AEW Revolution 2024 (March 3) Outcomes & Evaluate

AEW Revolution 2024
March 3, 2024
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina

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Meet our Reviewers

Steve Case: Who is happy to have a good time the profession of some of the iconic skilled wrestlers of all time? This author has previewed many an AEW PPV, however go away it to the Stinger to deliver him in for a assessment. This present appears to be like to have the potential to be a basic with out the Sting retirement match, so strap in! Oh by the way in which! The sensible, inventive, and loving spouse of this reviewer (who WAAAY outkicked his protection) wrote a wrestling childrens e book! It might look nice in a flowery Easter basket……

Sean Sedor: After ending off a NASCAR Cup Sequence race in Las Vegas, Sean is able to go for Sting’s Retirement Present in Greensboro, which has the potential to be probably the greatest playing cards of the 12 months! You will discover Sean on Twitter @SASedor2994. In case you’re fascinated with a few of Sean’s different escapades, you may watch him play the Method 1 video games on YouTube (simply search his title and also you’ll discover the channel), and you may as well go to the Be The Booker boards when you’d like to take a look at Sean’s EWR Diary, the place he performs as WCW (began in 1998, at the moment in August of 2002).

Bang Bang Scissors Gang def. Jay Deadly, Jeff Jarrett, Non-public Get together, Satnam Singh, and Willie Mack

Steve: Willie Mack is with Non-public Get together now? Alrighty then. Thick Gunn boy doing the Highway Dogg dance (poorly) and Jarrett’s goons strutting in unison with him on the skin popped me. This was a superbly tremendous opener, till they began the finisher spamming and issues fell aside. Satnam is intimidating, however he can hardly transfer and was botching throwing folks over the ropes. Jay ended issues with the pin, and after took the mic and a slight shot at Max for botching his rap. He then proceeded to remind people that he’s fairly good on the stic, teasing one thing for the Boston present. Okada maybe? **

Sean: I’ve to say, I wasn’t positive concerning the new Bullet Membership Gold theme at first, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly grown on me. The Bang Bang Scissor Gang managed issues early till Jeff Jarrett tagged into the bout. Anthony Bowens would go on an offensive flurry till he was minimize off after a distraction by….guess who….Double J. He then will get labored over till he makes the new tag to Billy Gunn, who briefly runs wild till he will get minimize off (sensing a sample right here). The match broke down even additional after Billy made the tag to Jay White, and after the 2 teamed collectively to take down Satnam Singh, White put Willie Mack away with the Blade Runner to choose up the win. A wonderfully tremendous/inoffensive match. In case you missed it, no want to return and watch it. You missed completely nothing. **1/2 

Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale (with Stokely Hathaway) def. Julia Hart & Skye Blue

Steve: Let’s discuss Julia Hart. She has had this look, aura, persona down tremendously. She’s been bettering within the ring as properly, although she nonetheless has a bit to go. It regarded like she received her bell rung, or perhaps Willow knocked her wind out within the sloppy sundown counter. She confirmed some guts in the long run although, hitting a phenomenal moonsault for a nearfall. If she retains bettering within the ring, she generally is a distinction maker within the ladies’s division. 

This was a pleasant little prelim match! They labored fairly cosy all through and had some old skool tag wrestling. It had some sloppy moments within the again half, however general I don’t assume you may ask for lots extra right here. ***

Sean: That is Julia Hart’s first match in over six weeks (she’d been coping with an damage). Stat and Willow had the benefit within the first couple of minutes till Julia and Sky had been capable of isolate Willow. As soon as Stat was capable of tag again in, it grew to become a extra back-and-forth affair, Willow finally scoring the victory for her crew after hitting Skye Blue with a pounce and the Physician Bomb. Positively a greater bout than the twelve-man tag that got here earlier than it, nevertheless it’s not one which you could go out-of-your-way to see when you missed it. I suppose we’ll see if this consequence units Willow up for a TBS Title shot down the road. Not a ton to complain about with this one. ***

AEW TNT Title Match
Christian Cage (c) (with The Patriarchy) def. Daniel Garcia

Steve: This was an odd option to open the present. There was nothing flawed with the match, it was fairly good really, although opening with a match that’s end is immediately impacted by interference is fascinating on this evening. I do know it retains Christian’s warmth, however I don’t assume he wants that. Additionally, how nice is Christian? He’s all the time been strong, nevertheless it actually appears that he has aged like tremendous wine. The leg promoting on this match was excellent. Each time they do determine to provide Garcia a giant second, the group will lose their minds. That’s, except they miss the height, like they’ve with him a number of instances already. I really feel like he might be the following Danielson, so I hope they don’t make the group lose religion. ***1/2

Sean: Daniel Garcia got here out sporting a jacket with scorpions throughout it. After a gradual opening trade, Christian Cage discovered a gap after faking an damage, and poked Garcia within the eye to achieve management.Whereas Garcia was capable of go after Christian’s leg for a quick second, Christian nonetheless had the benefit as he tried to get a countout. Gacia was capable of survive the countout makes an attempt, and began taking the battle to Christian after concentrating on the leg as soon as once more. At one level. Killswitch received concerned and hit Garcia with a chokeslam, however Matt Menard ran all the way down to take him out of the equation. Garcia received a number of shut nearfalls, although his efforts would finally got here up brief. Well timed interference from Nick Wayne allowed Christian to take advance and safe the win. A reasonably strong match to open the PPV with. It didn’t mild the world on fireplace, nevertheless it instructed a pleasant story with Garcia making an attempt to beat the percentages earlier than the interference proved to be an excessive amount of. With exhibits in Canada (extra particularly Toronto) arising, you’ll assume that we’re heading to at least one last showdown between Christian and Adam Copeland, however we’ll see what occurs. ***1/2 

AEW Continental Title / NJPW STRONG Openweight Title / ROH World Title Match
Eddie Kingston (c) def. Bryan Danielson

Steve: LOVE the backstage entrances. I all the time have. It provides matches such a giant battle really feel. And boy did these two DELIVER. These two beat the ever loving hell out of one another. It was laborious, stiff, lifelike, and each males bought superbly. Eddie’s efficiency right here was excellent. The arm promoting, the facials, the utilization of the off arm to battle, the wrestle, all of it. And Bryan Danielson. I do know many have already got, however we have to significantly begin speaking about this dude being the best to ever do it. He does each a part of professional wrestling and in each type higher than 99.9% of any wrestlers to ever do it. That’s WITH his WWE time considered. Excellent match. ****1/2

Sean: The group is HOT for this one, as we get dueling chants for each guys because the match will get began. After the preliminary opening exchanges, Bryan Danielson nailed the primary massive blow of the match with a suplex off the apron to the ground. From there, Danielson started working over the arm of Kingston. The defending champion would reply with an Exploder Suplex and a DDT earlier than making an attempt the Stretch Plum. Regardless of this temporary comeback, Danielson would quickly regain the benefit and continued to work over the arm. A prime rope butterfly suplex was adopted by extra submission makes an attempt, however Kingston was capable of reply not lengthy after. Danielson labored over Kingston’s palms after Kingston had related with some backfists, and adopted up along with his Operating Knee and the identical submission he beat Kingston with on Wednesday. Kingston managed to outlive the maintain, and the group was REALLY fired up at this level. A half-n-half suplex trade led to a standing ovation from the group as they had been rallying behind Eddie Kingston. After a vicious strike trade, Kingston was lastly capable of join with the Kawada Powerbomb to attain the win. A tremendous back-and-forth encounter that was stuffed with hard-hitting PRO-WRESTLING from begin to end. Danielson places out one more immediate basic, whereas Kingston continues to indicate that he can ship in these big-match conditions. After the bout, Danielson delayed giving the handshake earlier than he finally did so. It’s going to be laborious to prime this one for Match Of The Night time. ****3/4

All-Star 8-Man Scramble Match
Wardlow def. Chris Jericho, Lance Archer, Brian Cage, Powerhouse Hobbs, Wardlow, Hook, Magnus & Dante Martin

Steve: This went from an impromptu meat insanity match, which was type of enjoyable, to a dumpster fireplace. The little guys got here in and everybody was needlessly ready for years to take their flip, or simply doing nothing for no motive. It was awkward and made completely no sense. There have been botches and missed spots galore. They need to have caught with the massive boys as a result of they at the very least tried to carry issues collectively. I usually don’t mechanically hate multi-man matches, however this contained my least favourite a part of them in abundance. Two or three guys doing one thing whereas everybody sells on the skin, till a pinfall try after which somebody breaks it up. We received a cool Redrum, Partitions of Jericho spot on Warlow, however aside from that, this was too lengthy, an excessive amount of, and never good. Warlow wins. Yay. *3/4

Sean: Despite the fact that the followers sang alongside to Judas, the response to Jericho definitely wasn’t common (perhaps 60/40 cheering?). The 4 massive guys on this one (Archer, Cage, Hobbs, and Wardlow) tossed everybody out of the ring earlier than we received just a little style of what Meat Insanity would’ve regarded like. Archer managed to attach along with his rope-walk moonsault earlier than issues broke down as soon as once more. The smaller wrestlers then all took turns hitting dives till HOOK nailed a dive from the highest rope to the ground. Dante botched a serious dive to the ground, however received proper again within the thick of issues. The best second of the match BY FAR was Jericho and Mangus hitting simultaneous Lionsauts on Archer from reverse sides of the ring. After a number of extra minutes of madness, Warldlow finally scored the win, as he ought to have. For what this was, I loved this match. Some sloppiness at factors undoubtedly takes it down a number of notches, however I had a enjoyable time watching it. ***1/4 

(Editor’s Observe: Sean wasn’t feeling properly, so he’s taking off for the evening. Really feel higher, Sean!) 

AEW Worldwide Title Match
Roderick Robust def. Orange Cassidy (c)

Steve: This match rocked, and it’s the perfect Roddy has regarded in perhaps, 5 years? The various totally different backbreaker variations had been fast and devastating, particularly the highest rope backbreaker that regarded prefer it may have killed Orange. Orange has develop into such an entire wrestler. The true coronary heart and soul of the corporate, placing his physique on the road each week lastly ran out of gasoline. The pacing of this match was terrific and Orange’s hope spots felt tremendous impressed, however Roddy was a home of fireplace right here. Extra of this from Roddy please. ****

Kyle O’Reilly returned after a 20-month absence and hugged Roderick Robust, Mike Bennett gave him an Undisputed Kingdom shirt to placed on, however O’Reilly turned it down, whispered into Robust’s ear and left the ring.

Steve: Nice to see KOR again, and I’m SUPER glad to see he didn’t soar proper into Undisputed Er….I imply Kingdom. Kyle is the perfect of all these guys in my view, and I hope he’s wholesome sufficient to indicate it. Hopefully they’re pivoting and breaking apart the steady that has principally been DOA. 

Blackpool Fight Membership (Claudio Castagnoli & Jon Moxley) def. FTR (Money Wheeler & Dax Harwood)

Steve: Initially, I used to be just a little frightened. This match began very gradual. For the primary half of the match, they labored this like a 1986 home present between massive cities, and the group wasn’t actually into it besides. However as soon as issues received rolling, and Dax’s blood began flowing, everybody went from 2nd to fifth gear and we had been handled with one kick ass tag crew match. Claudio particularly stood out right here. If he all of a sudden admitted to being created by Skynet I might not be stunned. The person turned a prime rope-assisted powerbomb right into a powerslam and the rope-assisted European uppercut was excellent. BCC successful stunned me, however perhaps they would be the first massive challengers for the eventual champions. ****1/4

AEW Ladies’s World Title Match
Toni Storm (w/Luther & Mariah Could) (c) def. Deonna Purrazzo

Steve: From a technical standpoint, there was nothing flawed with this match. They even saved the schtick to a minimal. One other interference spot leads on to the end, however heels are going to heel I suppose. The massive challenge with that is NO ONE CARED. Mariah Could got here out dressed as old skool Toni Storm along with her music and the group popped massive. Then when the 40’s starlet got here out, not a noise was made. The group stayed that manner the remainder of the match. They didn’t care, commentary didn’t care, I didn’t care, and also you shouldn’t care. A waste of probably the greatest ladies’s wrestlers on the planet. **1/4

Will Ospreay def. Konosuke Takeshita

Steve: Full disclosure, my son threw up and wanted a shower so I used to be not capable of watch this dwell and it didn’t have my whole focus. He’s now again in his crib, showered, and sleeping so I’ll cowl this match and move the baton to Fred. 

So this Ospreay child may need a shot huh? Critically although, what a option to make a debut! There actually aren’t phrases to do that match justice. Simply go watch it. Takeshita and Ospreay had been good. The group was good. This match was good. My early match of the 12 months. *****

AEW World Title Three-Means Match
Samoa Joe (c) def. Adam Web page & Swerve Strickland

(Editor’s Observe: The Good, The Dangerous & The Hungee co-host Fred Morlan tagged in right here to assist us with the ultimate two matches of the evening! Hearken to GBH on the VOW Podcast Community.)

Fred: Hello everybody, your second favourite GBH host right here. After a protracted weekend, I made it via Kingston-Danielson, which I gave a delirium-induced inflated grade (extra inflated than typical), then went to mattress. After Hungeecat II ran over my face a number of instances, I’m again totally aware and watching this present. I think about that is precisely what occurred earlier than JR joined the commentary desk.

I’m on file saying that I didn’t terribly thoughts the construct to this three manner dance – it’s a relative rarity within the firm because it’s solely the twenty fourth such match between singles wrestlers within the historical past of the corporate, per what I can pull from Cagematch. I feel it performed into the Hangman-Swerve feud properly sufficient to allow them to have a dalliance within the World title image however Joe leaves the champ as a result of the opposite two are simply too obsessive about one another.

I’m of two minds for this match. I had hoped for an ideal match, if not higher, given these guys are all greats. We didn’t get that. We did get good storytelling with each Web page turning additional heel and Swerve solidifying babyface standing by refusing to make use of Nana’s crown, in addition to specializing in Web page & Swerve hating one another greater than wanting the championship, which ought to arrange a giant, last blow off within the not too distant future. It felt like we had concluded the storytelling a part of the match and had been going to a sizzling end, when it simply type of ended. It wasn’t a nasty match, I simply selifhsly hoped for extra.

I do assume the story that Adam Web page tapped out so Swerve would lose is a bit too intelligent for its personal good. Given how all of them recovered from massive strikes on this match, it’s properly throughout the realm of motive that Web page would have recovered by the point Swerve or Joe was in place to win once more. ***1/2

AEW World Tag Crew Title Twister Match
Darby Allin & Sting (c) def. The Younger Bucks (Matthew Jackson & Nicholas Jackson)

Fred: It is a super option to let somebody retire. Each a part of this felt particular, from getting Jim Ross again simply in time to companion with Tony Schiavone, to the cinema video, to particular entrances for Ricky Steamboat & Ric Aptitude, to the doorway with Sting’s Massive Grownup Sons and Metallica’s “Search & Destroy.”

This rapidly grew to become chaos, which is what it wanted to be. After an preliminary sequence the place the Massive Grownup Sons hit a number of Stinger splashes and Cry Me a River model glass was launched, we entered the “Bucks have intervals of management whereas Darby tries to kill himself a number of instances” interval as one may anticipate. Solely Darby took one of many craziest bumps I’ve ever seen, the place he did a Swanton off a large ladder via a glass plate and instantly began bleeding manner an excessive amount of. I don’t even know what to say to that.

After, Sting makes a quick comeback earlier than an ideal false end with the Bucks hitting an influence bomb, a low blow, and a Scorpion Loss of life Drop for a close to fall earlier than the legends received concerned, with Aptitude & Steamboat consuming double superkicks. We received Sting kicking out of each massive spot the Bucks had, together with a second EVP Knee at one. Darby ran again out with extra holes in him than needs to be bodily doable, shoved Nicholas off the highest via a desk, and Coffin Dropped Matthew earlier than Sting locked within the Scorpion Deathlock and received the win. After the match, Sting acquired a standing ovation with confetti and Metallica.

We received a pair minutes of PPV time the place Darby led the group in cheering Sting, who thanked the group. They ran out of PPV time, with Sting saying “maintain on, I’m getting cues” proper earlier than the feed minimize. I wager one thing nice goes to be on YouTube within the subsequent 24 hours.

That is, at worst, on the identical degree of a retirement match as Michaels-Aptitude. That’s the one different factor that would probably be in comparison with this.

On one degree, you might definitely nitpick some elements of this when you had been so inclined – the Darby glass spot was insanely harmful, and this was fairly removed from the Sting-Aptitude Greensboro draw by way of content material. However let’s be actual: the one methods you might hate that is when you genuinely can’t stand the sight of blood otherwise you’re participating with this from a stance that’s fully constructed out of unhealthy religion. Sting was made to really feel like one of many best legends in wrestling historical past with this match and was handled with way more respect than every other retiring wrestler that isn’t Ric Aptitude at WrestleMania has ever been handled with.

To twist an outdated Bryan Alvarez (or Dave Meltzer, I’m drained and punchy and overwhelmed): the variety of stars within the sky is infinite, and that I give that many stars to this match.

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