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Greg DeMarco’s WWE WrestleMania Saturday Stream Of Consciousness

It’s WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!

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It’s WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!

WWE WrestleMania is the Showcase Of Immortals, and it’s also when the WWE gets to showcase itself. With no reliance on part-timers to be found, WrestleMania Saturday features a historic main event and a ton of potential. Will it meet that potential? Read on to see what Greg DeMarco thought in real time!

(Extended) Opening Moments

  • Fantastic job picking up where they left off last year, and updating it for now.
  • Loved seeing the talent on the stage, and you could see how emotional they were.
  • Now, we have the rain delay. And I have to say…this is amazing. Seeing them cut promos on the fly with no script, no bullet points, no preconceived/pre-produced
  • Shane McMahon killed time for Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, who crushed it. The New Day was fantastic, Braun Strowman did his best, Kevin Owens cut what is basically a shoot promo. So well done.

Titus O’Neil and Hulk Freakin’ Hogan

  • Do we really need Hulk Hogan at this point?
  • I feel for Titus, but I give him all the credit in the world for not slapping the shit out of Hogan right there.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. The Almighty Bobby Lashley (champion) w/MVP

  • Drew McIntyre deserves this entrance more than anyone. And you can see the emotion on his face.
  • Lashley needs pyro to go off when he points.
  • That stage looks awesome, by the way.
  • How do you not focus on Bobby Lashley’s MMA experience when it finds it’s way into the match? That has to be off limits, otherwise you know Joe would bring it up.
  • I don’t know who does Drew’s beard work, but they did him no favors.
  • Amazing throws and even a Northern Lights Suplex–Drew pulling out the entire moveset tonight!
  • Commentary team standing in front of the table, monitors probably out. They’re doing a great job with this.
  • Crowd SOLIDLY behind The Hurt Lock.
  • BOB WINS!

Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Lashley

  • Bob doesn’t kick out of the Claymore, but Drew also doesn’t escape the Hurt Lock. Well done all around.

Tag Team Turmoil: Lana & Naomi vs. Carmella & Billie Kay vs. The Riott Squat (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Natalya & Tamina

  • I bet this gets cut short for time. I am glad they’re getting introductions.
  • We start with Naomi & Lana vs. Carmella & Billie Kay.
  • Billie Kay & Carmella eliminate Lana & Naomi, which makes no sense.  I have a feeling The IIconics will be back together come WWE Draft season.
  • The Riott Squad should really win this thing.
  • MATCHING TIGHTS! MATCHING TIGHTS! MATCHING TIGHTS!
  • Little confusion there, eh? The Riott Squad survives!
  • Welp, that was going well until Natalya & Tamina won. But I have a feeling Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler are retaining.

Winners: Natalya & Tamina (advance to WrestleMania Sunday to challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the WWE Women’s World Tag Team Championships)

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

  • This truly is the biggest match in Cesaro’s career–but it’s also one that would further cement Rollins as a Hall Of Famer.
  • I’ve been picking Cesaro here as I can imagine Rollins wants to make him in this one match.
  • Also, surprised that we haven’t seen everyone wearing white tonight, as we typically see a lot of at WrestleMania. It’s a welcomed change, I did all the black gear.
  • Nice to see that the Big Swing is a part of the match’s storytelling.
  • Corkscrew Splash! Seemed less effective that way–but more impressive.
  • Fans REALLY want to see Cesaro get the win, and I am with them.
  • Stomp into European Uppercut + 23 Rotation Big Swing + Neutralizer = CESARO WINS

Winners: Cesaro

  • I can’t tell you how happy this makes me, seeing one of my all time favorites get the duke here.
  • I had a feeling Seth wanted to put him over, and he truly did.
  • Credit to Corey Graves for going off script in how he put Cesaro’s win–and career–over.

Kayla Braxton Interviews The Dirty Sawgs

  • Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode putting in hard work to put over a match when they aren’t on the card. That’s impressive.

Raw Tag Team Championships: Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. AJ Styles & Omos

  • Remember when everyone thought they broke up The New Day? WrestleMania was the perfect time to have Big E doing that intro the way he did.
  • New Day is one of the acts who benefits most from having fans present.
  • Omos wrestling in street clothes actually makes perfect sense.
  • The gear in this match is 🔥🔥🔥
  • Especially love AJ’s silver gear
  • Great POP for Omos after AJ literally carried this thing.
  • Omos’ moveset is super simple–it’s actually what it should be.
  • Korfi Kingston???
  • And we have our new Andre The Giant.

Winners and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions: Omos & AJ Styles

  • Perfect debut for Omos, and AJ doing some amazing work here. Very well done.

Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon vs. Braun Strowman

  • It’s time for the match that came together because Shane called Braun stupid.
  • I know much of Wrestling Twitter doesn’t want to see this, but Braun is over with the kids and casuals, and Shane is over with the adult casuals. This match makes perfect sense.
  • Shane McMahon is a horrible professional wrestler.
  • Shane McMahon should be a horrible professional wrestler.
  • This one is for the kids and casual fans, see:

  • Jerry Lawler is terrible at this commentary thing.
  • See, Shane lost because he did something stupid. It’s storytelling.
  • Braun is insanely over, and this match was way better than anyone will want to give it credit for.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Hall Of Famers

  • Nice touch having X-Pac come out first for the NWO, since it’s his only induction.

The Miz & John Morrison vs. Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

  • The Miz should always have his standard WrestleMania entrance.
  • The crowd is already hyped for Damian Priest and Bad Bunny before they enter. This match could make Priest a huge star.
  • Hell of an entrance for Bad Bunny, and it showcased the jealousy part of the angle.
  • Franky Monet’s husband might steal this match.
  • Bab Bunny obviously trained, but he focused on his spots. Apparently running the ropes and getting tossed through them wasn’t part of the curriculum,
  • That said, this is more than worth the cost–exposure is insane. He’s perfect for WrestleMania.
  • Priest FINALLY Gets tagged in and kills the crowd with his stupid pose. The guy can be a big star, they just need to strip away a few things.
  • He may not be good at running the ropes, but he can sure hit  Falcon Arrow.
  • And now he hits a Canadian Destroyer???
  • The right guys won, that’s for sure.

Winners: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

  • Michael Cole has no one he can compare it to? He obviously didn’t watch Pat McAfee wrestle Adam Cole.
  • Bad Bunny was great. Pat McAfee was better, but Bad Bunny was fantastic and perfect for this spot.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs. Champion Sasha Banks

  • Love that WWE treated this like a true main event, with the entrances, pyro, and more.
  • And the crowd is doing their part as well, making both women get emotional.
  • Sasha Banks is elevating her game as a performer, despite already being one of the best. This is her biggest night.
  • That was the greatest Suicide Dive of Sasha Banks’ career, too.
  • Bianca Belair walking up those steps with Sasha in a Press Slam is one of the most impressive feats of strength I have ever seen.
  • Sasha Banks is the Shawn Michaels of the women’s division.
  • Double Jump Tornado DDT? I LIKE IT.
  • Jet Pack DDT?
  • This isn’t just a great match, it’s great storytelling.

  • And Bianca gets the win! Michael Cole thought Sasha kicked out, so maybe there was a screw up. At least that’s what Meltzer will tell us. Great match.

Winner and NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair

When you factor in the rain delay, this clocks in at just over 3 hours. Very well done by WWE. Very well done.

Overall Impressions

Plenty of memorable moments on a card that is all about memorable moments. From Bob Lashley retaining to Bianca Belair winning, plus Cesaro’s big moment and Bad Bunny delivering, this show had it all. Hopefully WrestleMania Sunday can live up to what Saturday delivered.


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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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