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Bobby’s Good, Bad and Ugly Review: SummerSlam 2019 (8/11/19)

Bobby Fernandes presents his Good, Bad, and Ugly review of WWE SummerSlam 2019! What stood out on the card?

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Bobby Fernandes presents his Good, Bad, and Ugly review of WWE SummerSlam 2019! What stood out on the card?

SummerSlam 2019 is here, and it is a jam packed, looking at a long 5 hours of Professional Wrestling action.  NXT Takeover was red hot, and as usual has the media buzzing with excitement.  WWE has a lot of wheels turning right now and this show is one of the biggies.  SummerSlam is a long tradition and means a lot to Vince and company.  My quick predictions are that we may see some struggling tonight but I love being wrong when it means we will have a great show!  I am a huge WWE fan personally and want it to shine.  Will we have a Good night?  Or are we going to feel the burn of a disappointing milestone?  Let’s get down to the action!

GOOD

205 Live Cruiserweight Championship  – Drew Gulak (c) vs. Oney Lorcan

On paper, we have two of the best talents not nearly seen enough.  This was what was expected, very technical and tight.  Both men with strikes and holds on point.  This was a pure wrestling clinic.  The audience can really see how much these guys care.  They really put themselves out there and want everything to be awesome.  Constantly trying to better the other, a true competition, literally slapping the hell out of each other.  Gulak while the Ref was distracted got in a punch to the throat then followed up with a devastating “Cyclone Crash” for the victory.  Gulak retains the 205 Live Cruiserweight Championship!  Good match. 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. The IIconics

Alexa Bliss made an entrance indeed.  This could be a decent match especially for a KickOff Show match.  Cross and Royce looked sharp, and it was be interesting to see what Royce could do solo.  She is much better overall than Kay.  Alexa Bliss looked great as always.  She just is an amazing talent, and never gets old in my opinion.  The IIconics nearly took the titles back on the Goddess but Bliss hit a “twisted bliss” retaining the tag belts, in a well done defense.  Not the best thing ever by far but it gets a passing grade of Good. 

WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Submission Match – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya

Hell of an opening.  The Man brings the noise and Nattie is a Canadian favorite.  Not expecting much here but there is potential.  Although Nattie was in Canada, Lynch got a lot of love from the audience.  As the match went on, Nattie got more and more physical and had some Good content.  It started getting nasty, even at one point Nattie lashing out at the crowd.  Lynch returned the favor after getting into a rare “sharpshooter” across the second turnbuckle.  Lynch started her offensive making it known she won’t back down for anyone.  Nattie though again would not be denied and pulled off a devastating Superplex amongst other damage.  The Man got Nattie in the “Sharpshooter” but was quickly escaped.  After a bunch of reversals and even using each others finishers, Lynch finally locked Natalya in the “disarmer” for the victory!  Lynch Retains!  The match got better as it went and scored 1 for the Good guys! 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Bill Goldberg

This really could be a nightmare if Goldberg is anything like he was versus The Undertaker.  The longer this goes the worse it may be.  It has been enjoyable watching Michaels and Ziggler though, there has been some great stuff there.  Apparently WWE thinks short and sweet was a Good idea also.  After getting rocked by two huge “superkicks” by Ziggler, Goldberg speared the hell out of Ziggler and sealed the deal with a “JackHammer.’’ Due to the short nature and the way it affected the mood, this was actually pretty Good.  The only downside is Ziggler getting jobbed out, but that is the norm.  Ziggler asked for more as Goldberg was heading out, and he obliged him with another “spear” for Good measure.  Ziggler again called for Goldberg to come back out, which he did again with another “spear.”  Enough was enough, and this was enough.    

United States Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet

This is the one we want so bad.  The predicted “Match of the Night” with two of the best there is, period.  Ricochet started off hot but was halted as AJ expertly worked his knee.  It was subdued but still looked Good as these are Masters in the ring.  Ricochet starting going again, hitting all of his high flying assaults with one leg.  He is so Good and with someone like Styles seems even more confident to pull off something special every move.  Styles continued to work the injured leg completely showing everyone that he is the heel vet in this fight.  These guys fought until the end, with nothing left in the tank.  Ricochet having to fight off the other members of “OC” was caught on a last ditch effort off the top, directly into a “Style’s Clash” for the victory, retaining the United States Championship!  AJ needed his boys to help and they took it further after the match beating down Ricochet even more with a “magic killer.”  Good match of course, even with the predictably ending. 

Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus

The past vs present.  Flair and Stratus compete at another level.  This hopefully will showcase their strengths rather than their weaknesses.  Charlotte was using her size and strength advantage to the fullest while Trish was flying around, hitting hip-throws and head-scissors galore.  Charlotte kept taunting, continuously counting out her Hall of Famer Canadian Opponent.  Charlotte is a true heel legend, but Trish had enough and came out swinging, but once again was dominated by Flair.  Trish hit a huge “hurricanrana” off the top but only for 2.  This surprisingly got brutal, as both chopped the hell out of each other multiple times.  They were tired but kept on fighting hard.  This was a Good match.  Charlotte finally got an edge and hit locked in the “figure 8” which proved too much for Trish Stratus.  Charlotte is your Winner!     

“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor

Here we go!  High hopes here as all of us hope for this to save the day!  Balor and Wyatt are what is Good about WWE and we need this here, now.  Holy Shit Bray Wyatt!  Way to make an entrance.  The Fiend is here and we need a lot more of whatever the hell that was.  Crushing a guy like Balor is just incredible, the WWE really has something here.  Balor was done, but reached deep hitting some big offense, putting up a fight, going for the “coup de grace” but got caught in the “mandible claw” losing to this new freak.  Good, very Good!  I need The Fiend to be around for a little while.  Who is next, Demon, Aleister Black?  The possibilities are endless.  Wyatt is a beautiful nightmare!  Great job WWE creative!

WWE Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar(c) vs. Seth Rollins

All we have to look forward to is a beating to Rollins and a quick match, either or both will do.  I don’t think anyone except Rollins and maybe his girl Becky Lynch will mind.  It looked like Lesnar was going to deliver too, killing his opponent until a small opening lead to a “stomp” by Rollins, and continued on the attack on the Beast.  Lesnar then hit a devastating “F5” giving Lesnar time to regroup.  Lesnar ripped Rollins apart getting his fill and some.  Rollins made the most of his opening, using the post multiple times to his advantage on the Champ.  Rollins rallied again with diving at a staggered Lesnar only to be crushed into the post by the larger foe.  Rollins will not quit and again got Brock stunned on the Spanish Announce Table hitting a “frog splash” off the top.  Say whatever you want, these guys are representing WWE strongly.  This is flexing here.  Rollins then hits a “frog splash” in the middle of the ring followed by a “stomp” but only for two!  Rollins had a slight misstep but then took out the Champ with a well placed “cresent kick” and another “stomp”  this time for the 3 count!  Seth Rollins is our New Universal Champion, the Beast Slayer! 

BAD

Buddy Murphy vs. Apollo Crews

I am not really sure where this match came from but I’m glad to see it.  Both guys are almost never seen.  Murphy is phenomenal and Crews has proven every time he wrestles that he belongs in a much higher spot than he has achieved.  Both guys are strong, athletic and capable.  There were some very Good things here.  For a kickoff, we have a lot of really solid matches.  It was great to see a clean match until Rowan attacked Buddy Murphy on the outside, due to Murphy ratting him out about the attack on Roman Reigns backstage.  The ending was crap and deserved much better.  This was a Bad twist and took the wind out of the momentum. 

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley(c) vs. Ember Moon

It’s great to see Ember Moon get a shot, she is a fantastic talent.  Bayley is a joy always and could make for a big match here.  This was very physical and stiff.  Bayley looked like a Champion and aggressively pursued Ember Moon.  Ember had some little bouts of offense but spent a lot of time taking punishment.  The match was sloppy, and slow at times.  It was almost like half speed and it showed.  The crowd was getting restless.  Moon woke up the crowd nearly putting Bayley away but only for a 2 count.  Bayley recovered and finally hit a “Bayley to Belly” off the top for the win.  This really was physical but it got boring at times and a few miscues secured it a spot in the Bad column. 

Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon – If KO Loses, He Leaves WWE

Kevin Owens got a Canadian Hero’s Welcome and looked ready to fight for this one.  Shane then announced that Elias is going to be a Special Guest Enforcer followed by Shane heeling it up around the ring using Elias to his advantage trying to score a count-out.  Owens took some very hard bumps, getting destroyed by Shane.  Strike for strike, Owens looked sharp while Shane threw a ton of horrible weak strikes and combos.  Owens hit a “popup powerbomb” after a horrible attempt to mock the audience with a half ass “sharpshooter” attempt by Shane.  Elias interfered with the count.  Shane hits Elias accidentally, KO hits a “swanton” and a “frog splash” but Elias pulled the Ref out again.  KO hit a “cannonball” on both the Ref and Elias on the outside.  Left with a chair in the ring, KO got pulled out and fought off Elias again, this time kicking his ass with a steel chair.  KO then got a low blow in on Shane and ended it with a “Stunner” for the win.  The end was hot, the rest was not.  I would score this one a Bad match, even with an on fire ending.  KO wins, hopefully this is over, but from the way things ended, it is far from it unfortunately.    

WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton

Orton is a Professional Wrestling Freak of Nature.  He is a purist.  Kofi Kingston stands for just the opposite.  He is against the grain, smashing through walls in his path.  Walls built by the perfection that is guys like Orton.  The perfect vision of what the sport’s entertainer is.  Again a pure Professional Wrestler prodigy, legacy and legend.  Orton picked the Champ apart as he usually does his many victims.  Kofi started getting things going but again cut short by Orton.  Orton no matter how much Kofi fought back would cut him off again.  Kofi off the top, RKO outta nowhere!  Orton stood over Kofi and stared off at Kofi’s family putting Kofi in a fit of rage and causing a count-out.  This was an absolutely crap ending to a great Championship Match.  Kofi beat Orton all around the ring with a Kendo stick and the crowd as well as most watching are disappointed.  Kofi keeps his title, cheaply like this was a lame ending of Raw.  Bad form.      

UGLY- strongly considered a few times. 

FINALS

  • Good- 8
  • Bad- 4
  • Ugly- 0

Overall – Good.  It had it’s flaws, some very Bad in fact, but it deep in the numbers where it counts, we had some memorable moments and some interesting stories ahead with some kick ass people guiding the way.  Not Bad in my book. 

Okay show, better Good than Bad and Ugly.  We have some decent stories and intrigue in the weeks to come.  Raw, SmackDown, NXT all continue now with AEW coming up to go toe to toe with HHH’s NXT in what will be someday known as the “Wednesday Night Wars.”  Professional Wrestling is on fire right now, and I am enjoying the heat.  Catch you on the flipside.  Thank you Chairshot fans and staff on another fantastic show and coverage.  #UseYourHead.


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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