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Matt’s Weekly Brainbuster: Matt’s Power Rankings 11/8/19

Welcome to the sixth weekly Matt’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! Who topped the list and how do things stand overall?

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Welcome to the sixth weekly Matt’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! Who topped the list and how do things stand overall?

This week, we are discussing the week of 10/31-11/7! We will be comparing WWE (RAW and SDL), NXT (NXTUS, 205 Live, and NXT UK), AEW (Dynamite and DARK), and NJPW! 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. Each week, I will discuss five difference makers in wrestling and, using science, prove why they had the best week in wrestling! Greg DeMarco and I will compare our lists, giving you all two different types of power rankings!

1) The O.C. (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) +51 [-96 Overall Tag Score]
The O.C. wins the “Tag Team World Cup” Gauntlet, WWE Crown Jewel 

This will likely be the single biggest win in any one particular week. I count every win and loss inside a gauntlet for each participant, and by significant underdogs after poor win/loss records this year, winning the two final falls over The New Day and The Viking Warriors gave this team 51 total points! By beating the reigning WWE RAW Tag Team Champions in the last match, I can see them receiving a tag title opportunity, perhaps on RAW before or after Survivor Series. Don’t forget, just like the Viking Warriors, The O.C. are former IWGP and RAW Tag Team Champions, and unlike The Viking Warriors, former World Tag League winners in 2013, and are now the Best Tag Team in the Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorld!

2) Shawn Spears +32 [2 Overall Score]
Shawn Spears d. Brandon Cutler, AEW Dynamite
Shawn Spears d. Mike Nakazawa, AEW DARK

This entry was interesting to me. Only Joey Janela and Shawn Spears have participated in DARK and Dynamite in the same calendar week in the company, and Janela won and lost. Spears won both his matches had a week of perfect1on! Spears was able to gain so many points because he was technically an underdog against veteran Nakazawa who was making his singles debut, with Spears at 0-2. A victory over Brandon Cutler was expected but it allowed Spears to equal his wins to his losses, putting him in immediate contention again. These were big wins for a future top star in this company and in the world.

3) WWE Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt +27 [48 Overall Score] 
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt d. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, WWE Crown Jewel

Ideally, The Fiend’s win was bigger than the other two on this list, but I needed to acknowledge two entries who won multiple matches in the same week above his own. This was only The Fiend’s second official match and second official win, he’s averaging 24 points per win. That will surely begin to regress, but “The Fiend” won his second world championship in a dominating Falls Count Anywhere match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia! You could say, he’s on fire… But don’t say that around Seth Rollins- he may take it seriously. Hopefully this is the end of this rivalry. It was awful. Where does “The Fiend” go from here? We should have found out on Friday but he was unable to make it to Smackdown. I’m predicting a match with Roman Reigns at Survivor Series.

4) Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) +41 [89 Overall Tag Score]
Roppongi 3K d. DOUKI & El Desperado, Road to Power Struggle 10/31
Roppongi 3K d. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori, Road to Power Struggle 11/1
Roppongi 3K d. El Desperado & Yoshinabu Kanemaru, NJPW Power Struggle

This is probably my most favorite week of results so far, just so much to discuss for the first time in almost a month! This is the third time SHO & YOH have won the Super Jr Tag League since debuting in the company in 2017, and in fact have won it every year since debuting as a team. With this win, they’ve positioned themselves for an IWGP Jr Tag Team Championship against El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori at WrestleKingdom 14 on January 4th in the Toyko Dome!

5) NXT Champion Adam Cole +6 [104 Overall Score]
NXT Champion Adam Cole d. Daniel Bryan, WWE Smackdown
Seth Rollins d. NXT Champion Adam Cole by DQ, WWE RAW

Look at this list of talent this week, it’s hard to argue anyone had a more impressive week than the NXT Champion Adam Cole, but you’d have plenty to argue about! After making his official main roster debut (with Royal Rumbles not counting as canon wins or losses), Cole wrestled two great matches in four days, appearing on both RAW and Smackdown, giving indy wrestling fans absolute mental gymnastics over these dream matches. Now, he did split the difference, but he retained his title in both matches and wrestled over 30 minutes in four days, before also appearing on NXT Wednesday night during the main event of that shows melee. Give that man a raise!

Runners Up:

6) Jordan Devlin +17 [90 Overall Score]
7) NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler +6 [268 Overall Score]

That about wraps it up for this week! So much to discuss, this was by far my favorite week of wrestling in quite some time. That episode of NXT last night was arguably the best post to post episode of NXT television ever aired, let alone on USA. So much to discuss this week, Super Jr Tag League, Power Struggle, Crown Jewel, NXT Invasion of RAW and Smackdown, Shayne Baszler approaching Asuka’s WWE +275 record, Finn Balor potentially uniting The Balor Club, Jordan Devlin quietly positioning himself for a shot at the NXT UK Championship, just a loaded exciting week! Still to come, the addition of MLW, and Stardom, and more!

WWE Men:

Seth Rollins 189 (-17)
Roman Reigns 177 (-)
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar 139 (+10)
Buddy Murphy 134 (+11)
Braun Strowman 129 (-11)
Aleister Black 110 (-)
Ricochet 94 (-)
Baron Corbin 64 (-)
IC Champion Shinsuke Nakamura 53 (-)
+US Champion AJ Styles 49 (+15)

OUT: Kofi Kingston (relegated to tag division) 

WWE Women:

RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch 189 (-)
Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley 170 (+10)
Charlotte 77 (-)
Natalya 19 (+16)
Nikki Cross 3 (-10)
Sasha Banks -18 (-)
Lacey Evans -18 (-16)
Mandy Rose -36 (-)
Sonya Deville -72 (-)
Carmella -85 (-)

WWE Tag Team:

RAW Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders 142 (-20)
Ziggler & Roode 41 (+27)
SDL Tag Team Champions The Revival 33 (-17)
Heavy Machinery 23 (+0)
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) 21 (+20)
The Street Profits 10 (-)
The O.C. -93 (+51)

NXT Men:

NXT UK Champion WALTER 172 (-)
Tommaso Ciampa 149 (+7)
Pete Dunne 143 (+14)
Velveteen Dream 122 (-)
NXT Champion Adam Cole 104 (+6)
Matt Riddle 102 (-)
Joe Coffey 94 (-)
Jordan Devlin 90 (+17)
Damian Priest 85 (-)
Tyler Bate 84 (-)

OUT: Travis Banks (Not used)

NXT Women:

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler 268 (+6)
Toni Storm 129 (-)
Rhea Ripley 105 (-)
NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray 102 (-)
Jinny 70 (-)
Mia Yim 69 (-)
Piper Niven 64 (-)
Io Shirai 54 (-)
Bianca BelAir 23 (-)
Tegan Nox 12 (-)

NXT Tag Team

Imperium 47 (-)
NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era 41 (-)
NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus 37 (-)
The Forgotten Sons 32 (-)
Young Grizzled Veterans 28 (-)
Lorcan & Burch 0 (-)

AEW Men:

AEW Champion Chris Jericho 48 (-)
PAC 47 (+14)
Cody 45 (-)
Jon Moxley 31 (-)
MJF 16 (-)
Kenny Omega 14 (-)
Adam Page 13 (-)
Shawn Spears 2 (+32)
Darby Allin 0 (-)
Joey Janela -47 (-)

AEW Women:

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

AEW Tag Team:

The Lucha Bros 47 (-)
SCU (Kazarian/Sky) 34 (-)
Private Party 18 (+17)
Ortiz & Santana 16 (-)
The Young Bucks 14 (-)
The Dark Order -1 (-17)

NJPW Men: 

IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada 314 (-)
Kota Ibushi 207 (-)
IWGP Champion Jay White 198 (+11)
Tetsuya Naito 153 (+10)
IWGP Jr Champion Will Ospreay 149 (+10)
Hiroshi Tanahashi 141 (-)
British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr 116 (-)
IWGP Jr Tag Champion El Phantasmo 93 (-)
Hirooki Goto 70 (-11)
IWGP Jr Tag Team Champion Taiji Ishimori 64 (-)

NJPW Tag Team: 

IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny 301 (-)
EVIL & SANADA 240 (-)
El Desperado & Yoshinabu Desperado 193 (-3)
IWGP Jr Tag Team Champions ELP/Ishimori 116 (+12)
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii 93 (-)
Roppongi 3K 89 (+41)


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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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