AEW to host annual ‘Revolution’ wrestling event

By Elijah Nevlin

On March 3, All Elite Wrestling will host its annual “Revolution” pay-per-view event. Featuring the retirement of 40-year veteran Sting, the much-anticipated event has the potential to be one of the biggest in AEW history.

In 1984, “The Icon” Sting made his wrestling debut. Over the decades he spent extensive time in World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action, winning a total of 14 world championships. Earlier this year he announced he would be wrestling his final match: a tag-team match with partner Darby Allin at AEW “Revolution.”

Before he could decide his opponents, Sting and Allin were attacked by the Young Bucks, brothers Matthew and Nicholas Jackson. The duo vowed to rid the company of old stars like Sting. 

Sting and Allin won the AEW Tag Team Championships on Feb. 7, and were again attacked by the Young Bucks. It was then made official: Sting and Darby Allin versus the Young Bucks for the AEW Tag Team titles on March 3 at “Revolution.” 

Sting’s career has lasted decades, and he is arguably one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. One can only hope that Sting sees a satisfying end to his career after seeing a late-stage resurgence with the help of his much younger partner, Darby Allin. If there are any two opponents perfect for the job, it is the agile, villainous Young Bucks who can make Sting look dominant even with his limited mobility.

With one door closing, another opens. Revolution marks the debut of Will Ospreay as a full-time AEW wrestler. Ospreay has made a name for himself over the years as one of the best in the world, having many matches considered amongst the greatest ever. 

Ospreay announced in November that he had signed a contract with AEW. After having finally finished his time in Japan, Ospreay will wrestle his first match as an AEW talent this week against Konosuke Takeshita. 

Since both Ospreay and Takeshita are incredible wrestlers, I expect this bout to be the match of the night. To see Ospreay on American television for the first time is very exciting and it certainly will not disappoint.

Other notable matches that are sure to impress include: TNT Champion Christian Cage versus Daniel Garcia, Continental Crown Champion Eddie Kingston versus Bryan Danielson, International Champion Orange Cassidy versus Roderick Strong and Women’s Champion “Timeless” Toni Storm versus Deonna Purrazzo. Of course, the biggest prize in AEW will be contested for at “Revolution” as AEW World Champion Samoa Joe defends his belt in a triple-threat match against Adam Page and Swerve Strickland.

In November at AEW “WrestleDream,” Strickland defeated Page. The following month at “Full Gear,” Swerve gained a second victory in a Texas death match. On the Feb. 7 episode of AEW “Dynamite,” Strickland and Swerve battled to find the number one contender to Samoa Joe’s championship. The match reached a 30-minute draw, meaning both men qualified for a championship match.

The two have become fierce enemies over the past few months, and now their blood feud has led them to the main event. While Page is already a former AEW Champion, Strickland has yet to win any singles championship in AEW. 

Despite playing a villain, Strickland has a massive amount of fan support and is arguably the most popular wrestler in the company. He is the favorite to win this match, and the person that I am personally rooting for. Samoa Joe is one of my favorite wrestlers, but he is a veteran who has already had his time in the spotlight. This Sunday, it should be Strickland’s moment to become a world champion. 

Between the retirement of Sting, the debut of Will Ospreay, Swerve Strickland and Adam Page’s rivalry reaching the world championship and many other title matches, “Revolution” is shaping up to be a very exciting event. Wrestling fans can buy the event on pay-per-view and watch the show this upcoming Sunday. With Sting’s final match, this is the end of an era that fans should not miss.

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