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McMahons = Trumps?

Are the McMahon family and the Trump family one in the same?



WWE Vince McMahon Business

Ever since the McMahon Family made their return to WWE television as the all-seeing all-knowing bosses of the company, I’ve found myself a bit confused. That isn’t anything out of the ordinary, as most things in the Year of Our Lord 2019 strike me as befuddling. Allow me to explain the source of this bout of confusion.

It’s Vince.

I’ve experienced all the incarnations of Vincent Kennedy McMahon as a WWE performer. I’ve watched his early announcing work where he did his best impression of Howard Cosell while calling wrestling matches. As we moved into the 80s & 90s, he shifted into a routine as a happy go lucky carnival barker. After the Montreal Screwjob, he shifted into his most famous persona of Mr. McMahon, the evil boss that would do anything to get back at rebellious wrestlers while knowing that the fans would keep coming back anyway. He knew what they wanted better than they did.

Twenty years have passed, and now Vince is portrayed as a doddering old man. His on-air appearances don’t have the same zip they used to. He’s lost a step. His fastball isn’t what it used to be. Whatever phrase you want to throw out there. I’ve been wondering why they would trot him out there as often as they are right now. Vince has always been about doing whatever to get a reaction, but at this point in his life where he seemingly can’t give you what you need out of an evil authority figure, why?

For heaven’s sake, Baron Corbin was cutting better evil authority promos!

One popular theory is that Vince is portraying what the Internet Wrestling Fan thinks Vince McMahon is in 2019. You don’t have to look too far to find a take saying Vince is out of touch. It’s one of the few things a lot of us can agree on. We all blame Vince & Kevin Dunn for the things on WWE television we don’t like, while crediting Triple H or anybody else we can think of with the stuff we do like. I mean, maybe that’s the idea. After thinking about it for awhile, I’m starting to think there’s something more to it.

Everybody knows that Vince shares many characteristics with the current President of the United States. That’s why he & Donald Trump have been such great friends over the years. They have a lot in common. Their families have a lot in common too. I’m seeing a lot of similarities in how the McMahons are currently being portrayed on television with how the Trumps are portrayed on television, books, social media & other outlets. Am I crazy here?

Well, probably. But here’s what I’m seeing…

Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon = Donald Trump

  • Both make decisions at the drop of a hat without much thought of the consequences.
  • Both push their ideas well past their sell-by date.
  • They yell & scream at anybody that disagrees with them, on television or not.
  • Both have a ton of people that love them, and a ton of people that hate them.

Stephanie McMahon WWE

Stephanie McMahon = Melania/Ivanka Trump

  • Both are used to put an attractive face on their families’ less than attractive policies.
  • “Be Best” = “Be A Star”
  • Both seek to be positive female role models surrounded by a tradition of non-positive female portrayals.
  • They have influence, but people wonder how they’re really using it.

Triple H WWE Raw

Triple H = Jared Kushner

  • Both are ambitious sons-in-law that have eclipsed their brothers-in-law in the pecking order.
  • Both have a strong relationship with The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad bin Salman, allowing their administrations to turn a blind eye to controversy surrounding the Kingdom.

This isn’t a perfect comparison, I admit. Triple H has much more experience and knowledge when it comes to wrestling than Kushner does when it comes to government.

Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon = Donald Trump Jr.

  • Both are presumptive heirs to the throne, but find themselves on the outside looking in.
  • Both have a popularity with their base that is somewhat inexplicable to outsiders. Donald with his extreme right-wing views, Shane with his extreme approach to wrestling.
  • Both are very loyal to their family.

XFL = The Wall

  • Both have been promised to fans for years on end.
  • Both have some supporters dying to see them come to fruition.
  • There doesn’t seem to be much of a need for either, but they both keep getting pushed & have support from a small, loud amount of people.

The McMahons & Trumps have always had a ton in common. Why wouldn’t that continue? Could WWE’s creative staff be looking at the newspapers & social media when writing the McMahon characters & storylines? I’d say so!

I’m not really sure where Kofi Kingston & the New Day fit into all of this, but I’m sure there’s a reason for Vince’s irrational dislike for them here somewhere.

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


Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)

Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?



WWE 205 Live

Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?

After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?

Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?

Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise  Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.

Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.

Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.

I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.

I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.

That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)

Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?



WWE Smackdown Live Kofi Kingston Dolph Ziggler

WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!

After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?

Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.

WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.

As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.

One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.

WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.

Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.

Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.

Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.

Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.

I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.

I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.

Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.

The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.

That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!

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