AEW Revolution finishes with apparent major botch as exploding ring fails
In the main event of AEW Revolution, Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley squared off in an exploding barbwire deathmatch.
Needless to say, you don’t see those every day, certainly not in mainstream North America.
This was the first time a major, worldwide wrestling promotion attempted to put on a match of this type and it featured plenty of blood, barbwire and dangerous spot in addition to some pyrotechnics.
Moxley and Omega – who have insanely good chemistry anyway – went all out in this main event where Moxley was bleeding profusely as he sought to reclaim the AEW Championship from Omega.
The rules of this match are all fairly brutal. Three sides of the ring are covered in barbwire and will explode upon impact.
There is also a bed of barbwire on the outside and Moxley managed to hit a Deathrider on Omega from the apron onto the unforgiving wire.
One of the main plot points was the fact that on 30 minutes, the ring would explode. Once Omega had defeated Moxley with the help of the Good Brothers, they handcuffed Moxley in the ring and left him there to await his fate.
Eddie Kingston ran down and to try and save his enemy out of respect, but when the timer went off, only a few sparklers and flames appeared and it was much less than a basic firework show.
It was not an explosion at all and fans everywhere were left confused and in some cases, angry.
Kingston continued to sell as if he had been blown up. The commentary team also painted a picture like something horrible had happened.
However, in the post-show media scrum, AEW owner Tony Khan said it was all storyline. Omega had been building the exploding ring on TV in weeks prior and Khan said he simply built a dud.
That’s plausible. Khan said Omega being the craftsman gave them an out, but it doesn’t really explain Kingston and the commentary teams sell of the situation.
Furthermore, Khan would say “I don’t know what some people wanted short of actually blowing both the guys up. There’s only so much we can do.”
And that’s fair enough, but maybe don’t book an exploding match if that’s the case.
The match was sensational. The story with Kingston trying to save Moxley was amazing. Everything hit perfectly until that finish. And even if it was planned, it wasn’t a good idea with how flat it left everyone. After all the great things we saw, it came off as a let down even if it was the plan all along.
Khan says AEW will explain and explore what happened on Dynamite this week.