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Mathew’s Top Matches of 2020: #10-6

Well now we get to meat of these lists that most people tend to like to argue, 10th through 6th! How many Japanese gems are hidden in this part of Mathew’s list?



I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year, I know I did. Well, guys, this is it, we are now at the Top 10 matches of 2020.

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We will be discussing five more and then close it off at the next article. It was difficult to see which ones would be next on the list but after re-watching these ten matches, I am confident with my rankings for these matches.

Let’s get down to it.

10. R.E.D vs. Team Toryumon (Dragon Gate Final Gate 12/20/2020)

– This one may have been recently but this one is also my favorite match in Dragon Gate this year. One year ago, Dragon Gate would start generational warfare with R.E.D, Team Dragon Gate, and Team Toryumon. The rivalry would last the entire duration of 2020 and for the event of Final Gate, it was time to put it to an end with R.E.D taking on Toryumon where the losing team would have to disband. We have five members from each team facing off in an elimination match, and was also No Disqualification. The stakes have never been higher and the pressure between the two teams was intense since this was the final match of this year-long feud.

The match reminded me a lot of the match with Jimmyz and VerserK three years ago when it was that a unit had to disband if they lost. This had the same amount of emotion and intensity here that it deserved to be mentioned on this list since it was one of the best tag matches this year. Unfortunately, things wouldn’t work with Toryumon as they would lose the match, declaring R.E.D the winners of the war. Of all the people to end it, it was one of the rookies, SB KENTo that would pin Dragon Kid to get the victory for R.E.D, talk about a huge rub on one of the younger talent. High intensity, great action throughout the match, this is Dragon Gate at its best.

9. Mayu Iwatani vs. Takumi Iroha (Stardom Goddesses of Stardom Tag League 10/18/2020)

– You didn’t think Stardom would be on here, didn’t you? Despite how I feel about them this year, there was no doubt that they still produced great matches and this one was the best Stardom match this year. Their very first singles encounter was two years ago where they had a time limit draw and since then, they haven’t touched each other, wondering when these two will share the ring again. On February 8th, 2020, we were able to get round two with Takumi pinning the World of Stardom Champion cleanly. Their eventual rematch wouldn’t happen until eight months later but this time, it would be for the company’s top prize. This was the match where they kicked it up into high gear.

The expressions, emotions, the way the match played out, all of it would work in this match. Even the near falls in this match would help out to elevate the story of this match. After a hard and grueling battle, Mayu would make up for her loss and pinned Takumi, retaining the championship. Now that they’re one win, one loss, and one draw each, I wonder if they’ll do a rubber match or just leave it be. I’m glad Mayu was able to finally get a chance for a proper reign after her first one was cut short as she was able to produce great matches during her run here. My feeling towards Stardom may have changed but they were able to produce a match for my Top 10.

8. Arisa Nakajima vs. ASUKA ( SEAdLINNNG Delivered To You! 6/13/2020)


– It is now time for my favorite Joshi match to be next on the list as this match would take place at SEAdLINNNG. I have been enjoying this promotion since 2018 and always delivered low-key great matches, even if not a lot of people watch them. ASUKA is someone I’ve been high on for quite some time and still consider her a great talent who has had a breakout year on top of that. As for Arisa Nakajima, she was honestly my favorite female wrestler of 2020 with an incredible reign as the company’s champion, her ability to produce great matches, and just her overall performance is something that people should’ve focused on this year and the upcoming years.

You had strength from ASUKA who would overpower her whenever she can while you have Arisa who is smarter in the ring, making a unique dynamic to play to both of their strengths. Also, ASUKA’s selling was great when her leg was being worked on and sold it like she was legit hurt. People thought ASUKA would walk out with the Beyond the Sea Championship but Arisa would barely survive the match to keep her title. Not all was lost for ASUKA as she was able to win titles from different promotions later, giving her one of the best performances of her career. Both talented women and should have more people following them, worth being my favorite women’s match this year,

7. Kazuchika Okada vs. Shingo Takagi (NJPW G1 Climax 10/10/2020)

– This was a dream match that I didn’t know I needed until it was announced for this tournament, and I was luckily able to cover it when we talked about the tournament on this site. Shingo is one of the best workers the company has to offer and this was his biggest test to take on the company’s biggest star, Okada. However, this was also around the time where Okada wasn’t fully acting like himself, even refusing to use the Rainmaker to finish his matches but would instead rely on his horrible Cobra Clutch submission, Money Clip. Since Okada was acting like this, there was a bit of worry about how the match would go when he’s not his Rainmaker self, despite how well Shingo has been performing with his consistency.

Shingo would be able to deliver his best match in the heavyweight division part of this run and showed that he is someone who would be IWGP Heavyweight Champion or main event some of their biggest shows if allowed. Even the slow pacing at the beginning of the match worked out to their advantage since less was more for this match, and they also did enough at the same time. If we had Rainmaker Okada here, this would’ve been much higher on the list and who knows, maybe could’ve been number one on my list this year, that’s how much potential it had and they were great with what they worked with. The ending of the match made perfect sense with Shingo losing but he didn’t tap out either, making him not only look strong in defeat but show that a star is slowly being made. Easily one of my favorites this year and makes me hopeful of their eventual rematch with hopefully a different outcome with Shingo coming out on top.

6. WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov (NXT UK 10/29/2020)

– It’s now time for the best WWE match on the list and it’s not from the main roster or NXT proper but, their UK scene. NXT UK would be on hiatus for a good majority of the year and when they returned in September, they would pick up right where they left off and continued one of the biggest stories where they had left off and that was with Ilja Dragunov getting a shot at the United Kingdom Championship. They had a tag match before their encounter and even that match was intense, giving us enough to show what exactly is to come when the big title match happens. Ilja is someone I was high on for a while and I was happy to see him getting the praise he deserves since he truly is one of the best they have on the roster, even if he’ll potentially be limited to only NXT UK. If you’ve seen their matches before, you know that they give us absolute goodness whenever they clash in the ring, and this one match, they gave us a masterpiece of wrestling.

The two didn’t do too much in the match but it was enough to sell what exactly they were going for by beating the ever-loving shit out of each other. You can tell that it was a gentleman’s agreement when they would stiff each other like this and trusting one another in the ring to not hurt them intentionally at the same time, that’s the type of trust and respect they have with each other. There were several times in the match where Ilja made people believe that he would be the one that would actually dethrone WALTER to take the title off of him. The selling from Ilja was also fantastic, especially when he tries to hit one of his moves but falls from the pain he received from him during the entirety of the match. WALTER would choke Ilja out to take the victory but Ilja didn’t tap out at the same time. Showing us that the two are not done yet, not by a longshot. I still believe Ilja will be the one that will take the UK Championship off of WALTER and when they eventually have that rematch, it’ll be another classic.

That concludes today’s list and we have one more to go through as we look at my Top 5 matches of 2020. It’ll probably be obvious to some people but the order of it will be what will make people guessing. Till next time!

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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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