Saturday, March 11, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
It's been a couple weeks over a year now, but Fastlane was the first event I wrote about on the Brief so I'm considering this my anniversary blog and will use that as extra motivation while writing this. It's basically like I'm playing on my birthday, absolute lock for a home run with an over/under of incorrect picks set at 0.5. I recommend you hammer the under.
It seems like this isn't really an unpopular opinion anymore, but Raw is starting to become the shittier show compared to Smackdown. Obviously Raw still has the better roster with more depth in terms of top stars. But storyline wise, Smackdown is blowing them out of the water. Smackdown almost has that feel from when I was 12 with deeply woven storylines, while Raw is still obsessed with the Authority angle that's been running for three years now. But it does have some room for something great and tonight will give a great sense of direction for it.
Let's check out the card.
Kick Off Show
Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar
Bro I didn't even know this was a match. I know Brian Kendrick is a dickhead who has been attacking Tozawa and I will always pick the faces in a kick off match, so let's ride with that.
Prediction: Swann & Tozawa
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Everything about this screams a Sasha Banks win. She is the prodigal daughter of Boston, she is a face of the women's division who always gets her win back, and Nia Jax has absolutely demolished her these past few weeks. But I refuse to believe that Nia Jax will suffer her first lost at a PPV like Fastlane. No thanks.
So as long as there is a clean finish..
Prediction: Nia Jax
Gallows & Anderson (c) vs. Enzo & Cass -- Tag Team Championships
I have legitimate pride for the rebuild of The Club. They were dead in the water after a failed comedy career but now stand atop the tag division. Beautiful. But now they face a challenge going up against Enzo & Cass, two of the biggest crowd favorites in the company.
But the thing is, those two have never held the titles at any level between NXT and the main roster, and are a tandem that can handle a loss, especially with the belts on the line.
You have to give Gallows & Anderson some more burn with the belts and wait until at least Mania for them to drop them. Give Enzo & Cass the win in Orlando's NXT heavy crowd.
Prediction: Gallows & Anderson retain
Neville (c) vs. Jack Gallagher -- Cruiserweight Championship
Let my man Neville eat forever. Guy is Puppa to every cruiserweight right now and I don't want it to stop. Gallagher is cold as fuck but his time can come when Neville ever decides to retire. Maybe he'll do a fresh umbrella trick.
Prediction: Neville retains
Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn
These guys have worked together in the past and it was underwhelming when you consider how big of a match this seems like. But that was in NXT, and we're in the big leagues now buddy.
If you're into watching people die in real time, then tune into this match cuz it will be an absolute wash and a half. Samoa Joe was called up to kill people and I'm pretty sure Sami Zayn has a clause in his contract where he isn't allowed to win matches. Easy pick.
Prediction: Samoa Joe
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair -- Women's Championship
Charlotte has never lost a singles match on a PPV and the Women's Championship is a legitimate red hot potato. I think WWE fucked up having Bayley win on Raw and not at Mania, but I'm sure they have a planned direction to follow that won't be cool at all. Let's see Charlotte extend her streak and then lose the belt on Raw tomorrow.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Listen, I know where this is heading, and I don't like it one bit. My biggest fear is that Braun Strowman has had this dominant build just to be handed off the Roman Reigns to give him a big win heading into his Mania match with Undertaker. Mark my words, I will puke on myself if Braun Strowman loses clean. But that's where Taker comes into play. I don't think there is a fucking chance Roman Reigns wins this one. Whether it's a no contest, or a Strowman win, I think Taker comes in and fucks Roman Reigns' day up. I truly think that this match will spill to the outside of the ring and more and end up being a draw, but for the sake of a prediction and my hatred of Roman Reigns, I need to see Strowman pin that man.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg -- Universal Championship
I am so against this Goldberg run. I think I've made it clear that I'm a big Owens guy, and I truly despise part timers, especially when two of them will be main eventing WrestleMania, but here is my theory.
There are too many possibilities for an interference not to have one, I will list them..
1. Brock Lesnar attacks Goldberg
Lesnar has been sonned by Bill too many times now to not fuck him out of a championship opportunity. Could he come in and cost him the match?
2. Chris Jericho
Jericho hasn't been on TV since he was taken out by Owens at the Festival of Friendship and this isn't a situation where he just returns on a normal Monday Night Raw. So does he come out and cost Owens the belt? Or does he attack him for a DQ? A disqualification would be a weird move in a main event, so I don't know about that. But one thing that has stuck with me, is that at the FoF, Y2J was very adamant with saying that Owens WILL beat Goldberg, and despite the break up, I feel as if that still carries come legit weight. Call me crazy..
3. Triple H/Samoa Joe
As random as it might be, you have to remember that Triple H did hand Owens the Universal Title, and there hasn't been much of a follow up from that.
In his last promo on Raw, KO really emphasized how this will be the evolution of Kevin Owens, and as deep as I might be looking into it, could he have been hinting at a new age version of Evolution with Triple H and Samoa Joe? Definitely a Besse's Bold Prediction Brought to you by Butterfinger, but crazier things could happen so give it a chance.
Regardless, something tells me that the inevitable Owens squash isn't as set in stone as everyone might think. I mean, the WWE can't just pick the chalk on everything or else that would get boring. So I'm going to roll with my guys like I always do and pick the upset.
Prediction: Kevin Owens retains
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Smackdown Live has been blessed with having a brand exclusive Elimination Chamber PPV this year. That's big stuff because so far, Smackdown's PPVs have been slightly underwhelming. Mostly because Cena has been gone but also because the lower card matches have been pretty weak IMO, and to be honest, I think that still stands, but Elimination Chambers are some of my favorite matches in the WWE and tonight's will be so good that as long as the other matches are watchable, we are good.
Also, to anyone who said I couldn't predict big PPVs.. read my Royal Rumble preview and reevaluate your life. Bitch.
Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins
Bruh, Curt Hawkins is a jobber and Mojo has been getting some type of push that involved him making the Royal Rumble but not Seth Rollins.. still salty. But this is a kick off match and the face typically wins to pump up the crowd and who is better for that job than Mojo? Give me Gronk's best friend all day.
Prediction: Mojo Rawley
Apollo Crews & Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler -- Handicap Match
Dolph Ziggler loves talking himself into holes. Guy gets pissed about a lack of a push and then pisses off the guys in charge of giving him that push. This time, he threw it out there that he could beat Kalisto and Crews at the same time (after attacking them individually) and now he has his wish.
The thing about this, however, is an easy 2 on 1 win seems too practical. I think Crews or Kalisto will turn on the other and cost them the match, allowing Ziggler to build on this heel run.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya
Natalya has been a bitch lately and Nikki Bella needs to get her revenge for everything her Total Divas co star has done to her lately. Should be a good match but and easy win for Nikki, especially heading into her Wrestlemania retirement party.
Prediction: Nikki Bella
Tag Team Turmoil Match -- Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Alright, so we have American Alpha, The Usos, Breezango, The Vaudevillains, Rhyno & Slater, and The Ascension all crammed into the Chamber. Breezango, not a chance. Rhyno and Slater will never hold the belts again, The Vaudevillains are trash and everyone hates them, so that leaves us with three reasonable options. American Alpha could retain. They definitely deserve it. Or we could get a new Uso run. They've been out of the title scene for a while and haven't gotten a run as the tough heels they are now. But also, don't sleep on The Ascension. I swear they're on the rise. I killed it with my Rumble Predictions and can afford to take a risk with this one..
Prediction: The Ascension
Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James
The way I'm looking at this one is that you can't run that whole masked man angle to gas up James' return after a long ass break just to have her lose her first match back. This is a feud that could run on for a while and in order to give Mickie some credibility, give her the win. Don't be like Sting and have him come in to take pins from younger guys to put them over. Keep her around.
Prediction: Mickie James
Luke Harper vs. Randy Orton
This match could go one of two ways. Have Orton beat Harper to basically kill him off in the Wyatt family angle, or have Harper beat Orton to establish himself as someone who doesn't need the family. I think Erick Rowan could get involved tonight, but not in this match. I'll take the Royal Rumble winner in this one, but not confidently.
Prediction: Randy Orton
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi -- Women's Championship
I admittedly haven't been following this feud very closely at all, but from everything I've read about it, the more I think that now isn't the time for Naomi to win the championship. With Nikki Bella out of the title picture, Becky Lynch and Mickie James tied up in a program, and Carmella dating James Ellsworth, I think this feud can stretch to Wrestlemania where Naomi can get a well deserved Mania moment.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss retains
John Cena (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Baron Corbin vs. The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose -- Elimination Chamber -- WWE Championship
Let's not beat around the bush here. We all know I picked Orton as my Rumble winner and there's only one reason for that to happen. Let's give Bray Wyatt a fucking belt and let him run with the title until Mania. Literally nobody deserves it more than that guy. But the chamber is also a great place to lock up some other Mania matches.
For example, let's see The Miz eliminate Cena to set up the Cena/Bella vs. Miz/Maryse tag team match at Mania.
Or maybe have Baron Corbin start feuding with Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship.
Just some ideas.
BUT my Besse's Be Bolder Prediction Brought to You by Butterfinger is that Erick Rowan will find his way into the newly designed Chamber and help brother Bray win the title.
I see it happening. You see it happening. I went like 7-1 at the Rumble. Let's ride.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
The WWE returns to the Alamo Dome for the first time in 20 years bringing us the Royal Rumble. Unlike these past two years where Roman Reigns and Triple H won in the least shocking way possible, the 2017 field is wide open. WWE brought in guys like the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Goldberg to bolster the entry list and looking at the 22 confirmed entries and reading about the possibilities for the 8 surprise spots, there are literally so many feasible directions that the WWE could go in. To make things easier, I'm just going to break down who I think are the 5 most realistic winners for tonight's Rumble.
I also covered the rest of the card here.
5. Samoa Joe/Finn Balor
One of these guys are coming out tonight and whichever one it is is guaranteed to make a huge splash. Balor is obviously a bit of a long shot because he is still working his way back from the injury that cost him the Universal Title, but if he were to enter the Rumble he is immediately a serious contender for obvious reasons.
Samoa Joe is in the same boat as Balor was before his call up. He's done everything there is to do on NXT and is too good to not become a huge factor on the main roster. He's fought everywhere and is an indie legend waiting for his shot on the big stage.
If either of these guys come out, don't be shocked if they spend most of the fight in the ring.
4. Chris Jericho
This is likely one of Jericho's last full time runs with the company and you are literally blind if you don't see the Wrestlemania showdown between him and Kevin Owens coming. I guess Jericho's fate in this match really comes down to whether or not Kevin Owens can defeat Roman Reigns earlier in the night.
If Y2J does win, the angle of Owens trying to convince him to go after the Smackdown title could be hilarious. These two are definitely fighting at Mania so why not put some gold on the line? It would be sweet, just like Butterfingers. Speaking of which.. my Besse's Be Bolder Prediction Brought to You by Butterfinger is something along the lines of Jericho being stuck in the shark cage after the Universal Championship match and that lasting until mid rumble. Then he finally gets out, comes in fresh, and wills his way to a victory........
3. Braun Strowman
Duh, this guy is a fucking animal. He is in search of a new angle and why not make it his first title chase?
2. The Undertaker
The Undertaker isn't here to be another entry in this match. He is in search of his Wrestlemania opponent and whether that comes from his elimination or his victory, tonight is the night that we find out his role in The Grandest Stage of Them All.
1. Randy Orton
You heard it here first, this is my official pick to win the Royal Rumble. My second bold prediction of the night is that Orton wins the Rumble, securing his spot in the main event of Wrestlemania (of course, the main event before the main event of Lesnar and Goldberg) and then Bray Wyatt finally wins the title at Elimination Chamber to set up the true rivalry that we've been waiting on ever since Orton joined the Wyatts.
He has been slowly moving up the rankings for betting odds and I can only believe that there is a true reason for it.
ALSO, if this exact scenario happens but in reverse (like, Wyatt wins) I'm counting it as a win for me.
Goldberg and Lesnar seem like obvious favorites to win but they are 100% eliminating each other and continuing their rivalry so it isn't even worth mentioning.
Other Things to Watch
- The returns of HBK and Kurt Angle.
- Rey Mysterio making an appearance?
- How does Kofi Kingston avoid elimination this year?
Let's see how tonight goes. I have high hopes.