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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/9/2019)

Start your Saturday off with comments on news regarding Kenny Omega, AEW Ticket Sales, Fastlane, and more!



Jason shuffles in to your Saturday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! A look at AEW ticket sales, Kenny Omega, potential Fastlane matches and more!

WWE Looking At Partnerships With Other Promotions ?

NXT has been a giant asset for WWE. With the partnerships AEW has with AAA and OWE, it’s no surprise that the WWE themselves at looking at partnerships with other promotions. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has been reaching out to various promotions in Japan with the thought of starting NXT Japan.

AEW Ticket Sale Update

Tickets for All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing go on sale next week. As of last night, over 12,000 fans had registered for pre-sale tickets to the May event. The arena is configured to hold roughly 14,000 fans.

Advertised Fastlane Matches

The March Fastlane pay-per-view is the final event before WrestleMania. Local advertising in Cleveland, where Fastlane is being held, has the following matches currently advertised:

* Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
* Finn Balor vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley
* Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

Kenny Omega On Why He Chose AEW Over WWE

Kenny Omega sat down with Dave Meltzer (imagine that) after the Double Or Nothing ticket party and gave some of his thoughts as to why he chose AEW. He would go on to say:

“I felt like I needed to go to a place where I could do more, and Japan will always be a home to me and I’m always going to be back,” Omega said. “In fact, that’s the next destination for me, I’m going back to Japan. It’s not for wrestling, it’s just for personal life. I’m working with ESPN doing the video game thing, so I’ll be there for Evil Japan. Japan is still going to have a place in my heart, a place in my life but AEW, for me, or even WWE, kinda seemed like the next step. [With] potential dream matches and all that, and sort of using the new platform, not necessarily a better one, or a bigger one or whatever. I just wanted a new platform to reach new people, to use my voice and my unique way of telling stories and all of that. I wanted just to change the stage that I had been performing on.”

(Thanks to @WrestlingInc for the transcription)

Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News

There will most likely be All Elite Wrestling news every day from now to the end of time. But I am going to have to agree with Greg DeMarco on this. What is AEW going to do when they have a television deal and a weekly product they need to churn out? While I think short term, All Elite, and Double Or Nothing are great, short term ideas, I just don’t see the long term with AEW. Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega is a draw now, but what are we going to have as a weekly product? Is AEW going to tour? Are they going to do a studio show like IMPACT? What network will they be on? What will be considered a successful television rating ? I think a lot of questions remain unanswered.

With that in mind, I am not surprised that tickets are essentially sold out. Vegas is a destination city and the company would have been pretty hard up had they not been able to sell out the event. Also, were you all surprised when Kenny Omega showed up? Yeah……Since AEW was announced, there was only one place he was going to go.

The Fastlane card looks to be an interesting one. I would fathom a guess that Becky vs Flair will have implications as to who faces Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania.



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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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