Vince McMahon Reacts To All In
The Cody Rhodes and Young Bucks-run wrestling show All In set records earlier this year when it sold out all 10,145 of its tickets in just 29 minutes and 36 seconds – making it the first non-WWE wrestling show to sell over 10,000 seats in North America for the first time in the almost two decades since WCW folded.
Which isn’t just great news for diversity in the wrestling business, it likely also pleased WWE and Vince McMahon – because they’re all about not killing their competition and letting a global wrestling scene thrive.
But according to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast interview with Cody and the Bucks… that’s actually totally how he kind of reacted:
“I told Vince about All In four or five months ago. We were just discussing it, shooting the breeze and I go, ‘yeah the show is in September in Chicago.’ Vince is like, ‘ah I wish they would have called me. September is the worst time of the year to promote – it’s terrible! …they should have called me!’”
Interestingly, on the Starrcast phone conference – which you should order your FITE weekend pass tickets for – Cody discussed how he’s approached booking All In and how some promotions *cough WWE cough* are stuck in the past:
“The approach and the attitude of a booker, promoter, performer, competitor… however you wanna put it, towards the audience is still a bit gripped in the concrete of old. A little bit. There was this whole thought process of “We know what they want more than they know what they want” …But what I’ve learned, especially since I paired up and hooked myself up to the Bullet Club, which has been so beneficial to me, what I’ve learned is that you cannot force anything… anything on the fans.”
So open-minded, in fact, that when Cody was asked on Twitter if he “could book anyone in WWE (besides his real-life brother Goldust) for All In” he replied:
Zack. I know he doesn’t fit the indie model exactly, but at one point that dude was getting his name chanted…in msg…while the great one was in the ring, I think he works too hard to be just a super jacked dude in the background. https://t.co/oqg5ZaEV1R
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) August 22, 2018
While Zack would be a big surprise, the biggest All In appearance would be from Chicago’s own CM Punk. But Punk’s now not the only one in his house rumoured for a wrestling return…
AJ Lee Contacted For WWE Return
…because according to Slice Wrestling, WWE have reached out to his real-life wife AJ Lee for an Evolution comeback:
AJ Lee Has Been Contacted By WWE In Regards To A In-Ring Return. Vince McMahon Personally Sent Message That She Would Be Welcomed Back In The WWE Universe For The #Evolution PPV Or A Later Date Of Her Choosing. WWE Made It Clear The Door Is Open pic.twitter.com/L1UdwDfjgI
— SW (@SliceWrestling) August 21, 2018
And you know it’s serious, When Every Word In A Tweet Starts With A Capital Letter.
Joe Peisich also claimed on Barnburner’s No Holds Barred podcast that WWE is “closing in on a deal with AJ Lee” and The Ring Report say that WWE.com included her on their website poll asking ‘which former Superstar would you like to see return to the ring at WWE Evolution’ “because they were confident she would win and the company actually contacted her a few months ago too” – which she did win with a whopping 69% of the vote.
Whether Lee is interested in coming back, however, is another matter. She retired from wrestling in April 2015 because of a spine injury and that she felt “caught in the middle” in the bitter feud between WWE and her husband CM Punk. And with that feud only deepening after Punk’s court trial with WWE Dr Chris Amann earlier this year, her coming back for Evolution would be a shocking development…