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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 8/22/2021

So these articles have been inconsistent, because let’s be honest, wrestling has been inconsistent. However, we had a pretty huge weekend, so it warrants some attention!

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So these articles have been inconsistent, because let’s be honest, wrestling has been inconsistent. However, we had a pretty huge weekend, so it warrants some attention!

We’ll figure out how the MOTY Pool looks after the consistency of the industry picks back up. And given how things have gotten a little shaken up this weekend, things should start getting fun again.

Let’s just get to the week!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NXT TakeOver 36: NXT UK Championship: WALTER (c) vs Ilja Dragunov
    Rating: ***** ¼
  2. SummerSlam: Seth Rollins vs Edge
    Rating: **** ¾
  3. IMPACT Emergence: X Division Championship: Jake Something vs Josh Alexander (c)
    Rating: **** ½
  4. SummerSlam: Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs John Cena
    Rating: **** ¼
  5. IMPACT Emergence: IMPACT World Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs Brian Myers
    Rating: *** ¾

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • NXT TakeOver 36: 2 out of 3 Falls: Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly
    Rating: *** ½
  • SummerSlam: Raw Tag Team Titles: RK-Bro vs AJ & Omos (c)
    Rating: *** ½
  • IMPACT Emergence:  #1 Contender 4 Way: Moose vs Chris Sabin vs Sami Callihan vs Ace Austin
    Rating: *** ½
  • NXT TakeOver 36: NXT Championship: Karrion Kross (c) vs Samoa Joe
    Rating: *** ½
  • AJPW Odou Tournament: T-Hawk vs Kento Miyahara
    Rating: *** ½
  • IMPACT Emergence: Rohit Raju vs Matt Cardona
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NXT: Ilja Dragunov vs Roderick Strong
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NXT TakeOver 36: Million Dollar Championship: Cameron Grimes vs LA Knight (c)
    Rating: *** ¼
  • SummerSlam: United States Championship: Sheamus (c) vs Damian Priest
    Rating: *** ¼
  • IMPACT Emergence: Steve Maclin vs Petey Williams
    Rating: ***
  • SummerSlam: WWE Championship: Goldberg vs Bobby Lashley (c)
    Rating: ***
  • NXT TakeOver 36: NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez (c) vs Dakota Kai
    Rating: ***
  • WWE RAW: AJ Styles vs Matt Riddle
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: Doc Gallows vs Joe Doering
    Rating: ***

 

5. IMPACT Emergence: IMPACT World Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs Brian Myers

From My Results:
Sam Beale finally gets involved, but in a dorky bumbling sidekick way. Christian ripped apart his diary, caused him to run away and then he crashed himself into the steel steps and Christian just kinda shrugged and grinned before Myers finally took advantage of…the sortuv distraction.

Myers played the clever role, forced Cage to roll back in since as the fighting babyface, Myers didn’t have to run the risk of only winning by countout. Myers does his sliding trip and it looks like Christian lands funny, so there’s enough solid moments for Myers to have hope spots. As Christian comes back into the ring, Myers hits him with a Spear, which was a great wrinkle, but only a near fall.

So Christian returned the favor a little later as Myers sets up for a Roster Cut, Christian hits Myers with a Spear and then Killswitch pinfall.

Winner: Cage via Killswitch

 

4. SummerSlam: Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs John Cena

From AJ’s Review:
Roman goes back to the talking and Cena grabs him in a Fireman’s Carry for the AA but Roman gets out of it and lands the DDT for a nearfall of his own. He tells the camera that he ain’t going to be able to do anything for movies as John Cena is picked back up and we get an attempt of the old comeback before getting smacked upside the head by Roman. Cena gets up slowly, grabbing the legs of Roman for ANOTHER roll up and Roman gets out and puts Cena in a Sleeper Hold but Cena gets to a vertical base quickly. Roman wraps his legs around him to bring him back down and drops again but Cena gets up again and breaks the hold this time, hitting a Lariat to drop Roman and we are back to square one.

Both of them get up and now we finally get Cena’s comeback, the shoulder tackles, the slam, waves the You Can’t See Me before Roman puts the Guillotine. Roman releases it and hits that Superman Punch with the Gilded Fist. The spear is ready and Cena counters it, hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment but for a two! Cena now, puts the STF in but Roman grabs the rope to break it. As things look like it’s in Cena’s favor and following Roman to the outside, Roman hits a Drive By as Cena gets down and charges around to hit Spear to the outside but Cena catches him and does an Attitude Adjustment through the table and tried to roll him in quickly in the ring to win but gets another two count. John Cena now goes to the tope rope but Roman catches him into a powerbomb and a pin for another pin attempt. Roman gets back up and cocks the fist for another Superman Punch but Cena rolls him up again but Roman gets angry again, getting the Spear ready and misses Cena, hitting the post as Cena drags Roman to the top for a Super Attitude Adjustment but Roman kicks out one… more… time…

Winner: Reigns via Spear

 

3. IMPACT Emergence: X Division Championship: Jake Something vs Josh Alexander (c)

From My Results:
Jake starts throwing Josh around a little, but Josh hits a Northern Lights Suplex to try and stabilize. That then starts a strike exchange where Jake looks to rock Josh and then he lands a Stalling Vertical Suplex, for a near fall. At this point Jake starts landing big moves over and over, but Josh finds the ropes over and over and clings to them for dear life.

After saving himself multiple times on the ropes, Josh manages to catch Jake, and hits him with locomotion 5 German Suplexes, Bridges into a pin, but Jake kicks and Josh doesn’t let go. So 5 more Germans with the bridge at the end, and still only a near fall. C4 Spike attempt, but Jake fights, Ankle Lock from Josh, but Jake kicks him off. So many haymakers thrown, Blue Thunder Bomd from Josh, Sitout Powerbomb from Jake, a C4 onto the apron almost gives Josh the win by countout. Josh manages to counter the Blackhole Slam attempt, hook in the C4 Spike and finally get the retention pinfall!

Winner: Josh wins via C4 Spike

 

2. SummerSlam: Seth Rollins vs Edge

From AJ’s Review:
Since Rollins started getting cocky though, Edge comes back and takes it to his competitor but when the go to the top for a move, Seth takes advantage and splashes Edge, looking for the stomp but Edge rolls out of the way. Rollins talks trash again but Edge catches Rollins as both of them land hard on te ring with a swinging Neckbreaker from Edge. Edge now gets the advantage and deals the Edge-O-Cution to Seth to cause Seth to reel but Rollins turns things around to bait Edge in but, Edge catches a Superkick from Seth and hits the Edge-O-Matic but still to no avail. Edge goes to the top rope now as Seth jumps up and does his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combination but no avail of a victory either.

Rollins sets up the Stomp again but Edge moves out of the way of the Stomp, Seth tries to turn it into a Pedigree but Edge spins out of it for a Glam Slam. Seth baits Edge to the ropes and hits a neckbreaker through the ropes, trying for another stomp but Edge catches Seth, stuns him on the apron and lands a Suicide Spear like it’s WrestleMania 21 again against Foley but Edge keeps it up and takes it to Rollins and goes for a Spear but gets caught into a Pedigree but again to a nearfall. Rollins goes for a Phoenix Splash but Edge dodges and hits the Spear onto Rollins but another nearfall happens and Edge is shocked. Edge tries everything now to win and beat Seth, reversing one more Stomp attempt and even bringing the Edgeucator back to get a submission victory but Rollins rolls out and now gets a Crossface started. Seth tries to break out and get an advantage but Edge opens his arms, bashes Seth’s head into the mat and puts an Arm Captured Headlock and Rollins taps out.

Winner: Edge wins via Crossface

 

1. NXT TakeOver 36: NXT UK Championship: WALTER (c) vs Ilja Dragunov

From AJ’s Review:
After a nearfall, Walter stomps and kicks Ilja, no matter how many times Dragunov gets up, Walter lands another Chop once Ilja stands and even a heavy Big Boot. Even then, Ilja gets some offense going, slapping and striking Walter and gets him down on the mat for a submission that Walter starts blocking, turning it into a strike fest with kicks, slaps, chops and finally stuns the big man down with a knee strike. Ilja takes too much time though after as he goes for a leaping move, caught by a palm down to the ground and a Western Lariat to fall back to the ground for another nearfall. As both men get up, Walter Chops Ilja’s back and that fires Dragunov down and takes Walter down and returns to sender, Chopping Walter’s back and now the Chop are having no effect anymore as Dragunov actually outpowers the Champion for yet another nearfall. Ilja now goes to the top and lands a dropkick on Walter, going to the other stide to do a Senton to Walter and tries to charge over to Walter but is caught in a Sleep Slam. Dragunov pops up quickly and lands his Torpedo Moskau twice to take Walter down for another nearfall.

Ilja now gets chops of his own going now and Walter Chops Ilja this time, still to no effect as he continues the fight to Walter, no matter how hard he gets hit, Ilja gets up and fights more. Walter though halts it with a missile dropkick and Powerbomb but Ilja continues to kcik out. Walter now two heavy chops and a knee to ready a powerbomb and even a big Splash to Ilja but yet again, another near fall, trying to the win now with the Sleeper but Ilja keeps getting up and blocking the Sleeper as he keeps taking down and even putting the Sleeper on Walter this time but Walter is too big and strong as Walter goes to the top with Dragunov on his back and falls to break it but Ilja goes back to put the Sleeper back on Walter, like a scrappy dog. Walter tries to get up again and drop Ilja to break the hold again but Ilja keeps it on, breaking it himself to beat down Walter with kicks and forearms and reapplies the Sleeper to make… Walter… tap.

Winner: Ilja via Sleeper Hold

 

Final Thoughts:

Well Ilja Dragunov vs WALTER is going to be a hard match to top all year. It build off their first match well, it build off WALTER’s title reign and Ilja’s development through 2021. It was just a wonderful culmination of all things.

Which sucks a little since Josh Alexander and Jake Something put on a hell of a match and Edge vs Seth Rollins was waaay better than I was anticipating. Solid weekend, and who knows…maybe I’ll start watching AEW more often now. I don’t want to, but I feel like I might have to.


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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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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