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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW 8/9/2021

WWE RAW saw a return and some interesting twists and turns! Bodeen goes through his Top 5 moments!

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Monday Night RAW once again came to us as we start to get used to the sight and sounds of live crowds being back to WWE. Despite having the advantage of live crowds the red brand still fell prone to its same old problems as it struggled to improve on recent episodes in the past. Despite this, there were still some small saving graces for the show with one of these saving graces being the return of The Viper, Randy Orton as he made his return to Raw after weeks of being missing in action, leaving his tag partner, Riddle by himself.

But where did The Viper’s return rank on the top 5 list this week? Well, let’s found out as I bring you the top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW this week.

5. Ricochet takes on the United States Champion, Sheamus in a non-title match 

This week’s RAW would give Ricochet another chance to send a message to the United States Champion, Sheamus as both men put on a solid match. Early in the match, both men traded strikes with the United States Champion getting the upper hand, using his striking ability to control Ricochet. Ricochet managed to turn the tide later in the match as he avoided a Brogue kick from Sheamus, sending Sheamus outside the ring. As Sheamus tried to recover outside the ring, Ricochet launched himself over the top rope into Sheamus, sending both men over the announce table, putting Ricochet back into the match.

Sheamus was able to regain control shortly after as he hit Ricochet was an Irish Curse Backbreaker to reinforce his dominance over Ricochet however the advantage would not last long for Sheamus as Ricochet hit a series of high-flying moves finishing things off with a Moonsault for a nearfall. Ricochet tried to go up to the top rope once again, but Sheamus caught Ricochet’s move from the top rope with his reinforced mask, stunning Ricochet and allowing Sheamus to recover and hit the Brogue kick onto Ricochet for the win. After the match, Damian Priest came out and confronted the United States Champion in the ring. Both men traded words as Sheamus back away only to try and attack Priest when Priest turned his back. Unfortatanly for Sheamus, Priest saw the sneak attack coming and was able to launch Sheamus outside the ring. After beating John Morrison Priest got on the mic and called out the Champion with Priest demanding a match for the United States Championship at SummerSlam with Priest sending one last message to Sheamus by taking out Morrison who tried to attack him from behind.

This was a solid match and helped Ricochet stay in the midcard title picture while the match didn’t set the world on fire it still did a great job in passing the time, especially with a 3-hour show. The story with Sheamus and Priest has been solid enough with both men having the ability to put on a great match at SummerSlam. Hopefully, this is a great launching pad for Priest’s career on the main roster.

4. Karrion Kross looks to get revenge on Jeff Hardy   

After losing his RAW debut to Jeff Hardy, Karrion Kross would be out for revenge on RAW this week as Jeff Hardy made his RAW return after weeks of being missing in action due to COVID-19. Kross used his raw power to dominate the early part of the match as he manhandled Hardy. Hardy was able to get back in the fight shortly after being manhandled Irish whipping the NXT Champion, into the steel steps and following it up with a dive for a nice spot and a nice pop to get back into the match, however, Kross would quickly cut his momentum and take Hardy down with his power once again.

Both men went back and forth throughout the match with Hardy taking the NXT Champion, to his limit after hitting an inverted atomic drop followed up with a dropkick and a splash, Hardy quickly followed this up with a splash from the top rope for a close nearfall. Hardy continued to push Kross and seemed to have another upset win after he rolled Kross up with a handful of tights for another close 2 count. Hardy tried to go the top rope once again but it would prove to be his undoing as Kross was able to recover and grab Hardy from the top rope, hitting Hardy with a Doomsday Saito Surplex followed up with the Kross Jacket Submission to force Hardy to tap out as Kross got revenge on Hardy from 3 weeks ago. After the match, Kross dropped Hardy with another Doomsday Saito Surplex and locked him in the Kross Jacket again, with the referee being forced to separate Kross.

It was great to see Kross get some momentum back. While his character has been hurt by losing his debut to Hardy and losing clean to Keith Lee in a match that should of never existed due to the status of both men, Kross still has potential on RAW. Hopefully, WWE decides to keep Kross looking strong next week, especially with NXT Takeover: 36 soon as another loss could really hurt the hype for the match between Samoa Joe and Kross.

3. Drew McIntyre destroys a broken Baron Corbin  

Baron Corbin’s woes would continue to grow worse this week as he tried to take on Drew McIntyre this week after being offered cash by Jinder Mahal. Before the match Drew cut a promo in gorilla position and talked about his sword, stating that he named his Claymore sword after his late mother, Angela, telling Corbin there would be no sympathy for Corbin. At the start of the match, Corbin tried begging Drew for mercy but Drew had none of it as he dominated Corbin throughout the early part of the match.

Despite, Corbin getting the occasional bit of offence against Drew, Drew dominated the match. After Drew hit Corbin with a Glasgow Kiss. Drew got ready for the Claymore Kick but as Corbin begged, Drew had a change of heart and grabbed a microphone, asking how much money Corbin needed to get back on his feet. Corbin gave the surprising number of 100 grand which Drew laughed at. Drew then raised the amount to $200000 and then $300000 before counting down from that 3 and then hit the Claymore kick. After the match Jinder Mahal, Veer and everyone’s favourite chair shot target practice, Shankey came out to attack Drew but Drew was able to pull out his sword, forcing his attackers to stay outside the ring as Drew stood tall.

This was a fun segment to watch. I am personally a massive fan of Baron Corbin’s work and his new gimmick is amazing and honestly im hooked to see where it will continue to go from here. The feud between Drew and Jinder has been decent enough although I wish there was more reference to the past of the 2 men and their history in 3MB as well as their personal history, however, it is refreshing to see Drew outside the WWE Championship picture and hopefully, time outside the title picture will help regain Drew’s popularity with the fans.

2. Randy Orton returns only to break Riddle’s heart   

With Randy Orton being gone for weeks for no reason it was finally time for The Apex Predator to return to RAW as Orton opened RAW with his entrance for a huge pop. Orton welcomed the fans to RAW as Orton’s tag team partner, Riddle made his entrance. Riddle grabbed on the mic and talked about how good it was to see Orton again as Riddle then gave fans a funny little moment after talking about how his stepfather once went out but got lost. Unfortunately for Riddle, Orton wanted none of Riddle. Orton told Riddle it was time for both men to go their separate ways. AJ Styles and Omos would them come out and tried to rub salt in the wounds of Riddle. Only for Orton to interrupt as both men traded words with Styles challenging Orton to a match later in the night. Orton quickly accepted Orton’s challenge and tried to RKO Styles only for Styles to get out of the ring and escape.

As Omos checked on Styles, Orton thought about an RKO but decided against it and rolled out of the ring. As Omos and Orton traded words, Riddle channelled his inner viper and got ready to RKO Omos. Despite catching the big man by surprise Omos was able to catch Riddle and hit him with a devastating slam. Orton looked to have little sympathy for his former tag team partner as he walked away while Riddle laid in pain outside the ring.

While opening segments on RAW can be tough to watch and can hurt the overall pacing of the show, this was a fun little segment that helped set up Orton’s return to RAW as well as RK-BRO breaking up and the main event between Styles and Orton. Later in the night, we were also treated to a fun little video package of the best moments with Orton and Riddle.

1. AJ Styles and Randy Orton face off against each other  

After their face-off in the opening of the show, Orton and Styles would get a chance to renew their rivalry as they went one on one. Both men had a great match as they traded counters and were helped by a hot crowd who could actually see the match unlike at Wrestlemania 35.

Late in the match, Riddle came out, despite Orton’s instructions not to come out and attacked Omos, Omos then dropped Riddle as Styles attempted to hit Orton with the Phenomenal Forearm only for Orton to catch Styles with an RKO for the win.

After the match, RK-BRO seemed to be back, but The Viper would show his true colours and would hit Riddle with an RKO to close the show.

These were my top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW this week? What were your top 5 moments from RAW this week and do you think this is really the end of RK-BRO? Let us know in the comment section down below.


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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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