Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Tunney’s Takes. My name is PC Tunney(@PCTunney). After one of the biggest weeks in pro wrestling history I have but one complaint… DAMN YOU VINCE!!! Please allow me to properly construe my frustration. Over the last year I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do The Chairshot Staff Picks. My appreciation runs deep for all the writers and podcasters for their predictions and to all of our content consumers for reading. Now the part where VKM comes in. The moving of SmackDown from Tuesday to Friday makes it darn near impossible to collect and produce a large amount of predictions. This isn’t even counting the fact that we only have four matches announced for the show as I write this Sunday morning. I refuse to let any of this affect our readers who I know long for my monthly takes(LOL, fyi I don’t really take myself that serious). I highly doubt there are only four matches on this card when it is all said and done, but wouldn’t that be great. Think about it, each match becomes that much more significant. The main roster’s only drawback for me has been oversaturation. Let this upcoming draft truly provide us with two rosters. Bye bye wild card rule. No more PPV cards with a dozen matches. Not every title needs to be defended every month. I could go on for a while but to Hell with that, or should I say with that, on to HELL IN A CELL!
WWE HELL IN A CELL – GOLDEN 1 CENTER, Sacramento, CA
Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan v Rowan & Harper
The storyline that has unfolded between the four of these superstars over the past several weeks has been significant, surprising and has sustained itself quite nicely. The mere presence of Roman makes any storyline significant. Rowan acting alone attacking Roman and the reappearance of Harper easily fall into the surprising category. Now here is where Daniel Bryan comes in. The great bearded one’s ability to sustain. Daniel Bryan lends credibility to anything he does in pro wrestling. His passion whether he is face or heel comes through naturally and with loads of believability. Not only does DB make you believe in his character’s commitment to his own beliefs, but in the ring he is one of the greatest storytellers that has ever entered the squared circle. What I like most going into this match is that I am honestly 50/50 on whether Daniel will turn on Roman. So, my prediction here will be what I WANT to see. I want to see Rowan and Harper made to look like a million bucks!!! Two giants with endless in ring potential. Two giants with a legitimate past together. Two giants that are just showing the beginnings of what their characters can be. My pick is Rowan & Harper.
BAYLEY(c) v Charlotte Flair
As we delve into the two women’s championship matches you can’t help but factor in the implications of the upcoming superstar draft. I am in the boat with the rest of those that believe Charlotte and Becky both end up on SmackDown on FOX. To me the math is simple. Charlotte and Becky… Charlotte is a better champion… Becky is a better chaser. Charlotte Flair is THE BEST WRESTLER IN THE WORLD. Why wouldn’t FOX and the WWE want her as champ while they once again navigate the waters of primetime network television? My pick is Charlotte Flair.
BECKY LYNCH(c) v SASHA BANKS
If Becky is to be chasing Charlotte on SmackDown, then that gives us The Boss firmly in charge of the women’s division on RAW. Sasha Banks is the most talented women’s wrestler in the world, not named Charlotte Flair. I would like to see Banks get completely away from all three, Charlotte Becky and Bayley. Plenty of other dance partners that I would rather see her with… Lacey Evans, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross and don’t forget about Nia Jax down the road at some point. As far as this actual Hell In A Cell match goes, from bell to bell there is no reason this couldn’t be match of the night. Not only are these two capable of putting together a smooth and seamless match, but that in ring storytelling I like to talk about should be on full display. Throw in some well thought out Cell spots and you got a five snowflake match(shout out to Andrew Snowflake Balls Balaz). My pick is Sasha Banks.
SETH ROLLINS(c) v THE FIEND BRAY WYATT
Now don’t be scared. I’m not talking about The Fiend either. Come with me on a short journey into my mind. I said don’t be scared. Just take my hand, it will be ok. FOX. That’s right, FOX. In my mind I have WWE loading up on FOX. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles and Seth Rollins(I see Brock and Cain on FOX as well). I see all six of these TOP talents landing on Friday nights. Not only is it a great way to bolster up for network television, but it allows more time for the upper mid-carders that deserve a shot to prove their worth on RAW. Shorter show, bigger talent, quicker storylines. Longer show, more talent, more in-depth storylines. Now don’t get it twisted, it would be great to hear the IWC go bonkers again, this time over why they thought The Fiend ‘needed’ to win the belt here. Any way you look at this match it needs to come off as something different and almost mystical. The Fiend character should be the one to fill a large part of the whole moving forward that is left from an almost retired Undertaker. My pick is The Fiend Bray Wyatt.
Thanks once again to all of our content consumers!!! Be sure to tune into POD is WAR and @podcastDWI weekly right here on THECHAIRSHOT.com and visit prowrestlingtees.com/THECHAIRSHOT to get your very own Chairshot t-shirts. Enjoy HELL IN A CELL!
AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21
AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?
As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.
Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!
#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time
There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…
THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!
I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.
#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic
Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.
People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.
I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.
#3- Overuse of Certain Moves
This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…
Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.
If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.
How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.
That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!
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?
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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