Monday, 27 July 2015

WWE Payback 2015 Review

WWE Payback 2015 took place on Sunday 17th May 2015 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Seth Rollins has a tough job, facing the challenge of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton. So, will he still be the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after this event? Let's take a look.

The first match is between Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. During the match, Ziggler exposes his right butt cheek and gets Sheamus to smooch it. He then hits Sheamus with a zig-zag, which only gets 2. Sheamus recovers and hits a sit-down powerbomb for 2. After an exchange of near falls, Sheamus hit a running powerslam for 2 then hits white noise and applies the Texas cloverleaf. Ziggler eventually manages to get out of it. In the end, Ziggler headbutts Sheamus and hits a superkick for 2. Sheamus, however, hits a brogie kick to get the win. This was another good match between the two and the WWE seem to building up Sheamus to be a strong competitor.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 1 for1

Next is a 2-out-of-3 falls match as Tyson Kidd and Cesaro challenge The New Day for the Tag Team Championships. The first fall happens quite quickly when Kidd and Cesaro hit the giant swing into a basement dropkick for Kofi to take the lead. The New Day get the next pinfall after Kofi and Big E hit their combination finisher. In the end, Cesaro hits an European uppercut on Kofi and Big E gets the pin. While the referee was getting Big E out of the ring, Xavier Woods slid in and rolled up Cesaro into a small package. The referee  can't tell Kofi and Xavier apart and counts the pinfall to give The New Day the win. It was another good match between the two teams, although the first pinfall happened a bit too quickly.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 2 for 2

The next match is between Ryback and Bray Wyatt. Early on, Wyatt tries to get a count out win when he hits Ryback with a running senton on the outside. However, Ryback gets back in the ring in time. Wyatt then continued working on the mid section before Ryback hit back with a brutal clothesline then a spinebuster. In the end, Ryback goes for the shellshock but Wyatt grab hold of the top turnbuckle, ripping off the covering. Wyatt then sends Ryback into the exposed turnbuckle and hits Sister Abigail to get the win. It was a good match between the two although I have lost interest in Wyatt as he seems to be doing the same shit and nothing changes. As for Ryback, he just doesn't interest me at the minute.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 3 for 3

Next is an "I Quit" match as Rusev challenges John Cena for the United States Championship. The crowd started chanting "We want Lana", which prompted Rusev to get a chair and tell her to sit on it. Later on, for reasons only know to Rusev, he got Lana to get the Russian flag and he waved it over a fallen Cena. Rusev brings in a set of steel steps into the ring and sends Cena into them. Cena responds by sending Rusev onto the steps with an AA. Cena spears Rusev through the barricade, which was a nice spot. Cena then sends Rusev into the pyro area with an AA but Rusev doesn't quit. Rusev eventually applies the Accolade and he thinks that he won. However, Cena is out cold so can't say "I Quit". Rusev unscrews the top turnbuckle then throws water on Cena to wake him up. He goes to hit Cena with the turnbuckle but he ducks and applies Rusev in the STF. Rusev starts screaming in his native language and Lana grabs a mic and says that Rusev quits. Apparently, that is good enough for the referee Mike Chioda and he rings the bell, giving Cena the win.

I thought that this was a very good match. It is good to see Cena help elevate the United States Championship and they are still keeping Rusev relatively strong. Unfortunately, due to her actions, this marks the end of the relationship between Lana and Rusev. I don't think it needed to end right now as I think it can still work. Based on what they are doing at the minute (she is now with Dolph Ziggler), I still believe that.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 4

It's now time for the Divas match as The Bella Twins face the team of Naomi and Tamina Snuka. Brie gets tagged in and is knocked off the apron by Tamina and this gives her and Naomi the chance to work Brie over. Eventually, Nikki gets tagged in, but she gets slammed off the top rope by Naomi, giving her and Tamina the win. The match wasn't anything special and with both teams (technically) heel, it's hard to find someone to cheer for. It also doesn't help that the only Divas I genuinely care about are Paige and the ones from NXT.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Predictions: 5 for 5

We now get a North of England clash as Neville (from Newcastle) takes on King Barrett (from Preston). In a fast paced match, Neville goes for Red Arrow early on but Barrett hit him in the face followed by the winds of change for a 2 count. Later on, Neville goes for Red Arrow again but Barrett rolls out of the ring. Neville instead does a twisting splash on Barrett on the outside. Neville rolls back into the ring but Barrett decides not to, giving Neville the win. Afterwards, Barrett tries to hit Neville with the specter but misses and gets knocked down. Neville then hits the Red Arrow. It was a good match but I don't get Barrett getting the count out loss. I would understand it if he was being kept strong but I think he has lost every match since being crowned King of the Ring. So, what's the point?
Winner: Neville
Predictions: 6 for 6

The main event is for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Seth Rollins faces the challenge of Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Ambrose and Reigns briefly team up to beat up Rollins before Kane and J&J Security come in to stop it. Kane keeps on getting involved, chokeslamming Ambrose before getting taken out by Orton. When Orton tries to clear the announce table, Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins team up and send Orton through the announce table. The crowd goes mental and Rollins tries to get a group fist bump. Unfortunately, Ambrose and Reigns remember that they hate Rollins so they beat him up. Kane tries to help Rollins but he gets powerbombed through the Spanish announce table by Ambrose and Reigns. They then fight it out in the ring before Reigns hits a spear and covers Ambrose, Rollins runs in to stop the count.

In the end, Orton hits RKOs on Mercury and Noble then tries it on Rollins. Kane tries to interfere but he gets a RKO instead. Rollins then hits a Pedigree on Orton to get the win. This was a really enjoyable match and a great way to end the PPV.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 7 for 7 (PREFECT PREDICTIONS!!!)

I thought Battleground was a good event with some good matches. The next PPV is Money in the Bank and I hope they can keep it going.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

WWE Battleground 2015 Preview

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WWE Battleground takes place this Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri.  At the minute, only 5 matches have been announced so how it will fare? Let's take a look.

Roman Reigns will face Bray Wyatt in a match that I'm not really sold on. Whilst Reigns is growing on me as a possible main eventer, I don't really care about Bray's character anymore. Despite that, I fel that Bray will find some way to win here.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

Randy Orton will take on Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus in what could be an interesting match. A tough one to call as WWE won't be that bothered about making Sheamus look strong despite him being a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion (possibly). For that reason, I'm going for Orton to win here.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

The Prime Time Players will defend their Tag Team Championships against The New Day. This has the chance to be an entertaining contest and I think that Young and O'Neill will retain here.
Predicted Winners: Prime Time Players

Kevin Owens will challenge John Cena for the United States Championship. I'm really liking Owens at the minute but I would like him to win the Championship. However, he is facing John Cena so I don't think that will happen.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

The main event will be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Brock Lesnar challenges Seth Rollins. This is undoubtedly Rollins' toughest test and a lot of people think that Lesnar will win here. However, I think that Rollins will find some way to win and possibly face Lesnar again at Summerslam.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rolljns

I know I have been massively behind with my PPV reviews (work and illness I'm afraid) so I'm going to get it all sorted by the end of the month. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.