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Cook’s Top 5: Garbage Moments in Wrestling

Thanks to Mickie James, Mark Carrano, and WWE’s apparent use of garbage bags, Steve Cook is here with a look at wrestling’s Top 5 Garbage Moments!

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Thanks to Mickie James, Mark Carrano, and WWE’s apparent use of garbage bags, Steve Cook is here with a look at wrestling’s Top 5 Garbage Moments!

The hottest topic in wrestling over the past couple of days?

Garbage!

Well, garbage bags, to be specific. Mickie James tweeted out a photo of a garbage bag that WWE sent her containing her belongings, which led to some heads being chopped in the Talent Relations department. Bad enough to be fired, even worse when the company sends your goods to you in an item that represents how they feel about you.

Not that WWE is out of the norm here. Corporations generally hate their workers and treat them as poorly as they can get away with. As long as enough people accept being treated like garbage, and think their being treated like garbage means everybody else should be, we all have to deal with it.

All this talk about garbage got me thinking, of course. What are the best garbage-related moments in wrestling history? Oh, come on, don’t act like you’ve never asked yourself that question.

Today we’re answering it. Top 5 garbage-related moments in wrestling history, go!

5. WCW’s Junkyard Invitational

If ever a wrestling product could be compared to hot garbage, 1999 WCW would be near the top of that list. There were some good moments, but it was mostly junk. Speaking of junk, WCW went straight to the junkyard when it was time to crown a Hardcore Champion. The show was Bash at the Beach, but it was anything but a day at the beach for Fit Finlay, Ciclope, Jerry Flynn, Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge, Hak, Horace Hogan, Brian Knobs, Hugh Morrus, La Parka, Lord Steven Regal, Silver King, David Taylor and Mikey Whipwreck.

There was plenty of junk & garbage to utilize in the match, but none of it was properly gimmicked and a good share of the wrestlers involved left with some type of injury. Complete garbage from WCW management.

4. Dr. Baker is not Garbage!

Dr. Britt Baker DMD is a lot of things. I think we can all agree that “garbage” is not one of them. Big Swole, however, seemed convinced that the Good Doctor was the wrestling version of Oscar the Grouch, and humiliated Britt on a number of occasions.

Completely unnecessary & uncalled for. In my opinion, this was more insulting that anything WWE has done with their Hefty bags. Big Swole should have been ashamed of herself.

3. The King Takes Out The Trash

Jerry Lawler was quite the cad back in the day. He had insulting words for everybody, including Duke “The Dumpster” Drose. Drose wrestled during his time off from trash collecting, which provided Lawler with plenty of comedy material. One day, Drose had had enough, and replied to the King with some insults of his own. Lawler’s response was to brutally beat the man with his own trash can. Seemed fair to me, as the old saying goes, “never bring something to a fight you’re afraid will be used on you”.

WWF President Jack Tunney was shocked & appalled though. He ordered Lawler to apologize for his actions, which seemed kind of silly to me. After all, it’s not like the other bad guy wrestlers were ordered to apologize for their misdeeds. Plus, Lawler had done much worse & said much more appalling things to the Hart Family, and nobody forced him to apologize for any of that. Drose came off like a soft snowflake, while Tunney was forcing his brand of cancel culture down our throats.

2. Eric Bischoff Gets Fired

Easy E had gone out of his way to embarrass & humiliate a lot of people during his long-running stint as Raw General Manager. Eventually, Bischoff faced a trial to determine whether or not he should continue in the GM role, and he wound up losing the position. He was sentenced to a firing, and was loaded in a dumpster to take him out of WWE.

Some said it was conceived as a way to humiliate Eric on his way out, as a form of revenge for the whole Monday Night War thing. These people neglected the fact that it made sense to humiliate Bischoff’s character on the way out, as he had done to many of the WWE Superstars that worked under him. Storytelling.

Now, I don’t know whether or not items might have been placed in the garbage truck to make Eric’s stay an unpleasant one. You know how wrestling people like to have fun.

1. Jack & Charlie Take a Ride

I don’t remember why there was a dumpster on the stage. I’m sure there was a perfectly good reason. What followed was one of the most memorable moments of 1998, which is saying something because it was a busy year. Both Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie ended up in the dumpster because of course they did. Then, those no-good New Age Outlaws locked them in, and pushed them off the stage! The shock was palpable as the entire locker room came out to check on Jack & Charlie & Jim Ross screamed bloody murder.

“THERE’S PEOPLE IN THERE! WHAT THE HELL IS SO GREAT ABOUT THAT?”

Classic JR. You even had Sunny crying over the guys. What was a pretty silly premise came off as a serious deal, only to lead to Jack & Charlie returning in their hospital gowns to attack the Outlaws at the end of the night. WWE has re-created this moment several times afterward, but none were quite able to match the original.

Truly the best wrestling moment involving garbage.


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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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