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Wrestling News & Rumors: 5/1/2020 Chairshot Daily

A look at your news for 5/1/2020 including The Revival/Revolt trademark issues, AEW not signing WWE releases, Sami Zayn, Killer Kross, and fans at wrestling events?



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A look at your news for 5/1/2020 including The Revival/Revolt trademark issues, AEW not signing WWE releases, Sami Zayn, Killer Kross, and fans at wrestling events?

The Chairshot Daily is your look at wrestling news and rumors–with a hint of reality thrown in! We won’t hold back on you, we will let you know what we think regarding the validity of a rumor.

AEW Not Interested in Zack Ryder or Heath Slater?

There are varying reports regarding two internet favorites in Zack Ryder and Heath Slater–and you can find them everywhere! Basically, Cody Rhodes doesn’t want to sign his friends.

“This can’t be All Friends Wrestling. You have to handle it the best way. If you put on the Nightmare Family jacket, you’ve got a massive bullseye on your back, just in the locker room alone. It’s a total heat seeker.”

Greg’s Take: AEW went on a heavy spending spree for it’s opening, but the roster is currently loaded. Can they really afford to keep adding talent with the limited television time they have available?

Sami Zayn Not Wrestling Due To COVID-19 Concerns?

Everyone loves to talk about Roman Reigns missing WWE action over coronavirus concerns, but Sami Zayn is also missing in action, and according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter it is over the same concerns.

Zayn tweeted on April 20 that he had his wisdom teeth removed, and is “ripped to shreds.”

Greg’s Take: WWE has been very specific in saying that talent is free to stay home during this time, and you’ll notice that a lot of the talent being featured on Raw and Smackdown live in or around Orlando. One can only hope that means we’ll see the IIconics soon enough. (And that “one” is me.)

Can Fans Attend WWE and AEW Events In Florida In May?

According to some sleuth work by Wrestling Inc, the Florida “Re-Open Florida Task Force” has putout a multi-phase program to reignite the economy. Included in this is the following note:

“Large spectator sporting events should use strict social distancing guidelines and limit occupancy of venues to 25 percent of building capacity.”

According to this information, it’s reasonable to think WWE and AEW can allow fans into the Performance Center, Full Sail, and Daily’s Place, just at a 25% capacity.

Greg’s Take: Florida is coming under some scrutiny for these moves, and others are taking it as a test for the rest of the country (much to the chagrin of the Las Vegas Mayor). I’ll take a wait and see approach, personally.

The Former Killer Kross To Make NXT Debut Next Wednesday

Karrion Kross, formerly known as Killer Kross in Impact Wrestling, AAA, and many other promotions (including Lucha Underground’s White Rabbit), is about to make his NXT debut (along with real-life girlfriend Scarlett Bordeaux) next Wednesday.

Greg’s Take: Karrion Kross appears to be a “can’t miss” prospect for WWE, and his relocation to Orlando seems to be paying off as he’s been more prominent since WrestleMania 36. If everyone plays their cards right, he can be a major star for the company.

And don’t get at me with your “I hate the name change” talk. No WWE character was going to be named “Killer,” and if you’re unsure on the new name, Google “carrion.”

WWE Opposing Trademark Requests For The Revival/The Revolt

The former Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) are now known as The Revolt, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood. They’ve trademarked their names, and The Revolt. However, they also tried to trademark names that WWE might take exception with: Say Yeah, #FTRKO, and No Flips Just Fists.

According to, WWE has started the process to oppose the latter, as they can coincide with WWE intellectual property.

Greg’s Take: This is just business, and WWE has every right to do it. I can’t argue against their decision here, and I am The Revival’s biggest fan!

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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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