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Top 5 Recipients From The 2020 And 2021 Hall Of Fame Class

Bodeen looks at this unique Hall of Fame induction and picks out his Top 5 most deserving inductees!

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Every year there is a huge debate ahead of the WWE Hall of Fame induction, this debate is centered on how deserving how each member is and if they should be inducted in the Hall of Fame. This year we saw two long Hall of Fame ceremonies as the 2020 and 2021 class were both inducted in the Hall Of Fame at the Thunderdome, so with that in mind let’s look at the top 5 most deserving members from the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame class.

Please note that I will exclude Batista from this list. While Batista is extremely deserving and easily deserves a place on this list, the fact he was not truly inducted hurts him.

5. “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith

After joining WWE in 1986, the British Bulldog would be one of the first British superstars to achieve huge success in WWE. This start when The British Bulldog capturing the WWF World Tag Tag Championships with The Dynamite Kid in 1997.

The British Bulldog’s biggest achievement came in 1992 where he beat Bret “The Hitman” Hart to become Intercontinental Champion in front of a packed British crowd in one of the biggest moments in British wrestling history.

The British Bulldog’s amazing ability and huge influence on British wrestling defiantly makes him deserving to be in the Hall Of Fame and defiantly makes him deserve a place on this list.

4. RVD

During his career, Rob Van Dam would use the theme song “One Of A Kind.” Over the years RVD would prove he was one of a kind as he became a huge star early in his career inside ECW. RVD would later join WWE during the infamous invasion storyline. During this time RVD would capture the attention of WWE fans as his unique style was entertaining to watch at the time.

Early in his career, RVD would achieve success as a tag team competitor in ECW as he won the ECW World Tag Team Championships with Sabu on two occasions. RVD would later achieve success in WWE with his biggest moment coming in 2006 when he beat John Cena at ECW One Night Stand to become WWE Champion in front of a passionate ECW crowd.

Without a doubt, Rob Van Dam’s career was one of a kind. His 20+ year has seen a lot of success both inside and outside of WWE, with RVD’s unique style helping influence wrestlers we see today inside WWE.

3. Kane

After his legendary debut at In Your House in 1997, The Big Red Machine would be set for big things. Kane would have a long career and would become one of the most well-known big men in history. During his 20+ year career inside WWE, Kane would feud with legendary names such as The Undertaker, Edge, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley with Kane remaining loyal to WWE for more than 20 years.

During his long career, Kane would become WWF World Heavyweight Champion in 1998. Kane would also be a regular tag team Champion as he won tag belts with names such as Mankind, X-Pac, The Big Show, The Undertaker and Daniel Bryan. These teams showed off new sides to The Big Red Machine as he achieved huge success being a comedy character as part of Team Hell No.

Kane’s career is one of the most longest sustaining careers in WWE history as Kane has achieved regular success during his career. While Kane could have had a bigger career inside WWE, the Big Red Machine’s career is legendary and Kane easily deserves a spot inside the WWE Hall of Fame.

2. Eric Bischoff

“Controversy creates cash.”  Without a doubt, Eric Bischoff’s career has been legendary both inside the ring and outside the ring. Eric Bischoff changed the wrestling business during the Monday Night Wars as he made wrestling feel more authentic with the New World Order. Bischoff’s shoot style of booking would change the wrestling world, as wrestling grew out of its old-school vibes and became more shoot-based with this shoot-based style still being used in wrestling today.

Inside the ring, Eric Bischoff became one of the most charismatic performers in history. Bischoff did an amazing job of playing an egotistical, cocky, smug heel. Despite being a heel on paper, Bischoff would gain the love of fans when he called Vince Mcmahon out during his promos. Bischoff would continue to show his abilities on the mic in a WWE ring after WCW fell when he became the General Manager of Monday Night Raw.

While his shoot-style booking would eventually be overused in the future and be one of the contributing factors to the death of WCW, there is no denying that Eric Bischoff’s career has been legendary and Eric is defiantly deserving of being inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

1. nWo (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman)  

When Hulk Hogan turned heel and hit Randy Savage with a leg drop at the 1996 Bash at The Beach it was the start of something huge. The New World Order would become one of the biggest and influential factions in all of wrestling as Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and more leading the change as they changed the wrestling business forever with Hall, Nash and Hogan all achieving huge success in WCW during their time in the nWo.

The nWo would be the major centerpiece of WCW every week on Nitro as they helped WCW dominate WWE during the Monday Night Wars. The nWo would even have a brief appearance in WWE after the Monday Night Wars, leading to Hulk Hogan facing The Rock at WrestleMania 18, with both men putting on one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.

While the nWo would be hurt in 1999 and 2000 due to confusing booking, it still didn’t change the impact the New World Order had on the wrestling business forever with the nWo without a doubt, earning a place on this list.

These were my top 5 inductions in the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame class this year. What were your top 5 inductions and who do you think was the most deserving member to be inducted this year. 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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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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