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The Good, Bad and Ugly: SmackDown Live (03/26/2019)

After an incredibly disappointing, Ugly, Monday Night Raw, SD Live, the “better” brand is up to bat.  WrestleMania is on it’s way, closer by the second and after one of the worst Monday Night Raw’s in recent history, can SmackDown fix the void?  Or will be have some more Ugly, times ahead?  Let’s do this!

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After an incredibly disappointing, Ugly, Monday Night Raw, SD Live, the “better” brand is up to bat.  WrestleMania is on it’s way, closer by the second and after one of the worst Monday Night Raw’s in recent history, can SmackDown fix the void?  Or will be have some more Ugly, times ahead?  Let’s do this!

GOOD

New Day Rocks!

Upset by the recent injustices on Kofi Kingston by Vince McMahon, New Day wanted some answers.  Vinnie Mac never disappoints when he is called out.  This was no different.  As usual Daniel Bryan couldn’t help but put his opinion out there and simply wants New Day to go away.  Vince doesn’t feel their worth in such a huge event still but loves to make Superstars out of nothing.  Luckily for him New Day is out of control and always delivers fantastic content.  This promo was no different.  We now have the golden ticket for Kofi to get his WrestleMania moment but at the cost of his New Day Teammates having to endure an almost insurmountable feat of winning and unwinnable Tag Team Gauntlet Match later in the show.  Good, solid opening with fantastic talent! 

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match- Asuka (C) vs. Charlotte Flair

Where did this even come from? As it should be this match was pure fire.  The two prestigious vets beat the ever loving hell out of each other.  This was non-stop and completely insane!  Asuka is unbelievable in her element and Charlotte Flair can work, especially with a high caliber talent like Asuka.  We had a straight fight on our hands here, with accents of delicate submission work and high risk, high spots that the two competitors are known for.  The whole shock of it all still fresh, everyone was sucked into this the entire time, going crazy!  This could have gone either way, Charlotte had it, then Asuka had it, but only one could take it all the way.  Charlotte hit a disgusting “Spanish Fly” but Asuka managed to continue almost getting Charlotte into an “Asuka Lock.”  Unfortunately nothing could stop Charlotte who managed to get out and fight her way into a “figure 8” Winning her 8th Title!  This was bananas and a hell of a way to get people pumped and add some shock and awe.  Great match!  What will this mean for Asuka?  I, for one can’t wait to find out!

Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles

Unlike his horrendous and unfortunate showing on Monday Night Raw, a much needed boost occurred in thi s one.  Angle looked hungry, pumped and sharp.  Maybe it was the talent of AJ, or the pure comfort of knowing he didn’t have to do much, but this was just better.  The two sparred a bit and it looked Good. Out of nowhere as always Randy Orton slithered in and took out AJ Styles before Angle took him out with an “Angle Slam.”  AJ Wins by D.Q. but it was short and quality.  Good, showing. 

The Miz/Shane O’ Mac

Prior to this, the promos and the feud between these two has been a tough one to watch.  It doesn’t add much value and no one seems to excited by the whole thing.  Not taking anything away from the talented Miz and Shane but it just hasn’t clicked for most, with so much bigger and better stories around it.  This week Miz reiterated that he has a lot of heat with Shane due to the disrespect and assault on his Father.  Miz requested a “Falls Count Anywhere Match” which will add to the usual high spot shenanigans of Shane McMahon and almost guarantees some shock and awe.  Shane would not let up on poking at Miz about his Father and how much joy he felt embarrassing him.  After Shane brought Miz’s Mom into it, Miz had enough and destroyed the Security Team as well as anyone else crazy enough to confront him.  After Sanity got the upper hand, Miz continued his advance and assault.  This was actually a Good promo and was one of the best in this whole, storyline. 

Tag Team Gauntlet Match (New Day for Kofi’s WM Match)

Gauntlet Match 1- New Day vs. Gallows and Anderson

Talk about an uphill battle.  We have some talent here.  This looked intense, which it needed to be given how important the stipulation is.  Nothing is perfect and this was far from it but it was certainly Good.  Quick “UpUpDownDown” and New Day Advances!

Gauntlet Match 2- New Day vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev w/ Lana

If it couldn’t get any harder out comes two of the best in my opinion.  The underutilized, mega team of Nakamura and Rusev whom are amazing top tier talents.  This was another strong showing by all involved as everyone can’t help but be Good at all times.  Rusev particularly was sharp isolating the smaller Xavier Woods, making everyone a bit unsure of Kofi’s fate.  The shot of Kofi watching with the SmackDown roster especially “The Man” by his side was a great shot and really was iconic given the times.  Woods looked like he couldn’t continue taking a beating most of the match.  He finally got some room to breathe and got the hot tag to a pumped Big E, who cleaned house, destroying Nakamura with “belly to belly’s” and a “Big Splash.”  Big E would not be denied and after some opposition tagged Woods in and hit another huge “UpUpDownDown” Winning Again! 

Gauntlet Match 3- New Day vs. The Bar

Things just got real Bad for New Day, as the unforgiving The Bar was next.  This just looked like it was over for New Day from the start.  However after The Bar just destroyed Big E, Xavier Woods got the much needed tag and went off.  Woods hit a series of offense with authority and would not quit, dismantling The Bar, not letting them have a moment to catch up.  However The Bar regained control and again got Big E into trouble isolating him.  Again it was Woods who tried to save Kofi’s chances but Cesaro got the upper hand.  The Bar kept everyone guessing until Woods got an unthinkable roll up on Sheamus for the Win!  The Bar beat the hell out of Woods and Big E for their trouble making it impossible for New Day to have a chance to Win the last match.  The Bar relentlessly took out New Day and brutally protested their shocking loss with violence.  New Day was done finishing Big E off through a table before the Uso’s were announced. 

Gauntlet Match 4- New Day vs (SD Live Tag Team Champs) The Usos

This was just awesome!  I love it!  It looked like Uso’s were about to pick the leftovers of the New Day and destroy their spirit once and for all.  Usos after an extensive history with New Day simply put, gave it up for Kofi out of the tremendous respect they have for the underrated Superstar.  This was a Good twist and another win on the Good Column. 

Gauntlet Match 5- New Day vs. Daniel Bryan and Rowan

This started to become the typical WWE overkill but luckily the talent was extraordinary.  Rowan and The Champ took full advantage of New Day’s fatigue and kept everyone on the edge of their seat with anticipation.  Daniel Bryan got Big E in a deep “half crab” and it looked lost.  It was the fired up Xavier Woods who kept hope alive, single handedly taking out the instigators before Big E “Spiked” Daniel Bryan through the mat followed by a “Big Ending” but was broken up by Rowan.  Rowan nearly finished things but it was the tenacity of Woods and the raw power of Big E tipping the table on top of Rowan for the countout that got the much needed and much wanted victory!  Countout and all this was Good.  More importantly, it means Kofi is going to “KofiMania” and that my friends is Good for everyone!  Awesome ending to an awesome show!  Bravo!

BAD and UGLY-  Apparently Raw hogged the Bad and Ugly for the week so far, because SmackDown had None of it!  All Good!

FINAL

Good- 8

Bad- 0

Ugly- 0

Overall

This was a clean sweep!  All Good!  Great SmackDown and it could not have happened at a better time!  Raw stunk, but the “blue” brand killed it!  What a sick show!  This is what WWE should be looking like around WrestleMania and we can only hope that they continue their dominance.

Crap Raw but Fantastic SmackDown, we have the best of the best NXT left for the week.  This really looks Good right now for everyone involved but Raw needs to get their shit together in a big way next week!  Will we be seeing a lot of Good before the big day? Or is there a lot of Ugly truth left in the crunch time?  Catch you on the next Good, Bad and Ugly only on thechairshot.com! 


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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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