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The Good, Bad and Ugly Monday Night Raw (3/5/19)

Good Raw this week? Bad? Or bowling shoe Ugly?

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Bobby checks in on all of the action from the 3/5 WWE Raw! Was the show Good, Bad, or Ugly?

New Week, new action.  We are getting so close to WrestleMania at this point we can taste it.  Monday Night Raw needs to set the pace and go back to the Good things they were doing until their failure of a show last week.  The Good times were rolling, but can the Raw Brand bounce back before the big dance?

GOOD

Roman Reigns

In what used to be a heavy series of boos from a bitter crowd, the new trend is that of love and respect for the “Big Dog.”  Reigns after showing the world how big his heart really is in his fight for his life, has solidified the love of the Wrestling Community and it shows.  He has already made his official return and already made a big splash with his “Shield Brothers” last week.  What did he want here this week?  He wants the return of the Shield full time.  Out comes Seth Rollins to a hot crowd.  After mutual respect and admiration it finally came out in the open, Reigns laid it out.  Shield one last time.  The WWE Universe has spoken.  We want the Shield, Roman needs the Shield.  It’s now or never and of course it’s a Yes!  Ambrose is summoned, and never disappoints.  Out comes Ambrose.  Ambrose is still a shifty heel and made everyone wonder the outcome especially how he hung back on the ramp.  No one will find out right away though as Elias smashed Ambrose with a guitar before we got his answer.  To Be Continued.  Good buildup here for a huge reunion.  Ambrose still had everyone wondering by his hands off reaction to the aid of his Shield Brothers. 

Drew McIntrye, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin vs. (I.C. Champion) Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle

Everyone here in this match are future Hall of Famers (Angle of course aside).  Everyone brings something special and different.  McIntyre if he develops a feud with Reigns could propel him where he belongs at any moment.  Strowman only has to be given the slightest nudge to be Main Event Ready, hell all involved for that matter.  Balor/Lashley, Balor/McIntyre make a great base for the Intercontinental Championship picture, where several people could be included and make an impact.   This was a solid tag style match that showcased everyone and gave a quality variety to the audience.  Side note, Corbin working with Angle was great to watch, he really sold and they had a clear chemistry in there.  It was a lot to like.  Lio Rush getting involved has been fantastic and it would be interesting to see him pic up Corbin and see a Lashley/Corbin team become more official.  Lio Rush got murdered by Baron Corbin.  If he ever gets up he is not human.  Lashley hits a vicious “spear” on the I.C. Champ, Finn Balor for a decisive victory.  Score 1 for the Good column.  The heels continued the beat down on the losing team causing all kinds of damage.  It looked like no one was going to be able to stop them.  Balor out on his feet getting punished by Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre.  Game over this is a big, nasty team of heels.  They work well together and if written and marketed right, they can be a destructive stable. 

Triple H

No surprise here, this is a personal matter for DX and soon to be Hall of Famer/COO of the WWE HHH.  He is here to handle a freak in the pro wrestling and now acting world, Bautista who viciously and without cause aside from provoking HHH, attacked Ric Flair prior to his 70th birthday party celebration.  Bautista is just heeling out right now even just down right insulting the City of Philadelphia.  HHH is a boss and when he talks, we/you should always listen.  Same goes for a lot (ie. Jericho, etc) but especially HHH.  What he says has tremendous value no matter what or who you are in the Wrestling Universe (fan or worker).  Even when completely working it comes off in a professional shoot like fashion so few have mastered.  He blends the story with reality and makes you believe.  HHH sucks you in and by far may be the most powerful force in the business.  No matter what this will be a Good moment in history.  The Game, The King of Kings, is here.  *Next Week Face to Face HHH and Bautista (card subject to change) 

Tag Team Gauntlet- Heavy Machinery vs. The B-Team vs. The Ascension vs. Zach Ryder and Curt Hawkins

There was a lot going on here.  So many personalities and very gimmick heavy talent all in one place.  It had a retro feel and made me miss old school wrestling.  Otis vs. The World, Otis destroyed all comers.  This was Good fun, the crowd was into it, and Heavy Machinery is slowly becoming more than a flavor of the month type of team.  It seems that they been locked to win when they compete and have the attention of the audience as well as their hard to get approval.  This was all Heavy Machinery, well Otis especially who swept the board.  Heavy Machinery Win!  “Flawless Victory!”

Elias vs. Dean Ambrose

As it came as no surprise, after attacking Ambrose before a possible historic return to the Shield, Ambrose came out quickly into Elias’ act and came out swinging.  This of course was physical and pretty clean.  Both guys are Good at what they do and have contrasting styles.  This looked really solid but the crowd was dead quiet at times.  Elias hit a sick knee, off a botched spot off the top by Ambrose followed by a “Drift Away” fisherman neck-breaker for the clean, impressive victory.  Ambrose laying out in the ring, his Shield Brothers made their way to the ring.   The crowd was out of it here but the action was solid.  It didn’t blow anyone away but it was action packed and clean work.  Also, huge win for Elias, as Ambrose is a top star even in a slump. After Ambrose seemed to shrug off the reunion of his bros, he was later enticed by the strong crew of Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre who attacked the outnumbered Reigns and Rollins.  Ambrose came in and went berserk ultimately reuniting and completing The Shield!  They have their rivals and their mission, now it is time for the Shield to shine.  Good all-around once again!

Raw Tag Team Title Match- The Revival (C) vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black

Two of the top shelf talent from NXT pinned the Raw Tag Team Champs last week in a non-title contest but this week it does count.  Much like last time and almost any time these guys are working (all 4) this was solid all around.  Ricochet when let loose just tears through the air with non-stop offense and surprises.  Black is a megastar waiting to explode!  He will be a champion if there is any justice in this business.  The Revival finally have their gold, it is a way of WWE saying, we heard you, we saw what you do and here you go, let’s see you run with it.  So far so Good.  Dawson is a stiff bastard but damn he is Good.  Everyone here is special and unique bringing major qualities to the show.  Black is just plain sick and aside from being outdone by Ricochet who is not from this planet, very few can out do him.  Former champ’s Roode and Gable made their way down during the action as they have direct interest in this match.  Gable is a really talented but Roode really needs to be onto some bigger things.  Roode as a heel in the hunt for Gold would be a huge success and needs to be done.  Roode and Gable attack the Revival outside of the ring causing a D.Q. and first loss for the NXT Team of Aleister Black and Ricochet.  The two teams went at it ending in a stalemate and most likely a set up for a match next week, which should be Good. 

Vacant Raw Women’s Championship w/ Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley

In a half-ass title forfeiture that they forced down our throats, we have a vacant title in the hands of a McMahon and the Queen Charlotte Flair hot on it’s trail.  Out comes the “The People’s Champ, The Man!” Becky Lynch.  Hobbling to the ring, Lynch will not stop until she gets back the title or dies trying.  She is for the people, everyone loves her and Charlotte’s overconfidence may be her weakness.  Fastlane is going to be interesting.  Ronda Rousey wants no part of Lynch it seems as she took a very cheap but effective shot at taking out Lynch completely with a brutal assault on “The Man.”  Lynch signed off that WWE is not responsible for any damages Lynch suffers.  Lynch vs. Flair at Fastlane for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship but a very pissed off Ronda Rousey demanded her title back because she never lost it.  Stephanie gave it back clean and changed the stipulation at Fastlane to if Becky Lynch wins at Fastlane against Charlotte, they will have a “triple threat match” for the title at WrestleMania.  Rousey then cheaply did a “scripted” shoot but it was her best work.  Rousey went crazy, and both said no more pretending and “beat the hell out of Becky Lynch.”  This was by far the very best that Rousey looked in the ring and not being afraid to be stiff is a really Good look from her!  Let’s see more of this “step on Becky Lynch’s face” Ronda Rousey.  Good stuff Ronda Rousey.

BAD

Natalya vs. Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad

Ruby Riott and the Riott squad especially Sarah Logan have shown their worth in and out of the ring.  They really are diamonds in the rough and have been complete work horses every week having to carry half assed matches and keeping everything rolling when times have been tough.  Natalya is tremendously overrated and although was trained well just always looked awkward in there.  This match again was that same outcome.  Natalya wins with a reversed roll-up after a quick, pointless match against a hated rival.  Lacey Evan then did her now famous “catwalk” on the ramp to try to get the crowds forgiveness.  It worked but still this was just not Good. 

UGLY

(Tag Team Champion) Sasha Banks vs. Tamina Snuka

Watching Tamina Snuka sometimes is like getting dizzy from drinking in the worst way possible.  I get motion sickness and giggly.  Sasha Banks is so Good too but this was just such an Ugly Match.  The end spot was well done though, with Nia Jax interfering and Banks getting hit with a Superkick if you can call it that from Tamina for the Win.  Hopefully the Tag Team Title Match will be short and the Boss n Hug Connection can move on to better things. 

FINAL

  • Good- 7
  • Bad- 1
  • Ugly- 1

Overall

If my calculations are correct, we had a much better Raw this week, and without any time to lose.  They all count from here out, including Fastlane.   We had a Bad and Ugly turn here and there but Raw was solid.  An extra applause to Ms. Rowdy Ronda Rousey who seemed to find her voice this week.  That was a Great turn of events and should only lead to better things if it becomes the norm.  Raw rocked!  Good show!

With a solid start, SmackDown who barely causes any heartburn with the fanbase is next up to the plate.  The Tuesday iconic WWE show should be a Good one but crazier things have happened.  Of course we always have NXT.  RIP to a real legend and a hell of a great guy, King Kong Bundy.  Thank you for your kindness. 


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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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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