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Chairshot Classics: WWE SummerSlam 2003

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Join me as Triple H defends his WWE Universal Title in the second ever Elimination Chamber Match, that features some of the biggest names to ever strap on a pair of boots. Also we see Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar go toe to toe for the WWE Championship. All this and so much more in this edition of Chairshot Classics.

 

This PPV has a tough act to follow, because SummerSlam 2002 may have been the strongest card SummerSlam has put out. (More on SummerSlam 02 here) That doesn’t mean the 16,113 fans in attendance and the other 415K watching at home on PPV aren’t eager to see them top it. This may be the SummerSlam with the lowest buyrate, but they still killed it in ticket sales alone, making $715,000 at the gate. Stacker 2 sponsors this SummerSlam that is held at The American West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. I find it odd that a “dietary pill” is the sponsor for this event, as the target market for the WWE is mostly made up of younger males. I guess the hope is mom watching at home finds a need for this dietary speed. The Theme Song for the evening will be “Saint Anger” by Metallica. I always was a fan of the WWE’s use of popular Metal bands at this time because that was the music that a young wrestling fan was drawn to. The WWE is seeing a decline in revenue for the first time in a while so lets jump right into SummerSlam 2003 and see if the product is growing stale.

 

We enter right into the arena and Howard Finkle introduces us to the U.S. Marine color guard. He then introduces Lillian Garcia, who is going to sing the National Anthem. She receives some pop at the high spots of the song and overall didn’t do a bad job. This is a new addition to the opening of the show. I wonder if Vince makes sure the guys aren’t kneeling in the back…

 

We get a cool package next that shows highlights from the first Elimination Chamber, at Survivor Series 02, and some clips of the other rivalries on the card. The narrator tells us to “Bear witness and grieve the end of civility because tonight wars will be waged on the most brutal of battlegrounds.” He continues to hype the Chamber match as it cuts back and forth between the last Chamber match and a funeral scene. The video ends with a Ten Bell Salute as it shows the bloodied faces of various SuperStars. This is a great open and is about the only thing the last SummerSlam card was missing. Maybe it is a sign that a good PPV is upon us.

 

Jim Ross welcomes us to the sixteenth annual SummerSlam and is sure to tell us that the event is sold out. He introduces his partner for the evening, Jerry “The King” Lawler for this “Red Hot Event” and gives us a quick rundown on the Elimination Chamber Match. This is done early and often and must be it was because it was such a new gimmick the WWE thought they really needed to drive the point home. It’s not long after that JR introduces the SmackDown announce team, Michael Cole and Tazz. The pair speak of the excitement for their brands WWE Championship Match between Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle. Those two then introduce the Spanish announce team of Hugo Savinovich and Carlos Cabrera. It’s not long until we hear the bomb drop and The Dudley Boyz, D-Von and Bubba Ray, enter the arena. The Tag Team champions, La Resistance enter next and they are made up of Rene Dupree and Sylvan Grenier. When Dupree won the Tag gold he became the youngest ever to do so at 19 years old. This was, of course, beat by Nicholas (10 years old) when he would partner with Braun Stroman at WrestleMania 34 and become Tag Team Champ. The angry Frenchman gimmick was these two guys’ most famous moments.

 

The Dudleyz waste no time and are quick to attack the Frenchmen on the entrance ramp. The crowd chants “USA” as the Dudleyz guide them back to the ring.  The bell sounds and D-Von and Dupree start the match. Not much worth talking about happens early on, as D-Von maintains the momentum. Grenier eventually tags in and D-Von continues to beat him with punches followed by a leg drop. He goes for the first cover, but Grenier is quick to kick out. Bubba tags in next and he continues to beat Grenier with a variety of slaps and punches. The crowd gives up the first pop of the night when Bubba puts Grenier in a tree-of-woe and stomps on his nuts. A back elbow is next and when Dupree comes in to help, Bubba is quick to whip them both into the same corner. Bubba of course splashes them both and the crowd is popping again. The Dudleyz clear the ring out and pump the crowd up. The fans reward their efforts with a “Get the Tables” chant. When Dupree returns to the ring he goes on the offensive after a cheap shot to the back of Bubba’s head, from Grenier who is on the apron. Grenier tags in not long after and La Resistance level Bubba with a double shoulder block. The “USA” chant come back but are again hushed by some more La Resistance double teaming. When  Bubba is put into a waist lock is when he starts to rally for a hot tag. Bubba escapes the hold with some head-butts but is quickly sidewalk slammed by Grenier. He goes for the cover and It takes D-Von to stop it. Next Bubba reverses an Irish whip into his signature BubbaBomb. The crowd is electric as both men lay on the mat, because they know a hot tag is incoming. Both men tag out but D-Von comes in hot and tears La Resistance up. He hits clotheslines and some other cool moves on this tear, including a nice cutter.  D-Von tosses Grenier from the ring before he scoop slams Dupree and tries to cover. But Dupree kicks out at two and the fight continues.

 

The next highlight comes when D-Von comes off the rope and catches some serious air to deliver a flying forearm. Grenier is now on the apron and holding D-Von’s arms. When Dupree attempts to clothesline, D-Von he ducks and Dupree sends his partner flying off the ring apron. D-Von goes for a quick school boy but Grenier is quick to return to the ring and break the cover up. The partners double chokeslam D-Von and go for the pin. They are astonished when he kicks out, and this is when Bubba returns to the ring and levels them with a double clothesline. Bubba hits one of them with his version of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”  and the other member of La Resistance gets a “WUZ UP” from the Dudleyz. If you aren’t familiar with this move it is a diving head-butt from D-Von that lands in a low blow as Bubba holds the opponents legs up. A 3D follows but D-Von’s cover is broken up by Dupree when he pulls the ref from the ring. Bubba joins him on the outside to brawl and this is when we see a camera man enter the ring and lay D-Von out with his camera. The camera man puts Grenier on top of D-Von and the ref comes sliding in to make the three count. And La Resistance retains the Tag Team Titles. The camera man re-enters the ring and this time lays Bubba out with his camera. But as the three are stomping away at The Dudleyz , little Spike Dudley enters to try and help. But he, too, is quickly laid out with the camera. The Camera man removes his wig and it is the La Resistance henchman, Rob Conway. This was a decent match but I don’t think it did the opening card slot justice. This one could definitely be fast forwarded through. Match Time:7:49

 

Jonathon Coachman stops The Dudley Boyz on the ramp as they are exiting and begins to question them about their loss. Bubba rants on about how they will get the Titles from La Resistance and even calls Coach an “Un-American sympathizer”. D-Von says his usual “Testify” before the segment ends.

 

Next we see Eric Bischoff, in a black Gi, and he is shadow boxing in the back to prepare for his fight with Shane McMahon later in the evening. For those that aren’t aware, Bischoff has a legit black belt in Tae-kwon-do and used to compete on the amateur level when he was younger. The Intercontinental Champion, Christian, joins him and is pissed that he doesn’t have a match on the card. Bischoff is quick to pass the blame onto the acting commissioner, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Christian won the Title from Booker T at a house show in Des Moise, Iowa but that was originally scheduled to happen at SummerSlam. The plans were changed because Booker T was dealing with a nagging back injury and they took their opportunity then to have the Strap change hands. The segment ends with Christian offering assistance in Bischoff match tonight. To which Bischoff replies “I’ve already got a back-up plan in position.”

 

Team SmackDown, Michael Cole and Tazz, introduces us to our next match between The Undertaker and A-Train. A-Train is the former Prince Albert but his real name is Matt Bloom and is currently one of the heads of development at NXT. The American Bad Ass enters first and is on a yellow Harley. We don’t get the real theme song on the Network and it must be due to some kind of rights battle. I notice this often on the WWE Network and have really never looked into why. Big Evil circles the ring on the bike a few times before he parks it on the ramp. The A-Train enters next and is joined by the lovely Sable. Pairing A-Train with her must of been an attempt to help get A-Train over with the fans. The match starts with the collar and elbow and A-Train transitions it into a side headlock. He then whips Taker into the ropes and levels him with a shoulder block. They run through another sequence of the same moves and we are off to a pretty slow start. The first little pop comes when The Undertaker hits a Russian leg sweep and goes for the cover. A-Train kicks out, and the slow paced fight continues. They two go back and forth, and the next spot worth mentioning is a running DDT by The Undertaker.

 

They continue the back and forth until Taker comes off the ropes and goes sky-high to hit a flying lariat. Taker goes to the corner next, and hits his signature, Old School. Albert isn’t much fazed by this and soon catches The Undertaker with a big boot. Taker charges again but A-Train hits the deck and grabs the top rope. This in turn causes Big Evil to go over the rope and crash to the floor outside. Train is quick to join him out there and ram him into the ring post. He returns Taker to the ring and goes for a cover but The American Bad Ass kicks out. A-Train continues to use Undertaker’s ribs as his target and stomps away at them. A-Train hits a big vertical suplex next and again goes for a cover. But Taker is not done yet and is still kicking out. The Undertaker finally goes on the offensive after he lands some back elbow. This leads to some punches from Taker, and he soon has A-Train in a standing sleeper hold. The hold doesn’t last long, though, and The A-Train breaks free by landing a jawbreaker that leaves both men stunned for a moment. They both return to their feet but Big Evil keeps the edge with some big left hands. A-Train receives some snake-eyes next and the crowd is back into this match. Taker attempts the big boot, but A-Train ducks it and both men are back on the mat after a double clothesline. A-Train is first to his feet and Taker is soon kneeling and unloading punches to A-Train’s midsection. Taker is soon on his feet and the two men are going punch for punch. Taker nails the big boot and follows it with a leg drop. He goes for the cover but A-Train hasn’t left station yet and gets the shoulder up. Taker drops the leg again this time on the apron. Taker tries the Last Ride but A-Train shoves him into the ref to stop the finish. A-Train hits the two handed chokeslam, but the ref is still groggy and it takes a moment for him to start the count, which Taker kicks out of. The Undertaker is quick to his feet, but when Train ducks under a clothesline it hits the ref instead. A bicycle kick to Taker’s face is next from A-Train and with the ref down he leaves the ring to get a chair. But The Undertaker sends it back into his face with a big boot. He goes for another cover but the official is still dazed and A-Train kicks-out of the slow count. The Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but A-Train  escapes with a backslide but he soon is chokeslamed. He makes the cover and this time he gets the three. After the match Taker is about to give Train the Last Ride but Sable comes in the ring to make the stop. Her seduction almost works, but Taker isn’t deceived and is soon about to chokeslam her. This is when Stephanie McMahon runs in and spears Sable. Steph is unloading some punches on Sable until A-Train grabs her foot and pulls her from the ring. The Crowd gives him some serious heat for this as he and Sable make their way to the back. The match ends with Stephanie applauding Big Evil for his work. For two large men, the match wasn’t bad, but I have definitely seen better work from the Deadman. This one is another you could skip over. Match Time:9:19


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Chairshot Classic: Andrew’s 2019 AEW Double or Nothing Ratings & Analysis

Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!

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Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!

With AEW Double Or Nothing–the 2022 edition–on the horizon, enjoy this trip down memory lane as Andrew Balaz reviewed the inaugural Las Vegas AEW pay-per-view…spectacular?

Well this is history boys and girls. Good, bad or indifferent, it’s the first show of the IWC’s favorite t-shirt company. What becomes of Hangman since he’s injured and PAC cancelled? What surprises will we get?

We all sit here with bated breath. Some want it to fail, many want it to succeed. Me? I just want it to not suck.

Let’s see what we got!

Ratings:

  • Casino Battle Royal: Hangman Page wins @10:45 – **
  • Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian: Sabian wins Argentine Facebuster @9:55 – ***
  • So Cal Uncensored vs Strong Hearts: SCU wins via Best Meltzer Ever @14:00 – *** 1/2
  • Britt Baker vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae vs Awesome Kong: Britt Bakers wins via Kneecap Brainbuster @11:05 – ***
  • Best Friends vs Angelico & Jack Evans: Best Friends win via Strong Zero @12:55 – ** 1/2
  • Riho, Hikaru Shida &  Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura: Hikaru wins via Three Count @13:10 – *** 1/4
  • Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes: Cody wins via Crossroads @22:35 – *****
  • AAA Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs Lucha Brothers: Bucks retain via Meltzer Driver @25:00 – *****
  • Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho: Jericho wins via Judas Effect @23:50 – **** 1/4

Analysis:

This was definitely a mess. A few spots, a bunch of messy spots and just generally awkward moments. Flying Brian Jr had a few decent spots, Luchasaurus looked good and Orange Cassidy is awful. Hangman being the 21st entrant made a lot of sense, but probably already upset a few people since it wasn’t CM Punk or Jon Moxley. Of course Page won. He can fight with a bum leg, cause he has three of them. So yeah, not an awful match, but it had a lot of issues.

Sabian looked tremendous in this match. Guevara definitely did too much. Shooting Star onto Sabian draped over the outside barricade, a bad double Moonsault and standing Shoot Star hurt the match a little. But Sabian’s technically proficient, charismatic and can hang in the air a bit too. So Sabian was the star here. Solid match.

Well now, this was great. Strong Hearts trio pulled off some great fluid offense and SCU did fantastic. This was just a great match, I can’t really accurately describe more than great match. Best Meltzer Ever is a little dumb when it comes to names, but damn was this a good match.

So Brandi comes out in her gear to swerve us that she’s adding herself to the match, but instead she adds Awesome Kong! So the Triple Threat turns into a Fatal 4 Way and it’s not bad. A lot of the early portion is focused on taking out Kong, then Nyla becomes the target. Britt and Kylie are the ones left in the ring after the collateral damage. Kylie looks to be firing up for a finish, but Britt catches her in a Kneecap Brainbuster (Adam Cole’s Last Shot in ROH).

Excessive spots, excessive near falls, I knew to expect it to a degree with these four, but that doesn’t make it better. This was definitely an ‘Indie style” match, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it. There was a lights out attack on both teams from…some team, with masked minions. The “Who Are You” chant kicks up and commentary doesn’t lend any information. So that’s really not helpful.

Everyone got their stuff in, we got to see a lot of personality from the different women and the action was solid. I also appreciated Emi Sakura trying to rally momentum doing We Will Rock You stomps (since she was dressed as Freddy Mercury). Save for the big mess up with the bell ringer calling the end of the match when the referee obviously held up 2 and said 2, just messed up the flow and gave away the finish since Hikaru’s music played. Not bad, just the ending did kind of take the air out of a pretty good match.

Wow. Dustin and Cody brought it, Dustin bladed pretty deep, I think even Dusty would’ve blushed. New moves from Dustin like the Misawa style Apron Senton, a Code Red and a few classics. The blood, the desire to keep fighting, this was everything wrestling should be. It made sense for Cody to win the match of course, but wow after the match was a beautiful moment. Also call of the night might have to go to Excalibur when Cody hit a Pump Kick aka Bicycle Kick and you hear him say something like ” He hit him with a BICYCLE”.  In a huge homage to Dustin and Dusty’s Heart to Heart promo, Cody tells Dustin he can’t retire, because he needs a partner. He doesn’t just need a partner, he needs his big brother. This was a great way cap off such a hard hitting personal match. Wow.

Belt reveal with a few extra curricular and Bret Hart. Much like Bret Hart, the belt doesn’t do anything for me. It looks a lot like Big Gold, but it’s so ostentatious it’s hard to love it. Just too shimmery or whatever. It’s not bad, but I in no way love the belt.

I’m very happy there was the unveiling ceremony between the Rhodes match and this one. Cause this was a great match and moving it out too quick could’ve hurt the crowd immersion. Great tandem moves, a decent thread of the ring rust playing a part against the Young Bucks early on and just generally great spots. There definitely was a lot of stuff, big spots and it was “spot monkey” style, but it all worked. The Lucha Brothers pulled out crazy moves to try and get the AAA belts back and the Bucks were trying to prove they still had it with most of the year off. Just really really good.

Well now Jericho and Omega pick back up where they left off. Referee Paul Turner allows for a lot of out of the ring shenanigans. Jericho busts Omega open, tries to use a table as a shield, but Omega still throws himself at Jericho.Jericho focuses on Omega’s face with the Triangle Dropkick, a Lionsault went high and this was pretty damn solid. A few missteps and Jericho not countering the first One Winged Angel was car crash worthy, but aside from that, this was nice. Multiple Codebreakers followed by the new Judas Effect, leave Omega laying for the 1, 2, 3.

Jericho says AEW is for him not for fans, and he deserves a thank you. When the crowd pops, Jericho thinks it’s for him, but Jon Moxley makes his debut through the crowd! Almost as if it were a reference to Lex Luger showing up on the first Nitro, it looks like Jericho basically says “You don’t work here”. Dirty Deeds to Jericho, Dirty Deeds to referee Paul Turner and Omega manages a burst of energy to brawl for a little bit. They end up on the poker chips, Moxley hits Dirty Deeds and then just dumps him off, onto some other stage item.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

Well damn, I was skeptical since All In didn’t rate as highly for me as other fans, but this was great. Aside from a few personal gripes, and not really enjoying the cluster that was the Battle Royal, this was one of the better shows of the year thus far. Good surprises like Awesome Kong, Bret Hart and Jon Moxley. Jericho winning the main event breaks up The Elite getting the clean sweep, so that shows it’s not as predictable as All In.

Oh and yes, I can’t express how good the Rhodes match was. The match itself, the story it told, the promo after, everything was just beautiful. That is my number 1 match of the year personally, cause it was just too damn poignant.

Good job AEW. Great show, and the symbolic moment where Cody used the sledgehammer to break the replica throne Triple H used for his WrestleMania 22 entrance. It was awesome.


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Chairshot Classics: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock from WWE Backlash 1999

Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock. 

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Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock.

Let’s set the scene for a minute, you’ve got “The Texas Rattlesnake” and Corporate Rock going one-on-one at WrestleMania XV. Austin wins the championship and the McMahon family is livid. Stone Cold wants his Smoking Skull Championship belt back, and Vince and Shane McMahon are trying to keep it from him by hook or by crook.

Damn, things were different during the Attitude Era, The Rock threw Stone Cold over a bridge and held a funeral for his rival. The storytelling was captivating and exciting, and it kept you guessing what would happen next. Keep in mind this match was conclusively built around a championship belt, something that would never work in the current product.

It was a high-octane no disqualification match with Shane as the special guest referee for their latest encounter. Austin began the match running straight into the ring for a brawl which spilled out all over the arena.  I miss how exciting these two superstars were. Rock hit a vicious Rock Bottom through the Spanish announce table and then got on commentary to talk some smack.

The arrogant challenger took the camera to talk trash while Austin laid on the other announce table, and ate a Stunner through the table. Man, the WWE Universe was on fire throughout the entire match. I feel like both superstars can’t put on a bad match because they have such strong in-ring chemistry.

The finish of the match came when Austin had Rock set up for the three-count but Shane refused to count. Vince came down and struck Shane with the Smoking Skull belt. Austin hit another Stunner and decked the challenger with the belt for the victory. Vince then tossed his rival his precious Smoking Skull Championship.


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