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Chairshot Classics: WWE SummerSlam 2006

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The Big Show and Sabu go one-on-one for the ECW Championship in an Extreme Rulez Match. The McMahon’s are facing off against the newly returned Degeneration-X. Batista and Booker T compete for the World Heavyweight Title, and Edge and John Cena square-up for the WWE Championship. All this and so much more as this edition of Chairshot Classics brings you SummerSlam 2006.

For today’s show we will spend the evening in the home of the Boston Celtics, the TD Bank North Garden. The Boston, Massachusetts arena is packed with 16,168 eager fans and there are another 541K tuning in at home on PPV. The ECW Brand has returned along with its grandest Title, the ECW Championship. For this show we get three different announce teams. Jim Ross and Jerry “The KingLawler are calling for the RAW Brand, Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield calling for the blue brand, SmackDown and we have Tazz and Joey Styles calling for ECW. The theme song for the show is “The Enemy” by the band Godsmack. So let’s get the show started and enter the arena for “The Biggest Party of the Summer!”

We get a Degeneration-X themed open that has the re-formed faction running amok on the McMahon Family. At this point I guess it is more of  a tag-team, because it is just Shawn Michaels and Triple H. It shows the World Heavyweight Champion, King Booker, next and he is joined by his Queen, Sharmell. This is the build for his feud with the animal that is Batista. This is a rematch of a real shoot fight that took place a few months prior at the commercial taping for this SummerSlam. We will dissect that more as we get to the actual match. The final piece of the open is between John Cena and Edge. This story is really centered around the griminess of The Rated R Superstar, Edge. Edge even broke into Cena’s parents house and slapped his dad. Nice.

 

Michael Cole welcomes us into the sold-out arena and this is when I notice that WWE doesn’t have the rights to the Godsmack song anymore. Instead, we hear “Cobra Style” by The TeddyBears. Cole goes around the horn and introduces the announce teams that we discussed earlier. It’s not long after that the crowd erupts as the man from the 619, Rey Mysterio, enters the arena. Before the next man enters we get a clip of how we got here. Rey of course was a friend of the late Eddie Guerrero, who had passed the previous November from a Heart Condition. This feud with Eddie’s nephew Chavo Guerrero is centered around that. We see some highlights of the careers of Eddie and Rey, mainly where they intersected, and this is nicely put together. Chavo is accusing Rey of leaching off the career of his late Uncle, and so is Eddie’s widow Vickie. Chavo Guerrero’s relationship with Eddie is highlighted next, and again this is a nice homage package to the late Latino Heat.

Rey wastes no time getting the early start and attacks Chavo before the bell can sound. The punches lead to an Irish whip and Rey flattens Chavo with the back elbow to the jaw. Chavo uses the double leg takedown to gain an edge and hits Mysterio with a European uppercut. Rey is whipped to the ropes but saves face with the springboard moonsault. Chavo catches him and it looks like a snake-eyes is coming next. Rey counters out of it by arm dragging Chavo, and this sends Guerrero through the ropes. Mysterio sends Guerrero tumbling with the baseball slide but when he slingshots off the top rope for the crossbody to the out side, Chavo avoids it by sliding into the ring. Guerrero attempts the same slingshot maneuver and his doesn’t miss. Chavo returns Rey to the ring and stomps him into the corner. When he applies the boot choke, Guerrero gets some serious heat from the fans and it takes the ref to pull him off. After two European uppercuts from Chavo, Rey reverses a punch and takes Guerrero off his feet with a couple of quick ankle kicks. The hurricanrana is attempted by Rey but Chavo reverses it by flap-jacking Mysterio into the top turnbuckle. After a side suplex, Chavo does an Eddie Guerrero shimmy that really gets some heat from the crowd. As Chavo continues to stomp away at Rey we hear the fans start a “Eddie” chant.

After a tussle in the corner Mysterio comes off the second rope and uses the hurricanrana to plant Chavo in perfect 619 positioning. The crowd explodes when the finish is hit and Rey is on the apron for his follow-up move, the springboard seated senton. Chavo catches him instead, and it looks as though he is going to powerbomb Mysterio to the outside. This doesn’t happen and Rey instead hurricanranas Chavo over the ropes. This sends both men crashing to the floor as the ref starts his ten count. Chavo nails a few punches and returns Rey to the ring. This is when we see Vickie Guerrero with the run-in and she is confronting Chavo on the outside. She stops him from returning to the ring and then slaps Chavo in the face. This is when Mysterio comes flying through the ropes and hits Chavo with a suicide dive. Rey returns Chavo to the ring and now Vickie is trying to stop Rey from continuing the match. This distraction allows Chavo to land some punches and suplex Rey back into the ring from the apron. Chavo channels Eddie Guerrero next and attempts the Three Amigos. After he successfully completes two suplexs Rey slides away and shoves Chavo into the ropes. When Chavo bounces back Mysterio lands a beautiful hurricanrana and the crowd are again on their feet. It is now Rey who is channeling Eddie and his version of the Tree Amigos goes off unhitched. At this point in the match Vickie is really losing her shit on the outside as she wants the match to end. Rey takes to the tope rope and this is when Vickie Guerrero really interferes. She pulls the top rope down and this sends Mysterio crashing to the mat. This interference allows Chavo to hit Rey Mysterio with a brainbuster, and Chavo follows it up by heading to the top rope. Chavo takes to the skies and lands a frogsplash that Eddie would be proud of. The ref counts the three and that’s all folks. This is a great opening match and told a great story. Even though I may think using Eddie’s death in story may be a little fucked, I was a fan of the match and the Eddie Guerrero homages throughout. Match Time-6:40

We see King Booker and Queen Sharmell in the locker room and they are speaking of how they’re the “Greatest Couple in Sports Entertainment”. They are using accents that are similar to what we hear “Woken” Matt Hardy use today. The “Royal Family” is interrupted by Edge and Lita and they claim to be the better couple. Edge lays into Booker with some insults before he turns on the crowd saying  “He plans to slap John Cena just like he did his father…just like the Yankees are slapping the Red Sox out of the playoffs as we speak.” This of course gets some nice heat from the Boston fans. This would in fact turn out to be true and the New York Yankees would win the World Series. I’m just going to say it, I hate this King Booker gimmick and it just doesn’t seem to fit in my opinion.

 

Joey Styles and Tazz are on the microphones and are set the call the next match that has the ECW Championship on the line in an Extreme Rulez match. We see a package that shows highlights from a ladder match to see who gets the contract to be the number one contender. Think of a one-vs-one Money in the Bank match. Sabu defeated Rob Van Dam in this match and gained the Title Shot. The challenger, “The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal, Death Defying”, Sabu enters first and is carrying his favorite weapon, the chair. The ECW World Champion enters the arena next and this is a mean looking version of The Big Show. The bell sounds and Sabu is quick to throw his chair at the head of The Big Show. After a chairshot to the midsection and back of Show, Sabu hits an early Arabian Facebuster. This is a leg drop where Sabu puts the chair between him and his opponent. He goes for the quick cover but The Big Show just tosses him off. Sabu sets the chair up but when he hits the ropes Show grabs his foot and send him face first into said chair. Big Show then just stomps onto the chair and crushes it before he throws it from the ring. Show starts to work Sabu with various slow Big Show type attacks. Punches, Head-butts, etc.. He then slams Sabu to the mat with a scoopslam and picks him up into the bear hug.

The hug goes on for some time before Sabu bites Big Shows face and this allows him to escape the hold. Sabu attempts to springboard next but The Big Show catches him. Show then tosses him over his head and this sends Sabu rolling out of the ring. The way he tosses Sabu here really shows how much strength this giant really has. The Big Show lifts Sabu onto the apron by his hair, but Sabu is quick to snapmare the neck of Big Show onto the top rope. Sabu looks under the ring and is quick to throw a chair into the top of Show’s head. The sound this makes is quite brutal. He then brings the chair into the ring and throws it into the face of Big Show one more time. Sabu then takes to the top rope with it and jumps off kicking the chair into The Big Show’s face again. This leaves both men stunned but after a moment Sabu goes for the cover. Before the one is really counted, Big Show again tosses Sabu off from him. Sabu again leaves the ring and this time he comes back with a table. After the table is leaned in the corner Sabu returns his attention to Show. But The Big Show grabs him by the throat and just when you think the chokeslam is coming Sabu pokes him in the eyes. Sabu is fast to the top rope and leaps off to hit the big man with a bulldog. Sabu again sets a chair up and runs, leaps off from it and bulldogs The Big Show threw the table. I expected an “OH MY GOD” from Joey Styles here and was disappointed when he didn’t deliver it. This breaks the crowd into “ECW” chants as both men are slow to return to their feet. Sabu is first up and goes right to the top rope. Show is right there behind him this time and picks him up to drive him to the mat with the electric chair drop. At this point we can notice a small cut on the large melon of The Big Show. He drags Sabu’s limp body to the corner and hits Sabu with a Vader Bomb. This is when Joey Styles satisfies my desires with an “OH MY GOD”. Sabu rolls from the ring and Show goes out the other side of it and throws the ring steps in. Big Show also puts a table into the ring before he himself enters it. At this point Sabu is laying on the mat and looks to be in real shoulder pain. Show then sets the table up across the ring steps but this allows Sabu to come running and DDT him through his own set-up. Once again we hear an “OH MY GOD” from Styles and this feels like a real ECW affair.

Sabu again leaves the ring and returns with yet another table. He sets it up but this backfires and Sabu is viciously chokeslamed through it. The Big Show makes the cover and gets the three to retain his ECW World Championship. This was a good match and it really felt like you were watching an ECW show. Now why couldn’t they do this well when they revived the Brand for the short lived WWECW crapfest. If you ever were a fan of the ECW of old, this is a match that can satisfy that fandom. On a side note, it is rumored that Kurt Angle wanted to be a part of this Title Match because he had lost the Title to RVD on August 13th. Kurt also suffered a groin injury in that match and it would also be his last match with the WWE until he returned 11 years later. Match Time-8:30


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Taking Over: Greg DeMarco’s Look at WWE NXT Takeover Fatal 4-Way (9/11/14)

“Taking Over” continues as we see how Takeover Fatal 4-Way (9/11/14) holds up today!

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Greg DeMarco takes a look back at the second NXT Takeover in the first edition of “Taking Over” as we march towards WWE NXT Takeover XXV!

WWE NXT Takeover is turning 25 on June 1! Well, sort of… On June 1, WWE NXT will present the 25th Takeover event, a stand-alone show from Connecticut–which I wouldn’t call the heart of WWE, but the brain. I am taking a look back at the first 24 to see just how far we’ve come. Join me for “Taking Over,” my look back at the first 24 Takeover events.

Prior editions:

NXT Takeover Fatal 4 Way
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, Renee Young, and Byron Saxton

  • NXT Tag Team Championship: Lucha Dragons beat The Ascension to win the championships – A good match, but not great. It’s a far cry from what the Takeover opening tag team match would become. Big pop for the finish, though.
  • Baron Corbin beat CJ Parker – This was back when I hated Baron Corbin. Wait, that was yesterday. Anyway, this is a squash to elevate Baron Corbin, even though we didn’t get a true entrance for Corbin. Corbin’s hair didn’t look terribl ehere, in fact it looked better than CJ’s. According to commentary, this was Corbin’s NXT debut. Huge pop for the End Of Days. In fact, Crbin was crazy over here.
  • Hair vs. Hair Match – Sylvester Lefort vs. Enzo Amore – NXT was definitely more “developmental” at this time, and this match showed it. Both these guys had the personalities to excel, but never pans out. They worked hard and did get the crowd invested, which is job #1.
  • Hideo Itami NXT debut promo – Thi sis where he shifts from KENTA to Hideo Itami, , and he cut most of the promo in Japanese. The Ascension would come out and eventually attack, but Itami got the upperhand in the end. This was an insanely promising start to his WWE career. The visual of him sitting in a chair begging them both to get back in the ring was amazing.
  • Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley – Quick win for Bull Dempsey, who should have been a bigger deal. He’d be a great fit at NXT UK. His theme song is still the most underrated they’ve ever made.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair successfully defended against Bayley – Bayley, just like everyone, was crazy over at Full Sail. Her “childhood dream” gimmick can only go so far, though. Charlotte Flair was the decided heel here, and showed signs of the greatness she’d achieve while also showing how green she was. Charlotte was absolutely ripped here. Charlotte nailed a terrible looking moonsault that the announce team didn’t know how to sell. Charlotte won with Natural Selection, which may have been an audible after the moonsault debacle as you can hear Bayley call for the spot. It’s amazing what Charlotte has become. Sasha Banks attacked Bayley after,and Charlotte
  • NXT Championship: Adrian Neville successfully defended against Tyson Kidd, Sami Zayn, and Tyler Breeze – One hell of a match, and I remember how great the build was. Breeze won a #1 contender match but had his title match interrupted by Kidd, Kidd and Zayn were eventually here to make it a Fatal 4-Way. I really thought Breeze would win here, but that was really wishful thinking on my part. This match was one-fall rules. Tyson Kidd’s Sharpshooter is criminally underrated. Neville shows heel tendencies here, pulling the referee out of the ring before he can count the three in Zayn’s favor (legal in a 4-way match), Neville would then superkick Zayn on the floor and pin Kidd after a Red Arrow. The story after the match was Zayn’s reaction and dejection, setting up the obvious main event for the next Takeover. I loved the character shift for Neville, winning “by means necessary” and showing signs of the amazing heel we’d see later.

Where are they now:

  • The Ascension – Konnor & Viktor are on Raw, and are basically an afterthought after being repackaged as a ripoff of late 80s/early 90s tag teams like The Road Warriors.
  • Kalisto – Doing very little as a member of the Lucha House Party on Raw, but he’s also a former NXT Tag Team Champion and 2-time United States Champion, along with a former Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Sin Cara – Still wearing that cursed mask, so he’s injured.
  • Baron Corbin – Sucking on the main roster! He’s been a Money In The Bank briefcase holder (he lost his cash in), Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner, and United States Champion. He was also Constable Corbin and the General Manager of Raw. He retired Kurt Angle. And he sucks.
  • CJ Parker – He is likely best known for being Kevin Owens’ first NXT opponent, and busting his nose in the process. He left WWE, and is now back to working as Juice Robinson in ROH and New Japan, where he is the IWGP United States Champion (although you wouldn’t know it by watching their product).
  • Sylvester Lefort – He ended up getting released in early 2016, went to TNA to be part of The Tribunal under his name Tom LaRuffa. He worked there through the end of 2016, before returning to Europe where he remains active to this day.
  • Enzo Amore – Ugh…he went to the main roster with Big Cass (on Raw) and Carmella (on Smackdown), working as a team until they broke up in what was actually a good angle. He eventually showed up on 205 Live, where he drew some good heat, but ended up leaving the company for outside the ring issues. He’s released some rap songs/videos, and made an ill-fated appearance at ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard.
  • Hideo Itami – Such a promising start, he had a good run in NXT that included a NXT Championship shot at Bobby Roode. He went to 205 Live, but failed to become Cruiserweight Champion. He eventually requested his release and returned home to Japan.
  • Bull Dempsey – He had a small NXT run before being released, and works as Bull James on the independents, mostly in the Northeast United States.
  • Bayley – She’d have a better run later with Sasha Banks, before moving to the main roster and holding the Raw Women’s Championship. She won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship with Sasha Banks, and is not on Smackdown.
  • Charlotte Flair – Just main evented WrestleMania, is an 8-time Women’s Champion, and is one of the very best performers of either gender on the main roster.
  • Sami Zayn – A mid-card player on the main roster, just recently returned from injury and is doing some great character work on Raw. Also (briefly) held the NXT Championship but was just the transitional champion from Neville to Kevin Owens.
  • Tyler Breeze – Moved to the main roster too soon, found some critical success with Fandago as the Fashion Police, has floundered during Fandango’s injury recovery, is back in NXT and working a program with Velveteen Dream.
  • Tyson Kidd – Career cut short by injury after holding tag team gold, and now works as a producer behind the scenes.
  • Neville – Had a respectable main roster run before taking over (pun intended) WWE 205 Live. That alignment led to his eventual downfall when he didn’t want to put Enzo Amore over strong after being pushed to the kickoff in his match with Austin Aries. He’s currently preparing to face Adam Page at All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing event.

Overall Impression

Renee young was better than I remember on commentary here. Overall this was a good show that, outside of the main event, wouldn’t hold up against the Takeover events of the past few years. But the foundation was being laid, and this should be evaluated as such. The main event was spectacular, and this was a rare Takeover with six matches. Those, plus two other in-ring segments, still went just under two hours. All four members of the main event wrestled on the Raw before this, and that decision, along with this match, can really be credited with the early rise in populary of NXT.

One additional thing that’s quite evident in watching these events, is now much easier it is for the talent to stay in perfect shape in NXT as they’re spending less time on the road. You can see the differences in Charlotte, Bayley, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, and others.


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Taking Over: Greg DeMarco’s Look at WWE NXT Takeover I (5/24/14)

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Greg DeMarco takes a look back at the first NXT Takeover in the first edition of “Taking Over” as we march towards WWE NXT Takeover XXV!

WWE NXT Takeover is turning 25 on June 1! Well, sort of… On June 1, WWE NXT will present the 25th Takeover event, a stand-alone show from Connecticut–which I wouldn’t call the heart of WWE, but the brain. I am taking a look back at the first 24 to see just how far we’ve come. Join me for “Taking Over,” my look back at the first 24 Takeover events.

NXT Takeover
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, William Regal, and Byron Saxton

  • Adam Rose beat Camacho – A solid opener, which was more about furthering the character of Adam Rose and the Rosebuds. Notable Rosebuds on this night included Ryan Katz (currently Creative Producer for WWE/NXT), Becky Lynch (just main evented WrestleMania), Carmella (she’s F A B U L O U S, and is a former Smackdown Women’s Champion), and Braun Strowman (he’s in the Andre The Giant role).
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) successfully defend against Kalisto & El Local – This was  a step above a glorified squash. The world likely won’t remember them this way, but The Ascension were total bad asses in NXT.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender: Tyler Breeze beat Sami Zayn – Both guys were on their game here. Zayn of course went on to be NXT Champion and Breeze was called up to NXT too soon. Zayn would lose this match to Breeze, but both men would compete for the NXT Championship at the next Takeover. The crowd was insanely into this match, and it build beautifully to the finish. the finish, by the way, was amazing as Breeze blocked the Helluva Kick but inadvertently low-blows Sami in the process. One Beauty Shot later and Tyler Breeze is the #1 contender to the NXT Championship.
  • Rusev promo, with Lana, that’s interrupted by Mojo Rawley – I am pretty sure this is where Rusev’s theme introduction comes from. Mojo wasn’t ready yet, but he still owned his character…which at this point was a bargain basement “hype” John Cena. Rusev was already looking like the man.
  • Vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair beat Natalya – Ric Flair accompanied Charlotte to the ring, who wasn’t taking the “Flair” name yet. Natalya was accompanied by Bret Hart because, well, symmetry. Charlotte was obviously green here, and didn’t have nearly the work done she has now. Natalya is actually in better physical condition now, five years later. The match served as a vehicle to get the NXT Women’s Championship onto Charlotte, and it served that purpose. Charlotte Flair would obviously grow into her role and is not one of the best performers on the main roster.
  • NXT Championship: Adrian Neville successfully defended against Tyson Kidd – Given their leadership roles on the main roster today, it’s no surprise that Natalya and Tyson Kidd were a part of the early success of NXT. The crowd was hot for this match, and both men delivered. Of note: before Neville hits the Red Arrow on Tyson, Tom Phillips notes that Kidd is in the drop zone. Take that, Michael Cole!

Where are they now:

  • Adam Rose – About to wrestle his last match, ever, against Bull James.
  • Camacho – One half of the Guerrillas Of Destiny as Tanga Loa, along with his adoptive brother Tama Tonga, running wild in Bullet Club and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • The Ascension – Konnor & Viktor are on Raw, and are basically an afterthought after being repackaged as a ripoff of late 80s/early 90s tag teams like The Road Warriors.
  • Kalisto – Doing very little as a member of the Lucha House Party on Raw, but he’s also a former NXT Tag Team Champion and 2-time United States Champion, along with a former Cruiserweight Champion.
  • El Local – The former Ricardo Rodriguez is no longer with the company, and is working the California independents.
  • Sami Zayn – A mid-card player on the main roster, just recently returned from injury and is doing some great character work on Raw. Also (briefly) held the NXT Championship but was just the transitional champion from Neville to Kevin Owens.
  • Tyler Breeze – Moved to the main roster too soon, found some critical success with Fandago as the Fashion Police, has floundered during Fandango’s injury recovery, is back in NXT and working a program with Velveteen Dream.
  • Rusev & Lana – Multiple time United States Champion, feuds with John Cena and AJ Styles just to name a few, and sadly not a lead heel on either brand like they should be. They’re also not supporting Russia, like, at all.
  • Mojo Rawley – Moved up in the first draft of the modern era, teamed with Zack Ryder before breaking up, cut a series of intriguing mirror promos, but hasn’t really done much. He did win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33, though.
  • Charlotte Flair – Just main evented WrestleMania, is an 8-time Women’s Champion, and is one of the very best performers of either gender on the main roster.
  • Natalya – Back on the main roster and serves as the veteran presence, and delivers in a big way nearly every time out.
  • Tyson Kidd – Career cut short by injury after holding tag team gold, and now works as a producer behind the scenes.
  • Neville – Had a respectable main roster run before taking over (pun intended) WWE 205 Live. That alignment led to his eventual downfall when he didn’t want to put Enzo Amore over strong after being pushed to the kickoff in his match with Austin Aries. He’s currently preparing to face Adam Page at All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing event.

Overall Impression of WWE NXT Takeover I

For starters, I love hearing William Regal on commentary–he adds so much. Nigel McGuinness should be playing this exact role. The commentary team also had longer spells where they let the action speak for itself, and it really worked (especially in the main event). Byron Saxton is also quite underrated as he was money tonight. Overall, this was a really good that followed the NXT Takeover 5-match format. The first two matches weren’t really in doubt, but things really kicked up for the last three. Great show.


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