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WWE TLC 2018

Another PPV, another Staff showdown! Who came out of Survivor Series with the best record, and how do our picks shape up against your own? PC Tunney will shed some light from his Magic 8 Ball.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is PC Tunney! Welcome back to the Chairshot staff picks.  One of my favorite PPV concepts TLC, is upon us.  Last month the Chairshot staff went 8-3-1 as a whole(not bad!).  Andrew Balaz, Korey Gunz, Francesca Scopelliti and yours truly all went 9-3 for the Survivor Series weekend to sit atop our mountain of prognostication.  Another TWELVE match weekend.  Only this time it’s all on one show.  So as I refrain from any super corny twelve days of Christmas reference, let’s take a gander into the Chairshot crystal ball.

WWE MMC Finals

Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox v R Truth & Carmella

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Eric Ames: R Truth & Carmella
Tiffany Carter: Mahal & Fox
Rey Cash: R Truth & Carmella
Carol Cassada: R Truth & Carmella
Steve Cook: Mahal & Fox
Korey Gunz: R Truth & Carmella
Kristen Herzog: R Truth & Carmella
David Levin: R Truth & Carmella
Scott McLeod: R Truth & Carmella
Mitchell says: R Truth & Carmella
Miranda Morales: Mahal & Fox
Mathew Sarpraicone: R Truth & Carmella
Dave Ungar: R Truth & Carmella
Patrick O’Dowd: R Truth & Carmella
DPP: R Truth & Carmella
The Real C Platt: R Truth & Carmella
Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: R Truth & Carmella
Greg DeMarco: R Truth & Carmella
Tunney’s Take: Until the WWE actually lets the men and women interact in the ring I will maintain my disinterest. I’ll take the faces here. My pick is R Truth & Carmella

16-3 R Truth & Carmella #UseYourHead

 

Finn Balor v Drew McIntyre

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Eric Ames: McIntyre
Tiffany Carter: Balor
Rey Cash: McIntyre
Carol Cassada: McIntyre
Steve Cook: McIntyre
Korey Gunz: McIntyre
Kristen Herzog: McIntyre
David Levin: McIntyre
Scott McLeod: McIntyre
Mitchell says: Balor
Miranda Morales: McIntyre
Mathew Sarpraicone: McIntyre 
Dave Ungar: McIntyre
Patrick O’Dowd: Balor
DPP: McIntyre
The Real C Platt: McIntyre
Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: McIntyre
Greg DeMarco: McIntyre
Tunney’s Take: This one is a coin flip to me. My pick is Drew McIntyre

16-3 Drew McIntyre #UseYourHead

 

Natalya v Ruby Riot – Tables Match 


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Eric Ames: Natalya
Tiffany Carter: Ruby 
Rey Cash: Natalya
Carol Cassada: Natalya
Steve Cook: Natalya
Korey Gunz: Ruby
Kristen Herzog: Natalya
David Levin: Natalya
Scott McLeod: Ruby
Mitchell says: Natalya
Miranda Morales: Natalya
Mathew Sarpraicone: Natalya
Dave Ungar: Ruby
Patrick O’Dowd: Ruby
DPP: Natalya
The Real C Platt: Ruby
Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: Natalya
Greg DeMarco: Natalya
Tunney’s Take: The Riot Squad plays a role here and Nattie gets a beat down. My pick is Ruby Riot

12-7 Natalya #UseYourHead

 

Elias v Lashley – Ladder Match


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Eric Ames: Lashley
Tiffany Carter: Lashley
Rey Cash: Lashley
Carol Cassada: Elias
Steve Cook: Elias
Korey Gunz: Elias
Kristen Herzog: Lashley
David Levin: Elias
Scott McLeod: Lashley
Mitchell says: Elias
Miranda Morales: Lashley
Mathew Sarpraicone: Elias
Dave Ungar: Lashley
Patrick O’Dowd: Elias
DPP: Lashley
The Real C Platt: Elias
Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: Elias
Greg DeMarco: Elias
Tunney’s Take: Nothing like a guitar on a pole ladder match, LOL. Give me the conqueror of chords, the rajah of riffs, the notorious note strummer, the liaison of lyrics. My pick is Elias.

11-8 Elias #UseYourHead


Rey Mysterio v Randy Orton – Chairs Match


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Eric Ames: Orton
Tiffany Carter: Mysterio
Rey Cash: Orton
Carol Cassada: Mysterio
Steve Cook: Orton
Korey Gunz: Orton
Kristen Herzog: Orton
David Levin: Orton
Scott McLeod: Orton
Mitchell says: Orton
Miranda Morales: Orton
Mathew Sarpraicone: Orton
Dave Ungar: Mysterio
Patrick O’Dowd: Orton
DPP: Mysterio
The Real C Platt: Orton 
Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: Orton 
Greg DeMarco: Mysterio
Tunney’s Take: I see Mysterio benefitting more from a victory here than Randy. My pick is Rey Mysterio.

13-6 Randy Orton #UseYourHead 

Buddy Murphy v Cedric Alexander – Cruiserweight title

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Eric Ames: Murphy
Tiffany Carter: Murphy
Rey Cash: Murphy
Carol Cassada: Murphy
Steve Cook: Murphy
Korey Gunz: Murphy
Kristen Herzog: Murphy
David Levin: Murphy
Scott McLeod: Murphy
Mitchell says: Murphy
Miranda Morales: Murphy
Mathew Sarpraicone: Murphy

Dave Ungar: Murphy

Patrick O’Dowd: Alexander

DPP: Murphy

The Real C Platt: Murphy

Andrew “snowflake(balls) Balaz: Murphy

Greg Demarco: Murphy

Tunney’s Take: Cedric Alexander is not the man to take this title off Murphy’s hands. My pick is Buddy Murphy.

18-1 Buddy Murphy #UseYourHead

The Bar v The Usos v The New Day – SD Tag titles

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Eric Ames: Usos
Tiffany Carter: Usos
Rey Cash: Usos
Carol Cassada: Usos
Steve Cook: Bar
Korey Gunz: Bar
Kristen Herzog: Usos
David Levin: Bar
Scott McLeod: Bar
Mitchell says: Usos
Miranda Morales: Bar
Mathew Sarpraicone: Bar

Dave Ungar: Usos

Patrick O’Dowd: New Day

DPP: Usos

The Real C Platt: Bar

Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: Usos

Greg DeMarco: Usos

Tunney’s Take: This one could really go in any direction depending on if any of the teams are leaving SmackDown. My pick is the Usos.

11-7-1 Usos #UseYourHead

Seth Rollins v Dean Ambrose – Intercontinental title

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Eric Ames: Ambrose
Tiffany Carter: Ambrose
Rey Cash: Ambrose
Carol Cassada: Ambrose
Steve Cook: Rollins
Korey Gunz: Ambrose
Kristen Herzog: Ambrose
David Levin: Ambrose
Scott McLeod: Ambrose
Mitchell says: Ambrose
Miranda Morales: Ambrose
Mathew Sarpraicone: Ambrose

Dave Ungar: Ambrose

Patrick O’Dowd: Ambrose

DPP: Ambrose

The Real C Platt: Ambrose

Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: Ambrose

Greg Demarco: Rollins

Tunney’s Take: I feel like we will get this match again at the Rumble. My pick is Seth Rollins.

16-3 Dean Ambrose #UseYourHead

Daniel Bryan v AJ Styles – WWE title

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Eric Ames: AJ
Tiffany Carter: DB
Rey Cash: DB
Carol Cassada: DB
Steve Cook: DB
Korey Gunz: DB
Kristen Herzog: DB
David Levin: DB
Scott McLeod: DB
Mitchell says: DB
Miranda Morales: DB
Mathew Sarpraicone: DB

Dave Ungar: DB

Patrick O’Dowd: No Decision

DPP: DB

The Real C Platt: DB

Andrew “snowflake(balls)’ Balaz: DB

Greg Demarco: DB

Tunney’s Take: This title won’t change hands until at least Mania. My pick is Daniel Bryan.

17-1-1 Daniel Bryan #UseYourHead

 

Ronda Rousey v Nia Jax – RAW women’s title

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We ALL picked Ronda Rousey! 19-0 #UseYourHead

Braun Strowman v Baron Corbin – TLC match 

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Eric Ames: Braun
Tiffany Carter: Braun
Rey Cash: Corbin
Carol Cassada: Braun
Steve Cook: Braun
Korey Gunz: Braun
Kristen Herzog: Braun
David Levin: Braun
Scott McLeod: Braun
Mitchell says: Braun
Miranda Morales: Corbin
Mathew Sarpraicone: Braun

Dave Ungar: Corbin

Patrick O’Dowd: No Contest

DPP: Braun

The Real C Platt: Braun

Andrew “snowflake(balls) Balaz: Braun

Greg DeMarco: Braun

Tunney’s Take: These Hands are on their way to Mania and the road starts here. My pick is Braun Stroman.

15-3-1 Braun Strowman #UseYourHead

Becky Lynch v Charlotte v Asuka – SmackDown women’s title

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Eric Ames: Asuka
Tiffany Carter: Becky
Rey Cash: Becky
Carol Cassada: Asuka
Steve Cook: Asuka
Korey Gunz: Becky
Kristen Herzog: Becky
David Levin: Becky
Scott McLeod: Asuka
Mitchell says: Asuka
Miranda Morales: Charlotte
Mathew Sarpraicone: Asuka

Dave Ungar: Becky

Patrick O’Dowd: Charlotte

DPP: Becky

The Real C Platt: Becky

Andrew “snowflake(balls)” Balaz: Asuka

Greg DeMarco: Asuka

Tunney’s Take: My feeling is we see Becky v Asuka at Rumble and Charlotte wins the Rumble. My pick is Asuka.

9-8-2 Asuka #UseYourHead

 


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The Miz: WWE’s Newest Babyface Wins Fans Over

2019 , Miz is a face, Daniel Bryan is a heel…cats and dogs are sleeping together, right? David breaks down why Miz as face actually works this time around!

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2019 , Miz is a face, Daniel Bryan is a heel…cats and dogs are sleeping together, right? David breaks down why Miz as face actually works this time around!

When WWE decided to flip the script and give Daniel Bryan his chance at becoming the company’s top heel, I immediately wondered what would happen to The Miz and how he would impact Tuesday nights.

For any of us who doubted the possibility that Mike Mizanin could pull off a run as a top baby face, we should all apologize now. One of my favorite characters in wrestling today proved once again last night that it does not matter which role he plays, there is brilliance and how he does it.

I’m not 100 percent excited about this program with Shane McMahon, however I think it is a great storyline the WWE put together in one of the more shocking twists and turns of the year so far. McMahon, much like his father Vince, is a natural heel. The Miz has shown versatile to make it work in either side of the squares-circle. Like his matches before, this could be a defining moment for McMahon, who will once again prove he is better than expected in a wrestling ring.

For The Miz, I’m curious how this all plays out given after this feud I wonder which direction the creative team will take in developing his character even more.

This promo on Tuesday night was nothing short of brilliant. And for a performer who is used to working off heat from the crowds, he showed the ability to win them over. The mark of a great wrestling performer is the ability to work as a babyface or a heel and keep the wrestling fan engaged.
It also presents a potential challenge to Bryan in the future should WWE keep the company title around his waist.

As I’ve discussed before, wrestlers need other wrestlers to be great. Jack Brisco needed Dory Funk, Jr. Ric Flair needed Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes. The Miz needs Bryan. From a fan perspective, seeing those two in a ring and a role reversal is worth the price of admission alone.

My concern as I just touched on it, is the company will drop the ball in character development. It will lose sight of what it has in the performer and the self promoter. There is no one better than the former WWE and Intercontinental champion.

The Miz’s words were real, succinct, passionate and gripping. Never for a lack of animation, he is just as dynamic when speaking his mind. There should be another world title run in his future, but I wonder with the most recent push of Kofi Kingston, does this mean the A-lister becomes the B+ superstar?

By the way, the comment about Vince not owning Kofi was spot on at the moment.

I suspect the feud between co-owner of WWE and the man I like to call the company’s greatest asset will continue past April. How it concludes is predictable. McMahon is not a full-time performer and should not be. As for The Miz, the doors opened a little wider on Tuesday night. We saw a focused and determined wrestler on television. I’m betting that translates to one of the best years he’s had in this business in 2019.

 


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Mustafa Ali Should Be Thankful For KofiMania

Steve Cook reminds us that Kofi’s current angle is due to Mustafa Ali’s injury. Which, may have turned out beneficial for…Mustafa?

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Steve Cook reminds us that Kofi’s current angle is due to Mustafa Ali’s injury. Which, may have turned out beneficial for…Mustafa?

When I first heard it, I didn’t believe it.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to demean the ability of Mustafa Ali. In his limited time under WWE’s umbrella of entertainment, he’s amazed crowds with unbelievable moves. He’s also shown the ability to be likable, much to the amazement of some that believe that people of his descent can’t be supported by the WWE Universe.

Ali is a remarkable story. He was sixteen years old when he had his first match in February 2003. Mustafa worked graveyard shifts as a police officer while pursuing his wrestling dream, along with having a family.

He has a good head on his shoulders & a very promising future.

WWE is high on Ali, as they have every right to be. So high, in fact, that the word around the campfire was that Ali was slated to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Those plans were put on hold just before the Elimination Chamber, when Ali suffered an injury that forced him out of the Chamber match for the WWE Championship. Ali still might have been in line for a title shot, as there was still plenty of time before WrestleMania when he was scheduled to come back.

But a funny thing happened, Kofi Kingston was tapped to take his place, and the fans in Houston went absolutely crazy for him. We’ve been watching Kofi on WWE television for eleven years now. We saw him break into WWECW as a fresh-faced, happy-go-lucky Jamaican kid. Upon his arrival on Raw (and later SmackDown), he became a regular in the Intercontinental & United States championship scene, depending which show he was on. He also became a tag team specialist, winning tag team championships with CM Punk, Evan Bourne & R-Truth.

Then The New Day happened, and it took Kofi’s popularity to a whole other level. Kofi, Xavier Woods & Big E have become one of the most successful trios in wrestling history. The only downside? It put Kofi’s singles career on ice. There were no more quests for secondary titles in hopes of breaking into the main event scene as a legitimate contender for a top championship. Kofi, Big E & Xavier had their role. Pump up the crowds, make money off merchandise & be happy.

You can make a lot of money doing that. But eventually you develop a taste for something more.

Honestly, it seems more like Big E & Xavier developed that taste for Kofi. They’ve been speaking up for him ever since this thing started at Elimination Chamber. Back at Money in the Bank when New Day was granted a slot in the match, they insisted that Kofi take it. It makes sense. New Day has achieved so much on the tag team side of things that the only thing left for them to do is reach the top of the mountain. One of them obtaining a top singles championship will be like all of them doing so.

Kofi got Mustafa’s slot at Elimination Chamber, and the fans bit on it hard. Here was a guy they had been watching for years busting his butt and doing whatever he was asked to do at the best of his ability. To the Houston fans, Kofi more than deserved to be there. He deserved to be WWE Champion. It seems like most of the WWE Universe is falling in line with the idea. Kofi’s being thrown obstacles left & right now, and even people that should know better are really buying into the idea that WWE doesn’t want Kofi Kingston in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.

It’s an incredible thing. Kofi’s lucky to have gotten this opportunity. Do you know who’s even more lucky that Kofi got this opportunity?

Mustafa Ali.

It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Ali’s been wrestling longer than Kingston. He’s more than paid his dues to get to WWE. He’s defied the odds his entire career. Ali is an amazing story that is really difficult to root against. However, if he got pushed right into a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania after a couple of months on SmackDown, people would root against him. Specifically, the fans that attend WrestleMania would root against him.

Mustafa has paid his dues. But we didn’t get to see it. We’ve seen Kofi Kingston paying dues for over a decade now. Not to sell Mustafa’s experiences short, but we weren’t at the indy shows watching him work. We weren’t on the graveyard shift with him. Kofi Kingston has been right in front of us for eleven years, proving that he deserves to be at the top of WWE just as much as anybody else does. It’s easier for us to identify with Kofi.

Had Ali been placed into the WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan, the same thing would have happened that happened at Fastlane in Cleveland. He would have gotten booed, he would have had a nice performance and that would have been it. Bryan would have moved on to the next thing in time for the next PPV while Mustafa Ali would be looking for his next goal.

He deserves better, and he’ll get better.

We need to see Mustafa Ali work his way up. It’s not his fault that most of us don’t watch 205 Live, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t. We need to see him against the best of WWE, busting his ass and proving he belongs with the best in the business every single night.

It’ll take longer to get there. The reward will be much better. Once Mustafa Ali reaches the top of WWE, there will be no doubt that he deserves it. He won’t be somebody getting a push because of his life story, or because there was nobody else around at the time. He’ll be a superstar that the WWE Universe has grown to love & respect.


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