Here we are at WWE Extreme Rules 2019 in Philadelphia PA, an honorable Wrestling city with rich history and very passionate fans.
We have a very important card tonight with a ton of possible title changes and a lot of potential big moments that can shake the foundation coming up before a major PPV at SummerSlam. Heyman and Bischoff at the helm of Raw and SmackDown and all of the new things WWE is trying out as of late could make for huge events tonight on what could normally be called a worthless PPV. Will we see success or will be have the fans crying foul after another let down? Let’s get down to ringside!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Title Match- Kickoff
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Balor (C)
Wow, there are going to be a lot of people upset if they aren’t watching the Kickoff. This is criminally insane to be a Kickoff Match. Two of the best in WWE, period. As expected we saw a ton of Good things here. This had it all! Strikes, high risk, and a ton of amazing quality Pro Wrestling. Of course though WWE wasted screen-time on promos for the PPV we are already watching. As usual when it comes to Balor/Nakamura anyone could take the victory. Shinsuke hit a well placed “Kinshasa” for the win, and is your new WWE Intercontinental Champion. Whatever this was it was Good, and I can’t wait to see what is next!
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match- Kickoff
Drew Gulak (C) vs. Tony Nese
205 Live is consistently Good, and consistently overlooked. They don’t care though, it hasn’t stopped them from clawing and fighting their hearts out every chance they are given. Gulak was having a homecoming and of course got a hero’s welcome. This one was red hot, and had a sick energy the entire time. This is one of the best Kickoff Shows I’ve ever seen and could and should be recognized as elite Professional Wrestling. The unsung heroes put it all out there, with complete chaos and immense precision in all they do. I cringed a little when they advertised the Shane match during this. Back to the match though, nothing slowed them down, it was just all Good. You never know what you will see with 205 Live. Masterful match, again, either one could win, Gulak then got a rare moment and hit a Cyclone Crash for the victory, retaining the Cruiserweight Championship!
No Holds Barred Match
The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre
Although it is always a great experience seeing the Undertaker I don’t know many who are thrilled about this one. McIntyre is in a position to have a torch passed on by the big man. If he takes down Taker, that means he is in line for a major push. Early on it was very enjoyable, everything was coming on strong. McIntyre dominating, then Roman dominating, a great dosage of Undertaker. Taker and McIntyre were more than substantial and great content as was Roman/McIntyre! We saw some life in the Deadman. He was going full steam without hesitation, it was amazing to watch! As it looked over for Shane McMahon, Elias came out of nowhere with a well placed guitar for the save. Roman dealing with Elias got kicked off the screen by McIntyre. The numbers were the Undertaker’s demise as Elias, Shane and McIntyre teamed up beating down the Deadman. Shane put a nail in the coffin hitting Taker with a huge elbow off the top through the announce table. Then for more carnage Shane hit a Coast to Coast with a garbage can, but Take would not stay down. The Undertaker sat up, hit a choke-slam on Shane, then Elias. McIntyre came in hot but was speared by Reigns. Undertaker then his a match ending Tombstone for the victory. This was surprisingly a very solid, and a very entertaining, hot match. Huge opening, and very successful.
Cesaro vs. Aleister Black
I can’t wait for this one. We have a winner here. Watching Aleister Black come out, how soon can we get him vs McIntyre going? Anyway, just wow here! This is awesome! The strikes, the variety and the energy were what WWE needs to be all the time. We had constant, consistently great action. Near falls and both guys showing true grit, Aleister Black slammed Cesaro with a perfectly executed Black Mass across the face for the well fought, victory. This is and was what we need to see, well done WWE.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Title Handicap Match
Bayley (C) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
As expected we had a 1 sided double team on the Champ, nothing much to write home about but constant action. Bliss and Cross just dismantled Bayley. Of course a hero like Bayley doesn’t give up and fought back taking it to both Bliss and Cross and started gaining momentum. She got Cross and Bliss in a double submission but was bitten by Alexa Bilss to escape. She then made the save helping Cross escape her hold. After an ill timed Twisted Bliss Bayley got a break and got Cross down for a huge elbow drop for the win, retaining her SmackDown Women’s Title! Good showing by a ton of talent!
Last Man Standing Match
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
These guys are freaks of nature. Pure athletic phenomena and mega powers. Where’s the beef? Right here. As expected this was brutal. It went all over the place, which is always awesome to watch. Lashley really looked solid in this match, completely malicious with every move. Strowman didn’t hold back at all either and the crowd was on fire for it! Twisted metal and multiple collisions throughout the arena, this was one hell of a fight. Strowman hit a devastating powerslam through a stage area and bursted out of the wall, as the Winner and the Last Man Standing. Hell of a showing by two amazing athletes! Still flying high in this one.
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Triple Threat Title Match
Daniel Bryan & Rowan (C) vs. Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Heavy Machinery
Right off the bat, great call letting Bryan and Woods open. Can’t do it better than that. Woods was just being destroyed by Rowan and Bryan but got a much needed tag to Otis who danced and kicked ass. Otis is one entertaining big guy and didn’t disappoint a loud Philly crowd. Even Big E had issues with the big duo. Everyone went crazy spilling to the outside, taking turns diving on to the pile of bodies, even both members of Heavy Machinery crashed in. This was all over the place and could have been anyone’s match. New Day riding off the beast mode of Big E, slammed The New Daniel Bryan with an Up Up Down Down and are the 6 time Tag Team Champions! New Day Rocks and this match rocked!
WWE United States Title Match
Ricochet (C) vs. AJ Styles
We don’t deserve this match but I’m happy we got it. Those of you who don’t like to give WWE the proper respect, and that is your right, don’t realize this is the level that is incomparable. The club got in their licks before the bell even rang which showed the clear lines of heel and face. We saw precision and mastery of the craft, an actual clinic here. Ricochet did some unreal moves and just surprises me more and more. These are two tough guys and just put it all out there every single time. It just doesn’t get old, this is a fight forever type of deal. All things must come to an end, AJ Styles hits an impressive Styles Clash off the second turnbuckle and with the help of Anderson and Gallows is your new WWE United States Champion. This was a great match! This was another level! Standing ovation.
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
Kevin Owens is simply blazing hot right now. Ziggler needs this type of fued and a fire Owens possess’ to make an impact. K.O. isn’t having any of that though, with a Stunner out of no-where, we had an equally quick 3 count for the win. K.O. went on to drop some more knowledge on his opinions of the distaste of the roster and audience on the normal WWE experience. K.O is awesome and his firebrand experience is gaining momentum and interest. This will be Good and I can’t wait to see more.
WWE Title Match
Kofi Kingston (C) vs. Samoa Joe
Right from the start things didn’t look good for Kofi Kingston. Joe was precise, vicious and methodical. He had an answer for every attempt the Champ had. Joe was unforgiving and brutal to Kofi. Anything can happen in the WWE and even with all of the cards stacked against the Champ Kofi Kingston shocked everyone and won retaining his title and surviving a severe one sided ass kicking. Another Good one! By the way, No Beast in the Bank in sight.
Winner Take All Mixed Tag Team Match
Seth Rollins (C) & Becky Lynch (C) vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans
When The Man comes around I’m watching. Also Lacey Evans tonight, Wow! This match with the winner take all is definitely interesting as so many things can happen here. Not to mention, is Lesnar here? So much uncertainty going in. The tandem offense of Lynch and Rollins was Good stuff, and besides some of the early on misfires it rolled pretty smoothly. Becky Lynch came out hot after Rollins took a ton of punishment and went nuts on Evans. Lacey Evans is one tough lady. This had some really Good stuff in it, and gave everyone a hell of a show. Things looked lost for the Champs, but fought back hitting two huge moves off the ropes through tables onto their opponents. Corbin still came back almost finishing Rollins off. Lynch made the save but later was hit with an End of Days by Corbin. Rollins then snapped on Corbin going crazy hitting him with everything he had. Rollins wasn’t satisfied with just winning hitting 3 Stomps for the victory! Out comes Brock Lesnar.
WWE Universal Championship Match- Money In the Bank Cash In
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Brock Lesnar
Lesnar took complete control and dominated Rollins, cashing in the MITB. F5, Lesnar Wins the Universal Championship!
WWE Raw Tag Team Title Match
The Revival (C) vs. The Usos
As far as tag team matches go, this had so much potential going in to be a classic. The problem is it also had potential to be boring. We saw a lot of the same old stuff here that we always see, and if any logic exist, this would have been better on the Kickoff show. Everyone is extremely talented but this just was flat. Obviously it had some Good moments as guys at this level are bound to do, but nothing special. Jimmy Uso got the hot tag and took out both members Tag Team Champs, but was Power-bombed by Wilder but came back again. This was a toss-up, and still super slow and uncoordinated. The Revival hit a well-timed Shatter Machine, to retain. Honestly, it was safe, and slow, and the first of the night in the Bad column. Too Bad.
OVERALL- GOOD! Very Good! This was an extremely successful night for the WWE Brands. What a show, and a lot to talk about for the future. This was a solid show almost flawless. It was fun, and had a ton of variety. If they can continue this, we have a lot to look forward to in coming weeks.
Hell of a night for the WWE Universe. We had ourselves a very satisfying event with a ton to talk about. This was amazing, and with a lot coming up before a huge event like SummerSlam, I expect WWE programming to be jam packed, NXT included! Until next time folks, hope you enjoyed! See you next time only on thechairshot.com.
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?
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!
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?
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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