Cody, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Adam Page (The Elite) promised a wrestling revolution in 2019.
And so far, they’ve delivered on that bold proclamation. Their first champions were crowned, independent wrestling stars got to perform on a major stage and Wednesday nights became all the better for it. Now in its second year of existence, All Elite Wrestling is ready to build upon the solid foundation produced in its debut year. And come February 29, AEW will come back to PPV with Revolution. All the titles will be on the line and hopefully, we’ll be treated a shocking debut or two (Brian Cage and Brodie Lee, perhaps?). Now seems like the perfect time to take a look at the PPV card and predict who’ll come out on top for every matchup.
So let’s take a look at every exciting bout that’s set to come our way once AEW Revolution gets rolling.
SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (with Christopher Daniels) vs. The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) (with Alex Reynolds and John Silver)
Predictions & Winners: Where’s Christopher Daniels been lately? And what’s he been up to? Signs are pointing to him being the one working behind the scenes as The Dark Order’s “Exalted One.” While it would make storyline sense for him to step in as their new leader and leave his SCU brothers behind, it’s clear to me that Daniels won’t go for the obvious route and align himself with the cult heel stable.
During the closing moments of this bout, it will look like he’ll ditch Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky. But in the end, he’ll stick with his boys and rebel against Evil Uno and Stu Grayson. However, the true “Exalted One” will make his grand debut here and push his stable towards victory. Who will that mystery leader be, you ask? It’s most likely going to Brodie Lee aka the man formerly known as Luke Harper.
Pac vs. Orange Cassidy
Predictions & Winner: The world’s laziest yet most lovable wrestler is finally competing in his first AEW match. After months and months of hands in pockets antics, “Freshly Squeezed” Orange Cassidy is actually going to try this time. His foe comes in the form of the relentless bastard known as Pac, who’s fresh off of a heated feud with Kenny Omega. Pac’s mean streak has already been established, but his recent Iron Man Match loss to Omega has put him over the edge. After Orange got in his face afterward and taunted him (silently, I might add), Pac decked him and got this new feud rolling.
There are two big factors that make this match’s winner unpredictable – Pac needing a comeback win after losing to Kenny and Orange also needing a win in order to commemorate his first match in AEW. This one could go either way – Pac’s higher on the AEW totem pole, but Orange’s overwhelming popularity has pushed him to a level that’s equal to Pac’s stature. I love Orange to death, but I think this match is being used to give Pac a major rebound victory in order to rebuild him after being on the losing end of his feud with Kenny. But if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that Orange is going to try as hard as he can and probably get the biggest pops of the night.
Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara
Predictions & Winner: Darby Allin is a vengeful soul. After the Inner Circle took it upon themselves to severely injure his throat with his own skateboard, Darby saw fit to seek out retribution against one of its cockiest members – Sammy Guevara. The self-proclaimed “Spanish God” has been one of the more underrated highlights of AEW Dyanmite lately – his hilarious clipboard promos during commercial breaks, infectious character work, and quality matches against all sorts of talents have pushed him up the company ladder. Darby’s been a hit amongst the crowd since day one thanks to his magnetic personality, daredevil approach to professional wrestling and unique appearance.
This grudge match should be a good one. Both individuals are on the smaller side and are capable of moving at a fast pace from start to finish. It’s about time Darby and Sammy got the PPV spotlight placed on them if you ask me. I think AEW wants to keep building on the huge grassroots following he’s garnered from the AEW fanbase with a major PPV win – that win will come courtesy of this matchup. Sammy will put up a good fight, no doubt. But Darby’s going to risk it all in order to finally take down one of his most hated foes.
Adam Page and Kenny Omega (c) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (AEW World Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: The Elite’s fracturing relationship has been brewing for a while now. Adam Page has disassociated himself from the very same group he chose to align himself with in order to begin a new wrestling revolution. It’s pretty easy to see that Page hasn’t been too keen on sharing the spotlight with the rest of The Elite lately – every time he and his tag team partner Kenny Omega interacts with The Young Bucks, Page always looks uncomfortable and not in the mood for their antics. That visible dissension between Page and his former stablemates has led to this and I’m expecting this match to lead to Page further distancing himself from his former brothers.
All four of the men involved in this bout are known for giving the crowd a barnburner against anyone and everyone they face. For that reason alone, I’m super excited to see how this match unfolds. Even though Page and Omega have only held the titles for just a few weeks, I still think their reign will come to a short unfortunate end here. I get the feeling that Page’s hard feelings towards The Elite clique will resurface here and cause him to verbally lash out at his own partner after some miscommunication springs up. Matt and Nick Jackson will capitalize on this moment and end up taking the titles, which will lead to Page finally breaking loose from Omega and The Bucks. Afterward, Page vs. Omega will finally erupt in the weeks to come.
Nyla Rose (c) vs. Kris Statlander (AEW Women’s World Championship)
Predictions & Winner: “The Native Beast” finally did something she should have done the first time she was given the chance to do it – beat Riho and claim the AEW Women’s World Championship. While Riho has competed in a few matches that I actually enjoyed, I wasn’t a huge fan of her title reign. Due to her commitments in her native country of Japan, she was unable to defend her title on a regular basis. Now that we have a titleholder who can compete on AEW Dynamite more often, things are finally looking up for AEW’s women’s division. Nyla running roughshod as the unstoppable champion is something I’m super intrigued to see play out.
One of the women who’s been notching big wins and moving up the division ladder is the lovable extraterrestrial known as Kris Statlander. In recent weeks, she’s captured the crowd’s attention through her impressive in-ring efforts and signature nose “boop.” This title opportunity has been well earned and I can’t wait to see these two powerhouses go head to head. So here’s the thing – Nyla just captured the AEW Women’s World Championship, plus Kris is still too hot of a commodity to hand a clean loss to. I think we’re going to get a situation where the egocentric dentist known as Britt Baker interferes and costs Kris the match. Britt’s jealousy will cause her to trip up Kris at some point, which will lead to Nyla capitalizing and retaining her championship prize.
MJF (with Wardlow) vs. Cody (with Arn Anderson)
Predictions & Winner: Talk about a feud that’s been built up in the best ways possible. It all started at Full Gear when MJF chose to disown his mentor mere moments after he threw in the towel for him and cost him his championship match against Chris Jericho. MJF finally owned up to his heelish ways and stepped out on his own to establish his own legacy. Episodes of AEW Dynamite have seen both men engage in heated promos, which have led to public lashings and a bloody Steel Cage affair between Cody and Wardlow. Now that all of MJF’s roadblocks have been bypassed, Cody will finally get his hands on his former best friend in a match that I’m sure will get “colorful.”
This one’s going to be an old school encounter full of the usual theatrics Cody’s matches are known for. Outside interference from Wardlow and Arn Anderson will erupt at some point, a ref knockdown will transpire and Cody will probably repay MJF some belt lashings of his own. The madness that will erupt during this feud ender will most likely get the biggest reactions of the evening. After everything that’s been done and said to Cody, it only makes sense for him to overcome it all and finally vanquish MJF. That’s the exact outcome I’m predicting here. The babyface that’s been through hell and back will claim a much-deserved victory.
Jake Hager vs. Dustin Rhodes
Predictions & Winner: Man…talk about long-term booking. Jake Hager’s the man responsible for smashing Dustin Rhodes’ hand in between a car door. That brutal moment took place during the build-up to Cody’s AEW World Championship match with Chris Jericho at Full Gear. Since then, Dustin’s fury has grown exponentially and caused him to continue going at members of the Inner Circle after Cody’s loss to Jericho. The man formerly known as Jack Swagger hasn’t competed in the ring yet in AEW, but he’s played his part well as Jericho’s silent yet immensely terrifying MMA bodyguard. He’ll finally make his AEW in-ring debut against Dustin in a match I’m sure will be better than expected.
Dustin hasn’t lost a step yet at his old age and has been putting on quality performances in tag team bouts alongside his brother and across the ring from guys like Sammy Guevara. Hager’s a big brute who’ll probably deliver an inspired performance now that he’s in a non-WWE setting. Hager’s clearly the man being built up to look like a monster who’ll be wearing championship gold in the near future, so I can see him making Dustin submit during their grudge match. Dustin will put in an expectedly awesome performance here, but he’ll still go down in defeat to the Inner Circle’s unstoppable MMA roadblock.
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Jon Moxley (AEW World Championship)
Predictions & Winner: “Le Champion” has been running wild as AEW World Champion since August 31, 2019. Ever since it kicked off, Chris Jericho’s title reign has been responsible for producing some of the more memorable segments and matches in AEW. Jericho runs around with a formidable stable (Inner Circle) and has come out on the winning end during fun feuds with Kenny Omega, Scorpio Sky and even Cody. After a series of #1 contender tournament bouts, we finally got treated to a new hero who’s ready to step up to the challenge of Jericho – AEW’s resident wild man, Jon Moxley. Moxley turned the tables on Jericho when he attempted to add him to his Inner Circle by smashing a champagne bottle over his head and stealing the keys to a super expensive ride. This beef has entered a higher plateau of hate. And with the title on the line, I’m expecting something grand here.
Since Jericho has been running with the championship for a lengthy amount of time, I think now’s the best time for him to drop it to a worthy individual. And there’s no one better to defeat him for it than Moxley. Moxley has racked up a ton of victories and gotten the crowd behind him every step of the way. Moxley is in the midst of a winning streak and the best way to cap it off is for him to finally capture AEW’s top prize. I can totally envision Moxley beating back the repeated interference of the Inner Circle by finally employing some outside help and landing a final Paradigm Shift to lay Jericho out for the 1-2-3.