Chairshot Radio personality Christopher Platt brings you his diary of New Japan WrestleKingdom 13! Follow along and see how the show struck him.
Greetings & Salutations. It’s your man, Mr. Velvet Pipes and novice New Japan watcher, giving you a running diary of Wrestle Kingdom 13!
NEVER Openweight Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Will Ospreay
- Tonight’s festivities are kicking off with Will Ospreay facing Kota Ibushi
- These are two of my favorites in the world to watch inside a ring & two of the best in the world period
- Good to see Ospreay’s neck still in place
- Ibushi has the Ric Flair circa NWO Nitro haircut
- Does every NJPW match have to have the dick measuring, forearm spot in the middle of the ring?
- Damn, that knee Will took was something else
- BTW, Kevin Kelley is doing his best Michael Cole impersonation on commentary
- There you go Will! A Melonfarmer naught gonna keep slapping me in the face without getting kicked in the face
- Kota looking like Koba from Planet of the Apes
- Damn good match
- There’s only so much of a push you can expect for Ibushi considering how he doesn’t want to sign long-term with anyone
- Kota doing the stretcher job
- Ospreay is the future of this industry
- If he can find a way to not break his neck, add 20 lbs, and maintain his agility, he’ll be a main eventer anywhere in the world
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Titles: Roppongi 3k vs Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado(c)
- Next up we have the boy band known as Roppongi 3k vs Kanwmru & El Desperado vs BUSHI & Shingo Takagi for the IWGP Jr Tag Team Titles
- I gotta admit, nobody does pomp and circumstance like NJPW. Americans could learn a lot from them. There’s only so many nondescript white guys in plan trunks doing flipping shit you can see
- Nothing wrong with adding sizzle to the steak
- Chico El Luchador >Rocky Romero
- This brother has a Japanese mullet
- Sho looks like a tan Justin Bieber
- Hell of a clothesline
- Is that Jushin on commentary?
- Mulletman picks up the win for his squad.
- Word to the wise…don’t fight a man with a mullet or jheri curl in 2018
- The Boy Band mad they lost their belts… you can only be so tough looking like a boy band
- NJPW going to LA to Charlotte to Nashville…that’s like going from Ruth’s Chris, to Waffle House, to gas station taquitos
Rev Pro Undisputed British Heavyweight Title: Zack Sabre Jr vs Tomohiro Ishii (c)
- ZSJ give me Alex Wright vibes
- ZSJ looks like the lost member of Cobra Kai
- Sweep the leg Zack!
- Thus far, everyone’s hair on the show looks like they stop seeing American tv in 1999
- Ishii left his neck at home for tonight’s festivities.
- ZSJ and Roderick Strong should have a winner is the next Superman match
- Is Ishii a bear or pit pull Kevin Kelley cause that’s quite a difference
- ZSJ looks like me in tighty whiteys..with a slightly bigger bulge
- I mean me with the bigger bulge
- All jokes aside, Michael Phelps is a damn good wrestler
- I meant ZSJ
- ZSJ wins British Heavyweight title in a decent match
- Just hard to believe a giraffe could beat rhinoceros
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championships: EVIL & SANADA vs The Young Bucks vs Guerillas of Destiny (c)
- Up next The Young Bucks (maybe the best team in the world) vs Evil and Sanada vs Guerillas of Destiny for the IWGP tag titles
- “The Good Guy” Tama Tanga!
- The Tanga’s dad could beat up everybody in the ring at the same damn time
- I wasn’t the biggest Bucks fan but they showed me something in 2018
- Evil’s a bad ass
- Train wreck of a match but I can dig it!
- Gotta be a plus going through such a cutthroat industry with your brother
- Evil and Sanda pick up the win a good frenetic paced tag match
IWGP US Heavyweight Title: Cody (c) vs Juice Robinson
- My main man Juice Robinson is up next facing Cody
- Juice has all the tools: charisma, the look, and good enough in the ring to be a huge star
- Shout out to Cody for having the hottest chick in the game
- Cody and Brandi rocking the Jaguar colors
- Pure coincidence I’m sure
- What are the odds we see Dustin Rhodes in AEW in some capacity?
- Cody and Brandi are legit one of the hottest acts in the game
- Side note: Pump Friction was the name I gave to the porno I’d show young ladies back at the dorm in college
- Juice won. Wow…didn’t see that coming (note the sarcasm)
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Title: Kushida (c) vs Taiji Ishimori
- Now we have Kushida vs Taiji Ishimori
- I don’t know about you but I have a strong craving for top ramen right now
- Shout out to Doc Brown and Marty McFly
- Oh my God he killed a kid!
- The rest of this article is dedicated to that kid that got blown up
- I don’t wanna hear any of you lames saying WWE has too many titles when every match on this card has been for a title thus far
- In terms of in ring product, pro wrestling is at an all-time high; I still miss legit stars though
- If you’ll excuse me, this appears to be the smoke break match
- And yet another title change. Can’t lie, all these title changes have been surprising. It’s almost as if New Japan is preparing for a mass exodus or something
Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White
- Now we have Okada vs Jay White
- Okada has been living his best life since losing the heavyweight title
- He seems to be having a lot more fun wrestling
- New Japan has strapped the rocket to Jay White’s back and he’s delivered
- He’s delivered more than I thought he could and is heading towards being a legit main eventer
- Jay White is the correct moniker…only thing more fitting is Jay Casper
- Okada’s so damn good in the ring
- Wow. Don Callis quoting Lex Luger
- He made up for it by calling Gedo a human wood tick. Classic
- I do like that NJPW makes wins and loses count. There’s something to that
- Okada throws a pretty legit flying elbow
- Excellent heel work by Jay White in this bout
- The crowd is into it for really the first time this evening
- That’s a testament to both Okada being the man and Jay White’s heel persona
- Good match with Jay White picking up the win.
- Honestly thought this one could have used a little more time
- It appears New Japan is basically using the Tanahashi story for Okada
No Disqualification IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Chris Jericho (c)
- The ‘Best in the World’ Chris Jericho puts his Intercontinental Title on the line vs Naito
- Naito looking like a cross between ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’
- Seriously Japan, I dig the pageantry, but let’s get y’all some tapes from this millennium
- Coming to the ring with your band’s music = GOAT status
- Jericho dressed like the Legion of Marcel Marceau
- Red Shoes!
- Shout out to Y2J representing for all the dad bods out there
- Vintage Jericho with the springboard dropkick
- I think Naito just lost a couple of inches
- Jericho is teaching a master’s class on being a heel tonight
- Naito is really good as well
- He oozes charisma and is doing a great job playing the sympathetic babyface
- The announcers are doing a good job of playing up how big of a deal Jericho is
- I love how the Boston Crab has become the Walls of Jericho
- The crowd is really into this one
- Got em!
- Kick out!
- Naito with the Codebreaker!
- This is the hottest the crowd has been all night
- German on the chair!
- LOL Callis with the ‘Japanese two’
- They’re starting to pick up the pace
- Match of the night thus far!
- Both men played their parts well and the No DQ stip really helped
- The gaga helped a veteran Jericho who doesn’t has fastball any more tell an entertaining story
- Well played by both men
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Now we have our main event with Omega defending his World Heavyweight Title vs Tanahashi
- New Japan has done an excellent job of telling the Tanahshi road to redemption story
- The outcome of this match will tell us quite a bit about the immediate future of pro wrestling
- Apparently, Omega killed an eagle on his way to the ring
- Wonder how the lack of his ‘partner’ at ringside will affect Kenny
- There’s a definite big fight feel that’s coming through the tv
- Is Kenny the best big match wrestler in the game?
- I’d really like to see Omega wrestle Ricochet or AJ Styles
- I’d like to see Tanhashi versus Cena or Pentagon Jr
- Omega playing the good cocky heel
- Callus having a good night on the stick
- Tanahashi’s chest looks like hamburger meat
- Red Shoes!
- Kenny tweaked his knee
- Tanahashi tweaked Kenny’s knee
- That cloverleaf gotta hurt in real life
- Styles Clash!
- Damn! That sounds like it hurt
- Which one goes through the table?
- Welp. Asked and answered
- Oh shit! I don’t know how you fake some of this stuff
- Here we go with the dick check….but they’ve earned it
- They been wrestling for a minute now
- I hate to agreed with Ballz and Meltzer but this is a damn good match
- Hell of a reverse of the one winged angel
- The crowd is bananas
- Omega kicked out of 2 consecutive frog splashes
- DRGAON SUPLEX OFF THE TOPPPPPP!
- And the crowd goes wild!
- Tanahashi picks up the win
- Which pretty much means Kenny’s going to All Elite
- Overall the show started off strong, lagged in the middle, but pick up steam in the last 2 matches
- Omega/Tanahashi did the damn thing. Match of the night, and set the bar high for the rest of the year
- Somewhat of a transitional show, with a a lot of theoretical moving parts
- But if you’re a wrestling fan, I recommend you checking it out
- I give the show overall a 7/10
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!
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!
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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