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Andrew’s WWE Raw and SmackDown Live Ratings & Analysis (5/6 + 5/7)

Does the sky continue to fall? Has Vince found a solution for some of the downward trends? WWE Raw and SmackDown Live: how’d they fair this week?

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Does the sky continue to fall? Has Vince found a solution for some of the downward trends? WWE Raw and SmackDown Live: how’d they fair this week?

Well now, last week was the first time in a few weeks that both shows fell pretty flat. What are we looking at for this week?

Roman Reigns has unfinished business on Raw, Kofi has a bone to pick with KO on SmackDown…seems promising, right?

Raw Ratings:

  • Seth Rollins & AJ Styles vs Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin: Corbin wins via End of Days – *** ¼
  • Lucha House Party vs 3 Jobbers with no Names: House Party wins via (who cares) – -*
  • Ricochet vs Robert Roode: Ricochet wins via 630 Senton – **
  • Lacey Evan vs Allie Katrina: Lacey wins via Woman’s Right – N/A
  • Viking Raiders vs Hawkins & Ryder: Raiders win via The Viking Experience – * ½
  • Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre: Reigns wins via DQ – ***
  • WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston (c): Kingston retains via Trouble in Paradise – *** ¾

 

Analysis:

McMahon comes out starts blathering on about the Wildcard Rule, pats himself on the back in a way purposely done to be irritating and this is a 27 minute segment of talking, while leading to nothing more than WrestleMania rematches that had no real weight or suspense and would just hopefully be hollow good matches. Fantastic…great way to hook people…

Seth and AJ don’t like each other, so what do we do? Put them together to face two people the fans either don’t care about or detest. This first hour of Raw is IWC nightmare fuel. The match however was fairly good, the AJ hitting Seth thing is something we saw a few months ago before Daniel Bryan’s heel turn I believe. So it’s not clever, or intriguing, just mostly eye roll inducing.

Sami Zayn comes out to continue his shtick with commentary mentioning that someone was going to finally stand up to him. Who do we get? The least plotting, clever, or lying in wait character on the roster, Braun Strowman. This big doofus who ran rampant for competition and wouldn’t know subtle if it was written on the back of his eyelids is someone we’re expected to believe needed to “get fed up”. Then he chases Sami and Sami gets chucked in a dumpster. So we could’ve used Sami’s star power and status of being over to start a real angle with a newer person that could use the exposure…but no, worthless Braun. I hate every aspect of this.

Speaking of things I hate, Lucha House Party smashes nameless jobbers. Why? Just who actually cares about Lucha House Party? It wasn’t impressive, no one cares, go away.

Okay Lacey Evans handing out hand written invitations to her match, with Peach Cobbler scent is great character work. Finally, something that doesn’t make my eyes roll so hard my head falls off my shoulders.

Ricochet and Robert Roode have a modicum of logic with the MiTB spot being up for grabs. But this wasn’t given enough time and neither character is established enough for us to really bite into it…so this was just there.

Joe stalks Dominic and then…has a conversation. A useless conversation, that even though it’s delivered well, just why? Why wouldn’t Joe just put him to sleep as a message? The segment was out of character, and just a general waste of time.

Lacey’s match is a squash against another jobber that nearly didn’t have a name, until it was said as soon as the Woman’s Right put her to sleep. But after the match, Lacey’s comments were great and Becky running in for the scuffle was great and gave us a great tweet as well. No complaints here.

Usos sneak out of the locker room in a cartoony manner. Wonderful, what new stupid thing will happen to The Revival?

Ryder and Hawkins tried kinda, and had a few moments of offense before getting their lunch eaten. This was effectively a squash as well.

FIREFLY FUN HOUSE! Fuck yeah!

So Mercy the Buzzard tore Rambling Rabbit to shreds cause he didn’t approve of his life views, but it’s okay. Bray tells us all that no matter what you do to express yourself, paint a painting or murder, you can be forgiven. And then they have a carpet picnic with a bunch of zoned out depressed looking kids. This…this is tremendous. I want to be on Firefly Fun House.

Seth tries to talk, but I think I slipped into a coma while he was trying to speak English.

Drew and Roman’s match was actually pretty solid. It had a better pace than their ‘Mania match, and I was enjoying it, until we got the non-finish. Shane and Elias interfere, Miz runs off Shane while Drew and Elias keep on the Samoan Sex Machine.  The prospect of Miz & Roman vs Shane/Drew & Elias is actually kind of cool. Miz and Roman…Awesome Samoan A List Sex?  I’ll work on that.

Ucey Hot…why. Who rubs Icy Hot on THAT area before a match anyway? Just nothing about this makes sense, its dumb 10 year old humor, it’s just sad. And yes, the fact that it’s The Revival, the throwback no flips just fists team, they’re the ones rolls around like cartoon idiots. Just…moronic.

Lars kills No Way Jose and the conga line, and no one cares. Ugh.

Kofi and Daniel was a very good tv main event. It didn’t have the same emotional weight as the WrestleMania match, and there were a few more miscues in this one, along with less time. But all in all it was a damn good match, fun and Kofi retaining is great. So at least the show ended on a high note.

 

Overall Score: 2.5/10

So a question may be asked, “ Why the low score when there were 3 good matches?” – it’s simple, pro wrestling, Raw especially is much more than in-ring product. Plus even with good matches, the fact the show was illogical, borderline brain damaged and implemented completely wrong people into stories (Bruan into Sami’s angle) just ruined any level of momentum the show tried to create.

Yes there were high spots, but usually beaten down by garbage. Someone should throw this episode in the same dumpster Sami was launched into.

 

SmackDown Live Ratings:

  • Andrade vs Ali: Ali wins via DQ – N/A
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs The Usos: Rowan wins via Claw Hold Slam – *** ¼  – NEW CHAMPS CROWNED!!
  • Carmella & Ember Moon vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville: Rose wins via The Bed of Roses – ½*
  • WWE Championship Triple Threat: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Sami Zayn vs AJ Styles: Kofi retains via Trouble in Paradise – *** ½

 

Analysis:

AJ Styles kicks off things since Wild Card Rule and he feels if anyone gets to come back, it’s him. Kofi tries to square up, AJ shoots back well, Sami Zayn comes out. Stuff happens and we end up with a Triple Threat Main Event.  Okay, that could be good.

Kevin Owens has a video, saying it’s his Birthday so plans changed, piss off.

Andrade and Ali was starting to get interesting and Orton interjects himself getting Andrade DQ’d. So I didn’t give this a rating cause Ali and Andrade could put on something great, so out of deference to them, I won’t grade an incomplete assignment. No partial credit here.

Roman Reigns career evolution video with a lot of edited crowd audio. I love the Samoan Sex Machine and have since the beginning, but I’m not naïve.

Shane is about to hand the Tag belts to Daniel Bryan and Rowan, but the Usos show up and say maybe a match would be better. Shane agrees, so we get a match for the vacant tag belts.

As a match, it really wasn’t bad. However, Usos doing their best impression of Young Bucks circa 2014 with 400 Superkicks, is getting old. So I would’ve enjoyed more variety in the moves, but the match was solid.

So the B Team, the quirky beloved goofballs are now definitely aligned with Shane. Not only are B Team not credible, the only reason they were over for a while was because they were sympathetic goofballs that got treated like jokes. So quirky underdogs are now beating up their former MIZtourage leader. Sure…that makes sense.

Bryan and Rowan get eyed up by Heavy Machinery in denim vests. Ugh, I get the blue collar thing, but I don’t need a team that has proven nothing on main roster (or even NXT for that matter) to be positioned to possibly beat Bryan and Rowan. Ughhhh

Women’s tag was just bad. I do like the story element of Sonya sacrificing everything for Mandy because that’s usually always a time bomb. However, Paige running down Sonya and Mandy after sounded like a bitchy heel promo. So…is Paige just jealous that Mandy and Sonya have found their footing without her? Paige comes off Richard Petty.

Matt Hardy backstage interview and R-Truth shows up…to only have Lars Sullivan pop up. This was the most awkward scene in a while. Hardy says “He’s here” and then tries to get into a pose, but doesn’t know what to do with his hands and R-Truth reacts like a turtle in molasses in December.  Just a stupid, awkward and campy segment.

Aleister keeps up with these hollow asinine monologues.

Okay there was a lot in this match, and it’s all pretty solid. To fast forward, I really like Owens getting involved, but Kofi kicking out of 3 Blue Thunder Bombs and then coming to, so he can counter the Helluva Kick and win was just a little too dumbass Superman. I get the reason it was used, just to make Kofi look super resilient or heart of the champion kind of crap, but 3 was overkill. Glad Kofi retained, just wish the finish was more exciting and less ridiculous.

Overall Score: 5/10

Definition of average. We did get 2 good matches, but the show was a roller coaster. Unlike Raw, it didn’t go through bad segments consecutively, so it was easier to tolerate. Yes the 2 hour length helps in that as well, but still nothing special.

So this is 2 weeks in a row where both shows were pretty bad or at least disappointing. Hopefully something changes.

 

 


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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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