Sunday, 17 June 2018

WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Preview

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WWE Money in the Bank 2018 will be taking place this evening at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. After the terrible event that was Backlash, I'm worried about this event, especislly as it's following TakeOver the night before. The Money in the Bank ladder matches looks good tho, so let's take a look at the card.

The Bludgeon Brothers vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson 
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The match on the Kick Off Show looks like it could be a decent one. I'm going for The Bludgeons to win.
Predicted Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers

Daniel Bryan vs Big Cass
Their match at Backlash wasn't great so hopefully this one will be better. I'm going for Cass to win.
Predicted Winner: Big Cass

Bobby Lashley vs Sami Zayn
I like Zayn but I don't really care about this match, especially as the reason for this feud makes no sense. Er..fuck, Lashley to win, I suppose.

Predicted Winner: Bobby Lashley

Roman Reigns vs Jinder Mahal
Hopefully this will not be the main event and I think that Reigns will win.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Carmella vs Asuka
Smackdown Women's Championship
Unless Carmella has some help, I think that Asuka will destroy her
Predicted Winner: Asuka

Nia Jax vs Ronda Rousey
RAW Women's Championship
This is surprisingly a tough one to call. I can see Nia winning as I think it's way too soon for Ronda to be Champion. However, Ronda will probably win.
Predicted Winner: Ronda Rousey

Seth Rollins vs Elias
Intercontinental Championship
Seth is the man right now and I think he'll retain.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

Ember Moon vs Charlotte Flair vs Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch vs Lana vs Naomi vs Sasha Banks
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
This should be a good contest. I can see most of them winning but I'm going for Ember Moon to win.
Predicted Winner: Ember Moon

Braun Strowman vs Finn Balor vs Hollywood Miz vs Rusev vs Bobby Roode vs Kevin Owens vs Samoa Joe vs One of The New Day
This is a hard one to call. I would like to see them use this as the vehicle to break up The New Day. I like the team but I feel that they're ready to go on to bigger things. Anyway, this might be from left field but I'm going for Samoa Joe to win.
Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Last Man Standing for the WWE Championship
I am worried about this match and I shouldn't as Styles and Nakamura are awesome. I think that Nakamura will win although, if they end this in a draw by dick punch, I will lose my shit like this:

My favorite table flip gif

Anyway, it will be a while before I review this. A combination of work, moving house and struggling to watch and then type some terrible wrestling has led to this at the moment. Hopefully, it will be better than the last event. Although, to be honest, that won't be too hard.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

NXT TakeOver Chicago II Preview

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NXT TakeOver Chicago will be taking place this evening at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. I'm a bit behind on NXT so I don't really know all that is happening. However, after looking at the card, it looks like it will be a good event. So, let's take a look.

Shayna Baszler vs Nikki Cross
NXT Women's Championship
This should be a good match as Nikki is awesome and is shown to take some serious bumps. I would love her to win but I think that Shayna will win and then Nikki can join SaNitY on Smackdown.
Predicted Winner: Shanyna Baszler

The Undisputed Era vs Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
NXT Tag Team Championship
It seems a little weird seeing Roderick Strong as a heel, especially after seeing those WWE videos about him last year. However, it has fun to watch. I can't see him and Kyle O'Reilly losing this one.
Predicted Winners: The Undisputed Era

Ricochet vs Velveteen Dream
This has a strong possibility to not only be the match of the night but one of the matches of the year. It's a really tough one but I'm going for The Dream to win here.
Predicted Winner: Velveteen Dream

Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampia
Chicago Street Fight
Like their match in New Orleans, this should be another enthralling contest. It's another tough one to call but I think they will continue this feud for a little longer do I'm going for Ciampia to win.
Predicted Winner: Tommaso Ciampia

Aliester Black vs Lars Sullivan
NXT Championship
To be honest, whilst I love Sullivan, I never thought he will get the opportunity to become NXT Champion. I think that he and Black will have a good match and I'm going for Black to retain here.
Predicted Winner: Aliester Black

It will be several days before I watch this and publish the review so until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Backlash 2018 Review

WWE Backlash took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday 6th May. It's been a busy month with Wrestlemania taking place followed by The Greatest Royal Rumble the week before. It's been a mixed bag so will Backlash be an improvement? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Bayley taking on Ruby Riott. Riott hits a brutal right hand, giving her the advantage. Riott's friends, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, help Riott out with keeping Bayley down. Bayely hits a springboard crossbody to start her comeback. Bayley comes close with an elbow drop. However, a distraction by Liv Morgan gives Riott to hit the Riott Kick and get the win. This was a pretty good match between the two.
Winner: Ruby Riott (1 for 1)

The first match of the show was Hollywood Miz challenging Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship. Miz sends Rollins crashing onto the floor to get the advantage. Rollins stops the momentum with a X-Factor. Miz goes on to hit 2 Skull Crushing Finales but it's not enough. In the end, Rollins manages to hit the Blackout to get the win. This match was really good and a great way to start the show.
Winner: Seth Rollins (2 for 2)

The next match is for the RAW Women's Championship as Alexa Bliss challenging Nia Jax for the RAW Women's Championship. Bliss goes after Nia at the beginning but Nia starts to use her strength to dominate the match. Even though Alexa gets some offense in, Nia gets the win after hitting a Samoan Drop. This match was decent but it felt like they copied bits of it from their Wrestlemania match.
Winner: Nia Jax (3 for 3)

Our third Championship match is Randy Orton challenging Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate early on but Orton stops it and goes on to get the advantage after drop kicking him off the apron. The match goes back and forth before Orton goes for the RKO. However, Hardy gets out of it and hits a Twist of Fate followed by a Swanton Bomb to get the win. I thought the match was pretty good.
Winner: Jeff Hardy (3 for 4)

Next is a concert by Elias but he gets interrupted by The New Day then Aiden English and Rusev and then No Way Jose with Titus Worldwide and Breezango. Holy shit. Elias gets interrupted for a 4th time when Bobby Roode appears out of thin air and hits Elias with a Glorious DDT. I felt that the segment was far too long and pointless.

Anyway, back to the wrestling. The next match is Daniel Bryan taking on Big Cass. Bryan uses his speed to go right after Cass. However, Cass hits a spine buster and then keeps Bryan down with punches and slaps. Bryan avoids a big boot and manages to get Cass to submit to Yes Lock to get the win. Afterwards, Cass beats up Bryan. I can't believe I'm saying this for a Daniel Bryan match but it wasn't very good. Big Cass just did moves that were very basic and the ending seem to come out of nowhere.
Winner: Daniel Bryan (4 for 5)

 Our next Championship match is Charlotte Flair challenging Carmella for the Smackdown Women's Championship. After Charlotte is dominant at the beginning, Carmella manages to hit a brutal kick to the head then slows the match down with a chinlock. Charlotte gets back into it with multiple Flair chops. However, in the end, Carmella takes advantage of Charlotte injuring her knee while attempting a moonsault to kick the knee then fold her in half to get the win. Like the last one, this match wasn't great. Plus it seemed weird that Carmella won clean.
Winner: Carmella (5 for 6)

Next is a no disqualification match between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles  for the WWE Championship. They spend the first portion of the match throwing each other into the barrier  and the steel steps. The match goes back and forth before Nakamura remembers that it's a no disqualification match and sends Styles onto a chair with a reverse exploder suplex. Later on, Nakamura gives Styles his usual low blow but Styles returns the favour. In the end, Styles and Nakamura kick each other in the balls and the match ends in a no contest. This match was pretty shit and the definitely the worst of the three they have had so far. As for the ending, that was fucking abysmal.
Winner: No Contest ( 5 for 7)

The penultimate match is Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens taking on Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley. Owens and Zayn manage to wear down Lashley but Strowman gets tagged in and completely destroys Owens and Zayn. In the end, Owens and Zayn turn on each other and Lashley pins Owens after hitting a vertical suplex...? Since when has that been a finishing move? Anyway, Strowman and Lashley, who are the faces by the way, beat up on Owens and Zayn some more. The match was well...meh.
Winners: Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman (6 for 8)

The main event is Roman Reigns versus Samoa Joe...? Oh, for fuck's sake. Anyway, Joe attacks Reigns before the bell, which ends with him sending Reigns all over the announce tables. When the referee manages to get them in the ring and ring the bell, Joe continues to be dominant. Eventually, Reigns manages to recover. Joe goes for a muscle buster but Reigns stops it and hits a Spear to get the win. The match was quite good but it shouldn't have been the main event.
Winner: Roman Reigns (7 for 9)

I thought that Backlash started well then it came very close to being called up as evidence against WWE for Crimes Against Wrestling. Holy shit, some of the matches seemed weird and some of the endings are complete atrocities. Money in the Bank is next and, with the expection of the ladder matches, I'm seriously worried about the event.  

Thursday, 24 May 2018

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble

The Greatest Royal Rumble took place on Friday 27th April in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Whilst I have expressed my issues in WWE hosting an event in the country, the card looks pretty good. So, let's take a look.

The first match was between John Cena and Triple H. The match starts with a test of strength before Triple H gets the advantage. Cena makes his comeback and hits an AA but Triple H kicks out. In the end, Cena manages to reverse a crossface into an AA. He then slingshots Triple H into the turnbuckle then hits another AA to get the win. Although it was weird seeing things like a test of strength, I thought the match was pretty good.
Winner: John Cena (1 for1)

Next is a match for the Cruiserweight Championship as Kalisto challenges Cedric Alexander. Alexander sends Kalisto to the outside and follows that with an over the top suicide dive to get the advantage. Kalisto gets back into it and hits an incredible swinging DDT for 2. The match goes back and forth before Kalisto goes for the Salida Del Sol. However, it is reversed into a Lumber Check and Alexander gets the win. This was a really good match between the two.
Winner: Cedric Alexander (2 for 2)

We now get Cesaro and Sheamus taking on "Woken" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt for the vacant RAW Tag Team Championship. Cesaro bounces Hardy's neck off the ropes to get his team the advantage. Eventually, Hardy manages to tag in Wyatt, and they go on to hit an elevated Twist of Fate to get the win. I thought the match was ok, nothing really standing out.
Winners: "Woken" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt (3 for 3)

Our third Championship match was Jinder Mahal challenging Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship. Sunil Singh helps Mahal get the advantage and he keeps Hardy down with chinlocks. However, Hardy manages to recover and hits a Twist of Fate followed by a Swanton Bomb to get the win. Like the last match, this one was ok.
Winner: Jeff Hardy (4 for 4)

Our fourth Championship match was The Usos challenging The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Harper and Rowan get the advantage very quickly, focusing their attacks on Jey Uso.Harper misses a big boot, and this gives Jey the chance to tag in Jimmy. However, despite their best efforts, Jey gets with an assisted powerbomb and The Bludgeon Brothers retain. This was quite a good match.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (4 for 5)

Now a match that I was looking forward to seeing: Samoa Joe, Hollywood Miz and Finn Balor challenging Seth Rollins in a  ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. Highlights of the match include: Rollins doing multiple suicide dives; Joe, Balor and Rollins doing a tower of doom; and Balor doing a Coup de Grace on Miz while he was lying on a ladder. In the end, Balor looks like he is about to grab the belt. However, Rollins uses the ropes to vault onto the ladder and get it first. This was a good match and I quite enjoyed the ending.
Winner: Seth Rollins (5 for 6)

After a segment involving the Diavari brothers and some random potential wrestlers from Saudi Arabia, we get Shinsuke Nakamura challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. After attacking the back of the knee, Nakamura gets the advantage. Styles makes a comeback but Nakamura gives him his usual low blow after the referee gets distracted. They continue fighting outside the ring and they both get counted out? Wait, what? The match seemed to be better than their one at Wrestlemania. The double count out does seem weird but I suppose it was to show how much they now don't like each other.
Winner: No Contest (5 for 7)

Next is a casket match between Rusev and The Undertaker. Undertaker manages to get Rusev in the casket but Aiden English stops him from closing the door. This gives Rusev the chance to recover and get back into the match. In the end, Undertaker hits Rusev and English with Choke Slams and Tombstones; then puts both of them in the casket to get the win. This wasn't a bad match, but it was surprisingly short.
Winner: Undertaker (6 for 8)

The penultimate match is Roman Reigns challenging Brock Lesnar in a steel cage match for the Universal Championship. Lesnar starts out by avoiding a Superman punch and hitting 4 German suplexes and a F5. Reigns hits 3 spears but it only gets 2. Reigns tries to go out of the door, but Heyman slams the door on his head and Lesnar hits a F5. I thought that would have finished the match but Reigns kicks out at 2. Reigns hits a Superman punch then spears Lesnar out of the cage. This technically(?) menas that Lesnar hit the floor first and wins the match. I didn't really like this match as it seemed to just consist of big moves. At least it was shorter than their Wrestlemania match.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (6 for 9)

The main event is the 50-man Royal Rumble Match. Highlights of the match include:
  • Seeing the return of wrestlers such as Mark Henry, Hornswoggle, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio
  • Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston taking advantage of Tony Nese dancing with them to eliminate him.
  • Seeing Tucker Knight and Roderick Strong from NXT
  • Titus O'Neill coming in at number 39 and tripping, going under the ring.
  • Shane McMahon hitting Braun Strowman with a coast to coast. Strowman responds later on by sending him through the announce table
The final 4 end up being Big Cass, Bryan, Owens and Strowman. Strowman eliminates Owens and Cass eliminates Bryan. Strowman then eliminates Cass to get the win.

I thought the match was ok and it was nice to see some NXT wrestlers be involved. However, it did feature some people that I had to look up on Wikipedia.
Winner: Braun Strowman (6 for 10)

I thought that The Greatest Royal Rumble was a decent event. Some of the matches were good but a few didn't do much for me and I thought that we would see a title change. Hopefully next year, we will get to see the women take part in Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

WWE Wrestlemania 34 Review

Wrestlemania 34 took place on Sunday 8th April at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The card looks pretty good with a couple of dream matches so, let's take a look.

The first match on the Kick Off Show is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with the following taking part: Aiden English, Konnor, Curt Hawkins, R-Truth, Primo Colon, Mike Kanellis,  Viktor, Zack Ryder, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows,  Shelton Benjamin,Heath Slater, Rhyno, "Woken" Matt Hardy, Dash Wilder, Scott Dawson, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Sin Cara, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, Chad Gable, Apollo, Titus O'Neil, Goldust, Tye Dillinger, Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Mojo Rawley and Baron Corbin. English is the first to be eliminated and Ziggler spends the whole match getting out of being eliminated before Kane throws him out. The final 3 end up being Hardy, Rawley and Corbin. Crobin and Rawley beat up Hardy before Bray Wyatt appears and helps Hardy to get the win. This match wasn't anything special for me.
Winner: "Woken" Matt Hardy (0 for 1)

The second match is a match that should have been on the main card: Cedric Alexander taking on Mustafa Ali for the vacant Cruiserweight Championship. The match is a back and forth affair throughout. Ali goes for the 450 Splash but Alexander pulls him off, sending him crashing to the floor. Eventually, Alexander hits the Lumber Check to get the win. This was a really good match and well done to Cedric Alexander on becoming Cruiserwieght Champion. 
Winner: Cedric Alexander (1 for 2)

The main event of the Kick Off Show was the Women's Battle Royal involving: Carmella, Dana Brooke, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Kairi Sane, Naomi, Lana, Kavita Devi, Taynara Conti, Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai, Becky Lynch, Mickie James, Peyton Royce, Natalya, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks and Bayley. Carmella is the first to be eliminated as all the other women gang up on her. The Riott Squad team up to eliminate a few of the women and we also see Bel Air use her hair to whip Lynch. Bayley and Sasha team up to eliminate Natalya and the Riott Squad. Bayley then thinks she's won after eliminating Sasha. However, Naomi reappears as she never got eliminated. Naomi then eliminates Bayley to get the win. This was quite an entertaining match although the ending was a bit confusing as we assumed that Naomi was eliminated.
Winner: Naomi (1 for 3)

The first match of Wrestlemania was Seth Rollins and Finn Balor challenge Hollywood Miz in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship.The match starts at at fast pace with one highlight being Rollins doing multiple suicide dives. Miz puts Balor in the Figure 4 but Rollins hits a splash to break it up. Each one of them has a chance to win it, including Miz getting close with a Skull Crushing Finale. In the end, Balor hits a Coup de Grace on Miz but Rollins hits Balor with a Curb Stomp. Rollins then hits Miz with a Curb Stomp to get the win. This was a really good match between all of them and a great way to start the show.
Winner: Seth Rollins (1 for 4)

The next match is one that I'm really looking forward to: Asuka challenging Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Charlotte injures her right shoulder during the match and Asuka takes advantage of that. Asuka has a chance to win it when she reverses a moonsault into a triangle choke but Charlotte gets out of it. They both use awesome moves to try and get the win such as Cahrlotte hitting a Spanish fly. Charlotte eventually gets Asuka into the Figure 8 and Asuka submits...? Wait, what? Asuka lost? Ok, I did not see that coming. Afterwards, Asuka congratulates Charlotte.

This match was brilliant and it's one of the best women's matches ever seen at Wrestlemania. Both women raised their game and you could either one of them winning. I was shocked that Asuka lost but I suppose they can do more with her without the streak. I would have loved her to continue and slowly develop into the heel that we saw hints of in NXT. Ah well, I guess it wasn't to be. As for Charlotte, she stays Champion for two more days before Carmella successfully cashes in her Money in the Bank briefcase.
Winner: Charlotte (1 for 5)

We now get a Fatal 4-Way Match for the United States Championship as Jinder Mahal, Bobby Roode and Rusev. Highlights of the match include: Orton doing a superplex on Roode; and Orton hitting RKOs to Aiden English, Rusev and Mahal. In the end, Rusev is about to put Mahal in The Accolade when Sunil Singh distracts him. This gives Mahal the chance to hit The Kahless to get the win. I thought the match was pretty decent and I'm gutted that Rusev didn't win on Rusev Day.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (1 for 6)

Next we get to see the debut of Ronda Rousey as she teams up with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Triple H sends Angle over the ropes to get the advantage. Stephanie helps out at every opportunity, including pulling Rousey off the apron. Eventually, Rousey gets tagged in and she proceeds to fuck Stephanie up. However, Stephanie gets back into it with a DDT. The match goes back and forth before Rousey puts Stephanie into a brutal armbar to get the win by submission. This match was a lot of fun although I feel that it should have ended a few minutes earlier.
Winners: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle (2 for 7)

We now get our first Tag Team Championship match as The New Day and The Bludgeon Brothers challenge The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Harper and Rowan are completely dominant before The Usos focus their attack on Harper. In the end, Harper hits a sit down powerbomb from the top turnbuckle to get the win. This match was surprisingly short and I did not expect The Bludgeon Brothers to win. Despite that, it was a fun match.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (2 for 8)

Next was supposed to be John Cena taking on The Undertaker. Cena had been in the crowd watching the show as a fan. After the Asuka/Charlotte match, a referee goes to speak to Cena and he runs to the back. Cena comes out and instead of The Undertaker, Elias comes out and does a musical segment. After Cena beats him up and is about to leave, The Undertaker's music hits. Ok, guess we're having the match after all. Pretty much, Undertaker goes through his move set and, despite Cena hitting one move, goes on to win with a Tombstone.

I thought the whole thing was stupid. I found it hard to believe that Cena couldn't get a match at Wrestlemania and then he gets squashed. It felt like a waste of time to me.
Winner: The Undertaker (3 for 9)

After we see the Hall of Fame Class of 2018, we get the return of Daniel Bryan as he teams up with Shane McMahon to take on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Owens and Zayn do a sneak attack and beat up Bryan. While he is getting medical attention, Shane starts the match by himself. Zayn and Owens quickly get the advantage, focusing on Shane's stomach. Owens hits a frog splash but Bryan, out of nowhere,  breaks up the pin and eventually gets tagged in. Zayn and Owens hit their finishers but it's not enough as Bryan gets Zayn to submit to the Yes Lock to get the win. I thought the match was pretty decent and it was nice to see Bryan wrestle again.
Winners: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan (4 for 10)

We now get our second Women's Championship as Nia Jax challenges Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women's Championship. Nia completely fucks up Mickie James before the bell to prevent her from interfering. When the bell rings, Nia throws Alexa round like a rag doll before she gets poked in the eye. This gives Alexa the chance to attack the knee. Alexa hits a Twisted Bliss to the outside and a DDT but it doesn't keep Nia down. In the end, Nia hits a Samoan Drop from the 2nd rope to get the win. This was another fun match to watch.
Winner: Nia Jax (5 for 11)

Now a match that I'm really looking forward to: Shinsuke Nakamura challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Nakamura has the advantage for a little bit, attacking Styles with knee strikes. Styles reverses a suplex to get back some momentum. Nakamura hits a reverse exploder suplex then goes for the Kinshasa. However, Styles manages to reverse it into a Styles Clash to get the win. Afterwards, Nakamura congratulates Styles by hitting a low blow then a Kinshasa, turning heel in the process. The match was pretty good, although I feel that it could have been better.
Winner: AJ Styles (5 for 12)

The penultimate match is for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Cesaro and Sheamus deal with the challenge of Braun Strowman and... Yeah, Strowman decides to go into the crowd and pick a boy named Nicholas. Anyway, Strowman eventually gets worn down and Cesaro and Sheamus but he manages to tag in Nicholas. Nicholas understandably tags back Strowman and he hits Cesaro with a Running Powerslam to get the win. The match was stupid but it was fun. Unfortunately, due to Nicholas (who actually is the son of referee John Cone) having to go through 8 more years of school, they had to vacate the Championship.
Winners: Braun Strowman and Nicholas (6 for 13)

The main event is for the Universal Championship as Roman Reigns challenges Brock Lesnar. The match starts at a fast pace with Lesnar hitting 3 German suplexes before Reigns responds with multiple Superman punches. Lesnar goes on to hit three F5s but Reigns kicks out each time. Lesnar hits a F5, sending Reigns through the German announce table then another one in the ring but Reigns kicks out. Lesnar busts Reigns open and, despite Reigns hitting 2 spears, hits a sixth F5 to get the win. The match was enjoyable to begin with then it became boring with finishers being used for spots. Lesnar winning was a surprise but I assume that Reigns will win it in the near future.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (6 for14)

I thought that Wrestlemania was bit of a mixed bag. There were some really good matches with some surprising results. However, there were some matches that were just stupid and it bought the event down for me. Hopefully, with both brands being involved in every Pay-Per-View from now on, the standard should improve.
Winner: Brock Lesnar

Sunday, 6 May 2018

WWE Backlash 2018 Preview


WWE Backlash will be taking place this evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. With the fallout after Wrestlemania still going on, will these matches change that? Let's take a look.

Bayley vs Ruby Riott
The match on the Kick Off Show should be a good one. I feel that Riott's friends, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, will help her get the win.
Predicted Winner: Ruby Riott

Daniel Bryan vs Big Cass
A tough one to call but I'm going for Bryan to win.
Predicted Winner: Daniel Bryan

Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
This should be a fun one and I'm going for Owens and Zayn to win.
Predicted Winners: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe
I don't get what they're doing with Roman right now and I feel that he will lose again.
Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe

Charlotte Flair vs Carmella
Smackdown Women's Championship
I think that Carmella will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Carmella       

Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax
RAW Women's Championship
This should be a fun match to watch as I feel that Nia will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Nia Jax

Randy Orton vs Jeff Hardy
United States Championship
A tough one but I think, even though I don't want him to, that Orton will win.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

Hollywood Miz vs Seth Rollins
Intercontinental Championship
This should be a good match and I'm going for Rollins to retain.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles
No Disqualification Match for the WWE
Their last two matches have been pretty good so far and I feel that Nakamura will low blow his way to victory.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

I haven't seen The Greatest Royal Rumble yet but I hope to see that and Backlash in the next week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.


Friday, 27 April 2018

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Preview

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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble will be taking place this afternoon at the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Even though there has been criticism over this event, it does look like a really good card. So, let's take a look.

The Undertaker vs Rusev
Casket Match
Yeah, there is no way Rusev is winning this.
Predicted Winner:Undertaker

John Cena vs Triple H
This could be a good match and I feel that Cena will win.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

Cedric Alexander vs Kalisto
Cruiserweight Championship
This could be a good match and I can see Buddy Murphy making an unwanted appearance. I'm going for Alexander to retain.
Predicted Winner: Cedric Alexander

The Bludegon Brothers vs The Usos
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
A tough one to call but I'm going for The Usos.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Bray Wyatt and "Woken" Matt Hardy vs Cesaro and Sheamus
RAW Tag Team Championship
Cesaro and Sheamus are great to watch but I think that Wyatt and Hardy will become Tag Team Champions
Predicted Winners: Bray Wyatt and "Woken" Matt Hardy

Jeff Hardy vs Jinder Mahal
United States Championship
I can't see Mahal winning so Jeff to retain
Predicted Winner: Jeff Hardy

Seth Rollins vs Hollywood Miz vs Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
This is a contender for match of the night and I'm going for Seth Rollins to retain.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Championship
Nakamura has developed a new attitude since Wrestlemania: debuting a new theme tune, deciding to understand English when it suits him; and making sure Styles can never anymore kids by destroying his balls at every opportunity. It's fucking great. Anyway, I think that Nakamura will destroy Styles' balls again and go on to win the Championship.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns
Steel Cage Match for the Universal Championship
This is a tough one to call. Lesnar retaining at Wrestlemania was a big surprise and it looks like he will be Champion for a little while longer. Will it end today tho? I feel that Reigns lost at Wrestlemania so that he can win today. Therefore, Reigns to win.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Greatest Royal Rumble Match
This will involve 50 men, will be probably every men that they can find in the company. It's a tough one to call but I think that Angle will win.
Predicted Winner: Kurt Angle

I won't get to see it til next week as I have finished watching Wrestlemania yet. Until then. I hope you guys enjoy the show.


Is the WWE in Saudi Arabia a Problem?

Greatest Royal Rumble 50 Man Saudi Arabia

On Friday at 5pm UK time, WWE will host The Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This event is part of a ten year plan and it has created some criticism.

The event is part of Saudi 2030, an initiative started by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The plan is to reduce the country's dependence and to diversify its economy. It's an extremely ambitious programme in a country that is known for its oppression of women. Up until recently, women were not allowed to drive or vote, and they could only be accompanied by a male guardian.

The criticism towards WWE has been that there will be no women involved in the event. I'm not sure if that involves people such as Renee Young but it represents a backward step for me. WWE have really developed their Women's Division in recent years and it feels like a slap in the face to them. Triple H has defended it, stating that he hoped the WWE can be a catalyst for change, citing the match between Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss in the United Arab Emirates as an example. In the match, they wore clothing that covered their body, in accordance with Muslim tradition. Things like that are great but Saudi Arabia is more oppressive. Only in the last few years has women been allowed to vote and to run for public office. In June 2018, women will be allowed to drive and there will be women at the event, although they have to be accompanied by a male guardian. WWE will obviously show countless shots of women in the audience and one can argue that they are promoting propaganda.

I share Triple H's desire for the WWE to be a catalyst for change. However, I don't think they are as influential as he believes them to be. Despite my misgivings about it, I will still watch the show. Part of me feels like this makes me a hypocrite. However, this is a history making event and I would like to see that.

Triple H has stated that they hope to have women's matches in a few years in Saudi Arabia. If that does actually happen, then I think it will be worth it. The problem is WWE will be getting a lot of money to host this event and at the minute, it seems like the money is more important right now than equality.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Bruno Sammartino (1935-2018)

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On the 18th April, it was announced that Bruno Sammartino had passed away. He was 82.

Bruno was born in Pizzoferrato, Italy on the 6th October 1935 and during the Second World War, he hid along with his mother and siblings in the area in Villa Rocca. When they emigrated to meet up with his father in Pittsburgh in 1950, Bruno took up weightlifting and wrestling and was very close to representing the United States at weightlifting in the 1956 Olympics. Local wrestling promoter Rudy Miller saw him on TV and recruited him into professional wrestling. 

Bruno wrestled in Pittsburgh and then Canada after being suspended for missing dates in Chicago and Baltimore. After suspension, he joined the WWWF (a precursor to the WWF) and defeated Buddy Rogers to become the WWWF Champion, reigning for 2801 days. During his career at the WWWF, Bruno went on to become WWWF Champion once more and a Tag Team Champion 3 times. Bruno retired from wrestling in 1987.

I have never seen him wrestle but I saw him in the corner of his son David at Wrestlemania I. His time at the WWWF/WWF was not always great with him being screwed out of his share of gate receipts amongst other things. Bruno was highly critical of the direction the WWF was going for years. However, in 2013, thanks to Triple H, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame after being satisfied with the new direction that the company was going.

Bruno was dubbed "The Living Legend" during his career and based on the tributes given by people after his death, it's hard to argue with that. Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto remembered him as "one of the greatest ambassadors the city of Pittsburgh ever had". I wish that I had got the chance to watch videos of him wrestle but it is something that I will be doing in the near future.

Bruno is survived by his wife Carol and his three children: David, Danny and Darryl.

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?