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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 20 (1/15/96)

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January 15, 1996 brings us to the Knight Center in Miami, Florida for a stacked show. The preview highlights Hulk Hogan and “one of his toughest test to date when he battles Meng.” Interesting description there. We also have Ric Flair taking on Sting, Public Enemy facing The American Males and Lex Luger meeting Randy Savage. Eric Bischoff lets us know that Ric Flair is putting his WCW Heavyweight Championship on line against Sting. Funny how that didn’t make it into the preview.

Lex Luger vs Randy Savage

Luger attacks Savage early, using a chair as a distraction. Savage hits a big top rope double axe handle for a near fall. A decent volume Luger chant breaks out, that’s very surprising. Lex comes back, drops a trio of standing elbow drops, but gets hot shot across the top rope. Savage goes up top, but misses a HUGE elbow drop and Luger locks in the torture rack. Savage passes out and the bell rings, but Luger holds on after the bell.

Winner: Lex Luger via submission

Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan, Hugh Morrus, One Man Gang, The Zodiac and Giant come out flanked by the Four Horsemen(Flair, Anderson, Pillman, Benoit). Sullivan and Morrus were supposed to take on Anderson and Pillman. Mean Gene asks what is up and Anderson says the match won’t happen because there’s no win for both teams. Pillman seems to speak out of turn and Anderson slaps him. Obvious dissent within the Horsemen.

Public Enemy vs The American Males

This is the debut in WCW for Public Enemy and the crowd is pretty excited. Males in control early with stereo back body drops and clotheslines to the outside. Public Enemy drag them outside but eat a big cross body from the top by Bagwell then a pair of dropkicks. Grunge beats down Scotty Riggs but he gets to Bagwell for a tag. Bagwell in and hits a pair of dropkicks and clotheslines before a powerslam on Grunge. Rock comes in and hits Bagwell which allows Grunge to roll up Marcus for the pinfall win. Public Enemy bring out a pair of tables after the match and stack them on top of each other. Bagwell is placed on top and Rock hits a flipping senton off the top rope sending Bagwell through both tables.

Winner: Public Enemy via pinfall

Sting vs Ric Flair (c)- WCW Heavyweight Championship

Battling “woo” screams from both after a series of chain wrestling sequences to start. Sting hits a big military press slam before sending Flair into the corner for his trademark up and over bump with a clothesline from Sting on the apron. A suplex brings Flair back in the ring but a poke in the eyes puts Ric in control. Sting battles back and hits a top rope superplex but the splash is countered with Flair’s knees in the gut. A cross body attempt sends Sting neck first into the top rope. Sting locks in a sleeper, but Ric counters it into a belly to back suplex for a double down. Sting reverses a figure four attempt into a pin attempt for a near fall. A backslide from Sting yields the same count while a sunset flip plus pulled tights reveals Ric’s posterior for many to see. Ric goes to the top rope(because reasons) and gets tossed off by Sting. Chops from Flair are no sold by Sting before getting a big military press. Luger comes down and is fighting with Jimmy Hart over the megaphone, and inadvertantly clocks Sting, allowing Ric to get the pinfall win. Hogan and Savage come out to save Sting from a beatdown and are joined by Mean Gene. Hogan and Savage try to convince Sting that he can’t trust Luger. Sting goes off to confront Lex. Hogan talks about the upcoming Clash of the Champions teaming with Savage but says Savage had something worked to guarantee a title shot next week. Hogan thinks it should be his(when did he not think he deserved the belt?) but Savage dismisses it.

Winner: Ric Flair via pinfall

Meng vs Hulk Hogan

Meng in control early and Sullivan interferes from the outside. Meng with strikes and chokes to keep Hogan down. Meng misses a headbutt and Hogan comes back with strikes. Hulk starts to…well, Hulk up, and hits the big boot. Kevin Sullivan climbs on the apron to interfere, but Savage is out to stop him and Hogan grabs the spike from Sullivan, uses it on Meng behind the ref’s back and gets the pinfall win.

Winner: Hulk Hogan via pinfall

This was a case of the wrong match in the main event. The WCW Championship deserved that spot as it was a much better match. Maybe they’ll get it right next week?


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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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