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The Lost Art Of The Wrestling Story

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Ric Flair once wrote in his autobiography, “To Be The Man,” no one in the wrestling business sold for him more than Ricky Morton and Ricky Steamboat. The story the 16-time world champion and “The Dragon” told from their days in the Carolinas in the late 1970s and early 1980s and later relived in 1989 with Steamboat capturing the WCW World Title was more like ballet than a wrestling match.

When two performers have that kind of chemistry, professional wrestling leaves its mark on its fan and creates a narrative that cannot be duplicated. Today’s professional wrestling has a hard time creating that kind of plot and development because feuds are short-lived and today’s fans aren’t invested in characters like in decades past because of poor booking and a lack of true heels and babyfaces.

The feud between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura is as close an old-school wrestling story as WWE has put together in some time. Few of this generation of characters come close but fall short of hitting its mark. It may be more important for superstars to work well together than it is for them to have a start, beginning, and end.

When I think of a wrestling story, I have to travel back in time. Jack Brisco and Dory Funk, Jr. Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine. Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbysko. Verne Gagne and Nick Bockwinkel. Somewhere out there, someone forgot how to write a wrestling program. The connection of the two stars to the fans and how to win them over in victory and defeat. It’s a lost art. With the end of Kayfabe and “wrestling” – which was replaced by sports entertainment – the notion of chapter and verse was lost forever.

The Styles-Nakamura showcase is helping to mend the bridge once again.

As a youngster growing up in Jacksonville, FL, my father would take us to the old Colosseum to watch NWA matches. Flair, The Funks, Brisco, Dusty Rhodes, Pak Song and Mike Graham. Good guys or villains, they were like heroes. They created drama in the ring. They knew how to play off the interaction of the fans. They were some of the best in their craft. I could make the argument a few come close in addition to Styles and Nakamura with The Miz and Jinder Mahal providing they are two of the best heels of this generation.

Seth Rollins has become a one-man show on Monday nights, but there is no one to dance with him. Bray Wyatt told a decent story, but he lost his way. No one holds a candle to Trish Stratus and Lita in women’s wrestling, but a feud between Sasha Banks and Bayley could rekindle that kind of intensity. Vince McMahon used to be a master at creating “believable” characters and scripts. His “circus” kept children interested for more than five minutes. Now, they jump around from superstar to superstar like butterflies from plant to plant.

If WWE wants to get some of its fan base back, write programs that mean something. Maybe not to the extent of Flair and Steamboat, but use Styles and Nakamura as a springboard. Do something with Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan. Create heat between Jason Jordan and Chad Gable when Jordan returns. Make Banks and Bayley mean something.

If not, the current feud between the WWE Champion and the King of Strong Style may be the last time we witness greatness in the ring from a story that has written itself.

Write better a better wrestling program and fans remain engaged. I thought this was something WWE already knew about, but apparently, they lost the cheat sheet a long time ago.


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The Chairshot Staff Picks – Money In The Bank

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WWE Money In The Bank 2019
The Chairshot Staff Picks - Money In The Bank

Ladies and gentlemen welcome back to The Chairshot Staff Picks. My name is PC Tunney and I am thrilled to be back at it for Money In The Bank! The time for my favorite gimmick match has returned as we shine up the briefcase and pull out the ladders. Let’s jump right in and see how clearly we can see into the mind of Vince McMahon…

2019 Money In The Bank – Hartford, Connecticut

Tony Nese(c) v Ariya Daivari

  • Bradley Jay – Nese
  • Bobby Fernandes – Nese
  • Carol Cassada – Nese
  • David Levin – Daivari
  • Harry Broadhurst – Nese
  • Jason Schufletowski – Nese
  • Kevin Carrol – Nese
  • Korey Gunz – Nese
  • Mason Epeneter – Daivari
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Nese
  • Rey Ca$h – Daivari
  • Rob Bonnette – Nese
  • Scott Mcleod – Nese
  • Steve Cook – Nese
  • Steven Mitchell – Nese
  • Tiffany Carter – Nese
  • Dave Ungar – Nese
  • DPP – Nese
  • Chris Platt – Nese
  • Miranda Morales – Nese
  • Elisa Marie – Daivari
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Nese
  • Greg DeMarco – Nese

Tunney’s Take: While Tony Nese is a solid performer with a great look, he comes across as very plain and ordinary to me. Time to switch that strap again. My Pick is Ariya Daivari

The Chairshot – Tony Nese 19-5 #UseYourHead 

Daniel Bryan & Rowan(c) v The Usos

  • Bradley Jay – DB & Rowan
  • Bobby Fernandes – Usos
  • Carol Cassada – DB & Rowan
  • David Levin – DB & Rowan
  • Harry Broadhurst – DB & Rowan
  • Jason Schufletowski – DB & Rowan
  • Kevin Carrol – DB & Rowan
  • Korey Gunz – DB & Rowan
  • Mason Epeneter – Usos
  • Mathew Sarpricone – DB & Rowan
  • Rey Ca$h – DB & Rowan
  • Rob Bonnette – DB & Rowan
  • Scott Mcleod – DB & Rowan
  • Steve Cook – Usos
  • Steven Mitchell – DB & Rowan
  • Tiffany Carter – DB & Rowan
  • Dave Ungar – DB & Rowan
  • DPP – DB & Rowan
  • Chris Platt – DB & Rowan
  • Miranda Morales – DB & Rowan
  • Elisa Marie – DB & Rowan
  • Patrick O’Dowd – DB & Rowan
  • Greg DeMarco – DB & Rowan

Tunney’s Take: With the Usos move to RAW I just don’t see them winning the belts here. My pick is Daniel Bryan and Rowan

The Chairshot – Daniel Bryan & Rowan 21-3 #UseYourHead

Samoa Joe(c) v Rey Mysterio

  • Bradley Jay – Joe
  • Bobby Fernandes – Rey
  • Carol Cassada – Rey
  • David Levin – Joe
  • Harry Broadhurst – Joe
  • Jason Schufletowski – Joe
  • Kevin Carrol – Joe
  • Korey Gunz – Rey
  • Mason Epeneter – Joe
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Joe
  • Rey Ca$h – Joe
  • Rob Bonnette -Joe
  • Scott Mcleod – Joe
  • Steve Cook – Joe
  • Steven Mitchell – Rey
  • Tiffany Carter – Rey
  • Dave Ungar – Joe
  • DPP – Joe
  • Chris Platt – Joe
  • Miranda Morales – Joe
  • Elisa Marie – Joe
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Joe
  • Greg DeMarco – Rey

Tunney’s Take: It’s time for the Rey and Dominic’s feel good moment of 2019. My pick is Rey Mysterio

The Chairshot – Samoa Joe 17-7 #UseYourHead

The MiZ v Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)

  • Bradley Jay – MiZ
  • Bobby Fernandes – MiZ
  • Carol Cassada – MiZ
  • David Levin – MiZ
  • Harry Broadhurst – MiZ
  • Jason Schufletowski – MiZ
  • Kevin Carrol – MiZ
  • Korey Gunz – Shane
  • Mason Epeneter – MiZ
  • Mathew Sarpricone – MiZ
  • Rey Ca$h – Shane
  • Rob Bonnette – MiZ
  • Scott Mcleod – MiZ
  • Steve Cook – MiZ
  • Steven Mitchell – MiZ
  • Tiffany Carter – Shane
  • Dave Ungar – Shane
  • DPP – MiZ
  • Chris Platt – MiZ
  • Miranda Morales – MiZ
  • Elisa Marie – MiZ
  • Patrick O’Dowd – MiZ
  • Greg DeMarco – MiZ

Tunney’s Take: I thinks the use of a steel cage to end this rivalry is an excellent move. MiZ is HOT right now and needs to take some momentum into his next storyline. My pick is the MiZ

The Chairshot – The MiZ 20-4 #UseYourHead

Roman Reigns v Elias

  • Bradley Jay – Roman
  • Bobby Fernandes – Roman
  • Carol Cassada – Roman
  • David Levin – Roman
  • Harry Broadhurst – Roman
  • Jason Schufletowski – Elias
  • Kevin Carrol – Roman
  • Korey Gunz – Roman
  • Mason Epeneter – Roman
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Elias
  • Rey Ca$h – Elias
  • Rob Bonnette – Roman
  • Scott Mcleod – Roman
  • Steve Cook – Roman
  • Steven Mitchell – Roman
  • Tiffany Carter – Roman
  • Dave Ungar – Roman
  • DPP – Elias
  • Chris Platt – Roman
  • Miranda Morales – Roman
  • Elisa Marie – Roamn
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Roman
  • Greg DeMarco – Roman

Tunney’s Take: This match has Shane McMahon interference written all over it. Shane walks with Elias. My pick is Elias

The Chairshot – Roman Reigns 19-5 #UseYourHead

Women’s MITB

  • Bradley Jay – Moon
  • Bobby Fernandes – Bayley
  • Carol Cassada – Bayley
  • David Levin – Bayley
  • Harry Broadhurst – Bayley
  • Jason Schufletowski – Cross
  • Kevin Carrol – Moon
  • Korey Gunz – Beyley
  • Mason Epeneter – Dana
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Bayley
  • Rey Ca$h – Moon
  • Rob Bonnette – Bayley
  • Scott Mcleod – Bayley
  • Steve Cook – Mandy
  • Steven Mitchell – Bayley
  • Tiffany Carter – Bayley
  • Dave Ungar – Moon
  • DPP – Dana
  • Chris Platt – Mandy
  • Miranda Morales – Cross
  • Elisa Marie – Cross
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Dana
  • Greg DeMarco – Dana

Tunney’s Take: I would absolutely love to see Nikki Cross win here. I’ll play with you Nikki! The timing feels right for the SHENOM, though. My pick is Ember Moon

The Chairshot – Bayley 10, Ember Moon 5, Dana Brooke 4, Nikki Cross 3, Mandy Rose 2 #UseYourHead

Men’s MITB

  • Bradley Jay – Andrade
  • Bobby Fernandes – McIntyre
  • Carol Cassada – Corbin
  • David Levin – McIntyre
  • Harry Broadhurst – Andrade
  • Jason Schufletowski – McIntyre
  • Kevin Carrol – Andrade
  • Korey Gunz – McIntyre
  • Mason Epeneter – Sami
  • Mathew Sarpricone – McIntyre
  • Rey Ca$h – Andrade
  • Rob Bonnette – Andrade
  • Scott Mcleod – McIntyre
  • Steve Cook – Andrade
  • Steven Mitchell – McIntyre
  • Tiffany Carter – Ricochet
  • Dave Ungar – McIntyre
  • DPP – McIntyre
  • Chris Platt – McIntyre
  • Miranda Morales – Andrade
  • Elisa Marie – McIntyre
  • Patrick O’Dowd – McIntyre
  • Greg DeMarco – Andrade

Tunney’s Take: There are a number of interesting choices you could make a case for here. Ricochet to me would benefit greatly having a MITB briefcase run. Sami Zayn’s dynamic with KO would also be very interesting by adding the briefcase to it. Andrade seems to have that smell about him these days though, like he is ready to explode. My pick is Andrade

The Chairshot – Drew McIntyre 12, Andrade 9, Ricochet 1, Baron Corbin 1, Sami Zayn 1 #UseYourHead

Seth Rollins(c) v AJ Styles

  • Bradley Jay – Seth
  • Bobby Fernandes – Seth
  • Carol Cassada – Seth
  • David Levin – Seth
  • Harry Broadhurst – Double Pin
  • Jason Schufletowski – Seth
  • Kevin Carrol – Seth
  • Korey Gunz – Seth
  • Mason Epeneter – Seth
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Seth
  • Rey Ca$h – Seth
  • Rob Bonnette – Seth
  • Scott Mcleod – Seth
  • Steve Cook – Seth
  • Steven Mitchell – Seth
  • Tiffany Carter – Seth
  • Dave Ungar – No Contest
  • DPP – Seth
  • Chris Platt – Seth
  • Miranda Morales – Seth
  • Elisa Marie – Seth
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Seth
  • Greg DeMarco – Seth

Tunney’s Take: I do really like Dave Ungar’s idea of a Brock Lesnar caused NC. However, I see Seth coming away with the title and a victory here. My pick is Seth Rollins

The Chairshot – Seth Rollins 22-0-2 #Use Your Head

Kofi Kingston(c) v Kevin Owens

  • Bradley Jay – Kofi
  • Bobby Fernandes – Kofi
  • Carol Cassada – Kofi
  • David Levin – Kofi
  • Harry Broadhurst – KO
  • Jason Schufletowski – Kofi
  • Kevin Carrol – Kofi
  • Korey Gunz – Kofi
  • Mason Epeneter – Kofi
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Kofi
  • Rey Ca$h – Kofi
  • Rob Bonnette – Kofi
  • Scott Mcleod – Kofi
  • Steve Cook – Kofi
  • Steven Mitchell – Kofi
  • Tiffany Carter – Kofi
  • Dave Ungar – Kofi
  • DPP – Kofi
  • Chris Platt – Kofi
  • Miranda Morales – Kofi
  • Elisa Marie – Kofi
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Kofi
  • Greg DeMarco – Kofi

Tunney’s Take: Kofi Kingston will be defending the WWE title at SummerSlam, BOOK IT!!! My pick is Kofi Kingston

The Chairshot – Kofi Kingston 23-1 #UseYourHead

Becky Lynch(c) v Lacey Evans

  • Bradley Jay – Becky
  • Bobby Fernandes – Becky
  • Carol Cassada – Becky
  • David Levin – Becky
  • Harry Broadhurst – Becky
  • Jason Schufletowski – Lacey
  • Kevin Carrol – Becky
  • Korey Gunz – Becky
  • Mason Epeneter – Lacey
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Becky
  • Rey Ca$h – Becky
  • Rob Bonnette – Becky
  • Scott Mcleod – Becky
  • Steve Cook – Becky
  • Steven Mitchell – Becky
  • Tiffany Carter – Becky
  • Dave Ungar – Lacey
  • DPP – Becky
  • Chris Platt – Becky
  • Miranda Morales – Becky
  • Elisa Marie – Becky
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Lacey
  • Greg DeMarco – Lacey

Tunney’s Take: Lacey Evans is ready to be the champ. Charlotte will help her get there. My pick is Lacey Evans

The Chairshot – Becky Lynch 18-6 #UseYourHead

Becky Lynch(c) v Charlotte Flair

  • Bradley Jay – Charlotte
  • Bobby Fernandes – Charlotte
  • Carol Cassada – Becky
  • David Levin – Becky
  • Harry Broadhurst – Charlotte
  • Jason Schufletowski – Becky
  • Kevin Carrol – Charlotte
  • Korey Gunz – Becky
  • Mason Epeneter – Charlotte
  • Mathew Sarpricone – Becky
  • Rey Ca$h – Becky
  • Rob Bonnette – Charlotte
  • Scott Mcleod – Becky
  • Steve Cook – Becky
  • Steven Mitchell – Becky
  • Tiffany Carter – Becky
  • Dave Ungar – Becky
  • DPP – Charlotte
  • Chris Platt – Charlotte
  • Miranda Morales – Charlotte
  • Elisa Marie – Charlotte
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Becky
  • Greg DeMarco – Becky

Tunney’s Take: I see Becky and Charlotte both on SmackDown as it moves to FOX. My pick is Becky Lynch

The Chairshot – Becky Lynch 14-10 #UseYourHead

A BIG thankyou once again to all of the staff that participated and all of the fans of TheChairshot for reading. Find me on the Twitter @PCTunney to see who made the best picks. And of course, ALWAYS #UseYourHead and visit thechairshot.com for all of your pro wrestling needs! ENJOY MITB!!!


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Baron Corbin: On Top Of WWE Whether He Wins Or Loses At ‘Money in the Bank’

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Baron Corbin is the man that WWE fans love to hate. He’s arrogant, he’s egotistical and he’s despicable. He’s everything a heel should be and much more. He also seems to be Vince McMahon’s favorite heel and that’s a good thing for The Lone Wolf.

In any other circumstance in any other era, Baron Corbin would be regarded as the hottest heel in WWE. He’s got the right attitude, he’s got the company’s support and most importantly he has the spotlight. So even as his critics shake their heads, there is no denying that Baron Corbin, briefcase or not, is still a winner at Money in the Bank.


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The May 19 event features two big Ladder Matches and Corbin is involved in one. Baron will step into the ring with Ricochet, Randy Orton, Ali, Sami Zayn, Andrade, Finn Bálor and Drew McIntyre. The man that wins the match wins the aforementioned briefcase and a world title opportunity.

Corbin has a fighting chance to go over, just as every man in this match. Fans can pick and choose their favorites but when it comes to the Money in the Bank concept, the fact is that it no longer leads to a guaranteed title win. At this point, it’s nothing more than a glorified plot device.

This means that anyone can win because a victory doesn’t necessarily mean a championship victory down the road. Vince McMahon can change his mind, as he often does and when that happens, all bets are off. The briefcase and the contract inside of it, will go wherever he wants it to go.

So Ricochet, who has not exactly been booked as the breakout star that he perhaps should be, could walk away as the winner. But it also means that Andrade, who also seems to be Vince’s favorite, may not win anything. 

Drew has been on the cusp of greatness for his entire WWE existence, but that doesn’t mean he will finally get over the hump on May 19. Ali and Bálor seem to be in the same spot when it comes to fan favorites that can’t build momentum. So it’s entirely possible that one of them will pull down the case in the end. 

Then there’s Randy Orton, who could win or lose any match and still come back in the same main event spot he’s always enjoyed. The fact is that just when fans think they figure out what WWE is planning to do in this bout, the company can suddenly turn it all upside down. 

But the only pick that really makes any sense is Baron Corbin. However it also makes no sense at all and that’s because of those critics who simply cannot believe that a guy like Baron is anywhere close to the top of the company.

Common sense says he will win due to past booking and current standing. While that shouldn’t make a difference, just as it doesn’t for anyone else, it absolutely does here. That’s because of the overwhelming sense of dread that many fans have when it comes to Baron Corbin. They believe that his main event run is only just beginning.

It’s incomprehensible to many that Baron would ever get this far. Yes, he showed promise in the beginning and yes, he seemed to have a lot of potential. But then he entered the weekly grind of WWE and suddenly that potential began to wane.

His robotic promos were obvious from the very start. It’s as if Baron is reading a teleprompter every time he speaks. There is no emotion and no passion in his words and there really never has been. Fans indeed hate him for all the right reasons because he is an effective heel. But there’s something much deeper just under the surface.

For diehard fans, Corbin is flat and simply does not have it. He looks the part and he’s putting forth the effort, but fans know when a guy is playing a role instead of feeling it. For casual fans, Corbin is a mean spirited bad guy who deserves to get taken down. In both cases, Corbin is just a guy in the ring and nothing more.

His skills are unimpressive and he rarely ever has a great match with anyone. That’s not to suggest that he cannot work. He’s very capable in the ring and he has the fundamentals. But when it comes to piecing everything together and making a serious impact, Baron doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

But the fact is that doesn’t matter. WWE is Vince McMahon’s company and when he decides a guy should be elevated, then that guy is elevated. The company spent an ample amount of time telling the world that Baron Corbin was responsible for tanking the ratings on Monday Night Raw, yet he’s one win away from becoming Universal champion. The two sides don’t seem to match but then again, why would they?

He continues to be featured every week and he continues to be booked as a monster heel on TV because that’s what WWE wants. Did Corbin work his way up to this level by getting over in his matches and on the mic? No. But he’s heading to the top nevertheless.

So yes, Baron Corbin may indeed win the Money in the Bank briefcase on May 19. Or maybe he won’t. Either way, he doesn’t need a career defining victory to prove anything to anyone in WWE. The decision was apparently made a long time ago. Win or lose, Baron Corbin wins, whether fans like it or not.


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