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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 12/1/2019

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A few holiday themed episodes, but nothing really huge this week. What made the Top 5 matches?

This week is the last week for the November match pool, and next week will be the second chance vote where we’ll see 5 matches that missed the cut during the year, and they get a chance to represent December.

With all that said, NXT: The Revival vs The Undisputed Era, won the vote last week.

Which one of these matches will join the November grouping? Vote away!

 

5. NXT: Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush (c) vs Akira Tozawa

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Tozawa writhes but Lio barely stirs as the count passes 5. Then 7, 8, and both men burst in at 9! Fans cheer and Tozawa feeds off the energy. “AH! AH!” echoes out as Tozawa stands. Lio is up next, but Tozawa has the waistlock. Lio blocks and victory rolls, TWO! Mule kick, falling Pele! Tozawa’s mouth guard came out, but he’s down. Lio rebuonds but his Come Up misses just for having no target. Tozawa stands but Lio kicks from all sides! Lio lights Tozawa up, then ROCKS him with a right forearm! Tozawa stays standing, but Lio underhooks. Tozawa powers out, Come Up into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Tozawa dead lifts for another German! Cover, TWO!! Lio still lives but Toawa puts him in the drop zone! Tozawa climbs, leaps, TOKYO TOWER onto knees! Lio is up top now, FINAL HOUR! The splash hits Tozawa on the back!

Lio climbs up again from the other corner! Lio leaps, another FINAL HOUR! Cover, Lio wins!!

Winner: Rush via Final Hour

Rating: *** 1/2

 

4. AEW Dynamite: PAC vs Kenny Omega

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Omega fireman’s carries, “You Can’t Escape!” But Pac does escape to shove Omega to a corner. Omega hits back with an elbow but walks into a boot! Pac runs into a boot, but then SUPERKICKS back! Omega wobbles again, Pac runs, but Omega boots to V-TRIGGER! Omega runs, Pac follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Omega stirs as fans rally up behind him. Pac stalks him to a corner to put him on the top rope. Pac climbs up, brings Omega all the way up, SUPER FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives! Pac is furious, but he drags Omega into the drop zone. Pac climbs up again as fans say “This is Awesome!” Pac aims, BLACK ARROW FLOPS! Omega got clear, and now he comes back with a V-TRIGGER! Electric Chair, the fold, but Pac slips out. Omega wrenches out, crucifix pin, TWO! But Omega keeps with it and rolls Pac back down, hooking a leg! Omega wins!!

Winner: Omega via Cradle

Rating: *** 1/2

 

3. WWE Raw: #1 Contender for US Title: Ricochet vs Drew McIntyre vs Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Orton can’t believe the mark McIntyre left on him. McIntyre HEADBUTTS! The Glasgow Kiss takes Orton down, but Ricochet LEAPS in with a lariat! Standing shooting star! Ricochet triangle dropkicks Mysterio! Ricochet has McIntyre, he hops up, but McIntyre has him in the Electric Chair, blocks the Poison-rana into the INVERTED ALABAMA- NO! Victory roll! TWO!! McIntyre LARIATS Ricochet! Dead lift POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans are rallying as McIntyre takes aim at Ricochet. Ricochet rises, but Orton RKO’s McIntyre! Cover, but The OC drag Orton out! No Disqualifications allows them to throw Orton into barriers! Ricochet and Mysterio are back up, Mysterio springboards to huricanrana, but gets blocked! To Ricochet’s fireman’s carry. Mysterio slips out, moonsaults, cradle! Mysterio wins!!

Winner: Mysterio via Cradle

Rating: *** 1/2

 

Honorable Mentions:

NXT: Dominik Dijakovic & Keith Lee vs Undisputed Era (O’Reilly & Strong)
Winner: UE via High Low
Rating: *** 1/4
Pro Wrestling NOAH Starting Over Day 5: GHC National Championship: Takashi Sugiura (c) vs Shuhei Taniguchi
Winner: Sugiura via Olympic Slam
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Rey Mysterio
Winner: Mysterio via Frog Splash
Rating: *** 1/4
NOAH Starting Over Day 5: HAYATA & YO-HEY vs Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa
Winner: Ridgeway via Straitjacket Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
IPWF: IPWF International TV Championship Loser Leaves Town Match: Downtown Daddy Brown (Willie Mack) vs Julian Cumberbun (Ethan Page) (c) w/ Sonny Sanders (Sami Callihan)
Winner: Downtown via Roll-Up
Rating: ***
NXT: Tommaso Ciampa vs Finn Balor
Winner: Balor via Bloody Sunday
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Asuka vs Charlotte Flair
Winner: Asuka via Green Mist Roll-Up
Rating: ***
WWE SmackDown: Robert Roode vs Roman Reigns
Winner: Reigns via Spear
Rating: ***
NXT: Candice LeRae vs Dakota Kai
Winner: LeRae via DQ
Rating: ***
IPWF: Tim Burr (Josh Alexander), Jim Nasium (Dezmond Xavier), Bill Ding (Trey Miguel) & Ray Strack (Zachary Wentz) vs The Rough Riders (Tessa Blanchard, Jordynne Grace, Havok & Alexia Nicole)
Winner: Blanche via Hammerlock DDT
Rating: ***
AEW Dynamite: AEW Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Scorpio Sky
Winner: Jericho via Walls of Jericho
Rating: ***
MLW Fusion Thanksgiving Special: MLW Heavyweight Championship: Jacob Fatu (c) vs Ross Von Erich
Winner: Fatu via Merosault
Rating: ***

 

2. NOAH Starting Over Day 5: GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge) vs RATEL’S (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke) (c)

From Hisame’s Newsletter 59:
The GHC Junior Tag titles were defended next, and this was a real heart-in-your-mouth watch through your fingers match, which managed to completely eclipse anything the heavyweights did on the card that evening. The two teams bought everything to the table, the match ebbed and flowed with force swinging between the two teams as it reached its crescendo towards the end as no one was going to give up, but in the end it was Tadasuke with a mixture of both showboating to the crowd and exhaustion who lost RATELS the tag titles after twenty minutes one second, when he made a grave error earlier in the match when he should have pinned Kotoge, but carried away he was playing up to the crowd, and so allowed Kotoge to recover. Had it not been for that one moment, RATELS could have kept the belts, but instead Kotoge got the win with the Killswitch.

Wiinner: Stinger via Tiger Driver + Killswitch

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. Stardom Goddesses of Stars Day 2: Goddesses Tag Championship: Jungle Kyona & Konami (c) vs Tan Nakano & Arisa Hoshiki

So we have the tag tournament winners of Hoshiki and Nakano, against the very embarrassed and irritated champions. Feeling as though they have something to prove since they performed much worse than they would’ve like in the tag tournament, Konami  and Kyona wanted this match as soon as possible. Can the best frenemies of Hoshiki and Nakano take the Goddesses belts off the fuming Tokyo Cyber Squad duo?

This match was fantastically aggressive, peppered with each woman’s unique personality. Tandem moves where each team was able to chide at the other, great kicks from Tam and Arisa, power from Kyona and a few different submissions from Konami. Everything about this match was hard hitting and fun at the same time.

Tam and Arisa had a few good moments where they could’ve won. Tandem dives to the outside, Idol Knee and Springboard Kick, had the champions look primed and ready for an upset, but they held on. Tam was never quite able to get the Tiger Suplex Hold to stick, and enough meddling from Kyona gave Konami the opening to submit Tam, right when it looked like the challengers were going to pull it off.

Scary to think that Tam has only been wrestling for 3 years and she went from one of the actual worst, to now she’s tremendous Can’t wait until she gets a proper run with a singles title.

Winner: Konami via Triangle Lancer

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Thoughts:

Given that this is the last official week of Top 5 matches before we wind down for the Match of the Year votes, this ended pretty strong for many companies.

My vote will go to the Stardom tag match, Tokyo Cyber Squad vs DreamShine, purely for my Tam Nakano bias. Even though she didn’t win, and even ate the pinfall, this has been a great year for her establishing herself. As long as she stays healthy, Tam is on the short list for Bushiroad to focus on, and if 2020 is the year of Tam…I’m all aboard for that.


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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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