As a wrestling fan, I can say with full certainty the best pay per view I’ve seen in recent memory was All Elite Wrestling’s All Out show on September 5 in Chicago.
It had it all. CM Punk’s return to wrestling, debuting superstars such as Adam Cole (Bay Bay) and The American Dragon Bryan Danielson, fka Daniel Bryan in WWE. This pay-per-view also had the best tag team match I may have ever seen (no hyperbole) between the Young Bucks and the Lucha Brothers.
I’m smiling from ear to ear all over again just thinking about it all.
Naturally to any die hard wrestling fan, this leads to the usual question asking “What’s next?”
AEW’s next pay-per-view event will be Full Gear on November 13 from the Target Center in Minneapolis.
There are still two months, and many major episodes of AEW’s Dynamite and Rampage shows to come. So, let me do my best Al Roker impression and try to forecast some of the matches…
Let’s start with AEW’s championships.
AEW women’s champion Dr. Britt Baker has had a major, star-making run in the last year or so in AEW. She has rolled (pun intended) with the punches, and on March 17, 2021, the wrestling community at large was put on notice regarding her abilities after her lights-out unsanctioned match with Thunder Rosa.
Eight months later, I think a rematch would be just what the doctor ordered.
It makes sense. Rosa’s very over, finished last in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out before being knocked out by the debuting Ruby Soho (fka Ruby Riott in WWE), and had the aforementioned match with Baker that set up future bouts.
Soho will be a great placeholder to continue to build Britt for the big rematch against Rosa at Full Gear. I wouldn’t be surprised if a hardcore stipulation is thrown in for good measure.
AEW world champion Kenny Omega and Christian Cage had some really great matches in the last few months, as is the norm with seasoned vets like Omega and Cage. Now, do we have another great program with a vet, or finally bring home the storyline with “Hangman” Adam Page?
Page was recently written off television after a loss to The Elite, which negated his number one contender spot for the AEW World Championship. I think this is where you need to capitalize on the momentum from All Out, and have the first match of a trilogy to end the rivalry between the “Hangman” and the “Cleaner.”
It’s the money rivalry of the company, and just like the cowboy he is, Adam Page can ride back into town and reclaim his spot.
Miro has been on a run to say the least as AEW’s TNT champion. His match with Eddie Kingston at All Out was fantastic. I see the next logical opponent being someone who isn’t afraid of Miro.
Someone who is buddies with Eddie Kingston and would avenge him. Someone who can take Miro on fearlessly one-on-one. Someone whose finishing move is DDT based, which of course plays to Miro’s weakness – his neck.
That someone is Jon Moxley.
Mox is going to be on the card, and why not have it be here with Miro? The crowd would be amped.
The tag team championship bout will have quite a mantle to live up to. I think AEW is trying to get the Bucks away from the titles for a period of time, which makes sense.
There are a few heel tag teams that could fill this spot, instead. FTR, and Santana and Ortiz could be tweeners. However, based on the build they’ve been getting, I think this spot goes to the Men of the Year, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page.
They get a lot of TV time, and Dan Lambert stepping up to the mic has clearly been something Tony Khan wants to utilize. If Sky and Page alter their style to be more fighting-based, this should be a nice contrast to the style of the Lucha Brothers, and make for an interesting, fresh matchup.
As for the non title matches…
The dream match we’ve all been waiting for. CM Punk and Bryan Danielson vs. The Young Bucks. Need I say more? Any wrestling fan should want to see that.
Adam Cole vs. Christian Cage
Ruby Soho vs. Jade Cargill
Last Man Standing Match: Darby Allin vs. MJF
Chris Jericho vs. Malakai Black
Cody Rhodes vs. Andrade El Idolo
Buy In Preshow:
– Tag Team Titles #1 Contender Elimination Match – Jurassic Express vs. FTR vs. Santana and Ortiz vs. The Butcher and the Blade.
Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks vs. Best Friends (Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor)
This is just my take. There are a ton of talented names left off this list, such as Sammy Guevara, PAC and Brian Cage, not to mention numerous female competitors who surely deserve a spot.
Whatever the card may be, I have no doubts the show will be entertaining from the first bell until the last.