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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 Battleground 2015 Preview and Predictions

    The main events Tom and Joey wish they were getting at Summerslam.

    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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    Wade Barrett vs. R-Truth in a Battle for the Crown

    Joey:

    Wade Barrett desperately needs to lose this to have any chance of being relevant again. I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news! (Get it???) Barrett is probably going to win this and continue being the goofy dude in a crown.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Wade Barrett wins.

    Tim:

    Wade Barrett is a goof right now as the King of The Ring. He’ll probably always be booked as a goof at this point but hopefully this match was made to get him out of the gimmick. Realistically, this match was probably made to give him something to do and give him a win. I don’t care too much about this match.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Wade Barrett wins.

    Tom:

    My goodness, what a way to start the show. I’m going to go against the grain here and say that Truth gets the win so he can continue doing his wacky king character to give him something to do, whereas Barrett can drop it and just do his best to go back to how things were before all this mess. Unlikely, but I think it’d be better for everybody.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: R-Truth 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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    Wednesday Night Wars: June 24, 2015

    There’s a lot of wrestling on Wednesday nights.

    Every week, @JoeySplashwater will attempt to watch as much of the wrestling programs on Wednesday night as he can. There will be a short recap of each program followed by the pick for Match of the Night, Performer of the Night and who won the Wednesday Night Wars?

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    NXT was the perfect example of what their television program is this week. The open was great with Kevin Owens, Hideo Itami, Finn Balor and Rhyno all having fun moments. The main event of Balor vs. Rhyno was solid with great commentary by Owens. There was also a spectacular promo video of Finn playing Legos with Sami Zayn.

    Unfortunately, the rest of the show sucked. Nothing else and no one else on this show felt important or noteworthy and it just seemed like filler in between the opening segment and main event. I can’t even remember who the participants were.

    The good was outstanding, the bad was pointless. I enjoyed the Owens vs. Finn story enough to say I liked NXT this week.

    Grade: C+

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Ladders.

    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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    R-Truth vs. King Barrett on the kick-off show

    Joey:

    I have a theory that R-Truth is retiring this year and he’s being randomly inserted in weird situations (WM Ladder match, Elimination Chamber match, the recent Raw promo) on TV before he leaves. As for this match, it is what it is. Fine match that you don’t care much about.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: R-Truth wins.

    Tim:

    R-Truth legitimately got a laugh out of me on Monday. That doesn’t happen often nowadays. That doesn’t make me care about this match. They are both decent wrestlers so the match should be okay but I doubt I’ll remember it in a week.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: King Barrett Wins.

    Tom:

    Did Barrett do something to get people cross at him? Or is this just what happen to modern Kings of the Ring(s)? R-Truth being confused is a good time but I don’t have any interest in seeing him wrestle.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: R-Truth wins.

    Ryback vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship

    Joey:

    The set-up for this match has been as great as one could have hoped for. Big Show has been absolutely hilarious on the last two episodes of Raw. Ryback has been a very likeable character lately. As great as the character work has been, I still have no interest in this match based off past history. Hopefully they prove me wrong.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

    Tim:

    I have not enjoyed any bit of this. Ryback is doing fine as a face and is actually tolerable but I just can’t get into him. I sure as hell can’t enjoy The Big Show and his “wit.” I don’t care for either of these guy much when it comes to their wrestling style so this match just isn’t for me.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

    Tom:

    Jesus. JESUS. I’m not ready for this. I’ve enjoyed The Big Show and The Big Guy engage in some Big Banter, but the only matches I want to see them in are ones with mad stipulations. Musical chairs or yo momma joke diss-offs or something. You know what would be best? Just force them to compete in all those mad contests from the first season of NXT, I want to see Ryback and Big Show carrying barrels around the ring and having to dance with the corpse of Mae Young, anything but wrestle.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

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    This Or That (6/5/2015)

    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:

    More likely to win his title shot at Elimination Chamber? (We thought the United States title was on the line. Sorry!)

    Kevin Owens – 68%, Dean Ambrose – 32%

    Who will make you cringe more on Tough Enough?

    Chris Jericho – 54%, Hulk Hogan – 46%

    Better wrestler?

    Sheamus – 68%, Wade Barrett – 32%

    If forced to watch one, which would you choose?

    Ted 2 – 53%, Entourage The Movie – 47%

    Which is more likely at Wrestlemania 32: Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar or Undertaker vs. Sting?

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    Tim:

    There was a lot of convincing stuff going on with the Austin/Lesnar thing. Austin looked like he was in good shape and he went really hard into character. They switched to kayfabe (yeah, I said it) so well. Then there were actual WWE roster members tweeting about wanting that match which seems suspicious to me. I don’t know if they’d tease something that big if there wasn’t at least a good chance that it would happen. It seemed like Austin was definitely prepared for that interaction. I would love to see this even though there are a good five to six wrestlers I’d rather see these two guys wrestle instead.

    Sting’s first and maybe final match in WWE was pretty sad in retrospect despite the ridiculous, nonsensical, in-the-moment nostalgia-riddled mayhem it brought us. I know he’s said he would come back for an Undertaker match. Neither of them can go like they once could. It would probably be a bad match unless you fill it full of theatrics and, well… WWE would actually have to figure out how to portray the Sting character. It would probably be Undertaker’s retirement match. They’d almost for sure put him over Sting even though it would most likely be Sting’s retirement match too. No way they’d focus on a double-retirement with an ex-WCW guy like Sting properly. I really don’t think this will happen even though I think the build-up COULD and SHOULD be really neat. I wouldn’t mind it.

    Match ends. Lights go out and come back on and the urn and a baseball bat sit in the ring. Crows are flying haphazardly around the audience. The monks come down and sing a song a capella (Rolling In The Deep?) while Fred Durst (with Lex Luger in a side cart) ride a motorcycle around ringside waving the American flag.

    Steve Austin vs Brock Lesnar

    Joey:

    There’s no way Steve Austin would have went as deep into character mode as he did during his podcast interview with Paul Heyman if there wasn’t some thought being given to returning at Wrestlemania. I think that means there’s a chance of it happening at least. On the other side, I think Wrestlemania 32 will be Undertaker’s last match ever and I can’t see any situation where Sting is his final opponent.

    Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar

    Tom:

    Austin definitely looked in better shape on his most recent Network podcast with Heyman, and more in “Stone Cold mode”, as opposed to “boisterous dad mode”. The promo he cut on old Paul E. at the end was fairly sensational stuff, so even though I really can’t imagine the match being much of anything, I think the build-up to it would be great fun and worth watching. However, Austin also seems like a guy that’s very conscious of his limitations and wellbeing, which makes it hard to imagine he’d be willing to risk both his legacy and his health with a match with Brock.

    Undertaker / Sting seems… I mean, if Sting’s going to do another WWE match, that’d be the one. Yeah, Sting might not be able to give ‘Taker a great final match, but I don’t think anyone could at this stage. At the very least, The Steveman could guarantee Undertaker something safe and easy, as he proved with that surprisingly fun bout he had with Hogan a few years back. Let the two old man have their 10 minute entrances and posturing and then send them off home to count their money before someone breaks a hip, for fuck’s sake.

    Undertaker vs. Sting

    Which is more likely at Wrestlemania 32?

    • Undertaker vs. Sting (55%, 29 Votes)
    • Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar (45%, 24 Votes)

    Total Voters: 53

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    Elimination Chamber 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Tom is not here… or is he?

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

    @TomBlargh is currently on holiday and while he WAS going to miss out on this one, his excitement for Owens/Cena (and having a spare few minutes/access to a laptop) meant he couldn’t help but get involved.

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    Miz TV with Daniel Bryan on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Daniel Bryan and The Miz have always had great chemistry so this should be an entertaining segment. We’ll also get to see Bryan and get the latest on his condition which is hopefully good news.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Everyone laughs at Miz.

    Tim:

    Daniel Bryan will be promoting his stuff but just seeing him makes me happy. Maybe he’ll throw some shade at The Miz because he’s just a goon.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: We all end up pointing at The Miz for being a goon.

    Tom:

    Miz is obnoxious, the commentators are idiots, Bryan is a sweetheart who does his best to promote his book and DVD without giving away too much about what the future holds.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan gives Miz a dry slap.

    Brad:

    I think the idea here is that Daniel Bryan will be out to promote his new DVD and perhaps mention the book. We could hear something about his rehab, but quite unlikely.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan plugs his DVD.

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    This Or That (5/28/2015)

    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!

    Tom is on vacation this week. Filling in for The Big Dog will be @TJHawke411! Check out his website: FreeProWrestling.

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

    Which Kevin Owens match will be better?

    John Cena – 84%, Samoa Joe – 16%

    More exciting Steve Austin podcast guest?

    Undertaker – 91%, Hulk Hogan – 9%

    Which tournament will be better?

    Chikara King of Trios – 51%, PWG DDT4 – 49%

    Better form of comedy?

    Stand up – 70%, Improv – 30%

    More likely to win his title shot at Elimination Chamber: Dean Ambrose or Kevin Owens?

    Which upset is more likely?

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    Tim:

    I doubt either one will win but I actually think they’d be more likely to put Cena’s belt on Owens than the world title on Ambrose. Not saying that’s what needs to happen because Cena is doing wonders with the US Championship but I wouldn’t be able to do anything but love it if it did. They treat Ambrose so strange. The audience loves him when he is in the spotlight but WWE never really commits to him. At least Rollins doesn’t need to lose the strap yet.

    Kevin Owens

    Joey:

    This is more of an instinctual answer for me. I can easily visualize Kevin Owens defeating John Cena and holding both the NXT and United States championships in his hands. I can not picture Dean Ambrose being the WWE World Champion. I just can’t form the mental image.

    The John Cena Challenge and recent appearances and call-ups of NXT stars has me honestly believing there’s a NXT “invasion” story coming sooner or later. WWE likes to set up a big yearly Summer storyline around this time. Maybe it’s Owens leading an NXT invasion vs. John Cena.

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    TJ:

    Neither option seems especially likely, as WWE seems more committed than ever to keeping to long-term plans for their world champion. It just does not seem possible that Ambrose factors in to those plans in any way. With that being said, Kevin Owens is clearly going to be the NXT Champion until at least the next live special, and I’m not sure winning the US Championship helps him in any way because he’ll probably have to lose it someone sooner rather than later. Thus, I predict neither match sees a title change on Sunday!

    Oh, I have to pick one? I’ll go with Ambrose, as there is always a chance he wins the title and drops it back to Rollins within a week or two on Raw.

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    More likely to win his title shot at Elimination Chamber?

    • Kevin Owens (68%, 28 Votes)
    • Dean Ambrose (32%, 13 Votes)

    Total Voters: 41

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    DISCLAIMER: APPARENTLY KEVIN OWENS MATCH VS. JOHN CENA ISN’T A TITLE MATCH. WHOOPS.

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    This Or That (5/21/2015)

    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:

    More likely to wrestle a match at Wrestlemania 31?

    Hulk Hogan – 67%, Ronda Rousey – 33%

    More likely to become WWE champion again?

    Sheamus – 83%, The Miz – 17%

    Better anti-American wrestler?

    Lance Storm – 59%, Rusev – 41%

    Better game?

    Air hockey – 68%, Foosball – 32%

    Which Kevin Owens match will be better: Samoa Joe or John Cena?

    Both will be great but which do you think will turn out the better overall match.

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    Tim:

    The fact that both of these matches are happening is just wild to me. I’m so excited for both of them. Samoa Joe is the perfect challenger for Owens in NXT right now because it doesn’t seem like anyone else can bring him down. The first meeting between Owens and Joe in NXT was impactful just as it was with Owens meeting Cena for the first time on Raw.

    Cena vs Owens has a lot going for it though. It’s Owens first main roster match and it’s on a WWE PPV against the biggest name in the company. When Cena has an opponent like Owens he always rises to the occasion and seems way more motivated. I always thought there wouldn’t be a better anti-Cena than CM Punk but the more I think about it the more I realize that the Kevin Owens character is the natural fit. I’d love a rivalry between these two to last for years.

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    Joey:

    John Cena vs. former ROH/PWG wrestlers tends to be instant magic. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Luke Harper, Seth Rollins and a few others have had some of their best WWE matches vs. Cena because he knows how to adapt perfectly and the chemistry is always there.

    With someone as precise in storytelling as Kevin Owens is, he could have a chance at being one of Cena’s best opponents. I’m thinking it will be a special match we remember years from now.

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    Tom:

    Good lord, what a question. The Owens / Cena PPV match is the most exciting PPV match for ages. It feels unreal that it’s happening but… well, so does Joe/Owens in NXT. I’m fascinated to see how Joe performs as an official WWE superstar but hearing the rumours about his contract being a limited deal kind of spoils things. He might have great matches, but it seems unlikely that he’ll ever be elevated past the NXT level.

    On the other hand, Owens / Cena could be something else entirely. The two seem like they could be a natural fit and Cena seems to relish the idea of having a new foe who can deliver on the mic and in the ring. I’m fascinated to not only see how their match plays out, but also what kind of signals it sends for Owens’ future on the main roster.

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    Which Kevin Owens match will be better?

    • John Cena (84%, 42 Votes)
    • Samoa Joe (16%, 8 Votes)

    Total Voters: 50

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    NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable Preview and Predictions

    Who names these shows?

    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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    Baron Corbin vs. Rhyno

    Joey:

    My interest level rating is based upon Rhyno hitting this jaybrone with a sick GORE GORE GORE!!! If it doesn’t happen, we’re in for a sad night.

    Side note: Rhyno needs to face John Cena for the United States Championship in Philly, Chicago or one of the other places that ECW fans reside in.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Rhyno GORES this motherfucker.

    Tim:

    I’m all in on Rhyno beating the hell out of The Lone Wolf. I want a gore through the NXT set. Unfortunately, I see them letting B-Cor get the win here to help establish him as a completely bland sack of domination.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tom:

    The Motorcycle Wolf has got this. Hopefully Rhyno breaks the ring apron video screen thing or gores a shopping cart again (STILL THE GREATEST SPOT OF ALL TIME).

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

    Bayley and Charlotte vs. Dana Brooke and Emma

    Joey:

    This match being made is disappointing. I was expecting Emma vs. Bayley. I love ironic ironic Emma being a parody of her former self blaming the NXT world for her downfall on RAW. I think there’s a great story with potential there. Sadly this tag match could be rotten. I don’t have an opinion on Dana Brooke but people whine about her a lot which means she’ll likely be successful. Charlotte has nothing to do in NXT anymore except main event house shows.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Emma and Dana Brooke win.

    Tim:

    Bailey, Charlotte, and Emma are more than capable of having an entertaining match and being in the ring with these women will only help Dana Brooke who I think has some potential. This wasn’t my ideal match for some of the ladies involved (Bayley and Emma have great characters that should be put in a place to grow here) but I’ll take it as I’m sure it won’t be a stinker. I feel like it’s a toss-up for who is going to win here so I’ll default to them giving the faces a win although more could probably be made out of giving Emma and Brooke the big “w.”

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Bayley and Charlotte win.

    Tom:

    I really like Bayley, but I’m not that fussed about anyone else in this match. They’re all pretty good – the jury’s still out on young Dana Brooke, but she seems to have potential – but there’s nothing too compelling about the story behind this. The Emma character is bewildering, though I’m not sure that’s enough for me to want to watch her wrestle.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Emma and Dana Brooke win.

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