If there was ever a scientific instrument to measure the wrestling energy of an area, it would ascertain that London was brimming with it last night. As 80,135 roaring fans packed the Wembley Football stadium to watch their favorite AEW stars battle it out at ‘All In’. The mega show looked as grand as any WrestleMania event.

This was also the largest crowd to ever attend a pro wrestling event in the UK. And at the post-show media scrum, Tony Khan didn’t miss the opportunity to proclaim AEW as the eventual winner!

Tony Khan claims top spot in the ongoing wrestling wars


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Cody Rhodes left the WWE in 2016, citing creative differences with the company. Post that, he wrestled on the independent circuit for almost 2 years and that’s when he met The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega.

All these 4 pro wrestlers had the same undying love for the sport and so they went on to create something to unite wrestlers from all promotions. With the help of ROH (Ring Of Honor), they started the PPV ‘All In’ in the year 2018.

That PPV eventually led to the formation of AEW. Fast forward to 2023, ‘All In’ has become the biggest pro wrestling show of all time. And that is exactly what Tony Khan emphasized at the post-event media scrum while praising Cody Rhodes and others for creating ‘All In’. He said, “As I said when I announced the show, All In began with 4 great pioneers, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and they put together a great show, 5 years ago next weekend that changed pro wrestling. The original All In 5 years ago was the largest independent pro wrestling show of all time. Today 5 years later, AEW All In is the biggest pro wrestling show of all time, period”.

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But going back to 2018, ‘All In’ actually pulled in quite a crowd that night too.

All In 2018 sold out 11,000+ tickets in spite of being an independent PPV


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Independent pro wrestling shows are not known for drawing a massive crowd. But in 2018, ‘All In’ did the unthinkable by gathering a crowd of 11,263 roaring fans.

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That’s quite a commendable number considering that most RAW and SmackDown shows don’t even reach these numbers being such an international brand. This was mostly due to stars coming in from different promotions like NJPW, ROH, Impact Wrestling, and NWA to name a few.


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Also, the event was marketed quite well thus getting fans all enthusiastic for the major show. Recently Cody Rhodes even praised The Young Bucks for making ‘All In’ into such a global event. But do you guys think that AEW has finally won the wrestling wars? What did you make of Tony Khan’s words? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Christopher Lazarus


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Christopher Lazarus is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports with over 12 years of experience in radio, television and music streaming. After completing his Bachelors in Chemistry, he moved on to media for his love for the creative aspect. He has been an avid fan of WWF/WWE since the dawn of cable TV in India when main events like 'King Of The Ring' and 'Royal Rumble' were aired on Sundays through VHS cassettes.
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Amal Joyce