AEW Revolution 2021 is almost upon us and the show is shaping up to be a must-see event after a rather wild go-home show on Dynamite this past Wednesday. The Young Bucks will defend their Tag Team titles against MJF and Chris Jericho of The Inner Circle, the Casino Tag Team match will decide the future #1 contenders for the AEW tag belts, Hangman Adam Page looks to put a stop to Matt Hardy’s predatory managing, the Face of the Revolution ladder match will decide the future #1 contender for the AEW World Championship, and Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega are quite possibly going to kill one another in the first ever exploding barbed wire deathmatch to grace AEW.
Our panel of experts will take you through each match on the card with their predictions. The AEW Revolution 2021 Buy-In pre-show starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be available for free through the B/R Live streaming service. The show proper begins at 8 p.m. EST and is available through the B/R Live streaming service, at a cost of $49.99, and you can also watch the event via the traditional PPV cable provider service for the price of $49.99.
Riho and Thunder Rosa vs. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Rebel
Darius: I heard a little moment on Dynamite where they sort of teased that Baker says Nyla injured Rebel and that Baker might have to replace her on the day of the show. I don’t know how to plan for that, though, and all I do know is that Baker and Rosa’s beef is far from over, so in order for it to keep going strong, Rosa is going to have to pin someone here. I can’t see her pinning a debuting woman (I don’t know; let’s say Ashley Vox from NWA), nor do I see her outright pinning Britt, so for this to work out, they’ve got to have Rosa go ahead and pin Rebel-not-Reba.
Winner: Riho and Thunder Rosa
Ryan: It’s entirely possible they leverage Reba/Rebel’s injury for a nice baby-face win for Riho and Thunder Rosa here. In fact, that’s probably what they’re gonna do.
Winner: Riho and Thunder Rosa
Bear Country (Bear Boulder and Bear Bronson) vs. The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds and John Silver) vs. The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) vs. The Inner Circle (Santana and Ortiz) vs. The Butcher and The Blade vs. Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) vs. Top Flight (Darius Martin and Daunte Martin) vs. Death Triangle (Pac and Rey Fenix) vs. Varsity Blonds (Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr.) vs. The Sydal Brothers (Matt Sydal and Mike Sydal) vs. SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels) vs. The Natural Nightmares (Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall) vs. Chaos Project (Luther and Serpentico) vs. Gunn Club (Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn) vs. TBA — Casino Tag Team Royale for future AEW World Tag Team Championship match
Darius: My heart wants to see PAC and Fenix or the Dark Order take on the Young Bucks simply because I know those matches would slap (seriously; Stu and Uno used to be THE opponents for the Young Bucks), but I think the story they’re going with here will be Daniels and Kazarian going forward. It was already teased a while back before the Inner Circle, TH2, and the Acclaimed got involved, so I think we’re picking up where these classic rival teams left off after Revolution ends.
Winner: Kazarian and Daniels
Ryan: There’s a few different legitimate possibilities here, and the good news is that no one is really in a bad place for not losing this match. I think a Santana and Ortiz win could be really interesting as for what it would mean for the Inner Circle drama, but they’ve never really played up the conflict of Santana and Ortiz being bounced from the main tag spot, and I don’t necessarily suspect them to now. Death Triangle would be a good option if the Lucha Brothers hadn’t already gone against the Bucks so many times before. With those two off the table my next thought goes to The Dark Order, but I don’t think it will be them. I think it’s very possible the story of this match is wrapped up in what started the brawl on the last Dynamite, The Dark Order vs Matt Hardy’s hired guns, and you could really set up a great tag feud by having someone like TH2 steal the victory right out from under the Dark Order.
Adam Page vs. Matt Hardy – Big Money Match – Winner receives loser’s 2021 first-quarter earnings
Darius: I have a sneaky feeling that Hardy is going to win just because he’s currently on this really fun heel streak where he just ruins everyone’s fun. That being said, I just want to see Hangman win. The last two pay-per-views saw him get dumped by Kenny and then get dumped on his head by Kenny, so I’m really itching to see my sad cowboy have his day in the sun. Hopefully Sunday sees a win on some level for him.
Winner: Hangman Adam Page
Ryan: I love Hangman Page. Viewers love Hangman Page. It went over incredibly well when he outsmarted Matt to get this match in the first place, and he’ll continue to build up steam by beating him. The audience is in Hangman’s corner and I don’t think he needs another down on his luck moment. He’s had those. Now viewers need a chance to rally around him and know what it feels like to win with him. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he might finally join the Dark Order!!!!
Winner: Hangman Adam page
Cody Rhodes w/Arn Anderson vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Lance Archer w/Jake Roberts vs. Max Caster vs. TBA
Darius: The name “Face of the Revolution” screams Ricky Starks or Peter Avalon, but without either of those choices, I’m going Penta. I really think the title and theme of this match suggests a Scorpio Sky win, and I think the man is destined to become TNT Champion one of these days, but if the winner here is going to face Darby, I think the more interesting match would be Penta or Archer. Archer’s the one currently being pushed, but with PAC and Fenix doing some tag stuff, I’m more than ready for a Penta singles run. Also, I feel like this is the time where the mystery person doesn’t win. I just feel it in my bones.
Winner: Penta el Zero Miedo
Ryan: I think the reality is that it only makes sense for a couple people to even possibly win this match. Archer winning and then presumably going on to lose to Darby doesn’t make any sense, he’s clearly been teased for the world title picture. Cody Rhodes is great, but he’s been TNT champion twice and faced Darby Allin four times in AEW’s short existence; fans would be incredibly sour if he won. Max Caster’s present and future are clearly in the tag division, and it doesn’t make much sense to build him up as a star in a division he likely won’t be very present in. Then with whoever the debut is, they’re already getting the rub of being the new guy, so unless they’re a huge name, AEW should take the opportunity to give two guys a rub instead of one. That means it’s down to Penta el Zero Miedo and Scorpio Sky. Then simply because Sky is the guy who needs momentum. Penta has the Death Triangle and they’re likely to move forward into some kind of program together, whereas Sky, who’s a future star, will continue to flounder without this win.
Winner: Scorpio Sky
Miro and Kip Sabian w/Penelope Ford vs. Best Friends (Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor)
Darius: I kind of don’t care? This is going to be a good match, but I stopped being invested after the wedding. I foresee Miro snapping on the Best Friends and doing all the finishing work himself, but I’m hoping we at least get an Awful Waffle to Kip beforehand.
Winner: Miro and Kip Sabian
Ryan: I’ll echo those thoughts. This has definitely been a feud that’s slipped through the cracks and it’s hard to pinpoint whose fault that is. With that being said, it has all the chances to be a surprise favorite on the night. With Miro’s pay per view debut, and Orange Cassidy in the match viewers should be hopeful. But with the Wedding segment going the Best Friends way, and that being the last segment heading into this show, one might assume this bodes well for Kip and Miro. I also doubt AEW would have Miro lose his ppv debut.
Winner: Miro and Kip Sabian
Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Ryo Mizunami – AEW Women’s World Championship
Darius: I mean it has to be Hikaru Shida, right? They’ve done really well building up Ryo, but I feel like that’s just a long way to build up a new losing challenger for Shida. Ryo is a bit less of a threat to Shida’s reign than Abadon but will certainly put up quite the fight anyway. I just don’t see Shida losing the belt to anyone yet.
Winner: Hikaru Shida
Ryan: I don’t think it’s anything against Ryo to say that there’s no way she’s winning this match. The women’s champion is simply not going to drop the belt to someone who’s only been on Dynamite in front of fans once. This definitely comes off more as an exhibition to showcase how good joshi wrestlers can be on a grand stage, and I’m all for that. It’s going to be Shida though.
Winner: Hikaru Shida
Team Taz (Brian Cage and Ricky Starks) w/Taz vs. Darby Allin and Sting – Street Fight
Darius: I was about to try and explain how this match is a toss-up and how we could get a TNT title challenger out of this, but no. I need this feud to end, and we’re already moving on due to the Face of the Revolution ladder match. Darby and Sting are likely going to put their opponents away conclusively after a long match and then move on from this whole thing. The only question is what’s next for Sting?
Winner: Darby Allin and Sting
Ryan: Darby Allin is great, and it’s clear AEW love him. Plus Sting is a legend. But Team Taz have been bullied around by a cruiserweight and an Octogenarian, when there are literally five of them. They need this win to recoup some legitimacy that the build has taken away from them. Plus letting Sting do the job for Team Taz doesn’t really hurt him or Darby, while it does a ton for Team Taz.
Winner: Team Taz
The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) (c) vs. The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho and MJF) w/Wardlow – AEW Tag Team Championship
Darius: Unless the Young Bucks are screwed by the Good Brothers or are somehow out-played by the Inner Circle, this match is my lock of the night. I see Jericho taking the pin here, further making MJF look strong in comparison as he weasels his way to the top of the Inner Circle.
Winner: The Young Bucks
Ryan: While they’ve attempted to set up a certain amount of intrigue going into this match, stating that the Young Bucks are worried about a pair of non-wrestlers since they lost to one last year on Revolution, we all pretty much know how this is going to go. It’s definitely more about how this will play into the disillusionment of the Inner Circle than anything else. Maybe there will be a rift between MJF and Jericho, or maybe the issue of their taking Santana and Ortiz’s spot as the Inner Circle’s tag team will come to the fore. Either way, with this opening the show I wouldn’t expect the same show-stopper viewers got last year.
Winner: The Young Bucks
Kenny Omega (c) w/Don Callis vs. Jon Moxley – Exploding barbed wire deathmatch for the AEW World Championship
Darius: The winner in my eyes is going to be the fans, but we’re not talking about that. I don’t see anyway that Moxley walks out with the gold, but I know for sure that I’m going to forget all logic as Mox gets some crazy nearfall on Sunday. In the end, though, we’re currently witnessing Omega’s big wrestling-wide storyline, and a lot of things fall apart if he loses the gold now. Mox has had his time at the top, and I’m excited to see him finally leave it in explosive fashion.
Winner: Kenny Omega
Ryan: This is by far the most exciting match on the show. With a stipulation most people have probably never seen live before, and two of the biggest wrestling stars on the planet in the ring, it’s sure to deliver. That being said, it doesn’t exactly make it the most unpredictable match. With Kenny starting out on his quest to become Kenny the Collector, it would be an asinine booking decision to have him lose at this junction. It’s also a great story to tell that Moxley’s own addiction to wrestling will be his undoing, he’s alluding to that in his most recent promo on Dynamite. It’s a match that should set Moxley up for his paternity leave, and Kenny for the next stage of his gimmick.
Winner: Kenny Omega
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