Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lo-Down Wrestling Awards 2016

It's now time for the 6th annual Lo-Down Wrestling Awards. I watched quite a bit of wrestling over 2016, mostly thanks to the WWE Network. Despite that, these awards are based on what I saw this year.

Feud of the Year
Dolph Ziggler vs Hollywood Miz August - December
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There were some great feuds over the year but this was the one that I enjoyed the most. They had some good matches during this time and it helped Miz to go up the card.
Honorable Mention
Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair July - December
These two women made history in this feud. They had the first ever Women's Hell in a Cell match, a Falls Count Anywhere match; and a 30 minute Iron Man match. These matches were really good but I hated the way that the Championship was bounced around during this time, with Sasha winning on RAW and Charlotte winning on Pay Per View.

Best Newcomer
AJ Styles
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AJ Styles started the year debuting at the Royal Rumble and ended it as the WWE Champion. Very few people have had a year like he did, especially as he made his name in other companies.

PPV of the Year
Extreme Rules
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I found that Extreme Rules to be the most enjoyable event of the year. There were some good matches, especially the Intercontinental Championship match between Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and The Miz. While the NXT Takeovers have been amazing, I feel that this was the best PPV that the main roster had this year.

Most Surprising Moment of the Year
Zack Ryder Becoming the Intercontinental Champion at Wrestlemania 32
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Wrestlemania started with a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. Not only was it a really good match but it had one of the most shocking endings in Zack Ryder winning. Nothing against Ryder, but he was the least likely person to win. Shame that he only held it for one day; but that it led to The Miz having a great year.

Entrance of the Year
Bobby Roode's at NXT Takeover Toronto
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I've been a fan of Roode since he was in TNA and I'm so happy that he's in NXT. Not only has he been on a roll since debuting in the summer, but he has possibly the best theme tune ever plus his entrances are awesome. I mean, he entered having a fucking choir sing his song. That's amazing. I don't know if WWE can top that when Roode faces Nakamura at NXT Takeover San Antonio but I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Moment of the Year
Triple H Helping Kevin Owens to win the Universal Championship
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I was gutted that Finn Balor had to vacate the Universal Championship due to injury but it led to one of my favourite matches of the year the next week. It was capped off by Triple H, making his first appearance since Wrestlemania, helping to eliminate Roman Reigns then betraying Seth Rollins to help Kevin Owens win the match. Looking back on it, I'm still a but pissed off that Triple H hasn't come and explained his actions. However, it's still a great moment and Kevin Owens' reaction to the whole thing is still fucking glorious.
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Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
Hollywood Miz

The Miz has been doing pretty well before Wrestlemania. However, the return of his wife Maryse and becoming Intercontinental Champion on the same day had led to the best work of his career since he was WWE Champion in 2011. His feuds with Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan plus his appearances on Talking Smack has been a joy to watch. Hopefully it will continue in 2017.
Honorable Mention
Alexa Bliss
I was becoming a fan of Alexa Bliss when she was in NXT. However, I was surprised when they called her up as I didn't think that she was ready. However, I was proven wrong as she took the ball and ran with it; not only becoming a highlight on Smackdown and Talking Smack but ending the year as Smackdown Women's Champion. Throughly well deserved.

Tag Team of the Year
The Revival

I know that The New Day have been Champions for well over a year. However, The Revival have been such a joy to watch this year, becoming one of my favourite tag teams possibly ever. They had awesome matches against Enzo and Cass, American Alpha and #DIY, often being the highlight of the NXT Takeovers. They are spent over 250 days of 2016 as Champions plus they were the first two-time NXT Tag Team Champions. The main thing that I like about them as that they act like a proper tag team who will always find ways to save themselves and to win.

Worst Match of the Year
Natalya vs Charlotte, WWE Payback
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The match was actually pretty decent but the ending just completely ruined it for me. They do a rehash of the Montreal Screwjob in front of Bret Hart then the referee just admits to it the next night with no fucking consequences. I assume that WWE are okay with blatantly corrupt officiating.

Match of the Year
#DIY vs The Revival, NXT Takeover Toronto
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For the second year in a row, NXT has the honour of being my match of the year and, I know it's a bold thing to say, but it's probably the best tag team match that I ever seen. Each fall felt like it was 3 seperate matches and they were so many great moments, with the crowd thoroughly engrossed in it. #DIY hitting Wilder with Shatter Machine, Revival's own finisher led to the most dramatic near fall of the year plus the ending with the double submission was amazing. You had The Revival holding hands to stop them from tapping out then Dawson shouting to Wilder "Don't tap! Don't tap!". When they both tapped out, it led to the biggest pop of the night and left me with a huge smile of my face. This match had me so into it and always remember. There will be times we will get frustrated with some of the creative decisions that WWE make; but they also create great moments as well and moments like this are why I love watching wrestling.

Female Wrestler of the Year
Charlotte Flair
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What a year for Charlotte Flair. She was the last ever Divas Champion and has gone to hold the RAW Women's Championship a further 4 times. She had great matches with Sasha Banks and has been undefeated in PPV matches since she debuted on the main roster.

Male Wrestler of the Year
AJ Styles
What a year for AJ Styles. After making his debut at the Royal Rumble, he went on to have feuds with Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, John Cena and Dean Ambrose and had good matches with all of them. Styles is probably not only the best wrestler in the company, but the most consistent as well. He ended the year as WWE Champion which was surprising as very few people probably thought he would get that honour. Luckily, WWE saw it in him and gave him the belt and he's been great so far.

Friday, 30 December 2016

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line Review

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line took place last Sunday at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Will RAW end the year on a high? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Big Cass with Enzo Amore taking on Rusev with Lana. Big Cass is dominant for most of the match before it goes to the crowd. Lana pushes Enzo and he gets creamed with a clothesline by Rusev. When Big Cass checks on him, Rusev slides in and wins by countout. What the fuck was that?! It was looking like it was going to be a decent match thrn we suddenly get a shitty finish out of nowhere. Such a fucking disappointment
Winner: Rusev (1 for 1)

The first of the PPV was for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Cesaro and Sheamus challenge The New Day. Cesaro and Sheamus focus their offence on Kofi Kingston before he gets to tag in Big E. Later on, Cesaro hits the Neutraliser on Kofi but Big E breaks up the pin. In the end, Sheamus goes to tag in Cesaro but he moves his hand out of the way. Kofi hits Cesaro with Trouble in Paradise and covers him, thinking he's the legal man. Sheamus then rolls up Kofi to get the win and the 483 day reign of The New Day. This was a good match and I quite liked the ending.
Winners: The New Day (2 for 2)

Next is Sami Zayn taking on Bruan Strowman with a 10 minute time limit. Zayn uses his quickness but that lasted than a minute before Strowman proceeds to destroy him. After 6 minutes, Mick Foley comes down with a white towel. Zayn, however, persuades him not to throw in the towel then manages to avoid Strowman's attacks and survives the 10 minutes to win? I think? Isn't that technically a draw? Anyway, an interesting match to watch
Winner: Sami Zayn (2 for 3)

Now a match I was really looking forward to: Seth Rollins versus The Gift of Jericho. After some back and forth, Jericho hit a springboard dropkick sending Rollins off the apron. Rollins does get back into it and after a while, Kevin Owens comes in to try to help Jericho. When Jericho tells him to go to the back, Rollins hits him with a pedigree to win the match. To be honest, this match was a bit of a disappointment. It went too slow for me and nothing really stood out. Saying that, I quite liked that Owens keeps failing to help Jericho win matches yet Jericho doesn't seem to have that problem.
Winner: Seth Rollins (3 for 4)

Next is a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight Championship as Rich Swann faces the challenges of TJ Perkins and The Brian Kendrick. The match goes at a fast pace with all 3 guys heavily involved. There was a weird bit where Perkins has Swann in the kneebar and Swann gets to the ropes. Michael Cole says that that doesn't count in a triple threat yet the referee tells Perkins to release the hold. Anyway, in the end, Perkins and Swann superkick Kendrick then Swann pins Perkins after hitting him with a roundhouse kick. Except for the bit with the referee, it was a good match. However, it is overshadowed by what happened afterwards as Neville returns and beats the fuck out of Swann and Perkins. This was great and exactly what Neville needed. He has been criminally underused since he was called up to the main roster. Hopefully, he can go on to be the top heel in the division.
Winner: Rich Swann (4 for 5)

The penultimate match is a 30 minute Iron Man match for the RAW Women's Championship as Charlotte Flair challenges Sasha Banks. Charlotte is dominant for most of the match but it's not til the 20th minute that we get our first fall. Charlotte takes the lead after hitting a natural selection from the top rope. In the 22nd minute, Sasha manages to get a pinfall out of nowhere to make it 1-1. In the 25th minute, Sasha avoids a moonsault and gets Charlotte to submit to the Banks statement to take the lead at 2-1. It looks like, even with an injured knee, Sasha might just survive. However, Charlotte puts her in the figure 4 in the 29th minute and, despite her best efforts, Sasha submites with just 2 seconds left, ending the match at 2-2. The referee decides that the match will go into overtime. Sasha starts bleeding but she manages to apply the Banks statement. However, Charlotte gets out of it and gets the win with the figure 8 in the 5th minute of overtime.

This was a really good match and it was the match of the night. However, even though I predicted it, I'm not happy with Charlotte winning. Sasha has been a 3 time Womens Champion yet has never succesfully defended it. They have had some tremendous matches and it would have been my feud of the year. However, the Championship being passed around like a hot potato has ruined it a little for me.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (5 for 6)

The main event is Roman Reigns challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. During the match, Owens has Reigns in a chinlock for what seems like a year but Reigns does go back into it. Later on, Owens sends Reigns through the German announce table. In the end, Jericho comes in and Owens with the codebreaker, ending the match in a disqualification. Afterwards, it turns out to be a ruse. Rollins comes in and, along with Reigns, powerbomb Jericho through the Spanish announce table and Owens through the English announce table.

I thought that the match wasn't great to be honest although the ending was pretty good.
Winner: Kevin Owens (6 for 7)

I didn't think that Roadblock wasn't a great event. The women's match was really good but a lot of the matches were not that great. RAW PPVs have been a mixed bag this year. Hopefully, they will improve next year.

Monday, 19 December 2016

WWE TLC 2016 Review

WWE TLC took place on Sunday 4th December at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas. The last couple of PPVs have been a mixed bag so will Smackdown end the year on a high? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was the team of American Alpha, The Hype Bros and Apollo Crews taking on The Asecension, The Vaudevillians and Curt Hawkins. The match goes back and forth before Chad Gable gets worn down. Eventually he gets the hot tag to Jason Jordan and in the end, they go on to hit Simon Gotch with Grand Amplitude to get the win. It was a bit short for me but I enjoyed it.
Winners: American Alpha, The Hype Bros and Apollo Crews (N/A)

The first match of the PPV was for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship as Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt with Luke Harper challenge Heath Slater and Rhyno. Wyatt, thanks to Harper distracting the referee, pulls Slater off the ring apron to get his team the advantage. Slater does manage to get the hot tag but it was not enough. Rhyno goes to spear Orton on the outside but Harper moves him out of the way and takes the hit. Rhyno slides back in and is distracted by Wyatt's upside down walk and Orton slides in and hits the RKO to get the win. I was quite surprised that Orton and Wyatt but it's probably the  right decision as they both need this.
Winners: Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt (0 for 1)

Next is a no disqualification match between Carmella and  Nikki Bella. Carmella does a head scissors sending Nikki into the steel steps. She then focuses on Nikki's left leg, hitting it with a kendo stick. Carmella does go on to do the Code of Silence but Nikki hits her with the kendo stick. Nikki does get back into it, hitting a brutal roundhouse kick from the barricade. She then goes on to use a fire extinguisher for what seems like a year before hitting the Rack Attack 2.0 to get the win. Afterwards, Carmella tells Nikki that it was Natalya that attacked her at Survivor Series. The match was ok but I'm interested to see how they play with what happened after the match. Hopefully, it was Carmella who attacked Nikki and she's just fucking with her. Knowing WWE tho, it would turn out that Carmella was telling the truth.
Winner: Nikki Bella (1 for 2)

 Now a match that I was really looking forward to: Dolph Ziggler challenging Hollywood Miz (with Maryse) in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. Highlights of the match include: Ziggler doing a tornado DDT sending Miz onto a ladder; Miz dropkicking a ladder into Ziggler; and Miz focusing on Ziggler's legs. Miz hits the skull crushing finale onto a ladder then climbs up. However, Ziggler takes the ladder, leaving The Miz hanging before he falls down, injuring his knee. In the end, Miz and Ziggler climb up on different ladders and Ziggler punches Miz off. The Miz, however, recovers and kickes Ziggler in the balls then grabs the belt to win the match. Afterwards, Miz decidates the match to Daniel Bryan and calls the Dallas crowd losers.

This match was really good and a great way to end the feud. Hopefully, The Miz can continue with someone else in the new year.
Winner: Hollywood Miz (2 for 3)

 Next is Kalisto facing Baron Corbin in a chairs match. Kalisto immediately goes at Corbin with but it's dealt with it quite quickly. Corbin goes on to be dominant for a lot of the match. Kalisto does a seated senton onto a row of chairs but Corbin responds by reversing a suicide dive into a deep six on the outside. Corbin then wins the match after hitting The End of Days onto a pile of chairs. Quite a good match between the two.
Winner: Baron Corbin (3 for 4)

The penultimate match is Alexa Bliss challenging Becky Lynch in a tables match for the Smackdown Women's Championship. The match goes at a fast pace before Alexa starts to be dominant. Becky tries to suplex Alexa through a table a few times, In the end, they end up fighting on the apron and Alexa manages to powerbomb Becky through a table on the outside to win the match. Although the finish seemed to come out of nowhere, this was quite a good match. I've become a big fan of Alexa over the last year but I didn't think that she was ready to be Champion just yet. Hopefully she can prove me wrong.
Winner: Alexa Bliss (3 for 5)

The main event is a TLC match for the WWE World Championship as Dean Ambrose challenges AJ Styles. Highlights of the match include: Ambrose running a chair into Styles while he was on the barricade; and Styles side suplexing Ambrose onto a row of chairs. There was a great spot where Ambrose put up a ladder on the German announce table and elbowed Styles from there through the English announce table. Later on, Styles hit a springboard 450 splash, sending Ambrose through a table. Styles goes on to climb up the ladder but stops when he sees James Ellsworth walk down the aisle. Styles attacks him but Ambrose stops him and hits dirty deeds onto the stairs. Ambrose looks like he's going to win it but Ellsworth tips the ladder sending Ambrose through 2 tables on the outside. Styles then climbs the ladder to grab the belt and win the match.

I enjoyed the match even though it was a bit of a weird ending. Ellsworth's reasoning for his decision, which he said on Talking Smack, does kinda make sense. He beat Styles twice so he wants him to be Champion. Sure, he had Ambrose's help in those victories but he has a point. I suspect that Ambrose will get his revenge in the near future.
Winner: AJ Styles

I thought that TLC was a good event and I was happy to see 2 new Champions. However, RAW will follow suit with Roadblock: End of the Line.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

WWE Roadblock End of the Line Preview


WWE Roadblock End of the Line, the final RAW PPV of the year, will be taking place at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. WWE TLC was pretty good so will Roadblock follow in that suit? Let's take a look.

Big Cass vs Rusev
I feel that Rusev, who is somehow the heel in this, will win here.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

The New Day vs Cesaro and Sheamus
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day just recently became the longest reigning Champions this week. However, I feel that will come to an end
Predicted Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

Seth Rollins vs The Gift of Jericho
This is one that I'm really looking forward to and it's a tough one to call. I feel that Rollins might just win this.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

Sami Zayn vs Braun Strowman 
This match has a 10 minute time limit but I don't think it will last that long. I'm going for Strowman to win.
Predicted Winner: Braun Strowman

The Brian Kendrick vs TJ Perkins vs Rich Swann
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
This could be a good match. I think that Swann will find some way to retain
Predicted Winner: Rich Swann

Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks
30 Minute Iron Woman Match for the RAW Women's Championship
This feud, except for hot potato title changes, has been enjoyable and I really want Sasha. However, Charlotte is undefeated in PPV matches and I feel that WWE will continue in that vein.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

Roman Reigns vs The Kevin Owens Show
WWE Universal  Championship Match
This could be a good match between the two. I feel that Jericho will come in to help Owens win.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

I should have the TLC review in the next couple of days and this review before Christmas. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show  

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

WWE Survivor Series 2016 Review

The 30th Survivor Series took place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. We've got 3 RAW vs Smackdown elimination matches plus 2 matches that could change the landscape of the WWE. So. let's take a look and see what happens.

There were two matches on the Kick Off Show and the first was the team of TJ Perkins, Noam Dar and Rich Swann taking on the team of Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese. Perkins, Dar and Swann wear down Gulak and later on, Daivari hits an AA spine buster to give his team the advantage. Dar eventually manages to tag in Swann and he goes on to hit a standing 450 splash on Daivari to give his team the win. An enjoyable match to start the night.
Winners: TJ Perkins, Noam Dar and Rich Swann (1 for 1)

The second match was Kane taking on Luke Harper. Kane gets the win after avoiding a discus clothesline to hit a chokeslam. To be honest, the match wasn't great.
Winner: Kane (2 for 2)

The first match of the PPV was the Womens' elimination match. It's the team of Alicia Foxx, Bayley, Charlotte, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks from RAW took on the team of Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi and Nikki Bella from Smackdown. Well, it was supposed to be Nikki but she was attacked backstage and unable to take part. Therefore, coach Natalya replaced her. After a little while, Alicia eliminates Carmella with a scissor kick to the back of the head but she is immeidately eliminated by Bliss with a twisted bliss. Nia Jax destroys Naomi and she gets eliminated by count out and Sasha Banks gets eliminated thanks to a roll up by Natalya. She then gets eliminated thanks to a big boot by Charlotte. In a big surprise, Nia Jax submits to the disarm-her applied by Becky then Bliss gets eliminated by another big boot by Charlotte. In the end, Bayley hits the Belly-to-Bayley on Becky to get her team the win. Charlotte celebrates by beating the fuck out of Bayley.

The match was pretty good but I am concerned about Nia Jax. Since she has been called up to RAW, she has destroyed random jobbers and Alicia Foxx yet she gets eliminated by submission. If they want to keep her as a monster, I thought it would make more sense to her to be counted out. The main difference between the divisions is that you can put the women in the title picture (except maybe Naomi) and it wouldn't look weird. RAW probably has the better talent yet are focusing their title picture on just Charlotte and Sasha Banks and I feel that that could harm the division in the long run.
Winners: Bayley and Charlotte (2 for 3)

The Intercontinental Championship is on the line as Sami Zayn challenges Hollywood Miz and if Sami wins, the Championship goes over to RAW. Miz takes advantage of Maryse getting in Zayn's face to chop block him and he continues to focus on the right knee. Zayn gets back into it with a brutal clothesline and it looks like he's going to win it when he puts Miz in the figure 4 when the bell suddenly rings. It turns out that Maryse rang it while the referee is telling Zayn that he hasn't won, Miz rolls him up to get the win. This was a good match and I liked the ending with Maryse. If I have a slight nitpick, I would have preferred it if Miz hit his finisher instead of a roll up.
Winner: The Miz (3 for 4)

Next is the Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match. The teams of Enzo and Big Cass, The Shining Stars, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Sheamus and Cesaro and The New day from RAW take on the teams of American Alpha, Rhyno and Heath Slater, Breezango, The Usos and The Hype Bros from Smackdown. Breezango get eliminated almost immediately when The New Day hit the midnight hour on Fandango; then Kofi gets hit with a superkick by Jey Uso to eliminate The New Day. The Hype Bros get eliminated Gallows and Anderson hit Zack Ryder with the magic killer; the shining stars get eliminated when Primo gets hit with an diving avalanche bulldog by American Alpha; and they get eliminated when Jason Jordan gets hit with another magic killer by Gallows and Anderson. Rhyno then gores Gallows to even the sides. Enzo and Big Cass eliminate Rhyno with the boom shakalaka to make it The Usos against Enzo, Big Cass, Cesaro and Sheamus. Enzo gets hit with a superkick followed by an Uso splash to eliminate his team; and in the end, Cesaro gets Jey Uso to submit to the sharpshooter to get team RAW the win. Except for the eliminations at the beginning, I enjoyed the match.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus (4 for 5)

Next is Kalisto challenging Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship. If Kalisto wins, the entire Cruiserweight Division will go over to Smackdown. Kalisto goes at 100 miles an hour before Kendrick hits a spinning heel kick followed by a belly-to-back suplex to get the advantage. Kendrick goes on to use the steel steps against Kalisto in front of the ref which doesn't get him disqualified for some reason. Anyway, Kalisto hits an awesome Spanish fly from the ring apron to get back into it. He goes on to hit the salida del sol but Kendrick gets his foot on the ropes. The match ends when Baron Corbin runs in, blindsides Kendrick and hits Kalisto with the end of days. Due to the fact that Kendrick was attacked first, he wins by disqualification. This match was good but I didn't see the point of the extra stipulation. The one with the Intercontinental Championship made sense because it was Ziggler's idea; although it was a shame that he lost it the week before. I just don't think you can't have two matches that could have far reaching consequences then decide to keep the status quo. Hopefully 205 Live will give some development to the Cruiserweights.
Winner: Brian Kendrick (5 for 6)

The penultimate match was the final Survivor Series elimination match. It was the team of Kevin Owens, The Gift of Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Bruan Strowman from Team RAW against AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon with mascot James Ellsworth from Smackdown. It's a while before we get our 1st elimination. Ambrose and Styles let their feud boil over and they start fighting each other. Strowman takes advantage and eliminates Ambrose with a running powerslam. Strowman gets elbowed through the announce table by Shane then gets eliminated by count out when Ellsworth stops him from getting back into the ring. Strowman responds by throwing a fleeing Ellsworth off the ramp through a table, Owens gets eliminated by disqualification when he hits Styles with the List of Jericho. When Jericho picks up the pages that were strewn over the ring, Orton comes in and eliminates him with a RKO. Shane gets murdered when he attempts a coast to coast and he gets speared by Reigns. Shane then gets sent to the back by doctors. Later on, Ambrose runs back in and attacks Styles. Security try to stop him but Rollins and Reigns stop them and they combine to powerbomb Styles through the Spanish announce table. Rollins then rolls Styles in and pins him, making it Rollins and Reigns versus Orton and Wyatt.

Luke Harper returns to help out and Rollins gets eliminated by a super RKO by Orton. In the end, Reigns goes to spear Wyatt but Orton pushes him out of the way and takes the hit. Wyatt then hits Sister Abigail to get the win. I was quite surprised that Orton and Wyatt were the survivors but despite that, I really enjoyed the match.
Winners: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (6 for 7)

The main event is Goldberg in his first match in 12 years taking on Brock Lesnar. Goldberg hits 2 spears follwed by a jackhammer to win the match in 85 seconds. I'm torn about this. Goldberg has never really done long matches and I'm ok with him winning. However, Lesnar ended Undertaker's streak, destroyed John Cena and has been generally destroyed as a monster over the last 2 1/2 years. For him to lose to a guy who hasn't wrestled in over 12 years in less than 90 seconds does show that perhaps that it's the beginning of the end for Lesnar.
Winner: Goldberg (6 for 8)

I thought that Survivor Series was a bit of a mixed bag. I generally enjoyed the matches. However, you had 2 matches with game changing stipulations which didn't happen and a 85 second main event and it lowered my opinion of it. Recent WWE PPVs have been good in terms of wrestling quality. However, some of their creative decisions have disappointed me. Hopefully their last 2 PPVs of the year will improve on that.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

WWE TLC 2016 Preview

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WWE TLC 2016 will be taking place this evening at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. At the time of writing this, there are 6 matches on the card. So, how will Smackdown look at the end of the year? Let's look at the card.

Kalisto vs Baron Corbin
Chairs Match
I'm not too bothered about this match but I think that Corbin will win here.
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton vs Rhyno and Heath Slater
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This is an interesting match to consider. I can see it going both ways but I think that Orton will fuck Wyatt over and Rhyno and Slater will retain.
Predicted Winners: Rhyno and Heath Slater

Nikki Bella vs Carmella
No Disqualification Match
I'm quite looking forward to this one and I think that Nikki will win here.

Dolph Ziggler vs Hollywood Miz
Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
This match has the potential to be the match of the night and Miz has been one of my favourite wrestlers to watch at the minute. I think that he will win here.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch
Tables Match for the Smackdown Women's Championship
Another match that I'm looking forward to and Alexa is one of the front runners for my Mopst Improved Wrestler of the Year. I would love to see her as Champion but I think that it's too sonn so I think Becky will win.
Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch

Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles
TLC Match for the WWE Championship
Another match that could be match of the night. It's also another tough one to call but I think that Styles will win here.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

I'm running a bit behind with PPVs but I hope to catch up before Roadblock. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.  

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell took place at the TD Center in Boston on Sunday 30th October. With three Hell in a Cell matches, will we see history being made tonight? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara 2.0 taking on Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari. As usual, the match was fast paced and there was a nice bit Alexander, Dorado and Cara did a suicide dive all at once on their opponents. In the end, Alexander hit the Lumbar Check on Gulak to get the win. An enjoyable match to start the event.
Winners; Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara (1 for 1)

We get our first Hell in a Cell match right at the beginning as Rusev challenges Roman Reigns for the United States Championship. The match goes back and forth before Rusev attacks Reigns with the steel steps. Reigns, in return, beats up Rusev with a kendo stick. Rusev then uses achain and he puts Reigns in the accolade on the steps with the chain across the face. Reigns powers out of it and hits a Samoan drop onto the steps. He then hits spears rusev off the steps to get the win.

I quite enjoyed the match but I didn't like the ending. I thought that the accolade on the steps was a great way to end it, especially with the chain across the face. However, Reigns just powers out of it like Super Cena and goes on to win. I'm not a big fan of Reigns and WWE doing things like that is not going to make me one.
Winner: Roman Reigns (2 for 2)

Next is Bayley taking on Dana Brooke.  Dana starts to focus on Bayley's injured shoulder. Bayley gets back into it and powers through the pain to hit the Belly-to-Bayley to get the win. The match wasn't anything special but it's good to see Dana Brooke continuing to improve.
Winner: Bayley (3 for 3)

We get our 1st tag team match of the night as Enzo and Big Cass take on Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Gallows almost murders Enzo with a brutal clothesline to give his team the advantage. He does manage to tag in Big Cass after hitting a DDT from the top rope. However, despite their best efforts, Enzo gets hit with the magic killer and Gallows and Anderson get the win. It was a bit short but it was a good match.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (4 for 4)

Next is our second Hell in a Cell match as Seth Rollins challenges Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. The match starts at a fast pace before Owens hits a couple of sentons on Rollins' injured back. Owens proceeds to throw him into the cell head first from the ring. Later on, Owens grabs a fire extinguisher and "accidentally" sets it off in the referee's face. When the second referee opens the door to check on him, The Gift of Jericho runs into the cell and locks the door, makng it a handicap match. Rollins deals with Jericho and powerbombs Owens through two tables. Despite Jericho's help and Owens hitting a powerbomb then using a chair, Rollins still stays in it. In the end, Owens powerbombs Rollins through 2 chairs to get the win. Afterwards, Jericho adds insult to injury by hitting Rollins with a codebreaker. I enjoyed the match and I liked Jericho getting involved. On a side note, will Triple H ever explain why he betrayed Seth Rollins.
Winners: Kevin Owens (5 for 5)

Next is The Brian Kendrick challenging TJ Perkins for the Cruiserweight Championship. Kendrick uses some of Perkins' tape to tie him to the rope to get the advantage. Perkins does get back into it and comes close to winning after applying the kneebar. In the end, Kendirck feigns injury and uses it to cheap shot Perkins with a headbutt. He then applies the Captain's Hook to get the win by submission. It was a good match tho it was maybe  bit short.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick (6 for 6)

The penultimate match is for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Sheamus and Cesaro challenge The New Day. Woods gets isolated but he manages to get the hot tag to Big E. The end comes when Cesaro puts Woods in the sharpshooter and Sheamus hits Woods with Francesca II to stop him from saving. Kofi retaliates by hitting Sheamus with Trouble in Paradise in front of the ref and The New Day get disqualified.  The match wasn't bad I think this is the second time that New Day have been disqualified ad they're supposed to be the good guys.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro (6 for 7)

The main event is for the RAW Women's Championship as Charlotte challenges Sasha Banks inside Hell in a Cell. Charlotte doesn't fuck around as she attacks Sasha whilst the cell was being lowered down. They continue to fight among the crowd and it ends with Charlotte powerbombing Sasha through the German announce table. The referees get Sasha some medical attention and Charlotte almost wins the match by forfeit. However, Sasha comes back into the cell and the match begins. They tear each other apart with the match going back and forth. Highlights of the match include: Charlotte hitting a side suplex onto a chair; Sasha doing the double knees off the cell; Sasha hitting the three amigos followed by a frogsplash; and Charlotte applying a figure 8 which Sasha stops with a chair. In the end, Charlotte throws Sasha onto a table twice followed by hitting natural selection to get the win. This was a really good match and I was shocked that Charlotte won as I feel thay it was the wrong decision. I don't think that you can have a beginning like that then have Sasha lose in her home town. Charlotte is now 14-0 in PPV matches and I can see that going on til Wrestlemania.
Winner: Charlotte (6 for 8)

I thought that Hell in a Cell was a decent event. They had some good match but, with the exception of the main event, nothing that really stood out. Hopefully it will get better for Survivor Series.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

WWE Survivor Series 2016 Preview


The 30th Survivor Series takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. We'll be getting 3 Survivor Series matches as well as a fantasy main event. So, let's look at the card.

Noam Dar, Rich Swann and TJ Perkins vs Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
This should be an entertaining contest and I'm going for Dar, Swann and Perkins to win.
Predicted Winners: Noam Dar, Rich Swann and TJ Perkins

Kane vs Luke Harper
I'm not that bothered about this match but I'm going for Kane to win.
Predicted Winner: Kane

Kalisto vs Brian Kendrick
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
If Kalisto wins, the whole Cruiserweight division goes to Smackdown. I think that this will happen as the Cruiserweights haven't done much and the RAW roster is too big in my opinion.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

Sami Zayn vs Hollywood Miz
WWE Intercontinental Championship
I feel so sorry for Dolph Ziggler. I was looking forward to him facing Sami Zayn. However, he dropped the belt to Miz earlier in the week so we'll be getting this match instead. It should be good and I'm going for Miz to win.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Team RAW(The New Day, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Sheamus and Cesaro, Enzo and Big Cass, and The Shining Stars) vs Team Smackdown LIVE (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos and Breezango)
Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match
This could be a good match and I think that Team RAW will win here.
Predicted Winners: Team RAW

Team RAW (Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks) vs Team Smackdown LIVE (Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Carmella, Naomi and Alexa Bliss)
Survivor Series Elimination Match
Another tough one to call but I'm going for Team Smackdown LIVE to win. 
Predicted Winners: Team Smackdown LIVE

Team RAW (Kevin Owens, The Gift of Jericho, Roman Reigns, Bruan Stroman and Seth Rollins) vs Team Smackdown LIVE (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon(?))
Survivor Series Elimination Match
A really tough one to call but I'm going for Team Smackdown LIVE to win and take the bragging rights.
Predicted Winners; Team Smackdown LIVE

Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg 
Whilst it will be nice to see Goldberg in the ring for the first time in 12 1/2 years, I;m struggling to care about this match. I'm going to go with Lensar to win here.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

I'll be publishing the report for Hell in a Cell over the next couple of days and the review for this one next week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Preview

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 will be taking place this evening at the TD Garden in Boston. With 8 matches on the card, and 3 of them inside the cell, will we get to see some new Champions? Let's look at the card.

Cedric Alexander, Sin Cara and Lince Dorado vs Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari
We get a cruiserweight tag team match on the Kick Off Show, and I'm quite looking forward to this one. I think that  the team of Alexander, Cara and Dorado will win.
Predicted Winners: Cedric Alexander, Sin Cara and Lince Dorado

Bayley vs Dana Brooke
This could be a good match and I think that Bayley will win.
Predicted Winner: Bayley

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
This is a tough one to call but I think that Gallows and Anderson will be victorious.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

The New Day vs Sheamus and Cesaro
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship
The New Day have been Champions for almost 15 months now and I can't see them losing to Sheamus and Cesaro.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

TJ Perkins vs Brian Kendrick
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
It's weird what they're doing with Kendrick. He's been going on about this being his last chance. However, he managed to get a full time WWE contract and has been No 1 contender twice. I think he'll win it just to shut him up.
Predicted Winner: Brian Kendrick

Roman Reigns vs Rusev
Hell in a Cell Match for the United States Championship
Whilst I would love for Rusev to win, I feel that Reigns will be victorious here.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins
Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Universal Championship
This is one that I'm really looking forward to and whilst I'm a big fan of Rollins, I think that Owens will win
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair
Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE RAW Women's Championship
The possible main event is another one that I'm looking forward to. Charlotte is undefeated in PPV matches but I feel that she will have her first loss here.
Predicted Winner: Sasha Banks

I'll get to see the event during the week so I hope you guys enjoy the show.          

Thursday, 20 October 2016

WWE No Mercy 2016 Review

WWE No Mercy 2016 took place on Sunday 9th October at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. With 8 matches on the card, will we see the end of Dolph Ziggler's career? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was The Vaudevillians and The Ascension taking on The Hype Bros and American Alpha. Zack Ryder is the focus of his opponents' attack before he gets the tag to Jason Jordan. In the end, Aiden English hits Grand Amplitude on Aiden English to get the win. A quite entertaining match to start the event.
Winners: The Hype Bros and American Alpha (N/A)

In a surprise, the WWE World Championship match was on first with John Cena and Dean Ambrose challenging AJ Styles. The match starts at a thousand miles an hour. Highlights of the match include: styles hitting a double DDT; Cena hitting Styles with a code red; all of the guys putting sleepers on each other; and Cena hitting a double five knuckle shuffle. Ambrose puts Styles in the calf killer but Cena, because he's a dick, also puts Styles in the STF and Styles taps out. The referee restarts the match and Ambrose hits dirty deeds on Cena but Styles pulls out the referee. In the end, Cena hits an avalanche AA on Ambrose but Styles immediately hits Cena with a chair then pins him to win the match. This was such a great match and I can't wait to see what Styles does next.
Winner: AJ Styles (1for 1)

Next is Nikki Bella taking on Carmella. Nikki immediately gets the upper hand before she gets thrown into the ring skirting. Carmella gets Nikki in the code of silence but Nikki gets to the ropes. The end comes when Nikki hits the TKO seemingly out of fucking nowhere to get the win. I was convinced that, from how the match started, that it would degenerate into a cat fight. Thankfully, that didn't happen and it was quite a good match.
Winner: Nikki Bella (2 for2)

We now get The Usos challenging Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. The Usos get the advantage after hitting Slater with a brutal clothesline. Rhyno gets tagged in but he gets worn down quite quickly. rhyno hits Jimmy Uso with a spinebuster and tags in Slater. and they get the win after Rhyno gores Jimmy. This was quite a good match between the teams.
Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno (3 for3)

Next is Jack Swagger taking on Baron Corbin. Corbin focuses on Swagger;s right hand after trapping it in the steel steps. Swagger makes his comeback but it was in vain as Corbin pokes him in the eye then hits the End of Days. The match wasn't anything special to be honest.
Winner: Baron Corbin (4 for4)

Dolph Ziggler's career is on the line as he challenges Hollywood Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Both guys try to end the match early before Miz gets the advantage. Ziggler makes a brief comeback with a dropkick before they go back and forth. Miz uses the figure four, 2 skull crushing finales and even has the help of the fucking Spirit Squad to help him win but he can't keep Ziggler down. In the end, Maryse and the Spirit Squad get ejected by the referee. The Miz complains then he walks into a super kick and Ziggler is the new Intercontinental Champion. This was a really good match and it begs the question: why wasn't this the main event?
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (5 for 5)

It was revealed that Becky Lynch is not able to compete due to injury. Therefore, no 1 contender Alexa Bliss will face Naomi instead. Naomi gets the win after reversing a cross armbreaker into a small package. It was quick match which was pretty good. However, I don't think that Bliss, the number 1 contender, should have lost.
Winner: Naomi (N/A)

The main event is Bray Wyatt taking on Randy Orton..? Great? Anyway, after some back and forth, Wyatt gets the advantage when he pushes Orton from the apron into the barricade. Orton mounts a comeback and hits an elevated DDT. When he's about to go for the RKO, the lights go out and come back on, revealing the return of Luke Harper. This distraction gives Wyatt to hit Sister Abigail and get the win. The match was ok and I do not get why this was the main event. This was Bray's first PPV win since July 2105. However, I guarantee that it won't get another one for a while.
Winner: Bray Wyatt (5 for 6)

I thought that No Mercy was an ok event. The WWE World Championship match went on first due to the Presidential Debate. It doesn't make sense mainly because it isn't on TV. You either watching it on PPV or on the Network, which is a streaming service. As for having Bray vs Orton as the main event, that did not make sense. Ziggler vs Miz had the better story plus it had Ziggler's career on the line. I assume they did it because technically Orton is the bigger star but that shouldn't always be the case. Hopefully, they'll learn that lesson at the next Smackdown Pay Per View.