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New Tag Team To Debut On SmackDown?
As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown live, Paige was interviewed backstage and stated she will be bringing in an impressive tag team in to SmackDown on next week’s episode. No word as to who this team will be.
With the superstar shakeup next week, anything is possible. I would imagine it could be an NXT callup, and I will go out on a limb an predict it will be Kari Sane and Io Shirai.
CZW Best Of The Best Preview
Many may consider Combat Zone Wrestling an extreme or death match promotion, however they do have talented stars on their roster. One of their events that focuses more on wrestling than death matches is the Best Of The Best tournament and that will be taking place this Saturday, April 13th. This is the 18th year of the tournament and Last Word On Pro Wrestling has a great preview of the tournament that you can check out here.
16 Competitors. 1 Night. 1 Champion.
— SATURDAY – BEST OF THE BEST – VOORHEES NJ (@combatzone) April 7, 2019
In all honesty, I have never been a big follower of many independent promotions, however I have always loved CZW. I know many of you, including myself, aren’t a big fan of extreme wrestling, but the Best of the Best has always been such a great pure wrestling tournament.
NWA Crockett Cup Bracket Revealed
Another popular tournament is the NWA Crockett Cup that is occurring later this month. The annual tag team tournament brackets were revealed today on the official NWA YouTube account.
If you are looking for tag team wrestling, the Crockett Cup is where you will find it. This tournament features a mixture of top independent talent, and veterans, including the Rock N Roll Express.
AEW/Warner Media Group Discussions ?
Jim Ross stated last week that AEW will begin to air on a major network beginning in October. Many networks have been rumored to be a part of AEW’s plans including TNT, WGN, Spike, AXS TV, and ESPN. According to the the Twitter account of the Fight Oracle, AEW will air on TNT.
-BREAKING- @WarnerMediaGrp aka Turner Sports (TNT, TBS) will present @AEWrestling at their upfronts to advertisers next month. WarnerMedia/Turner upfronts are currently scheduled for May 15th. This is how Networks announce their content lineup for the fall season to advertisers.
— The Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) April 10, 2019
Greg DeMarco also gave some of his thoughts regarding the news early today, and you can read there here.
I’m not familiar with this Twitter account, so take it with a grain of salt. However, TNT has long been rumored, and they are a major network. We know there were possible discussions of WWE moving RAW or SmackDown to TNT during network negotiations last year, so obviously TNT has wanted to get back in the game. However, Warner Media Group has a large amount of networks under its umbrella in addition to TNT including HBO and TBS. Now the discussion will be how the program will be formatted. Will it be a weekly show? And if so, will it be live every week? With the costs associated with live television production, one can assume that show will be taped, but where? On location? Still many questions to be answered, but the company is taking the next logical steps in the right direction
HHH Speaks On Vince’s Current Role
HHH and Stephanie McMahon were interviewed recently by Sports Business Journal. At one point during the interview, HHH discussed Vince McMahon’s role in WWE. (thanks to #wrestlingnews.co for the transcription)
“Vince has the most incredible work ethic of any person I have ever seen. It’s impossible to hang with him on a long term basis even at 73. It’s crazy. He still trains every day, still does everything but he’s hands on on so many things. Not because he micromanages or not because he can’t let people succeed and do things. When it comes to creative and the shows, he’s at Raw and SmackDown every week. That’s the part that he loves. He found himself as a business man but that’s what he loves to do and he’s awesome at it. That is his passion. He won’t give that up, not because he should, it’s his passion.”
Vince McMahon obviously can’t be in charge of WWE forever, and HHH will most likely take over at some point. However, at 73, Vince is like the Tom Brady of professional wrestling; hated by many, but at the top of his game.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Lars Injured, ICW Champ Passes, UK WrestleMania and More! (6/21/19)
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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.
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.
We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. pic.twitter.com/qmjnZTb5Lb
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) June 19, 2019
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.”
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:
— 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
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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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.
IMPACT Wrestling confirms that it has released Scarlett Bordeaux from her commitments to IMPACT. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 18, 2019
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.”
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.
Every time I make you laugh, I suffer more inside. https://t.co/CzHbw53oYj
— ecIII (@therealec3) June 18, 2019
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.
— alex (@zaternn) June 17, 2019
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.