AEW Revolution 2024 Review & Recap: A Spectacle Unmatched

In the AEW Revolution 2024 Review episode 676 of Ringside Report Network’s Wrestling Uncensored, Johnny North gives the event a seven, highlighting its standout moments but pointing out its length and finish. Dave Simon spotlights key matches like Strong vs. Cassidy and anticipates Danielson vs. Ospreay to be unmatched.

Swerve Strickland
Swerve Strickland

The AEW Revolution 2024 Review episode also delves into Swerve’s feud with Samoa Joe and Mercedes Monet’s (formerly Sasha Banks in the WWE) debut, adding depth to AEW’s narrative. Simon’s enthusiasm extends to the upcoming Dynamite in Boston, especially for appearances by Monet and “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada, hinting at exciting times ahead for AEW fans.

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Will Osprey
Will Osprey

The Unforgettable Danielson vs. Ospreay Clash

Wrestling fans will be hyped for the Bryan Danielson vs. Will Ospreay match. It’s expected to be a real banger and a strong contender for the match of the year. Fans worldwide will be waiting for this one to go down on April 21st, as it will be a key moment in wrestling history.

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A Pro wrestling expert, Dave Simon, is excited about the upcoming AEW Dynamite match between Bryan Danielson and Will Ospreay. He thinks this match could be the year’s highlight for wrestling fans in 2024. Simon points out that both athletes are incredible, with Danielson being a legend in wrestling and Ospreay being one of the best in-ring performers of the current era. Simon’s enthusiasm for the match is evident; he thinks it will be a highlight in the wrestling world for the year.

The High-Flying Drama: Sting and Darby Allin vs. The Young Bucks

Dave Simon and Johnny North discussed the significant moments from Sting’s retirement match, highlighting a particularly daring stunt by Darby Allin. Simon described it as an “unbelievable spot and crazy bump,” appreciating the lengths Darby went to ensure the match was memorable, especially given it was Sting’s final appearance. He found the effort commendable and the impact of the moment significant.

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Johnny North compared the spectacle to Mick Foley’s legendary risks, noting the willingness of wrestlers like Darby to go to extreme lengths for entertainment. He emphasized the importance of this match being Sting’s last, recognizing Darby’s dedication to enhancing the match’s memorability through his actions.

The tag team match between Sting and Darby Allin against The Young Bucks was another highlight, stirring discussions about the innovative and daring moves showcased. Particularly noteworthy was Darby Allin’s willingness to take extreme risks to ensure this match, marked as Sting’s last, was memorable. The Young Bucks’ promo added fuel to the fire, bragging about ending Sting’s career, only to be met with fierce resistance and a twist involving additional participants that turned the tide.

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WrestleMania’s Stipulation Showdown: The Rock and Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins

The WrestleMania narrative took an intriguing turn with the stipulations set for the tag team match involving The Rock and Roman Reigns against Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. The stipulations for WrestleMania, as discussed by Dave Simon, set the stage for an intense showdown across two nights.

Suppose The Rock and Roman Reigns emerge victorious. In that case, the second night will be under “Bloodline Rules,” allowing interference from The Usos and The Rock, putting Cody Rhodes at a significant disadvantage.

Roman Reigns, The Rock, Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins (L to R) in the ring at WWE Smackdown talking to each other
Roman Reigns, The Rock, Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins (L to R)

However, should Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins win the tag match on the first night, The Bloodline and The Rock will be banned from the arena on the second night, paving the way for a fair one-on-one match between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns. The Rock framed this scenario as Cody’s chance to “finish your story and be champion,” adding layers of intrigue and personal stakes to the battles.

If The Rock and Roman emerged victorious, the subsequent match between Cody and Roman would be under “Bloodline Rules,” allowing interference from The Usos and The Rock. Conversely, a win for Cody and Seth would ban The Bloodline from the arena on the second night, setting the stage for a fair one-on-one bout between Cody and Roman, with Cody’s chance to culminate his journey and claim the championship.

Other Topics Besides The AEW Revolution 2024 Review

Apart from the detailed discussion on the WrestleMania tag team match involving The Rock, Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, and Seth Rollins, Dave Simon and Johnny North also touched upon various other topics during the AEW Revolution 2024 Review & Recap episode. Here’s a summary of some key points they discussed:

  • Seth Rollins’ Character: Dave critiqued Seth Rollins’ over-the-top character, suggesting that a more authentic approach might resonate better with fans. Johnny noted that Rollins seems to enjoy his current gimmick, though both hosts acknowledged its potential awkwardness​​.
  • Roman Reigns’ Promo: Dave discussed a moment where Roman Reigns’ promo might have gone off the rails, mentioning a controversial term used by Reigns. Dave expressed concern about how such comments might be received by sponsors and the general audience, highlighting a moment of recovery by The Rock​​.
  • AJ Styles vs. L.A. Knight: Dave and Johnny discussed the storyline between AJ Styles and L.A. Knight, noting a disconnection from previously intertwined storylines involving Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, and Logan Paul. They expressed concerns about the significance of the build-up to Styles’ match with Knight​​.
  • Women’s Matches at WrestleMania: The conversation also covered potential women’s tag team matches at WrestleMania, with Bianca Belair and Naomi being discussed as possible partners. Dave and Johnny explored various women on the roster who don’t have a clear path to WrestleMania and how they could be utilized​​​​.

In Praise of Bianca Belair

Dave Simon strongly supports Bianca Belair and criticized the negative reactions she received from some fans. He was particularly disappointed by the racist comments directed at Belair after she appeared on the cover of a video game. Dave highlighted Belair’s significant achievements, including main-eventing WrestleMania, winning a Royal Rumble, and becoming one of the top stars in WWE. He underscored that her inclusion on the video game cover was well-deserved.

Dave praised Belair as a phenomenal talent, noting her charisma, athleticism, and in-ring capabilities. He emphasized that Belair embodies what a professional wrestler should be and expressed disbelief at the unwarranted adverse reactions towards her. Dave concluded by affirming Belair’s inevitable Hall of Fame induction and her status as a living legend in the industry despite having been on the main roster for only a few years.

WWE Hall of Fame 2024 Inductees

Dave and Johnny discussed the inductees for next month’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, focusing on the inclusion of the U.S. Express, Mike Rotunda, and Barry Windham. Johnny expressed some disappointment, particularly regarding the Midnight Express, feeling they should have been inducted, especially after Bobby Eaton’s passing. Dave speculated that the induction might be related to Bray Wyatt, given that the inductees are his father and uncle.

YouTube Channel Member disagrees with Bray Wyatt's Hall of Fame induction in this screenshot from our YouTube channel comments from this episode saying "No offence I know he died but, Bray Wyatt doesn't have to be inducted this year, older wrestlers earned it more"
YouTube Channel Member Ryan Katz disagrees with Bray Wyatt’s Hall of Fame induction.

Johnny noted that while it’s okay to induct Rotunda and Windham, he believes other deserving tag teams, like the Midnight Express and Demolition, have yet to be recognized. Dave acknowledged this, mentioning that many worthy individuals haven’t been inducted yet. However, given the familial connection to Bray Wyatt and the circumstances around his father and uncle, he understood the decision.

Regarding the Hall of Fame ceremony’s broader scope, Dave mentioned Paul Heyman’s induction, noting it as an expected move, especially since Heyman is still an active manager and not a wrestler. They both agreed that Heyman’s induction was timely, given his significant contributions to wrestling and his strong connection to Philadelphia, where the ceremony would occur.

Johnny and Dave also discussed Bull Nakano’s induction. Dave highlighted her as a legend in Japanese wrestling and the WWF, recalling the memorable matches between Nakano and Alundra Blayze. They acknowledged Nakano’s pioneering role in women’s wrestling, making her a fitting choice for the Hall of Fame.

In summary, while Dave and Johnny recognized the reasons behind some of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame selections, they also pointed out other wrestlers and tag teams they feel deserve induction. This reflects the ongoing debate among fans about who should be recognized in the Hall of Fame.

WWE’s New Era: Blurring the Lines between Sports and Entertainment

WWE is a constantly evolving global entertainment powerhouse that has redefined what it means to be a wrestling promotion. Introducing a pink Prime bottle logo in the ring is a bold move showing how branding and wrestling intersect. While some wrestling purists may not like this idea, it demonstrates WWE’s ability to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing environment.

Dave and Johnny had mixed feelings about the Prime logo being placed in the center of the WWE Premium Live events ring. Dave described the pink Prime Bottle logo unveiling as a giant advertisement for Prime that will be prominently displayed in the middle of the ring from now on. He noted that this change would start at WrestleMania and apply to every WWE premium live event.

Despite understanding the business aspect, Dave disliked the logo’s presence in the ring. He considered it ugly and inappropriate for professional wrestling. He compared the attempt to make the WWE ring look like a UFC Octagon with advertising inside, a move he disagreed with for the wrestling context.

On the other hand, Johnny seemed more indifferent or accepting of the change. He suggested that the logo’s presence might be part of a deal, implying that such business decisions are made daily when new personalities join the roster. Johnny didn’t see it as a big deal, highlighting the commercial aspect of modern sports and entertainment industries.

Their conversation reflects a balance between understanding the commercial realities of wrestling promotions and a purist’s desire to maintain the traditional aesthetics and integrity of the wrestling ring.

The Giants of the Ring: Tyson’s Knockout Power vs. Jake Paul’s Ambition

The boxing world is abuzz with the upcoming bout between the indomitable Mike Tyson and the ever-controversial Jake Paul. This isn’t just a fight; it’s a generational clash with everyone picking sides. Tyson’s raw power is legendary, but Paul’s determination and recent victories hint at an upset that could shake the foundations of boxing history.

Dave and Johnny discussed the upcoming Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson boxing match with a mix of skepticism and curiosity. Dave expressed concerns about Tyson’s age and the possible implications on his performance, noting that Tyson is 30 years older than Paul and that age could make a significant difference. He acknowledged Paul’s consistent training and recent victories in boxing matches against Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz, who are both younger than Tyson.

On the other hand, Johnny maintained his belief in Tyson’s power, asserting that despite the age gap, Tyson’s punching power is undeniable. He questioned the weight difference between the two fighters, wondering if it might affect the match’s dynamics.

Dave humorously expressed his desire to see Tyson knock out Jake Paul, describing such an outcome as fantastic and amusing. They both seemed to agree on the match’s entertainment value and the anticipation surrounding it. Dave noted that the fight would be easily accessible on Netflix, allowing a broad audience to watch it.

Overall, their conversation reflected a blend of genuine interest in the fight’s outcome, concern for fairness and safety given Tyson’s age, and excitement about the spectacle of such a high-profile match.

Jon Simon from the Editorial Staff

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