Sunday, 23 July 2017

WWE Battleground 2017

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WWE Battleground will be taking place this evening at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The last Smackdown PPV, Money in the Bank, was a massive disappointment so will this one be any better? Let's look at the card.

Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
This could be a good match and I'm going for Dillinger to win.
Predicted Winner: Tye Dillinger

Sami Zayn vs Mike Kanellis
I would love for Sami but it's more likely that Mike will win instead.
Predicted Winner: Mike Kanellis

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
A tough one to call as I can see both guys winning. I'm going for Corbin to win here.

Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles
United States Championship
This is one that I'm really looking forward to and I'm going for Styles to retain.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

The New Day vs The Usos
Like last time, I'm going for The New Day to win. Hopefully it will be a clean victory.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

John Cena vs Rusev
Flag Match
I can see both guys winning but I think that Cena will win.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Lana vs Natalya vs Tamina
Elimination Match to Determine the No 1 Contender for the Smackdown Women's Championship
I think that it's between Becky and Charlotte for this one and I think that Charlotte will win.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal
Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Championship
Admittedly I have never seen a punjabi prison match but I've heard that they're not great. Anyway, I feel that Jinder and Randy will deliver a good match and I'm going for Jinder to retain.
Predicted Winner: Jinder Mahal

I'm still catching up on PPV reviews so I will get to publish my review as soon as I can. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 21 July 2017

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Review

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 took place at the Scottrade Center in St Louis on Sunday 18th June. We will see history in the making as the first ever Women's Money in the Bank ladder match. So, who will be Mr and Miss Money in the Bank? Let's take a look.

The Pre Show match was The Colons taking on The Hype Bros. The Hype Bros get the win after they hit The Hype Ryder on Epico. The match wasn't anything special.
Winners: The Hype Bros (1 for 1)

The first match of the event was Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Tamina taking part in the Women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Highlights of the match include: Becky and Natalya fighting over a ladder before Natalya suplexed Becky onto it; Natalya putting Becky in the sharpshooter; Charlotte spearing Tamina out of the ring; and Becky powerbombing Carmella off the ladder. The end comes when Becky is on the verge of grabbing the briefcase when James Ellsworth tips the ladder to send her off. He then climbs the ladder, grabs the briefcase and drops it to Carmella for her to win the match.

First of all, I found the match to be a disappointment as I felt that it could have been better. As for the ending, things like this have almost happened. Maryse trying to help The Miz in 2010 is one that springs to mind. However, that didn't end the match and it put a very sour note on what should be a historic match. Instead of discussing whether Carmella is the right person to be the first Miss Money in the Bank, we're talking about the way she won it, which is a very bad creative decision by the WWE. Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan does reverse the decision and sets up a rematch on the following Smackdown, which Carmella does go on to win. However, the history making moment has been ruined.
Winner: Carmella (2 for 2)

Next is the Smackdown Tag Team Championship match as The New Day challenge The Usos. The Usos get the advantage when Jimmy pulls down the rope, sending Kofi to the floor. Eventually Kofi stomps on Jey and that gives him the chance to tag in Big E. They hit Jey with The Midnight Hour but Jimmy pulls him out and they go "Fuck this" and lose the match by count out. This was a good match although I was pissed off that it ended in a count out, especially after what happened in the previous match.
Winners: The New Day (3 for 3)

The second Championship is Lana (yes, really) challenging Naomi for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Naomi is dominant to begin with before Lana suplexes Naomi's legs onto the ropes. Lana does go on to hit a sit down spinebuster but after Naomi kicks out, Carmella comes down and teases cashing in the briefcase. This gives Naomi the chance to recover and gets Lana to submit to the Slay-O-Mission to get the win. This was an ok match and Lana showed some potential. However, this had a distraction finish, which you don't need to do. So far, we had a history making moment ruined, an intentional count out and a distraction finish. I don't think this PPV is going well.
Winner: Naomi (4 for 4)

After we see an episode of Fashion Vice and the return of Maria Kinellis with her husband Mike, we get the WWE Championship match with Randy Orton challenging Jinder Mahal. Orton goes for the RKO early on but Mahal rolls out of the ring. He manages to get the advantage after sending Orton over the top rope, landing badly on his left leg. Mahal continues his assault, hitting moves such as a shinbreaker onto the announce table and a figure four. However, Orton gets back into it after hitting a superplex. Orton goes on ot hit the RKO but the Singh Brothers puts Mahal's leg on the ropes and the referee sends them to the back. Instead they go after Bob Orton, who was sitting at ringside and Orton goes after them. This gives Mahal the chance to recover and hit the Khallas on Orton to get the win. I generally enjoyed the match but it had the same ending as the one at Backlash. It would have been nice to have a different ending.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (5 for 5)

The penultimate match is Breezango taking on The Ascension who have claimed responsibility for attacking Tyler Breeze the week before. Fandango gets saved from a tag team move by Breeze then puts Viktor in a small package to get the win. The match wasn't anything special.
Winners: Fandango (N/A)

The main event is AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura in the Men's Money in the Bank ladder match. Corbin attacks Nakamura during his entrance and he ends up being taken to the back by medics. Other highlights include: Zayn doing an over the top suicide dive to Owens; Corbin hitting Ziggler with a Deep Six onto the floor; Ziggler hitting Corbin with a Zig Zag off the ladder; Zayn hitting Owens with a half nelson suplex onto the apron; and Corbin chokeslamming Styles onto the ladder. After Nakamura comes back and beats up Corbin, we get him fighting Styles for a bit before they end up climbing the ladder. However, Corbin tips the ladder to send them flying and climbs up to get the briefcase and win the match.

This was a really good match and I'm quite surprised that Corbin won. It will be interesting to see how he will do if he becomes the Champion.
Winner: Baron Corbin (5 for 6)

I thought that Money in the Bank was a terrible event. The matches were generally good but the endings were fucking shit. We had a man effectively win the Women's Money in the Bank, an intentional count out, a distraction finish and a repeat ending. I pray that Smackdown get their shit together for their next event Battleground. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

WWE Great of Balls 2017 Preview

The first Great Balls of Fire PPV will be taking place this evening at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The RAW PPVs have been a mixed bag recently, so will this one be an improvement? Let's take a look.

Big Cass vs Enzo Amore
First of all, WWE are stupid for splitting this team up as I feel that it's way too soon for them. Despite that, I can see this being quite entertained. Big Cass has to win this otherwise his heel push might derail.
Predicted Winner: Big Cass

"Titus Brand" Akira Tozowa vs King Neville of the Cruiserweights
I don't get why Akira is in this thing with Titus O'Neill. However, like the Cass/Enzo match, I can see them having an entertaining match. Neville has been a breath of fresh air in 2017 and his matches with Austin Aries have been the best matches of the night. I think that Neville will continue his reign.
Predicted Winner: Neville

Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Due to the fact that I give no fucks about Wyatt, Rollins has to win this.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

Roman Reigns vs Bruan Strowman
Ambulance Match
This feud has been quite enjoyable so far and this could be quite a good match. I'm going for Reigns to win here.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Dean Ambrose vs Hollywood Miz
Intercontinental Championship
I've been quite enjoying these matches but I feel that Miz's entourage of Maryse, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel will be the difference here. So, Miz to retain.
Predicted Winner: Miz

Hardy Boyz vs Cesaro and Sheamus
30 Minute Iron Man Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship
This could be another interesting match. I'm going for Cesaro and Sheamus to retain.
Predicted Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar
Universal Championship
This is one match that I'm really looking forward to as it's something fresh. I would love to see Joe win this but I feel that Brock will retain.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

I still need to see Money in the Bank and once I've seen that, I'll watch this. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Review

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 took place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. After recovering from a serious lung conditon, I have now found the time to watch this.The last few RAW PPVs have been a mixed bag but will this one be any different? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Apollo Crews with Titus O'Neill taking on Kalisto. After some back and forth, Crews hits a standing 450 splash for 2. When he argues with O'Neill, Kalisto hits him with the Salida Del Sol to get the win. The match wasn't that special and it's weird seeing Crews being a heel by association to O'Neill.
Winner: Kalisto (1 for 1)

The first match of the show is for the Intercontinental Championship as Hollywood Miz challenges Dean Ambrose and Ambrose will lose the title if he gets disqualified. Miz keeps trying to get Ambrose angry so that he would lose his temper but the referee would stop him before that happens. Miz gets the advantage after hitting a DDT onto the apron. Amborse does make his comeback but Maryse tries to get Ambrose disqualified by slapping her husband. However, the referee is not an idiot and ejects Maryse and while he was sorting that out, Miz sends Ambrose into him, sending him to the outside. Ambrose pleads with the referee and Miz takes advantage and hits the Skull Crushing Finale to get the win and become a 7-time Intercontinental Championship.

This match was pretty good but I'm torn about the ending. The referee was clever enough to realise that Miz got Maryse to slap him but not clever enough to realise that Miz might throw Ambrose into him. Despite that, I'm glad that it didn't end in Ambrose getting disqualified.
Winner: The Miz (2 for 2)

Next is a mixed tag team match with Noam Dar and Alicia Fox taking on Rich Swann and Sasha Banks. Fox and Dar would tag each other in when it felt like they were getting beaten. In the end, Swann hits a Phoenix Splash on Dar to get the win. The match was ok but nothing special.
Winners: Rich Swann and Sasha Banks (3 for 3)

We now get our 2nd title match as Bayley challenges Alexa Bliss in a Kendo Stick Match for the RAW Women's Championship. Alexa gives Bayley the opportunity to go for the stick but stops her cos she's a dick. The sitck falls to the ring and eventually Bayley does pick it up but doesn't get to use it. Alexa grabs it and uses it relentlessly. In the end, Alexa throws Bayley into the kendo stick that she had propped up in the corner. Alexa follows that with a DDT to get the win. This match was only 6 minutes long. Also, I don't get what WWE are doing with Bayley. I get her being reluctant to use the stick but she could have gone on to win without using it instead of what we got here. A big disappointment for me.
Winner: Alexa Bliss (4 for 4)

 Next is a steel cage match for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Cesaro and Sheamus challenge The Hardy Boyz. The only way to win is for BOTH members of the team to leave the cage. Keep that in mind by the way. After some back and forth, The Hardys climb the cage but only Jeff escapes. Matt tries to leave a few times but he gets double teamed. Jeff does a whisper in the wind on Cesaro and Sheamus, sending him back into the cage and that means we're back to square one...? Anyway, Matt leaves the cage through the door and is trying to drag Jeff out with him. However, Cesaro and Sheamus just about manage to escape the cage first and win the Championship.

The rules of this match ruined it for me. Putting aside the logic behind a high flying team choosing a steel cage match, did they decide these rules or are they forced on them. I know that steel cage matches used to be that the only way to escape but you can't do that with tag teams. Plus it was probably confusing for the live audience as well.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus (4 for 5)

The penultimate match is one that I was really looking forward to: Austin Aries challenging King Neville of the Cruiserweights in a submission match for the Cruiserweight Championship.  Aries uses moves such as a guillotine and a figure four but Neville manages to put on the Rings of Saturn. Aries does get to the ropes and eventually gets Neville to submit to The Last Chancery, but it's outside the ring. In the end, Neville hits the Red Arrow followed immediately by the Rings of Saturn to get the win by submission.

This was a good match and I loved the ending. However, the referee was annoying me during the match. If the only way to win is by submission, why did it seem like that disqualifications and count outs can still happen?
Winner: Neville (5 for 6)

The Universal Champion Brock Lesnar couldn't be fucked to be here so the main event is to determine his next challenger. It's Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins. Highlights of the match include: Balor doing a suicide dive to Joe, Rollins and Wyatt; Wyatt and Joe working together; Rollins hitting a double blockbuster on Wyatt and Joe; Reigns spearing Balor and Joe into the timekeeper's area; and Rollins frog splashing Wyatt through the Spanish Announcers' table. It looks like Balor is going to get the win after hitting a Coup de Grace on Rollins. However, Joe puts Balor into the Coquina Clutch. Balor passes out, giving Joe the win.

This was an enjoyable match to watch. I was surprised that Samoa Joe won but it will give us something different and I'm looking forward to seeing them in Great Balls of Fire.
Winner: Samoa Joe (5 for 7)

I thought that Extreme Rules was a mixed bag, when seems to be the norm for RAW PPVs. Some matches were good but some were disappointing,  especially the Steel Cage match. Hopefully Great Balls of Fire will be an improvement,  although I'm not holding my breath.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Preview

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The 2017 edition of Money in the Bank will be taking place this evening at the Scottrade Center in St Louis. Even though it's a Smackdown only event, we will still be getting 2 Money in the Bank matches. So, who will be Mr and Miss Money in the Bank after this event? Let's look at the card.

The Hype Bros vs The Colons
A tough one to call but I'm going for The Hype Bros to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Hype Bros

Lana vs Naomi
Smackdown Women's Championship
I really don't think Lana will win but you never know.
Predicted Winner: Naomi

The New Day vs The Usos
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Another tough one to call. The Usos have been great recently but I think it's time for The New Day to become Champions.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

Becky Lynch vs Carmella vs Charlotte Flair vs Natalya vs Tamina
Women's Money in the Bank Match
Quite a tough one to call. I'm going on a limb and picking Carmella to win this.
Predicted Winner: Carmella

AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Men's Money in the Bank
Another tough one to call as you can see anyone of them winning. I'm going for Shinsuke Nakamura to win.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal
WWE Championship
I will be very surprised (and very pissed off) if Orton wins this and I'm going for Jinder to retain.
Predicted Winner: Jinder Mahal

Due to being in hospital over the last few weeks, I haven't seen Extreme Rules so I'll review that first then Money in the Bank and it will be done over the next week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Money in the Bank 2017: The Contenders

Money in the Bank will be taking place this Sunday and they will be two of them, including a women's one for the first time. So, who are the contenders? Let's take a look at them.

Women's Money in the Bank

Becky Lynch
Even though she was the first ever Smackdown Women's Champion, Becky has been down the pecking order recently. I would love to see her win but I can't see it.
Will She Win? Unlikely
Carmella
I'm not too sure with Carmella. Apparently, some dirtsheets are reporting that she will be the first ever winner. Due to the fact that Smackdown are giving people you wouldn't consider the chance to be a Champion, it is a distinct possibility.
Will She Win? Possibly
Charlotte
A surefire bet in most people's eyes. However, her recent face turn (which I'm struggling to get behind) could count against her. WWE could use this as a chance to do another heel turn but time will tell.
Will She Win? Very possible
Natalya
Whilst I would love Natalya to win, I feel that's not going to happen.
Will She Win? Unfortunately not
Tamina
Let's be blunt, she's not going to win. If she does, I will leave wrestling forever.
Will She Win? Fuck no.

Men's Money in the Bank

AJ Styles
This is the most open match that I've seen in a long time. I feel that Styles is one of the favourites in this match.
Will He Win? Possibly
Baron Corbin
Whilst Corbin has gone better recently, I think that it might be too soon for Corbin. However, like Carmella, some dirtsheets are reporting that he is the favourite to win so we will see.
Will He Win? Possibly
Dolph Ziggler
I can't see winning to be honest and I feel that his time has been and gone.
Will He Win? Unlikely
Kevin Owens
I would like Owens to win this. However, his Face of America gimmick and being United States Champion might mean that it might be his time next year.
Will He Win? Probably not
Sami Zayn
Whilst Sami would be great winning Money in the Bank, I feel that it will be another case of close but no cigar.
Will He Win?Unlikely
Shinsuke Nakamura
This is a tough one. I do wonder if they are going to push him to the Moon so quickly. However, I think that they will.
Will He Win? Very possibly

A full preview will be published over the weekend but who do you think will win? Tweet us with your answers to @lodownwrestling

Sunday, 4 June 2017

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Preview

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WWE Extreme Rules will be taking place this Sunday at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Some of these matches look interesting so let's take a look at the card.

Kalisto vs Apollo Crews
This is part of the whole "Titus Brand" angle in which I have little interest in. I'm going for Kalisto to win here.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

Rich Swann and Sasha Banks vs Noam Dar and Alicia Fox
Whilst it may be a little weird seeing Sasha in a feud like this, it could still be fun. I'm going for Rich and Sasha to win.
Predicted Winners: Rich Swann and Sasha Banks

The Hardy Boyz vs Cesaro and Sheamus
Steel Cage Tag Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship
A slightly tough one to call but I think that the Hardys will retain.
Predicted Winners: The Hardy Boyz

King Neville of the Cruiserweights vs Austin Aries
Submission Match for the Cruiserweight Championship
This is the match that I'm most looking forward to and it also could be the match of the night. A really tough one to call but I'm going for Austin Aries to win.
Predicted Winner: Austin Aries

Alexa Bliss vs Bayley
Kendo Stick on a Pole Match for the RAW Women's Championship
This match could be really good or really shit. I'm going for Alexa to retain.
Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss

Dean Ambrose vs Hollywood Miz
Intercontinental Championship
This match could be a good one but it has the added stipulation that Ambrose will lose the Championship if he gets disqualified. Ignoring the fact that this stipulation for a event called Extreme Rules, I can see Ambrose doing something stupid to get disqualified. Therefore, Miz to win.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Seth Rollins
Fatal 5-way to Determine the No 1 Contender for the Universal Championship
I'm looking forward to this one although I give no fucks about Wyatt. I can see WWE giving Reigns the win. However, I'm going for Finn Balor to win and face Brock Lesnar at whatever event Brock sees fit to turn up at.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

Hopefully I get to see this event over the next couple of days. Also, I might be going to the NXT event in Leeds this week and I'll be doing a brief report on that. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.



WWE Backlash 2017 Review

WWE Backlash took place last Sunday at the AllState Arena just outside Chicago. NXT Takeover was on the night before and that was a good event. Will Backlash be the same? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Tye Dillinger taking on Aiden English. English gets the advantage with a swinging neckbreaker. He then wears down Dillinger with a chinlock. Dillinger makes his comeback but English comes close a couple of times. Dillinger goes on to get the win with the Tye Breaker. This was a decent match between the two.
Winner: Tye Dillinger (1 for 1)

The first match of the event was Dolph Ziggler taking on Shinsuke Nakamura. During the match, Ziggler grabs Nakamura as he was getting into the ring and hits a neckbreaker to get the advantage. Ziggler comes close after avoiding a Kinshasa to hit a Fameasser for 2. However, Nakamura managed to get back into it and hit the Kinshasa to get the win. This was a good match between the two but I'm not sure whether WWE are ready to push him to the moon yet or to keep him in a holding pattern.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura (2 for 2)

We now get our first Championship match as Breezango challenges The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. During the match, Breeze was disguised as a janitor then an old lady. The Usos don't take this very well and proceed to destroy Breeze. Breeze gets to make the hot tag to Fandango and they come close when Breeze hits an Unprettier. In the end, Fandango goes for his top rope legdrop but Jimmy Uso holds his leg, allowing Jey Uso to hit a super kick to get the win. This match was a mixed bag. I hated most of it as it was just stupid with the disguises and stuff; but the last few minutes was entertaining.
Winner: The Usos (3 for 3)

Next is Sami Zayn taking on Baron Corbin. Zayn dropkicks Corbin out of the ring, hurting his lower back in the process. Corbin takes advantage by charging him into the turnbuckle then focusing on his lower back with moves such as a bearhug. Zayn reverses a super plex to hit a sunset flip powerbomb but Crobin responds with a Deep Six for 2. Zayn then hits the Helluva Kick to get the win. This was a good match and even though the finish came out of nowhere I think it works in this case. Corbin was dominant for most of the match yet he makes one mistake and Zayn takes advantage. An enjoyable contest.
Winner: Sami Zayn (3 for 4)

It's now time for the Women's tag team match. It's The Welcoming Committee (Carmella, Natalya and Tamina with James "Why He Is Still Here?" Ellsworth) versus Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Naomi. Charlotte gets clotheslined that gives the Welcoming Committee the advantage. She manages to tag in Naomi but Carmella shuts it down pretty quickly to regain the advantage. Becky eventually gets the hot tag and even though she has Natalya in the Dis-Arm-Her, which Carmella breaks up; in the end, Natalya makes Becky submit with the Sharpshooter. This match was ok  and I was quite surprised that The Welcoming Committee won.
Winners: The Welcoming Committee (3 for 5)

Now a match I was really looking forward to: AJ Styles challenging Kevin Owens for the United States Championship. Owens goes for the right leg that he injured earlier in the week. The match goes back and forth before Owens bounces Styles' head off the turnbuckle followed by a clothesline. Owens keeps Styles down with moves such as sentons before Styles gets back into it with a kick. Styles comes close a couple of times but he almost loses when Owens hits a pumphandle neckbreaker for 2. Owens then focuses his attack on the right leg, resulting in applying a half leg Boston crab then an ankle lock. The match goes to the outside when Styles hits a suplex to the apron and they both land on the floor. Styles then goes a Styles Clash on the German announce table but Owens gets out of it and Styles gets caught up in the cables, meaning that Owens wins by count out. Owens then attacks Styles afterwards.

This was a really good match. It was a bit of a shitty ending as you don't want a match between the two to end in a count out. However, it was probably the right way to do it and it gives Styles a case for a rematch.
Winner: Kevin Owens (4 for 6)

We now go from one match that I was looking forward to to one that I don't care about: Luke Harper versus Erick Rowan.  Rowan gets the advantage early on  but Harper makes his comeback sending Rowan into the announce tables with a suicide dive. Harper goes on to get the win with a discus clothesline. I can sum up this match with one word: meh
Winner: Luke Harper (5 for 7)

The main event is for the WWE Championship as Jinder Mahal challenges Randy Orton. Orton doesn't fuck around and attacks Mahal during the introductions. The referee restores order and the match starts at a fast pace. Mahal gets the advantage and wears Orton down, focusing on the left shoulder. Orton gets back into it but the injured shoulder hampers him at times. Orton does hit the RKO (outta nowhere) but his shoulder prevents him from making the cover and The Bollywood Boyz Singh Brothers pull Mahal out of the ring. Orton attacks the Singhs, including a very botched suplex onto an announce table in which one of the Singhs landed on his head. After Orton hits the Singhs with a double hanging DDT, Mahal slides in and hits the Cobra Clutch Slam to get the win and become the WWE Champion...?? Yes, you read that right. Jinder Mahal, who has gone from being the least talented guy in 3MB to becoming the WWE Champion, shocking the wrestling world.

This was a good match although it's making me start to hate Randy Orton. I feel that he's just going through the motions and is ok botching moves that can really hurt people. As for Jinder Mahal, I'm happy that, on Smackdown at least, they are trying new things. Mahal is probably someone that I wouldn't consider to give him the Championship but he has been booked well so since his return. Here's hoping he gets a decent title reign.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (5 for 8)

I thought that Backlash was a good event. It did feel more like an extended episode of Smackdown but I'm ok with that. It was great to see Nakamura wrestle on the main roster and at the minute, with the roster Smackdown have, they have the ability to do new matches and I'm looking forward to seeing what they will do.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

NXT Takeover: Chicago Review

The third NXT Takeover of 2017 took place at the AllState Arena just outside Chicago last Saturday evening. The last 2 Takeovers have been pretty good so far so, in one of the most boisterous crowds in the country, will that continue? Let's take a look.

The first match was Eric Young taking on Roderick Strong. Strong surprises Young by taking out his henchmen, Killian Dian and Alexander Wolff, at ringside. Strong then goes after Young but his momentum is stopped by a back suplex. Later on, Dian runs Strong over with a brutal running crossbody. Strong makes his comeback and hits a high knee, sending Young onto Dian and Wolff on the outside. Strong then rolls Young back inside and hits the End of Heartache to get the win. This was a good match and I was surprised that Young won, especially in the first match between the two. It seems that WWE are going to push him into the main event scene. Strong has the talent for it but I still feels that he needs to develop his character.
Winner: Roderick Strong (0 for 1)

The next match is for the United Kingdom Champioship as Tyler Bate faces the challenge of Pete Dunne. After some back and forth, Dunne gets the advantage after hitting a X-plex. Dunne comes close after a suplex into a sit down powerbomb and Bate reverses the Bitter End into a DDT. In the end, Dunne avoids an over the top rope suicide dive and rolls back Bate to hit the Bitter End and become the new United Kingdom Champion. The match was absolutely amazing to watch and so much better than their match at the United Kingdom Championship Tournament in January. This is a strong contender for match of the year and I can't wait for them to have a rematch in the near future.
Winner: Pete Dunne (1 for 2)

We now get the triple threat for the NXT Women's Championship as Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross challenge Asuka. The match goes at a steady pace to begin with with all 3 women being involved. Cross saves Riot a couple of times as Asuka hit a powerbomb into an anklelock then the Asuka Lock. Cross has a good chance to win with a solo magic killer but Riot breaks up the pin. In the end, Riot hits Cross with an overhead kick but Asuka hits her with a running knee. Asuka then pins both to win the match. This was quite a good match but I'm not a fan of Asuka pinning both women. It seems like a dick move to me.
Winner: Asuka (2 for 3)

The penultimate match is Hideo Itami challenging Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship. Itami has the early advantage before Roode hits a blockbuster. During the match, both guys get hurt. Roode with his shoulder, making it difficult to do moves such as the Glorious DDT; Itami with his knee, making it hard to do the GTS. Roode does bear the pain to hit a Glorious DDT but it only gets two. Itami hits the GTS but Roode rolls out of the ring. In the end, Itami goes for the GTS but Roode reverses it to hit 2 consecutive Glorious DDTs to get the win. I quite enjoyed this match and it would be nice to see them have a rematch. However, I suspect that WWE will do something different.
Winner: Bobby Roode (3 for 4)

The main event is a ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championship as #DIY challenge The Authors of Pain. Highlights of the match include: Gargano doing a suicide dive through a ladder onto The Authors of Pain; #DIY splashing Akam and Razr through ladders on the outside; Paul Ellering stopping Gargano grabbing the belts and getting superkicked for it; Gargano getting uppercutted with a ladder; and Ciampia suplexing Razr through a ladder. The end comes when Ciampia and Gargano have their hands on the belts but Razr and Akam pull the ladder out from under them. They then pull them off and hit the super collider , climb up the ladder and grab the belts to win the match. Afterwards, Ciampia beats the fuck put of Gargano at the entrance way.

Although it was a little slow at times, this was a good match. As for Ciampia turning on Gargano, I thought it would happen at some point but I didn't think it would happen for a while yet. #DIY are the only team that could challenge them. TM-61 are out due to injury and it seems that Heavy Machinery are next up. However, they have had what 3 TV matches together and I think that it is way too soon for them.
Winner: Authors of Pain (4 for 5)

I thought that NXT Takeover: Chicago was a good event and the matches were generally good. It will be interesting to see where the Championship scenes will look like over the next few weeks and I'm quite looking forward to it.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

WWE Backlash 2017 Preview

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WWE Backlash will be taking place this evening at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, just outside Chicago. This should be an interesting event so let's take a look at the card.

Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
Quite a tough one to call but I'm going for Dillinger to win
Predicted Winner: Tye Dillinger

Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn
This has the potential to be a good match and I'm going for Corbin to win
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan
To be honest, I don't really care about this, especially as Bray Wyatt is now on RAW. I have to make a prediction so I'm going for Luke Harper to win here.
Predicted Winner: Luke Harper

AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
United States Championship
I'm really looking forward to this one and I would like Styles to win this. However, I'm going for Owens to retain.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Naomi, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs Tamina, Carmella and Natalya
Getting over the fact that I find it weird that Charlotte is now a face, this could be a decent match. I'm for Naomi, Becky and Charlotte to win here.
Predicted Winners: Naomi, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair

Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura
This is another one that I'm looking forward to. I feel that Nakamura has to win this.
Predicted Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Breezango vs The Usos
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
I'm quite surprised that Breezango are the number 1 contenders and seeing them as Champions could be interesting. However, I'm going for The Usos to win.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton
WWE Championship
This is an interesting one to predict. At first, I thought that there is no fucking way that Jinder is winning this. However, he has been booked well recently and with the help of his henchmen, The Bollywood Boyz Singh Brothers, Jinder could actually become Champion. I can't see WWE doing that so I'm picking Orton to win. However, I hope that I'm wrong.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

I won't get to see this until later in the week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

NXT Takeover: Chicago Preview

NXT Takeover: Chicago will be taking this evening at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, just outside Chicago. I'm quite looking forward to this one and we will be having 4 Championships on the line instead of the usual 3, so let's look at the card.

Roderick Strong vs Eric Young
WWE have been pushing Strong with vignettes recently and that's exactly what he needs. I think Strong is a good wrestler but he doesn't seem to have much of a character. Despite the push, Young has the other members of SAnitY to interfere like fuck and help him get the win.
Predicted Winner: Eric Young

Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate
United Kingdom Championship
A tough one to call. Bate has been impressive and I feel that it might be time to see a new Champion therefore, Dunne to win here.
Predicted Winner: Pete Dunne

Ruby Riot vs Nikki Cross vs Asuka
NXT Women's Championship
Shame that Ember Moon is injured to be in this as she was my pick to win. I feel that it's too soon for Ruby and Nikki would be awesome as Champion. However, Asuka's recent heel turn, which I have been wanting for fucking months, could be derailed if she loses. Therefore, I think they will keep the status quo.
Predicted Winner: Asuka

#DIY vs The Authors of Pain
Ladder Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship
I think that this could be a match of the year candidate. The Authors of Pain's best matches have been against #DIY and the addition of ladders could make this a really good match. I'm going for The Authors of Pain to win.
Predicted Winners: The Authors of Pain

Hideo Itami vs Bobby Roode
NXT Championship
Oh God, I spent ages thinking about this. I can see either guy winning as it can work either way. With Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe leaving, I was worried about the main event scene. However, with Hideo, Kassius Ohno, Drew McIntyre and possibly Roderick Strong being in the mix, it looks good for the next year. The only thing that at the minute, they are all faces. Because of that, I feel that Roode will win this and stay Champion for the time being.
Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode

I will hopefully watch this over the weekend or early in the week and until the review goes up, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 12 May 2017

WWE Payback 2017 Review

WWE Payback took place at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday 30th April. Due to the Superstar Shake Up, we have a couple of matches that we wouldn't normally have. Anyway, let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show is Enzo and Big Cass versus Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Gallows and Andersno focus on Enzo's arm and stop him tagging in Cass a couple of times. Enzo does manage to tag in Cass and, after Enzo tags back in, they get the win after Cass stops the Magic Killer and Enzo puts Gallows in a small package. The match was ok and whilst it was a good ending, it seemed to come out of nowhere.
Winners: Enzo and Big Cass (1 for 1)

After an enjoyable segment of MizTV with Finn Balor, we get the first match of the event which is The Gift of Jericho challenging Kevin Owens for the United States Championship. Owens gets the advantage after stopping a springboard dropkick and focuses on the head and neck. Jericho makes his comeback, chopping the fuck out of Owens. Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho but Owens gets one finger on the ropes. Jericho doesn't take that well and attacks the hand. Owens tries for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but he can't because of his hand. Jericho then puts on the Walls of Jericho again to make Owens submit and become the United States Champion.

This was a really good match and it was a great way to start the event. I was surprised that Jericho won and I was worried if Owens' Face of America gimmick would work without the Championship. However, Owens regained the Championship two days later so I'm not that worried.
Winner: Chris Jericho (1 for 2)

Next is Austin Aries challenging King Neville of the Cruiserweights for the Cruiserweight Championship. Aries keeps Neville off balance with arm drags before Neville stops a 450 splash to get the advantage. Aries does his comeback and hit a sunset flip powerbomb into a Last Chancery. However, Neville assaults the referee to get himself disqualified.This was a good match and based on the ending, I'm assuming we will get them again soon.
Winner: Austin Aries (1 for3)

Next is Cesaro and Sheamus challenging The Hardy Boyz for the RAW Tag Team Championship. Jeff was beaten down by Cesaro and Sheamus, including an impressive leg drop by Cesaro. Eventually, Matt gets tagged in and we get some back and forth. Sheamus hits Matt with a power slam but he doesn't realise that Jeff is the legal man and he hits a Swanton Bomb to get the win. Afterwards, Cesaro and Sheamus attack the Hardys. This was a good match that went back and forth. I was surprised by Cesaro and Sheamus turning heel but I'm interested to see where they go with it.
Winners: The Hardy Boyz (2 for 4)

We now get the RAW Women's Championship as Alexa Bliss challenges Bayley.  Bliss gets the advantage after a brutal elbow to the face. Bliss' taunting gets the best of her as Bayley uses it to mount her comeback. However, it was in vain as Bliss gets out of a small package and hits a DDT to get the win. Holy shit, I honestly didn't see that coming. I should have expected it as WWE have a tendency to book their hometown wrestler to lose. Despite that, I was surprised that Bliss won. She is currently one of my favourite wrestlers at the minute as her character is brilliant and I think that she will do well as the RAW Women's Champion.  
Winner: Alexa Bliss (2 for 5)

The next match is the House of Horrors Match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, which is not for the WWE Championship because Wyatt is a fucking moron. The match starts with Orton arriving at the house in a limo. Orton, while fighting Wyatt, has to deal with shitty jumpscares, a driverless tractor and toys hanging from a ceiling. Eventually, Wyatt pulls a fridge on top of Orton, leaves the house and gets in Orton's limo, which is nice enough to stay around, to go back to the arena. Ok, because of the rule that the match has to end in the ring, we'll continue this later on.

While Wyatt makes his way back to the arena, we get Seth Rollins versus Samoa Joe. Joe attacks the knee that he injured earlier in the night and he gets the advantage with a dragon screw against the ropes. Joe continues on the knee with a senton and a kneebar. Rollins makes his comeback after a sling blade and goes on to get the win after getting out of a sleeper and doing a fireman's carry into a pin. The match was pretty good but it's bookended by the House of Horrors Match so the fans didn't really seem that into it. Also, I thought the ending was a bit abrupt.
Winner: Seth Rollins (2 for 6)

We now return to the House of Horrors Match as Wyatt comes back in the arena. Even though the match is technically still going on, Wyatt still does his entrance. When Wyatt finishes his entrance, Orton appears out of fucking nowhere and goes on to beat the fuck out of Wyatt. When Orton goes for the RKO, The Bollywood Boyz Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal interfere and Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail to get the win. That means that Wyatt is the new WWE Cha- oh wait, sorry. I forgot it's a non-title match so Wyatt wins by interference in his own gimmick match. Fuck's sake.

This match was fucking terrible and it looked like a fucked up horror movie that wasn't scary. I could list a lot of things that I hated about this but I can't be bothered. The worst match of the year by fucking miles.
Winner: Bray Wyatt (2 for 7)

The main event is Roman Reigns taking on Braun Strowman. Reigns, who has a taped up shoulder due to thrown round like a ragdoll over the last month, tries to win the match early. However, Strowman gets the advantage and after 2 running powerslams, gets the win. Afterwards, Strowman fucks Reigns up with the steel steps. The match wasn't too bad and it's nice to see Strowman win.
Winner: Braun Strowman (2 for 8)

Like the last few PPVs, I thought that Payback was a mixed bag, There were some good matches with some surprising results. However, it has the fore runner for the worst match of the year. Hopefully, Backlash and Extreme Rules will be better. 

 

Monday, 1 May 2017

WWE Payback 2017 Preview

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WWE Payback will be taking place this Sunday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. There won't be a Universal Championship match nor an Intercontinental Championship but there will be a United States Championship match, even though the title is on Smackdown. Also, there will be a non-title WWE Championship match. Erm...this is weird. Anyway, let's look at the card.

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
This is a bit unusual as there were fighting over the RAW Tag Team Championship two months ago. Yet, this continues without the belts. Anyway, I'm going for Enzo and Cass to win.
Predicted Winners: Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Austin Aries vs King Neville of the Cruiserweights
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Their match was really good at the Wrestlemania Kick Off Show and I'm hoping it will be the same here. I'm going for Neville to win here.
Predicted Winner: Neville

Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe 
This is one match that I'm really looking forward to and it's a tough one to call. I think that Joe will find some way to win here.
Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe

The Hardy Boyz vs Cesaro and Sheamus
RAW Tag Team Championship
Another tough one to call. I'm going for the Hardys to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Hardy Boyz

The Gift of Jericho vs Kevin Owens
United States Championship
This is another match that I'm really looking forward to. I know that Jericho will move over to Smackdown if he wins but I can't see that happening. Owens to win here.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Alexa Bliss vs Bayley
RAW Women's Championship
This is another tough one to call as I can see either one of them winning. I'm going for Bayley to win here.
Predicted Winner: Bayley

Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton
House of Horrors Match
First of all, Wyatt didn't make this for the WWE Championship. Ok, you're a fucking moron and there is no fucking way that he's winning this.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
I can not give a fuck about this match. Hopefully they will surprise me and I think that Reigns will win.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

As usual, I won't get to watch this til later in the week so I hope you guys enjoy the show.        

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Superstar Shake Up

The Superstar Shake Up, effectively the WWE Draft, took place on RAW ans Smackdown last week. The way they did it was that they announced who were coming on the show moments before they turned up on TV. Let's take a look at the transfers.

From Smackdown to RAW

  • Alexa Bliss
  • Apollo Crews
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Curt Hawkins
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Heath Slater and Rhyno
  • Kalisto
  • Mickie James
  • Miz and Maryse
For most of these Superstars, I don't think it will affect them too much. I feel that they will just be in the same position as they were on Smackdown. However, I am worried about Bray and Alexa. Alexa was very close to becoming my Most Improved Wrestler from last year and she was one of the highlights on Smackdown. I was worried that she might get lost in the shuffle as they are better wrestlers such as Sasha Banks and Emma in the division. However, she became the Number 1 Contender and will face Bayley on Payback and that shows how high WWE regard her, I don't think she will win but I thought that when she faced Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women's Championship and I was proven wrong then.

As for Bray, I feel that it's the beginning of the end. It was great when he beat John Cena and AJ Styles at Elimination Chamber to become WWE Champion. Then it just fell apart as he first lost the Championship to Randy Orton a month later and then he gets transferred over to RAW without any of the Wyatt Family. Bray works well as the leader of a group and this could be the final nail in the coffin for him, I know that Bray has a rematch at Payback but let's be honest, does anyone really fucking think that he is going to win that?

From RAW to Smackdown

  • Charlotte Flair
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Lana
  • Rusev
  • Sami Zayn
  • Sin Cara 2.0
  • Tamina
  • The New Day
  • The Shining Stars The Colons
I feel that some of these Superstars will do well on Smackdown. I'm especially happy for Sami and Kevin. A part of me is gutted that they moved because I'm going to a RAW house show in 3 weeks so I won't get to see them. However, if used right, they can go no to become the highlights of the show plus we could see matches such as Nakamura vs Owens. I am slightly worried about the women's division. Charlotte is great and is probably worth more then Alexa Bliss and Mickie James combined. However, Tamina isn't very good and I almost forgot that she still works there. The biggest surprise so far has been Jinder Mahal. He became the Number 1 Contender to the WWE Champioship and will get that opportunity at Backlash. Jinder has improved so much since he came back and I'm interested to see how that match will go.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

WWE Wrestlemania 33 Review

The biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania, took place on Sunday 3rd April at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. I'm not that excited about some of the matches but I'm interested to see how it goes so let's take a look.

There were 3 matches on the Kick Off Show and the first was for the Cruiserweight Championship as Austin Aries challenges King Neville of the Cruiserweights. Early on, Aries goes for the Last Chancery but Neville rolls out of the ring. He then gets the advantage after stopping a suicide dive. The match goes back and forth and Aries comes close with a 450 splash followed by the Last Chancery. However, Neville gouges the eye to get out of it then hits the Red Arrow to get the win. This was a really good match and I can't wait for them to have a rematch.
Winner: Neville (1 for 1)

Next is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with the following taking part Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Braun Strowman, Goldust, R-Truth, Primo, Epico, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, Rhyno, Heath Slater, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Mark Henry, Tian Bing and Killian Dian. Strowman and Show eliminate a few of the wrestlers before Strowman eliminates Show. The remaining wrestlers team up to eliminate Strowman. The final five end up being: Rawley, Mahal, Zayn, Dian and O'Neill. Zayn eliminates O'Neill but he is eliminated by Dian. Rawley gets beaten up by Mahal before he throws a drink at Rawley's friend Ron Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Gronk doesn't take that well and should tackles Mahal. Rawley goes on to eliminate Dian and then Mahal to win the match. This was quite fun to watch and I was surprised that Rawley. Even though I'm not a big fan of him, it will be interesting to see how it will go with him. 
Winner: Mojo Rawley (1 for 2)

The final match on the Kick Off Show was for the Intercontinental Championship as Baron Corbni challenges Dean Ambrose. Corbin is dominant very early on, sending Ambrose into the ring post and the barricades. Ambrose gets back into it and gets the win after reversing an End of Days into a Dirty Deeds. This match wasn't great, which was a shame as it had the potential to be quite good.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (1 for 3)

After an introduction by hosts The New Day, we get the first official match of Wrestlemania, which was AJ Styles taking on Shane McMahon. Styles is understandably confident, which Shane takes advantageof.; Styles sends Shane flying over the Smackdown announce table and later on, puts him in the calf killer. Sane puts Styles in a triangle choke but it's reversed into a Styles Clash for 2. Styles accidentally knocks out the ref and Shane comes close after hitting a coast to coast, sending a trash can into Styles. Shane goes to elbow Shane through the Smackdown announce table but he misses. Styles goes on to win after avoiding a shooting star press to hit the Phenomenal Forearm. This match was really enjoyable and better then I thought it would be.
Winner: AJ Styles (2 for 4)

The next match is one that I was really looking forward to: Kevin Owens challenging The Gift of Jericho for the United States Championship. The match starts at a fast pace before Owens gets the advantage. Jericho avoids a pop up powerbomb and hits a lionsault for 2. In the end, Owens hits a powerbomb onto the apron then rolls Jericho in to get the pinfall and the win. This was a really good match and I'm looking foward to their rematch at Payback.
Winner: Kevin Owens (3 for 5)

We now get the fatal 4-way elimination match as Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair challenge Bayley for the RAW Women's Championship. Nia is dominant to start with but she gets ganged up on and after powerbombing her, they pile on her to get the pinfall and get eliminated. Sasha Banks gets eliminated when she gets thrown head first into an exposed turnbuckle and Charlotte pins her. Charlotte focuses on Bayley's left knee but it's not enough as Bayley hits a Macho Man elbow drop to get the win. This was a good match tho I do question the booking decision. Nothing against Bayley winning, but if he was going to win at Wrestlemania, why didn't they keep it on Charlotte til then as it would have made a great moment.
Winner: Bayley (3 for 6)

After we see the Hall of Fame Class of 2017, it is the ladder match for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson face the challenges of Cesaro and Sheamus and Enzo and Cass. Before the match, The New Day come out and announce an extra participant, which are The Hardy Boyz. Highlights of the match include: The Hardys going Poetry in Motion to Gallows and Anderson; Anderson pulling Enzo off the ladder into an European uppercut by Cesaro; and Jeff Hardy doing a swanton bomb, sending Cesaro through a ladder. In the end, Matt Hardy climbs up the ladder and gets the blets to win the match. This was a good match and it was nice to see The Hardys in WWE again.
Winners: The Hardy Boyz (N/A)

Next is the mixed tag team match as John Cena and Nikki Bella take on Hollywood Miz and Maryse. Pretty much. Miz and Cena do the work for 90% of this match. Miz wears down Cena but Cena eventually gets the hot tag to Nikki and she completely destroys Maryse. In the end, Cena and Nikki hit their finishing moves to get the win. Afterwards, Cena proposes to Nikki. This felt more like a house show match but it was enjoyable and congratulations to Cena and Nikki on their engagement.
Winners: John Cena and Nikki Bella (4 for 7)

Next is Seth Rollins taking on Triple H  in an unsanctioned match. Triple H during the match goes for the repaired knee and he gets the advantage with a DDT onto the German announce table. Rollins does get some offence in but, thanks to Triple H, his knee does hamper it. After some back and forth, Stephanie McMahon tries to help out but she gets accidentally put through a table by Triple H. Rollins then hits a Pedigree to get the win. This was a good match to watch and I'm interested to see where Rollins goes from here.
Winner: Seth Rollins (5 for 8)

After a musical interlude by Pitbull, Lunch Money Lewis and Flo Rida, we get the WWE Championship match as Randy Orton challenges Bray Wyatt. During the match, they were doing this weird thing when they projected things onto the ring, such as worms and cockroaches. Anyway, Orton gets a chance when he hits a RKO on the outside but later on, Wyatt hits a Sister Abigail for 2. In the end, Orton hits a RKO out of nowhere (seriously, there was nothing leading up to that moment that suggested that it was going to happen) to get the win. This match was a massive disappointment. First of all, the projections on the ring was just fucking stupid. Secondly, Orton doesn't need the title and I feel so sorry for Bray Wyatt. His Championship was probably a couple of years too late then he only gets a one month reign. I know that he has a rematch but due to the fact that he's been moved over to RAW (I'll talk about that another time), do you really think that he's going to regain his Championship?
Winner: Randy Orton (5 for 9)

The next match is for the Universal Championship as Brock Lesnar challenges Goldberg. Lesnar immediately hits 3 German suplexes then Goldberg spears him twice then spears him through a barricade. Goldberg then hits the jackhammer for 2. After Lesnar leapfrogs to avoid a spear, he hits 7 German suplexes then a F-5 to win the match. This match was a lot better than I expected it to be.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (6 for 10)

The penultimate match is a six-pack challenge for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Alexa Bliss faced the challenges of Becky Lynch, Naomi, Mickie James, Natalya and Carmella. Natalya puts Carmella and Naomi in a sharpshooter but it's stopped by Mickie. After Naomi takes out most of the field with an over the top rope splash, she goes on to make Alexa submit with the Slay-o-mission to win the match. This match was far too short, which is a shame as it could have been a good match.
Winner: Naomi (7 for 11)

The main event is Roman Reigns versus The Undertaker in a no holds barred match. The match starst with punches and kicks by both guys. Undertaker chokeslams Reigns onto the German announce table and Reigns by spearing Taker through the Spanish announce table. Taker hits a very poor last ride for 2 and later on, he hits a chokeslam onto a chair for 2. Reigns goes on to hit 4 spears to get the win. Afterwards, Undertaker puts his coat and hat in the middle of the ring and leaves.

This match, to be honest, wasn't great. There were some nice spots but they were some painfully obvious botches, such as the last ride. There are some people who feel that Undertaker should have been retired earlier. I'm not too sure about that but this match has showed that it is time for him to retire. I tell one thing, it is going to be weird next year without a Undertaker match.
Winner: Roman Reigns (8 for 12)

I thought that Wrestlemania was a mixed bag. There were some good matches but some were really disappointing. With the Superstar shake up, it will be interesting to see where things go from here.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

NXT Takeover: Orlando Review

NXT Takeover: Orlando took place on Saturday 1st April at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Every Takeover that I have seen have been really good so will that continue on Wrestlemania weekend? Let's take a look.

In the first match, it was supposed to be SAnitY taking on the team of Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot. However, Jose decided to take part in a match earlier that day and SAnitY attacked him, resulting in an injured knee. Therefore, Kassius Ohno came in to replace him. SAnitY start to focus on Strong. Despite Strong getting the hot tag to Dillinger, it was not enough as Killian Dain gets out of the Tye Breaker and hits the Ulster Plantation to get the win. I quite enjoyed this match. However, I was disappointed with the women as I feel that they didn't get to do that much.
Winners: SAnitY (1 for 1)

 Next is Andrade "Cien" Almas taking on the debuting Aleister Black. Almas gets the advantage early on, applying an armbar over the ropes. Black gets back into it with kicks. In the end, Black hits 2 big boots to the head followed by the Black Mask to get the win. This was quite a good match and Almas continues his Takeover losing streak.
Winner: Aleister Black (2 for 2)

Our first Championship match as The Revival and #DIY challenge The Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championship. At times, The Revival and #DIY work together, sending Razer through a table and hitting their finishing moves. However, their disdain for each other proves to be their undoing as The Authors of Pain hit the Last Chapter on Ciampia to eliminate #DIY. Soon after, they hit Dawson and Wilder with the Super Collider to get the win. This was a really good match and I loved the psychology of it as well.
Winners: Authors of Pain (3 for 3)

 The penultimate match is for the NXT Women's Championship as Ember Moon challenges Asuka. They exchange moves early on before Asuka sends Ember into the guard rail with a hip attack. Ember does get back into it, although Asuka comes close with a German suplex. Ember goes for the Eclipse but Asuka pushes the referee into the ropes to stop it then kicks Ember's head off to get the win. Ignoring the fact that Asuka should have been disqualified, this was a good match and I look forward to their rematch.  I was surprised that Asuka won but I assume that she will get called up in the summer.
Winner: Asuka (3 for 4)

The main event is for the NXT Championship as Shinsuke Nakamura challenges Bobby Roode. Roode wears Nakamura down by keeping him in the corners and focusing on the neck. Nakamura gets back into it with knee strikes and kicks. After some back and forth, Roode chop blocks Nakamura after avoiding a Kinshasa. Roode hits the Glorious DDT for 2 then tries to use the bell but the referee stops it. In the end, Roode hits a Glorious DDTfrom the top rope to get the win. This was a good match between the two. Im interested to see where Roode goes from here as you can agrue that Ohno is the only one who is at that level. As for Nakaura, he made his main roster debut on Smackdown this week and I'm looking forward to some of the matches that he could have with the likes of AJ Styles and John Cena.
Winner: Bobby Roode (4 for 5)

Before I forget, NXT took this opportunity to debut some new Championship belts. They look nice although I liked the original design of the NXT Championship belt.

I really enjoyed NXT Takeover: Orlando.  The matches were really good and im really looking forward to seeing where they go from here.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

WWE Wrestlemania 33 Preview

The Grand Daddy of them all, Wrestlemania 33 will be tkaing this evening at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. To be honest, I'm not that hyped for a lot of matches on this card. Howvever, let's take a look anyway to see if that changes.

There are two matches on the Pre Show and one of them is for the Cruiserweight Championship as Austin Aries challenges King Neville of the Cruiserweights. I'm looking forward to this one and it's a tough one to call. I think that Neville will retain here.
Predicted Winner: King Neville

The other one is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The confirmed participants are: Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Braun Strowman, Goldust, R-Truth, Primo, Epico, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, Rhyno, Heath Slater, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Mark Henry, Tian Bing and Killian Dian.Yeah, I will be very surprised if Strowman doesn't win this.
Predicted Winner: Bruan Strowman

Seth Rollins will take on Triple H in a non-sanctioned match. Due to the fact that I'm a big fan of these two, this should be a good match. I'm going for Seth to win here.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

Shane McMahon will be taking on AJ Styles and I feel so sorry for Styles. He faced Jericho last year and went on to the WWE Championship. It does seem like a step back for him and I know that Shane is a good entertainer. I think that Styles will win this match.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

John Cena and Nikki Bella  will be taking on Hollywood Miz and Maryse. It does feel weird that Cena is in a mixed tag match. However, this has the tendency to be a good match. I'm going for Cena and Nikki to win.
Predicted Winners: John Cena and Nikki Bella

The Undertaker will take on Roman Reigns. Whilst The Undertaker has only lost once at Wrestlemania but Reigns has to win here due to the fact that WWE will be continuing to shove him down our throat.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will defend their RAW Tag Team Championships against Enzo and Cass and Cesaro and Sheamus in a ladder match. I feel that this is the time for Enzo and Cass to win the Championship here.
Predicted Winners: Enzo and Cass

Alexa Bliss  will defend the Smackdown Women's Championship in a Six Pack Challenge match against Mickie James, Naomi, Carmella, Becky Lynch and Natalya. I think that Naomi, in her home town, will win here.
Predicted Winner: Naomi

Baron Corbin will challenge Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship. I like Ambrose but I feel that Corbin will win here.
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Kevin Owens will challenge The Gift of Jericho for the United States Championship and this is a match that I'm really looking forward to seeing. I'm going for Owens to win here.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks will challenge Bayley in a fatal 4-way elimination match for the RAW Women's Championship. This is quite a tough one to call as I can see any one of them winning. I'm going for Sasha to win here with a heel turn.
Predicted Winner: Sasha Banks

Randy Orton will challenge Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship and to be honest, I'll be really pissed if Orton wins as it proves that it's ok to burn down houses and desecrate graves if you're the good guy. I'm going for Bray to win here.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

Brock Lesnar will challenge Goldberg for the Universal Championship. I really don't care about this match. I'll be very surprised if this last more than 5 minutes and I'm going for Brock to win and become Universal Champion.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

I'll be watching Wrestlemania during the week and post my review up as soon as I can. I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

NXT Takeover: Orlando Preview

NXT Takeover: Orlando is taking place this evening at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The last few Takeovers have been really good, so will that continue? Let's take a look at the card.

SAnitY vs Roderick Strong, No Way Jose, Tye Dillinger and Ruby Riot
An interesting match and I'm interested to see how Ruby Riot does.  I'm going for SAnitY to win here.
Predicted Winners: SAnitY

Aleister Black vs Andrade "Cien" Almas
Black is known in the UK as Tommy End and he faced King Neville at the UK Championship Tournament in January. I assumed by the promos for Black, I assumed he was going to be a heel. However, due to the fact that he's facing Alamas, a guess not. Anyway, Black is going to win here.
Predicted Winner: Aleister Black

Authors of Pain vs #DIY vs The Revival
Triple Threat Elimination Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship
This is a match that I'm really looking forward to watching. I Loved The Revival and #DIY and the Authors of Pain are growing on me. I'm afraid that The Revival will be the first one to be eliminated and I feel that the Authors of Pain will retain here.
Predicted Winners: Authors of Pain

Asuka vs Ember Moon
NXT Women's Championship
This was been quite fun to watch with Asuka acting like a dick to her opponents and seemingly not taking Ember Moon seriously. I feel that she is going to regret that and Ember will win here.
Predicted Winner: Ember Moon

Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura
NXT Championship
At first, I thought that Roode would win here. However, with reports that Nakamura is booked to be on the NXT Tour to the UK, I'm not so sure. Nakamura, along with maybe The Revival, are overdue to be called up and I don't feel thjat Nakamura will be a 3-time Champion. Therefore, Roode to win here.
Predicted Winner: Bobby Roode

This is part of about 10 hours of wrestling that I'll be reviewing so this and the Wrestlemania reviews wmight take a while. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show  
 

Friday, 31 March 2017

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017




This evening, the Class of 2017 will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year, it is a really good class so let's look at the inductees.

"Ravishing" Rick Rude
Rick Rude was a tremendous wrestler who had a gimmick of an arrogant ladies' man. He is best known during the Hulkamania era for his feud with The Ultimate Warrior. For people who watched both WWE and WCW during the Monday Night Wars will also remember from when he appeared on both shows at the same time in 1997. He won the WCW International World Championship 3 times, the Intercontinental Championship once and the WCW United States Championship once. He passed away in 1999 but he is well remembered and he will be inducted by Ricky Steamboat.

The Rock 'n' Roll Express
Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson formed the Rock 'n' Roll Express in the 1980s and they worked in various promotions including the NWA, WCW, TNA and WWE. They won eighteen Tag Team Championships during their time and they will be inducted by Jim Cornette.

Theodroe Long
Teddy Long had been in wrestling for years in WCW and WWE as a manger and a referee. He is most recently known as the long time General Manager of Smackdown and for making tag team matches at every opportunity. He will be inducted by John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Ron Simmons.

Beth Phoenix
One of my favourite female wrestlers in recent memory. Whilst she was a great talent, it was in an era where women's wrestling was fucking horrible. Despite that and being in horrible creative decisons, he was a shining light in that era and she went on to become a one time Divas Champion and a three time WWE Women's Champion. She will be inducted by Natalya.

Eric LeGrand
This year's winner of the Warrior Award got paralysed while playing American Football for Rutgers University against the Army in 2010. He has since gone on to become a motivational speaker.

Diamond Dallas Page
Dallas Page started out as a manager in the AWA and WCW before becoming a wrestler in 1991. He went on to win 10 Championships in WCW, including the World Championship 3 times. Page was one of the few shining lights in the catastrophic Russo/Bischoff era and in WWE, he won 2 more Championships. Page will be inducted Eric Bischoff.

Kurt Angle
Before becoming a professional wrestler, Angle won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. After a very brief stint in ECW, he joined WWF and went on to win 11 Championships and the King of the Ring there. After he left WWE, he went to TNA and won 9 more Championships. He will be inducted by John Cena.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WWE Fastlane 2017 Review

WWE Fastlane, the last PPV before Wrestlemania, took place on Sunday 5th March at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have to admit, having a PPV in March is a little weird but let's take a look and see how it goes.

The match on the Pre Show is The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar versus Akira Tozowa and Rich Swann. Kendrick and Dar get the advantage and wear down Tozowa. Tozowa manages to tag in Swan but then he gets worn down. Tozowa and Swann make their comeback make their comeback and get the win thanks to Swann hitting a Phoenix splash on Dar. This match wasn't too bad.
Winners: Akira Tozowa and Rich Swann (0 for 1)

The first match on the show was Samoa Joe taking on Sami Zayn. Joe is dominant for most of the match, although Sami came close with a blue thunder bomb. In the end, Joe does get the win with a coquina clutch. This was a really good match and it's great to see Samoa Joe on the main roster and, at the minute, being used right.
Winner: Samoa Joe (1 for 2)

Next is Enzo and Cass challenging Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championship. Gallows and Anderson get the advantage after Anderson kicks Enzo in the back of the head. Enzo, after getting beaten up, eventually gets the hot tag to Cass. They go on to hit the Bada Boom Shakalaka but Gallows breaks up the pin. Anderson knees Enzo in the head then covers him. Enzo does put his foot on the ropes but Gallows pushes it off and the referee doesn't see it. This was quite a good match and I'm quite looking for a possible rematch at Wrestlemania
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (2 for 3)

We now get Nia Jax against Sasha Banks. Sasha starts at a fast pace before Nia takes control, focusing on the back. Sasha does manage to apply a sleeper to slow Nia down. In the end, Sasha gets the win with a bridging sunset flip out of nowhere. I was a bit surprised that Sasha won but this was a decent match.
Winner: Sasha Banks (2 for 4)

Next is Jinder Mahal against Cesaro. Earlier in the night, Mahal and Rusev ended their partnership and General Manager Mick Foley gave them single matches. Before this match, they brawled and it ended with Mahal sending him over the barrier. Anyway, the match ends when Mahal sees Rusev standing by the announce table. He then walks into a pop up European uppercut by Cesaro and Cesaro wins. Not a great match to be honest.
Winner: Cesaro (N/A)
 
After Rusev beat up Mahal in retaliation to earlier, he took on The Big Show. Despite Rusev's best efforts, Big Show hit 3 choke slams followed by a knock out punch to get the win. This felt like a filler match, which you shouldn't have on PPV.
Winner: The Big Show (N/A)

Now, a match that I was really looking forward to: Jack Gallagher challenging King Neville of the Cruiserweights for the Cruiserweight Championship. Gallagher frustrates Neville at the beginning before Neville gets the advantage. Gallagher is forced to do moves that he doesn't usually do, such as a suicide dive and a back suplex from the top turnbuckle. Neville comes close after a brutal German suplex followed by a Phoenix splash. In the end, Neville hits the Red Arrow to get the win. This was a really good match and it was probably Neville's best match since he turned heel.
Winner: Neville (3 for 5)

Next is Roman Reigns taking on Braun Strowman. Strowman hits big power moves such as a spinebuster and a Samoan drop but Reigns doesn't stay down. Reigns does mount a comeback but he gets power slammed through the Spanish announce table. In the end, Strowman misses a top rope splash and Reigns spears him to get the win. It was a good match but I feel that Strowman should have won.
Winner: Roman Reigns (4 for 6)

The penultimate match is for the RAW Women's Championship as Charlotte Flair challenges Bayley. In an interview earlier on, Bayley wanted Charlotte's lackey, Dana Brooke, to backstage and, surprisingly, Charlotte did that. After some back and forth, Charlotte clotheslines Bayley outside the ring to gain the advantage. Bayley eventually makes her comeback and comes close aftera hurracarrana then a Macho Man elbow drop. In the end, Charlotte is about to go to for a moonsault to the outside when Sasha Banks runs down and they brawl. This gives Bayley the chance to hit a Belly-to-Bayley on the outside. When the action goes back into the ring, Charlotte does a roll up with a handful of tights, which Sasha points out to the ref. Charlotte kicks out at Sasha then Bayley hits another Belly-to-Bayley to get the win.

Ok, where to start with this? First of all, Charlotte losing her first match on PPV was a surprise as I thought they would do it at Wrestlemania. Secondly, why didn't this match end in a disqualification? Sasha comes out and interferes twice, helping Bayley. Bayley is the babyface here, right? She is the most babyface character WWE have had in years and I'm worried about what WWE are doing with her.
Winner: Bayley (4 for 7)

The main event was for the Universal Championship as Goldberg challenges Kevin Owens. After both guys are introduced, Owens spends ages outside the ring walking around. He finally gets in and demands that the bell be rung. Suddenly, The Gift of Jericho comes out, distracting Owens. The referee decides that this is a prefect time to ring the bell and Goldberg hits a spear followed by a jackhammer to get the win and become the Universal Champion. The match lasted 22 seconds.

Ok, what the actual fuck? I cannot believe that the main event of a PPV ended like this. They do musical distractions leading to endings all the time on RAW and it's so annoying. Also, this match committed a cardinal sin, which is you absolutely cannot feel sorry for a heel. I love Owens but I feel that his reign wasn't as great as it could have been and for it to end to a part time wrestler in 22 seconds feels like a giant "fuck you" to him. Hopefully, like Bryan who suffered a similar fate a few years ago, he can recover from this and be his usual awesome self. Now, we're going to get Lesnar vs Goldberg for the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania, which to be honest, I'm struggling to give a fuck about.
Winner: Goldberg (5 for 8)

I feel that Fastlane was a disappointing event. It started pretty well with Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn and the Cruiserweight Championship match was probably the best one of the show. However, there were some filler matches and the last two matches were just ruined by really shitty booking. At the time of writing this, there are 11 matches announced for Wrestlemania and there are some that I'm looking forward to, such as Owens vs Jericho and Neville vs Aries. However, there are some that I'm finding hard to give a fuck about and that's worrying for WWE's biggest event of the year.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

WWE Fastlane 2017 Preview

The final Pay Per View before Wrestlemania takes place this evening at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Will there be some new Champions before we get to Wrestlemania? Let's take a look.

The match on the Pre Show is Akira Tozowa and Rich Swann vs Noam Dar and The Brian Kendrick. Tough one to call but I'm going for Dar and Kendrick.
Predicted Winners: Noam Dar and The Brian Kendrick

Sasha Banks will take on Nia Jax in what could be a short match. Jax has been absolutely dominant over Sasha recently and I expect that to continue.
Predicted Winner: Nia Jax

Roman Reigns will be facing Bruan Strowman. Strowman has been impressive and I really want him to win. However, since WWE has been shoving Reigns down our throat, so I expect him to win.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Charlotte Flair gets her rematch with Bayley for the RAW Women's Championship. Due to that Charlotte is 16-0 in PPV matches, I expect her to win
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

Sami Zayn will face Samoa Joe in a match that I'm looking forward to. I feel that Samoa Joe will win this one.
Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe

Jack Gallagher will be challenging King Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship. Whilst Gallagher being Champion would be awesome, I feel that Neville will win here.
Predicted Winner: Neville

Enzo and Cass will be challenging Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championship. I think that Anderson and Gallows will continue their reign here.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Goldberg  will be challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Champion in the main event. I really want Owens to win but I feel that Goldberg will be Universal Champion.
Predicted Winner: Goldberg

I will get to watch the show during the week so I hope you guys enjoy the show 

Friday, 3 March 2017

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Review

The last Smackdown Pay-Per-View before Wrestlemania took place on Sunday 12th February at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. We all know that Randy Orton will face the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania but who will that Champion be? Let's take a look.

The match on the Pre-Show is Curt Hawkins taking on Mojo Rawley. Hawkins gets the advantage early on and tries to win it by count out. Mojo hulks up and starts his comeback with punches and shoulder tackles. In the end, Rawley gets the win with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. This was quite a decent match to start the show.
Winner: Mojo Rawley (0 for 1)

The first match of the event was Becky Lynch versus Mickie James. Mickie  gets hit with a forearm on the outside before hitting an armbreaker on Becky when they go back into the ring. Mickie then focuses on the left arm before Becky makes her comeback. In the end, Becky goes for the Disarm-Her but Mickie reverses it into a pin. I thought this was a good match between the two.
Winner: Mickie James (0 for 2)

Next is Apollo Crews and Kalisto taking on Dolph Ziggler in a handicap match. Ziggler attacks Kalisto during his entrance, making it a 1-on-1 match between Crews and Ziggler. The match goes back and forth before Kalisto comes back down. They then go to get the win after Kalisto does a roundhouse kick followed by a spin out powerbomb by Crews. Afterwards Ziggler takes out Kalisto then injures Crews' ankle with a chair. The match was quite short but I thought that it was pretty decent.
Winner: Apollo Crews and Kalisto (0 for 3)

We now get the Tag Team Turmoil match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. The first two teams were Heath Slater and Rhyno and Breezango. Breezango get eliminated when Fandango grts hit with a Gore by Rhyno. The Vaudevillians were next and they got eliminated thanks to a DDT by Slater. The Usos come in next and they eliminate Slater and Rhyno thanks to Jimmy Uso hitting a super kick on Slater. Next to come down were the Champions American Alpha and they eliminate The Usos after Chad Gable pins Jey Uso. The Usos don't take that well and they beat the fuck out of American Alpha The last team team to come down were The Ascension and, even though they hit the Fall of Man on on Jason Jordan, they end up losing after Viktor gets hit with Grand Amplitude and American Alpha get the win. This was an enjoyable match but I wonder if American Alpha comimg out earlier would have made it better.
Winners: American Alpha (1 for 4)

We now get our 2nd  Women's match of the night as Nikki Bella takes on Natalya. After some back and forth, Natalya sends Nikki into the ring post. Natalya then goes on to beat down Nikki while shouting at the crowd. Nikki starts her comeback and comes close after hitting a spinebuster. In the end, they brawl to the outside and they both ended up getting counted out. Except for the ending, I thought this was a good match. I thought they would continue this feud until Wrestlemania. However, it ended a couple of weeks later and it looks like Nikki will be joining John Cena and feuding with Hollywood Miz and Maryse instead.
Winner: Double Countout (1 for 5)

Next is Randy Orton versus Luke Harper. Orton back suplexes Harper onto the announce table then proceeds to beat down on him. Harper does manage a mount a comeback and does a back suplex, sending Orton onto the same announce table. However, Orton goes on to win after countering a discus clothesline to hit a RKO. This was a match of two halves for me. For a long portion of it, it wasn't very interesting. However, it seemed to get a lot better with some really good spots.
Winner: Randy Orton (2 for 6)

The penultimate match is Naomi challenging Alexa Bliss for the Samckdown Women's Champion. Alexa initially doesn't take Naomi seriously, which almost cost her the match. Despite Alexa beating Naomi for a while, Naomi counters the Twisted Bliss and hits a split legged moonsault to get the win and become Champion...? Wait, what? Wow, I honestly didn't see that coming. Naomi has improved a lot over the last couple of years but I didn't see her becoming Champion for a long while yet. I would say that it would be interesting to see where it goes. However, a few days later, Naomi had to vacate the Championship due to injury and Alexa regained it after beating Becky Lynch.
Winner: Naomi (2 for 7)

The main event is the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship. The Champion John Cena will be taking on Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Hollywood Miz, Baron Corbin and Bray Wyatt. Cena and Styles start the match and then Ambrose, Wyatt, Corbin and The Miz enter the cage in that order. Corbin is the first to be eliminated when Ambrose rolls him up. Corbin doesn't take that well and beats up Ambrose. Miz seizes the opportunity and pins Ambrose to eliminate him. Cena then eliminates Miz with an AA. After Cena and Styles trade blows, Cena goes to hit the AA on Wyatt. However, Wyatt goes out of it and hits Sister Abigail to eliminate Cena; then goes on to hit another Sister Abigail on Styles to win the match and become WWE Champion.

Holy shit!! I know that I predicted Wyatt to win but I didn't actually think that he would win. Up until quite recently, I was getting sick of Wyatt. He seemed to be the doing the same shit for years and always lose the big matches. Orton joining the Wyatts was a surprise and it seemed that it was going somewhere. They became the Tag Team Champions briefly and Orton went on to win the Rumble and Wyatt is WWE Champion. It initially looked like it was going to be Wyatt vs Orton at Wrestlemania. Instead, Orton declines and after a battle royal and a match with Luke Harper, AJ Styles became number one contender. Later that night, Orton declares that joining the Wyatts was this master plan(?) and burns down the Wyatt Compound, exhuming Sister Abigailin the process. Can someone remind me why I would be cheering Orton for that, because what he did was evil as fuck? Anyway, well done to Bray Wyatt.
Winner: Bray Wyatt (3 for 8)

I quite enjoyed Elimination Chamber as a lot of matches were fun to watch. It looks like we will be getting some interesting matches from Smackdown for Wrestlemania. Let's see hoe RAW does at Fastlane.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Review



The first match on the Pre Show was Becky Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella taking on Mickie James, Alexa Bliss and Natalya. Mickie throws Becky into the barrier to get her team the advantage. Eventually Becky gets the hot tag to Naomi and gets the win after hitting Alexa with a split legged moonsault. I was surprised that Naomi got the win as I thought that she would take the pin. Anyway this was quite a decent match.
Winners: Becky Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella (0 for 1)

Next was the match for the RAW Tag Team Championships as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson challenge Cesaro and Sheamus. The match had two referees for some reason (sorry, I don't regularly watch RAW). Gallows and Anderson focus their attacks on Cesaro before Sheamus gets the hot tag. Sheamus goes to hit Anderson with a Brogue Kick but he hits referee John Cone instead. The second referee then gets involved. Anderson then rolls up Cesaro after hitting the Magic Killer on Sheamus to get the win and become Champions. This was another decent match and I wonder if they will continue the Cesaro/Shemaus partnership

The last match on the Pre Show was Sasha Banks taking on Nia Jax. Jax soon gets the advantage, focusing on Sasha's injured knee. However, despite Sasha's best efforts, Jax hits her with a pop up Samoan drop to get the win. The match was a bit short but it was pretty decent.
Winner: Nia Jax (2 for 3)

The first match was for the RAW Women's Championship as Bayley challenges Charlotte Flair. Charlotte gets to wear down Bayley after sending into the steel steps. Bayley starts to make her comeback and comes close to winning after hitting a Macho Man elbow drop. In the end, Charlotee hits Natural Selection to get the win and become 16-0 in PPV matches. This was quite a decent match between the two.
Winner: Charlotte (3 for 4)

Next is Roman Reigns challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship with the Gift of Jericho in a shark cage above the ring. Owens and Jericho beat up Reigns before Jericho is thrown into the cage and the match gets underway. They fight all over the crowd and they use tables and chairs in this no disqualification match. Reigns gets inspired by Super Cena as he gets frog splashed through a table, thrown head first into a chair and punched by brass knuckles and he still kicks out. Reigns goes on to Superman punch Owens onto a pile of chairs then powerbombs him through an announce table. Reigns goes on to finish it with a spear however, Bruan Stroman comes in and destroys him, culminating in putting him through a table with a running powerslam. Owens then rolls over and pins Reigns to win the match. I quite enjoyed the match although I got pissed off with Reigns getting hit with everything but the ktichen sink and still cam close to winning. As for Stroman getting involved, it made no sense until you find out the next night that it was because Owens promised him a title shot.
Winner: Kevin Owens (4 for 5)

We now get Neville challenging Rich Swann for the Cruiserwieght Championship. Neville proceeds to brutalise Swann before Swann goes on to hit a Phoenix splash and a roundhouse kick. However, Neville manages to get through it and after a superplex, gets Swann to submit with the Rings of Saturn. This was a good match although the crowd didn't seem really into it.
Winner: Neville (5 for 6)

The last match before the Rumble is for the WWE Championshup as John Cena challenges AJ Styles.The match goes back and forth with both guys countering each other's moves. Cena does avoid a phenomenal forearm to hit the AA but Styles kicks out. Styles goes on to apply the calf killer but Cena manages to get out of it and put on the STF. They then go through a load of submission moves before Cena powerbombs his way out of a cross armbreaker. Styles does go on to hit the Styles Clash but Cena kicks out. Styles then kicks out of a Super AA, which surprised me as I thought that would end the match. In the end, Styles hit another Styles Clash then goes for the phenomenal forearm. However, Cena grabs from the ropes then hits 2 consecutive AAs to win the match. This was definitely the best match of the night and congratulations to John Cena in tying Ric Flair, becoming a 16-time World Champion.
Winner: John Cena (6 for 7)

We now get the Royal Rumble match. Understandably, a lot happens so here are some highlights of the match:
  • Big Cass comes in at number 1 and The Gift of Jericho comes in at number 2
  • Jack Gallagher comes in at number 5 with his umbrella William III. He goes on to be the first wrestler to be eliminated by Mark Henry, who came in at number 6.
  • Braun Stroman comes in at number 7 and goes on to eliminate 7 other wrestlers. He eventually gets eliminated by Baron Corbin
  • Tye Dillinger makes his main roster debut at number 10 (obviously)
  • James Ellsworth comes in at number 11 (for fuck's sake). When he eventually gets into the ring, he gets eliminated almost immediately by Stroman
  • Cesaro comes in at number 19 and does the swing on almost everyone in the ring, including almost his partner Sheamus.
  • Randy Orton comes in at number 23 and later on, Brock Lesnar enters at number 26
  • Goldberg comes in at number 28 and eliminates Brock Lesnar
  • The Undertaker enters at number 29 and eliminates Goldberg.
  • Roman Reigns enters at number 30 (fuck you WWE) and eliminates The Undertaker (seriously, fuck you WWE) 
  • The final 4 end up being Roman Reigns, The Gift of Jericho, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.
  • Reigns goes on to eliminate Jericho and then Wyatt but Orton eliminates Reigns to win the match
I thought that this was a decent Rumble. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of surprises but that was it really. As for Reigns coming in, that really annoyed me. I don't hate him as much as other people do. However, him coming in after already having a title shot earlier in the night is another example of WWE shoving him down our throat. As for Orton winning, it's an interesting choice. It looked like we're going to Cena vs Orton at Wrestlemania, which we've seen a million times. However, after finding out at Elimination Chamber, I guess that isn't happening.
 Winner: Randy Orton (6 for 8)

I thought that the Royal Rumble was a decent event. Except for the Styles vs Cena match, none of the matches were anything special. We have two more PPVs before Wrestlemania, so hopefully it will get better.