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Morale Backstage In WWE
As you know, ratings in WWE have been at an all time low for weekly television, and many wrestlers have either chosen to leave, or decide to ask for their release from the company. In yesterday’s shuffle, I discussed Jack Swagger’s comments on the unhappiness in WWE. On Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez talked about the backstage morale in the company. He had this to say:
“All I can tell you is morale today in WWE is so bad. I’ve heard it from multiple people. I’ve heard people and they’ll say it ‘morale is bad.’ I’ll say ‘I’ve heard’ and [they’ll say] ‘no really bad.’ So like I don’t know. It’s probably been maybe the worst it’s ever been. I’m not sure. I know it was bad in the wake of the Invasion [in 2001 after WCW was sold]. I know a lot of people were unhappy then for different reasons. The Kliq made some people’s lives miserable, but not everybody’s. In 96, 97 and 98 things turned around and everybody was making a lot of money. Maybe the early 90s but it’s bad [today].”
The talent in WWE is probably the deepest and most talented it has been in company history. However, you can come up with many reasons as to why morale is low. Too much content/over exposure, poor storyline writing and creative decisions, and moves that don’t make sense. (super star shakeup on m0nth #2, the wild card rule after the fact, etc) Regardless, USA and FOX have a large amount of money on the line, and the pressure is coming down from not only backstage, but network executives. If there were ever a time for a rival organization to step up, it would be now.
Undertaker vs Goldberg
Since WWE announced that Goldberg would be returning at the next Saudi Arabia event, fans have speculated as to whom Goldberg would be facing. Many felt that Bobby Lashley would be the most likely candidate, however, it will be the Undertaker taking on Goldberg for the first time in history.
— WWE (@WWE) May 13, 2019
Since this was announced early on Monday morning, I’ve read a lot of criticism regarding this match. Yes, it would have been great 20 years ago, however, that wasn’t going to be very likely with both men in rival companies. The match still has its place today, and is one of the few matches WWE has left that they can call “first time ever.”
AEW Double Or Nothing News
We are getting closer to the second AEW event, Double Or Nothing. Recently, the event has been listed for purchase through Xfinity, with a price tag of $59.99. Last week, the show was listed as a PPV event on AT&T Uverse with a 7 PM ET start time.
Also, 2 more matches have been announced for the show during this week’s episode of Being The Eliete. Best Friends vs. Angelico and Jack Evans and Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guevara.
$59.99 is the standard price for a WWE pay-per-view event. I would expect an official announcement on pricing and purchasing options will be coming shortly.
WWE 2K20 News
Most of you that have been long time readers of the Chairshot know that in addition to being a huge wrestling fan, I am also a gamer. In fact, I did a review of WWE2k19 here at the Chairshot that you can check out here. News is starting to come out about 2K20. FOX Sports Asia has potentially gotten a hold of leaked documentation that states that Becky Lynch will be the cover athlete for the game, and DX will have a heavy presence in the game.
I don’t know if I find this article from FOX Sports Asia to be correct, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lynch becomes the first female cover athlete for the long running series. Typically, the game releases late October/Early November, so an August release date seems unlikely.
New Wrestling Game Under Development?
Speaking of the 2K wrestling series……many fans have long been disappointed with the series, and have hope their would be competition for 2K. Many have felt the game hasn’t matched up to 2k’s other successful NBA 2k series of games. If you have wanted competition, then you are in luck. Yukes has established a new development team, and hopes to create an internal competition with 2k games according to VGC.
“I think having no competitor isn’t healthy at all,” Furuta told VGC. “When we had competitors in the wrestling space, we were determined not to lose and that was a great motivator for creating something great.
“But right now, looking at the market demands, players are expecting something new every time we release a game and we feel like we haven’t achieved what we’ve really wanted to do. For example, in many cases we’re still using old assets and we’re not able to do some things in the way that we want to.”
I am old enough to remember when PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox wouldn’t have completely different wrestling games released for each console. I thought last years 2K game was the best entry of the series, but I do understand some of the complaints fans have had about the game, and agree that the game hasn’t matched up to the realism of the NBA 2K series. Here is hoping Yukes can change things up.
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Latest On Jeff Hardy
In Monday’s shuffle I discussed the news on Jeff Hardy’s latest public intoxication arrest. Since then, more details have been released regarding the incident. TMZ is reporting that Hardy smelled of booze and was passed out in a public stairwell before being arrested.
Once again, Hardy’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in the past, so I am not going to comment on them. Here is hoping that he is able to get things in order and get his life on track.
RAW Ratings See An Increase
RAW continues to slowly climb out of the ratings hole, as this weeks ratings showed an increase in viewership. The hourly breakdown looks like this:
Hour 1 – 2.379 million viewers
Hour 2 – 2.503 million viewers
Hour 3 – 2.478 million viewers
This is good news for WWE, RAW, and USA, as RAW typically has had a hard time keeping viewers into the third hour. RAW was actually a very solid show last night, and one of the first RAW’s in a very long time that I watched from start to finish while it aired live. Slowly, but surely, WWE will do what they can to climb out of the hole.
Mickie James Undergoes ACL Surgery
Earlier today, WWE star Mickie James went under the knife to repair her injured ACL. The injury looks to keep her out of the ring into next year. Her husband, Nick Aldis, took to Twitter to update fans on the successful surgery.
UPDATE: Surgery was a complete success. I’m sure when she’s feeling up to it she’ll share more. Thank you all! 🙌 https://t.co/RxCHyko2UQ
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) July 16, 2019
Mickie James is still a very talented wrestler who adds depth to the women’s division. There is still a place for her on the roster, and one can assume that the WWE will want to keep her when she fully recovers.
Finn Balor Taking Time Off?
Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental championship at Extreme Rules, and the loss had many scratching their heads. However, it appears there is reasoning behind it according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, as Balor has requested time off from WWE to recharge. Though he requested time off, it appears that it will not be granted until after the upcoming SummerSlam pay per view.
It will be interesting to see how Balor will be written off of TV. One could assume a SummerSlam match with Bray Wyatt will lead to his exit. Perhaps on his return, he could join his friends in The Club ?
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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.