It’s a Top 10 this week, so you know things got interesting! NJPW, NOAH, Impact and NXT had big shows. What took home some top spots?
First things first, it’s time to declare the first match into the MOTY pool. Barely edging out Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay – Shingo Takagi vs Hiroshi Tanahashi is the January winner!
Even though the top two matches were New Japan, I was happy to see every match got a some support. So that’s always nice to see some love for the entire pool. Oh yeah, last week’s winner has to be announced too; NXT: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs The Undisputed Era, but just like I said last week; there are honorable mentions as good if not better than this one. So a weak first week should make for an interesting pool considering how stacked this week is!
Now let’s get to this week shall we?
Quick Top 10:
- DDT Kawasaki Strong: KO-D Openweight Championship: Tetsuya Endo (c) vs Jun Akiyama
Rating: **** 1/2
- NXT: Vengeance Day: North American Title: Johnny Gargano (c) vs Kushida
Rating: **** 1/2
- NOAH: Return to Destination: GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship: Daisuke Harada (c) vs Seiki Yoshioka
Rating: **** 1/4
- NXT: Vengeance Day: NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs Pete Dunne
Rating: **** 1/4
- Impact Wrestling: No Surrender: X-Division Championship: TJP (c) vs Rohit Raju w/Shera
- NXT: Vengeance Day: MSK vs Grizzled Young Veterans
- NOAH: Return to Destination: GHC Heavyweight Championship: Go Shiozaki (c) vs Keiji Mutoh
- NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima: IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs SANADA
- AEW Dynamite: Falls Count Anywhere: Lance Archer & Jon Moxley vs Kenny Omega & KENTA
- NOAH: Return to Destination: Jun Akiyama & Naomichi Marufuji vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura
- Impact No Surrender: Triple Threat Revolver Match: Trey Miguel vs Ace Austin vs Willie Mack vs Blake Christian vs Suicide vs Chris Bey vs Josh Alexander vs Daivari
Rating: *** 3/4
- NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima 2.10: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs SHO
Rating: *** 3/4
- NOAH Return to Destination: GHC Junior Tag Team Championship: Kotaro Suzuki & Hidaka Ikuto vs Stinger (HAYATA & Yoshinari Ogawa) (c)
Rating: *** 3/4
- NXT Vengeance Day: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai vs Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
Rating: *** 1/2
- NOAH Return to Destination: GHC National Championship: Kenoh (c) vs Masakatsu Funaki
Rating: *** 1/2
- Impact No Surrender: Impact World Tag Team Championship: Private Party w/ Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns vs The Good Brothers (c)
Rating: *** 1/2
- NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima 2.11: NEVER Openweight 6 Man Titles: CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii) (c) vs Bullet Club (Jay White, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) w/Gedo & Jado
Rating: *** 1/2
- NOAH Return to Destination: Sugiura-Gun ( Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin, NOSAWA Rongai & Kazunari Murakami) vs KONGO (Masa Kitamiya, Haoh, Nioh, Tadasuke, Manabu Soya & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
Rating: *** 1/4
- IMPACT!: Willie Mack, Trey Miguel, Josh Alexander & Suicide vs Ace Austin, Daivari, Blake Christian & Chris Bey
Rating: *** 1/4
- NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima 2.10: Master Wato vs BUSHI
Rating: *** 1/4
- Impact No Surrender: Impact World Heavyweight Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Tommy Dreamer
Rating: *** 1/4
- NXT Vengeance Day: NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs Toni Storm vs Mercedes Martinez
- NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima 2.10: Bullet Club (ELP, Taiji Ishimori, EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi & Jay White) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii)
- Impact No Surrender: Eddie Edwards & Matt Cardona vs Brian Myers & Hernandez
- NOAH Return to Destination: Shuhei Tanijuchi & Muhammad Yone vs Masato Tanaka & Masaaki Mochizuki
- NJPW New Beginning Hiroshima 2.11: Bullet Club (El Phantasmo, Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori) vs LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI)
- AEW Dynamite: Leyla Hirsch vs Thunder Rosa
- Impact No Surrender: Susan, Deonna Purrazzo & Kimber Lee vs ODB, Jordynne Grace & Jazz
- NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima 2.10: Yuya Uemura, Gabriel Kidd & Yota Tsuji vs Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
5t. NOAH: Return to Destination: Jun Akiyama & Naomichi Marufuji vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura
Akiyama started off for a while, since he wanted to size up both of these new generation members. NOAH was built around Akiyama, as a protégé of the Four Pillars and the unofficial fifth Heavenly King he is the remaining measuring stick to test the new generation out in the Giant Baba AJPW dojo style. And did he ever put them through their paces. Akiyama’s Sternness gimmick was back in full force as he challenged Inamura’s power and Kiyomiya’s spirit.
Inamura got the first feather in his cap when he was able to win the power struggle with Akiyama, but Kiyomiya wasn’t so lucky. Akiyama dismantled his arms and put him through the paces. Akiyama hinted towards the Exploder a few times, even hitting the normal version, never his signature Wristclutch variation. Marufuji on the other hand felt like he was the guiding hand to see what Akiyama felt. Marufuji’s moves were crisp, and he punished the younger wrestlers at time, but the tension and crowd got audibly excited when Akiyama mixed it up with any of them.
Kiyomiya managed to eat a True Tiger King, Hook Kick and even get out of the Perfect Key Lock before finding his second wind. Coming off the ropes, he connects with a Headbutt to Marufuji and NOAH’s Genius stayed rocked. A German Suplex set the stage and a Tiger Suplex Hold won the match.
Winner: Kiyomiya via Tiger Suplex Hold
5t. AEW Dynamite: Falls Count Anywhere: Lance Archer & Jon Moxley vs Kenny Omega & KENTA
Archer drags Omega up, knuckle locks and goes up the corner to walk it Old School! For the MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Archer is just getting angrier! Archer puts Omega in a corner, hoists him up, inverted crucifix, but Omega slips off! The Good Brothers rush out to help Omega but Archer just DECKS them both! Kenta gets back in, spins Archer around, BACK HAND! Archer doesn’t even flinch! Kenta BACK HANDS again, then runs, into a BOOT! Anderson gets in, but Archer choke grips and CHOKE- GUN STUNS!! Anderson hits Archer, but Jake reels him in to SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! Gallows gets in, to HELL STAB Jake!
Jake gasps for air against ropes and Omega grins as he takes aim! Omega says BANG, but he runs into Moxley’s BARBED WIRE BAT! Moxley starts swinging for the fences on the Good Brothers!! The refs get Jake away but Kenta fireman’s carries Moxley for GO TO SLEEP! Archer CLOBBERS Kenta! Archer grabs Omega, and then grabs Kenta! But the DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Legal in this match, and then Good Brothers give Archer MAGIC KILLER!! Omega adds on the V-TRIGGER! Omega drags Archer up, Electric Chairs, but Archer is too big! The Good Brothers help him get Archer up, to hit the ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winner: Omega via One Winged Angel
5t. NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima: IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs SANADA
They start off with some slow mat based wrestling, which feeds into Ibushi’s usual style of wanting to wrestle his opponent’s strength. The problem is; that SANADA is a very balanced wrestler. So even if he’s proficient on the mat, he’s still not one dimensional.
After SANADA has a little advantage, then we get into a strike exchange which favors Ibushi. So both men are trading shots. Ibushi tries to end things early after Last Ride and the first Kamigoye attempt, but SANADA counters with his own Knee Strike and then we get a few Skull End attempts. A missed Moonsault gives Ibushi an opening again, so we see the return of the Lawn Dart! Ibushi then goes for the outside in rope assist German Suplex, but SANADA thankfully fights back, gets him on his shoulders and TKOs him onto the floor outside.
There’s a good bit of back and forth, SANADA attempts a few Japanese Leg Clutch variations, shakes off two padded Kamigoyes and looks to be making a surge until Ibushi just catches him, then rocks him with an exposed V-Trigger, followed by the exposed Kamigoye.
Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye
5t. NOAH: Return to Destination: GHC Heavyweight Championship: Go Shiozaki (c) vs Keiji Mutoh
There were great callbacks from both men in this match. Ironic callbacks when Shiozaki charges Mutoh on the ramp to land a move is cute. Mutoh went after Go’s legs to build off his victory from earlier this month. Shining Wizard stunned Shiizaki in the ropes, and then a Dragon Screw while he was hung up was clever. Mutoh lands an Emerald Flowsion for only two. The previous victories of a Figure Four from Mutoh and Moonsault from Shiozaki weren’t enough to win this match but build well.
Toward the end of the match things did get dicey, but it’s hard to call them botches. Mutoh failed on the first attempt to Emerald Flowsion, but he failed on the initial scoop, so he dropped him and sold exhausted. Shiozaki had a scary Avalanche Brainbuster, but aside from looking dangerous was completely fine. Also we can look at the moment Mutoh half his the backbreaker and looked like he was going to Moonsault, but didn’t pull the trigger. Again, hard to tell if that was him not feeling like he could pull it off, so he audibled, or if it was supposed to get the crowd excited to see a Mutoh Moonsault post knee surgery.
As Shiozaki looked to end things, connecting with a Lariat and then winding up for a Gowan Lariat, Mutoh jumped, Hurricanrana and flash pinfall! Shiozaki’s reign ends to a flash pin from a legend and Shiozaki is beside himself.
Winner: Mutoh via Hurricanrana
5t. NXT: Vengeance Day: MSK vs Grizzled Young Veterans
Tag to Carter, he goes up top, and Lee tags back in. SWANTON BOMB and TORNILLO SENTON! Cover, TWO?!?! Drake survives and MSK is in shock! Lee tags Carter, Carter brings Drake back up, and Lee runs, only for Gibson to dump him out! Drake clubs Carter, Gibson Electric Chair lifts Lee on the outside, Drake builds speed! TOPE DOOMSDAY SUICIDA!!! The fans are electric for “NXT! NXT!” again! GYV regroup to go after Carter but Carter ROCKS Drake! Carter DECKS Gibson but Drake CLOBBERS Carter! Tag to Gibson, and he drags Carter up. Carter still fires off fists and CHOPS on GYV!
Gibson ROCKS Carter, hoists him up for Drake, POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!!?!? How is Carter doing this?! Drake has to exit but he wants to finish this. Gibson sits Carter up and shouts, “You are in over your head!” Gibson SLAPS Carter, tags Drake, and then feeds Carter to the gut wrench. But Lee pushes Gibson away to save Carter! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Carter tags Lee in, brings Drake up, slingshot for the BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK!! Cover, MSK WINS!?!?
Winner: MSK via Blockbuster Hart Attack
5t. Impact Wrestling: No Surrender: X-Division Championship: TJP (c) vs Rohit Raju w/Shera
Rohit took it to TJP early, honestly a little too early. He dove out before TJP came into the ring, and they brawled for a while, and Brian Hebner kept imploring them to get into the ring. After some solid outside the ring work, Rohit did a damn good job.
Rohit had a wonderful counter wrestling strategy. TJP went for a Tornado DDT, Rohit countered it into a Northern Lights. TJP tried his 3 Amgos homage, and Rohit turned them into his own homage with a Perfect Plex for a two count.
Almost everything TJP threw, Rohit had an answer for. The story was gorgeous with how much Rohit knew TJP’s playbook and how well he could counter it. The rub was, when Shera tried to restrain TJP behind the referee’s back, TJP got away and malfunction at the junction. That gave TJP the chance to drop Rohit with a Detonation Kick and then Mamba Splash.
Winner: TJP via Mamba Splash
3t. NXT: Vengeance Day: NXT Championship: Finn Balor (c) vs Pete Dunne
Balor knees low and reels Dunne into the cobra twist! Dunne falls and Balor makes it part crossface! Dunne sees fingers and grabs at them! Dunne SNAPS the fingers!!! Balor clutches his digits but Dunne drags him up. Balor throws forearms with the good arm and he knocks Dunne down! Balor gives those Danielson Stomps back but Dunne won’t let go! Dunne pump handles but Balor elbows Dunne away! Dunne yanks the arm harder for an unofficial low blow! And he hits BITTER END!! Cover, TWO!??! Balor survives Dunne’s best shot?! Fans are thunderous for this match again as Dunne stalks Balor.
Balor sits up, Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the hands! And then DOUBLE STOMPS again!! BUZZSAW! Powerbomb- DDT COUNTER!! Balor fires up, runs, but into an ENZIGURI! He PELES through! Dunne PENALTY KICKS from behind! Pump handle, BITTER- NO! BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, AND has Balor’s fingers! Balor tries to get away but Dunne rises! Balor stomps the bad foot! Dunne still SNAPS the fingers! Balor DOUBLE STOMPS Dunne on the back! Balor sits Dunne up, and takes his mouth guard away! Balor takes aim, to basement dropkick Dunne in the face! Dunne is down, Balor goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!!!! Balor shows no mercy, he gives Dunne the 1916!!!! Cover, Balor wins!!!
Winner: Balor via 1916
3t. NOAH: Return to Destination: GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship: Daisuke Harada (c) vs Seiki Yoshioka
Lightning fast start, counters, attack ducks, rope runs, absorbing a few strikes and just coming back at others. Harada leads Yoshioka into the ropes, hits a Release German Suplex, hits the Release Belly to Belly into the corner, Henkei Knee Upper and even the Turn Over Knee, but only for a 2 count. After the legs started to slow on both, the haymakers flew. A match that went from jumping over leg sweeps and counter wrestling, turned into a war of attrition.
Yoshioka rocks Harada with a Thrust Kick and lands a Pumphandle Side Driver, but only for 2. Styles Clash set up, but instead of the Clash, he jumps and drives the opponent down onto their shoulders, CRASH DRIVER! We have a new Junior champion!
Winner: Seiki via Crash Driver
1t.NXT: Vengeance Day: North American Title: Johnny Gargano (c) vs Kushida
Kushida turns him again, but they’re closer to ropes! Gargano can’t reach, Kushida pulls harder, but Gargano gets the ropebreak by a foot! The ref counts, Kushida won’t let go but Gargano drags him out of the ring! Gargano grabs for fencing but Kushida holds on. Gargano RAMS Kushida into the apron, but Kushida still holds on! Gargano RAMS Kushida into the barriers and is free! Gargano scrambles back to the elevated ramp, and decides to retreat, but Kushida runs from the stage to PENALTY KICK the arm!! Maybe NOW it’s broken! Gargano staggers up, Kushida hops on, HOVERBOARD!!! Gargano stays on his feet to put Kushida in the rope and HOTSHOT him!
Kushida flops to the ramp, fans say “Johnny Wrestling” is back as he slingshots to ONE FINAL BEAT to the RAMP!!! Gargano puts Kushida back in, then crawls after with one good arm. The ref checks on Kushida, he is still okay, and he slowly rises. Gargano aims, slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT AGAIN!! Cover, Gargano wins!!
Winner: Gargano via One Final Beat
1t. DDT Kawasaki Strong: KO-D Openweight Championship: Tetsuya Endo (c) vs Jun Akiyama
After Akiyama won the D-Oh Grand Prix, he declared his challenge for the KO-D championship. KO-D is DDT’s top championship, effectively standing for King of DDT. Endo is the younger bad boy style of wrestler in his second reign after beating Masato Tanaka last year.
Unlike his match in NOAH where he acted more like the invulnerable veteran, much like Kobashi or Misawa would do to younger wrestlers, he sold much more in this match. Early on he out wrestled the younger champion, but once a few of the Damnation seconds got involved, it opened Akiyama up for some punishment. Part of the beauty was that even though Damnation got involved once, it was never again, and made logical sense to help out their stablemate.
I didn’t get a chance to watch the D-Oh Grand Prix, but I found it interesting that Akiyama was focusing on Endo’s neck. Chops, elbows, Knee Strikes, a Front Neck Lock, and even a Butterfly Lock. In AJPW Akiyama tended to finish matches with the Wristclutch Exploder, so I was curious where we were going. Endo focused Akiyama’s knees since that’s a big part of his offense, and even working over the neck, Endo still hit a few Torture Rack Powerbombs.
The fight raged on, we had great near falls, Endo kicked out of the Wristclutch Exploder and missed his Shooting Star Press. So I was curious where we were going, but Akiyama busts out a modified version of the Sternness Driver for the pinfall! This was just a great battle, Akiyama is definitely legit, and as of today, he officially became a full time DDT roster member.
Between Tanaka’s reign, Endo’s second reign, Akiyama winning and the CyberFight money, this does a lot to legitimize DDT beyond the comedy wrestling people associate it with.
Winner: Akiyama via Modified Sternness Driver
Do I really have to decide this week? This is crazy. Jun Akiyama helps to continue the narrative of 2021 that older athletes are still more than enough of a challenge by appearing twice in the Top 10. Mutoh winning the GHC to cement his place in history helps the narrative as well, but everyone should’ve heard about that by now.
I’m torn between Johnny Gargano vs Kushida and Akiyama vs Endo. Both were great, told different stories and definitely left a mark that could last on some Top MOTY lists. Since I have to decide…I’ll just flip a coin or something. Hold please – OH LOOK, Johnny Gargano vs Kushida gets my vote!
There we go, I decided, now you should as well!
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 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!
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!
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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