Monday, 23 April 2018

NXT Takeover: New Orleans Review

NXT Takeover: New Orleans took place on Saturday 7th April at the Smoothie King Center. The card looks awesome plus we will get to see a new Champion crowned. So let's take a look.

The first match of the show is Lars Sullivan, Velveteen Dream, EC3, Adam Cole, Killian Dian and Ricochet in a ladder match to crown the first ever NXT North American Champion. Highlights of the match include: Ricochet doing a springboard shooting star press on Dian and Sullivan; Dian doing a suicide dive on Sullivan; Cole super kicking everyone; Dream hitting a Purple Rainmaker on Sullivan from on top of a ladder; and Sullivan sending EC3 and Dream through a ladder with a Freak Accident. In the end, Ricochet comes close but Cole tips him off the ladder then climbs up to get the belt and get the win.

This match was absolutely amazing with Ricochet standing out, especially after that awesome springboard shooting star press. I'm surprised that Cole won but you could have seen anyone of them winning.
Winner: Adam Cole (0 for 1)

The next match is for the NXT Women's Championship as Shanya Baszler challenges Ember Moon. Baszler punches Moon out of the ring but Moon quickly recovers and tries to win it early. The match goes back and forth before Moon attacks the left elbow. Moon does manage to hit the Eclipse but it was outside the ring. In the end, Moon does for another Eclipse. However, Baszler catches her and applies the Kirifuda Clutch, having to grip her own hair to complete the hold. Moon passes out and Baszler is the new NXT Women's Champion. This was a good match and with Moon now off to RAW, it will be interesting to see how Baszler dowa as Champion.
Winner: Shanya Baszler (1 for 2)

Adam Cole doesn't have very long to celebrate being North American Champion as he has to compete with Kyle O'Reilly in the next match. They face the challenges of The Authors of Pain and the team of Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne and it is for the NXT Tag Team Championship as well as the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Early on, The Authors of Pain powerbomb Cole through the Spanish announce table and it takes a long time before it actually becomes a proper tag team match. The Authors of Pain hit Dunne and O'Reilly with the Super Collider then hit The Last Chapter on O'Reilly but Strong breaks up the pin. The end comes when Dunne hits The Bitter End on O'Reilly. However, Strong breaks up the pin and hits The End of Heartache on Dunne. He then pulls O'Reilly on top of Dunne and The Undisputed Era win. This was another good match and I was shocked that Strong betrayed Dunne and join The Undisputed Era. As for The Authors of Pain, they've been called up to RAW, bizarrely dumping Paul Ellering in the process. Hopefully, they will do well there.
Winners: The Undisputed Era (2 for 3)

The penultimate match is for the NXT Championship as Aliester Black challenges Andrade "Cien" Almas. Black immediately goes after Almas but it's stopped by Zelina Vega hitting Black with a hurracarrana. Later on, Vega hits another hurracarrana but Black kicks out at 2. Black manages to hit the Black Mask but Vega puts Almas' leg on the ropes. Eventually, Vega's constant interference comes back to haunt her. After Black kicks out of a Hammerlock DDT, Vega attempts a crossbody. However, she misses and is caught by Almas. Almas then walks into a Black Mask and Black is the new NXT Champion. This was a really enjoyable match and I'm looking forward to seeing him as Champion. Almas, meanwhile, has gone to Smackdown and I wish him luck there.
Winner: Aliester Black (2 for 4)

The main event is an unsanctioned match between Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. They beat the fuck out of each other with Gargano getting the early advantage. Ciampa suplexes Gargano off the announce table and later on, puts him in a cloverleaf. The match goes back and forth with Ciampa almost winning it with an airplane spin into a powerbomb. Gargano gets Ciampa into the Garagno Escape but Ciampa rakes the eyes to get out of it. In the end, Ciampa tries to hit Gargano with his knee brace but he misses and is put in the Gargano Escape. Gargano then transfers it into a STF, putting the knee brace across Ciampa to get the win by submission.

I was expecting this match to be more brutal and I'm glad it wasn't. It told a really good story and it really had the fans invested. Dave Meltzer gave this one and the ladder match 5 stars. I think the ladder match was better in terms of the wrestling but this match had a better story. The only reason I didn't predict Gargano to win was that I thought it would be a good way to get him to the main roster but it looks like he will be NXT for now. Hopefully, it will not be for very long.
Winner: Johnny Gargano (2 for 5)

This was my favourite Takeover to watch since Toronto. All the matches were really good. The question is, will Wrestlemania continue on that trend?

Sunday, 8 April 2018

WWE Wrestlemania 34 Preview

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The biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania, will be taking place this evening at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. There are FOURTEEN matches on the card so be prepared for hours of wrestling. Let's look at the card.

The Women's Battle Royal
There are 3 matches on the Kick Off Show and this was named after Fabulous Moolah. Unfortunately, everyone found out that she was possibly the worst person ever in pro wrestling so that was dropped. Anyway, Sasha Banks and Bayley are the only ones going in with any story so they will probably be the final two. I'm going for Bayley to win.
Predicted Winner: Bayley

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
There are 29 people confirmed to take part and Apollo seems to be the favourite so yeah, why not?
Predicted Winner: Apollo

Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Ignoring the fact that this shouldn't be on the Kick Off Show, this should be a good match. Cedric has a Champion in waiting for months now and I feel that it's his time.
Predicted Winner: Cedric Alexander

John Cena vs The Undertaker  (maybe?)
This story behind this is stupid because I find it hard to believe that a 16-time World Champion and Hollywood actor thinks that he can't get a match at Wrestlemania. Anyway, I don't want Undertaker to turn up but I think that he will and beat Cena.
Predicted Winner: The Undertaker

The Usos vs The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers
Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This should be a good match and I'm going for The New Day to win.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
This will be interesting to watch and I'm going for Angle and Rousey to win.
Predicted Winners: Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey

Randy Orton vs Bobby Roode vs Jinder Mahal vs Rusev
Fatal 4-Way Match for the  WWE United States Championship
I can see anyone of these people winning but I'm going for Rusev to win and it will be on Rusev Day.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

Hollywood Miz vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor
Triple Threat Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
This should be a really good match but I'm going for a bold prediction and going for The Miz to retain.
Predicted Winner: Hollywood Miz

Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
This is a really tough one to call. I don't want Owens and Zayn to lose but I'm going for Shane and Daniel to win.
Predicted Winners: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan

Cesaro and Sheamus vs Bruan Strowman and TBD
Hopefully Strowman will get someone from NXT and I think he will go on to win.
Predicted Winners: Bruan Strowman and TBD

Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax
RAW Women's Championship
I love Alexa but Nia is going to kill her. Nia to become the new Champion.
Predicted Winner: Nia Jax

Charlotte Flair vs Asuka
Smackdown Women's Championship
This has the possibility to be the match of the night. Part of me is worried that Carmella will find a way to get in the match. If that doesn't happen, I'm going for Asuka to win.
Predicted Winner: Asuka

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Championship
Like Charlotte vs Asuka, this dream match could be the match of the night. A really tough one to call but I'm going for Nakamura to win.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns
WWE Universal Championship
Hopefully, this match isn't too long and I'm going for Reigns to win. Yay, I guess.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I have a lot of wrestling to watch so it might take me a while to get the review published. Until then,  hope you guys enjoy the show.





Saturday, 7 April 2018

NXT Takeover: New Orleans Preview

NXT Takeover: New Orleans takes place this evening at the Smoothie King Center. The card looks awesome so let's take a look.

The Undisputed Era vs The Authors of Pain vs Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne
Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship and the Dusty Rhodes Classic Trophy
This is quite a tough one to predict. Any team can win but I'm going for The Undisputed Era to win.
Predicted Winners: The Undisputed Era

Ember Moon vs Shanya Baszler
NXT Women's Championship
Whilst I don't really agree with how quickly she's been pushed, I feel that Baszler will win here.
Predicted Winner: Shanya Baszler

Adam Cole vs EC3 vs Killian Dian vs Lars Sullivan vs Ricochet vs Velveteen Dream
Ladder Match for the inaugural NXT North American Championship
This is a really tough one to call. I can see people like Ricochet and Velveteen winning. However, I'm going for EC3 to win.

Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampia
Unsantcioned Match
This has the ability to be not only the match of the show but of the whole weekend. I really want Gargano to win but I'm going for Ciampia to win.
Predicted Winner: Tommaso Ciampia

Andrade "Cien" Almas vs Aleister Black
NXT Championship
I'm quite looking forward to this one. Whilst Black being Champion would be interesting, I think that Almas will retain.
Predicted Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas

I haven't caught up with NXT yet so I'll watch the show when I've done that. Until then I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Hall of Fame Class 2018

Tonight the WWE will be inducting their Hall of Fame Class of 2018. There are some really good choices and one and two that seem to have come from left field. Here are the inductees.

Mark Henry
Mark Henry represented the United States in weightlifting in the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1996 Summer Olympics. His time in WWE had him as a member of the Nation of Domination and later on, as Sexual Chocolate Mark Henry. He is most recently remembered as a monstrous heel who put people in "The Hall of Fame"; and beating Randy Orton to become World Heavyweight Champion in 2011. Mark will be inducted by The Big Show.

Kid Rock
The Detroit native broke through in the 90's with songs such as "Cowboy". He went to provide songs for some of the WWE Superstars such as Undertaker and Stacy Kleiber.

Hillbilly Jim
Hillbilly Jim joined the WWE in 1984 with his unique look of dungarees and a straw hat. After retiring in the 90's, he went to manage Henry and Phineas Goodwin to a World Tag Team Championship. Fans of the Attitude Era will remember him taking in the gimmick battle royal in Wrestlemania X-7. He will be inducted by legendary manager Jimmy Hart

Jarrius "JJ" Johnson
Even though the lifelong WWE fan is only 15 years old, he has already had 2 liver transplants due to biliary atresia. His courage has led to him receiving honours from the New Orleans Saints and the NBA. He was also the winner of the Jimmy V Preservance Award at the 2017 ESPYs.

Ivory
After being part of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Ivory made her WWE debut in 1999 being in the corner of Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown. In the Women's Division, in a time when it was more about bra and panties than actual wrestling, Ivory was a standout, eventually becoming Women's Champion while part of Right of Censor. Ivory went on to be a trainer on Tough Enough. she will be inducted by Molly Holly.

The Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray and D-Von started out in ECW, winning their Tag Team Championship 8 times. Soon after joining the WWE in 1999, they developed an unhealthy obession with putting people through tables such as Mae Young and Trish Stratus. They had some amazing matches with The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian before continuing their success as Team 3D in TNA. They will be inducted by Edge and Christian.

Jeff Jarrett
Holy shit, I did not see this one coming. Jeff Jarrett spent time in WCW and WWE during the 90's most as a lower mid-carder. His last run in WWE ended acrimoniously in 1999 when he demanded extra money in order to drop the Intercontinental Championship to Chyna at No Mercy. He went to be the top heel in WCW during the Ruzzo Era, winning the WCW Championship 4 times in the space of a few months. Jeff went on to found TNA, in which AJ Styles, Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe had successful careers. He will be inducted by Road Dogg Jesse James.

Goldberg
Goldberg is best known for his streak of 173 matches in WCW, becoming WCW Champion and United States Champion in the process. He was a refreshing change to the fans, who were getting sick of people like Hulk Hogan. His first stint in WWE was only a year but he faced The Rock and Triple H, becoming World Heavyweight Champion. Recently, he became Universal Champion and had matches with Brock Lesnar. Goldberg will be inducted by Paul Heyman

Friday, 6 April 2018

WWE Fastlane 2018 Review

WWE Fastlane 2018, the last Pay-Per-View before Wrestlemania, took place on Sunday 11th March at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Will the event throw up some surprises or will it be in a holding pattern before Wrestlemania? let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show is the team of Breezango and Tye Dillinger taking on Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin and Mojo Rawley. After a little comedy, Gable hits an awesome monkey flip on Breeze to give his team the advantage. Breeze hits an enzurgi on Rawley, giving him the chance to tag in Dillinger. Dillinger goes on to get the win for his team after hitting Rawley with a knee to the side of the head. This was a good match, although there were some obvious botches.
Winners: Breezango and Tye Dillinger (N/A)

The first match of the show was Shinsuke Nakamura taking on Rusev. Rusev takes out Nakamura while he was getting back into the ring to get the advantage. He continues to wear his opponent down but Nakamura makes a comeback with kicks to the head. Rusev comes close a couple of times, but in the end, Nakamura hits the Kinsasha to get the win. I enjoyed this match and it was a fun way to start the show. Shame Rusev had to lose on Rusev Day.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura (1 for 1)

We now get our first Championship match as Randy Orton challenges Bobby Roode for the United States Championship. Orton tries to hit a RKO a couple of times but Roode avoids them. After some back and forth, Orton comes close after a hitting a superkick. Roode tries a move from the top rope but Orton hits a Super RKO to become the new Unites States Champion. Afterwards, Jinder Mahal attacks Orton and Roode gives them Glorious DDTs. Whilst I'm not happy that Orton, I really enjoyed this match.
Winner: Randy Orton (1 for 2)

The next match is Naomi and Becky Lynch taking on Carmella and Natalya. Naomi goes for a split-legged moonsault on Natalya but she is distracted by Carmella. This gives Natalya the chance to hit a sit down powerbomb. After a while, Naomi gets out of a suplex and she gets the hot tag to Becky. Becky almost gets the win with a top rope legdrop. However, it was in vain as Becky stops Natalya from giving Carmella the Money in the Bank briefcase and she gets advantage of the distraction to hit a brutal kick to Becky to get the win. This was a good, yet short match.
Winners: Carmella and Natalya (2 for 3)

Now a match that I was really looking forward to: The New Day challenging The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Xavier Woods doesn't see Jey Uso get tagged in and gets blindsided by a super kick. The match goes back and forth with with both teams using moves from each other's arsenal. After The Usos take out all of The New Day with suicide dives, The Bludgeon Brothers come down and fuck everyone up ending the match. I thought this match was really good up until the end. Whilst the appearance of The Bludgeon Brothers has led to having them a Championship match at Wrestlemania, I would rather have a rematch between The Usos and The New Day.
Winners: No Contest (2 for 4)

The penultimate match is for the Smackdown Women's Championship as Ruby Riott challenges Charlotte Flair. Ruby's pals, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, make an appearance early on and this gives Ruby the advantage. Naomi and Becky Lynch come down to even the odds. The match goes back and forth before actions by Naomi, Becky, Sarah and Liv fall foul of the referee and they get sent to the back. In the end, Charlotte hits a brutal spear then gets Ruby to submit to the Figure 8 to get the win. Charlotte doesn't get long to celebrate as Asuka comes out to challenge her to a match at Wrestlemania.

The match was pretty good but the main talking point is Asuka coming back. I love Alexa Bliss but I think that Asuka facing Charlotte instead will be the better match. My only worry about is Carmella. There is no way that she is going to cash in and lose, especially after the furor over how she first won it. That, and the fact that I don't want Asuka to lose that way. Hopefully, WWE will find a way to make it work.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (3 for 5)

The main event is a Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship. AJ Styles will be facing the challenges of John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Highlights of the match include: Cena hitting everyone but Styles with an AA in the beginning; Styles hitting Cena with the Styles Clash; Corbin hitting Styles with possibly the best Deep Six I have ever seen; and Zayn hitting Owens with a tornado DDT through the ropes. Zayn and Owens come close to winning but Shane McMahon, who was watching from ringside, decides to be a dick and stops those chances from happening. In the end, Owens hits Ziggler with a pop up powerbomb but Styles hits him with a Phenomenal Forearm to get the win. This was a good match although it was tarnished by Shane McMahon. He got accidentally kicked by Owens during the match so I can just about justify him stopping Owens from winning. However, he had no reason to do the same to Zayn. Shane is the worst person on Smackdown right now and this needs to stop doing things like this.
Winner: AJ Styles (4 for 6)

I thought that even though most of it felt like WWE were in a holding pattern, Fastlane was a pretty good event. We are in the final stetch before Wrestlemania and I'm quite looking forward to it.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 Review

Elimination Chamber, the last RAW Pay-Per-View before Wrestlemania, took place on the 25th February at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Not only will we get to see the first Women's Elimination Chamber match plus we will determine who face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. So, let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows taking on Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Dallas dumps Anderson to the outside to get his team the advantage. Anderson hits a running kick on Axel, giving him the chance to tag in Gallows. In the end, Gallows and Anderson hit Axel with the Magic Killer to get the win.
Winners: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows (1 for 1)

The first match of the show is Bayley, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Sasha Banks and Sonya Deville challenge Alexa Bliss in the first ever Women's Elimination Chamber Match for the RAW Women's Championship. Bayley and Sonya start in the ring and Rose is the next one to enter followed by Sasha Banks. Rose is the first to be eliminated when Banks gets her to submit to the Banks Statement. Mickie is the next one to enter and she does a senton splash from on top of a pod to eliminate Sonya. However, Mickie is eliminated when Bayley hits her with a Belly-to-Bayley. When Alexa enters, Sasha and Bayley team up before they turn on each other. Bayley hits Sasha with a Belly-to-Bayley but Alexa rolls up Bayley to eliminate her. Sasha comes close to winning with the Banks Statement. However, Alexa bangs Sasha's head off a pod and follows that up with a hangman's DDT to get the win.

I really enjoyed this match and all the competitors did well. Alexa winning was the obvious call and her promo afterwards was brilliant. As for Wrestlemania, it did look like Alexa was going to be destroyed by Asuka. However, Ronda Rousey arriving and events at Fastlane (spoiler alert) have changed that.
Winner: Alexa Bliss (2 for 2)

The next match is Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neill  challenging Cesaro and Sheamus for the RAW Tag Team Championship. Cesaro and Sheamus take out Apollo to get the advantage. Sheamus misses a shoulder charge, going into the ring post. This gives Apollo the chance to tag in O'Neill. O'Neill hits the Clash of the Titus on Sheamus but Cesaro breaks up the pin. In the end, Cesaro and Sheamus pin Apollo to get the win.
This match was quite a fun match to watch.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus (3 for 3)

Next is Asuka taking on Nia Jax. If Nia wins, she will have a Championship match at Wrestlemania. Asuka takes the fight to Nia but it doesn't take long. Nia goes on to be completely dominant. Nia goes for a banzai drop but she misses. Nia gets out of an armbar and goes for a powerbomb. However, Asuka manages to get out if it and reverse it into a pin to get the win. Nia doesn't take the loss well and fucks up Asuka, sending her crashing into the timekeeper's area. This was quite a good match although I'm not sure if it was as good as their matches in NXT.
Winner: Asuka (4 for 4)

Our penultimate match is Bray Wyatt taking on Broken "Woken" Matt Hardy. Wyatt teleports(?) into the ring but Hardy isn't there. Matt attacks him outside the ring but Wyatt hits a running block to get the advantage. After a while, Matt hits a tornado DDT to start his comeback. Wyatt goes for the Sister Abigail but Matt gets out of it and hits the Twist of Fate to get the win. This match was weird at times but it was otherwise pretty decent.
Winner: "Woken" Matt Hardy (4 for 5)

After we see the signing of Ronda Rousey,  we get our main event to determine the number 1 contender for the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. It is an Elimination Chamber Match between Elias, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, John Cena, Hollywood Miz, Roman Reigns and Bruan Strowman. Balor, Miz and Rollins start in the ring and they are followed by Cena and then Strowman. Strowman goes on to eliminate Miz, Elias, Cena, Balor and Rollins with powerslams. During this time, all the wrestlers teamed up on Strowman; at one time hitting their finishing moves on him. However, Strowman manages to survive it all. In the end, Reigns hits multiple Superman punches and 2 Spears on Strowman to get the win. This match really bothered me. It was good but it annoyed me that Strowman eliminates 5 people yet Reigns goes on to win. It seems like a heel move to me.
Winner: Roman Reigns (5 for 6)

I thought that Elimination Chamber was a good event. This is the last RAW event before Wrestlemania and it looks good for them

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.