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Review – Money In The Bank (2017)

Money In The Bank did not disappoint, it was a solid show from start to finish with some excellent wrestling at times and a few surprising moments. Controversy in the first ever Women’s MITB ladder match, a shocking debut and hopefully a few teases of things to come.

It’s vary rare for me to walk away from a WWE main roster PPV with a good overall opinion of it, but I was very happy with what happened. I see potential in all story lines and even though my favourite wrestlers didn’t win. I am content.

Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Winner: Carmella

054_mitb_06182017jg_0611-caa06542d3384264da149ee1e3b35a8cStraight in with the controversy! Oh the internet seems to be massively divided on this on. Some people despise the ending other people love it. I personally loved it.

In case you are unaware the finish of the match saw James Ellsworth tip Becky Lynch from the top of the ladder, proceed to climb the ladder, retrieve the briefcase and then drop it into Carmella’s waiting open arms. It was a complete mockery off a finish, showing complete disrespect to all of the women involved. This was their moment to show the world they could do it just as well as the men and it was ruined.

It was the PERFECT heel move. Absolutely brilliant! I mean, what a disgusting thing to do. To ruin the inaugural Women’s MITB ladder match by having a man decide the finish. The heat Carmella should receive from this is unreal. This is where a lot of people seem to be getting confused again. You didn’t like what the heel did? You aren’t meant to. It’s meant to rile you up!

The only problem I had with it was the confusing referee discussion after the bell rang. It made it seem like Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan were going to come out and restart the match but never did. It clearly confused the crowd to who just stood there waiting for something to happen.

As for the match itself, I thought it was unfortunately a little sloppy. Certainly not the high standards we know the women can reach on their day. I certainly thought the ‘this is awesome’ chant early on was incredibly generous of the St Louis crowd. Not that anyone is going to remember the match itself its all about the finish.

I’m not entirely sure why the WWE made the creative choice of having all 5 women come out to the ring, then show a 3/4 minute video hyping up the match. Surely it would have made more sense to open the show with that promo package? As for the video itself, even more marketing bullshit promoting the women’s revolution. Stop patting yourselves on the back every chance WWE, it makes everything seem so much more forced and false.

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Predictions: WWE Fastlane

I’m not really sure what to expect from Fastlane if I’m honest. I assume the wrestling itself will be good, but I also think the show will almost exclusively be used to set up Wrestlemania and be robbed of any of its own importance.

Other than a couple of matches, I think it’s pretty easy to call as well (watch me get it all wrong now). I’m still taking a back seat on wrestling right now, you may have noticed I didn’t bother reviewing Elimination Chamber, and in honesty not that much is grabbing my attention in this show. I find myself being rather negative, but that’s not intentional. Wrestling has just worn me down over the years…

The main event obviously will be very interesting, but I think it will be over booked nonsense. Assuming they don’t just have it as a squash match. God I hope they don’t do that.

Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs.Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar

Pre-Show tag team matches tend to end with a face team victory, but really who cares either way? I’m sorry to be so negative about the Cruiserweights, but they’re doing nothing for me.

Winners: Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa

Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe

20170215_fastlane_zaynsamoa-43f976a166046162517a9d25c740c9bbSamoa Joe is on a tear since moving up to the main roster and there is simply no way I can see him losing his first PPV match.

Sami Zayn can take a loss better than anybody too, so no harm done. It’s weird to think that Zayn’s gimmick these days is ‘guy with big heart who loses matches’.

Winner: Samoa Joe

The Club (c) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass

At the Royal Rumble Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, The Club, finally won the tag team title. About God damn time am I right?! Even with the titles I still think the pair are being booked terribly though. Why on earth where they getting involved in Roman Reigns’ air space. They’re lucky he isn’t the tag team champions now.

20170220_fastlane_tagteam-6d931ba09870ef4b0872e67980c0ff06Enzo and Cass, who I’ve really gone off in the last 6 months mostly due to the fact that they are terrible people, are perpetual losers. They talk a big game and then lose. I think that will continue here.

Hopefully they will as well. The last thing WWE needs right now is face champions who are actually more despicable than the heels. But then, WWE has never been able to book good guys very well have they. Just look at Hulk Hogan, what an absolute prick of a character.

Winners: The Club Continue reading

Royal Rumble: Predictions

It’s almost time for the 2017 Royal Rumble! For a lot of people, myself included, this is the WWE PPV they most look forward too each year. Why? Because it’s exciting and it (as cheesey as it sounds) is the beginning of the road to Wrestlemania. This is the show that shapes Wrestlemania. By the end of the Royal Rumble, you’re either looking forward to Wrestlemania or…well you’re not.

For the past few years, ’14, ’15 and ’16 though I’ve finished the show with a sense of dread about what was to come. Granted ‘Mania’s 30 and 31 were amazing despite bumpy starts. You can’t say the same for Wrestlemania 32 though, but it all started from the Royal Rumble.

What makes this year special is that it is one of the more unpredictable Royal Rumble events. Multiple people could realistically win and I love that. I’m a bit concerned  about the WWE and Universal Title matches and potentially rather bland and predictable winners, but I remain mildly hopefully.

Let’s get to the predictions!

Only 5 matches on the main show have been announced as I write this (Friday) and 3 on the pre-show. Not much love for Smackdown it has to be said, only 2 matches in total. 1 being the WWE Title match and the other a completely throw away 6 women tag team match.

Pre-Show

There are two women’s matches on the pre-show, Sasha Banks versus Nia Jax and then the aforementioned Smackdown’s 6 women’s tag. I don’t have much interest in either of these, especially the 6 women tag. It’s the definition of lazy, don’t know what to do with you all booking. Also it immediately makes the Raw Women’s Title look more important. Oh well, I expect Nia to beat Sasha and I expect the faces (Becky, Nikki and Naomi to win.

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The booking of The Club has been bizarre. It’s making me feel sorry for them, but I’m supposed to boo them…

The other match on the pre-show is the Raw Tag Team Title match. Cesaro and Sheamus versus The Club (Gallows and Anderson). The gimmick for this particular match is that a few weeks ago on Raw the referees did an excellent job in screwing The Club out of a clean victory over the champs. Sheamus accidentally hit the referee, The Club pinned Cesaro which was counted by a new referee. Easy, happens all the time. BUT NO! Original referee is a spotlight whore and reverses the decision to disqualify Cesaro and Sheamus.

Useless. You screwed the ‘bad guys’, that makes me feel sorry for the ‘bad guys’. Great job everyone.

So now we get a rematch, with two referees. Because why not. It definitely won’t feature in the finish at all, honest.

I’d like to think The Club will finally win the titles that they’ve deserved for months, but I doubt it. The faces (who I like by the way, I’m not just a heel loving asshole) will win and that will make the entire thing worthwhile and somehow ‘fair’. In WWE’s eyes at least.

Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

Main Show

Cruiserweight Title: Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville

I’m going to be completely honest with you. I don’t care.

Winner: Neville

Raw Women’s Title: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley

20170102_royalrumble_charlottebayley-e61d90cd20c215a735e1a8ea1cf74352It’s a PPV, of course Charlotte wins!

The problem I have with the Charlotte PPV winning streak thing is that she keeps losing the Title on Raw (or at least did to Sasha Banks) so it never felt that impressive. For example, if Manchester United won every home game in the Premier League all season, but lost every away game, they would only end the season on 57 points. That isn’t winning them anything. It’s almost a mute point.

That said I think at this point we’re in for Charlotte holding onto the Raw Women’s Title for a little while as WWE build towards Wrestlemania. I’m assuming that match will be Charlotte versus Bayley and Bayley will win. But to get as much emotion out of the story and the match, she has to lose a few times and I’m fine with that.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Universal Title: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns

20170109_royalrumble_owensroman-bc77331e13a3a047e23e11d8042adcffBoy oh boy, WWE are obsessed with selling that shark cage play set aren’t they? First it was an NXT stipulation, now it’s a main roster stipulation. In the mean time it’s been on every episode of Raw for the past (what feels like a) decade.

So let me get this right, it’s a No Disqualification match, with Chris Jericho in a shark cage. I thought the reason for Jericho being in the cage was for a fair fight? Now there is a blatant opportunity for cheating shenanigans!

An opportunity for cheating shenanigans means one of two things. 1. Seth Rollins interferes to save his best buddy Roman Reigns (I still don’t understand why they are friends again, he betrayed you Roman you idiot!). 2. Chris Jericho interferes to help Kevin Owens retain.

I really want to believe that Kevin Owens can win and he won’t just be the worst transitional champion in recent memory. If you work with the regular pattern of ‘whoever stands tall on the go home show will probably lose’ theory, then that means he has a chance. But, it’s Roman Reigns isn’t it. So, sigh, Roman wins. FFS.

It’s not just my dislike for Roman Reigns that I want Owens to win though, I think it’s the better story. More on that, later.

Winner: Roman Reigns

WWE Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena

20170117_royalrumble_ajcena-a2b47e1293bb49dd5314e30d4599a961Will John Cena win his 16th title and equally Ric Flair’s record at the rumble? I don’t think so, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. Much like with Roman Reigns, it almost feels inevitable.

I think equally the record is a massive moment and I don’t think the WWE have done enough to build into it for the Royal Rumble. If he did come back and win just like that, it would be a massive anti-climax. This 16th title chase needs to last a while. Cena needs to come close a few times and not quite make it. It needs to be a massive deal, it needs to be a Wrestlemania moment.

Plus if Cena just came back, talked Styles down in the way that he has. It would be just awful for Styles. It would make him look like a chump. It would also be classic ‘John Cena always gets his win back lol’. Which I’m fine with him doing as long as the story is told in the right way.

Which means, AJ Styles wins again. It doesn’t have to be clean, but I think it would be better for the story if he did.

Winner: AJ Styles

Royal Rumble Match

20170112_rr2017_card-f4ebec253e0e33b5278bddeb11e0bb46You know what? I’m going for it. Finn Balor will return and win the Royal Rumble!

I say this for 2 reasons. The first being that it would be an undeniably awesome moment but also it could set up a match with Kevin Owens for the Universal Title. Which would be an excellent story to tell. The first ever champion who had to relinquish the title due to injury comes back to fight for the belt he never lost! It works even better if the champion is Kevin Owens, a heel, who story line wise can’t win matches on his own and is unjustified in holding the championship.

Granted WWE could decide that it would be a ‘bigger match’ if it was Balor vs Reigns. But then you have the awkward face vs face (even though Reigns would definitely be heel in the eyes of the crowd).

Now, if Balor isn’t actually ready to compete again all I ask is that it isn’t Roman Reigns or The Undertaker. I’d accept Strowman but I know that would lead to Reigns vs Strowman at ‘Mania and I don’t want that.

Ideally if Balor can’t win, I’d like it to be Chris Jericho. Again to set up a feud with Kevin Owens. That story has been building for so long and I’d love to see the blow off at Wrestlemania.

Winner: Finn Balor

WWE Superstars of the Year: 2016

As is the tradition for all things at the end of a year, it’s time for me to look back and decide who I thought were the best ‘Superstars’ of the last year. I’m keeping this WWE exclusive because I simply do not watch enough of anything else to have formed a proper opinion. Although, if I allowed myself I would just award everything to Dalton Castle and be done with it!

So who out of the WWE (including NXT) entertained me the most and who put on the best matches?  Who stood out from the crowd and really made 2016 their year? Lets find out!

Female Superstar of the Year

2016 will be looked back on as the year that the women in WWE finally started getting treated with respect. Although, I still do think that WWE have far too much of patting themselves on the back mentality about the whole thing. I would even argue that instead of being treated equally, the women are still being treated as some what of a ‘novelty act’. Just now with more respect. While it’s been interesting to see the likes of Hell in a Cell, Tables and Ironman matches involving the women. It’s actually just been the improved story telling and match quality that I’ve enjoyed the most about it.

In my opinion there have been 3 stand out women from the year. Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. I think Bliss has been amazing since she got called up during the brand split on Smackdown. It’s amazing how good Alexa is considering how young she is. I honestly think she’s doing a better job than Becky Lynch, one of the 4 horsewomen of NXT. Sasha Banks has been great too and has put on some good matches with Charlotte on Raw. Granted the Title has changed hands a lot, that’s a debate for another time. What yo can say is that it’s been unpredictable, exciting and a whole lot of fun. However, there’s only been one true MVP for the Women’s division this year.

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Charlotte, without any doubt, has been the true MVP of the Women’s division in 2016.

Charlotte Flair, the Divas Champion at the start of the year. The first newly crowned Women’s Champion at Wrestlemania and is now a 4 time champion! All the while putting on an excellent heel performance throughout the year. Sasha Banks may be good, but Charlotte has been in a league of her own this year. She’s a one of a kind.

Without Charlotte doing such a great job all of Sasha Banks’ moments on Raw mean that much less. Without Charlotte being so damn good, we’d still be in the awful ‘Divas Revolution’ phase we were this time last year.

 

Tag Team of the Year

For Tag Team of the Year I considered a few different teams as main contenders, but after scrutiny only one remains standing tall in my opinion. Let’s work through my list.

American Alpha. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable had a fantastic first half of 2016. They were one of the most over acts on the entire roster, let alone NXT. Their match at NXT Dallas against The Revival was amazing and they got an absolutely monstrous reaction when they won. They were then called up to the main roster to be part of Smackdown Live during the brand split but since then haven’t really done all that much. They lost a lot of momentum doing not all that much. Spending a lot of their run in the multi-man pre-show tag team match ups with fellow forgotten tag teams like The Ascension and Breezeango. They did just win the Smackdown Tag Titles in the last show of the year, so that’s pretty cool but they haven’t done quite enough to make the cut for me.

The New Day have dominated the main roster tag team division in 2016, both before the brand split and then continuing as Raw exclusives. For the first half of the year they were truly untouchable both on the microphone and in fan receptions. They were the biggest merchandise shifters for ‘Mania 32 and that’s no small feat! Its got to be said that while their achievement of becoming the longest reigning tag team champions of all time is remarkable, it was also kind of boring. New Day became stale in the last few months of the reign although I blame the creative direction for me as the majority of that. It does however mean that I can’t honestly put them as my number one team.

Ever popular fan favourites Johnny Gargano and Tammaso Ciampa have put on some great matches this year in NXT. Both against each other and as their tag team #DIY. They’ve put on 2 of my favourite matches of the year on back to back NXT Takeovers too. However, there’s been a consistent foil for both DIY and American Alpha who have to be my number one pick.

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The Revivial…of tag team wrestling. Dash and Dawson have been amazing all year!

The Revival. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. What an amazing team. I’ve said thousands of times how much I’ve enjoyed their work and if anything they improved during 2016. Their matches have consistently either stolen the show or come inches away from doing at every single NXT Takeover this year. The duos heel work has been the perfect foil for both American Alpha and DIY to work against and I honestly can’t sing their praises enough.

Quite rightly they became the first ever tag team to win the NXT Tag Team Titles twice as they have consistently been must watch performers not just in NXT but WWE as a whole. They’ve helped take tag team wrestling back to forgotten heights in match quality, ring psychology and fan engagement and they quite rightly belong as the number one tag team of the year.

 

Male Superstar of the Year

In reality I think there’s only really one person who you can say is the true Male Superstar of the Year. Only one man has had a truly phenomenal year *wink wink, nudge nudge*. There are a few people who should be at least considered Honourable mentions though.

Kevin Owens never ceases to entertain me. He consistently puts on great matches, is one of the best on the microphone and is often downright hilarious. His run with the Universal Title has been booked rather oddly, being a scared heel champion doesn’t really suit him in my opinion. Plus he has almost been over shadowed by Chris Jericho and a certain list.

Speaking of Chris Jericho, what can I say that hasn’t already been said a million times. He has reinvented himself yet again and continues to be truly brilliant. Now admittedly he did have a dodgy start to the year being the totally uncool ‘cool’ dad like babyface, but since his heel turn he’s been great. Only Chris Jericho could get the catchphrases ‘Stupid Idiot’, ‘It’ and a list as over as he has.

Finally The Miz, he’s just been brilliant since the brand split hasn’t he? He and Dolph Ziggler helped make the Intercontinental Title mean something again by having fantastic matches. Putting together an actually brilliant meaningful storyline in which Dolph’s career was on the line. Miz has always been a guy who can get the crowd to hate him and love someone else. For a few years people decided that made him a bad wrestler, but he’s always been a favourite of mine. Plus he has arguably had the best promo of the year on an episode of Talking Smack in which he tore Daniel Bryan apart. It was an amazing worked shoot mess of pure glory. I loved it.

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What a year AJ Styles has had! Is there anyone better than him right now?

Its got to be said though. AJ Styles has been in a world of his own for the majority of the year. Nobody can touch him in the ring! He’s so good!

That explosion you heard during the Royal Rumble was the fans blowing their collective minds as Mr TNA finally debuted in WWE. Since then he’s put on fantastic matches with literally everyone he’s wrestled, including James Ellsworth! He’s had great matches with Roman Reigns. Fantastic matches with John Cena and looks every single bit of a true World Champion.

If you believe the rumours, Vince only brought Styles in to be a midcard guy, but was so impressed by the fan reactions, match quality and merchandise sales that he simply had to push him to the moon. For a ‘rookie’ year, have many had a better one than AJ? Maybe Kurt Angle?

AJ Styles is in league of his own and has truly been phenomenal this year.

The 5 Best Things about WWE In 2016

It’s nearing the end of the year and like everyone else I’ve been looking back and thinking about the best and worse parts of it. Today I’m going to be looking at the 5 best things (in my opinion) that WWE has done in 2016. Then in a few days, I’ll look back at the 5 absolute worst things they done.

So here we go The 5 Best Things About WWE In 2016.

5. The Revival

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We’re starting out under the WWE umbrella but heading over to NXT for number 5 on the list. There are many good things on NXT, in fact if NXT could have made the list as a whole entity really.

Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Tye Dillinger, Bobby Roode have all been brilliant and have continued to make takeover’s must watch shows. Yet, out of everyone on the show two men have stood out more than anyone else for me. Scott Dawn and Dash Wilder, The Revival.

I love everything about these two. Their style is brilliant, I love that they’re a throwback to old school tag team wrestling. They actually use tag team psychology which makes their matches so compelling. Not only that I think that the duo are brilliant subtle heels. They are dastardly and dirty, all the while not really breaking too many rules. They bend them instead.

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Also, the Shatter Machine is a fantastic finisher. No doubt.

Dash and Dawson were also the first ever 2 time tag team champions and its the great work that they’ve done with the belts, i.e. being right bastards, that has made for such great moments when they lose them. Both American Alpha and DIY benefited hugely from having some true bad guys to work with. Making their title-winning efforts that much better.

Finally, any team who can steal the show at back to back NXT Takeover’s deserve to make the list. That’s no mean feat! Yes DIY played a big part too, but when you think that The Revival also came close to stealing the show at Takeover: Dallas and Takeover: The End, you know how good they are. Hell, they were even great at Takeover: London in 2015 too!

4. The Miz

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It’s got to be said that since the brand split, The Miz has been fantastic. It all started with a worked shoot promo on ‘Talking Smack’ and his continued butting of heads with Daniel Bryan has been one of the highlights of the Smackdown brand.

Since then he’s had a fantastic feud with Dolph Ziggler, with a number of great matches between them, including a match of the year contender at No Mercy.

I’ve been a fan of The Miz for years and its been a source of constant frustration that the WWE seemed to have just forgotten about him. Hell, they forgot about him while he was main eventing Wrestlemania for God sake! He’s shown so many times that he can get people over. Daniel Bryan, Alex Riley, Damian Sandow and he even made Dolph Ziggler interesting again after years of floundering.

He’s a brilliant promo and recently he has been showing that he can truly go in the ring. So while him beating Zack Ryder for the Intercontinental Title the Raw after Wrestlemania was met with groans. Now, all eyes are on him and people are starting to wonder how long it will be before he’s involved in a World Title feud.

He’s helped make the IC Title relevant again and he’s made Smackdown worth watching.

3. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks

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2016 has arguably the best year for female wrestlers ever. The two women leading the charge? Charlotte and Sasha Banks.

Now, I’m not putting them in my list just because they’re women and have had a Hell In A Cell match. Though that is cool. Quite frankly I don’t care what kind of match people have as long as the wrestling quality is good and most importantly the story-line and feud is in place.

Now while I’m the first to admit that this feud has probably had too many title changes. I’ll also tell you that for most of the year this feud has been one of the regular highlights. Hell, since the brand split you could say that the Raw Women’s Title has been the most important on the show.

tumblr_ofx10c2bx91sbzhteo1_500The reason I enjoy this feud so much is that the Title clearly means something to both women. They are invested in its importance and so I am too. The reality is, it doesn’t matter to me that women are suddenly allowed to do gimmick matches or are main eventing PPV’s because since when was the logic in place that the best matches and feuds always went on last? John Cena 06 to 2013 anyone? The two aren’t one in the same. In fact one feels very much like a marketing technique while the other feels like, top quality wrestling. No, what matters is that they’re putting on great matches in a great feud. It’s that simple.

2. AJ Styles

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AJ Styles came so close to being my number one choice for this list, he’s been brilliant. As debut years go, he might have just had the best ever.

Debuting at the Royal Rumble to a huge ovation, he’s put on great matches all year. Proving time and time again that people are justified in saying he is the best in the world.

Putting on fantastic matches with Roman Reigns and John Cena and many more. He’s also made James Ellsworth bearable and just generally makes everyone look like a million bucks. On top of all that, he also won the WWE Title. Something that many people thought would never, ever happen.

I could argue that his matches alone are worth his place on the list, but it’s his work since his heel turn that’s ranked him so highly. It’s just been so entertaining. I think it was a massive shame that he got split up from The Club but you can’t have it all. He feels like a true Champion and much like The Miz has been a standout star post brand split.

1. Chris Jericho (and Kevin Owens)

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If you’d have asked me at the start of the year, when Chris Jericho is in full on babyface ‘cool’ dad mode, if he would later be my number one thing in WWE all year. I would have called you a stupid idiot. This is despite the fact that Jericho is one of my favourite of all time. He had lost his sparkle and seemed to just be phoning it in.

He later turned full heel against AJ Styles and picked up a surprising victory over him at Wrestlemania. It’s really since then that he’s really picked it up.

The combination of Jericho and Owens felt very much like a last-minute thrown together plan to give them both something to do. Yet it proved so entertaining that they are still together/feuding today. Chris himself has admitted that his contract ended months ago and the only reason he is still around is because he’s having so much fun.

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Quite simply. It’s been brilliant.


And that’s my list. Do you agree with me or have I missed off somebody/something so obvious that I’ll kick myself for forgetting? Let me know!

 

 

 

Roadblock [Review]

 

I’m going to get straight to the point. Roadblock: End Of The Line, much like most of WWE’s PPV’s this years biggest problem was that it felt like a slightly bigger episode of Monday Night Raw. Instead of feeling like a must see PPV event. Problem is, it was a PPV event and so I’m judging it as one. Which results in it being rated as a rather meh show rather than a top-notch episode of Raw that grabbed everyone’s attention.

There were some ups and there were some downs for this show and there were some questionable timing issues that I’ll get into later *cough, title changes*. Really though, it wasn’t a bad show it was just a run of the mill show and that leaves me disappointed. Hey, maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m just too worn out by having to pay attention to so much wrestling. Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live, NXT, PPV’s every 2 weeks. Hours upon hours of content. Maybe it’s just too much.

Before I begin, Rusev verses Big Cass was put on the pre-show. What an absolute waste. They spend that much time over the past few weeks building up a story (even if it did paint Rusev as the bad guy for no reason) and then you waste it on the pre-show. Pointless.

Tag Team Titles: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

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In my opinion New Day losing the titles so soon after breaking Demolitions record only goes to prove that Vince only wanted it broken to spite them as they are currently involved in a law suit against the company. I feel like it trivialised a great moment for Xavier, Kofi and Big E.

Personally I would have turned slow turned them heel a few months ago as they became more and more desperate to break the record. Then after breaking the record I would have continued them on their cheating ways, still desperate to keep the belts. I feel that when they eventually lost the titles, perhaps at Wrestlemania, it would have made not only that title change mean so much more but the new record itself.

But no, they lose the titles a week after breaking the record. It’s a damn shame.

052_road_12182016hm_1611-c0c13605589d854d255b9a4398cbcec5Now, having watched the match I still feel that way but my frustrations are lessened. Why? Because was a great match, with an awesome story that why! It got off to a fantastic start with a floury of quick paced reversals, flips and one-up-man-ships between Kofi and Cesaro. The high energy pace was kept up for the entire match and there were plenty of false finishes that had the crowd hooked as well. I loved Xavier Woods trying to cheat on several occasions so that they could keep the titles and when Shaemus scored the pinfall the crowd were delighted.

In short, it was a great match and I do think on the night the right team won really. However, I still feel like WWE have not only managed the last few months of New Days title run poorly but they’ve also wasted it.

Don’t get me wrong I like Cesaro and Shaemus, their heel/face dynamic works brilliantly and we’ve all been proved wrong about them being put together. Short term, good match, great moment. Long term, wrong time and wrong place.

Sami Zayn vs.Braun Strowman

This feud is dumb. The stipulation is dumb. Mick Foley is an absolute idiot. That pretty much sums up my opinions before and after this match.

The thing is I actually like the idea of this feud. I’m enjoying Strowman (never thought I’d say that!) and Sami is obviously an incredible underdog talent (without being as annoying as the likes of Rey Mysterio etc). Yet pretty much everything about this feud has revolved around the fact that Mick Foley is a complete moron. His random, ridiculous decisions make it seem like he’s lost his mind. That’s not the angle they’re going for though!

Somehow the match has been booked that all Sami has to do is last 10 minutes and he wins. It’s not classed as a time limit draw, he actually wins the match. What the hell is that logic? Here is a man who has beaten the current Universal Champion on multiple occasions and suddenly Mick Foley is booking him to last 10 minutes to prove to the ‘WWE Universe’ why they should believe in him. We already do Mick!

To make matters worse, Braun Strowman had this match won after 5 minutes, but lifted Zayn’s shoulders off the mat so he could continue to beat him. So really, Zayn lost. How does that make him look tough?

Foley then comes out with a towel, apparently he’s allowed to do that, to call the match off. 2 minutes of the 10 are wasted as Braun tells him to throw in the towel while Sami says no. Then, for the finish Strowman runs into a lot of things while the clock runs down. It’s just so stupid.

Then Sami Zayn celebrates his ‘victory’. Put your hand down Sami, you look like an idiot.

 

Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

20161209_roadblock_match_rollinsjericho-7978728083dabe6447994a67685b0c7aHow many times have we seen Chris Jericho verses Seth Rollins in the past few months? Too many that’s for sure. It;s sad that this is how I feel about a Rollins/Jericho match though because I love both guys. Jericho has been by far the most entertaining thing on Raw recently and while Rollins has suffered the same fate as all WWE babyfaces (i.e. sounding like little John Cena’s with their ‘funny jokes’) I still think he’s brilliant.

In truth I’m not sure I understand Seth Rollins as a babyface. He’s only just recently decided that he wants revenge on Triple H, despite Triple H turning on him 4 months ago. However, instead of going to find him. He went after the Universal Title, which Jericho cost him several times. Hence this match up, even though we’ve seen it before…

Listen, there’s never going to be a bad match between Rollins and Jericho. the problem is that it doesn’t really mean anything. This isn’t the feud Rollins wants and it’s not the feud Jericho should have either. This logic might explain why the crowd were so quiet at the start of the match, because nothing really mattered. However, it’s got to be said that they won the crowd back over in time for the finish so it’s all good.

There was a fantastic pedigree reversal sequence eventually turning into the Walls of Jericho, which was lovely to watch too. So that’s great.

Towards the finish Kevin Owens comes out to help Chris, but ends up getting sent away. A few moments and a pedigree later Rollins wins the match. The main point here is that the pedigree from Rollins actually looked decent too. Normally he let’s go of the arms way to soon, but for this one he held on that little bit longer and the entire move looked more impactful. I liked it. Still nothing on the real thing though…

 

Cruiserweight Championship

Brian Kendrick is The Man With The Plan. TJ Perkins is some video game dabbing douche bag and Rich Swann likes dancing. Cool, I don’t care. And neither did the crowd it seems. The best part of this match was Austin Aries coming out to do commentary.

A botched leap-frog in the opening minute of the match gets nothing from the crowd, that’s how little they cared. And who can blame them?! The Cruiserweight division is awful. WWE should have kept it as a yearly tournament on the Network.

Michael Cole says that “205 Live is the most exciting hour on your TV, only on the WWE Network.” That’s not on TV then is it Michael, you bloody idiot! Meanwhile, when asked who the favourite is Aries replies “I would be if I was in there”. His right you know. I hope he doesn’t join the Cruiserweight division though, I don’t want to see his talents wasted.

Perkins, like an absolute idiot, breaks his kneebar submission when Swann gets to the ropes. The commentary team call him out for being an absolute muggins. Rightly so.

The match is only 6 minutes, but it felt a lot, lot longer. Swann retains. Poor from everyone. Thankfully, Neville (the man creative forgot) FINALLY returns and kicks the piss out of both Perkins and Swann. The crowd finally show some interest!

Also has anyone noticed that Swann kind of looks like a sex pest when dancing with that creepy smile? While I’m insulting people, heel Neville looks like he’s doing his best Gollum impression when scowling…

Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

This is the last match apparently. Yeah right. Whatever. You know you’ve had too many title changes when the promo package has to cut out two of them! Charlotte and Sasha are now 4 time and 3 time champions. The title has only been around since Wrestlemania! That’s ridiculous! After a point, each title change means less and less. I feel like they could have told a similar story of them being equal without swapping the belt every 30 seconds.

174_road_12182016jg_0788-6968703fd1335099793c8e0db371f3cdSure, its been unpredictable but at the same time its become really predictable. Never mind the fact that Charlotte having such a good PPV record means literally nothing if she loses the title once a month on Raw. Meanwhile, Sasha who wins the Title on Raw loses it at the first opportunity and it loses it’s sparkle each time it happens. I really hope this is the last match between these two for a while.

It’s a messy match. Lots of little mistakes. Including Sasha’s first fall to bring it level. It looked rubbish. The final figure spot lasted forever but Sasha still looked like an absolute moron tapping out with 2 seconds left. She did it, in NXT and she’s done it again here. Useless, why are wrestlers so dumb?

So it goes to over time and Sasha gets a bloody nose. It’s so weird seeing blood in a Women’s match even if it is accidental. Oddly the commentary don’t mention it at all. Sasha ends up locked in the Figure 8 again and has to tap out again and so Charlotte becomes a 4 time Champion.

Unlike with the Tag Team Title match, that won me over and made me change (most of) my opinion in the title change. I still feel the same here. This could have been seen as an awesome performance from Charlotte to regain her title (and it was) but it just means that little bit less as I’ve seen it so many times.

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns

20161205_roadblock_match_romanowens-a4bed34775c8b7c7ce772b6e1830a10eI’m honestly amazed that Roman Reigns even knew where the US Title was to being it out. Did you now he was the US Champion? I too almost forgot. Hey do you remember when Seth Rollins was both the US Champion and WWE Champion and he had to defend both titles on the same night? Why doesn’t Reigns have to do similar?
The finish of the match sees Chris Jericho hit Kevin Owens with the Codebreaker, so Roman Reigns is disqualified. The commentary team think Jericho has turned on Owens, but it was all a ruse! He gives Kevin back his title and the two embrace. It’s obvious these two will still feud at somepoint in the future (although, part of me would be fine if they never did) but hopefully we’ll get at least a month of them being smug best friends again becuase that was great.

208_road_12182016hm_4661-168cfad0531f673d16ca286dcc2380eeSuddenly we’re transported to an episode of Raw. As Rollins comes out to help Roman get revenge and the two put Jericho and Owens through the announce tables. I mean that in negative you can imagine. So many of these extra PPV’s just end up feeling like Raw and Smackdown. They feel so…not special.

Also, I completely hate the fact that Reigns and Rollins are now buddies again. I know you’re both good guys right now but you two still have some serious bad blood! The fact you get on again makes zero sense and quite frankly. I think it sucks.

On the plus side, Reigns didn’t win.

 

 

Roadblock [Predictions]

Oh God. Not another WWE PPV. There’s just too many. Talk about quantity over quality.

The thing is, none of the PPVs since the brand split have been ‘bad’ (although Class of Champions was rather dull) it’s just that there’s so many of them, so close together, that it’s hard to care. They just don’t feel special anymore. In fact you could argue that they didn’t already before the brand split, too many ‘B’ PPVs filling the gaps with meh content. Well now it’s even worse.

It’s been two weeks since TLC. Two weeks before that it was Survivor Series. I really hope the rumours are true in that WWE are going to reduce the number of shows next year, otherwise I’m going to have to start missing them too. I already don’t watch the TV shows due to over saturation, instead catching up on Youtube. If I’m over saturated by PPVS, somethings really wrong!

Anyway, rant over. let’s do some predictions!

Big Cass vs. Rusev

20161209_roadblock_match_cassrusev-9e586fb7aafb773764d99074903057f4Can someone explain to me why Rusev is the bad guy here? Enzo flirts with Lana (although flirts is a loose term for has his dick out in front of her), goes to a hotel room to have sex with Lana and yet Rusev is the bad guy. How?! This is almost as bad as when Reigns was the good guy, despite interrupting their wedding celebrations and generally being a massive dick (haha both storylines involve dicks), Rusev is just protecting his wife and fighting for her honour. It doesn’t make sense.

What makes even less sense is Big Cass trying to fight Rusev for rightfully beating some manners into Enzo.

I’m fine with Cass putting on a good showing against Rusev, keep him looking good for when Vince breaks him and Enzo up for a failed singles push. I just want to see Rusev with the victory at the end of the match, preferably via submission. I don’t think there’s any shame in Cass tapping out to The Accolade. Besides, after Roman refused to submitted to it with a chain in his mouth, it needs to be built back up a smidge.

Winner: Rusev

Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

20161209_roadblock_match_rollinsjericho-7978728083dabe6447994a67685b0c7aHow many times have we seen this match in the last month? And how many of those has Seth Rollins won? Do we really need to see it again?

I love Chris Jericho and I’m still a huge Rollins fan, despite WWE’s bungled face run since his return from injury, but this just reeks of everything I always complain about. The same old matches, over and over again. It’s not going to get more people to buy the WWE Network that’s for sure.

I just can not see Jericho winning this match, which makes the whole thing even more pointless. I do however, expect it to be a very entertaining match but that only gets you so far.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Cruiserweight Title: Rich Swann (c) vs. T.J. Perkins vs. The Brian Kendrick

I’m really sorry, but I just don’t care about the cruiserweight division. In hindsight this was always going to happen. Actually I said it years ago that if WWE brought it back it would be a disaster, but never mind. They should have just kept it as a yearly Cruiserweight Classic on the Network, that would have been great.

Instead we’re lumbered with characterless, small guys who aren’t allowed to wrestle the style they want too. Meanwhile the rest of the roster (and wrestling world) wrestles like cruiserweights. Amazing.

Winner: Rich Swann

Tag Team Titles: The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus

Edit: Completely forgot to do my predictions for this match, so I’m adding it in late. D’oh!

20161212_roadblock_match_newdaysheamuscesaro-3b28a59de319baaa70800953da36f488Now that the New Day have finally beaten Demolitions tag team record we can all move on and focus on new things. New opportunities, new stories and new champions. Hold your horses though, what would be the point in New Day beating the record only to lose at the very next opportunity? None, it would make the entire thing a waste of time.

Instead, I want them to tighten their strangle hold on the division but actually have it play into the story-lines this time. New Day have kept the championships around their waists with some rather underhanded tactics, but nothings really been made of it.

I say, go all in with it. New Day have been getting stale recently (mainly because they couldn’t really do anything new while waiting for this record to be broken) so a slow burn heel turn as they cling onto the belts would be brilliant. Have them become more and more desperate as teams get closer to beating them. Then, at a big PPV (probably Wrestlemania as the Royal Rumble is too close) have them finally lose.

Make this record mean something and it will be so much more important when they eventually do get beaten.

Winners: New Day

Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman

Don’t even get me started on Mick Foley during this Sami Zayn/Strowman feud. It’s a bloody disaster zone making everyone look incredibly stupid. I just don’t understand what Foley’s character is trying to do.

All I know is it’s too early for Strowman to lose and Sami Zayn hasn’t had much direction since he beat Kevin Owens months ago. This storyline isn’t damaging Zayn, but it isn’t doing him any favours, it’s just presented in a really dumb way.

The most curious thing is that the match has a 10 minute time limit, which will obviously come into play. Perhaps a draw is on the horizon? I actually really like time limits in matches, I think they should be used far more often, if not always. It can be used as an alternative story telling method for title matches on TV in which both competitors can look good, but the title doesn’t have to change hands. Instead of interference or Roman Reigns beating the Champion clean each week etc.

Winner: Draw

Women’s Title: Sasha Banks (c) vs Charlotte Flair

20161005_hiac_match_sasha-db732d9daef5ab45184204c9bc65546fLook everyone, women can do gimmick matches as well! Is basically what I feel WWE are shouting at us all while patting themselves on the back as hard as possible.

Okay first of all, this feud has had too many title changes. It’s absolutely nuts. I get that they’re proving themselves to be equal etc but God damn. Dial it down a notch. Sasha is the current champion having won the title on an episode of Raw for the 3rd straight month (I’m not joking) meanwhile Charlotte always wins on PPV.

Is this the PPV match Charlotte finally loses or is this trend going to continue forever and be milked to death by the time Wrestlemania comes around? Well, either way this match has no ‘rematch clause’ so it’s the end of the feud. Do I really believe that? No not really.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say That Sasha Banks will finally break Charlotte’s PPV winning streak. However, saying that I really wouldn’t be surprised if we saw another title change. Though I would be rather annoyed.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of these two women having an Iron Woman match. It does fit with the story of them trading so many victories. It’s just that with so many gimmick matches coming in quick succession (Hell In A Cell, Becky verse Alexa in a tables match at TLC and now this) it does feel slightly forced and rushed. Considering that we’ve never really seen these matches before (yes I know Sasha verses Bayley in NXT) I just think it would be better to space them out.

For example, NXT doesn’t do gimmick matches that often and when they do it tends to end a feud. It would be weird for them to suddenly just throwing them out every show from now on.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Universal Title: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns

20161205_roadblock_match_romanowens-a4bed34775c8b7c7ce772b6e1830a10eDid you know that Roman Reigns is the US Champion? I’ll forgive you for not knowing because a) he never has it with him on Raw b) he never defends it c) WWE have also clearly forgotten he is champion.

So instead of continuing the great work done by John Cena and Rusev is bring some prestige back to the title, we’re just going to ignore it and have Reigns focus on the Universal Title instead. Because obviously he’s more important than the US Title…

What’s the point in him even having the God damn thing. DAMMIT WWE.

Reigns has had the best of Owens for the last few weeks on Raw, because who likes having a strong champion anyway. Luckily that does mean that Owens will probably retain via shenanigans, because who wants a clean victory anyway.

Maybe the Jericho/Owens fallout is a massive bluff to fool everyone? Or maybe, WWE will actually put the title back on Roman as they continue to be obsessed with him being the number one in the company. Despite the fact the audience absolutely hate him

Winner: Kevin Owens