Welcome to another edition of AEW Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on Revolution 2020 coming this Sunday night.
The way this works is a gauge range of Scoring, Hot, Lukewarm, Temperate, Chilly, Cold and Freezing. The hotter, the better, as that indicates your level of excitement, anticipation and faith that it will be good.
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section to let everyone know what your thermometer reads for each feud as I tell you what my thoughts are below!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
AEW World Championship Match: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Jon Moxley = Hot
I was a fan of Dean Ambrose in WWE and I dig that Jon Moxley has more flexibility to do things outside the box. I’ve always been a big fan of Chris Jericho (even though some of this AEW stuff isn’t my favorite). You put those two together and it’s hard for me to not be into this.
Overall, they’ve done a great job with this feud. They had a long stretch of time that it could have gotten boring or repetitive like WWE often does, but they managed to find ways around that, for the most part.
As far as the winner goes, I think it stays on Y2J to keep The Inner Circle strong. I don’t think he’s dropping that belt until All Out.
Prediction: Chris Jericho wins.
AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Nyla Rose (c) vs. Kris Statlander = Temperate
This is one of those circumstances where I feel it would have been better for a rematch to happen. Riho getting a chance to win her title back wouldn’t have been a bad pitch and they could have avoided rushing Kris Statlander.
There’s no real feud, which is a shame. Rose just was challenged by Statlander and Big Swole and AEW picked the former because she’s higher-ranked. There isn’t much to sink my teeth into with that setup.
It’s too soon to take the title off Rose, so she’ll inevitably win, unless the whole gimmick is that it’s shocking. However, I wouldn’t bank on that, nor do I think the match is going to be amazing—just okay.
Prediction: Nyla Rose wins.
AEW World Tag Team Championship Match: Adam Page and Kenny Omega (c) vs. The Young Bucks = Scorching
No match on the card has the in-ring potential that this one does. That immediately puts it high on this list for the temperature gauge.
Surprisingly, this has had one of the better stories, too. I’m intrigued about Hangman’s descent into a heel turn and I’m wondering if that will happen when The Young Bucks take the tag titles. Or, alternatively, if they don’t do that, what’s the next step in this story?
Strangely enough, I’m more excited about this match and its repercussions than anything else on this card, by far.
Prediction: The Young Bucks win.
Jake Hager vs. Dustin Rhodes = Chilly
Dustin Rhodes has had a Hall of Fame career, but I can’t be super pumped to see him anymore. While I’m excited to see what Jake Hager brings to the table after so much time away from the game, I don’t feel like this is a must-see match.
At the end of the day, it’s a guaranteed win for Hager (or AEW will be making a big mistake), which also kills some of the intrigue. I’ve seen Goldust vs. Jack Swagger before, I’m sure. While this won’t be the same, I’m still not clamoring for Rhodes to get his revenge for Hager injuring him. That’s not been the most dynamic feud in the world.
Prediction: Jake Hager wins.
MJF vs. Cody = Hot
Don’t shoot me, but I’m a little worried this isn’t going to be a great match. The feud itself has had some glorious moments and I’m not at all down on that in the slightest bit. However, I do have some reservations that the in-ring action will be up to the same level.
With that being said, that’s not something I can say with a ton of confidence, so I have to judge this based on hype. That’s the name of the game with Heat Index. Keeping that in mind, of course I’m really excited for this!
If MJF wins, he’s even more made for the future and if Cody wins, it’s good storytelling for his revenge. I’m down with both outcomes and I’m a fan of both guys.
Prediction: Cody wins.
Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin = Hot
Unlike the Rhodes and Hager injury revenge angle, the even less bombastic copy with Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara has me more into it because of how good they’ve shown they can be.
Allin throws caution to the wind. Nearly every match I watch of his, I feel worried he’s going to get seriously injured, which makes me nervous but also makes it fun. Guevara has quickly become one of my favorites on the roster and someone I think has immense potential for the future.
This is a recipe for success. It’s a little one-note as far as the typical AEW formula of “It could be good in the ring, so that’s all you need going into this event” but I have faith I’ll be okay with that after the bell rings.
Prediction: Darby Allin wins.
PAC vs. Orange Cassidy = Hot
Despite being a joke, Orange Cassidy is legitimately one of my most favorite aspects of AEW. I’d take his shtick over some of the more serious and hardcore wrestlers of the brand like PAC, funny enough.
While the match means nothing and doesn’t have some complex, deep build to it, I’ll try to shut my brain off and just enjoy it for it being flat out fun.
Prediction: PAC wins.
The Dark Order vs. SoCal Uncensored = Lukewarm
I’m not fond of Evil Uno. I only think Stu Grayson is mediocre. While I do think SCU can be a lot of fun (particularly Scorpio Sky), I’m not looking forward to this match. However, if they reveal The Exalted One, that could be interesting.
That’s the only real hook for me here, and I don’t even think it’s going to happen.
Prediction: Dark Order wins.
Those are my thoughts, but how do you feel about these particular feuds? What’s hot and what’s cold in your mind? Fill us in on your point of view in the comments below!