It only took an hour for Cody and the Young Bucks to prove all the skeptics wrong.
In that hour, the biggest independent wrestling event in recent history sold out the 10,000 seat Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. It’s perhaps the biggest sign yet that the pro wrestling industry is finally sliding back out from under the thumb of Vince McMahon.
Nearly every major past and present champion on the independent wrestling scene will be on the card. From the press conference today alone, two big names confirmed their participation in the show. Nick Aldis, the current NWA champion, was announced to be defending his legendary title on the show against Cody.
In addition, former WWE megastar Rey Mysterio was also confirmed to be appearing. This practically ensures that he will be rejecting his former employer to help the Bullet Club pave the way for the continued success of independent wrestling.
And success the Bullet Club has had as it’s become readily clear over the past year that the Club has transcended wrestling fandom to enter into mainstream culture. A quick look at the mounds of merchandise that have been moved through Hot Topic is really all anyone needed to see to tell that the Bullet Club is becoming a real cultural force.
However, none of that diminishes the immensity of the fact that for the first time in who knows how long, people will be flying in from all over the world to go to a wrestling show that doesn’t end in -mania.
For anyone who thought that this show would never work, that WWE had stripped the independent scene of all of its talent, just look at what happened on 4 PM Sunday, May 13th.
The Bullet Club proved once and for all that independent wrestling isn’t on the way out. It’s simply ‘All In’.