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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 10/27/2019

No high profile event stole all the focus this week. So, what makes the Top 5 matches?

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No high profile event stole all the focus this week. So, what makes the Top 5 matches?

Yes, I’m aware the Super Junior Tag League is going on at the moment, but I haven’t had time to get to that. As fun as tournaments are, sometimes there is such a thing as too much.

Anyway!

Last week’s match vote, was, well…unexpected. It seems the nostalgia was strong. NJPW King of Pro Wrestling, Minoru Suzuki vs Jyushin Thunder Liger, won the vote. Of course, I’m not complaining, just surprised it won.

So let’s see what we got this week!

 

5. WWE Raw: Drew McIntyre vs Ricochet

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Ricochet hurries up top while McIntyre is down! Cleveland is on its feet for the SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet is beside himself, but Flair is jumping up out of his seat! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Ricochet climbs again. Flair is tense as Ricochet reaches the top. Ricochet 630’s but has to roll through! McIntyre blocks Recoil and TOSSES Ricochet out of the ring! Then McIntyre goes out to toss Ricochet into a post! Ricochet is in bad shape as he stirs under the bottom rope. But McIntyre takes aim from across the way, and Ricochet stands, to get the CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: McIntyre via Claymore

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4. NXT UK: Noam Dar vs Trent Seven

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Seven flails inside the Champagne Super Kneebar, but Dar stomps and kicks away! Seven shouts “NO!” and hammers Dar’s legs! Seven flails, reaches, grits his teeth and gets the ropebreak! Dar lets go at 4 but is frustrated that he hasn’t finished Seven yet. Fans are at a fever pitch as Dar goes back for the towel. Dar puts the towel around his shoulders to drag Seven up. Fans rally up for Seven as he rolls Dar up! TWO, but Dar BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and shocks the Supernova! Fans have not stopped cheering and singing, but Dar drags Seven around. “All your crones have left you, old man!” Seven grabs Dar’s pinkie! Bop up, BANG! Finger SNAP! Torture rack, BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, Seven wins!!

Winner: Trent Seven via Burning Hammer

Rating: *** 3/4

 

3. AEW Dynamite: Private Party vs Lucha Bros

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Private Party double whip Fenix but Fenix tiger feints to heel kick Quen! Fenix blocks Kassidy’s kick, hands it to Quen, then runs, but into a STUNNER! Quen adds a heel kick of his own, then helps Kassidy hit SLICED BREAD! Kassidy TORNILLOS onto Pentagon! Quen takes off the jacket and goes up top, and fans fire up as he takes aim. SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Private Party almost got another shocker! Quen grows frustrated as we hit the 10 minute mark. Fenix slips out of a fireman’s carry to roundhouse! Kassidy returns but gets a CHOP! Fenix fireman’s carry to a wasteland slam and a rain of rights! Quen shields his friend but gets a clubbing forearm. Fenix underhooks, crucifix lifts Quen, Gory Bomb Leg Drop COMBO! Fenix crawls to his corner and tags in Pentagon!

Pentagon and Quen speed things up, SLINGBLADE! Kassidy rolls into a powerbomb backbreaker! Cero Miedo echoes out again, and Lucha Brothers coordinate. Pentagon has Quen, Fenix is up top, but Quen huricanranas Pentagon into Fenix! PELE for Pentagon, GIN ‘N’ JUICE for Fenix!! Fans are loving this, but who is legal?! Pentagon is and he SUPERKICKS Quen! Pentagon hits Kassidy, but Quen Super Steiners! GIN ‘N’- DESTROYER!! Pentagon destroys the combo, and fans are reaching a fever pitch over ‘CERO! MIEDO!” Quen runs in, misses, Fenix runs the tightrope to Penalty Kick! Oh no! Dark… ARMBAR!! Fenix is up top again, Pentagon has Quen up, dumdum stomp DRIVER! Fenix DIVES onto Kassidy! Pentagon covers, Lucha Brothers win!!

Winner: Lucha Bros via Spiked Fear Factor

Rating: *** 3/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

AJPW Raising an Army: World Tag Team Championship: Zeus & Ryoji Sai (c) vs Joel Redman & Yoshitatsu
Winner: Zeus via Jackhammer
Rating: *** 1/2
AEW Dynamite: SCU vs Dark Order
Winner: SCU via Tandem Spin Out Go Flat to Sleep
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: Bianca Belair vs Rhea Ripley
Winner: Ripley via Riptide
Rating: *** 1/4
AEW Dynamite: Joey Janela vs Kenny Omega
Winner: Omega via One Winged Angel
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT!: The Rascalz vs Dr. Wagner Jr, Taurus & Aerostar
Winner: Rascalz via Hot Fire Flame
Rating: ***
NWA Powerr: The Dawsons vs Eli Drake & Tim Storm
Winner: Dawsons via Squisher
Rating:  ***
WWE SmackDown: Ali, Shorty G & Roman Reigns vs Cesaro, King Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura
Winner: Ali via 450 Splash
Rating: ***
NXT UK: Liger vs Travis Banks
Winner: Double Pin
Rating: ***
NXT: Matt Riddle vs Cameron Grimes
Winner: Riddle via Bro Derek
Rating: ***
AEW Dynamite: Jon Moxley vs PAC
Winner: TV Time Limit Draw
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Humberto Carrillo vs Seth Rollins
Winner: Rollins via Stomp
Rating: ***

 

2. NXT: North American Championship: Keith Lee vs Dominik Dijakovic vs Roderick Strong (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
“This is Awesome!” but still not over. Strong clobbers Dijakovic, but turns around into the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Lee runs in but is sent out! Strong runs, but his wrecking ball is caught by both men. He fights free, throws kicks, but Lee pops him up onto Dijakovic’s shoulders!! FEAST YOUR EYES!! And a POUNCE!! Strong is down, and fans lose their minds as the towering titans finally get to settle the score! They circle in the ring, Full Sail is thunderous with the flying fists! Lee knees and headbutts! Dijakovic flounders but Lee hops up top. Lee drags Dijakovic over, but Dijakovic almost falls! Dijakovic steadies himself and throws elbows, to then flip away and SUPERKICK! Lee is down, DISCUS BOOT! Dijakovic use the ropes to help get Lee up, and then climbs up to clamp on. Dijakovic has Lee for a SUPER CHOKE BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Lee lives and no one can believe it!

Full Sail will not stop chanting for “NXT! NXT!” Lee and Dijakovic slowly stir as fans build up to a new rally. Lee goes out but Dijakovic FLIES! Lee gets out of the way, STRONG takes the Fosbury Flop! Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” for that one. Dijakovic catches his breath, gets back to the ring, but Lee is on his feet. Fans chant “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP” as Keith Lee FLIES!?! Tope conjilo hits and fans are losing their minds! Lee hops up, brings Dijakovic up, and has him in powerbomb position, SUPER SPIRIT BOMB!! STRONG KNEE OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Strong wins!?!

Winner: Strong via Strong Knee

Rating: ****

 

1. AJPW Raising an Army Day 6: Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara (c) vs Jake Lee

Jake Lee boasts something that not many can say this year; he holds a pinfall victory over Kento Miyahara. Also, he’s the only person to deprive Kento of something this year. Jake beat Kento to win the Royal Road Tournament and earn this championship shot. So with that established, Kento wants some revenge. Kento beat Jake for the Champion Carnival earlier this year, but Jake taking the Royal Road accolade is the first time, in a long time, that Kento failed.

With that backstory, the match had an interesting pacing. Lately, Kento’s matches tend to feel like an older brother messing around until he feels like winning the match. But Jake takes the sarcasm and arrogance to Kento, and Kento doesn’t seem to like it. Jake smacks him around and takes an early advantage, and you can tell that any time Kento does try to pose, it’s merely to save face, cause he’s got the concern written all over his face.

This was such a great match where you saw the story unfold in old school King’s Road style. Jake has wanted to prove he was Kento’s equal since returning to All Japan, and the Royal Road Tournament was the first time anyone from NEXTREAM beat Kento for something. Kento however, had to prove it was a fluke, especially if he wants to beat Kawada’s defense record.

Jake battered Kento with kicks and knee strikes, where Kento fought from underneath and had to look for openings. In a shocking moment, Jake kicked out of the first Shutdown Suplex Hold, which I can’t remember the last person to do that. Returning the favor, Kento kicked out of Jake’s High Angle Backdrop Driver.

So both men building the tension, the aggression and kicking out of each other’s finishers just added to epicness of the match. Find this, watch it. It’s one of the best matches of the entire year.

Winner: Miyahara via Shutdown Suplex Hold

Rating: ***** 1/4

 

Thoughts:

With how I went on about the All Japan match, what do you think I’m picking? That was great story telling. Also, funnily enough, the Raising an Army series has had the two best Triple Crown matches of the last few years.

The other stuff on the list is still very solid, but the Triple Crown title match is on another level.


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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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Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

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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