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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 4/25/2021

AJPW’s Champion Carnival continues, Impact Rebellion happened over the weekend, and the general television leads to some interesting mixtures!

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AJPW’s Champion Carnival continues, Impact Rebellion happened over the weekend, and the general television leads to some interesting mixtures!

Now last week wasn’t a strong contender, but the week still happened. So the winner was, NXT: Cruiserweight Championship: Kushida vs Santos Escobar, solid match and a nice surprise. But does it even hold a candle to this week, much less Mania week?

Let’s find out!

Quick Top 5:

  1. Impact Rebellion: X Division Championship: TJP vs Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton (c) vs Josh Alexander
    Rating: **** ¼
  2. Champion Carnival: Suwama vs Yuma Aoyagi
    Rating: ****
  3. AEW Dynamite: TNT Title: Darby Allin (c) vs Jungle Boy
    Rating: *** ¾
  4. Champion Carnival: Kento Miyahara vs Kohei Sato
    Rating: *** ¾
  5. Impact Rebellion: Champion vs Champion: Rich Swann (c) vs Kenny Omega (c)
    Rating: *** ¾

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • WWE SmackDown: Seth Rollins & Jey Uso vs Cesaro & Daniel Bryan
    Rating: *** ½
  • AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Ricky Starks
    Rating: *** ½
  • NXT: Cameron Grimes vs Kyle O’Reilly
    Rating: *** ¼
  • WWE Raw: Riddle vs Randy Orton
    Rating: *** ¼
  • Impact Rebellion: Brian Myers vs Matt Cardona
    Rating: *** ¼
  • Champion Carnival: Shuji Ishikawa vs Shotaro Ashino
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NXT UK: Sha Samuels & Noam Dar vs Tyler Bate & Trent Seven
    Rating: *** ¼
  • AEW Dynamite: AEW Women’s Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs Tay Conti
    Rating: *** ¼
  • Impact Rebellion: Violent by Design vs Eddie Edwards, Chris Sabin, Willie Mack & James Storm
    Rating: ***
  • Impact Rebellion: Impact Tag Team Titles: FinJuice (c) vs The Good Brothers
    Rating: ***
  • NXT: Zoe Stark vs Sarray
    Rating: ***

3t. Impact Rebellion: Champion vs Champion: Rich Swann (c) vs Kenny Omega (c)

From AJ’s Review:

Omega thinks he can get damage on Swann again but, Swann uses his adrenaline and speed against Omega and actually gets a good amount of offense but the assault early on makes Rich take too much time and after each men go to the ropes at the same time, Rich gets the upper-hand and pushes Kenny off into a Splash, only for a two as Omega now gets the momentum and hits a Doctor Wily Bomb, V-Trigger and then attempts the One Winged Angel but Swann sees it coming and gets out of the way before getting hit with another V-Trigger. Omega looks like he was going to do an avalanche One Winged Angel but rolls out of the move and both do a sloppy fall down as they go back to the strikes. Kenny takes the advantage again with a V-Trigger and hits two Snap Dragon Suplexs before Rich breaks out of the third attack and hits a cutter. Swann goes for a handspring cutter but Omega pull Hebner in the way and take it. Kenny goes to do use a chair but Aubrey Edwards stops him and Swann uses this to do another Cutter and even then, Kenny gets another V-Trigger in and takes control. Croyt’s Wrath, unprotected V-Triggers, Kenny is dissecting Swann until another burst of adrenaline after Eddie and Willie cheer him on and even though Rich gets the advantage, he can’t hit the Phoenix Splash and misses, getting hit with another V-Trigger and with the finish of the One Winged Angel.

Winner: Omega via One Winged Angel

 

3t. Champion Carnival: Kento Miyahara vs Kohei Sato

From Mathew’s Review:

Sato was going for the German Suplex Hold but Kento was holding his ground, holding onto the ropes and when Sato saw it wasn’t going anywhere, he just shoved him into the turnbuckle. Sato charged at Kento but missed, leading Kento to hit the first Blackout of the match as they both go down. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head before hitting another one soon as Sato got up but would kick out at two. Sato hits a knee to the gut to stop Kento’s momentum and would pick him up to hit a beautiful Falcon Arrow but Kento kicked out at two. Sato was getting ready for the German Suplex Hold again but Kento immediately turned behind him to hit a German Suplex and a Blackout. Kento went for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Kohei kicked his leg out to make him let go and hits a stiff forearm. Kento counteracted with another Blackout, leading to hit another one, and finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to grab the victory!

Winner: Miyahara via Shutdown Suplex Hold

 

3t. AEW Dynamite: TNT Title: Darby Allin (c) vs Jungle Boy

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

JB is still down, Luchasaurus shouts to him, but JB is up at 8, leaning against Luchasaurus. That’s enough for him to get in at 9.5!! Luchasaurus backs off because he was innocent, but Sting questions it! Luchasaurus defends himself to the Icon and puts a hand on his shoulder to keep him back. Sting catches that arm in a cording hold to ROCK Luchasaurus with haymakers! Sting and Luchasaurus brawl on stage! Sting kicks but Luchasaurus stays up to throw Sting down the tunnel! JB and Darby are up and they brawl in the ring! Darby shoves but JB rebounds to LARIAT!! JB gets Darby up fast for a BRAINBUSTER!! JB sits Darby up, BLINDSIDE LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!??

Fans fire up as JB gets the legs and the crossface for the SNARE TRAP!! Darby is fading fast but his hand still reaches! Darby gets his second wind and he drags himself to the ropes! JB drags Darby back to stand on the legs! And then he gets the arms, for the ROMERO SPECIAL, and a ROLLING SURFBOARD! JB then gets the legs again, SNARE TRAP!! Darby endures again as JB shifts to a cravat hold, but Darby claws at JB’s eyes! Darby gets free, but JB comes back to SLAP Darby! And slap and slap and slap! Fans are thunderous as they duel, but Darby whips. JB sunset flips, Darby rolls through to get the legs! LAST SUPPER CLUTCH!! DARBY WINS!!!

Winner: Allin via Last Supper

 

2. Champion Carnival: Suwama vs Yuma Aoyagi

From Mathew’s Review:

The two would slowly get up as Yuma delivered a couple of European Uppercuts to get Suwama down on the mat before climbing to the top rope. As Yuma was on top, Suwama quickly got up to fight Yuma to get him out a bit before hitting a Superplex to make them both go down again. Suwama hits a Discus Lariat as Yuma barely kicked out and Suwama would get him up for the Backdrop as Yuma fights it off to make him let go, hitting a spin kick to have the champ go down. Yuma picked him up for the Rockstar Buster as Suwama kicked out and Yuma quickly turns it into the End Game! Yuma tries to grab the champ’s arm to lock it in full but Suwama would have his foot on the rope to break the hold and save himself. Yuma delivered a couple of forearms to get the champ down and ran the ropes but Suwama catches him with another Lariat before collapsing. Suwama went for the Backdrop but Yuma shifted his body around to pin him as Suwama kicked out at two but Yuma wasn’t done as he tried to roll him up with the European Clutch as Suwama kicked out again! Yuma had the champ in a headlock but Suwama grabbed onto him to hit the Backdrop! Suwama slowly got up to hit another Backdrop and it looks like this could be over as Yuma barely kicked out! Suwama turns Yuma inside out with a Lariat but Yuma kicked out again! Suwama, however, didn’t waste any more time as he hits the Backdrop Hold, getting the victory over Yuma! Great match!

Winner: Suwama via Backdrop Hold

 

1. Impact Rebellion: X Division Championship: TJP vs Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton (c) vs Josh Alexander

From AJ’s Review:

The match starts off fast and rapid to all men as Ace is removed from the ring early on as everyone shows their prowess. TJP with his all-around talent, Alexander with his technical wrestling and Ace with his speed and agility as everyone gets a good amount of high speed offense with what they are best at.  TJP goes for a few holds like the Octopus and weakening his opponents at some points, Ace goes and gets the wrestling goes into overdrive and Josh Alexander gets the strength factor, even executing a Russian Leg Sweep and Superplex at the same time to his opponents.

TJP and Josh Alexander get their submission moves on not only each other but Ace as well but Ace can also get his signature move, The Fold, on Josh Alexander getting things sped up again where nobody looks to get an advantage. After high speed and high risk moves with even Madman Fulton getting involved but all in vain, as TJP gets taken out by Fulton and Divine Intervention comes in the form of a new X Division Champion.

Winner: Josh Alexander via Divine Intervention

 

Final Thoughts:

Much like I expected going into Rebellion, Omega won, the match was a bit disappointing and tried to make Rich seem “resilient” but coming off a match with Trey that tried the same thing, and the obvious outcome, none of this came across well. It was more just like dragging out the ending to a story everyone’s heard before. HOWEVER, the X Division match was match of the night like I expected, and became my personal vote for Match of the Week.

Champion Carnival had some contenders, and decent matches on SmackDown and AEW made some push; but the X Division is in a good place right now. It’s also really great to see Josh Alexander experiencing some singles success without much down time from the tag team dominance.

So vote away and we’ll see how the chips fall 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?

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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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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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