We’re only a few days away from All Elite Wrestling’s second major pay-per-view, All Out.
It’s going to take place this Saturday, August 31st, at the Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois; the same arena where All In was held. This will probably be the final pay-per-view before AEW starts airing live on TNT in October.
A lot is on the line at All Out; the first AEW World Champion will be crowned and we’ll find out which tag team gets a bye in the AEW Tag Team Championship tournament.
We’ll also see the landscape of the AEW women’s division start to take shape. On The Buy-In pre-show, another Casino Battle Royale will be held to determine the first contender for the AEW Women’s Championship. As of this writing, Brandi Rhodes, Nyla Rose, Yuka Sakazaki, Britt Baker (my pick to win), Allie, Aerial Monroe, Jazz, Sadie Gibbs, Teal Piper, Ivelisse, Awesome Kong and Shazza McKenzie have been confirmed as entrants in the match.
It’s going to be interesting to see who else makes an appearance in the contest, but I have a few ideas of my own. Here are five women I’d like to see in the Casino Battle Royale!
5. Jessicka Havok
Up first is a veteran of the ring who has been wrestling for over 15 years.
Havok has wrestled for promotions such as Ring of Honor, World Wonder Ring Stardom, Women of Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling, and Impact Wrestling, where she is currently signed. Her imposing size and strength have helped her win titles wherever she has gone, along with instilling fear into whoever crosses her path.
She’s definitely put the work in over the years and a spot in the Casino Battle Royale would be well deserved. Her presence would definitely make things interesting and change the dynamic of the match in the blink of an eye. Just imagine if she and Nyla Rose went toe-to-toe, that sounds like something I’d want to see!
So who knows, we might get to see everyone’s  favourite Death Machine in Chicago come Saturday night.
4. Taeler Hendrix
Up next is a pick that might be more likely than you think.
Hendrix is best known for her time in Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and Queens of Combat, but her recent social media posts suggest she might be adding All Elite Wrestling to that list. Over a week ago, she posted a picture of the AEW logo on her Instagram account, while posting “About time.” on Twitter.
Do with that what you will, but it seems like we could be seeing her in the promotion in the near future. She’s mainly been working on the independent scene as of late, so this could be the big break she’s been waiting for.
It’s been a while since wrestling fans were able to see Hendrix on a big stage, so what better way for her to make her AEW debut than in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out?
3. Saraya Knight
Now we move onto a woman who could single-handedly turn the entire match on its head.
The matriarch of the Knight family is one of the most recognisable faces in the British wrestling scene. While the family owns and operates the World Association of Wrestling, Knight also owns and operates Bellatrix Female Warriors.
Even though she occasionally goes by “Sweet Saraya”, there is nothing nice about her once she steps between the ropes. Her vicious and brutal style of wrestling has made her a force to be reckoned with wherever she goes.
Just her mere presence in the Casino Battle Royale would surely create utter chaos. If she were to appear at All Out, the rest of the women better prepare themselves. But then again, no one can ever really prepare for when they’re standing across the ring from Saraya Knight.
2. Session Moth Martina
Then we look at a woman who could bring the party to Chicago.
Martina has been all over the world since her debut in 2010, working for promotions such as Insane Championship Wrestling, Southside Wrestling Entertainment, and World Wonder Ring Stardom. She is also the current Discovery Wrestling Women’s Champion.
While her wild and wacky personality might not be for everyone, you can’t deny the charisma she possesses. She also has the talent to back it up, holding her own against the likes of Viper, Jazzy Gabert, Su Yung, and Meiko Satomura.
Even though she would be considered a long shot to win the Casino Battle Royale, it would still be fun to see her compete in it. She could bring an added touch of light-hearted comedy that some of the other women wouldn’t be able to do.
Everyone fancies Martina, so it should be a no-brainer to include her in the match!
1. Tessa Blanchard
Finally, we come to a rather obvious choice.
Blanchard is, without a doubt, one of the hottest women’s wrestlers in the industry right now. She’s been a champion almost everywhere she has gone, and her feud with Sami Callihan in Impact Wrestling has been making waves for months. She has “star” written all over her and proves why every time she steps in that ring.
Including her in the Casino Battle Royale, possibly as the 21st entrant, would be something very few fans would oppose. She’s also no stranger to working with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks; she was a part of All In, where she wrestled Britt Baker, Chelsea Green, and Madison Rayne in a four-corner survival match.
Getting her on the show in some way, shape, or form would be huge for AEW. As I mentioned before, she’s one of wrestling’s brightest stars at the moment and capitalising on that momentum would definitely help the promotion moving forward.
Will Blanchard make an appearance at All Out? I guess we’ll have to tune in on Saturday night and see for ourselves!
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