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Kenny Omega & Kushida Officially Leaving New Japan

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Another clue in the future of Kenny Omega falls as he confirms to Tokyo Sports that he is leaving New Japan.

Kenny Omega confirmed, in an interview with Tokyo Sports, that he is leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling. He lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi in front of a packed Tokyo Dome on January 4.

“There is no real place for me to fit, so it’s best for me not to be in (NJPW). I can’t be there working under Tanahashi. I don’t think he’s surpassed me, don’t think he’s better. If we can, I want to face him again. But I need time away, and not just from New Japan.”

The last part of the quote (which can be seen here in the untranslated version) is also newsworthy, as Omega says he needs time away in general, “not just from New Japan.” It’d be surprising to see him take time away when he is the hottest free agent in professional wrestling, but Kenny Omega beats to his own drum.

KUSHIDA Announces Departure

Sure to be lost in the news of Omega’s departure is the announcement by KUSHIDA that he is also leaving New Japan, after 8 years.

KUSHIDA lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at WrestleKingdom 13, an event that saw each championship change hands. As previously reported, WWE has shown interest in the junior heavyweight, and his trip “overseas” could indicate a deal with the worldwide leader in Sports Entertainment.

All Elite Wrestling

As is the case with any notable free agent in pro wrestling, both Kenny Omega and KUSHIDA are obviously on the radar for All Elite Wrestling. Omega is a member of The Elite, and was a prominent part of the build to ALL IN. It’s likely that the only thing standing between Omega and AEW is a large-money WWE contract.

KUSHIDA, while not the name that Omega is, would be a great addition to the roster as he is also very popular with American fans.

All Elite Wrestling is hosting a rally on Tuesday in Jacksonville to reveal more plans for Double Or Nothing. While not confirmed, an announcement on the futures of both men could come at that rally.

Stay tuned to The Chairshot as we continue to monitor the start to what is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in the history of the wrestling business!


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)

Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!

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ALL IN Chris Jericho

Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!

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More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)

“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”

AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes

Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:

Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber

Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.

Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event

While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.

 


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WWE Elimination Chamber Results: WWE Championship Match

Was Daniel Bryan able to walk out of WWE Elimination Chamber still BOTH the Planet’s and WWE Champion?

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WWE Elimination Chamber WWE Championship Match

Six men fought it out in the main event of WWE Elimination Chamber for The New Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship. Did the Planet’s Champion retain?

The six men involved were:

  • Kofi Kingston (with Big E and Xavier Woods, starting in the near right pod)
  • Jeff Hardy (starting in the far right pod)
  • Randy Orton (starting in the near left pod)
  • AJ Styles (starting in the near left pod)
  • Samoa Joe (starting in the ring)
  • WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (with Eric Rowan, starting in the ring)

Kofi Kingston was THE fan’s favorite headed into this match. But he started in a pod, as the first two men in the match were Samoa Joe and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (the Ring Of Honor fan in me is happy).

Order of events:

  • Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe started the match at 0:00
  • Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber at 5:16
  • AJ Styles entered the Chamber at 10:27
  • AJ Styles eliminated Samoe Joe at 14:34
  • Jeff Hardy entered the Chamber at 15:14
  • Daniel Bryan eliminated Jeff Hardy at 17:58
  • Randy Orton entered the Chamber at 19:57
  • Randy Orton eliminated AJ Styles at 22:21
  • Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton at 24:01
  • The final two men in the match were WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston
  • Daniel Bryan pinned Kofi Kingston at 36:35 to retain the WWE Championship

Daniel Bryan last eliminated Kofi Kingston to win the Elimination Chamber match and retain the WWE Championship


Follow along with Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Coverage!


 


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