Wednesday, May 25, 2022

AEW Revolution 2022

You know... it just occurred to me that I have yet to comment on the AEW Revolution PPV that took place back in March. So let's rectify that because I need a primer before I jump into Double Or Nothing this weekend, which is looking to be a banger of a PPV.

So did this, by the way. And no, there was no exploding bomb in this one. Then again, there wasn't one in the last show, but at least they didn't advertise it this time around.

Eddie Kingston defeated Chris Jericho via submission in a great showcase of fisticuffs and violence mixed in with a bit of clean wrestling for good measure. Of course, this would lead to Jericho turning his back on his former Inner Circle dudes to form another Jericho Appreciation Society, whose whole purpose is to be sports-entertainers. Cool, whatever. How about you become stars that'll be big ratings draws, instead? AEW could use more of those.

AEW Tag-Team Chapions JE (Jungle Jack Boy Perry Mason and Luchasaurus) defeated Bobby Fish/Kyle O'Reilly and the Young Fucks to retain the titles in a pretty good tag match.

Wardlow wins the Face Of The Revolution ladder over five other dudes. It's a ladder match with six dudes. The little dudes do their things. The big dudes do their things. That's all there is. I'm numb to the whole thing.

TBS Champion Jade Cargill defeated Tay Conti to retain the title. This was a thing that happened and could've been done on Dynamite, but they put it on PPV because they had a hole to fill or something. Largely inoffensive. Jade's Jade costume was a banger, though, and that makes it worth it.

CM Punk defeated MJF in a dog collar match that lived up to expectations. It was brutal, it was bloody, it was not the prettiest thing to look at. The finish was long overdue; MJF called for Wardlow, who doesn't know where he put MJF's gimmick ring until after MJF is knocked out. He leaves the ring on the canvas, allowing Punk to hit poor Max with his own ring for the pin. This obstensibly ends the Punk/MJF feud, pushing the latter towards a feud with his former bodyguard while Punk is seemingly on his way to World title feud with Adam.

AEW Women's Champion Britt Baker defeated Thunder Rosa to retain the title. At the time, people questioned the finish, but then a couple weeks later, Rose would win the title in a steel cage match on Dynamite. Even in hindsight, I kind of wish they had done the switch on the PPV because it felt like such a letdown. Sure, there was no way they could follow the last match (nor should they have tried, to be honest), but a title win would've gone a long way.

Jon Moxley defeated Bryan Danielson in another EXCELLENT professional wrestling match followed by more fighting... and then William Regal shows up and slaps some sense into these two ingrates before telling them to shake hands. They would form the Blackpool Combat Club a couple days later on Dynamite and provide us with lots of wonderful TV-suitable violence.

Sammy Guevara, Sting & Darby Allin defeated Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy & Andrade in a fun little six man. Yes, this is the match where 60-year-old Sting dove off a balcony through some tables to take ou the Private Party or something... it's a telling sign when a buckle bomb into the post put this guy out of action for YEARS and yet a crazy bump like this is something he could just walk off.

Putting my hindsight cap back on, the following Dynamite, Andrade and crew turns on poor Matt Hardy, who is saved by the debuting Jeff Hardy, fresh off his unusual WWE exit of sorts.

AEW World Champion Hangman Adam Page defeated Adam Cole to retain the title... when the only memorable thing about this match was the crowd trying to be clever with their chants (Let's go Adam, Adam Sucks, We Want Adam, etc), it's time to reconsider your main event feud. Oh, don't get me wrong; this was a great match and both guys are really good at what they do, but I honestly wasn't feeling this one and only serves to reinforce the need to have your top AEW champion beat the guy who was the top champion on the developmental brand.

(Yes, it took me months to finally finish that fucking sentence. Bite me.)

Yeah, so that was Revolution 2022; another solid AEW PPV outing, but not one without its warts and not quite as good as that ROH Supershow thing. Still, if you crave violence and bloody murder, this is the show for you, I suppose.

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