All Elite Wrestling is up and running, in full swing, with champions being crowned and stories being put in place for the upcoming TV debut on TNT.
With the company’s TV show set to start in less than a month, this pay-per-view had a lot riding on it. All Out, named in reference to the company’s original live show All In, had to keep the excitement building and get fans excited.
It did just that, with a unique blend of wrestling that functioned like a smorgasbord with something for every type of fan.
The Buy-In Women’s Battle Royale saw Nyla Rose triumph, earning her spot in the inaugural AEW Women’s Championship match. Riho earned the other spot later that night by defeating Hikaru Shida. Given Rose is a powerhouse while Riho is a more agile competitor, the clash of styles could make for an interesting match.
Private Party defeated Angelico and Jack Evans, only to have the losers attack the winners after the match. Turning the heel was a shock, but it does give some new direction for the team heading into the TV show.
Jimmy Havoc wowed the crowd in a Cracker Barrel Clash, winning even getting his mouth taped shut after it was filled full of staples. He showed he was as hardcore as his attire would lead one to believe, and gave the sports-focused show a nice bit of grittier action for fans who like that sort of thing.
SCU picked up a win against Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy, and Marko Stunt. While his team didn’t win, Luchasaurus was the MVP of this match. From gracefully tossing his hulking frame over the top rope to landing a variety of kicks and even a standing moonsault, he showed he has potential to be a massive star – both literally and figuratively.
Kenny Omega and Pac tore the house down in their clash, which was surprising as it wasn’t the match fans were expecting. With Pac stepping in for an injured Jon Moxley, it was a pairing that worked great. Aside from a couple botches, this match was great and closed out with Pac reversing the One-Winged Angel into a Brutalizer and forcing Omega to pass out.
The Dark Order beat the Best Friends before the lights went out – Dark Order’s own schtick. When they came back on, none other than Orange Cassidy was in the ring and apparently aligned himself with the Best Friends. With so many three-man stables, AEW may want to consider implementing the Freebirds Rule once their tag division is running. With this win, the Dark Order gets a first-round tournament bye.
Cody Rhodes defeated Shawn Spears in an intense match. While Tully Blanchard’s repeated interference was a little much, seeing Arn Anderson show up was a nice surprise. Also, the MJF heel turn tease will undoubtedly come up later.
The Lucha Dragons defeated the Young Bucks in an amazing ladder match, and Chris Jericho closed the show by becoming the first-ever AEW World Champion. This was a solid show and a great lead-in to their TV debut.