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All Out To Be AEW’S “Biggest Card Ever”

News from Tony Khan’s All Out Media Call

Tony Khan was extremely excited for the upcoming AEW All Out Pay-Per-View on September 5th on the media call he undertook to promote the event yesterday, September 2nd. Calling it the “biggest pay-per-view event we’ve ever done,” Tony Khan went even further by describing All Out as “the biggest card we’ve ever presented, period.” Wow. Bold words, but I very much hope the show lives up to them.

One of the things AEW has been praised for is its long-term storytelling, and it was telling that Khan revealed that “a lot of it was planned very far ahead, and there were some changes to the card of course, but its been a long time in the making, this card. And when I’m putting a Pay-Per-View card together, a lot of considerations go into it. In many ways, this was the most challenging but then when I came to put the order down, I didn’t find it that way. It was pretty natural. In one pass, I set it, and pretty much everybody I told it to and said, like, “what do you think of this,” everyone’s like, “man, that sounds, really really, really good!””

Reading between the lines, it sounds like with the length of time plans were put together in, we’re going to see some big storyline developments at All Out. Whether that means there will be any big surprises—or appearances—remains to be seen, but the hint is there; AEW is very much continuing its tradition of long-term storytelling.

The availability of All Out is quite astonishing; not only did Tony reveal that the show will be available to purchase on In Demand cable operators and on satellite, including Direct TV, Dish Network, Fling, as well as being available to stream on Bleacher Report, All Out will also be available to view in over 140 movie theatres across North America! I have to admit, I’ve never watched a wrestling show in a cinema; sounds pretty cool to me!

Something else that appealed to me coming out of the media call, as an old-school WCW head, was Tony Khan’s thoughts on Dark being taped at Universal Studios. Khan stated that ” I position it (Dark) like the show that was taped there before Impact, which was WCW Worldwide…it’s more like what WCW used it as, in terms of Worldwide being a show where they developed a lot of young talent…“So, it’s a great place for veterans, it’s a great place for the young wrestlers. We don’t have to essentially be doing CM Punk vs. Darby Allin, we don’t have to be doing Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage, or Britt Baker vs. Kris Statlander, but we’re going to do a lot of fun stuff there, and I think the fans that come will see some top stars and some great wrestling, and I want to bring back the spirit of those Worldwide tapings, which hold a very fond place in my heart.”

As someone who fondly remembers the likes of Alex Wright, Lord Steven Regal and Johnny B Badd cutting their teeth on Worldwide when I was a kid, I love the idea of Dark specifically being a place where young talent can work with veterans in a fun environment without the pressure of being on the big shows and being part of storylines that perhaps they’re not ready for. It’s a smart move. Whether we see a reformatting of Dark remains to be seen but I’m certainly intriguing.

Elsewhere in the media call, Tony Khan revealed that he feels Craven Cottage, the home of the UK soccer team that Khan owns, Fulham F.C., could be the UK home of AEW as and when they make their way across the pond; that Israel would be an attractive destination to host wrestling, but he doesn’t know when; and that he very firmly believes that the TNT Championship is not a mid-card title.

Keep it with Sports Obsessive, as we give our team predictions for All Out soon!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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