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Official Chairshot Ratings: Royal Rumble 2018

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Well now we’ve got an interesting situation at hand. I was trying to be objective and keep notes while over my buddy’s house for our annual Rumble Party (Twitter: @Griever2112 – Follow him, he’s good people). So between drinking, eating and attempting to be social with a laptop…well atop my lap, hopefully my notes held up.

I did miss the first couple Pre-show matches, so this will start at the official “KICKOFF MATCH” and move into the main card.

United States Championship Kickoff Match: Bobby Roode(c) vs Mojo Rawley

With Bobby Roode being as over as he is (due to music or what have you), it’s a little insulting to be on the Pre-show, but yes I can figure that two rumbles would make the time crunch very tangible.

To most people’s surprise, Mojo Rawley answered the Open Challenge, and I’m not mad. Mojo has shown a lot of good potential with this new heel persona, and this match was mostly just a diluted version of their tournament match, but still decent for a Kickoff.

Bobby Roode needed the victory to start building credibility and Mojo continues to put on good showings as a fairly new “re-imagined” character.

Rating: ** (Silver V)

WWE Heavyweight Championship 2v1 Handicap Match: AJ Styles(c) vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Kicking off with the WWE Championship is a little surprising, but it might play into the Rumble later.

So this started off very slow, a couple quick mind game tags don’t help the match quality early on. Instead of focusing on one, Styles did a little damage to each guy slowly. That strategy worked for the most part, however, the ending was controversial and gives and excuse to drag out the story. Styles did pull off a nice Asai DDT at some point

Sami tries to tag in Kevin, misses, and Styles throws Zayn out of the ring. When KO comes in to try and soften up Styles with a Pop Up Powerbomb, Styles counters it with a body scissors, and the pinfall. This allows the heels to claim the wrong man got pinned, but a segment after the match proved that Shane McMahon didn’t really care.

Rating: *** 1/4 (Gold IV)

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship 2 out of 3 Falls Match: The Usos(c) vs Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin

So Chad Gable is a proven workhorse, The Usos put on fantastic matches and Shelton Benjamin is still very good, so this match has a lot of potential.

We get a nice long match before the first pinfall. The Usos block Gable’s rolling German Suplex twice, kick out of Benjamin’s Paydirt and each team tries to dodge the others’ signature moves. Eventually the Usos hit a few super kicks on Gable, keep Benjamin away and hit the big Uce Splash for the first pinfall.

At that point, Benjamin and Gable play the heels and go to take out one of the brothers before the second fall starts. They hit their tandem powerbomb, bulldog move and go in to take advantage of a 1 on 2 situation. But much to their chagrin, as soon as the bell rings, Benjamin gets rolled up, Gable is stuck climbing to the top rope, so they lose 2 falls to 0.

I don’t see how Gable and Benjamin can come back from this without a goofy plea to the powers that be. So here’s to hoping someone else gets a shot at The Usos, maybe Bludgeon Brothers?

Rating: *** (Gold V)

30 Man Royal Rumble:

So this was a surprise within itself that the classic rumble was relegated to the middle of the card. I have no issues with it aside from the fact that myself and friends figured it would hurt the following tag match, and yes it did. But that’s for the next match, not this one. So Rusev and Balor kick things off, crowd chants Rusev Day and they both last for a while. A few fun moments were Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas showing up and further cementing his main event ability. Copo de nieve es un gran fan del El Idolo.

Heath Slater becomes a heel punching bag when an eliminated Baron Corbin lays him out on the ramp, and that becomes a comedy storyline until Sheamus tries to toss him in for a cheap elimination, but Slater eliminates him instead. When Kofi is thrown over, he lands one foot on Xavier Woods and then Big E brings over a big plate of pancakes as a foot coaster, until they cheerleader lift him back in.

Fast forward to the final 6, Mysterio, Orton and Cena represent the old guard and Nakamura, Reigns and Balor are the newer guys. As they square off, we see for a change that the old guard goes out and we’re left with Reigns and Nakamura as final 2. Everyone was watching with bated breath on if Philly was gonna riot and murder puppies after a Roman win, or if the internet will collective rejoice for Nakamura.

And as we know, Nakamura and Reigns have a good back and forth but Nakamura comes out on top and the peasants rejoice.

Rating: *** (Gold V)

Raw Tag Team Title Match: The Bar vs Jason Jordan & Seth Rollins

The crowd was dead following an hour plus of Rumble stuff and a winner they didn’t want to kill.

So this saw a weird spot with Jordan getting slammed into the post and playing up head trauma of some sorts and being literally useless all match. Rollins was basically in a handicap match, puts up a damn good fight, but fails. Jordan had an amusing moment when he makes it back to the corner at the right moment to get a hot tag and win the match, tags in, gets dizzy, tags right back out, says he’s done and just sits on the stairs while Rollins gets dragged back into the ring and destroyed.

Well this either leads to the team implosion and cements the Jordan heel turn, or we see Jordan play up CTE or something to try and gain sympathy from Rollins, all in a way to slow burn his heelish ways.

Rating: * 3/4 (Bronze I)

WWE Universal Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match: Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman vs Kane

Yay, chairs and tables and destroyed announce tables, also known as, everything they usually do with power guys.

This match happened, Brock potatoed Braun, Kane tried, Braun got relegated to the outside of the ring and Kane got F5’d through a table and Brock pins him in a match that no one was surprised about.

I’ve got nothing for this aside from maybe Elimination Chamber turns into a number 1 contender match and that’s where Reigns gets his win. I don’t know, I’m trying to hope this leads to something.

Rating: ** (Silver V)

30 Woman Royal Rumble:

I need the Spice Girls to cue up some Girl Power. This is historic, not only was it the first Women’s Rumble, it main evented the Royal Rumble, give me a Hell Yeah.

The match begins with Sasha and Becky, so that kinda already makes you a little nervous that two fan favorites are out so early. But the rest of the entrants were very fun and a nice combination of nostalgia, returns and showing some classic women can still go. One big comedy spot was Vickie Guerrero saying “Excuse Me’ like 90 times, getting all the women to stop and gang up on her and eliminate her fairly quickly.

Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool and Lita looked pretty terrible tonight. Ms. Jacqueline did her thing, Beth Phoenix had a nice power spot with Nia, Molly Holly looked amazing and Trish Stratus didn’t look like she missed too many steps and got the illustrious number 30 entry. Ember Moon also entered as a nice feel good moment since she only had one arm, plus the face off again with Asuka was a nice pop.

So the final four was odd since it was the two Bellas, Sasha and Asuka, but Sasha took charge of the Bellas in a very heelish way, until the Bellas took the opportunity to eliminate her. Nikki eliminates Brie, while her and Asuka go out to the apron and swing back and forth. Asuka drops, the crowd gasps, and then when Asuka kicks her legs out from under her…the peasants rejoice again.

Now no one asked Asuka who she wanted, both champions just came in the ring with her and Asuka was like a kid in a candy store of potential victims. Ronda Rousey debuts in full Roddy Piper, doesn’t say anything, infers a beef with Charlotte…but then leaves.

I guess this is one of those “Tune in Monday/Tuesday to see what happens”, but it seemed a little unnecessary.

Rating: *** (Gold V)

So yes the two Rumbles may have been a little spotty but over all they were fun, and the women’s rumble definitely came off as a more entertaining match. I also can’t complain since I won the two Rumble pools for the first time in the 12 years my friends have been doing this. So a little extra cash and my Empress of Tomorrow winning her title shot makes for a good night.

Sleepy time everyone, time for me to pass out.


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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?

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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!


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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!

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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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