For months, Flip Gordon, one of Ring of Honor‘s fastest rising stars and so-called associate of the Bullet Club, has tried everything in his power to get booked at All In. He’s asked (many, many times), created a hashtag (#BookFlip) and accompanying merch, and even showed up at the All In press conference, disguised as a reporter from a Flat Earth publication. His efforts resulted in him going through a table.
No matter what Gordon did, he still couldn’t get that elusive third vote because as Cody put it bluntly on an episode of Being the Elite, “my character hates your f***in’ guts.”
But, that doesn’t mean that Cody is completely heartless. While he won’t give Flip Gordon a free pass to be a part of the now sold out All In, Cody has offered the 26-year-old, former member of the U.S. National Guard, an opportunity to earn his way onto the show, with a concept known as “Cody’s Golden Tickets.”
Flip has yet to get the full 3 votes needed to secure an ALL IN spot. BUT he will receive yet another chance! June 8th in Rahway, NJ at @WrestlePro courtesy of "CODY'S GOLDEN TICKETS" idea! https://t.co/joLoehtDwO
Guidelines below. Lottery drawing in the coming weeks LIVE! -CR pic.twitter.com/Us3GIDDFxX
— ALL OUT (@AEW_LIVE) April 29, 2018
Alongside a partner of his choosing, Cody’s Golden Tickets would allow Flip Gordon one final opportunity to get booked for the indy mega show. If Gordon and his partner win, they’ll be All In. If they lose, the team of MJF and Madison Rayne, who were chosen in the random lottery drawing, will take those two spots instead. According to Cody, there is only one stipulation for who Gordon chooses as a partner: it has to be a female wrestler.
Of course, given Flip Gordon’s kayfabe crush on Cody’s wife, Brandi Rhodes, it would have seemed likely that she would have been his choice, if only to carry through some ongoing BTE angles. But Rhodes recently underwent surgery for an injured collarbone and will not be able to wrestle by June. Plus, she is already All In so this way, another female talent will get a chance to earn their spot. Fans have already thrown around some names including Tenille, Kelly Klein, Ivelisse, Allie and even AJ Lee (which if that happens will only fuel the “CM Punk is All In” rumors). Some wrestlers, like Rebel, have even offered their partnership services.
Check ur feed ding dong! I’ve offered my services, ur welcome ???
— REBEL/ Tanea (@RebelTanea) May 10, 2018
A little about Gordon’s opponents:
MJF also known as Maxwell Jacob Feinstein is just 22 years old and has only been wrestling since 2015. In three short years, MJF, who has spent time with Create A Pro Wrestling Academy, Five Borough Wrestling and Major League Wrestling, is perhaps best known for his time in Combat Zone Wrestling, where is a two-time CZW Wired Champion and current CZW World Heavyweight Champion, in his first reign. MJF has also won titles with Alpha-1 Wrestling, Dramatic Dream Team, Maryland Championship Wrestling and Rockstar Pro Wrestling.
— Kayden (@KVR216) May 15, 2018
The man who is “Better Than You” will team up with 32-year-old Madison Rayne, who is best known for her time in Impact Wrestling, where she is a five-time TNA Knockouts Champion and two-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion (once with Lacey Von Erich and Velvet Sky as the Beautiful People, and once with Gail Kim). Rayne began wrestling in 2005. She joined SHIMMER two years later and spent time with that promotion from 2007-09 and again in 2011. In addition to her TNA/Impact accolades, Rayne is also a two-time Ohio Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion and a one-time SHIMMER Tag Team Champion, which she won alongside Nevaeh. In 2010, Rayne was named the Female Wrestler of the Year by Pro Wrestling Report and from 2009 to 2016, was ranked in the top-30 of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s PWI Top 50 Females.
Not that it really matters, because @The_MJF and I are going to be #ALLIN after June 8… but who do you guys want to see on the losing team with @TheFlipGordon?? Sound off ?? pic.twitter.com/jdN8hCR4rm
— Madison Rayne (@MadisonRayne) May 10, 2018