One Man’s Wrestling Opinion
I am late to the dance here but I will make this quick except for a couple of parts which we all know what they are. A lot has been said about this pay per view and the incidents surrounding it. I went 4-5 in my predictions and none of my surprises happened although one kind of did on Dynamite. Here is my review of All Out.
Tooth & Nail Match
So a few things about this match. This match is supposed to be fun since it is a gimmick match. With these matches it’s either you like it or you don’t like it. There really is no middle ground. As I stated in my preview I hated that this match was at the beginning of the feud and not an end where it should be. The only other true gimmick matches that I can remember is the Casket Match and the Buried Alive Match. Both were staples of the Undertaker and it did not always happen at the end of the feud. But the Undertaker did win the first-ever of those matches. Britt Baker did not and that’s why I give this a thumbs down. Plus the match was not very good.
If you listen to Tony Khan he said the match was moved to the main card from the pre-show because it was so good when he watched it being filmed. I don’t believe that for a second. The fan backlash for a match that had more build than a few of the main card matches getting stuck on the pre-show was very loud. Throw in the fact it was a women’s match and you got double the backlash.
Moved To Main Card
This is why this match was moved to the main card. It should have not been the first match because it got the night off to a bad start. Again Britt has been built up over the past 12 weeks and loses her first match coming back. If she was not able to get in the ring and wrestle then don’t have the match. Just say Britt is not cleared to wrestle yet. This is not to hate on Big Swole either. Additionally, this is one of the reasons the PPV went so long. Bad choice all around.
I picked Britt. Big Swole won. 0-1
The Young Bucks vs Jurassic Express
This is a match with zero build and it is supposed to be showcasing the Young Bucks turn to a semi heal team. They are better than Jurassic and should be going over them. It’s time for the Bucks to win matches and set up the inevitable match with FTR in November. After 11 months of TV and the few months before of Pay Per Views, I have seen all the dives and acrobats that I can handle. Nothing is going to surprise me anymore.
What I hated about this match was Jungle Boy kicking out of a double superkick by the Bucks. That is not believable in any way. Especially with the size of Jungle Boy. I won’t hate on the match because it was one of the better ones on the card. I like Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus too. Cody said that he does not feel like AEW needs a mid-card title and mid-card wrestlers. In my opinion, I think he is wrong. Not everyone can be a main-eventer. You elevate to the next level by your mic work. Both or even all of these wrestlers can go in the ring but the mic work has not been great. Even from the Bucks. I don’t watch Being The Elite on youtube and I never will. That has to be shown on Dynamite.
Jungle Boy Charisma
I would like to see Jungle Boy on his own. His father Luke(rest in peace) oozed charisma and was a heartthrob. I want to see if Jungle Boy has some of that. Plus I know everyone likes him cause he is small and it’s a great story but Marko Stunt should not be a wrestler.
I picked the Bucks and they won. 1-1
The 21 Man Casino Battle Royale
I am not a big Battle Royale person. But I do love the Royal Rumble because not every wrestler comes out to the ring at the same time so we see surprises. AEW has done this with the Casino Battle Royale but it is a WWE lite version. WWE’s version lasts an hour long and does not usually have so many men in the ring like AEW does. I had picked Rusev/Miro as my surprise entrant and was off by a few days. I did pick Shawn Spears to win this or Rusev if he shows up. This match was a huge schmozz. Darby Allin takes an unnecessary bump inside of a body bag filled with tacks. Not only do I feel that Darby is not main event material but this is the reason why you can’t rely on him. He takes unnecessary chances.
I hated the ending with Jake Roberts and the bag with the snake in it. Too much outside interference. Eddie Kingston was never really eliminated. The Murderhawk wins the match and a shot at the AEW title. I have no issue with him winning but he has to beat Moxley in October. If Murderhawk does not beat Moxley then he is buried once again. AEW has big issues booking their big men. On the whole, I did not like this match.
I picked Spears. Murderhawk won. 1-2
Last Man Standing Match: Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara
This is the second gimmick match of the night and you can really add in the Battle Royale match as a gimmick one too but I won’t do that. First of all Matt Hardy was knocked unconscious by taking a ridiculous bump. I won’t rehash the details because we all know what happened. AEW dropped the ball here. That match should never have continued. Tony Khan said he passed the concussion protocol. What is the concussion protocol in the AEW? Okay, that was about a minute max of the doctor examining him by just looking at him. Shame on Tony Khan who’s father owns the Jacksonville Jaguars to think this was a proper concussion protocol. In the NFL this testing lasts much more than one minute.
So once Hardy continued the match I am sure they were told to just go home to the ending. Knowing what that ending is how in the hell do you have Hardy climb that tower. AEW and Tony Khan should be ashamed of themselves for how this was handled. This has nothing to do with the WWE and what they have done in the past.
This is about what happened when a wrestler was unconscious for what looked like 45 seconds. I really hope Sammy and Hardy never work together again. My gut tells me that there was supposed to be more to this Sammy/Matt feud but thankfully AEW has ended it. It just seems like this feud is cursed. Matt took a legit chair shot to the head and got color the hard way in a previous segment. Maybe Sammy is careless in the ring. I have no idea where Sammy goes from here.
I had Sammy winning with Hardy coming back as one of his alter egos. Hardy won. 1-3
AEW Women’s Title Match: Shida(c) vs Thunder Rosa
AEW likes to get their spots in when this match did not need it. This women’s division needs a lot of help and a lot more of Rosa and Serena Deeb. Was this a great match? No. Was it better than most women’s matches in AEW? Yes. Plus it had the impossible task of following the match with Hardy getting a concussion and all the drama.
I picked Thunder Rosa. Shida won. 1-4
Eight-Man Grudge Match: Dark Order Vs Natural Nightmares, Scorpio Sky and Matt Cardona
This match could have happened on Dynamite and should have. Another spot fest with no stakes or real business beforehand. All of this was for redemption for Cody who got beatdown by the Dark Order. This really dragged the card which was long as it was. We find out after the match that Dustin Rhodes will get a title shot at Brodie Lee in the next Dynamite. I thought Dustin was a tag team wrestler. Once again an illogical decision by AEW. This match put eight wrestlers on the card for a payday. Nothing special happened in this match.
I picked the Dark Order. Nightmares/Scorpio/Cordona won. 1-5
AEW Tag Title Championship: Kenny Omega and Hangman Page(c) vs FTR
This match has had a lot of long term storytelling that did not end at the conclusion of this match. It appears AEW is going to drag this out just a little bit longer with Omega and Page. Another match that was too long and by this time of the night I started to get drained. We all knew FTR was going to win this match. Omega’s tantrum after the match quitting the Elite was a bit much. Khan threw us a swerve here and continued that swerve on Dynamite. I never saw what was so special with FTR. This was one of the matches I was most looking forward to because of the intertwining stories involved.
But the actual in-ring action is nothing I haven’t seen before. I will be repetitive with this because it’s the truth. Nothing can or will surprise me anymore by the style of these matches. But I liked it because of the storylines but not the wrestling.
I picked FTR to win and they won. 2-5
Mimosa Mayhem Match: Chris Jericho vs Orange Cassidy
I am glad this feud is over. Orange Cassidy will never be a star or a main eventer no matter how hard Chris Jericho tries to get him over. Cassidy is a mid-carder at best. That’s just a fact. Now, this is the third gimmick match on the card and all three were bad. The whole concept of this match was ridiculous. Jericho lowered himself to get Cassidy over. It was obvious this match was put together for Jericho to lose by getting put into the Mimosa. This way Jericho does not take a pinfall and Cassidy gets credit for beating Jericho two out of three. This match went way too long. Jericho puts Cassidy through a table instead of putting him into the Mimosa. LOGIC GAP.
I picked Orange Cassidy and he won. 3-5
AEW World Championship Match Jon Moxley(c) vs MJF
This was a good match but I hated the ending. Moxley wins with his banned finish the Paradigm Shift. So this is the second screwed false ending of the night. I like both competitors and MJF will be a huge star no matter where he goes. I always felt Mox was the better of the three Shield members. I guess the real business is that the Paridigm shift is really a badass finisher and he needs it to win his matches.
I had Moxley to win and he won. 4-5
You can be the biggest AEW fan and admit this was their worst PPV they have ever had. Not every event is going to be great. But let’s face it. This PPV ran just under four hours. If you throw in the pre show stuff we are talking about six hours. The Hardy botch was bad enough but Tony Khan’s decision to re start the match was inexcusable. I don’t want to hear that Tony said it was not a concussion. Just admit a mistake was made. Remember the cover up is always worse than the mistake.
AEW needed a big Dynamite to wash away this PPV.