Far too early predictions for All Out 2022

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All predictions 2022

Coming off of back-to-back PPVs, the giant collective dust has settled and we’re about two months away from All out. The show’s showpiece matches seem to be taking shape, with many champions already following up after-Forbidden Door, and be solidly established for the biggest possible matches to come. Here are some matches that AEW has reasonably teased for the upcoming PPV, mixed with a healthy dose of speculation.

Jon Moxley (c) vs. CM Punk (c) (AEW World Championship unification)

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The title unification match between world champion CM Punk and interim world champion Jon Moxley looks inevitable and likely to go down in the main event All out, the must-see AEW pay-per-view in Chicago. The key word being “seems”, as Punk hadn’t even spent a week as champion when he suffered an injury in early June that would require surgery. You can never be sure about injuries, but with Punk walking to the ring with no visible limp or help to announce his need for time off, perhaps a 3 month recovery period isn’t entirely out of the question (more long and you’d think this working title scenario would just be pointless, but alas).

In the meantime, Moxley has stepped in to take on the role of AEW’s top champion, knocking out names like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Brody King and Konosuke Takeshita to secure his status as – in William Regal’s words – “the champion of the world”. . No buts, no qualifiers. This dynamic will prove interesting: will the majority of fans still accept a returning CM Punk as champion? More importantly, will a returning CM Punk have healed enough to support Jon Moxley? Either way, expect this returning CM Punk to have some new tricks up their sleeve.

(Note: This match seems like sleazy, prime bait for MJF’s return, with its disdain for both men and their origins, not to mention the PPV main event slot they’ll have occupied.)

Swerve In Our Glory (c) vs. Ricky Starks & Powerhouse Hobbs (AEW World Tag Championship)

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For those who speculated and salivated at the thought of the Young Bucks and FTR main event All out for the World Tag Team Championship, you (we) are going to have to wait for the world to explode. Thanks to a small deflection in a three-to-one tag team title defense Dynamite: Fyter Fest, the Young Bucks lost their championships (in their first defense) to the team seemingly united by a thread, Swerve In Our Glory. Despite friction in backstage promotions and battle royales, Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland have had a great win-loss record together; Yet this friction and unsustainable ‘we haven’t lost yet’ stance has cast a shadow over the team’s success thus far.

On the other hand, the team of Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs (the third team of the Party Fest defence) have been favorites to win team gold since preparing for double or nothing in May, with fans behind their dominant tag and singles victories, as well as the dynamics of a true workhorse team like Team Taz. It’s this momentum they have that could likely lead to another short reign for the belts, as Lee and Strickland may not be mentally able to withstand Team Taz’s onslaught.

Jade Cargill (c) vs. Kris Statlander (TBS Championship)

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TBS champion Jade Cargill has been avoiding the big names for far too long. Her 35-0 streak may include names like Thunder Rosa, Nyla Rose and Ruby Soho, but most of the names she’s defended her belt against recently aren’t signed or regularly aired on TV at the time. . Of course, while the level of opponents makes sense considering Cargill has only been battling for about 3 years, a title match against a big name seems like it should happen sooner rather than later.

No other name seems more poised for the role of Cargill’s first major defender as Kris Statlander. Since participating in the Owen Hart Tournament, Statlander has made it known that she no longer wishes to be everyone’s bubbly best friend, but rather more focused on herself and her wins now than before. She displayed that focus through a series of dominating singles and trio wins on Darkas well as an exceptional match against Red Velvet on Carnage; all this while Cargill and The Baddies (Velvet and Kiera Hogan) torment Statlander, Athena, Willow Nightingale and Anna Jay. Statlander may not have had a singles match with someone with a dominant streak like the champ, but Cargill literally never had a singles match with someone like Kris Statlander. Neither woman may be the underdog, but the advantage definitely belongs to the challenger.

Christian Cage vs. Jungle Boy

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Despite the involvement of a brainwashed Luchasaurus, the natural conclusion to the Christian Cage/Jungle Boy rivalry is a one-on-one match between the two. In 1 TV segment, Cage decided to become the baddest man in all of AEW, in a verbal stripping of Jungle Boy and his family. He ‘explained’ why he decided to wear a steel chair to his former mentee’s head and challenged anyone on the roster to have matches to be remembered for years like him.

All the while, as Cage’s stock continues to skyrocket seemingly out of nowhere, and Jungle Boy’s former partner Luchasaurus is being rebuilt into an unlovable monster, Jungle Boy is recovering. from home without a word. Again, without a clear schedule and injury details, this game will be penciled in on the virtue of being a possibility, with the results clearly favoring Cage.

Eddie Kingston and Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara (Tornado Tag)

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This singles rivalry has been going on since February. Pieces of this factional rivalry have been going on since December 2021. Perhaps we should have expected this to happen (it’s a Chris Jericho rivalry after all), but despite the formidable Revolution opener and the “Barbed Wire Everywhere” match 5 months later, the Eddie Kingston / Chris Jericho rivalry does not feel definitely over and will probably end at All out. Through various stipulations and team members involved, Kingston indicated that he wanted to put Jericho “in the ground” and “taste the blood of a coward”. But maybe what he really wants is a lot simpler. In the perspective of Revolution, Jericho promised that he would shake Kingston’s hand if Kingston beat him. That night, Kingston went so far as to have Jericho tap out, but the handshake never came. If this rivalry started with a handshake, it should probably end with a handshake.

But with so many other characters already drawn into the mix (and having clearer paths to bring them onto the All out card), this story may not have to be settled one-on-one, not when Jericho has already lost so decisively in a singles match, and the two have already had many No DQ fights together . Kingston may have to team up with Claudio Castagnoli (with Blackpool Combat Club’s Bryan Danielson still out due to injury) to take on Jericho and Sammy Guevara, with the former team decimating the latter, and Jericho eventually extending the handshake. to his once-and-for-all rival ended this feud.

(Then, Castagnoli reaches out to Kingston…)

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Andrade El Idolo and Rush vs. Lucha Brothers

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It’s been a tag team match in the works since Rush made his AEW debut in June, costing Rey Fenix ​​a win over Andrade El Idolo. Even going back years to Andrade’s early days, his first targets in the business were the Lucha Brothers. Now, with a suitable team partner, this rivalry can reach its full potential. We’ll likely have various singles matches leading up to the tag match, and with Andrade and the Lucha Brother getting crushed Forbidden Door for reasons beyond their control, this meeting may be reserved for All out.

House of Black vs. Sting, Darby Allin and *Adam Page or Wardlow

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After Brody King’s poor elimination of Darby Allin from the Royal Rampage battle royale, and the former’s failed attempt to win the Interim World Championship, Sting and Allin went to congratulate King on his great effort, which King declined. A trio match between the House of Black and the Sting/Allin camp is set to take place on a stage worthy of “The Icon,” but who joins the latter tandem is still unclear. The two most likely options are (1) “Hangman” Adam Page, whose association with Dark Order put him on HOB’s radar during the July 13 episode of dynamite; and (2) Wardlow, with the TNT Championship being the link to the tandem, and the TNT Championship not being defended a la carte anyway, with the last occurrence during Miro’s reign at All out 2021 (If the TNT title is defended, Wardlow vs. Miro could be his match.)

Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Hikaru Shida (AEW Women’s World Championship)

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With many big names busy moving up, Hikaru Shida is finally regaining her status as the main attraction in the women’s division, outside of the champions. No other challenger looks set to take down world champion Thunder Rosa, who has seemingly cleaned up the top of the division by beating names like Britt Baker, Nyla Rose and Serena Deeb. But with a loss to “TJPW ace” Miyu Yamashita on Darkperhaps the cracks have already shown in Rosa’s reign, sparking a second reign for the pandemic cornerstone, and oldest defending champion in all of AEW, Shida.

Pac (c) vs. Konosuke Takeshita (All-Atlantic Championship)

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With the new All-Atlantic Championship resembling the promotion’s traveling title, there may be no better PPV challenger for Pac’s title than Konosuke Takeshita. Takeshita has had a string of big TV performances against Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston and Adam Page, with more and more people believing in “the DDT ace”. Pac and Takeshita seem to be evenly matched in athleticism and agility, which should steal the show if that happens.

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