With Money in the Bank and NXT:TakeOver Chicago finally upon us I’ll give you my picks for these WWE cards.
NXT Tag Team Championship
Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) (C) Vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
This one I could see going either way but I think this is were we see this rivalry come to an end and allows Undisputed Era to move on to fight some other NXT Tag Teams. Maybe the War Raiders.
Ricochet Vs. Velveteen Dream
This match could end up stealing the show. These two athletes talent is otherworldly. I think Ricochet pulls this one out but it definitely isn’t going to be a one-sided affair and I don’t think this is the end of their rivalry.
NXT Women’s Championship
Shana Baszler (C) Vs. Nikki Cross
With Nikki being trust quickly into this feud it makes me have two fields of thought about it. It could have been rushed just to give Shana an opponent or it may have been done as a quick way to take the strap from her. I think the latter maybe the case because I feel her character is stale and boring. Not a fan of the “Queen of Spades”. I think Nikki gets away with some Tom Foolery here to pull it out.
Pick- Nikki Cross (C)
Johnny Gargano Vs. Tommaso Ciampa
This is the match I’m most excited for out of both cards as it contains arguably the feud of the year. And I don’t think the final pay off stops here. This match is sure to be brutal and feature some blood. It may even feature a Heel Turn from Candice LeRae. However the ending comes about I think it has the same ending, Ciampa wins this one clean so we can have a true payoff with a rubber match.
NXT Heavyweight Championship
Aleister Black (C) Vs. Lars Sullivan
This is the match that worries me as I am a big fan of Black and who isn’t. I could see Triple H throwing a swerve here and putting the title on the Heel Lars Sullivan. It definitely isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Either way I don’t think this rivalry end here so I am going to say Aleister Black retains but it is because of a DQ.
Pick-Aleister Black (C) -By DQ
Before I jump into Money in the Bank I have a quick question maybe someone could answer because I may have missed the memo. But why is the NXT North American Champion Adam Cole not on this card. It’s a damn shame, BAY BAY.
Money In The Bank
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The Bludgeon Brothers (C) Vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
This is on the pre-show but I will include it anyway because it plays into an idea I have. The tag division on SmackDown had pretty much been nonexistent and what better way to breathe life back into it is to put the straps on someone new. What better way to do it than put the Gold on a team that has a background with a very popular group right now, The Bullet Club. and what better way to kick off a pre-show than with a Title changing hands.
Pick-Gallows and Anderson (C)
Sami Zayn Vs. Bobby Lashley
If the premise of this match wasn’t built on such a pathetic storyline I think more people would be excited for it and talking about it. That being said I am one of those people that doesn’t much care about it. Hopefully it all ends here and Lashley wins but I’m going to say that victory comes at the hands of a DQ and this awful feud continues.
Daniel Bryant Vs. Big Cass
I’m just not a fan of Big Cass but I guess that is because he is doing his job as a Heel, much like Jinder Mahal. This is another feud I don’t see ending here. There just isn’t anything going on for there two to do besides fight each other again in a rubber match at Extreme Rulez after Big Cass gets the win in this one.
RAW Tag Team Championship
The Deleters of Worlds (C) Vs. The B-Team
This is another one I can see going either way. The B-Team have some momentum and are technically undefeated. I don’t see them with the draw that Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt have and I think it would be a better use of that to have them loose the Titles to Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Because whoever wins this match that is their destiny, to loose to The Show.
Pick-The Deleters of Worlds (C)
Roman Reigns Vs. Jinder Mahal
This match ends the feud and the crowd continues to boo Roman Reigns for some reason.
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Carmella (C) Vs. Asuka
As much as I have enjoyed Carmella’s work as a Champion Heel I think the road ends here for her and Asuka gets the Strap and begins a new feud with the winner of the Women’s briefcase.
Women’s Money in the Bank
Lana, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Ember Moon
I really want this to be the night Ember Moon rises.(See what I did there). I am just a fan of her character and it is probably because I grew up on WWF gimmicks of old. I just don’t see it happening here. Too soon. It seems as the majority of the Inter-webs feel that Natalya will win this and eventually turn Heel when she cashes in on her friend, Ronda Rousey. I can see this and can picture Natty following Ronda around with the case and promising not to use it on her. Ronda then begins to grow more suspicious of her as time went on. But I am going a different route here. I think the WWE swerves us here with what shouldn’t be a swerve at all. Charlotte Fuckin Flair. What is more WWE than just giving it to Flair and having her use it to re-spark a feud with the new Champ Asuka. A feud I feel was to short lived.
Seth Rollins (C) Vs. Elias
This just may be a feud that rolls to Extreme Rulez. I just don’t see someone who is arguably the companies biggest attraction loosing a Title just yet. Especially one he has helped elevate to a higher level. Even with the whispers of Rollins Vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam out there I don’t see it happening.
Pick-Seth Rollins (C)
Men’s Money in the Bank
Braun, Kevin Owen, Finn Baylor, Bobby Roode, Xavier Woods, Somoa Joe, Miz, Rusev
First off if you didn’t notice I picked Xavier Woods as The New Day member to make the cut. I know everyone is hot on them breaking up and Big E being the choice but it doesn’t make sense to me. They are hot off the big E3 showdown with The Elite and Woods was the face of that feud even know they lost. The popularity from that and his youtube channel is more than enough reason for me.
As for the winner I could see this with so many outcomes I wont even begin to play them all out. My dream booking would be that Finn wins the contract and cashes it in A.S.A.P on Lesnar and get to have a Title run that isn’t cut short by an injury. This also plays into my idea I mentioned earlier. Why not use The Bullet Club popularity and give more former members Gold. If A.J. Styles was able to retain and with all the new Gold the current members have found in Japan they would be all strapped up. Hell, Adam Cole has NXT Gold and there is no way neither Cody or Marty Skurll don’t leave Best in the World with the R.O.H. Strap. (An event I am going to I might add and am pretty stoked for!) As much as I would love to see the above scenario play out I think this briefcase ends up on SmackDown too. Even more so after Corbin made it a point to say how mad Stephanie would be if they don’t return to RAW. Foreshadowing kids. I know Miz is the odds-on favorite to win it but I’m going Samoa Joe and predicting a quick cash-in as well.
RAW Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (C) Vs. Ronda Rousey
This match kind of upsets me from a booking standpoint. I am not really angry with the fact that Ronda Rousey is getting such a quick chance at the Strap because I get it, she is the baddest woman on the planet and the credentials speak for themselves. What angers me is the buildup could have been better. But I am here to make my pick and not play to much “fantasy booking”. I think the right outcome is Ronda wins by a DQ finish or a double count-out happens and the feud continues. The count-out could even build to an angle at Extreme Rulez where they need a cage to contain them. And like I’ve said before what better place to put the Strap on Rousey than in a cage. We wont see anything like this and Ronda Rousey probably wins with a clean armbar.
Pick-Ronda Rousey (C)
SmackDown Heavyweight Championship
A.J. Styles (C) Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura-Last Man Standing
If you skipped to just the bold text this answer may surprise you but allow me to explain. I don’t want this rivalry to end yet and I have enjoyed it even though it has dragged on for sometime. But I think Joe cashing the case in after Nakamura knocks A.J. out would make for a great ending. Joe could then beat Shinsuke and this leads to a three way feud when they both invoke their rematch clauses. If that doesn’t happen, and most likely wont, I think Shinsuke pulls the win out here and either way the rivalry continues.
Pick-Samoa Joe (C)
Well this has been my first PPV picks for www.thechairshot.com and let me know what you think some possible outcomes are or just how bad you think mine are on Twitter @james_callear. And while you are there #UseYourHead and give me a follow.
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy
As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI. Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.
Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.
I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”
Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match
Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!
Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect
On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.
Swanton Bomb From The Heavens
When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.
Hardy Wins The WWE Championship
In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.
Straight Edge Problems For Hardy
The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.
The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE
Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.
Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut
From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.
This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.
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