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.