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Chairshot Classics: Survivor Series 2001 – Winner Take All

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5-5 Survivor Series Match – Winner Take All: The Rock, Undertaker, Kane, Jericho, and Chris Jericho (WWF) vs Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and Shane McMahon.

 Team Alliance: Shane gets a good pop. Booker T gets good reaction from the Carolina fans. RVD gets a great pop. Angle gets an okay reaction, this is a couple of months after 9/11, which is probably why.  Austin’s reaction is thunderous, as always.

We get a face off between Austin and Angle.

Team WWF:  Big Show gets a good reaction and the Alliance clears out of the ring. Kane gets a good reaction. Taker’s reaction is LOUD. In 2001, he would’ve been part of WWF for eleven years and it had been ten years since he beat Hogan for the WWF Title. Taker makes sure the Alliance has sufficiently warmed up by making them jump out of the way of his ride. Jericho gets great pop. Rock gets a thunderous pop.

(I’m glad Heyman stopped doing commentary after this)

We start off with Austin vs Rock and it’s pretty much a rehash of WrestleMania X-7, just with a few more people at ringside.

For the first few minutes, the action is pretty hot and heavy, evenyone’s getting a shot at everyone else. Some of the match ups are cool (Rock/Austin, Rock/Booker, Y2J/RVD) but then some of the are odd (Angle/Kane).

Shane keeps interfering and nearly getting his ass kicked. His interference backfired on Austin while Austin was fighting Taker, which was funny.

Big Show is our first elimination, but it takes everyone on the Alliance side to accomplish it.  Shane was so caught up in his victory, he failed to notice the Rock stepping in, which lead to a candy ass getting whooped.

Alliance: 5. WWF: 4

Shane is our next elimination and Team WWF also takes turns beating him up, though Shane was done after a tombstone from Taker, who tags in Jericho, who gets the pin after a Lionsault and Taker makes sure the Alliance guys can’t interfere.

Alliance: 4. WWF: 4

Things quickly break down after this, the ring clears as both sides start duking it out, which leads to RVD getting the pin on Kane.

Alliance: 4. WWF: 3

Uh oh, it looks like Team WWF is in trouble. Taker is trying to hold down the fort while Rock and Jericho are doing…something outside. Angle gets the pin after Austin hits Taker with a stunner.

Alliance: 4. WWF: 2

(even knowing the end, the prospect of Rock and Jericho, with all their issues, being Team WWF’s last hope fills me with dread)

Booker T is eliminated next, but his loss is a little ignominious. He gets eliminated by a roll up at the hands of the Rock, who MAY have had a hold of Booker’s trunks (I couldn’t quite see).

Alliance: 3. WWF: 2

RVD is taken out by a ‘Breakdown’ (Full Nelson Facebuster) from Jericho after a very good segment between both guys.

Alliance: 2. WWF: 2

At this point, all hell breaks loose…again. The remainders of both teams start duking it out. Rock and Austin are out on the floor, Jericho and Angle are in the ring.

There’s a little miscue between Jericho and Austin because it looked like one of them missed a spot, but it gets sorted out and Jericho is being worked over by Austin and Angle.

Rock and Angle face off and Rock showing some amateur throws of his own before making Angle tap to the Sharpshooter.

Alliance: 1. WWF: 2

Rock doesn’t want to break the hold, so Austin makes him break it, but Jericho, sensing victory, and not wanting Rock to have all the glory, tags himself in, but Austin’s ready and fighting like he has everything to lose (which he does).

Jericho is eliminated after Austin counters Jericho’s roll up with one of his own and gets three. And now, we’re back where we started, Austin vs Rock.

Alliance; 1. WWF: 1

Jericho doesn’t want to leave and is keeping Hebner from doing his job. Meanwhile, Austin and Rock are beating the tar out of each other. Jericho hits Rock with the Breakdown, just for the hell of it, I guess, before leaving.

Team WWF in the locker room are furious and it looks like whatever Vince had planned may have gone up in smoke. Thankfully, Rock kicks out. Jericho can’t believe it and goes to finish the job properly, when he’s waylaid by Taker, who makes him go back to the locker room.

(Hebner should be counting, but he’s not, he keeps doing that step the refs do when they’re counting but he’s not counting.)

Rock and Austin are really tearing each other up, your really feel like both guys have everything on the line in this match.

(Okay, why couldn’t this have been the final match? Why did we have to have the 5-5?)

Austin goes for the Sharpshooter, but he doesn’t have it locked in properly.

(Rock, you’re close enough to the ropes to grab them, you can stop with the drama)

Austin decides that he’s going to end this one way or another and goes to hit Rock with the WWF title. Rock ducks, hits a spinebuster and locks in his own Sharpshooter.

Austin and Rock are to the DGAF point of this marathon, they’re using each other’s moves.

Nick Patrick runs in and pulls Hebner out of the ring and starts beating him up, for some reason. Rock is livid and tries to Rock Bottom Patrick, but Austin stops him and gives Rock a Rock Bottom, which Rock kicks out of, much to Austin and Patrick’s fury.

Austin is bleeding from either his mouth or his nose and lays out Patrick, probably realizing that this isn’t the right ref, before pulling poor Earl Hebher into the ring by the back of his shirt. Rock pushes Austin into Hebner and now it’s every man for himself.

Rock goes for the Rock Bottom, Austin counters with a stunner but there’s no ref. While Austin is trying to get Hebner to get up, Angle slides in and nails Austin with the WWF Title, giving Rock the opening for a Rock Bottom and Team WWF wins!

We see the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Heyman is stunned silent, Stephanie is bawling, Team WWF is elated.

Vince comes to the top of the ramp and laughs a creepy looking laugh of triumph. He’s officially won the Monday Night Wars, eight months after WCW went off the air.

Results: Team WWF after Angle knocks out Austin, allowing Rock to get the pinfall.

Comments: This was a good match, but it got boring in places. It was forty-five minutes from start to finish.

Overall Comments:

 So, how was Survivor Series 2001? Overall, it was a really good show. Every match felt like the guys working really believed that everything depended on them winning, which was nice.

One thing I really appreciated was the mix of guys unifying titles. WWF unified the Intercontinental and US Titles while the Alliance unified the tag titles and kept the European Title. I liked it because it really made it feel like it was all up for grabs.

One thing I didn’t like was the final match. That match was nearly an hour long from start to finish and Austin vs Rock part 3 was the highlight. Personally, I would’ve scrapped one of the lower card matches, maybe the European Title match, Regal vs Tajiri, or the Immunity Battle Royal, and put it on Heat and had Taker, Kane, Jericho, and Show face Angle, Shane, RVD, and Booker T in a 4-4 Survivor Series match and had Rock vs Austin: Winner Take All as the main event or not bothered with a Survivor Series match and had Austin vs Rock be a Lumberjack match.

My other gripe is the swerve about who was going to turn on the Alliance. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching WWE too long, but the emphasis on Austin being suspected of turning on the Alliance pretty much guaranteed that it wouldn’t be him. Angle being the one wasn’t really a surprise either, but after the atrocious booking of the WCW guys, Booker T and RVD were probably not considered important enough for the job. A real swerve would’ve been Shane selling out his sister and the Alliance to have the WWF all to himself when Vince and Linda retired or passed away, at least to me.

Stinkers: Regal vs Tajiri. It just never seemed to mesh as well as it should have.

Snoozers: The Main Event until the last ten minutes.

Match of the Night: Edge vs Test. That was a really great match from both guys.  Honorable mention goes to: Six Pack challenge.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this show, even knowing the end. I was intrigued to see what RAW would be like, then remembered that I’d watched that RAW and knew what happened.


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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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