It’s a big night as we are, at the time of writing, hours away from AEW All Out 2020! It’s quite a deep card and I’ll be giving it a deep dive, predicting every bout on the card! It’s a lot to cover so let’s get right to it!
Joey Janela vs. Serpentico
Starting with the Buy-In of course. This rather curious match-up was added mere moments ago at the time of this writing and seems to be the result of some shifts in the card’s make-up with the Tooth and Nail match being added to the main card. This means that for the second PPV in a row, it appears Joey Janela has stepped in to fill a spot when needed at the last second. That’s a neat place to be and shows a decent bit of faith in the Bad Boy, he’s becoming one of their go-tos in this situation.
Serpentico is one of the more interesting talents to have come in during that period where tons of indy workers started appearing on AEW Dark at the start of the pandemic. I haven’t really seen him in a lengthy showcase match so far so it’s hard for me to get a read on him, but he does have probably the best entrance on Dark with his penchant for firing streamers from his wrists. With Sonny Kiss and Dr. Luther backing the two up, it seems like this is setting up a tag team feud. Hard to call but given that, I’m gonna say Serpentico gets a sneaky victory to kick off tensions.
Private Party vs. Dark Order’s 3 & 4 (AKA John Silver & Alex Reynolds)
This match also seems to have been added rather at the last minute, but it’s one I’m happy to see personally. Alex Reynolds and particularly John Silver have been really impressive of late. They clearly weren’t brought in to be much of anything and even spent quite a while contributing without contracts. But a combination of stealing the show on BTE and looking damn good in the ring when really given a chance has earned them spots on the roster and, now, a much bigger showcase than ever before.
This is a very good position for them, and good opponents as well. This match should be quite fun and fast-paced. While I mostly see it as a good opportunity for Silver and Reynolds to show out, there’s a very low chance that they’ll actually get the W. That’s just fine though, it’ll come in time. Private Party over for now though.
The Young Bucks vs. Jurassic Express
A very cool match here, setup in unorthodox fashion and my pick for opener on the main card, hence it’s position here. The two teams allied with each other in an Atomicos match where they defeated SCU & Private Party, thereby earning this PPV match against one another. These two are both in key spots in the rankings and while not necessarily advertised as such, it’s been made clear that this is something of a No. 1 Contender’s match with the winners being next in line to challenge for the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
This makes things interesting because, at the risk of spoiling latter parts of this article, I wholeheartedly expect FTR to take the tag titles tonight. And everyone is looking forward to that long-awaited dream match between the Bucks and FTR, it seems so natural that the two teams will one day battle over the tag titles in what I would hope would be a main event of a PPV. This will likely be the way most people look at this match and thus assume the Bucks would win to set that match up.
But the thing is… I don’t expect that match to happen anytime soon. It’s been a slow burn so far and I feel it’d be the smart thing to continue that route, with the Bucks experiencing a few setbacks to hold off on that match happening. This is because A) I think it shouldn’t happen until you can have a full arena again and B) I’d wait until FTR have had a long run with the tag titles, because I think the Bucks should unseat them in that match.
In other words, yeah. I’m actually predicting a big upset here. Let’s be real, the Bucks opt to lose when don’t expect all the time, and this one would make plenty of sense. Jurassic Express over, to make them the first challengers for FTR.
Tooth And Nail Match: Britt Baker vs. Big Swole
This one has been building slowly for quite a few months and it seems like a pretty unique match. It’s the next in line of the cinematic affairs of the year and has the distinction of being the first women’s match of that nature. As to what that entails, it’s hard to say but we know that it will take place in Dr. Baker’s dental office and of course it’s No DQ.
There will no doubt be as many smoke and mirrors here as possible as evidently Britt still isn’t cleared to wrestle. I believe originally that she’d be ready by now – they did announce her returning to action at All Out months ago. This seems to be a means on making good on that without actually having her wrestle.
It’s perhaps been forgotten now but Britt Baker was really building up steam before her injury and particularly in the pre-Pandemic days, her promos were really getting her a lot of heat. There was a point where she seemed like an excellent challenger to Hikaru Shida, and under normal circumstances, I’d predict she win this match for that very purpose. But if she’s still not cleared right now, I’m not sure if that’s a great idea right this second. I suppose it depends on what her timetable is at the moment but I think it’s safer to say Big Swole gets the nod.
Casino Battle Royale — Winner Gets An AEW World Title Match
Honestly I really like these match-ups in theory. Planning them out isn’t easy and it’s proven a bit of a challenge at first but I think by now they’ll have it sorted out and the names announced for it really highlight how rich with talent this roster has become, there’s a lot of really good and charismatic workers in that graphic. And tantalizingly, we still don’t know everyone who will be a part of it.
For now atleast, there’s 4 open spots. In the first two Casino Royales, they made sure to have a fair few surprises and the lucky draw of the Joker card was always an unannounced big name. I see no reason not to continue that trend, though I admittedly don’t really have any guesses.
Not knowing the whole field does make this a little difficult to predict. The world title match stip doesn’t mean it has to be an established part of the roster either since Brian Cage made his debut and won his title shot in a very similar scenario at Double or Nothing, which was essentially a ladder match variant on this concept. But I think all things being equal, Darby Allin is the soundest pick. He’s due for an accomplishment like this anyway, one of the brighter stars AEW has in my estimation.
The Dark Order vs. Matt Cardona, Scorpio Sky & The Natural Nightmares
The four biggest names in the Dark Order band together for a pretty big Atomicos match here. An eclectic group of babyfaces join forces to try and avenge the fallen former TNT Champion Cody. It should certainly be interesting, as far as the result goes I imagine the focus will be on finding Brodie Lee’s first challenger for the TNT title, which means a babyface victory.
I don’t necessarily think Brodie would or should take the fall here, it’s not really needed as you could reasonably earn the shot by pinning any of his cohorts and technically having the win over Brodie in tag action. As for who that would be, that’s an interesting question as it could really be any of them, aside from probably QT Marshall. I’d say Matt Cardona is the strongest choice but he may well face all of them singles action eventually. But yeah, babyfaces over here.
Broken Rules Match: Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
This is really an underrated feud in my mind. Botched spot or no, when that thrown chair busted Matt open, it was capitalized on in a big way and the rivalry really got an extra bolt of intensity that’s only grown ever since. They’ve had increasingly brutal battles on Dynamite, including perhaps the physical Tables match I’ve ever seen on my life. If they’d do all this on free TV, I can only imagine what it’ll look like on PPV.
The story actually would make a First Blood match very sensible but I think they understand that Last Man Standing rules would make for a better match. Going by the build, it should be bloody and death-defying. We also have a stip on our hands where if Matt Hardy loses, he’ll be gone from AEW. We certainly can’t have that, so Matt Hardy over.
AEW World Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Thunder Rosa
In the midst of a lot of criticism aimed at their women’s division, admittedly a weak point of the company atleast for the moment, they have seemingly gone way out of their way to put on the best women’s title match on PPV that they possibly could. NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa’s sudden appearance on Dynamite threw many for a loop, myself included and it made for quite the shake-up on this card.
There’s no reason to expect anything other than a great bout here. But as much as Thunder Rosa is welcome, her victory would make for quite the shock to say the least, we don’t even know what her status is in AEW going forward. Hikaru Shida to retain, but I sure am excited for the future of this budding relationship between AEW and NWA.
Mimosa Mayhem: Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy
I think it’s fair to say Jericho vs. Cassidy is a feud nobody expected at the start of the year. And even when the angle did begin in earnest, I’m not sure anyone thought it’d dominate the whole summer like it has. But here we are in the final bout of a trilogy and it’s been a really fun ride. Mostly in angles granted, the two of them are a little odd together in the ring but the characters gel wonderfully. And I think this match will be leaning on that a lot more, given the absurdity of the stip.
In case you haven’t heard, Mimosa Mayhem means there will be a huge tank of Mimosa – bubbly and OJ fused together – and being dumped into it is a perfectly acceptable means of getting a victory. Sure, pinfalls and submissions count as well but… I think we all kinda expect a big dunk finish. Which is, of course, a spot usually reserved for heels. We saw MJF take a big bump into a pool on the JeriCruise.
Does that mean Orange is getting a second straight major win over Chris Jericho to win the whole feud outright? Well yes, but since he already beat him solo, this time all bets are off. I’ve heard the idea raised that Mike Tyson might make a cameo here, punch Jericho out and send him into the Mimosa. I like this idea a lot and it seems like it’s exactly the kind of thing that would pop up on ESPN. Let’s go with it, Orange Cassidy over.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page (c) vs. FTR
For me personally, this has to be the match I’m looking forward to the most and it has a very strong change of being the best match on the show. The build has ended up being another key part in Hangman Page’s longform storyline, his slow and painful break up from the Elite. But his doing this on the behalf of FTR ended up doing nothing but giving Dax and Cash another chance to show their true colors as they made it clear they were using him and thought very little of him.
This angle is big and there is no reason to expect anything other than a fantastic match. And I have felt since the moment FTR set foot in AEW that they’d be the next tag team champions. They’re the kind of guys — Top Guys, you might say — that simply don’t have to wait too long before taking the gold. And well, yeah, I already said this is an earlier prediction, so… FTR over.
AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. MJF
This is a match that I’ve gone into my thoughts on in a deeper article focusing squarely on it. So I’d suggest reading that.
I’ll merely add that these two make for really natural enemies and I’m pretty excited to see what they’ll do in the ring together. The banning of the Paradigm Shift may end up hurting Moxley quite a bit here as, yeah, I both expect and endorse a title change here. Much as I appreciate Mox as the champ, I think we should go ahead and begin with the shift into a new era of AEW. MJF to take Pretty Platinum.