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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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Steve Cook’s Top 5 Worst Tag Team Names

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Truly inspired by The Viking Exprience, Steve Cook takes a look back at the Worst Tag Team Names in his latest Top 5!

The Superstar Shakeup brought some new faces to Monday Night Raw & SmackDown Live. In what was considered a bit of a surprise as they’re currently NXT Tag Team Champions, Hanson & Rowe made their debut on Raw. Only they weren’t Hanson & Rowe, they were Ivar & Erik. They also weren’t the War Raiders. Instead, they were The Viking Experience. A week later they’ve changed to the Viking Raiders, which is slightly less horrible but brings back memories of the NFL during World War II when we had the Phil-Pitt Steagles.

The only solace fans can take is that Ivar & Erik won’t be sunk on the main roster because they’re known as the Viking Experience or the Viking Raiders or whatever else. They’ll be sunk on the main roster because they’re a tag team. And hey, it’s not like they’re the only tag team ever to have a crappy name. Here’s five others!

5. Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane)

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Don’t get me wrong, I loved the dynamic between Bryan & Kane. If there are two wrestlers I would like to see/hear do a talk show, it would be the newly Trumpian Glen Jacobs & The New Daniel Bryan. They have amazing chemistry as a unit, though they couldn’t be further apart as wrestlers or on the political spectrum.

The name though…the WWE Universe screwed this one up. Team Friendship was right there for the taking. It would have been the perfect name for Kane & Bryan based on the counseling they had gone through with Dr. Shelby. It was one of those names that would have been stupid and awesome at the same time. Instead, they went with the lazy mish-mash. Which made even less sense when they reunited years later with Bryan firmly in Yes Mode.

4. The Gangstanators (New Jack & John Kronus)

I am kinder to mish-mash names than most. I see a lot of hate out there for names like Jeri-Show, Jeri-Miz, Rated-RKO, Rybaxel and other names that wrestling writers obsessed with Brangelina gave tag teams. For me, the best part of Ryback & Curtis Axel as a tag team was their name.

A team that came along before Brangelina was a much worse example of this fad than anybody that came along after. Kronus was part of the Eliminators, and his partner Perry Saturn decided to get some work with WCW. New Jack was part of the Gangstas. I don’t know what happened to his partner Mustafa, but nobody else seemed to care.

So New Jack & Kronus decided to team based off of mutual respect. Nothing wrong with that. The name was terrible though. If they had plans for this duo, they really should have come up with something new, instead of something that reminded us of two tag teams that we liked more.


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3. TM-61 (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne)

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Miller & Thorne were known as The Mighty Don’t Kneel, or TMDK for short, during their run throughout Australia, Japan & the American independent scene. WWE likes to change these things up, for obvious reason. So Shane Thorne got to keep his name, but Mikey Nicholls became Nick Miller, which gives us the TM part. 61 is the dialing code for Australia. So it’s kind of clever.

Here’s the hitch in the getty-up: No good tag team name needs this much of an explanation. You see Ax & Smash, and you understand why they’re called Demolition. Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart walk out accompanied by Jimmy Hart, and The Hart Foundation sounds apt. Heck, Honky Tonk Man comes down with black-haired Greg Valentine and you get Rhythm & Blues right away. This thing…well, there’s a reason they changed it to The Mighty once they turned heel.

2. The New (fill in the blank)

New anything is bad news. Especially in pro wrestling, with the exception of the original New World Order. Remember the New Blackjacks? The New Rockers? The New Midnight Express? If you’re my age, you’re probably trying to forget these teams, as they were nothing but a pale imitation of the original teams.

The New Blackjacks were Blackjack Bradshaw & Blackjack Windham. Marty Jannetty brought along his buddy Leif Cassidy to form the New Rockers. The New Midnight Express were Bodacious Bob & Bombastic Bart. I might be mixing those up, but I don’t care enough to look it up. It was that bad. I’m pretty sure Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson have never retired because they’re afraid somebody will try to make a New Rock N Roll Express.

People are learning, though. When Konnan put Santana & Ortiz together as a new tag team for him to manage in Impact Wrestling, he was smart enough not to call them The New LAX. They got to be LAX while Homicide & Hernandez had to be The OGz during their feud.

1. Air Devils (Fast Eddie & Matt Sydal)

This may require some explanation. Matt Sydal was a young up & comer in the Midwest indies back in 2005. The boy had all the high-flying moves you could ask for, and a look that any babyface would love to have. He was ready to take ROH by storm, but he needed a partner! It seemed like it would be Joey Matthews for a minute, but Matthews had other business at hand with Johnny Nitro & Melina. Hardly an opportunity a wrestler would turn down. So Fast Eddie got the nod, as he’d had some ROH appearances in the past.

The ROH message board got the opportunity to vote on a name for Matt & Eddie, and I can’t tell you what the other options were, but I can tell you what won. The Air Devils. See, daredevils, air devils, haw haw. A name so bad that the ROH commentators crapped on it during their debut match in Dayton, Ohio, which happened to be the very first ROH show I saw live. It was the Air Devils’ first & last match together, as Fast Eddie turned on Matt Sydal and joined Prince Nana’s Embassy.

Just a terrible piece of business, though it worked out in the long run for Sydal. He got over with ROH fans and had a pretty good run there. Fast Eddie…well, I’d be lying if I said I remembered a thing he did with the Embassy. When that faction won a Trios Tournament at another Dayton show I attended, they were represented by Alex Shelley, Jimmy Rave & Abyss. No Fast Eddie. He never saw his dismissal coming.

Did anybody else notice that fans chose two of these names? It goes to show that even if “The Viking Experience” is a terrible name, there’s no guarantee that we would have done better.


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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (4/22/19)

The world of Lucha Libre can be insane and overwhelming–but you have Joe Dinan here to help you make sense of it all!

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The world of Lucha Libre can be insane and overwhelming–but you have Joe Dinan here to help you make sense of it all!

CMLL

Arena Puebla and Arena Mexico Tuesday

I did not watch either of these shows, truth be told on weeks that I’m too busy I’ll probably skip Tuesday at least. Not that I plan on always skipping them but sometimes duty calls in life and Friday is really the only televised show CMLL cares about. CMLL current has what I call WWE syndrome, in the sense that they have a comfortable business right now. They were struggling a little last year until LA Park and the Lucha Brothers came in for a summer tour basically. Cibernetico, El Zorro, and Charley Manson coming in helped to an extent too but not the same. So ever since then CMLL has enjoyed very nice attendance so they don’t feel the need to put in a desperate effort. Which is what happens sometimes. Wrestling companies all go through that period once in a while so I’m sure they’ll eventually be back to high quality things. But right now it’s AAA giving high quality. So on the Monday Puebla show they set up a Police Man vs King Jaguar hair vs hair match which will be this Monday. I can’t imagine most are interested but these guys probably wanna do something. And nothing of significance happened on Tuesday. Nothing usually ever does.

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Volador and Ultimo Guerrero successfully won Block B and will face Titan and Cavernario next week. Or this week. Depends when this drops. It will be a good match. Block B was definitely a step down from Block A as far as quality wrestling goes. There was a lot of brawling and similar finishes here in Block B. That’s really all that’s going on.

AAA

So some of this AAA news involves MLW and Impact so I’m going to put it all here because there’s no point of typing it twice.

AAA has two shows this week, one on 4/26 and 4/28. I won’t be watching the one on 4/26 live because Avengers Endgame is calling. But the line ups look like this for 4/26, Psycho Clown, La Parka, and Puma King vs Rey Escorpion, Texano jr, and Chessman. Laredo Kid and Brian Cage vs Taurus and Daga. Poder de Norte vs Sammy Guevara, Jack Evans, and Australian Suicide. 4 way match with Golden Magic vs Hijo Del Vikingo vs Villano III Jr vs Flamita. Taya and Faby Apache vs Chik Tormenta and Luchadora surprise. Lady Maravilla and Black Danger vs Big Mami and Nino Hamburguesa.

For the 4/28 show it looks like, Psycho Clown, Laredo Kid, and Puma King v Rey Escorpion, Texano Jr, and Taurus. La Parka, Golden Magic, and Nino Hamburguesa vs Chessman, Averno, and Dave the Clown. Hijo Del Vikingo, Flamita, and Villano III Jr vs Poder de Norte. Sammy Guevara vs Jack Evans vs Australian Suicide. Faby Apache and La Hiedra vs Lady Maravilla and Chik Tormenta.

So AAA also has shows coming up on May 3rd and May 5th, Cinco de Mayo. But they also have some joint show which I’m not sure if it’s going to be on just TV Azteca or on Twitch too. There’s no way of knowing until the day approaches cause it’s AAA but it’s some tournament gimmick between 5 “companies”. I use quotes because Konnan is quite literally on creative for all the companies. One company isn’t technically even a company anymore. Lucha Libre Elite is a defunct company propped up by AAA to do invasion angles. The other is Aro Lucha which isn’t even like, it’s own company. The Harris brothers run it with Konnan and they basically use AAA talent and Mexican independent talent. So it’s again, basically AAA. Then we have AAA proper, whatever that entails. Then we have Impact and MLW. So at least in theory those two will use their own talent. It’s some tournament format supposed to happen on May 2nd. I’ll see if I have more information next week before it all happens. Maybe Konnan will reveal more on Keeping it 100 this week.


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