The Wrestling Revolver
REVOLVER The Ring of Destiny
June 17, 2023
Calumet Center At Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Dayton, Ohio

Watch: FITE

The ABC (Chris Bey & Ace Austin) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)

This is quite the coup for REVOLVER, because as many of you may know, both of these teams are signed to Impact and have a claim to being not just the best that promotion has to offer, but two of the best teams in the world right now. MCMG should be familiar to all, not least ABC, who owes a stylistic debt to the Detroit boys. Shelley and Sabin have never not been great, but you could argue that they’ve been revving up in the past two years for what this year appears to be the home stretch of hall-of-fame careers as tag and singles wrestlers.

Ace Austin and Chris Bey linked up as stablemates as part of Jay White’s BULLET CLUB, and while not awkward, their team felt like two singles wrestlers rather than well-oiled machines. In 2023, however, they’ve found a rhythm that works and just like the Guns, have become renowned for crisp and nimble tagging built on a solid technical foundation.

We’ve got two of the best tag teams in the world, both hitting their creative strides. If we get twenty minutes and not too much in the way of shenanigans, we could be looking at a MOTY here.

Second Gear Crew (1 Called Manders, Mance Warner & Matthew Justice) & Jon Moxley vs. The Rascalz (Myron Reed, Rey Miguel & Zachary Wentz) & Ricky Shane Page

So in February, the SCG and the Rascalz quite literally tore the house down at REVOLVER Night at the Moxbury in front of a hot crowd and delivered a Match of the Year Candidate for those who liked all out brawls featuring creative plunder spots and moonsaults off scaffolds. If you’re an AEW fan who liked Anarchy in the Arena, then expect more of the same, and maybe better.

REVOLVER Title Match
Steve Maclin © vs. Jake Crist

I’m hyped for this as it’s two of my current favorites in a straightforward singles match. With three outstanding main events this year for Impact, Maclin has proven himself as one of the strongest workers in North America. Facing him is Crist a wrestler I’ve long had on my “most underrated” list; solid technical skills and, like Maclin, a versatility that allows him to slip between grappling and deathmatches. I’m hoping we get to see a real clash of styles here, with Crist dipping into his lucha libre toolbox and Maclin responding with explosive offence—a dark horse in terms of show stealers.

Unlucky 13 Staple Gun Match
Alex Colon vs. Crazy King

I’m not too familiar with either, so I asked Voices of Wrestling’s deathmatch expert, Kevin Hare, for his take on this:

“Colon is the man and is one of the best US guys; I haven’t seen him recently since his return. His vibes are weird right now since his GCW exit and appearance in XPW, and a staple gun match seems kind of like a lame stip, but I guess they could do it well.”

Konosuke Takeshita vs. JT Dunn

Dunn is a competent all-rounder who can talk and wrestle, often simultaneously. I don’t expect this to be the match of the night, but Takeshita, making his REVOLVER debut here, is infinitely watchable, and this will be a good chance for Dunn to impress.

Robert Martyr vs. Angels

We’ve got ourselves a sort of biblical-themed matchup here in terms of nomenclature. Not familiar with Robert Matyr, who is here representing Prestige Wrestling. Who or what is he a martyr for? I hope it’s good wrestling. Angels, formerly known as Alan, is someone I think of as a solid hand, but I think we’re all still waiting for him to really break out. Expecting a solid three-star affair.

The UNIT (Allie Katch & Logan James) w/ Phil Stamper Vs. “The Brat Pack” Billie Starkz & Brogan Finlay

I have zero idea how this one is going to go. I’m not against intergender tags, but after a while, there are only so many tropes you can do. Allie Katch might be known to most for her antics in GCW, but I think she’s found a more grounded place in REVOLVER as a heel. The Unit is pretty much route-one bad guys, and while it may be pantomime at times, it generally seems to work with live crowds.

Golden Ticket Gauntlet
Jessicka vs. Jeffrey John vs. Crash Jaxon vs. Dan the Dad vs. Fulton w/Rehwoldt vs. Damiam Chambers vs. Blair Onyx vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA

I wish this were your typical scramble with everyone in the ring doing crazy spots on each other. The Gauntlet gimmick presumably means we’ll be getting a series of singles matches, which could go well but could also drag on if booked incorrectly.

Overall, this is an excellent card, and if it’s anything like the standard that REVOLVER has been putting out recently, it would be well worth your FITE+ subscription.

However, I feel duty-bound to point out that this show continues the REVOLVER/Prestige feud, which is the major overarching storyline for both promotions this year. The problem is, no one cares. It’s great that promotions are working together and sharing talent, but there’s no heat for this angle, which would have been innovative and exciting maybe 20 years ago, but doesn’t really matter in 2023.

This is a fantastic card, and people will buy the show based on the great list of matches and talent that REVOLVER has assembled here, but no one is buying this because of the promotional feud angle, which generally feels like an afterthought most of the time anyway.

Secondly, and this goes for a lot of indies, but to find this card, I had to scroll through the Wrestling REVOLVER Twitter account to see the announced matches. The FITE page doesn’t have the lineup, and as of writing, neither does the official REVOLVER website. Why make it a chore to find these things? Come on, sort it out.

That said, this is a great-looking card, and REVOLVER might be putting out the best indie show in America. So, if you’ve got no other wrestling to watch this Saturday, I recommend checking this out.