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I Did Not Care For John Cena vs. The Undertaker



I’ll admit it: I was on the “No Match” bandwagon. I didn’t think Undertaker & John Cena were actually going to have an unannounced match at WrestleMania 34. It sounded like something you’d spend at least a couple of weeks advertising. I figured Undertaker would show up in some form or fashion, and there might even be some physicality between he & Cena, but they’d hold off on the match itself until a later date.

They actually had the match. After Elias came out to have his WrestleMania Moment by being cannon fodder for Cena, Undertaker made the Undertaker entrance. He ran through all of his Undertaker moves. Cena had a very brief flurry of offense, much like how the Brooklyn Brawler would get a few shots in during his matches. One Tombstone Piledriver was enough to put Cena away, which is saying something since it took a bunch of them to end Shawn Michaels’ career. I didn’t time the whole thing out, but it felt like the entrance took longer than the match. The Superdome has a long ramp, you see, and Triple H & Stephanie McMahon had already used motorcycles so it wasn’t like Undertaker could go that route.

Not that the match time mattered.

Many people thought this was a wonderful bit of nostalgia. They got to see the Dead Man again, by cracky. They don’t like it when you ruin their fun by wondering what the point of John Cena building this thing up for weeks only to get squashed by a guy that wrestles maybe once a year. To them, the point is obvious. IT’S THE MOTHAFREAKIN UNDATAKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’ve been keeping up with my work on The Chairshot & its spiritual father, you may have picked up on the fact that I’m an old school kind of guy. I occasionally yearn for the way wrestling was. The lions’ share of my WWE Network viewing involves Prime Time Wrestling. Recently I’ve been going through the All Star Wrestling they added, and am loving me some Lou Albano, Fred Blassie & other WWWF stars of yesteryear.

I love old wrestling. With that being said, I’ve never understood the fascination people have with old wrestlers stepping back into the ring. To me, it comes down to a couple of factors:

At a certain point, you stop being useful.

Admittedly, there isn’t a set age for this. Goldust is still going strong after thirty years. Nick Bockwinkel was amazing in his 50s. Jerry Lawler still does some interesting stuff, and of course Terry Funk was Terry Funk. Most people reach a point where the returns diminish to nothing. We saw Undertaker reach that point against Roman Reigns. He was fine enough doing his own moves for three minutes on Sunday, but can you trust him to do more than that? Probably not.

We have these guys’ entire careers on WWE Network

Why would we want to watch Undertaker try to wrestle in 2018 when we can fire up any of his PPV appearances over the least thirty years? Seems inefficient to me.

The Undertaker

Legend booking can be tricky.

The long-standing theory of booking wrestling legends & the long-standing practice of booking wrestling legends is two different things. The theory is that you use your legends to get over the new talent. Every old school wrestling booker will tell you this is the way to success. In practice, it’s rarely ever happened. Bill Watts wasn’t jobbing on his Last Stampede against the young, fresh Midnight Express in Mid-South Wrestling. Fritz Von Erich & Verne Gagne won their promotions’ heavyweight championships in (one of) their retirement matches. Hulk Hogan would still be dropping the leg on people if he was still physically able to, brother.

So as much as I’d like to rail against WWE for their current practice of having their legends feud with each other & treat their current roster as not worth their time, I can’t do it. It’s not like other promoters did better.

Besides, the majority of longtime wrestling fans don’t want to see their favorite old wrestlers putting over these new fellas. Every WWE celebration show features legends making most of the current wrestlers look like ineffective buffoons, and the majority of the fans are all about it. Some of us wonder what’s going to happen when today’s crop of wrestlers become the people that are supposed to be legends, but most of us aren’t worried about that. It’s decades down the road.

I’m a bit more optimistic than some. I do think we’ll fondly remember guys like Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman & other current favorites. Someday Old Man Bryan will be putting young whippersnappers in the Yes Lock while we chant “YES”. Heck, Roman Reigns might actually be universally accepted when he’s main eventing WrestleMania at 60 years of age.

Hopefully it won’t be a rematch with the Undertaker.

At the end of the day, Undertaker throwing John Cena around for three minutes doesn’t really hurt anything. The whole angle was a drop in the bucket of a seven hour show. I guess it isn’t so bad to have a portion of WrestleMania every year dedicated to legends matches. Maybe I was too harsh when I said the whole thing was a waste of time on Sunday. After all, even if it was, it was only three minutes wasted.

Did I just hear myself say THREE MINUT-oh wait, they can’t come back. My bad.

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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?



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!



Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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