ALL OUT weekend officially kicks off this Thursday (September 2) when Chicago indie mainstay AAW presents AAW Destination Chicago.

Destination Chicago is AAW’s first show at the Logan Square Auditorium since February 2020. Formerly one of AAW’s primary venues, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the company from running the building for over a year. While things are only slightly looking up on that front—an indoor mask mandate is in place at the Logan Square Auditorium—it’ll still be a delight to see AAW back in the familiar building.

As the first event in a loaded ALL OUT weekend, AAW needed to bring their A-game and they absolutely have.

The main event of the show will see AAW Heavyweight Champion Fred Yehi defend his belt against one of the best wrestlers in the world right now: Josh Alexander.

Alexander is no stranger to the AAW Heavyweight Championship having been champion twice including his most recent reign in 2019. Yehi—who defeated Mance Warner for the championship in July—has been a key figure in AAW’s post-pandemic run combining his stellar in-ring work with tremendous promos and character development. Selfishly, I hope Yehi retains as he’s had a great AAW run in 2021 but I wouldn’t be upset if AAW decided to grab headlines right out of the gates with a surprise title win by Alexander. No matter what, this match should be great.

The great irony of AAW Destination Chicago is AAW is my home promotion, the indie I most frequently attend and have attended since their days selling 100 tickets in the Berwyn Eagles Club. Anyway, my home promotion booked two of my favorite wrestlers in the game today—Daniel Garcia and Davey Richards—AND booked them against one another after months of Joe Lanza and I screaming about that potential matchup on Twitter and on the VOW Flagship Podcast.

The match finally happened, it’s finally booked… and I’m not going to be there live!

Nope. I won’t be there live for AAW Destination Chicago.

Unfortunately, my schedule just won’t allow it plus since I’m a devoted podcaster, we’ll be doing the VOW Flagship LIVE during the show.

So, you are all welcome, my gift to you: this match.

Garcia vs. Richards was one of the most obvious-to-book matches of Richards’ return to the indies and yet, months in, this is the first time we’re seeing it. We know it won’t be the last as Empire State Wrestling is also planning on having the match but I would suspect after these two tear the house down that many other promotions will run this match back. What’s there to say? It’s Daniel Garcia—who is going to have a HUGE weekend with bookings on almost every major show—and Davey Richards. It’s a Dumb Jock Wrestling Hall of Fame match. Get into it!

The remainder of the card sets up nicely with a huge lucha showcase match between Laredo Kid and Arez. I’ll remind you there is a balcony above the ring at the Logan Square Auditorium and if any match sees a guy flying from that balcony to the floors below, it’s this one.

NJPW’s Juice Robinson makes his AAW return against Manders. Once a regular in AAW prior to his run in NXT, Robinson knows the promotion well. Unfortunately for Juice, he hasn’t won a match in AAW since July 2009 when he defeated Mike Sydal in a dark match. His post-NXT AAW appearances has seen him lose to the likes of Ethan Page, Michael Elgin, MJF and The Besties in the World. Can Juice finally get his hand raised in an AAW ring?

After winning a stellar three-way dance match at AAW’s Savages and Kings, Jody Threat earned herself a shot at Allysin Kay’s AAW Women’s Championship. It’s going to take a herculean effort from Threat to win the title at AAW Destination Chicago as Kay has been on one of the best runs of his career as of late. Kay seems like an unstoppable force atop the AAW women’s division plus she’s riding a wave of momentum after capturing the long-retired NWA Women’s Tag Team Championships at NWA EmPowerrr.

Also on AAW Destination Chicago: Myron Reed defending his AAW Heritage Championship against Ace Austin while inFAMy, Stallion Rogers, Jake Something, Frontman Jah-C, Hakim Zane, Russ Jones and SCHAFF are all scheduled to make appearances.

AAW Destination Chicago looks like a great show to kick off an unforgettable pro wrestling weekend.

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, well, you’re out of luck. They are sold out. You can, however, stream the show live on FITE: