#63 – Deathmatch Post Mortem

With time to digest and reflect on the match in question, our scholars take a stab (pun intended?) at figuring out what went wrong with AEW Revolution’s Death Match, and grade the storytelling fallout.

The scholars do a quick roundup of News Items including changes to the WrestleMania card, what to make of Bobby Lashley as WWE Champion, how AEW’s Women’s division has improved as a result of the recent tournament, and more! (01:00)

Next, the scholars hit the vocab list for the Word of the Day, Deathmatch! They explore the relatively recent history of hardcore and deathmatch styled wrestling in Japan and North America, argue why some hardcore weapons and spots lead to enjoyable intrigue while others are too hard to watch, reminisce about Sabu being stuck in barbed wire and the sloppy mess that was the Taipei Deathmatch. (26:00)

Finally, we answer all the lingering questions about the lack of explosions in AEW’s Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch at Revolution. Why did things go wrong? How would Vince McMahon had audibled if this happened in WWE? What do we think about how AEW’s storytelling in recent weeks have tried to justify the dud? And, do we think AEW will ever try to promote a deathmatch again? (52:00)

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