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Chairshot Classics: WWE SummerSlam 2014

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We see suplexs for days in our Main Event between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. Roman Reigns faces off against Randy Orton. And the undercard is stacked with Title opportunities including The Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC Strap. All this and more at SummerSlam 2014!

The date is August 17, 2014 and the summer’s biggest event is upon us. 17,357 fans are in the Staples Center for the sixth consecutive SummerSlam to take place here in Los Angeles, California. We get a few sponsors for the evening including Totino’s Bold, The Film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” and Diet Mountain Dew. We also get three theme songs. They are- “Sunshine” by TeddyBears, “GDFR” by Flo Rida Feat. Sage the Gemini and “Lights Go Out” by Fozzy, Chris Jericho’s band. This would be the last PPV to use the “Scratch” logo for the main emblem and would switch the Titles soon after. The WWE Network is available at this point in time and the PPV buys show this, with only 147K purchasing it this way. Enough of the outside and lets head to the inside!

The show opens with the crowd popping for the “Real American” theme song of “The Immortal”, Hulk Hogan, as he comes out posing. The Hulkster gets the Hulk-A-Maniacs fired up by talking about SummerSlam being “..a night where dreams are made..”, Brother! Before long this turns into a promo for the Network and Hogan finishes with “Whatcha gonna do brother, when The WWE Network, Hulk Hogan and SummerSlam run wild on you?” The Hulkster poses, obviously, before leaving the arena. I’m a “Hulkster guy” but this is a very strange way to kick off the show.

Up next is a video to introduce the matches for the night. It is presented by “Authority Studios” and “Follow The Buzzards Films”. This is cool stuff here and it does a great job painting the picture that is the SummerSlam 2014 card. The narrator has some awesome names for the matches and they use some cheesy CG that really worked well here. The names for the matches the narrator chooses are-  Superman Vs. The Serpent, The Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla Vs. The Eater of Worlds, The Lunatic Fringe Vs. Mr. Money in the Bank, The Bella of the Ball Vs. The Billionaire Baroness and finally, The Beast Vs. The Champ. This made up for the Hogan open and let’s hope we can keep the ball rolling as we see the inside of the Staples Center for the first time this evening.

Michael Cole welcomes us into the sold-out arena for the 27th edition of the Summer Spectacular. Cole is joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield. The Intercontinental Title is on the line in the first match and the Champion is out first. The Miz cuts his normal “I’m better than you” Heel promo as he makes his way out. He throws some shade here saying ‘I have something that Drax the Destroyer to Hercules, to every single person in here wishes they had, The Moneymaker.” He then points to his face. Drax is played by Batista in Guardians of the Galaxy and Hercules was played by one, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The challenger is a man who’s familiar with kicking off SummerSlam, having done it two other times, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler gets a positive reaction from the crowd, The Miz not so much.

The trusty collar and elbow kicks us off and after a side headlock from Miz, they hit the ropes. The Miz comes out ahead with a shoulder block. After some leap frogs and blocked arm drags, Ziggler hits the sunset flip. The count is close early but The Miz kicks out. Ziggler tries to punch “The Moneymaker” but The Miz hits the deck and rolls from the ring. When he returns to the ring, Ziggler hits the first half of a Lou Thesz press but before he can deliver any strikes, The Miz is able to roll from the ring once again. Ziggler meets him out there and flattens him with a clothesline. After he returns Miz to the ring, Ziggler rolls the Champ up but he is able to kick-out. The Miz finds his opportunity when he reverses an Irish whip to the turnbuckle. The impact is serious and Ziggler falls to the canvas. The Miz stomps away on Dolph before hitting the ropes. Ziggler is seated and smoked with a running big boot. The Miz hooks the leg but Ziggler is quick to kick-out.

A side headlock from Miz doesn’t last long before Ziggler rallies behind the crowd, and elbows, to escape. This doesn’t go as planned and he is taken of his feet from another big boot from The Champion. The Miz takes to the top rope and is taunting Dolph to stand. The ax handle backfires when Dolph lands a punch to the midsection. A clothesline is next from Dolph and this leaves Miz in the corner. A splash from Ziggler leads into a swinging neckbreaker and Ziggler hooks the leg. Its close, but The Miz gets the shoulder up. The Miz again saves the Moneymaker when Ziggler tries for a superkick. When The Miz spins to avoid it, Ziggler hooks his leg and rolls him up. Once again, Miz kicks out. We get a back and forth that starts when Miz reverses into a Skull Crushing Finale. This is reversed into a superkick from Dolph. Ziggler again hooks a leg, but to no avail. The crowd is really into this one and let out a huge sign when The Miz kicks out, The Miz slides from the ring and grabs his Title. When he walks by the ring Ziggler nails him with a baseball slide. It doesn’t take long for them to find the ring and continue the match. Miz is first to strike and takes Ziggler of his feet. The Champ then applies the Figure-Four and Ziggler is struggling to escape. Dolph almost makes it to the ropes but The Miz pulls him back to center. Ziggler once again makes the ropes and the ref breaks the hold. They are slow getting to their feet, but Ziggler strikes first with the Fame-ass-er. The Miz no-sells it and nails a Skull Crashing Finale soon after. The Miz lazily covers and the crowd erupts when Ziggler gets a shoulder up. After a quick argue with the ref, The Miz turns around and he is met with the Zig-Zag. Dolph hooks the leg and the crowd explodes as Dolph Ziggler becomes the new Intercontinental Champion. This is the first time since the 2008 that the Title changed hands at SummerSlam. The last was a mixed tag match in which Beth Phoenix pinned Mickie James thus allowing Santino Marella to become champion. This is a great match and was paced well. Worth the watch here folks. Match Time-7:51 

 

We see a clip for the Stephanie McMahon/ Brie Bella feud that began with a slap from Steph. She would then go on to bring “Megan” out to the ring. Megan claims to have had a affair with Brie’s husband, Daniel Bryan. Brie would slap the physical therapist Megan, and she presses charges for this. Brie is then arrested and read her Miranda Rights. This builds to Brie being interviewed after the clip by Tom Phillips. She reflects on her “incarceration” and this is all lame stuff here.


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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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