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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 Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!



Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.

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DeMarco’s Things I Learned From WWE Smackdown On FOX (June 17, 2022)

Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!



WWE Smackdown Riddle Reigns

Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!

WWE presented Smackdown on Friday night, June 17, 2022, from “Moneyapolis” featuring the “big fight feel” main event between Roman Reigns and Matt Riddle, with The Tribal Chief’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the line. We also continued down the road to Money In The Bank in Vegas.

RK-Bro Is Effectively Done

The video package and all of Matt Riddle’s tributes to Randy Orton are just a little bit too much. Riddle does “too much” very well–in fact, it’s his character. But the amount of tribute being played to Randy Orton seems to be a set-up for Orton’s eventual return (whenever that might be) OPPOSITE Riddle. Maybe it’s in the Royal Rumble, maybe after.

Regardless of how it happens (and much of that has to do with his surgery and rehabilitation process), I think we are closer than ever to a heel Randy Orton opposing the babyface Matt Riddle.

Madcap Moss Is Undeniably Over

“Madcap just might be a guy.” – Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee knows what he’s talking about on this one–Madcap is indeed a guy. Riddick Moss always had the tools, just had injury issues. Since making his return to competition as Baron “Happy” Corbin’s sidekick, all Moss has done is prove his worth to WWE. He’s got a good look. He can cut a good promo. He’s vastly a underrated in-ring storyteller. And above all else, he has “it.”

WWE is always looking to add to the main event rotation, but it seems harder to crack that right now. But Madcap Moss has what it takes to do just that.

Montez Ford Is Gonna Be A (Solo) Star

The Street Profits are a fantastic act, and are insanely over. But Montez is a guy–a guy who the company can build around. While I feel bad for Angelo Dawkins, I (along with so many others) see Ford being a solo star.

We’re Getting Baron Corbin vs. Pat McAfee At SummerSlam

It’s the perfect set-up:

  • Baron Corbin is highly regarded within the organization as one of the safest workers around, a point that has been made by Randy Orton himself.
  • Pat McAfee is a big-moment superstar, and SummerSlam is the moment for him.

And for the record, I love it. While I an a big time purveyor of “Baron Corbin Sucks,” I know what he can do in the ring. And him vs. Pat McAfee would have Nashville rocking–and that is what McAfee in the ring is all about.

Vince McMahon Is Literally A Man Of Steel

If you have listened to any of Bruce Prichard’s podcasts, you know Vince McMahon believes you “don’t sell.” Not in the ring, but whenever the world has turned against you in any way–including lawsuits and investigations–you don’t sell it. You hold your head high, and live above it all.

That’s exactly what the boss did when opening up WWE Smackdown On FOX. It’s entirely possible that the plan changed along the way, and we were going to get “Mr. McMahon” at some point–but what happened is trademark Vince. Not the character, but the man. And if we expected anything else, we haven’t been paying attention.

Matt Riddle Is Now A Made Man

Matt Riddle and Roman Reigns delivered a pay per view (or premium live event…pick your poison) quality main event on WWE Smackdown on FOX, on a night where the world was likely watching. Tonight was his moment, and even in a loss, he delivered.

With a singular world champion–and one who likely isn’t losing anytime soon–it’s hard to say when Riddle could become a world champ. But the stipulation added to tonight’s match (which wasn’t discussed enough on air) means that Matt Riddle now cannot challenge Roman Reigns again (that’s how the graphic showed it). That screams a Money In The Bank or Royal Rumble win to me.

It’s also highly possible that a Seth Rollins wins the Money In The Bank briefcase, and his cash in splits the titles back up, opening the door for Riddle come next spring.

Either way–one fact remains true: Matt Riddle is now a made man, and doing it on his own.

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