Jason shuffles in to the homestretch of the week with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! A look at Sasha Banks, an IMPACT Champion returning, AEW News and more!
AEW Planning Big Announcement?
WrestleVotes Twttier account has usually been a source for breaking news in the wrestling world, and often times they are correct with news/rumors. They have tweeted that AEW has made an offer to a current WWE superstar.
Seems like the first real shot has been fired… source says AEW has made an “outstanding” offer to a current, big time WWE superstar. An offer that is almost too good to turn down. Things are really about to get interesting.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) February 5, 2019
IMPACT Champion Returning ?
The IMPACT product has been greatly improving over the past year. It appears the they company is going to be bringing back a former world champion for their United We Stand event on April 4th according to their Twttier account:
A former World Champion in IMPACT Wrestling will return to main event United We Stand on April 4th!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 6, 2019
The Boss Injured?
The past few days we have discussed some of the various injuries to the WWE roster including Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch. You can also add Sasha Banks to that list. Banks missed this weekends live events, and also was attacked before her tag team match with Bayley on RAW, forcing Bayley to have to wrestle Nikki Cross and Alicia Fox herself.
Jimmy Havoc Signs With AEW
All Elite Wrestling continues to sign talent to the roster adding indie darling Jimmy Havoc to the roster as announced via Twitter.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) February 6, 2019
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
I step away for a day to battle some illness and wow, the wrestling world explodes with news. In addition to the Pope, Darth Vader, Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose and everyone else signing with AEW, it appears that the WWE star non mentioned in the WrestleVote tweet is none other than Randy Orton. Who knows at this point who is exactly going to sign with AEW and who isn’t. While Randy Orton has been a ficture in WWE for years, what benefit is it to him or to AEW by signing with AEW ? Would Orton be a draw ? Many have also stated that Orton has a 10 year deal with WWE, so I am skeptical at this point. I can understand the company wanting to have name value, and Orton is a fairly big name.
The former IMPACT champions currently not signed to WWE include Rob Van Dam, Ken Anderson, James Storm, Austin Aries, Bully Ray, Chris Sabin, Nick Aldis, Alberto el Patron. Of that list, you can rule out Chris Sabin as he is reportedly out 8 to 12 months with a torn ACL. If I were to make a guess, Austin Aries seems like the most likely candidate to return to IMPACT.
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Vikings Get A Name Change
Many fans and wrestling personalities commented on the War Raiders name change to the Viking Experience. Now, it looks like the WWE has changed the teams name again. They will now be known as the Viking Raiders according to their WWE.com bio.
I get that WWE wants to name outside teams with their own in house names, but I still don’t understand why they were renamed from War Machine. I could have lived with War Raiders as well, but what do I know.
Cesaro Moved To RAW
Earlier today, we told you about the superstars that are moving to SmackDown Live. Now it appears that a superstar from the blue brand will be moving to RAW. POST Wrestling is reporting that Cesaro will be moving to RAW, effectively ending The Bar.
Cesaro and Sheamus had a great run as a tag team, and its a shame that both of them are not moving over to RAW, as I feel there is still some mileage left in the team.
AEW Signs 4 More
AEW continues to add talent to what is already shaping up to be an impressive roster. The signings include Leva Bates, Peter Avalon, and the tag team Private Party.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) April 22, 2019
— The Young Bucks® (@MattJackson13) April 22, 2019
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; AEW is already shaping up to have one of the more impressive female rosters in North America. Here is hoping that it will live up to the hype.
WWE Holding Tryout In China
WWE continues to hold tryouts on foreign soil as the company will hold a tryout in China on July 15th to the 18th. According the press release:
SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that it will return to China in search of the next generation of Superstars by holding a talent tryout in Shanghai, its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout, from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.
“We are excited to return to Shanghai following the huge success of the first tryout in 2016,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “I have a personal message to every athlete and performer in China who has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar: I am coming to Shanghai to help you make that happen. This is real, this is your chance. Step up and take this opportunity to change your life forever.”
This isn’t your father’s WWE. Hell, this isn’t the WWE from when I was younger. WWE continues to search and find talent to bring in to the company. You can say what you want, but the company does a great job in tapping into the foreign talent markets.
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
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