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Greg DeMarco: If I Was Betting On Dean Ambrose…

What do the betting odds tell us about the future of Dean Ambrose?

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What do the betting odds tell us about the future of Dean Ambrose?

On Sunday night, we were treated to the last chapter for The Shield, in an event aptly named The Shield: Final Chapter. It was an exercise in futility for WWE fans, as it basically served as an outlet to sell two more Shield themed t-shirts, and got them all riled up for the Shield (and Dean Ambrose, of course) one…more…time.

Basically? Y’ALL GOT WORKED AGAIN! (Worked for your viewership time and spending dollars, anyway.)

The Shield is easily one of the Top 5 WWE creations of the past 10 years, and in my opinion the best stable the company ever produced. Yes, that’s better than Evolution or DX, because The Shield elevated three individuals who, at the time of their debut, where nobodies to a standard WWE audience. Don’t get on me about Seth Rollins as Tyler Black and Dean Ambrose as Jon Moxley—I know about those. I saw them live. But the key here is the standard WWE audience. Never forget that we aren’t the target audience. We’re the money marks for them!

Now as I was saying, The Shield took three wrestlers and used a gimmick trio for their debut. All three went on to become world champions, and all three finished in the Top 10 in the earnings list for multiple years. If the goal of The Shield was to turn all three into stars, then this was a smashing success. Today, one man (Seth Rollins) is the current Universal Champion, another (Roman Reigns) just got shipped to Raw after main eventing 4 straight WrestleManias (and probably narrowly missing a fifth), and the third (Dean Ambrose) is a former world champion and the most talked about wrestler in the business today. That’s a damn good success rate!

Now that their final-really-last-ending-finale-showdown with Baron Corbin (who sucks), Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre is over, we can look to the future for all three men. Seth Rollins’ future is easy, he’s the Universal Champion and taking the lead on Raw. Roman Reigns’ future is equally easy. He’s the “biggest acquisition in Smackdown history” and is likely to be WWE Champion by the end of 2019.

For Dean Ambrose, the future appears to be far less certain. He seems to be done with WWE for now, and that leaves the internet world guessing. And when there’s an opportunity to guess, there’s an opportunity to bet—I usually hit Sports Betting Dime to see what the odds are for these things.

SBD sets the odds at 1/6 (-600) that Dean Ambrose is leaving the WWE at the end of April. An April departure was announced in January, and while he was still being hyped for some post-Mania events, they were all still in April. As any contract lawyer could tell you, it makes as much sense that Ambrose’s WWE deal would expire at the end of a specific month as after a specific show. Some theorized that his rumored departure was just a guise setting up something bigger, but our oddsmakers believe it’s highly likely that April marks the end of the Ambrose era, at least for the time being. Many expect to see him take his talents to All Elite Wrestling, which reportedly offered him a massive $6 million deal.

Now we have no way of confirming that lucrative figure from AEW, but we know the group fronted by The Elite has money to spend, and outside of CM Punk (who might be interested now more than ever), no name would draw more eyeballs to the fledgling company than Dean Ambrose (or Jon Moxley, as would likely be the case).

All Elite Wrestling actually offers some other benefits outside of money that Dean Ambrose would like: Creative Freedom and Reduced Schedule.

The creative freedom seems obvious, as his character is one that seemingly succeed in a less scripted environment, where word choice isn’t scrutinized and the performer is trusted to hold of the direction for their character.

However, don’t sneeze at the reduced schedule. If AEW airs live on a weekly basis (I think it settles into more of an alternating schedule of live and taped), and has a handful of live “major” events per year, you’re looking at around 60 dates per year—and that’s if he works every week of TV (he shouldn’t). If they alternate the TV schedule like I said, now you’re looking at approximately 34 dates per year. Both of these numbers are assuming 8 special events per year which is purely a “guesstimate.” But it helps set the table.

For WWE, you’re looking at around 240-260 dates per year, which is more than 4 times the highest AEW estimate I could develop. That’s a huge benefit for a talent like Dean Ambrose, who had an entire WWE Network special where he talks about the road breaking him down.

The title of this article is “If I’m Betting On Dean Ambrose…” and if I was (I’m not), I would still bet on a WWE return. I’ve used #Houston2020 a few times, as I think it makes perfect sense for Dean Ambrose to take his time off and be a surprise entrant (and winner) in the 2020 Royal Rumble match. Imagine if Dean Ambrose was the Royal Rumble winner and faced with the following choices for his WrestleMania 36 opponent: Universal Champion Seth Rollins or WWE Champion Roman Reigns. Could we see Winner Take All, Part 2?

Save for that last part, I can see Dean Ambrose actually having this agreement in place with WWE. At the very least, WWE can freeze his contract for 9 months, while still paying him. I can’t imagine a world where they don’t. They’ve done it to others (Rey Mysterio, Neville, and would do it to Sasha Banks), and it benefits them to pay Ambrose to sit at home and not work for the perceived competition. Letting him go is great for the business as a whole, but not a good business move for WWE.

Dean Ambrose leaving WWE and showing up at Double Or Nothing, Fyter Fest, or Fight For The Fallen sounds great. But we all have tons of ideas that sound great and never come to fruition. While you never say never in this crazy world of wrestling, when it comes to Dean Ambrose’s next in-ring move I am saying “See you in Houston!”


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (5/27/19)

Dolph, Brock, and an amazing in-ring performance!

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WWE Raw hit the airwaves for a holiday edition, and Box Office Brock is officially Boom Box Brock. Who stood out to Greg DeMarco?

WWE Raw was live on Memorial Day, and the show provided some memorable moments. Here’s what I think are the most memorable performances of the night.

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Boom Box Brock Lesnar

So Brock Lesnar didn’t know that he has a year to cash in Money In The Bank? Of course he didn’t! Brock was dancing, smiling, and having the time of his life. But if he wanted to, he could still kill you. His interactions tonight were fabulous, especially the moment when he realized he had a year to cash in the contract. Brock rarely speaks or makes decisions, but when he does it’s so carries to much impact. Well done!


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The Second Star: Dolph Ziggler

I know there is some confusion around Dolph’s character. He’s technically still a Raw superstar (as listed on WWE.com), and he came back out of nowhere. But his delivery has been spectacular, and I am interested to see what he does in the ring at Super ShowDown. Will he change his in-ring style to match his persona? Will he stick around after the PPV?


Must Listen:
Driving With DeMarco: I Enjoyed Raw, And You Can Too!


The First Star for WWE Raw: Ricochet and Cesaro

You owe it to yourself to watch this match. They killed it, and busted out some stuff you don’t normally see. I don’t care about 50/50 booking or any other internet complaint. Go. Watch. This. Match.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: AEW Double Or Nothing (5/25/19)

“Cody Rhodes can now take his place among the greatest in-ring storytellers of all time, a seat right next to Triple H himself.”

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ALL Elite Wrestling made its debut with AEW Double Or Nothing. Who stood out from the talented crowd?

AEW Double Or Nothing is history, and it was quite the history making event. From the stellar matches, to the surprise debut of Jon Moxley (the former Dean Ambrose), the show delivered in a million different ways. It’s nearly impossible to pick three standout performances from a night like this, but I am the man for the task!

Featured image credit James Musselwhite, courtesy of All Elite Wrestling.

The Third Star for AEW Double Or Nothing: SCU

AEW Double Or Nothing SCU

There will only ever be one first PPV match for All Elite Wrestling, and it will always belong to SCU. Yes, Strong Hearts were also involved, and yes, Al Linda Man is an unsung hero of this match, but Christopher Daniels (one of the true greatest of all time), Frankie Kazarian (one of the greatest in-ring workhorses of all time), and Scorpio Sky (one of the most underrated wrestlers in the entire world, of all time), delivered a performance that is worth remembering as the first PPV match ever for AEW. This match in general hit on all cylinders, and the talent deserves a nod for their performance.


Elisa looks great in her Chairshot gear.
You can, too!

 

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The Second Star: Kenny Omega

AEW Double Or Nothing Kenny Omega

Image Credit: Ricky Havlik/AEW

Kenny Omega wanted to give the fans a main event they deserved, and he did just that with Chris Jericho. It wasn’t as spot-tastic as the tag team match that preceded it (and that’s a good thing), but the story involved and Jericho working a new style that suits his age (and conditioning) meant that Omega needed to nearly kill himself to deliver the match he wanted everyone to see. In the end he put Jericho over, but is obviously on a collision course with Jon Moxley–potentially at ALL OUT. But on this night, Kenny Omega put the AEW brand on his shoulders and carried it into the stratosphere.

Honorable Mention: Jon Moxley

He needed to give everyone a memorable moment to end the show, and he did just that.


Must Listen:
The Doc Says… AEW Double Or Nothing Reaction


The First Star for AEW Double Or Nothing: Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes

AEW Double Or Nothing Cody Rhodes Dustin Rhodes

Image Credit: Ricky Havlik/AEW

This match is what pro wrestling is all about. The amazing story told in the ring was sold by two true brothers, and in the end it was Cody who stood tall. That’s not enough to give one man the nod over the other, as this was obviously a team–no–a family effort. Dustin took the lead for most of the match, and you can tell both wanted to put on a performance that would make Dusty Rhodes proud. There was an old school moment when DDP carried Brandi Rhodes backstage kicking and screaming, but that doesn’t take away from what this was. It wasn’t old school, it was pro wrestling. Cody Rhodes can now take his place among the greatest in-ring storytellers of all time, a seat right next to Triple H himself.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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