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AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

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AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

A 60-Minute Iron Man match for the World Title anchors what’s sure to be a great show.

AEW Revolution is finally here. This Sunday, March 5, the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA will play host to All Elite Wrestling’s March tradition. Five championships are on the line in a bevy of anticipated matchups, including the 60-Minute Iron Man Match between Bryan Danielson and MJF for the AEW World Championship.

AEW Revolution 2023 start time

AEW Revolution 2023 will air live on Sunday, March 5th, 2023 at 8pm ET. The pre-show will kick off an hour before that at 7pm ET.

How to watch AEW Revolution 2023

AEW Revolution 2023 will be available for $49.99 from traditional PPV in the United States, as well as on the Bleacher Report app. It will be available for purchase through Fite in Europe, and for the first time, ESPN in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

AEW Revolution card and predictions

The Elite (c) vs. House of Black for the AEW World Trios Championship

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: I’ll be the first to say that The Elite made me a believer in trios matches. I had never given them much mind before the introduction of the Trios Titles and the best of seven series with the Lucha Bros taught me different. With that said, as exciting as trios matches are, they are an albatross as you need to consistently have contenders in mind which are much harder to build and maintain than traditional tag team, much less build a storyline. The final proper trios for The Elite to face are The House of Black and Best Friends, and while I am sure Elite vs. HOB will be excellent, there’s been little build up to this besides spoopy nonsense from the patron saints of Xanga. The trios titles in many ways are vanity plates for The Elite unfortunately, and till we get CM-FTR back, that’s all they’ll be.
Winners: The Elite

Shane: Quite frankly, it is long overdue for the House of Black to be crowned as champions. The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega don’t need to be in the title picture all the time and I am ready to see them do something different as well. The Elite (along with Death Triangle) did their job and made the Trios titles feel special, but it is time to move on.
Winners: The House of Black

Darius: The Trios Championships were fully held off on until Kenny Omega was back so that the Elite could be the first to truly establish them, and then (due to an All Out brawl of sorts), they never really ended up doing that. However, I think the best of seven series did well to make the titles feel important, and two of the three defenses the Elite have had since winning have been great (sorry, The Firm). It’s not the ideal run, but the Elite have indeed done their part in making the trios belts feel big, so it’s time for the belts to go to a team that can feel big(ger) with them instead. The House of Black need to win SOMETHING, and selfishly, I want Kenny Omega to have more singles matches, so now’s as good a time as any to get the belt off the Elite and boost a hot act.
Winners: The House of Black

Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Saraya vs. Ruby Soho for the AEW World Women’s Championship

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: One thing I will say about AEW is that they are loyal to their homegrown talent for the most part. Only very rarely and with significant asterisks have stars established elsewhere put down homegrown wrestlers, and there are few AEW originals who have more momentum than Jamie Hayter right now. As much as I would love to see Ruby Soho get a run with the belt and her time to shine, the audience is too drunk on Hayterade for that right now.
Winner: Jamie Hayter

Shane: It feels too soon to take the title off of Jamie Hayter. If my memory serves me right, this is Jamie’s first title defense on PPV. I don’t think putting the title on Saraya is a good decision at the moment and Ruby just feels like she was put in this match to take the eventual pin fall. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Jamie’s title reign ain’t broke. Jamie will pin Ruby Soho to continue her reign and extend this feud into Double or Nothing where she will probably lose the title.
Winner: (and STILL AEW World Women’s Champion) Jamie Hayter

Darius: It’s simply not Saraya’s time yet. I wasn’t quite feeling her story pre- or post-heel turn until Ruby came in to play the neutral part, but even without that, I feel like match #5 isn’t quite the one where I’d give her the belt. And, as much as Ruby has done well to keep me interested in this three-piece storyline, I don’t think Ruby is in the position to win right now, either, though she has been low-key built up all year. Through process of elimination, I guess we’re still keeping our strong, recently crowned Women’s Champion right where she is.
Winner: Jamie Hayter

Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Starks (J.A.S. is banned from ringside)

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: This feud is a Jericho Special w/cheese. There are few wrestlers more giving in today’s landscape than Chris Jericho and he seems determined to make every wrestler he comes across feel special, and he is doing that with Ricky Starks. Starks is a can’t-miss prospect and will be a top draw for years to come and Jericho is going to do everything in his power to help him along. Not to mention that it makes sense storyline wise.
Winner: Ricky Starks

Shane: This feud hasn’t been that great in my opinion. I feel like every Jericho program has the babyface run through the JAS until they finally make it to Jericho. This style of feud happens way too often in AEW and already started to outstay its welcome. However, the entire point of this feud should be to help establish Ricky Starks as a key player moving forward in AEW. If that isn’t the entire point, then it should be. Starks absolutely needs to win this match. I just hope he is able to gain momentum and keep it moving forward and doesn’t get lost in the giant AEW roster.
Winner: Ricky Starks 

Darius: A year on from Jericho losing to Kingston at Revolution 2022, I think he’s set to do the favors for another hot star this winter. Jericho is kind of the go-to feud for someone that you think could be in world title contention but isn’t about to win it yet, and Starks (despite having already lost) is still on my personal shortlist for guys that could beat MJF. Moreover, I think this whole storyline is also important character progression for Chris Jericho. He lost to Andretti, he lost to Starks, he ALMOST lost to Peter Avalon, and his only recent televised win was when he cheated to beat Starks in a tag match. I think Jericho’s character might get even more out of losing than Starks will get from winning.
Winner: Ricky Starks

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Wardlow for the TNT Championship

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: Wardlow and his new, ugly-ass haircut. This is pro wrestling 101, and while I was worried for a second that the AEW powers that be had given up on Wardlow, I think they wisely kept him off TV in retrospect to avoid overexposure. Distance has made the heart grow fonder and it appears that the AEW faithful would like to see Wardlow as TNT Champion once again. The stage is set for him to reclaim the belt.
Winner: Wardlow

Shane: ROH and AEW need to become separate entities, and this can’t happen as long as Samoa Joe is both ROH Television and TNT Champion. Now that ROH is starting to stream weekly content, the time to split the companies is upon us. Wardlow wins the TNT Championship and enters into a feud with Powerhouse Hobbs.
Winner: Wardlow

Darius: This match comes at a weird time because Joe just got the TNT Championship back. If we kicked this can down the road a few weeks, I would agree with the others and say that this could be Wardlow’s night. Heck, between the great promo he cut recently about his hair, plus the fact that #1 Contender Powerhouse Hobbs has unfinished business with Wardlow, and a LOT of signs really do point toward Wardlow. Still, I think for the stability of the TNT Championship, Joe takes this. Joe is a 2-time champ who just took the belt back from the 2-time champion that beat him, and now Wardlow’s supposed to become a 2-time champ by beating the current 2-time champ — the very same champion who took the TNT title from HIM? There’s a lot going on there within a short few months, and for prestige’s sake, I think we get a few more weeks out of this King of Television character before Joe loses it to another big challenger.
Winner: King Samoa Joe

Jon Moxley vs. “Hangman” Adam Page (Texas Deathmatch)

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: They seem to be intent on correcting the ship with Hangman as he was once the hottest babyface in all of wrestling till the Charles Montgomery Punk fiasco sent him to the shadow realm. And it’s a shame – he was and will be again an incredible champion that their entire fanbase can rally behind and Moxley is just the guy to get him to the next level. They need Hangman restored to his former glory if AEW is ever going to get out of the lull they have been in lately.
Winner:Hangman” Adam Page

Shane: This match is going to be bloody and it is going to be insane. I can only imagine what these two will come up with in a PPV Texas Deathmatch. And to quote the always wonderful Darius, “I wanna see Hangman beat Moxley’s ass, straight up.” Absence makes the heart grow fonder and I think it’s time to see Moxley take a little bit of time off. This match could be a great excuse for Mox to take a break from TV and to help re-establish Hangman as the main eventer we all know he is. I don’t necessarily want to see Hangman dethrone MJF, but that feud would be fire.
Winner:Hangman” Adam Page

Darius: Speaking of guys on my shortlist to beat MJF, I think Hangman has been the guy I’ve mentally had pegged as the next AEW Champion for ages now (though, before Punk’s injury happened, I specifically imagined he’d be the first two-time champion). To me, even including the World Championship match in the main event, this is the biggest feud in AEW right now, and I think that it’s going to be used to put Hangman over. I also see the next few months being something of a rebuilding period for the Blackpool Combat Club, and if (spoilers) both of the main players get their cheeks handed to them on the same night, it could be enough to get the full quartet on the same page.
Winner: “Hangman” Adam Page

The Gunns (c) vs. The Acclaimed vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett vs. Danhausen & Orange Cassidy

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: This match is so random. I guess we have The Gunns and The Acclaimed at each others throats but that seems to have died down? Danhausen and Orange Cassidy qualified this week on Dynamite but Chuck Taylor and Trent seemed pissed? Jeff Jarrett is still here and is *checks notes* doing a f***ing excellent job at being a pro-wrestler? And The Gunns are champions? Go home match, you’re drunk.
Winners: Stokely Hathaway and Brian Cage w/ Riho.

Shane: Automatically I’m going to disqualify Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett and Orange Cassidy & Danhausen from potentially winning. Lethal/Jarrett already peaked and Cassidy/Hausen are here to serve as comedy/pinfall fodder. In fact, this match should have straight up just been a rematch between the Gunns and the Acclaimed, but I think Tony Khan wanted to give as many people a PPV payday. But, as much as I absolutely love the Acclaimed, I think they are going to keep the titles on the Gunns a little bit longer. They aren’t taken the most seriously out of all the teams in the tag division and losing in their first defense doesn’t sound like a good idea. With that in mind, I think we tend to forget that Double or Nothing really isn’t that far away and AEW tends to treat this as their biggest PPV of the year. An Ass Boys victory here can allow FTR or the Acclaimed to win at Double or Nothing

Winners: The Gunns

Darius: So, aside from my comparatively unpopular opinion that Samoa Joe is retaining, I think the story of Revolution 2023 is that fresh talent is going over, brother. Jamie Hayter beats two well-established names in wrestling; Ricky Starks beats a legend; the House of Black eat the souls of the guys whose stable name is forever glued to the company’s name. Now, as much as it pains me to say this, I do believe that the Gunn Club are going to take this, simply because it fits the theme. OrangeHausen are out-hausen because my research shows that nearly everyone who wrestles in a tag match before the pay-per-view loses (though there’s still a chance since they didn’t specifically face any of their PPV opponents). Lethal and Jarrett I think have peaked with their Dusty finish a few months ago, as it was so shocking of a moment that it kind of deflates any moment where they actually win. I could see the belts going back to the Acclaimed, as they’re still mega mondo over and are basically treated like the champs as is, but I think this is a show where the Ass Boys pick up some cheap heat and pin a beloved babyface like Danhausen before moving on to their next (potentially final) defense.
Winners: The Gunns

MJF (c) vs. Bryan Danielson for the AEW World Championship (60-Minute Iron Man Match)

AEW Revolution 2023 predictions, start time, how to watch

Jay: Just when I was out, they pulled me back in. Till last week, this was nothing more than the standard MJF feud. He does something despicable to anger a babyface. Babyface demands a match. MJF forces babyface to go through a series tasks to earn a match, and for unexplained reasons has this power to even use it against a then-EVP Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho. Babyface earns the match which he promptly loses. The only difference is that this loss to MJF won’t be prompt, it will take at least 60 minutes. To be honest, I was bored with it. We had seen this feud play out with Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, and CM Punk but damn, that promo about his fiancée leaving him. And then Danielson’s promo to close Dynamite this week. Fine, I’ll watch them fight for 60 minutes, but MJF is going to take it.
Winner: MJF

Shane: MJF is going to prove everyone wrong and he will go the distance in a great match with Bryan Danielson. MJF rarely loses. Bryan Danielson rarely loses. I seriously can’t see this match being a pinfall/submission fest since both stars are booked so strongly. Danielson has constantly proven that he can go 30-60 minutes in matches and some of those matches have gone to a time-limit draw, which still makes me think we’re not going to get decision after decision after decision. I can totally see MJF finally managing to put Danielson down for a pinfall and then doing whatever dastardly tactic he can to stay one-up until the time runs out as he’s stuck in the LeBell Lock. Fantasy booking at its best.
Winner: MJF (Bonus prediction: Score 1-0)

Darius: This match is inherently interesting because 1) it has Bryan Danielson, 2) MJF is possibly the most underrated in-ring performer in AEW despite being World Champion, and 3) the story for this match is full of potential. Unlike Jay, I’ve never come around to the promo side of this story; in fact, I’ve been incredibly disappointed by most, if not every promo segment surrounding this pair for the past few months. But if we’re talking strictly in-ring, boy oh boy is there magic. Danielson’s battle through the MJF hoops is one thing when the end is simply a standard match, but an Iron Man match where, even if you’re the better man for the first fall, you still have potentially 50 minutes to go? The American Dragon is going in with a busted wing, and he’s fighting a guy with a wing-related finisher. Sure, Danielson beat Thatcher, but MJF can eat a few losses. Shane’s betting it goes 1-0, but I can see this bad boy going like 12-11 in favor of Friedman with multiple DQ finishes thrown in as MJF sinks low and decimates that arm. In the end, MJF is the last of this young generation to be put over tonight.

Winner: MJF

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