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AEW: All Out 2021 Preview; It’s Finally Clobbering Time!

AEW is set to present what could potentially be the biggest pay-per-view in the company’s history this Sunday from Now Arena in Chicago, AEW: All Out.

Where to Watch:

  • B/R Live – United States
  • Eurosport – India
  • Rest all the countries can watch it on FITE Network

AEW All Out 2021 Date & Start time:

  • 5th Sept. 2021 – 8 pm EST, United States
  • 6th Sept. 2021 – 1 am BST, United Kingdom

With a stacked card that boasts a diverse range of wrestling styles, AEW has gone all out for the end of Summer. Moreover, fans are already anticipating surprises and big names to show up at the event, adding an extra layer of excitement to the pay-per-view. Hence, without further ado, let’s get into the matches.

The Women’s Casino Battle Royal

The Casino Battle Royale provides 21 Women with an opportunity to earn a shot at the AEW Women’s Championship that currently remains strapped around the waist of Dr Britt Baker. The participants announced for the match so far are as follows: Nyla Rose, Thunder Rosa, The Bunny, Big Swole, Julia Hart, Tay Conti, Diamante, Penelope Ford, Red Velvet, Hikaru Shida, Emi Sakura and Jade Cargill. Nine more women are yet to be announced for the match.

From the list of the participants we can see here, it seems like some of the women are heading into the match with momentum and could be the favourites to win. Thunder Rosa recently signed with AEW, and while she hasn’t had a lot of showings, many are expecting her to be the one to win the Battle Royal and rekindle her rivalry with Britt Baker. On the other hand, it would be criminal to not acknowledge Jade Cargill as a top pick to win the entire thing. She is currently undefeated in AEW and has run through each and every one of her opponents in a dominant fashion. She is undoubtedly going to have the most eliminations but it will be interesting to see who eliminates her.

We also have to discuss the “Joker” of the match- A surprise wildcard entrant who will not be revealed until the moment they make their entrance to the ring. The top name going around on social media at the moment is Ruby Soho (fka Ruby Riott). Her 90-day non compete clause will expire on August 31, just in time for her to make an appearance in Chicago for All Out. All things considered, it is very likely for Soho to make her AEW Debut at All Out.

Jon Moxley vs Satoshi Kojima

A few weeks ago on an episode of AEW Dynamite, Moxley was very vocal about his frustrations regarding not being able to compete in Japan while a lot of Japanese talent was coming over to the USA. This prompted the former AEW World Champion to fax a huge stack of contracts containing challenges for NJPW stars and dared anyone to step up. While Moxley was waiting to hear back from Japan, multiple NJPW stars showed up in the U.S.A for NJPW Resurgence including Hiroshi Tanahashi. It was heavily teased that Tanahashi would take on Moxley but that didn’t go as plan. Many believed that Will Ospreay was going to be the one to accept Moxley’s challenge, but AEW has other ideas. In last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, Jon Moxley revealed that NJPW legend Satoshi Kojima had accepted his challenge and the two will square off at All Out. The two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion is on his way to beat Moxley’s ass and he’s bringing some bread with him for good measure.

While many fans weren’t so pleased over this announcement, Kojima and Moxley will exceed expectations. The two have styles that would blend very well inside the ring and it feels like another dream match struck off from Moxley’s wish list.

Pac vs Andrade El Idolo

When Andrade made his AEW debut, fans were shocked but they half expected him to jump ship after requesting his release from WWE. He has had only one match in AEW but has been portrayed like a star and a big deal. If that wasn’t clear through his presentations in his first few weeks in AEW, he called out two of the most athletically gifted pro wrestlers in the world and offered them a job under his wing. While Penta and Rey weren’t too keen on working for someone, Andrade was quick to point out that the Lucha Brothers were essentially just Pac’s mercenaries. Trying to form cracks within the Death Triangle, Andrade recruited another member to work for him: Chavo Guerrero. The former WWE star has been the mouthpiece for Andrade and has worked well with him. Seeing through what Andrade was trying to achieve, Pac challenged Andrade to a match at All Out, which El Idolo gladly accepted.

These two former NXT Champions don’t need much story to build a high calibre match. They are two of the best wrestlers in the world, looking forward to taking each other to the limit. This will be the “work rate match” for All Out and has all the ingredients to be a match of the year contender.

Paul Wight vs QT Marshall

A few weeks ago, QT Marshall came out with the Factory to be interviewed by Tony Schiavone. However, Marshall did not intend to send a message through words, he wanted to send a message through his actions. QT ordered the Factory to pick out Schiavone’s son and bring him inside the ring. Schiavone was held back as his son got beaten up by the Factory. Luckily Tony Schiavone’s announce team partner from AEW Dark: Elevation made his return to Dynamite. Paul Wight calmly entered the squared circle and chokeslammed Aaron Solow’s ass to the shadow realm.

Wight then proceeded to express his deep-rooted hate for The Factory in the following weeks, on AEW Dark: Elevation. This only elevated the feud between Wight and QT until things reached a boiling point. Two weeks ago on Dynamite, QT came out and put on display a picture of Tall Paul’s ass for the fans in Houston to see. Marshall pointed out that Wight was not fit to even compete but the Giant struck back by saying that he had already talked to Tony Khan and confirmed his match against QT at All Out.

While it isn’t the hottest match on the card, it is a fun addition and it could serve as a light entertaining break in the middle of an action-packed stacked card.

Chris Jericho vs MJF

Last year at All Out, MJF challenged Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship in the main event. However, MJF was cheated on by Moxley who used the banned Paradigm Shift while the referee wasn’t looking, handing MJF his first and only singles loss in AEW. This led the fastest rising star in professional wrestling to look for a faction to have his back. In the following weeks, MJF befriended Chris Jericho and offered him to make room for two new members into the Inner Circle, himself and Wardlow. While Jericho was against the proposition at first given the hostility shown by Sammy towards MJF, Le Champion decided against his better judgement and challenged MJF to a match at Full Gear, with the stipulation that if he lost, MJF would join the Inner Circle.

What Sammy Guevara feared happened and MJF pinned Jericho at Full Gear getting a big win under his belt. Over the next few months, The Inner Circle found a lot of success together while Sammy drifted further and further away from his spiritual father Chris Jericho. After tensions reached an all time high between Sammy and MJF, Sammy decided to leave Inner Circle. Coincidentally, this happened right before MJF and Jericho challenged the Young Bucks for the AEW Tag Team Championships at Revolution. Suffering an unexpected loss to the Bucks, MJF and Jericho decided it was time for a change.

On the following episode of Dynamite, Guevara came back to AEW and showed The Inner Circle that MJF had been conspiring to remove Jericho from the group swerving MJF. However, it was a double swerve because MJF had already convinced Hager, Santana and Ortiz to side with him. But, it turned out to be a triple swerve when Jericho revealed that he knew of the betrayal all along and The Inner Circle was in on it. That wasn’t the end of it. MJF pulled off a never-before-seen quadruple swerve and stated that he was one step ahead of Inner Circle and had formed his own faction. Lights went out at Daily’s Place and by the time they came back, Wardlow, FTR, Tully Blanchard and Shawn Spears had entered the ring. The newly formed “Pinnacle” then laid a once-in-a-lifetime ass whooping on the Inner Circle.

The stage was set for Blood and Guts and the two teams bloodied and gutted each other inside the massive steel cage. At the end of the long, brutal match, MJF launched Jericho off the top of the cage mercilessly even after the Inner Circle had given up. Even though this felt like a decisive moment, the feud between the two factions was far from over. They met again at Double or Nothing in a Stadium Stampeded match where the Inner Circle got its win back.

However, MJF was not done with Jericho neither was Jericho done with MJF. After a few weeks, MJF defeated Sammy Guevara in one of the best matches of the year and called out Jericho. Since Jericho, at the time, was 0-2 against MJF he had to obey the stipulations laid down by the Salt of the Earth. MJF introduced the Five Labours of Jericho, which meant that Jericho had to face four opponents of MJF’s choosing before facing him. The four labours that Jericho conquered were as follows, Shawn Spears (in a match where Jericho can’t use a chair while Spears can), Nick Gage (In a Deathmatch), Juventud Guerrera (in a match where only a top-rope move should finish the match) and Wardlow (with MJF as the special enforcer). After a gruelling month of hard labour, Jericho finally met with MJF inside the squared circle and ended up tapping out to the Fujiwara Arm Bar after all the hard work he had done. MJF 3 – 0 Jericho

Now Jericho has to get his win back and for that, he has raised the stakes. At All Out, it’s MJF vs Chris Jericho and if Jericho loses, he will never wrestle in AEW again.

TNT Championship – Miro vs Eddie Kingston

A few weeks before Double or Nothing, Miro absolutely destroyed Darby Allin in front of his emo face paint dad Sting. The God’s Favourite Champion was stopping at nothing and ran through Lance Archer, one of the most dominant members of the AEW roster, with ease. Miro quickly established himself as a force that no one wants to mess with. He is the Monster guarding the Gold around his waist and not many people believe it’s worth getting obliterated by Miro just for the TNT Championship. Over the next few weeks, Miro picked his opponents himself and showed no mercy. He killed Evil Uno, Brian Pillman Jr., Shotty Lee Johnson and Feugo. Realizing that he wanted a true challenger, someone who could pose a legitimate threat to him, The Redeemer called out Eddie Kingston. Moreover, Miro was particularly upset over Fuego getting a contract despite losing a TNT title match, much similar to what happened with Eddie Kingston over a year ago when he lost to Cody Rhodes in a TNT Championship match.

Kingston’s journey has been of hard work and grinding even through the tough days. For 19 years, he carried professional wrestling in the streets, working one indie promotion one day, to travelling across town the next day. Eddie Kingston finally got the contract he longed for last year when he signed with AEW and has been going after titles ever since. This Sunday he will become the first person to challenge for all the male titles in AEW on pay-per-view. At Full Gear, he challenged Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship, at Double or Nothing, he challenged The Young Bucks for the Tag Team Championships and now at All Out, he looks to capture the TNT Championship and get his first title win in AEW.

AEW Tag Team Championships – The Young Bucks vs Lucha Brothers Steel Cage Match

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the next challenger for the Tag Team titles would be determined through a tag team eliminator tournament consisting of four teams: Lucha Brothers, Jurassic Express, Private Party and The Varsity Blonds. Jurassic Express and the Lucha Bros made it to the finals which took place in Milwaukee on the third episode of AEW Rampage. With the power of Giannis Antetokounmpo by their side, the Lucha Brothers were able to outperform the Jurassic Express and head into their match at All Out.

The Young Bucks have held Tag Team Gold ever since they defeated FTR at Full Gear last year. They have defeated tough opponents like Moxley and Kingston, Jericho and MJF, The Jurrasic Express, The Varsity blonds and they even broke up SCU. They are certainly the favourites heading into the match but it seems like the Lucha Brothers might have their number. Penta and Fenix have defeated the Bucks on more than one occasion and this time it is inside a steel cage which means that the Super Elite cannot interfere and cost the Lucha Brothers the match.

AEW Women’s Championship – Dr Britt Baker D.M.D. vs Kris Statlander

Dr Britt Baker D.M.D. is one of the most over stars of AEW and has managed to rebrand herself during time off due to injury. She finally won the AEW Women’s Championship after defeating Hikaru Shida at AEW Double or Nothing and has been one of the top stars in AEW ever since. While there were many contenders for her at the moment, Kris Statlander climbed the official AEW Rankings and officially challenged Baker for the title.

Baker is the favourite heading into the bout and it isn’t likely she will drop the title to Statlander at All Out. As many are predicting, it seems that the next plausible challenger for Baker’s title and potentially the new AEW Women’s Champion would be Thunder Rosa.

AEW World Championship – Kenny Omega vs Christian Cage

On the debut episode of AEW Rampage, Christian Cage challenged Kenny Omega for the Impact World Championship and handed the cleaner his first singles loss in almost two years. This set something off inside Omega, making him more paranoid. Now that Cage has beaten him once, there is nothing stopping the former World Heavyweight Champion to pull off the feat of defeating Kenny Omega again. The Belt Collector’s run came to an end at the hands of Cage and it could be possible that Omega’s run as the AEW World Champion has just turned its final corner.

Christian Cage is the one guy on the entire planet, at the moment, who is inside Kenny Omega’s head. Just one loss has changed the game and now people are truly curious whether Omega could drop the title or not. Nonetheless, it should be noted that even though he acts like a middle schooler, Kenny Omega is one of the best wrestlers in the world if not the best wrestler in the world. He’s beaten Moxley, Moose, Rich Swann, Andrade, Sami Calahan, Pac and Rey Fenix in his reign as champion. He looks unstoppable and while Cage might have defeated him once, Omega isn’t one to not learn from his mistakes. He comes back stronger as we have seen in the past. He lost to Moxley in their first encounter but he came back tougher and defeated Moxley twice. He lost to Pac at All Out 2019 but he came back more skilled and defeated Pac twice. He lost to Kazuchika Okada but he came back more adept and defeated Okada twice. Omega’s record when it comes to rematches is pretty good so I think Cage should be cautious.

There is one other thing that should be addressed while discussing All Out. Bryan Danielson is heavily rumoured to show up at All Out and many believe that the leader of the Yes movement could be the next challenger for Omega’s title. If that happens, let’s just hope TK dished out the money for the rights to Europe’s The Final Countdown.

CM Punk vs Darby Allin

7 years ago, CM Punk walked away from wrestling. He left and didn’t look back often citing in interviews and podcasts that he would never return to the profession. The bitter feeling after leaving WWE was very strong and Punk was sure of his decision to never return to the ring as a competitor again. However, things changed in 2019 when Tony Khan and The Elite started up AEW. They started experimenting with the formula of professional wrestling and rattled the pro wrestling landscape, providing a major alternative to “Sports Entertainment”. How does CM Punk tie into the whole story, you might ask? Well, as mentioned by the man himself, Punk was fed up of the WWE system and he was “sick”. There was no other option 7 years ago when he walked away and WWE was the main flagbearer of professional wrestling or sports entertainment in the U.S.A. but as mentioned earlier, things changed.

On August 20, 2021, CM Punk made his return to professional wrestling and named his first opponent: Darby Allin. Allin has made quite a name for himself over the last few years and pairing him up with Sting has done wonders for the former TNT Champion. Having the pressure of being CM Punk’s first match back is an added pressure on the 28-year-old but he has thrived in high-pressure situations in the past.

This encounter is the most highly anticipated match of the entire year. It’s CM Punk’s first match in over 7 and a half years and is against one of the hottest and youngest stars in professional wrestling right now. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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Zain Jafri
Zain Jafri
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