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Predictions: Money In The Bank (2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Carmella

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WWE Superstars of the Year: 2016

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

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

Female Superstar of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tag Team of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Male Superstar of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

 

Booty O’s Cereal Review

15032588_10153898258431121_1167705642_nBooty O’s are the previous fictional cereal dreamed up by WWE wrestling group The New Day, made up of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Who are soon to be the longest reigning WWE tag team of all time when they break Demolitions record in a few weeks. What was once considered a throw away joke in promos quickly received a huge marketing push as cereal boxes containing t-shirts sporting the same designs. Considering the groups popularity and the fact they were the biggest selling merchandise at this years Wrestlemania. It was only a matter of time until the WWE went all in and actually started producing the real thing.

I’ve wanted to taste Booty O’s since I watched The New Day come out of a giant cereal box at Wrestlemania. This was of course before they were even real! Well they are real now, but unfortunately only sold in America. Boo! Luckily I have a good friend who lives there and she sent me a box! Huzah!

Okay, to the review itself. Firstly, the box design is amazing. It’s fun, it’s silly and it’s eye-catching. It’s got to be said that for a cereal mainly aimed at children this does it job very well.

The cereal itself is made up of rounded toasted oat pieces with marshmallow shapes. The marshmallow shapes are supposed to include all sorts of things like stars, smiles, unicorn horns, rainbow hearts, magic, tag titles, and booty crowns. In honesty, they’re just brightly coloured marshmallow pieces and I dare you to find a piece that actually resembles anything in particular.

15033922_10153898290651121_531171796_oNow I’ve never had American cereal before and I’ve equally never had anything too sugary sold in the UK. Frosted Shreddies? Nah, I’ll have regular Shreddies please. They do look very similar to Lucky Charms however and I have been told that they sort out resemble them in taste as well.

What I  can tell you though is that they basically taste like Cheerios. Only with a lot, lot more sugar and obviously the marshmallows. The marshmallows are actually pretty tasty in small numbers but grow sickly quite quickly if you accidentally have too many on your spoon.

As a one of treat however, they’re really nice. I would honestly recommend them to any wrestling fan to try. The problem is though is that, as previously mentioned, they’re only for sale in America and they’re really quite expensive! $10 plus per box and the box isn’t that big.

You’re not going to be making this your number one cereal of choice anytime soon. Still, worth having at least once. They’re fun, they taste surprisingly good and you get an awesome box to keep as well.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

 

Hell In A Cell [Review]

It’s a day later than normal, but since I’ve only just got back from an amazing weekend in Germany there’s nothing I can do. You will all have either watched or seen the results from Raw’s exclusive PPV event Hell In A Cell, but here is my run down on all the matches. What I liked and what I didn’t like with one or two rants along the way.

US Title: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev (HIAC)

The US Title match opens the show, it’s the first of THREE Hell In A Cell matches. I said in my predictions that I think by having more in one night it waters down the barbaric match. Personally I would only use the match for feuds that need it, having it pop up every couple of years. Instead WWE like to have it as a main stay on their PPV calendar, so what can you do.

A mixed reaction for Roman Reigns, still getting a lot of boos but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was around Wrestlemania season. So I suppose this feud has been working slightly by positioning Reigns as a patriotic American. Being English though, this gimmick doesn’t work for me and I still see him as the overly smug, infuriating ‘babyface’ he has always been. After all, Reigns interrupted and embarrassed Rusev during his wedding celebrations and I’m supposed to cheer this simply because Rusev is Bulgarian? No Dice. “Let’s go Rusev, Rusev sucks” and “Let’s go Reigns, Roman Sucks” chants show how the crowd are still split between both men as well. Continue reading

Clash of Champions [Review]

Clash of Champions. Raw’s first exclusive PPV since the brand split. The same Raw, that has been struggling in the ratings and general reception of it product, actually put on a good show. The wrestling was all solid, the matches enjoyable.

However, when you stop and think about it. Did anything in the Raw landscape change as a result of this show? Well, no. Not really. Roman Reigns unnecessarily beat Rusev for the US Title sure, but Roman Reigns is not a popular man. So if you weren’t happy with the direction of Raw before, this wouldn’t have convinced you otherwise.

The more I think about this show, the more apathetic to it I become. Four of the seven matches ended with a screwy finish and although we were expecting the main event to end that way. We were expecting Triple H to interfere, not Chris Jericho. In the end the PPV just ended up feeling like a more wrestling focused Monday Night Raw. It felt very, unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

Before we get started lets quickly mention Nia Jax verses Alicia Fox on the Pre-show. Nia Jax won. Okay moving on.

I have to say, I’m surprised the show didn’t start with a promo from Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. I was sure it was on the cards. In fact, we didn’t see either of them until half way through the show when they appeared in a backstage bit with Kevin Owens. That was nice, very nice.

Tag Team Titles: The New Day (c) vs. The Club

022_champ_09252016hm_0160-706058f93ca39d3037fcaaf230f89f25The New Day kick off the show with a typically New Day promo. They’re still really over despite me starting to think they’re getting a little stale. A once again serious Club emerge and start an immediate beat down on Kofi Kingston with Luke Gallows taking out Big E and Xavier Woods on the outside.If The Club had one then and there, I’d have been fine with it. Why couldn’t we have had this club since day one?

It’s a high paced opener with plenty of back and forth, very enjoyable. The finish sees Xavier hitting Karl Anderson with his trombone for the victory. Another misstep for The Club in my opinion, who can never seem to get the job done. It’s apparent that New Day will not be losing those titles until they beat Demolitions old WWF record of 478 days. I just hope the WWE can figure out what they want to do with The Club, because those guys are so good!

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

20180919_coc_perkinsbrian-dedc244ee870f1c61a079cac146b2a9aIt’s got to be said this show is starting off very strong. Tag Team titles and then the Cruiserweights? Good stuff!

Kendrick sets out his stall as the heel early on by refusing to shake T.J. Perkins hand. It’s not the quickest start with Kendrick and Perkins trading submissions, the larger WWE crowd don’t seem sure on how to react but we get some chants after a couple of minutes.

It’s always going to be difficult in the early stages teaching the wider audience about this style and getting them to care about a new group of talents. It’s not going to happen over night, but if given time and an opportunity to showcase their characters it’ll be fine.

Perkins gets to win with his knee-bar submission. After the match Kendrick and Perkins finally shake hands before sucker punch style headbutt to take down the champion. Overall it’s a solid match, a few botches but nothing major to gripe about, it’s only the start for the cruiserweights and the skies the limit! Continue reading

Clash of Champions [Predictions]

For those of you who might have accidentally stumbled across this blog before, you might know that I’ve been in somewhat of a wrestling funk as of late. Well, since Wrestlemania really. I’d stopped watching TV completely, I wasn’t even watching the highlights on YouTube. I did still watch the PPVs though, but they didn’t really grip me. I thought SummerSlam was pretty awful and everything else was no better than a ‘meh’, shrug of the shoulders and forget about it.

I almost didn’t watch Backlash. What with with it being an exclusive show for Smackdown, the ‘B’ show. How good could it be? Well for whatever reason I did watch it and it was pretty good! Since then I’ve started to pay slightly more attention to wrestling again. So here I am, with a my predictions for Raw’s first brand exclusive PPV, Clash of Champions.

Pre-Show: Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox

There are a few matches on the card that I would consider dead certainties for their result. This is one of them! I think it’s fair to say that Alicia Fox has a 0% chance of winning this.

In reality, it’s just another stepping stone in the building up of Nia Jax. This is her first ‘proper feud’ (if we can really call it that) on the main roster and it would be absolute madness for her to take a loss this early. Especially considering how many weeks of jobber squash matches she’s had.

Winner: Nia Jax (Duh…)

Cesaro vs. Sheamus

20180913_coc_cesarosheamus-79601d9f61e6d7111c2030b00e0b0a08It’s the 7th match in the best of 7 series and who’d have thought it, it’s all tied up! What are the chances! I’m kidding, it’s actually pretty cool to see a best of 7 series again in WWE.

Saying that, obviously the smart ass that I am would have booked it slightly differently. I would have had Sheamus win the first 2 matches, lose the third but win the 4th so it sits as 3 to 1. Then have Cesaro fight back to 3 all. It doesn’t really matter that much, it’s all about getting to the same point. I just feel my way, mixes it up just a little bit more. Thus keeping it more exciting on the journey to the all important 7th match.

In my version, it seems more like a level playing field going into the final match. The way it’s sitting in WWE I can only see Sheamus winning at this point. It’s not a lock like Nia Jax winning is, it’s just that I can’t see Sheamus losing four matches in a row!

Sure, it’s a great comeback story for Cesaro, but where does it leave Sheamus? Plus, I’ve been hearing a lot of theories about Ceasro moving over to Smackdown after this feud and why would he move shows if he just won a title shot? Unless of course they’ve kept the specific title vague so he can jump shows when he wins?!

**MIND BLOWN**

Winner: Sheamus Continue reading