On this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, new signee Paul Wight — better known as Big Show in WWE — announced that a Hall of Fame-worthy talent will sign an AEW contract on Sunday night at the company’s Revolution pay-per-view, telling fans “it’s not who you think.” Ever since, wrestling fans have been combing the dirt sheets like crazy trying to find any hint of who the signing could be.
Adding to the show’s intrigue, Revolution will also see an unannounced entrant in the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match the winner of which receives a future title shot at the TNT Championship against champion Darby Allin.
This leaves fans with a lot of exciting possibilities for who could be signed and who could potentially debut and/or appear in the ladder match. Four of AIPT’s biggest wrestling fans have decided to share with you who they think will be appearing on Sunday. Check out their predictions below.
Who is AEW’s mystery “Hall of Fame-worthy” signing?
Christian is the wrestler’s wrestler. From Mox to Cash Wheeler to Frankie Kazarian, the love runs deep for the recent Royal Rumble entrant industry wide, and his appearances in the foundational TLC matches as part of Edge and Christian more than speak to his Hall of Fame worthiness. Was his Rumble appearance the final personal litmus test to see if he could end his career on his own terms at WWE or if he would have to do so elsewhere? We’ll see on Sunday.
I think people are reading too much into TK’s wording, and need to temper their expectations from the huge-name WWE guys being bandied about on all the fan sites. Mauro is a big name, someone whose contributions to combat sports could be considered Hall of Fame-worthy, and would make for an improved product overall. Is he the needle mover that, say Brock Lesnar would be? No, but tell me Dynamite wouldn’t be better having Mauro freaking out for every ushigoroshi alongside fellow nerd Excalibur over listening to JR phone it in each week and call Kenny Omega the WWE Champion.
So let’s try to break this down from a marketing standpoint. AEW is trying to sell a PPV by announcing a “mystery signing” that is “Hall of Fame-worthy”. That raises expectations as there are many unsigned active and retired wrestlers on the market. However, if it really was Batista, or Brock Lesnar, or Stone Cold, or anyone that would be a legitimate draw, they would just have said, “Hey we signed Brock Lesnar, buy the PPV as he may eat half the Dark Order and Orange Cassidy. We can’t stop him,” because they are trying to get PPV buys, not a curiosity-driven ratings bump for a Dynamite episode.
So let’s take those high expectations and bring them down to Earth. That leaves with the likes of RVD, Kurt Angle, Carlito, etc. I’m going to guess Kurt Angle. Why? He got let go by WWE last year, he can probably play a Matt Hardy-type role in the company in regards to balancing in-ring work and elevating new talent on and off camera, and probably doesn’t want his last match to be a loss against Baron Corbin. He’d be a great hire for AEW and being in six Halls of Fame, he certainly fits the bill.
Okay, he’ll never be in the WWE Hall of Fame, but for dorks like us who love AEW, he’s a pioneer and one of the GOATs of modern wrestling. He’s been deliberately quiet since being cut loose (unchained?), but says he’ll be back, and in a big way. Wishful thinking? You’re damn right!
Who is the final entrant in the “Face of the Revolution” ladder match?
Sting, Tully, Jake Roberts – AEW has made itself a bastion for the revitalization of wrestlers whose careers have seemingly ended. So why not Taz? On Dark, Dynamite, and more, every week Taz is, without reserve, a workhorse, a foundational facet of AEW’s product both in and out of the ring. He doesn’t need to become a new in-ring mainstay, and I don’t think it would be safe to do so anyways, but a surprise ladder match showing, a suplex or two and Taz has re-solidified himself as the leader of the team of assassins that Team Taz has marketed itself as. The man is clearly a little nostalgic for it, too.
– Forrest Hollingsworth
Again, I think people need to temper their expectations of who this is going to be. Hobbs makes all the sense in the world to enter and win this thing. He’s got history with the champion, is clearly a guy they want to feature and is not included on the card as it currently stands. Unless there’s a health issue to explain his recent absences from Dynamite, Hobbs checks all the boxes for this ladder match.
– Jason Segarra
AEW does the whole “mystery participant” in their multi-man matches seemingly every PPV. We got Matt Sydal at All Out, Brian Cage at Double or Nothing, and Colt Cabana last year at Revolution. So it seems like these spots are reserved for surefire, solid additions to their rosters and Jeff Cobb fits that bill. He’s currently signed to NJPW, but the “Forbidden Door” seems to be wide open these days, and he had a lovely match at WK15, so why not Jeff Cobb?
– Jay Barrett
Jurassic Express is conspicuously missing from the tag team battle royale graphic, and it’s hard to fathom that one of AEW’s most fun acts will be completely left off a giant show like this. Maybe it’s just a production oversight, but it’s also about time for the start-stop push of “Jungle” Jack Perry (you’re welcome, JR) to really start accelerating. Too often wrestling companies fail to pull the trigger on future stars early enough, and Jungle Boy’s already cooling off after what should have been a landmark singles win over Dax “The Axe” Harwood (still waiting on that Venmo, JR).
– Russ Dobler
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