In any given moment, it feels as if the entire wrestling industry isn’t sure if All Elite Wrestling will surpass WWE or completely implode within a few years. All eyes were on Cody Rhodes and Tony Khan’s burgeoning brand this weekend as the company held its last pay-per-view before its much-anticipated television program begins in October. Did the show live up to expectations or is the new company already showing signs of distress? The short answer is that enthusiasm remains high for AEW, and All Out properly set the stage for several storylines down the road.
Although the direction of some of the forthcoming plots is somewhat predictable, the brewing feuds all seem pretty fun. Seeds of disruption are likely to be sown between Cody Rhodes and his new bratty protégé, the up-and-comer MJF. More hardcore feuds between brawlers whose expertise lay in death matches appear inevitable as rivalries between Darby Allin, Joey Janela and Jimmy Havoc brew, with the last of the trio scoring a decisive victory on Saturday. Kenny Omega’s biggest matchup on the new brand seems to be in a bit of a holding pattern until Jon Moxley (FKA Dean Ambrose) recovers, but his loss to Pac (FKA Neville) could mean that the company is biding time with another series of fights until then.
A somewhat disproportionate amount of time at All Out was spent developing the tag team division, which is practically brimming with viable champions for when the belts debut: The unlikely duo of A Boy and His Dinosaur remain lovable fan favorites (as are the Best Friends), Angélico and Jack Evans are being used as enhancement talent for getting faces over, and SCU are respected industry stalwarts.