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Former WWE Superstar Gives His Thoughts On Intergender Wrestling



Intergender wrestling has become somewhat of a more accepted concept in today’s professional wrestling landscape with intergender matches seeming to take place at independent promotions across the United States. We’ve seen WWE dabble into the idea a little bit more with the return of James Ellsworth, who was known as the Intergender Champion on the independents, recently booking him against Asuka on SmackDown Live now two weeks in a row.

Former MLW, IMPACT and WWE Superstar MVP recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet and offered up his opinion on the idea of intergender matches when he was asked his thoughts on Matt Hardy’s Broken/Woken character:

“It’s funny because like I said, Matt is one of my closest friends in the business and I’ve always said that, you know, the school of thought that I came from was, you know, the suspension of disbelief, simulated combat kinda deal and I’m a fan of the creativity and the entertainment factor. I’m tremendously proud of Matt for reinventing himself and having this second wind, but I’ve never really been a big of the…what’s the word I’m looking for…It’s almost too comical.

But, it’s tremendously entertaining. Like I said, I love Matt to death and it’s entertaining, but part of the reason why I left WWE to go to Japan is I live the realistic, simulated combat and I’ll take this moment to make this point; intergender wrestling has become real popular and I’m not a fan of it because I come from a different school of thought for wrestling. There are two schools of thought it seems. If you’re a fan of intergender wrestling then you look at pro wrestling as scripted entertainment, superheroes…and if you play Mortal Kombat you know, one of those games, Chun Li could whoop your ass. But, if we’re doing suspension of disbelief, there’s not very many women, on the planet, that can beat me in combat if we’re grappling.

There’s some female grapplers you know, that will catch that joint, catch that choke and you’ll tap, but not if I can punch. Not if I can kick. That kinda changes things so if you approach pro wrestling from the way I was brought in it’s, ‘Okay, this is simulated combat. We’re trying to make the fans forget it’s predetermined’. Well, you can’t do that when you watch a big, grown ass man and woman do all kinds of really cool move [twirls fingers around]. But again, if you’re watching The Avengers, then you watch Black Widow, she’ll kick ten dudes asses and it’s awesome. So if that’s the school how you approach it, then yeah, intergender wrestling is great. But, if you come from that other school of thought like, ‘Hey, we’re fighters’, then it doesn’t work so much.”

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EA’s Take: Perhaps I’ll get slain for this, but quite honestly, I’m more on MVP’s side of this topic. I know that will be misconstrued, so allow me to explain. I too, have difficulty with the suspension of disbelief just in general with today’s product, not specifically towards intergender wrestling. I just feel there’s way too much of it whether it be spots in a match (which I see the most of), to other details regarding the action. Intergender wrestling, I think if done correctly, can be entertaining. It can’t be billed as a fight though, not unless you want to deal with the backlash of that. What WWE has been doing recently with Ellsworth has been perfect in my eyes, using it as more comedy than anything.


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Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!



Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points


Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete


My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.

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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!



Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White


Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action


Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!

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