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Cook’s AEW Revolution 2022 Gambling Picks

Much like The Acclaimed, AEW Revolution has arrived! And Steve Cook is back with your gambling picks for the evening!



Much like The Acclaimed, AEW Revolution has arrived! And Steve Cook is back with your gambling picks for the evening!

It’s been a minute since I did one of these! This is our first pro wrestling gambling column of 2022, largely because I forgot to do one for the Royal Rumble. These things happen, but now we’re back for AEW’s first PPV event of the year. Revolution looks like it should be a fun night of wrestling, but wouldn’t it be even more fun if you made some money in the process?

I think so! That’s why I’m taking a look at the BetOnline  odds & seeing where you can make some money. Every match except one has a line. Good times! Let’s start a betting revolution…

Buy-In Match:
House of Black (Malikai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews) vs. Death Triangle (Pac, Penta Oscuro, Erick Redbeard)

This was added during Friday’s Rampage show, and I’m not really sure why. Does the Buy-In really need three matches? I would have saved this for Dynamite, as that show will probably be light on the wrestling like most post-PPV shows are. Maybe Redbeard’s not allowed to leave the state of Florida, I don’t know.

If a line gets added to this prior to the show, expect the House of Black to be favored. Buddy Matthews losing his first AEW match would be enough to get a lot of online folks to riot.

Buy-In Match:
Hook (-1000) vs. QT Marshall (+500)

There’s no reason to even put this match on the board, as we all know that Hook is killing QT for his sins. Some have complained about this whole thing, and I have no idea why. The perfect way to use QT Marshall is have him work with a rookie and make them look like a million bucks, and I have no doubt he’ll do that here. As awesome as Hook is, it’s too early to book him in the “dream matches” that people think they want to see. Having him go through QT and people on that level first is the right way to go.

Buy-In Match:
Kris Statlander (-170) vs. “Legit” Leyla Hirsch (+130)

This feud’s been somewhat under the radar for awhile now, and really hasn’t done much for either wrestler. Perhaps actually having a singles match will help?

Hirsch is the heel, but Statlander’s interview where she said she understood why Hirsch’s parents put her up for adoption didn’t exactly get the face reaction people were hoping for. Leyla had beat Kris up a few times, so some dislike is understandable…but it felt like a little too much to many viewers. In Statlander’s defense, it’s not like aliens are known for having human feelings like compassion or understanding. It also didn’t help that nothing was done until the booking of this match three weeks later. The whole thing just seems awkward, you know?

It should be a decent wrestling match, but it also has less heat behind it than anything on the show. I guess Kris Statlander wins since she’s got slightly more buzz behind her right now, but I remember when she had a lot more.

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match:
Keith Lee (+100) vs. Orange Cassidy (+800) vs. Powerhouse Hobbs (+1000) vs. Ricky Starks (+650) vs. Wardlow (+100) vs. Christian Cage (+1000)

Winner gets a TNT Championship match against either Sammy Guevara or Scorpio Sky, who’s getting a shot this Wednesday. It’ll probably be Sammy, so I wouldn’t read too much into that part of the situation. Some interesting names here, but the most interesting name is that of Wardlow, who seems to be on the verge of telling MJF & Shawn Spears where to go. Having him win here would be a big move in that direction, and that’s what I think will happen.

If you’re looking for an underdog to make some money on, which is what we try to do here…Ricky Starks winning is always a good thing in my book.

Six-Man Tornado Tag Team Match:
Andrade El Idolo, Isiah Kassidy & Matt Hardy (+250) vs. Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara & Sting (-400)

Sammy, Darby & Andrade put on quite the show on Friday night, resulting in Sammy retaining the TNT Championship. Which is fine, but it seems like there may be some dissension in the ranks, as Darby did not adhere to the Code of Honor after the match. Will Darby be able to get over his defeat by Sunday night?

There also seems to be dissension in the AHFO ranks, as Matt Hardy’s behavior has become more & more erratic lately. It was bound to happen at some point. Kassidy has been very impressive taking beatings lately, so expect some more of that. I’m expecting a win for Darby, Sammy & Sting, mostly due to Sting being more able to hold a team together than pretty much anybody else in AEW. You just don’t want to disappoint Sting.

TBS Championship Match:
Jade Cargill (c) (-1500) vs. Tay Conti (+600)

On one hand, Jade Cargill is in a weird spot. She has a championship belt without really being ready for it on the wrestling side of things. Jade’s had a couple of good matches, but you can tell she’s quite green (her hair tells you this too, I know) and has a long way to go before becoming the type of wrestler that can have a good match with anybody. On the other hand, she has a star presence the likes of which very few people in AEW else have, and it’d be insane to have somebody beat her right now. Jade might be green, but green is also another term for money.

So, while Tay Conti is a very improved wrestler and would be a fine TBS Champion any other time, it’s hard for me to tell you she’s going to beat Jade Cargill. She isn’t.

AEW World Tag Team Championship Match:
Jurassic Express (c) (-115) vs. reDRagon (+175) vs. The Young Bucks (+225)

The Jurassic Express seem like the smart pick here, as a win over two of the top tag teams of the past decade on PPV would bump Jungle Boy up yet another notch. Both reDRagon & the Bucks losing, presumably due to some type of miscommunication, is the type of drama that the Bucks are all about and could make multiple episodes of BTE about. If I was to pick one of the underdogs I would go with the Bucks because you can’t really count them out of winning anything ever, but it seems like Jungle Boy’s time.

And Luchasaurus too.

Jon Moxley (-115) vs. Bryan Danielson (-125)

You have to watch out sometimes when you tease wrestling fans. When I heard Bryan Danielson pitch Jon Moxley the idea of them joining forces to teach the next generation, I immediately assumed it wouldn’t happen. Moxley’s character is more about creating violence than grooming the future, and Danielson as he currently operates can’t be trusted as a partner in such a venture. So I didn’t think much about it, even though Danielson did do a heck of a sales job. He did such a good job that now many AEW fans actually want to see this thing happen, and will be disappointed if it doesn’t.

Unless, of course, Danielson finds a different partner. Which I think happens, and leads to Bryan Danielson getting the win here.

Chris Jericho (+250) vs. Eddie Kingston (-400)

Eddie Kingston hasn’t won the big one in AEW yet. He’s lost every match he’s challenged for a championship in. He’s lost every PPV match he’s had. Looking at Eddie’s AEW win-loss record, the most accomplished wrestler Eddie holds a victory over is Lance Archer, who has his own difficulties in big matches. If pro wrestling didn’t have pre-determined outcomes, there’s no way in hell Eddie Kingston would be the favorite in this match.

He is favored, largely because this seems like the type of match Chris Jericho loses. Jericho is at the stage of his career where it’s more productive to have him lose matches like this one. A win over Eddie Kingston does nothing to affect Jericho’s status one way or another. Looking at Eddie’s previous PPV matches, it always made more sense for his opponent to win. CM Punk’s first loss was being reserved for MJF. The rest were championship matches where other people made more sense to take the strap from the champion. This one, Eddie should win.

That all being said, picking Chris Jericho could make more sense from a financial perspective. AEW seems to have already decided that wins & losses don’t matter with Kingston, and Jericho emerging victorious somehow would be an interesting way to continue this story. I might throw a few bucks on it.

AEW Women’s World Championship Match
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. (c) (+225) vs. Thunder Rosa (-350)

This one seemed pretty open and shut to me earlier this week, even as an unapologetic fan of the Good Doctor. As much as I love Dr. Baker and everything she’s done to represent AEW in the best light possible, it feels like Thunder Rosa’s time. After all, who else is there for Britt to beat after she beats Rosa? Even I would have to admit that Thunder Rosa would be a deserving champion and would have a good number of challengers ready to face.

Then Thunder Rosa pinned Britt Baker on Dynamite, and my thoughts & opinions on this match turned upside down. We all know how it goes. If you’re standing tall on the go-home show, you’re losing at the PPV. It’s a law of averages kind of thing, along with basic psychology. One would have expected Britt & the criminally underrated Jamie Hayter to win the match, or for Thunder to pin Jamie while Britt looked on like “naw you ain’t doing that to me!” Nah, we just had the challenger pin the champion heading into the PPV. Which doesn’t bode well for the challenger. Neither do reports that Rosa was injured during this match, so expect the odds to get more even leading into the show.

If we follow Wrestling Logic 101, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. sure seems like the smart bet here. (This is where Greg tells us that Tony Khan has no idea what Wrestling Logic is, so there’s no reason to worry about that. I would never say such a thing since I’m a nice guy.)

Dog Collar Match
CM Punk (-270) vs. MJF (+180)

Given that MJF won the first encounter between these two, one would expect Punk to win here to even the score, right? Not so fast, my friend. I’ve seen CM Punk have a couple of dog collar matches in my day. Granted, they took place many years ago, back in the early days of Ring of Honor, but they serve as examples for what I expect to follow.

Punk’s first dog collar match in ROH was with Raven as part of a violent feud pitting a brash young man against a wily veteran. Punk & Raven bled buckets in the feud that established CM Punk as one of ROH’s brightest stars. The dog collar match was Raven & Punk’s second singles match in ROH, and observers thought that Raven would even things up after Punk won their first match. That didn’t happen.

Punk’s second dog collar match in ROH was with Jimmy Rave as part of a violent feud pitting a brash young man against…well, Punk wasn’t as wily a veteran as Raven, but he was definitely the more established name in comparison to Jimmy Rave. Rave established himself as one of ROH’s top heels through his battles with Punk. Rave had won their first match in Chicago, and people thought that Punk would even things up in their second match with help from the dog collar. That didn’t happen.

See the trend? Veteran loses the first match, thinks they’ll get the win in the re-match by bringing out the dog collar, gets burned. Punk bleeding buckets this week on Dynamite makes me wonder for a minute, but I still think MJF is a decent bet if you’re looking for an underdog to make some coin on.

AEW World Championship Match
“Hangman” Adam Page (c) (-600) vs. Adam Cole (+350)

The Hangman title reign so far has delivered some pretty amazing matches. His matches with Bryan Danielson tore the roof off, and his hardcore battle with Lance Archer gave him that bloodbath every AEW Champion needs to be successful. If there’s a complaint one could have, it’s that he’s not having enough matches on television and isn’t dominating the airwaves like World Champions people of my age were used to seeing back in the day. Personally, I think Page’s Twitter takedown of Glenn Jacobs more than cancels out any gripe one could have with his personality on television.

Adam Cole has been something of a polarizing figure since entering AEW. Live crowds react well to Cole, playing along with his entrance gimmick and popping for his big moves. People watching from home have been more critical of the Bay Bay. Even those that were fans during his time in NXT & prior don’t seem to have been impressed by Cole’s AEW work thus far. They’re disappointed in his physique, his size, his personality, pretty much everything that they thought he could overcome on the WWE main roster. Now that he’s in AEW, all these things are problematic. It’s not like anything’s changed, which is my main beef with the Adam Cole Experience in AEW. The only thing he’s missing is Roderick Strong.

We’ve got two Adams. One is the chosen one of AEW, the man who inherited the torch from Kenny Omega. The other was the face of WWE NXT for most of its run against AEW Dynamite. It seems to me that the smart thing to do would involve having the guy you’ve built up since day one of your company get the win over the guy that represented your competition for so long. At least the first time they meet. We can talk about what happens down the road. It seems too soon to take the title off of Hangman Page to me.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy AEW Revolution! Or not. I get paid the same either way.

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Stone Cold VS. Scott Hall (WrestleMania X8)

Chris King is back with another WrestleMania Rewind, looking at the NWO’s Scott Hall battling Stone Cold Steve Austin at WWE WrestleMania X8 from Toronto!



Steve Austin Scott Hall WrestleMania X8

Chris King is back with another WrestleMania Rewind, looking at the NWO’s Scott Hall battling Stone Cold Steve Austin at WWE WrestleMania X8 from Toronto!

Chris King is back this week with another edition of WrestleMania Rewind, where he is rewatching all the past Mania matches and feuds. This week you’re in for a treat as we look back at ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall at WrestleMania X8.

In late 2001, Vince McMahon bought out his competition WCW and acquired the rights to a plethora of talent including Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and the iconic trio known as NWO. Hulk Hogan; Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall were hell raisers, and what better way to make a name for yourself than take out the two top superstars in the WWE The Rock, and Stone Cold?

The NWO cost Austin his chance at becoming the Undisputed Champion at No Way Out during his match with Chris Jericho. Adding insult to injury, the NWO spray-painted ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ with their brand logo just like they did in WCW. As you can imagine, Austin was pissed and out for revenge against the group and primarily Scott Hall.

Hall would challenge Stone Cold to a match at WrestleMania 18. Both superstars beat the living hell out of each other leading up to this highly-anticipated match for who runs the WWE.

The glass broke and Stone Cold made his iconic entrance, and black and white NWO covered Halls’ entrance alongside Kevin Nash. With the odds stacked against ‘The Toughest S.O.B’ could Austin or NWO prove their dominance? Sadly the NWO  broke up that very night when Hulk Hogan came to the aid of his adversary The Rock after their ‘iconic’ dream match. Stone Cold would ensure the victory with the Stunner. Hall would perform an Oscar-worthy sell over the finisher.

What a time to be a wrestling fan in the 2000s when nothing was impossible for WWE. Who would’ve thought WCW would go out of business and Hogan would make his long-awaited return to WWE?

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (WWE WrestleMania 36)

Chris King takes a look at the most underrated WWE WrestleMania matches, and starts off with Seth Rollins battling Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 36!



WWE WrestleMania 36 Kevin Owens Seth Rollins

Chris King takes a look at the most underrated WWE WrestleMania matches, and starts off with Seth Rollins battling Kevin Owens in the WWE Performance Center at WrestleMania 36!

Chris King is starting a new series heading into WrestleMania season dubbed WrestleMania Rewind. Each week he’ll be going back and sharing his insight over underrated matches at the Show of Shows. First up, is Kevin Owens vs. “The Monday Night Messiah” Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 36.

At the 2019 edition of Survivor Series, Rollins sacrificed himself during the men’s traditional match allowing SmackDown to ultimately gain the victory. The following night the self-proclaimed Messiah, berated the whole roster but KO was not having any part of it. Owens quickly became a huge barrier in Rollins’ cause for the greater good. The Authors of Pain attacked Owens with Rollins’ character in question.

Owens finally had enough of his rival’s mind games and torment and challenged Rollins to a match on the Grandest Stage Of Them All. Rollins mockingly accepted his challenge and the match was made official for night one of WrestleMania. Owens came out of the gate beating the holy hell out of the Monday Night Messiah trying to achieve his long-awaited moment at Mania but, Rollins tried to steal a disqualification victory by using the ring bell.

Owens hellbent on revenge provoked Rollins into turning their encounter into a no-disqualification contest where the fight could be taken all over the empty arena. The highlight of the match, was when KO used the WrestleMania sign to deliver a thunderous senton bomb through the announce table. Owens would secure the victory with a Stunner in an incredible match. Despite having no crowd during the pandemic era, both KO and Rollins put on an intense performance under the brightest lights.

In my personal opinion, this was a great feud that helped both superstars in their transformation as compelling characters for years to come.

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