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AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Should Close out WrestleMania 34

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WrestleMania 34 is nearly here and WWE has truly stacked the deck full of high profile matches. 13 bouts have been officially announced on WWE.com and there could be one more to come, if The Undertaker faces off against John Cena.

Some fans believe that match should be the main event, while others believe it shouldn’t happen at all. But amidst all of the hoopla and hype surrounding The Show of Shows, many feel only one match deserves to go last on April 8. That match is AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura.

Of all the showdowns that will take place this year, this is the one that has the potential to leave more of a lasting impression. Both Styles and Nakamura have worked their entire careers to reach this point and each man knows that this kind of opportunity may only come around once in a lifetime.

Working the main event of WrestleMania is a dream that so many pro wrestlers have, yet very few get to actually do it. It’s the most coveted spot in the industry and it’s one that a talent must strive to attain. It’s often said that if a guy doesn’t want to be the top champion, then he shouldn’t waste his time getting in the business. The same is true of the main event spot on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Who deserves that spot more than Styles and Nakamura? They are in the upper echelon of WWE and either of them could perhaps be the best. Styles in particular has morphed into a WWE powerhouse though it seemed the company would never take a chance on him.

Fans believed that the company would change him. If AJ did come in and join WWE, he would have to become someone else. He was too small. He was too southern. WWE would mock him, belittle him and eventually, discredit him.

WWE was always the land of the giants. It was also a place where guys couldn’t get ahead unless Vince McMahon created them. Styles did not meet that criteria. He was respected around the world but that would not be enough for WWE. But that was not the case.

Styles came in and the company fully embraced him for the star that he is. He was allowed to be himself and he flourished. The WWE faithful knew him and fully supported him. He wasn’t loud and he wasn’t flashy but he didn’t need to be.

Styles did his talking between the ropes. He delivered maximum effort every time out and he always made the card better because of his work. More importantly, he always made his opponents look good. AJ Styles is the epitome of what professional wrestling is all about and he may just be the best in the world.

Nakamura’s transition to WWE was perhaps not so smooth. The King of Strong Style’s booking was extremely weak in the beginning, as the company seemed intent on reshaping him to fit their image. He was entertaining but he wasn’t the killer that New Japan fans knew him to be. Something was off.

But after months of working within the system and acclimating to the WWE machine, Nakamura finally made some forward progress. When he tossed Roman Reigns over the top rope to win the 2018 Royal Rumble, fans knew that Shinsuke was indeed on his way to the top. Now that he’s here, he deserves the right to close out the night.

Some could argue the point of course. After all this match was the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 10 in 2016; why would Vince McMahon want to recycle another company’s match as his main event for WrestleMania? Reigns and Brock Lesnar are facing off for the WWE Universal Championship. What better match to end the night with?

But the fact is that despite how much the company supports Reigns, the truth is that his match will end with a chorus of boos from the massive crowd when he wins. WWE may choose to believe that Reigns is in the right spot and that all is well with his babyface run. However the fans know differently and they will make their voices heard when the final bell rings on after his victory. Is that the way WrestleMania 34 should end?

McMahon likes to believe that WWE can simply just do it better. So why not give the fans what they want and close the night with what will surely be an amazing pro wrestling match? The audience will be exhausted after nearly seven straight hours. But if they get Styles versus Nakamura in the last match, they will be energized. WrestleMania will end on a high note and unlike Reigns versus Lesnar, it will not make a difference who wins.

Styles versus Nakamura is about the action, not the end. If AJ goes over, then he goes back to SmackDown Live as the top guy on Tuesday nights and possibly the strongest champion in the company. If Nakamura wins, he solidifies himself as a top player and a whole new world opens up to him. There’s no downside to this match. It is an instant classic. Can fans really say that of Reigns versus Lesnar?

AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura have earned this. They are two of the best in the business and they will be competing for the company’s top championship. That is what WWE is all about. The fans want it. Both guys deserve it. Now it’s up to WWE to make the right decision.


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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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