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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: Monday Night RAW (4\26\21)

Bodeen is back with your look into WWE Monday Night Raw! Love it or hate it, here is what stands out to him!

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Bodeen is back with your look into WWE Monday Night Raw! Love it or hate it, here is what stands out to him!

After two terrible weeks of Monday Night RAW following WrestleMania, this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW did little to improve on the red brand’s recent poor form. Most of the matches and promos on RAW this week dragged on as the build for WrestleMania Backlash continues to feel lackluster and slow with there being very little interest heading into the pay-per-view. However, I am here to look at all the positives from RAW this week, so with all the negative stuff out the way, it is time to once again take a look at the top 5 moments that stood out on Monday Night RAW this week.

5. Rhea Ripley asserts her dominance in a 6-woman tag match against Lana, Naomi and Asuka 

While on paper this may not have been a star-filled match, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley would put on a great match against Lana, Naomi and Asuka with Rhea Ripley looking extremely strong as she stayed in for most of the match, rarely tagging in her tag team partners. This match would also help advance the feud between Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler against Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke after Brooke and Rose once again distracted Nia Jax.

Ripley would dominate most of the match with Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler being distracted by Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke. The Raw Women’s Champion’s dominance would cut short by Lana, who hit Ripley with a crossbody for a near fall late in the match. Lana would continue to push Ripley late in the match scoring more near falls against Ripley, getting closer to victory with each near-fall.

Unfortatanly, for Lana it would not be enough as Ripley quickly regained control in the match with Ripley hitting Lana with the Riptide. Ripley would then tag in Nia Jax, with Nia hitting a leg drop on a vulnerable Lana for the pinfall victory. 

4. The New Day and Damien Preist take on Elias, The Miz and Jaxson Ryker in a 6-man tag match 

After a lackluster opening of RAW involving Braun Strowman, Drew Mcintyre, T-Bar and Mace, it would be up to The New Day, Damien Preist, The Miz, Elias and Jaxson Ryker to help revive RAW. Despite the match being a bit sloppy and slow at times, the match did a solid job in making Damien Preist looked strong as well as advancing the rivalry between The Miz and Preist with Preist getting the upper hand in their feud this week after Preist and The New Day beat Elias, Miz and Ryker.  

The New Day and Damian Priest would secure the advantage early in the match as their quick tags and teamwork caught Ryker, Elias and The Miz by surprise. However, it wouldn’t take much time for the heels to fight back as they began to work on Preist and The New Day. The New Day would then use their experience to isolate Jaxson Ryker with The New Day and Damian Priest all working together to hit a triple team move on Jaxson Ryker for a close near fall. 

While Ryker, Miz and Elias would fight back once again late in the match, it was The New Day who got the last laugh after Xavier Woods pinned Jaxson Ryker with an inside cradle in a solid match that was a solid highlight on a show that was less than solid this week. 

3. Charlotte has her suspension lifted thanks to Sonya Deville  

After Charlotte was suspended last week on RAW, it was only a matter of time until she would later return to RAW. In a surprise, this amount of time would be just one week as Charlotte appeared on RAW thanks to the help of Sonya Deville who lifted Charlotte’s suspension to the disagreement of Adam Pearce. Charlotte would apologise for her actions last week after attacking a referee when she lost a match against Asuka due to Rhea Ripley interfering, allowing Asuka to pin Charlotte.

After apologising Charlotte would then reveal her true colours forcing the referee to apologise for his mistake last week. Later in the night, Sonya Deville was confronted by Adam Pearce, with Deville paying little attention to Pearce’s protests. Deville would later talk to her former tag partner, Mandy Rose informing Rose that she would have to face off against Charlotte.

Despite Mandy Rose getting a little offence in against Charlotte due to Charlotte being distracted by the referee, Charlotte would make short work of Mandy Rose, pinning Rose after hitting her with the Natural Selection to finish a busy night after being suspended last week. 

2. Riddle and Randy Orton team up for the first time against Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexender  

After beating Randy Orton in a shock win, Riddle would be interviewed backstage this week. Riddle would then be interrupted mid-promo by Randy Orton. Orton would then talk about how much Riddle surprised him last week and how talked about being interested in Riddle’s idea of forming a tag team, much to Riddle’s surprise. 

Riddle and Orton would then get a chance later in the night to show off their tag team skills as they teamed up against Cedric Alexender and Shelton Benjamin. Riddle would look strong in the match early, but Benjamin and Alexender would regain control in the match isolating Riddle from Orton. 

Despite this though, Riddle would pin Orton, with Orton performing a great hot tag which included an amazing RKO on a flying Cedric Alexender. Orton would then hit the hanging DDT on Shelton, tagging in Riddle who hit the floating bro on Shelton for the win in what could be the start of an entertaining team.  

1. Braun Strowman takes on Drew Mcintyre for a chance to take on Bobby Lashley  

After teaming up with each other to take on T-Bar and Mace, Drew Mcintyre and Braun Strowman would face each other later in the night in the main event as the WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley watched on with MVP as Strowman and Mcintyre would destroy each other in a great big man vs big man main event with neither men looking weak in this match.  

Drew would try to get the early advantage against The Monster Among Men, hitting him with a shoulder tackle which did nothing against Strowman. After some back and forth, Strowman would throw Mcintyre outside the ring and get ready to attack Mcintyre, only for Bobby Lashey to come out as RAW went to the ad break. 

Both men would continue to punish each other as Lashley and MVP watched on. Late in the match, Strowman would attempt to hit a powerslam on Drew, only for Drew to be saved by MVP. Drew would then attempt a Claymore only to be distracted by T-Bar and Mace, allowing Strowman to hit the powerslam on Drew for the win, making the WWE Title match at Backlash a triple threat. 

These were my top 5 moments from Monday Night Raw this week? What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of the quality of Monday Night RAW after WrestleMania? Let us know in the comments below


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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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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