From AEW Dark: Elevation
1.Dark Order vs Dark Order **3/4
2.Kiss vs Janela ***1/2
3.QT vs Dustin ***
From AEW Dark
1.Proud n' Powerful vs Chaos Project ***
2.FTR vs Stallion, Greene ***3/4
3.Wingmen vs Dark Order **1/2
4.Garcia vs 5 ***1/4
5.Drake vs Colt ***
6.Bronson vs Kingston ***1/4
From IMPACT! Wrestling
1.Finlay vs Hikuleo **1/4
2.Ace vs Alexander ***1/2
Outside of the full episode reviews, I started the pull section with three Elevation bouts.
The Dark Order drama continued. V was unmasked and tensions built more. While more story focused, it was still a solid contest.
Kiss and Janela was pretty good. Borderline great, arguably. Kiss getting a flash victory and the involvement of Janela's (and Jade's) bodybuilder bud seemingly suggests that the angle will continue. I'm cool with that, especially since it gives Sonny something to do.
QT and Goldust had a good, oldschool feeling match. Your mileage might vary, but I bet many might think I underrated this one so maybe consider checking it out even if I rated it below my recommendation threshold.
I had several from Dark that I checked out. I would've watched the full episode, but this week they dumped nearly two hours on us and I just don't have time for the full installment if I also want to watch everything else that I'm interested in.
Santana and Ortiz had a good one with Chaos Project. Fun, throwaway stuff. Chaos Project are a good Dark team.
FTR's match with Stallion and Greene rocked far more than I had expected. It was given time and felt like a great, oldschool clash. It was nice seeing Stallion and Greene actually get the chance to show off a bit, by the way. I'd love a rematch!
The Beaver Boys put away the Wingmen. An okay match. Silver and Reynolds are one of the best teams in AEW, despite not getting to showcase it in many big matches so far.
Next, Angels and Garcia had a match. 2point0 were heavily involved at times, but it was still a good one. V and Garcia are great workers and they got to show it a bit here. Garcia was the right choice to win here.
JD Drake still hasn't gotten to show off much, but he did so here more than I think I've seen in AEW otherwise. The dude can work pretty well. The match with Cabana was honestly good for what it was. -1 is the one that can bring Dark Order back together. We just have to believe. Too bad I don't believe in anything.
Excalibur and Taz are such a good commentary team, by the way. Just a reminder.
Bear and Kingston closed Dark and it was a nice throwaway. Eddie got the win but the Bear Country member got to show off a decent amount. Eddie had a mic after and called out Suzuki-gun ahead of Rampage. Archer and Eddie brawled as the show faded out.
Put Dark back to 60-minutes and under and I'll watch it again. What I did watch was good shit, though.
IMPACT! this week had Alexander relinquishing the X-Division Championship. D'Amore announced a tournament to crown a new champ during this. Josh has been one of the best workers and best champions all year and I am very excited to see the dude win the big one. His promo during the segment was well done and made me even more excited. I also really hope we somehow get him versus Omega. I have several fantasy booking ways to make it work but I don't care the how, really. Just the idea of it happening at all is a big thing. Anyway, Christian and Alexander traded words before Ace Austin joined in and the entire segment was enjoyable stuff.
Next, we have Hikuleo vs Finlay in a David vs Goliath style battle. Can I say, I'm not big on the big man but I am fearful that he might get some bad habits continuing to work this program that won't translate well to New Japan. The issue is that he still feels super green and NJPW is a very different kind of place. His workrate might work in the states on this kind of show, but not in Japan. That's not as a shot at IMPACT! despite the fact that it clearly sounds like one. The contest was okay. Finlay, for the record, feels like a good fit for the show.
Phantasmo returned and joined Bey and Hikuleo to beat down FinJuice after.
The main event saw Ace Austin versus Josh Alexander. Fulton got involved a bit, which I could have done without. It wasn't overdone, to be fair. It was still a very good too and a competitive match that did well to give both men strong showings ahead of Bound for Glory. Fulton attacked after, causing Cage to make the save. When the heels took back control, Christopher Daniels ran out to change the tide. Fucking awesome. I'm sorry, but this promotion is a lot of fun and some of y'all suck for not giving them more time.
TV MATCH OF THE WEEK: Bryan Danielson vs Kenny Omega