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.
We have a TON on the card tonight so let's get right into it. I'm splitting this into two blogs, one for the regular matches and one for the Rumble itself because I have some serious thoughts on that one.
Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows -- Raw Tag Team Championships
Anderson and Gallows must have the most unbelievable patience to be in the spot that they are right now. After their title chase against The New Day they pretty much had their credibility stripped away from them by way of terrible comedy based around sexual humor but have found themselves back in the title scene.
The only problem is Cesaro and Sheamus spent too much time building up to this title run starting with the best of 7 series, to the championship win, to slowly working their way towards a friendship. And at this point in time, stripping the titles away from them would just make all of that seem like a waste. I guess a loss could bring them closer together if that was the direction that Creative wanted. Or it could jump start another feud between the two, but I think we've all had enough of that.
I feel like I've said this a million times but I'll say it again.. Gallows and Anderson will win the titles eventually, just not today.
Prediction: Cesaro & Sheamus retain
Becky Lynch, Naomi & Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss, Natalya & Micki James
The classic "throw a bunch of feuds into one tag team match and see where it goes," gotta love it.
We have the never ending Total Divas battle of Nikki vs. Natalya, Naomi and Alexa Bliss following up on their heated exchange, and Becky Lynch trying to right the ship after Micki James cost her the match against Alexa Bliss.
Naturally, the heels should win to build some credibility, but I think Naomi will pin Alexa Bliss to start moving closer to a title shot. Micki James is probably the superstar to really keep an eye on tho, because she is such a wild card and I could easily see her already turning on her teammates this early into her return.
Prediction: Becky Lynch, Naomi & Nikki Bella
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
As good as the matches have been, I'm not ready for Round 27 of Flair vs. Banks. We need more legitimacy in the women's division and the only way to do that is to put over some of the superstars waiting in the wings. Nia Jax is a fucking monster and she has been beating the shit out of Sasha lately. In my opinion, this match should be a wash and Nia Jax should continue to climb the rankings with her first true win in the WWE.
Prediction: Nia Jax
Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville -- Cruiserweight Championship
Rich Swann has done well as the champ. He's given good matches and done well in his segments, but the cruiserweight has been missing something.. at least until Neville returned and turned on his friend, cementing himself as an official heel. Neville has been ignored for too long but with the new weight class it's time for him to win a championship and thrive for a while. I think Swann vs. Neville will continue on and provide us with plenty of entertainment watching the two best wrestlers in the division (fuck TJ Perkins) fight over the belt. But Neville's time is definitely now barring any ridiculous turns.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley -- Raw Women's Championship
Much like Sami Zayn, Bayley will play the underdog for most of her career with the WWE. She's a great wrestler whose wins and losses will never lose her fans. But Charlotte is just better and she also does not lose at PPVs. Bayley isn't ready to become the champ and doing so would erase all of this work to build up sympathy for her. Easy pick.
Prediction: Charlotte retains
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns -- Universal Championship
As much as I love Kevin Owens, it's hard to ignore the fact that he was legitimately gifted the championship and has yet to have a true convincing win as champion ever since he became best friends Chris Jericho. Reigns and Owens have fought numerous times and Reigns has clearly had the upper hand only to have wins snatched away from him with outside interference from Y2J. But this time around, Jericho will be locked in a shark cage suspended above the ring. This stipulation suggests that Reigns will finally get Owens back, but I have a rule for myself to not pick Roman if I don't have to. I'm not ready for Owens' run to be over but I am ready to move on from this feud and start building towards Jericho vs. Owens at Mania. Owens should get this win to prove that he doesn't need help to be a champ. BUT I'm not opposed to Jericho snaking his way out of the cage to help him out, but I feel like an Owens win will end this feud and move us in a different direction.
Prediction: Kevin Owens retains
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena -- WWE Championship
This match is already the match of the year. Cena is back and it's time for him to get a win over Styles in singles competition. These two have yet to put up a dud in the ring in my eyes, and despite this being the Royal Rumble (which will be incredible this year), this is THE match. What's been so refreshing about this rivalry is Cena finally dropping his act as the good boy and not holding back with his words to Styles comparing their journeys to the main event in the WWE.
AJ Styles is probably the better pick to win this one just because I think he is currently the best wrestler in the company both in the ring and on the mic. But Cena has to catch Flair eventually and having him lose another one to AJ Styles would kind of be the nail in the coffin for him with this and with nobody else really too deserving of the belt, I think Cena finally gets that win back.
Prediction: John Cena
Now onto the Rumble...