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Chairshot Classics: WWE UK Championship Tournament Day Two (1/15/17)

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With WWE’s Crown Jewel upcoming which will feature the World Cup Tournament, today we continue our look back at another WWE tournament in a foreign country with day two of the inaugural United Kingdom Championship Tournament! To check out day one, go here.

Open: Yesterday, the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament kicked off to crown the first-ever champion. Highlights of the first round are shown, a packed house at the Empress Ballroom boisterous and excited for every match. Today, one of these eight quarterfinalists will make history, etching their names in the record books as the man that set the tone for the United Kingdom.

Match #1 – Quarterfinals: Pete Dunne vs. Sam Gradwell
Dunne charges in at the bell and runs into a big forearm shot, Gradwell unloads with heavy fists, The Bruiserweight picks the leg to try and escape, but Sam continues to hammer away. He goes to a wristlock, Dunne attempts to escape, pushes him away to the ropes and scores with a clothesline. Gradwell pops right back up with a clothesline of his own, The Bruiserweight rolls to the outside to try and regroup, Gradwell builds a head of steam, flies through the ropes with a suicide dive, Dunne tries to roll into the ring, but gets dragged back out.

The Bruiserweight rips at the nose, sets for a suplex on the ramp, Sam blocks it, plants him with a double underhook suplex on the entrance, then sends him back inside. He climbs to the top turnbuckle and connects with a dropkick, hurts his back in the process, Dunne realizes it, sneaks in a kick, then avoids him rushing in and hits a german suplex. Both guys are up quick, The Bruiserweight rushes in now, Gradwell plants him with a Michinoku driver for a near fall, ascends the corner once more, but Dunne rolls out of the ring.

Sam turns his attention outside and takes him out with a crossbody to the floor, hurls Dunne back into the squared circle, The Bruiserweight catches him sliding in, powers him to the top rope and pushes him back down to the floor. Dunne sits back and allows the official to count, Gradwell just barely makes it in at 9, Dunne meets him with a body slam into the turnbuckles, hooks the leg and advances.
Winner: Pete Dunne (Turnbuckle Body Slam)

  • After The Bell: Dunne sneak attacks Gradwell as he rises to his feet, leaves him laying and Charly Caruso catches him for comment on the stage. The Bruiserweight wonders if people think what he’s been doing is really controversial, claiming he didn’t see the big deal in it and neither did Triple H. Dunne says it’s two down and two to go.

Match #2 – Quarterfinals: Mark Andrews vs. Joseph Conners
Andrews rushes in at the bell and gets caught on Conners’ shoulder, slips down into a sunset flip for a quick 2, pops back up with a schoolboy for another 2 count, then surprises him with multiple arm drags before one is blocked. Conners cracks him with a back elbow, hammers Andrews with shots in the corner, Andrews rolls under one, walks into a boot, Conners fires out for a sunset flip, but Andrews backflips into a basement dropkick for a count of 2. He picks Conners up and takes a knee to the abdomen, Conners looks to toss him outside, Andrews counters with a 619 to the ribs, flips back in from the apron and dumps Conners over the top.

Andrews hops out to the apron for a moonsault, Conners sees it coming, side-steps it and clocks him with a right hand. He looks to sends Andrews into the steel steps, Andrews turns the tables on him, double reversal and Conners with a drop toe hold into the steps. He drapes Andrews over the apron, pummels him from the floor, rolls back inside and covers, but too close to the ropes. Andrews tries to fight back to his feet and gets clubbed back down, he tosses Andrews throat-first into the 2nd rope, plants him with a release back suplex and hooks the leg for a near fall. He keeps control and puts the boots to Andrews, flattens him with a short-arm clothesline for another 2 count, tosses him back into the 2nd rope and looks for another release back suplex.

Andrews flips through it, walks into a back elbow, Conners hits the ropes and runs into an enzuigiri, spilling to the outside. Andrews reaches out to get him and gets dragged to the floor, Conners sets him against the steel steps and talks some trash, charges in for a big boot, Andrews rolls out of harm’s way, then catches him walking in with a boot of his own. He climbs on top of the barricade and hits a somersault senton, pushes Conners into the ring, pulls himself to the apron and springboards in with a crossbody that almost puts it away. Conners pulls himself to his feet in the corner, Andrews rushes in with double knees, hits a northern lights suplex, rolls through for a standing moonsault, but Conners gets his knees up and uses a small package for a near fall.

Conners continues to talk trash and Andrews fires up with big forearms, gets pushed away to the ropes and hangs on, Conners runs in, gets sent over the top, lands on his feet on the apron and hangs Andrews with a reverse hot shot. He steps back to the apron, slingshots in with a reverse STO, Andrews just barely kicking out before a 3 count. He tries to pick Andrews up and gets surprised by a kick, Conners staggers to the corner, Andrews rushes in and meets a boot to the jaw, Conners hops to the 2nd rope, but gets drilled by an enzuigiri.

Andrews climbs up and hits a super hurricanrana, ascends back to the top rope, Conners is there to meet him, but gets knocked back to the canvas. Andrews hops up-and-over him, turns to run back in, Conners delivers the back elbow into a backbreaker, calls for a suplex, but Andrews counters into a stunner. He ascends the corner again, connects with the Shooting Star Press and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Mark Andrews (Shooting Star Press)

Match #3 – Quarterfinals: Trent Seven vs. Wolfgang
Some jawing back-and-forth at the bell, they lock-up  and Trent backs Wolfgang to the ropes, breaks clean, they tie-up again and this time Wolfgang backs Seven to the ropes. They break clean, it starts getting chippy and they trade shots, Wolfgang plants Trent with a back suplex, Seven rolls to the outside and Wolfgang’s in pursuit. Irish whip into the barricade if reversed, Wolfgang puts on the brakes to avoid it, catches Seven walking in with a back elbow, climbs on top of the barricade and delivers a moonsault to the floor.

He grabs at his knee, staggers to his feet to send Trent back inside, poses for the fans and turns around into a suicide dive. Trent deposits Wolfgang into the squared circle, heads to the high rent district, takes too much time and gets rocked by a right hand. Wolfgang climbs up for a superplex, Seven fights it off, tries to suplex Wolfgang out to the floor, but it’s reversed and Wolfgang finally delivers a superplex into the ring. Both guys struggle to their feet, they exchange right hands and chops, Seven hits the ropes for the Seven Stars Lariat, runs into a big boot, then gets dumped into the mat with a fireman’s carry front slam. He springs off the 2nd rope for a moonsault, Trent gets the knees up, looks to follow with the Seven Stars Lariat, Wolfgang ducks it, grabs him for a german suplex, but Seven fights it off.

Standing switch from Trent and he turns him inside-out with a dragon suplex for a near fall, hauls him up for the Seven Stars Lariat, again Wolfgang avoids it, then goes for another fireman’s carry front slam. Trent slips out, clobbers him with a spinning back fist, scores with the Seven Stars Lariat, but somehow Wolfgang kicks out at 2. Seven looks stunned as Wolfgang rolls to the apron, Trent climbs to the 2nd rope, pulls him up for a super piledriver, Wolfgang blocks it and drops him to the canvas with a headbutt. He stands on the top rope, connects with a senton bomb and picks up the win.
Winner: Wolfgang (Senton Bomb)

Match #4 – Quarterfinals: Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin
Bate doesn’t take the handshake before the bell, Devlin doesn’t appreciate it and ambushes him from behind, the bell rings and we’re underway. He tosses Tyler into the corner and puts the boots to him, looks to send Bate over the top, Tyler turns the tables and Devlin flies out to the floor. Bate gets a running start and leaps through the ropes with a suicide dive, rolls Jordan back into the ring, steps inside and goes after Devlin in the corner. The referee tries to separate them, Devlin sneaks in a thumb to the eye, arm whips him to the mat and starts to work over the left shoulder.

He unloads with clubbing forearm blows, hooks in a double knuckle lock to try and pin, only gets counts of 2, uses all of his weight to keep Bate down, but Tyler pops up into a monkey flip to escape. He pulls himself up in the corner, tries to surprise Jordan with a boot, it’s blocked, Bate breaks free and delivers a knee lift instead. He climbs to the 2nd rope and scores with an uppercut, calls for the airplane spin, Devlin battles out of it, springs off the 2nd rope for a crossbody, but gets caught and put into the airplane spin.

Tyler drops him and they both stumble around, Jordan spills out to the apron, slings the top rope into Bate’s face, delivers an enzuigiri and goes up top for a moonsault. Tyler rolls out of harm’s way, Devlin lands on his feet, walks into an uppercut, comes right back with a big knee to the chin and covers for a 2 count. Jordan wants to go back up top for a moonsault, misses the mark, Bate sets for the Tyler Driver, Devlin counters into a hurricanarana and almost steals it. Both guys pop-up quick, Jordan decks Tyler with an enzuigiri, he tells the official to check the back of Bate’s head, there’s no blood and Devlin charges in for a knee. Tyler blocks it, cracks him with a left hand, delivers the Tyler Driver 97 and takes the victory.
Winner: Tyler Bate (Tyler Driver 97)


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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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