AEW Revolution Betting Odds

AEW Revolution is this Saturday and you know it’s a major event because sportsbooks are offering betting odds on the event.

Yes, you can bet on pro wrestling. Do you know who is going to win these matches? Well, neither do the people who make these betting odds. They are watching the show just like you and doing their best to predict what is going to happen. You make bets based on what you think is going to happen, just like any other sport.

These odds come to us from Bet On Pro Wrestling who cover every major wrestling event. This is a big time of year for them with a pay-per-view nearly every weekend. They also have a podcast episode about AEW Revolution. Check them out.

AEW Revolution 2020 Betting Odds:

  • AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho (+100) vs. Jon Moxley (-140)
  • Cody Rhodes (+140) vs. MJF (-180)
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: Kenny Omega & Adam Page (+170) vs. The Young Bucks (-250)
  • Dustin Rhodes (+200) vs. Jake Hager (-300)
  • AEW Women’s Championship: Nyla Rose (-200) vs. Kris Statlander (+150)

(These odds are in American format posted at Bet Online sportsbook. What that means is a bet like Jake Hager (-300) means that you would need to bet $300 to win $100. It pays out 1/3rd of your bet amount. While Dustin Rhodes (+200) means that if you bet $100, you’d win $200. It pays two times what you bet.)

The interesting odds here are for the AEW World Championship match between Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. These odds are extremely close with Jon Moxley being only a small favorite to win. This has been the best built match in AEW history with neither man having a singles loss so these odds make sense. It’s really hard to judge who is going to win here.

For most surprising odds, how about the Young Bucks being a big -250 favorite against Kenny Omega & Adam Page who are a +170 underdog? Hangman & Omega have been a great team and managed some wins against some great teams over the past few months. They beat SCU for the titles which is something that the Young Bucks were unable to do. It seems strange to see the Bucks as such a big favorite, but with the drama between Page and Omega and the Bucks experience – these odds makers think we’ll see a title change.

Another surprise was seeing MJF favored to beat Cody in their match. Cody Rhodes has been through a lot to get this match and his body is pretty beat up going into this one, but it’s hard to imagine him not getting his revenge here. He’s been wanting this since November and for him to finally get it, and fall short is just not like Cody. Surprising to see and a good chance to make some money potentially.

The show’s biggest favorite is Jake Hager at -300 against Dustin Rhodes. This is Hager’s first AEW match and the theory seems to be that he has been saving something special for his first match. He definitely has the size and the MMA skill as well as the age advantage, but it’s still jarring to see him favored so big here.

Finally, we have Nyla Rose as a big favorite in her AEW Women’s Championship match against Kris Statlander. Nyla hasn’t been pinned since Riho beat her on the first Dynamite so it’s almost surprising not to see her as a bigger favorite here. This is Nyla Rose’s first defense of her AEW Women’s Championship and you have to think she’ll be ready for this one. Statlander is tough though so she might be worth it for fans of the underdog.

That’s all the matches that currently have betting odds for them. If you are interested in learning more about betting on pro wrestling, check out Bet On Pro Wrestling.

 

Elite 8: AEW Dynamite 2/26/2020

AEW Elite 8 is our weekly look at eight things that we liked about the latest episode of AEW Dynamite. You can check out last week’s Elite 8 here.

8. The Magical Girl

Did anyone else notice that Hikaru Shida was the only one not cosplaying in the four-way women’s match? Big Swole had on the X-Men Storm gear, Shanna was dressed in her Dragon Ball Z Goku gear, and Yuka Sakazaki was dressed like her genie self. C2E2 is this weekend, y’all.

This was a fun match with a unique style. I really liked everything that Yuka Sakazaki did throughout. She was really funny as a character, but she’s incredibly fast moving around the ring and all of her wrestling moves look painful as hell.  She’s definitely someone I want to see more of in AEW as she’s the type of wrestler that gets more and more over just by being around. Wins and losses don’t matter for someone like Yuka. The more you see her, the more you like her.

7. Silly Rabbit

6. Darby Allin: Lawful Good

You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Darby Allin is a man of honor with a sense of duty to uphold the rules. At least when Sammy Guevara’s involved.

The Jurassic Express and Inner Circle had a wild match that did a good job of waking the crowd up after seeing the main event first. The match was mostly clean, but at the very moment that the Inner Circle decided to introduce a weapon – Darby appeared. As a strict upholder of the rules and the integrity of the sport of professional wrestling, Darby wasn’t having that and removed the “madball” which lead to Jungle Boy getting the win.

I’m pretty excited for the match between Darby and Sammy at AEW Revolution. They are both at a spot right now where they are good enough to win most of their matches, but struggle when facing the upper echelon of AEW. They are virtually on the same level and both of them desperate to move to the next. That makes for hungry wrestlers and hungry wrestlers make for great matches. Although I am a bit worried about what Darby is going to do to his body in order to get revenge.

5. No Cody or MJF

While it is always a pleasure to see Cody on AEW Dynamite, he simply wasn’t needed this week. The match with him and MJF has been built perfectly and they weren’t needed this week. Anything else from these two would just take away from what has been done. My body is ready for this.

4. Best Friends on the mic

The in-ring segment with Tony Schiavone interviewing the Best Friends and Orange Cassidy may have been one of the best in-ring interviews we’ve seen in AEW. The Best Friends just have that unique energy where you really feel like you know them and that these are just your friends that you watch wrestle on TV.

Chuck Taylor’s excitement over Orange Casssidy’s pay-per-view match with PAC leading to him saying “he’s gonna try” was pitch-perfect Chuck Taylor. He’s being serious, but he’s joking but he’s been serious but he’s also trolling us but he’s also happy to be there. Love that dude. Then Trent, our friend who is prone to overthinking, gets on the mic to say that he’s not sure if Orange Cassidy is going to try because he hasn’t told them that. He’s worried about letting us down if Orange Cassidy doesn’t try, but then Orange gives the thumbs up to say that, yes, he will try. All these guys.

Then (!) for those watching on AEW Plus commercial free, Tony Schiavone did a four-way Best Friends hug and did a quick Orange Cassidy impression. That guy is living his best life and I’m here for it.

3. Contract signings are dead, long live weigh-ins

It’s honestly pretty silly to have a weigh-in for an AEW Championship match when that title doesn’t have any sort of weight limits, but everything about this segment just worked. Gary Michael Capetta was great in his role, a bunch of guys you’ve never seen standing around for no reason was great, and Jericho’s Painmaker Posse was a highlight. Everything about this worked and it was a neat little bow on what has been built with these two.

Plus, with all the jokes online about Jericho’s weight it makes sense that he wouldn’t want to weigh-in here. He knows that he doesn’t really have to and he was going to milk this as much as he could to get under Moxley’s skin. That’s exactly what he ended up doing and took a sick headbutt for it, but the Inner Circle got the best of him and Darby and Dustin Rhodes.

Now Moxley is going into his biggest match in AEW with one eye and just took a Paradigm Shift onto a scale. Jericho took a cut to the face, sure, but he got exactly what he wanted here and will have the upper hand this Saturday. Great stuff.

2. Iron Men

The Iron Man match absolutely lived up to the hype and more. PAC and Omega settled their feud, but they really didn’t settle anything at all. With the score tied 1-1, PAC had the Brutalizer locked in for the last few minutes of the match. Kenny was able to hold on until time expired, but if there were no clock? You have to think he would’ve eventually succumbed to that move like he did at All Out. By the time, the match was restarted PAC had released the hold and Kenny had time to recover. Kenny hit the One Winged Angel and that’s all there was. Based on how it all went down, PAC had a reason to be angry and he probably shouldn’t feel like this is over.

This match was absolutely fantastic though and it will be great again whenever AEW decides to go back to these two.

1. The Young Bucks show their true colors

The segment of the night for me had to be this sit-down interview with the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega & Adam Page. Throughout this story we’ve been very clear about Adam Page’s feelings on the matter, but never the Bucks.

For Page, he doesn’t think he’s as good as the other members of The Elite so he wanted out so that he could make his own way. He wants to be his own wrestler, not the Elite’s young boy/sidekick/little brother. Despite what he wants, the Bucks haven’t listened and Page has been put into a tag team with Kenny Omega. While much of Page’s issues with The Elite are with the Bucks, he does have them with Kenny as well. Still, they have made it work. They have built their tag team into something special and become AEW World Tag Team Champions, something that the Bucks have thus far been unable to do. Only now that he has made a name for himself away from them and accomplished something away from them, they are here to try and take it away from him. He has a good reason to be pissed and, without a clear outlet on how to deal with that, has a good reason to get pissed. (It’s British slang, you see.)

The Bucks have always put on a supportive face when it comes to Hangman, but now that he is the champion and they want that title – they want to put him in his place. He’s not meant to be the AEW World Tag Team Champion, he’s meant to be their sidekick in The Elite. I’m not even sure they even realize how wrong they are, they just feel entitled to the AEW World Tag Team Championship and Page is in their way. They realize his talent, but they also realize that they are the tag team that changed the world. In their minds, Page is acting ungrateful. They made him a star, they made him rich, and now it’s time for him to make them AEW World Tag Team Champions.

Only Page doesn’t see it that way, as he shouldn’t. This is his title, his accomplishment. He beat SCU for the titles and then beat them in the rematch. That’s something the Bucks could never do. While Kenny Omega is chalking it up to timing and good luck, Page doesn’t see it that way. He sees it as it truly is: they are a really great tag team together and they are just as good as the Young Bucks. They might even be better. We’ll find out this Saturday.

 

AEW Dynamite #21 Results: February 26th, 2020

AEW Dynamite #21 – Kansas City, MO – Silverstein Eye Center Arena – February 26, 2020

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Kenny Omega defeated PAC 2-1 in the 30-Minute Iron Man match in sudden death overtime.

The Young Bucks were in Kenny’s corner for this one, but Adam Page was nowhere to be seen. This match was 0-0 for a long time before PAC got sick of it and hit Kenny Omega with a chair. He lost that fall via DQ, but then got it back right away after hitting him with the Black Arrow. There were no more falls in the match. PAC had Omega locked in the Brutalizer for most of the last three minutes of the match, but Omega never gave up. The time expired and he let the move go. Justin Roberts said the match was ordered to go to sudden death overtime and re-started. Omega hit the V-Trigger and One Winged Angel to win.

After the match, Tony Schiavone interviewed PAC which brought out Orange Cassidy. Orange removed his sunglasses and then PAC hit him with a forearm.

Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt) defeated the Inner Circle (Sammy Guevara, Santana & Ortiz). 

Towards the end of the match it looked like Sammy Guevara was going to cheat to win by hitting Jungle Boy with the “mad ball”. This brought out Darby Allin who took it away from him which lead to Jungle Boy getting the win.

Best Friends defeated The Butcher & The Blade with Strong Zero.

Tony Schiavone interviewed the Best Friends & Orange Cassidy after the match to announce that PAC would be facing Orange Cassidy at AEW Revolution. Chuck Taylor assured that Orange Cassidy was “going to try”, but Trent said that he wasn’t sure what he was going to do. Orange Cassidy gave a thumbs up.

Hikaru Shida defeated Shanna, Big Swole, and Yuka Sakazaki in a four-way match after hitting a running knee strike on Big Swole. 

The Dark Order did a short video from backstage where they mentioned a match against SCU at AEW Revolution. The big news here is that Evil Uno said that the Dark Order would make Christopher Daniels “obsolete” which has fueled more Matt Hardy as The Exalted One speculation.

Jim Ross had a sit-down interview with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega & Adam Page. Hangman was drinking. Matt Jackson said how they considered themselves to be the best tag team in the world and promised to win the AEW World Tag Team Championship on Sunday. Adam Page balked at this as it was the first thing he’s won and now they want to take it away. He said that he quit The Elite, but Matt Jackson said that they made him a star and he’s not allowed to quit. Adam Page then left the interview.

Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho had their weigh-in for Revolution with special guest ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta. Jericho and the Inner Circle entered like an MMA team with matching tracksuits that said “Painmaker Posse”. Moxley weighed in fine, but Jericho stalled heavily and wouldn’t step on the scale. Eventually, Moxley headbutted him and busted Jericho open. A huge fight to broke out with Dustin Rhodes and Darby Allin getting involved, but the Inner Circle dominated as the show went off the air.

NEXT WEEK:

AEW Dynamite Preview for February 26, 2020

This week’s AEW Dynamite comes from Kansas City, Missouri and is the last AEW show before AEW Revolution this Saturday.

What happened last week

  • The Young Bucks won the Tag Team Battle Royal and will get a World Tag Team Championship match at AEW Revolution.
  • Kris Statlander defeated Shanna with the Big Bang Theory.
  • Tony Schiavone interviewed Nyla Rose who talked about how the AEW Women’s Championship was power that she held which brought out Kris Statlander and then Big Swole. The three argued before officials came out to separate them. Kris Statlander vs. Nyla Rose for the AEW Women’s Championship was made official for AEW Revolution.
  • Jon Moxley defeated Jeff Cobb with a small package.  after the match, the Inner Circle beat down on Moxley and Dustin Rhodes before a returning Darby Allin made the save.
  • AEW Tag Team Championship Match: Kenny Omega & Hangman Adam Page defeated the Lucha Bros (Pentagon & Fenix) with the Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger combination.
  • Steel Cage Match: Cody Rhodes defeated Wardlow after a moonsault from the top of the cage.

For more on last week’s show, check out our Elite 8 Dynamite review

Announced for this week:

The feud between the Inner Circle and the Jurassic Express continues here. It was made official this week that Sammy Guevara would face Darby Allin at AEW Revolution and Jake Hager is also wrestling at the show against Dustin Rhodes. That leaves Santana & Ortiz as the only Inner Circle members without a match at the pay-per-view.

This is a rematch of sorts from the Jericho Cruise episode of Dynamite where The Inner Circle  team of Chris Jericho, Ortiz & Santana defeated The Jurassic Express.

This match was set-up in the Tag Team Battle Royale last week as these teams had a problem with each other throughout. We also saw The Bunny kick Orange Cassidy in the crotch on the outside of the ring.

The latest AEW Tag Team Rankings have the Best Friends ranked #5 with The Butcher & The Blade unranked.

This will be an official weigh-in for the match at AEW Revolution. The AEW World Championship division is an open-weight division so it’s not exactly clear why they need a weigh-in, but there will be one here.

This is the last time these two will be in the same ring at the same time before their match at AEW Revolution. It would not be surprising at all to see Jeff Cobb or members of the Inner Circle getting involved here.

This is one of the best built matches in AEW history as Kenny Omega wrestled PAC for the first time way back at AEW All Out. That loss really sent Kenny on a spiral where he ended up losing at AEW Full Gear to Jon Moxley as well. The two then had a rematch in November (in the same arena) where Kenny Omega got the win. PAC has been trying to get his rematch ever since to prove that he is the better wrestler and finally gets it here in a 30-minute Iron Man match.

For fans who are missing “the old Kenny”, this is the match for you. Kenny and PAC do magic in the ring every time and we could see a contender to last week’s Best Match in Dynamite history here. This is a pay-per-view quality match, a week before the pay-per-view.

On paper, this match has nothing to do with this Saturday’s Young Bucks vs. Omega & Page match, but it would not be a surprise to see this tie into that match somehow.

That’s all that is announced right now, but expect some women’s division action and more build for AEW Revolution with only six matches currently announced.

All Elite Chatter: Jeff Cobb, Lance Archer, Anthony Ogogo, Tony Schiavone, more

In this edition of All Elite Chatter:

  • Jeff Cobb’s contract status
  • Anthony Ogogo
  • Lance Archer/Dark Order?
  • Tony Schiavone’s announcing future
  • AEW at Toy Fair
  • And more!

 


AEW’s first “developmental” talent Anthony Ogogo has finally arrived in America where he will train at The Nightmare Factory, a school run by Cody independent of AEW.

Ogogo first appeared on the April 17th, 2019 Road to Double or Nothing episode.

 

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A picture of a suitcase(s) can mean many things. A family trip to Butlins, a boys/girls holiday, weekend city break, a honeymoon with your beautiful new spouse 🙋🏽‍♂️ etc… it doesn’t matter what the reason is, it always means ADVENTURE. Today is no different. My adventure begins with me embarking on a whole new chapter in my life, as a professional wrestler. I’ve joined the revolution, I am ALL ELITE @allelitewrestling. Thanks to @americannightmarecody and @tonyrkhan I have the opportunity to live out a second childhood dream ❤️. . Catch me on @itv in the UK and @tntdrama in the US. . Who knows where this adventure will take me? All I know is I’m ready, let’s GO! . Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Stone Cold, The Rock, John Cena, me? 🤷🏽‍♂️

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The official AEW account posted this message on twitter today. The key thing that everyone is looking at here is the “EVERYBODY DIES” line which is Lance Archer’s catchphrase/life motto.

Is Archer The Exalted One? Or is this another red herring like Raven? Either way, it seems like the answer will come soon.


Shanna was featured on ComicBook.com for her Dragon Ball inspired gear. The post features a quick write-up and fan reactions to her look.

Her gear is inspired by Dragon Ball, but so is her moveset as she incorporates moves like Goku’s Kamehameha Wave and Spirit Bomb (often asking for help to gather energy from the crowd) into her repertoire.


Tony Schiavone has missed a few AEW shows due to his other announcing commitments, but it looks like that won’t be the case this summer as Tony won’t be announcing baseball.


The big news of the week is the reveal of the AEW Unrivaled action figures. Two series were announced at Toy Fair with them expected to ship around July. Ringside Collectibles already has Series 1 up for pre-order.

AEW Unrivaled Series 1: Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Cody, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, and Brandi Rhodes.
AEW Unrivaled Series 2: Hangman Page, Jon Moxley, Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, Dustin Rhodes, and MJF.

There will also be a scale AEW ring and AEW World Championship toy belt.


AEW was all over Toy Fair and Dustin Rhodes shared his review of his figure, pointing out the articulation of his tattoos and what they mean to him.


AEW also caught Kenny Omega’s reaction to finding out that he would have a second variant of his action figure.


While at Toy Fair, Darby Allin found the time to test out some of the other products being displayed.


Vickie Guerrero says that after her appearance on AEW and the Jericho Cruise that WWE has stopped allowing talents to appear on her podcast.

“I think there’s enough jobs out there, and promotions, to let everybody work and to let everyone contribute to what they want to do in the industry. So when someone told me I couldn’t interview the Superstars because I went to AEW, I was just like, ‘Wow. They’re gonna be like that.” So you just quietly move on and you see how they are and you just have to take care of your own business.”


While AEW announced their action figures, they are yet to make a deal with Funko to make Pops of their wrestlers. They make a Funko Pop of everything so it seems only a matter of time though. Until then, reddit user DaveColeDojo made their own Darby Funko Pop.


Dave Meltzer reports that AEW has offered Jeff Cobb a contract that would allow him to continue to work New Japan Pro Wrestling, but that is where the talks ended. Cobb is signed for multiple dates with AEW, but it is unknown how many. The offer remains on the table and AEW is hopeful he will sign.


Cody’s incredible moonsault off the top of the cage on AEW Dynamite was not without consequence as Cody broke his big toe doing the move. He is cleared to wrestle and his AEW Revolution match is not in danger.


Podcast round-up:

AEW Unrestricted with Jon Moxley

Talk is Jericho with Nyla Rose

Chris Van Vliet with Shawn Spears

Everything Elite

All Things Elite 


AEW is coming to Houston on April 29th for AEW Dynamite.

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As announced on #BTE, the Young Bucks biography “Killing the Business” is now available for pre-order at YoungBucksBook.com.

Elite 8: AEW Dynamite 2/19/2020

AEW Elite 8 is our weekly look at eight things that we liked about the latest episode of AEW Dynamite. You can check out last week’s Elite 8 here.

 

8. Orange Cassidy, always leaving us wanting more

Whatever your opinion on Orange Cassidy and his place in professional wrestling is, you have to admire the way he has been used in AEW. He always manages to show up at the exact right time and do the exact amount of stuff that keeps you wanting more. Despite what dorks on the internet say he never insults the viewer or the unreality of the sport and he always gives the audience exactly what they want from him.

There was a lot going on in this battle royale and I didn’t notice that Orange Cassidy wasn’t at ringside at first, as it should be. The focus should always be on who is in the ring and especially in a match like this where the stakes were high. Then just when you thought it was over for Trent and the Best Friends, a wild Orange Cassidy appears.

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It’s a minor thing, but Orange carrying Trent on his shoulder’s also shows that he’s not weak. He has muscles, he can carry around his friend if he wants. he just doesn’t usually want to. That’s key to who Orange Cassidy is and why all the bad opinions about him are wrong.

There may come a day when Orange Cassidy evolves and becomes a more active wrestler on the roster. I’m sure he’ll do great at it too because he’s a fantastic wrestler, but I’m completely fine with these small moments where he gets to just show up and be awesome.

7. Fatality~!

In a battle royale filled with cool moments, this is the one that is going to stick with me. The perfect use of Sammy Guevara and his stupid face.

6. Nyla Rose, tripping off the power

Nyla’s unique pronunciation of hungry (hong-gree?) aside, her interview with Tony Schiavone showed a true changing of the guard in the AEW Women’s Division. The division under Riho was competitive with each woman competing to work their way up the rankings for a title shot. Like Riho herself, title matches could be fun and wrestlers could respect one another when the match was done. With Nyla as champion? That’s out the window. The women’s division is war now.

5. Nevermore

Way back on January 15th, the Dark Order did a pre-paid spot where The Exalted One talked to their spokesman about their latest recruiting efforts. bossmoz on twitter took this clip and edited the sound mix to find that it was the voice of former ECW star Raven.

This was a different voice than a previous appearance of The Exalted One and then another pre-paid announcement featuring saw a completely different voice for The Exalted One. It’s almost like the Dark Order was trolling us. Well, they’re still trolling us.

Raven was seated several seats behind The Dark Order when they taunted SCU during the Tag Team Battle Royale and watched on as the teams brawled. The message here is clear: The Dark Order know you are trying to figure out who The Exalted One is and they are toying with you. Raven could very well be involved with The Dark Order, but he’s not The Exalted One. They are going to make you wait to find out like everybody else.

4. Darby’s house

It’s pretty insane that there was a really good Jon Moxley/Jeff Cobb match that: 1) set-up Jeff Cobb as someone to be reckoned with in AEW, 2) continued to build to the red-hot Jericho/Moxley match at Revolution, and 3) continued to make Moxley look like the biggest badass in AEW; and all I can think about is Darby Allin.

His return her got the loudest cheer of the night in the State Farm Arena and got us one step closer to the Moxley/Allin partnership that will spawn a million fanfics. Darby is the greatest.

3. Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Lucha Brothers

This match was everything that you could ever want from an AEW World Tag Team Championship match and it might be the best in Dynamite history. AEW only has highlights up for this one, but I really think they should put up the whole match on YouTube. It’s the kind of match that AEW does better than anyone and something I’d love to share with anyone who is still on the fence about giving AEW a try.

I need some time to wrap my mind around what The Young Bucks vs. Page & Omega is going to look like, but I have a feeling it’s going to be an emotionally charged, couples therapy version of this and I’m not sure my brain can handle that.

2. Cody, always Cody

On a night where Moxley stayed red hot, Darby Allin returned a conquering hero, and Page/Omega/Fenix/Pentagon staked their claim as the best wrestler in AEW; Cody once again stood tall above everyone else in AEW. Literally.

Wardlow was an absolute monster and managed to have an even more impressive debut than Jeff Cobb earlier in the evening. He absolutely destroyed Cody here and he’s going to be something special. That said, this was all about Cody.

The things that Cody has put his body through to get his match with MJF at AEW Revolution is inspiring and we’re at a point where anything less than the total annihilation of MJF by Cody will feel like a letdown. Somehow, I don’t think we’re going to feel that way.

1. AEW Revolution

This is the best built pay-per-view in the history of All Elite Wrestling and one of the best built shows in the history of wrestling. The top three of Cody vs. MJF, Young Bucks vs. Omega & Page, and Moxley vs. Jericho are three of the biggest matches in AEW history and they are all completely different matches.

Even undercard matches like Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin and Jake Hager vs. Dustin Rhodes feel important and necessary. Seriously, a Jake Hager match feels important! This is crazy!

I know I am biased (and I have tickets to this show so I am extra biased), but this show has the potential to be one of the greatest pay-per-views in wrestling history if the top matches deliver and there is no reason to think that they won’t deliver.

This is it. This is what we’ve been waiting for. AEW, get excited!

AEW Dynamite #20 Results: February 19th, 2020

AEW Dynamite #20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena – February 19, 2020

The Young Bucks won the Tag Team Battle Royal and will get a World Tag Team Championship match at AEW Revolution.

During the match, the Dark Order got on the match at ringside to taunt SCU about Christopher Daniels not being there and mentioned that the Exalted One was coming which lead to their elimination. Nick Jackson was eliminated early in the match leaving Matt to fend for himself. It ended up with Matt being in the final three along with Santana & Ortiz. He was able to eliminate both and survive interference from Sammy Guevara to get the win.

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Kris Statlander defeated Shanna with the Big Bang Theory.

Tony Schiavone interviewed Nyla Rose who cut a promo about how her winning the title belt was justice and how she should’ve been the one on all of the posters. She talked about how the AEW Women’s Championship was power that she held which brought out Kris Statlander and then Big Swole. The three argued before officials came out to separate them.

Jon Moxley defeated Jeff Cobb with a small package. 

Cobb was very dominant in this match, but Moxley was able to lock in a small package after a superplex to get the win. The Inner Circle then attacked Moxley after the match. Dustin Rhodes came out to help, but he was outnumbered as well. The lights went out and Darby Allin made his return by attacking the Inner Circle.

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AEW Tag Team Championship Match: Kenny Omega & Hangman Adam Page defeated the Lucha Bros (Pentagon & Fenix) with the Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger combination. 

Maybe the most incredible match in AEW Dynamite history. The Lucha Brothers nearly had it won when Page accidentally hit Omega with the Buckshot Lariat, but Omega was able to kick out and rally. After the match, The Young Bucks came out and Adam Page left without interacting with them.

Steel Cage Match: Cody Rhodes defeated Wardlow after a moonsault from the top of the cage. 

Cody was busted open early here, but continued to fight. He hit the Cross Rhodes on Wardlow, but it wasn’t enough to get the pin. Cody then climbed to the top of the cage and hit a moonsault onto Wardlow for the pin. Cody will now face MJF at AEW Revolution.

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AEW Dynamite Preview for February 19, 2020

This week’s AEW Dynamite comes from Atlanta, Georgia and features some big matches with huge AEW Revolution implications.

What happened last week

  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page defeated SCU.
  • Darby Allin sent in video to challenge Sammy Guevara to a match at AEW Revolution.
  • Dustin Rhodes defeated Sammy Guevara with the Final Reckoning. After the match, he challenged Jake Hager to a match at AEW Revolution.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Nyla Rose defeated Riho to win the championship.
  • Chris Jericho announced that he has hired Jeff Cobb to come in and face Jon Moxley next week.
  • MJF defeated Jungle Boy after hitting him with the Cross Rhodes.
  • Jon Moxley defeated Santana with the Paradigm Shift. After the match, the Inner Circle and Jeff Cobb beat down Mox.

For more on last week’s show, check out our Elite 8 Dynamite review

Announced for this week:

It’s hard to know where to even start with this episode of Dynamite as every match on the show is a big one. This is one of the biggest episodes of Dynamite yet so we’re going to start with what could be the opening match. AEW has started their show with hot tag matches many times and there is no reason to mess with a good thing.

This will be Adam Page & Kenny Omega’s second title defense and their second match against the Lucha Brothers. They wrestled the Lucha Brothers on Dynamite #12 and lost due to miscommunication when Page accidentally hit Omega with the Buckshot Lariat. After the match, the two argued and it looked like that might be the end of the team, but they rallied and haven’t lost since.

The Lucha Brothers got the win in the eight-man tag between them and The Butcher & The Blade against Omega, Page & The Young Bucks two weeks ago, pinning Page. So they earned this shot in two ways, by holding a win over the champs before they won the titles and by pinning one of them after they won them.

Nyla Rose had a lot to say during the commercial break last week as she went off on Kenny Omega and the women’s division backstage after her win last week. This week, she’ll get a chance to do that on camera. It is less than two weeks until AEW Revolution so maybe we will get an idea of who she might face at the pay-per-view here.

This will be Jeff Cobb’s AEW in-ring debut and the second time they have ever wrestled one-on-one following their match at the 2019 G-1 Climax.

Moxley is undefeated in singles matches in AEW and has his eye’s on Chris Jericho’s AEW World Championship at Revolution. While Cobb will be looking to make an impact in his AEW debut. Expect this match to be intense and hard-hitting with Cobb looking to prove himself in AEW and earn his money from the Inner Circle.

The most intriguing match-up on this week’s AEW Dynamite as the winner of this will receive a World Tag Team title shot at AEW Revolution. There is a good case to be made for a lot of these teams winning this match and, in a battle royale setting, anyone can. Both wrestlers of each team must be eliminated in this match which adds an interesting wrinkle. Jurassic Express looks a lot stronger with those rules as Luchasaurus will be the biggest man in the match.

The Young Bucks are the favorites here, but they will have a huge target on their backs. (No thanks to Adam Page on BTE.) Other contenders include: SCU who just barely lost last week to Page & Omega, Santana & Ortiz who have a great overall record, and The Butcher & The Blade who have been looking strong of late and have more size/strength than almost any other team.

The main Dark Order team of Evil Uno & Grayson are not in the match and The Dark Order is reperesented by John Silver and Alex Reynolds. Clearly, The Dark Order has bigger plans for them, but with SCU in this match it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them show up here.

This match should be a lot of fun.

The opposite of fun is this match. If the 10 lashings of Cody was hard to watch, this has the chance to do a lot more damage to Cody’s body. This match is no escape, pin or submission only. The way that cage matches were intended to be.

Cody needs to win this match to secure the match with MJF at AEW Revolution. Cody has a 9-3-1 record in AEW with his only singles loss coming when MJF threw in the towel at Full Gear. This will be Wardlow’s AEW  in-ring debut and his first match since September. Much like Jeff Cobb earlier in the night, he should be highly motivated to prove himself here.

With Cody living in Atlanta, this being the first cage match in AEW history, and the match at Revolution at stake, there is no doubt that this will be the main event of the evening.

Elite 8: AEW Dynamite 2/12/2020

AEW Elite 8 is our weekly look at eight things that we liked about the latest episode of AEW Dynamite. You can check out last week’s Elite 8 here.

8. Chubby, Whataburger faces

I said last week that Britt Baker was nearing an MJF-level of hate, but she might’ve surpassed even him in Texas this week when she mentioned Whataburger in a less than positive way and set the crowd on fire.

It’s pretty crazy that in an interview where she attempted to portray knocking out Yuka Sakazaki’s teeth as a nice thing, that mentioning a fast food burger chain is what turned the crowd against her. The lesson, as always, don’t talk bad about regional fast food chains.

Honestly, I’m pretty excited for the next time Dynamite is in the South for Britt to go in on Krystal. It’s just White Castle! Or the Milwaukee episode and Culver’s. You know what this greasy burger needs? More grease, pass the butter! She could be like a reverse Doughboys.

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7. Battle Royale fights that make sense

Too often in wrestling there is a battle royale announced and then a bunch of people who are in that batle royale start fighting for basically no reason. This week had a bunch of people who are in a battle royale start fighting, but a lot of them had a good reason to do so!

Last week, The Dark Order attacked SCU and Best Friends after their match. After SCU’s tag match tonight, The Dark Order showed up to attack them again. This brought out the Best Friends to save and we were about to have a four-on-four brawl. Then TH2 and The Butcher & The Blade came out because both teams are opportunistic and looking for an advantage heading into next week which made the SCU/Best Friends group outnumbered. Then the Young Bucks ran out to help their friends because they’re friends with the guys who are outnumbered, they are in the battle royale next week, and they have ongoing issues with The Dark Order and The Butcher & The Blade. Great job, everybody!

Not only does next week’s battle royale have a huge prize at stake, there are a lot of individual issues between multiple teams in the match as well and a lot potential winners. I’m way too excited about this battle royale.

6. Dustin Rhodes says what we’ve all been thinking

“Are you ever going to step in the ring? Or are you gonna just keep collecting a paycheck? You’re failing at your MMA career, you’re failing here before you’ve even gotten started.”

5. A drama free World Tag Team Championship match

It was nice to take a week off from the relationship drama between Adam Page and the Elite, and just have an awesome World Tag Team Championship match. SCU really brought it here with a lot more aggressiveness and outstanding team work. While Page & Omega weren’t always on the same page, they were when it counted and got it done.

I really like the tandem offense of Page and Omega as everything looks like it will kill you and the V-Trigger/Buckshot Lariat combo might be my favorite finisher in tag team wrestling right now. It’s more brutal than pretty which helps it stand out in this division.

Perhaps drama free was not the right phrase to use though as Kazarian got his hand on the bottom rope right near the end of the match. What was that all about? Was he too late? Did the referee miss it? I can’t imagine them getting another shot after two straight losses to this team, but they probably deserve one. Another point for the battle royale!

4. Jungle Boy doing stuff

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One of the guys at Everything Elite said that they are always interested when Jungle Boy has a match and I have to agree.

A great thing about AEW’s existence is that we are all getting in on the “ground floor” of the company. Even if you just started watching today, you could go back and be caught up with every single show they’ve ever done in a matter of days. It’s why people can be so critical at times because they just want every chapter of this story to be perfect. As AEW viewers, we can hypothetically watch someone’s career from beginning to end and there is nothing more exciting than that.

When I say this, I’m talking about Jungle Boy. He’s a wrestler that didn’t have a ton of exposure before AEW and he immediately became someone to watch from the first moments he appeared on screen. We are all watching him grow and learn new things every single time out, we are invested in his progress and that is really exciting.

It doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as hell and the son of a movie star, sure, but the true appeal of Jungle Boy is that he’s the purest wrestler on this roster. Jungle Boy is good in a way that no one else here is. Putting him in the ring with the biggest prick in AEW is the perfect spot for him and a surefire way to get a strong emotional investment from the viewer. That’s exactly what we got here and I’m ready for more. I could watch these two wrestle twenty times with MJF cheating to win the first 19 times

3. The Human Suplex Machine

The AEW Women’s World Championship match on this week’s AEW Dynamite might be the best women’s match this company has had. It was a super-sized version of the first match between these two back on the first episode of Dynamite and it really showed how far both have come in the short time since that first match.

Nyla Rose was upset backstage after the match because nobody was really celebrating her big win and, at the risk of upsetting her even more, I am not going to celebrate her here and instead celebrate Riho.

Riho was her typical self here with quick escapes and the type of body contortions that nobody else can really do because nobody else in wrestling weighs 98 pounds. While that stuff is fun and always adds a lot to a match, it was Riho’s suplexes that really blew my mind and had me hoping for her to win.

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This GIF doesn’t quite catch it all, but Nyla Rose went for the One Winged Angel (rude) and Riho managed to reverse it into a dragon suplex. That’s what the GIF shows and if that was it, that would be pretty great. What happened next was even better as Riho came back and hit a second dragon suplex, then followed it up with a sick northern lights suplex. It was beautiful and it was Riho going to a higher level than we thought she was capable of in order to keep her title.

I don’t know who is going to challenge Nyla at AEW Revolution, but I honestly wouldn’t mind the tiebreaker between these two. Nobody makes Nyla look more dangerous than Riho and nobody makes Riho look more evasive than Nyla.

2. Mox over everything

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Like 99% of the world, I am guilty of looking at my phone too much. I watch AEW with a lot of dedication each week, but I also look at my phone throughout the show. It’s a weakness. None of what I am doing on my phone matters or makes me enjoy the show more. It’s just something that I do. It’s something that we all deal with in the year 2020, but there is one thing that works as a surefire cure for my phone addiction every single time: Jon Moxley.

From the second his music starts and he appears in the crowd, I’m hooked. The phone goes down and I’m locked in on Mox because I simply don’t know what he is going to do. He’s magnetic in that way. The people are going crazy for him and he’s just out there, doing it. His entrance is one of the most must-see events of the show each week for me because of this. Plus, people losing their freaking minds for him which honestly makes for some great people watching. Will someone be desperate for Mox to slap hands with him? Of course. Will people get way too excited and grab him? Without a doubt. Will it phase Mox in the slightest? Hell naw.

I enjoyed the match with him and Santana as there was a ton of bad blood between the two and they wrestled as such. The double-blinding at the end could’ve been cringe in anyone else’s hands, but Mox is making the eye thing work. You truly believe that he could beat half the roster blind, he’s that bad ass.

The Inner Circle post-match attack was a necessary step in the war between Mox and the Inner Circle, and the whole thing had me begging for a Darby Allin return to even the odds. Mox as Darby’s friend/mentor has some real potential and I’m already working on the music video set to Cat Stevens’ Father and Son. I’m really hoping we see that tag team soon.

For now, I’ll settle for this…

1. Jeff Cobb!!!!!!!

YES!!!

Jeff Cobb was near the top of my AEW wishlist and I’m so very happy to see him here. Cobb first drew my attention as the (spoiler alert for a years old wrestling show) Monster Matanza on Lucha Underground. Like many from that show, I wasn’t sure if it was him or the presentation that made him so cool, but then he went to PWG and made me forget that show ever happened. Every time out was a ****+ match and he really established himself as one of the best at this. His Art of Wrestling is a great listen and he just seems like the kind of guy you want on your wrestling show.

He’s only a hired gun right now and he’s still a free agent, but I’m glad he’s here. The match next week against Mox is the dream match I didn’t know I needed and I’m very excited about all of this.

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AEW Dynamite #19 Results: February 12, 2020

AEW Dynamite #19 – Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center – February 12, 2020

AEW World Tag Team Championship: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page defeated SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky with the Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger combo. 

Before the match, The Dark Order appeared on the screen and made more threats. This took Christopher Daniels to the back to look into the situation. Another very good match between these two teams. Omega and Page managed to hit the Buckshot Lariat/V-Trigger combo to win, but Kazarian grabbed the bottom rope right near the finish.

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The Dark Order returned after the match to confront SCU, but the Best Friends came out to back them up. This brought out The Butcher & The Blade, TH2, and the Young Bucks. All the teams then brawled before the big Tag Team Battle Royale next week.

A video of a sitdown interview between Jim Ross and Santana was played. Santana talked about his dad who started going blind at the age of 14 and passed away before Santana had a chance to say goodbye.

Darby Allin sent in another video that parodied the way Sammy Guevara uses signs during the picture-in-picture ad breaks. He challenged Sammy Guevara to a match at AEW Revolution.

Dustin Rhodes defeated Sammy Guevara after hitting him with the Final Reckoning.

Dustin Rhodes got a huge reception as he is from Austin, TX. Jake Hager tried to interfere throughout this match, but Dustin was able to grab the win. After the match, Dustin challenged Hager to a match at AEW Revolution.

Tony Schiavone interviewed Britt Baker about what she did to Yuka Sakazaki last week. Britt said that the tooth needed to be pulled and she did the dental work for free. She once again portrayed herself as the face of the AEW Women’s division and then said that she saw a lot of “chubby, Whataburger faces” in the crowd.

AEW Women’s World Championship: Nyla Rose defeated Riho to win the championship after hitting the Beast Bomb.

A ton of back-and-forth action here with Riho managing to handle a ton of punishment and escaping multiple moves. Finally, Riho hit the spear and a Beast Bomb to get the win. After the match, Nyla went backstage and nobody was celebrating her which made her even madder.

Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle were backstage hyping up tonight’s match with Mox and Sanata. Jericho also said that next week they had a surprise for Jon Moxley as JEFF COBB is coming to face him.

MJF defeated Jungle Boy after hitting him with the Cross Rhodes.

Brandi Rhodes was on commentary for this one and was strongly against MJF. Jungle Boy showed a ton of heart here and really had MJF on the ropes before Wardlow came out and handed MJF his Dynamite Dozen Diamond Ring. MJF punched him while wearing it and then hit a Cross Rhodes for the win.

PAC sent in another video. This time saying that Kenny Omega has not been the same since losing to him at All Out. Their 30-Minute Iron Man match is in two weeks.

Jon Moxley defeated Santana with the Paradigm Shift. 

JR called this one a “slobberknocker” and that’s pretty much what it was. Both wrestlers went to work on the other’s one good eye. Moxley managed to blind Santana and then Ortiz spit alcohol in his eye so he was blinded as well. With both men blinded, Moxley managed to find Santana and hit the Paradigm Shift for the win.

After the win, all the members of the Inner Circle hit the ring and beat down on Moxley. After Jericho hit the Judas Effect, he called down Jeff Cobb who hit Moxley with the Tour of the Islands as the show went off the air.

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NEXT WEEK:

  • Steel Cage match: Cody vs Wardlow
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: Adam Page & Kenny Omega vs. Lucha Bros (Fenix & Pentagon)
  • Jon Moxley vs. Jeff Cobb
  • Tag Team Battle Royale for a title shot at AEW Revolution
    • Announced teams: Young Bucks, Best Friends, SCU, Santana & Ortiz, The Butcher & The Blade, Private Party, TH2, Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy), Stronghearts (T-Hawk & CIMA), John Silver and Alex Reynolds, and The Dark Order.