While AEW All Out may have ended with a bang in the form of a competitive and entertaining wold title match, the lasting memories from the show will likely be the things that did not go as planned. And, for the first time in company history, a pay-per-view event can be viewed as largely disappointing.
After an awkward cinematic match and a few disappointing contests, Matt Sydal made his AEW debut as a surprise entrant into the Casino Battle Royal. As soon as Sydal hit the ring, he climbed to the top rope to deliver a shooting star press but slipped and landed on the back of his head, narrowly avoiding serious injury. One match later, Matt Hardy was not so lucky when a dangerous spot just moments into the match went awry and his head hit the concrete. This led to Hardy visibly shaken up and the match being called off, only to suddenly be resumed to allow for a rushed finish in a questionable decision by the company. Hardy was taken to the hospital following his match.
Once the early issues were out of the way, things played out more like the expected AEW effort, with three terrific title matches, culminating in Jon Moxley retaining his AEW championship in a bloody war against MJF. Moxley had to fight through MJF using every trick in the book while trying to steal the win before using his own dirty trick to hit the banned Paradigm Shift behind the referee's back to retain his title.
CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday, updating this story with live results and highlights along with detailed recaps and grades of each match.
AEW All Out recap, grades
Joey Janela vs. Serpentico: Janela jumped Serpentico before the opening bell, taking the offense immediately. Serpentico took over the middle stretch of the match, but Janela countered a top-rope senton by getting his knees up and exploded with some big offense, only to get cut off again as Serpentico remained on the attack for the vast majority of the match. Luther attacked Sonny Kiss on the floor early, but Kiss retaliated down the stretch by taking out Luther as he attempted to grab Janela while the ref was distracted. Moments later, Janela hit a diving elbow drop from the top rope for the victory. Nothing outstanding here, but Janela getting a win is valuable and Serpentico's job is to be the guy who takes that loss. Joey Janela def. Serpentico via pinfall. Grade: C-
Private Party vs. Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds): This was your standard AEW Buy-In tag match with some good action, but Private Party had some awkward-looking moments early in the match. Things got into a better pace once Silver powerbomed Isiah Kassidy onto Reynolds' knees to begin isolating Kassidy in their corner. Marq Quen eventually got the hot tag from Kassidy and cleaned house before a near fall with a moonsault press on Silver. There was a momentary failure in match logic with Private Party going for Silly String without anyone for the rebound to hit, but that led to another series of near falls for Dark Order. Private Party kept fighting back until they were able to hit Gin and Juice to allow Kassidy to pin Silver for the win. There were a surprising amount of rough spots in this match from Private Party and a bit of odd logic at work with a few spots, but still was an entertaining enough match. Private Party def. Dark Order via pinfall. Grade: C
Dr. Britt Baker vs. Big Swole (Tooth and Nail match): As previously announced, this took place in Baker's dental office. Baker got the jump early by hitting Swole with a diploma hanging on the wall and then tried to "extract" her teeth. Things went outside where Reba and Baker turned it into a two-on-one for a bit before Swole tossed Reba in a dumpster. Back in the building, Baker again went on the attack and tried to use a drill before being handed a syringe of novocaine, which Swole stole and injected into Baker's leg, putting the limb to sleep. Swole hit Dirty Dancing, shoved Baker onto a dental chair and used gas to put her to sleep and win the match. There was just too much silliness and not enough meat here for what was needed and this got the PPV off to a bit of a weak start. Big Swole def. Dr. Britt Baker via stoppage. Grade: C-
The Young Bucks vs. Jurassic Express: The Bucks were wrestling with their new mean streak, but early big offense from the Express allowed them to take things over, especially once Luchasaurus got involved to really pile some big shots in on Nick Jackson. The Bucks eventually took over, trapping Jungle Boy after he'd been dumped out of the ring after a series of northern lights suplexes. Jungle Boy almost made his way to a hot tag, but Luchasaurus was superkicked from the apron. He did eventually get the tag, leading to a big sequence of kicks capped off by a standing moonsault by Luchasaurus -- and then a moonsault from the apron onto the Bucks on the outside moments later. After a Bucks comeback, Express went on another hot run, culminating in hitting Extinction Level Event for a near fall. Luchasaurus hit a dive to the outside that let him out of the action as both Jacksons landed superkicks for a pair of near falls on Jungle Boy. The BTE-Trigger finished off Jungle Boy moments later, however, and the Bucks picked up the win. This was the moment where it felt like the PPV kicked into "AEW mode" via fast-paced, very solid tag action. The Young Bucks def. Jurassic Express via pinfall. Grade: B
Casino Battle Royal: Some obvious story threads ran through the match, including the issues between SCU, Santana and Ortiz. Will Hobbs got a bit of shine, scoring eliminations and emerging as an early force in the match. Brian Cage hit the ring with the third group, tossing Billy Gunn immediately, but Darby Allin was out next and briefly cleaned house with a skateboard. With the final group, Shawn Spears chose to go to commentary and "pick his spot" for when he would enter the match. Matt Sydal was the surprise "Joker" entrant, but his moment went south quickly when he slipped from the top rope attempting a shooting star press as he entered the ring, falling onto the back of his head. Cage would load a body bag full of thumbtacks before stuffing Allin inside and throwing it over the top rope onto the entrance ramp for a gruesome elimination. The final four were The Butcher, Lance Archer, Eddie Kingston and Sydal after Archer knocked Cage and Hobbs from the ring. Butcher was out next, then Sydal, leaving Kingston and Archer. As Kingston and Archer battled on the ring apron, Butcher and Blade tried to help Kingston, but Jake Roberts taunted Kingston with his bag containing a snake. Kingston, who is afraid of snakes, was distracted enough for Archer to get the win. The Sydal blown spot will unfortunately overshadow a perfectly fun battle royal. Lance Archer won the battle royal. Grade: B
Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara (Broken Rules match): The match started at TIAA Bank Field with Hardy demanding Guevara face him, only for Guevara to try to run him down with a cart. They then battled on a lift that ended up being raised before both men crashed through a table and Hardy's head hit the concrete below. Things got extremely weird as Hardy seemed legitimately hurt, unable to stand and repeatedly checked on by the referee before the match was called off moments after it began. The cameras followed both men and then Hardy emerged from a door as the match restarted, which seemed a questionable decision at best. Both men then began climbing some scaffolding before Hardy knocked Guevara off with a right hand onto a padded part of the stage for a 10-count finish. The spot where Hardy appeared to get legitimately hurt was unnecessary and unsafe, and the decision to continue the match just left me feeling uncomfortable, even as they clearly rushed to the finish. Nothing about this worked, and all you can do is hope Hardy is alright. Matt Hardy def. Sammy Guevara via 10-count. Grade: D-
AEW Women's Championship -- Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Thunder Rosa: Really good back-and-forth action to start the match before Rosa took over. She then cut off a Shida comeback attempt by leaping off a chair at ringside and hitting a kick. Shida came back with a sleeper attempt, which Rosa countered into a pendulum before using the hold to swing Shida's head into the turnbuckle. Rosa, who really delivered throughout the match, hit Shida with a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron for a near fall, but Shida came back soon after, hitting a meteora onto the entrance ramp and almost driving Rosa's head into the steps. Rosa kicked out of a Michinoku Driver at one and then countered Shida's stretch muffler attempt. Rosa kept fighting back as Shida poured on the offense, but a Shida running knee finally did her in. Not smooth all the way though with a few awkward spots, but still a solid enough match in a show that hasn't had enough of them. Hikaru Shida def. Thunder Rosa via pinfall to retain the title. Grade: B
The Dark Order vs. Matt Cardona, Scorpio Sky & The Natural Nightmares: Unsurprisingly, it was QT Marshall who was the man cut off from his team early in the match. Cardona took the first hot tag and blitzed Colt Cabana until Evil Uno and Stu Grayson opened the ropes and sent Cardona tumbling to the floor. Dustin Rhodes took the eventual next hot tag before leading to the buildup toward a Sky showdown with Brodie Lee. Anna Jay got involved but ate a Brandi Rhodes pump kick. After seemingly having Marshall finished off, Lee threw him to the corner so he could tag in Rhodes before landing a brutal discus clothesline. Lee tagged in Cabana to give him the honor of finishing Rhodes off, but Cabana missed a moonsault and was rolled up by Rhodes for the finish. After the match, a furious Lee screamed at Cabana, "I set you up," before sending the troops to the back while Uno helped Cabana to his feet. Solid action throughout the match if maybe a little too cute in its chaos at times. Matt Cardona, Scorpio Sky & The Natural Nightmares def. The Dark Order via pinfall. Grade: B
AEW Tag Team Championship -- Kenny Omega & Adam Page (c) vs. FTR: Page asked Omega to trust him and allow him to start the match, which Omega went along with, but the move immediately set the table for their underlying issues as partners. After a hot start by the champions, Page found himself in trouble as FTR's teamwork started to take over. Omega hit much of his trademark offense after getting the eventual hot tag including a massive dive and a missile dropkick on Cash Wheeler, but soon found himself hit with a German suplex for a near fall. Both teams showed off some slick tag tactics, but FTR was just a step ahead with moves like using the referee as a shield while simultaneously using the distraction to get an advantage. Omega kicked Dax Harwood off as Harwood was trying to secure a leg lock, but shot him directly into Page. Page quickly got back onto the apron and took the tag, taking out FTR before hitting a dive from the top rope to the outside on both men. Momentum swings continued until Omega accidentally hit Page with a V-Trigger. Omega tried to pull Page from the ring, but Harwood dragged Page to his corner and FTR hit the Mindbreaker for a two count. A second Mindbreaker came a moment later and that did the job, allowing FTR to win the titles. After the match, Omega seemed ready to attack Page, but instead walked away, leaving him lying in the ring. Backstage, Omega told The Young Bucks, "I'm done," and the three left the arena. This was a fantastic tag match, fast-paced, hard-hitting and showing off what makes tag team wrestling the best kind of wrestling when done well. Maybe slightly short of expectations, but still very good overall. FTR def. Kenny Omega & Adam Page (c) via pinfall to win the titles. Grade: B+
Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy (Mimosa Mayhem): Cassidy threw off his glasses and sprinted toward Jericho at the opening bell, but Jericho was ready and hit a Codebreaker for a near fall. Jericho nearly catapulted Cassidy into the vat of mimosa before the two battled on the platform next to the vat. Jericho powerbombed Cassidy onto a table on the platform before grabbing his baseball bat, but Cassidy cut him off with a superkick. Cassidy then went on a run, using a bucket to Jericho's head and then hitting a Michinoku Driver for a two count. Jericho eventually countered into the Walls, but Cassidy managed to grab a cup of mimosa and throw it into Jericho's eyes and hit an Orange Punch before nearly throwing Jericho into the vat. After Jericho tried to toss Cassidy from the top rope into the mimosa, Cassidy escaped and hit two Orange Punches, the second knocking Jericho into the mimosa vat for the win. It was the right call for Cassidy to win, but the match just never fully clicked, possibly because the stipulation was hanging over the entire match, so any attempt at a pin or submission carried little weight. Not bad, but not really good either. Orange Cassidy def. Chris Jericho via mimosa bath. Grade: C+
AEW Championship -- Jon Moxley (c) vs. MJF: After some early work from MJF, Moxley got the action to the outside where he quickly took over, though Wardlow was hovering over the action. Back in the ring, MJF almost hit Cross Rhodes but did manage to lock in an armbar briefly before Moxley again imposed his will with pure physicality. A bit of distraction from Wardlow allowed MJF to attack Moxley's arm again and take things over. Moxley came back when the action again went outside the ring, though he was now battling against an injured arm. With the action back in the ring, MJF was bleeding profusely from the face from Moxley's assault and the champion had to fight his instincts to hit the Paradigm Shift, which had been banned from the match. Moxley hit a Gotch-style piledriver shortly after, but MJF was able to kick out before Moxley began biting the bloody face of MJF. MJF again went on the attack on Moxley's arm, including hitting a stomp from the top rope as Moxley's arm was clutching the top rope.
After MJF spit in Moxley's face, the champion again looked to hit the Paradigm Shift but stopped himself, allowing MJF to lock in Salt of the Earth until Moxley got to the ropes to break the hold. MJF hit the Heatseeker for a two count. He tried for the move again, but Moxley countered with an air raid crash for his own near fall. MJF started resorting to shortcuts, poking Moxley in the eye and then hitting a low blow to nearly steal the win. MJF hit another Cross Rhodes and again Moxley managed to kick out. Wardlow hopped on the ring apron and distracted the referee while throwing MJF's ring to his man. Moxley, seeing the ring after MJF failed to catch it and realizing the ref was distracted, hit the Paradigm Shift behind the refs back to score the win. This was a very solid bit of professional wrestling. MJF proved again he can go, Moxley has stayed hot with his AEW work and the finish was very well-booked. A nice way to finish an odd and largely disappointing pay-per-view. Jon Moxley (c) def. MJF via pinfall to retain the title. Grade: B+