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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 11/8/2020

We flesh out the MOTY pool for October matches and see what made the grade this weekend! Do we go more Full Gear, or does NJPW win the Power Struggle?



Last week was pretty much a run away with who won the vote to make it into the last slot for October matches. Let’s go over the October Match of the Year Pool.

October Pool:

  • NXT UK: NXT UK Championship: Ilja Dragunov vs Walter(c)
  • WWE Hell in a Cell: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks vs Bayley (c)
  • G1 Climax Day 17: Jay White vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  • AJPW Champion Carnival Finals: Kento vs Zeus
  • Impact Wrestling Victory Road: Eric Young vs Eddie Edwards

Surprisingly, three of these matches made my personal list, so it’s not an easy decision. For my money, AJPW Champion Carnival Finals: Kento Miyahara vs Zeus, barely edges out Ilja vs Walter. I’m anticipating a closer than usual vote, so this should be interesting.

Now let’s see what the first official wrestling week of November gave us!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NJPW Power Struggle: NEVER Openweight Championship: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs Shingo Takagi
    Rating: **** 1/4
  2. AEW Full Gear: TNT Title Match: Cody Rhodes (c) vs Darby Allin
    Rating: **** 1/4
  3. AEW Full Gear: AEW Tag Team Titles: FTR (c) vs The Young Bucks
    Rating: ****
  4. NJPW Road to Power Struggle: IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Dangerous Tekkers (c) vs YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto
    Rating: ****
  5. NJPW Power Struggle: IWGP G1 Briefcase Contract Holder: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Jay White
    Rating: *** 3/4

Honorable Mentions:

  1. AEW Full Gear: #1 Contender for AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega vs Adam Page
    Rating: *** 1/2
  2. UWN PrimeTime Live Ep. 8: Rocky Romero vs Shawn Daivari
    Rating: *** 1/2
  3. NXT: Ember Moon vs Dakota Kai w/Raquel Gonzalez
    Rating: *** 1/2
  4. NJPW Power Struggle: IWGP US Briefcase Contract Holder: KENTA (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
    Rating: *** 1/2
  5. AEW Full Gear: AEW World Championship I Quit Match: Jon Moxley (c) vs Eddie Kingston
    Rating: *** 1/4
  6. WWE SmackDown: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs Bayley
    Rating: *** 1/4
  7. IMPACT!: Sami Callihan & Eric Young vs Eddie Edwards & Rich Swann
    Rating: *** 1/4
  8. NJPW Strong Ep. 14: Rust Taylor & JR Kratos vs Rocky Romero & Jeff Cobb
    Rating: *** 1/4
  9. NJPW Power Struggle: Great O’Khan w/Will Ospreay vs Kazuchika Okada
    Rating: *** 1/4
  10. AEW Full Gear: NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb (c) vs Allysin Kay
    Rating: ***
  11. UWN PrimeTime Live Ep. 8: Kevin Martenson vs Mike Bennett
    Rating: ***
  12. NJPW Power Struggle: KOPW 2020 No Corner Pad Match: Zack Sabre Jr vs Toru Yano (c)
    Rating: ***
  13. NXT: Tommaso Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream
    Rating: ***
  14. AEW Full Gear: Chris Jericho vs MJF
    Rating: ***
  15. WWE Raw: Sheamus vs Kieth Lee vs Braun Strowman
    Rating: ***
  16. NJPW Strong: Danny Limelight vs Chase Owens
    Rating: ***

5, NJPW Power Struggle: IWGP G1 Briefcase Contract Holder: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Jay White

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Both men are down but the fans are fired up! Ibushi aims as he calls upon the power of Nakamura, but White dodges the Bomaye! White full nelsons but Ibushi standing switches to a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Did Ibushi learn that from Tanahashi or Omega? White sits up into the BUZZSAW! Ibushi says he’ll end it and Gedo freaks out! Ibushi grabs the wrists and sits White up, but White RAMS into Ibushi first! And again! And again! White has Ibushi back up, kangaroo kicks him in the stomach, but Ibushi BOMAYES! Ibushi won’t end it there, he has White in the position, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! White survives and Ibushi can’t believe it!

Fans rally up and Gedo shouts at White to get up. Ibushi has the wrists, but White reels him in! BLADE- NO! IBushi slips out, V-Trigger misses, SNAP SLEEPER, but Ibushi lands on his feet! ROUNDHOUSE! Ibushi has the wrists, Gedo gets on the apron but Ibushi BOOTS him down! White gets Ibushi, but still no Bladerunner! V-TRIGGER!! Ibushi wants to end this and he gets the wrists again! White slips around to underhook and BACKSLIDE! But he has feet on the ropes!!! White wins?!?!

Winner: Jay White via Feet on Ropes Back Slide


3t. NJPW Road to Power Struggle: IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Dangerous Tekkers (c) vs YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto

This match was a logical progression from the 6 man match in October. The story of the 6 man was that DOUKI and YOSHI-HASHI were the weakest links and forced to show their worth. HASHI ended up better utilizing his CHAOS teammates help, which gave him the confidence to aim for the tag belts. So this will be a match to see how far HASHI has come and if he can pull more of his own weight.

As this match grinds, HASHI absorbs a lot of punishment and has great no sell and fire moments. Taichi seems to have taken the role as measuring stick, so the last 10 minutes of so feels more like a singles bout. Goto and ZSJ are barely seen except to make an occasional save and then they neutralize one another. HASHI powered through Stretch Plums, Gamengiris, Axe Bombers, Tensho-Zack Driver and even had a few near falls with his Butterfly Lock.

When the match reaches the end, the difference was purely positioning. Taichi manages to kick Goto to the floor, where HASHI only dispatched ZSJ to the apron. So when Taichi counters Karma, he gets him up for Black Mephisto, but ZSJ is there to add the tandem effect of Zack Mephisto and Goto can’t make the save. So HASHI looked really good in a loss and Taichi is really turning more and more into Kawada with his more serious demeanor. Sure he’ll still take a short cut here or there, but it’s nice to see the Kawada training finally shine through the gimmick.

All hail the Holy Emperor!

Winner: Tekkers via Zack Mephisto


3t. AEW Full Gear: AEW Tag Team Titles: FTR (c) vs The Young Bucks

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Fans are electric as Cash goes after the leg! Cash takes off the boot and even the sock to stomp the foot itself! Tag to Dax, Dax ties up the legs in a deathlock and Cash goes up, FLYING STOMP!! Dax then laces the legs up for a TRAILER HITCH! Matt crawls to the ropes but Cash DIVES at Nick, only to MISS! Nick gets up top, and he 450 SPLASHES Dax! Matt is free, he crawls to cover Dax, TWO!?! Dax survives and Matt is beside himself! Fans rally up again as Matt clutches his leg. Nick helps Matt get to his corner but Cash SUPERKICKS Nick?! Nick falls out of the ring and Cash helps Dax to his corner. Cash tags in, and he has Matt all to himself now.

Cash Too Sweets then flips Matt off before he SUPERKICKS Matt down! Cash doesn’t cover, he wants to go for broke! SPRINGBOARD 450 but it FLOPS!! Matt fires up and hobbles to SUPERKICK Cash down!! Cover, THE BUCKS WIN!!

Winner: Bucks via Superkick


1t. AEW Full Gear: TNT Title Match: Cody Rhodes (c) vs Darby Allin

From My Results:

We get a few threads pulled on during the match and its all great stuff. Cody getting introduced as the “Prince of Pro Wrestling” continues those little moments of heel ego that we’ve seen the last few months. He does the same thing when he starts doing push-ups and Arn gets pissed off, Cody goes up for the Moonsault and Arn is incensed. The further Cody strays from the game plan, the more Darby gets a few opportunities to stay alive.

Darby hits a great comeback spot utilizing paintbrushes with the good arm, headbutts and short drop kicks. Cody manages to absorb that, even an unintentional naked turnbuckle shot and unleash a huge Avalanche Cross Rhodes, but Darby takes the bump and rolls clear across the ring. So when Cody goes for the pin, Darby’s arm is still under the rope and the referee stops the count. Darby gets a quick flourish where he hits the Last Supper for a near fall and even lands a Coffin Drop, but the extra weight Cody put on for this match helps him roll the shoulder. Nice little elements from their previous matches and the current build mesh really well.

We see back and forth Locomotion Cradle attempts from both, where Darby gets the best of things and pulls off the upset (possible thanks to that earlier turnbuckle shot injuring the ribs).  So Darby is the new TNT champion!

Winner: Darby via Locomotion Cradles


1t. NJPW Power Struggle: NEVER Openweight Championship: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs Shingo Takagi

From My Results:

Rocky Romero calls this the BMF title (we all know what the stands for), and straight from jump street this was just fun to watch. Suzuki started off a bit stronger since Shingo came in with his back taped and Suzuki had a plan. Focusing the back with strikes, chairshots and Boston Crab variations to send a message were aplenty.

Shingo also shows a lot of his talent as a wrestler in this match, selling the back injury between his posture while selling and how he crumbled during spots he usually pulls off with ease. Made in Japan, Shingo crumbled, even a simple backdrop, Shingo’s back gave out. He fired through with adrenaline, but was logical in when the adrenaline wore of, or when things were just too much. Suzuki was of course insane in his ability to absorb punishment, egg on more and dish out a ton of his own.

Fantastic strikes, fantastic resolve from both and the ending flurry showed Suzuki getting rocked but trying to reestablish his base. Every strike send Suzuki reeling forward or backwards, sometimes the selling looked a little silly, but it got across the concept of being “knocked silly”. Shingo double clutched on the Last of the Dragon, again selling the back, but he managed to pull it off and regain the NEVER title!

Winner: Takagi via Last of the Dragon



An interesting week honestly. Full Gear was better than I expected, and even though I was much like many other fans and wanted nothing else to do EVIL vs Naito 4; Power Struggle was surprisingly solid.

Now we all know I have a fairly large Shingo Takagi bias…but I’m also a bit of a Cody Rhodes flag waver. Cody understands how to build a story and tell it in a match, so it’s hard for me to pick yet another great Shingo match, when it’s not his best of the year. Whereas, Cody definitely made Darby for people who were on the fence about him. Granted, Darby is still an imbecile with a lot of the spots he chooses to do, the match with Cody was beautiful.

So my vote will go to, AEW Full Gear: TNT Title: Cody Rhodes (c) vs Darby Allin.

I feel dirty choosing AEW over NJPW. So I’m gonna go shower with bleach or something – UNTIL NEXT WEEK!

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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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