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Chris King: Shane McMahon And The Corporation 2.0

Is it time for a new Corporation in WWE?

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Shane McMahon is positioned as a top WWE heel. Now is the time to form The Corporation… or more accurately The Corporation 2.0.

In the late 1990s The Corporation reigned supreme as judge, jury, and executioner; under the leadership of the sinister ‘McMahon Family’ the evil Mr. McMahon and what do you know…Shane McMahon. The sole purpose of the existence of the stable was to prevent certain WWE superstars they’ve preordained as not “Best for Business”, their prime target was ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in his relentless pursuit of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Two decades later, it appears we’re witnessing a resurrection of one of the most powerful factions in WWE history. As much as a mega push for the bosses son is not warranted by any shape or form, below I will explain how this could potentially be manifested into a vehicle for many of enhancement talent sitting on the sidelines.

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The Beginning Stages For Shane McMahon — And The Shocking Betrayal

To set the scene to where this began we need to go back in time to WWE Crown Jewel; in the ‘World Cup Tournament’ where superstars of the highest caliber competed in an eight-man elimination tournament, to determine who was “The Best in the World”. Miz, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, faced the daunting task of making all the way to the finals to win the Huge”Best in the World Trophy”.

The Miz had advanced to the finals after defeating a wounded Mysterio; he was scheduled to face a former rival of his past, Dolph Ziggler but something appeared to be terribly wrong. Miz hobbling into the ring, and could barely put any weight on his leg. Miz mustered up the strength to attempt to make it in to start the contest, but he was in no condition to walk let alone represent the SmackDown Live brand.

Then-SmackDown Commissioner Shane was left with only one decision; to forfeit the match on behalf of the fallen warrior and handover the prestigious label of “The Best in the World”…..What if there was another option? Perhaps fighting for his fellow employee in his place….Yes, Shane won the whole dang thing….He celebrated as if he had competed in the entire tournament itself. On the next episode of SmackDown Live; Shane dedicated the “Best in the World Trophy” to all of the SmackDown Live roster, he was humble and appreciative with sincere motives.

On December 25, 2018-Christmas edition of SmackDown Live; Miz pleaded one final time to form what he proclaimed “The Greatest Tag-team in the World” Shane finally obliged after Miz shared openly about his true motives, “I’ve never heard his dad throughout his career tell him he was proud of him and Shane understands what that feels like since he’s the son of Vince McMahon”. Shane was touched and declared that what he said truly resonated with him, he’ll give this thing a shot…The WWE Universe responded with a resounding YES, YES, YES!

The dynamic duo went on to defeat Then-SmackDown Tag-team Champions The Bar at 2019 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and became The New Tag-team Champions! At the following month’s pay-per-view; Elimination Chamber they defended their titles against one of the most versatile tag teams in the WWE The Uso’s, but were no match for the experienced duo and lost their titles.

They would request their rematch at WWE Fastlane inside Miz’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and with his proud dad in the front row. The unthinkable would occur, as Miz attempted a top-rope Frog splash and was caught and was surprisingly rolled over into a three-count. In a shocking turn of events; Miz was extremely apologetic for letting his partner and friend down, what happened next was despicable as both Miz and Shane left ringside after an embrace with Miz’s father. Shane would ruthlessly attack Miz from behind with a devastating blow to the back of his head; and apply a triangle choke and incapacitate his tag team partner, Shane then walked right up to Mr. Miz and squeeze his hands around his “Potato face”.

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On March 19, 2019-edition of SmackDown Live Shane explained his heinous assault from 48-hours prior; claiming it was a glorious feeling choking Miz out, and attacking his father was the icing on the cake. Shane also set the record straight that winning “The Trophy” didn’t make him “Best in the World”, being a McMahon did! A few weeks later Shane toppled Miz by a technicality in a falls-count-anywhere match against at WrestleMania 35; as Miz’s built-up frustrations proved to be the catalyst for his downfall, he would perform a death-defying superplex fifteen-feet above with both competitors on the ground Shane would drape his shoulder to gain the victory.

On the Post-Mania-SmackDown Live Roman Reigns was drafted to the Blue brand; after The CEO of WWE Vince McMahon proclaimed that Elias another draftee was SmackDown Live’s “greatest acquisition in history”, Reigns marched to the ring and proceeded to deliver a jaw-breaking Superman Punch to his boss…. Shane would not receive this kind and would demand Reigns to meet him face-to-face the following week. Once he appeared; Shane threw the mic down, threw his dukes up, and prepared to take out his adversary.…. Reigns approached the wily Shane, Elias jumped him from behind and both men left him laying in a heap.


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The Next Step: Recruitment

At Money in the Bank pay-per-view Reigns made short work of Elias; on May 21, 2019-edition of SmackDown Live both competitors would clash in a rematch from the pay-per-view Reigns again would gain the opportunity, post-match Reigns dished out a small amount of retribution. Right as he was about to walk out tall with his head held high in victory, ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ Drew McIntyre dropped him with a ferocious Claymore and the show ended with Shane, Elias and McIntyre standing tall. WWE commentator even called McIntyre “Shane’s new insurance policy.”

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In the following weeks, another duo would be added to the group; on June 3, 2019-edition of Raw The Revival (who were feuding with The Uso’s Reigns’ cousins) paired up with McIntyre and battled Reigns and The Uso’s in a six-man tag-team match. The next night on SmackDown Live The Revival would finalize their alignment with Shane, Elias, and McIntyre when they attacked Reigns for the second time in one week.

They were soon rewarded for their devotion; they were included in the Triple-threat-Tag-team match where the current Raw Tag-team Champions Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder would defend against The Revival and The Uso’s. In typical ‘heel’ fashion after The Uso’s had done all work, The Revival swooped in and won the Tag-team titles. With the cohesive unit growing rapidly each passing week; I believe we need to start asking ourselves, are we witnessing the rebirth of one of the most villainous factions in WWE history? This time under the leadership and guidance of the self-absorbed and egocentric Shane McMahon.

The Mission for Shane McMahon and The Corporation Remains The Same Throughout History

Throughout WWE history in nearly every stable has one common denominator; it materialized into a vehicle or a launchpad for up-and-coming talent, to scratch the surface of reaching their true potential. If you look back in 1997, ‘The Nation of Domination’ allowed Rocky Maivia to become one of or the largest heel in the company. Without his inclusion and the future leadership of the faction, we may have witnessed the transformation of The Rock. In Evolution; led by HHH and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista have gone on the record to publicly announce they owe their success to both of their mentors. I can continue to go down the list, but the outcome will be the exact same.

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In 2013, The Authority the corporate sellout HHH, Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Big Show, and Randy Orton enlisted the services of The Shield. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as mercenaries; three young and hungry superstars, to handle their dirty tactics. In order for The Corporation 2.0 to become as successful as a plethora of other factions were; they need to petition some more muscle, and who better than the dangerous and destructive AOP. AKAM and REZAR have not achieved any success; since their main roster debut on the Post-Mania-Raw in 2018, outside of defeating Rollins in a 2-on-1 handicap match for the Raw Tag-team Championships. AKAM suffered a terrible knee injury earlier this year, leaving his partner with nothing to do in the meantime. Since both monsters are healthy and running on full capacity, now would be the perfect opportunity to add them into the fold.

Another superstar that would be a tremendous addition is EC3; going back to his days in TNA as the spoiled and entitled nephew of Dixie Carter, we could finally witness EC3 mold right into his element. The process is so simple a child could write the script; on this past Monday he was the “Big” reveal as Baron Corbin’s special guest referee for his Universal Championship match this Sunday, Rollins brutally assaulted EC3 with repeated chair shots and took him out of the picture. On next week’s Raw he can run into Shane; demanding retribution for the mistreatment, I can easily see EC3 sipping wine in Shane’s private VIP lounge. This would allow EC3 to proper exposure, and will help with his ascension as one of WWE’s top heels in the company.

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I don’t agree that Shane’s mega push is warranted by any stretch; however if WWE can use it as a launch pad for enhancement talent; that rarely gets any TV time and sit on the sidelines, then I have no doubt in my mind that the Corporation 2.0 will be equally successful or possibly even more than The Corporation was in 1998-1999.


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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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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