Seven years removed from the catastrophic failure of the Korean Aeronautic Space Command’s first foray into space, the crew of the Woori-ho attempts a mission to the moon. The stench of embarrassment lingers in the air around the KASC; trying to recover from the loss of the Narae-ho. That mission failed, when it exploded in a fashion similar to the ill- fated Space Shuttle Challenger launch of 1986. The fate of the Korean space program rests on the shoulders of this mission.

Last September, upstart wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) shocked fans, by announcing that their first show from New York City wouldn’t emanate from a normal wrestling venue. Not Madison Square Garden, Barclay’s Center or the Hammerstein Ballroom would host AEW’s first NYC event; it would be held inside of the US Tennis Association complex, the home of The US Open. The biggest stadium in the complex is Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats over 23,000 for tennis. Last year was a spectacle, which is pretty hard to accomplish in an industry build on spectacle. But, considering the recent backstage drama that AEW is desperate to move past, does this Grand Slam, live up to the hype, set by the inaugural show?

AEW made a statement on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021; a statement best surmised  by Yonkers native, Eddie Kingston: “New York is now AEW’s town”! The first wrestling event held at the largest tennis specific stadium in the world was a groundbreaking moment in wrestling history and serves as clear and present message to fans and detractors alike. It’s a uniquely special feeling to know that you’re walking into the presence of history and over 20,000 of us did exactly that.