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    WWE Great Balls of Fire 2017 Preview and Predictions

    Yep.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TomBlargh and @OrinAnne@TimWelcomed refuses to be involved in this post because he didn’t want to sully his good reputation by writing “balls” a lot.

    Neville vs. Akira Tozawa for the Cruiserweight Championship on the kick off

    Joey:

    Neville is still the best thing in the cruiserweight division and there’s no way they can take the title off him now. The Tozawa story with the Titus Worldwide Brand is great stuff. I love Titus playing the LaVar Ball of the cruiserweight division. Tozawa/Neville is one of the better cruiserweight bouts we’ve yet to see, so this should be fun! I expect Neville to retain as he’s probably not losing until Kalisto joins the division.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Neville wins

    Tom:

    I’m not very interested in this show at all so I’m just going to get my wife @Sydneyb79 to help with some fantastic predictions. Take it away, Sydney!

    Sydney: “Well we like Neville… who the fuck is the second guy? I’m going to Google him. *gets her laptop* Akira… Tozawa. Oh, okay. Well, he has some fun shorts in his Wikipedia profile picture so that’s why he gets my vote.”

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Tozawa wins.

    Orin:

    Is Akira “Titus Worldwide” Tozawa on the Neville Level? Will Titus O’Neal’s newest recruit to the Titus Brand have what it takes to dethrone the King of the Cruiserweights? No matter what happens, one thing is for sure: these two Cruserweight Superstars are sure to show the world what their balls are made of. I can’t wait to find out what happens tonight on WWE’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view, presented by Rocket League.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: A dream match for the ages.

    Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass

    Joey:

    Big Cass beating the hell out of Enzo Amore is a lovely thing to witness. Their segments against each other still feel odd. Hopefully the match starts to set them apart and get the story going. Enzo did a great job on Raw this week. Good for him but hopefully Cass throws his ass off the stage.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cass wins

    Tom:

    Sydney: “That’s hard. Um. They’re both from Queens, right? (Me: “No, Enzo is from New Jersey.”) Okay, so fuck Enzo. It’s Big Cass.”

    Interest Level: 8/10 because he’s representing Queens.
    Prediction: Big Cass wins.

    Orin:

    Mama Mia! Enzo’s balls are sure to be full of a spicy marinara, but I’m not sure that he has what it takes to pull out a big win tonight on the award winning WWE network. I can’t wait to witness this emotional confrontation between the self-proclaimed The Realest Guys in the Room. When the dust clears, who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by tuning in on your internet-enabled device LIVE tonight.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: A LIVE matchup brought to you by Rocket League.

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    NXT TakeOver: Toronto Preview and Predictions

    Are we NXT?

    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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    Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger

    Joey:

    The rise of Bobby Roode will make his Canada homecoming for NXT a big moment. No disrespect to Tye Dillinger, but Roode probably should have been in a better match. The dude is 40. You can’t slowly build him to the top. I’m not sure how to feel about the match but at least we’ll get a fun Roode entrance and Dillinger is always over.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins.

    Tim:

    As the leader of The Roode Broode I am excited to see Rippity Roberty Roode… oh god. I am so fucking sorry for that. I don’t know what came over me. I could delete it but I should leave it and deal with the repercussions. I need to own this. Anyway, yeah. Roode is great. I am kind of just ready for him and a few others from NXT to get called up because NXT has fallen into Impact and ROH territory as shows I just skim through for the stuff that interests me instead of a show I watch from beginning to end. I hate that this is a thing but there is so much wrestling and I have very little time. I have to watch as much as I can because I am a true fan.

    I wish he had a better match-up because I am just not into Dillinger. The guy is over. I’m not trying to take that away from him but he is not my cup of tea. I haven’t seen him do anything impressive yet. Maybe this will be it? Who knows. I am not a psychic. I never once claimed to be. Quit e-mailing me telling me I should know the future. You have nothing to gain from this. Leave me and my family alone. I will call the authorities.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins.

    Tom:

    Bobby Roode has been pretty underwhelming so far in NXT and, while I like Tye Dillinger, it’s hard to expect too much from this one. I think it’ll be decent enough though, and I’m hoping for a fun atmosphere in Toronto for two good Canadian boys coming home.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins.

    The Authors of Pain vs. TM-61 in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

    Joey:

    I watch little to no NXT TV so I have no idea what’s up with these two teams. They had a dark match at TakeOver: Brooklyn and it was quite bland. I’m not a fan of the Authors of Pain from what I’ve seen. I think TM-61 gets the win and moves up in the tag division.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: TM-61 wins.

    Tim:

    I like the idea of The Authors of Pain but the guys involved are a bore so far. I’ve been a fan of TM-61 for a long time but within the WWE ecosystem they do seem like another helping of white bread. I know the former TMDK (yeah, that’s right) can break out of that eventually if given the chance but until then I’m not sure I can get into them unless they are going against another interesting team such as DIY (I refuse the hashtag) or The Revival. I can see this one going either way. I think I’m leaning more towards The Authors of Pain pulling it off. Worst outcome, right?

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: The Authors of Pain win.

    Tom:

    I like the one from TM-61 with videogame tattoos and the longer hair, but the other one looks a bit like a more slender Alex Riley. That might be the extent of my opinions on them??? They seem entirely serviceable as a tag team and like they could do something cool with good opponents, but I’m not sure if the Authors of Pain qualify as good opponents. Paul Ellering being in a shark tank is a weird addition. Is it meant to appeal to the older fans who might remember that? It’s an odd thing to do in 2016 for no real reason.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: The Authors of Pain win.

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    NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2016 Preview and Predictions

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

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

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    No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries

    Joey:

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

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

    Tim:

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

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

    Tom:

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

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

    Bobby Roode vs. Andrade Almas

    Joey:

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

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

    Tim:

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

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

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

    Tom:

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

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

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

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    NXT TakeOver: 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 (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.

    John Cena

    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.

    John Cena

    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.

    John Cena

    Which Kevin Owens match will be better?

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

    Total Voters: 50

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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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    This Or That (2/24/2015)

    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:

    Will Bray Wyatt face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31?

    Yes – 80%, No – 20%

    Which era of Shawn Michaels did you prefer more?

    2000’s – 68%, 90’s – 32%

    Better NXT women’s wrestler?

    Sasha Banks – 72%, Charlotte – 28%

    Better 80’s film?

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 51%, Back to the Future – 49%

    Who are you more interested to see at Wrestlemania: Sting or The Undertaker?

    Who do you care about seeing more?

    The Dead Man and The Old Man

    Tim:

    I’m really not excited about either and I’m a life-long Sting fan. I was willing to look over his age and be excited for him to get his Wrestlemania moment and retire but WWE has done almost everything to suck the nostalgia out of seeing Sting. They give him horrible theme music and kind of act like they don’t really know how to present his character other than “silence, bat and face paint.” That being said, I really don’t give one shit about The Undertaker at this point. He lost his streak in a bad match to a part-time player just for the moment and now will wrestle someone who probably won’t even get a good match out of him. At least I have hope Triple H will do what he can to take Sting through a decent match.

    Sting

    Joey:

    I’ve noticed something on social media. Long time wrestling fans who watched Sting in the 90’s seem to be underwhelmed at Sting’s highly anticipated WWE debut. Newer fans unfamiliar with him come off as more impressed. I’m more of the former. Sting just doesn’t feel special to me. Hulk Hogan appearing to sell breast cancer awareness t-shirts still feels like a bigger deal.

    There’s more curiosity in Undertaker. Last year was rough for the old man (or one of the old men in this case) but I want to see at least see how he rebounds from it. This could either be a legendary performance or Michael Jordan coming back to play for the Washington Wizards types of bad.

    Undertaker

    Tom:

    My expectations for Steve “The Stingman” Borden and Mr. Michelle McCool are rock bottom, which I’m sure will help. Undertaker looked absolutely dreadful in every way last year, and I doubt another year away is going to help matters much. WWE’s presentation of Sting is pretty uninspiring. It’s not completely awful, but there’s just little things they could be doing to try and maintain his mystique a little more that they’re not bothering with. His stupid old man hair and his dumb jackets and his stupid new theme… they’re all little things, but there’s enough of them to really kill my disinterest.

    I think all odds are on the Stinger being thoroughly mediocre at ‘Mania, whereas, like Joey said, ‘Taker seems more likely to be something amazing or something absolutely dreadful. Can’t wait to find out! At least he’s in there with Bray Wyatt, who’s only ever had terrific feuds and PPV matches. OH WAIT.

    Undertaker

    Who are you more interested to see at Wrestlemania?

    • Sting (67%, 33 Votes)
    • The Undertaker (33%, 16 Votes)

    Total Voters: 49

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