There was a massive anticipation for AEW ALL In at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Nobody knew how big this event was going to be when it was announced by Tony Khan before Forbidden Door 2. This event lived up to the hype and even more as most knew it would.
— Jim Biringer (@JimBiringer) August 27, 2023
Even though there was not a big-time match on the card compared to Forbidden Door 2, top to bottom the matches delivered and were insane. From Stadium Stampede to the Coffin Match to Zero Hour to the main event. Even with ALL Out next week, Tony Khan and AEW were able to move stories along to be able to have two PPVs back to back.
There were a lot of naysayers when AEW announced ALL IN at Wembley Stadium. This company will never sell more than 10,000 tickets. They will have to carpet off a ton of seats. All this little company or “secondary” company did was sell out Wembley Stadium. AEW ALL IN set new attendance records breaking WWE’s record for Summerslam 1992 and the actual Wrestlemania 3 record at the Pontiac Silverdome.
In fact, the final attendance was 81,035 setting a new attendance record for a professional wrestling event. Talk about a statement by All Elite Wrestling and Tony Khan. AEW ALL IN was truly the biggest event in wrestling history.
Zero Hour kicked the show off with Adam Cole and MJF (Better than You Bay Bay) capturing the ROH Tag Team Titles from Aussie Open. Fans were chanting for the Kangaroo Kick and the Double Clothesline. Who would have thought fans would be chanting for moves like that? Even though there were teases of betrayal, these new best friends and an unlikely pair won gold because the fans wanted it. This added even another layer to the AEW World Championship match.
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The card was perfectly paced as the action was non-stop. That is an ode to TNA (Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling). But AEW President and CEO Tony Khan wanted to deliver in his home country. And he really did. Every match was so good. That is the MO of AEW. There are some matches that you wonder why they are on the card. You could say that about the Acclaimed and Billy Gunn taking on the House of Black, but even that was good.
This card had everything for everybody. Even if you are not a fan of AEW, you have to admit this was a good show. Yes of course there were some camera issues, but that is to be expected with so much going on. For the hardcore fans there was Stadium Stampede and the Coffin Match. Great wrestling with CM Punk and Samoa Joe kicking off the main card along with FTR and the Young Bucks for the AEW World Tag Team Titles.
Speaking of Stadium Stampede that match was insane. Best Friends, Eddie Kingston, Orange Cassidy, Jon Moxley, Blackpool Combat Club along with Santana and Ortiz pulled out all the stops. Moxley is insane and as the crowd said he is a sick maniac. Moxley thrives in these types of matches. Throw Penta into the mix and it was just a brutal match. Even after everything they saw, the crowd wanted tables and they got it. Multiple table spots. Just an insane match.
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AEW knows how to deliver in the hardcore matches with three on the card with Stadium Stampede, the Coffin Match, and the trios tag team titles match. Of course, there was wrestling on the card as well with FTR and Young Bucks killing it as tag team wrestling is important to the card. More on that in another article. The trio match with the Golden Elite and Bullet Club gold was fun as well as the opening match of CM Punk taking on Samoa Joe.
There were tributes to Terry Funk and Windham Rotunda aka Bray Wyatt at this event. Fans were not disappointed. There was not a cooler on the card. Tony Khan had to slow down the pace some, but the crowd was electric all night long.
Hometown hero IWGP United Kingdom Champion Will Ospreay once again delivered on the big stage against Chris Jericho. Ospreay showed why he is the best wrestler in the world. The London crowd was behind Ospreay. He truly had a home-field advantage against Jericho. Ospreay was into it because he missed out on the first ALL-IN in 2018.
Then there was the main event of the night. After wrestling earlier in the night defeating Aussie Open for the ROH Tag Team titles, Adam Cole and MJF gave the fans exactly what they wanted. All eyes were on the highly anticipated main event and who would turn on the other even though they were tag team champions.
These two guys did not disappoint. The story Adam Cole and MJF told was excellent. MJF couldn’t pull himself to sink to his old depths early in the match until the referee got knocked out. Meanwhile, Cole was doing everything to win the title.
In the end, neither man could pull the trigger as MJF retained the title and the crowd went home happy as two friends embraced in the ring to close the show as it was announced AEW will be back in London again next year for ALL IN.
It was truly a feel-good event for the fans. From start to finish the AEW faithful in London did not leave disappointed.
AEW pulled off an incredible event that nobody thought they could.
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