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    Royal Rumble 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Who will get booed this year?

    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 Dudleys vs. The Ascension vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young and Damien Sandow in a pre-show match for guaranteed two spots in the Royal Rumble

    Joey:

    Anyone but Bubba Ray.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Devon and motherfucking Bubba Ray wins.

    Tim:

    This seems like the most underwhelming pre-show match ever. I’m pretty apathetic towards everyone involved except those damn Dudleys. I really can’t stand them so of course they’ll win.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The Dudley Boys win.

    Tom:

    This whole deal is kind of bullshit because I believe it’s for a “guaranteed” two spots in the Rumble, so I’m sure we’ll see some of the losers show up. I, for one, will be fucking furious if we don’t get Mark Henry show up.

    Anyway, The Dudley Boyz are winning this because fuck everything.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: The Dudley Boyz win.

    The New Day vs. The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    The irrelevance of RAW these days has made this feud come off overexposed and boring. I don’t imagine there’s a lot of excitement for the match but these guys are all extremely talented. This is their first true big match against each other and I am expecting a huge performance by both teams.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: The Usos win.

    Tim:

    The New Day have had a rough month. I’m expecting them to debut a new musical instrument. Maybe a mandolin or a recorder. The possibilities are endless. ANYWAY, this match will be fine. You can usually expect a solid performance by The Usos. The New Day will be acting wacky like they’re popular Vine stars or something. I say it nearly every month but WWE really needs to work on the tag division.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Tom:

    Fucking Chris Jericho, man. His return and mini-feud with The New Day was absolutely dreadful and detracted from this match to the point that I forget this was even a current feud. I like both teams a good amount and think this should be fun – Usos are weird, they’re a team that I have a habit of taking for granted but they always pleasantly surprise me when they end up being pretty great. Those leggings they’re wearing are weird though.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch for the WWE Divas Championship

    Joey:

    This is one of the better WWE diva programs in quite some time. Becky Lynch is firing on all cylinders and is one of the most compelling performers on WWE television right now. Charlotte is also hitting her peak with the new character hiding some of her flaws. I’m all on board for this and I’m hoping it goes for another month.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Charlotte wins.

    Tim:

    This feud has been one of the very few good reasons to watch WWE programming this month. Becky Lynch hit a whole new level with her mic work. Charlotte being a heel  makes her so much more watchable. This feud has been the most exciting main roster Diva’s feud in a long time and it’s definitely the most interesting feud on WWE TV at the moment. They should really put the belt on Lynch but they seem pretty dedicated to Charlotte holding it. WHATEVER.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Charlotte wins.

    Tom:

    They finally figured out that having a likeable character clash with an unlikeable character might make for a compelling Divas Championship feud, as opposed to just having them all be varying shades of unpleasant! Who would have thought?!? Becky has been doing a tremendous job lately, both on the mic and in the ring, and Charlotte is MUCH more effective in a heel role. Even mad old Ric has been a decent presence! The Divas Revolution is REAL!!!! WE DID IT!!!

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Charlotte retains.

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    This Or That (1/20/2016)

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

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

    More exciting WWE signing: AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura?

    Sorry, New Japan.

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    Joey:

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

    AJ Styles

    Tim:

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

    AJ Styles

    Tom:

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

    Shinsuke Nakamura

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    WWE TLC 2015 Preview and Predictions

    No scrubs. Except in the main event.

    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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    Ryback vs. Rusev

    Joey:

    Ryback has improved and Rusev is a good wrestler. I just don’t care about them. I have no interest in this. The story of WWE. Big fan of Lana’s hair tbh.

    Interest Level: 1/10 (+1 for Lana’s hair)
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

    Tim:

    I believe there’s a great character to be brought out of Ryback’s personality but WWE has yet to find it. He’s alright in the ring but nothing worth being excited for. Rusev is in a really weird spot right now but he’s still an entertaining in-ring performer against the right opponent. I don’t think Ryback is the guy to bring it out of him. I have no reason to care about this match.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

    Tom:

    It’s been sort of fascinating to see how they’ve handled Lana’s return. Probably for the best that they’ve gone out of their way to just whitewash the Rusev/Ziggler feud, but strange that everything’s just been reset, seemingly.

    Ryback feuds are a tough deal. He’s much better than he was, but there never seems to be a point to them. I still bloody love Rusev, but the Lana situation and The League of Nations deal do make it difficult. I wish he’d just go back to not wearing shoes and being a mad old Russian bastard.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

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    Survivor Series 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Survive these series of 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.

    Survivor Series Elimination Match (Unknown participants)

    Joey:

    My assumption is for a match featuring The Usos, Ryback, Cesaro and Neville vs. New Day, Barrett and Sheamus or something like that. The New Day are basically guaranteed to be in it so it’s guaranteed a fun time. I like the elimination matches and most of the wrestlers available can deliver in the ring. I don’t know the participants but I’m expecting it as the Match of the Night.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: New Days Rocks! (but loses because the faces will win this match)

    Tim:

    I figure it’ll just be the most rocking mid-carders facing off in this match full of historical importance. You know the guys. People like Neville. People that are so good that WWE doesn’t know what to do with them. The true prodigies of our time. I know that it will be a blast no matter what. It’s a Survivor Series match. How could it not be mind-blowing?

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Jaw-dropping action and a raucous crowd

    Tom:

    Previewing a mystery match, what the fuck are we even doing here? Good lord. Survior Series matches are okay though, I guess? Except when they’re not. Hopefully it’s Team Main Event vs. Team Superstars so we get to see the fantastic Fandango settle some scores with Heath Slater and Adam Rose on a major PPV.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Everyone has a lovely time.

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    This Or That (10/29/2015)

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

    Before we start, here’s the last edition‘s results:

    Who would you rather see Undertaker wrestle at Wrestlemania 32?

    Sting – 53%, John Cena – 47%

    More promising NXT talent?

    Chad Gable – 61%, Apollo Crews – 39%

    Halloween?

    Yay – 72%, Nay – 38%

    Who will leave Survivor Series as WWE World Champion: Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns?

    Sheamus is not an acceptable answer.

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    Joey:

    This question comes down to if you believe Dean Ambrose will turn heel on Roman Reigns. That’s the only thing that can prevent the title change. I just don’t see that happening. I don’t think Ambrose is valued enough to be put in such a position of a big match. He’s more so in the Ziggler territory. This is the show I see Reigns getting his title win. It’s a softer crowd, the story is fitting, Rollins is running out of challengers. Just seems like the timing has lined up too perfectly for it to not happen here.

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    Tim:

    Now might be the best time to do it when it comes to the story but I can see them waiting to make Reigns the champion on a bigger stage. At least one of the former Shield members needs to make a big change so Dean Ambrose turning heel and elongating Reigns’ chase for the title seems likely to me. At the moment this whole thing comes off unnatural and forced to me but here we are. Here’s to hoping they throw in some unexpected challenger for Rollins to wrestle while Ambrose and Reigns feud over who is the coolest guy in high school.

    Seth Rollins 

    Tom:

    Nice to see that we’ve all acknowledged the biggest issue as being how stale Ambrose is right now. I really, REALLY can’t stand how lame Dirty Dean is as the “unstable” face who loves cold beer and hey, where the women at?!? I’m not sure if he’ll be any more effective as a heel, but jeez, at least I’ll be supposed to hate him then.

    Also, Rollins is only just coming off a Kane feud so it’d be a real shame for his run to end now. Give the boy a couple more months so he can get that behind him and lose the title with a little dignity.

    Seth Rollins

    Who will leave Survivor Series as WWE World Champion?

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    This Or That (7/9/2015)

    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 leave Summerslam as WWE Champ?

    Seth Rollins – 76%, Roman Reigns – 24%

    Which WWE reality show is better?

    Swerved – 73%, Tough Enough – 27%

    Better tag team?

    Best Friends – 68%, RPG Vice– 32%

    Which summer movie will be worse?

    Pixels – 78%, Fantastic Four – 22%

    Better choice for Wrestler of the Year: John Cena or Roderick Strong?

    Who is the Wrestler of the Half Year?

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    Tim:

    I’ve always been on the Roddy train but for the last couple of years he hasn’t delivering like we knew he could. This year has been awesome seeing him raise the bar. I can’t possibly say anyone is having the year Cena is having though. Week after week his US Open Challenge matches are the reason to watch Raw and then add the Owens feud to that and it cements his spot at the top of 2015 so far. I do wish he would talk less or talk like a normal person sometimes…

    John Cena

    Joey:

    John Cena is definitely the better choice. Cena has been having superb matches on a weekly basis ever since winning the United States Championship and his matches often create a “Wrestlemania atmosphere” in having fans feel like its must see. Roderick Strong has been killing it but some of his PWG matches have been boring to a high level. Cena also was in my favorite match of the year vs. Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar so the WOTY iiiiiiiiis here.

    John Cena

    Tom:

    I’m still not entirely onboard with the Roddy renaissance – he’s been very good (and he was fantastic when I saw him live at the PROGRESS Super Strong Style 16 tournament) but I haven’t seen enough of his truly great matches to consider him even in the same bracket as John Cena, who’s had some of the greatest matches of his career in the span of the last 6 months or so. It’s been really refreshing to see him compete with a more varied group of guys during his tenure as US Champ, and I hope it continues!

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    Better choice for Wrestler of the Year?

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    This Or That (6/30/2015)

    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 would you rather main event Summerslam?

    Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar – 83%, Seth Rollins vs. Triple H – 17%

    More exciting PWG announcement?

    Akira Tozawa – 65%, Angelico – 35%

    Better option to defeat Jay Briscoe for ROH title?

    Jay Lethal – 54%, Moose – 46%

    Better gift?

    Candy – 83%, Flowers – 17%

    More likely to leave Summerslam as WWE Champion: Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns?

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    Tim:

    The Reigns/Wyatt feud seems like a buffer for Reigns to me. A solid win and obstacle to hold him over until closer to Summerslam. I think Reigns is not quite as hard to watch as he used to be (although I’m still not sold on him) but I’m  not sure if it’s really his time yet. I think if they hold off on him a bit longer he’ll be accepted more as champion but it really looks like he’s going to leave Summerslam with that title to me. I would really like Rollins to hold on to it for a little while longer. Maybe grow into a more confident heel before he loses the title and goes completely face.

    Roman Reigns

    Joey:

    The hot rumor is that Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns will end up being the Summerslam title match but I’m still quite skeptical about this. Reigns JUST entered a storyline with Bray Wyatt that may be most his personal singles feud so far in his career.

    Will they end that in 5 weeks? I just can’t see it. Until the title change actually happens at Battleground, I think Seth Rollins is entering Summerslam as champ and has the chance to leave as champ. Either way, I’d bet on Seth because I think Reigns will be stuck with Wyatt.

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    Tom:

    Hopefully WWE’s learned from the sins of Wrestlemania and they’ll give the Roman Reigns Rehabilitation Project a little more time – just from a character perspective, he’s far more tolerable now but I still think he needs more time to  not be completely rejected as champion. Rollins’ run as champ has been kind of a mess, but I’d like to see him retain for a while longer and evolve from being a cowardly jerk to become… well, I dunno, a different kind of jerk.

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    More likely to leave Summerslam as WWE Champion?

    • Seth Rollins (76%, 41 Votes)
    • Roman Reigns (24%, 13 Votes)

    Total Voters: 54

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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 (5/6/2015)

    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:

    Should John Cena bring back the “spinner” United States title?

    No – 63%, Yes – 37%

    Current better non-wrestler?

    Dario Cueto – 52%, Paul Heyman – 48%

    More likely to breakthrough?

    Damien Sandow 59%, Fandango – 41%

    Which Marvel film are you more excited to see?

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron – 73%, Ant-Man – 27%

    Will Roman Reigns win the WWE Championship in 2015: Yes or No?

    Will The Roman Empire take over this year?

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    Tim:

    I don’t think WWE has really changed their minds on him outside of giving him a little more time to develop. I’m still not into him but I know a lot of people have changed their minds and would probably welcome it. As of right now I still think him being the face of the company seems like a really boring path for us to be on for the next few years.

    He’s been put in some good spots such as being Brock’s punching bag and getting to break tables with The Big Show. I think he’ll be champ by the end of the year for sure. I can’t help but think about how over someone would be if they had tried as hard with someone people already like and was ready for the position.

    Yes

    Joey:

    If I had to predict, I think WWE is hoping to make Roman Reigns WWE Champion at Wrestlemania 32. You can tell WWE wants Reigns to be “the next guy” to take John Cena’s place and they are being careful in how they present him following the backlash after his Royal Rumble win. I think the plan is to have him win over the fans by chasing the title and falling short a few times before ultimately winning the championship at WM 32. My early guess would be Reigns defeating Cena for the title next year.

    No

    Tom:

    Old Vinny Mac always ends up getting his way so I’m sure we’ll see The Powerhouse with the straps eventually. Not sure if it’ll be this year though – The Fed seems set on having title reigns go a little longer and I’d be surprised to see Rollins lose it before the year is out.

    No

    Will Roman Reigns win the WWE Championship in 2015?

    • No (58%, 33 Votes)
    • Yes (42%, 24 Votes)

    Total Voters: 57

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    Around The Wrestling World In 7 Days: April 5, 2015

    Every weekend, Joey will give a glimpse of the things that have entered his mind.

    Hi. I have a lot of thoughts about wrestling. I decided to start a concept where I talk about what’s on my mind every weekend. I hope it’s enjoyable.

    Follow me on Twitter and let me know if you want me to hit on any wrestling topics next week: @JoeySplashwater

    WWE Universe

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    Wrestlemania

    Wow was I wrong about Wrestlemania 31. I had very low expectations for the show but it completely over-delivered. The entire show entertained me from top to bottom with every match having something that entertained me to some extent. If I were to rank the show after watching it just twice, I’d say it’s only behind 17, 19, 30 and maybe 24 among the best overall Wrestlemania shows of all time.

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