The main event of AEW Revolution saw Jon Moxley challenge Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship in an Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. The match will certainly be remembered, but not necessarily for a good reason

The ending to the match was a dud as sparklers went off to culminate the match, in an ending that disappointed both fans and the entire pro wrestling world. AEW did try to do as much damage control as they could but to no avail.

AEW has conducted quite a few hardcore matches apart from that with varying degrees of success. However, it seems a deathmatch veteran doesn’t think too highly of AEW’s hardcore matches.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Nick Gage, who is all too familiar with Jon Moxley, talked about GCW being a true alternative to ECW. He then blasted AEW for using take props in their hardcore matches.


“You’re damn right we’re bringing that back to pro wrestling. That edginess. ECW is the perfect example. You guys started using the alternative music, guys were using tables. Especially back then when it was corny. And then it seems like the other wrestling companies are doing the same style matches. AEW may be doing a little hardcore, but that’s fake s**t man. They’re using that crushed f**king glass from movie sets and all that. They’re snipping their barbed wire. All our s**t is real. Our barbed wire don’t get snipped, our glass is real. Yeah we’re bringing that edginess back man.” 

We certainly wonder if AEW will stop using fake props for their hardcore matches. Nick Gage and Matt Cardona are set to square off against each other at GCW Homecoming on July 24th.

h/t to WrestlingInc for the quotes.

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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