Justin Roberts issues statement regarding All In Submitted by Aaron Rift on 09/08/2018 at 10:05 PM
Justin Roberts, who did the main ring announcing for the All In PPV, issued the following statement on Instagram:
"All in: A love letter to pro wrestling.
My love letter to #AllIn, greatest night of my 22 yr career:
After abruptly leaving the world of packed arenas where I did the best job I was allowed to do, under a microscope-I never thought I’d have an opportunity to freely do it just 1 more time. All In gave me that opportunity.
@Americannightmarecody @nickjacksonyb & @mattjacksonyb weren’t running a show about being the bosses. They just wanted to give wrestling fans a show they’d enjoy. This wasn’t about us vs them, but rather offering an alternative. I became a fan of “Being The Elite” on YouTube-Consistent characters & storylines there/NJPW/ROH. This show was the culmination of that & so much more. It gave a giant platform to the TALENTED folks who independently perform & entertain all over the world, every weekend.
As the event neared, I spent hours talking w/ my co-announcer/friend Bobby Cruise about our plans & overall excitement. So many nights I’d try to sleep, only to have my mind takeover-envisioning what it would be like to stand in the middle of that ring.
Week of the show, I got sick & my throat was shot. Dr gave me antibiotics & steroids(Not that kind). I didn’t talk for a few days, but going into the show-I was maybe 60%. I entered the ring & was shocked/overwhelmed w/ emotion when the fans chanted my name. The show isn’t about me-I know that. But for a brief moment, the feeling of appreciation after all these years meant more than the crowd will ever know. I also read every tweet that came through & was blown away by the unbelievably kind words. I forgot about my throat. All I could think about was the bosses & the freedom/trust in me to introduce the stars as stars.
The amazing show had something for everyone. By the end, I proudly watched Cody & the Bucks stand in the middle of the ring & take in what they created. They are genuine, down to earth-GOOD people. They put this entire event together & made it special. Not only did their fans stay for a 5 hr show, but when it ended, no one left. They were so respectful all night. They were so appreciative all night. Most of all, they were entertained & went home happy.