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Chairshot Classics: Survivor Series 2001 – Winner Take All



WCW Tag Team/WWE Tag Team Championship Unification Steel Cage Match: The Dudley Boys (Alliance) with Stacey Keibler vs The Hardy Boys (WWF)

 Dudleys get a huge pop, despite being heels. They are accompanied by Stacey Keibler, who will not get to do her trademark entrance due to the steel cage, much to the chagrin of most of the guys in the audience.

Hardys get a huge pop as always, but especially since they’re from North Carolina. Finkel actually has to pause to let the pop die down a little before continuing.

These four guys have such great chemistry, it doesn’t matter what the match is over, you know it’s going to be a good match.

For some strange reason, we’re having a traditional tag match in the steel cage, which I find kind of silly, but here we go.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised that this is a really good match, even with the silliness of doing a regular tag match in a steel cage.  These teams know each other incredibly well, but the match isn’t boring.

Things finally break down and we get an old fashioned free for all and our first escape attempt, made by the Hardys, which ends in D-Von taking a Twist of Fate off the top rope and Jeff getting a Bubba Bomb on the other side of the ring.

An attempt to flapjack Jeff into the wall of the cage almost backfires when Jeff tries to climb to the top of the cage, but Bubba keeps a hold of him and the Dudleys hit the Dudleyville Device.

After several minutes of Dudleys dominating, Matt makes a comeback and gets a near fall that ends with Bubba accidentally dropping an elbow on D-Von.

We get a weird near fall for the Hardys where it looks like Korderas counted three before the pin was broken up before Bubba came in.

The Dudleys re-assert their dominance and Bubba yells for Stacey to get the tables, though how they’re going to get them into the cage is a mystery to me. Nick Patrick stops her, but Stacy basically flashes her butt at him and flirts, before taking his key to the padlock on the cage. While Korderas is yelling at Patrick, the table is introduced anyway. The Dudleys try to 3D Jeff through the table but Matt interferes and Jeff counters.

Matt escapes, but that leaves Jeff alone with two angry Dudleys. Jeff fights back and goes for the escape, but that daredevil side kicks in and he goes for the Swanton Bomb, D-Von moves and Jeff goes through the table. Bubba gets the pin and the Dudleys are the new champs.

Result: The Dudley Boys by pinfall.  The EMTs come out and Matt and Lita are in the cage. Jeff is out for the count, I think, though how the ‘trained’ pros are moving him doesn’t look right to me (no neck or back brace, really?)

Comments: That was a great match.

WWF may have just spoiled the end of the show by announcing that RAW was going to be in Charlotte, NC, home of Jim Crockett Promotions for decades…and the adopted home of Ric Flair.

(if you remember the 2001 storyline post Survivor Series, you know what I’m talking about).

We go to WWF New York, where Mick Foley is living it up. JR asks Foley why he’s in New York and not in North Carolina since he’s the WWF commissioner. Foley says that it’s a good question and the answer is: Vince told him to stay in New York. Foley says that he’s having fun and running up a heck of a bill on Vince’s tab, but his heart is in North Carolina. He also says that the commissionership is kind of a joke because he has to do what Vince wants. He adds that he’s pulling for WWF, but IF WWF wins, he’s going to fly to Charlotte and have a talk with Vince.

Backstage, Scotty 2 Hotty is running for the gorilla position when he’s stopped by Test.  Test asks him if he’s headed for the battle royal, Scotty affirms that and walks away, only to be hit from behind by Test, who beats Scotty to a pulp and leaves him in the hallway


Immunity Battle Royal: Winner Cannot Be Fired For One Year.

 No one is getting their own entrance, at least for the Alliance, including DDP.  There seems to be some dissention between Raven and Steven Richards, which is interesting if you know their history back in ECW.

The WWF guys are also not getting individual entrances and APA are leading the pack. The Human Block of Swiss, Albert, is there, though he doesn’t get in the ring just yet and grabs his former partner, Test for a quick fight. Taz comes out, to everyone’s surprise and starts fighting.

This is hard to keep up with, but it seems to be partisan right now. Someone did a run-in, but I can’t tell who it was. It’s started getting nasty as we get down to what looks like the final ten guys or so.

Taz talks trash to Heyman and gets eliminated by Billy Gunn. Taz isn’t happy about that and goes for Heyman before the refs usher him out.  Bradshaw just Fall Away Slammed Billy Kidman out to the floor.  We’re down to the Final Four: Bradshaw, Billy Gunn, Test, and Lance Storm.

 Results: Test by eliminating Billy Gunn.

Comments: This was a good match, not thrilled about the outcome, but the match was good.

Backstage, Shane and Booker T are talking about the upcoming match. Booker says that he trusts Shane, but he doesn’t trust Austin. He points out Austin’s motto ‘DTA: Don’t Trust Anybody’.

Shane says he understands what Booker is saying and that they both have a lot riding on tonight, but that Austin is the guy and that he trusts him and that the Alliance has to stick together.

(Could they be telegraphing that swerve any harder?)


Six Pack Challenge for Vacant WWF Women’s Championship: Trish Stratus (WWF) vs Jacqueline (WWF) vs Lita (WWF) vs Ivory (Alliance) vs Jazz (Alliance) vs Mighty Molly (Alliance)

 Trish is out first to a great pop. Jacqueline gets a quiet pop. Lita gets an amazing pop.  Ivory gets a round of boos. Mighty Molly gets little reaction. Jazz gets no reaction, but she looks like a BAMF, in my opinion.

We start with Jazz going for Lita, and this match is on!

This match was going to be: Two women start out, the other four in the corners, anyone can tag in anyone, first pinfall wins. That lasts for a a couple of minutes, then it breaks down into a free for all.

All pretense of team spirit is out the window and all these ladies want to be women’s champion.

Jazz tries to take Trish out, but Trish ducks and sends Jazz outside, leaving her alone with Ivory. Ivory goes for a slam, Trish counters, hits the Stratusfaction and we have a new Women’s Champion.

Result: Trish Stratus by pinfall after hitting Ivory with the Stratusfaction. The crowd goes nuts for the new champ!

Comments: Even knowing how good Trish would become by the time she retired in 2006, I was still surprised by her win. Trish was not a very good, or experienced, wrestler at this point, though she’d been training down in OVW during a hiatus due to a sprained ankle during most of the Invasion storyline.

Vince gives his troops a…pep talk. He tells them that he has every confidence that Team WWF but he also knows that he could be looking at a group of losers (nice one, Vince). He also warns that the WWF would never forgive them if they lost to the Alliance. Vince basically tells them that they’d be done as professional wrestlers if they lost (pretty sure the Jarretts would snatch them up).

(Vince, we get the point, please shut up)

Vince cites all the greats that Team WWF is fighting for, including Rock’s grandfather.

(the wrestlers look bored and I agree)

Team Alliance is heading out, no pep talk for them.

We get a recap of the events leading up to Survivor Series, including Taker putting the fear of God in Rock and Jericho.

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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!


  • 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


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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