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The Chairshot Staff Picks – WWE Stomping Grounds

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Ladies and gentlemen welcome back to The Chairshot Staff Picks! Summer is upon us and so our sights are set on the highway to hell!… aka SummerSlam. Before we can get there, we must endure a few checkpoints along the way. First up, Stomping Grounds!!! A very solid card of intriguing matchups. I’m once again looking forward to a solid in ring showing from the WWE main roster. Now, time to predict the future…

WWE Stomping Grounds – Tacoma, Washington

Nese(c) v Tozawa v Gulak

  • Bradley Jay – Gulak
  • Bobby Fernandes – Gulak
  • Carol Cassada – Gulak
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Gulak
  • Harry Broadhurst – Gulak
  • Jason Shufletowski – Nese
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Nese
  • Rey Ca$h – Gulak
  • Rob Bonnette – Nese
  • Steve Cook – Nese
  • Steven Mitchell – Gulak
  • Tiffany Carter – Nese
  • Dave Ungar – Nese
  • Miranda Morales – Nese
  • DPP – Tozawa
  • Chris Platt – Nese
  • Andrew Balaz – Gulak
  • Greg DeMarco – Gulak

Tunney’s Take: Tozawa takes the fall here. Nese gets his rematch at Extreme Rules. My pick is Drew Gulak

The Chairshot – Drew Gulak 10-8-1 #UseYourHead

Big E & Xavier Woods v Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

  • Bradley Jay – BigE & Xavier
  • Bobby Fernandes – Owens & Zayn
  • Carol Cassada – Owens & Zayn
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Owens & Zayn
  • Harry Broadhurst – Owens & Zayn
  • Jason Shufletowski – Owens & Zayn
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Owens & Zayn
  • Rey Ca$h – Owens & Zayn
  • Rob Bonnette – Owens & Zayn
  • Steve Cook – Owens & Zayn
  • Steven Mitchell – Owens & Zayn
  • Tiffany Carter – BigE & Xavier
  • Dave Ungar – BigE & Xavier
  • Miranda Morales – BigE & Xavier
  • DPP – Owens & Zayn
  • Chris Platt – Owens & Zayn
  • Andrew Balaz – Owens & Zayn
  • Greg DeMarco – BigE & Xavier

Tunney’s Take: Very much looking forward to this tag team match. Both teams could benefit from some momentum and possibly find themselves in a tag title match in the near future. My pick is Kevin and Sami

TheChairshot – Owens & Zayn 14-5 #UseYourHead

Daniel Bryan & Rowan(c) v Heavy Machinery

  • Bradley Jay – Heavy Machinery
  • Bobby Fernandes – Heavy Machinery
  • Carol Cassada – DB & Rowan
  • Francesca Scopalleti – DB & Rowan
  • Harry Broadhurst – DB & Rowan
  • Jason Shufletowski – DB & Rowan
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – DB & Rowan
  • Rey Ca$h – DB & Rowan
  • Rob Bonnette – DB & Rowan
  • Steve Cook – DB & Rowan
  • Steven Mitchell – DB & Rowan
  • Tiffany Carter – DB & Rowan
  • Dave Ungar – DB & Rowan
  • Miranda Morales – DB & Rowan
  • DPP – DB & Rowan
  • Chris Platt – DB & Rowan
  • Andrew Balaz – DB & Rowan
  • Greg DeMarco – DB & Rowan

Tunney’s Take: This would be one hell of a victory for Otis and Tucker! I just don’t see their time as right now, its coming soon, just not at Stomping Grounds. My pick is Daniel Bryan & Rowan

The Chairshot – Daniel Bryan & Rowan 17-2 #UseYourHead

Samoa Joe(c) v Ricochet

  • Bradley Jay – Ricochet
  • Bobby Fernandes – Ricochet
  • Carol Cassada – Joe
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Ricochet
  • Harry Broadhurst – Joe
  • Jason Shufletowski – Joe
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Joe
  • Rey Ca$h – Ricochet
  • Rob Bonnette – Joe
  • Steve Cook – Ricochet
  • Steven Mitchell – Joe
  • Tiffany Carter – Joe
  • Dave Ungar – Ricochet
  • Miranda Morales – Joe
  • DPP – Ricochet
  • Chris Platt – Joe
  • Andrew Balaz – Joe
  • Greg DeMarco – Ricochet

Tunney’s Take: This is the match I want to be given as much time as these two would like. What a great clash of styles! Ricochet has been gaining popularity and momentum lately, but Joe could be his toughest task yet. My pick is Samoa Joe

The Chairshot – Samoa Joe 11-8 #UseYourHead

Drew McIntyre v Roman Reigns

  • Bradley Jay – Reigns
  • Bobby Fernandes – Reigns
  • Carol Cassada – McIntyre
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Reigns
  • Harry Broadhurst – McIntyre
  • Jason Shufletowski – McIntyre
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Reigns
  • Rey Ca$h – Reigns
  • Rob Bonnette – Reigns
  • Steve Cook – McIntyre
  • Steven Mitchell – McIntyre
  • Tiffany Carter – Reigns
  • Dave Ungar – McIntyre
  • Miranda Morales – Reigns
  • DPP – McIntyre
  • Chris Platt – Reigns
  • Andrew Balaz – McIntyre
  • Greg DeMarco – Reigns

Tunney’s Take: If Shane McMahon is to continue to the main event against Kofi at SummerSlam, then Drew McIntyre can’t win here. Shane needs to be the only one that can have bragging rights over Roman. My pick is Roman Reigns

The Chairshot – Roman Reigns 11-8 #UseYourHead

Bayley(c) v Alexa Bliss

  • Bradley Jay – Bayley
  • Bobby Fernandes – Bayley
  • Carol Cassada – Bayley
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Bliss
  • Harry Broadhurst – Bayley
  • Jason Shufletowski – Bliss
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Bayley
  • Rey Ca$h – Bliss
  • Rob Bonnette – Bayley
  • Steve Cook – Bliss
  • Steven Mitchell – Bayley
  • Tiffany Carter – Bayley
  • Dave Ungar – Bayley
  • Miranda Morales – Bayley
  • DPP – Bayley
  • Chris Platt – Bayley
  • Andrew Balaz – Bayley
  • Greg DeMarco – Bayley

Tunney’s Take: I’m very much enjoying the whole Nikki and Alexa storyline. I feel like the dynamic of their relationship is about to change. Nikki will cost Alexa the title victory here. My pick is Bayley

The Chairshot – Bayley 15-4 #UseYourHead

Becky Lynch(c) v Lacey Evans

  • Bradley Jay – Becky
  • Bobby Fernandes – Becky
  • Carol Cassada – Becky
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Becky
  • Harry Broadhurst – Becky
  • Jason Shufletowski – Becky
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Becky
  • Rey Ca$h – Becky
  • Rob Bonnette – Becky
  • Steve Cook – Becky
  • Steven Mitchell – Becky
  • Tiffany Carter – Becky
  • Dave Ungar – Becky
  • Miranda Morales – Becky
  • DPP – Becky
  • Chris Platt – Becky
  • Andrew Balaz – Becky
  • Greg DeMarco – Lacey

Tunney’s Take: Not that I am 100% confident on all of my other picks but, I really struggled here and wanted to go along with DeMarco. How long can we keep Lacey Evans at the top of the women’s division without a title victory? Another loss here would hurt her legitimacy of being a top star in the women’s division(imo). However, like most title holders right now, it makes sense to see them defending at SummerSlam. My pick is Becky Lynch … insert Dolph Ziggler record scratch here … Becky is better chasing and why not keep this feud going all summer. My pick is Lacey Evans!!! Let’s do this Greg!

The Chairshot – Becky Lynch 17-2 #UseYourHead

Kofi Kingston(c) v Dolph Ziggler

  • Bradley Jay – Kofi
  • Bobby Fernandes – Kofi
  • Carol Cassada – Kofi
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Kofi
  • Harry Broadhurst – Kofi
  • Jason Shufletowski – Kofi
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Kofi
  • Rey Ca$h – Kofi
  • Rob Bonnette – Kofi
  • Steve Cook – Kofi
  • Steven Mitchell – Kofi
  • Tiffany Carter – Kofi
  • Dave Ungar – Kofi
  • Miranda Morales – Kofi
  • DPP – Kofi
  • Chris Platt – Kofi
  • Andrew Balaz – Kofi
  • Greg DeMarco – Kofi

Tunney’s Take: No Dolph, it shouldn’t have been you. My pick is Kofi Kingston

The Chairshot – Kofi Kingston 19-0 #UseYourHead

Seth Rollins(c) v Baron Corbin

  • Bradley Jay – Corbin
  • Bobby Fernandes – Rollins
  • Carol Cassada – Rollins
  • Francesca Scopalleti – Rollins
  • Harry Broadhurst – Rollins
  • Jason Shufletowski – Rollins
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Rollins
  • Rey Ca$h – Rollins
  • Rob Bonnette – Rollins
  • Steve Cook – Rollins
  • Steven Mitchell – Rollins
  • Tiffany Carter – Rollins
  • Dave Ungar – Rollins
  • Miranda Morales – Rollins
  • DPP – Rollins
  • Chris Platt – Rollins
  • Andrew Balaz – Rollins
  • Greg DeMarco – Rollins

Tunney’s Take: I would absolutely love to see Baron Corbin win the title here! Corbin has gotten better and better week after week in and out of the ring. Here’s to hoping I am wrong, that we are all wrong except for Bradley. My pick is Seth Rollins

The Chairshot – Seth Rollins 18-1 #UseYourHead

As always a BIG thank you to The Chairshot staff for participating and an even BIGGER thank you to all of our readers and listeners over at THECHAIRSHOT.com  My name is PC Tunney(@PCTunney) and you can find me right here for the staff picks every month and in your ears on POD is WAR and the DWI Podcast every week. Take the time to kick back and enjoy Stomping Grounds, and remember pro wrestling is FUN!!!


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Tiffany’s Takes: NXT UK (7-17-19)

Who will step up to face Imperium?

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Who will step up to face Imperium?

I’ve said several times that I wasn’t sold on the whole Imperium storyline because it sounds too much like World War II, but I will give them credit for being talented, even if they aren’t my cup of tea. That said, I’m not thrilled that Tyson T-Bone and Saxon Huxley did have more of a match with them than that. I get wanting to build the team up but T-Bone and Huxley are capable of more.

I feel for Travis Banks. Going for the NXT UK Championship should’ve been a huge deal for him, but everyone knew he was going to lose, so there was no real drama to his championship shot. Hopefully, he’ll bounce back and get another shot where he actually has a prayer of winning.

I’ve said numerous times that I love Xia Brookside and thinks she’s a STAR in the making and it seems like WWE agrees with me. Yeah, Xia lost her match against Jinny, but it had more to do with Jazzy Gabert than Jinny’s wrestling skills, which protects Brookside. I’m not sure what the endgame for this is because I don’t picture Brookside beating Gabert clean, but we’ll see.

Yeah, the Imperium storyline is sounding too much like World War II documentaries. Trent Seven vs WALTER sounds really interesting, but I’m not sold on this constant ‘Get Seven to retire’ stuff.

I’m really starting to get into this Kenny Williams/Noam Dar feud. It’s still a little odd to me, but I like that Williams seems to be done playing around.

You gotta love Gallus for playing up how tough they are. I also love that the feud between them and the Wild Hunt isn’t over. I wonder how long Mastiff’s undefeated streak is going to last because he should’ve had a title shot by now.

I’m SUPER excited about Toni Storm vs Kay Lee Ray, but the way the feud is being written is confusing. I thought Storm and Ray weren’t friends, now they’re supposedly best friends but KLR has changed. I’m just a little puzzled. At least we know the match will happen at TakeOver: Cardiff, but the rest of this was confusing.

Well, the six-person tag virus has spread to NXT: UK according to Sid Scala. At least some of the competitors makes since, but I have no idea why Piper Niven is there, unless it’s to start a feud with Gabert.

I’m not really into this Kassius Ohno/Mark Andrews feud. I just don’t buy Andrews growing up watching Ohno, I just don’t. I did enjoy this match, it’s always fun to watch an arrogant heel look like an idiot, which is what happened to Ohno. I guess Ohno’s job in NXT: UK is about the same as it was in NXT: Work with younger talent and get them over and look like an idiot in the process, which is cool, I guess. However, Mark Andrews has DEFINITELY been needing some oomph in his run since Flash Morgan Webster has disappeared. I don’t think this feud will be done, but at least we got one good match out of it.

That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT UK Takes! Stay tuned for NXT OG!


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 5 A Block

KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

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KENTA, Lance Archer and Kazuchika Okada are setting the early A Block pace! Something’s gotta give. Who comes out undefeated?

Shmoxley in the opening tag team match means we should start off fun. Tanahashi and Sabre are in the battle of, well, someone needs to get at least a point out of that.

Then we’ve got Ospreay and Ibushi who are banged up but most likely still going to be psychopaths in the ring. Let’s get ready for the carnage, I mean, no…I meant carnage.

Ratings:

  • Shota Umino & Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura: Shooter wins via Fisherman Suplex Hold @5:45 – ***
  • Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb & YOSHI-HASHI vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson: YOSHI wins via Butterfly Lock @9:30 – ** 1/4
  • Tomoaki Honma, Ren Narita & Toru Yano vs Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi: Owens wins via Package Piledriver @8:50 – ** 1/2
  • BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @8:35 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: KENTA vs Lance Archer: Kenta wins via Game Over @12:00 – *** 
  • A Block: SANADA vs EVIL: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @18:10 – **** 1/4
  • A Block: Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Legged Cradle @10:15 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Triangle Counter Pin @13:55 – *** 3/4
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye Knee @27:15 – **** 3/4

 

Analysis:

Moxley and Ishii start off trying to kill one another. This is a great opener and the respective Young Lions have to pull their veteran off as to not incur a disqualification. The Young Lions then take the bulk of the match and Shota has definitely picked up a few mannerisms from Moxley that we slowly see him unlocking. This may be our evolution of Shooter, but for an opening match this was very fun and the fact Moxley and Ishii just want to fight added for a neat dynamic.

Juice and Cobb are both respectful Gaijin faces, so not a lot of heat for this match. Plus YOSHI-HASHI was in it, so I could’ve downed a few Valium and been more invested in staring at a wall. Pork Chop Sandwiches later, and YOSHI-HASHI wins with that awful Butterfly Lock. Great…I can now taste colors.

So Yano wanted to get him a piece of the Jay White on the down turn, but Jay tried to still play the calculating heel. Honma put in a bit of decent work but Narita was obviously the one sent out to eat the pin. Narita held his own against Yujiro and Chase, but Chase eventually stopped playing with his feud and hit the Package Piledriver to tie things up in a nice little bow.

Shingo took a hell of a beating in this match. Kanemaru played random interference and Taichi took Shingo to the woodshed. Naito also continued his distaste of Taichi and Suzuki while being a little protective of Shingo at points. Now being the unabashed fanboy of Shingo, yet also a subscriber to Holy Emperor weekly, I’m very torn about this whole thing. The match played up the G1 tensions and the LIJ vs Suzuki-Gun tensions very well, but my heart knows not which to root for.

Lance is a good foot taller than KENTA and that was the story of the first 75% of this match. Lance was shrugging off the strikes of our returning striker. KENTA was getting effectively crushed, until Lance pushed the anime comeback button and said “You’re fucking Hideo! That’s who you are! HIDEO!” – which prompted the anime comeback in KENTA. KENTA managed to even lift Lance for a few things, but relied heavily on the dropkicks and strikes. He couldn’t quite pull off the Go 2 Sleep, so he went to his Crossface submission, Game Over. And boy howdy, it was game over! (I will see myself out after that)

EVIL and SANADA have this brotherly rivalry in LIJ. Being former 2 time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions, familiarity is obvious. SANADA starts off the match quickly and this is definitely a match of quick bursts when the one gets an advantage. I guess they are transitioning SANADA away from the Paradise Lock since this is the second match where he had it mostly on, but “something happened” and the opponent gets out of the move. We get a bunch of great back and forth, but something that continues to plague SANADA is his limited moveset when it gets down to crunch time. EVIL pulled out a plethora of tricks, including using the referee as an anchor for the Magic Killer. Whereas, SANADA sticks to Dragon Sleeper variants, into Skull End attempt or a Moonsault. With how over SANADA is, I really expect him to start getting more crunch time maneuvers. EVIL wins and quickly wants to bury the hatchet by extending the LIJ fist bump. SANADA bumps fists, and all is fine in our ungovernable world.

Fale tends to have Okada’s number in tournaments, and he starts off by attacking him in the back and dragging him out. So we get a typical Bullet Club brawl with heel tactics and ref bumps, but Okada perseveres. Okada is able to lift Fale a few times, but can’t hit the Rainmaker, and wins via the wrestling move he tends to fall back on, the Double Legged Cradle.

Well both Tanahashi and Sabre come into this match 0-2, so there’s a level of desperation that both bring to the table. Sabre wrestled circles around Tanahashi, and Tanahashi just tried to keep up for most of the match. After countering the High Fly Flow, Sabre locks in a Triangle Arm Bar, but Tanahashi floats over for the bridging pin counter. The Ace finally has 2 points!

There have been well known injuries for both of these men, and they played into the story of the match well. Focusing on each other’s injuries, calling back to their Wrestle Kingdom match and just a generally high energy and high impact match. Watching this match, you have to assume one of them will die with their style, but it is damn entertaining. Everyone expected this to be a great match and it delivered.

Overall Score: 8/10

Well we had a lot of good storylines and matches that mostly paid off. Lance Archer has been doing great work, Fale and Okada was at least somewhat entertaining and the cripple fight in the main event was fantastic. The inner faction turmoil was now squashed, so we can have a nice tournament while The Ace gets a few points over the petulant British child.

So great show, great entertainment, and generally a good time. I can only hope the B Block carries equal weight.

Block A Standings:

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • KENTA: 3-0 (6 Points)
  • Lance Archer: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • EVIL: 2-1 (4 Points)
  • SANADA: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Will Ospreay: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Bad Luck Fale: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Kota Ibushi: 1-2 (2 Points)
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 0-3 (0 Points)


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