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Mishal: Thank You, Jon Huber

Mishal takes some time to reflect upon, and be thankful for, the career and amazing life of Jon Huber (Brodie Lee/Luke Harper).



Brodie Lee AEW TNT Championship Jon Huber Luke Harper

Mishal takes some time to reflect upon, and be thankful for, the career and amazing life of Jon Huber (Brodie Lee/Luke Harper).

The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of emotion for any wrestling fan.

Death is never an easy event to tackle, regardless of who you are. It’s an unexpected, sudden and harsh reminder of just how short life is, but more importantly how suddenly it can be taken away without even the slightest of warnings. More than anything it provides a reality that the life we all live is never as constant or safe as we’d like it to be, and when we least expect it, the things that add so much value in their small bursts can just vanish in the blink of an eye.

And that’s how the last 24 hours feel, like a blur, something that simply doesn’t feel real despite the harsh reality we must all force down.

2020 has been filled with loss, more for some than others. Whether it’s friends, families, loved ones from your social circles, celebrities, idols, mentors or even pets, loss has been a common theme we can all relate to during these exhausting times. Some of us have even lost the capability to live as freely as we were once used to, others are forced to restrict their lifestyles because of the hazard they could represent to older generations of people around them, and I think it’s all of this that makes yesterday’s developments so much more devastating.

The wrestling world has been no stranger to loss in 2020. From the legendary Pat Patterson, Kamala, ‘Soulman’ Rocky Johnson, Road Warrior Animal and now, Jon Huber, to us WWE & AEW fans, known as either Luke Harper or Brodie Lee, respectively.

No matter how or when we knew him, no matter the character he portrayed, no matter the promotion he was signed under at the given time we reference or which side of the wrestling aisle he sat at, Jon Huber’s death stings in many ways I wasn’t expecting it to. I’ve been watching him steal the show in every ring he’s set foot in since the days of CHIKARA, where he went to war against the likes Claudio Castagnoli (now known to us as Cesaro) or Bryan Danielson (who we know as Daniel Bryan) amongst many other names I won’t mention here. And ever since my first introduction to him as a young wrestling fan, he always stood out to me as an oddity different from all the others around him. The Brodie Lee character was always intimidating because not only was he amongst the biggest men in the room, he was also amongst the most agile in that room as well. Placing a character of such size and agility into the squared circle is never a joke as it breaks the mould of the prototypical big-man the business so frequently tries to sell to us. Generally, men over 6 foot 6 are normally presented as being all about the size, a more limited move set without the variety someone in a lower weightclass would possess, but not Brodie.

Brodie Lee was one of wrestling’s few exceptions, in the vein of the likes of The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Sheamus, Braun Strowman or Keith Lee, a mammoth of a man towering over smaller opponents that could mimic any of their offense that would normally give them an advantage. He was a talent, a special one at that, one that always made the man across from him look good even in loss.

My early exposure to Brodie Lee was a unique one because of that distinct look his character presented, an attire and posture that wasn’t too frequently seen in the business. Beyond the odd, calculating stare laid a swiss army knife of tricks out of the wrestling handbook that nobody could be prepared to see, which was displayed in spades as his career grew to the heights we saw it in his later years.

His WWE debut brought a tonne of eyes to the character that had previously not been exposed to his work prior which made for a world of potential for him to grow. And despite his run under the WWE banner being somewhat mixed from many fans perspectives, I’m just glad the wider mainstream world of professional wrestling got to see his talents first hand, regardless of the hiccups his character may have had. Brodie, now known as the unpredictable Luke Harper, tangled as part of The Wyatt Family with both Bray Wyatt & Erick Rowan, a group which has become one of the most iconic in the modern-day era of professional wrestling. It turned out that being a member of cult obsessed with purifying the talents they faced in the ring would be the ideal fit for Luke Harper at the time, even with the limitations it brought his character down the road.

Harper would start stealing the show not just as a stable, but in singles competition, taking part in some of the most underrated matches of the last half decade I can think of. Many singles matches against the likes of Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Roman Reigns and a criminally overlooked match against Dominik Dijakovic that doesn’t receive near the level of attention that it should have at the time are just prime examples of how good the man was at being a professional wrestler, at embodying the character he played for a good portion of his career.

For the longest time Luke Harper was a part of the most overlooked moments of the last number of years in WWE, including some of the best angles the company created on each given year he competed in. He was, and still is referred to as one of the most overlooked competitors that WWE just never used to his fullest potential despite some real highs in a career under the brand many felt never reached the levels it was capable of.

But that’s where AEW comes into the fold.

As devastatingly brief as his work with AEW was, few would ever contest that this was the point where Brodie Lee started coming into his own element entirely. Portraying ”The Exalted One” didn’t just give him the perfect gimmick to bounce off of following a WWE run that left much to be desired, as well as positioning himself as the saviour of The Dark Order, a stable that up to that point was barely clinging onto relevancy due to the influx of talent the company was receiving at that point in time.

Brodie, however, grabbed the bull by the horns and thrust The Dark Order into a position in which it received significant attention on the card, including spotlights in the AEW World Title scene, as well as an incredible squash match which saw Brodie topple Cody Rhodes to claim the AEW TNT Title in dominating fashion. Brodie’s title reign didn’t last as long as many would have wanted it to, but it did accomplish a multitude of things; memorable matches against talent such as Jon Moxley, Cody, Dustin Rhodes & Orange Cassidy, bringing relevancy to a previously forgotten unit in AEW, re-establishing himself as the star he simply wasn’t regarded as with the competition and presented us a character that had endless potential down the line if the circumstances had been different.

While the length of his tenure is certainly disappointing when we reflect, what he accomplished in the short space of time he was in AEW is remarkable. Proving not just to us, but more importantly to a number of other industry leaders that he was what they doubted him to be, a star, and a master of his craft.

Up until this point this article has been a brief run-through of the career of Brodie Lee, Luke Harper or the man himself Jon Huber and just highlight of how much quality came out of such an under-appreciated character. But more than anything, it should teach us all one thing, how quickly we can lose someone that all of us, fans, friends, family or otherwise hold near to our hearts.

The life of Jon Huber will be remembered for many things. He’ll be remembered for being a father, a husband, a great friend to many around him, an incredible entertainer to the fans no matter the opponent across him, a champion worthy of more than he even accomplished, a superstar capable of achieving the highest of highs and having met him on a few occasions at live events when they existed, a stand-up guy who welcomed everyone like they were a member of his family. Jon Huber’s death is a bleak reminder of the times we live in when all the things we value are at risk and just how devastating a loss can feel when someone forges a connection with you regardless of your location on this planet. And I’ll admit, the weight of losing him didn’t hit me until the minute I read about it.

Having met and seen him perform in the ring on more than one occasion, there’s no doubt of the kind of person Jon was, and that’s why the pouring out of emotion is so unlike anything we’ve come to see in the small community that professional wrestling bolsters.

What we all need to remember is that death is never the end of our journey, for many it’s a brief pitstop. For others death doesn’t define your ending, the impact you make following it keeps the spirit of the person alive longer than his or her own lifespan can. And without question Jon is going to be talked about long, long after this heartbreaking period.

I think I speak for everyone, fan or otherwise when I say thank you to Jon, for making us laugh, scream, cry, stare in awe at his abilities, but most importantly, for bringing us together at a time when we couldn’t be more divided as a community in general.

Rest in power Jon Huber, you’ll never, ever be forgotten.

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Greg DeMarco’s 2023 WWE SummerSlam Review

The biggest party of the summer comes to Detroit, when WWE SummerSlam 2023 delivers an action packed event that easily exceeds expectations.



Cody Lesnar SummerSlam

The biggest party of the summer comes to Detroit, when WWE SummerSlam 2023 delivers an action packed event that easily exceeds expectations.

WWE presents SummerSlam 2023 live from ford field in Detroit in front of over 59k fans–who provided an electric atmosphere. Overall the card featured either matches, many of them delivering at or above expectations.

Read on for my thoughts, and even some ratings!

How I am rating segments:

I am using “The Line of DeMarco-cation,” which is for entertainment. the line is if I was entertained. You can have three main results:

  • ABOVE the Line of DeMarco-cation
  • AT the Line of DeMarco-cation
  • BELOW the Line of DeMarco-cation

If necessary, i reserve the right to go WAY ABOVE or WAY BELOW. Significant segments can be rated. individual and overall ratings are totally subjective.

It’s simple: ENTERTAIN ME!

Logan Paul vs. Ricochet

  • Welcome to the biggest match of Ricochet’s career.
  • Samantha Irvin’s outfit matches Logan Paul, not Ricochet — SWERVE, BRO!
  • Ricochet is a star, and I love seeing him treated like one.
  • Rocket Mortgage is donating $5k for every move off the top rope? This match alone might accumulate half a million.
  • I know Logan Paul needs to catch a private jet to Dallas and that’s why this is on first, but this is the perfect opener.
  • If you didn’t know who Logan Paul was, you’d think he was just another member of the roster–and that’s the biggest compliment you can give to him. He’s a damn good heel, too.
  • Paul using Braun Strowman’s powerslam–will we get Logan vs Braun?
  • This might be the best match either have had in a LONG time.
  • Logan Paul just hit a Buckshot Lariat over the top rope and to the floor. Sorry Hangman.
  • I love that refs continue to have names – like former Greg DeMarco Show guest Eddie Orengo (as El Bandido Jr).
  • I’d love to know Ricochet’s powerlifting numbers. Dude is deceptively strong.
  • Logan Paul flew two-thirds of the way across the ring on the Springboard Froggy Splash
  • This match is spotty–yes–but watch and learn Young Bucks. They are strung together by psychology and it all makes sense,
  • LOVE that finish. Logan Paul wins (as expected), but Ricochet is protected.
  • Think about that – RICOCHET IS PROTECTED.
  • Hell of a match.

Winner: Logan Paul (pinfall brass knucks shot)

WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes

  • That video package–amazing. It likely telegraphed Cody’s win, but I don’t think many expect Cody to lose.
  • I love when people question Brock’s presence. Did you hear that pop?
  • Cody got a hell of a pop, too.
  • You can tell how much Brock Lesnar respects Cody Rhodes, as he opens up the arsenal for him.
  • I love that Brock simply stands center ring as the ref counts Cody out. Brock wants to win–doesn’t care how. That’s a little detail that shows how brilliant of a character Brock Lesnar is.
  • This is the fifth time Brock has gone for the count-out–and I love the psychology.
  • Now Brock does care how he wins–he wants to break Cody’s will.
  • Wait, is this Cody Rhodes’ mystery twin brother Cory Rhodes?
  • That top rope Cody Cutter was fantastic.
  • Not sure when Brock’s shorts got ripped, but it adds to this fight.
  • That’s what this is, a fight. And that is Brock Lesnar at his finest.
  • It might have been a happy accident, but Cody’s hand bouncing off the bottom rope before he finally grabs it to break the Kimura is another amazing little thing.
  • Brock is so slow and methodical, but snatches people up for the F5 in a flash. So good.
  • Cody Rhodes wins, after THREE Cross Rhodes. Good shit.
  • Interesting that the show of respect from Brock to Cody is considered Cody’s arrival.
  • Or maybe it’s just the arrival of “The American Nightmare.”
  • I will be very interested–as will all of you–to see what’s next for both men.

Winner: Cody Rhodes (pinfall, three Cross Rhodes)

WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

NOTE: Very interesting that Roman Reigns was featured in the PayBack promo, as well as Logan Paul. I wouldn’t expect either to be on that card.

Slim Jim SummerSlam Battle Royal

  • I have to admit, it just feels right to have Slim Jim back in my wrestling.
  • This better be good since it cost us Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus.
  • I hope Sheamus got a full entrance for the crowd.
  • Oh look, Omos still works here!
  • Chad Gable is so damn good.
  • Austin Theory is in this match? And didn’t get an entrance?
  • At WrestleMania 30, Big E was in the Andre The Royal Giant Memorial Battle Rumble, didn’t get an entrance, and didn’t even get to carry his Intercontinental Champion. And I don’t even think his elimination was mentioned by commentary (I’d have to go back and check).
  • Santos Escobar eliminating Austin Theory at least makes sense.
  • LA Knight barely breathes and the crowd gets ELECTRIC.
  • I haven’t made as many bullet points because this has actually been a really good battle royal!
  • I’d love to know who the agent was–fantastically done.

Winner: LA Knight (last eliminates Sheamus)

AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

MMA Rules Match – Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler

  • Some of the shots during the entrance make me want WWE to get rid of stages altogether, and stick with this type of entrance.
  • Also, it’s a reminder that I hate major wrestling events in daylight.
  • This being an MMA Rules Match seems to be a missed opportunity at having a special guest referee.
  • The fans DO NOT CARE About this match, and I see why.
  • I am all for Ronda being able to go out how she wants to go out, and the talent pushing their own idea forward. But sometimes, you gotta say no.
  • Some matches also play much better in an arena instead of a stadium (Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair from WrestleMania comes to mind). This is one of those matches.
  • Whenever NXT had an “unsanctioned match,” the ref wore all black. That’s what we should have done here.
  • Now we have doctors checking on Shayna? Really? I know we want to put over how tough she is, but…..
  • The crowd pops out of relief when it’s over.
  • Do this on Raw, not here. Give Becky and Trish this spot.

Winner: Shayna Baszler (technical submission, Kirifuda Clutch)

BELOW The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

Intercontinental Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. GUNTHER (c) 

  • My Peacock membership doesn’t let me see the video package here, and I am fine with that–it’s been a while since I’ve seen that AFLAC Duck, though.
  • Ludwig Kaiser must love doing the entrance, but honestly the act might be getting stale?
  • Corey Graves very poetic in pointing out that “records are meant to be broken.” That’s one of the core values of WWE at this point.
  • It does appear GUNTHER will be going it alone tonight as Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci are headed to the back. Let’s see if they stay there.
  • Interesting placement for this match, right after the ill-received MMA Rules Match.
  • Didn’t the internet tell us Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor was going on fourth?
  • Btw, this match is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage. Money talks, BAYBAY!
  • GUNTHER truly lives the “Ring General” gimmick.
  • As the match progresses, I honestly can’t see Drew winning here.
  • The simplicity of the finishing sequence really adds to GUNTHER: top rope slap fest, McIntyre crotched on the ropes, splash, lariat, powerbomb. Nothing fancy–trademark GUNTHER.

Winner, #ANDSTILL the Intercontinental Champion: GUNTHER (pinfall, powerbomb)

ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

World Heavyweight Championship: Finn Balor vs. Seth “Freakin'” Rollins (c) 

  • I presume we will get a bunch of Judgment Day shenanigans here, but I really needed Seth to go on last to further establish his championship. Instead, we are smack in the middle of the event (according to the Peacock slider, anyways)
  • Seth Rollins’ entrance + 58k people = a beautiful sight
  • The worst thing about this, to me, will be when Balor and Rollins are partners after Balor turns babyface.
  • Love Rollins tossing the vest at Balor.
  • Love the more unique start to the match.
  • Interesting that Rollins, with a win, moves to 5th all time for SummerSlam wins? I had no clue! Mr. SummerSlam anyone?
  • We keep naming refs, and I love it,
  • If you want an “inside look” at a match, start paying really close attention for a few minutes starting with the triplicate of dives from Seth Rollins. You’ll see a few things that the cameras picked up.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buckle Bomb into the barrier from Balor to Rollins. Should have known they’d do that, but it never crossed my mind. Brilliant.
  • Decent amount of overlap in the offense of this match and the one prior–in hindsight, they may have wanted to put GUNTHER/McIntyre on before Rousey/Baszler.
  • Fans boo’d the crap out of Damian Priest when he came down–but popped like hell for Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley.
  • I really enjoyed the story told with the Judgment Day. When Priest called for the briefcase to be used, it would have worked. When Balor called for it, it wasn’t going to work, and Damian Priest knew it. But he let Finn Balor sink himself anyway. That will definitely play again later when they fully implode.

Winner AND STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Freakin’ Rollins (pinfall, Stomp on the Money In The Bank Briefcase)

WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

WWE Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka (c) Bianca Belair

  • Very odd having Asuka enter second.
  • Charlotte Flair with the ode to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35 (IYKYK)
  • Did I miss the C4 ad read? I saw that Bianca Belair entered with some, which made me thing THAT was why she came in last, and now the C4 branding is around the ring, but no real mention? Or did I miss it? Was it only for Peacock Premium subscribers?
  • Very choppy match so far–and Charlotte has to basically stop the match to have Jessika Carr fix her outfit, leaving Belair and Asuka in the corner waiting until Asuka realized what was happening and tried to cover. The Double Natural Selection that followed was quite clunky.
  • Bianca nowhere near Charlotte Flair when the moonsault hit–is Bianca really that good? I seem to ask myself this during every big time Bianca match, dating back to WrestleMania 37 when I felt like Sasha Banks had to carry her.
  • I find myself wanting to fast forward to the finish, here. I’m not, but I kinda want to.
  • ANOTHER REF NAMED! Thank you, Michael Cole.
  • If IYO SKY cashes in here (which is easy to expect), I really hope it’s not right after Charlotte wins, getting her to #15. Granted, she could cash in DURING the match and make it a 4-way. But of everyone, I think Charlotte needs to eat the pin tonight.
  • We have now had medical personnel tending to one of the participants in the middle of each women’s match tonight–first Shayna Baszler, now Bianca Belair. Seems like a misstep on someone’s part.
  • Bianca with the heroic comeback, and a beautiful 450 Splash on Charlotte during the Figure Eight.
  • Charlotte gets misted but Bianca gets the pin???
  • Makes sense if we do the cash in here. as Bianca is hurt.

Winner, AND NEW WWE Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair (pinfall, small package)

  • Aaaaaaaand here comes IYO SKY.
  • I love Corey Graves telling Bianca to get the hell out of dodge.
  • IYO and Bayley take out everyone, and she is indeed cashing in.
  • Over The Moonsault, new champion, and the crowd goes nuts. Women’s Money In The Bank briefcase is still undefeated.
  • Nice World Of Stardom reference by Michael Cole, too.

Winner, AND NEW WWE Women’s Champion: IYO SKY (CMITB cash-in, pinfall, Over The Moonsault)

AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

There were some rough spots, but the cash in saved it for me.

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match: Jey Uso vs. Roman Reigns (c) with Paul Heyman

  • I am timing this from the second Jey Uso’s theme hits through the end.
  • Man, Mike Rome is on one, and I am not sure if that’s a good thing. He doesn’t sound as fantastic as he usually does.
  • 12:34 from Jey’s music hitting to the bell ringing.
  • Roman is so slow and methodical, I don’t know if he realized Jey was going to dive so soon. Jey connected with Roman’s back, but that could have been really really bad.
  • I know this is Tribal Combat, but given the use of stairs earlier tonight, we might as well consider the stairs legal.
  • You know it’s an important match when Roman Reigns hits The Drive By, as he did on Jey Uso.
  • Table, Kendo Stick, and more early.
  • Jey clotheslining Roman over the top rope (with the Kendo Stick) and hitting the dive makes me think Jey got slightly lost earlier when he did the dive to a kneeling Roman’s back.
  • That was a MASSIVE powerbomb onto the chairs!
  • 35 minutes in (remember, since the start of Jey’s entrance, so 23 minutes into the match) and this is definitely just a touch slow. The story is amazing, so that’s my only complaint so far.
  • I have to wonder if Roman knew he was bleeding when he hopped the barricade to go into the crowd.
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaand here’s Solo Sikoa. That should surprise no one. We gotta get the whole family involved, right? At least the whole Bloodline.
  • Solo declining to help Roman up might be starting Solo’s arc in the story, but it wasn’t apparent enough and commentary had to fill in the blanks.
  • 50:22 since Jey’s entrance is the point where Jimmy shows up (pulling Jey out of the ring).
  • Jimmy hits the Superkick and leaves.
  • Spear through the table that was set-up about a week ago and Roman Reigns pins Jey Uso at 52:09 (from th estart of Jey’s entrance).

Winner AND STILL Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns (pinfall, spear through the table)

AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

“At” might surprise you, but this was WAY too slow. Bell-to-bell it was roughly 40 minutes, and that was about 10 minutes too long. But the story is worth it in the end.

WWE SummerSlam 2023

Total Matches: 8

  • ABOVE the Line of DeMarco-cation – 4 matches (3 WAY ABOVE)
  • AT the Line of DeMarco-cation – 3 matches
  • BELOW the Line of DeMarco-cation – 1 match

One “bad” match and seven “good ones, four of those I’d call “great.” Three of the great ones I labeled as “WAY ABOVE” the line, which easily makes up for one match that was lacking. Hell, when even the Battle Royal is good, you know you watched a damn good show.

Overall Rating for WWE SummerSlam 2023: 9/10

Let me know your thoughts! Drop a comment and tell me your ratings, and what you think of the Line Of DeMarco-cation.

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!



WWE WrestleMania 34 Charlotte Flair Asuka

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.

For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.

Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.

The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.

I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.

Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.

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