Jason shuffles in to your Sunday Funday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at a potential WWE/Netflix partnership, Fenix Injury, and Ronda Rousey!
WWE Partnering With Netflix ?
The WWE has a media giant with the WWE Network. So why not partner with another media giant in Netflix? According to PWInsider, the WWE is reportedly looking at partnering with Netflix to produce original content, including full-length, feature films. The first full length film looks like it will be titled The Main Event. The synopsis of the film is:
This week has been a big week for Fenix and the Lucha Bros. They were introduced as the newest tag team signed to All Elite Wrestling, and also won the IMPACT tag team titles on this week’s IMPACT episode. However, it appears that Fenix was injured last night at an AAW show. Fenix appeared to injury his neck during a rolling cutter spot. Luckily, according to AAW, it appears it was only a muscle contusion.
UPDATE on @ReyFenixMx – He has been treated and released from the hospital with a muscle contusion. He is feeling good and will be back up to 100% after some rest.
We thank you all for your concern and for making #LUCHACITY such wonderful time!
— AAW Wrestling (@AAWPro) February 9, 2019
AAA/IMPACT Working Agreement In Jeopardy ?
It was also a big week this week for AAA. All Elite Wrestling announced they are in a working agreement with the company at the Double Or Nothing ticket party event. What many may not remember is IMPACT has a working agreement with AAA as well. According to PWInsider, the new agreement with AEW will not effect the relationship between AAA/IMPACT. Mike Johnson from PWInsider notes that “Impact Wrestling sources have stated they were aware of the relationship in the days before it was publicly announced and that they have been told by AAA officials that there would be no changes to their own relationship going forward.”
Wrestling Free Agents/Signings
For those of you who follow the NFL, you know that free agency will begin in about a month. In wrestling, there has been a bit of movement of some of the biggest free agents as well. Fobes has an article looking at the signings for each of the major companies that you can take a look at here. The stakes are high for many companies, and it appears each company is doing all they can to acquire talent.
RAW Women’s Championship Match At Elimination Chamber
This week’s RAW saw Ronda Rousey defeat Riott Squad members Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan. It looks like Riott Squad leader Ruby Riot will get herself a championship match against Ronda at Elimination Chamber according to WWE.com
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
I have followed Ruby Riott for some time dating back to her indie days as Heidi Lovelace. I think she is more than capable to have a long term women’s championship run, however, we know its a given that Ronda will win this match as the WWE isn’t going to have their biggest women’s cash cow not being RAW women’s champion at WrestleMania. Hopefully in the future, Riott can get a chance to carry the title.
The WWE’s partnership with Netflix intrigues me. Not so much for the possibilities of full-length films, but hopefully some independent documentaries. The ESPN produced Nature Boy documentary, and the HBO Andre The Giant documentary were amazing. Giving independent directors not affiliated with the WWE a chance to produce original programming would be nice to see, and hopefully give us an unbiased opinion on topics. A full length documentary on the history of the WWE could be a great idea.
AAA continuing to work with IMPACT makes sense on all levels. One of the positive things (and yes, there are a few) that AEW and IMPACT are doing is having working agreements with independent promotions. A talent exchange can keep the roster, feuds, and story lines fresh. Much like the territory days of the 70’s and early 80’s.
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Vikings Get A Name Change
Many fans and wrestling personalities commented on the War Raiders name change to the Viking Experience. Now, it looks like the WWE has changed the teams name again. They will now be known as the Viking Raiders according to their WWE.com bio.
I get that WWE wants to name outside teams with their own in house names, but I still don’t understand why they were renamed from War Machine. I could have lived with War Raiders as well, but what do I know.
Cesaro Moved To RAW
Earlier today, we told you about the superstars that are moving to SmackDown Live. Now it appears that a superstar from the blue brand will be moving to RAW. POST Wrestling is reporting that Cesaro will be moving to RAW, effectively ending The Bar.
Cesaro and Sheamus had a great run as a tag team, and its a shame that both of them are not moving over to RAW, as I feel there is still some mileage left in the team.
AEW Signs 4 More
AEW continues to add talent to what is already shaping up to be an impressive roster. The signings include Leva Bates, Peter Avalon, and the tag team Private Party.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) April 22, 2019
— The Young Bucks® (@MattJackson13) April 22, 2019
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; AEW is already shaping up to have one of the more impressive female rosters in North America. Here is hoping that it will live up to the hype.
WWE Holding Tryout In China
WWE continues to hold tryouts on foreign soil as the company will hold a tryout in China on July 15th to the 18th. According the press release:
SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that it will return to China in search of the next generation of Superstars by holding a talent tryout in Shanghai, its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout, from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.
“We are excited to return to Shanghai following the huge success of the first tryout in 2016,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “I have a personal message to every athlete and performer in China who has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar: I am coming to Shanghai to help you make that happen. This is real, this is your chance. Step up and take this opportunity to change your life forever.”
This isn’t your father’s WWE. Hell, this isn’t the WWE from when I was younger. WWE continues to search and find talent to bring in to the company. You can say what you want, but the company does a great job in tapping into the foreign talent markets.
Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown
Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?
Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.
In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.
The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?
Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal
I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.
This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:
UPDATE: Aleister Black is now officially listed on WWE dot com as a SmackDown Superstar as well. His profile states: "After the 2019 Superstar Shake-up, Black set his sights on changing the landscape of SmackDown LIVE."
— Pro Wrestling Sheet (@WrestlingSheet) April 22, 2019
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