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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle : Tessa Blanchard, Rumble Returns, Marty Scurll and More (1/13/2019

Get caught up to speed with the five biggest wrestling news stories of the week involving Tessa Blanchard, Rumble Returns, Marty Scurll and More 



Get caught up to speed with the five biggest wrestling news stories of the week involving Tessa Blanchard, Rumble Returns, Marty Scurll and More

A Free Agent No More

With the ever growing battle for talent between AEW, ROH, Impact, and WWE, many rumors will make the rounds when someones contract is ready to expire. One of the biggest names available is Marty Scurll.. However, after much speculation that he would jump to AEW or WWE, it appears that ROH. PWInsider is reporting that Scurll has re-signed with ROH, and not only will he continue to be a talent, he will be lead booker with Hunter “Delirious” Johnston. Scurll’s deal is reportedly on par with most WWE deals.

Jason’s Take

Obviously, Scurll had close ties with many members of the AEW roster. I had my thoughts that potentially he would be revealed as part of the Dark Order, or be inserted into the potential building feud of Adam Page and Kenny Omega. This is another free agent that spurned an offer from WWE. WWE is the #1 company in the US, however, it seems that a lot of wrestlers are turning down giant offers with the company.

Blanchard In Hot Water

One of the biggest female names outside of Becky Lynch is third-generation star Tessa Blanchard. However, Blanchard could potentially be in hot water with recent allegations of racism and bullying that surfaced recently. When Blanchard made below Tweet, all hell broke loose on Twitter.

Many wrestlers would have Tweets of their own in response to Blanchard:

Jason’s Take

Allegations of racism, sexism, and bullying are no stranger to the world of professional wrestling, even when it comes to the female divisions. If these allegations are true, it comes at a bad time for Blanchard as she was recently named Impact’s wrestler of the year, has a huge match with Sami Callihan at the Impact Hard To Kill pay per view Sunday the 12th, and has been one of the bright spots of the Impact product.

Royal Rumble Returns?

During Royal Rumble season, many fans and news sites speculate what former stars will return, or new stars will debut during the Royal Rumble match. The two biggest names making the rounds this year are Paige and Edge.

PWInsider has speculated that Paige will be making her return during the Women’s Royal Rumble match. Paige took to Twitter to issue a response in a way that only she can.

The rumors with an Edge return began at SummerSlam when Edge would go on to spear Elias leading many to speculate that he has been cleared for physical contact and a return was imminent. The Wrestling Observer and PWInsider have both reported recently that Edge has signed a new deal with WWE. During a PWInisder podcast, Mike Johnson would state:

“We’ve been told that Edge signed a new deal. We’ve been told that it has a very nice upside to it financially and you have to think it’s not just a legends deal where they just have him show up and have him do promos. So, I think there’s more smoke to the fire with Edge than there is with Paige as we record this.”

HHH was also asked recently about the potential of these two returning:

Jason’s Take

At this point, I would never say never on Edge and Paige returning to the ring. For months after Daniel Bryan retired, it had been speculated from various news outlets that he would return. Many people at that time cried foul, and figured there was no way he would be physically cleared to return to the ring. Royal Rumble season gets many fans excited about what potential indie star, free agent or former WWE start will return, but in previous years, the only really big name to debut was AJ Styles. During this time it feels like everything is more speculation and hype then it is a reality that anything will actually happen. Whatever happens, hopefully they make the right decision for themselves.

The Wrestling World Loses Two

The wrestling world lost two international stars this past week in Japanese star Kendo Nagasaki and Mexican Star La Park.

Nagasaki began wrestling in the 70’s and wrestled throughout various promotions including FMW, NWA, and Stampede Wrestling. Many fans in the US might remember him from WCW as a part of the late Gary Harts’ J-Tex Corporation.

La Park (not to be confused with La Parka in WCW) passed away after complications with a broken neck sustained in a match in November.

Jason’s Take

Our thoughts and condolence go out to the families of both men.

Who Is The Leader Of Dark Order?

One of the secondary storylines in AEW involved the Dark Order and who could potentially be the groups leader. As stated earlier, Marty Scrull was one of the names speculated, but we can cross him off as he has reportedly re-signed with ROH. One of the names currently being speculated is Matt Hardy as his WWE deal expires soon. Dave Meltzer is reporting that he is the lead name to be revealed as the leader, and the below video would add to that speculation as many in the background can be heard saying “Wonderful” which is one of the lines of the Broken/Woken Matt Hardy character.

Jason’s Take

Hardy’s name would make sense as being revealed as the leader. I have said multiple times that he still has a lot to offer in professional wrestling. I think one of the names that hasn’t been brought up that could potentially be the leader behind the group is Luke Harper/Brodie Lee. He has ties to AEW and has been rumored to be making the jump to the company when his 90 day no compete clause expires with WWE.






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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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