Induction: The Chrisley Knows Best Wrestling Episode – Tough Enough, Kids’ Edition

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USA Network, 2016

Any American who has watched Raw in the past few years knows about Chrisley Knows Best.

(It’s like Hogan Knows Best, except the host is allowed on WWE TV)

Yet despite the bombardment of ads on the USA Network for the walking sass-machine Todd Chrisley, I’ve never been tempted in the slightest to actually sit down and watch the thing.

But like any other scripted comedy, it has its own “wrestling episode”, so I kind of have to watch it, don’t I? In this case, the wrestling is brought to us (or, hopefully, just me — please don’t watch this show) by All-Star Wrestling, presumably because Dramatic Dream Team found the premise too unrealistic.

On this episode, the Chrisleys’ son attends a wrestling school to learn how to sports-entertain.

No, not 19-year-old Chase, the resident idiot.

I mean nine-year-old Grayson.

Suffice it to say, the Chrisleys haven’t won any Parent-of-the-Year awards (or Emmys).

But in the world of Chrisley Knows Best, taking bumps is just a perfectly normal weekend activity for a little boy, not unlike Boy Scouts or Little League.

Not that we see Grayson take any actual bumps here. The trainers at All-Star Wrestling all handle Grayson with kid gloves (mainly because he is, in fact, a kid). For them, letting a child live out his dream, plus getting a check from the USA Network for playing along with this nonsense, is its own reward.

Instead of the brutal, repetitive back bumps we’ve seen on Tough Enough, Grayson performs lite fare like rolls and baseball slides.

As compelling as it would have been to see Bill DeMott handle this Chrisley brat at the WWE Performance Center, the Chrisleys don’t live in Florida (despite claiming to do so for years in an alleged tax evasion scheme), nor would I imagine WWE, with its new, responsible corporate attitude, wanting to touch this kid-wrestling storyline with a ten-foot pole.

(And we’ve seen what kind of crap they will touch with a ten-foot pole) 

Believe it or not, the idea of the Chrisleys putting their small child in the ring with adults was deemed worthy only of a sub-plot in this episode. The main plot must be outrageous, right?

In fact, the main story on this episode is that daughter Savannah doesn’t want to spend much time with the Chrisleys. I think we all know how that feels.

Savannah, who lives in a luxury high-rise condo while she attends college, wants to spend more time with friends. Scintillating!

The Chrisleys make a surprise visit to the condo, where Savannah claimed she was studying, only to find it empty except for the camera crew that apparently lives there, too.

Todd is appalled that the condo is in mild disarray: dishes in the sink, food in plastic bags, magazines!

But even the finicky neat-freak has nothing to say about his daughter’s elaborate Oreo arrangement.

The Chrisley patriarch gives Savannah a stern talking-to when she returns to her fairly neat home. To Todd Chrisley, family is so important that he moved his family from Atlanta to Nashville just to be close to Savannah while she’s in college (and to avoid paying Georgia state income taxes).

Todd and Julie then mull over the situation with their daughter in a variety of settings, including their own bedroom.

Unlike Hogan, Todd is clearly aware of the cameras.

Later, Savannah intentionally messes things up at home to try to get her parents not to want her around. Case in point: this burned bag of popcorn that stinks up the Chrisley mansion.

Hey, did Todd steal Savannah’s Oreos and put them in his kitchen? Now there’s a storyline that needs exploring.

Because this is a television show, and since something interesting has to happen every week to each Chrisley child…

(except for the ones they don’t acknowledge on the show anymore)

…Chase gets involved in Grayson’s wrestling adventures. After some allegedly spontaneous dialogue, the show’s designated dimwit gets baited into joining his little brother at the wrestling school.

There, he learns a few basic moves, like the flying cross body. He’s no Jeremy Piven, that’s for sure.

This leads to a match at the upcoming All-Star Wrestling show pitting Chase against Grayson, who, at nine years old, could very well be the youngest person to compete at an indie show (excepting, of course, American Premier Wrestling’s infamous Kids’ division).

But don’t worry: it’s really a bonding experience, as explained by this expository dialogue.

The house is packed with people wanting to be on TV, all of whom appear to give big reactions to the two barely-trained Chrisley kids and their, uh, whimsical entrances.

The match supposedly ends with a flying cross body, although Chase clearly kicks out at two to continue the match.

But hey, if the post-production people want to pretend that the match ended right there and didn’t last any longer, I’m happy to play along.

After the match, Grayson shows off his belt, or, as he insists on calling it, a “title”. There just might be a future in WWE yet for Grayson Chrisley.

Then again, remember the last time a promoter put a belt on a kid with only a few weeks of training just because of his rich, flamboyant father?

Judge for yourself who runs the ropes better.

The episode ends back in the bedroom, where the Chrisley parents have a match of their own. 

Todd goes right to the finish.

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He also runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws. Follow him on Twitter @Art0Donnell. Email at: art@wrestlecrap.com
14 Responses to "Induction: The Chrisley Knows Best Wrestling Episode – Tough Enough, Kids’ Edition"
  1. Sean Bateman says:

    still a better episode than the Fuller House Wrestling Episose. Maybe induct the Simpsons episode that has Bart and Grandpa a wrestling tag team after Homer bought Grandpa’s storage locker and finding his gear.

    • Glorious Goddfrey says:

      I loved Burns’ song in that Simpsons episode… one of the better episodes of the recent seasons too, I also would like to see it inducted.

  2. Christopher Haydu says:

    (First!) Never saw this. I have seen Chrisley before. The rest of the cast is disposable, but that guy is funny. If he’s like that in real life, that’s hilarious. I was hoping at the beginning of the induction that Todd would be the guy wrestling. If he just played himself that gimmick would get over anywhere it went.

  3. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    ” In this case, the wrestling is brought to us (or, hopefully, just me — please don’t watch this show) by All-Star Wrestling, presumably because Dramatic Dream Team found the premise too unrealistic.”
    As Kelso would say, BURN!

  4. Cpt SuckerPunch says:

    When I saw that david flair clip, I literally said out loud “good shit, he’s crap!”.

  5. Another Dave says:

    I refuse to believe that Chrisley has ever been in that position with a woman.

  6. Si says:

    “This leads to a match at the upcoming All-Star Wrestling show pitting Chase against Grayson, who, at nine years old, could very well be the youngest person to compete at an indie show”

    Maxel Hardy and Owen Steen would like a word (or Maxel would when he learns to speak)

    • Craig says:

      Well technically it was their fathers who competed, not them. In Owen’s case his dad just laid him on top of an already defeated guy and told the ref to count three.

  7. Roberta Byrd says:

    The Chrisley know Best need to be on Regular tv every body don’t have cable what you you think we love watching tobb and his crazy ass family by Roberta

  8. Adam says:

    I always wondered what Chrisley is even supposed to be notable for to get the show in the first place.

  9. Gerard says:

    tyvm google found this list of a dozen popular shows past and present all with the wrestling episode maybe a few of these can be turned into future inductions?? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ProWrestlingEpisode

  10. Adam X says:

    Nepotism: The cause of mostly all wrestling problems since whenever Greg Gagne debuted.

  11. J says:

    I am 100%sure no one will read this but didn’t a Japanese wrestling company have a 8 year old boy and a 8 year old girl wrestle for them

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