All Elite Wrestling has been enjoying a mean streak when it comes to quality matches and storylines since Double or Nothing 2020.
Jon Moxley has been fighting tooth and nail to retain the AEW World Championship, Cody has been beating back all of his challengers for the TNT Championship, Kenny Omega & Adam Page have been going strong as tag team champs, and Hikaru Shida has been turning heads as the fed’s hard-fought women’s champion. That champion’s circle will most certainly run into their toughest opponents thus far at AEW’s second installment of their beloved PPV event, All Out. Taking place on September 5, 2020, AEW All Out will most assuredly be another quality wrestling event full of shocking appearances and (hopefully) out of nowhere title changes.
The stakes are high for AEW All Out 2020, so let’s take a look at who we think will come out of it standing tall.
Britt Baker (with Rebel) vs. Big Swole (Tooth and Nail Match)
Predictions & Winner: I have no idea what a Tooth and Nail match is, but I’m confident in saying that this big grudge bout will have relaxed rules of some kind. Britt Baker seems like the type of person who’ll use everyone and everything possible to get over her most hated foe.
And that current foe just so happens to be Big Swole, who’s made her way through all of the good (bad?) dentist’s roadblocks. Now Swole is finally getting her hands on the fully healed Baker, but I think Britt will reach into her bag of tricks and stop Swole from getting her revenge. This is Britt’s big comeback match since being injured, so it makes sense for her to pick up a win during her renewed run.
Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara (Broken Rules Match; If Hardy loses, He Must Leave AEW)
Predictions & Winner: The most intense feud AEW fans have been treated to in recent weeks is the one being contested between Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara. Since returning from a company imposed sabbatical, Sammy’s been embroiled in a blood feud with Matt. An errant chair shot from Sammy busted Matt wide open a few weeks back and really kicked this beef up a few notches. Both men have been tearing into each other ever since and now we’ve finally arrived at their tiebreaker matchup.
It’s clear that this Broken Rules match will operate like a No Holds Barred contest, which is fitting since both of these men are looking to use everything but the kitchen sink to destroy each other. Now the rules state that Matt will be forced to leave AEW if he’s defeated here. I think Matt’s going to use a pretty obvious loophole to stick around while he competes under his many other gimmicks. I say all that to say this – Sammy’s going to emerge from all the rubble this match will cause as the definitive victor.
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus)
Predictions & Winners: Matt and Nick Jackson are a little more pissed than usual due to the actions of their former Elite stablemate, Adam Page. That was evidently clear as they moved away from their usual cocky yet fun-loving demeanor during their last AEW Dynamite match. Their win alongside Jurassic Express helped place them in a tag team card against them on this very PPV.
As for who will get the win here, I think we’re going to get a shocking upset win from Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus here. The Young Bucks’ current emotional state will take them off of their usual game and play a part in disrupting their game plan. That change in attitude will trip them up and cause them to fall to the prehistoric duo. I think this new version of The Young Bucks will further develop after the PPV and keep them embroiled in a beef with Jurassic Express in the weeks to come.
Darby Allin vs. Lance Archer vs. Brian Cage vs. Ricky Starks vs. Pentagon Jr. vs. Rey Fenix vs. The Butcher vs. The Blade vs. Eddie Kingston vs. Shawn Spears vs. Billy Gunn vs. Austin Gunn vs. Jake Hager vs. Santana vs. Ortiz vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Trent vs. TBA (21-Man Casino Battle Royale; Winner Receives a Future AEW World Championship Match)
Predictions & Winner: The list of participants for this big battle royale is stacked! You have Jake Roberts’ mayhem causing big man Lancer Archer in there butting heads with Tazz’s brolic brawler Brian Cage. Then you’ve got Darby Allin and Ricky Starks, who are likely to hash out their problems in the midst of this multi-man matchup. And you’ve got Eddie Kingston linking up with his boys in the form of Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, The Butcher, and The Blade.
The rest of the pack included here features legends, tag teams, and other singles stars who haven’t seen a whole lot of action on Wednesday nights in recent weeks. At the moment, we only have 17 out of the 21 competitors promised for this bout. That leaves four more match participants, which means we’re due for a few surprises here. As for who the winner will be, I’m going with Archer. Archer’s been in the doldrums of the backstage area beating up jobbers and notching unimportant wins on AEW Dark since falling to Cody at Double or Nothing. The win he’ll get here will obviously be used to rebuild his relevancy and make him an AEW Dynamite mainstay once again.
The Dark Order (Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno, and Stu Grayson) vs. Matt Cardona, Scorpio Sky, and The Natural Nightmares (Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall) (with Allie) (Eight-Man Tag Team Match)
Predictions & Winners: The Dark Order is looking mighty strong these days! After Mr. Brodie Lee decimated Cody and captured the AEW TNT Championship, the new champ and his underlings kept beating on the blonde-haired hero and left the Nightmare Family for dead. Revenge is certainly on the mind for Cody’s extended family (and respected opponent Scorpio Sky), who have all decided to go to war with the four top members of The Dark Order.
At this point, The Dark Order has turned itself into a far more formidable unit and is climbing up the ranks of AEW relevancy. With Mr. Lee as the new champion, it makes all the sense in the world for him to come out on top with his stablemates in tow. The Dark Order will overcome Cody’s buddies here and continue wreaking havoc across AEW. You gotta keep Mr. Lee strong for Cody’s eventual return and rematch, right? Right.
Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Thunder Rosa (AEW Women’s World Championship)
Predictions & Winner: Now this match presents an interesting dilemma. In one corner, you have the crowd favorite and AEW’s Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida. Shida has been made to look like a world-beater ever since she defeated Nyla Rose for the belt back at the last Double or Nothing event. She’s been running through any and all challengers while calling out any other lady wrestlers that think they can step up to beat her. On the other side, you have the NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa. Rosa is a very impressive athlete in her own right, but the NWA’s current status as a fed that’s gone quiet due to COVID-19 has kept her out of the public eye…until now.
It’s really hard to predict a winner here. Now we all know that both the AEW and NWA would like their respective women’s champion to get the win here. But we also know that’s not possible. Someone has to go over here and someone has to look up at the lights. I get the feeling that both companies are in it for the long haul here as far as a newfound partnership is concerned. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and pick Thunder Rosa as the winner of this matchup – she’ll shock the world and become a double champion in a bid to put her respective organization in the spotlight once again. That major title win will keep her on AEW TV for a bit longer and lock her into an extended feud with Shida. Here’s hoping that Rosa isn’t the only NWA representative that shows up on AEW Dynamite in the coming months…
Kenny Omega and Adam Page (c) vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) (with Tully Blanchard) (AEW World Tag Team Championship)
Predictions & Winners: Breaking news, folks – Adam Page is no longer a member of The Elite. That comes as no surprise considering how distant he’s become when it comes to The Young Bucks – Adam’s strange behavior towards Matt and Nick has been on display since Revolution 2019. FTR’s words and appreciation for beer have caused Adam to warm up to the old school duo. Those same words caused Adam to screw over The Young Bucks and cause FTR to earn themselves a tag team title shot. FTR’s mind games seem to be working to perfection and I think their tricks will push them to championship glory.
Here’s how I see things going down – Kenny Omega has been showing signs of him transitioning to an unstable heel in recent weeks. I can totally see him going overboard with his offense and targeting Dax Harwood’s leg like a madman. This moment will cause Adam to step in and try to get control over his partner, which will cause Kenny to snap at his ally and cause some mid-match dissension between the two. FTR will use this opportunity to take advantage of their opponents’ breakdown in communication and shove Kenny right into Adam. Soon after, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood will finish off Kenny and take hold of the AEW World Tag Team Championship. FTR’s mind games over Adam will push him to split from Kenny after this big loss and kick off the major singles feud we’ve been wanting to see since this storyline’s been brewing.
Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy (Mimosa Mayhem Match; Match Can be Won By Pinfall, Submission, or Throwing Your Opponent Into a Tank of Mimosa)
Predictions & Winner: AEW’s “Demo God” emerged victorious during his first match against Orange Cassidy. Then a couple of weeks later, Mr. “Freshly Squeezed” rolled up Chris Jericho for the surprise win. Both men are now one win apiece, so it makes all the sense in the world for both men to clash in one more bout. That match just so happens to come from the creative mind of “Le Champion” – the tiebreaker between Jericho and Cassidy will be contested within a Mimosa Mayhem match. The rules state that victory can be attained via pinfall, submission, or simply by throwing your opponent into a tank full of orange juice & “a little bit of the bubbly.” Both men are certainly going out with a bang on PPV, aren’t they?
So I’m expecting this match to go a long way towards further cementing Cassidy as one of AEW’s biggest stars. Jericho has a habit of locking up with wrestlers he considers future greats and it’s pretty clear that he got embroiled in this feud to get the best out of Cassidy. My gut is telling me that this will be their finest match yet – Jericho and Cassidy will push themselves to the limit and make sure they finalize their beef with a worthwhile encounter. I foresee a major Cassidy victory here that will result in him getting his hand raised after shoving Jericho into a pool of fruit-flavored booze. The sky is the limit for Cassidy and this win will push him ever so closer to a higher superstar tier in AEW.
Jon Moxley (c) vs. MJF (with Wardlow) (AEW World Championship; Moxley is Banned From Using His Paradigm Shift Finishing Move)
Predictions & Winner: We all knew MJF would be getting his rightful title shot sooner or later. After amassing a nice series of wins in big singles matches, AEW’s resident blowhard has campaigned himself right into an AEW World Championship match. His presidential escapades and run-in’s with the champ have built up a good case for him and pushed him into a much-deserved spot as the newest #1 contender for AEW’s biggest prize. Since defeating Chris Jericho at Revolution 2019, Jon Moxley has reigned tall as AEW’s marquee champion during the current pandemic that has left wrestling events without fans in attendance. Even still, he’s held strong as the champ and retained his title during several brutal championship defenses.
Now we’re being presented with an interesting clash of styles in Moxley and MJF. Moxley will stick to his vicious brawling and submission-filled ground game, while MJF will reach into his bag of dirty tricks to gain every advantage possible. Wardlow’s interference will surely come into play here as well. Even though MJF would make for a great AEW World Champion, I don’t think this will be the time where he fulfills that dream scenario. When Moxley finally does drop the strap, I think it will be to someone a bit higher on the AEW totem pole. MJF will get his time in the sun as AEW World Champion in the next few years or so. Right now though, this match is more of a test for MJF that will see if he can sink or swim in such an important position on the card. Moxley’s reign will surely continue.