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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Elimination Chamber 2019

Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!

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Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!

Elimination Chamber’s time is now!  So much can and will happen at an event like this.  So much violence, carnage and potential for greatness.  WWE the King of Professional Wrestling putting themselves out there and giving the fans a show.  This show already has heat now with some backstage issues with Carmella and Corey Graves, even more interest will be in the event.  All of that aside with a packed card of possibilities will the Elimination Chamber be Good, Bad or Ugly? 

GOOD

Kickoff Show

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match– Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Akira Tozawa

This match will be lit up the whole time.  We will see a little bit of everything here with these two talents.  Buddy Murphy has the look, the Gold, the theme and of course the girl.  He can work and with a lot less than Tozawa.  In 205 Live World Murphy is a powerhouse and this was a speed vs power type of match.  Tozawa had a lot of offense but was ineffective against the Champion.  Murphy rallied and countered Tozawa’s every move.   Each guy fighting for position and giving it all they had.  Buddy Murphy held on after several close falls and attempts.  This match was amazing.  Tozawa wouldn’t quit either, it could have gone either way.  Tozawa put it all out there, and clawed after the Cruiserweight Title.  The Challenger had Murphy in an “Octopus” but was countered into a “Murphy’s Law.”  Buddy Murphy retains on the road to the Big Show. 

OPENING MATCH!

WWE Women’s Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match– Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Carmella & Naomi vs. The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics

Screw it!  No pun intended.  Open the show with Carmella.  This is going to be a crazy match.  Corey Graves is also broadcasting.  Acting natural there was nothing out of the ordinary here on the show between them.  Complete professionals.  Fire and Desire vs. Boss n Hug to start off hot right off the bat. 

A lot of action and back and forth.  Both teams exhausted and beaten, in comes Riott Squad.  Liv Morgan single handedly went at it with both Deville and Rose.  Bayley then followed up and cleaned house.  The IIconics scrambled in as quickly as possible and tried to pin the sea of humanity that was all laid out by a super bomb off the top earlier on.  The IIconics further beat down their opponents but couldn’t finish anyone off.  They brutally beat down Bayley and Banks.  Naomi and Carmella are next.  The Former Women’s World Champs really came in hot and got the edge.  Mella was money and sharp in there.  A series of finishers and huge moves and everyone was down.  Tamina and Nia Jax still not even in there and already destruction.  IIconics took advantage of a situation and double rolled up Naomi, eliminating Naomi and Carmella.  The whole group on their feet and ready to go with Nia and Tamina.  Nia Jax and Tamina dominated.  No one could touch them.  The IIconics shut themselves in a pod but were taken out and devastated.  Jax and Tamina eliminate the IIconics with a double “Samoan Drop.”  The Riott Squad attacked.  Suddenly all of the steam lost.  The Riott Squad woke everyone back up with a devastating dives onto the piles.  Nia Jax and Tamina hit The Riott Squad with a super “Samoan Drop” and “Superfly Splash” eliminating the Riott Squad.  Nia and Tamina took their time but knocked herself out into a pod missing Bayley.  Tamina was left to the wolves and picked apart before being pinned and eliminated.  Banks and Bayley had the titles won, but Deville took Bayley out.  Mandy Rose had Banks, but Banks kicked out.  Deville accidentally speared Mandy Rose.  Banks trapped Deville in a sick submission for the victory.  Sasha Banks and Bayley are the 1st Ever Women’s Tag Team Champions!

WWE Intercontinental Title Handicap Match– Bobby Lashley (C) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor

The word “Demon” was used freely and frequently in the Kickoff Show, making it an official buzz word.  If “The Demon” shows up expect Balor to leave with the Intercontinental Championship.  However we did not have that here tonight.  Much like with the Lesnar match, the Demon is sitting it out.  Balor in a handicap match against someone twice his size who is also the Champ makes no sense but moving on.  As expected Lashley was very physical and dominant.  In true Finn Balor fashion he fought back and would not stay down.  Lio Rush would interfere and get involved every time Balor would get space.  Lashley would continue to wear down Balor but was unable to finish him.  Lio Rush missed a “frog splash” Balor would bounce back.  Balor would go completely off the rails destroying his opponents.  Non-stop he hit a “Coupe de Grace” on Lio Rush and Wins the Intercontinental Championship for the 1st Time of his career!  WOW!  Balor Wins a huge match!  Lashley was irate grabbing up his hype man and crashing him to the ground with a vicious spike. 

WWE Raw Women’s Title Match– “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Ruby Riott

As to no surprise Charlotte Flair had a ringside seat for this one.  The Ultimate Heel will most likely play a role here and she had to be close by.  Charlotte was long winded before this big title match.  Ruby Riott is a decent talent and unquestionably will be able to tame Rousey and keep the match clean.  She is a hell of a worker.  They are lucky to have each other in this position as both will benefit.  Rousey got the crowd hot dressed like Mortal Combat’s Sonya Blade which is kick ass.  She looked like the missing member of The Shield.  This was a classic Championship Match.  It was paced well with big moves and a lot of emotion.  Rousey quickly got Riott into an “armbar”, causing Riott to tap out.  Rousey posed down with Charlotte at ringside.  Disappointing showing for Riott, but Rousey looked fantastic.  Rousey dominating is a story.  Charlotte not long after the victory stomped into the ring herself.  Lynch came hobbling out of the crowd on crutches getting everyone’s attention.  She is nuts!  By the way she is dressed like Kill Bill!  “She’s the Man” rung through the audience.  Becky Lynch then beat the hell out of Charlotte with a crutch.  She hit her so many times and just wouldn’t stop.  Rousey just watched in amazement.  Charlotte screamed in pain and didn’t get any assistance.  Rousey picked up a crutch and made it clear to Lynch that she would fight back.  Rousey looked like she had Charlotte in her sights but Lynch attacked her and again hit Charlotte during the attack.  Becky Lynch just “stomped a mud hole” in Rousey and Charlotte as only “The Man” can.  Holy Cow!  This was just shocking and fantastic!  Becky Lynch is going to the Principal’s Office for this one.  Maybe Stone Cold can come to her aid?

No Disqualification Match- Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman

Rousey and Charlotte were still in shock as to what happened when Baron Corbin made his way to the ring for his No DQ Match with “The Monster” Braun Strowman.  The 385lbs Braun Strowman walked calmly to the ring for his fight.  He never seems too worked up unless it’s Lesnar or Reigns.  Corbin has his work cut out for him here in every way.  Corbin beat on Strowman with a Kendo Stick and tried to slow down the big man.  Strowman just devastated Corbin every chance he got crashing down hard on him in and out of the ring.  Corbin used his speed and Strowman’s own momentum to counter the size and power of “the Monster.”  Corbin has taken the fight to Braun and kept up with him even being on top numerous times in the match.  When Strowman would make contact it was huge and debilitating.  Out, comes a table.  Braun Strowman had the match won driving Corbin hard through the table with a “powerslam.”  Drew McIntyre’s music hit and he headed to the ring, but it was Bobby Lashley that did the most damage in a sneak attack with a chair on Strowman.  In this No-DQ Match this is perfectly legal.  Braun Strowman was rendered helpless.  Corbin and McIntyre stacked a couple of tables and had Bobby Lashley w/ there help “Shield” style power slam Braun Strowman off the steps in the ring through 2 tables.  Baron Corbin Wins!  This was not a Bad match and it was won in true hated, pure heel fashion.  Just wish we saw “The Wyatt’s” come the Big Man’s aid.         

Lacey Evan Tease

Random but I like it!  Maybe it’s the South Carolina pride.  Moving on! 

WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match– Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe

It is pretty epic that Kofi Kingston is in this match and had that tremendous showing this week on SmackDown Live.  The talent in this match all together makes this an epic super-card.  Some of the best talents in history grouped together for one big match.  In a “Fickle” move, Rowan was asked to leave by the officials.  Daniel Bryan played cat and mouse with Samoa Joe.  But Joe attacked hard at the champ and showed no mercy but Daniel Bryan fought back like a champion.  Kofi Kingston came right in and continued his amazing performance from SD Live.  The Champ Daniel Bryan though proved to be too much, taking control of the match again, until Samoa Joe chased him away.  Kofi greeted him on his perch above a pod and fought him on the cage.  Kofi also kicked down Joe then dove on both of them from high above.  AJ Styles then brought the heat and him and Bryan went at it.  Styles is so freaking Good all the time and with Kofi and these other guys is just shining out there.  They shared the spotlight out there.  Joe is out first combo from a jawbreaker from Kingston and a Styles hitting him with a forearm with a pin.  Jeff Hardy enters the war.  Again Styles is center stage and rightfully so.  Everyone again mixing it up.  Randy Orton the last man to enter.  The most dangerous man in Professional Wrestling today.  This match was intense and looked painful.  Bryan hits Hardy with a running knee after a high risk payoff on AJ Styles eliminating Jeff Hardy and immediately attacking Styles and Kingston.  Styles then countered right before Orton came in.  Again everyone got in their shots.  The action went back and forth with all competitors.  “RKO” on AJ Styles.  Eliminated.  “Trouble in Paradise” Orton Eliminated.  Kofi and Bryan went full steam and gave it all they had left.  Daniel Bryan kicked out of the “SOS.”  Again back and forth, what a match!  Kofi would not give up.  Kofi missed a huge splash, and got destroyed by a flying knee.  Bryan retains the title in this incredible match!  New Day came out and walked their best friend and fellow New Day Member Kofi Kingston to the back after an heroic performance.     

BAD

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match– The Miz & Shane McMahon (C) vs. The Usos

We know we will see high spots and close calls.  A ton of experience and talent in here, in a huge match.  The Miz’s opening with Maryse coming out, the Hollywood Couple announced, they are having another baby!  Congrats, that’s Awesome! 

As for the match though, there were some Bad moments at times.  For the caliber of talent sometimes this was purely disappointing.  Uso’s were the better team in this match but Miz finally got a second to strike and tagged in a fresh Shane O’ Mac.  McMahon went bananas putting on his usual show for the fans.  Went for a second “coast to coast” but was “superkicked” for a two count broken up by The Miz.  Again Miz had some sloppy action.  It was more the Uso’s timing than how the Miz did but it looked Bad.  Shane went to the well again to the outside smashing through Jey Uso and the Announce Table.  Jimmy Uso hits a “superkick” and a “splash” but only gets two.  Miz comes back but gets countered into a rollup.  The Uso’s Win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! 

UGLY- Not on this TV! 

FINAL

  • GOOD- 7
  • BAD- 1
  • UGLY- 0

OVERALL

Good job WWE!  This was a quality Pay Per View!  Awesome energy and a ton of content that will make the remainder of the Road to WrestleMania even more entertaining.  This show was Awesome and had everyone pumped.  Fantastic job all around! 

Now we are even closer to the biggest night in sports entertainment.  Fastlane on the way and continuing on in Wrestlemania Season, with some new stories and a clearer picture.  The energy coming to Raw and SmackDown is heavy and should fuel the respective rosters to the huge night.  Hope everyone enjoyed the show, please don’t forget to like, comment, share and continue to read the Good, Bad and Ugly! 


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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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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