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Chairshot Weekly Brainbuster: Matt’s Power Ranking 10/25/19

Welcome to the end of our first month here at The Chairshot’s Brainbuster Power Rankings!

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Welcome to the end of our first month here at The Chairshot’s Brainbuster Power Rankings!

We bring to you the first ever scientific approach to wrestling power rankings, and rank the week of 10/17-10/23! We will be comparing (RAW and SDL), NXT (NXT and NXT UK), and AEW. Who had the biggest week?

These rankings are very much based on momentum, as well as strength of opponent, weighing out “power rankings” based on head to head results. The highest differences of the week will be discussed here. Each week Greg DeMarco and I will compare our lists, giving you all two different types of power rankings!

Drew McIntyre +21 [+20 Overall Score]
Drew McIntyre d. Ricochet, 10/21, WWE RAW

I didn’t think it was possible for McIntyre to make this list, but McIntyre hasn’t done much all year, losing a feud to Roman Reigns, being eliminated from the KOTR tournament from Ricochet and actually had a negative score after his return to RAW this week so here we are. Ricochet was tied for 10th place in the WWE overall standings last week, so this was a huge win for McIntyre. McIntyre makes a statement and heats up for a rumored Royal Rumble win in a couple months.

NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus (Wolfgang & Mark Coffey) +18 [+37 Overall Score]
Gallus d. NXT UK Tag Team Champions Andrews/Webster, 10/17, NXT UK

Not the first time an NXT UK talent has appeared here, but this is the first time we’ve seen a championship change hands on NXT UK television, and I do give bonus points for a title change, so Gallus finds themselves on top of the mountain in the tag division, and also on our Power Rankings top list! This victory felt odd though, fresh off Andrews and Webster beating The Young Grizzled Veterans at Takeover Cardiff for the titles, the titles change hands again rather quickly, and without a known Takeover schedule, NXT UK is kind of just doing its own thing quietly. Where does this lead? I’m really not sure. I’m guessing a match against Imperuim.

Joey Janela +18 [-47 Overall Score]
Joey Janela d. Brandon Cutler, 10/22, AEW DARK

This entry was bound to happen as soon as the match happened because neither man had a victory in the company, so the winner was going to gain some big momentum. Remarkably, Janela was even lower than Cutler, so not only did he get his first win, it was mathematically an upset! Janela would go on to lose to Omega on Dynamite on Wednesday, erasing all this momentum gained, but it was enough to catapult Janela into the Top 5 this week! If you haven’t started watching Dark on Tuesdays on Youtube, you really should.

NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong +17 [+18 Overall Score]
Strong d. Lee & Dijakovik, 10/23, NXT

Strong was barely holding on to a positive score when this match was announced after last week, and here he is, defending two men ranked higher than him, and therefor the champion was a underdog, and the win gave him more points than all but two people this week. There was little doubt that Strong was retaining though, heading into his rematch with Velveteen Dream. A victory over Dream will put Strong again on this list, due to Dream having a +122 score, and a 64% chance to win on paper. In fact, a victory by Strong may actually bump him up to #1 overall when and if it happens!

SCU (Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) +17 [+34 Overall Score]
SCU d. The Dark Order, 10/23, AEW Dynamite

The team of Kazarian and Scorpio Sky did it again, advancing to the finals of the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament against The Lucha Bros (currently +47 Overall). An SCU victory there would give them a huge momentum boost! The match against The Dark Order was good, and this leads to SCU vs Luchas, concluding (or continuing) their new feud. The tag team division in AEW is the best tag division in all of a wrestling, absolutely no question about that. Two weeks ago Private Party made my Top 5, and now SCU also finds themselves recognized by the best power rankings article on The Chairshot!

Runners Up:

6) The Young Bucks +16 [+14 Overall Score]
7) Chad Gable +16 [+50 Overall Score]

That wraps up this week, all in all an exciting week for wrestling, but the biggest news super secedes any win or loss, The Real Rock N’ Rolla is back! That’s right, Finn Balor has fulfilled his destiny, and I am super excited about that! We saw three AEW talents emerge on this list this week (counting Runners Up), which shows the company is turning some wheels as we head for Full Gear in a couple weeks. Coming soon on these Power Rankings, NJPW and Stardom! Looking forward to analyzing those promotions!

New Rankings (Men, Women, Tag)

WWE Men:

Kofi Kingston 205 (-)
Universal Champion Seth Rollins 199 (+10)
Roman Reigns 177 (+12)
Braun Strowman 140 (+14)
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar 129 (-)
Buddy Murphy 114 (-)
Aleister Black 110 (+8)
Ricochet 81 (-21)
Corbin 64 (-)
IC Champion Shinsuke Nakamura 53 (-12)

WWE Women:

RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch 189 (-)
Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley 160 (-)
Charlotte 77 (-)
Natalya +3 (-)
Nikki Cross -1 (+13)
Sasha Banks -18 (-)
Lacey Evans -19 (-13)
Mandy Rose -36 (-13)
Sonya Deville -72 (-13)
Carmella -85 (-13)

WWE Tag Team:

RAW Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders 156 (+7)
SDL Tag Team Champions The Revival 50 (-)
Heavy Machinery 23 (-)
Ziggler & Roode 14 (-)
The Street Profits 10 (+10)

NXT Men:

NXT UK Champion WALTER 172 (-)
Tommaso Ciampa 162 (-)
Pete Dunne 129 (-)
Velveteen Dream 122 (-)
Matt Riddle 102 (+15)
NXT Champion Adam Cole 98 (-)
Joe Coffey 94 (-)
Damian Priest 85 (-)
Tyler Bate 84 (-)
Travis Banks 84 (-)

NXT Women:

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler 262 (-)
Toni Storm 129 (-)
Rhea Ripley 105 (+14)
NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray 102 (-)
Jinny 70 (-)
Mia Yim 69 (-)
Piper Niven 64 (-)
Io Shirai 54 (-)
Bianca BelAir 23 (-14)
Tegan Nox 12 (-)

NXT Tag Team

Imperium 47 (+14)
NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era 41 (-)
NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus 37 (+18)
The Forgotten Sons 32 (-)
Young Grizzled Veterans 28 (-)

AEW Men:

AEW Champion Chris Jericho 48 (-)
Cody 45 (-)
PAC 33 (+0)
Jon Moxley 31 (+0)
MJF 16 (-)
Kenny Omega 14 (+15)
Adam Page 13 (-)
Darby Allin 0 (-)
Shawn Spears -30 (-)
Joey Janela -47 (+3)

AEW Women:

AEW Women’s Champion Riho 60 (-)
Britt Baker 17 (+16)
Jamie Hayter -16 (-16)
Nyla Rose -30 (+16)
Leva Bates -33 (-16)

AEW Tag Team:

The Lucha Bros 47 (+15)
SCU (Kazarian/Sky) 34 (+17)
The Dark Order 16 (-17)
Ortiz & Santana 16 (-)
The Young Bucks 14 (+16)


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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