Originally published at AEW ALL OUT 2021: Bryan Danielson & Adam Cole debut, CM Punk wins
Welcome to POST Wrestling’s coverage of the AEW All Out card from the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois featuring CM Punk’s first professional match since January 2014.
We will have our All Out POST Show immediately after the pay-per-view. Wai Ting and I will be LIVE for Double Double, Iced Capp & Espresso members of the POST Wrestling Café.
- AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) (w/ Don Callis) over Christian Cage in 21:19
- Paul Wight over QT Marshall in 3:10
- CM Punk over Darby Allin in 16:39
- Chris Jericho over MJF in 19:47 (1:25 after the re-start)
- Women’s Casino Battle Royale: Ruby Soho wins by defeating Nyla Rose, Skye Blue, Big Swole, The Bunny, Thunder Rosa, Red Velvet, Tay Conti, Penelope Ford, Diamante, Jamie Hayter, Rebel, Emi Sakura, Anna Jay, Hikaru Shida, KiLynn King, Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch, Abadon, Jade Cargill, and Riho in 21:53
- AEW World Tag Team Championships — Steel Cage Match: The Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M) over The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (c) in 22:02
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker (c) over Kris Statlander in 11:34
- Jon Moxley over Satoshi Kojima in 11:51
- TNT Championship: Miro (c) over Eddie Kingston in 13:22
- THE BUY-IN: Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Chuck Taylor, Wheeler YUTA & Orange Cassidy over Hardy Family Office (Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen, Jack Evans & Angelico) in 9:25
The Buy-In featured the countdown special and went live with Excalibur and Tony Schiavone on commentary for the lone pre-show match.
MATT HARDY, ANGELICO, JACK EVANS & PRIVATE PARTY VS JUNGLE BOY, LUCHASAURUS, ORANGE CASSIDY, CHUCK TAYLOR & WHEELER YUTA
They did a multi-man submission spot as cannon-fodder for Luchasaurus to shoulder tackle and know all of them down.
Cassidy hit Hardy and Private Party with weak kicks from behind that the audience went wild over.
Taylor entered and hit a tope con giro and Yuta followed with a splash off the top.
Cassidy put his hands in his pockets before hitting a ‘rana to Angelico, then a double ‘rana on Private Party before Hardy jumped Cassidy and hit the Twist of Fate.
TH2 and Jurassic Express played chicken that ended with Jungle Boy knocking Evans off the shoulders of Angelico.
The Blade appeared and Marko Stunt dove off the shoulders of Luchasaurus with a high cross to the floor.
Jungle Boy submitted Angelico with the Snare Trap.
WINNERS: Jungle Boy (submitted Angelico), Luchasaurus, Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Wheeler Yuta in 9 minutes and 25 seconds
It was a fun opener that put a spotlight on two of the best entrances on the roster with The Pixies and Baltimora.
The HFO attacked Orange Cassidy and The Butcher made his return attacking Cassidy.
They threatened to cut Cassidy’s hair when Jurassic Express, The Varsity Blonds, Dante Martin, and members of Dark Order ran out to save Cassidy.
The babyface did a big “Best Friends” group hug.
Jim Ross joined the broadcast and said he has never been so excited for a pay-per-view as he is tonight.
TNT CHAMPIONSHIP: MIRO (CHAMPION) VS EDDIE KINGSTON
Kingston wore his new “Redeem Deez Nuts” shirt, a true sign of the evolving state of merchandise where a cool line can become merchandise overnight.
With Miro on the floor, Kingston leaped off the apron and was hit with a powerslam to the floor.
Kingston started using slaps and was dropped with one strike by Miro, which Kingston sold like a flash knockout. Miro landed a fantastic-looking dropkick.
Kingston landed a Saito suplex as he went after Miro’s neck, per the warning this past week. There was a major exchange of chops and Kingston hit a pair of Saito suplexes that Miro survived.
Kingston landed an elbow suicida after Miro rolled to the floor.
Kingston was stunned from a release German while removing the turnbuckle pad and was nailed with the pump kick. Miro stomped the back and applied Game Over, but Kingston reached and grabbed the rope for a huge response from the crowd.
Kingston popped up for the Uraken and landed a DDT, Bryce Remsberg was removing the turnbuckle pad from the floor and the audience was irate as Miro kicked out at 2 ½.
Remsberg prevented Miro from being knocked into the exposed buckle. Miro capitalized with a low blow, a head kick and a pump kick to pin Kingston.
WINNER: Miro in 13 minutes and 22 seconds to retain the TNT Championship
This was stellar and the audience was living and dying with Kingston’s chances in this match. There was tremendous heat and would rank among Miro’s best matches period. The offense was very Kawada-inspired given Kingston’s affinity and his selling of the strikes was next level. There was a bit too much with Bryce in the closing sequence that upset the crowd but leaves the door open for a rematch with an enforcer referee or something to justify the tactics which allowed Miro to retain.
This was a really solid opener.
SATOSHI KOJIMA VS JON MOXLEY
Moxley entered wearing a GCW hoodie. He looked pissed walking through the crowd, which has been the mood he has set over the past month.
Kojima will be 51 years old next week. His charisma is still at a high level for this audience and they treated him like a significant deal.
Moxley stomped his hands and chopped Kojima in the corner, which Kojima reversed and hit the machine gun chops and top rope elbow drop.
Kojima hit a DDT on the edge of the apron and Moxley’s elbow was cut. Excalibur mentioned Moxley’s battle with staph infection two years ago, which removed him from All Out that year.
Kojima stopped the Paradigm Shift and hit Moxley with a brainbuster. Moxley ducked the Cozy Lariat and was hit with a release German suplex.
Kojima hit a Koji Cutter and both were down on the mat.
Moxley bounced off the middle rope and nailed him with a lariat and applied the bulldog choke, which Kojima broke by placing his leg on the rope. Moxley told Aubrey Edwards that he quit, which he did not.
Kojima used Tenzan’s Mongolian Chops, Moxley ducked the lariat and hit a Paradigm Shift and followed with another one for the win.
WINNER: Jon Moxley in 11 minutes and 51 seconds
This was a fun match that the crowd appreciated and treated Kojima like a big deal even with the outcome basically laid out from the moment the match was announced. Moxley worked as the subtle, and even not-so-subtle heel at points.
With Moxley in the ring, “Kaze Ni Nare” began playing and Minoru Suzuki walked into the NOW Arena. The audience went wild for Suzuki and even louder for the chorus.
Suzuki and Moxley went face-to-face and they started trading forearms. The audience just ate this up. Suzuki wouldn’t go down from a lariat and applied the rear-naked choke and hit the Gotch Piledriver. This was a great segment.
AEW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: DR. BRITT BAKER (CHAMPION) VS KRIS STATLANDER
Jamie Hayter and Rebel are in Baker’s corner while Orange Cassidy is with Statlander.
Statlander attacked Baker in the corner, there was a mistimed stomp by Baker that didn’t work on Statlander.
Baker hit a big DDT to cut off Statlander. Baker countered the Big Bang Theory and used a flatliner on Statlander into the middle turnbuckle.
Statlander fought the Lockjaw after missing off the top. Statlander lifted Baker on the shoulders and dropped Baker face-first to the mat.
Statlander missed a Pendulum Moonsault off the apron and landed on the floor. Baker came off the steps with a stomp driving Statlander into the floor. Orange Cassidy took his glasses off and screamed for Statlander to get up and she immediately returned to the ring.
Baker stomped Statlander in the corner and then came off the second turnbuckle with the “Pittsburgh” Sunrise, which the audience erupted for and it was a massive near fall.
Baker hit a stomp and Statlander kicked out of that as Baker applied the Lockjaw and got the submission win.
WINNER: Dr. Britt Baker in 11 minutes and 34 seconds
This was a match just worked for the live crowd. It wasn’t a heavily promoted match in the lead-up but the audience didn’t cheer Baker blindly and made the match feel important.
The match was memorable for the Pittsburgh Sunrise and the closing seconds were electric with two near falls and the Lockjaw ending.
Alex Marvez interviewed Andrade El Idolo and Chavo Guerrero Jr. They denied having anything to do with PAC’s travel issues and will face PAC this Friday on Rampage.
AEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, STEEL CAGE MATCH: THE YOUNG BUCKS (CHAMPIONS) VS PENTA EL ZERO M & REY FENIX
The Lucha Brothers had their theme performed live by Muelas De Gallo. This entrance was incredible, and the audience seems red-hot in anticipation for this match.
Don Callis joined commentary for the match.
The Young Bucks took over after the opening few minutes by trapping Pentagon between the ring and the cage on the floor and powerbombing Fenix into the cage. Matt Jackson choked Fenix with a chain.
Fenix kicked off the fence into an arm drag on Matt that looked spectacular. He followed with a rolling double cutter to the Bucks.
The Bucks missed with the BTE Trigger. Fenix avoided the Meltzer Driver but was kicked low by Matt Jackson. The audience detested The Bucks for the tactics.
They hit More Bang for Your Buck on Fenix, but Pentagon saved.
Brandon Cutler tossed a bag into the cage as Matt Jackson took off his shoe and took out “the thumbtack shoe” and put it on. Penta served as a shield for Fenix and Matt nailed Penta with a superkick with the tacks. The audience chanted, “assholes”.
Penta’s face was bloody, and his mask got caught in the tacks on the shoe. Nick executed a Helluva kick to Penta into the tacks. Matt hit a superkick to Fenix and Nick followed with the poison ‘rana before a BTE Trigger on Penta, but Fenix made the save and the audience went wild.
Fenix made a one-man comeback on The Bucks with a breath-taking sequence of strikes. He took the thumbtack shoe and hit Matt & Nick with it. Fenix hit the Fire Thunder Driver on Matt for a near fall.
Nick had the crimson mask after taking the tacks.
Matt Jackson and Pentagon hit simultaneous package piledrivers on the edge of the apron before going at it. Pentagon hit a Canadian Destroyer off the top turnbuckle.
There was a sequence of kip-ups and superkicks before all four went down.
Fenix rotated with a spinning wheel kick and they hit the stomp into the package piledriver but the save was made.
Pentagon pointed up and Fenix climbed to the top of the cage. Nick Jackson stopped Pentagon and scaled to the top of the cage with Fenix but Fenix ran and hit a PK before diving off the cage with a high cross to everyone and hit their finisher for the win.
WINNERS: The Lucha Brothers in 22 minutes and 2 seconds to win the AEW Tag Team Championship
One of the best matches AEW has ever produced and will be a Match of the Year contender.
This was greatness for 22 minutes. Take a bow, all involved.
Pentagon celebrated with his family including his daughter, what an incredible scene.
CASINO BATTLE ROYALE
The first suit to enter is CLUBS
1. Hikaru Shida
2. Skye Blue
3. Emi Sakura w/ Lulu Pencil
4. The Bunny
The audience gave a strong reaction to Skye Blue, who got over huge on Friday at the Dark tapings for her match with Red Velvet. She posed to the audience and was dumped out by Abandon, who was thrown out by The Bunny next.
The next block was DIAMONDS
6. Anna Jay
7. Kiera Hogan
8. KiLynn King
10. Nyla Rose
Anna Jay immediately targeted The Bunny stemming from Rampage on Friday. Shida knocked out her teacher Emi Sakura. Hogan was eliminated next. Rose clotheslined King over the top and to the floor and then lifted and dropped Shida out to the floor, the crowd was upset over her elimination.
The third block was HEARTS
11. Thunder Rosa
12. Penelope Ford
14. Jamie Hayter
15. Big Swole
Riho hit a Tiger Feint kick to Ford and Bunny as they were draped on the middle rope. Hayter eliminated Riho and few noticed it. Diamante was eliminated by Big Swole, who was tossed out by Hayter. The crowd was chanting for Thunder Rosa.
The final block is SPADES
16. Tay Conti
17. Red Velvet
18. Leyla Hirsch
19. Jade Cargill
Cargill received a big reaction. Rebel did the splits on the bottom rope and Red Velvet knocked her out of the match. Anna Jay superkicked The Bunny off the apron and Ford eliminated Jay by hitting her on the apron. Cargill tossed Hirsch to the floor with a military press.
The audience began chanting “Ruby Soho” as the countdown began, and she was revealed as The Joker and came to Rancid. This was great.
Cargill eliminated Hayter and then tossed Red Velvet out. Nyla Rose came from behind and dumped Cargill out for a big reaction. Tay Conti eliminated Ford and Rose knocked Conti out.
It was down to Nyla Rose, Thunder Rosa, and Ruby Soho.
Thunder Rosa pulled down the rope and dropkicked Rose out to the floor.
Thunder Rosa and Ruby Soho traded chops, Rosa went for a guillotine and Soho was hanging from the top rope. They fought on the edge, Rosa lifted her on the shoulders and Soho shoved her away and hit the formerly named Riott Kick to eliminate Rosa.
WINNER: Ruby Soho in 21 minutes and 53 seconds
The audience wanted Ruby Soho, they delivered her, put her over, and she felt like a star with ten minutes of work.
CHRIS JERICHO VS MJF
MJF came out to the Countdown Clock that Jericho used to use, he also had a great robe.
Billy Grey of Fozzy played “Judas” as the audience sang out for Jericho’s entrance.
The audience was on their feet when the bell rang. If the goal was to create doubt this could be Jericho’s last AEW match, they succeeded.
They brawled on the floor and Jericho grabbed a stanchion and just dropped it on MJF’s head.
MJF attacked the injured left elbow of Jericho and took control of the match. MJF hit the Heat Seeker on the edge of the apron that sent Jericho to the floor and he beats the count.
MJF went for an Asai Moonsault, missing Jericho and landing on his feet. Jericho lifted MJF and powerbombed him onto the edge of the apron.
Jericho came off the top and it appeared MJF was going for the codebreaker and got a two-count. MJF was selling his lower back from the apron bomb and was hit by a lionsault for a two-count.
Jericho tried for the top rope ‘rana but MJF countered with a sit-out powerbomb but screamed in agony from his back injury.
Jericho came off the turnbuckle with a codebreaker and got a two-count.
Wardlow came out and was fought off by Jake Hager. Meanwhile, MJF nailed Jericho with the bat behind Aubrey Edwards’ back.
MJF hit the Judas Effect and Edwards counted three right as Jericho put his foot on the rope. The music played and MJF was ruled the winner.
Paul Turner came down and told Edwards what happened, and Justin Roberts announces the match will continue.
MJF applied the Salt of the Earth and they really had the crowd by this point. Jericho tried to roll out, then broke free and applied the Walls of Jericho as the audience cheered and finally, MJF taps.
WINNER: Chris Jericho in 19 minutes and 47 seconds (1 minute and 25 seconds after the re-start)
This was among MJF’s best performances to date. He sold the apron bomb so tremendously and it was they key in his downfall losing the Walls of Jericho.
The Inner Circle came out and hugged Jericho as the audience sang “Judas”.
There was a black and white video from Darby Allin where a helicopter air-lifted a body bag with the words “Best in the World” written on it. Allin leaped out of the helicopter to end the video.
Sting walked out with Allin and then walked backstage. Allin was not booed but they went electric as they awaited Punk.
CM PUNK VS DARBY ALLIN
They were locked on each other with a long stare before the bell rung.
There was a wonderful nod at the start to the 1994 match between Bret Hart and 1-2-3 Kid when Punk was sent down from the collar-and-elbow tie-up.
There were chants for both as the match got underway. Early on, there was a tease by Punk getting Allin on his shoulders and Allin immediately retreated to the floor.
Allin rocked him with a Coffin Splash in the corner. Punk responded by sending Allin into the corner and to the floor from an Irish whip.
Allin used a Code Red on Punk and got a two-count. Allin was crotched on the top turnbuckle as Punk attempted a belly-to-back with Allin reversing to land on top.
Punk caught him out of nowhere with the GTS but Allin flew to the floor from the impact. Allin broke the count at nine.
Punk landed the flying knee in the corner and signaled for another GTS. Allin blocked with a series of elbows and this led to the crowd booing Allin. Punk rolled to the floor and Allin killed him with the tope suicida and followed with a Swanton to the floor off the top.
Allin made the GTS sleeping gesture but missed the Coffin Drop, Allin tried for a crucifix, Punk attempted the GTS and it was countered with The Last Supper for a two-count.
Allin landed on the shoulders and Punk turned it into the GTS for the win.
WINNER: CM Punk in 16 minutes and 39 seconds
This was a really fun match and a different feel than anything else on the show. It was a great build at the start that had the audience buzzing and slowly escalating into the big moments of the match and told an excellent story.
Punk worked really hard and came off effectively as the old veteran that had to hang with the young star and each trying to impose their game on the other. I enjoyed this a lot.
Sting came to the ring and offered his hand to CM Punk and they shook hands. Both checked on Darby and the audience chanted for Allin.
Punk and Allin shook hands.
QT MARSHALL VS PAUL WIGHT
This is Wight’s first match since July 2020.
Wight dumped Nick Comoroto and Aaron Solo to the floor and the match began.
Wight blocked the Diamond Cutter and threw Marshall around. Wight grabbed Solo from the floor and chopped him, hit a knockout punch to Comoroto, and speared him.
Marshall jumped into a chokeslam and Wight pinned him.
WINNER: Paul Wight in 3 minutes and 10 seconds
Simple and short. Get set for the main event.
They announced Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki in Cincinnati this Wednesday on Dynamite. Moxley cut a promo and said in his hometown they “bury bullies in the ground” and “Welcome to the Jungle”.
Ruby Soho will appear on Dynamite.
Malakai Black cut a promo responding to Dustin Rhodes from Rampage. He doesn’t want Rhodes to be angry because he’s too predictable when he is. He listed off the Nightmare Family members he has taken out including his baby brother, who still hasn’t returned.
AEW CHAMPIONSHIP: KENNY OMEGA (CHAMPION) VS CHRISTIAN CAGE
Cage attempted the Killswitch immediately after Omega missed a knee in the corner, but Omega blocked it. Cage was thrown into the steps and injured his knee.
Omega and Callis pulled out a table and set it up on the floor.
Cage was knocked to the floor and Omega went for the moonsault off the guardrail and slipped on the first attempt before landing it.
Omega teased the One-Winged Angel and Cage hopped off the shoulders and fired back at the champion with punches.
Omega caught Cage with a knee strike as Cage went for a spear.
Omega landed a V-Trigger to the back of the head in the corner and landed several Snap Dragon suplexes as they pointed out the past neck issues for Cage.
Omega tried to suplex Cage off the apron through the table on the floor, but Cage held onto the rope. Cage turned it around and went for a Killswitch, he was stopped, and Omega tried the One-Winged Angel, but Cage escaped. It ended with Cage taking Omega off the apron with a spear through the table.
Omega got his knees up on a frog splash attempt. Omega connected with a ripcord V-Trigger, but Cage was able to recover and apply the Cloverleaf that prompted Callis to signal for Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows to run down. Omega missed and hit Gallows with a V-Trigger.
Cage hit the Killswitch on Omega for a near fall.
Cage went for a Super Killswitch off the turnbuckle, Omega gouged the eyes, and hit a One-Winged Angel off the turnbuckle to pin Cage.
WINNER: Kenny Omega in 21 minutes and 19 seconds to retain the AEW Championship
This match had a ton to follow and a previous match from Rampage to live up to. I preferred the match on Rampage but this was still a strong main event that properly closed the show match-wise.
I wouldn’t say it ever got to a level where the audience was buying a Cage victory but that was always going to be a struggle with this match, but each worked hard and it was a quality AEW title match.
There were “Yes” chants as Omega addressed the crowd and doesn’t care about their hometown heroes and said no one is on his level.
He said the only people with a chance to beat him are either not here, retired, or already dead.
The lights went out and Adam Cole entered with an “All Elite” shirt.
Cole stood up to Omega but then, he superkicked Jungle Boy and embraced with The Elite.
Cole said, “no one is going to stop us”.
Omega goes to say farewell when Bryan Danielson enters and joins the babyfaces in attacking The Elite.
Danielson hit Nick Jackson with the Busaiku knee and had a staredown with The Elite to close the show.
What a show.