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AEW & The New TV Deal: Greg DeMarco’s Perspective

We can argue later, right now let’s be excited–this is an amazing time to be a fan.

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Greg DeMarco reacts to the AEW TV deal that brings All Elite Wrestling to TNT and big events to stream on B/R Live.

I know there are criticisms. I know there are questions. I am chief among those who are presenting these to the world. But there’s a time and a place for that. Right now is the time and place to be excited to AEW and the deal that brings their TV show to TNT and has their big events streaming on B/R Live. This is a huge partnership, unprecedented for a group that has yet to run a show. Money talks, and connections walk–the Khan family came through big time here and it means one thing:

What a time to be a fan!

I’m not an AEW mark, and I’m not a WWE mark. I’m a fan of the wrestling business, especially the business part. I want the business to flourish, and now is the time for that to happen. Will it create competition? I don’t know. I hope it does. Competition is better for the talent, it’s better for the fans, and it’s better for the promotions. It’s a win-win-win all around. Are they making money for this TV deal? I wouldn’t assume they are. The exposure is worth it. I’ve said it before: it’s their second TV deal that matters. That defines if they were successful enough during the first.

Many will complain about AEW claiming they are going to present a sports oriented sports entertainment product, where wins & losses matter. Many fans that I respect above the majority of “Wrestling Twitter” are immediately calling this into question, because we all know how storylines work. Wins and losses largely don’t matter, right? Well what has Big Daddy DeMarco been telling you for years now? “Wins and losses don’t matter…until they matter.” It’s just like the babyface/heel dynamic. It only matters when the story dictates it matters. Even with wins and losses, this can be about storytelling.

I’m not asking you to love it, I’m just asking you to see it through.

What does this mean for me? Double Or Nothing will be streaming on B/R Live, and I will be a new customer of the service (if a fee is involved). If you asked me for advice, I’d recommend it. Be a part of this, it’s truly exciting. For those of us that were “in it” during the Monday Night Wars, this could lead to a twice-in-a-lifetime era. I can’t promise that this will lead to competition, but I also can’t say that it won’t. In fact…

AEW is the closest thing to competition since WCW, without even running a show.

Make no mistake about it, AEW has positioned themselves as the legit #2 in America, and they haven’t run a show. That is no predictor of success, but they are setting themselves up in such a way that, if they properly execute their plan, they can become competition. It will take a near flawless execution, because the casual wrestling fan will be as quick to abort as the hardcore fan will be quick to forgive. But we owe it to them–scratch that, we owe it to ourselves to support the wrestling product and see how it turns out.

But Greg, this is WCW all over again–they even have FIRE in the graphic!

Stop. Just stop. Seriously, stop it. This isn’t WCW all over again. TNT using the fire to link this to WCW Monday Nitro is–GASP!–smart. Really smart! Ask Andrew Balaz why he was a WCW fan and he’ll tell you–it’s the realism. Many fans who yearn for the Monday Night Wars will make that connection with the fire. It’s okay if it feels a little WCW…WCW had some really high points in history. AEW can use fire in the background of their TNT drop and still start with a clean slate.

“Globally redefine wrestling as we know it today.”

That is a quote from the press release embedded above, courtesy of Tony Khan. I’ve already seen people say it’s stupid. It isn’t. What should he say? “We’re going to follow the same model”??? Might as well say “don’t bother.” They need to dare to be different. We do that here at The Chairshot. It’s harder, but it’s worth it. It’s an uphill battle. Need proof? I searched for an article to link above regarding the TV deal, and Google literally asked if I meant to search for WWE. They’re Coca Cola, Kleenex, and Band Aid. When the general populous thinks “wrestling,” they think “WWE.” That’s a mountain for AEW to climb.

Can they climb it? Let’s find out together!


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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?
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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