The rivalry between AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley will be taken to a previously unfathomable level at All Elite Wrestling’s upcoming Revolution pay-per-view.
Five words: Exploding. Barbed. Wire. Death. Match.
While Moxley closed down this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT with a strong six-man tag team match, he quickly found himself on the receiving end of a three-on-one beatdown from Omega and the Good Brothers.
Apparently, when Moxley negotiated his original deal with AEW President Tony Khan, his contract included an automatic rematch should he lose the world championship. As he is contractually obligated to do so, Omega has agreed to give him a title match on March 7 at Revolution, on the condition that he choose the stipulation.
— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) February 18, 2021
The history between these two goes back to the very first AEW pay-per-view. Moxley made his shocking debut with the upstart promotion at the expense of Omega, hitting him with a Paradigm Shift on top of a giant set of poker chips.
At AEW Full Gear 2019, Moxley defeated Omega in a brutal Lights Out match that went nearly 40 minutes, although AEW does not officially recognize the victory as it was not technically “sanctioned” by the company.
One full year later, Omega won the rematch at a special “Winter is Coming” edition of Dynamite thanks to blatant interference from IMPACT EVP Don Callis, turning heel in the process. Two weeks ago, Omega and New Japan’s KENTA defeated Moxley and Lance Archer in a tag team match.
If you have never seen an Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match before you are in for something incredibly unique, and based on who is competing, incredibly barbaric.
There are variations to how these matches play out, and AEW may put their own twist on the concept, but the general idea is that the ropes are replaced with barbed wire that is rigged to explode upon contact. In some of them, a timer begins to count down at the end signaling that the competitors have just a few minutes remaining before a giant explosion engulfs the entire ringside area.
There is a famous match between Terry Funk and Atsushi Onita from 1993 that sees both men torn to shreds by the barbed wire, bleeding profusely. With about one minute left Onita wins the match as a loud, anxiety-inducing air raid siren blares across the arena. The referee runs for the hills but Onita, realizing Funk is still unconscious in the ring, tries to wake him before throwing his own body on top of his opponent’s to shield him from the blast.
Tony Khan Discusses WWE NXT Possibly Moving Dates & Sunday PPV Events
Tony Khan recently gave his opinion on WWE NXT potentially moving nights and the future of AEW PPV dates in the future.
It has been heavily rumored recently that WWE NXT could be moving away from Wednesday nights in the near future, looking to run on Tuesdays to run unopposed. Tony Khan recently spoke with Forbes contributor Alfred Konuwa about that possibly happening.
“I don’t know if that’s a real thing or not, but it would be great to be unopposed and I’d love to have an unopposed audience. When we have, we’ve done some really good numbers and I think that would be awesome.”
Tonight will see AEW’s latest PPV offering take place, with Revolution, and he spoke about whether or not the company will continue using Sunday’s moving forwards.
“On the three-day holidays, I think it’s good. I actually would argue that for Double or Nothing or All Out, a large percentage of the country is going to have Monday off, and in England those are bank holidays so a large percentage of England, people aren’t really working very much. Most people have Labor Day and Memorial Day off here and abroad.
“Double or Nothing, I am strongly considering going to Sunday. All Out I really think it would be really smart to do Sunday because then I don’t compete with College Football and the NFL won’t be going head-to-head. Full Gear I will keep on a Saturday. Revolution and Full Gear, whenever possible, I will do on a Saturday.” (H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription)
Shaq Discusses His AEW Dynamite Appearance & How He Got Motivated
Shaq has spoken about his appearance on AEW Dynamite and why he got motivated to get in good physical condition.
Shaq appeared on Access to discuss why he decided to dress the way he did, opting for sweatpants and a tank top rather than traditional wrestling gear.
“Look, Cody challenged me to a fight, I’m showing up in fight clothes, sweatpants and a tank top. I respect him, I respect his family, I respect all the wrestlers, what they’ve done. I don’t want to come in with a gimmicky costume. This man challenged me to a fight. I’m showing up like it’s going to be a fight. So I’m just going to wear sweatpants and a tank top.”
Shaq looked in great shape when he appeared on Dynamite, and he revealed that it was because of Mario Lopez that he got in such great physical shape.
“Guess who motivated me? One day I was looking on the internet and I’d seen my good friend Mario Lopez take his shirt off and I got jealous because we used to hang out back in the day. We used to look similar and now you’re killing me, so I wanted to say thank you for motivating me. You look fabulous. I want to say I’m proud of you. But I’ll be ready tonight, March 3rd, I’ll be ready.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)
The Young Bucks Admit They Thought Paul Wight Was A Lifetime WWE Guy
The Young Bucks recently spoke about AEW signing Paul Wight, revealing how Tony Khan broke the news to them.
The signing of Wight (fka The Big Show) is something that took the wrestling world by surprise. Wight had been a very loyal WWE Superstar, and even The Young Bucks admitted they were shocked as they told Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports.
“So, Tony, I want to say it was about a month ago, he wanted to tell us something. He gathered us up with Kenny, he’s like, ‘hey, what do you guys think of signing the Big Show?’ We’re like, ‘what?’ Our reaction was like, ‘really, I thought he would be a lifetime WWE guy.’ He said, ‘well, he wants to come and play,’ so we’re like, ‘let’s do it.’ So that was pretty much how it all went.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)
Wight has signed a long-term deal with the company and he will be working as a commentator for the company for AEW’s new show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
Wight will also be appearing at AEW Revolution tonight where he will be introducing a “Hall Of Fame level” new signing. Meanwhile, The Young Bucks will be defending their Tag Team Championships agasint Chris Jericho and MJF.
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