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    WWE Backlash Preview and Predictions

    Jinder Mahal is main eventing this show

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

    Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English on the kick-off

    Joey:

    I like Aiden English a lot and would like to see him get a genuine push. Tye Dillinger already seems like “just a guy” at this point. Aside from liking the number 10, there is not too much to him as a character. I think this match will just be a basic pre-show bout to get the fans loud with the TEN chants.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

    Tim:

    I enjoy the Aiden English character and I hope they continue on with it. Tye Dillinger is pretty one note as a character so hopefully they flesh him out more soon. I don’t really have any feelings towards this match and that is a big problem with a lot of main roster stuff right now.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

    Tom:

    I like these guys, though I worry for both of them. Dillinger is in danger of slipping into the “nice young man with almost zero discernible personality traits” role that Apollo Crews had on Smackdown for about a year, whereas Aiden English has a weird gimmick that I love but seems like it might keep him off the card more often than not. I want them both to do well! Anyway, this should be a neat little thing. It’s interesting to see English get used to being a singles guy again.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

    Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

    Joey:

    I legitimately forgot Luke Harper was still on Smackdown and he was probably my favorite thing on the show just a few months ago. Erick Rowan usually does nothing for me, but I am fond of his new bit popping balloons and laughing. Maybe we’ll see some balloons here? I want Luke to win here obviously. I just don’t see it happening. My prediction is Vince saw the Rowan balloon segment and loved it.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Erick Rowan wins.

    Tim:

    Here’s a match with a story behind it! Unfortunately, I feel like it ran its course forever ago and that Luke Harper should be on to grander things. They have yet to make me feel anything about Erick Rowan. I don’t have high hopes for the actual match either. I bet Harper even loses here!

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Erick Rowan wins.

    Tom:

    Poor Luke Harper, he just can’t get out of the Wyatts hole he’s stuck in. I always hope he’ll be allowed to move onto bigger and better things because he’s a unique performer and deserves to be showcased in more high profile matches, but he’s in a weird spot right now. I’d love to see him have a decent feud with the likes of Zayn, Owens or Nakamura, so hopefully this is a stepping stone to that.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Luke Harper wins.

    The Usos vs. Breezango for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    Hot take: I don’t care much for Breezango.

    Common take: The Usos are good as heels.

    I don’t really have any thoughts on this match aside from realizing just how weak the Smackdown tag division is until New Day arrives.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: The Usos win.

    Tim:

    The Fashion Police are a decently funny time by WWE’s standards but it’s not something that will keep my attention for long. They only stand out because the bar for humor on WWE TV is so low. I think Breeze can show signs of being a talented wrestler. The Usos heel turn made them interesting again for a little bit but I’m back to not caring about them. The tag division is in a real bad state but might as well put it on Breezango so them and The New Day can do some wacky LOL-worthy jokes when they come back and go for the titles.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Breezango win.

    Tom:

    YES. OKAY. LET’S DO THIS. I love The Fashion Police and I’ve enjoyed The Usos enormously since their heel turn. I’m very excited for this match as I think Fandango and Breeze are both very underrated as actual wrestlers who wrestle, in addition to being great characters, so I think it could be a lot of fun!

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Breezango wins.

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    WWE Payback 2017 Preview and Predictions

    Still not the Mel Gibson movie.

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

    Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    Please have someone throw Enzo Amore off the stage already. PLEASE!

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Gallows and Anderson win.

    Tim:

    My interest in WWE is at the lowest point it’s been in years and Raw is the brand I am most disinterested in. I’m hoping things will straighten out on each brand after Payback but I have some worries. NXT has been surprisingly good the past three weeks. Oh, this match? I have nothing. No thanks.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Enzo and Cass win.

    Tom:

    I can’t think of anything to say about this. Nothing at all.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Okay.

    Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    Neville and Austin Aries had a pretty good showcase in the windy WrestleMania pre-show match. I imagine this one will be better since the majority of fans will already be in their seats. Neville and Aries are really the only guys that have gotten over in the cruiserweight division. I’m expecting Aries to win here so they can continue the feud for another month.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tim:

    I am looking forward to this. Aries and Neville are a great match-up and the two biggest parts of the Cruiserweight division right now. I think they can pull off something better than the fun bout they had at Wrestlemania. I do hope Aries slips on his banana at some point but I have a feeling it won’t happen this time as he is fixing to be the champion.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tom:

    I disagree with Joey’s notion that Aries and Neville are the only two to have gotten over in the Cruiserweight Division; Neville has been amazing in his new role, but I feel like Aries is still kind of riding the hype over being a former indies star, as opposed to any of his WWE performances. Not that he’s been bad, I just don’t feel like interest levels or fan investment have increased for him. Also, I think Jack Gallagher has been a much bigger deal in terms of breaking out as someone people are interested in seeing (or at least him doing silly umbrella things), though he’s hamstrung by the division still feeling like a throwaway, time-filler thing.

    Anyway, match should be good but they should have high-powered fans pointed at the ring to make Neville’s hair flow beautifully like it did at ‘Mania.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Neville wins. Continue reading

    WrestleMania 33 Preview and Predictions

    Red light. Green light.

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

    Neville vs. Austin Aries for the Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    This may be the first time a credible popular face is challenging a credible popular heel since the cruiserweight division became a part of the main roster. That is pretty cool. Neville and Austin Aries have been delivering some compelling segments in recent weeks. They’ve set the tone for an important kickoff match. I think they will have a great match to start the evening/late afternoon. Neville has to retain. That title has changed hands way too many times already and Neville is on fire as a heel right now.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Neville wins.

    Tim:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tim is currently dealing with real bad weather in Arkansas, but he may get his predictions in later.

    Interest Level: Pray for Tim/10
    Prediction: Please stay safe.

    Tom:

    ALRIGHT, HERE GOES. I can’t stand Aries as a personality in 2017, especially when he’s meant to be the face. I bloody love Neville though. I think the two will have an excellent match together in a half empty stadium, but the set looks beautiful so that’ll be fun for them.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Neville wins.

    2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    Joey:

    I always enjoy the battle royal on WrestleMania and think it’s a great idea. Everyone assumes Braun Strowman is getting the win here but I think it will be Big Show’s year again. Show got into such great shape for the huge Shaq match and is now relegated to a pre-show battle royal.

    I think WWE rewards him with the win. I also believe they would have bumped something else to the pre-show if Braun was winning or any big surprises were planned. Big Show wins a battle royal with minimal surprises.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Big Show wins.

    Tim:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tim is currently dealing with real bad weather in Arkansas, but he may get his predictions in later.

    Interest Level: Pray for Tim/10
    Prediction: Please stay safe.

    Tom:

    The big question is “will Shaq be in the Battle Royal?” and here’s my answer: I think so, yes. I’ve got no idea what Braun is going to do so shut up about that, alright? Maybe Big Show and Shaq team up to eliminate him, I don’t know.

    Anyway, I’m hoping the main story of this is old Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe continuing to rough each other up, with Sami finally getting the win before having a trophy smashed over his sweet head.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Sami Zayn wins.

    Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. TBD for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

    Joey:

    This match is likely going to be a mess but hopefully they can find a way to make it work. The ladies of Smackdown have been doing a great job since the brand split and definitely deserve to have this on the main show, assuming it is.

    As much as I’d love for Naomi to get her moment back in her hometown, I believe Alexa Bliss retains and WWE continues to go with her as the champ for a while. Please keep Kelly Kelly away from the ring.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Alexa Bliss wins.

    Tim:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tim is currently dealing with real bad weather in Arkansas, but he may get his predictions in later.

    Interest Level: Pray for Tim/10
    Prediction: Please stay safe.

    Tom:

    It’s not on the preshow, thank God! I know the official reason is because we, the fans, demanded that it be on the main show but I think we all know it’s really because they can’t have Naomi’s entrance while it’s still light outside.

    Anyway, is this the match where they have a bunch of old WWE divas show up to launch a feud between the new WWE female superstars to have a scrap over who is strongest/sexiest/most powerful? Hope not! Just let Naomi win, come on.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Naomi wins.

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    WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Preview and Predictions

    This is a show.

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

    Mojo Rawley vs. Curt Hawkins on the kick-off

    Joey:

    I don’t have to watch the kick-off show. Perfect!

    (Can someone alert me if they team together to throw Zack Ryder and his wheelchair off the stage?)

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Mojo does a 90s dance and Curt Hawkins makes weird faces.

    Tim:

    Well, I don’t know what we did to deserve this but I guess I’ll make it through the punishment. I forget Hawkins is on the roster constantly which is probably for the best. This being on the card at all shows how lackluster the Smackdown roster really is.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Mojo Rawley wins but we lose.

    Tom:

    I thought they were a tag team!

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Mojo Rawley wins.

    Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper

    Joey:

    Great addition to the card. Randy Orton is the one of the lamest human beings in wrestling, but he has decent enough matches. Luke Harper is awesome. Given the lack of depth on this card, these two could steal the show.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Randy Orton wins.

    Tim:

    This is far more exciting to me than Orton vs Wyatt. Orton can have good matches when he’s in the ring with the right opponent and it just so happens that Luke Harper is great. I am loving that he’s finally getting a little more focus because he’s the most talented of the whole Wyatt Family and Smackdown’s roster could really use him breaking out. He’s just a roadblock for Orton here but I’m sure he’ll come out of this match looking better than ever.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: “The Viper” Randy Orton wins.

    Tom:

    This could be a neat little match – I like Harper a lot though I’m not sure exactly what the future holds for him. I assume he’ll be back to being Bray’s sweaty boyfriend in time for him to feud with Orton, but it will be interesting to see how he’ll do in a fairly high-profile match.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Randy Orton wins.

    Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Joey:

    What a mess. Apollo Crews and Kalisto deserve better. If they throw Dolph Ziggler off the stage, these two could be the next top stars for Smackdown. Hopefully WWE doesn’t blow this opportunity.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews and Kalisto win.

    Tim:

    We all know what needs to happen here but I’ll say it anyway. Dolph Ziggler needs to lose a handicapped match to these two great talents. If there’s one person I want to see not overcome the odds it’s Ziggler. I think it is going to happen. If we all believe this will be the outcome we can will it into existence.

    Interest Level: 2 (for my boys Kalisto and Apollo Crews)/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews and Kalisto win.

    Tom:

    What? It’s a handicap match? What is going on in Smackdown? I haven’t really been paying attention lately and this match’s existence makes me think that’s probably for the best. Anyway, not sure why this is happening, seems like a bad idea.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins.

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    Royal Rumble 2017 Preview and Predictions

    Ready to Rumble.

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

    Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows for the Raw Tag Team Championship on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    I love the chemistry between these two teams. My hopes are they’ll get enough time to top the prior Raw match. I’m expecting the breakup of Sheamus and Cesaro to start here and in the Royal Rumble match. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are the pick to win and start a tag title run into WrestleMania.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows win.

    Tim:

    The Sheamus and Cesaro dynamic has been a real fun thing to watch and this is the most I’ve been into Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows since their WWE debut. These two teams are pretty damn good together. While I do think they should move on from this feud after this match I am all for seeing these guys go at it again. I assume they will want to get back to the Sheamus and Cesaro feud by WrestleMania (because they have to have some pre-show matches for that show too) so I can see them taking the belts off of them here. Also, I am going to use this time to pitch Anderson and Gallows add some blonde to their facial hair like old NWO members to spice things up.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows win.

    Tom:

    I feel like I’ve seen enough of this already. The two teams are a decent combo, but WWE has a horrible habit of running tag feuds into the ground in record time. Hopefully we get a Cesaro flurry, that’d be alright.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Sheamus win.

    Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    I always forget these two are feuding and was a bit surprised to see this on the show. Sasha was just walking with crutches on Raw last week, right? Nia Jax is definitely getting the win with the injury story playing the factor. I don’t have high expectations for the match.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins.

    Tim:

    I’m not into this at all but at least they’re using another member of the women’s roster on Raw in Nia Jax. She has never impressed me outside of having one of the catchiest theme songs around. Sasha Banks is very talented but I just don’t see this amounting to anything. I could see them letting Jax get the win here.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins.

    Tom:

    This feud has been kind of lame! And it being on the preshow is also kind of lame! Sasha hasn’t been particularly sympathetic and there’s just a hokey air to it all. Nia Jax should relinquish her music to Dana Brooke.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Sasha Banks wins by DQ.

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    WWE Roadblock: End of the Line Preview and Predictions

    The road is blocked.

    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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    Big Cass vs. Rusev

    Joey:

    Everyone ragged on Big Cass for the pants comment on Raw last week, but I thought he looked great on his own. Enzo Amore has become my least favorite person on Raw. Cass on his own has me interested in him again. I’m looking forward to this match. My expectations are sadly Enzo returning to help Cass in between dancing like a scumbag. Hopefully Lana throws him off the stage.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cass wins.

    Tim:

    The build has been horrendous but maybe the match will make up for the weeks of making me want to change the channel. I like Big Cass a lot even though some of his promo work is cheesy. He’s a real asset to the roster. He stands out and is an entertaining tall guy in the ring. He and Rusev are both inconsistent but hopefully they have some chemistry. I’m pretty curious to see how they work together. I’d bet Big Cass gets the win here with help from his pal, horny Scrappy Doo. Just remember: Rusev is the good guy as usual.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Big Cass wins.

    Tom:

    IT’S A ROADBLOCK, BABY, DRIVE ME CRAZY. I think this might be okay. The storyline’s been trash but Rusev is still fairly fun and I like seeing Big Cass be a tall man doing tall man things. Big boots and so on.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Big Cass wins.

    Rich Swann vs. The Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins for the Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    I enjoyed 205 Live a lot this week. The triple threat match is the most I’ve look forward to a cruiserweight match since the move to the main roster. Rich Swann is wonderful and definitely the right choice to be champion. Hopefully this is the final PPV title shot for Kendrick or Perkins for a while with someone new getting an opportunity. Unfortunately the depth is pretty weak. Maybe Tajiri returns to spit mist in TJP’s sexist eyes.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Rich Swann wins.

    Tim:

    I still haven’t been grabbed by the Cruiserweights but this being a three way gives me hope for it to be more intriguing than past Cruiserweight matches. I think they did a little better with the build than they have for previous Cruiserweight title matches but they still have a long ways to go. Rich Swann is awesome. I’m glad he’s the champion and I think that will continue for awhile longer. Can I see Tozawa now?

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Rich Swann wins.

    Tom:

    I still like Kendrick a lot but TJP continues to do nothing for me and I’d rather Swann have someone fresh to scrap with. Is Gran Metallik not available? Are they saving him for something? What about Tozawa or Tajiri? I don’t know if rationing the fun guys out is their plan, but man, the division could really use some other guys being showcased.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Rich Swann wins.

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    WWE TLC 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Don’t go chasing waterfalls.

    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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    Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin in a Chairs Match

    Joey:

    I like Kalisto. I like Baron Corbin. I don’t care about this match. The booking here seems lazy. Both guys deserve something more noteworthy. I think they can pull off a decent match, but chairs matches usually stink.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tim:

    Kalisto is enjoyable but I think I like the idea of Baron Corbin more than the guy himself. Also, who gives a damn about a chair? I hate how they feel like they have to throw that in. This is just them spinning their wheels and I have no attachment to it. I assume Baron Corbin will win because they seem way more focused on him than Kalisto. There’s some deep analysis for you.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Tom:

    I actually think the build to this has been really pretty good – Corbs has been a prick and Kalisto has been solid at being rightfully furious about it. Chairs matches are kind of lame, but maybe The Big Breakfast will utilize that big chair Big Show once used? Remember that? I think I talk about that whenever there’s a chairs match to discuss. Anyway, these two could be a decent match, but neither one has really had a stand-out performance in WWE yet.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

    Nikki Bella vs. Carmella in a Street Fight

    Joey:

    Nikki Bella vs. Carmella has actually been one of the best feuds of the year for WWE. The street fight feels like the right stipulation for this feud. Carmella telling off fans chanting “how you doing?” at her made her a new favorite of mine. I think Nikki is getting the win. Carmella is still the real winner for not having to be around Enzo Amore anymore.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Nikki Bella wins.

    Tim:

    I’m really into this feud. I have never doubted it or gotten bored by it since the moment it started up which is rare for anything with WWE writing behind it. Carmella keeps getting better every week. I’m glad they made this a street fight. This is wild but I am going with Carmella getting a big win here.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Carmella wins.

    Tom:

    I agree that the rivalry between these two has been F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S *winks at camera*, but I’m not expecting much from the match. I think Carmella is the weakest of the Smackdown women in terms of in-ring ability, so even though I’m expecting good moments, I don’t think it’ll be much to write home about.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Nikki Bella wins.

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    ScoopZone Elite: November 21, 2016

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    • Lance Storm is painfully jealous of Chris Jericho‘s friendship with Kevin Owens.

     

    Survivor Series 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Raw vs. Smackdown

    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. Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship

    Joey:

    I was looking forward to Sami Zayn kicking Dolph Ziggler’s smug fucking face off but this is the better match. Zayn being the hometown favorite against the most hated heel on the show sets up a great scenario. I definitely think Zayn is winning here and bringing the Intercontinental Championship to Raw. The potential of the two titles on the line switching shows would benefit all involve.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Sami Zayn wins.

    Tim:

    I’m down for this. These two could put on a show stealing match if given the time.  I am really just glad Sami Zayn is being used in an important way. I hope they go with Zayn winning the championship here in front of this crowd. Daniel Bryan has been talking about trading Miz to Raw a whole lot with Cesaro and Zayn being the two names he brings up the most. I doubt Smackdown gets to keep the Intercontinental Championship and gain the Cruiserweight Championship. So, I’m going to predict something off the wall here to keep things spicy even if it doesn’t quite make sense. Daniel Bryan has already made the deal to trade Miz for Zayn to Raw because he doesn’t believe Miz will win. Stephanie McMahon thinks Miz will beat Zayn and agreed to the deal. Miz will defeat Zayn, prove Bryan wrong, and take the belt to Raw.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: The Miz wins.

    Tom:

    The Toronto crowd utterly rejecting Ziggler would have been a beautiful thing to witness live, but I think Zayn/Miz might actually be the better match! Zayn is the closest thing to Daniel Bryan on the current roster, so I’m excited to see what he can do with Miz, and I’m sure the crowd will be hot for it. I don’t think Miz has become the revelation that some people think, but he’s definitely improved and he’s capable of having excellent matches with people who are better than him.

    Storyline wise, I’m expecting the result to see Miz moved to Raw, though I still think Sami will be winning the title.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Sami Zayn wins.

    The Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto for the Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    This is another cool match that has been worth the wackiness of the brand split. The Raw vs. Smackdown matches feel somewhat important, especially the ones with something on the line. WWE needed to go with a face to be the face (HAHHAHAHAHAAH) of the division and TJ Perkins completely bombed. Kalisto could have a better shot as someone the fans are familiar with.

    Fun fact: The crowd at a MSG house show in March went fucking nuts for Kalisto. The kids are big into the LUCHA LUCHA LUCHA thing. He’s the guy.

    Anyway, something needs to change here. Smackdown getting the cruiserweight division would make up for the lack of talent depth and make it nearly must-watch.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

    Tim:

    Kalisto can be very messy but I can’t help but enjoy him under the right circumstances. Kendrick and the Cruiserweight Division as a whole have been a huge disappointment on the main roster. Hopefully going to Smackdown and getting their own show will help put them back in the great place they were during the CWC. Raw just wasn’t working out. Kalisto will be a good encapsulation of what the division is for now.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

    Tom:

    I’m excited for this! I enjoy Kendrick but Kalisto seems like a much better representative of the division, or at least while it’s still taking off. It’d also be nice to see Neville pulled in, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that. Anyway, should be a fun match and something to provide a nice break from all the multi-man business.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Kalisto wins.

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    The Merch Table: WWE Slam Crate Special

    Wrestling companies make merchandise. It’s usually pretty bad, but sometimes, it’s terrible. Welcome to The Merch Table.

    Every so often, @TomBlargh will look at some of the awful merch that someone expects you to buy. Up this week: WWE SLAM CRATE SPECIAL

    Everybody loves a mystery, and while things like Loot Crate, the Funko Pop boxes and assorted other bi-monthly collections of random bullshit are a relatively new phenomenon, wrestling promotions have a proud history of taking advantage of their fans being idiot rubes – just consider TNA’s infamous Brown Bag Special, as previously covered here on The Merch Table.

    So, it was inevitable that WWE was going to get into this and they teamed up with LootCrate to do their own mystery box of nonsense called the WWE Slam Crate, which goes for about $30, plus another $5 for shipping. I am a professional merchologist, so I was delighted to sign up to see what kind of stuff they’d send. SPOILERS: I hated it!

    OKAY. So, as advertised, it comes in a crate. Kind of?

    It’s technically just a box, but whatever, they’re the same shape. It has that classic “black on black” style so it’s close to impossible to read the text.

    When you open it up though, you’ll see that there’s a surprising amount of crap in this thing!

    open-box

    WOW WHERE TO BEGIN. I guess with the bigger items? Let’s see how that goes. Continue reading