Sunday, May 21, 2017

WWE Backlash Predictions

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.

Kick-Off Show

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

Main Card

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

WWE Payback Preview

Payback has always been a good PPV because it's literally the payoff show for everything that went down at Mania, but this one is a little weird because of the superstar shake up the other week. We have Wyatt and Orton fighting a Smackdown match. Owens and Jericho fighting to see who takes the US Title to Smackdown. It just has a real feel. I think over the next month we're gunna see a lot of development with various new feuds and rising stars as we truly move into 2017 for the WWE. But before moving ahead, let's check out tonight's card.

Kick-Off Show

Miz TV featuring Finn Balor

A lot of talk about this becoming a match. If so, there's no way Finn loses a clean one. The Miz is the top contender for Ambrose's Intercontinental Championship so maybe this is a way for Finn to get himself into the title scene as well. If they do fight..

Prediction: Finn Balor

Enzo & Cass vs. Gallows & Anderson

In a match up that will likely decide the next contenders for the Hardy's championship. Gallows and Anderson had their title run so I think it's time to give Enzo and Cass their first real shot. Hopefully for a fun match with the Hardy Boyz.

Prediction: Enzo & Cass

Main Card

Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries -- Cruiserweight Championship

These two had what was arguably the match of the night at Mania and are sure to repeat that success again. It's a hard call on whether Neville can win again or if Aries can get that win that has been expected since his huge return. Neville has been an unreal heel champion and losing a highly competitive match won't hurt Aries at all.

Prediction: Neville retains

The Hardy Boyz (c) vs. Sheasaro -- Raw Tag Team Championships

Sheamus and Cesaro have really pulled it together as a team as of late, but it's far too early to take the titles off of the Hardys, especially to what is still a makeshift tag team. Save it for a full time team and then bring back the Broken gimmick.

Prediction: Hardys retain

Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe

It was a surprise to many that Joe didn't interfere in the Mania match, but now we're finally getting the payoff we've been waiting for since Joe injured Rollins' knee. I don't think Rollins will immediately compete with Lesnar for the title so we might be seeing this rivalry for a bit. That's why I think Samoa Joe might actually squash Rollins tonight. Could be a little bold but Rollins' new finisher sucks and even though he's my homie I gotta put him on the bench for one PPV.

Prediction: Samoa Joe

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho -- United States Championship

The winner of this match goes to Smackdown with the title. It's known that Jericho is leaving soon. Owens is better and has more of a reason to win and become a face of Smackdown. Easy.

Prediction: Kevin Owens retains

Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss -- Raw Women's Championship

Alexa Bliss is actually my girlfriend and I'm sick and tired of Bayley and Sasha Banks cutting promos about their childhood dreams. They have nice stories and all, but I couldn't be more done with those two if I tried. Bliss kills everybody on the mic and was an unreal champ on Smackdown. Get this shit off of Bayley and give it to someone who will give it life.

Prediction: Alexa Bliss

Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt -- House of Horrors Match

Maybe I'm just behind, but I have no fucking clue what this match is. At the last second they're changing this to a non title match which makes me think Wyatt could win this. I was honestly shocked by his loss at Mania and hate how he can never get that one win he needs to get over. Yeah, he was the champ but did that really feel like it was enough? Give him the win then send him to Raw to run shit at the top and that'll start with him beating Dean Ambrose in his first feud on the red brand.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Roman Reigns actually beat Strowman clean -- which was bullshit -- so Braun responded by beating the everliving shit out of Reigns and cracking his ribs and separating his shoulder in the biggest ass kicking I've ever seen as a WWE fan. I mean, he literally flipped the guys ambulance on his side. With Roman recovering just in time for the match, he has the injury excuse to fall back on for a loss, which allows Braun to get his win back and Roman to lose without looking bad. One of these guys SHOULD be moving on to face Lesnar who we haven't seen in forever..

Prediction: Braun Strowman

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Your Wrestlemania Results Ahead of Schedule.

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

Don't let the Battle Royal aspect make you think Braun isn't winning this. Corbin debuted and won it last year and now he's getting a title shot a year later. Strowman is coming into this already established so this should be the start of a big year for him. Hopefully they have some good call ups

Prediction: Braun Strowman

Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries -- Cruiserweight Championship

Two guys like Neville and Austin Aries fighting in Orlando could easily steal the show tonight. This is a battle for cruiserweight supremacy in a feud that should headline this division for a while. Neville has been the top dog for a while and seems like the pick here, but I'm gunna take my chances with Austin Aries getting his Mania Moment early into his WWE career.

Prediction: Austin Aries

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Baron Corbin -- Intercontinental Championship

As I mentioned ^^, Corbin debuted about a year ago at the last Mania and now he's here. For a while it seemed like Corbin's call up was yet another waste of a Battle Royal winner, but after a few months of figuring himself out, Corbin is finally ready to contend. The brand split was huge for giving him more exposure with a bigger role.
Ambrose, on the other hand, is a well established vet who has never needed a belt on him to remain relevant. It's time for Corbin to win that first belt with the company.

Prediction: Baron Corbin

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. The Field -- Smackdown Women's Championship Open Challenge

Daniel Bryan made this an open challenge which makes this an interesting one for my girlfriend Alexa. I could see an Asuka debut but she did just retain the title on NXT so I don't know if they'd rush her to the main roster like that unless they're really trying to hide the surprise. That being said, Naomi will be back to claim her title that she never lost in her hometown and that's the direction I see this going.

Prediction: Naomi

Gallows & Anderson (c) vs. Sheasaro vs. Enzo & Cass -- Raw Tag Team Championships

I have a lot of title changes tonight, which is probably a mistake on my part, but having Enzo & Cass down in Orlando where they made a real name for themselves, in a ladder match, I think the pick is easy.
Enzo & Cass are definitely the weakest team of the three with Enzo's ring ability not being up to par for this match. But with it being a ladder match, Enzo suddenly gains an advantage.
Expect Enzo to grab the belts and new champs to be crowned.

Prediction: Enzo & Cass

John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Mizanins

The most well built up match will come to fruition tonight. The Goat and John Cena have been cutting A+ promos on each other with Miz and Maryse showcasing their fine acting with incredible performances as their opponents.
This could be Nikki's last match and Cena is gravitating towards another part time schedule, so I think WWE's couple wins this one.

Prediction: Cena and Bella w/ a proposal

Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax -- Raw Women's Championship Fatal Four-Way Elimination

It's in elimination match, so Bayley has more of a chance to retain, but her title reign is due to end tonight.
Nia Jax isn't ready to be champ.
Charlotte has won too much.
I think this comes down to Sasha and Bayley to get a program going with these two.

Prediction: Sasha Banks

Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens -- United States Championship

It's almost weird seeing these two fight with JERICHO being champ mostly because I forgot he had a championship. Jericho is going on tour soon so he'll be leaving. What better way to go out than by putting over Kevin Owens at Mania? I know the rivalry is heated, but you can tell behind the scenes these two love and respect each other. Would love to see The Authority help push Owens to being the double champ.

Prediction: Kevin Owens

AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon

AJ Styles really is the best wrestler in the world and having him face Shane McMahon in kind of a throwaway match is a little disappointing. But I think the fact that nothing is really on the line means they're gunna take a lot of risks and big bumps. They built a giant ramp, a roller coaster, and a giant ring that overhangs the actual ring. Shane's jumping off of something. At least give me a coast to coast with a trash can or something. Styles has to win tho.

Prediction: AJ Styles

Triple H vs. Seth Rollins -- Unsanctioned Match

Listen, I know this is about to get wild so just stay with me. 
I know Seth Rollins HAS to win here, but I don't think he does it. For the past 6 years, HHH has alternated winning years. And there are like no rules here. And Samoa Joe will be lurking.
House shows do suggest that Finn Balor gets involved and helps Rollins win, and that is probably gunna happen. But I think Balor is gunna join the Authority. Balor LOVES Triple H. LOVES him. Imagine if he joined the team with Owens? Don't believe it just watch. 
Or imagine if Finn Balor helped Rollins then Shinsuke debuts with The Authority?? lmao

Prediction: Triple H

Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar -- Universal Championship

This match will be like 7 minutes and Lesnar will become the champ. Take it out of the ring to make it interesting or something.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton -- WWE World Championship

Randy Orton's master plan to infiltrate the Wyatt Family and win the championship will probably pay off here, but I don't want it to. Somebody has to retain a title tonight, so why not let it be Brotha Bray? Guy deserves a run and Orton has won enough championships as it is. Luke Harper will cost somebody this match. Hopefully Wyatt can control him this time.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt retains

Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker

I hope this main events because Roman Reigns is about to retire Taker and it might as well be the match of the night. A Reigns win could also kill the mood of the entire arena ruining the other matches in terms of reactions and if it's really Takers retirement he deserves the proper send off.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

WWE Fastlane Preview

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.

Prediction: Charlotte

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

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