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.
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
Dolph Ziggler Reveals He Was Added To The 2019 Royal Rumble The Night Before
How did Dolph Ziggler end up in the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble?
When, and how, was Dolph Ziggler added to the 2019 Royal Rumble match?
In a sit-down interview with Chris Van Vliet (seen above), Dolph Ziggler reveals that he wasn’t booked for the WWE Royal Rumble until the night before, and he earned a payday for his comedy show and the Royal Rumble appearance.
“Oh my God. That’s a great story. Can I tell this story? When I talked to you, I was not booked for the Royal Rumble and I have no reason to lie to anybody or be like ‘Hey listen, I don’t know what the deal is’. I was just on hiatus and I got a call to be there. And if I wasn’t in town for a booking for a comedy show that night I would not have even been in Phoenix. I got a call the night before saying ‘Hey, you gotta get here.’ … I was one of the last people in the ring that night and my comedy show three blocks away had to start an hour late because I was running over with sweat and my bags. I almost went in my gear but I was like I’m going to have to shower.”
Dolph Ziggler hasn’t appeared for WWE since the Royal Rumble, and in the interview above he maintains that he on an extended vacation from the company. You might remember that Ziggler made first contact with Nia Jax during the Rumble, nailing her with a Superkick.
With thanks to WrestleZone for the quote.
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