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WWE NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff: Abe’s Proposed Card

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Abe checks in with his proposed card for WWE NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff. What card should the UK brand present on 2019’s biggest wrestling day, August 31?

During NXT TakeOver: XXV it was announced that the NXT UK brand would be hosting their second TakeOver event. It’s set to take place on August 31st in Cardiff, Wales. Many realized the significance of that date right away. It’s the same day as AEW’s pay-per-view, All Out, where they will be crowing their first All Elite Wrestling Champion.

Fans took this as a deliberate sign of “war” and debates sprung over having to choose sides again. However, if you’re in the States, you’ll be able to watch both events live because of the time zones. NXT UK wont necessarily have to compete with AEW but they will have to set the bar and remain memorable by night’s end. Here’s my proposed card.

WALTER (c) v. Tyler Bate – NXT UK Championship

Tyler Bate has been out of the world title picture since Pete Dunne usurped him two years ago. Since then, Bate has spent most of his time creating success with Trent Seven and Mustache Mountain. There is nobody else on the roster that would create a bigger marquee match. Travis Banks and Mark Andrews are the next biggest named babyfaces outside of the British Strong Style faction. Neither of which have been booked like a threat to Walter as of late.

Nobody expects a guy the size of Tyler Bate to compete with Walter but that could make it an even more compelling match. We know how athletic he is. Bate was the inaugural champion for a reason. We saw how great Daniel Bryan’s and AJ Style’s matches against Brock turned out. It’s the same dynamic except Triple H would give them more time.

British Strong Style is set to take on Walter’s newly aligned faction, Imperium, next week. That feud can last all summer if spaced out properly, especially since six men are involved. Hold the third and final match between Walter and Pete Dunne halfway to Cardiff then use the remaining weeks to build up Bate. He’ll provide legitimacy as well as a familiar face for the fans that may not have tuned in recently.

Toni Storm (c) v. Jazzy Gabert – NXT UK Women’s Championship

Jinny recently unveiled her newest weapon in the form of Jazzy Gabert. You may know Jazzy from the inaugural Mae Young Classic or by her former ring name, Alpha Female. As soon as she debuted, she immediately came across as the most dangerous woman on the roster. I expect her to get the Shayna Baszler treatment – a linear path to a championship victory on her first attempt.

As for after the match, as soon as I saw the location of Wales, I knew this event needed to be the surprise return of Tegan Nox. A post-match beatdown followed by the save from the local hero would be a great moment.

Grizzled Young Veterans (c) v. SANITY – NXT UK Tag Team Championship

All of the current top tag teams on the brand are heels: Imperium, Gallus, The Hunt, etc. None would make sense to challenge the current champs. Mustache Mountain lost to Zack Gibson and James Drake at the last TakeOver. The more casual fans that are only watching the TakeOver events aren’t going to want to see a repeat match from their most recent memory of the UK brand.

Alexander Wolfe already moved to NXT UK and Killian Dain is doing nothing on Smackdown or NXT. Wolfe is German and Dain is Irish. Let them perform in front of a crowd that’s already on their side instead of a confused main roster audience.


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Jordan Devlin v. Ilja Dragunov v. Joe Coffey v. Mark Andrews v. Noam Dar v. Travis Banks – Inaugural NXT UK Midcard Championship Match

I tried to keep this match as a Fatal Four Way but couldn’t do it. That just goes to show how much NXT UK needs a midcard championship. Many worthy guys still had to be left off – Flash Morgan Webster, Kassius Ohno, Ligero, Dave Mastiff, and Joseph Conners, to name a few.

Devlin and Andrews have been with the brand from the beginning. Dar, even sooner by debuting at the Cruiserweight Classic. Coffey and Banks were the biggest names to come out of the second UK tournament. And Dragunov is NXT UK’s most recent acquisition who has all the tools to be pushed to the moon.

I want the belt to be called the Atlantic Championship. It’s the ocean that connects the two NXT brands and was the only thing I could think of that wasn’t lame or derivative. Some members of the roster are so gifted but too undersized to ever be chosen as the man to unseat Walter. Allow them to be the workhorse champions we know they can be.

Rhea Ripley v. Piper Niven – Street Fight

It was brought to my attention before TakeOver: XXV that it’s been years since a TakeOver had more than one women’s match. When I looked at the rest of the roster, they were the clear choice of who I could trust to have the most compelling singles match and feud.

Both ladies are booked like stars every week. They’re two of the top four women NXT UK has and deserve better than the pre-show. Piper Niven made her debut back in March just to interrupt a Rhea Ripley promo. However, they have yet to settle anything in the ring. Niven even addressed the situation in a backstage interview just last week.

They certainly have the time to culminate this slow boil into a street fight. Aside from Jazzy, they’re the toughest and strongest women in the UK. Let the women have the most violent match on the show.


What do you think of the proposed matches?

  • WALTER (c) v. Tyler Bate – NXT UK Championship
  • Toni Storm (c) v. Jazzy Gabert – NXT UK Women’s Championship
  • Grizzled Young Veterans (c) v. SANITY – NXT UK Tag Team Championship
  • Jordan Devlin v. Ilja Dragunov v. Joe Coffey v. Mark Andrews v. Noam Dar v. Travis Banks – Inaugural NXT UK Midcard Championship Match
  • Rhea Ripley v. Piper Niven – Street Fight

Sound off on Twitter @theCHAIRSHOTcom using the hashtag #UseYourHead!


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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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DeMarco’s Things I Learned From WWE Smackdown On FOX (June 17, 2022)

Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!

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Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!

WWE presented Smackdown on Friday night, June 17, 2022, from “Moneyapolis” featuring the “big fight feel” main event between Roman Reigns and Matt Riddle, with The Tribal Chief’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the line. We also continued down the road to Money In The Bank in Vegas.

RK-Bro Is Effectively Done

The video package and all of Matt Riddle’s tributes to Randy Orton are just a little bit too much. Riddle does “too much” very well–in fact, it’s his character. But the amount of tribute being played to Randy Orton seems to be a set-up for Orton’s eventual return (whenever that might be) OPPOSITE Riddle. Maybe it’s in the Royal Rumble, maybe after.

Regardless of how it happens (and much of that has to do with his surgery and rehabilitation process), I think we are closer than ever to a heel Randy Orton opposing the babyface Matt Riddle.

Madcap Moss Is Undeniably Over

“Madcap just might be a guy.” – Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee knows what he’s talking about on this one–Madcap is indeed a guy. Riddick Moss always had the tools, just had injury issues. Since making his return to competition as Baron “Happy” Corbin’s sidekick, all Moss has done is prove his worth to WWE. He’s got a good look. He can cut a good promo. He’s vastly a underrated in-ring storyteller. And above all else, he has “it.”

WWE is always looking to add to the main event rotation, but it seems harder to crack that right now. But Madcap Moss has what it takes to do just that.

Montez Ford Is Gonna Be A (Solo) Star

The Street Profits are a fantastic act, and are insanely over. But Montez is a guy–a guy who the company can build around. While I feel bad for Angelo Dawkins, I (along with so many others) see Ford being a solo star.

We’re Getting Baron Corbin vs. Pat McAfee At SummerSlam

It’s the perfect set-up:

  • Baron Corbin is highly regarded within the organization as one of the safest workers around, a point that has been made by Randy Orton himself.
  • Pat McAfee is a big-moment superstar, and SummerSlam is the moment for him.

And for the record, I love it. While I an a big time purveyor of “Baron Corbin Sucks,” I know what he can do in the ring. And him vs. Pat McAfee would have Nashville rocking–and that is what McAfee in the ring is all about.

Vince McMahon Is Literally A Man Of Steel

If you have listened to any of Bruce Prichard’s podcasts, you know Vince McMahon believes you “don’t sell.” Not in the ring, but whenever the world has turned against you in any way–including lawsuits and investigations–you don’t sell it. You hold your head high, and live above it all.

That’s exactly what the boss did when opening up WWE Smackdown On FOX. It’s entirely possible that the plan changed along the way, and we were going to get “Mr. McMahon” at some point–but what happened is trademark Vince. Not the character, but the man. And if we expected anything else, we haven’t been paying attention.

Matt Riddle Is Now A Made Man

Matt Riddle and Roman Reigns delivered a pay per view (or premium live event…pick your poison) quality main event on WWE Smackdown on FOX, on a night where the world was likely watching. Tonight was his moment, and even in a loss, he delivered.

With a singular world champion–and one who likely isn’t losing anytime soon–it’s hard to say when Riddle could become a world champ. But the stipulation added to tonight’s match (which wasn’t discussed enough on air) means that Matt Riddle now cannot challenge Roman Reigns again (that’s how the graphic showed it). That screams a Money In The Bank or Royal Rumble win to me.

It’s also highly possible that a Seth Rollins wins the Money In The Bank briefcase, and his cash in splits the titles back up, opening the door for Riddle come next spring.

Either way–one fact remains true: Matt Riddle is now a made man, and doing it on his own.


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