Saturday’s All Out event from Chicago is the company’s most important heading into its weekly television debut on TNT on October 4. The creation of Buzz for AEW was enabled by Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen and All Out is being touted as the biggest show yet to help launch the weekly series.
The potential threat to WWE is the fledgling promotion as it has already established with its aggressive strategy of hiring top talents and giving its Superstars more creative control over their matches. Jon Moxley was arguably the AEW’s biggest signing. The company has done a great job pushing guys like Shawn Spears, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, MJF, The Young Bucks, Cody, Dustin Rhodes and Adam Page as key players.
The former Dean Ambrose chose to walk away from the WWE when his contract expired in April but the company has been trying to keep people by offering more lucrative contracts for longer periods so the competition doesn’t steal its biggest stars.
Moxley, the current IWGP United States champion, was frustrated with the direction his character had taken and decided to see what else the world had to offer. That was despite making a lot of money and being popular after holding the intercontinental, U.S., WWE and Raw tag team titles during his career. He was set to face Kenny Omega on Saturday but he announced on Twitter that he would have to pull out of the event due to a bad case of MRSA in his elbow. The company had to scramble to replace him after the announcement but luckily, Pac was able to step up and take his place.
Though losing Moxley this close to the show is unfortunate, it is not going to completely derail All Out. This PPV has several interesting feuds that will come to a head and the possibility for several other Superstars to make a name for themselves.
The tag team division is going to be on full display with Private Party vs. Angelico, SoCal Uncensored vs. Luchasaurus, Best Friends vs. The Dark Order, Lucha Bros vs. Young Bucks, and Jack Evans in addition to Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt in a six-man contest. The women will also be given two chances to shine with a 21-woman Casino Battle Royale and Riho vs. Hikaru Shida. Saturday is important to AEW’s future.