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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 3/17/2019

We have continuing tournaments and an ROH PPV this week. How much was Andrew able to see? What made the Top 5 Matches? Do you agree?

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We have continuing tournaments and an ROH PPV this week. How much was Andrew able to see? What made the Top 5 Matches?

Alright, it’s a holiday and it’s late, so this is gonna be a short and sweet intro. Last week, Fastlane 4-Way: Samoa Joe vs R-Truth vs Andrade vs Rey Mysterio, beat out all of the New Japan matches.

Out of the kindness of my heart, I decided to keep a tie for 5th since this week is heavily dominated by Japanese wrestling, especially with the addition of Pro Wrestling NOAH doing a free stream on their YouTube Channel.

So don’t say I never did nothing for you. Now onto the list!

 

5 (t). ROH 17: Rush vs Bandido

In a good move by ROH this followed a musical interlude after the World Championship match went a full 60 minute Broadway. This allowed for new commentary members (there was a rotating door with Colt in the New Japan Cup) and Dalton Castle added the flavor for this match.

What we got here was a damn good lucha libre match. Rush continues to exude Tranquilo and the Los Ingobernables way of life, and Bandido is a little more high energy. Bandido hit a Double Springboard 450 Splash on a hanging Rush for a near fall. Rush attempted the Bull Horns a few times, and when he finally landed them, it was over for Bandido. Dalton Castle challenged Rush to a match at MSG afterwards.

It was a solid match, but it’s been a long weekend so my recap is lacking.

Winner: Rush via Bull Horns

Rating: ****

 

5 (t). NJPW:  Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr

From My 2nd Round Analysis:
Going into this match Kota has a 2-1 record against Sabre, even though Sabre’s lone win came in last year’s New Japan Cup. This match was a nice back and forth that showed off Sabre’s technical prowess and Ibushi’s short temper. The ending sequence was a lot of counters and transitional moves, so it was quite intense.

Winner: Sabre Jr via Orienteering with Napalm Death

Rating: ****

 

4. NXT: Ricochet & Aleister Black vs DIY

From DeMarco’s Analysis:
DIY wearing matching tights, and having a new Titan Tron video is such a great touch. Ciampa clutching Goldie while looking at Gargano, who “knows what he’s doing” is a level if deep subtlety that you just don’t see anymore. That’s Ole Anderson level shit.

I do need to point out that this is typical for WWE tag teams, meeting the requirements of Patrick O’Dowd’s Vicious Cycle Of WWE Tag Team Booking.

It wasn’t that long ago in WWE where this would have been the obvious TV main event two weeks before Takeover Phoenix. Ricochet looking at Aleister Black as to make sure it’s okay that he’s sitting next to him in the ring? Another great touch. Tommaso Ciampa applies the best chinlock in WWE today. Yes, this is a real thing. Randy Orton would be proud. Actually, Ciampa has stolen a good bit of his act from Randy Orton. Don’t @ me.

Gargano gets hurt, and Ciampa has to go it alone. This, of course, is a throwback to Takeover: Chicago, when Ciampa got hurt…and we all know what happened there! (Ciampa turned on Gargano.) It’s coming. It took two finishers after a 2-on-1 advantage to pin the NXT Champion. That’s how it should be. Black Flash wins, and they’ll face The Forgotten Sons in the finals. If you know anything about WWE booking, you know this ends up. #SaveTagTeamWrestling

The post-match developments with Gargano and Ciampa were nothing short of brilliant. I am not mad that Ciampa ended up hurt, at least in terms of the storyline. I’d give the show ending segment five stars, easy. A small detail is Ciampa tossing the NXT Championship–something he’s obsessed with–aside for it, showing that he has one obsession bigger than Goldie. Gargano’s smile when he stopped Ciampa’s turn–brilliant.  The whole thing–brilliant.

Winner: Ricochet via 630 Senton

Rating: ****

 

3. NJPW:  Hirooki Goto vs SANADA

From My 1st Round Analysis:
They did a great job at showcasing how even SANADA and Goto really were. Both had amazing flurries of offense and counters for one another’s signature moves. I really enjoyed the fan survey in the middle of the ring to start with, to see who was more favored.  Fans seemed to sway a little towards SANADA, but both got really good reactions.

Winner: SANADA via Moonsault

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

NJPW: Tomohiro Ishii vs Taichi
Winner: Ishii via Vertical Drop Brainbuster
Rating: ****
ROH17: Las Vegas Street Fight ROH Tag Team Titles: PCO & Brody King vs The Briscoes (c)
Winner: PCO via PCO-sault
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW: Satoshi Kojima vs Minoru Suzuki
Winner: Suzuki via Gotch Style Piledriver
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW: Kazuchika Okada vs Mikey Nicolls
Winner: Okada via Rainmaker
Rating: *** 3/4
205 Live: Tony Nese vs Drew Gulak
Winner: Nese via Submission Counter Pin
Rating: *** 3/4
205 Live: Cedric Alexander vs Oney Lorcan
Winner: Alexander via Lumbar Check
Rating: *** 3/4
NOAH Hakata Star Lane Memorial: Naomichi Marufuji vs Yoshinari Ogawa
Winner: Marufuji via Rolling Cradle
Rating: *** 3/4
ROH 17: ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal (c) vs Matt Taven
Winner: TIME LIMIT DRAW
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW: Will Ospreay vs Lance Archer
Winner: Ospreay via Stormbreaker
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT: Number 1 Contender Match: Tessa Blanchard vs Jordynne Grace
Winner: Grace via Grace Driver
Rating: *** 1/4
NOAH Hakata Star Lame Memorial: Kotaro Suzuki & YO-HEY vs Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Winner: Hi69 via Stuka Splash
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Seth Rollins vs Shelton Benjamin
Winner: Rollins via Stomp
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Ryusuke Taguchi
Winner: Tanahashi via Dragon Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Falls Count Anywhere: Dean Ambrose vs Drew McIntyre
Winner: McIntyre via Claymore
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE SmackDown Live: Aleister Black & Ricochet & The Hardy Boyz vs The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev
Winner: No Contest
Rating: ***
NXT: Forgotten Sons vs Moustache Mountain
Winner: Forgotten Sons via Reverse DDT/Stomp Combo
Rating: ***

 

2. NJPW: SANADA vs Minoru Suzuki

From My 2nd Round Analysis:
This match has a good bit of history from All Japan and crossover issues between Suzuki and SANADA’s mentor Keiji Mutoh (Great Muta). Going into this match SANADA only had 1 win over Suzuki out of 6 singles meetings. Suzuki dominated a good portion of this match, and just brutalized SANADA. However, SANADA showed great resiliency and the unrelenting drive to beat Suzuki. There was a good exchange of submissions in the middle of the ring with Suzuki finding Knee Twists and an Indian Deathlock to try and break Skull End, but SANADA wouldn’t give up. Suzuki basically gassed himself out, and one more Moonsault attempt was the end of Suzuki.

Winner: SANADA via Moonsault

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NOAH Hakata Star Lane Memorial: Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura

Given that the Hakata Star Lane show was special since it was the last show in Star Lanes because the building will be closed down permanently after renovations were decided to be too costly. So this show was free on YouTube but more of a house show. A few not normal match ups like Ogawa vs Marufuji, and the champion was in a tag match with his grumpy senpai. This match was special since it’s more of a throwback match with two well known stalwart names of NOAH.

Go and Sugiura always put on classic hard hitting matches. Shiozaki’s chops can be heard around the world and Sugiura’s generally irritated countenance makes for a scary collision. This match definitely delivered for the fact there was nothing on the line beyond bragging rights. Since it’s free, it’s best to just follow the link at the top and watch it yourself. It’s just brutal, hell I think Go was momentarily knocked out during the match, but finished the match.

Winner: Sugiura via Avalanche Olympic Slam

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

It’s too late to think, I think sleep wins. Yup – Yup – Yup, that’s ducky.

Okay, I’m a little sleep deprived. So I’m gonna go with my order this week. NOAH has been putting on really solid shows last few years, new management, new logo and layout, but you put in two veterans and you get classic NOAH. The colors may change, but the ass kicking stays the same.

Use Your Head! Cause I will and place it on a pillow now. Good Night.


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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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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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