Two years ago, after Jon Moxley had his iconic debut in AEW at Double or Nothing he gave a backstage interview and left us with an interesting quote, “This is what you call a Paradigm Shift”.
All Out made Moxley’s quote prophetic and indeed, there has been a paradigm shift in the world of pro wrestling. All Out was an incredible PPV from top to bottom. This PPV is in contention as one of the greatest wrestling PPVs of all time.
AEW delivered in everything they promised and even more. Very few PPVs can be compared…
All Out had a lot of debuts. From the in-ring debut of CM Punk after seven years being away, to the worst kept secrets in Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole and Ruby Soho’s signings. These four debuts made All Out truly special.
CM Punk’s return to pro wrestling was wonderful to watch. The man left broken and hating the business he loved, but after these years, you can tell Punk as fallen in love with pro wrestling again. His match with Darby Allin was the perfect return match for him and also helped Darby Allin in a lot of ways.
AEW women’s division has been a work in process and with a lot of potential in it. The addition of Ruby Soho to the division will help boost it even more. She will undoubtedly help the division in the long and short term.
Adam Cole returning to his “family” was years in the making. Vince McMahon and his hate of third party platforms like Twitch made him lose one of the most talented wrestlers of this generation. AEW gains a solid TV draw and gives WWE a massive blow in the long term with these signings.
Last but not least, Bryan Danielson made his presence known after being away for 11 years and it felt special. Danielson will be able to wrestle all over the world, from Japan to Mexico. The future of the “American Dragon” looks really interesting and with plenty of dream matches.
The Chicago Crowd
Crowds are very important in pro wrestling. All Out’s crowd was fantastic and made every match feel special. Crowds like this are earned and AEW did a fantastic job building up towards this PPV these last few weeks. The emotion was in the air the moment the PPV began.
Even with the worst kept secret signings, everything was done on purpose to build hype for the PPV. AEW succeeded on that. AEW continues their streak of having awesome crowds since they began touring again.
Chicago remains one of wrestling’s best crowds.
The PPV itself delivered in-ring wise. All matches had their moments to shine and to connect with the crowd during the show. The show had matches of all styles, going back to AEW’s M.O. of a wrestling buffet. The Buy-In 10-man Tag Team Match was PWG-esque and was a fun way to start the PPV. AEW has always excelled in multi-man matches since its inception in 2019.
For the hard hitting enthusiasts, matches like Eddie Kingston vs. Miro and Jon Moxley vs. Satoshi Kojima were in the card and delivered big time. In other PPVs, these two could’ve easily been match of the night, but one match in particular stole the spotlight.
The match of the night was the Cage match. Lucha Bros and The Young Bucks delivered yet another outstanding match. It will become one of those matches to recommend new fans of the sports in the years to come. It’s arguably one of the best cage matches we’ve seen in the last 10 years.
The women’s division also had a lot of success at All Out. The Women’s Championship match between Brit Baker and Kris Statlander was phenomenal and exceeded expectations. The Casino Battle Royal was a fun match as well, and one of the better ones done by AEW.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF had the toughest battle considering the feud peaked a few weeks before All Out. Despite that, Jericho and MJF delivered a fun match that had people at the edge of their seats.
As mentioned before, Darby Allin vs. CM Punk was the perfect return match for Punk. He knew he had the spotlight of the world on him, but he helped put some of those lights on Darby Allin as well to deliver a great match. There’s no doubt that the path of these two wrestlers will cross again, and we’ll see a different result.
Even matches like QT Marshall vs. Tall Paul served their purpose of cool down moments and still delivered something worth watching.
Kenny Omega and Christian Cage had the difficult task to follow the tag team title match and CM Punk’s return. Omega and Cage took the challenge and delivered the second best match of the show. It also ended with an incredible avalanche One Winged Angel.
AEW has a lot of momentum right now. No promotion had momentum like this outside of WWE since WCW during their peak in 1997-1998. The gap between AEW and WWE has closed a bit more after tonight. AEW’s ratings will only improve after such a historic PPV and the new additions to the roster.
AEW is not perfect, but man they’re a fun promotion to follow. All Out is the template AEW should follow for their PPVs, as they have been somewhat of a hit or miss with them. This could be the beginning of a historic run like we’ve never seen from a promotion.
There’s no better time to be a wrestling fan than right now.