Tenille Dashwood announced on Twitter that she is officially a free agent.
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Tenille Dashwood announced on Twitter that she is officially a free agent.
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Editor’s Note: The line “Do they need TV for long term growth? Possibly. ” has been edited as it was an original misrepresentation of our stance. The original line was “Do they need TV for long term growth? Absolutely. “
Being The Elite’s Youtube Channel has officially announced the launch of All Elite Wrestling. The promotion is said to be owned by Tony Khaun with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks said to be on the executive team as well as talent for the promotion. More news on talents, distribution, and more are set to be announced soon. With all this hype, AEW has left more questions than answers.
This is a question that has been asked time and time again: Can AEW get some sort of TV distribution deal? Will they need a TV deal? Me personally, I don’t think they will need a TV deal. At least in the short term.
Is a TV deal necessary for the promotion to get off the ground? No. I don’t think so. I’m not sure how many people ordered All In on the Fite app, but I’m sure that collectively AEW can start running shows that can make them profitable.
Think about this: On Twitter, they have a combined 1.8M followers. On Youtube, they have over 300,000 followers. If 10% of them sign up for a Patreon at $15 a month, that would be $2.7M a month or $32.4M a year. Of course, this is using the rule of 10% and hoping that 10% of their following would actually sign up for this.
That $32M a year could fund Youtube shows. They can find venues where they can sell out and make money on the ticket, sell ad-space online, and of course their merch store would be a huge money maker for them.
Do they need TV for long term growth? Possibly
I actually think that having fans being able to go “all in” with the guys is a great idea. Gives the audience a sense of ownership and a sense of them being apart of the team. No wrestling company has done that.
With the announcement, no real announcement of any talent signings were made. This leaves us to wonder, who else will AEW bring in to fill up the roster?
This is important. Cody has come out and said that he plans to not wrestle as much in the future. The 33-year-old son of a plumber’s son might want to go full time for another handful of years before slowing down.
The Young Bucks are a tag team. Will they eventually want to go solo and try to compete for the top titles in AEW? Or will they stick together as a unit?
The AEW team has announced that Double or Nothing is coming. Will it be their launch event? Will it just be the planned rally?
I guess we have to wait and see.
In what should be a sigh of relief for Ring of Honor management, World Champion Jay Lethal has signed a new deal with the promotion. With the news that Cody is officially leaving the promotion as of December 14th and the Bucks and Hangman Paige all seem to be leaving as well, having Lethal signed to a concrete deal is good.
Lethal is scheduled to defend his title against Cody at the December 14th Final Battle event. Cody has said that he plans on winning the title and defending it in free agency.
Lethal is on his second world title run with the company and has become the longest reigning champion with both reigns combined.
Cody Rhodes has confirmed that he is leaving Ring of Honor Wrestling. In a Tweet, Cody addressed his last match for the company will be on December 14’s Final Battle show where Cody will be his last official date with the company.
Jay was the first match I had in ROH two years ago. He will be my last. And I will take the World Championship into free agency. 🌎 https://t.co/6qlrg6d8vZ
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) November 15, 2018
Cody has been working on a handshake agreement with ROH since September. IF Cody wins the ROH title, it will be interesting to see where the ROH title shows up. I’d also be interested to see if this helps launch a potential wrestling promotion.
6 TIME WWE CHAMPION CHRIS JERICHO ANNOUNCES FITE TV SPECIAL TO BE FILMED ON UPCOMING CARIBBEAN CRUISE
“STREAMING FOR VENGEANCE” WILL DEBUT NOVEMBER 3 AT 8PM AND FEATURE RING OF HONOR MATCHES AND FIRST EVER ‘ALPHA CLUB VS BULLET CLUB’ MATCH ON
CHRIS JERICHO’S ROCK ‘N’ WRESTLING RAGER AT SEA
CRUISE WILL ALSO FEATURE HALL OF FAME WRESTLERS, RING OF HONOR TOURNAMENT, LIVE MUSIC, COMEDIANS, PODCASTS AND MORE, SAILING FROM MIAMI TO NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
OCTOBER 27-31, 2018
LESS THAN 10 CABINS REMAIN FOR THE CRUISE – BOOK TODAY AT chrisjerichocruise.com
ATLANTA, GA – Two weeks from setting sail on the inaugural voyage of his groundbreaking “Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea,” 6 Time WWE Champion and Fozzy front man Chris Jericho has announced that the premier matches on the cruise will be streamed in a FITE TV special called “Streaming for Vengeance” on November 3 at 8pm, just days after the cruise returns to Miami from its roundtrip trip to Nassau, Bahamas.
“Ever since we announced Chris Jericho’s Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea, everybody who couldn’t make it onboard the cruise have been asking me if we are streaming the event,” says Jericho. “Now, after months of pondering, planning and probing, I can proudly say the answer is YES!! Preorder “Streaming for Vengeance” now to see the biggest main event of the year, The ALPHA CLUB vs The BULLET CLUB, and the entire Sea Of Honor Tournament on FITE TV! Stream it in, Maaan!”
The featured matches of “Streaming For Vengeance” will be the historic “Alpha Club vs. Bullet Club” showdown featuring The Alpha Club: Chris Jericho & the Young Bucks vs. The Bullet Club: Kenny Omega, Cody & Marty Scurll, and Ring of Honor’s “Sea of Honor” Tournament matches, featuring some of the hottest names in wrestling today! Click here to see the Sea of Honor Tournament Bracket.
Jericho is set to make history on the four-day music and wrestling mashup on the high seas. Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea, launched in partnership with Sixthman, the industry leaders in festivals at sea, will deliver a breakthrough vacation experience aboard the Norwegian Jade. The six-time WWE Champion and over 2,000 die-hard Friends of Jericho will set sail October 27-31, 2018, from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, joined by some of Y2J’s closest musician, comedian and wrestling hall of fame friends.
“The moment I walked off The KISS Kruise after playing it with Fozzy in 2015, I called my manager with the idea doing a rock and wrestling cruise. My thoughts were that it would feature everything that Chris Jericho is known for: wrestling, rock n roll, podcasting, comedy, paranormal discussion and most importantly, A GREAT PARTY!” says Jericho. “Throw in as much food and drink you can handle, a beautiful island paradise like the Bahamas and you’ve got everything you need for the greatest destination vacation that a rock and wrestling fan could ever dream of!”
A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Enjoy out of this world duty-free shopping and awe-inspiring architecture in beautiful Nassau. Explore your adventurous side diving in the crystal blue water with dolphins and colorful fish or try your luck in a casino.
Less than 10 cabins remain to join this inaugural cruise. For more information and to book now, visit us online at chrisjerichocruise.com or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9174 between the hours of 10AM ET and 6PM ET.
ABOUT CHRIS JERICHO: Acclaimed actor, wrestler, musician, author, podcaster, game show host and television personality Chris Jericho has established himself as a multi-faceted performer with millions of fans worldwide. Jericho is one of the most popular performers in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. In 2001 he was crowned the WWE Undisputed Champion and in 2017 become the first ever “Double Grand Slam” champion in WWE history. He has been named one of the top five most charismatic performers of all-time by wwe.com.
Jericho hosts the hugely popular “Talk Is Jericho” podcast on Westwood One, that has amassed over 220 million downloads. Topics are diverse and past guests include Dennis Miller, Larry King, William Shatner, Steve Austin, DMC, Paul Stanley, Lars Ulrich, Kiefer Sutherland, Stormy Daniels, Alice Cooper, Cheech Marin & Slash. His successful “The Jericho Network” podcast network, also produces over a half dozen hit shows per week.
Chris is the lead singer of the internationally successful rock band Fozzy, whose seventh album “Judas” has over 15 million streams on Spotify, while the hit single title track has over 24 million YouTube views, was number 1 on Itunes Charts in 8 different countries and spent 9 weeks in the top ten on the Active Rock Charts in the USA.
Jericho is also a four-time New York Times bestselling author with his autobiographies 2007’s “A Lion¹s Tale: Around the World in Spandex,” 2011’s “Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps,” and 2014’s “The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea” & “No Is A Four Letter Word” all displaying his witty, self-deprecating writing style.
Chris was a popular contestant on Season 11 of “Dancing With The Stars,” hosted the ABC game show “Downfall” and the Syfy reality series “Robot Combat League” and received huge social media props for his recent appearances on “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”, “The Tonight Show” and AMC’s “The Talking Dead.”
Jericho’s acting credits include roles in Comedy Central’s hilarious digital series “Nothing To Report”, Nickelodeon’s “The Thunderman’s” as well as creating, producing and starring in CBC’s critically acclaimed original series, “But I’m Chris Jericho”, with Season 2 released in Dec, 2017.
ABOUT SIXTHMAN: Sixthman festivals tear down walls between artists and fans by creating community-inspired vacation experiences on land and at sea. Since 2001, Sixthman has set the stage for moments that make life rock, serving more than 250,000 guests on unforgettable vacations at sea with their favorite bands and brands. These carefully curated, intimate events bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive experience that celebrates community and changes expectations of what a vacation should be. Sixthman’s domestic home ports include New Orleans, Miami, and Tampa, travelling to dream destinations in the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and The Bahamas. Beginning in 2019, Sixthman will expand their festivals at sea to Europe, sailing from Barcelona, Spain to exotic Mediterranean ports, and bring their innovative festivals to world class, all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. LIVE LOUD.
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Current NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Cody Rhodes, teased an ALL IN 2 in his latest “Nightmare Family” vlog. At the end of the vlog, Cody talks about if there will be an All In 2 and basically teases that it will happen.
Rhodes said “what I can say is what we did felt revolutionary….and revolutions last more than one day”.
ALL IN: ZERO HOUR was able to get 196,000 viewers and was ranked 85 out of the top 150 cable shows for Saturday.
ALL IN basically got 2/3rds the audience that IMPACT Wrestling does with much less TV time to promote.
Saturday, September 1, 2018 will go down in history as the night that professional wrestling changed forever, even if the show was a one-off.
ALL IN was a massive success for everyone involved. And while i haven’t been able to finish all 4 hours of the show, what I have seen is enough to know that this show has changed the game (yes, I know I said that twice now).
The ALL IN – Zero Hour special on WGN America had some technical issues, but it’s forgivable for them to have those issues as this was the first show they’ve produced.
At the end of the night, I walked away extremely proud of the guys involved. They put on a massive show, had very little problems, and made the show feel special without having their own TV outlet to promote their show.
There is a ton of things that IMPACT Wrestling, WWE, and Ring of Honor can learn from the success of ALL IN.
The first lesson that can be learned is on story telling. The NWA World Championship Match with Cody Rhodes defeating Nick Aldis to become the new champion was a perfect story told perfectly without the two men ever fighting or without any major over-the-top trash talking.
The job that Billy Corgan, Dave Lagana, Cody Rhodes, and Nick Aldis told with a few promos, a camera crew, and a compelling story arc was impeccable. All the guys needed was an outlet to tell a story and the arc and the rest was done with the imagination of the fans, the desire to see these two men fight it out for the title, and the need for the babyface to come out as champion.
The story in the ring was just as epic. Seeing Nick Aldis take it to Cody, seeing what the title meant to Cody and his continued fighting effort to keep fighting even after his wife tells him that he
And in the end, a quick roll up gave Cody the win. We didn’t need to do a complicated finish or angle, we didn’t need run ins or weapons. All we needed was a story, a match, and a conclusion. And I can’t wait for Cody to defend the title against Aldis at the 70th Anniversary show in October.
The second lesson that can be learned is more for IMPACT and ROH and that is that production matters.
The stage set up that ALL IN had was amazing. It looked like something WWE or an MMA group would have set up. I kept thinking, “Man, this looks a lot like a big budget production being done” and in reality
The final lesson, give the fans what they want. Stop trying to push your agenda and ideas that don’t work. ALL IN was a fun show because there was no agenda. There was no one person that needed to get over. The people who needed to be over were and the ones who needed to not be over were not. The fans were able to choose.
I hope that if there is an ALL IN 2 that these principals are taken into account.
Cody Rhodes is, arguably, the biggest name in Independent Wrestling today. He is 1/3 the brainchild of the ALL IN event this weekend; he is the son of Dusty Rhodes, and he is the next NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Here’s why.
Let me start by saying that Rhodes doesn’t need the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, but the title and the NWA need him to hold that belt.
Famously, Rhodes is challenging Nick Aldis for the NWA Championship on Saturday and it is beginning to turn into the biggest independent feud on the map. Aldis has done an incredible job with holding the NWA Title. Aldis has been able to take the NWA title from almost nothing to being respected once again.
However, Aldis has taken the title as far as he can for now. I don’t doubt that the NWA title will find its way back to Aldis, but it’s time to let someone else to hold onto it. Rhodes is the man to beat Aldis.
Not only is this match happening in an event that Rhodes is throwing, but Rhodes will be making history to be the first person in NWA history to become a second generation NWA Champion. Giving Rhodes the title will help take the NWA to the next level.
The NWA is promoting a Nashville show coming up in October for their 70th anniversary. In order for that show to be able to draw a decent crowd and make even a 10th of the impact that ALL IN has done so far, Cody Rhodes needs to be defending the NWA World Championship against Nick Aldis.
With Rhodes walking into the NWA Anniversary show as champion, a few things will happen. The biggest thing is that Rhodes will be on nationally syndicated TV holding that NWA title week to week. That will give Rhodes a chance to discuss the NWA show in October while also giving them the opportunity to continue to build the Aldis/Rhodes feud into the show.
The other big thing that it does for the NWA is give them a big name holding their title. The NWA, so far, has had Tim Storm (a 50-year-old school teacher) and Nick Aldis (who was never able to make a big name for himself) hold that title since Billy Corgan took over the promotion. Having a Rhodes hold the title takes the NWA from a small blip on the independent map to the main attraction in indy wrestling.
Lastly, Rhodes will be able to defend that title in Japan, ROH, and wherever else his heart desires. I don’t think we would have seen Aldis on ROH TV if it werent for the fact that Rhodes was challenging for the NWA title. If Rhodes had been challenging for the ROH title at All In, Aldis would still be wrestling in small indy shows and the NWA would not really matter at this point.
You’re probably asking, “Why can’t Cody challenge for the title again at the NWA show in October?” It’s simple: No one will care for the rematch if Rhodes loses on Saturday. The only way people will care for a rematch is if Cody takes the title.
The NWA needs Cody Rhodes to be their next champion if the NWA wants to be a serious contender in independent wrestling. The NWA needs Cody Rhodes to survive.
Chris Jericho has said for a long time that he wouldn’t go to a different wrestling company in North America as he felt like it would be disrespectful to Vince McMahon. However, he seems to have changed his mind when it comes to that idea.
Jericho was the guest on James Ellsworth’s new podcast call “The Duhcast” in which he said that he’s open to working with either ROH or IMPACT Wrestling.
“When someone says ‘Would you ever go to IMPACT? Would you ever go to Ring Of Honor? Would you ever go here there or wherever’ – yeah sure, why not? If its creatively satisfying, if it’s something that I can really sink my teeth into, something that I can really enjoy, then why wouldn’t I give it a try?”Chris Jericho
Jericho is currently the IWPG Intercontinental Champion and only works for New Japan Pro Wrestling for their non-United States shows. Jericho goes on to talk about how he has done everything he needs to do in pro wrestling, now he’s just trying to do things that will help him be fulfilled creatively.
“I’m not saying I would ever go there, but I’m not saying I wouldn’t,” said Jericho. “And I’m not saying I wouldn’t go to WWE or I wouldn’t go to New Japan or go wherever. To me, it’s all about helping to change the business in a lot of ways and if there’s a way to do it by being a little bit of a revolutionary then why not? Let’s go for it, man. This is show business, it’s entertainment, it’s the Wild West. There’s no rules and nobody says that you have to work in the WWE or you don’t have to work there.”Chris Jericho
Would you like to see Y2J in IMPACT Wrestling?
Commentary: Unless IMPACT Wrestling is going to begin bringing in bigger name wrestlers again (which there aren’t many on the free agency that would make a big difference for IMPACT), I don’t really why Jericho would want to go to IMPACT. IMPACT is doing some really good things and they are slowly recovering from their years of misfortunes, but they really don’t offer much to Jericho.
Another argument is that Jericho could help land them back onto a bigger stage as far as television networks go, but I feel that Jericho would only help get them so far. I also feel that Jericho in IMPACT Wrestling would make him the massive fish in a mini-pond. It’d be like Lebron James going to play high school basketball after winning so many NBA Titles. Just doesn’t make sense.
Jericho in Ring of Honor on the other hand would help boost ROH’s image. Jericho working with the likes of Cody, the Buck, Hangman Paige, etc. could really help elevate those guys while giving Jericho some good hands to work with.
Either way, Jericho working for anyone other than Vince McMahon would make big headlines.