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Rob: What Did I Enjoy? (Week of 5/13/2019)

Yowie Wowie! Rob is the light in the darkness! Focusing on what he liked from WWE, aside from the general strategy of  Captain Hindsight. 

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Yowie Wowie! Rob is the light in the darkness! Focusing on what he liked from WWE, aside from the general strategy of  Captain Hindsight.

Picking up from where I left off last week, it’s time to see what I liked about this week in wrestling.

Last week I stuck to Raw and SmackDown but I watched a few other things within the last week so I’m gonna throw some of those in, too.  The point to all of this isn’t to sugarcoat anything but just to point that contrary to what you might be seeing on Twitter or in dirtsheets or hearing on certain podcasts, there’s plenty of good stuff to take in every week.

Now you’ll probably have some different takes on some of the things I bring up, and you may have some things I don’t mention, and you know what?  That’s fine!!  The important thing, at least what I’m trying to do here, is shed a little sunshine because there are way too many people pushing gloom and doom not because it’s real but because it’s what gets them clicks and shares.

Anyhow, here we go for this week.

On Raw:

Roman Reigns dive

Yes, I’m leading off with my Roman Reigns fan card.  Look, any and every sign of him being back up to speed is a good thing.  I am never going to not celebrate it.  The opening match was fine, but what I really liked about it is that we’re getting some heated feuds that don’t revolve around a title match.  The downside to co-branded pay per views is that they can get too title-centric sometimes so this is a good step in the right direction.

Rey Mysterio vs Cesaro

A great choice for a Monday night pop up match.  Lots of really cool counters and a good finish to set Rey up going into Sunday night.  This return tour for Rey has been good for random matchups like these where he gets to go with other talented guys and show he can still go.  Rey vs (insert name here) is a good way to fill 10 minutes on a Monday.

The Women’s Four Way Match

After a couple of weeks where the ladies match time was noticeably minimal a return to what we expect is good.  They got time to have a real match here, Dana Brooke got to show what she can do (while I don’t expect her to win I do hope she gets to put on a good showing Sunday), and a win for Nikki Cross.  Good times, and good job to all the ladies involved in it.  If you haven’t seen it then at least go watch the YouTube clip and get the numbers up.  The entire division needs some love from us.

The contract signing 

Yes, contract signings are guaranteed to go sideways in pro wrestling just like weddings and trophy presentations.  This one was no different, but it was still entertaining.  Yes, a big part of that for me is because of who got put through the table and who put her there but being objective for a moment….this is good for Becky in the long run.  How?  Let me explain.  As the top babyface in the women’s division she can’t just run everyone over for four weeks then win at the pay per view.  Her opponents have to get the drop on her sometimes to get some heat for themselves, especially if they’re not going over on the pay per view.  She’s lost one match since last September and you can count on one hand the number of times she’s come out on the short end of any onscreen segment since then.  That just can’t go on in perpetuity.  Right now it’s pretty easy to get people booed against her so it’s the perfect time to capitalize on that.  Babyfaces take beatings, it’s par for the course.

The falls count anywhere match

Yeah the reasoning was kinda dumb (why would you agree to that, Braun?  Been hanging out with Sting and picking his brain?), but the match itself was fun and the finish was clever.  Braun going backstage and destroying stuff is his wheelhouse, not trying to go 20 minutes in a solo main event.  For whatever reason (might be injury) Vince decided to get Braun out of the match and Sami Zayn in, so here we are.

From Smackdown:

The Fatal Four Way Match

My choice for match of the week from WWE TV (at least out of what I watched; I did not see 205 Live yet).  Started a little slow but the last five minutes were gold.  Randy Orton’s RKO on Mustafa Ali was pretty slick.  Nice to see Andradae get a win, too.  Really looking forward to seeing these guys on Sunday.

The Bloodline Reunited

Yes, I’m playing my Reigns fan card twice in one week again.  A lot of us have been waiting a long time to see him and the Usos team up again (three years since the last time) and even though it was in a handicap match it was still good.  We even got a little foreshadowing of a future confrontation (maybe?  hopefully?) between Reigns and Daniel Bryan.  And thanks to this match and the confrontation that came after we get a Smackdown Tag Team Title Match at the pay per view Sunday between the Usos and champs Daniel Bryan and Rowan to go along with Roman facing Elias.

Kairi Sane and Asuka vs Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville

Like on RAW, the Women’s division on Smackdown got shortchanged badly last week so it’s good that they got time to have a legit match this week.  Kairi and Asuka already have put together some nice double team moves and have gelled pretty quickly it seems.  Mandy and Sonya are headed towards an eventual breakup and the finish of the match was another step towards that (I’m guessing that we get another one on Sunday at Money in the Bank).

The KO show

In what may be the pleasant surprise of the year Kofi continues to shine on the mic as WWE Champion, speaking confidently while not losing the fun loving spirit that New Day has embodied from day one.  The segment, which ended with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn beating down Kofi and Xavier Woods, was a good way to end the show and set up their match on Sunday.

But wait there’s more!!!

I watched the full slate this week including NXT and 205 Live so you get a little bonus coverage here.

205 Live

Both matches were very good, the fatal four way between Humberto, Jack Gallagher, Mark Andrews, and James Drake and the main event between Cruiserweight Champ Tony Nese and Ligero (don’t know why the title wasn’t on the line, though).  205 Live has always had good wrestling on it and you guys should really watch it if you already don’t.

NXT

This was storyline progression week and everything moved along nicely.  Kushida beat Kona Reeves and got challenged by Drew Gulak, which should result in a great match down the road.  Io Shirai got the drop on Shayna Baszler for once to get the ball moving towards their match at Takeover 25.  Just like how Becky needs to get knocked down a few times to get the heels over it’s high time someone took the fight to Baszler before she and her goons laid them out again. They’ve been on an impressive tear but they’ve been running over everybody so somebody needed to get to one of them first. And lastly, the Street Profits and the Minnesota Viking War Raiding Experience had a fun match going until everybody and their brother decided to run in.

 

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about AEW’s new TV deal.  While I’m not in their target audience I think it’s good that they’re here so that the wrestlers have more options of where to work.  I give the same the advice to anyone who’s going to be a regular viewer that I give here: just watch the show and enjoy.  Lay off on the fantasy booking because they aren’t going to do everything the way you want them to, either.  And if you have a Nielsen box then watch it live so your watching is not in vain.

That’s all for this week on this matter.  Until next time.


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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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