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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: 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

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

5 People I’d love to see win the Royal Rumble this year, but won’t.

 

I find that the Royal Rumble match has been telegraphed far too much over the last… 5 years? Triple H, Roman Reigns, Batista, John Cena were all but guaranteed to win and guess what? Yeah, they did. Now at the time of writing this there does seem to be a slightly wider pool of potential winners this year, which is nice. Now I recently wrote an article about 5 people who ‘could’ win the Royal Rumble, but shouldn’t. Now it’s time for 5 people who I would love to see win the Royal Rumble, but probably won’t.

If I was the lead booker. I would try to make it as unpredictable as possible. So much so that I would take say 6-8 names, excluding the likes of John Cena, Roman Reigns and The Undertaker etc. 6-8 names of upper mid-carders who we could push to the next level. Select one randomly from a hat and just go with it.

The reason I say to do this is to have it almost completely unpredictable. Make the decision on the day so that the dirt sheets don’t have time to report it. Have it as a complete surprise. You can still have a basic plan of a story to move into for whoever is selected, so it’s not like WWE would be completely blind until Wrestlemania. Also let’s be honest. Its been far to long since WWE tried to properly create new stars. Make winning the Royal Rumble the catalyst again and make it random so people don’t have time to moan before hand.

Anyway, enough of that. Here are 5 people I would love to see win the Royal Rumble, but won’t. Honourable mentions to Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho. Who I would be delighted to see win (especially Jericho) but they are already big enough stars without the Rumble victory. So that kind of goes against everything I’ve just said. Also, if either AJ Styles or Kevin Owens lost their titles earlier in the night only to come out and win later on. I would be completely fine with that too.

#5 Cesaro

cesaro_final-25db9fea30874012764fd8c21eca6324In at number 5 it’s everyone’s favourite Swiss-Superman, it’s Cesaro!

I remember a few years back at Wrestlemania 30 when we all thought Cesaro was ready for the push of a life time. He certainly proved it to me during the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Good lord that’s a mouthful.

Since then however, he’s had a rough couple of years. Injuries and stop-start pushes. He’s still very popular with crowds though. The only problem is that he isn’t the best promo, but he’s amazing in the ring and I would love to see him elevated.

With Cesaro now in a tag team with Sheamus this seems very unlikely. Yet I’d be very happy to see him get the victory and maybe feud with Sheamus during the break up of that tag team.

#4 Rusev

rusev_pro-7d6c6cae6ad87787571849ee898d712aRusev has been continuously one of the most entertaining aspects of WWE television over the past few years. I truly think he is good enough to take the step up into the top of the card. There’s only so many times he can be the dominate foreign heel holding the US Title, even though he’s amazing in that role.

Since losing the US Title to Roman Reigns however, he’s entered a very confusing feud with Enzo and Big Cass. It’s been a bit rubbish to be honest. So let’s stop wasting the talent of the Bulgarian and let’s put a World Title on him!

He deserves it. He’s good enough and believable enough to be champion. Plus, he’s starting to turn face anyway through sheer force of how entertaining he is. SO you might as well do it all at once and go for it. I’d cheer a Rusev victory for sure!

#3 Finn Balor

finn_balor_pro-15aadde550436a9f4d6931c6809be14cI went back and forth on whether or not to include Finn Balor on my list at all. Simply put, if he is in the Royal Rumble match I think he would have to be considered the favourite. The story is there ready to be told. He was the first ever Universal Champion but he never lost and now has unfinished business. It writes itself!

The big question of course however is will he actually be back in time for the Road to Wrestlemania? I haven’t heard much either way on his chances of returning, yet he remains in the top 5 choices for the bookies favourites.

The reason I’ve decided to include Finn on the list is that, if he is ready to compete, WWE have to get back behind him. Full steam ahead! Otherwise, it will just feel wrong. They were ready to make him the new face on Raw (at least for a little while as they punished Reigns) so don’t let his untimely injury put you off Vince! Get back on the Balor bandwagon!

#2 Samoa Joe

samoa_joe_pro-2b022326302fd797bbb3390ef67b7806What a way to make an entrance onto the main roster this would be. I know, I know it’s basically implausible to even consider it but that’s why it makes the list! How awesome would it be to have Samoa Joe turn up out of nowhere and just dominate the Royal Rumble.

Consider this, a good Royal Rumble event always has a few surprise entrants, normally legends returning for a good crowd pop. This though, would be a fantastic way to announce a new main eventer. It would be a great way for WWE to push a ‘new’ talent to the moon as well.

WWE might be considering it of course. After the response AJ Styles got last year entering at number three, they might be thinking that these old TNA boys might have something more to offer than previously thought.

#1 Sami Zayn

sami_zayn_pro-2142cad85933db37deb777d67ccdc0b2Imagine this. Sami Zayn enters early, he has to put on an Ironman-esque performance to stay in. Fighting and overcoming every single odd thrown at him. Towards the end Braun Strowman enters and eliminates people left right and centre. It comes down to the final two, Zayn and Strowman. The man who has thrown Sami around like a rag doll for months. Sami wins! It’s the perfect underdog story told in one match. Fans would be delighted, which these days sending fans home happy from the Royal Rumble is the most important thing.

Then if you’ll allow me to fantasy book for just a little longer. Turn Kevin Owens back into his old heel persona, rather than the jokey coward he is currently, and let them go one on one for the Universal Title at Wrestlemania. Perfect.

 

My Top 5 Favourite Wrestling Themes Right Now!

Almost a year ago I wrote a Top 5 list (the internet loves top 5 and top 10 lists) detailing the 5 best themes in WWE and NXT at that point. Well I’m back to do an update as things have changed! New competitors, new challengers and new themes to rock out too. I’ve even expanded my reach ever so slightly with a Ring of Honor competitor making my top 5. So, who has made the list this time? Let’s find out!

Before we begin it’s time for the honourable mentions for Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn who all made my list last year but have now fallen from the Top 5. Still all great entrance themes, but they’ve been usurped!

5. Sheamus

Sheamus has a had a weird run over the past year or so. He’s been mostly directionless for the most part. Spending time as a comedy heel midcarder before a short World Title run was then followed by months of being Roman Reigns’ punching bag in the League of Nations.

Finally it looks like he might have something to do for a little while with his make shift tag team with Cesaro after their tied best of 7 series. Unfortunately as part of that team comes the gimmick of Cesaro always cutting of his entrance with his own. So we don’t get to hear this song in all its glory. However, we can all agree on is that his theme song is awesome. I could listen to it all day!

4. Finn Balor

My number one for last year drops down to number four this time around. Last year nothing really came close to it so it was justifiably my top pick. Now though, it’s got stiff competition. Still a brilliant theme it’s a major part of the phenomenal theatrics for Finn’s entrance. It has an epic aura on it’s own but paired with the lighting and choreography it’s simply amazing to watch and listen too.

3. Bobby Roode

If you had to use just one word to describe Bobby Roode’s theme song, what would it be? Perfect? Brilliant? No of course not, it would be summed up as Glo-…adequate. Obviously I’m joking! It’s bloody Glorious isn’t it!

On it’s on it’s a pretty great theme for an egotistical heel who loves everything about himself. Yet it’s the fan response to it that has made it so darn good. At Takeover: Brooklyn 2 the crowd exploded when his theme hit and sang along as loudly as they could. It’s continued ever since. At Takeover: Toronto he did one better with a choir singing his entrance theme while he walked to the ring. I loved it.

2. Dalton Castle

My new favourite wrestler with one of my favourite wrestling themes. Dalton Castle has got it all. Sparkling jumpsuits, sequin capes, ‘his boys’ and an absolute belter of a theme song!

I’ve had ‘Dalton Wants It Now’ by Adam Massacre on repeat since I saw Ring of Honor live back in November. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the gimmick and excellently references Freddy Mercury, Queen and the whole flamboyant, glam rock vibe. Mostly, because it’s essentially an extended instrumental version of the opening guitar solo for Queen’s ‘I Want It All’.

It’s brilliant.

1. Shinsuke Nakamura

Let’s be serious, it kind of had to be really didn’t it? Last year Balor had the stand out theme but since Wrestlemania weekend and his debut Nakamura’s theme has been on a different level.

The crowd absolutely love singing along with it. They love singing it during promos and they love singing it during matches. Much like Bobby Roode his Takeover entrances also take his theme to that next level again. Specifically his one from Takeover: Brooklyn 2. It was awesome.

 

My Top 5 WWE/NXT Matches of 2016

We’re 9 whole days into 2017 and I’m back for one more time to count down my favourite ‘somethings’ from 2016. This time its my top 5 favourite matches from within WWE and NXT. The quality of wrestling was much improved in 2016 with WWE marketing wrestling ability as a reason to actually watch a show. Rather than just mega personalities, which is weird because you kind of want both really.

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler – No Mercy

20160926_nomercy_mizzig-0c68821c170e826f60cba340c6a94dc8The Mix verses Dolph Ziggler was probably the best feud that the WWE have done all year, especially post brand split. It had all the emotions and the unpredictability you could ever want and on top of that, it was a really good wrestling match as well. This is the sort of feud we live to see in the WWE. You don’t see it enough these days, but when you do. It’s great.

The Miz was on absolute fire before No Mercy with his worked shoot promo against Daniel Bryan. Meanwhile Ziggler was proving that fans do still care about him and cutting earnest, impassioned and meaningful promos. The whole thing was great, it just all came together perfectly.

John Cena vs. AJ Styles – Summerslam

AJ Styles has had quite a few fantastic matches in 2016. Obviously he had that classic against Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom 10 (but that’s eligible) but within WWE he’s had quite a few too. He’s had two great matches with Roman Reigns and two great matches with John Cena as well. It’s the second match with Cena that makes the list.

Yes it was a great match. Styles is amazing and Cena has proven time and again that he can in fact put on a show. Yet it’s not just the standard of wrestling that is the reason this match makes the list. It’s the fact that Styles beat John Cena for a second time. Not only that, he beat him completely clean.

Cena is such a big name in the WWE that when he does put someone over it is a huge moment. Most fans were expecting the usual, Cena loses once and then wins 8 rematches to prove a point. That didn’t happen! Styles won and it made him a made man. It was fantastic to see.

Since then Styles has only gone up in the world of WWE and is currently the WWE World Champion, will he eventually lose to Cena. Yes, does it matter? No. It was a great match. A great moment. And it meant so much for Styles’ career.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn – Takeover: Dallas

I’m not entirely sure there has ever been a better debut match than the one Shinsuke Nakamura had at Takeover: Dallas against Sami Zayn.

Nakamura came into NXT with all the hype in the world surrounding him. When his entrance music hit the building (myself included) exploded. Did he and Sami Zayn deliver the weekend stealing match we had been promised? You’re God damn right they did!

Nakamura was pure charisma from start to finish and NXT fan favourite Sami Zayn always delivers. The 20 minute onslaught delighted fans around the world, despite the fact that it looked like both Zayn and Nakamura could step it up at least a few more levels than they actually did.

The match had plenty of back and forth and both wrestlers were over 110% with a rabid NXT crowd. The stiff, hard-hitting knees, kicks and punches were absolutely brutal from both men. It was a truly awesome moment. One I’m delighted I was involved in.

Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg – Survivor Series

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It may have been short, but what it lacked in length it made up for it in’OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!?’ moments.

Granted it only lasted one minute and twenty-six seconds, but holy hell what a moment. No one saw that coming. No one. If you say you did I’m going to call you a liar.

Two spears and one Jackhammer. It’s over.

Well…f*ck me!

“But how can it be your number two match of the year when it was so short?” Well, voice in my head. It’s really simple. Literally nothing this year has made me feel, the excitement, shock, anger, bewilderment and frustration that the decimation of Brock Lesnar did.

I was stunned. At first I was livid, but I quickly realised that when wrestling makes you feel the way this made me, like a kid who just met Santa putting presents under the tree, then it has to be a good thing. This match came pretty close to matching the feeling I had when I saw Seth Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank contract at Wrestlemania. It was huge.

The length, seen by some as the reason it shouldn’t be on the list is actually the reason it is. Had this been a 15 minute slog in which Goldberg won. I doubt it would have been any good. Now I’m desperate to see a rematch! Never thought I’d want a rematch of Goldberg verses Lesnar after Wrestlemania 20…

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival vs. #DIY – Takeover: Brooklyn 2

 

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Without a doubt, my favourite match of the year.

Over the last 2 years I have become a huge fan of tag team wrestling again and it’s mainly down to a couple of teams. Dash and Dawson of The Revival, American Alpha, New Day, #DIY and Enzo and Big Cass. For of those teams are recent NXT alumni and the reason I enjoy them so much is because NXT, like with the Women’s division a year or so back, just seem to get it. The Revival specifically though, just seem to understand how to put on great matches. Why do I single them out? Well, because they’ve had great matches with all of them (excluding New Day).

It might come as a surprise that I’m picking this match, rather than their rematch at Takeover: Toronto. A match that was actually listed by WWE themselves as the best of the year! Granted, it was an absolute stonker as well, with that amazing feel good moment when Gargano and Ciampa won the gold. Yet in my opinion, Brooklyn 2 was better. In reality the Toronto match is actually my second favourite of the year and maybe I should have ranked it, but I wanted to mix up the list a little and feature some other matches so I had to compromise.

So why do I prefer this match? It’s simple really. I just believe that there is so much more going on during it. Yes the wrestling is amazing. The chemistry between these two teams is sensational. The false finishes, the perfect timing. It all adds up into an excellent bout. The same can be said for Toronto too.

What makes this match so great is the countless directions that could result from the result. So many potential storyline options all leaving you on the edge of your seat. Are Ciampa and Gargano going to win the big one in WWE or will they fall short and Ciampa turn heel so they can feud. After all they’d had a great match in the Cruiserweight Classic and a feud spawning from that look almost inevitable. At the same time, if The Revival lose what will happen to them? Will they be called up to the main roster to bulk out Smackdown’s tag team division? Afterall, we were just weeks after the WWE Brand Split and anything was possible.

When you’ve got great wrestling and you don’t know what the finish will be, that makes for a brilliant moment. I think the Toronto rematch while excellent, had a more predictable finish so thus has to drop down ever so slightly. Plus, and I’m just being honest, I’m a huge mark for The Revival and I just love to see them win.

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

20161212_roadblock_match_newdaysheamuscesaro-3b28a59de319baaa70800953da36f488As I mentioned before I knew the result from the PPV before watching it and I’ll admit I had some preconceived conceptions of a lot of the show. This match being one of them.

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.