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Chairshot Classics: Survivor Series 2001 – Winner Take All

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 William Regal (Alliance) vs Tajiri (WWF) with Torrie Wilson

 Regal gets a LOUD round of boos but doesn’t seem to care. Tajiri comes out, alone, to a loud pop, that seems to die off when people realize that Torrie isn’t with him.

Things start off with Tajiri kicking the living crap out of Regal, but Regal blocks and manages to get the advantage.

If you only know Regal as the GM of NXT, watch this match, because he was an incredible wrestler in his time. That said, this wasn’t a great match. The contrast in styles between Regal and Tajiri just didn’t quite mesh here.

Somewhere in this, Regal got a bloody nose, which put him in an even worse mood than he was before. We get a powerbomb set up that was sloppily countered by Tajiri.

This match ended oddly. It was plugging along and then Regal hit the underhook powerbomb and it was over. I wonder if it was stopped because Regal’s nose is bleeding pretty profusely.

Results: William Regal by pinfall after an underhook powerbomb. Even after the victory, Regal can’t let bygones be bygones, he hits Tajiri with another powerbomb before making his way to the back. Torrie comes running to Tajiri’s side, which brings Regal back. He grabs Torrie by the hair and gives her a sloppy powerbomb, just for the hell of it.

Comments: I couldn’t quite get into this match. It just never seemed to mesh and the ending was odd.

Next up is our first Title Unification Match: WCW US Title vs WWF Intercontinental Title. Though, unless my eyes are deceiving me, Test (who is in the Alliance) is IC champ, while WWF’s Edge is the US Champ.

We get a quick recap of the feud between Test and Edge, though since this is title for title, I’m not sure not sure it’s needed.

Backstage, Test is getting…oiled up for his match and acts like a jerk to the lady helping him. Stacey Kiebler comes up and compliments him. Test hits on her in a very self-centered way. Stacey doesn’t totally shoot him down (I would’ve, but that’s me) but wishes him luck and gives his butt a graze before leaving.

Meanwhile, Coach is interviewing Edge. Coach reminds Edge that not only is his championship on the line, but his job is too if he and WWE lose. Edge agrees that this is pretty heavy and that, on paper, things look pretty even. He and Test are tall, athletic, blond, and have odd first names. The biggest difference between them is that Test has been dumped by almost every chick (his words) on the planet. Edge says he isn’t worried about Test, he’s going to win. There’s a really bad pun about boots and it’s over.

 

WCW US Title/WWF Intercontinental Championship Unification Match: Edge (WWE) vs Test (Alliance)

 Test is out first to little reaction. It seems that Heyman’s mic isn’t working, thank God. Edge gets a much better reaction and Heyman’s mic is back (dammit).

We start with a collar and elbow tie up that reminds me of bulls locking horns. Neither guy is willing to give ground, but things finally start moving, but then we’re back to bulls until the fist start flying.

This match was really good but had its rough spots. Test isn’t the smoothest wrestler in the world and Edge was still a fairly young guy at this point. That said, this was a really good match and made both belts feel important.

There’s a lot of pin attempts in this match and it looked like Test could’ve won if he’d been able to fully capitalize on a missed splash by Edge.  Edge goes for a Sunset Flip powerbomb, but Test is too strong. Test goes for…something, but we never get to see what it was because Edge superkicked Test’s teeth out.

By this point, both guys are hitting haymakers and anything else they can think of to put the other guy down. Test goes for a pumphandle slam, which Edge counters into a pin attempt. Test goes for a spear and then a big boot, still can’t get three. He hits the pump handle slam but Edge still kicks out.

Test goes for a powerbomb that Edge counters with a hurricanrana and a spear, but still only gets two. Edge goes for the Edge-cution, but Test counters and goes for a Full Nelson slam, but Edge hits a Victory Roll for three. New Intercontinental Champion!

Result: Edge by pinfall after a victory roll. Test is livid, and Edge is elated. Edge is now safe from being fired, no matter who wins.

Comments: This was a really good match for both guys.

Backstage, Stephanie is pacing and looking worried. Angle appears and asks her what’s wrong. Stephanie says that after the fight Austin’s locker room and the fact that no one in the is getting along, Edge’s victory has her really worried. She talks about her and Shane’s investments in this alliance and that they could lose everything. She then comments that if this fails, she’ll have get a ‘real’ job.

Kurt tells her not to worry about it and defends Austin, but assures Stephanie that he’ll make sure Austin doesn’t screw the Alliance. This seems to reassure Stephanie and Kurt leaves.

In another part of the arena, Lita and Jeff are talking about Matt’s odd behavior lately. Matt comes out of the locker room and asks them what they’re talking about and assumes (correctly) that they’re talking about him. Lita tries to assure him that it’s nothing bad and that they’re just worried about him because of his odd behavior.

Matt takes exception to this and calls out Jeff and Lita for NOT acting strange, considering what’s on the line tonight, not just the tag titles, but their jobs if WWF doesn’t win. He then reminds Jeff and Lita that if they win their championship matches tonight, they’ll have job regardless of who wins the main event.

Jeff and Lita go along with this, and Lita seems reassured by Matt’s words. She goes to the Team WWF locker room… and bumps into Trish, who is acting a little guilty. Trish wishes Lita luck in the match and hurries away. Now Lita is visibly worried and upset.

(for the life of me, I can’t remember if they were going somewhere with Trish in this storyline. If they were, it got scrapped pretty quickly)


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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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