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Predictions: Money In The Bank (2017)

Money in the Bank is actually one of my favourite PPVs of the year. Unofficially its the real fourth member of the ‘big four’ (sorry Survivor Series), so I guess we could make it the big five? At least in my opinion anyway.

It’s actually one of my favourite match types as well. Ladder matches are always fun but then you’ve got such an interesting stipulation to play with as well. Will the winner cash in on the night? Will they bide their time and wait for the perfect time to strike? Or will they announce their chosen time to challenge fairly for the title. Potentially you’ve got a years worth of story lines being created in one match. I love it.

This year Money In The Bank is a Smackdown exclusive, which I really dig. You don’t need both shows having a briefcase each. Make it more exclusive, make in more unique and make it more important.

Having said that this year is the first year that the WWE are doing a women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match. So you can go ahead and scrap that more unique and exclusive nonsense I just spouted. Okay, so first of all I really like that they’re doing a women’s match. It will be really cool to see what they can all do and I love the idea that we’ll get to see them play out all of the possible ‘cash in’ story line options for the first time. It would be fantastic if they’d figured out a new, never seen before twist for this, but even if they do something we’ve seen before it will be with new people and a new spin.

However, I said the same thing when Raw and Smackdown had a Money In The Bank ladder match each or when WWE have three Hell In A Cell matches in one night. Less is more. The main problem is far too often they end up spreading themselves too thin, having to share out moments and spot ideas. After all you can’t have the same table spots two matches in a row, the crowd wont keep on popping for them. So potentially instead of having one brilliant match you get a few good ones, or worse average ones. Hopefully we get two excellent matches though.

I do wonder in what order they will lay out the match card though. Will they have the Money In The Bank matches before the Women’s and WWE Championship bouts allowing for cash in opportunities. Will they have one on the night at all? Would they have two?! That would be crazy and I bet few people would see it coming. I think its more likely that the winner of the women’s will cash in than the men’s though as I see Jinder holding the title for a while. Whoops, prediction spoilers…

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

20170602_mitb_womenladder-3c948664588094cfa324b23beefeafd1The first ever women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match. Will it be great or will it be a flop? I mean, hopefully it won’t be a flop…why would anyone hope for that? Weirdos.

I joke but in all seriousness this match, just like the Hell In A Cell match, the tables match and the Iron Man match has to deliver. Not just to shut up that section in the audience who just love to see things fail but to continue to show Vince McMahon that yes, the women in his company can be just as good as the men. I have complete faith that they have all the ability in the world to knock it out of the park, they just have to do it right on the night.

But who is going to win? Well, I think it’s between three ladies. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Carmella.

Carmella?! I hear you cry. If there was ever a dark horse in this match it would be Carmella and I can just imagine James Ellsowrth following Carmella down to the ring each week carrying her briefcase for her. That image alone would be fantastic! I think I can rule out Natalya and Tamina without any second thought but Carmella (who I know a lot of people will say is the weakest of the group) could be a brilliant heel with that Money in the Bank contract up her sleeve.

Which leaves Charlotte, who is an obvious contender simply for being Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Now with Charlotte you have to think about who she would feud with, if Naomi is still champion I think it will be unlikely for Charlotte to win. That is of course unless WWE a thinking very long-term.

With Becky however, she has fallen from number one babyface on Smackdown AND Women’s Champion, to neither the champion or number one babyface. With Charlotte arguably taking over the role of face and Naomi obviously champion. Becky kind of needs the briefcase to stay relevant in the topper half of the division. Plus, you can go a few ways with her as Ms Money In The Bank, either as a face or perhaps with a heel turn. Which again, Charlotte probably wouldn’t do as she’s only just turned face.

My pick here is Carmella, thanks obviously to a massive assist from James Ellsworth.

Winner: Carmella

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Predictions: Extreme Rules 2017

Here we go yet again, another WWE PPV. Aren’t we all just so excited? By my count this is the 19th this month? Exaggerations aside, is anyone else suffering from massive burnout? I want to enjoy the product WWE, but I can’t enjoy it when you produce more hours than there are in the day to watch.

This time around we get Extreme Rules. Oh goody, a gimmick PPV. My absolute favourite.

Extreme Rules just about beats out TLC and Hell In A Cell as my least favourite PPV event of the year. It is in no way ‘extreme’ for one and just makes the product look more PG than it actually is. Also, what happened to the idea of having a stipulation because the fued was so intense that it justified having one?

Finally, there’s a bloody kendo stick on a pole match. A KENDO STICK on a pole match. Good lord. I mean, anything on a pole matches are always terrible but a kendo stick? This is the worst thing since that sledgehammer ladder match between Triple H and Kevin Nash. Need I say more?

Still, for all my complaining I still think here could be some good matches here. The Fatal 5-Way, the Tag Team Steel Cage match and the Cruiserweight Championship for example.  In fact, this has the potentially to be an enterting show. So, I’ll stop complaining for three seconds and let’s do some predictions!

Rich Swann & Sasha Banks vs. Noam Dar & Alicia Fox

Okay I lied, straight back into moaning. Why should I care about this match? Why should I care about anything to do with the Cruiserweights other than the Championship?

Sasha Banks being involved seems like a massive step down for her but on the plus side it is hilarious when Noam Dar says “Fox”. Yet I don’t really care for Swann and Alicia Fox just exists really doesn’t she. So swings and roundabouts I guess?

Face win to kick off the show I’d imagine. I can’t see this program having much more to give than that. Unless of course, this is the start of a year-long dance feud?! God I hope not.

Winners: Rich Swann & Sasha Banks Continue reading

Review: WWE Backlash 2017

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Your opinion of how good/bad this PPV was might heavily rely on your opinion of the above.

 

Backlash was always going to have a hard time out doing NXT Takeover Chicago, even though it had the potential too. Saturday night we got the outstanding Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne match and unfortunately nothing came close to it here on the Smackdown exclusive PPV. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad show. It just wasn’t particularly amazing, everyone more or less just seemed to be going through the motions.

Now I know a lot of people are going to have a negative opinion on this PPV for the main event and that’s fine. But is Jinder winning really that bad? I can’t decide.

 

I’m going to skip past Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan, Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. The Welcoming Committee and Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn. The first two I just do not care about and Corin vs. Zayn was an okay match but unremarkable. I will say this though, either Sami Zayn is the best actor in the WWE or he worked the majority of the match with a bad back. Props to him either way!

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

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An underwhelming debut for Nakamura.

A little underwhelmed by Shinsuke’s main roster debut if I’m honest. Weeks off nothing and then this match with Dolph Ziggler. It had the potential to be really good, but honestly it felt like both guys were going through the motions.

 

Is it just be or has Nakamura peaked already in the WWE? His best match by far is still his debut at NXT Takeover Dallas against Sami Zayn, but has anything else even come close? From my perspective it feels like he’s been heavily watered down.

A disappointing start to the show I will admit, I was hoping for so much more. Nakamura has the ability to set the world on fire, we’ve seen it before inside and outside of this company but something isn’t clicking right now.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Usos (c) vs. Breezango (The Fashion Police)

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Master of disguise Tyler Breeze and Fandango were over with the crowd and deserved their spotlight.

Best match of the show, if you can call it a match. It was more of a 10 minute comedy show. I loved every second of it.

 

Tyler Breeze as we all know by now is a master of disguise, came to the ring disguised as the janitor and used his mop for multi comedy moments. Although surely referee, that was a disqualification? Later in the match he came back out from under the ring disguised as an old lady. The commentators were fully on board with the gag, JBL playing fully along ‘not knowing’ who these people were. At one point he even criticised the referee for allow a 4 on 2 handicap match to happen.

The crowd loved every minute of it, I loved every minute of it. It was great. The Fashion Police have been doing great work as of late now that they’ve had a little bit of a spot light. They’re over with the fans and I would love to see them win the titles!

United States Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles

151_back_05212017ej_2375-b4655206da7f8a8e084f55c5553205d5A good match between two very talented wrestlers. Kevin Owens won via count out after AJ Styles’ leg got stuck in the announce table leaving this feud wide opener for a rematch. I’m happy with that, I want both of these men to be in the WWE Title picture but if they keep putting on good matches then I’m fine.

I feel like they left a lot for a rematch if I’m honest though, which is good. As I mentioned earlier I feel like the majority of wrestlers didn’t get out of second gear. Hopefully next time we see these two go at it they go all out and truly steal the show as we know they can. For now though, solid and enjoyable match with much more potential to come in this feud. Thumbs up!

WWE Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal

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He only bloody well did it!

Well I’ll be damned, they actually did it. They actually bloody did it! Jinder Mahal is the new WWE Champion. Interesting side note, Mahal is the 50th different WWE Champion ever, quite the name forever etched in the history books.

I honestly can not decide if I love this or hate this.

This entire angle has come out of nowhere since Wrestlemania. When he was on Raw he couldn’t buy a victory and now suddenly he is WWE Champion. It makes Smackdown seem a bit rubbish doesn’t it?

I think that’s my main problem with this whole thing, how sudden it is. I get that the shock value will have people talking but whatever happened to a solid build, an Intercontinental title run and a hot angle to push you up the card.

At the end of the day I’m not totally against this but…it’s a bit weird isn’t it! Still, anything is better than yet another boring Randy Orton title run. Although I’m sure he’ll win it back sooner rather than later.

WWE now need to go all in on Jinder, this is not the time for half-baked plans. He’s your WWE Champion, treat him like one and maybe you’ll get a good return for your investment. It’s going to be an uphill battle though because the fan reaction to this from what I’ve seen hasn’t been good. The question is, is it good heel heat or change the channel heat?

Predictions: NXT Takeover Chicago

While I don’t get as excited for NXT Takeovers as I used to do, I look forward to them. They are always a lot of fun, full of surprises and packed full of brilliant wrestling.

Once again I’m looking at a card that in reality could go either way. Every single match (excluding the NXT Women’s Title) could be won by either competitor(s). That’s one of the main reasons I love NXT, it is far more unpredictable than the main roster.

Great wrestling + unpredictable outcomes = happy Rob. However, just because the show is unpredictable doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to predict it though!

Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young

20170516_nxttakeover_chicago_temp_strongyoung-b65c2296361150f141a09132056823d6I am assuming that Eric Young and SAniTY will pick up the victory here due to the simple fact of the numbers game. I think Strong will look…strong…against Young but in the end it will be a very similar picture to the Sanity versus Tye Dillinger story. You can put up a good fight, but eventually you’ll get beaten down.

If Young does indeed pick up the victory, I would expect Strong to win the rematch so that he can then move into the title picture. Which all of a sudden is starting to look a little bit crowded.

Winner: Eric Young

NXT Tag Team Championship
The Authors of Pain vs. #DIY

20170516_nxttakeover_chicago_tagteam-ff1d616f9359d111ca63662cbff79b36Ah the NXT tag team division, sparser than it once now that The Revival have moved on but these two teams are still brilliant. The Authors of Pain have held the titles for a while and beaten everyone available, including #DIY several times. Will they continue their reign of dominance here? Potentially yes.

Or, the fact that this has been set up as a ladder match is a way for the destructive heels to lose their titles while still remaining strong. After all, losing in a ladder match is nothing in comparison to being pinned or forced to submit.

A loss the monsters would freshen up the tag team division and allow #DIY to have another run in which they could feud with a smaller tag team and bring them up. Although, the Authors of Pain could just win the titles back at the next opportunity and reassert themselves as the yard stick in the NXT tag team division.

Either way I’m fine and expecting a great match.

Winners: #DIY

Predictions: WWE Payback

It is the first WWE PPV since Wrestlemania 33 and RAW really need to knock it out of the park to keep the casuals around. In theory the match card has the opportunity to do just that. There is only one match that I think is doomed from the start (cough, House of Horrors) but everything else has the potential to be either good or great.

However, I cannot be the only the only one slightly uninspired by the Superstar Shakeup. Nothing seems to have been, well, shaken up very much. I suppose you have got Jinder Mahal as number one contender for the WWE Title on Smackdown, so I suppose that’s actually pretty huge. Yet unfortunately it is awful so, I cannot get behind it. Jinder Mahal?! Really?!

The other problem we have is that we now have a very predictable cross promotion match. Chris Jericho is leaving soon, so obviously Kevin Owens will retain the United States Championship. Meanwhile, the House of Horrors match…I can only assume WWE are trying to outdo the awful ‘asylum match’ from last year. Bray Wyatt does not get his rematch for the WWE Title (for some reason, Jinder Mahal is more important these days) so it is just a regular singles match. This does mean either man can win as there was no chance the title was moving to Raw previously, so I suppose that is nice.

As for the rest of the show, it does look like a ‘standard RAW PPV’ to be honest, but the potential is there like I say. The additions of The Hardys and Alexa Bliss to their respective divisions is appreciated, if not game changing.

Pre-Show: Enzo & Cass vs. Gallows and Anderson

A pre-show tag team match? Who would have thought it? It is completely unheard of!

I will admit it right now; I am not currently a fan of Enzo and Cass. Their characters have become assholes this year despite continuing to be babyfaces. Crowds however, still love their catchphrases.

Gallows and Anderson always seem like they are one loss away from being binned completely. The duos momentum has been so stop start that it is has all but completely damaged their reputation. I constantly feel that they ‘need’ to win to maintain their, admittedly, limited credibility. I still maintain that Gallows and Anderson could be something really special, but WWE seem hesitant to roll with them.

Enzo and Cass however, could lose every single match and it would not matter. Wins and loses do not make a difference for them, it is practically their gimmick. Charismatic loud mouths who never win.

Having said all of that. Despite how strongly I feel about Gallows and Anderson. I still believe that Enzo and Cass will pick up the victory. Hopefully not though!

Winner: Enzo and Cass

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

20170417_1920x1080_payback_kojericho-d4cdaf0184e21ecb57e232348b2df9eaIt is such a shame that this amazing feud has fizzled out. It had such potential! I still really enjoy the interactions between the two, even though they are now on different shows, but it has slowed down.

Their match at Wrestlemainia was okay, solid but mostly unremarkable in honesty. I hope that they go all out with this one and steal the show. After all, Jericho is about to go on tour with Fozzy so this is his last real chance to do so.

Obviously Kevin Owens is retaining the US Title, but that is fine really. As long as the wrestling, storytelling and drama are all there. And I think it could be both are tremendous at what they do and have worked brilliantly together for most of the last year.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Predictions: NXT Takeover: Orlando

Oh ho ho it’s Wrestlemania weekend! You know what that means? That’s right NXT. Now granted I might not be as into wrestling as I was a couple of years ago, but I’m still excited about watching the big NXT specials. Even when you look at a card and think ‘hmm, not as strong as a previous one’, they still knock it out of the park!

2 reasons to be excited alone, #DIY and The Revival. So many match of the year candidates come out of their encounters. Will they do it again? Chances are good. Plus you’ve got Bobby Roode verses Nakamura, the first one was great!

Okay, let’s get to the predictions!

SAnitY vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose and Ruby Riot

S20170328_nxttakeover_orlando_dillingerstongjosesanity_logo-6155c9248927afe20bf8173aaf4ee493AnitY. SAnitY will win this one. 2 reasons I say that, firstly Tye Dillinger never ever wins. That’s his gimmick. Secondly, the way to build up groups as dominate, destructive and unbeatable is to have them actually win, a lot. That way, when they are eventually toppled it means so much more. NXT seem to understand that process more than the main roster.

Winner: SAnitY

Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

I th20170322_nxttakeover_orlando_alalmas-fcaf2194714f5583b6d6fb7ffb4cb165ink I’m going to go with Aleister Black with this one. Almas has been doing so much better since he turned heel and I think his character can take a loss without being damaged. I’m hoping for good things from this match.

Winner: Aleister Black

Triple Threat NXT Tag Team Championships
The Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY vs. The Revival

nxtortagIn an ideal world The Revival would win back THEIR NXT Tag Team Championships. Huge fan of Dash and Dawson, a little bit worried that they won’t be given the time to shine on the main roster once they do get called up. I assume that call up will be relatively soon, perhaps even this weekend. I think the Authors of Pain will retain though to continue their domination of NXT for a little while longer.

If I’m honest this match is the main reason I’m going to be watching this Takeover. NXT’s tag team division has been fantastic for years and #DIY and The Revival always do great work.

Winners: The Authors of Pain

NXT Women’s Title
Asuka vs. Ember Moon

20170315_nxttakeover_orlando_asukamoon-70c2f47e72bce6ed8b52e9335b2eba2aIt is at this point it becomes apparent just how odd an entity NXT is. Most of my predictions for this show are based on who I think are getting called up. Asuka is another prime contender to appear on the Raw or Smackdown after Wrestlemania.

You can’t strip NXT of all its top-tier talent in one fell swoop though so I do imagine it would be unlikely for The Revival, Asuka and Nakamura all to make the jump at once. I’m not saying it won’t happen, more that it…shouldn’t.

Is it the right time for Asuka’s twinning streak to end?

Winner: Ember Moon

NXT Title
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

roodenakaAgain, is it time for Nakamura to get his call up? You would assume so.

Am I the only person who thinks Nakamura has lost his way a little bit since his debut last year? Maybe the call up would refocus his character and give him that edge again.

I love Bobby Roode, so seeing him retain would be ‘glorious’.

Winner: Bobby Roode

Predictions: Wrestlemania 33

It’s time for another set of predictions, this time for ‘The Ultimate Thrill Ride’ – Wrestlemania 33. This go around we’re shaking things up a little by having myself (Rob) go head to head (to head) with Ross and Dan in a predictions-off. Loser buys the beers!

Personally, I’m not that excited for this years event. I’m still suffering from ‘The Ultimate Disappointment’ of Wrestlemania 32. I’ve barely watched wrestling since that show. Hopefully, this can be the show that turns it all around again!

Still, I can’t help but think about what could have been. John Cena versus The Undertaker or AJ Styles. Kevin Owens verses Chris Jericho for the Universal Title. Bayley finally breaking Charlotte’s PPV winning streak to capture her first title. Fantasy booking this event looks so much better than what we are getting, and there’s no excuse for injuries this year either!

Oh well, without further moaning. Let’s get to it!

Pre-Show

6 Pack Challenge – Smackdown’s Women’s Title
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. Naomi

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I’m a little disappointed that this has been limited to only the 6 women. I was hoping for a few surprise returns from ‘Divas’ past and maybe the shocking return of Eva Marie. The ultimate heel. I don’t quite understand why Naomi made her return on Smackdown, surely she would have made a great surprise return on the day? Especially as she’s my pick to win. Seems to me that they pulled the trigger to early on that.

Winner: Namoi

Dan’s Thoughts:

Kind of wished they did the original plan and make it a surprise and like a gauntlet match with some past Woman’s wrestlers but whatever.

Winner: Naomi

Ross’ Thoughts:

I want Alexa Bliss to win, probably the best mic talker the women’s division has ever seen. She’s been phenomenal this past year and frankly deserves it. It’s Naomi’s hometown and WWE will think this matters. That’s why I think she’ll win but I’d love Mickie or Bliss to get it. I love crazy Mickie.

Winner: Naomi

Hometown girl Naomi is everyone’s pick for this match. Continue reading