All Elite, Bay Bay.
It’s not just the clever slogan stamped across the front of Adam Cole’s shirt when he made his long-awaited AEW debut Sunday night, it’s the wave of the future of American wrestling.
All Out 2021 was arguably All Elite Wrestling’s best PPV, with the flagship event delivering each match one of the best cards it has released since its inception. If the quality of wrestling isn’t a sufficient indicator, in just a few years of the company’s existence, owner Tony Khan is doing something that any normal, healthy, well-functioning business does: listen to his customers.
Fans wanted more, and Khan and AEW have given them more: While CM Punk was Khan’s white whale, Cole, Bryan Danielson, and Ruby Soho’s debuts on Sunday night proved that, indeed, you can’t have too much. . Good thing. With AEW’s roster already loaded with talent at different stages in their career, snatching stars and hiring proven free agents from You-Know-Who means their reputation for providing creative avenues and building a reputation for being a great place to hone your skills. fighting and exhibiting his craft is completely founded.
Of all the impressive signings AEW has made since the beginning of the year, none of the recent debuts – not Christian Cage’s, not CM Punk’s, not Bryan Danielson or Malakai Black – can mean as much as Adam Cole’s.
Cole was a guy who was being groomed to be “The Man” (sorry, Becky Lynch) on the WWE main roster. His NXT career, which began in 2017, was among the best, best protected and dominant in the brand’s history, both as a faction leader and as a single star. Consistently at the top of the card, Cole teetered on the edge of the WWE main roster (where NXT careers go to die).
That’s why his debut means as much, if not more, than any of the others: Cole jumped ship during the prime of his career, leaving a company in which he was given the world (and probably promised more), rejecting the idea of being a major brand “superstar” to join an upstart group of rebel fighters who are bringing a mallet to the industry.
Does it help that his best friends (The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega) and his girlfriend (Dr. Britt Baker, DMD) are AEW fans? Sure it does. But sports entertainers have stayed in ‘E for less over the years, and the rise of AEW and the legitimate avenue it provides for professional wrestlers to be, well, professional wrestlers is drawing attention in the industry. The signings prove it.
And the best thing about professional wrestlers being professional wrestlers? It’s great for hungry wrestling fans, who, contrary to the propaganda provided by the old ‘Fed, have always had the power in wrestling.
The same cannot be said for sports entertainment providers, who sell themselves out on TV deals, shareholders, and bean counters, telling them that all is well while things explode behind them, like Leslie Nielsen in “The Naked Gun.”
CM Punk says that AEW’s competition is the fans and keeping them interested. He says they focus on what they are doing and that is the way to grow. #AEWAllout
– Denise Salcedo (@_denisesalcedo) September 6, 2021
To be fair, the skepticism for AEW was not without merit. For the past 20 years or so, American wrestling promoters have been overcommitted and not routinely delivered. Whether it’s NWA – the golden horizon TNA once promised of a new era of wrestling in the early 2000s or the indie scene that was secretly cool but just couldn’t grab mainstream attention, AEW and Khan deserves a lot of credit for building a national scene. company that fulfills everything that wrestling should and can be in 2021. That could not have been clarified on September 5.
In simpler terms, Sunday night’s All Out solidified and proved one thing: All Elite Wrestling is truly all-inclusive.
Qualifications, match results AEW All Out
It was a loaded All Out card that was, well, all out. This is how all the matches were classified:
Miro vs. Eddie Kingston, TNT Championship Game: 4.25 stars
Winner: I look
Miro has made outright money as a TNT Champion, and Kingston was the next to be “redeemed” by God’s favorite champion. The game was a devastating fight that lived up to everything you’d think a pair of heavy hitters like Kingston and Miro should deliver.
Oh, and he did something Eddie Kingston asked for on Friday night’s episode of “Rampage”:
Ask and it will be given to you. Your nuts have been redeemed.
– Miro (@ToBeMiro) September 6, 2021
Who will be the next to challenge for the throne of Miro? Who knows? But whoever takes him down will have a tough and difficult task to fill the boots he currently wears as a TNT champion.
Jon Moxley vs Satoshi Kojima: 3.75 stars
Jon Moxley is living the wrestling dream. The guy shows up, yells, decides he wants to fight a Japanese legend from time to time, wins belts in other promotions, and leaves.
But that’s not to say Moxley is calling him, because he isn’t: no matter what he’s doing, his character makes sense and his matches work.
His encounter with Japanese legend Satoshi Kojima was about what you would expect from the two of them. Real money is next for Mox, with another Japanese legend, Minoru Suzuki, making a post-match appearance, planting Moxley with a piledriver after a brief trade.
Dr. Britt Baker, DMD vs. Kris Statlander, AEW Women’s Championship: 4.5 stars
Winner: Dr. Britt Baker, DMD
Baker’s championship reign is really taking shape and she lives up to expectations as she continues to lead the AEW women’s division from pole position.
While Baker received all the excitement and love, this match was as much like Statlander as it was with Dr. Baker: The “Galaxy’s Greatest Alien” lost a lot in the women’s division while nursing and recovering from a torn neck. ACL, and her game with Baker on Sunday night reminded everyone how good she is.
The match was one of the best women’s matches in the company’s short history, and with the division really improving, there will be no shortage of talented women to attempt to remove Baker’s belt in the future.
The Young Bucks vs. Lucha Brothers, AEW Tag Team Championship: 5 stars
Winner: The Lucha brothers
With how absolutely stacked the AEW Tag Team division is, it was a bit difficult to see when the Young Bucks would lose the tag team titles and who they would lose them to. The Lucha Brothers answered the bell Sunday night and the two teams delivered a classic tag match that will also go down to be one of the best cage matches of all time.
The Bucks’ reputation for delivering in big games continued with an absolute hit from a cage match that had everything a cage match should have: brutality, high points, blood, near-finals, and things you haven’t seen before.
The Young Bucks’ 300+ day reign as tag team champions came to a brutal and fitting end in a game that will be discussed for years to come.
Women’s Casino Battle Royale – 3.5 Stars
Winner: Ruby soho
Battle Royales are always hard to book and harder to follow – the chaotic nature of the match can be hard for fans to see, and trying to make sense of eliminations and real-time psychology is largely a lost proposition.
However, Ruby Soho debuting as the surprise entrant in the battle royale and being one of the last two alongside Thunder Rosa was the right decision. Anna Jay, as popular as she is, needs some time to warm up when she returns from injury. Tay Conti is on the brink of female stardom and should be there soon. Nyla Rose has been near the top of the women’s division, but needs to give way to others for now.
Soho was in the unique position of being well known with a great reputation, offering instant credibility as a challenger for the Dr. Baker championship.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF: 3.5 stars
There’s something about the Jericho-MJF feud that feels almost DOA now. Whether Labors of Jericho flopped in the end or the lack of focus on Pinnacle and Inner Cirlce in general, it’s time for both of them to move on to other things.
While MJF and Jericho did their best to get the crowd into the match, they just weren’t there until the restart after MJF thought they had won, and Jericho won quickly after that. Hopefully this leads to the final end of the dispute, which seems to have been somewhat overstated.
CM Punk vs. Darby Allin: 3.75 stars
Winner: CM Punk
This match only existed to get Punk’s feet wet once more in a wrestling ring, and that’s all it really needed to be. It wasn’t flashy or wild, and it didn’t have to be – match build was short, and head-to-head action didn’t always translate to the best in-ring work.
Still, it showed that CM Punk can still go, even if the pace has dropped a bit. This bodes well for future punk matches. There really isn’t much to say beyond that.
Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage, AEW World Championship: 4 stars
Christian Cage finally got the match he said he wanted when he made his Revolution debut, challenging for the AEW world championship. Unfortunately, the crowd was not very interested in the match, probably due to the predictable outcome of Omega’s victory.
Still, it was a consistent and very good match, with Christian Cage consistent and very good delivering another top-notch performance. All of AEW’s recent debuts mean Omega is going to have his hands full for a long time with challengers, especially when they finally pull the trigger on the Hangman Page championship match that fans are clamoring for.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.