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5 Talking Points from AEW All Out

All Out sees a star making performance, and the AEW return of MJF and Samoa Joe.

All Elite Wrestling’s biggest show of the year All Out has come and gone, and it was certainly an interesting show. Last year’s All Out saw several debuts, returns, and major moments, so this All Out had much to live up to. Coming in at about five hours and 13 matches it was a long show, but interesting nonetheless. Marked by three new champions crowned, a star-making performance, and the AEW return of MJF and Samoa Joe, here are five important All Out talking points.

Everybody Loves The Acclaimed 

In the Sports Obsessive predictions for All Out, I wrote that Swerve In Our Glory did not have a memorable match after winning the tag belts. That changed in this exhilarating contest. From the beginning, the Chicago fanatics were completely behind The Acclaimed challengers, changing chants usually reserved for Swerve and Keith Lee into some version of scissor me, daddy ass. Just days before, the Chicago crowd cheered loudly for Swerve In Our Glory, but tonight those cheers turned to legitimate boos. The action was excellent throughout the match, and near fall after near fall worked the crowd into an absolute frenzy. 

All four men in this tag match truly went all out. Billy Gunn at ringside was an extra player in this match, working the crowd but not directly interfering in the match. Anthony Bowens and Max Caster have gained extreme favor with the fans, and it seems that their first of likely many tag team championship reigns will come sooner than later. As for Swerve In Our Glory, I don’t foresee them being booed in the same manner as All Out and will move on to a new challenger. This was a classic AEW tag match and a huge step forward in the careers of The Acclaimed. 

Toni Storm Wins Interim Championship 

Both women’s championship matches on this card were pretty solid, as Jade Cargill beat Athena to retain her TBS Championship, and Toni Storm was able to withstand Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker, and Jamie Hayter to capture the Interim AEW Women’s Championship. Hayter was a crowd favorite in this one, likely as fans are excited about a Hayter-Baker feud. Seeds were planted for the two’s breakup, which would provide a compelling storyline for the women’s division that is need of them. As for Storm, she is a respectable if not inspired choice for interim champion. Storm will await the return of Thunder Rosa to unify the championship. 

Samoa Joe Returns at All Out  

Wardlow and FTR vs. Jay Lethal and Motor City Machine Guns was a fine match, but the real highlights came after. After a victory by The Pinnacle members, Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt joined Lethal and MCMG to take out the winning trio. This low-handed attack was thwarted by the return of Samoa Joe. The Ring of Honor Television Champ received a well-deserved pop from the crowd, as Joe mowed his way through the bad guys. It is truly excellent to see Samoa Joe back in AEW, as every moment we have left of him as a wrestler is precious. 

The post-match also saw the AEW debut of Dax Harwood’s adorable daughter Finley, who snapped Sonjay Dutt’s pathetic pencil straight in half. Dax’s now famous “Fight Like An 8-Year-Old Girl” promo about his daughter was a major reason for his incredible rise to popularity and helped lead to this moment and create a memory that the Harwoods and fans will never forget. 

The Elite are Trios Champs 

As expected, my match of the night was The Elite vs. Dark Order and Hangman Adam Page to crown the AEW World Trios Championship. Page, Kenny Omega, and the Young Bucks are four of the ten best in-ring workers in AEW, and they all showed out at All Out. John Silver and Alex Reynolds looked like they belonged with the former champion counterparts, with Reynolds even earning a rare name chant for himself. Omega looked to be in fine condition after his injury hiatus, even hitting his signature Terminator dive. 

The history and story of AEW is The Elite, and this was just another chapter in what will be a long book. Adam Page has some unresolved feelings about the Jackson’s and Omega, and it will be interesting to see how their relationships play out. The crowd went berserk every time Kenny and Hangman faced off, a reminder of the two’s classic match at last year’s Full Gear event. 

Since Bobby Fish has reportedly left the company, and with Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly sidelined by injury, the dream match of Undisputed Era vs. The Elite has been delayed. There are certainly plenty of trips that could be credible contenders for the new champions, including Death Triangle and Best Friends. 

Maxwell Jacob Friedman Is Back at All Out

Let’s start at the beginning. All Out kicked off with the Casino Ladder Match, which featured truly unique and dangerous ladder spots from participants Wheeler Yuta, Rey Fenix, Rush, Andrade, Dante Martin, Penta, and Claudio Castagnoli. These six stars were awesome, giving up their bodies for the viewers’ pleasure. 

Out of nowhere came a mob of black-hooded characters who cleared the ring, as one of their members ascended the ladder. It was revealed to be Stokely Hathaway who captured the Casino chip, while the Gunn Club, Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, and Ethan Page were also unmasked. The crowd was certainly surprised to see Hathaway but knew that something else must be coming. As the timer reached zero, The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” played, and a masked individual appeared. Most people figured that this mystery character was the returning MJF instantly, but what a cool moment and visual. 

Stokely and MJF have a long-standing relationship from their days on the independent scene, and will now join forces once again with the desire for total domination. MJF backed by Stokely and his impressive newly-signed clientele is a dangerous combination for everyone in AEW. 

This group is especially dangerous for the new AEW Champion, CM Punk. The hometown hero was able to give Chicago a win over Jon Moxley, in a bloody and vicious battle. I enjoyed the match, as both men left everything they had in the ring. Putting the belt on Punk is probably best for business, contingent on the involvement of the returning MJF. 

The final AEW pillar to winning a championship, but the first to win THE championship. MJF beating Punk for the title is his destiny. It is a passing of the torch that will cement MJF’s place in wrestling history forever. In the light of Punk’s increasingly strange not-so-backstage backstage drama, Maxwell will likely be treated as a babyface and hero for beating Punk. AEW is set for several big New York/East Coast shows, including Full Gear in Newark, providing plenty of potential places for MJF’s monumental victory.

All Out 2022 may not be remembered as fondly as other AEW events, but the return of MJF is a huge step for the company moving forward. There were many other moments throughout All Out, and we’d like to hear what you thought. Comment below! 

Written by Joel Kananen

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