On the way to WrestleMania, does Fastlane end up Good, Bad or Ugly?
We are almost onto the Final push. Right now Fastlane is set up to be a Good night with a ton of action and possibly some major ramifications with a ton of Gold and Storylines at stake before WrestleMania is here.
Without question tonight will mean a lot; but will it be Good, Bad or Ugly?
KickOff Show- Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev w/ Lana vs. New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)
After Kofi Kingston got called in about the Championship Match later on, New Day faced off with Nakamura and Rusev. This is a decent Match with some really Good talent being put together. Rusev and Nakamura are two potentially top guys in the WWE and paired up hopefully will do something big. New Day Rocks, this is a fact and both Woods and Big E can do some Great things in the ring. This went as expected. Rusev and Nakamura beat down Woods and controlled the match early. It really is incredible how athletic Rusev is, he moves around like a much smaller guy but also is a pure powerhouse. Big E got that long awaited painstaking tag and didn’t waste a second wrecking everything in his path and oozing charisma. Big E went high impact and killed it but got cut off by Nakamura with a flurry of knees. Things got a little fishy but recovered. Again Nakamura and Rusev got control on Woods and almost had it won. However it was a huge “up up down down” for an impressive exciting New Day Victory!
Opening Match- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship- The Uso’s (C) vs. McMiz
Miz is home and will turn it on. If he is going to have a successful night, this is the time. Opening Match and Hometown Pride filled the Cleveland Arena. Nothing quite feels as great as someone getting hometown love. Miz is not going to have to “heel” it up at home for a change also. The crowd was loud and appreciative and it felt Good. McMiz started off strong in full control everything looking clean and an extremely hot crowd. Jimmy Uso finally tagged in and took out Shane. The Heels spent a decent amount of time beating down the Shane O’ Mac. It was all to set up the big moment for the hero. The Miz gets the long awaited hot tag. Miz looked to take it away but with a miscue by the referee missed a huge opportunity. Again Uso’s looked to take control but The Miz would not quit. The “Coast to Coast” interception of the massive “Samoan Splash” was insane and blew the roof off. The Miz got his amazing “frog splash” blocked and rolled up. The Uso’s retain in a very Good, successful title defense. Then, it happened. Shane McMahon brutally attacked The Miz in a “shocking” heel turn. To do it in a place like Miz’s town that was a Good decision and genius way to get this popping off. Shane was straight stiff on the “A Lister.” Even assaulting Miz’s Father at Ringside. This got a little too much after a while but the overall effect was felt. Good job all around!
Elias/Elias Part II/Part III
Elias got to sing in the City that Rocks, and got to piss off the Cleveland crowd with insults making fun of Miz and his Dad. Cheap heat even bringing up Lebron James. That was that, nothing else even happened.
More cheap heat, more entertainment. It really works for him. He has this fantastic way of getting unreal heat for doing textbook gimmicks. Good again.
Breaking it all down and heeling it up again, even pulling Becky Lynch into his act. Again Elias has the heat and brings it at all times. Elias then shot himself in the leg because he strangely was uninterrupted. Elias went on a tirade about how bad OH is. Even more strange, the South Carolina precious flower, Lacey Evans didher sexy, sophisticated cat walk. No one complained. “RKO” outta no-where! Orton gets Elias, AJ Styles then flattens Orton. Whatever is to come of this, will be Good! Point taken.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships Match- The Revival (C) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Roode and Gable
So much potential here, this looks to be a damn Good match. As expected Black and Ricochet started off hot but Ricochet got isolated by the Champs. Even getting beat up, Ricochet puts up a fight and makes it look Good. Aleister Black shined and put in some amazing work with Roode and Gable. Ricochet almost stole it with a “shooting star press” after Wilder hit a sick splash on Gable. The action then went all over and ended with a disgusting “hurricanrana” by Ricochet to Dawson to the outside spilling everyone down on the outside. Again it was anyone’s game, until The Revival hit a “shatter machine” for the Victory, retaining the Tag Team Championships! Then all hell broke loose everyone beating the hell out of each other. Ricochet and Aleister Black are the last men standing, but it was Revival who wins this Good Match.
Fatal 4-Way- United States Championship Match- Samoa Joe (C) vs. R-Truth vs Andrade w/ Zelina Vega vs. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is a dynamo and a major part of some of the very best of Professional Wrestling history. Andrade has already made a huge name for himself and rightfully so, as he and his always fabulous Zelina Vega have become quite the treat for the audience. It comes as no surprise that this was an airshow. We saw precision and cut throat high flying insanity. Samoa Joe the Champ fit right in with the high flyers quite nicely. This was one crazy, action packed match. It took a certain amount of cooperation to take out Joe but it was always short lived as this was an every man for himself, non-stop battle. Samoa Joe took some hits but dominated a large part of the title defense. Although any of these guys would be an awesome U.S. Champ, it was Samoa Joe who locked a “Coquina Clutch” on Mysterio for the Win! Samoa Joe and the crew kicked major ass in this one dominating the show! Samoa Joe retains! Fantastic Match!
WWE Championship Match- Daniel Bryan (C) w/ Rowan vs. Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston Mustafa Ali
Yes! Kofi gets his moment! This is what we all wanted! Only he isn’t. Mustafa Ali disappointingly made his way out to a stunned crowd. This is a joke really. However this match has some major talent and could be incredible. K.O. and Ali had some great chemistry and of course this was action packed. Unfortunately the shot in the gut regarding Kofi Kingston stung and took away from the match. It really does suck that he isn’t working this match too. This was high risk, Ali especially took some serious bumps. Like all of the matches this could have gone to any of the three competitors. So much back and forth and jocking for position. We saw a Spanish fly off the top and a sick number of other crazy spots. Ali missed his “054” K.O. had the match won but got broken up. K.O had a couple of close calls and could taste the Championship! Ali later hit a “450” on the Champ on the apron, but Rowan saved Bryan. Rowan then took advantage but was neutralized. Surprisingly in this no-DQ Rowan took an incredibly long time to get involved. It was between Bryan and Ali and Daniel Bryan out did him. Daniel Bryan retains! Good, solid match. Not perfect but Good.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch (Lynch Gets spot on WM 35 Match)
A hobbling Becky Lynch came out to an appreciative ravenous crowd. She is a one legged “Man” in a “Lass Kicking” contest. The constant loud trash talking was a bit much but very “Flair-like” of Charlotte. Flair looked Great in there just twisting and punishing Lynch. They have worked each other so many times and know each other so well. The trend continued with Flair pouncing and Lynch hitting little spurts of hope. Lynch got Flair in the Disarmer but was turned into a “figure 8.” Rousey ran in and attacked Beck Lynch, causing Charlotte to be disqualified. Becky Lynch Wins and will be at WrestleMania! Great writing!
Main Event- The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre
Michael Cole mentioned it, Ambrose is leaving and this may be one of his final Shield moments in history. This should be a huge, physical, red hot match. The Heel crew beat down the Shield Brothers and The Shield gave it right back to them. It was back and forth lots of power moves and lots of action. Main Event, slower, bigger pace. Roman Reigns “The Big Dog” front and center. McIntyre and Reigns were especially entertaining as a precursor to bigger things to come down the road. Bobby Lashley also just demands attention as he is a beast with major authority. Even Corbin held his own. Ambrose desperately needed to make the tag. In came “The Big Dog!” Reigns cleaned house, the crowd was hot, and it all clicked. The action was all over the place, and the wooden basketball court made for a great landscape. The Shield would not be denied no matter how much punishment it takes. “Shield Bomb” for McIntyre through the announce table. The Shield savored the moment. Corbin was next, dismantled by the Hounds. Seth Rollins straight dropping F-Bombs that had to be blocked. Another “Shield Powerbomb” Shield Wins!
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship- Asuka (C) vs. Mandy Rose
Most don’t think that Mandy has a shot here and they are probably correct. Asuka seemed to play around with Mandy early on like always with precise offense. Sonya Deville did her part trying to help her friend and gave her an advantage at the least. This was not a Good match however. Mandy was not at her best, or maybe unfortunately she was? This was not Good unless it was Asuka who is Great. BotchaMania filled the air with this one too many times. In the most anti-climatic of fashions, Mandy slipped on the apron due to Sonya Deville, Asuka capitalized and got the Win! Asuka retains with a brutal kick to the head. To add to the ugliness Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville now have obvious public heat. Gross!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship- Bayley and Sasha Banks (C) vs. Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax
Nice to see Beth Phoenix getting some more time. Sasha Banks and Bayley are awesome, it is just a shame that they aren’t feuding with Kairi and Io instead of these two. Tamina and Nia are pretty Bad sometimes and are certainly hurting the show more than helping. Frequent tags, the Challengers kept everyone’s favorite “hugger” down. Jax and Snuka clicked and kept control. Of course we had a botch as they started doing too much. Nia Jax caught her and fell awkward but moving right on. Bayley and Banks looked outstanding at times especially Bayley. This wasn’t all Good though, it was rough as is the calling card of Tamina and Jax. Although nothing unforgivable this wasn’t Good, Bayley gets a sick pin. Boss N Hug Retain! Then get jumped and beat down by the Challengers. Sore losers and all the after action looked better than the match. A shame. This could and should have been better. Hopefully we can get someone going for the titles. Please Wrestling Gods! Yes we saw Beth Phoenix get involved and it was okay, but hopefully it will be against Jax and not Tamina. Natalya for the “save” but was also just smashed down by the large duo. No Good still, only Bad.
Handicap Match- The Bar vs. Kofi Kingston
This was a shocking moment and Kofi Kingston is living in a Pro Wrestling nightmare. The Bar wrestling at the same time virtually ready to kill Kofi Kingston. This was of course a McMahon heel twist but still so weird. Kofi made it all come together and looked Good. No one could Win this match against The Bar, it isn’t possible, this was just a punishment. This mugging was over the top and senseless. Repetitive beating and Kofi was done. The Bar Wins! Woods and Big E just had enough and ran in but Rusev and Nakamura made short work of them also.
With little to no mud on their face, WWE had a GOOD show here. We saw a very talented roster shine and do what they do best. This wasn’t a perfect show but it was damn Good.
WrestleMania is the next Big One, well after NXT Takeover of course. Let us not forget that the best time of year to be a wrestling fan is right now! Get those shirts out, the parties planned and troll away! Tis the season! Catch you after Raw for more Good, Bad and Ugly only on thechairshot.com
Elisa: Women Are Headlining WWE WrestleMania, And Will Deliver
The women are headlining, will they deliver?
Elisa Maria shares in the joy that women are headlining WrestleMania, and why the women will deliver.
Even though wrestling fans kind of heard the rumors a few months ago, it became reality today when WWE announced that the main event of WrestleMania will be the triple threat match between Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch. For me as a fan growing up, I would have never thought this would be even remotely possible. It was a long time coming but this women’s evolution, these group of women deserve it. They fought and proved that women can wrestle with the men, put on a show just like the men but have been doing it better than all the main roster combined. On a personal note, I am even more excited that I will be there to witness this spectacle. It’s exciting!
There have been many things that have influenced me to open up my blog, but I must say a good chunk of it has been watching the whole women’s revolution develop and flourish to become such a necessity that even ratings depend on it. If we were to look at this from the outside, WWE has survived the past year due to what the women on the roster has brought to the table not necessary the men. The chances and risks that these women have taken, it is unbelievable. They are taking chair shots, kendo stick shots, elimination chambers, and iron man matches, I mean – what haven’t they done? Even their promos are way more interesting than what they men have put out there in recent months. One name to prove this is – Becky Lynch. She is just constantly dominating the promo and “talking shit” game that it reminds me of legends such as the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin during the attitude era, where “talking shit” was at it’s finest. In the past, where it was damn near impossible to believe that a woman in wrestling can take the same force of a chair shot straight to her back like a male wrestler can – these group of women are doing it like nothing and I am proud.
Can these three extremely talented and gifted women put on a show worthy of a main event to close out this year’s WrestleMania in the biggest city of them all, New York? Hell yeah they can! Let me explain why…
Let’s get the stats going shall we. Ronda Rousey, the current WWE Raw women’s champion, joined WWE in January 2018 after a groundbreaking career in the UFC, where she was the first UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Not only was Rousey the first women’s champion in UFC history, she also main-evented two of the top 10 UFC pay-per-view events (by buy rate) in that company’s history. Next, Charlotte Flair, a seven-time WWE women’s champion, and Lynch, a two-time SmackDown women’s champion, helped foster dramatic changes in the WWE’s women’s division over the past six years. As part of a group that called itself the “Four Horsewomen” — a callback to Flair’s father, Ric Flair, and his rotating quartet of industry-defining compatriots in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s -Charlotte Flair and Lynch, along with Bayley and Sasha Banks, promoted a more physical style of performance.
The Four Horsewomen reshaped and built up NXT, WWE’s training ground for upcoming superstars that has become a global brand of its own, through a series of “TakeOver” specials that redefined the style of women’s wrestling on display in WWE. At WrestleMania 32, the women’s championship belt was created to replace the existing Divas championship belt that was a huge symbolism for the direction of women’s wrestling in the company.
If that is not proof enough that these women can outright perform, then re-watch last year’s first women’s pay per view Evolution and Survivor Series. For the Evolution pay per view, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair, considered as a brutal, violent and nearly perfect match performance. It was a memorable feud between two of WWE’s most important members of its current “women’s revolution,” former best friends Lynch and Flair took things to an entirely new level. The duo set new standards in terms of high spots, physicality and outright carnage for a main roster women’s match in what is undoubtedly in the conversation for best WWE match of 2018, regardless of gender.
Survivor Series saw Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair in another grade A+ match that had a great heel turn and one of the most brutal post-match beat downs I have ever seen. Flair looked like a woman possessed as she unleashed on Rousey, pummeling her with weapons and assaulting her on a level unlike anything she has ever experienced before. In the process, she set in motion the storyline in which Rousey, Flair and Lynch would clash in the biggest show in wrestling’s history.
What Can We Expect During The Main Event At WrestleMania in MetLife Stadium?
I’ll tell you what I expect: I expect that these three amazing women will go all out to not only entertain the fans but to show that women’s wrestling is the REAL DEAL on the same stage and in the same building last occupied by The Rock and John Cena–think about that! This match will be a match to remember and probably in contention to be the match of the year for 2019. Whether you’re a wrestling fan or not, you have to admit this is intriguing and exciting. Non- wrestling fans will probably tune into WrestleMania just to view this match and I would not blame them. I personally am appreciative of what all women in the WWE roster has brought to the table and for all women of sports. This could be the main event to rival all main events. In short, I am proud to be a woman, in a generation where we have Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
Until then Fans, farewell.
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Chairshot Classics: The Streak Part 13 – Riding Into The Sunset (2017-2018)
The end of The Deadman’s run at WrestleMania…?
Tiffany takes a look back at The Undertaker competing at the last two WrestleMania events, against Roman Reigns and John Cena.
As 2017 dawned, it became clear to many WWE fans that the Undertaker’s 30 year ride in the WWE seemed to be coming to a close. The Deadman was visibly slowing down, but his drive to remain the Big Dog in the Yard was as strong as ever. However, there were new and older dogs in the Deadman’s yard now and they each wanted to stake their own claims on the Yard…and the WrestleMania Streak.
Roman Reigns, the controversial Guy of WWE, staked his claim when he eliminated the Undertaker at the 2017 Royal Rumble and refused to back down, even spearing the dreaded Deadman, vowing to be only the second man in history to beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania.
In 2018, John Cena, the long-time face of WWE, found himself on the Road to WrestleMania without an opponent after failing to capture the WWE Championship from AJ Styles. Determined to NOT miss the Show of Shows, he set his sights on getting the match that had always eluded him: The Streak.
WrestleMania 33 – Battle of the Big Dogs
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
This battle for the yard started at the 2017 Royal Rumble. Taker and Reigns were entered when Reigns eliminated the Deadman, mouthing to the stunned Phenom that ‘It’s my yard now’. That seemed to be the end of until Taker attacked Roman a month later. The stage was set for a National Geographic level fight to see who would run the yard, Undertaker or Roman Reigns.
As a special surprise, this match was called by Good Ol’ JR! Jim Ross hadn’t been part of WrestleMania for a few years and it’s great to see him back, especially since he’d just lost his beloved wife, Jan, a few weeks before. Ross got such a huge pop, you almost couldn’t hear Jojo’s announcing. JR was greeted by Cole and JBL with hugs and a good wishes from the the crowd.
Reigns came out to a LOUD chorus of boos, but didn’t seem that concerned about it. He punched the ground and flames shot down the ramp and ignited the fireworks set up for him. It was announced that the match would be No Holds Barred. Reigns was the picture of cool confidence, seemingly unaffected by the huge match or the reaction of the crowd. However, as his music ends and we wait, the nerves began to set in.
The Deadman Cometh. There’s been a little dispute about where Taker appeared from in his entrance, but it LOOKED to me like he rose from about halfway down the ramp, but didn’t really matter, the entrance was still all the Undertaker in his creepy glory. Reigns had his ‘Oh shit, here he comes moment’ but was still stoic in the ring. It was time to decide who really owns this yard.
I’m going to be honest, this was the hardest match of the Streak for me, as a life-long Taker fan, to watch. WWE had been able to really disguise how limited Taker was becoming in the last couple of WrestleMania matches, especially the one with Shane, but there was no hiding it in this match. Taker could barely move, none of his signature moves, outside of a few moves were in this match. This was a fight, pure and simple. It was a fight straight out of a National Geographic documentary about lions fighting for dominance.
Roman Reigns took a LOT of heat from smarks about his performance, but watching it back after two years’ time, it’s clear that Roman was doing everything he possibly could to hide Taker’s limited ability, but there’s only so much you can do with a 52 year old man who needs a hip replacement.
Roman really got into this match after he speared Taker through the Spanish announce table. After Taker sat up, Reigns got MAD and just beat the shit out of Taker. Taker would turn it around with a Last Ride, but Reigns kicked out.
One of the things the smarks most complained about was a botched spot where Reigns tried to Tombstone the Undertaker, the ultimate act of disrespect that has been performed by almost every major rival of Taker’s since Kane in 1998. However, watching that spot back a few times, I think I’ve figured out what went wrong: Reigns was exhausted and had taken quite a beating from Taker and couldn’t quite get a grip on Taker and Taker couldn’t help him as much as he normally would have.
Towards the end, Reigns begged Taker to stay down, but the old lion refused, forcing Reigns to beat Taker into submission with a steel chair and countless Superman Punches before finishing the match with a spear and becoming only the second man in WWE history to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Roman Reigns vacated the ring, and the significance of what had just happened began to hit the audience. Undertaker was seemingly done. It took several minutes, but Taker got to his feet and put on his coat and hat, then slowly took them off, folding his coat and leaving it in the middle of the ring, along with his iconic hat and his gloves. The crowd chanted ‘Thank you, Taker’ as the Deadman made what seemed to be his final walk away from a WWE ring, pausing to kiss his wife, Michelle McCool, and taking one last look at the crowd that he’d entertained for nearly thirty years before disappearing in a wave of smoke.
Rating: 8/10 This match wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but it told a great story.
Hightlight: Taker sitting up. Reigns begging Taker to stay down. Taker’s final farewell.
WrestleMania 34 – Be Careful What You Wish For
The Undertaker vs. John Cena
As the Road to WrestleMania 34 got underway, John Cena, the once untouchable face of WWE found himself sitting on the sidelines after failing to capture the WWE title from rival AJ Styles. Determined to not miss WrestleMania, Cena set his eyes on the one WrestleMania opponent that had always eluded him: The Undertaker. When Taker seemed deaf to Cena’s pleading, the leader of Cenation resorted to taunting Taker like a petulant child who wasn’t getting his way.
Finally frustrated that he didn’t seem to be getting his way, Cena ‘bought’ a ticket to WrestleMania and sat in the audience, oohing and awing over the superstars of WWE pulling out all the stops. As Charlotte vs Asuka was finishing, one of the WWE refs approached and told Cena something and Cena went into the back. Mr. Cena was about to learn why it is always wise to be careful what you wish for, especially when dealing with the Undertaker.
Cena comes back to the ring later in the show, and unlike most people in the Streak, Cena seemed extremely excited by the prospect of facing the Undertaker. Then another ref comes and says something like Taker’s NOT there or he changed his mind. Poor Cena is dejected, but the crowd isn’t giving up. As Cena leaves, the lights go out.
The Deadman Cometh. Wait, that’s Elias. The crowd is FURIOUS over the trick, but Elias doesn’t care, claiming that he’s better than the person everyone wanted to see. The crowd gets even angrier and I can’t repeats some of what they seemed to be saying. Enraged, Cena leaves while Elias mocks him in song. Finally sick of this, Cena beat Elias like he owed him money. Kudos to the kid smack talking Elias.
The crowd won’t give up, even when Cena’s music hits again. Frustrated, Cena prepares to take his leave, but then…the music stops and it takes Cena a moment to realize it and now…
The Deadman FINALLY Cometh. A spotlight hits the ring, revealing the folded hat and coat Taker left in the ring the year before and lightning strikes and the items are gone. It finally, FINALLY hits Cena just what he’s getting himself into and it’s too late to change his mind.
Out of the gates of Hell comes the Undertaker. Back to the arena where the Streak ended four years before. Cena’s ‘Oh Shit!’ hits and it is time.
For all the anticipation, the years of waiting, and having to sit through Elias, this match was kind of an ‘eh’. It was the shortest match of the Streak and I can’t say it was a shining moment for either man. To give Cena his due, he sold the return of Undertaker like he should have. He LEGIT looked scared out of his wits to FINALLY be getting this match.
As if to exorcise the previous loss in New Orleans, and pay Cena back for his remarks, Taker dominated the match from the start. Taker did hit most of the greatest hits of his arsenal, almost like he’d never had a bad hip, including Old School. Still, this wasn’t a great match by any stretch of the imagination, sadly. Though Cena tripping and falling when Taker sat up was hilarious. One tombstone later, and it was over. The dream match finally happened, but it could’ve been so much more.
Rating: 6/10 This match could’ve been so much more if it had happened a few years earlier, but it was an okay match for what it was.
Highlight: Elias getting cussed out by the crowd. Taker’s entrance. Cena falling on his ass when Taker sat up.
Post-Script: As of 10pm, March 25, 2019, while I’m writing this final part to the Streak rewatch, Undertaker has not been scheduled for a match of any kind at WrestleMania. As of now, the match against Cena was the final match of the Streak and the Deadman walked off with his head held high. Thanks for the memories, Taker.
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