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Chairshot Classics: The Streak Part 12 – Life After Streak (2015-2016)



The Undertaker The Streak WWE

Tiffany takes a look at The Undertaker’s run after The Streak ended at WrestleMania 30 as he battles Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon!

After the shocking end of the Streak at WrestleMania 30, many fans thought that the Undertaker was done. What was the point of Undertaker coming back for another WrestleMania if the Streak was no more? As if to remind us all of why he was considered one of the Greatest of All Time, Streak or no Streak, the Undertaker would rise from the ashes of WrestleMania 30 and add more victims to his list.

Bray Wyatt, the enigmatic leader of the Wyatt Family, considered himself to be the new Phenom of the WWE and was determined to cement that by defeating the Undertaker and harvesting his powers from his own diabolical devices.

Shane McMahon, the prodigal son of the McMahon Family, returned to WWE determined to wrest control of RAW and the company away from his out-of-touch father and save the WWE from the seemingly poor decisions made by his father, sister, and brother-in-law, but he would have to win control by facing the Undertaker in the dreaded Hell in a Cell. For Taker, this match became about more than another match, it became about whether or not the Streak, and his own career, would survive the McMahon Family power struggle.

WrestleMania 31 – Bray Wyatt Dances With the Devil
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

This feud was an odd one, but it would end up consuming a lot of TV time on RAW and SmackDown. Bray Wyatt, the weird cult leader that had taken WWE by storm with his Family, had challenged the Undertaker outright at Fastlane and taunted the Deadman until the Undertaker consented on RAW, using his powers to destroy Wyatt’s sacred rocking chair. Bray Wyatt had knocked on the Devil’s door and the Devil wasn’t in the mood for company.

Wyatt came out first. Because WrestleMania 31 was happening in San Francisco’s Levi Stadium, which is outdoors, and California is three hours behind the East Coast, the sun hadn’t QUITE gone down by the time this match started, which made the entrances slightly less creepy, but Wyatt made up for it by seeming to bring zombie scarecrows to life. The Eater of Worlds looks confident, but they all do before they have to face the Deadman. Taker even makes Wyatt wait, but it’s time to pay, Bray Wyatt.

The Deadman Cometh. Again, being outdoors and not quite after dark kept Taker’s entrance from being dark like usual, but it definitely felt like the Grim Reaper had rolled into town. Wyatt had started out very confident looking, but that confidence dropped, just like it always does, when the Deadman makes the long walk down to the ring and it finally hits whoever is in that ring just what they’ve gotten themselves into. I call it the ‘Oh shit, here he comes!’ moment.

First thing I noticed in this match was how much better Taker looked compared to the haggard old man that lost to Lesnar in New Orleans. Even the commentators were impressed by how healthy Taker looked.

Time to get down to business. Taker was less than impressed with Bray Wyatt’s intrusion into his domain, but no one ever accused Wyatt of being sane, or very smart, because he charged at Taker and ate a big boot for supper. Taker showed this upstart what happened when you knocked on the Devil’s front door.

This wasn’t the greatest match in the world, but if this had actually lead to something for Bray Wyatt, it wouldn’t have mattered. Taker was showing a little ring rust, but he hung with Wyatt and dominated much of the match, but Wyatt got say he actually had the Deadman on the ropes for several minutes. The tide would turn after Taker sat up during Wyatt’s Spider Walk, causing Wyatt to collapse like a cheap chair. In the end, it was more veteran’s experience than total domination that would win this for Taker, but he would put the Eater of Worlds away with a Tombstone and add another victim to his list.

Rating: 7/10 This was a good match, but remembering that it didn’t do a whole lot for Wyatt long-term hindered my enjoyment.

Highlight: Wyatt collapsing when Taker sat up. The look Taker kept giving Wyatt like ‘Kid, who do you think you’re trying to scare?’

WrestleMania 32 – Legacy vs Streak
Hell In A Cell: The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon

This match started with a situation that didn’t involve the Undertaker. Shane McMahon, once the golden child of the McMahon family, made a surprise appearance on RAW, interrupting an award ceremony Vince had planned for Stephanie McMahon. Shane revealed that the reason he’d come back was to save RAW, and WWE by extension, from his family who had done a terrible job of running the flagship show. Vince agreed, as long as Shane could win a match, that match would be a Hell in a Cell match…against the Undertaker. If Shane lost, he and his kids would be disowned. To make sure the Undertaker would cooperate, Vince said that if Taker lost, he would no longer compete at WrestleMania and since Undertaker’s WWE role was basically WrestleMania anyway, this would’ve been the end of his career. So it was a battle for survival in the most barbaric structure in WWE.

Shane came out first, with his three sons with him. The oldest, Declan, being the little baby featured in the opening for WrestleMania 20, if you want to feel old. Shane drops his kids off with his wife, Marissa, and his mother, Linda, who is’t really seen, but you can tell from the hair that it’s her. This is only the second time Shane had been in a Hell in a Cell match, but he didn’t look nervous, at least not yet, but he didn’t look confident either.

The Deadman Cometh. Through flames and thunder, The Deadman approached the structure he helped create. Shane DEFINITELY looked nervous once Taker got to the Cell.

This was the first match where it really hit me that Taker was NOTICEABLY slowing down, but the Cell and Shane hid it really well. No one will ever claim that Shane McMahon was a great wrestler, but Shane was able to cover for Taker’s limited ability with his own quickness and ability to take an ass-kicking. Plus, Hell in a Cell is the one match where NO ONE expects technical wrestling. You expect violence and brutality in Hell in a Cell and that was in abundance, they even broke through one of the walls of the cell.

In the end, it would be Shane’s inability to avoid risk taking that would cost him. He had Taker on the ropes, so to speak, he just needed to hit the coup de grace and WWE was his, but he climbed to the top of the cell to hit his elbow drop. The crowd went nuts when Shane crossed himself because anyone who has EVER seen Shane climb on top of something knew that Shane crossing himself meant he was taking the plunge, and he did, but Taker, with an amazing amount of good sense, moved out of the way. After that, Taker literally carried Shane into the ring, hit the Tombstone for the hell of it, and that was the end of it. The Undertaker lives to fight another day and Shane McMahon’s legacy was in ruins, or was it?

Rating: 8/10 It wasn’t the greatest match in the world, but it told a great story.

Highlights: Shane not giving up. The look on Taker’s face when Shane started moving after the elbow drop off the cage.

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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!



Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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