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Mathew’s Top 25 Matches of 2019: #10-6

We’ve reached Mathew’s Top 10! How different has his list been from yours?

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and it’s now time to get back to the grind with the continuation for our countdown!

The previous five were difficult, so it’s going to be even more difficult from here on out but we gotta keep going. Who will be the next five? Let’s find out.

For those that are new to the list and wanna see the previous matches.
#25-21
#20-16
#15-11

10. Momo Watanabe vs. Jungle Kyona (Stardom World in Nagoya 3/3/2019)

– Jungle recently lost her chance at winning the red belt against Kagetsu over a month ago as she now tries to go for the white belt against Momo Watanabe. Jungle has been impressing people this year with her quality in matches and this may be one of her best matches in her career and shows that she could be a top girl if they ever wanna pull the trigger in doing so. Momo was on her way to make history by breaking Io Shirai’s record with most title defenses during this reign and was able to do so.

Momo is another one who has had an impressive year with her rise to the top after defeating Io Shirai last year to win the belt. She’s not the champion now and is in a cool down stage, which is a good thing because you don’t wanna overexpose her. Both of these women have a bright future if Bushiroad wants to use them going forward and this match should be a good example of what they’re made of. My favorite Stardom match this year and go give it a watch, it’s worth your time.

9. Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura (AJPW Summer Explosion Series 9/3/2019)

– Of course, Kento was going to be on the list as he’s someone that never disappoints in his matches and he kicked it up a notch this year. Naoya is another one who was able to step up his game and did show that he is a future Triple Crown Champion and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens in 2020. Kento’s goal during this run is to break the record of most successful defenses in one reign and he is currently close with that goal with only three more to go to break it or two more to tie it. They had two Triple Crown Championship matches this year and while both were excellent, this one was the better match.

This match would also give me the illusion that Naoya could ruin Kento’s goal and those last few minutes of the match were intense. Kento was able to win but he got lucky and it shows that guys like Naoya and Jake Lee are worthy of being in the same rank as him. Kento’s reign has been an interesting one but his matches with the future talent are the ones that need more attention to see how bright All Japan’s future is. If you wanna see for yourself, I encourage you to do so with this match.

8. Sareee vs. Meiko Satomura (Sendai Girls 4/16/2019)

– Sendai Girls always delivers when it comes to their big matches and last year, we had Io Shirai and Meiko Satomura on this list in the top ten and this match was able to get in for the top ten as well! Sareee to me is the Joshi wrestler of 2019 as she’s had so many great matches and this one was her best against the legend herself.

You wanna know the best part about this match? Meiko lost the match cleanly. Meiko doesn’t always lose matches cleanly these days unless it’s to put over someone and this would put Sareee over big time. Sareee was even able to defeat their ace, Chihiro Hashimoto over a month later to win the Sendai Girls World Championship on top of that. This match was needed to give her that extra boost and you can see that it’s done wonders for her as even WWE wants to sign her. What will the future hold for Sareee? Only time will tell and until then, she has more to do in Japan.

7. Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi (Battle of the Super Juniors 6/5/2019)

– Will has had a hell of a year, hasn’t he? Worked the New Japan Cup, Battle of the Super Juniors, Super J Cup, Junior Tag League, and the G1 Climax on top of all that and to a lot of people, he’s wrestler of the year. Another person does deserve credit and has made his mark ever since he came to New Japan and that man is Shingo Takagi. For people that have known him since his Dragon Gate years, it felt criminal when he was considered a junior heavyweight but he was able to make the most of it as he was dominating the scene and was even undefeated until this match happened. The match had a lot of hype once they won their respective blocks and these two stars would deliver in the match and then some.

Each sequence they’ve done was crisp, the impact of their moves was brutal, and the storytelling of this match did pay off. While some do say Will was the MVP of New Japan this year but I gotta give it to Shingo during his transition from junior heavyweight to regular heavyweight during the year. Will winning was huge though since it seemed like he would be the only one to end his winning streak due to the champion failing to do so during the tournament, and you needed a big name in that division to do it and it happened to be Will. My favorite junior heavyweight match this year and I can’t blame anyone that has it as their match of the year since it truly is a great match.

6. Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes (AEW Double or Nothing 5/25/2019)

– This was the match that did make me believe AEW was going to turn out fine in the long run if they kept producing matches like this, but their weekly show would sadly not live up to the hype that I’ve imagined it to be. I fully didn’t expect too much after their encounter in WWE but then again, they were held back, especially with the gimmicks they had along with the feud to go with it. Because of that, I wasn’t 100 percent behind the match once it was announced but was curious to see how much different it could’ve been without WWE and thankfully, I was wrong with my expectations.

The hype before the match was just enough to have people interested, they were able to tell a story in the ring with psychology in the mix and that’s a rare thing in the American wrestling scene these days. It had emotion, it had chemistry, and both men were able to do it the way it made sense which was again, telling a story. They’re storytellers like their father and were able to make magic in this match because of it. After the match was over, they shared a beautiful moment in the ring that it was the perfect payoff between these two men and if they never fight in a singles match again, I’m fine with just this match. The best match in their careers and something to be proud of, even if the promotion as a whole was unable to match this match.

That concludes the next set of five matches and we have done it. We have gone through twenty matches and are now on our final five. For some, it should be obvious but maybe not at the same time. I’m excited and conflicted at the same time.

What are my top five matches? Well, you’re gonna have to find out tomorrow.


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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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