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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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Mercedes Mone Set to Star in New Film

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Mercedes Mone (aka Sasha Banks0 has been casted in a brand new role, as she will be staring in the upcoming action-thriller film “The Collective” which has already wrapped, according to Deadline.

According to the reported rundown: “In the recently-wrapped film from director Tom DeNucci, a group of righteous assassins called The Collective take aim at a highly sophisticated human trafficking ring backed by a network of untouchable billionaires. With their backs against the wall, The Collective has no choice but to put their most important mission in the hands of rookie assassin, Sam Alexander (Till). What he lacks in experience he makes up for in savvy, grit, and a keen ability to improvise in the most dangerous situations. He is aided on his journey by Hugo (Gibson) and Liam (Johnson), former CIA operatives turned rogue vigilantes. They face off against Daisy (Rose), the cunning general manager of this evil, clandestine organization. Sam must prove to himself, Liam and Hugo that he’s Collective material on this life-or-death, take-no-prisoners mission.”

Mone will play Nikita.

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Jay White Expected to Depart NJPW

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New Japan Pro Wrestling is set to lose another big star as “Switchblade” Jay White’s contract is set to officially expire soon and he is not expected to re-sign with the company, according to Fightful Select.

According to the report: “Switchblade Jay White’s contract is up relatively soon and is expected to leave New Japan Pro Wrestling, per those in the company. Those that we’ve spoken to believe both WWE and All Elite Wrestling are interested in getting the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, however, WWE sources seemed confident they would land him,”

With AEW already working with White and featuring him on television, it would appear that they have the edge in securing his services. The same could be said for Impact Wrestling, but they likely would be outbid financially and don’t offer the same kind of visibility as either AEW of WWE.

WWE is looking to stock up NXT again with premier talent, and has already brought in a bunch of big names back to WWE, but would NXT appeal to White in the same way that a run on WWE’s main roster would?

Financially, WWE could have the edge, and perhaps provide White with much bigger exposure.

 

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Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE

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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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