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Tiffany’s Takes: Extreme Rules (7-14-19)

It’s the last PPV before the SummerSlam ramp up! How did WWE handle it.

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It’s the last PPV before the SummerSlam ramp up! How did WWE handle it.

Okay, Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans look like idiots, Corbin especially. PLEASE let these feuds end tonight!

Finn Balor vs Shinsuke Nakamura was better than Tuesday’s match on SmackDown, but I can’t say it was so good that having it on the pre-show was the ultimate disgrace. Both men were definitely showing more fight than they have been in the past. Nakamura winning the IC belt was definitely a surprise, but I don’t picture the reign lasting long, probably just until SummerSlam. This was probably more about justifying the match on the pre-show and setting up SummerSlam.

I don’t like Drew Gulak, but I’m glad he got a great pop in his hometown. If your own hometown won’t cheer for you, there’s a problem. The match against Tony Nese was pretty good, even though I had no real interest in the outcome. Sorry, but they just seem very generic, even thought they’re both incredible athletes. Gulak’s win wasn’t a surprise and they’ll both move on to other opponents.

I’m not totally thrilled with Undertaker/Roman Reigns vs Shane McMahon/Drew McIntyre being the first match on the main card. To me, that’s a huge match that should main event, which makes me think shenanigans will be going down in the main event. The match was okay, it wasn’t a barnburner, but I think a barnburner would be a bit much to ask from Taker at this point. I found it odd that Reigns was the one selling the ass-kicking and not Taker, but I guess no one would buy Taker getting beat up. Elias interfering wasn’t a surprise, the fact that Shane and his goons couldn’t beat Taker and Reigns 3-on-2 was. Also, Taker being stunned that Reigns saved him from a Claymore Kick was great. RIP Corporation 2.0.

I love Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch as a team and as a couple, but I think we’re all ready for them to be doing their own things again. They’re super cute, I love watching them be cute together, but I’m ready for them to do their own things for SummerSlam.

I’m glad that the rivalry between the Usos and the Revival has moved away from sophomore pranks to serious business because these are two teams that can absolutely tear the house down . Revival managed to survive, but this feud will go to SummerSlam.

I’m going to be honest, this Aleister Black vs Cesaro match didn’t fill me with joy. Cesaro being the one who knocked makes absolutely no sense and is a big let down. The match was great and both guys worked great together, but I can’t get over the let down of how the build ended up being.

I REALLY hope Truth finds Maverick and gets the 24/7 title back, but also, loving a tease of Carmella getting more to do than saving Truth’s butt. Still, what are the Street Profits doing at the show?

I was a little concerned when they announced that Bayley would be taking on Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross because it seemed like WWE was dead set on getting Bliss a title reign, no matter what, but the match was really good and Bayley retained, which leaves an opening for someone to step up for SummerSlam. It’ll probably be Charlotte, but it could be the other half of the Boss-Hug Connection. As for Bliss and Cross, they’ll probably focus on building their feud for SummerSlam, hopefully.

So, the Braun Strowman/Bobby Lashley feud lumbered on in a Last Man Standing match. Okay, that’s not fair. The match was actually really good, for once. Strowman and Lashley finally clicked and put on a match that suited both of them. The problem is that this doesn’t solve the issues with giving them pushes: You can’t justify constant Last Man Standing Matches for them, sooner or later they’re going to have to wrestle a regular match and then the momentum they’ve built stops.

I legit hope Balor re-joins the club HE started, but for now, I’m loving AJ Styles and the Good Brothers teaming up.

With New Day being preoccupied with Kofi Kingston’s title run and Usos being on RAW, the SmackDown Tag Division hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire, though that could also be the efforts of the Greenjerks (Daniel Bryan and Eric Rowan), however, this triple threat Tag Team Championship match was really good, thank god, and we have NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions! New Day have gotten their sixth Tag Team Championship Reign, so now New Day hold two of the three Men’s titles on SmackDown!

A couple of weeks ago, AJ Styles won the US Championship, only to have the win turned over on a technicality,so the dream match came to Extreme Rules and was easily Match of the Night! Ricochet retained his title on a technicality on RAW and likely would’ve tonight if not for the Good Brothers, who made sure Styles won the United States Championship for the third time. This feud will also likely go to SummerSlam, since there’s not question Ricochet got robbed.

So the match between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler that was supposed to happen on Tuesday was moved to Extreme Rules at the last minute and it was…quick. Honestly, they spent more time trash talking than wrestling and Ziggler was down after one Stunner. Thanks for coming, Dolph.

The feud between Samoa Joe and Kofi Kingston has been quick, but the match was really good, Kingston has been learning for his encounters with Joe and was able to avoid the Coquina Clutch and retained the WWE Championship. The door is wide open for SummerSlam!

Is it me, or is it not very ladylike to have the name of another woman’s love interest across your butt, especially when you’re married? Is it just me? So Lacey Evans, aka, Emmie Slattery, and Baron Corbin took on Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins in a winner take all Mixed Tag Match. Rollins and Lynch retained, even after an End of Days to Lynch looked like the end, but Mr. Money in the Bank cashed in and we have a new Universal Champion. For everyone who has bitched and complained about Rollins’ reign as Universal Champion, I hope you’re satisfied and won’t complain when RAW’s ratings suck because you couldn’t be happy.

That’s it for Tiffany’s Takes!


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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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