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Press Release: New X-Pac 1,2,360 With Impact Wrestling’s Eli Drake



The Chairshot was sent the following press release for the newest episode of X-Pac 1,2,360 featuring Impact Wrestling star Eli Drake:




X-PAC 12360

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Eli Drake On Why It Didn’t Work In WWE

Of course, the WWE thing didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. If I’m honest at the core of it it’s me. I’m so not good at hiding my feelings. And Bill DeMott and I didn’t get along…I mean it was very strange cause he would come in some days we’d be cool another day I’d come in and be like good morning Bill (motions handshake) look at my hand and just walk away and not shake my hand. You’re the head coach. You’re supposed to be an example. And he’d say, “oh I’m working. I’m working.”… It was just a lot of B.S. And then I’d hear he said he hated me to a couple people. That’s fine we don’t have to be best friends. I ended up going in and talking to him because I’m not going to just ignore that. He said,”What’s the problem?” I said, Well I’m hearing that you are telling people that you hate me. That’s fine. We don’t have to be best friends or anything. But if that’s going to impede my progress I should be here I should move on. And he’s like, “Nah don’t get caught up in this high school B.S. I’m just working when I’m saying that.” What do you mean? We’re not in a situation where that makes sense. I remember exactly where that happened. We were  just setting up the ring for a show at NXT. I think he’d asked somebody where are we setting up Gorilla? And I’d remembered from the last time. Oh, we set it up here the last time and I continued on to do whatever. He turned around and said, “I F’ing hate that guy.” Okay cool, but why am I here if that’s the case.

Eli Drake On Resigning With Impact

July 31st (Contract is up) it was initially May 31st  I asked for a short extension just so I can figure some stuff out cause I’ve got options and things to do. Impact has been amazing to me. They pay me very well. Contrary to popular belief and rumors and what not, I’m living a comfortable life. And at the same time, I have options and I’ve got to figure out what exactly I want to do and where do I want my life professionally and personally to move to. So I’m going to probably try and make that decision as soon as I can but we’ll see what happens.

Eli Drake On What Wrestling Has Become

This is going to be a weird opinion and a lot of people are probably going to hate me for this. I kind of hate what wrestling has become. And what I mean by that is that I feel it’s become a giant spot-fest where we are having to kill ourselves. Whereas my bread and butter your era (Points at X-Pac) go back to the late 90’s it was characters, it was stories. You guys had awesome snappy moves where they were placed just right and it was all the in-between stuff that mattered. Man, I see this stuff look at the way Paige got kicked in the back. The reason we’re doing that stuff it’s like (Smack!) this is real! (Smack!) This is real! I need you all to believe it. Where guys twenty years ago, thirty years ago the people knew they were in on it but they didn’t care because they were so captivated by the characters the storylines all that stuff. Whereas now we have the very jaded fans. It’s the very niche wrestling fans who are like give me more, bigger, bloodier, hurt yourselves and I don’t like that. The other thing I don’t like is where it looks like complete full compliance. Half the time it looks like guys are dancing with each other. I don’t like that. My style of wrestling I want it to look like a fight.

Eli Drake On Almost Being NWA World Champion

We (Billy Corgan) had actually spoken about it. We had talked about it in 2017 because I was coming up for renewal at Impact and I was kind of shopping different options and what not. And he made me an actually pretty good offer and wanted to make everything central around me. And how it would be more personality based right up my alley. At the same time, I had a very nice guaranteed raise with Impact if I stayed and I just wanted to take advantage of that. So I stayed there.

Eli Drake On The Rock Breaking The News To Him That Paul Bearer Had Passed  

He {Paul Bearer} knew he was about to die. He put some things in place to where his assistant actually reached out to me. I was in Panama shooting Hero at the time so I had no phone, no computer, none of that. So it was The Rock who actually told me. I guess he forgot that we didn’t have our phones or computers cause he was like, “hey, I’m sorry for what happened to your manager.’  What are you talking about? And he was like, ‘William Moody died last night.’ And I was like, (Shocked Face) I had no idea. And now I could see the look on his face and he knew that he was the one breaking the news to me and he felt like a complete piece of garbage at that point. I’m like it’s fine don’t worry about it but I was like holy shit.


Everything that’s been said by people about praising Naito and Jericho and Okada and Omega, I can’t argue with any of it. Especially the Okada/Omega match. I mind ya when you watch that match you have to be ready to hunker down and have the drinks and everything cause you’re there for a while. It was over an hour, when I hear okay {Dave}Meltzer said this was… I’m going okay I wanna see why he said that. So I go back and watch it carefully and some of that stuff is just whole other level shit we’re talking about here. Really intricate stuff that isn’t hard to follow though. It’s such a pleasure to be able to watch that.


The story was excellent. After he {Chris Jericho} wins, he attacks him and starts whipping him with a belt. So then EVIL comes in and makes the save and the place goes nuts over that. It was a win win, good stuff.


A lot of people want to say this and that. First of all, just all the training and everything that goes into it that’s the worst part. He got off a couple of shots I saw, I think he landed one or two punches, at least one, I know he landed one. But he couldn’t do it. He couldn’t take Mike Jackson down.


Okay so Corey Graves he vented on Punk, it seemed like kind of a bad look at first, but then when I kinda looked into it more, hear his side of things. I totally understand where he’s coming from, totally. Emotions fly and he was hurt and he expressed it. And I don’t have a problem with that at all. It may or may not have looked good but hey sometimes we don’t look good.


It was either yesterday or the day before, it was the anniversary of I think three or four years of the passing of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes. I just wanted acknowledge that and once again talk about the first time I ever went to a live Pro Wrestling event and what made me decide I wanted to do this for the rest of my life was American Dream Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair for the NWA Title… It was an amazing experience… He’s the mother effing’ man! Rest in peace American Dream Dusty Rhodes, obviously you’re missed by so many and I just noticed on Twitter all the people that tweeted about that. Damn sure Dusty Rhodes is never gonna be forgotten, ever.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!


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WWE Rumors: Speculation On WWE Signing Chelsea Green



Since taking part in a WWE tryout at the Performance Center in Orlando back in July, many fans have seemingly been awaiting news that Chelsea Green, also known as Reklusa in Lucha Underground and formerly Laurel Van Ness of IMPACT Wrestling, has signed with the company.

Last week, there was talk that Chelsea had finally put her name on a WWE contract after a report by Twitter user @SoDuTw stated that she had signed and was already at the Performance Center. However, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is disputing that today, reporting that Green’s presence at the Performance Center was just to train. It should also be noted that anyone who follows her social media accounts has taken notice that she frequents the Orlando area, which is where her boyfriend and WWE Superstar Zack Ryder reside.

Currently, there is no word when or if Green could be signed by the company, as it was also believed to happen shortly after the July tryout when she was pulled from an IPW show (see that story here). At that time, the speculation was the she would be taking part in this year’s Mae Young Classic, but of course that was not the case.

EA’s Take: Last I knew, if you’re under a Lucha Underground contract you’re not allowed to sign somewhere else. Therefore, I don’t think we will be seeing Chelsea in the WWE anytime soon if it happens, at least until this season of LU wraps up. If I’m remembering correctly, talents appearing on LU programming, even if their contract is expired, are not able to sign with another promotion until the season that’s airing concludes. That’s only if she’s signed on for one season as well, which is most likely since season five is seemingly not official just yet.


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MLW News: Opponent For CMLL Star Rush’s MLW Debut Announced



Major League Wrestling’s debut in ‘The Windy City’ of Chicago is quickly approaching on Thursday, November 8th from Cicero Stadium.

Already announced for the show called Fightland, which will also be an MLW Fusion television taping, is Shane Strickland’s rematch for the MLW World Heavyweight Title against Low Ki, an MLW World Tag Team Title match as LA Park and El Hijo de LA Park challenge Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix. This is an addition to the MLW debut of CMLL star Rush, who today has found out who his opponent will be as MLW announced the following:



CHICAGO – Major League Wrestling (“MLW”) today announced a big debut match for the leader of one of the sport’s most popular and dominant factions, Los Ingobernables.  Rush vs. Sammy Guevara has been signed for MLW’s FIGHTLAND card on November 8th in Chicago at Cicero Stadium which will be an MLW FUSION TV taping for beIN SPORTS.

Arena Mexico’s greatest sensation Rush will finally arrive in what should be a fantastic fight as he takes on the talented Guevara, who himself is an accomplished luchador having won championship gold in Mexico and beyond.

A known brawler, the charismatic Rush will look to showcase his talents against the Houston high flyer Guevara.  If Guevara can shutdown Rush in his debut, the impact will be felt all the way to Mexico City.  No stranger to high pressure matches, Rush has promised to show Chicago what the founder of Los Ingobernables is all about at Cicero Stadium.

Both men represent MLW’s reloaded roster as the league looks to 2019 and beyond with some key fresh match-ups.  This is the first of many exciting encounters you can expect from both in MLW.

See Rush vs. Guevara LIVE in Chicago at MLW: FIGHTLAND November 8th.

Tickets are on sale now at

Signed thus far for MLW’s November 8th FIGHTLAND card:

WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE FIGHT: Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix (c) vs. LA Park & Hijo de LA Park presented by Salina de la Renta

REMATCH FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: World Heavyweight Champion Low Ki vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland

Rush vs. Sammy Guevara

The card will feature World Heavyweight Champion Low Ki“Filthy” Tom LawlorWorld Middleweight Champion MJF with Aria BlakeKotto Brazil, Sami Callihan and many more.  Matches will be announced in the coming weeks at

Tickets start at $10 at  Tickets will also be available day of show at the Cicero Stadium box office.

Be there live as MLW makes its Chicago debut with a national television taping. 

General Public Doors Open: 6pm with a bell time of: 7pm.

Located right outside of Chicago in Cicero, the Cicero Stadium is a short walk to the Pink Line and has several parking lots adjacent to the building.  The historic Cicero Stadium has hosted professional wrestling and boxing cards for decades. 

Cicero Stadium is located at: 1909 S. Laramie Avenue Cicero, IL 60804.


Major League Wrestling (MLW®) is a sports media holding company with a focus on professional wrestling sporting events/programming, digital content and ancillary entertainment.

MLW’s weekly TV series, Major League Wrestling: FUSION, airs Friday nights 8pm ET / 5pm PT on beIN SPORTS (with replays at 11pm ET) in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

MLW Radio Network is the leading provider of professional wrestling podcasts in the world with 5-6 podcasts in the top iTunes 100 in the sports category on the average day.

MLW content has been distributed commercially in in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, India, Denmark and Bangladesh among other territories.

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Press Release: Dia de los Muertos & More Upcoming DEFY Wrestling Events



The following press release was issued to The Chairshot today via Matt Farmer which provides updates on DEFY Wrestling’s upcoming events including ‘Dia de los Muertos’ on Saturday, October 27th:


Día de los Muertos starts earlier this year with DEFY Wrestling’s return to Seattle Washington Saturday, October 27th to the historic Washington Hall!

This event features some of the best wrestlers from Mexico competing with some of the best wrestlers internationally and locally. It’s topped by two Championship matches as reigning DEFY Champion Shane “Swerve” Strickland faces his biggest challenge to date, with the Baddest Man in professional wrestling, SCHAFF! New DEFY Tag Team Champions, the Amerikan Gunz, Mike Santiago and Ethan HD will defend their crowns for their first time against two of Mexico’s hottest free agents. The phenomenal luchadors Flamita and Bandido! Bandido recently wowed fans internationally for his appearance in the main event of ALL IN teaming with the legendary Rey Mysterio!

October 27th we will also see the Olympian Jeff Cobb go one-on-one with the monstrous Brody King! These are two of wrestling’s hardest hitting men squaring off in a match that both men and fans alike have salivated over. DEFY Día de los Muertos brings another one of Mexico’s top stars, and greatest high flyers as Rey Fenix will battle with Artemis Spencer. Spencer has wowed DEFY crowds since his debut with the company nearly a year ago and has risen to be one of the local favorites. This match has the potential to be one of the best of the evening!

Speaking of local favorites, Seattle’s favorite hero. The Weirdo Hero, Ravenous Randy Myers who is loved by all will take on the brash Maxwell Jacob Friedman. MJF as he is better known is one of wrestling’s fastest rising stars, and he is the first to tell the world about. As was evidence from his recent appearance on the recent Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast!

These matches and more will be hosted by 99.9 KISW’s Steve Migs of the BJ & Migs morning show!

This event is 21 & up with food and drinks provided by Lunchbox Laboratory. Tickets are available in advance at

Future events:
November 24th at the Hawthorne Theatre, Portland Oregon || Tickets on sale now!

December 14th at Washington Hall, Seattle Washington || Tickets on sale October 19th at 10:00 AM!

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