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Top 5: Matches Of The Week Ending 1/14/18



Well the winner of last week is no huge surprise. Many casual fans watched Wrestle Kingdom 12 just because of this match, so the winner should now be obvious, Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega. It was a damn good match, and very deserving of being our first match voted into the January pool for a possible match of the year. This week’s Matches Of The Week?

This week, the easily accessed wrestling wasn’t nearly as high of a level, but it was about where we’d expect it for a week with no large events. So let’s see what we have to choose from this week:


5. Raw: Rollins, Reigns & Jordan vs Balor Club

Where this match lacked in actual wrestling and pacing, it made up for in establishing the character dynamics. We see Jason Jordan doing his best impression of the little brother who’s hanging out with older siblings and thinks he’s suddenly cool. Reigns is the brother that wants nothing to do with the little sibling and Rollins is the one that tries to protect the sibling, while knowing full well that they are an idiot.

As for the match, it was fairly color by numbers for a typical multi-man match. It exposed Jordan’s eagerness to appease his “brothers” and his father, all while kinda forgetting the basics of tag team wrestling. Bull-Bal-Balor Club…yes, no cease and desist please, pick up the win simply by being a team that can work together.

But hey, at least the Shield 4.5 or whatever number we’re at, should be an amusing storyline through the Rumble. Here’s to figuring that Jason Jordan will somehow accidentally screw over/eliminate Reigns or Rollins and cause more tension filled shenanigans.

Ranking: ** 1/2 (Silver III)


4. NXT: NXT Tag Team Championship: Fish & O’Reilly vs Aleister Black & Roderick Strong

Well, this was an unexpected match due to Undisputed Era taking out SanitY before their scheduled match. Black and Strong have legitimate reasons to want a piece of the Undisputed Era, so it kind of naturally came together.

All four participants are technically sound, and it showed in this match. The pacing was a little quick, but crisp, and Fish & O’Reilly showed that being an established team helps fluidity. However, once Black and Strong started to get some momentum, Adam Cole interfered and caused Aleister to chase after him, thus, leaving Roderick Strong high and dry to get pinned after a Total Elimination.

So if the match was able to progress naturally, it would’ve probably been highly rated since it felt like it was building right at the point Cole interfered. Does it work for storyline? Sure. But what’s best for story doesn’t always reflect well for a match, and can sometime hinder it.

Ranking: ** 3/4 (Silver I)


3. Impact: Bobby Lashley & KM vs Eddie Edwards & Moose

This match actually almost mirrored the NXT match storyline wise. American Top Team has tormenting people, got James Storm to have to quit the company, and Moose and Edwards banded together as the faces to stop the turmoil.

Moose is amazing athlete, hard stop. Not many former sports players can transition well to wrestling, but his style is crisp, Japanese crowds enjoy him and he’s one of the best things Impact has going currently. Eddie Edwards is in a similar boat, but he really has no discernible charisma. He can put on a clinic in the ring, but you’ll struggle to care about him.

Aside from putting over the participants, the match was solid. Everyone got in most of their moves, but as soon as it looks like Edwards is going to hit his Boston Knee Party on KM, Dan Lambert grabs his foot to distract him, allowing KM to hit the Egodriver, for the pinfall.

The ending is interesting because it adds to tension within American Top Team, since Lambert gave KM all the credit for forcing James Storm out. Even going as far to say he did things that Lashley couldn’t do. So it’s leaning heavily towards Lashley getting sick of being minimalized and possibly turning on ATT.

Ranking: ** 3/4 (Silver I)


2. Riki Choshu Power Hall Special: Andrew Everett & Jay Bradley vs Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke

Riki Choshu produced an event for the first time in about 3 years. He utilized a lot of top talent in Japan and basically sold out Kourakuen Hall. Harada and Tadasuke are from NOAH, Everett is from Impact and I haven’t seen Jay Bradley since his brief stint in TNA, so maybe he’s been doing the Japanese indies.

Regardless of who I’ve last seen when, for a 10 minute match, this was actually very good. Bradley towers over everyone in this match, so when Harada and Tadasuke bait him into a low bridge, they motion to the crowd and I found it quite amusing. But beyond that we had Everett’s amazing high flying ability on display for most of the match. The match ends with Everett hitting his rather unique looking Shooting Star Press.

The crowd enjoyed the gaijins, and it was a very well put together, back and forth tag team match.

Ranking: *** (Gold V)


1. Riki Choshu Power Hall Special: Naomichi Marufuji & Shingo Takagi vs Masato Tanaka & Masa Kitamiya

This was the first of the double main event, and it was definitely main event material. Marufuji is the genius of NOAH, Takagi is an elite talent in Dragon Gate, Tanaka has been everywhere including ECW and now Zero-1 and Kitamiya…okay he’s the least decorated of everyone, but his power compliment was used to match up nicely with Takagi.

This match was hard hitting, methodical, and paced wonderfully. Shingo (a former bodybuilder) had many strong style spots with Kitamiya, whereas, Marufuji and Tanaka traded strikes and moves they both innovated. Tanaka hits an avalanche variation of his Shotgun Stunner on Marufuji, but the pinfall comes from Marufuji hitting his Shiranui (Sliced Bread) on Kitamiya while Shingo help Tanaka at bay in the ropes.

Post match saw Shingo and Marufuji celebrate and what seemed like Shingo implying that a one on one match would be fun. If that happens, that would be a pretty huge match in the puroresu scene. My yen is on Takagi.

Ranking: *** 3/4 (Gold I)

My vote will actually be easy and follow my rankings this week. In a fairly slow and low quality week, Riki Choshu’s special event was a breath of fresh air. So Marufuji & Takagi vs Tanaka & Kitamiya get my vote. Three of the best wrestlers not in New Japan, in one match, is enough to nearly make me mark out.

Now since I doubt many people have seen it, I don’t expect it to win overall. So this week’s winner will be a surprise to all of us once the votes are tabulated. Until next week!

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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?



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!



Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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