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
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
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
Whilst I would love Natalya to win, I feel that's not going to happen.
Will She Win? Unfortunately not
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.