Wrestling Review: AEW All Out (2020)

It’s the biggest show of the year for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as it presents All Out, live from the outdoor arena of Daily’s place in Jacksonville, Florida. In the main event, AEW Champion Jon Moxley will look to beat some respect into the young and brash undefeated challenger, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, MJF. Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy will also meet for the third and final time in the first ever Mimosa Mayhem match, where the only way to win is via pinfall or submission, or throwing your opponent into a huge vat of mimosa. The AEW Tag Team Championships are also on the line, as the team of Kenny Omega and Hangman Page, attempt to put some personal differences aside, and defeat the newcomers, FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, formerly The Revival in WWE) ina rivalry that had very quickly become very personal. Hikaru Shida will also defend her AEW Women’s title against another champion in her own right, Thunder Rosa, the current Women’s Champion of the NWA, where Rosa looks to hold two championships by the end of the night.

Rounding out the card, Matt Hardy will face off with Sammy Guevara in a Broken Rules match, where the only way to win is by one man not answering the referee’s ten count. But in this match there can be no draw, because Matt Hardy has promised that if he loses, he will leave AEW. A 21 Entrant over the top rope battle royale will also take place, with the winner receiving a future title match for the AEW Championships. Various members of the AEW roster will also be looking to avenge what happened to Cody in previous weeks, as Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall, Scorpio Sky and Matt Cardona face off with Mr Brodie Lee and the Dark Order.

+ Chris Jericho vs Orange Cassidy (Mimosa Mayhem Match): the match could only be won by pinfall, submission, or throwing the opponent into a tank of mimosa, and I think in that regard we all knew what was going to happen from the moment it was announced. Win or lose, Cassidy has become a star in AEW, and Jericho knows exactly what to do to get the fans behind someone, whether it be Moxley, Pineapple Pete or Cassidy. This was dumb but fun, but hopefully not the start of more of these type of matches
+ Adam Page & Kenny Omega (c) vs FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) (w/ Tully Blanchard) (AEW World Tag Team Championship): Hangman in long tights is a main event look, brother. There were a lot of ways this match could have gone, and you may even exact the way it did, but I am thrilled at what will come next for all involved. Omega is one of the best singles in the world, and Hangman is already so good and getting better. When they get paired with one of the best tag teams, you get a really good match. There was a surprising amount of story here, and not quite the Revival/American Alpha or DIY matches in NXT, but overall I still really liked this
+ The Dark Order (Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) vs Matt Cardona, Scorpio Sky, & The Natural Nightmares (Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall) (w/ Allie): this was a lot of fun. Had the previous matches before Shida/Rosa been good, this would have been a cool down match, but as it stands now this was not one that could coast on a tired crowd. All of the good guy team looked great at various points, and there was so much story to be told by the Dark Order. I really like TNT Champion Mr Brodie Lee
+ Hikaru Shida (c) vs Thunder Rosa (AEW Women’s World Championship): this match is where the show really turned around, and became something special. These two worked really well together, with Rosa in particular being really impressive. Shida has more than proved herself against any number of AEW women wrestlers, and there was no doubt in my mind that these two would have a good match, and they did
+ Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) vs The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson): this was really, really good. The Bucks finally seem to look like the team of old, but both the Jurassic Express were the stars here. Jungle Boy is going to be one of the biggest stars in the company in the years to come, because holy cow that boy has FIRE inside of him. I really liked this match, but I have the same complaint I seem to have a lot, in that there was just so much going on in this preliminary tag team match
+ Dr Britt Baker D.M.D. vs Big Swole (Tooth or Nail Match): truthfully, I was ready to hate this in some kind of way, but it didn’t outstay its welcome, and in the end it had a few clever moments. This was fine
+ Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) vs The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds & John Silver): holy smokes John Silver is good. Private Party god a lot of big moments because they are the clear good guys against the evil cult, but John Silver was the most impressive guy in the match, if not on the whole show. This was really, really good

Jon Moxley (c) vs MJF (w/ Wardlow) (AEW World Championship): bleeding a lot does not make a match compelling. After the already lacklustre show to this point, I hoped there was something special or surprising to come and change my mind. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and this went absout exactly as you’d expect. This match was a dud
Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara (Broken Rules Match): ostensibly a last man standing match, I struggle to fairly rate this, because it went about three minutes before at least one of these guys nearly died. This was scary, and if I got worked, then I’ll admit it freely at a later date, but I did not want to see this go the way it did
21-Man Casino Battle Royale: this was basic, and nothing special, but as soon as the 21st man made their entrance this fell off a cliff. This was not good at all, and even the winner didn’t really look all that impressive
Joey Janela (w/ Sonny Kiss) vs Serpentico (w/ Luther): this was on the Buy In, and it was nothing special. Janela’s bread and butter is the crazy gimmick matches, but this was as clean as you could hope for. Serpentico is very familiar in some way, but I can’t place it

Should you watch this event: Shida/Rosa was the match of the night and worth watching, but even with the majority above listed as positives, I can’t say this was a very good show. The tag title match never got the heights I expected, the main event was cold and emotionless, and the Mimosa Mayhem match was a fun distraction, but the lack of a real crowd hurt this more than anything else. This felt like a long show, and probably not worth my morning wake up.

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