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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE NXT Takeover War Games 2018 Post-Show

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Bobby Fernandes checks in with his Good, Bad, and Ugly review of WWE NXT Takeover War Games!




NXT Takeover WarGames II in Los Angeles California has a lot Good, in fact was a clean sweep in my Pre-show article.  However did it deliver?

THE GOOD

Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

The “King of Bros” knocked out a tough, reputable guy.  Kassius Ohno just put him over more than he already which was a feat in itself.  I am greatly hoping we see some Lars Sullivan vs Riddle in the future.  We won’t be seeing a KO there.  All in all Good way to get the crowd going to start the show and not interfere with the pace and plans already made.

NXT Women’s Championship 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Kairi Sane

The match at Evolution was fantastic.  Although I don’t see much bad in any of their respective work.  I love that they are going out early.  I knew this was going to be good, and it meant that the rest of the card would have to deliver after these two were done.  Fireworks from the beginning, The Pirate Princess went ape shit!  Strikes, flying around, and pulling out all the stops, the crowd showed their appreciation.

It was a bit ruined by the outside interference and a cheap first fall for Baszler.  However I do love when the wrestlers play their roles well and Shayna Baszler and her crew are pure heels.  I loved the single leg Boston Crab and the sick stomp from Baszler.  She is brutal.  So many submissions, and torture.  She is just such a bad guy (girl).  This was just so physical the whole time.  So many high risk!  I loved watching this.  Even the action on the outside was fun to watch!  They with a blink of an eye, looking like it was over Shayna Baszler escapes with the victory and retains the NXT Women’s Championship!  Wow!  One hell of a match!

Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano

Johnny Wrestling is a hell of an athlete, and puts it all out there.  Aleister Black’s future is sky’s the limit, so unquestionably this match had the makings of gold.  Black’s kicks are insane and overall they beat the living hell out of each other.  I loved the technical wrestling effort from Gargano it brought some heavy contrast to an otherwise strike heavy fight.  Bump after bump, move after move they just kept outdoing themselves and the crowd eating it up!  Two Black Masses, Aleister Black Wins!  I really think once Aleister Black goes to the WWE Roster we will see some huge things for him, he is in a position to be like a new Undertaker type character and the talent around him can definitely benefit from him being there! Great match!



NXT Championship Match
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Velveteen Dream

You are not dreaming, the Velveteen Dream is OVA!  This match has the It Factor, with both competitors bringing top notch talent.  A real and true championship match was had.  The disrespect, and taunting from both sides, and the constant reactions were good.  They told the right story.  The pace was perfect, letting things click and sink in.  As always we heard legit gasp from the crowd, and we were pulled in.

I enjoyed the Hollywood Hulk Hogan markouts by Dream as well.  We saw a lot, and this most certainly delivered as a Championship Match, which requires a certain level.  All of the close falls, and false hopes were spot on and not a dull moment in the match. Sick DDT Between the double ring, Tommaso Ciampa retains!

War Games Match
Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders vs. Undisputed Era

Holy Damn!  This was a crazy match!  Undisputed Era knows this battleground already and somehow survived the First time.  Now they will have to beat even better talent, even more brutal opponents.  A guy that defies gravity, a true brut and a couple of Vikings.  The odds are against them big time.  This didn’t mean a thing however as The Undisputed Era are just about as good as it gets.  The highest of levels on NXT.  Part of me really hopes they stay in NXT so that WWE cannot even try to ruin them.

Ricochet and Adam Cole started off proper.  Again highest calibers of talent.  The pace was steady, and we saw some big moves.  Adam Cole wore his opponent out, and kept him grounded.  Hansen brought the house down and went ballistic defying what a big guy can do.  This was far from boring.  Roderick Strong is just incredible.  Undisputed seemed to be in full control.  The Rowe Powerbomb Powerslam was unbelievable, I could have watched that all day.  This changed everything for a bit resulting in a complete beatdown on Adam Cole.

Things change again, Bobby Fish with a true heel move locks Pete Dunne in the cage and brings chairs into the match, destroying everyone in the ring.  Once Pete Dunne got free, the match blew up.  Complete Chaos, Wargames set off!  Back and forth no one really was ahead, then out of nowhere, a giant suplex-powerbomb was like a reset button knocking everyone out, except Ricochet.  He decides to  freakshow out and double backflip onto the pile leading to an epic standoff with straight fighting, more highspots and finish worthy exchanges.  WarRaiders, Ricochet and Pete Dunne Win!

THE BAD and THE UGLY – N/A (Get outta here!)

Pretty awesome event overall!  Great surprises, big spots, and clean action!  What a night!  Survivor Series and WWE’s Main Roster has their work cut out for them, however it’s hard to tell if the big guys even care.  I don’t think so or else the quality would be higher.  NXT is just special and it doesn’t look like that is changing anytime soon!  Thank you for watching, reading and supporting this awesome community!  Please comment and share!




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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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