Jason shuffles in to your Saturday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! A look at AEW ticket sales, Kenny Omega, potential Fastlane matches and more!
WWE Looking At Partnerships With Other Promotions ?
NXT has been a giant asset for WWE. With the partnerships AEW has with AAA and OWE, it’s no surprise that the WWE themselves at looking at partnerships with other promotions. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has been reaching out to various promotions in Japan with the thought of starting NXT Japan.
AEW Ticket Sale Update
Tickets for All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing go on sale next week. As of last night, over 12,000 fans had registered for pre-sale tickets to the May event. The arena is configured to hold roughly 14,000 fans.
Advertised Fastlane Matches
The March Fastlane pay-per-view is the final event before WrestleMania. Local advertising in Cleveland, where Fastlane is being held, has the following matches currently advertised:
* Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
* Finn Balor vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley
* Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair
Kenny Omega On Why He Chose AEW Over WWE
Kenny Omega sat down with Dave Meltzer (imagine that) after the Double Or Nothing ticket party and gave some of his thoughts as to why he chose AEW. He would go on to say:
“I felt like I needed to go to a place where I could do more, and Japan will always be a home to me and I’m always going to be back,” Omega said. “In fact, that’s the next destination for me, I’m going back to Japan. It’s not for wrestling, it’s just for personal life. I’m working with ESPN doing the video game thing, so I’ll be there for Evil Japan. Japan is still going to have a place in my heart, a place in my life but AEW, for me, or even WWE, kinda seemed like the next step. [With] potential dream matches and all that, and sort of using the new platform, not necessarily a better one, or a bigger one or whatever. I just wanted a new platform to reach new people, to use my voice and my unique way of telling stories and all of that. I wanted just to change the stage that I had been performing on.”
(Thanks to @WrestlingInc for the transcription)
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
There will most likely be All Elite Wrestling news every day from now to the end of time. But I am going to have to agree with Greg DeMarco on this. What is AEW going to do when they have a television deal and a weekly product they need to churn out? While I think short term, All Elite, and Double Or Nothing are great, short term ideas, I just don’t see the long term with AEW. Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega is a draw now, but what are we going to have as a weekly product? Is AEW going to tour? Are they going to do a studio show like IMPACT? What network will they be on? What will be considered a successful television rating ? I think a lot of questions remain unanswered.
With that in mind, I am not surprised that tickets are essentially sold out. Vegas is a destination city and the company would have been pretty hard up had they not been able to sell out the event. Also, were you all surprised when Kenny Omega showed up? Yeah……Since AEW was announced, there was only one place he was going to go.
The Fastlane card looks to be an interesting one. I would fathom a guess that Becky vs Flair will have implications as to who faces Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania.
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