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Top 5: Iconic Daniel Bryan Moments

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I don’t know if you guys know this or not, but Daniel Bryan has been cleared for in-ring competition. Assuming he doesn’t get himself killed before his return match, of course. Tuesday was an eventful day in the world of wrestling. Bryan was cleared to compete, had a heart-felt speech at the beginning of SmackDown thanking everybody, then ended the night by firing Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn and getting beaten up for it.

It was an interesting night, but some felt that it could have been better. Some felt it was too rushed to have the impact that it could have had at a later date. Had it been built up a little bit longer, or come off as a surprise on television, it could have been an Iconic Moment.

I thought it was great, myself. Was it Iconic? Time will tell. I can tell you that these five moments stand the test of time & are well-remembered to this very day.

5. June 7, 2010: The Nexus Debuts

Bryan’s first moment on Raw was one of the most unique & unsettling in WWE history. The eight NXT Season 1 Rookies banded together in order to raise hell & tear the building apart. Bryan in particular stood out with his viciousness, strangling ring announcer Justin Roberts with his own tie in a move that resulted in his temporary dismissal from WWE. He also had his first on-screen interaction with John Cena since a memorable Velocity match in 2003, repeatedly screaming “YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN ME” before kicking him in the head.

The Nexus is still looked back on by fans as a missed opportunity by WWE, and this moment is the main reason why.

4. December 9, 2013: The Championship Ascension Ceremony

All the previous WWE & World Heavyweight Champions were invited to the Raw ring to attend a ceremony putting over the importance of the unification of the championships. The focus was supposed to be on Triple H, John Cena & Randy Orton. The Seattle fans were focused on their home-state hero, who they felt had been unfairly booted out of the title picture.

Of all the attempts by WWE fans to hijack shows in recent memory, this one was the finest. The clip unfortunately leaves out CM Punk laughing & shaking his head behind HHH’s back while Stephanie McMahon talked about how great her husband was. Mark Henry raising Bryan’s hand was hilarious, and it was a rare treat to see The Miz on the same side with him. The people of Seattle spoke for the WWE Universe with their opinion on WWE’s hot-shotted championship unification angle that led to another Cena/Orton match & left their boy high & dry.

3. January 13, 2014: Leaving The Wyatt Family

Towards the end of 2013, Bryan decided that if he couldn’t beat Bray Wyatt, he needed to join his Family. It was a good idea for a story, but it wasn’t one the fans were interested in at that point. They wanted him to be WWE Champion and had no time for anything that got in the way. This, combined with the Yes chant getting some mainstream love thanks to the Michigan State football team co-opting it, led to the plug being pulled on the angle a bit earlier than expected.

Some would have argued that WWE should have let the angle play out & took their time telling the story, as the return would have been better down the road. It’s tough to imagine a crowd being more hyped for Bryan turning against the Wyatt Family than they were on that night. Fans wanted to cheer Daniel Bryan & chant Yes, and this meant they got to do that again.

2. February 8, 2016: The First Retirement Speech

I re-watched this recently before Bryan’s return was made official, and it still stands as the third-best retirement speech I’ve seen. Ric Flair is #1 & Terry Funk’s “Forever” speech is #2.

It won’t be the last retirement speech he gives, but hopefully the next one won’t be for awhile.

Honorable Mention: April 2, 2012: The Raw After WrestleMania XXVIII

WrestleMania XXVIII wasn’t exactly a high point in Bryan’s career. Losing to Sheamus in eighteen seconds wasn’t what the fans in Miami that night wanted to see out of him. They made their feelings known the next night on Raw, repeatedly chanting “Yes” & “Daniel Bryan” throughout the night. Alberto Del Rio even got a “Si” chant out of the deal.

Bryan got a pretty bad WrestleMania Moment that year, but the next night proved that there were better days ahead.

1. April 6, 2014: WrestleMania XXX

There was a period of time where I was convinced that this would be the apex of wrestling. Everything was going to be downhill from this moment.

So far, this was the high point of Bryan’s career. Winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Superdome over Randy Orton & Batista while mixing in a Triple H defeat earlier in the show? That’s among the best nights anybody has ever had at a WrestleMania. At least on-camera, anyway.


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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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