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    Tuesday, March 8, 2022

    The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Revolution 2022

    Jon Moxley, William Regal, Bryan Danielson

    If 2021 was all about acquiring the right wrestling talent to make All Elite Wrestling into the real contender it was destined to be, 2022 is shaping up to be an ultimate show of force, with Revolution heralding the company's real arrival as a big player in Western pro wrestling. Never mind that it's still number two on the rankings—from the way it looks right now, unless you're still on the outside looking in, you'd never think it was playing the real second fiddle to WWE.

    Yes, that sounds biased as all hell, but you don't need to look far to see how much star power Tony Khan's little pissant company has managed to acquire (thanks to WWE's own decisions, too). On paper, Revolution had: Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, William Regal, Jon Moxley, Adam Cole, Sting, Matt Hardy, Andrade El Idolo, Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby Fish, Christian Cage, and Keith Lee, just to start off. These are mostly stars Vince McMahon had built to try and prop up the WWE's current generation, and it turned out that they've been prepared to help the competition all along. 

    WWE may have Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, but beyond those two megastars, they're still in a seemingly constant state of rebuilding. Meanwhile, AEW has solidified its core, and this year's Revolution is the proof of concept.

    All the former WWE talent, as well as the various stars from other different promotions, that AEW has acquired has pretty much guaranteed that AEW events offer almost the same kind of high-quality in-ring action that you can expect from a WWE premium live event (the times that they're allowed to let loose and have good matches). It's no longer deserving of the criticism that it's a smorgasbord of spot-heavy American indy-style wrestling that haters loved to throw at the company in its early days; the vast wealth of experience that has come, and will continue to come, to their fold has ensured that there's something for everybody.

    Do you want Japanese-style violence? Eddie Kingston, Bryan Danielson, and Jon Moxley, just to name a few, can deliver no-nonsense action to those who want something grittier. People who wanted to see blood and old-school-style wrestling had CM Punk and MJF. Spot lovers still had the old standbys in Adam Cole, Hangman Page, the Young Bucks, the Jurassic Express, reDRagon, and the like. Pro wrestling is supposed to be a variety show, and AEW presented that real variety in Revolution.

    I try not to sound too much like a shill, and AEW isn't perfect by any means, but it is actually the good alternative that those who say they want a great wrestling product have been looking for. You deserve a show that treats you, the fan, well—no matter what you grew up on. If you don't know it yet, AEW is finally here, and they let the doubters know at Revolution.

    Revolution 2022 Rating: A

    Match of the Night

    There's only one Bret Hart, but this generation's Excellence of Execution is Bryan Danielson. He just does not miss, especially in a run where he's allowed to wrestle exactly the way he wants to (bumping and flying around a lot in WWE is what got him his nagging injuries) and the entire story of this match—and William Regal arriving after to seemingly mentor this union—is the most compelling development to come out of Revolution.

    Photo from AEW

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    Item Reviewed: The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Revolution 2022 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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