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Chairshot Classics: WWE SummerSlam 2010

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SummerSlam 2010 brings the WWE facing the dawn of The Nexus in a 7-Vs-7 Elimination Match. Sheamus continues his feud with Randy Orton with the WWE Championship on the line. Rey Mysterio tries to defy the odds against Kane for the World Heavyweight Title..

 

For the second year in a row, and for four more, we are in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The house is packed with 17,463 fans and another 350K tuning in on PPV. These numbers are about the same as the previous year. We get two infamous sponsors that kind of go hand and hand, 7-Eleven and Slim Jim. The band Jet will give us the theme of “Rip it Up.” We are fresh off the heels of Money in the Bank here where Kane won the World Title contract and The Miz won the WWE contract. Lets get the show started and see what SummerSlam 2010 has to offer!

 

The show opens with the LA Skyline at night and the Staples center is the main focus. The video package is well put together and shows the “Nexus Invasion” of the WWE as the narrator warns of change. Its also shows the battle between The Big Show and CM Punk’s Straight-Edge Society. This is well produced and paints a great picture for the start of this faction fueled PPV. It isn’t long before we enter the arena for this “23rd Edition on SummerSlam”.

 

After we see the packed house we are joined by the announce team of Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Matt Striker. The boys are quick to get things underway and announce the first competitor in this match for the Intercontinental Championship. The champ, Dolph Ziggler enters first and is joined by his assistant Vickie Guerrero. We see a quick clip of how her interference cost the challenger, Kofi Kingston the Title. Vickie takes to the mic with her annoying “Excuse me, Excuse me” bit and gets the desired heat from the fans. She is cut off by the music of Kofi Kingston and the crowd gives some pop for this. He gets some more pop before the bell sounds by hitting the corners. Kofi strikes first with a forearm that takes Dolph off his feet. The stomping by Kofi goes on until the ref forces the separation. Dolph returns to his feet and Kingston quickly sends him to the outside with a clothesline over the top rope. This sends the crowd into an early frenzy. The suicide dive is attempted by Kofi next but Vickie pulls the arm of Ziggler and out of harms way. Kofi gets all the harm though and crashes head first into the security wall. Ziggler is quick to return to the ring and scream at the official to start the count. Ziggler goes for a quick cover when Kingston returns to the ring, but Kofi kicks out quick.

 

Ziggler is frustrated early but still manages the reverse neckbreaker on Kingston. He tries for another cover but Kofi is able to easily kick-out. Dolph applies the rear naked choke but Kofi is able to rally, and escape behind some chants bearing his name. When they return to their feet, Ziggler is still able to land the first punch and proceeds to choke Kofi with the bottom rope. The ref is forced to break this after he counts to three. The crowd again begins with some “Lets go Kofi” chants and he uses this to take Ziggler off his feet, first with kicks then punches. Ziggler is quick to slow the gaining momentum and drop toe holds Kofi into the second turnbuckle. Dolph then hooks the leg but still is able to only manage the two count. Kofi is left in a seated position after a snapmare and this sets Dolph up to hit a running version onto the seated Kingston. This time Ziggler hooks both legs for the cover, but Kofi still rolls out of it. Ziggler begins to use a chinlock on Kofi, and when it looks like Kingston may escape, Dolph drops an elbow into his spine and locks the hold back on. Kofi again starts to wiggle free and just as he does Ziggler drops another elbow. This time he tries for a cover, but Kingston still kicks out. After the failed cover Dolph goes right back to a submission hold, this time a headlock. Kofi makes it to his knees and after some midsection punches, makes it to his feet. Dolph again thwarts this with a kick to the midsection followed by a whip to the turnbuckle. Ziggler tries for a splash but Kofi is able to move. This leaves Dolph’s face crashing into the top turnbuckle. Kofi again rallies, this time behind a pair of two handed chops and a dropkick. After a high leaping Lou Thesz variant, Kofi hits his signature Branch Lock. No idea why it is called this because it isn’t a lock at all, more a leg drop version of a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Kofi hits a springboard crossbody, off the second turnbuckle, but Ziggler is able to roll through it and hook the leg of Kingston. It is as near as it gets but Kofi still kicks out regardless.

 

Ziggler hits the Fame-Asser quickly and tries for another cover. But once again Kofi kicks out. Kingston is able to slow Dolph with a kick to the face and is quick to take to the top rope. Kingston hits the diving fist and is waiting to give Ziggler Trouble in Paradise. He is able to duck it though and put Kofi in the standing sleeper hold. This is when the men of The Nexus enter and destroy both men. Ziggler is able to escape and leave Kingston for the dogs. This is a common theme of the WWE at the time with what was going on with The Nexus. Wade Barrett takes to the mic after the assault and attacks the WWE roster that way. He finishes with the stables signature “You’re either Nexus or You’re against us.” This is basically done to build hype for who their seventh man will be for the Main Event. This was a great match and until the screwy finish I enjoyed it. That being said I think the original idea for this match would have been better. The original plan was a six way featuring Cody Rhodes, Matt Hardy, Drew McIntyre, a Nexus member and the original two competitors. This is believed to have been scrapped for two reasons, one being that it would be less believable if Nexus beat that many guys up and it was easier to pull off with two guys. The other is more interesting. McIntyre was in a confrontation with his then wife, Tiffany (Taryn Terrell of TNA fame) at the hotel after a night of partying at the playboy mansion. The cops said that Drew was the one assaulted and arrested her for it. This would lead to her dismissal from the company and the reason a Women’s tag match was also scrapped from the card. Regardless, a good match with a terrible WCW-like booked finish. Match Time-7:05


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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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