Sunday, 23 July 2017

WWE Battleground 2017

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WWE Battleground will be taking place this evening at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The last Smackdown PPV, Money in the Bank, was a massive disappointment so will this one be any better? Let's look at the card.

Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
This could be a good match and I'm going for Dillinger to win.
Predicted Winner: Tye Dillinger

Sami Zayn vs Mike Kanellis
I would love for Sami but it's more likely that Mike will win instead.
Predicted Winner: Mike Kanellis

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
A tough one to call as I can see both guys winning. I'm going for Corbin to win here.

Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles
United States Championship
This is one that I'm really looking forward to and I'm going for Styles to retain.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

The New Day vs The Usos
Like last time, I'm going for The New Day to win. Hopefully it will be a clean victory.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

John Cena vs Rusev
Flag Match
I can see both guys winning but I think that Cena will win.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Lana vs Natalya vs Tamina
Elimination Match to Determine the No 1 Contender for the Smackdown Women's Championship
I think that it's between Becky and Charlotte for this one and I think that Charlotte will win.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal
Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Championship
Admittedly I have never seen a punjabi prison match but I've heard that they're not great. Anyway, I feel that Jinder and Randy will deliver a good match and I'm going for Jinder to retain.
Predicted Winner: Jinder Mahal

I'm still catching up on PPV reviews so I will get to publish my review as soon as I can. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 21 July 2017

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Review

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 took place at the Scottrade Center in St Louis on Sunday 18th June. We will see history in the making as the first ever Women's Money in the Bank ladder match. So, who will be Mr and Miss Money in the Bank? Let's take a look.

The Pre Show match was The Colons taking on The Hype Bros. The Hype Bros get the win after they hit The Hype Ryder on Epico. The match wasn't anything special.
Winners: The Hype Bros (1 for 1)

The first match of the event was Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Tamina taking part in the Women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Highlights of the match include: Becky and Natalya fighting over a ladder before Natalya suplexed Becky onto it; Natalya putting Becky in the sharpshooter; Charlotte spearing Tamina out of the ring; and Becky powerbombing Carmella off the ladder. The end comes when Becky is on the verge of grabbing the briefcase when James Ellsworth tips the ladder to send her off. He then climbs the ladder, grabs the briefcase and drops it to Carmella for her to win the match.

First of all, I found the match to be a disappointment as I felt that it could have been better. As for the ending, things like this have almost happened. Maryse trying to help The Miz in 2010 is one that springs to mind. However, that didn't end the match and it put a very sour note on what should be a historic match. Instead of discussing whether Carmella is the right person to be the first Miss Money in the Bank, we're talking about the way she won it, which is a very bad creative decision by the WWE. Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan does reverse the decision and sets up a rematch on the following Smackdown, which Carmella does go on to win. However, the history making moment has been ruined.
Winner: Carmella (2 for 2)

Next is the Smackdown Tag Team Championship match as The New Day challenge The Usos. The Usos get the advantage when Jimmy pulls down the rope, sending Kofi to the floor. Eventually Kofi stomps on Jey and that gives him the chance to tag in Big E. They hit Jey with The Midnight Hour but Jimmy pulls him out and they go "Fuck this" and lose the match by count out. This was a good match although I was pissed off that it ended in a count out, especially after what happened in the previous match.
Winners: The New Day (3 for 3)

The second Championship is Lana (yes, really) challenging Naomi for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Naomi is dominant to begin with before Lana suplexes Naomi's legs onto the ropes. Lana does go on to hit a sit down spinebuster but after Naomi kicks out, Carmella comes down and teases cashing in the briefcase. This gives Naomi the chance to recover and gets Lana to submit to the Slay-O-Mission to get the win. This was an ok match and Lana showed some potential. However, this had a distraction finish, which you don't need to do. So far, we had a history making moment ruined, an intentional count out and a distraction finish. I don't think this PPV is going well.
Winner: Naomi (4 for 4)

After we see an episode of Fashion Vice and the return of Maria Kinellis with her husband Mike, we get the WWE Championship match with Randy Orton challenging Jinder Mahal. Orton goes for the RKO early on but Mahal rolls out of the ring. He manages to get the advantage after sending Orton over the top rope, landing badly on his left leg. Mahal continues his assault, hitting moves such as a shinbreaker onto the announce table and a figure four. However, Orton gets back into it after hitting a superplex. Orton goes on ot hit the RKO but the Singh Brothers puts Mahal's leg on the ropes and the referee sends them to the back. Instead they go after Bob Orton, who was sitting at ringside and Orton goes after them. This gives Mahal the chance to recover and hit the Khallas on Orton to get the win. I generally enjoyed the match but it had the same ending as the one at Backlash. It would have been nice to have a different ending.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (5 for 5)

The penultimate match is Breezango taking on The Ascension who have claimed responsibility for attacking Tyler Breeze the week before. Fandango gets saved from a tag team move by Breeze then puts Viktor in a small package to get the win. The match wasn't anything special.
Winners: Fandango (N/A)

The main event is AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura in the Men's Money in the Bank ladder match. Corbin attacks Nakamura during his entrance and he ends up being taken to the back by medics. Other highlights include: Zayn doing an over the top suicide dive to Owens; Corbin hitting Ziggler with a Deep Six onto the floor; Ziggler hitting Corbin with a Zig Zag off the ladder; Zayn hitting Owens with a half nelson suplex onto the apron; and Corbin chokeslamming Styles onto the ladder. After Nakamura comes back and beats up Corbin, we get him fighting Styles for a bit before they end up climbing the ladder. However, Corbin tips the ladder to send them flying and climbs up to get the briefcase and win the match.

This was a really good match and I'm quite surprised that Corbin won. It will be interesting to see how he will do if he becomes the Champion.
Winner: Baron Corbin (5 for 6)

I thought that Money in the Bank was a terrible event. The matches were generally good but the endings were fucking shit. We had a man effectively win the Women's Money in the Bank, an intentional count out, a distraction finish and a repeat ending. I pray that Smackdown get their shit together for their next event Battleground. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

WWE Great of Balls 2017 Preview

The first Great Balls of Fire PPV will be taking place this evening at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The RAW PPVs have been a mixed bag recently, so will this one be an improvement? Let's take a look.

Big Cass vs Enzo Amore
First of all, WWE are stupid for splitting this team up as I feel that it's way too soon for them. Despite that, I can see this being quite entertained. Big Cass has to win this otherwise his heel push might derail.
Predicted Winner: Big Cass

"Titus Brand" Akira Tozowa vs King Neville of the Cruiserweights
I don't get why Akira is in this thing with Titus O'Neill. However, like the Cass/Enzo match, I can see them having an entertaining match. Neville has been a breath of fresh air in 2017 and his matches with Austin Aries have been the best matches of the night. I think that Neville will continue his reign.
Predicted Winner: Neville

Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Due to the fact that I give no fucks about Wyatt, Rollins has to win this.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

Roman Reigns vs Bruan Strowman
Ambulance Match
This feud has been quite enjoyable so far and this could be quite a good match. I'm going for Reigns to win here.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Dean Ambrose vs Hollywood Miz
Intercontinental Championship
I've been quite enjoying these matches but I feel that Miz's entourage of Maryse, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel will be the difference here. So, Miz to retain.
Predicted Winner: Miz

Hardy Boyz vs Cesaro and Sheamus
30 Minute Iron Man Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship
This could be another interesting match. I'm going for Cesaro and Sheamus to retain.
Predicted Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar
Universal Championship
This is one match that I'm really looking forward to as it's something fresh. I would love to see Joe win this but I feel that Brock will retain.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

I still need to see Money in the Bank and once I've seen that, I'll watch this. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Review

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 took place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. After recovering from a serious lung conditon, I have now found the time to watch this.The last few RAW PPVs have been a mixed bag but will this one be any different? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Apollo Crews with Titus O'Neill taking on Kalisto. After some back and forth, Crews hits a standing 450 splash for 2. When he argues with O'Neill, Kalisto hits him with the Salida Del Sol to get the win. The match wasn't that special and it's weird seeing Crews being a heel by association to O'Neill.
Winner: Kalisto (1 for 1)

The first match of the show is for the Intercontinental Championship as Hollywood Miz challenges Dean Ambrose and Ambrose will lose the title if he gets disqualified. Miz keeps trying to get Ambrose angry so that he would lose his temper but the referee would stop him before that happens. Miz gets the advantage after hitting a DDT onto the apron. Amborse does make his comeback but Maryse tries to get Ambrose disqualified by slapping her husband. However, the referee is not an idiot and ejects Maryse and while he was sorting that out, Miz sends Ambrose into him, sending him to the outside. Ambrose pleads with the referee and Miz takes advantage and hits the Skull Crushing Finale to get the win and become a 7-time Intercontinental Championship.

This match was pretty good but I'm torn about the ending. The referee was clever enough to realise that Miz got Maryse to slap him but not clever enough to realise that Miz might throw Ambrose into him. Despite that, I'm glad that it didn't end in Ambrose getting disqualified.
Winner: The Miz (2 for 2)

Next is a mixed tag team match with Noam Dar and Alicia Fox taking on Rich Swann and Sasha Banks. Fox and Dar would tag each other in when it felt like they were getting beaten. In the end, Swann hits a Phoenix Splash on Dar to get the win. The match was ok but nothing special.
Winners: Rich Swann and Sasha Banks (3 for 3)

We now get our 2nd title match as Bayley challenges Alexa Bliss in a Kendo Stick Match for the RAW Women's Championship. Alexa gives Bayley the opportunity to go for the stick but stops her cos she's a dick. The sitck falls to the ring and eventually Bayley does pick it up but doesn't get to use it. Alexa grabs it and uses it relentlessly. In the end, Alexa throws Bayley into the kendo stick that she had propped up in the corner. Alexa follows that with a DDT to get the win. This match was only 6 minutes long. Also, I don't get what WWE are doing with Bayley. I get her being reluctant to use the stick but she could have gone on to win without using it instead of what we got here. A big disappointment for me.
Winner: Alexa Bliss (4 for 4)

 Next is a steel cage match for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Cesaro and Sheamus challenge The Hardy Boyz. The only way to win is for BOTH members of the team to leave the cage. Keep that in mind by the way. After some back and forth, The Hardys climb the cage but only Jeff escapes. Matt tries to leave a few times but he gets double teamed. Jeff does a whisper in the wind on Cesaro and Sheamus, sending him back into the cage and that means we're back to square one...? Anyway, Matt leaves the cage through the door and is trying to drag Jeff out with him. However, Cesaro and Sheamus just about manage to escape the cage first and win the Championship.

The rules of this match ruined it for me. Putting aside the logic behind a high flying team choosing a steel cage match, did they decide these rules or are they forced on them. I know that steel cage matches used to be that the only way to escape but you can't do that with tag teams. Plus it was probably confusing for the live audience as well.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus (4 for 5)

The penultimate match is one that I was really looking forward to: Austin Aries challenging King Neville of the Cruiserweights in a submission match for the Cruiserweight Championship.  Aries uses moves such as a guillotine and a figure four but Neville manages to put on the Rings of Saturn. Aries does get to the ropes and eventually gets Neville to submit to The Last Chancery, but it's outside the ring. In the end, Neville hits the Red Arrow followed immediately by the Rings of Saturn to get the win by submission.

This was a good match and I loved the ending. However, the referee was annoying me during the match. If the only way to win is by submission, why did it seem like that disqualifications and count outs can still happen?
Winner: Neville (5 for 6)

The Universal Champion Brock Lesnar couldn't be fucked to be here so the main event is to determine his next challenger. It's Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins. Highlights of the match include: Balor doing a suicide dive to Joe, Rollins and Wyatt; Wyatt and Joe working together; Rollins hitting a double blockbuster on Wyatt and Joe; Reigns spearing Balor and Joe into the timekeeper's area; and Rollins frog splashing Wyatt through the Spanish Announcers' table. It looks like Balor is going to get the win after hitting a Coup de Grace on Rollins. However, Joe puts Balor into the Coquina Clutch. Balor passes out, giving Joe the win.

This was an enjoyable match to watch. I was surprised that Samoa Joe won but it will give us something different and I'm looking forward to seeing them in Great Balls of Fire.
Winner: Samoa Joe (5 for 7)

I thought that Extreme Rules was a mixed bag, when seems to be the norm for RAW PPVs. Some matches were good but some were disappointing,  especially the Steel Cage match. Hopefully Great Balls of Fire will be an improvement,  although I'm not holding my breath.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Preview

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The 2017 edition of Money in the Bank will be taking place this evening at the Scottrade Center in St Louis. Even though it's a Smackdown only event, we will still be getting 2 Money in the Bank matches. So, who will be Mr and Miss Money in the Bank after this event? Let's look at the card.

The Hype Bros vs The Colons
A tough one to call but I'm going for The Hype Bros to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Hype Bros

Lana vs Naomi
Smackdown Women's Championship
I really don't think Lana will win but you never know.
Predicted Winner: Naomi

The New Day vs The Usos
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Another tough one to call. The Usos have been great recently but I think it's time for The New Day to become Champions.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

Becky Lynch vs Carmella vs Charlotte Flair vs Natalya vs Tamina
Women's Money in the Bank Match
Quite a tough one to call. I'm going on a limb and picking Carmella to win this.
Predicted Winner: Carmella

AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Men's Money in the Bank
Another tough one to call as you can see anyone of them winning. I'm going for Shinsuke Nakamura to win.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal
WWE Championship
I will be very surprised (and very pissed off) if Orton wins this and I'm going for Jinder to retain.
Predicted Winner: Jinder Mahal

Due to being in hospital over the last few weeks, I haven't seen Extreme Rules so I'll review that first then Money in the Bank and it will be done over the next week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Money in the Bank 2017: The Contenders

Money in the Bank will be taking place this Sunday and they will be two of them, including a women's one for the first time. So, who are the contenders? Let's take a look at them.

Women's Money in the Bank

Becky Lynch
Even though she was the first ever Smackdown Women's Champion, Becky has been down the pecking order recently. I would love to see her win but I can't see it.
Will She Win? Unlikely
Carmella
I'm not too sure with Carmella. Apparently, some dirtsheets are reporting that she will be the first ever winner. Due to the fact that Smackdown are giving people you wouldn't consider the chance to be a Champion, it is a distinct possibility.
Will She Win? Possibly
Charlotte
A surefire bet in most people's eyes. However, her recent face turn (which I'm struggling to get behind) could count against her. WWE could use this as a chance to do another heel turn but time will tell.
Will She Win? Very possible
Natalya
Whilst I would love Natalya to win, I feel that's not going to happen.
Will She Win? Unfortunately not
Tamina
Let's be blunt, she's not going to win. If she does, I will leave wrestling forever.
Will She Win? Fuck no.

Men's Money in the Bank

AJ Styles
This is the most open match that I've seen in a long time. I feel that Styles is one of the favourites in this match.
Will He Win? Possibly
Baron Corbin
Whilst Corbin has gone better recently, I think that it might be too soon for Corbin. However, like Carmella, some dirtsheets are reporting that he is the favourite to win so we will see.
Will He Win? Possibly
Dolph Ziggler
I can't see winning to be honest and I feel that his time has been and gone.
Will He Win? Unlikely
Kevin Owens
I would like Owens to win this. However, his Face of America gimmick and being United States Champion might mean that it might be his time next year.
Will He Win? Probably not
Sami Zayn
Whilst Sami would be great winning Money in the Bank, I feel that it will be another case of close but no cigar.
Will He Win?Unlikely
Shinsuke Nakamura
This is a tough one. I do wonder if they are going to push him to the Moon so quickly. However, I think that they will.
Will He Win? Very possibly

A full preview will be published over the weekend but who do you think will win? Tweet us with your answers to @lodownwrestling

Sunday, 4 June 2017

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Preview

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WWE Extreme Rules will be taking place this Sunday at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Some of these matches look interesting so let's take a look at the card.

Kalisto vs Apollo Crews
This is part of the whole "Titus Brand" angle in which I have little interest in. I'm going for Kalisto to win here.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

Rich Swann and Sasha Banks vs Noam Dar and Alicia Fox
Whilst it may be a little weird seeing Sasha in a feud like this, it could still be fun. I'm going for Rich and Sasha to win.
Predicted Winners: Rich Swann and Sasha Banks

The Hardy Boyz vs Cesaro and Sheamus
Steel Cage Tag Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship
A slightly tough one to call but I think that the Hardys will retain.
Predicted Winners: The Hardy Boyz

King Neville of the Cruiserweights vs Austin Aries
Submission Match for the Cruiserweight Championship
This is the match that I'm most looking forward to and it also could be the match of the night. A really tough one to call but I'm going for Austin Aries to win.
Predicted Winner: Austin Aries

Alexa Bliss vs Bayley
Kendo Stick on a Pole Match for the RAW Women's Championship
This match could be really good or really shit. I'm going for Alexa to retain.
Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss

Dean Ambrose vs Hollywood Miz
Intercontinental Championship
This match could be a good one but it has the added stipulation that Ambrose will lose the Championship if he gets disqualified. Ignoring the fact that this stipulation for a event called Extreme Rules, I can see Ambrose doing something stupid to get disqualified. Therefore, Miz to win.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Seth Rollins
Fatal 5-way to Determine the No 1 Contender for the Universal Championship
I'm looking forward to this one although I give no fucks about Wyatt. I can see WWE giving Reigns the win. However, I'm going for Finn Balor to win and face Brock Lesnar at whatever event Brock sees fit to turn up at.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

Hopefully I get to see this event over the next couple of days. Also, I might be going to the NXT event in Leeds this week and I'll be doing a brief report on that. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.



WWE Backlash 2017 Review

WWE Backlash took place last Sunday at the AllState Arena just outside Chicago. NXT Takeover was on the night before and that was a good event. Will Backlash be the same? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Tye Dillinger taking on Aiden English. English gets the advantage with a swinging neckbreaker. He then wears down Dillinger with a chinlock. Dillinger makes his comeback but English comes close a couple of times. Dillinger goes on to get the win with the Tye Breaker. This was a decent match between the two.
Winner: Tye Dillinger (1 for 1)

The first match of the event was Dolph Ziggler taking on Shinsuke Nakamura. During the match, Ziggler grabs Nakamura as he was getting into the ring and hits a neckbreaker to get the advantage. Ziggler comes close after avoiding a Kinshasa to hit a Fameasser for 2. However, Nakamura managed to get back into it and hit the Kinshasa to get the win. This was a good match between the two but I'm not sure whether WWE are ready to push him to the moon yet or to keep him in a holding pattern.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura (2 for 2)

We now get our first Championship match as Breezango challenges The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. During the match, Breeze was disguised as a janitor then an old lady. The Usos don't take this very well and proceed to destroy Breeze. Breeze gets to make the hot tag to Fandango and they come close when Breeze hits an Unprettier. In the end, Fandango goes for his top rope legdrop but Jimmy Uso holds his leg, allowing Jey Uso to hit a super kick to get the win. This match was a mixed bag. I hated most of it as it was just stupid with the disguises and stuff; but the last few minutes was entertaining.
Winner: The Usos (3 for 3)

Next is Sami Zayn taking on Baron Corbin. Zayn dropkicks Corbin out of the ring, hurting his lower back in the process. Corbin takes advantage by charging him into the turnbuckle then focusing on his lower back with moves such as a bearhug. Zayn reverses a super plex to hit a sunset flip powerbomb but Crobin responds with a Deep Six for 2. Zayn then hits the Helluva Kick to get the win. This was a good match and even though the finish came out of nowhere I think it works in this case. Corbin was dominant for most of the match yet he makes one mistake and Zayn takes advantage. An enjoyable contest.
Winner: Sami Zayn (3 for 4)

It's now time for the Women's tag team match. It's The Welcoming Committee (Carmella, Natalya and Tamina with James "Why He Is Still Here?" Ellsworth) versus Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Naomi. Charlotte gets clotheslined that gives the Welcoming Committee the advantage. She manages to tag in Naomi but Carmella shuts it down pretty quickly to regain the advantage. Becky eventually gets the hot tag and even though she has Natalya in the Dis-Arm-Her, which Carmella breaks up; in the end, Natalya makes Becky submit with the Sharpshooter. This match was ok  and I was quite surprised that The Welcoming Committee won.
Winners: The Welcoming Committee (3 for 5)

Now a match I was really looking forward to: AJ Styles challenging Kevin Owens for the United States Championship. Owens goes for the right leg that he injured earlier in the week. The match goes back and forth before Owens bounces Styles' head off the turnbuckle followed by a clothesline. Owens keeps Styles down with moves such as sentons before Styles gets back into it with a kick. Styles comes close a couple of times but he almost loses when Owens hits a pumphandle neckbreaker for 2. Owens then focuses his attack on the right leg, resulting in applying a half leg Boston crab then an ankle lock. The match goes to the outside when Styles hits a suplex to the apron and they both land on the floor. Styles then goes a Styles Clash on the German announce table but Owens gets out of it and Styles gets caught up in the cables, meaning that Owens wins by count out. Owens then attacks Styles afterwards.

This was a really good match. It was a bit of a shitty ending as you don't want a match between the two to end in a count out. However, it was probably the right way to do it and it gives Styles a case for a rematch.
Winner: Kevin Owens (4 for 6)

We now go from one match that I was looking forward to to one that I don't care about: Luke Harper versus Erick Rowan.  Rowan gets the advantage early on  but Harper makes his comeback sending Rowan into the announce tables with a suicide dive. Harper goes on to get the win with a discus clothesline. I can sum up this match with one word: meh
Winner: Luke Harper (5 for 7)

The main event is for the WWE Championship as Jinder Mahal challenges Randy Orton. Orton doesn't fuck around and attacks Mahal during the introductions. The referee restores order and the match starts at a fast pace. Mahal gets the advantage and wears Orton down, focusing on the left shoulder. Orton gets back into it but the injured shoulder hampers him at times. Orton does hit the RKO (outta nowhere) but his shoulder prevents him from making the cover and The Bollywood Boyz Singh Brothers pull Mahal out of the ring. Orton attacks the Singhs, including a very botched suplex onto an announce table in which one of the Singhs landed on his head. After Orton hits the Singhs with a double hanging DDT, Mahal slides in and hits the Cobra Clutch Slam to get the win and become the WWE Champion...?? Yes, you read that right. Jinder Mahal, who has gone from being the least talented guy in 3MB to becoming the WWE Champion, shocking the wrestling world.

This was a good match although it's making me start to hate Randy Orton. I feel that he's just going through the motions and is ok botching moves that can really hurt people. As for Jinder Mahal, I'm happy that, on Smackdown at least, they are trying new things. Mahal is probably someone that I wouldn't consider to give him the Championship but he has been booked well so since his return. Here's hoping he gets a decent title reign.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (5 for 8)

I thought that Backlash was a good event. It did feel more like an extended episode of Smackdown but I'm ok with that. It was great to see Nakamura wrestle on the main roster and at the minute, with the roster Smackdown have, they have the ability to do new matches and I'm looking forward to seeing what they will do.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

NXT Takeover: Chicago Review

The third NXT Takeover of 2017 took place at the AllState Arena just outside Chicago last Saturday evening. The last 2 Takeovers have been pretty good so far so, in one of the most boisterous crowds in the country, will that continue? Let's take a look.

The first match was Eric Young taking on Roderick Strong. Strong surprises Young by taking out his henchmen, Killian Dian and Alexander Wolff, at ringside. Strong then goes after Young but his momentum is stopped by a back suplex. Later on, Dian runs Strong over with a brutal running crossbody. Strong makes his comeback and hits a high knee, sending Young onto Dian and Wolff on the outside. Strong then rolls Young back inside and hits the End of Heartache to get the win. This was a good match and I was surprised that Young won, especially in the first match between the two. It seems that WWE are going to push him into the main event scene. Strong has the talent for it but I still feels that he needs to develop his character.
Winner: Roderick Strong (0 for 1)

The next match is for the United Kingdom Champioship as Tyler Bate faces the challenge of Pete Dunne. After some back and forth, Dunne gets the advantage after hitting a X-plex. Dunne comes close after a suplex into a sit down powerbomb and Bate reverses the Bitter End into a DDT. In the end, Dunne avoids an over the top rope suicide dive and rolls back Bate to hit the Bitter End and become the new United Kingdom Champion. The match was absolutely amazing to watch and so much better than their match at the United Kingdom Championship Tournament in January. This is a strong contender for match of the year and I can't wait for them to have a rematch in the near future.
Winner: Pete Dunne (1 for 2)

We now get the triple threat for the NXT Women's Championship as Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross challenge Asuka. The match goes at a steady pace to begin with with all 3 women being involved. Cross saves Riot a couple of times as Asuka hit a powerbomb into an anklelock then the Asuka Lock. Cross has a good chance to win with a solo magic killer but Riot breaks up the pin. In the end, Riot hits Cross with an overhead kick but Asuka hits her with a running knee. Asuka then pins both to win the match. This was quite a good match but I'm not a fan of Asuka pinning both women. It seems like a dick move to me.
Winner: Asuka (2 for 3)

The penultimate match is Hideo Itami challenging Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship. Itami has the early advantage before Roode hits a blockbuster. During the match, both guys get hurt. Roode with his shoulder, making it difficult to do moves such as the Glorious DDT; Itami with his knee, making it hard to do the GTS. Roode does bear the pain to hit a Glorious DDT but it only gets two. Itami hits the GTS but Roode rolls out of the ring. In the end, Itami goes for the GTS but Roode reverses it to hit 2 consecutive Glorious DDTs to get the win. I quite enjoyed this match and it would be nice to see them have a rematch. However, I suspect that WWE will do something different.
Winner: Bobby Roode (3 for 4)

The main event is a ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championship as #DIY challenge The Authors of Pain. Highlights of the match include: Gargano doing a suicide dive through a ladder onto The Authors of Pain; #DIY splashing Akam and Razr through ladders on the outside; Paul Ellering stopping Gargano grabbing the belts and getting superkicked for it; Gargano getting uppercutted with a ladder; and Ciampia suplexing Razr through a ladder. The end comes when Ciampia and Gargano have their hands on the belts but Razr and Akam pull the ladder out from under them. They then pull them off and hit the super collider , climb up the ladder and grab the belts to win the match. Afterwards, Ciampia beats the fuck put of Gargano at the entrance way.

Although it was a little slow at times, this was a good match. As for Ciampia turning on Gargano, I thought it would happen at some point but I didn't think it would happen for a while yet. #DIY are the only team that could challenge them. TM-61 are out due to injury and it seems that Heavy Machinery are next up. However, they have had what 3 TV matches together and I think that it is way too soon for them.
Winner: Authors of Pain (4 for 5)

I thought that NXT Takeover: Chicago was a good event and the matches were generally good. It will be interesting to see where the Championship scenes will look like over the next few weeks and I'm quite looking forward to it.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

WWE Backlash 2017 Preview

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WWE Backlash will be taking place this evening at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, just outside Chicago. This should be an interesting event so let's take a look at the card.

Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
Quite a tough one to call but I'm going for Dillinger to win
Predicted Winner: Tye Dillinger

Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn
This has the potential to be a good match and I'm going for Corbin to win
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan
To be honest, I don't really care about this, especially as Bray Wyatt is now on RAW. I have to make a prediction so I'm going for Luke Harper to win here.
Predicted Winner: Luke Harper

AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
United States Championship
I'm really looking forward to this one and I would like Styles to win this. However, I'm going for Owens to retain.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Naomi, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs Tamina, Carmella and Natalya
Getting over the fact that I find it weird that Charlotte is now a face, this could be a decent match. I'm for Naomi, Becky and Charlotte to win here.
Predicted Winners: Naomi, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair

Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura
This is another one that I'm looking forward to. I feel that Nakamura has to win this.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Breezango vs The Usos
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
I'm quite surprised that Breezango are the number 1 contenders and seeing them as Champions could be interesting. However, I'm going for The Usos to win.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton
WWE Championship
This is an interesting one to predict. At first, I thought that there is no fucking way that Jinder is winning this. However, he has been booked well recently and with the help of his henchmen, The Bollywood Boyz Singh Brothers, Jinder could actually become Champion. I can't see WWE doing that so I'm picking Orton to win. However, I hope that I'm wrong.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

I won't get to see this until later in the week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.