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Hating on Lash Legend?

Rob is back for an uphill battle! Lash Legend will go down into 2021 infamy; but Rob argues logic in the face of the dumpster fire.

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We sit here a week removed from the what some yahoo on the internet has deemed the worst WWE TV match of the year….the match on 205 Live between Sarray and newcomer Lash Legend.  It seems that at one point in the match Lash went for an elbow drop and it…….didn’t land precisely.  Oh, the horror.  And that one move launched a thousand hot takes and armchair expert analysis of everything that Ms. Legend is apparently not getting right.  Now let’s be clear, the people doing this are idiots.  But let’s humor them for a minute.  Not about the elbow drop, but about their intentions.  Because not surprisingly I suspect they are not pure.

First I gotta ask:  Why on earth are you mad about this? 

It’s literally her second match, on a show that very few people watch (I’m one of them), and she didn’t land an elbow drop clean.  OK………..  I mean, if you want to be a stickler for that kind of thing you can find at least one move that didn’t hit perfectly in pretty much every match that takes place.  But more importantly it’s her second match.  Ever.  Did she violate some protocol of real serious wrestling or something? Of course she didn’t.  So why are you mad?  Because she’s gotten on TV so quickly after coming in cold?  Because she’s ‘taking’ someone else’s spot (in your mind)?

Is that what bothers you?  That she’s going to leapfrog some people who ‘wanted it more?’  That you may be watching her in a main event instead of someone you thinks ‘deserves it?’  Are you going to keep pointing to one elbow drop six years from now the way that some people still insist on mentioning ‘suffering succotash?’  Or are you one of those people who insists on proving that the Performance Center is  failure, and is willing to replay five seconds from somebody’s second ever match over and over as evidence?  You can keep doing that, but that won’t change anything that happens with her going forward.  Just like you can keep omitting Bianca Belair from your narrative about the PC but you can’t take away her 2021.

I hate to be the one to break it to you but there is no sacred road to becoming a big time pro wrestler.  Before the 2000s most of the guys were discovered in a gym, or working as a bouncers, or were washouts from pro sports.  The guy or gal who wanted to be a wrestler when they were a kid, went to a wrestling school as a teenager, started working when they turned 18 and toiled on the indies for 10 years is a pretty recent thing.  And even now it’s not the only way.  Yes the WWE is recruiting way more athletes who are not indie veterans and teaching them how to become WWE superstars.  And why shouldn’t they?

You’re much more likely to strike gold with Bill Goldberg than a guy who did it ‘the right way’, that’s the reality of the business.  Lash has already shown she can talk and has the personality stuff down, and she’s a freak athlete to boot.  She’s well on her way to getting this job down and when she does the sky is the limit.  And yes that means bypassing some of your favorites.  I’m sorry that years of being plugged into the IWC has convinced you that ladies like Lash Legend need to be gatekept away from success in the name of the integrity of the business.  That’s a bunch of nonsense, and harping on one elbow drop for weeks, months, or years isn’t going to stop her.

So I’m guessing that it’s not just an elbow drop, it’s more about her and where she came from and where she’s working and that she may one day be a face of women’s wrestling and since you can’t stop that you’ll harp on whatever you can find to say that she’s actually not that good.  But is it really just that, or is there something else at play here?  Is there something else that’s bothering you about her?

Are you calling them racist, Robert?

Well, they got irrationally angry about an elbow drop that wasn’t done perfectly in a match on a show that not that many people watch.  A move that did not factor into the finish, and did not injure anyone.  They’re treating that as if she walked out in the middle of the match or something.  That’s like getting angry about a dropped pass on second down even after the next play goes for a touchdown.  It’s weirdo behavior and if there’s no other explanation, and you can find other examples of them expressing similar sentiments towards Sasha and Bianca and Naomi and Alicia Fox while ignoring when others do the same thing during their matches then it’s more than ok to look at them funny.

And that’s it.  Treat her rationally and respectfully the same way you want your favorites treated, or we’re going to look at you like you have the problem.    Don’t go from zero to 11 about something that insignificant unless you’re willing to have everybody staring at you like you’re the idiot.  It’s not 2013 anymore; talk foolishness and we’re gonna fire back at you now.  Keep that to message boards and all.  And while you’re at it get ready to cry even more when Lash Legend starts to live up to her name.


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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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