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Chair Shots: Chemistry (and How it Can Make or Break a Match)
By TripleR
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:52:54 PM

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Welcome back readers to the column that cause the break-up of the Jonas Brothers- Chair Shot! Now before we get into the heart of the column, I wanted to remind everybody that the Columns Forum here at LordsofPain is having their second Davey Boy Cup writing tournament hosted by fellow Main Page writer The Doc. Eight talented writers are being put through the paces to be your next Main Page columnist, so if you haven’t already checked it out you should do so. Round 1 is in full swing. Now onward we go!

There are a lot of different kinds of chemistry- organic, bio, sexual, and the one we’re going to talk about today, in-ring chemistry. The way two wrestlers work together can make or break a match. As I watched Monday Night Raw, I was struck by the realization that right now in the WWE there is no better in-ring chemistry than between The Usos and The Shield. These two teams have gone after each other on a few PPV’s, and last night on Monday Night Raw as they teamed with Big E. Langston in a 6-man match. It’s impossible to pinpoint what makes good in-ring chemistry. Sometimes two men, or in this instance, two teams just click. If you watched the Hell in a Cell PPV, you probably saw this in effect there as well. Many people considered the opening tag-team match that also included The Rhodes’ Brothers, to be the best match on the entire card. But I would say to you that it was The Rhodes that were the weakest team of the three. When Jimmy and Jey got in the ring with Rollins and Reigns, business just seemed to pick up a notch or three.

But things can happen the other way around as well. Bad chemistry can happen to even the biggest of wrestling superstars, and when two men don’t click EVERYBODY knows it. The match becomes a dying quail, just flailing around as the people looking at it wait for it to die. On that very same PPV, we saw bad chemistry happen in the form of CM Punk and Ryback. The worst part is that this isn’t the first time these two have squared off, yet for whatever reason, there is ZERO chemistry between those two. Punk has shown that he can work with just about anybody, putting on fabulous matches with John Cena, The Undertaker, and Alberto Del Rio, but when you put him in the ring with Ryback the wheels go off the track. Now I know you’re probably saying that Ryback doesn’t work well with anybody, but he has had some pretty decent matches with John Cena and Daniel Bryan. In fact, his match with Bryan is considered one of his strongest in-ring matches to date.

So who works well together and who doesn’t? Below are some of my favorite in-ring pairings, as well as some that I just consider to be absolute clunkers.

GOOD

John Cena and CM Punk- As I already mentioned, Punk and Cena have that something special when they get in the ring together. Say what you will about “Super Cena”, but when he’s in the ring with the right person he can put on as good a match as anybody. Their matches during Punk’s Pipebomb storyline were regarded as some of the best matches of the year, and without a doubt these two top the list of current talent with phenomenal in-ring chemistry.

The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels- These two men have been through some wars over the years, and without a doubt they are some of the best matches that both men have ever put on. From their first Hell in a Cell encounter, to their two recent WrestleMania matches, Michaels and ‘Taker have an It Factor when they face off in the squared circle. Both are masters of storytelling, and can weave together a match that has everyone glued to the ring.

The Midnight Express and The Rock and Roll Express- While the Usos and the Shield are currently clicking on all cylinders in the WWE, these two teams never failed to entertain in whatever style of match they were thrown into. The Midnight Express and The Rock and Roll Express feuded for YEARS, probably wrestling each other hundreds of times. Somehow they managed each and every time to do something new, and maintain that level of spark that any great pairing needs. From cage matches, to scaffold matches, to straight up tag-team affairs, these teams were the epitome of tag-team chemistry.

Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair- What can you say about the electricity that Flair and Rhodes brought to the squared circle. You knew with Dusty you were never going to get a mat classic, but from the jump, the Son of a Plumber and the King of Space Mountain clicked. Rhodes’ feud with the Horsemen is legendary, but it was his matches with Flair that go down in history. These two men tripped the light fantastic as only two perfectly in-tune wrestlers can do. They wrestled each other for years, up until both men were old and gray, and there was rarely a stinker in the bunch.

BAD

Brock Lesnar and Triple H- This one may sour a few people, but for me there was a complete lack of coherence between these two in their recent encounters in the WWE. While the trilogy was violent, and at times enjoyable to watch, there was something missing when both men stepped in the ring, despite the emotion that was supposed to be playing out in the storyline. I waited and waited for these matches to end, which is unfortunate because I think both men are fantastic if working with the right people. In this instance, I don’t think it was each other.

Booker T. and Buff Bagwell- Everybody remembers the fateful night that these two squared off in the Main Event of Monday Night Raw in 2001. It probably will go down as the WORST match ever to close out an episode of Raw. It was a mistake from the get-go. WWE had just purchased WCW and was introducing their talent to WWE programming. Both men were put in a tremendously tough spot, trying to Main Event a WWE show as outsiders. What didn’t help is that neither man worked well with the other in the least. The timing of the match was dreadful, and the mistakes were apparent. On another night, at another time, maybe the chemistry MIGHT have been there, but I have serious doubts. But it goes to show you, that not all ideas are good ideas.

Chris Jericho and CM Punk- What? How dare you say such a thing? For me, two men who have a reputation for being able to work with most anybody didn’t work so well together, especially in their match at Wrestlemania 28. What should have been a show-stealer turned into what many people call just an average match from two above-average wrestlers. Sometimes wrestlers are TOO MUCH alike in the way they think in the ring, and the fact that both men are so willing to make their opponents look good on this occasion made neither of them look good. The match wasn’t horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but from Punk and Jericho you expect fireworks.

Sid Vicious and anybody- Sometimes you get a wrestler that doesn’t click with whoever they’re in the ring with. For me that wrestler was Sid Vicious. He was a big man, with all the potential in the world, that just never learned how to work well with his opponents. It didn’t stop the WWE or WCW from putting him in high-profile feuds though, being in the Main Event picture in both federations. But I dare you to find me a match where you can say, “man Sid and {insert name} worked well together.” I dare you!

So who do you consider as having great in-ring chemistry? Which pairing do you think worked absolutely horribly together? Are my choices off base? Hit me up with your comments below, and as always thanks for reading!

Until next time,
Trip Out!




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