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Are You Getting Swerved At ROH Final Battle?

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Ring Of Honor heads into Final Battle with many top talents finishing up their contracts, pushing the company towards a crossroads. Should you be worried? Or is a swerve coming? Greg DeMarco has the answer!





Ring Of Honor is set to deliver another huge Final Battle event in two weeks, but it could be an event that represents a major turning point for the company. Several top talents are set to depart after the event, potentially leaving a massive void in the roster.

Just take a look at the talents who could be gone after this show:

  • Cody Rhodes
  • The Young Bucks
  • Adam Page
  • Christopher Daniels
  • Frankie Kazarian

This is a massive list of talent that only represents those we know about. The company has already re-signed current World Champion Jay Lethal, and Silas Young is rumored to be close to signing a new 3-year deal (if he hasn’t already).

Cody, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Page all represent The Elite, who along with Kenny Omega have vowed to stay together in their next move. That’s a proposition that has to have Ring Of Honor fans (and officials) worried, as losing them is a major blow. Marty Scurll is also a part of The Elite, but his status seems more up in the air, and that likely explains why he–and none of the others–was a focal part of the marketing for April’s G1 Supercard event that sold out Madison Square Garden.

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Marry Scurll and Kazuchika Okada are the two stars most prominently featured on the G1 Supercard marketing.

When representing Bullet Club, Cody and The Bucks brought ROH some of it’s most biggest successes to date, the stars have also (smartly) created their own brand that is positioned to outshine Bullet Club and ROH in the end. The Elite was instrumental in the success of ALL IN, and moves have been made to form All Elite Wrestling, the company that is likely set to put on any follow-up event for the Labor Day Weekend event from Chicago.

But the big question remains: Should you be worried about ROH?




I believe the answer is NO.

Think about it… are those guys really leaving ROH? I can’t be 100% sure that they are.

Ring Of Honor sees the value in The Elite, and has given them the freedom (and assistance) to do things like put on ALL IN. While the trademark filings linked above seem to indicate multiple follow-up events to Chicago’s big event, it doesn’t mean that a brand new, week-to-week promotion is starting up. In fact, that seems counter intuitive to the success of the first one.

ALL IN was special, and the follow-up events can be even more special. But it’s a super show, an all-star show, that you can’t do weekly or even monthly. You can easily go 3-4 per year and be successful, but that’s it. I think there is a lot of hopeful rhetoric on the internet because hardcore fans are tired of the WWE product, and are begging for an alternative (several exist, including those with weekly television like ROH and MLW).

Sticking with ROH would allow Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Adam Page to put on All Elite Wrestling events outside of the ROH schedule, while still getting their platform to perform (and sell merchandise) on a consistent basis.

So what about Final Battle?

Despite being at the end of their ROH deals, The Elite and SoCal Uncensored are in the top four matches on the Final Battle card:

  • Cody Rhodes challenging for the ROH World Championship held by Jay Lethal
  • The Young Bucks joining The Briscoes in challenging for the ROH World Tag Team Championships held by SoCal Uncensored in a Ladder War
  • Hangman Page challenging for the ROH World Television Championship held by Jeff Cobb

It’s easy to question the logic in putting four matches on top that provide little doubt to the outcome. While this could be a statement show for ROH, showcasing Lethal, The Briscoes, and Cobb as the stars to carry the brand, it’s entirely possible things swing a different way and everyone is talking about Ring Of Honor when Final Battle weekend is said and done.

The Elite wants freedom, and working with Ring Of Honor offers that freedom, along with the security of a steady paycheck and a global platform. The contractual status of all Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Page is a great story to tell, when done with subtlety–and that’s what ROH is doing.

Personally, I think the swerve is in, and The Elite are sticking around the one company that will let them do what they want to do, Ring Of Honor. And pro wrestling in 2019 and beyond will be better for it.




What do you think? Will we get swerved at Final Battle?
Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


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Chris King: What Should Daniel Bryan Save Next?

Tag Team Wrestling… The WWE Championship… Kofi Kingston’s LEgacy… The Planet… What should Daniel Bryan save next???

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The ‘Submission Specialist’ Daniel Bryan has done it all in WWE–4-Time WWE Champion, a former United States and Intercontinental Champion and alongside the monstrous Rowan a 2-Time WWE Tag Team Champion. At Extreme Rules, the self-proclaimed ‘Planet’s Champions’ lost their titles to The New Day in a triple-threat-match. In a post-match backstage interview, a delusional Bryan paced back-and-forth saying “Daniel Bryan needs to go somewhere he’s never been before, I know what I need to do!”

On last week’s SmackDown Live it appeared we were about to find out what the future holds for ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan, but thanks to New Day’s antics the former tag team champion just stormed off the stage. In my estimation, there are only three brands that Bryan can jump to, 205 Live, NXT UK and my number one choice NXT.


Read Chris King’s WWE Smackdown Grades & Analysis!


Daniel Bryan Goes To NXT UK

Bryan  has not had any run-ins with any of the superstars of NXT UK since it’s inception in 2018. That doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way, in recent months we’ve seen current NXT and 205 Live superstars jump to the UK brand such as ‘The Knockout Artist’ Kassius Ohno, Mike Kanellis and even current Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak who was a participant in the 2018 United Kingdom Tournament.

If you thought Tyler Bate/Pete Dunne II was EPIC, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There are a plethora of dream matches that Bryan could have such as, Mark Andrews, Travis Banks, Flash Morgan Webster and my top two would be Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. If Bryan changes back to a babyface he could mix it up with Jordan Devlin and perhaps even the monstrous current NXT UK Champion WALTER.

As I’m writing this I’m contemplating changing this to my number one pick. Just the excitement and buzz surrounding Bryan’s debut on the UK brand would be more than enough of a reason to start watching this highly-entertaining weekly show. Then having a one-on-one match with any of those high caliber superstars on an NXT UK: TakeOver event would be the cherry on top!

Daniel Bryan Goes To WWE 205 Live

On December 11, 2018, Bryan then-WWE Champion went toe-to-toe with one of the most versatile cruiserweights from 205 Live Mustafa Ali, and both incredibly gifted superstars tore the house down! There’s also a massive amount of reason to believe, that Ali’s SmackDown Live debut was orchestrated by the egocentric Bryan himself.

If ‘The Submission Specialist’ decides to venture over to the purple brand, he would have an array of high-flyers and other technical specialists to mix it up with. From the young up-and-coming Lucha libre sensation Humberto Carrillo, Akira Tozawa, his real-life friend The Brian Kendrick and last but certainly not least the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak. The list goes on and on.

In the past few years, it’s been proven that heel vs. heel matches can work on some occasions. I personally would love to watch the Bryan and Gulak battle it out for the Cruiserweight Championship, and find out which submission is most dangerous Dragon Sleeper vs. Heel Hook? That would be a five star EPIC Match!

With Bryan’s popularity with the WWE Universe (whether he’s a heel or babyface) and his exceptional in-ring prowess, he could be the remedy for 205 Live to not only bring in more viewership but prevent it from being canceled altogether. Bryan could overthrow Gulak and reign supreme as the greatest Cruiserweight Champion we’ve ever seen!

Daniel Bryan Goes To NXT

Before we go any further I know Bryan played an integral role in NXT from 2010-2011 as a ‘rookie’, with his WWE ‘pro’ The Miz making his life a living hell the whole time. The fact remains though that Bryan has never wrestled on a TakeOver event. Let’s make it happen.

In my dream scenario I could realistically see the egocentric Bryan interfering in Johnny Gargano/Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, costing the beloved NXT favorite his last chance at regaining the NXT Championship and working a lengthy program with Gargano. Gargano vs. Bryan would be a masterpiece, both are dazzling to watch and could easily produce Match of the Year caliber contests. Its the perfect dream match where Gargano can face the man that he paralleled his career after.

Or perhaps Bryan has his gaze on the North American Championship and wants to ‘Save the planet’ from  The Velveteen Dream. Bryan would be a terrific foe for the 23-year-old. Who would be more perfect for Dream to learn from, than the seasoned veteran Bryan who can truly show Dream how to hold any crowd in the palm of his hands.

Or what if Bryan challenges ‘The Original Bro’ of NXT Matt Riddle. Both competitors are technician specialists, and with Riddle’s dangerous stiff strikes vs. Bryan’s unlimited arsenal of submissions they would put on a wrestling clinic. If WWE is looking to produce a 15-Minute sellout ala AEW, announcing Bryan vs. literally anyone in NXT could make it a reality. Not to mention if Bryan turns babyface, the possibilities are endless for him to work with.


Bryan has several options to choose from for his future in WWE, with a plethora of fantastic opponents to mix it up with. Another wild concept to consider, is what if Bryan leaves WWE altogether and signs with AEW? That’s just a fantasy but stranger things have happened in the world of professional wrestling. We the WWE Universe get the honor and privilege of witnessing magic whatever the decision is. So, where do you want Bryan to head to next?


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Tiffany’s Takes: Monday Night RAW (7-22-2019)

“Ah, the family reunion, where we meet relatives we haven’t seen or spoken to since the last reunion and air out the drama that can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

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Tiffany MC takes you on a journey into WWE Raw Reunion in this edition of Tiffany’s Takes!

Ah, the family reunion, where we meet relatives we haven’t seen or spoken to since the last reunion and air out the drama that can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas. How did WWE’s version of this unsung summer ritual go?


Read Mitchell’s WWE Raw Reunion Live Results & Recap!


I’m not a John Cena fan, or not much of one, not like I used to be, but there’s no denying that the man gets the crowd on its feet. Of course my feelings of nostalgia died the minute he started doing one of his twenty minute promos (YAWN!). I’m always down for a rap off between the Doctor of Thuganomics and the Usos though. Also, loved seeing Rikishi again, rare guy that could make any gimmick work. Not thrilled about Revival interrupting the dancing. Have to have Rikishi and the Usos dancing, but D-Von Dudley and Revival works for me.

For all the criticism of Hulk Hogan, the man still gets a pop, and it was great to see him with Jimmy Hart again, even if Jimmy is as annoying as ever. Where did Cena go? I get Rikishi and D-Von not wrestling, but did Cena fly the coop or something? Good match, but we didn’t get a stinkface!

Loved seeing Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Santino Marella,and Torrie Wilson, but of course Drew McIntyre had to ruin the fun because that’s what unhappy people do.

R-Truth survived Comic-Con, I see. I hope the moderators were told ahead of time about this, so it didn’t seem too weird, but it it Comic-Con, so who knows? I will give Drake Maverick all the props in the world for being man enough to be seen in that costume. If we get Carmella vs Renee Michelle out of this, I’m game. Also, GODFATHER, no ladies since this is PG and the MeToo Era.

So, Drew McIntyre was so incensed by Cedric Alexander’s surprise win yesterday, he wanted another go. The match never got going since McIntyre attacked before Alexander got in the ring, so he couldn’t even even up the score. But at least he thinks he got his balls back or whatever.

Ew, who invited the Boogeyman? At least Pat Patterson is here to save us and take off with the 24/7 belt.

Christian is here! Wish Edge was too, but we’ll take what we can get! We also have Lilian Garcia as ring announcer for the murder of the Major Bros by the Viking Raiders! RIP Major Bros.

So the swanky RAW reunion was going on with Mike Kanellis chatting it up with Eve Torres and Eric Bischoff before Maria interrupted. I am HATING the Pregzilla thing, seriously, they’re making her into every person’s nightmare of a pregnant woman. Hello, Ron Simmons, with or without the megaphone.

So, the Club plotting Seth Rollins’ destruction, I do wish the Shield was here because that would’ve been so epic, but Jon Moxley is having the time of his life in Japan and we want him to be happy.

Gerald Brisco struck again and got tricked by Kelly Kelly, so there’s that.

So, we’re getting a reboot of an old feud between Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns, which answers the question of who Reigns is facing at SummerSlam. God help them if Samoa Joe spouts on about Roman ‘faking’ his cancer. The match was great, so I’m eager to see this at SummerSlam.


Listen to the Raw Reaction crew review Raw Reunion!


Seth Rollins started off his ‘Take the Title Back’ campaign with a stop at MizTV with a hilarious Brock Lesnar impersonation. Not as good as Cena’s but it wasn’t awful. I did enjoy watching him and Heyman promo off each other. This also interesting because it was the first MizTV to not end with someone, usually Miz, getting their ass kicked.

Everyone’s got that one relative that loves to stir up trouble at every reunion, and it looked like Sami Zayn played that role. LOVED Kurt Angle putting his GM hat on and making a match.

It’s been so long since I’ve seen Candice Michelle or Melina, those two were so great in their prime and Candice won her first championship in…a VERY long time by becoming the 24/7 champ, just to be beaten by…Madusa, I think? Good luck, knocking her out.

Jonathon Coachman is back in time to call Sami Zayn vs Rey Mysterio for us! I’ve said before that Mysterio’s most recent run in WWE hasn’t impressed me due to all his injury issues, but this was a good match, even got a spot for Rob Van Damm, Sgt. Slaughter, who still looks like he could hurt you, and Hurrican Helms, who isn’t quite as scary, and Kurt Angle.

Of course, the Nature Boy Ric Flair had to make his appearance, even though he’s not looking like he’s in the best health these days, it was good to see him again.

I still haven’t figured out what the Street Profits are doing on RAW.

Alundra Blayze  made her…triumphant return to RAW by selling the 24/7 Championship to Ted DiBiase.

Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler made his return to the show he called for nearly twenty years to call the rematch of Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles. This match was definitely the highlight of the night, in my opinion. It really looked like the Club was going to cause Rollins some misery, until he was saved by…DX? I’m not sure who was more shocked, Rollins or the Club. I think we would’ve all loved to have seen a Shield reunion, but Jon Moxley is having the time of his life in Japan, so Rollins getting an assist from DX will have to work. We didn’t get the six man tag, but the odds were evened up. The match ending in a DQ doesn’t really bother me since we got DX and the NWO in action…or was it the Kliq? Oh, who cares, it was cool and it happened. I literally turned into a teenage girl again squealing over Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman (Yeah, I had a crush on 1-2-3 Kid, mullet and all). Also, kudos for mentioning Chyna and Billy Gunn and for Seth marking out.

Mick Foley and Mark Henry are always joys to watch. Not a fan of Mick being attacked since he really isn’t in shape to fight back.

Well Moment of Bliss didn’t go quite the way I thought it would. I thought Alexa Bliss would find a way to shoehorn herself into the title picture, but she seemed happy to stir the pot between Becky Lynch and Nattie. I love how the Lynch/Nattie feud and seeing what the belt means to Lynch. Still curious to see what’s in store for Bliss and Nikki Cross, but that brawl was fun.

Our long nightmare is over, R-Truth is 24/7 Champions again. I said in the past that I had some reservations about the 24/7 Championship and things like this are why I had reservations, but the way this was handled was really fun and actually kept the Truth vs Maverick storyline going, not sure what happened to Renee Michelle.

Strowman crushed a jobber, so that happened.

Ah, time for everyone at the reunion to gather around and remind themselves that for all the drama, they still share a gene pool…or an employment history, in RAW’s case. However, is it me or does Ric Flair NOT look that good? That said, I loved seeing all the legends of RAW turn up for a beer bash with Stone Cold Steve Austin playing the relative that shows up just for the fuck of it and drinks beer all night. Great way to end a fun episode!


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