Jason shuffles in to your hump day with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at Pedro Morales, Future AEW Events, Batista With AEW and more!
Pedro Morales Passes Away
Former WWWF and WWF Superstar Pedro Morales passed away today at age 76. For the younger fans that visit the Chairshot, Morales was a key superstar for the WWWF, as he was the first ever triple crown champion in company history. He is also the longest (combined days) reigning Intercontinental champion in company history.
Batista Is All Elite?
In yesterday’s New Shuffle, I told you that Batista was in negotiations with the WWE about a potential match at WrestleMania 35, but there was also interest from All Elite Wrestling. I brushed off the idea entirely, but then Chris Jericho made an Instagram post of a picture of Batista and himself today as they had just had lunch.
Mandy Rose/Sonya Deville To Enter Chamber At #2
Also in yesterday’s article, you found out that Sasha Banks and Bayley will be entering the Elimination Chamber at #1. Joining them at #2 by virtue of their loss on tonight’s SmackDown Live will be Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.
Becky Lynch Out Of WrestleMania Main Event?
The news shuffle for yesterday was set to post before the end of RAW, so I missed the biggest news story of the evening and that is Becky Lynch being suspended by Vince McMahon for 60 days, and Charlotte Flair replacing her at WrestleMania. If you read Greg DeMarco’s article Lynch and the possibilites for her at WrestleMania (read it HERE) you would have a general idea as to why WWE creative is doing what they are to Lynch. ( I want to point out that Greg wrote this article 5 days before the RAW angle took place)
Further Events For AEW Leaked?
We know that AEW will have the Double Or Nothing event in May, and we also know the company will be having an event in Jacksonville, FL at a later date. But details have been sketchy as to what other events could occur in 2019. The website WrestleTalk claims to have a source close to AEW and has revealed other potential dates for 2019 events. They include:
- May 25 – Double Or Nothing at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas
- June 2019 – Unspecified show (believed to be in USA)
- July 2019 – Unnamed show in Jacksonville, Florida with a portion of the proceeds going to anti-gun crime charities
- August 2019 – Royal Albert Hall, London, England
- September 2019 – All Out – the official sequel to All In and the full launch of the brand prior to TV tapings beginning. We understand that while not yet confirmed, this is again likely to take place at the Sears Center in Chicago
- October 2019 – Weekly television starts
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
Very busy day in the world of wrestling. I wouldn’t look too much in to Batista and Jericho having lunch together. For all we know, all the talk of Batista being interested in AEW could be dirt sheet rumor, Jericho/Meltzer stirring the pot, maybe to even get WWE to spend a substantial amount for Batista and his services. But let’s assume for a second that it’s not, and AEW/Batista actually have an interest in working together. Where exactly would Batista fit in? While it would be a coup in the short term for the company, what would the long term benefit be? He would bring name recognition to the company, but I can’t see anyone on the roster, as of yet, for him to be in a program with. And, if wins and loses are going to mean something in AEW, how can they position Omega, Jericho, or a younger talent to job to Batista ? I am only speculating here, but have to wonder if he does sign, if there is the possibility the rumors of Brock Lesnar being interested are also true.
Becky Lynch being out of the main event will most likely not last long. They are going with the Daniel Bryan approach here. All the shine came off of Ronda Rousey when Becky won the Royal Rumble, and fans have begun to boo her. Inserting Charlotte in the mix takes some of the heat off of Rousey and puts it in the lap of Flair. We will most likely end up with a match at Fastlane that will determine if Becky is reinstated and inserted in to the match at WrestleMania.
The proposed dates for upcoming AEW events are interesting. With all the hype for AEW, will people still be interested in the fall for television ? On the surface, it makes sense as most new TV shows or series premiers for existing ones are in the fall.
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