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    WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Preview and Predictions

    This is a show.

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

    Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins on the kick-off

    Joey:

    I don’t have to watch the kick-off show. Perfect!

    (Can someone alert me if they team together to throw Zack Ryder and his wheelchair off the stage?)

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Mojo does a 90s dance and Curt Hawkins makes weird faces.

    Tim:

    Well, I don’t know what we did to deserve this but I guess I’ll make it through the punishment. I forget Hawkins is on the roster constantly which is probably for the best. This being on the card at all shows how lackluster the Smackdown roster really is.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Mojo Rawley wins but we lose.

    Tom:

    I thought they were a tag team!

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Mojo Rawley wins.

    Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper

    Joey:

    Great addition to the card. Randy Orton is the one of the lamest human beings in wrestling, but he has decent enough matches. Luke Harper is awesome. Given the lack of depth on this card, these two could steal the show.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Randy Orton wins.

    Tim:

    This is far more exciting to me than Orton vs Wyatt. Orton can have good matches when he’s in the ring with the right opponent and it just so happens that Luke Harper is great. I am loving that he’s finally getting a little more focus because he’s the most talented of the whole Wyatt Family and Smackdown’s roster could really use him breaking out. He’s just a roadblock for Orton here but I’m sure he’ll come out of this match looking better than ever.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: “The Viper” Randy Orton wins.

    Tom:

    This could be a neat little match – I like Harper a lot though I’m not sure exactly what the future holds for him. I assume he’ll be back to being Bray’s sweaty boyfriend in time for him to feud with Orton, but it will be interesting to see how he’ll do in a fairly high-profile match.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Randy Orton wins.

    Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Joey:

    What a mess. Apollo Crews and Kalisto deserve better. If they throw Dolph Ziggler off the stage, these two could be the next top stars for Smackdown. Hopefully WWE doesn’t blow this opportunity.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews and Kalisto win.

    Tim:

    We all know what needs to happen here but I’ll say it anyway. Dolph Ziggler needs to lose a handicapped match to these two great talents. If there’s one person I want to see not overcome the odds it’s Ziggler. I think it is going to happen. If we all believe this will be the outcome we can will it into existence.

    Interest Level: 2 (for my boys Kalisto and Apollo Crews)/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews and Kalisto win.

    Tom:

    What? It’s a handicap match? What is going on in Smackdown? I haven’t really been paying attention lately and this match’s existence makes me think that’s probably for the best. Anyway, not sure why this is happening, seems like a bad idea.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

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    WWE TLC 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Don’t go chasing waterfalls.

    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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    Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin in a Chairs Match

    Joey:

    I like Kalisto. I like Baron Corbin. I don’t care about this match. The booking here seems lazy. Both guys deserve something more noteworthy. I think they can pull off a decent match, but chairs matches usually stink.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tim:

    Kalisto is enjoyable but I think I like the idea of Baron Corbin more than the guy himself. Also, who gives a damn about a chair? I hate how they feel like they have to throw that in. This is just them spinning their wheels and I have no attachment to it. I assume Baron Corbin will win because they seem way more focused on him than Kalisto. There’s some deep analysis for you.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tom:

    I actually think the build to this has been really pretty good – Corbs has been a prick and Kalisto has been solid at being rightfully furious about it. Chairs matches are kind of lame, but maybe The Big Breakfast will utilize that big chair Big Show once used? Remember that? I think I talk about that whenever there’s a chairs match to discuss. Anyway, these two could be a decent match, but neither one has really had a stand-out performance in WWE yet.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

    Nikki Bella vs. Carmella in a Street Fight

    Joey:

    Nikki Bella vs. Carmella has actually been one of the best feuds of the year for WWE. The street fight feels like the right stipulation for this feud. Carmella telling off fans chanting “how you doing?” at her made her a new favorite of mine. I think Nikki is getting the win. Carmella is still the real winner for not having to be around Enzo Amore anymore.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Nikki Bella wins.

    Tim:

    I’m really into this feud. I have never doubted it or gotten bored by it since the moment it started up which is rare for anything with WWE writing behind it. Carmella keeps getting better every week. I’m glad they made this a street fight. This is wild but I am going with Carmella getting a big win here.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Carmella wins.

    Tom:

    I agree that the rivalry between these two has been F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S *winks at camera*, but I’m not expecting much from the match. I think Carmella is the weakest of the Smackdown women in terms of in-ring ability, so even though I’m expecting good moments, I don’t think it’ll be much to write home about.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Nikki Bella wins.

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    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
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    WWE Backlash 2016 Preview and Predictions

    The blue PPV.

    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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    The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship

    Joey:

    The Miz’s short-lived stint with relevancy came to an end just one week later thanks to Dolph Ziggler. Nothing perfectly sums up a “Smackdown brand PPV” like Miz and Ziggler having a long match.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The Miz wins.

    Tim:

    The Miz has had a wild month. Too bad it ended here.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Miz wins.

    Tom:

    No thanks!

    Interest Level: I’m okay!/10
    Prediction: Take care!

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Ladders and dream matches.

    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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    The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz on the kick off show

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    The Golden Truth vs. Breezedango on the kick off show

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    Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Joey:

    These two have the most boring matches and it’s still going on for some reason. Dolph Ziggler is the most aggressively uninteresting personality in the business today. Baron Corbin is extremely lucky the brand split is coming or he would be in trouble. I’d love to not meet anyone out there in the world excited to watch this one.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Ron Swanson’s favorite wrestler wins.

    Tim:

    Are we on the third month of this now? Is that it? It feels like it’s been going on for years. “The Big Breakfast” Baron Corbin had a promising main roster debut at Wrestlemania by winning the prestigious Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Okay, maybe that wasn’t a huge deal but it showed that maybe they wanted to get behind him immediately. Instead they throw him to the black hole of irrelevance known as Dolph Ziggler and decide to not let it ever end. Get this over with please!

    Interest Level: BIG FAT ZERO/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins and can hopefully rebound from this huge mistake.

    Tom:

    FUCKING ZIGGLER MAN. Hopefully Breakfast kicks his ballbag literally off and yells “YOU GOT SWERVED… BITCH” so we can put this to rest while also kicking off a fantastic new season of the WWE Network’s hit hidden camera show.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Corbs finally escapes the Ziggler black hole to do something interesting on the main roster.

    Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews

    Joey:

    I am looking forward to this!!! God bless the good people that make Breaking Ground and the not so great people that make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Apollo Crews may be my favorite person featured on Breaking Ground and I love watching him wrestle. Sheamus has a dull presence but he’s always pretty good in the ring. I think this is the best spot for him on the card but how about WWE keeping him off TV and making him work the dark match during the weekend of his #1 hit movie appearance?

    The match WILL deliver. I will be pleasantly surprised if Apollo gets the win but I think Sheamus is the victor here.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Tim:

    This match should be fine, I guess. It seems like Crews got thrown on to the main roster without much of a plan so this is way better than him fading to the background. He needs a good showing because that unfortunate Jericho match still comes to mind when I think of him post-NXT and I know he’s better than that. Sheamus is a good hand when it comes to ring work so this should do the trick. I figure Sheamus will win but hopefully they can get Crews a big win sometime soon.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Tom:

    Weird. So weird. I feel very bad for old Crewsy, his main roster debut felt rushed and it hasn’t really done him any favours. That one match with Jericho was absolutely hideous and even though a feud with WWE’s newest crossover star Sheamus has some potential, it still feels like an uphill battle.

    Speaking of Sheamus, he was fairly excellent in that new Turtles film, and by “excellent”, I don’t mean he was good at acting or anything like that but it was always fun and surreal to see him onscreen and sometimes that’s enough.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Crewsy wins but gets beaten up a bit after.

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    WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Preview and Predictions

    “Don’t compare Extreme Rules to ECW.” – Tazz (2016)

    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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    Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler in a No DQ Match on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    Poor Breakfast. There is basically no chemistry between these two and they have yet to have a noteworthy match. Hopefully the No DQ stipulation helps add to it and Corbin gets the final win in their series. I don’t have much hope for it being anything special and they will not be able to live up to last month’s legendary Ryback vs. Kalisto kickoff match.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tim:

    This feud has been really forgettable so Corbin has that going for him at least. In a couple of months no one will remember any of this. Corbin definitely needs the win. He needs to work with someone better than Ziggler to get going. He can look good in the right scenarios. Lets just get it over with. I think I just decided to fix me an adult beverage for this show.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: “Big Breakfast” Baron Corbin wins.

    Tom:

    Fucking Ziggler, the debut killer. Just let him get squashed by Breakfast so we can move on with our lives!

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: “The Big Breakfast” gets the big win.

    The Usos vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a Tornado Tag Match

    Joey:

    The hatred towards Roman Reigns has carried over to the Usos and it’s wonderful. This ensures fans will actually care about their tag matches now and I think this could be a sleeper good match. It will likely open the show to set the tone for the main event. I haven’t enjoyed their tag matches on television much but it was always meant to culminate in a big AJ Styles/Reigns brawl. This time should see a real winner and a legitimate match.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows win.

    Tim:

    When I was little I used to want every tag match to be a tornado tag. I’m pretty excited to see one here. This is a tag match with an actual story and two teams that can be entertaining. The Clubb (I think it needs two b’s so I will spell it with two b’s) should get the win here. This has everything it needs to be a match of the night contender but I have a feeling things might fall apart. Hopefully I’m wrong! Either way I am very interested in this match.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows of The Clubb wins

    Tom:

    Man, I’m pretty into tornado tags (or at least I was in WWF No Mercy for the N64), so this is something I can get behind. Gallows and Anderson have had a bit of a strange debut so far, right? They’ve added an interesting edge to the AJ and Roman feud but it’s hard to consider them as a separate entity that has matches which don’t involve AJ. Anyway, I think this could be a pretty decent time.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Anderson and Gallows win.

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    WWE Payback 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Not the Mel Gibson movie.

    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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    Kalisto vs. Ryback for the United States Championship on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    The WrestleMania pre-show match between these two was good but the lack of a crowd hurt it. I think WWE is intentionally putting Ryback on every pre-show for the rest of the year after he made public comments threatening retirement if it doesn’t change. The match should be good but it’s not anything worth going out of your way to get the show on early.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

    Tim:

    Oh! Sorry, I was reminiscing about that time John Cena made the United States Championship feel important. I’m not the biggest Ryback fan but I do think he has potential to be an entertaining character. Kalisto can be hit or miss but he’s mostly fun to watch. They’re just not being booked to be cared for. Ryback is already hard to care for as it is so them relegating these two to this feud that barely exists sucks. It sucks that WWE creative sucks but what can we do?

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins

    Tom:

    Last month, I was onboard with Joey as far as giving this a chance. Now though? Naw. Naw son. I don’t dislike either guy but I have zero interest in seeing them wrestle again, unless it’s in some kind of match with all sorts of mad stipulations.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

    Dolph Ziggler vs. “The Big Breakfast” Baron Corbin

    Joey:

    WWE has a tendency to go with “Even Stevens bullshit booking” in the words of Brad Ward so I am terrified of Dolph Ziggler winning here to ruin Baron Corbin’s momentum. Ziggler doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things so they can’t possibly screw over Corbin. The chemistry between these two doesn’t appear to exist and I’m not excited at all for the actual match unless Big Banter lives up to his name.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tim:

    Ziggler’s ridiculous selling will make Baron Corbin look good but I see Ziggler coming out on the winning end this time and then a rematch happening next month where Corbin gets the win. I can’t say I am excited about any of this. There’s stuff I like about “The Big Breakfast” Baron Corbin but his wrestling isn’t really apart of that. His finisher is good! Ziggler could retire to The Comedy Toilet tomorrow and I wouldn’t mind.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins

    Tom:

    Ziggler has seemed to be the go-to guy as far as making an NXT guy’s debut as underwhelming as possible (big shout out to my main man Tyler Breeze), so hopefully this is the first and last PPV match between these two. I really hope this isn’t much more than a squash, I don’t enjoy most longer Ziggler matches and I want to see Breakfast become more established on the main roster.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Breakfast’s got this.

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    Wrestling Is Bullshit: Trevor Lee Playing the Homophobic Heel

    One of the most embarrassing things about being a wrestling fan (which is saying something) is having to experience the casual sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all sorts of other insidious ideas that still permeate throughout the art.  However, it has been nice to see that wrestling is ever-so slightly becoming less overtly awful in regards to social issues.

    The filth of hatred has not fully washed away by a longshot though, and the art is still covered in it. Occasionally, you will even still experience a popular wrestler actually using slurs that are designed to abuse and degrade people who are not white, heterosexual, cisgender men. Two times in the past year stick out in particular for me.

    The first cited example can be seen above and is the latest example that I am aware of existing. Trevor Lee was making his entrance for the (#VeryOk) main event of the (#VeryOk) WrestleCon Supershow. A fan starts yelling at him, and Trevor The Irish Wrestling Fan ends up calling him a “faggot.” Continue reading

    This Or That (1/20/2016)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeyOnEarth and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    More exciting WWE signing: AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura?

    Sorry, New Japan.

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    Joey:

    Nakamura is great but the AJ Styles signing is definitely the more exciting news here. Styles has been one of the best wrestlers in North America for the past decade and has been deserving of this opportunity for just as long. I can’t wait to see how he performs in the WWE atmosphere and want to see him face off with some of the current top stars like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor. All of these wrestlers are at the top of their game and Styles could have a very special run with the company.

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    Tim:

    I enjoy Nakamura a great deal when he’s going all out in a match. I think he’ll try his best in the WWE system and that will be interesting to see. A lot of the magic behind Nakamura is how he is presented and I can only hope WWE understands that. I think AJ Styles is one of the best wrestlers around. I’ve always wanted to see him in WWE and they have a great roster full of fresh matches for him. While you’ll never see me buying AJ Styles merchandise I can not deny that he’s on a level all by himself right now when it comes to in-ring performances. He’s worked his way to the top of almost every promotion he’s stepped foot in. It’s going to be surreal to see him in a WWE ring.

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    Tom:

    I am very excited for old AJ to finally get a go in WWE, but he seems like a slightly safer bet in terms of getting a decent run and baby, I am addicted to unpredicatibility and sweet, sweet chaos. WWE still hasn’t shown they know how to use a non-English speaker in a prominent role, so Nakamura’s signing is much more exciting to me – if there’s anyone who can overcome a language barrier through sheer charisma, it’s Nakamura but I still think it’ll be an uphill battle. DO YOUR BEST SHINSUKE MATE, INVEST IN SOME MAD OLD OUTFITS AND KEEP MAKING THOSE FACES.

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    ROH Final Battle 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Best preview on the planet.

    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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    Cheeseburger vs. “Brutal” Bob Evans in a pre-show YouTube match

    Joey:

    I’ve found a lot of people talking about this being the match of the night on twitter and I’ve rolled my eyes but then I think about it. If Final Battle were still in New York, I probably would buy a ticket just to see Cheeseburger beat the shit out of Bob Evans. I love Cheeseburger and he is the main reason I may consider staying up for Wrestle Kingdom.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Cheeseburger wins.

    Tim:

    It’s kind of wild but I finds this to be one of the best built-up matches on the card. I feel like it has been going on forever. I enjoy Cheeseburger a good bit and I’m actually looking forward to what I hope is these guys… FINAL BATTLE.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cheeseburger wins.

    Tom:

    I haven’t watched any ROH for over a year and, as a result, I feel extremely well-equipped to preview this sensational show.

    I like Cheeseburger a lot. What’s he up to these days? Is he having fun? When did he and Brutal Bob have a falling out? Is this show seriously $34.99?

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cheeseburger has a great time and everyone is happy.

    Young Bucks vs. All Night Xpress vs. The Briscoes in a #1 contenders match for the tag titles

    Joey:

    You know ROH is NJPW’s NXT when there’s a multi-team tag match on each PPV. The action should be fine but I’ve become desensitized to these 3-4 team matches. It’s kind of like the six-man tag matches on Raw. Enough is enough. That being said, it will be fun to see the Young Bucks do battle with ANX again. Hopefully there’s a dual duel.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Young Bucks win.

    Tim:

    I still enjoy The Young Bucks but I find myself growing tired of their shtick. This is the second time I’ve gone through this with them but they managed to draw me back in. I get that it’s a money-maker so whatever but I’d love to see them evolve a bit more at some point. ROH is pretty boring to me nowadays but I do keep up with it enough and watch their big shows. This should be a fun match but I don’t really care too much about it outside of that. I should be way more excited that ANX is back together than I am. The Briscoes and Young Bucks have developed a great chemistry and that should be enough to pull this match through.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Young Bucks win.

    Tom:

    So is Jay Briscoe no longer a singles competitor? Okay. Cool. I wonder if things are awkward between Rhett Titus and Kenny King or if they’re still great mates. I would hope that the Young Bucks win this,

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    Interest Level: X/10
    Prediction: C

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