Tossing Salt Presents:
AEW All Out 2022
Thoughts & Predictions
September 3, 2022
Coming up on Sunday from the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL is All Elite Wrestling’s All Out pay-per-view. And this is a stacked card. A very stacked card. Fifteen matches are booked and that is just plain crazy. There are plenty of great matches, but trying to rush through and get through them all, nothing is going to matter and it’s going to be a muddled mass of high spots, some blood, and plenty of confusion from start to finish. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m already exhausted just thinking about so many matches for one show. Then factor in that WWE has Clash At The Castle tonight (Saturday) and an NXT event, World’s Collide, on Sunday afternoon. By the time All Out rolls around on Sunday night, even the most diehard fan is going to be fuzzy-headed and delirious. And most fans these days are not that diehard. How did Bryan Danielson describe it when he turned heel in WWE? Fickle! There are going to be some tired-ass fickled fans coming to the end of the night tomorrow. But that’s a story for another day. Tony Khan needs to take note. It’s one of AEW’s biggest shows, both literally and figuratively. That means it’s prediction time. I’ll try to keep these short. Let’s do this.
AEW Champion Jon Moxley vs. CM Punk.
So we’ve got the Bleeder versus The Vanquished Hero who found his eye of the tiger in a speech by his Coach and now wants his belt back after thoroughly having his ass kicked a few days ago. Moxley had the chance to make a few defenses of the title while Interim Champion. Punk won the belt and never even got to defend it. I think we’re ready for, and AEW needs, Punk versus MJF II. And for that, Punk needs some redemption and the belt.
Winner and NEW AEW World Champion: CM Punk
Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Jericho.
This one all comes down to Daniel Garcia and where he stands, with his hero BryanDanielson or his mentor, Chris Jericho. Look for the Jericho Appreciation Society to get involved and give the American Dragon some tense moments, but I expect Garcia will come down to even the odds… and then lay out Danielson with a chair shot from the outside to give his mentor the big victory.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida vs. Toni Storm vs. Jamie Hayter to crown Interim AEW Women’s Champion.
Baker is the best talent of the four in my opinion, but there is a been there/done that quality to her, and having her win the belt here wouldn’t be anything new or fresh. The money talent here, in my opinion, is Toni Storm. I think she’s the one going over to win her first piece of AEW gold.
Winner and NEW Interim AEW Women’s Champion: Toni Storm
AEW Tag Team Champions Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs. The Acclaimed.
Scissor me, Daddy Ass. Lee & Swerve are okay as the champs, but they need to be going after singles titles and this team seems kind of forced. The Acclaimed is money just waiting to be made and their on/off battles against The Gunn Club, especially with the conflict of loyalty by Billy Gunn, are awesome. I think the Acclaimed should win here and get the titles.
Winners and NEW AEW Tag Team Champions: The Acclaimed
AEW Trios Championship Tournament Final: The Elite vs. Dark Order & Hangman Page.
Three Executive Vice Presidents in Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks taking on the very talented, but looked on as jokes of the company, The Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) & their one-time best friend, Hangman Adam Page. So it’s basically going to be a four-on-two Trios match with the bookers versus the jobbers. What do you think is going to happen? You’re right.
Winners and NEW AEW Trios Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega
TBS Champion Jade Cargill vs. Athena.
Athena is a far better wrestler right now at this point of her career than Cargill. Cargill is AEW and Tony Khan’s pet project. That belt isn’t changing hands anytime soon.
Winner and STILL TBS Champion: Jade Cargill
FTR & AEW TNT Champion Wardlow vs. The Motor City Machine Guns & Jay Lethal with Sonjay Dutt.
And here we have another good match that by all rights, will probably steal the show, but in reality, is just a waste of time and will be lost in the shuffle, money being thrown away. Why aren’t FTR defending their ROH/New Japan/AAA titles against a top team? Why isn’t Wardlow defending the TNT title and showing his dominance as a fighting champion? Instead, it’s a meaningless six-man tag match that means absolutely nothing. The Motor City Machine Guns are coming for a visit from Impact Wrestling for this. Really? Really? Every single person involved in this match deserves better.
Winners: FTR & Wardlow
Sting & Miro & Darby Allin vs. The House of Black.
The news was breaking earlier today that Malakai Black has asked for a release from his AEW contract due to personal issues. With that hanging over the House of Black, plus when you look at who they’re facing, it’s just another throwaway match that we all know who will win.
Winners: Sting, Miro, and Darby Allin
Jungle Boy vs. Christian Cage.
With some more build, this match could and should be headlining a PPV or at least an episode of Dynamite. Instead, it’s just thrown in here in the quagmire of matches, to happen, be glossed over, and then forgotten. This should be Jack Perry’s coming out moment as a top guy and singles star. Instead, it’s just another match. Oy vey! Perry, aka Jungle Boy, should win.
Winner: Jungle Boy
Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Ricky Starks.
Just like the match with Cage/Jungle Boy, this match with Hobbs versus Starks should be main-eventing Dynamite or be presented in a spot where it will be noticed and have an impact. These two men are good, getting better every day, and are the future of AEW. They deserve better. It looks as if they’re getting ready to strap the bottle rocket on Starks, the AEW equivalent of a big push only to be ruined by lousy booking such as this, so I’ll go with Ricky to win.
Winner: Ricky Starks
Casino Ladder Match: Andrade el Idolo vs. ROH Champion Claudio Castagnoli vs. Dante Martin vs. Penta vs. Rey Fenix vs. Rush vs. ROH Pure Champion vs. Wheeler Yuta vs. mystery Joker competitor.
If they can’t find a spot for you in the other thirteen matches, Tony will just put you in this one in an attempt to get everyone on the show and thus justify the bloated roster. All of these names will be in a forgettable Battle Royal, albeit with a cool stipulation, and we’ll get a “big surprise debut”, probably W. Morrissey who appeared this past week and is seven feet tall (and you can’t teach that). They’ll rush through the match and the fans will be happy, only to totally forget about it ten minutes later. Let’s go for Claudio to win.
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli
AAA Mixed Tag Team Champions Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo vs. Ortiz & Ruby Soho.
This one was just added to the show, I guess to give Sammy something to do since his potential match with Kingston was shelved. Neither Ortiz nor Ruby has impressed me much lately. Sammy & Tay are keeping their belts.
Winners & Still AAA Mixed Tag Team Champions: Sammy Guevera & Tay Melo
And now we come to the AEW equivalent of the WWE Kick-Off Show, AEW Zero Hour. Let’s make a few more predictions and wrap this up.
Eddie Kingston vs. Tomohiro Ishii.
Eddie Kingson, who cries about being called fat even though he is fat, is against a wrestler from New Japan that no one in America or in the live audience will know or recognize. But Tony Khan said this is a dream match so we should be thankful. Kingston needs to win or his feelings might get hurt and he’ll go on Twitter to cry.
Winner: Eddie Kingston
FTW Champion Hook vs. Angelo Parker.
Do I even need to say anything? Just send Hook!
AEW All-Atlantic Champion Pac vs. Kip Sabian.
So Kip Sabian has been wearing a box on his head in the audience for a year and this is the payoff? He’s getting a title shot against Pac so it should at least be a good match, but if I was Kip, I think I’d be slightly upset. Hell, I’d be pissed off. Whatever though. Whatever. Kip needs to be wrestling Miro to get revenge for the injury that kept him out of the ring for a year. Instead, he’s got… this. This is Pac’s first title defense since winning the All-Atlantic title so he shouldn’t lose here, but the belt means nothing and neither does this match. I’ll go for a title switch just as a thank you for wearing the box.
Winner and NEW AEW All-Atlantic Champion: Kip Sabian
And there you go. Sorry for being so long, but this is a long show and as you may have guessed, some of the bookings and matches make very little sense to me. I’m trying to be positive and I’d love to see AEW grow, prosper, and do well, but 14 matches for one show? And so many matches that deserve better than just being thrown out there. Take about half these matches away and book them on Rampage or Dynamite and you’d have a solid PPV here, plus strong main events and stories for television as well. But instead, it’s all just thrown together and we have… this.
But anyhow, those are my predictions. What are yours? Let me know in the comments, along with any questions, thoughts, rants, or whatever. Any and all feedback is welcome and appreciated. And with that, I’m out of here. Take care my friends, and be good. I’ll see you at All Out.