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AEW: All Elite Or All Hype?

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Well as soon as the ball dropped on the west coast, the biggest news of 2019 followed. AEW has people buzzing. But will the expectation outweigh the reality?

As I’m sure you’re aware of the news that started off the new year as in a recent episode of Being the Elite revealed that they have officially created a new wrestling promotion called All Elite Wrestling. They also announced that their first big event will also be known as Double or Nothing, the sequel for their first show, All In.

I think everyone knew it was going to happen soon as the rumors started taking place about a new company being formed after Cody, Young Bucks, and even Chris Jericho being involved in some meetings while being secretive or just denying anything until they made the announcement themselves. Before we talk about opinions and such, let’s look over what we exactly know so far.

Right now, we do know that Cody will be the executive producer for the promotion while Young Bucks will be known at the bookers for it. Also, apparently BJ Whitmer is being considered as one of the producers once it was announced about his departure from Ring of Honor. We do know that they have signed a few deals but they didn’t say who exactly has signed. However, we do believe that Cody, Christopher Daniels, and Adam Page have signed contracts while Young Bucks look like they haven’t just yet. An announcement that I think we’ll get after their match at Wrestle Kingdom 13. We also found out that co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tony Khan will be the official president of AEW and his net worth is apparently over 6 billion dollars which is huge and could be super beneficial for their finances to help them get started, plus he’s also a big wrestling fan who is even subscribed to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Apparently, our next set of details will be announced next week at a rally.

So what exactly will AEW need to have a chance to be considered a successful business? Well, let’s take a look down below and see what we got.

TV Deals
– A TV deal is one thing they would need and they apparently have a few deals lined up after the success of All In that impressed a lot of broadcasters for some television deals, but now they would just need the right network that is around for most cable providers to get as many people as they can for the ratings. We also know that they have registered a trademark for ‘Tuesday Night Dynamite’ which would look like they’re going for a Tuesday slot for their show which is a good spot, especially if WWE does move SmackDown to Fridays when they go to FOX. Least we know that All In benefited them more in the long term, otherwise we probably wouldn’t have gotten executives having their eyes set on the new promotion.

Partnerships
– The right partnerships will definitely be in a step in the right direction and the question is who would be interested in doing it. Right now, a partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling is up in the air due to their current partnership with Ring of Honor and they might not want to exit that partnership as of right now. Unless they would find a way to work with both United States promotions just so they get that extra exposure in the states on a bigger network instead of AXS TV, but it again all depends on what they want to do in the long run. If New Japan does fold on being partners with them, what could they do? They could always find another Japanese promotion that would be interested in thriving to get that global exposure. If New Japan doesn’t go, then that would most likely mean that Ring of Honor, Rev Pro, and CMLL wouldn’t be able to do the partnership with them, but they would still be in a good spot since there’s plenty of promotions out there for AEW to partner up with all over the globe, just all depends how far they want to go with their partnerships or just start small and work their way up.

Talent
– Like I said earlier, only a handful of people have contracts with them while some are up in the air right now. They would wanna have some top talent to increase more interest in the product and we still got quite a big selection of free agents and some wrestlers with their contracts coming up. Kenny Omega is one of them and he could be the face of the company if he did sign, but right now we don’t know what exactly will take place for him since his contract with New Japan expires at the end of the month and if they don’t partner with AEW, he would might wanna jump ship and join the company to help put it on the map or he could sign with WWE for all we know and the ball is entirely in his court. Chris Jericho is another one that is also up in the air since he has a mind for the business and would most likely wanna join to help put them on the map, but for all, we know it could be a short-term deal like he does with everyone so it wouldn’t full tarnish his relationship with Vince McMahon, but we never know what goes on in Chris’ head and does whatever he wants. Again, there’s a huge talent pool all over the world and plenty of free agents to sign if they want to give them contracts.

Will they be considered competition for WWE?
– This is definitely a big question for people and I’m sure a lot of people will think yes, but, I would wanna say no as of right now. Not because I think they would be or anything, just more of they just started out and we still don’t know their official plans or how it will plan out at the end of it all when they start off. I think that they’re right now just considering an alternative product for people that want something new or just tired of how WWE is running stuff. If they were to try and go after WWE head on right away, then there’s a high chance that they would lose as they could run off their competition if they cared enough and are not only more financial compared to them, also have better production and a bigger global audience compared to them. Right now, just focusing on themselves right now is a better way to go about it at first and then just build up a bigger audience as you go along instead of just jumping the fun.

Will AEW be successful?
– Right now, it’s too early to tell due to not having enough information about the promotion except for who’s in charge and who do we have right now. I do like their chances though as they do have enough loyal fans due to their Bullet Club days and Being the Elite YouTube show, No matter how you feel about them as performers, it’s hard to deny the minds they have for the business as they do know what the fans want when it comes to a wrestling product, and know how to take full advantage of that to make it work out in their favor. If they do play it smart, I think it’ll be a great alternative and could be a huge success if done right and I actually do wish them luck for them in the end and hope it doesn’t flop like Global Force Wrestling, you guys remember that? I don’t think anyone does and Jeff Jarrett tried…kinda. I’m definitely gonna keep an eye on it to get more information since any chance to see more wrestling isn’t always a bad thing.

So thank you guys for reading my latest article and how do you think it’ll fair off? Will be a huge success or will be a promotion with all hype but no substance? That’s for you and all of us to find out. I’m sure we won’t get an official show till near the third quarter of the year but things could happen and we’ll see how things go.


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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