The road to All In, Cody Rhodes and the Young Buck's grassroots effort to sell out a 10,000-seat arena with an independent wrestling show, is officially underway with tickets on sale and one hell of an interesting press conference.
Before Cody and the Bucks took the stage, Jennifer Decker led things off through a series of "CM Punk" and "F*** Vince" chants from the aggressive crowd. A seemingly perfect fit for this beautifully, insane press conference consisting of Burnard, a "reporter" with the Flat Earth Times and more.
For those living under a rock, All In is set for Sept. 1 in Chicago at the Sears Centre Arena. Tickets for sale at AllInChicago2018.com.
"All In isn't about a bet. All In is about a feeling, a feeling that I have in common with Matt and Nick Jackson -- the Young Bucks. A feeling that we can go beyond … and break the status quo," Cody Rhodes, the next "State Senator of Texas," said during the news conference.
He also thanked Ring of Honor Wrestling, for letting himself and the Bucks break their contracts and allow other performers to work the show. ROH is said to fully believe and support the trio's dream.
An additional entity announced as being All In, is the National Wrestling Alliance as confirmed by Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkin's lead man and owner of the NWA.
The historic NWA Championship, 10-pounds of gold will be defended at the event, with Cody Rhodes challenging for the belt that his father Dusty "The American Dream" Rhodes won on multiple occasions.
So, there you have it, Cody Rhodes will compete for the NWA Championship which is currently held by Nick Aldis.
The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson, came out for the "main event" portion of the news conference as Flip laid next to the half-broken table near the podium. It appears the All In tables are on loan from NJPW.
"We made these tickets affordable because there's only one number we care about -- 10,000," Matt Jackson said during the presser.
"Sept. 1 we will put 10,000 fans in the Sears Centre because of each and every one of you," Nick Jackson said. He then live-tweeted that Rey Mysterio was set to wrestle at All In.
Those booked to appear at All In on Sept 1, include an insanely impressive list of Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, "Arrow's" Stephen Amell, Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Marty Scurll, Tessa Blanchard, Hangman Page, the Bullet Club, Jushin Liger, and so many more. Make sure to follow @Starrcast18 and @ALL_IN_2018 for updates.
While no other matches have been announced besides Cody's quest for the NWA gold, fantasy bookers are foaming at the mouth at the possibilities. Omega and Okada are on this card together, might we see yet another classic from these two? Speculation will fuel the grassroots push of this show, and weekend, and the Bucks and Cody clearly know what they are doing in that regard.
The hypetrain is rolling, and I have full confidence that these three will keep it on rolling through the summer.
Flip Gordon has not been booked for the show yet, but hilariously snuck into the press conference as a reporter with the "Flat Earth Press." He superkicked Marty, and then took a Hangman Spinebuster through a table. This was awesome, and I think we can start fantasy booking Flip's All In involvement.
On top of All In, there will be a four-day convention for All In called Starrcast '18 which will include meet and greets, live podcasts, pictures, autographs, SO MANY SPECIAL guests, The Roast of Bruce Prichard, and more between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2. Tickets for Starrcast go on sale on May 14.
"In an industry where status can be defined by championship constructs and card placement status, it's easy to continue to strive for those things…to continue to be the type of wrestler that can exist within the modern era of pro-wrestling," an ALL IN news release reads.
"It's hard, however, to think of doing more, to think of bucking the status quo, and combating the monotony. It's not our courage alone, but the courage of every fan worldwide that has put us in this position."