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.

Friday, 17 April 2015

WWE Wrestlemania 31 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 29 March 2015

WWE Wrestlemania 31 Preview


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.