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Chairshot News Shuffle: CM Punk Edition! (11/14/19)

Get caught up to speed with the latest news regarding CM Punk!

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The Latest On CM Punk

As we all know, CM Punk made his return/debut to wrestling to be a part of the WWE Backstage show on FS1. While it was a complete shock to wrestling fans, there still remains quite a few loose ends to tie up regarding how Punk got to this point. First, for those who missed it, here is his debut on WWE Backstage:

Who Knew Punk Would Appear On WWE Backstage?

It wasn’t only fans that were shocked to see Punk as the only person who knew Punk would be on the show was Renee Young. As you can see/hear from the video, Paige asked if it was a rib when Cult Of Personality was played on the broadcast.

What Will His Role Be?

According to the WWE on Fox Twitter account, Punk will appear periodically on the program. FOX has pointed out that Punk will not be on WWE Backstage full time.

Is Punk Working For WWE?

As reported by the Wrestling Observer, Meltzer indicated that Punk is not signed with WWE, but is currently employed by FOX. However, the interesting note is the WWE did approve of the hire. It is being reported that Punk has yet to speak with anyone in WWE, and that includes HHH and Vince McMahon. FOX was disappointed with last weeks ratings of only 49,000 viewers and felt this was the move that needed to be made.

Will Punk Wrestle Agaian?

The biggest questions fans have is will Punk wrestle again? If so, there have already been a few wrestlers that have expressed interest on Twitter in working with Punk.

Was There Ever Any Interest From AEW?

Since the formation of AEW, there have been constant rumors associating CM Punk with the company. Punk has stated in the past that there had never been any real negotiations or an offer from AEW. However, Bryan Alvarez and the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Punk did have negotiations with AEW and Tony Kahn. Alvarez said the following:

“What I can tell you about negotiations with Punk are that Punk did, in fact, negotiate with AEW. CM Punk met in person with Tony Khan about AEW and they offered him a lot of money and he ended up this WWE on FOX gig. What does that mean? I don’t know. It could mean that CM Punk does not, in fact, have any interest in actually wrestling. It could be that CM Punk wants to continue doing what he’s doing in his life [and] he’s over the in-ring aspect of it.”

Jason’s Take

Well, what an interesting 24 hours it has been in pro wrestling. In all honestly though, did you think Punk would stay away from wrestling forever? While it had long been rumored that Punk had signed a deal to be a co-host of WWE Backstage, he vehemently denied that there was a deal on the table, stating that after his tryout, he hadn’t hear anything from FOX executives.

My thinking is that there were originally discussions with Punk, but FOX couldn’t reach an agreement with him. After the poor ratings showing of last week, they must have decided to meet Punk’s demands. I think Punk is considered to have a great mind for the business, so his opinion on the WWE product will be interesting to here, and I would imagine it would draw decent ratings for WWE Backstage.

Regarding potential negotiations with AEW, I don’t really know how serious they actually were in pursuing Punk. You would think that with the money the company has spent to launch, acquire talent, and launch a weekly television show, that the company would do everything the could to secure the services of Punk. But, I digress

Now the big elephant in the room, will Punk wrestle again? I think this role with FOX will open the door for a potential Punk return to WWE. His new association with WWE has come at the perfect time as we are just a few months away from the Road To Wrestlemania. Punk is still in great physical shape, and there could be interest in a marquee match up with Seth Rollins. You could also make the argument that matches with Adam Cole, AJ Styles, and hell, even Roman Reigns could be potential money makers for the company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Chairshot News Report: TNA Impact Results, AEW Speculation For Ricochet & Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, More!

Your Wrestling News for July 5, 2024, including TNA Impact, Ricochet, Shane McMahon, his daddy Vince, and more!

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Your Wrestling News for July 5, 2024, including TNA Impact, Ricochet, Shane McMahon, his daddy Vince, and more!

Welcome to your daily dose of pro wrestling news–and analysis you can trust! We take all wrestling news with a grain of salt here at The Chairshot, and we hope to steer you in the right direction.

Results: TNA Impact (July 4, 2024)

Here are your results from Thursday night’s edition of TNA Impact (originally taped on June 28 at the 2300 Arena in Philly):

  • Trey Miguel vs. Leon Slater ends in a no-contest after WWE NXT star Charlie Dempsey attacks everyone.
  • Dani Luna battled Jody Threat to a time limit draw in the 10-Minute Challenge. They were granted the customary “5 more minutes” but were attacked by Alisha Edwards & Masha Slamovich. During the match it was revealed that Nic Nemeth had been attacked backstage.
  • Frankie Kazarian defeated Mike Santana by countout to advance to the TNA World Championship Match at Slammiversary.
  • Matt Hardy & Reby Hardy beat Eddie Edwards & Alisha Edwards.
  • Joe Hendry pinned Jake Something to advance to the TNA World Championship Match at Slammiversary.

No surprise that Joe Hendry advanced to the world title match, but Santana-Kazarian could have gone either way. A promo video to end the show implied that Kazarian was the one who took out Nic Nemeth backstage, seemingly creating a story for them within the Slammiversary title match. No shocker that The Hardys won the tag team match, but a great surprise with Charlie Dempsey getting involved in the opener. That TNA/NXT collaboration continues to be a lot of fun.

You can catch Andrew’s Review of the event here.

Ricochet Expected To Sign With AEW

Many outlets are reporting that Ricochet’s expected landing spot remains AEW, with additional reports surfacing that his agent has been working out the details on his behalf.

Personally, I’d rather see him back in WWE. Even after an initial push in AEW, he will be a novelty act much like PAC, so I don’t see the difference. But if he’s going to AEW, here’s hoping that agent does a great job and secures quite the bag for ol’ Ric.

Vince Russo Suggests Shane McMahon As A Front Man For Vince McMahon to Purchase AEW

”We saw this with WCW, it happened before. It (purchasing AEW) could be under the guise of Shane, that’s what I’m saying. Shane is as clean as whistle. Vince could be behind it without anybody knowing it, bro.”

Those are the words of Vince Russo, who on the surface seems to be spouting nonsense. Time will tell if there is something to it all, but I wouldn’t place any wagers on this one. Shane McMahon to AEW would be an entertaining shocker, but that–like many things in AEW–would quickly wear off.

Shawn Michaels Discusses NXT Releases, Referencing Drew Gulak

During the NXT Heatwave media call, Shawn Michaels was asked about the release of Gable Steveson, but also lumped Drew Gulak in his response about main roster viability:

“From my understanding, nothing on anyone’s part other than contracts being up. Certainly, in the place of Drew Gulak. From a company standpoint, there not being anything from a main roster standpoint that they were going to be using him in. In NXT, over the last year and a half to two years, we’ve been trying to get into the process of keeping it fluid. It’s all about getting to the main roster when everything is said and done. In two or three years, if that doesn’t happen, we bring other people in or see if we’re ready to move on.”

If anything, it’s a stark reminder that NXT still exists to, above all else, populate the main roster. It’s quite the delicate balance between booking your own television show and preparing for the future, one that HBK has arguably done better than Triple H himself.

Other Odds & Ends:

  • According to reports, the mini-stroke referenced by Britt Baker (DMD) on AEW Dynamite is legitimate. If so, both she and Adam Cole have been through a ton over the past 24 months.
  • Mason Madden (Mace) and Mansoor, now known as the MxM Collection, showed up in ROH when featured in a vignette on this week’s broadcast. They might not have made it in WWE, but it’s good to see them getting work, and a second chance to make this gimmick their own. YEAH!
  • Cody Rhodes continues to be the ultimate good dude, this time helping a fan who won tickets to Money In The Bank actually attend the event. The fan who won the tickets is in a wheelchair, and there were no more accessible seats left. That was, of course, until Cody got involved. Now the fan can be there and enjoy the show as intended when he won the contest. Cody wins again!

 


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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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