Saturday, 28 March 2015

WWE Fastlane 2014 Review

The inaugural WWE Fastlane took place on Sunday 22nd February at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Will the final Pay Per View before Wrestlemania set up things or keep the current status quo? Let's take a look.

The first match was a six man tag match between Big Show, Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins from The Authority and the team of Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback. The Authority get to work on Rowan after he crashes knee first into the ringpost. Rowan does manage to tag in Ryback and they do get back into it. However, it was all in vain as Big Show hits the KO punch on Ziggler behind the ref;s back when he was trying to hit a fameasser on Rollins. Kane then pins Ziggler to get the win. Afterwards, the Authority continue their beatdown on their opponents when Randy Orton makes his return. He RKOs Jamie Noble, Johnny Mercury and Kane. Rollins and Show flee. It was an ok match but it seemed to be used more for Randy Orton's return.
Winners: Big Show, Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins

The next match is something I would have preferred to have seen at Wrestlemania: Goldust taking on his brother Stardust. They both teased doing Tombstones then Goldust goes for the Director's Cut but Stardust avoids it and rolls out of the ring. The end comes when Stardust teases doing his finisher and Goldust suddenly rolls him up to get the pin. It was a decent match and I was quite surprised at the ending but Goldust said to his father Dusty Rhodes that he didn't want to hurt his brother, so it kinda makes sense. It looks like they will continue this feud. Slight problem tho: they're not facing each other at fucking Wrestlemania!!
Winner: Goldust

Next we get the Tag Team Championship match as the team of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro challenge The Usos. There was a cool spot when Cesaro does a giant swing on Jimmy followed by a half Boston crab. Kidd manages to apply the sharpshooter on Jimmy but Jey breaks it up. Jey and Cesaro brawl and end up outside the ring. Kidd then hits a fisherman suplex/neckbreaker on Jimmy to get the win and win the Championships. I quite enjoyed this match and I'm getting into Kidd and Cesaro being a team. I still think that Cesaro should be pushed towards the top but it's nice to see Kidd get some TV time as I feel he is underrated.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

We now get a segment between Triple H and Sting. I'm not going to get into they said but it ended up with Triple H facing Sting at Wrestlemania. This is a match that I'm really looking forward to seeing. Triple H is my favourite wrestler and Sting will be wrestling a WWE match, something I don't think anyone thought they would ever see.

We now get the Divas Championship match as Paige challenges Nikki Bella. Nikki gets the advantge early on and, after sustaining a comeback by Paige, hits a running powerbomb for 2. Paige goes for the PTO but fails and Nikki sends her head first into the bottom turnbuckle. Nikki then rolls her up for the win. A short match, which is standard for Divas matches, but I wasn't a fan of the ending.
Winner: Nikki Bella

In the Intercontinental Championship match, Dean Ambrose  challenges Bad News Barrett. There was a nice spot where Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds but Barrett gets out of it, goes "fuck this" and tries to leave. However, Ambrose hits him with a sweet suicide dive. Ambrose then constantly stomps Barrett in the corner, despite the referee telling him to stop. The referee then calls for the bell and Ambrose is disqualified. Afterwards, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds then took the title and left. It was getting to be a good match then ruined it with the ending. At least they will face each other at Wrestlemania (well, kind of)
Winner: Bad News Barrett

After a great segment with Bray Wyatt calling out The Undertaker for Wrestlemania, we get John Cena challenging Rusev for the United States Championship. It seems weird Cena being in a US Title match but anyway. Some nice spots include a tornado DDT by Cena then the STF and Rusev got out of it and hit an Alabama slam. They spend the match trying to make each other submit, which seemed a bit unusual. The end comes when Lana decides to do something she has never done before: interfere in a Rusev match. She slides in with the title belt and when the referee is dealing with it, Rusev hits a low blow then applies the accolade. Cena fades and passes out, giving Rusev the win. Afterwards, Rusev and Lana stand over a fallen Cena with the Russian flag hanging above them. It was a good match and I was expecting to see Rusev win thanks to dubious circumstances. However, Rusev does get a clean(ish) win over Cena, which is refreshing to see.
Winner: Rusev

The main event is between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. The winner will face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. We get an interesting match as Bryan is out wrestling Reigns but Reigns is out powering him. Reigns goes for the Superman punch but Bryan hits him in the gut, winding him. This gives Bryan the advantage as he hits two suicide dives but when he goes for a third, Reigns grabs him and does a belly to belly suplex onto the floor. There was a good spot when Reigns goes for a spear but Bryan hits an inside cradle for 2 then hits the running knee for 2. Bryan does the LeBell Yes No Lock twice but Reigns powers out of it.   Bryan goes for another running knee but he gets hit with a spear and Reigns gets the victory. Afterwards, Bryan shakes Reigns' hand and says that he had better kick Lesnar's ass.

This was a good match and definitely the match of the night. However, I wanted Bryan to win. I feel that Reigns is nowhere near ready to be in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. I feel that you can get a better story with Bryan and have it be a classic David vs Goliath situation. You can maybe get the Authority involved as well although they are more focused on Sting at the minute.
Winner: Roman Reigns

Fastlane wasn't that great. It seemed to be a transitional event and, except for the Tag Team Championship, nothing really changed. I hoped that Wrestlemania would rectify that but based on the card, I'm not so sure.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Review

The first Pay-Per-View of 2015, the Royal Rumble, took place on Sunday 25th January at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. We will get to see who will main event Wrestlemania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Will they be able to defend Brock Lesnar? Let's review.

The Kick Off match was between Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston from The New Day versus Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. A great highlight was Cesaro doing the giant swing on Kingston, which ended with a dropkick by Kidd. In the end, Kingston gets hit with an European uppercut by Cesaro followed by a swinging fisherman's neck breaker to get the win. It was quite a good match and the crowd was really into it.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Predictions: 0 for 1

The first match was between The New Age Outlaws and The Ascension. The Outlaws put up a decent fight and tried to win it by Gunn going for a fameasser on Viktor. However, he missed and Ascension hit the Fall of Man to get the win. The match wasn't anything special as it seemed to just be used to put The Ascension over.
Winners: The Ascension
Predictions: 1 for 2

We now get another tag team match as Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow challenge The Usos for the Tag Team Championships. As usual, the crowd was cheering on Mizdow, who spent most of the match on the apron. Miz did a great job of teasing the tag to Mizdow but refusing. Later on, Mizdow broke up a pin but looked like he wasn't suppose to do that. Mizdow then hit the skull crushing finale and positioned Miz for the pin. However, that plan only creates a 2 count. In the end, Jimmy hits a Superfly splash on Miz to get the win. The match was pretty good but it's more memorable for Mizdow's actions, which were the best parts of the match.
Winners: The Usos
Predictions: 2 for 3

Next is the Divas tag team match with The Bella Twins take on Natalya and Paige. The Bellas work over Natalya before she cuts off Nikki. Natalya tries to tag out but Brie pulls Paige off the apron. Nikki then hits Natalya in the throat to get the pin. The match was a bit too short and I feel that it didn't play to their strengths.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Predictions: 3 for 4

We now get a triple threat match with John Cena and Seth Rollins challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar continues his fetish for German suplexes by hitting Rollins and Cena. Noble and Mercury try to help Rollins but they're easily dispatched. Cena hits Lensar with 3 consecutive AA's but Rollins breaks up the pin. Rollins later on, hits an elbow sending Cena and Lesnar through the Spanish announce table. The end comes when Rollins hits Lesnar twice with the MITB briefcase then tries the curb stomp. However, he misses and Lesnar hits the F5 to get the win. I really enjoyed this match and I wouldn't mind seeing a singles match between Lesnar and Rollins
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Predictions: 4 for 5

We now get the Royal Rumble match. Miz comes in at number 1 and R-Truth comes in at number 2. We get our first surprise entrant as Bubba Ray Dudley came in at number 3 followed by the Boogeyman at number 7. Our third surprise entrant was Diamond Dallas Page at number 13. During the match, the crowd were not happy with some of the eliminations. Daniel Bryan, my pick for the Rumble, came in at number 10 and got eliminated by Bray Wyatt. This generated a chorus of boos from the crowd. Kofi Kingston, who came in at number 17, had a pretty cool annual elimination avoidance spot. Rusev threw him over the rope into the Rosebuds. They carried him around the ring then put him on the apron. Rusev then eliminates him. There was a nice bit later on, when Mizdow comes in at number 21. Miz comes in and demands that he will take Mizdow's place. Miz doesn't get a chance to enter the ring so Mizdow enters but quickly gets eliminated by Rusev.

Later on, Corporate Kane came in at number 24 and Big Show at number 29. Number 30 was Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler eliminates Cesaro and Bad News Barrett. Unfortunately, this was when Kane and Show joined forces and eliminated Wyatt, Ziggler and Dean Ambrose, massively pissing off the crowd.

The final four were Corporate Kane, Big Show, Roman Reigns, who came in at number19, and Rusev, who was laid out outside the ring. Reigns eliminates Kane and Show and the bell rings. They return to attack Reigns and The Rock comes down to help Reigns. After that happened to boos from the crowd, Rusev recovered and attacked Reigns. However, Reigns dealt with it with a spear and eliminated Rusev to win the match.

I thought it was a pretty decent Rumble. The problem was that the crowd clearly were not into Reigns. I thought that maybe Bryan or Ziggler would win it as I believed into a classic David vs Goliath story. However, WWE feel that Reigns is the next guy and I'm not sure if he is ready for that.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Predictions: 4 for 6

I thought that the Rumble was a good way to start the year with some pretty good matches and it was refreshing to see a few tag team matches on the card. As for the winner of the Rumble, I'm not sure if it was the right decision. Brock Lesnar is an unstoppable juggernaut right now and I can't see Reigns being the one to topple him and become Champion. They now have two months to make the fans believe that he can be Champion. The question is, will they succeed? (Spoiler alert: they don't)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Lo-Down Wrestling Awards 2014



The 2014 Lo-Down Wrestling awards are finally here. I thought that 2014 wasn't a bad year. However, due to work, I don't get to watch that much wrestling anymore. I only get to watch the PPVs and that's when I get the chance. I've gone off TNA, only read what has happened on RAW and Smackdown; and rarely watch NXT, which is probably the best wrestling show on TV. Hopefully, starting at Wrestlemania, I will get to watch more wrestling. Anyway, let's give out some awards.

Match of the Year
Team Cena vs Team Authority, Survivor Series
This match was so much fun to watch. You had Mark Henry being eliminated almost instantly; Cena being eliminated halfway through the match, which was a massive surprise; Ziggler doing a SuperCena and winning despite being against 3 people; and the way overdue WWE debut of Sting. Tremendous match.
Honorable Mention: Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins Lumberjack Match, Summerslam
They built these feud for quite a while and what I loved about this match was how out of the box it was. You had the lumberjacks fuck up the one job that they had and Corporate Kane coming in to sort out the resulting clusterfuck; Ambrose hitting Rollins with a curb stomp; and a wonderful ending. Without doubt, the best lumberjack match that I have ever seen.

PPV of the Year
Summerslam

Once again, Summerslam was in my opinion, the best PPV of the year. I really enjoyed it and it had some really good matches such as the Lumberjack Match. Plus, I got to see Brock Lesnar completely destroy John Cena with SIXTEEN German suplexes, which as a Cena Hater filled me up with such glee.

Feud of the Year
Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins


This was a great feud with some great matches such as the lumberjack match. Hopefully we will see them fight it out over the WWE Championship at some point.

"Wait, What the Fuck?!" Surprising Moment of the Year
Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXX


This is, without a doubt, the most shocking moment in WWE history. I don't think anyone thought that Brock Lesnar would beat The Undertaker and the reaction when it happened was unbelievable. I don't think I will see a crowd reaction like that ever again.

Moment of the Year
Seth Rollins betraying The Shield, RAW (2nd June)


This is my favourite moment as it seemed so unexpected. They had beaten Evolution two Pay-Per-Views in a row then the next day, Seth Rollins goes "fuck you all" to Ambrose and Reigns and beats the fuck out of them with a chair. It was a great moment by the WWE and set Rollins on the road to being a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Real Life Douchebag of the Year
TNA

I can watch TNA for free but I chose to stop watching it last year. It has so much potential but the lack of revenue resulted in them losing a lot of their talent and their TV contract not being renewed. The final straw was having their biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory, taking place in Japan. I can't imagine WWE doing anything like that with Wrestlemania. I hope 2015 can be a good year for them.

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
Damien Mizdow

What a year for Mizdow. After he lost his World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena, he seemed to be falling down the card. However, since becoming the stunt double of Hollywood Miz, he was absolutely brilliant and sometimes the best part of whatever show he was on. I know it will end it eventually but long may it continue.

Female Wrestler of the Year
Paige

It has been a great year for Paige. The inaugural NXT Women's Champion then wins the Divas Championship on her first day on the main roster. She has gone on to have a good feud with AJ Lee and is currently on the reality show Total Divas. I hope she can continue on that path.

Male Wrestler of the Year
Seth Rollins

What a year for Seth Rollins. As part of the Shield, he was involved with some great matches against the Wyatt Family and then Evolution. After a unexpected heel turn, he won Money in the Bank and has become one of the top heels in the company. I can't wait for him to cash in his briefcase and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

WWE TLC(S?) 2014 Review

The final WWE Pay-Per-View of 2014, Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs(?), took place on Sunday 14th December at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, Brock Lesnar, the fucking WWE World Heavyweight Champion, is not here. However, the last two events have been pretty decent and he hasn't really been missed. So, let's look at the event to see how it did.

The Kick Off Show match was Gold and Stardust taking on Kofi Kingston and Big E from The New Day. The match didn't have anything special that really stood out to me. Despite the Dusts' best efforts, thier opponents get the win thanks to a Big Ending/ Axhandle combo.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and Big E
Predictions: 1 for 1

The first match of the show is a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship with Dolph Ziggler challenging Luke Harper. There was a nasty bit early on when Harper did a suicide dive and I thought that he broke his arm when he landed badly on a ladder. As with most ladder matches, we get spots with wrestlers either landing on ladders or having them thrown at them. Harper did a brutal powerbomb, sending Ziggler onto a ladder. In the end, Ziggler managed to superkick Harper off a ladder and climbed up to win the Championship. I really enjoyed this match. Hopefully, I feel that Ziggler should be going for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and I worry that he will be permanently hitting the glass ceiling.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 1 for 2

We now get the Tag Team Championship match with The Usos challenging Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow. The Usos were dominant for most of the match and there was a nice bit when one of the Usos had Miz in a vertical suplex and Mizdow was doing a handstand as well. In the end, Miz and Mizdow decided to leave. One of the Usos suicide dived Mizdow and Miz hit him with the belt to get disqualified. It wasn't a bad match but I thought it was too short.
Winners: The Usos
Predictions: 1 for 3

We now get the first ever Stairs match between The Big Show and Erick Rowan. To be honest, except for them hitting each other with stairs, there wasn't too much to this match. Big Show gets the win after hitting the knock out punch then using some stairs to help him get the pin. It wasn't a great match and hopefully we won't see a stairs match again
Winner: The Big Show
Predictions:1 for 4

The next is a tables match between Seth Rollins and John Cena. During the match, Rollins had some help from his lackeys Jonny Mercury and Jamie Noble. We get a ref bump and Cena puts Rollins through a table with an Attitude Adjustment, but doesn't win thanks to the referee being down. Eventually, they both go through a table and the referee conveniently wakes up and calls for the bell. After some discussion with two other referees, the original referee restarts the match. Cena hits an attitude adjustment sending Reigns onto the announce table but it doesn't break. The Big Show comes out and attacks Cena. However, Roman Reigns runs in and spears Show through a table. Cena does eventually get the win when he sends Rollins through a table thanks to an attitude adjustment.
Except for the false finish involving three referees, I quite enjoyed the match. I'm not a fan of seeing Brock/Cena III at the Rumble but at the minute, I can't see Brock facing anyone else right now.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 2 for 5

Next is the Divas Championship match with AJ Lee challenging Nikki Bella. AJ hits the shining wizard but Brie puts Nikki leg under the ropes to stop the pinfall. The referee notices this and sends Brie to the back. Nikki uses this opportunity to take a spray bottle out of our knee pad and spray it into AJ's face. Nikki then kicks AJ and pins her to get the win. The match was ok but it still pisses me off that Brie just decided to join Nikki despite everything that happened to her.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 3 for 6

Kane takes on Ryback in a chairs match. Kane almost wins it when he throws a chair into Ryback's face then chokeslams him for 2. In the end, Ryback avoids a tombstone onto a chair, hits Kane with a meathook clothesline then a shell shock to get the win. Like the stairs match, there wasn't too much to write about bit it was an ok match.
Winner: Ryback
Predictions: 3 for 7

The penutlimate match is for the United States Championship as Jack Swagger challenges Rusev. Swagger was going for Rusev's ankle but Rusev manages to apply the accolade but Swagger gets to the ropes. Rusev goes for the accolade again but Swagger manages to get out of it and apply the patriot lock. Rusev broke free by kicking him in the face, hits a couple of kicks then applies the accolade to get the win. It wasn't as good as last few matches but it was ok.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 4 for 8

The main event is a TLC match between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. There was a great bit in the beginning when Ambrose threw a ladder into wyatt when he finished his entrance. The match went back and forth with so many highlights such as: Ambrose fucking up Wyatt with a kendo stick; then putting him through a table with an elbow drop; Wyatt hitting Sister Abigail for 2 followed a few minutes later by Ambrose hitting Dirty Deeds for 2. The end comes when Ambrose puts Wyatt through the Spanish announce table with an elbow drop then grabs a TV monitor. He tries to hit Wyatt with it bit it is still connected so he tries it again. However, it explodes with pyrotechnics blinding Ambrose and giving Wyatt the chance to hit Sister Abigail to get the win.

I really enjoyed the match and I thought that it was a good main event. However, I did not like the ending as it makes Ambrose look like a bit of an idiot.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 4 for 9

Overall, I thought that TLC was an ok event. There wasn't anything much that stood out except for the main event really. WWE are in a unique position with their World Heavyweight Champion being nowhere near the event. I feel that WWE ended 2014 with a slightly drab not and I hope 2015 with the Royal Rumble and the Road to Wrestlemania, will get to be better.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Preview

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The road to Wrestlemania XXXI is officially underway as the 2015 Royal Rumble is taking place this Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Who will get to main event Wrestlemania? Let's take a look at the card.

The New Day grace us again in the Kick Off Show match as they take on the team of Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose in a elimination match. This has the ability to be a good match and I can see both teams winning. However, I think that The New Day will be victorious.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

We now get the first of three tag teams as The Ascension take on The New Age Outlaws (for fuck's sake). Yeah, if The New Age Outlaws win this, I will lose my shit. Therefore, The Ascension to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Ascension

The second one is Paige and Natalya face The Bella Twins. While this could be a good match, it does depend on how much time they get. I'm going for the Bellas to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Bella Twins

Next is Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow once again challenging The Usos for the Tag Team Championship. I would love to see Miz and Mizdow win the titles again but I believe that The Usos will retain here.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Fucking hell, Brock Lesnar is here?! And actually wrestling?! That means that we get a triple threat match with Seth Rollins and John Cena challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This could go in many different directions and I'm quite looking forward to it. It's a tough one to call but I think that Brock will retain here. However, don't be surprised if you see a cash in afterwards.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

The main event will be the Royal Rumble match to determine who will face the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania XXXI. I can see one of two people winning it: Roman Reigns or Daniel Bryan. It's a tough one to call, especially as you don't know all the guys that will be taking part. I'll probably be wrong but I'm going for Daniel Bryan to win.
Predicted Winner: Daniel Bryan

I don't know when I get to see the event but I hope it's a good show and that you guys get to enjoy it.

Friday, 9 January 2015

WWE Survivor Series 2014 Review

WWE Survivor Series 2014 took place on Sunday 23rd November at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. Will the power of the WWE be after the main event? Let's look at the event.

The first match in the Kick Off Show was between Justin Gabriel and a returning Fandango with new dance partner Rosa Mendes. In a very short match, Fandango gets the win after a top rope legdrop. The match was ok but it was very short.
Winner: Fandango
Predictions: N/A

The second match in the Kick Off Show was between Cesaro and Jack Swagger, which was weird because I thought the Authority had injured to make sure he wouldn't be in Team Cena tonight. Anyway, they start to exchange German suplexes and when Cesaro goes for the third one in a row, it's countered into an ankle lock and Swagger gets the submission win. Once again, an ok match but very short.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Predictions: N/A

The PPV officially starts with Vince McMahon coming out and calling out the Authority and John Cena. Vince is so confident that the Authority will win, that if they lose, the only person that can bring them back is John Cena. Ok, the stipulations to this match make no sense. Cena is the only one who is in a win-win situation. If he wins, only he can bring back the Authority; if he loses, he still keeps his job. Brandon Stroud has a theory that Cena is the big bad of the WWE. Based on this evidence, I'm inclined to agree with him.

The first match of the PPV is for the Tag Team Championships in a fatal 4-way match. The Usos, Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow and Los Matadores are challenging Gold and Stardust. Highlights of the match include Mizdow being awesome as usual, Mizdow getting tagged in only to get tagged out by Goldust, and continuous reversals by Fernando and Stardust resulting in a tornado DDT to Stardust. In the end, Jimmy Uso hits a splash to Goldust and Miz breaks up the pin. Mizdow then tags himself in and pins Goldust to get the win and he and Miz become the new Tag Team Champions. I really enjoyed the match and Mizdow stole the show yet again.
Winners: Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow
Predictions: 0 for 1

Next is the Divas Survivor Series match with Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla taking on Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox. The first elimination happens when Cameron hits a facebuster on Natalya and Naomi rolls up Cameron to eliminate her. A few minutes later, Alicia eliminates Layla with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Summer Rae gets fucked up by the opposition and gets eliminated by submitting to the Emma Lock by Emma. This now leaves Paige all by herself. Despite her best efforts, Paige gets hit by a head scissors into a facebuster by Naomi to give her team the win. It wasn't a bad match and it was a lot longer than last years. However, some of the moves look botched to me and I feel sorry for people like Paige, Natalya and Emma who don't really get much of a chance to showcase their talents. On a side note, I loved what Tyson Kidd is doing right now, tweeting selfies during the match and hogging the limelight from his wife, Natalya.
Winners: Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox
Predictions: 0 for 2

 Next we get Bray Wyatt taking on Dean Ambrose. After some brawling, there was a nice spot where they're outside the ring and Wyatt rolls Ambrose into the ring. Ambrose rolls straight back out and clotheslines Wyatt. Ambrose does get worn down with Wyatt hitting moves such as a running senton. After a double clothesline on the outside, Ambrose makes his comeback and counters a Sister Abigail into a roll up for 2. After some back and forth which ends with Wyatt hitting a spinebuster onto the steps, Wyatt grabs the mic and asks Ambrose why they're fighting. He then throws in a steel chair but Ambrose grabs it. Despite the referee warning him, Ambrose attacks Wyatt with the steel chair and gets disqualified. He hits Dirty Deeds sending Wyatt's head onto the chair, elbows drops him through a table, then buries him under a mountain of tables and chairs. Whilst I was surprised a bit by the ending, I thought it was a really good match and I'm looking forward to their next match at the following PPV.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 1 for 3

The next is a bonus match between Slater Gator and Adam Rose and The Bunny. Titus and Heath proceed to destroy Rose but he manages to tag in The Bunny. Bunny beats up Heath and gets the win with a missile dropkick in a very short match. Afterwards, Rose looks dejected as The Bunny is carried off by The Rosebuds. This match didn't do anything for me and probably shouldn't have been on the PPV.
Winners: Adam Rose and The Bunny
Predictions: N/A

After we get an interview with Roman Reigns, we get the Divas Championship as Nikki Bella with Brie Bella challenges AJ Lee. The match starts with Brie going up onto the apron and kissing AJ. Nikki then forearms AJ then hits the Rack Attack to get the win and become the new Divas Championship. Afterwards, both the Bellas celebrate. Ok, what the actual fuck?! This has really pissed me off as this has the potential to be a decent match. Instead, we get a bullshit match and Brie deciding to forgive her sister for all the shit that has happened to her. Well, congratulations AJ and Brie, you have the honour of being the worst match that I have seen this year.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 2 for 4 

We now get the main event with Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Corporate Kane, Mark Henry, Luke Harper and Rusev) taking on Team Cena (John Cena, Ryback, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler). Big Show and Henry start the match and, after getting some encouragement from Triple H, Henry gets hit with the WMD and is immediately eliminated. Ryback beats up Rusev and a big boot from Kane ignites an all out brawl. Rollins takes advantage and hitting Ryback with a Curb Stomp followed by a super kick by Rusev to eliminate Ryback. Ziggler gets worked over by the Authority before Ziggler hits a DDT on Rusev. Rusev decides to send Ziggler through the Spanish announce table. However, Ziggler moves out of the way and Rusev crashes through it. The referee starts the ten count and Ziggler gets in on time. Despite the best efforts of Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury, Rusev could not make it in time and gets counted out, meaning the Authority are down to 3.

Cena gets tagged in and AA's Kane. However, Rollins slides in and hits a Curb Stomp. Rowan and Harper get tagged in and Rowan gets killed with a brutal clothesline to get eliminated, making it 3 to 3. Show goes in and hits the knockout punch on Cena. Rollins pins Cena, making it 2 left on Cena's team. Show leaves, getting himself counted out and it's now Ziggler facing Rollins, Harper and Kane. They proceed to fuck up Ziggler. However, Ziggler hits a Zig Zag on Kane and pins him, making it 2 to 1. Haper hits a super kick then sit down powerbomb for 2. Harper takes too much time and Ziggler suddenly rolls him up to get the pin, leaving it just between Rollins and Ziggler.

Rollins proceeds to fuck up Ziggler; but he gets hit with a brutal DDT for 2, getting the Authority worried. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag but the referee gets pulled out by Triple H and gets knocked out. Noble and Mercury beat up Ziggler but he deals with them and hits anoher Zig Zag on Rollins. Another referee slides in and starts the count but Triple H attacks him and knocks him out. Triple H beats up Ziggler then hits a Pedigree. After putting Rollins over Ziggler, he then gets his corrupt referee Scott Armstrong to come in and makes the count. However, Armstrong stops counting when the music of fucking Sting. Sting beats up Armstrong and after a stare off, hits Triple H with a kick then a Scorpion Death Drop. Sting then puts Ziggler on top of Rollins, the original referee convientently recovers and counts the 3, giving Ziggler the win. Afterwards, Cena comes out and celebrates with Ziggler at the entrance way and Stephanie, who got accidentally knkcked out earlier, gets upset in the ring with Triple H.

I really enjoyed the match and it's probably my favourite match of the year so far. I was very surprised that they let Ziggler the chance to do what everyone expected Cena to do; and that made it a refreshing change. The debut of Sting was awesome to see, although his music is pretty shit. It will be interesting to see what they do from here, especially with Ziggler. They can't give Ziggler that chance and put him in the same position he has been for the last year. Ziggler needs to given a big push as the crowd really supported him during the match and I would like to see him go for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at some point.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 3 for 5 

I thought Survivor Series was a good show. Even though it had a few pointless matches, I enjoyed the Wyatt/Ambrose match and the main event. All we need now is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion to turn up and we're sorted.

Monday, 15 December 2014

WWE TLC 2014 Preview

The final WWE PPV of the year, TLC, is taking place this evening at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. For the 3rd PPV in a row, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is not here. So, how will the event go? Let's look at the card.

In the Pre-Show, Kofi Kingston and Big E from the New Day will take on Gold and Stardust. This one is quite hard to call as New Day are just starting out. I think that Kingston and Big E will win here.
Predicted Winners: Kofi Kingston and Big E

Ryback will take on Kane in a chairs match. This probably won't be a great match but I hope it will be fun. I think that Kane will win here.
Predicted Winner: Kane

Erick Rowan  will face Big Show in a Steel Stairs match. I'm still getting used to Erick Rowan being a good guy and this should be an interesting match. I think that Rowan will win here.
Predicted Winner: Erick Rowan

The Tag Team Championships are on the line as The Usos challenge Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow. I'm quite looking forward to this match and it's quite a tough one to call. I'm going for Miz and Mizdow to win here.
Predicted Winners: Hollywood Miz and Damien Mizdow

Nikki Bella will face the challenge of AJ Lee for the Divas Championship. This should last longer then their last match but I feel sorry for AJ in this. I'm going for Nikki to win here.
Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella

Dean Ambrose will take on Bray Wyatt in a TLC match. I'm really looking forward to this and it should be a lot of fun. It's a tough one to call but I'm going for Dean Ambrose to win here.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

Jack Swagger will be challenging Rusev for the United States Championship. I can see Swagger pushing Rusev hard but I think he will ultimately fail.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

Luke Harper will defend his Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match against Dolph Ziggler. I'm looking forward to seeing where this match would go and it should be a lot of fun to watch. I would like to see Ziggler win here but I think that it's Harper who will be victorious instead.
Winner: Luke Harper

John Cena will take on Seth Rollins in a Tables match. If Cena loses, it will mean he lose his No 1 contendership to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Yeah, that is not happening. Cena to win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

With any luck, I should be able to watch and review this before Christmas. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 took place on Sunday 26th October at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Without the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar on the show, how will the show fare? Let's take a look.

The first match is a 2-out-of-3 falls match with Cesaro challenging Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. There was one instance where they are trading near falls then Cesaro hits the giant swing. Cesaro covers but Ziggler reverses it to get the first pinfall. There was a great spot where Ziggler has Cesaro in a standing kimura; Cesaro manages to hold him and climb up the turnbuckle and hit a superplex. Ziggler gets a 2 count after a Fameasser. In the end, Ziggler gets the second fall after countering a Neutraliser to hit an armbreaker, then a superkick then a Zig Zag. I really enjoyed this match and I hope to see more matches between the two.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 0 for 1

The next match is Nikki Bella facing Brie Bella. The loser must become the winner's personal assistant for 30 days. After driving Brie's face into her knee, Nikki focuses on the hair. Later on, Brie does a really bad suicide dive and then a missile dropkick. Nikki hits the rack attack for 2 and Brie apllies a Yes Lock but Nikki gets to the ropes. In the end, Nikki hits a brutal forearm then the rack attack to get the win. The match wasn't great but it had a couple of decent spots.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Predictions: 0 for 2

The Tag Team Championships are on the line as The Usos challenge Gold and Stardust. The Dusts work over Jimmy and he does get some respite after sending Goldust over the top rope and gets the hot tag to Jey. Jey dominates Goldust before he gets hit with an AA Spinebuster. The Usos superkick the Dusts at the same time and Jimmy attempts a Samoan drop on Goldust. However, Stardust stops that with a kick to the back of the knee. This gives Goldust the opportunity to hit the Final Cut to get the win. It was a decent match but I feel that they have done better matches together.
Winners: Gold and Stardust
Predictions: 1 for 3

We now, surprisingly, get our first Hell in a Cell match as John Cena and Randy Orton face each other for the chance to become the No 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Orton is dominant for the first part of the match with the help of a steel chair. Cena makes a comeback but it's quickly cut off by Orton. Later on, Cena attempts another comeback but a shoulder block is countered into a RKO for 2. Orton gets another 2 count after throwing Cena through a table. Orton almost wins it after countering an AA into a RKO. However, Cena eventually gets the win after an AA from the top rope through a table. This was a decent match and the question is, when will we get Cena vs Lesnar III? I don't think it will be anytime soon
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 2 for 4

We now get Hollywood Miz challenging Sheamus for the United States Championship. Miz tries to get his stunt double Damien Mizdow to assist but that doesn't go well. The match goes back and forth before a distraction by Mizdow gives Miz the chance to hit the Skull Crushing Finale for 2. However, it was not enough as Sheamus hits a brogue kick as Miz jumps off the top rope to get the win. Afterwards, Sheamus does the YMCA with a knocked out Miz with Mizdow copying every move then Miz gets another brogue kick. This was another decent match and I can't wait to see more of Mizdow and Miz.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 3 for 5

Next we get Big Show taking on Rusev. Show takes it to Rusev straight away. However, that doesn't last long as Rusev starts to focus his attack on his left leg. Show makes a comeback before Mark Henry comes out and Show hits a chokeslam for a very near fall. Rusev hits 3 superkicks then applies the Accolade to make Show give up. The match wasn't anything special but it was enjoyable.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 4 for 6

Next is the Divas Championship match as Paige (with Alicia Foxx) challenges AJ Lee.  We get some chain wrestling to start with. Alicia tries to interfere and fails but it gives Paige the chance ot get the advantage, attacking AJ with knees and stomps. Paige tries the RamPaige but it's countered by AJ. The end comes when Paige tries to suplex AJ from the barrier but AJ pulls her off. Alicia manages to get Paige back in the ring before the ten count and AJ suddenly applies the black widow to get the submission. It was another good match between the two but I thought that the ending came a little bit too quickly for me.
Winner: AJ Lee
Predictions: 5 for 7

The main event is a Hell in a Cell match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Ambrose comes out first and, after throwing some chairs into the ring, climbs to the top of the cell. Rollins comes out and demands that his minions Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury go up and get Ambrose. Ambrose destroys them with a kendo stick then Rollins climbs up and they brawl on top of the cell. They eventually end up crashing through the announce table from half way up the side of the cell. After some medical attention, Ambrose gets Rollins off the gurney and throws him into the cell. The match then officially starts and Ambrose proceeds to destroy Rollins. Rollins manages to get some respite after a back suplex onto a pile of chairs. It didn't last long as Ambrose elbow drops Rollins through a table. Rollins then gets some help thanks to Corporate Kane and a fire extinguisher and he powerbombs Ambrose through a table followed by a curb stomp for 2. Ambrose makes a comeback and tries to curb stomp Rollins through some cinder blocks when the arena goes black and we hear some chanting. We get a lantern in the middle of the ring and some smoke signalling the return of Bray Wyatt. He attacks Ambrose and this gives Rollins the opportunity to cautiously pin Ambrose and get the win. Afterwards, Wyatt hits a Sister Abigail on Ambrose.

I really enjoyed this match. I'm torn over this was better then their match at SummerSlam as they both told amazing stories. It's a shame that the feud had to end but I hope that it returns next year over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 6 for 8

I quite enjoyed Hell in a Cell. There were some good  matches and I really enjoyed the main event. I just find it weird that Brock Lesnar wasn't there. I do find it weird that WWE would give their World Heavyweight Championship to a part time wrestler. However, this event does show that you don't need their Champion to be involved. I hope that it doesn't stay that way.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

WWE Survivor Series 2014 Preview

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The 28th Survivor Series will be taking plave this evening at the Scottrade Center in St Louis. Once again, Brock Lesnar is not here so will the vent cope without him? Let's look at the card.

Dean Ambrose will take on Bray Wyatt in what could be a interesting match. It's a tough one to call but I think that Bray will win here.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

 Nikki Bella will get another chance to challenge AJ Lee for the Divas Championship. I've enjoyed AJ's reign but I don't really want Nikki to be Champion. However, I feel that they may use the Championship as someone for the Bellas to fight over. Therefore, I'm going for Nikki to win here.
Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella

The Tag Team Championship will be on the line in a fatal-4-way elimination match. Gold and Stardust will face the challenge of The Usos, The Miz and Damien Mizdow, and Los Matadores. This should be a good entertaining match and I think that Gold and Stardust will find some way to win here.
Predicted Winners: Gold and Stardust

 The Divas will have their own Survivor Series match as Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi and Natalya take on Paige, Cameron, Layla and Summer Rae. Hopefully it won't be as bad as last year's match and I'm going for Paige's team to be victorious.
Predicted Winners: Paige, Cameron, Layla and Summer Rae.

In the main event, Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Corporate Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev and Luke Harper) will face Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Ryback and Luke Harper(??)) in a Survivor Series match. If the Authority win, everyone but Cena will be fired; if Cena wins, the Authority are out of power. This is a really tough one to call. I fully expect Cena to face 3 of them himself then proceed to beat them all with no problem. However, I don't feel that the Authority's reign is ready to end just yet. I'm going for Team Cena here, although I won't be surprised if he gets screwed and he loses.
Predicted Winners; Team Cena

I've had to put wrestling on the back burner recently, hence no Hell in a Cell review at the minute. I hope to have that and the Survivor Series review up in the next few weeks. Until then, I hope you enjoy the show.















Sunday, 26 October 2014

WWE Hell in a Cell 2014

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 will be takingplace this Sunday in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. With the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar not scheduled to make an appearance, it will be interesting to see how this event will go. Let's look at the card.

Big Show will be the latest person to face Rusev. I like Rusev but I am getting a bit sick and tired of him just beating huge guys. It's time for him to challenge for a Championship. Anyway, Rusev to win here.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

Nikki Bella will take on her sister Brie Bella, in which the loser must become the winner's personal assistant for a month. It's a hard one to call but I'm going for Brie to win here.
Predicted Winner: Brie Bella

The Usos and Goldust and Stardust will once again face each other for the WWE World Tag Team Championships. Their matches have been pretty good so I expect the same here. I think that Goldust and Stardust will retain here.
Predicted Winners: Goldust and Stardust

Cesaro has decided to challenge for the Intercontinental Championship in a 2-out-of-3 falls match against Dolph Ziggler. I'm quite looking forward to this match and I think that Cesaro will be victorious here.
Predicted Winner: Cesaro

Paige will once again chgallenge AJ Lee for the Divas Championship. I've quite enjoyed thier matches and I expect to see another good one here. I'm going for AJ Lee to stay the Champion here. 
Predicted Winner: AJ Lee

Hollywood Miz has decided to spice things up and challenge Sheamus for the United States Championship. Whilst I expect that Damien Mizdow will try his best to help, I still think that Sheamus will be victorious here.
Predicted Winner: Sheamus

In the first of two Hell in a Cell matches, Dean Ambrose will take on Seth Rollins. This is the match that I'm most looking forward to and I expect it will be a lot of fun. I really would like Ambrose but I think that Rollins will find some way to win here.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

In the second Hell in a Cell match, John Cena will face Randy Orton for seems like the 500th fucking time. Yeah, Orton is not winning this match.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

I won't get to see this for a couple of weeks. I've still to watch Bound for Glory and publish a podcast that I recrded almost a month. Hopefully, I'll get the blog up to date as soon as I can. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.