Reviews, WWE Raw

MONDAY NIGHT RAW REVIEW 16/10/17

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Hi I’m Paul and here is a look at Monday night Raw

Last Raw before TLC on Sunday lets see what we have installed

We open the show with Kurt Angle bigging up TLC and the SHIELD, they enter the arena, in Shield GEAR and through the audience! and call out there opponents for this Sunday. They come but Kurt stops it and big ups the matches for tonight, Raw Tag team title match with Ambrose and Rollins vs the bar and Reigns vs Stroman in a cage match.

ELIAS AND THE CLUB VS TITUS, CREWS AND JASON JORDAN

Before the match a very funny segment, the normal Elias segment but with the club joining in on the singing, gets good heat and is quite funny showing all 3 men mic work. Even Anderson singing the Honkey Tonk Man theme gave me a smile.

The match is textbook, a lot of the faces getting beat down in the match until the hot tag to the star there trying to build up in Jason Jordan, Crews gets the pinfall for the 3 count

Winners- Titus, Crews and Jason Jordan. 

GRADE- D

This match was very short and felt rused, Everyone got a turn to show a little and typical heels beatdown to hot tag finish crews getting the pin was a bit odd but maybe trying not to think there shoving Jordan down our throats. Yet again i dont see where we go from here at all, very rushed and just not enough time to tell a story or anything, poor start to the show.

Quick backstage interview with Emma saying she wants more attention and more of the woman’s revolution stuff, Bliss appears and agrees and talks about having a tag team match with Mickie later with Emma, she agrees and both exits together.

Promo showing the feud between Cedric Alexander vs Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack w Brian Kendrick vs Cedric Alexander w Rich Swann

Cedric is a house on fire, hitting all the big moves early, Brian Kendrick distracts and helps Jack out and he takes over, very slow beat down control.

Cedric gets control over the match, hits the Lumbar Check for the 3 count

Winner- Cedrick Alexander

Grade- D+

Same as the first match, very short again, seemed very quick show off what both men can do, Both men do come off well showcasing why there very highly regarded in the WWE but this match is not going to do much good, yes it carries on the feud for Sunday but not much else, two short throw away matches to start raw.

MIZ TV segment

As normal The miz tv segment is very well put together, the Miz is the best talker on raw at the minute and is a great asset to the show, his guest is Braun Stroman and they all talk about the destruction of the shield, The miz mentions the fact Dean Ambrose keeps saying they want to take on the world so he wants to make the TLC match a 5-3 handicap match. Kurt Angle comes out and refuses this, after some talking Kurt says if Stroman wins they can have 5 but if Reigns wins they loose Stroman at TLC.

Sasha Banks Vs Alecia Fox

Playing on the fact last week Fox tapped out and this is why the match is going ahead, Banks goes for a bank statement early and fails. The rest of the match is Fox beating down on Banks until another Bank statement and tap out victory.

Winner- Sasha Banks 

Grade- D- 

This match was prime example of no idea what to do with these women so trying to get a little feud together and see what happens, playing on the old Fox is crazy angle, Very simple match again, Little to no sequences and over quick. Three throw away matches now, very slow start on the go home show.

Enzo and Kalisto cut a promo against each other in the ring. Enzo talks alot and i don’t really get what he is saying im just guessing its bad against Kalisto, Kalisto when he speaks is not coming across very good, After a while of talking from behind Tony Neese, Drew Gulak, Noam dar and Davari attack and a massive beat down takes place on the cruiser weight champion. Mustsfa ali comes to the rescue but its shortly lived as the numbers game takes over.

RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

SETH ROLLINS AND DEAN AMBROSE (C) VS THE BAR

Both teams are going at each other hard and fast. Seth rollins takes a lot of the beat downs in this match, The bar working well together in the double team front. Hot tag to dean for a big clean up and the pace is so quick, theirs a great spot with a double suicide dive out other sides of the ring.

The finish of the match is Rollins spinning Knee strike into the dirty deads for the pin fall

Winners- Rollins and Ambrose to retain 

Grade- B 

This match was the wake up call raw needed, fast action, great spots and double team moves to die for. These two teams work absolutely work really well together. Moves things on nicely for TLC gives the Bar incentive to go all out and keeps the Shield reunion strong.

There is a tiny segment with Axel saying to the Bar they cant make mistakes at TLC etc, Stroman enters and then coaches Stroman for his cage match and says they need him. Axel makes statement bout he would fight reigns himself, stroman demands he does, Axel leaves.

Balor enter the ring and says he thinks Wyatt has unleashed a monster, but he has a demon to slay the monster. There was a moment of Balors face close up and cutting to recorded footage of his face painted as the demon. Very odd and weird for 2017.

MICKIE JAMES AND BAYLEY VS EMMA AND ALEXIA BLISS

Standard start to the match Bayley and Emma show off there mat work, Emma gets out wrestled by the face till the heels get advantage for the most part of the match

Hot tag Mickie at the end for a Mick Kick on the champ and a 3 count.

Winners- James and Bayley

Grade- C 

I will admit i wasn’t looking forward to this match, the gave this match alot more time and they could show off the story much better then if it was shorter, Bayley is a great worker and the pin fall sets up doubt for bliss going into TLC.

 

Cuts backstage to carry on the Axel segment, He finds the Shield and goes runnning towards them before a quick ad break. Come back from the ad break we see the Miz talking to the bar and Stroman and asks where he is, Stroman says he gone to beat up Reigns, Miz looks worried and runs off to find him.

Quick interview with Mickie James saying yes she is upset by Bliss and the Age bullying but she will show why she is a great superstar and proud what she achieved.

The miz finds Axel beat up and hanging up by his ankles, very funny and nice moment. Rene asks bout Axel and being the 5th man, He says he wasn’t the 5th Man.

Braun Stroman vs Roman Reigns Steel Cage Match

This match showcases what we have seen from there last few matches, Reigns fighting with his speed  but the monster over powering till Reigns gets the advantage, very back and forth, Reigns attempts a escape and the bat stop him followed very quickly by Rollins and Ambrose, they brawl out to the crowd.

There is a great spot when Stroman superplexs Reigns off the top of the cage back in, more back and forth then the bar and Shield fight back up the ramp and back stage, The match cuts to there brawl, until the Miz locks all 4 men in the car park.

The closing of the match sees reigns hits Stroman with a superman punch for a close 2 count. He goes for a spear in the corner then BOOM!

KANES MUSIC HITS! Reigns being distracted fails the spear and Kane comes up from the ring. The big red machine hits 2 chokeslams, the two big men assault Reigns with tombstones and finally a power slam for the pin fall

Winner- Braun Stroman 

Grade- C+

A great main event, these two have shown there great working together, didn’t like how the match cut away near the end, also Kane being revealed being the 5th man added to the match is really odd, yes another monster but with TLC this Sunday we wont get a chance to hear why. The spots were brutal and shown both men can take bumps as they give them out.

Final Thoughts

Grade- C 

This show was all about the Shield, every chance was the Shield, no matter how long they stay together they will milk this lol!

The show got better as it went along as it should but the throw away matches were really throw away. Glad there was a big theme match finish adds to the go home show feel. Kudos to the Miz and his mic work and a shout out to Mickie James showing maybe not as over as she should be but a great worker passing on knowledge as she goes. Plus a surprise return is possible the best way for a pop but i was so confused why Kane. Also the Balor wyatt thing in 2017 is not really working with the crowd, monsters fighting demons is very late 80’s early 90’S however maybe Balors skill will shine through like in the past.

What did you think? let us know

Im Paul and thats your Raw Review

 

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Reviews, WWE Smackdown

SMACKDOWN LIVE REVIEW 10/10/2017

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Hi i’m Paul Kindon and heres a review of the Smackdown live after hell in the cell

Show opens up on a epic recap on the main event, after we hear annocement that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will appear tonight.

Also AJ styles will get his rematch for the united states title tonight against Baron Corbin.

THE USOS PROMO

Jimmy and Jey slowly walk down to the ring to a nice pop showing respect for there work at Hell in a cell. Quick pictures showing there match with the New Day.

Very cockey and confident promo claiming they own the divison and have it on lock down, they go on to call out the new day to tell them something to there face

QUE usally pop for the new day who also showing battlewounds as they walk slowly down. A staredown to start to get the crowd going.

The Usos say they made history that night and all the other tag teams in the back suck and these two teams are the best. They go on to say that no matter what these two make magic in that ring. They get real and claim no one sees them in the state they were after the match driving to the next town and only the new day know how that feels after hell in a cell.

The new day ask if the Usos are asking for a truce? The Usos respond with just repect.

QUE The hype bros come running out, mojo claims yes its only two tag teams getting all the time in the spot light and nothing for anybody else. Nice jab from a Uso bout Mojo sitting on the sidelines like his NFL career

QUE Gable and Benjamins music, Gable said they should be next in line before the Hype bros for titles. the usos claims Gable is smart getting a Benjamin for a partner but no back off the line,

QUE Breezangos music and enter the arena.

QUE the Aascensions music straight away and enter the arena to join, they say they fed up being in the wasteland.

Usos lay a challenge for any team to make a name for them selfs.

Que GM Daniel Bryan enters arena and says tonight isnt the night for this, thanks them for there match but tells them get out the ring and sets up a fatal 4 way match for the new number 1 contenders for the Usos.

FATAL FOUR WAY HYPE BROS VS THE ASCENSION VS BREEZANGO AND GABLE AND BENJAMIN

Not alot to go on about this match, the crowd is very dead and its standard everyone having a little go and showing what they can do. Gable and Benjamin get alot of time early on showing great team work together, pretty much the only team the crowd interested in. Breezango got a little reaction before the match earlier but more shock factor they were actually on tv no in the fashion files. Small moment all teams get in ring to square off before the ads kick in.

Comeback to Mojo in control of Tyler Breeze, quick brakedown brawl leaving Mojo and Breeze. Leads to the hype bros fighting together after a miscomunication but zack ryder gains control.

Benjamin hits everyone with a powerful big move and him and Gable stand tall. Fandango gets involved however fails a leg drop. Gable and benjamin hit there finisher and get the 3 count for the win and the title shot.

WINNER- GABLE AND BENJAMIN 

GRADE- D

Not alot going for this match. Make sure every gets a turn and makes some noise however part from Gable and Benjamin no other team got a reaction, the hype bros still showing the signs of the break up but yet again no pay off so not really bothered at the moment now and bored of waiting for anything to happen. Good showing and right booking of the winners.

 

Quick backstage moment showing Owens and Zayns dressing room but been told we got to wait for them. Most like ending of the show right there.

announced for later Nakamura and Orton vs Rusev and Aiden English for later on.

After a recap of the womens match from Hell in a cell we go to backstage segement with All the women ending in a brawl between Nattie and Charlotte after talking smack about Ric Flair.

Cut to Rene to talk to Baron Corbin and we get in sight of there match tonight with AJ styles.

BECKY LYNCH VS CARMELLA W ELSWORTH

Feels like forever seeing Becky in ring action. Becky is over Carmella scrappy brawling. Carmella out the ring uses Elsworth to get cheap shot in and starts on the offensive. Still very scrappy and brawling style from this till till Carmerlla hits a head lock on and starts working it.

Crowd nicely behind Lynch which is good. Traditional Becky come back alot of punches, Hits the Disarmer on Carmella and taps out for the win.

WINNER- BECKY LYNCH 

GRADE- D 

Yes it was OK, but nothing will change after this match, Carmella still made out to look super weak and this hasnt helped Becky get a title shot at all. Not much wrestling at all all very much like a street brawl.

KEVIN OWENS PROMO

Owens comes out barely walking looking completly battered and bruised after his match with Shane. Owens brags over victory and sending Shane to hell. Claims Shane isnt coming back. Talks bout him seeing the light during there match and came close to death but the world needs Kevin Owens and he has a guardian angle in Sami Zayn. His mission now is to make Smackdown Live  Kevins Heaven or the Kevin Owens show again. He introduces Sami Zayn as his best friend???

Que Zayn and he enters the ring Kevin wants him to tell him to say he didnt ask for his help however he thanks him anyway. Sami says the attack a few weeks ago opened his eyes about trying to please people brought him nothing but no success and how Kevin owens got all his succes not matter what. He said he thought he had a chance on Smackdown live with a chance and respect from Shane and claimed nothing had happened at all since he came over. He claims Shane never cared about him. Shane went to far at Hell in a cell. He and Kevin were still brothers forever and he saved him and that was the right thing to do cause Shane went to far. Sami thanks Owens and they hug it out in the ring. There friendship brotherhood is back and stronger then ever.

GRADE- B 

Nice promo Kevin Owens is still one of the best heels on the roster and this allaince can go a lot of places, they needed to do something with Sami after a failed push since coming to Smackdown so overall happy with this booking.

NAKAMURA AND ORTON VS RUSEV AND AIDEN ENGLISH

Orton starts out like a house on fire really taking it to Rusev,  outside the ring Aiden tries to help however Orton slams Rusev into the announce table really early on.  Another distraction from English and a big kick to Orton and a neck breaker on the outside. There in complete control now as go to ad break.

Rusev still in control when come back on Orton, good team work with Rusev and English as they carry on a beat down, a few little comeback attempts but nothing working.

POW vintage Orton powerslam and hot tag to NAKAMURA taking both his oppodents out. Hitting all his vintage strong style offence on English. Rusev stops the Kinshasa but Orton hits the RKO to rusev and then the Kinshasa to English for the 3 count

GRADE- C 

Nice little quick tag match, right people go over, nice to see the RKO and the Kinsha in the same match. Standard beat down and hot tag scenario.

Backstage interview Styles and usual chatting bout Corbin before there match.

Promo showing Luke Harper and Eric Rowan standing will mallets saying there bludgeon brothers showing there reforming as a tag team, least Harper back on TV.

BOBBY ROODE PROMO

Goes on to say how GLORIOUS his PPV debut match was on Sunday till Ziggler ruined it with the Zig Zag. He asks Ziggler for a fight.

Que Zigglers music, well till its cut again like at the pay per view (might be he his new music/ gimmick)

Ziggler goes on and says well done to Roode on his entrance and then when it came to the wrestling he was the better man. Saying Roode panicked and had to cheat to win cause he was better. Not just a flashy entrance he was a cheater. Ziggler still playing on he is the best in ring in WWE and he wants a re match.

Bobby accepts the re match, Bobby has forgotten his lines and it shows really bad until he gets back into it and says lets have the rematch now. Ziggler teases alot and even a ref goes out but refuses and that is the end

GRADE- D 

Roode messes up and it shows him quite badly, nothing really moved forward in this that we didn’t already know, we knew they be a rematch after the last match so nothing to rave about here in this promo.

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Baron Corbin (c) Vs AJ Styles. 

Early match Corbin cant get going and needs to re group himself on the outside a few times. Showing how superrior AJ is in the ring. Cut to a ad break.

Come back Corbin in control with a monsterous clothesline on Styles and carries out a assualt on him. A nice few spots out the ring into the announce table and stlyes hits all his signatures for the crowd

Very back and forward both men get a lot in, both look very good, . Styles comes back to get the calf crusher on but Corbin breaks out. Styles takes a big bump being thrown from the apron to the floor, Corbin drags him in to the ring.

END OF DAYS 3 count Corbin wins clean and retains his championship. Post match interview with Rene and Corbin, Corbin tells the audience he not going anywhere and really bragging this victory.

WINNER- BARON CORBIN RETAINS

GRADE- C

A very solid match, both men look good together, just not a lot of time for the main event, the post match interview was so short it just felt odd being there.

Final thought

GRADE- C- 

A odd show after a epic PPV the matches didnt burn the house down, the storys going forward are good and will be played out well, the math of the night belongs to the United states match the rest of the card was pretty weak however there in early building period for the next PPV so lets see where we go from here.

Im Paul Kindon and thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

Reviews, WWE Raw

MONDAY NIGHT RAW REVIEW 9/10/17

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Hi Im Paul Kindon and here is a quick review of Monday Night Raw.

MIZ TV

The shows opens up straight away to the Miz hosting MIZ TV and with announcement of the Mizzy awards part 2. He awards one to Curtis Axel and they both send best wishes to Bo Dallas.

Miz goes on to talk a bout the destruction of Roman Reigns from last weeks show and awards a award to the Bar (Sheamus and Ceasro) for their part they played in it. The Bar has there entrance and go make there way to the ring to join Miz and Axel.

Sheamus goes on how great the Bar are and how they are going places after last week and thanks the Miz and thanks Roman Reigns for helping. Ceasro says thanks to the Raw tag team champions for helping them be The Bar, Miz address the fact the buzz around the possible Shield reunion and claims that will not happen and that the Shield is outdated etc with a a little time to award himself a Mizzy as well in the process. Kudos to the crowd with the “you deserve it” chants they really made me chuckle.

QUE the big dog music and Roman Reigns enters the arena to quite a good mixed reception compared to the past down pours of boos he been getting. Miz sticks the boot in before Roman shuts him down and tells them to get out his ring.

Shield chants enter the arena as Miz talks bout the numbers game. Miz tells him to get Dean and Seth for back up or was it all rumours.

QUE Dean Ambroses music and enters the lunatic fringe, Miz looks a little worried now, QUE Seth Rollins music and enters The Architect as the Shield stands together on the ramp looking down at the ring, the crowd is loving this and there is a electric feel as they head to the ring. Classic shield surround the ring like old times. Brawl starts as the Shield take advantage and takes apart the Bar and Axel. The Miz is left alone and gets hit with dirty deeds then a classic triple power bomb. The Shield stand tall over a knocked out Miz. All three bump fists as the commentators go on as the Shield has been reunited once again! the crowd is loving it even more.

GRADE B+ 

great start to the show the Miz always delivers on the mic and the inclusion of the bar worked well, the feel when all three members were back together cleaning house was a great moment which will be remembered which WWE needs to start doing again. This will help Roman in the long run as the crowd is not going to Boo the Shield even with Reigns in there, gives everyone involved something to do for a while and will make some great match ups for sure.

JASON JORDAN VS KARL ANDERSON w LUKE GALLOWS

Jason showing off his great ring work again taking down Anderson. The crowd loving the 2 SWEET chants tonight.  Very back and forward but alot of time for Jordan to show his power throwing Anderson around with ease. Gallows distract to help Anderson take control before the break.

Come back and Anderson still beating down Jordan targeting the left arm. A lot of keeping Jordan down to the mat working the arm taking the momentum away from Jordan.

Jordan starts making a comeback, crowd showing a lot more interest then normal for Jordan which is definite step in the right direction,

Straps down hit the spear in the corner to Anderson. Gallows interfers for a little distraction but Jason jordan hits with the neck breaker and gets the 3 count.

WINNER JASON JORDAN 

GRADE – C

Very short match nothing special delivered from either men, very smooth and a good job putting Jordan over showing he is great in ring. Right steps in the right direction.

 

BACKSTAGE the Miz is getting medical attention when Kurt Angle comes in and then announces The Miz and the Bar will face the Shield in a TLC match at the TLC PPV.

ladies and gentlemen………. ELIAS….. for the record this little promo he cuts still work so well and entertaining he does it and keeps him relevant very good booking from WWE.

Elias starts to play but over him a bango noise starts to play as Titus comes out playing and ask “Who wants to work with TITUS WORLDWIDE” AND “WHO WANTS TO FOLLOW APOLLO” Titus plays a song for Elias with the bango, this is actually very entertaining and the crowd love the humour. He announceS Apolo crews as he enters the arena before cutting to a add break.

ELIAS VS APOLO CREWS W TITUS O’NEIL

come back from break and Elias is in control over Crews doing a vicious beat down. working the left arm. The crowd is completely dead for this, the noise from before has totally vanished. Elias hits his old school (walking with Elias).

Crews fights back hitting his trademark dropkick and standing moonsault for a 2 count.

Elias tries to get away but then Crews gets him back and hits a moonsault from the apron.

Crews hitting hard hands to Elias till he pulls him down on the middle rope then hits him with the drift away for the 3 count.

WINNER ELIAS 

GRADE – C 

Elias keeps his winning ways on Raw with this over Crews, however a win over Crews again is not really setting the world alight and not going to give him a lot of momentum to go forward, unsure if they will carry this on but i think they need to move on.

ENZO ADRESSES THE AUDIENCE

Enzo comes out and starts talking again…….. I cant keep focus again for how long he talks nonsense for ages. He talks smack about eh cruiser weights and talks bout his clauses again to protect him, except Kalisto and moans bout fact he got attack by him even with his protection clause. He calls out GM Kurt Angle to settle it ASAP.

Kurt enters the ring to talk with Enzo, Enzo discusses the paperwork about the clause he has against the cruise weight division, asks why Kalisto gets a title shot after he attacked him, Angle explains the clause only works with superstars before the clause not new superstars, Enzo goes on a rant saying he needs respect.

Enzo gets Angle mad and then makes a title match for him against Kalisto for tonight.

Enzo asks he will only defend it if its main event tonight. No answer but looks official, Before Angle leave he adds that it will be a lumberjack match.

GRADE- D

Not much to say bout this its Enzo doing same as always and its really getting old, this putting the division on the map thing is still trying to find its feet, however the match made will make Raw finish with a cruiser weight match so that will be interesting.

BRAUN STROMAN VS MAT HARDY

Match starts off very one sided everything mat tries fails as Stroman is over powering him going into and out of the advert break.

Mat shows a little sign of fight back against Stroman using his speed to his advantage, massive tornado DDT on Stroman and hits a twist of fate with a kick out at 1 from the monster, he goes for another one reversed then hit with 2 choke slams and a running power slam for the 3 count.

WINNER BRAUN STROMAN

GRADE B

Another successful match for Stroman showing off his power and carries on being the dominant force on raw.

Before leaving he carries on the assault to hardy by taking him out to the floor and starts carrying him out of the arena.

At the top of the ramp THE SHIELD APPEAR! To stop Stroman carrying out hardy. Massive stare down but no one is backing down as Stroman attacks reigns as all 3 members start a beat down and a spear from reigns. Stroman starts moving but no good as all 3 keep on the attack. They all look over to the announce table and start ripping it apart. The triple bomb and Stroman is slayed by the hounds of justice. (Nice new Shield shirts BTW)

After a ad break we have a quick chat with the shield backstage and they proclaim there the 3 work horses of the WWE now.

Mickie James promo

Mickie enters the ring to address the crowd, talks about how hard is been fitting back into WWE and could it be her age, says its Alexia blisses fault she feels like this but no more jokes or pranks any more, says Bliss is cowardly and does things behind her back and hides behind Nia. Says she needs to grow up and face a real woman and will be a 7 time WWE womenS champ.

Que Bliss, comes to the stage and says sorry for what she done to her over the weeks, and says made a video showing Mickies career for the younger fans who don’t know who she is.

Video in black and white showing old footage saying how old she is plays. Short sweet and too the point.

Says she is a grandma and get to sleep before TLC.

New chant in biscuit but for Alexia bliss.

Bliss refuses to enter ring for fight James goes after drags her in ring for a quick beat down and bliss runs away.

GRADE- C+

Short and sweet segment, both women showing there very good on mics again, Bliss still being shown as a little weak as a champ but plays into fact there may be no title change at TLC, these two work well together so lets see what next week brings.

Back stage after a promo for askua, Bayley, Sasha, Aleshia fox, Dana Brooke and Emma all want Asuka at TLC for her debut match. Kurt sets up a fatal 5 way match to determine this.

CEDRICK ALEXANDER AND MUSTAF ALI VS JACK GALLAGHER AND BRIAN KENDRICK

Cruiser weight action now in a tag team match. This match is very simple action you would expect from the division. Everyone gets there moves in back and forth. Brian hits the slice bread number 2 on Ali for the 3 count.

WINNER – Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick

GRADE- D+

Yet again a match with little story on main roster gets rough 4 mins, not a lot going just showing how wasted some these guys are on the company, this should have been left for 205 live for a little longer and more time. Even the commentators moved on quicker to the next segment faster then anything, not good booking for the lower card of the division at all.

Backstage Miz and Angle talking, Miz said the shield want to take on the world so added another partner to his team for TLC, Enters Braun Stroman making this a 4 on 3 handicap TLC match……. this is going to get very messy!

Is sister abigal alive??

Segment announced as is Abigail alive? Balor enters the arena in ring gear towards the ring, and welcomes everyone to Balor club, goes on to talk a bout last week and the introduction to sister abigal, and goes on to say he ain’t got a clue what to think bout wyatt and says he is a virus and don’t believe his mind games anymore and nothing but seeking attention and talk rubbish all the time. Balor say he and the demon not afraid of him or sis Abigail.

Wyatt cut to a wyatt in a chair, says you should be afraid  of her and she was young when she was taken away, she chose him and they will strike fear. Bray turns his face into the weird face again and talks bout bray like its a different person, this could be Sister Abigail? calls bray her prince, this is all very strange and weird, she says Balor will pay for what he done. Says Balor cannot beat her, tells Balor to run and turns back into Bray and laughs to end.

GRADE- N/A 

No idea how to take this, it looks like Sister Abigail is Bray wyatt in makeup? talking as different person in paint and a veal, its al very confusing and no answers to give, very supernatural route to go down in the modern era but lets see how this plays out.

 

5 WAY MATCH SAHSA VS BAYLEY VS EMMA VS DANA VS ALESHIA

This match lasted alot longer then i fought, all the little fueds playing out between all the ladies, some parts are very sloppy not alot really thought out, just make sure everyone gets there part in till Bayley and Brooke are eliminated. The climax of the match sahsa has Foxy in the bank statement and taps out for the elimination, straight away Emma comes in rolls up Sasha for 3 count and takes the match and the chance to face Asuka.

GRADE- C 

Not much to say it was just your average 5 way match to get every ones bits in there has been alot of these on both brands and it feels like some weeks they got no ides what to do with the womans division. Will properly remember this match in long run but the Emma Asuka match at takeover was very good and will be a nice addition to TLC.

Backstage interview with Rene and Balor, see the reaction of what happened, he says Bray has released something evil and he is scared and don’t know what to expect and now he knows what he HAS to do now.

ADVERTISE FOR NEXT WEEK REIGNS VS BRAUN STROMAN IN A CAGE MATCH

Another backstage interview with Kalisto, asking for feelings on the match tonight and he talks bout his inspirations and heroes to get to WWE and how he should stop Enzo as he is a slap to the face. A lot of Rey Mysterio and Eddie Gurrero mentioned…… nice attempt at cheap pops.

Cruiser weight championship match

ENZO AMORE (C) VS KALISTO IN A LUMBERJACK MATCH

The lumberjacks all come out to there own music and surround the ring,

Enzo takes a slow advantage to start working the headlock alot, Showing abit of power and Kalisto shows speed as Enzo tries get breather but the Jacks stop him and get him back in.

Kalisto got the crowd behind with some Lucha chants which is nice and seems to be getting on the offensive into the advert break.

Coming back Enzo is control using his power advantage and brawling style over the former lucha dragon.

Kalisto using some aerial offence till Enzo pulls Kalisto into the bottom turnbuckle, looked nasty.

Tpically heel lumberjacks stomp on kalisto, and Enzo carries on assault and a close 2 count.

This match is doing the job very well at the moment, Enzo comes in not being known as a flyer doing beat downs etc with Kalisto trying to fight back. Kalisto is getting good crowd reaction in this match too so its a winner winner.

Enzo takes a swipe at Mustafa and this starts the typical Lumberjack brawl between faces and heels, Kalisto take advantage on Enzo and hits a superplex to the outside into the brawl taking everyone out. Nice spot and got the crowd going well.

Kalisto goes for the Salida del Sol but reversed and Enzo hits the JawdonZo and Mustafa Ali stops the count. Enzo hits Ali with a brutal clothesline and stops Kalisto on the top rope and joins him on there, Kalisto fights back and hits a Salida del Sol  from the top rope for the 3 count

WINNER AND NEW CHAMPION KALISTO

GRADE B

Ok ill admit it…. i didn’t expect much from this match at all, however the story of Enzo heel-ish beat down and not flying around worked a lot and the title change was perfect, Kalisto will be a good champion and i hope he holds on till it and a re match will be on the cards.

Final Thoughts

GRADE C+ 

This was a good episode not great with the two throw away matches and the super weird Sister Abigail moment however the Shield and Miz the bar and Stroman feud works and set up a awesome match the Cruiserweight title match was very well worked and the match of the night. A lot to answer next week and where the story’s go but a solid good night of Raw.

Thank you for reading Im Paul K and see you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews

Hell In The Cell 2017 Review

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What we just see!!!

Hell in the cell is officially in the books.. hard hitting plenty of spots and suprised for the world to see.

I am Paul and I’m going to break this pay per view down

 

Smackdown Live tag team championships

The New Day (c) vs The Usos

The match that has been billed to end the long rivalry, one last time The New Day vs the Usos, what other way could this end other then inside the famous steel structure.

The new day enter the arena to the usual same pop and all three enter the cell and cut the promo before the match, great reaction for the powerhouse stable as normal. Yet again The New Day prove again they are superb on the mic and get the crowd pumped for this match. Extra nice touch wit big E bout to end with there classic “New day rocks” then went out on a serious note ending with the “New day apocalypses”

The usos enter the ring then we learn that it will be Big E and Xavier woods who will compete in this match.

Nicely start off with the stare down and let the crowd a chance to soak in this match, both teams not messing around and set the tone of the match from the start with kendo sticks chains and chairs.

New day start off with a small advantage to start with a lovely wheelbarrow fist drop with Xavier with the chain wrapped around the hand, didn’t take long at all to show how this match is going to play out. Big E attempts his signature spear off the apron and fails and crashes to the outside, quickly followed by a successful dropkick by Xavier to Jey Usos, not long then Jimmy joins in with a dive and both go crashing into cell and hitting the floor.

2nd attempt by Big E for the spear successful hits very hard against the cell wall! the cell wall buckles and visible damaged! this is only the first few minutes of the match the crowd is already showing there appreciation for these 4 men.

Now we see Woods play time, Big E hands him many weapons to take it to Jey Uso, 2 trombones, a cowbell and a gong as assault, Woods showing this fun and aggressive side we don’t usually see that often.

Woods calls for the up up down down only to be stopped by Jimmy with a flying chair to the face. These teams showing straight away there willing to put on the match of the night again!

A lot more fun with kendo sticks at the expense of big E, more heavy hitting spots keep coming, including a horrible hip attack to woods against the cell wall leaving him glazed eyed sitting in pain. The pacing of this match is going perfect, both teams dishing it out and taking it.

Next big spot as Big E groggy on the apron with one of the Usos and performing a side slam into a back stabber from woods on the outside of the ring, looks painful and both guys hitting hard!

New Day hit the up up down down to a broken up pin attempt (gives the impression we might see a lot of these in this match up)

Woods goes under the ring and reveals half a dozen kendo sticks, after hitting Jey Uso they trap him in the corner of the ring with the kendo sticks in a spot i cant recall seeing before, trapping him to leave the match in a 2 on 1 situation. Woods and E set up jimmy on the steps with Woods heading to the top rope and ascending to the steel ring post, however broken up by Jey uso escaping the kendo prison.

Next big spot coming up, as big E set up in a electric chair position with a Uso diving to the outside crashing into the cell wall, big E hitting very hard back of the head. This match is living up to all the hype original great spots and hard hitting action!

Double Uso splash with a kick out from Big E, both Usos stunned at this. Usos bring out to reveal handcuffs and handcuff E to the bottom rope and handcuff woods to the steel post hanging by the writs outside the ring. This spot of the match is painful to watch and much respect to Woods taking many open body shots from a kendo stick.

Big E broken free and gets pumped up and fights back and hits on the usos with a lifting slam to the side off the cell, then hitting it again but going through the other usos. Straps down from E is the end coming? Big ending hit but only a 2 count from the ref. bit of a botch super kick from jey uso but E taken out with many more that hit the spot, double splash again but E saved by woods.

Another 2 on 1 assault two woods who is handcuffed, he pumps up and fights back however the numbers game and more kendo assault falls to him. A chair placed on Woods and a double splash seals the fate and gets the 3 count

WINNERS THE USOS NEW SMACKDOWN TAGTEAM CHAMPIONS

This match lived up to the hype and a lot more, there was big spots a little fun and everything ran smoothly for this with only one tiny botched super kick but that was about it. These two teams showed again that tag team wrestling done right is amazing to watch and when you get chemistry like these teams do then magic happens.

GRADE- A

Rusev vs Randy Orton

Rematch from summerslam next and Rusev trying to make another glorious Rusev day.

Both men get decent pops for this match and properly hoping for a longer match then the summerslam match.

usual feeling out process as Rusev showing off power early and blocking a early RKO attempt, nearly a repeat from summerslam lol.

Rusev goes on the attacking aggressive front straight away showing dominance, randy gets so offence in showing a lot of back and forward between the two superstars. Randy takes a bump into the barriacade and takes a falloway slam on the outside of the ring setting up rusevs continued offence on the viper.

Usual offence work from both men the crowd does stay with it but do seem a tiny bit tired after the last match.

Come back from Orton blocking punches and throwing them back to try build momentum, another blocked RKO into a vintage Orton power slam with a 2 count from the ref.

Big side kick side to the side of the head from Rusev with a 2 count, he calls for the accolade but Orton gets out the ring for a escape, Rusev keeps up the attack with a big super kick to the outside. 2nd rope splash from Rusev missed both men down.

Orton takes control with the leverage DDT, Ortons call for the RKO and out of no where rusev reveres into the accolade then OUT OF NOWHERE orton hits a brutal RKO For the 3 count

WINNER Randy Orton

This match delivered what i expected from these two workers, both tell a easy story of power and speed, they do work well together but parts of the match do seem not to go that smooth, very good showing for both but nothing really special and properly see these two go at it again very soon

GRADE C 

UNITED STATES MATCH

AJ Styles (c) vs Tye Dillinger vs Baron Corbin 

After Dillinger win over Corbin on smackdown live and a chat to Daniel Bryan this match is now a triple threat.

Aj showing again he is easily one of WWES over men with the crowd going wild during entrance

Early on Styles and Dillinger showing there willing to team up of Corbin and assault very early on the lone wolf, still great chants of “wheres your briefcase” still going on. Corbin gets knocked out of the ring leaving Dillinger and styles for a great few quick pin fall combinations both showing there great in ring skill.

Both guys going back and forward till Corbin drags styles out ring and takes to ring to attack Dillinger till he knocked out the ring, styles tries to take on Corbin but fails, showing great dominance from Corbin in this match. Styles showing great selling for Corbin being used as a rag doll making the lone wolf look even more powerful.

Stunning combination really showing the athleticnes of styles and Dillinger and the power of Corbin, however Corbin still in control dominating Dillinger. Also Styles gets a nasty bump into the barricade.

Dillinger gets on the offensive however selling the lower back as Corbin takes control again. These men so far showing a great work rate and doing a good job getting Corbin over as a power house. However this can slow the match right down a bit to much at times however not a lot but some points feel really dragged, when you got styles and Dillinger i was expecting more quick sequences.

Corbin gets a near fall on Dillinger and then takes focus to styles however he gets on the offensive and breaks out a lot of attack to take the big man down. A failed styles clash attempt to Corbin and Styles takes him out the ring leaving the two smaller men in the ring, Dillinger gets pumped with offence and gets the crowd right behind him with ten chants in the air.

Dillinger getting some close 3 falls on styles, styles attempts 2 clashes on Dillinger and fails both but counters into the calf crusher, Corbin drags Dillinger out the ring to save the match, followed up by a phenomenal forearm to Corbin to the outside, this is being shown to be anybody’s match at this moment.

Styles gets pushed into steel post on the outside with Dillinger and Corbin going back and forward in ring till Corbin hits deep 6 on him, Styles comes too and goes for the phenomenal forearm but caught and hit by a choke slam from Corbin.

Corbin left standing looking over the other two, who is this match going too? All three men hit offence really quick all hitting hard with the end result with Styles hitting pele kick on Dillinger landing on a knocked out Corbin for a 2 count, great sequence really smooth showing all men in great lights.

styles hits the springboard 450 splash on Corbin but broken up by Dillinger, who is now getting pumped up again for a 2nd wind offence on Styles.

Styles hits the forearm on Dillinger leaving him out cold in the ring however Corbin breaks up the pin attempt and kicks Styles out the ring for a stolen 3 count

WINNER- Baron Corbin New United states champion 

GRADE B+ 

This match wasn’t perfect but did its job really well, no one looked weak everyone hit offence great and got there stuff in, bit slow in places but no much to complain, Aj Styles yet again showing how good he is and passing on a lot of wisdom onto dillinger, bit odd putting the belt on Corbin as he has not been booked strong but this maybe what he needs to make him a powerful middle card player.

So far this ppv is showing very strong.

SMACKDOWN WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP

Natalyia (c) vs Charlotte Flair 

These two have had a big history together in the WWE as they go into this match. Two top women for there division showing they can properly lead it from strength to strength.

Charlotte taking early advantage with early pin attempt showing she not missed a beat on the big stage. Bit of a miss step with a roll up attempt from Charlotte however saved by Nattie.

Nattie taking control work on Charlotte’s leg knee and leg, working it a lot obviously building up for the sharpshooter later on. Very slow paced working on it keeping nattie shown as a great technician in the ring.

Charlotte after getting worked on shows some sign of life in her looking like she going to work on the ankle, however very short lived as Nattie starts on it again with the slow beat down of Charlotte.

Sharpshooter attempt failed as Charlotte breaks away to try get some momentum on the champion, however the leg is being sold hard as Charlotte is hobbling around the ring during her attack.

Charlotte goes to the top rope maybe going for a moonsault is stopped and reversed into a massive power bomb from Nattie for a 2 count.

Nattie showing signs of frustration that lead to a sneaky pin attempt from Charlotte that shows a aggressive side from Nattie in her.

Charlotte gets advantage trys for a figure 4 but gets easily knocked out ring, Nattie follows and then pushes Charlotte into the ring steps with her knee getting hit and being sold really painful.

Nattie places Charlotte into the ring and slaps the sharpshooter for a good few mins, Charlotte reverses by throwing Nattie into the bottom turnbuckle to break out of it. Charlotte goes to the top rope again but Nattie has time to get out ring to stop this.

Nattie knocked down outside the ring as Charlotte hits a moonsault to Nattie to the outside of the ring but seems to have done more damage to her knee in the process.

After a bit off a scuffle Nattie swings a chair into the knee Of Charlotte for the DQ to retain the title.

WINNER BY DQ- Charlotte Flair 

GRADE C+

Yet again these two showing a sold outing and how good they can work together, a lot slower compared to there past matches, Nattie shown strong working the knee and Charlotte showing spirit through out,  but yet again WWE having a non clean finish dose nothing for there woman’s champion, a clean win shows she is dominant and a worthy champion, defiantly not the last time we shall see these two on PPV.

Just in enough time for the fashion files segment to the joy of the crowd.

Yet again a very funny segment proving these two have so much to offer the company, this is not the end as this will continue with a new case on Smackdown Live

WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

JINDER MAHAL (C) With the Singh Brothers VS Shinusuke Nakamura 

I have a lot off  issues with this, firstly the match not being a hell in the cell match? its the brands top prize and not having it in the shows themed match doesn’t really sit with me, also this is not even the co main event of the night really shows how much WWE think about this and not really going to sell the idea of Jinder as the guy in WWE

Very slow feeling out process with both men trying to get advantage. No one really going on the offensive early on.

Nakamura taunting Jinder delivers some hard hitting knees to the champ.

Nakamura does this better then anybody else perfect blend of strong style and charisma.

Jinder takes cheap shot running Nakamura into the post and running into the barricade and now taking control beating down the king of strong style. Very basic beat down and holding him down.

Nakamura fights back with his hard hitting kicks puts Jinder on the back foot as he counties his normal offence of knees and elbows.

Singhs try get involved to get welcomed by the knees of the challenge but Jinder gains control again.

This match is following a similar pattern and story to there past matches, Jinder goes for the Khallas but reverses for a pin attempt for a close 2 count.

Nakmura goes for the kinsha but the Singhs distract and try help Jinder with the ref seeing what they are doing, after the 2nd attempt of this the ref ejects them to the back.

Nakamura hits the KINSHA!! however with the ref on the outside gives the champ gets enough time to tell where he is for a rope break. Jinder trys and fails to get through crowd, Jinder hits the Khallas after a failed Kinsha for the 3 fall and Jinder gets the win to retain the title

WINNER- JINDER MAHAL 

GRADE- D

This match was very similar to past matches, very slow and shows Jinders lack of move-set and Nakamuras limits on what he can do with his strong style, does nothing for either superstar, Jinder is still hated and seen as a weak champion and the form NXT powerhouse cant get the job done.

Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler

Bobby Roodes PPV debut now, gets welcomed by a loud crowed loving his glorious entrance. Dolph doing something really smart having his music stop and entering to no music or titan tron or fanfare at all to play along with his gimmick at the moment.

Ziggler quick out the gate trying to prove he is the best in ring performer in WWE, both men showing both very capable in the squared circle, just time for a quick taunt from the glorious one.

Ziggler tries get aggressive on roode but dose not take control as Roode takes back control easily. Everything Ziggler tries Roode has a answer for it at this part of the match.

Ziggler take cheap shot with pulling his throat against the top rope and takes control, a smattering of CM punk chants in 2017?? wow really still?? lol

Ziggler showing a great arrogance and straight forward controlled wrestling keeping control and not making any mistakes, nothing flash just stuff that works.

Ziggler hits a sleeper and Roode starts going down, the crowd literally dies at this moment with hardly any response or trying to get Roode back into the match. The momentum has been killed dead the crowd are not really playing into this match. Roode breaks out and starts fighting back.

Roode hitting his big moves like the blockbuster from the top rope, the crowd has no life in them at the moment and it effecting the feel off the match.

Roode goes for the glorious DDT but it gets reversed and Ziggler hits him with his snap DDT for a close 2 count. Failed zig zag back into a sleeper hold. Roode breacks out but gets hit into a fame asser.

Ziggler with a evil look starts tuning up the band waiting to hit sweet chin music but fails gets hit but a spine buster, Ziggler fails a zig zag and both try quick roll ups till Roode gets a handful of tights for the win.

WINNER- Bobby Roode 

GRADE- C- 

Straight after bell Ziggler hits him with a Zig Zag and leaves leaving this feud open to continue. This match never really got started, not sure if placed wrong on card but the crowd didn’t by this match, properly cause it was only booked a week ago and not enough time to build any story, defiantly a lot of talent there just need to bring it out in future and show off two of the best workers WWE have got at the moment.

MAIN EVENT HELL IN A CELL MATCH

SHANE MCMAHON VS KEVIN OWENS

This match has had me interested, mainly due fact Owens is a great heel and worker and no one ever knows what Shane will do, the promo in this match has been done really well and shows this build up great.

Match up starts up with Kevin Owens on the back foot, even trying to keep Shane out the cell till Shane can fight his way in.

The beginning of this match sets the tone, a lot of brawling done by Shane. Shane is doing some wrestling and showing he can go but not a lot of it.

Owens takes control early using cell a lot to punish Shane, even by his kids showing he should be the one they admire. A lot of back and forward brawl with Owens showing he is the ring master KO hit a cannon ball for a 2 count, he ascends to the top rope for a senton but Shane got the knees up hurting both off them.

Shane sets up for the shooting star press but misses and KO hits with the bullfrog splash for a 2 count. Owens getting very frustrated.

KO goes for a pop up power bomb but a great reversal into a arm bar by Shane, the two end up to the outside with the arm bar changed into a triangle choke, KO reverses and power bombs him onto the steps.

KO doing great taunt work shouting at Shane showing he knows this business so well. KO carries on the assault on the outside to when a table is revealed by Owens, the crowd loves this, It is set up by Owens propped up on a slope on the cell wall. Owens lays Shane up on it going for a senton from the apron, Shane moves and Owens goes CRASHING through the table! Shane gets a cover for a 2 count.

Shane takes half the broken table and starts swinging away at Owens. OOOO there is a trash can appearing, i believe we all know what is going to happen. COAST 2 COAST hit hard on Owens. 2 count with a rope break from Owens.

Shane looks up the heavens, i think we all know again whats going to happen, after a struggling attempt with some bolt cutters he opens the cell door and there free to go out off the cell.

Owens hits a big DDT on the ramp and takes control on the outside, he beats and drags Shane to the announce table, Owens jumps on the barricade and then looks up to the cell and climbs up to the top off the cell! he stands at the top and teases he going to drop down but hesitates and shows he is scared at the top, giving Shane time to get together and join Owen on the top of the cell.

The next few minutes i could not believe what i was watching, back body drops and suplexs and even a pop up power bomb on the top of the cell! how they didn’t fall throw is incredible, this is pure entertainment and easily some the best work WWE done in a long time. After a while of brawling both men start climbing down to from the roof (the crowd boos….. i couldn’t believe it myself but booing????) Both men hit each other till Shane gets advantage and Owens falls 10 feet from the cell into the announce table. That bump looked nasty.

This was not enough for Shane as he set up owens on the other annouce table and scaled the hell again to put the finishing touches to Owens.

He falls but someone helps Owens move?? ITS SAMI ZAYN?? Owens worst enemy helping him? I don’t care what anyone says no one saw that coming, even that he drags Owens over shane for the 3 count

Winner- Kevin Owens 

GRADE B

This match did what it said on the tin, made Shane spots, Owens showing he can bump, but with a great twist of the ending with Sami, where do we go from here? so many questions to be answered by this match. Both men genuinely look like they been through hell.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

OVERALL GRADE- B

This show was a breath of fresh air, the highs were incredible, the tag team match was the show stopper closely by the main event and the triple threat, the lows of the world title and maybe Ziggler and Roode as well not being received well however this show is a massive step in the right direction compared to other shows WWE have done.

Well done and thanks for reading

Paul K

 

 

 

 

Blog, Other, Reviews, Uncategorized

Match Review – ECW Extreme Elimination Chamber

Personally I love the elimination chamber its one of my favourite “gimmick” matches and I just think it’s brilliant. The chamber is described as a hardcore structure so surely mixing the ‘land of extreme’ with the elimination chamber and then including weapons sounds like a hardcore dream right ???? Well , not exactly. The issue with the match as I will showcase is the talent and story lines involved not really the match itself , there is good reason ECW never got its own PPV ever again .

The match was apart of  December to Dismember 2006 a prominently ECW PPV that was a fairly dull card from the start but maybe this match could turn things around .The superstars involved are CM Punk , Bobby Lashley , Test , Big Show , RVD and Sabu . A pretty stacked list featuring ECW legends , hot new talent and the Big Show.

Before the match we get a Paul Heyman promo saying how ECW is better than WWE and the amount of boos is through the roof. Now on the previous chapter I said Sabu is in the match , well not exactly… Heyman announces Sabu has lost his chance and how he hates ECW legends like RVD and how great the Big Show is .

So Big Show , Lashley , Test and Punk are in the pods whilst RVD and Sabu’s replacement Hardcore Holly start the match.

About a minute the action spills the one of the chamber steel floor sections and they fight back and forth using the chamber as a weapon. Holly awkwardly dives from the top rope straight to RVD’s boot shortly followed by rolling thunder.

First entrant is CM Punk with a chair he fires in with a chair shot and then a springboard clothesline , from there he goes back and forth with little spots with RVD. Most notable is Punk smashing RVD through a chair wedged between turnbuckles , out of nowhere though Holly grabs Punk and in a power bomb position swings punk in to chain wall with a very nasty noise  . Also RVD’s face is covered in blood at this point .

Entrant number 2 is Test , who has a crowbar. He goes round hitting everyone and wedging crowbar in RVD’s head. A five star frog splash to Punk and he is then eliminated shortly after a massive boot to Holly’s head and Test eliminates Hardcore Holly.

RVD attacks Test and tries to climb up one of the pods , however Big Show grabs him through the chains on the roof of the pod. Test takes advantage and starts hammering RVD with a chair till he falls off the pod , Test then climbs up and then hit a big elbow drop from the pod to eliminate RVD.

The match is great so far so what could go wrong ? Well from this point strange ECW storylines come in to play .

So at this point Lashleys pod is selected to open but Heymans’s enforces grab the ref and keep the pod closed trapping Lashley whilst Test taunts him on the outside. Lashley uses the table in his pod the break the chains above him to enter the match and hits a big clothesline from the top to Test. He then smashes Test through the pod and starts dominating the match.

A big Lashley spear eliminates Test , Lashley throws a table at Big Show’s pod and sits in the ring waiting for Show to enter. Big Show enters with a barbed wire baseball bat and Lashley stands with a chair . This is in the midst of Big Shows 500 pounds run and you can really tell with how slow he moves about . Also he takes a swing at Lashley with the bat but Lashley clearly sells it too early and the camera gets a beautiful botch in perfect frame.

Show gets the bat stuck in the wall and takes big hits from Lashley and then gets thrown threw another pod. For those counting Lashley has broken 3 pods so far by throwing people them. Show fights back and goes for choke slam in middle ring which Lashley counters with a DDT.

Big Show goes for a big powerslam which Lashley counters , follows with a spear and then pins the big show and takes the title. Bobby Lashley has done he overcame Heyman and won the title what a great moment for a young career , unfortunately then we got more Lashley every week on ECW and soon people realised there’s a reason he is on ECW not SmackDown or RAW and had a lot practise to come.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall this match is like a train wreck horrible but you still watch anyway. Big Show being horribly overweight , Punk getting eliminated first , Test’s quite loud and obvious spot calling  , Hardcore Holly just being a bit bland , and RVD probably being stoned throughout (you know its true) . In addition I pretty much ignored the commentary mainly because its not that good , and when I mean not good I mean Tazz is on commentary.

My Name is Connor and  I hope you enjoyed this article about one match wrestling fans forget about , for quite good reason as well .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews, WWE NXT

NXT 2/3/17 Review.

Hey guys, it’s the Viking Bastard here stepping in for Mr. MacMainMan today to review last night’s episode of NXT. Let’s get into it shall we.

Match 1: Johnny Gargano vs Raul Mendoza.

This is Gargano’s return match and Mendoza’s NXT debut. You might recognise him from the CWC. Crowd are firmly behind Gargano as both men lock up. Nice bit of chain wrestling into a facelock, gator roll combo for a 1. Some lovely stuff from both men including a reverse leapfrog from Mendoza and a rolling enzuigiri from Gargano. Gargano works the arm but Mendoza fires off a wicked forearm and a dropkick for two. Mendoza keeps control with a nasty chop but gets caught with Johnny’s torpedo spear. Gargano fires up with running forearms and a big lariat. Mendoza reverses a second into a gamengiri. He tries a standing 450 but gets caught in the Gargano Escape for the tap out victory. As short as this was this match ruled! Great stuff from both men. 4/5.

We then get a promo for Bobby Roode and Asuka appearing tonight.

After the break there is a recap of Sanity and AOP’s fight last week and Ellering cuts a promo saying that his team accepts the match at Takeover.

Asuka’s out next (sadly not in action.) She talks about Takeover and her match with Ember Moon saying she beat Ember before and will do it again and that Moon is not ready for her, Moon comes out then looking like she’s ready to kill someone. She says that she’s been doing everything to get a rematch and knows that she’s ready to fight.  She then says that Asuka is not ready for her. Asuka offers her hand but psychs her out and slaps her across the face, Ember responds and takes Asuka down but Asuka fights back and dumps Moon out of the ring and stands tall with the belt but turns straight into the Eclipse! Holy shit the buildup to this match is awesome! I love Asuka being the untouchable, cocky champion and Ember being the only person to see through it and not back down.

We then go to Bobby Roode in a backstage area who talks about beating Roderick Strong. He then is asked about Drew McIntyre and says that next week he and  Drew will have a sit down. He goes to leave but is acosted by Roderick Strong. Roode escapes and Roddy is confronted by William Regal. Strong wants Roode but Regal can’t give it to him because he Takeover match is already set. I’m guessing this will become a Triple Threat down the line then.

Next up is a promo for the Street Profits who make their debut next week.

Match 2: Sonya Deville vs Jenna Van Bemmel.

So this was just a straight up squash to showcase Deville. Sonya uses her speed to outpace Van Bemmel and mocks her by putting her hands behind her back and daring her to hit her. Jenna goes off the ropes but is nailed with a lariat and a combination of knees and forearm strikes. Van Bemmel fights back though with an avalanche in the corner but gets caught with a triangle armbar for the instant tap out win. Not very impressed to be honest. 2/5.

Hideo Itami is being interviewed and he takes the microphone and comes to the ring demanding respect. He then goes on a rant in Japanese but gets interrupted by Aleister Black. Hideo refuses to back down though. He tries to sneak attack Black but is leveled by Black Mass!

Next week we will see Andrade Cien Almas vs No Way Jose.

Main Event: Aleister Black vs ?.

Holy fuck it’s Kyle O’Reilly! Red Dragon are both in NXT! O’Reilly and Black start with a fist bump (nice to see the code of honor upheld by the two former ROH stars.) Striking exchange by both men that leads to a clean break. Black gets a front facelock but O’Reilly quickly switches and locks in a triangle armbar but Black reverses into a Fujiwara Armbar. Snapmare headlock but Black goes straight into a hammerlock. O’Reilly tries for an O’Connor Roll but Black rockets off a forearm and a legsweep and goes into the Indian Sit pose. O’Reilly kips up but is met with a knee from Black. Back from the break and Black misses a double stomp only to catch O’Reilly with a sick roundhouse to the chest for two. O’Reilly takes control with a series of kicks, knees and slaps. Followed by a flying forearm into the Achilles lock. Both men slap each other in the face but O’Reilly is able to switch into the ankle lock followed by an arm wrench for a one. Black tries to guard but O’Reilly does a cartwheel into an attempt at the Arm-Ageddon. Black folds him up for two but O’Reilly stays in control with palm strikes. Both men get to their feet and exchange roundhouse kicks. Kyle takes back control with a kick to the arm and focuses his attack there. Back into it and O’Reilly is raining in forearms as Black shouts “Hit me.” Black fights back into it with a roundhouse, snap suplex and a knee to the shoulder for two. O’Reilly counters Black and continues to work on the arm. Black tries to fight out with knees and starts to mount a comeback ending in a jumping snap Hurricanrana! (Holy shit!) Black tries for Black Mass but is stopped with a standing Ankle Lock. O’Reilly hits an axe kick and a forearm and nearly gets the win after a long two count. O’Reilly keeps control with a front facelock. Both men trade boots and Black hits the unholy combo but O’Reilly hits another axe kick but Black pops up with Black Mass for the win. What a fucking match! Both men battered each other and this felt like a big fight. Neither man has anything to be ashamed of coming out of this. Welcome to NXT KO’R! 5/5.

So that was NXT for another week, overall a decent show with an amazing main event, nice to see more promos and people getting chances to talk to the crowd. Interested to see what they will do now with Itami.

Overall rating 7.5/10.

That has been the NXT review folks, I have been The Viking Bastard, Gary should be back next week until then, take it easy – VB.

Lucha Underground, Reviews

Lucha Underground – 27/7/17 review.

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this weeks Lucha Underground review, as always I am the Viking Bastard here for Indie Wrestling Pod, let’s get straight into it as the Cueto Cup rolls on and we also have a huge main event.

We start with a recap of the Cup and the feuds between Drago and Aerostar,  Rey Mysterio and Johnny Mundo and Son of Havoc vs Son of Madness, I thought this was a good way to explain the big feuds and goings on for people that might have missed a few episodes. Striker and Vampiro introduce us to the show and off we go.

Match 1: The Mack vs Texano.

Texano has his own fan section a la Cesaro in the WWE. They start with a handshake which I like to see. Chain wrestling and both men trade shoulder blocks,  a nice display of athleticism ending in a lovely armdrag from the Mack. Both men trade pins and have a standoff. Another handshake and off we go again. The Mack runs off the ropes and hits a massive dropkick sending Texano to the outside and follows it up with a huge dive to the outside. Mack keeps control working on Texano’s back with knees and a huge dropkick for a two count. Mack hits a series of stinging chops in the corner but Texano reverses Mack with an elbow and a crossbody from the corner for two. Texano hits some chops of his own but his attempt at a springboard is met with a uppercut but Mack is dragged out of the ring, he reverses and hits a sick backbreaker on the outside. Texano gets in the ring at 8 but the referee breaks the count to allow the match to continue. Texano’s lariat attempt is countered with a t-bone suplex followed by a belly to belly for another near fall. Famous B gets in the ring and hits Mack with a water pistol, Mack hits B with a stunner but eats a powerbomb from Texano for the win and the advancement to the finals. This was a good match until the end, wasn’t a big fan of the interference to end it but ah well, Texano moves to the quarter finals 3/5.

We then get a video in a biker bar with Son of Madness and Son of Havoc. Madness wants Havoc to rejoin the biker gang but he refuses saying he left for a reason. Madness leaves and Havoc smashes a glass off of the wall.

Next is a weird promo for the Rabbit Tribe and Mascarita Sagrada, Sagrada leaves them a present that they rip into and London laughs like a maniac.  What the fuck was this?

Match 2: Drago (With Kobra Moon) vs Pentagon Dark.

This is a first time ever match. Both men take time to size each other up before beginning with a nice bit of chain wrestling. Both men hit quick pins and have a standoff, crowd are firmly behind Pentagon who takes Drago to the mat with a huge kick. Pentagon goes to the floor and Drago follows him out with a huge twisting plancha and tosses Dark into the chain wall. Both men enter the ring again and the crowd come alive with the Cero Miedo chants. Pentagon reverses Drago and hits a huge lariat into the corner followed by a massive corner belly to belly for a two. Drago hits a standing Frankensteiner but only gets a two. We see that Drago’s right arm is taped as Pentagon takes him down with a dropkick to the stomach but only garners a two count. Kobra Moon begins to shout orders at Drago. Dark goes for the Pentagon Driver but Drago reverses it with an armdrag and hits a blockbuster but again is unable to put Pentagon away. Drago springs off the rope but gets caught and hit with a nasty No Fear Driver for two. Pentagon hits a nasty sounding chop in the corner but gets caught and hit with a arm trapped DDT for another two. Drago seats Pentagon up top and hits a super Frankensteiner followed by a big splash but again Pentagon kicks out. Pentagon hits a Canadian Destroyer by jumping off of the second rope onto Drago but can’t keep him down for three. Pentagon then hits the Fear Factor Package Piledriver and finally gets the win to move on to the quarter finals. After the match Pentagon goes for the arm breaker on Drago but is distracted by Moon who he nails with an incredible superkick. Aerostar saves Drago but is attacked and planted by Drago and gets his arm broken by Pentagon.  This match ruled, pure Lucha action from two veterans of the sport, I enjoyed every minute of it. Really enjoyed the chaotic afters to. 4/5.

Then we see Katrina and Pentagon, Katrina says that Pentagon took something from Mil Muertes and if Pentagon advances Mil will be waiting to end him.

Main Event: PJ Black vs Rey Mysterio Jr.

This is Rey’s first match back from injury following Ultima Lucha. Both men start off quick with exchanges and fast pins followed by a standoff. Rey sends PJ to the outside but dodges Rey’s dive and catches him in a Torture Rack and dumps him on the floor. PJ hits a top rope punch but only gets a two. He then locks Rey in a double chickenwing submission working on Rey’s shoulders but Rey fights out. PJ blocks the 619 and hits a sick superkick for two. Rey counters PJ with a big dropkick as the crowd come alive for Mysterio. Both men exchange strikes on their knees, fighting back to a standing position and using kicks. Black takes advantage but decides to taunt, Rey takes advantage with kicks and dumps PJ to the floor following him with a splash. Rey hits the West Coast Pop and a dropkick for another two. Rey hits a tilt a whirl headscissors to the corner but PJ catches him on the top and hangs his leg in the turnbuckle followed by a kick to the knee but Rey gets out at 1. PJ takes Rey down and goes to the top. Rey gets up and crotches Black followed by an attempted Frankensteiner that PJ reverses into a Styles Clash for two. PJ gives the crowd the double middle finger but Rey hits a spinning DDT inadvertently taking out Marty Elias. Johnny Mundo enters the ring and attacks Rey. Mundo and Black lift Rey for a suplex and Jack Evans hits a combination superkick. Dragon Azteca comes out and chases down Mundo but is pulled from the ring by Taya. Mundo places PJ over Rey but Rey kicks out after a long 2. The crowd chant “this is awesome” as Black tries the Razor’s Edge but is reversed and Rey hits the 619 and a Frog Splash for the win. This match started off pretty slow but once it got going it was really good. I liked how all the parties and allies got involved. Rey really had to fight to win and he is still awesome. 4.5/5.

Afterwards Rey cuts a Spanglish promo on Mundo saying that he can’t run all the time and in 4 weeks Rey will see him in the ring and make history with his people when he becomes champion. He says Mundo will be leaving with a 619 and celebrates with the fans.

So that’s it for another week of Lucha action, overall it was another good episode with an incredibly good main event, I can’t wait for next week and the final semi-final match in the Cueto Cup. My overall rating for this show would be 7.5/10.

I have been the Viking Bastard this has been the Lucha Underground review for IWP and I shall see you in the Temple next week.

 

Reviews, WWE Raw

RAW Review 25/07/17

Tonight the Drifter is in action and he might break another guitar so nothing else matters. Oh, we’ve also Seth and Dean vs The Miztourage, Bayley vs Sasha and an inevitable triple threat announcement for Braun, Joe and Roman. Let’s do this.

Video recap of Joe/Roman with the Braun Strowman interference from last week.

Commentators welcome us to the show and Kurt Angle comes out. Talks about revealing Jason Jordan as his son last week and says that JJ is making his in-ring debut tonight but won’t be getting any special treatment. Kurt goes to reveal who the #1 contender for Brock at SummerSlam but Braun interrupts him and rightly points out that he won at GBOF and says he doesn’t fear Brock Lesnar, Brock Lesnar fears him.

Joe interrupts and says he should be #1 contender citing the only reason he’s not kicking Braun’s teeth out is the only thing Braun did last week was delay him beating Roman for the third time straight. Joe says Braun and Roman have a lot to settle and he should be #1 contender.

Roman’s music hits and he walks down to the ring. Does he think he should be #1 contender? Shockingly yes. Roman runs down his list of accomplishments and goes for Braun Strowman but Angle gets in between them.

Kurt announces a Fatal-4-Way for the Universal title at SummerSlam. It’s True.

Joe stops his music and screams that it should be one-on-one him vs Brock. Strowman says he doesn’t care how many people are in the match “He just cares about piling bodies.” Awesome. Roman says “Man, shut up” and punches Braun in the face, also cool. The brawl starts and Joe and Roman manage to throw Braun over the guard rail but Braun comes back and beats them both down. Strowman murders all of the rent-a-cops including hip-tossing one out of the ring to the floor completely by-passing the ropes. Joe tries to lock Braun in the Coquina Clutch but the locker room empties and tries to break them up. Roman spears Braun in the confusion and starts throwing wrestlers out. Joe is held back by about 6 guys outside as Strowman hits Roman with the Running Powerslam to end things.

Commentators hype all the matches announced last week as well as Big Cass vs Enzo. Drifter vs Balor No-DQ is next.

Elias sings his song and can barely contain his delight as the crow caterwaul in disapproval Balor’s music interrupts him. Finn looks murderous but still does his full entrance.

Match #1) Elias Samson def. Finn Balor in a no-DQ match (18:26)

Balor and Elias have a basic lightly boring brawl. Samson works Balor’s bad shoulder for a long time including a very dodgy looking shoulder breaker. Balor makes his comeback and pastes Elias on the apron before hitting an apron kick laying him out with chair shots and hitting the Coup de Grace. Before Balor can make the cover Bray Wyatt appears and hits him with Sister Abigail. Samson crawls over to get the pin.

At no point was it even teased that Elias might hit Balor with the guitar again and that is a damn waste. Jason Jordan is up next.

Recap of the big reveal last week and Renee is in a backstage interview with Kurt. Kurt is confident in Jason and Emma interrupts the interview asks what she has to do to get noticed. Says maybe she should start dating Jason. Kurt makes Emma vs Nia Jax for later tonight. Big Show and Enzo backstage Enzo says he doesn’t have a plan and doesn’t need one. And now suddenly Enzo/Cass is next instead of the JJ match.

Enzo cuts a promo says he’s fuelled by passion and ignited by the people. Mixes his metaphors something fierce and calls Cass SAWFT.

Match #2) Big Cass def. Enzo Amore (03:36)

Enzo has a couple little flurries to start but Cass murders him with throws and wears him down in the corners. Cass pins him after the Big Boot.

Cass wants to continue the beatdown after the match but Big Show comes out. Cass catches Show with a Big Boot as he comes in and hits 4 Empire Elbows. Cass stomps on Show for a while before raising his hand and leaving.

Hype for Seth/Dean vs The Miztourage and Sasha vs Bayley. Renee interviews Alexa Bliss. Bliss isn’t worried about SummerSlam says tonight “Team Gag Reflex” will explode. Sasha wouldn’t be able handle losing to Bayley and Bayley won’t be able to handle losing to Sasha tonight the only winner is Alexa Bliss. Good promo.

Match #3) Nia Jax def. Emma (01:23)

Nia destroys Emma and pins her following a running flip senton.

Interview with Akira Tozawa. Recap of RAW and 205 Live last week. Titus interrupts and says he’s had Ariya Daivari vs Tozawa cancelled. Tozawa blows up and says he’s going to the ring. Tozawa marches down with Titus in tow trying to dissuade him. Tozawa pushes Titus away. Tozawa demands Daivari come out and face him like a man. Neville comes out. Says Tozawa’s injured shoulder and shattered confidence are all down to him. Calls Tozawa pathetic, a joke and nothing more than a shell of his former- Before getting smacked in the face. Tozawa hits the Senton on Neville and Daivari comes out and attacks him and Neville. Daivari stands tall and makes the belt motion.

Bayley and Sasha say nothing’s going to ruin their friendship but both make it clear they want to be Women’s champion.

Renee interviews Jason Jordan. Jordan will wrestle Curt Hawkins tonight, he knows all eyes are on him. Says his hero is his father and that his dream has come true.

Seth and Dean backstage. They squabble about making a gameplan for tonight’s match. Dean says Seth has to worry about 3 guys, he has to worry about 4.

Alexa comes out to do commentary.

Match #4) Bayley def. Sasha Banks to determine the #1 contender for the RAW Women’s Championship (12:11)

Bayley and Sasha had the best TV match I’ve seen in weeks, nothing on their Takeover matches but still a really fun back-and-forth. Bayley verses Sasha’s pin off the frog splash to pick up the 1-2-3.

Alexa and Bayley stare down in the ring to send us to break.

Renee interviews Curt Hawkins. He says he doesn’t care about JJ, he’s going to beat him and ruin his debut, the everyone will be talking about Curt Hawkins.

Another very sweet Special Olympics video package.

Jordan keeps the American Alpha theme with new American flag ‘Tron graphics. Crowd is silent.

Match #5) Jason Jordan vs Curt Hawkins (01:43)

Curt Hawkins didn’t know Jordan’s shoulder block into belly-to-belly move. JJ throws Hawkins around and then pins him with a lifting neckbreaker.

Crowd reacted a bit when Jordan was in the ring but nothing special.

Recap of Revival beating the Hardys. In-ring Charly interview with the Revival. Revival excuse Charly and conduct their own interview. They’re the best tag team on the planet. The Club interrupt, say DC is a good brother town.They did everything the Revival did first including being bald. All they see is a couple of top NEEEEERDS.

Match #6) The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) def. The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (08:35)

Okay exchange between the two teams, wrestled at half speed though. Hardys come out halfway through the match and The Revival get the distraction win with a shatter Machine on Karl Anderson.

Hardys attack Revival after the match but Dash and Dawson escape before Jeff can hit a Swanton.

Backstage with Miz and the Miztourage. Miz delivers a motivational speech where he calls Seth & Dean a bad reboot and box-office-bombs. Lovely stuff.

Commentators hype a Table for 3 after RAW tonight as well as Miz TV with Jason Jordan and Braun vs Joe vs Roman in a triple threat for next week’s RAW.

Match #7) Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. The Miztourage (The Miz, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) w/Maryse in a Handicap match (17:20)

A quality TV main event. Well-heated when Seth, Dean or Miz were in there crowd not quite ready for main event Bo and Curtis yet. Seth and Dean worked together like they’d never been apart. Last few minutes were fast fun with a great near-fall when Seth broke up Miz’s pin on Dean following the Skull-Crushing Finale. Dean pins Miz with Dirty Deeds following Seth’s Springboard Knee.

Seth offers Dean the Shield fist bump, but Dean just rolls out of the ring and leaves Seth hanging. Goodnight everybody.

A good episode of RAW. Dipped massively between Sasha/Bayley and the main event and the in-ring quality was low barring those two aforementioned matches but RAW delivered in other departments. We had sensible progression for almost every storyline and nothing about the show was cringe-worthy. Jason Jordan isn’t even slightly over yet but give him time. Maybe I’m in a good mood lately but I’ve enjoyed RAW two weeks in a row now and I’m actually looking forward to next week, I can’t say how appreciative I am that they’ve started announcing things for the show a week in advance again.

See you next week where I’m bound to be slightly disappointed because my boy Curtis Axel won’t be in the main event.

Written with love by Mr Ross