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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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Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE

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Will Ospreay

New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar and current  IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay has confirmed that he has been contacted by WWE and revealed that it is something that he is considering.

Ospreay also mentioned some of the WWE names he would be interested in facing if he were to find himself in WWE.

“I’ve been approached by them, so I have a lot to think about” he said, according to Tokyo Sports. “I’ve mentioned Seth Rollins‘ name many times… Also, considering my history, it would be a dream to fight Ricochet again. I think that because I think we have become completely different wrestlers than when we fought in the past.”

Ospreay has competed for AEW, Progress Wrestling, Rev Pro, and Ring of Honor throughout his career, among others.

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Kazuchika Okada ‘Embarassed’ Jay White is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion

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Kazuchika Okada

Kazuchika Okada is none too pleased that Jay White is currently the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, and made those thoughts clear ahead of their IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match taking place at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4th, 2023.

Okada spoke about White’s status during an interview with Sports Illustrated:

“I find Jay White’s attitude embarrassing, to be honest. It’s a disgrace to have him representing New Japan Pro-Wrestling as our top champion, and that’s why I have to show just how great an Okada title match is at the Tokyo Dome—and to end that era of his.”

Okada also spoke about working with Tony Khan’s AEW promotion, who worked with NJPW for their crossover event ‘Forbidden Dorr’ back in June of this year.

“There are places where they win out over NJPW, and areas where New Japan is superior as well. I think both sides came away with something to learn and work on, and I’d love to have another event with those lessons learned.”

Okada expressed his desire that the next crossover event happens in Japan.

“Last time was in the U.S., so let’s have it in Japan next time.”

 

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Davey Boy Smith Jr. Done with New Japan

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Davey Boy Smith Jr.

Dave Boy Smith Jr. may be done with New Japan Pro Wrestling, ending a relationship he has had with the promotion since 2011, according to various reports, and effectively ending his partnership with Lance Archer, who together formed the Killer Elite Squad tag team.

Smith is still involved with Major League Wrestling where Smith Jr, Teddy Hart, and Brian Pillman Jr comprise the Hart Foundation, who are currently their tag team champions, and Teddy Hart is the middleweight champion.

Smith will receive a future MLW World Championship match as he recently won a fan vote.

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