Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper (1954-2015)

Roddy Piper and Bret Hart interviewed pre match by Mean Gene 

Roderick George Toombs, better known as Rowdy Roddy Piper, passed away on the 31st July. He was 61. Piper was trained by Gene LeBell, Leo Garibaldi, Tony Condello and Joe Fiorino and made his debut in 1969 against Larry Henning, the grandfather of Curtis Axel. After spending time in the NWA and Georgia Championship Wrestling, he joined the WWF in 1984. He is best known during this time for being in a rivalry with Hulk Hogan and main eventing the first ever Wrestlemania with Mr Wonderful Paul Orndorff as they faced Hulk Hogan and Mr T. He went on to win the Intercontinental Championship in 1992 and be the special guest referee for the main event of Wrestlemania X. Piper left the WWF for WCW in 1996 and was there for 4 years. He then made occasional appearances from 2003 to 2015 in the WWE, with him being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

My first memory of Piper is also one of my favourite ever matches. Piper was facing the challenge of Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania VIII and the match is absolutely amazing. There was also the added element of Piper being friends with the Hart family. I also liked the fact that Piper was from my home country of Scotland. I know that that's not true (Piper was born in Saskatoon, Canada) but by the time I found out, I didn't care.

Piper was also known as an actor with his most famous role being in They Live, where he spawned the catchphrase “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum”. Piper also appeared in various movies and TV shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, The Outer Limits and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Piper's legacy is one of the best villains and talkers in professional wrestling history. His segment, Piper's Pit was innovate as it was in an atmosphere where only the people like the World Champion got to talk. Dave Meltzer described Piper as “one of the key figures in the growth of WWF. In particular, he helped power the success of the first Wrestlemania”. Piper is a wrestler that has been loved by many generations of wrestling fans and he will be sorely missed by everyone.

Piper leaves behind a wife, five children and a grandchild.
 

Monday, 27 July 2015

WWE Payback 2015 Review

WWE Payback 2015 took place on Sunday 17th May 2015 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Seth Rollins has a tough job, facing the challenge of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton. So, will he still be the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after this event? Let's take a look.

The first match is between Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. During the match, Ziggler exposes his right butt cheek and gets Sheamus to smooch it. He then hits Sheamus with a zig-zag, which only gets 2. Sheamus recovers and hits a sit-down powerbomb for 2. After an exchange of near falls, Sheamus hit a running powerslam for 2 then hits white noise and applies the Texas cloverleaf. Ziggler eventually manages to get out of it. In the end, Ziggler headbutts Sheamus and hits a superkick for 2. Sheamus, however, hits a brogie kick to get the win. This was another good match between the two and the WWE seem to building up Sheamus to be a strong competitor.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 1 for1

Next is a 2-out-of-3 falls match as Tyson Kidd and Cesaro challenge The New Day for the Tag Team Championships. The first fall happens quite quickly when Kidd and Cesaro hit the giant swing into a basement dropkick for Kofi to take the lead. The New Day get the next pinfall after Kofi and Big E hit their combination finisher. In the end, Cesaro hits an European uppercut on Kofi and Big E gets the pin. While the referee was getting Big E out of the ring, Xavier Woods slid in and rolled up Cesaro into a small package. The referee  can't tell Kofi and Xavier apart and counts the pinfall to give The New Day the win. It was another good match between the two teams, although the first pinfall happened a bit too quickly.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 2 for 2

The next match is between Ryback and Bray Wyatt. Early on, Wyatt tries to get a count out win when he hits Ryback with a running senton on the outside. However, Ryback gets back in the ring in time. Wyatt then continued working on the mid section before Ryback hit back with a brutal clothesline then a spinebuster. In the end, Ryback goes for the shellshock but Wyatt grab hold of the top turnbuckle, ripping off the covering. Wyatt then sends Ryback into the exposed turnbuckle and hits Sister Abigail to get the win. It was a good match between the two although I have lost interest in Wyatt as he seems to be doing the same shit and nothing changes. As for Ryback, he just doesn't interest me at the minute.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 3 for 3

Next is an "I Quit" match as Rusev challenges John Cena for the United States Championship. The crowd started chanting "We want Lana", which prompted Rusev to get a chair and tell her to sit on it. Later on, for reasons only know to Rusev, he got Lana to get the Russian flag and he waved it over a fallen Cena. Rusev brings in a set of steel steps into the ring and sends Cena into them. Cena responds by sending Rusev onto the steps with an AA. Cena spears Rusev through the barricade, which was a nice spot. Cena then sends Rusev into the pyro area with an AA but Rusev doesn't quit. Rusev eventually applies the Accolade and he thinks that he won. However, Cena is out cold so can't say "I Quit". Rusev unscrews the top turnbuckle then throws water on Cena to wake him up. He goes to hit Cena with the turnbuckle but he ducks and applies Rusev in the STF. Rusev starts screaming in his native language and Lana grabs a mic and says that Rusev quits. Apparently, that is good enough for the referee Mike Chioda and he rings the bell, giving Cena the win.

I thought that this was a very good match. It is good to see Cena help elevate the United States Championship and they are still keeping Rusev relatively strong. Unfortunately, due to her actions, this marks the end of the relationship between Lana and Rusev. I don't think it needed to end right now as I think it can still work. Based on what they are doing at the minute (she is now with Dolph Ziggler), I still believe that.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 4

It's now time for the Divas match as The Bella Twins face the team of Naomi and Tamina Snuka. Brie gets tagged in and is knocked off the apron by Tamina and this gives her and Naomi the chance to work Brie over. Eventually, Nikki gets tagged in, but she gets slammed off the top rope by Naomi, giving her and Tamina the win. The match wasn't anything special and with both teams (technically) heel, it's hard to find someone to cheer for. It also doesn't help that the only Divas I genuinely care about are Paige and the ones from NXT.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Predictions: 5 for 5

We now get a North of England clash as Neville (from Newcastle) takes on King Barrett (from Preston). In a fast paced match, Neville goes for Red Arrow early on but Barrett hit him in the face followed by the winds of change for a 2 count. Later on, Neville goes for Red Arrow again but Barrett rolls out of the ring. Neville instead does a twisting splash on Barrett on the outside. Neville rolls back into the ring but Barrett decides not to, giving Neville the win. Afterwards, Barrett tries to hit Neville with the specter but misses and gets knocked down. Neville then hits the Red Arrow. It was a good match but I don't get Barrett getting the count out loss. I would understand it if he was being kept strong but I think he has lost every match since being crowned King of the Ring. So, what's the point?
Winner: Neville
Predictions: 6 for 6

The main event is for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Seth Rollins faces the challenge of Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Ambrose and Reigns briefly team up to beat up Rollins before Kane and J&J Security come in to stop it. Kane keeps on getting involved, chokeslamming Ambrose before getting taken out by Orton. When Orton tries to clear the announce table, Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins team up and send Orton through the announce table. The crowd goes mental and Rollins tries to get a group fist bump. Unfortunately, Ambrose and Reigns remember that they hate Rollins so they beat him up. Kane tries to help Rollins but he gets powerbombed through the Spanish announce table by Ambrose and Reigns. They then fight it out in the ring before Reigns hits a spear and covers Ambrose, Rollins runs in to stop the count.

In the end, Orton hits RKOs on Mercury and Noble then tries it on Rollins. Kane tries to interfere but he gets a RKO instead. Rollins then hits a Pedigree on Orton to get the win. This was a really enjoyable match and a great way to end the PPV.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 7 for 7 (PREFECT PREDICTIONS!!!)

I thought Battleground was a good event with some good matches. The next PPV is Money in the Bank and I hope they can keep it going.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

WWE Battleground 2015 Preview

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WWE Battleground takes place this Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri.  At the minute, only 5 matches have been announced so how it will fare? Let's take a look.

Roman Reigns will face Bray Wyatt in a match that I'm not really sold on. Whilst Reigns is growing on me as a possible main eventer, I don't really care about Bray's character anymore. Despite that, I fel that Bray will find some way to win here.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

Randy Orton will take on Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus in what could be an interesting match. A tough one to call as WWE won't be that bothered about making Sheamus look strong despite him being a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion (possibly). For that reason, I'm going for Orton to win here.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

The Prime Time Players will defend their Tag Team Championships against The New Day. This has the chance to be an entertaining contest and I think that Young and O'Neill will retain here.
Predicted Winners: Prime Time Players

Kevin Owens will challenge John Cena for the United States Championship. I'm really liking Owens at the minute but I would like him to win the Championship. However, he is facing John Cena so I don't think that will happen.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

The main event will be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Brock Lesnar challenges Seth Rollins. This is undoubtedly Rollins' toughest test and a lot of people think that Lesnar will win here. However, I think that Rollins will find some way to win and possibly face Lesnar again at Summerslam.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rolljns

I know I have been massively behind with my PPV reviews (work and illness I'm afraid) so I'm going to get it all sorted by the end of the month. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 Preview


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WWE Money in the Bank takes place this evening at the Nationwide Arena in Colombus, Ohio. It's the time where we get to crown a WWE World Heavyweight Champion in waiting. So, who will it be? Let's look at the card.

Ryback will defend his Intercontinental Championship against The Big Show. I can't see this being a great match but it's a tough one to call. I can't see Ryback losing the Championship after a few weeks so I'll think he'll win. However, I won't be surprised if he loses.
Predicted Winner: Ryback

The Tag Team Championships are on the line as The Prime Time Players challenge The New Day (Sucks). This should be an interesting contest and it's interesting seeing The New Day as heels. I can see The Prime Time Players winning but I don't think they will.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

Paige will challenge Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship. Nikki has been Champion for over 6 months so I think it's time for a change. I think that Paige will win here.
Predicted Winner: Paige

John Cena will take on NXT Champion Kevin Owens. It was great to see Owens beat Cena clean at Elimination Chamber. However, a rematch was set up almost straight away and I can't see Owens beating Cena twice in a row. I think that Cena will win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

Roman Reigns, Corporate Kane, Neville, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton and Sheamus will take part in the 2015 Money in the Bank match. It should be an entertaining contest but I can only see Reigns winning.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

The main event will be a ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Dean Ambrose challenge Seth Rollins.  I'm really looking forward to this match and I can see both guys winning. In the end, I think that Rollins will win.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

I will endeavour to see the event over the week and my Payback review will be up during the week. Also, check out my podcast for my series celebrating 10 years of the Money in the Bank ladder match.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Dusty Rhodes (1945-2015)




It was reported by WWE that Virgil Riley Runnels Jr, better known as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, had passed away yesterday at the age of 69. According to reports, emergency personnel were called to his home in Orlando, Florida and he passed away in hospital.

Rhodes was trained by Joe Blanchard and started his career in 1974 as a member of the Texas Outlaws along with Dick Murdoch. Over his career, he wrestled for the territories in the NWA; Jim Crockett Promotions, which became WCW; Florida Championship Wrestling; AWA: WWE; ECW: TNA and various independent promotions before retiring from wrestling in 2007. He was also an announcer for WCW in the early years of the Monday Night Wars. He was a 3-time NWA Champion, which was part of over 40 Championships in his career; and he is a member of the WCW, WWE and NWA Halls of Fame.

Rhodes has left behind one of the greatest legacies that a professional wrestler could ever leave. As a booker for WCW, he has been credited for creating many of their Pay-Per-Views and gimmicks as well as "The Dusty Finish", in which a match would end in controversy after the referee is knocked out. Dusty was the manager of Ron Simmons when he defeated Vader to become the first African-American man to win the WCW Championship in 1992. His legacy continues today as his two sons wrestle as Goldust and Stardust in the WWE and he was a trainer at NXT.

I don't have many memories of him as a wrestler as he had just left WWE when I first started watching wrestling. I saw videos of him wrestling with a woman named Sapphire in her corner and his theme tune, which I loved as a kid during this time and I thought he was a great wrestler and I was sorry that I didn't see more of him.

Fans of the current product will remember as the General Manager of NXT and in 2013, being in the corners of his sons as they fought The Shield and The Authority to get their jobs back. He was last seen on WWE TV on the February 12th 2015 edition of RAW.

Tributes from people such as Ric Flair, Seth Rollins, Mean Gene Okerlund, and Triple H have come in; and it has shown the level of reverence and respect that people in the wrestling world held for him. I leave you with 2 videos. The first one is the theme tune that he had while he was in the WWE; and The "Hard Times" promo, which is possibly the best babyface promo of all time.



Dusty is survived by his wife, four children and three grand children. Thanks for the memories Dusty and we will miss you.

Monday, 8 June 2015

WWE Extreme Rules 2015 Review

WWE Extreme Rules took place at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Chicago crowds are one of the best in the country and they tend to have pretty good PPVs. Will this one continue the trend? Let's take a look.

The first match of the PPV was Dean Ambrose facing Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight.Harper suplexed Ambrose onto a chair then sent him head first into another chair set up between the ropes. The action goes outside then backstage. They continue fighting then both get into a SUV and drive off...Wait, what? Apparently, the match is continuing and the crowd are not happy with this and neither am I. This is not the way to start the PPV but we will continue this later on.

The next match is a Kiss Me Arse match between Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus. Early on. Ziggler reversed him getting thrown into the steps into a tornado DDT. which was pretty good. Sheamus beats down on Ziggler back in the ring and goes for the Brogue Kick but he gets rolled up for 2. Ziggler gets Sheamus in an inside cradle and gets the win. Afterwards, Sheamus decides to be a dick and low blows Ziggler. He then smothers his bare arse all over Ziggler. Delightful. The match was pretty good. They are both good workers and even though he looks like a fucking idiot, I am quite enjoying Sheamus' heel run.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 0 for 1

The Tag Team Championships are on the line as The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E with Xavier Woods) challenge Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. Kidd gets worked over by Kofi and Big E before Cesaro gets tagged in. He goes for the giant swing but catapults Kofi instead. Later on, Kidd puts Kofi in a sharpshooter. The end comes when Xavier Woods distracts the referee and Natalya slaps him then he gets a kick to the head by Kidd. Kofi rolls up Cesaro and has a handful of tights to help them get the win and become the new Tag Team Champions. This was a solid match and I look forward how Kidd and Cesaro go as faces.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2

We now return to the Chicago Street Fight as Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper return to the arena. Ambrose gets a shitload of chairs from under the ring and Harper hits a powerbomb. In the end, Ambrose throws Harper off the top rope onto the chairs then does dirty deeds onto the chairs to get the win. It was a decent match but I felt that it didn't need them to go off for over 45 minutes.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Predictions: 0 for 3


Next is a Russian Chain Match for the United States Championship as Rusev challenges John Cena. The rules are that you have to get to all the turnbuckles consecutively while connected to a chain...? Wait, what? Ok, this is really fucking stupid. You can't have Rusev destroying people wrapping chains on their faces then have a match like this. As soon as I heard the rules, I completely lost interest. As I expected, Cena wins. Most of the time, I understand the PG era of the WWE. However, I feel that it does hinder things. This is a prime example of this.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 1 for 4

We now get the Divas Championship match as Naomi challenges  Nikki Bella. Naomi goes for the rear view early on but Nikki held onto the ropes to avoid it. After trading nearfalls, Naomi gets caught up in the ropes and this gives Brie the opportunity to kick her in the head. Nikki then hits the rack attack to get the win. Afterwards, Naomi complains to the referee. It was a decent match but with both the competitors are heels so it was hard to find someone to cheer. It looks like WWE are planning to make the Bellas as faces, which makes no fucking sense. At the minute, there isn't anyone to cheer in the Divas division who hasn't left or is injured. Anyway, we'll see.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 1 for 5

The penultimate match is a Last Man Standing match between Roman Reigns and Big Show. Highlights of the match include: Show punching Reigns as he came off the top rope for a count of 7; Reigns putting Show through a table with a Samoan drop; Reigns hitting 2 Superman punches then getting chokeslammed over the top rope into 2 tables for a 9 count; and Reigns spearing Show through the timekeeper's barricade. In the end, Reigns spears Show through the Spanish announce table. When Show starts to get up, Reigns dumped him under the English announce table. Show couldn't get up is counted to 10, giving Reigns the win. This was a generally good match, although it would have been nice for Reigns to win without resorting to pinning down Show with a table. Hey, at least it wasn't duct tape.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Predictions: 2 for 6

The main event is a steel cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Seth Rollins defends the title against Randy Orton. Rollins early on tries to climb up the cage but Orton pulls him down. J&J Security come down to help out Rollins. They climb up the cage but Orton throws Rollins into the cage, knocking them down. Orton then calls for the RKO but it's banned so he hits a pedigree instead, for a 2 count. Later on, Orton tries to leave through the cage door but Kane bloack it. Rollins goes for a dropkick but he knockes down Kane into the steel steps. When Kane recoers, he comes into the cage, chokeslams Mercury and Noble, then Rollins and Orton. He then drapes Seth's arm over Orton but Orton just kicks out. In the end, Kane tries to tombstone Orton but he gets a RKO instead. Rollins then RKOs Orton and climbs out of the cage to get the win. It was quite an entertaining match but for once, I would like to see a cage match that is not compromised.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 3 for 7

I thought that Extreme Rules was ok and a step down from Wrestlemania. I know that every PPV won't be of a high standard but it would be nice to have a good one after Wrestlemania. Ah well, maybe next year.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

WWE Payback 2015 Preview

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WWE Payback takes place this evening at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore? Payback is a generally decent PPV so how will the WWE look afterwards? Let's look at the card.

Dolph Ziggler will once again face Sheamus. Except for the end, they had a good match at Extreme Rules. Hopefully they will have another one. I'm going for Sheamus to win here.
Predicted Winner: Sheamus

King Barrett will face his English compatriot Adrian Neville in what could be a good match. This is another one to call but I think that Neville will win here.
Predicted Winner: Neville

The New Day will defend their Tag Team Championships in a 2 out of 3 falls match against Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. I'm quite looking forward to this match and I'm going for The New Day to retain here.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

John Cena will take on Rusev in a "I Quit" match for the United States Championship. Yeah, this is a pointless match to me. We all know that Cena doesn't give up and Rusev losing and saying "I Quit" could ruin his monster run. I think it's obvious but Cena to win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

Ryback will face Bray Wyatt in a match that I'm struggling to care about. I don't care you will win here but I think that Wyatt will win here.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

Naomi and Tamina will take on The Bella Twins in a tag team match. I don't really care about this match as well. Er...I'll go for the Bellas to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Bella Twins

The WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line as Seth Rollins will face Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton. If Rollins loses, Corporate Kane will lose his job as Director of Operations. It looks like Rollins is fucked here as he is despised by his opponents. However, Rollins will probably find some way out of it and win the match.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

My apologies for not publishing the Extreme Rules review yet. I'll put it up during the week and aim to put up the review for Payback by the end of the month. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

WWE Extreme Rules 2015 Preview

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It's that time of year where WWE goes extreme (again!) as WWE Extreme Rules takes place this evening at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. How will the first PPV since Wrestlemania fare?

The match in the Pre Show is for the Tag Team Championship as The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) challenge Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. I am loving Kidd and Cesaro and I can't see the New Day winning here.
Predicted Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

Dean Ambrose will face Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight. This is a tough one to call as I can see either one winning. I might be taking a bit of a risk here but I'm going for Luke Harper to win here.
Predicted Winner: Luke Harper

Roman Reigns will take on Big Show in a Last Man Standing match. I think that they still want to build up Roman, so I think he will win here.
PPredicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus will face each other in a "Kiss My Arse" match (fuck's sake). This has the ability to be the match of the night and I can see Ziggler winning. However, I don't think he will so Sheamus to win here.
Predicted Winner: Sheamus

Naomi will face Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship. This could be a decent match but it's between two heels and I feel that the crowd will give it even less of a chance than usual. I'm taking another risk and going for Naomi to win here.
Predicted Winner: Naomi

 John Cena will give Rusev his rematch for the United States Championship in a Russian Chain Match. I would love Rusev to regain the Championship but he's facing John Cena for fuck's sake. Cena to win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

The main event will be a steel cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Randy Orton challenges Seth Rollins. Corporate Kane will be the gatekeeper and the RKO is banned. Ignoring the fact that a steel cage match is no disqualification so Orton can use his RKO anyway; this should be a good match. I can see the tension between Rollins and Kane come into play as well. I feel that Rollins has to win here. He is the number one heel in the company right now and if you give the Championship to a well established star, it might derail him.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

I'm going to try to watch this over the next couple of days and put the review up during thee week. Until then, hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 17 April 2015

WWE Wrestlemania 31 Review

WWE Wrestlemania 31 took place on Sunday 28th March at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco. Who will get to have their Wrestlemania moment? Let's take a look

The first match on the Pre Show is a fatal 4 way match for the Tag Team Championship. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro face the challenge of The Usos, Los Matadores and Kofi Kingston and Big E from The New Day. Highlights of the match include Cesaro being a dick and throwing Jey Uso into the barrier; Cesaro and Kidd doing the giant swing into a dropkick on Kofi, and a superplex involving all the competitors. In the end, Jimmy Uso hits a frogsplash on Big E but doesn't notice Cesaro tagging him. Cesaro throws him out and pins Big E to get the win. This match was so much fun to watch and I'm really liking Kidd and Cesaro as Champions.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Predictions: 1 for 1

The second match on the Pre Show was the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The competitors were: Curtis Axel, Adam Rose, Big Show, Fandango, Alex Riley, Zack Ryder, Bo Dallas, Hideo Itami, Diego, Fernando, Sin Cara Version 2, Tyson Kidd, Mark Henry, Konnor, Viktor, Darren Young, Heath Slater, Titus O'Neill, Jack Swagger, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Erick Rowan, Goldust, Corporate Kane, Jimmy Uso, Cesaro, Ryback, Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow. At the beginning, Curtis Axel gets eliminated straight away by all the wrestlers. Other notable eliminations include: Itami getting eliminated thanks to a KO punch by Show; Ryback eliminating O'Neill with a German suplex; and Big Show eliminating all of The New Day. The final five were Cesaro, Mizdow, Miz, Big Show and Ryback. Cesaro tries to eliminate Show but it's reversed and he gets eliminated instead. Show then eliminates Ryback. Miz tries to get Mizdow to team up on Show but Mizdow refuses and eliminates Miz. Mizdow takes it to Show but it's all in vain as he gets eliminated and the Big Show wins. I really enjoyed the match but I feel that it should have been on the main card.
Winners: Big Show
Predictions: 1 for 2

The first match on the actual show was a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. Bad News Barrett faced the challenges of Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, Luke Harper and R-Truth. In the beginning, you get everyone doing variations of a suicide dive on each other. Highlights of the match include: Bryan hanging Harper off the ladder and hitting him with kicks; Stardust bringing out a gold dust covered ladder; R-Truth hitting a scissor kick sending Harper's head onto a ladder; Harper powerbombing Ambrose through a ladder; and Barrett hitting Ziggler, Stardust and R-Truth with bullhammers. In the end, Bryan and Ziggler are on top of a ladder exchanging headbutts. Ziggler falls out and Bryan gets the belt and wins. I generally like ladder matches and this one didn't disappoint. A great way to start Wrestlemania.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Predictions: 1 for 3

Next was Randy Orton taking on Mr Money in the Bank Seth Rollins with J&J Security. Orton goes for an early RKO but Rollins rolls away. Later on, Orton hits a double hanging DDT on J&J Security on the floor but this gives Rollins the opportunity to hit a suicide dive. The match goes back and forth with Orton countering a curb stomp into a powerslam and Rollins hitting a springboard moonsault to the outside. Rollins manages to kick out of a RKO then hits a curb stomp for 2. In the end, Rollins goes for another curb stomp but it's countered into the possibly the best RKO ever for Orton to get the win. I really enjoyed this match and it had a great ending.
Winner: Randy Orton
Predictions: 2 for 4

Now a match that I'm looking forward to: Sting taking on Triple H. A quick word about the entrances. Sting comes out to a traditional Japanese band. Triple H on the ther hand, fuck me. He comes out with Terminators, shamelessly plugging the upcoming film. Terminator Genisys.it was cool but it seemed to be too over the top.

Quite early on, we get to see a basic technical match, which was nice to see. Sting misses a Stinger splash to give Triple H the advantage. Sting gets back into it and applies a very poor Scorpion deathlock. Suddenly, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and X-Pac from D-Generation X run down. Sting deals with them but he gets with a Pedigree for 2. Triple H gets a sledgehammer then suddenly, the nWo turn up to help Sting, which was weird considering the wars they had with him. Sting hits a Scorpion death drop for 2 then applies another Scorpion deathlock. Suddenly (I seem to writing that word a lot) Shawn Michaels hits the Sweet Chin Music on Sting to break it up. Triple H gets the sledgehammer and Scott Hall gives Sting a baseball bat. Sting manages to break the sledgehammer handle in half then hits a Stinger splash. However, when he goes for another one, Triple H hits him with the sledgehammer and pins him to get the win. Afterwards, the shake hands.

This was quite a fun match. I thought it would degenerate into a clusterfuck when DX and the nWo made their way down. However, it seemed to work. Even though Triple H is my favourite wrestler, I feel that Sting should have won this match. I suppose that even though WWE bought out WCW over 14 years ago, they still want to rub in the fact that they won the Monday Night Wars, and that's a shame; and maybe a bit sad.
Winner: Triple H
Predictions: 2 for 5

After a mini concert involving Skylar Grey and Kid Ink, we get AJ Lee and Paige taking on The Bella Twins. Nikki gets the advantage early on with an Alabama Slam to Paige after she knocks AJ off the apron. The Bellas keep beating on Paige while keeping AJ down. Nikki almost wins with a Rack Attack for 2. AJ eventually recovers and gets tagged in. After some back and forth, AJ manages to apply the Black Widow on Nikki, and she taps out giving AJ and Page the win. I thought it was quite a good match and it was nice to see the Bellas continue to improve. Since then< AJ Lee has retired from in-ring competiton. It's a shame really because she has been a breath of fresh air in the Divas Division. She will be sorely missed.
Winners: AJ Lee and Paige
Predictions: 3 for 6

 After we get to see the Hall of Fame Class of 2015, we get the United States Championship with John Cena challenging Rusev. Rusev's entrance was amazing. Lana comes out with a Russian honour guard to the Russian national anthem. Rusev then comes out on top of a fucking tank. Cena's entrance was about how great the USA is. It was fine but it wasn't as good as arriving on a fucking tank.Rusev show his impressive strength early on and takes his time to gloat holding the Russian flag. Cena gets back into it with a top rope legdrop to the back of Rusev;s head for 2. Later on, Cena applies the STF but Rusev gets to the ropes. Rusev then does a flying headbutt for 2 and then applies the Accolade for seems like decades. Cena manages to stand up and send Rusev into the turnbuckle to get out of it. Cena then goes for the STF and Lana goes to distract the ref. Cena goes towards her and Rusev attacks him from behind. However, he hits Lana instead and Cena hits the AA to get the win. Afterwards, Rusev screams at Lana. This was another good match, although it is weird seeing Cena as the United States Champion.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 7

After a segment involving Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, The Rock and Ronda Rousey, we get Undertaker taking on Bray Wyatt. Undertaker his classic moves early on such as Old School and Snake Eyes. Wyatt gets to wear down Undertaker, despite being briefly put in the Hell's Gate. Wyatt goes for the Sister Abigail but it's reversed into a chokeslam then a tombstone for 2. Undertaker goes for another tombstone but Wyatt reverses it into a Sister Abigail for 2. There was a cool bit when Wyatt does his crab walk and Undertaker responds with his sit up, shocking Wyatt. In the end, Wyatt goes for another Sister Abigail. However, Undertaker gets out of it and hits a 2nd tombstone to get the win. It was a good match and it was good to see Undertaker wrestle again.
Winner: Undertaker
Predictions: 5 for 8

The main event was for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with the Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns challenge Brock Lesnar. In the 1st minute of the match, Lesnar hits a German suplex and a F5. Lesnar then takes Reigns to Suplex City as he hits a back suplex, 6 German suplexes, a snap suplex sending Reigns out of the ring, and a brutal overhead belly-to-belly suplex sending Reigns back into the ring. Lesnar then hits a second F5 for 2. Lesnar then sends Reigns to Bitch Slap City with continual slaps followed by 3 German suplexes and a 3rd F5. Reigns surprisingly kicks out at 2.5, pissing Lesnar off. He sends Reigns to the outside and tries to push him into the ring post. However, Reigns reverses it, busting Lesnar open. Reigns then throws everything at Lesnar with 3 Superman punches and 2 spears, but it only gets 2. Reigns goes for another Superman punch but Lesnar manages to hit a fourth F5, sending both men down.

Suddenly, Seth Rollins, inspired by Edge's manual "How to be the Ultimate Opportunist", runs down and cashes in his MITB briefcase. This now makes it a triple threat match. He pushes Reigns out of the ring and curb stomps Lesnar. Rollins goes for another one but Lesnar picks him up for a F5. Reigns slides in and spears Lesnar and this gives Rollins the chance to curb stomp Reigns and pin him, becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

I really enjoyed this match. I still don't think that Reigns is ready to be a World Champion but he did well here. Rollins cashing in was a master stroke by the WWE and very few people expected that. As for Lesnar, he tried to have a rematch with Rollins the next day. However, Rollins flees and Lesnar decides to destroy everyone, including F5-ing Michael Cole, earning him a suspension. I look forward to hopefully a long Championship reign by Rollins.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: N/A

I quite enjoyed Wrestlemania. I enjoyed the matches and it was entertaining. The only is that I wish there were more matches. Wrestlemania is a four hour show and it should have more than 7 matches on the card. It seemed weird that it had less matches that what they would normally have for a 3 hour PPV. Anyway, despite that, it was enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

WWE Wrestlemania 31 Preview

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The showcase of the immortals, Wrestlemania 31, takes place this Sunday at the Levi's Stadium in San Francisco, California. Some of the card looks pretty good; the rest not so much. Let's take a look.

 We get two matches on the Pre Show. The first in a fatal 4-way match for the Tag Team Championships. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro will defend their titles against The Usos, The New Day and Los Matadores. This is a tough one to call but I think Kidd and Cesaro will win here.
Predicted Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

The other match on the Pre Show is the second Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The announced participants are Hollywood Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Titus O'Neil, Darren Young, Big Show, Corporate Kane, Erick Rowan, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara Version 2, Goldust, Heath Slater, Mark Henry, Konnor, Viktor and Hideo Itami from NXT. There are so many to choose from but I have a feeling that Damien Mizdow will win this one.
Predicted Winner: Damien Mizdow

AJ Lee and Paige will face The Bella Twins in a Divas tag team match. This has the ability to be  good match if they're given a chance. I'm going for AJ Lee and Paige to win here.
Predicted Winners: AJ Lee and Paige

The Intercontinental Championship will be defended in a ladder match with Bad News Barrett facing the challenges of R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper and Stardust. I'm quite looking forward to this match and anyone could win it (except for R-Truth). I'm going for Dean Ambrose to win here.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

Randy Orton will take on Seth Rollins in what could be a good match. I think that, despite the inevitable intervention of Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble, Randy Orton will get the win.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

The United States Championship will be on the line as John Cena (yes, you read that right) challenges Rusev. I would love Rusev to win here but he's facing John Cena for fucks sake. I'll be an idiot if I think that Cena won't win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

The Undertaker makes his return to face Bray Wyatt. It does seem so weird that this isn't a Streak match but I think that this could be a good match. I'm going for Undertaker to win here.
Predicted Winner: The Undertaker

We get to see history made as Sting has his first WWE match against Triple H. This is the match that I'm most looking forward to and I feel that it will be a good match. Sting will definitely win this, otherwise what was the point?
Predicted Winner: Sting

This is match that I'm not really looking forward to: Roman Reigns challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I'm with the majority of fans who feel that Roman Reigns is not ready for this position. WWE has tried to force it down our throats but for me, it's not working. Despite that, I think that Reigns will win here. However, I will be the happiest man in the world if Seth Rollins cashes it in afterwards or the following day.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I won't get to see all of it live but I'm going to publish within the next two weeks. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.