This week's packed AEW Dark: Elevation was filmed last week in Garland, Texas, before Winter is Coming. Paul Wight was the lead announcer this week along with "Daddy Magic" Matt Menard.
Marina Shafir defeated Jazmin Allure
Shafir, interestingly, made her way to the ring by herself as Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose were nowhere to be found. Allure tried to get out in front with fast offense, but Shafir kicked her right in the head and then used her MMA-based offense to win the match. The finish came when Shafir grounded Allure and with a knee in her back, simply bent her arm backward.
After the match, Isiah Kassidy and Matt Hardy were confused why they were backstage with Lexy Nair, who was looking to get an update on Marq Quen's injury. Hardy said they saw him earlier but didn't know where he was. Stokely Hathaway interrupted to say that he scheduled the interview and that he sent Quen home and replaced him with Ethan Page in tonight's match.
Emi Sakura & The Bunny (w/ Penelope Ford) defeated Gigi Rey & Lady Bird Monroe
Menard almost made the mistake of calling Monroe Larry Bird which was really funny. The heel team dominated these two Houston-area indie talents from start to finish. Bunny pinned Monroe as she hit Down the Rabbit Hole while Sakura hit a stereo version of a similar move to pick up the win. Referee Stephon Smith once again got the Tea Time treatment after the match.
Ethan Page, Isiah Kassidy, Konosuke Takeshita, Matt Hardy & Top Flight defeated The Trustbusters (Jeeves Kay, Slim J & Sonny Kiss) & The Wingmen (Cezar Bononi, Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth)
This was exactly what you might expect from a match with these 12 veterans. When Hardy came out, Page was quick to shut up the crowd in an effort to try and get them to stop chanting "Delete." Another notable entrance was for Takeshita -- further proof that AEW has really made this guy a star in limited TV time.
The entire match was all about the heels trying to use their numbers advantage on certain guys, but the babyface involved would always came out on top. Wight mentioned that he twerks a little bit, which would be a great video. Page still had a mic on the apron and when Kassidy went for the tag, Page proclaimed on that mic that he's his boss and "you tag me when I tell you." Page also stopped Hardy from doing a Twist of Fate.
Everybody got their moves in except for Page. Hardy hit Avalon with the Side Effect and Kassidy hit his frog splash, but when he did, Page demanded that he get tagged in. Page then hit the Twist of Fate for the win, and kept gloating in the ring after the match.
Eddie Kingston & Ortiz defeated Hagane Shinno & Steven Andrews
The crowd was absolutely electric for Kingston and Ortiz as always. Shinno was great in getting some offense in, but also making the faces look great. Kingston and Shinno got into a slapping match, but that was probably the only notable aspect of this match. Kingston and Ortiz got in some great tag team work and Ortiz eventually got Andrews in a nice pinning combo for the win.
ROH Women's Champion Athena defeated Vertvixen to retain the title
Vertvixen is great, but I'm not sure why someone who has never won a match on AEW TV or YouTube is getting a title match. Athena was quick to get aggressive with a crossbody and some work outside the ring. The challenger got some offense in, but Athena came back with an elbow, a german suplex, and a superkick. Athen then locked in the crossface for the win, driving Vertvixen's head into the mat and later DDT onto the belt after the match.
Blackpool Combat Club (Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta) defeated The WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake)
Menard was not happy to see these two new ROH titleholders, but he admitted that they beat his JAS teammates at Final Battle two weeks ago. Yuta and Henry started by going back and forth. Drake and Castagnoli entered and did the same thing, but more with strikes instead of grappling. After Yuta and Castagnoli hit a double-team DDT, the heels singled out Yuta.
After five or so minutes of heel work, Castagnoli eventually got the hot tag, hitting both men with many European uppercuts. Yuta recovered and hit a dive onto Henry and miraculously took Drake for a swing and got him to tap out with it.