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Greg DeMarco’s Power Rankings: Week Ending 8/9/2020

Greg DeMarco is back with your Power Rankings for the week–featuring some mystery folks, a guy in denim capri pants, a piece of fruit, and a punter.



Pat McAfee WWE NXT Chairshot Edit

Greg DeMarco is back with your Power Rankings for the week–featuring some mystery folks, a guy in denim capri pants, a piece of fruit, and a punter.

Each week, I bring you my Power Rankings in Top 5 form. What can you measure with a “Power Ranking?” The answer is simple: power. Power here is defined as momentum, who got the big wins, and who is on an upward trajectory after this week. Each week is different, as the landscape of professional wrestling (and sports entertainment) can change in an instant. Thus, the weekly rankings will change with it.

WWE had a really good week, and AEW had some gems, do they dominate the rankings?

Greg DeMarco’s Power Rankings: Week Ending 8/9/2020

Honorable mentions:

  • Raw Underground – Yep, the whole thing. Except the go-go dancers.
  • WrestleHouse – I need to write a whole article on this, because it’s fantastic.

5. Eddie Edwards

I was somewhat critical of Eddie Edwards winning the Impact Wrestling World Championship, a spot that was obviously waiting for Michael Elgin before he decided to go and be Michael Elgin. But Eddie Edwards, shitty horrible terrible god-awful “wrestling gear” and all, decided to open up his championship to all challengers, and Sami Callihan accepted.

Eddie and Sami have a history, and they delivered a great match on Impact Wrestling. But more importantly, the champion has some more momentum as he does his best Drew McIntyre impression and carries the company on his shoulders.

4. Pat McAfee

Does it kill me to put a non-wrestler on this list? Not really.

Pat McAfee made it easy by making it look easy this week. A decided outsider, despite owning a ring of his own and doing some training, McAfee entered the world of pro wrestling for the first time since November and delivered the best heel performance of 2020. And that’s not hyperbole. He showed y’all how it’s done. That’s good business baby.

But here’s what else he did: he made a non-wrestler be the best case argument for the main event of a Takeover. Takeover XXX might be main evented by Karrion Kross challenging Keith Lee for the NXT Championship, but in all reality the match with the most fire behind it will be Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee. And Adam Cole, the heel that fans just want to love, is wrestling a character who is a bigger douchebag than his character is. It will be more spectacle than match, likely recorded & heavily edited or downright cinematic, but it will be a high profile match for Adam Cole and all of NXT (don’t listen to Alvarez, folks).

3. Orange Cassidy

Dude, Orange Cassidy is a damn star. Chris Jericho can’t claim credit for this one, either. Yes, he is the one being used in Orange Cassidy’s supposed elevation (let’s see what he does AFTER this program before officially calling him elevated), but this one is really all on OC himself. And he showed that during his debate with Chris Jericho on AEW Dynamite this past Wednesday.

He’s something that is really hard to do: a unique character in modern day wrestling. Many people reinvent themselves (including the aforementioned Le Champion), but they don’t actually create something new. Orange Cassidy, killing-the-business-be-damned, is something new and different. AEW didn’t create it, but they’ve put it on a global stage and it’s working. I, for one, am excited to see what he does next.

2. The Hurt Business

MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin had a rough night on WWE Monday Night Raw. MVP and Shelton lost their championships (even if one was never official), and Lashley isn’t really progressing towards anything big at the moment.

But they did what seldom happens in wrestling: something about it.

Raw Underground was the hot new girl this week, as it had everyone talking and moved Raw’s Hour 3 rating (THE DEMOS) ahead of Hour 1–something that rarely happens. And The Hurt Business took that as an opportunity to give WWE the big ol’ “fuck you” and take that shit over, saying The Hurt Business now runs the hottest thing in WWE.

What happens next time? No one knows, but many of us suddenly care to find out–and that matters.


Earlier in the day on Monday, we heard rumblings of chaos at WWE Raw. Many thought it was backstage unrest, but that was likely leaked info to get us talking. What did it lead to? A new stable (also teased) that was going to shake the foundation of WWE. And they actually kinda did that.

On Monday they messed with the technology, blew up a transformer, and simply left an impression that had people talking. On Friday they came back (and many of us thought this was a Raw thing) to cause more havoc, eventually taking over the Performance Center at the end of the show and forcing everyone to run for their lives.

WWE is solidly behind this group. How do I know? They allowed the group, which is basically the bastard child of The Shield and Nexus, to infiltrate storylines in a manner that could actually take away from the stories. But what’s more, is that the group was allowed to beat up the fake fans in the crowd during the closing segment of WWE Smackdown on FOX. We all know these are NXT and Performance Center talent, but the attack was still out of character for a WWE storyline. This group crossed the safety barrier (yes, it’s happened on NXT and The Street Profits did it as well), but in doing so they beat the shit out of the “fans.”

Who is in the group? Well if you believe the online speculation, we are looking at Tommaso Ciampa, Chelsea Green, Vanessa Borne, Lio Rush, and (eventually) Dominik Dijakovic. I don’t know if that’s the crew, but if so, it has potential.

Who would you put in your Power Rankings? Sound off on Twitter @ChairshotGreg using the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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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?



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!



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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