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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 9/8/2019

A fair mixture of WWE and Japanese matches comprise the Top 5 matches. Which one is your favorite?

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A fair mixture of WWE and Japanese matches comprise the Top 5 matches. Which one is your favorite?

We had a fairly decisive vote this week. In what was a considerable landslide…well let’s look at the August Pool and you’ll know what won.

August Pool:

  • Takeover Cardiff: WWE UK Championship: WALTER (c) vs Tyler Bate
  • Impact Cali Combat: X Division Championship: Jake Crist (c) vs Rich Swann
  • NJPW G1 Climax 29 Finals: Jay White vs Kota Ibushi
  • NXT Takeover Toronto: Io Shirai vs Candice LeRae
  • NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 13: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi

So I think this week’s vote for August will be very similar to last week’s. With that, I will just join the party and pick, WALTER vs Tyler Bate, since it will probably win anyway.

Now last week was a lot of quality action, and this week was more of a normalized week. I of course, found some gems in Japanese promotions, but this week is not without it’s WWE inclusions.

Let’s see!

 

5. WWE SmackDown Live: Chad Gable vs Andrade

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Almas drags Gable up and hammerlocks, but Gable slips out to a waistlock. Almas standing switches but Gable victory rolls. TWO and Almas knees low. Almas suplexes for uno amigo, then dos amigos. Fans chant “Eddie! Eddie!” as Almas shimmies the shoulders, but Gable waistlocks for a German Suplex! Then another! Gable shouts out the Gold Medalist but Almas elbows free. Almas gets the third suplex! He puts Gable in a drop zone and heads for the corner but his back slows him down. Almas moonsaults, lands on his feet, but gets knees on the second! Fans are fired up as Gable goes up top! Vega freaks out as Gable MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives Gable’s other shout out to Kurt Angle! But Gable keeps his focus as he watches Almas stand. Waistlock but another elbow sends him away. Almas hip tosses Gable into buckles!

Almas has the knees ready, runs corner to corner but gets buckles! CHAOS THEORY!! But Vega is distracting the ref during the bridge!! Gable lets go in frustration, and Almas is ready, boot to ELBOW! Hammerlock, but Gable powers out! Rolling clutch! GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Gable via Cradle

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4. NXT: Adam Cole vs Jordan Myles

Snippet from Mitchell’s NXT Coverage:
Myles reaches for ropes but can’t quite get there. So Myles works to roll things around, and they go around to other ropes, Myles gets the ropebreak! Cole lets go but the damage has been done. Cole drags Myles up and to a corner. Cole puts Myles up top and throws forearms before climbing. Myles resists so Cole throws body shots. Myles still resists and throws more body shots. Myles sends Cole down with a forearm, then LEAPS, into a BOOT! Cole brings Myles, Last Shot 1.0! Cover, TWO!? Myles survives and Cole is furious! Cole gets to his feet as fans rally up again. Myles crawls and Cole takes aim. Cole runs in but Myles sends him out, triangle dropkick sends Cole down! Myles hurries out but Cole puts him in. But Myles just goes back to the apron for the Penalty Kick!

Myles gets Cole in quick but Cole bails out the other side. Myles just DIVES, Naruto ninja style! Myles puts Cole in, leaps, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Myles can’t believe how close he was! Fans are fired up as Myles puts Cole back in the drop zone. “This is Awesome!” as Myles climbs again. Myles smiles and 450’s but rolls through. He blocks the kick to sweep the leg, SUPERKICK for Cole! Myles hops up again, 450 splash gets knees! The Midnight Star was denied! Cole crawls and fans rally up again. The knee pad comes down, but Myles dodges the last Shot 2.0! Roll-up, TWO and Myles ends up on the apron. Myles spring-steps in, SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK to the back! LAST SHOT 2.0!! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Cole via Last Shot

Rating: *** 3/4

 

3. Pro Wrestling NOAH N-1 Victory Day 9: A Block: Naomichi Marufuji vs Takashi Sugiura

From My Analysis:
Arguably the two biggest names in NOAH are squaring off in the newly named N-1 Victory tournament. Sugiura is still very much alive in the tournament, especially with his last match being against Go Shiozaki. Marufuji however, can’t buy a win with a Groupon discount. So let’s see if this long lasting rivalry breaks Marufuji’s losing streak, or continues to keep Sugiura towards the top.

It doesn’t take long for this match to go to the outside. Suigura hits an Apron Hung Neckbreaker and at a different point Marufuji hits the signature Apron Piledriver. But the story here really was the familiarity of the two participants. Sugiura dodged Marufuji’s Springboard Curb Stomp and was never able to pull off the Shiranui. While hitting a multitude of KO-OH style knees, Suigura catches him and turns it into an Olympic Slam.

Marufuji showed his understanding by working out of Sugiura’s first attempt at the Front Neck Lock. During Sugiura’s 4th title reign, Marufuji fell very matter-of-factly to that submission move, so trying to avoid it makes plenty of sense. Marufuji attempts the Perfect Key Lock but Sugiura gets out of it right before Marufuji finishes his roll into the Key Lock.

This really was a great back and forth, but a generally disappointing tournament for Marufuji made it hard to believe in his hope spots. So things didn’t quite get as hot and feel as high priority, just because of the dynamic of where both men are in the tournament. Damn good match, and Sugiura continues to catch Marufuji with the Front Neck Lock and NOAH’s Genius taps out.

Winner: Sugiura via Front Neck Lock

Rating: ****

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Pro Wrestling NOAH N-1 Victory Day 9: RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke, YO-HEY & HAYATA) vs Hi69, Minoru Tanaka, Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morahashi
Winner: Tadasuke via OutKast
Rating: *** 1/2
ROH Global Wars Espectactular: ROH World Title: Matt Taven (c) vs Voldar Jr
Winner: Taven via Draping Climax
Rating: *** 1/2
Impact!: Career vs Titles: Impact Tag Team Championships: LAX vs The North (c)
Winner: The North via Torture Rack/Spinebuster Combo
Rating: *** 1/2
Pro Wrestling NOAH N-1 Victory Day 9: Shuhei Tanaguchi, Kaito Kiyomiya & Alexander Hammerstone vs KONGOH (Masa Kitamiya, Kenoh & Yoshiki Inamura)
Winner: Hammerstone via Pendulum Nightmare
Rating: *** 1/2
AJPW Summer Explosion Day 13: EWA Intercontinental Championship: Tajiri (c) vs Akira Francisco
Winner: Tajiri via Locomotion Cradle Attempts
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT!: TJP vs Golden Magic
Winner: TJP via Inverted Figure Four
Rating: *** 1/4
Pro Wrestling NOAH N-1 Victory Day 9: 50 Funky Powers (Quiet Storm & Mohammed Yone) & Rocky Kawamura vs AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima) & Hitoshi Kumano
Winner: Nakajima via Vertical Spike
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Ricochet vs Samoa Joe
Winner: Double Pinfall
Rating: ***
Pro Wrestling NOAH N-1 Victory Day 9: NOSAWA Rongai, Hajime Ohara & Kinya Okada vs STINGER ( Kotaro Suzuki, Yoshinari Ogawa & Atsushi Kotoge)
Winner: Kotoge via Splash
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Baron Corbin vs Cedric Alexander
Winner: Corbin via End of Days
Rating: ***

 

 

2. AJPW Summer Explosion Day 13: World Tag Team Championships: Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama) (c) vs Zeus & Ryoji Sai

Now I haven’t been paying as close of attention to All Japan as I used to, but this should be interesting. Zeus is an accomplished singles and tag wrestler and Ryoji Sai brings his own accolades. Violence Giant has been the preeminent Japanese tag team winning Tokyo Sports Tag Team of the Year, two years in a row, and having quite a good 2019 so far. Only losing the titles to Strong BJ for a few weeks and retrieving them prior to the Champion Carnival.

This match was fun. Since the show took place in Korakuen Hall, things spill to the outside and we get the East and West sign spot. After that, Zeus was on the receiving end of a ton of punishment. He was singled out for what felt like 5 or 6 minutes before Sai made the hot tag. Amusingly to me, Sai’s offense didn’t really seem to effect Violence Giant much, and he tagged back out to Zeus, who recovered enough to make a comeback.

Ishikawa threw nearly everything at Zeus, Tsunami, Fire/Thunder Driver and just huge power moves in succession. Sai seemingly did enough to keep Suwama at bay and break up a pin on occasion. We see Zeus get out of the Giant Slam, and hit a few Biceps Explosions before leading to an emphatic Jackhammer.

The crowd seemed receptive, and this really looked like a great match for Zeus to build back to the main event, since he carried his team through the bulk of the match.

Winner: Zeus via Jackhammer

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. AJPW Summer Explosion Day 13: Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Naoya Nomura

This is the first duplicate opponent for Kento this calendar year. When they faced one another in March, it was more of Naoya proving himself since he broke away from NEXTREAM. Now it seems like he’s grown and established himself as more of a threat, but Kento is the ever present measuring stick. 2019 may be seen as the rise of the former NEXTREAM members, but none of them have been able to surpass the Ace and former leader of NEXTREAM. Does that change?

Kento’s arrogance was on full display early. He definitely still sees Naoya as a younger brother to not be taken seriously. Posing and just general bad sportsmanship ran rampant early on. Naoya however, showed a ton more heart and determination in this match. Kento looked for opportunities to hit the Blackout knee strike, and Naoya even baited him with it.

In typical older brother fashion, Kento gets frustrated and even chokes Naoya in a Head Triangle, where Kyohei Wada had to admonish him about three times before physically pulling him off as to not end a championship match in DQ. Naoya had great moments when he sunk in the Nomura Lock, and hit Maximum at least twice, but Kento kicked out.

The finish was great since Naoya already escaped from the Shutdown German Suplex three other times. We got what was more of a modern New Japan finish, with Naoya breaking the Shutdown, Kento slipping out of Maximum and that went on quite a few times before Kento gets snapped off the Shutdown German Suplex and retained by the skin of his teeth.

Winner: Kento via Shutdown Suplex

Rating: **** 3/4

 

Thoughts:

My main thought is I need to get back to watching All Japan more frequently, but there are only so many hours in the day. All that said, the Kento match was on another level. It was definitely one of the better matches I’ve seen all year, and the emotion was easy enough to follow without needing a ton of context. So I’m going with, AJPW: Kento Miyahara vs Naoya Nomura.

Should be interesting to see how the votes shake out for the week and the month of August!


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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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