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



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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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.



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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.



Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.

This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.

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