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    WWE Fastlane 2017 Preview and Predictions

    It’s a Fastlane, baby, drive me crazy.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar on the kickoff

    Joey:

    I enjoy the cruiserweights but I don’t care about this match at all. Just give us an eight man flips match for the pre-show and call it a night.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Swann and Tozawa win. A lot of people tweet “ALICIA FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOX”

    Tim:

    I’m a big fan of three of these guys but I’m not expecting much from it since it’s a pre-show match. Akira Tozawa and his charisma have been a gift to the cruiserweight division. His storyline with Kendrick is the best thing in the division outside of Neville’s heel reign. Noam Dar is such a bore. I can’t believe he gets as much air time as he does. Swann still hasn’t found his spot but I’m hoping that changes one day soon. Anyway, this’ll be a nice little pre-show match.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Swann and Tozawa win.

    Tom:

    Tozawa has been so exciting in his limited time on WWE TV, to the point that I badly want him to shift out of the Cruiserweight division so he’s not just limited to wrestling the guys there. However, I can live with it for the time-being. I like all of the guys in this match to various degrees, so even though it’s a TV match, I’m sure it’ll be fine. Also, big laffs at TJP not even making kickoff shows now.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Tozawa and Swann win.

    Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax

    Joey:

    No interest in this feud. I definitely think Nia Jax wins in dominant fashion to remain strong and set up Sasha Banks’ frustration and anger for something later in the show.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins. Tom tweets he’s not like most girls.

    Tim:

    This is something I just haven’t been able to connect with. Nia Jax just isn’t that great in her role. Best case scenario for this match to be anything worth seeing is Jax dominating most of it and Banks selling over the top for her in crazy ways. I would think Jax gets the win here.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins.

    Tom:

    Nah.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins. Continue reading

    The Merch Table: WWE Slam Crate Special

    Wrestling companies make merchandise. It’s usually pretty bad, but sometimes, it’s terrible. Welcome to The Merch Table.

    Every so often, @TomBlargh will look at some of the awful merch that someone expects you to buy. Up this week: WWE SLAM CRATE SPECIAL

    Everybody loves a mystery, and while things like Loot Crate, the Funko Pop boxes and assorted other bi-monthly collections of random bullshit are a relatively new phenomenon, wrestling promotions have a proud history of taking advantage of their fans being idiot rubes – just consider TNA’s infamous Brown Bag Special, as previously covered here on The Merch Table.

    So, it was inevitable that WWE was going to get into this and they teamed up with LootCrate to do their own mystery box of nonsense called the WWE Slam Crate, which goes for about $30, plus another $5 for shipping. I am a professional merchologist, so I was delighted to sign up to see what kind of stuff they’d send. SPOILERS: I hated it!

    OKAY. So, as advertised, it comes in a crate. Kind of?

    It’s technically just a box, but whatever, they’re the same shape. It has that classic “black on black” style so it’s close to impossible to read the text.

    When you open it up though, you’ll see that there’s a surprising amount of crap in this thing!

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    WOW WHERE TO BEGIN. I guess with the bigger items? Let’s see how that goes. Continue reading

    WWE No Mercy 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Not the N64 game.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    Jack Swagger getting a push is the worst thing currently going on in WWE. Who in WWE likes this guy enough to keep him giving him opportunities? I will be skipping the kickoff show. Apologies to Big Breakfast.

    For all the talk of how good Smackdown has been at making new stars, they’ve fucked up big time with Corbin.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tim:

    Baron Corbin has all of the potential to be a fun character so you would think Smackdown would be the place for him but here we are doing this. Hopefully he runs through Swagger and moves forward while Swagger disappears again. I will watch this in my wooden chair three feet away from my television with a glass of warm water as I am the last true wrestling critic and can not let myself be distracted during any grappling but I can’t say I am intrigued by this at all.

    Interest Level: 00/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins. Big Breakfast Heads rejoice across the globe.

    Tom:

    Swagger even being on a pre-show match is genuinely kind of outrageous, isn’t it? Poor old Baron Corbin.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Breakfast wins the big one.

    Curt Hawkins vs. TBD

    Joey:

    I take it back. Curt Hawkins is the worst thing in WWE.

    I will change my mind and consider this genius if Hawkins becomes a jobber that spews his “facts” before taking a loss every match.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Curt Hawkins wins.

    Tim:

    I haven’t disliked anything quite as much as I’ve disliked Curt Hawkins and his hype videos. I’m not sure who thought any of it was a good idea but I’m here to inform them that it was not. In fact, they were bad. These are bold words but I will stand behind them forever. Let me say that Curt Hawkins just isn’t very good. I would not have wasted my time bringing him back but it’s WWE/s choice and I have to deal with it. Anyway, let’s watch him get squashed by someone like Kane immediately and get it over with already.

    Interest Level: 00000000000000000000000/10
    Prediction: TBD (TBD does not mean The Big Dog) wins.

    Tom:

    I assume he’s fighting Kane, right? And Kane chokeslams him off the stage and we all have a good laugh? A part of me wants to give Curt Hawkins a chance but a much larger part of me wants him to go away.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: The Demon Kane wins the big one. Continue reading

    Wrestling On Earth’s ROH Coloring Book Competition: Round 4 – Dalton Castle

    If there’s three things the Wrestling On Earth crew loves, it’s wrestling, coloring and spirited competition, so LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

    Tim (@TimWelcomed), Joey (@JoeyOnEarth), Tom (@TomBlargh) and Shelly (@ShellyDeathlock) all chose a page from the ROH Coloring Book (created by the wonderful @punkrockbgmouth) to color, making for four pages in total. There was some arguing about what kind of tools and materials we were allowed to use, but in the end, we decided that everyone could choose between pencils or crayons (though Tom ended up being the only one to choose crayons and he’s pretty salty about it, but whatever).

    We featured a new page colored by each participant every day – this is the fourth and final day, so you can see the previous efforts here:

    LET’S GET COLORING (AND LOOK, YOU CAN ALSO VOTE ON WHO YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE WINNER AT THE END!)

    Round 4: Dalton Castle

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    Wrestling On Earth’s ROH Coloring Book Competition: Round 3 – The Briscoes

    If there’s three things the Wrestling On Earth crew loves, it’s wrestling, coloring and spirited competition, so LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

    Tim (@TimWelcomed), Joey (@JoeyOnEarth), Tom (@TomBlargh) and Shelly (@ShellyDeathlock) all chose a page from the ROH Coloring Book (created by the wonderful @punkrockbgmouth) to color, making for four pages in total. There was some arguing about what kind of tools and materials we were allowed to use, but in the end, we decided that everyone could choose between pencils or crayons (though Tom ended up being the only one to choose crayons and he’s pretty salty about it, but whatever).

    We’ll feature a new page colored by each participant every day, before allowing everyone to vote on the winner at the end. This is day three- you can see the previous efforts here:

    LET’S GET COLORING!

    Round 3: The Briscoes

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    Wrestling On Earth’s ROH Coloring Book Competition: Round 2 – The Young Bucks

    If there’s three things the Wrestling On Earth crew loves, it’s wrestling, coloring and spirited competition, so LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

    Tim (@TimWelcomed), Joey (@JoeyOnEarth), Tom (@TomBlargh) and Shelly (@ShellyDeathlock) all chose a page from the ROH Coloring Book (created by the wonderful @punkrockbgmouth) to color, making for four pages in total. There was some arguing about what kind of tools and materials we were allowed to use, but in the end, we decided that everyone could choose between pencils or crayons (though Tom ended up being the only one to choose crayons and he’s pretty salty about it, but whatever).

    We’ll feature a new page colored by each participant every day, before allowing everyone to vote on the winner at the end. This is day two – you can see the previous day’s efforts here. Never mind that though, LET’S GET COLORING!

    Round 2: The Young Bucks

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    Wrestling On Earth’s ROH Coloring Book Competition: Round 1 – Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino

    If there’s three things the Wrestling On Earth crew loves, it’s wrestling, coloring and spirited competition, so LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

    Tim (@TimWelcomed), Joey (@JoeyOnEarth), Tom (@TomBlargh) and Shelly (@ShellyDeathlock) all chose a page from the ROH Coloring Book (created by the wonderful @punkrockbgmouth) to color, making for four pages in total. There was some arguing about what kind of tools and materials we were allowed to use, but in the end, we decided that everyone could choose between pencils or crayons (though Tom ended up being the only one to choose crayons and he’s pretty salty about it, but whatever).

    We’ll feature a new page colored by each participant every day, before allowing everyone to vote on the winner at the end. That’s it! LET’S GET COLORING!

    Round 1: Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino

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    Top 10 “See You Again” Tribute Videos for Wrestlers Who Aren’t Dead

    I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.

    While the fan-made wrestler tribute video was first sparked into existence by the “My Sacrifice” WWE music video and all its clones, it’s only recently that it was perfected. That’s thanks to Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” – ever since it was used to commemorate Paul Walker at the end of Furious 7, “See You Again” has become the defacto song for tribute videos and it’s raised the artform to new heights.

    Here are some of my favourite “See You Again” tribute videos (or “tribvidz”, as we call them in the industry). Please note, I’ve limited myself just to videos for wrestlers who aren’t dead because it’d get a bit morbid otherwise and we’re all here to have a good time.

    10. AJ Lee

    A strong start but it doesn’t really go anywhere or properly capture April Jeanette Lee-Brooks-Punker’s spectacular career. It doesn’t even have the clip of that time she got clattered by Big Show! Forget it.

    9. CM Punk

    Too many photos, I’m here to watch a VIDEO, not a SLIDESHOW! Also, I bet Punker thinks he’s too good to watch The Fast and The Furious, the little shit. Continue reading

    Wrestling On Earth’s Top 10 Twitter Accounts of 2015

    Wrestlers have Twitter accounts. Usually they’re very bad, but sometimes? Sometimes, they’re solid stuff.

    Over the course of about 90 emails, @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh determined their ten favorite wrestling Twitter accounts in 2015. Feelings were hurt, shots were fired and things got very real, but we ultimately came to terms on a list that we can live with, or at least one that we’re too exhausted to keep fighting about any longer.

    PLEASE NOTE: We’re only ranking wrestlers and other notables in “The Biz”, so shut up about how funny you and your stupid mates are on Twitter, it’s not always about you ffs.

    10. Dave Meltzer

    Joey:

    The pandering for NJPW/PWG and hatred for WWE/Neville has made Dave Meltzer a great presence on social media. Most of his gems are on the podcasts but he will give a fun out of context tweet every now and then. MeltzMan has a perfect dry sense of humor for Twitter. (Sorry, Neville. I tried to keep him off the list but Tom WHINED for HOURS about it.)

    Tim:

    I did not agree with The Meltz making this list but a lot of things were said (by Tom) in the deliberations. Eventually you just give up the fight and move on to something else. He’s made a few funny tweets here and there despite not knowing it. His actual jokes can be funny for all of the wrong reasons. I still think someone like Randy Orton deserves this spot. Anyway, there are worse accounts that could have made the list so I can be thankful for having Big Dave in the number ten spot instead.

    Tom:

    The other two gave me so much shit about this, you wouldn’t believe it. Is Big Dave a wrestler? No, no he is not. However, his presence on social media is one of my absolute favourite things about wrestling, even when he’s droning on about UFC.

    The times when he makes “jokes” are especially sensational. Really, my favourite bit about Melty is the way everyone else reacts to him, like he’s the mad old uncle in the corner of the room making references no-one gets.

    9. Daniel Bryan

    Joey:

    I love Daniel Bryan’s presence on social media. You can tell he clearly hates it but his employer and his wife kind of forces him to use it. The results are that of an old man who thinks smart phones are evil posting rare honest thoughts without a filter. I know this is about Twitter only but I’m a fan of Bryan’s Instagram always being updated coincidentally the same time as Brie Bella’s and typically all posts about Brie Bella.

    ALSO OF NOTE: Bryan RT’d a link to our review of his book in 2015. Tom is confirmed a traitor.

    Tim:

    I could have went either way on this one. Daniel Bryan seems like a really sweet person who tries to stand by his core set of values. He uses his platform to try spreading what he believes is right which is kind of nice in the wrestling world. He has a certain charm about him but that’s what makes him so likable in the first place. I don’t think he tweets enough but it is always funny when you get the vibe that he’s just there because he has to be.

    Tom:

    I personally wouldn’t have Bryan in my top 10 list. I think he’s an absolute sweetheart and his anti-consumerism messages that run in complete opposite to WWE’s core mission are very fun, but he’s just not active enough – when it comes to social media content, I need volume!

    RESPONSE NOTE: I am NOT a traitor, Joey just can’t stand me keeping it real. Continue reading

    Wrestling On Air with Brad Ward: Episode 1, 8/21/2015

    The wait is over! This groundbreaking new audio experience starring Brad Ward and company redefines how you think about wrestling podcasts.

    Join host Brad Ward (@BradWardFight) along with Wrestling On Earth’s own T-Boyz, Tim (@TimWelcomed) and Tom (@TomBlargh), and audio editor Scott (@SocksMahoney) on a magical journey you surely will not forget! Listen below or download the podcast here.

    Episode 1, 8/21/2015: Temperamental Pilot

    In this pilot episode, Brad and the boys talk about elevator interactions with nice wrestlers, Swerved, muscle relaxants, the sweet sound of Frankie Kazarian’s Vex Temper, Brad’s new match rating system and a bunch of dumb wrestling.


    Wrestling on Air – A Temperamental Pilot

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    While no questions were taken in this episode, the inbox is open questions to be answered on future installments of Wrestling On Air with Brad Ward. Just send your questions, comments, goofs, spoofs and opinions to wrestlingonair@gmail.com.