On August 31st, from the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, Illinois, AEW will hold All Out. Officially the fourth event under the All Elite Wrestling umbrella, the executives behind the promotion will pull out all stops to ensure the event’s success. One of the ways that this will be done is with the second-ever Casino Battle Royale. Started at Double or Nothing as a 21-man battle royale, the Casino Battle Royale at All Out will feature 21 AEW women’s competitors. The winner will receive an opportunity to become the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion.
In terms of official signees, the following entrants have been confirmed: Sadie Gibbs, Allie, Nyla Rose, Britt Baker, and AEW Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes. In this piece, we will touch base on four independent wrestling talents that, while not signed by AEW, bring different styles to the match. At the time of this publication, 11 entrants have yet to be confirmed.
With the least amount of experience out of the entrants on this list, Teal Piper is perhaps the biggest wildcard. As the daughter of the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, it can be argued that she has the most to prove. This isn’t to say that she lacks any formal training. It was recently announced that she signed with Women of Wrestling; she will make her debut with WOW in mid-September.
Many people within the wrestling business expect great things from Piper and for good reason. The likes of Charlotte Flair and Tessa Blanchard indicate that female wrestlers born into the business can be hugely successful. Furthermore, she’s proven that she can cut a capable promo, harnessing a sense of intensity and deviousness that will help her stand out. As Piper says, she’s too much fun to slay. This will be a lofty task for her opponents come All Out.
Also known as Aerial Monroe, Big Swole made her professional wrestling debut in 2015. Since then, she has worked for different promotions, including Queens of Combat and SHINE. Most recently, she has seen success in RISE Wrestling. Earlier this month, she defeated Zoe Lucas for the Phoenix of RISE Championship, marking Swole’s first title victory. However, most fans may know her better during her time in last year’s WWE May Young Classic.
To say that Big Swole is riding a wave of momentum would be an understatement. As a reigning titleholder in RISE Wrestling, it’s fair for fans to expect that she will enter the Casino Battle Royale with confidence to spare. Though the Florida native has only been wrestling for a few years, there’s no denying the talent that she boasts. If she’s able to seize victory at All Out, she will undoubtedly catch the attention of AEW executives en route to the Women’s World Championship.
Ivelisse made her professional wrestling debut in 2004; since then, she’s obtained success in different companies. The promotions she’s worked for include, but aren’t limited to, World Wrestling Council, EVOLVE, and SHIMMER. She also spent time in World Wrestling Entertainment, but she became well-known for her time in Lucha Underground. During her stint in Boyle Heights, she won the Trios Championship twice alongside Son of Havoc and AEW signee Angelico.
Though she may raise the ire of fans, it cannot be understated how successful Ivelisse has been throughout her career. As a two-time SHINE Champion, she will go into the Casino Battle Royale at All Out with gold on her mind. If she overcomes the legion of female talent standing in her way, she has the chance to add another championship to her resume. Outspoken and unlikely to back down, Ivelisse will enter this match as a threat.
In terms of sheer in-ring experience, no one on the list can match Jazz. Since 1998, she has built an impressive career for herself around the world. Wrestling fans will remember her for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment, where she worked from 2001 to 2004. During this time, she won the WWE Women’s Championship twice, besting WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus to do so. Jazz’s time in Extreme Championship Wrestling and the National Wrestling Alliance can’t be overlooked, either.
Jazz will enter the Casino Battle Royale as one of the favorites. Her in-ring accolades extend beyond WWE; in 2016, she bested Amber Gallows for the NWA World Women’s Championship. Jazz would go on to hold the championship for a staggering 948 days before dropping it in April due to injury. Nonetheless, Jazz is healthy and ready to make a statement at All Out. Her toughness and wrestling knowledge alike will be essential heading into the Casino Battle Royale.