Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English -- Kick-Off Show
Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Natalya vs. Lana -- #1 Contender's Match
The Usos (c) vs. The New Day -- Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Baron Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
John Cena vs. Rusev -- Flag Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens -- United States Championship
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton -- WWE Championship Punjabi Prison Match
Baron Corbin cashes in
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The logo looks like a cock and balls and the name apparently makes Vince McMahon laugh so hard that it'll become a yearly PPV. But god dammit this card is pretty good. Let's take a look at what we got.
Neville (c) vs. Akira Tozawa -- Cruiserweight Championship
Tozawa has received a nice push as the newest member of Titus Brand, but he does not seem like the guy that should finally dethrone Neville on this dominant run. All signs point to Cedric Alexander being that man. Like every cruiserweight match on PPVs, this could be match of the night. But Neville is too good.
Prediction: Neville retains
Enzo vs. Cass
Now that is something I thought I would never write. I always thought that Big Cass would get a singles push with Enzo as his mouth piece manager. Enzo is obviously much weaker than Cass in the ring but their act could never get old so I saw no reason to break them up, but this has been wonderfully booked. A perfect betrayal to get real heat on Cass with great beat downs and promos. Unfortunately for Enzo, this should be Cass' showcase. Enzo said he wouldn't quit, so if Cass beats the shit out of him until someone needs to step in, I wouldn't be shocked.
Prediction: Big Cass
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
This has been a typical Bray Wyatt feud that started for no reason and is filled with cryptic promos that never really make sense. Bray Wyatt is becoming a joke again for helping put other talents over, but I think this time it's his turn for the big win. Rollins has kinda gotten the best of him up to now and for that reason I'm giving this one to Bray.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
The Miz (c) vs. Dean Ambrose -- Intercontinental Championship
Thank god these two have great chemistry in the ring and can cut promos to keep this rivalry interesting and new, because this shit has been going on forever. Ambrose has put Miz through a lot these past few weeks causing a rift with Maryse, but the Miz evened things out big time adding Axel and Bo Dallas as his two associates. I can't picture Miz losing this one with his two henchman around. He's the best champ.
Prediction: The Miz retains
Iron Man Match: Sheasaro (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz -- Raw Tag Team Championships
It's time for this feud to wrap up and the only way to do that is to have the champs retain. Even though this will be a narrow victory like every Iron Man Match, I think the 30 minutes will tire out the Hardys too much for a match against Sheamus and Cesaro who are in unreal shape with more youth. Maybe the Hardys will break here.
Prediction: Sheamus and Cesaro
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks -- Raw Women's Championship
Sasha could easily win this, but I think we've all had enough of her and Bayley holding the titles for now. I'd like to see Bliss vs. Nia Jax at Summerslam and I think Bliss will continue her hot streak of dominance here against some tough competition.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss retains
Ambulance Match: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
Ever since Strowman beat the living shit out of Roman Reigns, forcing him out of the arena in an ambulance, and THEN flipping it over, then he returned by bursting out of an ambulance and marched down to the ring to kill Roman, it seemed like the ambulance was Braun's thing. Roman has gotten too many victories over Strowman, it's time for him to get one back.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa Joe -- WWE Universal Championship
In a beautifully booked feud, Samoa Joe has dominated the promotion by choking out both Lesnar and Heyman. This will be one of Lesnar's best matches in a while too. But I think the moment is gunna get too big for Joe. This is only his second main event at a ppv in the WWE and he has gotten so fired up for this while Lesnar has stayed calm and cocky. Lesnar already had a losing stretch with Goldberg and I think he will more prepared than Joe will be for this moment. Gunna be a BRAWL though.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar retains
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
One of my personal favorite PPVs is back tonight with a small but pretty efficient card that might not deliver the best quality matches, but provides us with some sense of direction of where the storylines are headed this year. Match order is key tonight as the MITB Ladder Matches coming before the main title matches could heighten the drama with the possibility of a quick cash in. It'll be interesting to see but let's get to it..
The Hype Bros vs. The Colons
The Colons stink but they've been gaining some momentum. The Hype Bros are reuniting after Ryder went down with an injury months ago. A large part of me wants to say WWE isn't going to fool around and just have Ryder and Mojo feud right away, but they deserve a title shot, and I think they're inability to capture those titles is what will drive them to their break up. For now, it's the kick-off show and the purpose of that is to get the crowd HYPED.
Prediction: The Hype Bros
Naomi (c) vs. Lana -- Smackdown Women's Championship
Could this Lana push just be one big joke that will end with her getting waxed in the ring by Naomi, a person who has actually wrestled before? Yes. But do I think this could all just be one big joke that will end with the winner of the Women's MITB match cashing in almost immediately? YES.
There really is no way of telling which direction the company plans on going with this match, or even with anything Lana related moving forward, but I'll be wishing for a Ravishing Title Reign tonight, even if it only lasts a few minutes.
The Usos (c) vs. The New Day -- Tag Team Championship
As the case as always been with The New Day, a tag team championship does not determine their worth and ability. The Usos are killing it with their Heel gimmick and have put together a really good reign on top with no reason to end it tonight. And if The Hype Bros do get their title shot, it would fit a lot easier to have Heel opponents, especially if it leads to their demise.
Prediction: The Usos retain
Charlotte vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Tamina vs. Becky Lynch -- Women MITB Ladder Match
There's a pretty strong case here for everyone except for Tamina (unless they plan on catapulting her into the main event scene) and I guess Natalya would be kind of weird too, so neither of them.
Charlotte has a knack for making history in the new women's division and she's also the best wrestler in this, Becky Lynch continues to get overlooked despite being unreal, and Carmella has James Ellsworth as her escort and serves as the only true Heel with a legitimate shot IMO and the briefcase always works better with a Heel.
There are talks on a surprise sixth entry and if that happens then my money is on her, but until then, I'm gunna get a little bold and go with...
Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn -- Men's MITB Ladder Match
Owens, Nakamura, and Styles would all be lethal with the briefcase, having a championship win just three seconds away, but none of them need it as they can all get these opportunities on their own over this next year. Ziggler has the high flying ability to win, but he's still a long shot since he always blows big matches. Sami Zayn will be fun to watch but I can't see Kevin Owens letting him win.
Corbin has been knocking on the door for a while now, and it's time to give him a run with the briefcase and the belt.
Prediction: Baron Corbin
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton -- WWE Championship
Orton is fighting in front of his dad on Fathers Day in his home town. I think the Home Town curse claims another victim. This Jinder Mahal reign might seem like a bit much, but I think putting the belt back on Orton is even worse here. Let Jinder hold onto it for a little bit more. Maybe someone will cash in tonight, or maybe Cena will try to get it back when he returns. But Jinder still has the Bollywood Bros to help him out if Orton tries to win here.
Prediction: Jinder Mahal retains
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Let's get extreme.
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto
The Titus Brand is growing and Apollo Crews is now feuding with his good friend Kalisto. We could either see Apollo lose and maybe break away from Titus for a feud, or have him win and move up the main card with Titus as his coach for a better push. I don't know, let's go with Apollo winning.
Prediction: Apollo Crews
Sasha Banks & Rich Swann vs. Alicia Fox & Noam Darr
The other day, someone pointed out that Fox and Darr act more like brother and sister than they do a couple like they're supposed to. I've also heard rumors that the only reason Vince keeps them together is because he laughs every time Darr says Alicia's last name. They're a joke. Sasha and Swann's team is just better and therefore, they should win while going back to the main card of their respective divisions.
Prediction: Banks and Swann
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries -- Cruiserweight Championship Submission Match
Everything suggests that Aries wins this one. It's his third shot at the title and he has yet to win one of them. But I think Neville might just be that good, and if Aries wins, then Neville will need a rematch, and at that point the feud is just way too long. I expect Neville to make Aries tap here. Aries has plenty of time to try and win it later.
Prediction: Neville retains
The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheasaro -- WWE Tag Team Championship Cage Match
Basically, if Sheamus and Cesaro lose here, it seems like they would have to break up, and we all remember that best of 7 series from last summer still, so we don't need that again. The Hardyz are gunna have to lose eventually and maybe we'll see them "break" soon since their opponents have been hinting at doing the job themselves. Obviously, nobody wants to see the Hardys lose here, and the cage certainly gives them the advantage, but with Enzo and Cass dealing with Enzo's attacker and The Revival recovering from injury, the division is thin. I think Jeff Hardy will send a Swanton from the top of the cage instead of going over it and blow the match. Could be wrong tho.
Prediction: Sheamus and Cesaro
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley -- WWE Women's Championship Kendo Stick on a Pole Match
Alexa Bliss is the best thing going in the Women's division and Bayley stinks. But Alexa Bliss voiced her concern over her fear that she might be too short to reach the Kendo Stick and after seeing her beat the shit out of Bayley with one recently, I think that comes into play here.
The WWE already ruined Bayley by giving her a push too early and failing to make her a legitimate underdog story, so why not give her the belt back. I think she gets her revenge on Alexa here.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz -- Intercontinental Championship, no champion's advantage
After some bullshit, the rule is that the belt can no change hands on a DQ. The Miz is a snake and will get Dean Ambrose DQ'd probably by having somebody "attack" him. The Miz should also just be the Intercontinental Champ after the last run he had proving how good he is in that role. When Ambrose has a B-level belt it gets forgotten because his feuds are often bigger than the belt itself.
Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe -- #1 Contender
Right off the bat, I think Joe and Rollins have unfinished business and will continue feuding from this, so scratch them off. Roman also has a feud to continue with Braun Strowman once he returns earlier than reported and it's already a fact that it's Reigns vs. Lesnar at Mania for the belt, so scratch him off too.
So that leaves us with Balor and Wyatt.
Both guys are fantastic choices, but unfortunately, this is to go on to get their ass beat by Brock Lesnar. Looking at it that way, I think Bray is the choice here. He can carry a feud on the mic and make himself look strong, but unlike Balor, he doesn't need to keep winning. I mean, Finn can't pull out the paint for this fight just to get his ass caved in. Plus, let's just allow Bray to strengthen his image with another championship feud, please.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Big Cass is 100% Enzo's attacker.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Just like every NXT Takeover weekend, the main roster is now facing the task of trying to upstage an unreal Saturday with a PPV that has had a pretty weak build up. We have 3 titles on the line and a few feuds beginning, but the backstories behind most of them kind of lie in our own knowledge more so than the on screen action we've been given. CM Punk had a front row seat to the NXT show last night and I'm hoping the son of Chicago comes back again to see how the company he left is looking on the main roster. Ultimate troll move and I love it. Let's look at the card.
Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger
A fight between two jobbers makes this one a tough call. With the firing of Gotch, English pulled a Bruce Jenner by successfully transitioning into a character that is slightly different but still recognizable. Dillinger comes into tonight with a 2-0 record against his performance, but he's a crowd favorite who has made a living out of putting characters over and I think English needs a win here because why not?
Prediction: Aiden English
Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
In an attempt to separate Erick Rowan from the Wyatt Family, we will now see him face his former teammate. Rowan has definitely become more of a weirdo, but compared to Harper he can't be viewed as a legitimate contender. We're now seeing Harper move into the fringe of the main title picture with people starting to recognize his talent, and this match shouldn't be used to stop any type of momentum for the big picture. Especially since Harper already owns a win in this matchup.
Prediction: Luke Harper
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn is a loser and Baron Corbin is not. Sami Zayn always loses the big one and Corbin deserves a bigger push. That's exactly why Corbin will probably beat the shit out of Zayn just to lose on a roll up and piss us off.
Prediction: Sami Zayn
Naomi, Charlotte, & Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella, & Tamina
Charlotte as a face is clearly all an act to try and get even closer to Naomi's belt. But when does she turn on them? The team of faces is so clearly the alpha here, but will Charlotte stick around to make sure her team wins? If Charlotte ditches her team, then the Welcoming Committee could win because of the numbers, but in this one, I'm just gunna pick talent and assume a Charlotte turn post match.
Prediction: Naomi, Charlotte, & Becky Lynch
The Usos (c) vs. Breezango -- Tag Team Championships
I appreciate the push Breezango has gotten, but the new look Usos have been rolling and that shouldn't be stopped by a team like this. Expect an easy win with a better match up with American Alpha or The New Day on the horizon.
Prediction: The Usos retain
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
Welcome to the big leagues kid! We've seen Ziggler carry the feud leading up to Nakamura's debut and the obvious debut win might not be so obvious at all. Expect a full showcase of Nakamura's talents and a cheap win from Ziggler to kick start a running feud until it's time for Nakamura to focus in on a championship.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles -- United States Championship
This is one of those where we should be happy with either result because both of these men are capable of carrying any championship and making it as elite as it gets. That being said, Owens has really been running with this "Face of America" shtick and unless they want this to be a long feud, I can't picture him dropping it. Even tho KO after a title loss is as good as it gets. I'd expect Owens to do whatever it takes to win here, possibly a dirty win to keep Styles away from the loss too.
Prediction: Kevin Owens retains
Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal -- WWE Championship
If I were in charge, Orton wouldn't even be champ right now. I wish it was Bray so bad. But the world isn't perfect. The thing about Orton tho, is that at this point, he doesn't need the belt to look elite. And Jinder has been looking ruthless lately, especially with the Bollywood Bros helping him out. I'm predicting a cheap win and a quick title reign for Jinder to keep him satisfied.
Prediction: Jinder Mahal