WGN AMERICA GOES “ALL IN” AS EXCLUSIVE TELEVISION PARTNER
TO HUGELY ANTICIPATED INDEPENDENT WRESTLING
PPV EVENT, ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Los Angeles (August 6, 2018) – In the wrestling ring, it’s impressive when a competitor can claim victory in a short period of time. How about a wrestling pay-per-view event that sells out in a mere 29 minutes? On Saturday, September 1 (6 PM ET/3 PM PT), WGN America will air All In: Zero Hour, the live event to a PPV special being hailed as the biggest independent wrestling event ever to take place.
Broadcast from the sold-out 11,000-seat Sears Centre arena outside Chicago, All In: Zero Hour is the pre-show for a first-of-its-kind event that is the brainchild of Cody Rhodes & The Young Bucks partnering with their home promotion Ring Of Honor (ROH) as well as Tokyo-based New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s revitalized National Wrestling Alliance. The All In: Zero Hour event will feature SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs The Briscoe Brothers and the likes of Dalton Castle, Moose, Best Friends Trent & Chuckie T and many more. The pay-per-view special features such top talent as “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes & The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson); New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega; star of the CW hit superhero series “Arrow” and Ring of Honor guest wrestler Stephen Amell; legendary luchador and “Master of the 6-1-9” Rey Mysterio; Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s #1 champ Kazuchika Okada; third-generation competitor Tessa Blanchard; and some surprise appearances.
“We’re thrilled to partner with WGN America bringing together the national audience of a major television network with the pay-per-view audience making All In: Zero Hour the biggest independent wrestling event ever to take place,” says Cody Rhodes. “It’s being told you can’t, and 11,000 fans saying, ‘Oh, yes we can!’ It’s a harbinger of change for that wonderful slice of Americana we call pro-wrestling.”
Commentary: While this isn’t an “all-in” broadcast (which the show itself will probably end up on Fite TV), this is a huge deal for Cody and the Bucks. Great publicity going into the live show as well as a big TV Partner for potential future shows. It’s interesting how Cody and the Bucks can get a massive TV deal but IMPACT cannot.