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CM Punk Returns To Wrestling?
It has been a long time since CM Punk has been in a wrestling ring. Punk has said that while he would never return to WWE, he may make random appearances when it is least expected. Apparently, this weekend was one of those times. Friday night, MKE Wrestling held the Last Knight, the last show at the Knights Of Columbus, in West Allis, Wisconsin. The show was put on by Punk’s long time friend, Dave Prazak. During a match at the show, a masked man interfered in a match, and delivered a GTS. Many had speculated that this was Punk under the mask, and many are confirming that it was in fact Punk under the mask.
— MKE Wrestling (@MKE_Wrestling) April 20, 2019
CM PUNK TO AEW!!!!! Yeah, on that note……I have seen many posts speculating that if this, in fact, was truly Punk, that we can expect him to be returning to WWE or heading to AEW in the near future. I can’t see Punk being involved with either. The check that AEW would have to write for his services would be a large one, and I doubt there has ever been a discussion between the two parties.
Brother VS Brother In AEW
Many have wondered who Cody Rhodes would be facing at AEW Double Or Nothing. It looks like he will be taking on another Rhodes in his brother, Dustin Rhodes. The matchup was announced during the latest edition of the Road To Double Or Nothing YouTube series.
Many fans have wanted to see this match for some time, but I honestly really have no interest in it. I’ve both bashed and praised AEW for various reasons, but I don’t know what world they are changing with this match.
Wolfe To NXT UK
Since the superstar shake-up, and the apparent breakup of SAnitY, there were questions what the status of other SAnitY members outside of Eric Young would be. Alexander Wolfe made his NXT UK debut at Saturday’s tapings in Glasgow, Scotland. Wolfe will be part of a new stable that includes WALTER, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel. The stable will be known as “Imperium.”
ALEXANDER WOLFE IS HERE!
— Dei Owen (@DeiOwen) April 20, 2019
This will be a positive move in Wolfe’s career as they seemed to have nothing creatively for SAnitY on SmackDown Live. I’m very intrigued with the idea of a stable involving the above listed. I expect that the four will have the run of the NXT UK brand for some time.
Chris Jericho On WWE Stars To AEW
There have been a number of WWE stars who have voiced their displeasure with the WWE, including Sasha Banks, The Revival, Randy Orton and others. Many feel that AEW would sign many of the disgruntled WWE stars, however, according to Chris Jericho, that may not be the case. Jericho recently did an interview with Sportskeeda, and the topic of AEW signing disgruntled WWE wrestlers came up.
“It’s different. We’re not doing it that way where anyone who doesn’t like what they’re doing in WWE is automatically guaranteed a job in AEW,” Jericho said. “We will look at every talent on an individual basis. There’s some guys we’d love to have in WWE, and there’s some guys we probably wouldn’t take.
“Obviously we haven’t even had a show yet and our roster is already very deep. When you talk about the Double or Nothing show, how many people can you book on that show? If you have 60-70 guys, you end up with the same problem as WWE.”
Hopefully, AEW doesn’t make a large talent acquisition of WWE talent much like WCW did in the mid 90’s. Jericho is right, you can’t have a roster of 70 different talents. What would you do with all of them ?
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!
News here! News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!
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.”
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.
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.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 16, 2019
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,”
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.
WOW. Only 39 years old, 3 years older than myself. Thoughts and prayers to her family in this difficult time
DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report (5/14/19)
Did the blue brand deliver on YouTube? Well…Roman did!
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?