News Here! Sasha Banks Quitting WWE? AEW/Warner Media Update, Big E Injury and more!
Sasha Banks Quitting WWE?
The Boss N Hug Connection lost the women’s tag team titles at WrestleMania and many fans were surprised with the loss. It turns out Sasha Banks was more than surprised. Sources within WWE have stated to Dave Meltzer that Banks felt blindsided by the title change and threatened to quit the company after the WrestleMania match. The source would go on to say that Banks felt that she and Bayley were going to be given a lengthy title reign, and that was part of the reason they were on NXT to defend their titles on all 3 brands. Meltzer said that Banks trying to quit was confirmed from his other sources, and that WWE officials gave Banks a few weeks to think it over. Many feel that her decision was rash and she will reconsider.
There have been various times throughout the last year that rumors have circulated that Banks was contemplating quitting WWE. There are many options for a wrestler now besides WWE. However, I wouldn’t expect Banks to end up in IMPACT or AEW. She seems financially set to just walk away.
Update On AEW/Warner Media Group
The Chairshot discussed the news of a potential AEW/Warner Media Group TV deal both in the news shuffle and a separate article. There has been some updates to the potential deal. The Fight Oracle Twitter account (the same account that originally broke the news) stated today that the company could air its episodes on Tuesday nights, and would debut in October during the same week SmackDown live debuts on FOX.
However, Dave Meltzer would state today that “as of Sunday, there was no deal. Nobody has gotten back to me if that has changed.” Also, the website The Wrap had a breakdown of the potential talks, including potentially streaming shows on the Warner Media owned B/R Live.
Word is @AEWrestling will debut the same week as WWE Smackdown moving to Fox. AEW will be on Tuesdays.
— The Fight Oracle (@fightoracle) April 11, 2019
There is a lot to take in with the potential TV deal for AEW. Meltzer has been considered by many to be in the back pocket of AEW, so either him denying it is a smokescreen, or a deal is yet in place. Steaming on B/R Live makes sense, and this platform did have some success streaming AAF football games during their partial season. Television will be needed for AEW to be successful. Regardless of what is happening, it’s an exciting time to be an AEW fan/follower.
Big E Injured
Earlier Thursday, Big E stated he would be out of action for a bit with a torn meniscus. WWE would go on to confirm the injury report.
Making mincemeat of my meniscus
Crossbody cooked the cartilage
Bye for a bit
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) April 11, 2019
A meniscus tear is a fairly common knee injury, and the recovery time can be one-to-three months. It comes a time when the New Day are as popular as ever, but I think things will be fine, especially with the ascension of Kofi to World Champion.
Vampiro Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease
Current Lucha Underground commentator and former WCW star Vampiro announced today via his Facebook that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Here’s wishing Vampiro all the best in his battle with this disease. I’ve watch members of my family suffer with this in my lifetime, and know that it can be a battle.
Enzo And Cass Officially Part Of ROH?
Saturday night, former WWE stars Enzo and Cass jumped the guardrail at the G1 Supercard show. Many felt that this was part of an angle, and it appears that is the case. According to a video released on Enzo’s Twitter account, the team will now be known as the Free Agentz.
— nZo (FKA Enzo Amore) (@real1) April 11, 2019
Say what you want, but Enzo does what he can to keep himself relevant.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More! (7/17/19)
News Involving: Mickie James, Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!
News Here! Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!
Latest On Jeff Hardy
In Monday’s shuffle I discussed the news on Jeff Hardy’s latest public intoxication arrest. Since then, more details have been released regarding the incident. TMZ is reporting that Hardy smelled of booze and was passed out in a public stairwell before being arrested.
Once again, Hardy’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in the past, so I am not going to comment on them. Here is hoping that he is able to get things in order and get his life on track.
RAW Ratings See An Increase
RAW continues to slowly climb out of the ratings hole, as this weeks ratings showed an increase in viewership. The hourly breakdown looks like this:
Hour 1 – 2.379 million viewers
Hour 2 – 2.503 million viewers
Hour 3 – 2.478 million viewers
This is good news for WWE, RAW, and USA, as RAW typically has had a hard time keeping viewers into the third hour. RAW was actually a very solid show last night, and one of the first RAW’s in a very long time that I watched from start to finish while it aired live. Slowly, but surely, WWE will do what they can to climb out of the hole.
Mickie James Undergoes ACL Surgery
Earlier today, WWE star Mickie James went under the knife to repair her injured ACL. The injury looks to keep her out of the ring into next year. Her husband, Nick Aldis, took to Twitter to update fans on the successful surgery.
UPDATE: Surgery was a complete success. I’m sure when she’s feeling up to it she’ll share more. Thank you all! 🙌 https://t.co/RxCHyko2UQ
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) July 16, 2019
Mickie James is still a very talented wrestler who adds depth to the women’s division. There is still a place for her on the roster, and one can assume that the WWE will want to keep her when she fully recovers.
Finn Balor Taking Time Off?
Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental championship at Extreme Rules, and the loss had many scratching their heads. However, it appears there is reasoning behind it according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, as Balor has requested time off from WWE to recharge. Though he requested time off, it appears that it will not be granted until after the upcoming SummerSlam pay per view.
It will be interesting to see how Balor will be written off of TV. One could assume a SummerSlam match with Bray Wyatt will lead to his exit. Perhaps on his return, he could join his friends in The Club ?
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More! (7/15/19)
News Involving Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More!
News here! Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More!
Jeff Hardy Arrested
According to various news outlets this weekend, WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested for public intoxication Saturday in South Carolina.Police said they received a report of an intoxicated person in Myrtle Beach about 11 a.m. Shortly after, authorities arrested Hardy without incident and charged him with public intoxication.Hardy posted a $153 bond and was released the same day.In a statement, WWE said, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”
Jeff Hardy’s battles with substance abuse over the years have been well documented. After period of staying off the radar, Hardy has been in court twice over the past year for alcohol related issues. Here is hoping that Hardy can get things under control.
Huge RAW Planned For Next Week
During Sunday nights Extreme Rules pay per view, WWE aired a commercial for RAW Reunion that will take place on July 22nd. Some of the big names advertised include Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Ric Flair.
It’ll be the BIGGEST reunion in Monday Night #RAW HISTORY.
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
This seems like a reach for a quick ratings grab, but it is always cool to see the legends return. Potentially we could see some involvement from some of the legends for SummerSlam storylines ?
Paul Heyman Appears At EVOLVE Show
For those of you who didn’t catch the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary show on the WWE Network Saturday night, you missed out on a hell of a show. You also missed out on an appearance from none other than Paul Heyman. Most wrestling fans know that Heyman mentored EVOLVE founder Gabe Sapolosky back in ECW.
“You’re going to watch this match, and you’re going to say to yourselves ‘that was the moment we all knew that this industry is going to EVOLVE.'”@HeymanHustle makes a surprise appearance at #EVOLVE131 ahead of the Winner Takes All Match between @austintheory1 and @RealJDDrake! pic.twitter.com/7ugS1xMr60
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
Those of you have followed my daily news shuffles, and the random In This Corner articles I put together, know that I rarely follow the indie wrestling scene. However, I took in both the EVOLVE show and AEW Fight For The Fallen. I was extremely impressed with the talent in EVOLVE, and my hopes are that WWE continues to broadcast their shows on the WWE Network.
Enzo and Cass Done With ROH ?
During April’s G1 Supercard Show at Madison Square Garden, fans were shocked to see Enzo and Cass jump the guard rail and started attacking ROH stars. Many felt initially that this may have been a shoot, but it appeared to be a work to lead to a potential appearance in ROH for the two. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, it appears the relationship between the former WWE stars and ROH is over before it truly began. According to Meltzer, NJPW was unhappy as they were not notified before hand of their appearance, and the company has cut their loses with the two.
It’s Enzo and Cass. I mean, with what little I follow ROH, I can’t really see the two of them fitting with the company long term. However, if you want a team to be a legit heel right out of the chute, you could have that with those two.