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How WWE Can Get Around The Roman Reigns/Steroids Issue

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There’s all kinds of rumor & innuendo surrounding both sides of WrestleMania’s main event, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.

Brock Lesnar supposedly has one foot out the door. He’s already worked the number of dates in his contract. The Beast isn’t all that interested in putting Roman Reigns over. He’s not really interested in pro wrestling either, except for the fact that WWE keeps giving him millions of reasons to come back. Brock would be much happier returning to the UFC, or hanging out at his farm.

WWE is more than happy to play into all of these rumors. Brock showing up out of shape for a match with Kane at a house show in Chicago was perfect for the story. Roman Reigns lit Lesnar up last week on Raw in a promo that played into WWE fans’ dissatisfaction with the absentee Universal Champion that defends his title slightly less often than Alexa Bliss defends hers.

Roman Reigns Raw Promo

That’s some damn good stuff. It should be more than enough to get everybody to get behind the Big Dog, right?

Right?

Well…as it turns out, Reigns is also the subject of much speculation these days. He was allegedly a client of steroid distributor Richard Rodriguez, who currently sits in jail as part of operating an international steroid manufacturing & distribution ring, along with some money laundering.

The Law Dictionary tells me that purchasing steroids might be a bit problematic.

“Anabolic steroids are a form of synthetic testosterone that may be prescribed by doctors but are illegal for use without a prescription. They are classified as a Schedule III controlled substance with possession carrying a $1,000 fine and a year in prison, according to federal law. Trafficking carries up to a $250,000 fine and five years in prison for a first offense.”

When will a doctor prescribe anabolic steroids? Good question! The Law Dictionary continues.

Doctors will only prescribe anabolic steroids if a patient:
Requires bone marrow stimulation or prevention of bone loss
Needs artificial induction of male puberty
Needs appetite stimulation and preservation of muscle mass due to wasting conditions such as AIDS or cancer
Decides to undergo gender reassignment procedures

Needing to look good in spandex doesn’t pass the test. I mean, there used to be a doctor that took that as a reason all the time, but George Zahorian is no longer in that business. Remarkably, he’s still with us & still in the urology business. I never would have guessed that. Google it if you don’t believe me.

I don’t pretend to be a steroids expert. I’ve never taken them. I wouldn’t even know where to start. I think they’re injected, but I couldn’t tell you where. It seems like they go any damn place. I can’t speak on the effects they have on people. I can read the list, but we all know that drugs have different effects on different people.

There’s only two things about steroids that bother me.

1. All the people that died using them.

Something the man later known as Dean Ambrose said during a Smart Mark Video shoot interview sticks with me. He noticed how the people that only used steroids or only used other drugs seemed to do fine & live relatively long lives. It was the people that mixed steroids in with the booze & painkillers & somas & dope & other things that ran into trouble. He figured that since he had done enough of the other stuff he probably shouldn’t get on the juice.

I have no idea if he’s stuck with that philosophy or not, but it makes sense to me. All of these wrestlers that died way before their time in the 2000s weren’t just using steroids. They were using all kinds of other stuff that they probably shouldn’t have been using, usually to excess. When you pump so much into your body, it’s not going to be a good ending.

2. Baseball statistics.

I’m a baseball geek. Have been all my life. Unlike many fans of my generation, I consider myself a purist. We’re starting to see a shift in thought from older baseball writers & experts to young upstarts that stick up for the guys they grew up watching. Their argument is that everybody was juicing in the late 90s & early 2000s, so it should count the same as everybody else. I disagree for one simple reason: steroids are illegal. Whether MLB officially banned them or not, they were illegal in this country.

I can’t equate Barry Bonds’ 762 home runs to Hank Aaron’s 755, or Babe Ruth’s 714. Willie Mays had 660 and I have no idea what Alex Rodriguez ended up with. Bonds & Rodriguez bought & paid for their home runs. Which is fine from a capitalistic standpoint, but not from the standpoint of the baseball purist that worships old statistics. In a performance-based sport, performance-enhancers are a game-changer.

With that being said, pro wrestling & performance-based sports are two entirely different animals. Statistics in wrestling aren’t legitimate anyway. Ric Flair didn’t really beat sixteen guys in shoot fights to win world championships. His entertainment value got him those championships.

Steroids help with physical appearance and with recovery from injuries, but they don’t guarantee you’ll be a tremendous pro wrestler. You still have Roman Reigns without (allegedly) steroids. There are numerous examples of jacked up dudes that had billion dollar bodies that were mere flashes in the pan. If bought muscles were all they brought to the table, they didn’t last long. The Ultimate Warrior looked great, but it was his bizarre charisma that made the WWF give him a chance on top. They didn’t push Tom Magee to the moon.

Here’s the $64,000 question to everybody reading this:

Do you really care if pro wrestlers use steroids or not?

I don’t.

As long as they’re used responsibly, and wrestlers don’t overuse them to the point where they’re immobile in the ring & unable to do their job at a high level, I see nothing wrong with it. Other than the whole legality issue, of course.

As long as Roman Reigns is exercising caution and not doing anything to harm anybody else, I don’t care what he puts into his body. He wouldn’t be my first choice to be in the WrestleMania main event, but that’s because I think Braun Strowman should be in it. Hell, Braun’s a former strongman competitor. It wouldn’t be a shock to me if he used steroids at some point in his life. Whether he has or not makes no difference to me, and the same goes for Roman Reigns.

Former Life Braun Strowman

A lot of people are hoping that this brings Roman Reigns down. I don’t think it will. There’s a real easy way for WWE to fix this whole problem. This whole issue of “legality” can be worked around if they remember who their friends are.

See, I don’t know if you guys are aware of this or not, but Vince McMahon is really friendly with the current President of the United States. So friendly, in fact, that his wife wound up with a cabinet-level position doing….oh, I have no idea. The less we know is probably the better. Either way, I think we can all agree on two things when it comes to our current President.

1. He’s great at influencing people.
2. He’s easily influenced.

You saw his act last week with the NRA, right? One day he’s out there flapping his gums about gun control. The NRA has a couple meetings in the Oval Office reminding him of who funded his campaign, and he’s back on the “everybody needs guns” train soon after. As great as this guy is at making people think he’s on their side against those career politicians, he has his strings pulled just as easily as everybody else in Washington.

All Vince McMahon needs to do is pull those strings. Tell the President that he needs to do something about this steroid stuff. They aren’t so bad! Certainly not as bad as these other drugs out there that are tearing families apart. Maybe an executive order easing the punishment against people using steroids for improper reasons wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. It’ll benefit rich people, so it seems like a surefire bet to go through easy peasy lemon breezy.

If it happens in time, Jon Bravo (really? This guy named himself after a Cartoon Network show & I’m supposed to take him seriously?) can release all the videos he wants & it won’t mean a thing. The Big Dog will roar into WrestleMania & send The Beast packing.

All will be right in The World According to McMahon.


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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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