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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 4/14/2019

Andrew brings us the Top 5 matches of the week! What made the cut and which match made the Match of the Year pool?

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Andrew brings us the Top 5 matches of the week! What made the cut and which match made the Match of the Year pool?

Following WrestleMania, we still have a few tournaments going on in Japan, but I have sleep to catch up on. So thankfully this was a slower news week, and I didn’t really need to search out too much. However, no I did not see Worlds Collide yet. Plans this weekend put me in more of a time crunch than usual.

That being said, we have two votes to reconcile! You can see the winner of March, by seeing our current MOTY pool.

  • January – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • February – NXT Halftime Heat: Ricochet, Aleister Black & Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
  • March – Stardom: Wonder of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe (c)

The Stardom match barely edged out Okada versus SANADA, so it’s kind of refreshing to see a smaller promotion get the win for the month.

As for the weekly vote, that was a landslide victory for Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35.

Let’s see what’s going on this week.

5. WWE Raw: Intercontinental Championship Match: Sami Zayn vs Finn Balor (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Fans rally up and Sami powers his way up, only for Finn to arm-drag him again. Finn goes after the arm from wrist to shoulder to target the joints. Sami powers his way back up and powers Finn to ropes. They break at 4 but Sami CHOPS Finn then fires off clubbing forearms! Sami CHOPS Finn back and again! He throws hands then whips. Finn reverses but Sami sunset flips, only for Finn to roll through and dropkick! Finn trips Sami for double stomps! Sami staggers to a corner but Finn CHOPS him again! Finn CHOPS Sami in another corner, then whips him corner to corner. Sami boots Finn away to chop him and go acrobatic. Finn denies that and now they brawl with forearms and chops. Sami forearms Finn but Finn PELES back! Both men are down and we go to break!

Raw returns and Finn dumps Sami out of the ring! Finn puts Sami back in quick but Sami denies the slingblade. Finn also denies the Blue Thunder, but he gets reeled into it anyway! Cover, TWO!! Sami was so close yet so far from a golden return! Finn and Sami slowly stand and get to corners. Sami aims at Finn and runs in, but into a slingblade! Finn shotgun dropkicks Sami down! Finn climbs up and aims, Coup de Grace misses! Roll up, TWO!! Finn runs into an exploder into buckles! Sami goes back to the other side, and runs back in, but the Helluva Kick misses! Finn’s up fast, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!

Winner: Balor via Coup de Grace

Rating: *** 1/2


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4. IMPACT: Tessa Blanchard vs Madison Rayne

From My Coverage:
Well now, this match was pretty damn good, told a great story since Gail was on commentary and Madison…looked…really good. By that I mean in the ring. This is the second week in a row Madison showed off much better in-ring skills. A few big Frakensteiners, nice transitional roll ups and generally nice movement. Tessa was dominant, but allowed her ego and Gail on the outside to distract her throughout the match. Really good everything.

Winner: Rayne via School Girl Roll-Up

Rating: *** 3/4

3. AJPW Champion Carnival: Suwama vs Yoshitatsu

From Mathew’s Coverage:
Their rivalry seemed to have simmered down a bit this year but when they fought right here, they would act like that never faded away and would start going at it. I’m usually pretty critical when it comes to Yoshi and his performances as a wrestler but I do give credit when credit is due as he really did deliver this time around and can show signs of great talent when he wants to. You can give a lot of credit to Suwama for being a great opponent to bring out the best in him, but they both have great chemistry together when they share that ring. Yoshi wants to prove that he can do better and Suwama is pretty much telling him to show him when they fight in that ring. If I had to compare their carnival matches back to back, I would say this one was better out of the two.

Suwama would go for the Last Ride as Yoshi tries to fight it and fights out of it to kick him in the face as the two would start going back and forth with the kicks to the face, forearms, and headbutts. Yoshi would hit the last headbutt and hits Suwama with a German Suplex as Suwama quickly got up to hit him with one and Yoshi did the same, the two of them would do it again as Suwama delivered the last one and both men are down as the crowd cheers for them. Yoshi planted him down face first as he applied the Koji Clutch, the same way he defeated Suwama last year and he looks to do it again but Suwama was about to break the hold until Yoshi pinned him for a two count. Yoshi is attempting the Codebreaker of Jericho as Suwama hits him with a Lariat and a Backdrop as Yoshi kicked out at two. Suwama went for the Last Ride one more time as Yoshi flipped over him for the Sunset Flip as Suwama would kick out of it. Yoshi ran towards him and Suwama delivers another Lariat and throws him to the ropes. Yoshi would kick Suwama in the face and delivers the Codebreaker of Jericho off the second rope and he quickly applied the Koji Clutch and has it in tight this time around as Suwama would pass out to give Yoshitatsu the TKO in a great match!

Winner: Yoshitatsu via Koji Clutch

Rating: ****

Honorable Mentions:

IMPACT: Brian Cage & Jordynne Grace vs Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie
Winner: Johnny via Shining Wizard
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW Champion Carnival: Joe Doering vs Naoya Nomura
Winner: Doering via Flying Crossbody Attack
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW Champion Carnival: Joel Redmen vs Jake Lee
Winner: Jake via Backdrop Driver
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT: Moose vs Wentz
Winner: Moose via Spear
Rating: *** 1/4
AJPW Champion Carnival: Sam Adonis vs Naoya Nomura
Winner: Nomura via Nomura Lock
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT UK: UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm (c) vs Jinny
Winner: Storm via Storm Zero
Rating: *** 1/4
AJPW Champion Carnival: Zeus vs Yuma Aoyagi
Winner: Aoyagi via End Game
Rating: *** 1/4
SmackDown Live: SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs Hardy Boyz
Winner: Hardy Boyz via Swanton Bomb
Rating: ***
WWE RAW: Aleister Black & Ricochet vs Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
Winner: Ricochet via Code Breaker
Rating: ***


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2. AJPW Champion Carnival: Zeus vs Kento Miyahra

From My Coverage:
Now we get one of the more anticipated matches of the Carnival. Kento and Zeus have had a great rivalry over the last few years. Kento usually gets the best of Zeus, but last year Zeus started showing he can overcome Kento. This match wasn’t as good as their two title matches last year, but it was definitely one that will probably be in many people’s top matches for the Carnival. Pacing was similar to their title fights with some posturing, stubborn strike battles and Kento going for more flashy moves like the apron DDT, his Ring Post Neck Lock and just being generally flamboyant and never overtly serious. Fun match. WASSHOI!

Winner: Zeus via Jackhammer

Rating: ****

 

1. 205 Live: Cruiserweight Title Match: Tony Nese (c) vs Buddy Murphy

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Fans know “This is Wrestling!” but this is also far from over. Nese drags Murphy up and whips him, but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese rocks Murphy with a mule kick then whips again, but Murphy reverses. But Nese slides under and pump handle drivers! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives yet again but Nese just keeps on him. Nese stands Murphy up and puts him on the top rope. Nese climbs to join him, but Murphy slips out and tucks Nese in, SUPERKICK! Then sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Now Nese survives but Murphy is too sore to be frustrated. Fans are still fired up as Murphy stalks Nese to a corner. Murphy brings Nese up with double wristlocks, but Nese blocks the Juggernaut Knee! Murphy slaps Nese but Nese SLAPS Murphy! Then he snap suplexes Murphy into the corner! Nese runs side to side but into a waistlock!

Murphy has Nese on the apron fast, and wants a German Suplex! Nese fights him off but Murphy boots him back. Murphy boots again, then gets space, for a LEAPING knee trigger! Both men fall to the floor but the fans fire up more. Murphy stands first and drags Nese’s dead weight around. Murphy then eyes the desk, and fans like where he’s going with this. Commentary anticipates this as Murphy drags Nese over. Murphy prepares a bomb but Nese is just out. The referee checks but Nese is somehow okay to continue. The count is at 5 as Murphy lifts Nese again. Murphy has to refresh the count before it hits 10, but then he turns around into a back drop onto the desk!! Fans lose their minds again as both men are down on the outside. The referee checks on them, they’re both somehow okay to continue.

The ring count returns, and reaches 5 as Murphy crawls. Nese is in at 6, Murphy is in at 9.5!! Fans cheer as this match continues! Nese and Murphy crawl and then brawl. They trade hands as they stand, Murphy fires off a strike fest! Nese dodges the knee to SUPERKICK! Murphy clobbers him with a clothesline! Murphy Canadian racks to the AK-DDT! Cover, TWO?! Nese survives and shocks Murphy but fans reach a fever pitch. Murphy drags Nese up again for the pump handle. Murphy lifts and htis Murphy’s Law!! Cover, TWO!?! Nese survives Murphy’s best move?! Fans are loving “205! 205!” as Murphy drags Nese up. Juggernaut Knee, and another! And then, suplex, but Nese slips out for a REVERSE-RANA! Nese flounders, runs side to side, Premier Knee! But then a LEAPING one!! Cover, Nese wins!!

Winner: Nese via Running Kneese

Rating: ****

 

Thoughts:

As much as I like Zeus vs Kento Miyhara, Tony Nese vs Buddy Murphy actually was surprising. Their WrestleMania match was kind of a throw away, but this one on 205 was actually really good. THIS, should’ve been the Mania match…but hey I guess they didn’t have enough time to do it all.

Either way, Nese vs Murphy told a solid story, had solid action, and definitely helps solidify Nese’s title reign.


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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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