The Kingdom def. Sal Muscat and Ativalu
All signs pointed to The Kingdom challenging FTR for the ROH World Tag Team Championship at Final Battle, but we really haven't seen The Kingdom on AEW programming at all in the last month. At the very least, I'm glad they'll be on the Final Battle Zero Hour pre-show facing The Top Flight. I'm a fan of The Kingdom, but I do wonder if they would have been better off signing with WWE when they had the chance. This was a nice reminder of what they can do, though.
Athena def. Madi Wrenkowski
At any rate, this was no different than Athena's other squashes on the Dark shows as of late, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Her getting physical and beating the hell out of her opponents has been fun to follow and has led to her being the most interesting she's been as a character in forever. She completely killed Wrenkowski here and continued to attack her afterward as well as she prepares to challenge Mercedes Martinez for the ROH Women's World Championship at Final Battle.
Top Flight def. The Factory (Aaron Solo and Nick Comoroto)
As previously noted, Top Flight will take on The Kingdom on the Final Battle Zero Hour pre-show. They've been impressive since reuniting and all we can do is hope that both Dante and Darius Martin can stay healthy so their momentum won't get interrupted again. The Factory were logical opponents for them here and it was a well-wrestled affair while it lasted, giving Top Flight another much-needed victory.
Juice Robinson def. Hagane Shinno
Personally, I've never seen Robinson as being anything other than average, so I can't say I'm overly excited about him signing with AEW. He's definitely come a long way since his WWE NXT days and he's a good talent, but there's a ton of good talents currently doing nothing in AEW. Maybe he'll end up being exclusive to Ring of Honor. With all that being said, this was a nice match while it lasted. This marked Robinson's first win in AEW, and now he sets his sights on Samoa Joe's ROH World Television Championship.
This was basically the pre-show to the ROH Final Battle Zero Hour pre-show, airing a few hours earlier in the afternoon on Saturday. AEW has done Saturday editions of Elevation and Dark in the past, but I can't remember one ever airing in the afternoon. I don't know if this episode was necessary, especially if all of these video packages are going to be airing again during Final Battle, but if the idea was to appeal to the AEW audience and convince them to tune in, then hopefully it worked because the hype for the event on this edition of Elevation was very well done and the four matches were what they needed to be.