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Wrestling News & Rumors: Chairshot Daily (4/15/2020)

A look at your news for 4/15/2020 including notes on Christian (not) returning, AEW talent staying home, Austin Theory’s brand status, COVID-19 large crowds, the Raw rating, and more!

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A look at your news for 4/15/2020 including notes on Christian (not) returning, AEW talent staying home, Austin Theory’s brand status, COVID-19 large crowds, the Raw rating, and more!

The Chairshot Daily is your look at wrestling news and rumors–with a hint of reality thrown in! We won’t hold back on you, we will let you know what we think regarding the validity of a rumor.

Austin Theory Remains On Raw

As you may have noticed on Monday’s edition of WWE Raw, Austin Theory remains on the red brand along with Angel Garza as part of Zelina Vega’s associates. Theory was announced for a Money In The Bank qualifier next week, where we can expect him to lose to Aleister Black. Theory also picked up a win over Akira Tozawa to provide some singles credibility as we head to next week’s match. It’s reported by the Wrestling Observer that he impressed officials and has been kept on Raw.

Analysis: Theory on Raw makes sense…right now. They need talent who can work, and he fills that spot. He and Garza make a good team, but that team could really make an impact in NXT right now as well. One thing that seems to be ignored is the fact that commentary still refers to Theory as being from NXT, whereas Bianca Belair is being termed as coming to Raw. I don’t think this move is permanent, and at 22 years of age it’s probably better for Theory to get more time in NXT before he gets “lost in the shuffle” on Raw after the normal TV schedule resumes.

Many Top Talents Not Present At Recent AEW Dynamite/Dark Tapings

Wrestling Inc reported that a decent sized list of top stars didn’t appear at the most recent AEW tapings that took place in Georgia. The Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Women’s Champion Nyla Rose, PAC, The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr & Fenix), SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky) and Big Swole were those named. It was also reported that Tony Khan put no pressure on talent to appear, and that talent from COVID-19 hotspots like New York and California were purposely not used. Talent not appearing felt more comfortable because The Young Bucks were among those not brought in.

Analysis: All of the talent listed are from California or New York, with one in Virginia (Page). So it makes perfect sense that they weren’t used. The Young Bucks are still cranking out Being The Elite, and have even been wrestling on their shows. It seems like the right call, and I actually enjoyed what I saw from the tapings in Georgia last week.

Quick question, though: don’t Cody Rhodes and Brandi Rhodes live in California?

WWE Raw Ratings: Viewership Down, Rating Still Strong

The WWE Raw Ratings are in:

  • Hour #1 – 1.994 million viewers, .59 share, #3 show on cable
  • Hour #2 – 1.913 million viewers, .56 share, #5 show on cable
  • Hour #3 – 1.832 million viewers, .52 share, #7 show on cable

Ratings courtesy of ShowbuzzDaily.

Analysis: You’re going to see “lowest rating” headlines all over, because that’s fun to click. The truth lies elsewhere: Raw performed well in a time where people’s viewing habits are nearly impossible to predict. News is through the roof, and even though Raw is live, it’s not the Raw people are used to watching. There’s absolutely no reason to make a big deal out of Raw’s “low” viewership, other than clickbait. 

You want a slant to take? Take the slant that this proves WWE has no reason to run these shows live right now, as there is no audience and we have no spoiler issues. If you want to bitch, at least bitch about the right thing!

Christian Talks Ever Being Cleared To Wrestle

With Edge’s return to the ring, it’s easy to wonder if Christian could do the same. He addressed those questions on Booker T’s podcast, and indicated it’s not in the cards because his issues were concussion related.

“I mean, it’s one of those things, right? It’s a completely different injury. You know–I’m pretty content with all that I’ve accomplished in WWE. I’ve pretty much accomplished everything I’ve ever wanted to do, except main event WrestleMania, and let’s be honest – how many people actually get a chance to do that? It’s one of those–I’m 46 years old, you know–and I had some concussion issues. It’s just a matter of–you know, I don’t see it happening. I’m medically disqualified. I just don’t–I’m not sure how I would ever get cleared.”

Analysis: Yep, no reason for him to come back. It’s easy to ask the question when Edge is back, and when Daniel Bryan made his return at WrestleMania 34. But each situation is unique, and Christian seems pretty content to be retired. To me, it’s more important we start asking about when he goes into the Hall Of Fame. 

Rhino Is A Tessa Blanchard Supporter

Rhino recently gave some comments on Impact Wrestling World Champion Tessa Blanchard as part of an interview with Wrestling Inc.

“There are people you’ll watch and think, ‘I want to get in the ring and mix it up with that person.’ She is that person. I told her, ‘We may never get in the ring together, but if I do I’m hitting you with a slingshot suplex and you better not kick out because that was her dad’s finisher.’ She popped. She goes, ‘Only if I hit you with a Gore.’ I said, ‘That’s fine. I won’t kick out.’ I’m impressed every time I see her. The moves, the facials, the stories, the dedication and drive and hard-hitting action. It’s amazing to watch her wrestle.”

Analysis: Rhino is a personal favorite of mine, and I love his perspective here. Tessa seems to have recovered from her controversy in January, and has been able to carry the Impact World Championship with pride. 

Large Gatherings Further Delayed?

Clutch Sports is reporting that California Governor Gavin Newsom doesn’t see NBA games returning–at least in their true form–any time soon. Mass gatherings are a threat to quelling COVID-19 and the spread of the coronavirus, and it could cause another outbreak if held before a vaccine is major control is achieved.

“The prospect of mass gatherings is [negligible] at best until we get to herd immunity and get to a vaccine.”

Analysis: Personally, I have an IZW Wrestling show still on the books for May 16. I really don’t expect it to happen, as I don’t see us returning to live events of any nature until the fall at the earliest. This thing is just too big to risk.


Six news items for the day–what stands out to you? Leave a comment or hit me up on social media @ChairshotGreg.


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.178 ~ 28TH JUNE 2022

New challengers, reunited friendships and the usual Junior division shenanigans! Hisame brings all the NOAH updates!

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Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Masa Kitamiya had been saying for a long time that he and Michael Elgin, where looking for strong challengers, but lamented that none had come forward yet. The challengers they had been looking for came forward following Timothy Thatcher making Masa Kitamiya tap in Yokohama on the 24th June, and Hideki Suzuki challenged for the belts on their behalf. The title match will take place on the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.

Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi, reunited?

Following their singles match in Yokohama this past week, a fire seems to have been lit between Shuhei Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki. The match was never originally meant to happen, but the card was changed at the last moment. During the match, Taniguchi (the monster is yet to awaken fully), fought Shiozaki in a way that convinced Shiozaki that Taniguchi had finally returned. No doubt Taniguchi’s seniors were pleased too as Taniguchi was even throwing lariats. After the match, Shiozaki hinted about tagging with Taniguchi again and they will do this on NOAH’s next event on July 2nd.

Kenoh, Kojima, the time out draw and 1000 squats

Kenoh and Satoshi Kojima came to a time out draw in Yokohama, and then Kojima’s sense of humor and Kenoh’s hidden one (he’s kind of like Toshiaki Kawada in this) came to the fore when Kojima tried to close out the show. Kenoh snatched the mic and told him this wasn’t New Japan and those who didn’t win, don’t close out the show. The mention of New Japan, made Kojima tell Kenoh to run off home and do 1000 squats. After a few minutes of snatching the mic between them and bickering “You go home!”, “No, you go home!” , Kenoh stalked backstage and did squats very loudly. Yokohama is a small venue and so anything loud (such as the NOAH Juniors fighting) can be heard by the audience, and Kenoh knew this and so everyone could hear him doing squats and counting loudly. Kojima went backstage and confronted Kenoh. Kojima acknowledged that he couldn’t beat Kenoh in a verbal argument, and they got into a physical fight.

Then it went slightly off the rails again, when Kenoh pulled out the platform truck that held the folding chairs, to which Kojima told him that if he broke any equipment, then he would have to pay for it. Kenoh said he didn’t care, Kojima said he knew he did…Kenoh was a “cheap bastard”. Kenoh stamped off, telling Kojima to go back to New Japan.

Sickness bug hits NOAH

A sickness bug hit NOAH over the N-Innovation and Yokohama Radiant Hall events when Daisuke Harada (for whom it is very unusual to be ill) and Alejandro came down with fevers, and Rene Dupree came down with gastroenteritis. The result of this was that Daisuke Harada was replaced by Xtreme Tiger (see below for more), Shuhei Taniguchi moved from the opener to the singles with Go Shiozaki and Atsushi Kotoge and Satoshi Kojima filled in. Kojima happily took part in working the N-INNOVATION and the opening match at that, he even appeared without the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Kojima had a fight with Shuji Kondo, which was a continuation of a long dormant rivalry, while Atsushi Kotoge (who took part in the heavyweight Yokohama Night) and Kinya Okada managed to bruise the neck of Akitoshi Saito so much that he even put it on his official Twitter.

Seiki Yoshioka, Yuya Susumu & HAYATA

The Hiroshima Boys have fallen apart in a spectacular fashion.

Yuya Susumu attempted a reconciliation at the N-Innovation, but both before the match and after it, Seiki Yoshioka (who won the match) refused to shake hands. First time he attacked, the second time he just left the ring. Susumu (who I get the impression knows what both Yoshioka and HAYATA are like and how to handle them best) said that he would wait for Yoshioka to return, as he knew that he would eventually. This wasn’t Yoshioka’s last appearance of the evening, as when HAYATA defeated Hajime Ohara, in a match that HAYATA found Ohara had studied for, Yoshioka came to challenge for the GHC Junior. HAYATA, believing that he and Yoshioka were still friends, said he would be happy to put the belt on the line against him and went for a handshake. Yoshioka treated him the same way he had treated Susumu, with a swift kick.

Backstage, Yoshioka elaborated on his decision to leave STINGER. He had done this in order to challenge HAYATA. It was unavoidable, if he wanted to go to the top of the NOAH Juniors, then that road led through HAYATA. Title match has been set for the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.

Open The TriangleGate update & GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Challenge

As ever in the NOAH Juniors, things can get a little complicated.

To explain from the beginning. With Daisuke Harada falling ill with a fever and being unable to compete, DragonGate GM Ryo Saito advised that the Open The TriangleGate would be vacated and Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) would face the NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge, YO-HEY and Xtreme Tiger) for them. Perros won and once again became the champions. That same night, Yoshinari Ogawa crashed their backstage promo, and slapped Kotaro in the face. Ogawa was beaten down by all three and thrown in the ring, where Eita challenged Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles (Nippon Budokan, 16th July). Chris Ridgeway says that they will defend their titles and take their Open The Triangle Gate titles.

Despite Perros show of unity, and Eita challenging for the GHC Junior Tag titles with Kotaro Suzuki as his partner, there are cracks appearing in Perros. In particular between NOSAWA and Kotaro, as once again NOSAWA interrupted him backstage and treated him as if he did not know how to act like a heel (Kotaro has been winding up the NOAH Juniors since his debut, which he went straight back to when he returned to NOAH) and mocked him for sounding like a babyface. Kotaro did not turn up in Dragon Gate the next day (Ryu Saito asked where he was), but he did for the title defense against Natural Vibes. Following this, NOSAWA nominated YAMATO to be the next challenger. YAMATO will come to NOAH to challenge for the belts on the 21st July alongside DragonKid and Kagetora.

Haoh leaves NOAH…and vanishes 

Haoh lost the very first “Loser Leaves NOAH” match against Tadasuke and left NOAH. He has deleted his main Twitter account, but not that of his masked character, and has seemingly vanished. As far as I know he has not been booked anywhere else. Tadasuke is elated at Haoh’s departure saying he had no choice in kicking him out, but then again he didn’t care; Haoh stole his friends name and his hair, and had left Kongoh on his own accord. Tadasuke quipped that now Haoh wouldn’t have to see his face.

Fan Meeting 2022: Let’s enjoy the N-1 100 times

To promote the N-1, NOAH will be holding events in Nagoya, Sendai, Osaka and Hiroshima over the 23rd and 24th July. Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya and Go Shiozaki will be taking part each partner alternating between talk shows and lotteries on one date and autographs and photo sessions on the other.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior defeated Manabu Soya, and then declared war on the rest of Kongoh who he said he would take out one by one.

– Naomichi Marufuji joked on Twitter that since he cannot drink currently, he will offer the prize money for the drinking challenge to the host who could out drink everyone and that he was looking for a powerful wrestler to host his YouTube show.

– Kai Fujimura made the mistake of trying to attack Yoshinari Ogawa the moment the bell rang. I need not elaborate on the outcome.

– YO-HEY says he is growing a beard.

– Takashi Sugiura will be back in ZERO1 on the 18th July when The Bullet Yankees reunite, to take on Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has posted a video of himself having his hair curled with the comment that he would be returning to something that “has been a year since then”.

– Seiki Yoshioka has returned to his pre STINGER ring clothes.

– Naomichi Marufuji is aiming to return to the ring in August.

– Yoshiki Inamura had a rough N-Innovation evening. First of all he had to very gently remove a chair from an angry Kaito Kiyomiya who was going to use it on Shuji Kondo, had to move fans for a move that Eita didn’t do in order to confuse YO-HEY, and was then used as a weapon by NOSAWA Rongai.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • N-Innovation – Thursday 23rd June 2022, Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 – Friday 24th June, Yokohama Radiant Hall

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
    Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
    Challengers: Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: Eita & Kotaro Suzuki, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(July 2022 schedule)

  • Saturday, July 2nd

Venue: Fukushima Big Palette, Fukushima

Time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)

  • Sunday, July 3rd

Venue: Yamagata Big Wing, Yamagata

Time: 17:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)

LINKS

Kaito Kiyomiya “Pro Wrestling Love” inheritance, Keiji Mutoh’s fight “Shaping the love I received”

The day before The Loser Leaves NOAH match, Tadasuke “I can’t quit, because I haven’t been a singles champion”. Haoh “Still dreaming”

“Rebellious Mui-Bien” Ohara can afford leeway, to HAYATA “Overturn everything” – GHC Junior Championship signing ceremony

BOOK CORNER

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

– Mitsuharu Misawa said that Kotaro Suzuki and Go Shiozaki were a pair of nerds, and no matter how many times they asked him, the answer was “nope”, he would never be going on their “tour” of Akihabara.

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

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Bandwagon Nerds #137: A Little Debut

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After two weeks away, Patrick O’Dowd returns to the Bandwagon ready to talk all things Nerd…and he didn’t return alone.  After listening to the Nerds discuss the disappointing reviews surrounding Disney’s Lightyear, Patrick decided to invite a very special guest and Disney target audience member, the Little O’Dowd!  Making his podcasting debut, The Little O’Dowd shares his thoughts on Lightyear and Obi Wan Kenobi with Rey, PC Tunney, and Christopher Platt.  Did Disney meet the pint-sized critics expectations?  Plus, the Nerds discuss the much anticipated “Herogasim” episode of The Boys on Amazon.  Finally in News around the Nerdosphere, the guys give their thoughts regarding some Marvel Studios News, a Jon Snow Game of Thrones sequel series and major studios’ reactions to the recent Roe v. Wade decision.

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