13th Oct2021

‘AEW Dark: Elevation – Episode 32’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this weeks review of AEW Dark: Elevation, which opened with just Paul Wight and Eddie Kingston on commentary which was, frankly, fantastic – Kingston talked nonsense whilst Wight seemed bewildered by everything he said. I loved it! Shame Kingston wasn’t on commentary for the entirety of this one.

Match #1: Penelope Ford def. Notorious Mimi

My Thoughts: A surprising opening match. Surprising in that Notorious Mimi didn’t roll over a take a squash at the hands of Penelope Ford (or Pen-ay-lop-ay as Eddie Kingston kept calling her on commentary) in fact she really looked like she could’ve taken Ford out at times. In the end it was not to be but the notorious one definitely made an impact in this one. More from her please AEW.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Santana and Ortiz def. Andrew Soriano and Matthew Omen

My Thoughts: Even though Soriano and Omen borught their manager with them it diod no good as Santana and Ortiz demolished the duo in around a minute. This one felt like a match to pad out Santana and Ortiz’s win record – which is no bad thing if it means they get a title shot!

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: FTR def. Lee Moriarty and LSG

My Thoughts: Wow. This was a FANTASTIC match! Lee Moriarty and LSG didn’t cave to pressure and both really took it to FTR, even getting some near falls – with both men given a chance to show their moves. FTR played the hard-hitting, sneaky move game and that got them the win but this was a close one. I need to see more of Lee Moriarty and LSG in AEW going forward – these guys are great together (and kudos to FTR for the work they did putting them over too)!

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #4: Tay Conti def. Dani Mo

My Thoughts: I’m really digging that “Tay Jay” music/intro that sounds like it’s stepped straight out of Street Fighter 2. This was another typical Tay Conti match – she let her opponent get a few shots in but was always in control and got a squash-like quick win.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Joey Janela def. Crowbar

My Thoughts: So cool seeing not only WCW alumni Crowbar in this match but also the Blue Meanie! Respect to AEW for paying respect to home town talent (and ECW) during these Philadelphia shows. This one got a little clumsy towards the end and the chair spot should’ve surely led to a DQ finish but what the hell, this match let hometown heroes get a chance to shine once again… and on a [inter]national level.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: Ruby Soho def. Emi Sakura

My Thoughts: This one was hard-hitting, hard-fought but a little too short for my liking. Plus the commentary on this one was less than stellar – there was no excitement that Excalibur brings or sheer fun Eddie Kingston brings. And it was noticeable. I did like the fact this one was hard(er) to call, with both women on winning streaks. You kind of knew Ruby Soho was gonna get the win to cement her current AEW run but it wasn’t always 100% certain – especially given this was a YouTube show and NOT national television (where usual rules oftentimes don’t apply).

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #7: The Butcher, The Blade, & Private Party def. Lee Johnson, Brock Anderson, Chuck Taylor, & Wheeler YUTA

My Thoughts: This one played out in a pretty average manner, with only Brock Anderson’s performance standing out (to be fair YUTA had a decent outing here too). That was until The Butcher almost took Lee Johnson’s head off to end this one – it really looked vicious! That fact that Johnson ate the pin was actually a surprising finish TBH.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. There was a SUPERB, really superb promo from Crowbar and Blue Meanie – it was worth watching this episode just for that. Shows just how much of an impact AEW is having in wrestling.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Easily the best episode of Elevation in some time, let down only by some bad commentary. Gimme more of Kingston madcap commentary AEW, please!!

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