All Out is set to take place at the NOW Arena in Chicago. The promotion has (so far) booked 14 matches for the pay-per-view event. Three of the 14 matches will take place on the pre-show, or the Zero Hour as it is advertised by AEW.
This isn’t the first time AEW has used the term ‘Zero Hour’ to describe their pre-show. The promotion has usually referred to the kick-off show as Buy-In and, according to Tony Khan, intends to do the same for future AEW pay-per-views.
For Tony Khan, Zero Hour is more than just a fancy term for the kick-off show and, as the AEW head honcho explained during his All Out Media Call on Thursday, has its origins in Ring of Honor and All Out. That being said, TK likes the name, so it’s likely going to stay.
“The original pay-per-view that The Young Bucks and Cody and a lot of great independent wrestlers put together at All In before I was involved when they worked at Ring of Honor was led to the pay-per-view with the Zero Hour.
“I thought the Zero Hour is really cool and I actually brought it back when I took over Ring of Honor because it was associated with Ring of Honor and All In. It’s a cool piece of IP we acquired.
“In coming back to this building knowing the history of All Out, the history of All in, it just felt really cool – and especially we’ve had great matches on the Buy-In in the past but this feels stronger.
“With where the roster’s at, the kind of matches we can do in this hour, or I wanted to present something new, something fresh. And being back in this building, I wanted to get the energy of the zero hour back.
“I think the Buy-In is great for Double or Nothing and I might keep the Buy-In for Double or Nothing as a pre-show. In this case, I don’t even see Zero Hour as a pre-show. It’s its own event.”
Khan added that he intends to add another match to Zero Hour. Eddie Kingston versus Tomohiro Ishii, Pac versus Kip Sabian for the All-Atlantic Championship and Hook versus Angelo Parker for the FTW title are the three matches announced (so far) for All Out: Zero Hour.
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