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Backstage: The 1-2-3 Kid & The Smoking Gunns chat with fans on the WWF Superstar Line.

Video: Two weeks ago on RAW, King Mabel & Yokozuna viciously attacked The Undertaker during a 6-Man Tag Team Match, The Deadman suffering a crushed face which will cause him to be out of action until Survivor Series.

Match #4: King Mabel w/Sir Mo vs. Yokozuna w/James E. Cornette & Mr. Fuji
The Mighty One gets some words of wisdom from Fuji & Cornette, The King talks some trash to Yoko and pokes him in the chest, Yokozuna fires back with a right hand and the two behemoths trade-off shots. Yokozuna gets the better of it, knocks Mabel to the outside with a clothesline, The King regroups and steps back into the squared circle. Yoko with some more advice from Mr. Fuji, they big men lock-up, Mabel unloads with heavy rights, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The King ducking a clothesline, then leaves his feet for a flying clothesline of his own. King Mabel with a big elbow and Yoko spills to the floor, The Mighty One catches his breath, heads back into the ring, Mo distracts him from the outside and Mabel takes advantage, surprising Yokozuna with a big splash in the corner.

The King puts the boots to Yoko, shoots him across, lines up for another splash, but this time The Mighty One explodes out with a clothesline. He measures for an elbow drop that’s off-target, Mabel rises to his feet and unsuccessfully tries one of his own, both guys stagger to a vertical base and Yokozuna corners The King with fists. He rocks Mabel with  headbutt, The King comes back with his own headbutt, hits the ropes for a running bulldog, but Yoko stays on his feet and the spot is botched. The Mighty One inexplicably spills to the floor through the ropes, King Mabel comes out in pursuit, jumps off the apron with a double axe handle, then looks to drive Yoko into the ring post.

The Mighty One reverses and drives The King into the steel instead, Mo gets into it with Cornette on the floor, shoves him onto his backside, Yokozuna tries to chase after Sir Mo, but trips over Cornette and the ref’s count reaches 10.
Winner: Double Count-Out

  • After The Bell: Yoko & Mabel roll into the ring and go face-to-face, Mo and Cornette step inside to try and calm them down, the two big men hugging it out.
  • EA’s TakeYowzers, this one was pretty bad. Slow, overweight, laboring individuals who do not match-up well one bit. Both of these guys need to be up against the right opponent in order to put on a good performance and that list doesn’t include one another. Yoko can give you some good stuff, but his weight was becoming a major issue because of his food addiction, meanwhile Mabel is already on thin ice with the company after Diesel saved his job, but his days were numbered after legitimately fracturing Undertaker’s orbital bone in his face.

In The Ring: Dok Hendrix introduces Dean Douglas, then welcomes out WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels who must forfeit the title. A somber, bruised Shawn Michaels steps into the squared circle, reluctantly hands the championship over to Interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, but Douglas swipes it away and begins to celebrate. The Heartbreak Kid starts to leave, watches Dean wrap the title around his waist and Hendrix announces Douglas as the new champion, Michaels continuing to look back at the ring as he walks away.

Match #5 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion Dean Douglas vs. Razor Ramon
Razor charges to the ring, ducks a shot and fires away with right hands, the bell rings and we’re officially underway. The challenger shoots Douglas into the turnbuckles, follows with a haymaker off the rebound, the champion rolls to the outside and takes a walk to collect himself. He climbs back in and they lock-up, Ramon picks the arm for a wristlock, works over the left shoulder and knocks Dean down for an armbar. Douglas works back to his feet and The Bad Guy continues to punish the arm, continuously lifts the champion in the air to hurt the shoulder joint, then goes right back to an armbar, switching back-and-forth between a wristlock.

Dean finally backs the challenger to the corner, doesn’t break clean and scores with back elbows, sends Ramon across and charges in for an elbow, The Bad Guy side-steps out of harm’s way, then hooks the armbar back on to ground him. Douglas tries to roll him away with an arm drag and Razor maintains the hold, the champion finds his footing again, backs Ramon to the corner, doesn’t break clean again and hammers the challenger down to the mat with right hands and boots. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Bad Guy swings wildly with a clothesline that misses, catches Dean attempting a crossbody, tosses him with a fallaway slam and then clotheslines Douglas to the outside.

The champion drags himself back up to the apron, Razor is there to meet him with a hot shot, Douglas pulls himself back up, surprises the challenger with a thumb to the eye, then goes to drive him head-first into the top turnbuckle. The Bad Guy blocks it and returns the favor, drops him to the floor with a big fist, he reaches over the ropes and hauls Dean back on the apron, then brings him in with a vertical suplex. Ramon puts the boots to the champion, shoots him hard into the turnbuckles, kicks Douglas to the floor under the bottom rope, then goes out in pursuit. He rocks the champion with a haymaker, grabs a bottle of water from the announce position, pours it over Dean’s head, then sends him back inside.

Razor rolls in and drives himself into the champion’s shoulder, Douglas comes back with right hands, The Bad Guy blocks one, splits him with an atomic drop, then sets for the Razor’s Edge. Dean counters it with a back body drop, the challenger flies over the top and crashes to the floor, Douglas goes out after him and batters Ramon with fists to the back of the head. He rams the challenger spine-first into the ring apron, throws him back inside, climbs to the top turnbuckle, but gets caught coming off by a chokeslam. They double down and both guys stagger back to a standing position, The Bad Guy connects with a succession of rights, drops the champion with a discus punch, props him on the top turnbuckle and readies for a super back suplex.

The champion fights it off and knocks him to the canvas, stands on top for a crossbody, Razor rolls through it into a lateral press and almost steals the match. Both guys back up quick and Douglas connects with a dropkick, crawls into a cover, Ramon gets his foot on the bottom rope at 2, Dean drags him back up and whips him hard into the turnbuckles. He tries to shoot the challenger back across, The Bad Guy reverses, Dean rebounds out of the corner for a clothesline, Razor ducks it and plants him with a back suplex. He drapes the arm over for a cover, the champion gets his foot under the bottom rope and the official counts to 3, the ref then informing our ring announcer that we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon (Back Suplex)

  • EA’s TakeConsidering Scott Hall was always known be to a pretty good worker, this one was a little rough and quite honestly, I found it to be boring. The Bad Guy basically squashed your new champion (by hook or by crook) and Douglas only got in offense during the last couple of minutes. Granted, the company was already sour on Dean and he was obviously never meant to win the title. All things considered, it was still history as Razor becomes the first four-time IC Champion and Douglas has the shortest-reign ever, but obviously the big story here was Shawn forfeiting the title. I think we’ve all heard the story now of how Michaels got beaten to a pulp by a group of Marines at a bar, which is why he was unable to compete. It would ultimately be the beginning of a concussion angle the company would run with Shawn.

Backstage: Shawn Michaels is speaking with fans on the phone and you can too if you call the WWF Superstar Line.

Backstage: Dok Hendrix shows off the newest Two Dudes With Attitudes t-shirt, which can be yours for the low price of twenty dollars. He catches WWF Champion Diesel before he heads through the curtain, simply stating that he’s feeling awfully funky.

Match #6 for the WWF Championship: The British Bulldog w/James E. Cornette vs. WWF Champion Diesel
Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
 joins commentary for this match, The Hitman chasing Jerry Lawler off to take his spot. Collar & elbow lock-up to get us started, the champion powers Bulldog away, they tie-up again with the same result, the challenger calls for a test of strength, suckering Diesel in for a kick to the breadbasket. He slaps on a side headlock, Big Daddy Cool pushes him off to the ropes, misses with multiple shots, but finally connects with a forearm to stop The Bulldog in his tracks. He sends Davey Boy back to the ropes for a clothesline, the challenger ducks under it, looks for a crossbody, but gets caught and planted by a body slam.

Big Daddy Cool scoops Bulldog up for another body slam, Davey Boy rolls to the outside to regroup, reaches in and picks the legs of the champion, pulling him towards the ring post under the bottom rope. Diesel uses his leg strength to pull Bulldog face-first into the steel post, the challenger staggers back into the ring, tries to pick the leg again, but the champion hammers him with elbows. He whips Davey Boy to the corner and charges in with a clothesline, sends him back across for another, buries knees into the abdomen, then rocks the challenger with heavy back elbows. Cornette quickly hops on the apron to create a distraction, The Bulldog takes the opening to drive his shoulder into Diesel’s knee, unloads with headbutts and forearms, then shoots him to the ropes.

Big Daddy Cool reverses it and tries for a body slam, Bulldog slides out of it, pushes him to the ropes for a roll-up, the champion hangs on to avoid it, turns around and gets flipped over the top rope by a dropkick. Diesel winds up right in from of the announce position, Bret tries to help him from falling onto the table, but Diesel unceremoniously shoves The Hitman, Davey Boy rolls to the outside, chopblocks Big Daddy Cool from behind, then stomps away at the left knee. He tosses the champion into the squared circle, drives his knee down into the left leg, hooks on a heel hold, props Diesel’s leg on the ropes and drives himself down into the knee joint with all of his weight.

The Bulldog delivers a leg drop to the knee, Davey Boy locks on a modified heel hold, Big Daddy Cool reaches out for a right hand to break the hold, the challenger kicks him to the outside, then holds the ref’s attention. Cornette delivers an elbow drop to the champion’s knee on the floor, the official is busy with the challenger and doesn’t see it, Cornette then putting the boots to Big Daddy Cool. Davey Boy steps outside and drives the champion head-first into the steel steps, The Bulldog slides back in, Cornette gets in some more cheap shots, Bulldog coming back out to send Diesel into the ring. The challenger continues to target the left knee and grabs a single-leg crab, rams Diesel’s knee down into the canvas, then hooks on a Boston crab.

The champion powers his way out of it, Bulldog quickly goes back on the attack, stomps away at the leg, goes right back into a single-leg crab, then releases the hold to deliver a leg drop for a count of 2. Davey Boy grabs the left leg and slaps on another heel hold, Big Daddy Cool unloads with right and elbows to break free, The Bulldog smartly chopblocks him back down again, hits an elbow drop to the knee and regains the heel hold. The champion gains the ropes to force a break, Bulldog chokes him with the bottom of his boot, Diesel pulls himself to his feet in the corner, tries to fight back, but the challenger sweeps his leg out, locking the heel hold on yet again. He props the champion’s leg on the ropes and drops down with all of his weight again, Big Daddy Cool uses his other leg to push The Bulldog to the outside, uses the corner to pull himself to his feet, Davey Boy crawls back inside and Diesel lunges at him, but he’s off-target.

The challenger quickly pummels him with forearms, locks the heel hold back on, Big Daddy Cool fights his way out of it, staggers to his feet, Davey Boy setting him up for a suplex. The champion blocks it and hits a vertical suplex of his own, both guys struggle back to their feet, Bulldog misses a right hand, Diesel plants him with a back suplex, then drags himself back to a vertical base. The challenger fires first with clubbing blows to the back for a 2 count, wants to go back to work on the legs, looks back at The Hitman and locks on a Sharpshooter. Big Daddy Cool muscles his way out of it and finds his footing, The Bulldog clobbers him with forearms, goes back to the knee with kicks, lifts him up for a Running Powerslam, but can’t hold the weight and Diesel falls on top for a near fall.

Bulldog tries for the Running Powerslam again, this time the champion slips out of it, pushes him to the ropes for a big boot, then calls for the Jackknife. Cornette climbs onto the apron and Diesel flips him inside, grabs him by the tie, Davey Boy tries to ambush the champion from behind, Big Daddy Cool avoids it and Cornette gets dropped by a forearm instead. Diesel scores with right hands, drops the challenger throat-first across the 2nd rope, hits the ropes for a head of steam and jumps onto his back with a seated senton. Davey Boy spills to the outside, Diesel jumps out after him, The Bulldog shoves Big Daddy Cool face-first into the ring post, turns and sees Bret, then slaps his headphones off. The Hitman’s finally had enough, chases The Bulldog into the ring, batters him with fists and the official calls for the bell.
Winner: The British Bulldog (Disqualification)

  • After The Bell: Diesel slides into the squared circle, grabs The Hitman and shoves him aside, they exchange words and tempers flare, punches being traded off. More referees come down to try and pull them apart unsuccessfully, the locker room emptying out to finally separate them.
  • EA’s TakeI feel like this could have been much more than what it was. The psychology was fine, I just didn’t like that The Bulldog used the same exact hold numerous times throughout the match. If you’re going to use a rest hold to continually “work over” a body part, at least switch them up. Aside from that, this match was Davey Boy’s first opportunity at the WWF Title and the DQ finish involving Bret would allow him to claim a victory over the champion, which will come into play in the next couple of months. Plus, finishing the match that way also builds for Bret’s title shot at Survivor Series. Diesel has held the title for so long at this point, a change would be inevitable and this is the first time we start to see some glimpses of a heel turn.

EA’s FinisherNot quite as good as the last In Your House in my opinion, but definitely still better than either of the first two. For what this show lacked when it came to any kind of classic matches, it was full of history-making moments like Goldust’s debut, Shawn forfeiting the IC Title, Razor becoming the first four-time champ and Dean Douglas with the shortest reign ever. You can see the potential in the roster as well, something that had been missing for a while outside of your main event stars. Was there anything horrible? Yokozuna vs. Mabel wasn’t exactly thrilling, but if you’re into sheer spectacle it could be for you. Beginning-to-end there was nothing exceptional, but this one still goes down at least as watchable, which is still a step in the right direction for the WWF in this period of time.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Smoking Gunns
2 – Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Fatu
3 – Diesel vs. The British Bulldog

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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 19 (1/8/96)

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From the North Charleston Coliseum, in Charleston, South Carolina, comes WCW Monday Nitro! Set up from the last episode, we have Hulk Hogan teaming with Randy Savage to take on Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. The other advertised matches are very intriguing as Lord Steven Regal battles Eddie Guerrero and Sting faces Diamond Dallas Page. A solid sounding lineup, especially those under card matches. Let’s see how it plays out!

Chris Benoit vs Alex Wright

Wright comes out to a sizable reaction, he definitely was a fan favorite. Benoit jumps him quickly and hits a solid snap suplex and back elbow. Wright tries to come back but takes a beautiful bridging northern lights suplex for a near fall. Benoit throws Wright outside and distracts the referee while Pillman at ringside chokes Alex for a bit. Wright sends Benoit over the top rope and Heenan asks if that’s a DQ? Was that still illegal at this point? Alex hits Chris with a big cross body from the top rope to the outside. Wright sinks in a deep boston crab before transitioning into an STF before Benoit gets out. Pillman trips Wright, but Wright launches himself over the top to drop him. Coming back into the ring, Benoit gets the upper hand with knees to the midsection. Benoit hooks and drops a dragon suplex with a bridge to pick up the pinfall. Fun little match here, lots of fun back and forth action.

Winner: Chris Benoit via pinfall

Lord Steven Regal vs Eddie Guerrero

Great chain wrestling to start this matchup, they go back and forth, trading holds and counters. Eddie counters a double arm suplex with an arm drag before a nearfall exchange is ended when Regal pokes Guerrero’s eyes. Regal takes control with a big European uppercut and several more strikes before hitting a nice reverse suplex, a move that is very underutilized in my opinion. Eddie reverses a pinning attempt for a nearfall before eating a big back elbow from Regal. Regal is in control with strikes and out of nowhere, Eddie drops Regal with a backslide and picks up the shocking win. This was a very fun match, but I would have liked something twice as long.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Mean Gene is on the ramp with Sting and Lex Luger. Sting asks Lex about Starrcade why he pulled Sting down before he could get back into the ring, costing Sting a chance at the title. Lex claimed he got hurt and was reaching for help and asked Sting to give him a chance at redemption as a tag team against the Blue Bloods at Clash of the Champions. Sting agrees and it is set.

Sting vs Diamond Dallas Page

DDP gets Sting with the cigar in the eye to start the match and gains the upper hand. Sting counters with a double axe handle, a dropkick that sends DDP out of the ring followed by a cross body over the top rope. Strange spot where Sting goes for a leapfrog and initially it looked like Sting came up too early, but he sold like a low blow. No DQ, but DDP is in control with a belly to back suplex and swinging neckbreaker. DDP grounds Sting with a rear chin lock and plants his feet on the ropes but denies it to referee, Nick Patrick. Sting tries to counter out with a top wrist lock but DDP gets a handful of hair to drag him back down to the mat. Sting fights out with a facebuster and some big strikes before hitting a reverse atomic drop and big dropkick to send DDP into the corner. Sting hits the Stinger Splash but can’t get the Scorpion Death Lock in. DDP hits another neckbreaker and a thumb to the eyes out of a pinfall attempt. Sting counters a kick and locks on the Scorpion Death Lock and DDP taps out. This was another fun match with two great guys in the ring.

Winner: Sting via submission

Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan

Flair and Hogan start us off, and Hogan gets his hits in, a big boot, some clotheslines and bodyslams to both Flair and Anderson. Arn is tagged in and in comes Savage as well. Anderson tries to suplex Savage out of the ring, but Savage counters it, sending him to the outside with a big boot from Hogan. Savage hits a double axe handle from the top rope to the outside of the ring and one to the inside. Arn tags in Flair who tries to go to the top rope, but Hogan sends him off the top. Hogan and Savage lock on figure 4 leg locks but the Horsemen get out. Anderson sends Savage outside and into the guardrail before feeding him back in to Flair. Flair hits a big belly to back suplex and tags in Anderson. Flair is back in and hits a shin breaker and attempts the figure 4, but Savage rolls him up a couple of times for near falls. Flair comes back with a couple of vicious sounding chops. Savage gets the hot tag to Hogan and he’s in on fire. Back body drops, and clotheslines with a double clothesline to send them both outside. Anderson back and and hits a big spinebuster, but Hogan no sells it, Hulks up, big boot, leg drop, pinfall. Pillman and Benoit come down and fights with the Dungeon of Doom. The Giant comes in and gives chokelsams to both Hogan and Savage. Hogan barely got up in the air for it, looked kinda sad. The show goes off the air after that exchange.

Winner: Hogan and Savage via pinfall

So, we had a pretty fun show here with some good matches. Stories are still being made clear as we work towards Clash of the Champions. It’ll be interesting to see how the next few months play out as we are going to get into some intriguing angles.


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Chairshot Classics: NWA-TNA Episode 15: Night of Chumpions

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On this week’s episode, EVERY title belt is on the line! Jerry Lynn defends the X-Division Title against AJ Styles in a ladder match, Ron Killings defends the NWA Title against Lo-Ki, and Chris Harris and James Storm defend the Tag Titles against Ron Harris and a mystery partner.

Also, the war of words between Jarrett, his crew and the DX/NWO merger continues. The Maximos and Flying Elvises compete for a big opportunity. Siaki takes his first steps in one-on-one competition without the Elvises against a familiar face.

So how’d they do? Let’s find out!

 We start off with a DX reunion! Syxx Pac and BG James make their way to the ring and James wants to do some smack talk. He and Syxx have been everywhere and have done that. However, both think TNA is a fresh start. They address Jarrett and Brian Lawler and, using Gilligan’s Island for an analogy, say that they’re in for a shipwreck (which one’s Gilligan?). As for Ron Killings, neither man is very impressed with him, stating that the future is in danger if Ron Killings is that future, stating that Killings isn’t ready.

Syxx gets on the mic, not happy that Lo-Ki, who he claims to like a great deal, is getting a title shot against Killings, a shot he thinks either himself or James should be getting because Lo-Ki isn’t in their league yet and that Truth should be taken care of by them.

Aren’t they supposed to be the babyfaces?

At this point, Killings comes out, claiming that all Pac and James want is his championship. He asserts that he is the future of pro-wrestling and that he only gives title shots to those who are like him and don’t have silver spoons hanging out of, and I quote, ‘their cracker asses’.

By this point, Syxx has had enough of Killings and his race cards and tells killings that the only thing hanging out of his (Killings) ass is going to be Syxx’s foot.

Now, Jarrett comes out to save us all, wondering why Hall is missing from the team and mocking Hall’s well-known substance abuse problems. James takes offense to that, warning Jarrett to keep his mouth shut about Hall since Hall isn’t there to defend himself, or kick Jarrett’s ass. Jarrett replies that he only cares because Hall’s screwed up the card, there’s supposed to be a six-man tag tonight, but it’ll have to be a handicap match: Pac and James vs Jarrett, Killings and…

At this point, Lawler and Elix Skipper sneak into the ring and attack DX from behind. DX gets the upper hand and throws Lawler and Skipper out of the ring where team leader Jarrett corrals his boys.

Tenay and West give us a rundown of the card and say they’ll try to get a hold of Scott Hall to find out why he’s not there.

Amazing Red vs Shark Boy: Red is out first to a good pop. Shark Boy gets an okay pop.  For some reason, Elix Skipper is on commentary and his voice is too annoying to listen to for more than a minute. He sounds like a very annoying Chris Tucker. This match was, despite the stupid shark thing, a pretty okay match. I’m not sure why Shark Boy chose such a stupid gimmick because he’s not a terrible wrestler. Mortimer Plumtree is back, still creepy, and still creepily watching the X-Division.

This match is basically all Shark Boy since Red doesn’t seem to have much wrestling skill outside of flying around. Red finally gets the pinfall after reversing a blockbuster attempt and hitting a Phoenix splash and a standing crossbody splash.

Winner: Amazing Red by pinfall.

Comment: That was an okay opening match.

After the match, Skipper attacks Red, for some reason, security tries to intervene, but it takes Don Harris to finally restore order.

Seriously, dude, hire better security guards.

We get a recap of the end of last week’s Lynn/Killings match and how several members of the X-Division help Lynn retain his title, including Lo-Ki.

Backstage, Goldylocks is talking to Lo-Ki and asks him about his title match against Killings. Lo-Ki promises to get to that, but he’s more concerned with Syxx-Pac’s comments at the start of the show. Unsurprisingly, he’s offended by Syxx-Pac’s comments tells him to mark it down in his book who started what. As for Killings, as far as Lo-Ki sees it, Killings has had it out for the X-Division because they get much more attention than his own title reign. He then says this title match is because he put himself in a position to make a difference because Jerry Lynn got screwed out of being NWA Champion. He says that Truth is unprepared, preoccupied, and unfocused and that he’s going to prove that it’s not the size of the fighter, it’s the size of the fight in the fighter. Or, as Eddie Guererro would say ‘It’s no the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’.

We were going to get a tag match here, but apparently, Killings didn’t like what Lo-Ki had to say. For those keeping score, the reason Lo-Ki was given a title shot has changed for the third time. First we were told that it was because he helped Lynn beat Killings last week, then Killings claimed that he gave him the shot because Lo-Ki didn’t have a silver spoon hanging out his ass, now Killings is claiming that he gave Lo-Ki the shot because he felt sorry for him. He repeats that Lo-Ki will have to kill him to take the title. He then tells Lo-Ki to get his punk ass out there, so the NWA Heavyweight Championship match is happening now.

FYI: While this was going on, the crowd was chanting ‘Overrated’ at Killings.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ron Killings vs Lo-Ki: Well, whatever the motive is for giving Lo-Ki a title shot, the match is a happenin’! Killings is on Lo-Ki as soon as Lo-Ki slides in and we’re on.It takes a couple of minutes for Lo-Ki to get his bearings, but once he does, we have a real match.

Unlike Killings’ previous title defenses, this one is actually worth watching again. Killings and Lo-Ki worked really well together and there was good chemistry. Killings tried to steal the win by blatantly putting his feet on the ropes for leverage. It actually looked like Lo-Ki could pull this one out, but Killings hit his True Conviction, a sitout facebuster from the second turnbuckle and that is the end of that.

Winner: Ron Killings by pinfall.

Comment: That was really good.

Killings gets back on the mic, but before he can say anything, he’s jumped from behind by someone in a white hoodie and white ski-mask, because having a light skinned person in a hood and a covered face beating up an African American man doesn’t look bad or anything. It’s ‘edgy’.

Anyway!

Back to our regularly scheduled match. The Maximos are taking on the Flying Elvises to win a shot at the Tag Team Champions next week.

The Maximos vs Jorge Estrada and Jimmy Yang: Both teams get pretty good pop. This will be the first outing of the Elvises since Sonny Siaki officially left the group last week.

Unrelated note: I’m not sure who ‘Athena’ is as far as TNA goes, but she seems to have a lot of fans in the crowd who want to see her wrestle.

Anyway, this match was ‘eh’. The Maximos were really outmatched by the Elivses at every step and there were a lot of botches. Added to all that was Mortimer Plumtree, who still seems to be scouting the X-Division, and Sonny Siaki, who seems to be watching his old crew from the ramp.

For some strange reason, Siaki jumps on the apron, acting like he wanted to be tagged in, for an equally strange reason, Estrada believes him and goes for the tag, only for Siaki to get off the apron and head to the back, leaving his former teammate to his fate. The Maximos hit their elevated double team DDT and that’s it.

Winner: Maximos by pinfall.

Comment: What the hell was that?

Backstage is trying to get an interview with Siaki when Siaki is attacked by Jerry Lynn. Siaki is saved by Styles, who holds Lynn for Siaki to hit while yelling ‘stop’ at the same time. To add further insult to injury, they stuff Lynn in a production case, AJ sits on it and tells Siaki that he’s lucky that Bob Armstrong didn’t see it.

Uh…yeah.

Sonny Siaki vs David Young: Well, Siaki’s back to an okay pop and he’s greased himself up at some point. Anyway, his opponent is David Young, a hapless guy who had the misfortune of having Bobcat for a manager. Apparently, Young has ditched Bobcat, much to Borash’s relief and is focusing on being a top competitor.

This match was pretty good, but not a standout. This is basically the third X-Division match of the night and the crowd’s getting bored. Young is trying to hang, but this match is just blah. Young had a chance to get a pin but chose to go for a moonsault instead and missed when Siaki moved out of the way. Siaki hits his Money Clip and that’s that.

Winner: Sonny Siaki by pinfall.

Comment: That was an okay match, but after at least three high-flying matches, this didn’t really stand out.

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Chairshot Classics: WWE United Kingdom Championship Special (5/19/17)

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NXT UK will finally premiere next Wednesday at 3PM EST for us here in the United States, so today we’re helping to get you ready as we revisit a WWE Network event that features some of NXT UK’s top Superstars with the United Kingdom Championship Special! Months after the inaugural United Kingdom Championship Tournament, the WWE looked to keep the momentum of the new division going with this show from Norwich, England that featured new United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate’s first defense on WWE programming! Let’s get into the action!

Open: Back in January, the WWE made history by crowning its first-ever United Kingdom Champion. Tyler Bate emerged from a two-day tournament with the title, but the event has also been life-altering for all of its participants. Now, the competitors all have their sights set on Tyler’s championship, gunning for Bate at every opportunity to take the spotlight. Tonight, the world is watching a band of unknown UK grapplers, but now they’re WWE Superstars with everything at stake.

Match #1: Wolfgang vs. Joseph Connors
Collar & elbow tie-up to begin, both guys jostling for position, Connors with a go-behind, but Wolfgang counters to a side headlock. Connors reverses out to a wristlock, The Regulator works back to his feet, gets caught in a side headlock, but pushes Connors off to the ropes. They collide shoulders and neither man budges, Connors goes back to the ropes, Wolfgang drops down, pops back up with a leg lariat, then shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop. Connors puts on the brakes and clubs him with a forearm, The Regulator absorbs it, ducks another shot and drills Joseph with a back elbow. Connors staggers to the corner and Wolfgang measures for a splash, Joseph side-steps it, hooks him for a suplex, but it’s blocked.

The Regulator delivers a delayed vertical suplex of his own, covers for a 2 count, scoops Connors up for a body slam, then looks to go to the high-rent district. Connors knocks him to the floor with a forearm, Wolfgang hits his head on the apron coming down, Joseph builds a head of steam and scores with a baseball slide. He drives Wolfgang spine-first into the apron, drapes him across it to fire away with elbows, rams him chest-first off the apron, then slingshots in with a splash for 2. Joseph mocks The Regulator’s howl, corners him and unloads with lefts and rights, drags him under the bottom rope in the corner, then wrenches Wolfgang up against the ring post. Connors slides into the ring, delivers a basement dropkick to drive Wolfgang back into the post, rolls out to retrieve him, tries to drag The Regulator up and gets pushed off to the ropes.

Wolfgang surprises him with a knee to the breadbasket, sets for a short-arm clothesline that’s off-target, Joseph plants him with a release back suplex, goes into a lateral press and gains a near fall. Connors fires off right hands to the rib cage, slaps on a grounded abdominal stretch, releases the hold and cover for 2, then goes right back to it. The Regulator finds his footing, Joseph goes to the midsection with a kick, attempts to whip him to the ropes, Wolfgang reverses it and sends Connors hard into opposite corners. He elevates him with a back body drop off the rebound, lines Connors up for a splash in the corner, climbs to the top turnbuckle and connects with a double axe handle, but still can’t put it away. Wolfgang looks to ascend the corner again, changes his mind and lifts Joseph for a fireman’s carry slam, Connors fights it off catches The Regulator walking into the corner with a kick, then hops to the 2nd rope.

He comes off with a crossbody, The Regulator catches him in mid-air with a codebreaker, Connors just barely kicks out at 2 and Wolfgang goes back upstairs. Connors wisely rolls out to the apron, The Regulator drops back to the mat in pursuit, Joseph slingshots in with a flatliner for a near fall, continues to work over the abdomen area, Wolfgang pushes him away, presses Connors over his head, but can’t hold him up. Joseph counters a right hand and delivers a sit-out spinebuster, still can’t seem to finish it off and goes right back to hammering away at the ribs. He looks to the corner and climbs to the 2nd rope, comes off and gets split in mid-air by a spear, The Regulator heads up top now, connects with The Howling and that’s she wrote.
Winner: Wolfgang (The Howling)

Match #2: TJP & The Brian Kendrick vs. Dan Moloney & Rich Swann
Moloney & Kendrick will kickoff the action, The Man with a Plan tries to get Swann into the ring, Kendrick nearly ambushes Moloney from behind, but gets caught in the act. The Man with a Plan quickly surprises Moloney with a kick and corners him, Moloney powers his way out, Kendrick sends him back in, then chokes him with his boot. He hooks on a wristlock, mocks Swann and makes a tag, TJP snapmares Moloney over, scores with a basement dropkick, then continues to taunt Rich. Tag back to Kendrick, The Man with a Plan grabs a double underhook, quick tag back out and The Duke of Dab delivers a snap suplex for 1.

Kendrick re-enters the match, continues targeting the left arm, fires off a couple of elbows and looks to hand-off Moloney to TJP. The Fil-Am Flash grabs for an arm, Moloney slips away, TJ ends up pummeling Kendrick’s arm, finally noticing Swann & Moloney on the outside to realize what he’s done. Kendrick & TJP exchange words, The Man with a Plan tags himself out, Moloney is there waiting on The Duke of Dab, battering him with right hands and driving him head-first off the top turnbuckle. He drops TJP throat-first across the 2nd rope, steps to the apron and drills him with a big boot, comes back inside to make a cover and gets a 2 count.

He makes a tag, hits a double atomic drop with The Outlandish One, they both mock TJP with a dab, then dump him to the outside. Kendrick charges in to help out, Swann splits him with an atomic drop, The Man with a Plan rolls to the floor, Rich builds a head of steam and Moloney launches him over the top with a somersault plancha. He tosses TJP back in and gets a count of 2, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, The Fil-Am Flash slides under it, Kendrick makes a blind tag, The Outlandish One gets pushed towards the ropes and The Man with a Plan surprises him with a hot shot. He steps into the ring and puts the boots to Rich, hooks him for a snap suplex, hooks both legs for a near fall, then whips him hard into the turnbuckles sternum-first.

The Outlandish One starts to battle back and leaps towards his corner, Kendrick grabs him by the foot to prevent the tag, Swann catches him with an enzuigiri and we get tags on both sides. Moloney comes in with shots for Kendrick & TJP, drives The Man with a Plan into TJ, clobbers The Duke of Dab with a big boot and Kendrick gets spiked on his head in the process, then falls to the floor. Moloney bludgeons TJP with fists, sends him to the ropes and tosses him up for a flapjack, makes a cover, Kendrick slides back in to break the count at 2, but hits his partner on accident. Moloney clotheslines The Man with a Plan to the outside, connects with lefts and rights to The Fil-Am Flash, hits the ropes and Kendrick hooks him by the foot to create a distraction.

TJP makes Moloney pay with a spinning back kick, peppers him with punches, uses his boot to rake the face, then stomps away and tags out. Moloney starts to fight back and Kendrick surprises him with a drop toe hold, pummels him with heavy shots, brings TJP back in and he slingshots inside from the apron with a somersault senton, but still can’t finish it off. The Duke of Dab goes to work on the arm with a hammerlock clutch, Moloney powers to his feet, hits a back suplex to break free and starts crawling towards his corner. Kendrick gets a tag and charges in for a cheap shot to Swann, The Outlandish One blocks it and returns with a right, Moloney elevates Kendrick with a back body drop, then makes the tag.

Rich steps in and builds momentum with multiple clotheslines, buries a spinning back kick to the breadbasket, hits the ropes for a standing somersault leg drop and gains a near fall. He looks to go up top and TJP creates a distraction, The Man with a Plan climbs up to meet him for a superplex, Rich counters into a super inverted atomic drop, hooks the leg, but TJ breaks the count at 2. Moloney rolls in and tries to dump The Fil-Am Flash to the floor, TJP hangs onto the ropes, avoids Moloney charging in and sends him flying to the outside. The Outlandish One grabs TJ from behind, Kendrick sneaks up and slaps Rich in the Captain’s Hook, Moloney sliding back inside to break the hold.

He heads to his corner and gets the tag, fires away with rights to Kendrick, corners The Man with a Plan and goes to the 2nd rope, raining down more fists. Kendrick surprises him with a hot shot and has words with the official, TJP looks for the Detonation Kick to Moloney, gets pushed to the outside, Moloney lifts The Man with a Plan for a slam, he reaches out for The Duke of Dab and counters into a small package, stealing the win.
Winners: TJP & The Brian Kendrick (Kendrick/Small Package)

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