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ERIC FREAKIN’ BUGENHAGEN!!!!

This man is the future GOAT.

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Drew Gulak and Matt Riddle may have put on a clinic during WWE NXT, but let’s not lose sight of the real story here: ERIC BUGENHAGEN!

Drew Gulak and Matt Riddle put on a–say it with me now–Takeover worthy match in the latest episode of WWE NXT. It was that good, and I really hope it happens again with a bigger audience and a larger stage. But one thing is getting lost in the justifiable fuss of Gulak-Riddle: ERIC BUGENHAGEN.

Seriously…DID YOU SEE THIS GUY???

He went all in on a crazy character, and it got so over they gave him an encore later in the show. It also translated to television, which is the biggest part. He’s an accomplished bodybuilder, and the rage and intensity isn’t an act. Check out his YouTube Channel, which is power-lifting and bodybuilding focused, to see how he got over in that community first (he has over 58k subscribers).

He’s also an decorated amateur wrestler, competing at the NCAA Division I level at Wisconsin. I’m not 100% sure he’ll be Eric Bugenhagen forever–he was Ric Boogz on the NXT Florida loop, but his this encore thing gets over he could end up being called Eric Encore. Either way, he strikes me as an undeniable talent, one that could be a big mainstream star.

Given the opportunity, Eric Bugenhagen can be a major star. Hell, it wouldn’t even be that bad if they took away his first name!

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Lars Injured, ICW Champ Passes, UK WrestleMania and More! (6/21/19)

News Involving Lars Injury, ICW Champ Passing, UK WrestleMania and More!

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WWE Nikki Bella Divas Division

News here! Lars Injured, ICW Champ Passes, UK WrestleMania and More!

Lars Sullivan Injured

Last week, it had been widely reported that Lars Sullivan had suffered a knee injury. Dave Meltzer has reported that the injury is serious, and could keep Sullivan out 6 to 9 months.

Jason’s Tale

Many say that this is karma. I won’t say if I agree or not. Sullivan appeared to be in line for a big push, but, even with the injury, that could still be the case. The return timeline would put Sullivan on track for a return during WrestleMania season.

ICW Champion Passes Away

According to the official Twitter account of UK bases promotion ICW, ICW Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum, has passed away at 36. No cause of death was revealed.

Jason’s Take

Another sad and early death in wrestling. Many of you may remember Lionheart as back in 2014 during a match with AJ Styles, his neck was broken in two places, and was thought to never walk, let alone wrestle, again,

Nikki Bella’s In Ring Career Is Over

Wednesday evening, the Bella Twins made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Nikki Bella revealed that he in ring career is over due to a cyst on her brain.

“I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles. I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been ok. I feel like I needed to get that check up before we went back for the tag titles. I herniated the disc above where I had surgery. I had all this inflammation around the metal and I have a cyst on my brain.”

Jason’s Take

Regardless of what you think of them and their in ring ability, their contribution to the WWE Divas division and the the exposure they brought to it cannot be understated. Sending well wishes Nikki’s way

WrestleMania Coming To A City Near You?

In an interesting note, WWE recently sent out a survey to fans to look at interest in a list of cities that could potentially host WrestleMania in the future. The list of cities include:

— Washington,DC
— Boston, MA
— Toronto, ON
— Mexico City, MX
— Phoenix-Glendale, AZ
— Houston, TX
— Los Angeles, CA
— New Orleans, LA
— Tampa, FL
— Seattle, WA
— San Diego, CA
— San Francisco-Santa Clara-San Jose, CA
— London, UK
— Indianapolis, IN
— Las Vegas, NV
— Miami, FL
— Chicago, IL
— Philadelphia, PA
— Atlanta, GA
— Orlando, FL
— Dallas-Fort Worth -Arlington, TX
— Jacksonville, FL
— San Antonio, TX

Jason’s Take

It has long been rumored that the company has had interest in an international WrestleMania, so it isn’t a surprise to see London on this list. I would expect that we will see a WrestleMania occur their soon.

 

 

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More! (6/19/2019)

News Involving: Brooke Injury, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

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Scarlett Bordeaux IMPACT Wrestling

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Scarlett Bordeaux Released

One of the bright spots on Impact has been Scarlett Bordeaux. However, she is no longer a part of Impact as the company announced today that she has been released. Reportedly, Scarlett had asked for her release a month ago due to unhappiness regarding her pay.

Jason’s Take

I think Impact really dropped the ball with her by not having her be a part of the knockouts division. While I get the fact she is attractive, she also is a very talented wrestler. In the ever present battle for talent between WWE and AEW, I am sure Scarlett will come out a winner.

Tag Team Division In AEW?

One of the many complaints fans and media have had with the weekly WWE product is the lack of focus in the tag team division. On Tuesday, Tony Kahn appeared on the Steven Austin Show podcast and had the following to say about the tag team division in AEW:

“We’re super focused on it. One of the things we’re going to be focused on and something we’re going to do is establish a great tag team division. When we launch our weekly television show in the fall, we’re going to be doing a tag team tournament that’s going to have some of the greatest tag team matches ever on TV. We’re going to be starting that, it’s going to be one of the main focuses of our TV. There’s going to be team’s competing to get a first-round bye in that tournament, which is a big deal. And we’ve got some of the best tag teams in all of wrestling competing for our tag team championship coming up in the fall.”

Jason’s Take

If AEW is trying to do the opposite of what the competition is doing, than focusing on the tag team division is the way to go. Having it a part of weekly television will also be good for ratings, as many fans miss the days of a solid tag team division.

EC3 Unhappy In WWE?

Fans felt that EC3 was destined for big things in WWE, especially after picking up a victory against Dean Ambrose earlier this year. However, since then, the company really hasn’t seemed to have much creatively for EC3. It appears that after Monday’s segment with Baron Corbin and the New Day, EC3 has become frustrated.

Jason’s Take

To me this feels like another instance of WWE not knowing how to properly push an NXT star after they call them up to the main roster. He can talk, he has the look, and he can wrestle, so I really don’t understand where the disconnect is here with WWE.

Dana Brooke Injured?

In news that has been making its way across various outlets, Dana Brooke appeared to be injured during a Main Event taping before RAW when taking on Sarah Logan. Brooke was busted open during the match, and the match was promptly stopped by the referee.  Video is below, but be aware, it is a bit gruesome.

Jason’s Take

Brooke is another talent that I feel the company really hasn’t done anything with since they brought her up from NXT. Many have commented that she has been working hard, putting in the extra time to become a better in ring performer. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.

 

 

 


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