For the first time since 2019, the Women’s Casino Battle Royale is back and with a future World Title bout at stake, the battle to be the victor is going to be hard-fought. Nyla Rose, the winner of the first Battle Royale at the inaugural ALL OUT has entered the field looking to repeat, but she’s not the only former champion in the field! The longest reigning AEW Women’s World Champion in company history, Hikaru Shida, has thrown her name in the hat with aspirations to getting a second run with the gold. Former NWA Women’s World Champion Thunder Rosa, a woman with 22 straight singles victories since a March 1st loss to Nyla has entered the field. Some like The Bunny, Big Swole, and Penelope Ford were part of the 2019 edition of this spectacle, while others like Jade Cargill, Julia Hart, and Tay Conti will be doing this for the very first time in their AEW career. Perhaps that prior experience is why The Bunny and Penelope Ford appear to have struck up an alliance heading into ALL OUT 2021, and likely why we will see more pairing during the bout itself.
And of course, one thing that cannot be forgotten, is the actual construct of the match and the mystery that it brings. The situation is broken down into four groups of five women, each named for one of the suits in a deck of cards, with one final entrant pulling the Joker’s card and arriving all by themselves. For the women, Mercedes Martinez got the nod in 2019 while in the men’s variations, Adam Page pulled the card in the 2019 as Matt Sydal unforgettably drew the Joker in 2020. Of the three, only Hangman parlayed that enviable spot into a victory, but it is still the best card to draw in terms of playing the odds, the hope being that by the time of entry most of the competitors have been eliminated.
Whichever woman emerges the victor from this chaotic, unpredictable situation will have a date with either Kris Statlander or Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D in their future so while those two women will be focused on one another, each better keep an eye on how this one plays out because the future of the Women’s World Title bout winner will be determined by this ALL OUT 2021: BUY-IN Battle Royale!