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News And Notes After Cody’s Emotional NWA Title Win, Chris Jericho Appears

Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks self-financed the wildly successful All In card.Credit: WWE.com

</div> </div> <p>The heavily anticipated, history-making All In pay-per-view&nbsp;will boast a crowd of over 10,000, <a href="https://members.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-newsletter/september-3-2018-wrestling-observer-newsletter-all-preview-more-97371" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://members.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-newsletter/september-3-2018-wrestling-observer-newsletter-all-preview-more-97371">with 10,541 tickets sold to be exact</a>, as the first-ever independent wrestling event to draw over 10,000 fans in America is expected to have a gate of over $450,000.</p> <p>All In should deliver a strong wrestling card as the industry enters a new frontier where independent outfits like ROH and standalone groups like Cody and the Young Bucks—who the self-financed the All In Event to enviable results—can flourish amid WWE’s monopoly.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>SCU def. The Briscoe Brothers&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>SCU stayed fully committed to their very entertaining&nbsp;<em>Rocky&nbsp;</em>parodies with ring gear dedicated to Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa.</p> <p>The Briscoe Brothers aren’t doing enough to use their gimmick exploit the current political climate with Donald Trump in office.</p> <p><strong>Flip Gordon Wins Over Budget Battle Royale&nbsp;</strong></p>

All In Over Budget Battle Royale: 
Wrestler Eliminated By
Chuckie T and Baretta Punishment Martinez
Cheeseburger Brian Cage
Hurricane Ethan Page
Ethan Page Colt Cabana
Rocky Romero Brian Cage
Jimmy Jacobs Billy Gunn
Punishment Martinez Austin Gunn
Austin Gunn Bully Ray
Billy Gunn Brian Cage
Marko Stunt Bully Ray
Brian Cage Jordynne Grace
Jordynne Grace Bully Ray
Colt Cabana Bully Ray
Bully Ray Flip Gordon

<p>Billy Gunn, and Austin Gunn, got all their heel heat by reminding fans that Billy Gunn used to be in WWE.</p> <p>This was one of the quickest, most exciting Battle Royals in recent memory.</p> <p>From far aways Flip Gordon kind of looks like CM Punk, so I was delighted at first, but even more delighted when I realized it was Flip.</p> <p>The booking of combining Flip Gordon’s rivalry with Bully Ray and Gordon’s months-long quest to be All In is the type of storytelling that made people fall in love with <em>Game of Thrones.</em></p> <p><strong>Matt Cross def. MJF</strong></p> <p>Matt Cross was best known as the&nbsp;<em>Tough Enough&nbsp;</em>contestant who received a tongue-lashing from Steve Austin <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWCnM40sleU" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWCnM40sleU">before being eliminated</a>. Fellow All in participant Colt Cabana <a href="https://www.pwpodcasts.com/2017/07/08/written-podcast-recap-colt-cabanas-art-wrestling-w-matt-cross-regrets-tough-enough-wrestling-qatar-lucha-underground-helped-career-358/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.pwpodcasts.com/2017/07/08/written-podcast-recap-colt-cabanas-art-wrestling-w-matt-cross-regrets-tough-enough-wrestling-qatar-lucha-underground-helped-career-358/">did not take kindly to this</a>.</p> <p>MJF feels like he could be a great pro wrestling heel if he dropped his impression of a 90’s pro wrestling heel.</p> <p><strong>Christopher Daniels def. Stephen Amell</strong></p>

<p>John Mayer was sitting front row for All In. He was going to compete at the event, but his body tested positive for being a wonderland.</p> <p>Stephen Amell looked like he belonged for the most part until he started selling.</p> <p>If Jonathan Coachman was watching this match, he’d ask why Christopher Daniels is shouting out&nbsp;spots to Stephen Amell during the match.</p> <p>It was hard to discern whether fans were chanting &quot;Daniels&quot; or &quot;Arrow.&quot;</p> <p>If this match could be summed up in six words, they’d be &quot;he didn’t get all of it.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Tessa Blanchard def. Chelsea Green, Madison Rayne, Tessa Blanchard and Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The story of this match was driven by Chelsea Green’s conflicting personalities.</p> <p>None of Chelsea Green’s personalities had great chemistry with the other women in this match.</p> <p>I can’t wait until we get to a point in women’s wrestling where women don’t&nbsp;feel the need to pay homage to their male counterparts the way Chelsea Green (Zack Ryder) and Britt Baker (Adam Cole) did.</p> <p>Tenille Dashwood on this match: &quot;I feel like it’s going to come down to whoever can get the pin.&quot;</p> <p>These women worked very hard but there were one too many sloppy/blown spots in this one, including the finish.</p> <p><strong>Cody def. Nick Aldis for the NWA Championship&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p>Cody wisely slotted his match in the middle of the show because following the Young Bucks six-man tag team match and Kenny Omega-Pentagon&nbsp;is a nearly impossible task.</p> <p>Cody’s entourage featured two legends <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/alfredkonuwa/2018/08/30/neville-and-5-former-wwe-superstars-who-could-surprise-at-all-in-ppv/" target="_self" data-ga-track="InternalLink:https://www.forbes.com/sites/alfredkonuwa/2018/08/30/neville-and-5-former-wwe-superstars-who-could-surprise-at-all-in-ppv/">who I predicted would be on this show</a>.</p> <p>Nick Aldis is the Chris Kirkpatrick of All In.</p> <p>Road Warrior Animal is in attendance at All In. I’m guessing Cody’s entourage is designed to protect him from being <a href="https://www.wwe.com/videos/the-road-warriors-blind-dusty-rhodes-nwa-worldwide-dec-3-1988" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://www.wwe.com/videos/the-road-warriors-blind-dusty-rhodes-nwa-worldwide-dec-3-1988">blinded by a spike to the eye</a>.</p> <p>The presence of DDP during this match inspired possibly the first &quot;yoga&quot; chant in pro wrestling history. Jinder Mahal has a long way to go if he wants to&nbsp;inspire the next.</p> <p>Brandi Rhodes stepped in the line of fire to take a Nick Aldis elbow, thus saving Cody, which is like the pro wrestling version of renewing your vows.</p> <p><strong>Adam Page def. Joey Janela&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p>Adam Page was walking barefoot for the past month or so per storyline since his boots were talking to him. But why couldn’t he just switch to wearing his wrestling boots?</p> <p>Cracker Barrell got the most out of its sponsorship when this match incorporated a literal Cracker Barrell. I’m just glad this match wasn’t sponsored by Benihana.</p> <p>As evidenced by Penelope Ford and Kevin Owens this week, nothing (still) brings a crowd to its feet like a Stone Cold Stunner.</p> <p>Add &quot;boots&quot; and &quot;safety first&quot; to &quot;yoga&quot; in the gallery of fantastically weird wrestling chants at All In.</p> <p>The thing about being a non-PG company on pay-per-view is you can confess to murder <em>and</em> superkick women as evidenced by Adam Page.</p> <p>None of the grown men dressed as phallic symbols could keep a straight face during Joey Ryan’s return.</p> <p><strong>Jay Lethal def.&nbsp;Flip Gordon&nbsp;to retain the ROH Championship&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p><span>Of all the nerdtastic, hipster-friendly anti-WWE moments that have happened to this point, the biggest pop&nbsp;went to Jay Lethal’s Macho Man Randy Savage tribute.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Jay Lethal treating Brandi Rhodes like Elizabeth was one of the funniest moments I’ve seen in pro wrestling in years.</p> <p>Flip Gordon’s&nbsp;long-term storyline should have made him one of the biggest babyfaces in the building, and it pretty much did—until Black Machismo showed up.</p> <p><span>I got nervous the entire time Flip Gordon impersonated Hulk Hogan&nbsp;while Black Machismo was in the ring.</span></p> <p><strong>Kenny Omega def. Pentagon El Zero M (Pentagon Jr.)&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p>Considering the difference in styles and a first-time matchup, these two&nbsp;gelled fantastically.</p> <p>This was one of the most insane matches I’ve ever seen without weapons.</p> <p>Chris Jericho pulled up and took part in the greatest commercial for his wrestling cruise&nbsp;anyone could hope for.</p> <p><strong>Kazuchika Okada def. Marty Scurll&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>After Marty Scurll broke the fingers of Arthur and&nbsp;his sidekick, I’m hoping to see them come back with their same finger-pointing bit, but this time wearing casts.</p> <p>This was an unlikely come-down match that took fans to get going but these two masters did just that and more toward the final sequences.</p> <p><strong>The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi def. Rey Mysterio, Bandido and Rey Fenix&nbsp;</strong></p>

The Young Bucks headlined their self-financed All In event.Credit: Young Bucks Twitter Account

</div> </div> <p>Rey Mysterio looked like the only Wolverine action figure with a <a href="https://members.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-newsletter/september-25-2017-wrestling-observer-newsletter-deaths-bobby-heenan" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://members.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-newsletter/september-25-2017-wrestling-observer-newsletter-deaths-bobby-heenan">$10,000-per-match asking price</a>.</p> <p>Awesome Moves I’ve never seen before in this match:</p> <ul> <li>Triple Hurricanrana by Bandido</li> <li>Running the tightrope into a punt by Rey Fenix</li> <li>619 into an attempted Indy Taker by the Young Bucks and Rey Mysterio</li> <li>Top rope Moonsault-Powerslam by Bandido</li> </ul> <p>Long story short, this was an unbelievable main event, even if it did get cut for time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>”>

Cody captured his first NWA Championship almost 39 years to the day of his father Dusty Rhodes’ first NWA Championship victory in August of 1979 as All In delivered a wildly entertaining card.

Chris Jericho also made his return, attacking Kenny Omega while dressed as Pentagon Jr. as their feud looks to resume in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks self-financed the wildly successful All In card.Credit: WWE.com

The heavily anticipated, history-making All In pay-per-view will boast a crowd of over 10,000, with 10,541 tickets sold to be exact, as the first-ever independent wrestling event to draw over 10,000 fans in America is expected to have a gate of over $450,000.

All In should deliver a strong wrestling card as the industry enters a new frontier where independent outfits like ROH and standalone groups like Cody and the Young Bucks—who the self-financed the All In Event to enviable results—can flourish amid WWE’s monopoly.

SCU def. The Briscoe Brothers 

SCU stayed fully committed to their very entertaining Rocky parodies with ring gear dedicated to Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa.

The Briscoe Brothers aren’t doing enough to use their gimmick exploit the current political climate with Donald Trump in office.

Flip Gordon Wins Over Budget Battle Royale 

All In Over Budget Battle Royale: 
Wrestler Eliminated By
Chuckie T and Baretta Punishment Martinez
Cheeseburger Brian Cage
Hurricane Ethan Page
Ethan Page Colt Cabana
Rocky Romero Brian Cage
Jimmy Jacobs Billy Gunn
Punishment Martinez Austin Gunn
Austin Gunn Bully Ray
Billy Gunn Brian Cage
Marko Stunt Bully Ray
Brian Cage Jordynne Grace
Jordynne Grace Bully Ray
Colt Cabana Bully Ray
Bully Ray Flip Gordon

Billy Gunn, and Austin Gunn, got all their heel heat by reminding fans that Billy Gunn used to be in WWE.

This was one of the quickest, most exciting Battle Royals in recent memory.

From far aways Flip Gordon kind of looks like CM Punk, so I was delighted at first, but even more delighted when I realized it was Flip.

The booking of combining Flip Gordon’s rivalry with Bully Ray and Gordon’s months-long quest to be All In is the type of storytelling that made people fall in love with Game of Thrones.

Matt Cross def. MJF

Matt Cross was best known as the Tough Enough contestant who received a tongue-lashing from Steve Austin before being eliminated. Fellow All in participant Colt Cabana did not take kindly to this.

MJF feels like he could be a great pro wrestling heel if he dropped his impression of a 90’s pro wrestling heel.

Christopher Daniels def. Stephen Amell

John Mayer was sitting front row for All In. He was going to compete at the event, but his body tested positive for being a wonderland.

Stephen Amell looked like he belonged for the most part until he started selling.

If Jonathan Coachman was watching this match, he’d ask why Christopher Daniels is shouting out spots to Stephen Amell during the match.

It was hard to discern whether fans were chanting “Daniels” or “Arrow.”

If this match could be summed up in six words, they’d be “he didn’t get all of it.”

Tessa Blanchard def. Chelsea Green, Madison Rayne, Tessa Blanchard and Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. 

The story of this match was driven by Chelsea Green’s conflicting personalities.

None of Chelsea Green’s personalities had great chemistry with the other women in this match.

I can’t wait until we get to a point in women’s wrestling where women don’t feel the need to pay homage to their male counterparts the way Chelsea Green (Zack Ryder) and Britt Baker (Adam Cole) did.

Tenille Dashwood on this match: “I feel like it’s going to come down to whoever can get the pin.”

These women worked very hard but there were one too many sloppy/blown spots in this one, including the finish.

Cody def. Nick Aldis for the NWA Championship 

Cody wisely slotted his match in the middle of the show because following the Young Bucks six-man tag team match and Kenny Omega-Pentagon is a nearly impossible task.

Cody’s entourage featured two legends who I predicted would be on this show.

Nick Aldis is the Chris Kirkpatrick of All In.

Road Warrior Animal is in attendance at All In. I’m guessing Cody’s entourage is designed to protect him from being blinded by a spike to the eye.

The presence of DDP during this match inspired possibly the first “yoga” chant in pro wrestling history. Jinder Mahal has a long way to go if he wants to inspire the next.

Brandi Rhodes stepped in the line of fire to take a Nick Aldis elbow, thus saving Cody, which is like the pro wrestling version of renewing your vows.

Adam Page def. Joey Janela 

Adam Page was walking barefoot for the past month or so per storyline since his boots were talking to him. But why couldn’t he just switch to wearing his wrestling boots?

Cracker Barrell got the most out of its sponsorship when this match incorporated a literal Cracker Barrell. I’m just glad this match wasn’t sponsored by Benihana.

As evidenced by Penelope Ford and Kevin Owens this week, nothing (still) brings a crowd to its feet like a Stone Cold Stunner.

Add “boots” and “safety first” to “yoga” in the gallery of fantastically weird wrestling chants at All In.

The thing about being a non-PG company on pay-per-view is you can confess to murder and superkick women as evidenced by Adam Page.

None of the grown men dressed as phallic symbols could keep a straight face during Joey Ryan’s return.

Jay Lethal def. Flip Gordon to retain the ROH Championship 

Of all the nerdtastic, hipster-friendly anti-WWE moments that have happened to this point, the biggest pop went to Jay Lethal’s Macho Man Randy Savage tribute. 

Jay Lethal treating Brandi Rhodes like Elizabeth was one of the funniest moments I’ve seen in pro wrestling in years.

Flip Gordon’s long-term storyline should have made him one of the biggest babyfaces in the building, and it pretty much did—until Black Machismo showed up.

I got nervous the entire time Flip Gordon impersonated Hulk Hogan while Black Machismo was in the ring.

Kenny Omega def. Pentagon El Zero M (Pentagon Jr.) 

Considering the difference in styles and a first-time matchup, these two gelled fantastically.

This was one of the most insane matches I’ve ever seen without weapons.

Chris Jericho pulled up and took part in the greatest commercial for his wrestling cruise anyone could hope for.

Kazuchika Okada def. Marty Scurll 

After Marty Scurll broke the fingers of Arthur and his sidekick, I’m hoping to see them come back with their same finger-pointing bit, but this time wearing casts.

This was an unlikely come-down match that took fans to get going but these two masters did just that and more toward the final sequences.

The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi def. Rey Mysterio, Bandido and Rey Fenix 

The Young Bucks headlined their self-financed All In event.Credit: Young Bucks Twitter Account

Rey Mysterio looked like the only Wolverine action figure with a $10,000-per-match asking price.

Awesome Moves I’ve never seen before in this match:

  • Triple Hurricanrana by Bandido
  • Running the tightrope into a punt by Rey Fenix
  • 619 into an attempted Indy Taker by the Young Bucks and Rey Mysterio
  • Top rope Moonsault-Powerslam by Bandido

Long story short, this was an unbelievable main event, even if it did get cut for time.

 


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