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Chris’s Grades & Analysis For WWE 205 Live 7/23/19

After weeks of humiliation from his wife and consecutive losses,Mike Kanellis reached his boiling point after obliterating his opponent.

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After weeks of humiliation from his wife and consecutive losses,Mike Kanellis reached his boiling point after obliterating his opponent. Mike disrespected the General Manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick and said he wanted to kick his ass the GM had heard enough and brought the fight to his disgruntled employee. Maverick later accepted Mike's challenge via social media. Will the two men come to blows again tonight?

After weeks of humiliation from his wife and consecutive losses,Mike Kanellis reached his boiling point after obliterating his opponent.

Mike disrespected the General Manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick and said he wanted to kick his ass the GM had heard enough and brought the fight to his disgruntled employee.

Maverick later accepted Mike’s challenge via social media. Will the two men come to blows again tonight?

 

Chris’s Grades:

Backstage Promo From Drake Maverick:

Drake has kept his cool long enough and last week when Mike bad-mouthed his wife, he exploded in rage. I am loving this storyline as Drake “the man” is appearing for the first time on 205 Live, but I’m not sure if this is going to help Mike Kanellis at all. After weeks of humiliation from his pregnant wife and losing consecutively, this all feels like another loss for him.

If Mike’s new character is a running joke each passing week, why the hell did he stay in WWE? Seriously though, what’s the big pay-off for this developing and hard to watch storyline?

Grade–B+

Lucha House Party (Kalisto and Gran Metalik) VS Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza:

WHAT A MATCH!!! Seriously all four Lucha Libre superstars tore the house down, from counters and unique sequences and high-flying action. This was everything and more 205 Live has to offer, the veterans looked to shut down the young and up-and-coming newcomers with old-school wrestling tactics. However, it was the new blood that came up with an impressive victory tonight! I can’t wait to see the rematch down the road.

Grade–A+

 

Bollywood Boyz Backstage Promo:

After back-to-back weeks of getting outsmarted by The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa, the Singhs feel disrespected. Especially after Tozawa’s win last week and taking their Boscar award. They will now do battle next week in a tag team match. I want to make one more mention here, Samir and Sunil are incredible heels that get under your skin. It makes you want to knock them out, that’s how you know their characters are working. No longer just lackeys for The Modern Day Maharaja Jinder Mahal!.

Grade–B 

 

Oney Lorcan VS Tony Isner:

Lorcan is fun to watch with his speed and agility always coming into play. This was nothing more than a display of how dominating the crazed Lorcan can be. A mere stop in the road until he gets into the cruiserweight championship title scene.

Winner: Oney Lorcan, Grade–B

 

Drew Gulak’s Threatening Promo:

A vindictive and vicious Cruiserweight Champion in a dark room delivered another stellar bone-chilling promo. This is the Drew Gulak that we should have gotten all along, like a shark smelling blood anxiously waiting for a challenger and his next victim. Gulak will remain on top of the division, and he doesn’t care who he must obliterate to stay WWE Cruiserweight Champion!

Grade–A

 

Drew Gulak VS Isiah “Swerve” Scott:

This was a hard-fought battle between the student and the prideful and arrogant teacher. Drew Gulak continues to evolve into a raging beast who is capable of almost anything to hurt his opponents. The champion was perfect in methodically targeting Swerve’s injured hand to ensure the victory.

The young up-and-coming star was out to prove to his mentor, that he’s grown significantly in the squared circle. He did that and much more showing off his speed and agility and keeping Gulak on his toes and all times. There was a dozen of near-falls and great unique counters that brought the WWE Universe to their feet. If Swerve was a little more experienced, his “Swerve” (pun intended) aka confidence would be perfect to go up against the NXT Champion Adam Cole!

Winner: Drew Gulak, Grade–A

Chris’s Show Grade–A

Analysis: 

The show opens up with a recap of Mike Kanellis weeks of frustrations and the physical altercation between Drake Maverick and himself last week.

Backstage promo from General Manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick. A remorseful Drake says he crossed the line last week but as a man, he felt justified. Drake announces that Mike’s not here tonight, but he’s going to get his title shot and the opportunity to “kick his ass!” Drake then drops a bombshell that next week it will Drake Maverick vs. Mike Kanellis in an Unsanctioned Match!!

We go live as Vic Joseph and Aiden English welcome us to Miami, FL, and announce tonight’s episode is competition night with NXT superstars crossing over! Starting the night off right high-flying action that makes the cruiserweight division must see! Lucha House Party (Kalisto and Gran Metalik) vs. Humberto Carrillo and NXT’s Raul Mendoza.

The bell rings and Kalisto and Raul start things off. They tie-up and Raul applies a wristlock, Kalisto escapes with a cartwheel into his own to reverse the pressure. Raul locks in a headlock, Kalisto scoops him and tilt-o-whirls out and escapes again! Lucha Libre at its finest ladies and gentlemen! Both competitors are tearing it up and the WWE Universe is on fire! Tag here comes Metalik and Carrillo to show the crowd what they can bring to the table, they both enter with handsprings!

Tie-up and Carillo gains some offense but Metalik reverses…back to Carillo headlock, off the ropes and backflips and Metalik does the same. The competitors shake hands…nope Metalik kicks him and scoops Carillo down. Quick tags by The Lucha House Party to cut off the ring as they school the newcomers. One highlight of the match is when Kalisto tags in Metalik and he uses his back for Metalik to land a missile dropkick! Raul is back in now, firing on all cylinders… clothesline into a dropkick. Irish Whip into the corner and Raul slides through the middle rope, and walking the ropes to hit a dropkick!  Raul hits a ferocious enzugiri for a near-fall!

The finish comes with Carillo and Metalik fighting in the corner, Raul hits another enzugiri on Kalisto and wipes him out with a corkscrew splash outside. Metalik climbs up and lands a backflip into knees… Carillo up now and lands his jaw-dropping twisting corkscrew splash for the 1-2-3!

We head backstage where The Bollywood Boyz are talking about The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa parading through Miami with “their” Boscar award. They say “For weeks Kendrick and Tozawa we’ve been playing your games, but next week we play ours!” Next week it will be Kendrick and Tozawa vs. The Singh Brothers in a tag team match.

We get a stellar video of another crossover superstar from NXT Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.  They show highlights of his matches in NXT while proclaiming that Swerve means confidence!

We get a recap of Chad Gable/Jack Gallagher II from last week, if you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading and go check it out! Seriously GO WATCH IT!  Jack Gallagher sent out a tweet following their outstanding match claiming “The Best of Jack Gallagher is still yet to come!”

I want the trilogy and so does the WWE Universe, perhaps a Two-out-of-Three Falls Match? Make it happen HHH!

Here comes The Fury of 205 Live Oney Lorcan and his opponent Tony Isner is already in the ring. The bell rings as Isner lands some right hands right of the gate, but it’s short-lived as Lorcan takes over with some nasty-looking chops. Lorcan with a hard whip into the corner, followed by three running uppercuts!. Crazed look by Lorcan signals the end as he hits the Half-and-half for the 1-2-3!

Ahead of tonight’s main event, the Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak gave another threatening promo. Claiming he sent out a challenge to anyone on the roster last week, and since nobody answered he’s facing someone from NXT. Many may have forgotten that Gulak trained Swerve and taught him the ropes, but that’s not the Drew Gulak he’ll be facing tonight!

Next week Mike Kanellis will face Drake Maverick in an Unsanctioned Match if Mike wins he will earn himself a title shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship!

Here comes Isiah “Swerve” Scott, followed by the champ. The bell rings and Gulak blasts Swerve with a missile dropkick right into the corner, snapmare takedown into a headlock. Swerve escapes into a wristlock and Gulak headscissors out. A slap from the ruthless champion and a stalemate. They interlock with both men jockeying for position, and Gulak throws him into the ropes to the outside. After consecutive sequences of waistlocks and wristlocks and flipping escapes Swerve blasts the veteran with a dropkick and send Gulak outside.

Gulak back in now and he shoves Swerve back to assert his dominance and tosses Swerve outside but he handsprings through. Gulak slides in…Swerve appears to escape but cartwheels into a splash! Swerve on offense and drives Gulak into the corner, breaks at the five-count. Swerve with a takedown and joint manipulation pulling the fingers back. Gulak waistlocks back to his feet, Swerve escapes… nope Gulak pulls him back, back elbow and a devastating right hand Two!  The young up-and-coming superstar is taking it to his former mentor with only one hand now as he blasts the champ with knife edge chops in the corner. A “Let’s Go Swerve” chant breaks out!

Swerve lands some stiff kicks to the body of Gulak, but the champ goes right after the injured hand to and punches Swerve outside. Gulak drives him into the barricade stomach-first, takes him to the announce table and lands a thunderous slap to the chest before driving him onto the hard apron. The ruthless champion is done playing around, as he lifts Swerve up into a Crucifix Bomb into the ring post! Rolls him back in two-count. Gulak locks in a single leg submission all-the-while stomping his boot on Swerve’s head. Gulak Irish Whip into the corner reversed but Swerve can’t capitalize and gets blasted with an elbow. Gulak climbs out and turns Swerve inside out with a ferocious top-rope flying lariat, Two!

The WWE Universe is rallying Swerve back to his feet, Gulak with hard strikes now sends him to the corner. The champ lifts him up again for the crucifix bomb, but Swerve flips out…jawbreaker Gulak is in the corner and eats an elbow, following by a middle-rope spinning uppercut Two! Gulak goes up top and Swerve steiners him crashing to the mat. The fan-favorite is feeling it now, Swerve runs and delivers a killshot calf kick, another near-fall! The second week in a row the WWE Universe is chanting “THIS IS AWESOME!” Gulak back to the injured hand and locks in the Dragon Sleeper, Swerve gets his foot under the rope for a break.

Both competitors are up, Gulak goes up and over the ropes…Swerve with a right hand followed by a shortkick through the ropes. Swerve to the apron, Double-Stomp to his former mentor. Climbs up to the top and lands THUNDEROUS DOUBLE-STOMP, another near-fall! Both competitors back up, Gulak with a strike to the chest…off the ropes and catches Swerve in mid-air for a roll-up, 1-2-nope!

Gulak runs right into a tilt-o-whirl slam into an armbar. Swerve can’t use the right hand to clinch it in, Gulak now with joint manipulation on the injured hand. Swerve with slaps to the face, the vindictive champion fires back with some of his own…High Angle Suplex and then the Cyclone Crash Neckbreaker for the 1-2-3!

That’s the show folks!


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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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