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Press Release: Sean Waltman Discusses AEW With Tony Khan On X-Pac 12360

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Tony Khan guests on this week’s X-Pac 12360!

The talk of the wrestling world remains to be All Elite Wrestling and likely will stay that way while the company puts itself together for its Double Or Nothing event in May.

With so many people wanting to give their two cents on the upstart promotion, Sean Waltman went straight to the source on this week’s new episode of X-Pac 12360. The Chairshot was issued the following press release for the latest edition of the show, which you can see skim highlights of below or watch above in its entirety:

SEAN ‘X-PAC’ WALTMAN WELCOMES THE PRESIDENT OF ALL ELITE WRESTLING TONY KHAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE- Los Angeles

X-PAC 12360

Get it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGDnJLckv0

or download the podcast version on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-12360/id1150124693?mt=2 or download the podcast version for Android: https://omny.fm/shows/x-pac-12360/tony-khan-talks-aew-with-sean-and-comedian-mike-la

AEW President Tony Kahn Addresses the Bill Goldberg Rumors

I have spent some time will Bill, I really like Bill a lot and he’s one of the greatest drawing cards ever in the business, he’s a huge star, a household name…and yeah if the situation was right obviously …I haven’t agreed to anything with Bill or anything but I like Bill a lot.

AEW President Tony Khan Says He’s Not Looking To Buy Out Other Promotions But He Is Open To Partnerships

No. No. We’re looking to start something new I am not looking to absorb… I am open to partnerships. There are a lot of people doing exciting things all over the world and especially internationally; I am very open to partnerships. And domestically, I think I’ve seen the future and it’s what we’re doing. I am very very happy with where we’re at today. Yesterday was a real big day for us as a company and we have a lot of work to do moving forward between now and May 25th, Double or Nothing in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand , Memorial Day weekend. It’s going to be a real good time. But yeah I am not really looking to acquire a lot of other companies or even libraries but as far as partnerships and things of that nature I think there’s a lot of exciting things that people can do.

AEW President Tony Khan Talks About How Wrestlers with Full-Time Office Jobs in AEW Can Be Provided with Healthcare

Some of the people working with us are still independent contractors. And what I am doing is a lot of people are doing full-time office jobs. The people doing full-time office jobs have similar benefits to other sports executives and I have a lot of sports executives that are currently working with us here in Florida at the Jaguars so what I’ve said is ‘Okay, well you’re sports executives so I can set you up with healthcare packages’… but at the end of the day a lot of people are doing office jobs so a lot of wrestlers are gonna end up with healthcare out of this.

AEW President Tony Khan Comments On How Equal Pay Will Work

Equal pay for equal spots. And that’s fair to me and I think it’s fair to everyone.

AEW President Tony Khan Talks About The Challenges AEW Will Face

It’s gonna be a challenge every week to provide a compelling product, as we go forward and deliver something people want to see regularly. And that people will pay to see. And that will make it a profitable business. I think that’s very important…  I think it will be on the company to deliver something that people want to see and I think we have the performers that can deliver that, we have the brainpower within the organization to deliver that. So, I think it’s not gonna be easy, everyone has to work really hard but I think that’s the challenge that everybody’s up too.

AEW President Tony Khan Talks About His Vision For AEW

I want to grow this into being something that the wrestling community will embrace… From top to bottom, beginning to end, every show we’re going to give you things we think you’re gonna enjoy and I don’t want to give you anything unless there’s a reason. Where it’s gonna be important later where you saw it, I don’t want to give you anything that you’re not going to enjoy now. If that makes sense… I think what we have, is we have a group of people with so much talent and so much wrestling know-how that I think we’re going to be able to generate a wrestling show that’s not just build with great work and awesome promos but spontaneity and a live show that really feels like a live show like ’ooh anything can happen’… I am excited about what we’re going to do.

AEW President Tony Kahn Talks About The Importance of Wins and Losses and Incorporating That Into Wrestling

… It {Pro Wrestling} hasn’t been taken seriously as the true athletic competition it is, in other sports wins and losses matter and I feel like wins and losses are a huge part of the equation. I really want a win and a loss to be taken seriously and the win/loss component should be a huge part of the competition to build up to the championship. Something we will take very very seriously. In my background in sports, I am huge believer in statistics and I think that’s one area where in wrestling we’ve seen some cool stuff get over…To me I think there’s real opportunities to do some interesting things just in terms of building up athletes the way UFC has as legitimate competition.

AEW President Tony Khan Talks About The Climate of the Business and The Work Ethic of His Roster

The business climate right now is very good for what we’re doing and I think there’s a great opportunity obviously there was a lot of talent that was going to become available in 2019 to put together a top roster and I think that’s what we’ve already begun to do and we already have some of the best workers in the world…I don’t have any question about the work ethic of the people I am going into business with. How can you question Chris Jericho’s work ethic? And Cody and The Bucks are friends of mine, I mean those guys work their asses off. And Hangman Page is gonna be a big, big star in this business. I feel really really strongly about that guy… Pac is another guy who’s a really hard worker….

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of Westwood One’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Cody Rhodes Using WCW Gimmicks, Alexa Bliss Injury Update, New Day Leaving WWE And More! (3/21/2019

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News here! Commentary today on Cody Rhodes using WCW gimmicks, New Day leaving WWE?, Alexa Bliss injury update and more!

Cody Rhodes Applies For WCW Related Trademarks

While not overly newsworthy, but something that is rather interesting; Cody Rhodes has applied for trademarks for “Bunkhouse Stampede,” “Bash at the Beach,” and “Battlebowl.” As many wrestling fans may know, all there of this names are former WCW/NWA pay per view and event names. Cody’s father, Dusty Rhodes, was the creator of the Bunkhouse Stampede and Battlebowl matchups.

Jason’s Take

I am going to hate on AEW a bit here. If they are trying to change the world, and do something new, why even revisit the past? I get the fact that these are events long forgotten by the WWE, but why revert to the past? It does not make you innovative and world changing by doing so.

New Day Leaving The WWE?

The Tuesday episode of SmackDown Live initially saw Kofi Kingston win his gauntlet match and the right to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. However, at the conclusion of the match, Vince McMahon added an additional opponent in Daniel Bryan. Bryan would go on to defeat Kofi, thus ruining his chance at a title match at WrestleMania. Throughout the day, Big E and Xavier Woods have hinted at leaving the WWE.

Jason’s Take

Both videos/promos are very heartfelt, and there is probably a mixture of a work/shoot to both of them. I expect that this is a work, and the New Day won’t be leaving the company anytime soon. My thoughts are this all is storyline leading up to Kofi getting a match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. The writing works, but I don’t know why they are taking this approach.

WWE Moves It’s Headquarters

WWE sent out a press release today announcing that it will be moving headquarters, it stated:

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that the company will move its global headquarters to a new office complex at 677 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut. This move will allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.

“One of the most important elements necessary to execute WWE’s long-term growth strategy is world-class talent collaborating seamlessly to create compelling content. Our workplace initiative will be the foundation to meet these objectives and underpins our ability to deliver long-term value,” said George Barrios, WWE Co-President.

The new headquarters will provide the company with work space suited to its growing and evolving workforce. The site in Stamford’s central business district provides greater access from various means of transportation, floor plans which are well-suited to producing video content and greater flexibility in workplace design. The Company anticipates that it will move to the new headquarters in early 2021.

WWE will lease the space for an initial term of approximately 16.5 years commencing no earlier than July 1, 2019, with five five-year renewal options thereafter. The lease will be accounted for as a finance lease, with the creation of a lease obligation (equal to the present value of future lease payments, which would result in the recognition of interest expense over time) and a right-of-use lease asset (equal to the lease obligation less tenant incentives, which is depreciated on a straight-line basis through depreciation expense). Accordingly, the accounting for the lease agreement is not expected to have a material impact on Adjusted OIBDA. Depreciation expense associated with the right-of-use asset will be reflected in operating income. The Company’s capital expenditure guidance reflects this initiative. That guidance estimated capital expenditures of approximately $70 million to $90 million for 2019 with continued spending in 2020 above the historic range of approximately 4% to 7% of revenue. Additionally, the company expects to sell its owned and operated corporate facility at 1241 East Main Street, exit its leased spaces at 1266 East Main Street, and will evaluate options for its production studio facilities at 88 and 120 Hamilton Avenue based on strategic, operating and financial considerations.

Plans For Asuka At WresleMania Revealed

I have talked about the rumored plans for Asuka at WrestleMania over the past few whether it involved a potential one on one match with Lana, Mandy Rose, or Lacey Evans. However, the questions have been answered. On next week’s SmackDown, Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville will face off in a Fatal 4 Way match with the winner taking on Asuka for the SmackDown women’s championship at WrestleMania

Jason’s Take

The Fatal 4 Way will be a great match, and I expect Mandy Rose to come away with the victory. As an early prediction, I expect her to walk away with the SmackDowntitle at WrestleMania as well.

Alexa Bliss Injury Update

With minimal appearances wrestling the past few months, many have wondered if Alexa Bliss has been re-injured. Other than her Royal Rumble appearance and tag team tournament match, she has been hosting A Moment Of Bliss rather than competing in the ring. Alexa spoke with Asbury Park Press, and her in ring status came up as a topic. Alexa replied with:

“I’ve been doing live events,” she said. “It just depends on how I’m being used on ‘Raw’ that day. One day I’ll have a match and one day I’ll have a ‘Moment of Bliss,’ it just depends on what helps what story get across.”

Jason’s Take

I think Alexa does very well as a show host on RAW, and this is more of a creative having nothing for her at the moment until after WrestleMania. I responded to a post on the Chairshot Facebook page (which you should be following) that Alexa should be in a role managing Elias. Elias has been chasing potential WWE gold for some time, and who better to lead him to the promise land. Remember, it was Bliss who lead Blake and Murphy to tag team gold in NXT.


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A Magical Interview With Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW)

Learn more about Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW)!

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This evening was a special event for me, as I was working on my next article. I was in the mist of researching one of the rising stars in Asia, Malaysia Professional Wrestling (MyPW) and the promotion’s representative quickly replied to my initial contact over Facebook.  It is important to understand the story of such promotions and with the gracious opportunity before me, I seized the moment to conduct the following interview.  I can not thank Malaysia Pro Wrestling enough for taking time out of their schedule and agree to this with no prior warning.  I will always be in their debt.

SC: Thank you for spending time to speak with me.

MYP: It is a pleasure, we are truly grateful for any feedback we can receive from our fanbase.  It is very important to MYPW to maintain strong relations with our fans.

SC: Since most fans in the United States are unfamiliar with your promotion, please tell us about how Malaysian Pro Wrestling began.

MYP: Professional wrestling has always been popular in Malaysia, beginning in the 1980s with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Class Wrestling (WCW).  Fans in the country couldn’t attend live events, so we established fan clubs which became a tight community.  Our founder, Mr. Ayez Shaukat Fonseka grew up being a fan, but believed our fans deserved a promotion of our own.  In April 2014, Malaysian Pro Wrestling was born.

SC: The fanbase sounds remarkable.

MYP: It is true, we didn’t just meet to watch events on television.  We also coordinated with each other for other activities.  We became more than friends, we became family.

SC: What were some of the challenges MYPW faced during those early years?

MYP:  Malaysia didn’t have a wrestling school or a professional trainer in the beginning.  One of our volunteers, Mr. Shaukat took a three week course under Rick Drasin (trained by WWE HoF Mae Young) and he found a mentor in form of Dr. Tom Prichard.  Mr. Shaukat became our head trainer and we began as a wrestling school.   It took two years before we were able to hold our first event in 2016 MyPW Uprising.

SC:  What are some of the biggest challenges MYPW faces today and how do you overcome these?
MYP:  The biggest challenge has always been our financial limitations.  We literally practice the word “independent” or “indie” for short.  We are unable to attract sponsors as well. The promotion is single handedly funded by our co-director, merchandise sales, and tickets to cover the show venue.  As for the developmental center, the running cost is covered by the monthly fees.
SC: What do you see as your greatest accomplishments?
MYP: I humbly am not sure, however our talent has worked extremely hard to provide top level entertainment at every performance and our fans demonstrate their appreciation by filling our shows most of the time.  This success has provided us opportunities to appear on local news stations and several talk shows.  We have also been able to expand our fan base across the Asian and Pacific regions including Australia and the United States.


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