AEW All Out 2020 will present the latest edition of the Casino Battle Royale with a shot at the AEW World Title on the line, but who might pick up the win?
AEW All Out 2020 comes to us this Saturday, and the match with the most potential to instantaneously change the landscape of AEW is the third-ever Casino Battle Royale.
The inaugural Casino Battle Royale took place back at AEW Double or Nothing 2019, and the winner earned the right to compete in the match to crown the first-ever AEW World Champion.
After a chaotic matchup that included names like Tommy Dreamer, Orange Cassidy, MJF, Sonny Kiss, and Billy Gunn, it was Hangman Page who pulled the coveted “Joker” slot and was the 21st and final entrant in the match. Last eliminating Luchasaurus and MJF, Page took the win and ultimately took on Chris Jericho to crown the inaugural AEW World Champion.
While Page wasn’t able to secure victory in his eventual title match, the win served as a launchpad to further success as he later paired up with Kenny Omega and they have dominated the tag team division for quite some time. The second Casino Battle Royale took place at AEW All Out 2019, where 21-women fought for the right to challenge the AEW Women’s World Champion during the debut episode of AEW Dynamite.
That night, it was Nyla Rose who tore through veterans like Tenille Dashwood, Ivelisse, Awesome Kong, Allie, ODB, Mercedes Martinez, and even 2-time WWE Women’s Champion Jazz to take the victory. Rose, like Page, came up short in her title opportunity but was successful in another title shot further down the road.
It’s also worth noting that AEW Double or Nothing 2020 saw a variant on the Casino Battle Royale, as nine men fought in the Casino Ladder Match to earn a show at the AEW World Championship. The match likely would’ve been a Casino Battle Royale, but the nature of the pandemic may have pushed AEW to choose a stipulation that had less than half of the talent involved.
Brian Cage made his AEW debut that night and tore through the competition, but came up short in his eventual title match against AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. Like his predecessors, Cage has still used that accolade and the opportunity as momentum in his AEW career, as he walks into this Saturday’s Casino Battle Royale as the FTW Champion (courtesy of Taz) and hopes to earn another opportunity at the AEW World Championship.
There are sixteen other names confirmed for the match so far, leaving four spots ripe for surprise and begging the question: who will earn a shot at the AEW World Title? These three names seem like the prime picks to take the victory at AEW All Out 2020, and might be the first to turn their Casino victory into a championship win.