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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10 Worst WrestleMania Matches of All-Time

Last year, I made a list counting down the best WrestleMania matches (the link is right here, https://breakingitdownwithdkownblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/10-greatest-wrestlemania-matches-of-all-time-2) and now it’s time to look at some of the worst. You won’t be finding any of these on any highlight videos. These are the matches that left a bad taste in the mouths of the fans, and brought down the quality of that year’s Mania as a whole.  Let’s get ready for the worst of the worst with the 10 worst WrestleMania matches ever.

Dishonorable Mentions: The Undertaker vs Big Boss Man (WrestleMania XV), John Morrison, Snooki and Trish Stratus vs Dolph Ziggler, and LayCool (WrestleMania XXVII)

10 Uncle Elmer vs Adrian Adonis (WrestleMania II)

This was a three minute match, and was one of the worst matches of the disaster that was WrestleMania II. Both men were out of shape, Elmer falls over after throwing a punch, and Adonis wins after avoiding a slow leg drop. For a more in depth review, check out Wrestling with Wregret’s Top 8 Worst WrestleMania Matches.

9 The Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal (WrestleMania XXV)

A battle royal that was meant to honor the women of the past and present was won by a dude in drag. Need I say more?

8 Kane vs The Great Khali (WrestleMania 23)

Ah, the Great Khali. This was during his initial monster push before WWE remembered that Khali could barely move. This match was a slow affair, and Khali won. Kane deserved a lot better than this.

7 The Undertaker vs Shane McMahon (WrestleMania 32)

This was one of the worst Hell in a Cell matches of all time, and all there was to it was Shane McMahon jumping to his death. While his match against the Big Boss Man wasn’t great either, that one didn’t go for 30 minutes like this one did. It was a slow affair with a less mobile Undertaker, and untrained wrestler Shane McMahon. The fans were supposed to believe that  Shane O’Mac would be a credible threat to the Undertaker, and that is simply impossible. It’s the Undertaker after all. At least we got to see Shane McMahon jump to his death.

6 Triple H vs Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 32)

I don’t like to crap on WrestleMania 32, it has a special place in my heart because I was there to witness it live. But jebus the main event sucked. We all knew that Roman Reigns would be fighting Triple H, but we expected it to at least be a decent match. But it wasn’t. It was almost 30 minutes of rest holds, and a spear through the barricade. This match is unfit to main event an episode of Superstars, let alone the biggest WrestleMania of all time.

5 The Undertaker vs The Giant Gonzales (WrestleMania IX)

This is the only match in the Undertaker’s WrestleMania resume to end in a DQ. Even with that, the match was terrible. The Giant Gonzales was virtually immobile, and it was an uphill battle for Taker to get even a decent match out of him. But as i mentioned, Taker won by DQ because Harvey Wippleman handed The Giant a chloroform rag, and KO’d the deadman. Then Taker came back out, and knocked the Giant on his ass.

4 Big Show vs Akebono (WrestleMania 21)

Big Show, you tried your damndest to kick your legacy to death. He hasn’t had the best WrestleMania legacy, and this one may be the cherry on top of the turd sundae that is Big Show’s WrestleMania legacy. Now, I’m not intending to disrespect Sumo Wrestling. It is a highly regarded sport in Japan. But for the casual professional wrestling fan, it was just a boring match with lots of pushing. And just like all celebrities, Akebono threw the Big Show out of the ring. WrestleMania is not the place to have a sumo match. Also, Big Show in a diaper. Yeah, not worth a watch.

3 Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon (WrestleMania XXVI)

I know that this was supposed to be the death of the ‘Mr. McMahon’ character, but Bret Hart couldn’t take a bump thanks to a mule kick from Goldberg. He’s been retired for 10 years, and the match boiled down to just every member of the Hart family kicking Vince’s ass, then Bret locked in the sharpshooter for the win.

2 Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania XX)

Y’all knew it’d be up here. The fans knew that both Brock and Goldberg would be leaving after this match, and both combatants decided to not care and barely wrestle for almost 14 minutes, then Austin gave them both a stunner on their way out. At least we got that really fun rematch 13 years later.

1 Jerry Lawler vs Michael Cole (WrestleMania 27)

Yep. A match featuring two announcers is the worst match in WrestleMania history. This match was supposed to be the culmination of the ‘feud’ between Maggle Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Maggle tormented Lawler for months on commentary, and it was going to lead to a match at WrestleMania, and Maggle would finally get his comeuppance. Stone Cold was named the guest referee to make the fans care, but not even Austin could make the fans care. Now, I’m going to give Cole a pass because, again, he’s an announcer, but this match went too long. Jack Swagger had Jerry in an ankle lock, and it was just an overbooked match that lasted almost 15 minutes, and the segment itself almost 30. Then just when i seemed that Jerry won and made Maggle submit, the Anonymous RAW GM (AKA Hornswoggle) reversed the decision, giving the DQ win to Cole. This was the turd on top of what is considered to be the worst WrestleMania in the past 20 years.

WWE Fastlane 2019 Predictions

We’ve reached the final pit stop on the ‘Road to WrestleMania,’ and it has certainly been shaken up. Kevin Owens is back and he’s fighting for the WWE Title. This pay per view is going to give us a basis as to what the feuds going into WrestleMania are going to be, and what concerns me is that this show hasn’t really gotten a decent build, outside of the WWE title match. Let’s get rolling on the home stretch, with my predictions for WWE Fastlane 2019.
Preshow: Rey Mysterio vs Andrade
Once again, Rey Mysterio takes on Andrade in what will definitely be a show stealer, and this match is on the preshow. This is unbelievable. After taking part in a good fatal 4 way US Title match on Smackdown Live (including a Canadian Destroyer spot), this match was announced. I’m going to pick Andrade to pick up the win, and get some momentum for his appearance in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Mania.
Prediction: Andrade
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs McMiz
At Elimination Chamber, The Usos unsuspectingly got a roll-up win over McMiz, and are join the New Age Outlaws, and Edge & Christian as six time tag team WWE Tag Team Champions. Miz apologized to Shane for eating the pin and letting their team down, and after The Usos insulted them, Shane O’ Mac scheduled a rematch for the tag team titles at Fastlane. This is going to be where this time, Miz blames Shane for their team losing, and turns heel. They gotta set up Miz-Shane for ‘Mania, and this is the best time to do it.
Prediction: Usos retain
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs Mandy Rose
Why is Mandy Rose getting a title match? Yes, she rolled up Asuka, but there could be a better challenger to Asuka’s title. But here we are. I really want Asuka to just murder Mandy Rose in like 20 seconds, but I’m sure that it’ll be at least 8 minutes. I’m picking Asuka to retain her title because it’s Asuka and she needs to be strong going into WrestleMania.
Prediction: Asuka retains
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: The Boss N’ Hug Connection (c) vs The Samoan Slaughterhouse
Again, I wanted the tag titles to be won at WrestleMania, but that’s beside the point. Tamina and Nia taunted Sasha about not being able to defend her title, and now the Boss N’ Hug Connection are defending their titles against the Samoan Slaughterhouse. I’m sure Nia and Tamina are going to dominate most of the match because they have to look strong, but I’m going to pick The Boss N’ Hug Connection to retain their titles, and head into WrestleMania as the champs.
Prediction: Boss N’ Hug retain
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair: If Becky Lynch wins, she will be added to the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 35
I’m gonna be honest. This whole Becky-Ronda-Charlotte storyline has been f*****g dumb. Becky should be in the match anyway since she won the Royal Rumble Match. Being suspended and replaced shouldn’t really nullify her title win. The RAW Women’s title was also vacant for like 2 hours on the go-home RAW, before Ronda came out and got her title back. Now, it looks like we’re getting a heel Ronda Rousey and it was the Ronda we should’ve gotten all along. A heartless killing machine, and essentially the female Brock Lesnar. She whupped Becky Lynch’s ass, stacking the deck even higher against ‘The Man.’ She’s on one good leg, and will have one good arm, but Becky’s gonna fight her way into WrestleMania main event. It’ll be culmination to a long story, and this is going to make Becky’s title win all the more sweeter at Mania.
Prediction: Becky wins
Six Man Tag Team Match: The Shield vs Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre
Thanks to Dean’s WWE status being unclear, The Shield are getting one final ride at Fastlane now that Roman Reigns is back. And what better opponent for The Shield’s potential final ride than 3 midcard heels. Honestly, i know this was rushed because of Roman Reigns’ sudden return, but I feel like The Shields’ last ride should feel special. We all know The Shield are going to win this match, and if this is truly their final ride, Thank you Shield for the memories and great six man tag matches. Continue to kick some ass as singles stars.
Prediction: The Shield triumphantly ride off into the sunset
Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the RAW Tag Team Championships: The Revival (c) vs Chad Gable and Bobby Roode vs Aleister Black and Ricochet
Since Tommaso Ciampa is injured, now WWE are putting Black and Ricochet together? That is so dumb. How are the casual fans supposed to believe that these guys are supposed to be big deals, if they wrestle in nothing but tag team matches? My anger aside, This has the quality to be a show stealing tag title match. This is a triple threat because Chad Gable and Bobby Roode came out and got the Revival a DQ win over Ricochet and Aleister Black. While I feel like Aleister Black and Ricochet are going to win, I’m going to pick The Revival to win and have Roode and Gable eat the pin.
Prediction: The Revival retain
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kevin Owens
Fun Fact: This is the first time Daniel Bryan will be defending the WWE Championship without AJ Styles being involved in any sort of fashion
A match we all thought we were getting at Wrestlemania is happening at Fastlane. Honestly, while everyone is upset over Kofi getting replaced, they’re overlooking what is honestly a WWE dream match. These two indie legends haven’t fought each other one on one since 2008 in PWG. When Kevin Owens got to WWE, Daniel Bryan was retired and yes, he fought Bryan in his return match, but that was a tag team match. Although Shane McMahon named Kofi #1 contender, Vince made a surprise appearance and replaced Kofi with a returning Kevin Owens, just like how he replaced Becky Lynch with Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. This means that it’s very likely that Kofi Kingston will be getting a WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania 35. I’m going to be honest, I love a babyface Kevin Owens, and before he got injured it seemed that a double turn was happening between Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley. And speaking of, it looks like Kevin Owens has a new finisher. In paying homage to WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, KO tossed away the pop-up powerbomb, and is now using the “Stone Cold” Stunner. This match is sure to be an easy MOTY candidate and a great main event. I’m going to pick Daniel Bryan to retain his WWE Championship, and go into WrestleMania as the WWE Champion.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains

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.

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 TLC 2018 Review

The final pay-per-view of 2018 was an alright show. The action picked up a lot towards the end, but still doesn’t change the fact that TLC was okay for the most part. New champs were crowned, including the Asuka finally being coronated as champion. Who else got a healthy dose of tables, ladders, and chairs? Let’s find out with my review for WWE TLC 2018.

Prediction Score: 7-5

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) def. Cedric Alexander to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

I knew this match was on the preshow. The match started out with some flips and leg hooks, but Cedric used his speed to avoid Buddy’s power, but Buddy dropped Alexander out of the ring with a stiff knee to the side of the head. Murphy held Alexander down with some rest holds, but Alexander picked up the pace to regain momentum. Buddy Murphy almost retained thanks to a handful of tights, but Cedric’s perseverance kept him in the match. Murphy hit a superkick/powerbomb combo from the corner, but it wasn’t enough to retain. Cedric dropped the champion on the apron and hit the Lumbar Check, but Murphy’s foot hit the rope. Murphy threw Cedric in to the turnbuckle, then hit Murphy’s Law to retain the title.

Guitar Ladder Match: Elias def. Bobby Lashley

So, instead of using it as a weapon, you just win the match when you grab the guitar. Lashley used his power to gain early control, before using a ladder to gain control over the “Almighty” Bobby Lashley. He may be big and strong, but he’s not a God Maggle. Lio Rush distracted Elias from climbing the ladder, then Lashley regained the upper hand. Lashley hit a move on a ladder, which hit Elias in what was a funny spot. Lashley climbed a ladder, but Elias knocked him down after he threw a ladder at Lashley. In one of my favorite spots of the night, Bobby hit a belly to belly throw onto one of the ladders, then proceeded to pummel Elias in the corner. Elias hit a powerbomb onto a ladder, while Maggle called it a spinebuster. Elias climbed the ladder and got his guitar, but Lio Rush interfered before Elias could use it. Lio hit a frog splash, then Lashley cracked the guitar over Elias’ back.

Mixed Match Finals where the winning team gains the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Matches: The Fabulous Truth (R-Truth & Carmella) def. Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal

Apparently they also got a free vacation along with their #30 spots. Truth and Jinder started out the match, and not a whole lot before a tag got made to Carmella, and then the dance break started. Carmella and Alicia Fox fought for a little bit, then Truth distracted Foxy, and Carmella hit a superkick to Alicia Fox and the Singhs. Foxy tried to roll up Carmella, but she countered with the Code of Silence to pick up the win. Truth is probably going to enter the Women’s Rumble, because he’s an idiot.

Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) def. The Usos and The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships

I think it’s weird that in a triple threat tag team match, only two people start out the match, completely isolating one of the teams. Kofi and Sheamus start the match out early. Kofi used his agility to get the upper hand on Sheamus, but the Usos came in and beat everyone up. Cesaro countered a Jey Uso suicide dive with an uppercut, and The Barr begin to dissect Xavier Woods with constant tags and power moves. Woods hits the Honor Roll, but Sheamus took out the Usos and prevented Xavier from making a tag. Woods hung Sheamus up on the top rope, and Xavier finally made the tag to Kofi, and he goes on a tear, and hit Cesaro with a new Day Boom Drop. Cesaro countered a Trouble in Paradise, and The Usos tagged themselves in. The legal men are Jimmy Uso and Kofi, and The Usos superkick everyone in the match. Cesaro managed to tag himself in the match, and locked the Sharpshooter in on Kofi, moving to the center of the ring. Kofi dodges a Brogue Kick, and Koi hits a Trouble in Paradise, then Xavier hit an elbow drop from the top, but the Usos and Cesaro broke up the pin. Kofi jumped off the top rope and took everyone out, but then Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick to retain the tag team titles.

TLC Match: If Baron Corbin wins, he becomes permanent General Manager of RAW. If Braun Strowman wins, he gets a Universal Championship Match at the Royal Rumble and Baron Corbin is stripped of his power: Braun Strowman def. Baron Corbin and will get a Universal Title Match, and Corbin is fired

Out comes GM Elect Baron Corbin, and he cuts a promo talking about how he listens to the fans complaints, then tells the fans to get used to it. Heath Slater begins the 10 count. Heath gets to a count of 7, then out comes Braun Strowman with his arm in a sling. Braun cuts a promo saying that he’s got a buddy to help him, and it’d be perfectly legal in a TLC match. Is it Bray Wyatt? No, it’s Apollo Crews, the Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, and Finn Bálor, all armed with chairs. Corbin orders Heath to ban them from ringside, but Slater lays out Corbin and everyone hits Baron with chairs. Corbin goes up the ramp, but Kurt Angle grabs a chair and pummels Baron Corbin back to the ring. Roode and Gable hit a moonsault neckbreaker, Crews hits a frog splash, and then Kurt Angle hits an Angle Slam. Finn hits the Coup de Grace, and Braun pins Baron Corbin to win the TLC Match.

Tables Match: Natalya def. Ruby Riott

The Riott Squad came out with a table that has Jim Neidhart’s fathead on it, and Natty starts off very aggressive, with the Riott Squad on the outside of the ring playing mind games with Natty. Natalya tried to hit a German Suplex off the apron, but Ruby countered. Natty tried to ram Ruby through the table, but Liv Morgan takes the bullet for Ruby, as she crashed through a table on the outside. Natalya continues her aggression, even calling Ruby Riott a bitch. Natalya tried to go for a powerbomb, but Ruby escaped, and Natty put Sarah Logan through a table, making it 1 v 1. Ruby uses the Jim Neidhart table to play mind games with Natalya, saying that The Anvil was ashamed of her. They both almost put each other through the table, then Natalya locked in the Sharpshooter, and Ruby made the table fall on Natalya in order to escape. Ruby set up the table, but Natalya put Ruby up on her shoulders, and hit an electric chair. Natalya grabs a table with a fathead of Ruby Riott on it, and grabbed her dad’s Hart Foundation jacket. Ruby superkicked Natalya, then propped Natalya on a table, but Natty reversed and put Ruby on the table. Before she could go off the top, Ruby tried to hit a head scissor, but Natalya countered with a powerbomb, and put Ruby through it Bubba Ray style.

Finn Bálor def. Drew McIntyre

Hey Finn, long time no see. Drew uses his power to ground Finn, but Bálor tried to chop the big guy down to size. Finn hits a chop block to Drew’s knee, but Drew continues to use brute kicks and chops, before Finn continues to stomp on Drew’s leg. Drew grams Finn once he went up top, and countered with a belly to belly throw, and hammered down punches. Finn tried to hit a sunset flip, but Drew counters and throws Finn across the ring again. Finn hits a forearm and uses his speed to get an advantage over the Scottish Terminator. Finn tried to hit the Shotgun Dropkick, but Drew caught him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Finn counters the Reverse Alabama Slam with a roll-up, and tried to go up top, but Drew prevents it thanks to some chops. Drew hits a mid-rope White Noise, but Finn kicked out. Finn trapped McIntyre in the apron, and rained down some stomps, but Drew slammed Finn on the apron, and hit the Glasgow Kiss Headbutt, dropping Bálor like a heap. Dolph Ziggler hit a superkick to McIntyre, but Drew kicked the chair in Dolph’s face and Finn hit a shotgun Dropkick, and Coup de Grace to pick up the win over Drew McIntyre.

Chairs Match: Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton

Rey Mysterio was the first person to grab a chair, and Rey is pelting the Viper with the chair. Rey got caught up, and Randy Orton begins to tee off with a chair. Orton tried a suplex on the Apron, but Rey counters and kicks Randy’s feet out from under him. Rey hits a baseball slide while riding a chair like a sled to the outside, and continues to wear Randy down. Rey tried hit a seated senton from the apron, but missed and hit a chair instead. Randy clears off the Smackdown Live announce table, and gently places a chair on top of it, slamming Rey face first. Randy sets up a chair in the corner, and Rey sent him shoulder first thanks to a hurricanrana. Randy immediately counters with a quick powerslam. Rey almost hit a 619, but Randy countered. Rey tried to do a springboard move, but Randy countered by chucking a chair at him. Rey managed to hit a 619, but Randy took Rey’s leg out before he could fly. Randy slams Rey’s face into a chair he had propped up in the corner twice, then tried to hit an RKO onto a row of chairs, and Rey beat Randy Orton thanks to a roll-up, leaving a very irate Randy Orton in the ring.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) def. Nia Jax to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

Ronda used her quickness early to get the better of Nia Jax, and used her kicks to chop her down. Ronda tried to lock in the armbar early, but Nia countered with a powerbomb, allowing Nia to take over with her power, and smashed Ronda Rousey’s shoulder into the ring post. Ronda locked in a guillotine, but Nia used her power to counter, and slam the champion into the ring post. Nia locks in a Cobra Clutch, and Ronda counters a powerbomb with a hurricanrana, and hit a crossbody to the outside of the ring. Ronda hit some rights and lefts, a step up knee and a step up elbow, but it wasn’t enough to keep Nia down. Nia counters a crossbody attempt with a Samoan Drop, but Ronda kicked out. Nia tried a midrope Samoan Drop, but got countered into an awesome Sunset Flip Powerbomb. Tamina distracts Rousey, and Nia tried to hit a right hand, but got countered into a twisting armbar to give Ronda the win, and a title retention.

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

Bryan rolls outside the ring and jogs in place, and played mind games with the former champion. Styles starts to get aggressive with chops in the corner, and driving his shoulder into his ribs. Styles hit a dropkick and sent D-Bry to the outside. Styles went for a forearm smash, but got caught with a kick instead. Bryan sent AJ in to the barricade before dissecting AJ in the ring, hitting AJ with knees again and again to AJ’s spine before locking in a submission. Bryan hits AJ with chops in the corner, before Styles retaliates with chops of his own, then Bryan attacked the ribs. Bryan kicks AJ while he’s down, attacking AJ’s ribs with kicks, sending the Phenomenal One outside the ring. AJ pummels Bryan in the corner, but Bryan comes back with a drop toe hold into the corner, and hit his corner dropkicks, then AJ countered with a huge lariat. AJ throws Bryan into the ring post, and Bryan runs right into an Ushigaroshi. Bryan counters a Moonsault Reverse DDT with a bunch of knees to the face, then a suplex. Bryan hit the “YES” kicks, then tried to hit a suplex but AJ countered with a head kick. Bryan countered a Phenomenal Forearm with a kick, before AJ started to pick apart Bryan’s left leg with kicks and chop blocks. Bryan hit a hurricanrana, but AJ countered into the clash, but transitioned into a half Boston Crab. Right before Bryan was going to reach the rope, AJ dragged Bryan to the middle of the ring, and countered with the LeBell Lock. Bryan and Styles exchange strikes before AJ hit a springboard 450, but it wasn’t enough to take down the champ. Styles locked in the calf crusher in the middle of the ring while Bryan is writhing in pain, but Bryan wriggles to the bottom rope. Bryan threw AJ into the timekeeper’s area, but AJ caught himself and hit a Phenomenal Forearm on the outside. AJ tried to hit another Phenomenal Forearm, but D-Bry rolled out of the way, and tried to hit the knee. AJ rolled Bryan up, but Bryan reversed it and got the W over the phenomenal challenger.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (c) to win the Intercontinental Championship

I like the siren that plays during Bane Ambrose’s entrance, and Dean wearing the snake pin on his jacket. Corey Graves keeps pushing Renee’s relationship with her husband, which is pretty awkward. Dean Ambrose Rollins shoves Ambrose, then takes Ambrose down, and begins to quicken the pace right out the gate. Ambrose takes control, throwing Seth Rollins into the announce table and clubbing Seth down with rest holds and near falls. Dean throw Rollins in the corner, and beat him down with lariats and an elbow. Rollins goes for a clothesline and Dean counters with a neckbreaker, and hit constant covers on Rollins. Dean plays mind games with Seth, and pummels him with rights and lefts. Dean locks in a cloverleaf, but Rollins gets to the rope. Rollins hits a legdrop across the back of the neck, but Ambrose counters a suicide dive with a straight right. Rollins tried to go for a buckle bomb, but his leg gave out. Rollins hits 2 rapid fire suicide dives. Seth tried to go for a sunset flip, but his knee gave out, but he managed to hit a bucklebomb anyway. Seth hit a kick to the gut, but Ambrose followed up with a kick of his own. The two former brothers exchanged a series of strikes, then took each other with a clothesline. Dean went up top, but Seth tried to meet him. Seth’s knee gave out again. Dean tried to go for Dirty Deeds, but Seth’s knee gave out again. In an act of resilience, Seth hit a ripcord knee, but Dean kicked out. Seth hit the Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo, but Dean still kicked out. Seth tried to hit a superkick, but Dean offered the shield fistbump, but that sent Seth Rollins in a rage, hitting a bucklebomb into the barricade. Seth slapped Ambrose, calling him a POS, then tried to hit the stomp and hit Dirty Deeds, allowing Dean to capture the Intercontinental Championship.

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

Asuka goes ham on Charlotte and Becky, pummeling them with brutal strikes and kicks because Becky and Charlotte were bickering. Becky hits Asuka with knees to the back of her head, and begins to pummel the Empress of Tomorrow in the corner before Charlotte takes them both out. Charlotte and Asuka grab ladders while Becky grabs a table. Charlotte is choking Asuka, then Charlotte and Asuka start fighting. Asuka throws Becky onto a ladder. Asuka and Charlotte climb a ladder, with Asuka powerbombing Charlotte through a table. Asuka takes out Becky, then Charlotte hits Asuka with a chair and takes everyone out with a moonsault. Now it’s Becky’s turn to go ham with a chair, hitting Asuka 7 times before Charlotte kicks it out of her hands. Becky grabs a big ladder, and hits a legdrop onto Charlotte through the announce table. Asuka is all alone in the middle of the ring, and climbs the ladder, only for Becky to meet her there. Charlotte came from out of nowhere and went ham on everyone thanks to a Kendo Stick. Becky hits a Becksploder onto a table, then Asuka went ham with a kendo stick, only for Charlotte to hit a spear through a barricade. Meanwhile, Becky climbs the ladder and Charlotte brings her down. Then the two former best friends start fighting, with Becky throwing Charlotte into the ladder, and fighting on the outside. Charlotte hit a Swanton Bomb through a table, and Charlotte makes the climb, only for Asuka to come from out of nowhere and attack Charlotte on top of the ladder. Becky grabs another ladder on the other side, and Asuka falls. Charlotte and Becky fight on top of the ladders, only for Ronda Rousey to make her way to the ring, and push the ladder, turning heel in the process, hand delivering the Smackdown Women’s Championship to Asuka.

Match of the Night: Charlotte vs Becky vs Asuka

The Triple Threat TLC main event was one of the best matches of the year, and will go down as one of the best Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches of all time. The action was fantastic from start to finish. Ronda coming out to cost Becky the match was a good way to set up their WrestleMania feud, and ASUKA IS FINALLY CHAMPION. 8 months too late, but I’m excited that she’s champion.

Overall Review

The cruiserweight title match was a decent and quick match, even garnering a 205 Live chant. It was a very good match, and honestly should’ve been on the main show. Surprisingly, the Guitar Ladder Match was also on the preshow, and it was okay. Nothing great, just okay. It’s awesome that Elias won, but in the end he still was looking up at the lights because Lashley had to keep his heat. The MMC finals happened, and honestly you could’ve no watched this match and didn’t miss a thing. The Triple Threat Tag match was very entertaining, full of crisp action and great showings from all 3 teams. Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin was basically a mugging, and with the help of Kurt Angle and some other people, Braun gets his title match against Brock Lesnar at the Rumble, and Corbin is fired. The tables match was okay, with lots of storytelling hinting on Jim Neidhart’s death, but it was a nice moment to see Natty wearing her dad’s jacket and shades picking up a very personal win. The Finn Bálor-McIntyre match was one of the better match of the night. What kinda ruined it for me, was Dolph Ziggler giving the win to Finn. The story telling in the match was Finn overcoming Drew’s power, and cutting the giant down to size. The whole thing with Dolph, was Dolph doing Finn a favor because Finn helped Dolph, but it looks like they’re gonna feud instead. The Chairs match between Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio was meh. I didn’t care for the match. The RAW Women’s title match was also good, with Ronda once again showing how great her selling is. Then, backstage Becky Lynch kicked the crap out of Nia Jax because she was collecting debts when The Man comes around. The action picked up with the last 3 matches of the night, starting with the WWE Championship. AJ and Bryan wrestled their best match of the year, and was one of the best matches of the night from a pure in-ring standpoint. The roll-up finish keeps this feud going, which honestly shouldn’t. Bryan needs a new opponent for the Royal Rumble. My favorite match of the night was the IC title match. It had great action, great storytelling, and Corey Graves being a douche on commentary. I mean, we all know Renee is married to Dean, but don’t be a douchebag about it. And Ambrose winning was the right call, I was afraid that Dean was gonna lose so the crowd can have a feel-good moment. The main event was fantastic. Everything was great, and everyone had a chance to shine. Charlotte especially got to show how truly vicious she can be. Ronda interfering was a good way to set up Becky winning the Rumble, and Asuka is finally the women’s champion. I hope she has a long reign killing everyone, making up for the horrible year she’s had. TLC started off to be a meh pay-per-view, but the last three matches really picked up the pace. I’m going to rate TLC at a 8.5 out of 10. It was much better than I expected it to be, but still wasn’t a great show. Let’s hope that 2019 will be a great year for WWE, because they need to step things up.

WWE TLC 2018 Predictions

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already the final WWE pay-per-view of 2018. This year’s had ups, and a lot of downs, but we’ve finally made it to a chaotic end. There hasn’t really been much build to a lot of these matches, which means that this show will likely crash and burn. Let’s see who will get a healthy dose of tables, ladders, and chairs with my predictions for WWE TLC 2018.

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Cedric Alexander

I slated this match on the preshow, because let’s be honest; this is going to be on the preshow. Cruiserweight title matches are always on the preshow. 2 months after suffering his first loss of the year, Cedric Alexander finally gets his rematch against the 205 Live juggernaut. They had a great match at Super Show-Down, and I’m sure that they’ll have another great match here. It’s way too soon for Murphy to lose his championship, so I’m picking Buddy to retain.

Prediction: Murphy Retains

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Finals where the winning team will gain the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Match: R Truth & Carmella vs Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal

Has anyone really watched Mixed Match Challenge? Me either. The finals of the MMC have massive stakes, because the winning team will have the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Matches. Well, I’m going to pick the babyface team to win, because apparently everyone loves the dance breaks.

Prediction: R-Truth and Carmella

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Dean Ambrose

I can’t believe that they made Dean Ambrose, a complex, and bitter character, into another generic WWE heel. The Ambrose heel turn finally happens, and after a couple of weeks he turns into a dude cosplaying as Bane talking about how dirty the fans are. Really? That’s how we’re going to portray Dean Ambrose? What happened to him feeling as the forgotten Shield brother? My frustrations aside, this is the biggest feud in the WWE right now, and has a lot of expectations to live up to. Their first feud in 2014, was the Dave Meltzer feud of the year. I feel like that this match is deserving of a stipulation, maybe a ladder match, or TLC, but Seth defended his IC belt on Monday. I’m going to pick Dean Ambrose to beat Seth Rollins, because this is his first match since his heel turn, and it needs to start off with a bang.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose wins the Intercontinental Championship

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

A rematch from Money in the Bank, Ronda defends her belt against the biggest threat on RAW (both literally and figuratively) in Nia Jax. If their match at MITB has anything to indicate, then we’re in for a treat. Nia won a battle royal at Evolution, and had a dominant showing at Survivor Series, being the sole survivor for her team. Nia is going to have a strong showing, and will most likely dominate the whole match. Just like their last match, I’m picking Ronda to pick up the win, just not by DQ.

Prediction: Rousey retains

Finn Bálor vs Drew McIntyre

This match was thrown together at the last minute, but it could be a potential show-stealer. Finn and Drew are two of the best workers on Raw, and should be in the main event picture. Thanks to Finn, Drew lost his first match on the main roster to Dolph Ziggler, and proceeded to pummel the Bullet Club founder backstage. There are rumors that he’s hurt because he was pulled from Mixed Match Challenge, and some house shows, but it looks like the match is still on. I’m going to pick Drew McIntyre to win this match, because he needs to continue looking dominant in case he gets to challenge Brock Lesnar.

Prediction: Drew McIntyre

Guitar Ladder Match: Elias vs Bobby Lashley

So, why is a guitar hung above the ring exactly? This stipulation doesn’t really make sense to me. Regardless, the first person to grab the guitar, can get to use it as a weapon. This hasn’t really been a feud, because it’s just been Bobby Lashley kicking the crap out of Elias alongside Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. As much as we all would want an Elias victory, because WWE need to do something with Elias, I’m going to pick Bobby Lashley to win this match, and continue his heel dominance on Raw.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

Chairs Match: Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio

So, just because Randy Orton pummeled Rey with a chair means that they’ll be fighting in a chairs match? Makes sense to me. Regardless, this match should be nothing but Randy Orton demolishing poor Rey Mysterio, and just giving Randy Orton more and more heel heat.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) vs The New Day vs The Usos

The three best teams on Smackdown Live are competing for the tag team titles. This match has show-stealer written all over it, and we’re in for a treat. After the Usos beat The Bar on Smackdown, a triple threat tag match was sanctioned. The only real build this match had, was the rap battle on last night’s Smackdown. That rap battle, may not have had as many brutal jabs, but it was pretty hilarious. The Bar dressing up like Run DMC, and parodied Ice Ice Baby, while the Usos interviewed a turnbuckle on how it felt to knock Cesaro’s teeth down his throat. While this match is gonna be a classic, I’m picking Run BAR to retain the tag titles, and finish the year strong.

Prediction: The Bar Retain

Tables Match: Natalya vs Ruby Riott

This feud started over a busted pair of sunglasses. Seriously. And WWE exploiting Jim Neidhart’s death, isn’t really worth this feud. It doesn’t have the fire that it should. But since the Riott Squad powerbombed Natty through a table, it’s getting a tables match stipulation. This is going to be a quick match, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was under 10 minutes. I’m picking Ruby Riott to pick up the win, shenanigans or not.

Prediction: Ruby Riott

WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles

Of all the matches that got stipulations, I’m surprised this one didn’t. After all, it is for the WWE Championship. The “New Daniel Bryan” is one of the best heels in the company, and I didn’t think it was possible to turn Bryan heel after he came back. He’s calling people parasites, and really using his eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle, to get heel heat. This is going to be a good match, because it’s two of the WWE’s best workers. I’m going to pick Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship, because it’s way too soon for the New Daniel Bryan to lose his WWE Championship, and he’s gotta get ready to fight the Miz at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains

Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, where if Braun Strowman wins he gets a Universal Championship Match at the Royal Rumble & Corbin is stripped of power; if Baron Corbin wins, he becomes permanent General Manager of RAW: Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin

I’m not really sure if this match is going to happen, because Braun Strowman still isn’t cleared from his surgery. For the past couple of weeks, GM-Elect Corbin has said that he’s just going to win the match by forfeit, but Braun Strowman is going to show up at the last second, and fight anyway. Corbin will have some control targeting Braun’s surgically repaired arm, but Braun Strowman is going to overcome Corbin’s assault, powerslam him through a table or two, and get his shot at Brock Lesnar.

Prediction: Braun Strowman

Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka

It looks like Becky has been cleared after all. After Charlotte turned heel at Survivor Series, this feud is finally the way it should’ve been. Now their feud got bumped up a notch, with a TLC stipulation. Then Asuka makes it even more interesting. I’m happy that Asuka is back in the title picture after being ruined for the better part of seven months. Although she’s in this match, Asuka doesn’t have a chance of winning. She’s just in this match to be a red herring. While Becky has been a phenomenal champion, we all know that Becky-Ronda is the money match for WrestleMania. With that being said, I’m going to pick Charlotte Flair to win this match, so Becky can win the Rumble match and face Rousey at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins her 7th title