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)
Chairshot Radio: Classic Shane Douglas Interview 
ECW icon “The Franchise” Shane Douglas joins Greg DeMarco and Patrick O’Dowd for this classic interview!
ECW icon “The Franchise” Shane Douglas joins Greg DeMarco and Patrick O’Dowd for this classic interview!
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Today’s hosts Greg DeMarco (@chairshotgreg) & Patrick O’Dowd (@wrestlngrealist) sat down with ECW legend Shane Douglas for an amazing 2012 interview that was slated for 10-15 minutes and went 45, all thanks to the engaging attitude of “The Franchise.”
- Shane talks about his relationship with Ric Flair and how it got there.
- A discussion around Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, how it came to be, and how he really didn’t want to do it.
- Shane provides the background and details for his ECW reunion events (at the time).
- All this and more with legendary wrestling figure “The Franchise” Shane Douglas!
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WWE’s Top 50 Tag Teams – Was it Right?
Rob applies some of his genius in breaking down the hits, misses and which one WWE got exactly right on their Top 50 Tag Teams list. Check it out!
A few weeks ago the WWE began releasing their Top 50 tag teams in history, and now that the full list is out there I thought it would be a good time to reflect on it a bit. Lists are subjective of course, but as is usually the case there were some choices made here that were flat out head scratchers. Some too high and some too low. And there was one in particular that was just right. So to sum it all up in one question:
Who got robbed, who got hooked up, and who was just right?
Robbed: The Usos
How could the number seven spot be a disservice? Well, let’s see. Jimmy and Jey have been together longer than Edge & Christian (4), The Hart Foundation (3), and even the New Day (1). They were in the WWE longer than The Legion of Doom (6), and the Dudleys (5). And they have more titles than the LOD or the Harts. They also have more memorable matches than the Harts or LOD did in the WWE. And they assuredly faced stiffer competition than the LOD did during their time there. When you add all that up you can definitely make a case for them being as high as number 2, and I’d say they should be no lower than 4th behind New Day, the Dudleys, and the Hardys.
Hooked Up: The Legion of Doom
Hawk and Animal are to this day my favorite tag team ever. That being said, there is no way on God’s green earth that their time in the WWF can be considered anything close to their best years. By the time they arrived in the WWF in 1990 they were already past their peak as their best years were spent in the AWA, NWA, and Japan. The only thing they did more in the WWF was win world titles (two vs one apiece in the NWA and AWA). Putting them at number 6 is clearly a pander to old guys like me who saw them in their prime but trust me, I would have totally understood if they’d been like number 20 instead.
Speaking of guys who wore facepaint and all black…..
As much as Hawk and Animal were my favorites, Demolition was the opposite. Look, they were obvious knockoffs of the Road Warriors and as a big Road Warrior mark I was not here for them. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have the better WWF career. In four years together they had three title reigns, which was unheard of at that time, including the longest reign ever until New Day broke it in 2016. From WrestleMania IV through Summerslam 1990 Demolition held the tag team titles for 698 out of 883 days, 79 percent of the time. But once Hawk and Animal finally came to the WWF their usefulness ended and they’ve been cast into the dustbin of history. And while that was kind of the point of their whole existence it’s not fair to these guys who beat every team in the division over a three years period to treat them as if they were together for six months or something. Number 11 is just too low.
Hooked Up: The Rockers
Putting them at 14 is clearly a nod to Shawn Michaels and his post Rockers career, because it damn sure can’t be about what they did as a team. In three and a half years they officially won zero championships and were basically a .500 team who were there to put over the top teams of the moment while getting enough wins to stay relevant. Yes they were the most talented team of their time but they were never booked as more than guys to make someone else look good then lose. Is that worthy of recognition? Sure. Is it good for being in the top half of the top 50? Yeah. But number 14, ahead of teams who won multiple championships? Nope.
Speaking of which….
Robbed: The Smoking Gunns
Billy and Bart Gunn were together for three years and won the tag titles three times, and they’ve seemingly been banished to the Shadow Realm because Billy went on to bigger and better things as part of DX and Bart made the mistake of winning the Brawl for it All. They’re listed at number 47 behind multiple teams who had fewer reigns and/or weren’t together as long. Should they be ahead of the Rockers? I don’t know about that but the gap should definitely be a lot smaller than 33 slots for sure.
Hooked up: The Mega Powers
Another reward for two guys for their singles careers. Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage are of course two of the biggest icons in wrestling history, but they teamed up in a proper tag team match a whopping two times. That’s it. Need I say more? To be honest they shouldn’t even be on the list at all.
Robbed: The Bar
In a little over two years Sheamus and Cesaro were champions 4 times between Raw and Smackdown, worked three WrestleManias and beat a Murderers Row of opponents – New Day, the Usos, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, the Hardys – so putting them at 28 behind several teams that did less like the Steiners or teams that never really competed in the tag division like the aforementioned Mega Powers is a joke.
Just Right: The New Day
Number one was correct. Over ten times as champions across both Raw and Smackdown and they’ve faced everyone along the way from the Usos to the Bar to Harper and Rowan to the Hurt Business to Gallows and Anderson to the Lucha Dragons and more. They’ve been in some of the most spectacular matches ever with those guys and the other teams like the Street Profits, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, and the Shield. They’ve been together for almost seven years now and became a big enough act to launch one of their members to a World Title victory at WrestleMania 35. No tag team has accomplished more at any level as a unit in wrestling history, let alone the WWE. When you sit down and really think about it there is no debate whatsoever. This was the most important pick of the list and they nailed it.
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