AEW broke a lot of barriers in pro wrestling, and although Tony Khan was not associated with the All In event, that show certainly went on to inspire the All Elite Wrestling company we know today. It all had to start somewhere.

All In was a groundbreaking professional wrestling event held on September 1st, 2018, at the Sears Centre Arena in Illinois. Organized by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, it became the first independent wrestling show in the United States to sell out a 10,000-seat arena without the backing of a major promotion. Featuring a mix of independent wrestling stars and well-known talents, including Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, and Rey Mysterio, the event was a global celebration of wrestling and its dedicated community. Its success led to the formation of All Elite Wrestling, providing a significant alternative to WWE and leaving a lasting impact on the wrestling industry.

During his WWE documentary, Cody Rhodes revealed that his sister, Tiel, was actually the person who invented the All In name. That name perfectly described what they were doing with the event.

My sister, Tiel, was the one who came up with the name All In. That is what we were doing. We were going All In. We were self-financing. All of our cards, chips, were on the table.


All In was a historic event, and it all stemmed from a $10 bet from Dave Meltzer that ROH couldn’t sell out a 10,000 seat arena show. They did sell out that show, but ROH wasn’t the primary force behind it, although they did assist in the production to a certain degree.

We will have to see what AEW does next, as Tony Khan continues to go All In himself, and they are bringing back that event name for their Wembley Stadium event. Cody Rhodes will be watching from afar, but he still keeps in contact with some of his former Elite brothers.

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