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Chairshot Classics: WWE Royal Rumble 2015



Royal Rumble 2015

Video: It’s the Royal Rumble by the numbers, with all the stats over the history of the Royal Rumble match.

Match #5 Royal Rumble Match For Shot At The WWE World Heavyweight Championship At WrestleMania 31

  • Entry #1 is The Miz/Entry #2 is R-Truth. Miz tries a leapfrog, R-Truth stops for a little shimmy-shake, Miz charges and almost gets thrown out. Miz with a slide, turns the tables on Truth, but Truth hangs on. Truth climbs to the top and gets crotched as the clock counts down…
  • Entry #3 is Bubba Ray Dudley. Crowd goes nuts as Bubba Ray Dudley makes his return after ten years. Bubba goes to work on Miz, hitting a Dusty Rhodes-like elbow followed by a slam. Truth is still up on the top, Bubba grabs Miz’s legs and Truth connects with the Dudleys Whazzup Headbutt. Bubba pushes Truth and tells him to get the tables. Crowd chants for tables. Miz stops Truth, but gets countered and Truth & Bubba hit a 3D on Miz, who is then sent over the top. The Miz is eliminated. Truth hits a dropkick on Bubba as the clock hits zero…
  • Entry #4 is Luke Harper. Bubba is able to toss Truth as Luke Harper makes his way to the ring. R-Truth is eliminated. Harper & Bubba go face to face, then duke it out with neither getting the advantage. Harper with a superkick, Bubba follows up with a clothesline that floors Harper and the clock counts again.
  • Entry #5 is Bray Wyatt. Bray & Bubba go face to face, Harper up from behind and Wyatt & Harper start the double team as the crowd chants “We Want D-Von”. Bray Wyatt is able to toss Bubba after he & Harper beat him down. Bubba Ray Dudley is eliminated. Harper & Wyatt face off and here’s the clock…
  • Entry #6 is Curtis Axel. Axel is attacked from behind in the entranceway by Erick Rowan, who heads towards the ring and steals Axel’s spot. Rowan & Harper look at each other, then turn towards Bray Wyatt. Rowan goes for Wyatt, but Harper double crosses him with Bray. Rowan briefly holds them off and has Harper teetering, Bray comes from behind and dumps Rowan, which also sends out Harper. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper are eliminated. Bray stands alone in the ring…
  • Entry #7 is The Boogeyman. They circle each other and Bray goes into a Spider Crawl, then drills Boogeyman with a huge clothesline before tossing him. The Boogeyman is eliminated.
  • Entry #8 is Sin Cara. Sin Cara with a springboard headbutt, stunning Bray for a moment, Bray is able to get Cara on the apron, but Cara hits a kick and climbs up top. Bray catches Sin Cara coming down, hits Sister Abigail and then throws him out. Sin Cara is eliminated. Bray grabs the mic and says he hopes everyone in the back got the message. “This is Bray Wyatt’s year!” Then he sings with the crowd until the clock starts again…
  • Entry #9 is Zack Ryder. Ryder comes in hot and catches Bray with a 2nd rope dropkick followed by a forearm in the corner. Bray is seated and “Woo! Woo! Woo!” Ryder connects with the Broski Boot. He goes to toss Bray out, but Bray switches the momentum and sends Ryder instead. Zack Ryder is eliminated. Bray gets a good breather before the next entrant…
  • Entry #10 is Daniel Bryan. Bryan is a house of fire, hitting multiple corner dropkicks and an array of kicks, followed by a top rope hurricanrana. Crowd is going crazy for Bryan as the clock counts down…
  • Entry #11 is Fandango. Fandango right on Bryan with a dropkick and a hard Irish whip inn the corner. Fandango goes for a back suplex, Bryan flips out and puts Fandango in an airplane spin. Bryan tries to toss him, but Fandango hangs on…
  • Entry #12 is Tyson Kidd. Kidd enters the ring with a nice springboard dropkick to Bryan, a couple shots to Bray and he crotches Fandango on the top. Bryan tries to dropkick Kidd, but Kidd moves and Bryan hits Fandango, leaving him hanging. Kidd runs and ducks a shot from Bryan, hitting Fandango with a dropkick. Kidd & Bryan exchange with neither getting an edge, into the ropes and they both go for a cross body…
  • Entry #13 is Stardust. Stardust with a springboard elbow to Kidd, reverse DDT drop on Bryan and a kick on Fandango. Goes to toss Fandango, but he skins the cat and tosses Stardust, who does the same. Bryan with a back suplex to Kidd and he flips him out backwards. Tyson Kidd is eliminated. Bryan sends Bray outside between the ropes and then follows suit after him with a suicide dive. Bray sends Bryan into the steel stairs as the clock starts…
  • Entry #14 is “Diamond” Dallas Page. Stardust catches DDP as he slides in with boots, goes to slam him and gets caught in a Diamond Cutter! Fandango hits DDP from behind, beats him down, goes up top for the Last Dance, but DDP crotches him. DDP hits Fandango with a Diamond Cutter off the top. Bray with a couple shots to DDP, goes for a clothesline and is countered into a Diamond Cutter. DDP gives the fans the Diamond Cutter sign, clock time…
  • Entry #15 is WWE United States Champion Rusev. Rusev is in and almost gets caught with a Diamond Cutter, but avoids it and hits a kick to DDP before tossing him. “Diamond” Dallas Page is eliminated. Rusev grabs Fandango and throws him out. Fandango is eliminated. Rusev & Bray square-off in the center of the ring, but Bryan comes off the top with a dropkick that knocks both down. Rusev & Bray are on their knees, as Bryan alternates kicks, eventually getting leveled by a foot from Rusev. Rusev goes to throw Bryan out, but he stays on the apron and delivers a forearm. Bray charges Bryan on the apron and knocks him to the floor. Daniel Bryan is eliminated. The crowd is shocked…and pissed. Bryan looks stunned…
  • Entry #16 is Goldust. Goldust delivers a powerslam to Rusev and sets Bray up for Shattered Dreams. The crowd is booing anything that moves right now. Stardust stops Shattered Dreams, trying to toss Goldust who hangs on. They face off, delivering slaps to each other before Goldust gets the better of it. Crowd is chanting for Bryan. Goldust/Bray and Stardust/Rusev pair off…
  • Entry #17 is Kofi Kingston. Kofi hits Gold & Stardust with a crossbody off the top and they both eat a dropkick. Kofi attempts to dropkick Bray, but gets caught and catapulted onto the apron. Bray catches a springboard overhead chop, after unsuccessful attempts to eliminate Kofi. Crowd is still booing any and everything. Here comes the Bryan chants again…
  • Entry #18 is Adam Rose. Rose’s new ring gear reminds me of Hollwood Hogan. Kofi gets tossed out, but the Rosebuds catch him and carry to the apron. Rusev grabs Rose off the distraction and takes his WrestleMania opportunity…or lack thereof. Adam Rose is eliminated. Rusev tries to toss Kofi, but he hangs on only to eat a kick and fall to the floor. Kofi Kingston is eliminated…
  • Entry #19 is Roman Reigns. Crowd is booing Reigns. Gold & Stardust try to double team Reigns with no success. Goldust takes a Samoan drop and a tilt-a-whirl slam for Stardust, before Reigns gets rid of them. Goldust is eliminated. Stardust is eliminated. Crowd is REALLY booing Reigns. Bray & Rusev double team Reigns, who is able to counter it before the clock strikes…
  • Entry #20 is Big E. Rusev/Big E & Reigns/Wyatt pair off. More heavy boo’s from the crowd (this seems to be a theme here). Big E is able to belly to belly suplex Rusev, but can’t eliminate him. Rusev with a cannonball on Big E in the corner. Here’s that pesky clock again…
  • Entry #21 is Damien Mizdow. The crowd finally cheers as Mizdow makes his way to the ring. The Miz comes out and stops Mizdow from entering the ring, stating “I’m taking your spot. It’s MY spot!”. Miz on the apron, gets pie-faced off by Reigns and Mizdow makes his way toward the ring. Mizdow hesitates, looking back and forth between the ring and Miz. He charges the ring, hits a spike DDT on Bray, a combo back/neckbreaker on Big E, followed by a kip-up. Rusev grabs Mizdown from behind and throws him out, where he lands next to Miz. Damien Mizdow is eliminated.Miz is yelling at Mizdow, but Mizdow is just copying him…
  • Entry #22 is “The Real American” Jack Swagger. Swagger charges Rusev, hitting a slam, followed by a boot to Bray and then the Swagger Bomb on Rusev. Bray, Swagger & Rusev take turns pummeling each other while Reigns & Big E go at it…
  • Entry #23 is Ryback. Ryback hits Rusev & Swagger with spinebusters, a clothesline for Reigns & Bray and an overhead belly to belly to Big E. He sets-up for and hits the Meat Hook on Rusev, goes for the Shell Shocked, but Bray gets involved to make the save…
  • Entry #24 is Kane. Kane with strikes for Ryback, Rusev & Reigns before maintaining his focus on Ryback…
  • Entry #25 is Dean Ambrose. Ambrose with a flurry of offense that includes a pendulum clothesline on Kane, Bray & Rusev. Crowd starts “Let’s Go Ambrose” chants. Now we get 4 pairs of 2, with Superstars struggling to hang on…
  • Entry #26 is Titus O’Neil. Titus is fired up entering the ring. Reigns & Ambrose hit a double clothesline that looks like it’s supposed to knock Titus out, but takes a 2nd effort to get it done. Titus O’Neil is eliminated…
  • Entry #27 is WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett. Barrett delivers a shot to just about everyone and plants Ambrose with Winds Of Change. This is the most guys in the ring at the same time all night…
  • Entry #28 is Cesaro. Cesaro is slingin’ uppercuts. He elevates Ambrose for the Very European Uppercut and tries to eliminate him without success. Rusev sends Big E out to the apron, then hits him with a dropkick to send him to the floor. Big E is eliminated…
  • Entry #29 is Big Show. Everyone in the ring goes for Big Show as Bray holds off Kane, but Show powers out. Kane & Big Show start to take everyone out with Chokeslams. They grab Ryback by the thoat and toss him. Swagger follows suit. Ryback is eliminated. Jack Swagger is eliminated. Kane with a Chokeslam on Rusev and he rolls under the bottom rope to the floor…

Entry #30 is Dolph Ziggler. Dolph with superkicks to Show, Kane & Bray, then he delivers a jumping double DDT to Kane & Big Show. Barrett charges and Ziggler side steps, sending him to the apron and connecting with a superkick for the elimination. Bad News Barrett is eliminated. Ziggler turns around into the Swiss Swing by Cesaro, who tries to toss Dolph, but her hangs on and drags Cesaro to the apron with him. Dolph hits 2 superkicks that drop Cesaro to the floor. Cesaro is eliminated.

Kane sends Dolph to the apron, Dolph hangs Kane across the top, then climbs the turnbuckle. He jumps off and is caught by Big Show’s WMD, then tossing Ziggler’s lifeloss body over with Kane. Dolph Ziggler is eliminated. Bray tries for Sister Abigail, but catches a WMD and gets tossed by Kane & Big Show as well. Bray Wyatt is eliminated. It’s down to 4, as Ambrose & Reigns team up against Kane & Show. Ambrose hits a pendulum clothesline that knocks down Kane, one for Show too and Reigns follows with a jumping clothesline to take the big man down. They try to eliminate Show, but Reigns runs into a boot from Kane.

Show with a Chokeslam to Ambrose, then throws him over with help from Kane. Dean Ambrose is eliminated. Big Show & Kane work over Reigns and the crowd chants “Bulls*%$”. Kane tries to throw Reigns over and Show comes up from behind trying to eliminate both. Now Kane & Show are in each other’s faces and the alliance breaks down into fists. Reigns comes up behind both of them and dumps them over the top. Kane is eliminated. Big Show is eliminated. The bell rings, but no announcement is made. Big Show & Kane hit the ring and pummel Reigns, hitting him with a double Chokeslam.

“If Ya Smellll…” Out comes The Rock, who charges the ring and goes for Big Show & Kane. Spinebuster on Kane, followed by The People’s Elbow. Big Show goes to Chokeslam Rock, but eats a Superman Punch from Reigns, then a Rock Bottom. Rock leaves the ring and Rusev rolls in behind Reigns, who was never eliminated. Rusev hits the ropes, but Reigns with a Spear and he tosses out Rusev. Rusev is eliminated.
Winner: Roman Reigns

  • After The Bell: Brock Lesnar is seen watching on a monitor in the back. The Rock gets back in the ring and raises Reigns’ hand in victory. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon come out to the top of the stage and look shocked to see Rock. Rock & HHH exchange words before HHH & Stephanie walk to the back. Rock hugs Reigns then leaves the ring to him. The fireworks around the WrestleMania sign go off and Reigns celebrates to end the show.
  • EA’s TakeEveryone was aware or has been aware for months now that Reigns was supposed to be the guy to win this match. Now it happens and everyone is pissed about it. Overall, I thought the match itself was entertaining enough even if it was not the best Rumble of all-time. The surprises were PHENOMENAL and even the smartest of fans couldn’t have predicted that. Bubba Ray looks good, definitely should get another run in WWE, with or without D-Von. The early elimination of Daniel Bryan clearly made the majority of people upset, but I can see the logic. If he’s not going to win it, get him out and get him out early. It’ll be interesting to me to see how this plays out on TV the next few weeks. I’m curious to see just how the fan reaction to Reigns winning will affect the plan going forward into WrestleMania.

EA’s FinisherThe bottom of this card is obviously weak and could have used perhaps another singles match. I would have preferred a Diva title match and then perhaps an IC Title match as opposed to the Diva’s tag just to give it some variety. Including the Kickoff show, that’s 4 tag matches on a 6 match card. That being said, the main events delivered, especially the Triple Threat Championship match. Most will piss and moan about Daniel Bryan, but sometimes you need to stick to the plan that’s been laid forward. This is the youth movement, can you really be putting all your stock into a guy that was almost just forced to retire from a neck issue? Right off the bat? Don’t get me wrong, I like Bryan. I just understand what WWE’s trying to do and Bryan can help in other ways without being in the main event right now.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
2 – Royal Rumble Match
3 – The Usos vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow

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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV



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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV

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Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #15 – AAW Defining Moment 2018

Harry covers a show that helped to continue Sami Callihan’s 2018 infamy. AAW Defining Moment should be a fun trip down memory lane!



Apologies for the slight delay getting to this but it’s Harry here once again. And for as verbose as I can be at times, I don’t feel the need to waste any time getting to this one. This is the second part of the double shot for AAW on ‘All In’ weekend in Chicago. 

The WayBack Machine takes us to August 31st, 2018 as we once again arrive at the Logan Square Auditorium (and oh boy does that become important later) for AAW’s Defining Moment 2018.

What I Watched #15

AAW Defining Moment 2018


Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)

Commentary By: Tyler Volz (PBP) and Marty DeRosa (Color)



  • Match 1: Curt Stallion/Jake Something def. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana, Something pins Cabana @ 8:41
  • Match 2: Shane Strickland pins Darby Allin, top-rope Swerve Stomp @ 13:30
  • Match 3: Jessicka Havoc def. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders, pinning Cruise with a Chokeslam @ 2:52
  • Match 4: OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) def. Ace Austin/Brian Cage, Dave pins Austin @ 5:55
  • Match 5: AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © pins DJ Z (Shiima Xion), roll-through on CBB with tights @ 13:30
  • Match 6: AR Fox/Myron Reed def. Bandido/Flamita, double cover @ 15:42
  • Match 7: Maxwell Jacob Friedman taps Marko Stunt, Salt of the Earth @ 10:41
  • Match 8: Sami Callihan pins Jimmy Jacobs, Cactus Driver on a bridged guardrail @ 17:52
  • Match 9: AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © def. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett, Cobb pins Fitchett @ 14:19
  • Match 10: AAW Heavyweight Title- Brody King pins ACH ©, All Seeing Eye (Whiplash) @ 22:46



Curt Stallion/Jake Something vs. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana

*The match was decent but nothing special. A pretty big win for Something at the end with the three count over Cabana, who has a storied past in Chicago and was one of the biggest names in independent wrestling. That said, I personally don’t love the flukish nature that Something pins Cabana, as I think Something could have used a defining pinfall to really give him a rub going forward. 

Cabana usually makes for a fun watch and I’ve grown to enjoy Ace Romero the more I see him (he especially stands out for Limitless, which I hope to get to one day soon). Jake Something is a huge star in the making and you can see it even early in the run of AAW that he has. Stallion is what Stallion is. Solid opener, but nothing you’ll remember post show. (**½)

Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland

*Showstealer, plain and simple. Strickland had been with AAW for a while but to the best of my memory, it was more often in a tag team with Keith Lee (funny how that works out with 2022 eyes on it, as Swerve and Keith are the current AEW tag champions at the time of writing). I do believe this is only Darby’s second match in AAW (the prior being a five-ish minute loss to Brody King). Both guys are huge names now and with efforts like this, it’s easy to see how. Darby tries to keep pace with Swerve and is able to do so for a good portion of the contest until Swerve finds that next gear down the stretch and puts Allin down with the Swerve Stomp to a massive (deserved) ovation from the crowd. (****)

Jessicka Havok vs. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders

*I dislike handicap matches in general. However, unlike certain other writers for this site, I don’t mind intergender wrestling. But the suspension of disbelief gets lost here when you have two dudes the size of Cruise and Manders struggling with Jessicka Havok, who should realistically not being coming in at 100% after taking the Ganso Bomb from Brody King through the chairs the night before. I won’t rate the match due to the Larry Csonka (RIP) Rule of not rating anything shorter than three minutes, but I’m calling this a miss regardless. (X)

OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) vs. Ace Austin/Brian Cage

*The Brothers Crist come out to ringside to stand next to Havok after said match and call out Brody King and Jimmy Jacobs. They get one of those two men as Jacobs makes his way out, but informs Dave and Jake that neither he nor Brody will be facing them due to having prior obligations, but he did find the perfect opponents for OI4K. As for the opponent, Cage does make for a good size fill-in for Brody King. Ace Austin is a OI4K trainee that hadn’t quite made a name for himself at the time but has since turned into a pretty good wrestler, having just competed for NJPW in Best of the Super Jr’s as well as being Impact Wrestling’s X Division champion for a while.

The match itself was not memorable at all. I will admit to typing this review on a bit of a delay and other than the finish (a Tiger Driver ‘98 by Dave to Austin), I don’t remember anything that happened during the course of the contest. Not the best impression for these four men to leave. (**)

AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © vs. DJ Z

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I like DJ Z. I liked him more under his previous identity, but this was him using the Impact Wrestling name for more notoriety with the casual fan. That being said, despite DJZ winning a three way relatively quickly the night before while Trevor was in a war with Ace Romero, I never felt the title was in jeopardy here. For as much as I like DJZ’s run with AAW, this misfortune of his injury just so happened to coincide with Trevor Lee becoming one of the hottest acts on the undercard and there wasn’t anything in the build up to the rematch (despite some good promo work from Z) that made me think that the strap was switching here. 

As for the match itself, they have really good chemistry together and that isn’t a surprise given how many of the same promotions they were working for at the time as well as their history in AAW up to this point. I do think this match does a nice job of setting the stage for a return match as it is DJZ’s offensive attack at the end of the contest that gets reversed into the cradle (with a handful of tights) for the finish. The nature of the victory leads me to believe that the story with these two isn’t over quite yet. (***½)

AR Fox/Myron Reed vs. Bandido/Flamita

*This was similar to the main event the night before, but didn’t have the same crowd investment that match did. Bandido and Flamita once again shine here and it is easy to see why they become semi-regulars in AAW after this weekend. AR Fox and Myron Reed (Team Firefox, as they were referred to by Sarah Shockey) get a massive victory with a double pinfall following stereo 450 splashes. This sets up Fox and Reed for a title match against the winners of WRSTLING vs. Besties later in the night, but honestly, I think that Bandido/Flamita was the better pairing to have go forward to a title shot. Firefox had previously unsuccessfully challenged for the tag belts and if I’m being fully honest, I prefer AR Fox as a singles wrestler over being in a tag team. Good match, but I think the wrong team wins. (***½)

Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Marko Stunt

*Marko had just made a name for himself at GCW’s Lost in New York (a show I have watched) and this was a way for him to break out back in his Midwest home. MJF has been on a hot streak point up to this point (believe he is the current CZW Heavyweight champion, though I don’t think he ever actually defends that title) and MJF would make himself a known commodity the next night opening the ‘All In’ PPV against Matt Cross (in a losing effort)

Easy story to tell with MJF taking the much smaller Stunt lightly and Marko making him pay for it. It is unfortunate that more people didn’t get to see what Stunt is capable of, because his run in the indie scene before he went to AEW was quite special to watch due to his ability to connect with a crowd (no different here). The finish sees MJF take advantage of the arm work that he did early in match and after Marko escapes a fujiwara armbar, MJF is able to catch Marko in ‘Salt of the Earth’, a wakigatame (Marko on stomach as MJF applies a cross-armbreaker) for the the tapout. Very good work and Marko does really well for himself in his debut with another high end US Independent. (***)

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

*Ooooh, boy. A lot to unwrap with this one. Let’s get the match first, because the drama that it creates leads to the fallout that has to be discussed. It is honestly a pretty standard Sami brawl for the time frame. PWG used to have what was known as the “Sami Sprint”…by which it would be Callihan vs. Opponent and the match would run anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of hard hitting back and forth action with little in terms of a cohesive story or selling. Pretty much a ‘can you top this?’ kind of situation. This feels like that in a sense because the match features both Sami and Jimmy going into their well of tricks (the crowd brawling, the spike, the guardrail that gets used in the finish) while maintaining the crowd reaction from the prior night’s tag match. Fittingly, the finish is visually impressive as Callihan hits the ‘Cactus Driver’ (pulling piledriver) on a guardrail bridged across two metal folding chairs to secure the three count. (***½)


The bigger story coming out of this is that this match almost costs AAW the Logan Square Auditorium and almost ends even more disastrously personally for Callihan. At one point, Callihan and Jacobs are brawling over by the stage in the venue (traditionally used for concerts) where Callihan buries Jacobs under a portion of the stage. Callihan then starts winging metal sitting chairs (not the standard folding ones you see in most companies because the four legged dinner table type chairs) at Jacobs. A voice comes over the house mic telling Callihan to stop, causing a loud visceral boo from the crowd. Callihan more or less tells said voice to “fuck himself” and hurls more chairs at Jacobs. 

At first, I thought it was Danny Daniels telling Callihan to stop, but it turns out it was actually building management. This becomes important when after the three count goes down, building security surrounds the ring to escort Callihan out of the building as they were pissed at Sami for throwing chairs that the venue used for other events. As I’ve heard the story, Callihan thinks this is part of a storyline and begins to push the security guys until one of them shows Callihan that he is carrying a real pistol and will use it if necessary. Things break down from there with the rest of OI4K getting involved and eventually Sami is escorted to the back (and presumably out of the building).

How much of this is real? How much of this is scripted? How much of this was sensationalized for additional attention? I don’t have the answers for those questions. I do know that cooler heads would prevail and AAW was able to continue running at LSA, however I feel the truth lies somewhere in the middle. It may have been a planned altercation to play off the recklessness of Callihan. It may have been a real reaction from the building to what they perceived as damage to personal property. The old axiom in wrestling is “believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”. Overall, it makes for a great story with a relatively happy ending all considered. But man does it take the wind of the crowd for quite a while. And I will have to check out the follow up AAW shows to see what the fallout truly is.

AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © vs. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett

*Trevor Lee’s promo before the match is not one I can do justice. I recommend the show in general, but Trevor’s asshole smarmy heel persona in AAW (Impact Superstar Trevor Lee) is one of the best things going in the company.

Match is good but you’d have to expect that from the four men involved. Kingston and Cobb work surprisingly well as a team and despite being on separate pages for most of the bout, Vega and Fitchett do link up for a few double teams (corner enzuigiri/Kippou kick combo being standout among them) to continue to prove why they are one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling (still are to this day, though not known as the Besties in the World anymore). The finish sees the final stab from Vega to Fitchett as Vega chooses to take Scarlett to the back after she gets knocked off the apron, leaving Fitchett alone to take a one-two combo of the Backfist to the Future from Kingston that staggers him into a Tour of the Islands from Cobb to finish the contest. The ring work is on point, the story is very well told and you can hear the disappointment from the crowd when Vega chooses the hussy over his long-time tag partner. (****)

AAW Heavyweight Title- ACH © vs. Brody King

*Unfortunately, something gets lost during the course of this contest through no direct fault of the participants. As I understand it, Brody King got concussed relatively early in the bout. Credit to ACH for keeping things together as well as he did, but I would be curious to see what they are capable of with both competitors at 100% capacity for the full duration of the match.

As for the match, it does tell a pretty good story. ACH comes in still pretty beat up from the match with Jeff Cobb the night before. However, ACH lets his pride (or perhaps his ego) get the better of him as he once again tries to hang step for step, strike for strike and move for move with a man much bigger than he is. It ends up coming back to bite him at the end as a distraction from Jimmy Jacobs allows Brody King to take a distracted ACH up into the All Seeing Eye (fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver) for the three count to crown a new champion. Slightly cheap on the distraction ending but does help get Jimmy some of the heat he lost earlier in the evening back after dropping the contest to Callihan. (***½)


Overall, a better show then the day before but not without a couple flaws. Obviously, the big story to come out of this show would be the fact that AAW almost lost Logan Square Auditorium due to the issues in the Callihan-Jacobs match. Thankfully, those would be resolved and to my knowledge, AAW is still running there. But it gets awfully hairy there for a few.

The highs: two four star matches on this show and they come in completely different type contests. Eddie Kingston continues his march of dominance in AAW and cuts one hell of a promo at the end of the show to run down how ACH let him down by losing the title. Marko Stunt has a fun debut and quickly gets the crowd behind him. The lows: that handicap match helped no one and the tag match that followed wasn’t much better. The main event isn’t what it could have been either, but that’s a case of shit happens with the early concussion to King. I will also say that I thought Sarah Shockey did a better job on color commentary yesterday then Marty DeRosa does here.

We’ll call it an 8 overall. As I said, it is a better top to bottom show then Destination Chicago is. And while high on the guest stars (for obvious reasons), you also get a really good look at what the overall AAW roster is all about too. I look forward to coming back to AAW down the road (ironically, upcoming shows are a double shot as well for the ‘Jim Lynam Memorial’ tournament), but I do want to mix in some other odds and ends before I do so.

Best Match/Moment: Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin

Worst Match/Moment: The Havok handicap. Especially when you consider what Steve Manders would come to mean for AAW, it’s a really inauspicious debut.

Overall Show Score: 8/10

MVP: Eddie Kingston. The key part of a match that tied for best match of the night honors and absolutely shows why he is viewed the way he is when it comes to talking with an amazing promo to close out the show.



So, where does ‘What I Watched’ go from here? I go on vacation in about a week’s time and will be gone for most of August. I spoke to Andrew and what I hope to do is reformat the ‘All In’ report that I did to the new style so you guys have something to tide you over.  As for where I go when I get back from vacation…well, the Peacock WWE Network watch-through that I am working on has reached a show that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen (and if I have, it has been quite a while). Therefore, ‘What I Watched’ #16 will be ECW’s Guilty as Charged 1999 to set the tone for a year where all hell breaks loose in two of the three major promotions. Hopefully, you guys enjoy the ‘All In’ redo to hold you over and I’ll be back later in August with Guilty as Charged. I appreciate everyone who has been checking these out and if you’ve missed any, feel free to click on my name at the top of the article to check out my archive. Thanks for reading.

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