When ALL IN debuted as the largest independent wrestling event in the U.S., in 2018, one of the first matches to take place was the casino battle royale, which was won by Flip Gordon, who wrestled under the guise of El Chico Luchador, last eliminating Bully Ray. The following year, at the inaugural ALL OUT, the fan-favorite battle royale returned, only this time it was the women of AEW who had the opportunity to shine. The match was won by Nyla Rose. Now, the AEW Casino Battle Royale is back again and on Wednesday night, the first set of names was revealed.
With the winner of the match set to receive a future world title match for the AEW Championship, four wrestlers have already thrown their hats into the proverbial ring for a chance at the greatest prize in the company. Brian Cage, Ricky Starks, Darby Allin and Lance Archer were announced as the first four entrants in the match, with Eddie Kingston, Pepper Parks, Andy Sullivan, Pentagon and Fenix being added later in the night. More names are expected to be announced over the course of the next week.
Cage and Allin are two names on this list who both already had world title matches, but would no doubt love another opportunity. Cage took part in the ALL IN battle royale, lasting until the final five where he was eliminated by Jordynne Grace. Starks and Archer have yet to receive world title matches though both have had their shot at the TNT Championship, falling short to then-champion Cody. According to AEW’s most recent round of rankings (August 26th), Archer and Cage are both in the top-five of the men’s division, with records of 12-1 and 6-1 respectively.
Parks and Sullivan, more commonly known as the Butcher and the Blade, have been rising as a tag team as of late, as have the Lucha Brothers, ever since their return to AEW a few months ago. Kingston, who is seemingly managing both tag teams, uniting them as one pretty unstoppable force, recently joined AEW following his own TNT title match opportunity. But Kingston is destined for more and he’ll certainly be someone to look out for as a potential winner of this match.
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