AEW World Champion Kenny Omega has issued a statement regarding the failed explosion at the end of AEW Revolution.
Following the conclusion of a blood-soaked Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch, the stage was set for a giant explosion to close the show, except when the explosion arrived it was something of a damp squib.
Omega described the finale as “deflating”, adding that the barbed wire on display was real, and that he loved the match.
“Yeah, it was really deflating to do so much preparation, test the explosions, have them be impressive in the rehearsal, and then have it be something so much different than what was promised. It made me appreciate everyone who worked hard and did their part even more, though. But like you said, we really wanted to have a good one, and we added real barbed wire to help with the feeling of danger so we really risked a lot. Again, I loved the match, glad we did it, sucks about the finale,”
The aftermath of the match has received much criticism online both from fans and former wrestlers alike. Booker T commented that the pay-per-view ending was “comical” and “bombed miserably” while Omega himself was reportedly “furious” with how the finale played out.
In more positive news for AEW, Revolution has been since confirmed as the highest-grossing non-WWE U.S.-based wrestling pay-per-view since 1999.