Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WWE Fastlane 2017 Review

WWE Fastlane, the last PPV before Wrestlemania, took place on Sunday 5th March at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have to admit, having a PPV in March is a little weird but let's take a look and see how it goes.

The match on the Pre Show is The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar versus Akira Tozowa and Rich Swann. Kendrick and Dar get the advantage and wear down Tozowa. Tozowa manages to tag in Swan but then he gets worn down. Tozowa and Swann make their comeback make their comeback and get the win thanks to Swann hitting a Phoenix splash on Dar. This match wasn't too bad.
Winners: Akira Tozowa and Rich Swann (0 for 1)

The first match on the show was Samoa Joe taking on Sami Zayn. Joe is dominant for most of the match, although Sami came close with a blue thunder bomb. In the end, Joe does get the win with a coquina clutch. This was a really good match and it's great to see Samoa Joe on the main roster and, at the minute, being used right.
Winner: Samoa Joe (1 for 2)

Next is Enzo and Cass challenging Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championship. Gallows and Anderson get the advantage after Anderson kicks Enzo in the back of the head. Enzo, after getting beaten up, eventually gets the hot tag to Cass. They go on to hit the Bada Boom Shakalaka but Gallows breaks up the pin. Anderson knees Enzo in the head then covers him. Enzo does put his foot on the ropes but Gallows pushes it off and the referee doesn't see it. This was quite a good match and I'm quite looking for a possible rematch at Wrestlemania
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (2 for 3)

We now get Nia Jax against Sasha Banks. Sasha starts at a fast pace before Nia takes control, focusing on the back. Sasha does manage to apply a sleeper to slow Nia down. In the end, Sasha gets the win with a bridging sunset flip out of nowhere. I was a bit surprised that Sasha won but this was a decent match.
Winner: Sasha Banks (2 for 4)

Next is Jinder Mahal against Cesaro. Earlier in the night, Mahal and Rusev ended their partnership and General Manager Mick Foley gave them single matches. Before this match, they brawled and it ended with Mahal sending him over the barrier. Anyway, the match ends when Mahal sees Rusev standing by the announce table. He then walks into a pop up European uppercut by Cesaro and Cesaro wins. Not a great match to be honest.
Winner: Cesaro (N/A)
 
After Rusev beat up Mahal in retaliation to earlier, he took on The Big Show. Despite Rusev's best efforts, Big Show hit 3 choke slams followed by a knock out punch to get the win. This felt like a filler match, which you shouldn't have on PPV.
Winner: The Big Show (N/A)

Now, a match that I was really looking forward to: Jack Gallagher challenging King Neville of the Cruiserweights for the Cruiserweight Championship. Gallagher frustrates Neville at the beginning before Neville gets the advantage. Gallagher is forced to do moves that he doesn't usually do, such as a suicide dive and a back suplex from the top turnbuckle. Neville comes close after a brutal German suplex followed by a Phoenix splash. In the end, Neville hits the Red Arrow to get the win. This was a really good match and it was probably Neville's best match since he turned heel.
Winner: Neville (3 for 5)

Next is Roman Reigns taking on Braun Strowman. Strowman hits big power moves such as a spinebuster and a Samoan drop but Reigns doesn't stay down. Reigns does mount a comeback but he gets power slammed through the Spanish announce table. In the end, Strowman misses a top rope splash and Reigns spears him to get the win. It was a good match but I feel that Strowman should have won.
Winner: Roman Reigns (4 for 6)

The penultimate match is for the RAW Women's Championship as Charlotte Flair challenges Bayley. In an interview earlier on, Bayley wanted Charlotte's lackey, Dana Brooke, to backstage and, surprisingly, Charlotte did that. After some back and forth, Charlotte clotheslines Bayley outside the ring to gain the advantage. Bayley eventually makes her comeback and comes close aftera hurracarrana then a Macho Man elbow drop. In the end, Charlotte is about to go to for a moonsault to the outside when Sasha Banks runs down and they brawl. This gives Bayley the chance to hit a Belly-to-Bayley on the outside. When the action goes back into the ring, Charlotte does a roll up with a handful of tights, which Sasha points out to the ref. Charlotte kicks out at Sasha then Bayley hits another Belly-to-Bayley to get the win.

Ok, where to start with this? First of all, Charlotte losing her first match on PPV was a surprise as I thought they would do it at Wrestlemania. Secondly, why didn't this match end in a disqualification? Sasha comes out and interferes twice, helping Bayley. Bayley is the babyface here, right? She is the most babyface character WWE have had in years and I'm worried about what WWE are doing with her.
Winner: Bayley (4 for 7)

The main event was for the Universal Championship as Goldberg challenges Kevin Owens. After both guys are introduced, Owens spends ages outside the ring walking around. He finally gets in and demands that the bell be rung. Suddenly, The Gift of Jericho comes out, distracting Owens. The referee decides that this is a prefect time to ring the bell and Goldberg hits a spear followed by a jackhammer to get the win and become the Universal Champion. The match lasted 22 seconds.

Ok, what the actual fuck? I cannot believe that the main event of a PPV ended like this. They do musical distractions leading to endings all the time on RAW and it's so annoying. Also, this match committed a cardinal sin, which is you absolutely cannot feel sorry for a heel. I love Owens but I feel that his reign wasn't as great as it could have been and for it to end to a part time wrestler in 22 seconds feels like a giant "fuck you" to him. Hopefully, like Bryan who suffered a similar fate a few years ago, he can recover from this and be his usual awesome self. Now, we're going to get Lesnar vs Goldberg for the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania, which to be honest, I'm struggling to give a fuck about.
Winner: Goldberg (5 for 8)

I feel that Fastlane was a disappointing event. It started pretty well with Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn and the Cruiserweight Championship match was probably the best one of the show. However, there were some filler matches and the last two matches were just ruined by really shitty booking. At the time of writing this, there are 11 matches announced for Wrestlemania and there are some that I'm looking forward to, such as Owens vs Jericho and Neville vs Aries. However, there are some that I'm finding hard to give a fuck about and that's worrying for WWE's biggest event of the year.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

WWE Fastlane 2017 Preview

The final Pay Per View before Wrestlemania takes place this evening at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Will there be some new Champions before we get to Wrestlemania? Let's take a look.

The match on the Pre Show is Akira Tozowa and Rich Swann vs Noam Dar and The Brian Kendrick. Tough one to call but I'm going for Dar and Kendrick.
Predicted Winners: Noam Dar and The Brian Kendrick

Sasha Banks will take on Nia Jax in what could be a short match. Jax has been absolutely dominant over Sasha recently and I expect that to continue.
Predicted Winner: Nia Jax

Roman Reigns will be facing Bruan Strowman. Strowman has been impressive and I really want him to win. However, since WWE has been shoving Reigns down our throat, so I expect him to win.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Charlotte Flair gets her rematch with Bayley for the RAW Women's Championship. Due to that Charlotte is 16-0 in PPV matches, I expect her to win
Predicted Winner: Charlotte Flair

Sami Zayn will face Samoa Joe in a match that I'm looking forward to. I feel that Samoa Joe will win this one.
Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe

Jack Gallagher will be challenging King Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship. Whilst Gallagher being Champion would be awesome, I feel that Neville will win here.
Predicted Winner: Neville

Enzo and Cass will be challenging Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championship. I think that Anderson and Gallows will continue their reign here.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Goldberg  will be challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Champion in the main event. I really want Owens to win but I feel that Goldberg will be Universal Champion.
Predicted Winner: Goldberg

I will get to watch the show during the week so I hope you guys enjoy the show 

Friday, 3 March 2017

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Review

The last Smackdown Pay-Per-View before Wrestlemania took place on Sunday 12th February at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. We all know that Randy Orton will face the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania but who will that Champion be? Let's take a look.

The match on the Pre-Show is Curt Hawkins taking on Mojo Rawley. Hawkins gets the advantage early on and tries to win it by count out. Mojo hulks up and starts his comeback with punches and shoulder tackles. In the end, Rawley gets the win with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. This was quite a decent match to start the show.
Winner: Mojo Rawley (0 for 1)

The first match of the event was Becky Lynch versus Mickie James. Mickie  gets hit with a forearm on the outside before hitting an armbreaker on Becky when they go back into the ring. Mickie then focuses on the left arm before Becky makes her comeback. In the end, Becky goes for the Disarm-Her but Mickie reverses it into a pin. I thought this was a good match between the two.
Winner: Mickie James (0 for 2)

Next is Apollo Crews and Kalisto taking on Dolph Ziggler in a handicap match. Ziggler attacks Kalisto during his entrance, making it a 1-on-1 match between Crews and Ziggler. The match goes back and forth before Kalisto comes back down. They then go to get the win after Kalisto does a roundhouse kick followed by a spin out powerbomb by Crews. Afterwards Ziggler takes out Kalisto then injures Crews' ankle with a chair. The match was quite short but I thought that it was pretty decent.
Winner: Apollo Crews and Kalisto (0 for 3)

We now get the Tag Team Turmoil match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. The first two teams were Heath Slater and Rhyno and Breezango. Breezango get eliminated when Fandango grts hit with a Gore by Rhyno. The Vaudevillians were next and they got eliminated thanks to a DDT by Slater. The Usos come in next and they eliminate Slater and Rhyno thanks to Jimmy Uso hitting a super kick on Slater. Next to come down were the Champions American Alpha and they eliminate The Usos after Chad Gable pins Jey Uso. The Usos don't take that well and they beat the fuck out of American Alpha The last team team to come down were The Ascension and, even though they hit the Fall of Man on on Jason Jordan, they end up losing after Viktor gets hit with Grand Amplitude and American Alpha get the win. This was an enjoyable match but I wonder if American Alpha comimg out earlier would have made it better.
Winners: American Alpha (1 for 4)

We now get our 2nd  Women's match of the night as Nikki Bella takes on Natalya. After some back and forth, Natalya sends Nikki into the ring post. Natalya then goes on to beat down Nikki while shouting at the crowd. Nikki starts her comeback and comes close after hitting a spinebuster. In the end, they brawl to the outside and they both ended up getting counted out. Except for the ending, I thought this was a good match. I thought they would continue this feud until Wrestlemania. However, it ended a couple of weeks later and it looks like Nikki will be joining John Cena and feuding with Hollywood Miz and Maryse instead.
Winner: Double Countout (1 for 5)

Next is Randy Orton versus Luke Harper. Orton back suplexes Harper onto the announce table then proceeds to beat down on him. Harper does manage a mount a comeback and does a back suplex, sending Orton onto the same announce table. However, Orton goes on to win after countering a discus clothesline to hit a RKO. This was a match of two halves for me. For a long portion of it, it wasn't very interesting. However, it seemed to get a lot better with some really good spots.
Winner: Randy Orton (2 for 6)

The penultimate match is Naomi challenging Alexa Bliss for the Samckdown Women's Champion. Alexa initially doesn't take Naomi seriously, which almost cost her the match. Despite Alexa beating Naomi for a while, Naomi counters the Twisted Bliss and hits a split legged moonsault to get the win and become Champion...? Wait, what? Wow, I honestly didn't see that coming. Naomi has improved a lot over the last couple of years but I didn't see her becoming Champion for a long while yet. I would say that it would be interesting to see where it goes. However, a few days later, Naomi had to vacate the Championship due to injury and Alexa regained it after beating Becky Lynch.
Winner: Naomi (2 for 7)

The main event is the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship. The Champion John Cena will be taking on Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Hollywood Miz, Baron Corbin and Bray Wyatt. Cena and Styles start the match and then Ambrose, Wyatt, Corbin and The Miz enter the cage in that order. Corbin is the first to be eliminated when Ambrose rolls him up. Corbin doesn't take that well and beats up Ambrose. Miz seizes the opportunity and pins Ambrose to eliminate him. Cena then eliminates Miz with an AA. After Cena and Styles trade blows, Cena goes to hit the AA on Wyatt. However, Wyatt goes out of it and hits Sister Abigail to eliminate Cena; then goes on to hit another Sister Abigail on Styles to win the match and become WWE Champion.

Holy shit!! I know that I predicted Wyatt to win but I didn't actually think that he would win. Up until quite recently, I was getting sick of Wyatt. He seemed to be the doing the same shit for years and always lose the big matches. Orton joining the Wyatts was a surprise and it seemed that it was going somewhere. They became the Tag Team Champions briefly and Orton went on to win the Rumble and Wyatt is WWE Champion. It initially looked like it was going to be Wyatt vs Orton at Wrestlemania. Instead, Orton declines and after a battle royal and a match with Luke Harper, AJ Styles became number one contender. Later that night, Orton declares that joining the Wyatts was this master plan(?) and burns down the Wyatt Compound, exhuming Sister Abigailin the process. Can someone remind me why I would be cheering Orton for that, because what he did was evil as fuck? Anyway, well done to Bray Wyatt.
Winner: Bray Wyatt (3 for 8)

I quite enjoyed Elimination Chamber as a lot of matches were fun to watch. It looks like we will be getting some interesting matches from Smackdown for Wrestlemania. Let's see hoe RAW does at Fastlane.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Review



The first match on the Pre Show was Becky Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella taking on Mickie James, Alexa Bliss and Natalya. Mickie throws Becky into the barrier to get her team the advantage. Eventually Becky gets the hot tag to Naomi and gets the win after hitting Alexa with a split legged moonsault. I was surprised that Naomi got the win as I thought that she would take the pin. Anyway this was quite a decent match.
Winners: Becky Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella (0 for 1)

Next was the match for the RAW Tag Team Championships as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson challenge Cesaro and Sheamus. The match had two referees for some reason (sorry, I don't regularly watch RAW). Gallows and Anderson focus their attacks on Cesaro before Sheamus gets the hot tag. Sheamus goes to hit Anderson with a Brogue Kick but he hits referee John Cone instead. The second referee then gets involved. Anderson then rolls up Cesaro after hitting the Magic Killer on Sheamus to get the win and become Champions. This was another decent match and I wonder if they will continue the Cesaro/Shemaus partnership

The last match on the Pre Show was Sasha Banks taking on Nia Jax. Jax soon gets the advantage, focusing on Sasha's injured knee. However, despite Sasha's best efforts, Jax hits her with a pop up Samoan drop to get the win. The match was a bit short but it was pretty decent.
Winner: Nia Jax (2 for 3)

The first match was for the RAW Women's Championship as Bayley challenges Charlotte Flair. Charlotte gets to wear down Bayley after sending into the steel steps. Bayley starts to make her comeback and comes close to winning after hitting a Macho Man elbow drop. In the end, Charlotee hits Natural Selection to get the win and become 16-0 in PPV matches. This was quite a decent match between the two.
Winner: Charlotte (3 for 4)

Next is Roman Reigns challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship with the Gift of Jericho in a shark cage above the ring. Owens and Jericho beat up Reigns before Jericho is thrown into the cage and the match gets underway. They fight all over the crowd and they use tables and chairs in this no disqualification match. Reigns gets inspired by Super Cena as he gets frog splashed through a table, thrown head first into a chair and punched by brass knuckles and he still kicks out. Reigns goes on to Superman punch Owens onto a pile of chairs then powerbombs him through an announce table. Reigns goes on to finish it with a spear however, Bruan Stroman comes in and destroys him, culminating in putting him through a table with a running powerslam. Owens then rolls over and pins Reigns to win the match. I quite enjoyed the match although I got pissed off with Reigns getting hit with everything but the ktichen sink and still cam close to winning. As for Stroman getting involved, it made no sense until you find out the next night that it was because Owens promised him a title shot.
Winner: Kevin Owens (4 for 5)

We now get Neville challenging Rich Swann for the Cruiserwieght Championship. Neville proceeds to brutalise Swann before Swann goes on to hit a Phoenix splash and a roundhouse kick. However, Neville manages to get through it and after a superplex, gets Swann to submit with the Rings of Saturn. This was a good match although the crowd didn't seem really into it.
Winner: Neville (5 for 6)

The last match before the Rumble is for the WWE Championshup as John Cena challenges AJ Styles.The match goes back and forth with both guys countering each other's moves. Cena does avoid a phenomenal forearm to hit the AA but Styles kicks out. Styles goes on to apply the calf killer but Cena manages to get out of it and put on the STF. They then go through a load of submission moves before Cena powerbombs his way out of a cross armbreaker. Styles does go on to hit the Styles Clash but Cena kicks out. Styles then kicks out of a Super AA, which surprised me as I thought that would end the match. In the end, Styles hit another Styles Clash then goes for the phenomenal forearm. However, Cena grabs from the ropes then hits 2 consecutive AAs to win the match. This was definitely the best match of the night and congratulations to John Cena in tying Ric Flair, becoming a 16-time World Champion.
Winner: John Cena (6 for 7)

We now get the Royal Rumble match. Understandably, a lot happens so here are some highlights of the match:
  • Big Cass comes in at number 1 and The Gift of Jericho comes in at number 2
  • Jack Gallagher comes in at number 5 with his umbrella William III. He goes on to be the first wrestler to be eliminated by Mark Henry, who came in at number 6.
  • Braun Stroman comes in at number 7 and goes on to eliminate 7 other wrestlers. He eventually gets eliminated by Baron Corbin
  • Tye Dillinger makes his main roster debut at number 10 (obviously)
  • James Ellsworth comes in at number 11 (for fuck's sake). When he eventually gets into the ring, he gets eliminated almost immediately by Stroman
  • Cesaro comes in at number 19 and does the swing on almost everyone in the ring, including almost his partner Sheamus.
  • Randy Orton comes in at number 23 and later on, Brock Lesnar enters at number 26
  • Goldberg comes in at number 28 and eliminates Brock Lesnar
  • The Undertaker enters at number 29 and eliminates Goldberg.
  • Roman Reigns enters at number 30 (fuck you WWE) and eliminates The Undertaker (seriously, fuck you WWE) 
  • The final 4 end up being Roman Reigns, The Gift of Jericho, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.
  • Reigns goes on to eliminate Jericho and then Wyatt but Orton eliminates Reigns to win the match
I thought that this was a decent Rumble. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of surprises but that was it really. As for Reigns coming in, that really annoyed me. I don't hate him as much as other people do. However, him coming in after already having a title shot earlier in the night is another example of WWE shoving him down our throat. As for Orton winning, it's an interesting choice. It looked like we're going to Cena vs Orton at Wrestlemania, which we've seen a million times. However, after finding out at Elimination Chamber, I guess that isn't happening.
 Winner: Randy Orton (6 for 8)

I thought that the Royal Rumble was a decent event. Except for the Styles vs Cena match, none of the matches were anything special. We have two more PPVs before Wrestlemania, so hopefully it will get better. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Preview

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WWE Elimination Chamber (or No Escape if you live in Germany) will be taking place this evening at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. With this being Smackdown last PPV before Wrestlemania, how will that card develop after this event. Let's look at the card. 

The match on the Pre Show will be Mojo Rawley taking on Curt Hawkins. I'm not that bothered about this to be honest but I feel that Hawkins will win here.
Predicted Winner: Curt Hawkins

Nikki Bella will take on Natalya in what could be an interesting. I feel that Nikki will win here.
Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella

Luke Harper will take on the Royal Rumble Winner Randy Orton. This is a slightly tough one to call but I'm going for Orton to win here. 
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

Becky Lynch will face Mickie James in a match that I'm quite looking forward to. I'm going for Mickie to win here.
Predicted Winner: Mickie James

Naomi will challenge Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women's Championship. I will be very surprised if Naomi wins this so Alexa to be victorious here.
Predicted Winner: Alexa Bliss

Dolph Ziggler is taking on Apollo Crews and Kalisto  in a 2-on-1 handicap match. First of all, Ziggler is the heel in this so it's weird that he's at a disadvantage. Despite that, I feel that he will find some way to win.
Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler

This is a match that I'm really looking forward to as American Alpha put the Smackdown Tag Team Championship on the line in a Tag Team Turmoil match. Their challengers are Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Usos, The Vaudevillains, The Ascension and Breezango. I feel that American Alpha will retain here.
Predicted Winners: American Alpha

In the main event, John Cena  will take on Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Hollywood Miz, Baron Corbin and AJ Styles. At first I thought that Cena will win this but I've heard that Wyatt is going to win this so I'm going with him.
Predicted Winner: Bray Wyatt

I'll publish the review during the week so until then I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

NXT Takeover: San Antonio Review

NXT Takeover: San Antonio took place at the Freeman Coliseum last Saturday. Every Takeover that I've watched so far have been really enjoyable. Despite that, I was worried that, as it was my first Takeover review, that it would not be as good. Ah well, let's find out.

The first match on the show was Tye Dillinger taking on Eric Young. Dillinger has to deal with Alexander Wolff and Sawyer Fulton Killian Dian trying to interfere, which is does until Young gouges his eyes; and when he goes to the outside, gets ran over by Dian like a freight train. Dillinger manages to make his comeback after he dropkicks Young when he jumps off the  turnbuckle. Dillinger goes on to hit the Tye Breaker but Wolff puts Young's foot on the ropes. Dillinger later on stops Dian from going into the ring but Young pulls him off the ropes to hit the wheelbarrow neckbreaker to get the win. I enjoyed this match and I feel sorry for Dillinger. I don't think that I've ever seen him win a Takeover match.
Winner: Eric Young (1 for 1)

 Next is Andrade "Cien" Almas taking on Roderick Strong. After a technical battle between the two, Almas takes advantage after putting Strong in an armbar over the ropes. Strong does get back into it and goes on to win after hitting Almas with a running big boot. For most of the match, I thought it was good but nothing really stood out. There were some cool spots towards the end and I was surprised that Strong won. However, this match has made me start to appreciate Strong a little more.
Winner: Roderick Strong (1 for 2)

We now get Authors of Pain challenging #DIY for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Like their usual matches, Authors of Pain proceed to brutally murder their opponents. However, Ciampia and Gargano hit them with double team moves and fast paced offence. That stops when Akam knocks Gargano off the apron into the barrier. After Gargano eventually gets the tag to Ciampia, they come close to winning when they put the Authors of Pain in the same submission moves that won them the Championship at the last Takeover. However, Razer picks up Gargano and slams him onto Ciampia. In the end, #DIY go for their finishing move but they get hit with the super collider instead. They go on to hit Ciampia with the Last Chapter to become the new Tag Team Champions. This match was really good and I think that this is the best match that the Authors of Pain have ever had. I'm disappointed that #DIY had a short reign but hopefully they go on to bigger things.
Winners: Authors of Pain (2 for 3)

The penultimate match is for the NXT Women's Champion as Asuka faces the challenges of Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross. For most of the match it was between Asuka and Nikki before Asuka gets incapaciated. This is when Billie and Peyton get more involved, taking out Nikki with a suplex through a table. They then go after Asuka but it was in vain as she gets the win after a brutal kick to Peyton. This was a good match however, it did have one flaw. With Peyton and Billie working together, and not caring which one of them was Champion, why didn't they just pin each other?
Winner: Asuka (3 for 4)

The main event is the Glorious Bobby Roode challenging Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship. Roode frustrates Nakamura, getting to the ropes at every opportunity. The match goes back and forth before Nakamura starts kneeing the fuck out of Roode. However, he injures his knee when he lands on the floor after kneeing Roode off the apron. Nakamura gets on to hit the Kinshasa but his injury prevents him making the cover. Despite the pleas of the referee and the medic, Nakamura insists on continuing and walks into an Implant DDT by Roode, and just kicks out. Roode proceeds to do a half Boston crab on the injured knee followed by another Implant DDT to get the win and become NXT Champion. Wow. I knew that Roode would become the Champion at some point but I didn't think it would be now. It now looks like that they have a rematch in Orlando and then Nakamura can go up to the main roster.
Winner: Bobby Roode (3 for 5)

I really enjoyed this event. All the matches were pretty good and it shows how good the NXT roster is becoming. Every NXT live event they have done has been really good so far and hopefully that will continue in Orlando.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Preview

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The 30th Royal Rumble takes place this evening from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. How will the start of the road to Wrestlemania 33 look after this event? Let's look at the card.

Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax
This could be a good match and I'd like Banks to win. However, I think that with Sasha's injury, tnat Nia Jax will win here.
Prediction: Nia Jax

Cesaro and Sheamus vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
RAW Tag Team Championship
I think this is the time for Gallows and Anderson to be Champions, so I'll predict them to win.
Prediction: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella and Naomi vs Alexa Bliss, Natalya and Mickie James
I'm quite looking forward to this one and it's a tough one to pick. After some consideration, I'll think that the team of Bliss, Natalya and James will win.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss, Natalya and Mickie James

Rich Swann vs Neville
Cruiserweight Championship
I'm quite looking forward to this one and I feel that Neville has to win here and be the King of the Cruiserweights.
Prediction: Neville

Charlotte Flair vs Bayley
RAW Women's Championship
This could be a really good match and I feel that Charlotte will continue her undefeated PPV record and win here.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair

Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns
WWE Universal Championship
Due to recent matches, The Gift of Jericho will be in a shark cage above the ring. Despite that, I feel that he will find some way to help Owens win.
Prediction: Kevin Owens

AJ Styles vs John Cena
WWE Championship
I really, really want Styles to win. However, I feel that Cena will win and become a 16-time World Champion.
Prediction: John Cena

Royal Rumble Match
At the minute, there are 22 confirmed competitors, including Goldberg, Hollywood Miz and The Undertaker. I think that The Undertaker will win and go on to face John Cena at Wrestlemania.
Prediction: The Undertaker

I'll be watching the Pre Show live and watching the event during the week. Hope you guys enjoy the show.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

NXT Takeover: San Antonio Preview

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NXT Takeover: San Antonio takes place this evening at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Every Takeover that I have seen have been thoroughly enjoyable so I thought it would be fun to review one. Knowing me, that will mean that this will be shit but let's look at the card and find out.

Roderick Strong vs Andrade "Cien" Almas
I've been liking Almas since his heel turn but Strong isn't doing it for me at the minute. I'm going for Almas to win here.
Prediction: Andrade "Cein" Almas

Eric Young vs Tye Dillinger
This is an interesting one to watch. When I started watching TNA, Young was the TV Champion and I couldn't fucking stand his gimmick. However, he got away from that and has proven to be a very good wrestler. As for Dillinger, I like him as well. Despite that, I don't like he'll win which is a shame because I think he needs one.
Prediction: Eric Young

Asuka vs Nikki Cross vs Billie Kay vs Peyton Royce
NXT Women's Championship
I'm actually quite looking forward to this one. I know that Asuka is the only face here, but it can be argued that with her behaviour towards the rest of the Women's Division that she is just as bad. I like all of them but Billie Kay and Peyton Royce are nowhere near ready yet. As for Cross, I'm not a big fan of the whole feral thing but she is a really good wrestler. Despite that, and the fact that Cross is a fellow Scot, I feel that Asuka will win and go on to face Ember Moon in Orlando.
Prediction: Asuka
 
#DIY vs Authors of Pain
NXT Tag Team Championship
This is a match that I wish wasn't happening and that's only because I feel that the rematch between #DIY and The Revival would better suited here instead of it being on TV a couple of weeks ago. As for Gargano and Ciampia, I feel so sorry for them. One of the best stories of the year was their journey to finally become Tag Team Champions. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the Authors of Pain are going to completely fuck them up.
Prediction: Authors of Pain

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode
NXT Championship
I am fucking pumped for this one. Since his debut last April, I've become a big fan of Nakamura and he deserves to be Champion. It's only a matter of when he'll get called up. Whilst I love Bobby Roode, I think that it's most likely that he'll win it in Orlando and we'll see Nakamura get called up then. On a side note, based on their entrances last Takeover, they better be accompanied by fucking orchestras this time around.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

I will get to watch this during the week so until my review goes up, I hope you enjoy the show.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lo-Down Wrestling Awards 2016

It's now time for the 6th annual Lo-Down Wrestling Awards. I watched quite a bit of wrestling over 2016, mostly thanks to the WWE Network. Despite that, these awards are based on what I saw this year.

Feud of the Year
Dolph Ziggler vs Hollywood Miz August - December
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There were some great feuds over the year but this was the one that I enjoyed the most. They had some good matches during this time and it helped Miz to go up the card.
Honorable Mention
Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair July - December
These two women made history in this feud. They had the first ever Women's Hell in a Cell match, a Falls Count Anywhere match; and a 30 minute Iron Man match. These matches were really good but I hated the way that the Championship was bounced around during this time, with Sasha winning on RAW and Charlotte winning on Pay Per View.

Best Newcomer
AJ Styles
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AJ Styles started the year debuting at the Royal Rumble and ended it as the WWE Champion. Very few people have had a year like he did, especially as he made his name in other companies.

PPV of the Year
Extreme Rules
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I found that Extreme Rules to be the most enjoyable event of the year. There were some good matches, especially the Intercontinental Championship match between Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and The Miz. While the NXT Takeovers have been amazing, I feel that this was the best PPV that the main roster had this year.

Most Surprising Moment of the Year
Zack Ryder Becoming the Intercontinental Champion at Wrestlemania 32
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Wrestlemania started with a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. Not only was it a really good match but it had one of the most shocking endings in Zack Ryder winning. Nothing against Ryder, but he was the least likely person to win. Shame that he only held it for one day; but that it led to The Miz having a great year.

Entrance of the Year
Bobby Roode's at NXT Takeover Toronto
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I've been a fan of Roode since he was in TNA and I'm so happy that he's in NXT. Not only has he been on a roll since debuting in the summer, but he has possibly the best theme tune ever plus his entrances are awesome. I mean, he entered having a fucking choir sing his song. That's amazing. I don't know if WWE can top that when Roode faces Nakamura at NXT Takeover San Antonio but I can't wait to see what they come up with.
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Moment of the Year
Triple H Helping Kevin Owens to win the Universal Championship
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I was gutted that Finn Balor had to vacate the Universal Championship due to injury but it led to one of my favourite matches of the year the next week. It was capped off by Triple H, making his first appearance since Wrestlemania, helping to eliminate Roman Reigns then betraying Seth Rollins to help Kevin Owens win the match. Looking back on it, I'm still a but pissed off that Triple H hasn't come and explained his actions. However, it's still a great moment and Kevin Owens' reaction to the whole thing is still fucking glorious.
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Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
Hollywood Miz

The Miz has been doing pretty well before Wrestlemania. However, the return of his wife Maryse and becoming Intercontinental Champion on the same day had led to the best work of his career since he was WWE Champion in 2011. His feuds with Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan plus his appearances on Talking Smack has been a joy to watch. Hopefully it will continue in 2017.
Honorable Mention
Alexa Bliss
I was becoming a fan of Alexa Bliss when she was in NXT. However, I was surprised when they called her up as I didn't think that she was ready. However, I was proven wrong as she took the ball and ran with it; not only becoming a highlight on Smackdown and Talking Smack but ending the year as Smackdown Women's Champion. Throughly well deserved.

Tag Team of the Year
The Revival

I know that The New Day have been Champions for well over a year. However, The Revival have been such a joy to watch this year, becoming one of my favourite tag teams possibly ever. They had awesome matches against Enzo and Cass, American Alpha and #DIY, often being the highlight of the NXT Takeovers. They are spent over 250 days of 2016 as Champions plus they were the first two-time NXT Tag Team Champions. The main thing that I like about them as that they act like a proper tag team who will always find ways to save themselves and to win.

Worst Match of the Year
Natalya vs Charlotte, WWE Payback
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The match was actually pretty decent but the ending just completely ruined it for me. They do a rehash of the Montreal Screwjob in front of Bret Hart then the referee just admits to it the next night with no fucking consequences. I assume that WWE are okay with blatantly corrupt officiating.

Match of the Year
#DIY vs The Revival, NXT Takeover Toronto
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For the second year in a row, NXT has the honour of being my match of the year and, I know it's a bold thing to say, but it's probably the best tag team match that I ever seen. Each fall felt like it was 3 seperate matches and they were so many great moments, with the crowd thoroughly engrossed in it. #DIY hitting Wilder with Shatter Machine, Revival's own finisher led to the most dramatic near fall of the year plus the ending with the double submission was amazing. You had The Revival holding hands to stop them from tapping out then Dawson shouting to Wilder "Don't tap! Don't tap!". When they both tapped out, it led to the biggest pop of the night and left me with a huge smile of my face. This match had me so into it and always remember. There will be times we will get frustrated with some of the creative decisions that WWE make; but they also create great moments as well and moments like this are why I love watching wrestling.

Female Wrestler of the Year
Charlotte Flair
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What a year for Charlotte Flair. She was the last ever Divas Champion and has gone to hold the RAW Women's Championship a further 4 times. She had great matches with Sasha Banks and has been undefeated in PPV matches since she debuted on the main roster.

Male Wrestler of the Year
AJ Styles
What a year for AJ Styles. After making his debut at the Royal Rumble, he went on to have feuds with Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, John Cena and Dean Ambrose and had good matches with all of them. Styles is probably not only the best wrestler in the company, but the most consistent as well. He ended the year as WWE Champion which was surprising as very few people probably thought he would get that honour. Luckily, WWE saw it in him and gave him the belt and he's been great so far.

Friday, 30 December 2016

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line Review

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line took place last Sunday at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Will RAW end the year on a high? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Big Cass with Enzo Amore taking on Rusev with Lana. Big Cass is dominant for most of the match before it goes to the crowd. Lana pushes Enzo and he gets creamed with a clothesline by Rusev. When Big Cass checks on him, Rusev slides in and wins by countout. What the fuck was that?! It was looking like it was going to be a decent match thrn we suddenly get a shitty finish out of nowhere. Such a fucking disappointment
Winner: Rusev (1 for 1)

The first of the PPV was for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Cesaro and Sheamus challenge The New Day. Cesaro and Sheamus focus their offence on Kofi Kingston before he gets to tag in Big E. Later on, Cesaro hits the Neutraliser on Kofi but Big E breaks up the pin. In the end, Sheamus goes to tag in Cesaro but he moves his hand out of the way. Kofi hits Cesaro with Trouble in Paradise and covers him, thinking he's the legal man. Sheamus then rolls up Kofi to get the win and the 483 day reign of The New Day. This was a good match and I quite liked the ending.
Winners: The New Day (2 for 2)

Next is Sami Zayn taking on Bruan Strowman with a 10 minute time limit. Zayn uses his quickness but that lasted than a minute before Strowman proceeds to destroy him. After 6 minutes, Mick Foley comes down with a white towel. Zayn, however, persuades him not to throw in the towel then manages to avoid Strowman's attacks and survives the 10 minutes to win? I think? Isn't that technically a draw? Anyway, an interesting match to watch
Winner: Sami Zayn (2 for 3)

Now a match I was really looking forward to: Seth Rollins versus The Gift of Jericho. After some back and forth, Jericho hit a springboard dropkick sending Rollins off the apron. Rollins does get back into it and after a while, Kevin Owens comes in to try to help Jericho. When Jericho tells him to go to the back, Rollins hits him with a pedigree to win the match. To be honest, this match was a bit of a disappointment. It went too slow for me and nothing really stood out. Saying that, I quite liked that Owens keeps failing to help Jericho win matches yet Jericho doesn't seem to have that problem.
Winner: Seth Rollins (3 for 4)

Next is a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight Championship as Rich Swann faces the challenges of TJ Perkins and The Brian Kendrick. The match goes at a fast pace with all 3 guys heavily involved. There was a weird bit where Perkins has Swann in the kneebar and Swann gets to the ropes. Michael Cole says that that doesn't count in a triple threat yet the referee tells Perkins to release the hold. Anyway, in the end, Perkins and Swann superkick Kendrick then Swann pins Perkins after hitting him with a roundhouse kick. Except for the bit with the referee, it was a good match. However, it is overshadowed by what happened afterwards as Neville returns and beats the fuck out of Swann and Perkins. This was great and exactly what Neville needed. He has been criminally underused since he was called up to the main roster. Hopefully, he can go on to be the top heel in the division.
Winner: Rich Swann (4 for 5)

The penultimate match is a 30 minute Iron Man match for the RAW Women's Championship as Charlotte Flair challenges Sasha Banks. Charlotte is dominant for most of the match but it's not til the 20th minute that we get our first fall. Charlotte takes the lead after hitting a natural selection from the top rope. In the 22nd minute, Sasha manages to get a pinfall out of nowhere to make it 1-1. In the 25th minute, Sasha avoids a moonsault and gets Charlotte to submit to the Banks statement to take the lead at 2-1. It looks like, even with an injured knee, Sasha might just survive. However, Charlotte puts her in the figure 4 in the 29th minute and, despite her best efforts, Sasha submites with just 2 seconds left, ending the match at 2-2. The referee decides that the match will go into overtime. Sasha starts bleeding but she manages to apply the Banks statement. However, Charlotte gets out of it and gets the win with the figure 8 in the 5th minute of overtime.

This was a really good match and it was the match of the night. However, even though I predicted it, I'm not happy with Charlotte winning. Sasha has been a 3 time Womens Champion yet has never succesfully defended it. They have had some tremendous matches and it would have been my feud of the year. However, the Championship being passed around like a hot potato has ruined it a little for me.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (5 for 6)

The main event is Roman Reigns challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. During the match, Owens has Reigns in a chinlock for what seems like a year but Reigns does go back into it. Later on, Owens sends Reigns through the German announce table. In the end, Jericho comes in and Owens with the codebreaker, ending the match in a disqualification. Afterwards, it turns out to be a ruse. Rollins comes in and, along with Reigns, powerbomb Jericho through the Spanish announce table and Owens through the English announce table.

I thought that the match wasn't great to be honest although the ending was pretty good.
Winner: Kevin Owens (6 for 7)

I didn't think that Roadblock wasn't a great event. The women's match was really good but a lot of the matches were not that great. RAW PPVs have been a mixed bag this year. Hopefully, they will improve next year.