AEW Dark: Elevation Results (02/27) - Konosuke Takeshita Vs. Lee Johnson, ROH Women's World Title Eliminator Match, Powerhouse Hobbs In Action And More

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.'s results of "AEW Dark: Elevation" on February 27, 2023, coming to you from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona!

The Factory's Lee Johnson will be making his return to televised action tonight when he goes one-on-one with Konosuke Takeshita in a first time match up. Johnson last appeared in an AEW ring on last year's "Full Gear" Zero Hour Pre-Show, where he teamed up with QT Marshall, Aaron Solo, Nick Comoroto, and Cole Karter in a losing effort to Orange Cassidy, Danhausen, Rocky Romero, and Best Friends.

Two other stars will be making their return, as The Kingdom (Mike Bennett and Matt Taven) will be taking on EJ Sparks and Agulia Aguirre. The Kingdom were last seen when they defeated The Bollywood Boyz on the January 9 episode of "Dark: Elevation". Powerhouse Hobbs looks to write the next chapter in The Book of Hobbs as he looks to continue to rack up wins when he squares off with Daniel Evans.

The Firm's Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, and Isiah Kassidy will be competing in the squared circle tonight when they go head-to-head with Watson, Braxton, and Ice Williams. Tension between Page and Kassidy has grown immensely over the past few weeks, as Kassidy has made it no secret that he is frustrated with being unable to get out of his current contract with The Firm.

Danielle Kamela has an opportunity to earn herself a shot at the ROH Women's World Championship when she takes on current titleholder Athena in an Eliminator Match. Kamela is best known for her time in WWE on the "NXT" brand under the moniker of Vanessa Borne. Elsewhere in the women's division, a huge trios match is slated for tonight, as Diamante will join forces with Nyla Rose and Marina Shafir to face Miss May, Mazzerati and Brittnie Brooks while Emi Sakura squares off with Rachelle Riveter.

We are live! "Daddy Magic" Matt Menard and Paul Wight greet audiences at home as Emi Sakura heads to the ring. Rachelle Riveter is already waiting inside.

Emi Sakura vs. Rachelle Riveter

The bell rings and the two lock up. Sakura delivers a chop, but Riveter fires off a few forearms. Sakura whips her into the corner and hits several chops, then looks for a splash. Riveter rolls out of the way and hits a European uppercut, then follows it up with a DDT. Sakura delivers a rolling cutter and has a sip of tea, then delivers a bodyslam and a moonsault off the top for the win.

Winner: Emi Sakura

The Kingdom and Maria Kanellis-Bennett head to the ring, with EJ Sparks and Agulia Aguirre already waiting inside.

The Kingdom (w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett) vs. EJ Sparks and Agulia Aguirre

Taven and Sparks begin the action. The bell rings and Taven offers his hand to Sparks. Sparks looks to take it, but Taven delivers a boot to his midsection and follows it up with a dropkick. Bennett tags in and delivers a forearm, then bows and delivers a chop. Taven tags in and delivers a dropkick off the top rope, but Sparks fires back with a high kick and tags in Aguirre. Taven catches him with a back body drop, then tags in Bennett. Aguirre delivers a high drop kick, but Taven tags in and delivers a springboard enziguri. Bennett then delivers a Death Valley Driver and Taven follows it up with a running knee for the win.

Winners: The Kingdom

Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir, Vickie Guerrero, and Diamante head to the ring, with Miss May, Mazzerati and Brittnie Brooks already waiting inside.

Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir, and Diamante (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Miss May, Mazzerati and Brittnie Brooks

Shafir and Brooks begin the action. The bell rings and the two lock up. Shafir sends Brooks to the mat, then delivers a series of kicks and takes a couple of cheap shots at Mazzerati and May on the apron. Diamante tags in and delivers a German suplex, then tags in Rose. Mazzerati tags in and Rose immediately knocks her to the mat. She fires off a couple of stomps and a slam, then hits a splash in the corner and sends her colliding with Brooks. She then delivers a chokeslam and tags in Shafir as May retreats. Shafir and Rose then deliver an assisted DDT to Mazzerati for the win.

Winners: Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir, and Diamante

Powerhouse Hobbs heads to the ring, with Daniel Evans already waiting inside.

Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Daniel Evans

The bell rings and Hobbs wastes no time. He shoves Evans into the corner and sits him on the top turnbuckle, but Evans fires back with a dropkick and a few forearms. Hobbs stays on his feet and delivers a splash, then delivers a series of right and left hands to Evans' midsection. He follows it up with a spinebuster and a Death Valley Driver for the win.

Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs

Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Ethan Page, and Stokely Hathaway head to the ring, with Watson, Braxton and Ice Williams already waiting inside. On the way to the ring, Page says he's been loving teaming up with him and hands the mic over to Hardy. Hardy says he is having the time of his live and says it's time to party in Phoenix. Hathaway rags on HOOK before Kassidy grabs the mic and says Phoenix doesn't want to hear about HOOK because they want to "party Hardy". 

Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy and Ethan Page (w/ Stokely Hathaway) vs. Watson, Braxton and Ice Williams

Williams and Kassidy begin the action. The bell rings and the two lock up. Kassidy delivered a pair of arm drags and a neckbreaker, then tags in Hardy. Hardy and Kassidy deliver a double back elbow, but Williams delivers an elbow of his own and tags in Braxton. Braxton fires off a series of right hands, then whips Hardy into the corner and charges. Hardy catches him with a back elbow and delivers The Three Faces of Deletion, then sends his face crashing into the bottom rope and tags in Page. Page delivered an elbow off the middle turnbuckle before Watson tags in and delivers an elbow. Page fires back with a boot and a bodyslam and goes for a pin, but Braxton and Williams break the fall. Hardy and Kassidy toss them out of the ring before Page hits Watson with a splash. Hardy tags in and delivers Twist of Fate for the win.

Winners: Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, and Ethan Page

Athena heads to the ring, with Danielle Kamela already waiting inside.

Athena vs. Danielle Kamela in a ROH Women's World Championship Eliminator Tournament Match

The bell rings and Athena knocks Kamela to the mat with a vicious right hand. She fires off several more, then sends her into the ring post shoulder first. She delivers a kick to Kamela's chest, then follows it up with a dropkick that sends her out of the ring. Athena looks for a running knee, but Kamela moves out of the way and hits her with a clothesline. She gets her back in the ring and delivers a second one, then follows it up with a swinging neckbreaker and plants her face first. Kamela ascends to the top, but Athena trips her by hitting the top rope and hits her with a pair of running double knees. She ascends to the top and executes the O-Face for the win.

Winner: Athena

After the match, Athena places her title in the center of the ring and plants Kamela on it face first. She then mockingly shakes her hand. 

Lee Johnson and Cole Karter head to the ring, followed by Konosuke Takeshita.

Konosuke Takeshita vs. Lee Johnson (w/ Cole Karter)

The bell rings and the two lock up. Johnson delivers a back elbow and a series of right hands, then follows it up with a dropkick and shows off with a few push-ups. He locks in a chinlock, but Takeshita escapes and fires off a couple of right hands. Johnson looks to knock Johnson to the outside, but Takeshita holds on to the top rope and delivers a leaping lariat. He then sends Johnson over the top before he goes flying and delivers a double flip over the top.

The pair get back in the ring, and Takeshita hits a pair of high boots. He looks for a third one, but Johnson ducks it and rolls up Takeshita. Takeshita kicks out and sends Johnson into the top turnbuckle, then delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Takeshita fires back with a Blue Thunder Bomb, then sets up for a running knee. Johnson ducks it and delivers a superkick, but Takeshita manages to deliver a knee and a pair of running knees for the win.

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita