AEW is looking to break records with its pay-per-view show All-In. Tony Khan teased that he had huge news to break on the April 5th episode of Dynamite. This got the wrestling world buzzing and talking about just what this announcement could be. During that episode, Tony Khan then announced that the pay-per-view show All-In would be returning on Sunday, August 27th. Fans were excited for this. All-In was the driving force that got Tony Khan thinking about AEW. However, that wasn’t the biggest news of the announcement. Tony Khan followed this up by stating the show would be live in London England from the world-famous soccer stadium Wembley Stadium.
This has been a dream for Tony Khan. He is ecstatic about this event. He is on record saying “This is the moment I’ve been dreaming of for AEW since before we even launched the promotion. It’s a dream come true.” But the question that arises once All-In was announced remains. Can Tony Khan and AEW fill this large outdoor stadium?
More Then They Can Chew
AEW is the second-biggest wrestling promotion in the world currently. There is no denying this fact. However, as it currently stands AEW’s biggest gate in terms of attendance was AEW Grand Slam. That event took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and had an attendance of 20,144 fans. Wembley Stadium can hold 90k for a soccer game adding in floor seats. You are looking at upwards of 100k. People were predicting maybe 50,000, or 60,000 on the high end for an attendance figure for the event. Fans and media alike were left wondering how was AEW going to fill this and why did Tony pick such a large stadium? The answer was AEW did its research. They knew the fans in the UK would turn up. The results have shown this. As of April 14th, more than 50,000 people have registered for a pre-sale code.
That presale took place on the morning of May 2nd. According to Tony Khan’s numbers with just the tickets sold from pre-sale ALL-in will be AEW’s largest attendance show in its history. According to Tony Khan’s tweet, 36,000 tickets were sold worth 4.8 million. One would have to make a prediction with 2 more days of pre-sales followed by the public sale. AEW All-in could come very close to selling out this event or hitting the 80k mark for ticket sales. Making my prediction I think All-in can sell out but not before any matches are announced. I think AEW needs to put together one of the best cards in wrestling history to be able to sell out 90k. This is very possible so we will have to wait and see.
All-In Dream card
The card Tony Khan and AEW put together will be the deciding factor of the total tickets sold. A great card will persuade a fan on the fence to attend the show. A card that just looks thrown together and is not worth wild will truly hold AEW back from selling out this show. I have some ideas for matches that could push this event to a sell-out. For the All-in main event. If I was booking it, I would book The Elite (Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks) vs CM Punk and FTR. We know that professional rivalry FTR and the Young Bucks have had for years. Covid robbed us of having live crowds experience their feud in AEW. Everyone also knows of the much-talked-about locker room brawl that took place between The Elite and CM Punk. After the All Out pay per view. Fans were not sure if they were ever going to see any of these guys in AEW again after the fight. So, capitalizing on real-life heat would be huge for AEW.
The co-main event for All-in would for sure be a crazy one out of left field. You are going to need the shock factor to sell out the event. I would have AEW champion MJF put his title on the line against a true wrestling draw for years Goldberg. One more match I think would really sell this card and help sell it out would be a Sting retirement match. I think Sting vs Darby Allin would be a huge match for AEW due to their history in AEW.
What This ALL Means
All-in is already on track to be one of the biggest wrestling events in years. Forget WWE or AEW just from a pro wrestling standpoint one of the biggest events in years. The deciding factor again will be what matches are put on the card. However, with 36,000 tickets sold on day one, this show is off to a great start. We will all be watching to see on May 5th how the sales look when tickets go on sale for everyone. If you’re a wrestling fan you should want to see this event succeed and sell out. The only way to push WWE to be great is competition and selling out Wembley will show WWE that AEW is true competition. All-in will for sure be a can’t miss event. We will for sure have much more to talk about from this show as it gets closer.
Joe Wood was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. A dedicated father of 2, a boy and a girl. Who is a lifelong Philadelphia 4 for 4-er. Joe found a passion for Professional wrestling from a young age thanks to his father, who took him to live events. Currently, Joe is studying at Full Sail University to achieve his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and media. Once completed, he hopes to be able to cover sports full-time.