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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Raw (01/28/2019)

Was the first WWE Raw of the 2019 Road To WrestleMania Good, Bad, Or Ugly?

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Was the first WWE Raw of the 2019 Road To WrestleMania Good, Bad, Or Ugly? Bobby checks in with his review!

After a Blockbuster Royal Rumble weekend, here we go again.  Onto the next one, and officially on the road to WrestleMania.  Last week was a very Good show, with a very hot crowd.  Can Raw keep running hot?  Or will the fire die down during the home stretch? 

THE GOOD

Opening Segment with Seth Rollins

The crowd just went ballistic for the 2019 Royal Rumble Winner.  Rollins the face of the company, continues to get praised for his efforts.  The crowd on Raw was loud and proud to chant “Burn it Down.”  Rollins is going to WrestleMania to delight of all who are watching.  Rollins was visibly emotional for his long journey to get back here.  But who will he pick?  Apparently HHH was also interested as he graced us with his presence.  Emotions are high here, WrestleMania is where wrestling dreams are made.  HHH wants to know who Rollins will face at WrestleMania by the end of Raw.  Dean Ambrose had enough and bravely made his way to intervene.  Ambrose essentially took credit for the success of his “brother” Seth Rollins.  Ambrose is rooting for Rollins because he has his number.  Ambrose legit just took a shot at HHH and told asked him if he needed permission to make a match.  Rollins vs Ambrose next per HHH.  This was a freakishly Great promo!  Well done WWE!

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

HHH set up this match per Ambrose after being antagonized into it.  The fire looked real and the feeling was true.  This is a hell of a way to open Raw, two huge stars who can put on a show, and are full of fire.  This match had a Good feeling and pace to it.  The two stars did not play it safe but the opposite.  Move after move, they would constantly out-do each other.  It was incredibly physical and unforgiving.  Rollins continuously dove onto Ambrose on the outside, laying his body on the line constantly.  Ambrose would attempt to win every opening he had.  Rollins hits The Stomp and gets the win.  Rollins steamrolled his rival and decisively won this match.  It was all Good so far. 

Dean Ambrose Continued

Before he could say anything important, Nia Jax and Tamina interrupted as they were scheduled at that moment.  Nia Jax then essentially removed Ambrose herself. 

Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James

Finally time for the Women’s Tag Division to take flight.  The qualifying for Elimination Chamber has officially started.  Bliss was just impressive.  She looked so sharp and on point.  It has been so long without her, it is just amazing to have The Goddess back where she belongs.  Tamina and Nia held their own in there and working an artist like Bliss had some Good points.  Things were miraculously going smoothly considering, but then Mickie James got involved and between her and Tamina really laid on some harshly, Bad action.  Luckily, it was brief and overall, everything was Good.  Nia Jax double “Samoa Dropped” Bliss and James for the Victory and are qualified for the Elimination Chamber. 

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

A grudge match of sorts, these guys have some heat at least in the storyline.  Angle again as to prove to himself he still has it.  Corbin has become an upper echelon heel and is delivering.  Let me address this, Corbin needs to change his gear already, enough is enough.  Angle looked classic, focused and aggressive.  Corbin poked at Angle with empty compliments and set Angle off.  Angle completely dominated Corbin and would not let up.  Multiple suplexes and throws.  Angle even hit the “Angleslam” but only for a two count.  Angle then got Corbin in an “ankle lock” but Corbin got out, pulled out a huge “deep six” and got the victory.  Both competitors looked Good and did a Good job.  Solid match again.  Corbin then laid on the punishment futher embarrassing Kurt Angle before making his exit. 

Finn Balor Promo

Balor lost to the Beast last night at Royal Rumble but did not do all he could to win, he did not tap into the unstoppable Demon.  That was what he needed to do and it just didn’t happen.  Balor looked determined and still confident.  Bobby Lashley didn’t want to hear it, and made his way out with Lio Rush.  This could be a really impressive feud especially for the Intercontinental Championship.  Lio Rush laid into Balor stiff, Balor then made fun of Lashley and paid for it.  Lashley overpowered and destroyed Balor.  Impressive way to start this potentially Good feud. 

The Revival vs. Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Ryder and Hawkins are a Good team together.  The Revival was on point as always, they just work so well together on a consistent basis.  This was a Good, quick, action packed match.  Revival really dominated and showed they are serious.  After completely destroying Hawkins, they hit a Shatter Machine for the victory. 

Elias and Jeff Jarrett Promo

Elias is very popular but he really seems like a heel still.  He isn’t out to impress anyone, he just does his thing and keeps on trucking.  He really heeled out and was interrupted by the original entertainer, Jeff Jarrett.  As Jarrett was laying into Elias, Road Dogg then followed.  It turned into a Double J celebration.  Elias crushed Road Dogg with the guitar and went after Jarrett.  Jarrett whopped Elias ass all around the ring, he still has it!  Jarrett being on TV is an awesome addition.  It only lasted momentarily before Elias took down the Hall of Famer.  This was a fun, Good promo.     

Natalya and Dana Brooke vs. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan

This was very physical.  Dana Brooke and Sarah Logan are visibly better.  They obviously have been working hard.  This went back and forth but Natalya got Liv Morgan into a “sharpshooter” but with the outside interference of the Riott Squad, she got out and rolled up Natalya for the win and moving onto to qualify for the elimination chamber. 

Becky Lynch Promo with Ronda Rousey

Something amazing here.  Lynch wants Rousey for her Title in the Dream Match.  The Man wants Rowdy and her gold.  Rousey poked back, and the crowd was just going insane.  The lines have been drawn, the Match is set.  Becky Lynch is the hero who will conquer Rousey.  She is now in Rousey’s head.  This will be epic when it goes down. 

THE BAD

Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre

Battle of the Titans, what a power fest.  This is very interesting it is literally a power struggle for position.  Both are in a position to be top guys.  These guys were going a million miles an hour, full steam.  McIntyre was brutal to the giant Braun Strowman.  Braun had a bad wheel but of course put up a Good fight.  However this was all ruined by Baron Corbin who attacked Strowman.  Braun wins by DQ but beat the living hell out of Corbin, punching a chair out of his hands.  Braun laid waste to both McIntyre and Corbin.  The crowd was into it egging Strowman on.  This was a decent match but had a horrible ending.   McIntrye finally got the upper hand and Corbin and McIntyre severely hurt the big man.  Considering who was at play here, this was pretty Bad.   

Seth Rollins Decision 

Who will Rollins pick?  On one hand him and Brock Lesnar would be great as he will most likely slay the beast.  On the other hand, Rollins vs. Bryan would be incredible.  The crowd shook with anticipation.  Brock Lesnar came out first, surprisingly.  Paul Heyman laid it all out for everyone, basically not sweating “The Architect.”  Rollins did not back down and came right into Lesnar’s face.  He went right after Brock but was destroyed by a devastating F5.  Lesnar gave another F5.  Then another.  Even a fourth and fifth.  Lesnar had shear dominance over the “new” challenger.  The message was sent, even if it was a Bad one.  It was actually annoying that Rollins continued to egg him on and got even another F5.  This was such overkill and a flat out disappointment. 

THE UGLY

Raw’s Women’s Championship Open Challenge – Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Bayley  

Rousey needs to not go on the microphone at all, for anything.  Where is Paul Heyman?  Anyway, open challenges are great!  To make it better, Bayley, answered.  Bayley is so Good for business.  She is incredible and a viable challenger for Rousey.  This is awesome!  Rousey is so hit or miss, she is just too aggressive sometimes.  This was just an incredibly awkward and hard match to watch.  Rousey was just horrible and Bayley tried her best to carry the match.  It was just full of miscues and flaws.  This was not due to Bayley what so ever!  Bayley very smartly slowed down the pace to reset.  Unfortunately the harsh reality of how much work Rousey still needs to do to have a Good match is overwhelming.  Make no mistake, Bayley looked great but there was only so much she could do.  Bayley nearly won with a “Bank Statement” but Rousey got to the rope.  Rousey when hope was lost, hit a really great roll up off the top rope into an “armbar” for the victory.  Rousey retains.  Out of nowhere “The Man” arrived onto the scene.   

FINAL

  • Good- 11
  • Bad- 2
  • Ugly- 1

Overall

This was a Good strong Monday Night Raw post Royal Rumble.  The action was tight aside from a poor showing from Rousey.  She needs so much work, hell even Tamina and Nia Jax looked okay tonight.  It was a very enjoyable show, with a TON of content. 

Monday Night Raw continued this strong trend, and delivered a fantastic show.  Tomorrow is SmackDown who always puts on a decent showing.  Royal Rumble was amazing and WWE is riding high.  Hopefully the momentum continues.  Please like, share, comment and as always thank you for reading.    


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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?

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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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