AEW All Out Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights
From All In to All Out, All Elite Wrestling has taken chances continuously to get to this stage. With its return to Chicago on Saturday, AEW presented its most important event to date.
The first AEW world champion would be crowned when veteran Chris Jericho faced up-and-coming star "Hangman" Adam Page.
After a brutal injury at his hands, Cody finally got his opportunity to get his hands on Shawn Spears. This promised to be the most violent contest of the night, though only on paper because of the story presented.
When Jon Moxley was unfortunately injured and forced to pull out of All Out, it was hard to imagine anyone could step into his role. However, Pac was willing to take on that challenge, setting up a dream match with Kenny Omega.
The Young Bucks and The Lucha Brothers reached the final act in their rivalry, as they fought in an Escalera de la Muerte match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship.
The AEW Women's Championship match was set, with the two contenders being determined in the Casino Battle Royale and a grudge match between Riho and Hikaru Shida.
Those were just a few of the many big matches on this jam-packed card that could help to decide the future of the wrestling business.
The 21-Woman Casino Battle Royale
Nyla Rose showed her unstoppable power early, eliminating all the women who started with her. Awesome Kong's entrance into the match ended up keeping Rose in check.
Once Kong and Jazz got into a brawl and ended up both getting eliminated, Rose once again seemed untouchable. The woman to pull the joker card in the Battle Royal was the surprise entrant of the night, Mercedes Martinez, who put in an impressive showing.
Bea Priestley and Britt Baker were at each other's throats from the moment they came face-to-face, but they kept composed enough to survive to the final three. Priestley caught the arm of Baker as she was being eliminated and pulled her rival out to give Rose the victory.
Nyla Rose won the 21-woman Casino Battle Royale, last eliminating Baker, to earn the first spot in the AEW Women's Championship match.
This was a great opener for what it was. The Casino Battle Royale is a messy concept that doesn't fully work, and the camerawork was hard to follow, as AEW's production woes continued. However, the best talent stands out in matches like this.
Rose and Baker obviously got a spotlight, particularly the division's resident monster. However. Martinez and Priestley also were treated like top talent in the division, which will matter for months to come.
Private Party vs. Jack Evans and Angelico
Private Party proved its mettle by keeping up with the speed and athleticism of the impressive Jack Evans and Angelico. Isiah Cassidy ended up hitting both his opponents with reverse hurricanranas and then set up Marq Quen for a cutter for the victory.
After the bell, the losers attacked the winners from behind and laid them out.
Private Party def. Angelico and Evans by pinfall.
This was a fun tag team match wherein Quen and Cassidy showcased once more how good they can be. Their victory highlighted how much AEW is behind them, and they have proved they deserve that support.
It was an odd choice to turn Angelico and Evans heel, but it is likely just a part of AEW's efforts to balance out its packed tag team division. The upcoming tag team tournament will be huge for deciding the direction of both these duos.
SoCal Uncensored vs. Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt
SoCal Uncensored opened the show, pumping up the crowd. When the match got underway, they turned to isolating Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt to keep the advantage.
No one was going to stop Luchasaurus once he got the hot tag, though. The big man almost took out SCU on his own before the action broke down in a flurry of high-flying maneuvers.
SCU took advantage of the chaos and hit the Best Meltzer Ever for the victory. The teams shook hands after the contest.
SCU def. Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Stunt by pinfall.
This was again a fun match between talented wrestlers. While the contest lacked the heat or stakes necessary to stand out, it was a great way to reveal the best aspects of these teams.
In particular, Luchasaurus showed how good he is as a hot tag. His strength and athleticism work so well off his partners, who are faster but cannot keep up with his power.
Cracker Barrel Clash: Darby Allin vs. Joey Janela vs. Jimmy Havoc
Jimmy Havoc set the tone early when he brought out a staple gun and used it on himself. He put off Darby Allin and Joey Janela so much that they teamed up to take him out of the action entirely. From there, Allin put his body through the wringer to try to take the win.
However, Havoc did not stay down, and Allin took one risk too many, hitting a Coffin Drop on a barrel into the steel steps that eliminated him from the match.
This left The Bad Boy and Havoc in the ring, with the wilder man coming out victorious courtesy of an Acid-Rainmaker through a barrel.
Havoc def. Janela and Allin by pinfall.
For those who love high-risk wrestling, this was excellent. At times, it was hard to watch. Allin, in particular, is difficult to enjoy when he gets to the biggest spots in his matches. His reckless abandon comes off similar to that of Jeff Hardy, who has always gone too far to please the crowd.
Havoc took the fewest bumps and came out the star with the win. It was a big turning point for a man waiting for an opportunity to shine. It will be interesting to see whether AEW capitalizes on this spotlight.
Kenny Omega vs. Pac
Pac went right after Kenny Omega early, beating him down and wearing him out with everything at his disposal. While The Best Bout Machine pushed his way back into the match, he took too much punishment, especially from Pac's devastating German suplexes.
Omega seemed poised for the victory as he prepared for the One Winged Angel, but Pac turned it into a Brutalizer. Omega tried to fight but passed out, with the referee stopping the match.
Pac def. Omega by referee stoppage.
This was an electric, main event-level showcase that never felt as long as it was (around 23 minutes). These two worked well together, and what stood out was the selling. Every big offensive move looked like it could cause serious damage. The suplexes down the stretch were brutal to watch.
Pac taking the win here—and without the Red Arrow—was particularly effective on his debut. It came off as the company stating he is a star to be watched. It will be interesting to see just how far he goes because he might become AEW's No. 2 heel quickly.
Best Friends vs. The Dark Order to Earn a 1st-Round Tournament Bye
The Dark Order dominated this match early, but they were not ready for the hot tag to Chuck Taylor. Best Friends took over this match and fought through the physical offense of Evil Uno and Stu Grayson.
The minions at ringside swung back the momentum to allow Dark Order to hit Trent Barreta with The Fatality for the victory.
They attempted to do more damage after the bell, but Orange Cassidy arrived to even the odds and take out the luchadors at ringside.
Dark Order def. Best Friends by pinfall.
This tag team match was built up well, and it delivered. The styles meshed, as The Dark Order isolated and dominated Best Friends until their impressive, furious comeback. This was classic tag team wrestling.
While Dark Order's victory was not shocking, it was a statement that AEW sees them as a top tag team, which was not clear to this point. Adding Cassidy to Best Friends further solidifies their status in the division after multiple wins, potentially also setting up a future trios division.
Riho vs. Hikaru Shida for the 2nd Spot in the AEW Women's Championship Match
With the AEW Women's Championship at the top of the ramp in a case, Riho fought tit for tat with Hikaru Shida. However, Shida took over as the contest progressed, showcasing her power and ingenuity to wear down the more experienced star.
Just as Shida looked poised to take the victory, Riho caught her with a crucifix pin to take the victory. Afterward, Nyla Rose walked out on to the stage to stare down her title challenger.
Riho def. Shida by pinfall to earn the second spot in the AEW Women's Championship match.
This was a fast-paced, high-energy bout that also managed to tell a strong story throughout. Both women are excellent performers, but Riho came in far better established. That was why Shida had to be the one to take the lead.
She made a statement by dominating the contest for long stretches and forcing Riho to play from underneath. It was obvious that Riho was better set up to win here, but both women proved they deserve plenty of spotlight.
Cody (w/ MJF) vs. Shawn Spears (w/ Tully Blanchard)
Cody had a chance to choose one person to back him up for this match, and he decided on MJF. The bell rang, and the two fought right into the crowd before settling down. An angry Cody seemed poised to take down Shawn Spears.
However, Tully Blanchard did everything he could to keep his pupil in the fight. It seemed Cody was in trouble until Tully's longtime partner, Arn Anderson, walked down and laid out Spears with a spinebuster. Once it was one-on-one, Cody hit a Disaster Kick into a steel chair and Cross Rhodes for the win.
Cody def. Spears by pinfall.
This match came in with the most story and heat, yet it boiled down to too little wrestling and too much interference. While the work of Cody and Spears was solid, the action around them never allowed them to take the next step forward.
By the time everything settled down, it felt like they had lost too much time and were just pushing to the finish. Cody's win made sense, but it does hurt Spears' chances of becoming a major heel on the roster quickly.
AAA Tag Titles Ladder Match: The Lucha Brothers (c) vs. The Young Bucks
The Young Bucks and The Lucha Brothers started this off fast and did not slow down for a second. They set up ladders and tables just to get knocked down, and everyone felt the full brunt of the weapons in play throughout this high-octane contest.
As the match wore on, each team came up with a strategy to get to the titles, only to be tripped up. Pentagon Jr. sent one Jackson brother through a table on the outside and was then unmasked by the other, who was knocked off a ladder as well.
Finally, The Lucha Brothers hit an assisted package piledriver on to a ladder. This allowed Pentagon Jr. and Fenix to take down the titles for the win. Afterward, two masked men laid out The Lucha Brothers and revealed themselves to be Santana and Ortiz, LAX.
Lucha Brothers def. Young Bucks to retain the AAA World Tag Team Championship.
The crowd loved this match more than anything else on the card, but it came off a bit overindulgent, even if the spots were great. It was obvious how much the tag teams had rehearsed and considered these spots. However, they didn't add storytelling or psychology along the way.
As it wore on, the spots got more exciting, and they added more variety to the pacing. It did not stop this from feeling too much like a spotfest rather than a title fight, though. It was good, but it should have been great.
It is a coup for AEW to have signed LAX. The promotion's tag team division is definitively the best in the world, and it's not all that close.
Chris Jericho vs. Adam Page for the AEW World Championship
An overconfident Chris Jericho systematically wore down Adam Page early. Hangman broke open The Painmaker to take over, leaving Jericho vulnerable. Page was willing to take advantage of the opportunity, focusing on his opponent's the head injury.
Despite this, both men refused to stay down. Each man kicked out of the signature moves of the other until Y2J caught the younger competitor with a surprise Judas Effect to seal the victory.
Jericho def. Page to become the inaugural AEW world champion.
This was a surprisingly strong match. In particular, Jericho and Page had chemistry that was not obvious going in. The two went to war, and they clicked. From move to move and moment to moment, they never felt off. The sequences were some of the best and cleanest of the night.
The storytelling was a little questionable. Page came in as the underdog babyface, but he was often on top. Jericho got busted open and played under too often to sell Hangman to the crowd. It almost felt like a double turn was being set up.
Instead, Jericho won clean despite his injury, making it feel like AEW was declaring Page is not ready for this spot. He will have to commit to getting a second opportunity like this, but his in-ring work shows he can work at that level.