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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE SmackDown (1/1/19)

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Our first official WWE show of 2019, and it’s everyone favorite main roster brand! Does SmackDown kick off with fireworks, or damp sparklers? 

Welcome to 2019!  WWE SmackDown has been pure fire, setting the bar quite literally for WWE Programming.  On the news of AEW, will the excellence of SmackDown evolve further?  Let us see if the new potential competition has altered the formula of WWE’s top show.

THE GOOD

Opening Segment w/ The New Day

Xavier Woods announces that The New Day, all three, have officially entered the 2019 Royal Rumble Match.  New Day is always over the top, Big E in a diaper to kick off the new year isn’t anything crazy.  Shooting on Brock Lesnar a few times on the other hand, was surprising.  Kofi Kingston wants to live inside the New Transformers Movie and the no more pancakes gimmick only lasted 1 second.  Of course Bird Box was mentioned because you cannot breathe without a reference to it.  Jeff Hardy crashes the party to set up his match with Samoa Joe later in the show.  This wasn’t overkill, and served more than one purpose effectively.  Nothing Great, but Good enough. 

Winner Enters Fatal 5 Way- Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe

Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe can go, and always get a reaction out there.  Good choice for an opening match.  Samoa Joe looked to end it early with a quick submission but Hardy got to the ropes and played the hurt knee.  Hardy returned the favor destroying Joe’s knee on the ring post.  Samoa Joe was extremely stiff but I think he prefers it.  Hardy is a sucker for punishment.  Once Joe got going, he dominated Hardy.  Hardy came back hitting hard, getting a “twist of fate” and a “swanton bomb” but Joe snuck out of the ring.  Hardy pursued but got hit with a “Coquina Clutch” on the outside nearly getting counted out.  Hardy barely back in the ring, and locked into the “Coquina Clutch” again and cannot continue.  Samoa Joe picks up the victory and a spot in the Fatal 5 Way.    

McMahon/AJ Styles Vignette

Short and pointless unless they are setting up Shane vs. AJ.  If that is the case they just introduced a possible feud.  Because it was so short, and Vince is always Gold, this little piece was Good. 

United States Champion Rusev w/ Lana Promo

Rusev is unbelievably over with the crowd.  He works the mic well.  This particular promo wasn’t going anywhere and Nakamura agreed, attacking Rusev.  Lana fought for her man attacking Nakamura but got caught up when Rusev kicked Shinsuke on top of her.  Nakamura took advantage and knocked out Rusev before laying the belt on top of him.  This was again, short and useful to continue the feud that is enjoyable all around. 

Naomi vs. Sonya Deville

Mandy Rose just minutes ago spotted by Naomi being a flirt with Naomi’s man Jimmy Uso  Naomi ultimately gets a kiss under the mistletoe.  Setting forth some heat for this match.  Mandy Rose has been getting pushed big time lately, as well as the ever so deserving Sonya Deville.  The match looked to be Mandy Rose vs. Naomi but it was Deville that worked the match.  Rose enraged Naomi revealing a “Down Since Day One” Shirt and later distracting Naomi further by interrupting on the mic and revealing that she sent Uso a naughty picture earlier that night.  Deville capitalized on the distraction, winning by pin-fall.  This was a huge victory for Deville.  Naomi is a big name to pin no matter the case.  I would love to see more of Deville, she has a Good look, and full potential if polished correctly. 

John Cena Returns

Welcome Home John Cena!  Great to see Cena back where he belongs.  This had to be Good no matter what happens, but what does happen is just Fantastic.  His haircut is horrible and apparently “The Man” feels the same way.  Becky delivered an unforgettable message to Cena that he is dethroned as the top dog and even give a Nikki Bella shoot on him.  Surprisingly out comes Zelina Vega and Cien Almas.  Zelina mumbled something or other about “has beens” and similar stuff.  Cena took back control as he always does, and set up a Tag Team Match.  Cena/Lynch vs. Vega/Almas.

Asuka/HHH Vinette

HHH speaking with Asuka looked great and made great content.  The reason this was significant was Carmella throwing her name in the hat.  Carmella is definitely worthy to be in this feud, and can add something different.  Carmella held that belt for a little bit, and did beat some big names, who are also in the hunt as usual.  This was a really Good promo and got people excited. 

Fatal 5 Way for spot in WWE Championship Match at Royal Rumble- AJ Styles vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe

Everyone was on point in this match, especially Samoa Joe.  High-spots, suplexes, strikes, the exchanges had it all.  AJ Styles new aggressive streak was a decent addition also.  AJ Styles took some insane bumps that looked fantastic.  The story here is Mustafa Ali being in this altogether.  This is a huge match for this point in his career no matter the outcome.  It means a lot that he is there.  Ali and Mysterio were unbelievable.  The end was insane!  Ali looked like he had it won, going for the “054” but ended up in the “Coquina Clutch” which was broken up by Mysterio by the ropes with a “619.”  Randy Orton then took full control until he was destroyed and finally finished by AJ Styles for the victory!  AJ landed badly on Randy Orton but they seemed to be okay overall.  This was an action packed, all out Main Event on a decent show overall.  AJ vs Daniel Bryan should do the Royal Rumble justice. 

THE BAD

John Cena and Becky Lynch vs. Cien Almas and Zelina Vega

As always Lynch started off strong, however it was a bit disappointing that Cien wouldn’t fight her after being tagged in.  Cena and Almas was a little flat.  Nothing great, nothing popped.  Cien is so Good too, but maybe it is just Cena playing it safe, or something about how long he has been out.  The action wasn’t very entertaining for most of the match.  Lynch came in on the hot tag like a ball of fire, even then however there were some miscues.  Cena jumped Almas with a “Five Knuckle Shuffle” and an “Attitude Adjustment” then out of nowhere Lynch threw Cena out of the ring.  Vega rolled up Lynch looking for the win, however Lynch locked the “Disarmer” for the victory.  After the match Cena went for a handshake but was greeted with a “You Can’t See Me” from Lynch.  There were some bright moments but this really wasn’t a Good Match.  A rare blemish that still was exciting and better than most of the Bad variety. 

THE UGLY

Miz/Shane McMahon Vinette

This was a really weird promo.  Luckily it was fast but it just didn’t resonate.  No one care about the gear they will wear and everyone already knows that they don’t click well as a team.  I don’t know the end game with Miz and Shane but I hope it happens soon so that the story can move elsewhere. 

FINAL TALLY

GOOD:  7

BAD:  2

UGLY:  1

OVERALL- Yes, SmackDown was again, Good, but unlike the last few weeks, it certainly had a few not so Good moments.  That is okay though, nothing is perfect, granted the last few SmackDowns were as close as possible.  They have a little time left to set up the Royal Rumble and if both Raw and SmackDown can continue their trends, we should have a fantastic PPV ahead. 

Separately, please look out for my first addition of Good Bad and Ugly NXT tomorrow night.  That’s right, we will be bringing this platform ahead to the top dogs at NXT!  Thank you for the support, please continue to read, like, comment, and share.


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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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