A week of AEW events in the Chicago area wraps up tonight with the biggest pay-per-view in company history.
CM Punk will make his long-awaited return to the ring, facing Darby Allin. It will be Punk's first match in more than seven years.
Four title matches are also set for tonight. In the main event, Kenny Omega will put his AEW World Championship on the line against Christian Cage. The Young Bucks will defend their AEW Tag Team titles against The Lucha Brothers in a steel cage match, Britt Baker will defend the AEW Women's Championship against Kris Statlander, and Miro and Eddie Kingston will face off for the TNT Championship.
Also on tonight's card: Chris Jericho will put his AEW in-ring career on the line against MJF, Jon Moxley will face off with NJPW's Satoshi Kojima, Paul Wight will make his AEW in-ring debut against QT Marshall, a 21-woman Casino Battle Royale will determine a future challenger for the AEW Women's Championship, and Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, Wheeler Yuta & Jurassic Express will face Matt Hardy, Private Party, Jack Evans & Angelico.
The 10-man tag match will take place on tonight's The Buy-In pre-show. The Buy-In starts at 7 p.m. Eastern time, with the main card then kicking off at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The Buy-In --
The first half featured the typical assortment of video packages, promos, and general hype for the show.
Excalibur and Tony Schiavone ran down the card half past the top of the hour.
Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) & Best Friends (Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, & Wheeler YUTA) (w/ Marko Stunt) defeated Hardy Family Office (Matt Hardy, Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Jack Evans, & Angélico) (w/ The Blade)
Hardy and Taylor started out, but Hardy wanted Orange. YUTA tagged in but Hardy wasn't having it so Orange tagged in. Luchasaurus tagged himself in and Hardy tagged out to Evans, who was immediately taken out with a slam and a German. Jungle Boy tagged in and covered for two.
Jungle Boy hit his step-up arm drag followed by a dropkick, pausing to take in the adulation of the crowd. YUTA and Kassidy tagged in, and the latter worked together with his Private Party partner Quen to take out YUTA. Quen landed a springboard crossbody for two.
Angélico tagged in and we got a submission train. Luchasaurus just dove into the pile to send everyone flying before fighting off everyone on the opposing team individually. Evans tried to flip out of a chokeslam attempt but was caught with a knee on the way down.
Hardy distracted Luchasaurus, allowing Private Party to chop him down and send him into the ring post. Orange walked up and hit weak kicks on all three before sending Hardy to the floor. Private Party hit a double team, almost a standing shooting star press into a senton, on Orange, but Taylor came in and took out everyone. He followed it up with a tope con giro on Private Party. YUTA landed a diving splash on Angélico, but Evans broke up the pin.
TH2 isolated YUTA with a neckbreaker and backbreaker combination for two. Private Party hit Gin 'n' Juice on YUTA, but Orange broke up the pin in time. He hit a hands-in-pockets hurricanrana on Angélico before doing the same to both of Private Party. The kip-up followed, but Hardy turned him around and hit the Twist of Fate.
YUTA and Taylor hit stereo planchas on Private Party out on the floor. Jungle Boy fought off both of Private Party and hit a sheer drop brainbuster on Kassidy. Jungle Boy and Evans hopped on their respective partners' shoulders and Jungle Boy got the better of the exchange. Kassidy tried to crossbody Jungle Boy off Luchasaurus's shoulders, but Jungle Boy turned it into a powerslam.
The Blade got involved and tried to distract Jungle Boy, but Marko Stunt came in and hopped on Luchasaurus's shoulders to take Blade out with a dive to the floor. Jungle Boy then locked on the Snare Trap on Angélico for the win.
– After the match, the Butcher returned and attacked Orange with a powerbomb. H.F.O. tried to set up Orange to cut his hair, but half the babyface locker room (including the Varsity Blonds, Dark Order, and Top Flight) came out and ran them off.
Dan Lambert, flanked by the Men of the Year alongside Jorge Masvidal, Junior Dos Santos, and Andrei Arlovsky, appeared in one of the press boxes and berated the fans. Page said that he and Sky have the "gift of gab" and that they are extremely dangerous men. Sky said they have to take it to the next level with their friends, American Top Team.
Lambert said everyone here is just waiting for his instruction on whose ass to kick and when.
AEW All Out Report --
Jim Ross joined the commentary desk for the main card.
TNT Championship: Miro (c) defeated Eddie Kingston (13:29)
This was very well-worked with a white-hot crowd. It exceeded expectations until the low blow finish.
Miro bull-rushed at the start and they both went for their respective finishers, forcing Miro to roll to the floor. Back in the ring, Kingston poked Miro's eye and landed machine gun chops in the corner. Miro nearly fought out, but Kingston turned the momentum into an exploder suplex, forcing Miro to roll out to the floor. Miro baited him in and threw Kingston into the barricade. Kingston came back with a boot to the face.
Kingston ran the apron looking for perhaps a cannonball senton, but Miro caught it and turned it into a powerslam on the floor. Miro repeatedly sent Kingston back-first into the ring posts. In the ring, Miro covered, but Kingston kicked out at one. Miro turned the target of his attack towards Kingston's hands in an attempt to limit his grip strength.
An extended beatdown at the hands of Miro ensued. Kingston fired back with slaps, but a single forearm shot from Miro sent him to the mat. Kingston landed chops and went for a backdrop suplex, but Miro easily fought out and hit a great standing dropkick. Miro basked in his own glory, allowing Kingston to avoid a corner attack and hit an enziguiri. A shoulder tackle sent Miro to the floor.
Kingston went for a dive, but Miro cut it off with a right hand. Upon re-entry, Kingston caught Miro and hit a Saito suplex. He couldn't follow up, however, and Miro laid in strikes. They traded right hands in the center of the ring until Kingston hit two straight backdrop suplexes for a near fall.
Miro rolled to the outside to avoid the spinning back fist. Kingston took advantage with an elbow suicida to the floor. In the ring, Kingston aboided a bicycle kick and hit a fisherman's suplex bridge for two. Miro attacked Kingston in the corner and followed it up with the former Machka kick to the midsection. He called for Game Over and locked it on.
Kingston made it just a couple feet from the ropes and was eventually able to force a break before Miro could fall back and lock it on fully. Kingston hit the desperation DDT, but the official was putting a turnbuckle pad back on, leading to a late great near fall. Kingston set up for the piledriver, but couldn't get Miro up. He tried to send Miro into the exposed turnbuckle, but the official got in the way.
With the official's vision obscured, Miro low blowed Kingston and hit the bicycle kick for the win.
Jon Moxley defeated Satoshi Kojima (11:52)
This was a strong back-and-forth match. It was great to see Kojima as a featured talent on an American pay-per-view.
Kojima wanted a handshake, but Moxley just flipped him off. They immediately traded chops. Kojima knocked down Moxley with a shoulder tackle and flexed his pecs. He went for the Cozy Lariat, but Moxley rolled to the floor to avoid it, so Kojima kept up the attack with a plancha. He rolled Moxley back into the ring, but Moxley caught him upon re-entry and hit a tope suicida.
Back in the ring, Moxley attacked the taped-up hand of Kojima with stomps. He laid in knees and hit big-time corner chops. Kojima turned it around and hit the machine gun chops in the corner, following it up with the running elbow. Next was the Bakayaro elbow for two.
Moxley caught Kojima and called for a "brainbustah." Kojima blocked it and turned it around, perching Moxley on the top rope. They bit at each other's faces before Kojima hit a superplex. He followed it up with an apron DDT. A second DDT, this time in the center of the ring, got two.
A Cozy Cutter was countered into a rear naked choke attempt. Moxley turned it into a release suplex for two. When Kojima kicked out, Moxley immediately turned it into an armbar, forcing Kojima to maneuver towards the ropes to force a break. Kojima countered the Paradigm Shift and hit a brainbuster.
Kojima called for the lariat, but Moxley reversed it into a German suplex. He laid in repeated lariats of his own before being forced to hit a running knee. Kojima turned the Paradigm Shift into a left-arm lariat and the Cozy Cutter for the double down.
They exchanged forearms in the center of the ring. Moxley ran into a rolling elbow but rebounded back with a clothesline for two. Moxley locked on the Bulldog Choke until Kojima reached the ropes for a break. Kojima caught a kick and hit Mongolian chops. Moxley hit a headbutt, avoided the lariat, and hit the Paradigm Shift. A second Paradigm Shift followed for the win.
– After the match, "Kaze Ni Nare" played and Minoru Suzuki came out to a massive ovation. Suzuki and Moxley faced off in the center of the ring to the tune of "Holy sh*t" chants.
Suzuki took off his jacket and hit a forearm. Moxley came back with one of his own. They traded forearms until Suzuki hit a boot. Suzuki shrugged off a lariat and locked on the rear naked choke, allowing him to hit the Gotch-style piledriver and leave Moxley laying.
AEW Women's World Championship: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) (w/ Rebel & Jamie Hayter) defeated Kris Statlander (w/ Orange Cassidy) (11:30)
There were moments of greatness here interspersed with some really sloppy stuff. The "This is awesome!" chant felt a little patronizing.
They performed chain wrestling to start. Statlander went for the spider crab early on, but Baker had it scouted. Baker called for "D.M.D." from the crowd, but Statlander made her "boop" herself. Statlander climbed the ropes, but Baker turned it into a draping neckbreaker. Baker sent Statlander to the floor and hit repeated stomps.
Back in the ring, Baker kept up the attack until Statlander sent Baker into the corner. She hit a running knee, but Baker came back with a sling blade. Statlander kind of avoided a curb stomp and hit an inside hook Falcon Arrow for two. Baker hit a nice cradle sequence followed by a spike DDT for two.
Rebel gave Baker the glove, signaling for the Lockjaw. Statlander caught a kick and hit a high kick of her own. Baker countered the Big Bang Theory into a cradle for two. She then flatlined Statlander into the turnbuckle pad.
They fought on the top rope, with Statlander having to essentially deadlift Baker overhead for a superplex. Statlander went back to the top, but Baker rolled out of the way of Area 451 and went for the Lockjaw. Statlander fought out and hit an electric chair facebuster followed by a scissor kick for two.
Baker rolled to the floor. Statlander went for her pendulum moonsault, but Baker simply moved out of the way and Statlander splatted on the floor. Baker launched herself off the steps and hit a curb stomp. Back in the ring, Baker went for the Lockjaw, but Statlander tried to turn it into the spider crab. Baker kicked her way out and laid in stomps in the corner.
Baker climbed the ropes and hit a diving destroyer (Adam Cole's Panama Sunrise, called the Pittsburgh Sunrise) followed by the curb stomp for a good near fall. The Lockjaw followed for the submission victory.
Backstage, Andrade El Idolo was with Chavo Guerrero. He was asked if PAC's travel issues were his fault. Andrade said it wasn't his fault. Chavo said PAC wasn't here because he's scared, and the same thing happened with the Lucha Bros. This Friday, Andrade El Idolo will take on PAC, and there will be no more excuses.
Mexican rapper Muelas de Gallo performed the Lucha Bros' entrance theme. Don Callis joined commentary for the match.
AEW World Tag Team Championships Steel Cage: The Lucha Bros (Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fénix) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (c) to win the titles (21:56)
This was one of the best tag team matches in American professional wrestling history. It was the best of the Bucks-Lucha Bros series and easily on the level of the Bucks' matches with Page/Omega and FTR.
They teed off on one another right away. The Bucks immediately tried to escape the cage, but Penta catapulted his brother into the Bucks to send them crashing down. Both teams used do-si-dos before the Lucha Bros hit stereo enziguiris. Nick was sent into the cage before Penta hit a thrust kick on Matt. Fénix hit a step-up hurricanrana on Nick, followed by the diving kick to the posterior on Matt for two.
The Lucha Bros repeatedly sent the Bucks into the cage, then hit stereo spears into the cage. The Bucks avoided the follow-up, sending their opponents crashing into the cage. They hit a double team gamenguiri on Fénix followed by a backstabber on Penta. Matt powerbombed Fénix into the cage as Nick landed a hard soccer kick on Penta.
Matt produced a chain from somewhere and choked Fénix with it. He went for another powerbomb into the cage, but Fénix hurricanrana'd out of it before Penta hit a sling blade followed by a backstabber for two. Fénix landed a step-up springboard arm drag rebounding off the cage, but the Bucks avoided stereo thrust kicks. All four took out the next with cutters until Fénix hit a double cutter on both Bucks. Penta then hit Made in Japan for two.
The Lucha Bros went for the Fear Factor double stomp combination, but the Bucks countered it. Nick hit a German on the apron as Matt locked on a Sharpshooter on Penta. Nick then hit a draping senton atomico for two. Fénix tried to make a comeback, but a springboard attempt was met by stereo superkicks.
The Bucks hit an Indytaker into a senton, leading to a double cover, but both Lucha Bros kicked out at two. They set up for the BTE Trigger, but Fénix rolled out of the way and went for a springboard crossbody. The Bucks caught it, but Fénix fought out. The Bucks had had enough, so Matt just low blowed both opponents with kicks.
More Bang For Your Buck got two. The Bucks ripped at the luchadores' masks. They lawn darted Fénix face-first into the steel cage. Brandon Cutler came out and tossed a bag into the cage. Inside was a shoe covered in thumbtacks. Penta was busted open badly.
Matt set up to hit Fénix with the thumbtack boot, but Penta got in the way and took the bullet. The Bucks then sent Penta face-first into the boot. Penta was pouring blood. The Bucks set up for the BTE Trigger, but first opted to superkick Fénix with the thumbtack boot. They hit the BTE Trigger on Penta, but Fénix broke up the cover just in time for an awesome near fall. Fénix was busted open as well.