By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The success of the All In and Starrcast events was chronicled in by The Ringer. The following are quotes from the feature story, which can be read in full at TheRinger.com.
-Conrad Thompson on Starrcast: “Originally we were hoping we could sell 800 tickets. [It wound up] over 8,000. … It’s a multiple of everything we ever hoped [for].”
-Scorpio Sky on the power of the Being The Elite series: “The power behind that show, if you just look at us and how our careers have grown even in the last few months … it’s up there, if not the biggest thing I’ve ever even done in my wrestling career.”
-NWA vice president David Lagana on All In: ”It’s all part of this revolution that you don’t need to have a billion-dollar company behind you, if you want to do it. You have to understand what an audience wants. It’s not money. They will support you to the end of the fucking earth if they believe in your message.”
-Lagana on how All In affects The Elite’s career options: “These guys have leverage to create for themselves. They [could] go, ‘Hm, I could make this much doing autographs. We do six shows a year and we put it on our YouTube channel and charge for it as pay-per-view [and] I don’t have to give anybody a cut.'”
-ROH GM Greg Gilleland on All In: This isn’t really competition to anything. It’s its own show. This is a unification of the industry—of many, many pieces of the industry. It’s a great festival. It’s a great celebration. So why not let it happen?”
-Gilleland on how All In affects WWE: “None of this is dinging them one bit. They’re going to take whatever talent that they want, whenever they want, because they can make millions of dollars.”
-Christopher Daniels on how All In affects the world of independent pro wrestling: “The iron is hot and so they’ll think, ‘This is the time to strike.’ You’re going to see people taking a chance on independent professional wrestling because they see now ‘Oh, there’s an interest, there’s a fan base and we can capitalize on that.'”
Powell’s POV: There are also some good quotes from Colt Cabana, Chelsea Green, Marty Scurll, and Joey Janela in addition to more quotes from some of the names featured above. It’s a comprehensive piece and one that’s well worth the read via the link at the top of the page.
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