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The Weekly Brainbuster: WWE 2019 Year In Review

Matt brings us The Brainbuster breakdown of 2019!

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Welcome to the first ever Chairshot Brainbuster: WWE Year In Review! Here we will discuss all the happenings from January to December, stats, facts, streaks, trends, analysis, and everything else!

There will be no Brainbuster: Power Rankings this week!

Without further adieu, an opportunity to write about wrestling wouldn’t be possible without the groundbreaking, memorable, legendary founding fathers who paved the way so many years ago, so my first fact will be a run down of some notable names we have lost this year. Thank you for all the dedication, for the blood, sweat, and tears. Thank you!

1) In Memorium: Harley Race, King Kong Bundy, Mean Gene Okerlund, Pedro Morales, and many others. Let the bell toll for these men who came before us and left us all too soon.

2) Debuting on the main roster on February 18th, six weeks after the start of the year, Ricochet paces the roster with 66 total televised matches, counting NXT, main roster, and no contests; winning the Workman Wrestler of the Year.

3) Seth Rollins was second with 54, counting four no contests.

4) Bayley wrestled the most matches of any woman with 48.

5) Becky Lynch was second, with 41.

6) Ricochet had the most televised wins, with 42.

7) Bayley had the most televised wins of any woman with 32

8) The Viking Raiders had the best winning percentage with at least 10 matches, winning 82%

9) Becky Lynch had the most wins on PPV, with 9 wins, including the main event of WrestleMania

10) Seth Rollins had the second most wins on PPV, with 8, including a tag team match with Becky Lynch at Stomping Grounds.

11) Jinder Mahal had the lowest winning percentage overall, winning only 1 match (8%)out of 13

12) In one of the most joked about stats of the year, of the 664 matches on WWE television which finished with a pinfall, they finished with a roll up or an inside cradle 83 times (12%).

13) 94 matches, only 11 more, finished with a submission.

14) There was only one battle royal in 2019 which did not happen at Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, or in Saudi Arabia

15) Seth Rollins won that match on RAW on July 15th, 2019

16) There was only one Ladder match in 2019 which did not happen at TLC or Money in the Bank

17) Kevin Owens won that match on SmackDown on October 4th, 2019

18) There were only two Steel Cage matches in 2019, both on PPV

19) There were 57 DQ, 6 countout, and 24 no contest finishes in 2019.

20) There were two gauntlet matches on SmackDown that went over 1 hour of television time. One other gauntlet on RAW went 51 minutes. Three other gauntlets went 30+ minutes (One on RAW, one on SmackDown, one at Crown Jewel)

21) The longest non-Gauntlet or Royal Rumble match was a 37 minute elimination ten man tag on “205 Live” on August 20th, 2019. The final two were Humberto Carrillo and Angel Garza

22) The next longest non-Gauntlet, Royal Rumble, or Elimination Chamber match was the elimination 15 man RAW vs SD vs NXT mens match at Survivor Series which went 29 minutes and 25 seconds

23) Only ten matches in 2019 went over 30 minutes

24) Four of the top 25 longest matches of the year happened at WrestleMania.

25) Royal Rumble (3), TLC (2), Survivor Series (2), and Elimination Chamber (2) totaled 9 others of the top 25 longest matches

26) There were 360 matches on RAW, 220 matches on SmackDown, 123 matches on “PPV”

27) The average PPV match was 13 minutes and 57 seconds

28) The average RAW match was 7 minutes and 50 seconds

29) The average SmackDown match was 8 minutes and 57 seconds

30) Only one match on Main Event went over 7 minutes, an 11 minute tag match between The Revival vs Ryder/Breeze on January 4th, 2019. I see they tried competing with Wrestle Kingdom

31) The state of California had the most televised matches with 59. New York was next with 56

32) Six different states only had 4 televised matches (one show) aired from their state. Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and South Dakota

33) Chicago had the most televised matches, with 32!

34) New York City was second with 29

35) The WWE Cruisweight Championship was defended 17 times, changing 4 times

36) The WWE Intercontinental Championship was defended 13 times, changing 5 times.

37) The RAW Tag Team Championships were defended 19 times, changing 7 times

38) The RAW Women’s Championship was defended 12 times, changing 1 time

39) The SmackDown Tag Team Championships were defended 13 times, changing 7 times

40) The SmackDown Women’s Championship was defended 14 times, changing 6 times

41) The WWE Universal Championship was defended 14 times, changing 4 times

42) The United Championship was defended 20 times (on television), changing 7 times (on television)

43) Andrade would win the US Championship at an untelevised house show at Madison Square Garden on December 26th

44) The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships were defended 14 times, debuting February 17th, 2019, and changed 5 times in 10 months

45) The WWE Championship was defended 18 times, changing 2 times.

46) Kofi Kingston had more successful championships defenses than any other champion in 2019, with 11 WWE title defenses.

47) Kofi also has successfully defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championships twice during his current reign, giving him 13 total

48) Kofi Kingston has held a championship 232/365 days in 2019

49) The NXT Championship was defended 10 times, changing 2 times

50) The NXT North American Championship was defended 8 times, changing 3 times

51) The NXT Tag Team Championships were defended 9 times, changing 4 times

52) The NXT Women’s Championship was defended 8 times, changing 1 time

53) The NXT UK Championship was defended 5 times, changing 1 time

54) The NXT UK Women’s Championship was defended 6 times, changing 2 times

55) The NXT UK Tag Team Championships were defended 6 times, debuting January 12th, 2019, changing 3 times

56) The WWE 24/7 Championship changed 78 times, debuting May 20th, 2019

57) R-Truth won the 24/7 Championship 29 times

58) R-Truth’s version of “Old Town Road” is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the memories R-Truth! Now that’s what’s up!

59) Seth Rollins was in 26 main events, winning 13 of them

60) Kofi Kingston was in 20 main events, winning 10 of them

61) Cesaro had the most televised losses with 30, he was pinned 22 times

62) Drew McIntyre was second with 27 losses. He was pinned only 6 times.

63) On December 27th, 2019, Daniel Bryan won a match with the Labell Lock/Yes Lock for the first time all year, after 24 failed attempts to win a match with it

64) In 2019 on RAW, SDL, and PPV/Network shows, there were 1,269 finishing moves attempted. 91 were missed, 234 were countered (25% fail rate), 28 submission finishers were broken up by a rope break (2%), 230 resulted in no pin attempt after the attempt (18%), 142 were kicked out of (11%), and 540 (43%) resulted in a pinfall or submission victory.

65) AJ Styles attempted 59 finishers, winning 18 matches with either the Calf Crusher (3), Phenomenal Forearm (10), or Styles Clash (5)

66) Seth Rollins attempted The Curb Stomp 67 times, winning 18 matches. The Fiend Bray Wyatt absorbed the move 20 times across two matches combined, 18 no pin attempts and 2 kickouts

67) Karl Anderson is the only person to kickout of the Viking Warriors Thor’s Hammer, and he did it twice

68) Karl Anderson is the only person to kick out of Braun Strowman’s Running Powerslam

69) Karl Anderson is the only person to kick out of Ricochet’s Recoil

70) Rey Mysterio is the only person to kick out of Andrade’s Hammerlock DDT in the United States, and he did it twice

71) No one has kicked out of Aleister Black’s Black Mass in 20 attempts. 2 missed, 4 no pin attempts. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Scott Dawson fell victim twice each.

72) Baron Corbin won 3 matches with the Deep Six, his “set up”. It was kicked out of 17 times

73) Brock Lesnar won more matches with the Kimura on PPV (2) than the F5 (1).

74) The F5 was attempted 6 times on PPV, countered 3 times and kicked out of 2 times

75) Charlotte Flair won 3 matches with the Natural Selection and only 8 matches with the Figure Eight. She attempted a finisher 40 times

76) From January 7th to April 7th, Finn Balor’s Coup de Grace was attempted 11 times and never missed, and won 8 times

77) From April 8th to August 11th, the Coup de Grace was attempted 9 times, reversed or missed 5 times, and won 3 times

78) Humberto Carrillo has attempted 12 Moonsaults since October 21st, he’s missed 5 of them

79) On December 23rd, Kevin Owens won his match of the year with the Pop Up Powerbomb, in 15 attempts since his return on February 26th

80) Kofi Kingston attempted Trouble in Paradise 58 times, winning 26 matches with it

81) Sami Zayn was pinned by the Trouble in Paradise 5 times, more than anyone else

82) Randy Orton attempted the RKO 6 times at WrestleMania, the most of any single finishing move in one match not involving Seth Rollins. It was countered 4 times, no pinfall once, and kicked out of once in the match

83) Triple H’s Pedigree was kicked out of twice combined, once by Batista, once by Randy Orton

84) Across five NXT Takeover (Not counting UK) events, there were 85 finishers attempted. 4 were missed (5), 23 were countered (27%), 1 submission finisher resulted in a rope break (1%), 11 finishers resulted in no pin attempt (13%), 27 were kicked out of (32%), 17 resulted in pinfall or submission victories (20%).

85) There is a kickout after a finisher is connected 3x more (32 to 11%) on NXT than on the main roster

86) ADAM COLE BAY BAY attempted 16 finishers across three Takeovers, 20% of all attempted finishers on all Takeovers

87) Adam Cole attempted the Last Shot 8 times, missing 3 times, 3 kick outs, and 2 victories. He also attempted it 3 times on main roster shows, with 1 kickout and 2 victories.

88) Johnny Gargano won three falls on Takeover with the Gargano-Escape, but only one ended a match

89) Pete Dunne attempted Bitter End at three different Takeovers, failing to win any of the matches with the move

90) Shayna Baszler attempted the Kirifuda Clutch 11 times, it was countered 8 times


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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