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    WWE Summerslam 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Jon Stewart is back!

    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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    Preshow: American Alpha, The Hype Bros and The Usos vs. The Vaudevillains, The Ascension and Breezedango

    Joey:

    I wish it was American Alpha vs. The Usos or Breezedango. I think this could be fun but who really cares?

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Good boys win.

    Tim:

    It’ll be nice to see American Alpha do some stuff, I guess. This’ll be forgettable I’m sure.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: The Uso Alpha Bros win.

    Tom:

    Aw yeah, let’s kick this off right! Tag team action! Oh yeah! Oh YEAH!!

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: American Alpha and pals win.

    Preshow: The Dudley Boyz vs. Sami Zayn and Neville

    Joey:

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sami Zayn and Neville wins. Bubba turns on Devon.

    Tim:

    I’m going to take this time to say this whole Sami Zayn being in a thrown together tag match on the pre-show thing is incredibly lame. He’s had a great year in the ring and won his biggest match to date in my favorite match of the year so far just last month. All of that and this is where he’s at? You could’ve been creative and somehow worked into him and Owens tagging for a while instead of Jericho or something. ANYTHING. If this is what you were going to do with him why not just let Owens beat him again?

    The Dudleyz are for the trash and I don’t want to watch two great wrestlers take on boring garbage people in a pre-show match. They’ve done nothing interesting since they’ve returned to the company. I’m pissed! I’m letting the world know.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The Dudleyz win because this is shit!

    Tom:

    Poor Sami. Poor Neville. Get them damn Dudz outta here. Hopefully Sami and Neville use the “fighting spirit” they learned in Japan to shoot on Big Bubba with some signature strong style strikes! Minoru Suzuki! MAMMA MIA!!!!!

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Sami and Big Adrian win.

    Cesaro vs. Sheamus (Match 1 in their Best of Seven series)

    Joey:

    There’s nothing wrong with either man and they have decent matches. The problem is it gets extremely repetitive and we all know this will likely culminate in nothing. I can’t say I’m overly excited but it could be good. They have to put this in the opening slot or on the pre-show while the crowd is still hot.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Tim:

    These two are awesome wrestlers. They really are… but Sheamus can suck the life out of me despite that. It is some sort of weird magic he has. It doesn’t help that I’ve seen them wrestle more times than I ever needed to. The story hasn’t been compelling at all. They threw in Zayn beating Sheamus for some reason. It’s just strange. We have six more of these to go. I’d rather Cesaro be doing bigger and better things at this point. It just seems like a roadblock and not a match I can be excited about despite wanting to be.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Cesaro wins.

    Tom:

    It’s hard to comprehend this being their first match in a best of seven series because it already feels like they’ve wrestled enough that there shouldn’t be too much question about who the better guy is. IT’S CESARO, LADS. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS.

    Speaking of which, it’s testament to how great Cesaro is that I have any interest in this at all!

    Interest Level: 4/10
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    NXT TakeOver: The End Preview and Predictions

    Only Brad Ward knows why this show is titled “The End.”

    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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    Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Tye Dillinger

    Joey:

    I’m the average NXT fan aka I avoid 95% of the television shows but watch the live specials. I have no idea if this Cien dude has wrestled yet or if this is his debut. I never watched him in Mexico but everyone loves him. Hopefully it’s a great debut. I always appreciate Tye Dillinger putting ten fingers in the air so that will be a good time.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas wins.

    Tim:

    I’m hoping Andrade Almas has what he needs to show off here. Tye Dillinger shows signs of being entertaining but I’m not sure how I feel about his in-ring yet. I’m interested in seeing these two wrestle on a big show. Maybe I can get more of a feel for them here.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas wins.

    Tom:

    This is Manny Andrade, right? The very handsome Mexican guy? Except now he has a new name? It’s really confusing, man. I like Tye Dillinger a good bit though this seems to be another fairly thankless role for him. Where’s No Way Jose? Why’s he not on this show? Is it racist to bring up No Way Jose when I should be discussing another fantastic breakout Latino superstar? If so, then I apologize unreservedly.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Big Manny wins, I am not racist.

    Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are the best tag team in WWE. The Revival are the most average tag team in WWE. This means we’ll get another pretty good match between these teams. Hooray. I still badly wish Gargano and Ciampa were the ones challenging for the titles in a more exciting matchup.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Gable and Jordan win.

    Tim:

    I’ve enjoyed these two teams a good bit but I’m ready to move on. I’m sure this will be fun and it’s always nice to see Gable and Jordan do what they do.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Gable and Jordan win.

    Tom:

    Their Dallas TakeOver match exceeded my admittedly low expectations so I hope this’ll be another fun one. I’ve come around on The Revival, or at least I like the bald one who I am fairly certain is called Dawson.

    The Revival is just a tough team to keep up with in general – aside from general uncertainty as to who’s Dash and who’s Dawson, I also have to catch myself from calling “The Reunion”. Is there another wrestling stable called The Reunion? If there isn’t, I’m sure ROH has one planned, most likely with BJ Whitmer at the helm.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: American Alpha wins, even though Joey is RUDE and refuses to use their actual team name.

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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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    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.

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    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!!!

    Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar at MSG

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    This Or That (8/28/2015)

    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:

    Who would you rather see wrestle in a superhero costume?

    Hugh Jackman as Wolverine – 63%, Stephen Amell as Arrow – 37%

    Bigger athlete in wrestling?

    Dennis Rodman – 62%, Mike Tyson – 38%

    Who would you rather see Kevin Owens toss off a stage?

    Donald Trump – 70%, Jeremy Piven – 30%

    Who would you rather see star in a WWE film?

    Big E – 83%, Fandango – 17%

    Did you like the finish to John Cena vs. Seth Rollins at Summerslam: Yes or No?

    Controversial finishes.

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    Tim:

    I love a good laugh but this was complete bullshit. This was supremely WCW of them. This ending seemed like something Hogan would’ve came up with when he arrived to the building and saw he was booked to lose clean. I have mixed feelings on Jon Stewart but he’s usually very likable in the WWE atmosphere. I know he likes the product and seems to genuinely enjoy being there so I wanted to like this but I could not do that. This was Seth Rollins’ best singles match since joining the main roster. It was something he desperately needed after all of this time playing (a very good) weasel-like champion. This ending stopped that performance from ever getting the amount of recognition it deserved.

    I know they still want to protect Cena but are they so out of new ways to pull that off that this is the best they could come up with? It was nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of Jon Stewart being an aging *clears throat* “smart mark” type who doesn’t like change is a GREAT idea and he can do it well but don’t just throw that into a big match because you can’t figure out how to end it. Fuck that. He’s not even going to be around a lot. Where could this even possibly go that would be worth that ending? Nowhere. This was cheap.

    No.

    Joey:

    My WOE brothers have strong opinions on both sides and I’m just stuck in the middle. At the live show, it was hilarious and the crowd’s reaction to it made it a beautiful moment. On the other side, it really wastes the next level star making performance of Seth Rollins as no one is talking about how tremendous he was on that night. The rational the next night is what soured me on it. I automatically like Jon Stewart less for trying to protect that jerk Ric Flair’s title record. I could see myself being for it in any scenario but Flair love so I’m giving this a big NO. Team T-Man.

    NO

    Tom:

    Get a load of these two fucking MARKS. Yeah, I said it! I SAID IT LOUD. Here’s what wrestling is meant to be: a great fucking laugh. I was at Summerslam live and in person and I laughed a LOT at “Old” Jon Stewart taking out “Big” John Cena. Imagine that finish being pitched backstage, imagine them all around the table saying “yep, that’s the one”. Imagine the look on Rollins’ face when he realises the finish of the biggest win of his career ties directly into the crazy political leanings of Vince Jr. Imagine what the fuck Jon Stewart must have been thinking. It was GREAT. It was WRESTLING. It’s PURE, UNADULTERATED WRESTLING, and I accuse anyone who didn’t like it of being unable to handle the banter. THE ATTITUDE ERA IS BACK!!!!

    Also, if you vote ‘no’ on this then please let me know ASAP so I can block and report you on Twitter dot com.

    YES!!!!! YOU BASTARDS!!!!

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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.

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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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    WWE Beast in the East Live From Tokyo Preview and Predictions

    Japan, baby.

    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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    Cesaro vs. Diego

    Joey:

    Not sure who exactly Diego is but I’ll assume it’s Primo or his tag partner. This will probably end up as the third best match of the night because this is a house show. Both guys will have extra incentive to tear it up as neither usually have singles matches on the other live Network specials aka PPVs.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Cesaro wins.

    Tim:

    This doesn’t sound too bad. The former Primo isn’t a bad in-ring competitor at all and with him facing off against Cesaro there’s no reason this shouldn’t be an entertaining match.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cesaro wins.

    Tom:

    What a weird match. Is this happening because they’d already sorted the lads out with their visas when Tyson got injured so they just had to figure out another way to use old Cesaro and Los Matadores? Am I over-thinking this? Anyway, Cesaro with a smaller, somewhat flippy guy sounds alright to me.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cesaro wins.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Let’s relax, sip on a nice hot coffee, and name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week! Sounds good, right? I mean, you’d tell me if you weren’t into it. You’re a nice person and I can trust you. Thank you.

    Holy moly! It’s that time of the week again already and let me tell you, I have an amazing announcement for you today. You can probably guess what it is but it’s still amazing. The announcement is that I have counted all of your votes and The Sexy Wrestler of The Week is ready to be named! Settle down! I know. It’s always a big deal. So, shall we get ok with it?

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    The Sexy Wrestler of The Week is none other than Finn Bálor! This NXT superstar is no stranger to this prestigious award but a lot has changed since his past wins. We caught up with him in a supermarket to snap this photo and he was THRILLED.

    Next week we will be naming another Sexy Wrestler of The Week… as we do every week. Do you have strong feelings about who should win? Then please let it be known. Vote! Get off your asses and vote!