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Official Chairshot Picks: WWE Money in the Bank 2018

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With Money in the Bank on the horizon, and most of the predictions being close after NXT Takeover Chicago II, it seems like this will be the show to start swinging the standings. If you’re curious who was in the lead going into this weekend, click here.

Regardless, the Money in the Bank matches are always fun and a great way to make a storyline out of nothing, purely for having a briefcase. It works for some (Carmella) and others have to shave their head out of embarrassment (Corbin).

So now, let’s just see what everyone thinks is going to happen.

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs Gallows & Anderson

With the Bludgeon Brothers making short work of the two most established tag teams in WWE last few years (New Day and The Usos), a new challenger had to step up. Gallows & Anderson have worldwide legitimacy, but they haven’t really been impressive in WWE. This feels more like an excuse to debut Sanity, since Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe match up size wise. Plus it has to be noted that the Bludgeons have proven to be vulnerable in singles action, so they’re not as unstoppable as they once were.

Greg: Bludgeon Bros
Andrew: Bludgeon Bros
Denise: Bludgeon Bros
Josh: Bludgeon Bros
Tiffany: Bludgeon Bros
Eric: Bludgeon Bros
Mathew: Bludgeon Bros
Rob: Bludgeon Bros
Rey Cash: Bludgeon Bros
Deeze: Bludgeon Bros
Mitchell: Bludgeon Bros
Rick: Bludgeon Bros
Francesca: Bludgeon Bros
Patrick: Bludgeon Bros
Levin: Bludgeon Bros
Issa: Bludgeon Bros
Weigell: Bludgeon Bros
Sarah: Bludgeon Bros
Scott: Bludgeon Bros
Platt: Bludgeon Bros
Lawson: Bludgeon Bros
DPP: Bludgeon Bros
Cook: Bludgeon Bros
PC: Bludgeon Bros
Big Dave: Bludgeon Bros
Jimi: Gallows & Anderson
Harry: Bludgeon Bros
Tony: Bludgeon Bros

Official Chairshot Pick: Bludgeon Bros 27-1

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Well it’s an eight person ladder match, so as we all know, most people have a chance. Lana is obviously the long shot, but arguments can be made for all of the rest. Should be interesting to see if SmackDown gets another  Women’s briefcase holder on the brand, so close to Carmella finally cashing in.

Greg: Charlotte Flair
Andrew: Natalya
Denise: Natalya
Josh: Natalya
Tiffany: Sasha Banks
Eric: Becky Lynch
Mathew: Becky Lynch
Rob: Sasha Banks
Rey Cash: Natalya
Deeze: Natalya
Mitchell: Natalya
Rick: Becky Lynch
Francesca: Becky Lynch
Patrick: Ember Moon
Levin: Becky Lynch
Issa: Sasha Banks
Weigell: Natalya
Sarah: Natalya
Scott: Sasha Banks
Platt: Alexa Bliss
Lawson: Becky Lynch
DPP: Natalya
Cook: Alexa Bliss
PC: Sasha Banks
Big Dave: Alexa Bliss
Jimi: Charlotte Flair
Harry: Natalya
Tony: Ember Moon

Official Chairshot Pick: Natalya 10 – Becky Lynch 6 –  Sasha 5 – Alexa 3 – Charlotte  2 – Ember 2

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Daily DeMarco: Aleister Black Needs To Win The Royal Rumble

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After Vince McMahon revealed his plan to shake things up in WWE, Greg DeMarco chimes in with an idea that really would make some waves.




After a hit-and-miss WWE TLC pay-per-view event, the wrestling world waited with nervous anticipation as Vince McMahon promised a major shake up on the 12/17/18 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw.

What did we get? More McMahons, Kurt Angle, The Revival as Top (Guys) Contenders, Natalya as Top Contender, and a bunch of call-ups to an already crowded roster.

Welp, one out of five ain’t bad!

In all honesty, if this is what WWE really wanted to do, I am fine with it. I would make one change: don’t tease it. Had tonight’s Raw gone on without the tease of Mr. McMahon returning, the reaction would be different. We had time to ponder, and develop our playlist. Once WWE puts out a product that didn’t match that playlist, we weren’t happy.

They set themselves up for failure.

But now we’re here, and there’s no going back. Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Shane McMahon are overseeing Raw, a move that undoubtedly leads to dissension and a WrestleMania showdown between Trips and Shane O’Mac. Some sort of “full control” will be at stake, but that won’t matter as Vince can easily undo it the following night on Raw. You see…Vince McMahon can ruin your hopes and dreams both in and out of kayfabe!

But I know what you want–and in this case it’s also what you need. Something that truly upsets the apple cart–a REAL shake up!

You need…

Aleister Black Wins The 2019 Royal Rumble

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This is not an original idea, but it’s still brilliant. On an episode of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, the former Brother Love tells the story of The Steiner Brothers making their WWE debut in late 1992. The most fascinating part of the story never happens. Bruce and Pat Patterson pitched to Vince McMahon the idea of Scott Steiner, a relative unknown to the WWF fans, winning the Royal Rumble. This would have sent him to Caesars Palace to challenge for, and win, the WWF Championship.

Vince McMahon would balk at the idea for what was mentioned above–no one knew Scott Steiner.

That was part of the sell for Patterson and Prichard. They could use the next 2+ months to build Steiner, leading up to his title win at the biggest show of the year. Ultimately the match was won by Yokozuna, who would go on to defeat Bret Hart for the WWF Championship before losing it to Hulk Hogan in an impromptu close to the show.

Fast forward to 2019, where WWE is in a predicament of presenting a product that is either predictable, stale, or both. The Royal Rumble, a match built on the dream of challenging for a world title at WrestleMania, offers the company the chance to do something that’s unpredictable and fresh.

Aleister Black would be just that.

A good portion of the Raw and Smackdown viewership doesn’t know him. He enters the Rumble as a surprise NXT member, but does what no one has done before–he wins!

Now WWE is left with 2+ months to build Aleister Black, and even has two PPV events at their disposal. Come April 7, the world is ready to pull for Black against either Daniel Bryan or Brock Lesnar. When he wins, a star is made, and available for several years to come.

The Royal Rumble has been around since 1988, and has featured nearly every outcome imaginable. But the surprise winner–the one no one could even imagine–would remind everyone that anything truly can happen in the WWE. And the overall product would be better for it.

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Thanks for reading the 4th edition of the Daily DeMarco. Here’s to many more…




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When Will Triple H Take Control Of WWE?

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As Raw (and all of WWE) continues to struggle, Juan can’t help but ponder when Triple H will take control of the product we watch on a weekly basis.

Triple H since the moment he married Stephanie McMahon and joined the McMahon family, he has been groomed to be the eventual successor of Vince McMahon as booker of WWE. At first people thought it would be the end of WWE when Triple H would eventually take the mantle of head creative of WWE but NXT’s success in terms of wrestling and creative have proven him as an excellent choice as successor.

NXT  for a while has been consider far superior to any show in the main roster, because Triple H knows what the fans want from a wrestling show and understand the importance of logic and not to treat the fans as idiots. Meanwhile Vince McMahon for the last couple of year has had more misses the hits and the decline of RAW’s and SmackDown’s viewership is showing the results of Vince being stubborn and not listening to the fans.

Like it has been mentioned in the past by me and any others, 2020 could be the year Vince steps down as WWE head booker as the XFL will begin and Vince would most likely concentrate in the success of the project that will be the XFL once it begins. But to be honest I feel Vince will stay in creative once the XFL begins just like he did back in 2001 with the original XFL.

If Vince doesn’t step down as booker of WWE in 2020 then I’m afraid he will stay in the position until his age doesn’t allow him to do so and Vince is a very healthy man for his age. WWE would be the biggest loser of these since it desperately needs a reboot and Triple H is the perfect man to do so.

Vince has a big disconnection with the fans and doesn’t know what the fans want now and this has helped WWE decline in viewership and also benefited other wrestling promotions as they saw the opportunity to steal some of the fans WWE  and attract them to their product that may offer them what they actually are looking for in wrestling, being NJPW and ROH the biggest examples.

WWE in 2018 made great deals with both FOX and USA for the SmackDown and RAW shows respectively and the Saudi Arabia deal being another deal they signed this year. Money will not be a problem for WWE in a long time and will sign any talent in the world with offers no other promotion can match.

2019 will be an interesting year for WWE in a lot of ways since SmackDown will move to FOX in October. Another important factor is the XFL and how much time will it take from Vince already busy schedule and the let’s not forget the booking of WrestleMania 35 or how many Saudi shows will WWE do in 2019 are also important things in the minds of both Triple H and Vince McMahon, as well what new signees will WWE incorporate to its already big rosters of SmackDown, RAW and NXT.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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