Show Results

All In 2018 Results – Biggest Independent Wrestling Show Ever Does Not Dissapoint

Check out the results and review from Daniel McIver of this Saturday’s ‘All In’ event, featuring Kenny Omega vs Pentagon Jr. and Cody vs Nick Aldis for the NWA Title.

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The world was watching as Cody and The Young Bucks did it themselves as 10,000 people rocked Chicago for the biggest independent wrestling event in history. Did it live up to the hype?

 

Zero Hour:

The Briscoes vs SCU (Kazarian and Scorpio Sky)

Result: SCU win via pinfall

Grade: C

Thoughts: SCU played the roles of babyfaces brilliantly for a team so used to effectively portraying heels. The story of the match was very simple- both Jay and Mark attempted to isolate Scorpio Sky for the first half of the match and then Kazarian in the second half. But the finish came out of NOWHERE and was insane. Kazarian reversed a Doomsday Device from the top rope into a scoop slam that allowed So-Cal Uncensored to pick up the win. A really fun opening to the Zero Hour.

 

Over Budget Battle Royal- Winner faces Jay Lethal for the ROH Title on ‘All In’

Result: A

Grade: Flip Gordon wins by eliminating Bully Ray- Will face Jay Lethal for the ROH title on All In

Thoughts: Tommy Dreamer had on Dusty Rhodesesque gear on. That’s a lovely touch. This was SO much fun but just absolutely mental. There are two many spots to talk about but the notable ones being; Moose being eliminated by Marko, Colt Cabana doing an insane dive to the outside, Ethan Page and The Best Friends mini feud, Rocky Romero going mental with lariats before being killed by Brian Cage, Marko Stunt becoming my new favourite wrestler, Jordynne Grace eliminating Brian Cage and then Flip overall winning and finally getting the shot he’s been fighting for for the past 6 months. Cannot wait to see what he does.

 

Main Show:

MJF vs Matt Cross

Result: Cross wins via pinfall

Grade: C+

Thoughts: Very, very solid opener to the show. A very simple story; a dickhead heel who thinks he’s better than everyone vs a good guy who’s been doing this for decades who just hasn’t had the platform to showcase what he can do. MJF targeting the arm to try and take out the high-flying nature of Matt makes complete sense and he did it fantastically. Cross getting the win is a really nice touch and a great way for him to, hopefully, do more things on a more well-known level. MJF really is a future main-event level heel. Really interested to see where he goes from here.

 

Stephen Amell vs Christopher Daniels

Result: Daniels wins via pinfall

Grade: B-

Thoughts: This was really great. The biggest compliment I can give to Amell was that it didn’t feel like a celebrity taking part in a show- it felt like two wrestlers having a fight. Yeah there was definitely little moments that were a bit awkward but nothing that took away from the match. As Stephen as previously shown in matches- he’s not scared to get involved which he showed with his coast-to-coast and elbow drop through the table on the outside. Daniels was one of the safest pair of hands they could have paired him with and the decision, whilst a bit surprising, does make sense. Daniels showing Amell respect after the match was a perfect end.

 

Britt Baker vs Madison Rayne vs Chelsea Green vs Tessa Blanchard

Result: Blanchard wins via pinfall over Green

Grade: A-

Thoughts: This was absolutely incredible and the ‘This is Awesome’ chant paired with a standing ovation proved it. Britt coming out to Adam Cole’s old entrance music, Chelsea Green with her commitment to her character throughout, Madison Rayne flying everywhere and Tessa Blanchard bringing her family out was just next level. Easily match of the night up to this point and all I can say is; THAT is how you do a Woman’s Evolution- please just go and watch this match. I don’t want to spoil anything.

 

‘The American Nightmare’ Cody vs Nick Aldis- NWA Championship Match

Result: Cody wins via pinfall- New NWA Champion         

Grade: A+

Thoughts: It might not have been the most technical match. It might have not been a ‘work-rate’ match. It might not have been the best match of the night. It however was, genuinely, one of the best moments in my time watching wrestling. The emotion was palpable before the bell even rang; it felt huge. Both men coming out with entourages, PHARAOH FOR THE WIN, and official introductions. I, and I feel most people, completely bought that Cody was legitimately hurt but it just added further to the story. Brandi taking the bump which allowed Cody to push through and eventually win was incredible and the hark back to Bulldog vs Bret at Summerslam 92 with the finish was the icing on the cake. Emotional doesn’t even cover it when discussing Cody winning. The place absolutely detonated when that three-count hit. He fully deserves it. He bet on himself, went out into an uncertain world…and absolutely killed it. Well done Cody Rhodes- your dad would have been proud.

 

Bad Boy’ Joey Janela vs ‘Hangman’ Adam Page – Chicago Street Fight

Result: Page wins via pinfall with a Rite of Passage through a table from a ladder

Grade: A-

Thoughts: JESUS ACTUAL CHRIST. Joey Janela died twice for our sins tonight and for that- I am a fan of his forever. What an absolutely fantastic match that was insanely brutal. Both men hit ridiculous spots from the get go and, many would think they couldn’t top them as the match continued but OH THEY DID. The finishing spot was amazing but also so brutal. I cannot believe neither man is hurt from it. Also- WOW Penelope Ford is fantastic. Cannot wait to see where she goes from here. And then…the aftermath happened. Joey Ryan rose again and LIVES. He came out with penis druids and then they carried Adam Page away as the crowd chanted ‘Rest in Penis’…wrestling is the absolute best.

 

Flip Gordon vs Jay Lethal- ROH World Championship Match

Result: Lethal retains via pinfall

Grade: B

Thoughts: There is a part of me jealous of those who have never seen Being the Elite and who watched this show. For 90% of the show, you’d have absolutely no idea what was going on or why the crowd was popping so loud. This is a perfect example of that; for some reason- whenever Jay was hit on the shoulder, he became Macho Man Randy Savage (or Black Machismo) for NO reason to you. BUT. I am DO watch BTE so I fully appreciated this story aspect. Absolutely gutted for Flip though. I didn’t, honestly, think he would win but I wanted it SO BADLY. Still though- as expected a great match between two fantastic competitors. The post-match antics were fine- really cool to give Colt a moment in his home town as well.

 

‘The Cleaner’ Kenny Omega vs Pentagon Jr.

Result: Omega wins via pinfall

Grade: A+

Thoughts: This was match of the night so far. It was stiffer than most things you’ll see, as fluid as anything you’ll see and as legitimate as anything you’d see in MMA/UFC. That Fear Factor to the apron was absolutely…ridiculous and I have no idea how that was even possible without Kenny getting hurt. It was clear that when we saw the card and this was announced- it was going to be ridiculous. It then, somehow, got even better when the lights went out and when they came back up, ‘Pentagon’ attacked Kenny and hit him with a code-breaker; he unmasks and is revealed to be Jericho. I can’t wait to see where this goes again and Jericho is the best at picking his spots. It’s really hard to actually articulate what I’m feeling because I can’t believe the quality of this show. And we’re still not done.

 

‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll vs ‘The Rainmaker’ Kazuchika Okada

Result: Okada wins via pinfall

Grade: A-

Thoughts: The match took a bit of time to get going but when it did- it REALLY got going. The story was simple; Marty was trying to prove he can hang in the heavyweight division so decided to take on the biggest guy in the division. Okada played the part of the dominant placeholder to perfection- slowly starting to sell Marty’s offense more and more as the match carried on. Eventually, Okada was just too experienced and too good to be beaten- even after Marty cheated AND hit him with the rainmaker. However- with Okada having to hit three Rainmakers in a row proves that Marty can hang in this division. Very interesting to see where we go from here.

 

‘The Golden Elite’- Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi vs Rey Mysterio, Bandido and Rey Fenix

Result: Golden Elite win via pinfall

Grade: A

Thoughts: DO YOU LIKE FLIPS?! GOOD. YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. Good god, this match would probably kill Jim Cornette if he watched it. Absolute quality when looking at the guys involved which isn’t surprising but still…wow. Bandido especially was absolutely incredible and really showed off how good he is for people who potentially hadn’t seen him before. The interaction between Ibushi and Mysterio caused people to absolutely lose their minds and the finish was molten hot. It’s clear that Scurll/Okada went over a bit so they had to cram everything into the end but it does not matter- everyone involved killed it.

 

Overall Thoughts: I was insanely excited for the show before hand but there was definitely a part of me worried it wouldn’t live up to expectations. As I sit and write this three minutes after the show has went off of the air; All In was one of the best wrestling shows I’ve ever seen and potentially beats NXT Takeover New Orleans from earlier this year in terms of quality and how much enjoyment I got from it. Just absolutely incredible; The Young Bucks and Cody set out to make a statement and prove independent wrestling is flourishing. They honestly couldn’t have done a better job.

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