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Chairshot Classics: Raw #10 (March 22 1993)

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Hello, hello and welcome to the place where we put the Monday into Monday Night Raw as we cover Monday Night Raw episode by episode. The snow has been cleared on the Road to WrestleMania. This week it’s the Go Home show. the last stop before WrestleMania. Well the last Raw anyway. Was it any good? Does it make you want to buy WrestleMania? Lets watch and find out as we cover

Raw #10 (March 22 1993)

We open with actual Vince McMahon, Randy Savage and (dammit is he STILL here?) Rob Bartlet. They run through the matches scheduled for tonight. I won’t spoil what they are though.

Bushwackers (Luke & Butch) vs Damian Demento & Repo Man

This is an odd match to have on this show. I said before that this is the Go Home show and none of these men are on the show so there is nothing to hype. This match perhaps should have been The Steiners vs Demento and Repo or even Bushwackers vs Headshrinkers to allow WWE to hype the upcoming Steiners vs Headshrinkers at Wrestlemania. Tat said, this was standard fare. Bushwhackers got in a comedy spot early on where Butch would bite Demento in the ass, Repo attempted to stop it and got bitten in his own ass by Luke. Demento and Repo are on offence for most of the match until Luke and Butch get their second wind and they hit Repo Man with their Battering Ram finisher. Butch makes the cover and gets the three count.

Winners: Luke & Butch

Tatanka vs Reno Riggins

It’s Enhancement time! That said this is more like what I wanted from the opener. We have Tatanka in the ring which allows commentary to talk about and hype his match at Wrestlemania with Shawn Michaels and (dare I say it) makes Tatanka look strong in the process by having him defeat a low ranking developmental talet. Tatanka gets the victory following a Samoan Drop.

Winner: Tatanka

We get an announcement that Andre The Giant is going into the newly formed Hall Of Fame. We will get a couple of Hall of Fames over the years but this is the last tme an entry to it happens around Wrestlemania time until 2004.

We get the Bret Hart IcoPro ad along with the action figure ad.

Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster vs Scott Rich and Jeff Armstrong

Time for another Enhancement Time! OK this was basically a tag team version of the Tatanka match. Ted and Irwin allow commentarry to discuss the upcoming match between Ted & Irwin vs Hogan & Beefcake. A nothing match ended when Irwin pinned one of them, maybe Scott Rich, after a Running Clothesline.

Winners: Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster

We cut to Mean Gene and a Wrestlemania Report. He reminds us about Not Vince McMahon from last week (I will rip that ‘tache from your face if you bring him up again!). He then hypes the matches at Wrestlemania including Bret Hart vs Yokozuna, The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzales and Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase & IRS. Then he spends a while discussing the toga concept and vestal virgins.

Doink vs Kamala

Not a great match but it allowed commentary to cover Doink vs Crush at Wrestlemania. It’s there to make Doink look good and I can’t help but feel that it can’t be long before we lose Kamala. Finish came when Kamala chased Doink around the outside of the ring which ended when Doink handed Kamala a present. Doink slipped back into the ring while Kamala was counted out while opening it to reveal…. an empty box.

Winner: Doink

I’s wild, It’s crazy, it’s an ad for Mania again. Personally I think it needs another name especially around Wrestlemania season.

Vince wishes Rob Bartlet “all the best” (this HAS to be the last of him) and introduces us to Rob’s fan club. It’s three heavy ladies that Bartet calls The Rea sisters, Seva, Pia and Dia. Vince says that’s not very nice but the ladies say they love him anyway. He kisses one of them.

We get a Slim Jim ad with Randy Savage.

Vince hypes a show coming on this Sunday called March to Wrestlemania and we fade out.

Post show: This is the last show before Wrestlemania (there’s another week but it’s probably pre-empted for the dog show) and it doesn’t feel like it. Maybe it’s because I’m used to how WWE works these days, I don’t know but it feels like WWE SHOULD be doing more here

Match of the Night: Doink vs Kamala. Not brilliant but it’s the best on the show. It will get better.

MVP: Rob Bartlet. Nobody really stood out and if this is his last (and dear God I hope it is) I’ll give him this as a going away present.

Rating: 6/10

With that I am done. I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet Raw, Smackdown, NXT and (when there is one on) Pay Per View. Also feel free to tweet me if you liked or disliked the new format I tried out this week or if you just want to talk wrestling.

While you are here feel free to peruse all the news, views and reviews that we at The Chairshot have to offer. Maybe after reading this, you want to contribute yourself. You can find how to do just that here at Chairshot too.

I’ll be back next week with the next thrilling installment of Raw and the results of Wrestlemania so until then #UseYourHead and ALWAYS have an Angle!


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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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