AEW All Out is the fourth pay-per-view event by All Elite Wrestling (AEW) since its inception. It was streamed live from Chicago, USA, on 31 August 2019. There were a total of 10 matches, two of which were part of the pre-show called Buy-In.
One was the 21-women battle royal match and the other was a tag team match between Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) and Angelico and Jack Evans, where both teams are known for their exciting high-flying offense and this match was no exception.
The entire show began with the Women’s Casino Battle Royale where 21 female wrestlers competed for a shot at the vacant women’s championship title. It was definitely one of the must-watch matches of the night because there were a few surprise entrants that took the match to another level. It was exciting to see Jazz, Mercedes Martinez, ODB and former WWE wrestler Tenille Dashwood. Plus, the heated rivalry brewing between Britt Baker and Bea Priestley.
As expected for big matches like this, the battle royal was messy but it’s action-packed and a lot of fun. However, there were 2 things about it that bothered me.
- Why is this on the pre-show when the winner will be getting a title shot?
- Why would the contenders for the vacant AEW Women’s title be going through different trials to get their shot?
It’s almost as if the battle royal was made specifically for Nyla Rose to shine as she practically bulldozed through the competition here. Meanwhile, the winner of the Riho vs Hikaru Shida match would only have to beat one person to get her shot. Hmm…
In the main card, there’s a good mix of matches including the Cracker Barrel Clash which is a hardcore match between Bad Boy Joey Janela, Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin, Riho vs Hikaru Shida where the winner meets the Women’s Casino Battle Royale winner, the AAA titles ladder match between The Lucha Brothers and The Young Bucks and of course, Chris Jericho vs Adam Page for the AEW World Championship.
There were also a few more surprise appearances in the main show like Arn Anderson who took out out Shawn Spears with a spinebuster, Orange Cassidy as he came to the aid of Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Barretta) LAX (Santana and Ortiz) who attacked Lucha Bros after the brutal ladder match.
Overall, AEW’s All Out was an enjoyable show with great moments. There were some misses like the match with Cody Rhodes and Shawn Spears which didn’t live up to its hype. Too much interference and their back and forth got way too draggy. Not sure where their story will lead to after this.
And then there were the good hits that made the PPV worth to watch. Like the fight between Allin, Havoc and Janela. From feeding Havoc thumbtacks to Janela taking out Allin with a DDT onto the outside tables, the match was just a non-stop ride around “holy sh**” land. Havoc giving Janela paper cuts sounds funny but everyone who watched that definitely cringed. The trios match between SCU and Jurassic Express was also a delight with great action all-around. The main event between Chris Jericho and Adam Page too was decent with Jericho walking out the first ever AEW champion, but I think it got overshadowed by the tag team title match that preceded it.
Here are the best moments of AEW’s All Out!
Riho vs Hikaru Shida
These Japanese wrestlers always put on a great match. It started off with Shida dominating for most of the match, keeping the smaller Riho grounded and snatching back control every time. Shida even put Riho in a brutal Boston Crab where she was practically sitting on her and a jaw-dropping suplex from the apron. Yet somehow Riho persevered till the end.
Despite the struggles, Riho eventually got her opening that left Shida trapped in the corner and hit a devastating double foot stomp. The fight picked up pace with more impressive back and forth and near falls, including Shida’s fireman’s carry backbreaker. In the end, Riho caught Shida with a winning tilt-a-whirl roll-up that she never saw coming.
Here’s a look at another double foot stomp attempt by Riho:
Kenny Omega vs PAC
Kenny Omega was supposed to face Jon Moxley at this show but due to an unfortunate MRSA infection, he was replaced with a worthy contender in the bast***d known as PAC. With two big names in the industry, the match was definitely a spectacle. It was evident that the two had great chemistry and I loved every bit of its storytelling and trash talking, from PAC stepping on Omega’s back to Omega taking out his knee in a show-offy way to even PAC impressively flipping back to his feet.
One of the most cringing (but also awesome) moments is when Omega took a dive out of the ring, only to get kneed in the face by PAC. Omega proceeded to take a lot of hits before finally hitting a successful suicide senton. At the same time, they might have bumped heads there too. Ouch!
The match got more brutal after that, leaving both barely standing by the end. But as Omega looked for the finish with the One Winged Angel, PAC countered with the Brutaliser and within seconds, Omega passed out. This forced the referee to stop the match and award the victory to PAC, leaving fans shocked.
See some of PAC’s brutality in the match:
The Lucha Brothers vs The Young Bucks
This match is hands-down the match of the night for me. It might not be something for everyone, but the AAA title ladder match made for a perfect showcase of what The Lucha Brothers (Fenix and Penta El Zero M) and The Young Bucks can do and what people can expect from AEW’s growing tag team division. It’s both an amazing match and a great business decision to really give the two tag teams their time to shine at the PPV, especially since they’re about a month away from AEW’s TV debut on TNT.
The two tag teams had a fantastic showing at the previous PPV, Double or Nothing, where The Young Bucks defeated Lucha Bros and became the new AAA World Tag Team Champions. Following that, Lucha Bros had taken back their titles but like any great rivalry, it had to end with a bang. And there’s nothing better than a tag team ladder match to settle the score.
With these two teams, we all knew there were going to be great high risk spots and they didn’t disappoint! Everything was set up perfectly. Each team and wrestler got their spotlight moments throughout the hard-fought match. Out of all the matches that night, this one I believe had the most big-match feel to it as it engaged everyone watching it. All four wrestlers also impressed with their innovation including Young Bucks trapping Penta under the ladder with the Boston Crab and arm-trapped crossface and Lucha Bros finishing off Matt with a straightjacket piledriver and missile dropkick combo onto an elevated ladder.
Penta has got to be the hot favourite though with that amazing slingblade off the ladder and then a flawless flip piledriver off the ladder and onto the table below. At one point, in terrible heel fashion, Matt even ripped off Penta’s mask which got the entire arena jeering. But all was not lost as Lucha Bros managed to come back strong and won.
Check out this peculiar but cool moment in the match: