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Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam ’95

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Open: “Tonight, one man hopes to implement the final phase in his royal plan, the reigning WWF Champion running on high octane is determined to set that plan aflame. Tonight, one man still suffering the shame of defeat hopes his demented dentist can extract revenge, but this so-called patient claims to be master to the art of dentistry as well. Tonight, one man has foolishly entered a cryptic world of shadows and darkness. After the Casket Match, will he ever revel in the land of the living again. Tonight, the Intercontinental belt dangles above the ring, one man hoping to climb the ladder and recapture gold. One man has designs of reaching the highest echelons of excellence. Tonight, these WWF Superstars must all face the heat. This is SummerSlam.”

Backstage: Dean Douglas scratches his fingers across a chalkboard and defines the word “Dean”, stating it is a man who disciplines and councils his students. Douglas says tonight he will be conducting summer school on SummerSlam for everyone in the arena.

Match #1: The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Hakushi
Collar & elbow tie-up to begin, The Kid hooks on a side headlock and switches to a hammerlock, Hakushi counters to one of his own, works to a side headlock, but 1-2-3 Kid reverses to a top wristlock. The White Angel grabs a handful of hair to counter to one of his own, Kid kips up to his feet, flips over using the ropes, scores with an arm drag and kips to his feet again as we have a stalemate. They lock back up and Hakushi goes back to a side headlock, gets pushed off to the ropes and scores with a shoulder block, hits the ropes, The Kid drops down, leapfrogs over and delivers a hip toss, The Modern-Day Kamikaze kicks him away, they both kip-up and we get another stalemate.

Another tie-up and The 1-2-3 Kid grabs a side headlock, Hakushi pushes him away to the ropes, Kid with a shoulder knockdown, hits the ropes, The White Angel drops down, leapfrogs over, looks for a spinning wheel kick that misses, The Kid attempts the same, but Hakushi side-steps it for yet another stalemate. Kid goes back in for another lock-up and The Modern-Day Kamikaze strikes with a shot to the throat, delivers uppercuts in the corner, shoots him hard across, then sets for a powerbomb. 1-2-3 Kid flips out of it into an arm drag, hits the ropes and ducks a shot, but gets planted by a tilt-a-whirl slam.

Hakushi puts the boots to The Kid, hammers him with overhand chops, whips him into the corner, then comes in with a back handspring elbow. He stomps away at Kid in the corner and chokes him with his foot, charges in for a seated senton to the sternum, then plays to the crowd and gets a round of boos. The White Angel measures 1-2-3 Kid for kicks to the back of the leg, buries kicks to the back of the head, executes a body slam, then springs off the 2nd rope with a slingshot splash for a count of 2. He snapmares The Kid over and grabs a nerve hold on the trap muscle, 1-2-3 Kid fights his way to a standing position, takes an overhand chop to the spine, Hakushi sends him to the ropes and tosses him with a high back body drop.

He clobbers Kid with a spinning back kick to send him to the outside, builds a head of steam, flies over the top with a back handspring moonsault, but it takes something out of himself in the process. The Modern-Day Kamikaze finds his footing, rolls 1-2-3 Kid into the ring, heads up top and connects with a flying shoulder tackle, lateral press and he only gains a 2 count. He plants The Kid with a body slam and goes back upstairs for a splash, Kid rolls out of harm’s way, both guys stagger back to their feet and 1-2-3 Kid starts to build momentum with right hands. He whips Hakushi to the ropes, The White Angel reverses it, elevates him into the air, Kid surprises him with a dropkick and Hakushi falls to the outside.

The 1-2-3 Kid staying aggressive, springs off the 2nd rope over the top with a crossbody, rolls The Modern-Day Kamikaze back inside, slingshots in from the apron with a leg drop, but only gets a near fall. He scoops Hakushi up for a body slam, ascends the corner to the top turnbuckle, scores with a frog splash and hooks the leg, but still can’t put it away. The Kid hits the ropes for a head of steam, looks for a spinning wheel kick, The White Angel catches him in mid-air, plants him into the canvas and covers for the win.
Winner: Hakushi (Spinning Wheel Kick Counter)

  • EA’s Take: Great way to start the show here with two technically-sound high-flyers giving the rest of the roster something to follow. Fast pace as you’d imagine, Hakushi pulling out more maneuvers that have rarely and possibly never been seen before here in America. Boy, I know I said it before, but this guy was really underrated looking back on it. Unforunately, neither of these guys had much going on in terms of storyline at the time, but showed here how supremely talented they are in the ring gave us a glimpse into what wrestling would look like in the future.

Backstage: Dok Hendrix is joined by King Mabel, The King informing Dok that he’ll have to wait until later tonight to find out his full plan. Mabel speaks to WWF Champion Diesel, says it’s like the old saying goes, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”. He claims The British Bulldog was just phase one of his master plan and tonight, Big Daddy Cool will learn that it’s long live the king.

Match #2: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Bob ‘Spark Plug’ Holly
Helmsley a little reluctant to start the action here and backs away from Holly, Spark Plug surprises him with a body slam, scores with an arm drag and Hunter cowers away to the corner, the official stepping in to create separation. The Connecticut Blue Blood takes the opening for a cheap shot, delivers stinging chops in the corner, irish whip across is reversed into a back elbow from Holly, he unloads with right hands and kicks in the corner, then shoots Helmsley across.

He charges in and gets caught with a hot shot, Hunter drags him up, unleashes a barrage of fists and kicks in the corner, chokes away at Holly, then sends him across hard into the turnbuckles. Hunter takes a bow to a chorus of boos, hauls Spark Plug up and cracks him with a backbreaker for 2, then executes a vertical suplex. He lines up for a knee drop and covers for another 2 count, drives knees into the spine and we see The British Bulldog arriving to the arena backstage. Back in the ring Helmsley locks Holly in an abdominal stretch, uses the ropes for more leverage behind the official’s back, the referee catches him, Spark Plug reverses to one of his own, but Hunter powers him over the top to the floor with a hip toss.

Hunter reaches over the ropes to drag Holly back inside, shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop, Spark Plug puts on the brakes, spikes him with a DDT and they double down. The Connecticut Blue Blood staggers to his feet, pulls Holly up and whips him to the ropes for a side slam, Spark Plug flips through it, shoots him to the ropes and connects with a dropkick, but can’t capitalize on it. Both guys stumble back to their feet, Hunter charges in for a clothesline, gets split by an inverted atomic drop instead, Spark Plug starts to build momentum with a clothesline of his own and Helmsley crawls to the corner to try and beg off.

Holly won’t hear it and puts the boots to him, sends him across for a back body drop off the rebound, whips him back into the turnbuckles for another dropkick off the rebound and The Connecticut Blue Blood continues pleading with him to stop the onslaught. Spark Plug corners him for boots to the breadbasket, sends him to the corner for another back body drop off the rebound, Helmsley puts on the brakes, plants him with a Pedigree and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Pedigree)

  • EA’s Take: Solid showing here from both guys, but pretty standard stuff. The former Jean-Paul Levesque from WCW makes his WWF pay-per-view debut here and had been on an undefeated streak since arriving in late-April. You could see that Helmsley had a lot of potential which is why the WWF signed him, but the gimmick was extremely similar to what he had in WCW and it was hard to have the foresight to see what he could become in the future. For Holly, he was essentially a mid-carder at this time who was relegated to putting over other guys, not picking up too many wins at this point in his career.


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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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