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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.
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.
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.”
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.
And the next entrant to draw his #CasinoBattleRoyale card is……….
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 21, 2019
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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Mike And Maria Re-sign With WWE
Last month in the shuffle, I discussed the news that Mike and Maria Kanellis had expiring contracts with WWE. Many of you discussed their potential jump to AEW on the Chairshot Facebook page. In what many are considering to be a bit of a shock, the couple has reach a long term agreement to re-sign with WWE, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet. No contract terms were disclosed.
I am a bit shocked that they re-signed with WWE, and figured a move back to ROH or a jump to AEW seemed logical. While many, including myself, feel that WWE hasn’t done much with the couple, Mike Kanellis did have a substance abuse battle last year in which the company stood by him during his difficult time. Perhaps due to the loyalty the company showed then, and mostly likely a decent wage, were the reasons the couple chose to re-sign. What if Maria re-signed and Mike didn’t?
All Out Sold Out
In what must be considered great news for AEW, the All Out show sold out in less than 15 minuets. According to various outlets, ticket sites for the event have over 70,00 people in online waiting rooms waiting to purchase tickets. The Sears Center in Chicago will hold roughly 12,000 people for this event.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 14, 2019
It is great that the company has been so successful in ticket sales when WWE is hurting to sell tickets to Stomping Grounds. However, can the company sell out venues week after week for live television ? Not taking any credit away from the company, but many are comparing AEW ticket sales to WWE ticket sales. It is a little tough to be doing that when the company has yet to air a weekly product.
Bray Wyatt On RAW?
One of the most entertaining segments on RAW lately has been the Firefly Funhouse and Bray Wyatt. According to PWInsider, Wyatt is scheduled to appear on RAW during tonight’s episode.
Many agree that Wyatt has been the most entertaining segment of RAW. How they re-debut Wyatt will be key. My hope is is that the company finally does something with Wyatt, as Wyatt is money.
Latest On WWE Talent Exodus
Since the formation of AEW last October, it’s been almost weekly that we hear about someone leaving WWE to jump to AEW. According to Dave Meltzer, many inside WWE are turning down big money deals to potentially jump to AEW.
“They were just in town and everybody wants out. I won’t say everybody because that’s not fair. Roman Reigns doesn’t want out. But the amount of people who have contacted AEW would blow your mind,” Meltzer said. “There are people that are counting down the days. There are guys who have told me, including guys in AEW now, that they cannot believe that they turned the offer down [from WWE] but they did. I know people in WWE right now who are not interested in signing again and they can’t believe they are turning down the money.”
Let’s be honest, we are going to hear news of someone wanting to leave WWE daily. AEW isn’t going to, nor are they going to be interested to, sign every ex-WWE star. Many people that I had felt would have left WWE (Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Mike and Maria Kanellis) have re-signed with the company. You could make the argument for many of WWE’s stars jumping to AEW in order to add some life to their careers. Wrestling is one of the most unpredictable forms of entertainment as far as determining what talent will head where.
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New Wrestling Promotion Launches
2019 has been a very busy year for wrestling, especially when it comes to new promotions launching. Former WWE stars Alberto Del Rio and Chavo Guerrero have partnered together to launch Nacion Lucha Libre. Some of the announced roster includes MVP, Carlito, Del Rio’s former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, LAX, and Pentagon. Del Rio has also hinted in signing currently contracted WWE stars when their contracts run up.
— Nación Lucha Libre Oficial (@NacionLucha) June 11, 2019
Obviously, this won’t be direct competition with the WWE, however it can draw fans away from the Mexico fan base the company has attempted to build. I am wondering if even though fans are unhappy with WWE, if all these new promotions are leading to an over saturation of product.
Moxley vs Omega At All Out
You have to hand it to AEW, as they are creating some very interesting matchups. Today, the company announced that Jon Moxley will take on Kenny Omega at the August 1st All Out event.
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 – @Sears_Centre@JonMoxley vs @KennyOmegamanX
Tickets on sale tomorrow Friday,June 14th!https://t.co/h4nYfXfHAT Noon Eastern / 11am Central / 9am Pacific pic.twitter.com/ZJr2Z2aAxs
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 13, 2019
This matchup is intriguing to say the least. Two completely different styles of wrestling, creating what I hope to be a great match. This one shouldn’t dissapoint.
CM Punk All In On All Out?
One of the big names that has long been rumored to join AEW is CM Punk. Punk seems to be done with wrestling, but every time AEW has announced an event, fans start up the rumor mill. With the upcoming All Out show taking place in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, many speculate Punk will make an appearance. Punk seems to have shot down that speculation in his latest Tweet.
— CM Puck🏒 (@CMPunk) June 13, 2019
Wrestling has always been a business where a person never could say never. While it is unlikely that Punk signs with AEW, there will always be the speculation that he will. But what would Punk offer to the upstart company? Name recognition ? Could Punk still go in the ring ?
SmackDown On FOX Commercials Start To Air
We all know that SmackDown will be moving to FOX this October, and the network paid a lot of money for WWE programing. FOX looks like it has the wheels in motion for the promotional blitz informing network viewers that SmackDown is heading to the network. Below is a commercial that has been airing, and many are pointing out that the advertisement contains a redesigned logo for the show.
— WrestlingNews.co – WWE/AEW News (@WrestlingNewsCo) June 13, 2019
FOX spent a lot of money to get WWE programming, so it’s no surprise that they are airing commercials four months in advance. Or could it be that FOX is worried about the low ratings that WWE programming has been generating?