Welcome back to Sports Obsessive. It’s Sunday, March 7th. You know what that means. All Elite Wrestling returns to pay-per-view tonight for AEW Revolution, live from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The event is set to take place at 8pm EST, with a pre-show beginning at 7pm.
There are eight matches booked for the card, highlighted by AEW Champion Kenny Omega defending against former champ John Moxley in an exploding barbed wire death match. Sting will also be making his return to the ring and a new challenger to Darby Allin’s TNT championship will be crowned in the Face of the Revolution ladder match. AEW has also promised a huge signing that has the wrestling community buzzing.
As always, our staff has put together their best predictions for what will go down tonight at AEW’s newest pay-per-view event. Jon, Chris and Gerard have each taken a stab at predicting the outcomes of each matchup as well as who they think the new big singing will be. Read along to see if you agree with their selections.
Riho and Thunder Rosa vs. Britt Baker and Rebel
Jon: This doesn’t feel like a pre-show match, which maybe makes it the perfect pre-show match. Usually these are thrown together matches that the audience doesn’t really care about. This should be a really good one that advances the story between Rosa and Baker. I think Riho and Thunder Rosa pick up the victory here.
Chris: I still can’t believe that a) the match here isn’t Rosa vs. Baker one on one, and b) that said match was given away on free TV when it has money written all over it. Still, I think Rosa will get a measure of revenge by taking a win over Baker and Reba here.
Gerard: It looks like Rebel will be replaced for this match with a partner of Baker’s choosing. But no matter who it is, I can still see Riho and Thunder Rosa picking up the victory here. It’ll give Riho a win on her return to the US and a win for Thunder Rosa will further the feud with Britt Baker. This should be a great buy-in match.
Jon: Riho and Thunder Rosa
Chris: Riho and Thunder Rosa
Gerard: Riho and Thunder Rosa
Casino Tag Team Royale
Jon: Yawn. This is one of my complaints with AEW. They will run this type of match into the ground rather than switching things up a little bit. I’ll stick to conventional wisdom and pick PAC and Ray Fenix to walk away with the ‘W’ and future tag team title shot.
Chris: If there’s any justice in the world, PAC and Rey Fenix will win this one. So let’s go with them.
Gerard: I can’t see anyone but Fenix and PAC winning this one. They’ve looked like absolute monsters recently and I think it’s a great time to push them to that next level. I think a tag title reign is on the horizon for these guys.
Jon: Ray Fenix and PAC
Chris: Ray Fenix and PAC
Gergard: Ray Fenix and PAC
Miro and Kip Sabian vs. Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor
Jon: Remember Miro? Turns out he’s still in AEW. You could be forgiven for forgetting about him, considering that they have absolutely no idea how to book him. He needs a win here in a big way. Let’s hope that AEW rights their previous wrongs with this one. Fingers crossed for Miro and Sabian.
Chris: I have literally no interest in this match. Say what you want about how WWE booked him, but AEW has killed Miro stone dead for me. I think he’ll lose here too, so that Chuck can get revenge for being Charles the Butler. The mind boggles.
Gergard: Miro needs a big win here, in my opinion. The start of his time in AEW wasn’t great, but I think things have really picked up for him recently. As much as I love Best Friends, I hope they continue to build Miro as the monster he’s capable of being. All four of these guys are well capable of putting a great match together, so this could be one of the surprises of the night.
Jon: Miro and Kip Sabian
Chris: Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor
Gerard: Miro and Kip Sabian
AEW Women’s Championship—Hikaru Shida vs. Ryo Mizunami
Jon: There is zero chance of Hikaru Shida dropping the belt tonight. This feels like a place holder for the winner of the Thunder Rosa vs Britt Baker feud. That’s the real match that needs to be made. Shida retains.
Chris: Realistically, I can’t see Shida passing the title to anyone but Britt or Rosa, so I think the champ retains here. But this should be one hell of a match.
Gerard: This is the most excited I’ve been for a Women’s Title match throughout the whole of Shida’s reign. The contender tournament was superb on both sides and Ryo Mizunami came out as the well-deserved winner after her excellent match with Nyla Rose this week. This could be the perfect chance to turn Shida heel, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. I think Shida will retain.
Jon: Hikaru Shida
Chris: Hikaru Shida
Gergard: Hikaru Shida
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Lance Archer vs. Max Caster vs. TBA
Jon: Anybody but Cody, please. I would love for Penta to come out with the victory, but my better judgement says not to go that route. It’ll probably be Sammy, but let’s go with someone that’s already in the match. In that case, I’m going to go with the Murderhawk Monster, Lance Archer.
Chris: This is a difficult one to call in that the TBA wrestler is an unknown variable. Something tells me that person is Sammy, but of course I don’t know that so I can’t call it. Out of the named entrants, I think Cody has the best shot of winning, but my money’s on TBA.
Gerard: I really, really want Penta to win this match, but I also want him to be the monster heel he was in Lucha Underground a few years back first. I think the winner will be whoever the mystery sixth man turns out to be. I think it’ll be either Sammy Guevara, Shawn Spears or possibly the debut of Ethan Page. I’d like to see something go Spears’ way for once so I’ll go for him. This should be a brilliant match regardless.
Jon: Lance Archer
Chris: Mystery Opponent
Gergard: Shawn Spears
Adam Page vs. Matt Hardy
Jon: Thank God that Matt Hardy changed his gimmick. The Broken gimmick doesn’t really do well without a crowd. Now, AEW just needs to figure out exactly what the hell it’s doing with Hangman. Hopefully they pick a story and stick with it coming out of this match. I’m picking the anxious millennial cowboy.
Chris: As much as I loved Broken Matt in Impact, it didn’t translate well to AEW. So I’m glad his current persona is actually proving to be so entertaining. I think Page will win here, with The Dark Order taking care of Private Party and The Hybrid 2.
Gergard: Adam Page has made me very happy recently. He’s finally realised the Dark Order love him and they’re all friends now. How nice. Big Money Matt Hardy, on the other hand, is about as carny as it gets. I think we’ll see Private Party and TH2 try to interfere, but be chased off by the Dark Order, before Hangman takes Hardy’s head off with the Buckshot Lariat. This is going to be Page’s year and I, for one, am very excited.
Jon: Adam Page
Chris: Adam Page
Gergard: Adam Page
AEW World Tag Team Championship match—Young Bucks vs. Chris Jericho and MJF
Jon: MJF AND CHRIS JERICHO are not a tag team. Can we please just fast forward past this and let them feud with each other, finally? There will be shenanigans. No doubt about it. Matt and Nick Jackson retain and The Inner Circle continues to crumble.
Chris: There’s two schools of thought here; either The Good Brothers will somehow cost The Bucks the match or Sammy will interfere, allowing The Bucks to retain. I think it’s too soon to take the belts off The Bucks, so I think they’ll get the nod here.
Gergard: I hate Chris Jericho, for non-wrestling reasons. But, by God do I love me some MJF. He’s one of the best damn heels in the business, but I hate the idea of him in a tag team. As long as the Bucks retain (for now), this is a match I don’t really care too much about.
Jon: Young Bucks
Chris: Young Bucks
Gergard: Young Bucks
Street Fight—Sting and Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage and Ricky Starks
Jon: We might actually get more from Sting than just staring and walking away. But what that entails is a really good question. I’m curious to see how this works out. There’s no way that the Icon and Darby don’t leave victorious.
Chris: There’s no way Sting is going to lose in his first AEW match. He already rode that train with WWE and Triple H. Expect Sting and Darby to get the win.
Gergard: I just want this feud to end. We’ve had the same segments for what feels like years now. Schiavone introduces Sting. Sting gets interrupted by Team Taz, looks upset, end of segment. We all know Sting and Darby are going to win this, so I just want it to end so Cage and Starks can do something worthwhile in singles action. And I want Sting to do something not Darby related. That’d be great.
Jon: Sting and Darby Allin
Chris: Sting and Darby Allin
Gergard: Sting and Darby Allin
AEW Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match—Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley
Jon: This match is either going to be awesome or a disaster. I don’t really see it falling anywhere in between, to be honest. Omega is too hot right now to lose and Moxley’s wife is about to have a baby. You do the math. The champ retains and sends Mox off for a little bit.
Chris: I can see this being the most divisive match of the evening, but I’m quite looking forward to it. Still, belt collector Kenny is not going to lose here. A loss here will give Mox a convenient on-screen reason to take paternity time with Renee.
Gergard: I’m not going to claim to have ever seen an Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match before, but I am very very excited for this. As someone whose favourite wrestler of all time is Mick Foley, this match is right up my alley. We all know Moxley has no limits to what he’ll do in a match, and I’m pretty sure Kenny Omega is the exact same. I’ll be surprised if either man can stand by the end of this match, but I think Kenny Omega will retain once again.
Jon: Kenny Omega
Chris: Kenny Omega
Gergard: Kenny Omega
Who Is The Big Mystery Signing?
Jon: Personally, I wouldn’t have announced this ahead of time. However, I do understand that AEW had a PPV to sell and this is the biggest news in the industry right now. I honestly don’t know it is going to be. My gut says Kurt Angle, but I’m not sure he has multiple years in him, unless they are as a non-active talent or behind the scenes in a developmental role.
Chris: This has created a lot of buzz, of course, and rightly so. The problem though is that the signing has to live up to the hype. I’m going to go slightly left.of field here and say Tessa Blanchard is going to be the signing.
Gerard: As for Paul Wight’s big signing, I have absolutely no idea who it’s going to be. After Tony Khan said it was one of his “All time favourites”, I’ve narrowed it down to either Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam or Bully Ray. In reality, these are just three of the guys I’d like to see. If I had to pick just one, then I’d go for…..Bully Ray…..I think.
So, what do you guys think about our predictions? Who do you think the mystery signee will be? Let us in the comments and on Twitter! Enjoy the show and make sure to keep checking back to Sports Obsessive for all of your pro-wrestling and sports news and analysis!