There were a lot of expectations going into All Elite Wrestling's All Out pay per view Saturday.
The promise of many matches added to the anticipation despite the card losing Jon Moxley because of MRSA in his elbow a week before the card took place.
AEW put up a hefty price tag of $50 to watch the event, promising that they could deliver on the expectations.
Did they deliver?
Did they ever!
From the opening six-man tag match betwen SCU and Jurassic Express to the closing AEW Heavyweight championship bout featuring Chris Jericho and Adam Page, the roster put on one heck of a show that featured plenty of insane high spots and some excellent old-school pro wrestling.
There were tons of highlights. From the hardcore antics of Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin and "The Bad Boy" Joey Janela, to the athletic brutality put on display by The Lucha Bros and The Young Bucks, this show had it all.
There were plenty of tables and ladders, a leather belt, thumb tacks, a staple gun and even hollow wooden barrels used throughout the night.
Speaking on the thumb tacks, Havoc, Allin and Janela put on what I thought was the match of the night until The Lucha Bros and Young Bucks somehow managed to top them.
Havoc had his mouth taped shut after having tacks put in his mouth by Allin and Janela, and this was after he was taped to a chair at ringside.
Allin continued to build on his daredevil reputation by trying to use one of the wooden barrels, provided by sponsor Cracker Barrel, as a weapon when he tried to land himself and the barrel onto Havoc, who was laid out across the steel ring steps. He also showed innovation by using a skateboard with tacks attached to it to ride across the back of Janela as he lept on it from the top rope.
Havoc got the win eventually, putting Janela through another barrel with his Acid Rainmaker finisher, but in actuality all three won in the end because the crowd ate up every bit of it.
The match of the night definitely was the ladder match for the Triple AAA tag team titles between the Lucha Bros and Young Bucks.
I can't tell you how many tables they put each other through, or how many ladder spots or floor spots they put into the match. Needless to say it was a ton.
The hardest thing to do with these types of matches is to make sure the high spots, the ones that fans will remember for a long, long time, go off without a hitch, and that's what these four men did to perfection.
It was a classic that will no doubt be put into the mix when fans talk about the best ladder matches of all time.
The Lucha Bros got the win, but shortly after, AEW's newest signees, former IMPACT wrestling tag champs LAX, made their debut by beating up both teams.
Many might have also been upset by Jericho beating Page for the AEW title, but it was a smart move by the creative team in AEW.
Putting the belt on Jericho first gives it credibility, because that's what the last name of Jericho is in wrestling. It gives the title immediate prestige.
Not saying Page isn't deserving, because we'll be seeing him with that belt sooner or later, but giving the title on Jericho lets him build that title with his online persona and incredible mic skills as well.
It was the smartest of many smart things AEW did on a night when the company couldn't afford to fall flat.
I'm all in for AEW and I can't wait to see what they have in store for wrestling fans across the world.
Ray Beasock has been a lifelong wrestling fan. If you have any questions you’d like answered, email him at ray.beasock@ theledger.com. Follow Ray on Twitter also: @ITSBeasock