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    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    #PasokLahat: The Official Smark Henry Hitchhiker's Guide to All In

    If you're any sort of wrestling fan on the internet who's interested in anything beyond the WWE—or you're just a wrestling fan who spends time looking up wrestling online—then you may have already heard of All In.

    Many of us already know what the big independent wrestling event happening on Saturday, September 1 is, but we know that there's still a good number of you wondering what the hell this is all about and why we should support it. The quick answer is that it's a big indy event put together by Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks to see if a wrestling company that isn't WWE could draw 10,000 people, but more on that later.

    That's why we put together this quick guide to not only explain everything about the show, but also try and hype you up on it. Let's not waste any more time—let's begin!

    So what is All In?

    As mentioned earlier, All In happened as a result of an implicit challenge posed by Dave Meltzer on Twitter after a fan asked him if Ring of Honor could draw 10,000. (He said they couldn't any time soon.) Your American Nightmare Cody Rhodes took that bet and with the Young Bucks, put together a show with a bunch of their friends and associates—originally an ROH show, but eventually became his own—that sold out in almost 30 minutes.

    Where is All In going to be held, and when and how can we watch it here?

    Right, so important questions first. All In is going to be held at the Sears Centre in Chicago, so you can see how it sold out so fast. (Chicago is a smark city, for those uninformed.) It's the first non-WWE and non-WCW wrestling show to sell out 10,000 tickets since 1993.

    The show is this Saturday, September 1, which means that's going to be on Sunday morning—specifically 7 a.m.—Philippine time. 

    You can watch it live officially on FITE TV for $39.99 (that's around P2,100). If you sign up to FITE, you can get site credit that can help pay that price off; but for those who are unable to afford it, there's an account going around Wreddit that you can access for free, or there will probably be some illegal livestreams up on the day itself. (Don't ask us, though, because we'd like you to support the show as much as you can. More on that later.) The show will also be available on demand on NJPW World, for those with NJPW World accounts.

    There's also a pre-show called All In: Zero Hour that's going to be aired on WGN America for free. The fact that they landed a TV deal for this is pretty impressive.

    Okay, so what's the main event, and who's going to be on the show?

    We're glad you asked, because they've got quite a lot of stars for this. If you're on Twitter, you may have already seen the many "[WRESTLER] is ALL IN" images that've popped up during the lead-up to the event.

    The main event will be Cody Rhodes vs. Nick Aldis (fka Magnus on TNA) for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after NWA president Billy Corgan (yes, the vocalist for the Smashing Pumpkins) and the NWA board made and sanctioned the match.

    Other big matches include:
    • Current IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega vs. Lucha Underground Champion Pentagon Dark/Jr./El 0M
    • Former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. Marty Scurll
    • A huge six-man tag match involving Rey Mysterio, Fenix, the Young Bucks, and Kota Ibushi
    • Arrow's Stephen Amell vs. Christopher Daniels, which came about after the latter framed Amell for Joey Ryan's murder in a Japanese hotel
    • A ROH World Championship match between champ Jay Lethal and whoever wins the Over Budget Battle Royal earlier in the All In: Zero Hour pre-show

    That sounds fun, but I'm still not totally convinced. Who else is gonna be on the show?

    Well, a whole bunch of other personalities are going to be there, like:
    • Hangman Page
    • "The Machine" Brian Cage
    • Jimmy Jacobs
    • Joey Janela
    • Colt Cabana
    • Moose
    • Rocky Romero
    • Tessa Blanchard
    • The Briscoes
    • SoCal Uncensored
    • Billy Gunn
    • "All Ego" Ethan Page

    Still not 100% convinced. Any juicy rumors we should know about?

    Why yes! Of course there are juicy rumors surrounding the event.

    CM Punk is being heavily rumored to be on the show, specifically as part of the Over Budget Battle Royal. This theory seems to have come about solely because the show is in Chicago, Punk's hometown. We'd take this one with the entire salt shaker, because the MMA fighter's been on the record many times saying he's done with pro wrestling—and Cody's already mentioned that they offered Punk a spot, which he refused. Honestly, we don't know why they would lie about it; why wouldn't you promote the much-awaited return of one of wrestling's greatest heroes?

    Another name being thrown around for the show is former WWE Cruiserweight and NXT Champion Neville, who's no longer with the company. The only problem with this is that Neville's appearance for the show would greatly depend on when he was released from his contract. If it was anytime within the past three months, his 90-day no-compete clause would get in the way of any plans for All In.

    One more name rumored for All In is none other than vagabond Chris Jericho, who's literally everywhere. He's showed up in WWE, NJPW, and on his own cruise in the high seas. This one isn't as likely, but still possible enough to not rule out.

    Got it. So why should we support this show?

    By "support" we mean purchase and watch it legally as much as possible, because if you're tired of the WWE and their headlock on mainstream wrestling, then you should do your part in making healthy competition viable.

    All In's already going to be one hell of a success businesswise by the looks of it, but the more interest and revenue it draws in, the more an alternative—and already-existing alternatives—to WWE in the United States can be viable. This is pretty much the culmination of a fanbase's collective desire to have as many options in pro wrestling as possible, as well as the rest of the industry banding together to stand on their own. 

    So if you feel the same, this is the time to let your opinion be heard; the best way to do that is not just with your online voices, but also with your business.

    Thanks! I'll do my best to catch the show this Sunday.

    And we'll do the same! Stay tuned for our All In review going up sometime after the show. In the meantime, we'll catch you on Sunday morning for our usual live discussion on Facebook and Twitter. We're all in!

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