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.

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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

WWE Crown Jewel Review

I never thought I’d see the day, but pyro made a surprise return at WWE Crown Jewel! But man, Crown Jewel was a massive letdown after the great pay-per view that was WWE Evolution. Shane McMahon is the “Best in the World.” Seriously, that was ridiculous. This show should’ve been one of the best of the year, but instead was marred by horrendous booking decisions. Let’s take a look with my review for WWE Crown Jewel 2018.

Prediction Score: 3-9

Preshow: United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Rusev

Rusev starts out with some right hands in the corner, and uses his power to dominate the champion, before Nakamura decided Rusev needed to eat some kicks. Nakamura holds Rusev down with a guillotine, but Rusev powers out. Rusev clobbers the champion with clotheslines, and hit the spinning heel kick. Rusev went for the Machka Kick, but Nakamura dodged it, then after a quick exchange kicked Nakamura in the back of the head. Nakamura went for the Kinshasa, but ate a Machka Kick, and Nakamura kicked out. Rusev tried to lock in the Accolade, but Nakamura went to the bottom rope, and hit Rusev with a knee to the back of the head. Nakamura went for the Kinshasa again, but Rusev countered and locked in the Accolade in the middle of the ring. Nakamura hit Rusev in the balls with his head, then hit the Kinshasa to retain the title.

Hogan’s Return

So, Crown Jewel’s host is Hogan? The crowd went nuts when Hogan’s music hit. Hogan cut a nice promo, calling the Saudis HulkaManiacs, and saying that it’ll be a fun night. Even at the age of 65, Hogan still has massive arms.

WWE World Cup First Round: Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton

The crowd was very split between chants of “619” and “RKO.” Rey immediately tried to chop Randy down, and use his speed to avoid Orton. Rey hit a springboard, and was countered into a picture-perfect dropkick from The Legend Killer. Orton stomps Rey’s midsection, and begins to torture Rey Mysterio. Randy tried to hit a Superplex, but Rey countered it and began to pick up the pace with crossbodys, and other high flying moves. Rey tried to hit the 619, but Randy countered it with his spike DDT. Randy went for an RKO, but Rey rolled him up for the shock win. After the match, Randy hit an RKO and continued to pummel Rey Mysterio.

WWE World Cup First Round: The Miz def. Jeff Hardy

The match started out solid, with some quick exchanges from The Miz and Brother Nero. Miz takes control of Hardy with a rest hold, and mocks Daniel Bryan again with Daniel Bryan’s corner dropkicks before eating a clothesline. Jeff went for the Twist of Fate, Miz countered and Jeff almost missed a Whisper in the Wind. Jeff hits a dropkick baseball slide before flying off the barricade. Miz rolled out of the way before Jeff hit the Swanton. Miz tried to pin Jeff Hardy with his feet up, but got caught. Jeff hardy went for the Twist of Fate again, but countered it into the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.

WWE World Cup First Round: Seth Rollins def. Bobby Lashley

Lio Rush cut a promo saying that the only reason people hate Lashley is out of jealousy. Lashley starts off immediately using his power to ground Seth Rollins. Anytime Seth would try to get some offense in, Lashley would use his brute power to keep him down. Rollins hits 2 quick Suicide dives, but Lashley is back on the hunt and tried to hit a Superplex. Seth hits a sunset flip, and tried to powerbomb Lashley, but it was countered. Seth rolled Lashley up and hit the stomp from out of nowhere to get the first round win.

WWE World Cup First Round: Dolph Ziggler def. Kurt Angle

It felt right to see Kurt Angle’s entrance with some pyro. The match started out with soled mat wrestling. Angle starts to make Riyadh into his own version of Suplex City, with a belly to belly and 2 quick Germans. Dolph threw Angle into the steps, and began targeting his shoulder. Ziggler locks in a sleeper hold, Angle escapes and hits even more Germans. Dolph hit a DDT, but Angle hit an Angle Slam from out of nowhere, and tried to hit the Ankle Lock. Dolph hit the Famousser, but Angle kicked out. Kurt locks in the Ankle Lock, and Dolph tried to roll through, but Kurt rolled with him. Dolph hits a Zig-Zag from out of nowhere, and got the W. I wasn’t expecting Dolph to win, but I guess he needed some momentum after the Super Show-Down feud.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Bar (c) def. The New Day to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships

New Day coming out on a magic carpet was pretty awesome. Big E started out aggressive against Sheamus before making the tag to Kofi Kingston. Sheamus tags in Cesaro, and the Swiss Cyborg springboards Kofi on his feet, and he Milly Rocked his way into the hearts of Saudis. Thanks to a distraction from the Big Show, The Bar take firm control, and hold Kofi down. Kofi almost made a tag, but Sheamus’ power prevented Kofi from doing so. Cesaro tried to hit a cheap shot to Big E, but missed. Cesaro tagged Sheamus, who took out Big E. Kofi finally made it back to his corner, but there was nobody there to make the tag. Kofi finally made the tag to Big E, and he goes on a tear. Cesaro got his knees up when Big E hit the splash, but that didn’t really stop Big E’s momentum. Sheamus kneed Big E in the head after going for the mid-rope spear, then Kofi tagged himself back in, and hit a double team move. Show distracted Big E, who hit E with a KO punch, and The Bar retain the Tag Team Titles.

WWE World Cup Semi-Finals: The Miz def. Rey Mysterio to Advance to the Finals

Rey quickened the pace early, with an exchange of roll-ups and a kick to the face. Miz threw Rey out of the ring, only for him to bounce and land back on his feet, which was pretty ridiculous. Rey also hit a baseball slide splash to the outside, and kept the aggression on Miz. Miz began to dissect Rey’s ribs, continuing Randy Orton’s dissection from earlier in the night. Miz held Rey down with some rest holds, and Rey fought back. Miz threw Rey to the outside again, and threw him into the barricade on the outside. Miz locked in the Abdominal Stretch, along with elbowing Rey in the ribs. Miz tried to hit a pump-handle slam, but got countered into a DDT. Rey hit a springboard crossbody, and dialed up the 619, but Miz countered into a Skull-Crushing Finale, but Rey kicked out. Miz hit the “It Kicks,” but Rey countered with a 619. Miz got his knees up on the splash, and will advance to the world cup finals.

WWE World Cup Semi-Finals: Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins to Advance to the Finals

Seth tried to target Ziggler’s ankle almost immediately, but Ziggler targets Seth’s neck to wear down the King Slayer. Seth goes on the outside, throwing Ziggler into the barricade. There’s a stare-down on the outside of the ring between Seth and McIntyre, with Seth goading the Scottish Giant into hitting him. Ziggler continues to wear Seth down. Seth shows some life, but Ziggler puts him back down. Rollins was in position to hit the stomp, but his neck hitting the turnbuckle allowed Ziggler to capitalize. Seth and Dolph exchange a series of pins. Seth hit the ripcord knee, but Ziggler kicked out. Seth was going to hit the stomp, but a distraction from Drew allowed Ziggler to get back up, but Rollins hit a suicide dive after throwing Ziggler outside. Dolph hit a Famousser, and Seth hit a Superplex, but got the Falcon Arrow countered into a Zig-Zag but wasn’t enough to put Seth down. Rollins went up high, but Drew pushed him down and allowed Ziggler to hit a superkick for the W. This was a fantastic match, but the wrong person won.

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) def. Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship

AJ starts out aggressive, targeting Joe’s leg. After an electric exchange on the apron, including a moonsault from Styles, Joe threw AJ in the barricade. Joe hit a suicide dive on the outside, throwing AJ into the announce table, knocking the wind out of the champion. Joe cut the champ down, with some chops and a neck crank. Styles starts to come back, with some quick strikes and a moonsault inverted DDT. Joe hits a forearm on the outside, and missed the Phenomenal Forearm into a powerslam. Joe almost beheaded Styles with a brutal lariat, but the champion kicked out. Styles locked in the calf crusher, but Joe gets to the rope this time. Styles went for a roll-up, but Joe locked in the coquina clutch. AJ escaped by attacking Joe’s bad leg, Joe went for the calf crusher again, but Joe was able to counter it with some stiff elbows. After another exchange, AJ hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Samoa Joe, and now AJ Styles will be champion for at least 404 days before his next defense.

Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar def. Braun Strowman to win the Universal Championship

RAW General Manager Baron Corbin came out to watch the carnage that’s going to take place. Before the bell rang, Corbin hit Braun with the title, and Brock hit an F5 out of the gate. Braun kicked out, then Brock hit a second F5, Braun kicked out. Braun can barely stand as Brock hits a third F5, but Braun won’t stay down. Brock hit Braun with an F5 to the outside of the ring and Braun gets in at a count of 9. Braun went for an F5, but Braun countered it. Braun hit a boot, and tried to get some offense going, but Lesnar hit a fifth F5 to win the Universal Championship.

WWE World Cup Finals: Shane McMahon def. Dolph Ziggler to be crowned “The Best in the World”

Before the match starts, the ref sends Drew McIntyre to the back, to preserve a one on one match. Miz attacks Ziggler before the bell. Miz hurt his knee on the outside, and can’t even stand. Now, taking his place is Shane McMahon. Shane pummels Ziggler in the corner, and takes the fight to Dolph. Corbin trips up Shane, and then the ref sends Corbin to the back. Shane hits a DDT, then a coast to coast to beat Dolph Ziggler. All I have to say is, are you f*****g kidding me?! I guess McMahons can’t get enough of stroking their ego. I can understand Miz getting hurt, but at least put in someone other than Shane.

D-Generation X def. The Brothers of Destruction

Alright everyone, welcome back to the Attitude Era. Not going to lie, it was pretty awesome to see Shawn Michaels back in a WWE ring. It felt good to see the Mayor’s entrance with pyro again, but I was disappointed when Kane didn’t summon the flames from the ring posts. Out came The Undertaker, and his entrance was amazing as always. The four legends stare each other down, as Mayor Kane and The Game start out the match. Triple H tried to goad The Deadman before hitting Kane with a right hand. Trips taunted Kane with a DX crotch chop, only to eat an uppercut for his troubles. Triple H made the tag to Shawn Michaels, who hits Kane with some vintage chops .Shawn was pretty good in this match, showing that he’s still got it. Shawn almost hit a superkick, and Kane tags in The Undertaker. I got some goosebumps when Kane made the tag, as Shawn and Undertaker share a ring for the first time in eight and a half years. Each man exchange taunts before Taker lays out HBK with a kick. Taker works on Shawn’s arm as he gets ready to go Old School, but Trips knocks Taker down, only for Kane and Triple H to start fighting. The Brothers overpower DX, throwing them around the ring as Taker finally hits Old School. Tag made back to Triple H and the Mayor, as the Brothers are still firmly in control. Kane and Trips exchange rights, then Triple H hits a DDT and both men are down. Tag made to Michaels, and he goes to town on Kane. Michaels even hit a kip-up. He’s really still got it. Michaels and HHH hit a double suplex onto Kane, then HBK dropped the elbow. Kane countered a superkick with a chokeslam, and the tag is made to The Undertaker, who tees off on HBK, and hit the snake-eyes, boot, and legdrop combo. Taker laid out Trips, then Shawn hit a superkick from out of nowhere. Taker sat up, then threw Shawn outside the ring. Triple H tried to Tombstone Triple H through the table, but Triple H saved HBK, only to get chokeslammed to hell for his troubles. Taker hit HBK with a top rope legdrop, then throws the Hall of Famer back into the ring. The Brothers of Destruction take their time decimating Shawn Michaels. Michaels fights back against The Brothers of Destruction, but Kane still cuts him down. Kane tried to go up top, but HBK stops him. Michaels knocks Kane off the top rope, then Shawn hit a picture-perfect moonsault onto the Brothers of Destruction. Shawn made the tag back to Triple H, who goes to town on Kane, and hits Undertaker with a spinebuster. Taker tried to hit the tombstone, but Triple H hits a pedigree to The Undertaker. Taker locks in Hell’s Gate on Triple H, then Shawn hit Kane with a kick that broke up Hell’s Gate. All four men are down, when the Brothers sat up, but Shawn hit Taker and Kane with a superkick. Triple H hit Kane with a pedigree to give the W to DX.

Match of the Night: Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler

I kinda wish this match was the tournament final. It was easily the best match on the card, and proves how great of a wrestler both Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins are. This was a sure fire MOTY candidate, and I feel sorry because both of these guys got robbed out of being crowned “The Best in the World.”

Overall Review

Although it was announced literally this morning, it’s nice that we got a United States Championship Match. Especially considering Nakamura hasn’t really done anything since he’s won. The match was alright, and Rusev looked really strong in this match, and I’m glad that Nakamura didn’t beat him clean. Maybe this can be the beginnings of a feud. Hogan’s promo wasn’t that bad, and I’m glad that he was grateful to be back. Rey vs Randy was a solid match, with a shock ending. Thanks Rey, you completely screwed up my bracket. The Miz vs Jeff Hardy was pretty good as well, with Miz winning. Maybe now Jeff Hardy can take some time off. The Ziggler-Angle match was great, but Ziggler didn’t exactly need that win, and the dream match of Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle would’ve been phenomenal. The tag title match was pretty fun, with The Bar winning thanks to some Big Show shenanigans. Miz-Rey was another crisp, solid match. Rey even hit the 619, but his ribs weren’t enough for the biggest little man to overcome. The other semi-final match, we get a renewed summer fling, as Seth Rollins fought Dolph Ziggler in a MOTY candidate. Everyone wasn’t expecting Dolph to win, but I guess he’s finally getting what he’s deserved because he’s the most overlooked person in the company. AJ-Joe delivered in another solid match, and it should hopefully be the bookend to their rivalry after Joe ate back to back clean losses. This match wasn’t the best in their feud, but it was still one of the better matches of the day. Then the Universal Title match happened. Brock Lesnar murdered Braun Strowman, hitting him with 5 F5s, and becoming the first ever 2 time Universal Champion. After about 2 months of having a fighting Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar is once again the Universal Champion. This was the perfect time for WWE to pull the trigger on Braun, after that emotional face-turn promo he cut, Braun needed that. That would be the perfect feud for Reigns whenever he comes back from his leukemia, however long that may be. Then, came the debacle that was the WWE World Cup finals. After Miz got injured, in came SHANE. F*****G. McMAHON. The same Shane O’Mac who isn’t a trained wrestler, or even a full time competitor. He’s now crowned the Best in the World. F**k me that was stupid. Enough of me ranting, let’s go back to the 90’s so see a dream match 20 years in the making. Then, came the main event. Yes, it wasn’t a pure masterpiece. In fact, it was slow and kinda botchy. But it was a great feeling of nostalgia, and Shawn Michaels has still got it. In his first match in 8 and a half years, HBK was purely the MVP of the match. I’d love to see a one on one match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. DX winning was expected in HBK’s first match back, but what is next for DX, and the Brothers of Destruction? Overall, I’d rate WWE Crown Jewel at a 5 out of 10. The tournament wasn’t bad. The weird booking aside, the in-ring action was nice and crisp. But the last 3 matches sucked the air from the show. We get to see 2 matches at Survivor Series that are going to be fantastic, Brock-AJ II, and Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura. Maybe Survivor Series will get this bad taste out of our mouths.

WWE Evolution 2018 Predictions

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

Women’s Battle Royal

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

Prediction: Asuka

Sasha Banks, Bayley, & Natalya vs The Riott Squad

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

Prediction: The Riott Squad

2018 Mae Young Classic Finals: Io Shirai vs Toni Storm

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

Prediction: Toni Storm

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

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

Prediction: Trish & Lita

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

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

Prediction: Charlotte

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

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

Prediction: Kairi Sane retains

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

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

Prediction: Ronda retains

WWE Super Show-Down Review

For a glorified house show, 70,309 isn’t that bad for attendance. This show exceeded what low expectations I had, and delivered a fun, entertaining 4 hours of wrestling. I’m just happy that I was somehow able to watch this show and not see any spoilers. For those of you who got up early to watch, I hope ya’ll had fun and that you get a nice nap for the rest of the day. Let’s take a trip to the Land Down Under, with my review of WWE Super Show-Down.

Prediction Score: 8-2

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (c) def. The Bar to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships

I didn’t expect the tag title match to kick off the show, but it was a good way to kick it off. New Day started off hot, with lots of high impact moves and tags. Kofi went for a suicide dive, but got caught by Sheamus and thrown into the post, and now The Bar is taking control, keeping New Day grounded with some submissions and power moves. Just when Kofi is about to make a hot tag, Cesaro takes out Xavier, continuing the dissection of Kofi Kingston. After catching a second wind, Kofi finally managed to make a hot tag to Xavier, and he takes it to Sheamus. Xavier rolled out of a Brogue kick, but shoved Sheamus right into Cesaro, who locked in the sharpshooter. Kofi broke it up, then Woods and Cesaro had an exchange of roll-ups, then New Day hit a backstabber-top rope stomp combo to retain the tag titles.

Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte Flair def. Becky Lynch (c) by DQ, Becky Lynch is still the Smackdown Live Women’s Champion.

Charlotte surprisingly got a bit of a pop in Melbourne. Then got boo’d when she was introduced. Man, she can’t catch a break during this feud can she? Once the bell rang, Becky hit the ground running, being extra aggressive against the former champion, and threw Charlotte out of the ring, and Charlotte almost landed on her head. Charlotte had a bit of comeback offense, but Becky quickly brought her down into an armbar. Charlotte powered out with a sidewalk slam. Charlotte managed to hurt Becky’s knee, but that doesn’t stop the Irish Lass Kicker from being aggressive. Becky went for the DisarmHer, but Charlotte countered and almost locked in the Figure 8. After an exchange of strikes, Charlotte hit a spear from out of nowhere and almost became an 8 time champion. Charlotte went for the moonsault, but Becky got her knees up. Becky went for a top rope legdrop and missed. Charlotte locked in a Boston Crab, but got a rope break and Becky rolled out of the ring. Becky tried to escape with her title, then got speared into the barricade. Charlotte hit another spear, then locked in the Figure 8. Before Becky could tap, she grabbed her title and hit Charlotte with it, causing the DQ. After the match, Charlotte tried to beat Becky down, but the champ got the upper hand and laid Charlotte out. I guess we know how their match at Evolution is going to be set up.

John Cena & Bobby Lashley def. Elias and Kevin Owens

Elias and KO get to treat us with song before the match, playing a bit of Thunderstruck to a big pop. Then they both crapped on Melbourne’s sports teams to some pretty loud boos. Before Elias could play his next number, out came Bobby Lashley, who actually got some cheers. Then out came John Cena, who has a new shirt that says “U Can’t Stop Me” and he came out to a massive reaction. Lashley starts out the match against KO, who immediately tags in Elias. Bobby Lashley quickly overpowers and overwhelms Elias, with high impact moves and strikes. Kevin Owens gets a little offense in, but it’s still all Bobby Lashley. Elias hits Cena with a cheap shot, then thanks to a distraction to Lashley, the heels start to gain some momentum. Lashley fights back against KO and Elias, but Lashley went flying through the ropes. KO keeps Lashley down with a front face lock, but Lashley hit a spinebuster from out of nowhere and Cena came in to a massive pop and hit his trademark “5 moves of doom.” Then picked up the win thanks to the Lightning Fist, which is just a backfist to the face. After the match, Cena cut a promo thanking the WWE Universe, and said that the WWE is his home, but has no idea what the future holds.

The IIconics def. Naomi & Asuka

The hometown gals get a huge pop, and cut a promo saying how happy they are to be back in Australia. I also don’t like Asuka and Naomi dancing together. Peyton’s reaction was exactly my reaction. Asuka should be a destroyer, not dancing around. The IIconics started out hot, but the faces quickly gained momentum, but thanks to some ref distraction shenanigans, the IIconics quickly regained momentum, keeping the Empress of Tomorrow grounded. Asuka managed to make the tag to Naomi, who made quick work of Payton Royce. Naomi was about to hit a springboard move, but Billie Kay brought Naomi down, then the Aussies hit a double team move, and picked up a win, to a standing ovation from a large portion of the crowd. I have no idea what’ll happen next for Asuka, but it isn’t looking good.

No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) def. Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship

I think it’s weird that the WWE Title match comes before the #1 contender’s match. Styles and Joe started fighting outside the ring, but once inside the ring Joe hit Styles with very quick jabs, knocking the champion down. Joe threw AJ into the commentary table, but AJ quickly landed on his feet and got back in the ring. Styles hit Joe with kicks, then Joe floored AJ with 2 knife-edge chops. Joe hit a mid-rope suicide dive, and kept kicking the champion down, and using rest holds to keep him down. AJ would get some offense in, but Joe would use his overwhelming power to keep Styles down. Styles would use strikes to try to come back, and even a moonsault inverted DDT, but wasn’t enough to stop the Samoan Submission Machine. AJ went for the clash, but Joe launched AJ into the corner and almost turned the champion inside out with a brutal lariat. Styles went for the moonsault inverted DDT again, but Joe caught him and slammed the champion to the ground. Joe grabs a chair, and AJ dropkicks it into Joe’s face. AJ gets a couple of whacks, but Joe slams AJ onto the chair, nearly breaking it. Joe grabs a table from underneath the ring, then hits AJ with the chair, which left AJ in a heap. Joe had AJ up, but Styles countered out and put Joe through the table, injuring Joe’s left leg. AJ shooed the ref away from Joe, and went to town on Samoa Joe’s bad knee. Styles tried to lock in the Calf Crusher, but Joe countered with the clutch, and escaped through the bottom of the ring. Styles hit a springboard 450 right on Joe’s knee, and continued to pick apart Joe’s knee. Styles hit a Phenomenal Forearm from the crowd, and Joe is dead weight. Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm again, but Joe locked in the Clutch, and hit a Dragon Suplex, but wasn’t enough for Joe to win. Joe went for the Muscle Buster, but his knee buckled. AJ tried to roll up Joe, but Joe countered with the Clutch, which got countered into the Calf Crusher. The pain was too much for Joe to bear, and was forced to tap out to the Calf Crusher, making the score 2-1 AJ Styles.

Six Woman Tag Team Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and the Bella Twins def. The Riott Squad

Ruby Riott attacks Nikki from behind, but Nikki quickly answers with a clothesline, and some very quick moves before tagging in her sister. The Riott Squad gain some control, and Ruby tagged in Liv Morgan, who immediately kicked Brie in the face, which is some much needed karma after Brie gave her a concussion. The Riott Squad keep holding Nikki down with quick tags. Nikki fought back with forearms, and after cheap shots from the Riott Squad, Nikki made the hot tag to Ronda Rousey, who murders everyone. Liv attacks Ronda before she locked in the armbar, and the Riott Squad tried to double team Ronda, but instead Ronda locks in a double armbar, making Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan tap out at the same time. No heel turn from Nikki Bella, but maybe it’ll come on Raw in a couple of days.

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

The hometown boy Buddy Murphy received a massive ovation, and hit the ground running with a massive knee, and a suicide dive, catching Cedric Alexander completely off guard, and started to pick the champion apart. Cedric regained momentum with a couple of kicks before Buddy locked in a sleeper. The champ hit a superkick out of the corner, knocking Buddy down. Alexander amazingly hit a Michinoku Driver from the middle rope, which wasn’t enough for Cedric to keep his streak alive. No matter what Cedric throws at Buddy Murphy, he keeps kicking out. Cedric went for the Lumbar Check, Murphy flipped out of it, and hit the champ with a boot. Murphy hit a Sunset Flip Sitout Powerbomb, but the champ kicked out. Murphy grabbed Cedric’s tights, and after a quick exchange including a Standing Spanish Fly, Cedric hit the Lumbar Check, but Buddy Murphy kicked out of it. After countering a springboard with a knee, Buddy Murphy hit a Pump-handle Driver to pick up the win, to a massive pop from the Aussie crowd.

Six Man Tag Team Match: The Shield def. The Dogs of War

The Shield came out wearing those training masks as they made their way through the crowd of 70,000+. They surround the ring, then all hell breaks loose, and the Shield were about to put Braun through the announce table, but the Dogs of War saved their monster. Ziggler tried to finish Rollins early, but the IC Champ kicked out. The Dogs of War take their turns decimating Seth Rollins, with Braun Strowman throwing Seth across the ring, and Seth wearing him down with a sleeper hold. Rollins catches a break, but before he could make a tag, in comes Braun who takes out everyone. The Dogs’ decimation continues. Although Seth has bursts of energy, Braun crushes Seth’s momentum. Braun goes up top, but missed the splash. Seth finally made a tag to Dean Ambrose, who goes to town on Dolph Ziggler. Dean hit Ziggler with a fall away slam, and Maggle said “Where’s JBL?” WWE, bring JBL back on commentary please. Dean hit his trademark top rope elbow, then both men tried to hit a crossbody and both men are down. Ziggler tags in McIntyre, Dean hits a neckbreaker and tags in the Universal Champion. Roman goes on a tear, beating the crap out of the “Scottish Psychopath.” Roman tried to hit McIntyre with a Superman Punch, but took out Dean Ambrose instead. After saving Seth Rollins from Braun, Roman hit McIntyre with a Superman Punch, but Drew kicked out. In a reversal of fortune, The Dogs of War surround the ring, with Dean Ambrose on the other side, once again teasing the heel turn, but Dean went right after Strowman. The Shield were about to hit a triple powerbomb, but Braun Strowman took everyone out. Ziggler hits Dean with a Zig-Zag. Braun was about to run Dean over, but Roman spears him through the barricade. McIndolph try for the Claymore Zig-Zag, but Rollins hits a superkick to Drew, and Dean hit Dirty Deeds onto Ziggler to pick up the W for the Hounds of Justice.

#1 Contender’s match for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan def. The Miz

Miz was about to cut a promo on AJ Styles before Daniel Bryan’s music hit, then right as the bell rang Miz targeted Bryan’s ribs. Miz tried to hit the knee, but got kicked in the head by Bryan. Bryan hit the yes kicks, then Miz hit Bryan’s running knee from out of nowhere. Miz tried to hit the skull crushing finale, then Bryan rolled up Miz from out of nowhere, and now has a WWE Championship match against AJ Styles at Crown Jewel.

No DQ match for “The Last Time Ever”: Triple H (with Shawn Michaels) def. The Undertaker (with Mayor Kane)

The match got a No DQ stipulation, which means that there will be shenanigans from HBK and Kane. The bell rang, and Trips ducks underneath The Deadman’s punches before throwing some of his own. Taker kicks Trips in the gut and tried to go Old School, but the Boss had different plans. Triple H tried to go Old School, but Taker countered and pummeled Triple H with right hands. Undertaker finally hit Old School, and continued to pummel Undertaker with right hands. Taker hit a snake eyes but Trips countered with a high knee. Taker tried to chokeslam Shawn, but Trips distracted Taker and let Shawn throw Taker into the post. Now Triple H takes control of the Undertaker, and HBK helps set up a table. Triple H continues decimating The Undertaker, then Taker throws Trips over the top rope and throws The Game into the time keeper’s area. Shawn almost got involved again, distracting The Undertaker to allow Trips to capitalize. The action goes into the crowd now, as Taker flips Triple H over the barricade, and tried to choke out Triple H with a wire. Taker punches Triple H further into the Aussie crowd, and drags Trips back to the ring. Taker hit HBK with a right hand as Taker was grabbing a chair. Trips snagged the chair, but Taker kicked him in the head before he could use it. Taker gets a couple of shots in with the chair, and hits HBK with a boot on the apron. Taker went for a suicide dive, but Triple H hit Taker with the chair before Taker could jump. Shawn hit Kane with a superkick, then Trips put him through a table. Trips tried to hit Taker with a chair from the middle rope, but ate a Chokeslam and a Tombstone for his troubles. Triple H kicked out of the Tombstone, then Undertaker knocked out the referee in retaliation. Taker started teeing off on Triple H with the chair. Just before Taker was going to end it, HBK once again got involved to allow trips to get up and hit a spinebuster. Triple H hit the Pedigree, but Undertaker kicked out. Triple H put the chair on Taker’s head, then came down with a knee. Before the ref counted 3, Kane pulled out the ref. Shawn handed Triple H his sledgehammer, and hit Taker in the face while holding the chair. Taker locked in Hell’s Gate, but Triple H forced a break because he was pressing down on Taker’s neck. Triple H went for the pedigree, but Taker flipped out of it and hit the chokeslam. Taker tried to tombstone HBK, but Trips hit Taker with a sledgehammer, then Shawn hit Sweet Chin Music, into a pedigree for the win. After the match was over, DX and The Brothers of Destruction had a moment in the ring, where they all embraced and received a standing ovation, then The Undertaker hit Triple H with a Tombstone, and put HBK through a table with a Chokeslam. Looks like we’re getting DX vs Brothers of Destruction at Crown Jewel after all. And before you say anything, no this isn’t the 90’s.

Match of the Night

The match of the night easily goes to The Shield vs The Dogs of War. It had fantastic action, and storytelling, especially with Ambrose. Everyone seemed certain that he’d turn heel after that accidental Superman Punch, but he stayed true and won the match for his team. I don’t know what’s next for the Shield, but I’m excited to see what’s next for the hounds.

Overall Review

This wasn’t a bad show. In fact, it was pretty good, but there were a few booking decisions that brought the show down a peg. The New Day retaining the titles were nice, and their match against the Bar was a fun match to open the show. Charlotte and Becky’s match was good as well, with Charlotte winning by DQ. We all didn’t want a DQ finish, but it’ll help extend the feud til Evolution. (or Tuesday night). The Cena/Lashley tag match was pretty dull. Lashley was in the whole time then “Cena wins lol.” The IIconics and Buddy Murphy both won because they’re from Australia, but Buddy Murphy winning the title was one of the best feel-good moments in a long time. AJ Styles and Samoa Joe delivered in what was easily the best match of their feud thus far, and could easily be argued for match of the night in a very fun No DQ match The Riott Squad vs Bellas and Ronda match went about as expected. Except when everyone was expecting Nikki to turn heel, she didn’t. As previously stated, the Cruiserweight Title match was solid and fun, and Buddy Murphy winning was a great moment. The Shield-Dogs of War match tore the house down. It was a frantic, intense match from bell to bell, and easily took home Match of the Night (or morning depending where you are). Then came Bryan vs Miz. It was shaping up to be another good match between the two, then Bryan just won from out of nowhere. The quick finish wasn’t really necessary, and they should’ve definitely had more time to craft a great match. Then came the main event. Triple H surprisingly dominated most of the match, and Kane didn’t really play a factor in the match. The match may have been slow, and was a handicap match for the most part, but they had the crowd invested, and was a fun trip down memory lane. It wasn’t an instant classic or anything, but it was certainly a match to remember. Overall, I’d rate Super Show-Down at a 7.5 out of 10. There were some good matches on this card, but the not so good finishes, along with the squash tag match hamper it down for me. Now, if you’ve stayed up all night to watch the show, I hope you get a good nap in later today.

WWE Super Show-Down Predictions

Live from Melbourne, Australia is the second glorified house show of the year, WWE Super Show-Down. Ya know, with a card this loaded, you’d think they’d come up with a better name for the show? This show will be like Greatest Royal Rumble, in that not a whole lot of significant things will happen, except for maybe the main event. For those of us here in the states, this show will begin at 4 AM, which means that you gotta get up hella early if you want to avoid those spoilers. Let’s see who will be left down under with my predictions for WWE Super Show-Down.

Bobby Lashley & John Cena vs Kevin Owens and Elias

John Cena’s first televised match since beating Triple H at the Greatest Royal Rumble, will be in a throwaway tag team match which could very easily open the show. This will be a decent tag match from an in-ring perspective, but nobody is really invested in this match. I’m picking Bobby Lashley and John Cena to win in a quick opening match.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley and John Cena

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

The hometown boy Buddy Murphy is getting a title match against the dominant champion, Cedric Alexander. Cedric has held the title for a very long time, and has run roughshod through the 205 Live roster. Cedric has done an incredible job bringing the Cruiserweight Title from the brink after the whole Enzo Amore debacle, but now is as good a time as ever for Cedric to drop the belt, and give the Aussie crowd a huge feel-good moment.

Prediction: Buddy Murphy becomes the new Cruiserweight Champion

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

Although I find it weird that the Bar were gifted a title match despite losing both Tag Title tournaments, this match has the potential to steal the show. If you remember The New Day and the Bar’s match from the August 7 episode of Smackdown Live, then we’re in for a treat, and this could definitely be a match of the year candidate. Although The Bar haven’t done much since they’ve gone to Smackdown Live and should win the Tag Team Titles, I’m picking the New Day to retain their belts, and hold the for a very long time.

Prediction: The New Day Retain

Six Woman Tag Team Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins vs The Riott Squad

Hopefully Liv Morgan will be alright after Brie Bella nearly kicked her head off a couple of weeks back. The Bellas are back on WWE TV after a neck injury almost ended Nikki’s career, and Brie’s motherhood. They’ll be teaming with the most dominant woman in WWE in Ronda Rousey as they take on the Riott Squad in another throwaway match. The purpose of this match is to set up Rousey-Nikki for WWE Evolution. Nikki is going to stab Ronda in the back, but only after they pick up the win. Sorry Riott Squad.

Prediction: The Bellas and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

Asuka & Naomi vs the IIconics

The Aussie duo are coming home, and are sure to get a big pop from the Melbourne crowd. This is another match that got thrown together at the last minute, and these women honestly deserve better, especially Asuka. Speaking of, this is a must-win for the Empress of tomorrow. The WWE have killed any momentum for Asuka, and if they’re going to fix her, then her team needs to win. That’s why I’m going with Asuka and Naomi.

Prediction: Asuka & Naomi

Winner becomes #1 Contender for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs The Miz

The second one on one match since SummerSlam, has some incredibly high stakes. Although the winner gets a title match, we know that Bryan and Miz will fight at least one more time at Smackdown 1000. This match will once again excel in storytelling, and the overall story going into this match is “Bryan can’t beat The Miz because he won’t cheat, while Miz will do whatever it takes to win.” I was figuring that this would be No DQ since Miz cheated, but that’s okay because this is going to be a fun match. While I’d love to see The Miz in a championship feud with AJ Styles because he deserves it, Daniel Bryan has to win. Bryan can’t lose 3 matches in a row to The Miz.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan

Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair

For the third of four pay-per-views in a row, Becky Lynch will be defending her Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair. Becky should’ve won the WWE Title at SummerSlam, but I’m happy she’s champion, and WWE are trying so hard to make Becky Lynch the heel in this feud, but it simply isn’t working. This will be another good match, and hopefully Becky will look strong in this match, since she’ll be champ going into Evolution. I’m picking Becky Lynch to retain her Women’s Championship, and be champ for at least another month.

Prediction: Becky Lynch Retains

No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

For the third pay-per-view in a row, AJ Styles will battle his former TNA comrade Samoa Joe. Now Joe has a legitimate claim to be WWE Champion, after WWE pulled a Brock-Undertaker at SummerSlam and AJ tapped before the ref counted 3. Now, it’s No DQ or Countout. That’s basically a No Holds Barred match. Or a street fight. Or an Extreme Rules match. The point is there are a lot of match names that have the same rules. In the build to this match, WWE left a lot of fans in suspense last week after a video of Joe at AJ’s house cut off right as Joe rang the doorbell. This match is going to be really intense, and may be a shoo-in for match of the night. I’m picking AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship yet again, because he’s gotta be champ once 2k19 comes out.

Prediction: AJ Retains

Six Man Tag Match: The Shield vs The Dogs of War (McIndolph & Braun Strowman)

WWE have been heavily teasing Dean Ambrose’s heel turn, with the offer from McIntyre and the interview with Charly Caruso this past Monday night on Raw. It still boggles my mind that Braun Strowman’s heel turn started because he got jumped for trying to cash in his briefcase. The Dogs of War have looked really strong going into this match, managing to annihilate the Shield multiple times, including this past Monday on Raw. Reigns needs a contender after Crown Jewel, and rumors say that it’ll be Drew McIntyre. While that would be great, The Shield are going to pick up the win because The Shield need to stay dominant.

Prediction: The Shield

“The Last Time Ever:” Triple H (with Shawn Michaels) vs The Undertaker (with Mayor Kane)

For the first time in six and a half years, Triple H will battle his old nemesis, The Undertaker for what may not be the “Last Time Ever.” There are rampant rumors going around that Shawn Michaels will be coming out of retirement at WWE Crown Jewel to team with his best buddy to take on The Brothers of Destruction, and even a one on one match with The Undertaker for Survivor Series or the Rumble. That being said, Taker needs a reason to want to fight Shawn, and what better reason, than if HBK screwed the Deadman out of a win? Maybe a ref bump will happen and Shawn will kick Taker’s teeth in. This match will be a fun nostalgia act, and I’m sure the crowd will be invested in this match. Although I’ll be rooting for The Undertaker, I’m picking Triple H to win, to set up that dream tag team match at Crown Jewel.

Prediction: Trips wins with shenanigans