brilliantly balanced affair in which every man got a chance to shine and both teams looked ridiculous good at the end, even those that lost!

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #12: Brock Anderson & Gunn Club def. Chandler Hopkins, Cameron Cole, & Izzy James

My Thoughts: This one felt like this weeks throwaway match, as do a LOT of the Gunn Club matches. This was probably a good work out for Colten Gunn and Brock Anderson but didn’t really need to be on “TV”.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #13: PAC def. Chuck Taylor

My Thoughts: A high-impact, hard-hitting, intense fight between these two – which is to be expected from any match PAC is involved in but Chuck taylor match him blow for blow and went toe to toe. So much so that the outcome of this one wasn’t as predictable as one might have thought. AEW needs more PAC solo matches though. They really do.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

Eddie Kingston on commentary was GOLD. Pure gold. Hopefully this is the “internal guy” Tony Khan said would be doing commentary on Rampage. Please let it be so. Kingston’s commentary took Elevation to the next level for sure. And the card was one of the better ones too – with less squash matches than usual and some interesting match-ups that made for just as interesting viewing. Definitely a winner this week!

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