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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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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:

VILLAIN ENTERPRISES TO FACE KINGDOM IN TAG WARS IN DALLAS

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.

TAG WARS FIRST-ROUND MATCH
VILLAIN ENTERPRISES (PCO AND BRODY KING) vs. THE KINGDOM (VINNY MARSEGLIA AND TK O’RYAN)

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 ROHWrestling.com and the ROH App for first-round match announcements.

ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – DALLAS
THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:30 PM CT
GILLEY’S DALLAS
1135 S LAMAR ST
DALLAS , TX 75215

ALREADY SIGNED:

TAG WARS FIRST-ROUND MATCH
VILLAIN ENTERPRISES (PCO AND BRODY KING) vs. THE KINGDOM (VINNY MARSEGLIA AND TK O’RYAN)

SIGNED TO APPEAR:

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
Bandido
Mark Haskins
Kenny King
Shane Taylor
Silas Young
Jonathan Gresham
PLUS MORE!


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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.


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