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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE SmackDown (12/25/18)



Rusev Lana Smackdown

WWE’s better show, had a hell of a week last week.  It was just great all around, making the odds for a repeat performance highly possible.  Can SmackDown fail?


Opening Promo w/ R-Truth Clause and Carmella

R-Truth as Santa Clause?  Carmella in a hot elf costume?  Yes please.  That is what we have and of course the “Fickle” environmental extremist came out to ruin the mood.  Daniel Bryan put on his usual kill joy package for everyone.  “The Angry Little Elf” did his job and got the crowd all fired up.  “Truthy Clause” hit Daniel Bryan with some hard “truths” and did well on the mic.  After a 7 second Dance Break, Daniel Bryan brutally attacked Truth.  These new Stomps that Daniel Bryan is doing every week now looks great, and are greatly impactful to his heel character.  This was a decent way to open up the show and more than served its purpose.   

Cien Almas w/ Zelina Vega vs. Mustafa Ali

These guys are all show and all go!  We have some unbelievable ability and talent in this match.  Both guys knew their roles, and performed them beautifully.  Cien was aggressive and kept Ali down.  Ali took some major bumps and got beat all around the ring.  Cien was calling for the finisher but Ali hit a sick dropkick.   However Cien regained control again quickly tying Ali up on the top into a “double stomp” for a close fall.  After some back and forth counters and fantastic exchanges, Ali got the upper hand, and hit a “054” for the impressive victory.  This was a Good way to open and set the bar high for the rest of the show.

8 Man Tag Team Match- The Usos and Gallows and Anderson vs. Sanity (Wolfe and Dane) and The SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar

There were not any slow moments in this one.  The Survivor Series like 8 man was fun to watch.  Sanity is underrated, and everyone in this match are top notch.  Having said that, there were some unfortunate looking strikes, which were just way to light, by guys like Shamus, and Anderson.  They did however get their act together and created a crazy end spot with several super kicks, uppercuts, pure chaos, and near falls.  Gallows and Anderson finally hit the “Magic Killer” on Cesaro for the victory.  Although this struggled at times, the Good was Excellent, and the Bad was forgiving.  This type of match and high level of action had its heart in the right place and was very successful overall. 

Miz TV w/ Shane McMahon

The Miz was greeted by an extremely loud crowd.  In fact they were loud the entire show.  Out comes Shane McMahon.  Shane came out to again explain the purpose of the McMahon’s intervention.  Miz again constantly pleaded with Shane to team up.  He explained that he is only doing it for his “Dad” apparently.  Something Shane McMahon can relate too.  The Miz no matter what, cannot impress his Father.  Miz’s Dad is a Shane McMahon fan, and Miz teaming with him could finally give Miz his chance to impress his Dad.  If it is “up to the fans” they have voted “Yes” almost unanimously.  Shane McMahon agrees.  Miz and Shane “O” Mac are a new force to be reckoned with, although there is definitely a lot of room for failure here.     

Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe

This is legitimate overkill.  That seems to be the role of Samoa Joe now.  He just fights the same person 100 times.  The plus side with this one however are these guys are veterans who can go.  And they did!  This looked Good, it was not slow and boring, and told an easy to follow story. This was aggressive, physical and believable.  Joe got his ass handed to him, and even hit by the “twist of fate” however Joe got out of the ring to avoid the “Swanton Bomb.”  This sent Hardy into a rage, kicking the hell out of Samoa Joe even leading to Hardy getting disqualified.  Samoa Joe would not be taken quietly and got Hardy into the “Coquina Clutch” refusing to let go. This was a Good, hot match on an already on fire SmackDown. 

United States Championship- Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rusev

Rusev’s Birthday, Rusev Day, and Christmas all in one! What did we do to deserve such a treat?  The underrated hero Rusev finally looked to get his shot.  Rusev came to the ring with pure focus and intensity that we haven’t seen in some time.  Early on this went back and forth with Rusev getting control.  Nakamura countered with a “triangle” which Rusev retreated outside of the ring.  The match went back and forth, striking and battling.  This was a true Championship caliber Main Event match.  Rusev after taking loads of punishment, finally snapped and just went ballistic on Nakamura throwing him around and beating the Champion down.  Rusev looked to have it locked until Nakamura kicked Rusev in the face, and followed it up with tons of punishment.  Then a “Machka Kick” on the money but only for a two count.  Rusev went for the “Accolade” but was countered into a Triangle by Nakamura.  Rusev smashed Nakamura to escape.  This amazing match went back and forth again, until a “Machka Kick” connected for the victory!  Rusev is the New United States Champion!  This is Great for business!  Awesome Match on an awesome episode of Smackdown!

Vince McMahon/AJ Styles Promo (Backstage)

This was interesting in every way.  Firstly to see these two guys talk just the two of them is Gold.  They have history.  It looks like Vince McMahon has set AJ Styles loose.  He wanted to get nuts, and AJ Styles obliged.  AJ after getting slapped by McMahon decided to punch Vince in the face to end the show. 


OVERALL:  SmackDown again, was All GOOD.  Nothing Bad, or Ugly to talk about.

It is just unbelievable, the run that SmackDown has been on.  Every week, is just pure Gold.  It is what we crave, what we want.  It is just so Good.  Considering this was filmed after the live show last week to give the crew Christmas Day off is another really Good thing.  This show is breaking down any walls that Raw puts up.  Raw was Good too.  Maybe it finally happened, and WWE is back on top.  Time will tell, but I will say, The Ugly column is getting lonely.   Merry Christmas Chairshot Fans! 

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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?



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!



Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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