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Tiffany’s AEW Dynamite Takes: Light the Fuse

After months of building and speculation, the premiere episode of All Elite Wrestling Wednesday Night Dynamite is HERE!

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After months of building and speculation, the premiere episode of All Elite Wrestling Wednesday Night Dynamite is HERE!

Were the Elites able to pull of a blockbuster episode in the first week of the Wednesday Night War?

Opening

I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get an opening video. Tony Schiavone and JR are very awkward, guess the rumors of heat are somewhat true. JR seems to be having trouble talking, which is a little concerning.

Cody Rhodes vs Sammy Guevara

So, Cody vs Sammy Guevara was the first wrestling match on TNT since March 26, 2001, when Ric Flair took on Sting for the last time in WCW. No pressure.

Oh good, Cody got his roots done. No Pharoah, but Brandi looks lovely!  Cody was SO over, Sammy Guevara, not so much. I still don’t get the headgear, but whatever, dude. Also, Aubrey Edwards makes history again, she’s refereeing the very first match of AEW Dynamite.

This match was as good as I’d hoped it would be. Guevara is SO talented and he DEFINITELY has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove himself and boy did he. I’m surprised that it took ten minutes for Nitro to get a mention, but you can’t have Dynamite without Nitro Glycerin (yes, I’m going to keep using that joke, get used to it).

I don’t know what it is about Cody, but I have trouble buying him as a babyface. He’s too…cocky. He knows how good he is and that kind of person is a little hard to cheer for sometimes.

Tony Schiavone mentioned that the very first match of WCW Nitro was Jushin Thunder Liger vs Brian Pillman and that was a FABULOUS match, as long as you ignore Eric Bischoff on commentary. I can’t say Cody vs Guevara was THAT good and amazing but it was SOOO good. Cody got the win, but Guevara looked like a STAR.

I’m not surprised that Jericho attacked Cody and I’m glad that he did. We’ve already started the build for Full Gear, not waiting to get past the first show.

Brandon Cutler vs MJF

This was the first match completely built from Being the Elite and Road to TNT and, to be honest, I didn’t have a ton of hope for it. I wanted Cutler to beat the trash out of MJF, but that was it.

The match was better than I’d expected. I knew MJF was a good competitor, but Cutler was a mystery. It was okay, but it was too short and we didn’t get any real retribution for Cutler, which was sad, but this will probably be a long-running feud with Cutler getting his vindication at Full Gear…I hope.

Audience Segment

Jay and Silent Bob! Except Bob’s talking and Jay’s being quiet. Still, I LOVE Kevin Smith movies! Angelico and Evans interrupting was weird, but they’re heels now, so weird goes with it. Oh, and Private Party is here. I want to like them, but I’m not feeling them. It’s too much like Street Profits.

SCU

Another team I’m really wanting to like, but not quite there yet. Gotta admit, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels as Secret Service guys is hilarious. The gimmick is still irritating. I loved the confrontation between SCU and Lucha Brothers.

Hangman Adam Page vs PAC

This is the match that was supposed to happen at Double or Nothing but didn’t for mysterious reasons. JR using PAC’s old WWE nickname was unusual, but I’m not mad. At least PAC embraced his demented elf look.

This was definitely a star maker match. I don’t know what was going on before Double or Nothing, but there seemed to be legit heat here. Page and PAC really pulled out the stops and made each other look amazing. Page would tap out, but both men looked amazing and this feud could go longer and I hope it will.

AEW Women’s Championship Match – Nyla Rose vs Riho

This was the big one. The first AEW Women’s Champion was going to be crowned and it was hometown girl, Nyla Rose vs Riho in a match of David vs Goliath proportions.

If you’ve been following my AEW coverage, you know that I fully believed that Nyla Rose was going to squash Riho and be the inaugural Women’s Champion. However, Riho more than held her own against Rose, who easily had 200lbs+ on her and about half a foot in height.

If there was a match that I was REALLY nervous about, it was this one. Riho has a victory over Rose, but I BELIEVE it was in a Triple Threat match, not a one on one, which put Riho at a disadvantage.

I didn’t realize how well Rose can move, woman hit a senton off the apron! Sure she landed on a bunch of metal chairs, but she hit that move! Also, she sold her ass off for Riho while not looking like a chump. The fans were SO into the match, I don’t recall seeing WWE fans THAT into a women’s match. To be fair, it’s not often that WWE gives the women as much time as Riho and Rose got.

To EVERYONE’s shock, including mine, Riho managed to put Rose away to become the FIRST AEW Women’s Champion! My jaw was on the floor because I was SURE Rose was going to win. I’m not surprised they had Rose turn heel, though her attacking the translator was odd. I do like that Omega came to Riho’s rescue. I know there’s going to be rumors of romantic attachment between Omega and Riho, but it was sweet if nothing else.

Chris Jericho, Ortiz & Santana vs Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks

He’s BACK! Jon Moxley made his return to All Elite Wrestling and primetime TV by beating the living hell out of Kenny Omega during the six man tag match! Mox made Omega pay for every snide comment Omega had made about Mox’s health issue and professionalism, culminating is a spin chilling Paradigm Shift (Elevated Impaler Double Arm DDT/Double Arm DDT) THROUGH A GLASS COFFEE TABLE! Welcome back, Mox, we’ve missed you!

How’d the rest of the match go? Does it matter? It does? Well, the Young Bucks did their best to rally after losing one third of the team and did a damn good job of it, but the former team known as LAX and Jericho had the numbers advantage and the heels won.

What happened after the match was the REALLY interesting part. Ortiz and Santana kept beating up the Bucks, Cody came to the aid of his friends and to get some of Jericho. Then Guevara fully turned heel on Cody, Dustin Rhodes rode to the rescue and then Jake Hager, formerly known as Jack Swagger, came out and it was FULL on chaos! That was an ending to a first show! It looks like it’s Team Jericho vs The Elite, whether or not Moxley is in either camp remains to be seen. What a night!

That’s it for Tiffany’s AEW Dyanmite Takes! Tune in Friday for SmackDown coverage!

 

 


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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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