It is still crazy to see Tony Schiavone in every episode knowing how long it's been since Tony has been an active member of pro-wrestling it's going to take some getting use to. Think about this right now Tony Schiavone, Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, and Jim Ross all have a prominent position in the two major american companies like it's 1999 all over again. It was interesting to hear from Riho and see the type of adjustments this young lady has had to go through since making the move from Japan to America. Her upcoming match with Nyla will be a classic underdog story and whoever gets the victory will earn the ability to call themselves the first ever AEW Women's Champion.
Overall there is little doubt at this point that anyone is a better heel then MJF and he shows it every single time he's on camera. As far as the tag team tournament this will be AEW's chance to stick out and show exactly why they will be different then their competition, because everyone knows WWE doesn't care about tag team wrestling. I also think that LAX was left out of the tournament intentionally as they will likely be the first challengers for the team that wins the tournament. The next "Road to" series is coming to an end very soon as we have around a week and a half before wrestling changes forever.
The last time wrestling was on TNT was on Monday March 26th, 2001, and as Tony Schiavone historically exclaimed while the pyro exploded "This is a landmark night in the industry." Again I love the control center because it now allows fans who may missed All Out to get a recap of the event and it also allows fans to get accustomed to hearing certain members of the announce team ahead of weekly television in October. As someone who watched the final episode of Nitro on TNT back in 2001 it is surreal to know that in less than a month wrestling will return to TNT which is something I never thought would ever happen.
I've spoken about my opinion of All Out already, but I will also mention that seeing LAX debut in AEW was a pleasant sight I just wish they either would've not removed their masks or just not worn masks, because the idea of running out covered just to take off the masks seems a little pointless to me. Looking ahead to the second official match announced for AEW's debut on TNT, Sammy Guevara is one name that hasn't been spoken about a lot since the start of All Elite Wrestling. This upcoming match between Cody and Sammy is similar to his match against Darby Allen as this is the biggest chance for Sammy to prove himself and show something on the big stage. Sammy has a ton of potential to become a future star for AEW.
The last thing I wanted to mention was about the upcoming Women's Championship match between Riho and Nyla Rose. I know that a lot has been said about this match, but I am looking forward to it both women have shown enough since the start of AEW that I know this will be a very interesting match. I just wonder if they will be giving us the expected "David vs Goliath" type of story.
At first I thought that Cody vs Shawn Spears had disappointed but it was very under the radar for a match that I thought it was a big deal. Especially since I thought that this match was going to be the start of a bigger over arching story, but with Spears taking the fall in the clean as a whistle. Now it is the point that Cody will move to challenge the World Champion Chris Jericho as we move forward to AEW on TNT. The interesting point now is to wonder where Shawn Spears goes from here at this point heading for the future. Speaking of the World Championship, I was impressed by the performance of Adam Page who is ready to break through but it wasn't the right time for him to get the big victory.
The one criticism I have for the show is that they need to settle out the rules of the Casino Battle Royal or stop doing it. It clunky and the two that the company have done so far haven't done the best overall. In my opinion, it isn't even about the match it's more along the lines that it is extremely difficult to introduce unknown talent in a battle royal, because you aren't able to focus on the new faces like you can in a singles match. This is especially evident in the women's battle royal, because how many of the names that were in the match are going to stay with the company. It's for that reason that I think they could've accomplished the same thing by having two fatal four ways with talent that are sticking around to allow some names to have the spotlight and allow the fans to invest in new talent.
Since the very first show in May the talk has been about who will be the first World Champion for All Elite Wrestling. For the last few years Adam Page has been one of the quickest rising stars in wrestling and has been perfecting his Hangman character and slowly moving from prospect to borderline main event talent. Page does have what it takes to lead a promotion as it's franchise, but he isn't there just yet and AEW needs a proven talent to be on top as they continue to lay the foundation for the company.
Enter Chris Jericho! At this point I'm not sure how to describe Chris Jericho other than by saying he has truly done it all in the wild world of wrestling. It is hard to believe that next October will enter an exclusive club as someone who has been active in ring for thirty years. Jericho debuted on October 2nd, 1990 and has found his footing in every promotion he has ever been a part of even if it took a little longer in some places. The first time remember seeing Jericho was a member of WCW, but I didn't really become a fan until a few years into his run with WWE.
Overall everyone has used endless adjective to describe the career of Jericho and I think the best way to describe him at this point is the "ageless wonder." At 48 years old, Jericho is not only a household name, but is leading the charge for AEW in building their foundation. Very few people in wrestling nowadays are a more stable person to build around. At one point I thought that they would go with the bold choice and let Page take the title and build him, but I also knew giving the gold to the established star was the right decision especially heading to October 2nd on TNT. One more note is that Jericho is now the only person to have held gold in NJPW, WWE, ECW, WCW, CMLL, and AEW he has become an "Icon".
At last word we talked about how bad the timing was for Jon Moxley getting injured and not being able to compete at All Out this weekend. It was such bad timing for the MRSA infection to show up, but now they have found a replacement for Kenny Omega. In my opinion it doesn't change the fact that Jon Moxley will likely fight Kenny in the future to make up for this match not happening tomorrow. I thought if anything they would've held it off until the actual show, but with the Women's Battle Royal they don't really need more surprises.
Honestly, I have forgotten that Pac was under contract with All Elite Wrestling after the controversy that surrounded his match at Double or Nothing. I for one am very happy to see that Pac is back again and in a match a lot of us didn't know we wanted to see until it was announced. Since his departure from WWE we haven't really seen Pac competing in the United States as he has been spending more time in Japan and United Kingdom which is fitting considering he had spent the last few years competing in the States with WWE. Either way with this addition to the show they have turned a negative into a very interesting positive and have set themselves up to have another marquee match for a stacked event.
With the biggest event of AEW's short history only days away an injury is by far the worse thing that could happen to anyone involved in the event. Based on reports two names have come up let's kick off with the minor injury. One part of the first ever ladder match in AEW history Rey Fenix sustained an injury in a tag match a few days ago he actually had to be helped to the back and would weakly been seen walking around backstage. Luckily, Fenix only sustained a minor injury during the match as he competed two days ago in the ring so its expected the injury wasn't serious.
On the other hand though Jon Moxley wasn't so lucky as he shared in a tweet he has an infection in his elbow that has taken him out of All Out. As seen in the tweet below a serious case of MRSA has returned in his elbow causing him to miss the event. The expected recovery time for Mox is around four weeks which would allow him to return ahead of the AEW debut on TNT in October. Now this does bring up the question of what Omega will be doing on August 31 at this point. I will now point out that this could lead to this match taking place on the TNT debut episode of AEW. More than likely a surprise of some sort could now be in the cards due to the magnitude of the event. Either way it was terrible timing for this injury taking a part one of the bigger matches from the event, and now this brings up the questions of what is going to happen at All Out?
Much like I have done in the past it is time to double up for the videos with the countdown to All Out nearing the single digits. The one thing I would point out is that we are now nine days away from the biggest PPV of the year for All Elite Wrestling. I love the throwback control center segment, because it has introduced us to the broadcast team of All Elite Wrestling and become more familiar with the team. Outside note is I am glad they are trying to change things up a bit for the Young Bucks and Lucha Brothers as they have worked in a variety of ways since Double or Nothing in May.
Again they have chosen to add to the Cody vs Shawn Spears hype in a different and unique way with Brandi speaking on the impact of Spears attack on Cody and how Cody always gets back up. In my opinion, this was the best promo Brandi has ever done and better then a certain other powerful wrestling wife. Not hearing from Cody since the attack I think they need to keep it that way as it would even more to the feud. I have said it before and will again this feud has the makings to be the greatest feud in All Elite history.
As for Hangman Page vs Chris Jericho for the AEW World Title, I've been impressed by how credible they have made Page out to be and even though he does seem like an underdog it doesn't seem impossible. I have been watching Page from his days as a youngster in Ring of Honor, and his early push as BJ Whitmer's alongside Roderick Strong, and Jimmy Jacobs as the group known as Decade. Either way Page has come along way since then and has earned this opportunity. August 31st, 2019 will be another historic night in the world of wrestling!!
To start with the build to Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley has taken a turn for the interesting with a solid promo from Kenny Omega explaining how high the expectations were heading into Double or Nothing. Omega mentions that a lot of critics and fans thought he would be the chosen one and nobody really expected Jericho to win the match, but he did. Now Kenny has something to prove at All Out in one of the bigger matches for the show.
Within The Elite the only unproven commodity is Hangman Page, but much like his fellow Elite members he has a ton of potential. The amount of passion and raw emotion that Page has shown in his recent promos is some of the best work he has ever done; and with all eyes on him it is his best chance to prove himself. The last part that needs attention is Cody and Shawn Spears feud being built to stick out and make sure it's something that people keep their eyes on. Thus far any question I've had about the booking of this feud it has been answered to a tee by AEW and my expectations just keep rising for this match.
Starting off I really like the Control Center as it is a great way to focus on one match or feud instead of jumping around and not allowing the hype to sink in. I know that some fans might be thinking that they don't need to do that, but when it comes to introducing new talent we need time to digest and remember the talent. Allowing each of the episodes to also have a different feel has also helped keeping the hype fresh for each of the events.
For the first time an episode has focused just on the women of AEW which is a nice change of pace after them focusing on the Spears and Cody feud 2 out of the 3 episodes. Focusing on the women though has also allowed them to introduce new talent to the company namely the newest second generation wrestler. Seeing Teal Piper entering into the wrestling business is interesting, because I didn't even know she existed or was entertaining the idea of entering the business as I always thought her brother Colt would join wrestling. The fact is I think a battle royal is also a great way to cover for any talent that might be on the green side to hide their weaknesses a little better. To my knowledge this is also our first glances of Jazz and Ivelisse as a member of the All Elite roster.
Overall coming up to All Out at the end of the month it seems like the card is coming together something and this is battle royal announcement is the easiest way to set up the division as we move to AEW on TNT. I also think that the importance of a battle royal has been downplayed in modern wrestling, because it is a perfect way to set up a variety of feuds for months at a time.
The momentum train continues to roll to the end of August in Chicago. I have said it before and will say it again All Out in Chicago will be the biggest event in AEW history thus far and they are proving that by trying to pull out all the stops. The match that not a lot of people are talking about is for the AEW World Title when Hangman Page fights Jericho and I think the idea of Page being unproven and just dropping the presure a little could be what they are doing or just trying something different.
Either way though in my opinion, the build for Cody vs Shawn Spears again is unlike anything else in wrestling right now, because it seems real. Since reveling his reason for attacking Cody & showing his alignment with Tully Blanchard it seems like Spears has a new aura about him and he's oozing confidence. I am also still getting use to seeing Tully Blanchard again which is a plus as it make more fresh. As for the Cody side well we haven't heard from him and it doesn't seem like he wants anything to do with Spears until Chicago. The emotion that this feud has already is insane and I think this has the makings to become one of the greatest feuds in AEW history.