The “Revolution” Is All Elite
by Kyle Harper
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) hosted their second annual “Revolution” pay-per-view event on Sunday, March 7. The professional wrestling event boasted nine marquee matches that brought joy to wrestling fans around the world.
The pay-per-view saw current champions retain their belts. AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida bested rising star and inaugural winner of the “AEW Women’s Eliminator Tournament” Ryo Misunami in a technical showdown.
Wrestling’s favorite brothers, Matt and Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks, also retained their titles against challengers Chris Jericho and MJF.
Additionally, new challengers gained opportunities of their own for championship titles. Scorpio Sky earned an opportunity at the TNT Championship after beating five other men in the “Face of the Revolution Ladder Match.”
Death Triangle members Rey Fenix and “The Bastard” PAC earned their chance to face The Young Bucks for the tag team titles after defeating a plethora of teams in the “Casino Tag Team Royale” match.
The show featured some surprising new members into the AEW roster. “All Ego” Ethan Page made his AEW debut as the mystery sixth man in the “Face of the Revolution” ladder match.
On top of that, AEW also had Christian Cage (formerly known as WWE Superstar Christian) sign his contract after weeks of the company teasing a “hall of fame worthy talent” joining the faction.
“Revolution” showcased some wild stipulations that quickly became the highlights of the show. Adam Page defeated “Big Money” Matt Hardy in a “Big Money” match, which earned Page all of Hardy’s salary for the quarter.
In addition, Sting and Darby Allin defeated Ricky Starks and Brian Cage in a cinematic street fight match, that saw the four men bruise and batter each other in an abandoned warehouse.
The most brutal match occurred during the main event, as current AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega, faced Jon Moxley in an exploding barbed wire deathmatch.
Essentially, the rings were coated with barbed wire and rigged to explosives. Making contact with the ropes triggered the explosions, and if they didn’t all detonate in thirty minutes, they would all explode simultaneously.
Omega retained his title after brutalizing Jon Moxley with the help of the Good Brothers. Omega then handcuffed Moxley and left him in the ring as the timer for the explosives continued to tick down.
As hope seemed lost, Eddie Kingston, a former rival of Moxley’s, came down to the ring in an attempt to save him from the brunt of the explosions. This moment left wrestling fans with tears in their eyes as the show’s final moments concluded.
“Revolution” was an absolutely stellar wrestling show. Every match was an engaging and told a story that allowed hardcore wrestling fans and newcomers to enjoy the sport equally.
While “Revolution” has passed, you can watch AEW’s weekly, episodic show “Dynamite” on the USA Network at 8 p.m. ET. If you are looking to get into wrestling, “Dynamite” is a great show to watch to get introduced to the big name personalities of today.
AEW has announced that their next pay-per-view, “Double or Nothing,” will take place on Saturday, May 29 in Jacksonville, Fla.
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