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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars of The Night: ALL IN (September 1, 2018)



Marty Scurll Three Stars

A look at the Three Stars Of The Night for September 1’s ALL IN!

After months of anticipation, building, and a convention that likely set many a wrestling fan back several months financially, ALL IN is in the books! The show was good overall, great at many points, but wasn’t without faults. It’s a wrestling show, that is going to happen.

Who stood out in Chicago on Saturday night? That’s a tough order to sort through, but I slept on it and am ready to stick to my guns. It’s the three stars, BAY BAY!

The Third Star:
Penelope Ford

Adam Page and Joey Janella are two insanely over performers, and they were given a gimmick that can really excel with the Chicago Street Fight. the match devolved into “too many dangerous spots,” including an ill advised toss powerbomb from the catwalk ramp to the table/stairs/floor. The Rite Of Passage from the ladder (through a table) looked bad, a you had a phone and talking boots to play into the Being The Elite storyline.

Then you had Joey Ryan and the giant inflatable dicks. And people say Vince McMahon is sophomoric?

Thank god for Penelope Ford. Not only is she low key the hottest woman in wrestling, but she was everything good in this match. Not because she’s good to look at, but her performance IN THE RING. She killed it, more than once, and if I’m ROH, I’m scooping her up for the Women Of Honor–she’s exactly what the division is missing.

The Second Star:
Marty Scurll

Despite being the “heel,” in this match, Marty Scurll was playing the underdog babyface. In all honesty, there wasn’t a heel, and there didn’t need to be. Scurll was the underdog against the mammoth resume and experience of Kazuchika Okada, and that story was huge in this match. As Andrew Balaz will tell you (and did in his ALL IN Ratings & Review…CHEAP POP!), Scurll is often criticized for not being the best worker. I disagree, he’s one of the best workers around–when he chooses to be. His interview with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin shed some light on that for me a while back: he’s going for less is more. Unfortunately for him, he tends to take that too far, getting into “less is less” territory.

Scurll delivered in a big way in this match. He worked his ass off, and told the story of being able to hang with Kazuchika Okada. If the former remains without a championship, I’d suggest ROH call in a huge favor and have Okada put Scurll over in Madison Square Garden during the G1 Special (another huge sellout for ROH!).

Marty delivered an amazing performance, one that stood out in a sea of great performances.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Young Bucks (for trying to keep that match together)
  • Rey Mysterio (for trying to keep that match together)
  • Christopher Daniels (for trying to keep that match together)
  • Flip Gordon (for trying to keep that match together)

Go read Andrew’s Review and Mitchell’s Report to see what I mean!

And now… a distinction usually reserved
for the top performer of the night …the first star!

The First Star:
Cody Rhodes & Nick Aldis (tie)

During the NWA Worlds Championship Match, I composed the above tweet because it was so apparent to me how much Nick Aldis was making this match. He deserves so much praise, because the match–the moment–doesn’t work without the job Aldis did. He was the glue that held the whole thing together.

Cody Rhodes was the star of this match, and of this entire show. ROH and The Young Bucks don’t do this without Cody, the ex-WWE superstar who happens to be the son of the son of a plumber in the legendary Dusty Rhodes.

I can’t say enough about the moment provided here. It’s easy to say “Cody booked himself to win the championship,” but I am 100% sure this was a Billy Corgan/Dave Lagana decision. They get a reprieve as the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship can be defended on ROH events for the time being, and when the time is right they can move the championship back to Aldis (or to someone else). Maybe they wait for the G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, maybe they don’t. Contract negotiations play into that, but I think the success of ALL IN might mean Cody and The Bucks stay with ROH or actually go out on their own in the next year.

This match had everything to pull on your emotions, and it was largely booked like a WrestleMania main event. A WrestleMania main event booked by Dusty Rhodes. It told a perfect story, had the right ending (even if I didn’t expect Cody to win), paid off literally years of build.

If I had one gripe, it’s that this match went on fourth. I get how bad it would have looked if this closed the show (time/spacing issues notwithstanding). But dude, fourth?

Regardless, hats off to Cody Rhodes and Nick Aldis for this match, this show, and this story. Job well done gentlemen.

Who are your Three Stars of WWE Monday Night Raw? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Stone Cold VS. Scott Hall (WrestleMania X8)

Chris King is back with another WrestleMania Rewind, looking at the NWO’s Scott Hall battling Stone Cold Steve Austin at WWE WrestleMania X8 from Toronto!



Steve Austin Scott Hall WrestleMania X8

Chris King is back with another WrestleMania Rewind, looking at the NWO’s Scott Hall battling Stone Cold Steve Austin at WWE WrestleMania X8 from Toronto!

Chris King is back this week with another edition of WrestleMania Rewind, where he is rewatching all the past Mania matches and feuds. This week you’re in for a treat as we look back at ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall at WrestleMania X8.

In late 2001, Vince McMahon bought out his competition WCW and acquired the rights to a plethora of talent including Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and the iconic trio known as NWO. Hulk Hogan; Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall were hell raisers, and what better way to make a name for yourself than take out the two top superstars in the WWE The Rock, and Stone Cold?

The NWO cost Austin his chance at becoming the Undisputed Champion at No Way Out during his match with Chris Jericho. Adding insult to injury, the NWO spray-painted ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ with their brand logo just like they did in WCW. As you can imagine, Austin was pissed and out for revenge against the group and primarily Scott Hall.

Hall would challenge Stone Cold to a match at WrestleMania 18. Both superstars beat the living hell out of each other leading up to this highly-anticipated match for who runs the WWE.

The glass broke and Stone Cold made his iconic entrance, and black and white NWO covered Halls’ entrance alongside Kevin Nash. With the odds stacked against ‘The Toughest S.O.B’ could Austin or NWO prove their dominance? Sadly the NWO  broke up that very night when Hulk Hogan came to the aid of his adversary The Rock after their ‘iconic’ dream match. Stone Cold would ensure the victory with the Stunner. Hall would perform an Oscar-worthy sell over the finisher.

What a time to be a wrestling fan in the 2000s when nothing was impossible for WWE. Who would’ve thought WCW would go out of business and Hogan would make his long-awaited return to WWE?

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (WWE WrestleMania 36)

Chris King takes a look at the most underrated WWE WrestleMania matches, and starts off with Seth Rollins battling Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 36!



WWE WrestleMania 36 Kevin Owens Seth Rollins

Chris King takes a look at the most underrated WWE WrestleMania matches, and starts off with Seth Rollins battling Kevin Owens in the WWE Performance Center at WrestleMania 36!

Chris King is starting a new series heading into WrestleMania season dubbed WrestleMania Rewind. Each week he’ll be going back and sharing his insight over underrated matches at the Show of Shows. First up, is Kevin Owens vs. “The Monday Night Messiah” Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 36.

At the 2019 edition of Survivor Series, Rollins sacrificed himself during the men’s traditional match allowing SmackDown to ultimately gain the victory. The following night the self-proclaimed Messiah, berated the whole roster but KO was not having any part of it. Owens quickly became a huge barrier in Rollins’ cause for the greater good. The Authors of Pain attacked Owens with Rollins’ character in question.

Owens finally had enough of his rival’s mind games and torment and challenged Rollins to a match on the Grandest Stage Of Them All. Rollins mockingly accepted his challenge and the match was made official for night one of WrestleMania. Owens came out of the gate beating the holy hell out of the Monday Night Messiah trying to achieve his long-awaited moment at Mania but, Rollins tried to steal a disqualification victory by using the ring bell.

Owens hellbent on revenge provoked Rollins into turning their encounter into a no-disqualification contest where the fight could be taken all over the empty arena. The highlight of the match, was when KO used the WrestleMania sign to deliver a thunderous senton bomb through the announce table. Owens would secure the victory with a Stunner in an incredible match. Despite having no crowd during the pandemic era, both KO and Rollins put on an intense performance under the brightest lights.

In my personal opinion, this was a great feud that helped both superstars in their transformation as compelling characters for years to come.

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