Hello again everyone, and welcome back to the Rajah.Com recap of AEW Dark: Elevation!
The latest episode of AEW’s weekly YouTube program featured 6 matches, including a number of “All Elite” wrestlers. Check it out:
AEW Dark Elevation
-Excalibur welcomes all of the viewers into the show, and introduces his colleagues, Eddie Kingston and Paul Wight.
-Nyla Rose and a host of others make their way to the ring, and it’s time for the opening match.
Emi Sakura, Diamanté, The Bunny, Nyla Rose vs. Julia Hart, Skye Blue, Leyla Hirsch, Ryo Mizunami
The referee calls for the bell, and Mizunami starts the match off with The Bunny. Ryo floors The Bunny right out of the gate, and delivers a few more strikes, until The Bunny catches Mizunami with a knee. The Bunny tags in Nyla Rose, who immediately gets taken down by Ryo. Mizunami nails a chop in the corner, and tags in Hirsch. All of the face’s land a move on Rose in the corner, until things settle back down with Rose and Hirsch. Nyla tags in Emi Sakura, who has her way with Hirsch, until Skye Blue interferes. Emi grabs a submission hold on Blue and Hirsch, so the entire team of heels grabs a hold on the face quartet. Vicki Guerrero gets involved from the outside, and lands a cheap shot on Hirsch, then tosses her back into the ring, where Diamanté is waiting. Diamanté cuts the ring in half, and works over Hirsch in the corner, until Leila fires up with a few right hands. Hirsch follows up with a huge takedown, and makes the crawl for the tag, then lunges for the hand of Skye Blue, as Sakura tags in on the other side. Blue and Emi Sakura exchange move after move, until Blue gets the upperhand. Sakura tags in Rose, and Blue tags in Julia Hart, who rolls Nyla up from out of nowhere! Nyla powers out, but Hart keeps her foot on the gas! Julia climbs to the top rope, and looks for approval from the fans, allowing Nyla to recover. Rose swats Hart out of the air with a palm strike, and nails Julia with a sitout powerbomb for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Emi Sakura, Diamanté, The Bunny, & Nyla Rose
-After Nyla Rose and Company exit the ring, the smiling faces of Anna Jay and Tay Conti head to the ring.
Tay Conti & Anna Jay vs. Alice Crowley & Missa Kate
More women’s Tag team action kicks off with Conti and Kate in the ring, and TayJay takes control of the match right away. Tay and Jay make a few quick tags, until Conti slows things down with a thunderous kick to the face. Tay follows up with a big boot in the corner, but misfires on the attempt, allowing Kate to tag in Crowley. Conti tags in Anna Jay, who sweeps the legs of Crowley for a cover, until Kate is there to break it up. Missa catches a boot to the face from Tay, and Jay locks on a submission hold, forcing a tapout by Crowley.
-Paul Wight previews the next bout, and sends it down to Justin Roberts, who introduces the next set of competitors.
Santana & Ortiz vs. Brayden Lee & Isiah Moore
The bout begins with Santana and Brayden Lee squaring off, and both men struggle to gain the early advantage. Santana manages to slow things down with a thunderous takedown, and tags in Ortiz, who dismantles Brayden Lee. Ortiz follows up with a massive powerbomb, and allows Lee to tag in Moore. Ortiz lands a quick back elbow, followed by a leg lariat, and runs the ropes for a follow up move. Moore catches Ortiz with a stiff right hand, and slows the match down for a moment, but Ortiz is to tough. Santana hits a dive onto Lee on the outside, while Ortiz handles business with Moore in the ring. Ortiz sends Isiah into the corner, and tags in Santana, setting up for consecutieve double team maneuvers on Moore. Santana finishes Isiah off with a discuss lariat, and makes the cover for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Santana & Ortiz
Tony Nese vs. Vic Capri
Capri and Nese jump right into action with a tie up, until Nese backs away, and takes a moment to show off his muscles. Tony gets back to the task at hand, and hits a hard forearm smash, followed by a stiff right hand. Nese talks smack to Capri, allowing Vic to land a few strikes, but Nese goes back on the attack. Nese floors Vic, and follows up with a 450 splash, straight into a cover for a nearfall. Capri kicks out, and begins to fire up, then lands a big boot the face or Nese. Tony sees stars for a moment, but shakes it off, and begins to mount some offense. Tony hits a bone jarring belly to belly Piledriver, and remains undefeated in AEW.
Winner: Tony Nese
-After Nese counts all of his abs, Jay Lethal makes his way down the ramp, and he's in the next contest.
Jay Lethal vs. Trenton Storm
The official signals for the bell, and Lethal immediately trades strikes with Storm. Jay begins to fire up, and beats Storm all around the ring, until Storm outsmarts him with a shot to the face. Trenton applies a headlock, and grinds away at the neck and back of Lethal, until Jay makes it back to his feet. Lethal hits a knife edge chop, followed by a Russian leg sweep, then sets up for the finish. Lethal drops Storm face first on the canvas, and follows up with a dose of Lethal Injection for the pin.
Winner: Jay Lethal
-The main event is on-deck, so let's get down to business!
Varsity Blondes, Alex Reynolds, & John Silver vs. Chaos Project & The Acclaimed
Alex Reynolds and Serpentico kick off the multi-man bout, and Serpentico causes a distraction, allowing Luther to hit a pump kick on Reynolds. Alex shakes it off, and has his way with Serpentico, then tags in John Silver. The Dark Order hit a double drop kick on Serpentico, and Brian Pillman Jr. tags in. Both members of the Varsity Blondes land a few strikes on Serpentico, until The Acclaimed get involved from the apron. Caster and Bowens take full control of Pillman, until Luther tags in. Luther sends Serpentico across the ring for a dive onto Brian, and the double team move fails, allowing the Varsity Blond’s to fire up. Griff Garrison battles it out with Anthony Bowens, until Garrison floors Anthony, and sends him to the outside. The action spills out to the floor, where Silver hits a move on everyone! Silver follows it up with a high cross body, and makes a cover on Serpentico, who gets a shoulder up just in time. The Dark Order sets up for a double team move, so Silver hurls Reynolds over the top top, and onto the heel squad. Serpentico tries to steal the match with a roll up, but Silver kicks out with force, sending Serpentico into the ropes. Silver rocks Serpentico on the rebound, and puts him away with the Spin Doctor for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Varsity Blondes, Alex Reynolds, & John Silver
That’s all for this week’s episode of AEW Dark: Elevation. Now it’s time to hand out a pair of awards.
“All Elite” Performer of the Night: Jay Lethal
Must See Match of the Night: Emi Sakura, Diamanté, The Bunny, Nyla Rose vs. Julia Hart, Skye Blue, Leyla Hirsch, Ryo Mizunami