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Welcome guys, gals, and gender non-binary buddies, to Ask 411 Wrestling. I’m your celebration host, Ryan Byers, and I’m right here to reply a few of your burning inquiries about skilled wrestling.

When you have a type of queries searing an entire in your mind, be happy to ship it alongside to me at [email protected]. Don’t be shy about capturing these over – the extra, the merrier.

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I would really like a few of what Drew is smoking:

What if All Elite Wrestling is the most important angle in current WWE historical past? What if that is the shake up? What if that is extra of what you need? What if what if what if??? I do know it’s an extended shot however rattling it positive would flip issues the wrong way up and inside out for the WWE! And it might be method to cool so it in all probability isn’t what I feel it could possibly be!

On Twitter a couple of weeks in the past, I did jokingly ask, “What if AEW was only a ploy by Cody and the Younger Bucks to get their associates higher offers with NJPW, ROH, and WWE?” referring to the bidding struggle that has apparently been ongoing because the three promotions and All Elite try to enroll obtainable expertise.

Nevertheless . . . I used to be joking. I didn’t assume that was truly the aim of AEW.

I additionally don’t assume that the brand new promotion is a piece orchestrated by the Elite and WWE. There’s a ton of proof that I might level to as a way to help that place, however, for the sake of brevity, let me level to the 2 single largest items of proof:

Shad and Tony Khan.

Shad, the Pakistani-American businessman and proprietor of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the person bankrolling the brand new promotion, and his son Tony would be the main government within the firm who shouldn’t be additionally an in-ring performer.

I might see Cody Rhodes working an angle of this nature with WWE.

I might see the Younger Bucks working an angle of this nature with WWE.

I might even see Kenny Omega working an angle of this nature with WWE.

Nevertheless, I see completely no incentive that the Khan household would have for working an angle of this nature with WWE. Shad, whose internet value is over $7 billion (sure, that’s “billion” with a “b”) has sufficient cash that he doesn’t want the type of payday that collaborating with WWE would convey him.

If you wish to work out whether or not there could also be any validity to a conspiracy concept or different seemingly superb declare, you possibly can often achieve this by following the cash, and, on this case, issues simply don’t make sense from a financial perspective.

Richard has two tickets to paradise:

Please, clarify the rationale behind the “paradise lock.” What precisely is it imagined to do? I’m assuming it’s alleged to cramp up the legs and arms, making it unattainable to maneuver. Nevertheless it actually doesn’t appear to be it will do this.

Clearly the maintain wouldn’t work almost as properly in actual life as it might in wrestling, however my understanding of the way it’s *supposed* to work from a kayfabe perspective is that you simply stack up all 4 of your opponents’ limbs on prime of one another close to their crotch after which flip them over in order that they’re face down. When you flip them over, the load of their torso is meant to pin the stack of limbs in place towards the mat, making it troublesome and actually briefly unimaginable for them to maneuver.

I do know, I do know. It’s not the best rationalization. I get that that is puroresu, so it’s alleged to be larger forehead than the American stuff, however I feel we’re simply going to should file this one away alongside nice wrestling mysteries like, “Why is Scotty 2 Hotty’s chop to the chest able to pinning a man simply because he dances beforehand?” and “Why don’t Mick Foley’s opponents simply chew his fingers earlier than he will get the mandible claw absolutely sunk in?”

Bryan J is aware of it ain’t nuttin’ however a Meng factor, child:

We’ve got all heard the tales about how robust Meng/Haku is, In that case many wrestlers are fearful of him how come he by no means used his popularity to get a title or not do a job? And for all of the tales of him outdoors the ring, I’ve by no means heard anybody ever say he was too stiff or injuring somebody in a match, is that as a result of they’re afraid to say one thing destructive about him or was truly protected when he needed to be?

Although he has a status for being one of many hardest guys within the skilled wrestling enterprise, Meng/Haku/King Tonga can also be, by nearly each account I’ve heard, he’s additionally knowledgeable and usually a pleasant man. Actually, when you take heed to shoot interview tales concerning the occasions that Haku used his legendary power to actually screw guys up, they often begin with the large Tongan being provoked ultimately.

In reality, some variations of maybe probably the most well-known “Haku is a troublesome man story” – the one during which Meng partially eliminated the eyeball of fellow wrestler Jesse Barr (a.okay.a. Jimmy Jack Funk) – state that the entire cause the battle between the 2 males started was that Barr was demeaning some guide laborers that the 2 walked previous, and Meng, very similar to famous skilled wrestling podcast host Stone Chilly Steve Austin, was simply sticking up for the working man.

In different phrases, simply since you’re a troublesome man and a legendary barroom fighter doesn’t imply that you simply’re an asshole.

Connor wants Jesus to take the wheel. (That’s Jesus Castillo from Los Boricuas.):

In blindfold matches, how a lot imaginative and prescient do the wrestlers have? Do they see something?

I’ve but to listen to of a shoot blindfold match. Sometimes, as I perceive it, the blindfolds are literally made from a cloth that the wrestlers can see by way of fairly properly, even when it seems to the viewers that their imaginative and prescient is completely blacked out.

You heard it right here first, people: Wrestling is pretend.

Holding us as regards to match varieties, Marc needs to know who innovated this specific sort of violence:

I’ve a query about originators and firsts. Who’re the inventors of the non-standard match varieties, just like the Battle Royal, the Ladder match, the Desk match, The Unfortunate 13 staple gun match?

Let’s take these one by one:

The battle royale truly pre-dates skilled wrestling as we all know it and began its life as a type of professional (i.e. not labored) boxing match widespread within the Eighteenth Century by which a number of rivals would concurrently struggle one another. I might offer you extra specifics, however this matter has already been coated in nice element in a 2013 article from Cageside Seats that I might extremely advocate everyone take a look at when you’ve got any curiosity in professional wrestling’s origins in shoot preventing.

The Hart household’s Stampede Wrestling sometimes will get credit score for inventing the ladder match, because of a 1972 match between the unique Dan Kroffat and Tor Kamata, which noticed the 2 males preventing over some chilly, exhausting money that was suspended over the ring. Bret Hart, who little question would have seen the Krofatt/Kamata match because it passed off in his personal yard, is reportedly the one that instructed that the WWF start utilizing it, and the remaining is historical past.

Relating to tables matches, I might be open to being corrected on this one, however I used to be not conversant in that match sort present previous to ECW popularizing it, so you possibly can in all probability blame Paul Heyman. What I consider to be the primary tables match in ECW historical past passed off on February four, 1995, when Sabu and the Tazmaniac (later Tazz) defeated the Public Enemy for the ECW Tag Staff Titles on a present appropriately named “Double Tables.”

Final and in my ebook definitely least, the Unfortunate 13 Staple Gun Match (which, for the uninitiated, includes one wrestler stapling 13 greenback payments to his opponent with a view to win) was an invention of CZW. I’ll take a very good, quaint battle royale over that any day of the week.

Jeremy R. has two completely unrelated questions, which we’ll take separately:

1) How does the wrestling business deal with storylines/long-term plans for feminine wrestlers who’re planning on or who already are pregnant?

There’s not likely a unified strategy to this that I’m conscious of, largely as a result of we’re solely now seeing an period in america the place numerous feminine wrestlers are starting to compete at a excessive degree at which promotions would truly HAVE long-term plans for them and partially as a result of, of these feminine wrestlers who’ve chosen to have youngsters, the overwhelming majority of them have chosen to have these youngsters as soon as their in-ring careers have come to an finish.

Now that the WWE ladies’s division is beginning to be handled as extra of an equal to the lads’s division, will probably be fascinating to see how this pans out sooner or later. Attempt asking the query once more in 5 to 10 years.

2) How a lot cash would WWE need to play Disney/Marvel in an effort to have Batista wrestle as Drax the Destroyer? Is one thing like this even a respectable risk?

Should you take a look at main wrestling newsletters from the autumn and winter of 2018, it was extensively reported that Triple H vs. Batista was a deliberate match for this yr’s Wrestlemania, earlier than being put into doubt by HHH’s pec surgical procedure. Will probably be fascinating to see whether or not that also occurs, although, as I consider I’ve stated on this column on multiple event, I’ve little or no curiosity in seeing Triple H vs. Batista once more however assume that a recent match between Brock Lesnar and Huge Dave might be an enormous attraction. (Although that appears much less and fewer doubtless now that the corporate has began to set the stage for Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins.)

So, Batista making an in-ring return to WWE could also be one thing that we see inside the subsequent couple of months. Is it potential that he might wrestle that match, or some other match, beneath the Drax the Destroyer gimmick?

I suppose that something is technically attainable, assuming that WWE and Marvel are prepared to do enterprise collectively. Any touch upon the sum of money that must change arms can be pure hypothesis, as a result of there is no type of precedent that I can assume for a WWE/Disney enterprise interplay. Nevertheless, a wrestling firm working along with a film studio to make the most of the studio’s mental property isn’t unprecedented, with the newest excessive profile instance being Triple H’s Terminator-inspired entrance at Wrestlemania XXXI. (Or, if we need to return even additional, we might speak about Robocop saving Sting from the 4 Horsemen.)

Nevertheless, I don’t know that Batista wrestling beneath the Drax moniker would actually be all that essential. He’s already a returning celebrity who might be seen as an enormous deal by skilled wrestling followers, and the Marvel followers who is perhaps considering watching him cross over into wrestling might be savvy sufficient to know his actual identify and comply with him based mostly on that alone.

Plus, Dave wrestling coated in inexperienced physique paint sounds super-hokey.

We’ll shut it out with AllManinLv:

When did WWE lastly understand the Samoans have been all household?

In all probability when Afa and Sika have been working for them again within the 1970s and talked about that they have been brothers. The Anoa’is being members of the identical household has by no means been any kind of secret.

And that may do it for this week. Should you’ve acquired questions of your personal, make sure you ship them in to [email protected].

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