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AEW News: Lots Of AEW Notes On Equal Pay, Contracts, Chris Jericho & More



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Lots of updates on All Elite Wrestling after yesterday’s rally!

Over 24 hours later and the talk of the wrestling world continues to be All Elite Wrestling following their rally in Jacksonville to officially launch the promotion (watch the rally and/or check out the recap here).

One of the biggest stories coming out of yesterday is of course the signing of Chris Jericho, who was originally reported to be a founding father of the company when news of a new promotion on the way initially broke (if you don’t remember, see it here). According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, the multi-time WWE Champion was in talks with the WWE as recently as just prior to Wrestle Kingdom 13. However, much like Jericho stated during the rally, he is “all in with All Elite Wrestling” and was looking to be a part of something new.

Also during the rally, some pretty interesting statements were made by Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes and Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes that a lot of fans have been wanting clarification on. Cody would discuss how important wins and losses will be in AEW, which Meltzer would also slightly address by saying the company will be marketing itself as more “sports-oriented”, likening the idea to something WWE Hall Of Famer Bill Watts employed in Mid-South Wrestling in the 1980’s.

As it pertains to talent contracts and how exclusive they will be, Cody would also address this by saying that Joey Janela will still be able to hold his annual Joey Janela’s Spring Break event. Additionally, Jericho will also have no issues putting on his next Jericho Cruise, which has already been announced (go here for more on that), but no other details were given.

Another noteworthy item from the rally was Brandi’s statement that there would be equal pay for the women in All Elite Wrestling, which in-turn led to a lot of people wanting more specifics on how that will work. Today, the ‘Chief Brandi Officer’ took to Twitter to clarify:

EA’s Take: There are still SO many details to be worked out with this company that it’s hard for me to formulate too much of an opinion on anything. It’s like playing Pin The Tail On The Donkey. Especially when it comes to things like contracts, how often the talent will work and who they can work with. The company isn’t even sure who they will be working with yet (that we know of). I do find the equal pay thing interesting though because to be honest, the term is a little deceiving. There will never truly be “equal pay” no matter your gender if you add in things like merchandise, position on the card, etc. I think a lot of people heard that and thought, “Britt Baker will get paid the same as Chris Jericho”. In the words of the late, great Gorilla Monsoon, “Will you stop…”.

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



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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)



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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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