Chris Jericho crowned AEW’s first champion at All Out
By Mike Pankow
September 1, 2019
In what was an action-packed evening of almost five hours, All Elite Wrestling crowned its first World Champion at its sold-out All In pay-per-view in suburban Chicago on Saturday night.
Chris Jericho defeated Hangman Page to win the title after hitting Page with the Judas Effect back elbow in the main event of the show at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Jericho provided his usual stellar performance and Page looked like he belonged in the spotlight. In fact, Cody Rhodes, one of AEW’s executive vice presidents, took the mic after the show went off the air and called Page “the best wrestler in ‘The Elite.’ ”
The Lucha Bros retained the AAA Tag Team Championships over the Young Bucks in an incredibly acrobatic and death-defying ladder match called “Escalera de la Muerte.” It will be a tough turnaround for Fenix and Pentagon, who will face Daga and Tessa Blanchard on Sunday night’s Warrior Wrestling 6 show in Chicago Heights. After the match, Santana and Ortiz (fka LAX in IMPACT Wrestling) attacked both the Lucha Bros. and the Bucks.
In the night’s best grudge match, Cody defeated Shawn Spears in a wild affair that included interference from Spears’ advisor Tully Blanchard and a run-in from Arn Anderson, who delivered a ring-shaking spinebuster to Spears to an enormous pop.
In a women’s match, Riho defeated Hikaru Shida to earn a shot to become the first-ever AEW Women’s Champion. Earlier in the evening on the Buy In pre-show, Nyla Rose won a 21-woman battle royal to become Riho’s opponent in the title match, which take place on AEW on TNT’s first show on Oct. 2 in Washington D.C.
In one of the standout matches on the card, AEW newcomer PAC defeated Kenny Omega after brilliantly countering a One-Winged Angel in a submission move. PAC survived several V-Triggers before the former WWE Crusierweight Champion got the duke. Then during the post-show media scrum, PAC confronted Page and whipped a bottle of water at him before the two were separated.
In the three-way Cracker Barrel Clash, Jimmy Havoc bested Joey Janela and Darby Allin moments after suplexing Janela through a giant barrel.
In match to determine a first-round bye in the AEW Tag Team Championship tournament, the Dark Order of Stu Grayson and Evil Uno defeated the Best Friends of Trent and Chuck Taylor.
In the opener of the main card, SCU defeated the team of Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt in a six-man tag team bout. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian teamed up for a double “Best Meltzer Ever” on Jungle Boy and Stunt.
Also on the Buy-In pre-show, the team of Private Party defeated Angelico and Jack Evans in an entertaining tag-team bout.
(Editor’s note: Windy City Slam will have more coverage, including photos and videos from All Out within the next few days. Stay tuned!)