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Greg DeMarco’s WWE 205 Live Star Ratings & Review (3/12/19 edition)

WWE 205 Live delivers two more amazing matches this week!



WWE 205 Live Drew Gulak Tony Nese

Greg DeMarco takes a closer look at this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live, featuring the semifinals of the tournament to name Buddy Murphy’s #1 contender and WrestleMania opponent!

We kick things off on WWE 205 Live this week with comments from Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Oney Lorcan, and Cedric Alexander. This is followed by comments by our commentary team, and Buddy Murphy’s Instagram promo…because social media. Finally, we head to the ring!

Cruiserweight Tournament Semifinal Match: Cedric Alexander vs. Oney Lorcan – ****

  • During the entrances, it does appear that a good portion of the Dayton crowd is still around. That’s a smart crowd right there!
  • Oney Lorcan does the little things so well–like snatching Cedric’s arm out from holding him up, rolling Alexander to his back in a headlock.
  • I wonder if Cedric Alexander can be “the next Mustafa Ali,” moving to Raw or Smackdown and coming in with a huge fire behind him. He’s done all he can do on the purple and orange brand.
  • Dayton bought all the way into Alexander’s nearfall with the Michinoku Driver! Love seeing a good crowd for the cruiserweights.
  • Lorcan with the HUGE Half-And-Half from the top! Alexander somehow kicks out!
  • Alexander would soon pick up the win with the Lumbar Check, as both men deliver another amazing match.

We get some storyline advancement for Mike (and Maria) Kanellis, and Ariya Daivari talks. I’m interested to see where they go with both.

Cruiserweight Tournament Semifinal Match: Tony Nese vs. Drew Gulak – ***3/4

  • Drew Gulak low key has one of the best themes in WWE today.
  • This is technically heel vs heel, for those who care about that sort of thing. I don’t, but I do credit both men for maintaining a heel attitude.
  • Nese did a back flip off the top for no reason–Gulak was so far away that he had to run closer just to pull the hair!
  • Thanks to Gulak, this match slowed down to a halt–and that’s not a bad thing. It’s great psychology from Drew, but you might have been better served to reverse the order of matches tonight.
  • Like Cedric Alexander, Gulak is a guy who is probably maxed out on 205 Live. I could see him on Raw or Smackdown as part of a tag team (Gulak and Gable, anyone), aligned with The Revival (I mean, that’s obvious), or in NXT where he’s already kicked all kinds of ass with Matt Riddle.
  • Macho Man Rope Snap from Nese!
  • Tony Nese makes everything look so easy, he truly is the Premier Athlete.
  • Nese steals a page out of the Bret Hart playbook reversing the GuLock into a pinning combination. Anytime a highly competitive match ends with a move other than a finisher, I am a happy man.

Two great matches tonight, and next week we get Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander for the right to challenge Buddy Murphy at WrestleMania. Now let’s see Drake Maverick make this a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match and give them the whole show!

Here’s your updated bracket:

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


Levin: Television Deal Gives AEW A Chance To Push WWE Around

With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal? 



With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal?

I don’t know if it is competition yet, but the fact AEW has a television deal with WarnerMedia to air live matches in a weekly primetime format on TNT should make things interesting.

I’m not expecting the return of the Monday Night Wars or for Tony Khan to shout from Stone Mountain that he is in the “wrasslin business” as Ted Turner once did to the deaf ears of Vince McMahon. This isn’t the same kind of confrontation between two middle-aged men with egos bigger than the state of Florida.

Per the New York Post, “The new wrestling company and WarnerMedia announced the agreement Wednesday morning. TNT will air live AEW matches weekly in prime time starting in the fall, as well as streaming them on B/R Live and on pay-per-view. AEW will be presented to advertisers during the WarnerMedia Upfront at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Wednesday.”

If this is the kind of entrance Khan and his performers want to make, then I am all for it. Pro wrestling is moving the needle a bit from the monopoly of the McMahons with NJPW, ROH and the NWA grabbing the attention of fans – away from the stale and pungent feel of what WWE has offered ahead of the Money in the Bank PPV. If anything, there is an injection of adrenaline in a business that has been on life support in some circumstances since the last day WCW was in operation and Billionaire Ted gave in to the struggles of trying to get it right on a weekly basis.

Per Joseph Staszewski,” The deal marks the first time wrestling will appear on TNT since the final “WCW Monday Nitro” on March 26, 2001, and officially puts AEW in competition with WWE for prime-time television ratings.”

My son wasn’t two yet and I was on my first wife at the time.

Now comes the fun of seeing what Khan, who is a huge wrestling fan and part owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will do with top-level talent (Cody, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Guns and Britt Baker to name a few) at his disposal.

If the branding and storylines follow that of the old NWA with a splash of WCW from the early 1990s mixed in, then Khan and his venture have a chance to rock the wrestling boat. No one is going to knock McMahon off his lofty perch. But the programming and promotion can offer hardened fans a chance to see their old favorites weekly.

What AEW did by making the announcement in grand style is deliver a message to WWE, which signifies this is an upstart that isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers. It was the right time with the right company backing them.

It’s time to see if the McMahon old guard is as solid as it once was or can the little engine that could make a dent in a business monopolized for too long.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Smackdown (5/14/19)

They had Kayla Braxton interview Lars Sullivan. Really.



Kayla Braxton WWE Smackdown

WWE Smackdown is in London this week, and it’s the go home SD Live for Money In The Bank. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is on the horizon, and the WWE Smackdown side takes it home in dramatic fashion. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Andrade

Andrade is the man. Seriously, he’s taken tranquilo to the main shows in WWE, and it shows in such a good way. I still wish he was on Raw where he’d be given more opportunity, but he still makes the most out of each moment. Despite the “tranquilo” attitude I referred to, every thing he does actually has far more intensity than almost anyone else not named Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, or Roman Reigns. Traditional thinking means a win here won’t lead to a Money In The Bank briefcase retrieval, but if I was booking the show he’d leave Money In The Bank with the WWE Championship.

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The Second Star: Kayla Braxton

These assholes had Kayla Braxton, a mixed-race female, interview Lars Sullivan? LARS SULLIVAN? I don’t know what idiot made that decision, but they need some special training of their own. Kayla, of course, handled it like the true professional she is. But I’m biased, because I love Kayla Braxton.

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The First Star for WWE Smackdown: Kevin Owens

I am so glad Kevin Owens didn’t stay babyface for long. He’s more than a natural heel–he’s a spectacular heel. He told the truth to Kofi (“reality begins…reality ends this Sunday”) and it worked. He answered Kofi’s babyface challenge, but walked away multiple times, which was long enough to make Sami Zayn’s attack unpredictable. He’s fat, looks dirty, and wrestles in a t-shirt. But he’s so good while doing it. Kevin Owens is the heel we all need, in an era where it’s hard to be a true heel.

Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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