Laying All Your Cards On The Table: Why The All In Pay Per View Can Make Or Break The Independent Wrestling Scene

On September 1, 2018, the All In event will be held in Chicago Sears Centre Arena. What IS the All In event? Well, it’s only the biggest independent wrestling promotion to ever be held on American soil, with some already saying that it will rival WrestleMania. But like the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. The event has the potential to either shoot the indy scene into the mainstream or bury it.

The hype for the event is huge. Big enough that people whose wrestling knowledge is usually WWE-centric are hearing about, and getting excited for the event. This can be attributed to the fact that the event is being run by the Bullet Club, an incredibly popular stable from Japan whose former members include Finn Balor and AJ Styles, both wrestlers with a very large following in the WWE.

Another factor is that the current leader of the Bullet Club is Cody Rhodes, son of WWE Legend Dusty Rhodes and longtime wrestler for the WWE. Despite his talent at both wrestling and promotions, he was never given the chance he deserved in the WWE and eventually left for Japan.  Now head of the Bullet Club, he appears to be an unstoppable force, elevating the indy scenes to new heights.

Why It’s Great

All In can put the indy scene over with the mainstream crowd as it’s an indy promotion the size of which hasn’t been seen before. While non-WWE brands like TNA have tried to build up to the same heights as the WWE, none have succeeded. All In seems to have found the answer to this.

Rather than simply taking members from the talent pool of New Japan Pro (the brand Bullet Club is part of), All In is drawing talent from practically every wrestling promotion that doesn’t prevent its talent from wrestling outside the brand. This means that there’s something for everyone. The rumors are that former WWE talent such as Rey Mysterio will be there. There’s even talk that Daniel Bryan will hold of re-signing until after the event.

Why It Can Be Bad

If the focus of All In moves away from showcasing the amazing amount of talent on the independent circuit, and ends up trying to show up the WWE and it’s PG fights and safer events, things could get bad as the performers may end up injuring themselves in an attempt to show how far behind the WWE is in terms of stunts and hardcore action. This would just reinforce the WWE’s decision to usher in PG entertainment.

Also, if the event fails to impress (as unlikely as that is), it can end up being a major blow to the independent circuit, as WWE loyalists will feel that the indy circuit doesn’t live up to expectations set by its fans. All In flopping will effectively kill any chance of it, or any similar event, ever happening again.

Are you planning to see All In this year? Do you think it’s a good idea, or is it an over-ambitious promo that’s a disaster waiting to happen? Please let us know! We’d love to hear your opinions on the topic!