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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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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 5/19/2019

Best of Super Juniors 26 and Money in the Bank are the big things this week. Let’s see what matches made the cut, and if there were any surprises!

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Best of Super Juniors 26 and Money in the Bank are the big things this week. Let’s see what matches made the cut, and if there were any surprises!

Last week was an interesting week since it wasn’t a normal Top 5 and we had two Sami Callihan matches. When it came down to it though, IMPACT: oVe Rules 8 Man: oVe vs Tommy Dreamer vs Fallah Bahh vs Rich Swann vs Willie Mack, won the vote for the week. I’m always a happy when less popular matches or companies get a fair shake in the rundown.

Either way, let’s see exactly how much New Japan shows up and if anything from Money in the Bank was worth a watch!

 

5. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: Ryusuke Taguchi vs YOH

Taguchi has been having a crisis of character so to speak. He’s become more of a comedy wrestler who’s history doesn’t really inject respect or fear into his opponents. YOH is up and coming, and was trained by Taguchi in the New Japan Dojo. So YOH is trying to establish himself beyond the tag realm and Taguchi is trying to refind himself.

We saw an interesting match. Taguchi showed a little of both worlds from comedy to more of his extensive moveset. YOH was a walking reference to older wrestlers; he even mastered the Paradise Lock apparently. Taguchi picks up the win with the variation of the Dodon that he used to remove Prince Devitt from New Japan. Very good match.

Winner: Taguchi via Dodon’s Throne

Rating: ****

 

4. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 4: Will Ospreay vs Rocky Romero

This was a little similar to the earlier Taguchi match. Rocky had something to prove. CHAOS members, and Rocky is perceived as being past his prime, but he wanted to prove he can still hang. It’s been 3 years since his last BOSJ, how does the most decorated Junior Tag wrestler fair against the Aerial Assassin?

We got a great match. Rocky had numerous hope spots, hit the Forever Lariats, his half of Strong Zero and reversed the Stormbreaker first attempt into a legit Huricanrana. Ospreay turned out too be just a little too big, a little too athletic and a Shooting Star Press followed by a Stormbreaker ends this great match. Very good.

Winner: Ospreay via Stormbringer

Rating: **** 1/4

 

3. IMPACT: Michael Elgin vs Rich Swann

From My Analysis:
So damn this main event went 2 commercial breaks, but it was really solid. Swann wouldn’t stay down and even had great hope spots. A Super Frankensteiner countering the Avalanche Powerbomb, Lethal Injection, 450, but Elgin kicked out. Swann tried a top rope Phoenix Splash, and missed. Elgin hits Splash Mountain, and Rich kicks out. Elgin rolls to the outside, catches Rich and repeatedly Powerbombs him into the post. Kid Ref tries to get the match back in the ring, Elgin pushes Kid Ref and Powerbombs Swann again for posterity. Kid Ref calls for the DQ and then runs for his life. This was a great match, the “non-finish” is rather annoying coming out of a roughly 25 minute match. But love him or hate him, Elgin can wrestle.

Winner: Swann via DQ

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 3: Dragon Lee vs SHO
Winner: Dragon Lee via Desnucadora
Rating: ****
WWE MiTB: Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs Baron Corbin vs Finn Balor vs Ricochet vs Andrade vs Randy Orton vs Ali vs Brock Lesnar
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 1: Dragon Lee vs Taiji Ishimori
Winner: Ishimori via Bloody Cross
Rating: *** 3/4
WWE MitB: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Kevin Owens
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT UK: Ligero vs Jordan Devlin
Winner: Devlin via Snap Saito Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: Robbie Eagles vs Rocky Romero
Winner: Eagles via Ron Miller Special
Rating: ***
SmackDown Live: Randy Orton vs Finn Balor vs Andrade vs Ali
Winner: Andrade via Hammerlock DDT
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: El Phantasmo vs Bandido
Winner: Phantsmo via Greetings from Chasewood Park
Rating: ***
205 Live: Tony Nese vs Ligero
Winner: Nese via Running Kneese
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Fall Count Anywhere: Braun Strowman vs Sami Zayn
Winner: Zayn via Claymore
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 4: Ren Narita vs Robbie Eagles
Winner: Eagles via Turbo Backpack
Rating: ***
WWE MitB: The Usos vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan
Winner: Usos via Double Uce
Rating: ***

 

2. WWE MitB: Universal Championship: AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.

Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!

Winner: Rollins via The Stomp

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 1: SHO vs Shingo Takagi

This match has had a great build all year. SHO is the power of Roppongi 3k, and throughout the LIJ and Roppongi feud for the Junior Tag Titles, we always saw SHO try to go at Shingo. Shingo called him out a little and this is a great rivalry. SHO has something to prove, but Shingo doesn’t want to be upstaged by someone who was a Young Boy only a few years ago.

We saw the story unfold beautifully. Shingo dominated early, until SHO fired up and showed he wasn’t just going to roll over. As the match progressed SHO started to anticipate Shingo’s moves and stay a step ahead. Both men hit all of their signature moves, and neither wanted to really budge. This was just so well done, and more of a heavyweight style because they are both bigger Juniors. Shingo edged out SHO by hitting Last of the Dragons after numerous Pumping Bombers. But damn this was great.

Winner: Shingo via Last of the Dragons

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

Shingo and SHO, there is no other answer. This has been a feud that started at the end of last year and persisted through the entire year so far. Long term booking is always fun, and when both men put on a great story telling match, it’s even better. Plus there’s no guarantee it’s over since SHO still has to surpass Shingo to feel completed.

Don’t sleep on Ospreay and Romero though, that was a great match, just didn’t quite match up to SHO and Shingo.


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE Money in the Bank 2019

Brock and Bayley win big–do you feel as you won as fan of this show?

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Tiffany checks in on WWE Money In The Bank 2019 as Bayley and Brock Lesnar leave Hartford the big winners. How did Tiffany take MITB?

It’s one of the most momentous nights of the year! Sixteen superstars have the chance to stamp their ticket to the top in the Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

WWE Universal Championship: Could someone tell me why that match wasn’t saved for SummerSlam?! Rollins vs Styles has been a longed for dream match, but the build has been a little…lacking, but it was a FABULOUS match that should’ve been the main event of a Big Four show, not Money in the Bank.

I did love the show of respect between Styles and Rollins. This match was refreshing because they kept it as a dream match instead of manufacturing a grudge between them. Styles was the heel, but it wasn’t a personal thing and they still respected each other. Next contestant.

WWE Championship: Well, it looks like Kofi’s moment is going to last a little longer. Kevin Owens did EVERYTHING he could think of to take the title off of Kingston, but Kingston withstood all of it and it took one moment and Kevin Owens was pinned for the three count. The feel good moment lives on.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: This was an okay match, but it wasn’t great, which is a shame since it was the first time the Cruiserweight Championship had been on the main card in a very long time. I honestly thought WWE was going to have Daivari win and defend it at Super Show Down in Saudi Arabia, so as to have a champion of Arabic descent on the card, but I guess we’ll have to see, maybe Daivari will get another chance.

WWE United States Championship: I don’t know just WHY WWE insists on keeping the matches between Joe and Rey so short, but it’s becoming a thing. This match was squirrelly. Rey Mysterio is the New United States Champion and a Grand Slam Winner, but Joe, with a nasty cut under his eye and a possible broken nose, clearly had his shoulder up at three. Joe attacking Rey is actually understandable, but it’s looking more like 22 year old Dominick is going to have to cover for his dad.

Women’s Championships: I actually had a very long, profanity-filled rant typed up about how this whole thing went down, but thankfully it wasn’t needed. I don’t have a problem with Charlotte as a person or as a performer, but I do have a problem with her constantly being in the title picture, either as the champion or as a contender because it suffocates the division. Yes, Daddy Ric Flair was a 16-time World Champion, but those reigns were spread out over a career of over thirty years, not stuffed into a four year Main Roster run.

Bayley cashing in and becoming the first Grand Slam Champion of the Women’s Division and NOT Charlotte was a stroke of genius. Bayley has been NXT Women’s Champion, RAW Women’s Champion, Women’s Tag Champion, and SmackDown Women’s Champion. I’m still disappointed that Becky 2 Belts didn’t get a longer run, but I’m not going to argue with Bayley being champ instead.

Shane McMahon vs Miz – Steel Cage Match: I’m puzzled by this match. It was okay, but it felt like no one knew what was going on or what the rules were. Shane won, but more by accident than design when he slid out of his shirt, that Miz was trying to use to pull him back into the cage, and fell to the floor. It wasn’t a satisfying end to this feud, it was an odd one, but not satisfying.

Roman Reigns vs Elias: I had really hoped something constructive was going to come out of this squash, but that was not to be. Elias did the classic villain thing of wasting time because he thought the hero was down and out only to get his ass kicked by the enraged hero. Reigns powered through a backstage El Kabong to squash Elias like a bug in less than five minutes. That happened.

Lars Sullivan and Lucha House Party: I know a lot is going to be said about this and while I don’t agree that WWE was playing up the revelation that Lars Sullivan made a lot of racist, sexist, and generally shitty comments in the past, I do think it was really bad optics to have him beat up three Hispanic wrestlers.

Daniel Bryan and Erik Rowan vs The Usos: This wild card is confusing me. The Usos, who are on RAW, had a title match against the SmackDown tag team champions that got turned into a non-title match that the Usos won and became the #1 Contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a clean win. Did I miss something? Why don’t we just redo the Shakeup and call it ‘Trader’s Remorse’ or something.

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: That end was bullshit and every guy in that match other than the winner deserved so much better.

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: YES! Bayley is here to save us! I really thought Mandy Rose and Sonya were going to steal one but Bayley saved the day! Seriously, I was so happy for Bayley. She’s been used very badly for a good chunk of her main roster run. Having her win and getting that moment was wonderful and a great feel good moment.

Overall Thoughts: So, how was Money in the Bank 2019? Other than that ending, which I will NOT being discussing here, you do NOT want my opinion right now, it was a really good show. There were a lot of surprising and feel good moments to be had. I loved how the Women’s Championship marathon played out. I’m disappointed Becky wasn’t given a longer run as a double champ, but Bayley as SmackDown Women’s Champ is the breath of fresh air the division needs.

The end was bullshit and a disgrace. That’s all I’m going to say. That’s it for Tiffany’s Takes. I’ll be back tomorrow with my RAW takes!


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