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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Trouble For Lars Sullivan, Updates On Jax, Banks, and More! (5/9/19)

News here! News Involving Trouble For Lars Sullivan, Updates On Jax, Banks, and More!

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Lars Sullivan In Trouble?

The WWE had big plans prior to WreslteMania for Lars Sullivan. Reportedly, he was supposed to take on John Cena, however, due to issues with anxiety, the debut did not occur until after WrestleMania. It is very possible we have seen the last of Sullivan. A Reddit user posted a complete list of posts Sullivan had made back in 2013 on a body building message board. While I am not going to post any of the content here, you can read all the posts on Reddit. Many of the posts are homophobic, racist, and derogatory towards people with mental illness. A fan on Twitter asked Big E his thoughts on some of the posts. (Big E was very vocal during Hulk Hogan’s return to the company after audio was released of him using racial slurs)

Jason’s Take

I would expect WWE to act on this quickly if true. Regardless of if this occurred in 2013, I would expect Sullivan will be released from the company shortly. It’s ironic knowing that Sullivan suffers from anxiety, yet in many of the posts bashes people who struggle with depression and anxiety.

Latest On Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks hasn’t been on WWE TV since her tag team championship loss at WrestleMania. While her issues with losing that match have been well documented, things have been quiet on her status recently. PWInisder reported recently that Banks was supposed to film some promotional commercials this week for the upcoming WWE 2K20 game. However, there doesn’t appear to be any word as to if her filming actually took place.

Jason’s Take

Obviously Banks is disgruntled with the company. However, unless she returns to the company to fulfill her contractual obligations, I can’t see the company grating a release, letting her work elsewhere. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Banks returned in time for the women’s Money In The Bank ladder match

New Wrestling Series To Air on VICELAND

Many wrestling fans and personalities have praised the Viceland series, Dark Side Of The Ring. Now, Viceland will air a new wrestling series beginning May 22nd, titled The Wrestlers. According to Viceland:

“The series goes beyond the world of mainstream professional wrestling to dive into the vibrant, fascinating and bizarre subcultures in the wrestling universe around the world. From Lucha Libre in Mexico to the women’s wrestling scene in Japan to “voodoo wrestling” in Congo and countless points between.”

Also on May 22nd, the network will air Dark Side Of The Ring, Extended Cuts. These episodes will be expansions of the six episodes, with never before seen footage.

Jason’s Take

I have loved Dark Side Of The Ring, and recommend you watch it. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, there are two episodes on the Von Erich Family, and Bruiser Brody, that you can watch on the Viceland website. I am hoping The Wrestlers is just as good, and it should give many fans an look into wrestling they may not be familiar with.

Nia Jax Update

Nia Jax suffered a torn ACL in each knee in April and had successful surgery to repair the damage. Jax recently took to Twitter to update fans on her recovery.

Jason’s Take

As I said when the news broke regarding the injury, it finally felt like the company had a long term creative vision for Jax with her pairing with Tamina. It is going to be upwards of nine months before Jax returns to the ring, so here is hoping for a speedy recovery.

Mauro Ranallo Signs New Deal With WWE

PWInsider is reporting that Maruo Ranallo has a signed a new deal with WWE. There is no word as to the length of the deal, but Ranallo will continue to be able to announce for MMA and boxing events.

Jason’s Take

Ranallo is quite possibly the best announcer in wrestling today. This is a key re-signing for WWE, as I wouldn’t doubt that AEW had a strong interest in Ranallo.

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: RAW Chaos, Impact Looking For A New Home, AEW Signing and More! (5/22/19)

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Cause Of Death Of Ashley Massaro

Last week in the shuffle, I discussed the sad news of the passing of former WWE Superstar, Ashley Massaro. At that time, there was not an immediate cause of death. Today, TMZ revealed the cause of death was suicide due to hanging. Massaro was found at her home after failing to show up at her DJ job for a local radio station.

Jason’s Take

This is a sad situation. I am not one to preach, but for the 5 of you that read this every day, please share this with a friend. Suicide isn’t a way out. You leave behind many people that love and care about you. I understand how hard it is to deal with depression, and sometimes you feel hopeless and have no way out. If you ever feel that way, talk to a pastor, a friend, a relative, a sibling, someone.

Impact Looking For A New Network

Late last year, Impact wrestling began looking for a new network to air weekly TV after frustrations with POP TV. After many rumors and hopes that Impact would end up on a major network, the company debuted on the Pursuit channel back in January of this year. According to PWInsider, the company is already hoping to secure a new TV deal with a new network due to growing frustrations with the Pursuit channel.

Jason’s Take

I said this last week in a shuffle entry, and I’ll say it again. The company that hurts the most with AEW getting a deal with TNT is not WWE, but Impact. Impact is a damaged brand, and is going to have a hard time finding a major network willing to take a chance on the company.

Chaos Backstage At RAW?

WWE has been attempting many changes recently to help boost weekly television ratings and the 24/7 championship. Many feel that the company is throwing things at the wall to see what will stick. According to Bryan Alvarez, things were very chaotic backstage, and the show was being re-written on the fly.

“I hear this was a disaster in the back. Not a disaster, just very disorganized, it was just a lot of things changed as the show was going on. That’s all, you know. Disaster is a funny word because when I watched the show, I never thought … the only thing on the show I thought was a disaster was the 24/7 stuff. The rest of it was just normal stuff. Apparently, backstage it was extremely disorganized and things were being changed as the show was going on. Matches were changed and maybe that’s why Baron Corbin got pinned.”

Jason’s Take

Has WWE turned in to late 90’s WCW? WCW was notorious for starting Nitro with unfinished scripts. For the long term future of WWE, grasping at straws to draw ratings will never work. There have been various reports about writers and HHH being frustrated with Vince McMahon and the constant changes to weekly television. Vince McMahon has been long considered one of the greatest minds when it comes to professional wrestling, but perhaps he is losing his edge.

Tye Dillinger at Double Or Nothing

AEW’s roster continues to grow on the heals of Double or Nothing this weekend. Former WWE star, Tye Dillinger, will enter the Casio Royale Battle Royal at the upcoming pay-per-view.

Jason’s Take

Dillinger gets a chance to reboot his career. A move to AEW is good not only for Dillinger, but AEW as well.

 

 

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Raw Rating Analysis (5/20/19): Raw #4-6 Behind NBA

Some obvious (and not so obvious) changes to Raw last night–did it work?

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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your WWE Raw Rating Analysis for the May 20 episode, as Raw faced stiff NBA competition.

The WWE Raw Rating is in for the May 20 edition, and it’s another tale of WWE dominating everyone not named NBA:

  • Hour 1: 2.681 million viewers, .93 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#4 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.583 million, .90 in the 18-49 demo (#5 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 2.29 million, .80 in the 18-49 demo (#6 ranked hour)
    • 14.6% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM)

For comparison, here is last week:

  • Hour 1: 2.576 million viewers, .90 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.391 million, .81 in the 18-49 demo (#2 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 2.080 million, .70 in the 18-49 demo (#3 ranked hour)
    • 19.3% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM)

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

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

Let’s take a look at that Top 5: Raw came in at #4, #5, and #6, behind the NBA Western Conference Finals. The game on ESPN came in at #1, followed by their NBA Courtside coverage, followed by the SportsCenter that followed (may have included some of the overtime from the game). The rest of the Top 10 was rounded out by Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 8 (you guys watch this?), Vanderpump Rules, and two more instances of NBA Playoff coverage.

The biggest argument I got into yesterday with some idiots on Twitter was about the NBA vs WWE. NBA Playoff Basketball, much like Game Of Thrones on Sunday, doesn’t present programming 52 weeks per year. That’s a threat, which from a business analysis perspective means it’s a external factor negatively impacting your success that you cannot control.

But since everyone loves to focus on viewership, Raw’s went up. So did their share (the .93 for hour 1 is an example of this), which is more important than viewership as it represents a percentage of the households utilizing television. Hour 2 from this week beat Hour 1 from last week in the ratings, and Hour 3 from this week was within 100k viewers from Hour 2 from last week. And remember, Raw occupied the Top 3 last week.

WWE definitely employed a strategy with Hour 3 this week, as all three major elements of that hour (Mick Foley introducing the WWE 24/7 Championship, The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre with Roman Reigns involvement, and Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston vs. Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley), were built and promoted throughout the show. This strategy was also used with much success during the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras. It showed some immediate benefits, as Hour 3 saw 14.6% drop in viewership this week against a 19.3% drop last week. WWE also changed the presentation for Hour 3, with Mick Foley’s promise of a dirtier product being accompanied by a different arena lighting package and a darker theme to the standard Raw graphics package. The show as a whole followed Money In The Bank’s theme of a more physical product rooted in more reality. Everyone online is leaning towards the obvious changes (lighting and graphics), but if you look closer you’ll see that the show actually built to all three major elements of Hour 3–and THAT is the real change.

But if color changes are your game, here’s an example:

We’ll have 24-hour YouTube numbers on Wednesday, and we’ll see how it compares.


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