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.
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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