Britt Baker was injured in May, causing her to miss AEW’s Double or Nothing 2020 pay-per-view that month. She remained on television in a talking role and targeted All Out, coming up this Saturday, Sept. 5, as her return date for in-ring competition.
Baker entered into a feud with Big Swole three months ago, on the June 3 episode of Dynamite. Throughout this entire time, it was always clear that Baker and Swole were going to wrestle each other whenever Baker was cleared to compete, and All Out was the likely destination.
Baker technically competed in a match last week on Dynamite, but it was a handicap match where she remained in a wheelchair and did not get physically involved. Tonight’s (Sept. 2) episode of Dynamite included an angle with Baker finally got physical. She placed Swole in her lockjaw finisher while humiliating her with pizza.
This angle surrounded the announcement that Baker and Swole will compete in a “Tooth and Nail” match at All Out...on the pre-show. One of the longest running feuds in AEW, and Baker’s first in-ring action since her injury, will be stuck on the pre-show. This might just be the longest build ever to a pre-show match. That’s a curious decision, no?
Here is the full advertised lineup for All Out, with less than 72 hours to show time:
- Jon Moxley (c) vs. MJF (AEW world championship)
- Kenny Omega & Hangman Page (c) vs. FTR (AEW tag team titles)
- Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Thunder Rosa (AEW women’s championship)
- Orange Cassidy vs. Chris Jericho (Mimosa Mayhem Match)
- Natural Nightmares, Matt Cardona, Scorpio Sky vs. Dark Order (8-man tag)
- Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara (Broken Rules match)
- 21-man Casino Battle Royal (Winner receives future AEW world title match)
- Young Bucks vs. Jurassic Express
- Big Swole vs. Britt Baker (Tooth and Nail match)
Looking at this lineup, the Young Bucks match stands out as the one with the lowest stakes and the least amount of heat, and there’s also a Battle Royal with Shawn Spears, but neither of those matches were bumped off the main card to fit in Baker and Swole.
What do you think about AEW’s card for All Out? Will you be ordering the show?