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NJPW New Years Dash Exposes Some HUGE Upcoming Storylines

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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: Cody Rhodes Using WCW Gimmicks, Alexa Bliss Injury Update, New Day Leaving WWE And More! (3/21/2019

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News here! Commentary today on Cody Rhodes using WCW gimmicks, New Day leaving WWE?, Alexa Bliss injury update and more!

Cody Rhodes Applies For WCW Related Trademarks

While not overly newsworthy, but something that is rather interesting; Cody Rhodes has applied for trademarks for “Bunkhouse Stampede,” “Bash at the Beach,” and “Battlebowl.” As many wrestling fans may know, all there of this names are former WCW/NWA pay per view and event names. Cody’s father, Dusty Rhodes, was the creator of the Bunkhouse Stampede and Battlebowl matchups.

Jason’s Take

I am going to hate on AEW a bit here. If they are trying to change the world, and do something new, why even revisit the past? I get the fact that these are events long forgotten by the WWE, but why revert to the past? It does not make you innovative and world changing by doing so.

New Day Leaving The WWE?

The Tuesday episode of SmackDown Live initially saw Kofi Kingston win his gauntlet match and the right to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. However, at the conclusion of the match, Vince McMahon added an additional opponent in Daniel Bryan. Bryan would go on to defeat Kofi, thus ruining his chance at a title match at WrestleMania. Throughout the day, Big E and Xavier Woods have hinted at leaving the WWE.

Jason’s Take

Both videos/promos are very heartfelt, and there is probably a mixture of a work/shoot to both of them. I expect that this is a work, and the New Day won’t be leaving the company anytime soon. My thoughts are this all is storyline leading up to Kofi getting a match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. The writing works, but I don’t know why they are taking this approach.

WWE Moves It’s Headquarters

WWE sent out a press release today announcing that it will be moving headquarters, it stated:

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that the company will move its global headquarters to a new office complex at 677 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut. This move will allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.

“One of the most important elements necessary to execute WWE’s long-term growth strategy is world-class talent collaborating seamlessly to create compelling content. Our workplace initiative will be the foundation to meet these objectives and underpins our ability to deliver long-term value,” said George Barrios, WWE Co-President.

The new headquarters will provide the company with work space suited to its growing and evolving workforce. The site in Stamford’s central business district provides greater access from various means of transportation, floor plans which are well-suited to producing video content and greater flexibility in workplace design. The Company anticipates that it will move to the new headquarters in early 2021.

WWE will lease the space for an initial term of approximately 16.5 years commencing no earlier than July 1, 2019, with five five-year renewal options thereafter. The lease will be accounted for as a finance lease, with the creation of a lease obligation (equal to the present value of future lease payments, which would result in the recognition of interest expense over time) and a right-of-use lease asset (equal to the lease obligation less tenant incentives, which is depreciated on a straight-line basis through depreciation expense). Accordingly, the accounting for the lease agreement is not expected to have a material impact on Adjusted OIBDA. Depreciation expense associated with the right-of-use asset will be reflected in operating income. The Company’s capital expenditure guidance reflects this initiative. That guidance estimated capital expenditures of approximately $70 million to $90 million for 2019 with continued spending in 2020 above the historic range of approximately 4% to 7% of revenue. Additionally, the company expects to sell its owned and operated corporate facility at 1241 East Main Street, exit its leased spaces at 1266 East Main Street, and will evaluate options for its production studio facilities at 88 and 120 Hamilton Avenue based on strategic, operating and financial considerations.

Plans For Asuka At WresleMania Revealed

I have talked about the rumored plans for Asuka at WrestleMania over the past few whether it involved a potential one on one match with Lana, Mandy Rose, or Lacey Evans. However, the questions have been answered. On next week’s SmackDown, Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville will face off in a Fatal 4 Way match with the winner taking on Asuka for the SmackDown women’s championship at WrestleMania

Jason’s Take

The Fatal 4 Way will be a great match, and I expect Mandy Rose to come away with the victory. As an early prediction, I expect her to walk away with the SmackDowntitle at WrestleMania as well.

Alexa Bliss Injury Update

With minimal appearances wrestling the past few months, many have wondered if Alexa Bliss has been re-injured. Other than her Royal Rumble appearance and tag team tournament match, she has been hosting A Moment Of Bliss rather than competing in the ring. Alexa spoke with Asbury Park Press, and her in ring status came up as a topic. Alexa replied with:

“I’ve been doing live events,” she said. “It just depends on how I’m being used on ‘Raw’ that day. One day I’ll have a match and one day I’ll have a ‘Moment of Bliss,’ it just depends on what helps what story get across.”

Jason’s Take

I think Alexa does very well as a show host on RAW, and this is more of a creative having nothing for her at the moment until after WrestleMania. I responded to a post on the Chairshot Facebook page (which you should be following) that Alexa should be in a role managing Elias. Elias has been chasing potential WWE gold for some time, and who better to lead him to the promise land. Remember, it was Bliss who lead Blake and Murphy to tag team gold in NXT.


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A Magical Interview With Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW)

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This evening was a special event for me, as I was working on my next article. I was in the mist of researching one of the rising stars in Asia, Malaysia Professional Wrestling (MyPW) and the promotion’s representative quickly replied to my initial contact over Facebook.  It is important to understand the story of such promotions and with the gracious opportunity before me, I seized the moment to conduct the following interview.  I can not thank Malaysia Pro Wrestling enough for taking time out of their schedule and agree to this with no prior warning.  I will always be in their debt.

SC: Thank you for spending time to speak with me.

MYP: It is a pleasure, we are truly grateful for any feedback we can receive from our fanbase.  It is very important to MYPW to maintain strong relations with our fans.

SC: Since most fans in the United States are unfamiliar with your promotion, please tell us about how Malaysian Pro Wrestling began.

MYP: Professional wrestling has always been popular in Malaysia, beginning in the 1980s with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Class Wrestling (WCW).  Fans in the country couldn’t attend live events, so we established fan clubs which became a tight community.  Our founder, Mr. Ayez Shaukat Fonseka grew up being a fan, but believed our fans deserved a promotion of our own.  In April 2014, Malaysian Pro Wrestling was born.

SC: The fanbase sounds remarkable.

MYP: It is true, we didn’t just meet to watch events on television.  We also coordinated with each other for other activities.  We became more than friends, we became family.

SC: What were some of the challenges MYPW faced during those early years?

MYP:  Malaysia didn’t have a wrestling school or a professional trainer in the beginning.  One of our volunteers, Mr. Shaukat took a three week course under Rick Drasin (trained by WWE HoF Mae Young) and he found a mentor in form of Dr. Tom Prichard.  Mr. Shaukat became our head trainer and we began as a wrestling school.   It took two years before we were able to hold our first event in 2016 MyPW Uprising.

SC:  What are some of the biggest challenges MYPW faces today and how do you overcome these?
MYP:  The biggest challenge has always been our financial limitations.  We literally practice the word “independent” or “indie” for short.  We are unable to attract sponsors as well. The promotion is single handedly funded by our co-director, merchandise sales, and tickets to cover the show venue.  As for the developmental center, the running cost is covered by the monthly fees.
SC: What do you see as your greatest accomplishments?
MYP: I humbly am not sure, however our talent has worked extremely hard to provide top level entertainment at every performance and our fans demonstrate their appreciation by filling our shows most of the time.  This success has provided us opportunities to appear on local news stations and several talk shows.  We have also been able to expand our fan base across the Asian and Pacific regions including Australia and the United States.


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