With the resurgence of the Million Dollar Championship, this has me thinking. What would be an actual way to make this work other than getting heat on LA Knight from attacking a legend in Ted DiBiase and continuing a feud with Cameron Grimes? There are a decent amount of ways for the Million Dollar Championship to create some ideas for it’s revival of the typically meaningless championship.
Million Dollars for Nothing
One massive way if you want to portray LA Knight as possibly the top heel of NXT it is quite simply, have him not care of it. We don’t typically see “destruction of championships” in the current era of professional wrestling. The best portrayal of someone not caring for the championship they hold has been Tetsuya Naito and the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. He used to toss the belt high in the sky with no regard for it and resulting in the championship belt chipping, getting scuffed and even at one point, broken in the gold side plating due to throwing it. Why? He got his first G1 Climax Main Event snubbed from him because of the Intercontinental Championship being newer and held by the two best of New Japan at that time in Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Something not seen on WWE Television in a good amount of years is disregarding the Championship. LA Knight is already money on the microphone, mint in the ring and looks like… well… A million dollars. He doesn’t need a championship to show that off, he can do it with his charisma and charm alone and after losing the chance to become a number one contender for the North American Champion, why should he care for this title. A program after doing away with Cameron Grimes might show the cocky powerhouse have himself above the championship. It’s a long shot but, it’s something that can be tempted with since fans have been thinking things are “stale”.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Now the opposite of the first idea is actually instating the championship as an official championship, almost like making it the workhorse championship. We usually hear the “workhorse championship” moniker with the WWE Intercontinental Championship. For everyone that thinks LA Knight is just a jerk or too cocky to the bubble that has only seen LA Knight and not Eli Drake or Shaun Ricker, this way could show the crowd he can actually go and could even have him slowly transition to a babyface role down the line. Granted, the current tag team champions in MSK and North American Champion, Bronson Reed are doing good as babyface champions, the top prize is still in the hands of a chaotic and destructive Karrion Kross with the NXT Championship.
Maybe showing that Knight can go and build himself as the one that can turn heads and take the NXT Championship away from Kross possibly. Doesn’t have to be LA Knight, of course, if he loses it to Cameron Grimes or someone else down the line, they can show they can step up to Kross since there seems to be no end in sight of his reign.
…that is unless they want to go with the next idea.
Buy Your Way To The Main Event
The main roster already has their version of getting a potential championship opportunity with the Money In The Bank briefcase. Why not make the Million Dollar Championship an equal to that? Yes, I’m talking about the Million Dollar Champion, who was in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling doing something with the championship to the current NXT Champion, also a former TNA/IMPACT Wrestling talent doing a TNA/IMPACT idea, especially with Samoa Joe taking a slight managerial role in NXT and one of the bigger named alumni of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.
I’m talking, of course, of Option C.
Option C, for those they may not know, was an idea made by the Hogan times of TNA when then X Division Champion, Austin Aries, wanted to vacate his championship so in exchange he can have a match against the World Heavyweight Champion, who at the time was Bobby Roode in the company’s longest reign with the championship. It helped put the X Division Championship in it’s premier match type with Ultimate X Match, which are always exciting and Austin Aries would defeat Roode to be World Champion in the main event.
Now that I explained, it’s simple for this. You want to make the card special for this type of an idea? The champion exchanges the Million Dollar Championship, after defending it for an amount of time or an amount of matches, for an opportunity to face the NXT Champion… make the event War Games or one of the TakeOvers before a Big Four for the Main Roster. You will have all eyes on the championship match and if it’s at War Games, the sole survivor or surviving team can have a true claim to the championship. The Million Dollar Championship becomes a fixture in NXT for a “Million Dollar Opportunity”.
The Gold Brand Grand Slam
You can already guess what I mean by this but if not, allow me to explain.
Since 1992, anyone who has had a reign with the World, Intercontinental, a Tag Team and either United States/European Championship (depending on the format and era) is deemed a Grand Slam Champion. Shawn Michaels was the first one to do so and it’s been somewhat of an impressive feat in each major wrestling company since. Since Bayley won every women’s championship in WWE, she was called the first Women’s Grand Slam Champ with Charlotte, Asuka and Sasha Banks following suit. NXT however, is different.
Not counting the Cruiserweight due to the limitations of maintaining a weight of 205 pounds, NXT proper (since not many can go to the UK right now) realistically has three championships among it’s ranks. The NXT, The North American and Tag Team Championships and there are only two wrestlers with the title of NXT Triple Crown Champion, Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole.
With a fourth title to come into the mix, that might tempt the forever cocky Adam Cole to go for more gold or maybe even Johnny finds his Way to a championship reign. The ongoing saying since the attitude era is, “Everyone wants to be the next Shawn Michaels.” What better way then doing something that HBK did on then WWF programming and winning the four championships to make yourself the NXT Grand Slam Champion?
Those are my fun little ways to actually put eyes on the Million Dollar Championship. Often the “joke” championship, it can do a lot in the confines of NXT and make something out of nothing. Maybe I’m just being hopeful, maybe I’m just being a dummy (YEAHHHH!) but hey… we want to try to make wrestling exciting, right? Gotta do as our saying says. “Always Use Your Head.”
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!
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!
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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