The reigning, defending, undisputed, contract-by-date universal champion Brock Lesnar… does not seem to have a viable opponent for the upcoming Royal Rumble. After mowing through Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Goldberg, there are only a handful of RAW stars who can go toe to toe with the beast incarnate. However, only one will be able to do the honor of losing to Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.
It may seem like ages ago, but earlier this year at the Extreme Rules PPV there was a fatal 5-way match to determine the number one contender for the universal title at Great Balls of Fire. The five competitors were Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor. Thankfully, Joe came out with a huge victory and got to show his tenacity against the beast in the PPV match that followed.
However, WWE’s plan from there as I recall was to have Lesnar face each of the other four competitors of the bout throughout the year; the match with Reigns being at WrestleMania. So far we’ve seen none of those stars gain a title match from the beast besides Samoa Joe. The remaining competitors all could have been contenders back then, but WWE has been slowly weeding them out.
It is difficult to imagine Bray Wyatt challenging for the title these days on account of his horrendous booking and undeniably insane loss streak, but back at Extreme Rules he was a favorite to win the 5-way and challenge Lesnar. Since then he’s been subject to Sister Abigail nonsense and midcard obscurity.
Seth Rollins has no concern for the universal title as of now because of his tag title venture with Dean Ambrose. Samoa Joe already had his match, and Finn Balor is not seen as a top guy by WWE management. So that heap of contenders really slipped through the cracks in the past few months didn’t it? Instead, the deserving Braun Strowman got to tangle with Lesnar.
Since the above candidates are not favorable in WWE’s eyes, they will have to look for other stars or tweak one of the above to fight Brock Lesnar in a losing effort for the title. Part of me finds this useless and a waste of time, but another part of me has two solutions to this dilemma. One creates a huge opportunity for someone on the RAW roster, while the other is a fun idea that’s never been done before in WWE.
Solution 1: The Underdogs
Who should fight Brock Lesnar? Legitimately anyone, that’s who. I think WWE should host either a battle royal or a tournament to decide Lesnar’s challenger. The only catch is, I want the winner to be someone unexpected. My favorite options at the moment are Bray Wyatt or Jason Jordan. That’s right, I want one of those guys to have a high profile universal title match with Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Either of those stars could benefit from this match in different ways. Bringing the beast to his limit through mind games and evil tactics could be what Bray Wyatt needs to be seen as a legitimate player in WWE again, while a well fought contest with Lesnar for Jason Jordan could be a huge career boost.
By losing to Lesnar, this could also be a turning point for Jason Jordan. By giving the match to Jason, you automatically have Kurt Angle inserted by default. The history between Angle and Lesnar could lead to a good build, and Jordan could lose the match based on some misunderstanding with Angle at ringside, therefore setting up a Jordan heel turn and a father-son match at WrestleMania. If Brock Lesnar has no legitimate opponent, the least WWE can do is use him as a tool to help further a storyline/career of an upcoming star (Jordan) or a star who needs a wake up call (Wyatt).
Solution 2: A Beast in the Rumble
No challengers for Brock? Fine. Then another idea would be to insert him into the Royal Rumble match. NJPW already toys with something similar to this idea for the G1 Climax, but say WWE sets the stipulation that if Lesnar enters and wins the rumble he can chose his own opponent or not even compete at WrestleMania.
If there is absolutely nobody that WWE feels comfortable throwing Lesnar in the ring with, then all the more reason to make him a frightening force in the Royal Rumble match. He will no doubt have a great run in the rumble even if he gets thrown out, and better yet the one who throws him out could go on to win. Also if Brock wins, Paul Heyman would be able to pick who he thinks would be the greatest challenge for his client, which would be extremely entertaining to view.
Brock Lesnar needs to be a useful tool at the Royal Rumble. If WWE is scrambling to find what to do with him, the solution is to throw him some underdog so that they can grab some of the limelight, or to put him in the actual Royal Rumble match. Whatever it is, Lesnar needs to be used to push forward one or more storylines down the road to WrestleMania.
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy
As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI. Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.
Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.
I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”
Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match
Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!
Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect
On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.
Swanton Bomb From The Heavens
When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.
Hardy Wins The WWE Championship
In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.
Straight Edge Problems For Hardy
The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.
The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE
Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.
Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut
From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.
This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.
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