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The Good, Bad & Ugly: Pre-Evolution 2018

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WWE Evolution, the company’s first all-female PPV.  Truth be told I enjoy Women’s Matches typically more than the guys.  Why?  Because they are hungry and have something to prove, especially now.  This event has Legends, Hall of Famers, Future Hall of Famers, and everything past, present and future.

Before we get started, let me say, best of luck to Roman Reigns.  I don’t care what you think of him at all, what he is about to do is tough, and I greatly wish him and his loved ones the very best.

THE GOOD

  • NXT Women’s Championship – Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler: This is going to be the best match of Evolution, in my opinion, on a primarily sad show.  Kairi Sane is fun, immensely talented and addictive.  You crave more and more.  Shayna Baszler always brings it on, and will not disappoint.  I expect the crowd to be hot for this match, and they will deliver on all levels.  I see Kairi Sane retaining after a violent match.
  • 2018 Mae Young Classic Final – Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm:  Here we have it yet again.  Not poisoned by the cheesy main roster yet.  We have pure hunger, talent, and abilities that go far beyond the norm.  Not only will this match deliver, but it will turn into something bigger down the road.  No matter the outcome (I predict Toni Storm takes it), we will be seeing these two fiery upstarts’ lots more.
  • NXT UK Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Isla Dawn: This match is going to be one of the most physical on all of Evolution.  We have two amazing competitors with unique skill sets that will beat the hell out of each other.  This match will change what it means to “fight like a girl.”  I 100% expect the crowd to not see this match coming, and a few pops will light up their world.  New UK Women’s Champion Isla Dawn, and like the rest of THE GOOD group here, I hope we see a lot more of these two.

THE BAD

  • Raw Women’s Championship – Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella: Here I go again, why would I bet against Ronda Rousey, over and over?  Well although she is doing well for the amount of time she has been active in Pro Wrestling, she still isn’t ready to be in there.  Especially against Nikki Bella.  Now Nikki Bella is lightyears ahead of her sister, however we really could have used a better talent to help carry this match.  I expect a lot of confusion and screw-ups here, but ultimately a successful title defense by Rowdy Ronda Rousey at Evolution.
  • Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad:  This match bothers me in almost every way.  We have talent beyond normal levels.  Everyone in this match is just insanely good.  Now for the match, it makes no sense, has no story, and legitimately will be messed up WWE style in some way, probably solidifying another off feud with Bailey and The Boss Sasha Banks.  It is just another example of WWE wasting some of their best talent for whatever reason.  Victory goes to The Riott Squad.

THE UGLY

  • Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James: This is a guaranteed squash match.  One sided, and a nightmare.  We had huge potential with the original 1 on 1 Stratusfaction vs Little Miss Bliss.  It now has become a sub par footnote, even with Lita.  I wish Lita was booked in a separate singles match. Alexa Bliss is always gold, but now completely out due to injury, I see a bad taste being left in our mouths this match. Trish and Lita win.
  • Battle Royal: Not to over exaggerate or confuse you.  This will be a train wreck.  I expect seeing some horrible half ass striking and absolutely dulling, painful boredom to ensue.  If we all stay awake during this, someone will win, but will anyone care?  The only silver lining is we will see a ton of big names and icons, but still is that enough?  I highly doubt it.  I am happy WWE is giving everyone a chance to perform out there, but at what cost?  This could be one ugly scene.   Asuka for the Win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing Match):  I really wish these two fantastic competitors were facing other people.  I love the Lass Kicker, however Becky Lynch is horrendous at striking, and when she “acts” bad, it’s to cute to be taken seriously.  Charlotte when she decides to get “hardcore” becomes careless and has a history of injuring her opponent’s unnecessarily.  This type of match with these two is against the grain and will be tough to watch.  Charlotte for the win and New Smackdown Women’s Champion.  I just hope we see Becky Lynch can continue to function after this nightmare.

So my initial thoughts are we will have some amazing talent from the future stars, and major disappointment on our hands from the Main Roster on all levels.  I hope I am wrong, and we have a winner on our hands for Evolution.  I love Women’s Wrestling, and the talent is there, if only WWE will just get out of the way.  Please read, like and share, and most of all enjoy the show.  See you afterward for my Post-show article.

 


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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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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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