The Buy-In: Joey Janela def. Serpentico
Where the hell did this come from? The fact Janela apparently wasn't good enough to make the Casino Battle Royale (which Will Hobbs, who isn't even signed to my knowledge, had a spot in) is sad. Personally, I couldn't care less about Janela, but he's also the same dude who main-evented Fyter Fest with Jon Moxley in June 2019, so he has certainly fallen far since then. This match was serviceable, but it felt like something you'd normally see on Dark and had no place on this pay-per-view, not even on the pre-show. The Casino Battle Royale would have been better off in this position instead.
The Buy-In: Private Party def. The Dark Order (John "3" Silver and Alex "4" Reynolds)
Private Party were on The Buy-In at last year's installment of All Out as well, but at least that was a more important match against Angelico and Jack Evans as opposed to Dark Order's two whipping boys. Don't get me wrong, Silver and Reynolds are vastly entertaining on Being The Elite and are competent competitors in the ring, but they lack credibility. Thus, the result was never in doubt. It also shouldn't have taken Private Party over 10 minutes to beat these jabronis.
Big Swole def. Britt Baker in a Tooth and Nail Match
Part of me was happy this made the main card after originally being announced for The Buy-In because these pay-per-views need more women's matches on them. After watching it, I probably would have been content with it happening on the pre-show. I'm sorry but this was putrid. It's all a matter of preference and I can see some fans digging it, but I didn't find it funny at all and thought the whole thing was stupid. I was into the program early on, but it's been the worst part about Dynamite for the past month, so fingers crossed it's finally over.
The Young Bucks def. Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus)
I guess I automatically assumed the winners would earn themselves a shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championship, but that was actually never made official. Of course, I do expect Young Bucks to challenge FTR for the tag titles eventually, possibly not until Full Gear in November. At any rate, this was the exciting affair I was hoping for from these teams. I just wish it kicked off the show over that dumb Tooth and Nail nonsense. Everyone was excellent here and I can't complain about a match that features Marko Stunt getting superkicked. Jurassic Express lost nothing in defeat here while Young Bucks continued to show more of an edge.
Lance Archer Won a 21-Man Casino Battle Royale to Earn a Future AEW World Championship Opportunity
This was basically every Battle Royal you've ever seen, except more confusing because there was so much going on at once. As previously mentioned, this would have been better slotted on The Buy-In like it was last year. The abundance of tag team wrestlers didn't help because it was obvious they weren't winning. Feuds were furthered and there were a handful of memorable moments (unfortunately some for the wrong reasons, like Matt Sydal's botched Shooting Star Press), but I couldn't get into this for whatever reason. Archer reigning supreme was cool, but if he's being set up to be Moxley's next challenger of the month ahead of Full Gear, then that's disappointing.
Matt Hardy def. Sammy Guevara in a Broken Rules Match
What a damn mess this match was. First and foremost, I never understood why the stipulation of Hardy having to leave AEW if he lost was even put in place. He's barely been in the promotion for six months; why would he lose? That just made the outcome more predictable. I was willing to enjoy the matchup anyway, but that spot with Hardy overshooting the table and smacking his head and shoulders into the cement was incredibly scary. Regardless of whether he had a concussion or not (and he was clearly out of it), the doctors/company should not have allowed this to continue. Yes, they stopped it originally, but they restarted it because they probably realized Hardy would have had to leave AEW if he lost. Wrestling stipulations are secondary to someone's health and safety. The fact they continued the match and Matt climbed the structure solely so he could do the planned finish was ridiculous. AEW should be ashamed of how they handled this situation and ensure it never happens again.
AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida def. NWA World Women's Champion Thunder Rosa (NWA World Women's Championship Was Not Defended)
I had high hopes for this and it did not disappoint. Shida is undoubtedly the best women's wrestler in AEW at the moment and Rosa is remarkable in her own right, so it was fantastic that they were given the opportunity to have the barn burner of a bout they were capable of. I never truly thought the title was in jeopardy of changing hands because Rosa isn't signed (yet), but she put up a hell of a fight and proved she was on Shida's level with her performance. I'd be shocked if we don't see Rosa in AEW again after this. It's not like anyone else is waiting in the wings for a shot at Shida considering how shallow the division is right now.
The Natural Nightmares, Matt Cardona and Scorpio Sky def. The Dark Order (AEW TNT Champion Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Evil Uno and Stu Grayson)
I don't understand why this couldn't have been Lee vs. Rhodes to begin with seeing as how Rhodes wants to avenge Cody, who Lee decimated to win the TNT title a few weeks ago. They could've done this eight-man tag team match on Dynamite and it wouldn't have made the slightest difference. It was well worked and whatnot, but there was absolutely nothing special about it. Again, the finish served to set up Lee vs. Rhodes, but I was hoping Cardona or Sky would pick up the victory for their team so they could benefit. I also don't get why Dark Order would lose so soon after that angle on Dynamite where they were made to look like badasses. Yes, Cabana was the one pinned and Lee was frustrated about that, but that just means Cabana isn't long for the group and that he'll be back to being an enhancement guy in the near future.
FTR def. "Hangman" Adam Page and Kenny Omega to Win the AEW World Tag Team Championship
Along with Shida vs. Rose, this was one of the matches I was most looking forward to coming into All Out. Sadly, it missed the mark for me, if only by a little bit. As strong of a match as it was, it would have been stronger had they shaved at least 10 minutes off of it. I hate the notion that every epic encounter must last at least a half-hour. It causes the matches to drag and that's exactly what happened here. Again, they had quality chemistry and the action was above-average, but the atmosphere sucked and it didn't pack as much of a punch as I was hoping it would. On the bright side, the tag titles are around the waists of FTR while Page and Omega are finally on the verge of splitting up. They need to be singles stars again and this gets us another step closer in that direction.
Orange Cassidy def. Chris Jericho in a Mimosa Mayhem Match
I've enjoyed this feud on the whole, but this match didn't do much for me at all. The stipulation was silly, but I think it would've worked way better in front of a hot crowd. The fans in attendance were near silent for this as they were for a majority of this show. I saw the humidity in Jacksonville was being blamed for that, but surely they could've been a little louder than they were. It was far from terrible, but it didn't feel like a crowning moment for Cassidy, who now owns back-to-back victories over Jericho. Whether this cements him as a "star" is another story, however. We won't know for a while, but I'm just not sold on the idea of Cassidy being a main event player coming out of this.
AEW World Champion Jon Moxley def. MJF
I give these guys major props. They took a show that was dying a death and managed to salvage it with a great match. I wasn't overly interested for the first half because I just wanted the pay-per-view to end at that point, but they got me hooked once they picked up the pace. They worked well together and had a top-notch title match main event. As was the case with most other matches on this show, it would have been infinitely better had it happened in front of an electric audience like Chicago. That said, they made the most of the circumstances and delivered, especially down the stretch. I wasn't a fan of the finish with Moxley having to cheat to win while the referee's back was turned, but hopefully that means the rivalry isn't over yet. I fear an MJF-Wardlow split is inevitable and I still feel like it's too soon for that.
I honestly thought this show would never end. Almost four hours for a pandemic pay-per-view with minimal fans is unnecessary. I realize Double or Nothing in May was just as long and there were even less fans in attendance for that event, but I almost didn't mind it because the show was significantly stronger. All Out, on the other hand, was easily AEW's weakest outing on pay-per-view to date. That isn't to say everything was awful, but it had far fewer highlights than AEW's other major shows. The length was a major factor as well as the botches and filler matches. I'm sure the company can rebound with an awesome episode of Dynamite on Wednesday, but I was left underwhelmed when All Out was over, which is a first for AEW I believe.