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Winfree’s AEW Dark: Elevation (Ep. 70) Review 7.04.22

July 4, 2022 | Posted by Robert Winfree
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Winfree’s AEW Dark: Elevation (Ep. 70) Review 7.04.22  

Hey there everyone, and a happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans as we take a look at this episode of AEW Dark: Elevation. Tonight we’ve got Hikaru Shida back in action, plus Best Friends, Jay Lethal, Anna Jay, and more. It’s another shorter episode this week, which makes sense as this was taped ahead of Blood and Guts so you’d want plenty of time for the big matches as far as the live crowd goes. With that in mind, the double ring is set up so let’s see if anyone plays around with that.

Tony Schiavone and Mark Henry are on commentary.

Match #1: Anna Jay w/ -1 vs. Megan Meyers

Megan with some contortion to begin, then they tie up, and Megan forces Jay into the corner. Kick from Jay then a couple of elbows. Jay avoids a corner rush and hits an arm drag then a Flatliner. Megan lands a head kick and some corner elbows. Jay cuts off Megan with a back elbow, then a flying forearm strike. Corner offense from Jay now, and we get a minor botch as Megan drops to the mat before the running wheel kick. Jay hits her sliding kick, then the Queen Slayer is locked in and Megan has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Anna Jay won in 2:21

Rating: Patidou. . . SQUASH

I appreciate that Jay is still developing in a lot of ways, but she needs to find more connective tissue to her presentation and maybe vary up her signature spots. These are relatively easy things to fix, but the clunky parts of her routine are becoming a bit more evident.

Match #2 – Tag Team Match: Best Friends (Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor) vs. Isaiah Broner and GPA

Trent and GPA start us off, they tie up and Trent starts out wrestling GPA right away then hits a shoulder block. GPA tags out and here comes Broner. Trent with a quick side headlock again, but he can’t knock Broner over with a shoulder tackle then Broner knocks him down with one. Blind tag from Taylor and he and Trent hit a double shoulder block then a double suplex. Trent tags back in and chops Broner. Cheap shot from GPA allows Broner to hit a Sky High for a 2 count. GPA tags in, and misses a corner attack but he’s able to block a tornado DDT leading to Trent hitting a Saito suplex. Taylor is back in now, he runs over GPA with clotheslines then boots him down. Trent hops into the ring illegally and he and Taylor drop GPA with a Sole Food into a half nelson suplex. Broner breaks up the hug attempt but Taylor boots him out of the ring. GPA with a series of jawbreakers then a Stunner but he runs into a high knee from Taylor. On the outside, Trent Spears Broner which frees up Taylor to drill GPA with the Awful Waffle and then pin to win.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Best Friends won in 3:52

Rating: 2 stars

I think they gave Broner and GPA enough to avoid a squash rating, though there’s definitely an argument to the contrary. GPA and Broner both looked solid here, and it was nice to see Taylor be the one to pick up the pin.

Match #3 – Tag Team Match: Jay Lethal and Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt vs. James Alexander and Ren Jones

Jones and Lethal start us off, they jaw jack then Jones grabs a side headlock but takes a hip toss into a drop kick. Alexander tags in, Lethal grabs a side headlock, kicks Jones off of the apron then runs into a pump kick from Alexander. Lethal goes to tag out, and Jones and Alexander beg him not to but he does anyway. Singh with knees to both Alexander and Jones then hits a release Falcon Arrow to Alexander. Some slams to Jones, then Singh no-sells Alexander and hits a cross body to him. Lethal with a suicide dive onto Jones then Singh with a spinning Razor’s Edge to Alexander and he pins him with one foot.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Jay Lethal and Satnam Singh won in 2:30

Rating: Pattypan. . . SQUASH

Well, Singh isn’t quite as stiff and borderline uncoordinated as Omos but he’s still got a lot of work to do. This was also booked oddly, Lethal and Singh are nominally heels but were presented more as faces here.

Match #4: Anthony Ogogo vs. Pat Monix

They tie up, and Ogogo lays in an uppercut then a shoulder block. Monix tries to fire up, but Ogogo just hits him with a gutwrench powerbomb. Stomps from Ogogo then a running kick. Ogogo with a scoop slam and a leg drop but only a 2 count. Monix fights off a chin lock and hits a drop kick but runs into an uppercut. Back body drop from Ogogo then a fall away slam into a cover but Ogogo pulls Monix up at 2. Governor’s Hammer connects for Ogogo and Monix is down for the count.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Anthony Ogogo won in 2:38

Rating: Pyriformis. . . SQUASH

Ogogo is experimenting with his offensive arsenal a bit, which is a good thing. He’s also smoothing out his execution and doesn’t feel nearly as disjointed as he did not that long ago.

Match #5 – Tag Team Match: Hikaru Shida and Yuka Sakazaki vs. Heather Reckless and Laynie Luck

Luck and Reckless jump Shida and Yuka just before the bell, they try to isolate Shida but Shida gets the better of them and kicks Luck down. Elbows from Shida then the 10 punches in the corner, Reckless comes in behind the ref’s back and Shida takes some corner offense. Suplex from Luck, then Shida stuns her with an ax kick. Both women tag out and Yuka starts running wild on Reckless including a sliding clothesline for a 2 count. Kick in the corner from Yuka and Shida tags in, Yuka hits a drop kick then Shida with a Meteora off of the second rope. Luck breaks up a Falcon Arrow, but Yuka catches her and holds her so she and Shida can slam both Luck and Reckless at the same time. Shida then hits Luck with a Sliding D as Yuka takes down Reckless with a sliding clothesline. Now Shida hits a Falcon Arrow and pins to win.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Hikaru Shida and Yuka Sakazaki won in 2:53

Rating: Reticulata. . . SQUASH

Delicious squash, nice to see both Shida and Yuka back in AEW.

Match #6 – Trios Match: The Factory (QT Marshall, Aaron Solo, and Nick Comoroto) vs. Dark Order (Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds, and 10) w/ -1

We open with a Pearl Harbor job on Dark Order, but they turn things around, and Dark Order clean house. Solo winds up isolated, he boots Uno but 10 clotheslines him out of the ring. Marshall pulls 10 out of the ring and sends him into the ring steps, Comoroto then catches a diving Reynolds and slams him on the floor. Uno tries to fight off all three men, but the numbers game is too much for him. Comoroto tags in Solo and he drop kicks Uno as Comoroto hit a suplex. Marshall tags in and lands a back elbow. Comoroto tags in, and hits a scoop slam to Uno then a running elbow drop. Solo tags in as they keep isolating Uno. Uno hits a neckbreaker to Solo, and Solo tags in Marshall. Marshall boots 10 off of the apron so there’s no one for Uno to tag in. Uno with chops to Marshall, then a boot but Marshall hits an enziguri then a sit-out powerbomb for a 2 count. Marshall tells -1 that he hates him, but Uno is able to hit a suplex off of that distraction. 10 takes the hot tag and runs wild on everyone. Spinebuster to Comoroto, then a 10-count vertical suplex for solo. 10 wants the Full Nelson, he gets it but Marshall breaks up the hold. Uno drags Marshall out of the ring but Marshall gouges his eyes. Solo super kicks the body of 10, but he runs into a pump kick. Marshall hits an enzigrui, then another one from Solo and Comoroto Spears 10 but Reynolds breaks up the pin. Reynolds with a knee to Marshall, low bridges Comoroto, but Solo drops him with a suplex. Parade of finishers time, Reynolds hits a dive onto Marshall and Comoroto which opens up 10 to hit an assisted wheelbarrow suplex before Uno dives onto the bodies as well. 10 then wipes out Solo with the discus lariat (Brodie Line perhaps as a name?) and pins him to win.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Dark Order won in 7:56

Rating: 2.5 stars

Acceptable trios match, though Reynolds spent a ton of time selling on the floor and out of the picture. 10 continues to come along, as does Comoroto.

The final score: review Average
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Better execution in the ring this week, a decent mix of squashes and more competitive style matches, and some of the enhancement talent looked pretty good overall. The one thing I might like to see Elevation add is a week to week narrative, I get the point of the show and I'm not asking for a major change, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for some of the relatively bigger players to have some kind of story present for Elevation. Still, that's a larger scale point to bring up and the episode overall was perfectly fine.