The time has finally arrived for one of AEW’s biggest PPVs. Revolution boasted some big matches on paper, from old rivalries to bitter feuds. The card was stacked. I’m not going to lie, before the show, I was struggling to pick which match I was looking forward to the most. They all had tons of promise, filled with professional wrestlers that ooze talent. Four titles were on the line, as were reputations and pride. In the Buy-In, Leyla Hirsch, Hook, and House of Black all picked up victories in their respective matches. After the warm-up for Revolution, it was time to kick off the big one, starting with Eddie Kingston taking on Chris Jericho.

Quick Results

Eddie Kingston defeated Chris Jericho via submission. ***½

Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus defeated The Young Bucks and reDRagon via pinfall. ****

Wardlow won the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match. ****½

Jade Cargill defeated Tay Conti via pinfall. ***

CM Punk defeated MJF via pinfall. *****

Britt Baker defeated Thunder Rosa via pinfall. ***½

Jon Moxley defeated Bryan Danielson via pinfall. ****

Darby Allin, Sting, and Sammy Guevara defeated Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, and Andrade via pinfall. ****½

“Hangman” Adam Page defeated Adam Cole via pinfall. ****

Chris Jericho vs Eddie Kingston

Kingston wasted no time in getting started, nailing Jericho with a half-and-half suplex out of the gate. It was vicious and brutal, with both guys pulling at each other’s faces, delivering chops, and punching the holy hell out of each other. Jericho threw his middle finger up at the fans as they chanted Eddie, but it didn’t deter them from supporting him. It certainly helped, as he fed off the energy. We all know Kingston is a tough son of a bitch, and he took everything Jericho threw at him. Le Champion delivered a hurricanrana off the top rope, and took the padding off the turnbuckle, then landed a suplex off the apron and onto the outside. Back in the ring, Jericho hit three release German suplexes and the Lionsault, but Eddie kicked out. He managed to lock in the Walls of Jericho, but Kingston grabbed the bottom rope. Kingston hit a Saito suplex followed by another, then a spinning back fist, but Jericho kicked out of the pin. You could feel how emotionally charged this match was. Eddie’s resilience was admirable, despite taking the beating he did. Jericho hit a Codebreaker, followed by another release German suplex and another Codebreaker. Jericho went for the Judas Effect and missed, which allowed Kingston to hit two of his own. He locked him in a submission to make The Influencer tap. Afterwards, Jericho refused to shake Kingston’s hand. So happy for Kingston. This was the biggest win of his career, and he more than earned it. It was a perfect start to the show as it managed to set the precedence for what would no doubt be a contender for PPV of the year.

AEW Tag Team Championship Three-Way Match: The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) W/ Brandon Cutler vs reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus (C)

Jungle Boy and O’Reilly started things off. Fish tagged in and they hit a double kick to Jungle Boy. The Young Bucks got involved after Fish’s tag to Matt, but Jungle Boy was able to pull off his signature arm drag off the ropes. Luchasaurus tagged in and wiped out everyone. He went for a Tope Con Hilo, but everyone moved, only for Jungle Boy to hit one on reDRagon and The Young Bucks. Nick hit a senton on Jungle Boy as Matt held him on the ropes, then they beat up Luchasaurus with the help of reDRagon. The Bucks worked on Jungle Boy in the ring. reDRagon continued to beat the hell out of him, delivering a backbreaker and knee drop combo. Despite The Bucks and reDRagon working together, Jungle Boy showed a lot of heart, doing his best to fight them off. The Bucks hit a bulldog and dropkick combo, but O’Reilly broke up their pin. Matt and O’Reilly had a disagreement as O’Reilly accidentally booted him off the apron. Luchasaurus tagged in and wiped out everyone. He hit a moonsault on reDRagon off the apron, then threw Matt over the ropes, only to eat a Canadian Destroyer by Nick. Luchasaurus got to his feet and continued to beat down everyone. The champs landed a Doomsday Device on Matt, but he kicked out. Matt superkicked Fish after Jungle Boy moved out the way, then O’Reilly tagged in. The Bucks and reDRagon started to fight at long last. Chaos erupted between all three teams, with O’Reilly, Matt, and Jungle Boy hitting clotheslines on each other. Fish hit an almighty German suplex on Jungle Boy, but he kicked out. Fish hit an Exploder off the top turnbuckle on Jungle Boy as O’Reilly locked in a leg lock. Luchasaurus chokeslammed Nick off the ropes as O’Reilly locked in a guillotine, but Jungle Boy landed a shooting star press on him. O’Reilly smashed the belt across Jungle Boy’s face, but he kicked out. reDRagon hit a double team move, but Luchasaurus broke up the pin. The Young Bucks launched Luchasaurus into the barricades and superkicked Fish. O’Reilly hit a piledriver on Jungle Boy as the Bucks superkicked O’Reilly. They hit the BTE Trigger on Jungle Boy, but O’Reilly broke up the pin. Jungle Boy took out Nick with a hurricanrana off the top rope, then a German suplex on Matt, as Luchasaurus landed a Tope Con Hilo to the outside. Luchasaurus then tossed Matt to Jungle Boy who hit a sit-down powerbomb for the win. What a match. If anyone had a shred of doubt about Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy deserving those belts, this match proved how much they should still be champions.

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Christian Cage vs Powerhouse Hobbs vs Ricky Starks vs Wardlow vs Keith Lee vs Orange Cassidy

Team Taz went straight after Lee as Wardlow battled Cage. The big guys remained in the ring, as Cassidy came in and ‘kicked’ all three of them. Lee held Hobbs and Wardlow in the DDT position as Cassidy jumped on their shoulders, but Starks pushed him off. Everyone fought outside as Starks put a ladder up and went to climb up it. Cassidy stopped him then casually walked up the ladder with his hands in his pockets. Cage went for the Killswitch, but Cassidy got out. Cage was left in the ring, but Hobbs knocked him down and went for the ring. Cage followed him up and hit a reverse DDT off the ladder. Lee got in the ring and double crossbodied Starks and Cage. Cassidy went for a hurricanrana on Lee, but he caught him and used him to swing at Wardlow, Hobbs, Starks, and Cage. He set up the ladder, but Wardlow stopped him and beckoned him down. Lee and Wardlow stood toe-to-toe as Hobbs hit them with the ladder. Starks and Hobbs climbed the ladder after shaking hands, but Cassidy knocked them off. He spun the ladder around the ring knocking various guys to the ground until Wardlow and Lee stopped him. Cassidy pulled himself up and almost grabbed the ring until he fell between the rungs. Hobbs launched Cassidy into the ladder that was lying against Lee in the corner. He then landed a superplex off the ladder, with Cassidy as the victim. Cage brought another ladder into the ring, resting it into the adjacent corner. He speared Hobbs into it, but Starks landed a spear through the ladder at Cage. Wardlow pulled the ladder as Starks climbed it, forcing him to hurt his face. Wardlow climbed the ladder with Starks and Cassidy on his back as Hobbs climbed the other side. Lee set up a ladder next to it as all six battled on top of them. Cassidy fell, followed by Cage. Lee and Starks were knocked off as Wardlow and Hobbs were left. They both ended up falling as all six men lay on the ground. The big men got up as Lee launched Cassidy into space and onto Starks and Cage outside the ring. Hobbs went over the ropes as Wardlow clotheslined Lee over them. Hobbs and Wardlow worked together on the ramp to beat down Lee. They grabbed the ladder at the top of the ramp and pulled it apart. Hobbs hit Wardlow with his half, then Lee. As Hobbs and Lee stood near the announcer table, Wardlow pushed them off the stage and through a table. Back in the ring, Starks low-blowed Cage and went to climb the ladder. Wardlow appeared behind him as Danhausen came out of nowhere and pulled Starks off it. Cage climbed up, but Starks pulled him off. Wardlow powerbombed Cage, then jumped up the ladder and powerbombed Starks onto a ladder that was connected between the ladder and the middle rope. Wardlow grabbed the ring to win the match. I am absolutely lost for words. That was one of the best matches involving ladders I have ever seen. Wardlow was phenomenal and deserved the victory. It goes to show what he’s capable of when given proper competition.

Shane “Swerve” Strickland is All Elite

Tony Schiavone was stood on the ramp with a special contract signing for Swerve Strickland. Swerve came out and signed it, then said he could talk about all the dream matches he could have, but he had one question. “Who’s House?” The fans responded by saying, “Swerve’s house.” I’m actually pretty excited with this one. Although it was rumoured for a while, Swerve’s a great acquisition for Tony Kahn, AEW, and the fans.

TBS Championship Match: Tay Conti W/ Anna Jay vs Jade Cargill (C) W/ Mark Sterling

Oh boy, blues guitarist Christone Ingram played the guitar solo in Cargill’s entrance. Not only that, but Cargill came out dressed as Jade from Mortal Kombat. I’m in love. Cargill kissed Conti on the lips and almost hit Jaded, but Conti rolled out. Cargill hit a pump kick that knocked Conti into the ropes. Conti did get in some pump kicks of her own, along with a swinging DDT, but Cargill kicked out. Conti attacked Sterling from the top turnbuckle to the outside, so Cargill pump kicked Anna Jay onto the table at ringside. Anna Jay hit Cargill with a steel chair, but Conti couldn’t get the win. Conti went for Tay KO, but Cargill reversed into the Eye of the Storm. Cargill climbed the ropes and hit a frog splash from the top turnbuckle, but Conti kicked out. Outside the ring, Conti hit Cargill after a brief distraction from Anna Jay. She went for a piledriver and connected, but Cargill kicked out of the pin. Cargill landed Jaded after knocking Conti into the ring post. Not gonna lie, a bit annoyed with Anna Jay for that chair shot. Completely out of character for her. Happy for Cargill as I honestly don’t believe Conti should be getting the shot at the belt. There are other women out there that deserve a shot at both of the women’s belts, and she’s had two opportunities so far. It doesn’t matter now, as Cargill beat the hell out of her. All the credit in the world to Jade. She’s constantly improving with every match, and she looked stunning.

Dog Collar Match: MJF vs CM Punk

Everything leading up to this match has been nothing short of historic. The promos, the blood, the emotion. It was made even more important by having AFI’s ‘Miseria Cantare’ play as CM Punk walked out, straight from his days in Ring of Honor. I’ve not felt this emotional in years, but there was something so profound about this match, and it’s all thanks to these two guys making it such an important moment for professional wrestling. MJF tried to escape as the bell sounded, but Punk pulled at the chain. You can’t run this time, Max. Punk threw the chain around the ring post and pulled at it, sending MJF into the turnbuckle. Punk delivered ten shots to Max in the corner, but Max kicked him in the face and landed a powerbomb. Max whipped the chain across Punk’s back. Punk hit a running knee in the corner, but MJF pulled at the chain and busted him open. He raked the chain across the wound as blood dripped out of it. MJF grabbed the mic and told Punk to tell everyone he quits just like he quit on him eight years ago. Punk told MJF to eat sh**. The fans chanted “eat sh**” as Punk headbutted MJF in the crotch. Punk landed a knee drop from the second rope, followed by a knee strike in the corner. He landed a bulldog as the ref checked his head. He was covered in blood as he continued to whip MJF with the chain. He wrapped the chain around MJF’s hand, then drove his knee into it. Punk signalled for the GTS. He picked him up, but MJF raked at his wound and locked in a sleeper with the chain around Punk’s neck. The ref held Punk’s hand up, and on the third, he kept it up. MJF went for the piledriver but struggled to lift him due to his injured hand. MJF reversed a GTS into Salt of the Earth. Punk reversed into a pin, but MJF got out. Punk put MJF into the Anaconda Vice. MJF reversed into a pin, but Punk kicked out. Punk landed a Shining Wizard with the chain wrapped around his knee to send MJF outside the ring. MJF was now busted open as Punk raked the chain across his head. Punk hit ten punches in the corner of the guard rail at ringside, then sent him into the steel steps. Punk wrapped the chain around his knee and went to strike MJF, but he moved as Punk’s knee struck the steps. They got back in the ring. Punk attempted GTS, but couldn’t lift MJF. Punk hit a tombstone piledriver on the apron after reversing Max’s attempt. Back in the ring, Punk wrapped the chain around his elbow and went for an elbow drop off the top turnbuckle, but MJF moved out of the way and went for the pin, only getting a two-count. Max grabbed some thumbtacks and emptied them into the ring. He hit a rising knee strike on Punk in the corner. Punk bit his hand and clamped down on it to stop MJF from going for the bulldog. They both went to suplex each other onto the tacks. Punk hit a roundhouse kick and attempted a Pepsi Plunge, but MJF stopped him. He landed a superplex onto the tacks, with most of them sticking into Punk’s lower back. MJF shouted for Wardlow as the chain came off from his neck. Wardlow walked out and couldn’t find the diamond ring. Punk took advantage and hit GTS as Max landed on the tacks. Wardlow then pulled the ring out of his trouser pocket and left it in the ring. Punk put on the ring and grabbed the collar. MJF spat in his face, so Punk punched him with the ring on and pinned Max for the win. Another incredible match. I don’t know what else to say. This will go down in the history books, just like Piper and Valentine. The Wardlow segment was perfect. The match was perfect. Everything was perfect.

AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Thunder Rosa vs Brit Baker (C) W/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel

The crew changed the ring mat because of how much blood soaked into it from the last match. Baker had a strong start, but Rosa hit a backbreaker and running knee strike. She went for another, but Baker hit a neckbreaker in the corner. Baker drove a flurry of knees into Rosa’s face, but Rosa hit an Enzuigiri in retaliation. Baker took control after pulling Rosa into the post as she drove her boot into her face. With the ref distracted, Rebel and Hayter attacked Rosa. She locked in a hammerlock and drove Rosa’s face into the mat, but Rosa was able to connect with a German suplex. She followed up with a couple of clotheslines and a dropkick, then a running stomp as Baker lay against the bottom rope. Baker hit an Air Raid Crash and a pendulum suplex, but Rosa kicked out of the pin. Rebel put the glove on Baker’s hand, but Rosa landed a dropkick and a superplex into a neckbreaker. She followed up with a sliding lariat, only getting a two-count. Baker almost got the pin after a ripcord elbow and swinging neckbreaker. After a near fall by Rosa, she climbed the turnbuckle as Baker followed. Baker hit an avalanche Air Raid Crash, but Rosa kicked out. They reversed Tombstones until Rosa managed to hit it, however, the ref was distracted by Rebel. Rosa went after Rebel, as Baker tried to get a win with a roll-up to no avail. Baker hit the curb stomp on the belt, but thankfully, Rosa kicked out. Baker got in Lockjaw, but Rosa reversed into a Lockjaw of her own. Rosa locked in the straightjacket, but again, Rebel interfered. As a result, Rosa hit a spear to Rebel, then took out Hayter. She got back in the ring as Baker hit a curb stomp and picked up the victory. I’m so sick of Rebel and Hayter interfering. It ruins Baker’s reign because she’s a great wrestler. Rosa should have won twice in that match, but no. It was a good match, but in my opinion, ruined by Baker’s two stooges.

Bryan Danielson vs Jon Moxley

The fans chanted “we want violence” as the two veterans locked horns. Danielson locked in a submission, but both men ended up crashing through the ropes to the outside. Mox went after Danielson, but he avoided it by moving between the ropes, so Mox slapped him across the face. Danielson landed a snap mare and a boot across his back, then did the star jump taunt. Mox hit a few chops, then kicked him in the back of the head. They traded blows until Mox stomped him down in the corner. Danielson got up and tried to avoid Mox, but he used some huge boots to try and subdue the American Dragon. Danielson landed his trademark kicks to Mox’s ribs. The ref checked on him as Danielson taunted the fans with those damn star jumps. Danielson kicked and punched Mox in the corner, but Mox retaliated with a few knife edge chops. Danielson landed a double underhook suplex and attempted a diving headbutt, but Mox moved out of the way. Danielson ran at Mox in the corner to hit a couple of running heel kicks. Mox hit a Saito suplex, but Danielson wrapped him in a guillotine submission. Mox sent Danielson over the ropes after taking some kicks to the ribs. He got back in the ring and went for a Tope Suicida, but Mox caught him and they traded punches and headbutts which busted both of them wide open. They traded more strikes in the ring. Danielson hit a rolling elbow and Mox retaliated with a massive lariat. Mox raked Danielson’s back, but he was able to drop Mox with a back body drop off the top turnbuckle. Danielson drove elbows into Mox’s chest, then locked in a Dragon Sleeper. Mox got to the bottom rope to break up the submission. They reversed some headlock variations on each other until Mox locked in the cross Armbreaker. Danielson got out and locked in the LeBell Lock, but Mox found the bottom rope. Both men held each other’s arms as they kicked the hell out of each other. Mox got the advantage and locked in the bulldog choke, but Danielson hit a suplex and Busaiku Knee. Danielson put Mox in the triangle sleeper while driving elbows into his head. Danielson hit some measured right hands into Mox’s head. Somehow, Mox was able to pin Danielson from out of nowhere. After the match, they continued to beat the crap out of each other. Security ran out as William Regal appeared from out of nowhere. Regal was able to separate them. He slapped Mox across the face, then did the same to Danielson. He shouted at them to shake hands, and they did. Not only was the match incredibly violent, seeing William Regal was a great moment. Wow, what an insane match. Danielson had preached about violence over the last month or so, and we saw nothing but. I need a lie-down.

Schiavone Made Some Big Match Announcements

Tony Schiavone talked about AEW Dynamite next week, where Sammy Guevara and Scorpio Sky would face each other for the TNT Championship. He announced the winner would take on Wardlow at St. Patrick’s Day Slam. Schiavone also said that Leyla Hirsch and Thunder Rosa would do battle on Wednesday, and the winner would take on Britt Baker for the title at St. Patrick’s Day Slam.

Tornado Trios Match: A.H.F.O. (Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, & Andrade El Idolo) W/ Jose the Assistant vs Sammy Guevara, Sting, & Darby Allin

Allin ran out and charged at Andrade as everyone else fought all over the ring and surrounding area. Jose hit Allin with the tablet, so Sting grabbed him and sat him on a chair with a trash can over his head. Allin hit a speeding Tope Suicida on Jose, then Andrade hit Allin with the tablet. Andrade dropped Guevara onto the guard rail. Allin and Guevara hit a double suplex on Andrade as Sting took out Hardy and Kassidy in the ring. Allin hit multiple Coffin Splashes on Hardy and Kassidy. Guevara hit a cutter on Kassidy as Andrade hit a dropkick into the trashcan at Sting. Andrade stomped on Allin and took out Guevara as Hardy hit him with the Twist of Fate. Sting battled Hardy at ringside as Allin dodged an attack from the top rope by Andrade. Mark Quen came out of nowhere and threw a steel chair at Guevara as he stood on the top turnbuckle, then headed outside. Guevara launched Quen over the guard rail and tried to do the same to Kassidy, but he held on and hit him with a spinning DDT thanks to the assist by Quen. Sting, Hardy, Andrade, and Allin took the fight into the crowd. The Butcher and The Blade came out and attacked Allin and Sting. The Butcher swung Allin into the barricades. Guevara and Kassidy battled on the high staging area, as Guevara hit a Spanish Fly through two tables. An absolutely insane spot there, with Kassidy looking completely out of it. Back in the crowds, Sting fought back against The Butcher and The Blade but struggled. Hardy hit a low blow on him, then took him up the stairs deep into the fans. Andrade and Allin battled below them. It ended with Sting diving off the barricades and onto Andrade through two tables stacked on top of each other. It was insane. Back in the ring, Hardy smashed a chair across Allin’s back. Allin landed a Scorpion Death Drop through the chair, then a Coffin Drop to pick up the victory. That was amazing. All six men were amazing, and as Excalibur said, words can’t do this match justice. Utter brilliance.

AEW World Championship Match: Adam Cole vs “Hangman” Adam Page (C)

Hangman started strongly with some big strikes and a short-arm lariat. Cole left the ring, so Hangman dropkicked him through the ropes. Hangman continued to build momentum by sending Cole into the guard rails twice. He landed a running boot on Cole’s head as he rested on the apron. Hangman attempted a powerbomb through the ringside table, but Cole escaped and sent Hangman into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Cole choked Hangman with his boot, then hit his neckbreaker to the knee signature move. He drove elbows into Hangman’s neck and continued to beat down Hangman. Hangman landed a big boot and put Cole on his shoulders, but Cole escaped and hit a big backstabber from mid-air. Cole talked trash as Hangman fought back, but Cole hit a kick to Hangman’s gut. Cole went for Panama Sunrise, but Hangman booted him on the way down. Hangman hit a fallaway slam and a clothesline off the turnbuckle and onto the apron. Outside the ring, Hangman powerbombed Cole onto the apron, then landed an Orihara Moonsault off the top turnbuckle. Cole was able to connect with an Enzuigiri through the ropes and a backstabber until Hangman countered his next move with a Liger Bomb. Hangman went for a moonsault, but Cole superkicked his face in mid-air. Hangman hit Dead Eye after Cole missed the superkick, however, he could only get a two-count. They traded blows until Cole hit a pump kick and a superkick. Hangman hit a rolling elbow and went for a lariat, but Cole countered with a crossface. Cole whipped Hangman’s arm and sent him face-first into the apron. Hangman landed a Tombstone in the middle of the ring, but Cole kicked out. Once again, they traded blows on their knees. Cole hit a pump kick and Hangman hit a German suplex. Cole landed a neckbreaker to the knee as Hangman kicked out of the count. Cole attempted Panama Sunrise, but Hangman climbed up the turnbuckle and connected with a spinning overhead slam. reDRagon ran out and distracted the champ as Cole superkicked him from behind. Cole then landed Panama Sunrise on the floor off the apron. Cole went for Panama Sunrise in the ring and missed. reDRagon got on the apron as Cole hit a low blow followed by Panama Sunrise and the Boom, but Hangman kicked out. Cole superkicked Hangman twice as he was on his knees. He went for the Boom, but Hangman hit a lariat. He went for the Buckshot Lariat, but Cole countered with a superkick. reDRagon grabbed the timekeeper’s table and put it next to the apron, but Hangman was able to hit Dead Eye through the table. The Dark Order ran out to check on Hangman as Cole lay motionless. reDRagon and The Dark Order went at each other as Hangman threw Cole into the ring. He got on the apron and connected with the Buckshot Lariat, but Cole was able to put his fingers on the bottom rope. Hangman wrapped his belt around Cole’s hand and the top rope, then delivered three superkicks. Cole was able to hit a superkick and free himself, but ate another Superkick from Hangman. Page hit the Boom and another Buckshot Lariat to pick up the win to retain the title. Both Adam’s were great, and it was a strong finish to a fantastic PPV. One more successful defence as World Champion, despite reDRagon trying to intervene. Hangman being the gentleman he is shook Cole’s hand as he lay flat out on the mat. I’m not sure how AEW top this. Amazing from start to finish. I’m going to take that much-needed lie down now.

Match of the Night: CM Punk vs MJF

Best in Show: CM Punk

Overall Rating: ****½

All images and videos courtesy of AEW – Very special thanks to Fite TV for the captures

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