It feels almost surreal that after months of talent announcements, a press conference, promotional content on Ring of Honor programming and Being the Elite, and lots of social media hype, Cody and The Young Bucks‘ All In, advertised as “the biggest independent wrestling show ever,” is less than a month away. Tickets to the Sears Center event sold out in under an hour, and the All In team promised a way for fans to watch the show without needing to be in the arena. Today, they announced the live TV and streaming options for the show via Twitter.
All In will be available to watch on WGN America as a PPV, with a WGN-exclusive pre-show called “Zero Hour,” and will be available to stream via Fite TV and ROH’s Honor Club. (Fite is also the streaming partner of the Starrcast convention.)
If you were one of the people wondering, “How exactly will the biggest indie wrestling show ever benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest TV station operator in the United States, which made headlines earlier this year by making news anchors all of the country read identical speeches about fake news, and is currently making headlines because the FCC is investigating their attempt to purchase Tribune Media?”, this announcement may answer your question. Ring of Honor, with whom most of the All In headliners are contracted, is a subsidiary of Sinclair. Last month Sinclair announced that they planned to buy WGN TV to get the FCC to let them buy Tribune. So All In airing live on WGN could show that, like Eric Bischoff was excited about last year before the FCC put the brakes on the Tribune sale, ROH is closer to greatly expanding their television presence.
All In has also, at this point, announced seven matches, two for the pre-show and five for the main card.
- Zero Hour: The Briscoes vs. SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorio Sky)
- Zero Hour: The Over Budget Battle Royale, a fifteen-wrestler battle royal which will include Rocky Romero, Jordynne Grace, Moose, Ethan Page, and Colt Cabana.
- Christopher Daniels vs. Stephen Amell
- Hangman Page vs. Joey Janela (with Penelope Ford)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Marty Scurll
- Rey Mysterio, Bandido, and Fenix vs. Kota Ibushi and The Young Bucks
- NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Nick Aldis (c) vs. Cody (with Brandi Rhodes)
Matches are yet to be announced for talent including Kenny Omega, Pentagon Jr., and Tessa Blanchard. Best Friends Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta were also recently added to the card in a yet-to-be-announced capacity.