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    WWE Payback 2017 Preview and Predictions

    Still 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.

    Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    Please have someone throw Enzo Amore off the stage already. PLEASE!

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Gallows and Anderson win.

    Tim:

    My interest in WWE is at the lowest point it’s been in years and Raw is the brand I am most disinterested in. I’m hoping things will straighten out on each brand after Payback but I have some worries. NXT has been surprisingly good the past three weeks. Oh, this match? I have nothing. No thanks.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Enzo and Cass win.

    Tom:

    I can’t think of anything to say about this. Nothing at all.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Okay.

    Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    Neville and Austin Aries had a pretty good showcase in the windy WrestleMania pre-show match. I imagine this one will be better since the majority of fans will already be in their seats. Neville and Aries are really the only guys that have gotten over in the cruiserweight division. I’m expecting Aries to win here so they can continue the feud for another month.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tim:

    I am looking forward to this. Aries and Neville are a great match-up and the two biggest parts of the Cruiserweight division right now. I think they can pull off something better than the fun bout they had at Wrestlemania. I do hope Aries slips on his banana at some point but I have a feeling it won’t happen this time as he is fixing to be the champion.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tom:

    I disagree with Joey’s notion that Aries and Neville are the only two to have gotten over in the Cruiserweight Division; Neville has been amazing in his new role, but I feel like Aries is still kind of riding the hype over being a former indies star, as opposed to any of his WWE performances. Not that he’s been bad, I just don’t feel like interest levels or fan investment have increased for him. Also, I think Jack Gallagher has been a much bigger deal in terms of breaking out as someone people are interested in seeing (or at least him doing silly umbrella things), though he’s hamstrung by the division still feeling like a throwaway, time-filler thing.

    Anyway, match should be good but they should have high-powered fans pointed at the ring to make Neville’s hair flow beautifully like it did at ‘Mania.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Neville wins. Continue reading

    WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Belts.

    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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    Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    Nia Jax squashing local talents really helped introduce her on Raw. The segment with her throwing around Alicia Fox a few weeks ago was quite entertaining. Nothing but love for Foxy who judged a pizza eating contest with Big Show in Brooklyn last month. Respect was earned.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins.

    Tim:

    I’ve never really found Nia Jax appealing until she did the beatdown on Alicia Fox. Fox, who has been supremely underutilized for most of her career, really sold Jax as a beast. I want more of that here but I’m expecting it will just be a boring pre-show match.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax

    Tom:

    The stipulation should be Nia Jax gets Foxy’s place on Total Divas if she wins. I have no other thoughts.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Total Divas returns Fall 2016.

    TJ Perkins vs. The Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    TJ Perkins is a real goof, but he has been unbelievable in the ring over the past few months. The Brian Kendrick added more emotion to the Cruiserweight Classic than anyone else. This was the right match to put on the PPV. I’m rooting for Kendrick but TJP is definitely pulling off the win to start a credible reign.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: TJ Perkins wins.

    Tim:

    I was at work the other day and the janitor was cleaning up near me. I looked at him as he was throwing a Capri Sun pouch away and said “you should throw TJP away while you’re at it.” He didn’t know what I was talking about and seemed kind of scared but if he was a wrestling fan he would have died laughing or at least smirked at me knowingly. TJP has always been pretty good in the ring and seems to be rolling at a whole new pace now. Kendrick was my favorite character in the CWC and brought that emotional weight to all of his matches in the tournament. That run pretty much exemplified what I want from wrestling. TJP is most definitely winning here (as he should) but I’ll be rooting for Kendrick. This is an exciting one.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: TJ Perkins wins.

    Tom:

    I don’t like really like TJP as a person or a wrestler! I know everyone seems very high on him this year, but he just doesn’t really do much for me on any level. However, Brian Kendrick is fantastic and I look forward to him slapping old TJ around for a while. I’m even going to predict that Kendrick wins, because I love being set up for disappointment!

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Brian Kendrick wins.

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    NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2016 Preview and Predictions

    I’m not calling it “Back 2 Brooklyn.”

    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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    No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries

    Joey:

    I love No Way Jose! I have the opposite feelings of love for Austin Aries! I am interested in this because I get to witness No Way Jose make his grand entrance. The weird combination of these two feuding is one of the rare NXT TV things I’ve been into. Very excited about it and hope No Way Jose wins.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: No Way Jose wins.

    Tim:

    No Way Jose does nothing for me! In fact, I think his gimmick is lame and is very close to getting annoying. I like to have as much fun as the next person but his whole thing just isn’t for me. Austin Aries can be an awesome wrestler (even though I haven’t seen it in his WWE run) but I do not care for him as a person. He’s a no-gooder, I say! This match can hit the bricks.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: No Way Jose wins.

    Tom:

    NO WAY! JOSE! NO WAY! JOSE! NO WAY! JOSE! I’m just hoping Brooklyn doesn’t root for Aries and we get a Jose fiesta popping the roof off the spectacular Barclays Center.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Fuck Austin Aries.

    Bobby Roode vs. Andrade Almas

    Joey:

    This is another wacky pairing that I’m intrigued by. Similar to Aries/No Way Jose, I’m not sure if it will deliver but I’m excited to watch it unfold. Bobby Roode is hit or miss but I’ve always appreciated him. The GLORIOUS music adds 10x the interest in him. Andrade Almas desperately needs a big match here. I legitimately forgot he was a part of NXT until this match announcement.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins.

    Tim:

    Andrade Almas has been a no-go since his debut. They act like he is special but where is the proof? It’s not in this fucking pudding. This pudding taste like shit. Oh, this is coco butter body lotion? Weird.

    Bobby Roode comes off heads, shoulders, knees, and toes above the rest NXT roster. All he has to do is talk on the mic and you’re all like “yeah, this guy has it.” Also, it doesn’t need to be said but his theme is untouchable. This is a wild pairing but I’m looking forward to seeing how the two warriors of the squared circle play off of each other. Hopefully Almas shows off.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins (with the help of James Storm?)

    Tom:

    Man, I feel bad for old Andrade “Cien” Almas. His current character and attire is up there as one of NXT’s all-time worst – it feels as bad a misstep as Becky Lynch’s original Irish riverdancing routine. Hopefully they repackage him soon into something less appalling, because the nerds on Twitter say he’s actually pretty great, so it’ll be a shame if he gets wasted.

    All I’ve seen of Bobby Roode as an NXT Superstar are the “Glorious Bomb” videos young Jonathan Gargano and Tommy Ciampa have been doing, so needless to say, he’s already my absolute favourite. His last couple of years in TNA were fairly meandering, but I still have happy memories of his title run and he’s a TNA refugee I’m actually glad to see show up in “Paul’s playground”. Given his size, look and ability, he’s something that stands out in NXT right now, and that’s always interesting.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Big Bobby brings one home.

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    NXT TakeOver: Dallas Preview and Predictions

    Better than Mania?

    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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    Apollo Crews vs. Elias Samson

    Joey:

    I have no idea how Elias Samson made the card but I’m glad Apollo Crews gets a spot on the huge show. My assumption is Crews wins in under 5 minutes and shows off that beautiful smile.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews wins.

    Tim:

    I’m excited that Apollo Crews is on the show but I have to say that I am not on board with The Drifter. Crazy, I know. Elias Samson is hardly even one-dimensional. He shows no promise at this time. He barely even exists. Hopefully he’s been put into the spotlight lately to make his defeat at the hands of Crews feel somewhat meaningful. I’m just trying to make sense of him.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews wins.

    Tom:

    I feel bad for Apollo Crews, he seemed to be getting a bit of momentum for a while and now he’s stuck drifting around. “DRIFTING AROUND”! DRIFTING! Because Elias Samson is The Drifter! Okay, that’s it.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Crewsy wins.

    Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin

    Joey:

    Baron Corbin beating the shit out of Austin Aries is a true dream match. Aries is such an asshole but he’s definitely talented so the match should see an interesting clash with Corbin improving and at his best lately. I think they will have a very good match together but we need Corbin to drop some banter and destroying Aries at the end for optimal results.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tim:

    I cannot stand Austin Aries but I am curious to see him compete in the WWE environment, especially against the likes of Baron Corbin. I’m not really sure if I genuinely like him or if he’s just a good laugh for me but I think this match could help me understand these strange feelings I have towards The Lone Wolf. The Big Breakfast. Baron Corbin.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tom:

    I’m so excited for this. I remember Austin Aries being fun to watch for a while, but years of TNA have made it impossible to care about him and he seems like a genuinely poor human being. Contrarily, Baron Corbin is perhaps the BEST human being! I can’t wait to see him kick Aries about a bit, hopefully only pausing to tell him to go back to Shit-kara.

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

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    NXT TakeOver: London Preview and Predictions

    Not in Full Sail *clap clap clap clap clap*

    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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    Asuka vs. Emma

    Joey:

    This is my most anticipated match of the show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Emma in a big match with a great talent. Her noteworthy matches have been the clusterfuck 4-way and singles matches against below average wrestlers like Paige. This should be great! I’m hoping it gets the opening match spot and they steal the show. I care more about this than anything on TLC. We love Asuka.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Tim:

    Asuka has been incredibly fun to watch and has completely gone above and beyond what I expected from her in this setting. She’s been the main reason for me to watch NXT weekly. Emma and Dana Brooke have made an interesting heel duo. Although we’ve seen signs here and there I think this will be the match that finally shows off how good Emma can be in the ring. Turning her heel was a great decision.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Asuka

    Tom:

    Asuka is the highlight of NXT for me right now, and Emma and Dana Brooke have been a big part of that. They’ve been the perfect opponents for Asuka to play off, and I think Emma’s PRETTY ALRIGHT as a wrestler, for the most part.

    Also, Emma really should make her being “for the dads” part of her character. Come out like Dalton Castle with two middle-aged men as her entourage and declare “I see a lot of dads out here!” You can’t tell me that wouldn’t work, come on. Hunter and Steph, with all due respect, you need to use this idea.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

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    NXT TakeOver: Respect Preview and Predictions

    We didn’t have time to collaborate this week.

    It’s just @JoeyOnEarth with a quick preview for the big NXT show this week. I suggest you tweet the T-Boyz asking for their interest levels on Dana Brooke vs. Asuka!

    EDIT: IT’S THE BIG DOG HERE WITH A LAST MINUTE RUN-IN AFTER JOEY TRIED TO SHAME ME FOR LIKING DANA BROOKE.

    EDIT 2: The T Man took time out of his VERY busy schedule to pop in for a second.

    Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze

    Joey:

    This match makes sense considering Apollo Crews is on the rise and Tyler Breeze is one of the more consistent wrestlers on the roster. I think we’re reaching a point with Breeze where he’s either being called up to the main roster soon or he’s going to become “just another guy” in NXT. Aside from his entrance, he’s kind of getting there already. Crews has looked impressive thus far and should get a big win here to propel him higher up the card.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews wins.

    Tom:

    ALRIGHT, LET’S GO. I’ve not watched any NXT since the last TakeOver show so I feel VERY prepared to comment on all this. How have things been going for Crews? Pretty well? Same for Tyler Breeze? Cool, cool. I’m sure these guys will both do just fine, nothing more, nothing less.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews wins.

    Dana Brooke vs. Asuka

    Joey:

    Dana Brooke is terrible. (Sorry, Tom.) Asuka is very good. Hopefully they reach a middle ground where it’s at least okay. Asuka has to get the big win here. It sucks her match isn’t with Emma instead.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Tom:

    Joey mate, Dana Brooke is MOSTLY OKAY. She’s more good than she is bad, at least. This Asuka girl, I tell you what, she seems to be pretty good. I’m sure this will be p. decent.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Tim:

    I went with a nice eggplant color for my name. Spicing things up a bit? Do you like it? Leave comments underneath to let us know. We really care about your feedback. Like and subscribe.

    Tom, man. Dana Brooke has a long way to go. You’re out of your damned mind and probably need to take a nap. Asuka’s first WWE match, though. That’s exciting!

    Since I’m already here I’ll just post this picture of country music legend Randy Travis someone saved onto the computer at my workplace for some reason. Look at this maniac.

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    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

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    This Or That (9/24/2015)

    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, @JoeySplashwater 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!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Which Seth Rollins match are you looking forward to more?

    Sting – 62%, John Cena – 38%

    Who would you rather see Triple H face at Wrestlemania 32?

    Seth Rollins – 67%, The Rock – 33%

    Better WWE signing?

    Rich Swann – 70%, Biff Busick – 30%

    Superior wings?

    Boneless wings – 57%, Bone-in – 43%

    Worst opponent choice for a star wrestler’s match: Big Show facing Brock Lesnar at MSG or Kane facing Seth Rollins at HIAC?

    Big Show and Kane back at it again.

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    Tim:

    Both of these  guys can take a hike, buddy! The Kane/Rollins stuff was inevitable and Rollins still has a long career ahead of him  to wrestle much of the roster. I don’t want to see this match but whatever. Way too much of Lesnar’s run has been spent on him wrestling the wrong people and that is a travesty. My main three dream opponents on the roster for him are Owens, Cesaro, and Daniel Bryan. We will probably never ever get any of those. Big Show vs Lesnar has history but even then it was dull. This just sucks.

    Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar at MSG

    Joey:

    Brock Lesnar wrestles so few times that having him face Big Show yet again is incredibly frustrating. When it was announced Lesnar would be wrestling at MSG, I had high hopes for him beating up a prick (Dolph Ziggler), a goof (Bo Dallas) or anyone else new and outside the box. Of course, it’s Big Show because you can’t get into October without him getting a noteworthy match or two. Kane vs. Seth Rollins is annoying as well but at least you knew it was coming and Rollins will wrestle everyone on the roster at some point. Brock won’t.

    Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar at MSG

    Tom:

    I am entirely onboard with Kane stealing the Joseph Park Esq. gimmick but I don’t particularly want to see him wrestling (unless it’s against Kevin Owens, although that’s a caveat I’d add to almost everyone on the roster right now). Having said that, I’d still MUCH rather see Rollins fight Kane than Ambrose again. Let the Rollins vs. Old Lads tour continue, maybe he’ll break Ric Flair’s nose next month.

    Unless Big Show vs. Brock is just the two of them hurling couches back and forth at each other, I’m not that interested. Give Lesnar a little lad to toss around!!!

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    We Are NXT? TakeOver: Brooklyn Recap

    NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn came to Barclays Center and these humans attended.

    @TJHawke411 and @JoeySplashwater somehow tempted the gods of wrestling karma into getting sick seats to NXT. Both considered it the greatest wrestling experience of their lives and will share their memories along with any new thoughts after watching it on replay. TJ is using the star rating system and Joey is using the Brad Ward rating system.

    Support TJ Hawke by checking out Free Wrestling for great legally free wrestling and 411Mania for wrestling reviews.

    Support Joey by continuously clicking refresh on this page and by watching Girl Meets World on Netflix so he feels less guilty about pirating Season 1.

    Welcome to NXT

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    TJ:

    TakeOver: Brooklyn was actually my first live WWE show as an adult, and it was an eye-opening experience. I know it sounds condescending as hell, but the people-watching that you cannot help but engage in while you are surrounded by the wonderful characters of the WWE Universe is truly next level. That was quickly remedied once we got into the building because we got to sit in the section with the family and guests of the wrestlers! Most of them seemed quite lovely and contained endearingly-high levels of excitement to see their friends and family in the ring. This change in surroundings removed the possibilities of an unpleasant fan experience harming the show. Success!

    Joey:

    I went back and forth on whether to attend TakeOver: Brooklyn or ROH Field of Honor 2. Around the time the double main event was announced for NXT, I made the decision to attend this especially since it was in my “home arena” about 10 minutes away and there was a very special feel around it. I made a great decision. After being in this arena nearly 20 times for various events, I’ve never been located anywhere but the highest level. Somehow our seats were the best view in the entire arena, second row ringside around a bunch of lovely people. The experience of getting in the venue and finding our seats was already amazing.

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    NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn Preview and Predictions

    Full Sail is booing this preview.

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

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    Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tyler Breeze

    Joey:

    The idea of Jushin Thunder Liger making his WWE debut this late into his legendary career in front of a sold out arena is pretty cool. I think the atmosphere will make this match very good and it could end up being the most memorable moment of the night.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Tyler Breeze wins.

    Tim:

    Seeing Jushin Liger wrestle at a WWE event is pretty exciting to me. I’ve always been a huge fan of him so this is probably one of the biggest reasons for me to watch. I can enjoy Tyler Breeze from time to time so yeah, bring it on. I’m pretty interested in seeing these two square off in this environment.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Tyler Breeze wins.

    Tom:

    Sure, okay, alright. These guys are on opposite ends of their careers, and as a result, I think there’s a limit to just how good this’ll be. Like, neither guy is really capable of much more than a pretty good singles match right now – Liger’s great matches are all behind him and Breeze’s are all in the future (or at least hopefully they are). Liger in a WWE ring is a fun novelty though, and a nice amount of silliness in Breeze’s entrance should make this enjoyable.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Tyler Breeze wins.

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    Seven Things: Top 7 Wrestlers Younger Than I Am

    God damn. This is going to be depressing to write.

    I was reading The Wrestling Blog a week ago and one of the questions was asking to compile a list of the best wrestlers younger than you. An idea was fully formulated to write this because as I grow older, I continue to find myself getting quite depressed for a good few minutes when realizing a great athlete is younger than me. I’m still relatively young with my birth date being in February of 1989, making me a healthy 25 year old.

    Luckily in wrestling, there are very few wrestlers younger than me and the ones that are, happen to just be a couple of months younger typically. I’ll delve deeper into my insecurities and self doubt as a human looking at the wrestlers younger than me who have accomplished far more than I have in less time.

    Disclaimer: This list is based on how much a wrestler depresses me with their age more so than who is the best. Only the most scientific ranking systems here at Wrestling On Earth.

    7. Bo Dallas (24 years old)

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    Before I researched this, I never would have guessed Bo Dallas was younger than me. In fact, I’d have assumed he was nearing 30 rather than barely being 25. Maybe it’s due to the nature of Dallas being an odd looking individual. I recently watched an interview of Bo that made me appreciate just how awkward of a human being he truly is and I now like him a little more than I used to.

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