Sunday, 22 May 2016

WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Preview

WWE Extreme Rules takes place this evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. How will the New Era look like after WWE goes extreme? Let's look at the card.

We get Dolph Ziggler taking on Baron Corbin in a no disqualification match. I think that Corbin will win here.
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Dean Ambrose will take on Chris Jericho in an Asylum Match. This has the potential to be a good match and I'm going for Jericho to win here.
Predicted Winner: Chris Jericho

The Usos will face Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in another match that could be really good. I feel that Gallows and Anderson will cheat their way to victory here.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Now one match that I'm really looking forward to: Hollywood Miz defending the Intercontinental Championship against Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a fatal 4-way match. This is a tough one to call as I can see any one of them winning. I'm taking a punt and going for Sami Zayn to win.
Predicted Winner: Sami Zayn

Another match that I'm looking forward to is The Vaudevillians challenging The New Day for the Tag Team Championship. It's a tough call but I think that The Vaudevillians will win here.
Predicted Winners: The Vaudevillians

Rusev will challenge Kalisto for the United States Championship. While a part of me feels that this will be the end of Kalisto's reign, I feel that he will find some way to prevail here.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

Charlotte will defend her Women's Championship in a Submission Match against Natalya. This once again could be a good match with hopefully no bullshit endings. I'm going for Charlotte to win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

The main event will be an Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as AJ Styles will challenge Roman Reigns. I think that there is no question that Reigns will win, I do wonder if the WWE will give Styles a run with the belt in the near future.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I'm planning to watch the show over the next couple of days so hopefully the review will be up during the week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Payback 2016 Review

WWE Payback 2016 took place on Sunday 1st May at the Allstate Arena on Chicago, Illinois. Billed as the first PPV of the New Era, it looks like it could be a good event. Unfortunately, due to a wedding weekend, I was unable to write a predictions article (sorry about that). So, let's take a look at the show.

The first match on the Kick Off Show is Baron Corbin taking on Dolph Ziggler. Corbin was dominant for most of the match, focusing on Ziggler's neck. However, it was not enough as Ziggler takes advantage of Corbin's arrogance to roll him up and get the win. I felt the end didn't feel right as it should be something a rookie would do, not a veteran like Dolph. Despite that, I thought the match was pretty decent.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 Next was the United States Championship as Kalisto once again faces the challenge of Ryback. In quite a short match, Kalisto gets hit with a Gorilla press slam from the top rope but he avoids a splash and hits the salida del sol to get the win. This was a really enjoyable match and I look forward to seeing more matches with Kalisto.
Winner: Kalisto

The first match of the event was one I was really looking forward to: Enzo and Cass taking on The Vaudevillians  to determine the Number 1 Contender for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The Champions The New Day were watching at ringside. Unfortunately, the match doesn't end well for Enzo Amore. Simon Gotch threw Amore out of the ring and his head bounced off the middle rope and onto the mat. The referee stepped in, ended the match and Amore got medical attention. Up until the accident, I was enjoying the match. I became a big fan of Enzo and Cass over the last year and I've always been a fan of Aiden English. Luckily, Enzo had a concussion and was discharged the following day. It's sometimes easy to forget that wrestling is a physically demanding and dangerous career and like sports, injuries do happen during a match. Hopefully Enzo will make a full recovery and be back wrestling soon. In terms of the tournament, The Vaudevillians claimed victory and will be facing The New Day at Extreme Rules and that is a match that I'm looking forward to seeing.
Winner: No Contest

Now another match I was looking forward to: Sami Zayn taking on Kevin Owens. Owens was dominant for a fair portion of the match before getting hit with 2 brutal clotheslines. After some tremendous back and forth, Zayn goes for the Helluva kick. However, Owens counters with a superkick then hit a pop up powerbomb to get the win. Afterwards, Owens throws Zayn out of the ring and demands a in ring interview. I was quite surprised that Owens won but it was a really good match and Zayn once again is involved in a Match of the Year contender.
Winner: Kevin Owens

Next was the Intercontinental Championship match with Cesaro challenging Hollywood Miz with Maryse. Owens decided to invite himself to do commentary, wearing JBL's hat. Miz, with a little help from Maryse, focusing on Cesaro's shoulder. Miz almost wins with the skull crushing finale and then the focus goes from the match to Sami Zayn who returned and attacked Owens at the announcer's table. The end comes when Cesaro makes Miz tap out to the crossface. However, the referee didn't see it because he had to deal with Owens and Zayn, who were fighting on the ring apron. Cesaro pushes them off and this gives Miz the chance to roll up Cesaro for the win. Afterwards, they all have a brief brawl which Owens holding up the Intercontinental Championship. This was a good match between the two, enhanced by Owens and Zayn. Hopefully this might lead to a fatal 4-way match at Extreme Rules.
Winner: The Miz

The next match is Chris Jericho taking on Dean Ambrose. Jericho gets the advantage after an elbow while he was hugging the ref (great heel tactic) and does manage to apply the Walls of Jericho but Ambrose gets to the ropes. In the end, Ambrose countered the lionsault and drag Jericho up to hit Dirty Deeds to get the win. This was a good match between the two and hopefully we get to see them again at Extreme Rules
Winner: Dean Ambrose

We now get the Woman's Championship match with Natalya (with Bret "Hitman" Hart) challenging Charlotte (with Ric Flair). Charlotte gets the advantage after a hair pull down followed by a slap. Charlotte then puts Natalya through a succession of submission moves. Natalya pushes Charlotte off the turnbuckle to the floor to give her time to recover and mount a comeback. The end comes when Charlotte puts Natalya in the sharpshooter and the referee Charles Robinson rings the bell then immediately bails. Natalya didn't tap. Bret and Natalya put Ric and Charlotte in the sharpshooter as revenge. Up until the end, it was a generally good match but I wasn't a fan of the ending as we get yet another rehash of the Montreal Screwjob. The thing that gets me is that Charles Robinson seems to have not been punished for it.
Winner: Charlotte

We now get a segment where it's announced by Vince McMahon who was going to run RAW. To cut a long story short, Vince decides that his children, Shane and Stephanie, shall run it together. Yeah, I don't really care. Vince giving Shane control of RAW after Shane lost a match at Wrestlemania is one of the biggest cases of WWE Logic I've ever seen. Despite my lack of caring, a bit of me is interested to see how it ends up.

The main event is AJ Styles challenging Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The match goes back and forth before it dengenerates into a clusterfuck. Styles hits a phenomenal forearm, sending Reigns through the announce tble. However, he can't get Reigns back into the ring in time so he wins by countout. Shane McMahon comes out and restarts the match with no countouts. A few mintues later, Styles tries a move from the turnbuckle but he gets accidentally low blowed by Reigns, ending the match by disqualification. Stephanie McMahon then comes out and restarts the match with no disqualifications. After a brawl involving Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and the Usos, Styles comes close with a springboard 450 splash. However, Reigns wins after avoiding a phenomenal forearm to hit the spear. Afterwards, we cut backstage to the McMahons agreeing that Styles will face Reigns in an Extreme Rules match at the next Pay-Per-View.

I thought this was a good match. I enjoyed seeing Gallows, Anderson and The Usos get involved as well. However, it felt like it served the McMahon "Game of Thrones" style feud more and you shouldn't do that with your top Championship.
Winner: Roman Reigns

I thought that Payback was a decent event. They had some good matches however, I wasn't a fan of some of their endings and it doesn't feel like it's a new era just yet. Hopefully, this will be the first step towards that.

 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

WWE Wrestlemania 32 Review

The flasgship event of the WWE, Wrestlemania 32, took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With over 100,000 people expected to be there, will the event live to the last few Wrestlemanias? Let's take a look.

The first match on the Kick Off Show was for the United States Championship as Ryback challenges Kalisto. Ryback, who is also 120lbs heavier than Kalisto, threw him round like a rag doll for most of the match. Kalisto gets back into it after reversing a Shell Shock into a DDT. In the end, Kalisto hits a drop toe hold, sending Ryback into an exposed turnbuckle. He then hit the Salida Del Sol to get the win. I thought this was a decent match and a good way to begin the event.
Winner: Kalisto (1 for 1)

Next is the Divas Tag Team Match with Team Total Divas (Paige, Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, Natalya and Brie Bella) taking on Team B.A.D. and Blonde (Lana, Emma, Naomi, Tamina and Summer Rae). I was fully expecting this to be a clusterfuck but they got quite a decent amount of time. I was quite surprised that Paige was the one to take the beating from her opponents. However, it makes sense as both teams are a mix of faces and heels and I knew that Brie wasn't going to do it as I believed she would get the win. Anyway, Paige sends Emma into the turnbuckle giving her the chance to give the hot tag to Brie. After some chaos, Brie manages to get Naomi to submit to the Yes Lock to get the win. The match wasn't perfect with some glaring mini botches. However, I thought it was fun to watch and I was quite surprised by Eva Marie, who I think did more wrestling moves than her last 3 NXT matches combined.
Winners: Team Total Divas (2 for 2)

After we get Lita unveil the new Woman's Championship belt (about fucking time, if you ask me), we get The Usos taking on The Dudley Boyz. The Dudleys immediately go after Jimmy Uso and wear him down. Jimmy manages to tag in Jey after hitting Bubba Ray with a super kick. In the end, Jey stops the Dudleys doing a 3D and Jimmy hits a super kick on D-Von to get the win. Afterwards, the Dudleys try to powerbomb them through some tables but The Usos turned the tables and splashed them through the tables instead. I think this match was about 5 minutes, which is far too short for a tag team match. Otherwise, the match wasn't too bad.
Winners: The Usos (2 for 3)

Wrestlemania officially started with the ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship as Kevin Owens  faced the challenges of Stardust, Sin Cara 2.0, Zack Ryder, Sami Zayn, Hollywood Miz and Dolph Ziggler. Highlights of the match include: Sami and Owens fighting it out; Sami doing a suicide dive through a ladder onto his opponents then doing his dive through the turnbuckle into a tornado DDT on Owens;Stardust setting up a polka dotted ladder; Owens hitting a pop up powerbomb on The Miz; and Sami hitting an exploder suplex sending Owens onto a ladder. In the end, Miz climbs up and, thinking he's the only one left, takes decades to go for the belt. This gives Ryder the chance to push Miz off the ladder and grab the belt to win the match...? Wait, what the fuck?! Zack Ryder is the new Intercontinental Champion?! I don't think anyone saw that coming. I thought that Sami would win and feud with Owens over the title. Despite that, I'm happy that Ryder won. Shame he lost it to The Miz the following night.
Winner: Zack Ryder (2 for 4)

Next is Chris Jericho taking on AJ Styles. Like their match at Fastlane, this was another enjoyable contest; especially since we now have Heel Jericho, which is oneof my favourite things to see in wrestling. Jericho almost wins it when he avoids a springboard Superman punch and hits a codebreaker. Styles hits some big moves like the Styles Clash and the springboard 450 splash, but he can't keep Jericho down. In the end, Styles goes for the phenomenal forearm but Jericho countered it into a codebreaker to get the win.
Winner: Chris Jericho (2 for 5)

 Next is a tag team match with The New Day taking on The League of Nations (Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and Rusev) . Woods gets beaten down by the League of Nations very early on before hitting Sheamus with a DDT in order to get the hot tag to Kofi. However, in the end, Wade Barrett, who was on the outside, hits Woods with the bull hammer followed by a Brogue Kick by Sheamus to get the win.

Afterwards, Barrett does some bragging and we get Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin come out and destroy the League of Nations. They then briefly dance with The New Day before Stone Cold stuns Woods. They then share some beers in the ring. The match wasn't that great but it was nice to see 3 Hall of Famers in the ring.
Winners: League of Nations (2 for 6)

Next was the street fight between Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose. Lesnar was dominant, hitting 9 German suplexes before receiving a low blow.Ambrose used chairs, kendo sticks and a fire extinguisher. However, it was not enough as Lesnar hit 4 more suplexes followed by a F5 onto a pile of steel chairs to get the win. I thought the match was pretty decent but I felt it ended a bit too abruptly.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (3 for 7)

Next we get to honour the Hall of Fame Class of 2016: The Fabulous Freebirds, The Godfather,  The Big Boss Man, Jacqueline, Stan Hansen, Snoop Dogg, Warrior Award Winner Joan Lunden, and Sting. I thought that it was a good class this year. I was quite surprised that Godfather was inducted but the rest are thoroughly deserved, especially Sting.

Now a match that I was really looking forward to: Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch challenging Charlotte for the Divas Women's Championship. This went at quite a fast pace and Sasha had a good chance when she frog splashed Charlotte while she had Becky in the figure four. There was a great move when Charlotte had Sasha in the Figure 8 and Becky pulled Sasha out of the ring. In the end, Sasha puts Becky in the Banks Statement but Charlotte throws Sasha out of the ring and puts Becky in the Figure 8. Sasha tries to intervene but she's stopped by Ric Flair and Becky taps out, making Charlotte the winner. I really enjoyed the match and I loved the ending. Whilst I'm a fan of Becky, it looks like it will be Charlotte facing Sasha for the foreseeable future and I can't wait to see it.
Winner: Charlotte (3 for 8)

Now, possibly the most interesting match on the show: Shane McMahon taking on The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match. Undertaker was dominant and hit a Last Ride early on for a 2 count. Shane does get back into it for a little bit and hits a coast to coast, sending a dustbin into Tker. He then gets tackled out of the cell and gets put through the Spanish announce table. Shane tries to return the favour but he misses an elbow drop from the top of the cell and crashes through the English announce table. Undertaker then carries Shane back into the cell and hits the Tombstone to get the win.  The match was pretty decent and I would say that it was nice to see Shane do an one off. However, the next night Vince gives him control of RAW anyway. It begs the question: what was the point of the match?
Winner: The Undertaker (4 for 9)

Next is the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The competitors were: Adam Rose, Baron Corbin, Big Show, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldust, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, Kane, Konnor,  Mark Henry, R-Truth, Shaquille O'Neal, Tatanka, Tyler Breeze and Viktor. After a little while, the final foru were: Baron Corbin, Bo Dallas, Darren Young and Kane. Kane eliminates Dallas and Young but Corbin eliminates Kane to win the match. I was very surprised that Crobin not only was in the match but went on to win it. I have been enjoying his work in NXT and hopefully it leads to a successful time on the main roster.
Winner: Baron Corbin (4 for 10)

We get a segment with The Rock announcing an attendance record gets interrupted by the Wyatt Family. It ends up being an impromptu match between The Rock and Erick Rowan, which Rock wins in 6 seconds after a Rock Bottom. When the Wyatts go to attack Rock, John Cena returns and helps to destroy the Wyatts. It was a decent little segment and whilst I'm not a fan of Cena, it was nice to see him back.
Winner: The Rock (N/A)

The main event is for the World Heavyweight Championship as Roman Reigns challenges Triple H. Triple H gets the advantage after hitting a low blow and he does a sweet move when Reigns is on top of the GErman announce table and Triple HHH hits a swinging neckbreaker.Reigns goes get back into it and hits a spear but Stephanie McMahon pulls out the referee (which is apparently, not a disqualification). Stephanie then goes into the ring to argue with the referee and gets accidentally speared by Reigns. In the end, Triple H decides to blatantly cheat and tries to use a sledgehammer. However, Reigns hits 2 Superman punches and a spear to win the match. I thought the match was ok but it was too long for my liking.
Winner: Roman Reigns (5 for 11)

I thought that Wrestlemania was a decent event. It had a few good matches and a few pleasant surprises. However, WWE seem determined to force Reigns down our throats and a lot of fans, who feel that they are more deserving wrestlers out there, are not happy about it. Hopefully, they will find a way to get Reigns over. 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

WWE Wrestlemania 32 Preview


The Showcase of the Immortals, Wrestlemania 32, will be taking this evening at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. With over 100,000 people watching, it hopes to be an amazing event. Let's look at the card and foind out.

There will be 3 matches on the Kick Off Show and the first will be The Usos taking on The Dudley Boyz.  This is a tough one to call but I'm going for the Dudleys to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Dudley Boyz

 The second match will be for the United States Championship as Ryback challenges Kalisto. This match depends on whether they want Kalisto to return to tag team wrestling. I don't think they will do that yet so I'm going for Kalisto to win here.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

The third match will be a ten Divas tag team match will The Total Divas (Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Eva Marie, Natalya and Paige) taking on B.A.D. and Blonde (Emma, Lana, Naomi, Tamina and Summer Rae). Due to the fact that they have some wrestlers, like Emma and Paige, and bad ones, like Naomi and Alicia Fox; I can imagine this being a two minute clusterfuck. I hope not and I'm going for Total Divas to win here.
Predicted Winners: Total Divas

 We have the 3rd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The announced participants are: Heath Slter, Adam Rose, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Kane, Big Show, Mark Henry, Tyler Breeze, Jack Swaghger, Fandango, Konnor, Viktor, Goldust, R-Truth, Darren Young and Damien Sandow. I can see a lot of these guys but I'm going completely left field and going for Damien Sandow to win.
Predicted Winner: Damien Sandow

We will be getting a 3-on-4 handicap match as The New Day will take on The League of Nations. I feel that The New Day will win here.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

Now, in one of several matches that I'm looking forward to, we have AJ Styles taking on Chris Jericho. While I feel that Jericho could in it, I feel that Styles will do instead.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

Another one that I'm looking forward is a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship with Sami Zayn, Stardust, Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder, The Miz, Sin Cara challenging Kevin Owens. I can see either Zayn or Owens winning but I'm going for Zayn to win here.
Predicted Winner: Sami Zayn

The Divas Championship will be a triple threat match with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks challenge Charlotte. I'm looking forward to this one and I think that Sasha will win here.
Predicted Winner: Sasha Banks

Dean Ambrose will face Brock Lesnar in a street fight. This match has the potential to be an insane match and I can see Ambrose having a chance. However, I think that Lesnar will win here.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

Now, a match I'm interested in watching: Shane McMahon facing The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match. I can't see Shane although it would be interesting to see. I feel that Undertaker will win this.
Predicted Winner: The Undertaker

The main event will be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with Roman Reigns challenging Triple H. Despite WWE's best efforts, the fans can't get into Roman Reigns. I would love Triple H to win here, I think that Reigns will win here to possibly 100,000 fans booing.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I won't get to see the event til later the week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.
 
 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

WWE Fastlane 2016 Review

WWE Fastlane 2016 took place on Sunday 21st February at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. After this event, we will find out who will face Triple H at Wrestlemania. So, will it be Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar or Dean Ambrose? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was a 2-out-of-3 falls match with Alberto Del Rio challenging Kalisto for the United States Championship. Kalisto gets the first fall after Del Rio hit him with a chair in the timekeeper's area, disqualifying himself. Del Rio then proceeds to destroy Kalisto and hit him with the shitty double stomp in the corner to get the second fall. In the end, Kalisto tries to go for the salida del sol but fails. So, Kalisto bounces Del Rio's head off the turnbuckle then rolls him up to get the win. This was a decent match but I'm done with this feud. Hopefully, Del Rio and Kalisto will move onto other feuds.
Winner: Kalisto (1 for 1)

The event starts with the team of Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks take on the team of Naomi and Tamina. Becky gets worn down during the match thanks to Naomi bouncing her head off the turnbuckle. Becky does eventually get the hot tag to Sasha and in the end, Sasha manages to get Tamina to tap out using the bank statement. It was a good match between the two teams. Becky and Sasha are always good to watch and Naomi and Tamina did a decent job.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks (2 for 2)

The next match was for the Intercontinental Championship as Dolph Ziggler challenges Kevin Owens. Even though Owens was dominant, Ziggler showed glimpses of a comeback. In the end, Ziggler misses with a superkick and almost hits the referee. This gives Owens the chance to hit his pop-up powerbomb to get the win. This was an enjoyable match and I'm looking forward to seeing Owens feud with Sami Zayn as we head towards Wrestlemania.
Winner: Kevin Owens (3 for 3)

Next was The Wyatt Family taking on the team of Kane, Big Show and Ryback. The Wyatts were dominant for most of the match as they wear down Ryback then Kane when he gets tagged in. In the end, Ryback gets out of a powerbomb by Harper and hits a shell shock to get the win. The match was enjoyable to watch, although that was nothing that stood out to me.
Winners: Kane, Big Show and Ryback (3 for 4)

The next match was for the Divas Championship as Brie Bella challenges Charlotte. The match goes back and forth before Charlotte puts Brie in the figure 8 to get the win. I thought the match was ok. Hopefully, the match involving Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch at Wrestlemania will be better.
Winner: Charlotte (4 for 5)

Now a match that I was really looking forward to: AJ Styles versus Chris Jericho. This match had some great moves, including both guys using some creative pinning combinations. After some close near falls, Jericho applies the walls of Jericho but Styles gets to the ropes. Styles then hits the Styles clash but Jericho kicks out. Styles immediately applies the calf crusher to make Jericho tap out and win the match. This was a really good match and I really enjoyed it. I do wonder where styles goes from here. Hopefully, he will start to climb up the card.
Winner: AJ Styles (5 for 6)

The penulimate match was R-Truth taking on Curtis Axel. In a very short match, Goldust comes in to help out R-Truth against the rest of the Social Outcasts. he throws Axel Rose into the ring and R-Truth jumps over him. Unfortunately, this gives Axel the chance to roll Truth over and pin him to win the match. The match wasn't great and it seemed to be there for filler.
Winner: Curtis Axel (N/A)

The main event was a triple threat match between Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. The winner will face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. Lesnar proceeds to hit Reigns and Ambrose with a variety of suplexes and go on to dominate the match before being put through an announce table. Eventually, Ambrose attacks both of them with a chair. Lesnar rolls out of the ring and Reigns hits Ambrose with a spear to win the match. It was a good match and whilst I'm not a fan of Reigns, I am looking forward to seeing him take on Triple H at Wrestlemania.
Winner: Roman Reignsn (6 for 7)

I quite enjoyed Fastlane. It had some good matches which were fun to watch. 
Wrestlemania looks like it will have some good matches and I'm quite looking forward to it.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

WWE Fastlane 2016 Preview

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The last PPV before Wrestlemania, Fastlane, takes place this evening at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Who will be facing Triple H at Wrestlemania for the World Heavyweight Championship? Let's look at that and the rest of the card.

On the Pre Show, we have a 2-out-of-3 falls match for the United States Championship with Alberto Del Rio challenging Kalisto. Even though I'm not that interested in the feud, it should be a decent match. I'm going for Kalisto to retain here.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

We have a 6 man tag team match with the team of Ryback, Kane and The Big Show taking on Braun Stroman, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper from The Wyatt Family. I'm going for The Wyatts to win.
Predicted Winners: Braun Stroman, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

Fastlane will be having two Divas matches this evening. The first will be a tag team match with the team of Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch taking on the team of Naomi and Tamina. Whilst I'm a fan of Sasha, I'm not a fan of her being a face. Despite that, Sasha and Becky have to win here, otherwise it might piss a lot of people off.
Predicted Winners: Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch

The second one will be for the Divas Championship as Brie Bella challenges Charlotte. Yeah, like the last one, I really feel that Charlotte has to win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

Now a match that I'm really looking forward to, AJ Styles taking on Chris Jericho. This is a tough one to call but I feel that Styles will win here.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

We have Dolph Ziggler challenging Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. This could be a good match and I think that Owens will win here.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

The main event is a triple threat match with Brock Lesnar, Rowan Reigns and Dean Ambrose. The winner will face Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. Yeah, Roman will win here unless WWE throws a curve ball.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I won't get to watch it so I'll be watching it during the week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Review

The Road to Wrestlemania is once under way as The Royal Rumble took place at the Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday 24th January. Will Roman Reigns make history by successfully defending his World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble match? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was a fatal four way tag team match. The teams of The Dudley Boyz, Damien Sandow and Darren Young, Mark Henry and Jack Swagger and The Ascension faced each other with the winners taking part in the Royal Rumble match. In perhaps a surprise move, Mark Henry and Jack Swagger get the win after being inspired by Edge's book "How to be the Ultimate Opportunist". The Dudley Boyz hit the 3D on Konnor but Swagger pulls Bubba Ray off from covering him. Henry then splashes Bubba Ray and pins Konnor to get the win. I thought that the Dudleys would win but Henry and Swagger have been teaming up on Main Event recently so I think the WWE wanted to give them a slight push. We'll see how they do in the Rumble match later on.
Winners: Mark Henry and Jack Swagger (0 for 1)

The event officially with Kevin Owens challenging Dean Ambrose in a Last Man Standing match for the Intercontinental Championship. An early highlight was Amborse sending Owens over the announce table. After that, they proceeded to beat the fuck out of each other doing moves such as Owens cannon balling Ambrose into the timekeeper's area; Ambrose reversing a powerbomb into a back body drop, sending Owens onto 2 steel chairs; and Ambrose hitting dirty deeds twice, once onto a steel chair. In the end, Owens tries to splash Ambrose onto some chairs. However, Ambrose manages to push him off the turnbuckle, sending him crashing through some tables that had been set up earlier to get the win. Once again, this was a really good match and I can watch these two wrestle all day long.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (1 for 2)

Next was The Usos again challenging The New Day for the Tag Team Championship. The New Day get the advantage after Xavier Woods (who wasn't part of the match) hitting Jey Uso with a tornado DDT on the outside. Jimmy Uso does get eventually tagged in and gets back some momentum. However, it was all in vain as Jey goes to splash Kofi but he's caught by Big E, who hit the big ending to get the win. This was another enjoyable match between the two and I really liked the ending.
Winners: The New Day (1 for 3)

We now get the United States Championship match as Kalisto challenges Alberto Del Rio. During the match, Del Rio does some moves that throw Kalisto round like a rag doll. He tries to do his double stomp in the corner but Kalisto gets out of it and hits the salida del sol for a 2 count. In the end, Lakisto sends Del Rio into an exposed turnbuckle then hits another salida del sol to get the win. I was honestly surprised that Kalisto won. Hopefully his reign will last a lot longer than a few days.
Winner: Kalisto (1 for 4)

The penultimate match was for the Divas Championship as Becky Lynch challenges Charlotte. As expected, Ric Flair did fuck with Becky a couple of times. In the end, Becky had Charlotte in the dis-arm-her and Ric throws his jacket onto her head (which bizarrely, doesn't cause a disqualification). This gave Charlotte the chance to rake Becky's eyes then spear her to get the win. Afterwards, Charlotte beats down on Becky and "The Boss" Sasha Banks comes out, who beats up Becky then puts Charlotte in the Bank statement. This was a good match and I'm looking forward to seeing what Sasha Banks can add to the feud.
Winner: Charlotte (2 for 5)

The main event was the Royal Rumble match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Number 1 was the Champion Roman Reigns and number 2 was Rusev. Here are the highlights of the match:
  • Number 3 was the debut of the Phenomenal One AJ Styles. I saw him in TNA and it was a shame that he left. Despite that, it was great to see him in a WWE ring.
  • R-Truth comes in at number 11 and he proceeds to grab a ladder and climb up to grab the belt. The slight problem with that plan was that it's not a ladder match. It was stupid but it was quite funny.
  • Kofi Kingston, who came in at number 10, almost gets eliminated by Kane but he lands on Big E's shoulders, who then walks round the outside of the ring with him.
  • The League of Nations. under the direction of Mr McMahon, come down and drag Reigns out of  the ring (but don't eliminate him). It ends with Rusev splashing Reings through the Spanish announce table.
  • We see the return of Sami Zayn at number 20 who went after Kevin Owens, who came in at number 18 and eliminated him.
  • Brock Lesnar came in at number 23 and destroyed people before getting eliminated by the Wyatts
  • Remember Mark Henry and Jack Swagger who won their places in the Rumble match earlier? Yeah, they were in the match for a total of 1 minute and 16 seconds.
  • Sheamus came in at number 29 and gets hit by a Superman punch by a returning Reigns and number 30 was Triple H.
  • The final four ended up being Reigns, Triple H, Ambrose and Sheamus. Reigns eliminates Sheamus but is immediately eliminated by Triple H. Triple H then eliminates Ambrose to become a 14-time World Champion.
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I thought that, up until the end, it was a good Rumble match. The main issue I had was with the ending. WWE seem determined to portray Reigns as an underdog and I thought that Reigns being the runner up would be a better story. Anyway, it looks like it will be Reings vs Triple H at Wrestlemania.
Winner: Triple H (2 for 6)

Except for some minor issues, I thought that the Rumble was a good event. It looks like it will be Reigns vs The Authority being the main story going into Wrestlemania. I'm not sure how I feel about that but it will interesting to see where they go with it.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview

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The Road to Wrestlemania 32 officially begins as the Royal Rumble begins this evening at the Amway Center in Orlando. For the first time since 1992, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in the Royla Rumble match. So, let's look at the card.

The match on the Kick Off Show is a tag team match for a place in the Royal Rumble. The team of Darren Young and Damien Mizdow will take on The Dudley Boyz, The Ascension and the team of Mark Hnery and Jack Swagger. This is a tough one to call but I think that the Dudleys will win here.
Predicted Winners: The Dudley Boyz

Kalisto will get the chance to regain the United States Championship from Alberto Del Rio. I would like to see Kalisto win it and have the Title for more than a few days. However, I feel that Del Rio will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Usos will  challenge, for what seems like the billionth time, The New Day (Sucks!)  for the Tag Team Championship. I really want The New Day to win here but I don't think they will so The Usos to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

The Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose continues as they face each other in a Last Man Standing match for the Intercontinental Championship. I am really looking forward as I like Last Man Standing matches and I feel that they have the ability to steal the show here. I'm going for Ambrose to win here.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

Becky Lynch will face Charlotte  for the Divas Championship in what could be a good match. I would like to see Becky win it here but I feel that it's not going to happen til Wresltemania. Therefore, Charlotte to win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

The main event will be the Royal Rumble match as  Roman Reigns will defend his World Heavyweight Championship. The announced participants so far are: The Big Show, Curtis Axel, Bray Wyatt, Braun Stroman, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar, Stardust and Sheamus. Even though Roman Reigns has been drawn at number 1, he is definitelyt going to win it here and become only the third man after Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit to do it from number 1.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

My New Year's Resolution is to do the reports within 10 days of each event so  you should get a review of the show soon. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Lo-Down Wrestling Awards 2015

It's that time of year where I get to give out my wrestling awards. I didn't anywhere near as much wrestling as I would like. Despite that, I've enjoyed what I've seen. So, let's look at the winners.

Moment of the Year
Seth Rollins Cashing In His Money in the Bank Briefcase at Wrestlemania
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What a moment for Seth Rollins. To cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the main event of Wrestlemania was a very ballsy call. It made for great drama and a wonderful ending as Rollins pinned Roman Reigns to become World Heavyweight Champion.

PPV of the Year
Wrestlemania 31
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 Out of all the PPVs that I watched, I found this to be the most enjoyable. It had some really good matches and possibly the most dramatic ending to a Wrestlemania ever.
  
Most Surprising Moment of the Year
Kevin Owens Beating John Cena at WWE Elimination Chamber
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What a moment for Kevin Owens. To beat John Cena, the face of the company, clean in your first match on the main roster is a tremendous achievement. Shame that they announced a rematch that same night.

Douchebag of the Year
TNA
Over the last year, TNA lost another TV contract and let people go like Samoa Joe and  AJ Styles. Then they did a World Title Series that was recorded over 4 days then showed over 6 months. They have some great talent there (like EC3) but I don't think that that will be enough to save them.

Newcomer of the Year
Kevin Owens
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What a year for Kevin Owens. He joins NXT, becomes NXT Champion; beats John Cena in his first match on the main roster; then becomes Intercontinental Champion. Here's hoping 2017 will continue the rise of Owens.

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
The New Day
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In a first, I'm giving this to a group and The New Day have been brilliant over the last year. They took something that was a stereotype that could have buried them into the best thing to see on WWE Television this year. Well done to them. 

Match of the Year
Bayley vs Sasha Banks, NXT Takeover Brooklyn

For the second time, a match from NXT wins this award. This match stole the show and their rematch, a 30 minute Iron Woman match at NXT Takeover Respect, was almost as good.


Tag Team of the Year
The New Day
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The first ever LDW Tag Team of the Year Award goes to The New Day, the best thing to see on the WWE right now.

Female Wrestler of the Year
Sasha Banks
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What a year for Sasha Banks. She became NXT Women's Champion then got involved in a tremendous feud with Bayley; then got promoted to the main roster. It's a shame she's with Tamina and Naomi, who aren't great, but I expect a big year for her in 2016.


Male Wrestler of the Year
Seth Rollins
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For most of the year, Seth Rollins was one of the best things to watch on WWE, along with The New Day. Rollins was involved in great matches over the year, including cashing in his Money in the Bank to become World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania. It's a shame he is out for a year as he could have done so much more. However, I look forward to his return and become World Heavyweight Champion once again.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

WWE TLC 2015 Review

WWE TLC took place at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday 13th December. There is normally a good crowd in Boston so will the WWE end their year on a high? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off show was between Becky Lynch and local girl Sasha Banks. I saw them face each other at the Smackdown taping in Manchester and it was my match of the night. Therefore, I was looking forward to this. The match had some back and forth and in the end, Becky had Sasha in the disarmer. However, Tamina distracted the referee giving Naomi the chance to interfere. Sasha then hit the backstabber followed by the bank statement to get the win. It was a good match, helped by the crowd being into it. I hope to see more matches between the two.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Predictions: 0 for 1

The first match on the show was for the Tag Team Championships as The New Day (sucks!) face the challenge of The Usos and The Lucha Dragons in a triple ladder match. This was a really entertaining match with the definite highlight being Kalisto hitting a salida del sol from the top of the ladder sending Jimmy Uso crashing through another ladder. In the end, Xavier Woods, who was brilliant on commentary, suddenly realises that the match is no disqualification and hits Kalisto with his trombone. Kofi then violently yanks off the ladder and grabs the belts to win the match. This was a great match which was fun to watch.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2

The next match was Rusev taking on Ryback. In quite a short match, Rusev gets out of the shell shock and kicks Ryback in the head. He then applies the accolade and Ryback passes out to give Rusev the win. The match wasn't anything special and whilst I'm happy to see Rusev and Lana back together, I'm not a fan of them shoving the lovey dovey stuff down my throat.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 0 for 3

Next is Jack Swagger challenging Alberto Del Rio in a chairs match for the United States Championship. As expected, they hit each other with chairs a lot. In the end, Del Rio does his shitty double stomp in the corner, sending Swagger onto a pile of chairs to get the win. Like the match, it was nothing special.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Predictions: 1 for 4 (finally!)

We now get a 8 man tables elimination match between The Wyatt Family and the team of The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno. The first man to be eliminated was Erick Rowan after was put through a table thanks to a 3D by the Dudleys. Harper then sends Ryhno through a table in the corner with a big boot. Devon then sets up a table but is slammed through it by Wyatt. Bubba Ray is the only one left after Harper suicide dives Dreamer through a table. Bubba Ray tries to set a table on fire and powerbomb Wyatt through it. However, Harper stops that with a kick and Stroman chokeslams Bubba Ray through a table to give his team the win. Except for the end, I didn't think that this was a good match. It seemed slow and you can obviously see some botches during it. It was nice to see Dreamer and Rhyno wrestle again but I'm in no hurry to see them again (if ever)
Winners: The Wyatt Family
Predictions: 1 for 5

Now a match I was looking forward to: Dean Ambrose challenging Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. Like their match at Survivor Series, this was another entertaining contest. Ambrose thought he won it when he got out of a pop up powerbomb to hit dirty deeds. However, Owens got a fingertip on the ropes. In the end, Ambrose managed to hit a huracanrana into a pin to become the new Intercontinental Champion. I was surprised that Ambrose won but it was throughly deserved and I hope he gets a good run with the belt.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Predictions: 1 for 6

The penultimate match was for the Divas Championship as Paige challenges Charlotte. Paige thinks she's won it after hitting the rampaige but Ric Flair puts Charlotte's leg under the ropes. Paige starts shouting at him and this gives Charlotte the chance to bounce Paige's head off the turnbuckle and roll her up to get the win. This was an interesting match to watch as Charlotte acted a lot like a heel even though she is the face in this feud. I thought it would be better if she acted like the face until Flair cheated to stop her from losing. Otherwise, except for the end, I thought it was a good match.
Winner: Charlotte
Predictions: 2 for 7

The main event is a TLC match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with Roman Reigns challenging Sheamus. As expected, this was a very physical and brutal match. Examples of this include: Reings sending Sheamus into the display of tables, ladders and chairs by the titantron; and Sheamus putting Reings through a table with a white noise. In the end, Reigns hits a Superman punch, sending Sheamus off the ladder and through a table. Reigns almost grabs the belt but he's stopped by Rusev and Alberto Del Rio. Reigns does deal with them but Sheamus sends him out of the ring with a brogue kick. He then climbs up to grab the belt and win the match.

Reigns doesn't take the loss well as he proceeds to destroy Sheamus, Rusev and Del Rio with a chair. The Authority come out to calm him down and he goes on to fuck up Triple H. The show ends with Reigns spearing Triple H as he's being carried to the back.

I thought this was a good match and it was good to see Reigns look like he could be a Champion. WWE were trying to give him a personality and make him John Cena-lite. However, I feel that, based on what happened after this match, it would be best to use elements of Goldberg's push.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 3 for 8

I wasn't a fan of this event. There were some good matches but most of them were either not great or didn't do anything to make them stand out. It's a shame as I think that WWE has had a decent year. With Reings becoming Champion the following night on RAW, it looks like they're giving him a run with the belt. I hope that they use this opportunity well.