The clock is ticking and we are closer than ever for All In to take place inside the legendary Wembley Stadium. What seemed to be an event to celebrate AEW, has turned into somewhat of a negative subject to talk about on social media because of the card and the build so far.
There are several motives that led many British pro wrestling fans to complain about the card over these last few weeks; some more valid than others, but we’ll look into them here…
The build for All In II has two major problems: It has been rushed, and the All Out PPV is very close to it, with just a week between the two big events for AEW in two different countries and continents.
The criticism of the rushed build is a very valid one, and true to an extent. It should’ve been weeks of building interesting rivalries to sell the show… But AEW took too long to start building towards the show and some of the programs are perfect examples of this.
Needless to say, having All In and All Out so close to each other has affected the build of both shows. Tony Khan is saving matches to help the other, so it can also sell tickets a week later. That bad timing has been a focal point of the criticisms, for the most part.
The Kenny Omega Singles Match & Dream Matches
Another subject of the annoying criticism is the subject of Kenny Omega not having a singles match at All In. Instead, he’ll be taking part in a trios match with Kota Ibushi & Hangman Page against Jay White, Juice Robinson & Konosuke Takeshita.
It’s understandable that some people are disappointed not watching Kenny Omega in singles action, especially when most fans expected him facing Will Ospreay for a third time this year. But at the end of the day, those weren’t the plans, and we don’t know if NJPW is booking the match for next year’s Wrestle Kingdom.
At the end of the day, many British fans had several dream matches in their heads. But the disappointment of not getting them has been key for them and their annoyance with the idea of Omega not wrestling in a singles match at Wembley Stadium. Even if Omega was in a singles match, all things indicated that it would have been against Takeshita.
The 1992 SummerSlam Legacy
The legacy of the 1992 SummerSlam PPV is something hard to fight against, and for the eyes of many British fans, this is something AEW is doing. All In II is already surpassing the number of tickets sold, and that doesn’t feel right to some. While that show was a major hit for WWE at the time; if you look at the card it had, you’ll realize All In’s card is actually pretty good, maybe even better than the 1992 SummerSlam card.
At the end of the day, the track record of AEW shows that they deliver when it comes to their PPVs and All In’s card will most likely do the same. The criticisms of the build are valid to an extent, but the overreaction to things like Omega not having a singles match has been blown out of proportion considering who is he wrestling with, and against. The build and timing of All In has had major issues and AEW needs to be careful with these mistakes, especially if they are planning to return to England, or even Europe, next year.
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