Tensions High as AEW Approaches Revolution

Chris Jericho, who will be performing at Revolution

With March 7’s Revolution pay-per-view right around the corner, tensions are at an all-time high. We saw some amazing additions to the card. With this being AEW’s first pay-per-view since Full Gear in November, all eyes are on AEW. So far the card is as follows:

  • AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Jon Moxley (Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch)
  • AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Eliminator Tournament winner
  • AEW Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & MJF)
  • Brian Cage & Ricky Starks vs. Darby Allin & Sting (Street Fight)
  • “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Matt Hardy (Big Money Match)
  • Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Penta El Zero M vs. 3 TBD (Winner earns TNT Title opportunity)
  • Miro & Kip Sabian vs. Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor
  • Casino Tag Team Royale 

With Jon Moxley entering uncharted territory for any major promotion in the barbed wire death match at Revolution, he has taken part in a few mid-card matches to keep him active. The acclaimed Japanese barbed wire deathmatch has played host to some of the most barbaric bouts in professional wrestling. I’m sure Tony Khan has a few additions to the presentation to give it an “AEW” feel.

Speaking of the AEW feels, announcer Justin Roberts has experimented with pronouncing big talents’ names. We have seen this with Moxley, Omega and even Cody Rhodes. Roberts started the show with a super long, drawn out Jon Moxley that still gives me chills. He truly is one of the best in a long time at bringing that big match feel, even for the weekly Dynamite shows. 

Mox took on “The Hollywood Hunk” Ryan Nemeth. Nemeth has certainly progressed since his debut on the show just over a month ago. Being the younger brother of a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, he has all the qualities that we have come to appreciate in his older kin of Dolph Ziggler. Those abilities include overselling a move while still being credible, great athletic ability and an effective move set to boot. 

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While he has caught the attention of Tony Khan, Nemeth was no match for the pissed off Jon Moxley. He made quick work of Nemeth and put him away with a devastating Paradigm Shift. 

The match had to be a bit shorter as this week we received a live promo from the king himself, instead of a pre-recorded one such as we have received in the last few weeks. Normally full of himself, Mox seemed a bit wary. He told the audience that if he does in fact lose, we will have no doubts that he gave us his all. Sure sounds like Mox is going to lose. He could potentially take some time away from the program to tend to his pregnant wife Renee Paquette. While we want the best for Mox and Renee, I worry his absence will leave a big hole to be filled. Not too many can actually live up to Moxley’s hype.  

Ricky Starks was back in action this week teaming up with the “The Machine” Brian Cage. Starks missed last week’s show due to the Valentine’s Day snowstorm that hit much of the United States. 

This week Team Taz took on The Varsity Blondes. While the Blondes are enjoyable to watch, many are anxiously awaiting Revolution to see the dastardly duo take on a team that can rival their own abilities and serve them the dish best served cold. Cage used his devastating power bomb to put away Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison. It was the same maneuver he used to take out The Stinger last week. 

Sting, being the legend that he is, knew exactly how to get back at Team Taz. After Cage got the 1-2-3, Sting’s music hit. He appeared from the entrance way carrying the same body bag used to drag Darby Allin out of the parking lot last week. I immediately assumed Allin was going to pop out and ambush Cage and Starks. To my surprise, Sting had Taz’s son Hook in the bag. He looked like he had taken a beating from a certain “baseball bat.” 

To top it all off, Allin appeared out of nowhere from the rafters. He pulled a Shawn Michaels and Sting combination and rode a zip line to the ring, before joining The Stinger for a beatdown on the troublemakers.

Sting looked phenomenal, hitting his patented Stinger Splash and the Scorpion Death Drop on Cage. He kept a good pace and just kicked everyone’s ass, reassuring the world and Taz that he’s still got it. This was a sigh of relief because many assumed Cage had powerbombed Sting too hard and legitimately injured him last week. The WCW icon showed us all that was fake news at its best, setting the precedent for the street fight at Revolution. 

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Jake Hager took on Brandon Cutler, childhood friend of the Young Bucks. Cutler is a part of the AEW Games development team as well. At 6’2”, he rivals Bellator fighter Hager’s size. The Inner Circle beat down on the Bucks and Cutler last week, giving us this match. 

Cutler is another impressive big dude offering speed and a diverse move set, which we got to see as the match unfolded. Hager is no stranger to athletic ability either. He trains all year round for AEW and the few Bellator fights he takes part in annually. 

Hager, having much more experience than Cutler, turned the tide and hit a nostalgic Clothesline From Hell to pick up the W. Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without an ambush on Cutler. But this week proved to be different as Matt and Nick Jackson were standing by expecting the obvious to happen. 

After saving Cutler from a brutal encounter, Inner Circle members Jericho and MJF appeared on the big screen. As the camera panned out, they had The Bucks’ dad backstage in a bloody mess. We had not seen The Inner Circle take their antics anywhere close to this level, That set the Bucks over the edge. Y2J and MJF narrowly escaped the clutches of the rabid Matt Jackson, leaving us all wondering how this will play out for the March 3 go-home edition of Dynamite. 

With Hangman Page having fully revealed the demands of the contract Matt Hardy unknowingly signed, Isaiah Cassidy stepped up to defend his manager. Excalibur made a really good point that offered some contrast to two current storylines: “The Dark Order came right out to help “Hangman” Adam Page while The Good Brothers Gallows and Anderson took their sweet time before rescuing The Bucks from an Inner Circle beat down.” 

This statement alone doesn’t mean much but after seeing Page reject The Dark Order and yet still they continue to save his hide every week should speak volumes. Page needs a family and somewhere to call home. AEW’s resident cowboy been roaming the wild all by his lonesome for a long time now. Dark Order members Alex Reynolds and John Silver stayed at ringside to ensure Hardy couldn’t interfere. They even got him ejected mid way through the match leaving the playing field, wide open for Page. Although Cassidy injured Page’s arm, he mustered all the strength he could and delivered a devastating one-handed destroyer to put the young Hardy client. The big money match between Page and Hardy will surely be one of the highlights for Revolution. 

The AEW Women’s Tournament semi finals were well underway this week. Nyla Rose took on Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. Baker is my personal favorite women’s wrestler since the days of Lita and Trish Stratus. She is the face of the women’s division and rightfully so. She even won the first ever women’s match all the way back at Double Or Nothing in 2019. Taking all of this into account, my jaw was on the floor when Rose put “The Doctor” away for a 3-count. This is bittersweet. I do want Baker to eventually win the title, but not until there can be a crowd to usher in the most dominant title reign the AEW Women’s division has ever seen.

The main event of the evening saw a new participant be entered into the “Face of the Revolution” ladder match. The match will determine the number one contender for Darby’s TNT title.

The Murderhawk Lance Archer battled it out with recent tag team partner Rey Fenix. Fenix has to be the greatest high-flyer since the master of the 619, Rey Mysterio. Archer, himself, has to be the most impressive big man of the modern era. He one-ups Undertaker’s tightrope walk by adding in a moonsault for good measure. Many expected Fenix to win and join his brother in the ladder match. But Archer just barely prevailed with only a few seconds of TV time remaining. Archer showed just how much of a class act he really is. He even went so far as to fist bump Fenix before making his exit. I’m not sure where this will leave Rey Fenix for Revolution, but with two more spots still remaining, there is still hope for the high-flying luchador yet.

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