Survivor Series Predictions

Happy Undertaker 25 Day, friends! I meant to post these earlier, but I ended up having no time this week, so here they are, 3 hours in advance of the show itself! Woo!

Traditional Survivor Series Match

I am absolutely baffled as to why this match has just been thrown in as a mystery match.

So, er, maybe . . .

Sheamus, BNB, and New Day vs. The Usos, Dudley Boyz, and Neville? Maybe?

Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio

Well, er, every show needs a filler match, I guess? Okay, maybe that’s too mean. Reigns has improved vastly from where he was at this time last year, both in the eyes of fans and in the ring. Obviously his mic skills need a lot of work, and I just can’t see him as the face of the WWE when there are stars like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose out there, but he’s got a lot of talent, that’s for sure.

Del Rio is, historically, solid in the ring, but his matches since his return have admittedly been full of botches and quite boring. The MexAmerica gimmick is honestly ridiculous in my opinion, and I think it’s keeping Del Rio from being the heel he can be.

The outcome of the match seems clear enough: Reigns over Del Rio. But I’m curious about how the match will actually be. This match, despite giving Del Rio a loss, could potentially give him some much-needed momentum.

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens

121_SD_11172015cm_1578-1095817556
WWE.com

I have a feeling this was the plan for Ambrose before Rollins’ injury: a feud with Owens for the Intercontinental title. But, in the wake of the title craziness, I think Ambrose is bound for bigger and better things than a losing feud to Owens, who is perfectly suited to hold the Intercontinental title.

This match will be an all-out brawl, and I have no doubt both will deliver.

 

Brothers of Destruction vs. Wyatt Family

There are two options for Creative here: the safe ending and the ending that needs to happen.

The last time Undertaker and Wyatt faced off, it was the Phenom who emerged victorious. Wyatt has been on the losing side of most of his feuds lately, so if the WWE wants him to remain a credible threat, he needs to be the one to come out on top. He needs it.

I also think Kane will be pivotal in keeping the action going. Undertaker’s performances are never certain these days, despite being incredibly impressive considering his age. But Kane is looking strong going into this, and I hope he will get a chance to regain some of the strength that made his character so interesting.

Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler

I am so excited for this match, and so thrilled that Tyler Breeze will be able to introduce to ferocious aspect of his character on a platform like Survivor Series.

The outcome looks obvious to me: Breeze over Ziggler, this being his pay per view debut and all. I’m just curious as to how much aggression they will let Ziggler display. WWE notoriously misuses its NXT talent, with the exception of The Shield. Also, how much will Summer be involved?

Charlotte vs. Paige

099_SD_11172015cm_1399-2017886489
WWE.com

Not taking the WWE’s questionable decision to include Charlotte’s late brother Reid in this feud into account, this match finally got some much-needed heat injected into it at RAW. It might be too late, but Charlotte and Paige are both strong performers and, if given enough time, are capable of telling a good story in the ring.

I can’t see Charlotte losing the belt in her first defense of it against a non-Bella. I’m merely curious to see if her character will develop any over the course of tonight’s event.

Also, could we perhaps have Sasha interfere and get a title shot of her own? Or maybe wait until Wrestlemania. 😉

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose

I’m not gonna lie. I looked up other predictions to try and give me some kind of idea of what to say, and even then, I couldn’t find any solid predictions. I literally have no idea if WWE will go the safe way or the way I could only dream they would go.

The easy choice is Reigns. I don’t doubt he was going to finally take the title from Rollins before his injury. But, if he does win, will he emerge as the victorious babyface or turn heel against his former Shield brother?

And what if Dean wins? Will he betray Roman to do so, or will Roman turn heel and still not be able to overcome Ambrose?

Oh, and will Sheamus cash in?  And if he does, could he pretty please fail?

Well, that’s all I’ve got for tonight. Agree or disagree with me? Let me know!

Advertisements

RAW Recap/Anaylsis – November 16, 2015

This week’s RAW opened with a moment of silence for the victims of this weekend’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

For those of you reading this, I simply present the words of Kevin Owens.

https://twitter.com/FightOwensFight/status/665318773050724352

The Brothers of Destruction

The Undertaker and Kane entered and cut a promo, challenging two members of the Wyatt family to a tag match at Survivor Series once again. The Wyatt family then entered, and Bray Wyatt cut an equally terrifying promo before turning the druids against the Brothers, who easily took them out. Maybe it was because they were hella short?

Neville vs. Kevin Owens

There was no way this match couldn’t be awesome.

Neville turned the energy up from the start with a quick offense, and Owens responded with equal aggression. Neville was finally granted enough time to show off his athleticism and acrobatic skill, hitting Owens with a moonsault early on and flipping around the ring much to everyone’s delight.The match was thrilling from start to finish, and every near-fall seemed like the end of the match.

But in the end, it was Owens who hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win. He was also spotted chatting with Triple H backstage. Fascinating.

The two put on a clinic, but was anyone really surprised?

I would be the happiest girl in the world if this turned into its own feud. These two work together fantastically, and Neville deserves a title shot.

Tyler Breeze vs. R-Truth

I still get very excited seeing Tyler Breeze on the main roster, finally.

R-Truth started out surprisingly strong, but after Tyler got some lip balm from Summer Rae, he powered back.

I need to get myself some of that.

Breeze got the win, and continues to look strong weeks into his time on RAW and Smackdown.

Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

072_RAW_11162015cm_0961-3457161480Another high stakes matchup between two insanely talented men. Ambrose’s gritty style was a great foil to Ziggler’s flashiness. Ambrose showed signs of frustration, giving Ziggler the advantage early on. But Ambrose didn’t stay down for long, brawling his way back in control.

The two traded control with dropkicks and clotheslines, putting on a great show as I figured they would. I lost track of the amount of near-falls. The fight went on for a long time, much to everyone’s delight. The two fought, absolutely fought, but it was Dean Ambrose who hit Ziggler with Dirty Deeds for the victory.

Ambrose ended the segment with a freaking AWESOME promo including promises for more action and less talking, and replacing michael Cole with a fish tank.

Ambrose for CHAMP 2k15.

The New Day vs. The Usos and Ryback

My favorite tag team entered to cheerfully cut a promo on the Usos and Ryback, who then entered for their match.

The Usos and New Day have fought before, but it’s great seeing them go against each other now that New Day has evolved into the entertaining dynamite of the tag team division.

The heel and face roles were obvious throughout the match, and both teams were wildly entertaining. But Big E made the mistake of pissing off Ryback, who went full-on monster on New Day, earning a disqualification after shoving the ref.

Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro

Before the match, Triple H had some stuff to say to Cesaro.Roman Reigns then went to the ring, cutting a promo on getting his chance and such.

But enough of that. Onto the match.

This match wasn’t a brawl like Ambrose and Ziggler delivered, but more of a traditional clash of the titans. Cesaro showed off his ever-growing arsenal of moves, and Reigns looked strong as usual. I’m not Reigns’ biggest fan by any means. I find him rather boring. But he is definitely improving, and tonight showcased it.

Cesaro and Reigns couldn’t keep the action in the ring, fighting at ringside and exchanging heavy blows. But once they returned to the ring, Reigns seemed to regain momentum he had lost to Cesaro earlier. Cesaro, however, managed to swing Reigns around before putting him in the Sharpshooter into a Crossface. Reigns, however, turned it into a Samoan Drop.

Reigns’ momentum continued into an awesome powerbomb, but even that didn’t do in the Swiss Superman. Ironically, it was the Superman Punch into the Spear that did.

The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension

Yup, that’s right. THIS is what their return has come to.

This match was quick and simple, with the Dudley Boyz picking up the victory.

On the bright side, NXT will feature the Ascension against Jordan and Gable. So there’s that.

Alberto Del Rio vs. The Ascension

Triple H propositioned Del Rio and his mouthpiece Zeb after a potentially offensive promo.

Kallisto didn’t disappoint, utilizing the traditional, fast-paced Lucha style to his advantage. It was a fascinating dynamic: the large, firm Del Rio versus the smaller, quicker Kallisto.

Del Rio picked up the victory in the end.

Life isn’t fair.

Divas Championship Contract Championship

Paige and Charlotte put it all out there, cutting a terrific promo together. Charlotte, when mentioning her brother, got emotional talking about it and about Paige’s friendship helping her get through it.

Paige continued digging a deeper hole for herself, brilliantly propping Charlotte up to be cheered on.

Charlotte was absolutely brilliant, finally getting to add some depth to her character. Her emotion was palpable in every word she uttered, and when Paige insulted her late brother, Charlotte the Divas Championship went to town on her.

The post-signing brawl was as brutal as anyone could have hoped, finally adding some fire to the feud Creative seemed to have forgotten.

My main issue? This entire segment was a lot at once. This feud should have been slowly escalating up to this moment, not thrown at us all at once.

Also, as touching as Charlotte’s emotion was, bringing her brother into it? That’s lazy storytelling, and not entirely respectful. Feuds don’t always have to be personal, and Divas don’t always have to be in catfights. Bayley and Sasha fought for respect. Lita and Trish Stratus fought to be the best.Why can’t Charlotte and Paige’s battle be the same?

Also…did Charlotte ever sign the contract?

All in all, this was one of the best RAW episodes I’ve seen in a while. The matches meant something, and the action was constant. WWE should keep this up, especially when their golden boy returns.

Tune in this week for my Survivor Series predictions, opinions on WWE’s recent booking, and how I think my girl Bayley should be brought to the main roster!

RAW Recap/Analysis – November 9, 2015

The first RAW without Seth Rollins definitely felt odd without his evil laugh and weasel-y antics. The crowd, for sure, missed him, cheering for him as if he were a babyface whenever his name was mentioned. It was great to see everyone acknowledge how valuable Rollins has been to the company. Now, onto the show…

Thank You Seth

Triple H opened the show, cutting a promo about Seth Rollins and the newly vacant title. The crowd showed a lot of love for Rollins, which was awesome to see. Triple H then brought out Roman Reigns, and tried to turn him to the dark si-I MEAN The Authority. Roman, to nobody’s surprise, rejected it.

This set up a very interesting way for Seth to return: the idea of him being the Authority’s second choice out of the Shield. I hope Ceative remembers this when Rollins is healed and ready to return.

Roman Reigns vs. The Big Show

Big Show took control early in the match, despite the fact that he’s in a brace. Reigns powered back, as he does, but big Show gained some momentum with the Bear Hug. This didn’t last long, of course. Roman returned with a fury (much to the crowd’s non-amusement), only for Big Show to almost get the pinfall with a chokeslam. But all it took was a Superman Punch and Spear to get Reigns to the next round.

Honestly, we’ve seen this match a thousand times (dark days indeed) so I didn’t pay much attention. We all knew how this match would end anyways, because WWE is disgustingly predictable.

Kevin Owens vs. Titus O’Neil

Kevin Owens, now the top heel in the company in my opinion, came out in true heel style: blasting the UK. It was pretty funny. He and O’Neil put on a solid match, and Owens surprised O’Neil with a Popup Powerbomb for the win.

With Rollins out of the picture, I hope Owens is allowed to step up as the top asshole heel we all love to hate. He’s got the perfect attitude to fill in the gaping hole Rollins has left. He seems to be getting pushed yet again, so here’s hoping his momentum continues!

Becky Lynch vs. Paige

WWE.com
WWE.com

Boy is it good to see Lynch getting in the ring.

Without the strain of having to simply put someone over, Becky was really allowed to shine here. She and Paige brawled, with Lynch taking control early on in the match, before Paige turned up the heat, much to the delight of her hometown crowd. Becky made a comeback with a clothesline and dropkick, but Paige answered back with a punch and attack of her own. Paige took Lynch down with the Rampaige, but Lynch grabbed the bottom rope. Paige tried to win with a rollup, but Becky reversed it for the win. Afterwards, Paige attacked Lynch, putting Becky in the PTO, but ran when Charlotte emerged to help her friend.

Lynch has desperately needed a chance to emerge from Charlotte’s shadow, and this match definitely helped. She’s owed a push. Her energy and skill are too valuable to waste.

Paige was heel-ish as ever, but her in-ring work was a bit lacking this week. I suppose I’m just spoiled by watching Banks and Bayley, but I hope she expands her move-set, otherwise she will be lost in the mix.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

Ziggler wins with a dropkick. Pretty standard match.

Viva MexAmerica?

Zeb Coulter raised the heel game with his politically-driven promo given before the match. Hearing him and Del Rio say the word haters was very unsettling.

Naomi vs. Natalya

It didn’t take long for the “WE WANT SASHA” chants to begin. The match was pretty simple: Natalya encouraged crowd chants, Sasha got involved, Nattie won.

The match itself was pretty bland. In comparison to what I’ve seen the Horsewomen do, Naomi and Natalya aren’t the best. That being said, they both have got swagger and are very talented, certainly preferable to the Bellas.

I hope this leads somewhere for Sasha. She is one of the best wrestlers in the WWE, period. Not having her wrestle is an absolute travesty. I hope Creative breaks her away from Team BAD and gives her a title shot, or better yet a title run, by the Royal Rumble or else I’m going to be very upset.

Sheamus vs. Cesaro

Sheamus came out with his British buddy Barrett, who remained at ringside after antagonizing some football fans and Wayne Rooney. Cesaro had the crowd eating out of his hand the entire match, showing off his technical prowess and athleticism for the delighted crowd. However, Barrett provided a distraction, earning himself a slap, and Cesaro took advantage, getting the win.

I’m surprised Sheamus lost. Happy Cesaro won. But we all know how next week will turn out.

Dean Ambrose vs. Tyler Breeze

WWE.com
WWE.com

The two put on one hell of a show. Both are incredible in-ring workers, and did not disappoint. Tyler breeze did not lose face at all, showcasing some of the high-energy aggression that made him not only entertaining, but credible as a heel. Ambrose shone as well, getting the crowd behind him and messing with Breeze throughout the match before getting the pinfall with a rollup.

Breeze’s introduction is being very well-booked. He and Ambrose had a surprisingly fun in-ring chemistry, putting on a fun match that was great to watch. Ambrose was electric as ever, and I hope Creative noticed how much the WWE Universe adores him. Breeze, as well, is still on the right track despite the loss.

Ambreeze for the winnnnn.

The New Day vs. Neville and The Usos

The New Day, after properly insulting England, proceeded to honor their buddy Seth Unicorn style before their match, which was a nice touch and brought me great joy. New Day took an early lead, in what JBL called a “Unicorn stampede.” Neville brought back some momentum, which the Usos continued. Neville cleaned house, however, bringing the house down with a dive onto everyone, including his team, and nearly took out Xavier Woods, but Big E helped Woods get the rollup victory.

The little Unicorn tribute to Rollins was a great callback to their alliance with the former champion, and New Day’s heel game was strong as ever. Neville also looked great, thriving with two exciting spots that reminded me of why he was such a force early on in his run on the main roster. The Usos also put on a good show. I hope to see them challenging the New Day more.

Oh HELL Yes!

OH MY GOD.

Basically, The Brothers of Destruction returned and cleaned house. AND IT WAS GREAT.

Seth Rollins injured, out for 6-9 months

At last night’s WWE Live event in Dublin, Ireland, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins suffered a serious knee injury, putting him out of action for up to nine months and ending his reign as champion.

This is awful news, not only for Rollins but for WWE. Rollins was one of the cornerstones of the company and best in-ring workers. He delivered night after night, always entertaining audiences live and at home. As the company’s top heel, his segments and matches were a huge draw, especially for shows like RAW and SmackDown.

WWE will miss him sorely. As will I. In case it isn’t painfully obvious, I bought into Seth Rollins completely.

However, because imagining six months without Seth Rollins is too painful for me to try in this fragile state, I started imagining how to bring Rollins back once he is recovered.

WWE.com
WWE.com

While Rollins is gone, I can imagine The Authority “adopting” a new wrestler to latch their hopes and dreams to. If the WWE’s “tournament” idea is solidified and actually happens at Survivor Series, I would put Roman Reigns, who should be getting a full title shot regardless, and Dean Ambrose in the finals. Have them put on an incredible show, and right as one of them is about to win, have Sheamus cash in, taking the title with the help of the Authority.

Or, give Ambrose the title. I could live with that.

I’m not sure what the WWE has planned for the title through Wrestlemania. Perhaps Triple H could take it from Ambrose or Reigns at Wrestlemania. Perhaps Sheamus will hold it. Either way, the title should be in the hands out the Authority after Wrestlemania.

So, fast forward to early April through June. Wrestlemania has come and gone, a HEEL holds the title. We’ve arrived at Payback or Extreme Rules.

The Authority is gloating over their possession of the title. The audience is positively furious, and the heat is strong. Whoever the champion is, let’s say it’s Triple H or hell, maybe Brock Lesnar, is on top of the world after retaining against Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose.

Enter Seth Rollins, furious and hungry. The audience is sure to pop for him, because as heel-ish as he is, he is respected. He runs in and lays everyone out in the ring (but surprisingly doesn’t touch his former Shield brother) to end the show. The next night on RAW, he opens the show, declaring he is done working for the Authority.

“I gave them everything i had, and they left me out to ROT,” he snarls. “I’m taking MY title back, and i’m doing it alone.”

A face turn was inevitable before, but now, it seems like the best way to bring Rollins back.

So, what do you guys think? How would you bring Rollins back? Are you as gutted as I am over his injury! Let me know in the comments below!