Episode 30 of AEW Dark: Elevation is in the books! If you missed the live broadcast click here for the Cageside Seats stream. Let’s go over what went down on Elevation this week. The announce team was Mark Henry, Tony Schiavone and Eddie Kingston.
Tune in TONIGHT at 7/6c for @PaulWight's first in-ring action on #AEWDarkElevation in a 3-on-1 match! PLUS, exclusive interviews from #AEW Grand Slam Week w/ @bryandanielson, @RealBrittBaker, @The_MJF & More! https://t.co/YCsjpE9nP6 pic.twitter.com/xlZGlO59CK— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 27, 2021
This episode was filmed at Arthur Ashe Stadium the same night as Grand Slam. Paul Wight was not on commentary since he’d have a match later on Elevation, but Eddie Kingston was even though he and Moxley would face Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer later on, so go figure.
Thunder Rosa vs. Kayla Sparks
Rosa brings a 2021 record of 27-2. Her “already in the ring” opponent was Kayla Sparks, making her AEW debut. The crowd was hot for almost all of Grand Slam and this match was no exception, outright booing when Sparks put the boots to her foe, bringing out a “let’s go Ro-sa” chant from the fans. Rosa picked her up for a Fire Thunder Driver and winked at the fans, so all was right with the world to open Elevation.
TJ Crawford, Eric James, Kevin Tibbs & Dean Alexander vs. The Dark Order (John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Alan “5” Angels & Preston “10” Vance)
Technically speaking both teams were “making their eight man debut” here. Technically. I’ve always wondered something — why do we call tag teams duos, and three on three matches trios, but when it gets to eight or ten men total we don’t call them cuatros or cincos? I’d even settle for calling it “four on four” or “five on five” but I know I’m overthinking this. Mark Henry: “What is this, a game of duck duck goose? I haven’t seen that since the 7th grade.” Kingston got in a Chris Hero reference when Alex Reynolds hit a cravate suplex. John Silver hit everyone with kicks, tagged in Vance, and all four members of The Dark Order lent a hand until Vance put on the Full Nelson for the finish. This was fun albeit very one sided.
Paul Wight vs. CPA, VSK and RSP
You have to admit that All Elite Wrestling has come as legally close to making Paul Wight’s entrance music reference The Big Show without copying it. It even starts with a “Welllllll!” His opponents were “making their trios debut” which I suppose means Wight is considered a trio all by himself. The Gunn Club came out to try to distract Wight to a chorus of boos. Meanwhile Wight handled a test of strength against CPA and VSK all by himself, and when Rickey Shane Page tried to help all three got tossed aside. CPA got his shirt unbuttoned for a chop. RSP got tossed out of the ring with one hand. VSK ate a chop too and Wight finally realized the Gunns were watching. Wight did the “shh” and gave CPA another chop. He and VSK got stacked up like cordwood in the corner before VSK ate another frying pan hand. CPA ate another one at the request of Mark Henry, and he threw up an arm to signal the match was over. RSP got knocked out and the remaining two ate a double choke slam. That was the squashiest of squashes but I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did The Gunn Club.
What to watch/skip
Tonight’s “what to watch/skip” is brought to you by my favorite version of Paul Wight’s entrance music during his WWE tenure. This one is easy — just watch the first 24 minutes of this show and skip the rest. Boom, done.
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