Tag Team Wrestling… The WWE Championship… Kofi Kingston’s Legacy… The Planet… What should Daniel Bryan save next???
The ‘Submission Specialist’ Daniel Bryan has done it all in WWE–4-Time WWE Champion, a former United States and Intercontinental Champion and alongside the monstrous Rowan a 2-Time WWE Tag Team Champion. At Extreme Rules, the self-proclaimed ‘Planet’s Champions’ lost their titles to The New Day in a triple-threat-match. In a post-match backstage interview, a delusional Bryan paced back-and-forth saying “Daniel Bryan needs to go somewhere he’s never been before, I know what I need to do!”
On last week’s SmackDown Live it appeared we were about to find out what the future holds for ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan, but thanks to New Day’s antics the former tag team champion just stormed off the stage. In my estimation, there are only three brands that Bryan can jump to, 205 Live, NXT UK and my number one choice NXT.
Daniel Bryan Goes To NXT UK
Bryan has not had any run-ins with any of the superstars of NXT UK since it’s inception in 2018. That doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way, in recent months we’ve seen current NXT and 205 Live superstars jump to the UK brand such as ‘The Knockout Artist’ Kassius Ohno, Mike Kanellis and even current Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak who was a participant in the 2018 United Kingdom Tournament.
If you thought Tyler Bate/Pete Dunne II was EPIC, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There are a plethora of dream matches that Bryan could have such as, Mark Andrews, Travis Banks, Flash Morgan Webster and my top two would be Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. If Bryan changes back to a babyface he could mix it up with Jordan Devlin and perhaps even the monstrous current NXT UK Champion WALTER.
As I’m writing this I’m contemplating changing this to my number one pick. Just the excitement and buzz surrounding Bryan’s debut on the UK brand would be more than enough of a reason to start watching this highly-entertaining weekly show. Then having a one-on-one match with any of those high caliber superstars on an NXT UK: TakeOver event would be the cherry on top!
Daniel Bryan Goes To WWE 205 Live
On December 11, 2018, Bryan then-WWE Champion went toe-to-toe with one of the most versatile cruiserweights from 205 Live Mustafa Ali, and both incredibly gifted superstars tore the house down! There’s also a massive amount of reason to believe, that Ali’s SmackDown Live debut was orchestrated by the egocentric Bryan himself.
— ALI / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) December 12, 2018
If ‘The Submission Specialist’ decides to venture over to the purple brand, he would have an array of high-flyers and other technical specialists to mix it up with. From the young up-and-coming Lucha libre sensation Humberto Carrillo, Akira Tozawa, his real-life friend The Brian Kendrick and last but certainly not least the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak. The list goes on and on.
In the past few years, it’s been proven that heel vs. heel matches can work on some occasions. I personally would love to watch the Bryan and Gulak battle it out for the Cruiserweight Championship, and find out which submission is most dangerous Dragon Sleeper vs. Heel Hook? That would be a five star EPIC Match!
With Bryan’s popularity with the WWE Universe (whether he’s a heel or babyface) and his exceptional in-ring prowess, he could be the remedy for 205 Live to not only bring in more viewership but prevent it from being canceled altogether. Bryan could overthrow Gulak and reign supreme as the greatest Cruiserweight Champion we’ve ever seen!
Daniel Bryan Goes To NXT
Before we go any further I know Bryan played an integral role in NXT from 2010-2011 as a ‘rookie’, with his WWE ‘pro’ The Miz making his life a living hell the whole time. The fact remains though that Bryan has never wrestled on a TakeOver event. Let’s make it happen.
In my dream scenario I could realistically see the egocentric Bryan interfering in Johnny Gargano/Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, costing the beloved NXT favorite his last chance at regaining the NXT Championship and working a lengthy program with Gargano. Gargano vs. Bryan would be a masterpiece, both are dazzling to watch and could easily produce Match of the Year caliber contests. Its the perfect dream match where Gargano can face the man that he paralleled his career after.
Or perhaps Bryan has his gaze on the North American Championship and wants to ‘Save the planet’ from The Velveteen Dream. Bryan would be a terrific foe for the 23-year-old. Who would be more perfect for Dream to learn from, than the seasoned veteran Bryan who can truly show Dream how to hold any crowd in the palm of his hands.
Or what if Bryan challenges ‘The Original Bro’ of NXT Matt Riddle. Both competitors are technician specialists, and with Riddle’s dangerous stiff strikes vs. Bryan’s unlimited arsenal of submissions they would put on a wrestling clinic. If WWE is looking to produce a 15-Minute sellout ala AEW, announcing Bryan vs. literally anyone in NXT could make it a reality. Not to mention if Bryan turns babyface, the possibilities are endless for him to work with.
Bryan has several options to choose from for his future in WWE, with a plethora of fantastic opponents to mix it up with. Another wild concept to consider, is what if Bryan leaves WWE altogether and signs with AEW? That’s just a fantasy but stranger things have happened in the world of professional wrestling. We the WWE Universe get the honor and privilege of witnessing magic whatever the decision is. So, where do you want Bryan to head to next?
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!
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!
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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