Sunday, 24 January 2016

WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview

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The Road to Wrestlemania 32 officially begins as the Royal Rumble begins this evening at the Amway Center in Orlando. For the first time since 1992, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in the Royla Rumble match. So, let's look at the card.

The match on the Kick Off Show is a tag team match for a place in the Royal Rumble. The team of Darren Young and Damien Mizdow will take on The Dudley Boyz, The Ascension and the team of Mark Hnery and Jack Swagger. This is a tough one to call but I think that the Dudleys will win here.
Predicted Winners: The Dudley Boyz

Kalisto will get the chance to regain the United States Championship from Alberto Del Rio. I would like to see Kalisto win it and have the Title for more than a few days. However, I feel that Del Rio will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Usos will  challenge, for what seems like the billionth time, The New Day (Sucks!)  for the Tag Team Championship. I really want The New Day to win here but I don't think they will so The Usos to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

The Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose continues as they face each other in a Last Man Standing match for the Intercontinental Championship. I am really looking forward as I like Last Man Standing matches and I feel that they have the ability to steal the show here. I'm going for Ambrose to win here.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

Becky Lynch will face Charlotte  for the Divas Championship in what could be a good match. I would like to see Becky win it here but I feel that it's not going to happen til Wresltemania. Therefore, Charlotte to win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

The main event will be the Royal Rumble match as  Roman Reigns will defend his World Heavyweight Championship. The announced participants so far are: The Big Show, Curtis Axel, Bray Wyatt, Braun Stroman, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar, Stardust and Sheamus. Even though Roman Reigns has been drawn at number 1, he is definitelyt going to win it here and become only the third man after Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit to do it from number 1.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

My New Year's Resolution is to do the reports within 10 days of each event so  you should get a review of the show soon. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Lo-Down Wrestling Awards 2015

It's that time of year where I get to give out my wrestling awards. I didn't anywhere near as much wrestling as I would like. Despite that, I've enjoyed what I've seen. So, let's look at the winners.

Moment of the Year
Seth Rollins Cashing In His Money in the Bank Briefcase at Wrestlemania
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What a moment for Seth Rollins. To cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the main event of Wrestlemania was a very ballsy call. It made for great drama and a wonderful ending as Rollins pinned Roman Reigns to become World Heavyweight Champion.

PPV of the Year
Wrestlemania 31
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 Out of all the PPVs that I watched, I found this to be the most enjoyable. It had some really good matches and possibly the most dramatic ending to a Wrestlemania ever.
  
Most Surprising Moment of the Year
Kevin Owens Beating John Cena at WWE Elimination Chamber
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What a moment for Kevin Owens. To beat John Cena, the face of the company, clean in your first match on the main roster is a tremendous achievement. Shame that they announced a rematch that same night.

Douchebag of the Year
TNA
Over the last year, TNA lost another TV contract and let people go like Samoa Joe and  AJ Styles. Then they did a World Title Series that was recorded over 4 days then showed over 6 months. They have some great talent there (like EC3) but I don't think that that will be enough to save them.

Newcomer of the Year
Kevin Owens
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What a year for Kevin Owens. He joins NXT, becomes NXT Champion; beats John Cena in his first match on the main roster; then becomes Intercontinental Champion. Here's hoping 2017 will continue the rise of Owens.

Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
The New Day
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In a first, I'm giving this to a group and The New Day have been brilliant over the last year. They took something that was a stereotype that could have buried them into the best thing to see on WWE Television this year. Well done to them. 

Match of the Year
Bayley vs Sasha Banks, NXT Takeover Brooklyn

For the second time, a match from NXT wins this award. This match stole the show and their rematch, a 30 minute Iron Woman match at NXT Takeover Respect, was almost as good.


Tag Team of the Year
The New Day
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The first ever LDW Tag Team of the Year Award goes to The New Day, the best thing to see on the WWE right now.

Female Wrestler of the Year
Sasha Banks
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What a year for Sasha Banks. She became NXT Women's Champion then got involved in a tremendous feud with Bayley; then got promoted to the main roster. It's a shame she's with Tamina and Naomi, who aren't great, but I expect a big year for her in 2016.


Male Wrestler of the Year
Seth Rollins
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For most of the year, Seth Rollins was one of the best things to watch on WWE, along with The New Day. Rollins was involved in great matches over the year, including cashing in his Money in the Bank to become World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania. It's a shame he is out for a year as he could have done so much more. However, I look forward to his return and become World Heavyweight Champion once again.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

WWE TLC 2015 Review

WWE TLC took place at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday 13th December. There is normally a good crowd in Boston so will the WWE end their year on a high? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off show was between Becky Lynch and local girl Sasha Banks. I saw them face each other at the Smackdown taping in Manchester and it was my match of the night. Therefore, I was looking forward to this. The match had some back and forth and in the end, Becky had Sasha in the disarmer. However, Tamina distracted the referee giving Naomi the chance to interfere. Sasha then hit the backstabber followed by the bank statement to get the win. It was a good match, helped by the crowd being into it. I hope to see more matches between the two.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Predictions: 0 for 1

The first match on the show was for the Tag Team Championships as The New Day (sucks!) face the challenge of The Usos and The Lucha Dragons in a triple ladder match. This was a really entertaining match with the definite highlight being Kalisto hitting a salida del sol from the top of the ladder sending Jimmy Uso crashing through another ladder. In the end, Xavier Woods, who was brilliant on commentary, suddenly realises that the match is no disqualification and hits Kalisto with his trombone. Kofi then violently yanks off the ladder and grabs the belts to win the match. This was a great match which was fun to watch.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2

The next match was Rusev taking on Ryback. In quite a short match, Rusev gets out of the shell shock and kicks Ryback in the head. He then applies the accolade and Ryback passes out to give Rusev the win. The match wasn't anything special and whilst I'm happy to see Rusev and Lana back together, I'm not a fan of them shoving the lovey dovey stuff down my throat.
Winner: Rusev
Predictions: 0 for 3

Next is Jack Swagger challenging Alberto Del Rio in a chairs match for the United States Championship. As expected, they hit each other with chairs a lot. In the end, Del Rio does his shitty double stomp in the corner, sending Swagger onto a pile of chairs to get the win. Like the match, it was nothing special.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Predictions: 1 for 4 (finally!)

We now get a 8 man tables elimination match between The Wyatt Family and the team of The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno. The first man to be eliminated was Erick Rowan after was put through a table thanks to a 3D by the Dudleys. Harper then sends Ryhno through a table in the corner with a big boot. Devon then sets up a table but is slammed through it by Wyatt. Bubba Ray is the only one left after Harper suicide dives Dreamer through a table. Bubba Ray tries to set a table on fire and powerbomb Wyatt through it. However, Harper stops that with a kick and Stroman chokeslams Bubba Ray through a table to give his team the win. Except for the end, I didn't think that this was a good match. It seemed slow and you can obviously see some botches during it. It was nice to see Dreamer and Rhyno wrestle again but I'm in no hurry to see them again (if ever)
Winners: The Wyatt Family
Predictions: 1 for 5

Now a match I was looking forward to: Dean Ambrose challenging Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. Like their match at Survivor Series, this was another entertaining contest. Ambrose thought he won it when he got out of a pop up powerbomb to hit dirty deeds. However, Owens got a fingertip on the ropes. In the end, Ambrose managed to hit a huracanrana into a pin to become the new Intercontinental Champion. I was surprised that Ambrose won but it was throughly deserved and I hope he gets a good run with the belt.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Predictions: 1 for 6

The penultimate match was for the Divas Championship as Paige challenges Charlotte. Paige thinks she's won it after hitting the rampaige but Ric Flair puts Charlotte's leg under the ropes. Paige starts shouting at him and this gives Charlotte the chance to bounce Paige's head off the turnbuckle and roll her up to get the win. This was an interesting match to watch as Charlotte acted a lot like a heel even though she is the face in this feud. I thought it would be better if she acted like the face until Flair cheated to stop her from losing. Otherwise, except for the end, I thought it was a good match.
Winner: Charlotte
Predictions: 2 for 7

The main event is a TLC match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with Roman Reigns challenging Sheamus. As expected, this was a very physical and brutal match. Examples of this include: Reings sending Sheamus into the display of tables, ladders and chairs by the titantron; and Sheamus putting Reings through a table with a white noise. In the end, Reigns hits a Superman punch, sending Sheamus off the ladder and through a table. Reigns almost grabs the belt but he's stopped by Rusev and Alberto Del Rio. Reigns does deal with them but Sheamus sends him out of the ring with a brogue kick. He then climbs up to grab the belt and win the match.

Reigns doesn't take the loss well as he proceeds to destroy Sheamus, Rusev and Del Rio with a chair. The Authority come out to calm him down and he goes on to fuck up Triple H. The show ends with Reigns spearing Triple H as he's being carried to the back.

I thought this was a good match and it was good to see Reigns look like he could be a Champion. WWE were trying to give him a personality and make him John Cena-lite. However, I feel that, based on what happened after this match, it would be best to use elements of Goldberg's push.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 3 for 8

I wasn't a fan of this event. There were some good matches but most of them were either not great or didn't do anything to make them stand out. It's a shame as I think that WWE has had a decent year. With Reings becoming Champion the following night on RAW, it looks like they're giving him a run with the belt. I hope that they use this opportunity well.

Friday, 1 January 2016

WWE Survivor Series 2015 Review

WWE Survivor Series 2015 took place on Sunday 22nd November at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. We will be seeing a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion after the show. So who will it be? Let's take a look.

The match during the Kick Off was a Survivor Series match. It was the team of Hollywood Miz, Bo Dallas, Stardust and The Ascension taking on the team of Neville, The Dudley Boyz,Titus O'Neill and  Goldust. The first elimination was when Viktor was eliminated by Goldust with a powerslam. Konnor gets eliminated by Bubba Ray with a spine buster. Neville then gets eliminated by The Miz thanks to a skull crushing finale but he gates immediately eliminated when he gets rolled up by Goldust. Stardust becomes the omly person left on his team when Titus eliminated Bo with the Clash of the Titus. In the end, Stardust walks into a 3D to give the opposition the win. It was a good match and got the fans ready for the show.
Winners: The Dudley Boyz, Titus O'Neill and Goldust
Predictions: N/A

The event starts with the first semi-final of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament with Roman Reigns taking on United States Champion Alberto Del Rio. In an entertaining match, Del Rio thought he won it with a cross armbreaker but it was in vain as Reigns hit the spear to get the win. I really enjoyed the match and a good way to start the show.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Predictions: 1 for 1

The second semi-final was one that I was really looking to: Dean Ambrose taking on Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens. In the end, Owens goes for the pop-up powerbomb but Ambrose gets out of it and hits the Dirty Deeds to get the win. This match was throughly enjoyable and it sets up an interesting final between Reigns and Ambrose.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Predictions: 2 for 2

We now get the second Survivor Series elimination match. It's the team of Ryback, The Lucha Dragons and The Usos against the team of The New Day (sucks!), King Barrett and Sheamus. The first elimination took place when Sin Cara 2.0 pinned Barrett after a swanton bomb. Jimmy Uso was eliminated thanks to a double stomp off the top ropes by Woods then Sheamus eliminates Sin Cara 2.0 with a brogue kick. The teams are down to 3 each when Big E is eliminated thanks to Jey Uso. Woods and Kofi take Big E to the back, leaving Sheamus by himself. In the end, Ryback hit Sheamus with the Shell Shock to get his team the win. I thought it was a good match and The New Day continue to show why they are probably the best thing to watch in the WWE right now.
Winners: Kalisto, Ryback and Jey Uso
Predictions: N/A

The Divas Championship is on the line as Paige challenges Charlotte. Charlotte manages to apply the figure 4 early on but is forced to let go when Paige gets out of the ring. The match changes momentum a few times until Charlotte spears Paige off the barricade. Charlotte gets her back into the ring and applies the figure 8 to get the win. It was a good match but some of Charlotte's actions during the match was questionable as she's supposed to be the good guy in this feud.
Winner: Charlotte
Predictions: 3 for 3

Next we get Tyler Breeze taking on  Dolph Ziggler. In quite a short match, Breeze kicks Ziggler in the knee, giving him the chance to hit the Unprettier to get the win. It was a good match and I look forward to see how Breeze does on the main roster. You know, before creative find some way to fuck it up.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
Predictions: 4 for 4

The penultimate match was between the team of The Undertaker and Kane and two members of the Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper.  Wyatt and Harper get the advantage after Braun Stroman sent Kane flying over the announce table. Undertaker gets the hot tag after Kane hit a running DDT on Wyatt. They proceed to chokeslam both Wyatt and Harper followed by Stroman through the Spanish announce table. In the end, Undertaker hits the tombstone piledriver on Harper to get the win. It was a decent match. However, I feel that Wyatt should have taken the loss. Plus, I still don't get why Stroman wasn't in the match.
Winners: Kane and The Undertaker
Predictions: 5 for 5

The main event was the final of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament with Dean Ambrose taking on Roman Reigns. They go all out for this match, going at an fast pace. Ambrose almost wins it with the dirty deeds but in the end, Ambrose gets hit with the spear after he goes for an avalanche splash and Reigns wins. I thought, although it was quite short, was very enjoyable. I was expecting an Ambrose heel turn and become Champion. However, I'm glad that they didn't.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Predictions: 5 for 6

After some confetti and fireworks, Triple H comes out to congratulate Reigns. Reigns responds by spearing him. Suddenly, Sheamus comes in, brogue kicks Reigns and cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Sheamus immediately covers Reigns but he kicks out. Sheamus then hits another brogue kick to get the win. I was quite surprised that the WWE  went down this road. I assume that they want to do the same route as they did with Daniel Bryan. However, Reigns is not that kind of wrestler. I wonder if it would be better if they go down the Goldberg route.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: N/A

I thought that Survivor Series was a good show. I did question some of the creative decisions behind the matches but they were generally good. We now have to see how they handle Sheamus and Reigns.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

WWE TLC 2015 Preview

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The final PPV of the year, TLC (no Stairs this year) takes place this evening at the TD Garden in Boston. How will the year end in the WWE? Let's look at the card.

On the Pre-Show, we will have Becky Lynch  facing Sasha Banks. I saw these two wrestle at the Smackdown/Main Event taping in Manchester last month and it was really good. So, I'm hoping for the same here. I think that Becky will win here.
Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch

Rusev will face Ryback in a match that could be ok. I'm going for Rusev to win here.
Predicted Winner: Ryback

The New Day (sucks!) will defend their Tag Team Championships in a triple threat ladder match against The Usos and The Lucha Dragons. This should be an entertaining match and I can any of those teams winning. I'm going for The Usos to win here.
Predicted Winners: The Usos

Jack Swagger will challenge Alberto Del Rio in a chairs match for the United States Championship. Whilst I can see Swagger winning, I don't think he actually will. So, Del Rio to win here.
Predicted Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Wyatt Family will face the team of the ECW Originals (The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno) This could be a fun match and I'm going for the ECW Originals to win here.
Predicted Winners: ECW Originals

Paige will get another chance to challenge Charlotte for the Divas Championship. This could be a good match and  I think that Charlotte will win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

Dean Ambrose will challenge Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. This should be another good match and I feel that Owens will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

The main event will see Roman Reigns challenge Sheamus for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I don't if the match will be any good and it should hopefully be entertaining. I'm going for Sheamus to win here.
Predicted Winner: Sheamus

I'm planning to have the Survivor Series and TLC reports up by Christmas. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

WWE Survivor Series 2015 Preview

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WWE Survivor Series 2015 will take place this evening at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The WWE celebrating 25 years of the Undertaker and we get to see who will be the new WWE Worold Heavyweight Champion. Let's look at the card.

Tyler Breeze will make his PPV debut against Dolph Ziggler. This has the potential to be a good match and I feel that Breeze will win here.
Predicted Winner: Tyler Breeze

The Divas Championship will be on the line as Paige challenges Charlotte. Yeta again, the potential to be a good match between the two. I would love for Paige but I believe that Charlotte will retain here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

 Two from The Wyatt Family will face The Undertaker and Kane. It's a shame that this isn't a Survivor Series match but I digress. Anyway, it has to be a victory for Undertaker and Kane here.
Predicted Winners: Undertaker and Kane

We now come to the semi-finals of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament. The first one we're going to look at is Roman Reigns taking on United States Champion Alberto Del Rio. Yeah, I'll be an idiot if I didn't think that Reigns will win.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

The second semi final is one that I'm looking forward to, which is Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens taking on Dean Ambrose. I would love for Owens to win here but it has to be Ambrose.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

That means, if I got this right, that it will be Dean Ambrose versus Roman Reigns for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A lot of people fully expect one of them to turn heel during this match. I might be going against the grain here but I'm going for Ambrose to win here. However, don't be surprised if Sheamus makes an appearance to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase afterwards.
Predicted Winner: Dean Ambrose

I'm finally caught up with my PPV reviews and I plan to publish the review for this during the week plus a report on watching the Smackdown taping in Manchester earlier this month. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 took place on Sunday 25th October 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With Undertaker facing Brock Lesnar and the US Title Open Challenge, this should be a good event. Let's take a look.

The Pre-Show match was the team of Cesaro, Neville and Dolph Ziggler taking on the team of King Barrett, Sheamus and Rusev. After over ten minutes, Cesaro hit Barrett with the big swing then tagged in Neville, who hit the red arrow to get the win. A enjoyable contest, considering the guys seemed to be just thrown together.
Winners: Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Neville
Predictions: 1 for 1

The Pay-Per-View starts with John Cena doing his open challenge for the United States Championship. We get Zeb Colter introducing Alberto Del Rio?!?!?! Wow, I was expecting a guy from NXT but this is great. Del Rio goes to win the match with a backstabber followed by a kick to the head...? This was a decent match but the ending really bothered me. Cena has spent his career kicking out of a fucking billion finishers and never submits; yet he loses to those two moves, which are not finishers. I get the problem with Del Rio using the cross armbreaker on Cena but he could have done something more believable to win the match.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Predictions: 1 for 2

Next we get the first Hell in a Cell match with Roman Reigns facing Bray Wyatt. Despite Bray's best efforts, Reigns gets the win after hitting Bray with a broken kendo sitck followed by a spear. This was a really good match although I'm still not quite convinced about Reigns being a main eventer.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Predictions: 2 for 3

The next match is for the Tag Team Championships as The New Day (sucks!) face the challenge of The Dudley Boyz. This time, they don't get disqualified but cheat throughout the match. In the end, Big E hit Bubba with the trombone. Devon clotheslines Big E out of the ring but Kofi hit Bubba with the trouble in paradise to get the win. Again, a decent match between the two teams.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 2 for 4 

Next is the Divas Championship match as Nikki Bella challenges Charlotte.  Charlotte manages to apply the figure eight but Nikki got to the ropes. Charlotte, however, eventually applies it again to get the win. A good match between the two and I think that in order to develop the Divas division, we have to start weeding out people like the Bellas.
Winner: Charlotte
Predictions: 3 for 5

Next is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match as Demon Kane challenges Seth Rollins. Kane put up a good fight after being powerbombed onto the Spanish announce table, then being hit with a frogsplash. Despite that, Seth hit Kane with a pedigree to get the win. This means that we won't get to see Corporate Kane anymore. This was a good match between the two and, even though beating Kane is not as big as it used to be, Seth needs wins like this. I would say, long may it continue but an incident in a house show in Dublin has massively fucked that idea up.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 4 for 6

The Intercontinental Championship is on the line as Kevin Owens faces the challenge of Ryback. Owens gets the win after hitting the pop up powerbomb. A decent match but it was hard to follow the Rollins/Kane match.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Predictions: 5 for 7

The main event is a Hell in a Cell match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. Brock gets a cut to the head quite early on, which was surprising and I assume it was to emphasise the brutality of this match. Despite Lesnar hitting 3 suplexes and 2 F5s, he was struggling to put Taker away.  The ring boards get exposed and Taker chokeslammed Lesnar onto them followed by a tombstone piledriver. In the end, Lesnar hit a low blow then a F5 to get the win. Afterwards, the Wyatt Family attack Taker and carry him to the back in the shape of a cross.

This match was easily the best match of the three that they had. My only issue is that Taker's win at Summerslam was a very tainted one and it would have been nice to see him win clean. Having said that, Lesnar doing a low blow was a bit of a surprising move. I assume that they wanted to show the limits of what they were prepared to do.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Predictions: 5 for 8

I thought that Hell in a Cell was a good event with some good matches. It would have been interesting to see where the WWE go from here. However, Seth Rollins serious knee injury at a house show in Dublin means that the focus will be the tournament to determine the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Hopefully, we get some good wrestling during it.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

WWE Night of Champions 2015 Review

WWE Night of Champions 2015 took place on Sunday September 20th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Due to the fact that I'm seriously behind on my reviews, I'm changing the format with it explaining how the match ended and my opinion of it. If you have any thoughts about this change, let me know. Now, let's take a look at the show

The Pre Show match was the team of Stardust and The Ascension taking on Neville and The Lucha Dragons. This was an entertaining match to watch and in the end, Viktor shoved down Neville after he hit the red arrow on Stardust. This gave Stardust the chance to recover and hit the cross rhodes to get his team the win.
Winners: Stardust and The Ascension
Predictions: 0 for 1

The first match of the show is for the Intercontinental Championship as Kevin Owens challenges Ryback. In an even contest, Owens raked Ryback's eyes to get out of the shell shock then rolled him up to become the new Intercontinental Champion. This was a good match and an entertaining way to start the show.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Predictions: 1 for 2

Next was Dolph Ziggler taking on Rusev. I felt sorry for them as the crowd were more interested in Lana than the wrestlers. In a weird ending, Summer Rae got ejected for yelling at the ref after a pin attempt for Rusev. In response, Summer threw her shoe at the ref but it hit Rusev instead. This gave Ziggler the chance to hit the Zig-Zag to get the win. I wasn't a fan of the ending as it makes Rusev look stupid but it was a decent match.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Predictions: 2 for 3

The Tag Team Championship match was next as The Dudley Boyz challenge The New Day (sucks!) The Dudleys looked like they were going to win it after hitting the 3D on Kofi but Xavier Woods broke the pin causing a disqualification. The Dudleys don't take this well and hit Woods with a 3D through the table. Another good match with The New Day being one of the most entertaining things in WWE right now.
Winners: The Dudley Boyz
Predictions: 2 for 4

We next got the Divas Championship as Charlotte challenges  Nikki Bella. Despite Nikki focusing his offense on Charlotte's left leg, Charlotte managed to power through and apply the figure eight to get the win. Afterwards, Paige, Becky Lynch and Ric Flair celebrate with her. I enjoyed this match and with the addition of Sasha Banks to the main roster, it looks like the Divas Division will have a bright future, if creative don't fuck it up.
Winner: Charlotte
Predictions: 3 for 5

Next we get The Wyatt Family taking on the team of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and mystery partner Chris Jericho. Braun Stroman seemed to be the focus of the match and he got the win by applying Jericho in an elevated clutch. Afterwards, Jericho blew off Reigns and Ambrose. Quite a good match overall.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
Predictions: 3 for 6

The United States Championship was next as John Cena challenging Seth Rollins.  Unfortunately, even though I predicted him to win, John Cena got the win after hitting a top rope guillotine leg drop then an AA.  I really enjoy these matches between the two and this one was once again, a good match.
Winner: John Cena
Predictions: 4 for 7

It looks like it's about to be a lot worse for Rollins as Sting comes out to challenge him for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Luckily, Seth managed to counter the Scropion deathlock with a roll up to get the win. Afterwards, Sheamus tries to cash in his MITB but Demon Kane comes out and chokeslams him and then Rollins. This was a good match and well done to Rollins for giving us 2 good matches.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 4 for 8

I thought that Night of Champions was quite enjoyable with some good matches. I was surprised that Rollins retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but I'm glad he did and long may his reign continue. 

 




Sunday, 25 October 2015

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 Preview

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Hell in a Cell takes place this evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Will Undertaker finally get his revenge (cleanly) as he faces Brock Lesnar? Let's look at the card.

In the Pre Show, the team of Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and Neville will face the team of King Barrett, Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus and Rusev. Whilst it's a bit of a shame that these guys are on the Pre Show, this should be a good match. I'm going for Ziggler, Cesaro and Neville to win here.
Predicted Winners: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and Neville

The New Day (sucks!) will face the challenge of The Dudley Boyz for the Tag Team Championships. Whilst I've generally enjoyed the reign of The New Day, I feel that the Dudleys will win here.
Predicted Winners: The Dudley Boyz

The Intercontinental Championship is on the line as Ryback challenges Kevin Owens. This could be a good match and Ryback could regain the Championship. However, I don't think that will happen; so Owens to win here.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Our first Hell in a Cell match will be between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt. This could go either way and I fully expect the Wyatt Family will interfere despite the Cell. Despite that, I think that Reigns will win here.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

United States Champion John Cena has decided to issue an open challenge. I don't know who it could be but I feel that Cena will still win here.
Predicted Winner: John Cena

Nikki Bella will get a chance to regain her Divas Championship as she challenges Charlotte. This could be a good match and I think that Charlotte will win here. However, I have a feeling that Paige could make an appearance.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

Seth Rollins will face the challenge of Demon Kane for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. If Rollins wins, Corporate Kane will lose his job as Director of Operations. This is a tough one to call as I don't think that Rollins will lose his title or Kane will lose his job. I'm going for Rollins to win but I won't be surprised if it ends up as a no contest.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins

The second Hell in a Cell match is between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. Hopefully this was not end up in a clusterfuck but I feel that Undertaker will get a clean win here.
Predicted Winner: Undertaker

I will get to watch this during the week and hopefully write up the review next week. I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Monday, 19 October 2015

WWE Summerslam 2015 Review

WWE Summerslam took place at the Barclays Center in New York on the 23rd August. It looks like it will be a great event, looking at the card. So, how will it fare? Let's take a look.

After the show starts with a segment involving Jon Stewart and Mick Foley, we get our first match, which is Randy Orton taking on Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus. Highlights of the match include: Orton hitting an exploder suplex and later on, a hanging DDT; and Orton hitting a RKO with Sheamus rolling out of the ring. In the end, Sheamus reverses an attempt at a punt to hit the white noise followed by a brogue kick to get the win. The middle of the match wasn't great. However, they had some unique sequences, which helped to engage a generally tough New York crowd. Overall, a good way to start the Pay-Per-View.
Winner: Sheamus
Predictions: 0 for 1

The next match is for the Tag Team Championships as The Prime Time Players face the challenges of    The New Day (sucks!), Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores in a fatal 4-way match. Like their match last month, Darren Young gets worn down by their opponents. Eventually, Young breaks free from Kofi and tags in Titus. Titus clears out everyone and hits the Clash of the Titus on one of the Matadores. However, Kofi had already tagged himself in by this point and he throws out Titus and pins the Matador to win the Championships for The New Day. I was quite surprised that The New Day won. However, thinking about it, it makes sense. The New Day are one of the best things on WWE TV at the minute and giving them the Championships would help to keep that momentum.
Winners: The New Day
Predictions: 0 for 2

 Next was Dolph Ziggler (with Lana) facing Rusev (with Summer Rae). Quite early on, Rusev went fot the Accolade and Summer Rae tries to slap Lana. However, Lana slaps her, causing Rusev to release the hold to shout at Lana. The fight goes to the outside and Lana and Summer get into it. Ziggler then superkicks Rusev onto the announce table. Unfortunately, while all this was happening, the referee was counting and neither of them got back into the ring in time before the ref rang the bell for a double count out. The match was decent enough but I wasn't a fan of the finish. That means that the feud will continue (yay?)
Winner: None due to Double Count Out
Predictions: 0 for3

Next was King Barrett and Stardust taking on Neville and Stephen Amell. Amell surprised Stardust with some wrestling moves. However, Barrett tagged in and cut off Amell with a kick to the gut. Stardust and Barrett work on Amell in their corner before Amell manages to get in a kick to Stardust and tags in Neville. The action goes to the outside and Amell does a neat cross body to the heels. Neville then rolls in Barrett and hits the red arrow to get the win. I quite enjoyed this match. However, considering that Amell and Stardust were the focus of this feud, it felt weird that they weren't involved in the finish. I suppose this means that their feud will continue and I'm not if I want that to happen.
Winners: Neville and Stephen Amell
Predictions: 1 for 4

We now get the triple threat match with Ryback  facing the challenges of Hollywood Miz and The Big Show. At the beginning, Miz goes out of the ring forcing Ryback and Show to fight each other. Show runs down both guys before Ryback cuts that off with a chopblock. A couple of minutes later, Miz hits a skull crushing finale on Ryback after he hits Show with a shell shock. Miz tries to pin both guys numerous times before Show hits him with the KO punch. Ryback then clotheslines Show out of the ring and pins Miz to get the win. This was a good match until the end. The New Day did that to win their match earlier; and it is not something that Ryback (who is the face) should do to win as it's a heelish move.
Winner: Ryback
Predictions: 2 for 5

Next is a tag team match between Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Harper and Wyatt take advantage after Reigns was smashed into the announce table to wear down Ambrose. Reigns eventually recovers to take the tag from Ambrose and he lands some offense before getting hit by a sit down powerbomb from Harper. Reigns goes on to hit Superman punches to both Wyatts before he and Ambrose hit a doomsday device on Harper and Wyatt breaks up the pin. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail on Ambrose but he gets out of it and hits dirty deeds. Reigns then hits the spear to get the win. The match was pretty decent although it seems that the anti Reigns crowd is making a comeback.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Predictions: 3 for 6

 Next is World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins taking on US Champion John Cena for both Championships. Highlights of the match include: Rollins hitting a running shooting star press; Cena hitting an AA early on; Rollins missing a phoenix splash and getting the STF put on him; and Cena applying a figure four and Rollins reversing it. The end comes when we get a ref bump and Jon Stewart runs down with a chair and hits Cena in the gut. Rollins then hits Cena with the Pedigree onto the chair to win the match and become the first wrestler since Goldberg in WCW to hold the US title and the World title. I really enjoyed this match and it's one of my favourite matches if the year. However, I wasn't really a fan of the end. I like Jon Stewart but I feel that him helping Rollins might not have made sense to much of the audience.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Predictions: 3 for 7

We now get a three team Divas elimination match involving the teams of Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Paige; Sasha Banks, Naomi and Tamina;  and Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox. Early on, the Bellas do suicide dives to everyone and Tamina gets pinned in the middle of the ring, eliminating her team. The Bellas and Alicia start to work on Paige before she manages to tag in Charlotte. She later on tags in Becky who hits an urange on Brie to get the win. This wasn't a bad match. However, the main issue with The Divas Revolution is the character development or lack of.
Winners: Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Paige
Predictions: 4 for 8

The penultimate match is Kevin Owens facing Cesaro. Cesaro goes for the big swing early on, but Owens blocked in and sent Cesaro to the outside. Owens works on Cesaro, hitting moves such as
a cannonball splash into the barricade. Cesaro deso get back into it with moves such as a giant lift up slam. However, it goes pear shaped when Owens crotches Cesaro on the top turnbuckle then hits s top rope suplex driver. He followed that up with a pop-up powerbomb to get the win. This was a good win for Owens after losing his feud with John Cena then losing his his NXT title to Finn Balor the night before. Overall, a solid match.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Predictions: 4 for 9

The main event is the Revenge of the Taker (again and kind of) as Undertaker faces Brock Lesnar. Highlights of the match include: Lesnar hitting 4 German suplexes and getting busted open early on; Taker hitting a tombstone for 2; Lesnar applying the kimura then getting hit with the last ride; and Lesnar hitting 3 F-5s. In the end, Taker puts Lesnar in the Hell's gate but it's reversed into the kimura. Taker rolls to pin Lesnar and he kicks out and the bell rings. The referee Charles Robinson goes to the timekeeper and states that he didn't call for the bell. Meanwhile, Taker low blowed Lesnar and reapplies the Hell's gate. Lesnar eventually passes out giving Taker the win.

Up until the end, this was a really enjoyable match. However, the ending ruined it for me. We all expected Undertaker to win and get his revenge for Lesnar breaking the Streak. The ending makes it look like that Taker didn't deserve to win, especially as the replay shows Taker tapping out. Anyway, it looks like we will get Taker/Lesnar III in the foreseeable future.

I quite enjoyed Summerslam. However, I wasn't a fan of some of the endings. I get it creates debate and more matches but it flies in the face of even WWE logic, which is impressive and slightly disappointing.