One Mans Wrestling Opinion
AEW is having one of their four Pay Per Views this weekend in All Out. With nine matches on the main card, this will be a very long Pay Per View. Tony Khan has promised some surprises at All Out. What I think is a surprise and what Tony Khan thinks is a surprise are two different things. But to be completely transparent I will list out what my idea of surprises would be.
Surprise # 1
Mike Tyson shows up and punches Jericho in the mush causing him to fall into the champagne and losing the match to Orange Cassidy. This will lead to the Tyson vs Jericho match as the feud ends with Orange Cassidy. Plus Jericho knows a gimmick match has to end a feud and I can’t see Jericho taking two pins from Orange Cassidy.
Surprise # 2
Brock Lesnar shows up. This would be a legit shock to me. I don’t think Brock wants to hurt his relationship with WWE. But he is a businessman and a very smart one. AEW signing Brock would go against everything they stand for and what they want to build. It could anger part of that fan base. So I don’t see it happening. But if it does what does Brock do? I say he would cost Moxley the title because he does have history with him.
Let’s say Brock has a deal with a pay per appearance and no long term commitment. If he appears at ALL OUT this would enrage Vince to throw so much money at Brock that he never goes back to AEW. If AEW was smart they would have to see this scenario a mile away. So you can’t put him in the Casino Battle Royal with him winning it.
But could he destroy Archer or Cage? Maybe. But AEW is looking to pair Cage vs Archer so that would devalue both. If he costs Moxley the title it may let the story eventually calm down or maybe Khan gets into a bidding war with Vince. Or maybe Brock shows up and sits in the front row and does nothing but collect a cool 100 grand for his appearance.
Surprise # 3
Eric Rowan shows up and gets involved in the Dark Order match. I could see Rowan helping the Dark Order win and also helping Team Cody win.
Surprise # 4
Tessa Blanchard shows up and gets involved in the Shida vs Thunder Rosa match. I can see Tessa doing a run in and beating up both during the match causing a no contest.
Surprise # 5
Only 17 of the 21 wrestlers have been announced for the Casino Battle Royal so who knows who the last four will be. I have no idea who is available. I do expect someone we have never seen on AEW TV before to show up. I will go with Rusev/Miro. He would make alot of sense. And if he shows up I would not have him win this match. But that will depend on who they have decided to put over in the Moxley/MJF match.
The Buy-In Match: Private Party vs John Silver and Alex Reynolds
I literally have no interest in this match. It will not do any real business. It’s only happening because the fans complained that the Britt Baker/Big Swole Tooth and Nail Cinematic Match was on the Buy-In and not the main card. I am happy that four of the guys get a PPV pay check.
Winner: I don’t care
Tooth & Nail Match: Britt Baker vs Big Swole
These cinematic matches are becoming a thing lately. WWE will run that concept into the ground. I have no problems with these kinds of matches if done correctly and if placed at the right time of a feud. The Boneyard Match between Undertaker and AJ Styles was good because WWE needed a different visual in the early stages of the pandemic. With no fans attending you can be creative. While it was the first time AJ faced Taker we never know when the DeadMan will hang up the boots. I thought that match was nicely done. I loved the Firefly Funhouse match. Bray Wyatt and John Cena did previously work together so it was a fitting end to their feud and really launching another side of the Bray Wyatt/Fiend psyche. Plus who knows how often we can get Cena in a match with his movie schedule.
Not to be undone the AEW had their first cinematic match, Stadium Stampede Match, between The Inner Circle and The Elite. This most likely replaced the War Games match that was canceled back in March. And it really was the last time we saw each stable fight with each other directly. The Inner Circle while still being a faction has broken off into separate angles. As for The Elite, who is even a part of the stable right now. I liked the match very much. There were a couple of things I would have done differently but that would be a nit pick on my part. The Swamp Match between Braun Stroman and Bray Wyatt could have been way much better and it did not signal the end of that feud. They have faced each other twice after that match.
Tooth & Nail Match
As for the Tooth And Nail match, I don’t like that this is the first match between Big Swole and Britt Baker. This match should be the end of their feud, not the beginning. Maybe it does end their feud after one match. We have to wait and see about that. But we already know that Britt is going over because no one has lost their signature cinematic match. The Stadium Stampede match does not fall into this category.
If AEW wanted to swerve us then Big Swole wins but I can’t see that because Britt Baker is getting pushed. I will admit I did not like Britt in the beginning. I hated her character and ring work,. Her ring work has gotten a little better and AEW needs more women who can actually wrestle to make everyone else look better, her character work has been on point. Plus she has grown so much on me and she is very pretty.
Winner: Dr. Britt Baker
Young Bucks vs Jurassic Express
This will be a spot fest. Zero build for this match. This is just to get the Young Bucks on the card. I like that the Bucks showed an edge on Dynamite.
Winner: The Young Bucks
Dark Order (Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson) vs the Natural Nightmares, Matt Cardona, and Scorpio Sky.
This is the Cody redemption match. These are the only members of the Dark Order than mean anything. Again another tag team match and an 8 man match to boot. Expect Brandi (the Queen and the top of the food chain HAHAHA) to get involved. Maybe we even see Cody but who knows. Brodie needs to break away from the Dark Order. Again this is another match just to get these 8 guys on the pay per view. I would much rather see Brodie defend his title.
Winner: Dark Order with interference by the arrival of Erick Rowen. This will prolong this feud a little longer.
Broken Rules Match Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara
The second gimmick match of the card. This is just a last man standing match but if Matt Hardy loses he will leave AEW. Clearly Hardy is not going anywhere. If he does lose then Matt Hardy would be gone but not his alter egos. That will be the hook that AEW uses to keep Hardy in the company which is so predictable. Sammy really needs a big win in a big spot and this could be it. These two have been very physical in the last two weeks and I expect to see more blood.
WInner Sammy Guevara. Matt Hardy leaves but his alter egos stay.
21 Man Casino Battle Royal Match
So we don’t know four of the wrestlers in this match and it’s a good bet that one of those four could wind up winning this match. They are teasing Darby vs Starks and Archer vs Cage. I don’t think any of them will win. Again it depends on who wins the Mox/MJF match which will determine who wins this match. The winner gets an AEW title match. I can see a few different scenarios and that’s without knowing the four other wrestlers in the match.
Could Shawn Spears win and face Moxley or MJF and then the Horsemen reform with FTR and whoever else they pick. I can’t see Cage facing Moxley again if Mox retains. Darby just had a title shot so he is out. Starks does not deserve a title shot either. Neither does Spears. But to build the Horsemen stable it would be logical. Murder Hawk is interesting but the money mark already stooged off a program with the FTW title which will center around Cage and Archer. Could it be Eddie Kingston and one of his gang. I don’t see it plus Kingston just had a title shot against Cody. Cage won the ladder match in his debut so it could very well be someone we don’t know.
Winner: if I had to pick a winner my order would be 1. Shawn Spears, 2. One of the unnamed wrestlers. Such as Miro if he shows up.
Mimosa Mayhem Match Chris Jericho vs Orange Cassidy
So out of nine matches on the card, three are gimmick matches. That is a very bad ratio.
This feud needs to go away. I never saw this as entertaining at any point. Jericho has lowered himself to put over Orange Cassidy who will never be a main eventer. Sorry, that’s a fact. I think Cassidy wins by Jericho falling into the Champagne. Maybe Tyson punches him and he falls into the champagne. Jericho will not eat a second pin in this match.
Winner: Orange Cassidy via Jericho falling into the Champagne
AEW World Tag Team Match Page & Omega (C) vs FTR
Okay so the build up to this match has been good. We have been teased the break up of Omega and Page for a while. It’s going to happen. Either at the PPV or on Dynamite. FTR is winning the belts too. That is happening at the PPV. Again this is way too predictable to me and maybe Khan throws a swerve. The Horsemen angle is coming with FTR as the tag team in the group. The other two I am saying will be Spears and my gut says Page but I think I am going to be wrong. Plus we know the money match is the Young Bucks vs FTR for the titles.
Winner: FTR captures the Tag Team Belts
AEW Women’s World Championship Match Shida (C) vs Thunder Rosa
A very telling sign that AEW does not have one of their own wrestling for their title at a PPV. But it’s all about the matches. This could be a very interesting partnership with the NWA. Personally Thunder Rosa is the better wrestler and by that standard she should win. But it’s an AEW match and can you really see a wrestler who is supposedly not signed with AEW winning their belt. In the old days these matches would not have a winner or the person from that promotion would win. Or maybe Tessa Blanchard does a run in and beats down both.
Winner: Thunder Rosa is the new Women’s Champion
AEW World Championship Match Moxley(C) vs MJF
Now this one will be interesting. MJF is the future face of the company. We all know that. He has not been pinned and neither has Moxley. Something has to give. I had MJF winning this match ever since it was announced but now after this past week’s Dynamite I have changed my mind.
It’s traditional in wrestling that if the heel gets the heat on the go home show then the face wins the PPV match. That could be a swerve by Khan. Plus I already have two titles changing hands at this PPV. I don’t see a third one. Unless Shida retains.
Winner: Moxley Retains