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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: All Elite Edition! (5/30/2019)

Loads of AEW News On PAC, Jon Moxley, Joey Janela, and More!

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Loads of AEW News On PAC, Jon Moxley, Joey Janela, and More!

It’s been a busy past few days filled with various AEW news involving Jon Moxley, All Out, PAC, and more.

Jon Moxley On Talk Is Jericho

Since leaving the WWE, Moxley has been very tight lipped and has not revealed his reasons for leaving the company. Many news sites have speculated that leaving was due to frustrations backstage with creative. Wednesday, a new episode of Talk Is Jericho was released in which Moxley and Jericho sit down and discuss his reasons for leaving WWE, which include frustrations with the creative direction of his character.

Jason’s Take

The podcast is well worth a listen, if you haven’t done so already. I would imagine there will be some heat backastage in WWE on both Jericho and Moxley, but not like that matters at this point. I won’t spoil the podcast for you, but it was interesting to hear how happy Moxley currently is, and how he intended to leave WWE, regardless on whether or not he joined AEW. I wonder if it is a bit awkward for Renee Young still being in WWE?

First Opponent For Moxley Revealed

A few days ago, I discussed the video that was released teasing a potential Joey Janela/John Moxley feud. On Wednesday, AEW issued a Tweet announcing that Moxley would be taking on Janel at Fyter Fest on Saturday, June 29th.

Jason’s Take

As I said a few days ago, this match is very intriguing to me. Janela has the potential to be a star for AEW. Both characters have been a bit nuts throughout their careers. Considering that, it is very possible that anything could happen in this match.

PAC No Longer Advertised For Fyter Fest

Speaking of Fyter Fest, it appears that PAC is not longer being advertised for the event, and his likeness has been pulled from all promotional materials. As many of you know, PAC was originally scheduled to take on Hangman Page at Double or Nothing, but due to creative differences, the match took place a week earlier and was released on AEW’s YouTube channel.

Jason’s Take

Is it safe to assume that PAC is no longer going to be involved with AEW ? When it was announced that the match with Page was no longer occurring, I discussed the possibility of PAC being difficult to work with, as there have been rumors in the past regarding his attitude and doing business. Could that potentially be the issue here ?

News On Sami Zayn’s AEW Refrence On RAW

Many of you that watched RAW pointed out on the Chairshot Facebook page that Sami Zayn made an AEW reference during his Electric Chair segment with Corey Graves. There appears to be conflicting reports to as if this was scripted to be a part of the segment, or if it was a case of Zayn going off script. Both Dave Meltzer and PWInsider have reported that the reference was scripted, but Bryan Alvarez is reporting that it was not part of the script. The AEW reference was removed from the segment uploaded to WWE’s YouTube channel.

Jason’s Take

Regardless of whether it was scripted or not, AEW benefits from the free promotion. If this is a case of Zayn going off script, I would imagine he has heat backstage. If this is a case of Vince McMahon trying to be cute, it could potentially backfire on him. During the early stages of the Monday Night Wars, WWE didn’t acknowledge that WCW existed. And why would they ? They were a competitor. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming months if WWE continues to acknowledge AEW on weekly TV.


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More! (6/19/2019)

News Involving: Brooke Injury, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

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News here! Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

Scarlett Bordeaux Released

One of the bright spots on Impact has been Scarlett Bordeaux. However, she is no longer a part of Impact as the company announced today that she has been released. Reportedly, Scarlett had asked for her release a month ago due to unhappiness regarding her pay.

Jason’s Take

I think Impact really dropped the ball with her by not having her be a part of the knockouts division. While I get the fact she is attractive, she also is a very talented wrestler. In the ever present battle for talent between WWE and AEW, I am sure Scarlett will come out a winner.

Tag Team Division In AEW?

One of the many complaints fans and media have had with the weekly WWE product is the lack of focus in the tag team division. On Tuesday, Tony Kahn appeared on the Steven Austin Show podcast and had the following to say about the tag team division in AEW:

“We’re super focused on it. One of the things we’re going to be focused on and something we’re going to do is establish a great tag team division. When we launch our weekly television show in the fall, we’re going to be doing a tag team tournament that’s going to have some of the greatest tag team matches ever on TV. We’re going to be starting that, it’s going to be one of the main focuses of our TV. There’s going to be team’s competing to get a first-round bye in that tournament, which is a big deal. And we’ve got some of the best tag teams in all of wrestling competing for our tag team championship coming up in the fall.”

Jason’s Take

If AEW is trying to do the opposite of what the competition is doing, than focusing on the tag team division is the way to go. Having it a part of weekly television will also be good for ratings, as many fans miss the days of a solid tag team division.

EC3 Unhappy In WWE?

Fans felt that EC3 was destined for big things in WWE, especially after picking up a victory against Dean Ambrose earlier this year. However, since then, the company really hasn’t seemed to have much creatively for EC3. It appears that after Monday’s segment with Baron Corbin and the New Day, EC3 has become frustrated.

Jason’s Take

To me this feels like another instance of WWE not knowing how to properly push an NXT star after they call them up to the main roster. He can talk, he has the look, and he can wrestle, so I really don’t understand where the disconnect is here with WWE.

Dana Brooke Injured?

In news that has been making its way across various outlets, Dana Brooke appeared to be injured during a Main Event taping before RAW when taking on Sarah Logan. Brooke was busted open during the match, and the match was promptly stopped by the referee.  Video is below, but be aware, it is a bit gruesome.

Jason’s Take

Brooke is another talent that I feel the company really hasn’t done anything with since they brought her up from NXT. Many have commented that she has been working hard, putting in the extra time to become a better in ring performer. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.

 

 

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Raw Rating Analysis (6/17/19): Raw Finishes #1, #2, & #4

What rating did the go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds deliver?

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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your WWE Raw Rating Analysis for the June 17th episode, the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!

The WWE Raw Rating is in for the June 17 edition, and it’s another tale of WWE dominating everyone not named NBA:

  • Hour 1: 2.235 million viewers, .74 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.303 million, .71 in the 18-49 demo (#2 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 2.078 million, .67 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 7% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -157k viewers

For comparison, here are ratings from last week:

  • Hour 1: 2.380 million viewers, .75 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.086 million, .65 in the 18-49 demo (#3 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 1.909 million, .59 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 19% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -471k viewers

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

But what does the WWE Raw Rating really mean, Greg?

So another interesting week for WWE Raw ratings. The show averaged more viewers this week, and had two hours higher in the Top 5, but is being spun as a worse rating around the internet. the ratings improved, the viewership drop from Hour 1 to Hour 3 improved, and Raw continued to deal with a really difficult summer.

One thing we can’t ignore is the impact of two major network shows on WWE, as The Bachelorette drew big numbers for ABC, and American Ninja Warrior did the same for NBC. Both aired from 8 PM – 10 PM, the first two hours of Raw. One is a reality show, and the other is a sports-reality show, both targeting an audience similar to Raw (whose audience isn’t–no matter how hard y’all try–wrestling fans).

This was a go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds, but it’s for a PPV that many aren’t at all excited about. One problem we don’t discuss enough is the over-saturation of the WWE product. It’s all-WWE, all-the-time, 52 weeks a year. That is another challenge facing WWE that can’t be overlooked. We will have YouTube numbers tomorrow as usual!


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