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Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

2020.07.25 15:46 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Arizona
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2-year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season and remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, but he projects to compete for Arizona on a 1-year deal. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1-year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2-year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their 7th-ranked total defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1-year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played high safety, box safety, and a key special-teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet and Austin. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Brian Poole NCB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be worth the $6.5 MM deal to get a shot on the outside. Grade: A
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3-year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3-year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the Jets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: A
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1-year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former 2nd-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained NCB Brian Poole to play slot on a 1-year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville LT Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies expectations with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and blocking. Mims should start at outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted Cal FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played high safety, box safety, and even slot corner at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and some interior versatility, and he could project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and Kyle Phillips, but it's hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback with Le'Veon Bell already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' 4th-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual football fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte LT Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets addressed the secondary in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already in the fold, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their 6th-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage and a redzone threat. Alabama NCB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a nickel corner, a box safety, a high safety, and a subpackage linebacker, and he likely would have been drafted if teams had been able to conduct medical rechecks on him after a minor injury prevented him from working out at the Combine.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with La'El Collins and Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade targets. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All Pro Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos 1 2 3 4
off
QB Sam Darnold J Flacco J Morgan
RB Le'Veon Bell F Gore L Perine T Cannon
WR Breshad Perriman J Smith
WR Denzel Mims V Smith
SWR Jamison Crowder B Berrios
TE Chris Herndon R Griffin D Brown
LT Mekhi Becton C Clark
LG Alex Lewis G Van Roten
C Connor McGovern J Harrison
RG Brian Winters
RT George Fant C Edoga
def
EDGE Jordan Jenkins K Phillips
EDGE Tarell Basham J Zuniga
DT Henry Anderson N Shepherd F Fatukasi
DT Quinnen Williams S McLendon
ILB CJ Mosley N Hewitt B Cashman
ILB Avery Williamson P Onwuasor H Langi
CB Pierre Desir B Hall
CB Arthur Maulet Q Wilson
NCB Brian Poole S Carter
SS Jamal Adams A Davis
FS Marcus Maye M Farley
spec
K Sam Ficken
P Braden Mann
LS Thomas Hennessy
 
Roster Bubble (In): RB Trenton Cannon, WR Jeff Smith, ILB Harvey Langi, NCB Shyheim Carter, K Sam Ficken
 
Roster Bubble (Out): WR Josh Doctson, TE Trevon Wesco, LG Josh Andrews, EDGE John Franklin-Myers, CB Blessuan Austin
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers with drop issues across Robby Anderson and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who supposedly won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a 4th-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, with Vyncint Smith as the presumptive WR4, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could face competition from 4th-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the next two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle to compete with Chuma Edoga.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally and John Franklin-Myers competing for snaps. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before regressing to the mean in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston and Shyheim Carter could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher to compete with last year's starter Sam Ficken. At punter, the Jets have rookie Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stefon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and with the team coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and so it would be difficult to envision the Jets winning in week 2. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage that the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, the Jets should be seen as heavy underdogs in week 4. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s unlikely that the Jets will go on the road to the West Coast and beat an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a shot to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rush to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game for New England. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Carr, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a jump in competition level.
 

Training Camp Battles

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally are been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves to be too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year that he needed extensive help from tight ends.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and the defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off waivers in 2018, is the odds-on favorite to start once again after only notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. Franklin-Myers, a large and athletic pass rusher who missed last season with an undisclosed injury after the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams, could compete for a large snap share with a strong camp.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, incumbent starter and penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Williams, McLendon, and Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie 5th-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former 6th-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have to climb out of Gregg Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching last season.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone-blocking, short-passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.19 17:24 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER r/NFL Offseason Review — 2020 NY Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Free Agent
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2 year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season, and he remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, and he remains a free agent. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1 year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2 year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1 year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played single-high safety, box safety, and a key special teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet, Austin, and Canady. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
Brian Poole DB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1 year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be well-worth the $6.5 MM deal to start on the outside. Grade: B
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3 year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3 year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the bets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: B
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1 year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former second-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained DB Brian Poole to man the slot on a 1 year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis California
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville T Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and Ceedee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies the norm with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and run-blocking toughness. Mims should slot in as a starting outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted California FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played single-high safety, box safety, and even slot cornerback at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and with some interior versatility, and he could maybe project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips, but it's really hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback when Le'Veon Bell was already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' fourth-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental quarterback potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte T Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets went corner in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man coverage schemes probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already on the roster, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their sixth-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage who will attempt to make the team as a redzone threat. Alabama DB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a subpackage linebacker, a nickel corner, a box safety, and even a high safety, so he'll vie to make the team as a versatile depth defensive back and as a special-teams ace.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with RT La'El Collins and WR Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade pieces. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell (and Frank Gore)
WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims
SWR: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon (and Ryan Griffin)
LT: Mekhi Becton
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Brian Winters
RT: George Fant
EDGE: Jordan Jenkins, Tarell Basham
DT: Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams (and Steve McLendon)
ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson (and Patrick Onwuasor)
CB: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet
NCB: Brian Poole
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marcus Maye
K: Sam Ficken
P: Braden Mann
LS: Thomas Hennessy
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers across Robby Anderson with drop issues and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who said he won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a fourth-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could force competition from fourth-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the last two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle but certainly has the athletic ability to outperform Chuma Edoga from last year.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This might be surprising to the non-Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over, and pressure from the defensive line probably won't come easily for Gang Green. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before coming back down to Earth in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston, Javelin Guidry, Shyheim Carter, and 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his field goals last season, to compete with Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his field goals last season. At punter, the Jets have rookie P Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs presumably up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stephon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Brandon Aiyuk, Javon Kinlaw, and Trent Williams should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and it would be difficult to envision the Jets defeating them. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, it's hard to imagine the Jets defeating the Broncos in 2020. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line, and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense, and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s a bit hard to envision the Jets going on the road to the West Coast and beating an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a good chance to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rushers to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a huge jump in their level of competition.
 

Training Camp Battles to Watch

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally have been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience and struggles with pass-pro footwork. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year as a rookie that he needed extensive help from tight ends to prevent the right side from entirely becoming a liability.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and his defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off of waivers in 2018, is probably the odds-on favorite to start once again after notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. The wildcard in this battle is John Franklin-Myers, who was claimed by the Jets off of waivers from the Rams at the start of 2019 but who also notched a pair of sacks in his rookie year and is really explosive for his size.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, the penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury and utilization in different fronts and roles. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie fifth-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former sixth-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone blocking, short passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he certainly favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.10 22:59 InfernoAA The Rated-R Superstar Part Three: Open Your Eyes (I See Clearly)

Part One: R for Redemption
Part Two: On The Edge

Build to Clash of Champions 2020

Edge goes on a mini hiatus after SummerSlam, rattled by the fact he suffered a second World Title loss, crawling further into the depths of doubt and insanity. In the meantime, Reigns cuts a promo on SD, banishing the Rated-R Superstar from returning to ‘his yard’ again until he fixes himself, the locker room leader not wanting to risk any more wrestlers getting injured, knowing it means less title challengers for him to prove himself against. Thus, when Edge eventually returns, he goes back to the only other place he can somewhat call home – RAW. Last time he was here, the world saw the cracks in Edge’s mental state begin to form with the beatdown on Rollins, the Ultimate Opportunist stopping himself just in time before he potentially paralysed the Monday Night Messiah. As he walks down to the ring, the traumatic memories weigh down on his mind like a paperweight, Edge struggling to keep himself in check. Nevertheless, he pulls himself together enough to grab a mic, announcing that since he’s been barred from his home, the only other place he could come to was RAW again. He admits that after his loss at SS, not only did he feel the effects of losing the match, he also felt like he lost a piece of himself. He honestly doesn’t know who he is anymore. He tried to be Adam Copeland, only for that to get cancelled. He tried to be Edge, yet it still resulted in failure for him. Perhaps… it’s time for him to hang up his boots.

As he says this, out comes Aleister Black! The Anti-Hero enters the ring, a stoic look on his face as he gazes at Edge for a few moments, before grabbing a mic, stating that he’s been following Edge’s progress since he returned. Back at the Rumble, he was honoured to have received the opportunity to step in the ring with the Rated-R Superstar. But now, he’s sharing the ring with a man lost to his own demons. For the second time in his career, Edge is teetering on the brink of retirement. But is that what his heart truly yearns for? Or is it the fear to continue walking through the unknown that’s causing him to threaten to make irrational decisions? Out of respect for Edge, he hates to see him suffer the way he is, but if suffering is the path he desires, then Black can easily put him out of his misery right here, right now. However, if he has the guts to drag himself back out of the abyss, then Black can help him with that too, reversing the effects of The Fiend using his own methods. He extends his hand to Edge, re-iterating that if he chooses, Black can save him from the darkness, but it’ll require Edge to comply. Edge gazes at Black’s hand, before surveying his stoic expression, not knowing whether he can trust him or not after what The Fiend did to him. Ultimately, he grabs Black’s hand, GOING FOR A LARIAT! Black escapes though, swinging for the Black Mass, the boot falling a mere hair-length short of Edge as he gets out of dodge, scrambling up the steel ramp with wide-eyes, knowing how close he was to lights out.

The following week, Edge cuts a promo from an undisclosed backstage location, sitting in a dark room of sorts as he addresses the camera. He states that Black’s words had him thinking last week, and as he pondered over them, he realised that Black was right. It’s not time for him to hang up his boots… but he’s also not going to let himself be fooled by the empty promises of Black. When he instilled trust in Wyatt, he turned into an unrecognisable psychopath, striking down whoever stood in his way with a steel chair. But when he instilled trust in those he thought were his friends, they failed to help him in his time of need, letting him waste away instead. He’s done with placing his trust in others when all they do is disappoint him in return. Now that he’s back on RAW, he has a few targets… BLACK MASS! BLACK DROPS EDGE WITH A BLACK MASS OUT OF NOWHERE! Black grabs Edge and locks him in the Dark Ritual Dragon Sleeper, Edge quickly passing out! The final piece of footage the camera captures is Black grabbing Edge’s body and dragging him away out of sight, leaving everyone on a cliff-hanger…

Near the end of the next episode of RAW, the titantron sparks up to reveal the aftermath of Black dragging Edge away, displaying Black setting up a ring of candles around Edge’s body, before initiating what seems to be a ritual of sorts. Both men are transported to what seems to be inside Edge’s mind, the place that once was a shrine of all his accomplishments now a desolate landscape. Edge comes to, spinning around frantically as he all he remembers is falling unconscious after being locked in a Dragon Sleeper. He catches sight of Black, who’s sitting cross-legged a few inches from his seated body and immediately swings for him out of rage, realising it must be his bidding, only for Black to vanish and appear behind him, Edge going for another, but Black appears in front of him this time. Edge realises his efforts are futile, eventually giving up, before asking Black what he wants from him. Black commands him to sit cross-legged beside him, Edge obliging, before Black snaps his fingers, the two appearing on the balcony of Edge’s house that overlooks the forest. Black tells him to look out into the horizon and absorb the moment as the sun sets, Edge once again doing as Black has told him to do. As he looks out, he notices clouds starting to appear in the path of the Sun, blocking out the light and enveloping the two in a shroud of darkness.

Black states that what Edge is seeing right now is what The Fiend has done to his mind. He corrupted it, blocking out the warmth of compassion and the light of truth, forcing Edge to become stuck in a mental void, turning himself into the man he tried to kill off when he originally retired. He points to the ground, where there’s a gravestone with his name on it. At the grave, there seems to be a man shovelling dirt over the carcass in the ground, not fully submerged yet. As Edge takes a closer look, he realises it’s him in the ground, being buried by… himself! Black informs Edge that every time he betrayed someone throughout his career, he dug a grave for himself, which grew deeper each time. Upon giving into the darkness of The Fiend, he began digging faster, speeding up the process of reaching his impending doom. Edge asks him how to stop the process, Black claiming that it’s only up to him to do so. If he continues to be let the influence of The Fiend control him, he’ll end up permanently losing the man he tried so hard to be after retiring. He’ll lose his family, he’ll lose his passions, he’ll lose Adam Copeland. But if, and only if he stops himself, he still has a chance to be himself again. The Fiend deceived him into thinking he was weak as himself when in reality, the opposite is true. Black’s done his part though, now the rest is in Edge’s hands. If he wants to fight Black, he knows where to find him. Black snaps his fingers and the vision comes to an end…

Conflicted as ever, Edge returns to TV on the go-home show, remembering all the ups and downs he’s been through recently. Now another bombshell has been dropped on his head by Black, and honestly, he’s not sure what or who to trust anymore. However, the one thing he does know is that he won’t get his answer standing around and feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he challenges Black to a match at Clash of Champions, hoping that a match with the Anti-Hero will guide him to the path he needs to take. Black accepts, making the match official.

Clash of Champions 2020

Edge vs Aleister Black

This dream match has a lot more riding on it than just the status of being a dream match, as this could be the tipping point for Edge, whether that be embracing the darkness or falling back to the light. The bout itself is strike-based, with Black tattooing Edge with kicks and elbows, Edge returning with his own array of forearms and boots. A crucial point turning point in the match sees Edge counter a Blood Moon Stomp into a Spear, getting a huge near-fall off of it. The match comes to a close when Edge goes for another Spear, only to be caught with a sudden Black Mass! Black doesn’t cover though, lifting Edge back up to his feet with his own foot, telling him he absolves him of his sins, before connecting another Black Mass and cinching in the Dark Ritual, wanting to lull Edge back to sleep! Having already taken two of Black’s lethal kicks to the head, Edge is out within seconds, but not before something flashing in his mind, destiny revealing itself to him…

Aleister Black def. Edge (16:33)

After the match, Black seats himself next to Edge’s body, letting him regain his bearings, before offering him a handshake, testing to see whether his response has changed since the last time he offered him one. Edge gazes at the hand for a few moments, before looking out to the crowd who cross their fingers, hoping Edge accepts, the Rated-R Superstar turning back to look Black in his eyes… shaking his hand! The real Edge is back, no arrogance or venom left in his soul, instead replaced by compassion and his love for wrestling.

Build to Hell in a Cell 2020

After months of watching Edge throw everything he’s worked so hard for away, the man everyone once loved returns, looking fresh as ever, replacing the darker look he had become accustomed to with his classic attire. He cuts a heartfelt promo about the past few months and being in the wrong headspace, doing despicable things he should have never done, like attacking his those closest to him. He knows a mere apology won’t fix anything, so instead, he wants to do the one thing he knows to do and that’s owe it to everyone else by wrestling, giving opportunities to people who’ve wanted to face him. His call is answered by Ricochet, the two putting on the dream match one would expect them to, with Edge managing to come out on top. The following week, he faces off against Kevin Owens, a battle between the Canadian stars that sees Edge narrowly get the victory over his adversary. His third match pits him against an old friend in Rey Mysterio, their match built completely around respect, no shenanigans from Edge as he picks up his third victory in consecutive weeks, rebuilding himself as a better individual.

After the match with Mysterio, the Lucha Legend is attacked with a steel chair! Not by the man standing next to him in the ring though, instead swarmed by Mr. MITB Andrade & Angel Garza! Edge attempts to fend off the attack on Mysterio, only to get caught with shots of his own, the two men left lying, Edge receiving a taste of his own medicine. Zelina Vega cuts a promo on behalf of her associates, stating that Edge and Mysterio’s time has come and gone, both men living in Andrade & Garza’s era, so if they’re to be handing out matches to anyone, it should be against the leaders of the present. Thus, a tag team match is set up for the following week, Edge & Mysterio reuniting their old tag team to take on two of the top heels on RAW, ultimately coming up short after Andrade pins Mysterio. They’re left lying once again after the match, this time the attack focused on Edge, Vega announcing that Andrade wants to put down the ‘Ultimate Opportunist’ for good, challenging him for a match at Hell in a Cell. As Edge recovers, he accepts, promising to teach El Idolo a lesson in respect, with Mysterio offering to accompany him in order to prevent outside interference, Edge agreeing.

Hell in a Cell 2020

Edge vs Andrade

Andrade has been on a meteoric rise throughout the year, going from US Champion to Mr. MITB, proving himself over the months as a worthy main event talent. He just so happens to have picked a fight with another main event calibre star, meaning he’s in for a tough fight. Throughout the match, Andrade mirrors the Edge of old, proving to be an Ultimate Opportunist himself, taking advantage of any minor slip-up he can to turn the match in his favour. Edge’s grit and experience shines through though, conquering the man who could be likened to a younger version of him, and in the process, shutting out his demons for good.

Edge def. Andrade (17:38)

Build to Survivor Series 2020

With HIAC in the rear view mirror, Edge sets his sights on the final Big 4 PPV of the year, looking to represent RAW in the brand warfare. He respects the restriction placed on him from appearing on SD, instead focusing his efforts on going to NXT instead, clashing in dream matches in a preview to the show, taking on the likes of Adam Cole and Tommaso Ciampa. He’s added to the RAW Men’s Team, consisting of: Owens, McIntyre, Andrade, and Murphy, not too concerned by the choice of partners, more so in the match due to the prize of the survivors getting title shots. However, what does get under his skin is the fact that RAW’s being led by… Seth Rollins. Having captured the WWE Championship earlier in the year, Rollins is firmly on top of Monday Nights, completely transforming it into the Messiah’s show. The two get into an altercation backstage, butting heads, but much like at the beginning of the year, Rollins has his Disciples backing him up, preventing Edge from doing anything whilst Rollins taunts him with the gold. What’s changed since last time though is that no longer does Edge have Orton standing by his side, instead forced to pay for his deeds by being left all alone. Edge announces that when he wins the Survivor Series match, he’s coming straight for Rollins, who cackles, teasing that he can always screw him over using his boys. Edge grunts through gritted teeth but says no more, knowing it won’t benefit him in any way.

As Survivor Series nears, the members of Team RAW clash in a Fatal Five-Way elimination match in order to get any animosities they have out of the way. In the end, Edge finds himself against Murphy, the man who screwed him out of winning the WWE Championship earlier in the year. With the memories still fresh in Edge’s mind, he goes all out against Murphy in order to exact his revenge. However, when he goes for the Spear, Austin Theory interferes, allowing Murphy to strike Edge with a Bicycle Knee Strike and a Murphy’s Law for the victory! After the match, Rollins and co. swarm the ring, beating down Edge, all taking turns to land their own finishers. However, they end up taking it too far, Rollins wrapping a steel chair around Edge’s neck and connecting a CURB STOMP! Edge’s body is racked with spasms of agony, paramedics coming down to the ring to check on him, before loading him onto a stretcher! Edge tries to fight back, but it’s no use, the damage done to his neck ruling him out of competing at Survivor Series, Rollins watching on with a smug smirk on his face, knowing that Edge is no longer in any position to earn a shot at his title.

Build to TLC 2020

At Survivor Series, Team RAW comes out on top, with Murphy securing the winning pinfall for the team, whilst Rollins wins the World Champion’s Triple Threat, the Messiah and his Disciples on top of the world coming out of the show. With Murphy’s victory, logically, he’s next in line to face Rollins, only for him to ‘sacrifice his shot for the greater good’, letting the tyrannical rule of Rollins continue over RAW, the quintet wreaking havoc all across the red brand. Over the next few weeks, the fans anxiously await for the latest on Edge, clamouring for his return. Rollins uses that to his advantage, drawing up insane heat by informing the world that much like Murphy with his title shot, Rollins has sacrificed Edge for the greater good, retiring him so that he doesn’t have to go through any more struggles and injuries in the ring.

During one of his sermons, Rollins laments about the tragedy of Edge, saying that he could’ve saved him if he wasn’t so foolish by letting the Devil in Aleister Black infiltrate his mind with false hope and desires. He claims that the world use the sacrifice of Edge as a lesson to listen to the Messiah, or bad things will come your way. Rollins talks for the better part of 10 minutes, the fans getting more and more incensed at him, booing him out of the building, yet Rollins soaks it in, saying that no one remains that can take his title from him. He happens to have spoken too soon though, as an ambulance backs into the arena from beside the entrance ramp. The doors swing open… REVEALING EDGE! The Rated-R Superstar races down to the ring with a steel chair, going after all 5 members of Rollins’ group, clearing the ring of them before grabbing Rollins’ title hoisting it up high, sending a message to him.

Upon returning, Edge cuts a promo saying that all year long, his goal has been becoming World Champion one more time. However, time and time again, Rollins and his boys have meddled with him throughout the year. They tried to eliminate him for the Rumble, they catalysed the split between him and Orton, they cost him the Triple Threat MITB and sent him down a dark road, and they sent him to hospital to prevent him from competing at Survivor Series. He’s sick and tired of their games, but knows he only has one more shot left to get things right. Therefore, he challenges Rollins to a match at TLC for the title, where if he loses, he’ll be forced to retire. Rollins’ ears perk upon hearing the offer, hastily accepting, saying that 6 years ago he may have failed, but TLC will be Edge’s final stand. However, he jumped the gun too soon, Edge revealing that their match will be a TLC match! Rollins tries to go back on his words, not wanting to face Edge in his signature match, but it’s too late, the match is set! Will this be Edge’s final match?

TLC 2020

Edge vs Seth Rollins (c) in a Title vs Career TLC Match for the WWE Championship

In the culmination to a story that’s been brewing long before Edge even returned back to the ring, Edge and Rollins put on a stellar TLC match for the gold, filled with high stakes, crazy spots, and interference. Edge is almost screwed out of victory at the end when Murphy yet again tries to cost him by pulling him off the ladder whilst Rollins climbs, only for CHRISTIAN TO COME OUT AND NAIL HIM WITH A STEEL CHAIR! Edge tosses Rollins off the top through a Ladder Bridge, before unhooking the gold, WINNING THE MATCH AND PRESERVING HIS CAREER!

Edge def. Seth Rollins (c) to win the WWE Championship (30:50)

A cathartic ending to the year, as Edge becomes World Champion once more, this time with his friend by his side, returning the favour from 2011. Edge & Christian embrace as Edge raises the gold up high, Captain Charisma forgiving Edge for injuring him earlier in the year, the two best friends sticking together till the end of time. Edge is back, and he's at the summit of RAW, the NEW WWE Champion!
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2020.07.10 20:43 InfernoAA The Rated-R Superstar Part Two: On The Edge

Part One: R for Redemption

Build to Money in the Bank 2020

A couple weeks removed from WrestleMania, Edge heads to the ring looking a lot brighter, as if a heavy load had been lifted off of his chest. He cuts a promo on his match with Orton, claiming that even after all they went through, he still respects him for the fight he put up. Like he told Randy, he isn’t hanging up his boots any time soon, wanting to run the course as far as he can and step into the ring with the best of the current generation. Upon hearing this, out comes the new WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre. He brings up how Edge is looking for new competition, stating that whilst they may have clashed in the past, he’s far from the Drew of 2011, now prepared to kick anyone’s head off if they step up to him. He knows how much Edge wants to return to the top once again, so how about with a match with the King of the Mountain? A hot-headed Rollins interrupts the proceedings, coming off from a loss at WM to Owens, though still determined to stick his nose into the World Title picture. He berates Edge for stealing the spot and focus from more deserving guys at WM, blaming him for Murphy not being able to compete on the show.

He’s disappointed that Orton wasn’t able to put Edge out of commission, but that’s not to worry because it means he’ll just have to do what he should’ve 6 years ago and be the one to hang up Edge’s boots for good. Edge doesn’t take too kindly to his words, calling him down to the ring for a match, only for him to refuse, sending Murphy in his stead. As McIntyre watches from commentary and Rollins barks instructions from the outside, Edge and Murphy go head-to-head in the ring. As expected, the match doesn’t end in clean fashion as Rollins slips a steel chair into the ring for Murphy to use on Edge, only for the Juggernaut to get caught in the act by the referee, who throws the match out. However, it only means free reign for Rollins to join in on the fun too, setting up for a Curb Stomp onto the chair. His efforts are thwarted by McIntyre though, the WWE Champion making the save for the Ultimate Opportunist, only for Edge to rock him with a Spear, living up to his moniker by taking advantage of the situation! Edge holds the gold over Drew’s body, his eyes glimmering in the belt’s dazzling reflection, before dropping it on its owner, though making his intentions clear.

As a result of Edge spearing McIntyre, the Scottish Terminator affirms that he wants Edge at MITB, which sets up an episode of the Peep Show hosted by Christian for the two men to go back-and-forth in the build to the show. They engage in a war of words, Edge talking about his grit and how he’s worked countless years for the opportunity to step back into the ring once again, not prepared to let something so golden like this slip through his fingers when knowing that every match could be his last. McIntyre responds with aggression in his tone, accusing Edge of always searching for sympathy from the crowd for his struggles, failing to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around him. Everyone in life goes through their own struggles, but unlike Edge, they don’t have to come out to the ring and constantly moan about them whenever they have a mic in their hands. Drew was pegged as the company’s ‘Chosen One’, only to be fired and forced to work his way all the way back to the top, making sure he wasn’t handed anything, but instead, earning everything he has. That’s the reason why he’s WWE Champion right now and Edge isn’t, the Master Manipulator letting himself be eliminated from the Rumble unlike Drew. And it’s why MITB is going to be a reality check for Edge when he realises that people that have worked just as hard, if not more than him exist, and they’re better than him.

Before the atmosphere between the two can heat up any further, Rollins and his disciples hit the ring, laying waste to everything in sight, the 4 men beating down McIntyre & Edge, before even turning their attention to Christian, threatening to break his neck instead if Rollins isn’t given a title shot. Though Captain Charisma doesn’t mean so much to Drew as he does to Edge, as an honourable competitor and out of respect for his senior, McIntyre begrudgingly grants Rollins entry to the match, turning it into a Triple Threat for the title, Seth proceeding to stomp the WWE Champion into the canvas and hoist his title high. On the go-home show, Edge & McIntyre put their animosities to the side to take on Rollins & Murphy, united by a common hatred for the Messiah and his disciples. Despite Edge’s many Tag Title reigns, he doesn’t have the pure chemistry with Drew that Rollins & Murphy have developed, allowing the duo to pick up the win via Rollins pinning Edge. Rollins celebrates his victory after the match, looking to end the show standing tall in consecutive weeks, but he doesn’t account for a lurking McIntyre who Claymores his head off, heading into MITB with his title held high after being forced to watch on from the mat the past two weeks.

Money in the Bank 2020

The biggest talking point heading into the Triple Threat is whether McIntyre can survive the odds stacked against him in his first PPV title defence, having to face two former World Champions. Edge is buzzing with energy heading into his first WWE Championship match since 2010, another multi-man match. Meanwhile, Rollins finds himself the most experienced competitor in the situation, having been in multiple 3-ways for the gold, most notably his victory in the main event of Rumble WM31.

Edge vs Drew McIntyre (c) vs Seth Rollins – WWE Championship

As the match begins, Rollins immediately high-tails from the ring, leaving Edge and McIntyre to do their bidding, continuing their encounter from the Rumble, with Rollins slipping in occasionally here and there to get a few of his own licks in on his downed opponents, only to slink back out to the safety of the outside. Unfortunately for him, he goes to the well one too many times, getting caught in the act and trapped in the ring by his foes, who beat him around the ring. Ever the Ultimate Opportunist, Edge sneaks in a few pinfall attempts here and there, capitalising on his foes’ mistakes using veteran experience, though Drew and Seth prove themselves to be no slouches in the ring, holding their own in the bout. At one point in the match, all 3 men are down in the ring after a Tower of Doom spot, prompting Rollins’ disciples to come out and lay Edge and McIntyre to waste.

They Powerbomb McIntyre through a table, before setting up Edge in position for a Curb Stomp, Rollins looking to finish things off. As he goes for it, Edge catches Rollins out of the air with a SPEAR, collapsing into cover! 1…2…MURPHY BREAKS IT UP! Edge could’ve had it right there if it weren’t for Rollins’ crew’s constant interference, which leads to Edge losing the plot and going ham on all of them with a steel chair! As he goes to turn his attention to Rollins, who’s cowering away from Edge, not wanting a taste of his own medicine, McIntyre returns to the ring to diffuse the action, inserting himself back in the fray with a CLAYMORE TO EDGE! He follows up with a Future Shock DDT to Rollins, before tossing him out of the ring, nailing Edge with another Claymore to retain!

Drew McIntyre (c) def. Edge and Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship (21:27)

McIntyre vacates the ring with his title in tow as soon as possible so as to not get caught up by the Disciples once again, thus leaving behind Edge and Rollins. As the Rated-R Superstar starts to come to, he realises he lost his shot at the gold, but not because of his own lack of ability, instead due to Rollins and co.’s meddling. His expression changes from dejected to incensed in a flash, a fire blazing in Edge’s eyes as he’s overwhelmed with anger, turning his attention to Rollins on the outside. Suddenly, he bolts out of the ring to grab Rollins, getting a steel chair to his throat as the Disciples attempt to interfere, threatening to strike Rollins’ neck should they take a step forward! With Rollins struggling in his grasp, he takes him back inside the ring and waylays his back with the steel chair! He strikes again and again and again until the referee intervenes, pulling Edge to the side and yelling at him to snap out of it, Edge pausing to register what he’s just done, dismayed, only to return back to the zone, pushing the referee to the side and ramming the chair into Rollins’ spine once again! He grabs another steel chair from under the ring, positioning it under Rollins’ head, going for the Con-Chair-To! Sweet revenge for the time Rollins tried to break Edge’s neck!

Much like WM though, he can’t bring himself to do it, ultimately tossing the chair away in frustration and letting a terrified Rollins bolt out of the ring on shaky legs, into the arms of his followers, looking back at Edge in terror, only for him to return a thousand-yard stare. The Rated-R Superstar just snapped at Rollins, flashes of his old self clearly visible for the crowd who’re watching on in horror, Edge dropping to his knees and beginning to sob. This isn’t what he wanted when he returned. He left that life behind him, wanting to start fresh in the ring, but his mind keeps falling deeper into the abyss, losing control of himself. Christian rushes out from the back to check on his best friend, helping him back up to his feet and to the back as the show comes to a close, a horrified look in Edge’s eyes, traumatised by what vengeance almost drove him to do.

Build to Backlash 2020

Edge isn’t seen the following night on RAW, taking a step back to assess the situation at hand so that he doesn’t come close to losing himself once again like MITB. The fans are in for a pleasant surprise later in the week, as instead of Edge making his return on Monday Nights, he appears on SmackDown later that week to a huge pop! He heads to the ring, seemingly still shaken by the events that occurred 5 nights ago, though managing to keep his composure. He cuts a promo apologising for what he did at MITB, admitting he doesn’t know what got into him, but promises to never let that happen again. Thus, he’s decided to come home to SD, where he can take his mind off of those troubles and remind himself of the many great times he had over on the Blue Brand in the past. He isn’t just here to ramble about the past though, instead wanting competition to face. He’s heard that Friday Nights are home to some elite talents, so he wants a chance to step into the ring with them, the past of SD facing the present.

Ask and you shall receive, as out come the Artist Collective, led by the Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn! Zayn tears into Edge, claiming that he was actually once a huge fan of Edge, feeling pride for his fellow Canadian wrestler, only to soon realise who Edge truly is. He states that the Edge of today is nothing like the one he used to respect, now just a washed-up shell of himself, looking to steal the spotlight from the deserving stars of today, all while standing in Zayn’s ring. He tells Edge to go back to acting and let the real wrestlers handle the business in the ring. Edge takes it as a challenge though, asking the crowd who wants to see him shut up Zayn in the ring, met with a widely positive response, eliciting laughter from the IC Champ, claiming Edge made a stupid decision seeing as he’s outnumbered. The trio close in on the Master Manipulator, looking to beat him down 3-on-1, only for Daniel Bryan & Drew Gulak to race out from the back, stepping up to fight alongside Edge! With the playing field now level, the Artists flee from the ring, only for it to be announced that the two trios will collide in a Six-Man Tag Team match in the night’s main event!

The match rolls along later in the night, with Edge receiving ample time to face off with each member of the Artists, whilst also getting to show off some surprising instant chemistry with his partners, leading to Edge getting the victory for his team off of a Spear to Cesaro! As Edge celebrates on the turnbuckles, Bryan spins him around, requesting a match against the Ultimate Opportunist next week, Edge accepting, setting up a huge singles match! Once again, Edge puts up a great showing, reversing an incoming Knee Plus into a Spear to pick up victories in consecutive weeks. Everything looks to finally be turning back to normal for the Rated-R Superstar, returning back home seeming to do the trick, only for things to go awry once again after the match. As Edge raises Bryan’s arm up high, endorsing the American Dragon as a worthy competitor, the lights in the arena shut down one by one, until a single spotlight illuminates the ring. Edge turns to Bryan to see if he knows what’s going on, only to find out that he’s disappeared, Edge left all alone in the ring. Suddenly, a hologram appears in front of him of… Mick Foley! Edge looks on in confusion, not knowing what’s going on, only for The Fiend’s signature laugh to play over the PA system, Edge looking like a deer in headlights. However, the lights turn back on with no sign of the creature that haunts SD, Edge left with a mixture of emotions.

The following week, Edge is shown searching the backstage area, asking around if anyone knows where The Fiend is, or if they know why there was Foley hologram in the ring, but to no avail. Losing hope in finding the answers he’s searching for, Edge mutters to himself as he trudges along a corridor, only to find himself stopping at a door with a plaque of Foley’s name on it, and below it, a ‘DO NOT ENTER’ sign written over in blood with ‘LET ME IN’. Knowing danger lies ahead but inclined to investigate for to check on the safety of one of his friends, Edge opens the door and steps inside the dark room, navigating himself about to the best of his ability. He flicks on a light switch that dimly illuminates his surroundings, revealing blood trailing down the walls and barbed wire lying about. A TV flashes on, showing the greatest hits of Foley’s career. A Mankind mask is strewn from a chair along with Mr. Socko. Still as confused as ever, Edge continues walking around the room, hoping for clues on what he saw last week, before finding a Mick Foley puppet, picking it up to examine it. As he squeezes it, it says ‘Have a nice day’ repeatedly, until it suddenly malfunctions, his voice becoming distorted. Edge throws the puppet away, only to feel eyes burning into his back. Slowly, he turns around… COMING FACE TO FACE WITH BRAY WYATT! Wyatt is wearing Foley’s signature flannel and Mankind mask, along with Mr. Socko! Edge doesn’t have any time to react as Wyatt locks him in the Mandible Claw, Edge writhing as he tries to break free, though eventually falling unconsciousness, Wyatt cackling as he stands over Edge’s body.

Following the events of last week, a fear-stricken yet determined Edge heads to the ring, demanding answers from Wyatt, who appears on the titantron for the latest edition of the Firefly Funhouse. Wyatt enthusiastically welcomes Edge back, before apologising for scaring him, saying he got so excited to meet Edge he forgot his manners. He continues, stating that he knows Edge must be wondering what’s going on, so unlike his old pal Randall, he’ll spill the beans right now. He harkens back 4 years ago to the final SD before Survivor Series, where Edge welcomed the 2016 Men’s Team onto The Cutting Edge. He was supposed to hype up the team to prepare them for their big upcoming match, but Edge didn’t do that. Instead, he disrespected Wyatt, offending him by attacking the fact that Wyatt had given Orton a new family and home. That’s just one of many examples of the type of man Edge is. He tears other people down to build himself back up, feeding off of broken relationships and burned bridges to propel himself to the next level.

He sees the confliction in Edge’s eyes and knows that deep down inside, he knows that he hasn’t changed one bit since returning. After all, he’s the ‘Master Manipulator’, so it’s only his destiny to continue tearing people down and breaking bonds with them. However, what pains Wyatt is seeing Edge stuck in a state of limbo, not knowing which side to commit to; the fake, ‘I’m a good guy’ side, or the opportunist that’ll take advantage of anyone and anything to get to the next level. That’s where he comes in, able to help Edge out. What he saw last week was the inside of Foley’s mind, and just like Foley’s, Wyatt can show Edge inside of his own mind so that he can break free of his identity crisis and finally pick a side. All he has to do is let The Fiend and it’ll change him back to the man everyone once knew Edge as. However, everything comes with a price, and that price is in the form of The Fiend. The Fiend hasn’t forgotten how Edge treated Wyatt all those years ago. In fact, it hasn’t forgotten how Edge treated Wyatt back when he was Husky Harris. The Fiend wants vengeance against Edge, so if Edge wants to get to the other side and find out who he truly is, he’ll have to face The Fiend.

Edge paces about the ring for a few moments, contemplating the offer, before stating that he’s seen what The Fiend has done to some of his closest friends and rivals. He saw what it did to Mick Foley, what it did to Kurt Angle, and most recently what it did to John Cena. He wants to end his career on his own terms, not wanting his path to be dictated by someone else, so he refuses to foolishly sacrifice himself like that, unless there’s something greater in there for him. Wyatt chuckles, saying he was afraid Edge would say that, before panning the camera to reveal a bound-up Christian! He claims that if Edge wants to see his best friend again, he best accept the offer, or perhaps he might enjoy turning Christian into a puppet… Taken aback by the prospect, Edge hastily accepts, not wanting to lose the man closest to him in the world, Wyatt rubbing his hands together in excitement as the confrontation is made official. At Backlash, Edge comes to terms with himself in exchange of sparing Christian from the fate of being turned into a puppet. The question is: what truth will he stumble upon in his mind?

Backlash 2020

Midway through the show, the cameras cut to reveal Edge pulling up outside the building and heading inside. He navigates through a criss-cross of corridors, before finally arriving at a door that has his name written on plaque, along with the same ‘LET ME IN’ scribbled on in blood that he saw outside of Foley’s door. Edge takes a deep breath, before heading inside. To his surprise, the room isn’t dark like Foley’s, instead a fully illuminated corridor unwinding in front of Edge. He strolls down it, seeing multiple portraits hung on the walls of him, smiling as he reminisces about how much he’s grown over the years, only to find out the images are lenticular, the positive memories changing to negative depictions of him as he changes his perspective. He shudders, before pushing them out of his mind and moving on to the end of the corridor, arriving at another door, which he pushes past. A hall of all his accomplishments lay ahead of him, returning a smile to his face, only for them to disappear as he reaches out to touch them, instead a trail of blood and broken bones left behind, symbolising all the people he turned on to get to those accomplishments. He once again forces the grim memories out of his mind, continuing on to the next room.

There he finds himself… back home. He’s in the comfort of his home in Asheville, North Carolina, but something seems off. The place seems empty, no trace of his family or pets. He goes calling about the house, hoping to bump into someone, but he seems to be all alone, abandoned, just like all those he abandoned to move up the ladder. He heads to his room, sitting himself by his mirror and staring deep into it, taking a look at himself for what seems to be the first time in a long time. The grizzled beard, the long hair, the tattoos. Then in the reflection of the mirror, a figure starts moving towards him, putting their hand on his shoulder, causing him to spin around and look, only to see no one there. He turns back to look at the mirror, the figure still there though. It’s himself 10 years ago. Not much has changed in his physical appearance since then except for getting older and more in shape, but something seems to be off when he compares himself to his reflection. The look in his eyes. Where once lay ambition and confidence is now replaced with doubt and fear. The Edge from 10 years ago smiles, inviting Edge to the other side of the mirror, to become the man he once was, Edge slowly outstretching his hand and considering it.

However, as he nears the mirror, he sees the same pile of blood and bones from earlier, suddenly recoiling and spinning around to see it, but there’s nothing there. He feels as if he’s starting to teeter on the edge of sanity, now frantically running his hands through his hair, trying to compose himself, only to snap and grab a weight, smashing it through the mirror! The many shards on the broken mirror reflect what Edge has become – a broken man. He tosses the stool he was seated on away, before turning to leave the room, unable to deal with the crippling silence anymore, yelling for Wyatt to reveal himself. Instead, he bumps into his youngest daughter, Ruby, hugging her tightly in relief. She doesn’t seem as happy to see him though, Edge noticing her eyes to be fully black as she stares at him, chanting ‘Let Him In’, with it written on her forehead in blood. Edge lets out a yelp of surprise, backtracking through the door he came from, only to fall into a completely new, desolate room, now on his knees. A sound whispers in the silence, saying ‘You think you know me’, the whispering getting louder as more and more voices join in, until it’s a cacophony of sounds, Edge barely able to keep himself together, finally snapping and swinging wildly, but helplessly as his fists meet nothing.

Defeated, he collapses to the floor, sobbing for the torture to stop, which is when The Fiend appears! Edge tilts his head up to look at it, though unmoving, not having any strength to fight off what’s coming. It lunges at him, locking in the Mandible Claw, laughing as Edge writhes in agony! As Edge thrashes in vain, he notices in the corner of his eyes that the ghosts of Foley, Angle, and Cena are watching him, not doing anything to save him. Then he turns his head a little more and he sees Christian, unbound, but simply standing there and watching Edge as he suffers, the Rated-R Superstar’s vision slowly blacking out, until he’s enveloped in a room of broken glass, broken bones, and a broken self.

Build to Extreme Rules 2020

Coming out of Backlash, no one knows where Edge is or what happened to him after The Fiend put him to sleep, causing panic in the locker room to break out, people searching throughout the building to locate him, only for there to be no trace of him. As the show is coming to a close, the lights dim in the arena, smoke slowly billowing in as a familiar ‘You think you know me’ sounds, and Edge’s theme hits! But the man that appears isn’t the one that the world has been accustomed to as of late. This Edge has bedraggled hair, dark eyebags under his eyes, and a severe expression on his face. He trudges to the ring with a mic in hand, before running his hands through his hair as he shuts his eyes, as if trying to focus, then reopening his eyes and raising his mic. In a calm but firm tone, he calls out Foley to the ring, the Hall of Famer obliging and coming face-to-face with Edge. The two men stare at each other for a few moments… BEFORE EDGE CUTS FOLEY IN HALF WITH A SPEAR!

Gasps reverberate around the arena as Edge begins laying into him, bringing out a steel chair from under the ring and ramming it into his back remorselessly, Foley unable to even beg for mercy, before he sets the chair under Foley’s head, grabbing another one and getting in position… CON-CHAIR-TO! WHAT THE HELL HAS GOTTEN INTO EDGE?! Slowly, Edge kneels next to Foley’s limp body, before grabbing a handful of his locks and pulling him close, whispering ‘This is for letting me suffer’. He moves back, before DELIVERING ANOTHER CON-CHAIR-TO! He tosses the chair away and picks up the mic from before, uttering in a cold tone ‘I’m back’. As the fans watch on in horror, unable to fathom what they have just witnessed, Edge seats himself in the corner, watching the paramedics run down to the ring and load Foley onto a stretcher, taking him to an ambulance, a slight sick smile twisting on Edge’s face.

In the aftermath of last week’s assault, a concerned Kurt Angle heads to the ring, pacing about for a bit as he tries to collect his thoughts and compose himself, before bringing up Edge’s actions. He reminds that he and Edge go way back, and throughout the years, he saw Edge as one of his boys. But after last week, he’s not sure if he even knows him. However, as a fair man, he wants to talk to him to understand why he did what he did, so he calls him out to the ring. Edge heads down to the ring and comes face-to-face with Angle, who tentatively hands over the mic. Edge weighs it in his hands, before responding in a cold tone ‘You asked for it’, hitting a SPEAR ON ANGLE! Much like last week, he lays into Angle with steel chair shots, before setting up for the Con-Chair-To! Before he can swing this time though, Christian runs down to the ring and snatches it from his hands, exclaiming at Edge to stop, questioning him what the hell he thinks he’s doing. Edge buries his head in his hands, running his fingers through his hair like a madman, before turning to look at Christian with a softer expression, the presence of his best friend slightly calming him down. He turns back to look at the fallen Angle, before shaking his head and walking to the back, Christian following behind in pursuit of him.

The following week, Christian comes out and announces a new episode of the Peep Show, the ring set up for his signature talk show with two chairs. He calls his guest out, which happens to be Edge, the Master Manipulator’s head hanging low, not looking Christian in the eyes as he takes a seat. Christian says that the world deserves an explanation of what Edge is doing and what’s gotten into him, demanding Edge for answers. Edge suddenly starts smiling, before breaking out into raspy laughter. He claims that of all people, he expected his best friend to understand him, but he too chooses to prod him instead and ask questions? Nonetheless, he continues, saying that when he retired, he left ‘Edge’ behind him, instead becoming Adam Copeland, the husband, the father, the friend to many. Upon returning, he expected everything to resume as normal, with him still being Adam, only to find himself being called a shell of his former self, a sell-out, and ‘not the man people once knew’ by his peers. He tried all he could to keep being Adam, only to continue to be berated by others, and that messed with his mind. He wanted to show compassion, he wanted to fix all the broken bridges, he wanted to be himself, but no one let him. They kept driving him closer and closer to the edge of his sanity, the final nail in the coffin being his interaction with The Fiend.

Whilst he was struggling, being choked out, all the people he thought he could once trust stood there, watching him whilst he suffered. Not even a single soul thought to reach out to him and save him. That’s when he realised, no matter how much he tries to be Adam in the ring, he’s always going to be Edge; a lonely, ruthless wrestler who will do anything to feed his ambition. So what he’s doing now is following his destiny and it began by cutting ties with the ones who stood and watched him suffer. He took out Foley, he took out Angle, and now… he takes out Christian. EDGE WITH A SPEAR TO CAPTAIN CHARISMA! Edge beats down his best friend, grabbing the steel chair he was sitting on and wailing on him with shots to the back! Despite the pain, Christian manages to turn to look Edge in the eyes, heartbreak brimming in them, though Edge’s eyes are empty, no remorse for Christian. He performs the same set-up that he’s done in past weeks, before telling Christian he did this to himself, nailing a CON-CHAIR-TO! Yet again, another vessel gets stretched from the ring, whilst Edge sits back and watches the consequences of his chaotic actions unfold, this time the man closest to him in the world the victim of his regression in attitude.

With Extreme Rules nearing day by day, Edge cuts a promo on his attacks over the past few weeks, claiming they’re a message to everyone in the locker room of what they’ve brought out of him. He beckons anyone who wants turn their back on him like those before them so he can maul them too, raising up the steel chair in his hand. He shoots names out, the likes of Cena, Rey Mysterio, Big Show, but instead, Jeff Hardy’s music hits! Out comes the Charismatic Enigma, ensuring to keep distance from the volatile Edge by standing on the apron, ordering him to snap out of his trance. He states that whilst the two of them have fought over the years in brutal matches, he’s always maintained respect for Edge and all his accolades, but this isn’t how to go about things. This way, not only will he be left with no friends to turn to any more, but no one to respect him either. Generations of stars that once looked up to Edge all disappear with his actions. His words seem to have no effect though, Edge staring at him with a blank expression, before stating that Hardy has no right to tell him what he should or shouldn’t do. If he truly cared about Edge, where was he when Edge needed help? He tells Hardy to either step into the ring and fight him, or scram if he wants to lecture Edge. Edge doesn’t let him make a decision though, swinging with his chair! Hardy narrowly escapes, dropping down to the steel ramp and gazing at Edge with fury as he retreats to the back.

On the go-home show, Hardy cuts a promo of his own, stating that last week he tried to reason with the Devil, and as expected, he got nothing out of it. He was unable to reason with one of his oldest rivals, but he’s not going to sit around and watch Edge destroy legends because he’s had a change of heart all of a sudden. Edge is more dangerous than ever now, but he’s still not invincible. That’s why he challenges him to an Extreme Rules match! Edge can bring all the weapons he wants because Hardy is going to do the exact same, and they’ll go to war one last time, where he promises to avenge all those that fell at Edge’s hands. Edge appears on the titantron, asking if Hardy’s been drinking lately or if he’s just straight-up delusional. He doesn’t expect Hardy to understand why Edge does what he does because all he sees is Hardy trying to leech off of him for fame and relevance. Since returning to the ring, Edge has competed for the World Title, whilst all Hardy’s done is lose to Sheamus. Nonetheless, he accepts Hardy’s challenge, stating that he already wrote the last chapter between him and Orton, so now it’s time to put a bow on another rivalry by sending Hardy back to hospital.

Extreme Rules 2020

Edge vs Jeff Hardy – Extreme Rules

11 years ago, Edge and Hardy clashed at Extreme Rules in a Ladder match for the World Title, Hardy defeating Edge. Now this time, they’re fighting for much more than just gold, as they risk their health livelihood throughout the match. There are tables, ladders, chairs, the whole shebang used between these two, featuring many references to past matches like the TLC classics, as well as spots like Edge spearing Hardy as he goes for a Leg Drop off the Ladder and Hardy putting Edge through a table with the Swanton Bomb. The match comes to a close when Hardy props Edge on two steel chairs with their backs to each other, going for a Swanton Bomb to crush Edge against their spines, only for the Ultimate Opportunist to move out of the way and let Hardy crash into the steel, before rocking him with a Spear and connecting a CON-CHAIR-TO! 1…2…3!

Edge def. Jeff Hardy (22:04)

Yet another body has been sacrificed to Edge’s dangerous regime, Hardy being stretchered out of the arena as Edge brandishes his trusty steel chair to heavy boos, embracing his darker persona more and more as the days pass.

Build to SummerSlam 2020

In the fallout of Edge’s brutal victory over Hardy and on the road to the Biggest Party of the Summer, Edge makes his intentions known, stating that he wants Reigns’ World Title, and he won’t stop at anything to get a shot at the title. He calls out Reigns for a match, only for New Day to come out, Kofi claiming that unlike everyone else that’s saying Edge has changed, he still sees the same Edge he once knew. That was the Edge that robbed him of the only World Title opportunity he was due to receive for 9 years. However, he’s not the same Kofi as then, now a former WWE Champion, and if he has anything to say about things, he wants a crack at Reigns first seeing as he never got another World Title opportunity after he lost the gold. Big E tries to talk Kofi out of facing Edge, reminding him of everything the Master Manipulator has done over the past month, but Kofi doesn’t back down, going toe-to-toe with Edge in the ring, the pair putting on a match sullied by Edge’s constant heel tactics. Kofi still manages to hold his own against his lethal foe, but ultimately a pair of Spears is too much for him to overcome, Edge proving that he can hang in the ring, whether it’s a hardcore match, a tag team match, or a singles match. He doesn’t get a chance to add Kofi to his list of victims after the match though, E pulling his partner to safety before Edge can get his hands on him, Edge shrugging his shoulders, more concerned about winning a World Title after his last opportunity got robbed from him.

As a result, he’s added to a Fatal Four-Way #1 Contender’s match consisting of Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura, the four tangling in a match filled with nonstop action, with the finish coming when Edge intercepts Nakamura’s Kinshasa to Bryan with a Spear, pinning him to get the shot! He calls out Reigns after the match, the Universal Champion cautiously stalking his way to the ring to stand up to Edge, surprisingly no fear in his eyes, Edge salivating at the sight of gold, pointing to it to make sure Reigns knows what’s coming. A Contract Signing takes place between the two where they’re allowed to speak their mind heading into the match, Reigns cutting a scathing promo on the Rated-R Superstar, comparing him to Cena, in that he took his ball and went home, sticking his nose into acting instead of helping teach the future generation of stars. He calls Edge’s talk about working for 9 years to come back nonsense, saying that it took him 9 years of sitting on his couch to consider the idea of ever returning to the ring. Over those 9 years, he’s been replaced by Reigns, the man who eliminated him from the Rumble, the man who has more WM main events than him, the man who even beat The Undertaker at the grand stage. He claims that Edge should’ve stayed retired instead of selling out like Shawn Michaels because ambition meant more than honouring his word.

Edge fires back at Reigns, cutting him down for using the Spear, claiming that without it, he’d be nothing, likening him to a rip-off of the Rated-R Superstar. Whilst Reigns toots his own horn about how many Manias he’s main evented and all the people he’s defeated, he’s forgotten who he’s talking to. A former 11-time World Champion. 14-time Tag Team Champion. Hall of Famer. He walked so Reigns could run. Whilst Reigns was failing in the NFL, he was here grinding night in and night out to be the best wrestler in the company, and he damn sure became just that. So now, it’s only a matter of time before he returns to his throne. He warns Reigns about who he’s getting into the ring with, offering him a chance to forfeit unless he wants to suffer the same fate as the likes of Hardy. Reigns smirks, before CLOCKING EDGE WITH A SUPERMAN PUNCH! The two brawl about the ring, with Edge momentarily getting the upper-hand by gouging Reigns’ eyes, only to miss a swing with the World Title to Reigns, getting dropped with a Spear instead, Reigns standing tall heading into SS!

SummerSlam 2020

Edge vs Roman Reigns (c) – Universal Championship

Since his last World Title opportunity at MITB, Edge has undergone a drastic change, going from the fan favourite to the despised heel he was once known to be. He leans more into a brawling style against Reigns, taking the fight to ringside and using the steel post and steps to inflict damage on his foe, before unloading his signature manoeuvres back inside. Reigns keeps him in check with hard-hitting moves of his own, getting a few strong near-falls on Edge, who just escapes his fate by hook and crook. In the end, a Superman Punch misfires, Edge ducking and Reigns knocking down the referee, which allows Edge to retrieve the Universal Title from ringside, bringing it back inside the ring. He gets ready to strike Reigns, only to pause, encapsulated by the title in his hands, his career flashing in front of his eyes, all the great and not so great moments throughout his career that have made him who he is today. He hesitates to strikes Reigns, for the first time in two months seeming sane, all the rage and thirst for blood vanishing from his eyes, getting emotional as he finds himself where he’s wanted to be since vacating the World Title at WM27; holding the World Title. He’s lost in his own thoughts for too long though, allowing Reigns to capitalise on the distraction by clocking Edge with a Superman Punch, before nailing an emphatic SPEAR as the referee recovers! 1…2…3!

Roman Reigns (c) def. Edge to retain the Universal Championship (19:15)

Edge… lost. Once again, his shoulders are pinned to the mat after a gruelling title match, having the gold literally in the palm of his hands, yet failing to succeed. Reigns heads to the back with the title slung over his shoulder, leaving a broken Edge lying in the ring, looking up at the bright lights, forced to come to terms with his failure. He thought that surely after becoming ‘Edge’ again, he’d achieve his ambition, but now, he’s more lost than he’s ever been since returning…
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2018.10.19 03:47 KayfabeSoupPBR PBR Presents... A Comprehensive Guide To The Grand Slam, Part XII: Christian

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Hello again, and welcome back to my in-depth look at the history of WWE’s “Grand Slam.” First, our usual quick reminder of what makes a Grand Slam Champion...
ORIGINAL FORMAT (1997-2015): 1) WWF/WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship. 2) WWF/World Tag Team Championship or WWE/Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) European Championship or Hardcore Championship.
MODERN FORMAT (2015-present): 1) WWE Championship or Universal Championship. 2) WWE/Raw Tag Team Championship or SmackDown Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) United States Championship
When the Modern Format was instituted after WrestleMania 31, the World Heavyweight Championship (2003-2013) and the World/WWF Tag Team Championships (1971-2010) were discontinued and removed from eligibility. This created a whole list of wrestlers who should be considered Grand Slam Champions, but aren’t, due to the timing of when they won their championships. The most notable person on that list is Dolph Ziggler, whose exclusion is what really led to this whole discovery. After we get through the 19 official Grand Slam Champions, we’ll dive into the world of excluded superstars, plus some other stuff. So stay tuned for that.
But now, without further delay, let’s get rolling with Part XII: Christian!

William “Jay” Reso’s first match in the WWF was a dark match before “Shotgun Saturday Night” on November 11, 1997. He wrestled as Christian Cage and lost to Edge, who was wrestling as Adam Copeland.
He quickly dropped the “Cage” and his first televised match was also his first PPV match, and it was ALSO his first title shot, AND it was his first title victory! Talk about coming in with a push! He defeated Taka Michinoku at the In Your House 25: Judgement Day PPV on October 18, 1998, to win the Light Heavyweight Championship.
He became a Grand Slam Champion on May 1, 2011, at the Extreme Rules PPV, when he defeated Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder Match to win the vacant World Heavyweight Championship.
His final match took place on Monday Night Raw on March 24, 2014. Strangely, it was an Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match, which he won, but never followed up on. Now, let’s dive into Christian’s championship history...

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TERTIARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: WWF European Championship: October 30, 2001 - SmackDown - defeated Bradshaw in a DARK MATCH. He held the title for 91 days and ultimately dropped it to Diamond Dallas Page at the SmackDown taping on January 29, 2002. This match, at least, aired on the show.

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UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS
None. He had a handful of US Title matches over the years, but only went 1-13 and never won the title. (His lone victory was over Tajiri - the more you know!)

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TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: WWF Tag Team Championship: April 2, 2000 - WrestleMania 2000 - alongside Edge, they defeated The Hardy Boyz and champions The Dudley Boyz in a Triangle Ladder Match. They held the titles for 57 days before dropping them to Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and the late Grandmaster Sexay) on the May 29 episode of Raw Is War.
2: WWF Tag Team Championship: June 25, 2000 - King Of The Ring PPV - with Edge, they defeated T&A (Test & Albert), The Hardy Boyz, and champions Too Cool in a Fatal Four-Way Match. This time, they held the titles for 91 days and dropped them to The Hardy Boyz in a Steel Cage match at the Unforgiven PPV on September 24.
3: WWF Tag Team Championship: October 22, 2000 - No Mercy PPV - with Edge, and dressed as The Conquistadors, they defeated The Hardy Boyz. This reign only lasted one night, as The Hardyz, dressed as The Conquistadors, won the titles back the following night on Raw Is War.
4: WWF Tag Team Championship: December 10, 2000 - Armageddon PPV - with Edge, they defeated The Dudley Boyz, K-Kwik & Road Dogg, and the champions Right To Censor (Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather) in a Fatal Four-Way Match. They only held the titles for 8 days, however, as The Rock & The Undertaker beat them and took the titles on the December 18 episode of Raw Is War……..
5: WWF Tag Team Championship: December 19, 2000 - SmackDown - ……...BUUUT they won the titles right back from Rock & Taker the next night on SmackDown. This reign lasted a somewhat more respectable 33 days before they lost the titles to The Dudley Boyz at the Royal Rumble on January 21, 2001.
6: WWF Tag Team Championship: March 19, 2001 - Raw Is War - with Edge, they defeated The Hardy Boyz by stealing The Dudley Boyz’ title shot. Later in the evening, The Dudley Boyz arrived to claim their title shot and used it to win the titles off of Edge & Christian.
7: WWF Tag Team Championship: April 1, 2001 - WrestleMania X-Seven - with Edge, and one day shy of one year exactly since their first title win, they won their seventh Tag Team Championship. And just like the first one, they beat The Hardy Boyz and the champions The Dudley Boyz in a Triple Threat Ladder Match. The only real difference was that this one was called TLC II instead of Triangle Ladder Match, and this one unofficially involved an additional participant with each team - Rhyno, Lita, and Spike Dudley, respectively. It’s a phenomenal match and is, in my opinion, the best of their three major triple threat ladder matches. But you know what WASN’T phenomenal? This title reign. For as awesome as the match was, and for as much work as they put into it, they only held the titles for 16 days before dropping them to Kane and The Undertaker at the April 17 taping of SmackDown.
8: WWE World Tag Team Championship: July 21, 2002 - Vengeance PPV - with a new partner, Lance Storm, and a new team name - The Un-Americans - they defeated Edge and Hulk Hogan. They held the titles for 64 days before dropping them to The Hurricane and Kane - aka Hurri-Kane - on the September 23 episode of Raw.
9: WWE World Tag Team Championship: October 14, 2002 - Raw - with Chris Jericho now, they defeated HURRI-KANE!! They held the titles for 62 days and dropped them to Booker T & Goldust (another super underrated pairing) at the Armageddon PPV on December 15 in a Fatal Four Way match that also included The Dudley Boyz and William Regal & Lance Storm.

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INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: September 23, 2001 - Unforgiven PPV - defeated his former partner Edge. He held the title for 28 days before dropping it back to Edge in a Ladder Match at the No Mercy PPV on October 21.
2: May 18, 2003 - Judgement Day PPV - The Intercontinental Championship had been retired on October 20, 2002, when Triple H unified it with the World Heavyweight Championship. Fortunately, Vince changed his stance and Raw General Manager Steve Austin revived the championship in May 2003. Christian won a battle royal over Booker T, Chris Jericho, Goldust, Kane, Lance Storm, Rob Van Dam, Test, and Val Venis. He held the title for a nice, even 50 days and dropped it to Booker T on the July 7 episode of Raw.
3: August 10, 2003 - Des Moines, Iowa House Show - defeated Booker T. Why this happened at a house show, I have no idea. But at any rate, he held the title for another nice, even 50 days. Weird. He dropped it to Rob Van Dam on September 29 in a Ladder Match on Raw.
4: May 20, 2012 - Over The Limit PPV - defeated Cody Rhodes. This was their first title match against each other, which I’ve found to be a rarity over the course of this research. The vast majority of the time, leading up to a title change, the two guys have had a string of matches with each other on the house show loop. In this case, that string of matches happened afterward. At any rate, Christian held the title for 64 days and then dropped it to The Miz (in THEIR first IC title match together) on July 23 at the RAW 1000 special.

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PRIMARY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: World Heavyweight Championship: May 1, 2011 - Extreme Rules PPV - defeated Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder Match to win the vacant title. This was the win that made Christian a Grand Slam Champion, but his elation was short-lived. Two nights later, Randy Orton cashed in his MITB briefcase on the Tuesday night taping of Friday Night SmackDown and won the title
2: World Heavyweight Championship: July 17, 2011 - Money In The Bank PPV - defeated Randy Orton. The stipulation of the match was that if Orton got disqualified, the title would still change hands. After 12 minutes of trying to goad Orton into breaking the rules, Christian finally succeeded when Orton hit him with a low blow, giving Christian the match and the title. This title reign only lasted 28 days before he dropped the title back to Orton at SummerSlam on August 14.

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OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: October 18, 1998 - In Your House 25: Judgement Day PPV - defeated inaugural champion Taka Michinoku. He held the title for 30 days before dropping it to Duane Gill. Allow me to repeat that: CHRISTIAN lost a title to GILLBERG. And, as if that’s not crazy enough, GILLBERG held that Light Heavyweight Championship for FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT DAYS. That’s right: Gillberg was Light Heavyweight Champion from November 17, 1998, through February 8, 2000. Let that settle in.
2: ECW Championship: April 26, 2009 - Backlash PPV - defeated Jack Swagger, after going winless against Swagger in 25 straight matches. He held this title for 42 days before dropping it to Tommy Dreamer in a Triple Threat Match that also involved Jack Swagger (because of course).
3: ECW Championship: July 26, 2009 - Night Of Champions PPV - defeated Tommy Dreamer to win back the title. This time, he held it for a whopping 205 days. He dropped the title to Ezekiel Jackson in an Extreme Rules match on the February 16, 2010, episode of ECW. That was the final ECW Championship match, as the brand was immediately (and finally) discontinued.

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BY THE NUMBERS
This wouldn’t really be a “By The Numbers” spinoff if I didn’t throw a bunch of crazy-ass statistics at you, so here we go. The following numbers are the result of some pretty deep research at CageMatch.net, and making a shit-ton of notes and charts to keep everything organized. When all is said and done, we’ll take a look at how all these Grand Slam Champions stack up against each other.
Christian had:
10 Light Heavyweight Championship matches, in which he went 5-4-1 and had ONE title reign, lasting 30 days.
109 ECW Championship matches, in which he went 71-37-1 and had TWO title reigns, lasting a combined 247 days.
35 European Championship matches, in which he went 19-16 and had ONE title reign, lasting 91 days.
4 Hardcore Championship matches, in which he went 0-4, and had ZERO title reigns.
14 United States Championship matches, in which he went 1-13 and had ZERO title reigns.
188 Tag Team Championship matches (182 WWF/World/WCW, 6 WWE), in which he went 102-86 and had NINE title reigns, lasting a combined 270 days.
***In those 188 matches, he had SEVEN different partners:
EDGE (114 matches, 7 titles, 56-58 record)
CHRIS JERICHO (32 matches, 1 title, 21-11)
LANCE STORM (25 matches, 1 title, 19-6)
TYSON TOMKO (10 matches, 0-10)
DANIEL BRYAN (3 matches, 3-0)
KANE (3 matches, 3-0)
And GANGREL (1 match, 0-1)***
168 Intercontinental Championship matches, in which he went 66-99-3, and had FOUR title reigns, lasting a combined 192 days.
53 Primary Championship matches (50 World Heavyweight, 3 WWF/WWE), in which he went 13-39-1 and had TWO title reigns, lasting a combined 30 days.
Overall, he had (*deep inhale*) 581 title matches for 10 different championships, with a final record of 274-301-6, with 19 title reigns, lasting a combined 860 days, or 2.3 years (*deep exhale*).
His longest title reign was 205 days (ECW), and his shortest was 0 (Tag Team). His average title reign was a mere 45.2 days.

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GRAND SLAM FEUDS
None. Christian’s 53 Primary Championship matches were only against five different opponents, so his chances of a Grand Slam Feud were pretty much shot from the start. Here’s our list so far.
Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (6 matches)
Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (8 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Edge (11 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero (22 matches)
Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho (16 matches)
Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam (25 matches)

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Once this list is complete and we’ve gotten through all the individual winners, I’ll break everything down and we’ll use the magic of numbers to determine who was the best Grand Slam Champion and which was the best Grand Slam Feud. It’ll be fun, I promise.
Thanks again for reading. Coming up on Part XIII… THE BIG SHOW!
-PBR

THE ARCHIVE
I: Shawn Michaels
II: Triple H
III: Kane
IV: Chris Jericho
V: Kurt Angle
VI: Eddie Guerrero
VII: Edge
VIII: Rob Van Dam
IX: Booker T
X: Jeff Hardy
XI: John "Bradshaw" Layfield

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2018.10.19 02:43 KayfabeSoupPBR PBR Presents... A Comprehensive Guide To The Grand Slam, Part VII: Edge

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A quick reminder of the requirements for the two Grand Slam formats…
ORIGINAL FORMAT (1997-2015): 1) WWF/WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship. 2) WWF/World Tag Team Championship or WWE/Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) European Championship or Hardcore Championship.
MODERN FORMAT (2015-present): 1) WWE Championship or Universal Championship. 2) WWE/Raw Tag Team Championship or SmackDown Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) United States Championship
When the Modern Format was instituted after WrestleMania 31, the World Heavyweight Championship (2003-2013) and the World/WWF Tag Team Championships (1971-2010) were removed. This created a whole list of wrestlers who should be considered Grand Slam Champions, but aren’t. The most notable person on that list is Dolph Ziggler, whose exclusion is what really led to this whole discovery. After we get through the 19 official Grand Slam Champions, we’ll dive into the world of excluded superstars. So stay tuned for that.
But now, without further delay, let’s get rolling with today’s installment.

Adam Copeland’s first WWF match was a loss to Bob Holly at a house show in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on May 10, 1996. He was still wrestling as Sexton Hardcastle, which is THE single greatest wrestling name ever. In the history of the business. (The second best is Flex Kavana, who later became Rocky Maivia).
Just over two years later, now wrestling as Edge, he had his first televised WWF match. It was a count-out victory over Jose Estrada on the June 16, 1998, episode of Raw Is War. It lasted all of one minute and seven seconds.
His first title shot was a Tag Team Championship match on the November 30, 1998, Raw Is War. He and Gangrel lost to the New Age Outlaws by disqualification. Probably because Gangrel gave Road Dogg a bloodbath or something, I don’t know. 1998 was a crazy time.
His first title victory was strange. He defeated Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Championship at a HOUSE SHOW in Toronto on July 24, 1999. And he lost it back to Jarrett the next night at the Fully Loaded PPV.
He became a Grand Slam Champion on January 8, 2006, when he cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on a bloody and beaten John Cena to win the WWE Championship at the New Year’s Revolution PPV.
FUN USELESS TRIVIA: Edge is the ONLY superstar - EVER - to win the Royal Rumble, King Of The Ring, Money In The Bank, AND be a Grand Slam Champion. However, Sheamus is just one Intercontinental Championship victory away from joining him. The more you know...
Now let’s run through Edge’s championship history…

TERTIARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
None. Edge is our first of seven superstars who is only a Grand Slam Champion under the Modern Format, as he never held the European or Hardcore titles. He is the only one of the seven who is not currently active. He retroactively got the Grand Slam distinction due to his very brief 2001 United States title reign, as we’ll see below.

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: WCW United States Championship: November 12, 2001 - RAW - defeated William Regal. He held this title for just 6 days before defeating Test at the Survivor Series to win the Intercontinental Championship. The titles were thus unified and Edge was the final US Champion until it was brought back in May 2003. This six-day title reign is the entire reason Edge is a Grand Slam Champion. How weird is that?

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: WWF World Tag Team Championship: April 2, 2000 - WrestleMania 2000 - with Christian, they defeated The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz in a Triangle Ladder Match. Their inaugural title reign lasted 57 days, and they dropped the titles to Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and the recently arrested Grandmaster Sexay) on the May 29 episode of Raw Is War.
2: WWF World Tag Team Championship: June 25, 2000 - King Of The Ring - with Christian, they defeated Too Cool to win back their titles in a Four-Way elimination match that also involved The Hardy Boyz and Test & Albert. This time, they held the titles for 91 days, ultimately dropping them to The Hardy Boyz at the Unforgiven PPV on September 24.
3: WWF World Tag Team Championship: October 23, 2000 - No Mercy PPV - with Christian, they defeated The Hardy Boyz. The noteworthy part of this match is that Edge and Christian had been ruled out of having any more title shots, so they wrestled here as Los Conquistadores. Clever, but not exactly successful, as they - specifically Edge - lost the titles right back to the Hardyz on the next night’s Raw Is War. This time the Hardyz were dressed as Los Conquistadores. I wonder, did each of the four guys get their own gear? Or did Matt and Jeff have to use the same gear that Edge and Christian used the night before? If the latter, I hope someone washed it between nights.
4: WWF World Tag Team Championship: December 10, 2000 - Armageddon PPV - with Christian, they defeated Right To Censor (Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather) in a Fatal Four Way match that also involved The Dudley Boyz and Road Dogg & K-Kwik. You may know K-Kwik better by his eventual, better-known gimmick: R-Truth. This reign lasted all of 8 days, and they dropped the titles to The Rock & The Undertaker on the December 18 Raw Is War. Yes, The Rock and The Undertaker were tag team champions together.
5: WWF World Tag Team Championship: December 19, 2000 - SmackDown - with Christian, they defeated The Rock & The Undertaker (ending that reign at 1 day), with Kurt Angle as the guest referee. This made them five-time champions in the span of just over eight months. Man, talk about playing hot potato with the titles. Anyway, this run lasted 33 days before they dropped the titles to The Dudley Boyz at the Royal Rumble on January 21, 2001.
6: WWF World Tag Team Championship: March 19, 2001 - Raw Is War - with Christian, they defeated The Hardy Boyz when they claimed that The Dudley Boyz (the real #1 contenders) didn’t show up to the arena. Later in the show, Bubba Ray and D-Von showed up and beat Edge and Christian for the titles, ending their reign at 0 days.
7: WWF World Tag Team Championship: April 1, 2001 - WrestleMania X-Seven - with Christian, they defeated The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz in the classic ‘TLC II’ match. It was one of the best matches at one of the best WrestleManias (in this writer’s humble opinion). I just watched it again yesterday, and man, if you haven’t seen it, or if it’s been awhile, go back and watch this match. But I digress. This reign lasted a whopping 16 days before they dropped the titles to The Brothers Of Destruction (Kane & The Undertaker) at the April 17 taping of SmackDown.
8: WWE World Tag Team Championship: July 2, 2002 - SmackDown - with Hulk Hogan (yes, that’s right - Hulk Hogan), they defeated the wrestling powerhouse known as Billy & Chuck. They held the titles for 19 days before dropping them to The Un-Americans (Lance Storm & Christian) at the Vengeance PPV on July 21. That had to be a cool moment for Edge, the self-confessed Hulkamaniac as a kid, now winning championship gold with him.
9: WWE Tag Team Championship: November 5, 2002 - SmackDown - with Rey Mysterio, they defeated the inaugural champions Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit in a 2-out-of-3-falls match. This reign lasted a mere 12 days, and they dropped the titles to Los Guerreros - Chavo & Eddie - at the Survivor Series on November 17.
10: World Tag Team Championship: April 19, 2004 - with Chris Benoit (who was also the World Heavyweight Champion at that point), they defeated Evolution (Batista & Ric Flair). Normally, when two singles wrestlers win a tag title while one of them is also holding a singles title, it would be a short reign, but in this case, they actually held these titles for 42 days, which is Edge’s second-longest title reign at this point. They eventually dropped the titles to La Resistance (Robert Conway & Sylvan Grenier), which is definitely not just a French version of the Un-American gimmick. Not at all.
11: World Tag Team Championship: October 19, 2004 - Taboo Tuesday PPV - with Chris Benoit (who by this point is no longer the World Heavyweight Champion, and is in fact a rival of Edge), they defeated La Resistance to win back the titles. And by “they,” I mean Benoit, as Edge abandoned the match halfway through it. They actually co-existed enough to hold the titles for 13 days before dropping it back to La Resistance on the November 1 episode of Raw.
12: World Tag Team Championship: November 13, 2006 - Raw - with Randy Orton, Rated-RKO defeated the ancient pairing of Ric Flair and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Yes, you read that right. Ric Flair and Roddy Goddamned Piper were World Tag Team Champions in 2006. Yeesh. Anyway, they held these titles for 77 days - Edge’s longest tag title reign - before dropping them to John Cena & Shawn Michaels on the January 29, 2007, episode of Raw.
13: Unified WWE Tag Team Championship: June 28, 2009 - The Bash PPV - with Chris Jericho, they defeated The Colons - Carlito & Primo. This final tag titles reign lasted 28 days before Edge had to vacate his half of the championship due to a legit injury. Jericho ended up with The Big Show as his new partner and they held the title for 140 days. I only point that out as a “what if” sort of scenario. What if Edge hadn’t gotten hurt? He and Jericho could have ended up having one hell of a run.

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: July 24, 1999 - House Show - defeated Jeff Jarrett. He held the title for all of one day before dropping it back to Jarrett at the Fully Loaded PPV on July 25.
2: August 19, 2001 - SummerSlam - defeated Lance Storm. This title run was 35 times better than the last one! It lasted 35 days, and he dropped the title to Christian at the Unforgiven PPV on September 23.
3: October 21, 2001 - No Mercy PPV - defeated Christian. At the same show where, together, they put on a tremendous ladder match against The Hardy Boyz two years earlier, Edge now defeated Christian in a ladder match to start another IC title reign. This one lasted a mere 15 days before he dropped the title to Test on the November 5 episode of Raw.
4: November 18, 2001 - Survivor Series - defeated Test. Just six days earlier, Edge had won the WCW United States Championship. Here, he won the Intercontinental Championship and unified the titles, retiring the US title. The US title’s retirement turned out to only last for a year and a half, but that’s quite a bit longer than Edge’s IC title reign. That only lasted 63 days before he lost the title to William Regal at the Royal Rumble on January 20, 2002.
5: July 11, 2004 - Vengeance PPV - defeated Randy Orton. This time, he held the title for 57 days before vacating it due to injury on the September 6 episode of Raw.

PRIMARY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: WWE Championship: January 8, 2006 - New Year’s Revolution PPV - defeated John Cena. Following Cena’s long title defense inside the Elimination Chamber, Edge cashed in his inaugural Money In The Bank briefcase and quickly defeated the bloody Cena to win his first WWE Championship. However, as iconic as that moment is, it was short-lived. Cena got his revenge 21 days later when he defeated Edge to win the title back at the Royal Rumble.
FUN FACT: During Cena’s subsequent 133 day title run, he defeated Edge in 34 consecutive matches at one point.
2: WWE Championship: July 3, 2006 - Raw - defeated Rob Van Dam in a triple threat match that also involved John Cena. This reign lasted 76 days, during which his feud with Cena continued. He fared better this time though, even winning 13 in a row at one point before WOOPS! dropping the title to Cena in a TLC match at the Unforgiven PPV on September 17.
3: World Heavyweight Championship: May 8, 2007 - Friday Night SmackDown - defeated The Undertaker. Earlier in the week, Edge had defeated Mr. Kennedy for the Money In The Bank briefcase on Raw. Now, on SmackDown, he cashed it in and defeated The Undertaker. This title run lasted 70 days, and ended when he vacated the title due to injury.
4: World Heavyweight Championship: December 16, 2007 - Armageddon PPV - defeated Batista in a triple threat match that also involved The Undertaker. This turned out to be Edge’s longest title run, at 105 days. In the end, he dropped the title to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIV on March 30, 2008.
5: World Heavyweight Championship: June 1, 2008 - One Night Stand PPV - defeated The Undertaker in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match for the vacant title (Undertaker had been stripped of the title by Vickie Guerrero for continuing to use his Hell’s Gate submission hold in matches, even after she had banned it). Oh, and Undertaker’s WWE contract was also on the line here, which would explain why he never wrestled a single match after June 1, 2008. Not one single match, ever. Meanwhile, Edge held the title for 29 days before dropping it to CM Punk via Money In The Bank cash in (seems appropriate) on the June 30 episode of Raw.
6: WWE Championship: November 23, 2008 - Survivor Series - defeated Triple H in a triple threat match that also involved the wrestling powerhouse that was Vladimir Kozlov. This run only lasted 21 days before he dropped the title to Jeff Hardy at the Armageddon PPV on December 14.
7: WWE Championship: January 25, 2009 - Royal Rumble - defeated Jeff Hardy in a No Disqualification match. This was another 21-day reign, ending when he dropped the title to Triple H in an Elimination Chamber match at the No Way Out PPV on February 15. More on that below.
8: World Heavyweight Championship: February 15, 2009 - No Way Out PPV - defeated John Cena via the Elimination Chamber match that also involved Chris Jericho, Kane, Mike Knox, and Rey Mysterio. To explain: In one of the best bookings of a superstar in Elimination Chamber history, Edge lost his WWE Championship in the first Chamber match at the beginning of the show when he was eliminated right away by Jeff Hardy. Frustrated and angry by the time the second Chamber match came around, he came out during Kofi Kingston’s entrance, attacked him, and stole his pod, going on to win the match and the World Heavyweight Championship by last pinning Rey Mysterio. Solid booking right there. This time around, he held the title for 49 days before losing it to - shockingly - John Cena at WrestleMania 25 on April 5.
9: World Heavyweight Championship: April 26, 2009 - Backlash PPV - defeated John Cena in a Last Man Standing match. This run lasted 42 days before he dropped the title to Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules on June 7.
10: World Heavyweight Championship: December 19, 2010 - Tables, Ladders, & Chairs PPV - defeated Kane in a Four-Way TLC match that also involved Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio. He only held the title for 58 days before Vickie Guerrero stripped him of the title on the February 15, 2011, episode of Friday Night SmackDown for using the Spear, a move she had banned. Man, Vickie was all about banning moves and stripping titles.
11: World Heavyweight Championship: February 15, 2011 - Friday Night Smackdown - Earlier in the night, Vickie stripped Edge of the title. Then she gave the vacant title to Dolph Ziggler. And THEN Teddy Long returned and booked a match between Edge and Ziggler (holla holla), which Edge won to get back his title. This final run lasted 56 days before he relinquished the title upon his retirement.
Edge’s final televised match was his April 3, 2011, WrestleMania XXVII title defense against Alberto Del Rio. This match ended with the memorable segment where Edge beat the crap out of Del Rio’s car. On Edge and Christian’s podcast a few weeks ago, Cody Rhodes told a story about walking out for his match after that, and feeling like he was getting glass stuck in his boots and tracking it to the ring.

BY THE NUMBERS
This wouldn’t really be a “By The Numbers” spinoff if I didn’t throw a bunch of crazy-ass statistics at you, so here we go. The following numbers are the result of some pretty deep research at CageMatch.net, and making a shit-ton of notes and charts to keep everything organized. When all is said and done, we’ll take a look at how all these Grand Slam Champions stack up against each other.
Edge had:
7 European Championship matches, in which he went 1-6 and had zero title reigns.
3 Hardcore Championship matches, in which he went 0-3.
3 WCW United States Championship matches, in which he went 2-1 and had ONE title reign, lasting 6 days. NOTE: upon the title’s re-introduction in 2003, Edge never once had a single match for it. So think about that. Three matches and a six-day reign in November 2011 is the difference maker to give Edge the Grand Slam Champion title.
150 Tag Team Championship matches (135 WWF/World, 15 WWE), in which he went 66-82-2 and had THIRTEEN(13)! title reigns, lasting a combined 397 days.
***In those 150 matches, he had 9 different partners:
CHRISTIAN (113 matches, 7 titles, 51-62)
REY MYSTERIO (10 matches, 1 title, 5-5)
CHRIS BENOIT (7 matches, 2 titles, 5-2)
RANDY ORTON (7 matches, 1 title, 1-5-1)
GANGREL (5 matches, 4-1)
HULK HOGAN (3 matches, 1 title, 2-1)
CHRIS JERICHO (3 matches, 1 title, 2-1)
RIKISHI (1 match, 0-1)
And BILLY KIDMAN (1 match, 0-1)***
102 Intercontinental Championship matches, in which he went 50-51-1, and had FIVE title reigns, lasting a combined 171 days.
266 Primary Championship matches (126 World Heavyweight, 140 WWF/WWE), in which he went 110-153-3 and had ELEVEN(11)! title reigns, lasting a combined 548 days.
Overall, he had (*deep inhale*) 531 title matches for 8 different championships, with a final record of 229-296-6, with 30 title reigns, lasting a combined 1,122 days, or 3.1 years (*deep exhale*).
His longest title reign was 105 days (World Heavyweight), and his shortest was 0 days (WWF Tag Team). His average title reign was 37.4 days.

GRAND SLAM FEUDS
Matt Hardy, Christian, and Rob Van Dam all came damn close, meeting three of the requirements, but the only person to meet all four was Kurt Angle, which we discovered a couple articles ago.
So here’s our list up to this point:
Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (6 matches)
Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (8 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Edge (11 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero (22 matches)
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure how rare or common this would be, but it’s definitely proving to be pretty dang rare.
Once this list is complete and we’ve gotten through all the individual winners, I’ll break everything down and we’ll use the magic of numbers to determine who was the best Grand Slam Champion and which was the best Grand Slam Feud. It’ll be fun, I promise.
Thanks again for reading. Coming up on Part VIII (which will be a little delayed, with TakeOver and Money In The Bank this week, so expect this to drop sometime the week after)... ROB! VAN! DAM!
-PBR

THE ARCHIVE
I: Shawn Michaels
II: Triple H
III: Kane
IV: Chris Jericho
V: Kurt Angle
VI: Eddie Guerrero

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2017.12.20 18:00 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ May 11, 1998

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE: 1991199219931994199519961997
1-5-1998 1-12-1998 1-19-1998 1-27-1998
2-2-1998 2-9-1998 2-16-1998 2-23-1998
3-2-1998 3-9-1998 3-16-1998 3-23-1998
3-30-1998 4-6-1998 4-13-1998 4-20-1998
4-27-1998 5-4-1998
  • AJPW's first ever Tokyo Dome drew a reported 53,000+ and was the biggest show in AJPW's history and is being considered a major success. The main event saw Toshiaki Kawada win the triple crown title from Mitsuharu Misawa in what many called a match of the year candidate, which is amazing considering the physical condition Misawa was in going into the match (2 injured knees, bad back, bad neck, broken finger, etc). Furthermore, Misawa suffered a legit concussion during the match and later didn't remember the finish. It was the first time Kawada had ever beaten Misawa. After the match, Giant Baba announced Misawa would be taking a couple of much-needed months off to heal up. Other notes from the show: Stan Hansen was the most popular person there. He teamed with Vader, the only WWF star on the show, against Kobashi and Johnny Ace in a great match. It was the first time Vader and Hansen had ever teamed up and also the first time Vader and Kobashi faced off, which the crowd was really into.
WATCH: AJPW 25th Anniversary Tokyo Dome event (full show)
  • ECW's Wrestlepalooza PPV also took place this week and from a wrestling standpoint was one of the worst PPVs in years. It's been over a year now and ECW has yet to ever produce a PPV as good as their first one. On the plus side, they sold a record amount of merch (averaging almost $19 per person). Shane Douglas, much like Misawa or Shawn Michaels at WM14, had no business being in the ring with all of his injuries but he still gutted out the match. Unfortunately for Shane, it was nowhere in the league of a Misawa or Michaels match. But Shane was in terrible shape, he couldn't fly to the show so he had to be driven to Georgia and was hospitalized again 2 nights before the PPV due to his sinus and pallet injuries. But he retained the world title although word is he may not wrestle again until the November PPV because he's getting elbow surgery. But they plan to keep the belt on him during that time regardless and build the show around RVD's TV title. Speaking of RVD, he's a great athlete but going 30 minutes with Sabu totally exposed him and the match had no heat. It had been built up as the match that would either make or break the show and it just didn't deliver. Also, the venue looked bush-league and Joey Styles desperately needs help on commentary. He cuts Joey some slack because it's hard to sell excitement when the show sucks, but still, carrying a 3 hour show by himself isn't working.
  • Other notes from Wrestlepalooza: Paul Heyman spent $3,000 on styrofoam heads to pass out to the crowd for Al Snow's entrance. Taz's planned match was cancelled due to his leg injury so they had the FBI vs. Blue Meanie/Super Nova added to replace it. Justin Credible had the best match on the show for the 2nd PPV in a row and is the only one who actually wrestled at a top-tier level but he's not over with the crowd at the same level. At one point there was a big "Free Ric Flair!" chant. Junkyard Dog made a surprise appearance looking awful but got a huge pop (I think that ends up being his last wrestling appearance ever, since he dies less than a month later). Francine looked anorexic and Dave says she looked like Karen Carpenter with implants. New Jack got knocked absolutely loopy during the Bam Bam match, causing the match to fall apart and he didn't recover until well after the match backstage. Bam Bam basically had to carry an unconscious New Jack through the match. After the show, Paul Heyman got on the mic and ran down WCW and said that Atlanta is now ECW country.
WATCH: ECW Wrestlepalooza 98 highlights
  • A&E aired their 2-hour pro wrestling documentary and Dave watched it and gives a looooong review. He basically says to imagine an NBA documentary that shows lots of cool highlights, but where Wilt Chamberlin or Magic Johnson are never mentioned, or if it claimed Michael Jordan invented the slam dunk. That was this. Basically, the documentary was inaccurate as hell and Dave spends paragraph after paragraph poking holes in everything they got wrong. It got a lot of positive reviews because of the SHOCKING! revelation that they admitted wrestling was fake and had lots of out-of-kayfabe interviews and thus, the critical reception was that this was an accurate inside look at the business, when it wasn't even close. Bruno Sammartino was never mentioned. Ric Flair's role in history was totally underplayed. The steroid scandals weren't addressed. The Monday night wars weren't mentioned. It basically claimed that modern pro wrestling was invented on the day Hulk Hogan bodyslammed the 9,000 pound Andre The Giant in front of eleventy billion people. Totally ignored the history of the NWA. So on and so forth. Dave goes way in depth filling in the gaps and correcting things the documentary got wrong about the early days of wrestling (pre-1950s). Once it got to the modern era, it featured interviews with all the big names like McMahon, Hogan, etc. And Dave gleefully spends multiple paragraphs picking apart the bullshit and lies they all spewed. All in all, Dave didn't really seem to be a fan of this. To a mainstream audience, it could definitely seem like a real and accurate history of wrestling but Dave's been a student of the game for decades and he pretty much found inaccuracies, omissions, or lies throughout every minute of this (I dunno, I think maybe he's being too hard on it. I enjoyed it. But it's a lot like the WWE documentaries they put out now. It's not kayfabe, but you're still hearing the version of the story they want you to hear and not the actual real truth. Anyway, I could only find it broken down into 7 videos. Here's Part 1 and it should automatically play the next part).
WATCH: A&E's The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling
  • The Brian Pillman memorial show, featuring representatives from WWF, WCW, and ECW took place this week. The show drew a sellout of 1,002 fans to the middle school gym where it was held (the same school Pillman went to). Pillman's wife, only days away from giving birth to Pillman's child that he never knew about was also there (when he died, she hadn't yet told him that she was pregnant). Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho was the main event and Benoit was accompanied by Woman, making her first appearance since being let go by WCW and she was said to look great. They also had an auction, with a lot of autographed wrestling memorabilia being auctioned off. Steve Austin and Sunny basically hosted the show and cut promos but Dave doesn't really say anything else about it.
WATCH: First annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show - 1998 (full show, fan cam)
  • Paul Roma was charged with 3rd degree assault for allegedly punching a 15-year-old high school freshman who apparently argued with him that wrestling was fake.
  • Dave himself got some negative publicity in a Dallas newspaper article about wrestling being bad for the youth. Among other things, the author accused Dave of justifying the way wrestling has gotten more adult-oriented by misquoting something Dave said in a New York Times interview. Dave, of course, points out that the guy is attributing a quote to him that he never said (Dave Meltzer misquoted?! Perish the thought!). As for whether wrestling sets a good example for kids, Dave says that it doesn't. But it didn't 10 years ago either, so it's not a new thing.
  • Bas Rutten spent 2 days in jail in Sweden last week. He was apparently at a night club and something happened and the bouncers wanted him to leave. He didn't want to. So they tried to make him. It went poorly for the bouncers.
  • Trenton, NJ politician Pat Daddio made an appearance at an ECW show in Trenton, as the manager of the FBI. Daddio is currently running for mayor of Trenton and worked as a total heel. When interviewed after the show, Daddio said, "I thought it was all in jest and fun, but those people were acting like it was serious." (in case you're curious, I googled: he did not win the election and died in 2010 at age 75).
  • Apparently there was some sort of backstage incident at the ECW Wrestlepalooza PPV between New Jack (of course) and Junkyard Dog but Dave doesn't know anything more than that (we find out more next issue).
  • Due to the lack of Ric Flair and because of DDP and Raven also missing a recent house show, literally 200+ fans asked for refunds. To pacify them, WCW decided to book a TV title change between Booker T and Chris Benoit. It got a huge pop so....they decided to do it at every house show on the tour. During the following week, the TV title changed hands 5 times between those two guys at house shows. But it was never acknowledged on TV and apparently isn't being counted (according to the WCW TV title Wikipedia page, those title changes are listed and Booker T is recognized as a 6-time, 6-time, 6-time, 6....ah you get it. Anyway, Booker T holds the record for most WCW TV title reigns because of this but it was apparently never mentioned on TV).
  • An upcoming Nitro in the Nassau Coliseum in New York sold out in 20 minutes, which Dave says is the fastest sellout for a major arena in the history of pro wrestling in New York. Not even WWF has ever sold out MSG that fast in the decades they've been running shows there.
  • Nothing new on the FlaiWCW front. The 2 sides are at an impasse, with both Flair and Bischoff feeling they're in the right and refusing to back down. Dave once again insists that this is not an angle, contrary to what some people still believe. Dave mentions that lawyers can be disbarred for filing fake lawsuits and says that while people in wrestling have gone to extreme lengths to get angles over before, no one has ever filed a legitimate lawsuit to get an angle over, and even if Bischoff wanted to be the first, Turner execs would never allow their corporate lawyers to risk their careers for an angle.
  • Marcus Bagwell was able to go home after his neck surgery but was rushed back to the ER again over the weekend after his blood pressure spiked and he nearly went into cardiac arrest. He was also having breathing issues and internal bleeding. But he's stable again now.
  • After Sting refused to turn heel in order to be Hogan's tag team partner against the Wolfpac, Hogan has been pushing for Scott Hall or even Lex Luger to turn. Dave doubts Hall will go along with it either, since he doesn't want to work against Nash.
  • Rick Steiner has a torn rotator cuff and will be out for several months. They did an angle on Nitro where Scott Steiner attacked him and injured his shoulder to write him off.
  • Davey Boy Smith appears to be done with WCW. On Nitro a couple of weeks ago, he was asked to put over Scott Norton clean and refused. A week later, he simply no-showed Nitro and that's probably it for him. Dave says it's hard to know what's next for Smith. He's 35, is really banged up, and was basically a prelim guy in WCW. He didn't leave WWF on the best of terms (Screwjob aftermath). Dave says ECW is interested but he wouldn't fit in there. AJPW would probably want him just because of his look, but it's doubtful his body could handle the AJPW style (nah, he comes back to WCW in a month. But he'd be gone for good before the end of the year).
  • WCW Contract News: Goldberg has signed a new 4-year deal. Chris Jericho's contract runs out in summer of 1999. Same for Rey Mysterio Jr., who WWF was reportedly interested in because it was thought his contract would expire this year. But WCW apparently has the option to roll it over for another year, so Mysterio isn't going anywhere for awhile.
  • Eric Bischoff spent 3 days this week giving depositions in the ongoing WWF lawsuit against WCW, all of which goes back to WWF claiming that WCW tried to deceive the public into thinking Hall and Nash were still WWF wrestlers when they joined WCW, among other things. A lot of people feel like the point of the lawsuit and deposition is simply for WWF to dig up dirt on Eric Bischoff which they can use to get him fired (similar to how Turner fired Bill Watts a few years ago when racist quotes from an old interview surfaced). The idea being that if Bischoff got fired, whoever succeeded him wouldn't be as aggressive or successful against WWF.
  • Speaking of WWF/WCW lawsuits, the recent firing of Mark Madden in WCW raised some eyebrows. He got canned after incidents where he walked off the set during some commentary thing he was doing and then he went on the WCW hotline and criticized the company for the way they handled the Sean Waltman firing and Ric Flair lawsuit. A lot of people in WCW were surprised that Madden was fired, since he's a key person in the WWF/WCW lawsuit because a lot of WWF's claims stem from things Madden said on the hotline. So you'd think WCW would want to keep Madden employed and on their good side. ECW is interested in bringing Madden in also. Some in WCW are pushing to bring him back and keep him happy, at least until the lawsuit blows over.
  • People Magazine was running an online vote for Most Beautiful People in the World. Some fans/trolls decided to push for Ric Flair and as of press time, he's #12 on the list.
  • Kimberly Page has nude photos in the newest Playboy: Wet & Wild issue (google is your friend here).
  • The vignette they aired on Raw showing a wrestler hanging out in the subway station was Adam Copeland. Apparently he will be called The Edge when he debuts on TV in a few weeks and he's "apparently doing some sort of Raven gimmick." Here's all the Edge pre-debut vignettes in one video:
WATCH: Edge pre-debut vignettes
  • With the new storyline twist that Paul Bearer is Kane's father, there's been talk of bringing in Jerry Springer to reveal the results of a paternity test. But they have also discussed holding off on bringing in Springer until Summerslam. WWF and Springer are pretty much targeting the same audience these days so a business relationship makes sense. Speaking of Summerslam, Dave suspects the main event will be Austin vs. McMahon (nope).
  • Porn star Jenna Jameson (last seen in ECW) was in the latest Val Venis vignette, acting like she was going down on him behind some bushes.
WATCH: Val Venis vignette with Jenna Jameson
  • WCW has been trying to enforce a 120-day no-compete clause on Steven Regal's contract to keep him from going to WWF. In response, WWF filed court documents intending to take legal action to free Regal up. Rather than defending it, WCW decided it wasn't worth the hassle and simply folded and allowed Regal out of his deal, so he's free to sign with WWF at any time now. WWF doesn't plan to debut him until August but they wanted to start airing vignettes on TV as soon as possible.
  • Dan Severn is still the NWA champion but is, of course, now signed to WWF. He has been told not to wear the NWA belt on WWF TV anymore.
  • Vince Russo will be dropping his magazine duties and spend more time writing the TV shows. "If he's in any way responsible for the Raw product of late, then he's doing one hell of a job." Oh man, Dave-haters and Russo-apologists on Twitter are going to LOVE that one.
  • Shawn Michaels' back issues are apparently worse than thought. Word is Michaels is in severe pain when both sitting and standing and is having trouble sleeping. He had an injection in his back this week to hopefully relieve the pain. If that doesn't help improve it, he will need back surgery. The injury apparently occurred during his casket match with Undertaker at Royal Rumble.
  • Earl Hebner was backstage at the latest WWF show. He's lost a lot of weight and is still having severe headaches from his aneurysm the night before Wrestlemania but they're hopeful he'll be back to refereeing in a month or so (so I guess that thing a couple of issues ago where they did a fake Screwjob angle wasn't Earl after all).
  • Klub Kamikaze, the group of Michinoku Pro wrestlers that have been on TV the last few weeks, will have their name changed to Kaientai. Their manager will have his name changed to Yamaguchi-San and will do a Sonny Onoo-type gimmick. Choppy choppy pee pee!
  • Apparently several WWF wrestlers are having their contracts changed and getting substantial raises (in some cases double what they were making) because WWF business is doing so good right now. Dave talks about how Austin is taking WWF by storm and says he is selling more merch right now than anyone in the history of wrestling, including Hogan. Dave doesn't know what Austin is making, but says if he isn't pulling in at least $5-10 million this year, then he's underpaid.
  • The Unforgiven PPV reportedly did around a 1.03 buyrate which is waaaay higher than anyone expected and would make it one of the highest grossing shows in WWF history, which is crazy enough anyway, but considering it was basically a throwaway "B-show" makes that number even more insane.
FRIDAY: Eric Bischoff challenges Vince McMahon to a fight on PPV, Dave breaks down top WWF draws of the decade, Steve Austin on TSN's Off The Record, and more...
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2017.09.13 18:00 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jun. 30, 1997

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE: 199119921993199419951996
1-6-1997 1-13-1997 1-20-1997 1-27-1997
2-3-1997 2-10-1997 2-17-1997 2-24-1997
3-3-1997 3-10-1997 3-17-1997 3-24-1997
3-31-1997 4-7-1997 4-14-1997 4-21-1997
4-28-1997 5-5-1997 5-12-1997 5-19-1997
5-26-1997 6-2-1997 6-9-1997 6-16-1997
6-23-1997
General consensus yesterday seemed to be okay with the idea of eventually switching to a M-W-F schedule for these posts. But not until we get to 1998. So for now, the rest of these 1997 ones will continue on a daily basis. But just an early heads up, starting with next year's posts, I'll be cutting down to M-W-F. That should hopefully keep this going a little while longer, which will give them time to add more issues to the archive. And it'll also hopefully help me not completely burn out on writing these because trying to stay far enough ahead is a bitch sometimes. Anyway, on with the show!
  • NJPW star Riki Choshu announced his retirement at a press conference in Tokyo this week. Choshu said he will only wrestle 8 more matches before retiring at the Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome show. Choshu said the main reason for the retirement is a lingering injury to his right shoulder. Choshu is 45 and has hinted at retirement for awhile now and insists this is a legit retirement. Although when asked if he would ever make a comeback, Choshu jokingly said, "Never, unless New Japan business hits the skids." Choshu will focus all his energies on being the booker for NJPW. From here, Dave writes a long but really great recap of Choshu's legendary career, not just in the ring, but outside of it as well. Given NJPW's success in the last decade, Dave says Choshu has to be considered near the top of the list when it comes to the greatest bookers in the history of wrestling. Under his watch, NJPW has had 16 shows that drew over 50,000 people and the company has been arguably the top wrestling promotion in the world for most of the last decade (Choshu's retirement lasted all of about 2 years and then he resumed a full schedule in 2001 and continued wrestling ever since. At 65 years old, he still occasionally wrestles for various indie companies in Japan to this day).
  • Stan Stasiak passed away this week from heart failure at age 60. Stasiak was a main event heel everywhere he wrestled in the 60s and 70s but is mostly remembered for his 9-day reign as a transitional champion in WWF (or WWWF at the time). He'd been in poor health for awhile and had a pacemaker put in this year and was awaiting a heart transplant when he died. As usual, Dave writes a long but great obituary detailing Stasiak's life and career. Dave tells the story of Stasiak winning the title from Pedro Morales and how they were so afraid of a riot from the Puerto Ricans in the crowd that they did what looked like a double-pin, but Stasiak got his shoulder up to win the title. But they didn't announce the winner to the live crowd and most people in the building didn't even realize a title change had taken place until they saw it in the newspaper the next day. And then, of course, 9 days later, Bruno Sammartino defeated Stasiak to win the title, kicking off a 3+ year long reign. Dave mentions that his son Shawn Stasiak was a great collegiate wrestler and has done some indie stuff. I'm sure we'll Meat him eventually...
  • Ahmed Johnson has suffered a knee injury, just 2 weeks before he's scheduled to face Undertaker for the WWF title at the Canadian Stampede PPV. The injury happened on Raw during a brawl with the debuting Disciples of Apocalypse. They ended up changing the main event of Raw that night and substituting D-Lo Brown in his place. It's believed he'll need arthroscopic knee surgery and will be pulled from the PPV but as of now, Dave doesn't know all the details. Meanwhile, Sycho Sid was also hospitalized this week with back problems stemming from the car accident last week. This basically puts 2 of the PPV matches in jeopardy since Sid was supposed to face Vader. But with both Sid and Ahmed out, it's likely that WWF will change the matches and do an Undertaker vs. Vader match (yup).
  • Other WWF injury notes: Phil LaFon is expected to be out for about a month due to his injuries from the car accident. Doug Furnas was the most banged up in the accident and it was thought he would need shoulder surgery but turns out he doesn't. But an x-ray later in the week showed a broken vertebrae in his back, so...that's not good. Steve Austin missed several house shows due to a whole list of injuries. He already has a bad back, a bad neck, and 2 bad knees, and now the most recent is torn rib cartilage. So they're all out, along with the aforementioned Ahmed and Sid, plus Bret Hart's still out with the knee injury and Shawn Michaels is still out nursing his ego. Speaking of...
  • Shawn and McMahon were supposed to have a meeting, with Michaels' lawyer present, but it was cancelled for some reason. They still plan to meet up later this week. Michaels is claiming unsafe working conditions due to the backstage fight with Bret Hart and claims to have suffered neck and knee injuries during it and still wants out of his contract.
  • WWF and WCW both have shows in Los Angeles this week on the same night. WCW is treating it like an internet PPV and will be doing live audio commentary on their website (no video because, well, it's 1997. Think of how much of a pain in the ass live video streaming still is now sometimes, then subtract 20 years). They're also promising a confrontation (but not a match) between Hogan and Sting. As for WWF, their show will feature Bret Hart's return to the ring and a bikini contest with Sunny, Sable, Marlena, and Chyna. According to WWF officials, ticket sales are neck and neck, while WCW claims to be several thousand tickets ahead of WWF. Both sides are claiming that the other is heavily papering the shows. For what it's worth, Dave says that despite the perception that WWF is the #2 company, the truth is that they still consistently outdraw WCW on house shows. And the advance ticket sales for Summerslam, which is still over a month away, has already made more ticket money than WCW has ever made for any show in its history.
  • EMLL star Mr. Aguila is only 17 years old but has already been compared to Rey Mysterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera in terms of how amazing he is in the ring. Dave says barring an injury, he'll almost certainly land in WWF or WCW in the next few years (yup, and when he does, Dave will continually bash him for being a shitty wrestler. Basically says the guy can do cool flips but when it comes to actually working a match, he's apparently pretty shit at it for a couple of years).
  • Eric Bischoff has discussed the possibility of doing monthly Lucha Libre PPVs with all of the Mexican wrestlers on the roster, which is why he's negotiating with EMLL to bring in more talent (and to keep WWF from having them and also to take away some of Konnan's leverage). Bischoff wants EMLL and Promo Azteca to work together and do promotion vs. promotion angles but naturally, neither side wants to because they basically hate each other.
  • On USWA TV, they did an angle playing off the Raw match where Paul Heyman outed Brian Christopher as Jerry Lawler's son. On TV, Lance Russell asked Lawler about it and Lawler beat around the bush and said he'd answer the question later in the show. But then later in the show, Lawler came out to talk about it as the show was ending and he said they were out of time and he'd answer the question next week. It was a sleazy soap opera-like cliffhanger and the crowd seemed to be embarrassed by the whole thing.
  • Also in USWA, Fake Diesel has challenged Fake Razor Ramon to a loser leaves town match (as I'm writing this, I don't know who wins yet but I'd assume Diesel loses since he'll be returning to WWF as Kane here in a few months).
  • The reason Mabel was fired from USWA was for repeated no-shows. For the hundreds of you who were probably dying to know the answer to that from yesterday's post.
  • There's a new guy in USWA named Nick Dinsmore, who was trained by Danny Davis (Dinsmore, of course, would go on to become Eugene in WWE).
  • Jesse Ventura attended a fund-raiser in Minneapolis and hinted that he plans to run for governor of Minnesota, although he hasn't made an official announcement yet. Speaking of Ventura, he and indie wrestler Jeep Swenson both have roles in the recently released movie Batman & Robin. Dave says Swenson plays "a larger than life person although he doesn't have a speaking role but looks freakishly large." (That would be Bane.) Ventura has a role as a prison guard who gets killed by Poison Ivy.
WATCH: Jesse Ventura & Jeep Swenson (Bane) in Batman & Robin
  • George "The Animal" Steele also has another movie role in the film Blowfish where he's one of the lead stars.
WATCH: Blowfish trailer
  • An indie company in Canada has a few shows coming up, mostly with Badnews Allen and Rick Martel as the only noteworthy names. They also have a rookie there, some kid named Adam Copeland who has wrestled in a few other indie promotions under the name Sexton Hardcastle.
  • The Eliminators finally lost the tag titles to the Dudleys this week, in what amounted to a handicap match since Saturn is injured. The did a gimmick where he was banned from ringside, so Kronus defended the titles himself and lost.
  • Sabu got married a couple of weeks ago, on June 12th.
  • Diamond Dallas Page's mystery partner at the Bash at the Beach PPV will almost certainly be Curt Hennig, although there's talk that he may turn on DDP and join the NWO when he debuts. WCW has kinda booked themselves into a corner with this because they've been hinting that Sting will be the mystery partner. And WCW fans have been waiting for 8 months to see Sting in a match again, so even though Curt Hennig would be a pretty big surprise under normal circumstances, fans are likely to be letdown when they find out the partner isn't Sting.
  • WCW is trying to get Mike Tyson to appear on an upcoming Nitro in Las Vegas but he has a fight 2 days earlier, so it's iffy that it will happen (yeah, plus I'm not sure if you've heard, but this fight gets Tyson in a little bit of trouble. You know who didn't hear about it? Evander Holyfield. Get it?! Because of his ear?!....ah fuck it.)
  • At this point, the belief is that Arn Anderson will likely never wrestle again due to his injuries and the surgery he had a few months back. There was talk of having Anderson come out and form a new Four Horsemen, but they nixed those plans.
  • Ric Flair is filming a Dr. Pepper commercial (I can't find any video of this. I think I later read somewhere that it was a Coke commercial but I can't find that either so who knows).
  • The recently "retired" Madusa worked matches against Luna Vachon on last week's WCW tour of Germany.
  • Crush, Brian Lee, and the Harris Brothers debuted on Raw as a group called the Disciples of Apocalypse and came out on motorcycles. They seem to be working a racial angle between the white motorcycle gang and the all black Nation of Domination. The brawl that took place during their debut is where Ahmed suffered his knee injury.
WATCH: DOA debuts on Raw
  • Tap outs seem to be the new rage in wrestling. WCW has been trying to get it over and Ken Shamrock won a match on Raw this week with a tap out also. Even in EMLL in Mexico, they've started doing it.
  • Dan Severn appeared on Raw, doing commentary on a Ken Shamrock match and during commentary, Vince McMahon really put UFC over huge. He talked about how it's misunderstood and he and Severn talked about how there's never been a death in MMA, which Vince then said was something neither pro wrestling or boxing could say. They really put over the athleticism and safety of the sport and pushed back against the "it's human cockfighting" narrative. Dave is surprised at just how much McMahon was willing to put over UFC. Severn was at the show to negotiate a possible deal with WWF and since he was already there, they asked him to do commentary on the match. No word on if the two sides reached a deal, but it doesn't appear that they have yet.
  • Sabu worked a match on Raw against Flash Funk. Sabu got over pretty well and the crowd chanted his name. Paul Heyman did commentary and said something along the lines of "Eric Bischoff wants you to believe Public Enemy invented breaking tables, but they stole it from Sabu." Dave thinks it's the first time Bischoff's name has ever been mentioned on Raw. Speaking of, when Sabu tried repeatedly to put Flash Funk through a table, the table wouldn't break and afterwards, Sabu was going nuts backstage, furious about the table not breaking. Also, Dave offhandedly mentions that Flash Funk has been in the dog house for the last few months over some sort of incident that happened at a hotel during Wrestlemania weekend, but doesn't specify.
WATCH: Sabu vs. Flash Funk (WWF Raw - 1997)
  • There was a triple threat match on Raw and Dave says the match had "those stupid WCW rules where the first guy to score the pin wins, which means you can lose the title when someone else is pinned" and in a later sentence adds that the triple threat match rules are "lame." (It's been 20 years and those are still the established rules for triple threat matches. Wonder how Dave feels about it now).
  • Pro boxer "Hitman" Tommy Hearns did an angle on Raw with Bret Hart, which was mostly WWF's way to try to get some mainstream ESPN-style publicity, the same way WCW has gotten a lot of mainstream coverage by using Dennis Rodman. It wasn't bad. "Hey, two years ago they were doing these same angles with Captain Kirk," Dave says. I can't find the video of this, but I remember it.
  • Both Sabu and Rob Van Dam were apparently causing major problems backstage at Raw. Sabu complained about having to do a double-count out finish with Funk. Van Dam was supposed to have a match with Jesse James on the Shotgun Saturday Night taping, where Lawler would interfere and cost him the match. Van Dam complained that him losing to James would be like Bret Hart coming to ECW and losing to one of their jobbers. As you can imagine, this pissed off a lot of WWF officials to no end and it nearly caused them to pull the plug on the whole WWF/ECW angle, but Paul Heyman managed to smooth things over with all the right people. Needless to say though, there's a lot of heat on RVD right now in the WWF locker room.
  • WWF injury update: Brian Pillman suffered a broken nose in his recent Raw match with Austin. And Rocky Maivia is out with a strained MCL but should be back in a few weeks. And one more injury, which brings us to...
  • Howard Finkel is injured. Poor Finkel has always been the butt of jokes in the company for some reason (this was before Jim Ross became the constant target of Vince's bullying). Anyway, at house shows recently, they've been having referees pretending to attack him and doing pull apart brawls, apparently unbeknownst to Finkel when they first started doing it. Anyway, this time, referee Jack Doan bodyslammed Finkel and he landed on his shoulder and suffered a pretty serious shoulder injury. "You know things are bad when even the ring announcer is out of action due to injuries."
  • Van Hammer got a WWF tryout, as a favor to Marc Mero. No word on how he did (evidently not great since he didn't get hired).
TOMORROW: WWF and WCW house shows in Los Angeles, Jim Cornette debuts in ECW, Paul Bearer reveals Undertaker's secret, and more...
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2017.09.08 18:52 MatthewMir The Essential Ruthless Aggression Era Collection: The best and most significant Ruthless Aggression Era matches

Hey wrestling fans, yes I’m back for a special edition of an Essential List. For those who don’t know me or what this is it’s simple - I give Wreddit a retrospective list of matches from a certain superstar. Over the last couple of weeks I made several lists of Essential Career Matches. You can either access them all through this link or here:
Essential Lists
2000 - 2004 2005 - 2010 2011 - 2016 John Cena The Undertaker Triple H
Chris Jericho Randy Orton Dolph Ziggler Seth Rollins CM Punk AJ Styles
The Miz Shawn Michaels Eddie Guerrero Steve Austin The Rock Dean Ambrose
Kurt Angle Brock Lesnar Survivor Series Edge Batista Ric Flair
Mick Foley Bret Hart 2016 Cesaro Monday Night Raw Roman Reigns
Royal Rumble Cody Rhodes Daniel Bryan Kevin Owens Chris Benoit Sami Zayn
Christian Wrestlemania (1-11) Wrestlemania (12-22) Wrestlemania (23-32) Hardy Boyz NXT
Bray Wyatt Ladder Matches Samoa Joe Summerslam Women’s Wrestling
 
This week we’re looking back at one of the best era’s in WWE History – The Ruthless Aggression Era
 
These collection of matches comes from Dave Meltzer (his matches feature his ratings for matches rated 4* Stars and matches that I believe that are also good too, I’ll try add the ratings to those matches as well.
 
Time-Frame: If you’re confused by the dates I chose to start from when I believe the Ruthless Aggression Era started which was when WWF changed into the WWE so May 2002, all the way until July 2008 when WWE became PG-13 thus ending one era, and starting another – The PG Era.
 
I’d like to include that this is not all the best matches but most of the best matches, there will be matches not listed here that are also good but I didn’t want to make the list too long, however if you have any suggestions for matches that could be included simply privately message me or add a comment on this and I will considerate it. Please read the entire list before commenting saying I’ve forgotten a match.. Also since a few people have commented on these posts saying 'stop throwing lists at us with no information' so on a few matches I’ve added a little bit of a backstory for new fans/fans of who haven’t seen the matches, some match details do contain spoilers, so you have been warned, but really if you’re getting up in arms about a match spoiler from several years ago that’s not my problem. I have also tried to add a link to each match as well; videos come from WWE Network, YouTube and Daily Motion. Lastly, and most importantly, I used Meltzer’s ratings as a guide but make sure to make your own opinion (or rating in this case) about the matches. Just cause he gives something a 3, doesn't mean that it isn't a 5 to you! If you do not like this list because I’ve based it off ratings, that is not my problem. Alright, now lets start the list:
 
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2003:
2004:
2005:
2006:
2007:
2008:
 
Thanks for taking the time to read this list, I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be back hopefully in the next couple of weeks/months to drop a new list – if you have a suggested era/superstar feel free to comment on this or privately message me.
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2016.03.29 06:22 rubyytuesdayyy BULK BOOK LOT - 69 Books [Adelaide, Australia]

Hi! My partner and I are looking to sell a bulk lot of 69 books (listed below), prior to May this year. We're based in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide, Australia and can only offer pick up.
Our asking price for the entire lot is $170 (at $2.50 a book, rounded down from $172.50). We're happy to accept offers on this lot, however, only serious ones! If you're planning on making an offer for $20 then please save your time (and ours!) and don't get in contact. We understand that buying this many books would be unrealistic for some buyers, so please see below for more details.
Single books: we're not looking to sell books on their own, however if you want buy at least 10 books, we'd happily sell them for $45 (at $5 a book, rounded down from $50). We hope you can understand why we're upping our price for lots of 10 – more transactions means coordinating more orders and people.
Please contact us if you have any questions! Thanks!
Books:
  1. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  2. And Another Thing: Book 6 in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series by Eoin Colfer
  3. Evolution by Stephen Baxter
  4. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  5. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  6. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  7. Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
  8. We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka
  9. Only Revolutions by Mark. Z. Danielewski
  10. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
  11. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  12. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  14. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  15. Book Double: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Little Women by Louise May Alcott
  16. The Darwin Awards V by Wendy Northcutt
  17. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  18. Don't tell Mum I work on the rigs, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whore-house by Paul Carter
  19. The Integral Trees by Larry Niven
  20. The Gap Year Book, Lonely Planet Guide
  21. Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, Five Novels
  22. Marie Claire 'Luscious' Cookbook by Michele Cranston
  23. Marie Claire 'Comfort' Cookbook by Michele Cranston
  24. Masterchef Cookbook, Volume 2
  25. Women's Weekly 'Macaroons and Biscuits' Cookbook
  26. Women's Weekly 'Cooking Class Basic' Cookbook
  27. Women's Weekly 'Vegie Food' Cookbook
  28. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Board book
  29. Past Mortem by Ben Elton
  30. Popcorn by Ben Elton
  31. Kawaii Not Cute Gone Bad by Meghan Murphy
  32. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  33. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, water damage
  34. Meltdown by Ben Elton
  35. Chart Throb by Ben Elton
  36. The First Casualty by Ben Elton
  37. Graffiti 4 by Nigel Rees
  38. Limits by Larry Niven
  39. Crashlander by Larry Niven
  40. Thuderball starring James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
  41. A Child called 'It' by Dave Pelzer
  42. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  43. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  44. A Gift from Earth by Larry Niven
  45. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  46. Destiny's Road by Larry Niven
  47. Robot visions by Isaac Asimov
  48. Tis by Frank McCourt
  49. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  50. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  51. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  52. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  53. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  54. The Third life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker
  55. The Last Deception of Palliser Wentwood by Imogen De La Bere
  56. One Red Paperclip by Kyle MacDonald
  57. The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
  58. Cool for Cats by Jessica Adams
  59. A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 9, The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snickett
  60. The Diviner's Son by Gary Crew
  61. The Shining by Stephen King
  62. The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
  63. Ishq and Mushq by Priya Basil
  64. 'Sweet Treats' cookbook by Frankie Magazine
  65. The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
  66. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  67. Among Others by Jo Walton
  68. Sleepfaring by Jim Horne
  69. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
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2016.01.31 01:48 JobberTrev Why Do I love historical Mods so much?

Not even that, I found a 1994 Mod that I liked. ECW, the Beginning of the Monday Night Wars......and I create a company with $100K based in Georgia.
I don't know, Running WWE or WCW seems fun, but I'd rather be the small fish and see what happens. Now a few things have changed.
Glen Jacobs....yet to be signed by the WWF at this point, debuted as my monster of a man, Doomsday. His lackey is the youngster Adam Copeland, who is known as Adam Smasher (He did play Atom Smasher on Flash, and I like the name). Its 1994, and I plan to see how far I can get with the company on their backs.
Edit: My Goal is to actually have a presence with this company across the United States. The Team of Smasher and Doomsday will forever be together. They will turn Face together, they will end up being Heels. BUT....there will be that moment when they are both heels, Adam Smasher turns on his partner, (Doomsday should have a 100% Prestige mask at this point), and demask him in the anniversary of our very First show, Altantageddon.
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2015.03.24 00:17 Elysiun0 HPPW #3 - It's a New Day!

Wrestling News
 
Worker Acquisitions
 
Worker Departures
 
HPPW New Year's Brawl '98
 
Location: Fridley Elementary School Fridley, MN
Attendance: 21
Rating: E-
 
We open the show with Matt Hardy, he is pacing back and forth in the ring and states that he deserves a shot to prove his worth against a real challenge. He wants an opportunity at a title. Shane Helms enters the arena and says that he's happy to give Matt a challenge later in the night if he really wants an opportunity. Hardy agrees to the match and says that he's show Helms and any doubters just what he can do. (E-)
 
Match 1: Charlie Haas vs Alexey Oleinik (E-)
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Alexey Oleinik defeated Charlie Haas in 8:51 by pinfall following interference from Aaron Riley.
 
After interfering in the match to ensure his partner's victory, Aaron Riley began a beatdown on Charlie Haas. The Pride destroy Haas, and this is clearly a message to the Haas Brothers and a show of dominance to ensure they hold on to their titles as long as possible. (F)
 
Match 2: Shannon Moore vs. Shuichi Fujita (E+)
Shannon Moore gains the victory of Fujita via pinfall. (Sorry gang, I forgot to get the actual results of this one when I was going through the show)
 
Match 3: Adam Copeland vs. Christian Cage (E-)
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Adam Copeland drew with Christian Cage in 10:44 when the referee lost control and stopped the match.
 
Following his victory, Adam Copeland begins gloating about his victory over Christian Cage. He goes copletely over the top with his celebration adding an additional sting to Cage loss. (F+)
 
We see a shot of the backstage area, an angry Russ Haas is throwing doors open looking for The Pride. (F)
 
We return to the ring and see that Rico Casanova is already in the ring and holding a briefcase. he paces back and forth and says that he promised Roma a great prize if he agreed to another match. He says the prize is in his briefcase, and he's almost ready to share what it is, but not before he wins the match and claims it for himself. (F)
 
Match 3: Rico Casanova vs. Alex Roma for the Mystery Briefcase (F+)
In an absolutely wretched bout that was devoid of action or heat, Alex Roma defeated Rico Casanova in 12:27 when Rico Casanova could not beat a ten count.
 
Alex Roma grabs the briefcase and opes it to reveal a new title, the High Plains Pro Wrestling Central States Championship. He celebtates with his new title and thanks the fans at ringside. (F-)
 
Match 4: Caprice Coleman vs. Kaos (E)
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but non-existent crowd heat, Caprice Coleman defeated Kaos in 8:10 by pinfall with a Comatoser.
 
Russ Haas comes to the ring and demands that The Pride are brought to the ring, and if they don't comply then the show will not be allowed to continue. (F)
 
Match 4: Russ Haas vs. The Pride (E-)
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Russ Haas defeated The Pride in 8:55 when Russ Haas defeated Alexey Oleinik by pinfall with a Total Haastility following interference from Charlie Haas. During the match we also had Charlie Haas run in and attack Riley.
 
Match 5: Matt Hardy vs. Shane Helms for the HPPW Championship (E)
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Shane Helms defeated Matt Hardy in 13:30 by pinfall with a Vertebreaker. Shane Helms makes defence number 1 of his High Plains Pro Wrestling Championship title.
 
January Summary
On a positive note, January continued to see an improvement in our live shows, as New Year's Brawl earned us our highest ratings to date. Sadly, that doesn't mean that we didn't have anything bad happen in the month of January. In a huge misfortune we lost three most wrestlers this month, including the first HPPW Champion Ron Killings. The loss of HPPW originals Ron Killings and Jamie Noble is a pretty big blow. As I mentioned previously, Ron Killings was the first champion for our promotion and has put on some great matches for us for the last few months. We had a lot of big plans for Killings, so we are saddened to see him leave. In addition to Killings and Noble, we also just lost Shuichi Fujita (aka NOSAWA) who was a great performer and put on some great matches with Shannon Moore over the last few months.
HPPW will soldier on, despite the losses, and we did crown a new champion last month as we saw Ron Killings wrestle his farewell match again Shane Helms and crown Helms the new champion. On the financial front, we suffered our fourth consecutive month of losses, but we lost less this month than in previous months, so we always have to look on the bright side. That's all for this month's wrap, so we'll see you again in February.
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