Last year, Revolution was right there among the best shows of 2022, with great matches up and down the card and plenty of surprises.
So this year’s version has a lot to live up to with maybe the least buzz around any AEW pay-per-view so far.
Sometimes these are the type of shows that end up being sneaky good and Tony Khan’s company certainly needs to rebuild some momentum with how hot WWE is heading into to WrestleMania.
AEW always has seemed to overdeliver in spots like this, so lets see if that’s the case again at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
With five championships on the line, The Post’s Joseph Staszewski predicts how it will all go down at Revolution on Sunday (8 p.m., Bleacher Report).
‘Jungle Boy’ Jack Perry over Christian Cage
It feels fitting that this story will conclude in a Final Burial match as it feels like AEW has been trying to move Jungle Boy away from the cartoonish Tarzan-like character he started with.
Whether this is done Buried Alive style in the arena or as a cinematic match remains to be seen.
There is a little more of an edge to him now and beating a legend like Christian in this type of match should only add to that as he tries to channel some of bad boy cool of this dad Luke Perry.
How this will differ from the Hangman-Moxley Texas Death Match will be the question.
Cage’s injury extended this feud several months, and it needs to end and here — and it will — so Jungle Boy can start working his way into a potential main event or TNT title position.
Ricky Starks over Chris Jericho
I was worried about AEW potentially wanting to extend this feud, but the Jericho Appreciation Society — who are banned from ringside in this one — taking out Starks this week on Dynamite makes it seem like the babyface will finally get the better of the group.
Unless they want to do something between the two with a stipulation down the road, having Jericho win really helps no one here since Starks is a rising star in the company.
‘Hangman’ Adam Page over Jon Moxley in a Texas Death Match
Moxley has won two out of the three singles matches between the two dating back to the Blackpool Combat Club leader successfully defending the AEW world championship against Page on Dynamite back in October.
That one had to end by referee stoppage after Page suffered a concussion.
Moxley, who won the most recent meeting with a counter into a pinfall, hasn’t had an overwhelming victory in this feud.
They have felt fluky instead.
While this would be the match type for Moxley to get a definitive win in, that really doesn’t serve AEW well with Page as babyface and the company riding a heel champion in MJF.
This all feels set up to turn Moxley and the Blackpool Combat Club heel, give the Dark Order some meaningful TV time and set Page up for an eventual program with MJF as their history goes all the way back to AEW’s first ever pay-per-view.
Wardlow over Samoa Joe (c) to win the TNT championship
It feels like all the momentum Wardlow had has petered out, even a little before Joe stunningly defeated him for the TNT championship at “New Year’s Smash” in December.
He hasn’t wrestled on AEW TV since and this feels like the perfect time to put the belt back on him and rebuild his star for a tailor-made feud with former boss MJF later this year.
The only way Joe wins is if he is going to drop the belt to Face of the Revolution ladder match winner Will Hobbs next week on Dynamite.
Joe is also the Ring of Honor television champion and with the company filming TV again, Tony Khan may want to move the veteran over there more exclusively.
The Acclaimed over the Gunns (c.), Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett and Danhausen and Orange Cassidy to win the AEW World Tag Team championships
These teams could prove me wrong, but man this feels like a far cry from the AEW tag team division we once knew.
Having the fan-favorite Acclaimed win their belts back feels like the only way to salvage this.
I could see Danhausen taking a pin as a way to have the Gunns retain or to put the belts on Jarrett and Lethal without having the Acclaimed lose, but does any of that sound appealing?
The Elite (c) over House of Black to retain the AEW World Trios championships
AEW didn’t wait months for Kenny Omega to be healthy enough to rejoin the Young Bucks and then put the trios championships back on The Elite after their suspension just to take them right of of them.
This program with House of Black is in its infancy — their only interactions were from vignettes and the lights going out during The Elite’s matches, until they finally attacked the champs and took the belts on Dynamite this week.
These six certainly have the ability to steal the show, but Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King won’t be leaving with gold.
Jamie Hayter (c.) over Saraya and Ruby Soho to retain the AEW women’s world championship
While I can see Saraya winning with help from Toni Storm to make the two babyfaces have to chase her for most of the year, this story and Hayter’s reign is just beginning.
The champ is also having some superb matches on TV and Saraya can only wrestle a limited number of times as she eases her way back after her serious neck injury that had forced her to retire.
Something, however, will happen that will make Soho finally pick a side between Hayter and Britt Baker and Saraya and Storm.
My guess is she ends up with the heels due to her WWE ties and desire to be champion.
MJF (c) over Bryan Danielson in a 60-minute Iron Man match to retain the AEW world championship
MJF beating Bryan Danielson in any kind of serious wrestling match almost seems unfathomable, but that’s what we will get in the champ’s first pay-per-view title defense.
I have a feeling we will see very few actual falls scored in this one.
Maybe 1-3 at most with MJF finding a way to steal the victory late.
Hopefully, AEW can come up with something new other than the Dynamite Diamond Ring, brass knuckles in a William Regal callback, the title belt or a low blow to get the job done.
Though MJF will likely leave little doubt about his main-event wrestling chops.
AEW can probably get one more meeting between MJF and Danielson on a Dynamite this way if it wants to.
I’d love to see a new heater or direction revealed for MJF and my suggestion is Kayla Rossi in a Chyna-like role.