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Sting’s excellent farewell capped distinctive AEW Revolution

It feels like it’s been too long since an AEW pay-per-view left a feeling this good both about the present and future of the company. What we got at Revolution from the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday was the perfect sendoff for the icon Sting, a surprise return from Kyle O’Reilly, one of the early matches

Sting’s excellent farewell capped distinctive AEW Revolution

It feels prefer it’s been too lengthy since an AEW pay-per-view left a sense this good each concerning the current and way forward for the corporate.

What we acquired at Revolution from the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday was the proper sendoff for the icon Sting, a shock return from Kyle O’Reilly, one of many early matches of the yr between Konosuke Takeshita and Will Ospreay, who was in his first conflict as a full-time member of the corporate, and the preservation of Swerve Strickland’s pursuit of the AEW world championship for a extra becoming second. 

It was a basic AEW present — if that’s such a factor after solely 5 years of existence — that added to the anticipated arrival of Mercedes Mone’ subsequent week and doubtlessly Kazuchika Okada sooner or later.

Sting in his final match at AEW Revolution on March 3, 2024.

Sting in his ultimate match at AEW Revolution on March 3, 2024. Lee South

Ric Flair comes out to help Sting during AEW Revolution

Ric Aptitude comes out to assist Sting throughout AEW Revolution Lee South

However greater than something, Revolution was an opportunity to look again on the 39-year profession of Sting and provides the final nice energetic wrestler of his period the sendoff he deserved whereas setting an instance for how all-time greats should be treated on the way in which out.

It was a celebration as a lot because it was a farewell.

Sting’s entrance hit on all of the feelings, from “The Remaining Showtime” video package deal of Sting in an empty theater watching some profession highlights, to his sons dressing like Surfer Stings and nWo Wolfpack Sting, to the person himself popping out to his basic “Search and Destroy” theme.

The match itself was extra spectacle than your conventional basic, however that’s been Sting’s and Darby Allin’s energy throughout his 29-0 run within the AEW. Sting’s sons began with Stinger Splashes on the Younger Bucks to pay them again for his or her prior assault earlier than the actual chaos started. 

Sting took two desk bumps, together with a suplex via one off the stage, and Allin was left in a bloody however nonetheless functioning heap following an insane head-first flip off a ladder from the ring via a pane of glass, which was arrange on chairs on the surface, after the Younger Bucks moved out of the way in which within the nick of time.

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After that, the Bucks, who labored their butts off all night time, did no matter they may to place Sting down. However he stood proper up after going via a desk and kicked out of superkicks and an EVP Set off. The Bucks, who within the story need to ship Sting’s era packing, had been at totally different factors foiled by the likes of Ric Aptitude and Ricky Steamboat, each of whom acquired superkicks.

Darby Allin and Sting retained the tag team championships before the legend retired

Darby Allin and Sting retained the tag crew championships earlier than the legend retired Lee South

As soon as Sting acquired the higher hand again, a Scorpion Loss of life Drop wasn’t sufficient to pin Matt Jackson’s shoulders to the mat. Allin acquired up in time to ship a Coffin Drop earlier than Sting made Matt faucet to the Scorpion Loss of life Lock to retain the AEW tag crew championships, which is able to now be vacated and put up for grabs in a match in an ideal tie into Warner Bros. Discovery’s March Insanity protection.

Sting’s retirement was the prime instance of AEW pushing all the proper buttons for probably the most half at Revolution.

Hangman’s gambit

“Hangman” Adam Web page beat up referees, broke up pins and finally acquired choked out by Samoa Joe, guaranteeing rival Swerve Strickland — who refused to cheat utilizing Prince Nana’s crown — wouldn’t change into AEW world champion. It wasn’t flawless, however made sense for the story they had been telling coming in.

Swerve Strickland delivers a boot to Hangman Page

Swerve Strickland delivers a boot to Hangman Web page Lee South

The proper particular person in Wardlow is ready now within the wings after profitable a enjoyable and fast-paced, however most likely a tad too lengthy, eight-man scramble match to change into the No. 1 contender. 

AEW was additionally trying forward by establishing Jon Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli as a title-contending tag crew with a brutally bodily win over FTR earlier than this match started.

Bryan Danielson needed to lastly shake Eddie Kingston’s hand after the holder of Continental Crown countered a second Busaiku Knee with a lariat and stacked-pin powerbomb to win. Danielson will quickly finish his full-time in-ring profession having by no means held a title in AEW, however the record of expertise he’s helped additional legitimize continues to develop.

Will Ospreay and Konosuke Takeshita did battle at AEW Revolution

Will Ospreay and Konosuke Takeshita did battle at AEW Revolution Lee South

Ospreay and Takeshita was the mat basic we anticipate to get in AEW, from the picturesque and fluid counter sequences to the moments of hard-hitting physicality. It was Ospreay really saying himself to AEW followers and Takeshita proving he belongs within the elite class of wrestlers right this moment.

O’Reilly’s return after practically two years away due to a critical neck harm was a legit shock following buddy Roderick Robust ending Orange Cassidy’s second reign as Worldwide Champion after lastly doing extra injury to the again than the champ might take. 

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Followers got a motive to tune on this week after O’Reilly congratulated Robust with a hug however refused to placed on an Undisputed Kingdom shirt. He might change into an unlikely ally for doubtlessly MJF and Wardlow down the road. 

Falling brief

Not the whole lot was excellent. 

TNT champion Christian Cage retained towards Daniel Garcia in a reasonably normal match. Garcia was in a position to overcome Killswitch’’s interference, however not Nick Wayne, so all of it felt like a placeholder till Adam Copeland is introduced again into the fold of this story. 

Additionally, as enjoyable as AEW ladies’s World champion Toni Storm’s “Timeless” character is and nearly as good a job as AEW did in constructing a narrative round her and Deonna Purrazzo, this match felt a tad flat. 

It wasn’t helped by being about three and half hours into the entire present and following FTR towards the Blackpool Fight Membership, but it surely felt a bit slower than the whole lot else on the cardboard. Additionally, one other interference end as a distraction from Luther and Mariah Could — who was dressed as and was the spitting picture of red-and-black rocker Toni Storm — brought on Purrazzo to interrupt the Venus de Milo submission she had the champ in didn’t assist both.

Nonetheless, these had been minor blemishes on the “night time to recollect” Sting needed to ship us in his farewell. 

Largest Winner: Sting

Largest Losers: Deonna Purrazzo, Daniel Garcia

Greatest Match: Will Ospreay vs. Konosuke Takeshita

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Grade: A

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