Sunday, 17 August 2014

WWE Summerslam 2014 Preview

WWE's biggest event of the Summer, Summerslam is taking place this evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Will we see a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion after the event? Let's look at the card.

Rob Van Dam  will face Cesaro on the Kickoff show. This could be a good match to watch and I think that Cesaro will win here.
Predicted Winner: Cesaro

Rusev will face Jack Swagger in a flag match. Their match at Battleground was pretty good so I'm hoping for the same here. I can see Swagger winning but I'm going for Rusev here.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

The Miz will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. I think this could be a really good match and I'm going for Miz to win here.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Brie Bella  will take on Stephanie McMahon in something that I'm quite interested in seeing. Stephanie is not a wrestler but I'm sure her husband Triple H would have made sure she was capable in the ring. Whilst I believe that Stephanie has been in the right during this feud, she is the heel and I think that Brie will win here.
Predicted Winner: Brie Bella

Bray Wyatt will once again face Chris Jericho with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper banned from ringside. I don't know about this as Jericho won last month and if Wyatt wins, it might feel like he doesn't need his buddies. I'm going for Wyatt to win here.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

Paige will once again challenge AJ Lee  for the Divas Championship. The matches between the two have been pretty good, although it would be nice if they can given a bit more time. I think that AJ Lee will win here.
Predicted Winner: AJ Lee

Dean Ambrose will get his hands on Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match. As Mr Money in the Bank, I feel that Rollins needs to look strong. However, WWE have not done good over the last few years so it's tough to say. I'm going for Ambrose to win here.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

Roman Reigns and Randy Orton is a match that I'm quite looking forward to seeing. Like the Ambrose/Rollins match, this is a tough one to call. Reigns has been on fire recently and I think he will win here.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

Brock Lesnar will challenge John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This should be a good match. Lesnar may be a part-time wrestler but he has to win here otherwise I feel that him ending the Undertaker's Streak would be a pointless exercise.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

I'll watch Summerslam over the week and the Battleground review will be up in the next few days. Until then, I hope you enjoy the show.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Lo-Down Wrestling Podcast: I Quit Match Royal Rumble 1999

Joe Drilling from the What a Maneuver podcast returns as we talk about the I Quit Match between The Rock and Manking at Royal Rumble 1999. We also talk about the Beyond the Mat documentary and how difficult it is to watch the match again after 15 years.

Listen to the podcast here

Monday, 28 July 2014

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Review

WWE Money in the Bank took place at the TD Garden in Boston. After this event, we will see a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion as well as a Money in the Bank briefcase holder. So, who will they be? Let's take a look.

The first match is for the Tag Team Championship as The Wyatt Family challenges The Usos. The Usos show some good double team moves to get some near falls. The Wyatts later on, start to use their strength and size to wear down Jey Uso. Rowan misses a shoulder charge into the corner to give Jey the chance to tag in his brother. Despite Harper hitting a big boot to slow down the momentum, and almost winning it with a sit-down powerbomb, the Usos hit 2 consecutive splashes to get the win and retain the Championships. I really enjoyed this match and I really liked both teams here.
Winners: The Usos
Predictions: 0 for 1

We now get the Divas Championship match as Naomi (with Cameron) challenges Paige. Naomi takes advantage by throwing Paige from the ring to the floor then doing a suicide dive. During the match, we get a lot of pinfall counters. Naomi hits the rear view, which I fucking hate, to get a near fall. Despite Naomi's best efforts, Paige hits the Ram-Paige to get the win. I was actually really impressed with Naomi's athletic ability and I hope she can continue to improve.
Winner: Paige
Predictions: 1 for 2

Next we see Damien Sandow, dressed as Paul Revere, taking on Adam Rose.  Sandow does get some offence in the early going. However, Adam Rose does manage to hit a headlock driver to get the win. The match wasn't anything special. I just feel sad for Sandow. This time last year, he won the opportunity to have a World Heavyweight Championship shot. Since he cashed it in and lost to Cena, he seems to be on a downward course and that's disappointing.
Winner: Adam Rose
Predictions: N/A

Next is the Money in the Bank ladder match between Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston,  Rob Van Dam and Dolph Ziggler. Highlights of this match include: Ambrose tilting the ladder with Kofi and he then bounces off the ropes and splashes Swagger, RVD and Ziggler on the outside; a rolling thunder by RVD sending Rollins onto a ladder; Ambrose suplexing Rollins off the ladder; and Ambrose dislocating his shoulder. Rollins starts to climb up the ladder but is stopped by Ambrose who runs back in. When Ambrose climbs up and is about to grab the briefcase, the Corporate Demon Kane runs in, pulls Ambrose off the ladder and gives him a chokeslam then a tombstone piledriver. Kane then helps Rollins climb the ladder and grab the briefcase. I thought this was a pretty good match and while I did predict that Rollins would win, I'm quite surprised that he actually won. I'm interested to see when he cashes in as it could result in a great feud depending on who the Champion is at the time.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 2 for 3

We now get a tag team match with Rybaxel taking on Goldust and Stardust. Goldust and Stardust work really well together and Rybaxel do get some time wearing down Goldust. Eventually Goldust gets to tag in Stardust and he almost wins the match after reversing a muscle up into a cross rhodes for 2. Stardust takes advantage of Axel accidentally hitting Ryback with a clothesline to roll up Ryback and get the win. It was a decent match to watch. I'm kind of torn with Stardust at the minute. Half of me thinks it's great, half of me think it's stupid. Despite that, at least it means that the Rhodes brothers aren't breaking up.
Winners: Goldust and Stardust
Predictions: 2 for 4

The next match is Rusev fucking up Big E(spoiler alert!) To be fair, Big E does get more offence than he did at the last Pay-Per-View and makes it a bit of an even contest. Big E spears Rusev off the ring apron to the floor, which looked nasty and he hit a few suplexes as well. However, it was all in vain as Rusev does manage to apply the Accolade and, despite Big E's best efforts, he is forced to tap out, giving Rusev the win. I thought this match was pretty good and it was nice to see Big E put up more of a fight than he did last time.

Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 3 for 5

Next is the Divas match between Summer Rae and Layla with  Fandango as the special guest referee. Both women spend the match flirting with Fandango at every opportunity; and it does degenerate into a catfight with little wrestling moves actually taking place. Lyal does hit a high kick to the head of Summer Rae to get the win and afterwards, kisses Fandango. I did not give a fuck about this match, which is a shame as Layla and Summer Rae are good wrestlers. Hopefully, they will get better things to do.
Winner: Layla
Predictions: 3 for 6

The main event is a ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavywieght Championship between John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Kane, Sheamus, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. All of this is under the watchful eye of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at ringside. Highlights of the match include: Kane chokeslamming Cena to the cheers of the crowd; Kane helping Orton out; Reigns spearing Kane; Wyatt doing the Sister Abigail to Orton; and Orton pulling Cesaro off the ladder into a RKO, making the Authority jump up in celebration. In the end, Cena AA's Kane, pulls Orton off the ladder and AA's him on top of Kane. Cena then climbs the ladder to collect the belts and become a 15-time World Champion (sigh).

I did enjoy the match, although I felt the middle bit of it was a bit slow. Cena winning was a bit predictable but I'm ok with it for now. I don't mind him going past Ric Flair's 16 World Championship reigns, which seems inevitable. As long as they don't give Cena 10 title reigns over the next two years, then I will be happy.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 7

I thought that Money in the Bank was a decent show. It may seem that Cena being Champion once again might be boring. However, the presence of Seth Rollins could lead to an interesting feud. Only time will tell.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

WWE Battleground 2014 Preview

The second ever WWE battleground event takes place this evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. We will get to see an new Intercontinental Champion crowned; plus will John Cena retian his WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Let's look at the card.

Taking place on the Pre-Show will be the explosion of the Funkadactyls as Cameron takes on Naomi. We all knew this was coming for a while and I think that Naomi will win.
Prediction: Cameron

The other match on the Pre-Show will be Adam Rose taking on Fandango. This should be a decent match and I suspect that Adam Rose will win here.
Prediction: Adam Rose

 The Tag Team Championships will be on the line in a 2-out-of-3 falls match. Eric Rowan and Luke Harper will challenge The Usos. This has the potential to be an entertaining match and it should be a lot of fun. I predict that The Usos will retain here.
Prediction: The Usos

Bray Wyatt will face Chris Jericho in a match that I'm really looking forward to.This one is quite a tough one to call but I'm going for Wyatt to win here.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Another match that I'm looking forward to is the Divas Championship with Paige challenging AJ Lee. My only worry is that it could be placed as the penultimate match and it may not get a lot of time. Despite that, I think that AJ Lee will win here and their mutual respect might fracture beyond repair.
Prediction: AJ Lee

Dean Ambrose will take on Money in the Bank Seth Rollins.This should be a really good match and I think that Rollins will win.
Prediction: Seth Rollins

A 20-man battle royal will take place for the vacant Intercontinental Championship. The participants are Alberto Del Rio, Big E, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Curits Axel, Diego, Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam, R-Truth, Ryback, Sheamus, Sin Cara Version 2, The Great Khali, The Miz, Titus O'Neill, Xavier Woods and Zack Ryder. I can see a few people winning it but I'm taking a punt and going for Bo Dallas to win here.
Prediction: Bo Dallas

The main evnet for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is a fatal 4-way between John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns. Cena will win here but will he have to deal with a cash-in by Seth Rollins afterwards?
Prediction: John Cena

I'll get to see it during the week, so until then I hope you enjoy the show.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

TNA Slammiversary XII Review

TNA Slammiversary XII took place on Sunday 15th June at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. How will the TNA landscape look after this event? Let's take a look.

The first match is a ladder match for the X-Division Championship as Sanada  faces the challenge of Tigre Uno, Manik, Crazzy Steve, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. We get to see a lot of aerial moves such as Tigre Uno doing a corkscrew springboard splash to all the competitors outside.  Crazzy Steve comes very close to grabbing the belt but Sanada comes in and stops that. Later on, Manik seems to brutally murder Davey Richards with a sunset flip powerbomb onto the ladder and Sanada manages to climb up and grab the belt to win the match. I really enjoyed this match and it was a great way to open the Pay-Per-View.
Winner: Sanada
Predictions: 0 for 1

We now get the first qualifying match for the main event as Bobby Lashley faces Samoa Joe. Highlights of the match include: a suicide dive by Joe; and a spinning neck breaker by Lashley. The end comes when Lashley hits a spear to win the match. There wasn't that much that stood out. However, I thought it was a pretty decent match.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Predictions: 1 for 2

Magnus (with Bram) takes on Willow (with Abyss) next. This was a decent match although both guys didn't do anything that stood out, although Willow did do a reverse splash to Magnus and Bram on the outside which was pretty cool. In the end, Magnus bounces Willow's head off the turnbuckle then hits a back suplex side slam to get the win.
Winner: Magnus
Predictions: 1 for 3

Next was a segment in which Kurt Angle announced the next inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. That turned out to be Team 3D. I think this is a really good choice. Team 3D, otherwise known as the Dudley Boyz, were one of the top tag teams at the turn of the millennium, winning 23 tag team championships in ECW, WWE and TNA; and were involved in some of the greatest tag team matches in history. I still find it weird that the TNA Hall of Fame involves wrestlers that are still active. But anyway, a good choice.

We now get the second qualifier for the main event as Kenny King takes on Austin Aries. The match goes back and forth and we can to see King being cocky when he is dominating Aries. However, that comes back to haunt him as Aries makes his comeback and gets the win with a top rope brainbuster. It was a really enjoyable match and it looked like that anyone could win it.
Winner: Austin Aries
Predictions: 2 for 4

We now get The Von Erichs take on the team of Jesse and DJ Z. Jesse and DJ Z work over Marshall and later on, Ross before he gets the hot tag to Marshall. The Von Erichs look to have the match won but Jesse comes in and hits Ross with a steel chair to get disqualified. Afterwards, Kevin Von Erich comes in and applies the Von Erich claw on DJ Z. I thought the Von Erichs did pretty well in this match. However, I think it would have been better if they won the match cleanly.
Winners: The Von Erichs
Predictions: N/A

The Knockouts Championship is on the line as Gail Kim challenges Angelina Love with Velvet Sky. Kim tries a springboard hurracarrana but Love counters it into a powerbomb. Later on, Velvet Sky sprays hairspray into Kim's face right in front of the referee Brian Stiffler and Angelina Love hits the Botox Injection for a 2 count. Senioe Referee Earl Hebner comes in, ejects Sky and Stiffler and referees the match himself. Kim does make a comeback. Kim dropkicks Hebner and looks like she twice has the match won. However, Stiffler is busy tending to Hebner. Love counters a roll up into a roll up and Stiffler slides in and counts the 3 count to get the win. I thought it was a good match and I wonder what the repercussions for Stiffler's actions will be.
Winner: Angelina Love
Predictions: 3 for 5

Next is a Texas Death Match between Ethan Carter III and Bully Ray. There was a brutal bit where Bully kicks a steel chair into EC3's face. Overvthe course of the match, they both use chairs, tables, a cheese grater, a Dallas Cowboy trash can containing shards of glass, and a rope connected to a cowbell. Bully exposes the ring boards and tries to powerbomb EC3 onto them. Rockstar Spud comes in to save him but he gets destroyed with a kendo stick. EC3 hits the one percenter, driving Ray onto the boards for a 9 count. Dixie Carter runs in and is chased by Bully. She runs into EC3 that somehow knocks her out. Bully tries to send Dixie through the table. However, EC3 hits him with a kendo stick and Rockstar Spud pulls Dixie off the table just before Bully falls through them. The referee counts to ten and EC3 wins the match. I quite enjoyed this match, although I didn't really like the ending.
Winner: Ethan Carter III
Predictions: 4 for 6

The penultimate match is between Mr Anderson and James Storm. Storm injures Anderson's knee early on and Storm focuses his attack there. The end comes when Storm spits beer into the face of one of the Dallas Cowboys watching the show. A couple of minutes later, Cowboys player George Selvie comes to the ring and distracts Storm long enough for Anderson to hit the mic check and get the win. Whilst I thought it was a bit short, I quite enjoyed this match and I can see them having some more matches in the foreseeable future.
Winner: Mr Anderson
Predictions: 4 for 7

The main event is a steel cage for the TNA World Championship. Eric Young will face the challenge of Austin Aries and Bobby Lashley. Aries and Young team up briefly to take down Lashley before they start to fight each other. Highlights of the match also include: Aries doing a powerbomb pin on Young for 2 followed by a running dropkick on Lashley; Young doing an AA type move on both Lashley and Aries; Young doing an elbow drop on Lashely from on top of the cage; and Aries doing a brainbuster for 2. Lashley misses a spear and goes flying out of the cage and Young gets the win after reversing a brainbuster into a piledriver. I really enjoyed this main event, although it was quite short. I'm still finding it a bit weird Young being the Champion. However, that doesn't matter as Lashley wins it on the following Impact.
Winner: Eric Young
Predictions: 5 for 8

I quite enjoyed Slammiversary. I thought most of the matches were good, although a couple seem to be a bit short. Despite that, I'm sure TNA are starting to head in a good direction. They probably won't be but there's no harm in being optimistic.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Preview

The 2014 Money in the Bank takes place this evening in the TD Garden in Boston. At the end of this, we will have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. So, who will it be? Let's look at the card.

Big E will once agian take on Rusev. This shouldn't take long for Rusev to win here.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

The team of Rybaxel will take on the team of Goldust and Stardust. This is an interesting one but I can see Rybaxel pulling it out of the bag here.
Predicted Winners: Rybaxel

Naomi will be challenging Paige for the Divas Championship. Whilst it would be interesting if Naomi does win, I can't see it. Therefore, Paige to win here.
Predicted Winner: Paige

In the other Divas match, Summer Rae will face Layla with Fandango as the special guets referee. Whilst I like all the competitors, I seriously do not have the slightest fuck about this match. However, I do have to make a prediction so...fuck it, Summer Rae to win.
Predicted Winner: Summer Rae

 The Wyatt Family will challenge The Usos for the Tag Team Championship. This could be a good match and I'm going for The Wyatts to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Wyatt Family

The Money in the Bank ladder match will be between Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston. Bad News Barrett was supposed to take part but he suffered a seperated shoulder so is unlikely to compete.
This is a tough one to call but I'm going for Seth Rollins, with some help from the authority, winning here.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

There will be another ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Sheamus, Corporate Demon Kane, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Randy Orton and John Cena. This should be a good match to watch and it would be a change of pace to see someone new like Cesaro win it. However, I feel that Cena will win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

I hope to put up reviews of Slammiversary and Money in the Bank over the next few days. Until then , I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

TNA Slammiversary XII Preview

Slammiversary XII (technically X) takes place this evening at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. Will MVP's plan to have complete power succeed? Let's look at the card.

Mr Anderson  will take on James Storm in a match that could go either way. I'm going for Storm to win here.
Predicted Winner: James Storm

Willow will take on Magnusand I still don't get why Jeff Hardy would go with this gimmick. Anyway, I believe that Willow, or whatever the fuck his name is, will win here.
Predicted Winner: Willow

There will be a ladder match for the TNA X-Division Championship as Sanada  faces the challenge of  Manik, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards. I think this could be a fun match and I think that Tigre Uno will win here.
Predicted Winner: Tigre Uno

Two of my favourite wrestlers in TNA right now, Bully Ray and Ethan Carter III, will face each other in a Texas Death Match. This could go either way but I believe that EC3 will scrape his way to victory.
Predicted Winner: Ethan Carter III

Gail Kim will challenge Angelina Love for the Knockouts Championship. This is a tough one to call but I think that Love will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Angelina Love

Samoa Joe  will take on Bobby Lashley with the winner taking part in the World Championship match. I would love Joe to win here but I think that it's more likely that Lashley will be victorious.
Predicted Winner: Bobby Lashley

In the other match to dtermine the third wrestler in the main event, Austin Aries will take on Kenny King. King is not Champioship material and, unless it's under questionable circumstances, he won't win here.
Predicted Winner: Austin Aries

In the main event for the World Championship, in a steel cage, Eric Young  will take on those two winners. I can see MVP's plan for total power having a slight setback so I'm going for Young to win here. 
Predicted Winner: Eric Young

I won't get to see this til Wednesday evening. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Monday, 9 June 2014

WWE Payback 2014 Review

WWE Payback 2014 took place last Sunday at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Last year's event was really good. Will this one be the same? Let's look at the card.

The Pre-Show match was between Hornswoggle and El Torito in a har vs mask match. I was unable to see this match because I don't have the WWE Network;. However, I saw the ending that they shown later on in the night. The end comes when Hornswoggle pulls off the mask. Unfortunately, El Torito had another mask on underneath and takes advantage of Hornswoggle's premature celebration to hit the bullsault to get the win. Afterwards, Hornswoogle had a very badly done haircut.
Winner: El Torito
Predictions: 1 for 1

The first match of the event is for the United States Championship as Cesaro challenges Sheamus. The match goes back and forth with some cool spots such as Cesaro countering a battering ram into an European uppercut; Sheamus hitting 3 knees from the top rope; and Cesaro countering a Brogue kick into a German suplex pin. Sheamus almost wins it with the white noise then he applies the Texas cloverleaf. Cesaro manages to get to the rope then does the giant swing. However, Sheamus employs the SuperCena card and puts Cesaro into a small package to get the win.  Up until the end, I really enjoyed the match. However, the ending really bugged me.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 1 for 2

We now get a tag team match with Cody Rhodes and Goldust facing Curtis Axel and Ryback. After a little while, Axel and Ryback work to wear down Goldust. Cody does get the hot tag and hits the Cross Rhodes on Ryback to almost win the match. Cody then goes for the disaster kick but Ryback catches him and hits the Shell Shock to get the win. Afterwards, Cody grabs a microphone and states that Goldust needs a better tag team partner than him. I enjoyed the match and it looks like it could lead to a Goldust/Cody feud. That is something that I'm looking forward to.
Winners: Curtis Axel and Ryback
Predictions: N/A

Next is Rusev continuing his quest to destroy all the black wrestlers in the WWE as he faces Big E. Big E does get in some offence but it turns out to be in vain as Rusev hits a German suplex to get the advantage. Big E then spears Rusev off the apron to the floor and, back in the ring, he goes for the splash but Rusev hits a brutal superkick. Rusev then applies the Accolade to get the win. Whilst I thought that the match was too short for my liking, it was a good match.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 2 for 3

Now we get Kofi Kingston taking on Bo Dallas. Well, that seemed to be the plan as the Corporate Demon Kane turns up. Bo Dallas goes “fuck this” and leaves and Kane proceeds to completely destroy Kofi. After Kane hits a chokeslam and a Tombstone piledriver then leaves; Bo grabs a microphone and tells Kofi to bo-lieve. I'm torn about the Bo Dallas character. His character on NXT was absolutely brilliant with him always being optimistic and acting like a five year old girl when upset. However, it does seem to have it being shoved down our throats at the minute, which might not be a good idea.

Anyway, we get Rob Van Dam challenging Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship. The match goes back and forth and RVD misses a 5-star frog splash and Barrett misses the Bullhammer but does hit the winds of change for 2. Barrett does eventually hit the Bullhammer to get the win and retain the Championship. I thought it was a pretty decent match and it was good to see Barrett deliver some bad news to RVD and his fans.
Winner: Bad News Barrettt
Predictions: 3 for 4

Next we get to see whether Daniel Bryan will vacate his World Heavyweight Championship due to his neck injury because if he doesn't, Stephanie McMahon will fire his wife Brie Bella. Bryan decides to keep his title and Brie quits the WWE. I might be in the minority here, but I think that Bryan is being a dick here. I can see Bryan's point about the Authority being determined to make sure that he doesn't become Champion. However, the fact remains that Bryan is injured for an indefinite amount of time. Stephanie is right, Bryan is being selfish. John Cena's involvement doesn't make sense either. Cena is supposed to be the boy scout and he must realise that Bryan is in the wrong here. I hope that Bryan will be back wrestling in the near future otherwise they may have to go in another direction.

We now get a match that I thought would be the main event: Bray Wyatt facing John Cena in a last man standing match. Cena, not wanting to face all the Wyatts by himself, gets The Usos to even things up. Both guys get in some good offence in the early going. Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail to put Cena down for 8. After Cena hits an AA, the Wyatts and The Usos get involved. Jimmy Uso manages to take them out (including himself) with a top rope corkscrew to the outside. Wyatt and Cena start using chairs on each other before Wyatt suplexes Cena through a table for a count of 8. Cena almost kills Wyatt by throwing the steel steps into him, which gets a count of 8. Wyatt hits Cena with another Sister Abigail on the outside, which keeps both guys for a count of 6. After Cena hits an AA on the outside, the Wyatts run in and attack Cena and he is saved by the Usos returning. They once again take each other out by them all going through tables. Wyatt sends Cena through the barrier into the timekeeper's area. That keeps them down both for a count of 8. The match then continues through the crowd up to the technical area by the stage. Cena then hits the AA, sending Wyatt through a box used to carry the electrical equipment. Cena then puts another box on top to effectively entomb Wyatt to get the win. I really enjoyed this match. However, the one thing that bugs me about last man standing matches is when someone pins down their opponent with something to get the win. I'm not a big fan of those endings. Despite that, this is probably one of my favourite last man standing matches ever.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 5

The Divas Championship is on the line as Alicia Fox challenges Paige. Paige overwhelms Fox with her offence and she goes off to regroup. Fox does get back into it and hits an impressive tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Paige gets back into it with some clothelines and eventually gets the win by applying the Paige Tap Out to get the win. Afterwards, Alicia has a mini temper tantrum and runs away. I thought it was a decent match and they got a lot more time than I thought they would. I think that woman's wrestling is slowly getting better thanks to Sara Del Rey and Norman Smiley training them. I hope that WWE continues with these instead of shitcanning it.
Winner: Paige
Predictions: 5 for 6

The main event is a no holds barred elimination match with Evolution taking on The Shield. After some dominance by The Shield, Evolution get back into it and start to wear down Ambrose. Ambrose does manage to get the hot tag to Reigns who hits a Superman punch to Batista. The match degenerates into an all out brawl and Evolution triple powerbomb through the Spanish announce table. The fighting goes up the aisle and Ambrose and Rollins get destroyed by chairs. Evolution go back to the ring to beat up on Reigns. They continue the fight up to the aisle to the titantron where Rollins does crossbody from the titantron to all of Evolution. Rollins and Batista go back into the ring. Reigns spears Batista and Rollins covers to get the first elimination. Orton RKOs  Rollins but Reigns stops the cover. Ambrose then hits a headlock driver onto a chair on Orton to get him eliminated. Despite Triple H's best efforts, it was in vain as he receives a top rope knee by Rollins followed by a spear by Reigns to get the win.

I really enjoyed this match and I was very surprised that The Shield did a clean sweep. I would say that I hope that The Shield would go on to bigger and better things. However, Seth Rollins decided to betray the group and join up with Triple H. Whilst I'm surprised that they would do this, I thought that Rollins turning heel was a really good move. If anyone was going to turn heel, I thought it would be Amborse. The decision to do it with Rollins was I think a good idea and I'm interested to see what they do from here.

I quite enjoyed WWE Payback. I thought it was a good show with some pretty good matches. The next event is Money in the Bank, which is one of my favourite events of the year and I hope it is as good as this one.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

WWE Payback 2014 Preview

Promotional poster featuring Triple H.

WWE Payback will be taking place at the AllState Arena just outside Chicago. With Daniel Bryan acting like a bit of a dick and refusing to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. How will the event go this year?

The Pre-Show match will be Hornswoggle taking on El Torito in a hair vs mask match. I can't see Hornswoggle winning this so I guess he is going bald after this match.
Predicted Winner: El Torito

Evolution are facing The Shield in a no holds barred 6 man tag team elimination match. The match they had at Extreme Rules was really good and it will be interesting to see if they could be repeated this time. I think that The Shield will win again here.
Predicted Winners: The Shield

Paige will defend her Divas Championship against Alicia Fox. I quite like what Alicia Fox is doing at the minute and it would be interesting to see her win. However, I believe that Paige will win here.
Predicted Winner: Paige

Bad News Barrett will be challenged by Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. I'm enjoying Barrett right now and I can't see him losing here.
Predicted Winner: Bad News Barrett

Cesaro will challenge Sheamus for the United States Championship in what could be a really good match. Cesaro has been on fire since aligning himself with Paul Heyman. That, and the fact that I don't like Sheamus very much, means that I think that Cesaro will be the new United States Champion.
Predicted Winner: Cesaro

Big E  will take on Rusev in a battle of the beasts. I like both guys and they're good to watch. I would like to see Big E win. However, I can see Rusev continuing his winning streak in this match.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

John Cena will once again face Bray Wyatt in a last man standing match. The feud has not been that great over the last month and hopefully this match will end it. I'm going for Cena to win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

I won't get to see Payback until next weekend. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Extreme Rules 2014

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 took place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. How extreme will the event go? Let's take a look.

The Pre-Show match was a WeeLC match between El Torito and Hornswoggle.  For this match, everything was small: the tables, ladders and chairs; the referee; even the commentators. Anyway, after a few funny moments, El Torito sends Hornswoggle through a table with a springboard senton and pins him to win the match. This match wasn't anything special but it was funny at times which was perhaps the best way to get people interested in the event.
Winner: El Torito
Predictions: 1 for 1

The first match of the event is a triple threat elimination match between Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger and Cesaro. The match goes back and forth between the three of them and there was a nice bit where RVD powerbombs Cesaro to the floor followed by Swagger almost clotheslining RVD's head off. Swagger is the first one to be eliminated after getting hit with an impressive superplex by Cesaro, followed by a 5-star frog splash by RVD. After a few more minutes, RVD takes out a dustbin (I assume it's no disqualification) but Cesaro baseball slides the bin into him. RVD goes for the 5-star frog splash but he misses and hits the bin. Cesaro then hits neutraliser, sending RVD onto the bin, to get the victory. I really enjoyed the match, although the commentators annoyed me by them not realising that it was a triple threat elimination match.
Winner: Cesaro
Predictions: 2 for 2

We now get a handicap match with R-Truth and Xavier Woods taking on Alexander Rusev, in which Lana has dedicated the match to Vladimir Putin. Rusev doesn't fuck around here as he proceeds to completely destroy R-Truth and Woods. Woods is practically killed after Rusev hits him with an overhead bell-to-belly suplex on the floor. R-Truth does get some offence in but it's not enough as Rusev applies the Accolade while looking like he couldn't be more bored to get the win. Xavier Woods gets more punishment after the match when he gets hit with a fallaway slam on the floor. As I expected, this was a glorified squash match; although I was slightly surprised that R-Truth was on the offensive for as long as he was.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
Predictions: 3 for 3

Next is the Intercontinental Championship match as Bad News Barrett challenges Big E. Barrett gets in a lot of offence in with big boots and clotheslines. Big E does make a comeback with a few bell-to-belly suplexes and a spear sending Barrett off the apron to the floor. Barrett hits the Winds of Change then Wasteland to almost get the win a couple of times.  Barrett does eventually hit the Bullhammer to get the win and become the new Intercontinental Champion. I thought this match was a lot of fun. I'm not a fan of the Bullhammer being a finishing move but I like Bad News Barrett at the minute and I hope that WWE stick with the gimmick, as it seems to be over.
Winner: Bad News Barrett
Predictions: 4 for 4

Now, a match that I'm really looking forward to: Evolution taking on The Shield. Evolution get to wear down Rollins for a while before Rollins hits an enziguri on Orton. Ambrose hits the hot tag and beats down on Orton, including applying a figure four briefly. Evolution then start to wear down Ambrose for a little while. Triple H goes for the pedigree but it's countered into a back body drop then a DDT by Ambrose. Reigns gets the tag from Ambrose and hits flying clotheslines on everybody. Batista goes for the Batista bomb but he gets a Superman punch instead then the triple powerbomb. It looks like it's over but Triple H and Orton pull Reigns off Batista. Triple H hits the Pedigree then later on, a RKO by Orton on Reigns. It descends into chaos as the fight goes all over the place, including the timekeeper's position and the crowd. There was an awesome bit where Triple H and Orton are beating on Ambrose and Rollins does a crossbody on them from above an exit door. Back in the ring, Batista hits a spinebuster but Reigns responds with a Superman punch then a spear to get the win. This was a brilliant match to watch and whilst I thought that Evolution would win here, I think that The Shield winning is probably the right decision after all.
Winners: The Shield
Predictions: 4 for 5

Next was the steel cage match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena. Cena finds out early on that escaping the cage to win the match is not an option because of Harper and Rowan. There is a nice bi t where Cena is climbing the cage but he has to stop Wyatt from reverse crab walking his way out of the cage door. Later on, after powerbombing Wyatt, Cena tries to go out of the cage door. However, Harper and Rowan prevent him from doing so and this gives Wyatt the chance to recover and keep Cena in the cage. Cena tries to climb the cage and goes over the top but Rowan and later on, Harper stop him from doing so. Wyatt goes for the Sister Abigail but Cena reverses it into the STF. Wyatt tries to crawl his way out of the cage. Cena has to let go of the STF and drags Wyatt back in. Cena hits an AA from the second rope but Harper, who Cena had dragged in earlier, stops the pin. Cena manages to take out the whole Wyatt Family and looks like he is about to go out the cage door. However, the small kid who was in the choir on the previous RAW, appears and sings “He's Got the Whole World in his Hands” to Cena in a really creepy voice. This obviously distrubs Cena and this gives Wyatt the chance to hit Sister Abigail and climb out of the cage to get the win. This was a good match. I liked the choir spot that they did at the last RAW and I thought it would have better served in the lead up to their match at Wrestlemania. However, it now makes sense as they used it to play it into the ending here. I quite enjoyed this feud so far and I hope it continues for a little bit longer.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Predictions: 5 for 6

The penultimate match is for the Divas Championship as Paige, in her first ever PPV, is challenged by Tamina Snuka. Snuka uses her superior strength to dominate Paige during the match, including airplane spinning her into the crowd barrier. Paige manages to bet back into it and she avoids a superkick and applies a modified scorpion cross lock to get the win. I thought it was a pretty decent match and we saw a little bit more brutality than what we are used with Divas matches. That was refreshing to see.
Winner: Paige
Predictions: 6 for 7

The main event is an Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Corporate Demon Kane challenges Daniel Bryan. Kane starts using weapons almost straight away he uses a kendo stick on Bryan. Both guys use everything in their disposal such as kendo sticks, chairs and monitors to beat the crap out of each other. The action goes backstage through the Gorilla position. They end up fighting in the parking lot and Bryan knocks out Kane with a crowbar. Bryan then uses a forklift, that was conveniently nearby, to bring Kane back to the ring. Then Bryan hits a flying headbutt from the forklift for 2. Kane manages to recover and hit a chokeslam for 2. The match continues to go back and forth before Bryan applies the Yes Lock. Kane tries to get out of it using a kendo stick and eventually manages to crawl out of the ring. Bryan tries to do a suicide dive but Kane catches him and chokeslams him through the announce table. Kane then sets up a table then sets it on fire. That turns out to be a bad idea as Bryan sends Kane through the table. Two guys then use fire extinguishers on Kane, disorienting him and giving Bryan the chance to hit the running knee to get the win.  I quite enjoyed this match. However, I think that spots with the forklift and the table on fire might have been better served if they swapped places. I feel that the diving headbutt from the forklift would have been a great ending. Despite it, it was still fun.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Predictions: 7 for 8

I quite enjoyed Extreme Rules. Some of the matches were good and I thought the Shield/Evolution match is one of the matches of the year. However, I wasn't a fan of the ending of the main event. The next WWE event is Payback and that was a good event last year so hopefully it will be the same.