Friday, July 28, 2017

WWE Battleground 2017 Results and Review I Am Way Late Peeps

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SRC - Singh Brothers Worked Their Ass Off Folks
I have to apologize for being so late this week in reviewing the PPV from the weekend. I had a few days off from watching wrestling after the show because it really made me question why I even watch any longer. It’s really that bad. This event was possibly one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen, but you already know that. I am not supposed to be drinking these days, as I’m on depression medication, but I had to get a New Castle to get through this one. Let’s discuss this showcase of well, entertainment, if you can call it that.

Aiden English defeated Tye Dillinger

I love Tye Dilllinger, but you’ll find he’s getting buried all the time. Remember the pop he got at the Royal Rumble? Well that’s gone. Aiden English won this match, and it was a hard hitting one. I was making a pizza when this started, but it wasn’t half bad. I liked it. English finally gets a win, but I miss the pop that Gotch and English got with Blue Pants in Nxt.

The New Day defeated The Usos

Perhaps the best match of the night, with a lot of fighting, kickouts, and great reversals. However, the New Day’s schtick is tired to me. This was a fun match, no doubt, and it’s the best match of the night.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Baron Corbin

Another boring match. These guys didn’t have chemistry together. It was really bad. Corbin loses with a low blow, done and done.

Natalya won a 5 way dance

This was a fast moving, elimination match. It was tired, and I didn’t understand the pacing or the results. It’s a terrible showing for the women, with the exception of Natalya and Becky Lynch.

Kevin Owens defeated Aj Styles

This was a boring match. I was shocked at how bored I was, and the failed finish was terrible.

Breezango gets beat down.

Um, ok.

John Cena defeated Rusev (Flag Match)

This was fun, but John Cena winning was so obvious. Rusev worked his ass off here, and I loved his intensity and look. But you knew that Cena was going to win.

Sami Zayn defeated Mike Kanellis

This was boring. I couldn’t believe it.

Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match

The Singh brothers were amazing here. I loved them, and hope one day to meet them. They took on some serious bumps. Much props to Orton too, he looked legitimately injured at one point. I also loved how he was giving it to Jinder at some points. Great Khali came out and wow, I popped huge, and then he helped Jinder, winning the match. Terrible match, but nice surprise at the end. Props to the Singh brothers, wow.

Overall, Battleground was bad. Really bad. But there were a few bright spots that make this not as terrible as some of the things I’ve sat through in my life as a wrestling fan.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WWE Monday Night Raw July 17, 2017 Results and Review Quite Possibly The Worst

The Best Part of Raw Was The Drifter Knocking Out Finn Balor With A Guitar
Oh boy, Raw was getting a lot of attention in the media. People were going crazy on social media about the night, and whether or not Dixie Carter was going to be the reveal for Kurt Angle’s secret. I was excited until Angle spoke, and am still stunned at how bad this thing played out. Nothing that you thought it would be is what it was, and the rest of the card was, well absolutely dumb. Live from Nashville, Tn. Last night’s Monday Night Raw really pummeled the senses, and I could only stand the HULU version, because 3 hours of this nightmare was just too predictable at times, and awful at others. Let’s see how it went down in this HULU version review.

WWE Monday Night Raw July 17, 2017 Results and Review

Intercontinental Champion The Miz and The Miztourage confronted Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins

Dean Ambrose started the show and Seth Rollins came out. At one point Rollins asked Ambrose to hit him in the back with a chair, asking for the former Shield Member to forgive him for turning his back on the team. That’s when The Miz and his cronies showed up and the trio beat the holy crap out of Rollins and Ambrose. That would prompt for a handicap match for next week. But this week, The Miz and his buddies got the beat down on the two Shield guys.

I’m so tired of Ambrose and Rollins.

Bayley def. Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss

A short match, that was not revoluiontary at all. Bliss loses here, gets pinned cleaned thanks to a distraction outside. Sasha Banks ran down and beat up Nia Jax, distracting Bliss and getting Bayley the win. Banks and Bayley will wrestle next week to see who is the number one contender against Bliss for Summerslam. Doesn’t Banks get a rematch? I don’t know, not a bad match, but it was very short. Where are the other women on the roster? So much for that revolution.

Gentleman Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali def. The Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak

This wasn’t on HULU.

Big Cass confronted Enzo Amore

Not On HULU.

Finn Bálor def. Elias Samson via Disqualification

I like Samson, and I like the drifter gimmick. Balor looked to be getting this one easily, but not so fast. Samson came roaring back with some great offense, and when he got frustrated, he hit Balor with a guitar shot that busted him wide open. Samsons guitar shot was 100 times harder than anything you’ve seen from Jeff Jarrett, and akin to the shot that The Honky Tonk Man hit Jake Roberts with in the past. It was hard, it cut Finn wide open, and it really made this point special.

Ariya Daivari def. Akira Tozawa via Match Stoppage

Not on HULU.

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle revealed his personal announcement

The worst segment ever. Kurt Angle is the father of one of American Alpha. I don’t care, you don’t care, this is absolutely the worst.

The Revival def. The Hardy Boyz

Not a bad match, The Hardy Boyz must become broken, they just have to. That Broken gimmick is one of the best things in the past decade, and this should send them down the spiral that will no doubt get them to start DELETING people. DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!

Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe ended in a No Contest

A strong match that I loved, until the ending. Brown Shoeman showed up and interfered, and while he got into the fray with Joe and Reigns, there was no real winner, which was dumb. I wish there was a definitive winner in this feud. Not only that, how did Brown Shoeman heal up so fast? I want whatever medical help he has, because it’s better than mine.

Final Raw Thoughts

Raw wasn’t a terrible show, but it was far from good. There was probably 2 good things that happened, and none of it featured a title. I don’t know why Raw is booked so loosely with so little wrestling, but that’s what we’re getting this year. Perhaps Smackdown will be more fun? I don’t know, I may not even watch it, who knows. As for Raw, I’m sure the live crowd had fun, but I didn’t have fun watching this. I immediately had to take a nap.

Reviewing The Punjabi Prison Matches of the Past and Predicting The Future

Batista vs. Great Khali Battled In One Hell of A Punjabi Prison Match
This Sunday at WWE Battleground Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton are going to be locked into a crazy match known as the Punjabi Prison match. The two will face off for the WWE Championship and while some fans may not remember the past matches, I remember them as I was not only an adult when they occurred, I was there live for one of them. I guess I’m old. Regardless, there were only two other times that this match took place, making the upcoming showdown the third time that the WWE has placed two competitors in this structure.

Ahead of this weekend’s matchup, I’ve decided to review the last two matches that occurred inside of this structure. Not only that, I’m going to predict the winner of the upcoming Punjabi Prison Match that will take place at WWE Battleground!

Not sure what a Punjabi Prison match is? Well, , discusses the rules, in case you don’t remember them. It’s a mix between a traditional cage match, a thunder dome cage match, and other cage structures. However, the façade is covered in bamboo looking elements, with spikes, presenting on cool visual for this epic fight. Now, onto the reviews!

The Undertaker defeated The Big Show in a Punjabi Prison Match
The Great American Bash 2006

The Great American Bash from 2006 was a pretty cool event, and while I didn’t cover it at the time due to PPV’s costing $49.99 each month, I saw it later. The ECW Champion at the time took on The Undertaker in the first ever Punjabi Prison Match. However, it wasn’t supposed to be The Big Show. The Great Khali was NOT medically cleared at the time, as he had elevated liver enzymes, and didn’t even come back to television for some time. The match was supposed to be Undertaker and Khali, since Khali had manhandled the Undertaker prior to this showdown.

The match itself was unique, with a lot of cool visuals on PPV, and of course The Undertaker still in his prime working the Big Show. Even though the two were big men at the time, there were some great hard-hitting shots, and some great drama in this 20-minute bout. The Undertaker would get the win, and further the feud between him and Khali. I know, odd as that sounds. Khali would eventually lose to the Undertaker in on great match later on Smackdown. However, Big Show got the “L” on this one.

Overall, the match is probably only a 3-star match. However, a 20-minute bout on a PPV that you don’t’ remember, isn’t half bad.

Batista defeated The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison Match
No Mercy 2007

Ah, 2007, the year that I graduated college for the first time. This event was cost prohibited for me, unfortunately, but the show went on. Batista and The Great Khali were embroiled in a feud, with Batista claiming that he wasn’t afraid of the big man. The match was signed, and this match had a lot more memorable moments than the first Punjabi Prison match. In fact, if you remember, this match was only 15 minutes or so, but Batista was flying around the ring like a cruiserweight against Khali, and was earning his paycheck. Khali, even though he was lumbering, still put on a decent showing, but credit Batista for making this a memorable bout. Batista would get the win, but not without enduring some heavy blows from Khali. Personally, I don’t think Khali would’ve been able to match Batista’s athleticism in 2007, as the big man was starting to get some serious momentum in the WWE.

Overall, the match was about a 3-star match, simply because Khali was starting to get a little slow at this point.

Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, Punjabi Prison Match)
WWE Battleground 2017

And now, we go to the future! What will go down between Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton? Well, I’m going to have to agree with others like , and am going to say that Jinder Mahal is going to get the 1-up against Randy Orton. Why? Well, if you read my coverage of WWE Payback, I literally thanked Jinder Mahal for interfering in the House of Horrors match. Why? Because Randy Orton bores me, and he is literally phoning it in. Mahal may be a bit new, but he’s got a lot more mileage to go versus Orton at this point. Plus, The Singh brothers are going to no doubt going to find a way to help Mahal yet again, and even though Mahal may take a beating, he is going to get out of this match the winner. He may be beaten, and even bloody, but Mahal is going to survive, and Orton is going to get thrown into a feud with literally anyone else on Smackdown right now.

My prediction for the Punjabi Prison match? Jinder “The Maharaja” Mahal!

Monday, July 10, 2017

WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017 Results and Review

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Some people are calling this the best event that the WWE has put together since Wrestlemania. Others are not so happy with the results. Me? I had a blast watching a great deal of the matches, and while I wasn’t in Dallas, I really wish that I was there. Oh well. The great thing about WWE’s build up thus far is that they were able to put in a lot of effort into pushing certain stories, over others. But that doesn’t mean that the show was amazing on all arenas, there were some missteps, but here we go, this is how it went down, and what I thought of the show, now that I’ve had 24 hours to stew on it, so to speak.

WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017 Review

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Akira Tozawa

Not a terrible match, but it was obvious that Neville was only going half speed. Tozawa is good, and he put on a showcase, but Titus and him couldn’t get this win over Neville. I’m souring on the cruiserweights, and I’m not sure how long WWE is going to push the show, if they are going to do so at all in the near future, oh well. This match was good, but too bad it was an opener and not on the main card.

Bray Wyatt def. Seth Rollins

The eater of pins got a clean win on Seth Rollins. Some say it wasn’t clean because of a thumb in the eye, but you know what? He was on the outside, and Rollins was pulling his hair. He came back into the ring, breaking the referee’s count, and pinned Rollins after a Sister Abigail finisher. That’s about as clean as you’re going to get folks.

Big Cass def. Enzo Amore

Enzo cut a cool promo, but then got beat down. He lost big time. Cass is big, he gets the win. Not a great match. Enzo is done in the WWE if you ask me.

Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus def. The Hardy Boyz (30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match)

This was a fun 30 minute match, and the two teams put on a clinic if you ask me. I loved it. I loved how Matt even got busted open the hard way. The teams are so good together, and they just gel during the whole match. All of the offense and defense was fun, and the timing went well. Just a lot of great spots here, and some great overall timing on the part of both teams. I loved it. Great iron man match, and this feud rolls on, again.

Sasha Banks def. Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss via Count-out

Sasha Banks was able to beat Alexa Bliss after a great back and forth battle, but only because Bliss got herself counted out. That means that she kept the title, which is what I’ve been saying all along about the heel champions. They should pull this more often. As for Banks, she is great, and was able to launch herself off the top of the announcers table, with double knees, and busted Bliss mouth wide open. A great spot, a good match, and smart booking if you ask me.

Intercontinental Champion The Miz def. Dean Ambrose

I didn’t care for this match, but Bo Dallas looking like the One Man Gang was cool. The MIz won with the help of his crew, and Ambrose is going to need a new partner to square off against, if you ask me. I’m tired of his phoning it in.

Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns (Ambulance Match)

I didn’t expect this match to be as entertaining as it was. It was definitely a fast paced, fluid match, and the two put on a show. Roman Reigns was over zealous at one point and launched himself into the Ambulance, and LOST clean! He got so mad, however, that he threw Braun into the ambulance and then rammed it into a semi. He nearly KILLED Strowman, in storyline. This is nothing new. People are talking a heel turn, I don’t know. I liked this match, and am glad Strowman got the win. He may be next for Lesnar, and will most likely lose.

Heath Slater def. Curt Hawkins

Wow! Heath Slater and Curt Hawkins were sent out to battle, and the WWE didn’t even show it for the most part. Slater won, but the show was not showing the match, the cameras showed the ambulance and Braun backstage.

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar def. Samoa Joe

This reminded me of the WWF Championship run that The Undertaker had in 1997. If you remember the matches after Wrestlemania 13, you will realize that The Undertaker fought everyone off in really competitive matches until meeting head first against Bret Hart at Summerslam. That match was epic, but he fought off Farooq, Stone Cold, and many others on the way to Summerslam that year. Lesnar could very well be that good, if he wrestled more often, but this match was great. Joe was not afraid, and he put the boots to Lesnar, and even went to Suplex city many times. However, one F5 later, and Joe loses clean in under 10 minutes. This was a great match for what it was, even if it was short. I hate Lesnar now, but hey, Joe got the best of him, and there’s no telling where this is going. Joe showed me that he could and should be champion, if you ask me.

There you have it, the big event is over, and the matches are done. Who knows what is going to go down tonight on Raw, but it’s going to be an interesting one, no doubt.

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