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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Eli Drake, NJPW/AEW, Mickie James Injury And More! (6/5/2019)

News Involving Eli Drake, NJPW/AEW, Mickie James Injury And More!



News here! Eli Drake, NJPW/AEW, Mickie James Injury And More!

Eli Drake A Free Agent

Former Impact Wrestling Champion, Eli Drake, announced on Twitter today that he is a free agent.

Jason’s Take

Drake is a talented wrestler, so i would have to assume that either WWE/NXT or AEW would be interested in adding his talents to their roster.

NJPW Explains Why They Aren’t Working With AEW

Since the formation of AEW,  there has been the discussion which promotions AEW would have a talent exchange with. Being a large amount of AEW’s top talent was formerly in NJPW, the though by many was the two companies would form a working agreement. However, that has yet to happen. NJPW General Manager, Michael Craven, sat down with Sports Illustrated recently, and discussed why the two companies are not working together.

“Loyalty is a big virtue, especially in Japanese culture. Loyalty to our partners is of utmost importance to us as we continue to foster the premiere network of wrestling talent in the world. We wish everybody at All Elite Wrestling nothing but the best in their ongoing endeavors, though we must stress we have no working arrangement at this time. Again, we think our partners seek and deserve loyalty and an appropriate amount of care. We want our relationships to be mutually beneficial over the long haul, rather than just thinking in the moment.”

Jason’s Take

NJPW seems determined to make a footprint in America, without the help of other promotions. However, given time, it would be logical for the two promotions to work together.

Mickie James Dealing With Injury ?

According to, Mickie James is reportedly dealing with a knee injury. James injured her knee at a live event this past Saturday in Waco, Texas. Currently, the extent and the time table for return is unknown.

Jason’s Take

Here is hoping for a speedy recovery for James. She adds well needed depth to the women’s division, and can still go with the best of them.

WWE Changes Names Of 5 NXT Stars

WWE has been big on changing names of some its wrestlers, and NXT is no exception. The company changed names of 5 of the stars in NXT. The name changes are:

Adrian Jaoude is now Arturo Ruas.

Trevor Lee (Former Impact star) is now known as Cameron Grimes.

Jessie Elaban will be known as Jessi Kamea.

Luke Menzies has been renamed Ridge Holland.

Eric Bugenhagen’s new name will be Rik Bugez.

Jason’s Take

Well, at least it wasn’t from War Raiders to Viking Raiders, to whatever the hell they are called this well


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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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