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Chairshot Classics: The Streak Part 9 – The Dream Match (2009-2010)

Two of the best matches in The Streak…

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The Undertaker battles Shawn Michaels at two straight WWE WrestleMania events, ending The Heartbreak Kid’s WWE career in the process as Tiffany continues her look at The Streak!

The years 2009 and 2010 turned out to be huge for The Undertaker and the Streak. For years, one of the most glaring absences in terms of big names in the Streak has been Shawn Michaels. Between them, Michaels and Taker had a collective nearly 50 years  in WWE, but had seldom met in the ring. They had a feud in 1997/98 but that was interrupted by Kane and Michaels’ career ending back injury. The next time they met was at the 2007 Royal Rumble when they were the final two.

These years would show the WWE Universe just why the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels were considered two of the Greatest of All Time when they put on two AMAZING WrestleMania matches. Michaels would come closer than anyone before him to ending the Streak, but his quest would end in heartbreak, no pun intended.

WrestleMania 25 – Absolute Perfection
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

This was one of those matches where it didn’t really need a feud, but we got one anyway. RAW had a match to determine who would get the honor of facing the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Michaels entered as a surprise opponent and beat Vladimir Kozlov to be the man to face the Undertaker. The promos for this match were as outstanding as you would expect, contrasting the light of Shawn Michaels’ Christian Faith and the darkness of Taker’s supernatural, borderline Satanic persona. The Dream Match was set for the Silver Anniversary of WrestleMania.

Shawn descended from the ceiling, dressed in white, and accompanied by lovely choral music. As the Cherry Picker got to the floor, it was engulfed in white light and Michaels’ regular entrance music hit.

Undertaker, in a complete contrast to Michaels’ entrance, ascended from under the stage, accompanied, as if he’d actually come from the depths of Hell.

As both men were getting ready, there are a LOT of 16-1 signs out there. This is the first time I can remember where a good portion of the fans believed the Undertaker was going to lose.

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t take a lot of notes for this match. Even though I’ve seen this match several times in the ten years since it happened, I still find myself in awe of it and not wanting to miss a single second. This match is so incredible, it’s really hard to summarize and condense it into words. If you never watch another WrestleMania match, or if you’ve never seen a WrestleMania match before, make it this one. This is what great wrestling should be, the audience was on its feet the whole near thirty minute match.

This match honestly reminded me of the matches HBK and Taker had in late 1997 and early 1998, it’s unbelievable to think that this was the first one-on-one match these two have had since the Royal Rumble 1998 Casket Match that actually ended Michaels’ career for a few years.

Michaels put Taker in the Figure Four, but Taker’s height advantage, once he thought past the screaming pain in his legs, helped him get out of the hold by punching the living hell out of Michaels.

In an amazing departure from each of their styles, both men traded submission holds, Michaels used the Crossface of the late Chris Benoit and Taker used Hell’s gate, but both men were able to break the holds.

There was a frightening moment when Taker did his running dive and Michaels, who had been outside, seemingly injured, pulled the cameraman in front of Taker, who landed BADLY. At this point, Michaels decided to try and cut his losses and get a win anyway he could and tried to get the win anyway he could and got the ref to start the count, but Taker JUST managed to get in at the last second.

These two men beat the living hell out of each other, each hitting their finishers and neither man would go down. Taker even tried to hit a flying elbow, but HBK wisely got out of the way.

It really looked like Michaels was done for when Taker countered Skin the Cat with a Tombstone and Michaels KICKED OUT!! No one could believe it, including the Undertaker. Taker went for another Tombstone, which Michaels countered with a rather sloppy Tilt-a-Whirl DDT, but it did the job.

After that, it was a battle of the haymakers and Taker won that fight, but Michaels battled back, but he made the mistake of going for a flashy move one time too many. Michaels went for the moonsault and was CAUGHT in a Tombstone by Undertaker and that was all she wrote. 17-0.

Rating: 10/10

Highlights: Watch. This. Match!

WrestleMania 26 – Absolute Heartbreak
Streak vs. Career: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

After his devastating defeat at the hands of the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels became consumed with the idea of getting a rematch, thinking that he knew why he’d lost and he wanted to rectify the mistake.

Taker initially refused, stating he had nothing to prove to Michaels. Michaels, with the terrier like determination that always defined him, refused to take ‘No’ for an answer. When he cost Taker the World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber, Taker’s vengeance was unleashed. He agreed to face Michaels on one condition: Michaels had to put his legendary career on the line. The stage was set for one of the most emotional matches in WrestleMania history.

There were no flashy entrances this time. WrestleMania 26 wasn’t as big of a deal as WrestleMania 25, but it worked. Taker’s was amazing, as always. He came up from the floor again and was in the Lord of Darkness style robe and hood that he would wear for most of the next decade.

This match was every bit as physical as the one in 2009, Taker was clearly trying to get the quick win over Michaels, but Michaels refused to quit.

Taker landed wrong during Old School, giving Michaels an opening to attack Taker’s knee, but Taker would compensate by using his power moves, but it’s clear that his knee was bugging him.

HBK went for the Figure Four on the injured leg of Taker but it just seemed to make Taker angry and Taker remembered the counter and POWERED through the flip. Michaels went back to a submission on the leg and got a big boot upside his head.

Michaels went for a splash and was caught and Tombstoned on the floor by Taker. Since this match had no countouts or DQs, Michaels couldn’t be counted out. There was a moment when HBK countered the Last Ride into a facebuster, then went to the top rope for his flying elbow, but Taker countered it with his knees, then locked Michaels in Hell’s Gate, but Michaels countered with a roll through.

Taker’s nasty streak showed when he tried to Last Ride Michaels through the announce table, but Michaels countered, then spit in the devil’s eye by hitting a moonsault through Taker AND the table.

In the end, Taker’s power was too much for the ever valiant Michaels, and Michaels knew it, but he didn’t go down without a fight, provoking the Deadman with a slap to the face before eating a THUNDEROUS Tombstone. The Streak lived on at 18-0 and the legendary career of Mr. WrestleMania ended. To his immense credit, Taker was a chivalrous victor. After a brief celebration with the fans, he pulled Michaels to his feet, embraced him, and left the ring, letting the Heartbreak Kid take his final bow with the fans.

I’m not going to lie, as much as I love the Undertaker, this is the one match I wanted him to lose because I couldn’t fathom a WWE without Shawn Michaels, who I’d been watching since I was six years old. He was my first crush and he was my hero, no matter how out of control he got. Thank you, Shawn.

Rating: 9/10 It wasn’t QUITE as good as the first match, but it was pretty close.

Highlights: Taker and HBK embracing and Taker leaving so HBK could say goodbye to the fans.


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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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