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.