AEW All Out: Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 5, 2020
AEW’s biggest event of the year takes place tonight: All Out, live from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. After months of adjusting to a new norm, the company look to put on an exciting night and return to some sort of normalcy with some fans being allowed to attend.
All Out features a great card that could see plenty of interesting scenarios play out. Here are 5 matchups to keep an eye on as the outcomes can change the direction of AEW programming towards the end of the year.
Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Page (c) vs FTR – AEW Tag Team Championships
In terms of heel turns, it looked as though The Young Bucks teased a change in their character on this past week’s episode of AEW: Dynamite, so fans will look for some more clarity as it pertains to their aspirations in the tag division as well their relationship with Elite member Kenny Omega, after kicking “Hangman” Page out of the group.
Not only could fans see a heel turn for The Young Bucks, but this event could also mark the end of the tag title reign of Omega and Page, with Omega turning on his partner and leading The Elite like he did in NJPW.
Having The Young Bucks and Omega be the ones to turn on Page instead of the other way around as was hinted at earlier this year, would help break Omega away from the tag division and at the same time, making him a legitimate threat for whomever the AEW World Champion will be by the end of the night. AEW may feel that a heel turn could benefit Omega more than Page in that he would be able to flourish in his role and Page can continue getting his character over as a babyface.
With that in mind, this event could be the perfect opportunity to make the changes and have an established tag team like FTR capture the titles.
Chris Jericho vs Orange Cassidy – Mimosa Mayhem Match
The rivalry between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy has reached its boiled point the past few months. The former AEW World Champion and the King of Sloth Style have had brawls, exchanged wins over one another, took part in a debate on Dynamite, and now will look to settle their differences when they compete in a Mimosa Mayhem match.
Jericho will most likely come out victorious, but it will be interesting to see what’s next for both competitors after this match. Jericho was the inaugural AEW World Champion and has done a great job elevating some of the company’s younger talent since losing the title, so maybe he continues doing that.
Orange Cassidy might be in a difficult position as Jericho is one of the top stars in the company and a loss would not get him in the World title picture. A realistic outcome could be Orange Cassidy challenging Mr. Brodie Lee for the TNT Championship on a future episode of Dynamite.
21-man Casino Battle Royal
The Casino Battle Royal are always accompanied by some fans speculation as to who the mystery competitors are and this match is no different. 21-men will be battling it out to become the next number-one contender and the match could also be an indicator of some feuds that fans could expect to see.
This past week, it looked like Brian Cage and Lance Archer, and Ricky Starks and Darby Allin could be involved in a rivalry following this event, so perhaps both men will eliminate one another in this match as a prelude of what’s in store.
Hikaru Shida (c) vs Thunder Rosa (NWA) – AEW Women’s Championship
There will be a champion vs champion match on tonight’s event as AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida will defend her title against NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa.
Even though Thunder Rosa is signed with the NWA, this match opens the door for more cross-promotion in the future, so it would not be too much of a surprise should Thunder Rosa defeat Hikaru Shida to become a double champion. Thunder Rosa would be an excellent addition to the AEW women’s division even if it is on a short-term basis and could be an example for other companies wanting to cross-promote with AEW.
This might not be a one-off match between the two as fans may one day see Hikaru Shida appearing on NWA Powerrr and this time challenge Thunder Rosa for her NWA Women’s Championship.
Jon Moxley (c) vs MJF w/ Wardlow – AEW World Championship
The main event has not had a long-term build like some of the other matches on the card however, this could be the night MJF proves he is a perennial main event performer in AEW.
Moxley will not be able to use his finishing maneuver – the Paradigm Shift, so it could be a match that ends up with him getting the submission over MJF or potentially catching him with a roll up to retain the title.
MJF is definitely a top heel in the industry and will surely be a future AEW World Champion, but tonight might night be the right time to put the title on him.
Which match are you looking forward to most? Which match do you think steals the show?
Photo Credit: AEW (@AEWrestling)