HIAC predictions, FOX premiere, AEW, NXT and Hulk Hogan thoughts

I hope everyone has had a good week and is excited for hell in a cell tomorrow. The week has been packed an I am honestly exhausted. We had Raw, AEW, NXT, Smackdown and now hell in a cell tomorrow. I thought Raw started out hot, I liked AEW’s first match on the card and Riho winning first women’s title, I loved all of NXT and my favorite show of the week was Smackdown.

I really liked the start to Raw with Brock destroying Rey and his Son. The storytelling here was good and it gave me more to look forward to, it left suspense for me because I knew there had to be a story.

I liked that Sasha Banks got a solid win over Alexa Bliss, but I like these two in the past and would of liked a longer match.

Miz TV was setup for team Hulk VS Team Flair. I thought the setup and promo was good, Flair can talk better than anyone on that roster. I am just not a fan of Hulk on TV, WWE promoting and uses Hulk. If Hulk would give even an apology to the Universe or the wrestlers without blaming everyone but himself for saying insensitive, horrible, racists comments I would be more forgiving. With him using excuses and saying he is sorry for how it happened but not taking responsibility for his actions is very hurtful and frustrating.

My favorite match on Raw was AJ VS. Cedric. I know Cedric has lost all of his matches with AJ but I would really love another time added to hell in a cell. These two just have that in ring chemistry and I really love watching them wrestle. Cedric is one of my favorite wrestlers so I really would love for him to capture the gold.

A lot of people were heated over this on the internet but it is a new storyline and maybe I am a sucker for soap opera storylines in WWE but this Lana/Lashley/Rusev storyline I am really intrigued by. We will see where it goes, but I’m a sucker for a love triangle in the squared circle.

NXT this week was a very solid show the match I enjoyed the most on the card with Candice Larae VS Shayna. I really wanted Candice to win this match but hopefully we get a takeover with these two. Candice is so damn good in that ring, I really loved that match.

AEW had its debut show and even though they did not have storylines or introduce their characters or brand to the TNT network that well, they had good in ring quality. I liked Sammy VS. Cody a lot, mainly because Sammy is one of my favorite wrestlers. The other match I really enjoyed with Riho winning the women’s championship. I adore her.

Smackdown was a A+ show, I really enjoyed the show. It had this big star show quality to it, it really gave me butterflies. The way the show opened was perfect. Becky got that rub by the Rock and both put on great promos and got over with Corbin. I would say all three wrestles got over in this segment. I am still not on the Corbin train though, I think he can talk but as far as a look and in ring goes along with character, I feel a disconnect.

The first match on Smackdown on Fox was with the four horsewomen, this was perfect and magical. You had the star quality of Becky, you had Charlotte’s athleticism displayed and you had the boss n hug connection getting their spots in and getting over both programs and feuds with these ladies.

The Owens and Shane ladder match was my favorite match on the card, this was such a great match. This match really made me fall in love with Kevin Owens all over again. This was really the greatest hits of a ladder match, felt it was a good display for Fox.

I love seeing Roman doing his superman dive and loved seeing Roman wrestle in general. Roman is a star regardless of what fans and critics feel and think, I actually really wanted Roman VS Kofi for Fox premiere but we did not get that. So it made new everywhere of how upset wrestling fans were online over Kofi getting squashed by Brock. I can understand and see the frustration but then again if fans are tuning in for the first time or haven’t watched wrestling in forever and see a small athletic guy making new day jokes they probably don’t take him seriously or see him as a star even though I feel Kofi was and still is. I just can see and Understand Brock squashing could make the show feel more legit and real. I really enjoyed the full show, I wasn’t bored or looking at my phone one time.

We only have a couple matches announced right now, I am assuming we will get more but it has been a trend for WWE making their PPV’s shorter. I am fine with it but I like them at least 4 hours long, I personally like watching a lot of wrestling.

Bayley VS. Charlotte: I love Bayley with all my heart, but I Just have a feeling Charlotte is winning this, fox has really been promoting her.

Sasha VS. Becky: I know a lot of people think Becky is going to Fox, but Becky will go where her soon to be husband is going and I feel that will be Raw. I am taking Becky to retain and Sasha to be drafted to Smackdown.

Roman and Bryan VS Rowan and Harper: I have Roman and Bryan winning this match. Not much to this, I feel Bryan needs to be a babyface for the Smackdown brand right now.

Fiend VS. Rollins: I am taking Seth Rollins. I know a lot of people will be upset, but I am having Undertaker interfering or Rollins just stomping this monster multiple times.

Next week’s bundle of wrestling, Sasha/Bayley and Gable praise.

I really enjoyed this weeks bundle of wrestling. It’s so crazy because by next week we will be having wrestling every day of the week except on Thursday’s which there is some independent promotions on that day actually. I love wrestling, but I have this loyalty to WWE and that is what I will be mainly sticking with.

Two matches I really enjoyed on NXT were Lacey Lane vs Ripley and Kai returning back to NXT after injury. To me Lacey Lane is such a star, she has such a unique style and her charisma is out of this world. For Dakota Kai to me she is the rick steamboat of the women’s division, she is the perfect babyface to beat Shanya in my opinion. I also liked the main event a lot, I love Tyler Breeze and am the hugest Kushida fan.

For Raw I liked Sasha Banks and Bayley because they are my favorites and I love everything they do. Sasha always puts on good matches and her and Nikki was no different. I thought Gable VS. Corbin was also very good. I love Gable and just hope the rumors of Vince being high on him is true, he is my favorite in ring wrestler right now. I was also really excited that it will be Mysterio VS Rollins next Monday for the premiere. I really like how they are treating wrestling like a series and making series premieres. The Fiend stuff keeps happening is how I will phrase this. I remember when he first came out everyone was so giddy and marking out and some still are. To me it feels like a guy in a halloween mask. That’s just my own opinion and it’s something I have accepted I just won’t get into. With that said I hope Undertaker returns to cost the match because I really like Rollins as champion.

A lot of people really hated on the Smackdown show but I enjoyed it out of all the show this week. First of all the Rowan vs Daniel match was incredible. I can’t help it, my heart loved Daniel as a babyface and right now I will not settle for less. I liked Roman coming down to help Daniel but would like some apology by Roman to Daniel. Gable had a good squash match and I will never complain about watching Gable wrestle. I really enjoyed Sasha and Bayley defeating Carmella and Charlotte. I liked how Charlotte kept her heel vibe with her and kind of just watched Carmella tap out. I thought this showing by Bayley and Sasha have been one of their best as far as tag team action goes. I have been really enjoying Bayley’s heel turn a lot. I like the small things she does, just like when it looked like she was going to help Mella up but hits her hard. I really just love everything with Sasha and Bayley. I’m not against Shane and Owens storyline, I know a lot of people aren’t for it but it’s been the only story I have felt invested into. I love Kevin Owens and I love Ladder matches so that match next week on fox is going to be amazing! Match of the week for me was Ali VS. Shinsuke, really loved this match, encourage everyone to check this one out. Lastly how we went off the air for Smackdown was awesome!! Everyone knows I love Sasha Banks but her whipping Becky’s ass was fucking amazing. I know everyone still loves Becky and how she is still over, but right now I think the best thing that could happen for the women’s division would be Sasha and Bayley both the champions and to take the women’s tag titles too. Just give me as much of Sasha and Bayley before they put the title on Becky all the way till Wrestlemania.

Lots of good wrestling this week and like I said more and more and more wrestling to come. Monday’s will be Raw on USA which I will always watch, has been my favorite show since I was a little girl. Tuesday’s will be Impact on AXS TV, I love impact and think that their storytelling has been the best out of all the company’s. Wednesday’s will be NXT and AEW which I’m sure interest lots of people, but to me it’s no way. Friday will be Smackdown which is another one I will for sure be checking out. Watching WWE on a Friday night, just gives me happy memories. As far as Tuesdays and Wednesdays go I will wing it. I have a job and I love wrestling so much but I do not want to drain myself either. I think Impact will surprise a lot of people as well as NXT. As you see I have not mentioned AEW and that has to do with a few things. I do not support AEW. First of all their shots at WWE over and over again while they are saying they support wrestling, the fans and accept all wrestling. Second they do not have many wrestlers of color and do not promote any. Brandy is the only one promoted. Lastly I do not believe that they believe in their women’s division right now and honestly there storytelling has been poor. Until they start respecting what’s important to my heart, I won’t support.

Bayley turns heel and why I prefer a slow burn and avoiding the promo “you people.” Also, #KOTR continues

Hey everyone! Hope you have had a great week. I didn’t get to catch AEW, but I was able to catch all of WWE thus far this week.

I have really been liking Roode and Ziggler as a tag team, I really hope they win at Clash of Champions. The Rollins and Braun experiment isn’t for me, not something I have been invested in.

I am a huge Natalya fan and am hoping she will get a storyline with Lacey and not just keep losing to give Lacey something.

Good match between Corbin and Cedric. I know they are booking wise aiming for Corbin to win, they could swerve us. My dream pick was Cedric and Ricochet, so a little disappointed but matches have been really good.

I really liked the twist for Joe and Ricochet’s match. I think both are super good and should be in the spotlight, I do fear them doing to double pin is a way to get Corbin to win next week though.

The moment of my life happened! Hehe. I won’t lie I stan, fan girl, in love with Bayley and Sasha so Bayley turning and attacking Becky was pretty much the greatest thing that could of happened to me. 🙂 To me Bayley and Sasha have stolen the week between last night and Tuesday night. I really like the direction they are going with Bayley and honestly the biggest heel turn I have seen in the last 10 years.

Elias defeating Ali was good for the heel side but Ali is really that underdog and he could of really used going to the finals. Then later we get Chad Gable winning and I can now understand it all. I really hope Gable wins the whole thing, he is the perfect underdog and his wrestling is mesmerizing to watch. Very happy for him.

Orton and the Revival are gold together. I wouldn’t mind seeing them as world champion and tag team champions. They have this old school mentality, it really is a perfect pairing. Really enjoying everything they are all doing. My only other dream would be Sasha and Bayley added to that team, but I’m nerdy like that. 🙂

The tag team titles right now are just not in the spotlight. Bliss and Nikki lose to Mandy and Sonya, who I do not see as a threat. I think perfect booking would be to get Natalya and Beth together or put them back on Sasha and Bayley.

The ending to Smackdown I thought was cool. Rowan is a big guy that I could see pushed like a monster, I really liked Rowan going crazy and attacking both Roman and DB. DB turning babyface I feel would be great booking going into Smackdown. Really interested in this story.

Of course the last thing I would like to discuss is my favorite angle going on right now and that is my girl Bayley. Monday’s heel turn was historic, I did not see it coming and it was best heel turn I’ve seen in years to me. I do see a lot of people hating on Bayley’s promo on Smackdown and her chair shirts. First of all shut up and chill the heck down. It’s wrestling, if you really want to pick a part every little thing good luck enjoying life and wrestling for that matter. I liked Bayley’s promo because she didn’t just switch from baby to heel overnight, to me that doesn’t feel organic. Second she didn’t go in doing the promo you people that Becky did. I really liked her discussing hey I do huge and am a hero to your kids and that Sasha is her best friend. I like how she is just keeping it real. This is just the beginning and personally would prefer a slow burn. I am just so excited, happy and blessed to see Sasha and Bayley reignite this women’s division. !

Summerslam predictions

Trish VS Charlotte: Charlotte has needed something to elevate her backup and with the next feud in my head of Bayley VS Charlotte I’d say Charlotte should go over on Trish. I am taking Charlotte beating Trish.


Drew VS. Oney: I am taking Drew retaining here but Oney is no joke, he is super talented and I see him as the future. Drew is a great heel and great in ring, I would like him to stay champ until Wrestlemania.

Finn VS. Bray: If demon Finn comes out I see this ending in no contest or Bray winning, but with Finn going away for a couple months I see them having Bray beat Finn quickly. I am honestly not a fan of Bray’s new character, but I am willing to give it a chance this weekend.

AJ VS. Ricochet: This is hurting Ricochet a little but but I see AJ retaining with the help 0f the club.

Goldberg VS. Zigs: I see Goldberg winning unfortunately but I would love for Ziggler to squash him. Never a goldberg fan.

Owens VS. Shane: I have Owens beating Shane. It’s time for Shane to go off TV for a while.

Bayley VS. Ember: I have Bayley retaining and this being a short match that shows Bayley’s dominance. I would like a long match between these two though.

Becky VS. Natalya: I have this being the main event if not the co main event. I see Becky winning, but it being the match of the night.

Kofi VS. Orton: Storytelling wise best match on the card. I see Kofi retaining.

Brock VS. Rollins: Rollins needs to win. We cannot have Brock champion any longer.

Raw reunion, Stone Cold show stealer, Zigs VS HBK? Natalya’s fire, And why are we cheering when Becky is acting like a heel?

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying all the wrestling. I thought Raw and Smackdown were excellent shows this week and I am really looking forward to Smackville this Sunday.

The Raw reunion was great and I loved the way it started out. John Cena is always great on the mic and has great energy. The Usos VS Revival match was alright. I did like Rikishi in his sons corner but Arn Anderson in Revival corner was something I wish was booked or even Sasha Banks in their corner.

I did think WWE made a big mistake not letting Carmella be the first woman to win the 24/7 title. Kelly and all the divas/legends winning it made it feel less important.

Drew and Cedric have some special potential with this feud. I’m a huge Cedric fans so of course I would like him to stand tall at the end of the feud.

My favorite match on Raw was Joe VS Roman. Joe and Roman both never get enough credit for their in ring work and storytelling, even with this match not so longer it was a really good match. I see potential with these two feuding or teaming.

It was good seeing Mysterio get a win over Sami. I love Mysterio and think him and a Ricochet feud would be amazing.

I thought Bray attacking Mick with his own move was really cool. Even though I’m not too into the gimmick I loved this segment.

I have to say I love everything Natalya has been these past two weeks. Her promos have trumped Becky’s and her babyface along with the storytelling of their past has been good. Becky has taken shots at journalist for calling her arrogant and at the end of the day she can say what she wants and do what she wants. She still left wrestling and she is still not even a top 5 women’s wrestler in ring. Her character is great but I would take Sasha, Bayley, Natalya over her. Becky has been my top 3 wrestler for years but I am not a fan of her the man character. I am hoping Natalya wins in Canada with Bret by her side. I know a lot of fans will freak out if Becky loses but has the women’s raw championship been so not important or competitive in years. Becky can do her thing, but I do feel it’s time for change and to move away from the 4-horsewomen and engage into the future into NXT talent.

A perfect ending to the Raw reunion was tipsy Steve Austin being Stone Cold. Brings memories back and always love seeing and hearing him.

A really good match on Smackdown between Apollo and Shinsuke. I really feel there is something here between these two. Shinsuke is a good heel and Apollo really needs something right now. He is so amazing in ring and I can feel his charisma, really want to see more matches with him.

We had a really short match between Ember and Charlotte but we also had Ember turning her back on Bayley. This will be interesting going into Summerslam, but I really want to see more of Liv and her character update and change.

Moment of the week for me was the HBK/MIZ/Ziggler segment. Oh boy do I want to see Ziggler VS HBK now. Ziggler mad a lot of good points about HBK coming back was a mistake, I really do think ending this story against Ziggler would be perfect.

Solid segment with Orton and Kofi. They are giving us a little story to work with, hopefully we get more because as of right now not too engaged but willing to give this a chance. Match itself was alright but was all for Orton to interfere. Deep down I really wanted Ali VS. Kofi at Summerslam.

I liked Finn’s promo and him VS Bray at Summerslam should be good. I know Finn will be going away for a little while but this was a match we were supposed to get originally so this should be good.

We didn’t get much of a Roman/Owens match but the kicking Drew, Elias and Shane’s ass was pretty damn cool. Owens is over and as much as I do not approve of him using the stunner I love everything he has been doing as a babyface.

Should Natalya beat Becky? Should Owens use the Stunner? Liv Morgan returns, and Rollins gets a rematch with the beast

Hey Everyone, I hope you have been enjoying your week. It has been three nights in a row of wrestling and we had some positives and some negatives. As far as Raw and Smackdown goes I thought both shows were descent. Extreme Rules wasn’t my favorite PPV this year but at least we get a more aggressive Ricochet and Seth Rollins.

Paul creatively is amazing but his promos for Brock have been repetitive for a while. It really did nothing for me, I see the hate on social media for Seth Rollins winning to get that rematch with Brock, honestly Rollins is has been the man the wrestler carrying this industry for the last two years, he deserves at least a rematch. I don’t care how long it takes but I want Rollins to retrain and face Roman at Mania.

Good tag team match with Ricochet and Usos. I just wish Usos had a story with Revival, instead of one off matches. Tag team division needs a spark.

My favorite part of Raw was Cedric getting the win over Drew. Drew by looks is what a white man would think a star looks like, but for me Cedric is the star and I hope Cedric gets a push.

One thing that everyone seems to be a fan of that I am not is Bray. I think Bray has a very talented mind but this character I am not feeling and him feuding with Finn again is nothing intruiging.

Natalya advances to face Becky at Summerslam. Becky is a great character and she really know how to make the fans love her but athletic and in ring wise Natalya, Sasha, Bayley are way ahead of her. I think this the man stuff did take Becky down a little, you don’t need to be super feminine but copying stone colds character is fizzling out for me. I like characters that are unique and organic and at a point she was, I preferred straight fire Becky and BEcky is one of my favorites I have just not been happy with her booking and matches lately. Natalya is a character I have always been invested in and I would be all for her winning in her hometown at Summerslam.

Miz and Ziggler as a tag team or a feud I would be interested in. Looking for another feud from these two.

I’m so happy to see Liv back on TV. A lot of people say Mandy, Mella, Bliss looks like the stars but to me Liv has everything and more. The offense she got was really good against Charlotte and with a teased character change I am really interested.

Cesaro and Black have a really good match but storytelling wise I am not sure where they go from here.

Bayley and Ember defeat Mandy and Sonya quickly. Match itself was whatever but after the match Bayley challenging Ember was really good. These two will have a great match together but am Ember heel turn would be unexpected and interesting.

Kevin Owens has been great as a babyface, but it’s my same issue with Becky right now. BE original don’t copy the former wrestlers attitude or finishes.

Stomping grounds after match, Rollins/Becky and who is next for Ricochet?

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a great week of wrestling. I have really enjoyed this week of wrestling, it feels like a new era and I like what they are improving on.

Stomping grounds may be my favorite paperview of the year, I really enjoyed it. The PPV started out fantastic with cruiserweight action, I love the cruiserweights. It really makes me wish Ali had a run with the title and him and Cedric had another run in a feud. The match was electrifying lots of good wrestling in this match. I love the booking side of this too, Drew is a wrestler all around that I have really enjoyed watching. His heel work is great and his submissions are so creative. Really happy for him.

I liked Becky VS Lacey, I just thought there was missed spots and botches on Lacey’s end. I thought it all made Becky look strong and even though the main event wasn’t the best match on the card I enjoyed her helping out Seth Rollins in the main event and them uniting together. It doesn’t need to be a cheesy love story for them to be booked as a couple. I like what I am seeing so far.

I’ve watched this match twice and I love Ricochet but this was probably my least favorite wrestling match on the card. I did like the ending and Rico winning, but match just wasn’t what I wanted as of a story.

Bayley VS. Bliss was the match I was most looking forward to on the card and all together I really enjoyed it. The Nikki Cross interfering part I wasn’t a fan of and would of loved for this to go longer but we will get a rematch and very much so looking forward to this.

I enjoyed this match and mainly because of the booking. Roman stood tall on top and this is just what Roman needed.

Kofi VS. Zigs I loved. I am a huge Zigs fan so it would be hard to disappoint me. This was my favorite match on the show. Honestly good for WWE for booking Kofi so well, he has been an amazing champion.

I thought Monday Night Raw was the best it’s been all year, I really enjoyed it. We opened up with Seth and Becky together, I thought this was a good promo but Becky did look uncomfortable. The thing is they just need to be organic we all know both of them care for each other and may be better friends than soul mates in the end, they should just be themselves. I like the match we get at extreme rules because this means the end. I am so done hearing and watching Lacey, I have been done with Corbin since the beginning of time it feels. They aren’t good heels, they are beyond annoying and make the product feel cringe at times.

Really good tag team elimination action, but I am not liking Daniel losing and take the pins as of late now. Usos VS. Revival was good, but I don’t like Revival losing this soon already. Really good tag team action, hoping to see more of it on Raw.

I can’t help but love all this 24/7 title stuff. R-Truth is money and Carmella is even more money. I love it all and just want more stories out of the title.

I really liked this surprise we got on Raw and how come not many are talking about it. The Understaker returned to save Roman, that was awesome. Now we will be getting Roman and Taker VS Shane and Drew. I am so excited for this.

Kind of excited after Kofi defeated Sami and Kevin we got a new story happening. Joe VS Kofi happening at extreme rules and I am excited for this one. Ricochet is athletic but Kofi is athletic on a whole another level, really excited for this little guy vs big guy match.

Besides Becky the women’s action on Raw has been very dull. We have Natalya and Naomi lose to Nikki and Bliss. I would honestly put the tag titles on Nikki and Bliss at this point they are great together and both could use some gold to elevate them and the story.

My favorite match on Raw was Ricochet VS. AJ Styles. This was a really good match. I am hoping this can become a story and feud.

Smackdown wasn’t it’s strongest this week, but wrestlers on tour to Japan and holiday is coming up, it is understandable. We started out with some good tag team actions with New Day and the tag team champions. Again Daniel takes the pin, I am not liking this. I have a fear that the titles will be coming up them soon. Daniel is so good at what he does and makes everything mean something, that’s the part that makes me sad. I l0ve New Day and for what they are they are great but tag titles are not what I want from them.

Elias pretty much defeated the Miz. Him and Shane attack Miz and attack him after the match. I have loved Miz’s promos and everything he has done as a babyface, but at this point it feels like being a babyface isn’t helping him at all.

I wasn’t a big fan of Bayley losing of this match in general but it is a good way of continuing her and Bliss and Nikki story. This is the story I am more invested into right now. I think the best booking for extreme rules would be a rematch of the kenddo stick match and Bayley just destroy Bliss at the end with the stick. Bayley is my favorite part of wrestling right now and I hope they stick with her.

It looks like we are already burying Ember Moon. They had Sonya defeat her, I would like Mella getting involved in this to help Ember out. Ember is way to talented to lose to Mandy and Sonya, nothing against them they just aren’t great wrestlers. Sonya has improved so much, but she is no Sasha, Ember or Bayley.

Kofi VS. Zigs was a really good match and a good way to end the feud. I’m sure Zigs has things going on his life and he will be ready to return once they have something for him. Feud was short but I enjoyed it.

This is my blog for the week, I hope you all enjoyed. If you have any feedback or topics you would like discussed on my blog, please reach out @flipsandslams.