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Clark: The Reality of Brock Lesnar’s SummerSlam Loss to Seth Rollins

After surpassing all expectations, Seth Rollins’ Universal Championship win over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam continues to be the buzz of the wrestling world.



WWE SummerSlam 2019 Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins’ Universal title win over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam continues to be the buzz of the wrestling world. The match that many fans didn’t care about beforehand surpassed expectations and was a great final chapter in the Beast versus Beastslayer saga.

But as entertaining as the match was, it also revealed a fact that some fans may not have realized yet. This wasn’t just a top win for Seth Rollins and a rare loss for Brock Lesnar. This was a brawl between two pro wrestlers and not a fight to the finish against an unstoppable monster. Brock Lesnar was stopped. More importantly, he was human.

To understand the gravity of what this match means for Rollins and for WWE, fans must first remember how The Beast Incarnate has been booked. In the world of WWE, Brock Lesnar is a force of nature, a natural disaster in leather boots. It’s extremely difficult to slow him down and nearly impossible to beat him. 

He’s a one-of-a-kind killer, a being that’s more machine than man. He’s twisted and evil, relying on his animalistic tendencies and taste for blood. Long time WWE fans remember him as the phenomenon that took the company by storm in 2002. Modern day fans know him as the most indestructible predator that the business has ever seen.

So how does WWE book a man like that, except to put him over at every turn? How else could the company feature him? Brock had to win all of the time, despite what his critics said. A great segment of the WWE faithful hated Vince McMahon for always spotlighting Lesnar, but what other choice did he have?

Once Lesnar’s Beast Incarnate persona was fully realized, the company had painted itself into a corner. Booking him to lose at a certain point was no longer an option and perhaps it never was. However, everyone must lose eventually and the same is true of WWE’s German Suplexing Juggernaut.

But how? How do you beat a man that’s unbeatable? For the men who have done it, the answer is simple. The only way to defeat Brock Lesnar is to take him out of the hunt and the only way to do that is to even the playing field.

Most of the time, that happens with weapons. Steel chairs, chains, steps, kendo sticks and sledgehammers have all been used to either gain an advantage, or score a pin, on Lesnar. Low-blows have also been utilized on multiple occasions, by Seth and even The Undertaker. Any combination of these extreme tactics can lead to the fall of the monster.

Of course that fall is only temporary. Brock eventually gets back up and when he does, he’s even scarier than before. He adapts to the attacks and he learns to overcome the pain. He always comes back and he almost always wins the next round. But this time, it’s different.

Seth Rollins did not use a weapon at SummerSlam and he didn’t deliver a low-blow. He didn’t take Lesnar by surprise and he didn’t do anything illegal when the referee wasn’t looking. Rollins walked into SummerSlam, fought Lesnar on his own terms and walked away as the new Universal champion. Seth got a clean win over Brock Lesnar and he lived to tell about it.

So what does this say about Brock? The fact that Seth met Lesnar on his own level and won, speaks volumes about The Beastslayer. It could be argued that WWE’s faith in Seth is at an all-time high and this win is proof of that. Rollins is the best of the best now, because he beat The Beast and didn’t need to bend any rule to do it.

But maybe the biggest takeaway from this match is the fact that Seth Rollins is not a Hall of Fame legend like Goldberg. He’s also not WWE’s anointed top guy, like Roman Reigns. Rollins is a high profile star that needed a win in the main event and he got it. Brock is not often asked to drop a clean pin to anyone, but he’s now done it for Seth Rollins. It’s definitely a statement on WWE’s part and it may be something more for Brock Lesnar.

Is this a sign of things to come for Lesnar? While it’s completely unrealistic to believe that Lesnar will begin losing on a regular basis, it is however reasonable to assume that Brock is not the unyielding warmonger that WWE has presented. At the end of the day, he’s a performer portraying a character and doing whatever is asked of him.

Critics will continue to hate Brock for the wrong reasons and WWE will likely continue to book him for all the right reasons. Lesnar may or may not remain the invincible destroyer that fans love to hate. But it’s clear that when the time is right, Brock Lesnar will do business and that’s exactly what he’s done with Seth Rollins.

Popular opinion states that WWE has pivoted away from the top guy system, but that may not be true after all. Seth Rollins is the closest thing to being the face of the company than anyone else on the roster right now. Part of the reason for that is the work that Rollins himself has contributed. But the other part is due to Lesnar’s willingness to work with Seth and put him over when it matters the most. 

No matter what happens from this point on, the fact is that Seth Rollins will keep doing what he does best and Brock Lesnar will do the same. With any luck, fans and critics alike will recognize that and respect each man for his effort despite who wins or loses.

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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?



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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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!



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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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