24th Nov2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 38’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the first of this weeks AEW reviews, AEW Dark: Elevation, which kicks off the wrestling week for us here at Nerdly. As always I’m editor Phil and let’s get straight into the review!

Match #1: Tay Jay (Tay Conti and Anna Jay) vs. Willow Nightingale and Erica Leigh

My Thoughts: Nice to see Willow Nightingale back on AEW programming, hopefully she gets a chance at more appearances in AEW. In terms of this match this was all Tay Conti, who took it to Erica Leigh and then pump-kicked the hell out of Nightingale before hitting the DD-Tay for the win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Tony Nese def. Logan Laroux

My Thoughts: This was one of AEW’s quasi-squash matches; one that let local wrestler Logan Laroux get in some decent offence against Tony Nese – and the hometown crowd were certainly behind Laroux; but that wasn’t enough to stop Nese – whio hit a nasty looking spinning back kick to Laroux’s face before hitting a German suplex into the corner followed by a running knee strike, which led to a pinfall win for Nese.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Team Taz (Powerhose Hobbs and Ricky Starks) w/ Hook vs. Lucas Chase and Irvin Legend

My Thoughts: Everything I wrote about the previous match applies here… Yes, we’re in quasi-squash territory with Lucas Chase and Irvin Legend getting some surprisingly effective offense in. But this was another match where you knew what the outcome was always going to be.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Kris Statlander, Ryo Mizunami and Leyla Hirsch def. The Bunny, Penelope Ford and Emi Sakura w/ Mei Suruga

My Thoughts: Another trios match outing for Ryo Mizunami and Emi Sakura, who seem to be working these matches week in, week out; with an ever-rotating group of team mates. Thankfully this time round we get Lelya Hirsch back alongside Ryo Mizunami, plus Penelope Ford steps in for Nyla Rose. And this time round the faces get the win!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Frankie Kazarian def. Joe Keys

My Thoughts: This is the THIRD quais-squash in this episode of Elevation, with Kazarian letting Keys get a moment in the spotlight before Frankie countered an uppercut from Keys into the Crossface Chicken Wing and getting the submission win.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #6: Dark Order (John Silver, Alex Reynolds, and 10) def. Baron Black, Duke Davis, and Ganon Jones

My Thoughts: Another match featuring talent finally making another appearance on AEW programming, in this case its Duke Davis and Ganon Jones – who looked like they could destroy Silver and Reynolds given their size. But, of course, the outcome was never in doubt and given that this match also featured man-mountain Pres10 Vance then the Dark Order had this one in the bag!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #7: Riho def. Trish Adora

My Thoughts: ANOTHER quasi-squash?! Really? To be fair this match gave Trish Adora a decent platform to show her skills to a larger audience and gave Riho someone new to fight. Adora hit Riho with a fantastic suplex that even surprised the commentary team – she’s definitely one to watch (if you’re not already familiar with how good she is!)

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #8: Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor & Kris Statlander def. Serpentico

My Thoughts: Wheeler Yuta showed off his athletic abilities in this match, with Serpentico matching him quite well. Serpentico did his usual shtick but was out-classed by Yuta. This match went a decent time too compared to the rest of the card.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was another solid episode of Elevation that was mared by too many quasi-squash matches yet it didn’t disappoint either. Nice to see somke returning talent and the debut of a new one on this show too.

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