Originally broken by Ryan Satin and Pro Wrestling Sheet earlier this evening, Bullet Club members Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) are in the works to self finance a 10,000 seat indie wrestling card in 2018, an event reportedly entitled All In. Shortly after Satin and the Sheet broke the news, Cody took to Twitter to confirm the report (followed by two words from Matt Jackson – and not the Cease and Desist ones):
We can't comment officially until we confirm the location, but we are far enough in the process to say it's happening. In 2018. And we are swinging for the damn fences…
dare to Dream https://t.co/Nobkezv7Mm
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) November 28, 2017
All In. https://t.co/dMwgiwjaIZ
— The Young Bucks (@MattJackson13) November 28, 2017
The impetus for the idea seems to have come from Wrestling Observer Newsletter‘s Dave Meltzer answering a fan question if he thought Ring of Honor could sell out a 10,000 seat venue for a show.
While most people forgot about this little social media exchange, or disregarded it as kayfabe banter from the masterful online heel Cody Rhodes, a tweet a few weeks ago seemed to indicate that neither Cody nor the Bucks had forgotten. According to Satin’s report, all three were on a scouting mission for a venue – reportedly down to Ontario, California (home of this fall’s Bullet Club Invasion of Monday Night Raw), Chicago, San Francisco, or London, England. With Ring of Honor holding all three’s domestic television rights, Ring of Honor would have to approve the event (and most likely sponsor it).
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) November 19, 2017
Since the WWE took over the worldwide leadership in sports entertainment, and as other promotions worked to create their own niches in the wrestling world, pro wrestling Supercards have become a rarity. Sure, tournaments such as PWG‘s Battle of Los Angeles, NJPW‘s Best of the Super Juniors, wXw‘s 16k Gold or CHIKARA‘s King of Trios are essentially indie supercards of some diverse stars, actual Supercards featuring cohesion from multiple promotions isn’t as common. Most of the past ones have been memorial cards, such as the Brian Pillman Memorial shows from 1998 to 2001, Ted Petty Invitational in IWA Mid South, or many of the inter-promotional events in Japan like 2000’s Rikidozan Memorial Show.
But if Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks are self financing the event, they would be able to book anyone they wanted, as long as they were legally available to work for them (so pretty much excluding any WWE involvement). So who does that mean? Apart from the Ring of Honor talent that could be involved, who else could show up?
NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
The obvious choice, considering the three men and Ring of Honor’s current relationship/alliance with NJPW, you can almost 100% guarantee there will be NJPW talent at the show. At the very least, their Elite team mate and IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega for one. Don’t rule out an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title match for the Bucks, although they could just as easily defend the Ring of Honor 6-Man titles alongside “Hangman” Adam Page. The sky’s the limit on the NJPW stars that could be a part of this event.
This may seem an odd choice, but it’s been reported the past few months that Anthem Entertainment, led by Impact Wrestling‘s Scott D’Amore, has been working on repairing past working relationships with promotions that may have soured on past ownership/management of TNA/Impact Wrestling, most notably NJPW and Ring of Honor. Early in TNA’s genesis, they worked alongside Ring of Honor, using such ROH stars as AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and CM Punk with fluid agreement. Around 2010, Impact also had a working relationship with NJPW, which saw such stars as Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi and even Shinsuke Nakamura appear on Impact Wrestling. Both soured during regime changes and the three haven’t worked together in years since. But if relationships continue to progress and the financier team of Rhodes, Jackson and Jackson decide to bring in some Impact talent, we may see Impact stars such as Ethan Carter III, Moose, or Rosemary compete at the event, not to mention non-Impact exclusive indie stars like John Morrison, Taya Valkyrie, Sami Callihan and OvE (Dave & Jake Crist) or Bullet Club pal Jimmy Jacobs.
OTHER INDIE SUPERSTARS
ROH also has a strong working alliance with PWG out of California, so it’s not out of the question that many stars who frequent PWG and other regional indies around North America, from Brian Cage to Penta El 0M to Matt Riddle to Jeff Cobb could find their way to this Supercard. If no titles are on the line for the Young Bucks, a Young Bucks vs. The World’s Cutest Tag Team (Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae) Part Two wouldn’t exactly be terrible. They could even assemble Champion vs. Champion non-title matches, like SHIMMER Champion Nicole Savoy vs. SHINE Champion LuFisto, or AAW Champion Rey Fenix vs. PWG World Champion Ricochet (if he hasn’t joined WWE yet). The sky is literally the limit with independent financiers footing the bill. And with the recent #TenPoundsofGold tour of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Tim Storm currently strolling through indie events from Championship Wrestling From Hollywood to House of Hardcore to CZW, an NWA title match isn’t exactly out of the cards either. And depending on the date of the event – and whether he’s made his return by then – could this be the potential site of Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega Part II (or another dream match, like Jericho vs. Dalton Castle)?
Regardless the outcome, this is a case of pro wrestlers beginning to take control of not only their own careers, but the quills to begin to narrate the manifesto of pro wrestling’s future. Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks putting their money where their mouths are and are three of the hungriest, most innovative talents and businessmen on the indie circuit. They’ve succeeded in every venture they’ve embarked on so far and made loads of money doing it, all in the name of love for pro wrestling and its fans.