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The Chairshot Official Ratings & Review: WrestleCircus Raise the Curtain

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WrestleCircus is back bitches! A month removed from their highly touted return show, The Show Must Go On, we get, Raise the Curtain. Many names we all know, Indy mark or not, and some are making their WrestleCircus debut. I’m looking forward to this one, particularly since I haven’t seen Teddy Hart since Wrestle Society X (bite your tongue with old comments). So given that WSX was like 10 years ago, I’m really curious what Teddy still does.

Also aside from Teddy Hart curiosity, it’ll be interesting to see how Tessa Blanchard rebounds from her losing effort, in the 5* classic against Brian Cage. So with all the known talent and the match ups the way they are, without further ado, let’s see how this show plays out.

 

Shane Taylor vs JT Dunn

This match was surprisingly closer than expected.

Dunn took an early advantage and then Taylor dominated for a good portion of the match. Dunn did get a second wind, connecting on a rolling cutter, tombstone piledriver and a discus forearm. But when Taylor kicked out of the first one, he went back to the well for another forearm, and Taylor countered with a Knockout Punch. Dunn went to sleep, Taylor’s hand went up.

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Fatal 4-Way: Teddy Hart vs Andrew Everett vs Zachary Wentz vs Myron Reed

So a few of these guys we’ve seen in Japanese promotions (Zachary Wentz in Dragon Gate and Andrew Everett in NOAH), with a known commodity in Teddy Hart and Crown of Glory Champion, Myron Reed.

This match started off strong and fast paced, but the major thread that plagued the match was a lack of fluidity. Teddy Hart pulled off some fantastic combination moves, like a rope assisted DDT/Piledriver and a Diving Double Spike DDT. Each man had a legitimate shot at a few near falls, but Teddy Hart pulls off the win, by countering Myron Reed’s offense on Andrew Everett and turning it into an avalanche Canadian Destroyer.

A lot of big fun spots, but like I said before, the spots seemed to be off by a few seconds and they never really got a good flow for the match. Entertaining as hell though, and it was great to see Teddy Hart again.

Rating: ** 3/4

 

Mixed Tag Match: Gentleman Jervis & Kylie Rae vs Serpentico & Leva Bates

Well, I enjoyed Leva coming down dressed as Jake the Snake since she’s teaming with Serpentico and apparently Jervis is afraid of snakes.

So ya, this started off as a typical comedic Jervis match with hugs and tickles, then Leva chases him to the back with the snake in the bag. So Lucha rules kicked in and the two remaining teammates decided to actually wrestle. Kylie was very impressive, middle rope corkscrew arm drag, and a few other notable moves.

The match went on for quite some time, we got Jervis’ Rocking Sleepy Hold and the Wheelbarrow Snake Charming Hypnosis spot causing Leva to DDT Serpentico. This kind of stuff doesn’t resonate with me, so I’ll give it that the audience seemed to enjoy it, but I’d rather eat glass.

Actual submissions happened and both Serpentico and Leva were forced to tap together, but this is not something I cared for beyond a few little chuckles.

Rating: * 1/2

 

Rey Fenix vs Dezmond Xavier

An interesting pairing with Fenix making his WC debut and Xavier still trying to prove himself.

Early on Fenix tweaked his knee, and Xavier took advantage of it, but got easily distracted and annoyed. Fenix wrestled from underneath for a while, with both men pulling out interesting moves. Xavier hit his Double Backhand Spring Overhead Kick, for a near fall. However, Dezmond’s inexperience got the best of him. Fenix put a few moves together, hit a big step up spinning back kick, followed up by a Muscle Buster spun into what looked like a Fire Thunder Driver variation. I’m not really sure what to call it, but damn cool. And here I thought the coolest move was going to be Xavier hitting a crisp Spiral Tap that left the announce team grasping at straws for what to call it.

As for the match, they gave a lot of space between moves for things to sink in, and to set up the next spot. Not a bad thing at all, but it did make the pacing of the match a little odd at times. Good match, and given the story they were telling, it worked very well.

Rating: *** 1/2

 

Big Top Tag Team Title: Extra Talent-ed (c) vs. Dirty Devils w/ Insidious Follower

Dirty Devils are the typical kind of occult heel team with a manager, while I don’t know much about the others.

The match had some nice transitions, just poor execution in a lot of spots. A Tope con Hilo that mostly missed, a wheelbarrow tag move that seemed odd and the biggest travesty, a botch ref grab to break up the 3 count. The crowd was chanting “This is Bullshit” before the interference from the Insidious Follower even happened.

So Dirty Devils win thanks to manager help and a pin break up, that never really happened. Match was actually alright up until that ending sequence, and the camera angle didn’t really help the situation either.

Rating: ** 1/2

 

#1 Contender For Sideshow Title: MASADA vs. Jordan Len-X

MASADA is a known hardcore wrestler, and Jordan may have bitten off more than he can chew.

The story of the match was that MASADA was trying to prove he can wrestle a technical match without needing the hardcore element, and it worked for a while. We saw a mostly well wrestled match, up until the last few minutes, again. Now Sideshow rules allows for anything goes, so MASADA fell back into old habits.

A Sunset Flip Powerbomb, catches the ref, and we get a ref bump. Jordan Len-X then starts screaming at the back for a new ref or something, all while MASADA gets his wooden skewers. No new ref shows up, so when Jordan turns around, MASADA catches him in a heel hook, jams in the skewers and holds him in a Camel Clutch for a while.

Apparently at this point Austin the fired referee shows up, ignores Jordan’s feet on the ropes (which was unclear if the ropes really mattered anyway) and acknowledges the tap out…and it apparently stands? I don’t know. When even commentary doesn’t know what’s going on, it makes the match look weak. So two very suspect finishes in a row, reminds people of janky WCW finishes and doesn’t allow the card to build correctly.

Rating: ** 3/4

 

Lady of the Ring Title: Tessa Blanchard (c) vs Chelsea Green

Tessa coming off the big loss to Brian Cage and Chelsea slowly picking up steam everywhere, should make for a solid match.

Tessa’s story was that she was angry and more driven after her loss to prove herself, while Chelsea was just trying to capitalize on Tessa’s moments of blind rage. The crowd swung back and forth between the two women, and save for 2 bad spots, the match had a lot of intensity and was paced nicely.

Angry Tessa is a little scary, so I’d much prefer smiley Tessa. But regardless, a lot of back and forth, a Laurel Van Ness transformation, but still Tessa B ain’t nothing to fuck with. She drives Chelsea into the mat head first, and then lands The Magnum flush, and picks up the pinfall victory.

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Penta El Zero M vs Shane Strickland

Two men who can put on clinics, allows for a lot of imagination in a match like this.

Immediately, Penta dives on Shane and goes to collect a bone, by snapping Shane’s right arm. So Shane wrestled 99% match with ‘one’ arm. So many chairs were used all throughout this match. Commentary had amusing moments of referencing the chair company and that the chairs have families.

So this match was entertaining as hell, with moments of technical wrestling thrown in, but was mostly a brawl the likes of Attitude Era WWF or Omega vs Jericho. We saw Canadian Destroyers, Penta Drivers, seated strong style, CHAIRSHOTS, and cursing in Spanish. This match also did a good job at highlighting Strickland’s ingenuity, by seeing what he could do with one arm mostly useless.

With so much back and forth, it came down to Pentagon going to the top one too many times, Shane throwing a chair at him to send the action to the outside, then it was all Shane. Another CHAIRSHOT, saw Pentagon sit down, Strickland goes up to hit a Swerve Stomp on the seated Pentagon (which snaps the back of the chair clean off), throws Penta into the ring, and one final Swerve Stomp gets the pinfall.

Rating: **** 3/4

 

This show ended with two amazing matches that definitely sent the crowd home happy and energized. The rest of the card obviously wasn’t bad, (I realize the comedy match has fans, so even if I don’t like it, there’s an audience), but the odd finishes leading towards the two main events added an odd air to the show. WrestleCircus may be the most well rounded Independent around right now. Good mixture of match styles, solid quality throughout the card and pairings that swing regardless of winner.

So again, WrestleCircus continues to impress and prove themselves to be one of the most entertaining wrestling shows in North America. I’m really looking forward to their next show, and as always, Tessa B ain’t nuthin to fuck with!


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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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