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Rey Mysterio v Andrade

  • Bradley Jay – Andrade
  • Carol Cassada – Andrade
  • David Levin – Andrade
  • Jason Shufletowski – Mysterio
  • Mason Epeneter – Andrade
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – Mysterio
  • Rob Bonnette – Andrade
  • Rob Fernandes – Andrade
  • Scott Mcleod – Andrade
  • Steve Cook – Andrade
  • Steven Mitchell – Mysterio
  • Tiffany Carter – Andrade
  • Dave Ungar – Mysterio
  • DPP – Andrade
  • Andrew Balaz – Andrade
  • Miranda Morales – Andrade
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Andrade
  • Greg DeMarco – Mysterio

Tunney’s Take: I’m going with the mask here and I see Andrade winning the next night on RAW, lol. My pick is Rey Mysterio

The Chairshot 13-6 Andrade #UseYourHead

The Revival(c) v Aleister Black & Ricochet v Bobby Roode & Chad Gable

  • Bradley Jay – Black & Ricochet
  • Carol Cassada – The Revival
  • David Levin – The Revival
  • Jason Shufletowski – The Revival
  • Mason Epeneter – The Revival
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – The Revival
  • Rob Bonnette – The Revival
  • Rob Fernandes – The Revival
  • Scott Mcleod – The Revival
  • Steve Cook – The Revival
  • Steven Mitchell – The Revival
  • Tiffany Carter – The Revival
  • Dave Ungar – The Revival
  • DPP – The Revival
  • Andrew Balaz – The Revival
  • Miranda Morales – Black & Ricochet
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Black & Ricochet
  • Greg DeMarco – The Revival

Tunney’s Take: Could Ricochet and Black capture tag team gold? Yes. Will they? No. My pick is The Revival

The Chairshot 16-3 The Revival #UseYourHead

The Usos(c) v Shane McMahon & The MiZ

  • Bradley Jay – Usos
  • Carol Cassada – Usos
  • David Levin – Usos
  • Jason Shufletowski – Usos
  • Mason Epeneter – Usos
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – Usos
  • Rob Bonnette – Usos
  • Rob Fernandes – Usos
  • Scott Mcleod – Usos
  • Steve Cook – Usos
  • Steven Mitchell – Usos
  • Tiffany Carter – Usos
  • Dave Ungar – Usos
  • DPP – Usos
  • Andrew Balaz – Usos
  • Miranda Morales – Usos
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Usos
  • Greg DeMarco – Usos

Tunney’s Take: Either it’s blatantly obvious or we are all going down on this ship together. They are the best tag team in the world in my opinion. My pick is The Usos

The Chairshot 19-0 The Usos #UseYourHead

Sasha Banks & Bayley(c) v Nia Jax & Tamina

  • Bradley Jay – Boss n Bayley
  • Carol Cassada – Boss n Bayley
  • David Levin – Nia n Tamina
  • Jason Shufletowski – Boss n Bayley
  • Mason Epeneter – Boss n Bayley
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – Boss n Bayley
  • Rob Bonnette – Boss n Bayley
  • Rob Fernandes – Boss n Bayley
  • Scott Mcleod – Boss n Bayley
  • Steve Cook – Nia n Tamina
  • Steven Mitchell – Boss n Bayley
  • Tiffany Carter – Boss n Bayley
  • Dave Ungar – Boss n Bayley
  • DPP – Boss n Bayley
  • Andrew Balaz – Boss n Bayley
  • Miranda Morales – Boss n Bayley
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Boss n Bayley
  • Greg DeMarco – Boss n Bayley

Tunney’s Take: The Boss and Bayley will be the first to defend the women’s tag team championships. Unfortunately for Nia and Tamina they will also be the first to successfully defend them as well. My pick is the Boss n’ Hug Connection

The Chairshot 17-2 Sasha Banks & Bayley #UseYourHead

Asuka(c) v Mandy

  • Bradley Jay – Asuka
  • Carol Cassada – Asuka
  • David Levin – Asuka
  • Jason Shufletowski – Asuka
  • Mason Epeneter – Asuka
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – Asuka
  • Rob Bonnette – Asuka
  • Rob Fernandes – Asuka
  • Scott Mcleod – Asuka
  • Steve Cook – Asuka
  • Steven Mitchell – Asuka
  • Tiffany Carter – Asuka
  • Dave Ungar – Asuka
  • DPP – Asuka
  • Andrew Balaz – Asuka
  • Miranda Morales – Asuka
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Asuka
  • Greg DeMarco – Asuka

Tunney’s Take: I’m not quite as confident as the unanimous pick here. Part of me could really see Mandy “shock the world” Sunday. Regardless… My pick is Asuka

The Chairshot 19-0 Asuka #UseYourHead

The Shield v Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley

  • Bradley Jay – Shield
  • Carol Cassada – Shield
  • David Levin – Shield
  • Jason Shufletowski – BDB
  • Mason Epeneter – Shield
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – Shield
  • Rob Bonnette – Shield
  • Rob Fernandes – Shield
  • Scott Mcleod – Shield
  • Steve Cook – Shield
  • Steven Mitchell – Shield
  • Tiffany Carter – Shield
  • Dave Ungar – BDB
  • DPP – Shield
  • Andrew Balaz – Shield
  • Miranda Morales – Shield
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Shield
  • Greg DeMarco – Shield

Tunney’s Take: The Shield has reunited and all is “right in the world again”. IF we are to get Roman v Dean at Mania then I see that starting this Sunday with some kind of  turmoil between the two. My pick is Baron, Drew and Bobby

The Chairshot 16-3 The Shield #UseYourHead

Charlotte Flair v Becky Lynch

  • Bradley Jay – Becky
  • Carol Cassada – Becky
  • David Levin – Becky
  • Jason Shufletowski – Becky
  • Mason Epeneter – Becky
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – Becky
  • Rob Bonnette – Charlotte
  • Rob Fernandes – Becky
  • Scott Mcleod – Becky
  • Steve Cook – Becky
  • Steven Mitchell – Becky
  • Tiffany Carter – Becky
  • Dave Ungar – Becky
  • DPP – Becky
  • Andrew Balaz – Becky
  • Miranda Morales – Becky
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Becky
  • Greg DeMarco – Charlotte

Tunney’s Take: I really wanted to join Rob and Greg in picking Charlotte. There is so much time between Sunday and Mania. Once again the near unanimous pick does not reflect the confidence in my own decision. Becky could easily still be on the outside looking in come RAW on Monday. BUT… My pick is Becky Lynch

The Chairshot 17-2 Becky Lynch #UseYourHead

Daniel Bryan(c) v Kevin Owens

  • Bradley Jay – DB
  • Carol Cassada – DB
  • David Levin – KO
  • Jason Shufletowski – DB
  • Mason Epeneter – DB
  • Mathew Sarpraicone – DB
  • Rob Bonnette – DB
  • Rob Fernandes – DB
  • Scott Mcleod – DB
  • Steve Cook – DB
  • Steven Mitchell – DB
  • Tiffany Carter – DB
  • Dave Ungar – DB
  • DPP – DB
  • Andrew Balaz – DB
  • Miranda Morales – DB
  • Patrick O’Dowd – DB
  • Greg DeMarco – DB

Tunney’s Take: I can easily see Daniel Bryan losing this match by DQ with Rowan’s interference. Keeping Owens in the title picture moving towards Mania. Win, lose or draw Daniel Bryan will be defending this title at Mania, I’ve been saying it for months. My pick is Daniel Bryan

The Chairshot 18-1 Daniel Bryan #UseYourHead

Personally, I’m looking forward to a large majority of these matches Sunday. Storyline-wise I’m not expecting much though. However, I feel like things on RAW and SmackDown moving forward are about to pickup. What I’m trying to say is #UseYourHead and keep expectations low for Sunday. Thanks again to all the staff that participated! Follow me on the Twitter @PCTunney and listen to @podcastDWI as we review Fastlane and The Chairshot Staff Picks next week. It’s the road to WrestleMania, STAY HYPED!


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 Raw (5/20/19)

Big night on Raw — who stood out?

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WWE Raw Three Stars Of The Night The Miz

WWE Raw returned stateside this week, and we got ourselves a new championship. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is in the rear-view-mirror, and the WWE Raw side had a hell of a show to follow-up. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman knows how to deliver, and he delivered big time during Raw. He made the show feel like a big deal, and it did. He made both champions feel important, but put Brock Lesnar over in the process. Lesnar is so much more comfortable with Paul Heyman around, and the job done to make this briefcase situation feel unique was really solidified by Paul Heyman. Plus, his line about Rollins sitting through 7 hours of WrestleMania waiting for his girlfriend to main event the show he’s always dreamed of main eventing was clutch.


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The Second Star: The IIconics

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce really are national treasures. America, Australia, it doesn’t matter. They are the best, and they’ve crafted characters that don’t need to win or lose, they just need to perform their act. That’s what it takes in WWE, regardless of what we want it to be. Their promo during A Moment Of Bliss (full of people perfectly playing their characters, by the way), was outstanding. Hats off to both ladies for getting themselves to this place.

Honorable Mention: Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, the entire 24/7 crew, The Usos, The Revival, Baron Corbin (yup), Bobby Lashley (I miss Lio), Drew McIntyre, and Shane McMahon

So many great performances tonight, and I am positive I’m leaving deserving folks out.


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The First Star for WWE Raw: The Miz

The Miz is on fire right now, and it comes at a time where both world champions are babyfaces. He’s world champion caliber, and needs something to sink his teeth into if the issue with Shane truly is done. Drew McIntyre is a fine option, but I really want a top flight program for Miz. Maybe he’s the guy to elevate Drew? I’m not sure. I don’t feel like we turn Miz, but the best options for him (to me) are AJ Styles and Seth Rollins.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


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.


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7 Best Candidates To Win New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors 26

Who is the front runner?

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New Japan Best of the Super Juniors Dragon Lee

Abe takes a look at the New Japan Best of the Super Juniors tournament and who is on pace to pick up the overall win.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament kicked off just last week and plenty of quality wrestling has already taken place. For the first time ever, twenty total men make up the tournament field. That means a few more sleeper candidates could potentially sneak their way into the finals.

Best Chance of Winning The New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors

Shingo Takagi

At the time of this being written, Takagi is still undefeated since making his debut in NJPW. That includes the matches he’s already competed in during this year’s tournament. I don’t believe they’ll pull the trigger on him going the whole tournament without a loss but it’s definitely something to monitor. He’s been an incredible addition to Los Ingobernables de Japan as well as to the company as a whole.

Takagi has already taken shots at current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Dragon Lee for overlooking the field and only thinking about impending return of Hiromu Takahashi. Dragon Lee and Shingo are the favorites in their block. Takagi’s reason for winning the block could be that Lee was too focused on the future.

Dragon Lee

After winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden, there is nobody in the tournament with more momentum. The current champion winning the tournament is very uncommon but there is already a story in place as I mentioned. If the current champion wins the entire BOSJ tournament, he will get to select who challenges him for the championship at Dominion. Hiromu Takahashi is the man he wont stop talking about. Almost a year ago, Dragon Lee was the guy that put his biggest rival on the shelf. Hiromu had to vacate the title as a result of the injury suffered in that match. If Takahashi is cleared to compete, there is no better person to accept the challenge.

Who Else Has A Chance?

Will Ospreay

He hasn’t won the tournament in three years and is competing with the heavyweights more and more. Among the current field, Ospreay almost certainly has the most high-profile matches under his belt. He’s the clear betting favorite to make it to the finals in his block. If there’s anything that’ll stop him, it’s that NJPW may already be trying to transition him into a heavyweight.

Taiji Ishimori

Ishimori made it to the finals of the BOSJ tournament last year but only finished as the runner-up. He was also the most recent IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Since his official rebranding as Bullet Club’s “Bone Soldier” last year, he’s maintained a spot near the top of the junior division. If they want to continue his recently-formed feud with Dragon Lee, the opportunity is right there.

El Phantasmo

The newest member of the NJPW roster is in a similar position to the one Taiji Ishimori was in last year. El Phantasmo was introduced as the newest member of the Bullet Club mere days before BOSJ. The aforementioned Ishimori did actually end up going all the finals and Phantasmo is off to a 3-0 start this year. The only man in the B Block that’s a real threat to his path there is Will Ospreay but that’s going to be a tough ask.

Ryusuke Taguchi

Most fans think of him as a comedy wrestler but if you’ve seen him in longer, more competitive matches, you know that he’s one of the most talented guys New Japan has. It’s rare to find someone that can balance entertainment with in-ring skill the way he does. Taguchi is a two-time Junior Heavyweight Champion, former BOSJ winner, leader of his own faction, and one of the veterans of the locker room. It sounds strange but I wouldn’t put my money on Ospreay or Phantasmo as long as Taguchi is hovering near the top of the standings. He’s my dark horse in this year’s tournament.

SHO

This definitely wont happen but he is worth mentioning. SHO isn’t going to win the tournament as long as he’s attached to YOH and Rocky Romero as a part of Roppongi 3K. However, with three matches in, SHO has already wrestled the two longest and best matches of the tournament. He’s only 1-2 so far but that could make things more interesting. Watching him storm back and go on a serious winning streak would be something amazing to see.


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