WWE WrestleMania 35 Predictions

Here we are, it’s finally time for the ‘Showcase of the Immortals.’ This is going to be a long ass show, with 16 freaking matches on the card. This is a historic WrestleMania, both with the first ever women’s main event, and the first WrestleMania since WrestleMania 2000 that the Undertaker isn’t scheduled to appear at all. The estimated runtime of this show is like eight hours or something like that, so get cozy y’all, we’re in for a long night. Here are my predictions for the massively loaded WrestleMania 35.
Preshow: André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Once again, it’s time to get a bunch of midcarders a payday in the sixth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. This match is gonna have guys like Titus O’Neil, No Way Jose, Tyler Breeze, and a bunch of underutilized talent. There’s also a storyline with Braun Strowman, and SNL actors Colin Jost and Michael Che. That is dumb, and Braun Strowman is being wasted again at WrestleMania.Now, like last year this could be where Bray Wyatt finally makes his return, but I’m going to pick someone to finally make his debut, and that’s Lars Sullivan. It’s about time the ‘Freak’ made his debut, and winning the battle royal would be a good start.
Prediction: Lars Sullivan
Preshow: Women’s Battle Royal
The other piss break battle royal, this time all the women who aren’t champions are getting a payday. Nobody really cares about this match, and that’s a shame considering Asuka is in this match. A year ago, she was the Royal Rumble winner, now she’s in a pointless battle royal. I’m going to pick her to win BECAUSE SHE HAS TO. QUIT WASTING HER WWE!!!!
Prediction: Asuka
Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Tony Nese
Best friends are now rivals in pursuit of the purple strap. Tony Nese beat Kalisto, Drew Gulak, and Cedric Alexander in a tournament to earn a Cruiserweight Championship match at the showcase of the immortals.I’m really disappointed that the Cruiserweights are on the preshow YET AGAIN. I’m sure that these guys will have a great match, because the Cruiserweights have great preshow matches. As of Sunday, Buddy Murphy will have held the Cruiserweight Championship for 183 days, and I don’t think he’s going to be beaten anytime soon.
Prediction: Murphy retains
Falls Count Anywhere Match: Shane McMahon vs The Miz
Let’s all remember that this feud started over the WWE World Cup. In case y’all scrubbed Crown Jewel from your memory (if that’s the case, then I’m truly sorry), The Miz got ‘hurt’ before his WWE World Cup Finals match against Dolph Ziggler and was replaced with Shane McMahon, who went on to win the match. Since then, Miz wanted to form a tag team with Shane and form the ‘best tag team in the world.’ After a very emotional promo on the Christmas Day Smackdown Live, where Miz talked about forming a team with Shane was the only way his dad would be proud of him,The Miz turned face and ‘McMiz’ was born. They beat The Bar for the tag team titles at Royal Rumble, then Miz ate the pin in back to back losses against The Usos. At Fastlane, after hugging Miz’s dad at ringside, Shane McMahon turned heel, assaulting The Miz and locking in a triangle choke. He even attacked Miz’s dad, to put the cherry on top of his heel turn. That following Smackdown Live, Shane claimed he was tired of people using him, that he enjoyed beating up Miz, and he’s gonna do that again at WrestleMania. On the March 26 Smackdown, The Miz named the stipulation, and Shane accepted, saying that he’s gonna quench his thirst of pummelling The MIz. This is going to be a fun, chaotic match with tons of fun spots all over MetLife Stadium. I’m going to pick The Miz to avenge his betrayal, and get a nice WrestleMania win.
Prediction: The Miz
WWE United States Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio
I can’t believe that Samoa Joe is FINALLY making his WrestleMania debut. And Rey Mysterio is in his first WrestleMania match since the first André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. We were all expecting Rey to fight Andrade and properly end their feud, but it looks like ‘El Idolo’ will be fighting in the piss break battle royal. The setup to this match was a bit weird though. Joe choked Rey out in a solid fatal 4 way at Fastlane, then Rey got a pinfall win over Samoa Joe in a tag team match, then he just randomly announced that he’s challenging Joe at ‘Mania. Also, Rey’s son Dominic is back on WWE TV for the first time since 2005, and Jebus he looks huge next to his dad. However, this match may be in jeopardy as Rey Mysterio suffered an ankle injury against Baron Corbin on Monday night, and i hope he’ll be able to go on Sunday. If Rey is unable to go, there are rumors that John Cena will challenge Samoa Joe, and if that’s the case then that match would be amazing. Anyway, this is going to be a solid match, and a fine debut for Samoa Joe at Mania with a retention of his title against a legend.
Prediction: Samoa Joe retains
Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
This is a dream match we’ve all been wanting, as the ‘Phenomenal’ AJ Styles takes on ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After a few run ins backstage, Randy eliminating AJ at Elimination Chamber, and Styles hitting a Phenomenal Forearm at Fastlane, Randy Orton came out and told AJ that while he was in TNA, Randy was winning WWE Titles and headlining WrestleMania. Smackdown was actually Randy Orton’s house. Styles responded saying that the only reason Randy got into WWE in the first place is because of his family. And that’s all this feud has been. It doesn’t feel as hot as it should, considering it’s featuring two of the best wrestlers of the past decade or so. The go home angle on Smackdown was one of the best promo segments that Randy Orton’s ever done, talking about how AJ was wrestling in high school gyms, and if Styles was as good as he said he was, he’d have been in WWE sooner. AJ brought up getting suspended for failing drug tests. But one thing that kinda frustrated me was that they gave away the forearm into the RKO spot on Smackdown. That would’ve been an insane WrestleMania moment. I’m going to pick AJ Styles to get the W against Randy Orton, and prove that Smackdown Live is the house that he built.
Prediction: AJ Styles defangs ‘The Viper’
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
On the February 25 episode of RAW, Roman Reigns announced that he’s back, and his leukemia was in remission. In his first match back, the Shield got one final hurrah at Fastlane. The next night on RAW, Drew McIntyre attacked Reigns before his scheduled match with Baron Corbin, and defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in consecutive weeks, and challenged Roman Reigns to a match at WrestleMania, and pleaded with Joe Anoa’i the man not to accept. On the March 25 episode of RAW, Drew brought up Roman’s family, then Reigns attacked McIntyre and accepted his challenge. Although I would love to see Drew McIntyre get a great WrestleMania win, it’s gonna be Roman. Roman ain’t losing, especially since he came back from leukemia.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs ‘Demon’ Finn Bálor
This feud is stupid. At Elimination Chamber, Finn won the IC Title against Lashley and Lio Rush in a handicap match, then on the March 11 RAW, Lashley beat the former Prince Devitt thanks to some Lio Rush shenanigans and regained the belt. Then Finn beat Lashley and Jinder in a handicap match so he can get a rematch. Like I said, this feud is f*****g stupid. Since Finn is gonna wear the demon makeup, that means that he’s gonna win. End of story, he’s undefeated every time he wears the makeup.
Prediction: ‘Demon’ Finn Bálor wins back his title
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs The Bar vs NakaRusev vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Since The Usos forfeited their tag team gauntlet match, they’d get some punishment. This punishment, is defending their tag team titles against The Bar, NakaRusev, and 2019 Dusty Rhodes Classic winners, Aleister Black and Ricochet, who are making their Mania debut. This is going to be a chaotic match, and I’m sure that Ricochet is gonna do some insane flippy stuff on the grandest stage of them all. I’m going to pick The Usos to retain their Smackdown Tag Team Titles, and continue their dominance on the Blue Brand.
Prediction: The Usos retain
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) vs Hawkins & Ryder
Curt Hawkins has lost 296 consecutive matches, with his last win coming against Apollo Crews, IN NOVEMBER 2016. That’s two and a half years of just looking up at the lights, and he’s getting a Tag Team Title Match with his buddy Zack Ryder. We all know what’s gonna happen. The Revival are going to get super cocky, then Curt Hawkins gets the pin to a massive pop, and finally ending his near 300 match losing streak.
Prediction: Hawkins and Ryder win with a massive hometown pop
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin
On the March 11 Raw, Kurt Angle announced that at WrestleMania 35, he would be wrestling his final match. Throughout that week, there have been many names speculated for Angle’s final match such as John Cena, Shelton Benjamin, The Undertaker, Drew McIntyre, and Samoa Joe. Then the next week on RAW, Kurt Angle announced that his farewell opponent is… Baron. F*****g. Corbin. Seriously WWE? I get that he was a thought of opponent, but that would’ve been alright if Angle and Corbin fought at say Survivor Series or TLC, where the winner controlled RAW. This is his FINAL match, and the fans are just gonna drown it with CM Punk chants because Baron Corbin is in it. Kurt Angle was on a sort of retirement tour, wrestling against Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Chad Gable, and they are much more worthy opponents than Baron Corbin for his final match. but if anyone can pull out a great performance from Corbin, it’s Angle.I’m going to pick Kurt Angle to beat Baron Corbin, and end his in-ring career on a high note.
Prediction: Kurt Angle gets a heroes’ ovation
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Boss N’ Hug Connection (c) vs the IIconics vs The Samoan Slaughterhouse vs The Divas of Doom (Natalya and Beth Phoenix)
The Boss N’ Hug Connection said they’d take on any challengers, and they meant it. On the March 18 episode of RAW,Beth Phoenix surprisingly came out of retirement for one night only to challenge the Boss N’ Hug Connection for the Women’s Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania. The next night, The IIconics won a non-title match and then Nia and Tamina ruined a match featuring Sasha and Bayley on the March 25 RAW. So, basically this is just a match where every tag team is gonna get a shot at Mania, and honestly this is going to be a fun and chaotic match. Although I would love for this to be an ‘IIconic’ WrestleMania, I’m going to pick the Boss N’ Hug Connection to retain the tag titles, and continue to have a strong inaugural reign as Tag Team Champions.
Prediction: Boss N’ Hug retain
No Holds Barred Match with Triple H’s in-ring Career at Stake: Batista vs Triple H
Batista finally gets a chance to end his career on his terms, and he gets to do it against one of his greatest mentors, Triple H. The seeds for this match were planted at Smackdown 1000 during the Evolution reunion,with Batista saying that Triple H did everything in the pro wrestling industry except beat him. And he has a point. They’ve fought three times, and Batista has won each and every time. Then on the February 25 episode of RAW, Batista made a surprise return, attacking Ric Flair during his birthday celebration, asking Triple H if he has his attention now. The next week, Batista basically whines to Triple H to ‘GIVE ME WHAT I WANT!’ and what he wanted, was one last match against Triple H at WrestleMania. Triple H accepted and made it a No Holds Barred Match. Batista claimed that all Triple H did was use him to be his muscle in Evolution, and that Triple H didn’t believe that Batista would be a star. Then Triple H agreed to put his career on the line, because otherwise Batista wasn’t gonna fight at Mania. This is going to be a match with tons of weapon spots and spinebusters, and could be one of the better matches on a loaded card. I’m going to pick Triple H to retire ‘The Animal,’ and finally get a win on big Dave.
Prediction: Triple H retires Batista
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kofi Kingston
Man, do i feel bad for Mustafa Ali. After Ali suffered an injury before Elimination Chamber, he was replaced with Kofi Kingston. Then, #KofiMania was born after monster performances in the gauntlet match, and nearly winning the WWE Championship inside the Chamber. After Elimination Chamber, Kofi Kingston was named the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship at Fastlane, but got replaced by Vince in favor of a returning Kevin Owens. At Fastlane, Kofi was told by Vince that he got added to the triple threat match, but instead got his ass kicked by The Bar. Just when it couldn’t get any worse, Vince gave Kofi one last challenge, a monstrous gauntlet match against Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, The Bar, and Rowan. If he were to win that, he’d get a WWE title match. He went through the gauntlet, then Vince came out and was like ‘Hey Kofi, congrats on getting through the gauntlet. Here’s Daniel Bryan, LOL.’ Then Bryan beat an exhausted Kofi Kingston. On the March 26 Smackdown Live, Vince came out and put Big E and Xavier in a tag team gauntlet match to get Kofi to WrestleMania. Seriously? Unfortunately so, as The New Day beat Gallanderson, NakaRusev, The Bar, The Usos, and Bryan & Rowan to finally make it official: Kofi Kingston is fighting for the WWE Championship. #KofiMania will be running wild, and this will be a pretty solid match, and the fans will be unanimously behind Kofi Kingston, and the only way this match should end is with Kofi Kingston winning the WWE Championship, and becoming the first black WWE Champion.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston wins the WWE Championship
WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Seth Rollins
To get the full scope of this feud, we gotta go back to WrestleMania 31, when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to steal Brock Lesnar’s WWE Championship. They had a match at Battleground 2015, and Lesnar dominated with 13 suplexes, and right as he was about to win back the WWE Championship, a wild Undertaker showed up and kicked Lesnar in the balls, giving him the DQ win. Back then, Seth Rollins was a cowardly heel, and the fans were rooting for Lesnar. Three and a half years later, the roles have been reversed. Lesnar is the uncaring champion, and Seth Rollins is the defiant challenger tne the fans are unanimously behind. When Seth Rollins won the Royal Rumble Match, Paul Heyman tried to warn Seth to not fight Brock at WrestleMania. Rollins then attacked Brock, and the champion responded with with six F5s. Rollins said that with the WWE Universe behind him, he’s going to take Brock’s title, and burn Suplex City to the ground. This is going to be one of the best matches of the year, as Lesnar has had some great matches over the past year and a half or so with AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and Finn Bálor. I’m going to pick Seth Rollins to slay the beast, and that we can finally have a full time Universal Champion on RAW.
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins the Universal Championship
Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed Women’s Championship:  RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Smackdown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair (c) vs ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch
So, they’re gonna unify the belts. Three of the top women in the company are set to make history as the first women to main event the ‘Showcase of the Immortals.’ The seeds were set for this match all the way back at Survivor Series, when Charlotte Flair replaced Becky Lynch in her match with Ronda, saving the ‘Ronda vs Becky’ match for WrestleMania. Becky won the Rumble, and everything was nice and clear. At least it was, until the McMahons decided to screw it up. For some random reason, Vince replaced Becky with Charlotte, and suspended the Rumble winner for 60 days. Then Ronda begged Steph to put Becky in the match and then left, Steph vacated the belt for some reason, unvacated it and Ronda turned heel. Then Becky won a match at Fastlane by DQ and here we are. Jebus it didn’t have to be this complex. And I just gotta say, I love this Ronda Rousey. That whole thing saying wrestling is fake, I don’t care if it’s a work or not, i’m invested now. This is the Ronda Rousey we should’ve gotten all along. A badass who doesn’t give a damn what people think, and breaks people’s arms. This build got super weird, with a random ass beat the clock challenge where Becky, Charlotte and Ronda each quickly beat the Riott Squad for no reason. Then, on the March 26 Smackdown, Charlotte shockingly defeated Asuka and won the Smackdown Women’s Championship, making this triple threat even bigger. On the go home episode of RAW, Stephanie McMahon came out and announced that this match is going to be for both titles. Later on that night, these three women fought in a six woman tag match. After winning the six woman tag match, all three got arrested in a great brawl, with the three women kicking each other after getting handcuffed. Hell, Ronda crashed a cop car, it was one of the best segments ever. Anyway, back to the triple threat. This match is a shoo in for MOTN, and could even be a MOTY candidate with three of the best women on the roster shining under the brightest lights there are, is something truly worthy of main eventing Mania. I’m going to go with the obvious choice and pick ‘The Man,’ Becky Lynch to win both Women’s Title to a standing ovation.
Prediction: Becky Lynch wins the Undisputed Women’s Championship

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WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Review

Once again, the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ starts off with a bang thanks to another stellar Royal Rumble. We know who is going to headline WrestleMania, and some new champions were crowned. Including Shane McMahon, and yes it’s 2019. For the second straight year the Rumble Matches were both fantastic, with the right people winning in each of them. Let’s see who’s going to WrestleMania with my WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Review.

Prediction Score: 8-1

Preshow Tag Team Match: Chad Gable & Bobby Roode vs Rezar and Scott Dawson

During the Tag Team Champions’ entrance, the camera man fell, and we got a comedic start to the Rumble. The tag champs got started off early, quickly taking control of Scott Dawson. The two quickly exchange some near falls, and Dawson finally makes a tag to Rezar, who quickly starts to demolish everyone with clubbing blows, and quick tags to Dawson. Gable makes the hot tag to Bobby Roode, and he goes on a tear. Dawson almost rolls up Bobby Roode, then accidentally dropkicks Rezar. Alter a countered rollup, Team Roode Gable hit their moonsault neckbreaker, and picked up the win. Nothing of note happened here, so this match was literally pointless.

Preshow United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev (c) to become the new United States Champion

Rusev started the match hot, but Nakamura took over once the action went outside, and gave Rusev some knees for a pre-rumble snack. Nakamura locked in a guillotine on Rusev, but the champion powers out and even hits a dropkick. Rusev hits a fallaway slam, then his trademark spinning heel kick. Nakamura hits Rusev with a kick before the Bulgarian Brute could fly, but Rusev kicked Nak in the back of the head. Nak hits some knees to Rusev, but Rusev countered a Kinshasa with a Machka kick. Nakamura locked in a triangle choke, and transitioned with a guillotine after Rusev tried to power out. Rusev countered the guillotine with a suplex, but Nak kicked out at 2. Nakamura hits a varied Michonoku Driver, then Lana tried to rat Nakamura out for taking off the turnbuckle. Rusev accidentally knocked Lana off the apron, which let Nakamura to hit the Kinshasa and win back the United States Championship.

Preshow Fatal 4 Way Match for the Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) def. Hideo Itami, Akira Tozawa, & Kalisto to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

Hideo Itami ducked outside the ring, then everyone else quickly tried to roll each other up, but Buddy Murphy used his power to establish early dominance. Kalisto started to quicken the pace, but Murphy’s power keeps everyone down. Hideo Itami gets in the ring and now Murphy and Itami square off with stiff strikes and kicks to the spine. Kalisto hits a hurricanrana onto the champion thanks to a suicide dive from Tozawa. Itami beats down Tozawa and Kalisto, who then launches Akira Tozawa into Buddy Murphy. Kalisto catches steam, quickening the pace to keep Hideo Itami off his toes. Then this was the point when the insane spots break out. Murphy counters a Salida del Sol by chucking Kalisto into Itami, then Akira Tozawa’s incredibly high screams take effect as he takes it to Murphy. Tozawa counters a GTS and hits a suicide dive to the outside. Murphy threw Kalisto outside, then takes flight. Kalisto almost won the belt after spiking Buddy Murphy with a hurricanrana. Tozawa hits a crossbody, but Murphy caught him, and got spiked. After a quick exchange of pins, Kalisto hits a Salida del Sol but Hideo Itami kicked out. Murphy and Itami start battering each other with strikes, then everyone started kicking each other in the face. Murphy and Itami have an exchange of strikes, but Murphy hits Murphy’s Law and retained the belt.

Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) def. Becky Lynch to retain the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship

Asuka and Becky started out aggressive, with the champion hitting a dropkick. Becky hits a right and runs the champ over. Becky tried to go for the Disarm-Her, but Asuka kicked Becky’s hamstring, but Becky retaliated with forearm smashes and a shoulder tackle. The action goes outside, with Becky repeatedly smashing Asuka into the apron, before Asuka threw Becky into the barricade, and the apron. After breaking the count, Becky hit a Becksploder from out of nowhere. Just like “Stone Cold,” Becky stomps a mudhole in the corner before hitting the champion with clubbing blows. Asuka went for the hip attack, but Becky dodged, and got put into the Asuka lock in the ropes. Becky locked in the Disarm-Her in the turnbuckle, then got kicked in the face by Asuka. Asuka hits a couple of strikes before trying to take Becky to Suplex City. Asuka went for a dropkick, but Becky rolled out of the way and hit a Uranagi. Asuka locked in an armbar, then transitioned into the Asuka Lock. Asuka and Becky fought on the apron, with Asuka trying to hit a German Suplex. When that didn’t work, Asuka hit a DDT from the apron to the floor, and both women are down. Becky gets back in the ring at a count of 9. Both women exchange haymakers, but Becky almost locks in the Disarm-Her, but Asuka countered it and hit a kick to the head. Becky hits a Becksploder from the middle rope, but Asuka kicked out. Becky went for a top rope leg drop, but Asuka countered into an Asuka Lock, transitioned into a Disarm-Her, before Becky locked in the Asuka Lock. Becky locked in the Disarm-Her, but Asuka went for a roll-up, before locking in the Asuka Lock. Asuka bridged into a Cattle Mutilation, and Becky tapped out. This was a great opening match, and although Becky lost this match clean, she more than made up for it later on in the night.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Miz & Shane McMahon def. The Bar (c) to become the new Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions

The Miz and Shane O’ Mac came out wearing matching baseball jerseys. Shane starts out the match against Sheamus, and he immediately takes him down and rains punches. Both teams make a tag, and Miz tried to get a quick rollup on Cesaro. Miz tried to lock in the figure four, but The Bar quickly take control before Shane came to take out Cesaro. Sheamus hits Shane with a cheap shot, then Miz starts to pummel Sheamus with kicks before more shenanigans from The Bar allowed them to gain control. Shane saved Miz from getting slammed through a table, then Shane jumps on Sheamus from the top rope, only to eat an uppercut for his troubles, then got chucked in the barricade. The Bar dissect Miz, although he’d try to fight back, their power was too much for Miz to overcome by himself. Sheamus taunts Shane, but after a rollup by Miz, the Bar continue to demolish Miz with quick tags and double team moves, but Miz won’t stay down. Miz finally made the hot tag to Shane, and he goes on a tear, with quick punches and a DDT. Shane went for a coast to coast, but got picked out of the air by Cesaro, who took him on a swing, but Shane countered the sharpshooter with a triangle choke. Sheamus dropped a knee from the top rope, then Miz gets dropped by Sheamus. The Bar hit the double team White Noise, but Shane kicked out. Sheamus accidentally Brogue Kicked Cesaro, then Miz hit a Skull Crushing Finale onto the Sheamus. Shane O’ Mac hit a Shooting Star Press to get the win for the ‘Best Tag Team in the World’ in what was a very entertaining match.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Sasha Banks to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

Sasha is a heel once again, and the crowd loves it. Sasha countered Ronda’s arm drag with an arm drag of her own, and both women are being arrogant. Ronda pays tribute to Eddie with the ‘Three Amigos,’ but Sasha hits a backstabber before Ronda countered. Ronda kicked Sasha out of the ring (literally) then pummeled Sasha with some right hands on the outside, before Sasha dodged and Ronda killed the ring post. Sasha begins to pummel Ronda in the corner, and continues to target Ronda’s right arm. Ronda went for ‘Piper’s Pit’ then locked in a variation of the armbar, and pried at Ronda’s fingers. Ronda countered with a pinfall attempt, but Sasha countered with a Bank Statement, but quickly rolled out of it. Ronda locked in a submission of her own on the ropes, but Sasha quickly escaped. Sasha hit a superplex, but Ronda kicked out, and Sasha immediately went back to Ronda’s arm. Banks went for a suicide dive, and Ronda caught her, then locked in the armbar on the outside. The champion fired some lefts and rights, and then both women are down. Ronda gets up, and Sasha throws Ronda into the turnbuckle onto her hurt arm. The Boss went for the backstabber, but Ronda almost countered into an armbar. Ronda went for Piper’s Pit, but Sasha counters with a Bank Statement (with some assistance of her ring gear), then into a Fujiwara Armbar. Ronda counters with a gutwrench, then hits Piper’s Pit to pick up the win and retain her women’s title. Ronda and Sasha had a showing of respect after the match.

Becky Lynch wins the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Lacey Evans came out at #1, and she came out like a sailor straight from the 40’s, and cut a heel promo saying that she’s the only real lady in WWE. Then out comes Natalya at #2. Lacey and Natalya showed some great athleticism, including flips and kip-ups. Natty hits a hurricanrana whenever Mandy Rose comes out at 3, and goes right after Natalya. Natty locks in a double sharpshooter onto Lacey and Mandy, then Liv Morgan skips her way into the Rumble. Then gets immediately eliminated by Natalya. It was nice seeing you Liv. Lacey gains control, then out comes Mickie James, and she goes right after Natalya. Mandy takes control of Mickie, but almost gets eliminated. Out comes the War Goddess (who I had pegged at #2), and she wrecks everyone in the match. Mickie tries to eliminate her but fails. Out comes Billie Kay, who sits on the outside of the ring until Peyton Royce comes out. Then at #8, out comes the ‘Twisted Sister’ Nikki Cross who wipes out everyone with a crossbody. Then out comes Peyton Royce at #9, and the IIconics go after Nikki Cross. Tamina comes out at 10, and wrecks shop, but then gets kicked through the ropes by Nikki. Tamina hits a splash, and Mickie got eliminated. At #11, comes out first surprise entrant, Mae Young Classic alum Xia Li. She goes right after Tamina, and kicks everyone down. Sarah Logan comes in at 12, then at ‘Lucky 13,’ out comes the favorite to win the Rumble in Charlotte Flair. And Corey, Ric didn’t enter at #1. He entered at #2. Nice try though. Charlotte cleans house, and then Lacey eliminated the IIconics. Charlotte kicked Xia in the face, and she’s gone. The second surprise entrant comes out in 2017 Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane, who gets into a chop battle with Charlotte after the Queen eliminates Tamina. Kairi hits the InSane Elbow, then with Natty’s help, eliminates Sarah Logan. When we get to the halfway point of the match, Maria makes her return to WWE while Charlotte and Lacey stare each other down. Then they kick the crap out of Maria. Naomi comes in at 16, and eliminates Mandy Rose, who then tried to eliminate Naomi. Thanks to some Kofi style shenanigans, Naomi avoids elimination by walking the barricade, onto the steps, but Mandy eliminates Naomi anyway. Lacey Evans is finally eliminated by Charlotte. Then out comes the third surprise entrant in the past 4, Candice LeRae. Candice goes after Ember Moon, then comes #18 Alicia Fox, who hits some dropkicks, teams up with Maria, then Maria stomps Alicia’s hat and Fox eliminates Maria. Out at #19, comes former American Ninja Warrior champion Kacey Catanzaro. Zelina Vega comes in at 20, and starts to fight LeRae. Ruby comes in at 21, alongside Logan and Morgan, and they destroy everyone from the outside. Meanwhile, Vega goes under the ring. Foxy gets eliminated, then Ruby eliminates LeRae. Ruby gets her third elimination when she tosses out Kairi Sane. Io Shirai takes out the Riott Squad before getting in the match, including a moonsault to the outside. In at 24, is the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Kacey Catanzaro pulls a Kofi and handstands her way back to the match. But gets caught by Rhea Ripley and gets eliminated. Sonya goes on a tear at 25, then Ripley eliminates Dana. Hornswoggle coaxes Vega out of the ring before Ripley throws her out, and Swoggle chases Vega to the back. Alexa Bliss makes her return at 26, to a massive pop. Alexa gets beaten down by Sonya Deville, and Alexa eliminates Sonya. Bayley comes out at 27, and goes on a tear, eliminating Ruby Riott and Rhea Ripley. Lana comes out at 28, but she is unable to fight since she has a bad ankle. Nia Jax comes out at 29, and destroys Lana. Jax goes on a tear, quickly eliminating Io Shirai and Natalya, who was in the Rumble for 55:58. Carmella comes out at #30, no R-Truth with her (thank god) and gets run over by Nia Jax. Out comes Becky Lynch, who gets Fit Finlay’s blessing to take Lana’s spot in the Rumble, and Chase Field exploded. Becky makes a beeline for Nia, but almost gets eliminated by both Charlotte and Nia. Alexa grabs Ember by her hair and eliminates the Shenom. Mella goes after Alexa Bliss, and Bayley eliminates Alexa Bliss. Charlotte eliminates Carmella, who then almost gets tossed out by Bayley. Then we’re down to the final four: Nia, Bayley, Charlotte, and Becky. Three of the four horsewomen. Then Bayley gets eliminated, and Bayley had a great performance in this year’s Rumble. Maybe she’ll have a great 2019. Nia fights Charlotte, and Becky eliminates Nia Jax, leaving it down to only Charlotte and Becky. Nia destroys Becky on the outside, with ‘The Man’ landing awkwardly on her knee. Becky climbs inside the ring on a bad leg, and Charlotte immediately hits Becky with a chop block, and destroys Becky’s leg. Becky throws Charlotte on the apron, but Charlotte attacks Becky’s leg once again. Becky eliminates Charlotte Flair, punching her ticket to WrestleMania, to the loudest pop of the night.

Entrants 1 & 2: Lacey Evans and Natalya

Entrant 30: Just Carmella. No R-Truth

Most Eliminations: Charlotte Flair (5)

Surprise Entrants: Xia Li (#11), Kairi Sane (#14), Maria Kanellis (#15), Candice LeRae (#17) Kacey Catanzaro (#19), and Io Shirai (#23), Rhea Ripley (#24) Becky Lynch (technically #28)

Winner: Becky Lynch

WWE Championship Match: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan (c) def. AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship

It’s a shame this match got the ‘piss break’ slot, because it honestly wasn’t that bad until the end. They start out swinging, before quickly transitioning into chain wrestling. Styles hits a deep arm drag and Bryan goes outside the ring for a breather before Bryan and AJ exchange strikes and chops. Bryan slams AJ onto the top of the ring post, and Bryan capitalizes, targeting AJ’s left arm and chest of AJ. Bryan locks in a submission, but AJ gets to the rope, and continues to dissect the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Styles fights back with one good arm, even hitting a pump-handle backbreaker. AJ went for the clash, but Bryan countered, and now AJ is targeting Bryan’s left knee. Bryan hit the YES kicks, then took a page out of Kenny Omega’s playbook with the Dragon Suplex. Bryan went for a top rope hurricanrana, but almost got caught in the Clash, and kicked AJ to the outside. AJ went for the springboard 450, but Bryan got his knees up and locked in the LaBelle Lock, which AJ countered into a pinning attempt then the Calf Crusher. D-Bry got to the ropes, and hit the YES kicks yet again. AJ locked in the Calf Crusher yet again, but Bryan kicks out of it. Styles hit a brain buster, then Bryan kicked AJ down while in midair when he went for the Phenomenal Forearm. Then for some reason, Erick Rowan showed up for some damn reason and hit AJ with a chokeslam after Styles hit the Clash and gave the win to Bryan. Then, Rowan picks up AJ Styles and Bryan hits AJ with the knee.

WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) def. Finn Bálor to retain the WWE Universal Championship

I was thinking that ‘Demon Bálor’ was going to show up for his match against ‘The Beast,’ but I was wrong. Finn goes right after Brock, with punches in the corner and kicks to the head of ‘The Beast.’ Finn gets caught, then Brock hits a belly to belly throw, and now Lesnar uses his freakish power to throw Bálor around. Brock clears off a table, but Finn throws Brock into the corner of the announce table twice, then floors Bálor with a knee to the gut. Finn goes back on the attack, but Brock throws Finn into the corner of the ring. Lesnar buries his shoulder into the ribs of Bálor, and hits another Belly to Belly throw. Then hits a third suplex. Finn hits a slingblade, but still gets floored by Brock with a huge clothesline. The champ tried to go for a German, but his midsection is in too much pain. Brock goes for an F5, but it got countered into a DDT, and Finn stomps away at Brock’s gut. Finn hits three over the top rope suicide dives, and Finn hits the Coup de Grace, but Brock kicks out and locks in the Kimura, and Finn had to tap out. After the match, Brock takes Finn to Suplex City and hits an F5. This was not what you’d expect rom a Brock Lesnar match, and Finn Bálor was put over incredibly strong in defeat. He’ll get his time soon enough.

Seth Rollins wins the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

Hey, JBL and Maggle Cole are back together! All is right in the world, it feels so good to hear Maggle and JBL together again. Elias was the #1 entrant in the Royal Rumble, and before he treated us all with song, out came TNA founder and WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. Before Elias and Jeff Jarrett could sing together, Elias attacked Double J, and even hit Jarret with a guitar before eliminating him. Then out comes new United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, who won last year’s Royal Rumble. Elias walks across the top rope, but Nakamura pulls him down. Out came Kurt Angle at #4, and he takes Nakamura and Elias to Suplex City. Big E comes out at 5, and also starts suplexing everyone. Angle hits Big E with an Angle Slam, but Nakamura eliminates Kurt Angle with a Kinshasa. Johnny TakeOver comes in at 6, and goes on a tear. Jinder Mahal comes in at 7 and cleans house, but gets quickly eliminated by the NXT North American Champion. Everyone teams up on Nakamura when Samoa Joe comes in at #8. Joe goes right after Big E, and demolishes everyone in the match, and eliminates Big E. Curt Hawkins come in at 9, and quickly gets put to sleep by Joe, but Hawkins went under the ring. Seth Rollins comes in at 10, and quickly goes on a huge tear. Seth Rollins eliminates Elias, then goes right after Johnny Gargano. Titus comes in at 11, and doesn’t slide under the ring this time. He chases after Curt Hawkins instead. And gets eliminated by Curt Hawkins, and then Hawkins gets eliminated by Samoa Joe. Kofi enters his 12th Rumble at #12, and goes after Samoa Joe. Mustafa Ali comes in at ‘Lucky 13,’ and he makes a beeline for Samoa Joe, and Ali even eliminates Nakamura. Ali gets thrown in the corner as Dean Ambrose comes in at 14. Dean and Seth start fighting, and Kofi avoids elimination yet again, by rolling across the apron with his feet. Dean eliminates Johnny Gargano as No Way Jose comes in at 15 and gets eliminated immediately. Drew McIntyre comes in at 16, and demolishes No Way Jose and his stupid conga line, and hits everyone with Claymore Kicks. Xavier comes in at 17, and Kofi gets another spot where he lands on Xavier, and Woods drags Kofi to the stops, and they both get eliminated by McIntyre. Pete Dunne came in at 18, and immediately takes it to everyone in the match. Out comes Andrade, and he starts fighting Pete Dunne and Dean Ambrose. Apollo Crews shows his athleticism at #20. Aleister Black enters the Rumble at #21, and immediately goes HAM on everyone, including a midair knee to Ali. Aleister Black eliminates Dean Ambrose with a Black Mass Kick. Shelton Benjamin comes back at 22, and then Samoa Joe is locking in the clutch on everyone, before Ali eliminates Samoa Joe. Baron Corbin is #23, and he goes right after Seth Rollins. Corbin eliminates Apollo Crews before “Brother Nero” shows up at 24. Pete Dunne and Aleister Black start fighting before Baron Corbin eliminates Black, then McIntyre eliminates Dunne. Rey comes in at 25, and rekindles his rivalry with Andrade. At 26 comes Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, who gets immediately eliminated by Seth Rollins. Lashley drags Rollins from under the bottom rope, and put Seth through an announce table. Then out comes Braun Strowman at 27. Everyone dies, and Baron Corbin gets eliminated in seconds. Braun throws Shelton out, and then Jeff Hardy gets eliminated as Dolph Ziggler comes out at 28, and eliminates Drew McIntyre. The Viper comes in at 29, and immediately gets powerslammed by Braun. Rey hits a crossbody while Andrade and Ali were on Braun’s shoulders. Then as R-Truth comes out, he gets attacked by Nia Jax, which made me really happy. Nia eliminates Mustafa Ali, then has a stare down with Randy Orton. He went for an RKO and Nia ran him over. Nia gets superkicked by Dolph, and then gets hit with a 619, and an RKO. Nia finally gets eliminated by Randy and Rey Mysterio, but Rey turns around into an RKO and gets eliminated. Then Andrade eliminates Randy Orton which means we have our final four. Dolph Ziggler, Andrade, Braun Strowman, and a still incapacitated Seth Rollins. Dolph and Andrade have a fantastic sequence before Braun runs them over. Then Braun runs Seth Rollins over on the outside, then throws him back in the ring. Seth escapes a powerslam, then everyone teams up on Braun, but Strowman bullrushed Andrade all the way over the top rope. Braun runs over Dolph Ziggler, but hits Seth with a chokeslam. Rollins and Braun fight it out on the apron, and Seth Rollins hits a stomp on the apron to win the Royal Ruble, and settle some unfinished business with Brock Lesnar.

Entrants 1 & 2: Elias & Jeff Jarrett

Entrant 30: Nia Jax (who attacked R-Truth)

Most Eliminations: Braun Strowman (6)

Surprise Entrants: Jeff Jarrett (#2), Kurt Angle (#4) NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano (#6), WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne (#18), Aleister Black (#21), Shelton Benjamin (#22)

Winner: Seth Rollins

Match of the Night: Women’s Royal Rumble Match

The Men’s rumble was great, but the Women’s Rumble was out of the park. The match was high octane from bell to bell, and everyone got put over. This year, there surprisingly weren’t any legends, with all of the entrants on either the main roster or NXT. And to top it all off, Becky won. Yes, it came at Lana’s expense, but she was the only person that made sense.

Overall Review

The preshow tag team match got thrown together seemingly at random, which is a sad state of affairs for Raw’s tag team division. The United States Championship Match was alright, and while Rusev had a dud of a title run, maybe Shinsuke Nakamura will have an actual title reign this time. Once again, the cruiserweights over-delivered and put on one of the better matches of the night. Hideo Itami may not have won, but Buddy Murphy needs o continue to be the juggernaut of 205 Live. The night opened up with the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match, which was a great match. The action was stiff and crisp, and although Asuka won clean, it was the right call because Asuka needs to begin to rebound from the abhorrent year that was 2018. Plus, Becky won the Rumble, so I think it worked out for both parties in the end. The Smackdown Tag Title match was very entertaining, and everyone carried their weight in this match, even Shane McMahon. Props to everyone in that match for competing in a solid match. It wasn’t Match of the Night, but it was still a fun match. The RAW Women’s title match told a good story of Sasha trying to pick apart Ronda’s arm, but Ronda overcame and retained in what was a fantastic match. Once again, Ronda proves to the world how great of a wrestler she is. The Women’s Rumble didn’t have a lot of surprise entrants this year, but it was still a fun Rumble. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t a single legend in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble. The show took a bit of a dive in the WWE Championship Match. The match wasn’t bad. It was actually good. It was just the piss-break match and it had a really stupid finish. Then, to sap out all investment, Rowan showed up and laid AJ out with a chokeslam. I can get Bryan having a heater, kind of like Kevin Nash was, but of all the people you could’ve picked, WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU PICK ERICK ROWAN?! It’s because he has a beard isn’t it? The Universal Title match was very good, and Finn took Brock to his limits, but we all knew that Lesnar was going to retain his Universal Championship. Finn was closer than we all thought he would be. It was a great match, with Finn dominating most of it shockingly enough. It’ll make Seth’s victory all the sweeter at Mania. The Men’s Rumble had 3 big surprises right out the gate, with Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, and Johnny Gargano. The Men’s Rumble match was great, just like last year’s, and I hope that this could be a common trend for Royal Rumble Matches. It just had lots of fun moments. Like Jeff Jarrett and Elias, Ali and Joe continuing their feud, Drew McIntyre kicking everyone in the head, and best of all, Seth Rollins winning. AND Becky Lynch won. Two of the hottest acts in WWE are going to headline WrestleMania this year. Ronda and Seth haven’t picked who they’re fighting, but we all have a general idea as to who they’ll pick. All in all, the Rumble was a great show, and every match on the main card delivered, and even the cruiserweight title on the preshow was good. AJ-Bryan may have gotten put in the piss break spot, but they still put on a good match. Outside of the random tag match on the preshow, there wasn’t an inherently bad match the entire night. Overall, I’d rate the Royal Rumble at an 8.5 out of 10. It lost a point with the bad placement of AJ-Bryan, and the random tag team match. Let’s hope that we don’t have a bumpy ride of the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ this year.

WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions

Live from Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona, we’re on the ‘Road to WrestleMania.’ The Rumble is a fan favorite, and is usually the place where WrestleMania feuds begin. Just like last year, we’ll have two Royal Rumble Matches. What’s cool about this year’s Rumble, is that it’s the first time it’s ever been held outside. The record attendance at Chase Field is 49,826 that was set in 2007, so I’m sure WWE is going to break that record. There will be 60 men and women vying for a shot at glory, but only two will stand tall. Let’s see who is going to headline WrestleMania with my Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions.

Preshow: United States Championship Match: Rusev (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
We all had a very merry Rusev Day, as the Bulgarian Brute captured his third United States Championship on a tape delay episode of Smackdown Live. On New Year’s’ Day, Nakamura attacked Rusev, and Lana accidentally got hit in the crossfire. Two weeks after that, it was announced that Nakamura would get his rematch against Rusev at the Rumble. This is an example of how criminally underutilized both Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev are, because Nak did nothing with the US belt, and Rusev until now has been an afterthought in WWE (except a thrilling WWE title match against Styles). With the rumors about Nakamura possibly leaving to go back to New Japan, or even go to AEW, WWE needs to start to utilize Nakamura better. Unfortunately, Nakamura is going to lose this match at the Rumble, and help put Rusev over.
Prediction: Rusev Retains
Preshow: Fatal 4 Way Match for the Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Akira Tozawa vs Kalisto vs Hideo Itami
Fun fact about this match: There are three people in this match who have held the Cruiserweight Championship at some point, but only one has done anything worthwhile with the purple strap. These three men each qualified by beating Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, and Lio Rush. I’m glad that Hideo Itami is getting an opportunity at the belt, because he’s had to go through so much to get to this point. Akira Tozawa has been an afterthought after Titus Worldwide fell through, and it’s nice to see him back in the limelight, and I guess Kalisto has to do something other than cheat out the Revival. It’s a shame that this match is on the preshow, because this is most likely going to be an electrifying bout, and one of the better matches of the night. Personally, I’ll be rooting for Hideo Itami, but I’m going to pick Buddy Murphy to retain his title, and prove that he is the master of 205 Live.
Prediction: Murphy retains
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Bar (c) vs The Miz & Shane McMahon
This is actually going to be a thing. Thanks to Shane O’Mac filling in for an injured Miz, and winning the ‘WWE World Cup,’ The Miz tried ceaselessly to form a tag team with Shane, calling themselves ‘co-besties,’ and the Best Tag Team in the World. The Miz oddly enough turned babyface, even tearing up saying that he only wants to make his dad proud, and the only way to do so in his eyes is to team with not fully trained Shane McMahon. The Miz came out and challenged The Bar to a match at the Royal Rumble, which they gladly accepted. That next week Miz beat Sheamus, who then got a cake dropkicked into his face by Shane. The Bar responded by pummeling Miz and Shane, with a very stiff Brogue Kick to the face, and putting them both through a table. Although people are laughing this match off because Shane McMahon is in it, I think that they’re going to win. It won’t be 100% clean, I’m sure that there’ll be some sort of shenanigans that play out. It’s pretty much confirmed that Miz will fight Shane at Mania, and I’m sure the implosion of their tag team after winning the belts will be the cause of it.
Prediction: The Miz & Shane win the Tag Team Titles
RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Sasha Banks
On the debut episode of Alexa’s “A Moment of Bliss” talk show, Ronda Rousey said that she wants to face Sasha Banks at the Royal Rumble. Sasha came out to accept, but was interrupted by Nia Jax. Sasha beat Nia to defend her match, and oddly enough, she turned heel for this match with Rousey. That’s a personal pet peeve of mine where everyone turns heel to fight Ronda, but it is certainly a breath of fresh air to see heel Sasha again. She eviscerated Ronda Rousey, saying she’s gonna teach Ronda how to lose with class. Rousey laughed it off and continued to be the smiling champion rather than the destroyer we all want her to be. But this could easily be the best match of Ronda’s young career, and Sasha’s best match in a long time. I can’t wait to see this match, and as much as we all love Sasha Banks, we all know that Ronda ain’t losing yet. Ronda’s going to retain in a very thrilling match.
Prediction: Rousey retains
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs Becky Lynch
Thanks to Ronda Rousey, Asuka is finally Smackdown Live Women’s Champion, which should’ve happened at WrestleMania. Now, ‘The Man’ comes back around to try to regain the championship she never lost after beating Charlotte Flair and Carmella in a triple threat match. The build is interesting, with Asuka quickly making Billie Kay tap out to the Asuka lock, then locking in the Disarm-Her while looking directly at Becky, was a really intense moment. That’s how Asuka should be built, as this destroyer of the Smackdown Women’s division. This match could be one of the best on a stacked card, and I’m going to pick Asuka to retain her Women’s Title, for a reason I’m going to explain here in a second.
Prediction: Asuka retains
2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match
This year’s Women’s Royal Rumble Match has a big expectation to live up to, because last year’s Rumble was not only well booked, but it was really fun, with loads of surprise returns.. There’ll be a lot of those around this year, as they don’t have enough women on the main roster for a 30 Woman Rumble. Also, Alexa Bliss will be competing in her first match since October. Hooray! We missed you Alexa. Right now, Charlotte Flair is the favorite to win the Rumble, but we’ll see if she actually wins. Let’s see how this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble Match will play out.
Entrants 1 & 2: Bayley and Ember Moon
I think Bayley could be a perfect #1, a plucky babyface who could be this year’s “ironwoman.” WWE need to do something with Ember Moon. She’s a badass with a cool finisher and even cooler entrance. I think Ember starting out at #2, lasting for a little while and going on the occasional rampage could really help in building up the shenom.
Entrant 30: Carmella (confirmed)
I think R-Truth is going to try to be the #30 entrant in this rumble match because he’s an imbecile, but Carmella will get her moment. She won’t last long, maybe 5-10 minutes.
Most Eliminations: Nia Jax
She’s going to be the ‘monster’ of the rumble & eliminate like 6-7 people before getting eliminated herself.
Surprise Entrants: Trish, Lita, Baszler, Becky Lynch, Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix
Winner: Becky Lynch
To me, Becky makes the most sense to win the rumble. She’s the biggest thing going in WWE right now and there’s no better time to capitalize on her momentum than having her hijack someone’s spot, then go on to win the Royal Rumble.
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles
After losing his rematch at TLC, AJ Styles defeated Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Mustafa Ali, and Rey Mysterio to earn another shot at the ‘new’ Daniel Bryan. This really should be Mustafa Ali instead. It seemed like him and Bryan were building toward a feud, but I’m happy with another Bryan-Styles match. When they’re given time, they can craft absolute magic. It’s been a weird build to this match, with lots of hot dogs, and Daniel Bryan making fun of the fans. Oddly enough, the Smackdown side of WrestleMania isn’t really set in stone. However, I don’t think that Daniel Bryan is going to lose the WWE Championship until WrestleMania, so that means that I’m picking Bryan to once again defeat AJ Styles. He can win by shenanigans, but Bryan is walking out of Phoenix with his WWE Championship.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains
WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Finn Bálor
This is certainly a pleasant surprise. Braun Strowman earned a shot at the Universal Championship, but got the boot by Vince after Braun destroyed his limo trying to find Baron Corbin. Maybe Braun isn’t cleared, or according to Bleacher Report, Lesnar reportedly wants to wrestle Finn. John Cena, Baron Corbin, and Drew McIntyre each staked their case to face Brock Lesnar. When Finn Bálor came out, he told Vince that he didn’t believe in him, but the fans did. After a scuffle, Vince scheduled a Fatal 4 Way, but Finn had to defend his spot against Jinder Mahal. Finn went on to beat Jinder Mahal and win the Fatal 4 Way in order to FINALLY get another shot at the title he never lost, but he has to slay ‘The Beast’ in order to get it. As of this Sunday, Lesnar will have held the Universal Title for 86 days, and 590 combined days. I wish this match got some build to it, but we’re still going to get “The Demon King vs The Beast,” and it’s going to be one hell of a match. Although people are optimistic that Bálor can finally regain his title, I’m going to pick Brock Lesnar to retain. Now isn’t the time to slay ‘The Beast,’ that’s someone else’s job at WrestleMania.
Prediction: Lesnar retains
2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Weirdly enough for the Men’s Rumble Match, there hasn’t been much build to it besides everyone saying “I’m gonna win the Rumble. “ This year’s Men’s Rumble has a massive expectation to live up to, with last year’s being regarded as not only one of the best Rumbles in years, but one of the greatest Royal Rumble Matches of all time. Right now, Seth Rollins is the odds on favorite to win this year’s Royal Rumble Match, and he’s one of only a few men that could feasibly win the Rumble Match. Seth, The Rock (if he even shows up), Drew McIntyre, or maybe even Andrade “Cien” Almas could all feasibly win. Here’s how I think things will play out in this year’s Men’s Rumble Match.
Entrants 1 & 2: Apollo Crews and Mustafa Ali
These guys are very underrated, but I feel like these two guys could have an electrifying start to this year’s Rumble Match. Crews is unbelievably athletic and Ali is getting a big push on Smackdown Live. I could easily see Ali being this year’s iron man, lasting around 50-55 minutes or so before getting chucked out.
Entrant 30: R-Truth (Confirmed)
I honestly hope he gets immediately eliminated by someone like Braun Strowman or Lars Sullivan.
Most Eliminations: Lars Sullivan
There’s no better way for the “Mountain Man from Denver” to make a strong impression than to eliminate a whole bunch of people in the Rumble. His debut has been hyped for months, and he’ll most likely debut at the Rumble. He’ll likely eliminate around 7-8 people before getting eliminated.
Surprise Entrants: The Undertaker, Aleister Black, The Rock, Kane, Braun Strowman, Lars Sullivan, EC3, Kenny Omega (just for kicks)
Winner: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins was the best wrestler in WWE last year, and it looks like he’s being built up to slay Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. As stated earlier, according to Forbes.com and other betting sites, Seth Rollins is currently the odds on favorite to win the match. And to be honest, he’s the only person that really makes sense to win IMO. He’s consistently put on RAW’s best match at pay-per-views, and the fans love him (just ask my brother). Monday Night Rollins is about to ‘Burn it Down’ in Phoenix, and cash his ticket to the main event of Mania.

My Wrestling Awards: 2018

2018 was an interesting year for the WWE to say the least. It was full of things we never thought we’d see, like Daniel Bryan returning to the ring, or The Undertaker coming back. 2018 also had its ups, and certainly a lot of downs, but we can look into 2019 with hopes that it’ll be a great year. Last year I wrote my wrestling awards, and I’m looking to keep up the tradition. So without further ado, here are my wrestling awards for 2018.

Superstar of the Year: AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Tommaso Ciampa

Winner: Seth Rollins

While AJ Styles held the WWE Championship for 11 months in 2018, nobody’s had a better 2018 than Seth Rollins. He may have had a slow January, his year kicked off with a monster performance in the Elimination Chamber gauntlet match, wrestling for 65 minutes. He then brought more prestige to the Intercontinental Championship, having barn-burning matches against The Miz, Finn Bálor, Elias, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre for the better part of six months. Rollins would have some more fun with his Shield brothers before Roman left for treatment and Ambrose stabbed him in the back. Seth Rollins is set to have an even bigger 2019, and we should hopefully see him as the Universal Champion soon.

Woman of the Year: Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch

Winner: Becky Lynch

Honestly, it couldn’t be anyone other than Becky. It wouldn’t feel right. Becky’s had a slow start to her 2018, with an okay performance in the Rumble, then being on the Mania preshow. She had a good showing in the Women’s MITB ladder match, then SummerSlam happened. After losing to Charlotte, she kicked the crap out of her former friend in a failed attempt at turning Becky heel. Instead, that moment turned Becky into the badass she should have been all along. She won the title at Night of Champions, had a MOTY candidate against Charlotte at Evolution, invaded RAW and had her nose broken, which made her even cooler in the eyes of the fans. Becky Lynch’s sudden rise shows how powerful the fans can be, and that everyone needs to remember who The Man is.

Tag Team of the Year: The Usos, The Bar, The New Day, AOP

Winner: The Bar

The Bar became the second team to win both the RAW and Smackdown tag team titles, and have had great matches against the likes of New Day and the Usos. Yes, they got squashed at WrestleMania, but they’ve bounced back on Smackdown Live, quickly becoming one of the standard bearers of the division. Also, that rap battle was hilarious. They dressed up as Run DMC and parodied Ice Ice Baby. That might be one of the funniest segments of the year. 2019 will look to be a great year for The Bar, and will hopefully be at the forefront of Smackdown Live after the superstar shakeup.

Breakout Star of the Year (Male): Velveteen Dream, Tommaso Ciampa, Drew McIntyre, Buddy Murphy

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa

Wow Ciampa, what a year you’ve had. He did great heel things like cost his former best friend his job, then would have the feud of the year with that ex friend. He’d go on to win the NXT Title and has had great matches against Johnny Gargano, Velveteen Dream, and Aleister Black. Ciampa also loves to eviscerate people on twitter (seriously, his twitter feed is gold). Whenever Ciampa goes up to the main roster, they better get ready for the best heel champion since CM Punk.

Breakout Star of the Year (Female): “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, Carmella, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax

Winner: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

Ronda may have had one of the best rookie years of all time. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone naturally grasp Pro Wrestling this well since Kurt Angle. She hasn’t had a bad match. One of my favorite Ronda matches this year was at Money in the Bank, because it showed how great she is at selling, and being able to come back. Ronda could have an even better 2019, and be part of the first ever women’s WrestleMania main event.

Comeback of the Year: Tommaso Ciampa, Drew McIntyre, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio

Winner: Daniel Bryan

I mean come on. Starting the year retired from wrestling, and ending it as WWE Champion. Yes, his return was dull at first thanks to a crappy feud with Big Cass, but it really began to pick up steam thanks to a feud with The Miz, and D-Bry pulling out of Crown Jewel, which allowed him to win the WWE Championship. Yes he turned heel, but I hope that we get a solid 2019 for Bryan, and a decently long title reign.

Feud of the Year: Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler, AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe, Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa, and Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair,

Winner: Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa

This feud combined both great action and storytelling. The fans unanimously despised Tommaso Ciampa after he stabbed Johnny Gargano in the back, but we had to wait on the feud while Ciampa recovered from ACL surgery. But once he came back, the fire was lit and wouldn’t stop burning. Each of these matches were brutal, and had something different to bring to the table and told the story of Johnny Gargano’s descent into darkness. The first match was about Johnny getting his job back and revenge on his former friend. The second match was about Johnny going to that dark place after Ciampa threw his wedding ring in the arena. Then the third match, was about Johnny going to that dark place, and it coming back to cost him. Now it seems that a heel DIY reunion is in the works, but we’ll have to see about that in 2019.

WrestleMania Moment of the Year: Daniel Bryan’s Entrance, Undertaker’s return, Asuka’s streak ending, Nakamura’s Heel turn

Winner: Undertaker’s Return

While Daniel Bryan coming back was awesome, and Asuka’s streak snapped was a good shock, nothing made me feel more than hearing that bell toll at WrestleMania 34. I had legitimate goosebumps when the lightning struck the ring and John Cena’s being frozen in terror while The Undertaker made his way to the ring. He crushed John Cena in 3 minutes, but man those were an entertaining 3 minutes. His subsequent feud with Triple H & DX was not, but it was still nice to see The Undertaker avenge the biggest loss of his career.

Potential Breakout Star of 2019 (Men’s): Lars Sullivan, Drew McIntyre, Matt Riddle, and Punishment Martinez

Winner: Lars Sullivan

Drew had an okay 2018, and will have a strong 2019. But I’m giving this nod to Lars Sullivan. Lars Sullivan had a great 2018 in NXT, and it didn’t really get going until the 6 man North American Title Ladder Match at TakeOver: New Orleans, where he murdered everyone in the match. Normally, you wouldn’t think of big dudes in ladder matches, but Lars Sullivan, along with Killian Dain had a coming out party in that match. Lars Sullivan would also go on to challenge Aleister Black at TakeOver Chicago, and was put over as the most dangerous challenger to Black’s NXT Championship. He spent the rest of 2018 killing more people on NXT, and now has his sights set on the main roster. Regardless of which brand he goes to, he should go on a killing spree, and as long as he isn’t ruined by the end of the year, he could be in the world title picture.

Potential Breakout Star of 2019 (Women’s): Ember Moon, Lacey Evans, Nikki Cross, and Candice LeRae

Winner: Nikki Cross

Nikki Cross is awesome. She’s the psychopath on NXT, and will be the missing piece for SAnitY to be whole again. She had an awesome match against Shayna Baszler at TakeOver: Chicago, and was a part of the Gargano-Black feud. Although she had a women’s title match against Becky Lynch on Smackdown in October, whenever Nikki gets called up to the main roster, Smackdown better get ready. Things are about to get a lot crazier.

Promo of the Year: Reigns relinquishes the title (10/22 Raw), Heyman’s interview (8/6 Raw), John Cena calls out Undertaker (3/12 Raw), The Usos “Sideline” promo (2/27 Smackdown), Daniel Bryan announces that he’s cleared (3/20 Smackdown)

Honorable Mention: The Bar vs Usos Rap Battle

Winner: Roman Reigns relinquishes the title (10/22 Raw)

This promo literally shook the Wrestling World, and shattered the fourth wall. Roman Reigns announcing to the world that he was battling leukemia for a second time, was one of the most emotional moments in the past few years. There were people crying, and the people who were booing realized that despite issues with Roman Reigns as a character, Joe Anoi’i as a man is the hero WWE has been looking for. I don’t necessarily agree to have this announcement as a part of a storyline, but I liked that Roman got the chance to tell the world rather than a notification on your phone. This promo was the ultimate babyface turn for Reigns, and whenever he comes back the fans are behind him.

Most disappointing 2018 (Male): Andrade “Cien” Almas, Bray Wyatt, Elias, Rusev

Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas

Almas had one of the biggest and sharpest declines of 2018. At the start of the year, he took part in a Meltzer rated 5 star match at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, defending his NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano. He lost his NXT Title in another classic at TakeOver: New Orleans, then everything fell apart. He had a great debut against AJ Styles in a losing effort, then got in an underwhelming feud against Rusev and Lana, then disappeared from TV for months. 2019 NEEDS to be the year of Andrade “Cien” Almas. He is a great heel, and a run at the top of the card would do him a lot of good.

Most Disappointing 2018 (Female): Bayley, Asuka, Naomi, Sasha Banks

Winner: Asuka

Sweet Jesus WWE. They had one of the best women’s wrestlers in the world, then they ruin her. She started the year strong. She won the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match, punching her ticket to a dream match against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. Then she lost. Yes, just because Mania was in NOLA, another streak had to end and it just so happened that Asuka was undefeated. Then she ate back to back losses to Carmella, and did nothing for 5 months. She may have won the title at TLC, but now 2019 should be all about repairing the damage that happened in 2018.

Shocking Moment of the Year: Daniel Bryan announces he’s cleared (3/20 Smackdown), Undertaker’s entrance at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns announced his leukemia, (10/22 Raw), and Bobby Lashley’s return

Winners: Daniel Bryan getting cleared, and Reigns’ leukemia announcement

I normally don’t do co-winners, but I honestly couldn’t pick between those two. One is in a moment of triumph, finally getting a chance to get back in the ring. Then on the opposite side of the coin, is a moment of tragedy, with Roman Reigns being away for an indefinite amount of time. First, let’s talk about Daniel Bryan. Nobody expected Bryan to be cleared to return, and everyone was overjoyed when ESPN broke the news. The one person who the fans wanted back, is back. And he’s had an okay 2018, but he’s gained back the championship that he’s never lost in a matter of seven months. Now, to take things in a more depressing tone. In October, Roman Reigns announced to the world that his leukemia has returned, and he had to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship. Both of these moments are the most shocking moments in the last few years, and I don’t think anything can top them.

Best Pay-Per-View: Any NXT TakeOver, WWE Evolution, Royal Rumble, WrestleMania 34

Winner: NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

Of all the great pay-per-views that happened this year, I’d have to pick TakeOver: New Orleans. It was a perfect show. The ladder match was an entertaining spotfest full of bone shattering action, and made Lars Sullivan into a star. I mean hitting a Freak Accident onto another person crunched under a ladder speaks for itself. Roderick Strong’s shock heel turn was a great swerve for the fans, and kept Adam Cole protected after a brutal ladder match. Shayna Baszler may have sent Ember Moon out on a sour note, but she’s the most dominant woman in NXT right now, and this match was the start to her 2018 dominance. Aleister Black winning the NXT Championship, one year after his TakeOver debut was the perfect way to cap off his first year in NXT. Then the main event, combined brutal weapon shots, great storytelling, and insane action. Gargano-Ciampa was a great feud in 2018, but now I hope they’d be a better team in 2019.

Worst Pay-Per-View: Backlash, Crown Jewel, Extreme Rules, Fastlane

Winner: Crown Jewel

While Backlash was completely awful and even provided storyline continuity, Crown Jewel should not have happened due to the massive political backlash in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Then the show itself was really, really bad. Nakamura was on the preshow, Brock killing Braun Strowman in like 2 minutes, then SHANE. McMAHON. WON THE BEST IN THE WORLD TOURNAMENT. That was ridiculously stupid. Then there was the clusterf**k that was the main event. Triple H hurt himself and finished the match (huge props to you trips, hope your recovery is going well). Kane got his mask punched off, and it was just a slow, really bad match. It was not fitting the return of the Heartbreak Kid, and could’ve been the last time we got to see Kane, who deserves a much better retirement match.

Worst Match of the Year: DX vs The Brothers of Destruction (Crown Jewel), Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe (Backlash), Triple H vs The Undertaker (Super Show-Down), Nia Jax vs Alexa Bliss (Backlash)

Winner: DX vs The Brothers of Destruction (Crown Jewel)

What makes this match truly awful isn’t just how slow, or old the wrestlers looked. It wasn’t the botches or Triple H hurting himself. What is truly damning about this match is that it kicked the legacies of 4 legends to near death. This was a match that was 20 years in the making. Everyone wanted DX to take on the Brothers of Destruction, but once they finally clashed, dear god it shouldn’t have happened. The aforementioned botches, Triple H tearing his pectoral, but still finishing the match because he’s a man, and just The Undertaker and Kane looking like shadows of their former selves. This was a complete waste of Shawn Michaels’ return, and we can only hope that they don’t bring back any other legends for their next Saudi shows.

Match of the Year: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade “Cien” Almas, Gargano-Ciampa Trilogy, Seth Rollins vs The Miz (Backlash), and Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair (Evolution)

Honorable Mentions: Elimination Chamber gauntlet match (2/19 RAW), WarGames Match: Undisputed Era vs Ricochet, Pete Dunne & War Raiders (NXT TakeOver: WarGames), Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs Triple H & Stephanie (WrestleMania), Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka (TLC), Seth Rollins vs Elias (Money in the Bank) Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan (Survivor Series),

Winner: Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa (NXT TakeOver: Chicago)

Honestly, I could’ve picked any of the Gargano-Ciampa TakeOver matches, but this one takes the cake. The action was intense from bell to bell, with no slow point at all throughout the match. There were also some great moments. The fan calling Ciampa the Devil, both men battering each other with weapons, the handcuff spots, and the recreation of Ciampa’s betrayal really tugged at the heartstrings. Tommaso Ciampa spitting on Johnny Gargano’s wedding ring and chucking it across the arena, was one of the biggest acts of heel heat of the year. Ciampa won thanks to a DDT on the exposed ring mat, and honestly was the perfect way to end TakeOver: Chicago. With no music, and the fans’ stunned silence turning into a chorus of boos for Tommaso Ciampa, the best heel in WWE.

WWE Evolution 2018 Predictions

WWE Evolution is a historic night, because it’s WWE’s first ever all-women’s pay-per-view event. If you had to take a shot every time you said that, you’d be in for a bad time. Women from WWE’s past, present, and future will come together for a night of women’s dream matches, and the finals of the second ever Mae Young Classic Tournament. Bur for a night that has so much impact for women’s wresting, you’d think they’d put some time in investing in storylines for the show, huh? Anyway, it’s time to see who will evolve, and who will perish with my predictions for WWE Evolution.

Women’s Battle Royal

This is just a throwaway match to make sure all the women get a payday, which is a shame because of the star power in this match. Kelly Kelly, Maria Kanellis, Asuka, Naomi, IIconics, Torrie Wilson, and more will be in this match, and not a lot will happen long term. I’m picking Asuka to win this battle royal, because DAMMIT THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH ASUKA!!!

Prediction: Asuka

Sasha Banks, Bayley, & Natalya vs The Riott Squad

Hey, Sasha Banks is back! We missed you Sasha, and your first night back you lost in a throwaway match. What’s next for Sasha Banks? I have no earthly idea, unless Women’s Tag Team Titles are a thing. Natalya has done nothing of note after her speculated heel turn on Ronda Rousey didn’t pan out, and Lord knows what they’re doing with Bayley. But if there is a preshow for WWE Evolution, I definitely see this match on the preshow. I’m picking The Riott Squad to win, because there isn’t much else happening with these six women.

Prediction: The Riott Squad

2018 Mae Young Classic Finals: Io Shirai vs Toni Storm

The finals of the Mae Young Classic is here, and it has been an entertaining tournament. Toni Storm and Io Shirai have been on a tear, and are set to clash for the Mae Young Classic Trophy. Toni Storm almost made it to the finals of last year’s tournament, but fell short to eventual winner Kairi Sane. Io Shirai, is finally making an impact in WWE after signing with them last year, and she looks to be a fantastic addition to the women’s roster. This is going to be one of the better matches on the card, maybe even match of the night. I’m going to pick Toni Storm to finally get over the hump, and win this year’s Mae Young Classic Tournament.

Prediction: Toni Storm

Trish Stratus & Lita vs Alexa Bliss (or Alicia Fox) & Mickie James

There are rumors of Alexa Bliss being pulled from Evolution due to a concussion she suffered at a house show. If she can’t fight on Sunday, then Alicia Fox will step in her place and compete. Regardless of what happens, or who competes, Trish and Lita are getting the W. This gas “Legend’s feel good moment” written all over it.

Prediction: Trish & Lita

Last Women Standing Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair

This is where the blood feud between “Stone Cold” Becky Lynch and Charlotte comes to an end in a last woman standing match. Despite WWE’s best attempt to get people to boo Becky, it just makes the fans cheer even harder. Charlotte can’t be a babyface in this feud, and if she actually turned heel, then things would feel right. Although people are thinking Becky is going to do something outlandish to beat Charlotte, I don’t think Becky is going to retain here. It makes too much sense that WWE would have Charlotte win her 8th title at WWE’s first ever all women’s show.

Prediction: Charlotte

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Kairi Sane (c) vs Shayna Baszler

The third match in a brutal trilogy as the Queen of Spades takes on the Pirate Princess in an effort to regain her title. Kairi Sane shocked everyone when she rolled up the Kirifuda Clutch and won the title. I was hoping that Shayna would hold the title for a while, but Sane winning helps progress the feud. This match is going to be a hard hitting affair, and could be another candidate for Match of the Night. I’m going to pick Kairi Sane to retain her title, because it’s too soon for her to lose her title.

Prediction: Kairi Sane retains

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs Nikki Bella

Two of WWE’s most mainstream women’s superstars will go one on one for the RAW Women’s Championship. The Bellas’ heel turn was predictable, but where this feud gets its fire from are the promos and Instagram captions. When Ronda verbally eviscerated Nikki on RAW, calling her a DNB (Do-Nothing Bella), and said that the only doors she kicks down are John Cena’s bedroom’s, that showed how good Ronda can be when she can write her promos. This match is going to be chock full of shenanigans from Brie, and Nikki is going to get some cheap shots in, but Ronda is going to break her arm, and retain her Women’s title.

Prediction: Ronda retains

WWE SummerSlam 2018 Review

Roman finally did it. He finally beat Brock Lesnar, and I’m still in shock. The main event, along with several other matches were basically squash matches, or had abrupt finishes. This was certainly a SummerSlam to remember, but maybe not in the best way. Summer’s come to a close, and in case you missed SummerSlam, here’s my review for WWE SummerSlam 2018.

Prediction Score: 10-3

Preshow: Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega def. Rusev and Lana

The two teams taunted each other to start things out before Rusev began to pummel Almas. Almas started to target Rusev’s arm, putting him in an armbar while hanging off of the ropes and keeping the brute down. Rusev tried to make a hot tag to Lana, but Vega pulled her down at the last second. Rusev threw Almas off of the top turnbuckle and made the hot tag to Lana, and the Ravishing Russian goes on a tear, and even doing a very bad spinaroonie. After hitting Vega with her own Machka Kick, she got distracted by Andrade “Cien” Almas, and Vega rolled her up with her feet on the ropes to pick up the win. No Aiden English, but shenanigans cost Team Rusev Day nonetheless.

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander (c) def. Drew Gulak to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

The match started out with some solid chain wrestling between the two, with Gulak trying to keep Alexander grounded. Gulak took control after hitting Cedric with a big boot, and began to target the neck of the champion with various submissions. Alexander caught a second wind, with a flurry of punches and clotheslines. The champion kept momentum going with a top rope suicide dive. After pushing Alexander off the top rope, Gulak locked in the Gulock while wrapped in the ropes, and Cedric fought out of another attempt at a Gulock. Both men tried to pin each other, and ultimately it was Cedric Alexander who managed to get the pin on Drew Gulak to retain his title, and keep establishing himself on 205 live.

Preshow: RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The B Team (c) def. The Revival to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships

I hate the B Team. Their gimmick is awful and I was happy when the Revival destroyed Bo Dallas and hit Curtis Axel with a Shattered Machine right off the bat. Dash and Dawson pick Bo Dallas’ leg apart, but Bo Dallas would throw Dawson into the post, and almost get a roll up, but The Revival went right back to destroying Bo Dallas. Bo would get an opening after hitting a neckbreaker from the top rope, and would make the tag to Curtis Axel. He goes on a tear, and throws Wilder out of the ring. Wilder would roll up Axel, but Bo Dallas would fall on them, flipping Axel over and giving the B-Team the win.

Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler (c) to become the new Intercontinental Champion

This was an interesting choice to start off the show, because it just got a lot more fan interest thanks to a returning Dean Ambrose. Drew McIntyre tried to get some shenanigans going early, but was stopped by the Lunatic. Ziggler kept going outside of the ring whenever Seth would start to get things going. Ziggler would start to attack Seth’s knee, and start to gain some momentum. The cameras would constantly pan over to Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose, teasing the inevitable brawl between them. Ziggler takes Rollins down with a headlock, but Rollins would power out, only for Dolph to kick the challenger back down, and reapply the rest hold. Rollins powered out again, and Dolph threw Seth over the top rope, landing on his injured knee. The two fought on the ring apron, culminating with a DDT onto the apron. Seth would almost get counted out, but got back in at a count of 9. Ziggler went for a Zig-Zag, but countered and went for a frog splash, but Ziggler got his knees up. Rollins hit an inverted Superplex and Falcon Arrow combo. Rollins went for the stomp, but Ziggler sidestepped out of the way, and Rollins got busted open. Dean hit McIntyre with a Dirty Deeds, then Rollins hit Ziggler with a superkick, then a stomp to win the Intercontinental Title. No heel turn from Ambrose, looks like that’ll come later.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day def. The Bludgeon Brothers (c) by DQ, the Bludgeon Bros are still the Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions

Xavier Woods and Rowan start things out, but the Bludgeons start to dominate right away, keeping Xavier isolated from Big E with constant tags and power moves. The Bludgeon Bros took out Big E, and continued to decimate Xavier Woods. The Bludgeon Bros tried to powerbomb Xavier onto the steps, but Xavier escaped and managed to make the tag to Big E, and started to turn Brooklyn into his own version of Suplex City, but the Bludgeons would come back and hit the double armpit chokeslam, but it wasn’t enough. Harper hits a sitout powerbomb, but Xavier stays defiant. Big E hits a Big Ending on the outside, and throws Harper onto Xavier Woods. Xavier hit a top rope elbow to Harper on the outside and tags back in Big E. Rowan hits Xavier and Big E with his stupid hammer to get DQ’d and keep their tag team titles.

If Braun Strowman loses in any capacity, he loses the Money in the Bank Contract: Braun Strowman def. Kevin Owens to retain his Money in the Bank Contract

Right from the start, Braun Strowman started to murder Kevin Owens, who is trying to lure Braun outside. Braun no-sold a superkick, then Braun chokeslammed KO on the entranceway, then a running powerslam, and it was over. This was just a long squash, and now Braun is the undisputed Monster in the Bank.

Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Charlotte def. Becky Lynch and Carmella (c) to become the new Smackdown Live Women’s Champion

Charlotte and Becky take turns taking out Carmella, who keeps driving a wedge between the two. Becky and Charlotte take turns with roll-ups while Carmella is sitting on the outside, throwing Charlotte into the post and taking down Becky, then she throws Becky out, and has Charlotte in a rest hold. Becky tried to roll up the champion, but failed. Charlotte tried to kick Carmella’s head off, but kicked Becky instead. Mella kicked Charlotte out of a figure four, then Becky hit Charlotte with a knee, then Becky took control. Charlotte hit the champ with a spear from out of nowhere, but the champ tried to hit a hurricanrana, Charlotte countered into a Boston Crab, and into a figure four, then Becky broke it up. Charlotte hit a Phoenix Splash from the top rope, and Becky in the Disarm her, but Carmella broke it up. Carmella kicked Charlotte out of the ring, then Becky had Carmella in the DisarmHer, but Charlotte broke it up with Natural Selection to win the Women’s title. After the match, Becky and Charlotte hugged it out in the middle of the ring, then Becky attacked Charlotte, turning her heel.

WWE Championship Match: Samoa Joe def. AJ Styles (c) by DQ, AJ Styles is still WWE Champion

Before the match started, Joe called out AJ’s wife and daughter from the Brooklyn crowd. AJ wrestled Joe down with a side headlock. Joe kicked AJ off of his feet, and rained down punches and strikes, before the champion regained momentum and took Joe down, and escaped to the outside. AJ tried to capitalized, but Joe kicked his feet out from under him. Samoa Joe barreled through the middle rope, and hit AJ Styles with a middle rope suicide dive. Joe keeps the champion down with a bone crunching lariat, and holding him in a headlock. Styles hit Joe with a powerful right, only for Joe to hit one of his own. Samoa Joe hit a diving knee from the top rope, but the champion kicked out. Styles tweaked his knee, and tried to get Joe into the Clash, but failed. AJ rolled through the Phenomenal Forearm, and then Joe hit a breakneck powerslam. AJ Styles finally managed to hit the Clash, and almost botch it. Styles and Joe exchanged heavy punches, and AJ locked in the calf crusher, which Joe countered into the Coquina Clutch. AJ wiggled his foot to the bottom rope, which frustrated Samoa Joe. Joe went for the Muscle Buster, AJ broke out, and Joe enziguri kicked AJ to the floor. Joe picked up the microphone and told Wendy that he’ll be their new daddy, then AJ went ballistic and attacked Samoa Joe with a chair getting himself disqualified.

The Miz def. Daniel Bryan

This match has been 8 years in the making, and it has lived up to the hype. Right from the get go, Miz tried to one-up D-Bry, hitting him with the YES kicks, then Bryan finally got to punch Miz in the face and hit the YES kicks. Bryan had Miz in a side headlock and kept punching Miz in the face. Miz kept stealing more of Daniel Bryan’s offense, with a surfboard, and Bryan retaliated with one of his own. Miz hung Bryan up on the top rope, then hit him with a clothesline that had Bryan land right on the top of his head. Miz kept belittling Bryan, then Daniel Bryan got things going, with his quick offense, and corner dropkicks, and a hurricanrana from the top rope. Bryan leapt down on The Miz from the top rope, and then would hammer on Mia with the YES kicks in the corner, then hit a back superplex from the top rope. Bryan once again teed off with the YES kicks, but MI countered with a DDT. Miz used the YES kicks, but Bryan leaned into them and then kicked Miz’s head off. Bryan went for the knee, Miz countered with the figure four, but Bryan tried to counter into the YES lock, but Miz slungshot Daniel Bryan into the ring post, then hit a Skull Crushing Finale, but Bryan kicked out. Miz went for Bryan’s knee, but D-Bry countered with a high kick. Miz ducked a kick and Bryan’s leg hit the post. Miz capitalized with a figure four, and Bryan managed to flip the figure four over, and Miz got to the rope to break the hold. Miz went for the Skull Crushing Finale, and Bryan rolled through it, finally locking in the YES Lock. Despite Bryan punching Miz in the back of the head, Miz broke the hold by reaching the ropes. Maryse gave The Miz brass knucks, then punched Daniel Bryan with the brass knucks to pick up the win.

“Demon” Finn Bálor def. Constable Baron Corbin

Corbin looked downright terrified, and pleading with the referee not to fight him. Finn hit Corbin with a corner dropkick, and 2 slingblades, and is hit the Constable with a Coup de Grace for the win in a very short squash match.

United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Jeff Hardy to retain the United States Championship

Nakamura starts playing mind games with Jeff Hardy, and decided to try to murder him with knees, keeping the Charismatic Enigma down with rest holds. Hardy hits a whisper in the wind, but that isn’t enough to keep the champion down. Hardy goes up to the top, but instead eats a knee from Nakamura. Hardy went for a Twist of Fate, but the champion almost countered with a low blow. Hardy hit the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb, but Nakamura reached the rope. Jeff hit another Twist of Fate, but Nakamura rolled onto the apron, and missed a Swanton on the apron. Nakamura hit a Kinshasa to beat Jeff Hardy and retain the title.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Alexa Bliss (c) to win the RAW Women’s Championship

Right from the get go, Alexa hid from Ronda, and Alexa got some offense in, but then Ronda decided to kill her with her rolling Samoan Drop, then putting Alexa Bliss in the armbar, and that was it. The third squash match of the night, and we have a new women’s champion.

WWE Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns def. Brock Lesnar (c) to finally win the Universal Championship

Braun Strowman came out and said he’s going to cash in immediately afterward. Roman hits 3 Superman Punches and 3 spears in succession, then Brock put Roman in the guillotine. Roman slammed Brock with a spinebuster and broke the hold. Brock immediately put the guillotine in again, and Roman broke it with another spinebuster. Roman went for another Superman Punch, then Brock took Roman down to Suplex City. Roman went for a spear, Brock rolled out of the way and Roman hit Braun. Brock went out of the ring and F5’d Braun Strowman, then threw Braun’s briefcase and hit Strowman with a chair. Then Brock tried to hit Reigns with a chair, then hit Brock with a spear and shockingly beat Lesnar for the title. I was shocked that Roman finally beat Lesnar, and according to rumors, he’ll be getting his rematch inside Hell in a Cell next month, and Strowman will cash in his contract.

Match of the Night: The Intercontinental Title Match

Once again, the Seth Rollins stole the show in the opening match. Although Ambrose didn’t turn heel, that doesn’t change the fact that this was a fantastic match. The inverted superplex/falcon arrow, Seth getting busted open, and that moment of Dean hitting Drew McIntyre with a Dirty Deeds before Rollins won the title was a great SummerSlam moment.

Overall Review

SummerSlam started out strong, with the IC and Smackdown Tag Titles, but then Braun squashed KO, and that was one of three squash matches tonight. The AJ-Samoa Joe match was pretty good, but although it ended in DQ, it adds to the story. Ronda’s match was a fun squash. Then the main event happened. Brock killed Braun Strowman, then after 4 spears, lost to Roman Reigns, and will have at least one more pay-per-view match before his UFC Heavyweight Title Clash against Daniel Cormier. I rate SummerSlam at a 6/10. What weighs this show down are the squash matches, and the DQ finishes, and Roman winning the Universal title. Now that Reigns has beaten Lesnar, we’re stuck with him as Universal Champion. Let’s hope that Braun Strowman cashes in soon.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 Predictions

The Greatest Party of the summer is finally here, and there surprisingly isn’t a John Cena match on the card. This is going to be another excruciatingly long show, and there will hopefully be some good matches to make it all worthwhile. It’s time to fire up the grill, grab some beers, and kick back as summer begins to wind down. Let’s have one last great summer night, with my predictions for WWE SummerSlam 2018.

Preshow: Rusev and Lana vs Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega

There is some tension brewing within team Rusev Day, with Aiden English costing Rusev and Lana matches against Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. I think this will be an okay preshow match, with Rusev and Almas doing good things. I think that there will be more tension with Team Rusev Day, as Aiden English will once again cost his best buddies the match, perhaps even leading to a face turn from English.

Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander (c) vs Drew Gulak

This match hasn’t had much build after Drew Gulak beat Mustafa Ali, Hideo Itami, and TJP to earn the opportunity. Cedric and Gulak are going to have a serviceable match, but I’m predicting that Alexander retains his title. He should hold that belt for a while.

Prediction: Cedric Alexander Retains

Preshow: RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The B Team (c) vs The Revival

After capitalizing off of the Shattered Machine on Monday, The B-Team and the Revival got thrown together in a throwaway match on the preshow. I’m getting tired of the B-Team’s stupid antics, and now I think that they’ve had their run. The Revival need to get that’s theirs, and that is a lengthy run as the tag team champions, bringing some legitimacy to Raw’s tag team division

Prediction: The Revival win the Tag Team Championships

United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Jeff Hardy

Brother Nero is finally getting his rematch after that six second loss at Extreme Rules last month. This should be an entertaining match, but Randy Orton is sure to get involved. There are rumors that Jeff Hardy is working injured, so I see Randy Orton ruining the match, beating the tar out of Jeff Hardy, and writing him off so he can get some rest. Hardy will win the match, but Nakamura will still be United States Champion.

Prediction: Jeff Hardy wins by DQ after interference from Randy Orton

Finn Bálor vs “Constable” Baron Corbin

The Constable is now taking the Big Cass method of feuding, picking on Finn because he’s small, and Corbin is being the bigger man. It’s hard to believe that 2 years ago Finn was fighting for the Universal Championship, now he’s just in a pee break match on a very long SummerSlam show. I’m picking Finn to win this match, and hopefully end this crappy feud.

Prediction: Finn Bálor

Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Carmella (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair

For the first time in more than a year, Becky Lynch is getting a Smackdown Women’s Championship match. She’s looked really strong in the past couple of months, tapping out IIconics and Charlotte. Carmella, alongside James Ellsworth killed the mystique of Asuka, and the champion has been booked as a woman who can hold her own, rather than rely on shenanigans to win like she has at Money in the Bank and Extreme Rules. I would’ve been fine with Becky fighting one on one, but the triple threat is fine. This match should be a fun triple threat, with Becky and Charlotte being wonderful workers, and Carmella playing the cowardly heel. I’m picking Becky Lynch to finally win back the Smackdown Women’s championship, and gain some much needed recognition.

Prediction: Becky Lynch wins the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship

Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs Seth Rollins

Rollins is getting another title match against Dolph Ziggler, this time he has some backup in a returning Dean Ambrose. This is going to be a fun match. Despite the crowd not being interested, the iron match was pretty decent. Rollins and Ziggler have the capability of stealing the show, and the dynamic of McIntyre and Dean should be interesting. Now that Ambrose is finally back in WWE, the question on everyone’s mind is: will he turn heel this Sunday? I believe that he will, after helping Rollins even out the odds and capture the Intercontinental Championship.

Prediction: Seth Rollins win the Intercontinental Title, but gets immediately attacked by Dean Ambrose

If Braun loses the match in any way, Braun loses his Money in the Bank Contract: Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens

This whole feud has been KO making Braun lose to Jinder Mahal in different ways, and stealing the briefcase. This match will be Owens pushing Braun’s buttons, trying to get him DQ’d, but it ultimately won’t work because Braun is going to destroy Kevin Owens without getting DQ’d or counted out, and keeping his briefcase. Although I would love to see Kevin Owens get the Money in the Bank Briefcase, the WWE aren’t going to take the briefcase off of the Monster among Men, and he’ll be Universal Champion very soon.

Prediction: Braun Strowman keeps the Money in the Bank Contract.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs The New Day

The Bludgeon Brothers have beaten everyone there is to beat on Smackdown Live. The New Day, The Usos, and Breezango have all fallen to Harper and Rowan. I was hoping that The Bar would win the Smackdown Tag Team Tournament, giving the former Wyatt Family Brothers a new challenge, and bringing a hint of fresh air to Smackdown Live’s tag team division. Enough of my fantasy booking, time to focus back on the match. Although the Bludgeon Brothers have decimated everyone on Smackdown, I think that The New Day are going to have their number this time, bringing some positivity back to Tuesday nights.

Prediction: The New Day win the Tag Titles

RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

Ronda finally has her opportunity to get her hands on Alexa Bliss this Sunday. After Alexa beat down Ronda Rousey, provoked her to get her suspended, and calling her an “overhyped rookie,” Ronda is going to enjoy beating the tar out of the champion. Like all of Ronda’s matches, it’ll be rapid fire the whole time, with Alexa cowering in fear of th e former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. I’m picking Ronda Rousey to get her revenge on Bliss, and win the RAW Women’s Championship.

Prediction: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey wins the RAW Women’s Championship

Daniel Bryan vs The Miz

This match has been building for two years, starting with that fire promo from Miz on Talking Smack calling Bryan a coward. The feud has been on a slow boil with Miz using the “YES kicks,” and hit the ground running after Bryan got cleared. A match hasn’t had this level of hype in years. The seeds for this match goes all the way back to 2010, and the video packages this past Tuesday were the perfect way to cap off the build for this match. This match will be elevated into legendary status thanks to the crowd, and will be great storytelling with The Miz and D-Bry trading “YES” kicks, and will be a great moment for the crowd when Bryan finally shuts The Miz up.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan beats The Miz

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

Is this 2018 WWE, or mid 2000’s TNA? Two of the biggest indie stars of the past decade are squaring off in Brooklyn for the WWE Championship. Joe has made this match very personal, saying that AJ never wanted a family because he cares so much about being a champion, and also saying that AJ’s family would be rooting for Joe. This match is going to be great, hard hitting and shows just how good AJ and Samoa Joe are. On Sunday, AJ Styles will have held the WWE Championship for 285 days, beating the likes of Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Although he is the cover boy for WWE 2K19, I’m picking Samoa Joe to put the Phenomenal One to sleep, and finally capture the WWE Championship.

Prediction: Samoa Joe wins the WWE Championship

WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns

You’ve gotta be kidding me. For the third time in four months, Roman Reigns gets a title match against Lesnar, who will soon be getting ready to face Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. The way WWE has been booking Lesnar, as an uncaring monster who is only out for himself, is a great way to get heat on the Beast, and it is a ploy to make the crowd root for Reigns, that has worked. On the July 30 Raw, Brock F5’d Kurt Angle, teasing a potential match between the two for later on, if Lesnar is ever going to come back. They teased Brock betraying Paul Heyman, and it seemed that the WWE are stripping what little humanity Brock’s character has left, portraying him as a cold, heartless, unkillable monster, and Roman Reigns as the knight that will slay the beast. But it turns out that it was all an elaborate ruse on the part of Paul and Brock. We have been delaying this coronation for three and a half years, and although Lesnar is booked for the Raw after SummerSlam, we all know that Reigns is going to win here. However, the fans will be sent home happy after Braun cashes in on the big dog, reigniting their feud.

Prediction: Roman Reigns finally slays the Beast, but Braun Strowman cashes in and wins the belt