SummerSlam is here, let the arguments begin over whether it or the Rumble are the number two PPV in WWE(one of my fav wrestling arguments). Plenty of big names and quality matchups to follow another homerun from the ladies and gentlemen in NXT. I’ll give you a Tunney special here before we get to the prognostications, this will be WWE’s best show of the year. Now, let’s dig out the old Magic8 ball and see if we can read Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s mind…
Goldberg v Dolph Ziggler
- Abe Odeh – Goldberg
- Bradley Jay – Goldberg
- Bobby Fernandes – Goldberg
- Carol Cassada – Goldberg
- Harry Broadhurst – Goldberg
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Goldberg
- Rey Ca$h – Goldberg
- Rob Bonnette – Goldberg
- Scott Mcleod – Goldberg
- Steve Cook – Goldberg
- Steven Mitchell – Goldberg
- Tiffany Carter – Goldberg
- Miranda Morales – Goldberg
- Patrick O’Dowd – Goldberg
- Dave Ungar – Goldberg
- Christopher Platt – Goldberg
- DPP – Goldberg
- Greg DeMarco – Goldberg
Tunney’s Take: Goldberg should be giving back while he still has something left to give. I would book Ziggler to absolutely dismantle Bill, and quickly. This could easily lead to a rematch giving WWE another big name for another PPV as they ramp up for FOX and the beginning of AEW’s weekly TV existence. Dolph Ziggler… why not him? A Ziggler/Lesnar feud could be just what the Dr. ordered. My pick is Dolph Ziggler
The Chairshot: Goldberg 18-1 #UseYourHead
Trish Stratus v Charlotte Flair
- Abe Odeh – Charlotte
- Bradley Jay – Charlotte
- Bobby Fernandes – Trish
- Carol Cassada – Trish
- Harry Broadhurst – Trish
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Charlotte
- Rey Ca$h – Charlotte
- Rob Bonnette – Charlotte
- Scott Mcleod – Charlotte
- Steve Cook – Charlotte
- Steven Mitchell – Charlotte
- Tiffany Carter – Charlotte
- Miranda Morales – Trish
- Patrick O’Dowd – Charlotte
- Dave Ungar – Charlotte
- Christopher Platt – Charlotte
- DPP – Charlotte
- Greg DeMarco – Trish
Tunney’s Take: Charlotte. Charlotte! My pick is Charlotte (IT MAKES MORE SENSE.!)
The Chairshot: Charlotte Flair 14-5 #UseYourHead
Finn Balor v Bray Wyatt
- Abe Odeh – Wyatt
- Bradley Jay – Wyatt
- Bobby Fernandes – Wyatt
- Carol Cassada – Wyatt
- Harry Broadhurst – Wyatt
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Wyatt
- Rey Ca$h – Wyatt
- Rob Bonnette – Wyatt
- Scott Mcleod – Wyatt
- Steve Cook – Wyatt
- Steven Mitchell – Wyatt
- Tiffany Carter – Finn
- Miranda Morales – Wyatt
- Patrick O’Dowd – Wyatt
- Dave Ungar – Wyatt
- Christopher Platt – Wyatt
- DPP – Wyatt
- Greg DeMarco – Wyatt
Tunney’s Take: Here at TheChairshot.com we’re really glad that you’rr our friend, and this is a friendship that will never ever end because all you have to do is, LET US IN!! Fire Fly Funhouse to the spectacular new look/mask to the looooooong build (which I’m in favor of). All of the aforementioned to have The Fiend Bray Wyatt lose? Hell No! My pick is Bray Wyatt
The Chairshot: Bray Wyatt 18-1 #UseYourHead
Kevin Owens v Shane McMahon
- Abe Odeh – Owens
- Bradley Jay – Owens
- Bobby Fernandes – Owens
- Carol Cassada – Owens
- Harry Broadhurst – Owens
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Owens
- Rey Ca$h – Owens
- Rob Bonnette – Owens
- Scott Mcleod – Owens
- Steve Cook – Owens
- Steven Mitchell – Owens
- Tiffany Carter – Owens
- Miranda Morales – Owens
- Patrick O’Dowd – Shae
- Dave Ungar – Owens
- Christopher Platt – Shane
- DPP – Owens
- Greg DeMarco – Shane
Tunney’s Take: I see shenanigans galore here. Said shenanigans should lead to Kevin Owens getting screwed over yet again. Shane is one of WWE’s top heals right now and his momentum shouldn’t be stunted whatsoever. KO has enough steam and skill on the mic to absorb a loss here despite the stipulation. I’m looking for Owens to continue his outlaw/renegade streak. My pick is Shane McMahon
The Chairshot: Kevin Owens 16-3 #UseYourHead
Drew Gulak(c) v Oney Lorcan
- Abe Odeh – Gulak
- Bradley Jay – Gulak
- Bobby Fernandes – Lorcan
- Carol Cassada – Gulak
- Harry Broadhurst – Gulak
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Gulak
- Rey Ca$h – Gulak
- Rob Bonnette – Gulak
- Scott Mcleod – Gulak
- Steve Cook – Gulak
- Steven Mitchell – Gulak
- Tiffany Carter – Gulak
- Miranda Morales – Gulak
- Patrick O’Dowd – Gulak
- Dave Ungar – Gulak
- Christopher Platt – Gulak
- DPP – Lorcan
- Greg DeMarco – Gulak
Tunney’s Take: WWE needs to do something with 205Live better than what they are doing now. That’s it… that’s my analysis… that’s my take on this match. My pick is Drew Gulak
TheC hairshot: Drew Gulak 17-2 #UseYourHead
AJ Styles (c) v Ricochet
- Abe Odeh AJ
- Bradley Jay – AJ
- Bobby Fernandes – AJ
- Carol Cassada – AJ
- Harry Broadhurst – Ricochet
- Mathew Sarpriacone – AJ
- Rey Ca$h – Ricochet
- Rob Bonnette – AJ
- Scott Mcleod – AJ
- Steve Cook – Ricochet
- Steven Mitchell – AJ
- Tiffany Carter – Ricochet
- Miranda Morales – AJ
- Patrick O’Dowd – AJ
- Dave Ungar – Ricochet
- Christopher Platt – Ricochet
- DPP – AJ
- Greg DeMarco – AJ
Tunney’s Take: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and predict… a great match!!! My pick is AJ Styles.
TheC hairshot: AJ Styles 13-6 #UseYourHead
Bayley (c) v Ember Moon
- Abe Odeh – Bayley
- Bradley Jay – Bayley
- Bobby Fernandes – Bayley
- Carol Cassada – Moon
- Harry Broadhurst – Bayley
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Bayley
- Rey Ca$h – Moon
- Rob Bonnette – Bayley
- Scott Mcleod – Moon
- Steve Cook – Moon
- Steven Mitchell – Moon
- Tiffany Carter – Bayley
- Miranda Morales – Bayley
- Patrick O’Dowd – Bayley
- Dave Ungar – Bayley
- Christopher Platt – Bayley
- DPP – Bayley
- Greg DeMarco – Bayley
Tunney’s Take: Ember sparks a fire, so what better time to stoke those flames than at SummerSlam! My pick is Ember Moon.
The Chairshot: Bayley 13-6 #UseYourHead
Becky Lynch (c) v Natalya
- Abe Odeh – Becky
- Bradley Jay – Becky
- Bobby Fernandes – Becky
- Carol Cassada – Becky
- Harry Broadhurst – Becky
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Becky
- Rey Ca$h – Becky
- Rob Bonnette – Natalya
- Scott Mcleod – Becky
- Steve Cook – Becky
- Steven Mitchell – Becky
- Tiffany Carter – Becky
- Miranda Morales – Becky
- Patrick O’Dowd – Becky
- Dave Ungar – Becky
- Christopher Platt – Becky
- DPP – Becky
- Greg DeMarco – Becky
Tunney’s Take: If this event wasn’t in Canada Trish wouldn’t be wrestling and Nattie wouldn’t have this mach. My pick is Becky Lynch.
The Chairshot: Becky Lynch 17-2 #UseYourHead
Kofi Kingston (c) v Randy Orton
- Abe Odeh – Kofi
- Bradley Jay – Orton
- Bobby Fernandes – Orton
- Carol Cassada – Orton
- Harry Broadhurst – Kofi
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Kofi
- Rey Ca$h – Kofi
- Rob Bonnette – Kofi
- Scott Mcleod – Orton
- Steve Cook – Kofi
- Steven Mitchell – Kofi
- Tiffany Carter – Kofi
- Miranda Morales – Kofi
- Patrick O’Dowd – Kofi
- Dave Ungar – Kofi
- Christopher Platt – Kofi
- DPP – Kofi
- Greg DeMarco – Orton
Tunney’s Take: This is a TOUGH one. Randy provides a viable source to allow WWE to take the belt off Kofi but, I just can’t bring myself to picking the viper here. It was no mystery to me or anyone that ALWAYS uses their head that Kofi was definitely carrying the strap till at least this very show. No trouble, just paradise tonight for the New Day member. My pick is Kofi Kingston
The Chairshot: Kofi Kingston 14-5 #UseYourHead
Brock Lesnar (c) v Seth Rollins
- Abe Odeh – Brock
- Bradley Jay – Brock
- Bobby Fernandes – Brock
- Carol Cassada – Brock
- Harry Broadhurst – Rollins
- Mathew Sarpriacone – Rollins
- Rey Ca$h – Rollins
- Rob Bonnette – Brock
- Scott Mcleod – Brock
- Steve Cook – Rollins
- Steven Mitchell – Rollins
- Tiffany Carter – Rollins
- Miranda Morales – Brock
- Patrick O’Dowd – Brock
- Dave Ungar – Rollins
- Christopher Platt – Rollins
- DPP – Brock
- Greg DeMarco – Brock
Tunney’s Take: Seth Rollins is a very talented individual in every aspect of pro wrestling but, this isn’t about Seth. Another sizable run with the belt for Lesnar could pay huge dividends down the road, and along it, for WWE. More viewers, more consumers, more media attention and at the end IF booked correctly a giant rub for the RIGHT guy. My pick is Brock Lesnar
The Chairshot: Brock Lesnar 11-8 #UseYourHead
Thank you once again to all of our readers and listeners, the Chairshot staff and Greg DeMarco for giving us the what’s what for NXT. My name is PC Tunney @PCTunney on the twitter and you can find me every week on #PODisWAR and @podcastDWI . I said it to start and I’ll say it to close, this will be WWE’s best show of the year. Enjoy SummerSlam everyone, cheers!
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Cook’s NXT War Games 2021 Gambling Picks
Everyone might not love NXT 2.0, but we all love money! Cook brings us the gambling picks for WarGames just in case anyone wants to roll the dice on making some cash.
NXT is presenting their first Network special of the 2.0 era today. It’s the first non-TakeOver special in quite sometime, as NXT starts a new era with the latest edition of War Games. We’ll see lot of experienced talent taking on some not-so-experienced talent. Should be interesting, and it could be even more interesting if you want to put your money where your mouth is!
Odds provided by BetOnline
Hair vs. Hair
Cameron Grimes (-120) vs. Duke Hudson (-120)
Step 1: Shave Duke bald
— Cameron Grimes (@CGrimesWWE) December 1, 2021
Grimes is one of those guys who can excel in most environments you put him in. Whether it’s the Old or the New NXT, he fits in quite well doing what he does. I’m honestly not too familiar with Duke Hudson outside of his work here in NXT, but apparently he was a big deal in his native country of Australia. We all know that Australians are taking over the wrestling world, so it’s tough to bet against Hudson being a big deal here in America eventually. Especially since he’s got the billed height & weight that WWE wants out of its Superstars.
So if you’re asking me who has the brighter future with this company, I would say “Duke Hudson”. If you’re asking me who needs their hair more, I would say “Cameron Grimes”. Hudson’s look might benefit from a trim, so expect Cameron Grimes to take it to the moon.
Men’s War Games Match
Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller & Tony D’Angelo (-200) vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne & LA Knight (+150)
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) December 1, 2021
It’s New School vs. Old School, 2.0 vs. Black & Gold or whatever fun names you want to give these teams meant to signify the different eras of NXT. Ciampa & Gargano have been two of NXT’s top stars for most of the past several years. Dunne ran things over in the UK. LA Knight…well, he isn’t exactly one of the top names in NXT’s history, but he’s an established veteran that NXT fans know from other places. He’s been around a while, while these young whipper-snappers haven’t.
Of course, the idea of this match is to make a young whipper-snapper or two. Bron seems to be the chosen one, so I’d be shocked if he wasn’t beating somebody into submission or oblivion to end this thing. Most likely Gargano since he’s the one that has an expiring contract. Team 2.0 should get the win here. Keep an eye on Ciampa here though. I feel like they want him to be the heel against Bron, and a good way to do that would be to have Ciampa beat up Gargano after the match. You know, to give his DIY partner a proper send-off.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Imperium (-200) vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner (+150)
— WWE (@WWE) December 1, 2021
Another one of those matches where contract issues have to be considered. Nobody would really think of KOR & Von as a long-term team under normal circumstances. Since Kyle’s contract comes up sometime this month, we can go ahead and assume that tag team isn’t lasting past…this match? Sounds about right to me.
Imperium wins. Also, I don’t get Von Wagner’s name. He sounds like he should be part of Imperium but he’s actually from Minnesota.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match
Roderick Strong (-185) vs. Joe Gacy (+140)
I see that the NXT universe has decided to weight shame me. This is why I’m doing what I am doing!
— Joe Gacy (@JoeGacy) November 24, 2021
Joe Gacy is tired of your bodyshaming. I must say, as one that has had difficulty with their weight and been bodyshamed by my peers on countless occasions, I understand where he’s coming from. Part of me wants him to beat Rod Strong and claim the Cruiserweight Championship for all of us who have been discriminated against just because we eat a little more than the average person. Then the other part of me thinks that Rod Strong is a much better professional wrestler and deserves to have a title belt around his skinny waist. So it’s a tough call.
When in doubt, I go with the guy getting the push. Sure, the Diamond Mine has been getting some TV time, but Gacy’s doing what Vince & Bruce want, getting some attention from the lamestream Fox media. Roll with the underdog here, and if you’re one of those people whining about Joe Gacy not weighing 205 or under…be thankful that he hasn’t targeted the Women’s Championship in his crusade against barriers.
Women’s War Games Match
Raquel Gonzalez, Io Shirai, Cora Jade & Kay Lee Ray (-125) vs. Toxic Attraction & Dakota Kai (-115)
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) December 1, 2021
Toxic Attraction has been one of the focal points of NXT 2.0. It’s not the worst idea they’ve ever had. Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne have a lot going for them. It’s tough to take your eyes off of them for too long. I think we can all agree they’re pretty great…until the bell rings. Then things are a bit more debatable. War Games isn’t exactly a match you would expect them to fare well in, which has led to much complaining over their inclusion in this match.
Thing is, that’s part of the reason to be interested in this match. We don’t know how Toxic Attraction will fare. We figure Dakota Kai knows what’s up. Certainly, the likes of Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray & Raquel Gonzalez will be just fine. Cora Jade? Well, she’s a youngster, but War Games seems like something she’d be into. Perhaps our worrying is for nothing, and Toxic Attraction are at least as ready for this thing as we presume Cora Jade is. I’m willing to give it a chance.
As for a winner, the non-Toxic Attraction team is the way to go here, ideally setting up a challenger for Mandy’s championship.
News From Cook’s Corner 11.29.21: Turkey Hangover
Holidays and wrestling go hand in hand, but what kind of news popped up? Cook brings us his favorite headlines of the week!
Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! I’m Steve Cook, and it looks like it was a pretty quiet week as far as wrestling news goes. Nobody got fired, for one thing. Most of us went home and gorged ourselves on turkey. We watched tons & tons of football. The Bengals beat the Steelers by 31 points. Louisville lost to Kentucky by 31 points, so things pretty much evened out for me. Things tend to.
The wrestling news cycle this weekend consisted of wrestlers throwing out crazy things they want to happen. Big E wants the Undertaker to dance with New Day. Ric Flair wants to wrestle Sammy Guevara in Israel. I want a million bajillion dollars. Not much we can do with any of that.
Big week coming up though!
Well, maybe. BetOnline hasn’t posted any NXT WarGames matches yet, so we’ll have to keep an eye on that as a potential column goes. There is some interesting news regarding that, as Johnny Gargano signed a week-long contract extension so he could work that show. We’ve seen that recently with people like Adam Cole, signing short-term contract extensions so they can finish their business with the company. Gargano’s wife Candice LeRae’s contract expires in May 2022, but one wonders if they would extend her contract due to her missing time with her pregnancy. Maybe this doesn’t become an issue and they both stay with WWE, most likely as part of NXT helping the young kids learn.
I assume AEW would be an option for Gargano & LeRae given their connection with the Young Bucks back in the day. That men’s roster’s kinda crowded though, so it’s tough to say which would be the better option for fans of Johnny’s work.
Who says WWE Superstars don’t get heat anymore?
Probably the most newsworthy thing to happen on WWE television this week was Seth Rollins getting attacked by a fan on Monday’s Raw episode. Rollins was backing away from the ring after beating up Finn Balor when a fan managed to enter from stage right, run down and tackle Rollins in the entranceway.
This angle of the “fan” attacking Seth Rollins from @kash_vL is pretty crazy
— Chris Van Vliet (@ChrisVanVliet) November 23, 2021
Who was this guy, anyway? Elisah Spencer is a 24 year old from Red Hook. No word on whether he’s friends with Hook or not. He was a big Seth Rollins fan at some point, and met him a few years ago and felt a connection. So he tried to get in touch with Rollins on social media, since apparently that’s where people talk to wrestlers. Turns out, the person he thought was Seth Rollins was actually a scammer, and got Spencer to spend $3,000 on WWE gift cards & tickets. Spencer’s girlfriend at the time (who I’m sure was a really perceptive invividual) ended up getting arrested when she tried to pay for the tickets with a bad check.
So there was a beef there. Somehow this all turned into a situation where Goldberg & Vince McMahon booked Spencer to be there, while keeping it a secret from Rollins. Apparently he’s also related to Roman Reigns, Rikishi, the Rock and the rest of the Bloodline, and he did it for them. Big Finn Balor fan now too.
Spencer was charged with attempted assault and an “attempted violation of arts and cultural affairs”. So there you have it, the answer to the debate of whether or not pro wrestling is art.
AAA MegaChampionship Update!
Last week in this column we mentioned how Kenny Omega wouldn’t be able to defend AAA’s top championship at their upcoming TripleMania Regia event due to various injuries he’s taking time off for. Shortly afterward, AAA announced that the MegaChampionship would be vacated, and a new champion would be determined at TripleMania Regia in a five-way. Why a five-way? Honestly, I have no idea. For all I know, El Santo used to compete in five-ways all the time back in the day. Maybe there were five Aztec coins. Don’t know.
I do know the five men scheduled to compete for this thing: El Hijo del Vikingo, Samuray del Sol, Jay Lethal, Bobby Fish & Bandido. Vikingo was originally scheduled to challenge for the championship, so that makes sense. Bandido is an interesting addition since he’s ROH Champion and hasn’t competed for AAA since 2018. His ROH deal is up soon though, and we’re not exactly bullish on the future of that promotion. Back in 2012 when SdS was working the indies, AAA brought him in and repackaged him as Octagon Jr.. Octagon Jr. was originally intended to feud with another debuting wrestler patterned after a name from AAA’s past: Pentagon Jr.. That didn’t last too long, as SdS had a pretty busy schedule even before signing with WWE and didn’t have time to make AAA shows.
Neither Jay Lethal nor Bobby Fish have competed in AAA. They are the foreign talent brought in to generate interest. We’ll find out if they do, as FITE is offering part of this card on their website for $19.99. This seems to indicate that the lawsuit with the Lucha Underground folks has been settled to some extent. Or AAA is hoping they can pull this off without anybody noticing. It would be nice to have AAA readily available here in the US again, or at least some type of lucha libre show with solid production values.
The most recent Young Bucks Twitter bio update let us know that their contract with AEW has rolled over. The Bucks will be with the company until at least 2024, which comes as little surprise to most of us. WWE isn’t going to make them Executive Vice Presidents, nor feature tag team wrestling in any kind of meaningful way. As awesome as RK-Bro vs. Young Bucks matches would surely be, we’ll have to wait until 2024 before we see them.
The Bucks celebrated by taking the week off from Being the Elite. Understandable, especially since I don’t think they made last week’s taping.
Welp, that’s all we have time for this week. Darn turkey’s still making me sleepy. Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.
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