AEW Dark: Elevation
AEW Dark: Elevation logo
GenreProfessional wrestling
Created byTony Khan
StarringAEW roster and independent wrestlers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes112 (list of episodes)
Production
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time90–120 minutes
Production companyAll Elite Wrestling
Original release
NetworkYouTube
ReleaseMarch 15, 2021 (2021-03-15) –
April 24, 2023 (2023-04-24)
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AEW Dark: Elevation, also known as Dark: Elevation or simply Elevation, is an American professional wrestling streaming television program that was produced by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), running from March 15, 2021, to April 24, 2023, on AEW's YouTube channel. The program was a spinoff of Dark that featured matches taped before and after the preceding episode of AEW's flagship program, Dynamite, with a focus on up and rising talent on the AEW roster, as well as wrestlers from the independent circuit. Both Dark and Elevation were canceled due to the addition of AEW's television program, Collision.

History

On October 2, 2019, All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) flagship program, Dynamite, premiered on TNT. During the event, there were four dark matches, two before and two after the live broadcast.[1] A program entitled Dark, which began airing on AEW's YouTube channel on Tuesday, October 8, would showcase these dark matches. Unlike the dark matches of other wrestling promotions, which generally do not affect storylines, the matches featured on Dark were part of AEW's storylines and counted towards the wrestlers' match statistics.[2][3][4]

On February 24, 2021, AEW announced that a new spinoff of Dark would premiere on Monday, March 15 titled AEW Dark: Elevation. The promotion's third weekly program, it was announced that it would stream on Monday nights at 7pm Eastern Time on AEW's YouTube channel. It was also announced that Elevation would feature the promotion's established and rising stars, as well as top wrestlers from the independent circuit. Like Dark, matches on the new program maintained storyline continuity and match statistics with AEW's other programming. Wrestling veteran Paul Wight, formerly known as the Big Show in WWE, was announced to be doing commentary for Elevation alongside Tony Schiavone after he was signed. This was later changed to be Matt Menard.[5][6] With the premiere of Rampage on August 13, 2021, AEW President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Khan said that Dynamite and Rampage would be AEW's core properties, while their YouTube shows, Dark and Elevation, would be their peripheral properties, essentially their developmental shows.[7]

Elevation aired its last episode on April 24, 2023. Both it and Dark were canceled in preparation for the addition of AEW's television program, Collision, which premiered on TNT in June 2023. This was due to an amended deal with AEW's broadcast partner Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), in which all of AEW's programs would air exclusively on WBD's channels.[8][9] It was also reported that Rampage would begin showcasing younger wrestlers, essentially becoming what Dark and Elevation were for the company.[10]

Roster

Main article: List of All Elite Wrestling personnel

Commentators

Commentators Dates
Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight March 15, 2021 (2021-03-15) – July 19, 2021 (2021-07-19)
Tony Schiavone, Paul Wight and Eddie Kingston July 26, 2021 (2021-07-26) – October 4, 2021 (2021-10-04)
Tony Schiavone and Eddie Kingston August 9, 2021 (2021-08-09)
Tony Schiavone, Mark Henry and Eddie Kingston September 27, 2021 (2021-09-27)
December 6, 2021 (2021-12-06)
December 20, 2021 (2021-12-20) – December 27, 2021 (2021-12-27)
Tony Schiavone, Paul Wight and Mark Henry October 11, 2021 (2021-10-11) – December 13, 2021 (2021-12-13)
January 24, 2022 (2022-01-24) – June 6, 2022 (2022-06-06)
Excalibur, Paul Wight and Mark Henry November 8, 2021 (2021-11-08)
February 14, 2022 (2022-02-14)
March 28, 2022 (2022-03-28)
April 25, 2022 (2022-04-25)
Excalibur, Paul Wight, Mark Henry and Eddie Kingston November 29, 2021 (2021-11-29)
Tony Schiavone, Paul Wight, Mark Henry and Eddie Kingston January 3, 2022 (2022-01-03) – January 10, 2022 (2022-01-10)
Excalibur and Mark Henry January 17, 2022 (2022-01-17)
June 13, 2022 (2022-06-13)
Paul Wight and Mark Henry March 7, 2022 (2022-03-07) – March 14, 2022 (2022-03-14)
May 2, 2022 (2022-05-02) – May 9, 2022 (2022-05-09)
May 23, 2022 (2022-05-23) – May 30, 2022 (2022-05-30)
Excalibur and Tony Schiavone March 21, 2022 (2022-03-21)
April 24, 2023 (2023-04-24)
Excalibur and Paul Wight April 18, 2022 (2022-04-18)
Tony Schiavone, Paul Wight, Mark Henry and Anthony Ogogo May 16, 2022 (2022-05-16)
Excalibur, Mark Henry and Anthony Ogogo June 20, 2022 (2022-06-20) – June 27, 2022 (2022-06-27)
Tony Schiavone and Mark Henry July 4, 2022 (2022-07-04)
August 1, 2022 (2022-08-01) – August 8, 2022 (2022-08-08)
Tony Schiavone and Caprice Coleman July 11, 2022 (2022-07-11)
Excalibur, Mark Henry and Caprice Coleman July 18, 2022 (2022-07-18) – July 25, 2022 (2022-07-25)
Excalibur and Matt Menard August 15, 2022 (2022-08-15) – September 12, 2022 (2022-09-12)
Tony Schiavone and Matt Menard September 3, 2022 (2022-09-03)
April 3, 2023 (2023-04-03)
Ian Riccaboni and Matt Menard September 19, 2022 (2022-09-19) – September 26, 2022 (2022-09-26)
Ian Riccaboni and Paul Wight October 3, 2022 (2022-10-03)
November 7, 2022 (2022-11-07)
Ian Riccaboni, Paul Wight and Matt Menard October 10, 2022 (2022-10-10) – October 17, 2022 (2022-10-17)
November 21, 2022 (2022-11-21) – November 28, 2022 (2022-11-28)
January 23, 2023 (2023-01-23)
Ian Riccaboni, Matt Menard and José the Assistant October 24, 2022 (2022-10-24)
Tony Schiavone, Paul Wight and Matt Menard October 31, 2022 (2022-10-31)
December 5, 2022 (2022-12-05) – December 12, 2022 (2022-12-12)
Paul Wight and Matt Menard November 14, 2022 (2022-11-14)
December 19, 2022 (2022-12-19) – April 17, 2023 (2023-04-17)

Ring announcers

Ring announcers Dates
Justin Roberts March 15, 2021 (2021-03-15) – October 17, 2022 (2022-10-17)
Dasha Gonzalez August 19, 2021 (2021-08-19)
June 20, 2022 (2022-06-20) – June 27, 2022 (2022-06-27)
September 19, 2022 (2022-09-19)
October 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
October 24, 2022 (2022-10-24) – April 24, 2023 (2023-04-24)

References

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  3. ^ "BREAKING: "AEW DARK" begins this Tuesday! Featuring the matches you didn't see on Dynamite. Hosted by @tonyschiavone24". Cody Rhodes on Twitter. October 5, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
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  5. ^ Defelice, Robert (February 24, 2021). "AEW Dark: Elevation Announced As Third AEW Program, Will Air Mondays On YouTube". Fightful. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  6. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (February 24, 2021). "Premiere Date And Paul Wight's Broadcast Partner Announced For AEW Dark: Elevation". Fightful. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Thomas, Jeremy (May 19, 2021). "Tony Khan Reveals New Details About Move to TBS, Says He Was Offered a Third Hour of Dynamite". 411mania. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Nason, Josh (May 3, 2023). "AEW Dark & Dark Elevation done for now due to new exclusivity deal with WBD". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  9. ^ Rueter, Sean (May 25, 2023). "Tony Khan on AEW vs. WWE, WBD deal, Collision secrecy, more". Cageside Seats. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  10. ^ Nason, Josh (May 5, 2023). "Update on future direction of AEW Rampage". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved May 10, 2023.