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The Good, Bad, and Ugly: WWE Raw (11/26/18)

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What did Bobby Fernandes think of WWE Monday Night Raw? Find our in this edition of The Good, Bad, and Ugly!




Coming off of one of the worst events I have seen in recent time, here we are on Monday Night Raw.  The roster is riddled with injuries but carries on as always.  Last week, dare I say, we had ourselves a Good Show overall.  Can Raw continue to stay on our Good Side this week?

The Good

Opening Segment

“The General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin getting booed is a great way to start.  We have Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Lashley’s Manager, Lio Rush.  Baron Corbin is significantly overrated if WWE thinks this is Good.  However he is really hated and has a ton of heat with the Raw crowd at all times.  Drew McIntyre on the other hand is getting better by the second.  We have some recapping of Braun Strowman’s injury which no doubt was just to get the crowd upset and get a reaction.  It worked, we have a loud audience for the show.  Braun Strowman may not be the most popular backstage, but he is unquestionably a Big Fan Favorite!  Whenever he returns it will be magic.  Lashley is a fantastic heel, but for the love of God, keep him off of the microphone!  Then, Boom!  Elias saves the day! I really like Elias an an Anti-Heel.  He is a great instigator, and doing it to the heels makes it so much better.     The very best part is Elias himself really hasn’t changed.  He is a bit like Stone Cold Steve Austin, in that sense.  The writers and the crowd flipped him to his new role naturally, he himself hasn’t changed.  This actually was a Good concise opening.

Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush (Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin) vs. Elias

Bobby Lashley’s aggressive, unstoppable gimmick is great for him.  Just looking at him, he is a super athlete.  Completely impressive unless on the mic, which is why they hooked him with Lio Rush.  Lio Rush drives me insane, but is talented both in the ring and on the mic.  Elias really put Lashley over early on.  Elias has a Wild West style, high intensity move set.  It’s unique and fun.  Lashley was on the offensive most of the fight. But after a picture perfect elbow drop off the top, Elias had the pin, until Lio Rush interfered and got Lashley DQ’d.   The match was then made into a No DQ by Corbin. We got a little ridiculous at this point, as Elias predictably got jumped. Drew McIntyre and Lashley devastated him.  Bobby Lashley Wins!  This was a Good match, nothing special but I enjoyed it.  The crowd was into it, and the story was projected well.  Good Start but who wants to Walk with Elias?

Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge:  Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

I am a fan of the new attitude of Dean Ambrose.  He wears it well.  I am also a big fan of open challenges.  It is a long and Good tradition.  I’m always excited to see if we will be surprised.  The crowd gave it up for the Architect for “Monday Night Rollins”.  A great welcome for the Intercontinental Champion.  I was a little disappointed that Dolph Ziggler was the guy.  I like him but I just appreciate a more random choice for an open challenge.  Having said that, we have two of the best out here about to throw down for the IC Strap.  I liked their pace, and saw some Good technical wrestling.  They kept me interested and definitely were entertaining overall. Ziggler controlled the match for the most part, wearing down the Champion.  They did an excellent job telling a story tonight.  Ziggler wearing Rollins down.

Even with the constant commercial interruptions during Raw, the momentum was not broken.  Rollins follows with a high energy rally.  After a missed frog splash by Rollins and a Famouser by Ziggler, and a few close calls we almost had a new Champion multiple times.  Rollins then misses the Stomp twice and Ziggler hit a Zig-Zag for a two count.  Ziggler tuning up the band, decided to taunt Rollins and nearly gets pinned, following up with a DDT.  Ziggler goes to the top rope, Rollins runs up and hits a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for the Victory and Retains his title in the match of the night!




The Bad

Lucha House Party vs. The Revival (Lucha House Rules 3 on 2 Handicap Match)

In the ring The Revival is fantastic.  Old school, tough, and entertaining.  On the mic, not so much, then again there are much worse.  They fall a little flat.  This was a quick contest.  The Revival looked sharp showcasing some great moves.  Then in the blink of an eye LHP brought down the house, with their highflying showcase for the pin and victory.  To be honest, they didn’t do anything wrong here on the surface.  I just think it’s Bad to bury The Revival.  They have a ton of potential and this isn’t the way to enhance them.  Although, it could be worse.  We could not see them at all.

Ember Moon w/ Curt Hawkins vs. Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers

Ember Moon is a great talent.  She is so unique and shines in the ring.  Alicia Fox I’m not so keen on, but like most Superstars it matters who she is working.  I came into this hoping we would see something Good.  This is a preview to the Mixed Tag Team Match tourney tomorrow night.  This was quick, Ember Moon came back from some limited offense by Fox and hit the Eclipse for the Win!  We were then hit with the No Way Jose Conga line setting up the next match.  This was a joke of a match really.  It was so short, and almost pointless.  Not Ugly at all, but Bad enough for Raw.

No Way Jose vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers

I like the booking of this match.  It was a bit random, and surprising to me.  This match was nowhere near perfect.  I did like certain aspects, but there were a lot of miscues and a few awkward moments.  It just really wasn’t Good.  Jinder Mahal wins clean!




The Ugly

Nia Jax w/ Tamina Snuka Segment

Nia Jax is so hated right now.  She is probably getting death threats at this point.  Everyone loves Becky Lynch.  Nia Jax really tried here, but she is horrible on the mic.  She really cheese balled the hell out of her segment.  Of course Ronda Rousey had enough and interrupted.  The fans were more than pleased.  Looks like Rousey is back in the fans good graces especially against Nia Jax.  Even with Rousey involved and the fans into it.  After a challenge was dropped by Rousey, Nia Jax declined which made no sense at all.  Natalya runs down to back up her friend only to be beaten out of nowhere by the Riott Squad.  Rousey for the save on Natalya.  This Promo was a bit too Ugly for me.  Although bravo for having Tamina do absolutely nothing.

Raw Tag Team Championships:  AOP w/ Drake Maverick (c) vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

I have been pretty hard on AOP and Drake Maverick.  I just don’t think they are good, let alone the right call for the Raw belts.  I don’t see what the great minds at WWE see at all with these two.  There are better, bigger and more physical.  They are not special, but what do I know. Bobby Roode on the other hand, is an incredibly wasted talent.  He should be doing Championship title runs and being in the major segments.  It is bonkers that he is doing what he is doing right now.  I mean no disrespect to Gable, but Roode belongs somewhere higher.  The action was okay.  Guess what, AOP does power moves sloppily.  It was really stupid heat with the Bobby Roode robe crap, during a Tag Title Match.  This match besides Bobby Roode was a real “pisser”.  AOP retains.

Alexa Bliss’ Open Forum w/ Bayley and Sasha Banks

I love the Goddess, she is always a plus.  However, this is a totally stupid segment.  I don’t understand at all.  I would much rather have had a tag match with Bayley and The Boss than this.  I guess I don’t appreciate waste.  This was just awful.  Then for no reason at all, except to be as bad as possible, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke and Mickie James came out and jumped them only to be beat down by Sasha and Bayley.  This was an absurd waste of time.

Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor

Baron Corbin is such a waste of time.  Again, I don’t see the point.  Finn Balor is incredible and can work with anyone.  Why Corbin?  This was a horrible Main Event.  Corbin’s gear or lack of it is horrendous, and getting all of the offense he had is crazy.  After the longest waste of time ever, Balor finally fought back.  As usual he looked sharp in the ring.  However this was short lived due to a Deep Six and a near fall.  Balor then came back again.  Only to have Baron Corbin make it a Handicap Match out of nowhere with Drew McIntyre.  Balor went ballistic fighting momentarily until McIntyre got the upper hand.     McIntyre gets the Win after nearly kicking Finn’s head off with a Claymore Kick.  Bobby Lashley then came down to clean up, adding more damage to Finn Balor.  This was just the cherry on top of waste, which capped off the night accordingly.

Final Count

  • Good – 3
  • Bad – 3
  • Ugly – 4

Overall:  Ugly

This wasn’t Raw’s best.  We had a few bright spots, Rollins and Ziggler killed it out there, but overall this was a pretty bad show.  I really hate when talent is wasted, and this show had a ton of waste.  I really hope they can pull the nose up and get back on track.   I believe SmackDown can and will do a lot better, and hope to have a Good report for you.




What was your assessment of Raw this week?
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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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