So many people criticized, complained, doubted but WWE pulled of a beautiful historical night. We had Wrestlemania moments and jaw dropping performances. I will match by match for night 1.
Cesaro and Gulak had a shot match, but I was happy to see Cesaro get the win. I would love for Cesaro to turn babyface and have a feud with Sami.
I thought the women absolutely killed it tonight. I really sensed some energy of Kabuki Warriors that they were gonna lose. I’m not sure what it was, but I really felt it for some reason. It also felt like Bliss and Nikki really badly wanted it more. This was a fantastic match, one of the best women’s tag matches since Sasha and Bayley were holding them. Really happy for these ladies.
Elias and Corbin just wasn’t a match for me. It’s too bad that Elias cannot get oer as a babyface, I always thought his gimmick matched a heel perfectly. Corbin needs a good babyface to work with like a Daniel Bryan. This match did feel like the bathroom break match unfortunately.
My favorite in ring match of the night was Shanya and Becky. I wanted Becky to win, to show that just because you are trained in MMA doesn’t mean you are ready or better than a pro wrestling. Shayna really showed that she can go and hang with Becky and out of know where these two had amazing chemistry. I know there was a lot of backflash, but I’m willing to wait for the story they will give this. I think it would be cool for Becky to take out all 4 horsewomen and maybe rewind back into Ronda again. I also would love some NXT call ups. People can hate Becky all they want but she is not forced or over pushed she has been carrying Monday Night Raw. I see the story continuing and I’m looking forward to it.
Sami and Daniel was an alright match, I do see why they wanna keep title on Sami but I also thought it would of been a good moment for Daniel. Ending wasn’t for me.
Owens and Rollins was my second favorite in ring match of the night, Rollins and Owens really worked their asses off. If there was a crowd for this one, it would of been most over in ring match. Really really enjoyed this one.
Braun beating Goldberg was what it needed to be. It’s too bad the guy that didn’t take the fiend down was Braun, it would of been incredible story but it doesn’t matter how we got there Braun is finally the champion. So happy for Braun.
WOWOWOWOWOWOWO that bonecard match is my favorite match in general in a very very long time. AJ and Undertaker deserve all the praise in the world for this match. It felt like a movie, but also felt so real. The chemistry and story these two had in this match seriously amazed me. I loved it.
We haven’t had too much build up leading up to TLC which is a PPV that really is a soft spot for me. Growing up watching TLC matches with the Hardy Boyz, I would like this PPV taking like a big one. For me Raw and Smackdown were both puzzling shows this week. Not much story leading up to TLC and lots of filler happening on both shows. The show of the week for me was NXT, I really liked what they are continuing with Dakota Kai and I liked the matches and how everything was booked.
One part I really liked about Smackdown was them starting a storyline with The Miz and The Fiend. I really like how they are bringing Miz’s family into this. I really like how Miz is actually scared of the Fiend but also will do anything to protect his family. This whole angle was done very well.
I am glad to see Bliss back, I have not been her biggest fan in the past and it really didn’t have anything to do with her, it had to do with how they portrayed her. Bliss is very athletic, very good on the mic and can do just about anything they ask her to do. I wouldn’t mind babyface Bliss in a title match feud and I liked her being herself over being Vince’s next Trish. Mandy in my opinion just doesn’t fit in a WWE lifestyle. Sure she looks good, but her in ring, mic work, facials and anything they give just isn’t delivered. Glad Bliss got the win here.
I’m glad Elias is back but I don’t feel a need for Dana and Drake to be involved in this storyline that is almost identical to a Lashley/Rusev storyline on Raw. Just in the way of how they are having a women demoralize a man. I like Elias on his own and thought he could of got a good pop without this very strange storyline.
I love tag team wrestling and tag team action, Revival got the win to face the New Day at TLC. This match I am looking the most forward to. They are my favorite tag team right now and I want them to get those titles back. This match could really be a classic, two of the best in ring tag team wrestlers up there also with the Usos. I also really loved the promo the Revival gave after the match, this is how you use them.
Sasha and Bayley are my girls but the way they are using them with this Lacey storyline isn’t for me. I love Sasha on the mic, just let her do her thing, don’t over script her. Sasha is the star in this, not Lacey. I still really hope Bayley keeps dodging opponents and feeds them all to Sasha, has Sasha take the hits and bumps. Sasha has enough, wins Rumble and faces Bayley at Wrestlemania. I really wanna see that.
The ending of Smackdown really wasn’t for me and if I was Fox honestly would be embarrassed. They poured dog food all over Roman and that’s how the show went off the air, not for me. Corbin and Roman needs to end now, they are hurting Roman so much right now.
Monday Night Raw had it’s moments and one of those moments was Seth Rollins opening Raw. I like how Rollins talks like a babyface but his actions are like a heel, I really like that dynamic. I like the tease of AOP and Seth Rollins together but would like them to pull the trigger at TLC or a PPV or even an ending to a Raw. I want a good cliffhanger and slow burn for Rollins as a heel. I like Owens, but it is hard for me to buy him as a baby face right now. He has gone between baby and heel so much that it’s just hard for me to take this story seriously. Owens is doing great work though, and I would like a match at TLC between these two.
They continued the Lashley/Rusev and Lana storyline. I thought this segment was good, they got arrested instead of Rusev this time. As much as people have complained about this story, it’s a detailed long story, what people been asking for.
I liked the tease of Randy Orton and Drew feuding even though the next obvious feud is Orton and AJ. I liked how they left us with something that was like oh wow that would be really lit.
We got four squash matches on Raw and if this is to rebuild and give talent wins I’m all for it. I just don’t want to see this every week, they have to develop them in a different way and sometimes you have to take loses.
I really liked Charlotte vs. Asuka and Kari. This was a really good match and I know people were complaining but think about this Charlotte has been considered not only the greatest women’s wrestler ever but also the most athletic wrestler in the WWE period at one point. The queen can take down and dominate anyone. She has been doing it for year, this is a good way to bring queen heel dominant Charlotte back.
My favorite show of the week was NXT. NXT is such an easy watch show. Doesn’t have filler, corny storylines and have the best wrestling on the planet. NXT started out with Daine beating Dunn. This was a really good refreshing match. So many matches in AEW, RAW and Smackdown are such high flying spot fest moments and matches. It was refreshing to see phycology tested at it’s best.
This Undisputed Era promo I thought should of opened NXT. This was really good with Keith Lee and Adam Cole, we also have Ciampa and Finn involved in this two. I usually don’t like lots of guys in match, but god I wanna see them all fight at once.
Shayna looked really good dominating Xia and later in the night when she attacked Rhea she looked like that dominant badass. I would really liked Kai joining Shayna’s forces too. Kai looked really good coming down to the ring, her promo backstage, her heel look and her heel actions. This all looked good, all women looked really good. Mia, Kai, Shayna and Rhea. My favorite segment and moment of the week.
Really good to see Kushida back would love to see him go for North American Championship. He’s really good in ring, but curious how they are going to use him.
Really good main event match and I’m glad to see Keith Lee looking strong. I know people bitch about Vince ruins people on main roster but I could really see Keith Lee being a huge star on Raw, I really could. This guy has everything and really looking forward to more from him.
It has been an amazing packed week of wrestling and we have two more days in a row of it left. I am really excited for War Games and Survivor Series. I will be giving my predictions at the end of my blog.
Charlotte and Becky defeated the IIconics in a short match. It does feel they are teasing 4 horsewomen vs 4 horsewomen eventually. The attack was alright, but Becky saying she doesn’t care about brand vs brand really took me out of the night. Last year she was such fire for standing up for Smackdown and now she is saying it doesn’t matter.
My favorite singles match of the week was Andrade vs. Seth Rollins, I really enjoyed this match and I was fine with the DQ with not wanting any man to lose. The interference of Lucha House part was not for me, I would of liked to see Roman.
I am very interested in what Rowan has in the cage. It’s a story with a tease. I would like him to have rats or some animal that he gives to his gimmick. I am very interested.
I thought Mysterio’s promo was really good and I am so invested that I want Rey to really win on Sunday.
Show of the week so far for me was NXT. I really loved the way they started it with Becky Lynch. Personally if I was booking it, I would of had it start off with Bayley and Sasha, the heart of NXT. I did like Becky’s promo and I noticed she did stumble a little bit with the boos and she did have a great match with Rhea.
The match of the year candidate for me was Revival vs. Undisputed era. Oh my god, this match was amazing. Revival do not get enough credit for how damn good they are. Highspots are cool but I love my wrestling with lots of selling and a detailed story in ring. This was my match of the year candidate for a tag team match. I really makes me wish they would of never took the belts off them.
Dakota Kai had a good match the Kaylee Ray. She did lose but I am hoping we will be getting a story with Kai soon going up against Shayna. There is a good story there to still tell.
Really loved the ending of NXT with Seth Rollins showing up. It makes me want Rollins vs Ciampa so much more.
With Smackdown I really loved the start of it and then it just went a little down hill for me. I liked how Roman, Corbin are all talking about how they are gonna beat everyone while arguing and opening the doc doors for NXT and Raw to invade. What I love even more was Sasha stepping up and saying us girls will get it done, now stop fighting men. It was great and I really thought Sasha stole the night with her two promos. Match between Sasha, Charlotte and Rhea was alright, but I really just enjoyed Sasha’s promo more.
I do like how they brought in Daniel Bryan’s and Bray’s past. My main issue is there is no story so I wish they would of told this one better before Sunday. I do love everything Daniel does and his promos have been fire, way more intriguing than the fiend. I really want Daniel to beat the Fiend on Sunday.
I liked Bayley getting the upper hand on Shayna and this match I am the most looking forward to.
I thought the invasion angle was cool, they did something different while trying to recreate the DX invasion. I liked it. I give them a B for there Survivor series development. I really wish we knew all the teams right away and it was just those guys invading. It’s too much when it’s everyone just brawling, it’s just too much for me. With that said it will be a great weekend.
WAR GAMES PREDICTIONS:
Team Rhea VS. Team Blaszer: I’m taking team Shayna and for Shayna’s next story to be with Becky Lynch. It would be cool if she threw title in the trash and went to Raw, but I have a feeling she will just show up on Raw after.
Team Ciampa VS. Undisputed Era: I am taking team Ciampa. Ciampa has recently returned and he needs something to keep him over, I see team Ciampa winning this one.
Riddle VS. Finn: I am taking Finn. I don’t see what the big deal is with Riddle but I could see Riddle more used on Raw then on NXT. Taking Finn for this.
Priest vs. Dain vs. Dunn: It may be early to some but I feel Damien Priest is ready to be in the main event.
SURVIVOR SERIES PREDICTIONS:
AJ VS. Shinsuke VS. Strong: The OC have been losing a lot and AJ needs something to make people remember why he came to WWE, who he is and why is one of the greatest in ring wrestlers ever.
Mens– NXT VS RAW VS SD: I’m taking team Raw. I could be wrong with this, but I don’t see Rollins, Owens, Drew or Orton taking a pin right now.
Womens–NXT VS RAW VS SD: They have been really hyping up the NXT women’s division, I see them sweeping house.
Viking Raiders VS. New Day. VS. Undisputed Era: I was going to take Undisputed era but they won on Smackdown. I am going to go with Viking Raiders dominating.
Daniel Bryan VS. Fiend: As much as I want Daniel Bryan to be the champion, I know they are going to stick with the Fiend.
Mysterio VS. Brock: I feel we need something new on Raw. I am going with Mysterio becoming new WWE champion.
Shayna VS. Becky VS. Bayley: As much as I want Bayley to win I see them giving Becky the win over Bayley and this turning into Becky VS Shayna going into Wrestlemania.
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.
I thought Raw was a good show and that Smackdown was a great show this week. At the start of the 24/7 title and introduction I really enjoyed it, but Drake and R-Truth thing has kind of fizzled out for me. Mike winning it was a good twist, but Maria winning it from him did the total opposite for me. I see Mike as a future champion and Maria tearing him down may be a good story but it doesn’t help him much.
I loved the gauntlet match on Raw, my favorite match of the week. Ricochet did win, but I loved the storytelling and them not giving away Mysterio VS. Ricochet. I would of liked AJ VS. Mysterio but Ricochet VS. AJ or a triple threat is a good build for Summerslam.
Great tag team action with the OC becoming new tag team champions. Revival are very good and I would of preferred them remaining champions but I understand they want to elevate the OC and AJ. Amazing match.
Moment of Bliss was good I like how Bliss called Becky out for attacking Natalya while training. Match itself was ok, but to be honest I haven’t seen a good Becky match in a long time. I really feel Natalya VS. Becky will be good though. I liked Natalya coming down to attack Becky, I am loving this story. I am very invested into Natalya winning in Canada.
This segment with Brock brutally attacking Rollins was really hard to watch for him. Rollins selling was perfect but I was afraid Brock really injured him too. To all these F5s on chairs and tables, to Rollins coughing up blood, to the attack in ambulance, It was all hard to watch but also really really good. I hope this helps Rollins. I really feel Becky took Rollins down a couple with that relationship making Rollins not seem like the man.
Main event of the night was Roman, Usos, Cedric, OC, Joe involved in a brawl. I really enjoyed this and it made me even happier that Cedric got his moment to shine. It was a really cool high spot. I keep saying this but Cedric has everything. I would love to see him pushed.
Opening promo to Smackdown by Owens was good and match was solid. Right now anything involving Shane is hard for me to invest into right now.
Bliss defeats Ember but all together good women’s wrestling match. The ending was the storytelling and best part. Bayley attacks Ember and it wasn’t necessarily a heel turn but in my heart that’s what I wanted.
It is happening, Trish VS. Charlotte. I cannot wait for this I am so excited. Trish really held her own out there. I loved how Charlotte took a shot at the model, diva type I thought that was great heat. I cannot wait for this.
Ziggler and Finn had as short match to just have Bray distract Finn, I wouldn’t mind this being a feud in the future when Finn returns and comes back.
Ali and Shinsuke had a really good match. Even though it wasn’t long I really enjoyed it and Ali getting that roll up pin gives me hope that he can become IC champion as Summerslam.
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.
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.
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