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Top 3 Takeaways from Dark: Elevation 9th Jan 2023

This week's recap of AEW's YouTube show, Dark: Elevation. Episode 97 on January 9th 2023


This week’s Elevation came to you from Seattle Washington, with 11 matches featuring the Best Friends, Spanish Announce Project, Bandido and more... Here are your Highlights

#1 World Title Defence


Don’t get too excited, MJF was not contractually obligated to be on Elevation, unlike Dynamite. However we did have the BCC’s own Claudio Castagnoli have his first ROH World Title defence of his current reign.

His opponent, with no build up or reason for the title shot, other than the fact that he is a former ROH Pure Champion was Josh Woods. Woods is following on from last week’s theme of haircuts, and seems to have lost his beard!


Overall it was a strong match, with a good showing from both men, but a predictable result with Claudio successfully defending the title.

#2 A Literal New Chapter for Don’t get too excited, MJF was not contractually obligated to be on Elevation, unlike Dynamite. However we did have the BCC’s own Claudio Castagnoli have his first ROH World Title defence of his current reign.

His opponent, with no build up or reason for the title shot, other than the fact that he is a former ROH Pure Champion was Josh Woods. Woods is following on from last week’s theme of haircuts, and seems to have lost his beard!


Overall it was a strong match, with a good showing from both men, but a predictable result with Claudio successfully defending the title.

#2 A Literal New Chapter for Hobbs


We’ve been seeing the vignettes on Dynamite for weeks now ‘The Next Chapter in the Book of Hobbs’. This week’s Elevation marked the return of Powerhouse since his brief absence and the airing of these short videos.

Hobbs now seemingly has a new gimmick, where he brings a literal Book to the ring with him. After running through his opposition in typical Powerhouse fashion, he proceeds to leave his new gimmick flat on his opponent’s chest.


I did feel the gimmick was almost instantly buried by Matt Menard on commentary, mocking the book claiming that “It’s a good read, with some good investments tips in Chapter 5” not really the vibe I think they were going for!

#3 Hardy plays along?


We got some further developments on the Matt Hardy/Ethan Page storyline this week, where Hardy seems to be playing along with what his ‘Boss’ would want. This included bringing him new matching gear, teaming up with him and Isiah, and even touting that they could be the next Trio’s champs; all to the dismay of Isiah.

This week the Trio faced off against some AEW Extras, one of which got a big pop for the second time; Sonico (who faced Vance on this week’s Rampage). Ethan seems to be gaining momentum with this ‘Matt’s Boss’ gimmick, giving another entertaining entrance to the Hardy’s theme song, giving out orders during the match – on mic, then finally picking up the win with ‘The Twist of Page’

This week’s Bonus WTF moment: Danhausens’s ‘fit


The picture says it all; I don’t really have much else to say?

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