The biggest event in pro wrestling history well at least in All Elite Wrestling history, All-In at Wembley Stadium is right around the corner.
AEW has sold over 80,000 tickets with minimal matches announced as the company continues to make history. AEW All In from Wembley Stadium surpassed the historic attendance records of both WrestleMania III and SummerSlam 1992. This is yet another major milestone for this event and company.
The last time a wrestling event was held at Wembley was Summerslam in 1992. Though it was built with over 80,000 people in attendance, the actual attendance was 79,127. Think about what AEW has done in such a short amount of time. At one point AEW All In had over 75,000 tickets sold with no matches announced. That is pretty amazing.
And speaking of the matches on All In, there have been only a couple of matches announced headlined by MJF vs Adam Cole for the AEW World Championship. Plus MJF and Adam Cole will look to go after the ROH World Tag Team Titles on the Zero Hour against Aussie Open.
Also on the AEW All-In Card is FTR vs Young Bucks III for the AEW World Tag Team Titles. These two teams have been linked side by side for many years. Not only will titles be on the line along with the title of the best tag team in the world.
In addition, the AEW Women’s World Title will be on the line in a four-way match that will see Hikaru Shida defend her title against Toni Storm, Saraya, and Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. Also, Sting and Darby Allin take on Swerve Strickland and AR Fox in a Coffin match.
There will be other matches added to a card that should have more star power.
When AEW first announced All-In at Wembley, fans were excited and expected this All-In to be like the first All-In back in 2018. That event was set up by the Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and others. It was cross promotional indy event in Chicago. This along with Wrestle Kingdom between Chris Jericho and Omega led to the rise of AEW.
However, this card is not that exciting for what it was supposed to be. After coming off Forbidden Door 2 where Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega tore the house down, this card just feels like a normal PPV card. It also does not help that AEW All Out is the following week. That show is also on PPV. Which is a mistake. More on that another time.
It is hard to build for two shows back to back. Granted it is hard enough to build for one show. The way AEW has booked this show, they are planning to carry over matches to All Out. With all the talent out there, All-In should feel like Forbidden Door. There should be star power and at least one or two more big matches.
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We got one of those big matches announced on the latest edition of AEW Dynamite. Will Ospreay, a wrestler fans wanted to see, made his return to help out Don Callis against Chris Jericho. Their altercation set up one of the dream matches fans wanted as Ospreay will wrestle in his home country against Jericho.
It was also announced that Stadium Stampede will return to Wembley Stadium involving the Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Death Triangle and Best Friends. While it is a cool visual and the names are big, the card is still missing another big match.
This is where having an injury to Bryan Danielson hurts. Imagine if Kazuchika Okada was on this card. Or another wrestler crossing the Forbidden Door. Maybe we will get that answer soon. But it just feels lacklustre.
While Ospreay is on the card against Jericho, fans wanted to see Ospreay versus Omega for the now IWGP United Kingdom Championship, which is really the IWGP United States Championship. That match was a classic at Forbidden Door 2. Unfortunately, those guys took the crowd right out of it. Those in attendance, including yours truly, were drained for the main event. Though it would be great to see it is unfair to guys like MJF and Adam Cole to follow that.
Now looking back on SummerSlam 1992 card, it was not the best card in the world. However, most of the matches were able to deliver for WWE. And these matches will deliver for AEW. They always do, but the expectations of this card may have been set too high.
We are still waiting on CM Punk versus Samoa Joe to be confirmed for the “Real” World Championship. Not to mention the plans for Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho. But it sounds like trios match for the Golden Elite (Omega, Hangman Adam Page, and Kota Ibushi) as they take on Bullet Club Gold Jay White and Juice Robinson with Konosuke Takeshita.
But this card is still missing something. Just one more big match would put this card over the top and make it even more special and historic.
Again it is hard to put together a wrestling card but imagine how bigger this event would be if AEW teamed with New Japan or even Impact to make this happen and feel like the first All-In.
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