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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Crown Jewel Post Show

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Here we go, highly anticipated by all the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.  I won’t waste any time, as I’m sure you have already opened and drank your entire bottle of hateraid.  Let’s Begin! 

THE GOOD

Well you know something Hulkamaniacs, Hulk Hogan being a part of WWE is all GOOD!  I loved seeing the Red and Yellow back and the fans greeted him correctly!  Not the first time we got fireworks for Hogan, and from what I saw, this will not be the last.  Welcome Back Hulk Hogan!

Equally important in this section is Renee Young, sitting ringside and providing commentary in a very much overlooked aspect of this show that represents one small bit of change that WWE was able to accomplish in its second trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They accomplished something with this!

  • United States Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rusev:   I notoriously hate the Pre-Show Matches, thinking they are a sad waste of talent.  Well this time the talent outweighed the situation.  This was a hot match with two of the very best WWE has to offer.  They delivered on all levels and showed their worth and waste.  I want a lot more Rusev and Nakamura, in fact as much as the WWE can give us.  This was back and forth highlighting the skill set of both.  It looked like Rusev had it closed up and was leaving with the belt, but then low blow, and a knee to the face, Nakamura Retains the US Title.
  • World Cup Round 1 – Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton: With talent at this level, I mean straight legends, I have extremely high expectations for this match.  I really enjoyed the vignettes prior to the matches, it was different and very old school.  Nice touch.  The Randy Orton dropkick was textbook, and I’m happy the announce team sold it correctly! The 619 into the DDT off the 2nd rope looked great.  Classic heel vs Babyface, Rey Mysterio and Orton did a great job in their roles and looked comfortable in their elements.  Good Match, Rey Mysterio Wins!  However Orton beat the hell out of Rey Mysterio post-match.  I hope Randy Orton stays this crazy, it suits him well.
  • World Cup Round 1 – Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz: Okay, I don’t dislike Wrestler Face paint, and I am certainly Pro Hardy Boyz, but do I hate Jeff Hardy’s face paint.   Next point, The Miz doesn’t get enough love, hence why I picked him to win the whole thing.  His achievements are outstanding.  Another classic, textbook old school match.  Like the previous match, everything was tight, and clear.  The guys could do this type of match in their sleep.  I’m not saying that the crowd was great, but they definitely reacted when things got interesting, especially the way Jeff Hardy does things.  They are veterans.  Nothing that I found standout but still Good work.  Miz reverses the Twist of Fate with a Skull Crushing Finale for the victory and moves on to face Rey Mysterio in Round 2 of the World Cup Tournament.   
  • World Cup Round 1 – Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler: What we have here is a True Wrestling Match, reflecting both of the competitor’s decorated mat wrestling backgrounds.  Pittsburgh vs Cleveland, both guys sharp, and comfortable playing off each other’s move.  This match was very physical, and gave us a lot of “Wrestling” in its purest form.  Even something as simple as a sleeper spot looks good and was done well.   Very slow and careful pace but still a Good Match!  Dolph Zigger hit the Zig Zag for the win to face Seth Rollins in the Semi-Finals.
  • WWE Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe: This felt like a real Championship level match.  The Crowd was excited, the posture and presence of both Joe and AJ we felt.  Working a body part, this was also a textbook match.  However at a different level than the others.  The match had a great flow, and worked well.  Very physical and active.  Samoa Joe’s suicide dive was sick!  It really looked stiff and made impact.   It finally was like the show opened up!  The submissions and counters were great, and as a whole, this was a Good title match.  AJ Styles retains the Title!  I cannot wait to see what is next, but I bet it will be “Awesome.”

THE BAD

  • DX vs. The Brothers of Destruction:  I love DX’s energy however HBK was very awkward and almost comical especially about his hair or lack of it.  Both Kane and the Undertaker’s Entrance was just mesmerizing.  It is always a treat to see the Undertaker and the pageantry that comes with it.  The Legend, the Phenom coming through the darkness to retrieve yet another soul.  It will never get old to me even if The Undertaker does.  Legends, with epic stories, accomplishments and history repping WWE to the fullest.  The crowd was beside themselves cheering back and forth as both groups are loved by the masses.  We got all we were looking for, but then things got Ugly.  Michael collapsed, although I’m not sure why, then a very rare botch with HHH and the Undertaker made for some real awkwardness.  The crowd didn’t even blink and stayed into it for the most part.  I don’t feel like it ever recovered.  It could be the age or something bigger but the air was let out and it just kind of went through the motions.  Then HBK gave himself a facelift landing directly on his face from a moonsault to the outside that went wrong.  Sweet Chin Music and a Pedigree to Kane, DX Wins!
  • World Cup Round 1 – Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush:  I cannot stand listening to Lio Rush, but I guess that is the point. Luckily he was toned down a bit today.  Lio Rush does wrestle well though from what I have seen.  Seth Rollins is consistent and although injuries have occurred to both him and his opponents, he has had great matches.  Bobby Lashley is a Monster!  He might not be perfect, but a great athlete and Professional Wrestler.    The trend of the night so far continued. However this one was a little too plain for me.  Bad is a little harsh for the work put in but it certainly wasn’t good.  Rollins wins with the Curb Stomp.  Onto the Semi-Finals against the Winner of Angle vs. Ziggler.  (R1 Winner:  Ziggler)
  • World Cup Semifinal – Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz: I will spare you again from hearing that this was another safe play match, but very physical as well.  Another somewhat slow paced match.  They played off of Rey Mysterio’s pain from getting beaten by Randy Orton earlier in the night.  There were a few good moments in the match but overall I wasn’t pulled in.  Kind of bad because the two involved are tremendous at what they do.  Miz wins off of a double knee counter to a weak frog splash.  Miz moves on to the Finals.  *Rey Mysterio is amazing, and I am very happy as a fan to have him back home in the WWE, I cannot wait for his next move. 
  • World Cup Semifinal – Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler: Continuing their rivalry, these two guys know each other very well.  This match was as safe as a car seat.  I wonder if the booking team told them to tone it down a bit, play the injuries, and go slower.  The action was okay, just again, very plain.  No surprises, nothing that we haven’t seen a million times.  Luckily the fans have those plush chairs.  Then some high-spots, Superplex into a Falcon Arrow broken up into a Zig Zag.  Ziggler wins in true Heel fashion with outside interference by Drew McIntyre.  The Show Off heads to the Final’s vs The Miz.

THE UGLY

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Bar (c) vs. New Day:  New Day’s Entrance took forever. Corey Graves was on point with his pure hate of the Magic Carpet ride.   When The Bar and Big Show come down the aisle it is like the Power Rangers becoming Megazord.  I would say like most of the matches, the talent was meticulously paired together, and New Day and The Bar have worked each other many times, and have had great, entertaining matches.  The crowd seemed to enjoy the match.  The Bar’s Back Body Drop into a jackhammer was fantastic.  I hope WWE has some big plans for Big E, he brings a great energy and power to the ring.  The Double Stomp to the Back spot with New Day was just weird.  But then even worse, The Knock Out Punch by the Big Show was weak.  Cheap ending, The Bar holds on to their Gold.   
  • Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman: Beast vs Monster for the most coveted prize in the industry.  F5, then F5, then F5.  What else can you do?    This was crap, and the wrong guy is Champion again.  We see John Cena who is invisible more than we see Brock Lesnar.  Gross, ugly, and a shame.
  • World Cup Finals – The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler/Shane McMahon vs. Dolph Zigger: Heel vs. Heel, and a ton of history, I hoped it would be Good!  Then Pop!  Miz is out due to injury and cannot compete.  So, in comes Shame O’ Mac, The Prince of WWE!  What?  Drew McIntyre gone, Baron Corbin gone, now we have a match, or so I thought, this was just nuts, made no sense and was ugly.  Shane McMahon wins the Best in the World Cup 2018, I guess.  This is going to be interesting in the coming weeks.

This show was a mixed bag.  Overall, I would say Crown Jewel wasn’t as Good as it needed to be.  Luckily the WWE fans are loyal even when they “hate” the product they watched.  I enjoy the show for what it is, but this historic night, would be better left forgotten.  Please share and comment, see you on the next one!


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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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