It’s Monday and you know what that means: time for AEW Dark: Elevation featuring the promotional debuts of NJPW’s Rocky Romero and young lion Ren Narita.
QT Marshall (w/ The Factory) defeated Robo
This was a strong showing for Robo on this week’s episode of Elevation, but Marshall still won clean with a diamond cutter. Not much else can be said.
Abadon defeated Leila Grey
Abadon extended her seven-match win streak by defeating Grey in a dominant performance, picking up the victory after Cemetery Drive. Abadon’s finisher is one of AEW’s most protected in the women’s division.
Thunder Rosa defeated Ashley D’Amboise
D’Amboise really worked well with Rosa. As Tony Schiavone pointed out on commentary, Rosa brings something new to the ring every time we see her. She won by submission with the Peruvian calavera choke -- her third submission win in a row on Elevation. She is now 13-2 in 2021. Rosa is clearly going to be the next challenger for the Women's title once Hikaru Shida and Britt Baker settle their score.
Lee Johnson defeated Daniel Garcia
This match was a battle of two great young prospects featuring great work from both. There’s no doubt this could one day main event a big show for AEW. This was Garcia’s best showing on AEW thus far, but Johnson won with the Brain Dog. After a long losing streak last year, Johnson now has an 8-1 record this year.
Nyla Rose (w/ Vickie Guerrero) defeated Robyn Renegade
Before the match started, Guerrero buried Justin Roberts once again before introducing Rose to the ring. Rose completely dominated this match and destroyed Renegade, winning after the Beast Bomb.
Ethan Page (w/ Scorpio Sky) defeated Alex Reynolds
On last week’s Dynamite, Dark Order prevented Page and Sky from leaving the ring after they were attacked by Darby Allin and Sting. That’s how we got both this match and Scorpio Sky vs. Alan Angels. This was a good match and I feel like they could have a great TV match if they were booked to have one. Page won with the Ego’s Edge and remains undefeated in both singles and tag team competition in AEW so far.
Tay Conti defeated Queen Aminata
This was another solid performance by Conti as her rapid improvement has been amazing to watch. She won this match with the DDTay, but a missed opportunity not winning it with the Queen Slayer (Anna Jay’s finisher) given her opponent. Aminata looked great and her offense looked solid in the loss.
Side note: check out the AEW Unrestricted episode with Conti as it has a lot of information about how she joined the wrestling business and why she signed with AEW.
Penta El Zero Miedo (w/ Alex Abrahantes) defeated Mike Sydal (w/ Matt Sydal)
This was one of the best matches of the night and one you should go out of your way to see. Sydal is one of the most underrated wrestlers in the AEW roster. Penta picked up a win with the Fear Factor.
Scorpio Sky (w/ Ethan Page) defeated Alan "5" Angels
Earlier on the show, Sky and Page cut another good heel promo segment. Sky and Angels worked really well together with one of the better matches of the night. Sky submitted Angels with a heel hook for his tenth straight win as a singles or tag team wrestler.
Matt Hardy (w/ H.F.O.) defeated Fuego del Sol
We got this match because Del Sol made the mistake of comparing himself to Hardy on Sammy Guevara's vlog or, as Nick Jackson likes to call it, BTE Dark. Before the match, Hardy cut a promo about making money and why he formed the Hardy Family Office. Unfortunately for Alabama’s top luchador and Guevara vlog star, this was another unsuccessful night as he submitted to the Leech.
Ren Narita defeated Royce Isaacs
This was the AEW debut of Isaacs as a singles wrestler and for Narita overall in AEW. Ren Narita is the first young lion to debut in AEW. Narita is one of NJPW’s young lions with the most potential to be a star one day and this was a perfect example of why that’s the case. Narita won with a bridging suplex. Schiavone hinted on commentary this might not be the end of Narita’s excursion. More of Narita on both Elevation and Dark would be awesome.
Rocky Romero defeated JD Drake (w/ The Wingmen)
There’s no better way to make your AEW debut than having the match of the night in a show packed with solid matches up and down the card. In a hard hitting and competitive match, Romero was able to defeat the man with the most drip in AEW with a cradle after Drake came off the third rope. After the match, The Wingmen were about to attack Romero, but their Best Friends made the save. The Roppongi Vice theme played to close the show.
This was match of the night.
Along the same lines as other episodes of Elevation, this was another solid show with some interesting matches to check out.
One thing to also mention was a video package about the Gunn Club. It was really well produced and showed the other side from these charismatic brothers and their dad. More people need to watch this as well as the other videos produced by Elevation.