Wednesday, 2 September 2015

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 Review

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 took place on Sunday June 14th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. This is one of my favourite events of the year and we get to see a potential WWE World Heavyweight Champion. So, who will it be? Let's take a look.

After a ten bell salute for Dusty Rhodes, who passed away that week; we get the Money in the Bank match. The competitors are Randy Orton, Neville, Corporate Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and Roman Reigns. Highlights of the match include: Sheamus hitting Ziggler with white noise; Reigns powerbombing Kofi onto a ladder then powerbombing Neville on top of him; and Orton pulling Neville off the ladder into a RKO. After Reigns does an over the top suicide dive to the wrestlers, Big E and Xavier Woods from The New Day (sucks!) run in and try to help Kofi win the match. Reigns takes out Big E and Woods then pulls Kofi off and powerbombs him onto everyone on the outside. Reigns then spears Orton and starts to climb up the ladder. Suddenly, Bray Wyatt appears, pulls Reigns off the ladder and hits him with the Sister Abigail. This gives Sheamus the chance to climb up the ladder and grab the briefcase to win the match.

I quite enjoyed this match and there were some good spots. I was convinced that, with the way the WWE have pushing him, Roman Reigns would win the match. I was surprised that Sheamus won instead. I'm not sure if Sheamus would become the World Heavyweight Champion or be the 3rd ever person to cash in and fail; but it will be interesting to see what they do with him.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 0 for 1

Next is the Divas Championship match with Paige challenging Nikki Bella. Paige does a rolling senton to Nikki on the outside but Nikki responds by bouncing Paige off the barrier. Nikki keeps on the pressure with a chinlock and a springboard suplex. Paige gets back into it and hits the RamPaige for 2. When they knock each other out of the ring, Brie Bella comes from under the ring to do their Twin Magic bullshit. Paige then reverses a small package attempt to win the match. Or so she thought. Brie then tells them that he isn't Nikki. The referee, instead of disqualifying the Bellas, continues the match and Nikki slides in and hits the Rack Attack and win the match. Up until the end, it was a good match. I'm a big fan of Paige and the Bellas are continuing to show improvement. However, the end ruined it. It was nice to see Twin Magic backfire for once but everyone is saying that Nikki should have been disqualified. Also, Twin Magic is getting ridiculous. Not only does Nikki have breast implants but their hair is now different. The referees are obviously thick as shit in the WWE.
Winner: Nikki Bella

Predictions: 0 for 2

The next match is for the Intercontinental Championship as Big Show challenges Ryback, with Hollywood Miz on guest commentary. Almost immediately, Ryback stopped a charging Show with a spear followed by a meat hook clothesline. Show cut off Ryback and hit some power offense and slaps to the chest. Ryback ducked the KO punch to go for the Shell Scock but Show hit him and knocked him out of the ring.  When Show rolled Ryback into the ring, Miz attacked Show with the mic, causing a disqualification. Miz then attacked Ryback. This match was at a fast pace, which was surprising. I don’t quite get Miz’s motivations to attack them but I assume he has his reasons.
Winner: Big Show
Predictions: 0 for 3

Next is John Cena taking on Kevin Owens (again). Highlights of the match include: Owens reversing an AA into a release German suplex; Owens kicking out of the AA twice; Cena kicking out of the pop-up powerbomb; and Cena applying the STF followed by a modified Styles Clash. In the end, Cena manages to hit the AA for a third time to get the win. Afterwards, Owens responds to Cena’s offer of a handshake by shaking his hand then kicking him in the gut then powerbombing him onto the ring apron. I really enjoyed this match and it really sold Owens well. I’m slightly worried that he will go back to NXT and won’t get called up again for a while. However, I don’t think that will happen.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 1 for 4

The penultimate match is for the Tag Team Championships as The Prime Time Players challenge Xavier Woods and Big E from The New Day. Woods and Big E beat down on Young before O'Neill gets tagged in. A couple of minutes later, O'Neill hits Woods with a turnaround spinebuster to get the win, making The Prime Time Players the new Tag Team Champions. This has a very short match and I didn't think it would end with a spinebuster. Anyway, congratulations to the Prime Time Players.
Winners: The Prime Time Players
Predictions: 1 for 5

The main event is a ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as Dean Ambrose challenges Seth Rollins. Highlights of the match include:  Ambrose hitting a butterfly overhead suplex into the ladder; Rollins applying a figure four around the ringpost; them brawling in the crowd; and Rollins powerbombing Ambrose into the barricade. The end comes when Rollins powerbombs Ambrose into a pile of chairs then buries him underneath them. Rollins climbs up the ladder but Ambrose gets out of the pile and goes after him. They both take the belt off the rung and fall off the ladder. Ambrose loses his grip on the belt as they hit the mat, making Rollins the winner. Afterwards, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley come out and celebrate with Rollins. This was a really good match and I really liked the ending.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 2 for 6

I thought that Money in the Bank was a good PPV with some good matches. However, I was disappointed that the match that the event is named after was on first and I was surprised that Sheamus won. It looks like they see Sheamus as future Champion. However, I thought that when Sandow won in 2013 and looked what happened. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

WWE SummerSlam 2015 Preview

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SummerSlam 2015 takes place this evening at the Staples Center in...wait. It's not in Los Angeles? Oh right, this year it's in the Barclays Center in New York. With Undertaker deciding to get his revenge against Brock Lesnar, does this have the potential to be the best PPV of the year? Let's look at the card.

The Prime Time Players will defend their Tag Team Championships against The Lucha Dragons, Los Matadores and The New Day(sucks) in a Fatal 4-way. This could be a good match and it's hard to see who could win it. I'm going for the status quo and think that the Prime Time Players will keep their titles.
Predicted Winners: The Prime Time Players

The Intercontinental Championship is on the line in a triple threat match as Hollywood Miz and The Big Show challenge Ryback. Ryback has been ok as Champion so far and I can't see him losing this so I'll think he'll retain.
Predicted Winner: Ryback

Kevin Owens will face Cesaro  in a match that I'm looking forward to seeing. Both men could win this but I'm going for Cesaro to win here.
Predicted Winner: Cesaro

The team of King Barrett and Stardust take on the team of Neville and Stephen Amell. This is an interesting one to watch. Neville and Amell will obviously win here but it's a big ask of Neville to carry him through this. Hopefully it will go well.
Predicted Winners: Neville and Stephen Amell

Team B.A.D., PCB and Team Bella will face each other in a three team elimination match. I've not seen very much of the Divas Revolution so far but I'm excited for this match. I can see WWE being assholes and letting Team Bella win. However, if they have any fucking sense, they won't. Personally, I think that PCB will win.
Predicted Winners: PCB

The team of Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper will face Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. This is another match that I'm looking forward to seeing. I think that Ambrose and Reigns will win.
Predicted Winners: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns

Dolph Ziggler will face Rusev in what could be a good match. I'm going for Ziggler to win here.
Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Randy Orton will face Sheamus in a match that I couldn't give a fuck about. However, I have to predict a winner so fuck it, Orton to win.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

Undertaker will get his chance of revenge against Brock Lesnar. Hopefully this will be a better match than the one they had at Wrestlemania XXX. Anyway, unless WWE want to shock the world again, Lensar is not winning this.
Predicted Winner: Undertaker

Oh look, John Cena is challenging Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I'm quite looking forward to it. I would love for Rollins to win here but I think it will be Cena wins and becomes Champion once again (yay)
Predicted Winner: John Cena

I know I'm massively behind on my PPV reviews. Work and other matters has meant I haven't seen Battleground yet. Hopefully, I will get up to date with my reviews in the next fortnight. Until then, have a good time watching the show,

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper (1954-2015)

Roddy Piper and Bret Hart interviewed pre match by Mean Gene 

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 27 July 2015

WWE Payback 2015 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 19 July 2015

WWE Battleground 2015 Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 14 June 2015

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 Preview


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 12 June 2015

Dusty Rhodes (1945-2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 8 June 2015

WWE Extreme Rules 2015 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 17 May 2015

WWE Payback 2015 Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 26 April 2015

WWE Extreme Rules 2015 Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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