Skye Blue def. Zoe Dubois
As I've said before, Blue excels in the underdog role, so I understand why she fights from underneath even when she isn't facing someone on the AEW roster. The key is that she's continuing to improve as I think she can be a real player in AEW's women's division when she gets even better. This was an average match that didn't overstay its welcome. It served as a fine opener since fans like Blue.
The Butcher and The Blade def. David McCallion and Richie Slade
Butcher and Blade had a pair of enjoyable outings last week: first on Elevation in a three-way tag team match and then on Dark against Blackpool Combat Club. They bore me as characters, but they continue to deliver in the ring. This was a straightforward showcase for them. They work well as enhancement guys and this was designed to give them a credibility-boosting victory before they put another established team over.
La Faccion Ingobernable (Rush and "Perro Peligroso" Preston Vance) def. Papacito Negro and Papacito Blanco
I've been digging what I've been seeing from Rush and Vance so far. They've shown great aggression in their matches and have quality chemistry together. We got more of that from them here and it was kept short and sweet. My only issue with their booking so far is that they've barely been on AEW programming. They need more exposure on Dynamite and Rampage to really get going, but these squash wins won't hurt in the meantime.
Emi Sakura def. Brooke Havok
If I remember correctly, Brooke Havok had her first major professional wrestling match on Dark a few weeks ago, I believe against Britt Baker. She's obviously gained much more experience since then and has battled back from an injury that sidelined her for a while. To her credit, she fared well for herself and had a nice showing. It helped she had an opponent as seasoned as Sakura. This was a spirited squash.
Ari Daivari and Tony Nese def. Big Fonz and Jordan Cruz
Daivari and Nese is such a random pairing considering both of them have their own tag team partners. Then again, maybe it's not that random when you remember they were aligned on and off for years in WWE on 205 Live. They may as well reunite considering they wouldn't be any better or worse off. They worked well together here, but I can't imagine this will amount to anything, so it felt like a waste of time.
The Dark Order (Evil Uno, John Silver and Alex Reynolds) def. Serpentico and The Wingmen ("Pretty" Peter Avalon and Ryan Nemeth)
We get a different combination of The Wingmen and The Spanish Announce Project every week on the Dark shows and I can't bring myself to care about any of them. I guess it's better for Dark Order to beat people on the roster than random local athletes. All of Dark Order six-man tag team matches are essentially the same, but in their defense, crowds continue to be into their act. This was what I'd expect out of an Elevation main event.
We've gotten some strong editions of Elevation in recent weeks that featured a surprising amount of star power (by Elevation standards), but it was back to the norm this week with six squashes featuring the usual faces from the undercard. It wasn't a bad show by any means, but none of the matches stood out aside from maybe the main event. Even that, though, was fairly basic. If nothing else, I appreciated the quick runtime.