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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Raw (03/25/19)

How did Raw grade out on the Good, Bad, Ugly scale this week?

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Bobby is back! And he has your Good, Bad, and Ugly look at WWE Raw!

After a week off, I know you need your Good, Bad and Ugly fix!  Well here we go, another week closer to WrestleMania!  Raw, SmackDown and NXT better be on their Good behavior, however it is known historically that wrestling fans are gluttons for punishment.  Will Raw damage us so close to the Big Day? Or will everything be All Good?

GOOD

Beat the Clock- Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan

Sarah Logan looked very Good in there.  She has impressed in her very little ring time and has a lot of talent.  The key here was minimal but effective Rousey Offense.  Rousey didn’t get to do much and the fans were rewarded with a better than usual match out of her.  A short but Good, quick match.  Rousey Wins! 

Finn Balor vs. (I.C. Champion) Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush and Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers

After the no-auto rematch clause has been established we now get to watch former champs fight for their title rematch before getting them.  Originally set to face Lashley and Lio Rush in a Handicap Match we were given the always ready to be embarrassed Jinder Mahal as a substitute. This was an over the top, 5 on 1 type of heel disaster.  Luckily the likes of Finn Balor doesn’t usually have a Bad Match.  This one was no different as Balor shined as he always does.  No matter the case Balor seems to almost always put on a Great show.  Lashley and Mahal also looked sharp and this was a Good one.  A ton of action ending with a “dive” onto all of the heels by Balor.  Balor then hit a game ending “Coupe de Grace” onto Mahal for the shocking victory, sewing up a Title shot at WrestleMania.  A frustrated Lashley then destroyed his teammates after the loss.  Solid match!

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival

Unless you have been living under a rock, the upstarts of NXT have been on an impressive streak, continuously giving over the top standards in their matches.  Ricochet and Black have been red hot and almost flawless in their time on the main roster so far.  No one can deny the tag team abilities of the current Tag Team Champions The Revival either.  With their exceptional tag team chemistry and style they have more than earned those belts.  This wasn’t a perfect match, in fact there was a lot not to like about it at times.  The pace was off, Black kept missing his kicks and knees.  It looked Bad, even like it could be Ugly.  However with a “double Black Mass” followed by the always impressive “630” it ended on a Good note.  Black and Ricochet Win Again!

Drew McIntrye

Drew McIntyre is the total package.  He can work, tell a story and is very strong on the microphone.  This week was no different.  He has a strong delivery and says everything with a certain conviction in his tone.  That is exactly the way you need to come out when you are challenging the “Big Dog” Roman Reigns.  After McIntyre has been running rough shot on all 3 of the Shield Brothers as of late, he has turned his sites on Reigns by himself.  The challenge at WrestleMania has been set and he even had the nerve to put Roman’s wife and kids into the promo.  Reigns had enough and confronted McIntyre roughing him up before getting a low blow and “Claymore Kick” to end it.  This was a Good promo and should make for a strong match at WrestleMania. 

Sasha Banks vs. Natalya

With little to no hope for this one, it delivered a surprise.  Natalya was on this week and the Boss as usual had a Good showing.  The action was well done, and the story was told, hyping what could be a huge WrestleMania match to come.  Tamina Snuka managed to only barely do anything here by interfering and causing a D.Q. and Sasha Banks Win!  Snuka is a nightmare in the ring, on the mic and otherwise.  She literally cannot move without being a joke.  She can’t sell a move, and cannot even do her one move (a superkick) without looking like she will lose her balance.  Snuka is just horrible and it is mind boggling that she has a job.  Get her out of there please WWE!  She is horrendous in every way possible!   She however didn’t really work this match and the Banks/Natalya Match was surprisingly okay, and for them, that is Good enough. 

Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews

This was essentially a squash on Crews.  Corbin straight dominated Crews in an effort to give him some credit.  WWE spent a lot of time hyping Corbin’s accomplishments and almost force feeding the audience Baron Corbin, who is already hated enough.  Having said that, this was a decent, quick match.  Corbin Wins with “End of Days.”  After the match Corbin continued his assault on his fallen foe with another “End of Days.”  Bravo to WWE for having most of Corbin’s trash talking off-air and not making us listen to his half ass promo skills.  Good Match though!

BAD

Triple H

Triple H is great on the mic, and in the ring.  He has a presence and respect of most who have watched him.  This promo was long and unnecessary.  The whole legal note from Batista’s lawyers is just cheesy.  This is poor writing.  HHH delivered a usual stellar promo, but the content and length made it land on the Bad column.  HHH’s career is now on the line at WrestleMania, and this is just pointless.    

Last Man Standing Match- Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose

Considering the nature of this match and the participants, we could have had a lot better.  Yes, McIntyre beat the living hell out of Ambrose and as usual, Ambrose looked like he was on vacation in there.  This was violent but Bad.  McIntyre gave Ambrose a hell of a lot of pain and suffering but it was a “Claymore Kick” after sending Ambrose through a table that ended this match with a 10-count.  McIntyre wins this painful match! 

UGLY

(Opening Segment) Ronda Rousey

Ah, Ronda Rousey the Tamina Snuka of the “A” players.  She is a train wreck every single time she is given the mic.  She literally didn’t even do the “mic drop” right, as that means you don’t pick it back up.  She did this twice.  No one cares, and every time Rousey goes on the mic, she gets further away from being savable.  Lynch and Charlotte interrupted and although Lynch was on point as usual, the Ugly outweighed the Good.  Crap opening, and we can only pray that they don’t talk at WrestleMania, and keep Rousey out of action as much as humanly possible.  This was an Ugly opening.    

Beat the Clock- Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott

Both are very talented but this match sucked!  Charlotte was moving slow and it showed.  Riott couldn’t and didn’t get anything Good going.  It is a shame that the Riott Squad continues to be jobbed out every week.  Another crap match, and all it can do is worry us about the quality of the match coming up at WrestleMania.  Charlotte Wins!  (Took the lead in the beat the clock)

Beat the Clock- Liv Morgan vs. Becky Lynch

It hurts to say as personally I love Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch but this was a very weak showing.  Just not a Good match.  Lynch Wins and Wins the Beat the Clock Challenge!  (Shocker)

A Moment of Bliss

This is literally a joke.  Alexa Bliss is fantastic but there is a limit, and I believe WWE has reached it.  This is the kind of crap that makes people crazy.  No one wants SNL on WWE, at all, especially in a match.  Che and Yost need to stick to comedy as Pro Wrestling will get you killed.  The whole angle with Strowman is total cheese and this promo and now feature going to WrestleMania is unbelievably Ugly!  They have no business being a part of the show and now they are going to take up spots in the “Andre” Battle Royal which could be used by people who deserve it.  Make it stop!  

Seth Rollins

Rah rah, let’s all beat Brock Lesnar together, la-di-da.  This was not Rollins best work.  Heyman is pretty much gold on the mic but it was long winded and pointless the entire time he spoke.  We can only “pray” that the rest of the hype goes better.  It doesn’t help things when Heyman begs as it just looks horrible.  Heyman is a genius but this isn’t his best role.  Surprise again, as they are doing a “dress rehearsal” without the most important person there, the Champ.  This just wasn’t Good but it was Ugly.  Let’s hope the actual match will deliver better than the hype. 

Kurt Angle vs. (U.S. Champion) Samoa Joe

Considering the level of talent here, this was an Ugly match.  The strikes looked horrible, the pace was Ugly, the whole match was just not what it should have been.  A careful Samoa Joe looks horrible and Angle cannot retire fast enough, as his body is just not able to go like it used too.  This was just an Ugly Match all around and hopefully, AJ Styles can do better for everyone.  Samoa Joe locks in a “Coquina Clutch” and Angle rolls it into a pin for the victory!  Again this just was an Ugly shame of a match. 

FINAL

  • Good- 6
  • Bad- 2
  • Ugly- 6

Overall

Well my friends, when there is a tie, we go to the Bad.  This was plain out an UGLY Monday Night Raw, and what a horrible time for this to happen.  Things just didn’t click this week for the boys from the “red” brand.  The “A” players were lax and the “B” players didn’t help any.  After this embarrassing week on Raw things hopefully can only get “Better” from here.  What a disappointment though!  Even the Good was charity as it was just above crap level for the most part.

Monday Night Raw this week was an Ugly shame but we still have SmackDown and NXT who always seem to lift our spirits.  They have their work cut out for them this week though however after Monday Night Raw stunk out the place.  Will the other brands be able to save the day?  Time will tell, on the next Good, Bad and Ugly!


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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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