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3/15 AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Video: Riho vs Maki Itoh Headline Debut Episode

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Featured above is the debut episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, coming to you weekly every Monday night at 7:00 PM ET on YouTube. Tony Schiavone is joined by wrestling legend Paul “Big Show” Wight at the commentary booth for this highly anticipated series premiere.

AEW Dark: Elevation Results
March 15, 2021


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Jungle Boy def. Danny Limelight

Kip Sabian & Miro def. Vary Morales

Big Swole def. Skyler Moore

Moore got in a few early shots but took too much time showboating. Swole rocked her with an elbow and took her outside, whipping Moore from the apron to the barricade over and over again. Moore trapped her in the ropes on the way back in and slowed things down for a few minutes, alternating between a few basic holds. Backbreaker. Powerslam. The idea was she was working the knee and creating an injury, but the offense wasn’t very focused. Swole came back with shoulder tackles, selling the knee. She rocked Moore with a headbutt and connected with Dirty Dancing, her ripcord discus forearm to get the win.

QT Marshall def. Marko Stunt

QT came in a bit cocky and got caught with lots of high-flying and quick offense from Marko early in. Stunt hit the ropes but QT threw him high into the air for a brutal pop-up forearm strike. It would have gotten the three but QT made a lazy cover. Stunt fired back at him with quick kicks and chops. Springboard crossbody into a running knee gets him two. Stunt hit the ropes and countered a pop-up powerbomb with a Canadian Destroyer for a very close nearfall. In an awesome spot, Marko came off the ropes looking for a bulldog, but QT stopped him dead in midair and tossed him right into a cutter.

Tay Conti def. Ashley Vox

Brodie Jr. (aka -1) came out in support of Conti and was hilarious as a cheerleader at ringside. Conti controlled her opponent with judo throws early on and a superior mat game early on. Vox responded with a headbutt and took the action to the floor, fairing a bit better. Right up until she ran into a crazy backbreaker variation. Back in the ring, Conti hit a pump kick and a running knee in the corner. Hammerlock DDT gets the relatively quick win.

Matt & Mike Sydal def. Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs

Lots of double team moves from the Sydals. They completely dominated Nelson for the first few minutes until Isaacs got sick of waiting and attacked Mike from behind. Isaacs took out both brothers and charged Mike into his corner, tagging himself into the match. They got in some good tag team offense including Nelson suplexing him into a powerbomb from Isaacs. Matt eventually got the hot tag and things broke down into a brawl. Sydals got the win with the Double Lightning Spiral.

Red Velvet def. Dani Jordyn

Good back and forth offense early on, trading armdrags and counters. Jordyn countered a corner splash and dropped her opponent head first into the bottom turnbuckle, then smashed her into the barricade and apron a few times. She set in with mounted punches until the ref had to warn her. Velvet came back with clotheslines, shoulder tackles and a wheelbarrow bulldog. She got all of the standing moonsault her second time around, nailed Jordyn with a spin kick, and hit a shotgun dropkick to the side of the head to win.

Max Caster def. Dante Martin

Abadon def. Ray Lyn

Abadon won a very short match with the Widow’s Peak. She attacked Ray Lyn in the corner and tossed her outside, delivering a urinage slam on the floor. About 30 seconds later it was over.

Powerhouse Hobbs def. Brandon Cutler

Cutler played a little cat and mouse early on, getting Hobbs to chase him around the ring, attacking him in the ropes. He fires off with wild lefts and rights in the corner, but Hobbs just scooped him into a bear hug and wore him down. Cutler eventually broke free with desperate elbows to the side of the head. He climbed the ropes looking to fly, but Hobbs caught him out of the air and hit a powerslam to win.

Diamante def. Leila Grey

Grey slapped on a headlock and tossed her opponent into the ropes for an armdrag, working a hammerlock. Diamante then took her to school with some good grappling and hit a trio of vertical suplexes, the last into the bottom turnbuckle. Grey came out of the corner with a back elbow, Diamante wobbled, but still caught her with a Code Red for the 1-2-3. Another quick match.

The Butcher & The Blade & Private Party def. Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo & Brick Aldridge & David Ali

Ali started things off with about two seconds of offense before Private Party swarmed him. Bravo tagged in and didn’t fair any better, getting hit with double dropkicks. Alridge was able to toss them around a bit but as soon as they got momentum going Butcher & Blade hit the ring and things broke down into a huge brawl. Ali took double enzuigiris from Private Party and a neckbreaker/powerbomb combo from Butcher & Blade to end it.

Matt Sydal def. Michael Nakazawa

So this one happened because the Sydal brothers got into it backstage with Kenny Omega, and Omega told Sydal he could have a match against him if he beat Nakazawa. For some reason, Nakazawa was dressed up like QT Marshall for some reason, complete with apple. Sydal won the match by pulling his opponent’s pants down, for some reason, and kicking him in the head.

Kenny Omega attacked both Sydal brothers after the match and hit Matt with a Macbook. He got on the mic and congratulated Sydal on buying a one-way ticket on the Omega Express. He wants to do the match RIGHT NOW. Sydal rushed right into the V-Trigger and One Winged Angel, and they forced the referee to count 1-2-3.

Omega continued to ramble on the mic until Tony Khan came out and called this whole situation complete crap. He said he never wanted to be in this position or on-screen like this but Omega has forced his hand. The AEW World Champion made a deal as a man, and he’s going to make him stick to his word. He’s got nine nights, but it’s Kenny Omega vs. Matt Sydal on Dynamite next week, and if Sydal wins he gets a shot at the world title.

Riho def. Maki Itoh

Itoh couldn’t get any momentum going early on, missed the Kokeshi and got frustrated enough that she started headbutting the turnbuckle to fire herself up. It seemed to work as she hit a second Kokeshi and rained down with mounted punches in the corner. Bulldog for two. Itoh drove a forearm into the back of the head and slapped on a headlock, trying to work the neck. Riho rallied and connected with a diving crossbody off the apron. Two-count. The 619 connected, as did a diving crossbody block from the top rope for another two-count. They traded pinning combinations and Riho nearly got it with a back bridge suplex. They traded forearms shivvers back and forth for quite some time until both were wobbly. Riho hit a running double stomp, but it still wasn’t enough. More kicks to the head. Itoh blocked a running knee twice and locked in a half crab. She broke the hold to hit another Kokeshi, and then locked in a double crab. Riho pulled them both to the ropes to break the hold and a frustrated Itoh climbed to the top rope. Riho rolled out of the way of a big splash and connected with the Meteora to win!

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AEW The House Always Wins Results (4/9): TNT Title Defense, 10-Man Tag Headline First Ever House Show

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All Elite Wrestling held their first ever house show on Friday night in Jacksonville, FL headlined by Darby Allin defending the TNT Championship against the winner of a battle royal that took place earlier in the show.

The co-main event of the evening saw a huge 10-man tag team match featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and the Young Bucks teaming up with DDT Pro’s debuting Konosuke Takeshita.


AEW The House Always Wins
April 9, 2021
Jacksonville, FL

  1. TNT Title #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: The Butcher def. Austin Gunn, Colt Cabana, Colten Gunn, the Dark Order’s 10, Dustin Rhodes, Ethan Page, Lance Archer, Powerhouse Hobbs, Ricky Starks and Scorpio Sky.
  2. The Pinnacle def. Jurassic Express & Dante Martin
  3. Jade Cargill def. Reka Tahaka
  4. Street Fight: Cody Rhodes def. Aaron Solow
  5. Best Friends def. Max Caster & TH2
  6. Eddie Kingston def. Cezar Bononi
  7. Hikaru Shida & Red Velvet & Ryo Mizunami & Tay Conti def. Britt Baker & The Bunny & Nyla Rose & Rebel
  8. Death Triangle & The Sydal Brothers def. Kenny Omega & Konosuke Takeshita & Michael Nakazawa & The Young Bucks
  9. TNT Title Match: Darby Allin (c) def. The Butcher

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Christian Cage Compares His AEW Debut To Joining TNA In 2005

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Christian Cage recently spoke about joining AEW, comparing it to when he left WWE to join TNA back in 2005.

The new AEW star spoke with ET Canada’s Shakiel Mahjouri, where he compared the two, discussing the importance of him betting on himself in both those scenarios.


“When I left in 2005, it was more to bet on myself and to prove a point. I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I felt like I needed to get away in order to come back and be better than I was. I needed to step away and prove that I can work at and wrestle at the top of the card and carry a show. I felt like if I just stayed in WWE, I wasn’t necessarily going to get that opportunity no matter what reactions or the quality of matches that I was putting on. So I needed to kind of bet on myself, get out of their face for a little while, go and prove that even if it was on a smaller scale that I could do that. I feel like I did. then I came back. This time is a little bit different. I didn’t leave WWE because I wasn’t under contract with WWE. I hadn’t been under contract for WWE in probably six, seven years at this point in time. So it was a choice that I made. I needed the best platform for me at this stage of my career where I felt like I could go out and do my best work and also elevate the next generation that is coming up behind me.”

Christian was also asked what is on his bucket list for his career, where Cage made it clear that right now it is to simply just be back and be able to write the final chapter of his career on his own terms.

“Yeah, I mean, right now, just to come back and to compete at a high level. If I couldn’t come back and be what I was, if not better, I wouldn’t even attempt this and for me, the only goal that I have is to put on quality matches and to be able to write this final chapter myself. It never sat well with me that I was told that this was done. So now that I’ve been kind of gifted this opportunity to rewrite this final chapter on my own, I don’t take that lightly. So I’m going to go out there and whether I’m working in main events, I’m working for championships, whether I become the champion, that’s all icing on the cake. But for me just to go out there and have quality matches and, at the same time, elevate and help teach the younger generation coming up and make sure that they’re set up for success in the future.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)

You can check out the full interview below:

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STF Underground Episode 100! WrestleMania Prediction Round Table, Guest Cameos From Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & More!

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Welcome to EPISODE 100 of STF Underground!

In this episode we celebrate 100 episodes strong with a WrestleMania round table. This episode features guest cameos from previous guests such as Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & more! PLUS, a surprise run in that you won’t want to miss!


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