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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE NXT Takeover Phoenix 2019

Did the “sure thing,” WWE NXT Takeover Phoenix, deliver? Bobby seems to think so in his Good, Bad, and Ugly review!



Good Bad Ugly WWE NXT

Did the “sure thing,” WWE NXT Takeover Phoenix, deliver? Bobby lets you know in his Good, Bad, and Ugly review!

The predictions have been made.  The stage is set and ready to go.  It is the popular opinion, including my own, that Takeover Phoenix will be nothing but Good.  Will they be able to live up to the hype?  Can they fail? 


NXT Tag Team Championship Match – Undisputed Era (c) vs. War Raiders

“Predicted” Match of the Night.  Nothing to lose but everything to gain, the War Raiders Hanson and Rowe undoubtedly demand respect and attention.  This being possibly their biggest match in their careers you can expect their best.  Undisputed is in the business of showing up, winning and looking Good doing it.  Opening Match honors is only going to fuel this more.  Underhanded tactics and skill was shown early on by Undisputed Era attempting to isolate either of the two Viking Warriors, and this was just filled the action.  The War Raiders however being the wild beast they are continuously countered and overpowered the smaller foes.  This went back and forth and as always delivered.  A rare but huge miss by Hanson to the outside kept him out of action letting Undisputed Era finally get the upper hand punishing Rowe. 

Unfortunately for the Champions, Rowe is an absolute freak.  He just kept fighting back, Hanson recovered and came back on fire.  Hanson put on a show, outdoing the Champions.  All four guys went at it, countering constantly, move after move.  War Raiders had it won but only a two count.  Strong regained hit a sick “superplex” to Hanson, O’Reilly followed with a flying knee off the top, but Hanson kicked out.  No matter what The Champs did, Hanson kicked out.  War Raiders took it from there, Hanson and Rowe flattened the Undisputed Era hitting the “Fallout” for the victory.  War Raiders win at NXT Takeover are the new Tag Team Champions!

Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

The “King of Bros” has been a thorn in Mr. KO’s side.  It will all come to a head here at Takeover.  No doubt physical and brutal right away.  Matt Riddle came to impress showing great strength and athleticism.  Riddle had full control until getting his face stomped while wrapped in the apron.  Ohno then tried to end it several times.  Ohno is so stiff, he lays into it making every strike count.  Riddle got his face kicked in. His foot stomped on, beaten down, but he still came back fighting.  Nothing worked, Ohno even bit Riddle’s toe.  Ohno finally got some ground and hat the undefeated rookie beat.  Riddle just would not quit though.  Instead, Riddle snapped beating Ohno with repeated strikes.  He then got Ohno trapped and rained elbows on Ohno making him tap.  Matt Riddle continues his Win streak with an impressive showing at NXT Takeover. 

NXT North American Championship Match – Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny Gargano

This match will be a clinic.  The level of talent is astronomical.  Expected, as on a show like Takeover this is as high level as you possibly can get.  Every time Ricochet comes out, he just looks ready.  This was just beautiful, a dozen exchanges, counters and every kind of throw you could imagine.  Ricochet is doesn’t stay in one spot very long, making flying look easy.  Ricochet is such a star.  The contrast here made for a great story.  Gargano at one time had Ricochet unable to move completely tied up.  Gargano had complete control after countering Ricochet’s high risk style  These guys try so hard out there, it shows on every move.  Gargano had it going finally, but got bounced off the apron hard on his ribs followed by a corkscrew dive to the outside by Ricochet.  Ricochet had the match won but Gargano would only give him a two count. 

Ricochet countered a hurricanranna by Gargano off the top, but Gargano got the hurricanranna only for Ricochet to flip onto his feet.  Gargano kept going but would just get countered.  Gargano instinctively retreated but got dove on by Ricochet to the outside once inside got a near fall, he then hit a “shooting star press” but Gargano got the knees up, only for a two count.  Gargano hit move after move including a sick “reverse spikerana” and his “spike DDT.’  He just couldn’t finish the Champion.  After some more unspeakably impressive acrobatics Ricochet hit Gargano’s own submission only to have Gargano get to the ropes.  Gargano did not forgive this easily drilling Ricochet onto the exposed floor on the outside.  He hit a second Spike DDT this time finishing the unstoppable Ricochet and becoming for the first time the North American Champion.  Wow! Best match at NXT Takeover? We shall see!

NXT Women’s Championship Match – Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair

These two are tough.  We have complete Alphas about to fight up and up.  Belair pure strength and confidence vs Baszler who is precision and brutality. Belair beat the Champion from post to post, confidently making her claim to the Championship.  Baszler finally got some space and used Belair’s own hair to slam her into the steel post.  Belair looked to hurt her arm which was noticed immediately by Baszler.  Baszler had full control however Belair would not go quietly.  Injured arm and all, Belair kept fighting the dangerous Champion.  Finally out of pure desperation, Belair whipped Baszler with her hair whip. 

Belair then got slammed into the Ref, and hit her KOD but he ref was out.  Baszler’s crew came out to interfere but Belair tossed them out.  Baszler capitalized on the distraction gripping Belair into the Kirifuda Clutch. Belair showed resilience and freakish strength countering and suplexing the Champ.   Belair came off the top with a “450” but was countered on the ground locked into the Kirifuda Clutch a second time.  Belair again made it to her feet but collapsed from exhaustion.  Again though, Belair gets to her feet, but just couldn’t continue.  Belair finally passed out and Baszler retains in a fantastic match that belonged on an NXT Takeover.

NXT Championship Match – Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black

As once said in Batman by the infamous Joker himself.  Here we Go.  This is going to be chaos, the hype, the suspense is about to pop off.  Aleister Black’s entrance is just awesome!  The guy is so over and kills it in the ring.  Ciampa has been the Champ for a while now and is holding his own atop the mountain.  This match was fast paced, full on action packed.  Ciampa punished the challenger trying to end his chances of getting any offense. 

Ciampa would not let off and for Good reason.  He was just chasing Black around constantly inflicting unimaginable pain on him.  Black out of pure desperation got a sick kick across Ciampa knocking him off the top to the outside.  Black just had a lot of trouble standing from all of the punishment earlier on, but when he got Ciampa, it really took the Champion down.  This could have gone either way, back and forth, counter by counter, Black looked like he was back in it. 

However Black couldn’t stand and got rolled into a half crab.  Black then returned fire putting Ciampa in the “half crab” but couldn’t stand long enough for it to be effective.  Ciampa got a “Ciampa Drop” on the apron, Black kicked out.  Ciampa hit more and more, and kept failing to finish Black.  Black would continue to fight back even kicking out of the Fairy Tale Ending.  Black is one tough bastard.  Ciampa has no remorse and seemingly will do anything to win.  Ciampa removed the mat to expose the concrete outside. 

Black dove and hit a knee while Ciampa was distracted with the ref.  Aleister Black hit a huge Black Mass but could not get the cover.  Black had him but was hit with a DDT off the ropes and another Fairy Tale Ending.  Again, kicked out.  Ciampa hit two more “fairy tale endings” and finally got the win.  Ciampa Retains!  Interestingly as Ciampa was celebrating on the top of the ramp, he was joined by former DIY associate and partner the New North American Champion Johnny Gargano, who raised his belt next to Ciampa in unison.  


“Will you be serious?” – Gorilla Monsoon


  • GOOD- 5
  • BAD and UGLY:  No Showed


NXT as a whole, let alone a Takeover is just a superior quality product.  NXT really puts it all out there and tries with all effort to put on a fantastic show.  Takeover from top to bottom was entertaining.  It really impressed from the mat wrestling to the high risk.  The fans were into it the entire show.  It just seemed to run completely smooth.  NXT is the product that is setting the standard in our pro wrestling world, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. 

NXT Takeover was incredible, next we move to the WWE Royal Rumble.  Looks like it will be a great show, but will it finally be able to upstage the always on point, always impressive, NXT Takeover?  We will see Sunday. 

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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!



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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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