AEW Revolution is upon us and after last year's stellar event, 2021's edition has a very high standard. As indeed it has set itself on its own merits by the sheer level of excitement it's caused.
The road to Revolution has been bumpy and not without its faults. It simultaneously feels like the most hyped AEW pay-per-view as well as the worst built, which is somewhat of an oxymoron. However, when the card is as good as this and the potential surprises are as great as this, you don't really need a super hot build.
Nine exciting matches, all playing their role on the card with a killer surprise set up by Paul Wight, this promises to be an incredible show.
Thunder Rosa & Riho vs Britt Baker and "Rebel"
by Gareth (@RHWGareth)
There’s been very little build to this match. This isn’t really a surprise, it’s a buy-in match, a tag between singles competitors and in the women’s division. It’s not really a big issue either but there is one intriguing element to this match, Rebel’s replacement.
It’s not 100% confirmed she will be replaced but rumoured strongly. Who could it be? Many have immediately jumped to the Thea Trinidad conclusion but that would feel very underwhelming, especially on the same night as two other big debuts.
Aside from Thea we could see a return of Kris Statlander. This would be a surprise as it’s still earlier than we were expecting her back. Another surprise could be Deonna Purrazzo from Impact Wrestling. The alliance with Baker makes sense as Purrazzo tweeted; “I don’t want to fight @RealBrittBaker. I want to run BOTH women’s divisions, together. Just like best friends should.” So that is certainly a possibility.
Or we could just see Baker align with a fellow heel such as Penelope Ford who she previously teamed with, or the woman who knocked her out of the Women’s Eliminator Tournament, Nyla Rose. Jade Cargill coming off a great debut on Dynamite another choice.
There’s not really anything to judge which of these possibilities is most likely but whatever it is it’s hard to know how much stock to put in the finish of this match. The women’s division all feels rather inconsequential at the moment and a tag between singles wrestlers only exacerbates that feeling.
Prediction: Thunder Rosa pins Britt Baker to continue their rivalry.
Tag Team Casino Battle Royale
This battle royal is going to be a fun watch to break up the card nicely. There’s no denying the depth in AEW’s tag team roster and this match is absolutely stacked. Going into this match we must survey the landscape of the AEW tag team championship match where MJF & Chris Jericho challenge Young Bucks. There are so many possibilities of who could potentially win and where stories could lead which makes this match somewhat hard to predict.
Naturally, there are a few teams who I don’t think are close to being in the running as winners. The likes of Varsity Blondes, Butcher & Blade, The Pretty Picture and Bear Country fall into that category for the time being.
There are, however, two teams who could potentially go the whole way. Proud & Powerful and Death Triangle. Storyline wise, MJF and Jericho being the tag team to represent Inner Circle makes sense as MJF is trying to break this faction down. But we all know that Proud and Powerful are the real TEAM. Their match alone with the Young Bucks recently showcased how good they are and, in coming so close to winning that match, they will have a chip on their shoulder.
My pick, however, is PAC and Rey Fénix representing Death Triangle. They are the only team I see challenging for the AEW World Tag team Championships right now. Who knows, if they do win, we could get a match of the year contender in a match with the Young Bucks and, if we’re honest, this is a match everyone wants to see.
Prediction: PAC & Rey Fénix.
Miro & Kip Sabian vs Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor
This feud has been going on for a while now, starting way back when Best Friends wrecked Kip and Miro’s gaming machine. Miro arrived on AEW as the best man for Kip’s wedding whilst Orange Cassidy was flying high off wins against Jericho and TNT Championship shots. Since then, unfortunately Trent has been injured and that has taken a bit out of the story.
We had a Miro vs Chuck match with the stipulation that if Chuck lost, he would have to be Miro’s man servant till the wedding. This gave us a few weeks of Miro forcing Chuck to be his waiter while Orange was only able to watch.
The feud blew up at the wedding of Kip and Penelope where Chuck handcuffed Miro to the ring and attacked Kip, Orange popped out of the cake and both destroyed the wedding and stood tall.
Miro has not lost a match in AEW since he arrived and is currently ranked. Orange is a protected wrestler with a 17-9-1 overall record. But I feel Miro needs a big win and to move on to something else after this. So, Miro will get the win over Chuck leaving potential for Miro vs Orange Cassidy if they decide to keep the feud going.
Prediction: Miro & Kip to defeat Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor.
Big Money Match by Scott (@thescottster21)
Wrestling often makes for strange bedfellows, a fact proven once again by “Big Money” Matt Hardy. The former member of “Team Extreme” is no stranger to alliances forged from necessity, but the Native of Carolina is now taking these dalliances in another direction. Hardy is living the Gordon Gecko dream; Greed is good could well be his new mantra. The pursuit of wealth has seen the Broken One take a relatively young tag team under his wing in the form of Private Party. Young hungry guys who can’t help but be flattered by Hardy’s sweet nothings whispered in their collective ears. And who in tag team wrestling doesn’t respect and admire Matt and his younger brother Jeff? It's a short list this writer surmises.
Matt’s ruthlessness has brought him into the orbit of “Hangman” Adam Page, a man who has touched the highest peaks and plumbed the deepest depths of professional wrestling over the last year. In 2020 Page participated in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) tag team bouts in the history of the sport with his then partner (and current AEW Champion) Kenny Omega. This colossal tussle was against perhaps the most acclaimed current team in professional wrestling, The Young Bucks. Although Page and Omega retained the tag championships in that thrilling encounter, they were soon after dethroned by the tag team specialists, FTR.
Whilst Omega’s end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 have been outstanding, “Hangman” has been in the doldrums, but his charming nascent friendships with the now righteous Dark Order have been a delight to observe. Nervous Millennial Cowboy he may be, but with the continued vocal support from the likes of John Silver and his partner Alex Reynolds have seen Page bounce back to something approaching his ass kicking best.
Which brings us full circle to the situation between Matt Hardy and Page. Initially Hardy’s ministrations to “Hangman” appeared to be in good faith. As a money man assembling a portfolio of talent fighters, Hardy of course would want to recruit Page, he’s a massive star who can only get better. But what’s in it for the “Hangman”? According to the contract Hardy had him sign while “Hangman” was in a characteristic state of drunkenness, he actually had a lot to lose. 30% of his winners fee directly into Hardy’s wallet!
Page was one step ahead though, the contract was not to hire Hardy, but to wrestle him. “Big Money”, but not “Big Brain” it seems! The match is set, whoever wins takes his opponents earnings for the first quarter of the year, this is a money match. Big money. So much so that Matt Hardy is paying off a cadre of renegades and mercenaries to take out “Hangman’s” Dark Order allies one by one, Jack Evans downed Preston Vance on Dynamite, others will surely follow. Can Page battle back against these odds and emerge victorious (and a lot richer)? Time will tell this Sunday at AEW Revolution.
Prediction: “Hangman” Adam Page defeats “Big Money” Matt Hardy.
Hoodlum Street Fight by Delboy (@DelboyxTweets)
This feud has built since Brian Cage's debut at AEW's Double or Nothing PPV last year after Darby Allin turned down Taz’s advice. He came into the company guns blazing, ladder shredding, stuffing Darby into body bags. Both sides went on their own journey as both Cage and Allin faced Mox for the world title whilst Allin ascended into TNT Championship contention. However, they were always destined to finish what started at Double or Nothing.
As Team Taz grew with additions of Hook, Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs, Darby was winning the TNT Championship. Soon after we'd see Darby chill in the rafters, title on shoulder and watch over the show. Sound familiar? As a viewer we'd see this, and we'd occasionally poke fun saying, 'They are trying to make the next sting' and so on. The comparisons were there. Not knowing, nor anticipating, that at Winter Is Coming, Sting would debut to even the odds against Team Taz after a post-match beatdown on Cody and Darby.
Fans who followed Sting's post TNA career, watching his run in WWE, there was a growing concern over Sting’s age and injury record. They say age is just a number and at times in wrestling I believe that. In Japan we see a lot of elder statesmen still putting on great matches. But it was hard to tell with Sting. So, when this tag team Street Fight match was announced it sent shockwaves through the AEW fanbase. The one thing that was missing was Sting’s physicality. But after he took that powerbomb bump from Brian Cage, most people were invested and on board and it only got better from there.