Nine days before All Out, ITV Wrestling is offering a new spotlight on 3 AEW competitors, courtesy of Road to All Out episodes. Nyla Rose explains how she has been welcomed with open arms into the All Elite Wrestling family. Best Friends say that they aren’t too impressed with the apparent evil-doing of The Dark Order. At All Out, these two teams will go head-to-head for a first-round bye in the All Elite Wrestling World Tag Team Championship Tournament. After losing his chance to become the first All Elite Wrestling World Champion, Kenny Omega has been on the path to redemption and looks to continue his rise to the top when he faces Jon Moxley at All Out on August 31st.
“I’ve known all my life who I really was. I didn’t think it was actually possible to be myself, but the face that I had to present to society, for whatever reason, I just inherently knew that I had to put on this mask, I had to play pretend, I couldn’t be me. There was a certain point where I was like, this is not good for me, this is not good for my mental health. I need to be myself or I’m not going to be here.” Nyla Rose was born a boy. In February 2019, she became the first openly transgender woman to sign with a major American professional wrestling promotion when she signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). “You can be yourself in this world and, at a certain point, you’re just going to have to say to everybody else, this is my life. I have to take control of it. So that’s kind of what I did.”
She explains, “I slowly started to let my truth bleed into reality and it was kind of funny because, to all the guys at the wrestling school, that’s the moment when my personality clicked with everybody. The one place that I thought would absolutely shun me, the world of professional wrestling, was really the first place to completely embrace me and I emotionally was not ready for that. Behind the scenes, a lot of the people were very welcoming, either they just didn’t care or they absolutely embraced it. Of course, there are a few people who are still you know very ‘no no no no no’ but those people, at least in my experience are very few.”
Signing with AEW was an honour. “To have people that I look up to approach me and say, we want you to work with us, we want you to work for us that, was incredibly humbling. It’s like, maybe I am doing this right. It’s very self-affirming. Maybe I am on the right path.” She has found a family in the company, “I felt very welcomed here. I’ve never had to question anybody’s motives or anything like that. It admittedly came at a time that I really needed it. People say they put their blood, sweat, and tears. I put a fair amount of blood, sweat and a lot of tears into wrestling just for the simple fact of feeling welcomed, feeling at home, and being able to continue to do something I’m so passionate about, something I love so much as myself.” For her, just the fact of being interviewed is a leap of progress that things will be more positive in the near future. “That’s why I’m so transparent about who I am.”
Chuck confesses, “I don’t even remember the first time I met you.” Chuckie T and Trent Beretta are best friends, that’s all that matters. What is being a best friend mean to them? “I think it’s like when I’m on the apron and a little Greggy here is getting his ass kicked in the ring. It pisses me off so it makes me want to get in there. I’m ready for that, tag come in here and let me fight,” explains Trent.
“Part of the reason we decided to sign with All Elite Wrestling is because of the emphasis on the tag-team division and being the first tag team champions in the company’s history, it literally makes you go down in history,” continues Trent, “so it’s very important to us.” They see Dark Order, their opponents at All Out, as unprofessional because they assault good men like them. Trent says they don’t want to lose the tournament the first round, “because that would be lame.” One thing is sure, they want to be the first AEW World Tag Team Champions.
Kenny Omega felt he had something special to do at Double or Nothing. “Everyone trusted me to make a statement on that first show. I felt that I was on another level, that I was bringing a whole new package, something that couldn’t be stopped but it wasn’t good enough. All I had to do is get past Chris Jericho but I can’t help but have that image burned in my mind, that belt I was supposed to be the chosen one, the expectation that I would be the Champion. Now I’ve got a lot of work to do. My best performances always came from behind, ” he explains. “My best work has never been because I was handed something, it was always because I had to work for something because it does sacrifice something.”
He thanks Jon Moxley for being the one that inspired him to evolve. “You’re the one that’s going to take me to the next level, you’re the one that’s going to bring me back to my feet, so I am going to show everyone just why people around here call me the best.” He knows where Moxley comes from, his history. He knows he wants to make a statement, probably more than anyone, and that fuels Omega. “I’m not going to let you take the spotlight for me. You’re willing to put your reputation on the line, that’s great, but now you’re going to have to step through the ropes, step in my ring and prove that you belong here.”
Omega asks himself if Moxley is ready. Maybe mentally, but is he physically? “Are you ready to sacrifice it all in a way that I am to get it all back?” If the answer to all of those is yes, Omega says that then the real winners are the fans. “I can’t wait for my path of Redemption and you’re the first step,” states Omega.
All Out takes place at the Sears Center in Chicago on August 31st at 8 PM (1 AM BST the next day). The “Buy In” preshow will be available on AEW YouTubeChannel at 7 PM (12 AM BST the next day). The show is available for pre-order in the US and Canada through B/R Live streaming service and Fite TV for the rest of the world. Here’s the All Out card, as of today.
- AEW World Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs. “Hangman” Adam Page
- Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley
- Escalera De la Muerte (Ladder Match) for the AAA World Tag Team Titles: The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Brothers (c)
- The winner receives a first-round bye in AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament Match: Best Friends vs. The Dark Order
- Cody vs Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard
- Darby Allin vs. Joey Janela vs. Jimmy Havoc
- AEW Women’s World Championship unveiled
- “The Buy In” – Winner gets a shot at AEW Women’s Championship – 21-Woman Casino Battle Royale: Ivelisse, Teal Piper, Brandi Rhodes, Jazz, Nyla Rose, Britt Baker, Allie, Yuka Sakazaki, Big Swole, Sadie Gibbs, TBA
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