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Jay Lethal, Britt Baker and More Are All In

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What is slated to be the biggest independent pro wrestling show in history, “All In,” continues to have notable names added to the event.

In the last few days, several wrestlers have been announced for the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 1 at the Sears Centre in Chicago. Below are some of the wrestlers who were recently confirmed for the event.

  • Former Ring of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal
  • Monster Pro Wrestling Factory Girls Champion Britt Baker
  • Chelsea Green, former Impact Knockouts Champion who competed as Laurel Van Ness
  • Bad Boy Joey Janela and Penelope Ford.

These names join top talents from around the world who will perform at the event, such as IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, RPH titleholder Deonna Purrazzo, former Impact World Champion Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, Tessa Blanchard and Stephen Amell The show is being financed by the Bullet Club’s Cody and The Young Bucks, who will compete at the event. Fellow Bullet Club members Kenny Omega, Marty Scurll, Stephen Amell and Hangman Page will also be at All In.

For fans who love listening to podcasts, there will also be a wrestling podcast convention attached to the event.

There will be a press conference for All In on May 13 at 1 p.m. CT, livestreamed on Facebook and Twitch.

Flip Gordon is not booked for the event – something Green boasted of during her announcement. However, I don’t think the Bullet Club is going to keep Gordon away.  

In addition to the confirmed talent, there is speculation as to potential guests who could show up and surprise the talent and fans – specifically C.M. Punk. According to reports and interviews, Punk has a friendship with the Young Bucks and he still loves wrestling. The event is being held in Chicago, so maybe the Second City Saint could make a surprise appearance, even if it’s Bury the Drug Free Bear or a hot dog vendor.

“All In” is an event you should try to catch if you’re a fan of professional wrestling. Even if Punk doesn’t appear on the card, there is plenty of talent for fans to cheer and boo.

Although no matches have been announced at this time, there’s speculation that Cody and Omega will face each other in a rematch from their Supercard of Honor bout.

Matches aside, fans can expect a special, fun night if they attend the show. Anyone who has been to an independent pro wrestling event knows you get a different experience. Fans have the chance to not only watch good wrestling and buy merchandise, but they have a chance to meet the talent and share some kind words.

Hardcore wrestling fans won’t be the ones who will benefit from attending a show like “All In.” Casual fans who mainly watch WWE, Impact and NJPW have the opportunity to watch wrestling they haven’t been exposed to.

If fans enjoy themselves at “All In,” they might decide to take in more independent shows, even ones in their area, which is a good thing.

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Tetsuya Naito Posts Video Aimed at Chris Jericho

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With Chris Jericho set to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13, the trash talk has started.

Naito posted the following video, via New Japan Pro Wrestling’s official YouTube channel, where he mocks the future WWE Hall of Famer.

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WWE Reportedly Interested In KUSHIDA

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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is reportedly drawing interest from WWE, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

KUSHIDA, 35, has been the cornerstone of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s light heavyweight division and one of their most recognized stars, globally.

The report indicates that NXT is the destination if WWE were to lure KUSHIDA from New Japan.

With NXT globalizing, an NXT Japan seems like a natural progression for the brand and KUSHIDA could be in those potential plans moving forward.

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Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling

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The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.

Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.

“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”

Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”

“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”

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