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All Elite Wrestling Could Free The Revival



WWE The Revival Entrance

With all this talk surrounding the potential All Elite Wrestling, Steve Cook has a great idea to save one of the internet’s favorite tag teams, The Revival!

It’s been a hot minute since the last time I discussed the potential new wrestling promotion involving Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Shad Khan & others. What’s happened since the rumors started has been completely predictable…

  • Chris Jericho & Jim Ross both denied any involvement & were shocked at their names being involved in such crazy rumors.
  • The Bucks & Cody remained vague about their future plans while they & their Elite friends released their last Bullet Club t-shirts
  • After a period of no news, we found out last week that a new LLC listing the Jacksonville Jaguars’ stadium as their address filed trademarks for names including “AEW”, “All Elite Wrestling”, “AEW All Out” & others.
  • It was reported that “several WWE talents” would like to be part of All Elite Wrestling. Assuming it happens, of course.
  • Soon after this, reports emerged that WWE was pressuring some of their talent to extend their contracts & had made substantial offers to Cody & the Bucks.

Shocking, right?

None of this should come as a surprise to anybody that has followed the wrestling business for any length of time. When rumors like these first come out, the reaction from anybody mentioned is to either deny or ignore it. The masses will assume nothing is really going on. Business will continue to be conducted behind the scenes. A little bit more gets out there after time has passed, and the cycle continues.

Make no mistake, these things take time. You can’t start a wrestling promotion the day after coming up with the idea. Maybe you could, but it’d be really bad. The people rumored to be behind the potential All Elite Wrestling are all intelligent people. There’s not a dim bulb in that set. They will make sure all their ducks are in a row. Everything will as perfect as can be before proceeding too far.

They’re also incredible teases. They know how to build things up and make people want more.

The interesting bit here is that some WWE-contracted talent are all in. Well, not all in. Partially in. If the Elite’s got the money, honey, they’ve got the time. We can sit here and speculate all day on who in WWE might be willing to jump ship. Odds are that we’d all be wrong.

Instead, I’d like to offer up two names that would be 1000% better off, at least creatively, in All Elite Wrestling.

Anybody that saw Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder do their thing in NXT against teams like American Alpha, #DIY & AOP would agree that they’ve been massively underutilized since arriving on Raw. They also should have seen it coming. WWE treats tag teams the same way you treat that girl you’ve been friends with forever. You know the one.  The one that you wouldn’t dream of being with romantically because they wouldn’t be allowed to compete on 205 Live.

My good friend Greg DeMarco told you not to worry about the Revival when they got buried by DX & the Balor Club on the 25th anniversary episode of Raw. He told you that it was a sign of good things to come, because other talents that had gotten their asses kicked by old men or non-wrestlers had gone on to do big things. It was sound logic, but somewhat lacking due to the simple fact that WWE doesn’t care about tag teams anyway.

Hell, the Tag Team Survivor Series Match taking place on the Kickoff Show, and then not counting towards the score, told you all you needed to know there. If you still can’t get it, I can’t help you.

What’s been revived?

Anyway. What has The Revival done since #Raw25? A whole lot of nothing. The one thing I remember them doing this year is using #ForeverTheRevival as a response to a Being the Elite catchphrase. Apparently Cody was mad that people thought that Dash & Dawson were better than Nick & Matt, so it became a thing. This has been the most memorable thing the Revival has been involved in all year.

Shockingly, DX doing Revival the honor of kicking their asses meant nothing for them going forward. Being on DX’s side didn’t even do anything for the Balor Club, as Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson went to SmackDown Live to plug WWE Shop occasionally while Finn Balor spent most of the year feuding with the likes of Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley while spinning his wheels on Raw. You would almost think that the segment was all about DX & nobody else involved was important. A crazy thought, I know.

Some NXT acts just aren’t meant for the main roster. This includes every tag team to have been called up. Unless you’re really high on the treatment of AOP and their urine-soaked manager. I mean, piss humor does nothing for me at my advanced age, but it might be your thing. I don’t judge. The Revival was never going to achieve their full potential on Raw. They might have had a chance to do things with the Usos & New Day on SmackDown since that writing team doesn’t mind sending tag teams out there to fill time they have nothing planned for. Raw? Not a chance.

All Elite Wrestling would have time for tag teams

Should this AEW fed become a thing, you know that tag teams are going to be prominently featured. Largely because the Young Bucks will be two of the promotion’s biggest stars. Call me crazy, but I don’t think the booking team will be in a rush to split Nick & Matt up to try & create singles stars. They’ll want the Bucks out there doing their crazy double team spots & all the things they do that have made them a huge deal on the indies & in Japan.

They’re going to need opponents. Who better than the tag team that was hyped as being better than the Young Bucks before being sent to Raw to die? The Revival, or The Rebirth or whatever they’d end up being called in AEW, would be a perfect team to put against the Bucks.

I don’t know what kind of money Dash & Dawson are making to do the No Flips, Just Fists thing occasionally on Raw & usually on Main Event. They might be happy getting paid right where they are. Maybe Khan wouldn’t offer the kind of money to change their minds. But from a creative standpoint, and the standpoint of being able to achieve their full potential in the ring, All Elite Wrestling & matches with the Young Bucks would give them much more to work with than anything they’ll get in WWE.

If there’s a jump to be made, and if anybody in WWE should make it, it’s The Revival. #FreeTheRevival

What do you think? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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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?



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!



Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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