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Chairshot Classics- WWE SummerSlam 2012

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We re-enter the arena and we see Kevin Rudolf perform the theme for the show, “Don’t Give Up”. This is terrible in my opinion and they make Cee Lo Green’s performance last year not feel so bad…

For the eighth PPV in a row we get a Main Event that doesn’t feature a World Title. It is being booked as “The Perfect Storm” and features the authority in Triple H facing off with Brock Lesnar, who is trying to get a change in contract and become more like the Superstar he is today. The video package features highlights of this angle, including Triple H tearing up the new contract that Lesnar is offering. Of course when this contract dispute happens Lesnar attacks the suited Triple H. Triple H would then set the match up and we see the rest of this angle. HBK getting his arm broken and Paul Heyman talking about Stephanie and Hunter’s children, amongst other things. A good package here but the Punk/Cena/Big Show one was much better.

 

Brock Lesnar is the first man out, and of course he is joined by his “advocate” Paul Heyman. The two get mostly heat from the fans as they enter the ring. The place explodes when the lights go dark and the thirteen Time World Champion, Triple H enters. It is worth noting that he has switched back to “The Game” as a theme song at this point. He spits the water from the apron before entering the ring to face Brock Lesnar for the first time in his career. The ring announcer reintroduces the two and Lesnar gets nothing but heat. Triple H on the other hand receives nothing but praise from the fans. The two start out fast with Lesnar driving Hunter into the corner with his shoulder. Hunter fights his way out, but Lesnar drives him right back into it. This happens a few times until Lesnar applies a standing Kimora on Triple H. It isn’t locked in long and Hunter shoves him to the mat. They wind up right back in the corner and Brock again locks in a standing Kimora. This time he mounts Hunter by wrapping his legs around Triple H’s waist. Triple H is able to drive Brock into the corner and after some midsection knees, he gets free from the hold. A big clothesline is next from Hunter and this sends Lesnar toppling over the top rope. Lesnar wastes no time returning to the ring and tackles Triple H right back into the corner. After a clothesline, Lesnar takes a few steps back and charges. Triple H meets him in the middle of the ring with a kneebuster. Triple H clobbers Brock with another clothesline that, once again, sends Lesnar crashing to the outside. Triple H taunts him to return to the ring as the crowd are in a frenzy. Triple H is screaming “Come on this is the WWE not the UFC, Come on!”.

It takes a moment, but Lesnar uses the ring steps to return to the ring. Before they can go at it, Lesnar removes his gloves and the two Superstars put their dukes up. No punches are thrown, though, and Lesnar tackles Triple H to the mat. This is when Lesnar hits Triple H with a quick punch to the back of the head. Triple H leaves the ring and Lesnar follows him right out there. After they trade some knees to the midsection, Lesnar uses a hammerlock to scoopslam Hunter onto the announce table. Brock returns to the ring and starts to taunt Hunter and the fans by saying “This is my ring” a few times. When Triple H returns to the ring they trade some punches in the center of it. Again, Lesnar comes out ahead and uses the same Hammerlock slam on Triple H. Lesnar uses another standing Kimora Lock, and this time when Hunter escapes, Lesnar wrenches the same arm around the top rope. Triple H hits the mat and Lesnar continues to target the arm with stomps. It isn’t long before Lesnar has the lock applied once again, and this time it is let go it is of his own accord. When he releases, he tosses Hunter into the top turnbuckle face first. Lesnar tries for the F5 but Triple H is able to avoid it and instead he receives a German suplex from Lesnar. After Lesnar stomps his arm some more, Triple H rolls from the ring. Lesnar is quick to lift him back to the apron but this backfires and Triple H hotshots him with the top rope. Triple H slides into the ring and tries to go on the offensive. After a few quick kicks to the midsection, Triple H is able to hit Lesnar with a DDT. Both men stagger to their feet, but once again Lesnar comes out ahead with another Kimora Lock. He then slams Triple H to the mat with a hammerlock slam again. Triple H leaves the ring, but is quickly thrown into the ring steps. He then picks Hunter up and rams his lower back into the announce table. The Beast Incarnate then jumps off the table to drive his elbow into the top of Triple H’s skull. Lesnar returns to the ring with Hunter in hand after they trade a few punches Lesnar tries for a small package pin. Lesnar releases the hold too early and you can hear some fans boo this.

 

Triple H tries to use some midsection knees to rally, but Lesnar is able to reverse the Irish whip. The clothesline that Lesnar uses here is stiff as hell to say the least. Lesnar goes for a powerplex but Triple H is able to reverse this into a suplex of his own that leaves both men prone on the mat. They both stagger to their feet with Triple H in the corner. Lesnar charges, but Triple H avoids the running clothesline. After a kick to the midsection, The Game goes for The Pedigree. Lesnar escapes and violently whips Hunter into the turnbuckle. The collision is so hard that Hunter flips over it and crashes to the floor outside. Lesnar is wincing in pain and takes his time to join Hunter on the outside. Triple H is able to pull Lesnar by the trunks into the announce table gut first. After Triple H lands a few more gut punches from the kneeling position, Lesnar rolls back into the ring. When Triple H joins him on the inside Lesnar is quick to go for another Kimora Lock. Triple H uses some knees to the midsection to escape, and once free, nails Lesnar with the running gutbuster knee. Lesnar takes about ten more knees to the midsection before Triple H drives him to the mat with his patented spinebuster. The Pedigree is locked on but Lesnar powers through and lifts Hunter into F5 position. Hunter escapes the finish, and this time The Pedigree is successful. Triple H makes the cover but Lesnar narrowly gets the shoulder up.

Triple H tries for a second Pedigree but this is when Brock delivers a low blow. The men take a moment to stagger back to their feet with Lesnar on them first. He waits for Triple H to rise, and when he does, delivers the F5. Lesnar hooks the leg and it is Triple H’s turn to narrowly escape. Hunter escapes yet another Kimora Lock and gets Lesnar with another Pedigree. When Triple H tries to roll Lesnar over for the Cover, Lesnar strikes and gets another Kimora locked in. This one eventually leads to Triple H tapping out. After Lesnar leaves the arena the crowd invoke “You tapped out” chants at Triple H. When he mouths “I’m Sorry” to the them it suddenly turns to cheers. The teary eyed Triple H then exits the arena to a standing ovation. What a great finish to an amazing match. For Lesnar just coming back from his UFC lose to Alastair Overeem he was excellent. I can’t put this one over enough. The bumps were hard and the action never dulled. This right here is what Wresting is all about. Match Time-18:45

Well that wraps up SummerSlam 2012 and overall I would say this was a highly successful edition of the annual summer event. My three must watch matches are as follows. The Main Event is must see stuff as is the Triple Threat Match. I am going to have to say the opener between Ziggler and Jericho is my next favorite but you really can’t go wrong by watching the whole card. As I always do lets see how Dave Meltzer rated the matches. These star ratings are acquired via www.profightdb.com Dave has the Main Event tied with the open at 3.5. The only other match to break a 3 was the Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus bout. The rest of the card faired ok receiving between 2 and 2.75 stars. I usually agree with Dave’s assessment of matches but not here. I really like this show and I think you will too.

 

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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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