Last week, AEW started on the road to Double or Nothing! So how’s this card shaping up?
Well, Jon Moxley vs Brodie Lee became official a couple of weeks, with Lee sending his goons to attack Moxley after the fabulous match with Frankie Kazarian. After being derided personally and professionally, Mox accepted the challenge. Last week, Mox made a statement, literally and figuratively, by absolutely TRASHING some of the Dark Order goons, and making sure Brodie Lee understood that this wasn’t Dean Ambrose, goofy lunatic fringe, this was Jon Moxley, the Baddest Man in the Land, and disrespect would NOT be tolerated.
This week, Brodie Lee cam out and cut a promo on Mox. Still claiming to be AEW Champion, except for that little part where he didn’t BEAT Mox for it.
Mox’s response? Well, 10 learned the shitty part of being a henchman: Getting the trash knocked out of you by the people your cowardly boss is targeting. Oh, 10 got his licks in, but a pissed off Moxley isn’t someone you should be messing with. Mox drove that point home by Gotch Piledriving 10 before hitting the Paradigm Shift.
However, Mox wasn’t done. Deciding to make 10 an example, Mox gave Lee 10 seconds to return the belt, or he’d break the ‘Special Boy’s’ arm. Lee wasn’t inclined to do that, and left 10 to his fate. Mox destroyed 10’s arm anyway. Make better life choices, kid. Mox, for his part, was utterly unapologetic, stating that every devolves into violence and at the end of Double or Nothing, Lee will have nothing but a three piece suit and goons.
A couple of weeks ago, the growing feud between Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer got personal between their managers. Brandi Rhodes called out Jake Roberts on his habit of intimidation, vowing to fight back. Roberts responded by showing that he didn’t need to touch Brandi to get his point across, thanks to Britt Baker and Penelope Ford, and Brandi found herself on the receiving end of Roberts’ intimidating little friend. Last week, Cody responded by driving his VERY nice truck into the building and getting into a brawl with Archer.
This week, the coaches, Jake Roberts and Arn Anderson, faced off. If you’ve ever watched any kind of ring segment involving tables, you know how this went. Roberts and Anderson just about threw down, but were stopped by the refs. I was a little disappointed, but given the health of both men, it was probably best that things didn’t get physical. Saturday will probably be VERY different.
Nyla Rose made no secret of her contempt for the rest of the Women’s Division , and though none of the other women were impressed with Rose’s comments, no one was willing to step up just yet. Last week, the top four contenders tore the house down in a wild melee that ended with Hikaru Shida as the #1 Contender. Rose responded by not only stealing Shida’s trademark Kendo Stick, but by beating Shida with it.
Not to be outdone, Britt Baker, who had missed a chance to stop the final pinfall because she was busy educating Kris Statlander on why even aliens need to visit the dentist, leading to a one on one match at Double or Nothing.
This week, Shida and Statlander took on Baker and Rose in a tag match, which was SOOO good! Rose got the win, but Shida was the last woman standing after a superplex through a table. Look out on Saturday.
Tag Team Championship
I mentioned a few weeks ago that the division hardest hit by the shutdown was the tag team division due to the Tag Team Champions not being able to defend the titles. Last week, Kenny Omega teamed up with Matt Hardy/Damascus took on Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a wild street fight that ended with Omega being pinned.
Hoping to lock the tag title shot for themselves, and the Inner Circle, Santana and Ortiz took on Omega and Hardy last week. However, Omega and Hardy were able to withstand the assault and win. However, Chris Jericho laid down a challenge to the Elite: Meet them in a Stampede Match, whatever that is, at Double or Nothing. To make the point that he was serious, Jericho then proceed to destroy Vanguard 1, Matt Hardy’s drone, much to Matt’s distress.
We got some clarification on the Stadium Stampede match. It’s going to be a TEN MAN tag match: Inner Circle vs Kenny Omega, Adam Page, Matt Hardy, and the Young Bucks. The ring will be on the 50 Yard Line in the STADIUM and it is Falls Count Anywhere.
Sammy Guevara tried to get some measure of revenge on Matt Hardy for the attempted vehicular homicide that happened during the Street Fight a couple of weeks ago. However, Hardy was able to pull out the win, and that was when all hell broke loose. Hardy went to attack Guevara with a chair, only to be interrupted by the Inner Circle about to finish off Kenny Omega. However, the rest of the Elite rode to the rescue! The Young Bucks and Page are back! Of course, the issues between Page and the Bucks aren’t settled, but there’s at least a truce until the issues with Inner Circle are settled.
Private Party will take on the Best Friends during the Buy In on Saturday in a #1 Contender’s Match for the AEW Tag Titles.
It was announced on Wednesday that AEW would be putting on their first MitB style match at Double or Nothing with the winner getting a title match. As of Wednesday, May 13, our list of entrants were: Darby Allin, Colt Cabana, Orange Cassidy,Rey Fenix, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian, and Luchasaurus. Our final entrant will not be revealed until Double or Nothing.
Orange Cassidy and Rey Fenix…happened. Fenix got the win thanks to an assist from Kip Sabian, in an ATROCIOUS outfit. If you’ve watched anything WWE with ladders, you know that almost everyone involved came out to brawl.
MJF ramped up his growing feud with Jungle Boy, by attacking Jurassic Boy last week. This week, Marko Stunt took on MJF. MJF basically took his time beating Stunt, though I think Stunt should’ve gotten the win just for the fuck of it. However, his crowing was interrupted by the rest of Jurassic Express.
Pac is back, at least in vignette form. The demented elf cut a promo on Orange Cassidy about how Rey Fenix was going to kick his ass. There was also a mask involved. I’m GUESSING, Pac might be the mystery entrant in the ladder match.
It seems Shawn Spears hasn’t forgotten his issues with the Rhodes family, but has decided to try for lower hanging fruit, namely, Dustin Rhodes and a match has been set for Double or Nothing between the two of them.
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?
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!
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!
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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