WWE HELL IN A CELL 2017 REVIEW

Hell in a Cell definitely delivered and was the best Smackdown pay-per-view of the year. There wasn’t really an awful match on the card. Both Hell in a Cell matches are MOTY candidates. Jinder is still champion, and it looks like nobody’s going to beat him at any rate. Smackdown for once had a better pay-per-view than RAW. Every match had a purpose and that’s a first for Smackdown. Let’s wander through the hidden 10th circle of Hell with a match by match review of Hell in a Cell 2017.

Prediction Score: 7-1 (Oh so close to being perfect!)

PRESHOW: TAG TEAM MATCH: Team Shelton Gable (Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin) def. The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder)

This preshow match was a lot better than expected. The highlight of the match was when Shelton Benjamin & Zack Ryder were going off. Team Shelton Gable showed plenty of aggression, and it was back and forth. Gable missed a moonsault, hit Mojo with a belly to belly and hit the moonsault anyway. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin could be a decent team. The fans love Shelton and both of them are technically sound in-ring. Then some miscommunication happened, and it once again cost the Hype Bros the match. No heel turn from Zack Ryder, or anything.

TAG TEAM HELL IN A CELL MATCH FOR THE WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Usos def. The New Day to become the new Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions

I didn’t think this was gonna kick off the show, but wow. That was one hell of a match, and could arguably be the best match in this feud. The New Day came out and cut a promo selling on how dangerous the Cell is. They also said that while the Usos have the tag team division, The New Day hold the key to the Uso Penitentiary. Kofi started the match locked outside the cell. I expected all three members to be inside. Both teams immediately got weapons, but then threw them down and started brawling. Big E speared one of the Usos into the cell, and I could’ve felt that. Then the weapons came into play. Both teams just went to town on each other. The New Day then hit the Usos with two trombones, a cowbell and a gong. Then the Usos went on a kendo stick party. This showed the resiliency of Big E after the Usos took Xavier woods out. A nasty spot was when Big E slammed an Uso onto Xavier woods, who fell just in time to turn it into a backbreaker. There were some near falls sprinkled in this match, but it was mostly a car crash. The New Day used Kendo sticks to literally trap one Jey Uso in the corner of the cell. Xavier threw a piece of busted trombone that knocked one of the kendo sticks out of place that helped Jey get free. Another monstrous looking spot was Jey had Big E on his shoulders, then Jimmy hit Big E with a suicide dive. The Usos then handcuffed Xavier woods to a post and then destroyed him with kendo sticks. Big E immediately went on a tear, destroying any Uso in his path, but that wasn’t enough to retain. Just when it seems that the Usos have won, Xavier comes in to break up the pin. Xavier woods kept on fighting, despite still being handcuffed. Ultimately, the Usos hit a splash onto Xavier with a chair onto Xavier and the Usos are 5 time champs. I believe that this match is the end of the feud, despite the New Day having a rematch clause. If this feud keeps going, I’m not sure if it could top the brutality of this match.

Randy Orton def. Rusev

This is the match that should have happened at SummerSlam. The match started out early with Orton trying to hit an RKO before Rusev started to take control with power moves. Orton had a little comeback offense, but Rusev got right back to keeping the Viper grounded. Rusev went for a corner splash and ate the turnbuckle for dinner (don’t worry, he didn’t lose any teeth), before Orton started to come back with strikes. Orton went for an RKO, Rusev fought our, then Orton hit a powerslam. Rusev tried to hit the accolade, but Randy rolled out of the ring. Rusev went for the accolade again, then Randy countered it with and RKO from out of nowhere for the win. Randy won this feud, and Rusev is buried once again.

WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger and AJ Styles to become the new United States Champion

FINALLY BARON CORBIN IS A CHAMPION IN WWE! I’m so happy that Corbin is getting a push. He’ll do great things and be a top heel on Smackdown. Tye Dillinger was added to the match in the preshow, and if it were possible, Baron Corbin’s theme got even more badass thanks to lyrics. The match started out with Tye and AJ teaming up on Baron Corbin. Tye and AJ started to hit the ground running, quickly trying to pin one another. Corbin came back into the match and started to take control and literally chucked AJ Styles across the ring. All throughout the match fans were doing the “Where’s your briefcase” and I hate that chant almost as much as the “10” chant. Corbin started to take the Perfect 10 apart after throwing AJ into the ring post. Corbin then takes AJ apart outside the ring before facing a rejuvenated Dillinger. Styles tried to hit a springboard move but immediately got popped by Corbin. Later on in the match, Tye Dillinger and AJ Styles started to go at it, and Tye wound up in the calf crusher. Then each man took turns hitting corner splashes on each other, and all men went down. Tye came within a hair of winning the US belt. AJ hit the springboard 450 but Tye broke it up. AJ hit Tye with the Phenomenal Forearm, but then Corbin came from out of nowhere, threw AJ out, and won the United States Championship. I think that a feud between AJ Styles and Baron Corbin would be great, and if Corbin wins the feud, that could propel him into the main event.

WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Charlotte Flair def. Natalya via DQ, therefore Natalya is still Smackdown Women’s Champion

The commentators were making a huge point on this “Hart-Flair” rivalry. This match marked Natalya’s 44th pay-per-view match, which is the most all-time by a WWE woman’s wrestler. This match started with both women going for their finishers before Natalya targeted Charlotte’s knee. Charlotte tried to fight valiantly with only one good let, but Natty quickly got back to keeping Charlotte grounded. Charlotte started to fight again on her bad leg. Natalya hit a nice spinning sit-out powerbomb but it wasn’t enough to retain. Natalya locked in the Sharpshooter and it looks like Charlotte is done for before launching Natty into the turnbuckle. Charlotte hit a moonsault to the outside and it was amazing. Then Natalya hit Charlotte with a chair and proceeded to go to town on Charlotte’s knee. While this match ended in DQ, this is just the beginning of their feud. This was a pretty good match, and their next match should be even better.

The Return of the Fashion Files

This sketch wasn’t as funny as previous episodes, but this served as a teaser of what’s to come. I’m happy Breezango are back, and the Ascension were pretty funny. The Ascension wanted to be friends with Breezango, but got roasted instead. Then the Fashion Police received a briefcase and it teased the new season of the Fashion files, and it’s spoofing Pulp Fiction. It’ll be pretty funny.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Jinder Mahal def. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship

The one title fans wanted to change hands didn’t. Jinder Mahal survived yet again thanks to Singh Brother shenanigans. What frustrates me is that Shinsuke Nakamura, one of the biggest names in wrestling, lost to 3MB alumnus Jinder Mahal not once but twice. This match played out similarly to their SummerSlam match. The match started out with Nakamura using his knees to get control before Mahal used his power to hold Nakamura down. This was a common trend throughout. The Singhs distracted Nakamura before they got ejected. Nakamura hit a Kinshasa, but Jinder grabbed the rope. Nakamura tried to hit another Kinshasa, but Jinder ducked, hit the Khallas, and won the match. This much better than their SummerSlam match, but it wasn’t as good as it should have been. Their styles don’t mesh well, Jinder is very methodical, & Nakamura is all about kneeing people to death. For once Jinder won a match clean. There were some shenanigans, but there weren’t any in the finish. I have no idea how Nakamura is going to rebound from this. The man got clean wins over John Cena & Randy Orton, but he can’t beat Jinder Mahal. This was a good win for Jinder Mahal, and he’ll get a hero’s welcome when WWE go on tour in India.

Bobby Roode def. Dolph Ziggler

I love that the Smackdown announcer said “the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode!” Dolph Ziggler promised an “elaborate entrance”, which was no music at all. I’m upset that the fans started a “CM Punk” chant during Bobby Roode’s match. I think that’s because this got the pee break spot. This match started aggressive, with both men being very aggressive with punches in the corner. Then Dolph started to take control with a sleeper hold before escaping with a side slam. Roode went for the Glorious DDT but got back body dropped for his troubles. They tried to hit their big moves but they countered each other. Then there was a series of roll-ups, then Bobby Roode won. He couldn’t celebrate, because Ziggler immediately hit a Zig-Zag. This match is just the start to their feud, and I’m looking forward to seeing what direction they take this feud, and whether or not Ziggler stays.

FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE HELL IN A CELL MATCH: Kevin Owens def. Shane McMahon

Kevin Owens cut a promo during the show promising to send Shane McMahon to Hell, and it sells that Kev-Kev is going to annihilate Shane McMahon so he can gain some retribution. Shane attacked KO before the refs had a chance to close the cell. After that flurry from Shane, KO immediately took control and mocked Shane in front of his kids. What a heel. For the most part, it was all Kev-Kev. Owens went for a Swanton Bomb, but Shane had his knees up. This provided Shane an opportunity to come back. He hit the Shane O’Mac Shuffle and even a DDT. Shane once again tried to hit a shooting star press and missed. Owens hit a frog splash, and tried to hit a pop-up powerbomb. That powerbomb got countered into a triangle choke, and KO powerbombed Shane onto the steps in order to escape. Shane hit a Coast-to-Coast and then looked to escape the cell. Once they’re outside, Kevin laid Shane out on a table and began to climb the cell. Kev-Kev began to contemplate whether or not to jump off, Shane began to climb and the two men brawled on the roof. They hit scoop slams and suplexes on the roof and I’m surprised the roof didn’t cave in. Kev-Kev did hit a pop-up powerbomb on the roof, but the roof didn’t cave. Kevin tried to climb down, then Shane knocked KO off of the side of the cell, and through the announce table. Shane cleared off another table and climbed back up the cell. Shane once again jumped to his death and Sami Zayn turned heel and pulled Kev-Kev off of the announce table. I mean that’s one way to keep him relevant. He’s honestly been subject to bad booking and I hope that a heel Sami Zayn can be fresh. I will say that was a great swerve on WWE’s part. This was a great hell in a cell match, and certainly the best cell match of Shane’s career. This exceeded expectations and is going to be a candidate for Match of the Year. I wonder what the future entails for KO and for Shane O’Mac. If Kevin Owens goes to RAW, I want a title match with Brock Lesnar to be in his immediate future.

Match of the Night

This is so hard, but it comes down to the two Hell in a Cell matches. Both matches were brutal car crashes, and some of the best Hell in a Cell matches of all time. If I had to pick one of them, I’d pick the main event. That was one of the best Hell in a Cell matches I’ve ever seen. It had it all, weapons, brawling, going to the roof of the cell, and someone going off of the cell. There wasn’t a dull moment in this match, and we got 2 crazy Shane spots in one match (the shooting star press and jumping off the roof). Then unexpectedly, Sami Zayn saved his former best friend, and let Shane plummet to his doom. KO & Shane put on a great match, and the only way I see this feud continuing, is with a Survivor Series elimination match, with both men being captains.

Overall Review

Hell in a Cell 2017 was a fantastic show. The Cell matches were perfect disasters. I think that the Usos-New Day feud will be a feud that revolutionizes the tag division in WWE, similar to how the Edge & Christian-Dudleys-Hardys feud revolutionized tag team wrestling during the Attitude Era. Baron Corbin, despite the rumors of him being in the “dog house”, finally won his first championship in WWE, and I can’t wait to see his feud with AJ Styles. KO & Shane put on a fantastic performance in the main event, and it may be the best main event of the year. I would rate Hell in a Cell at a 9 out of 10. Like I said, none of the matches were pointless. There was great wrestling and storytelling throughout the show. I hope that Smackdown can continue this trend of great pay-per-views.

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WWE HELL IN A CELL 2017 PREDICTIONS

Hell in a Cell along with TLC are two pay-per-views that are guaranteed to deliver car crashes. There are two Hell in a Cell matches on Sunday and none of them are for the WWE Championship. This is shaping up to be a typical Smackdown pay-per-view, and that’s a sad state of affairs. Especially considering Shane McMahon is most likely going to be in the main event. Let’s find out who is condemned to Hell in a Cell with my Hell in a Cell 2017 predictions.

PRESHOW: TAG TEAM MATCH: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder)

Shelton Benjamin finally made his WWE return and he’s been thrust into a tag team with Chad Gable. His fist pay-per-view match since returning is on the preshow. That’s a shame because Shelton could’ve been instantly inserted into the United States Championship picture. They faced off on Smackdown and after Chad and Shelton won, Mojo paid his respects but Zack did not. Rumors are swirling that Zack Ryder is going to betray Mojo and turn heel. Mojo Rawley isn’t good enough to succeed solo, and I think it’d be better if both Zack & Mojo turned heel, because they are much better as a team and their face act has gotten pretty stale. I’m going with Gable & Benjamin to win here in a quick preshow match, and nobody’s going to really care.

Prediction: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Poor Rusev. He’s just gotten booked to absolute crap. He lost Cena at Battleground, and lost in 10 seconds to Randy Orton at SummerSlam. What has he done to deserve this bad booking? This feud with Orton has been pretty weird. Rusev beat Randy Orton in 10 seconds on an episode of Smackdown and then had a “Rusev Day” celebration the next week with Aiden English. Then Randy Orton showed up and RKO’d everyone in sight. I don’t expect this to be another shock 10 second match. Randy Orton and Rusev are good in-ring competitors and can put on a decent match if they get some time. I’m thinking that Randy Orton gets the W here. This feud isn’t really going anywhere and I think that with Orton winning here, that’ll be an effective end to the feud. This is WWE’s way of paying Orton back for putting Jinder Mahal over for three straight pay-per-views. The problem here is, if Rusev loses this feud he’ll get the Bray Wyatt effect of losing every feud he’s ever in. The fans love Rusev and despite his booking, still is getting good crowd reactions.

Prediction: Randy Orton

WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Natalya (c) vs Charlotte Flair

Natalya and Charlotte are two of the best workers on not just Smackdown, but in the company. Natalya shock won the Women’s championship from Naomi without any shenanigans at SummerSlam. Two weeks later, Charlotte returned from caring for Ric Flair and challenged Natalya to a title match, then so did Becky, Tamina and Naomi. D-Bry made it a fatal 4 way match and Charlotte earned her shot. This is interesting because Charlotte tapped out clean to the sharpshooter in a tag match featuring Becky Lynch, Natalya and Carmella. This match is going to be a great and technical match, and I’m going with Charlotte Flair to make Natalya tap out to the Figure 8 and take her rightful place as the queen of Smackdown Live.

Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins the Women’s Championship

Will Carmella cash in? While now would be as good a time as any if Charlotte wins the belt, I don’t think that Carmella will cash in on Sunday. She’s gonna hold onto that briefcase for a while. 

Dolph Ziggler vs Bobby Roode

Wrestling fans rejoice because Smackdown is finally GLORIOUS! (Sorry I had to). Dolph Ziggler’s new gimmick has been a bit weird. He mocks the entrances of legends such as Macho Man Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior (with Dana Warrior in the audience), and The Undertaker. Then Dolph berates the fans for liking flashy entrances rather than actual wrestling ability. Then last week on Smackdown it happened. After impersonating The Undertaker, Bobby Roode came out and challenged Dolph Ziggler to a match at Hell in a Cell, which Dolph accepted. Ziggler told Roode that he was all show and no talk, and Dolph will humiliate Roode at Hell in a Cell. This match is going to be fantastic, and a potential show stealer. While there are rumors that Ziggler is leaving soon, this match should prove why WWE need to book him better. I’m going to go with Bobby Roode to win at Hell in a Cell and have a GLORIOUS (last one I promise) debut.

Prediction: Bobby Roode

WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: AJ Styles (c) vs Baron Corbin

Baron Corbin should still be Mr. Money in the Bank, but WWE rushed his cash-in and he got humiliated by John Cena at SummerSlam. Since then, Baron Corbin has been feuding with AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger over the United States Championship, which is good for Corbin. AJ Styles has been a great United States Champion, and thanks to his feud with Kevin Owens, brought a lot of prestige to the belt after Roman basically made it nonexistent. AJ Styles instated his own US Open Challenge on Smackdown, and it was answered by Tye Dillinger, but Baron Corbin was always around to kick the crap out of the Perfect 10. Corbin eventually answered the challenge, only for Dillinger to come in and cost Corbin the match. After beating Dillinger by countout, Corbin said he intends to take the United States Championship from AJ Styles at Hell in a Cell, and the match was set. I expect an excellent clash of styles, with AJ’s high flying vs Corbin’s brute power. Corbin’s going to be very frustrated and hell-bent on winning the US belt. One spot I’d love to see would be AJ going for the phenomenal forearm, only to get caught in the End of Days. I’m picking Baron Corbin to win the United States Championship because while AJ is a great champion, Baron Corbin needs to stake his claim as the monster heel on Smackdown, and a win over AJ Styles will do just that.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Jinder Mahal (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

140 days. That is how long Jinder Mahal has been WWE Champion as of this Sunday. Since Jinder Mahal has won the WWE Championship, I haven’t seen him get a clean win once. All of his TV and pay-per-view matches have been won by shenanigans. The Miz wins his pay-per-view matches by shenanigans, but he also gets clean TV wins sprinkled in every now and then to not get stale. Jinder, can’t seem to beat Mojo Rawley without Singh Brother BS. That is why Jinder hasn’t been seen as a good champion. Me personally, I like Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion, it’s just that he’s grown stale. Now the fans are waiting for this nightmare to end, hoping that Shinsuke Nakamura or John Cena take the title from him. What frustrates me about this match is that the WWE Championship isn’t going to be defended inside Hell in a Cell. The WWE Title is supposed to be the main event, and the reason fans come to the show. Instead, it’s going to be third from last. The fact that the match isn’t inside the cell can mean only one thing: SINGH BROTHER SHENANIGANS BABY! Anyway, Jinder is going to retain the belt. He’s advertised as champ for the Starrcade event in November, and he’s going to tour India pretty soon. That, and rumors are he’s set to hold the WWE Championship until at least the Royal Rumble. We got at least three more months of Jinder.

Prediction: Jinder Mahal retains

TAG TEAM HELL IN A CELL MATCH FOR THE SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: The New Day (c) vs The Usos

If there is any current feud that is deserving of the “Fight Forever!” chant, it would be the Usos-New Day feud. They have done nothing but make match of the year candidates, and their most recent match was on the SummerSlam PRESHOW. Add in the cell, and this match has the potential to be the best one of them all. In a tag team cell match, nobody makes any tags, so that means (no pun intended) all hell breaks loose. The New Day won the Smackdown tag belts on the “Sin City Smackdown” in a street fight. The Usos declared their rematch, and New Day picked Hell in a Cell. On the September 26 Smackdown, New Day said that they made the tag team division relevant, and their matches with the Usos are consistently the best matches. That statement couldn’t be truer. This match is my pick for match of the night, and I expect nothing less than for the Usos and New Day to tear the house down. I’m picking the New Day to win this cell match. There will be some Big E shenanigans or whichever member of the New Day isn’t in the match, and they’ll use the numbers game to their advantage.

Prediction: The New Day retain

FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE HELL IN A CELL MATCH: Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon

This match is going to be insane. Kevin Owens has gone on a bit of a psychotic run as of late, head-butting grandpas and powerbombing anything with a pulse. He feels that he got screwed by Shane at SummerSlam, and demands retribution. The thing is, Shane is being painted as a bada** who’s fighting for his family. He doesn’t fit that billing because he’s not a trained wrestler. It would make other wrestlers look bad if they lost to Shane. Kevin Owens, has been painted as a remorseless psychopath, a role which he fits in perfectly. The build to this match has been fantastic. Kevin Owens said that Shane’s family would’ve been better off if he died in that copter crash, then Shane went crazy and attacked Owens. After Kevin threatened to sue, Vince came down and booked KO in a Hell in a Cell match with Shane O’Mac. Owens retaliated with kicking the crap out of Vince, which is huge because not only was Vince busted open, he’s also 70, which means he could’ve gotten seriously hurt. Shane and Owens then got in brawls, including this past Tuesday where Shane got powerbombed through a merch table (which was pretty awesome if you ask me). In Shane’s Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker, it was a slow affair with the highlight being Shane jumping to his death through the announce table. Since this match is Falls Count Anywhere, It has to either end on top of the cell, or through the announce table after someone has gone through it from the top. It’s hard to pick a winner because while Kev-Kev has the most to benefit, there are rumors that Shane wins and fires Owens, sending him to Raw. While I want to see Owens on Raw, I don’t see him losing. I’m picking Kevin Owens to beat Shane McMahon. Kev-Kev has the most the most to benefit and I would love to see more of KO as a psychopath.

I’m having two predictions for this match. The first one will be the winner, then I will also have a prediction for what crazy thing Shane O’Mac does because he’s gonna do something crazy. 

Prediction: Kevin Owens

Prediction #2: Kevin Owens powerbombs Shane O’Mac through the roof of the cell.

NFL WEEK 5 PREDICTIONS

Week 5 looks to be a decent week on paper. The Bucs have their toughest week ahead of them with the Patriots, and KC looks mortal. We have the toilet bowl to end all toilet bowls (or at least supposed to). The Chiefs are the only undefeated team left standing, and now everyone will look and see who will be the team that will beat them. Will it be the Texans? We’ll have to wait and see. Here are my picks for Week 5, but first here’s an analysis of the teams that are on bye this week.

Last week’s score: 10-6 Overall Score: 39-24

Teams on bye:

Atlanta Falcons (3-1)

The Falcons were beaten by a Bills team that everyone (myself included) didn’t think could win. This week is focused on making sure Julio Jones rests up and gets ready for their epic week six clash with the Dolphins.

Denver Broncos (3-1)

Denver is in good spirits going into the bye week at 3-1. That makes it equally more impressive given they are in the toughest division in football. They have an advantage over the Chiefs with 2 division wins and look to keep that momentum going when they play the Giants.

New Orleans Saints (2-2)

After a bad 0-2 start, NOLA looks to be getting back on track with back to back wins over the Panthers and Dolphins. The Saints need to use this bye week to try to improve their defensive play and find something for Adrian Peterson to do.

Washington Redskins (2-2)

The Skins have played very close games with some very good teams. However, they’ve had a bad call and a dropped pass bring them to .500 instead of being undefeated. Washington has the potential to be a playoff team if they keep playing the way they have, but sweet goodness gravy they don’t have a defense anymore. During the Chiefs-Redskins game on Monday Night, at least 7 players went out with injury and 5 of them are DBs. What Washington needs to do is use this week to heal up before playing Kirk’s future team, The Niners.

Now, let’s get into the picks.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-2) @ TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1)

The Bucs are looking good this year, with the new addition of Desean Jackson alongside Mike Evans will be a very deadly combination. Doug Martin is fresh off of suspension and the isn’t any word on what his role will look like this week, so he’s a bit of a fantasy risk. However, he produces when he does get the ball, so he’s more of “high-risk high-reward”. The Patriots are coming off of being stunned by the Carolina Panthers, and look to prove that they are still the big dog in the NFL. Gronk is expected to play tonight, and that means that he’ll get a lot of passes thrown his way. This is going to be an interesting game, but I don’t think the Bucs have what it takes to stop Brady and company. While Jameis can put up points, their defense can’t stop Brady from doing the same thing.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Buccaneers 20

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-1) @ DETROIT LIONS (3-1)

Cam Newton returned to MVP form last week against the defending Super Bowl Champs, throwing for 300 yards and 3 TDS, along with a rushing TD. Speaking of Cam, he lost his sponsorship with Dannon after thinking it was funny that a woman was talking about routes. He won’t be facing punishment from the team for this comment. The Lions came off of a low scoring victory against the Minnesota Vikings, who have an elite defense and two of the best receivers. Cam torched the Patriots mediocre defense, and will look to do the same with Detroit, who no matter how poorly their defense is playing can stay in games thanks to Matt Stafford shenanigans. The Lions should eke out a win here, and keep their spot atop the NFC North

Detroit 38 Panthers 31

ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-2) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-1)

The Philadelphia Eagles are on fire right now. Their only loss is to the undefeated Chiefs, and like the Broncos they have two wins within their division, giving them a definitive lead. The Arizona Cardinals are struggling to find a running game without star running back David Johnson. The Cards are coming off of a narrow victory against the San Francisco 49ers. Carson Palmer isn’t playing at an elite level, and it’s hard to believe just a couple of years ago this team was in the NFC Championship game. The Eagles are rolling, coming off of back to back wins against the Giants and Chargers. Carson Wentz is playing good football, and the Eagles defense is playing better than people thought they would. That defense will shut down whoever is running the ball and give Carson Palmer some pressure, and the Cards will fly back to Arizona with a loss, while the Eagles fly high.

Prediction: Eagles 28 Cardinals 10

NEW YORK JETS (2-2) @ CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-4)

It’s so fitting that what is supposed to be the toilet bowl of the century is taking place in “the factory of sadness” that is the Browns’ Stadium. The Jets all of a sudden decided that they didn’t want Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen and start winning  two games in a row against the Dolphins and Jags. The Browns, have been their typical selves and are 0-4 for the second year in a row. Bilal Powell should look to have a big game against the Browns because of Matt Forte’s injury and the fact that they’re playing the Browns. This is going to be a game chock-full of awful and The Jets are going to win here and Cleveland will continue living up their status quo: jobbing out to everyone.

Prediction: Jets 28 Browns 0

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-4) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-3)

Andrew Luck is back in practice! Colts fans rejoice, your injury prone QB is back! Maybe. There isn’t word on if he’ll start. So, Jacoby Brissett will keep playing. Sweet. They had a close game with the Browns and got their first win before getting crushed by Seattle. The Niners have been in pretty close games. They have potential, they just need a defense to get them over the hump. I’m going with the Niners to get their first win of the year in what looks to be a game full of bad football.

49ers 21 Colts 20

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-2) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-1)

The Steelers are starting to look like their old selves again. Big Ben is on pace to throw for 4000 yards again, and Antonio Brown is second in the league in receiving by 3 yards. Their defense is playing well with rookie standout TJ Watt. The Jags, while started out how with blowing Houston out of the water, they’ve crashed down to Earth like a meteor. Blake Bortles has been inconsistent and their defense has been okay. However, they are playing the Steelers and they have a lot of weapons. Antonio Brown should have a field day with this terrible Jags team, and it won’t be pretty. The Steelers should just roll right over Jacksonville.

Prediction: Steelers 35 Jaguars 10

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (0-4) @ NEW YORK GIANTS (0-4)

We’ll be getting the week 5 toilet bowl after all, just not with the teams we’d expect. These teams don’t deserve to be 0-4 but because they keep shooting themselves in the foot, here they are. The Chargers keep making special teams blunders, and maybe should consider a new kicker. The Giants, have just been crapping the bed. Their defense isn’t playing like they should be, and with the addition of Brandon Marshall should make that offense nigh unstoppable. These teams need to consider hiring better coaches because this is just sad. I’m going to go with the New York Giants because they should’ve had a win already, and I don’t see them slipping to 0-5.

Prediction: Giants 30 Chargers 27

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-2) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2)

The Dolphins have sunk, and sunk hard. They lost to the Jets, and were just blanked by the Saints. The Titans were just crunched by Deshaun Watson and the Texans. However, the Dolphins have Jay “the embodiment of everything my brother hates” Cutler. Even though he’s with Adam Gase, is still a godawful QB. The only thing Jay Cutler is good for is throwing metric tons of INTs. Miami’s defense has been very underwhelming, and don’t look to stop the Titans’ running game at all. I’m picking the Titans, even if Mariota isn’t starting, they don’t have Jay Cutler.

Titans 30 Dolphins 10

BUFFALO BILLS (3-1) @ CINCINATTI BENGALS (1-3)

The Bills are leading the AFC East, a spot usually kept in the vise grip of Bill Belichick. The Bengals, have fallen apart at the seams. They have started slow offensively, but Andy Dalton is starting to throw to AJ Green, but still find a way to lose games. Their only win is against the Browns, and they barely count as a team. The Bills are playing excellently on both sides of the ball, and show no signs of slowing down. My pick are the Bills because their defense is going to crush Andy Dalton and Tyron Taylor should have no problem carving Cincy’s nonexistent defense.

Prediction: Bills 20 Bengals 17

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-2) @ LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1)

The Rams have the highest scoring offense in the NFL and are playing great football. On offense, Todd Gurley looks unstoppable, and Jared Goff is playing like a good NFL Quarterback. Their defense hasn’t been as good as they should be. That’s saying a lot because defensive guru Wade Phillips is the defensive coordinator, and the Rams have a loaded D-Line. The Seahawks are still trying to find the heir to Marshawn Lynch. Chris Carson just broke his leg and Eddie Lacy isn’t very good. Russell Wilson hasn’t been playing to the usual level he has been at, and the Seahawks can’t afford to keep playing this poorly. These games are always close and should be a defensive battle. I’m going with the Los Angeles Rams to win this game. With the way the Rams are playing, Seattle’s vaunted defense will struggle trying to contain star running back Todd Gurley.

Prediction: Rams 21 Seahawks 14

BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-2) @ OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-2)

Derek Carr is hurt and EJ Manuel is in. Oh God. This means that the Raiders will have to lean heavily on Marshawn Lynch against a crappy Ravens defense. Marshawn is going to get plenty of carries against Baltimore because EJ isn’t a big-arm QB. Joe Flacco has been playing like he wants to go to Cleveland, and the Ravens continue to implode. Khalil Mack should have a field day against the Ravens, and this is going to be a defensive game. I’m going with the Raiders to win because even without Derek Carr, they’re a better team than the Ravens.

Prediction: Raiders 20 Ravens 10

GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-1) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (2-2)

This is without a doubt America’s Game of the Week. There is so much history with these two teams. The classic Ice Bowl between Landry & Lombardi, and the more recent drama with whether or not Dez caught the ball (he didn’t). Packers-Cowboys are always great games, and usually end with Aaron Rodgers magic to end the game, except last year when the Pack got stomped by Dallas. A-Rod may not have been playing like his normal self, but he’s still Aaron Rodgers, and he can make any throw possible. I expect this to be a high-scoring game, with it coming down to the wire. I’m going with the Green Bay Packers to win here. They’ll win via some Aaron Rodgers shenanigans.

Prediction: Packers 38 Cowboys 35

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-0) @ HOUSTON TEXANS (2-2)

The Chiefs are still 4-0, but have looked very mortal last week against Washington. Deshaun Watson looks like a superstar, putting up 5 TDs last week against the Titans. The Texans also kept it with the Patriots, and fans believe they could have won that game. The Chiefs have rookie phenom Kareem Hunt, who is making a case for Rookie of the Year, or quite possibly MVP. The Texans aren’t the team that will beat KC, but they will hang in there. There’s some potential here Texans fans.

Prediction: Chiefs 35 Texans 21

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-1) @ CHICAGO BEARS (1-3)

Bears fans rejoice, this is the kid’s team now. Tuesday morning Mitchell Trubisky was named the team’s starting quarterback. Mike Glennon had a couple of good games, and almost beat Atlanta, but he’s a turnover machine. Despite Chicago paying him $15 million a year, they traded up to the #2 pick, which means they believe Mitch will be the future of this team. Mitch will have a tough test ahead of him with the Vikings elite defense. The Vikings will have a challenge containing both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. They have been incredible this season and look to keep that trend up. This is the kid’s first NFL start and has played well in preseason games against other teams’ backup players. Minnesota has been playing at an elite level despite having Case Keenum in at QB. As of writing, there isn’t word on when Bradford will come back. The Vikes suffered a huge blow with Dalvin Cook tearing his ACL last week. This means that Latavius Murray will get the bulk of the carries for Minnesota, along with Jerrick McKinnon. I’m picking the Vikings to win this game, even with Case Keenum at QB, the Bears can’t stop Diggs and Thielen. Mitch will have a solid game, but will still lose to the Vikes.

Prediction: Vikings 31 Bears 20

NFL WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS

Ah it’s week 4 and that means that once again the NFL season is in full swing. This also means that by this point you are loving or hating your fantasy teams. This week is jam-packed with divisional rivalries and that means we’re in for one heck of a week of football. Which team will best their rivals this week? Let’s find out with some NFL week 4 predictions.

Last week’s score: 9-7 Overall Score: 29-18

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: CHICAGO BEARS (1-2) @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

We’re starting this week off right with the oldest, and the greatest rivalry in all of football: Bears-Packers. While Green Bay has dominated this rivalry as of late, there are few rivalries that are this intense. The battles between Vince Lombardi and George Halas are the stuff of legend, and while people may write off this game as an easy win for the Packers, I wouldn’t count the Bears out. Their running back duo of Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are the focal point of the Bears’ offense, who just came off of defeating the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers, while they are 2-1 have struggled in their 2 wins. The Bengals are terrible and should have gotten blown out against A-Rod, not blow the game in OT. This Packers team is interesting because while they have a battered O-Line and a weak defense, they still manage to win games because of Aaron Rodgers shenanigans. His shenanigans will only take them so far. They won a Super Bowl because the Pack actually had a defense that stopped teams from scoring. The Packers rush defense has been surprisingly good. They contained Cincy’s revolving door of running backs, and held down Seattle. However, the secondary is a different story. They let mediocre QB Andy Dalton play like his old self again. This is a test for Mike Glennon as a QB. While he proved himself in a valiant week 1 effort against the defending NFC Champions, Mike only threw for 218 yards. Chicago’s leading receiver that game was Cohen. The only way the Bears win this game is by utilizing the receiving threat of Cohen and Howard. This game should be close, but unfortunately the Bears won’t win. I see a lot of potential in this Bears team, but Lambeau Field and A-Rod are too much for Mike Glennon to overcome

Prediction: Packers 24 Bears 17

NFL LONDON GAME: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-2) @ Miami Dolphins (1-1)

I can bet Dolphins fans are already hating themselves for believing in Jay Cutler because they lost to the Jets, the NFL’s equivalent of Curt Hawkins: a jobber. I don’t care if your team winds up winning every game from here on out & takes home the Lombardi trophy, a loss to the Jets means your team sucks. The Saints are coming off of beating the Panthers in a close game, and making Cam Newton a turnover machine. The Saints defense looked out of character, making Cam throw 3 picks and only held Carolina to 13 points. The Saints should get back on the right track with another win here because the Dolphins secondary can’t stop Drew Brees and the Saints from marching in to London and throwing for 400 yards.

Prediction: Saints 28 Dolphins 7

CINCINATTI BENGALS (0-3) @ CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-3)

This toilet bowl game has a lot of history to it. Paul Brown used to coach the Browns and was very successful. He got fired and out of spite founded the Cincinatti Bengals. Both of these teams are 0-3 and goodness gravy this isn’t gonna be a good one. I feel bad for the city of Cleveland, having to watch a team that is The NFL equivalent of Mr. Hankey from South Park (for those who don’t know, Mr. Hankey is a talking turd). If I owned the Browns, I would install a toilet bowl lid roof onto the stadium, and every time the team kicks off, there would be a flushing sound that plays over the speakers because this team is just absolute “poo-trash”. This is a battle for last place in the AFC North and the Browns take the cake. Cincy’s just gotten off to a rough start, and should have no problem beating Cleveland, who I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost to a pee-wee league team by 60 points.

Prediction: Bengals 21 Browns 0

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-1) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1)

Steelers-Ravens is one of the most physical and intense rivalries in the NFL, and it’s one of these two teams that win the division. There is a lot of bad blood in this rivalry. Who could forget Hines Ward and Ed Reed trying to kill each other, or Antonio Brown stretching across the plane despite having 3 people trying to tackle him? Both of these teams are coming off of humiliating losses and look to get back on track with a good win. The Ravens looked like a joke last week, with Joe Flacco throwing for 36 yards and 2 picks. If the Ravens are going to win this game, Flacco needs to get his act together. The Steelers got stunned by the Bears in OT and look to rebound from that loss. The Steelers defense shouldn’t have an issue in beating Baltimore and establishing divisional supremacy. It’s looking pretty grim for the Ravens, and it’s going to look worse.

Prediction: Steelers 28 Ravens 3

CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-1) @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-1)

The Panthers have their toughest test yet when they go on the road to take on the defending champion Patriots. Last week, Cam Newton threw 3 picks against a garbage Saints defense, who the week before got carved by Tom Brady. Last week, Tom Brady threw for 5 TDs against the Texans defense in a game that was surprisingly close. Too close if you ask me, but they got the W at the end of the day. The Pats should have no problem putting Cam Newton in his place, and the Panthers continue to look like a shadow of their former selves.

Prediction: Patriots 28 Panthers 17

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-1) @ HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2)

The Texans are terrible. Their only win was against the Bengals and the Bengals suck. I’ll give credit to Watson for keeping it close with New England. The biggest reason the Texans keep losing is that JJ Watt is nowhere to be seen. He hasn’t gotten a sack yet and Houston’s beast is looking surprisingly human. The Titans are looking like a playoff team and Mariota is playing like a star. For the Texans to win, the defense has to do something because Deshaun Watson can’t do everything by himself. Watson is going to play a good game, but Tennessee’s offense will be too much for the Texans to handle.

Prediction: Titans 35 Texans 20

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-1) @ NEW YORK JETS (1-2)

The Jets won a game? There aren’t any pillars of fire outside, so that means that the world isn’t ending. It was an act of God that the Jets won a game, so that means they won’t be going 0-16. The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming back to the states after decimating Baltimore in London. The Jags defense can be dominant one week, and dog crap the next. However, the Jags are playing the Jets. I think that win last week may have been a fluke if they weren’t playing against Jay Cutler. The Jags should have a repeat performance of last week, and annihilate the Jets.

Prediction: Jaguars 31 Jets 3

BUFFALO BILLS (2-1) @ ATLANTA FALCONS (3-0)

Believe it or not, the Bills are currently first in the AFC East. That isn’t going to last very long. The Bills played well against Denver, but that was more-so Denver shooting themselves in the foot. Siemian threw 2 picks, and Denver’s defense still held Buffalo to only 75 rushing yards (14 carries and only 21 yards? Come on Shady). The Bills won’t get so lucky against Atlanta. Not only do they have human cheat code Julio Jones, but one of the best running back tandems in the NFL with Coleman and Freeman. Atlanta looks to continue their dominance with a convincing win over the Bills.

Prediction: Falcons 38 Bills 13

 

DETROIT LIONS (2-1) @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-1)

It’s only week 4 and we have a battle for supremacy in the NFC North. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are playing out of their minds, and that’s with Case Keenum at QB. There’s a chance Bradford may play Sunday, but even so, that Vikings defense is monstrous. Although the Vikes got blown out by the Steelers, they were playing a team with an offense that is ridiculously loaded with weapons galore. The Lions have an okay defense but a great offense headed up by comeback kid Matt Stafford. In just last year alone, Matt Stafford has had 8 fourth quarter comebacks. This game hinges on whether or not Detroit can get pressure on whoever is under center for Minnesota. This game is close and could go either way. If Keenum plays, my money is on Detroit. If Bradford plays, my money is on Minnesota.

Prediction: If Bradford plays: Vikings 28 Lions 20

If Bradford doesn’t play: Lions 31 Vikings 27

LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

Nobody expected the Rams to have a 1 game lead over everyone else in their division, but that’s the world we live in. The Rams offense looked good against the Niners, which isn’t saying much because the Niners don’t have a defense. The Rams defense made Brian Hoyer look like a superstar, throwing for 300 yards and 2 TDs. The Rams now face the Dallas Cowboys who have an elite offensive line, and an elite running back who is looking to feast. When the Rams played the Redskins their defense gave up 229 rushing yards. Fat Rob had 75 yards and he only played in the first half. If Fat Rob can get 75 yards in the first half, what is Zeke gonna do in the first half? 100? The Rams have a history of surrendering more than 200 rushing yards against Dallas. Demarco Murray ran for 200+ every time Dallas played the Rams. I believe history will repeat itself, and Zeke runs for 200 on the Rams defense, staking his claim to once again be the rushing king.

Prediction: Cowboys 41 Rams 3

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-3) @ ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-2)

Arizona fans, it’s gonna be a long 3 months without David Johnson. The Cardinals can’t even pick their noses without him, and they got humiliated by Dallas on national TV, and Carson Palmer is going to need a cane to get out on the field soon because the O-Line can’t block. Brian Hoyer looked like a mega-star last week against the Rams, and looks to continue that this week. However, the Niners’ defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed. This is the second toilet bowl of the week and it’s going to be close. I flipped a coin and it came up with the Cardinals winning, which makes sense I guess. Carson Palmer should just carve the Niners up.

Prediction: Cardinals 28 49ers 10

NEW YORK GIANTS (0-3) @ TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-1)

How are the Giants 0-3? This is supposed to be the best team Eli’s ever had, but they are constantly crapping the bed. They had a valiant effort against Philly when OBJ came back, but they still found a way to blow it. The Bucs were humiliated by the Vikings last week, with Jameis throwing 3 picks. The Giants should bounce back this week with a close win over the Bucs. That Giants defense should get some pressure on Jameis and cause some turnovers.

Prediction: Giants 28 Buccaneers 17

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-1) @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (0-3)

After keeping the first 2 games close, the Chargers lost by not blowing it, but flat out being outclassed. The Eagles looked good last week, but should not have let the Giants come back. The Eagles need to finish games. When they were up 14, they should have gone for the Jugular and put it out of reach. The Eagles defense should have no problem keeping Philip Rivers down, and despite having Melvin Gordon, the Chargers offense has done absolutely nothing. Wentz should have no problem with the Chargers defense because it’s fairly apparent that the LA Chargers are a dumpster fire.

Prediction: Eagles 31 Chargers 10

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-1) @ DENVER BRONCOS (2-1)

Nobody (myself included) expected Oakland to get dominated like they did last Sunday. They’ll have a tough challenge ahead of them as they go on the road and a mile up into Denver. Mile High is one of the toughest places to play in because the air is so thin. This game is going to be close and dominated by defense. Trevor Siemian went from superstar to joke as he threw 2 picks against Buffalo, who hasn’t been to the playoffs this millennium. While Oakland has a loaded offense with Cooper, Lynch, and Crabtree, Denver also has a stout secondary with Talib and Harris. Carr and Lynch should have a bounce-back game, but I have doubts about Oakland because if they got dominated by a middle of the pack defense, what’s gonna happen when they play an elite defense? Denver is going to barely win this game, thanks to their defense.

Prediction: Denver 20 Oakland 17

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2) @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1)

Jacoby Brissett still playing? Welp, this isn’t going to be pretty. This game doesn’t deserve to be on Sunday Night Football, because this is going to be a massacre. The Colts are hot garbage without Luck and are playing in one of the hardest places to win at. The colts don’t stand a chance to win this game because The Seahawks defense is going to overwhelm the Colts offense.

Seahawks 35 Colts 3

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-1) @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0)

I was so happy when the Redskins dominated Oakland last week. Once again they proved everyone on the NFL Network wrong. Here’s a fun fact for you readers about this game: The Washington Redskins have only beaten the Kansas City Chiefs once. No you didn’t read that wrong. The only time the Redskins have beaten the Chiefs was on September 18, 1983 and they won 27-12. The last time the Redskins played the Chiefs, they lost 45-10 and that was in DC. The Skins are going on the road to play in the loudest stadium in the NFL. The Chiefs have the fastest receiver in the league in Tyreek Hill, and the most dominant running back in the NFL with Kareem Hunt. While the Redskins defense showed improvement, the Skins aren’t going to win. Tyreek Hill is going to scorch the Redskins defense and the Chiefs are going to continue their dominance.

Prediction: Chiefs 45 Redskins 20

WWE No Mercy 2017 Review

No Mercy has happened, and it was the worst of the Raw Pay-Per-Views this year. Then again, Great Balls of Fire is hard to follow up with, and Extreme rules before it was good. No Mercy was okay, but it feels like a Smackdown Pay-Per-View when it comes to comparing it to GBOF, Extreme Rules, & SummerSlam. The Cruiserweight title is the only one that changed hands, and ironically it’s the one belt the fans didn’t want to change hands. Let’s wade through this underwhelming night with my match by match review of WWE No Mercy 2017.

Prediction Score: 6-2

Preshow: Elias def. Apollo Crews

Elias did his traditional “roasting his opponent and whatever town he’s in” shtick. The match had a lot of rest holds, and an Apollo crews kip-up. That was cool, but the commentators just said “Titus Worldwide” and roasted Elias the whole time. Elias won. Big whoopedy-do.

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The Miz def. Jason Jordan to retain the Intercontinental Championship

This crowd was against Jason Jordan, chanting “Jordan sucks” or “you suck”. Jason Jordan is actually very good in the ring, he just needs a chance to improve his mic work. The match started right out the gate with Jason Jordan’s mat wrestling. The announcers were singing Jordan’s praises, and it got annoying after a while. The Miztourage got involved early with a distraction that allowed Miz to take control. Then Miz stole Daniel Bryan’s YES kicks, which annoys me because Miz won’t get any comeuppance from D-Bry. After Jordan goes on a suplex party, he almost wins the IC belt after locking Miz in a crossface. This was a good match to kick off No Mercy, and told the story that Miz had to do all he could to overcome Jason Jordan’s power. However, thanks to Miztourage shenanigans The Miz keeps his Intercontinental Championship. It’s a good way to get Jordan over, having him come up short in very competitive matches.

Finn Balor def. Bray Wyatt

Fans are disappointed that this feud is continuing, because Finn Balor was originally supposed to feud with Samoa Joe, and that would have been awesome. Unfortunately, Samoa Joe got hurt and is on the shelf. This is supposed to be “Man vs Man” because it only took a demon to beat Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam. This match was actually good, but fans didn’t care. Bray attacked Finn before the match started and injured Finn’s ribs. Finn was being helped to the back and Bray started gloating, calling Finn a coward. This prompted Finn to come down to the ring and fight Bray Wyatt. The match started out hot, with Balor going right at Bray. Then Bray took control with hurting Finn’s ribs and using his power moves. Balor took control trapping Bray in the ring skirt and unloaded on him Fit Finlay style. An awesome spot is when Finn went for the Coup de Grace, Bray did his spider walk thing. That was pretty cool. Bray kicked out of a Coup de Grace to the back of his neck, and then started to literally throw Finn around the ring. Finn hit Bray with a shotgun dropkick, hit a Coup de Grace to win the match. Maybe this feud can finally end.

TAG TEAM MATCH FOR THE WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Shield 2.0 (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) def. Sheamaro (Sheamus & Cesaro) to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships

In the second consecutive SummerSlam rematch, Shield 2.0 and Sheamaro put on another great match. The match started with Dean trying to punch anything with a pulse before Sheamaro took control with a Cesaro swing right into the steel steps. And then similar to their SummerSlam match, Sheamaro kept Dean isolated from Seth and picked Ambrose apart, mainly focusing on Dean’s shoulder. Dean made the hot tag to Seth, and Seth did lots of flippy stuff. Cesaro lost two teeth after faceplanting into the top of the ring post as payback for knocking Jeff Hardy’s tooth out. Sheamaro regained control and hit Seth with a double team move that was dangerously close to being a three count. Now it’s Dean’s turn for a hot tag, and he went off on Sheamus and started to stomp a mudhole in the corner before Sheamaro refocused on Dean’s shoulder. Seth went for a superkick, before getting caught by Cesaro and Brogue Kicked by Sheamus. WWE kept the story of Dean being the toughest man in WWE, a la Mick Foley who takes a beating and gets right back up. Sheamaro hit Dean with a double “High Cross” (it’s a Razor’s Edge”). In yet another act of brutal power, after Sheamus hits Dean with a White noise, Cesaro powerbombed Seth onto Dean and Ambrose kicked out of it. Shield 2.0 won the match when Sheamus accidentally Brogue Kicked Cesaro, and Shield 2.0 hit both their finishers on Sheamus and retained.

FATAL 5-WAY MATCH FOR THE WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Alexa Bliss def. Bayley, Nia Jax, Emma and Sasha Banks to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

I’m not used to seeing Bayley get booed, it’s weird. The match starts out with Nia Jax being dominant and everyone teaming up to take her out. Sasha & Bayley took Emma out and started to fight each other. Then the other pair of besties, Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax started fighting. Nia in an act to remind everyone that Nia is insanely strong, hit Alexa & Sasha with a double Samoan drop. Emma and Bayley hit a double powerbomb off of the apron thanks to a boot from Sasha and Alexa. Ya know, I wrote Emma off because she didn’t really have much going for her, but her performance in this match sent the message that Emma is good in the ring and a title match down the line wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Sasha and Bayley all took turns in trying to pin Alexa, then Nia came in and almost won with a leg drop before hitting the post. Alexa hit Bayley with a DDT and retained. Alexa Bliss single-handedly beat the entire Raw women’s division in one night. That’ll make Asuka’s win at TLC even bigger.

Roman Reigns def. John Cena

Before this match, John Cena was one Pay-Per-View win away from tying the Undertaker’s record of 94 wins. This reminds me of Shawn Michaels-Stone Cold or Triple H vs Batista. Instead, it looked more like Hogan-Michaels. Two of the biggest stars in the WWE going head to head. Roman started to take control right from the start. He stomped a mudhole and threw Cena out of the ring while playing to the crowd’s boos. Roman Reigns is the biggest heel in WWE and he hasn’t even explicitly turned heel. This match is similar to Hogan-HBK with Cena overselling Roman’s offense. The fans were chanting “CM Punk!” and “Boring” which shouldn’t be happening in such a hyped up dream match. Every time Cena got some offense in, Roman immediately countered it. Cena went for an AA, and got kicked in the face. Cena hit an STF, and Cena got powerbombed for his troubles. Cena finally hit an AA, but in typical Roman Reigns fashion he kicked out at 2. As if he’s trying to put Old Yeller down, he hit Cena with a superman punch then positioned himself for a spear. Luckily, Cena ducked out of the way and Roman hit the post. This is where the match started to pick up. Cena hit Roman with an AA from the middle rope but of course Roman kicked out. Cena cleared the Spanish & German announce tables but got speared through the table. At this point, Roman realized he needs to kill Cena to beat him. Cena hit an AA, and rolled through and hit another one. The fourth one in this match. Then out of nowhere, Roman hit a superman punch and only a second spear to beat Cena. No Undertaker. No shenanigans. Roman Reigns beat John Cena clean. And Michael Cole said that Roman mayh be considered to be the GOAT at some point in his career. Cena received a standing ovation, took a bow, and gave a sweatband to a kid in the audience before he leaves to film his transformers movie. We’ll see you in January John, when you challenge Jinder for the WWE title.

WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Enzo Amore def. Neville to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Enzo Amore is now the Cruiserweight Champion. On one hand, he gives the brand some much needed star power and plays the cheating face well. On the other hand, Enzo Amore wasn’t ready to win the belt. Nobody thought Enzo would win this match. He isn’t ready for the belt and Neville is perfect as Cruiserweight Champion and should hold the belt for a good long while. Neville dominated the match and Enzo got little to no offense in at all. However, Neville went for a phoenix splash and missed. Enzo went to the top rope and hit Neville with a great DDT, but that was to no avail. Neville launched Enzo into the timekeeper’s area and Enzo grabbed the cruiserweight title. Enzo kicked Neville right into the king’s jewels and won the belt.

WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Brock Lesnar def. Braun Strowman to retain the WWE Universal Championship

This match was insane, and it more than lived up to the hype. Brock has proved that he is the beast among monsters. Lesnar circled the ring like a shark, but in the ring was another Great White. Brock got right in Braun’s face, not backing down from the monster among men. For the first time in Lesnar’s WWE Career, he entered this match as the underdog. He faced someone who outweighed him by 100 pounds. Right from the start Strowman has thrown Lesnar down with one arm and threw off a takedown. Lesnar hit a suplex, then Braun immediately chokeslammed the beast and hit a running powerslam and almost won the belt. Braun started to dominate right away, and clubbed Brock with power moves. Watching this match was weird because Brock was completely overpowered. Braun has completely dominated the beast, and when Lesnar hits a suplex, Braun immediately gets up. He manages to get a kimura on Braun, who tries to repeatedly slam Lesnar in the corner in an effort to break the hold. Lesnar cinched in the kimura and brought the monster down, but manages to get a rope break. Right after that, he hits Lesnar with a spinebuster. Then the Germans begin. Brock hits german, after german on Strowman. 5 consecutive germans before Lesnar goes for the F5, which Braun counters into a powerslam. Braun hits a third powerslam but Lesnar once again kicks out. Braun gets Brock for a fourth, then the beast hits Braun with an F5 for the win. This match was a car crash, and went how I thought it would go. Who is going to beat the beast?

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

My pick for match of the night would go to the tag title match. Those two teams are capable of putting together an absolutely great match, and now this feud looks like to have a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match at TLC to cap off this feud.

OVERALL REVIEW

No Mercy was an underwhelming night of wrestling in terms of results, but an okay night of wrestling. Cena-Roman was disappointing and we all knew how it was going to end. Like I said, No Mercy is the worst of all the Raw Pay-Per-Views this year, which is like saying that you’re the dumbest kid in a MENSA group. But this show wasn’t that good. In all, I’d rate this Pay-Per-View at a 6.5 out of 10. Cena-Roman was good, but for the most part was Roman dominating. The Results were just underwhelming despite the wrestling being decent. This wasn’t as bad as Battleground, but it wasn’t a good show. TLC should be a good show because it’s guaranteed carnage. Here’s hoping for a better show from Raw, and especially Smackdown live in October.

 

NFL WEEK 3 PREDICTION

Week 3 is here and here is where teams can start to gain control of their division. This is already shaping up to be a weird NFL season with Kareem Hunt coming from out of nowhere, and Aaron Rodgers looking human. From the looks of it, there could be blowouts on hand this week so it’s pretty risky to be playing defenses this week in fantasy. Who is going to go into week 4 with their heads held high? Let’s find out with some NFL week 3 picks.

Last week’s score: 12-4 Overall Score: 20-11

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1) @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-2)

I don’t get why this game is on Thursday night football because I can guarantee you nobody will be there, or care enough to watch. The Niners had the quickest turn from league juggernaut to laughingstock. There’s a reason the only time Levi stadium was packed was for WrestleMania 31. The stadium is bad, and the team is worse. If I were the Niners, I would have just stayed at Candlestick Park. The Niners put up a considerable fight against Seattle last week and that is something to be proud of. However, Seattle has been playing bad. The Rams kept it close with Washington but gave up more than 200 yards rushing. That should make Kyle Shanahan giddy because enjoys running the ball. Well he has to because Brian Hoyer is garbagé. The Niners should keep it close with Carlos Hyde’s running attack, but their defense is abhorrent. I’m going with the Rams because the Niners can’t stop Todd Gurley.

Prediction: Rams 20 Niners 17

NFL LONDON GAME: BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-0) @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-1)

Things are looking good for the Ravens because they’re 2-0 against really crappy teams in their division. The Jags were brought back down to Earth last week after getting blown out by the Titans. I feel bad for the people of London because every year they get to see the Jags play. Why not send good teams to London? Joe Flacco is looking halfway decent but his defense has carried him to this 2-0 start. Same thing with Blake Bortles. He hasn’t started the year out strong and has had his defense win games. It’s not looking well for Bortles since Allen Robinson is out for the year. That’s heartbreaking because Bortles needs him now more than ever. This is going to be a battle of defenses, and I’m picking the Ravens defense to edge out the Jags. It’ll be similar to week 1 where they capitalize on poor QB decision making.

Ravens 28 Jaguars 10

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-1) @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1)

The Pats O-Line gets their first true test this week as they take on the dynamic duo of JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. This defense was the top in the league, but got humiliated by the Jags week 1. Tom Brady is 40 but is still playing like he’s in his 20’s. He threw for 447 yards and 3 TDs (and got me a nice 40 points and a win for my fantasy team). Last week Gronk left the game with a groin injury, but says that it’s no biggie, he’s currently day to day. Even without Gronk the Patriots look nigh unbeatable. The Texans don’t honestly stand much of a chance here, and Brady should have no problem beating the Texans into the ground.

Patriots 42 Texans 10

ATLANTA FALCONS (2-0) @ DETROIT LIONS (2-0)

The highest paid player of all time got a solid start to his year, beating 2 teams that are looking highly overrated. Now he has to try to out-duel reigning league MVP Matt Ryan and his endless array of weapons including human cheat code Julio Jones. On the defensive side of the ball, Atlanta has reigning sack champ Vic Beasley and are coming off of humiliating arguable the most talented QB the league has ever seen in Aaron Rodgers. Detroit will have their work cut out for them and they’ll rely on quick passes. Detroit’s D-line can slow the run game down a bit and could even bring Matty Ice down a few times. Ziggy Ansah had 3 sacks last week against Eli and he looks to be a focal point for an aggressive Lions defense. This game is going to be a battle of QBs and Atlanta has the edge here. Atlanta has too many weapons for Detroit’s secondary to stop.

Prediction: Atlanta 35 Detroit 31

DENVER BRONCOS (2-0) @ BUFFALO BILLS (1-1)

Trevor Siemian is looking like a superstar. He torched Dallas’ defense and the Broncos’ defense held the reigning league rushing champion to only 8 yards. The Bills narrowly lost to the Panthers 9-3, but Buffalo only put up 3 points. Defense will be a forefront in this game, but Buffalo is hopelessly outclassed here. Buffalo isn’t going to score on Denver, and Trevor Siemian and CJ Anderson should face a bit of a challenge, but in all still have respectable games. The Broncos need to keep up with the Raiders & Chiefs, and they’ll do just that here with a win over the Bills.

Broncos 20 Bills 9

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-0) @ CHICAGO BEARS (0-2)

I’ll give credit where credit is due when the Bears put more of a fight than anyone expected against Atlanta. Then they get creamed by the Bucs. Who knows what can happen with Mike Glennon? Well, it’s looking like to be a repeat of week 2 because The Steelers are starting to look like their old selves again with 2 convincing wins, but Ben needs to be consistent. He can’t throw for 400 yards one week, and only 200 the next. The Steelers defense looks to put pressure on Mike Glennon, and force turnovers like they did week 1. This is a must-win game for the Bears. They’re playing Green Bay next week and look to go into Lambeau Field with a W, but let’s be real. That isn’t going to happen.

Prediction: Steelers 35 Bears 10

NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-1)

I love a good rivalry game, and it doesn’t get much more intense than Eagles-Giants. These two teams and their fanbases legitimately hate each other. Fights break out, fans pelt each other with trash, and it’s always something when these teams play each other. The Giants have looked surprisingly bad these past two weeks. This is supposed to be the most talented roster Eli’s ever had. This receiving corps was supposed to be torching everyone in the league. Their O-Line is horrendous. Eli was getting hit every play and even with Odell Beckham, couldn’t put up more than 10 points. Wentz, despite turning the ball over last week kept it close with a dominant Chiefs team. The Eagles’ D-Line should have a field day on a New York unit that couldn’t block if their lives depended on it and Wentz should carve that weak defense like Swiss cheese.

Prediction: Eagles 35 Giants 7

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-2) @ INDINAPOLIS COLTS (0-2)

It’s only week 3 in the regular season and we already have a toilet bowl. The Colts are abhorrent without Andrew Luck, but had potential against an abhorrent Cardinals team. It looks obvious Jacoby Brissett is the future for the Colts. Kizer is already fitting in with Cleveland, making them look like a complete turd after keeping it close with the Steelers week 1. This is not going to be a very good game, as both of these teams’ offenses are the equivalent of a turd in a burning bag. The Colts are bad but have an injured star QB. The Browns are the living definition of “Poo-Trash”. Their offense is bad, and they are without star receiver Corey Coleman who broke his hand again. This game isn’t going to be high scoring. Not because these teams have good defenses, but because their offenses can’t put up points.

Colts 17 Browns 3

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-0) @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-1)

I didn’t take into account Bradford not playing last week, and he’s doubtful to play this week. If he’s a no-go then career clipboard holder Case Keenum will get his second consecutive start. The Bucs started their long season out hot with a blowout over the Bears and forced a lot of turnovers. When Sam Bradford played week 1, he was playing at an elite level. Case Keenum is not that kind of QB. He’s going to be under a lot of pressure thanks to Gerald McCoy and the Bucs’ D-Line. The Bucs offense is going to be challenged by this Vikings defense that is still one of the best in the league. As good as the Vike’s defense is, I don’t their offense will put up points. Without Bradford that offense can’t function. Plain and simple. If Bradford plays, the Vikes get the W, if Keenum plays, the Vikes don’t stand much of a chance.

Prediction (if Bradford plays): Vikings 27 Buccaneers 20

Prediction (if Bradford sits): Buccaneers 31 Vikings

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-0) @ NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

It’s hard to pick which team has a worse QB. In one corner, is perennial dumpster fire Jay Cutler. In the other, Josh McCown? Or is it Hackenberg? I don’t know or quite frankly care for that matter. The one word I could use to describe the Jets other than godawful would be “Poo-Trash”. They are so bad that their physical equivalent is a turd in a garbage can. There’s another team that fits the bill, but we’ll get into them later. Miami’s offense looks good, not having to completely rely on Jay Cutler’s inaccurate arm. Jay Ajayi is looking well, running for 100 yards on the Charger’s defense. However, they won because of a missed field goal. The Fins should get a convincing win over their division rivals here. Sorry Jets fans, but it’s not looking well for ya’ll.

Dolphins 17 Jets 14

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-2) @ CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-0)

The Panthers may be 2-0, but their “Superman” has struggled against the Niners and the Bills. The Bills I could maybe understand but the Niners? You gotta be kidding me. Cam Newton is looking like a shadow of his former self and reliable tight end Greg Olsen is out for 8 weeks with a busted foot. Things aren’t looking too good for the Panthers, especially against a high-powered offense like NOLA’s. Don’t let their 0-2 record fool you, The Saints are still a force to be reckoned with. Drew Brees is a stat machine and despite his age still throws for 4000 yards and 30 TDs. That’s his career average and he took a year off due to injury. Cam should bounce back this week because the Saints don’t believe in playing defense and Christian McCaffrey should continue to impress. This game is going to be close, but the Panthers should edge out NOLA.

Prediction: Panthers 28 Saints 20

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-1) @ TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)

The Seahawks aren’t really looking like the Seahawks, even if they have Marshawn Lynch knock-off Eddie Lacy, AKA Feastmode. Their defense is back and fully assembled and are doing a good job of holding offenses down. Their defense held the Packers to only 17 points (which is an accomplishment when playing against A-Rod) and held the Niners to only 9. The problem lies in the offense. The Seahawks are still trying to establish the run without a clear starter. Is it CJ Prosise, Rawls or Lacy? Neither of these Running Backs are that good. Seattle in the past couple of years has done a good job of letting Russell Wilson call the shots, with back to back 4000 yard seasons. The Titans are in for a challenge with the Legion of Boom looking to take heads off and get plenty of picks. Marcus Mariota has proven himself to be a deadly dual-threat QB, but he only runs when it’s necessary. Mariota commands that offense with backfield tandem Demarco Murray and former Alabama linebacker Derrick Henry. Seattle’s offense will continue to struggle and Seahawks lose a close game to the Titans.

Titans 21 Seahawks 17

CINCINATTI BENGALS (0-2) @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1)

The Bengals are quickly becoming the new Browns and that’s saying something. They haven’t won a playoff game in 25 years, and despite having AJ Green on their team, they’ve been 0-5 in the playoffs since 2011. Andy Dalton is playing like trash, not even throwing a TD in 2 games but 4 picks. They just fired their offensive coordinator and look to get things going against Aaron Rodgers. Oh dear. Don’t count the Bengals out just yet, The Pack’s O-Line is battered and their defense isn’t that good. However, they are playing against Aaron Rodgers, and he can make any throw imaginable. The Bengals aren’t winning in Lambeau Field, and they’re going to continue their rapid decline.

Packers 35 Bengals 13

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-0) @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (0-2)

This Chiefs team looks unstoppable. Alex Smith is playing out of his mind right now and Kareem Hunt is my lock for Rookie of the Year. The Chargers have kept games close but blew both of them on missed field goals. Kansas City’s defense caused several turnovers last week against the Eagles and look to do the same against Philip Rivers and the Chargers crappy O-Line. They may have Melvin Gordon, but he’s not enough to stop Andy Reid’s pursuit to dethrone Bill Belichick. The Chiefs are winning this game and it’s not gonna be pretty

Chiefs 35 Chargers 10

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-0) @ WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-1)

Redskins Nation, I’m going to hit you with a dose of reality. There is no way on God’s green Earth the skins are winning this game. They got a win over a mediocre Rams team, by a touchdown. Fat Rob most likely isn’t playing, and Jordan Reed could play, but he won’t be enough. The Raiders secondary may be shake and Kirk loves to throw the deep ball, Khalil Mack is going to try to kill Cousins on every single play. The Skins need to double team Mack on every single play. Even if it’s a pass play. The Redskins defense while it looks aggressive and forced turnovers last week, several players got injured. Mason Foster & Josh Norman are the big 2. And Su’a Cravens was supposed to return to practice this week and the Skins put him on the reserve/left squad list, effectively ending his season. This banged up defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed and that means start any Oakland player this week. My bold prediction for this game is that Marshawn Lynch runs for 150 yards AND Derek Carr throws for 400 yards. If things get really out of hand, it might be like that by halftime.

Prediction: Raiders 42 Redskins 21

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1) @ ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1)

Last week the Broncos’ defense held Zeke to only 8 yards. He’s gonna get those yards and at least 100 more on this Cardinals’ defense. Last week Dallas was humiliated and look to get vengeance this week. Arizona simply doesn’t function without star RB David Johnson. Carson Palmer isn’t an elite QB and their offense struggled against the Colts of all teams. If that is any indicator for anything, The Cardinals are going to get crushed. This game isn’t going to be close on Monday night, and the Cowboys should get right back on track.

Cowboys 31 Cardinals 3

WWE NO MERCY 2017 PREDICTIONS

No Mercy feels a lot bigger than a “B Pay-Per-View” should. That reason is because it is headlined by two matches that would headline WrestleMania: John Cena vs Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman. Raw does a great job of making their lower pay-per-views feel huge with great matches and the occasional dream match. We’re going to see a great night of wrestling and this could be one of the biggest nights of the WWE year in storyline terms. Let’s see who shows No Mercy with my predictions for WWE No Mercy 2017.

PRESHOW: Apollo Crews vs Elias

What is it with WWE and dropping Superstars’ names? Cesaro used to be known as Antonio Cesaro. Now Elias has that effect. Maybe it takes too much time for that extra second to say their full name? This is a throwaway match on the preshow and I’m happy that the cruiserweight title is finally featured on the main card of a Pay-Per-View for the first time since Extreme Rules. Anyway, I’m picking Apollo because I flipped a coin and that’s what it came up with. Nobody really cares about this match because there’s no story and I don’t see one developing. 

Prediction: Apollo Crews

WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Neville vs Enzo Amore

The Certified G is now on 205 live because the cruiserweight division needed someone who is over with the crowd. That is starting to diminish because of how he’s booked, and combined with his alleged backstage heat. He’s apparently one of the most annoying people backstage and he’s been called a “walking gimmick”. Neville is the face of the cruiserweight division. Neville losing the belt didn’t make any sense because he won it literally six days later. For those of you who think Enzo is going to win, let me hit you with a dose of reality. Neville is going to walk out of the Staples Center still Cruiserweight Champion.

Prediction: Neville retains

FATAL 5 WAY MATCH FOR THE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Alexa Bliss vs Emma vs Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley

Poor Sasha. She is a record tying 4 time RAW Women’s Champion, but she has never successfully retained the belt. After winning the championship at SummerSlam, Sasha lost it 8 days later. I mean come on. Sasha is the most talented women’s wrestler on RAW but like her BFF Bayley, has been booked poorly. Alexa Bliss is the most dominant women’s wrestler not just on RAW, but in all of WWE. Since moving to RAW, I can count on one hand the amount of time I’ve seen her lose clean. Sasha claimed her rematch clause and then Nia and Emma went to Angle for a title shot. This past week, Nia beat Bliss, then Sasha prevented her from leaving. Then Bayley came from out of nowhere and attacked Alexa. Speaking of Bayley, she’s been buried so badly I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets the Alicia Fox treatment. The crowd cheered when she got injured and booed when she came out to address it. This shouldn’t be the case because she is a merchandise machine and the kids love her. However, when she came back her reaction was thunderous (mainly because it was in her hometown). I hope that Bayley is booked better and more consistently from here on out. I have no idea why Emma is in this match. She isn’t a contender, and despite being a decent worker, she has done nothing to stake her claim as a contender. Nia could be the favorite to win this match, but that’s simply because she has the “Big Show effect”, which is the commentators say that a person is the favorite to win a multi-man match simply because they are bigger than everyone else bit never wins. I believe that Alexa is going to retain the championship despite how much I want Bayley to win. I think she could win at Survivor Series in the one on one match she’s owed.

Prediction: Alexa Bliss retains

TAG TEAM MATCH FOR THE WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Shield 2.0 (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs Sheamaro (Sheamus & Cesaro)

We never thought it would happen, but Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose finally reconciled and reunited. Now they’re the RAW Tag Team Champions and are having the time of their lives. Immediately after SummerSlam, Sheamaro cashed in their rematch clause and said that they’ll destroy this nostalgia act just like they did to the Hardy Boyz. As good as Sheamaro are as Tag Champs, the Shield 2.0 are going to retain the belts so they can establish themselves as legit champs.

Prediction: Shield 2.0

 

Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt

Why is this feud continuing? Finn beat Bray clean at SummerSlam, and that should have been the end of the feud. Bray cost Finn a chance of competing for the IC title and now he wants to fight Finn as his “human self”. This feud should end and despite the fact that it could be a good match, but nobody cares. Balor should win a quick match and put the nail in the coffin for this feud.

Prediction: Finn Balor

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The Miz vs Jason Jordan

The Miz has recently surpassed the Honky Tonk Man to have the third longest cumulative days as Intercontinental Champion. The fans expected Jason Jordan to fight Miz at SummerSlam, but instead competed in a six-man tag match. The Miz is constantly one of the best acts on RAW and the fans are expecting Jordan to win the belt sooner rather than later. Unfortunately for Jason Jordan fans, they’re going to have to wait a bit longer because the Miz is going to retain, with or without shenanigans.

Prediction: Miz retains

John Cena vs Roman Reigns

This match could legitimately be the main event for WrestleMania. The two biggest names in WWE today going head to head. They tossed kayfabe out the window with references to Cena burying younger talent and Roman’s drug test violation. Roman Reigns called Cena a “Fake a** part time b***h” and claims that he doesn’t need to fight Cena because he retired the Undertaker. Speaking of Undertaker, there are rumors circulating that Taker is gearing up for an in-ring return and possible showing up at No Mercy to set up a dream match against Cena at Survivor Series. That ultimately depends on Cena’s schedule because he’s set to be filming Transformer spin-off movie Bumblebee until the Royal Rumble. I don’t want taker to come back because that would ruin that perfect WrestleMania send-off. Anyway, to get back to the match. This could be the match of the night because Cena is one of the best workers in the company, and Roman is no slouch. Roman hasn’t won a Pay-Per-View match since defeating The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33. That streak will unfortunately come to an end because Roman is going to establish himself as “The Guy” by beating Cena clean, and the fans aren’t going to like that.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman has dominated Lesnar in the buildup to this match. He put Lesnar through 2 tables and threw a third one on top of the beast at SummerSlam. Braun Strowman is one of the top acts in WWE and does absolutely insane stuff on a weekly basis. Strowman has an insane following and week by week he gets the top reaction on RAW. In 2016-2017, Lesnar has looked very mortal. He got gutted by a 50 year old Goldberg, choked out by Samoa Joe, and manhandled by Braun Strowman. Brock being an underdog is weird considering he goes running with a log on his shoulder, but when he’s facing a dude who flipped an ambulance, yeah that makes sense. This match could go either way, and I don’t think this match goes 10 minutes, but I think Lesnar retains. Just like at GBOF, Braun is going to dominate, but Lesnar is going to come back and retain his universal title.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar