Julia Hart def. Abby Jane
Hart's eyepatch continues to look completely ridiculous. I know I mention that every match she has, but I won't stop bringing it up until it's done away. She's been in the same stage of this storyline for ages and I have no clue where it's supposed to be leading. Hart has improved from where she once was, but she could still use a lot of work in the ring. That much was evident in this outing from some of the awkward spots.
Anthony Ogogo def. Goldy
I think it's safe to say that the chances of Ogogo getting pushed again as aggressively as he was before are slim to none. He still has a presence about him and boxing background should make him a legitimate threat, but that feud with Cody Rhodes last spring was so bad and he's been off TV for so long that I don't have a lot of hope for his future. This was straight-up dominance from him, but does it really matter if it's not leading to anything?
Konosuke Takeshita def. Rhett Titus
Takeshita returned to AEW action last week when he beat Brandon Cutler. Of all the outside talent AEW has brought in over the last year or so, he's been a standout, so hopefully he can remain a regular on the Dark shows for the foreseeable future. Of course, having a seasoned opponent in Titus certainly didn't hurt. Titus dropped the ROH World Television Championship to Minoru Suzuki last month at Supercard of Honor and has been competing in the NWA since then. This was a quality contest.
Tony Nese def. Cheeseburger
Like Titus, Cheeseburger is a familiar face to any Ring of Honor fans, and even if you don't watch ROH regularly, you've still probably heard of him. He received a pretty favorable reaction and thus his connection with the crowd made the match more enjoyable. He attempted to take the fight to Nese only to fall out. Nese bores me to tears most weeks, but this was a necessary win as he prepares to face Hook soon (which was teased last week on Rampage).
Willow Nightingale def. Gia Scott
I'm stoked that AEW has been using Nightingale more lately. Not only that, but she also picked up her first AEW win here. She's so damn likable and it looks like the AEW crowds are starting to take to her as well. Tony Khan would have to be a fool to not sign her. It's possible she's already under some sort of a deal and it just hasn't been officially announced yet. This was short and sweet, though Nightingale's pounce could use some work.
Max Caster def. Zack Clayton
I'm not sure why Clayton received a televised entrance. I'm pretty he's won a match or two before on Dark, but I don't think he's a full-time member of the roster. That said, he's a skilled wrestler who always has solid matches. Meanwhile, The Acclaimed continue to be extremely over with the audience and hilarious as hell. Caster has been keeping active in singles matches with the injured Anthony Bowens in his corner. There wasn't much to this being only a minute and a half long.
Kris Statlander and Anna Jay def. Emi Sakura and Nyla Rose
Statlander's character shift has been decent, but she seems to have lost any momentum she had by not appearing on either of the main shows lately. That's likely due to Leyla Hirsch getting hurt about a month ago, so their program had to be put on hold as there's been no update on when she'll be back. Speaking of treading water, that's exactly what Jay has been doing since Tay Conti ditched her for Sammy Guevara. This was well wrestled but no different than any other women's tag team match we've gotten on this show this year featuring these same four faces.
The Dark Order (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Alan "5" Angels and Preston "10" Vance) def. Anthony Bennett, Kori Meshaw, Mike Law, Jaden Valo, Eli Isom and Brett Waters
The timing of this match was very interesting seeing as how it was reported earlier today that Grayson is now longer listed on AEW's online roster page. They keep that pretty up to date, so the belief is that his contract expired and he didn't re-sign. If so, that's a shame because I find/found him to be the best worker of everyone in Dark Order, and Uno is screwed without him. Nonetheless, this was a simple showcase for Dark Order and I'm glad it didn't overstay its welcome.
Elevation usually features around five or six matches, so tacking another two on there was unnecessary. The Hart match in particular was pretty pointless, as was the Dark Order squash in the main event. It's pretty obvious AEW has no plans for Dark Order if Grayson is indeed gone, so that also a meaningless match in the long run. The rest of this show was solid stuff and the appearances from the ROH originals in Philly was cool.