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Some non-wrestling friends of mine wanted to come watch All Out with us, so I wrote them a guide for what to expect from their first wrestling show and the basic storylines of all the matches so they're not lost. Thought it might be useful here for anyone looking to get into AEW.

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?
You never ask a woman her age, you never ask about politics at the workplace, and you never ask this.

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 on it.

The Matches

Chris Jericho vs. Adam “Hangman” Page for the inaugural AEW World Championship
Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley / PAC
Cody Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears
The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. The Lucha Bros (Pentagon and Fenix) ladder match for the AAA Tag Team Championship
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
SoCal Uncensored (Scorpio Sky, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels) vs. A Boy and his Dinosaur (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) /w Marko Stunt
Joey Janela vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Darby Allin in a no DQ Hardcore Weapons match
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
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The Many, Many Dark Horses of the 2018 World Cup

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and as such is bound to spawn an almost endless deluge of analysis from every sports journalist with a keyboard and an internet connection. Every aspect of the competition is covered from every conceivable angle, and the conversation over who will be the 'dark horse' - that is, an unfavoured team who could actually be in with a chance of winning the Cup, or at least outperforming expectations - is no exception.
No other topic inspires quite as much tedious contrarianism and guesswork disguised as insight; the nebulousness of the definition of the term 'dark horse', as well as sports fans' natural affinity for a plucky underdog and desire to see the establishment order upended, create an atmosphere where journalists can pump out take after lazy take about which teams may buck the trend. And while mainstream opinion tends to coalesce around a few teams (Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium, England and Poland seem to be the conventional choices this year), in the hands of unscrupulous bloggers the term can be applied to almost anyone:
Egypt are the World Cup dark horse everyone should be talking about - dreamteamfc.com
Uruguay are dark horses at the World Cup, but can Suarez contain his darker side? - thenational.ae
Anaylsing Iran's Chances at the Tournament - Could an in-form Iran be this year's dark horses? - 90min.com
Dark horses Morocco handed dream World Cup opener - whoscored.com
Portugal: Perennial dark horses go again - footballbh.net
Spain Remain Dark Horses - sports.ndtv.com
Fit again Juric says Socceroos can be a World Cup dark horse - smh.com.au
Every tournament has a dark horse, and Denmark check all the boxes for that criteria. - soccer.com
Peru vs Denmark... Why South Americans could be the dark horses of the tournament - thesun.co.uk
Argentina will be a dark horse at the [World Cup] - sport24.co.za
Dark Horses: Croatia are a sleeping giant but have a midfield to rival any at the World Cup - dreamteamfc.com
Five dark horses who could spring a surprise in Russia: Iceland showed at Euro 2016 they have the ideal style of play to succeed at a major tournament - metro.co.uk
Watch out for the dark horses... Nigeria could also be a dark horse in Russia 2018
“Costa Rica is the dark horse” - ESPN pundits talk up Costa Rica ahead of the World Cup - rolltheball.com
Can Serbia be a Dark Horse in the World Cup? - eurofantasyleague.com
Are Switzerland the World Cup's dark horses? - 101greatgoals.com
Are Mexico a dark horse at the 2018 World Cup? - 101greatgoals.com
Sweden travel to Russia this summer as potential dark horses - footyaccumulators.com
Beware of Belgium: The Red Devils Are Dark Horses Who Could Win The World Cup - sputniknews.com
No longer favourites, England are potentially dark horses in Russia - goal.com
Of all the teams competing this summer at the World Cup in Russia it is perhaps Panama who are the biggest dark horses - footballfootball.football
Tunisia eye up England for potential World Cup scalp - African side are dark horses in Russia - ladbrokes.com
Colombia Have To Improve If They Are To Live Up To Dark Horses Tag In Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: From Darkhorses Japan To Debutants Panama, Here's A Look At Teams In Pot 4 - firstpost.com
Poland are the true dark horse of the 2018 World Cup - yahoo.com
Senegal Has Dark Horse Potential For 2018 FIFA World Cup - futnsoccer.com
and finally, while nobody seems to be tipping Saudi Arabia for glory, the country does have experience with black horses of it's own.
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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.

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