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Top 5: Worst Money in the Bank Briefcase Holders

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Earlier in the week, we took a look at the best Money in the Bank briefcase holders. Today, we look at the worst. Where did these men go wrong? It usually comes down to bad booking or bad luck. Some briefcase holders get jobbed out until cashing in because the booking team figures that the guy with the briefcase can just cash it in & get over again. Others just have bad luck.

Some never should have had it in the first place. In WWE’s defense on this one: you don’t know unless you try. These guys tried, and failed.

 

5. John Cena (Money in the Bank 2012-Raw 1000)

There were plenty of other ways to give John Cena a WWE Championship match at Raw 1000, held eight days after the MITB event. Wasting the briefcase on it didn’t make much sense. The one positive thing was that Cena wasn’t going to be hurt by not winning the title due to having the briefcase, so it was logical to have him be the first one to take that bullet.

I thought about putting this higher on the list, but it didn’t last long enough to offend me & the Raw 1000 match was pretty good. Remember when Raw’s never-ending champion defended on TV?

 

4. Baron Corbin (Money in the Bank 2017-8/15/17 SmackDown)

There was a hot minute last year where Baron Corbin was considered a favorite of management. He eliminated Braun Strowman from the Royal Rumble & was pretty well protected up until the point where he won the MITB Ladder Match. He started a feud with Shinsuke Nakamura that led to boring matches which nobody wanted to blame Nakamura for, then was set for a big SummerSlam match with John Cena that had the potential to get him to the next level.

Then he tried to cash in on Jinder Mahal on a random SmackDown leading up to SummerSlam, and failed while looking like an idiot in the process. Cena squashed him at SummerSlam, and that was that. He got a US Championship run after, so that was his chance to hold a strap. Now he’s Constable of Raw & has finally given up on his skullet, so maybe there’s hope?

 

3. Jack Swagger (WrestleMania XXVI-4/2/10 SmackDown)

Swagger cashed in pretty early on Chris Jericho, and we thought for a second that it might lead to big things. It didn’t. Swagger’s reign as World Champion was a joke, as he spent much of his title reign putting people over on Raw while trying to be taken seriously on SmackDown & generally looking like a second-rate champion that was in over his head. It’s a shame too, because dude was one of the most talented athletes to come through WWE during this century. During his title reign, the best thing they could think of for a rub was to have him lose to the Undertaker’s Tombstone.

It was one of those World title runs that kill careers. The way people in the generation before me talked about Tommy Rich & Ronnie Garvin as NWA Champion is the way people talk about Jack Swagger as World Champion. Swagger accomplished little of note during the rest of his WWE tenure other than being managed by Zeb Colter & getting busted for drugs while in the middle of a push to a World title match against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania.

 

2. Damien Sandow (Money in the Bank 2013-10/28/13 Raw)

Sandow knocking Cody Rhodes off the ladder to win the briefcase split the Rhodes Scholars tag team. You would have thought it meant Sandow was getting the push afterward, but you would have been wrong. Rhodes dominated the ensuing feud, then Sandow lost to the likes of Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth & Santino Marella in a typical “job the guy with the MITB briefcase” run. He challenged John Cena on the Raw after Hell in a Cell & while they had a really good match, he still came up short.

People tell me wins & losses don’t matter all the time. Damien Sandow is an example of when they do. Losing his cash-in match in impressive fashion did nothing for his career. Instead of getting a run with a championship, he went down the card to the opening matches. He did the best he could though, and eventually got over with the people by being Miz’s stunt double. Though he remained popular until the end of his WWE tenure, they had nothing for him to do.

 

1. Mr. Kennedy (WrestleMania 23-5/7/07 Raw)

I remember a time when Mr. Kennedy was going to be a megastar. He had a charisma about him that drew comparisons to Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock in some circles. His winning the briefcase came as no surprise at all. A title run seemed in the cards for Kennedy…until he lost the briefcase to Edge in a random match on Raw.

What happened? Kennedy suffered a triceps injury in a match at a house show. Kennedy was scheduled to take the World championship off of Undertaker, who had an injury of his own that would require him missing time. Edge got tapped to take the briefcase off of Kennedy, then the World championship off of Undertaker. Then Edge got injured two months later & had to forfeit the championship. It felt like more people lost championships due to injury than anything else during this part of the 2000s.

Kennedy’s WWE run never reached its potential due to injuries, getting popped for drugs, & pissing off the wrong people at the wrong time. This particular setback wasn’t his fault, but it was a sign of things to come.


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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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?

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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!


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