The much-anticipated All Out PPV was presented last night from Chicago, which was termed as the sequel to last year’s highly acclaimed All-In. AEW begins weekly programming in a month’ time on TNT, and this was the final presentation for the company before the much talked about Wednesday Night Wars against WWE NXT.
Overall, the PPV met expectations with several quality encounters throughout the night. The first-ever AEW World Champion was crowned in the main event of the night, while the much famed Tag Division of AEW continued to impress.
We look at the results and reactions for the All Out PPV and how the performers fared last night.
Buy In: 21 Woman Casino Battle Royal
The opener for the evening was the women’s version of the Casino Battle Royale which took place at Double or Nothing. There were several top names from AEW such as Nyla Rose, Awesome Kong, Brandi Rhodes, and Britt Baker in the match, all who had a legitimate shot at winning.
Nyla Rose was the initial favorite as she took on the mantle of the ‘big guy’ role in a Battle Royal Match. The final Joker card entrant was Mercedes Martinez, a professional wrestling veteran of over a decade, and she received thunderous applause.
Eventually, Nyla Rose eliminated Britt Baker and Bea Priestley to win the match and earn a place in the first-ever Women’s Championship match.
Result: Nyla Rose won the Battle Royale
Analysis: The whole match was quite messy, like most of the multi-man matches, and the production work left a lot to be desired. Apart from Martinez, the match also lacked some big surprises. Nyla Rose, the first transgender woman to sign with a major wrestling company, unsurprisingly won the match with other superstars like Baker, Priestley, and Martinez receiving some decent spotlight.
Buy In: Private Party vs Angelico and Jack Evans
Two of the more athletic tag-teams in the AEW roster, Private Party and Angelico & Jack Evans produced a match with lots of high-flying offense. There were quite a few false finishes with one of them being Marq Queen hitting Shooting Star Press for a near-fall, followed by Jack Evans hitting a German Suplex and a standing 450 splash for a two-count.
Private Party eventually won the match after both the individuals hit Poisonranas (reverse hurricanranas), followed by a cutter by Isaiah Cassidy on Evans for the pin.
Result: Private Party defeated Angelico & Jack Evans
Analysis: A fun match between the two high-flying teams and it was full of flippy stuff. The heel turn by Angelico and Evans after the match was quite unexpected, but it would surely add more intrigue to the already stacked tag-team division of AEW. The Street Profits of AEW, Private Party, won the tourney and will surely be a favorite in the upcoming AEW Tag-Team tournament.
SCU (Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky) vs The Jungle Express (Luchasauraus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt)
The official opener for the PPV, this six-man battle was quite a late addition to the card. SCU had control throughout the match when they targetted Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt of the opponent team. A hot-tag to the surprisingly athletic Luchasauraus completely flipped the game, as he single-handedly took out all the three members of the SoCal Uncensored.
Daniels eventually hit the Best Meltzer Ever on Stunt and Jungle Boy to win the match for his side.
Result: SCU defeated The Jungle Express
Analysis: A fun opener for the night, the match seemed straight out of a WWE house show with not many stakes attached to it. Luchasauraus looked like a complete star, and he is surely going to receive a major push in the singles division of AEW, or the tag division with Jungle Boy.
PAC vs Kenny Omega
PAC was a late replacement for Jon Moxley, who was forced to withdraw his name from the PPV due to an injury. PAC and Omega still delivered a high-quality match, which was full of hard-hitting and high-flying throughout. Omega found his way back into the match after a flurry of attacking maneuvers by PAC and attempted to deliver a One-Winged Angel for the win. PAC countered the move and locked him in a standing version of the Brutalizer, and Omega passed out with PAC getting a submission victory in his AEW debut.
Result: PAC defeated Kenny Omega
Analysis: Apart from a botch by PAC towards the end, the match was a perfect display of wrestling from start to finish. Kenny Omega brought out his devastating knee strikes while PAC displayed his strength with a flurry of German suplexes.
This marks the second loss for Omega in the singles division, and a redemption storyline looks set to take place for the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
Cracker Barrel Match: Jimmy Havoc vs Joey Janela vs Darby Allin
Throw in three superstars with no regards for their body, and you’ll get a match filled with insane moves. Havoc used a staple gun to staple himself early in the match, followed by Allin putting thumbtacks in Havoc’s mouth and taping it. Allin went for a Coffin Drop and eliminated himself from the match. Later, Havoc hit a superplex followed by an Acid Rainmaker through a barrel to win the match.
Result: Jimmy Havoc defeated Joey Janela and Darby Allin
Analysis: The match was full of crazy moments, and was straight out of a Hardcore Match from the Attitude Era. No one knew barrels can be used as lethal weapons in hardcore matches until this match, and expect a lot of barrel rolls in the future as well.
Jimmy Havoc looked like a star in this match and will be a major figure in the mid-card of AEW going forward.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta) vs The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson)
The two winners from previous PPVs faced off in a match to earn a first-round bye in the Tag Team tournament. The Dark Order is still not over with the AEW fanbase, and it was clear in the match. The fans seemed uninterested in the match before a hot tag from Chuck Taylor brought the fans back into the match.
The Dark Order won the matchup with a fatality to Baretta and advanced to the second round. Post-match, they attempted to do more damage, but Orange Cassidy arrived to even the odds and take out the luchadors at ringside.
Result: The Dark Order defeated Best Friends
Analysis: The whole Dark Order gimmick is still new for the fans, and it will be quite some time before they get over with the audiences. AEW is definitely looking to push the Dark Order as a major threat in the tag-team division, as they have now made a mark on all the four PPVs this year.
Riho vs Hikaru Shida
The two Japanese performers competed in a singles matchup to determine the opponent for Nyla Rose at the Oct 2 debut show of AEW. Both the competitors performed excellently well, with Shida getting more offense on Riho in the early stages. Shida looked set to win the match before Riho countered with a Crucifix pin to win the match.
Nyla Rose made an appearance after the match, hyping their match for the AEW Women’s Championship.
Result: Riho defeated Hikaru Shida
Analysis: A solid match between the two Joshi talent, who have impressed in their earlier performances for AEW as well. Riho is definitely a bigger star out of the two, and her win was the correct decision going forward. Riho and Rose crossed paths at AEW Fyter Fest, where Riho pinned Rose for the win in a triple threat.
Cody w/ MJF vs Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard
The much-heated rivalry between the two former WWE superstars reached its culmination at All Out, as they battled in a fiercely contested bout supported by their allies at ringside. With the help of Blanchard, Spears lashed out at Cody with a belt, leaving Cody’s back completely bloodied and bruised. Cody rallied back and delivered a Cross Rhodes, but Blanchard distracted the referee
Arn Anderson made his way to the ring and delivered an iconic Spine Buster on his former team-mate Tully Blanchard, which resulted in Cody hitting another Cross Rhodes for the victory.
Result: Cody Rhodes defeated Shawn Spears
Analysis: Both the competitors aren’t exactly the most talented in the ring, but they delivered a solid battle. Cody picking up the victory was rather unsurprising, and Spears looks set to spend time in the lower-card of a company once again. This was the most WWE-Esque match of all the matches on the card, with lots of interference and more emphasis on the story rather than actual wrestling.
Ladder Match for AAA Tag Team Championship: Lucha Brothers(c) vs The Young Bucks
In the first championship match of the evening, the two best teams in the world went head-to-head once again, this time with ladders involved. Both the teams did exactly what one would hope, with plenty of dives, tables and ladder spots and spots which would make a normal fan feel nauseous.
At one point, Bucks unmasked Pentagon Jr. which didn’t go down well with the crowd. The Young Bucks were laid out after a final stretch of offensive moves, which allowed the Lucha Brothers to climb the ladder and retain their championships. LAX (Oritz and Santana), made their debut and laid out everyone in the ring.
Result: Lucha Brothers defeated The Young Bucks to retain the AAA Tag Team Titles
Analysis: The match was perfect from start to end with the action never slowing down between the four competitors. Felix came into the match after an injury last weekend but never looked off his game.
LAX is yet another addition to the star-studded tag-team division of AEW and will most likely partner Chris Jericho in the debut episode of AEW on TNT.
AEW World Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs Adam Page
The main event of the evening was a highly anticipated match to crown the inaugural champion. Jericho started off the match with his slow methodical pace. Page made a comeback and rocked Y2J with his much faster offensive maneuvers.
Page hit Jericho with a discus forearm, resulting in Jericho getting busted open. A bloodied Jericho kicked out of a DeadEye and resisted several Buckshot Lariats from the younger superstar.
Jericho blocked a second DeadEye attempt, delivered the Judas Effect and became the first-ever AEW World Champion.
Result: Chris Jericho defeated Hangman Adam Page to become the first-ever AEW World Champion
Analysis: Jericho will turn 49 in a few months, but he showed why he is one of the best wrestlers to have ever stepped foot in the squared circle. He kept up the pace with Page, a superstar who is younger than Jericho’s in-ring career.
Jericho winning is the right move for the company, as Y2J is the most popular wrestler on the AEW roster. With a TV deal kicking off soon, AEW will look to tap into the casual audiences, and Jericho as champion is their best bet at doing so.