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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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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 3/7/2021

Now this was a pretty packed week of wrestling action! Between the normal television products, we had four different New Japan events, AEW Revolution and Stardom’s All Star Cinderella!

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Now this was a pretty packed week of wrestling action! Between the normal television products, we had four different New Japan events, AEW Revolution and Stardom’s All Star Cinderella!

There were even more events that I just couldn’t find time for, because trying to balance consumption with any other hobby or interest is mad difficult on weeks like this. Yes – first world problems, I’m aware.

Anyway! Let’s see what match won last week to fill out February!

February Pool:

  • NXT: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs The Undisputed Era
  • NXT Vengeance Day: Johnny Gargano vs Kushida
  • AEW Dynamite: Riho vs Serena Deeb
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

My vote will go to Riho vs Serena Deeb. Yes Gargano and Kushida was a beautiful match, but Riho and Deeb really helped a tournament and division that is the laughing stock of an already meme worthy company. So I feel like it had a larger impact for the year.

Before we get into the Top 5, yes I saw the Sting cinematic, and it falls in line with my feelings about the Boneyard match and what not. I don’t officially rate cinematics, but I thought it was damn good, definitely comparable to Undertaker’s Boneyard match. It would’ve made the Top 5 if I rated cinematics.

Quick Top 5:

  1. New Japan Cup 3.6.2021: Kazuchika Okada vs Shingo Takagi
    Rating: **** ½
  2. New Japan Cup 3.5.2021: Taichi vs Hirooki Goto
    Rating: **** ½
  3. Stardom 10th Anniversary: Wonder of Stardom Championship: Hair vs Hair: Giulia (c) vs Tam Nakano
    Rating: **** ¼
  4. New Japan 49th Anniversary: IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match: Kota Ibushi (c) vs El Desperado
    Rating: **** ¼
  5. New Japan Cup 3.7.2021: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Will Ospreay
    Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • New Japan 49th Anniversary: New Japan Cup: Great O-Khan vs Tetsuya Naito
    Rating: *** ¾
  • NXT UK: UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray (c) vs Meiko Satomura
    Rating: *** ¾
  • IMPACT!: Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace vs Kiera Hogan
    Rating: *** ¾
  • AEW Revolution: AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs Ryo Mizunami
    Rating: *** ½
  • NJC 3.7.2021: Gabriel Kidd vs Zack Sabre Jr
    Rating: *** ½
  • Stardom 10th Anniversary: Mayu Iwatani vs Yoshiko
    Rating: *** ½
  • NJC 3.6.2021: New Japan Cup: Juice Robinson vs KENTA
    Rating: *** ½
  • IMPACT!: Black Taurus vs Chris Bey vs Ace Austin
    Rating: *** ½
  • New Japan 49th Anniversary: New Japan Cup: Satoshi Kojima vs Jeff Cobb
    Rating: *** ½
  • NJC 3.7.2021: LIJ (SANADA, BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) vs CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, SHO, Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii)
    Rating: *** ¼
  • AEW Revolution: AEW World Heavyweight Championship: Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Jon Moxley vs Kenny Omega (c)
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJC 3.6.2021: New Japan Cup: Tomoaki Honma vs Minoru Suzuki
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJC 3.5.2021: Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, DOUKI) vs Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura & Tomoaki Honma
    Rating: ***
  • AEW Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Penta El Zero M vs Cody Rhodes vs Scorpio Sky vs Ethan Page vs Max Caster vs Lance Archer
    Rating: ***
  • NJC 3.7.2021: Bullet Club (Jay White, EVIL, Dick Togo & KENTA) w/Gedo vs Ryusuke Taguchi, Toa Henare, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson
    Rating: ***
  • New Japan 49th Anniversary: LIJ (BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) vs CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO & Tomohiro Ishii)
    Rating: ***
  • NJC 3.5.2021: Bullet Club (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori) w/ Dick Togo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV, YOSHI-HASHI, David Finlay
    Rating: ***
  • AEW Dynamite: Shaq & Jade Cargill vs Cody & Red Velvet 
    Rating: ***

 

5. New Japan Cup 3.7.2021: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Will Ospreay

From My Results:
Ospreay fires up, but runs into a BIG LARIAT from Tenzan! Fans fire up as Ospreay stumbles about, into Tenzan’s scoop! T T D!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Tenzan wants the Anaconda Vice again! Ospreay flails and reaches as Tenzan thrashes around again. Ospreay fights up, but Tenzan hits the ANACONDA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives again but Tenzan heads up top! Ospreay anchors a leg but Tenzan clubs at him! Ospreay tucks Tenzan in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And then Ospreay gets Tenzan up for a LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!?! Tenzan survives and fans fire up, but Ospreay calls his shot!

Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tenzan survives and no one can believe it! Ospreay gets up, reels Tenzan in, underhooks and gets Tenzan up, but Tenzan slides off to headbutt! MONGOLIAN CHOP! And again! Tenzan fires up, scoops but Ospreay resists! Ospreay elbows away on Tenzan, scoops him, and pops him up to a fireman’s carry, for a SIT OUT SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Ospreay takes off the armband! Ospreay brings Tenzan up, around, and hits a DREAM CRUSHER ELBOW! Ospreay keeps going, underhooks and lifts, for STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Ospreay via Stormbreaker

 

3t. New Japan 49th Anniversary: IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match: Kota Ibushi (c) vs El Desperado

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
NO! Ibushi fights out to wrench and LARIAT! Ibushi fires up and fans respond in kind! Ibushi gets Desperado up, reels him in, and lifts, for a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Desperado lives but Ibushi vows to end it! Ibushi grits his teeth, gets Desperado’s wrists and sits him up. Desperado wrenches through to ES EL CULERO! Cover, TWO!!! ROUNDHOUSE from Ibushi hits clean! Ibushi sits Desperado up again, KAMI- NO! ROLL UP, but to the STRETCH MUFFLER!! And he puts it on tight! Then gets NUMERO DOS SUPREME! Ibushi endures but he is caught! Desperado holds on as hard as he can but Ibushi refuses to give in!

Ibushi pries an arm free, reaches, but Desperado rolls him from ropes! Ibushi make sit a cover, TWO!! KAMIGOYE!!! Cover, TWO!??!?! Ibushi can’t believe Desperado still lives! Ibushi gets the wrists again, for ANOTHER KAMIGOYE!!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye

 

3t. Stardom 10th Anniversary: Wonder of Stardom Championship: Hair vs Hair: Giulia (c) vs Tam Nakano

Tam and Giulia has been an on going feud since Stardom returned to activity. Giulia has been seen as the new It Girl, and Tam is always popular with her cute exterior, but her drive for the white belt was for her former tag partner. Arisa Hoshiki had to retire for a second time because of neck injuries, and even though they fought and acted like oil and water for a while, Arisa and Tam became great friends. This being Tam’s fourth shot at Giulia, her only win so far being in the 5 Star Grand Prix. So when Tam demanded one more title shot, Giulia wanted the Universe’s Cutest to put her hair on the line. Tam agreed, and that brings us here.

This told a great story. Tam had moments of despair and frustration where Giulia was just toying with her and Tam couldn’t find an angle to get in offense. Giulia’s hubris was her undoing though. Giulia had Tam down in the ring for a 10 count, but she shoved the referee and went into full mount to continue the punishment.

After that point, Tam’s frustration turned into motivation, we had a great slap exchange which showed Tam’s heart and Giulia even clasped her hands behind her back, showing that much disrespect to Tam. It’s honestly hard to tell if Giulia was trying to get this side of Tam out, or if she was just cocky, but it was great heel psychology.

Tam countered the Glorious Driver variations often, landed the Shining Knee, ther Tiger Suplex Hold and really started to come alive in the second half of the match. Once Tam landed Giulia’s Glorious Driver, it was all but over. So Tam hammerlocks both of Giulia’s arms, and locks in the Twilight Dream for the win! Tam finally has the white belt!

The story of the match was great, the emotion of the struggle for the last 9 months was fantastic and Tam finally gets a chance to show how she went from a teased and lost girl who needed Io Shirai and Mayu Iwantani to protect her at different times; to now she’s leading her own faction, and a great asset to Stardom.

Winner: Tam via Twilight Dream

 

1t. New Japan Cup 3.5.2021: Taichi vs Hirooki Goto

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
Taichi paces, drags Goto but Goto is dead weight. Fans rally up and Taichi drags Goto by his hair. Taichi stands Goto up but Goto blocks the forearm into a spin and suplex, SHOUTEN KAI!! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Goto grits his teeth and rises again! Goto gets himself to ropes while Taichi sitrs. Goto drags himself to his feet, Taichi is in a daze but Goto powers up now. Taichi sits up into the BUZZSAW! But he pops right up to BOOT?! Goto forearms, Taichi mule kicks, Goto HEADBUTTS! Taichi is down but Goto shakes his head. Fans are thunderous again as Goto fires up and drags Taichi into the dragon sleeper!

Taichi slips out, Alabama lifts, but Goto escapes to dragon sleeper! Taichi gets out to ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi hooks the arms, TAICHI STYLE GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Goto narrowly escapes and the fans are thunderous yet again! Taichi and Goto slowly rise, and Taichi goes to a corner. Taichi fires himself up, builds power and takes aim, but Goto blocks the kick! Goto fireman’s carries to G T W!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Taichi survives and the fans are now electric! Goto isn’t done, he dragon sleepers to TRUE G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Goto via GTR

 

1t. New Japan Cup 3.6.2021: Kazuchika Okada vs Shingo Takagi

From My Results:
Shingo added his arrogant flair to a lot of things in this match, including the Rainmaker pose that Japanese Commentary called the “Pumping Steel Maker”, which also worked well when Shingo countered the Rainmaker with his own Pumping Steel Maker. Even injured this was a great slugfest between the two. Okada still hit a good number of his classics, but he was visibly hampered as the match wore on. Shingo managed to escape the Money Clip twice, which was an important element since Shingo passed out to the Money Clip in the G1.

Superplex, Noshigami, Made in Japan and an Uranage Backbreaker were some of the bigger moves towards the end that swayed the momentum for Shingo. Shingo went for Last of the Dragon a few times, but Okada usually had an answer. At the end, Okada slips behind the Last of the Dragon, winds up the Rainmaker, but Shingo ducks it and continues the momentum to lift Okada to his shoulders and finally hit his finish to win the match!

Winner: Takagi via The Last of the Dragon

 

Thoughts:

Well now this is a very Eastern centric week, but I tried, you saw other stuff in honorable mentions. Now I’m conflicted since I’m a big fan of Tam, and really enjoyed her story the last few months. However, Shingo versus Okada II is fantastic. These two have great chemistry and it’s cool to think of the former top guy of Dragon Gate facing the current top guy of New Japan is nice dream matching.

Big match Holy Emperor showed up really well for a loss, I just personally don’t see it surpassing my Shingo/Okada fanfic of amazingness. So yeah, Tam Nakano vs Giulia is close to winning my vote, but beefy Shingo getting the Rainmaker rub is my vote this week!

There we go, Japan was great this week and I never even got around to NOAH’s show. *grumbles about time and flat circles* 


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News From Cook’s Corner 3.8.21: Explosions R Us

Cook brings us all the explosive news! Big, small, literal, figurative…an explosion is an explosion…right?

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Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! So much going on in the world of wrestling this week that it’s tough to keep track of it all. We do our best here, and pretty much anything I don’t cover here is covered in a column or podcast here at the Chairshot.

I would say that the rest of March might be a bit busy for me due to college basketball, but the Louisville Cardinals men’s team probably has two games left at most. One ACC Tournament game, then one game in whatever other tournament they make. Fun! At least the women should be able to make a pretty good run, and that won’t affect things too much. Especially since I’m cutting back on the drinking and also not watching games out of the house anymore.

I might actually be productive this March! That’d be nice. Let’s be productive and go through the news!

Was There A Revolution?

Yes there was! I was working during the first part of it, but we definitely need to talk about some of the major happenings of this show…

Hall of Fame Worthy Signing = Christian Cage

I’m never really a fan of hyping up surprise signings for major shows. Everybody gets their hopes up to the point where unless it’s Ric Flair somehow in his prime again it ends up being a disappointment to most people. Pretty much every WWE Hall of Fame level talent not doing anything right now tried to make us think it was them on social media. It ends up being Christian Cage, complete with TNA theme song.

Definitely two schools of thought on this one. Christian has a lot of admirers that were happy to see him return at the Royal Rumble. They then wondered where he went afterwards. It makes sense. Christian had to leave WWE in the mid-2000s to get a real chance to shine as a main event level star. Now, he has to leave WWE again to get a real chance to end his career on his terms.

Then there are those out there making the TNA comparisons. It’s a lazy talking point, but you’re not going to get people off of it once it starts. As long as Christian adds to the shows and doesn’t detract from them, I don’t see the issue. I also think he’s worthy of being in the WWE Hall of Fame, so I can’t accuse AEW of false advertising here.

It has to be asked, though. How did WWE let this happen? How did they not make sure Christian was locked up after the Royal Rumble? Booking Edge & Christian against Roman Reigns & Jey Uso, or Jey & a returning Jimmy Uso, seemed like an obvious & logical way to keep the Edge/Reigns story moving. Seems like a missed opportunity for them, but I’m guessing that Vince McMahon doesn’t see it that way.

Ethan Page Returns From The Dead

It’s happened before. Allie died in Impact’s Undead Realm, then re-appeared in AEW. Now it’s Ethan Page. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing? Page appeared in the Face of the Revolution ladder match, having a good performance but coming up short to Scorpio Sky. Page is a good talker and a solid in-ring talent, hopefully he won’t get lost in the shuffle here.

Maybe he could form a team with his brother Adam Page. I just hope John Silver doesn’t get confused now that there are two Pages. Actually, three when DDP is around.

Double or Nothing announced for Sunday, May 30

It’ll be AEW’s second straight Sunday PPV event, which Tony Khan says he’ll only try to do on three-day weekends going forward. To which I say “What in the blue hell is a three-day weekend?” Must be nice! DoN will be going head to head with the Coca Cola 600, but apparently NASCAR has fewer crossover fans with AEW than boxing or UFC.

One bad exploding ring ruins the night

It’s a shame, too. The inner blood mark in me was enjoying seeing the various clips of explosions & barbed wire & blood and all that stuff that “smart” fans are supposed to act like is garbage. What can I say, I’m a sick fuck. I don’t need to see the blood & guts every week, but there’s definitely a time & place for it. Kenny Omega & Jon Moxley’s time & place was on Sunday night, and it seemed like a pretty exciting time for all involved…up until the finish.

We all know how these things work. Opinions on wrestling matches & shows are largely based around the finish. A good finish can make us forget a match sucked. A good main event can turn a thumbs down show to a thumbs up. On the other side of the spectrum, a bad finish can turn us against a match, or against an entire show.

AEW Revolution would have been more well received had the closing explosion not been a dud. They should have just started firing off the explosives used for Cody’s entrance again, that could have covered the ring stuff up. All it takes is one bad explosion to make people forget three & a half hours.

Maybe the moral of the story is to not have your show end with an explosion, but I don’t want to entirely dissuade future pyromaniac wrestling promoters.

Is the “Wednesday Night War” Over?

Speculation is rife that NXT will be moving to Tuesdays in April, with the first Tuesday episode coming two days after WrestleMania. The idea of NXT switching nights has been talked about for the past several months now, and the rumors really picked up when it was announced that NBCSN would be closing up shop and some of their main properties would be moving to USA.

So Wednesday Night Hockey is a bigger deal than I thought it was. Who knew? That’s what I get for sticking with Fox Sports Tennessee coverage of Nashville Predators games.

Nothing has been officially announced yet, but apparently William Regal has a “landscape changing announcement” scheduled for this week’s NXT episode. Could be it. Could also be an announcement that they’re going to put security guards in the NXT parking lot so people don’t get beat up. Ya never know.

I’d like to wait until everything’s official until we start speculating on the fallout, but I do get the feeling that AEW won’t see as big an increase in viewers as you might think. I tend to think that wrestling fans that wanted to watch AEW on Wednesday night were already doing so. Maybe there’s some NXT viewers that haven’t checked out AEW yet, and maybe some of the holdouts in that older demo are swayed by AEW bringing in more people in their age group, but I’d pump the brakes on any idea of Dynamite getting those Raw ratings numbers.

NWA Update

Last week we knew that the NWA was holding tapings from March 21-21. We now know that the March 21 show will air on FITE, is called “Back For The Attack”, and will cost viewers $19.99. We also know that NWA Powerrr will be back airing regularly on Tuesdays at 6:05 starting on March 23, and will be available on FITE “via a low-cost subscription bundle”.

It’s obviously risky putting all of your content behind a paywall. You can’t even find the old episodes of Powerrr for free anymore. The idea seems to be that there are enough people that enjoyed what the NWA was doing pre-pandemic that a pretty good number will be willing to fork out whatever price it is per month to keep taking the ride. FITE has been a reliable streaming platform in my experience, so if you’re going to try something like this they’re probably the best bet. It definitely helps increase FITE’s presence to add “exclusive home of the NWA” to their portfolio.

In other NWA-related news, Serena Deeb, AEW roster member & current NWA Women’s Champion, recently had her left knee scoped. The Internet tells me that recovery from such a procedure takes approximately six weeks, so Deeb might not be available to work the coming TV tapings. They could use those tapings to build up a challenger for her, which I figure they will since taking the title off of her in the boardroom wouldn’t make too many people happy.

Then again, Serena said she’d be back “before you know it”. Theoretically she could return on an episode taped in advance and we wouldn’t know it if there were no spoilers!

Joey Ryan Almost Got Back In The Business!

It was close! There was a show scheduled to run in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 20 called “Wrestling For Women’s Charity”. Sounds innocent enough, right? They posted their info on the social media with the venue address, ticket prices, streaming details, covid protocols (which, by the way, some of you Southern promoters seem to be doing a pretty poor job with your protocols from the clips I’ve seen. Not naming any names, but pretty much any show south of Kentucky with a recognizable star looks like a virus pit.), and the usual stuff. Of course there was a show poster, and one of the wrestlers on it just happened to be one Joseph Cornelius Meehan-Ryan.

This obviously got some attention, and the Internet started doing some digging around. What they found out was that the event was being run by Bar Wrestling, which is the fed that Meehan was running in Southern California prior to #SpeakingOut. Apparently the wrestlers involved didn’t know about this, and started pulling out of the show. FITE, who was mentioned by the show as their streaming partner, said they wouldn’t be airing the show. Tony Khan said that the AEW wrestlers wouldn’t be participating, but offered to donate to the chairty. Then, Khan wondered if there was actually a charity, considering who was involved.

There was a charity! Since Joseph Meehan-Ryan claims to have found God since the fallout of #SpeakingOut (who apparently has commanded him to sue his fellow wrestlers), he was going to divert money to Project GRL, part of Joyce Meyer Minstries’ missions arm. In case you’re like me & wondering who Meyer is, she’s one of those televangelists that flies around in private jets & owns several homes funded by the people sending her money for Jesus. It seems like a pretty lucrative deal if you can make it work.

The show was cancelled, but whoever was running the Twitter account had to get in one last shot:

“We apologize for riling everyone up. It is clear that we’re in over our heads. We’ll say that everybody booked was fully aware of all details including going through AEW’s 3rd party booking system for talent. Rather than put talent in a tough situation, we’ve canceled the show.”

Throwing everybody under the bus, which is 100% on brand for Meehan. People wonder if he’ll use this as more evidence that he can’t make a living and file some more lawsuits. Me, I’d prefer that he find another way to make a living, but I know that we’ll be dealing with this guy trying to do things and suing people for years to come. Wrestlers will just have to be more careful about who they accept bookings from, which is probably a good idea anyway.

Another Week, Another Lawsuit

Last week, we talked about Kelly Klein filing a lawsuit against Ring of Honor, Sinclair Broadcasting Group & others concerning her alleged mistreatment by the wrestling promotion. This week, it’s her partner in crime (are they still partners in areas other than crime? No idea.) Joey Mercury. We mentioned how one of the interesting parts of Klein’s lawsuit involved challenging ROH’s classification of her as an independent contractor, and Mercury’s lawsuit addresses that as well.

Mercury claims that he was forced to resign, ROH refused to respond to his claims of an unsafe work environment, and that he was paid less than others with his job positions. He also says that he was misclassified as an independent contractor rather than an employee, which he figures he was since he was a producer.

I look forward to discussing another ROH lawsuit next week. Has Joseph Meehan-Ryan sued them yet? Surely he’s got some beef with how he was used there way back in the day.

No More Thigh Slaps!

Vince McMahon has had enough. He has stands all he can stand until he can’t stands no more. All these young kids slapping their thighs and legs when they kick somebody. No more! There are signs backstage now telling the wrestlers not to slap their leg when kicking.

Many people will be happy with this, as they feel that thigh/leg slapping is one of the things killing the business. It’s never really bothered me, but I might just be used to it. I will say that leg slapping got Yoshihiro Tajiri over with me way back in the day. Did anybody ever time it better?

Welp, that’s all the damage I can do here this week. Make sure to keep coming back to The Chairshot for your best show coverage, wrestling opinions and NFL quarterback top 5 lists! Thanks for reading, and keep your stick on the ice.


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