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Top 5 Ways I Was Wrong At WrestleMania 34 (And The One Way I Was Really Right)

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WrestleMania 34 is in the books, and it is sure to go down as one of the most polarizing shows in WWE history. Given the nature of the WWE product lately, that might be the feel they were going for. As an analyst covering the product, I of course made some predictions. On the big ones, I was dead wrong. Except for that one—and it’s a doozy.

What were they? Let’s take a look at the my Top 5 “Wrongs” from WrestleMania 34, and the big one that I got “right.”

(I put them in quotes because I don’t mind being wrong—it’s more fun that way. But I do like getting the major one right.)


I told you The Undertaker would most definitely not wrestle at WrestleMania 34

In hindsight, I am okay with it. But I did not expect The Undertaker to compete at WrestleMania 34, not against John Cena or anyone for that matter. In fact, I didn’t expect The Undertaker to wrestle anyone, anywhere, ever again.

And I was dead wrong.

(Pun basically intended.)

The Undertaker came back at WrestleMania 34 and squashed John Cena. It was the second major squash of John Cena’s career, and it was really beautiful. John Cena was informed that The Undertaker was at WrestleMania, so he had to leave his seat in the crowd and run to the back (upstaging a major moment a little, but we’ll get to that).

Later in the show, Cena returned to call out The Undertaker, but he didn’t show. Again. Instead we got Elias, who Cena disposed of. At this point I expected The Undertaker to come “rollin’” down the stage, but it didn’t happen. Cena’s music played, and he left. Except he didn’t get all the way up the ramp before his music stopped. And he didn’t get a chance to do much before it went dark. And it wasn’t dark long before The Undertaker’s coat and hat were once again left in the ring.

And lightning struck, and it was gone.

What followed was the typical entrance from The Undertaker, which was apparently enough for Michael Cole to inform us that The Undertaker accepted John Cena’s challenge. It was indeed a match, and The Undertaker did indeed dispatch of John Cena with relative ease.

The Undertaker looked better than he looked at WrestleManias 30 and 33, both of his lone WrestleMania losses. It appears that the hip surgery worked out well enough, and The Deadman is back.

What does my “wrongness” lead to? I think it’s easy to assume it’s a WrestleMania 35 showdown with John Cena—a proper showdown with a proper build. I also expect The Undertaker to be an entrant in the Greatest Royal Rumble.

Why did The Undertaker leave his gear in the ring at WrestleMania 33? I can’t answer that question. My best educated guess is that it was a “just-in-case” as his status was likely up in the air due to his surgery. Once it went well enough, they told the story they told—and to me it worked in the end.

I told you Roman Reigns would most definitely beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34

Look, I am not alone in this one. Almost everyone told you Roman Reigns was going to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34. But I was sure of it.

I was so sure of it that I went so far as to say that Brock Lesnar should have won at WrestleMania 31, holding the title for over three years and finally losing it to Roman Reigns in their New Orleans rematch.

None of that happened. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns gave you an amazing fight that you likely don’t appreciate enough, and then Roman literally bled for the company. Roman Reigns was the complete embodiment of this storyline, and he was proven right. “Vince’s Boy” won.

What does that mean? Well honestly it means a heel turn, but that’s another article that comes out later today!

For now, just bask in the fact that I couldn’t have been more wrong about this one. Brock Lesnar shocked the world and left WrestleMania 34 still your WWE Universal Champion.

I told you AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura would deliver a match worthy of being called a WrestleMania main event

Outside of the waste of space that was the Kickoff, this match was easily the most disappointing of the night. For a “Dream Match,” this was a nightmare.

I’ve seen people blame the crowd, but watch this match with the sound muted. It was an okay match, many many many notches below what you’d fairly expect from AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

The payoff to this match was…a nutshot? At that point the nutshot was somewhat satisfying because it finally made me care about the match. But what about the 20+ minutes that came before it? Not good.

These two are capable of more. They’ve given us more in the Tokyo Dome. They did not deliver at WrestleMania.

(I was right about AJ winning btw. Check our staff predictions!)

I told you Rusev had to win the United States Championship to put a lid on the “Rusev Day” chants

Rusev Day is obviously over. Is Rusev? I am not so sure.

But I firmly believed that if you added Rusev to the United States Championship Match, he had to win it. I mean, why else do you add him?

I figured the win for Rusev would put the kibosh on the Rusev Day chants, and I was wrong. He didn’t need to win at all!

Jinder Mahal, the guy who I wanted to win all along, did win. And we didn’t hear another Rusev Day chant for the rest of the night. I guess the fans still got it out of their system.

At least the IWC’s resident Jinder Mahal apologist still have his champion, right?

Honorable Mentions

  • I told you The New Day was finally getting their WrestleMania Moment. Instead, they jumped the shark (even for them) and it’s finally time to put the gimmick to rest.
  • I told you Shane McMahon was obviously turning on Daniel Bryan, with a Bryan turn as a potential back-up claim. That allows Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to win, right? Nope—none of that happened.

I told you Finn Balor was the only choice to leave WrestleMania 34 as the Intercontinental Champion

Yep, unequivocally I said that Finn Balor must win the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 34.

The reasons were obvious:

  • Seth Rollins was headed to Smackdown to carry the blue brand along with AJ Styles.
  • The Miz was moving onto the main event scene, likely to feud with Roman Reigns over the Universal Championship (which Reigns was obviously winning, right???).

Well I was wrong. Balor didn’t win, and Rollins doesn’t seem to be headed to Smackdown. Instead, Seth Rollins adds his name to the WWE’s Grand Slam Champions by capturing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania.

So that’s bad, right? I had a terrible WrestleMania, but I got something very big, very right.


I told you Charlotte Flair was going to defeat Asuka, end her Streak, and retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship

I didn’t even have a hard time making this decision. Asuka’s mystique was definitely infectious, but it wasn’t such that she couldn’t possibly lose. And her Streak was impressive, as any streak is, but most of it was compiled in NXT, canon that’s largely ignored on the main roster.

The biggest part of Asuka’s Streak was always going to be the end, and it almost seemed appropriate that the WWE created a streak so they could end it in New Orleans.

That’s exactly what happened, and exactly what I said would happen.

Charlotte Flair is wrestling royalty by birth, but WWE is building up her career to match that birthright. And it’s not changing anytime soon.

If women are going to main event WrestleMania in the next few years, it’s not going to be because of Asuka. It’s going to be because of Charlotte Flair, and a step in that direction was her being the one to end Asuka’s streak.


Sound off in the comments and let me know how you were wrong (and right) about WrestleMania 34. You can also hit me up on social media @ChairshotGreg.


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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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