Welcome, one and all, to my first wrestling related post of the year. I wanted to get this one together because, honestly, I’ve missed doing the PPV prediction posts. And, given that I’ve actually kept up with the TV related to this one, I figured it was a good way to dive back in.
On paper, AEW Revolution should be an excellent show. There are a lot of strong pairings in the line-up, and the storylines going into the bigger matches have played out well. I’m also expecting some twists and turns along the way. So, let’s have a look and see what I think will happen.
SCU [w/Christopher Daniels] vs. The Dark Order [w/Alex Reynolds and John Silver]
The big thing coming into this one is that there’s a good chance that The Dark Order’s mysterious leader will be revealed. There have been a few obvious hints dropped that it will be Christopher Daniels, returning to his Fallen Angel gimmick. There have also been rumours that it could be Matt Hardy. I don’t think it will be Matt, because a) his contract won’t be up in time, and b) I don’t think the crowd would be willing to boo him. On top of that, the Daniel heel turn is so obvious, that I think AEW view going through with it as a swerve on the grounds that it’s so obvious the fans won’t expect it to happen.
The match itself should be fun. SCU can go, and while they haven’t shown their best yet, The Dark Order have a lot of talent. Just go back and look at some of their matches as the Super Smash Brothers to see what I mean. Regardless though, I predict a win for The Dark Order, with Daniels coming out as leader.
Pac vs. Orange Cassidy
So. I’m in the camp that enjoys the Orange Cassidy gimmick. I think that it’s fun, and Cassidy certainly does it well. We’ve been told that he’s going to try here. In an ideal world, this doesn’t reach the seven minute mark. What I think will happen is Cassidy will do this thing, and he’ll take his hands out of his pockets to make a comeback at some point. But…Pac will essentially murder him. He’s too big a star, by comparison, to give Cassidy too much here and, honestly, I don’t think Cassidy needs to get much in to maintain his popularity.
AEW Womens’ Title Match: Nyla Rose ( c ) vs. Kris Statlander
Stantlander’s rise to prominence pretty much came out of the blue. She should be a much better match for Nyla than Riho was, I think. I always felt like Riho never clicked for me, largely due to her inconsistent selling. Goofy alien gimmick aside, Kris has potential too. This has to be the Nyla show though. She’s a trans woman, which is a big deal, and seemingly quite divisive for some people. She’s also finally being built as a monster. Let’s be real here, the money match is not Nyla vs. Kris. It’s a PPV match at the end of a title feud between Nyla Rose and Awesome Kong. So, I see Kris fighting valiantly, but in the end, Nyla Rose retains.
Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara
Two breakout stars in the company clash head-on. Darby has had issues with Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle stable for a while now, so this one is logical. The thing is though, Sammy is the loss post for the group. He’s the one that will eat the pin more often than not. But it doesn’t matter because he does the arrogant youngster routine so well that people will pay to see him get beaten time and time again. Meanwhile, Darby is on the rise. This one will be competitive, but I fully expect Darby Allin to get the 1-2-3.
Jake Hager vs. Dustin Rhodes
Now, this is an interesting one. The former Jack Swagger and Goldust have actually had a heated rivalry built up for this one. This will be the first in-ring appearance in AEW for the Inner Circle’s bodyguard too. That should mean that he gets the win because a loss isn’t going to harm Dustin here, but…I think something else will happen. Jake needs to be seen as a real threat to anyone that steps in the ring with him. My guess is that Dustin Rhodes wins by DQ when Jake takes things too far. He’ll continue to beat Dustin down after the bell, we may even get a stretcher job, and Jake will take a clean loss in an eventual rematch,
AEW Tag Titles Match: Kenny Omega & Adam Page ( c ) vs. The Young Bucks
On paper, this one could go either way. While it’s expected that the Bucks will take the titles at some point, where this one gets complicated is in the in-fighting. All four were once part of The Elite. Page has been trying to step away from that, but his relationship with Omega means he’s stuck in it. I do expect there to be a heel turn here, and that’s going to be the key to it all. So, here’s what I think will happen.
The Young Bucks have been instigators in the in-fighting, largely due to their arrogance. There’s good cause there for them to feel bitter and decide to force people to accept them as the greatest tag team ever. So, during the match, we get a ref bump. During this time, The Young Bucks take Page out and get ready to finish him off with chairs. Kenny steps in to try to talk them down. They look at each other and smash Kenny. The ref wakes up in time to see The Young Bucks pin Kenny. The titles change hands, The Bucks turn heel, and Kenny and Page get on the same page.
Cody (w/Wardlow) vs. MJF (w/Arn Anderson)
Possibly the most heated matches on the card. The build-up to this has been phenomenal. MJF’s heel turn, the gloriously uncomfortable to watch ten lashes, all of it has been so good. I foresee Arn taking Wardlow out of the equation early on, allowing the two to just go at it. It’ll be played as personal, it’ll be rough, and in the end, Cody will win. The way it has built means he needs that win, while the loss won’t harm MJF.
AEW World Title Match: Chris Jericho ( c ) vs. Jon Moxley
This one too has been well built. Jericho was absolutely the right choice for the first champion, and you have to believe that Cody will be in the running again too, even with the stipulation of his loss to Jericho meaning he can’t. Right now though, there’s a very strong case to be made for Moxley. He’s a guy that I have been a fan off since his CZW days, and I’ve always seen the upside in him. In AEW, he’s looking like an absolute star.
While it would be fine for Jericho to retain the title, I feel like the only place for him to go after that would be a rematch with Darby Allin, then rushing the Cody rematch into being. Meanwhile, if Moxley takes the title, he has options in both Pac and MJF. My thinking is that Jericho drops the belt to Jon Moxley here and moves on to MJF, who uses his title shot to taunt Cody about losing the ability to have one, further building their rivalry.
So, those are my predictions. But what about yourselves? What do you think of the card, and who do you think will come out on top? Let me know in the comments below.