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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


Review: WWE Backlash 2017


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


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)


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


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: WWE Backlash 2017

Simply put there is no way that Backlash 2017 can follow NXT Takeover Chicago. That Tyler Bate versus Pete Dunne match will be a match of the year contender for sure. Maybe the show is doomed from the start though, after all the main event is Randy Orton against JINDER MAHAL for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP. Let that settle in for a moment, you might need to take a seat.

Bizarre times we live in for sure. However, there should be at least two good matches. Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles in all sorts of a dream match and I’m expecting big things from Nakamura’s main roster debut against Dolph Ziggler.

The rest of the show though, oh dear. It’s not exactly gripping stuff is it? Actually I tell a lie, this show has The Fashion Police on it. So automatically its going to be a five-star show.

Enough ramble, let’s do some predictions!

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

I mean, does anyone actually care? Either man could win or lose and it will make absolutely zero different in the long or short-term. Prove me wrong WWE!

Winner: Luke Harper

Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn

20170509_1920x1080_bl_zayncorbin-a90bc9dcd9038c1fc9a708a744bdf274I imagine that Big Banter Baron Corbin will pick up the victory over Sami Zayn. I’d prefer Zayn to win, but considering his gimmick is ‘wrestler who tries real hard but always loses’ there doesn’t seem to be all that much hope. Potentially a good match though in fairness!

Winner: Baron Corbin

Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. The Welcoming Committee


I’ve always been a big fan of the Women’s Champion being lost in the shuffle of a multi-women tag team match on PPVs. Not.

What would be the point of The Welcoming committee existing if they don’t pick up the victory here? Then again, what a terrible world it would be if a team consisting of the Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch can’t defeat Natalya, Carmella and Tamina Snuka.

Expect a screwy finish for certain here is all I can think of and either Becky or Naomi to take the fall.

Winners: The Welcoming Committee

Review: WWE Payback

WWE Payback had a lot of positives and one massive down that almost derailed the entire show. Thankfully, at least in my eyes, it did not. Just about. Okay it kind of did. Unfortunately the utter stink of the ‘House of Horrors’ match will probably be what most people remember from this PPV. However every other match on the card was either good or really good. The first four matches especially.

Going into this PPV I predicted that it had all the potential in the world to be a very good show. Luckily it did not disappoint. This is of course excluding the ‘House of horrors’ match which we all knew would be garbage and turned out to be exactly that.

Before I get into the matches themselves I just want to point out that yet again WWEs editors do a terrific job making the promo packages for the nights events. They really do know how to polish a turd sometimes.

On commentary was Micheal Cole, Corey Graves and…Booker T. I cannot stand Booket T on commentary. He adds nothing to the show other than loud, inane waffle. Cole and Graves could have done a much better job on their own.

Oh and I did not watch the pre-show because why would I bother doing that?

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


A surprise victory for Chris Jericho was the perfect way to start the show and get the crowd hyped.

Chris Jericho got a huge ovation when he came out and had continued rabid crowd support throughout. Kevin Owens playing an excellent heel frustrates the crowd every chance he can when head lock rest spots killing Jericho’s momentum.

This is a much better match than the Wrestlemania bout, I think in the most part due to the crowd being so into it. Where as at ‘Mania they were disappointingly quiet.

When Owens survives the Walls of Jericho by a finger again Jericho responds in an oddly heel move, although I suppose he never really turned face the crowd turn him instead, he attempts to break Kevin Owens hand by kicking the steel steps into it. This results in Owens not being able to complete a Pop-Up-Powerbomb later on and is eventually forced to tap out to the Walls of Jericho!

We’ve got a new US Champion! I did not see that coming, you got me WWE. You got me! It seems so obvious that Owens would retain and keep the title on Smackdown with Jericho leaving soon. Instead Jericho surprises everyone to the delight of the crowd in San Jose. Excellent opener.

Also when was the last time Jericho won with the Walls of Jericho? The last time that comes to my mind was against Neville at Beast In The East…

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

Review: Wrestlemania 33

Wrestlemania has come and gone once again. Thankfully, 33 will be looked back upon far more fondly than 32. I thought it was an above average show with a few awesome moments as well as a few sad ones.

The Undertaker had his final match and has retired. The ‘big dog’ took control of ‘the yard’. Brock Lesnar and Goldberg had a perfect storm. Bray Wyatt lost yet another Wrestlemania match…oh, and The Hardys showed up!

If you were putting the two shows head to head at ‘Mania, then Raw obviously won at the big event. They had the main event, the Universal Title went on after the WWE Title, the US and Tag Team Titles were defended on the main show. Mean while on Smackdown, their biggest feud opened the show. The Intercontinental was dropped to the pre-show, the Women got 5 minutes filler between main events and the Tag Titles didn’t make any sort of appearance!

Let’s get to it!


Neville vs. Austin Aries

002_preshow_04022017ls_0198-83a03b28797ef36fe384725ae2323419Pretty good way to kick off the show I must say. While I’m sad that they aren’t considered important enough to be on the main show, being on the pre-show was probably the best thing that could have happened. Neville and Aries had a 15 minute match, which no doubt would have been 5 minutes had it been higher on the card.

Excellent closing sequence with Neville escaping the ‘Last Chancery’ and hitting the ‘Red Arrow to retain his title. However the entire match was enjoyable. Neville and Aries are two men who you can build an entire division around if given time, so this was pleasing to see.

Andre The Giant Battle Royal

Mojo. Rawley. Mojo? Mojo?! MOJO?!?! That’s just dumb.

I don’t know, or care, who the guy who got involved on Mojo’s behalf was but I did find it hilarious when a security guard stormed over and stopped him getting in the ring. Only for the referees to quietly shuffle her out of the way so he could do his spot. Give that woman a raise, everyone else was sleeping on the job. Or you know, brief the staff about someone coming in from the crowd?

In a match with Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn, even Big Show. Mojo Rawley seems like one of the worst choices possible. Still, at least it wasn’t Mojo R….oh for fu-

Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin

20170313_wm33_ambrosebaron-5ad2d03480323c68c0395fc1b904bcf1I suppose the reaction they got from the crowd for the ‘pre-show main event’ explains why they were bumped down to the pre-show. No one cared.

I wonder if that’s because like me, they find Dean Ambrose incredibly dull and irritating or Baron Corbin a little uninspiring. Still, Ambrose retained and that’s pretty much all I have to say on the matter.

Podcast: Wrestlemania 33 & NXT Takeover Orlando Reviews!

Rob and Dan return to talk about Wrestlemania 33 and NXT Takeover Orlando, as well as ramble about this, that and the other as per usual.

On the agenda, the awesome NXT Tag Team Division, Brock Lesnar versus Goldberg, the return of The Hardy’s and The Undertaker’s last match. As well as much, much more.