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Chairshot Shuffle: Bischoff, Crown Jewel, The Mike Kanellis And More! (10/16/19)

Get caught up to speed with the latest news on Bischoff, Crown Jewel, The Mike Kanellis And More!

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Prichard To Replace Bischoff

One of the biggest news items in wrestling in 2019 was the WWE signing Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to be Executive Directors of RAW and SmackDown respectively. Apparently the return of Bischoff to WWE is over. WWE announced today that Bruce Prichard will be taking over the role of Executive Director and Eric Bischoff is no longer part of WWE.

Dave Meltzer is reporting that many backstage were surprised by Bischoff being replaced. Eric Bischoff did release a statement appluading the promotion of Prichard.

Jason’s Take

I am a bit surprised by this as well, as my understanding of Eric’s role was to work with television executives, rather than having a creative role with the SmackDown brand. Let the Bischoff

Major Trade Announced

Tuesday night during the debut of WWE Backstage on FS1, HHH appeared and announced that Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross have been traded to SmackDown for future draft pick considerations.

Jason’s Take

The entire draft has been a convoluted mess, so why wouldn’t a team be traded for “future draft pick considerations” for a draft that is already over.

Seth Rollins Off Of Team Hogan?

A few weeks ago, Seth Rollins was named team captain on Team Hogan for the 5v5 match at Crown Jewel. However, last night on RAW, a falls count anywhere match for the Universal championship between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt was announced. According to Meltzer, Rollins will no longer be a part of team Hogan, and his absence from the team will be addressed on WWE TV soon. A replacement or an official statement from WWE has yet to be announced.

Jason’s Take

While it is unlikely, I wouldn’t be completely surprised if Rollins pulled double duty at Crown Jewel. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Undertaker or Goldberg were named as a replacement for Rollins on Team Hogan.

Mike Kanellis Asks For Realease

WWE Star Mike Kanellis announced via his Twitter account that he has asked for his release from WWE.

Jason’s Take

I wouldn’t be expecting Mike to go anywhere soon if the reports are true that he signed a 5 year deal with WWE a few months ago. I do not know why wrestlers announced that they asked for their release via Twtitter, as it isn’t going to speed up the process of their release. I can’t see what changed in two months.

 


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

What a start to the tournament!

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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!

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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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