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Chairshot Classics- WWE SummerSlam 2012

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SummerSlam 2012 brings a Triple Threat Match between John Cena, CM Punk and The Big Show for the WWE Championship. For the World Heavyweight Title, we get Sheamus squaring of against Alberto Del Rio. The Main Event has no Title but will feature Triple H Vs. Brock Lesnar in a No DQ affair. All this and so much more in this edition of the Chairshot Classics.

The date is August 19 and for the fourth SummerSlam in a row we are back in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The 25th annual show is sold-out and jam-packed with 14,205 rabid fans. Another 358K fans purchased the PPV and this would be the last lime that SummerSlam achieved this feat, as we are on the heels of the WWE Network coming to fruition. A lot of people attribute this high buy rate to the return of Brock Lesnar from the UFC World. Another thing of note is that the WWE signed twenty year old Indy darling Mercedes KV the day before to their developmental brand. Mercedes would go on to play a pivotal part in the Women’s revolution and go on to become Sasha Banks. Kevin Rudolf would provide the theme song, “Don’t Give Up”. This is also the only SummerSlam to have a Title change on the Pre-Show. Cesaro Antonio beat Santino Marella for the United Stated Title. Enough of this. Lets head to the arena and see what “The Perfect Storm” has to offer us!

The show has a great open, as it recaps the twenty five years of the event thus far. If you would like to take a trip down SummerSlam Lane you can find our complete coverage of every one here. Up next in the package is the return of Brock Lesnar, and the highlights of his multi-faceted career, his winning of various Titles from the WWE and his UFC Heavyweight reign. This all builds to his feud with Triple H. The attack would become personal when Paul Heyman says he “feels sorry” for Hunter and Stephanie’s children. The personal attacks continue when Lesnar “breaks” the arm of Triple H’s best friend, Shawn Michaels. All this is done to hype our No DQ Main Event where the Cerebral Assassin will face off against The Beast for the first time.

Michael Cole welcomes us in for the Silver Anniversary of SummerSlam and is joined by WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler. The two tell us of the “storm on the horizon” before they are interrupted by the annoying “Excuse Me” of Vickie Guerrero. She introduces her client “The Show-Off” that is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler enters and is carrying the blue Money in the Bank briefcase, as he is one winner from the previous month’s PPV. When the lights turn off and his opponents them begins the crowd are on their toes. Chris Jericho receives a nice pop before we cut to a video were this feud began. Ziggler attacked Jericho on SmackDown as he made his way to the ring to face Alberto Del Rio. He would then ram a scissor lift into the ribs of Jericho and is the reason Jericho has his ribs taped up for this match. This storyline seemed forced, but either way should make for a great opening affair between two great in-ring competitors.

 

Jericho tries to kick us off with a collar and elbow, but Dolph feels differently and rolls from the ring. He is chased around it by Jericho, but Ziggler is first to re-enter and hits the ropes. Ziggler is able to duck a pair of clotheslines, but is taken to the mat with a spinning back elbow. Jericho gives Ziggler a tour of the turnbuckles and when he gives Ziggler some chops, the crowd “woos” with each one. Dolph is able to reverse a whip to the opposite corner but is met with a springboard clothesline from Y2J. They hit the ropes, and after a leapfrog from Ziggler, Jericho strikes first and brings him to the mat with a big chest chop. The crowd pops hard when Chris Jericho raises a finger to indicate he is “Number One”. Jericho tries for a suplex next but Ziggler is able to escape it and kick Jericho in the taped-up ribs. This gives Dolph the edge, and after a backbreaker, he stomps at the ribs some more. Ziggler tries for a cover, but Jericho is able to kick-out before the count of two. They find their way into the corner with Ziggler having the advantage, punching away at the head of Y2J. Jericho is able to reverse a punch but is quickly whipped to the ropes by Ziggler. Jericho manages to grab the rope to stop, and when Dolph charges, Jericho back drops him out of the ring. Jericho takes a moment while Dolph is recovering to pump the crowd up with some Hogan-like “I Can’t Hear You” taunts. When Ziggler finally returns to the apron, Jericho springboards at him. Ziggler hits the mat to avoid the attack and Jericho crashes to the floor.

Ziggler rolls into the ring and the referee begins his count. The ref only makes it to five before Dolph decides to join Jericho back outside. He quickly returns Jericho to his feet and whips him into the ring apron. Jericho smashes the taped ribs into it, and falls to the mat writhing in pain. Ziggler returns him to the ring and hooks the leg. Jericho barely is able to kick-out before the three is counted. The facial expressions of Jericho are great here and he is really selling the rib pain. After some stomping and choking, Dolph returns Jericho to his feet. Only to dropkick him in the ribs and when Jericho hits the mat, Ziggler tries for another cover. When Jericho kicks out again, Dolph puts him in a stretch focusing on the ribs some more. This is when the crowd starts to rally behind Jericho and he is able to escape the hold. They make it to their feet and start to trade punches in the center of the ring. Dolph gets the advantage after a midsection kick and pounds Jericho into the corner once again. Ziggler leaps high and nails Jericho with a running splash that leads to another cover by Dolph. Jericho kicks out again and Vickie starts yelling at the official from the outside. Up next is a Rude Awakening from Ziggler, which he does in the exact fashion of Rick Rude, hip wiggles and all. When Ziggler does the Jericho pin, by standing on his opponents chest and flexing, he gets some nice heat from the fans. Jericho easily kicks out, but this is still great. Once Jericho returns to his feet, the two begin to trade some punches. Ziggler’s Irish whip is reversed and Jericho hooks the tights for a quick roll-up pin. Ziggler quickly kicks out and they hop to their feet, hitting the ropes. Ziggler comes out ahead with a seated clothesline. Jericho finds himself in the corner again but is able to avoid the splash this time. Ziggler’s face hits the turnbuckle and when he falls to the mat, Jericho dropkicks him. They quickly return to their feet and after a few shoulder blocks from Jericho, Ziggler comes out ahead with a kick to the midsection. Jericho is whipped to the turnbuckle, but is able to land a big boot into the face of the charging Ziggler. Jericho’s momentum is short lived and he is soon met with a Fame-Asser. Dolph is slow to hook the leg and this allows Jericho to kick-out.

Vickie is pounding the mat and Ziggler is first to his feet. He starts to stomp away at Jericho but he is able to grab the foot of Ziggler and try to lock in The Walls of Jericho. Ziggler manages to escape by pulling his foot in and flipping Jericho over. A quick enziguri from Jericho allows him to make a cover that Ziggler narrowly escapes. After he is whipped to the corner, Ziggler is able to leapfrog Jericho and get him in his patented sleeper-hold, where he jumps onto the back of his enemy. After some time Jericho is able to ram Ziggler into the turnbuckle, thus breaking the hold. This leads to both men on the top turnbuckle and Jericho delivering the ten-count punch sequence. The crowd counts along and after the tenth punch, he hurricanranas Ziggler to the mat. Both men hit the canvas hard and it takes Jericho a moment to make a cover. The delay allows Ziggler to kick-out, but both men lay prone on the mat for a second. They slowly return to their feet and Dolph strikes first, nailing Jericho with a leaping DDT. He hooks the leg, but Jericho still kicks out. They pop to their feet and trade some punches. Jericho comes out ahead and lands a running bulldog. He tries for the Lionsault, but Ziggler is able to get the knees up and drive them into the injured ribs of Jericho. The Zig-Zag follows and when Ziggler hooks the leg it appears to be over. But Jericho manages to kick-out one more time. The crowd is just as shocked as Ziggler and Vickie by this. Dolph is slowly returning to his feet, when out of nowhere Jericho hops to his feet to hit the Codebreaker. This causes Dolph to roll from the ring and leaves Jericho grasping his ribs in pain. Jericho leaves the ring and returns Dolph to it. When Jericho re-enters, Vickie grabs his foot while he is on the apron. This distraction allows Ziggler to quickly roll-up Jericho for a pin. Jericho kicks the school boy out, and when Ziggler charges, he is able to avoid him. Ziggler rams his own shoulder into the ring post and when he hits the canvas, Jericho applies The Walls of Jericho. It doesn’t take long and Ziggler is soon tapping out as the crowd explodes. Ziggler is the man when it comes to kicking off a show, and this match was no exception. I am a big fan of these two individuals and this match reassured that fact. This is an awesome match, so check it out. Match Time-13:05 


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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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