Pro Wrestling In general What is pro wrestling?
Pro wrestling is a combat sport where the rules are designed to encourage cinematic, expressive and cool-looking fights. The point of MMA is to beat up the other guy. The point of pro wrestling is to look awesome while beating up the other guy. There are two layers to every match: The competitive, where the two wrestlers work against each other to try and win the match, and the artistic, where the two wrestlers work with each other to put on an awesome show. Is it fake?
No. Yes. Kind of. It depends. Parts of it are very real. For the competitive part of the match, the moves are all actually happening; they’re really doing those flips and getting thrown around and twisted up and slammed onto hard surfaces. Parts of it are “worked”, meaning that some hits and moves are done or taken in a way that they won’t do as much damage as they would if they were done full force. The artistic parts are more cooperative. Some of the more complicated sequences are worked out ahead of time, some of them are improvised, but the opponent will play along with it to make it look cool. What makes a good pro wrestler is the ability to both win matches, and make the match awesome. A wrestler who wins but is boring is a bad wrestler, so even if two wrestlers hate each other, they’ll cooperate on moves to make the match work. Are the storylines real?
Again, yes and no, sometimes. Since the point of the sport is to put on matches that are fun to watch, and wrestlers know that compelling stories and stakes will get people more invested in matches, they’ll build up stories for the matches. Sometimes it’s all fiction, sometimes it’s real, most of the time it’s a mix between the two, where real situations and feelings are exaggerated and worked in. The fictional elements of a wrestling story are called “kayfabe”. One of the things this promotion does really well is blending kayfabe and reality in their storylines, to the point where it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. Are the fights fixed? Do they choose who’s going to win beforehand?
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This Show Specifically What is AEW?
AEW stands for All Elite Wrestling. It’s a new wrestling promotion attempting to be an alternative to WWE. Wrestling isn’t like baseball or basketball, where there’s one major league and every other league feeds into it. WWE is the biggest wrestling promotion, but there are dozens of other ones that operate outside of it that just aren’t as popular because they’re not on TV twice a week. AEW started when four hugely popular independent (non-WWE) wrestlers who called themselves The Elite (Matt and Nick Jackson, Cody Rhodes and Kenny Omega) took a bet that they couldn’t fill a 10,000 seat arena, pooled their own personal money to rent out the Sears Center in Chicago, negotiated their own corporate sponsorships and put on a show by themselves called All In. The thing sold out in half an hour and was a giant success. Based on that success, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars smelled money and made them an offer to start their own full-time promotion, which became AEW. What is this show?
The reason that no other promotion has been able to compete with WWE is WWE’s TV presence, so they knew they’d have to negotiate a TV deal. To do that, they ran a series of Pay-Per-Views, kind of like a pilot season, hoping to build enough success to leverage for that TV deal. The PPV’s all sold out, and they announced last month that they were able to get their TV deal. This is their last big PPV before they go weekly on TNT in October. It’s being held at the Sears Center again, the same place they had their first show, and they’re calling it All Out. What am I going to see here?
The matches and storylines are either going to be the culmination of all their storylines from the ‘pilot season’ PPV series, or the beginning of new storylines for their TV show. It’s the finale to the overture of AEW. Because of the artistic nature of pro wrestling, there are a lot of different ‘genres’ of matches. The concept of the promotion is to be a “buffet of professional wrestling”, so there’s going to be a little bit of everything, tone-wise. Some of the matches are going to be technical showcases, some of them are going to be more story based, some are just going to be violent brawls, some are going to be serious, some will be goofy and some won’t really be wrestling matches so much as silly skits. You may not like everything on the show, but the aim is to guarantee you like something
The Matches Chris Jericho vs. Adam “Hangman” Page for the inaugural AEW World Championship
Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley / PAC
- Chris Jericho is a 30 year wrestling veteran who’s most known for working at WWE, where he was one of their most popular guys. He's famous for being able to reinvent himself whenever he felt like it. Two years ago, he announced he was leaving WWE, and everybody assumed he was going to retire as he’s nearing fifty, but then he surprised everybody when he turned up in a Japanese wrestling promotion to challenge for their championship, then joined AEW when it started and beat Kenny Omega for a spot in the first title match. He’s fighting to prove that he can still go, and is still relevant at his age, even though everyone assumes he’s on his way out.
- Adam “Hangman” Page is the youngest member of the Elite, seen by his peers as the Next Big Thing. He’s a good guy who likes cowboy stuff and is really good at wrestling, but hasn’t really taken off yet. Character-wise, among the Elite he’s the one who doesn’t really have a ‘thing’ yet (other than an inferiority complex that sometimes drives him over the edge). He sees this as his big chance to finally make it to that next level, and is desperate to be champion so he can be something. He won his title shot by winning AEW’s first Battle Royale in their first PPV after All In. Also, he apparently has a big dick. This gets mentioned in every storyline he’s in, like an in-joke. Probably not relevant, but it’ll most likely get brought up at some point.
Cody Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears
- Kenny Omega is in the conversation for Best Wrestler on the Planet. He’s known for both his natural storytelling ability and his insane athletics and creativity in the ring, kind of the Rembrandt or Coltrane of pro wrestling. It was assumed he’s be challenging for the championship, but in a surprise upset victory, Chris Jericho beat him and got the title shot instead, and then immediately after losing, Jon Moxley showed up out of nowhere and just started beating the shit out of him post-match, to make an entrance. Kenny’s been trying to get back on top ever since, and getting ready for his revenge match with Moxley at All Out.
- Jon Moxley was a hardcore, crazy badass straight violence type of wrestler who was big on the indie scene, then got picked up by WWE and blew up, becoming one of the top guys there with the keys to the kingdom, but in a major defection after almost a decade decided to leave because WWE wasn’t giving him the creative freedom he wanted, and was generally making him act like an idiot for laughs instead of wrestling. Attacking Kenny after Kenny's first big loss was his big post-WWE debut. He and Kenny have been going back and forth ever since, and were all set to settle things here, with Kenny needing to prove he’s still the best and Moxley needing to prove he’s better than what WWE made him out as. Except… Moxley didn’t want to wait until the Omega match to prove that. He did a bunch of indie matches in the meantime, making use of his newfound freedom, as well as taking part in a grueling month-long tournament in Japan with some of the best wrestlers in the world. In the process, he hurt his elbow, and two weeks before the show, it got infected with MRSA, and he was forced by medical to pull out of the match. So…
- PAC is another ex-WWE wrestler who went independent due to not liking how WWE was run. He’s a stubborn English bastard who generally just likes getting his way. He was originally supposed to fight Adam Page in their first PPV, mostly because he didn’t like Adam Page and wanted to knock him down a peg. It didn’t happen because Page showed up at one of PAC’s matches for Dragon Gate Wrestling, where PAC was champion at the time, and tried to fight him as a preview for their PPV match. PAC won the fight, and after that, lost interest in fighting him again, since the whole point was to show him up and he just did that. He pulled out of the PPV, screwing over AEW. Desperate, AEW asked him to sub in for Moxley so Kenny could still have a match, and he agreed, seemingly just so that he could bury AEW all over again. Kenny’s going to be fighting both for AEW’s honor, and for himself, only with PAC as a stand-in for Moxley, the guy he’s really pissed at.
The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon and Fenix) ladder match for the AAA Tag Team Championship
- Cody Rhodes is the son of Dusty Rhodes, a legendary wrestler / promoter from the 70’s and 80’s. He also came from WWE, where he had a guaranteed job for life because of his lineage, but left because he thought he could do better than working as just a wrestler for WWE. He joined up with the Elite, and in one of the better success stories in wrestling, now has his own promotion. Style-wise, he’s a throwback; he doesn’t do a lot of the flashy, over-the-top moves his peers do, sticking to rock-solid fundamentals and wrestling like it’s still 1974. Watching a Cody match is like hearing a Jimmy Page solo in a Weeknd song; anachronistic, but done so well that it’s still cool. Character-wise, he’s basically the rich-kid villain in an 80’s movie, but at this point it’s the third movie in the series and he’s mellowed out, and is friends with the good guys now.
- Shawn Spears was one of Cody’s oldest friends from back when they were both starting out as indie wrestlers. They were both in WWE together, and were floundering, again due to how WWE creative worked. Cody left to pursue wrestling outside of WWE, but Spears stayed, hoping he could move up in the company. He didn’t though, and left shorty after, with much less fanfare and success as when Cody did. When AEW started, Cody finally reached out to him, but Spears felt he was dismissive. Not wanting to flounder again, and feeling spurned by his friend, he made sure he’d stay relevant in AEW by coming out after one of Cody’s matches and braining him in the head with a chair to start a feud. It turns out, Spears is being mentored by Tully Blanchard, another old wrestling legend from the 70’s and 80’s who was a big rival of Cody’s father back in the day, and is using him to get revenge from old wounds in the present day.
Dark Order (Stu Grayson and Evil Uno) vs. Best Friends (Chuckie T. and Trent Baretta) for a first round bye in the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament
- The Young Bucks are the Elite’s big tag team. They’re a pair of brothers who’ve been wrestling together their entire careers. Their goal is to keep tag team wrestling at the forefront of AEW, on equal footing with the singles matches. They’re cocky California surfer bros, pro wrestling’s Jaco: it’s not bragging if you can back it up. And they do. They’re known for high-flying acrobatics and flawless teamwork. Muttonchops is the guy with the big personality who sets everything up, and Bandana is the technical wrestler who does the big finishes (Their names are Matt and Nick, but if you put a gun to most wrestling fans and told them their lives depended on knowing which one was which without looking it up, they’d tell you to just pull the trigger.)
- The Lucha Bros are two Mexican masked wrestlers who are also brothers. Pentagon is a skeleton zombie ninja who says “No Fear” in Spanish, and Fenix is a guy who never stays down, rising like a phoenix, and yells “Animo”, a Spanish word that means “energy” or “life”. They took exception to the Buck’s declarations of being the best and crashed the AEW Announcement party to beat the Bucks up at the podium, and challenged them to a match there and then. They’ve been fighting back and forth ever since, with the Bucks flying down to Mexico and beating them for their championships, then the Lucha Bros flying up to the US and beating them back, with a bunch of other matches in between. AEW’s tag championship doesn’t exist yet, so for their big blowout match, the Lucha Bros put the AAA tag championship that they just won back on the line again. AAA is the biggest wrestling promotion in Mexico, and they partnered with AEW so that they could share wrestlers, seemingly specifically so the Lucha Bros and the Young Bucks could fight.
- The Ladders Since the two teams have been fighting each other in regular matches for months, this time the Lucha Bros decided to make it a Ladder Match, which means that the belts will be suspended above the ring, and the only way to win is to set up one of the several ladders around the ring and climb up it to grab the belt. Think of what Jackie Chan does in a fight when there’s a ladder. Now imagine there are four Jackie Chans.
SoCal Uncensored (Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels) vs. A Boy and his Dinosaur (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) /w Marko Stunt
- The Dark Order are a weird mysterious cult thing complete with minions that just kind of showed up on the first PPV, stormed the ring and started beating people up for an unexplained reason. Because wrestling is awesome, The Elite did the sensible thing after this happened and signed them legit to the promotion. We still have no idea who they are or what they want, but they’re having good matches and winning so ¯\\\_(ツ)_/¯
- The Best Friends are a tag team that doesn’t see the need for a backstory, or a special team name, or grand theatrics. They’re best friends who like wrestling, that’s all that matters. They’re pretty good at it, too. Not complicated. Winner of this match gets to skip the first round of the tag team tournament they’re having when the TV show starts to determine the inaugural AEW Tag Team Champions.
Joey Janela vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Darby Allin in a no DQ Hardcore Weapons match
- SCU is a team of friends from Southern California. All three of them are accomplished wrestlers, but what brought them together as a team is that they love SoCal and hate everywhere else. Whenever they’re somewhere other than SoCal, they’ll go on a long rant about how it’s the worst town they’ve ever been in, then shout SCU really loud. It’s funnier than it sounds, believe me.
- A Boy and his Dinosaur are a team of this feral George of the Jungle type kid and a guy with a master’s degree in medieval literature who decided to put on a dinosaur mask and become a pro wrestler, adopting Jungle Boy as his ward. They are joined my Marko Stunt, a very tiny wrestler who they mostly use as a projectile. If you don’t think this is awesome I don’t know why we’re friends.
- Joey Janela is a frat boy Jackass type of wrestler known for doing crazy stunts and going way further than most people would go
- Darby Allin is an ex-skateboarder who switched to wrestling because it had the same risks that he liked, but allowed more creative self expression.
- Jimmy Havoc is a British goth dude with a penchant using unusual weapons in matches
These three are the “hardcore” guys in the promotion, less technical wrestling, more insane violence and creative use of foreign objects. There are no disqualifications, so it’s going to be a battle of who can take the most pain and who can make the most effective use of whatever junk is around the ring to dish it out. They were in a three-man tag team match in one of the previous PPV’s and lost. Each one blames the others, and they asked for a three-way match in this PPV so that they could each prove that it was somebody else’s fault. Riho vs. Hikaru Shida for a spot in the inaugural AEW Women’s Championship
Women’s Battle Royale, winner gets a spot in the inaugural AEW Women’s Championship
- Riho is a 13-year wrestling veteran. She is 22 years old. She’s been wrestling since she was nine. The two women in this match wrestle in a Japanese style called “Joshi” that AEW is trying to showcase. Regular wrestlers can pull their punches and kicks so they’re safe and still make them look good, because they’re big and buff and have power to spare. However, if a wrestler is a tiny Japanese girl, then just because of physics, they can’t really hold anything back and still make it look good. The sane way to get around this would be to work a style that doesn’t use a lot of strikes or kicks. The Joshi way to get around this is to not pull back at all, strike and kick at full force, and just train up your body from a young age to take those kicks and strikes at full force. Joshi wrestling is awesome, and something that’s really unique. It’s a blend of hard-hitting almost kickboxing and agile technical wrestling, and Riho is a big name in it. She’s kind of a J-Pop Idol Princess who could also kick your ass.
- Hikaru Shida is another huge name in Joshi wrestling. She has a background in Judo and Kendo, but didn’t start wrestling until later. She started out as an actress, working in TV for a while until being cast as a pro wrestler for a movie. For research, she went to a wrestling school and loved it so much she decided to switch careers full time. Using the judo and kendo combined with the wrestling training, she quickly proved she was a legit wrestler and not just a celebrity playing one. She’s a badass hard-kicking samurai chick who loves wrestling so much she gave up a movie career for it. For Joshi wrestling, this is a dream match.
- 21 women are going to be fighting to challenge the winner of Riho vs. Shida for the Women’s championship when the TV show starts
- Wrestlers are eliminated when they’re thrown out of the ring over the top rope and both feet hit the ground
- Before the match, they each drew a card from a deck. Every three minutes, the ref will draw a card and call the suit. Every woman who drew that suit enters the ring and is in the match.
- Woman who drew the joker enters last.
- Only 11 of the 21 women in the match have been announced, the rest are a surprise
- They’ll announce who each one is, and you’ll get an idea for their characters as they wrestle; you don’t need 21 individual biographies here.
Brazil under 22 will face Japan for the first time in history. Brazil win their last match against Ireland 2-0. Mexico and ireland draw a match this year which mean they are quite evenly matched. Mexico draw to Japan which means Brazil has a 2 goals advantage in this one because of the win over Ireland. Mexico are the favourites at 31/20 on bet365, while Japan can be backed at 7/4, while a draw is priced at 11/5. For both teams to score, half time/full time and other markets click here Match Preview Japan Women vs England Women Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions Preview. While England have collected maximum points so far, their performances have left a little to Gold Cup odds, predictions 2019: Betting lines, best expert picks for USA vs. Mexico The Soccerbot is up 2,000 percent and just locked in picks for USA vs. Mexico in the Gold Cup Finals Japan vs Senegal Prediction Other Bookmakers. Japan made a fast start against Colombia and it paid off. The Blue Samurai were awarded an early penalty whilst Carlos Sanchez was also dismissed for the opposition. They will be aiming to double their points tally when they face Senegal but it could be a difficult afternoon for Akira Nishino’s men.