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.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/19/19)
Start your Tuesday off with commentary on DX in the Hall Of Fame, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!
Jason shuffles into Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on DX, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!
Why Becky Lynch Won The Royal Rumble
Many fans have been questioning why Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble if the goal was to have Charlotte inserted in to storyline with Ronda Rousey. The current storyline between the three would have made more sense had Charlotte won. Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon was insistent that Becky Lynch win the Royal Rumble.
Are You Ready?
It was announced earlier today that the first members of the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 will be none other than D-Generation X. Xpac, Shawn Michaels, HHH, The New Age Outlaws and Chyna will all be a part of the induction.
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2019
Big Plans For Lacey Evans?
Since debuting on the main roster and participating in the Royal Rumble, fans have wondered what creatives plans are for Lacey Evans. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lacey Evans is in for a gigantic push, and there are many backstage officials that are very high on her.
Lio Rush Has Heat ?
Sunday nights finish to the Intercontinental title match between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley has people scratching their heads. Perhaps there is reason to the breakup of Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush. According to PWI Insider Elite, Rush has heat backstage.
“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”
“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
DX is getting a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction, but I have mixed feelings on it. This feels like an easy way out for WWE to have Chyna included into the HOF, rather than have her inducted as an individual. Also, I am probably in the minority on this, but there are others more deserving to be in before DX. I personally would have went with the NWO, but I am a mark for the NWO, so that’s just me.
Lacey Evans has the look, and her mic skills aren’t bad, however, she is green as grass. It will be interesting to see what type of program they come up with for her. A clash with Alexa Bliss perhaps?
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!
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!
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:
• Tickets purchased from all 50 states domestically(plus Puerto Rico / D.C)
• 9 countries. Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Panama, Austria
• 1st same day sellout for pro-wrestling in Vegas ever!
Thank you fans for going “all in” on this dream. pic.twitter.com/F5oi8A7uDu
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 13, 2019
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.
— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2019