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NJPW News: Change To Wrestle Kingdom 13 Card Following Injury



Michael Elgin
A change has been made to the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 card!

Just like Ring Of Honor and the WWE, New Japan Pro Wrestling is also in the middle of a nice break to close out 2018 as their next event comes on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome with Wrestle Kingdom 13.

The lineup for this year’s massive show was announced recently (see that here), however a change has been made after one competitor suffered an injury. As was revealed last night by NJPW, Michael Elgin will no longer be able to compete at Wrestle Kingdom, as he is set for knee surgery. Of course, Elgin was scheduled to team with Jeff Cobb and David Finlay in a NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title Number One Contender’s Gauntlet Match.

Despite this, that doesn’t mean that Cobb and Finlay are out as it was added by NJPW that they will get a new partner in the form of Yuji Nagata. As for what this means for Nagata’s scheduled match on January 3rd at Fan Festa 2019 (he’s set to team with Manabu Nakanishi to face Toa Henare and Tomoaki Honma), it doesn’t appear as if the change will have any affect on that.

Here’s a look at the updated lineup for Wrestle Kingdom 13:

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
(C) Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
(C) Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito

Kazuchika Okada vs. ‘Switchblade’ Jay White

IWGP United States Championship
(C) Cody vs. Juice Robinson

NEVER Openweight Championship
(C) Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
(C) KUSHIDA vs. Taiji Ishimori

Triple Threat for the IWGP Tag Team Championship
(C) The Guerrillas Of Destiny vs EVIL & SANADA vs. The Young Bucks

RevPro British Heavyweight Title
(C) Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Triple Threat for the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship
(C) El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Roppongi 3K vs. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

Pre-Show: NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title #1 Contender Gauntlet
Best Friends & Hirooki Goto vs. Killer Elite Squad & Minoru Suzuki vs.
Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. David Finley, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata vs.
Marty Scurll, Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page

Which match are you looking forward to the most? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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AEW Coverage

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 Coverage

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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