News here! Sheamus Injured, Changes In ROH, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe and More!
Impact Interested In International Star?
With the start of AEW, NJPW losing some of it’s top stars, and WWE having unhappy superstars, every company seems to be doing what they can to add new talent. Impact Wrestling appears to be interested in a top international talent, Flamita, according to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Flamita is considered by many to be a very innovative wrestler and is a 3rd generation talent. Many may knock Impact Wrestling, but they do have a knack for adding a lot of top, independent talent.
Sheamus Dealing With Injury
Many stars in WWE have been battling through injuries or are on the shelf for an extended period of time. You can add Sheamus to the list that includes Nia Jax, Daniel Bryan, and Big E. According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sheamus reportedly is dealing with a concussion.
The injury bug seems to be biting hard in WWE. The company has taken a cautious approach to concussions (Daniel Bryan, Alexa Bliss) so Sheamus may be out for some time. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.
WWE Cracking Down On Counterfeit Merchandise
During WrestleMania weekend, there reportedly was various vendors around the MetLife Stadium area that were selling counterfeit WWE merchandise. According to PWInsider, the company was able to obtain a federal injunction to seize counterfeit merchandise. WWE will be able to prevent the distribution of any items that contain WWE names, trademarks, copyrights, etc.
I would have assumed that WWE already had an injunction in place regarding counterfeit merchandise. WrestleMania season would be the time where all sorts of this type of merchandise would go for sale.
Update On Samoa Joe
The US Champion Samoa Joe was absent from both RAW and SmackDown Live this week, causing fans to question his status. According to the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Joe was absent from the superstar shake-up due to a bout of the flu. According to Meltzer, the plan is for Joe to head to the RAW brand where he will feud with Braun Strowman.
Joe and Strowman should be entertaining, as their interactions when feuding with Brock Lesnar were some of the more entertaining parts of RAW a few years back.
Changes Coming To Ring Of Honor?
According to Fightful.com, Ring Of Honor appears to be undergoing some changes. The changes are to some of the behind the scenes roles in the company. Danny Cage has been let go from the company as many didn’t agree with the ideas he had related to production. Joey Mercury will be taking over Cage’s role. Mercury and Bully Ray have had a bigger part in creative.
Bully Ray has had backstage roles in various companies dating back to his time in ECW. He does seem to have a good creative mind and hopefully this will help the direction of the ROH product.
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?