12th Oct2022

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 84’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome back to another review of AEW Dark: Elevation, which this week features seven matches and a number of big-name stars! We’ve got Ian Riccaboni, Paul Wight and Matt Menard on commentary, so let’s get into the review…

Match #1: Hikaru Shida def. Erica Leigh

My Thoughts: Straight out of the gate, we’ve got a typical AEW quasi-squash match, with Shida not TOTALLY demolishing and embarrassing her opponent here but still being in control of this match entirely. A quick sub-three minute match to kick off this week’s show!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #2: Lance Archer def. Papadon

My Thoughts: And we get a re-run of the previous match here… only from the male perspective! Papadon got in quite a bit of offence but there was no way any of it was going to have any real impact on Archer…

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Emi Sakura def. Trish Adora

My Thoughts: I’m going to sound like a broken record aren’t I this week? ANOTHER quasi-squash match, with Trish Adora getting in some decent offence but never really threatening Emi Sakura – who by now should surely be getting a main show run?

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: Tony Nese and Josh Woods def. Action Andretti and Myles Hawkins

My Thoughts: So this match was weirdly booked… Tony Nese and Josh Woods have been ploughing through opponents for weeks on end and all of a sudden they have an issue beating two enhancement talents? Action Andretti was the man to come out of this match looking good, even in defeat.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: Nyla Rose def. Jordan Blade

My Thoughts: Guess what? It’s another quasi-squash match! Blade got in a bunch of offence but absolutely NONE of it had any impact. This was a retread of Archer’s match but in the women’s division IMHO.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #6: Dalton Castle and The Boys (Brent and Brandon Tate) def. Goldy, Brett Waters and Logan LaRoux

My Thoughts: Shock horror, we’ve got another squash match. Which seems odd given that Dalton Castle and The Boys have actually been partaking in decent, competitive, matches of late. Still, it’s good to see ROH talent in AEW, just hope it’s not too long before ROH gets its own show!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #7: Brandon Cutler def. Serpentico

My Thoughts: We end this week’s Elevation with a comedy match between a returning Brandon Cutler and Serpentico, who brings Luther with him for this one – and you know what that means? Your mileage may vary on this one… But at least the wrestling was good and you could never call this match a) dull or b) predictable. Stood out from the sea of squash matches that’s for sure!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5


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