• Cody Rhodes Comments On ALL IN Selling Out In Less Than 30 Minutes
During a recent appearance on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, Cody Rhodes talked about ALL IN selling out in less than 30 minutes, starting to put together the event after Dave Meltzer said Ring Of Honor couldn’t draw 10,000 people in near future & more.
Below are the highlights:
On ALL IN selling out in less than 30 minutes:
“I did not think it was going to sell out! I mean, like, the character, and I’m fairly confident, but this is also first-time promoter. I understand the concept of, ‘let me lay out this card,’ and what I think would be cool, and what I think fans want to see, but the other stuff is really just wild in terms of the amount of things you have to cover and whatnot. And I projected low. I thought 4,000 for the first month. And then, after that, we’d roll matches out, we’d push our sponsors.
We have a budget for advertising and we didn’t touch that budget, so now we can buy some fireworks or something!” I am very excited that it did sell out in the time it did and everything. Really, I’m flattered by it. I’m motivated by it as well. You paid us. We want to make it something incredibly special. It may only be the one time. There may only be one All In, so we’ve got to make it good.”
On starting to put together the event after Dave Meltzer said Ring Of Honor couldn’t draw 10,000 people in near future:
“We did a small venue to start that [War Of The Worlds] tour last year and it was the beginning of four days of what we call, ‘Bullet Club Parties’ where it was a sea of Bullet Club fans and merchandise and the meet-and-greet lines were out the door. And then, at the end of the show, we would try to send them home happy and the sentiment was so… just strong. The feeling was so [strong]. I didn’t want to leave. And the whole year ended up being like that in terms of these events, that we seemed to have captured a fanbase. And then, [Dave] Meltzer said his thing about Ring Of Honor not being able to draw 10,000 people.
I walked in the locker room and I said to Matt Jackson, I said, ‘I know that you’ve thought about doing this big show. Let’s just google it. How much does this building cost? Let’s look it up.’ And in the meantime, Gary Juster, who works with Ring Of Honor, who I’ve known since I was a little kid, I said, ‘let’s get his a$$ in here.
Let’s get him on the phone. Let’s see how much these buildings cost and see if we have the resources for it and let’s do it. And if we’re not allowed to do it because we’re domestically exclusive to Ring Of Honor,’ I said, ‘whatever. Let’s look overseas’ and we did. We looked in Dublin [Ireland]. We looked at the west coast. We looked everywhere.”
• WWE Gives Away Their Universal Championship Plan?
We noted before how “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar’s next Universal Championship match is expected to be at August’s SummerSlam 2018 PPV.
Now we may have a good idea about who Lesnar’s opponent is going to be. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE commentators almost made it clear that “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns is going to get another shot at the Universal Championship.
During the tag team match on RAW (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal & Elias), commentators kept on talking about how Reigns defeated Lesnar during their Steel Cage match at the Greatest Royal Rumble (and then not being declared the winner) and how he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion.
We’ll have a better idea about the Universal Title picture after the upcoming Money In The Bank 2018 PPV.