The anticipation surrounding the AEW All In ‘Zero Hour’ pre-show was palpable, but fans were in for a surprise.
Contrary to the scheduled 5 p.m. UK start time, the event began an hour earlier, catching many off guard. The early start was a testament to the excitement and energy surrounding the event.
AEW All In: The Panel’s Tribute
The pre-show panel, consisting of Renee Paquette, Paul Wight, Anthony Ogogo, and Kip Sabian, set the tone for the evening.
However, it was Paquette’s heartfelt tribute to Bray Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, that truly resonated with fans.
Quoting the late wrestler, she said, “Wrestling is not a love story. It’s a fairytale for masochists. A comedy for people who criticise the punchlines. A fantasy that most people can’t understand. And a spectacle no one can deny.”
This poignant reflection on the world of wrestling and its unique appeal was a fitting tribute to Wyatt. Further honouring his memory, Paquette wore a black armband with ‘Bray’ inscribed on it.
Matches to Look Forward To
The pre-show promised some thrilling matches. Fans eagerly awaited the face-off between Adam Cole & MJF and Aussie Open.
Another anticipated match was between HOOK and Jack Perry. These matches were just a teaser of the action-packed evening that lay ahead.
Remembering Bray Wyatt
The wrestling community was still reeling from the sudden demise of Bray Wyatt on August 24. The Friday episode of SmackDown, which aired a day after his passing, featured multiple tributes to the iconic wrestler. Many WWE stars even got matching tattoos of Wyatt’s logo as a mark of respect and remembrance.
WWE also announced that all net proceeds from Wyatt’s merchandise would be donated to support JoJo Offerman and his children, a gesture that speaks volumes about the impact Wyatt had on the wrestling community.
The cause of Wyatt’s untimely death was revealed to be a heart attack, which was exacerbated by a COVID-19 infection he had contracted earlier in the year. The news was a shock to many, especially since there were positive signs of his recovery and potential return to the ring.