AEW Sets Up Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match
All Elite Wrestling, or AEW, is planning to take it up a notch at their next massive pay-per-view event. During their Revolution PPV show, the AEW World Championship will be put on the line in an Exploding Barbed Wire Match between Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley.
Some in the online wrestling community believe this to be the first Exploding Barbed Wire Match by a major professional wrestling company in United States history.
Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley both have a history of violent pro wrestling matches. But nothing like the standard Exploding Barbed Wire Match. Cultured Vultures explains the idea of the Exploding Barbed Wire Match like this:
"In this particular stipulation, violence was taken to a whole new level with the ring ropes being replaced by actual barbed wire with exploding wires added in between and C4 explosives planted around the outside of the ring. Victory is still achieved under the traditional pinfall/submission rules, but in the case of deathmatches, I’m sure loss of blood also counts as a viable defeat. Wrestlers will also have access to a slew of other weapons to inflict even more pain to their opponents: Glass tables, ladders, barbed-wire wrapped chairs and baseball bats, whatever they deem necessary in this already chaotic environment."
It's been a style of match that saw its peak in the 1980s and 90s between Japan and the US. Perhaps the most well known death match classics for American fans involved Terry Funk and Mick Foley.
Will Moxley vs Omega meet the violence levels that Funk vs Foley did? Probably not. But to see an old school gimmick applied to new school stars is pretty exciting for pro wrestling fans.