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Chairshot Picks: The 2021 WWE Royal Rumble

The Road to WrestleMania kicks off this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, and your Chairshot staff is here with the picks! 100% accuracy guaranteed!

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WWE Royal Rumble 2021

The Road to WrestleMania kicks off this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, and your Chairshot staff is here with the picks! 100% accuracy guaranteed!

Say hello to an old friend, your Chairshot Staff picks! We are picking the Royal Rumble winners, which will go a long way towards establishing our top matches for WrestleMania.

Your panel:

  • Andrew Balaz
  • Rey Ca$h
  • Mags Kirkby
  • Adam “AJ” Balaz
  • PC Tunney
  • Patrick O’Dowd
  • Steve Cook
  • DPP
  • And me…Greg DeMarco!

Now, on to your picks!

Last Man Standing Match for the Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens

  • Andrew Balaz – Roman Reigns
  • Rey Ca$h – Roman Reigns
  • Mags Kirkby – The Tribal Chief
  • AJ Balaz – Roman Reigns
  • PC Tunney – Roman Reigns
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Roman Reigns
  • Steve Cook – Roman Reigns
  • DPP – Roman Reigns

Greg DeMarco’s Take: I know the Last Man Standing gimmick lends itself to Roman Reigns being able to lose without actually losing, getting screwed by Kevin Owens, etc. But the run Roman is on feels like the start of a long run at the top, something we don’t get to see a lot of. So I am picking Roman Reigns to win here, and I think he retains at WrestleMania, too. I could honestly see him walking into WrestleMania 38 (in Dallas) as Universal Champion, and dropping it there.

Greg DeMarco – Roman Reigns

Chairshot Consensus – Roman Reigns (9-0)

WWE Championship – Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg

  • Andrew Balaz – Goldberg
  • Rey Ca$h – Drew McIntyre
  • Mags Kirkby – Big Daddy Drew
  • AJ Balaz – Drew McIntyre
  • PC Tunney – Drew McIntyre
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Drew McIntyre
  • Steve Cook – Drew McIntyre
  • DPP – Drew McIntyre

Greg DeMarco’s Take: Like most people, I can’t see Drew losing here. Crazier things have happened (involving Goldberg), but it this was Randy Orton or The Fiend challenging Drew McIntyre I could see justifying a pick in that direction. But for the first WWE event with fans in over a year, I don’t see Goldberg entering as champion. The legacy of Drew McIntyre continues to grow with a win here. And no, I don’t know what Andrew was thinking, either.

Greg DeMarco – Drew McIntyre

Chairshot Consensus – Drew McIntyre (8-1)

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Charlotte Flair & Raw Women’s Champion Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

  • Andrew Balaz – Nia & Shayna
  • Rey Ca$h – Nia and Shayna
  • Mags Kirkby – Shayna and Nia
  • AJ Balaz – Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win and gain the tag titles
  • PC Tunney – Baszler/Jax
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Asuka & Charlotte Flair
  • Steve Cook – Asuka & Charlotte Flair
  • DPP – Asuka/Flair

Greg DeMarco’s Take: The more I think about this match, it comes down to two things: 1) #LOLCHARLOTTEWINS, and 2) Asuka and Charlotte Flair only won to make Charlotte’s surprise return at WWE TLC that much more impactful. I believe they lose the championships here, and I could see Asuka dropping her title to Alexa Bliss, who in turn defends against Charlotte Flair at WeestleMania. Hopefully Asuka does something at the big show, possibly reuniting with Kairi Sane to challenge Nia and Shayna.

I’ll also to as far as to say that Baszler gets the win over Asuka here, setting up a defense on Raw between Asuka and Shayna (which is a WrestleMania worthy match).

Greg DeMarco – Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

Chairshot Consensus – Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (6-3)

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Surprise Entrant(s):

  • Andrew Balaz – Kairi Sane
  • Rey Ca$h – Tessa Blanchard, Melina, Victoria, Jazz
  • Mags Kirkby – Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley
  • AJ Balaz – Rhea Ripley, Candice LaRae, Kairi Sane
  • PC Tunney – Tessa Blanchard, Rhea Ripley
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Summer Rae
  • Steve Cook – Rhea Ripley, Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch, Trish Stratus, Shotzi Blackheart
  • DPP – Ripley / Melina / Beth Phoenix

Winner:

  • Andrew Balaz – Bianca Belair
  • Rey Ca$h – Bianca Belair
  • Mags Kirkby – Bianca Belair
  • AJ Balaz – Bianca Belair
  • PC Tunney – Tessa Blanchard
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Bianca Belair
  • Steve Cook – Bianca Belair
  • DPP – Bayley

Greg DeMarco’s Take: Holy crap, far too many people picking the same person. It’s like sports betting: if the public is heavily leaning in one direction, go the other way. Biana Belair’s time will come, and it will come really soon–right after WrestleMania. To me, this is Bayley’s Royal Rumble to win, and we get another match for Bayley and Sasha Banks on the stage they deserve: WrestleMania. My hope is they can main event Night 1 with that match. As for surprises? I’m gonna go with Meiko Satumora, Trish Stratus, and Becky Lynch. And I must say I love Tunney’s Tessa Blanchard pick, from a fantasy booking perspective.

Greg DeMarco – Surprise Entrants are Meiko Satumora, Trish Stratus, and Becky Lynch, winner is Bayley

Chairshot Consensus – Bianca Belair (6), Bayley (2), Tessa Blanchard (1)

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

Surprise Entrant(s):

  • Andrew Balaz – Hideki Suzuki, John Cena
  • Rey Ca$h – Jay White, John Cena, Damien Priest
  • Mags Kirkby – Goldberg, Adam Cole, Seth Rollins
  • AJ Balaz – The Fiend, Adam Cole, Damien Priest
  • PC Tunney – Jinder Mahal, Jay White
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Booker T
  • Steve Cook – Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Booker T, Santino Marella
  • DPP – Seth Rollins

Winner:

  • Andrew Balaz – John Cena
  • Rey Ca$h – Daniel Bryan
  • Mags Kirkby – Edge
  • AJ Balaz – The Fiend
  • PC Tunney – John Cena
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Big E
  • Steve Cook – Edge
  • DPP – Edge

Greg DeMarco’s Take: This shows you how wide open everything is right now on the men’s side, when there is no obvious winner. Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns are both in programs that will wrap up soon, and outside of Daniel Bryan, no one has even been hinted to as a possible challenger. At WrestleMania, I see Daniel Bryan challenging Roman Reigns, and Drew McIntyre’s opponent being either Edge, Randy Orton, or The Fiend (with he other two wrestling each other). But then there’s my gut instinct, a feeling that I can’t shake, and that’s AJ Styles. So different than my pick on the Babyface Heel Podcast, different than my pick on DWI Podcast, I am going with AJ Styles to shock the world and add “Royal Rumble winner” to his list of accomplishments.

Greg DeMarco – Surprise Entrants are Jay White, John Cena, Damian Priest, Karrion Kross, and Kyle O’Reilly, winner is AJ Styles

Chairshot Consensus – Edge (3), John Cena (2),  Daniel Bryan, The Fiend, Big E, AJ Styles (1)


Those are out picks! Who are yours?
Drop them in the comments or on social media @ChairshotMedia.


 


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Greg DeMarco’s WWE WrestleMania Saturday Stream Of Consciousness

It’s WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!

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It’s WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!

WWE WrestleMania is the Showcase Of Immortals, and it’s also when the WWE gets to showcase itself. With no reliance on part-timers to be found, WrestleMania Saturday features a historic main event and a ton of potential. Will it meet that potential? Read on to see what Greg DeMarco thought in real time!

(Extended) Opening Moments

  • Fantastic job picking up where they left off last year, and updating it for now.
  • Loved seeing the talent on the stage, and you could see how emotional they were.
  • Now, we have the rain delay. And I have to say…this is amazing. Seeing them cut promos on the fly with no script, no bullet points, no preconceived/pre-produced
  • Shane McMahon killed time for Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, who crushed it. The New Day was fantastic, Braun Strowman did his best, Kevin Owens cut what is basically a shoot promo. So well done.

Titus O’Neil and Hulk Freakin’ Hogan

  • Do we really need Hulk Hogan at this point?
  • I feel for Titus, but I give him all the credit in the world for not slapping the shit out of Hogan right there.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. The Almighty Bobby Lashley (champion) w/MVP

  • Drew McIntyre deserves this entrance more than anyone. And you can see the emotion on his face.
  • Lashley needs pyro to go off when he points.
  • That stage looks awesome, by the way.
  • How do you not focus on Bobby Lashley’s MMA experience when it finds it’s way into the match? That has to be off limits, otherwise you know Joe would bring it up.
  • I don’t know who does Drew’s beard work, but they did him no favors.
  • Amazing throws and even a Northern Lights Suplex–Drew pulling out the entire moveset tonight!
  • Commentary team standing in front of the table, monitors probably out. They’re doing a great job with this.
  • Crowd SOLIDLY behind The Hurt Lock.
  • BOB WINS!

Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Lashley

  • Bob doesn’t kick out of the Claymore, but Drew also doesn’t escape the Hurt Lock. Well done all around.

Tag Team Turmoil: Lana & Naomi vs. Carmella & Billie Kay vs. The Riott Squat (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Natalya & Tamina

  • I bet this gets cut short for time. I am glad they’re getting introductions.
  • We start with Naomi & Lana vs. Carmella & Billie Kay.
  • Billie Kay & Carmella eliminate Lana & Naomi, which makes no sense.  I have a feeling The IIconics will be back together come WWE Draft season.
  • The Riott Squad should really win this thing.
  • MATCHING TIGHTS! MATCHING TIGHTS! MATCHING TIGHTS!
  • Little confusion there, eh? The Riott Squad survives!
  • Welp, that was going well until Natalya & Tamina won. But I have a feeling Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler are retaining.

Winners: Natalya & Tamina (advance to WrestleMania Sunday to challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the WWE Women’s World Tag Team Championships)

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

  • This truly is the biggest match in Cesaro’s career–but it’s also one that would further cement Rollins as a Hall Of Famer.
  • I’ve been picking Cesaro here as I can imagine Rollins wants to make him in this one match.
  • Also, surprised that we haven’t seen everyone wearing white tonight, as we typically see a lot of at WrestleMania. It’s a welcomed change, I did all the black gear.
  • Nice to see that the Big Swing is a part of the match’s storytelling.
  • Corkscrew Splash! Seemed less effective that way–but more impressive.
  • Fans REALLY want to see Cesaro get the win, and I am with them.
  • Stomp into European Uppercut + 23 Rotation Big Swing + Neutralizer = CESARO WINS

Winners: Cesaro

  • I can’t tell you how happy this makes me, seeing one of my all time favorites get the duke here.
  • I had a feeling Seth wanted to put him over, and he truly did.
  • Credit to Corey Graves for going off script in how he put Cesaro’s win–and career–over.

Kayla Braxton Interviews The Dirty Sawgs

  • Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode putting in hard work to put over a match when they aren’t on the card. That’s impressive.

Raw Tag Team Championships: Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. AJ Styles & Omos

  • Remember when everyone thought they broke up The New Day? WrestleMania was the perfect time to have Big E doing that intro the way he did.
  • New Day is one of the acts who benefits most from having fans present.
  • Omos wrestling in street clothes actually makes perfect sense.
  • The gear in this match is 🔥🔥🔥
  • Especially love AJ’s silver gear
  • Great POP for Omos after AJ literally carried this thing.
  • Omos’ moveset is super simple–it’s actually what it should be.
  • Korfi Kingston???
  • And we have our new Andre The Giant.

Winners and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions: Omos & AJ Styles

  • Perfect debut for Omos, and AJ doing some amazing work here. Very well done.

Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon vs. Braun Strowman

  • It’s time for the match that came together because Shane called Braun stupid.
  • I know much of Wrestling Twitter doesn’t want to see this, but Braun is over with the kids and casuals, and Shane is over with the adult casuals. This match makes perfect sense.
  • Shane McMahon is a horrible professional wrestler.
  • Shane McMahon should be a horrible professional wrestler.
  • This one is for the kids and casual fans, see:

  • Jerry Lawler is terrible at this commentary thing.
  • See, Shane lost because he did something stupid. It’s storytelling.
  • Braun is insanely over, and this match was way better than anyone will want to give it credit for.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Hall Of Famers

  • Nice touch having X-Pac come out first for the NWO, since it’s his only induction.

The Miz & John Morrison vs. Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

  • The Miz should always have his standard WrestleMania entrance.
  • The crowd is already hyped for Damian Priest and Bad Bunny before they enter. This match could make Priest a huge star.
  • Hell of an entrance for Bad Bunny, and it showcased the jealousy part of the angle.
  • Franky Monet’s husband might steal this match.
  • Bab Bunny obviously trained, but he focused on his spots. Apparently running the ropes and getting tossed through them wasn’t part of the curriculum,
  • That said, this is more than worth the cost–exposure is insane. He’s perfect for WrestleMania.
  • Priest FINALLY Gets tagged in and kills the crowd with his stupid pose. The guy can be a big star, they just need to strip away a few things.
  • He may not be good at running the ropes, but he can sure hit  Falcon Arrow.
  • And now he hits a Canadian Destroyer???
  • The right guys won, that’s for sure.

Winners: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

  • Michael Cole has no one he can compare it to? He obviously didn’t watch Pat McAfee wrestle Adam Cole.
  • Bad Bunny was great. Pat McAfee was better, but Bad Bunny was fantastic and perfect for this spot.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs. Champion Sasha Banks

  • Love that WWE treated this like a true main event, with the entrances, pyro, and more.
  • And the crowd is doing their part as well, making both women get emotional.
  • Sasha Banks is elevating her game as a performer, despite already being one of the best. This is her biggest night.
  • That was the greatest Suicide Dive of Sasha Banks’ career, too.
  • Bianca Belair walking up those steps with Sasha in a Press Slam is one of the most impressive feats of strength I have ever seen.
  • Sasha Banks is the Shawn Michaels of the women’s division.
  • Double Jump Tornado DDT? I LIKE IT.
  • Jet Pack DDT?
  • This isn’t just a great match, it’s great storytelling.

  • And Bianca gets the win! Michael Cole thought Sasha kicked out, so maybe there was a screw up. At least that’s what Meltzer will tell us. Great match.

Winner and NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair

When you factor in the rain delay, this clocks in at just over 3 hours. Very well done by WWE. Very well done.

Overall Impressions

Plenty of memorable moments on a card that is all about memorable moments. From Bob Lashley retaining to Bianca Belair winning, plus Cesaro’s big moment and Bad Bunny delivering, this show had it all. Hopefully WrestleMania Sunday can live up to what Saturday delivered.


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Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: Get Your Popcorn

Chris King is back as he runs down why he believes Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WrestleMania is a potential show-stealer.

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Chris King is back as he runs down why he believes Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WrestleMania is a potential show-stealer.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are simply incredible performers and storytellers in the ring. Every time they are on the opposite side of each other they create magic. I did a little history lesson on their almost twenty-year rivalry, going back to their days in Ring of Honor and PWG where it all began. Heel Owens to me is a stone-cold killer, he’s out for one purpose to be the best. Zayn has found out the hard way what happens when you get in his way.

Poor Zayn didn’t learn his lesson and dropped his guard in NXT when KO made his in-ring debut at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. Owens utterly destroyed his so-called best friend and hit a vicious Pop-up Powerbomb onto the apron. KO then went on to defeat Zayn two months to the day of his debut at NXT TakeOver: Rival to capture the NXT Championship. Owens beat the living shit out of Zayn that night, to the point where the officials have to physically stop the match.

Zayn once again came rushing back for another chance to best his bitter rival but was demolished yet again. Dammit Sami just stay down and live to fight another day. This time Samoa Joe had to stop KO from causing more carnage to Zayn. We would not see the former NXT champ until months later at the 2016 Royal Rumble, where he would cost Owens the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

The two bitter rivals would fight again during the ladder match at WrestleMania 32 for the Intercontinental Championship, where Zayn would cost Owens the title. At the 2016 Payback pay-per-view, they would do battle again, Zayn would lose yet again. Zayn and Owens would square off one final time at Battleground in another hellacious battle, except this time Zayn finally got his comeuppance after two Helluva Kicks.

Over the past few years, Zayn and Owens have been on the same page, and shockingly enough the same team. The two best friends would come full circle again after Zayn returned to Friday Night SmackDown because of the pandemic. Zayn has been spurting all of this nonsense about this huge conspiracy going on around him for months now. Owens has been unsuccessfully challenging for the Universal Championship but ran into his friend backstage.

A few weeks ago, Zayn attacked his rival, for being paranoid I guess was his excuse. Owens however didn’t care and goaded him into a match at this year’s Mania. Owens and Zayn are about to create history and fulfill a lifelong dream of having a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All. I can only imagine how incredible this. the moment will be for those two, and the WWE Universe is honored and privileged to be able to experience it.

I’m very thankful that WrestleMania is two nights now because these two wouldn’t be given the appropriate amount of time if they were crammed into a seven-hour event. Please just give Owens and Zayn fifteen to twenty minutes, and let them create magic in the ring.


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