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King: Reaction To SummerSlam & Biggest Takeaways

Chris King brings you big highlights from WWE SummerSlam 2019… What will Chris remember? What will you remember?

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Chris King: How Badass was it to see The Rated-R Superstar Edge Toronto's own make his return and deliver a Spear to Elias? I feel like that set the tone for the whole evening! 

Chris King brings you big highlights from WWE SummerSlam 2019… What will Chris remember? What will you remember?

Every year WWE dubs SummerSlam as an equivalent to WrestleMania and Survivor Series however, it almost never lives up to the hype. While the times are changing, WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year almost always feels like a gigantic mess. This year’s though was a smoother ride, still, with twelve matches it never felt overcrowded.

Highlights

How badass was it to see The Rated-R Superstar Edge Toronto’s own make his return and deliver a Spear to Elias? I feel like that set the tone for the whole evening!

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

This was an incredible opener, with the WWE Universe giving love to both their hometown hero and The Man. Everyone myself included was nervous on how WWE would book Natalya, after years of just staying afloat in a sea of women superstars. The first and last time we saw gold around her waist, was two years ago at the same event as tonight when she defeated Naomi to become SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Becky Lynch sold a ton for her challenger, including a nasty looking Sharpshooter applied around the ring post. With both superstars applying each other’s submissions, it gave the intense battle a stronger appearance but, the end result was the right call with The Man successfully retaining her Raw Women’s Championship.

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

I’ll be honest I was completely disappointed in WWE’s lack of story development in this feud, with all the focus on The O.C. we only saw Ricochet and Styles fight in six-man tag matches.

While this wasn’t a high-octane action cinematic classic we all hoped for, it allowed heel Styles to methodically pick apart his challenger. The One and Only may as well be a superhero not only because of his attire but when he walked off the back of Gallows and Anderson to hit a beautiful Hurricanrana on the outside!

Styles the wily and versatile in-ring technician, cut off Ricochet’s explosive offense at nearly every turn and is portraying a more aggressive character than we’ve seen in several years. Ricochet manages to counter the calf crusher into an Anaconda Vice (a maneuver we haven’t witnessed in five years)!

The ending was FREAKING brilliant with The One and Only going to the well one too many times, and Styles catching mid-air from a Pheonix Splash into a FEROCIOUS Styles Clash. I felt the only way Styles would lose the US title, would be if he was about to challenge for the Universal Championship…we’ll get to that in a minute.

Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon

Watching this entire rivalry culminate over the past few weeks, made me feel like I had traveled back into the Attitude Era watching Stone Cold Steve Austin beat the hell out of The McMahon’s.

The self-proclaimed Best in the World immediately announcing Elias as the special guest enforcer was gold, I was waiting for The Scottish Psychopath to come down but it didn’t happen. Shane provoking Owens on to the point of almost getting disqualified was Heel 101!

Reminiscent to The Texas Rattlesnake Owens, overcoming the odds and beating his new rival at his own game made the ending that much sweeter. When he nailed the boss with a Stunner, the place erupted and this was every bit the ass-kicking that the egocentric boss deserved!

Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus

A dream match is a term we throw around lightly in WWE, but this one absolutely nailed it out of the park! Two trailblazers of the women’s revolution went toe-to-toe in an epic encounter.

Charlotte carrying most of the contest and doing it ever so arrogantly evoked the biggest heel reaction of the night. The WWE Universe was letting her have it but, it outlined a perfect hometown hero’s comeback for Trish.

Watching Charlotte writhing in pain from her own submission was amazing, and the Stratusfaction tonight had just the right amount of stink on it!  In my personal opinion, if Alexa Bliss wouldn’t have gotten injured ahead of their match at WWE Evolution I don’t think this dream match would have even taken place.

If this was indeed Trish’s farewell match, then this was one hell of a way to go out in ablaze. Charlotte winning with her submission was the right call, the only thing I would have done differently would have been a hug and handshake to signal a passing of the torch.

WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton

I had been clamoring for this match ever since Kofi defeated Orton back in February ahead of Elimination Chamber. I was extremely familiar with their storied rivalry, and I knew this was going to happen.

Kofi was delivering one hell of a gutsy performance tonight, while every time The Viper struck you could just read the word “Stupid” all over his face. The veteran knew how to get under the champ’s skin, and Kofi fell right into his trap.

Orton hits an RKO from a jaw-dropping Cross-body was picture perfect! As soon as the action spilled outside, I knew exactly what Orton was thinking about. I truly believe that Kofi getting the victory, would have been sweet vindication but if WWE is opening the story back up to add a new chapter this was a good call.

Kofi’s incensed post-match kendo attack mirrored November 16, 2009, in MSG Arena. We’ve seen pancake throwing and power of positivity Kofi, now is the perfect time to see a new level of intensity by the WWE Champion!

The Fiend vs. Finn Balor – Two Words HOLY SHIT!

Back in 2018, The Eater of Worlds Bray Wyatt was teamed up with “Woken” Matt Hardy dubbed “The Woken Warriors.” The terrifying duo lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to B-Team (Bray’s real-life brother Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) at Extreme Rules.

Two weeks later they had their rematch and faced defeat again, that was the last time we would see Bray on live TV. On the Post-Mania-35-Raw the WWE Universe was welcomed into the Firefly Funhouse with “A New” Bray Wyatt along with his new buzzard friends.

We were quickly introduced to his demonic alter-ego “The Fiend”, I remember thinking how can WWE transition from this light-hearted Mr. Rogers character, and this extremely violent scary monster? That question was answered last night, creative deserves an Oscar with the amazing character development from the remixed entrance music in a hard metal screaming “HURT, HEAL!”

Throughout the match, Wyatt was being torn between right and wrong, but that didn’t prohibit The Fiend from snapping Finn Balor’s neck and suffocating him with the Mandible Claw to solidify himself as a new entity entirely.

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

For several weeks I’ve been questioning WWE’s creative booking for “The Beastslayer” Seth Rollins, from Brock Lesnar cashing-in on him at Extreme Rules to his volatile attacks on Rollins leaving him a broken and battered mess. Rollins appeared nothing more than “Brock’s Bitch” coming across whiny and pathetic, but once I watched last night’s main event my view drastically changed.

At WrestleMania, the entire Universal Championship match was 100% shock value, from opening the spectacle to Rollins’s underhanded tactics to rip the title from Lesnar’s stranglehold. For many years “The Beast Incarnate” had only wrestled for ten minutes max (including entrance and his Introduction by his advocate Paul Heyman).

In my opinion, the last time Lesnar was in a well-received main event was two years ago at 2017 SummerSlam, where he defended the Universal Championship against Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman in a Fatal-four-way. From bell to bell last night’s match ran 13:25 that’s not including the pre rituals.

The Beast Incarnate seller and bumped for the self-proclaimed Beastslayer, it was a fair fight with Lesnar taking Rollins to Suplex City free of charge and executing the F5, and Rollins’s gutsy performance digging through the pain and agony to unsure the victory clean I might add. There were no shortcuts this time around, and The Beastslayer exited the explosive encounter looking more of a badass than he did at Mania!


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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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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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