Jason shuffles in to Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! A look at Seth Rollins being injured, Rusev unhappy, and the WWE Hall Of Fame!
If you missed any of the highlights from Monday Night RAW, take a look at Steven Mitchell’s RAW Results & Report HERE.
Seth Rollins Dealing With An Injury?
In yesterday’s article, I discussed the injury that Becky Lynch appears to be dealing with. It appears that “The Man” is not the only superstar dealing with an apparent injury. Various news outlets are reporting that Seth Rollins has been dealing with an injury, and could be out for possibly up to a month.
Rusev Frustrated With WWE ?
Rusev and Lana made an appearance on the Chasing Glory with Lillian Garcia podcast today. During the podcast, Rusev expressed some of his frustrations with WWE:
I do want to look my best. I do want to be at my best. I want to be WWE Champion. I want to be on top. I don’t want to be forgotten, but that’s what irks me. I do all these things and nothing changes and that’s where the frustration comes, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ I cut my hair, I did that. That wasn’t a good decision [laughter]. I got a few phone calls about it. No, [they did not like it]. I’m just trying something to catch Vince’s eye. We go to pitch, to talk. It never comes to anything….it was last year before WrestleMania when the whole Rusev Day thing started. I thought it was my time and I keep pushing for it to be my time. I keep talking to everybody, but nobody wants to do anything. It’s very frustrating, but still, as frustrating as it is, ‘Let’s go to the gym. Let’s get better. Let’s do whatever we can. Let’s get this meal plan or let’s get a trainer. Let’s try freaking cross fit.’ Holy crap cross fit! It’s terrible, but I’m doing that now. Anything so that I can look better. I don’t know what’s holding me back, to be honest. I really don’t.
Other Potential Hall Of Fame Inductees?
Today it was announced/rumored that the original Hart Foundation consisting of Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, and Jim Neidhart would be inducted in to the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the class of 2019. While there have been many names thrown around this year as to who will be inducted, including the Undertaker, Dave Meltzer speculated on a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Batista is heavily being rumored to be an inductee this year. Meltzer would also go on to report that the hall of fame is lower on the priority list this year for the WWE.
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
I don’t know if I agree with Meltzer on the hall of fame being low priority for the WWE this year. The Hart Foundation announcement is a big deal. They were arguably at the top of the tag team division during the 80’s and early 90’s. Many would make the argument that they are one of the top tag teams of all time. To WWE’s credit, they have done a good job of filling some of the omissions from the hall of fame over the years, with Bruno Samartino, Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage. Teams with close ties to the Hart Foundation I would like to see inducted include the British Bulldogs, and Demolition.
WrestleMania season doesn’t appear to be too kind for Seth Rollins. With his match for the show of shows set, there isn’t really a need for him to participate in matches weekly on RAW.
I can understand the frustrations of Rusev. For a long period of time, it felt as if he was being groomed to be a future world champion. Apparently it is no longer Rusev day.
If you don’t follow Steven’s results and reports, you really need to be. I am curious what WWE plans to do with the Becky Lynch suspension angle. This could be the opening that allows Charlotte Flair to become involved making the WrestleMania match a triple threat. With Finn Balor picking up the victory over Bobby Lashley on RAW, sings point to an Intercontinental Championship match between the two.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More! (7/17/19)
News Involving: Mickie James, Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!
News Here! Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!
Latest On Jeff Hardy
In Monday’s shuffle I discussed the news on Jeff Hardy’s latest public intoxication arrest. Since then, more details have been released regarding the incident. TMZ is reporting that Hardy smelled of booze and was passed out in a public stairwell before being arrested.
Once again, Hardy’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in the past, so I am not going to comment on them. Here is hoping that he is able to get things in order and get his life on track.
RAW Ratings See An Increase
RAW continues to slowly climb out of the ratings hole, as this weeks ratings showed an increase in viewership. The hourly breakdown looks like this:
Hour 1 – 2.379 million viewers
Hour 2 – 2.503 million viewers
Hour 3 – 2.478 million viewers
This is good news for WWE, RAW, and USA, as RAW typically has had a hard time keeping viewers into the third hour. RAW was actually a very solid show last night, and one of the first RAW’s in a very long time that I watched from start to finish while it aired live. Slowly, but surely, WWE will do what they can to climb out of the hole.
Mickie James Undergoes ACL Surgery
Earlier today, WWE star Mickie James went under the knife to repair her injured ACL. The injury looks to keep her out of the ring into next year. Her husband, Nick Aldis, took to Twitter to update fans on the successful surgery.
UPDATE: Surgery was a complete success. I’m sure when she’s feeling up to it she’ll share more. Thank you all! 🙌 https://t.co/RxCHyko2UQ
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) July 16, 2019
Mickie James is still a very talented wrestler who adds depth to the women’s division. There is still a place for her on the roster, and one can assume that the WWE will want to keep her when she fully recovers.
Finn Balor Taking Time Off?
Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental championship at Extreme Rules, and the loss had many scratching their heads. However, it appears there is reasoning behind it according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, as Balor has requested time off from WWE to recharge. Though he requested time off, it appears that it will not be granted until after the upcoming SummerSlam pay per view.
It will be interesting to see how Balor will be written off of TV. One could assume a SummerSlam match with Bray Wyatt will lead to his exit. Perhaps on his return, he could join his friends in The Club ?
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More! (7/15/19)
News Involving Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More!
News here! Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More!
Jeff Hardy Arrested
According to various news outlets this weekend, WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested for public intoxication Saturday in South Carolina.Police said they received a report of an intoxicated person in Myrtle Beach about 11 a.m. Shortly after, authorities arrested Hardy without incident and charged him with public intoxication.Hardy posted a $153 bond and was released the same day.In a statement, WWE said, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”
Jeff Hardy’s battles with substance abuse over the years have been well documented. After period of staying off the radar, Hardy has been in court twice over the past year for alcohol related issues. Here is hoping that Hardy can get things under control.
Huge RAW Planned For Next Week
During Sunday nights Extreme Rules pay per view, WWE aired a commercial for RAW Reunion that will take place on July 22nd. Some of the big names advertised include Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Ric Flair.
It’ll be the BIGGEST reunion in Monday Night #RAW HISTORY.
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
This seems like a reach for a quick ratings grab, but it is always cool to see the legends return. Potentially we could see some involvement from some of the legends for SummerSlam storylines ?
Paul Heyman Appears At EVOLVE Show
For those of you who didn’t catch the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary show on the WWE Network Saturday night, you missed out on a hell of a show. You also missed out on an appearance from none other than Paul Heyman. Most wrestling fans know that Heyman mentored EVOLVE founder Gabe Sapolosky back in ECW.
“You’re going to watch this match, and you’re going to say to yourselves ‘that was the moment we all knew that this industry is going to EVOLVE.'”@HeymanHustle makes a surprise appearance at #EVOLVE131 ahead of the Winner Takes All Match between @austintheory1 and @RealJDDrake! pic.twitter.com/7ugS1xMr60
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
Those of you have followed my daily news shuffles, and the random In This Corner articles I put together, know that I rarely follow the indie wrestling scene. However, I took in both the EVOLVE show and AEW Fight For The Fallen. I was extremely impressed with the talent in EVOLVE, and my hopes are that WWE continues to broadcast their shows on the WWE Network.
Enzo and Cass Done With ROH ?
During April’s G1 Supercard Show at Madison Square Garden, fans were shocked to see Enzo and Cass jump the guard rail and started attacking ROH stars. Many felt initially that this may have been a shoot, but it appeared to be a work to lead to a potential appearance in ROH for the two. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, it appears the relationship between the former WWE stars and ROH is over before it truly began. According to Meltzer, NJPW was unhappy as they were not notified before hand of their appearance, and the company has cut their loses with the two.
It’s Enzo and Cass. I mean, with what little I follow ROH, I can’t really see the two of them fitting with the company long term. However, if you want a team to be a legit heel right out of the chute, you could have that with those two.