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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 4/7/2019

Holy wrestling overload Batman! With all of the wrestling this week, what stuck out and what did Andrew have enough time to see? Let’s see what made the Top 5 Matches!

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Becky Lynch Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair WWE WrestleMania 35

Holy wrestling overload Batman! With all of the wrestling this week, what stuck out and what did Andrew have enough time to see? Let’s see what made the Top 5 Matches!

Talk about a long week, right? First world problems I’m aware. But I didn’t even see everything I wanted to since I went to see G1 Supercard live. I pray for those who had a show everyday. I guess I’m just getting old, but I’m still tired from Saturday.

Either way, we’re got two votes this week! The weekly and the March month vote! Let’s look at the March pool:

  • Stardom Wonder of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe (c)
  • Fastlane: US Title 4 Way: Samoa Joe (c) vs R-Truth vs Rey Mysterio vs Andrade
  • New Japan Cup: Zack Sabre Jr vs Kota Ibushi
  • New Japan Cup Finals: Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA
  • SmackDown Live: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs Charlotte Flair

Well March is a little unique since I can’t remember if last year we had a pool with two women’s matches. When it comes to my vote, it goes to Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe. Great match, hard hitting and those style of matches don’t happen enough in Stardom, but damn it was special.

Either way, this week’s vote will probably be hard for most. A bunch of great stuff, it’s always a good week when matches that got 4 1/4 don’t make the Top 5 cut, plus, we have three 5 snowflake matches on the list.

 

5 (t). WrestleMania 35: SmackDown & Raw Women’s Championships Winner Take All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair (c)

From My Analysis:
This triple threat had everyone holding their breath before the bell rang. We’ve become so conditioned to expect WWE throwing us a fast one, that they worked us, by not working us. The match was fantastic, a few nit picks. Like Charlotte not selling the Piper’s Pit on the outside, sloppy crucifix and a few of the double moves looked odd, but that’s nit picking. Great match by all three women, and it’s cliche to say, but the right person won.

Winner: Becky via Crucifix Pin

Rating: **** 1/2

 

5 (t). NXT TakeOver New York: 2 out of 3 Falls NXT Championship: Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano

From My Analysis:
It’s a 2 out of 3 falls match. So there’s a lot that went on. Cole got the first fall with the Last Shot. Gargano got the second fall with the Garga-NO Escape. The third one was crazy, spotty, tons of near falls. Undisputed Era eventually came out to try and put Cole over, but Gargano kept kicking out. Fairytale Ending, Panama Sunrise, reDragon did Total Elimination, another Last Shot…Gargano wouldn’t die. He wiped out the rest of the stable and focused on Cole. Eventually Gargano caught Cole in another Garga-NO Escape, kicked off the rope to put it in the middle, and won the Championship! Crazy match, a little too “indy spotfest” to knock my socks completely off, but still a damn good match.

Winner: Gargano via Garga-NO Escape (2-1)

Rating: **** 1/2

 

4. NXT TakeOver New York: NXT Tag Team Titles: War Raiders (c) vs Aleister Black & Ricochet

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
The count reaches 5 as Aleister and Hanson stand. Hanson keeps Aleister get in but Aleister does the same. But now they’re all down, so Rowe and Ricochet get in at 9.5! Rowe and Ricochet are now legal as they slowly stand up. They start brawling, and Ricochet manages to bob ‘n’ weave. Rowe lands a right but Ricochet hits an uppercut. Ricochet swings but into Ace Ten- No, a boot from Ricochet! Tag to Aleister who boots Rowe and knees Hanson. Rowe grabs Aleister but Aleister shakes him off. Rowe roars, BLACK MASS! Tag to Ricochet, who climbs up, SHOOTING STAR! Hanson returns as Ricochet covers, Hanson barrels into everyone to break the pin! Aleister and Hanson tumble out but Ricochet keeps on Rowe. Rowe’s in a drop zone and Ricochet’s up again. Ricochet aims, 630 senton FLOPS as Hanson saves Rowe!

Aleister moonsaults but misses Hanson! Hanson clobbers Aleister then gets Rowe in. Rowe crawls and tags Hanson back in. Ricochet stands and boots Hanson first! Ricochet runs, dodges, but gets THOR’S HAMMER! Hanson DIVES onto Aleister! Rowe drags Ricochet up, Hanson climbs, FALLOUT!! Cover, War Raiders win!!

Winner: War Raiders via Fallout

Rating: **** 1/2

 

 

3. GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport: Josh Barnett vs Minoru Suzuki

Well it was his show, so of course he gets the best opponent. No ropes, shoot style wrestling with no pinfalls and MMA style rules. This was something to watch.

If you like hard hitting, catch is catch can style mixed with submission/MMA style then find this show. Suzuki and Barnett went hold for hold for most of the match. Suzuki went to the outside, grabbed a chair, bumped the ref, but when he hit Barnett with the chair, it just pissed Josh off.

Initially it went to the 20 minute time limit, and the crowd chanted for 5 more minutes. Suzuki silenced them, and then screams “Five more minutes”. So we get 5 more minutes of great submissions, no selling fire spots and just a general spectacle. It was also funny to hear Suzuki talk shit in English and Barnett responded in Japanese. They both had one another in Knee Bar submissions when the time ran out on Overtime.

These two have a lot of history from Pancrase days, both were King of Pancrase champions and this was just a fantastic display of hybrid wrestling. Plus you have to figure, Jersey, New York and Philly are still a hot ECW territory, so anything violent, will be received well. This was just special.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: *****

 

Honorable Mentions:

G1 Supercard: ROH World Championship Ladder Wars: Marty Scurll vs Jay Lethal (c) vs Matt Taven
Winner: Matt Taven
Rating: **** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
Winner: Styles via Phenomenal Forearm
Rating: ****
NXT TakeOver New York: NXT North American Title Match: Matt Riddle vs Velveteen Dream (c)
Winner: Dream via Submission Reversal Cradle
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: Rev Pro British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre Jr (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Winner: Sabre via Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness
Rating: ****
NXT TakeOver New York: WWE UK Championship Match: WALTER vs Pete Dunne (c)
Winner: Walter via Top Rope Splash
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: Honor Rumble
Winner: Kenny King
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Kota Ibushi
Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye
Rating: ****
G1 Supercard: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Triple Threat: Dragon Lee vs Bandido vs Taiji Ishimori (c)
Winner: Dragon Lee via Desnucadora
Rating: *** 3/4
WrestleMania 35: SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles: The Usos (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev vs The Bar vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Winner: Usos via Double Uce
Rating: *** 3/4
NXT TakeOver New York: NXT Women’s Championship Match: Kairi Sane vs Bianca Belair vs Shayna Baszler (c) vs Io Shirai
Winner: Baszler via Kirifuda Clutch
Rating: *** 3/4
WrestleMania 35: Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon vs The Miz
Winner: Shane via Superplex Shenanigans
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT: X Division Scramble: Aiden Prince vs Idris Abraham vs Ace Austin vs Trey vs Petey Williams vs Jake Crist
Winner: Petey Williams via Avalanche Canadian Destroyer
Rating: *** 1/2
G1 Supercard: NEVER Openweight & ROH TV Title Winner Take All: Will Ospreay (c) vs Jeff Cobb (c)
Winner: Cobb via Tour of the Islands
Rating: *** 1/2
Impact Wrestling United We Stand: X Division Title Match: Rich Swann (c) vs Flamita
Winner: Swann via Phoenix Splash
Rating: *** 1/2
WrestleMania 35: Women’s Tag Team Fatal 4 Way: The IIconics vs Tamina & Nia Jax vs Boss & Hug Connection vs Divas of Doom
Winner: IIconics via Avalanche Glam Slam
Rating: *** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: Intercontinental Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Finn Balor
Winner: Balor via Coup de Grace
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Winner: Revival via Count Out
Rating: *** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: No Holds Barred: Triple H vs Batista
Winner: Triple H via Pedigree
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT: #1 Contender’s Match: Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne
Winner: Grace via Grace Driver
Rating: *** 1/4
WrestleMania 35: Raw Tag Team Championship: The Revival (c) vs Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
Winner: Hawkins via Inside Cradle
Rating: ***
G1 Supercard:IWGP Heavyweight & ROH Tag Team Titles Winner Take All: Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs The Briscoes vs Villain Enterprises (c) vs EVIL & SANADA
Winner: G.o.D. via Super Powerbomb
Rating: ***
IMPACT: Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards vs LAX
Winner: Eddie via Boston Knee Party
Rating: ***

 

2. ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard: IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs Kazuchika Okada

From my Totally Biased Live Review:
So Okada and White was probably hurt a bit by the length of the show. I saw some people leaving after the ladder match, and this match didn’t get started until a bit after 11. This was insanely well wrestled by both men. White kicked out of the first Rainmaker he was hit with, and hit a desperation Blade Runner, but couldn’t pin Okada. Okada went into his sequence when he beat Tanahashi and Styles the first time, wrist control, short arm lariats over and over, just rocking Jay. The Rolling Rainmaker popped the crowd hard since we all felt it was coming. Then after a few counter attempts, Jay gets drilled by the Jumping Tombstone and then one more big Rainmaker for the win!

Winner: Okada via Rainmaker

Rating: *****

 

1. WrestleMania 35: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Kofi gives Rowan Trouble in Paradise! Big E scoops and Woods jumps in, Midnight Hour on the floor! The New Day takes Rowan out, but Bryan’s building speed! Kofi intercepts with a big right hand! Kofi hurries into the ring and the fans are thunderous again. Bryan slowly stands, Trouble in Paradise misses, but not the Knee Plus!! Cover, TWO!?! Even the watch party is shocked by that! Bryan is beside himself on what he has to do to end Kofimania. Bryan grabs Kofi’s hands and gives him Danielson stomps! He makes The New Day watch each vicious one. Bryan then reels Kofi back into the LeBell Lock! Kofi endures all over again, but comes back to life!

Bryan clubs away on Kofi’s head but Kofi still holds on. Kofi pries his way out and rolls Bryan so that he can throw hands. But Bryan makes it a double wristlock! Kofi still fights through and rains rights! Kofi gives some serious ground ‘n’ pound now! Bryan holds on but Kofi just uses that to give those Danielson stomps back! The old stomping stampede returns for Kofi as he fires up! Kofi aims from a corner as he dares Bryan to stand back up. Bryan does, Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise

Rating: *****

 

Thoughts:

You can’t go wrong with any of these matches, but I’m giving it to, Josh Barnett vs Minoru Suzuki. There was just something special about that match, the style and just refreshing seeing the catch wrestling/hybrid style Bloodsport. I’m fully aware it’s the dark horse and not for everyone, but it’s the only match on the list where I couldn’t take my eyes off the ring.

Well make your voice heard, especially in such an action packed week! Always Use Your Head, and vote God dammit!


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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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