September 1, 2018, will go down in history as a monumental day in the world of pro wrestling.
Cody and The Young Bucks did the unthinkable – they managed to fill the Sears Centre Arena with 11,263 rabid fans for the biggest independent wrestling event of all time. That event was known simply as All In. Now that The Elite’s brand new wrestling fed has been established, All Elite Wrestling is ready to deliver a smashing sequel to All In with the aptly named All Out. History will be made once again at the very same location on August 31, 2019. The talented men and women of AEW are prepared to show out and present another quality summer wrestling showcase.
Before August 31 rolls around, let’s delve into each of the announced bouts for AEW All Out.
Note – TNT will air a special one-hour preview called Countdown to All Out on Friday, August 30 at 7pm PST/10pm EST.
21-Woman Casino Battle Royale (Winner Will Receive a Match for the Inaugural AEW Women’s World Championship, Scheduled for the October 2nd AEW show on TNT)
Announced Match Participants: Nyla Rose, Britt Baker, Allie, Brandi Rhodes, Teal Piper, Ivelisse, Jazz, Big Swole, Sadie Gibbs, Awesome Kong, Shazza McKenzie, and 10 other opponents TBA.
Predictions & Winner: Now the ladies are getting the chance to further their division in the match type that kicked things off at Double or Nothing. And the stakes are just as high as the one for the men’s version that happened a few months before. With such a major prize on the line, AEW has done a bang-up job when it comes to bringing in the best female talent for this multi-person affair.
After looking at the current field of announced match participants, I think the victory will go to Britt Baker. She’s obviously one of the shining stars within AEW’s women’s division and someone who’s been placed in a prominent spotlight lately. So it makes sense for her to fulfill her potential by standing tall at the end of this bout and going on to vie for AEW’s Women’s World Championship.
Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) vs. Angélico and Jack Evans
Predictions & Winners: Private Party got a lot of eyes on them during their star-making performance at Fyter Fest. The up and coming duo went from relative unknowns to favorites in the span of one evening.
Their opponents for All Out are an international duo who haven’t nabbed a single win in AEW just yet. This one could easily go either way – Private Party could use a win in AEW to further push them to stardom, while Angélico and Jack Evans are overdue for a PPV victory. I’m going to go with Private Party here since it seems like AEW wants to go “all in” on the fresher team before their big debut on TNT.
Riho vs. Hikaru Shida
Predictions & Winner: You’ve gotta hand it to All Elite Wrestling and Brandi Rhodes – they’ve done an awesome job of offering a wide swath of diversity within its burgeoning women’s division. The Joshi athletes, in particular, have been placed in prominent roles during recent AEW events, which is a refreshing sight to see. Talents such as Ryo Mizunami, Aja Kong, Emi Sakura, and Yuka Sakazaki have given American wrestling fans enough reasons to pay attention when they’re in the ring.
Another one of those Japanese female wrestlers is Riho, who’s managed to be on the winning side of things on two separate occasions in AEW. Riho’s Double or Nothing partner Hikaru Shida will now be standing across the ring from her at AEW All Out. It seems as if AEW sees something special in Riho (they let her get a winning pinfall over resident monster Nyla Rose, after all!). So I think Riho’s winning ways and continued push will carry on here.
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky) vs. Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt (Six-Man Tag Team Match)
Predictions & Winners: This one should be a pretty fun contest. All six men contained within this match are quality athletes who also have a penchant for popping the crowd with their humorous in-ring antics. SoCal Uncensored is the seasoned vet’s portion of this bout’s equation, while Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt are the new blood. SCU has been putting on some worthwhile bouts on the last couple of AEW shows and they can be entrusted with having another one here. I predict SCU taking the loss here and allowing the three up and comers to shine bright on AEW’s biggest show of the year.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) vs. The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) (Winners Receive a First-Round Bye in the AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament)
Predictions & Winners: At Double or Nothing, the Best Friends prevailed over Angélico and Jack Evans. Shortly after the final bell rang, The Dark Order debuted and assaulted the huggable duo. Ever since those events transpired, both teams have earned a First-Round Bye in the AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament.
Come All Out, they’ll finally settle their differences and come to blows in a match with ties to their division’s ongoing tourney. I love both of these duos and I’d be fine with either of them getting the W. But the more dominant tag team who’s being set up for future championship greatness is The Dark Order, who I’m obviously selecting as the winners here.
Darby Allin vs. Joey Janela vs. Jimmy Havoc (Three-Way Match)
Predictions & Winner: Now this matchup really gets the blood pumping! The three-man line-up featured here has the potential to steal the show and deliver the best hardcore brawl of the year. Darby Allin, Joey Janela, and Jimmy Havoc have a (bad?) habit of throwing caution to the wind during all their matches.
Now just imagine what they’re going to do to each other now that they get to mix it up during a match with relaxed rules! The garbage cans, kendo sticks, tables, and other assorted weaponry pulled out for this matchup will litter the ring once all is said and done. Out of all three of these hardcore madmen, Allin is clearly the one with the biggest crowd following. And I think AEW recognizes that fact, which is why I think he’ll be the one awarded with the big win here.
Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fenix) (c) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (Escalera De La Muerte for the AAA World Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: Ever since AEW came into existence, we’ve learned one major fact – any match involving the Lucha Brothers or the Young Bucks will certainly be a barn burner. All summer long, they’ve been tearing it up in the company and in Mexico for the AAA World Tag Team titles. And now it’s finally time for the blowoff to their hot feud. At Fight for the Fallen, Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fenix soundly defeated SoCal Uncensored. And as soon as their hands were raised, they raised up an item that wrestling fans can’t get enough of – a ladder. Once they climbed that ladder, they issued a challenge to The Young Bucks – a Ladder Match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship.
It’s a pretty safe bet that this match will probably elicit the loudest reactions from the entire event. Anytime these teams lock up, madness ensues as they try to one-up each other with some of the craziest maneuvers ever performed in the squared circle. The Young Bucks have tons of Ladder Match experience – they’ve competed in several Ladder Wars in ROH and even Impact Wrestling. As for the Lucha Brothers, they’ve also participated in matches with ladders involved. I think the team that made the challenge in the first place will be the ones who’ll take the win here – it’s time for them to claim a definitive win over The Young Bucks after taking two major losses to them at previous AEW events.
Cody vs. Shawn Spears (with Tully Blanchard)
Predictions & Winner: Shawn Spears delivered the chair shot heard ’round the world to Cody back at Fyter Fest. That singular moment caused an uproar everywhere for the right (and wrong) reasons. All that heat managed to push the former “Perfect 10” to a new plateau as one of AEW’s major singles stars to watch. And to be honest, Spears’ reasoning for his actions makes all the sense in the world – Cody downplayed his former best friend’s ability by referring to him as nothing more than a “good hand.” Everyone in the wrestling business knows a statement like that is far from a compliment – it pretty much means you’re nothing more than a decent wrestler who has no hopes of moving up the card to a championship position.
Cody’s back-handed praise has now lead to this – a grudge match between two of the more underrated wrestlers who once plied their trade in WWE. With the legendary Tully Blanchard by his side, Spears is walking into this one with years of living experience whispering in his ear. Cody’s not a slouch, though – I’m sure he’ll get some much-needed advice from his brother Dustin and close friends such as Diamond Dallas Page. AEW has done an awesome job of raising Spears’ stock in the company lately – the most logical step to take with him now is giving him a defining win over a major star. That major win will be delivered here once Spears bests his former best buddy Cody after a hard-fought battle.
PAC vs. Kenny Omega
Predictions & Winner: The world of wrestling is so mind-boggling at times. So check this wild story out – shortly before the planned matchup between PAC and Adam Page at Double or Nothing, negotiations between the UK high-flyer and AEW fell through. This development led to the cancellation of the bout on AEW’s debut PPV event and placed Page in a different role. Fast forward to August and now we have another case of a match-changing due to outside circumstances.
Jon Moxley was forced to bow out of his grudge match with Kenny Omega at this event due to a staph infection. And guess who’s been called in to replace him? PAC! Like I said before, the world of professional wrestling is pure insanity. At least there’s one thing we still look forward to concerning Omega’s spot on All Out – he and his opponent will end up delivering an amazing bout. This co-main event promises to be a hard-hitting, high-flying affair that will surely please fans disappointed by Moxley’s exit from the bout due to injury. As far as the winner is concerned, I’m banking on Omega defeating PAC and taking his momentum to a future AEW World Championship match on TNT.
Adam Page vs. Chris Jericho (AEW World Championship)
Predictions & Winner: AEW’s “Workhorse” has been prominently placed in the spotlight ever since Double or Nothing. His solid performances and big wins have afforded him the chance to vie for the AEW World Championship. On the other side of the equation is the dastardly Chris Jericho, who’s been especially ruthless and the perfect asshole since signing with AEW. Thanks to their victories at Double or Nothing, Adam Page and Jericho will face each other in a match that will determine the first-ever AEW World Champion.
As the first bout ever contested for the AEW World Championship, this is the perfect way to crown the inaugural champion. I trust Page and Jericho will do their best to produce a match befitting of such an incredible looking title belt. And I know they’re ready to handle the main event spot with ease. Even though Page has been given the ball from AEW and ran with it in a major way, a heel Jericho as AEW World Champion just works a lot better right now. Heading into AEW’s primetime cable TV debut with Jericho front and center as the top champion is the smarter move to make. With all that being said, I’m predicting a Jericho title victory here. Page chasing after the heel champion sounds like a fun storyline to invest in during the first few episodes of AEW’s weekly TNT show.