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NJPW New Years Dash Exposes Some HUGE Upcoming Storylines



Okada and Sanada

NJPW had an amazing Wrestle Kingdom 12 event that was highlighted by two major matches. However, those two major matches were by no means the only thing that happened on the card. In fact, many people stood out. At the end of the day, New Japan is in a new year and therefore, they need to set up storyline plans for it. New Years Dash was upon us, and NJPW made sure to not disappoint with upcoming match-ups for the next number of months.

As many know, the NJPW New Beginnings tour is next up for the company. It will be taking place in Osaka, Japan in February, so NJPW needed to be quick with setting up matches for the card. The tour is often focusing on smaller talent, which means you’re likely to see a lot of Junior Heavyweights involved in big matches. Imagine Cruiserweights controlling WWE for about a month and a half. NJPW did not want to make us think Juniors were the only focus, however. This is why they set up other major matches too.

New Years Dash has given us some interesting plans, that most are quite interested in. Let us begin to break down what you can expect from NJPW soon from New Years Dash.

Kenny Omega Is A Storyline Slut In NJPW, Still No Heavweight Title Though

Kenny Omega actually offered a spot to Jay White in the Bullet Club. For those unaware, White took on Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title at Wrestle Kingdom. Sadly for White, he lost to the champ and therefore the man known as Switchblade was without gold when he left the event. When Omega offered the BC spot, one would assume White would jump at it after his recent loss. He did not.

This has set up a White vs Omega storyline. Oh, and don’t forget a very important thing. Kota Ibushi won his match at Wrestle Kingdom, unlike White. It looks as if there is a side-story with Ibushi and Omega. Both were former tag partners, and pretty awesome in the ring. On the side of this even, there are more issues between Cody and Kenny. This brings about yet another story-arc to keep in mind with Omega. Ibushi is involved in the story since he’s still involved with Cody, that is how they’re connecting the storylines it appears.

That should make you pretty interested in Omega this year. It should also be speculated that Omega is not leaving NJPW for WWE this year, despite his contract being up next month with the company.

Since the champ has to keep moving on, Tanahashi seems to have set up a story with Suzuki, so that army of men should make for an interesting story-arc for the IWGP IC Champ.

NJPW Can’t Let The Past Go, So We’re Dealing With Another Year Of Okada

Since New Japan has letting go issues, Kazuchika Okada retained his IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 12. This has continued to extend his record as the longest reigning heavyweight champion in the history of the title. Many hated that he beat Tetsuka Naito at Wrestle Kingdom, because it makes no sense to continue the reign. Naito is the fans’ choice to be champion as well as Omega, but NJPW does not want to pull the trigger on either.

Though they may have a bit of a thing for SANADA. For those unaware, Naito and SANADA are good buds, as he helped Naito become the heavyweight champion a while back when he made a shocking debut of sorts to cost Okada the title then. While SANADA was able to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles with Evil at Wrestle Kingdom, NJPW does not seem to be feeling the idea that he needs to just be a tag guy.

The show also set up a match between SANADA and Okada, the champ, for the tour. This should be an interesting look to see if SANADA has what it takes to be in a program with the World Champion of NJPW for the title long-term. NJPW has seemingly liked SANADA for some time now, but they don’t want to over-push him either. You know, like they’re doing with their current champion whose appearing to get John Cena-2007 hatred by some fans. But shhh….they can’t tell in the boos aren’t in Japanese. Keep it our little secret.

Oh and we’re seeing EVIL take on Goto, because EVIL cannot stand that SANADA got Okada. Plus they want to make sure they can find out who truly can capitalize their name with EVEN BIGGER letters. We’re putting our money on EVIL. It’s in the name.

Why Should You Get A Rematch? Rematches Are For Winners!

The Juniors are of course the main thing coming up, so naturally you need them to be used well. Will Ospreay managed to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title at Wrestle Kingdom after he won a rare fatal four way at the event. However, he did not defeat champion Marty Scrull in the match only to face off with him again apparently. One would assume the former champ would have a beef that he rightfully should get a title opportunity again through the next month.

Screw reasoning, this is New Japan, not your kiddie wrestling in the United States or The UK! What were you thinking Steve!

This is why Ospreay is seemingly entering a program with Hiromu Takahashi. It makes sense right, Takahashi did not have any sort of presence with the title in 2017 and should be given an opportunity he never seems to get. Oh wait….

On top of this, the Young Bucks are re-entering a program with former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champs RPG 3K. 4K was apparently busy, so NJPW had no choice. They told us they were sorry for the inconvenience, but 4K would not be around for a least a year. By then we’re going to see 5K somewhere else though!!! We need a resolution to this problem!

The Bucks became 7-time IWGP Junior Tag Champs at Wrestle Kingdom by beating RPG 3K. So it made sense that they would wrestle them again. You know, this would have been an interesting idea for the singles championship in the division. But hey, we’re not bitter.

But Guys Guys, We Need A Winner For Best Loser

Now we move on to the end of the show which saw Chris Jericho attack Tetsuya Naito. Both were upset with their loses at Wrestle Kingdom, which meant they needed to fight to crown the REAL loser in NJPW, right? We’re not entirely sure. However, NJPW wants to make that a thing apparently, so Jericho and Naito looks to be the direction we’re heading. In all honesty, it could be a good match.

The question will be, what happens when Jericho loses again? He is the Canadian/American here. And he’s in Japan. Did you assume he would win? That’s cute. He couldn’t even beat the other Canadian they have. That is saying something! This also means we’re likely seeing Jericho stick around for more programs in NJPW this year too.

Though Jericho is still rumored to be in the Royal Rumble later this month for WWE, it appears they New Japan is willing to continue using Jericho sparingly. Remember though, light-bright jackets can only be seen for so long before they end up making you blind. That is a scientific fact!

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: News Involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT, and More! (5/17/19)

News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!



News here! News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!

Ric Flair Medical Scare?

TMZ Sports broke news Thursday morning that Ric Flair suffered a medical emergency that they quoted as being “very serious.” Later in the day, Conrad Thompson would refute that report and stated that Flair had a planned procedure, but wouldn’t elaborate on any further details. TMZ Sports would post and update from Flair’s wife, Wendy Barlow, and she said:

“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recovery.”

Jason’s Take

It’s hard to believe everything you read when it comes to wrestling, so that’s why you should be reading the Chairshot everyday. We sort through the bullshit so you don’t have to. On that note, hopefully things are ok with the Nature Boy. Reading news on Flair like this makes me a little nervous, especially with the medical scare he had in 2017. But it looks like even death itself taps out to the Figure Four.

Alexa Bliss Pulled From Money In The Bank

WWE Tweeted this morning that Alexa Bliss has been pulled from the Money In The Bank ladder match, and has been replaced by Nikki Cross. The reason given by WWE is that Alexa has not been medically cleared to compete. Dave Meltzer is reporting that the reason is indeed injury related, and possibly due to Alexa’s concussion history.

Jason’s Take

If the company was worried about her concussion history and her participating in a ladder match, why did they attempt to put her in it in the first place?

NXT Tag Titles Vacated

WWE has announced that the NXT Tag Team Championships have been vacated. This shouldn’t be a surprise with the Viking Raiders being called up to the main roster. WWE’s storyline reasoning is due to the controversial ending of the title match between The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits that aired on Wednesday’s episode of NXT. This show was taped on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from Winter Park, FL at the Full Sail University. William Regal will address the situation on next week’s episode of NXT.

Jason’s Take

I’m not really shocked that the Viking Raiders were stripped of the titles. The real question is who the next team is that will be crowned champions? Could the Undisputed Era regain the titles?

Kurt Angle On AEW

Kurt Angle is one of the handful of wrestlers who is no stranger to leaving WWE, and re-vitalizing his career with another promotion. So, rightfully, Angle would be someone to ask on thoughts of AEW competing with WWE. Angle spoke with Wrestling Inc on Thursday, and gave some of his thoughts on AEW.

“I want the fans to be excited about it. I’m gonna tell you this though, and I don’t wanna come around in five years and say ‘I told you so.’ Listen, WWE is the No. 1 brand and will always be No. 1…There’s no way in heck anybody’s gonna catch up to them. If this company… I’m not daring them, I’m just saying it’s not bad to be No. 2. If you’re gonna set out to be No. 1, then you’re gonna spend a lot of F’n money,”

Jason’s Take

WWE will always be around in some way, shape, or form. WCW Monday Nitro wasn’t going to catch WWE. Paul Heyman famously said that Nitro would be dead in 3 months. While the odds will be stacked against AEW, never say never.

Ashley Massaro Passes Away At 39

In a bit of shocking news, former WWE Diva, Ashley Massaro, has passed away at 39 according to TMZ sports. Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning.

Jason’s Take

WOW. Only 39 years old, 3 years older than myself. Thoughts and prayers to her family in this difficult time


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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report (5/14/19)

Did the blue brand deliver on YouTube? Well…Roman did!



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Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube performance for the May 14th broadcast!

As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television. As such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Wednesday night (a few hours more than  24 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 5/14/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Roman Reigns & The Usos vs. Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan – 1.203 million views
  • Shane McMahon & Elias attack Roman Reigns & The Miz – 1.057 million views
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn attack Kofi Kingston – 601k views
  • Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair history/feud video package – 384k views
  • Finn Balor vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Randy Orton – 369k views
  • Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – 310k views
  • Shane McMahon makes the handicap match – 111k views
  • Lacey Evans promo for Money In The Bank – 82k views
  • Ms. Money In The Bank promo – 56k views
  • Aleister Black promo – 53k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis

No numbers comparison as I wasn’t able to compile last week’s videos. Roman Reigns delivered big time this week, with two videos both over a million views. Those were the only two videos to cross 1 million.

The overall views were down, much like Raw on YouTube this week. But Raw’s TV ranking improved, and it was not opposed by the NBA. That said, if you’re WWE you have to be happy with the performance of Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston.

My favorite video…The IIconics on commentary!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?

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