AEW’s All Out pay-per-view is in the books and it was a historic event for the company as they head into their new television show on TNT in October. But, was it an overall success?
We take a look at the good and the bad from the show to determine whether or not this was smart or wasted booking for what might have been AEW’s real shot to garner interest in their new 2-hour weekly show.
Bad: Dashwood Makes Pointless Appearance
Tenille Dashwood (Emma) did show as we predicted, but her presence was hardly felt as she entered the 21-Women Casino Battle Royale but was almost immediately eliminated.
What’s the point in having someone With Dashwood’s street credibility show up only to have her last less than 30 seconds in a match? Not only did she not do anything noteworthy, but she probably hurt her legacy by showing up in something and doing absolutely nothing.
Good: Nyla Rose Wins Battle Royale
Rose is a marketable personality being the first transgender performer in wrestling history as well as being big, bad and believable as a dominant talent. There were a handful of people AEW could have chosen to win and they left it down to two of the top choices in Britt Baker and Nyla Rose.
Bad: Socal Uncensored Wins
AEW had a good opportunity to establish Luchsaurus and Jungle Boy as a big-time tag team in the company. Instead, SCU got another win, and one they didn’t need.
To make matters even more confusing, when the match ended and the crowd was clearly not on the side of Daniels and crew, SoCal raised the hands of the losers as if to show a level of respect. Not a heel thing to do, this AEW didn’t even capitalize on the heel heat that came with SCU winning.
The good news is, Luchasaurus had the showing of a lifetime and it certainly going to be a big-time player moving forward.
Good: PAC Signed With AEW?
The bad news is, Kenny Omega lost another match. The good news, if AEW is going to give such a decisive win to Pac, it has to mean he’s signed with the company and will be a part of the TNT show moving forward.
It was a good match with a shocking ending that left fans with their jaws on the floor. While it wasn’t the ending most fans probably wanted, it proves that AEW is willing to shock fans with an unexpected finish.
Good: Cracker Barrel Clash
This was the match of the night, to that point. Essentially, a sponsored hardcore match, Joey Janela, Jimmy Havoc and Darby Allin left nothing else to do during a match that included a staple gun, table, thumbtacks, gaffers tape, chairs, and two barrels.
Havoc got the win but Allin especially stood out as the star of the contest, taking at least three insane bumps, highlighted by a backwards dive off the top rope, through a barrel onto the steel steps. It’s a miracle he didn’t get hurt.
All due respect to Janela and Havoc, Allin is nuts.
Good: Orange Cassidy Debut
I’m not a huge fan of Orange Cassidy, but AEW did the right thing making the most out of his debut. The lights went out, Cassidy appeared and he made the save for The Best Friends who were about to be taken out by the Dark Order.
Having Evil Uno and Stu Grayson win was the right call. But, leaving The Best Friends a storyline and a new friend was a good idea.
Bad: Cody vs Shawn Spears
What could have been a great match, turned into a buffet of cameos, outside interference, inexplicable decisions and the wrong winner going over.
This match could have catapulted Spears into a main-event player for AEW. Instead, he takes a clean loss, his manager simply leaves after Arn Anderson comes down to deliver a spinebuster and MJF — supposedly one of the smartest and cerebral minds in AEw — was completely ineffective as Cody’s hand in a match where Tully Blanchard never stopped getting involved (until he left).
This should have been a huge bout for AEW that set up an absolute war between two former friends. That’s not what AEW gave fans. Spears has his momentum come to a screeching halt before it ever gets off the ground.
Good: Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks
What a match! What a match! What a match!
I don’t know what else to say, so I simply won’t.
Good: LAX Chooses AEW
How does AEW make a match-of-the-year match even better? Have one of the most sought-after tag teams debut at the end to take out AEW’s arguably most prominent team.
LAX’s Santana and Ortiz came to the ring and debuted for AEW when the Lucha Bros successfully defended the AAA Tag Titles. This is a huge get for AEW as it means the duo has chosen AEW over WWE.
Good: Jericho vs Hangman Adam Page
These two were given in the unenviable task of trying to follow up an incredible match. To do so, they went a completely different route.
Jericho got bloodied early and had to battle all the way through to ultimately prevail and become the new AEW World Champion.
Page showed well but it was hard to believe that he would get his opportunity this early in the starting phases of AEW’s birth. The smarter bet was to go with the most established name in the company. It was a smart move by AEW.