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Top 5: Matches Of The Week (Ending 3/4/2018)

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Well last week was dominated by two big events, NJPW/ROH Honor Rising and Elimination Chamber. This week’s matches have a little more versatility among match types, but are still dominated by two companies, WWE and Dragon Gate.

Before going into this week, we need to address the winner from last week. In what was a very close and spread out vote, The Women’s Elimination Chamber, managed to not only make history for WWE, but also be the last entry into the February pool.

February Pool:

Raw: Sasha Banks vs Asuka
NJPW: Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA
205 Live: Drew Gulak vs Tony Nese
WWE: Women’s Elimination Chamber

Now let’s see what this week offers for March:

 

5. NXT: Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane


A rematch of the Mae Young Classic Finals, that was set up nicely with Shayna’s reign of terror.

The first thing to take from this, is Kairi is a wonderful face in peril. She’s so smiley and adorable, that the way she emotes during a match really makes it easy to tell when she’s serious, in trouble or hurt. So with Shayna being the big bad heel who doesn’t give you much more than “I like to hurt people”, it was all down to Sane to sell the match.

It was constructed nicely with both women getting in timely moves and having chances to win, all throughout the match. However, Kairi did seem a little more desperate, and in the end that cost her. As she fell victim to the Kirifuda Driver. Decent match all around, nothing super special, but it did really get across the dynamic for the two wrestlers in the match.

Shayna did make her intentions obvious by calling out Ember again. So we could be headed for the rubber match at Takeover.

Rating: ** 3/4 (Silver I)

 

4. Dragon Gate Champion Gate: Dragon Kid & Kagetora vs Luchador Bandido & Zachary Wentz

After an injury sidelined Dragon Kid for a few months, he’s been back for a few weeks, and still as crisp as ever.

This was the official opening match to the March 3rd show, and it kicked things off to a fever pitch. A lot of respect shown between Bandido and Dragon, whereas Kagetora and Wentz went after each other full boar.

The match showcased a lot of high flying, tag maneuvers and each member trying to one up the other. It ended with Kid landing a Crucifix pin (he calls Bible) on Bandido. Good match, got things going, but also was one of the better matches on the entire card. So, for the show in general it might’ve been better suited for the next day.

Rating: *** (Gold V)

3. 205 Live: Roderick Strong vs Kalisto


I think this is Kalisto’s debut on the Top 5, and may be his best match in his WWE career.

Their styles were very complimentary, cause where Kalisto does the erratic “Lucha Thing”, he tends to get sloppy. So Strong, bringing the grounded approach, allowed for space between moves and more spots to adjust what could’ve been a botch in other matches.

Both guys put on a great show here, even got the crowd to chant 2-0-5. I didn’t rate this higher mainly for the fact that the match lacked a sense of urgency and there’s a whole exchange in the corner that started with seating Kalisto on the top rope, and I didn’t get that at all. Everything from that spot looked awkward and too cooperative, and when the announcers don’t know what kind of mid air rolling close your eyes and pray move you pulled off, that’s not really positive.

So even though Strong helped to cover a lot of Kalisto’s weaknesses, it’s still Kalisto, and he managed to sneak in some stuff that just leaves you scratching your head. Thankfully, Strong picked up the win with End of Heartache, and moves on to face Cedric Alexander in the Semi-Finals.

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

 

Honorable Mentions:

NXT: Velveteen Dream vs Tyler Bate
Rating: ** 1/2 (Silver II)

WBW: Tag Team Championship Match: The Boglin Kings (c) vs The PM Experience
Rating: ** 1/2 (Silver II) – You can listen to our interview with one half of the still reigning champion Boglin Kings, Mathias Thrasher, March 16th on Chairshot Raido

 

2. Smackdown Live: John Cena vs AJ Styles

Cena came over to Smackdown looking for an opportunity, and he was granted this match with AJ Styles. If he wins, he gets added to the main event of Fastlane, if he loses, it’s back to the corner for him.

The match started off slow, but built nicely upon Cena’s frustration. His face showed more stress and pain than usual, his moves were deliberate and it was obvious he was trying to prove something. Styles on the other hand, didn’t put on a bad match at all, but didn’t bring the same fire as Cena. I’m almost curious if his character is supposed to be frustrated with management to the point of not being able to leave it all in the ring.

Well, Cena wins the match, and it was a perfectly fine match. A few clunky spots here and there but was a more than acceptable TV main event.

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

 

1. Dragon Gate Champion Gate: Open the Dream Gate Championship Match: Masaaki Mochizuk (c) vs Ben-K


Now this is an interesting match, since I’m not a huge fan of Mochizuki but Ben-K has a lot of potential. Mochizuki’s last match and this one, are the best of his 4 title defenses. He shows so many aspects of his game, and makes his opponents look fantastic in the process.

Early on Mochizuki had a distinct advantage and was landing round kicks like they were going out of style, but a big spear from Ben-K knocked Mochizuki out of the ring. From that point forward the match was on like Donkey Kong. Ben-K showcased his power with multiple gutwrentch suplexes, power bombs and spears, while Mochizuki kept trying to create some space with stiff kicks and submission attempts.

Mochizuki went to the triangle armbar about four times in this match, and 3 times Ben-K was able to stand and powerbomb his way out of it. However, that fourth time, he stood, and then promptly collapsed. So winner by choking the life out of the guy and STILL Open the Dream Gate Champion, Masaaki Mochizuki.

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

 

Now this is another one of those weeks where I’m gonna follow suit with my rankings on which one I pick, however, I doubt it will win the week. In the next few days it should be posted up to Rutube.ru – check it out if you have time.

And for February, come on, did you see the Okada vs SANADA match? That was a fantastic display for both men, and it would be a crime and a shame if it doesn’t win the month.

Until next week everyone – keep on using your head!


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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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