THE MIC DROP – 08.28.2019: The MOST Anticipated Match at All Out Is…

Omega and PAC will do their damndest to tear the house down and put on a hell of a dream match. But the fact that it’s a “dream match” is really all it has going for it.

By Michael Melchor, Executive Editor


With the recent injury to Jon Moxley forcing him to sit out “All Out,” the match I’m most looking forward to on that show has just changed…

 

 

 

 

So am I, Amy.  But.

Omega vs. PAC will be a barnburner. Those two will do their damndest to tear the house down and put on a hell of a dream match.

But the fact that it’s a “dream match” is really all it has going for it.

I grew up on the NWA. My earliest wrestling fandom was sealed by a combination of Championship Wrestling from Florida and Jim Crockett Promotions. Dusty Rhodes, The Four Horsemen, Lex Luger, Nikita Koloff, “Outlaw” Ron Bass, Big Ed “The Bull” Gantner, The Great Kabuki, Gary Hart – all of these guys and then some shaped what I’ve come to know as prtofesisonal wrestling and still inform what I prefer to watch.

Relax, this isn’t going to be an “old man yells at cloud” moment. This is not going to be a diatribe of how “wrestling was better back in my day” or anything like that. I like what today’s guys are capable of athletically and plan on enjoying the hell out of what Omega and PAC come up with.

However, it’s now maybe 2nd or 3rd on the list of most anticipated matches at “All Out.” Because Cody Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears has been promoted to #1.

Not just because Tully Blanchard is part of the story (which, I won’t lie, is a bonus).

Tully’s involvement, however, has a good deal to do with it. It’s not so much Blanchard himself as the legacy he evokes in dealing with a member of the Rhodes family.

Part of a larger story that has been unfolding for roughly 35 years – and counting. But also incorporating another recently unfolding tale heading into “All Out.”

Taking Tully out of the equation, Spears has his own reasons for violently attacking Cody Rhodes with a chair at Fyter Fest. Apparently being called a “good hand” didn’t sit well with the former WWE and OVW standout.

And yes, there’s a reason I mention OVW here. This all goes back to when both guys were here in Louisville, coming up and learning how to take their careers to the next level together. Their paths have remained parallel but not crossed since.

Until Spears unloaded a shot to Cody’s skull with a steel chair in June, releasing years of frustration.

The storytelling between Rhodes and Spears has been logical, simple and compelling. It has been laid out with great care to the point that I’m more invested in this tale than anything else on “All Out.”

Omega and PAC is a great back-up for having to pause the issues between Moxley and Omega. And it’s going to be a great match, I’m sure. But with the story out of the equation there, the match between Rhodes and Spears definitely takes precedence in terms of my interest because there’s much more to sink my teeth into.

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