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Cook’s Top 5: Chris Jericho Tag Team Partners

Jericho’s 30 year career has had it’s fill of interesting tag partners. Steve Cook goes over the Top 5 best Jericho partners!

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As great as Chris Jericho has been in the ring over the past thirty years, he isn’t without some controversy. Like everybody, Jericho has his flaws. Like most people, Jericho’s flaws come to the surface a little more with each passing year. Nobody’s perfect, and there are certain things about Jericho’s personality that color some peoples’ opinion of the Demo God.

Sammy Guevara mentioned one of those uncomfortable truths on this week’s Dynamite.

Sammy tells no lies. Jericho’s been bouncing back & forth between various tag team partners ever since we’ve known him. Some wrestlers are largely known for one team. Jericho has held titles with many different men over the years, and he’s had plenty of teams that didn’t win any championships either.

So today we look at Chris Jericho’s 5 best tag team partners. There are a couple that I really like that didn’t make the list because they didn’t win any titles together. Eddie Guerrero & Sammy deserve an honorable mention, along with plenty that I’m probably forgetting. Anywho, here we go!

5. Chris Benoit

Jericho & Benoit were more known as opponents than as partners. Their series of matches in 2000 established both men as serious contenders to any championship in the WWF. Including the Tag Team Championship, once they were able to establish some mutual respect. They meshed well as partners or opponents, so much so that Jim Ross usually had problems telling them apart.

Benoit & Jericho’s lone championship reign came as a result of defeating Steve Austin & Triple H in a memorable match on Raw where Triple H tore his quad and ended up missing several months of action. Unfortunately for the team, Benoit wouldn’t be too far behind Triple H on the injured list, messing his neck up during a TLC match the night after. Benoit wrestled through the injury for a month while getting a main event push alongside Jericho against Austin, but it’d eventually put him out of action for a year. Afterwards, Benoit & Jericho didn’t cross paths all that often during the remainder of their time together in WWE.

4. El Dandy

Jericho made the trip to Mexico in 1992, where he became popular under the identity of “Corazon de Leon”. He competed in CMLL and several smaller wrestling promotions, including the Tijuana-based WWA, where he & El Dandy would defeat Silver King & El Texano for the Tag Team Championships. King & Texano, known as Los Cowboys, were one of Mexico’s most successful tag teams of the time period, also finding success in Japan & Puerto Rico. They would win the title back from Dandy & Corazon forty-two days later.

Some of you might question Dandy’s spot on this list. WHO ARE YOU TO DOUBT EL DANDY? The man was a serious professional and deserves ranking on any list.

3. Christian

Christian’s team with Edge is far more well-remembered, but “Vitamin C” had a pretty good run together in the early 2000s. Jericho & Christian had a lot in common as characters, both being shady individuals that couldn’t be trusted, but also couldn’t be denied in the ring. They defeated Kane & Hurricane for the Tag Team Championship, and lost it to Booker T & Goldust in one of those crazy four-way matches sixty-two days later.

Their breakup was one of the focal points heading into WrestleMania XX. Jericho had fallen in love with Trish Stratus during the process of a wager between him & Christian, and Christian was mad because it took Jericho’s focus off the team. So he wound up with Trish and drove a knife through Jericho’s heart. Might be one of the reasons why Chris has had such problems making a commitment through the years.

2. Big Show

Jericho had won the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship with Edge in June 2009, but plans had to change when Edge suffered an injury. Big Show was tapped as Edge’s replacement, and he wound up being the perfect with with Jericho. Jeri-Show had the perfect combination of speed & skill along with power & ruthlessness. Jericho & Show were nearly unbeatable, and held the title for 140 days before losing to Shawn Michaels & Triple H.

There were some superstar tag teams during this time period, but Jericho & Show formed the best combination of the mix. Later, both men would team with The Miz while forming similar team names.

1. Lance Storm

You always remember your first. Jericho & Storm broke into the business together, training at the same time at the Hart Brothers school. They were the standouts of their class, and hit the indy circuit either as a team or as opponents.  They won a couple of tag team titles. They got noticed by FMW, which got them working internationally. Jim Cornette saw a tape of them, brought them down to Smoky Mountain as the Thrillseekers, and gave Jericho & Storm their first break in the United States.

As hokey as some of the hype videos came off as, Jericho & Storm were still a state of the art tag team. They never quite reached the top in SMW, but both got further notice from their work there and moved on to places where they were better stylistic fits. The Thrillseekers never became a full time team again, but they’re still the first team that pops to mind when one thinks of Chris Jericho.

For me, anyway. You might disagree!


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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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