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All Out 2021: The Sports Obsessive Predictions

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Welcome to the Sport’s Obsessive team’s predictions for this weekend’s big wrestling show, AEW All Out! Join Adam Witt, Amber ‘Bam’ McCrudden, author and guest predictor Brad Dukes, James Corcoran and Jon Shartzer as they use their expertise to work out the winners and losers of this weekend’s supercard.

Make no mistake: All Out is the most crucial night in AEW’s history. The stakes keep rising for AEW by the week, with rumours of even more top-shelf talent heading to the promotion. In the wake of CM Punk’s triumphant return to pro wrestling, All Out looks to continue a rogue wave crashing through the industry.

Let’s get to the predictions!

Best Friends (Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, and Wheeler Yuta) and Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) (with Marko Stunt) vs. Hardy Family Office (Matt Hardy, Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) and The Hybrid 2 (Angélico and Jack Evans)

Adam: This won’t necessarily be a show-stealer, but it will surprise. A win for the Best Friends and Jurassic Express is most likely, but this’ll be a sleeper: a real fun one buried in an excellent card.

Bam: I think after the heated rivalry that the Hardy Family Office has had with Best Friends and Jurassic express, it’s about time that the faces come out victorious. We need a real feel-good moment to start off this year’s PPV and it is sure to deliver on the Pre-Show.

James: This is going to be a cracker of a match that will hopefully get the crowd going. Saying that, it’s gonna be a Chicago crowd on a night where CM Punk makes his official in-ring return, so there’s that. Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, Yuta and Jurassic Express to win. This is a typical ‘Heel vs Face’ segment, and I’ll be cheering for the good guys and booing at the bad guys. Also, I love Luchasaurus and want him to win literally every match he’s in. Let’s go team babyface!

The Women’s Casino Battle Royale (Winner To Receive a Future Shot At The AEW Women’s Championship)

Adam: It’s time for Big Swole, unless we see a re-debuting Kylie Rae.

Bam: The Casino Battle Royale is always one of my favourite aspects of AEW, and this year’s edition is shaping up to be an exciting one. With so many talented women already announced, who will we get to see make a surprise debut? My hope is that Ruby Soho will be the Joker of the pack and possibly go on to win it. If Soho doesn’t win, I think it should be either Tay Conti or a returning Anna Jay; The Dark Order really need a win, and as much as I love Kris Statlander, I don’t think she can risk another loss to champion Britt Baker D.M.D.

Brad: AEW’s Achilles heel is an inconsistent women’s division. Many women’s matches in the mid-card are mired with blown spots and cringe timing—and All Out is a better time than any to flip the script. Hikaru Shida and Nyla Rose are proven players who can elevate many of these ladies. Along with Thunder Rosa, there is ample leadership to right the ship. The Bunny has shown more improvement than anyone, and by winning this battle royal and subsequently putting on a main event match with Britt Baker, she can break into the upper echelon of the women’s division. Jade Cargill’s Terminator-ish push will continue after All Out, after a likely fluke elimination here. With eight open spots, keep your eyes out for Ruby Soho (formerly Ruby Riott of WWE), Cassie Lee and Jessie McKay (formerly the IIconics), and a few other surprise entrants.

James: In terms of confirmed participants for this match, I would love for Jamie Hayter to win this thing. I know how star-studded this match is; we have the likes on Tay Conti, the recently returned Anna Jay, Nyla Rose, Thunder Rosa, Shida, Ford—the names could go and on. However, we do have two names that have yet to be announced. I want Ruby Soho. Give me Ruby Soho and have Soho vs. Hayter as the final two.

Jon: Fingers crossed for Ruby Soho. What else is there to say?

AEW TNT Champion Miro vs. Eddie Kingston

Adam: Miro wins to build the story of Eddie chasing the title until the Arthur Ashe show in New York… if it happens.

Bam: I really, really want Eddie Kingston to win the TNT Championship at All Out, but is this really the time for Miro to lose the championship? And when will his hot wife show up? Who really knows, but for me, this might be Kingston’s time.

Brad: Miro is on an absolute tear through AEW. His run as TNT champion has been ruthless and dominant, not to mention incredibly fun to watch. Once Miro dials further into his quirky personality, nothing will keep him from the World Title picture. Eddie Kingston has found a deep groove with Jon Moxley as of late. Everyone loves Eddie, and they’ll love him just as much after he taps out to Miro.

James: I love to watch Kingston do his thing. However, I don’t feel that he’s gonna capture the TNT Championship just yet. That’s not knocking him in any way shape or form. I’m just really enjoying this darker side of Miro and I want to experience this iteration of the TNT Champion for as long as humanly possible.

Jon: Miro has been great since his character modification. Eddie is great too, but Miro deserves to hold the strap at least a little bit longer. He remains God’s favorite champion for now.

Jon Moxley vs. Satoshi Kojima

Adam: Leading to his almost-definite match with Tanahashi, Moxley’s going to keep building himself as the man who closes the Forbidden Door.

Bam: This is the match I am looking forward to the most and it is sure to be an absolute banger. Jon Moxley seems to be on a mission to face all the legends of New Japan Pro-Wrestling and I am excited to see who he faces next. But in the meantime, we get Moxley vs Kojima and I have a feeling Mox will be victorious, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride.

Brad: Many fans watching All Out will have no idea who Satoshi Kojima is. His three-decade career in the Far East will be woven into the narrative, and maximize Moxley’s assured victory over one more dream opponent. Moxley needs a convincing win to launch him back into the World Title picture where he belongs.

James: This is a match that not many fans would have speculated about because it’s not a match that we thought we would ever see. Regardless, it’s happening. We’ve seen Kojima’s recent bout’s over on Impact Wrestling and he has been killing it. I see the NJPW legend pushing Moxley to the limit but falling short after a long gruelling battle, succumbing to the Paradigm Shift.

Jon: I can’t lie: I’m upset that we’re not getting Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on this stage. That would have been huge. But it is what it is. Kojima will make a suitable replacement, but he’s not picking up a win over Mox. The purveyor of violence comes out victorious after a hard-hitting battle.

AEW World Women’s Champion Dr Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. Kris Statlander

Adam: Baker’s got that title as long as she wants it. The problem is presenting credible contenders, which Kris Statlander absolutely is not.

Brad: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. has proven herself as a premier talent in AEW. She’s simply undeniable. A great look, magnetic personality, and excellent ringwork has got her this far, and her star will keep rising into the stratosphere well after All Out. This woman has no ceiling. Kris Statlander has no chance of beating Britt Baker, and neither does anyone else on the women’s roster for the foreseeable future.

Bam: This one is simple for me: Dr, Britt Baker D.M.D. must win this one. Her ongoing feud with Kris Statlander has been legendary, but it’s not the time for the good doctor to drop the title. She needs to rule supreme before being taken down by a new foe.

James: Britt Baker to win, no question. I don’t recall seeing a more dominant Woman’s Championship in professional wrestling for a very long time. I get that Statlander is incredible in her own right, but she’s not the D.M.D. Britt Baker’s got this one in the bag.

Jon: Britt Baker is MONEY. She’s probably the hottest thing in AEW right now not named Phil Brooks. She’s not even close to being done with this run as AEW women’s champion. The good doctor retains.

CM Punk vs. Darby Allin

Adam: Punk wins clean, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page come out to mug Darby and Sting, out comes Bryan Danielson.

Bam: CM Punk returned less than a month ago as the worst kept secret in wrestling, and he got to pick his opponent for this year’s All Out. The simple fact is that, despite the need to put young talent over, Darby is already established and has proven his worth in AEW, whereas Punk has not. Yes, Punk has been around the block before but he has also been away. A big win for him in a strong match is what he needs, and it’s also what I want.

Brad: And this is what many casual and curious eyes are paying to see. AEW is primed to sell more Pay-Per-Views in a night than it ever has, all thanks to CM Punk. Punk absolutely must prove he is still one of the best workers in the world, and ultimately worthy of being the face of AEW. Darby Allin needs to prove to every watching eye that he is the future. CM Punk should, will, and MUST win this match before heading to the world title picture. Expect Darby to put on the performance of a lifetime. Expect Punk to raise his hands in victory.

James: I still can’t believe this is real. Simply put, CM Punk to win. Punk had been gone for almost 7 years. He is a man that many believed would never return to professional wrestling, myself included. Punk isn’t going to lose his first match, especially not in Chicago. I cannot wait to see this one.

Jon: There’s no way that Punk loses his first match back after his long absence from pro wrestling. Punk goes over. Darby continues to get over.

Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall

Adam: The fans at home and in-person win a bathroom break.

Bam: After the vicious attack on Paul Wight by the Gunn Club, and QT Marshall and his goons going after the man formally known as the Big Show, it’s about time Wight got his win.

Brad: In a night full of over-wrought drama and false finishes, this match will provide a fun, feel-good squash that everyone can relish in. Paul Wight will crush QT Marshall.

James: This one is interesting. Apparently, this is the best shape that Wight has been in, ever, according to his recent interview with Chris Van Vliet. I’m unsure as to whether Wight could win this match clean. I’m under the impression that Solo and Comoroto will guide QT towards the victory and, in the process, awaken the giant the dwells inside Paul Wight.

Jon: Yawn. Not sure why we’re having this match, but here we are. Paul Wight wins a quick match.

Chris Jericho vs. MJF (If Jericho Loses, He Will Not Wrestle Again in AEW)

Adam: Jericho wins dirty, just like MJF did in their first encounter, to get his spiritual victory before retiring to sounding like Sam Kinison on commentary.

Bam: I don’t want this to be the end of Jericho and his in-ring career, but could MJF really end the 30-plus year career of the man who has always changed with the times? And besides, what would become of the Inner Circle? All of this will be answered at this year’s All Out. I am going to be bold and say that Jericho wins this one. I don’t care if I don’t get this one right, because either way, it will be an emotional moment.

Brad: AEW has booked themselves into a corner here with the silly stipulation that Jericho’s in-ring career is on the line. The five labours of Jericho made for some really fun television in the last couple of months, and it is now past time to wrap up this saga. Jericho has put MJF over on three separate occasions, and we know Le Champion’s in-ring days are far from done. Jericho will win, but this uneven story should end with MJF getting the last laugh.

James: This is a tricky one. As we know, Jericho has made it public knowledge that if he loses this match, he will retire from in-ring competition for All Elite Wrestling. I just can’t see that happening (just yet). Jericho can still put on incredible wrestling matches, so why take that away? In my eyes, despite his young age, MJF is already established. I don’t think that a loss here will do him any damage. I’m siding with Fozzy’s front-man to walk away with the victory after a hard-fought wrestling match.

Jon: I don’t like those types of stipulations because it backs you into a corner, booking wise. There’s no reason that Jericho should win this match. He also happens to be getting ready to go on tour with Fozzy. That spells a loss for the wrestling legend, in my mind. But how they get him back in the ring at a later date will be interesting…

Steel Cage Match: AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Brothers

Adam: It’s Fenix and Penta’s time. This match is going to tear the house down.

Bam: This seems to be the next logical step in the endless feud that has been The Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros. They have always crossed paths on the indies and, while in AEW, they always seem to come back to one another. A fight forever moment, this cage match would logically favour the Young Bucks, but I don’t think the Lucha Bros can afford another loss to the brothers and I want to see them come out victorious on this one.

Brad: I absolutely hate the Young Bucks. I hated them as super-kick-party-throwing babyfaces, and I sure as hell hate them even more as cocky heels cosplaying as Michael Jordan in the Nineties. And still, they make it fun to hate them as the team that just can’t lose. Dropping the titles to the Lucha Bros. at this juncture would be a huge nod to arguably the most consistent and dynamic workers in all of AEW’s two+ years as a promotion. Pentagon and Rey Fenix burn the house down in every match, and they will no doubt put on one of the best matches of the night with the Bucks. Still, the Bucks should and will hang on to the titles.

James: I’m not a huge fan of Matt and Nick Jackson. While I respect what they have done throughout their careers, I just can’t seem to engage with them. They’re clearly doing a great job, they’re just not for me. However, I do enjoy the Lucha Brothers. This is gonna be a great match, especially due to the fact that it is a steel cage match. This has been a long time coming but I certainly can see Penta and Fenix becoming the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.

Jon: I was personally looking forward to seeing Jurassic Express in this contest since we’ve seen Bucks vs. Lucha Bros on multiple occasions already. However, they have never disappointed us so this match will be a banger. I’m hoping for a swerve and a Lucha Bros victory. New champs.

AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega vs. Impact World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage

Adam: The narrative of Christian being the guy who has Kenny’s number is one they should stick with. Christian should win this match and likely won’t. Points to AEW: their world title contest is one of the less predictable matches on the show.

Bam: As much as I love Christian Cage, tonight is not the night for him to defeat Kenny Omega. These two need to go 1-1, with the two men finally facing again in a feud-ender. Kenny Omega is going to win this one, but that doesn’t mean that Christian won’t take him to his limit.

Brad: Cage defeated Omega for the Impact World Title just two weeks ago on free TV, making this Pay-per-view re-match a bit of a headscratcher. Christian has shown the world he still has ‘it’, but that will not be enough to take down The Collector, The Cleaner, The Five-Star Match-Making Factory known as Kenny Omega.

James: This match is for the AEW Championship. Do I want to see Christian win? Yes. Do I see Christian winning? Almost. Christian is going to be inches away from snatching the AEW Championship from Kenny Omega but he’s not going to go all the way. Remember, Don Callis is still lurking around. This will be a 5-star match but Kenny Omega will emerge victorious.

Jon: While I feel like Kenny Omega is starting to cool off, I don’t think that this is where he drops the title. Something bigger seems to be on the horizon. Kenny retains but I think we get a surprise challenger tonight to move the story forward.

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AEW’s destiny is in its own hands. This is a card packed to the brim with compelling pro wrestling, with many huge names on the sideline including Hangman Adam Page, Sammy Guevara, and Brian Cage. Even with CM Punk’s return, the shadow of Bryan Danielson’s imminent arrival looms overall, fueling AEW’s momentum to white-hot levels. All Out is AEW’s golden opportunity to usher in new fans and build its audience past a core of devoted fans.

What do you think of our All Out predictions? Think you can beat the Sports Obsessive team? Let us know your picks in the comments!

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