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Tiffany’s Takes: September 21-27, 2020

Tiffany shares her thoughts on some of the bigger stories of the week! Roman Reigns, Mysterio Family, Road Warrior Animal and more!

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Jon Moxley

Well, here’s another Jon Moxley thing that I hope can be put to bed: The Dude doesn’t hate WWE! He has said numerous times that he still watches WWE and wants it to succeed. He doesn’t hate the company, he just doesn’t want to work for Vince again. Yeah, he calls WWE out when they fuck up, but his comments have always been directed at the backstage/PTB and not the wrestler. Don’t believe me, read his comments praising the Roman Reigns/Paul Heyman alliance. He praised it, he’s happy for Roman and is excited for this development.

I was STOKED about the Jon Moxley/Eddie Kingston match. My only REAL gripe was that we didn’t get more of a build. Mox and Kingston are cut from similar cloth, I really wanted more build, but AEW did a great job turning things around on a dime after Archer’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Seth Rollins vs Mysterio Family

I’m very interested in the Rollins/Mysterio storyline. I’ll admit to not paying that much attention to it most of the time, but now I’m hooked, even though they’re rehashing the Rey/Eddie/Dominick storyline from 2005. I also find it amusing that WWE is doing a paternity storyline with a man who is about to become a first time father. I’m also intrigued by the Buddy Murphy/Aalyah Mysterio storyline. It makes me wonder if we’re heading for a Romeo Juliet type story, hopefully without all the murder and suicides.

Retribution

Can we just say it? Retribution is crap and it’s not because of the wrestlers in it, or not all of them, not totally. The problem with Retribution is that WWE seems to be trying to recapture the magic of the Shield, but haven’t figured out jut what it was that made the Shield so magical for so long. SPOILER: It was the guys in the Shield that made the Shield magical. I have nothing against anyone in Retribution, I’m actually a fan of Mia Yim’s, but I’m not buying these guys as a group like I did the Shield. Retribution reads more like the Nexus in that there’s too many people and no stand out stars.

Road Warrior Animal

I was sad to hear about the death of Road Warrior Animal, Joe Laurinaitis. If you watched wrestling in the 80s and early 90s, you got to see the Road Warriors in their prime. They were MONSTERS, they cut promos you BELIEVED in, and they could go in the ring, plus they had a great manager to lead them in and out of the ring in ‘Precious’ Paul Ellering. Rest in Peace, Animal, I know Hawk is happy you’re there and you’re giving the heavenly wrestling promotion a hell of a rush.

Roman Reigns

I’ve been loving this Roman Reigns turn, and I’ve also been loving the story in the Roman/Jey Uso match. I was NOT prepared for Roman to show up shirtless. The match was everything I could’ve hoped for, it told a great story, Roman got to fully embrace his heelish side and Jey Uso looked like a million bucks. Jimmy having to throw in the towel because Jey wouldn’t give up. I do like that Paul Heyman is really beginning to understand just what kind of monster a heel!Roman will be and he’s scared, as he should be.

Clash of Champions

I was ‘meh’ on Clash of Champions. I like how there weren’t filler matches, but the WWE Championship match was just ‘blah’. The fact that McIntyre needed four legends to help him beat Orton says more about Orton’s value to WWE than McIntyre’s.

Women’s Wrestling

A big part of me is happy that AEW is signing more female talent, but given that the AEW Women’s Division gets so little air time, I wonder if its going to be worth it.

I like that the IIconics are finding away to stick together. Splitting them up was a dumb idea. Also, I dig the outfits. I didn’t dig that nothing else had changed.

Mickie James losing to Zelina Vega is a travesty. James is MILES ahead of Vega and always has been.

Still can’t stand Bianca Belair.

I so want to be excited about the Riott Squad to get a tag title shot, but I’m too worried WWE will feed them to Nia and Baszler and it’ll come to nothing.

I am SO happy that Anna Jay got the win over Brandi. I have nothing against Brandi but Anna Jay is a STAR and I was afraid that losing to Brandi, who isn’t a great wrestler, would be a big setback.

The Women’s Tag Match on Dynamite was FANTASTIC! AEW got a little petty with Ivelisse, but I guess that’s to be expected.

Very excited that Dr. Britt Baker will be back next week.

Very happy Candice LeRae is the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.

The monster in Bayley that Sasha created may have turned on her, but now we might get the full, unfiltered BOSS.

I’m glad we’re getting somewhere with the Alexa/Fiend storyline. I do have to say that I would PAY to see Alexa attack Roman for the Fiend, just for the laugh.

I totally understand that WWE needed to fix the SmackDown Women’s match in a hurry, but they couldn’t come up with someone other than Asuka?

Welcome back, Sasha Banks!

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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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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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