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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Monday Night Raw (04/01/2019)

Was the final WWE Raw before WrestleMania good, bad, or ugly?

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Coming off of one of the worst editions of Monday Night Raw we have seen in recent memory (and that is saying something) we are at the take home WrestleMania Show.  No excuses, no b.s., it’s all business from here on out.  Everything needs to click and anything but Good, in fact, anything but Great is a disappointment.  Let’s Get this party started!

GOOD

Stephanie McMahon

The week of WrestleMania is a time where anything can happen.  Some predictable, some not so much.  This seems to edge toward predictable as McMahon had breaking news.  April Fools of course she “added herself to the match.”  However in the spirit of the magically time around the biggest event in Sports Entertainment, she did have a purpose and announced, that “All Titles will be on the line” for the Women’s Championships.  This was short and no one is surprised by this announcement.  They had to make it official and this served its purpose.    

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman

Lesnar as always got a reaction.  He is full on hated by everyone and Seth Rollins is his polar opposite currently.  Heyman did his part as the hype man to perfection, talking up his guy and talking down Rollins. Heyman laid it on thick and Rollins had enough.  Seth Freakin Rollins made his entrance and didn’t falter.  Rollins marched right up to The Beast.  Rollins made his stand and made it clear that he is going to rid the WWE of their most hated person.  Anything can happen in the WWE and Rollins feels that this a lock.  Rollins did the best thing he could, he hit Lesnar with a low blow but got German Suplexed by Lesnar who recovered.  Rollins then hit another “low blow” followed by a kick and “the Stomp” making a point and leaving the Champ down in the ring.  Good Promo! 

Boss N Hug (Tag Team Champions), Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka and the IIconics

This match was set up to be a disaster but it surprisingly was not.  We had a decent showing especially the returning Glamazon Beth Phoenix.  Phoenix stole the show, literally pie facing her team mate Sasha Banks and stealing the tag in before completely dominating all of her opponents and finally ending the match with a Glamslam to Peyton Royce for the victory.  Good match and the crowd was into it!  Hope to see more success to come from this. 

Batista

No question, everyone is pretty excited to see “The Animal” Batista back home even if just for WrestleMania.  Batista is a decorated, well established talent and has become a major fame on the big screen as well.  He can work and has some mic skills as well.  This time around we got a promo video hyping the bad blood between him and HHH.  These vicious alphas have beaten the hell out of each other with Gold at stake, but this time it is even more important ramifications.  His message on Raw, “Hunter Kiss my Ass.”  This will be Good, and promo did its job well. 

Kurt Angle’s Last Monday Night Raw

Angle was spilling his heart out and getting the love right back.  Angle’s video was amazing and he has touched the sport like no other.  The most hated person alive (except Charlotte Flair) Baron Corbin who has been on fire lately interrupted.  Whether you like Corbin or not he gets so much heat.  The crowd just cannot stop hating him constantly and for that we must applaud.  No one in WWE has this much heat, so much hate all the time.  He doesn’t even try and gets it done like no other person can.  Angle finally challenged Corbin to an exhibition match against Corbin and just as Baron Corbin was to enter the ring, he retreated, claiming he wants him full steam at WrestleMania.  Unexpectedly, Rey Mysterio made a run in and challenged Baron Corbin himself for a match on Raw.  Mysterio and Angle had some fun throwing Corbin around before ending the promo.  Good promo, and good hype. 

Apollo vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers

Filler, hype crap for the Andre The Giant Battle Royal which has really become a bit of a shame as of late.  This is now filled with the entire WWE Tag Team Division which makes no sense.  As a match this nothing special but it wasn’t Bad either.  Crews is impressive and took full control and the victory against former Champion Jinder Mahal.  After the match all participants who surrounded the ring during the contest went crazy in the ring and fought it out!  The whole thing is a bit of a joke but the match was Good. 

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

If it were up to me these guys can all work each other until time runs out.  Ricochet and Black have had a stellar showing on the main roster and haven’t missed to much of a step since arriving.  They have started at the top level, facing the very best teams including the Champs.  These teams contrasting styles have lead to some Good content and this week, was very Good.  Revival isolated their opponents and punished them with quick effective tags and shear brutality.  Ricochet and Black also had their moments of offensive dominance but Revival kept control most of the match. Ricochet flew and Black kicked his way back. Both teams jockeyed for position but it was finally after an underhanded move outside involving Ricochet, The Revival retains and wins by countout.  After the match it was a pair of Black Masses and a 630 for the Champs’ troubles. 

Heavy Machinery vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

For some reason there is a lot of heat here with these two teams.  Maybe it is a way for WWE to low key push Heavy Machinery.  The match was going well, and Bobby Roode had full control.  Lacey Evans popped out and did her little walk with her tunes blasting causing a distraction.  Roode still had control until the mighty Otis entered and immediately messed the former champs up.  After Gable got the tag, he was caught by Otis and officially “Compacted” for a victory by Heavy Machinery. 

The Riott Squad vs. Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair

Riott Squad jobbed out again.  Standing out was Sarah Logan who again showed some Good stuff out there.  Lynch and Charlotte constantly bickering and jawing aways.  Rousey finally tagged in and ended the match in seconds with an arm bar to Liv Morgan for the victory.  Immediately Rousey attacked Charlotte and chaos ensued.  Rousey, Flair and Lynch were arrested but that didn’t stop them from still fighting and beating the hell out of each other almost more viciously.  Lynch and Rousey even kicked each other in the back of the police car destroying the doors and windows.  They couldn’t be controlled or detained.  Rousey lost her shit even ramming the police car.  It was amazing and looked fantastic.  This was yet another Good showing on Raw this week.    

Braun Strowman vs. “Michael Che and Colin Jost” (Not them)

This was a filthy 90’s Saturday Morning squash match from the old days.  Strowman destroyed the unfortunate fill-ins and of course ultimately Won with his mighty double powerslam. 

Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush

You have to talk about this match, and it should be Good enough, but this has become an unfortunate after thought.  The two guys are very talented and the title has relevance again.  After Lio Rush did his usual hype which is great by the way, a surprise emerged on the big screen.  A very confident Finn Balor introduced us again to the unbeatable “Demon” who will now be the biggest threat to Bobby Lashley’s Intercontinental run.  Unsure why the Demon is here and missed out on Lesnar but it is safe to say that in Demon form, Finn Balor’s chances or getting the Intercontinental Championship back has just increased immensely.  Another Good solid hype promo for the very successful night. 

Baron Corbin vs. Rey Mysterio

Corbin looked very Good in there and Rey Mysterio worked with ease.  This was a Good clean match.  We saw Mysterio do what he does best and showed off the power and abilities of Baron Corbin.  This looked Good and showed off both guys strengths.  Corbin gained control and brutally beat down his smaller foe.  Mysterio managed to somehow fight back but it was short lived.  Baron Corbin hit a devasting “Deep Six” to end the match and pick up the impressive clean win.

BAD and UGLY

They must’ve read last weeks Good, Bad and Ugly because they got it all out of their systems.  I can’t believe it but a clean Good show. 

FINAL

  • Good- 12
  • Bad- 0
  • Ugly- 0

OVERALL

GOOD!  ALL GOOD!  This is a major change from last week and it could not have happened at a better time.  From start to finish WWE came out hard and finished well.  It wasn’t the greatest Raw of all time and maybe the fact that last week was so Ugly may have lowered our expectations, but what we had here was Good and it couldn’t have happened at a Better time!  Great Monday Night Raw take home show!

A near Perfect Raw, well what will the ever successful SmackDown do next?  Probably blow us away!  SmackDown is shaping up to be spectacular and this take home show should deliver.  NXT also coming into a huge Takeover WrestleMania weekend, has a lot of work to do and it would be a shock if they struggle this week!  Looking forward to it and so are you!  Catch you after SmackDown Live! 


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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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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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