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DeMarco: Don’t Worry About The Revival



April 4, 2017 was a night that the WWE Universe won’t soon forget. Vince McMahon revealed a new Raw General Manager in Kurt Angle, and Finn Balor made his return from injury. But for many hardcore wrestling fans, this edition of Raw After Mania will be remembered for something much different. It was the night The Revival made their WWE main roster debuts.

Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder burst onto the scene on WWE Raw, garnering early wins against The New Day before Big E, Xavier Woods, and ofi Kingston made their way to WWE Smackdown Live. But then injuries hit The Revival, keeping them out of action for a better portion of the remainder of 2017.

Prior to debuting on WWE Raw, Dash and Dawson had an improbable rise to the top of WWE NXT, capturing the NXT Tag Team Championships on two separate occasions. But much like their run on WWE Raw, they didn’t always seem to have the cards in their favor.

Starting out as a team seemingly dressed as Mechanics (capitalized on purpose), Dash and Dawson were long this team tearing it up at NXT house shows, this mythical power fans spoke highly of. The rare sniff they’d get on NXT television wouldn’t amount to much. They had two televised matches in 2014, both losses, before returning in 2015 to defeat Enzo and Cass. This would launch then through the first Dusty Rhodes Classic, leading to their Takeover debut–a loss to eventual Dusty Classic winners Samoa Joe and Finn Balor.

They  picked up steam with a non-title win against The Vaudevillians, gained some notoriety by taking out Enzo and Cass, and had their first real moment in the sun when they defeated the floundering Vaudevillians once more. This time that win was for the NXT Tag Team Championships. they successfully defeated Enzo and Cass in their first Takeover win (Takeover: London), and were eventually christened “The Revival.”

The name seemed to hold extra meaning, as for so many the duo signified a renaissance–or perhaps a revival–to tag team wrestling in WWE. Tag team wrestling hadn’t disappeared, but Dash and Dawson signaled a return to tag team wrestling “done right.” They employed old school tactics like isolating a body part and cutting the ring in half. They mastered the art of the quick tag, of knowing their partner’s every move, and always being in the right place at the right time.

The Revival WWE NXT

TWO TIME! NXT Tag Team Champions.

They would spark a small feud with American Alpha, that would see the teams trade the tag team titles. But it was their feud with #DIY, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, that solidified them not as one of the best tag teams in WWE/NXT, but the entire world.

They would eventually fall to DIY in a two-out-of-three falls match to end their feud, and that match would be named 2016’s Match Of The Year for all of WWE. Takeover: Orlando would see their final NXT televised appearance, failing to regain the championships for a third time in a triple threat elimination match with DIY and NXT’s newest dominant force, The Authors Of Pain.

Two nights later, their debut on Raw happened, and it seemed primed to see their roll continue.

Things don’t always go as planned, and when you fast forward to today, the Revival is coming off of an ass-kicking at the hands of both D-Generation X and The Balor Club on the 25th Anniversary Edition of Raw. But that #Raw25 loss notwithstanding, the Revival is in position to make their way to the top.

However, most fans on the internet don’t see it that way.

The frustration is not unfounded, but I honestly believe The Revival will be just fine. It’s all about timing.

Take a look at The New Day. The now Iconic Trio were plastered all over the Kickoff at WrestleMania 31, got promoted to lose to The League Of Nations (Remember them? Me neither!) at WrestleMania 32, followed by a hosting gig at WrestleMania 33. They’re one of the top merchandise sellers on WWE Shop as well. No one saw this coming when they debuted as an evangelical church choir (even though they pulled that act off with brilliance, too).

The New Day’s best work in 2017 was against The Usos, who are currently regarded by most as the best tag team in the world (and they’re the first ever Chairshot Team Of The Year, too!). It wasn’t always this way for Jimmy and Jey, as the brothers have yet to crack a WrestleMania main card. This looks to change in 2018 with WrestleMania 34.

Where does The Revival fit in with all this?

They are a talented tag team who can talk with the best of ’em, and given the way WWE treats tag teams, a dependable pairing of workhorses that can get in and get out, or can work a long TV match, can be quite valuable for quite some time. But can they “recover” from a #Raw25 “burial?”

Believe it or not, this doesn't hurt The Revival!

Believe it or not, this doesn’t hurt The Revival!

Don’t be silly…of course they can! The precedent here is set by Jinder Mahal, now dubbed “The Maharaja” and 2017’s biggest surprise with his reign as WWE Champion.

Jinder wasn’t always at this level, which was actually the biggest criticism of his push. But Jinder Mahal had a similar moment to what The Revival experienced on Monday, his being in the WrestleMania 33 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Jinder was used as the antagonist for Rob Gronkowski, bringing the New England Patriots Super Bowl winning tight end out of the crowd and into the ring. Jinder did his job, making Gronk look like a million bucks and putting over Mojo Rawley in the process.

His reward? A move to Smackdown and a reign as WWE Champion!

The Revival were used at #Raw25 as cannon fodder for D-Generation X and The Balor Club, but in WWE’s eyes this can only help them. They will actually be in a position to climb, likely finding themselves in the Raw Tag Team Championship picture by WrestleMania 34. And after? well I fully expect The Usos to move to Raw in a shake-up this year, and when they do we’ll all be treated to the magic made Jimmy, Jey, Dash, and Dawson.

Don’t worry about The Revival, they’ll be just fine!

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


Chris King: One More Spear and Jackhammer for Goldberg?



Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Credit: Cageside seats

After his WWE Super ShowDown with The Undertaker wasn’t well received, is there room for Goldberg to have more “proper sendoff” to end his career?

By now you’ve heard the troubling news that during Goldberg and The Undertaker’s first-ever-match something went terribly awry; Goldberg smashed his head square into the ring-post, instantly he began bleeding profusely and was knocked out. What followed was extremely hard to watch; several signature maneuvers were horribly botched, and I was 100% concerned for both superstars’s health and well-being. This is not what we hoped would occur, and this should not be the last image of Goldberg that we witness in WWE.

Undertaker Bill Goldberg

Credit: New York Post

There was speculation that Undertaker was furious at Goldberg for his performance that appeared absurd to me; how could Undertaker a locker room leader held in such high respect get into a screaming match backstage? On top of that there was also rumblings about Vince McMahon the CEO of WWE, was fuming, and had to break things up between the legends. He apparently told both superstars they were finished wrestling careers were over.

Thankfully the rumors were quickly refuted by not only WWE officials who were in Saudi Arabia, and TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy, and Mike Johnson on PWINSIDER.

Mike Johnson confirmed that after chatting with WWE officials he can confirm that after the bout Goldberg was too weak to muster up the energy to engage in a heated altercation.

Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true. In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.”

Goldberg the WCW veteran was last seen in the squared circle on the Post-Mania-Raw, twenty-four hours after dropping the Universal championship to Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universe gave him a standing ovation for his love for the business throughout his illustrious twenty-year pro wrestling career.

Goldberg has battled some of the biggest wrestlers in WWE; The Rock was his first feud after his arrival in 2003 at the Backlash pay per view, followed by his almost year-long rivalry with HHH and “Evolution” where he won the World Heavyweight championship. He finished his initial run in the company in 2004 in a “Battle of Behemoths” with Lesnar. In 2019, there are many new powerhouses since he left the company in 2004. Below I will be listing the 5 Potential Opponents for his final match in WWE.

5 Best-Suited Opponents For The Final Goldberg Match

Credit: Bleacher Report

5. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar toppled Goldberg for-the-first-time in his WWE career at WrestleMania 33; after a humiliating loss at 2016 Survivor Series, in a “Shocking” one minute and twenty-seven seconds. This was Goldberg’s first official match in WWE in twelve years; the two powerhouses have had a total of three encounters, they have manifested a buzz that surpassed all the other matches on the pay per view card. Despite the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar faced in each other only two years ago, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that Goldberg won’t come back for retribution. While this contest in the past has not been well-received by the WWE Universe, there’s still a sliver of a chance these Titans’ will go to war one final time.

With Lesnar as “The Beast in the Bank” his adversary could once again cost him the Universal or WWE Championship cash-in; reminiscent to 2004 No Way Out pay per view where Eddie Guerrero was challenging Lesnar for his WWE championship, and Goldberg (who had been given a front row ticket by Raw commissioner Stone Cold Steve Austin). He would then deliver a “Devastating” spear to cost Lesnar his championship, which led to their first clash at WrestleMania XX. Goldberg could cost Lesnar his opportunity and the two competitors could then revisit this hard-hitting personal rivalry.

Bobby Lashley WWE Raw

4. Bobby Lashley

It’s still surreal to me that these two powerhouses have never crossed paths in both of their WWE tenures. Bobby Lashley returned to WWE after making an “Impact” (Pun intended) on the Raw after Mania 34. Despite being the fan-favorite to dethrone Lesnar at 2018 SummerSlam, Lashley was upset by Roman Reigns who eventually captured the Universal Championship. Goldberg vs. Lashley will still be a “Big Money” match that will put butts in seats and sell out arenas. This the kind of “once in a lifetime” physical confrontation contrary to Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 28 that people from all over the world would tune in to watch. The WWE Network could see a “massive” increase in subscriptions, and the weeks leading up to their collision we would most certainly be a pull-apart brawl and someone could likely to be taken to jail.

Lars Sullivan Mental Wellness

3. Goldberg vs. Lars Sullivan

“The Freak” Lars Sullivan has been leaving a pile of bodies on his path of destruction since his arrival on Monday nights. Currently, he’s annihilating the Lucha House Party, but after he’s finished bullying smaller wrestlers “,” Sullivan is going to be hungry for “Real” competition. Enter Goldberg. This wouldn’t do much for the WCW titan but it sure would be a “Huge” rub for the recent draftee. Sullivan was penciled into battle John Cena at WrestleMania 35 “,” but due to health reasons, it never happened. This victory over a legend of this caliber could catapult “The Freak” to the top of the food-chain in WWE.

Braun Strowman vs. Bill Goldberg?

2. Braun Strowman

To say “The Monster Among Men” has been mistreated would only be the tip of the iceberg. Strowman was the “Hottest” wrestler in 2017 with his horror-themed assaults on Roman Reigns. Unfortunately for Strowman, his name wasn’t “Roman Reigns” and despite his best efforts he never captured the Universal Championship.

Strowman was on a path of destruction until he went toe-to-toe with Universal champion Lesnar at 2017 No Mercy; in what should have been his coronation as the next champion, Strowman was crushed within a matter of minutes. Last year at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia he was heavily-favored to walk out with the vacated Universal championship; and instead WWE thought it was wise to start a lengthy program with Baron Corbin (who clocked Strowman in the back of the head with the title), and Lesnar dropped “The Monster Among Men” with 5 F5’s to start a second title-reign with the Universal championship. To say Strowman deserves a “Monumental” win would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!

Goldberg Roman Reigns

Credit: YouTube

1. Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns

The announcement of this match is enough buzz to sell-out WrestleMania 36. “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns has done it all in his short eight-year career, some accomplishments other wrestlers only dream to achieve. He defeated the seemingly-unbeatable Undertaker in his second loss in decades. Reigns is a Grand-slam champion, a three-time WWE Champion and former Universal Champion. Ever since the two crossed paths on the road to WrestleMania 33; and delivered a double-spear to Strowman on January 12, 2017, I believe this dream match has been quietly penciled in. Now that there may be “One More Match” for Goldberg before he calls it quits, this is the only true contest!

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Rob: Let’s Talk About Shane McMahon

He’s the Best In The World!



Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon is a hot topic among WWE fans, and Rob is here to chime in on the rumors that Shane could become WWE Champion in 2019.

Yeah, it’s time to talk about the Best in the World Shane McMahon.  Shane has become a real thorn in the side of many on wrestling twitter and not in the way that Vince intended.  A lot of you guys don’t like the amount of TV time he gets (even I’ll admit that this week was a bit much), don’t like that he got a win over Roman Reigns at Super Showdown (I don’t either but so long as things play out the right way in the end I’m willing to see it as a needed piece of a bigger story), and really got nuts when the NEWZ sites starting ‘reporting’ rumors that he may become WWE World Champion down the line.   Some of you guys are even threatening that you’re done if it happens, and I believe you this time.  And this all makes me wonder if certain aspects of wrestling storytelling are just not viable in 2019 anymore.  Because this is the kind of thing that would have been a layup for mega heat back in the day but now seems to only result in scorn towards the bookers, or in this case Vince, from a lot of you guys for even considering it.

Now I can’t tell you guys what to like or not like, but there are a lot of times when I see the takes being thrown around on Twitter and wonder if I’m watching the same TV show that you guys are.  I also wonder, often out loud and in this space, just what it is some of you guys want.  Because I see people complain about emotional investment but from my earliest days as a fan one of the quickest ways to get emotional investment was to do something that would make people angry.  But it seems like in 2019 way too many people on Wrestling Twitter don’t ever want to get angry, and take that as a crime committed by Vince McMahon and not a storytelling piece.  And I don’t know how you rectify that.

Who knew this would lead us to “The Best In The World,” Shane McMahon???

By my estimation, someone like Shane McMahon getting the title is perfect for the ‘You Deserve It’ era, because he obviously doesn’t deserve it.  And to win it dirty off of someone like Kofi Kingston who toiled for 11 years  to just get a chance to win it should be a heat magnet.  But instead all I see is that it’s bad booking, that it’s a sign that Vince hates the fans and needs to go, etc.  So again I have to ask just what is it that some of you guys are looking for?  Heels are part of wrestling, and heels have to prevail sometimes.  A lot of you guys won’t boo Kevin Owens no matter low he stoops in turning on or assaulting people.  And one of the few guys who gets booed from the crowd because the people there don’t like him, Baron Corbin, gets ripped every day by ‘smart’ fans for being a bad choice to even put on television.

Maybe I’m out of date here but for me part of having heels is that at least every now and then something has to happen that you don’t want.  The people you root for have to lose, the people who should be champion have to be denied, somebody has to do something that you find to be beyond the pale, etc.  And it can’t just happen when you expect it or are ready for it, it has to happen at a time when you aren’t ready for it to get the maximum effect so that you’ll get angry enough at the perpetrators to want to see them get their comeuppance.  But it seems that getting mad at the characters is a bridge too far on Wrestling Twitter, that the point of a heel is to get shout outs on Twitter for ‘good heel work’, and that anything or anyone that you find truly loathsome is now grounds to change the channel.  Thus the constant ‘Corbin has go away heat’ takes on Twitter.  Where I’m from Go Away Heat meant ‘can somebody please come out and get this guy outta here? and not ‘why is he on my TV, what else is on?’

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I mentioned before that we’re in the ‘You Deserve It’ era, and what I mean by that is that a lot of  ‘smart’ fans are judging what they watch based who’s in it and whether or not they ‘deserve’ to be there.  And deserving it is almost entirely based on their personal career journey or perceived skill level.  Workrate guys and gals deserve it, as do those who went down some long, grueling road to get there.  Even if they’re playing a heel some of us cheer them based on how good they are in the ring or what they had to go through to get there, while on the flip side anyone who doesn’t meet our technical standards or didn’t suffer enough should be relegated to supporting roles or just removed from our television altogether.  The fastest way to get someone booed now it seems is for ‘smart’ fans to find out that they didn’t have to struggle hard enough (by their measures) to get a big spot.  Hell, we just had a WrestleMania main event where the winner’s whole elevation came despite acting like a heel because the personal career story of the woman behind the character was deemed more important than the actions of her character on screen.

So now back to Shane.  If you can’t get some people to boo heels over sneak attacks, cheating to win (don’t get me started on the whole ‘heels are fine but they shouldn’t cheat too much’ takes I’ve seen…..smh), etc. and the thing some fans get most consistently upset about is whether or not the ‘most deserving’ people are in the right places, then putting someone in the highest position who absolutely does not deserve it seems like an inevitable choice.  I’m not telling you that you’re not a real fan if you don’t like it, but I am telling you that there is some very sound logic behind it if they go that route.  And all the arguments against it – that Shane is not a full time wrestler, that he’s the boss’s son, etc – seem to me like just more reason to go ahead and do it.

Anyhow……until next week, everyone.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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