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Cody Says He Passed On WWE Already, Chances The Elite Could Split Up



Cody Rhodes
Cody reveals he already declined WWE, talks about The Elite’s future!

There’s been no shortage of headlines this year surrounding Cody Rhodes and the rest of The Elite for that matter, as 2018 has seen them take the independent scene over with the success of All In, a possible sequel, their free agency (or impending), all the talk surrounding All Elite Wrestling and more.

Of course as the year nears its end, Cody is already free to make a decision on his future, but all signs right now still point to All Elite Wrestling being the outcome (see the latest on that here). Over the weekend, ‘The American Nightmare’ has been in the United Kingdom and took part in a live production of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard for Fight Forever Wrestling.

During the show, fans had the opportunity to ask questions and when Cody was posed with the topic of a possible WWE return, he would respond by saying he had “already passed on the WWE offer a few weeks ago”, then spoke about the current independent scene’s ability to support a non-PG product.

Separately, Cody also was interviewed during his trip by Mirror Sport and addressed his knee injury, NXT UK and a host of other topics. When it comes to the future for The Elite as a whole however, Cody said it might not be as sure of a thing as everyone thinks that they will stick together:

“Yeah I know [about the rumors] and it’s one of those things where it’s nice to let it play out. Any time fans ask me what do you guys think is next, what’s the plan, I typically tell them to watch Being The Elite. I know Being The Elite has so much comedy in it and there’s many goofy elements, but it also has… the thread is in there of where we’ll be going and what we’ll be doing.

But the truth really is, these two months December and January, are really a minefield of just political and difficult decisions for everybody. You know, obviously, we would love to stick together, we have this chemistry amongst each other, this friendship and a competitive nature amongst each other, we would love to stay together, but who knows? There is a world where that may not happen.

Either way, if All In was just one night, it was the best night of my life, for sure. It was a wonderful thing. If it ends up being more, then I think that’s a great thing for the fans. But the best thing I can tell you is stay tuned and hang in there with us, because believe me, we don’t have all the answers yet either.”

Quotes c/o Mirror Sport

Check out the entire interview with Cody at this link.

EA’s Take: I think I’ve said this before, but these guys are so good at getting people to hang on everything they’re doing that I can’t ever rule out anything being just a total…brain tease (not what I was going to use there). Quite frankly, I’d be pretty surprised if The Elite didn’t all stay together after they’ve played that up so much. However, I will say if there’s one guy I could see straying, it would be Kenny Omega. Think about it…is it unreasonable to think he wouldn’t want to stay with New Japan? Maybe he works something out where he could do both too. Really, we’re all just taking stabs in the dark at this point, except for All Elite Wrestling. I think that’s a done deal, permitted they get a TV deal (which I think they will).

Do you think there’s any chance The Elite gets separated? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


ROH News: First Tag Wars Match Announced For Road To G1 Supercard In Dallas



Road To G1 Supercard
Ring Of Honor has revealed the first match for Tag Wars!

Now that Ring Of Honor has put Saturday Night At Center Stage (see spoilers here) and Honor Reigns Supreme (check out Andrew’s Ratings & Notes), their next action comes in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston on January 24th, 25th and 26th for the Road To G1 Supecard.

We already know that all three events will feature the return of Tag Wars, where the winners not only receive an ROH World Tag Team Championship opportunity, but a spot in the NWA’s revived Crockett Cup (more on that here).

Today, ROH has revealed the first match for Tag Wars in Dallas as Brody King and PCO of Villain Enterprises take on The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia:


The road to Madison Square Garden begins deep in the heart of Texas as the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling do battle on Road to G1 Supercard – Dallas!

Your favorite stars will be in action, jockeying for position as ROH heads toward 17th Anniversary in Las Vegas, the final stop on the Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore, and finally, The World’s Most Famous Arena!

The live event in Dallas features Night 1 of Tag Wars, a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 17th Anniversary on March 15 and a spot in the Crockett Cup, a tag team tournament co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, on April 27.

The first match announced for Tag Wars in Dallas pits PCO and Brody King of the newly formed Villain Enterprises against The Kingdom’s Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan, two-thirds of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions.


Marseglia and O’Ryan learned first-hand why there was so much buzz surrounding PCO and King, who were two of pro wrestling’s hottest free agents before signing with ROH last month.

During ROH’s international television taping in Philadelphia, Kingdom leader Matt Taven, Marseglia and O’Ryan were about to pounce on “The Villain” Marty Scurll, who appeared to have no backup. That’s when the lights went out, and when they came back on, PCO and King were standing alongside Scurll. Villain Enterprises was officially open for business.

A brawl ensued, with Villain Enterprises getting the better of The Kingdom, who quickly retreated.

Villain Enterprises has been undefeated in six-man tag matches since then, including a big victory over ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe and Silas Young at Honor Reigns Supreme Jan. 13 in Concord, N.C. The match in Dallas will be the first traditional tag match for PCO and King in ROH.

PCO and King are both no-nonsense, physical freaks of nature, but Marseglia and O’Ryan have the edge in experience as a team and have shown that they will stop at nothing to attain victory.

Tag Wars kicks off with three tag matches in Dallas and continues with three more tag matches on Jan. 25 in Houston. On Jan. 26 in San Antonio, the winning teams from the first two nights will compete in a pair of three-way tag matches. The two winners of those matches advance to the finals later that night.

All three nights of Road to G1 Supercard in Texas will stream LIVE worldwide for HonorClub. Keep it locked to and the ROH App for first-round match announcements.

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019
DALLAS , TX 75215




ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe)
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein
Matt Taven
“The Villain” Marty Scurll
Dalton Castle & The Boys
Flip Gordon
Mark Haskins
Kenny King
Shane Taylor
Silas Young
Jonathan Gresham

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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WWE News: SmackDown Live Rating Back Up A Bit, Climbs To 2nd In Ranks (1/15/19)



SmackDown Live
A look at the rating and ranking for last night’s SmackDown Live!

Over the two weeks where Monday Night RAW gave us pre-taped episodes taking place on the eve of holidays, the red brand’s ratings took a pretty big hit. Meanwhile SmackDown Live was also pre-taped and fell on those holidays, yet didn’t see as bad of a dip.

Last week, the numbers went down for the blue brand however, although it was their first live episode in weeks (check out last week’s numbers here). The numbers are in for this week’s follow-up and with RAW once again showing significant improvement (more on that here), SmackDown Live has gone back up some with a 2.143 rating, increasing 5.46%. Here’s the last four weeks of ratings for the blue brand:

  • December 25th: 1.904
  • January 1st: 2.091
  • January 8th: 2.032
  • January 15th: 2.143

When it comes to the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic this week, RAW dominated while SmackDown Live has moved up a couple of spots from last week to number two. However, their share of the demographic actually decreased ever so slightly by .01. Here is Tuesday night’s top five:

  1. The Curse Of Oak Island – History – 0.74
  2. SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.70
  3. The Haves And Have Nots – Oprah Network – 0.39
  4. The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC – 0.38
  5. Body Cam – Investigation Discovery – 0.35

EA’s Take: Most weeks you will catch me trumpeting the fact that week-in and week-out, SmackDown Live has been more consistently the better product than Monday Night RAW. This week, that’s not the case and I don’t think it’s even close. Outside of the incredible Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade match, the blue brand offered nothing that I was interested in. There’s no excuse for it either coming off of pretty hot episode of RAW. I think at this point we can say that as wrestling fans, SmackDown Live is still the better show. However, it very obviously takes more than that to pull in casuals and get the blue brand to beat out RAW.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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