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    WWE Backlash 2016 Preview and Predictions

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    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 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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    WWE Payback 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Not the Mel Gibson movie. FYI he’s a bigot.

    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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    Curtis Axel and Macho Mandow vs. The Ascension on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Cosplay Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage vs. Cosplay Road Warriors. What a time to be a wrestling fan. There’s usually a pre-show match worth checking out. This doesn’t seem like one of them.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow win.

    Tim:

    Get a load of this. The amount of gimmickry in this match is reaching dangerous levels. Sandow is back to impersonating and I’m back to not caring. I don’t expect this to be a hot warm-up for the show.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow win.

    Tom:

    Poor old Sandow. Poor old Axel, for that matter. Both of them deserve better. Maybe The Road Warriors: Fury Road will fall over or pee their pants or something and this’ll be worthwhile.

    Interest Level: X/10
    Prediction: Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow win.

    Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt

    Joey:

    I’ve been watching RAW for the most part and I have ZERO memory of any interactions between Bray Wyatt and Ryback. On the bright side, this match is like a Super Bowl of guys to become completely irrelevant after feuding with Chris Jericho. Maybe Fandango will be the referee?

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins

    Tim:

    Bray Wyatt had another vague bone to pick with someone so here we are stuck with this match-up. I don’t care about either guy and I am almost certain this won’t be anything to write home about but I’m curious as to what this match will even be like. What’s the chemistry here? Will this end in a handshake and The Nexus getting back together?

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins.

    Tom:

    Such a weird match-up that I’m almost sort of interested? Except for the fact that this is one of the many things that feels like it should be on an episode of Raw. I can’t remember why they’re feuding, I assume it’s the same reason why Bray feuds with anyone (i.e. FUCK KNOWS, HE JUST NEEDS SOMETHING TO DO, NEW FACE OF FEAR ETC.)

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins.

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    This Or That (3/24/2015) Wrestlemania Edition

    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:

    Better wrestler?

    Adrian Neville – 68%, Bad News Barrett – 32%

    Better wrestler?

    Rockstar Spud – 87%, Grado – 13%

    Better wrestler?

    Nigel McGuinness – 67%, Dynamite Kid – 33%

    Better food?

    Fish and chips – 75%, Meat pie – 25%

    More valuable to Wrestlemania history: The Undertaker or Shawn Michaels?

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    Tim:

    The Undertaker and his streak became more important for Wrestlemania later on. I think his two matches with Shawn Michaels, the Wrestlemania 27 match against Triple H, and his match against CM Punk were not only great but pretty important to those specific Wrestlemanias. Besides the matches I just named there are no Undertaker matches at Wrestlemania that I actively go back and watch.

    Shawn Michaels definitely had a few of his own Wrestlemania clunkers but there was always something about him that captivated me. He just oozed charisma. As a kid who was raised on WCW, HBK was the main reason to ever get excited about a Wrestlemania. Now that I’m older HBK is still one of, if not THE, biggest reason to go back and watch old Wrestlemanias on the WWE Network. You just knew you were going to see a star do what he does best even if the chemistry wasn’t right or the build was shitty. When The Undertaker is in a boring or just plain bad match he does not grab my attention at all. Without the right build or the right opponent, The Undertaker at Wrestlemania was and is just an entrance.

    Shawn Michaels

    Joey:

    Guess what – half of The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania matches are unwatchable. They started to get better in the 2000’s but didn’t become as legendary as they are viewed until Shawn Michaels and ‘Taker had arguably the best match of all time at Wrestlemania 25.

    The crazy thing is you can debate it wasn’t even Michaels best Wrestlemania match. His bouts with Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Triple H, Chris Benoit and others could rival it based on your preference. Not to mention all the other classics he had over the years. Undertaker may have meant more for a few years but in the bigger picture, Michaels provided better matches, better moments and will always stand the test of time.

    Shawn Michaels

    Tom:

    I came into this assuming that it’d have to be The Undertaker, but thinking back, he really did have too many clunkers to take it. Not all of Shawn’s were classics, but he was still almost always in the best match on the card. He was also pretty much responsible for solidifying Undertaker’s Wrestlemania legacy and making “The Streak” the attraction it became, so yeah, gonna have to go for HBK here.

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    More valuable to Wrestlemania history?

    • Shawn Michaels (62%, 37 Votes)
    • The Undertaker (38%, 23 Votes)

    Total Voters: 60

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    Dirt Sheet History: September 2008

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at August 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from September of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy September 2008.

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    9/1/2008

    * The creative team discussed the subject of Undertaker‘s WrestleMania winning streak last week during a booking meeting. They believe it should only be ended by a superstar on the rise, not an established star. The general feeling is that it will never end but Vince McMahon isn’t completely opposed to it. If it’s ever going to end, he doesn’t want to waste it on a “maybe” star, only someone that everyone can agree on being a top star in the company for a number of years.

    Some officials are leery on who to use in the role due to the likes of Brock Lesnar & Bobby Lashley bolting from WWE. In regards to who can possibly end the streak, a few names have been discussed, but nobody everyone can agree on.

    However, the name most talked about was none other than Ted DiBiase as they believe he can be the next Randy Orton. McMahon is said to be very high on him, but doesn’t feel it could be done by next year with him. One long-term idea brought up is that a few years from now, DiBiase’s father can be brought in because he storyline introduced Undertaker to WWE.

    9/2/2008

    * MVP upset management following a recent incident in which he made a derogatory comment to one of the drug testing monitors who watches the WWE performers while they submit urine samples.

    Following the implementation of the WWE Wellness policy a few years ago, some wrestlers were submitting fake urine samples to beat the drug tests. One wrestler was eventually caught cheating in WWE developmental wrestler Afa Anoa’i, Jr. As a result, Anoa’i was suspended by WWE for 30 days, on March 20, 2008, as cheating is an obvious violation of the WWE’s Wellness policy. Following the incident, WWE instituted a new rule in which the performers have to be bare from their chest down to their knees while giving urine in front of a doctor to make sure they’re not cheating. A number of the wrestlers are grouchy to the monitors as you would imagine. However, MVP went too far in what he said to one of them.

    MVP asked the monitor if he graduated from college. The monitor said yet. MVP then insulted him, saying something along the lines of, “So you went to school for four years to watch people’s (expletive)?”

    The monitor promptly complained to WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis as well as Bruce Prichard. Soon after, Laurinaitis indirectly addressed the matter in locker room meeting, instructing talent to be respectful of the testers and to not harass them. People aware of the MVP incident felt it was obvious that the meeting was held due to it.

    Since the incident, MVP has been getting the cold shoulder from a few officials. Suddenly, the word backstage is that he doesn’t know how to work as a heel to get heat. At last week’s SmackDown/ECW tapings in Pittsburgh, Shelton Benjamin – who’s been in-and-out of favor with WWE officials for a number of years – was given high praise in that he knows to work as an effective heel. They liked his smiling facials after he laid out MVP with his “Paydirt” finisher and more so later in the show after clocking Triple H with a belt.

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    Hell In A Cell 2014 Preview and Predictions

    It’s time for hell in Hell In A Cell.

    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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    Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro in 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the Intercontinental Championship

    Joey:

    The match should be good but it’s hard to care about the outcome. If I had to explain either of their characters or objectives right now, I’d have no idea what to say other than Ziggler is a terrible tweeter.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Tim:

    These two are some of the best in-ring performers that WWE has and they have pretty good chemistry. I don’t really have a reason to be invested in this feud and that greatly subtracts from what could be an entertaining match. It’s just there. It comes off like creative would forget about it and just threw it together as filler every time these two would do something leading up to this.

    Another thing that subtracts from my excitement and interest is the stipulation. Two out of three falls is a really good idea for a main event match or any match that gets enough time and has two superb wrestlers. These midcard matches aren’t built for that and usually have to speed up the falls to accommodate it. This leaves the competitor’s endurance not really fitting in with the rest of the card. There are these big leaps in logic and psychology to get these three pinfalls in so fast.

    I’m not saying it can not be done in a short time correctly. Maybe these two can come up with something different and smart. Maybe I’m nitpicking but it’s usually very jarring and takes away from my immersion into the match. If anything it will be a solid bout. Cesaro is god-like and Ziggler is great when he’s wrestling.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Tom:

    I haven’t watched more than about half an hour of Raw a week for a while now, so it’s hard to work up the effort to have opinions on this show. I like Cesaro a bunch and Ziggler is probably the best wrestler who I have a complete lack of interest in. I don’t know why this is 2 out of 3 falls but it could be decent???? RIGHT????????

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Sheamus vs. The Miz w/Damien Mizdow for the United States Championship

    Joey:

    Damien Sandow is the best thing on WWE TV by a mile. I think him getting a pinfall victory on RAW was to set the stage that he could beat Sheamus but Miz can’t. Sandow will accidentally cost Miz the match and do many more entertaining things.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

    Tim:

    One of the few entertaining parts of watching wrestling right now is Damien Sandow. Weird thing? I have no interest in this match. I see them starting to set-up Miz vs Sandow after this as there have been hints toward it and seems like the natural progression here. I’m thinking The Miz (who is not good, by the way) somehow pulls the win out here. The match itself will be bland and Damien Sandow will distract from that.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: The Miz wins.

    Tom:

    Save.Us_5and0w. Sheamus is plenty good but Miz is Miz. I can’t imagine it’ll go long, and yes, the sooner Sandow breaks away from Miz to be amazing by himself, the better.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.

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    This Or That (6/17/2014)

    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 @TomBlackett 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 Paul Heyman client is more likely to win the WWE Championship this year?

    Brock Lesnar – 64%, Cesaro – 36%

    Who do you dislike seeing on featured  on TV more?

    Kane – 70%, Big Show – 30%

    What will be the more successful PPV?

    ROH Best In The World – 88%, TNA Slammiversary – 12%

    Least fashionable E3 press conference?

    Microsoft – 63%, Sony – 37%

    Who will have more WWE World Championship reigns in the next 3 years: John Cena or Roman Reigns?

    Who will dominate the title picture over the next three years? Does Cena finally have competition for the spot as golden boy?

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    Tim:

    I can see Roman Reigns having a single longer run as champ but Cena will hold the belt more times. I think they’ll do anything they can to make Reigns the next face of the company but it’s going to take time. I’m curious to see if they book him well after he finally wins the title. WWE isn’t very good at that.

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    Joey:

    This one is interesting and the question within it is if Roman Reigns will hold Cena’s spot as the face of the company going forward. After last night’s RAW and seeing the crowd go crazy for his win to enter MITB, I’m more fascinated than ever to see what happens with Reigns future. I actually think he can do it and break the 9 year streak Cena has going of being “the guy” in WWE.

    Don’t get me wrong. His act will eventually be tiring as the ultimate babyface or “Superman” who is very protected but I can see him withstanding that storm and connecting with the majority of the WWE fans. Plus he has more of a “bad ass” personality that will have a lot of the male fans craving for him to overtake Cena. Reigns will be “the guy” starting next Wrestlemania for a long time after.

    Roman Reigns

    Tom:

    While I think old R-Double might end up being champion for a longer period of time over the next three years, I think it’s still Cena who’ll end up with the greater number of individual reigns. He’s the guy the title goes to whenever there’s a meltdown and things get reset, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

    While I think Reigns will have a pretty long tenure as champ when he finally does get the belt, I don’t think he’ll be in the position of ‘go-to guy’ for a while. It’s still so, SO early to make any judgements, but FUCK IT: Roman Reigns, I judge thee unworthy to lead the Cenation. Six months in the cubes, creep.

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    Dirt Sheet History: Best of 2004

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Since our first edition of Dirt Sheet History was so well received, we decided to bring it back and make it a regular feature! The first edition was about Wrestlemania XX in 2004. It’s unsure whether this will be done in a timeline sense going forward like this one will be or if we’ll stick to themes like the past one breaking down the month of Wrestlemania XX but either way, it will be fun.

    Since we scouted parts of 2004, we followed through with the rest of the big scoops from that year. These are the funniest, most interesting and most relevant stories reported on the dirt sheets in 2004.

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    2/6/2004

    * As we have reported earlier, Maven had knee surgery on January 27th and is expected to be back in time for WrestleMania 20. WWE is ready to give Maven a push leading into WrestleMania. Before his injury, he appeared to be turning heel and is expected to become the newest member of Evolution when he returns.

    2/13/2004

    * Ed “Brutus the Barber Beefcake” Leslie caused an anthrax scare last night in Boston. Leslie had been working as a fare collector at a subway and left a bag of cocaine unattended. The first assumption by those who found it was that the powder was anthrax. Leslie later admitted that the powder was cocaine and that it was his.

    (As mentioned before, the best March stories are already covered here.)

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    WWE TLC 2013 Preview and Predictions

    WWE TLC is this weekend. Tables, Ladders and Chairs, that is. Not to be confused with T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli.

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

    Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango (pre show match)

    typicalROHfan:

    Dolph Ziggler has replaced The Miz as “Mr. Pre Show” and is continuing his streak here vs. Fandango. I’ve become a fan of Fandango and his match vs. Bryan on the most recent RAW was pretty swell. Dolph Ziggler is one step above Kofi Kingston and Miz territory. Or maybe one step below already? They kind of have a storyline at least. That being said, match should be good.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Fandango wins. Wacky somewhat upset.

    Tim:

    Ziggler’s career trajectory has been pretty depressing over the last year. I still find myself not caring too much about Fandango. They both can have solid matches so this should be fine in that regard, I just do not have any interest in it.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Fandango wins.

    Tom:

    Wow, what a difference a year makes. Ziggler beat Cena in the main event of TLC 2012, and this year, he’s been banished to the pre  show. This should be perfectly fine, although there’s something generally very lifeless about pre show singles matches. A lot of this is because they generally involve The Miz, but I dunno, man. As happy as I am to see The Usos make more regular PPV appearances (though not for this one, sadly), they always did make for fun pre show matches.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Ziggler wins.

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    WWE Battleground 2013 Preview

    WWE has a PPV this weekend. It is allegedly named Battleground. Seriously. We’re not making this up. You can Google it!

    Giving their thoughs and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett.

    Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow (pre show match)

    typicalROHfan:

    Dolph Ziggler is currently feuding with Dean Ambrose. Dean Ambrose doesn’t have a match on the PPV. Of course this means Dolph Ziggler will face……. Damien Sandow. The match should be really good. I actually wish it was on the PPV due to the lame ads that air mid-match on the live stream. Definitely a chance to be better than any match on the show.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Tim:

    I really don’t know why this match is happening exactly. Not that a match needs a real reason to happen. I love random matches, it’s just that I watch Raw every week but keep finding that I forget so much about what I see lately so I don’t know if I missed the build-up to this or not. I’m guessing with Ziggler and Ambrose supposedly still in some form of feud that Ziggler will come out on top here. Sandow still holding the briefcase also backs up my belief. Should be a decent pre-show match.

    Interest Level: 6/10 
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

    Tom:

    WWE continues their streak of having the pre-show match be more interesting than 80% of the matches announced for the PPV card! I love Damien Sandow. I hope he cashes in tonight and makes the Smackdown Title mildly interesting for at least a month or so, but he’s definitely losing here.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

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