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: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin

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.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

NXT Takeover: War Games Review

NXT Takeover: War Games took place last Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Not only we will get to see a match not seen in almost 20 years but the crowning of a new NXT Women's Champion. So, let's take a look.

The first match was between Kassius Ohno and Lars Sullivan. Sullivan is dominant early on, shaking off any offence Ohno manages to get in. After an impressive pop up powerslam for 2, he misses a top rope diving headbutt and this gives Ohno the chance to make a comeback. However, it was not enough as Sullivan avoids a discus elbow to hit the Freak Accident to get the win. This was a short yet enjoyable match.
Winner: Lars Sullivan (1 for 1)

The next match was Aleister Black taking on The Velveteen Dream. In the early going, Black puts Dream through a technical masterclass. After they both do mind games to each other, Dream gets the advantage with a running clothesline. Dream gets some near falls and comes close to winning after a death valley driver. Black goes on to get the win after hitting the Black Mask out of nowhere. Afterwards, Black says Dream's name. This match was really good and a lot better than I thought it would be. I also loved the mind games they were doing to each other. As for Dream, he finally got Black to say his name so, I guess mission accomplished?
Winner: Aleister Black (2 for 2)

Our first Championship match is a fatal 4-way between Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce for the vacant NXT Women's Championship. The match goes at a fast pace with one highlight being Ember powerbombing Nikki on the floor. Other highlights include: Kairi spearing Peyton; Peyton, Kairi and Ember doing a tower of doom; Nikki hitting a swinging fisherman's neckbreaker on Kairi; and Peyton hitting Nikki with a fisherman's suplex. In the end, Ember hits the Eclipse on both Nikki and Peyton and pins Nikki to get the win. This was a good match and congratulations to Ember Moon on finally becoming the Champion.
Winner: Ember Moon (2 for 3)

The penultimate match is for the NXT Championship as Andrade "Cien" Almas with Zelina Vega challenges Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship. There was a great bit when Zelina tries to hit a hurracarrana but McIntyre stops it mid move and puts her on the apron. Almas does get athe advantage  but McIntyre starts his comeback only a couple of minutes later. After some back and forth, Zelins manages to hit the hurracarrana on McIntyre while the referee was distracted. Almas follows that up with a Hammerlock DDT but that somehow only gets 2. Eventually, Almas hits a hangman's DDT to become the NXT Champion...wait, what the fuck? I honestly did not see that coming. The match was pretty godo, although I feel that the spot with Zelina interfering should have ended the match. I am surprised that McIntyre lost the Championship so soon but it might mean that he might get called up to the main roster in the new year.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas (2 for 4)

The main event is SAnitY, The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong and The Undisputee Era int he first War Games Match since WCW Fall Brawl 1998. Highlights of the match include: Bobby Fish hitting a wheelbarrow suplex on Eric Young, Akam and Razr chucking everyone from one ring to the other.; Killian Dian hitting a senton dropkick on Akam and Razr; a super tower of doom involving everyone; and Alexander Wolff sending Razr through a table with a German suplex. In the end, Adam Cole manages to hit the Shining Wizard on Eric Young to get the win. This was a good match and I really enjoyed it.

I quite enjoyed NXT Takeover: War Games. Most of the matches were good and we got a couple of surprises as well. Unfortunately, I don't know if Survivor Series will be the same.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Preview

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WWE Survivor Series 2017, which has now become a mash up of Bragging Rights and Clash of the Champions, will be taking place this evening at the Toyota Center in Houston? We will get to see some dream matches plus who is the better brand, RAW or Smackdown? Or, are you like me and don't really care about that? Anyway, let's take a look at the card.

Kailsto vs Enzo Amore
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
The match on the Kick Off Show could be a good one. Whilst I have mixed feelings on Enzo, he has been interesting as Champion so I'll think he'll win here.
Predicted Winner: Enzo Amore

Hollywood Miz vs Baron Corbin
Whilst this is a heel vs heel match, I feel that it could work here. Miz is a joy to watch right now so he'll probably act a little like a face and go on to get the win here.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Charlotte Flair vs Alexa Bliss 
I do feel sorry for Natalya but I feel that this match would be a better contest. This is quite a tough one to call but I think that Alexa will find a way to win here.

The Shield vs The New Day
This is one that has the possibility to be the match of the night. Whilst I enjoy The New Day, I think that The Shield will be victorious here.   
Predicted Winners: The Shield

Cesaro and Sheamus vs The Usos
This is another one that has the possibility to be the match of the night. I'm going for The Usos to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Team RAW (Alicia Fox, Asuka, Bayley, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks) vs Team Smackdown (Becky Lynch, Naomi, Carmella, Natalya, Tamina)
Survivor Series Elimination Match
I have mixed feelings about this one. Whilst some of the talent involved are good, I feel that they have some rapid eliminations. Anyway, I'm going for Team Smackdown to find a way here.
Predicted Winners: Team Smackdown

AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar
Like Natalya, I feel sorry for Jinder Mahal but if you had a choice between Mahal vs Lesnar or Styles vs Lesnar, what the fuck would you rather have? Anyway, whilst Styles will be awesome as always, I feel that Lesnar will get the win here.
Predicted Winner: Brock :Lesnar

Team RAW (Kurt Angle, Triple H, Bruan Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe) vs Team Smackdown (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena)
I can see this match being a long one but hopefully it will be fun as well. I feel that Team RAW will win with maybe a little help from Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.
Predicted Winners: Team RAW

I will get to see this over the week so until the review comes up, I hope you enjoy the show.      

Saturday, 18 November 2017

NXT Takeover: War Games Preview

NXT Takeover: War Games will be taking this evening at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. We will get to see a new NXT Women's Champion plus the return of a match not seen in over 20 years. So how will it go? Let's take a look.

Kassius Ohno vs Lars Sullivan
This could be a good match and I feel that Lars will continue to be dominant here.
Predicted Winner: Lars Sullivan

Aliester Black vs Veleteen Dream
I'm interested to see how this match goes. I would like to see Dream win but it's more likely that Black will win here.
Predicted Winner: Aliester Black

SaNitY vs The Undisputed Era vs The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong
War Games Match
For the first time in WWE history, we will see a War Games match. A tough one to call but I feel that The Undisputed Era will find a way to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Undisputed Era

Ember Moon vs Peyton Royce vs Kairi Sane vs Nikki Cross
Fatal 4-Way Match for the NXT Women's Championship
This is a match that I'm really looking forward to and it's probably the toughest one that I've had to predict in a long time. I can see any of them winning, even Royce who was been impressive this year. Putting aside my Scottish bias for Nikki Cross, I really want Ember Moon to finally win it. However, I feel that Kairi Sane will go on from winning the Mae Young Classic to becoming the Champion.
Predicted Winner: Kairi Sane

Andrade "Cien" Almas vs Drew McIntyre
NXT Championship
Whilst Andrade has been good since Zelina Vega came onto the scene, I honestly don't think he'll win this.
Predicted Winner: Drew McIntyre

Due to a busy weekend, I won't get to see this til next week. Until then, I hope you enjoy the show.