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Daily DeMarco: The 5 Best Matches I’ve Ever Seen

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Greg DeMarco knows that Christmas Day can be busy, but that some folks can use some reading and watching material! That’s why he’s here with the 5 Best Matches he’s ever seen.

Seasons Greetings Chairshot readers! I hope this festive time of year finds you happy, healthy, and loved. While things slow down for a day or two at The Chairshot, we do have some exciting year-end items coming up, including the audio version of The Chairshot 50, The Man, Woman, Team, and Match Of The Year, and more!

But for today, I wanted to give a gift to those of you in need of something to occupy some time. And I promise you, The 5 Best Matches I’ve Ever Seen is a great way to use that time! The order changes from time to time, but this is THE list for me.

5. Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne
WWE United Kingdom Championship
WWE NXT Takeover: Chicago (May 20, 2017)

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Tucked away in a underrated Takeover (the one where Tommaso Ciampa turns on Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate put on a classic that cemented them, and the entire UK division, as a force in WWE (in my eyes, at least).

This as NXT’s match of the year for 2017, but once I saw it I immediately expanded my list. It’s a 15-minute sprint, a bit heavy on the “fighting spirit” for some, but that really sold the importance of this championship, which Dunne has now held for 584 days.

This match is available on the WWE Network, in it’s entirety.

4. Daniel Bryan vs. Triple
Winner Goes To The Main Event
WWE WrestleMania 30 (April 6, 2014)

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The rise of Daniel Bryan to the WrestleMania 30 main event is the best story WWE has ever told. They did such a great job, many of you still don’t think it was a story, set into motion the August before. This isn’t the time or place for that argument, this is something different.

Triple H provided the final hurdle for Daniel Bryan, but had his own motivation as well: a spot in the WrestleMania 30 main event against his (then former) Evolution stablemates Randy Orton (WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time) and Batista.

The match itself went over 25 minutes, and despite being the opener for the PPV broadcast, was the longest of the night. It featured some of the best in-match storytelling you’ll ever see. Te “right guy” won, as Daniel Bryan connected with the Knee Plus to advance to the main event against Batista and Orton, where he would emerge triumphant to the joy of 75,000 adoring fans.

I love it when a good plan comes together, and this plan can be viewed on the WWE Network, in its entirety.

(TIE) 3. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat
NWA World Heavyweight Championship
NWA Chi Town Rumble (February 20, 1989)

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After a run in the WWF that saw him win the Intercontinental Championship in a match that barely misses this list, Ricky Steamboat made a surprise return to the NWA as Eddie Gilbert’s partner against Ric Flair and Barry Windham. Steamboat would pin Flair, earning a shot at his NWA World Heavyweight Championship in the process.

What followed as arguably the greatest trilogy in the history of the business, one that furthered the legacy of one (Flair) and cemented the legacy of the other (Steamboat).

I know the argument you will make here–the second match of the trilogy, their two-out-of-three falls classic at Clash Of The Champions, was better. While that is the easy way out, it’s simply incorrect. The emotion in this match, years of scratching and clawing for Steamboat to be a world champion, coupled with the rabid Chicago crowd (making its second appearance on this list, not their last), makes their best for me.

And this match–you guessed it–can be watched on the WWE Network.

(TIE) 3. The Great Muta vs. Jushin Liger
“The Kishin Liger Match”
Kobe Hall (October 20, 1996)

Not on the WWE Network, this match is the birth of Kishin Liger, which is basically Dark Liger. Kishin Liger is the polar opposite of Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Jushin Liger is a competitor, who looks to entertain the fans and wow his opponent with skill. Kishin Liger? He’ll stab you in the eye with a spike, pull it out, and use it again to stab you in the throat. He’s the real deal, man.

Keiji Mutoh donned his Great Muta for this match, and was at his heel best. He did every dastardly deed possibly to hold the legendary junior heavyweight down, and it eventually sent Liger into survival mode. What followed was Liger removing his own mask (after Muta’s repeated attempts), to reveal a painted face of his own.

Liger would fall in the end, because Muta wasn’t losing to a junior heavyweight in New Japan in 1996, even if that opponent was Jushin “Thunder” Liger.

And since it’s not on the WWE Network…

2.  Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
WWE WrestleMania 21 (April 3, 2005)

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Set-up by the Royal Rumble match that saw Angle attack Michaels for eliminating him, this was an inter-brand match. Kurt Angle was representing Smackdown, and Shawn Michaels was representing Raw. This match, however, had little to do with brand superiority. This was two of the greatest of all time going toe-to-toe to see who was better.

The 27 minutes these two battled are some of the best wrestling you’ll ever see. It didn’t matter to them what the stake was–THEY were the stake. And that stake meant all the world to these two main eventers.

The back and forth nature of this match, the games of one-up-man-ship, the frustration each man shows when not able to put their opponent away. By the end of the match, you knew you just watched two legends–not because of what they’d done in their careers, but because of what they did in the match

Also available on the WWE Network!

1. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin
“I Quit” Match
WWF WrestleMania 13 (March 23, 1997)

For years I have touted Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle from WrestleMania 21 as the greatest match I’ve ever seen. Well, it turns out I was leaving one out, and it’s this match. My favorite wrestler as a kid taking on my favorite of all time. But that’s not what makes it #1.

This is the match that solidified Bret as a heel, sending him on an amazing run ultimately cut short by contract issues. This is also the match that “made” Austin into a main event wrestler for years to come. But that’s not what makes it #1.

Internet fans love to point to a spotfest with little selling and declare it okay because “it’s art.” THIS match is art. The feud built to this resolution, one that saw the greatest double turn of our time when Bret left as a heel and Austin was turned into the biggest babyface ever. It was the art of storytelling, and it’s never been better than it was in this match.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it’s available on the WWE Network!


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (3/25/19)

Who delivered on Raw?

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Which superstars stand out to Greg DeMarco as he looks back at Monday’s WWE Raw in Boston to identify the Three Stars Of The Night?

The second to last Raw on the Road to WrestleMania was live from Boston! The night focused around some of the major storylines for the Grandaddy Of Them All, featuring a Beat The Clock Challenge that you won’t see mentioned more in this article! (Sorry ladies, didn’t jump out at me this time.) But who did jump out at me? Let’s find out now!

The Third Star: Roman Reigns

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The Big Dog Of The World Wrestling Federation is back and the wrestling world is better for it. Roman Reigns delivered in a way that made Drew McIntyre–who himself must have read my column from last week–look like a big deal. With just  a few weeks of build, their WrestleMania showdown seems like a can’t miss match, one that we are likely to see in the future, possibly at another WrestleMania with higher stakes. Great night for the Big Dog.

The Second Star: Sasha Banks

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It was indeed Boss Time for Sasha Banks during Monday’s Raw. Sasha being Bayley’s pure opposite is working, even if it’s destined to lead to another feud between the two. She was at her heel best, and seemed to bring out the best in Natalya. I wanted to see Sasha pick up the win, but that wasn’t meant to be as we’ve got stories to tell! but if we cna get more of this Sasha, I am on board.

Honorable Mention: Seth Rollins, Paul Heyman, Alexa Bliss

And now… a distinction usually reserved
for the top performer of the night …the first star!

The First Star: Drew McIntyre

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I was critical of Drew’s performance last week–and obviously he was reading! (No he wasn’t.) Drew stepped up his mic game his week, and followed it with intensity in the ring. Both his brawn with Roman Reigns and win over Dean Ambrose were great. Ambrose seems to be treating McIntyre like Reigns did Braun Strowman–he wants to make him. In my eyes, it can work. I am on record in saying that Drew is going over Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, and if that goes down as I suspect, his star will indeed be on the rise.

Who are your Three Stars of WWE Monday Night Raw? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (3/18/19)

Who delivered the biggest performances of the night on Raw?

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Greg DeMarco brings the Three Stars of The Night back with the March 18 episode of WWE Raw from Chicago!

Raw was live from Chicago, on the Road To WrestleMania, and it seemed like the perfect night to revive the Three Stars! I mean, it’s a mega city for the company and a very important Raw. I figured the entire roster would step up in a huge way. I was wrong…

But we did get a packed WWE Raw, including Kurt Angle’s opponent being revealed as Baron Corbin, Beth Phoenix officially returning to the ring, and the heat being turned to 11 on Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins. Now, it’s Three Stars time…shall we?

The Third Star: Leo Rush

I know people find Lio Rush annoying, and it means he’s doing his job. In reality, he delivers in a big way on a weekly basis, making Bobby Lashley more relevant and usually putting in a great in-ring performance. This week was no different, especially when he was selling for Braun Strowman. Bobby Lashley also let it happen to Lio Rush, which is another way Lio delivered–letting Lashley’s character develop even further. Hate on Lio Rush if you must, but he continues to enhance Bobby Lashley’s entire act on a weekly basis.

The Second Star: Elias

Few people have a better grasp on their character than Elias (Alexa Bliss being one of them), and he’s gotten it to a point where it’s effortless. To me, that means we may see a big push coming for him after WrestleMania. In this segment he delivered a strong promo, interacted brilliantly with Alexa, got the desired reactions out of the crowd, and perfectly foreshadowed a WrestleMania interruption that very well might be John Cena. Count me in as walking with Elias.

Honorable Mention: Paul Heyman, Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey, and Sasha Banks

And now… a distinction usually reserved
for the top performer of the night …the first star!

The First Star: Seth Rollins


If there was any question who has taken up the mantle of leading WWE Raw, it should be answered now. Seth Rollins delivered in a big way on Raw. Last year he carried things as Intercontinental Champion, and I think he’s more than ready to be the Universal Champion. I look forward to seeing his run, with opponents like Drew McIntyre waiting in the wings after WrestleMania.

But can I put in for a Rollins vs. Batista program post-WrestleMania? Please? Nothing would make me happier than seeing Big Dave put Seth over before heading back to Hollywood.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Monday Night Raw? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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