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The Main Event Podcast #94 – AEW Revolution 2022

All Elite Wrestling return to pay-per-view for the first time in 2022 with the hotly anticipated Revolution event. In the main event, it’s the Battle of the Adams as Page and Cole vie for the AEW World Championship. Elsewhere on the card, it’s CM Punk vs. MJF and the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match. Join Jez and Dan to go through it all on The Main Event Podcast.

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Pre-Show: “Legit” Leyla Hirsch vs. Kris Statlander

The opening contest on the Revolution Buy-In saw “Legit” Leyla Hirsch take on Kris Statlander. Early in the match, Statlander made the mistake of trying to fight a mat based match with Hirsch and, after being bounced off the steps outside the ring, found her limbs targeted by the submission specialist. Statlander fought back into the match where she could and almost picked up the win after a huge drop from the top rope. Frustrated by the nearfall, Statlander took her eye off the ball and found herself struck in the head with a spare turnbuckle mounting. Hirsch hit a Springboard Moonsault and pinned Statlander to pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Kris Statlander
Dan’s Pick: “Legit” Leyla Hirsch
Winner: “Legit” Leyla Hirsch
Jez 0 – Dan 1

Next up on the Buy-In, we were expecting to hear from a returning Kenny Omega but instead we were treated with his business advisor, Don Callis. Callis blamed the AEW fans for driving Omega to receive multiple injuries and have to wrestle through them. He shared his confidence that the Young Bucks would become World Tag Team Champions after tonight and that, without Kenny Omega around, Adam Cole would become a fantastic transitional champion for Omega when he walks back through the doors at AEW.

Pre-Show: Hook vs. QT Marshall

The next pre-show contest saw the leader of The Factory QT Marshall went one-on-one with Hook. Hook dominated the early part of the contest with the technical brawling style we’ve come to love from the ‘Handsome Devil’ and so Marshall tried to lure Hook out of the ring. Hook didn’t bite at first but, when he did, it backfired on QT as he fell victim to an Exploder Suplex on the floor. While QT Marshall did take control of the match for a brief period, he was surprised by Hook after he locked him in the Tazmission, forcing Marshall to tap out.

Jez’s Pick: Hook
Dan’s Pick: Hook
Winner: Hook
Jez 1 – Dan 2

Pre-Show: The House of Black vs. Pac, Penta Oscuro and Erick Redbeard

In the main event of the Revolution Buy-In, the team of Pac, Penta Oscuro and Erick Redbeard took on The House of Black – Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews. Pac and Black started the match but the pair quickly tagged out to Penta and Matthews, respectively. The pair fought frantically before tagging in the big men, Redbeard and King, who engaged in a battle of shoulder blocks. Meat collided with meat but neither man was able to take the other down. As you might have expected, the match did not remain a traditional six-man tag for very long and the action broke down all over the ringside area. Later in the match, after Penta Oscuro dropped Malakai Black on the apron with a Piledriver, he assumed that Black was the legal man. However, Buddy Matthews was legal and, after hitting a Kerb Stomp on Penta, got a nearfall. Redbeard came to the rescue and the House of Black attempted to triple team the big man. Redbeard was about to chokeslam the trio in succession but as he lifted up Black, he spewed the Black Mist into Erick’s face. Brody King followed this up with a Sitting Piledriver and Matthews picked up the pin and victory for the House of Black.

Jez’s Pick: House of Black
Dan’s Pick: Penta, Pac and Redbeard
Winner: House of Black
Jez 2 – Dan 2

Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Kingston

The Revolution pay-per-view kicked off with the brawl between Chris Jericho and Eddie Kingston. The pair wasted no time getting into it and Kingston immediately nailed Jericho with the Half and Half Suplex, immediately sending the Demo God giddy. There was an element of Jericho playing possum here though and, once back in the ring, he went on the offensive, targeting the head of Kingston with precision right hands to the forehead. As the match progressed, the evil brilliance of Jericho was on display as he used manoeuvres that repeatedly dropped Kingston on his neck and shoulder. He locked in the Walls of Jericho but Kingston dragged himself to the bottom rope to break the hold. Jericho didn’t show any intelligence here, though, as he got into it with referee Aubrey Edwards rather than go for the kill. This allowed Kingston to get back into the match and pick up a nearfall after a series of Side Suplexes and a Spinning Back Fist. Jericho hit a pair of Codebreakers but still Jericho procrastinated and in going for the Judas Effect, he waited to long. Kingston hit another pair of Back Fists on Jericho and locked in the Stretch Plum, forcing Jericho to submit. After the match, Kingston tried to have Jericho make good on his promise to shake his hand if he beats him but Jericho walked away instead.

Jez’s Pick: Eddie Kingston
Dan’s Pick: Chris Jericho
Winner: Eddie Kingston
Jez 3 – Dan 2

AEW World Tag Team Championship – Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) (c) vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)

In the first championship match of the night, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus defended their AEW World Tag Team Championship against reDRagon and The Young Bucks. Jungle Boy and Kyle O’Reilly started the match before Kyle tagged in his partner, Bobby Fish. ReDRagon worked with The Young Bucks to keep Luchasaurus out of the match for as long as possible which was a successful tactic for a while but even when the big man did break into the match, it was still a 4-on-2 disadvantage for the champions. The partnership between the Bucks and ReDRagon was tested when each team went for pinfall attempts which allowed Luchasaurus back into the match to take down all four of his opponents with chokeslams and flying dinosaur manoeuvres. Jurassic Express hit Doomsday Device but only picked up a two count. After The Young Bucks and ReDRagon came to blows, the match became a little more evenly fought. Matt Jackson tried to bring a title belt into the ring but Kyle O’Reilly stole it and, after hitting Jungle Boy between the eyes with it, got a nearfall. Jungle Boy fought back against all of his opponents and, with an assist from Luchasaurus, the pair hit the Jurassic Express on Jackson to collect a hard fought 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: Jurassic Express
Dan’s Pick: ReDragon
Winner: Jurassic Express
Jez 4 – Dan 2

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

The next action packed contest at Revolution was the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match with Keith Lee, Orange Cassidy, Powerhouse Hobbs, Ricky Starks, Wardlow and Christian Cage all vying to earn themselves a future TNT Championship opportunity. As a Sonic the Hedgehog style ring hung high above the competitors, the highlights of the early portion of the match included a meeting of the three big men – Lee, Hobbs and Wardlow – and Orange Cassidy getting his trademark lazy stuff in whilst trying to climb a ladder with his hands in his pockets. Cassidy also had a good moment where he used the ladder to helicopter blade down his opponents but when Wardlow and Keith Lee intervened, Cassidy was forced to skin the cat to the top of the horizontal ladder to try and escape. This backfired on him when the pair shook the ladder and crotched Cassidy between the rungs of the ladder. With all six men in the ring, two ladders became packed with humanity but one by one they all fell, leaving Wardlow and Powerhouse Hobbs reaching for the ring. The pair fought and came crashing down but recovered quickly to square off once again with Keith Lee, who was fresh off yeeting Orange Cassidy out of the ring. The three big men fought up the ramp and up to the commentary position. As Lee and Hobbs struggled against each other, Wardlow took a running start and launched the two men off the stage and through a table. Wardlow made his way back to the ring where he thwarted the climb of Ricky Starks with a powerbomb onto a ladder before reaching up and claiming the brass ring to become the NEW Face of the Revolution.

Jez’s Pick: Wardlow
Dan’s Pick: Keith Lee
Winner: Wardlow
Jez 5 – Dan 2

Before the next match, Tony Schiavone took to the ramp to introduce a new signing to AEW. After flashing a contract to the camera that very clearly said SWERVE on it in big letters, he introduced Shane “Swerve” Strickland. Swerve said he was looking forward to the competition in AEW and asked the audience whose house it was.

AEW TBS Championship – Jade Cargill (c) vs. Tay Conti

Another championship contest came next when Tay Conti challenged the undefeated TBS Champion, Jade Cargill, for her gold. Played to the ring by Cristone “Kingfish” Ingram and dressed as Jade from Mortal Kombat, Jade Cargill kissed Conti to start the match. Perhaps a kiss of death foreshadowing what was to come, Cargill made light work of her opponent despite Conti becoming enraged by the TBS Champion’s mocking of her martial arts background. Cargill also took out Anna Jay with a big pump kick at ringside and kicked out of a rollup despite Jay getting revenge with a steel chair behind the official’s back. Conti gave Cargill her best effort and picked up a few nearfalls of her own but once Cargill had plucked her from the top rope and delivered Jaded, it was all over for the challenger. Jade Cargill pinned the Brazilian to remain undefeated and the TBS Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Jade Cargill
Dan’s Pick: Jade Cargill
Winner: Jade Cargill
Jez 6 – Dan 3

Dog Collar Match – CM Punk vs. MJF

The next match was perhaps the most anticipated of the pay-per-view when MJF took on CM Punk in a Dog Collar Match. Punk came to the ring dressed in classic attire and to his old Ring of Honor entrance music before he was shackled to Friedman and the match began. Punk dragged MJF towards him with the chain, catching him against the ring ropes on multiple occasions, choking him. MJF got himself back into the match by reopening the laceration he created on the forehead of CM Punk last week on Dynamite. MJF took to the mic to encourage Punk to quit but Punk suggested he eat s**t instead. Max climbed the ropes and shouted at the crowd on the mic but Punk yanked on the chain and brought him crashing to the mat, destroying the momentum he had created. Punk, now bleeding profusely, went for the kill, crushing the fingers of Friedman in the chain and going for Go to Sleep. MJF broke out of the move by jamming a finger in the open wound of Punk and looked to pass him out with a Sleeper Hold. Punk survived and soon locked in a submission of his own, the Anaconda Vice, but MJF rolled it into a pinfall attempt that forced Punk to break the hold. Punk maintained control of the match for a time and went for his Diving Elbow from the top rope. MJF moved aside and went under the ring for a bag of thumbtacks. Max hit Punk’s own knee on CM Punk and was going for his Bulldog into the tacks when Punk bit the hand of MJF and broke free. Punk wouldn’t avoid the tacks for long, though, as MJF would Superplex the Second City Saint into them. MJF called for Wardlow to come from the back and the big man searched his pockets for the Dynamite Diamond Ring but could not find it. CM Punk surprised Friedman with a GTS and Max fell into the tacks. Wardlow then miraculously found Max’s ring, place it on the ring apron near Punk, and walked away. Punk put the ring on, flipped MJF the bird and nailed MJF square between the eyes before making the cover and picking up a bloody, brutal victory.

Jez’s Pick: CM Punk
Dan’s Pick: CM Punk
Winner: CM Punk
Jez 7 – Dan 4

AEW Women’s World Championship – Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Thunder Rosa

With a brand new AEW Women’s World Championship belt in tow, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. defended her title against Thunder Rosa. The match began on the mat with the two women exchanging holds and counter-holds. As the match progressed, we saw Jamie Hayter get involved from ringside, as is often the case in Baker championship defences, but Thunder Rosa kept fighting. Baker was handed her single black glove, suggesting that she was ready to deliver Lockjaw, but Rosa struck fast and delivered a Superplex to bring down the champion. Rosa fought to keep the champion down but she was countered regularly and almost locked into Lockjaw twice. Rosa hit a Tombstone Piledriver and went for the win but Rebel (not Reba) distracted the referee, preventing the count. With the ref still distracted, Baker hit a Kerb Stomp onto her championship belt but only managed a two count. Rosa locked in a Straight Jacket submission but once again Rebel took the official’s attention. Rosa had had enough and took Rebel out with a Spear through the ropes but when she returned to the ring, Baker hit another surprise Kerb Stomp and picked up the 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: Britt Baker
Dan’s Pick: Britt Baker
Winner: Britt Baker
Jez 8 – Dan 5

Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson

The next match was another match that looked to steal the show as Jon Moxley took on Bryan Danielson. As the crowd chanted “We Want Violence”, the two men felt each other out. Mox was gracious enough to give Bryan a free right hand to the face but responded with two harder hits of his own. The strikes only got harder between the two men as the match continued. As the match spilled outside of the ring, the pair opened up with Headbutts. Both men were busted open by this barrage but Moxley found his wound was a gusher and his face became a crimson mask. Danielson exploited this with right hands and stiff knees and eventually went for the win with the Labell Lock but Mox reached the ropes. Bryan grabbed the arms of Moxley to deliver his stomps to the face but Mox rolled over and the pair had to exchange kicks to the chest instead. Moxley got the best of this and locked in the Bulldog Choke but Bryan escaped and hit the Psycho Knee for a two count. Bryan locked in a Triangle Choke and was close to submitting Mox but he rolled over and Bryan found himself in a pinning position. The referee counted three and handed Jon Moxley the victory in some extremely dubious circumstances. Bryan got in the referee’s face before the fight continued. As the pair brawled, William Regal came down the ramp and broke up the two men. He slapped some sense into both men and encouraged them to shake hands which, reluctantly, they did.

Jez’s Pick: Jon Moxley
Dan’s Pick: Jon Moxley
Winner: Jon Moxley
Jez 9 – Dan 6

A.H.F.O. (Andrade El Ídolo, Isiah Kassidy and Matt Hardy) vs. Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and Sting

The next contest was a tornado trios match with Andrade El Ídolo, Isiah Kassidy and Matt Hardy taking on Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara, and Sting. After a long entrance video package, Allin’s team wasted no time in starting the match and the brawl was on around the outside of the ring. With no disqualifications in the match, the weapons were swinging early. The first two men to make it into the ring were Matt Hardy and Sting. Kassidy soon joined Hardy and so Sting took care of both men with a trash can. This battle eventually spilled into the crowd where the Butcher and the Blade were laying in wait to take out Sting and Darby Allin. Hardy dragged Sting up into the bleachers and tried to throw The Icon off and through some stacked tables but when Allin placed Andrade on top of the tables, Sting dived off and drove El Ídolo through the stack to the ground. Meanwhile, on the stage, Marq Quen joined Isiah Kassidy to try and take out Sammy Guevara but the TNT Champion took Kassidy and drove him through tables with a Spanish Fly from on top of the tunnels. Back in the ring, Allin and Hardy fought using a chair. After Allin hit a Scorpion Death Drop while the chair was wrapped around Hardy, he followed up with a Coffin Drop and picked up the win for his team.

Jez’s Pick: Allin/Guevara/Sting
Dan’s Pick: Allin/Guevara/Sting
Winner: Allin/Guevara/Sting
Jez 10 – Dan 7

AEW World Championship – “Hangman” Adam Page (c) vs. Adam Cole

In his fourth defence of the AEW World Championship, “Hangman” Adam Page defended against Adam Cole (Bay Bay) in the main event. As the match began, the pair seemed content to fight at ringside. This worked in favour of the champion at first but it wasn’t long before he was on the receiving end of two tosses into the ring steps at the hands of his challenger. Back in the ring, Cole continued to wear down Page, also arguing with the referee about the length of a rope break. Cole got a little too cocky and rather than go for the kill and the championship, Cole opted to shout into the face of Page and inform him that he would never beat him. Page answered this with a big slap to the face and started to shift control of the match his way. Momentum shifted back and forth as the crowd chanted “This is Adam” and “Fight Forever”, and both men secured several close nearfalls. On the top rope, Cole went for an Avalanche Panama Sunrise but after Page countered it, ReDRagon made their way to ringside to provide a distraction. Cole hit Panama Sunrise on the floor outside the ring and put the AEW Champ back in the ring for another nearfall. Cole followed up with another Sunrise and a knee to the back of the head but Hangman kicked out again. O’Reilly and Fish set up a table at ringside but it was Cole that found himself put through it with a Deadeye from the ring apron. This also brought the Dark Order to ringside and a brawl took ReDRagon away from the ring. With the distractions neutralised, Page hit the Buckshot Lariat but Cole touched the ropes to break the count. Hangman delivered a Cole-esque knee to the back of the head and nailed another Buckshot to pick up the 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: Adam Page
Dan’s Pick: Adam Page
Winner: Adam Page
Jez 11 – Dan 8

Final Rating

Dan awards 3.5 out of 5 Massive William Regal Slaps
Jez also awards 3.5 out of 5 Massive William Regal Slaps

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