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Why Shinsuke Nakamura Should Win at Money in the Bank 2018



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Since his win at the Royal Rumble 2018, Shinsuke Nakamura has made the most of his opportunity on Smackdown Live.  Even though he was on the losing end at WrestleMania against AJ Styles, the King of Strong Style switched gears with a shocking heel turn.  His change of attitude caused for him and Styles to continue their feud into the summer, which overall hasn’t been that bad (numerous low blows aside).

Let’s talk about his character change first.  The change of character serves as a way of having a psychological advantage over Styles.  From his “no speak English” tag, to intently drag out the contract signing on this past Smackdown is a well-done notion for Nakamura to get the heat he needs going into Money in the Bank.  This has all built up since WrestleMania, so it’s a long time coming to see him and Styles go to war to possibly settle their score once and for all.

Many fans are familiar with the fantastic match the two men had two years prior at WrestleKingdom 10.  Comparing that match to their program in WWE gives way to both men adapting to the company’s way of doing things.  It is telling that the best match between the two in their WWE careers was on Smackdown just weeks ago.  Not that it’s bad at all, because it’s not in the slightest.  Cast aside what the majority of opinion is out there, there is no denial that WWE made the right call to take this feud past WrestleMania into SummerSlam.

Now, I know that SummerSlam is two months away.  Fans know that so much can happen in that span of time.  First, Money in the Bank is coming just around the corner – this Sunday as a matter of fact.  What happens at this event will determine where paths will go, especially when it comes to the WWE Championship picture.  With that comes a plethora of questions.  Questions such as, will there be a Raw winner, or a Smackdown winner at Money in the Bank?  Will match placement be a factor if said winner plans to cash in immediately?  And one other question, what is next for Styles and Nakamura after Money in the Bank?

Keep in mind, this feud has not been a clean sweep for either man.  There has been no clear winner at the last PPV event, which bought time for both men to continue their feud.  With the match on Smackdown, Nakamura was victorious which allowed him to choose the stipulation for their upcoming match.  And with that being said, Nakamura very well could be the one holding Championship gold over the Phenomenal One.  Here are some of my reasons why Nakamura should be the Last Man Standing this Sunday at Money in the Bank.

Establishes Dominance

Nakamura is easily the top heel on Smackdown thanks to his actions at WrestleMania.  Winning the Championship will prove that his change of heart is not a fluke.  Becoming the bad guy serves the purpose that he is in fact a force to be reckoned with.  He is not a pushover, and if his rings skills are anything to go by, he is just as dangerous as a heel versus being a face.

Fans already know how immensely talented Nakamura is in the ring.  I personally think his ring psychology is easily overlooked – and that is something that has played an incredible role since WrestleMania.  If anything else, the way he has toyed with those in and out of the ring comes full circle as Nakamura knows what he is doing to get under everyone’s skin.  It’s almost like he can pick until the other person snaps.  Just exactly like how he did Styles during the backstage contract signing on Smackdown.

Nakamura absolutely has the tools that makes him the most hated man on Smackdown.  He doesn’t need the gold to solidify his talent, but it would just add to the incredible job he has been doing since WrestleMania.

Pointless Heel Turn

The purpose of Nakamura’s heel turn is to take another direction into winning the WWE Championship.  His path to Championship gold on the main roster has been a little more challenging versus his quick rise to the Championship in NXT.  A slow start on Smackdown quickly ascended once Nakamura won the Royal Rumble.  With his WrestleMania loss, Nakamura made quite the WrestleMania moment the second he low blowed Styles post-match.

From there both men have battled each other with no clear winner in the PPV matches.  If Nakamura loses, what was the point of the heel turn to begin with?  There is many positives with the heel turn, which includes his mannerisms in efforts to piss off anyone from the fans to his opponents.  It’s heel gold at best considering that at one point there was nothing that could keep fans from cheering on Nakamura as he chased WWE glory.  So why not reward him with a Championship run?  I would not be surprised if Nakamura somehow cheated his way to his first WWE Championship.  Look at past stars such as Triple H, Edge and The Rock.  Their wins as heel were defining moments in their legacies.  Nakamura would fit that bill nicely.

SummerSlam Closing

With SummerSlam right around the corner, it would be fitting for Styles to invoke his rematch clause at the second biggest PPV of the year.  Giving both of these men a proper end to their WWE program would be the right thing to do.  It is the perfect chance to close a chapter and start a new one.  While I say that, it’s easy to forget that a wrench can easily be thrown into that via the Money in the Bank briefcase.

There is a 50/50 chance that a Smackdown guy wins the briefcase, and if that happens, then that is a big factor hanging over the WWE Championship picture.  There are little things in between that could pose a threat as Styles and Nakamura attempt to reign supreme on the blue brand.  But if there is a Raw winner, then it will eliminate that threat going into SummerSlam.

There is a saying that when one door closes, another one opens.  So where could either man go after their program is done?  I wouldn’t mind seeing Styles feud with someone such as Cien Almas, though if for some reason Styles is still Champion, then Samoa Joe certainly comes to mind.  Nakamura could easily go into a feud with Daniel Bryan, which screams money.

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Three Stars of The Night: WWE Monday Night Raw (August 13, 2018)



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A look at the Three Stars Of The Night for the August 13th edition of WWE Monday Night Raw!

Did you miss me? I know you did! If you are new to this format, the Three Stars concept is defined below. Take a look and this will make way more sense.

Good? Excellent!

Now then, the Road to SummerSlam comes to a close for WWE Monday Night Raw–and that means some folks are earning some stars!

The Third Star:
The Revival


Raw featured multiple tag team matches (it WAS a go-home show, after all), but The Revival is once again showing why they are THE team on Raw. This match is exhibit A, B, and C. It’s time for Patrick O’Dowd’s Cycle Of WWE Tag Team Wrestling to continue to roll, with the belts finally resting on a legitimate tag team for an extended period of time.

Maybe not at SummerSlam, but soon.

The Second Star:
“Local Musician” Ricky Roberts (and Elias)


John Skyler is 31 years old, and has been wrestling since 2008. He’s made multiple appearances on WWE (and NXT) broadcasts in the past, but his appearance on RAW as Ricky Roberts? That takes the cake.

Hell of a job, Ricky. Hell of a job.

Other Honorable Mentions:
Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Alicia Fox’s head-dress, Ronda Rousey, Mojo Rawley, Kevin Owens, Constable Corbin

And now… a distinction usually reserved
for the top performer of the night …the first star!

The First Star:
Dean Ambrose

“Less is more” is a phrase that more professional wrestlers need to learn, and tonight one who basically did the least (Dean Ambrose) really accomplished the most. Dean’s return to Raw ignited the crowd, social media, and really added some needed “zing” to the Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental Championship defense against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam.Hopefully shorter hair and a fuller beard means we are getting more Stone Cold out of Dean Ambrose and less Mick Foley.

(Full disclosure: I always thought Ambrose had “Stone Cold” potential if used right. Hopefully we’re headed down that road.)

Will he stay on the good side with Seth, or is Dean setting up his brother for a big swerve? Time will tell us soon enough!

Who are your Three Stars of WWE Monday Night Raw? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.

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The 10 Defining Moments Of Kurt Angle’s Career



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Don’t let his cringe worthy role as RAW GM distract you from the fact that Kurt Angle is one of the best in ring technicians of all time. A legit Olympic gold medalist and a multi time world champion as  anyone transitioned from amateur wrestling to pro wrestling as seamlessly as Kurt Angle.

He’s one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time and has had a career filled with great moments but which best define the Career of pro wrestling’s only Olympic Gold medallist. That’s Why I’m here to give you the 10 defining moments of Kurt Angles career.

10. Winning His Gold Medal

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but Kurt Angle won a gold medal with a broken freaken neck. He might have mentioned it once or twice. Angle shifted his wait to avoid losing a point but in doing so he landed right on his head. However since Angle is not like most people he still gained the points and went on to win the gold medal

This is on the list not just cause it’s a great accomplishment in its self but the fact it became the crux of Kurt Angle’s character. This gave Kurt that air of legitimacy and immediately set him apart from everyone else on the roster as there had never been a gold medallist in Pro wrestling before.

9. Appearing in ECW

Despite not debuting until late 99 WWE first offered Kurt Angle a contract in 96 shortly after winning his medal. This was around the time they were brining in people with legit sporting backgrounds like Mark Henry and Ken Shamrock.

Angle was hesitant but a trip to Philadelphia nearly soured Angle on pro wrestling altogether. Angle was a guest at an ECW show because Paul Heyman was trying to convince him to debut for him. It just so happened this was the same show Where the Sandman was crucified by Raven. Not only did they offend many of the people in attendance, but Angle was so offended he walked out.

Imagine if Angle hadn’t changed his mind and never went into pro wrestling. This match would have deprived us of so many great matches and moments. 

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Does Seth Rollins Need to Win vs. Dolph Ziggler at WWE SummerSlam?



Seth Rollins will wage war against Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam on August 19. The two men have been embroiled in a very intense feud on the red brand for the past few months and SummerSlam may just be the blow-off match.

But does The Kingslayer need the win on August 19? Rollins has been at the top of his game over the past year and many fans believe he is the best in WWE right now. It’s certainly difficult to argue that point, as Seth has really never looked better. So should he go over and take back the gold?

For some fans, there is no better validation of a Superstar’s talent than with the reward of a championship belt. Titles in WWE denote a certain level of importance of the men and women holding them, which is exactly the notion that the company wants to convey. It is very effective of course, as a title can often mean the difference between a featured star and a supporting cast member.

Sometimes though a championship reinforces a guy’s standing in the company. AJ Styles is a perfect example of this. Many believe that AJ is the best in the world today. His matches are must-see TV and he always brings everything he has to tell an amazingly compelling story between the ropes. 

But if Styles did not have the WWE Championship, would fans think any less of him? Would AJ be considered a great talent, but not so great that he can handle the main event grind that comes with being the top titleholder? Common sense says that a guy like AJ Styles doesn’t need a title belt or any other type of trophy to be considered the top pro wrestler working today. His work speaks for itself.

However the overall perception of AJ has undoubtedly been heightened due to his run with the WWE Championship. He was always a favorite of fans who followed his career before he came to WWE. But a lengthy run with WWE’s top title does nothing but bolster the idea that the company has a tremendous amount of faith in him. Of course there’s always the question of who would be WWE champion if AJ didn’t have it. After all, there’s only so many main event talents working on SmackDown Live.

As for Seth Rollins, the opposite is true. Monday Night Raw is rife with main event guys, all of whom could wear any championship at any time and have a successful run in the process. That makes things a bit tougher for Seth, but it also forces him to raise his game. That is especially true due to a certain Samoan Superstar.

Raw is Roman Reigns’ show. WWE is Roman Reigns’ company. It’s only logical to assume that any brand he lives on would be the top brand and he would be the top champ. The fact that he doesn’t have the WWE Universal Championship right now is a mystery to many, who felt that he should have beaten Brock Lesnar months ago at WrestleMania 34.

Even Roman’s critics were surely bewildered by WWE’s decision to keep the belt on Brock. The Beast Incarnate is never around. He never defends the title. At the very least, Roman is always there and if he did hold the belt, he could potentially drop it to anyone at any time. He’s not invincible and he’s not unbeatable. 

Reigns may indeed be the next Universal champion of course. He and Lesnar will do battle at SummerSlam for the title. But even if Reigns wins now, it would perhaps feel a bit anticlimactic. Would anyone really care that he finally pinned Lesnar? If Brock wins, would another loss lessen Roman’s standing in the company?

As The Big Dog has fought to dethrone the beast, Seth Rollins has been waiting just to the left of his former Shield teammate. As Rollins’ matches continued to impress and his stock continued to rise, Seth arguably became the true top guy of Monday Night Raw. Does that come with an asterisk because Rollins does not have a title? Or does that even matter?

Not only does Seth have to contend with the presence of WWE’s top star, he also has to deal with guys like Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and Braun Strowman, all of whom are viable contenders for the main event mantle. Even Dean Ambrose, who will eventually return from injury, is among that group.

Of course the Intercontinental Championship is not the Universal Championship. But fans may or may not see that as a negative and WWE certainly doesn’t portray it as a negative. The company presents the IC title as the workhorse title and even refers to it that way as well. WWE reinforces the idea that whoever holds the title is a trusted, dependable, hardworking guy. The Intercontinental champion is someone who always delivers and always gets over. What better way to describe Seth Rollins?

The fact is that Seth Rollins is Seth Rollins with or without the Intercontinental Championship. But if he does not regain the title at SummerSlam, does that diminish his standing on Raw? This is WWE after all and in WWE, guys can often get overlooked if no championship plans are in place for them. Surely this is not the case for Seth. 

But some view Rollins as the kid brother to Roman Reigns. Seth is always just behind Reigns, always living in his immense shadow. Is that actually the case? While the Intercontinental Championship may not be a cure-all for Seth Rollins, it may just be the remedy he needs right now. It would anchor his position in WWE. It would also be a nice consolation prize next to the Universal Championship and that title is one that should definitely come to Rollins in time.

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