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Cook: Dana Warrior on WWE Creative? Why Not?

Why not Dana Warrior?

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Dana Warrior, widow of The Ultimate Warrior, has joined WWE creative and fans went nuts. But Steve Cook asks “Why not Dana Warrior?”

One of the things that us wrestling fans complain the most about is WWE Creative. Ironically enough, one of the things us wrestling fans know the fewest details about is WWE Creative. We’ve gained insight through the years from former writers, though one may say that their differing accounts somewhat limit the insight we’ve gained.

We don’t know who comes up with the storylines we see play out on Raw, SmackDown & other shows. It’s not like there’s credits at the end of each segment listing out writers & producers. Sometimes we find out years after the fact who pitched things, or who was involved with tweaking things and making them better or worse. Especially with a company like WWE that has such a huge Creative department, it’s pretty much impossible for an outside observer to tell you who’s good at writing the sports entertainment and who sucks at it.

We can tell you who was good. And we can tell you who sucked.

Past tense.

So I’m not one of those people that gets all worked up over WWE’s latest creative hires. Like when they hired Freddie Prinze Jr. many years ago…my main hope was that his wife would be on Raw. I had no idea if he had any knowledge of pro wrestling, or could write a good soap opera or whatever, so why would I get all mad about WWE hiring him?

There have been a couple of additions to WWE Creative lately, at the very least in a trial/consultant role. One of them is Bruce Prichard, and I take my hat off to him for making the most out of his podcast. Dude got back in WWE & gained a fanbase that believes whatever he says. Well done. Bruce is an old school sports entertainment guy and is in league with the things Vince McMahon finds entertaining, so he’ll add that to the process.

Another recent addition is Dana Warrior. Dana, the widow of former WWE Champion Warrior, has worked for WWE as an Ambassador in the years since Warrior’s death. We typically see her at the Hall of Fame ceremony to present the Warrior Award, and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month when WWE does the “Unleash Your Warrior” campaign.

I’ll be honest with you, folks. I don’t know what types of ideas Dana Warrior brings to the table. I don’t know how long she’s watched wrestling. Examples of her creative writing aren’t easy to find. Reportedly she was brought in for “a female perspective”, which I have no doubt she brings. I have nothing good or bad enough to base an opinion on. Maybe she’ll do great, maybe she won’t.

Apparently the Internet has all kinds of insight into Dana Warrior’s writing ability that I don’t. They’ve been losing their minds over the idea of Dana having anything to offer to WWE Creative since the news was reported. I can figure out the three main reasons why without much thought…

She was married to Warrior

There’s a healthy portion of the IWC that has a hatred in their hearts for the Ultimate Warrior that knows no bounds. To be fair, Warrior said some hateful stuff in his life & I am with the people questioning the usage of his likeness for things like breast cancer awareness that he wouldn’t have given a hoot about when he was alive. Just like when WWE tried to name a battle royal after the Fabulous Moolah, the legacy makes things complicated.

That being said, I’m not going to dismiss Dana’s ability to contribute because of the sins her husband committed. What happened to judging people based on their own merits? Am I supposed to dismiss everybody that has been friendly with anybody I find morally reprehensible? That doesn’t sound like an intelligent way to live life, especially as a bleeding heart liberal living in Kentucky.

She’s a woman

Not that I’m saying that everybody in the Internet Wrestling Community is a sexist. It’s just I’ve noticed over the years that whenever women get some creative power, the complaints tend to ramp up. Stephanie McMahon was blamed for everything bad to come out of WWE Creative for years on end. The idea of Christy Hemme joining TNA’s creative team was ridiculed. Madison Rayne got a little less flack than Christy did, but the bottom line remains.

Booking wrestling matches has always been a bit of a boys’ club. Adding women to the mix makes people uncomfortable…even some the fans watching the stuff. Somehow we take issue with women writing stuff for male characters, but are more than fine with men writing for female characters. Weird, right?

We complain about everybody they hire for Creative

When’s the last time WWE hired somebody on the writing team that we all thought was a good idea? Paul Heyman? Most of them are people we’ve never heard of, but hear a bit in their resume that we don’t like. David Lagana wrote an episode of Friends, so we wondered what the heck that had to do with wrestling. I’m pretty sure somebody else wrote an episode of Homeboys In Outer Space, though that may have also been Lagana. We even complain about the wrestling people. I remember being confused when Dusty Rhodes was hired for creative. He hadn’t exactly done the best work in TNA just before getting the job.

When we make all of these complaints for all of these reasons, we’re all missing one important point: It all goes through Vince McMahon anyway. What does it matter if it’s Dana Warrior, Paul Heyman or Freddie Prinze Jr. pitching the ideas when the same guy’s making the final decision?

I say give Dana a chance. We might find out years from now on whatever the next thing that comes along after podcasts is that she had a ton of great ideas that powered WWE through 2019. Stranger things have happened.


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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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