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WWE Money In The Bank: Who Deserves It?

Mishal’s biggest question headed into Money In The Bank isn’t who will win, but who deserves it…

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Mishal’s biggest question headed into Money In The Bank isn’t who will win, but who deserves it…

When was the last time a WWE show held as much intrigue, unknowing & genuine potential in the way that this year’s Money in the Bank show does so close to airtime?

Following WrestleMania 36 is no easy task, a card loaded with surprises such as Edge’s first match in almost a decade, two matches being held outside the confines of the arena, Drew McIntyre’s first WrestleMania main event, Goldberg defending the Universal Championship and the fact for the biggest show in all of entertainment originating from a venue with not a single fan present being the biggest aspect of it all. It was an event, while mixed on opinion, delivered unlike any ever seen in entertainment or sport, and where the WWE would go from that point to many was the biggest question most fans had.

And a month later, against all odds, WWE is putting on a show that regardless of how it turns out will be among the most unique in company history.

Not only is Money in the Bank once again airing in front of no live audience like it has been for the last two and a half months but the shows pioneer match, the Money in the Bank ladder match itself will be contested in the corporate heart of WWE, ‘Titan Towers where everything we know about the company originates from currently. This unique twist offers endless potential for what is arguably the most exciting match on the WWE calendar, giving a chance for the future of the business to shine and also handing them an entirely new playground to wreak havoc in, as well as giving us fans something entirely fresh for once.

I’ve said it before but even though it took a global pandemic to get us to this point, WWE is finally testing the waters to freshen up their product.

Since this is a show that usually affects the product quite a bit in regards to its storytelling and booking of championship matches and angles, I felt analyzing each of the two Money in the Bank matches would give us a better idea of who needs the briefcase in their grasp, who doesn’t really need the briefcase in their grasp & who our dark horses are for this year’s events.

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Participants: Aleister Black, Otis, Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles, King Corbin & Daniel Bryan

Who Needs It The Most: Aleister Black

I can’t think of a single star in this year’s field who’s more deserving of the Money in the Bank briefcase. Being called up to the main roster around a year and a half ago it was clear that Aleister Black was destined for the bigger picture in WWE, the same way he was presented during his days over on the NXT brand as their representing champion & his feud with The Undisputed Era. Since his brief run as a tag team with Ricochet, Black has had a solid run under both the RAW & SmackDown brands, they’ve sadly lacked both purpose or significant impact due to an overly crowded field of superstars for the company to juggle.

More than anything, having Black emerge with a shot at one of the company’s major championships would be a solid opportunity to make up for some of their past booking blunders with other NXT talents such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe or Finn Balor when they’ve pursued the biggest prizes on offer, as well as being a fresh face to the championship picture.

Who Doesn’t Need It: Rey Mysterio

Nothing against one of wrestling’s most important pioneers, it would just add nothing of value to either Mysterio or the Money in the Bank briefcase itself if he were to capture it at a time when so much younger talent needs the spotlight that the briefcase carries along with it. While there’s nothing necessarily ‘offensive’ about Rey Mysterio coming out on top, it’s easily the least exciting choice out of the crop selected to represent this year’s men’s match.

The Darkhorse: Otis

Is Otis the guy anyone saw being a minor breakout star a year ago when he was called up? No, I can’t think of a single WWE fan that called him being as successful of a babyface as he is today. Being part of the insanely charismatic tag team that is Heavy Machinery, competing on the main stage of WrestleMania, being a part of one of the best ‘feel-good’ storylines in recent memory & being linked to Mandy Rose have made Otis the loveable oaf that he is, and one that is ridiculously entertaining to watch on television as well.

Seeing Otis as ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’ isn’t exactly realistic I’ll admit, but of all the participants in this year’s contest, he carries a great deal of momentum behind him with how eventful the first half of 2020 has been for him. Picturing him facing off with the likes of established main event talent like Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns or Baron Corbin may be a bit of a stretch to some but that doesn’t seem impossible, in fact, crazier things have happened in the WWE in the past & even recently if we’re being honest. I personally can’t say I’d bet on him, Otis, however, is the one to watch going into this match.

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Participants: Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Lacey Evans & Carmella

Who Needs It: Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler winning, much like Aleister Black winning, in my eyes is almost a necessity from all aspects of the company, whether that be an investment in the future, overall consistency with storylines or trying to develop effective characters to sell, I can’t look past Shayna as the best possible victor to represent the WWE’s women this year. Baszler is coming off a fantastic start to the year; dominating the Elimination Chamber, battling with Becky Lynch in a physical feud & putting on a stellar performance against the current Women’s champion at WrestleMania, despite the sudden loss.

What WWE has on their with Baszler is special, because while she isn’t the flashiest of performers compared to some other talent by any means, she is a masterful storyteller in the ring and when putting together angles for current storylines. Her style is far more ‘ground & pound’ or submission-based due to the nature of her mixed-martial-arts background prior to her WWE debut, something that makes her character as intimidating as she is. Placing her into the environment of a Money in the Bank match is a golden opportunity, with it being a match her brutality can thrive in & potentially deliver a dominant performance similar to the sheer carnage unleashed in the Elimination Chamber back in February. Every woman in this match could benefit from this year’s briefcase to some extent, none carry the potential that Baszler does with her at this very moment.

Who Doesn’t Need It: Dana Brooke

Since this is an ‘opinion’ piece I’ll share my honest opinion—Dana Brooke bores the daylights out of me. And with this article being a mix of analysis & opinion, both influence whom I feel is worthy of holding the Money in the Bank briefcase & as a result, Dana Brooke falls dead last practically on instinct.

Like all the talent that WWE possesses, I’m sure they see some quality in Dana Brooke that they feel is worthy of pushing forward towards their audiences, that doesn’t mean it always translates to every member of your audience, such as myself. Brooke has her charm, having met her she seems like a lovely lady to be around but sadly lacks the charisma, in-ring ability or presence that makes a professional wrestler from any walk of life interesting in my eyes. Her physique & fitness background may impress certain members of the fanbase, that just isn’t enough when measuring her against the other competitors in this match, each of who carries a unique quality to them that Brooke sadly lacks. None of this should be taken as me outright hating Brooke or critiquing her in a field I have no experience in, just out of the choices we have on offer, she’s the least exciting by a landslide & wouldn’t really add much of anything to either side of the Women’s title picture on both brands.

The Darkhorse: Nia Jax

Talking about Nia Jax is risky because of the appeal that the WWE has in her being incredibly obvious, with her vastly different size & heritage playing a huge factor in the trust the creative team puts behind her. On the other hand, particularly amongst the online wrestling community, Jax is constantly criticized for her in-ring skills & recklessness that has gotten her into a world of trouble in the past, and even fairly recently with her practically impaling Kairi Sane on a turnbuckle.

Having Nia Jax win wouldn’t be the worst decision, since seeing her face off with current champion Becky Lynch being a storyline that would bring the two full-circle considering the history the two have with one another’s careers over the last two years & would be quite a satisfying challenge for both competitors to tackle. The issues lie with Jax’s overall record when it comes to in-ring safety & whether or not she’s a respected enough opponent in the eyes of some groups of fans to accept, which tends to fluctuate based on the level of damage she’s inflicted on whomever her opponent is at the time of writing. Next to Baszler, I’d say Jax would be the next best choice based on storytelling or who the company has the best chance of building up, where that takes us come Sunday is what I can’t wait to see unfold.

Who do you think deserves it? Sound off in the comments below!


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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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