AEW Dark: Elevation
AEW Dark: Elevation, or Dark: Elevation or simply Elevation, is a professional wrestling streaming television program. It is produced by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and airs on AEW's YouTube channel on Monday nights at 7pm ET. The program is a spinoff of Dark that broadcast matches taped before and after the preceding episode of AEW's flagship program, Dynamite, and features up and rising talent in AEW, as well as wrestlers from the independent circuit.
|AEW Dark: Elevation|
|Created by||Tony Khan|
|Presented by||Tony Schiavone|
|Starring||AEW roster and independent wrestlers|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (as of May 3, 2021)|
|Camera setup||Multicamera setup|
|Running time||90–120 minutes|
|Production company||All Elite Wrestling|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Original release||March 15, 2021 –|
|Related shows||AEW Dynamite|
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. 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 are part of AEW's storylines and count towards the wrestlers' match statistics.
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 ET 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 maintain storyline continuity and match statistics with AEW's other programming. New signee and wrestling veteran Paul Wight, formerly known as the Big Show in WWE, was announced to be doing commentary for Elevation alongside Tony Schiavone.
The wrestlers featured on All Elite Wrestling take part in scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
|Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight||March 15, 2021– present|
|Justin Roberts||March 15, 2021– present|
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