AEW Revolution
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Promotion(s)All Elite Wrestling
First event2020

AEW Revolution is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The event was established by the promotion in 2020 and is held annually in late February–early March. The 2021 event was AEW's first PPV held on a Sunday. It is considered one of the "Big Four" PPVs for AEW, along with Double or Nothing, All Out, and Full Gear.

The first two Revolution PPVs were well acclaimed. The 2020 event was voted as the Best Major Wrestling Show of the year for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards, while the 2021 event was the highest-grossing non-WWE wrestling PPV since 1999. The latter was also AEW's largest attended event during the COVID-19 pandemic up to that point.

History

The inaugural Revolution event took place on February 29, 2020, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, and was held in partnership between All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). This inaugural event would be AEW's last pay-per-view (PPV) held before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which moved the majority of AEW's shows to Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] Later that year, AEW President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Khan referred to Revolution as being one of the promotion's "big four" PPVs, their four biggest shows of the year produced quarterly, along with Double or Nothing, All Out, and Full Gear.[2] A second Revolution was then held on March 7, 2021. The second event was originally scheduled for February 27, but due to the Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim bout in Miami Gardens, Florida airing that same night, AEW rescheduled Revolution for Sunday, March 7, which in turn made it AEW's first PPV to be held on a Sunday; the promotion had considered Saturday, March 6, but UFC 259 was airing that night.[3]

AEW resumed live touring with fans in July 2021. In turn, the 2022 Revolution was held on March 6 that year at the Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, Florida. It was the culmination of a three-day event, with an episode of Rampage and a fanfest taking place on March 4 and 5, respectively, at the same venue.[4]

For the 2020 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards, the inaugural Revolution event was voted as the Best Major Wrestling Show of the year.[5] The following year's event became the highest grossing non-WWE wrestling PPV since 1999.[6] It was also AEW's largest attended event during the COVID-19 pandemic up to that point, with an estimated 1,300 spectators.[7]

Events

# Event[8] Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Revolution (2020) February 29, 2020 Chicago, Illinois Wintrust Arena Chris Jericho (c) vs. Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship [1]
2 Revolution (2021) March 7, 2021 Jacksonville, Florida Daily's Place Kenny Omega (c) vs. Jon Moxley in an Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch for the AEW World Championship [3][9][10]
3 Revolution (2022) March 6, 2022 Orlando, Florida Addition Financial Arena "Hangman" Adam Page (c) vs. Adam Cole for the AEW World Championship [4]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Mike (January 20, 2020). "AEW REVOLUTION PPV MAIN EVENT SET, DYNAMITE CRUISE EPISODE NOTES, MAIN EVENTS FOR NEXT WEEK, NEW JAPAN STAR HEADING TO AEW?, ROCHESTER PRE-SALE AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Defelice, Robert (November 8, 2020). "Tony Khan Likes AEW's 'Big Four' Pay-Per-View Schedule, Announces 'Beach Break' Special For January". Fightful. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Lambert, Jeremy (November 7, 2020). "AEW Revolution Announced For February 27". Fightful. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Lambert, Jeremy (December 8, 2021). "AEW Announces Date And Location For AEW Revolution". Fightful. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Thomas, Jeremy (February 26, 2021). "Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega & AEW Win Big In 41st Annual Observer Awards". 411Mania. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  6. ^ Guzzo, Gisberto (March 14, 2021). "Report: AEW Revolution Does Roughly 125,000 Buys Worldwide, Grosses Just Over $5 Million". Fightful. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  7. ^ Heydorn, Zack (March 6, 2021). "In-person attendance number revealed for AEW Revolution". PWTorch. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "All Elite Wrestling Event Results". All Elite Wrestling. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  9. ^ Nason, Josh (January 22, 2021). "AEW Revolution date being moved, two March dates under consideration". Figure Four Online. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Rose, Bryan (February 17, 2021). "Exploding barbed wire deathmatch to headline AEW Revolution". Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 17, 2021.