Welcome to another edition of eWN Round Table, where we gather some of the most active writers here on eWrestlingNews and share the platform to answer some questions surrounding a centralized topic, upcoming event, etc.
This is meant to showcase the potential for both a wide range of perspectives as well as how sometimes, there can be a group consensus no matter what your viewpoint is, so we also invite all of you to join in on the discussion by answering these questions yourself in the comments section below.
For this particular volume, we’ll be focusing on this Saturday’s All Elite Wrestling ALL OUT event.
Participants for this round = Anthony Mango, Vincent Dipietro, Richard Staple, Ethan Absler, and Kyle Dunning.
1) “Which match are you most excited to see at this pay-per-view?”
MANGO: It was going to be Omega/Moxley by a country mile. Now, it’s actually the Casino Battle Royale. I’m interested in all of the matches (with the three least being Best Friends vs. Dark Order, Lucha Bros vs. Young Bucks and Private Party vs. Angelico and Evans) but the surprise element of not knowing who is in the battle royal makes that particularly interesting to me.
DIPIETRO: I was excited most to see Kenny Omega versus Jon Moxley. However, I’m equally excited now to see PAC feel that spot.
STAPLE: Easily Omega vs. PAC. Someone pinch me.
ABSLER: This card is looking absolutely stacked and there are a few matches that I am really looking forward to. If I had to narrow it down to one though, I would have to pick Shawn Spears vs Cody. The background and lead up to this match have really built it up to feel like an important match even without a title involved and I am interested to see if Spears betting on himself and leaving WWE pays off.
DUNNING: It’s a toss up between the tag team ladder match and Pac vs. Omega. The ladder match is likely to steal the show, but I’m very intrigued by the other. The rest of the card looks good, but isn’t screaming excellence. Main thing is they make more announcements before their TV debut.
2) “Is Pac the best replacement for Jon Moxley, or would you have preferred someone else?”
MANGO: Yes. Nobody else would have been as big of a name to insert with such short amount of time other than to bring in someone who may not even be part of the company, like CM Punk. It’s not like Peter Avalon would be an equal opponent.
DIPIETRO: Yes, there really isn’t another angle that would work in my opinion. It’s a quality match that didn’t need a story. I think this essentially was the original booking until the PAC issues arose at Double Or Nothing.
STAPLE: I personally think PAC is about as good a replacement as it can get for Moxley. I believe their two styles mesh together extremely well and I am looking forward to a hard hitting barnburner between the two.
ABSLER: I think PAC is the perfect replacement for Moxley. Of course, Moxley vs Omega will happen, but for now I am just glad to see that AEW and Pac have made up. This match will be a lot of fun to watch and I can’t wait to see it.
DUNNING: Absolutely. I saw some fans comment about not wanting to see this? Which strikes me as odd. I ain’t seen Pac since WWE, so to watch him go on a big stage against such a great worker like Omega .. what’s there not to love? Honestly, I prefer this more than if Moxley had not been injured. Not because I don’t like him, but because I don’t think his style will mesh well with Kenny’s. Pac & Omega should be a quick paced match, and hopefully one to remember.
3) “Yes or no, will CM Punk make an appearance at All Out?”
MANGO: No. There’s a very good chance he does show up, as this would be the absolute best time for a special appearance, though. I just can’t shake the feeling that Punk is truly done with wrestling, more so than that he waited for Chicago’s event to come along. But I’m hoping he pops up.
DIPIETRO: I’m going to say no. Yes it would generate a buzz but if he indeed joins AEW it makes more sense for the debut on TNT. (I’ll regret saying this I’m sure).
STAPLE: Gonna go with no. We did hear the other week Punk reached out to FS1 for an announcing gig, but I think he’s officially stepping away from sports entertainment. Although I’m hoping I can jinx it and we actually see him.
ABSLER: My guess, CM Punk does not appear at the event. I don’t think CM Punk wants anything more to do with wrestling, even if it was AEW.
DUNNING: No. As it pertains to Punk, it’s a “don’t believe anything til it’s actually happening, and you can see and hear it with your own two eyes and ears” deal. Would be epic if he did .. but any hope of it happening is very much at zero.
4) “Who SHOULD and who WILL win the AEW World Championship?”
MANGO: I can see an argument for both sides, but the case for Page is weaker. Basically, that’s just “it would make him if he were to win.” Meanwhile, that will happen any time he wins the title. Jericho, on the other hand, has more legitimacy to bring to the championship, will probably wrestle less and can be excused from appearances as the champion, and it goes with his gimmick of being the top heel. Jericho should and will win if AEW wants to have somewhere to go after this.
DIPIETRO: Chris Jericho for the simple fact that his name value will help build whoever chases behind. You have Adam Page chase in the pursuit of the championship.
STAPLE: Who SHOULD? Jericho. He’s your most recognizable name on the roster, and being the inaugurable champion will set the tone for the new Wednesday night wars. Who WILL? Jericho. I think AEW recognizes Jericho will be a stronger presence on TV than Page for the immediate time period.
ABSLER: I think as long as Chris Jericho is a full-time performer, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make the first ever World Champion of your company one of the best wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots. Despite this, I think Adam Page will be victorious.
DUNNING: Chris Jericho is the draw. We should all thank him for AEW, because he is our lord and savior.
5) “Are there any particular women you’re hoping to see participate in the Casino Battle Royale?”
MANGO: Oddly enough, no. I don’t follow enough indie wrestling to know a bunch of names missing from this who could be interesting. In fact, I can think of people I don’t want to see, like Mercedes Martinez, Shotzi Blackheart and Brandi Lauren, who I want to go to WWE and be in the Mae Young Classic and NXT instead. Maybe Priscilla Kelly? Scarlett Bordeaux?