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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Braun Strowman joining the Shield? , The Demon Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose to AEW? and more! (3/15/2019)

News Here! Commentary today on Braun Strowman joining the Shield, The Demon Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose to AEW? and more!

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News Here! Commentary today on Braun Strowman joining the Shield, The Demon Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose to AEW? and more!

Braun Strowman To Be Member Of The Shield

With Dean Ambrose leaving the WWE in April, it looks like Braun Strowman will be replacing him as a member of The Shield at live events.

Here are some of the lineups for the European tour:

Belfast – May 8, Newcastle – May 11, Liverpool – May 12

  • The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman) vs. Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley
  • The Riott Squad vs. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley
  • Heavy Machinery vs. Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival
  • Finn Balor vs. Elias
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya
  • Titus O’Neil vs. Mojo Rawley

Dublin – May 9

  • Kevin Owens vs. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
  • R-Truth vs. AJ Styles vs. WWE United States Champion Samoa Joe
  • Mandy Rose vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka
  • The New Day vs. Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. The Usos
  • Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio

Birmingham – May 15, Sheffield – May 16, Cardiff – May 17

  • The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman) vs. Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley
  • Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax vs. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley
  • Heavy Machinery vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode vs. Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival
  • Finn Balor vs. Elias
  • Lucha House Party vs. Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers
  • Mojo Rawley vs. Apollo Crews

Jason’s Take

I doubt it would be a permanent replacement but would just be a fill in for live shows.

Could Dean Ambrose Join AEW?

Since it was announced that Ambrose would be leaving the WWE, it has been widely speculated what his next move would be. It is possible that Jim Ross may have dropped some hints that could lead many to believe that Ambrose will make the jump to AEW. On the latest Jim Ross Report, Ross mentioned that Ambrose will be a major player wherever he goes.

“Wherever Ambrose may land in his next gig, he will be a major player,” says Ross. “He’s ready to be a featured guy, not another top guy.”

Jason’s Take

I’ve said it many of time here in the shuffle that I don’t see Dean Ambrose being anywhere else but the WWE. However, Jim Ross reportedly has a deal in place with AEW, so one could wonder if there actually is a possibility of Ambrose jumping to AEW. If he is frustrated with his creative direction in WWE, AEW would provide an outlet of some interesting match ups with Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page, and Kenny Omega.

New Match Confirmed For WrestleMania

WWE.com confirmed a new match for WrestleMania that will see Randy Orton take on AJ Styles. The current card os:

Here is the updated card:

WWE Universal Title Match:
Brock Lesnar (champion) vs. Seth Rollins

WWE Raw Women’s Title Triple Threat Match:
Ronda Rousey (champion) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

No Holds Barred Match:
Batista vs. Triple H

Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match:
Kurt Angle vs. TBA

Singles Match:
Shane McMahon vs. The Miz

Singles Match:
Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match:
Buddy Murphy © vs. TBA

WWE Bringing Back Finn Balor Demon Character ?

It is possible that WWE will be bringing back the Demon character of Finn Balor. The company released an advertisement that pictures Balor as the Demon.

Jason’s Take

I think it’s possible that this happens. A high production value entrance at the company’s biggest show of the year makes sense.


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: News Involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT, and More! (5/17/19)

News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!

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Ric Flair Medical Scare?

TMZ Sports broke news Thursday morning that Ric Flair suffered a medical emergency that they quoted as being “very serious.” Later in the day, Conrad Thompson would refute that report and stated that Flair had a planned procedure, but wouldn’t elaborate on any further details. TMZ Sports would post and update from Flair’s wife, Wendy Barlow, and she said:

“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recovery.”

Jason’s Take

It’s hard to believe everything you read when it comes to wrestling, so that’s why you should be reading the Chairshot everyday. We sort through the bullshit so you don’t have to. On that note, hopefully things are ok with the Nature Boy. Reading news on Flair like this makes me a little nervous, especially with the medical scare he had in 2017. But it looks like even death itself taps out to the Figure Four.

Alexa Bliss Pulled From Money In The Bank

WWE Tweeted this morning that Alexa Bliss has been pulled from the Money In The Bank ladder match, and has been replaced by Nikki Cross. The reason given by WWE is that Alexa has not been medically cleared to compete. Dave Meltzer is reporting that the reason is indeed injury related, and possibly due to Alexa’s concussion history.

Jason’s Take

If the company was worried about her concussion history and her participating in a ladder match, why did they attempt to put her in it in the first place?

NXT Tag Titles Vacated

WWE has announced that the NXT Tag Team Championships have been vacated. This shouldn’t be a surprise with the Viking Raiders being called up to the main roster. WWE’s storyline reasoning is due to the controversial ending of the title match between The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits that aired on Wednesday’s episode of NXT. This show was taped on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from Winter Park, FL at the Full Sail University. William Regal will address the situation on next week’s episode of NXT.

Jason’s Take

I’m not really shocked that the Viking Raiders were stripped of the titles. The real question is who the next team is that will be crowned champions? Could the Undisputed Era regain the titles?

Kurt Angle On AEW

Kurt Angle is one of the handful of wrestlers who is no stranger to leaving WWE, and re-vitalizing his career with another promotion. So, rightfully, Angle would be someone to ask on thoughts of AEW competing with WWE. Angle spoke with Wrestling Inc on Thursday, and gave some of his thoughts on AEW.

“I want the fans to be excited about it. I’m gonna tell you this though, and I don’t wanna come around in five years and say ‘I told you so.’ Listen, WWE is the No. 1 brand and will always be No. 1…There’s no way in heck anybody’s gonna catch up to them. If this company… I’m not daring them, I’m just saying it’s not bad to be No. 2. If you’re gonna set out to be No. 1, then you’re gonna spend a lot of F’n money,”

Jason’s Take

WWE will always be around in some way, shape, or form. WCW Monday Nitro wasn’t going to catch WWE. Paul Heyman famously said that Nitro would be dead in 3 months. While the odds will be stacked against AEW, never say never.

Ashley Massaro Passes Away At 39

In a bit of shocking news, former WWE Diva, Ashley Massaro, has passed away at 39 according to TMZ sports. Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning.

Jason’s Take

WOW. Only 39 years old, 3 years older than myself. Thoughts and prayers to her family in this difficult time

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report (5/14/19)

Did the blue brand deliver on YouTube? Well…Roman did!

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Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube performance for the May 14th broadcast!

As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television. As such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Wednesday night (a few hours more than  24 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 5/14/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Roman Reigns & The Usos vs. Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan – 1.203 million views
  • Shane McMahon & Elias attack Roman Reigns & The Miz – 1.057 million views
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn attack Kofi Kingston – 601k views
  • Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair history/feud video package – 384k views
  • Finn Balor vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Randy Orton – 369k views
  • Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – 310k views
  • Shane McMahon makes the handicap match – 111k views
  • Lacey Evans promo for Money In The Bank – 82k views
  • Ms. Money In The Bank promo – 56k views
  • Aleister Black promo – 53k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis

No numbers comparison as I wasn’t able to compile last week’s videos. Roman Reigns delivered big time this week, with two videos both over a million views. Those were the only two videos to cross 1 million.

The overall views were down, much like Raw on YouTube this week. But Raw’s TV ranking improved, and it was not opposed by the NBA. That said, if you’re WWE you have to be happy with the performance of Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston.

My favorite video…The IIconics on commentary!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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