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Predicting the End of Each Championship Reign in WWE

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There is a saying when it comes to the WWE, and that is “anything can happen.” That is somewhat a true statement, as sometimes WWE likes to throw us a curveball every now and then. This goes double for champion reigns. As one of the main stables of wrestling, championship reigns are always sure to surprise, weather how they end or how long they exist. That doesn’t mean however, it is impossible to predict when certain title reigns will end.

Intercontinental Championship – Seth Rollins – Lose at Extreme Rules

Unless there is a drastic change of mid-card championships between shows, then it is safe to say Rollins will be carrying the I.C. championship for a while. With Balor looking to feud with Rollins over the title, we may be seeing some great in ring action. A heel turn for Balor would breath new life for his character and if he is able to capture the championship at Extreme Rules as predicted, he and Rollins could relive their Summerslam encounter two years earlier. Rollins could move on to the Universal Championship or a reignited rivalry with Dean Ambrose.

United States Championship – Jeff Hardy – Extreme Rules

Jeff Hardy is the perfect person to carry the United States with such a stacked SmackdownLive. He’s a fan favorite and big merchandise seller, so unless there is an unpredictable title change while the shake-up cools down, he’ll hold on to the strap. The extreme Rules PPV is perfect for Hardy to get into a stipulation match where he puts it all on the line only to come up short. Who takes the red, white, and blue strap isn’t clear at all, but there are some distinct candidates. Samoa Joe, The Miz, Big Cass could all make good heel champions coming off of a favorite like Hardy. Just to pick one, Samoa Joe seems the most likely. He has yet to win a championship on the main roster, which is odd considering how he is one of the few NXT call ups that seems to be thriving in his role. A feud with Jeff Hardy would also provide solid match ups down the road.

Cruiserweight Championship – Cedric Alexander – Lose at 205 Live

With 205 Live now under a new mindset, it wouldn’t be too far off to see some title changes on the main show itself. Granted Cedric could lose the title at a PPV, but it would make sense for the revamped 205 Live show to hold some big surprises going forward. Like Cedric before, Drew Gulak was close to capturing the belt, doing wonders with his gimmick before 205 Live changed. He is one of few who could do well with a gimmick, and could become the next Cruiserweight Champion. Sometime after Summerslam feels right, as WWE could milk Cedric’s reign. Whever he does win the purple belt, it will be well deserved.

RAW Tag Team Championships – Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt – Lose at Money in the Bank

While the team of Matt and Bray appears to be working now, much like the team of Wyatt and Orton in 2017, it probably won’t last long. It would be nice to see the duo defend the gold within the Hardy Compound, but that may be too good to be true. It’s more likely they’ll lose the belts due to Wyatt turning on Matt after some seeds of doubt are planted. Or they could lose the title’s clean to the rising Authors of Pain, and have a rivalry with them or another team outside the championship picture.

SmackdownLive Tag Team Championships – Bludgeon Brothers – Lose at Hell in a Cell

The largest wait on the list, it makes sense for Harper and Rowan to remain dominant for most of 2018. SmackdownLive has some good tag teams but it isn’t clear who would take the belts of the Bludgeon Brothers, but there is enough time to build someone for that opportunity. Perhaps the New Day could capture the gold a few times, trading wins with Harper and Rowan. What Bludgeon Brothers will do after the fact remains to be seen. Luke Harper has a promising career as a singles competitor as seen in the build up to WrestleMania 33, but the two may stick together to keep a good amount of depth in the tag team division.

RAW Women’s Championship – Nia Jax – Lose at Extreme Rules

Nia will lead the women’s division as a dominant champion before someone rises up to take it from her. A tables match could be the perfect opportunity to have someone take the title off of her while keeping the Irresistible Force looking strong. Many wish the feud between Baylay and Sasha was for the championship, and we may just get that going into Summerslam. Whoever turns heel (most likely Sasha) could defeat Nia and defend against her former friend. Nia would chase the champion as well, or continue her feud with Alexa Bliss.

SmackdownLive Women’s Championship – Carmella – Lose at SmackdownLive

WWE likes to have a championship change hands every now and then on television. With the talents of Charlotte, Asuka, and Becky Lynch on SmackdownLive, Carmella won’t be holding the championship for long. A few defenses will do her well and perhaps she could stay in the title picture after losing it. Charlotte would be a good choice to take the championship but if the rumors are true that she’ll be facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35, then we have some time before she needs the championship. Becky Lynch and Carmella have a long lasting feud that goes back to the days of James Ellsworth, and could culminate with a Lynch title run. In terms of which SmackdownLive she’d lose it on, my guess is sometime between Money in the Bank and Extreme Rules.

WWE Championship – AJ Styles – Lose at Backlash

As the shortest wait on the list, the WWE Championship is in danger of changing hands soon. AJ has held the belt since November and Shinsuke Nakamura is sure to capture it soon enough. The feud could extend passed Backlash with AJ retaining in a way that Nakamura can still challenge him, but it is more likely Nakamura will win the championship next Sunday. It will be the same event he made his in-ring debut on a year previous. This will rejuvenate the rivalry going into the summer, where we can see Nakamura shine on top.

Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar – Lose at Summerslam

While it is also possible that Brock works at Money in the Bank, it is more probable that he’ll lose the Universal Championship at the Barclays Center. This would put him passed CM Punk’s WWE Championship reign. Not to mention Lesnar only comes out for the grand events, and Summerslam is arguably the second biggest show on the WWE calendar. Who he losses it to is another story. Roman Reigns is an obvious choice but there are only so many chances he can get. There are a plethora of superstars we would love to see dethrone the Beast, but just to keep it simple, I’ll stick with the Big Dog taking down Lesnar. We can wish otherwise, but it’s probably going to happen. Let’s just hope Roman has some good feuds moving forward.


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Steve Cook’s Top 5: STOMPS!

Given the current Universal Champion, and the name of the most recent PPV, stomps make sense. Steve Cook thinks so too! Check out his Top 5!

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Given the current Universal Champion, and the name of the most recent PPV, stomps make sense. Steve Cook thinks so too! Check out his Top 5!

I’ve been sitting here all week thinking of things to write about relating to WWE Stomping Grounds.

The other Chairshot writers have taken every take possible on Shane McMahon, and he’s not even on the show. Most of the matches are lame rematches from Saudi Arabia, and I get yelled at every time I talk about that area of the world. The show is in Tacoma, Washington, and the only interesting wrestler from that state is Daniel Bryan so it’s not like we can make a top 5 out of that.

OK, there might be two. Jack Evans has been billed from Parkland, Washington. But a Top 2 column would be even lamer than the column I’ve cooked up for today.

It’s Stomping Grounds Sunday, so we’re talking about stomps! Yeah buddy! Top 5 Stomps for ya!

5. Shawn Michaels Tuning Up The Band

HBK was known for his finishing superkick known as Sweet Chin Music. Sometimes he’d just blast somebody with it, but often he would set up the move by repeatedly stomping the mat. If you go to 18:30 & 27:00 of that classic match up there you’ll see it. The fans would get all excited since they knew what was coming. It seemed to me like Michaels was telegraphing the move, and sometimes people would manage to avoid it after the band was tuned up. But as far as fan excitement while a finisher was set up goes, few finishing moves can compare to Sweet Chin Music.

4. Seth Rollins’ Stomp

The current Universal Champion is known for stomping his opponents into oblivion, so you knew he would have a place on this list.

Back on the indies, he would do some crazy stomps in the corner before hitting the Buckle Bomb, which I’m pretty sure was banned after he killed Sting with it. Not the best of ideas hitting a Social Security recepient with it.

3. Super Dragon’s Curb Stomp

I’m guessing that Super Dragon’s work hasn’t aged well. I haven’t watched any of his matches in a very, very long time. But back in the mid-2000s, he was a guy that got a lot of hype, and for good reason since he curb stomped fools.

Yes, he wore a mask & pajamas. But he was still a fearsome man. Just ask any fans that tried to get frisky with him.

2. The Garvin/Orton Stomp

How can you not love a man that tries to stomp every single joint on a person’s body? Well, after watching most of Randy Orton’s career, I can kind of understand. But back when Ronnie Garvin did it, it was pretty awesome.

I’m pretty sure Bristol falls in the old Southeastern territory region, so that’s a perfect choice of song.

Honorable Mention: Rhea Ripley’s Entrance Stomp

I wish I had a better YouTube video available of this, or a GIF or something. If NXT UK gets more popular we can make it happen. Just take my word for it that it’s a pretty badass entrance stomp on television. I’m still very high on the 22 year old Australian and buying all of her stock. I’m not as high on the guy that tried to take his shot here and got nothing in return.

1. The Mongolian Stomper’s Stomps

When somebody is nicknamed “The Stomper”, you have to respect their stomps. Archie Gouldie was a legend in Calgary & Knoxville, which are two random places to be a legend in but it happened. The Stomper was a legit top heel in the territories he frequented, mostly because he would stomp the bejeezus out of whoever was in his path.

Interesting story behind the headgear shown in some portions of that video. The gimmick was that Stomper had an inner ear problem, so the more noise the fans made, the more difficulty he would have doing things. What a great way to get heat! Jim Cornette has told tales about how Stomper would lose matches in seconds in more podunk places to make sure he would get out of the building alive. I’m not even sure if I believe these stories, but they sound really good!

As I said in a recent 411 column, Cornette would have named a Smoky Mountain Wrestling show Stomping Grounds and put Stomper in the main event against more current heels and it would have worked.


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 6/23/2019

We know the drill by now. Top 5 Matches of the week. Do you agree or disagree? Let your opinion be known!

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We know the drill by now. Top 5 Matches of the week. Do you agree or disagree? Let your opinion be known!

Covering Stomping Grounds meant I couldn’t see WrestleCircus. So let’s just hope nothing great happened there.

Last week’s vote was a nail biter. The variety of product spread out a lot of votes but two rose to the top. Winning by one vote, AAA Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks vs Lucha Bros.

So with all that out of the way, let’s see what we got out of Stomping Grounds and others, during a fairly quiet week.

 

5. NXT: Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong vs Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle

Snippet from Mitchell’s Review:
Riddle pries his way out and throws elbows, but Fish rakes the eyes. Fish stomps Riddle down then tags Cole. Cole gives Riddle stomps then taunts him. Cole hits Dream hard just because! Riddle CHOPS Cole and throws big hands from all sides! But Cole stomps the bare feet. Cole fakes Riddle out with the muel kick, but leaps into a Bro Trigger! Hot tags to Fish and Breeze! Breeze rallies on the Undisputed Era! Forearm, forearm and SUPER MODEL KICK! Fish mule kicks and runs but into an enziguri! Fish flounders and Breeze hits another forearm. Breeze reels Fish in but Fish counters to a fireman’s carry. But Breeze slips out to give Fish a Beauty Shot! Cover, but Strong drags Fish to safety! Or so they think, as Breeze builds speed. But Dream tags in!?

Dream and Breeze argue and they don’t see Strong tag in. Cole SUPERKICKS Riddle down! Breeze and Dream double SUPERKICK Cole! But Strong’s super knee hits Breeze into Dream! Then Strong drags Dream up for End of Heartache!! Cover, the Era wins!!

Winner: Strong via End of Heartache

Rating: *** 1/2

 

4. IMPACT: Rich Swann vs Johnny Impact vs Michael Elgin

From My Analysis:
Impact main events have been really impressive last few weeks and this one fell a little short of that mark, but not by much. Many moves missed by just a hair or looked too cooperative to really get full marks, but it was a fun match. Swann getting the pin on Johnny was a spot. John E. Bravo comes out to help Johnny beat down Rich. Elgin doesn’t want Johnny to use the big red X, but doesn’t seem against destroying Swann. But Brian Cage’s music hits, and comes out with a plan. Gorilla Press tosses Johnny out of the ring, has a quick back and forth with Elgin and then does the full Kevin Nash putting the cigarette out flair, before hitting a Jack Knife Powerbomb on Elgin.

Winner: Swann via 450 Splash

Rating: *** 1/2

 

3. AJPW Dynamite Series Day 2: Yusuke Okada vs Hikaru Sato

This was a special singles match. Special because Okada and Sato requested this match, in honor of Atsushi Aoki. Aoki was a fellow stablemate, friend, and to Okada, a mentor. He was head trainer in the dojo, a corner stone wrestler since Akiyama returned to AJPW. This was their gift, to their fallen friend.

During introductions Okada was crying, the crowd was crying, and notably, the referee came out in an all blue outfit as his own dedication. We got a match that Aoki would be proud of. Even though he was a Junior, Aoki was very technical and mat based in his approach. He would only go to the top ropes on occasion, and his proteges did the same.

The weight and significance of it all must’ve continued to hit Okada during the match. He wasn’t as crisp, attempted a very sloppy Step Up Tornado DDT from the ropes and just generally seemed to not be there. It was all understandable, and the match was still very good and showed they both learned a lot from Aoki and cared deeply. So from an emotional aspect, this match was a 10 out 5. But from a technical aspect, the hiccups did hurt it a little.

After the match, they had words for their friend, they played Aoki’s music, Dory Funk sent a video message and all of Evolution posed together one last time:

Winner: Sato via Ude-Hishigi-Gyaku-Juji-Gatame

Rating: *** 3/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

AJPW Dynamite Series Day 2: All Asia Tag Titles: Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs Kazumi Kikuta & Ryuichi Kawakami (c)
Winner: Lee via High Angle Backdrop
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Stomping Grounds: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs Xavier Woods & Big E
Winner: Owens via Stunner
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW: Nobe Bryant, Odinson & Parrow vs Shuji Ishikawa, Suwama & Super Tiger
Winner: Suwama via Manriki Sleeper
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Stomping Grounds: Steel Cage WWE Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston (c)
Winner: Kofi via Escaping the Cage
Rating: *** 1/2
GCW Crushed Up: GCW Championship: Nick Gage(c) vs Tony Deppen
Winner: Gage via Chokeslam onto back of chairs
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Stomping Grounds: Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Lacey Evans
Winner: Becky via Disarm-Her
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT: Jake Crist vs Tessa Blanchard
Winner: Tessa via Magnum
Rating: ***
SmackDown Live: Dolph Ziggler vs Xavier Woods
Winner: Ziggler via Superkick
Rating: ***
WWE Stomping Grounds: SmackDown Live Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs Bayley (c)
Winner: Bayley via Bayley to Belly
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Seth Rollins vs Daniel Bryan
Winner: Rollins via Stomp
Rating: ***
GCW Crushed Up: Dan Maff vs Mathew Justice
Winner: Maff via Burning Hammer through Door
Rating: ***
WWE Stomping Grounds: SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles: Heavy Machinery vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan (c)
Winner: Bryan via Small Package
Rating: ***

 

 

2. WWE Stomping Grounds: Cruiserweight Championship: Akira Tozawa vs Drew Gulak vs Tony Nese

From my Analysis:
Constant action defined this match. Gulak kicked things off with a Dropkick at the bell, and it was pedal to the metal from there. Tozawa breaks up the Gu-Lock with his Top Rope Senton, which the camera didn’t focus on, so it was cool to see Tozawa just crash down from the sky. Each man had a legitimate shot at different points in the match. Gulak however took advantage of the situation, tried to TKO Nese, but Nese wiggled out to the apron, Drew dodged Tozawa’s Dropkick, grabbed Tozawa and hit the TKO for the win. Gulak finally gets the belt, which is a bit overdue, and he didn’t win via submission. Things should be interesting on 205 Live. Great start.

Winner: Gulak via TKO

Rating: ****

 

 

1. WWE Stomping Grounds: United States Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs Ricochet

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:Ricochet keeps his cool as he heads for another corner. He climbs up and aims, but Joe gets up. Ricochet jumps over but Joe scoops him for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but keeps his eyes on Ricochet as Ricochet stirs. Joe drags Ricochet up but Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS! But Joe CHOPS back again! Ricochet stands so Joe whips, Ricochet handsprings, but into a full nelson! Ricochet breaks free but still gets a German Suplex! Joe runs as Ricochet rises to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Joe is shocked. Joe glares at Ricochet as he clamps hands on the shoulders. Joe drags Ricochet up for another urenage, but Ricochet fights out! Ricochet boots but Joe blocks it, to FLIP Ricochet!

Joe puts on the Coquina Clutch! But Ricochet climbs the ropes! Ricochet hotshots Joe down! Joe is in the drop zone, and Ricochet climbs up again! Ricochet 630 but he has to roll through! Joe LARIATS Ricochet, but Ricochet springs back up! CODE BREAKER! Ricochet keeps going and gets back up top! Ricochet tries again, 630 SENTON! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet via 630 Senton

Rating: ****

 

Thoughts:

Well the B-rated PPV ended up taking the top 2 spots this week! That could say something about the level of competition this week, but let’s look at the positive!

My vote goes to the Cruiserweight Triple Threat. I’m happy Gulak finally won the belt, hopefully he can help bring a level of excitement/interest back to 205 Live. Since it really seemed to lose it’s luster after Cedric and Buddy were called to the main roster.


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