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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Sasha Banks, RAW Ratings Low, Hardy Injured and More! (4/24/19)

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Sasha Banks Done With WWE?

Unless you have been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know about issues Sasha Banks has with WWE. I’ve covered it in some of the news shuffles that you can read here, and here, and there have also been some great opinion pieces done by Chairshot writers Rob Bonnette, and Tom Clark. Banks has been absent from WWE TV since WrestleMania, and according to the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, there are no plans for her to return. Dave Meltzer stated:

“The situation is unchanged. They are right now at a stalemate and the word is that ‘if she wants to sit out the rest of her contract then she can sit out the rest of her contract. They still want her to come back. She wants things different. Whatever that difference is they haven’t agreed to it because she ain’t back so we’ll have to see.”Jason’s Take

I really think Banks is overreacting. However, she has accomplished a lot in her time in WWE, and seems to be someone who could do without wrestling. Her net worth reportedly 3 million, so if she decided not to wrestle again, she should be fine.

RAW Ratings Hit Low Numbers Again

RAW has been often criticized due to the low ratings that have been occurring the past year. This week’s RAW rating isn’t going to help matters any. This weeks RAW drew 2,374,000 viewers, which is reportedly one of the lowest in the programs history. The hourly breakdown looks like this:

Hour 1 – 2,680,000
Hour 2 – 2,296,000
Hour 3 – 2,146,000

Jason’s Take

Obviously, the superstar shake-up isn’t helping ratings after one week. The scary part about Monday’s ratings is the fact that the show started out strong, but lost viewers each hour. Last fall, many attributed the low ratings due to Monday Night Football. Other than the NBA Playoffs, there isn’t much on TV in terms of sports right now for WWE to compete with. Poor writing? Is 3 hours too long for a show? You have to wonder if FOX isn’t a bit concerned about the bill of goods they paid for in the deal to bring SmackDown Live over from USA. Two different programs, but they must be paying attention.

WWE Stars Pulled From Starrcast II

Many fans were looking forward to the Undertaker’s appearance at the upcoming Starrcast II event. However, they are going to be disappointed in today’s news. Both The Undertaker and Kurt Angle were pulled from the event by WWE. Conrad Thompson spoke with Sports Illustrated regarding the changes. Thompson would state:

“I was told it had gotten WWE’s attention and that Vince McMahon texted The Undertaker about the appearance. ’Taker’s representation, which is a company called Get Engaged, called to tell me, ‘WWE says he can’t do it.’?”

Jason’s Take

Thompson and company had to know they were taking a gamble at signing the Undertaker to appear at Starrcast. Especially being the event is closely associated with All Elite Wrestling, even though the event is a separate entity. I was looking forward to hearing from the Undertaker during his Q&A, as he is the one wrestler fans have wanted to hear stories from for years.

Jeff Hardy Injured?

According to Wrestling Observer Radio and Dave Meltzer, Jeff Hardy was recently injured at a live event this past weekend. According to Meltzer, Hardy suffered what appeared to be a leg injury. Hardy did not work Sunday’s live event, but appeared in the corner of Matt Hardy while showing a significant limp.

Jason’s Take

Hear is hoping for a quick recovery for Jeff Hardy.

Ronda Rousey Unsure About WWE Future

Shortly before WrestleMania, Ronda Rousey was reportedly set to leave WWE for her “impregnation vacation.” While WWE has not commented on Rousey’s status, Rousey posted an update on her YouTube channel not only confirming her reported hand injury, but also the long rumor that she would be leaving the company to start a family.

“As for WWE plans in the future, we wanna have a baby first. I don’t know what it’s like to have a baby. I could look down at this beautiful child and be like ‘f**k everything I don’t care about anything else.’”

Jason’s Take

Regardless of how many feel, Rousey did do a lot for the women’s revolution. She had a big hand in the attention the women’s division was garnering from the mainstream media. Rousey plus WWE equals money. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rousey returns to WWE at some point.

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More! (7/15/19)

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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.”

Jason’s Take

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.

Jason’s Take

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.

Jason’s Take

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.

Jason’s Take

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.

 

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Latest On Extreme Rules, SummerSlam Changes, Alexa Missing RAW and More! (7/12/19)

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Original RAW Main Event Plans

This past Monday’s RAW featured the main even of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre taking on Roman Reigns and a partner of his opponents choosing. The mystery partner of Reigns was masked the entire match, and was eventually revealed to be Cedric Alexander. According to PWInsider, the decision to use McIntyre was not made until hours before the show. Original plans called for the company to use an extra or local indie wrestler. The report also notes that there will be storyline follow up for Cedric Alexander that will play out the next few weeks.

Jason’s Take

Some people didn’t care for the choice, but I think it makes sense with the changes that are occurring with the weekly shows. The company hasn’t really done a lot with Alexander since his main roster call up, so my hope is that pairing him with Reigns helps establish him on the RAW roster.

SummerSlam Changes Coming ?

Speaking of changes to the WWE, the Twitter account of WrestleVotes Tweeted that any plans involving the SummerSlam card are subject to change this week with the Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman officially starting in their new roles. WrestleVotes has been very accurate with rumors involving WWE in the past.

Jason’s Take

The company had to finish up story lines before letting Heyman and Bischoff loose, so changes to the SummerSlam plans make sense. RAW and SmackDown have shown some improvement the past couple of weeks, so I am excited to see what changes will continue to occur.

Reason For Alexa Bliss RAW Abscence

The rumor mill was buzzing this week with Alexa Bliss and her absence from RAW. Dave Meltzer noted on the latest addition of Wrestling Observer radio that the reason she missed RAW, and the reason Nikki Cross was added to the match at Extreme Rules is that Alexa is suffering from a bad sinus infection.

“Alexa Bliss has a real bad sinus infection. Originally, they were not going to do the handicap match. The handicap match was a late change and everything that happened on TV on Monday and Tuesday with no Alexa Bliss was because of her sinus infection and they rewrote that whole storyline.”

Jason’s Take

I though things seemed out of sorts on RAW with Nikki Cross winning the beat the clock challenge. I am going to assume the plan is for Bayley to win at Extreme Rules, with Nikki and Alexa planting the seeds for a potential feud.

Extreme Rules Betting Odds

The Chairshot staff picks for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay per view will be up later this weekend, but if you are a betting person, the odds for the winners have been released.

Mixed Tag Team Winners Take All Extreme Rules Match:
Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch -400 vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans +250

No Holds Barred Tag Team Match:
Roman Reigns & The Undertaker -400 vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon +250

WWE Title Match:
Kofi Kingston -350 vs. Samoa Joe +225

WWE SmackDown Women’s Title Handicap Match:
Bayley -140 vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross EVEN

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match:
Drew Gulak -300 vs. Tony Nese +200

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
Daniel Bryan & Rowan 5/8 vs. Heavy Machinery 7/4 vs. The New Day 3/1

WWE United States Title Match:
Ricochet -150 vs. AJ Styles +110

Last Man Standing Match
Braun Strowman -180 vs. Bobby Lashley +140

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
The Revival -170 vs. The Usos +130

Singles Match:
Aleister Black -140 vs. Cesaro EVEN

Jason’s Take

If the card plays out in the odds favor, there doesn’t appear to be any real surprises with the outcomes.

 


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