Veteran commentator Tony Schiavone, whose voice has become synonymous with wrestling for the past four decades, is gearing up to experience a moment that has eluded him throughout his illustrious career: witnessing the spectacle of a live wrestling audience exceeding 80,000 fans.
This milestone will be achieved at AEW's All In pay-per-view next Sunday, an event AEW is ambitiously touting as "the biggest event in wrestling history" after reportedly selling in excess of 80,000 tickets. During a recent airing of "What Happened When," Schiavone's fervor was palpable as he reflected on the enormity of the forthcoming event at London's iconic Wembley Stadium.
"This surpasses anything I've experienced before," Schiavone expressed. "I've been at the heart of massive events, including WrestleMania VI at Toronto's SkyDome, which saw an impressive turnout of 67,678. But AEW's All In is on an entirely different scale.
This attendance figure is a testament to the UK's eagerness to embrace AEW." He went on to acknowledge the pivotal role played by ITV in broadcasting AEW content, attributing it as a major factor in amplifying the brand's visibility in the UK.
Yet, despite this traction, Schiavone voiced his earnest hope: "Our aspiration is to not just meet but exceed the expectations of these fans and make them crave more AEW action."
Schiavone Confident Amid Pressure
In the midst of the soaring anticipation, Schiavone recognized the monumental challenge ahead, stressing, "There's immense pressure on AEW's shoulders to make All In a defining moment." He exuded confidence, however, asserting, "I genuinely believe we'll rise to the occasion." Highlighting some of the evening's marquee matchups, including Adam Cole clashing with MJF, Darby Allin and Sting squaring off against Mogul Embassy, and the eagerly anticipated bout between FTR and The Young Bucks, Schiavone's enthusiasm was uncontainable.
Not to mention AEW Women's World Champion Hikaru Shida defending her crown against a quartet of challengers. Schiavone's parting words resonated with an undying commitment to the fans, "Our ultimate goal, irrespective of the event's size, is to send every fan home with a heart full of satisfaction."
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