It's Monday and you know what that means: AEW Dark Elevation. Since last Thursday's Ring of Honor TV was taped prior to Dynamite, this week's episode was the first to emanate from Orlando's Universal Studios.
Tony Schiavone and Matt Menard were on the call as Paul Wight was "on assignment" in South Carolina.
Action Andretti defeated Nick Comoroto
Andretti used his speed throughout until he tried a tope suicida and was caught by Comoroto and then slammed onto the apron (the hardest part of the ring if you didn't know.) Comoroto got cocky with consecutive backbreakers and consecutive nearfalls.
Andretti got back into things with an enziguri and another tope suicida. He followed it up with a spinning torneo off the middle rope and a split-leg moonsault. Comoroto caught him with a clothesline off the ropes but when he went for a power bomb, Andretti caught him in a pinning combo for the surprise win.
Skye Blue defeated Angelica Risk
Risk didn't take too kindly to Blue early, so Blue started beating the crap out of her. Risk turned things around with a neckbreaker off the ropes and then used the ropes to choke her. Blue rallied with an enziguri in the corner and on the mat, but Risk kept grabbing the hair. But after a superkick, Blue hit her Code Blue for the win.
Gates Of Agony (w/ Prince Nana) defeated The Qrown (Leonis & Maximus)
Four big sweaty men in this match — you love to see it. Every move in the early going was just a strength contest and as you might expect, Toa Liona won those matchups. When they went for a double-team move in their corner, Kaun slapped Liona in the face to wake him up and then threw him into Maximus. He was then able to fight out of a headlock to get Leonis in on a hot tag, but they got caught and Gates of Agony just drove his face into the mat for the pin and win.
Julia Hart defeated Kelsey Heather
Hart came out singing her theme song and Menard called her a real freak. Heather was already in the ring and it appeared she is a cheerleader like Hart's former gimmick. Heather started by leading the crowd in a House of Black chant, which I did not understand at all.
Hart pounded on Heather and whenever the cheerleader went for something, Hart just stopped it and smacked her around. After a vertical suplex, it looked like Hart was gonna go for a pin, but she just kept beating her instead. Heather finally connected on a neckbreaker in her only offensive move of the match. After Hart moved out of the way of a moonsault, she locked in the Hartless for the quick tap and her 20th straight win.
Kip Sabian (w/ Penelope Ford) defeated Leon Ruffin
The commentary team was also weirded out by Sabian and Ford. When asked who runs things in this duo, Schiavone said, "Well, I know who runs things at my house."
They started with their own test of strength and when Sabian won, he kicked the arm of Ruffin and he looked more offended than hurt. Ruffin turned it around with a tope suicida, but he started playing to the crowd and let Sabian get back up. When Ruffin got back in the ring, Sabian locked in an arm stretch. Ruffin hit a middle rope cutter after a second try, but when Sabian kicked out, he hit a brainbuster and a flatliner for the win.
Lance Archer (w/ Jake "The Snake" Roberts) defeated Bryce Cannon
If you were to look up "people who don't have a chance" in the dictionary, it would be a picture of Cannon. He had a goofy hairdo that Archer played with until he threw him to the outside. Roberts actually gave him a clothesline and then threw him back in. Archer went to do the chop spot in the corner where he rips off your shirt, but this Cannon guy had three different shirts on. After that, Archer hit the chokeslam and clothesline for the win. Everybody, in fact, dies.
AEW Tag Team Champions The Gunns defeated The Infantry (Carlie Bravo & Shawn Dean) in an eliminator match
Schiavone made sure to comment on The Gunns' atrocious outfits. Austin Gunn then called a guy down from the crowd and just started yelling at everyone.
A lot of this match was each man and team showing off to the crowd. Of course, the Gunns got booed each time and The Infantry got cheered. The Infantry got the advantage early and set up a cool spot where they yanked both champions' legs wide open. When they went to fight on the outside, The Gunns got the advantage back with some dirty tactics. They just worked over Dean until he hit an enziguri and the hot tag to Bravo.
Bravo ran wild on both Gunns, hitting a cutter on Colten for a two count. When he tried to follow up with a stomp, Colten rolled him up and Austin got involved. Bravo hit a double DDT after a double-team move. Bravo kept trying to get something going, but the champions simply got him up for the 3:10 to Yuma for the pin and win.
After the match, Schiavone was in the ring to talk about Wednesday's Tag Team title defense against FTR. Gunn just started singing "Na na na, hey hey, kiss him goodbye" and said FTR will be gone forever on Wednesday.
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