08th Sep2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 27’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week review of AEW Dark: Elevation, the first AEW show post-All Out which, honestly, felt like it was changing the AEW landscape as the company enters it’s third year in existence… Let’s see what Elevation has to offer!

Match #1: Bear Country def. Ryan Nemeth and Peter Avalon

My Thoughts: Bear Country are back together and look angrier than ever! Bronson has had some great singles matches but its great to see him back teaming with Boulder. Nemeth played the fool again (typical) whilst Peter Avalon did most of the work for the Wingmen. Interesting to seeBoulder stay on the apron for a lot of this match – maybe he’s still not 100%? Or Bear Country are playing it safe, getting gradually back into it? Whatever the reason it didn’t stop one of my favourite AEW tag teams from getting the win!

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Emi Sakura def. Missa Kate

My Thoughts: Missa Kate’s intro in this match has to be one of the best ever on Elevation… Thanks Eddie Kingston for such a sarcastic introduction! In terms of the match this was all Emi Sakura’s match, taking out some pent up aggression on Kate – perhaps [storyline] frustrated over Sunday’s Battle Royale? Missa Kate got a couple of moves in and a couple of near falls but that’s only because this match was another of the patented AEW quasi-squash matches!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: Lance Archer def. GPA

My Thoughts: What a surprise… Not! Lance Archer throws his opponent in and around the ring. Again. GPA tried to get in some offence but Archer’s chokeslam and the Blackout ends this fast. This “carrying his opponent to the ring” shtick was funny/cool the first few times but now its starting to get a bit too repetitive.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #4: Kiera Hogan def. Blair Onyx

My Thoughts: Kiera Hogan gets not only her first win but also showed off her finisher, Face the Music – a swinging fishermens neckbreaker with a bridge to get the pin. And she looked REALLY good in that finish. The thing even impressed Eddie Kingston on commentary! This was still a typical AEW quasi-squash match though.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Nyla Rose def. Laynie Luck

My Thoughts: Laynie Luck got a handful of strikes in before Nyla Rose demolished her in yet another of the usual Rose matches. This one didn’t even go 2 minutes.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #6: Anthony Bowens def. Griff Garrison

My Thoughts: Bowens and Garrison are a great pairing, each man even out the skills of the other. It turned out this match was really a continuation of the Varsity Blonds/The Acclaimed feud, with **SPOILER** Max Caster turning up to get Bowens an underhanded win!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #7: Red Velvet def. Queen Aminata

My Thoughts: Another match featuring two well-matched competitors. Queen Aminata had the strength, Red Velvet had the speed and together it made for a great match. A short match but still a good one; and one I’d like to see happen again on another AEW show, as long as it gets more TV time!

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #8: Dark Order’s John Silver and 10 def. Travis Titan and Isiah Moore

My Thoughts: This was a total display of power from Dark Order’s John Silver and 10 who dominated their opponents who, frankly, looked like they were too busy showboating and taunting Dark Order rather than actually concentrating on ACTUALLY wrestling.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #9: Dante Martin def. JD Drake

My Thoughts: Two of my favourite wrestlers in AEW together in one match? My idea of heaven. A total clash of styles but one that actually gelled. Drake’s power and size were great foils for Martin’s high flying acrobatics and both men delivered in spades.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #10: Riho def. Skye Blue

My Thoughts: Skye Blue is back again in her third match for AEW and shows just why she should’ve been in the Casino Battle Royale and why the Chicago fans love her – she’s damn good and totally shined against the legend that is Riho. This one got some decent time (though it could’ve gone longer) and both women looked superb come the conclusion.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #11: Darby Allin, Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley def. Chaos Project and RSP

My Thoughts: Another trios match? Is Tony Khan trying to tell us something? Or is it that everyone wants to see 3 of AEW’s best – Darby Allin, Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley – work together? Chaos Project did their usual stuff, with Serpentico as a human lawn dart; however RSP actually got a chance to shine here – taking on both Moxley and Allin and looking good whilst doing it. This is the kind of audience-pleaser th`t Aew knows will send home fans (at the event and at home) with a smile on their face. And it worked.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

I had the exact same comnplaints with this epidoe of Elevation as I did with last week regular episode of Dark… Yes we got plenty of women’s matches on the card but why were most of them squash matches again? And whilst a lot of the card was average, the last three matches really elevated the show.


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