Sunday, 11 March 2018

WWE Fastlane 2018 Preview

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The final Pay-Per-View before Wrestlemania, Fastlane, will be taking place this evening at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. There are 6 matches on the card at the time of writing this and there are a couple of them that I'm really looking forward to seeing. So, let's take a look.

Becky Lynch and Naomi vs Natalya and Carmella
This has the ability to be a good match and I think that Carmella and Natalya will find some way to win.
Predicted Winners: Natalya and Carmella

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Rusev
I'm afraid that it will not be a Happy Rusev Day for Rusev so Nakamura to win.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Bobby Roode vs Randy Orton
United States Championship Match
A tough one to predict. I feel that Orton is above the Championship but because WWE wants to piss me off, that will mean he'll win. Despite that, I'm still going for Roode to win.
Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode

Charlotte Flair vs Ruby Riott
This should be an interesting match. I can't see Riott winning but she has the support of Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan. Also, with Carmella waiting in the shadows with her briefcase, it does throw up a few possibilities. Unless, they want her to lose and then win at Wrestlemania, I'm going for Charlotte to win.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

The Usos vs The New Day
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Based on their awesome matches, I'm really looking forward to this one and it could be the match of the night. It's a tough one to call but I'm going for The New Day to win.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

AJ Styles vs John Cena vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler
Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship
This match should be really good with a couple of stories going into it. Will Cena win and go on to face Nakamura at Wrestlemania? Will Sami Zayn betray Kevin Owens like he did last Tuesday and pin him to become Champion? I have no doubt that Styles will win but it does create a few possibilities for Wrestlemani.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

I've not had a chance to watch Elimination Chamber so it will be at least a week before I get to see Fastlane. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.         

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Royal Rumble 2018 Review

The 31st Royal Rumble took place on Sunday 28th January at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  Not only is the start of the road to Wrestlemania 34, but we will see the first ever Women's Royal Rumble. So, who will win the Rumbles and go on to have a Championship match at Wrestlemania? Let's take a look.

The first match on the Kick Off Show was a six-man tag match with Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik taking on Drew Gulak, TJP and Gentleman Jack Gallagher. TJP manages to take down Dorado, giving his team the advantage. Gallagher misses a splash, after getting distracted by Gulak, and this gives Dorado the chance to tag in Metalik. In the end, TJP tags himself in and goes for the Detonation Kick on Kalisto. However, Kalisto avoids it and hits the Salida Del Sol to get the win. This was a fun way to start the event.
Winners: Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik (1 for 1)

The next match was Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson taking on The Revival. Dawson and Wilder focus on Anderson's knee to get the advantage. Eventually Gallows tags tagged in and they go for the Magic Killer on Wilder but Dawson stops it. In the end, Anderson is punching Dawson in the corner but Wilder chop blocks him then covers him to get the win. This was quite a good match and it was nice to see The Revival get the win after getting fucked over at the 25th Anniversary RAW.
Winners: The Revival (1 for 2)

The final match on the Kick Off Show was an open challenge for Bobby Roode's United States Championship. Mojo Rawley takes on the challenge. Roode goes for the Glorious DDT early on but Rawley avoids it and sends Roode to the outside to get the advantage. After some back and forth, Roode manages to hit a DDT to get the win. This match was pretty good, although I do wonder if Rawley's heel run has stalled.
Winner: Bobby Roode (2 for 3)

The first match of the Rumble event is for the WWE Championship with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens challenging AJ Styles  in a handicap match. After some mind games, Zayn and Owens ge the advantage and keep Styles down. In the end, Styles takes out Zayn and Owesn goes for the pop up powerbomb. Even though Zayn was the legal man, Styles rolls up Owens to get the win. Owens and Zayn complain to Shane McMahon, who gives a grand total of zero fucks about it. Whilst it would have been interesting to see Zayn and Owens as Co-Champions, I feel that Styles winning is the best decision and that match itself was pretty good.
Winner: AJ Styles (3 for 4)

The second match is a 2-out-of-3 falls match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship as Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin challenge The Usos. Both teams come close to getting the first fall but The Usos avoid Chaos Theory and superkick Gable to death to take the lead. A couple of minutes later, Jey rolls up Gable to get the second fall and the win. Even though I was surprised at the 2-0 win, this match was a lot fo fun. However, the finish fell a little flat for me.
Winners: The Usos (4 for 5)

We now get the Men's Royal Rumble Match. Highlights of the match include:
  • Rhyno who came in at number 3, being the 1st to be eliminated thanks to Baron Corbin. Corbin gets eliminated seconds later by Finn Balor. Corbin doesn't take well and after, beating up Balor and Rusev, brutally destroys Heath Slater as he makes his entrance.
  • Seeing NXT Superstars Andrade "Cien" Almas come in at number 7 and Adam Cole at number 23. 
  • Tye Dillinger was scheduled to come in at number 10. However, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens beat him up and Zayn's takes his place.
  • Slater's day doesn't get any better. He gets attacked by Elias, Almas, Bray Wyatt and Sami Zayn as he makes their entrances. Sheamus shows sympathy and throws Slater in the ring and Slater returns the favour by throwing him out. Slater is eliminated by Wyatt seconds later.
  • Kofi's spot this year was one of the best that he's done. Jinder Mahal throws him over thr top rope but he lands one foot on Xavier Woods. After getting a plate of pancakes to keep his foot off the floor, Big E and Woods vault Kofi over Mahal back into the ring.
  • We saw the return of The Hurricane at number 21 and Rey Mysterio at number 27.
The final four ended up being Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamua, John Cena and Roman Reigns. Cena eliminates Balor, who lasted 57 minutes and Nakamura eliminates Cena. In the end, Nakamuura eliminates Reigns to win the Rumble. 

I really enjoyed this Rumble and it had some really cool spots. I'm quite surprised that Nakamura won but I think it's the right choice. That means that we will have AJ Styles taking on Nakamura at Wrestlemania and that is a match that I'm really looking forward to seeing. Well, unless WWE find a way to ruin it for us.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura (4 for 6) 

Our 3rd Championship match was Cesaro and Sheamus challenging Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan for the RAW Tag Team Championship. During the match, Cesaro sends Jordan into the ring post. Because of that, Rollins does 99.9% of the match. Jordan does tag in but it's for less then 20 seconds before Rollins is tagged back in. Cesaro and Sheamus go on to get the win and become the new Champions. I thought this was an interesting match and it wasn't known at the time but Jordan has a neck injury that led to what happened during the match. Here's hoping Jordan makes a full
recovery and goes on to cement the heel turn that has brewing for a while.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus (5 for 7)

The penultimate match is Bruan Strowman and Demon Kane challenging Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match for the Universal Championship. The match starts at a fast pace and everyone gets fucked up. Strowman powerslams Lesnar through a table but he gets F-5'd  through the German announce table by Lesnar. After tipping the English announce table on top of Strowman, Lesnar then sends Kane through the Spanish announce table with a F-5. In the end, Lesnar sends Kane into Strowman then hits him with a F-5 to get the win. This was a fun match to watch.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (6 for 8)

The main is the first ever Women's Royal Rumble Match. During the match, we saw NXT Superstars Kairi Sane and Ember Moon; plus the return of Lita, Torrie Wilson, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, Kelly Kelly, Jaqueline, Beth Phoenix, Brie Bella and Trish Stratus. One of the highlights is Nia Jax, who almost eliminated Naomi but she landed on a group of wrestlers then ends up on the barrier. She manages to get back into the ring thanks to a chair but Nia eliminates her anyway.

The final four end up being the Bellas, Asuka and Sasha Banks. The Bellas eliminate Sasha than Nikki betrays Brie and eliminates her. In the end, Asuka and Nikki fight on the ring apron and Asuka kicks her off to get the win.

Even though there wasn't much that really stood out, I quite enjoyed this match. It was nice to see people such as Beth Phoenix, Molly Holly and Brie Bella make an appearance. Asuka winning was no surprise but it means she will go on to destroy Alexa Bliss at Wresrtlemania.
Winner: Asuka (7 for 9)

I thought that the Royal Rumble was a pretty good event and a good way to start the year. We are now officially on the Road to Wrestlemania and at the minute, I'm quite looking forward to it.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 Preview

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WWE Elimination Chamber will be taking place this evening at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. History will be made once again as we will get the first ever Women's Elimination Chamber Match. So, who will be the winner of that? Let's take a look at the card.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel
The match on The Kick Off Show could be a decent one. I'm going for Gallows and Anderson to win.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Cesaro and Sheamus vs Titus Worldwide
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match
Whilst it would be interesting to see Titus O'Neill and Apollo Crews be Champions, I don't think that's going to happen.
Predicted Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

Asuka vs Nia Jax
If Nia Jax wins, she will be added to Asuka's Championship match at Wrestlemania. Yeah, that's not happening.
Predicted Winner: Asuka

"Woken" Matt Hardy vs Bray Wyatt
Oh God, I give no fucks about this match. Er...Wyatt to win, I guess
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

Alexa Bliss vs Bayley vs Mandy Rose vs Mickie James vs Sasha Banks vs Sonya Deville
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE RAW Women's Championship
I'm quite looking forward to this one. I'm going for Alexa to win and go on to be fucked up by Asuka at Wrestlemania. 
Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss

Braun Strowman vs Elias vs Finn Balor vs Hollywood Miz vs John Cena vs Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins
Elimination Chamber Match to Determine the No 1 Contender to the Universal Championship
This will be interesting due to the fact that there will be 7 people involved instead of the usual 6. Whilst I would love to see someone like Rollins or Balor win, it's probably going to be Roman Reigns (yay?)
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Due to the work, the Winter Olympics and the Six Nations, I haven't been watching much WWE and haven't published my Royal Rumble review yet. Hopefully, I'll publish over the next couple of days and watch Elimination Chamber next weekend. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 9 February 2018

NXT Takeover Philadelphia Review

NXT Takeover Philadelphia took place on Saturday 27th January at the Wells Fargo Center. Along with the Royal Rumble, this is one of the biggest weekends of the year. So, how will it go? Let's take a look.

The first match was for the NXT Tag Team Championship as The Authors of Pain challenge Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly. Fish and O'Reilly try to slow down the Authors of Pain but they struggle initially. However, Akam lands badly on his left knee after doing a double team move and this gives Fish and O'Reilly the chance to get the advantage. They apply kneebars and hit double team moves to keep Akam down. Eventually, after doing a back body drop on Fish, Akam manages to tag in Razr. In the end, Authors of Pain go for the Super Collider. However, O'Reilly gets out of it, sends Akam into Razr, then rolls up Akam to get the win. Whilst the ending looked sloppy, it was a pretty good match.
Winners: Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly (1 for 1)

The next match is Kassius Ohno taking on The Velveteen Dream, who promised to beat Ohno in under 30 seconds. At the beginning, Dream manages to knock down Ohno. However, he spends ages celebrating instead of going for the cover and Ohno recovers to elbow Dream ino next week. Dream hits a spine buster to get the advantage and tries to keep Ohno grounded. Ohno reverses a suplex to start his comeback. Ohno goes for the hangman into a rolling elbow. However, Dream manages to hit a rolling Death Valley Driver then follows that up with The Purple Rainmaker to get the win. This was a pretty good match and Dream's stock continues to rise.
Winner: The Velveteen Dream (2 for 2)

We now get our 2nd Championship match as Shayna Baszler challenges Ember Moon for the NXT Women's Championship. Baszler hits a knee to the face followed by a brutal stomp on the left elbow to get the advantage. Even though her arm gets fucked up, Moon makes a comeback and goes on to hit the Eclipse. However, she further injuries her arm, stopping her from making the cover. Baszler applies an armbar for what seems like a year. Eventually, Moon manages to fold Baszler in half to pin her and get the win. This was a pretty good match and I liked the story that they told.
Winner: Ember Moon (3 for 3)

The penultimate match is an Extreme Rules Match between Adam Cole and Aliester Black. During the match, they use chairs, kendo sticks, a trash can and a ladder. Black knees a chair into Cole but Fish and O'Reilly run in to stop the pin and take out Black. A few moments later, Sanity come in and attack The Undisputed Era. Black double stomps Cole through the announce table and in the end, Black hits the Black Mask to get the win. This was such an enjoyable match between the two.
Winner: Aliester Black (4 for 4)

The main event was Johnny Gargano challenges Andrade "Cien" Almas for the NXT Championship. After some back and forth, Gargano misses a cannonball to the floor, giving Almas a brief advantage. Both guys use everything in their arsenal with Almas doing a moonsault into a standing moonsault. Almas goes on to hit moves such as an inverted tornado DDT but Gargano doesn't stay down. Gargano puts Almas in the Gargano Escape but Zelina Vega grabs Almas' hand to prevent him from tapping. Vega interferes later on when she does a hurracarrana, sending Gargano into the steel steps. When Vega goes to interfere yet again. However, Gargano's wife, Candice Le Rae, comes in from the crowd and sends her away from the arena. Eventually, Almas gets the win after hitting a hangman hammerlock DDT. Afterwards, Tommaso Ciampia makes his return and attacks Gargano with a crutch while he and Candice were on the stage.  The match was really good and an early contender for Match of the Year.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas (5 for 5)

Even though there seemed to be a couple of sloppy spots at the beginning, I really enjoyed Takeover Philadelphia. One of the best things I liked about it is that it set up a couple of feuds for the future and hopefully they will go on to have great matches from them.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Preview

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The 31st Royal Rumble will be taking place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Not only will we get 5 Championships on the line; but we will have the 1st ever Women's Royal Rumble Match. So, who will get a Championship opportunity at Wrestlemania 34? Let's take a look at the card.

Bobby Roode vs TBA
United States Championship 
At the time of writing, we do not have a challenger for Bobby Roode. Regardless, I feel that the Glorious One will be victorious.
Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs The Revival
Whilst The Revival are awesome, I can't see them winning. Therefore, I think that Gallows and Anderson will win.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik vs TJP, Drew Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher
This should be a good match and I think that Luchador Trio will be victorious. I expect to see TJP spit the dummy afterwards.
Predicted Winners: Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik

The Usos vs Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This is one match that I'm really looking forward to. It's a tough one to call but I think The Usos will just pull it off.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan vs Cesaro and Sheamus
RAW Tag Team Championship
Another tough one to call but I think that Cesaro and Sheamus will win. The question is: will this start Jordan's heel turn or will they delay the inevitable?
Predicted Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

Brock Lesnar vs Demon Kane vs Braun Strowman
Triple Threat Match for the Universal Championship
This should be a short, brutal match and I think that Lesnar will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
Handicap Match for the WWE Championship
This will be an interesting match to watch. It does depend on whether Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan will get involved. Despite that, I feel that Styles will overcome the odds.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

The 2018 Women's Royal Rumble Match
So far, the following are confirmed to take part: Naomi, Asuka, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Carmella, Tamina, Lana, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Becky Lynch, Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke. Hopefully, we will get to see some returning legends and some NXT wrestlers take part as well. Despite that, I pretty much guarantee that Asuka will win this.
Predicted Winner: Asuka

The 2018 Men's Royal Rumble Match
So far, the following are confirmed to take part: Elias, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, "Broken?" Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Rusev, Aiden English, Apollo Crews, Titus O'Neil, Hollywood Miz, Tye Dillinger, Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.  Unless we get a surprise, I feel that it will be between John Cena and Roman Reigns. I'm going for Reigns to win because WWE want us to feel miserable.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I will hopefully get to see it during the week so the review will be up by the following week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 26 January 2018

NXT Takeover Philadelphia Preview

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The first big event of the year, NXT Takeover Philadelphia, will be taking place tomorrow evening at the Wells Fargo Center. This has some really interesting matches so let's take a look at the card.

Kassius Ohno vs The Velveteen Dream
I'm a fan of Ohno but Dream is one of the best things in NXT right now. After some high profile losses to Aliester Black and Johnny Gargano, I think that he has to win this.
Predicted Winner: The Velveteen Dream

Adam Cole vs Aliester Black
Extreme Rules Match
Even though the stipulation guarantees that Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish will help Cole, I'm still not sure if he will win. There is a possibility that SaNitY will make an appearance but that could happen in the NXT Tag Team Championship match. It's a tough one but I think that Black will win just.
Predicted Winner: Aliester Black

Authors of Pain vs Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish
NXT Tag Team Championship
I feel that O'Reilly and Fish will win but there is no way that they will do that clean. SaNitY could turn up and maybe Adam Cole as well. I like the Authors of Pain but I feel that it's time for them to get called up.
Predicted Winners: Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish

Shayna Baszler vs Ember Moon
NXT Women's Championship
Baszler has been portrayed as a dominant bully but I can't see her winning in only her second television match. That and the fact that I can't see Ember losing when she spent last year chasing the title. Therefore, I'm going for Ember to win but I don't think it will be a clean victory.
Predicted Winner: Ember Moon

Johnny Gargano vs Andrade "Cien" Almas
NXT Championship
This can go in many different ways. I think that Almas will win thanks to the return of Gargano's ex-best friend Tomasso Ciampa
Predicted Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas

The review will be up at the beginning of the week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Lo-Down Wrestling Awards 2017

It's that time of the year again where I give out my awards for wrestling in 2017. I have only watched the WWE and most of it has been pretty good. Anyway, who was a Lo-Down Wrestling Award for 2017?

Feud of the Year
The Usos vs The New Day (June - October)

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Since The Usos turned heel last year, they have been a joy to watch and their feud with The New Day was one of the highlights of the year. Their matches on PPV have been some of the best of the night, with their one at the Summerslam Kick Off Show a particular highlight.

Best Newcomer
Pete Dunne
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Pete Dunne made his debut at the UK Championship Tournament in January. Since then, he has amazing to watch and his matches with Tyler Bate have been some of the best matches of the year. Dunne ended the year as the UK Champion and long may that continue.

PPV of the Year

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WWE TLC was the most enjoyable event of the year for me. We got to see AJ Styles take on Finn Balor plus the return of Kurt Angle as he helped Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose defeat Hollywood Miz, Bruan Strowman, Kane, Cesaro and Shaemus. Who would have thought that people being sick would lead to a good thing?

Most Surprising Moment of the Year
Sami Zayn's Heel Turn at Hell in a Cell
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This occurred at the end of the Kevin Owens/Shane McMahon match. Shane is about to do an elbow drop from the top of the cell to the announce table. However, Sami pulls Owens out of the way, sending Shane crashing through the table. Then Sami helps Owens get the win. It was a shocking moment, especially as him and Owens have been feuding on and off for the last 2 years. The best bit was on the following Smackdown where Sami explained his reasoning. You have to admit, he has a point.

Douchebag of the Year
Shane McMahon

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Shane McMahon has been such a jerk this year, culminating in his feud with Kevin Owens. Even though Owens and Zayn got their comeuppance numerous times, it wasn't enough with Shane resorting to blatant cheating to try to get them fired. Not exactly the behaviour you would expect from a face.

Moment of the Year
AJ Styles Winning the WWE Championship in Manchester
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The main reason for this is this I was lucky to see this match live. I've been a big fan of his since his time in TNA and I thought he would never be in the WWE. Seeing him become the first person to win the WWE Championship in the UK was such a honour to watch.

Worst Match of the Year
House of Horrors Match, WWE Payback
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Oh dear God, this was probably the worst WWE match of all time. The feud between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt had the potential to be pretty good. However, it went through numerous lapses in logic; Orton burning down a house, which is a bizarre way to turn face; and two really terrible matches. This match was the moment that I started to give no fucks towards the both of them. Shane's behaviour towards the end of the year is the only reason why this two are the not the Douchebags of the Year.

Tag Team of the Year
The Usos
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Over the last year, The Usos have been such a joy to watch and they had some of the best matches of the year with The New Day. They are currently involved in a feud with Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable as faces. Whilst I wish they could have continued their heel run for a little longer, I'm looking forward to seeing where the feud will go.

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
Braun Strowman
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I admit it took me a long time to become a fan of Strowman. I didn't think much of him since he debuted as part of the Wyatt Family. However, over the last year, he got leaner; been involved in high profile matches; and is a genuine Championship contender. Here's hoping the Monster Among Man continues on that path in 2018.

Match of the Year
Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate, NXT Takeover Chicago
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There were some really good matches this year but I think this one was the best of them all. Bate and Dunne have had some great matches in 2017 with them being the highlight of the night. I still can't believe that Bate and Dunne are 20 and 24 respectively. 

Female Wrestler of the Year
Alexa Bliss
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What a year for Alexa Bliss. After a 2nd reign as Smackdown Women's Champion, she was transferred over to RAW and blossomed even more. Bliss became RAW Women's Champion and, except for 8 days, stayed that way for the rest of the year/ Plus she is probably one of the best characters on RAW right now and is someone to look forward to on the show.

Male Wrestler of the Year
AJ Styles
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It was another great year for AJ Styles. He and Cena had a tremendous match at the Royal Rumble and he just seems to get better and better. That and he gave Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal their best matches of the year as well. Styles is undoubtably the best wrestler in the WWE right now and I hope that continues for a long time.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

WWE Clash of Champions 2017 Review

The match on the Kick Off Show was Mojo Rawley taking on Zack Ryder. Ryder goes right at Rawley at the beginning before Rawley gets the advantage. Ryder does make a comeback but Rawley hits a brutal elbow to the head to get the win. This was a pretty decent match between the two.
Winner: Mojo Rawley  (1 for 1)

The first match of the show was a triple threat match for the United States Championship as Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler challenge Baron Corbin. Ziggler and Roode team up to take out Corbin before fighting each other. Corbin recovers and focuses on Roode while keeping Ziggler down. The match goes at at fast pace and Ziggler comes close after hitting a fameasser on Roode. Roode covers Ziggler after hitting him with a Glorious DDT but Corbin pulls him off. In the end, Corbin is about to hit The End of Days on Roode when Ziggler hits Corbin with the Zig Zag to get the win. Thisu was a realyl good match and I enjoyed the match. The only problem is what happened on the following Smackdown. Ziggler basically vacates the Championship and walks away. It does beg the question of why he wanted to be added to the match if he was going to vacate the Title. Anyway, let's see who our new Champion will be in the new year.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (1 for 2)

The second is a fatal 4-way match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship as The Usos deal with the challenges of Aiden English and Rusev, The New Day and Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Highlights of the match include: Jey Uso and Big E briefly working together; English hitting a Samoa drop into a spine buster on Gable and Rusev putting Big E in the Accolade. After Gable goes through a tonne of German suplexes, The Usos proceed to superkick him to death then hit an Uso Splash to get the win. The match was hard to follow at the beginning with 4 wrestlers in the ring at the same tine. However, as the match went on, it got better.
Winners: The Usos (2 for 3)

We now get our 3rd Championship match as Natalya challenges Charlotte Flair in a lumberjack match for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Natalya gets the advantage and keeps throwing Charlotte out of the ring so that she can get beaten up by the lumberjacks. Eventually, thanks to the lumberjacks, it degenerates into a clusterfuck. Natalya dithers putting on the sharpshooter and Charlotte reverses it into a Figure 8 to get the win. The match was pretty decent although I felt that the match was more about the lumberjacks than the actual competitors.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (3 for 4)

Next is Breezango taking on The Bludgeon Brothers. After about 2 minutes, Harper and Rowan hit Fandango with the double crucifix powerbomb to get the win. This match was shorter than the time they took to show the international announcers during Breezango's entrance. I feel that this didn't mean to be a squash match, especially as The Fashion Files have led up to this point.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (4 for 5)

The penultimate match is Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens taking on Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as Special Guest Referees. After a while, Owens and Zayn get the advantage, wearing down Orton. Orton manages to hit a back suplex on Zayn, giving him the chance to tag in Nakamura. Owens frog splashes Nakamura through the announce table and Orton RKOs Zayn but Owens pushes Bryan onto Shane to stop the count. Zayn rolls up Orton but Shane doesn't finish the count. Bryan and Shane argue and Orton tries to RKO Zayn. However, Zayn rolls up Orton and they get the win after Bryan does the count at lightning speed.

I struggled to enjoy the match to be honest and it shows that Shane is the absolute worst right now. Owens and Zayn have got their comeuppance a couple of times but Shane proceeds to stack the deck against them and then try to fuck them over during the match, giving Bryan the reason to do the fast count. don't forget, Shane is technically the face here but if you're a face in the WWE, that somehow gives you permission to be a bigger dick than the heels. Anyway, I expect that this will lead to a Shane/Bryan feud in the near future.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens (5 for 6)

The main event is Jinder Mahal challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Styles attacks Mahal's left leg before he gets bounced off the ropes, injuring the ribs. Mahal continues the advatnage by suplexing Styles onto the announce table and applying a body scissors. Eventually, Styles manages to recover and start a comeback after hitting a electric chair drop. After some back and forth, Styles hits a 450 splash but The Singhs try to pull Mahal out of the ring (which is not a disqualification apparently). In the end, Mahal goes for the Styles Clash but Styles gets out of it and gets Mahal to submit to the Calf Killer to retain the Championship. The match was a pretty decent way to end the show.
Winner: AJ Styles (6 for 7)

Like a lot of the WWE events this year, I felt that Clash of Champions was a mixed bag. Some matches were pretty good but some weren't great. Hopefully, with the Rumble coming up, it will improve.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

WWE Clash of Champions 2017 Preview

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The last PPV of the year, Clash of Champions will be taking place this evening at the TD Garden in Boston. There are some interesting matches on the card so how will it go? Let's take a look.

Zack Ryder vs Mojo Rawley
The match on the Kick Off Show involves the break up of The Hype Bros. I'm going for Mojo to win.
Predicted Winner: Mojo Rawley

Breezango vs The Bludgeon Brothers
Er...I'm not too bothered about this match but I'm going for The Bludgeons to win.
Predicted Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers

Charlotte Flair vs Natalya  
Lumberjack Match for the Smackdown Women's Championship
I can see this developing it into a clusterfuck between The Riott Squad and the rest of the women's roster.  I feel that Charlotte will find a way to win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

The Usos vs Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable vs The New Day vs Rusev and Aiden English
Fatal 4-Way for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This is one match that I'm quite looking forward to seeing and I'm torn on how I think will win this. I think that The Usos will retain here.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Baron Corbin vs Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship
Another tough one to call but I'm going on a limb here and going for Bobby Roode to become Champion.
Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode

AJ Styles vs Jinder Mahal
WWE Championship Match
I cannot see Jinder winning so Styles to win here.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon Special Guest Referees
This is a very interesting one to watch. Even though Owens and Zayn are technically the bad guys, Shane has been a jerk to them unncessarily. Having two referees will definitely degenerate into a clusterfuck and does that mean we could see a Bryan heel turn? I can't see it but you never know. I'm going for Owens and Zayn to find some way to win here.
Predicted Winners: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

As usual, I won't get to see this til at least Tuesday. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Review

WWE Survivor Series 2017 took place on Sunday 17th November at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas? After this, we will get the answer to who is the better brand: RAW or Smackdown. I mean, if you care about that kind of thing. Anyway, let's take a look at the show.

There were 3 matches on the Kick Off Show and the first was Elias taking on Matt Hardy. Elias gets the advantage after bouncing Hardy's neck off the top rope and focuses on his left shoulder. Hardy hits the side effect to start his comeback. However, he is limited due to the shoulder. In the end, Elias sends Hardy into the ring post and follows up with the Drift Away to get the win. The match was ok for me.
Winner: Elias (N/A)

Next was Kailsto challenging Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship. Kalisto almost gets the win early on with a sunset bomb. Enzo gets the advantage and goes on to hit the JawdonZo to get the win. The match wasn't that great to be honest. Hopefully, we get a new challenger for Enzo.
Winner: Enzo Amore (1 for 1)

The last match on the Kick Off Show was Breezango taking on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Breeze gets isolated by Owens and Zayn and they wear him down. Breeze stops a senton by Owens, giving him the chance to tag in Fandango. However, Fandango misses the Last Dance due to Owens pulling Zayn out of the way. Owens then gets tagged in and hits Fandango with the pop up powerbomb to get his team the win. I quite enjoyed this match and I'm liking the team of Owens and Zayn.
Winners: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn  (N/A)

The first match of the event is The New Day taking on The Shield. After some close near falls, The New Day hit a double Midnight Hour on Ambrose and Rollins but Reigns breaks up the pin. In the end, Kofi gets hit with a spear from Reigns followed by a triple powerbomb from the too rope and The Shield get the win. This was a really enjoyable match and a great way to start the show.
Winners: The Shield (2 for 2)

The next match is our 1st Survivor Series Elimination Match. The team of Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya, Tamina and Naomi from Smackdown taking on the team of Alicia Foxx, Asuka, Bayley, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks from RAW. Becky is the first to be eliminated when she gets rolled up by Bayley. This is followed by Tamina eliminating Bayley with a splash. Nia Jax gets counted out and Naomi pins Alicia. Sasha gets Naomi to submit to the Banks Statement and Asuka eliminates Carmella after kicking her head off but Sasha submits to the Sharpshooter by Natalya. Asuka goes on to get Tamina to submit to an armbar then Natalya to submit to the Asuka Lock, becoming the sole survivor. This match was pretty decent, although the timing of the eliminations did bug me slightly.
Winner: Asuka  (2 for 3)

We now get our first Champion vs Champion match as the United States Champion Baron Corbin takes on the Intercontinental Champion Hollywood Miz. Corbin comes close after hitting a Deep Six and goes on to get the win after avoiding a dropkick to hit the End of Days. Although nothing really stood out, I still found the match to be quite entertaining.
Winner: Baron Corbin (2 for 4)

Now a match that I was looking forward to watching: The RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus taking on the Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos. The match goes back and forth before Cesaro and Sheamus get to wear down Jimmy. Jimmy gets a cockscrew on Sheamus, giving him the chance to tag in Jey Uso. Cesaro does the giant swing into the Sharpshooter on Jey but he gets to the ropes. Cesaro and Sheamus come close to winning a couple of times but in the end, The Usos superkick Sheamus to death followed by a Uso Splash by Jey to get the win. This was a good match with some really cool spots.
Winners: The Usos (3 for 5)

Our second Women's match is the RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss taking on the Smackdown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair. Alexa pulls Charlotte off the apron to the floor to get the advantage. Alexa keeps her down by hitting moves such as the insult to injury and a sunset bomb but Charlotte hits a sit down powerbomb to start her comeback. Alexa comes close with a DDT but Charlotte manages to get the win after hitting a big boot followed by getting Alexa to submit to the Figure 8. Even though it went longer than I thought I would, this was a really good match.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (3 for 6)

Our penultimate match is the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar facing the WWE Champion AJ Styles. Lesnar goes at Styles at a fast pace, going to hit a variety of suplexes during the match. Lesnar misses a knee strike, giving Styles to fight back, coming close after a 450 splash and a Phenomenal Forearm. When Styles goes for another forearm, Lesnar catches him in mid air and hits the F5 to get the win. This match was really good and it was quite possibly Lesnar's best match in years. It just goes to show how good Styles is right now and makes me wish that he was in WWE a few years earlier.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (4 for 7)

The main event is another Survivor Series Elimination Match with the team of Kurt Angle, Triple H, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman from RAW taking on the team of Shane McMahon, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena from Smackdown. Strowman eliminates Nakamura then Roode with running powerslam to give his team a 2 man advantage. Cena eliminates Joe with an AA but he gets eliminated after 2 Olympic Slams by Angle. Orton then eliminates Balor with a RKO. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens come down and attack Shane, who fights back with a chair. In the chaos, Orton gets eliminated after another running powerslam by Strowman, leaving Shane to take on Angle, Triple H and Strowman. Angle puts Shane in the anklelock but Triple H stops it and Pedigrees Angle. He then puts Shane over him and Angle gets eliminated. Triple H checks on Shane while Strowman, me and the vast majority of the crowd is wondering what the fuck is going on and then suddenly, Triple H Pedigrees Shane and Team RAW get the win. Afterwards, Strowman beats up Triple H.

This match for most of it was pretty good and we got to see cool matchups such as Triple H fighting Roode and Balor fighting Nakamura. Then the ending just went off the fucking rails. It involved 3 part timers, one of them isn't technically a wrestler. Then Triple H doing what he did confused me and made no sense at the time plus did Triple H really needed to get the winning pinfall? I assume it was to build an Angle/HHH match and cement Strowman's face turn. However, I suspect that there was a better way to do that. Anyway, well done to RAW for winning the event 4 matches to 3, if you give more of a fuck about that than I do.
Winners: Triple H and Braun Strowman (5 for 8)

Up until the main event, I was enjoying Survivor Series with some really good matches. Unfortunately, the main event really spoiled it for me. Whilst it's nowehere near the level of what Hulk Hogan has done, some of the creative involving Triple H over the years has made no sense and at times, been total bullshit. I feel that the ending of the show is an example of that. WWE had a chance to big up a wrestler. Instead, we got unnecessary nostalgia and a nonsenscial ending with Strowman's face turn seemingly an afterthought. Hopefully, Clash of Champions will not have any of this although I'm not holding my breath.