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

Bodeen looks over the last episode of NXT! What were his Top 5 moments?



After Monday Night RAW once again failed to deliver it was NXT’s job to lift the spirits of fans as the black and yellow brand produced yet another amazing episode as we saw Leon Ruff take on Isaiah Swerve Scott, Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon take on Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae and much more. So let us get right into the action and look at the top 5 moments from yet another amazing edition of the black and yellow brand.

5. The Million Dollar Man, Ted Dibiase foils Cameron Grimes once again   

Despite having a great start to NXT this week after he beat Asher Hale in a quick and easy fashion, Cameron Grimes would once again be embarrassed this week on NXT as Ted Dibiase once again outwitted Grimes in a great segment that was entertaining to watch and was another great showing for Grimes.

During his match, Grimes would dominate Hale in his match with Grimes hitting the Cave In to make short work of Hales. After the match, Grimes would celebrate his victory telling Ever-Rise he once going to celebrate by himself in the VIP room later in the night.

Unfortunately for Grimes, Grimes would not be allowed in. It would then be revealed then, Ted Dibiase was the reason for this for Dibiase telling Grimes “don’t rent the room when you can buy the whole place” as he once again foiled Grimes.

4. Finn Balor, Kyle O’Reilly, Pete Dunne and The WAY take on Karrion Kross 

Halfway through the show, the NXT Champion, Karrion Kross would come out with Kross cutting a solid promo as he called out the NXT roster addressing anyone to step up. Kross would talk about his match against Austin Theory this week with Kross giving Theory a warning for next week. Before Kross could say anything more Kyle O’Reilly would come out and would call out the NXT Champion telling Kross that he wanted a match with him and believed Kross also wanted to face O’Reilly. O’Reilly would then be interrupted by Pete Dunne with Dunne calling out Kross and O’Reilly telling both men that he was the baddest man in NXT.

Finn Balor would then come out, making his return to the black and yellow brand after losing the NXT Championship to Karrion Kross a few weeks ago at NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver. Balor would talk about his history with both O’Reilly and Dunne and how he was coming after Kross. Balor would then attack Kross with Kross getting the upper hand. Kross would quickly take down Balor, O’Reilly and Dunne with Kross standing tall in the ring despite being attacked by Dunne, O’Reilly and Balor with security separating all four men from each other.

The chaos would then allow Austin Theory and Johnny Gargano to jump Kross from behind, despite Kross’s best attempts the numbers game would be too much for him as The Way took down the NXT Champion after Gargano hit Kross with the North American Title. This was a great segment that helped set up the landscape for the NXT Championship as well as set up next week’s match between Theory and Kross with the segment also making Kross look extremely strong after it took 5 men to take him down.

3. Leon Ruff takes on Isaiah Swerve Scott in a Falls Count anywhere match

Both Leon Ruff and Isaiah Swerve Scott would open NXT this week with both men having a falls count anywhere match after weeks and weeks of both men feuding with each other. Early in the match, Isaiah Swerve Scott would use his in-ring experience against Leon Ruff, with Scott hitting Ruff with a knee strike after Ruff tried to charge Scott right after the bell rung allowing Swerve to get a huge advantage early in the match against Ruff.

Despite Ruff getting brief moments of offence in against Scott, Scott would have the advantage throughout the match. However Ruff would push surprise Scott with a crucifix bomb from the top turnbuckle for a nearfall. Ruff would then continue to push Scott throughout the match, hitting him with a toolbox in the knee and a top rope frog splash for yet another nearfall late in the match.

Late in the match, Ruff would clothesline Scott over the barricade with Ruff then climbing on top of a stage as Scott tried to recover. Ruff would then jump off the stage only to be caught by AJ Francis who slammed in on top of the barricade. This would allow Scott to recover and hit the JML Driver on Ruff for the win in a exciting match that did a great job in opening NXT.

2. Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon take on Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae in a street fight  

After weeks and weeks of facing each other, Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart would take things to the extreme this week as both teams faced each other in a street fight for the NXT Women’s tag team Chamionship. All four women involved would waste no time in taking the fight to each other as they started brawling during the ring announcer’s introduction. With both teams also not wasting any time getting weapons as LeRae grabbed steel chairs from under the ring and Ember Moon grabbing trash cans soon after.

Both teams would push each other to the limit in an over-the-top main event with Shotzi Blackheart being the MVP of the match after she hit LeRae with a senton on a bridging ladder outside the ring. Blackheart wouldn’t be done there as she Hartwell with Barrett’s coffee mug sending her on the announce table. Shotzi would then climb then rigging and hit a splash on Hartwell through the announce table.

Late in the match, Hartwell would take out Ember Moon sending her through a table outside the ring. This would allow LeRae to hit the Wicked Stepsister on Shotzi Blackheart on a steel chair to pin the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions in an amazing main event that once again showcased just how talented the NXT Women’s division is from top to bottom.

1. Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa take on The Grizzled Young Veterans in tag team action  

After the makeshift team of Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher embarrassed The Grizzled Young Veterans last week by attacking both men with their shoes, The Grizzled Young Veterans would have a chance to get revenge of Thatcher and Ciampa this week as both teams faced against each other in a brutal hard-hitting match with both teams showcasing their talent as they exchanged brutal strikes in a fantastic match that was fun to watch from beginning to end.

Tommaso Ciampa and James Drake would be the two men to open the match for their teams with both men exchanging holds as they tried to get the early advantage. After some back and forth, Ciampa would tag in Thatcher, with Drake tagging in Gibson soon after with Thatcher and Ciampa getting the advantage after they clubbed their opponents with brutal strikes as the ad break started.

Late in the match, Drake would hit a suicide dive on Ciampa to send him over the announce table with Wade Barrett losing his shoe in the process. Ciampa and Thatcher would later use this to their advantage with Ciampa distracting the referee, allowing Thatcher to hit Gibson with Barrett’s shoe to pin Gibson and win in a great match that helped push Ciampa and Thatcher as a tag team threat.

These were my top 5 moments from another action-packed episode of NXT this week. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of Tomasso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher continuing to work together as a tag team? Let us know in the comments down 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?



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!



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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