Dynamite quickly set up some heated matches for All Out


After a critically and commercially successful All In pay-per-view (backstage drama notwithstanding), All Elite Wrestling had the unenviable task of attempting to sell its fanbase on another supercard: Sunday’s All Out.

Of course, it’s easier for fans to decide whether the show is worth their money if they know what the card looks like, and the promotion used the Aug. 30 episode of Dynamite to plumpen the lineup.

Considering the quick turnaround time, AEW did a decent job of adding some interesting matches to the event.

So, what matches got added to the All Out card on Dynamite?

Let’s start with the fallout of the classic FTR vs. The Young Bucks match. After retaining their titles in a grueling war, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood extended their hands to the Bucks in a show of respect. However, the Jacksons didn’t reciprocate.

This week’s Dynamite aired a video of the visibly frustrated Bucks clearing the air with FTR before Bullet Club Gold interrupted the conversation. The heels taunted both teams for a bit before FTR challenged them to an eight-man tag match at All Out. Aside from the residual animosity between BCG and The Elite (and BCG and FTR), much of the interest for this will center around the champs’ ability to, sigh, co-exist with their archrivals.

We also learned what the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions, Adam Cole and AEW World Champion Maxwell Jacob Friedman, will be doing at All Out. Once Friedman gets his needed rest after wrestling TWO matches at All In (which he made sure to remind Cole of), the two will defend their titles against the winner of a battle royal that will air on the Sept. 1 Rampage.

One team that will not participate in the over-the-top-rope challenge is The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Mike Bennett), even though a match between them, Cole, and MJF seems inevitable. They and Roderick Strong continued to chastize Cole over his friendship with Friedman on this week’s Dynamite, leaving Cole to think about his past choices. It looks like that encounter will come at a much later date, though.

The tag titles won’t be the only ROH belts on the line on Sunday. Fresh off of his loss to CM Punk, World Television Champion Samoa Joe gets back to defending his gold, but “The King of Television” has an arduous task ahead of him in the form of former champion Shane Taylor. Between this match and the Miro vs. Powerhouse Hobbs showdown, fans of Mean Man matches won’t be disappointed at All Out.

In the main event, International Champion Orange Cassidy took on Penta El Zero M, with Jon Moxley waiting for the winner in Chicago. It was another scintillating defense for Cassidy, who withstood two package piledrivers to retain his title.

After the match, Cassidy cut his most impassioned promo, remarking how detractors thought he was too small and quirky to become a top star, yet here he is as one of the most captivating champions in pro wrestling. Of course, Cassidy ended his rant as only he could, by telling us that “I’m Orange Cassidy…and I don’t have a catchphrase!” before staring Moxley down to close the show.

Next. Saraya as AEW champion poses the same challenge for Tony Khan. dark

The final pitch for the PPV was far from perfect — for example, the women’s division once again got shortchanged, which will doubtlessly lead to another frail explanation from Tony Khan — and it may not be enough to convince fans that just bought All In to spend 50 more bucks on All Out (and this shouldn’t be something AEW regularly asks of the fanbase) but it will give a few of them something to think about.