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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW (4/5/21)

Bodeen breaks down the top moments of the final Raw before WrestleMania!

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With WrestleMania week now upon us, this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw delivered an average show that felt more like a go-home show to a minor Pay-Per-View rather than the granddaddy of them all. Luckily there were some positive moments on the show that helped set up the last step on RAW’s road to WrestleMania.

So without further ado, I am Bodeen Green and these are the top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW this week.

5. Asuka and Rhea Ripley face Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler before their WrestleMania match  

While it is disappointing that WWE used the recycled gimmick of Pay-Per-View opponents teaming up against the tag team champions, the match between Asuka, Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax was still enjoyable to watch, with the whole real downside being the match felt recycled.

Throughout the match, Rhea Ripley would continue to ignore the RAW Women’s Champion, ignoring Asuka’s tags and tagging herself to the surprise of Asuka. Despite the miscommunication, Asuka would push Shayna Baszler to her limit and even scored a near fall late in the match.

Asuka would climb to the top rope late in the match, only for Rhea Ripley to push Asuka off the top rope, sending Asuka to the floor outside, with Asuka hitting her knee on the steel stairs. Rhea would then throw Asuka in the ring allowing Shayna to pin Asuka.

4. Bad Bunny, Damian Priest, John Morrison and The Miz get ready for WrestleMania

After this was announced as a singles match between Bad Bunny and The Miz, many fans wondered how the match would week considering Bad Bunny could not be carried in a tag match by Damian Priest. Luckily WWE would change their plans this week as The Miz and John Morrison pushed Bad Bunny to the limit after vandalizing his car and attacking him, forcing Bad Bunny and Damian Priest to up the stakes for WrestleMania as both men challenged The Miz and John Morrison to a tag team match at WrestleMania.

Bad Bunny’s promo was extremely solid considering his short time in WWE. During his promo, Bad Bunny would talk about his passion for WWE and how he loved the business and every person on the roster and even loved The Miz before The Miz disrespected him. Bad Bunny would then threaten The Miz, saying he would whip The Miz’s ass, forcing Miz and John Morrison to appear on the TitanTron with both men accepting the challenge from The Miz and John Morrison.

This was a great promo from Bad Bunny with his emotions and motivations for attacking The Miz felt authentic and real. The fact that this now a tag match can help Bad Bunny stand out more, as well as give Damian Priest a great opportunity to shine under the bright lights of WrestleMania.

3. Riddle and Mustafa Ali trade blows before WrestleMania as Sheamus watches  

With just a few short weeks of build, Riddle and Sheamus did a solid job this week in building their match at WrestleMania for the United States Championship as Riddle faced a familiar opponent in Mustafa Ali. Despite not having Retribution with him, Ali would push the United States Champion to his limit with Riddle eventually getting the win over Ali, looking strong ahead of his match against Sheamus for the United States Championship.

Riddle would get the advantage early in the match as Sheamus watched at the commentary table. Riddle would later be distracted by Sheamus, allowing Mustafa Ali to get the advantage. Both men would trade strikes and submission holds with the match ending after Riddle caught Ali’s tornado DDT and hit Ali with the Bro-Derek with Riddle staring at Sheamus as he hit the Bro-Derek and pinned Ali.

Despite Riddle and Mustafa Ali having multiple matches in the last few weeks, this was another great match between the two men. The face-off after the match between Sheamus and Riddle was a solid way to build their match ahead of WrestleMania.

2. Bobby Lashey destroys Cederic Alexander and Shelton Benjamin

While it is sad to see The Hurt Business go, especially after they carried RAW for so long and were one of the best things in wrestling during a tough 2020 there is no denying that Bobby Lashley has looked great these last few weeks as he gets ready for his match against Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Bobby would get one last chance to show this dominance this week as he faced former Hurt Business member, Cederic Alexander with MVP on commentary.

Bobby Lashley would dominate most of the match with Cedric Alexander getting little offense in on the WWE Champion. Cedric’s only real offense would come after Shelton Benjamin distracted Bobby Lashley, allowing Alexander to hit a series of suicide dives. Cedric to continue to push Lashley only for Lashley to hit the spinebuster on Alexander. Lashley would then pick up Alexander and put him in the Hurt Lock for the win.

After the match, the WWE Champion would put the Hurt Lock on Shelton Benjamin with Bobby Lashley staring at the hard cam as MVP put the belt around him. This was a great segment that made Bobby Lashley look extremely strong heading into his WrestleMania match against Drew McIntyre.

1. Drew McIntyre gets ready for WrestleMania 

After arguably carrying RAW throughout 2020 and the COVID pandemic, Drew McIntyre would once again carry RAW this week as he would open the show and give an amazing promo, talking about the similarities and differences in his career and Bobby Lashley’s career. Drew would then talk about not being able to see his mother during his mother’s chemotherapy, with Drew showing off a rare side as he got emotional.

Drew would later have a match against King Corbin in the main event of RAW. Both men would put on a solid match, with Drew hitting the Claymore for the win after King Corbin tried to hit Drew with MVP’s cane. This was a great showing for Drew as Drew was once again the centerpiece of RAW this week.

Special credit once again has to go out to MVP would once again show how good he is at being a manager and commentator at the same time.

These are my top 5 moments from RAW this week what were your top 5 moments and how excited are you heading into WrestleMania 37. Let us know in the comments below.


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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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