AEW Dark: Elevation Recap: Eight Man Tag Team Main Event, Powerhouse Hobbs In Action

Hello again everyone, and welcome back Rajah.Com’s AEW Dark: Elevation recap.

Tonight’s episode of AEW Dark features six bouts, so let’s get down to business.

AEW Dark: Elevation (11/8)

-Once Excalibur, Paul Wight, and Mark Henry welcome in all of the viewers, and it’s time to head to the ring.

Powerhouse Hobbs w/ Hook vs Danny Adams

*Adams is making his AEW debut.

The official signals for the opening match bell, and Hobbs stares down his opponent. After a moment, Hobbs throws Adams into the corner, and follows up with a big forearm shot. Hobbs lays Adams across the top turnbuckle, and makes it rain forearm shots, before setting up his opponent for a big slam. Powerhouse Hobbs sends Adams crashing into the mat, and makes the cover for the 1-2...Hobbs signals that he isn’t finished yet, and takes a moment to be proud of himself, before applying a torture rack submission hold for the win.

Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs

The Butcher & The Blade vs Chuck Taylor and Wheeler YUTA

*The Butcher & The Blade are 7-1 as a team this year, while YUTA and Taylor are a combined 33-18 in singles action.

Chuck starts the match with The Blade, and both men wrestle into the corner. The Blade takes control for a moment, and both men run the ropes, until Chuck hits consecutive arm drag takedowns. Taylor tags in Wheeler for a double team move, and YUTA looks to follow up, but gets caught with a thumb to the eye from The Blade. The Butcher tags in, and tries to ground Wheeler, but YUTA is to fast for him. Wheeler tags in Taylor, who gets caught with a stiff shot to the face, allowing the heels to take full control of the match. The Blade makes another quick tag to the butcher, who isolates Taylor in the ring. The Blade tags right back in, and continues to punish Taylor with a back elbow, knocking Chuck off of his feet. The Blade tosses Taylor to the outside, and looks for a chair, causing the referee to get distracted. The Butcher takes advantage with a cheap shot, and rolls Chuck back into the ring, where The Blade makes a cover. Taylor kicks out, and The Blade slows the match down with a chin lock. Chuck eventually breaks free with the Soul Food, allowing a hot tag to YUTA. Wheeler comes in on fire, and levels The Blade, as well as The Butcher. YUTA tags in Chuck, and follows up with a dive to the floor onto The Butcher, while Taylor handles The Blade in the ring. Chuck nearly puts away The Blade with a Falcon Arrow, and calls for his finisher, but misses the attempt. YUTA blind tags himself in, and lands a frog splash on The Blade, then makes the cover for the 1-2... The Butcher breaks up the pin just in time, and catches a shot from Chuck on the backside of the save. The Butcher rolls out of the ring, and Taylor follows up with a dive, but The Bunny pulls The Butcher out of the way. The Blade hits a Spinning Tombstone Piledriver on YUTA, and tags in The Butcher, who helps put away Wheeler for the 1-2-3.

Winner: The Butcher & The Blade

-After Kenny Omega promotes the new AEW Elite General Manager app, it’s time for women’s division action.

Riho vs Tootie Lynn

*This The AEW debut of Tootie Lynn.

After the introductions from Justin Roberts, the bell rings, and the contest is underway! Riho quickly tries to tie up with Lynn, who throws a kick, so Riho grabs a side headlock. Lynn picks up the pace with rapid fire strikes, and sends Riho running into the ropes, but Riho avoids an attempt from Lynn on her way back. Riho immediately takes Tootsie off of her feet, and drapes her across the second rope, before following up with a 619 for a close nearfall. Lynn makes it back to her feet, and rocks Riho with a big time elbow, flooring her for a pin attempt. Riho kicks out, and turns things back in her favor, before heading to the top rope for a double foot stomp. Lynn avoids the stomp, and Riho rolls through, then follows up with a strike and stomp combo. Riho nails a northern lights suplex, and heads up to the top rope once again, before successfully hitting the stomp for the 1-2-3.

Winner: Riho

Matt Hardy vs Dean Alexander

*Hardy is 25-12 in his AEW career, while Alexander is searching for his first “All Elite” victory.

Hardy cuts a promo to insult Alexander, and tells Dean “after I beat you in this match, you will say my name with reverence.” The bell rings, and both men grapple straight into the corner. Hardy controls the tempo with a chinlock, then rams the face of Alexander into each turnbuckle pad, as the crowd chants “delete” with each impact. Hardy continues to control the match, until Dean tries to fire up on him. Matt cuts him off with a shot to the gut, but Alexander immediately answers back with a clothesline. Dean manhandles Hardy into the corner, and misses a splash, sending himself over the top rope. Hardy grabs Alexander by the head, and forces him to run across the apron, then down onto the steel ring steps. Hardy rolls to the outside to continue the assault on Dean, and tosses him back into the ring, where Matt hits a catapult into the ropes. Hardy follows up by locking on a sleeper hold, but Dean quickly breaks free! Alexander powers up, and lifts Hardy into the air for an inverted neck breaker! Alexander makes his way to the top rope, but Hardy stops him. Matt lands a few strikes with his head, and nails a superplex! Matt sets up for The Leach, and squeezes Alexander, forcing a tapout.

Winner: Matt Hardy

-A package highlights former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, and AEW Dark:Elevation returns to the ring.

Emi Sakura & Nyla Rose vs Ryo Mizunami & Ruby Soho

*Mizunami and Soho are teaming up for the first time in their AEW careers.

Ryo starts the match against Rose, and they immediately trade shots. Nyla floors Ryo with a hard shot, and tags in Emi, who picks up the pieces on the ring. Ryo anticipates a move from Sakura, but Emi regains control right away. Ryo causes a brief moment of separation, and tags in Soho, who also struggles with Emi. Sakura sets up for a big splash in the corner on Soho, and nails it, before tagging in Nyla. Soho tries to fight off Rose with chops, but gets dropped with a spine buster. Nyla sets up for a powerbomb, but Soho escapes. Mizunami breaks the rules, and hits a huge spear on Rose in the ring, then Ruby follows up with another one while Nyla leans against the ropes. Soho makes a legal tag to Mizunami, who sprints into the ring, and unleashes consecutive strikes on Rose. Nyla eventually shakes off the attack, and lands a swinging neck breaker, before heading to the top rope. Rose misfires on a senton bomb, and we have hot tags all around. Soho and Sakura try to put the match away for their teams, until a distraction from the outside allows Sakura to score a roll up on Soho for a close near fall. Ruby stays in the match, and tries a roll up of her own, before nailing Sakura with the No Future for the 1-2-3.

Winners: Ruby Soho & Ryo Mizunami

-After the match, Rose and her crew beat down Soho and Mizunami, until Kris Statlander runs in with a chair for the save. Soho and Statlander shake hands, and the segment comes to an end.
-Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite gets a quick plug, and it’s main event time!

The Acclaimed & 2.0 vs Dark Order

*Max Caster drops a few bars on his way to the ring, and insults the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as Kansas City Barbecue.

Evil Uno kicks things off with Anthony Bowens, and Uno tries to shake hands. Bowens declines, and both men trade shoulder tackles. Uno finally knocks Bowens off of his feet, and both men trade moves again. Uno and Bowens both go for the same move, and knock heads, before making tags. Caster and Alex Reynolds become the legal men, and the match completely breaks down. When the match becomes more organized, Reynolds and Caster fight in the ring, and the action is once again off the rails on the outside! Max nearly steals a pin on Reynolds, and Evil Uno makes the save. Caster tags in Bowens, who quickly tags in Matt Lee. Lee handles business with Bowens for a moment, and tags in his 2.0 partner, who holds the advantage over Reynolds. Parker hits a snap suplex, and makes the cover, but Alex kicks out at a close two. Parker drives Reynolds into the heel corner, and isolates Reynolds, before The Acclaimed try a double team move. Alex avoids the attempt, and blasts 2.0 with forearm shots, then makes a hot tag to Stu Grayson. Stu takes flight with a splash, and throws everyone around the ring, before throwing a kick to Lee. A drop kick takes down Parker, and Grayson tags in John Silver for a double team move. Grayson runs like a mad man, and hits a move on everyone outside of the ring, before following up with a top rope splash on Parker. Parker dodges the splash, and the match breaks down yet again. All of the Dark Order hit consecutive maneuvers on Parker, and Stu Grayson makes the cover for the 1-2-3.

Winners: Dark Order

Now that the final match of the night has been decided, it's time to hand out a pair of awards.

Match of the Night: The Butcher & The Blade vs Chuck Taylor and Wheeler YUTA

“All Elite” Performer of the Night: Stu Grayson

That's all for this week's edition of the recap. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your night!