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Chairshot Classics- WWE SummerSlam 2012

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Up next is a peak at the annual SummerSlam Axxess. If you aren’t familiar with this concept it is basically like a comic-con of wrestling. Think the upcoming Starrcast, but with WWE talent. They also showcase the WWE anti-bullying campaign, Be A Star. Being that this takes place in Hollywood, it is a star studded event, including an appearance from former WCW Heavyweight Champion, David Arquette.

Up next we relive the WWE Championship run of CM Punk that started a Survivor Series the previous year when he beat Alberto Del Rio by submission. We see AJ Lee set-up this Triple Threat Title match that also features The Big Show and John Cena. We see Punk give The Rock a GTS on the 1000 edition of RAW, and cuts of some of his great promos during this Title run. There is also a great clip of Cena and Punk on the same team versus Daniel Bryan and The Big Show were they duplicate each others move sets. Cool stuff. This is an amazing package here and worth a watch.

John Cena is the first challenger out and receives a big pop full of mixed reactions. It’s hard to say for sure, but it seems as the boos are louder than the cheers here. “Well, It’s The Big Show” out next and he gets nothing but heat from the crowd. The Champion is the last man to enter this Triple Threat affair and CM Punk receives nothing but an electric pop from the fans. It is easy to tell who the fan favorite is here. The “Cult of Personality” pumps the fans up some more by hitting the corners and raising the strap high above his head. Punk is wearing his starred trunks here, which are an homage to “The Macho Man” Randy Savage. The Big Show gets the early advantage when the bell sounds by clubbing away at the other two. He takes Cena to the mat first with a headbutt then does the same to Punk. Cena is viciously whipped to the turnbuckle by Show and crashes back to the mat. Punk tries to jump onto the big man, but Big Show easily tosses him right back to the mat as well. Big Show then places Cena onto the ropes and “Shhs” the crowd. This is done so they can really hear the chop he delivers to the chest of Cena. Once again, he does the same thing to CM Punk. And guess what, they each get one more. Cena and Punk start to work together and overpower The Big Show with a flurry of punches and kicks. This leads to them attempting a double suplex. This is reversed and The Big Show suplexs them both instead. He hopes to his feet fired up but is still receiving only heat from the fans.

John Cena is whipped into the corner and Big Show meets him there with a back body splash. This rattles Cena and he rolls from the ring to recover. Show now turns his attention to Punk, who is dazed in the corner. The Big Show charges and give him a splash as well. He hits the ropes but Punk explodes out of the corner and dropkicks The Big Show in the knee. This sends the big man crashing to the canvas. Punk unloads a series of kicks onto the chest of Show before making the patented “Go To Sleep” motion. This sends the crowd into an absolute frenzy. He is able to get the 470 pound Big Show off the ground, but not all the way, before Big Show overpowers him. Big Show lands on his feet and delivers a colossal chop to the chest of Punk. Cena enters the ring and he is able to put The Big Show right up on his shoulders. Punk hits Cena in the back and they all crash to the canvas. CM Punk tries to capitalize on the situation and cover Cena. He get a two and a half before Show breaks it up. Punk is clubbed to the ground by Show, who then uses the ropes for leverage as he stands on Punk’s back. The attention is still on Punk and The Big Show tosses him into the corner. After a punch to the gut, The Big Show delivers yet another chop to the chest of Punk. Show then charges Cena and knocks him from the ring, as he was standing on the apron and into the security wall. Punk is whipped to the opposite corner but when The Big Show splashes Punk is able to avoid it. Show collides with the turnbuckle and Punk tries for a springboard crossbody. He is caught by The Big Show and driven to the mat with an elbow drop. The crowd turns the heat to high when Big Show raises the big right hand and is calling for his KO punch. Cena re-enters the picture and saves Punk from the Weapon of Mass Destruction. He unloads on Show and hits the ropes. When he returns he is flattened by a Spear from the big man. The Big Show hooks a leg but Cena digs deep and gets a shoulder up.

 

The Big Show sets both men in his landing zone and takes to the second turnbuckle for a double Vader Bomb. Punk is able to avoid it and Cena receives the whole load. The Big Show covers but Punk hits him with a springboard double stomp to break it up. While Cena rolls from the ring, Punk attacks Show with some forearms to the face. Show no-sells them and grabs Punk by the throat. He then drives Punk to the ropes, still by the throat, and shoves him over the top rope. I don’t know if Punk hit Show a little hard, but the way Big Show shoves him here looks like a shoot. The Big Show leaves the ring but his attention is on Cena. Right after Show delivers a big headbutt to Cena, CM Punk comes flying through the ropes for a suicide dive. The Big Show is able to catch him by the throat. This looks just crazy. Great spot. But it gets better. Show then tosses Punk into the ropes, which Punk slingshots off of, and crashes to the mat. This leaves Cena and Show returning to the ring and Cena receives a quick sidewalk slam. Punk returns to the ring now and Show tries to lift him into the ring by his head. Punk counters and hotshots Show on the top rope. Cena strikes from behind and slams Show to the mat with a side suplex. The crowd have a pop of mixed emotions when Cena begins the “You Can’t See Me” hand motion and hits the ropes for a Five Knuckle Shuffle. The boys do some great camera work here, because we don’t even see Punk re-enter until he is right on Cena with a flying clothesline. Punk then gets the crowd fired up with a “You Can’t See Me” of his own. You’re right, Mr. Punk, I did, in fact, not see you.

 

With Big Show halfway across the ring, CM Punk takes to the skies and delivers a beautiful elbow drop that The Macho Man would be proud of. Punk makes the cover but with the leg not hooked The Big Show easily tosses him off of him. Punk is able to lock in the Koji Clutch, but Show powers his way free and delivers a huge chop to the chest of the prone Punk. Cena makes his way back into the ring, and after he floors Show with a shoulder block, Cena puts him in the STF. Show is able to power his way out of this too, and stands up with Cena on his back. He lazily rams Cena into the corner. This barely phases Cena and he jumps from the second turnbuckle for a crossbody. The Big Show catches him and scoopslams Cena to the canvas. Once again, we didn’t see Punk as he takes Show off his feet with a clothesline of the top rope. Show finds himself in the corner and in prime position for Punk’s patented running knee strike. Punk lands two more but when he tries for the follow up, a running bulldog, Show shoves him to the mat. This is when we can see Cena take to the top turnbuckle. He gets airborne and hits the Fame-Asser on The Big Show. Punk is the first to take advantage and place Show in the Koji Clutch. Cena then comes from behind and places the STF on Show as well. And of course this is were The Big Show taps out. Both men hop off of him and begin to celebrate before they start to argue. This is were RAW General Manager AJ Lee enters and comes bouncing to the ring. She has only a few words to say as Punk and Cena confront her, and they are “Restart the match,” When they turn around, The Big Show greets them both with a double chokeslam. Show hooks the leg of Cena and the crowd gasp when Cena kicks out. Show then covers Punk who also kicks out. The Big Show waits for Cena to rise and goes for the Weapon of Mass Destruction. Cena is able to duck this and lift Show up for an Attitude Adjustment. Cena slams the big man to the mat and this is where Punk strikes. He throws Cena from the ring and covers The Big Show. The ref counts the three and the crowd explode as CM Punk retains his WWE Championship to continue his 293 day run. Punk hits the corners and raises the Strap high as Cena looks on in disappointment. Nothing much to say here other than this is must watch stuff and you should take the time to watch it. Match Time-12:34

 

We see the Walk of Fame and people gazing at Vince McMahon’s star on it. When we re-enter the arena tells us that Fred Durst is in the house. We don’t see this because Durst flipped the live camera off, and was escorted from the arena for doing so. He would say in a 2015 interview that he was “still a wrestling fan but not a WWE fan” since in his words, not mine, it had “become Pussified”. We do see legendary music producer Rick Rubin and David Arquette in the crowd. Arquette, of course, is holding a WCW Championship belt. Up next is a preview for the latest WWE film at the time, “The Day.” This is a film that I’ve never seen but here is what I gathered from the Google machine. “Ten years after the collapse of society, five survivors battle raging cannibals at an isolated farmhouse.” The film received a 29% from Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.2/10 from IMDB.


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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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