Sunday, 4 December 2016

WWE TLC 2016 Preview

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WWE TLC 2016 will be taking place this evening at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. At the time of writing this, there are 6 matches on the card. So, how will Smackdown look at the end of the year? Let's look at the card.

Kalisto vs Baron Corbin
Chairs Match
I'm not too bothered about this match but I think that Corbin will win here.
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton vs Rhyno and Heath Slater
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This is an interesting match to consider. I can see it going both ways but I think that Orton will fuck Wyatt over and Rhyno and Slater will retain.
Predicted Winners: Rhyno and Heath Slater

Nikki Bella vs Carmella
No Disqualification Match
I'm quite looking forward to this one and I think that Nikki will win here.

Dolph Ziggler vs Hollywood Miz
Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
This match has the potential to be the match of the night and Miz has been one of my favourite wrestlers to watch at the minute. I think that he will win here.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch
Tables Match for the Smackdown Women's Championship
Another match that I'm looking forward to and Alexa is one of the front runners for my Mopst Improved Wrestler of the Year. I would love to see her as Champion but I think that it's too sonn so I think Becky will win.
Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch

Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles
TLC Match for the WWE Championship
Another match that could be match of the night. It's also another tough one to call but I think that Styles will win here.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

I'm running a bit behind with PPVs but I hope to catch up before Roadblock. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.  















Wednesday, 30 November 2016

WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell took place at the TD Center in Boston on Sunday 30th October. With three Hell in a Cell matches, will we see history being made tonight? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara 2.0 taking on Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari. As usual, the match was fast paced and there was a nice bit Alexander, Dorado and Cara did a suicide dive all at once on their opponents. In the end, Alexander hit the Lumbar Check on Gulak to get the win. An enjoyable match to start the event.
Winners; Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara (1 for 1)

We get our first Hell in a Cell match right at the beginning as Rusev challenges Roman Reigns for the United States Championship. The match goes back and forth before Rusev attacks Reigns with the steel steps. Reigns, in return, beats up Rusev with a kendo stick. Rusev then uses achain and he puts Reigns in the accolade on the steps with the chain across the face. Reigns powers out of it and hits a Samoan drop onto the steps. He then hits spears rusev off the steps to get the win.

I quite enjoyed the match but I didn't like the ending. I thought that the accolade on the steps was a great way to end it, especially with the chain across the face. However, Reigns just powers out of it like Super Cena and goes on to win. I'm not a big fan of Reigns and WWE doing things like that is not going to make me one.
Winner: Roman Reigns (2 for 2)

Next is Bayley taking on Dana Brooke.  Dana starts to focus on Bayley's injured shoulder. Bayley gets back into it and powers through the pain to hit the Belly-to-Bayley to get the win. The match wasn't anything special but it's good to see Dana Brooke continuing to improve.
Winner: Bayley (3 for 3)

We get our 1st tag team match of the night as Enzo and Big Cass take on Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Gallows almost murders Enzo with a brutal clothesline to give his team the advantage. He does manage to tag in Big Cass after hitting a DDT from the top rope. However, despite their best efforts, Enzo gets hit with the magic killer and Gallows and Anderson get the win. It was a bit short but it was a good match.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (4 for 4)

Next is our second Hell in a Cell match as Seth Rollins challenges Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship. The match starts at a fast pace before Owens hits a couple of sentons on Rollins' injured back. Owens proceeds to throw him into the cell head first from the ring. Later on, Owens grabs a fire extinguisher and "accidentally" sets it off in the referee's face. When the second referee opens the door to check on him, The Gift of Jericho runs into the cell and locks the door, makng it a handicap match. Rollins deals with Jericho and powerbombs Owens through two tables. Despite Jericho's help and Owens hitting a powerbomb then using a chair, Rollins still stays in it. In the end, Owens powerbombs Rollins through 2 chairs to get the win. Afterwards, Jericho adds insult to injury by hitting Rollins with a codebreaker. I enjoyed the match and I liked Jericho getting involved. On a side note, will Triple H ever explain why he betrayed Seth Rollins.
Winners: Kevin Owens (5 for 5)

Next is The Brian Kendrick challenging TJ Perkins for the Cruiserweight Championship. Kendrick uses some of Perkins' tape to tie him to the rope to get the advantage. Perkins does get back into it and comes close to winning after applying the kneebar. In the end, Kendirck feigns injury and uses it to cheap shot Perkins with a headbutt. He then applies the Captain's Hook to get the win by submission. It was a good match tho it was maybe  bit short.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick (6 for 6)

The penultimate match is for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Sheamus and Cesaro challenge The New Day. Woods gets isolated but he manages to get the hot tag to Big E. The end comes when Cesaro puts Woods in the sharpshooter and Sheamus hits Woods with Francesca II to stop him from saving. Kofi retaliates by hitting Sheamus with Trouble in Paradise in front of the ref and The New Day get disqualified.  The match wasn't bad I think this is the second time that New Day have been disqualified ad they're supposed to be the good guys.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro (6 for 7)

The main event is for the RAW Women's Championship as Charlotte challenges Sasha Banks inside Hell in a Cell. Charlotte doesn't fuck around as she attacks Sasha whilst the cell was being lowered down. They continue to fight among the crowd and it ends with Charlotte powerbombing Sasha through the German announce table. The referees get Sasha some medical attention and Charlotte almost wins the match by forfeit. However, Sasha comes back into the cell and the match begins. They tear each other apart with the match going back and forth. Highlights of the match include: Charlotte hitting a side suplex onto a chair; Sasha doing the double knees off the cell; Sasha hitting the three amigos followed by a frogsplash; and Charlotte applying a figure 8 which Sasha stops with a chair. In the end, Charlotte throws Sasha onto a table twice followed by hitting natural selection to get the win. This was a really good match and I was shocked that Charlotte won as I feel thay it was the wrong decision. I don't think that you can have a beginning like that then have Sasha lose in her home town. Charlotte is now 14-0 in PPV matches and I can see that going on til Wrestlemania.
Winner: Charlotte (6 for 8)

I thought that Hell in a Cell was a decent event. They had some good match but, with the exception of the main event, nothing that really stood out. Hopefully it will get better for Survivor Series.



Sunday, 20 November 2016

WWE Survivor Series 2016 Preview

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The 30th Survivor Series takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. We'll be getting 3 Survivor Series matches as well as a fantasy main event. So, let's look at the card.

Noam Dar, Rich Swann and TJ Perkins vs Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
This should be an entertaining contest and I'm going for Dar, Swann and Perkins to win.
Predicted Winners: Noam Dar, Rich Swann and TJ Perkins

Kane vs Luke Harper
I'm not that bothered about this match but I'm going for Kane to win.
Predicted Winner: Kane

Kalisto vs Brian Kendrick
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
If Kalisto wins, the whole Cruiserweight division goes to Smackdown. I think that this will happen as the Cruiserweights haven't done much and the RAW roster is too big in my opinion.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto

Sami Zayn vs Hollywood Miz
WWE Intercontinental Championship
I feel so sorry for Dolph Ziggler. I was looking forward to him facing Sami Zayn. However, he dropped the belt to Miz earlier in the week so we'll be getting this match instead. It should be good and I'm going for Miz to win.
Predicted Winner: The Miz

Team RAW(The New Day, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Sheamus and Cesaro, Enzo and Big Cass, and The Shining Stars) vs Team Smackdown LIVE (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos and Breezango)
Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match
This could be a good match and I think that Team RAW will win here.
Predicted Winners: Team RAW

Team RAW (Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks) vs Team Smackdown LIVE (Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Carmella, Naomi and Alexa Bliss)
Survivor Series Elimination Match
Another tough one to call but I'm going for Team Smackdown LIVE to win. 
Predicted Winners: Team Smackdown LIVE

Team RAW (Kevin Owens, The Gift of Jericho, Roman Reigns, Bruan Stroman and Seth Rollins) vs Team Smackdown LIVE (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon(?))
Survivor Series Elimination Match
A really tough one to call but I'm going for Team Smackdown LIVE to win and take the bragging rights.
Predicted Winners; Team Smackdown LIVE

Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg 
Whilst it will be nice to see Goldberg in the ring for the first time in 12 1/2 years, I;m struggling to care about this match. I'm going to go with Lensar to win here.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar

I'll be publishing the report for Hell in a Cell over the next couple of days and the review for this one next week. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 Preview

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 will be taking place this evening at the TD Garden in Boston. With 8 matches on the card, and 3 of them inside the cell, will we get to see some new Champions? Let's look at the card.

Cedric Alexander, Sin Cara and Lince Dorado vs Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari
We get a cruiserweight tag team match on the Kick Off Show, and I'm quite looking forward to this one. I think that  the team of Alexander, Cara and Dorado will win.
Predicted Winners: Cedric Alexander, Sin Cara and Lince Dorado

Bayley vs Dana Brooke
This could be a good match and I think that Bayley will win.
Predicted Winner: Bayley

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
This is a tough one to call but I think that Gallows and Anderson will be victorious.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

The New Day vs Sheamus and Cesaro
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship
The New Day have been Champions for almost 15 months now and I can't see them losing to Sheamus and Cesaro.
Predicted Winners: The New Day

TJ Perkins vs Brian Kendrick
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
It's weird what they're doing with Kendrick. He's been going on about this being his last chance. However, he managed to get a full time WWE contract and has been No 1 contender twice. I think he'll win it just to shut him up.
Predicted Winner: Brian Kendrick

Roman Reigns vs Rusev
Hell in a Cell Match for the United States Championship
Whilst I would love for Rusev to win, I feel that Reigns will be victorious here.
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns

Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins
Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Universal Championship
This is one that I'm really looking forward to and whilst I'm a big fan of Rollins, I think that Owens will win
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair
Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE RAW Women's Championship
The possible main event is another one that I'm looking forward to. Charlotte is undefeated in PPV matches but I feel that she will have her first loss here.
Predicted Winner: Sasha Banks

I'll get to see the event during the week so I hope you guys enjoy the show.          

Thursday, 20 October 2016

WWE No Mercy 2016 Review

WWE No Mercy 2016 took place on Sunday 9th October at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. With 8 matches on the card, will we see the end of Dolph Ziggler's career? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was The Vaudevillians and The Ascension taking on The Hype Bros and American Alpha. Zack Ryder is the focus of his opponents' attack before he gets the tag to Jason Jordan. In the end, Aiden English hits Grand Amplitude on Aiden English to get the win. A quite entertaining match to start the event.
Winners: The Hype Bros and American Alpha (N/A)

In a surprise, the WWE World Championship match was on first with John Cena and Dean Ambrose challenging AJ Styles. The match starts at a thousand miles an hour. Highlights of the match include: styles hitting a double DDT; Cena hitting Styles with a code red; all of the guys putting sleepers on each other; and Cena hitting a double five knuckle shuffle. Ambrose puts Styles in the calf killer but Cena, because he's a dick, also puts Styles in the STF and Styles taps out. The referee restarts the match and Ambrose hits dirty deeds on Cena but Styles pulls out the referee. In the end, Cena hits an avalanche AA on Ambrose but Styles immediately hits Cena with a chair then pins him to win the match. This was such a great match and I can't wait to see what Styles does next.
Winner: AJ Styles (1for 1)

Next is Nikki Bella taking on Carmella. Nikki immediately gets the upper hand before she gets thrown into the ring skirting. Carmella gets Nikki in the code of silence but Nikki gets to the ropes. The end comes when Nikki hits the TKO seemingly out of fucking nowhere to get the win. I was convinced that, from how the match started, that it would degenerate into a cat fight. Thankfully, that didn't happen and it was quite a good match.
Winner: Nikki Bella (2 for2)

We now get The Usos challenging Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. The Usos get the advantage after hitting Slater with a brutal clothesline. Rhyno gets tagged in but he gets worn down quite quickly. rhyno hits Jimmy Uso with a spinebuster and tags in Slater. and they get the win after Rhyno gores Jimmy. This was quite a good match between the teams.
Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno (3 for3)

Next is Jack Swagger taking on Baron Corbin. Corbin focuses on Swagger;s right hand after trapping it in the steel steps. Swagger makes his comeback but it was in vain as Corbin pokes him in the eye then hits the End of Days. The match wasn't anything special to be honest.
Winner: Baron Corbin (4 for4)

Dolph Ziggler's career is on the line as he challenges Hollywood Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Both guys try to end the match early before Miz gets the advantage. Ziggler makes a brief comeback with a dropkick before they go back and forth. Miz uses the figure four, 2 skull crushing finales and even has the help of the fucking Spirit Squad to help him win but he can't keep Ziggler down. In the end, Maryse and the Spirit Squad get ejected by the referee. The Miz complains then he walks into a super kick and Ziggler is the new Intercontinental Champion. This was a really good match and it begs the question: why wasn't this the main event?
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (5 for 5)

It was revealed that Becky Lynch is not able to compete due to injury. Therefore, no 1 contender Alexa Bliss will face Naomi instead. Naomi gets the win after reversing a cross armbreaker into a small package. It was quick match which was pretty good. However, I don't think that Bliss, the number 1 contender, should have lost.
Winner: Naomi (N/A)

The main event is Bray Wyatt taking on Randy Orton..? Great? Anyway, after some back and forth, Wyatt gets the advantage when he pushes Orton from the apron into the barricade. Orton mounts a comeback and hits an elevated DDT. When he's about to go for the RKO, the lights go out and come back on, revealing the return of Luke Harper. This distraction gives Wyatt to hit Sister Abigail and get the win. The match was ok and I do not get why this was the main event. This was Bray's first PPV win since July 2105. However, I guarantee that it won't get another one for a while.
Winner: Bray Wyatt (5 for 6)

I thought that No Mercy was an ok event. The WWE World Championship match went on first due to the Presidential Debate. It doesn't make sense mainly because it isn't on TV. You either watching it on PPV or on the Network, which is a streaming service. As for having Bray vs Orton as the main event, that did not make sense. Ziggler vs Miz had the better story plus it had Ziggler's career on the line. I assume they did it because technically Orton is the bigger star but that shouldn't always be the case. Hopefully, they'll learn that lesson at the next Smackdown Pay Per View.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

WWE No Mercy 2016 Preview

WWE No Mercy will be taking place this Sunday at the Golden 1 Centre in Sacramento. With 7 matches on the card, will we see the end of a career? Let's take a look.

Jack Swagger will take on Baron Corbin on the Kick Off Show. I'm going for Corbin to win here.
Predicted Winner: Baron Corbin

Nikki Bella will finally get her hands on Carmella in a match that I'm quite looking forward to. I think that Nikki will win.
Predicted Winner: Nikki Bella

Randy Orton versus Bray Wyatt on the other hand is one match that I'm struggling to give a fuck about. Only because I can't remember the last time that Bray won a match on PPV, I'm going for Orton to get the victory.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton

The Smackdown Tag Team Championship are on the line as The Usos challenge Heath Slater and Rhyno. This is a tough one but I'm going for Slater and Rhyno to retain.
Predicted Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno

Alexa Bliss will be challenging Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women's Championship. I'm a big fan of both ladies and I would like to see Alexa as Champion. However, I feel that they will give Becky a decent title reign so I think that she will win.
Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch

Dolph Ziggler will be challenging Hollywood Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. If Ziggler loses, he must retire. This is an interesting match to talk about. I'm a big fan of Miz but I feel that his reign is about to end. I'm going for Ziggler to win.
Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler

In the main event Dean Ambrose and John Cena will challenge AJ Styles in a triple threat match for the WWE World Championship. I can see either one of the guys winning, especially Cena. However, Styles has been a fucking joy to watch and I think that he will retain here.
Predicted Winner: AJ Styles

I'll be watching during the week so I'll post my review at the end of next week. I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Monday, 3 October 2016

WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Review

WWE Clash of Champions, which is the first RAW exclusive Pay-Per-View in over 9 years, took place this Sunday at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. With every RAW Championship on the line, how will RAW look afterwards? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show is Nia Jax taking on Alicia Fox. Alicia immediately goes on the offense, surprising Nia. However, it is quickly dealt with and despite a brief flurry by Alicia, Nia hits a Samoan drop to get the win. The match was ok but I slightly worry about what they're doing with Nia. Hopefully she will be in the Championship picture in the near future.
Winner: Nia Jax (1 for 1)

The first match on the show is for the RAW Tag Team Championships as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson challenge Kofi Kingston and Big E from The New Day. Gallows immediately destroys Big E with a clothesline and this gives Anderson the chance hit Kofi with a running powerbomb then continue his assault. Big E does recover and gets tagged in by Kofi. Later on, Gallows and Anderson go for the magic killer for Kofi but are unsuccessful. In the end, Xavier Woods hits Anderson with the trombone Francesca and Kofi and Big E hit the midnight hour to get the win. A really enjoyable match to start the show although I don't like it when faces use heel tactics to win matches.
Winners: The New Day (1 for 2)

The next match is for the Cruiserweight Championship as The Brian Kendrick challenges TJ Perkins. Perkins goes for the kneebar early on but Kendrick starts to focus on the head and neck, applying straightjacket moves. Perkins does get back into it and gets the win after applying the kneebar. It was a good match but based on the amazing matches that we had in the Cruiserweight Classic, I do wonder if it could have been better.
Winner: TJ Perkins (2 for 3)

We now get the final match in a best of 7 series between Cesaro and Sheamus. Both guys get to use some unique offense against their opponent such as Cesaro hitting a 619. The end comes when the fight goes to the outside and Cesaro clotheslines Sheamus into the crowd. Medics attend to them and the referee determines that they cannot continue and ends the match due to a no contest. Wait, what? What a shitty ending. This was a good match and it was a shame that it ended like this.
Winner: No Contest (2 for 4)

Now a match I was really looking forward to: Sami Zayn taking on Chris Jericho. Jericho gets the advantage after hitting Zayn to the outside with a springboard dropkick. Zayn avoids a bulldog by throwing Jericho into the turnbuckle to start a comeback. After kicking out of a blue thunder bomb, Jericho suddenly hits the codebreaker to get the win. Whilst it seemed a bit slow at times, it was an enjoyable match between the two.
Winner: Chris Jericho (3 for 5)

Next was a triple threat match for the RAW Women's Championship as Bayley and Sasha Banks challenging Charlotte, who had Dana Brooke in her corner. After some back and forth, Dana takes out Bayley allowing Charlotte to focus on Sasha's back. Bayley gets back into it and hits the belly to Bayley on  Charlotte but Sasha stops it. Sasha puts Charlotte in the Banks statement but Dana pulls her out of the ring. In the end, Charlotte hits 2 big boots on Bayley to get the win. This was a good match but most of the time, it felt it was an 1-on-1 match between Sasha and Charlotte.
Winner: Charlotte (4 for 6)

The penultimate match is for the United States Championship as Roman Reigns challenges Rusev. Rusev focuses his attack on Reigns' ribs with punches and knee strikes. Later on, Reigns gets back into it and goes out of the accolade to hit a spear. However, Lana pulls the referee out of the ring. Instead of disqualifying Rusev, the referee ejects Lana. Rusev does apply the accolade but Reigns powers out of it and hits a spear to get the win. Up until the first spear, I found the match to be boring but then it picked up the pace and it seemed to be a bit better.
Winner: Roman Reigns (4 for 7)

The main event is Seth Rollins challenging Kevin Owens  for the WWE Universal Championship. Owens takes control after hitting a brutal DDT. He then focuses on Rollin's surgically repaired knee. rollins gets back the advantage after hitting a clothesline and slingblade. There was a bit where Owens misses a senton and crashes through the German announce table. Suddenly Chris Jericho(??) runs in and Rollins hits a pedigree. However, Jericho puts Owens on the rope. Rollins then knocks down the referee after getting out of a pop up powerbomb. The action continues and Stephanie McMahon sends out another referee. Owens then hits a pop up powerbomb to get the win.

I enjoyed most of the match but then it degenerated into a clusterfuck. We were all expecting Triple H to run in so it was surprising to see Jericho do it instead. We still haven't seen him on WWE TV since then yet he was at the show as seen in a wwe.com video. So, what is going on?
Winner: Kevin Owens (5 for 8)

I thought that Clash of Champions was a mixed bag. The wrestling was generally good but some of the matches were ruined with some bad endings. Hopefully, it will get better when Hell in a Cell comes around.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Preview

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WWE Clash of Champions will be taking place this evening at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. With 5 Championships, how will the 1st RAW exclusive Pay-Per-View in over 9 years? Let's look at the card.

Alicia Fox vs Nia Jax
Yeah, Nia Jax will destroy Alicia Fox here.
Predicted Winner: Nia Jax

Cesaro vs Sheamus
The final match of the series will be taking place and I think that Sheamus will win here.
Predicted Winner: Sheamus

Rusev vs Roman Reigns
United States Championship
This is a tough one to call as I can see Reigns. However, I think that Rusev will win here.
Predicted Winner: Rusev

Charlotte vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley
WWE Women's Championship
This has the potential of being the match of the night and one that I'm looking forward to. I would love Sasha to win but I feel that Charlotte will win here.
Predicted Winner: Charlotte

Sami Zayn vs Chris Jericho
This is another match that I'm looking forward to and a tough one to call. I'm going for Jericho to win here.
Predicted Winner: Chris Jericho

The New Day vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
WWE Tag Team Championships
Whilst I've mostly enjoyed the New Day's reign, I feel it might be time for a change so Anderson and Gallows to win here.
Predicted Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

TJ Perkins vs The Brian Kendrick
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
This could be a good match. I can't see Perkins losing so he will win here.
Predicted Winner: TJ Perkins

Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins
WWE Universal Championship
I'm a big fan of both these guys so I'm looking forward to this one. I think that Owens will win here with maybe a little help from Triple H.
Predicted Winner: Kevin Owens

I'll get to watch the show during the week and post my review then. Until then I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Cruiserweight Classic: Episode 10

The final episode of thge Cruiserweight Classic took place last Wednesday at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Who will be the winner of the tournament? Let's take a look.

Zack Sabre Jr (England) vs Gran Metalik (Mexico)
Metalik doesn't fuck around at the beginning as he dropkicks Sabre out of the ring then hitting an over the top suicide dive. Sabre does get back into it, putting Metalik in complex stretches and submission moves. The match goes back and forth with Metalik hitting a standing shooting star press and Sabre hitting an European uppercut followed by a penalty kick.Metalik eventually manages to hit the Metalik driver to get the win. This was such an enjoyable match and I'm gutted that Sabre lost. However, I've become a big fan of Gran Metalik over the tournament so I'm happy that he won.

Kota Ibushi (Japan)  vs  TJ Perkins (Phillipines)
Ibushi tries to hit his kicks early on but Perkins blocks them each time. There was a great bit where Ibushi goes for the golden star powerbomb but Perkins reverses into a DDT then hits an inverted lungblower for 2. Ibushi does hit his finishing move but Perkins somehow kicks out, shocking everyone in the arena. In the end, Perkins avoids another golden star powerbomb and applys the kneebar. He then adds a leg cross andpulls back hard on the neck and make Ibusi submit and win the match. Wow. I honestly did not see that coming as I was convinced that it would be an Ibushi/Metalik final. This was an amazing match and a definite match of the year contender.

Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampia
Alexander and Dar wear down Ciampia before he tags in Gargano. Alexander later on puts Gargano in an ankle lock with a grapevine but Ciampia stops it. After Alexander hits a very close near fall, Gargano and Ciampia get the win after hitting Alexander with their superkick/knee combo. This was an enjoyable match and I look forward to see how Alexander and Dar do on RAW.

TJ Perkins (Philippines) vs Gran Metalik (Mexico)
Before that match starts, Triple H comes out and announces that the winner of the match will also be crownied the new Cruiserweight Champion. Two quick things:
1) Didn't everyone know that anyway?
2) Wouldn't it make sense to announce this earlier on instead of like, 2 seconds before the bell rings.

Anyway, the match starts at a slow pace with both guys applying locka and holds. There was an awesome bit when Perkins is on the apron and Metalik hurdles the top rope to hit a frankensteiner. Perkins applies the kneebar a couple of times but Metalik gets out of it each time. Metalik does hit the Metalik driver  but, due to his injured knee, he is slow to make the cover and Perkins kicks out. In the end, Perkins getsd the win after getting out of a top rope Metalik driver getting Metalik to submit with a kneebar with a leg cross.

I have to admit that , out of the final four, TJ Perkins was the last one that I expected to win it. Unfortuantely, in the end this is a WWE product. Ibushi and Sabre turned down a WWE contract. and erkins is probably the best guy to be the face of the cruiserweight division. I do wonder tho if Ibushi would have won it if he had accepted a WWE contract.

I really enjoyed the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic. There were some amazing matches, including 3 contenders for match of the year, and it was great to see so many different styles in the matches. Hopefully, we get the same again.

Monday, 19 September 2016

WWE Backlash 2016 Review

WWE Backlash, Smackdown's first exclusive Pay-Per-View for over 9 and a half years, took place on Sunday 11th September at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virignia. We get to see new Championships for the Women's and Tag Team divisions, so who will they be? Let's take a look.

The match on the Kick Off Show was Baron Corbin taking on Apollo Crews. There were some close calls with Crews hitting an Olympic slam and Corbinf hitting Deep 6. In the end, Corbin hits End of Days to get the win. A decent match between the two.
Winner: Baron Corbin (0 for 1)

After Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan introduce the show, we get Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya and Nikki Bella in a Six-Pack elimination match for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Nikki almost gets the first elimination after hitting Carmella with an Alabama slam. Naomi eliminates Alexa after hitting a top rope neckbreaker/superplex combo with help from Natalya. Natalya then eliminates Naomi by getting her to submit to the sharpshooter. Nikki eliminates Natalya with a TKO but she is immediately eliminated thanks to a roll up by Carmella. In the end, Becky gets Carmella to submit to the dis-arm-her to become the inaugural Smackdown Women's Champion. I really enjoyed this match but I thought the eliminations were a bit too close together.
Winner: Becky Lynch (1 for 2)

Next was the second chance match in Tag Team Championship Tournament with The Usos taking on The Hype Bros. The Usos focus their attack on Zack Ryder and, despite a fightback by Mojo Rawley, Jimmy Uso gets Ryder to submit with a single leg Boston crab with a arm grapevine. This was quite a decent match and The Usos will face Heath Slater and Rhyno in the final.
Winners: The Usos (2 for 3)

We now got the Intercontinental Championship with Dolph Zigger challenging Hollywood Miz. Miz attacks the left leg and, despite Ziggler hitting a fameasser and applying a sleeper, Maryse sprays him in the face followed by Miz hitting a skull crushing finale to get the win. This was a good match and I liked the ending. Quite a few times now Maryse has helped Miz win a match without him knowing. I wonder if WWE would use that in a storyline.
Winner: The Miz (3 for 4)

 The next match was supposed to be Bray Wyatt against Randy Orton. However, Bray attacked Randy earlier in the night meaning that he is unable to continue and Bray wins by forfeit. Bray instead is forced into a no holds barred match against a returning Kane. Wyatt uses a steel chair to attack Kane and later on, hits a running senton driving Kane through the Spanish announce table. However, it was all in vain as Randy Orton runs down to hit a RKO on Wyatt. Kane then hits him with a chokeslam to get the win. I enjoyed this match but Bray loses againloses again. Can anyone remember the last time Bray won a match on Pay-Per-View.
Winner: Kane (N/A)

The penultimate match is The Usos taking on Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team ChampionshipThe Usos focus their attacks on Slater after they suplex him into the ringpost. Slater do eventually tag in Rhyno but he's back in the match soon after. The end comes when Jimmy Uso hits Slater with a superkick. However, while the referee is dealing with Jey Uso, Rhyno hits Jimmy with a gioreand Slater pins him to get the win. This was an enjoyable match and well done to Heath Slater and Rhyno on becoming the inaugural Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
Winners: Heath Slater and Rhyno (3 for 6)

The main event is AJ Styles challenging Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship. Styles trash talks during the match and gets the early advantage after getting out of a sunset flip and immediately hitting a flying forearm. The match goes back and forth between the two with Ambrose hitting a sit out facebuster and Styles suplexing Ambrose into the turnbuckle. In the end, Styles knocks Ambrose  into the referee and Styles takes advantage to hit the Styles clash to get the win and become the new WWE World Champion. This was a really good match and Styles is on fire right now so it makes sense for him to be the Champion right now.
Winner: (4 for 7)

I thought that Backlash was a good show with some enjoyable matches and I'm looking forward to seeing how the new Champions  do on the show.