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Cook: Otis Should Be Mr. Money In The Bank

Otis is headed to the most unique WWE Money In The Bank Ladder Match ever–can he win it? Steve Cook thinks he can…and he should!

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Otis is headed to the most unique WWE Money In The Bank Ladder Match ever–can he win it? Steve Cook thinks he can…and he should!

The stage has been set for the most unique Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match of all time. The circumstances are like nothing we’ve ever seen before. You’ve got a one-of-a-kind setting in WWE Headquarters, with six men poised to fight their way from the ground floor to the top.

And six women will be doing the same thing at the same time, just to complicate things further.

The lineup of talent is impressive. You could make an argument for any of them to win.

AJ Styles & Rey Mysterio are two legendary competitors that are missing a Money In The Bank win from their resume. Rey especially wants one because he hasn’t forgotten the time Kane cashed in on him at the event. Now he has a chance to right that wrong years later, and he knows he doesn’t have too many chances left.

Styles is coming off a big loss to Undertaker in the Boneyard. He got the last slot into the match though, so momentum is on his side. A cagey veteran like Styles would be dangerous with the briefcase at his disposal. He’s also competed in more different types of matches than anybody else here. Years in TNA ensured that.

Daniel Bryan, like Styles & Mysterio, has years of experience and credibility behind him. He’s also won the match before. The man that’s spent much of his life fighting against the machine climbing the corporate ladder to victory would have multiple meanings to it.

King Corbin has also won the MITB Ladder Match before. The less said about his cash-in attempt on Jinder Mahal, the better. People will get mad about it, but there’s no doubt that Corbin is a future WWE or Universal Champion. He wins too many things, and we can argue about what kind of heat he gets, but the guy gets heat. Is now the time? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

Aleister Black is a man that people have predicted big things for since he arrived in WWE. He’s got that dark look & persona that WWE fans & officials love. Unlike the other men listed so far, Black doesn’t have a laundry list of main roster accomplishments. This would serve as a springboard to something more.

And then you have Otis.

Otis didn’t spend years and years busting it in the indies to get noticed. Hisn’t a guy like Aleister Black that came up from NXT with a ton of buzz. He was (still is, in fact) a tag team guy. One-half of Heavy Machinery, a team that hasn’t been taken very seriously as a threat to championships. Let’s just say they’re known more for steaks & weights than anything else.

You’d see them pop up here & there in backstage segments for laughs, but their 2019 wasn’t much to speak of from an in-ring perspective. They were bit players looking for a chance. While serving in that role, it became obvious that Otis was the standout of the team, at least from a personality perspective. No disrespect to Tucker, but Otis’s personality stands out anywhere. You don’t see people with Otis’s appearance, vocal chords or general demeanor very often, if at all.

Don’t get me wrong, Otis is a legit beast. Dude can lift weights & grapple with the best of them. He’s got amateur wrestling credibility. He looks like a dude that can kick your ass, and he most certainly would. At the same time, he doesn’t really have that look that WWE favors for its champions. He doesn’t have a scuplted physique. The weight is there, but the height isn’t. Not to mention the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a WWE Champion rock the cut-off t-shirt before. Maybe Shawn Michaels back in the 90s?

Shawn’s #1 Fan back then might be Otis’s #1 Fan now.

There was a report that came out this week that Vince McMahon is heavily behind Otis, and that doesn’t surprise me one bit. Vince has always loved hillbillies and other comedy characters. Doesn’t mean he’ll feature them in main events, but the guy likes to laugh and he thinks people that sound different are funny. I imagine the whole reason Heavy Machinery got called up to begin with was that Vince watched an NXT episode, caught one of their promos and thought it was funny. He probably also noticed that they were pretty large by human standards, which always helps.

From everything I’ve ever heard, Otis in real life is just like Otis on television. The man isn’t playing a part, he’s simply turning up the volume. When that’s the case, it’s a lot easier. He got over with people by doing that, and worked his way into a romance storyline with Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville & Dolph Ziggler that got over pretty well. The classic love story of the not-so-attractive guy with feelings for a girl in combat with the attractive guy who should probably get the girl based off how America works.

It’s not surprising that the angle worked. Got Otis over like a million bucks. Now is the time to make the next step. He’s got another big WWE Network match coming up this weekend. If he wins it, he gets a briefcase that entitles him to a title shot. He’s already teased using it for a tag team title shot, which shows he’s not quite sure how it works, but that’s fine.

I’ve always said that during times when people aren’t watching wrestling as much, promotions should experiment. They should try things they wouldn’t usually do. Obviously, what they would usually do isn’t working.

Why not try something different?

AJ Styles wouldn’t be different. Rey Mysterio wouldn’t be different. Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be different. King Corbin wouldn’t be different. Aleister Black would be kind of different, but can you imagine that guy carrying a briefcase for months on end?

You could imagine Otis carrying a briefcase. He’d probably put some sandwiches in it, but that’s part of his charm. He’s also completely unpredictable. Most MITB winners would strategize for when a champion is down & out. Otis? He doesn’t seem like that kind of guy. He’d probably go a different route with it, which is what the briefcase gimmick needs.

Otis needs to win this match. For heaven’s sake, his girl Mandy just lost her first match against Sonya Deville. We need to keep this couple credible, so they need to get some big wins. Sunday would be a big step in that direction.

PUT OTIS OVER, YOU COWARDS.


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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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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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