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WWE Week in Review: September 16-22, 2018

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Hell in a Cell is in the rear view mirror and now WWE is ramping up the build for Super Show-Down, which will be happening in a couple of weeks in Melbourne. The controversial end to Reigns/Strowman takes the war between the Shield and the Dogs of War in a new direction on RAW. Ronda Rousey’s attempt to elevate the RAW Women’s Title doesn’t go as expected. The Undertaker returns and issues a dire warning to Triple H. Lashley’s new manager pays dividends.

On SmackDown, AJ Styles looks to fend off a very good challenger in Andrade Almas. The war between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair enters new territory after Lynch’s win at Hell in a Cell. The Empresses of Glow continues to come together as a unit, and Cesaro looks to get some much-needed momentum against Kofi Kingston of New Day.

On 205, Cedric Alexander tries to shut Drew Gulak up once and for all, TJP takes on Lince Dorado, and the much anticipated match between Lio Rush and Noam Dar doesn’t go as expected.

On NXT, the search for the culprit in the Aleister Black assault continues with an interesting person in the hot seat. Lacey Evans and Aliyah look to establish their dominance as the Ladies of NXT. The highly anticipated Champion vs Champion match between Ricochet and Pete Dunne has an ending no one expects.

So, how did they do? Let’s check it out!

RAW

Shield vs Dogs of War: Reigns kicked off RAW and admitted that things didn’t go according to plan, but he still woke up as the Universal Champion. He then called out Lesnar, stating that if Lesnar wanted a rematch so damn bad, he could come out and they could settle things right now.

Lesnar didn’t answer, but Strowman did. Strowman was, understandably, furious about Lesnar screwing him out of another chance to be Universal Champion. He said that HE was the one who should be allowed to beat the piss out of Lesnar and once that was done, he and Reigns were going to settle things.

Before things could get ugly, Corbin appeared and announced that there would be a Triple Threat Match in Saudi Arabia: Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title. Corbin also tried to play the victim saying that no one was more upset about the end of Hell in a Cell than him. Strowman wasn’t happy about Corbin’s proclamation but it seems that it’s a settled matter. Corbin also announced that HE would be challenging Reigns for the Universal Title in RAW’s main event, because that’s not a conflict of interest or anything.

Heyman would appear, complete with the Hell in a Cell door Lesnar destroyed and accepted the match on behalf of his client.

After a Match of the Year worthy showing at Hell in a Cell, and after their respective partners took a plunge off of Hell in a Cell, Dean Ambrose and Drew McIntrye squared off in one-on-one competition. The Lunatic Fringe and the Scottish Psychopath took it too each other, but McIntyre would get the victory after Ambrose was nearly counted out after a failed double ax handle. Dean beat the count and walked right into a Claymore kick.

Backstage, Corbin explained his decision to put himself in the Universal Title match: Reigns deserves to be beaten and he thinks the Universal Title deserves better. He also asked Ziggler about invoking his rematch clause. When Ziggler begged off, citing his plunge off of the cell, Corbin pointed out that Rollins wasn’t at 100%, so the playing field would be even and he could walk out as a dual champion. One more wrinkle: If Rollins can’t compete, he’ll be stripped of the title.

Rollins wasn’t happy when he found out, but he warned Corbin that it’s still Monday Night Rollins. Ziggler seemed to want to back out after hearing that Rollins was in the building, but changed his mind when Rollins challenged him.

The match between Rollins and Ziggler, death-defying plunges or not, was amazing, as always. Despite throwing everything he could at Rollins, Ziggler would be defeated, so it’s back to the drawing board for the Dogs of War, at least as far as the Intercontinental Championship goes.

Despite changing the match to a No DQ after getting DQ’d, Corbin is NOT Universal Champion. In an insane match that eventually devolved into an all out BRAWL between the Shield and the Dogs of War. However, the Shield was left holding the ring and Reigns and Rollins are still holding gold. Corbin and his lackeys will have to think of something else.

RAW Women’s Division: Having finally vanquished Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey was looking towards new challenges and turned to her friends, the Bellas and Nattie for help with an idea: An Open Challenge for the RAW Women’s Title and wanted to know how to do it. Nattie and the Bellas were very excited by this and were eager to explain the rules.

The open challenge didn’t go as expected. Nattie was supposed to answer the challenge, but she was waylaid by a very pissed off Riott Squad who attacked Rousey, which brought out the Bella Twins, after a quick fight, the Riott Squad was sent back to the showers. Guess we’ll try again next week.

Bayley, with Sasha in her corner, took on a determined Dana Brooke in singles action. Fresh off her departure from Titus Worldwide, Dana seemed determined to get back into the game. Despite a very valiant effort, Bayley would defeat Brooke by pinfall.

Alicia Fox and Mickie James, with Alexa Bliss at ringside, took on Ember Moon and Nia Jax.! Not surprisingly, Mickie and Alicia wanted no part of Nia and actually tried to send Alexa in instead. Despite a valiant effort, James and Fox were no match for Jax and Moon, who soundly defeated them.

Undertaker vs Triple H: Undertaker returned to Monday Night RAW for the first time in…two weeks! The Deadman said that Triple H was delusional and delusion is the last refuge of someone with a broken soul and no one has a more broken soul than Triple H. He then called out Triple H for going corporate. He then vowed to harvest Triple H’s soul in Australia and let the WWE Universe in on some new wrinkles in the match: Shawn Michaels is going to be in Triple H’s corner in Australia, and so to counter that, Taker is bringing Kane along to watch his back.

Crown Jewel: WWE’s second show in Saudi Arabia has a name now: Crown Jewel AND beside the aforementioned Triple Threat match, there is also going to be a tournament to determine the ‘best in the world’ called the WWE World Cup.

Chad Gable vs Konnor: The feud between Chad Gable/Bobby Roode and the Ascension continued this week with a singles match between Gable and Konnor. the match was short but very good. Gable would pull out a surprising victory, but Konnor attacked him from behind.

AOP (with Drake Maverick) vs Gregory James and Barrett Brown: Do I even need to say this is a squash? These poor guys didn’t stand a chance against AOP.

Bobby Lashley vs Elias: It seems that Lio Rush has a new hat: Bobby Lashley’s manager! And his first task was helping his client beat Elias. The second was outrunning Kevin Owens. In both instances, he did a pretty good job. Lashley didn’t beat Elias, but Rush was able to help him fend off Elias and Owens.

SmackDown

WWE Championship: AJ addressed the controversial end to his match against Samoa Joe on Sunday and said that the worst thing that could’ve happened was to let Samoa Joe win the title. We’re told that the rematch in Australia would be No DQ, but right then, AJ said he needed to focus on Almas.

Is there any point in saying how great this match was? This match was amazing, though I’m not sure someone told Almas that the match WASN’T for the WWE Championship, because he wrestled like the belt was on the line. Anyway, great match, Styles pulled out the win by reversing Almas’ ‘Cien Knees’ into a Styles Clash for the three. Almas and Vega were NOT happy, but at least this wasn’t for the title.

As Styles was celebrating, he was attacked by a still angry Samoa Joe, who pummeled the champ all over ringside, until Styles fought back, sending Joe retreating through the crowd. Seems like Paige is going to have her hands full with these two.

WWE United States Championship: On Monday afternoon, Paige announced that due to an awesome performance at Hell in a Cell, Rusev would face Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States Title on Tuesday. After his massive screw up, it seemed that English and Rusev had made things up, until Lana overheard English taking credit for the success of Rusev Day. Lana tried to warn Rusev, but each time was shut down by Rusev’s inability to listen. Unfortunately, that faith would cost him, as an ‘accidental’ distraction by English would cost Rusev the match. The real surprise came after Nakamura’s victory, when English attacked Rusev from behind and pummeled him with the microphone before giving on last, spiteful, ‘Rusev Day’ before leaving.

SmackDown Women’s Division: Asuka, with new best friend, Naomi, took on Billie Kay of the IIconics. The match was quick with Asuka getting the pinfall victory, much to Naomi’s satisfaction. It seems that the Empresses of Glow are going places.

If Charlotte thought that Becky beating her for the title would restore their friendship, she was VERY mistaken. Becky isn’t interested in being Charlotte’s friend, she’s the champ and there’s no room for Charlotte. Charlotte wasn’t in the mood to fight, or so she said, much to Paige’s relief. The SmackDown GM really seemed to want to see her former PCB/Submission Sorority pals patch things up. Charlotte claimed that she wanted to give Becky the respect Becky refused to give her and that Becky holding the belt means Becky’s the better woman.

Becky, for her part, said that she wouldn’t shake Charlotte’s hand at HIAC because that would’ve given Charlotte the spotlight. She admited that she stopped listening to Charlotte when Charlotte said that she was the best. Becky wanted Charlotte to put the belt around her waist and for Charlotte to call Becky ‘Queen’, bitch.

That was more than Charlotte was willing to take. She takes the bait and attacks Becky, which seems to be what the champ was waiting for. Becky beats the holy hell out of Charlotte, throwing her into the rings steps and barriers before throwing her into the ring for a Dis-Arm-Her and Bex-sploder. One victory won’t satisfy Becky, she’s going to destroy Charlotte.

Smackdown Tag Team Division: It was revealed that the Bar would take on New Day in Australia, but before that, Cesaro would face Kofi Kingston in singles competition. Cesaro would pull out a MUCH needed victory and the Bar has some momentum as we look to Australia.

Miz vs Daniel Bryan: If there is one thing that can be said for Miz and Maryse, it’s that there is no low to which they won’t stoop to get one over on Daniel Bryan. Maryse was the Miz’s guest and while reveling in her victory over Brie Bella, announced that she was retiring from wrestling to be a full-time mother. Miz insulted Brie and then seemed to work himself into a frenzy, challenging Bryan to a fight. Bryan came out, saying that Miz can insult him all he wants, but going after Brie is crossing a line he won’t tolerate. He and Miz trade blows, while Maryse retreats into a corner. During the melee a dropkick to Miz seemed to send him crashing into Maryse, who immediately grabbed her stomach.

Everything stopped and it seemed that Maryse was really hurt, which would make any feeling human being feel bad. However, Miz and Maryse apparently didn’t read from the ‘How to be a Great Villain for Dummies’ book or they missed the part about not showing your hand too soon, because Maryse couldn’t contain herself and began laughing at the look on Daniel Bryan’s face, giving away that this was all a ruse. Miz attacked from behind, but in the melee, the Mizanins got their own back when Bryan sent Miz crashing into Maryse for real.

When asked about what happened, Bryan said that he knew from the minute Miz called him out that something was up because Miz was a coward and would never have called him out unless he was planning something underhanded. He then vowed to beat Miz and earn that WWE title shot at Super Show-Down, which was officially announced during MizTV.

Randy Orton vs Jeff Hardy: Orton seemed to be reveling in the nasty things he did to Jeff Hardy at Hell in a Cell. He also promised that what he did to Hardy will be nothing compared to what he’s going to do to his next victim. I hope someone reminded Orton that actual murder is frowned up on by USA’s Standards and Practices.

 

205 Live

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: So after weeks of demanding, Drew Gulak finally got the rematch he thought he was owed after his defeat at the hands of Cedric Alexander at SummerSlam, though the justification is pretty murky considering that his victory over Alexander and Tozawa came from pinning Tozawa and not Alexander.

ANYWAY!

The match was amazing, as expected, but even the presence of Kendrick and Gallagher wasn’t enough to give Gulak the win. Alexander would pick up the win after a Lumbar Check. So now, the Philly Fury has no excuse for defeat this time. Now, Alexander can focus his energy on fending off Buddy Murphy at the Super Show-Down.

Speaking of Murphy, he gave an interview after the Alexander/Gulak barnburner. He admitted to being impressed and congratulated Alexander on his undefeated streak. However, Murphy vowed to bring the Age of Alexander crashing down at Super Show-Down and leave Melbourne as WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Lio Rush vs Noam Dar: The highly anticipated match between Dar and Rush didn’t happen this week. Rush begged off, claiming to Maverick that his manager duties on RAW had left him unable to prepare for the match with Dar. This fell flat with Maverick, who also has management duties on RAW on top of being GM of 205. He warns Rush that if he refuses to compete next week on 205, there will be consequences for him, though what those consequences are isn’t said, but we can guess.

Dar, for his part, talked to WWE.com after 205 and stated he wasn’t shocked that Rush backed out. After all, who could find time to prepare for a match when you lie on the beach all day, squawking about how great you are and asking if anyone wants to know what you had for breakfast? Dar doesn’t care about any of that, he just cares that Rush shows up next week for their match. If Rush doesn’t show up, Dar will go after him because Rush will be easy to find since he’s constantly on Instagram, and slap him around. If Rush tries to bring in his new pal, Bobby Lashley, Dar will make him watch because Lio Rush is a ‘Dafty’, which my British to American dictionary tells me means ‘idiot’.

TJP vs Lince Dorado: The inaugural Cruiserweight champion is still looking to get back into the title picture when he took on Lince Dorado of the Lucha House Party. The match was incredible to watch! It was like watching the Cruiserweight Classic all over again. These guys put on an amazing performance, and just seeing a member of the Lucha House Party go up against someone OTHER than Nese or Murphy was refreshing. TJP would pull out the victory, but only because he ripped Dorado’s mask off, which is a HUGE sign of disrespect for a masked luchador. To add further insult to injury, TJP took off with Dorado’s matraca on his way out. However, it seems that TJP’s actions have angered Maverick, so we’ll see what the consequences of this blatant disrespect will be next week.

Mustafa Ali: The Heart of 205 is beating again and he’s raring to get his hands on Hideo Itami. However, Maverick is still a little reluctant to let Ali get his hands on Itami just yet, considering how things ended up last time, but since WWE’s medical staff has said that Ali’s good to go, we’re going to get Ali vs Itami on the September 26th episode of 205 Live!

 

NXT

NXT Championship: Ciampa wasn’t in action this week. However, we were told that Regal had cleared him of suspicion in what happened to Aleister Black.

NXT North American Championship: The Champion vs Champion match between Ricochet and Pete Dunne happened this week and it was everything we could’ve hoped for! Dunne and Ricochet tore the house down and then some. The crowd started out with dueling chants and ended up cheering for both men. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a winner due to Undisputed Era attacking both men, causing the match to be thrown out. It seems that Adam Cole didn’t want to risk taking on Pete Dunne for the North American Championship.

NXT Women’s Division: Lacey Evans and Aliyah took on the team of Dakota Kai and Deonna Purrazzo this week. While the match wasn’t a technical masterpiece, it was very good. Evans and Aliyah are a surprisingly good team and worked well together, picking up the win after an unseen tag by Evans allowed her to pin Dakota Kai after a Woman’s Right.

When asked about their less than ladylike victory, Aliyah and Evans were both unrepentant. Aliyah said that a win is a win and that NXT was a place of broken dreams and disappointment, she gets what she wants and people like Dakota and Deonna get nothing. Evans added that not only did the real ladies win, but the right ladies won.

Bianca Belair was a bit…flustered after her crazy match with Nikki Cross last week in an interview with WWE.com after last week’s match. To her immense credit, Belair didn’t make excuses, she said that Nikki Cross was crazy and admitted that she hadn’t expected Cross to take to the level she did. However, the Est of NXT isn’t backing down and she is still undefeated.

NXT Tag Division: The Street Profits were having a game of streetball this week, which sounds like fun, but apparently, the Mighty’s kleptomaniac ways have continued from last week. They took off with the Profits’ chains, which represent their culture and the Profits AREN’T happy. Looks like the issues between the Profits and the Mighty are far from over.

Jaxson Ryker, who played a big role in the successful debut of the Forgotten Sons last week, took on Humberto Carrillo. This one was quick and nasty. Despite mounting a little offense, Carrillo got his butt kicked by Ryker who picked up the victory. So, all members of the Forgotten Sons have a victory now, how long before they’re nipping at the Undisputed Era’s heels?

Aleister Black Mystery: During an interview, we got confirmation that Velveteen Dream is not a suspect in the attack on Aleister Black.

A more interesting thread developed later on during this week’s NXT. Candice LeRae found herself in the hotseat, but not because she herself was a suspect, she has a pretty airtight alibi after confirming Ohno and Sane’s stories, but because Regal is more interested in the whereabouts of her husband, Johnny Gargano. LeRae admitted that she and Gargano have always kept their business lives separate from their private lives, which is why she was with Ohno and Sane outside and not with Gargano, who was cleaning up in the locker room.

LeRae, for her part, seems to believe Ciampa had something to do with the attack on Black, given that it suited his style. However, there’s no evidence that Ciampa had anything to do with the attack. After this line of questioning, it feels like Regal knows, or is pretty sure he knows, who this culprit is, but will anyone believe it?

 

Tiffany’s Takeaways

RAW: I’m not happy about Dean losing only his third singles match back. After Hell in a Cell, the Shield should’ve swept the evening, especially since Dean’s the only one without a championship.

I still think that the Shield vs Corbin and the Dogs of War feud will go to Survivor Series and it’s going to end up being for control of RAW now that it’s clear that Corbin is firmly a member of the Dogs of War.

Riott Squad vs Rousey and the Bellas is an interesting angle that I’m eager to see next week. The Open Challenge for the Women’s Title is long overdue.

Welcome back, Nia Jax! I’m always happy to see her and having her feud with Alexa and her friends will be fun, as will Alexa taking a break from the Women’s Championship picture.

I love the Undertaker, but I found his promo really underwhelming. It seemed more like Grumpy Old Men than badass. Plus, how is Kane going to spin going to Australia for a wrestling show when he’s supposed to be Mayor of Knoxville?

I wish that WWE was more consistent with face/heel when it comes to Maverick and Rush, especially if they’re trying to get more eyes on 205.

Also, I want to send get well soon wishes to Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks, who are both dealing with unspecified injuries. Bliss’ sounds more concerning because she was experiencing numbness in her left arm, which could indicate neck problems. Hopefully both ladies will be healed up in time for Evolution.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been getting some more information about Dean Ambrose’s injury back in December and his health scare due to MRSA and what he went through for months sounds absolutely horrifying. Thankfully, he’s healthy and back doing what he loves.

SmackDown. Okay, it’s been pointed out, but I’ll say it too: Thank you GOD, that WWE isn’t going with a miscarriage angle with Miz/Bryan. Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras would’ve jumped on that in a heartbeat, I’m glad PG Era isn’t.

Becky Lynch is the Head Bitch in Charge and I love it! Charlotte taking the bait and getting her ass kicked for it was superb, as was Paige’s attempt to get the former BFFs to patch things up.

The Naomi/Asuka alliance reminds me of the Odd Couple, but it works. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

Almas/Styles needs to continue once the Joe program is done.

The Rusev Day split was overdue, in my opinion.

Orton relishing all the nasty stuff he did at Hell in a Cell is very in character, but still nasty.

205 Live: We had two feuds seems to come to an end this week: Gulak vs Alexander and Lucha House Party vs Party Crashers and I say ‘THANK GOD!’. Gulak vs Alexander has been fun, but it’s time to move on. Lucha House Party vs Party Crashers has been stale for awhile.

I HATE when wrestling companies have non-masked wrestlers take off a masked luchador’s mask. It’s so disrespectful and dismissive of the mask’s cultural significance and what it means to the luchador to wear it.

Lio Rush trying to back out of his match with Noam Dar makes sense given his character and builds the anticipation. I get the feeling that he’ll have one excuse after the other for why he can’t compete for awhile.

NXT: Unless there’s a really big swerve coming, which is always possible, I think this week’s NXT planted the seeds for who attacked Aleister Black and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Lacey Evans/Aliyah is a surprisingly good team. Aliyah’s got a load of talent, but she hasn’t had a lot of luck getting on TV, so teaming with a rising star like Lacey Evans can only help her. Aliyah’s comments about NXT being a place of disappointment and broken dreams is very interesting and seems to come from the heart, which will certainly give some legitimacy to her heel turn, if they make it about her being sidelined while other get all the breaks.

I stand by my comment that Bianca Belair vs Nikki Cross is going to be the big non-title women’s feud for the rest of 2018.

I was a little disappointed by the ending of Ricochet/Dunne, but it does make sense to keep the titles separate since Dunne will probably be the top champion on NXTUK whenever it launches.

My favorite match this week has to be Styles/Flair vs Uso/Naomi just because it really played up the awkwardness of Mixed Tag Matches and was just funny to watch.

Mae Young Classic: I’m a little behind on my Mae Young viewing, but I loved this week’s episode! This year’s classic is every bit as good as last year’s!

 

WTAF?! Moment of the Week. As you may have heard over the Twitter machine, a fans is going around claiming that Reigns and Rollins were rude to her father and refused to take pictures. The problem with this is that Reigns and Rollins were grocery shopping after Hell in a Cell last week and the father started taking creeper pictures of them while they were shopping. Some fans have jumped on this, claiming that Reigns and Rollins gave up their right to privacy when they became WWE Superstars.

Seriously? Is this what kind of entitled world we live in where two men can’t shop in peace after a very rough night without being bullied into taking pictures with fans? No celebrity is under any obligation to take pictures or give autographs to fans when they’re trying to buy groceries. Another witness to this whole debacle says that Reigns and Rollins both apologized for refusing and said that they were in a hurry. They weren’t being jerks, they were just trying to shop.

The fact that this entitled little brat and her creep dad have been getting so much attention and support gives wrestling fans a bad name. These are human beings, not animals at a zoo. They have every right to want to be left alone while grocery shopping after work.

Final Thoughts: Overall, this was a really great week in WWE. We’re looking forward to Super Show-Down and after that, Evolution and Crown Jewel, so the next few weeks are going to be crazy in terms of building three shows at once.

So, join me next week to see how WWE’s juggling act did. Be good to each other!

 


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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