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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

5 Worst Things About WWE in 2016

A few days ago I did my Top 5 Best Things About WWE In 2016 list. Now it’s time to flip that idea on its head and look at the, in my opinion, worst 5 things in the WWE from this past year. ‘Honourable’ mentions go to Dean Ambrose and his ‘hilarious’ and ‘wacky’ antics, as well as his completely lacklustre WWE Title run. I blame creative for his horrible story-line booking but I blame him for his increasingly lame wrestling style. Don’t even get me started on the wacky line clothesline. Other mentions have to go to The New Day and their incredibly stale act as they broke the tag team title record for longest reign. Making what should have been an incredible achievement feel like an utter slog to get through.

Keep in mind, I’m not necessarily just blaming the person, people play characters and they work to a script. They just might happen to be the focal point for some of my frustrations.

5. Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon

Its 2 for the price of 1 to start off this list. 2 terrible authority figures, for 2 different reasons, but both from the Raw brand.

Lets start with Stephanie McMahon, the attention seeking, heating killing mega bitch that she is. Why does she feel the need to emasculate every single living thing on the show? Why does she mock heels, bully faces and never, not once get her comeuppance?

Another issue with Stephanie is that you never know if she’s being a heel or a face, mainly because she will switch multiple times per month. Heck, per week. Hell, per show! Make up your mind woman! Once you do, maybe the stories you try and involve yourself in will actually make sense.

Did we really need to have 2 authority figures on both shows? Why couldn’t she have taken a back seat for a little while? After The Authority storyline with her being on TV nearly constantly this could have been a refreshing change of pace for the show. Triple H has managed to only show up once since Wrestlemania and his return was pretty impactful. I say it about a lot of things in WWE, but less really is more sometimes and that includes Stephanie McMahon.


Moving onto Mick Foley. He’s just been a bit rubbish hasn’t he? He’s actively added nothing but has consistently taken away from the majority of the shows his been involved in.

Let’s start with the fact that when he first became Raw GM he didn’t seem to know any of his lines. In fact he didn’t seem to know what was going on at all, he just have this bewildered look on his face most of the time.

More recently he’s just been used to make a week impassioned speech to someone. Normally either Charlotte and Sasha Banks or Sami Zayn. Which I guess is cool, but being over used and half the time his speeches don’t even make sense. for example, why warn Sasha and Charlotte about the Hell In A Cell match and actively seek to have them opt out of it, when you’re the one who booked it? Madness. As for the Sami Zayn stuff, what are you playing at Mick. Throwing in the towel? For Sami Zayn? SAMI ZAYN?! Why do you only care about Sami and not the hundreds of jobbers you’ve sent to be fed upon by Strowman?

Granted it’s not all his fault. After all, his just doing what creative tell him to do. He’s been made the spokesman of some really dumb decisions and it makes him seen delusions and senile. Plus, why is he being made to be Stephanie’s utter bitch one minute and then her best buddy the next? Consistency people!

Simple put, both creative and Mick himself seem to have completely lost touch with reality. In my honest opinion, Foley lost his relevance to wrestling over a decade ago and bringing him out every week doesn’t help anyone. It’s a quick crowd pop, that in itself will grow tiresome but in the long run his presence is helping no one. In fact, it’s damaging the product.

4. Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Classic was undoubtably a classic. Set in its own world, telling its own stories in front of a rabid crowd and most importantly the competitors were allowed to wrestle in their own styles. It was perfect.

However the second it was announced that ‘they’ would be moving to Raw post brand split the alarm bells started ringing. I say ‘they’ because I whole host of big names weren’t making the transition over making the whole thing seem a little empty.

One of the many problems that the new Raw Cruiserweights have had was that they instantly had their wings clipped and had to start working the WWE style. Which made them look like everyone else, no individuality. All of the cool ‘flippy shit’ they are allowed to do is the generic WWE approved move set. Hell Kevin Owens does moonsaults and he’s 260 pounds. 90% of the roster seems to do suicide dives these days, including big men like Luke Harper, so why should I be impressed when smaller guys do the exact same thing?

The other problem and perhaps the most important one is the lack of any decent story telling and characters. In the CWC we had individual stories sewn into matches, rounds and the entire show. Upon call up to the main roster we got, 6 man tag team matches for 2 months between heels and faces. It’s like WWE accidentally used the scripts for the Divas Revolution again a year later and didn’t notice. Which would explain why both storylines sucked for the first 6 months.

TJ Perkins is dull, Swann is a walking dance move with a sort of creepy smile, Noam Dar is Scottish and likes Alicia Fox (that’s actually like 5x the amount of character the others have). Brian Kendrick probably had the most back story and character out of everyone for a while but that’s only really because we’ve seen him in WWE before!

Granted Neville has just turned heel and there could be the potential of Austin Aries joining the division too, so things to so maybe it’s not all bad. Oh, Jack Gallagher admittedly is brilliant. So I’ll give you that.

For some reason WWE still feel the need to change the ring ropes and mat logos between matches, which is quite frankly weird. Plus it makes it feel like the Cruiserweights are their own separate part of the show, even though it is still produced like the rest of the show other than that. Why bother? Now we have 205 Live, a weekly show on the network, which you could probably argue is how the division should have always been. In its own universe with its own rules and characters. Although personally I would have just kept it as a yearly network exclusive tournament as that seemed to be its idle scenario.

 

 

3. Roman Reigns

Oh Roman Reigns, you’re just so…unlikeable. It’s not all his fault granted, he’s only playing the role he’s told to play. Which seems to be the same smug prick babyface who bullies people such as married couples because its ‘funny’. WWE continue to be stubborn in their ways when they should have turned him heel years ago.

 

Probably the worst thing about Reigns is that around Survivor Series last year WWE almost started booking him correctly. It only last 2 weeks, yet for a brief moment he was booked as the no-nonsense ass kicker we all loved from The Shield days. Granted he still talked too much which continually revealed his greatest flaw, that he only has one emotion. Smug.

Reigns’ character seems to think that he’s gods gift to the world and that he literally is the best thing since sliced bread. Now as the bad guy, this would probably work wonders however as the top babyface of the company it’s a little off-putting.

WWE then continue to book him as the only person on the roster who matters, making the entire Royal Rumble event about him and him alone. Pissing off thousands in the process and the long inevitable march to Wrestlemania victory begins.

All this while he sits out of half of the Rumble match ‘injured’ only to come back later. Surprise. Then after losing the title Triple H the man who beat him for it gives him the opportunity to win it back. Why? Triple H you’re supposed to be the evil authority figure here, why are you giving your mortal enemy free chances at you? You idiot! And then of course, the Wrestlemania match itself is terrible and Reigns victory is booed by everyone in attendance as the microphones have to be muted so people at home don’t notice.

WWE’s stubborn booking of him only continues to damage him further in my eyes. And yes, a lot of his problems are simply booking but in wrestling the wrestler tends to end up as the focal point of your frustrations it’s that simple. That’s why people didn’t like John Cena for years.

But why would I ever like his character? There is nothing endearing about him. However, I will blame him completely for all of the downright outrageous dickish facial expressions he pulls during his promos and matches. It’s like his trying to piss people off. Which, fyi Roman, isn’t your job because once again you’re supposed to be the good guy!

Oh and finally, the simple fact that WWE have Roman Reigns as US Champion but rarely defends the title, sometimes doesn’t even have it with him and is only interested in the Universal Title. Is also, really, really annoying.

2. Too Much Content

This feels like a weird thing to be complaining about really, but it’s actually a massive problem for the WWE. The market has been flooded with shows and extra network specials in the last year. It’s completed over saturated the product and is continuing to over expose already over exposed stars.

More content should be a good thing right? Well, yes? Back in August 1999 when Smackdown first started that was the case because the then WWF were on fire creatively and could produce the extra 2 hours of awesome content without dropping quality elsewhere. For years now you could argue that WWE has been in a creative funk, so the idea of adding more and more showing is crazy.

At the start of the year, we all knew Raw was an hour to long. While 3 hour Raw’s might make sense from a business perspective bringing in the extra revenue, from the products perspective it’s always been bad. Since the brand split things have only gotten worse really, with Smackdown actually worth watching that’s 5 hours of TV straight away. Then you’ve got NXT, 205 Live and Main Event adding an extra 3 hours per week and this is before we even get to the Network Specials and PPV events! 3 hour exclusive Raw and Smackdown shows coming every couple of weeks and then on top of that, is the extended ‘Big 4’ shows, that are a minimum of 4 hours. That’s a lot of wrestling!

The real problem isn’t that there’s too much, although realistically who has time to watch all these? It’s actually that the shows aren’t very good for the most part. A huge issue is that every show is now miss-able, every single one.  You can skip weeks at a time and it will make no difference, including the extra PPVs, which now seem almost pointless. Take the recent Roadblock Raw exclusive show, the main event ended in a DQ and the rematch will be at the Royal Rumble. Why bother watching then? Heck, what did Wrestlemania actually achieve? Nothing much.

I want to feel like I need to watch every show. I want to be desperate not to miss a thing. Instead, I watch when I can be bothered and I’m pretty close to cancelling my network subscription. £9.99 isn’t that much money and yet I’m still feeling mugged off for paying it most of the time. I would rather pay that same £9.99 for one great show a month rather than 55 mediocre wastes of time.

1. Wrestlemania

It was billed as the biggest Wrestlemania ever. A huge stadium, a monster crowd and a truly awesome moment for wrestling. Unfortunately, half the roster got injured (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Cesaro to name just a few) so the show was looking ropey from the get go.

You could argue that the WWE put on a pretty decent card with what they had available, the Intercontinental Title ladder match and the Women’s Triple Threat were both fantastic. Jericho verses Styles was good too but the rest of the card was…not so good.

The low points included pretty much everything else however. It was an incredibly long show, that somehow included a 40 minute promo from The Rock, and a lot of what we saw was really boring. And I won’t even get into my rant about the entrance process being completely broken, when more than half the crowd (myself included) couldn’t get into the damn stadium on time and missed the entire pre-show!

The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon, a boring match in which Shane O’Mac actually out wrestled the Deadman. That in itself is ridiculous! Admittedly Shane’s jump from the top of the cell was really cool, but was it worth it? No.

The biggest disappointment of the night had to be Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose is a No Holds Barred Street Fight. Ambrose himself came out on record and laid all the blame at Lesnar’s feet but it doesn’t matter. The fact is the match was short, featured nothing other than chairs and kendo sticks despite being promised the world. And instead of making Dean look strong in defeat so he could move onwards and upwards to the next challenge. He lost to one F5 and that was that. Rubbish.

Finally onto the main event. The continuation of the most forced ‘fuck you’ to wrestling fans in recent memory. Nobody wanted Roman Reigns to even be in the match, let alone win the damn thing. And yet there we were, 100 thousand people booing as he did. We all knew he would and he did, it was like watching an inevitable car crash. Couple that with the fact that it was a needlessly long, slow and boring match (the exact opposite of what every fan needed to get through it) and your off to a really winner. I’m of course saying winner very sarcastically.

For a show that had already gone way too long and been very bland, this sent fans home unhappy to say the least. It actually killed my love of wrestling for about 6 months as well. So good job everyone and that’s why Wrestlemania 32 was the worst thing in WWE for 2016.

What did you think of my list? Do you agree? If not, let me know why I’m a big dumb idiot in the comments.

 

Tables, Ladders & Chairs [Review]

The final Smackdown PPV/Network Special of the year. Perhaps in Raw’s hands I wouldn’t have been looking forward to yet another gimmick based show but Smackdown have been doing very well since the brand split. So I went into this with decent hopes.

Overall it was a decent show but there was something missing overall. I can’t really put my finger on it specifically. That matches were okay, but not amazing. The crowd were generally quite quiet. The only reason I can think of is that the build into the show wasn’t good enough to get people hyped up enough for the matches. It makes sense, a lot of time and effort went into the survivor series build and then just two weeks later we’ve got this show. When wrestling rushes story lines it does damage the end product.

We saw two title changes though. One we all saw coming, the other a pleasant surprise. Title changes don’t equal good shows but I think it’s fair to say if the status quo hadn’t changed on this show it would have been received a lot worse.

Why do Smackdown have a four man announce booth? That’s rididculous. I thought three was too many! The problem is Tom Phillips rarely even talks, other than for the direct to camera pieces. I will say that I found Otunga less annoying than usual but when you stop and listen to him too closely he is just spewing total garbage as usual. Personally I would go back to the two man booth idea, with Mauro Ranallo and JBL. Face and heel, play by play and colour commentary. Perfect.

Tag Titles: Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

 

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Finally Bray Wyatt wins a title! It’s been a long time coming…

It could have been a thing for a while and I’ve just not noticed, but the flickering through Randy Orton’s old themes into Bray Wyatt song is awesome. It shows more conflict and is more convincing in 5 seconds than I’ve found Orton as a member of the family. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving it. I just want Orton to commit. A change of clothing or something! Otherwise I’m just sitting here waiting for the swerve.

 

Also what is with Rhyno’s facial hair? He looks hilarious.

Incredibly quick match, nothing really to it. The finish sees Randy saves Bray from a big clothesline in the corner from Rhyno, tagging himself in. Luke Harper then saves Orton from a gore on the outside. A quick RKO later and we have new champions!

The most interesting thing about this was the post match tension between Harper and Orton. Eventually seeming to come to an agreement with Randy passing him his title to carry as Bray had.

Nikki Bella vs. Carmella

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You could say that any chance of a decent push Carmella had just got…extinguished. HAHAHA. Shut up.

I don’t really want to say it, but it really does feel like a big step down in quality when watching Nikki Bella and Carmella as opposed to Sasha and Charlotte etc. I do like how Nikki has her hair up though. I’m hoping its a UFC style reference about being more serious with it being a no DQ match but I’m probably wrong.

 

The match is alright, but nothing special. The finish is effectively a prolonged fire extinguisher spot before the Rack Attack 2.0. It was a pretty convincing win for Nikki, the exact opposite of what Carmella needed.

After the match Carmella rather blandly declares that is wasn’t her who attack Nikki before Survivor Series, it was Natayla. Why didn’t you say that before then ya big dummy! Later in the show Nattie unconvincingly says that she didn’t do it. I’m hoping for the Eva Marie swerve down the line, otherwise this is the most obvious plot ever.

 

IC Title: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

107_tlc_12042016ca_0800-58009a94354aa75c185b4df2c4e75f3a1I loved the promo package hyping the importance of the intercontinental title. I love that WWE are trying to build it up to mean something again. The video showed the history of the belt though it oddly skipped most of 2000 to 2015. It’s almost as if the belt meant absolutely nothing during that era!

I’m not sure why Dolph is wearing his America tights again. Stop trying to get extra fan support you sly dog! I had no idea that Ziggles was 3-0 in ladder matches at TLC, would never have guess that in a million years.

Good match, though not as good as their No Mercy bout. It struggled, like a lot of matches on the show, for some direction for the first chunk. Eventually The Miz starts working Dolph’s leg and we get a proper match, with ladders. Rather than a ladder match. Know what I mean? The gimmick should enhance the show, not drag it down.

Why would The Miz waste time setting up a second ladder, next to an already set up ladder? Miz ya big dummy, that’s not helping you out at all. Gotta say though, Dolph loves headbutts on the top of a ladder. He does it every time!

Did we get a new champion!? No because Dolph Ziggler fannied around at the top of a the ladder when he had approximately 7 years to grab the belt. Ziggler ya big dummy! Miz retains! Good call, he’s doing top work right now.

 

Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin

113_tlc_12042016ej_2280-7365883cea952b60af7814bee66cf84dKalisto is an idiot. He runs down to the ring and starts looking for chairs underneath it. Apparently oblivious to all the chairs surrounding the ring. You freaking idiot. Also, when did he start wearing shorter trunks? I don’t like it.

Ranallo says that Corbin is not about friends or titles, just money. Little does Baron know that you earn far more money at the top of the card when holding the title. What an idiot!

I’m not really a fan of the bully verses underdog story. I feel like I saw it too many times with Rey Mysterio. So I just don’t really care about any of it. Surely Kalisto would be better of on Raw with the other cruiserweights? Surely.

Corbin keeps falling for the ‘whatever you set up ends up hurting you’ cliche of wrestling matches. This is a pretty decent chairs match, but that’s like saying this is a pretty good turd sandwich. You still don’t want it.

There’s an awesome catch from Corbin turning a dive into a Deep Six on the outside while the finish sees an End of Days onto a pile of chairs (which surely hurt Baron more) to win the match.

It was a good showing from Kalisto as he didn’t get annihilated, much to my disappointment. The commentary team try and put over how dominate Corbin was. Despite the fact he wasn’t that dominate and almost got upset by a midget.

Women’s Title: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

20161122_tlc_match_beckyalexa-ce6c21e8e8e56505c0b14acf2b5a8d04This match was slow and it was quite clumsy. Alexa Bliss threw some of the worst punches I’ve ever seen too. Laughable. Come on Bliss, you’re better than that!

The crowd actually started chanting for JBL at one point The chant gets briefly and mildly booed. At least it wasn’t CM Punk chants I guess? Seriously, don’t chant stuff like that guys, JBL doesn’t deserve that support. Save it for Tom Phillips, he needs encouragement to say his first words.

The table match gimmick was a hindrance here. It stopped the flow of the match and generally removed any good story telling or match psychology. I don’t think it’s Becky or Alexa’s fault though to be honest. How are you meant to build up a match that ends in an instant?

Predictably the match does end out of nowhere. A powerbomb off the apron to the outside and we’ve got a new champion! I did not see that coming! Will the feud continue? I assume so.

Immediately after the match Generic Backstage Interview #4 shoves a microphone in Becky’s face asking “how do you feel?”. How do you think she feels! Get out of here you idiot.

 

WWE Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

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Can you believe its almost been a whole year since we saw this amazing debut for AJ Styles?!

The promo package before this match shows just hoe much James Ellsworth has been involved in this feud. Too much. However, credit to AJ Styles for making those matches entertaining in fairness. Can I just say how great it is to have Styles in the WWE? He should have been here years ago but better later than never I suppose!

 

2 hours in an we’re at the main event? This one is going to go the distance! promo package shows just how much James Ellsworth has been this feud. credit to aj for making the matches work so well in fairness.

Straight out of the gate Dean Ambrose throws punches even worse than Alexa Bliss in the previous match. Pathetic stuff.

AJ Styles is so good that even when he tears a hole in his tights mid match he can still put on a clinic. He makes everyone look a million bucks. I’m pretty sure I heard Dean laughing about it to Styles moments after being put through a table though and Kevin Dunn seemed obsessed with having it in shot at one point.

 

 

I really enjoyed this match, highlight of the show. It was pretty much a spot fest but they kept upping the stakes every time. It was awesome.

215_tlc_12042016jg_1089-96e124a4d837854bb26e648731655ac9Ellsworth comes out to interfere and the crowd boo. I think the honeymoon period is definitely over for everyone’s favourite jobber. Luckily he’s there to turn heel and cost Dean the match by pushing over a ladder causing him to crash through two tables. Ellsworth is a delusional idiot. If WWE do it right, he can still be an interesting character. Or, and far more likely, they’ll continue to overuse him too high on the card and drive everyone nuts.

Ellsworth comes out to interfere. the crowd boo. honeymoon over james? aj wants to do another styles clash off the stairs, but dean saves him and hits the dirty deeds. taking roughly 8 millenia to climb the ladder aj catches him. and then Ellsworth finally turns heel, sending  dean crashing through two tables!

AJ wins! The champ that runs the camp retains. Excellent.

Tables, Ladders & Chairs [Predictions]

It seems like only two weeks ago I was watching Survivor series…wait. It was only two weeks ago! Bloody hell lads these come around a bit quick don’t they?!

TLC, another worthless gimmick event, is the final Smackdown exclusive Network Special/PPV of the year. Don’t worry though Raw’s Roadblock special is literally just around the corner too. Smackdown’s PPVs so far have been the better ones since the brand split, however so much focus went on Survivor Series that they’ve really only had a two shows to build this event.

I’ll save my ‘I hate gimmick’ PPV rants for another time. Long story short having forced gimmick matches for the sake of it takes away from their impact and meaning. It’s the same with Extreme Rules and Hell In A Cell. TLC is particularly daft though as it means we get a ladder match, tables match and a chairs match? A chairs match?! Are you kidding me!?

Before I burst a blood vessel, let us move onto my predictions.

Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin

20161122_tlc_match_corbinkalisto-2b93869e5966dc4d1f9ec6f06c25de17Kalisto verses  Baron Corbin? Oh boy, consider me really exci-Zzzzzz.

Oh sorry, fell asleep for a moment there. Not sure why, where was I? Oh yes, Kailsto verses Corb-Zzzzzz.

Snore. I just couldn’t care any less. It’s the worst match on the card and it’s also been given the dumbest stipulation. A chairs match. How many jabs to the stomach and shots to the back can you take? I’m not saying I want head shots back, but it does look rather dumb to have a weapon legal yet rules on how to use it.

I also don’t understand who this feud is supposed to be helping? Baron Corbin attacking cruiserweights doesn’t make him look like a badass to me. And why is Kalisto involved in with the other cruiserweights? What’s that about? The sooner we move on the better.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Nikki Bella vs. Carmella

20161121_tlc_match_nikkicarmella-33f23d676676e785826950046bc89063Tell you what I am looking forward to though. Carmella hitting Nikki so hard in the chest that her ‘bella twins’ (she means her tits! Shhhhh!) will pop out through her back. What a ridiculous threat! I love it.

Carmella still needs a few big wins under her belt to seem like a legitimate threat in the Smackdown women’s division. She can start with one at TLC. It doesn’t have to be super clean, but it’s a no DQ match anyway so that’s fine.

Winner: Carmella

Tag Titles: Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

20161129_tlc_match_tagteam-41bf421de93e2d5ef368bacb9b8425f3When this feud between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt started, I didn’t like it. I thought it was far too predictable. After all the story goes, Bray talks nonsense and then Bray loses. Instead, Bray won and Orton has joined the Wyatt family. Sure, it’s no doubt a long play on Orton’s behalf but right now this is new territory for a Wyatt feud and I like it! Granted Brya has trying to convince people to follow him for literally years, but I never thought it would actually happen! So I’ll admit it, this is pretty cool. I was wrong.

Heath Slater and Rhyno, the Cinderella champions have done a decent job but it’s time to move onto the next chapter. I honestly believe that Bray and Orton can do great things with the titles. Both for their own story line and the tag team division in general. I just hope it doesn’t end with Wyatt losing to Randy at Wrestlemania.

Winners: The Wyatt Family

IC Title: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

20161122_tlc_match_mizziggler-8f834b39444bd651e865d034c910343fI think it is time to end this feud now. I feel like it has run its course. Its been brilliant at times though but we’re in a situation in which Miz can do more with the title than Dolph can. And considering Miz only just won it back a few weeks ago, it would be foolish to have a switch so soon. I wouldn’t put it past WWE to have another unexpected switch, after all it’s all the rage with the Raw Women’s Title.

Problem is, if Dolph doesn’t win. Where does he go from here? Momentum wouldn’t be on his side and he’d kind of be regarded as a bit of a failure again. Which was the whole point in him beating The Miz in the first place.

At the end of the day though, I’m expecting another great match between these two and having it as a ladder match ups the ante just a little bit more. Plus, these two do hate each other so a violent match up makes perfect sense.

Winner: The Miz

Women’s Title: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

20161122_tlc_match_beckyalexa-ce6c21e8e8e56505c0b14acf2b5a8d04Has there ever been a women’s tables match in the WWE before? First Hell in a Cell now this, the worlds gone mad!

I love it.

As much as I would like to see Alexa Bliss win the Women’s Title, she deserves it for her work she’s done since her call up. However I think it would be better in the long run for Becky Lynch to retain at TLC. She needs a nice long title reign for herself and to stabilise the division.

The trick here is to have both women coming out looking strong. Especially Bliss, even if she doesn’t stay in the title picture she needs to prove that she can step it up to the next level as well.

Winner: Becky Lynch

WWE Title: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

20161115_tlc_match_stylesambrose-786cdbdf6544931d235f19611cc5b586You know it’s a worry when a feud for the WWE World Title revolves around a glorified jobber. Ellsworth hasn’t yet completely soured for me, but I know other people are sick of him already. I’m expecting him to be heavily involved in this match too though. Maybe with a heel turn? He is after all getting more and more cocky about his victories over Styles.

I’m no longer a fan of Dean Ambrose, I just don’t enjoy the work he’s doing anymore. He’s too quirky, wacky and ‘fun’. I want the crazy and unpredictable Dean Ambrose back! Not, silly hot-dog cart Dean.

AJ Styles has to hold onto the title, surely. It’s his destiny to face Cena at Wrestlemania right? Even if that’s not the case, I don’t think putting the title back on Dean is a good idea just yet anyway. His last run was booked rather poorly meanwhile Styles has been brilliant. I think on the night AJ will win, via an Ellsworth heel turn.

Winner: AJ Styles