21st Jul2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 19’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW Dark: Elevation, I’m Phil and this is episode 19 of AEW’s second YouTube show… already?!

Match #1: Lance Archer def. Zachariah

My Thoughts: The usual lance Archer squash match opens the show. Archer throws his opponent in the ring, then around the ring, then gets the pin.

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #2: Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy def. Chaos Project (Luther and Serpentico)

My Thoughts: A ridiculously fun match that took absolutely nothing seriously and felt remarkably refreshing for that very fact. Serpentico took his usual punishment 0 not only being thrown around by Kuther but also Chuck Taylor! LOVED the finish with Luther accidentally pinning his own partner and Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy cashing in on it!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Hikaru Shida def. Dulce Tormenta

My Thoughts: What a way to make your AEW debut, against former champ Hikaru Shida. Unfortunately there was something off about this match, with moves seemingly missed and things just looking a little clumsy – though credit to Tormenta, her interesting pinning move does look like, if things went to plan, like it could be a decent and different move for the wrestler.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: Powerhouse Hobbs def. Lucas Chase

My Thoughts: So Hobbs is going the way of Archer… Being fed enhancement talent/extras, in this case one of Dustin Rhodes students, and squashing them definitively.

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #5: Frankie Kazarian def. Baron Black

My Thoughts: Welcome to another edition of an AEW “quasi-squash” match, with Baron Black given just enough time and space to show off before the Elite Hunter Frankie Kazarian, even getting a 1-count before getting pummeled. Black deserves to pick up at least one win sometime soon though… he’s certainly earned one.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: Jungle Boy def. Angelico

My Thoughts: A well-fought, well-balanced match. Angelico is starting to grow on me the more singles matches he has like this. More skill and less showing off. Nice to see Jungle Boy win with a submission given how Angelico has been doing the same recently.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #7: Red Velvet def. Julia Hart

My Thoughts: Julia Hart’s had a few wins recently but it was not to be here – after all red Velvet is one of AEW’s new and rising stars, on an upward trajectory for sure. Hart looked good here too – she’s another wrestler who’s getting better and better with each and every match; though she seems too sweet at times to be vicious enough to get the win!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #8: Gunn Club def. Brock Anderson & Lee Johnson

My Thoughts: My thoughts? The wrong team won this one. Anderson and Johnson looked the better team and deserve a win even this early in their tag team “career”. The Gunn Club don’t need wins given how often they’re on TV and I’m not sure AEW would ever out them in the title picture anyway.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #9: Luchasaurus def. Fuego del Sol

My Thoughts: Boooooo! OK so I knew Fuego Del Sol wasn’t going to win this one but one can hope. However jsut listen to the crowd… Fuego is SO SO over with AEW fans it would behove Tony and co. to sign him now. Fingers crossed for Sammy’s vlog, and the end result of the Friend Olympics, next week. As usual a Fuego match gets an inflated score here on Nerdly. Sue me.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #10: Dante Martin def. “The Captain” Shawn Dean

My Thoughts: The usual Dante Martin match – plenty of spots, fast-paced and high-flying. Shawn Dean did well to keep up with him. Dante Martin kept up his winning streak here however.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #11: Tay Conti and Serena Deeb def. Vertvixen and Jazmine Allure

My Thoughts: Well this was an odd one. The heelish Deeb teaming with uber-face Tay Conti? A strange pairing but one that worked. Conti and Deeb showed off their experience, especially Deeb, with Allure and Vertvixen playing the heels in this match very well. Deeb was the star here though, showing why she id the woman of a thousand holds. Really.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #12: Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo def. JD Drake and Cezar Bononi

My Thoughts: What’s this? A main event match with three of my favourite wrestlers, and Cezar Bononi, in it? This is always going to be a winner in my book. I’ve decided that Bononi needs bigger opponents going forward, he looks to tall and gangly compared to a lot of his opponents, which makes his wrestling style look out of place. You know who didn’t look out of place though? JD Drake. He hung with both Penta and Kingston and delivered a great heel performance. But, of course this was Penta and Kingston’s match, no matter what happened before the finish.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5

It feels like episodes like this are to be the standard for Dark programmning going forward – a mix of good, average and indifferent. The crowd did a lot to make this one more exciting this week too. Appreciated the fact AEW kept Eddie Kingston’s closing speech to the crowd in this episode… like we couldn’t love Kingston any more!

2 Responses to “‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 19’ Review”

  • Tom L

    I could see a booking between Tay Conti and Serena Deeb which sees them tag, Serena naming the wins by dirty/ overly aggressive means and Tay not appreciating that.
    End result is a feud between the two, Serena turns outright heel and an excellent match

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