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AEW Dark Elevation recap (Aug. 19, 2021): Here we go again!

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Episode 24 of AEW Dark: Elevation is in the books! If you missed the live broadcast click here for the Cageside Seats stream. Let’s talk about what went down on the second episode of Elevation this week, or as the late great Earl Simmons would say, here we go again! Our commentary team was Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight. Both men wasted little time promoting Rampage: The First Dance on Friday night.

Santana & Ortiz vs. Warren Johnson & Zack Mason

The 2021 AEW record of Santana & Ortiz in tag team competition was 5-3, and for their opponents it was 0-1, so a sixth win for the Inner Circle’s men was to be expected going in.

They dd not disappoint in that regard. A combination Samoan Drop and Diamond Cutter led to the pinfall by Ortiz, right after Santana hit a suicide dive to the outside to make sure nobody would interfere. Total domination — quick, hard, and fast.

Nyla Rose (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Steff MK (w/ Ashley MK)

There was never any doubt how this would go given Steff had (according to Paul Wight) never had a singles match in AEW history. Rose hung her on the ropes and dived off to hammer her, but while Rose was gloating Ashley took her sister’s place. Neither the ref nor anybody else cared when she hit Ashley with the Beast Bomb. After the pin she went out and threw Steff back in to Beast Bomb her onto her sister. As much as I enjoy “The Native Beast” I was praying I wouldn’t have to hear Vickie Guerrero scream again after this match. Sadly that’s exactly what happened. Callate la boca Vickie.

Madi Wrenkowski vs. Emi Sakura

Wrenkowski tried to pie face Sakura at the start of the match. Bad idea. Sakura returned the favor and then twisted her hair into a braid to whip her across the ring. It’s been a while since the Japanese women’s tournament so I was very happy to not only see Sakura again but see her in an American ring.

A double underhook backbreaker did not get the pin, but a magistral cradle into a dragon sleeper did. Afterward “Smart” Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill vowed that tomorrow night on Rampage, they’d show Kiera Hogan why Cargill is “that bitch.”

Private Party (w/ Matt Hardy) vs. Will Allday & Edge Stone

Allday & Stone were making their AEW debut as a team. You already know what that means. Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen wasted no time hitting Gin & Juice for the pinfall. Squash.

Matt Sydal vs. Daniel Garcia

Less than a half hour into this bonus edition of Elevation, it was time for the main event!

“As we anticipated, a competitive main event” quipped Schiavone. Considering how fast and one-sided the rest of this episode was, it would almost have to be. Garcia almost got disqualified for not breaking a hold when Sydal got to the ropes. He then put Sydal in a bow and arrow, just to return the favor for one Sydal did earlier. Sydal did a standing back flip twist for a near fall. Garcia jumped on Sydal’s back and when he started selling poured it on with elbows to the spine. Sydal fired up with forearms and kicks and knocked Garcia down with a spinning leg lariat. Sydal tried to kick the leg out of Garcia’s leg but couldn’t keep him down. Garcia hit a backbreaker and applied a sharpshooter for the submission. He looks ready for Jon Moxley. Well done young man!

What to watch/skip

Nothing to complain about here. You can watch this whole show in just over a half hour. That’s less time than it would take you to get a deep dish at Giordano’s in Chicago. Speaking of which don’t miss Rampage: The First Dance at the United Center tomorrow.

Cageside commentary crew! Get up off those seats and leave your feedback below. See you next Monday for another edition of AEW Dark!