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Dean Ambrose Or Jon Moxley?
Long time fans of Dean Ambrose know that before coming to WWE, Ambrose was known as Jon Moxley in the independent scene and in CZW. As many of you probably already know, Ambrose changes his Twitter handle to Jon Moxley, and posted a hype/vignette video of him breaking out of a prison.
— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) May 1, 2019
Since the video was posted, many fans have been speculating what the meaning is behind it, and have pointed out a few interesting clues that may reference what Moxley’s next move is going to be. I have broken down the speculation below, but feel free to add comments below or on the Chairshot Facebook page on what you think the video may mean
-Many feel that the video references Moxley breaking out and getting away from WWE. It is not secret that Moxley was unhappy with his creative direction in the company.
-On the other hand, many have also speculated that Dean Ambrose is no longer under WWE contract, but that doesn’t necessarily mean John Moxley isn’t. Many feel that this is an extension of the “Lunatic Fringe” of his character.
-Who paid to have the video produced? Obviously, Moxley isn’t hurting for money, but there has to be a company behind the video. But who?
-Many have pointed out that Ambrose lives in Las Vegas, and AEW Double Or Nothing takes place in Las Vegas.
-Cody Rhodes “liked” the video on Twitter
-If you skip to 1:16 in the video, you will notice that he walks in front of The Viper Room located in Hollywood, CA. The Viper Room logo includes two dice and the dice shown are 2 and 5. The date for Double Or Nothing is May 25.
-Many have also referenced the final interview Ambrose did with WWE. Ambrose spoke of walking into the casino several years ago and now he is taking his chips and cashing in. Double Or Nothing is in Vegas, and the promo posters contain poker chips.
That was a mouthful. But, I am going to take a guess that Moxley/Ambrose isn’t walking away from wrestling anytime soon. I had assumed that he would take some time away, and eventually return to WWE, however that doesn’t look to be the case. Many of you that follow the Chairshot speculated back at the end of last year that the plan all along was for Moxley to jump to AEW. Maybe you were right.
Ambrose Makes 1st Non WWE Appearance
Speaking of Ambrose/Moxley, he made his first appearance outside of WWE, Tuesday night at the Cauliflower Alley Club. Ambrose to honor his trainer, Cody Hawk. Hawk was receiving the 2019 Cauliflower Alley Club Trainer’s Award, an award that had only been issued to three others.
“For whatever reason, he took me under his wing,” Ambrose said. “However much work I was willing to put in, however much effort I was willing to put forth, he would match it. Cody didn’t just show me the path, Cody walked the path with me, and that’s a crucial distinction.”
— Shawna Reed (@ShawnaReed93) May 1, 2019
If you aren’t familiar with Cody Hawk, he had a hand in training not only Ambrose, but Sami Callihan and Eli Drake. Also, he trained Shawna Reed, an up and coming female wrestler I interviewed a few months ago. You can check that out here. (Cheap plug)
Rhyno Leaving WWE?
Many WWE stars have voiced displeasure with their directions in WWE, and some are looking for greener pastures. One wrestler that may be leaving the company is Rhyno. Rhyno told the Press & Guide website that his contract will expire in July.
“I love working with WWE. They’re great. But I might have to go somewhere else. I don’t know yet.”
Rhyno hasn’t been on WWE TV since the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale. And in all honesty, since he and Heath Slate lost the tag team titles, the company hasn’t done anything with him creatively.
NXT Taping Spoilers
If you are looking for Wednesday’s NXT taping results. Check out Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results. The taping includes a Hall of Famer becoming a permanent commentator, and new signing making their debut.
CM Punk At Double Or Nothing?
Since the formation of AEW, many fans have speculated if the company get CM Punk to return to wrestling. After making an appearance at an indie show (under a mask) last weekend, fuel has been added to that fire. Many felt that Punk could return at Double Or Nothing. However, it looks like Punk has plans that night. Cage Fury Fighting Championships announced Punk will be doing color commentary on Saturday, May 25th. This should rule out any chance of Punk appearing at the pay per view.
We all need to accept that Punk will not be returning to a full time role in professional wrestling. It’s highly unlikely that Punk and AEW have had any discussions, and the price it would take to even get Punk to consider coming back to wrestling would be lofty.
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Jeff Hardy Arrested
According to various news outlets this weekend, WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested for public intoxication Saturday in South Carolina.Police said they received a report of an intoxicated person in Myrtle Beach about 11 a.m. Shortly after, authorities arrested Hardy without incident and charged him with public intoxication.Hardy posted a $153 bond and was released the same day.In a statement, WWE said, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”
Jeff Hardy’s battles with substance abuse over the years have been well documented. After period of staying off the radar, Hardy has been in court twice over the past year for alcohol related issues. Here is hoping that Hardy can get things under control.
Huge RAW Planned For Next Week
During Sunday nights Extreme Rules pay per view, WWE aired a commercial for RAW Reunion that will take place on July 22nd. Some of the big names advertised include Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Ric Flair.
It’ll be the BIGGEST reunion in Monday Night #RAW HISTORY.
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
This seems like a reach for a quick ratings grab, but it is always cool to see the legends return. Potentially we could see some involvement from some of the legends for SummerSlam storylines ?
Paul Heyman Appears At EVOLVE Show
For those of you who didn’t catch the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary show on the WWE Network Saturday night, you missed out on a hell of a show. You also missed out on an appearance from none other than Paul Heyman. Most wrestling fans know that Heyman mentored EVOLVE founder Gabe Sapolosky back in ECW.
“You’re going to watch this match, and you’re going to say to yourselves ‘that was the moment we all knew that this industry is going to EVOLVE.'”@HeymanHustle makes a surprise appearance at #EVOLVE131 ahead of the Winner Takes All Match between @austintheory1 and @RealJDDrake! pic.twitter.com/7ugS1xMr60
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
Those of you have followed my daily news shuffles, and the random In This Corner articles I put together, know that I rarely follow the indie wrestling scene. However, I took in both the EVOLVE show and AEW Fight For The Fallen. I was extremely impressed with the talent in EVOLVE, and my hopes are that WWE continues to broadcast their shows on the WWE Network.
Enzo and Cass Done With ROH ?
During April’s G1 Supercard Show at Madison Square Garden, fans were shocked to see Enzo and Cass jump the guard rail and started attacking ROH stars. Many felt initially that this may have been a shoot, but it appeared to be a work to lead to a potential appearance in ROH for the two. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, it appears the relationship between the former WWE stars and ROH is over before it truly began. According to Meltzer, NJPW was unhappy as they were not notified before hand of their appearance, and the company has cut their loses with the two.
It’s Enzo and Cass. I mean, with what little I follow ROH, I can’t really see the two of them fitting with the company long term. However, if you want a team to be a legit heel right out of the chute, you could have that with those two.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Latest On Extreme Rules, SummerSlam Changes, Alexa Missing RAW and More! (7/12/19)
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Original RAW Main Event Plans
This past Monday’s RAW featured the main even of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre taking on Roman Reigns and a partner of his opponents choosing. The mystery partner of Reigns was masked the entire match, and was eventually revealed to be Cedric Alexander. According to PWInsider, the decision to use McIntyre was not made until hours before the show. Original plans called for the company to use an extra or local indie wrestler. The report also notes that there will be storyline follow up for Cedric Alexander that will play out the next few weeks.
Some people didn’t care for the choice, but I think it makes sense with the changes that are occurring with the weekly shows. The company hasn’t really done a lot with Alexander since his main roster call up, so my hope is that pairing him with Reigns helps establish him on the RAW roster.
SummerSlam Changes Coming ?
Speaking of changes to the WWE, the Twitter account of WrestleVotes Tweeted that any plans involving the SummerSlam card are subject to change this week with the Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman officially starting in their new roles. WrestleVotes has been very accurate with rumors involving WWE in the past.
Was told recently that anything WWE had planned for SummerSlam in advance was all subject to change once Bischoff & Heyman fully start their roles this upcoming week. Good on Vince & Co to allow a legitimate clean start. No forced agendas off the jump. That’s how it should be.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) July 11, 2019
The company had to finish up story lines before letting Heyman and Bischoff loose, so changes to the SummerSlam plans make sense. RAW and SmackDown have shown some improvement the past couple of weeks, so I am excited to see what changes will continue to occur.
Reason For Alexa Bliss RAW Abscence
The rumor mill was buzzing this week with Alexa Bliss and her absence from RAW. Dave Meltzer noted on the latest addition of Wrestling Observer radio that the reason she missed RAW, and the reason Nikki Cross was added to the match at Extreme Rules is that Alexa is suffering from a bad sinus infection.
“Alexa Bliss has a real bad sinus infection. Originally, they were not going to do the handicap match. The handicap match was a late change and everything that happened on TV on Monday and Tuesday with no Alexa Bliss was because of her sinus infection and they rewrote that whole storyline.”
I though things seemed out of sorts on RAW with Nikki Cross winning the beat the clock challenge. I am going to assume the plan is for Bayley to win at Extreme Rules, with Nikki and Alexa planting the seeds for a potential feud.
Extreme Rules Betting Odds
The Chairshot staff picks for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay per view will be up later this weekend, but if you are a betting person, the odds for the winners have been released.
Mixed Tag Team Winners Take All Extreme Rules Match:
Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch -400 vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans +250
No Holds Barred Tag Team Match:
Roman Reigns & The Undertaker -400 vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon +250
WWE Title Match:
Kofi Kingston -350 vs. Samoa Joe +225
WWE SmackDown Women’s Title Handicap Match:
Bayley -140 vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross EVEN
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match:
Drew Gulak -300 vs. Tony Nese +200
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
Daniel Bryan & Rowan 5/8 vs. Heavy Machinery 7/4 vs. The New Day 3/1
WWE United States Title Match:
Ricochet -150 vs. AJ Styles +110
Last Man Standing Match
Braun Strowman -180 vs. Bobby Lashley +140
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
The Revival -170 vs. The Usos +130
Aleister Black -140 vs. Cesaro EVEN
If the card plays out in the odds favor, there doesn’t appear to be any real surprises with the outcomes.
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