04th Aug2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 21’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW Dark: Elevation, which opens with a promo and ad for AEW’s newest show, which starts this month, AEW: Rampage. And don’t worry, unlike some sites we’re still going to be bringing you Elevation and Dark reviews, as well Rampage! Yes, FOUR All Elite Wrestling shows a week. A week!

Match #1: Red Velvet def. Angelica Risk

My Thoughts: And we open with what I’ve copyrighted as the AEW quasi-squash. Red Velvet let Risk get some moves in, show off even (twerking in the ring… really?) but she was in control for the entire time. A light and fluffy match, much like Red Velvet’s baked goods namesake!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #2: Lee Johnson def. Marcus Kross

My Thoughts: Mr Dragonball hair himself, Marcus Kross, is back on Dark programming! You can’t say its not a good gimmick – you’ve won’t forget Kross’ hair. Ever. These two were well-matched in a fast-paced fight that saw Lee Johnson get the easy definitive win. He’s still gonna get mangled by Miro on Weds night!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Kris Statlander def. Ashley D’Ambiose

My Thoughts: Despite a few offensive moves from D’Ambiose, this match was ALL Kris Statlander’s. There was still an element of fun, as there is in all Statlander’s matches, but it also looked like she was taking this one more seriously too – no doubt because, as the commentary team would not let you forget, she;s on a winning streak AND climding the women’s rankings towards a title shot.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Aaron Solo and Nick Comoroto def. Rosario Grillo and Hunter Knott

My Thoughts: If ever there was a squash match on AEW then this was it. Solo squashes Grillo in the opening, before tagging in Comoroto who destroys Knott. At one point Comoroto literally throws BOTH Grillo and Knott around the ring like rag dolls! Looked super impressive but this was still a squash match.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #5: Yuka Sakazaki def. Dani Jordyn

My Thoughts: Well this was surprising. Dani Jordyn looked to be standing her ground against Yuka Sakazaki at times here, even outwitting her a couple of times for some near falls.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: Darby Allin def. Bear Bronson

My Thoughts: If ever two men were ever mismatched. Bronson had the size, Allin had the speed; and both had to push themselves to neutralise each others advantage. Darby Allin sold brillaintly for Bronson’s power moves, looking like jelly at times as Bronson pounded on him, really playing up the underdog role he’s great at. Darby meanwhile had to pull off the sneaky surprise moves to, eventually, get the win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5

A 45 minute show that moved fat yet allowed its matches to breathe. What’s not to like. PLUS… H ell yes! We got Eddie Kingston on commentary again. He is AMAZING on the mic. Seriously. And I loved seeing him mark out to David Crockett who popped on commentary (they are in Charlotte after all!). As I’ve said before, I hope Kingston is the wrestler Tony Khan said would be doing commentary on Rampage. PLEEEEEASE make it so! You know what this episode of AEW Dark: Elevation really had going for it? It was FUN. Sheer fun.


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