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Chairshot Classics: WWE SummerSlam 2011

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This SummerSlam 2011 brings John Cena facing off against “The Summer of Punk” in a Unification match for the Championship. Randy Orton and Christian go one-on-one for the World Heavyweight Title. All this and so much more in this edition of Chairshot Classics.

The date is August 14 and we are welcomed back to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California for the third year in a row. The attendance is similar to last years, (More on that here) with 17,404. The PPV buys are down from 350K, with only 296K. This would be a 14 year low for SummerSlam in terms of buyrate. The top sponsor is once again 7-Eleven and the theme song is Cee Lo Green’s “Bright lights, Bigger city”. Lets head to the arena and see what “The Biggest Party of the Summer” has to offer us!

We enter the arena and don’t start with a video package. Instead we get something that I forgot about or just slipped my mind. The guitarist for a band that I am a giant fan of plays The National Anthem. It is Adam Jones from one of the greatest bands of my lifetime, TOOL. He shreds the guitar as it cuts from him to some other great pieces of American history and landscapes. And of course, Bald Eagles. The crowd explodes as Jones wraps the song up and we cut to the opening video package.

We start by flying in over the LA Skyline with the narrator hyping up the “City of Angels” and all the dreams the city has to offer. It is all about Hollywood and star power to kick this off. There are clips of CM Punk’s “Pipe Bomb” and his threats to leave with the WWE Championship after winning Money in the Bank. MITB 2011 is considered to be one of the greatest PPVs of the modern era. The video is heavy on CM Punk and he is a pivotal part of the WWE at this time. After all it is “The Summer of Punk”. The video does a great job painting the picture of John Cena the all American hero savior of the WWE and CM Punk the rebellious sXe outlaw who wants to take their Title and ride of into the sunset. Triple H, after forcing Vince to retire, makes the match to unify the two Titles. This is a well done piece here and I hope the card can live up to the opening product.

After the neon graphics that are the SummerSlam logo leave the screen, we are welcomed in by the announce team of Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Booker T. Booker was a late addition after Jim Ross was scrapped right before production began. He was told that it was because Booker was from SmackDown and they wanted the brand to have more of a presence in the announce booth. JR was upset over this because he had done all the preparation for the show as if he was going to call it. My guess would be it was to keep him and Cole separate as they were having an onscreen feud at the time full of crazy gimmick matches. Cole is quick to announce the entrant for the first match and The Miz enters and has to shove his way through inflated bubble letters, on the stage, that read “AWESOME”. Michael Cole is very exited to see The Miz enter and is losing his mind on the mic. Lawler and Booker grind Cole up for this as The Miz makes his way into the ring, mic in hand. The Miz starts with Rock-like microphone work. saying something like “Finally, The Miz has returned to SummerSlam.” The crowd of course hates him as he continues on about how under appreciated he is. Miz is then interrupted by “The Truth Will Set You Free” and R-Truth makes his way out. Truth talks a bunch of nonsense about conspiracies and the crowd replies to his every sentence with “What” chants. Once he is in the ring we hear the music of one of the Money in the Bank briefcases, Alberto Del Rio. He enters driving his Ferrari and carrying the aforementioned briefcase. He is also joined by his personal announcer Ricardo Rodriguez. The crowd responds well for Del Rio and even starts to chant his name. These first three entrants will face off in a six-man tag match against Kofi Kingston, John Morrison and Rey Mysterio. Who enter in that order and receive descent pops from the fans for this last minute match. The biggest pop of the six men is definitely Mysterio. If you look closely at him when he enters you can notice a limp. This is because Rey was working with a torn ACL at this time. He would leave after the next nights RAW to have surgery and wouldn’t return until July.

The main feud in this match is Mysterio and Miz. This is a feud that was started the previous week before the two were set to have a squash match. Miz didn’t even let it get started and ambushed Rey on his way to the ring. This was done probably because of the injury Mysterio was dealing with at the time. Kofi starts for one team and Miz the other. The collar and elbow kick us off and Miz quickly transitions to a side headlock. This doesn’t last long and Kofi soon has the advantage with a wristlock that soon becomes a headlock for Kingston. They hit the ropes and, after a dropkick from Kofi, he hits a monkey flip. Morrison is then tagged in and Kofi helps him to hit Miz with a double facebuster that they both nip-up from. This of course gets a nice pop from the crowd. Morrison then hits a break dancing elbow drop and tries for an early cover that Miz easily kicks out of. Miz is able to reverse an Irish whip and make the tag with R-Truth. Morrison is able to gain an advantage on Truth by bouncing his face of a few top turnbuckles. Morrison then springboards off the second rope to nail Truth with an enziguri. The cover is made but R-Truth is able kick-out with ease. When they return to their feet Truth strikes first with a midsection knee. This helps him to take Morrison off his feet and stomp him into the corner. Morrison lands a big boot on Truth and takes to the top rope. Del Rio enters the ring here to draw attention from the ref and Miz takes the opportunity to shove Morrison off the top rope to the floor outside. R-Truth returns Morrison to the ring and after a snapmare, he applies a chinlock. Morrison is able to stand up but Truth keeps it locked in as he tags in The Miz. He stomps Morrison and after a quick pin attempt, The Miz applies a headlock. Mysterio, from the apron, gets the fans clapping and Morrison is able to make it to his feet. He rallies behind some elbows to the midsection but Miz slams him to the mat by his hair. On his way to the canvas, Morrison is able to Pele Kick Miz in the back of the head. This leaves both men on the canvas with the crowd popping for a hot tag.

Morrison makes the fans wish a reality and tags in Kofi Kingston. Kingston enters via a top rope springboard and nails Morrison with a forearm. Kingston then hits the opponents corner and bangs Del Rio’s face off the turnbuckle. Kofi and Miz have a quick back and forth, while hitting the ropes, and Kingston comes out ahead after he springboards off the top turnbuckle for a crossbody moonsault. Kingston then knocks Truth from the apron and hits his signature high leaping leg drop. The crowd is buzzing as Kofi waits for Miz to rise. When he does, Kingston tries for Trouble in Paradise but Miz is able to duck it. This backfires and Miz gets the S.O.S. instead. Kofi holds in for the pin and the only thing that saves Miz is a dropkick into Kingston’s back from Del Rio. Del Rio then superkicks Mysterio off the apron and the crowd is hot. Kofi then dropkicks Del Rio from the ring, who is quickly clotheslined by Morrison on the outside. Miz hits Kofi with a stunner-like DDT and hooks the leg, but Kofi is still able to kick-out. Miz tags Truth in and he is fast with the stomps on Kingston. Kingston now takes a falcon arrow but is still able to kick out. Del Rio now tags in and after a back drop, he hooks Kingston’s leg for the pin. But once again Kingston kicks out.

From the mat, Kofi tries to rally behind some kicks but right before he tags out, Miz tags in and stops him. A suplex from Miz leads to another cover but Kofi still gets a shoulder up. Miz applies the chinlock and this is when Mysterio gets the crowd fired up again. Kofi slowly makes it to his feet and uses an arm toss to escape. He tries to make it to his corner but Miz is able to pick him up and prevent the tag. Kofi the escapes with a backslide/sunset combo and instead of keeping the pin, he double stomps the chest of The Miz. This leaves both men on the mat for a moment but are both able to make a tag. Truth comes in first, but Mysterio enters for the first time fresh and hits a seated senton off the top rope. They both hop to their feet and Mysterio again strikes first by hitting a springboard moonsault off from the second rope. He tries for a pin but R-Truth is able to toss him off at the count of two. Truth hits a quick sunset flip, but Mysterio is able to roll through it and as Cole says “Hits a vintage kick” to the side of Truth’s head. Mysterio hooks the leg, but Truth is able to kick-out. Rey nails the hurricanrana and leaves R-Truth in prime 619 position. Miz tries to enter and stop it, but Mysterio kicks his legs out, leaving him right next to R-Truth. He then chases Del Rio off the apron and hits the ropes. From the outside, Del Rio grabs the foot of Mysterio. This leads to Morrison leaping over the ropes for a spinning crossbody to the outside onto Del Rio. Mysterio is still able to hit the double 619. Mysterio then frogsplashes Truth and hooks the leg for the three count. The crowd explodes when the bell rings and Team Mysterio are the winners. For having a torn ACL here, what little work Mysterio did was great. Actually, the whole thing was good for being cobbled together last minute. Check it out. Match Time-9:36


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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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