AEW All Out: Losing Andrade vs Pac is a blessing in disguise

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All Elite Wrestling is set to present one of the most anticipated events of 2021 with AEW All Out set for Sunday, September 5 from Chicago, Illinois. There are so many matches to look forward to and expected surprises on this stacked card. That is why the news that Andrade versus PAC is off the card may come back to be a blessing for both men.

AEW President, CEO, and General Manager, Tony Khan, took to Twitter on Wednesday to inform fans that Andrade versus PAC will not occur at the PPV. Instead, the Women’s Casino Battle Royale will be moved from the Buy-In to the PPV main card.

“Thank you to you fans supporting AEW Dynamite live next on TNT,” Khan tweeted. “The Women’s Casino Battle Royale, which was booked on the Buy-In will now be featured on the ALL OUT PPV card. Due to travel issues, the Pac versus Andrade bout is postponed until a future AEW Rampage.”

Yes, this is sad news to fans that wanted to see this contest. Pac and Andrade can be considered two of the more talented individuals on the AEW roster and in the industry. Their abilities in the ring have earned them such recognition. However, All Out is an incredibly stacked card and their performances stood the risk of being overshadowed at the end of the night.

Looking at the entire card, Pac versus Andrade has been one of the weaker booked angles. Since his emergence in AEW, Andrade hasn’t hit the stride that many expected him to reach. In many ways, he has been overshadowed by the debut of Malakai Black which occurred soon after. Andrade had a strong match with AEW Champion, Kenny Omega at Triplemania. This was a match that was announced before Andrade even joined AEW but the promotion didn’t highlight that match on any of its platforms. Andrade has stumbled out of the blocks so far.

Then there’s Pac. Remember back in 2019 when Pac picked up back-to-back wins over Omega and Adam Page, before going to a time limit draw against John Moxley? That iteration of Pac was set for a run that would have placed him near the top of the card. Then COVID-19 halted all his progress as he was stuck overseas while AEW moved on without him. Yes, he eventually returned, but he’s struggled to get back to where he was before the global pandemic began.

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With CM Punk returning, Britt Baker’s rise and other surprise moments coming, Pac and Andrade would not have been remembered as one of the top moments of All Out. Moving it to an AEW Rampage, where they should be the main event of a well-promoted show, creates the opportunity to give this match the shine it deserves. If AEW commits time and promotion to this match the door will be wide open for both men to remind the AEW and wrestling fan base that they are not to be forgotten in the shuffle.