Friday, 15 July 2016

The Cruiserweight Classic Episode 1

The first ever episode of the Cruiserweight Classic was shown on the WWE Network on Wednesday night and this was an event that I was really looking forward to seeing. I watch very little wrestling outside the WWE so it was a chance to see some of the best wrestlers in the world outside the WWE face off. Plus a chance to see returning stars such as Tajiri and The Brian Kendrick. Let's dive into the first episode.

Ajeandro Saez (Chile) vs Gran Metalik (Mexico)
Some impressive moves by both guys such as Metalik doing a springboard into a suicide dive and Saez hitting a shooting star press from the apron to the outside. In the end, Metalik hit an awesome  fireman's carry into a fisherman's driver to get the win. Good performances by both guys and Metalik advances to the next round.

Hoho Lun (Hong Kong) vs Ariya Daivari (Iran)
Daivari was dominant for most of the match but Lun got back into and hit a German suplex into a bridge to get the win. Not as entertaining as the first match but it was good. On a side note, I found it weird that commentator Daniel Bryan was going on about jet lag for Lun. I don't think that Lun stepped off a plane straight into a match but Bryan wouldn't shut up about it.

Clement Petiot (France) vs Cedric Alexander (USA)
 Like the last match, Petiot was dominant for most of the match almost taking off Alexander's head with a brutal discus clothesline. However, Alexander hit a back suplex into a backstabber out of nowhere to get the win. A bit of an abrupt ending but another good match.

Kota Ibushi (Japan) vs Sean Maluta (American Samoa)
This was a match that I was looking forward to seeing. I had heard a lot about Ibushi but this is the first time that I wll see him wrestle. As for Maluta, I had never seen a Samoan cruiserweight before so this should be an interesting match up. I felt sorry for Maluta at one point as he hit a codebreaker from the middle rope then almost botches a somerault into a suicide dive. Later on, Ibushi hit a pelee kick, sending Maluta off the top rope followed by a dragon moonsault. Ibushi goes to get the win after a last ride sit down powerbomb. Definitely the match of the night and it goes to show why a lot of people are considering Ibushi to be the favourite.

An entertaining first show to kick off the Cruiserweight Classic and next week, we get to see the return of Tajiri so it's looking like it will be a great tournament.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

WWE Money in the Bank 2016 Review

The first on the Kick Off Show was the team of The Golden Truth taking on Breezango. Due to the fact Goldust and R-Truth messing with a tanning bed, Fandango and Tyler Breeze have very sore and peeling skin. Remind me again, how are The Golden Truth faces? Anyway, Golden Truth use Breezango's injuries to their advantage, ending up with Goldust hitting the Final Cut on Fandango to get the win. This match was more of a comedy match but I didn't find it funny.
Winners: Breezango (0 for 1)

The second match on the Kick Off Show was The Lucha Dragons facing The Dudley Boyz. The Dragns get the win after Kalisto hits the Salida del Sol on Bubba Ray followed by a Dragon Bomb by Sin Cara 2.0. It was a decent match between the two. Not sure if I want a rematch tho.
Winners: The Lucha Dragons (0 for 2)

The first match of the show was a fatal 4 way match for the WEE Tag Team Championships with Enzo and Cass, The Vaudevillians and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson challenging The New Day. Enzo and Cass thought they won it after hitting the Booms in Kofi but Gallows stopped the count. Later on, The Vaudevillians hit the whirling dervlish on Kofi but Anderson breaks up the pin. In the end, Gallows and Anderson hit the magic killer on English but Big E stopped the pin. Big Cass sends Gallows out of the ring and Kofi and Big E hit a double team move on Anderson. Jodi then pins English to get the win. I really enjoyed the match. However, this was the wed tag team match in a row so I would have liked a bit more variety at the beginning.
Winners: The New Day (0 for 3)

Next was another match between Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler. Corbin gets the win after stopping Ziggler do a top rope move then hitting end of days. I found it hard hard to get into the match probably because it was at a slow pace and I didn't really care to begin with. Anyway, it was nice to see Corbin get the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin (0 for 4)

We now get another tag team match with Charlotte and Dana Brooke taking on Natalya and Becky Lynch. Charlotte gets out into the sharpshooter by Natalya but Brooke stops it. Becky grabs Brooke and she throws Becky into Natalya. Charlotte then hits natural selection on Natalya to get the win. Afterwards Natalya beats down Becky. I thought it was a good match but a bit short. As for Brooke,this was the first time that I saw her wrestle as she was injured when I started watching NXT regularly. She wasn't bad but I feel that she was called up too early.
Winners: Charlotte and Dana Brooke (1 for 5)

Next was Sheamus facing Apollo Crews. Apollo gets the win after getting hit by a white noise from the second rope and kicking out at 2. Sheamus bitches to the referee and Apollo puts him in a crucifix pin to get the win. A decent match that was longer than than I thought it would be. As for Crews, I thought he did well in his first PPV match. I do feel that he doesn't have much of a character but I think that WWE are using his natural talent to get him over. I think that it's working but it can only go so far.
Winner: Apollo Crews (2 for 6)

Now a match that I'm really looking forward to: AJ Styles versus John Cena. Styles has the advantage for the early part of the match, using his speed and managing to counter whether Cena would throw at him. Cena has the chance to capitalise when he avoids a suicide dive and gets to apply the STF. Later on, Styles gets out of the AA to apply the calf crusher but Cena gets to the ropes. Both guys hit their finishing moves but the other kicks out. After a shitty ref bump, Cena hits the AA but there's no ref. Gallows and Anderson then pay a visit and hit Cena with the magic killer. They then put Styles over Cena and he wins. I really enjoyed the match and it would have been nice if Styles had won clean. However, that rarely happens with Cena and it makes sense to do it to bed in Styles' heel turn.

Winner: AJ Styles (3 for 7)

Next is probably the most open Money in the Bank ladder match ever with Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn taking part. Highlights of the match include: Zayn hitting an over the top suicide dive; Cesaro doing numerous European uppercuts to Del Rio, Jericho and Ambrose before Owens hits him with a superkick followed by throwing him head first into a ladder; Del Rio pulling Owens off the ladder into a backstabber;  Ceasro doing a giant swing on Jericho then swinging him into a ladder; and Zayn hitting Owens with a Michinoku driver onto a ladder. In the end, a ladder bridge is created and Owens powerbombs Zayn onto it then climbs the ladder. Ambrose stops him and gets him off the ladder then grabs the briefcase to win the match. This was a really enjoyable match and even though I predicted Owens to win, I was happy with Ambrose winning. I thought he might be one of those guys who everyone but the WWE would love to see as Champion. At the minute, it looks like I was wrong.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (3 for 8)

Next is Titus O'Neil challenging Rusev for the United States Championship. As expected, despite a brief flurry by Titus, Rusev gets the win after applying the Accolade. Afterwards, Rusev, because he's a dick, then mocked Titus in front of his children at ringside. The match was ok but nothing special. 
Winner: Rusev (4 for 9)

The main event is for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Seth Rollins challenges Roman Reigns. In the early stages, Reigns displays some heelish behaviour, which is unusual considering he's technically the face. Reigns hits a beautiful crucifix into a sit down powerbomb but Rollins gets back into it after avoiding a Superman punch and sending Reigns into the turnbuckle. Rollins goes on to hit moves like a frogsplash, a turnbuckle powerbomb and an awesome move when did a superplex straight into a falcon arrow. In the end, Rollins almost wins it after countering a spear into a pedigree. He then hits another pedigree to get the win. I enjoyed this match and Reigns had another good match. I was surprised that Rollins won but I'm glad he did.
Winner: Seth Rollins (4 for 10)

 Rollins' celebrations turn out to be short lived as Dean Ambrose's music hit. Rollins expects him to come down the aisle but he comes in from behind and hits Rollins with the briefcase. Ambrose then cashes in, hits dirty deeds on Rollins and becomes the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I really enjoyed this cash in and it's nice to see Ambrose with the belt. Hopefully he will have a good run with it.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (N/A)

I thought that Money in the Bank was a bit of a mixed bag. There were some really good matches with some great moments, such as the cash in. However, there were some matches that did nothing for me and hopefully we will see less of them in the next event.



Sunday, 19 June 2016

WWE Money in the Bank 2016 Preview

WWE Money in the Bank takes place this evening in Las Vegas. With 3 potentially really good matches on the card; plus the most open Money in the Bank match in years, will it live up to the billing. Let’s take a look.

We have 2 matches on the Kick Off Show. The first will be The Lucha Dragons take on The Dudley Boyz. It's a tough one to call but I’m going for the Dudleys to win here.
Predicted Winner: The Dudley Boyz

The second match is also a tag team match with The Golden Truth taking on Breezdango. I can see this being a uneventful match but I’m going for Breezdango to win here.
Predicted Winner: Breezdango

Baron Corbin once again faces Dolph Ziggler in a match that I dont give a fuck about anymore. Due to Ziggler’s total dick move on RAW a couple of weeks ago, I really want him to lose but he probably won't.
Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Apollo Crews will face Sheamus in what could be a good match. I feel that Apollo win here.
Predicted Winner: Apollo Crews

The United States Championship is on the line as Titus O’Neill challenges Rusev. There is no way that Titus will win so Rusev to win.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

The Women will have a tag team match as Charlotte and Dana Brooke face Natalya and Becky Lynch. A tough one to call but I think that Charlotte and Dana will win.
Predicted Winners: Charlotte and Dana Brooke

One of the matches that I’m really looking forward to is the Tag Team Championship match as The New Day face the challenges of The Vaudevillians, Enzo and Cass and The Club. I can see anyone of these teams winning. I’m taking a risk here and going for The Club to win.
Predicted Winners: The Club

Now one match that I'm really looking forward to: AJ Styles against John Cena. I know it’s Cena’s first PPV match since his return but I expect Styles (with some help from Gallows and Anderson) to get the win. Of course, I won’t be surprised if Cena wins.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

This year's Money in the Bank match is probably the most open one ever. You have Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Except for Del Rio, anyone of them could win this. I would love Jericho to win, especially as he invented the match . However, I’m going for Owens to be Mr Money in the Bank.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

The WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be defended as Roman Reigns faces the challenge of Seth Rollins. This will hopefully be a good match. Whilst I would love Rollins to win, I think that Reigns will retain.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

I’m in Dublin at the minute so I will watch it when I get back. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Friday, 17 June 2016

WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Review

The night where WWE goes Extreme, Extreme Rules took place on Sunday 22nd May at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Will Styles become Champion and will he need the help of his friends to do it? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was between Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in a no disqualification match. In a short one, Corbin gets the win after a low blow followed by an End of Days. Not a bad match but it seemed that it was only no disqualification just so they could have the ending.
Winner: Baron Corbin

Extreme Rules starts with The Usos taking on the team of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a tornado tag team match, in which all the wrestlers are in the ring at the same time. In a very fast paced match, the end comes when Gallows tries to hit Jimmy with the ringbell but he gets hit with a superkick. Jimmy goes for a splash but he misses and hits the bell. Gallows and Anderson then hit the magic killer to get the win. I thought that it was an enjoyable match to watch and I look forward to seeing more of Gallows and Anderson.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Next is Rusev challenging Kalisto for the United States Championship. Kalisto tries to use his  quickness to keep Rusev on his toes. However, soon after Rusev starts to completely destroy Kalisto. In the end, Rusev chucks Kalisto off the turnbuckle onto the apron. A doctor tries to check on him but Rusev goes "fuck that"  and folds him in half applying the accolade. to get the win. It felt like a bit of a squash match and whilst I predicted that Kalsito would win, I'm glad that Rusev is the new Champion.
Winner:Rusev

The Tag Team Championship was next was The Vaudevillians challenge The New Day. The Vaudevillians had a chance to win it when they hit the whirling dervish nut Woods kicks out. In the end, Big E spears English off the apron. Gotch then got hit with the trouble in paradise by Kofi followed by a shining wizard by Woods to get the win. A good match tho I thought it was a bit short.
Winners: The New Day

The next match is one that I'm really  looking  forward to: Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Kevin Owens challenging Hollywood Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. The match starts with Zayn immediately hitting Owens with a helluva kick followed by Cesaro hitting Miz with an European uppercut, leaving the two of them to have a mini match. Other highlights of the match include: Cesaro, Zayn and Miz hitting a belly-to-back t-bone suplex combo; Cesaro hitting numerous European uppercuts; and a great bit where Zayn hits Owens with a German suplex then is immediately brutally murdered with an European uppercut by Cesaro. Miz then almost wins the match when he hits Cesaro with the skull crushing finale. The end comes when Zayn hits Cesaro with the helluva kick but Owens stops the pin by pulling him out of the ring. Zayn starts beating the fuck out of Owens while Miz manages to crawl over and pin Cesaro to get the win. This is an amazing match to watch with so many great spots. I was quite surprised that Miz but I'm happy with it and it helped to create a brilliant ending. A definite match of the year candidate.
Winner: The Miz

Next is an asylum match between Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose. It is a cage match (but you can't leave the cage) with various weapons hanging above it, including a fire extinguisher and a potted plant(?) Dean Ambrose wins after spinebusting Jericho onto a pile of thumb tacks followed by hitting dirty deeds. To be honest, the match wasn't that special and it was a big disappointment considering who was involved.
Winner: Dean Ambrose

Next was a submission match for the Women's Championship with Natalya challenging Charlotte. They both do other submission moves such as a surfboard and a half Boston crab. Natalya gets Charlotte in the sharpshooter when Ric Flair's music plays. Due to the stipulation that Charlotte will lose the title if he comes to ringside, Natalya stops the hold, thinking she's won. However, it's actually Dana Brooke from NXT. Charlotte takes advantage of the distraction to attack Natalya and make her tap to the figure eight to get the win. Even though I thought it was a bit short, it was quite a good match and it's nice to see Dana Brooke make her debut in the main roster.
Winner: Charlotte

The main event is an Extreme Rules Match with AJ Styles challenging Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Styles gets hit with some brutal moves. He gets back body dropped through the announce table then he receives a Razor's Edge into a sit down powerbomb. Later on, he gets powerbombed through the Spanish announce table. As expected, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson come out followed by The Usos to degenerate the match into a clusterfuck. In the end, Styles beats the fuck out of Reigns and The Usos then goes for the phenomenal forearm. However, Reigns counters with a spear to get the win. Afterwards, Seth Rollins returns and gives Reigns a pedigree.

I enjoyed this match. However, I felt that The Usos were helping Reigns a bit too much such as attacking Styles and stopping a pin. If you want Reigns to go over, you can't have them do things like that. As for Rollins, I'm so happy he's back. Slightly disappointed he came back as a heel as I thought he would be a great babyface. However, WWE can't afford to do that while they're forcing Reigns down our throat so I understand thier decision.
Winner: Roman Reigns

I quite enjoyed Extreme Rules with, the expection of some issues from the main event, some good matches. Next is Money in the Bank, which one of my favourite events of the year, and it will be interesting where WWE plan to take the New Era at this juncture.

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.